by Jonathan S. Tobin
It’s one anniversary that no one is celebrating. Twenty years ago this month, President Bill Clinton welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to a peace summit at Camp David...
The problem is that even those who have, in retrospect, acknowledged that they were mistaken still cling to the delusion that smarter diplomacy and different American, Israeli and Palestinian leaders might still produce a different outcome...
Even worse, some of those who followed them, like White House senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, who was in charge of President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace efforts, seem to have failed to learn all of the appropriate lessons from the Camp David fiasco, even as he strove to do better than his predecessors.
The famous photo op on the White House Lawn in September 1993 is still celebrated by some as a historic triumph, despite the catastrophic consequences of that agreement...
They don’t want to draw appropriate conclusions from these events because the conclave exploded the entire concept behind the Oslo process from which it sprang as based on a myth...
They all believed that (deliberately pretended - they were not stupid) if the Israelis were willing to make the tangible concessions in terms of territory and endangering their security - and the Palestinians were truly willing to finally accept that the long war against Zionism was over — then two states coexisting in peace alongside each other was possible...
The lessons of the Camp David Summit rest on understanding that better diplomacy, planning and help from outside parties is never going to be enough. Until the Palestinians give up their vision of a world without a State of Israel (this will never happen) no peace process, no matter how skilfully conducted will ever succeed.
Most Israelis understand this bitter truth and have adjusted their expectations accordingly! (Unfortunately, not quite - Otherwise the Zionist block would have had a clear majority in the Knesset long time ago, and Israel would not need another election!)
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Jews are NOT a religious faith ONLY! There are 4 different types of Jews (re: Sukkot) and all of them are vitally important and equally loved! And most important, what we must remember is to have mutual respect toward each other, with respect to our traditions! Only then will we have UNITY and we will be able to achieve miracles – spiritual and national!
Israel’s unity government appears shakier than ever as Blue and White breaks ranks to vote for a law opposed by the coalition of which it is a part.
The “conversion therapy” law, which makes conversion therapy for sexual orientation (essentially psychological treatment to make gays straight), a criminal offense was passed last week! This latest and most serious dispute since the unity government was formed in May points to tensions that have existed all along and appear to have only worsened. (Back-stabbing political partnership does not work!)
The Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah is laying the groundwork for a large-scale attack on Israel’s northern border. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, both Iran and its affiliates in Hezbollah have communicated a growing desire to strike Israel.
Israel on Saturday sent a message to the Hezbollah terror group, saying that it did not intend to kill a Hezbollah official in a recent attack on Damascus. The message, which was reportedly sent via United Nations mediators, warned Hezbollah against attempting to avenge the death of Ali Kamel Mohsen Jawad. However, the report also said that Hezbollah refused to accept warnings or threats from Israel.
A poll released on July 20 found that approximately 67% of US voters say they support Israel - 73% said they view Israel as a staunch ally of the United States and 62% said support for Israel is necessary for US national security interests. Among Democrats, those numbers were 72% and 59%, respectively. The poll also found that 66% of voters think U.S. aid to Israel either should stay at current levels or increase. Only 18% of overall voters and 29% of Democrats said the Democratic 2020 platform should be more pro-Palestinian.
The Tel Aviv District Court ruled on Sunday that the Israeli government can seize funds paid by the Palestinian Authority to an incarcerated terrorist, citing a 2016 anti-terror law that permits the seizure of “pay for slay” salaries. the PA paid approximately $160 million in 2017 to incarcerated Palestinian terrorists. The PA paid an additional $183 million to the prisoners’ families, as well as the families of deceased terrorists. Last year, the US Congress passed the Taylor Force Act, which slashes American aid to the PA until cash payments to terrorists and their families are stopped.
Four Jewish youths were attacked by Arab rioters in Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv. The Arab rioters hurled epithets, spat at the four, vandalized their car, and tried to attack them physically. (Enemies have no respect for Jews or the country they are living in! What would be the best solution?)
Under the radar, a quiet revolution is taking place, as the number of Jews visiting the Temple Mount surges. Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, once a rare sight, has become commonplace. This change culminated in a shift in the police department’s policy on the Mount, which now quietly permits, albeit unofficially, Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.
Quote of the Week:
“If we liberate Palestine tomorrow, will we leave the Jewish synagogues intact? No! We will uproot them, along with their people, and throw them into the sea. Allah willing, it will be soon.” - Ahmad Nofal, Jordanian professor – The intention of the enemies is clear! Israel has the obligation to respond to these threats by removing enemy population from all Jewish land!
by Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld
The creation of a Palestinian state will not eliminate their glorification of death ethos; instead it will flourish!
Palestinian Arab society is permeated by a culture of glorifying death. One key element is the idea that dying to destroy Israel is not only noble, but the wish of Allah.
This culture of death glorification manifests itself in a variety of ways. One of these can be found in the original charter of Hamas... "The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: 'The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!'” (They got that wrong. The trees will tell the Muslims “There is a Jew behind me. Run before he kills you!”)
The Palestinian Authority (PA), controlled by Fatah, expresses its appreciation of killing Israelis through paying the murderers a pension. If they die as a result of their terrorist act, payments are made to the family. The PA also glorifies the murderers by naming facilities and streets after them.
One false argument is that this culture of glorification of death is specific to the Palestinian Arabs because of their difficult circumstances. Yet there is in Islam in general a major current, which glorifies death. In 2018, the four deadliest terrorist groups in the world accounted for 58% of all terrorist fatalities in the world. They were all Muslim movements: the Taliban, Islamic state, the Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic States and Boko Haram...
Israeli-American psychiatrist, Daphne Burdman, says that both the PA and Hamas lead children to view positively their involvement in terrorist actions in which they risk their lives. She continued: "This mass indoctrination of children is based on a carefully planned campaign that draws on strongly held cultural beliefs and deep-seated psychological mechanisms. The incitement uses a multimodal methodology, preaching Palestinian nationalism, martyrology, and under Hamas, emphasizing worldwide hegemonic Sharia. The campaign utilizes the media, schools, and the street and as well as religious figures.”
...Those who promote the two-state solution are to a certain extent complicit with the interests of the practitioners of the death glorification. This is even more the case with those who criticize Israel and look away from the Palestinian Arab attitude to death and dying.