December 2010

Rambam Hospital Haifa - 3 Inspiring Stories / Ray Cook


Israel is frequently accused of its discrimination twards its Palestinian citizens.Here are some facts

The Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa is one of Israel’s and the region’s leading hospital complexes.

This hospital has been at the forefront of encouraging and promoting excellence among the country’s Arab medics and also promoting women to leading roles..

Previously Dr Suheir Assady became the first Israeli Arab woman to be the head of a department.

This video is of the very impressive and charming Dr Assady as reported by

The Palestinian Refugees on the Day After "Independece" / Lt.Col.(ret.) Jonathan D.Halevi

The gap between Israel and the Palestinians on the refugee question cannot be reconciled. The Palestinians demand a "just peace," which implies recognition of the right of return according to their interpretation, and rejects any compromise on the issue.

Prof. Christian Tomuschat Head of UN Committee to Enforce Goldstone Report Resigned / UN Watch

German law professor Christian Tomuschat, the anti-Israel and anti-American official heading the U.N. committee to enforce the Goldstone Report, has resigned. The biased U.N. probe now has no leader, and is in disarray.
This unprecedented resignation follows a global campaign by UN Watch that exposed Professor Tomuschat's egregious bias and breach of his obligation under international law to be objective and impartial:

Godstone Refuted - by Hamas Itself / Ray Cook

Goldstone refuted – by Hamas itself

The media, having long ago agreed to everything in the Goldstone report, has no interest in the accidental revelations which refute its conclusions. recently published news that none other than Hamas itself has revealed an important statistic, previously denied or simply lied about, which shows that Goldstone was a gullible sap who was fed lies from dubious sources and reached conclusions which were foregone before he even started his one-sided investigation.

Islamists know a Western Civilization "secret ": "Progress" makes religion decline / prof.B.Rubin

It had not occurred to Protestant theologians who had been trying to "liberalize" and "modernize" Christianity...that they were thus undermining the very religion they were seeking to buttress "scientifically"….When the “protective covering” [of faith] is removed, no one should any longer be surprised to see [Christianity] quickly dry up.... -- Curtis Cate, Friedrich Nietzsche, page 189.

And The World Pays / Ben Dror Yemini

Despite the fact that the Palestinians are receiving aid at a scope that other countries can only dream of, they are still pitied. Thus the wretchedness has turned into an industry.

The Moral Failure of Churches and the UN towards the Persecution of Christians in the Middle East / Ray Cook

Recently, the Methodists in the UK passed a resolution to promote the boycotting of goods from what it considers illegal settlements on the West Bank/Judea Samaria.

It did so because, as I have previously reported:

The decision is a response to a call from a group of Palestinian Christians, a growing number of Jewish organisations, both inside Israel and worldwide, and the World Council of Churches. A majority of governments recognise the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories as illegitimate under international law.

Why Do European Socialists Like Hanukah / Emmanuel Navon

Hanukah, as we know, commemorates a miracle. This year, I witnessed one firsthand.

Israel's Missile Defense: The New Strategic Factor in the Middle East / Prof.B.Rubin

A factor up until now neglected in the Middle East strategic picture is Israel’s development of a strong, multi-level missile defense system aimed both against short-range rockets fired by Hamas and Hizballah as well as to guard against a future Iranian nuclear long-range threat.

Many, unconsciously perhaps thinking of the U.S.-Soviet Cold War balance, misunderstand this system’s effectiveness. Of course, they point out, even if one nuclear missile gets through that would still be catastrophic. But this neglects three factors.

Father of Swedish Queen Made Fortune from Jewish Factory

A television documentary, to be broadcast next Sunday, will accuse the late father of Sweden’s German-born Queen Silvia, Walter Sommerlath, of making a fortune from a factory seized from its Jewish owners by the Nazis. Sommerlath was a member of the Nazi Party since 1934, something he denied in 1976 when his daughter married Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf. Earlier this year Queen Silvia spoke for the first time about the issue in a TV documentary in which she said her father had not been "politically active."

Peace Continues to Elude Israel / Joseph R.Furman

Palestinians are trying to delegitimize Israel.
For more than 60 years, peace has eluded the people of Israel. The tranquility that would come from being able to awaken each day without fear of annihilation, without fear of an attack on one's children and without the need to continuously be aware that the next moment may require running to the nearest bomb shelter cannot seem to find its way to that troubled land.

Has Obama Administration Failed: No Freeze, No Talks, No Competence / Prof.B.Rubin

While the outcome still isn't clear, it seems that a new example of failure and humiliation is unfolding for the Obama Administration's Middle East policy.

It appears increasingly unlikely that the president's high-profile effort to restart Israel-Palestinian talks will succeed during the remainder of 2010 or even well beyond that time.

This Administration has had a very clear idea of what it wanted to achieve:

1. A comprehensive Israel-Palestinian and Arab-Israeli peace.

US Canada Announces Boycott on UN Durban 3 "charade"

The government of Canada will not participate in events next year at the United Nations commemorating the controversial 2001 Durban declaration on racism. Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said the “government has lost faith in the Durban process. We will not be part of this event, which commemorates an agenda that promotes racism rather than combats it. Canada will not participate in this charade any longer. The government of Canada will not lend Canada's good name to the organized exercise in scapegoating the State of Israel] that is the Durban process."

Obama Administration "looks weak" and is "poushed around by Arab Strongmen" / Prof.B.Rubin


The Washington Post's editorial, “Mr. Mubarak vs. Mr. Obama,” has two passages especially worthy of notice.

Among U.S. daily city newspapers, the Post has been the best generally at understanding the serious trouble created by the Obama Administration’s mistakes and misunderstandings. In this editorial, it urges the U.S government to get tougher with Egypt over human rights’ issues there, especially in regard to the parliamentary elections.

What interests me most, though, are two specific statements. Here they are:

Recognition of a Palestinian State - Premature,Legaly Invalid and Undermining any Bona Fide Negotiation Process / Alan Baker

The acts of recognition of a Palestinian state in 1967 borders by Brazil, Argentina, and possibly other Latin American states have no significance other than as a political expression of opinion.

The unceasing efforts among states by the leadership of the Palestinian Authority to attain recognition of unilateral statehood within the 1967 borders and thereby bypass the accepted negotiation process, runs counter to their commitments in their agreements with Israel, as witnessed and guaranteed by members of the international community.

Brits "a little anti- Semitic", Alleges Double Standards on Israel / Martin Amis

The British writer Martin Amis has called the UK and the West “a little anti-Semitic” and accused it of expecting “higher moral standards from Israel than its neighbors.” In an interview with Israeli newspaper ‘Haaretz’, Amis said: “If you bring up Israel in a public meeting in England, the whole atmosphere changes. The standard left-wing person never feels more comfortable than when attacking Israel. Because they are the only foreigners you can attack. Everyone else is protected by having dark skin, or colonial history, or something. But you can attack Israel.

Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs Reveal Their Views on the Situation / DR.Rivka Shpak Lissak

Israel is the victim of a Palestinian – Arabic campaign to de legitimize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. The main accusations are:
Israel is responsible for the continuing Israeli – Palestinian conflict because of the settlements built on Palestinian land.
The Israeli army is accused of war crimes against Palestinian civilians.
Israeli Jewish society is accused of racism towards Israeli Arabs.

In short, Israel is the cause of the troubles in the Middle East.

Fins ain't What They Used To Be - Mossad and its Reach / Ray Cook

Head of Mossad, Meir Dagan is regarded responsible for the death of an unfortunate German tourist because he enduced a White Tip reef shark to attack her.

Now, I do not want to trivialise the death of this tourist; it was truly horrendous. However, according to sources inside Egypt, it was all part of a Mossad plot to ruin the Egyptian tourist industry.

Honest Reporting set the scene:

Palestinian Leaders Yell Political Theatre at Crowded Israeli Fire / Prof.B.Rubin

Often, small details give a tremendous insight into political realities. Such an example is the remark made by a high-ranking Palestinian official about the tragic fire in northern Israel.

When the fire broke out, 40 Israeli prison guards were rushed to a prison to evacuate the prisoners there in order to save their lives. The bus was trapped in the flames and all of these men, plus the driver, died.

Why did U.S Peace Diplomacy Fail: What Happens Next? Prof.B.Rubin

I think this lead from Jackson Diehl's Washington Post article says it all:
"The latest collapse of the Middle East peace process has underlined a reality that the Obama administration has resisted since it took office--that neither the current Israeli government nor the Palestinian Authority shares its passion for moving quickly toward a two-state settlement. And it has left President Obama with a tough choice: quietly shift one of his prized foreign policy priorities to a back burner -- or launch a risky redoubling of U.S. efforts."

Notes from an Undeclared Cold War / Jonathan Spyer

The diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks earlier this week confirm that the key strategic process taking place in the Middle East is the push for regional dominance by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The documents show that the Iranian nuclear program is only the most worrisome element of a broader effort, as there is additional evidence of Iranian involvement and interference in political processes across the region.

After the Fall - Obama in the Post Mid Term Elections Era / DR.Israel Barnir

The Democratic Party took a real licking, or “Shellacking”, to borrow from Obama, in the November elections. It was not the tsunami the Republicans were for, but it was not far from it. Rather than reflect a revolution in American electorate attitudes, the election results are, to borrow from Charles Krauthamer, a return to “normal” - where the congressional map is “a sea of interior red, bordered by blue coasts and dotted by blue islands of ethnic/urban density” (red and blue refer to Republican and Democrats constituencies respectively in this context).

World Jewish Congress Leaders Call on Pope Benedict 16 to Reject Assault on Israel

The leadership of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) has been received by Pope Benedict XVI in private audience at the Vatican. WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, who was accompanied by WJC Secretary General Designate Daniel Diker and Deputy Secretary General Maram Stern, raised his concern at the growing political assault on Israel's legitimacy. Lauder asked Benedict to speak out against the delegitimization of Israel and especially the denial of Jewish holy sites such as the Western Wall as well as the Tomb of Rachel near Bethlehem, which is holy to Jews and also to Christians.

Thank to International Aid, Gaza is going to be a Well - Off Islamic Republic / Prof.B.Rubin

The Gaza Strip is doing really well economically and the Hamas regime seems set to go on forever. It's raking in the aid money but every dollar and every project is shaped to ensure that Hamas remains in power, can return to violence in future and...wreck everything again.

"There are a slew of products here, and beautiful restaurants. Is this the Gaza we have been hearing about?" asked a Sudanese official arriving there, as quoted by the Palestinian news agency Maan. "Where is the siege? I don't see it in Gaza. I wish Sudan's residents could live under the conditions of the Gazan siege."

Islamist Students Threatens to Destroy Qeen Esther Tomb in Western Iran

Islamist student militia threatens to destroy Tomb of Queen Esther in western Iran.

The New Demographic Balance in Europe and its Consequences / Raphael Israeli

The aftermath of World War II brought about an acute shortage of manpower in Europe. Former colonies, where manpower was available that required relatively limited cultural adaptation, became the plentiful sources for unskilled laborers who would replenish the dwindling pool of workers in Europe.

Why Do Iranians and Turks Want Arabs to Fight Jews? Prof.B.Rubin

If you want to understand how the debate goes in the Arabic-speaking world and the ways liberals there try to get across their message, there’s nothing better to read than Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed’s article, “Erdogan...Fulfill Your Promises.” It’s also very easy to misunderstand this kind of talk so let’s go through it together.

The Israeli - Palestinian Conflict:Why it Continues / Prof.B.Rubin

When people ask me why the Arab-Israeli conflict is so misunderstood, the best and simplest way to explain is by citing the central problem; the contrast between reality and what seems logical to those who live in a far-off land that operates by different political rules, have little knowledge of the issues, or have drawn their information from media accounts.

It is logical, but totally misleading, to see the conflict in the following manner:

Congressmen Against Premature Recognition of Palestinian Statehood

The US House of Representatives has unanimously adopted a non-binding resolution opposing any unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state. The resolution was introduced by Howard Berman, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. It is critical of Palestinian efforts to push the international community to recognize a state and states that "true and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties."

How the European Union's Attitude Towards Israel Evolved / Efraim Halevy

"For a very long time the Europeans' weakness has been that so often somebody else has to solve their problems. Frequently the United States has had to do so. Yugoslavia and Iraq have been cases in point. It is possible that this will now change as European nations make major contributions to the multinational force that is being deployed on the southern borders of Lebanon after the Second Lebanon War of summer 2006."

Al Quaeda:The Next Goal is to Liberate Spain from Infidels / Lt.Col.(res.)Jonathan D.Halevi


* Large parts of the Iberian Peninsula were under Islamic rule from 711 until 1492, with the final eviction of the Moors from what they called al-Andalus, and the memory of Islamic rule in Spain has become increasingly part of the discourse in radical Islam.

Why It Is So Urgent to Try to Solve the Israel - Palestinian Conflict / Prof.B.Rubin

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After meeting U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell, EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton (whose last great idea was Western unilateral disarmament during the Cold War) said: "We believe that urgent progress is needed towards a two-state solution... that ends the occupation that began in 1967.”

Why? Of course, it would make sense to move ahead if it was clear that both sides wanted a deal and an agreement could easily be achieved. But in fact the Palestinian Authority (PA) doesn't even want to negotiate.

How the Changing Nature of Threats to Israel Affects Vital Security Arrangements / Maj.- Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland

How do we resolve the dilemma of a peace agreement that includes handing over the Golan Heights to the Syrians, while facing the fact that Israel cannot be defended without the Golan Heights? The way around this was supposed to be the inclusion in any peace agreement of specific security arrangements. Yet this approach was based on a number of assumptions, all of them misguided.

Why I'am an Ashamed Jew / TV Interview with Miriam Margolys

Ray Cook brings the interview with his comments.

I’ve had to admit it.
I can’t live a lie any longer.
I’m deeply, deeply ashamed.
Ashamed of being Jewish? No way. I’m very proud to be Jewish and a member of the Jewish people.

Ashamed of Israel? Wrong again. I’m proud of Israel’s achievements. I worry about its policies, sometimes; I’m concerned, sometimes about some of its actions and those of some of its citizens, but I could say the same for Britain and I’m still proud to be British.

So why am I ashamed?

Who Will Win the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Arab Street:Turkey or Iran / Harold Rhode

Iran and today's Turkish government are engaged in a battle for the hearts and minds of the Arab street. Iran represents the Shiites and Turkey represents the Sunnis. The Arab world is largely Sunni, with the exception of many of the Persian Gulf Arab countries and Iraq.

Iran and the Turkish government are also working together against the non-Muslim world - most specifically against the U.S. and Israel.

Poll Reveals Frightening Popularity of Revolutionary Islamism / Prof.B.Rubin

There’s a lot of interesting material in the Pew Foundation's latest poll of the Middle East, a survey that focuses on attitudes toward Islamism and revolutionary Islamist groups. The analysis that accompanies the poll, however, is not very good, so here is mine.

The Fallacy of the "1967 Borders"- No Such Borders Ever Existed / Alan Baker

The Palestinian leadership is fixated on attempting to press foreign governments and the UN to recognize a unilaterally declared Palestinian state within the "1967 borders." Indeed, this campaign appeared to have some initial successes in December 2010 when both Argentina and Brazil decided to recognize a Palestinian state within what they described as the "1967 borders."

The Poisoned Fruits of Appeasement Come Home to Roost / Prof.B.Rubin

The U.S. weakness in countering Iran and other radical forces in the Middle East is beginning to bear poisoned fruits. Jordan is already moving toward getting on Iran’s good side; Lebanon has been captured by the Iran-Syria camp; Turkey has moved into its orbit, becoming an ally of Iran and Syria, while the Obama Administration only emphasizing how important the relationship is with that country despite differences (that is, the Turkish regime sabotaging U.S. interests repeatedly

Overwhelmingly Negative Attitudes Towards Jews in Islamic Countries

A survey of attitudes has found that the populations of nearly all predominantly Muslim countries hold a negative attitude toward Jews. The Pew Research Center’s survey, which was carried out in mid-2009 in 25 countries, found that 98 percent of Lebanese, 97 percent of Jordanians and Palestinians and 95 percent of Egyptians hold an unfavorable view of Jews. However, only 35 percent of Israeli Arabs said they disliked Jews. In Turkey, the figure jumped from 32 percent in 2004 to 73 percent in 2009.

Iraqi Kurdistan Proclaims its Right To Self Determination / Zvi Mazel

A dormant crisis flares up again in the Arab world: Iraqi Kurdistan proclaims its right to self determination

Hizbullah Throne of Bayonets / Jonathan Spyer

It is obvious that given the true balance of power in Lebanon, the special tribunal investigating the murder of former prime minister Rafik Hariri is largely a virtual exercise. As Michael Young pointed out in a column in the Beirut Daily Star this week, tribunal prosecutor Daniel Bellemare is currently on his end of year vacation and left without submitting draft indictments. This means that indictments cannot be issued before mid-January at the earliest.

Understanding Incompetent Western Policies / Prof.B.Rubin

"This is worse than a crime, it’s a blunder": Understanding Incompetent Western Policies

Some of my readers are always bothered when I say that mistakes in Western Middle East policy are caused by stupidity and ignorance—abetted by ideology—and want to argue that the shortcomings are due to deliberate sabotage or evil intentions (often against Israel).

The Core Fallacies / Emmanuel Navon

Most diplomats and journalists repeat at will that Israel and the Palestinians need to address the “core issues” such as borders and refugees in order to make peace. Yet on both issues, historical and legal fallacies have become the conventional wisdom.

Son of Mubarak:Succession Without Success? Prof.B.Rubin

Some of the more interesting Wikileaks concern the U.S. diplomatic perspective on the succession in Egypt from President Husni Mubarak to his son, Gamal. Let's remember that Egypt is the single most important country in the Arabic-speaking world. Dramatic instability there would be disastrous for U.S. interests. And it might happen.

Demography and Geography in the Land of Israel / Yona Levy Grosman

The U.N.'s universal definition of a refugee :
"Any person who has been forced to abandon his permanent home in his natural habitat since time immemorial will be considered a refugee".
In only one instance has this definition been expanded upon, through the pressure of the Arab League. The broadened definition is as follows: "Every Arab who left Palestine-the Land of Israel in 1948, who had lived there for two years , will also be considered a refugee he and his descendants ". Why did the Arab countries bother to expand this definition?

Prospects for Israeli- Palestinian Peace Talks / MK Isaac Herzog

I am convinced that there is a golden opportunity now in the region to reach a breakthrough for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. There is a convergence of interests which is quite rare. Both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas have come to the realization that there is such an opportunity. The Labor party is in the government coalition because we want to make sure that we are not missing a golden opportunity for peace.

How Western Institutions' Naivete Helps Terrorists / Prof.B.Rubin

How Western Institutions' Naivete (Or Incompetence or Ideology) Helps Terrorists

If I had to pick one sentence to show what's profoundly wrong with Middle East coverage in the Western mass media, this is the one I'd choose. It's in a New York Times article entitled, "Israel: Tensions Rise Along Gaza Border" by Isabel Kershner. I'll put the sentence in bold:

The Best Explanation of the Israeli - Palestinian- Arab Conflict

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The King's Old Clothes- Peace in the Middle East / DR. Israel Bar-nir

I Introduction

Einstein defined insanity as:

“Repeating the Same Experiment Time and Again, Expecting a Different Result”

The Middle East, a world set apart from the rest of the universe, has rules and standards of its own.

In the Middle East insanity is defined as:

“Repeating the Same Experiment Time and Again With the Certain Knowledge That the Result Will NOT Be Different”