Cleansing of Gaza Strip is Needed

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest political ally has called for Israel to carry out a “thorough cleansing” of the Gaza Strip as a tenuous ceasefire between its Hamas rulers and the Jewish state frayed.

Former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman called for Israel to reconquer the crowded coastal enclave to avoid “finding ourselves in two years with Hamas having aircraft and hundreds of missiles that will reach beyond Tel Aviv”.

His comments came as the Israeli Air Force attacked targets in the Gaza Strip after six rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel...

Mr. Lieberman suggested that neither the eight-day aerial campaign Israel launched in November with the stated goal of halting rockets from Gaza, nor the devastating Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09 in which more than 1,100 Palestinians and 13 Israelis died, had proven effective at quelling the violence.

“Without willingness to take things to their conclusion we merely increase the threats,” he said, adding that Hamas “has no intention of coming to terms with the Jewish presence in the land of Israel and therefore what is needed is to seriously consider conquering the Strip and carry out a thorough cleansing.”

Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak

For over 20 years public opinion has been skewed by deliberate anti-Israel propaganda toward the idea that there is no other solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict but the “Two State Solution”. International bigots in the UN, members of the so-called unbiased democratic press and even the governments of Israel are unwilling to recognize the existence of several alternatives - “The Sinai Solution” is one of them!

Islamists Who Advise the US Government

- Arif Alikhan - Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the US Department of Homeland Security

- Mohammed Elibiary - Homeland Security Adviser

- Rashad Hussain - Special Envoy to the (OIC) Organization of the Islamic Conference

- Salam al-Marayati - Obama Adviser - founder Muslim Public Affairs Council and its current executive director

- Imam Mohamed Magid - Obama's Sharia Czar - Islamic Society of North America

- Eboo Patel - Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighbourhood Partnerships

Not so Moderate New Iranian President

A newly elected Iranian president Hasan Rowhani was allegedly involved in plotting the deadly 1994 attack on a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, according to the indictment filed in the case. The attack, attributed to Iran and carried out by the terrorist group Hezbollah, killed 85 people and injured hundreds. The 2006 indictment names Rowhani as a member of the committee headed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that planned the bombing, the deadliest attack of its kind in Argentinian history. (Those who do not want to stop Iranian nuclear program are falsely portraying the new Iranian president as a reformist. They are aware that he will be nothing more but a subordinate to Khamenei’s committee!)

Enemy Within - Arabs are not Israelis

An elected Arab member of Knesset MK, Afou Agbaria (Hadash), publicly called for an Intifada (violent uprising) during the heated debate on the law which legalizes pirate Bedouin settlement in the Negev.

Israel Does Not Exist in PA Textbooks

The textbooks used in UNRWA-funded schools never acknowledge any Jewish rights in “Palestine”, nor any Jewish past in the Land of Israel. "Israel is delegitimized and demonized in these texts and no peaceful solution to Arab-Israel conflict is ever discussed” said Dr. Arnon Groiss, a respected expert in the promotion of Tolerance in Education. The funding for the schools are provided by Western countries, led by the US, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Australia and others.

A True Christian Cannot Be Anti-Semite

Pope Francis has condemned anti-Semitism, saying that it has no place in the church. "Because of our common roots, a true Christian cannot be anti-Semitic," Francis said at a meeting with a delegation of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC). The Church "firmly condemns hatred, persecution and all manifestations of anti-Semitism," he said. (Nice sentiment, but will he publicly confess atrocities the Church have committed and facilitated against Jews? How about Torahs, Jewish books and artefacts, hidden in Vatican underground vaults, that the Church has systematically stolen from Jews since Roman times - will he return them?)

Egypt Tightens Gaza Blockade

Egypt has intensified a crackdown on smuggling tunnels between its volatile Sinai desert and the Gaza Strip, causing a steep hike in petrol and cement prices in the PA controlled territory. Predictably, since it’s the Muslim Brotherhood government of Egypt and not Israel treating the Palestinians so pitilessly, nobody seems to care.

Israeli Volunteers - Front Line of Defence

Members of Magen Yehuda and Community First Response Teams commonly known as "Kitot Konanut" are civilian volunteers who give of themselves and put their lives on the line to help protect their home communities. These are few incidents from just one community:

Al-Dura Hoax Saga Continues

French media analyst Philippe Karsenty has been convicted of defamation for accusing French state television of staging the infamous footage of Mohammed al-Dura, the Arab boy who fuelled a campaign of lies against the state of Israel and became a symbol of the second intifada.

Syria Conflict will End when Israel Falls

A commander in one of Iran’s volunteer military units said that the world will know when the conflict in Syria ends - it will be marked by the fall of Israel. “The end of chaos in Syria will lead to the collapse of the Zionist regime,” said Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, who commands Iran’s Basij force. (They hate and kill each other with vengeance, but blame the existence of Israel?)

Native Canadians Reject Palestinian Propaganda

Ryan Bellerose is a Metis from Alberta. He founded Canadians for Accountability, a Native rights advocacy group. (Please read his perspective on the anti-Israel propaganda)

Why is this not a Front Page News?

Riots in China’s ethnically divided Xinjiang region left 27 people dead last Wednesday. According to state police opened fire on “knife-wielding mobs”. It was the latest spasm of violence to hit the troubled western region, which is about twice the size of Turkey and is home to around nine million members of the mostly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority.

IDF Seizes Large Weapons Stash

IDF forces seized a large cache of illegal weapons, which were discovered in the homes of Arab terror suspects. Overall, 19 terror suspects were arrested overnight throughout the Jordan Valley and Judea and Samaria regions. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said: "More than a dozen shooting incidents were reported since the beginning of 2013 in Judea and Samaria. Counterterrorism activities in the region are crucial to the prevention of such incidents." “The IDF will not tolerate any threat to the safety of the citizens of Israel and will continue to act against those responsible.”

Quote of the Week:

“This is a Jewish state that’s a democracy, not a democracy with some Jewish elements. We need to strengthen these principles, and give them legal priority.” - Yariv Levin, Member of Knesset (Likud) - Israel must stop apologizing to anti-Semitic international bigots and start implementing the plan of national revival!

World Loves Palestinians

Ron Prosor, Israel's ambassador to the UN,

described the special situation of Palestinian refugees on the recent World Refugee Day.

Unlike other refugees, the Palestinians have their own set of rules, their own funding and even their own international agency, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency or UNRWA. To paraphrase George Orwell, all refugees are equal, but some refugees are more equal than others.

In 2012, the United Nations spent six times more on every Palestinian refugee as compared to all other refugees. Like a favored child, the Palestinians have been on the UN’s permanent payroll for over 60 years and are entitled to every service from healthcare to housing and from food rations to education. When it comes to refugees from Syria or Somalia, responsibility falls to the host country to provide basic assistance.

While UNHCR’s approach teaches independence, UNRWA’s approach prepares the Palestinians to be lifelong dependents. Under UNRWA’s framework, Palestinians can continue to be called refugees long after they acquire citizenship and find permanent housing.

…By allowing refugee status to pass to Palestinian children and grandchildren, the number of Palestinian refugees has ballooned from a few hundred thousand in 1948 to over five million today. Left unchecked, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians will continue to be added to the UN’s permanent payroll every year.

…If the current trend continues, then, in ten years there will be 6.8 million. The 10 million mark will be reached in 2035, when a Palestinian child born today will be 22 years old. And in 100 years, there will be 116 million Palestinian refugees!

This is clearly unsustainable, but the only ‘solution’ acceptable to the Arabs, to supporters of BDS, to a majority of UN members, and even to our local “Peace Fresno” organization is that all of these Arabs will ‘return to their homes’ in what is today Israel. In the meantime, their ‘oppression’ qualifies them to engage in violent actions.

...By making the Palestinians the poster children for international victimhood, the Arab states believe they hold a permanent trump card to defame and pressure Israel. While the Arab states are saturated in petrol dollars, the funds mysteriously dry up when it comes to assisting Palestinians and subsidizing UNRWA.

Scan the list of UNRWA’s top contributors and you’ll find it’s exclusively North American and West European countries.

To put it more bluntly: the US and the Europeans are contributing more than $650 million a year (2011 figure) to help the Arab nations build a weapon to use against the Jewish state. And the Arabs pay almost nothing! What a deal.

And it is more than simply a demographic weapon. UNRWA in Gaza supports Hamas in several important ways, particularly by way of its educational system. Teachers use books and materials supplied by the Hamas regime. Many Hamas leaders, including Ismail Haniyeh, are graduates of UNRWA schools, and teachers sometimes moonlight as terrorists. (The international bigots only ‘love’ invented Palestinians because they hate the existence of Jewish states!)