The End of Arab Palestine

by Michael Freund

I never thought I would say this, but those of us on the Israeli Right owe a debt of gratitude to Mahmoud Abbas. By forging a unity agreement with Hamas earlier this month in Doha, Qatar, the Palestinian Authority president has inadvertently corroborated one of the central tenets of our political philosophy: the Palestinians cannot and must not be granted a state.

Ever since the signing of the Oslo Accords in September 1993, we have warned against the establishment of a Palestinian entity alongside Israel… Repeatedly, we have pleaded with the public to recognise the dangers inherent in dividing the land of Israel and placing the heart of the country within our foes’ artillery range. Time after time, we have insisted that an independent Palestine would be swept up by the rising tide of Islamic fundamentalism and become an outpost for Iranian-style extremism.

It has often been an uphill battle, as much of the media and the international community has prodded and pressed to give the Palestinians a state of their own, seemingly without regard for the consequences.

But earlier this month, Abbas delivered decisive and irrefutable corroboration of everything the Right has been saying for nearly 20 years.

…However dangerous this development might be on the ground, it does present a significant opportunity in terms of Israel’s public diplomacy. Simply put, Abbas’s embrace of Hamas should be used to make a strong case against the prevailing notion that a “two-state solution” can bring about peace.

After all, the mirage of moderation surrounding Fatah and the Palestinian Authority is now unambiguously on display as little more than a figment of the Left’s imagination.

We must make the case that this is the end of Palestine, the death knell of the delusion that the Palestinian leadership was interested in reconciliation, compromise and peace. If Abbas and his cohorts truly wished to see an end to the conflict, they would not have joined hands with those who advocate endless confrontation. By affixing his signature to the unity deal, Abbas has therefore settled the argument once and for all.

Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak

Israel is the only country where the ruling national majority, Jews, actively disallowed by their own government to take position of the properties owned by their families. After six decades of independence Israeli government is still living the life of a ‘ghetto Jew’ in fear of offending enemies and fake friends!

Jews are Almost Lynched in Jerusalem

Two Jews were travelling to Mount Scopus in Jerusalem when they accidentally made a wrong turn and ended up stuck in a traffic jam between two Arab cars a week ago. A crowd of Arab youths then showed up and began throwing rocks at them. In recent months, Arabs have attacked Jewish motorists with rocks, in what is starting to again become a common phenomenon on the roads of Judea and Samaria. (Jews are terrorised and living in fear in their own country. When will the Israeli government end this idiocy?)

Apology is a Pathetic Display of Defeat

The US has apologised for inappropriate treatment of religious material in Afghanistan, after hundreds of angry Afghans protested over reports that US forces burned copies of the Quran, even before investigation. Hundreds of protesters earlier besieged the Bagram airbase, about 60Km north of the capital Kabul, chanting calls of "death to America," and firing slingshots and petrol bombs at the gate of the base. Preliminary information showed that Quran copies had not been burned! (Inmates used copies of the Quran for passing messages and Islamic propaganda. No protests against these acts of desecration! Christians are systematically killed and abused by Muslims. Even transit passengers in Arab countries’ airport are not immune. Have you even heard an apology?)

Hevron Survivor Died Without Seeing His Land Returned

Yaakov Castel, one of the last remaining survivors of the 1929 Hevron massacre, passed away.  His dream of restoring his family’s home in the city remained unfulfilled. Castel survived the brutal massacre of Hevron’s Jews at the hands of an Arab mob as a young child. Survivors of the massacre were expelled from Hevron by the British. When Jordan seized control of the city in 1948, their homes were given to Arab families. Castel owned a book detailing his family’s rich history, which has included more than 500 years living in Gaza and then Hevron following the expulsion of Jews from Spain. At the time of the Hevron massacre the family had been in Hevron for generations.

Time to Take Sinai Back

The Islamist party that leads the new Egyptian Parliament is threatening to review the 1979 peace treaty with Israel if the United States cuts off aid to the country. The Obama administration and Congressional leaders have already warned Egypt that the United States might cut off its annual aid to the country, which in the most recent budget came to $1.3 billion in military supplies and about $250 million in other subsidies. Egyptians have long considered American aid as a kind of payment for preserving the peace despite the popular resentment of Israel.

UN is not in Rush to Condemn Iran

Three Iranians detained after accidentally setting off explosives in Bangkok. Citing the similarity of bombs used in New Delhi and Tbilisi, national police chief Gen. Prewpan Dhamapong said that Thai authorities now "know for certain that (the target) was Israeli diplomats." Israel's UN ambassador said the Security Council should condemn the attacks quickly. (The UN is too busy to adopt pro-Islamic, anti-Syrian resolutions)

Nuclear Iran: Words and Action

Tehran hardened its nuclear and military policies in defiance of tougher sanctions and ahead of international nuclear talks. The threat by Iran’s armed forces deputy chief Gen. Mohammad Hejazi of a preemptive strike against its “enemies,” was accompanied by its refusal to allow UN nuclear watchdog inspectors to visit the Parchin facility. Western and Israeli intelligence experts have concluded that the transfer of 20 percent uranium enrichment to the underground Fordo site near Qom has shortened Iran’s race for the 90 percent (weapons) grade product to six weeks.

Protect Us or We'll Protect Ourselves

Attacks by Arabs on Israeli drivers have been on the rise since last year. At least three Jewish women were the victims of violent carjackings in the last seven days alone. Each of the women was forced off the road when it was blocked by armed PA Arabs, then dragged roughly from her vehicle by the attackers and thrown down on the road, while they made off with her car. Dozens of residents of the Shomron town of Kedumim responded by blocking PA drivers from merging onto Route 55. “We expect the army and police to focus on preventing these kind of incidents.” “If they do not,” protesters added, “we know how to defend ourselves.”

Quote of the Week:

"As long as Nazi violence was unleashed only, or mainly, against the Jews, the rest of the world looked on passively and even treaties and agreements were made with the patently criminal government of the Third Reich... The doors of Palestine were closed to Jewish immigrants, and no country could be found that would admit those forsaken people. They were left to perish like their brothers and sisters in the occupied countries…” - Albert Einstein

Boy May Never was Shot in the First Place

Jamal al-Dura, whose 12-year-old son Muhammad was purportedly killed in 2000 in an exchange of fire between Israeli and Palestinian forces in Gaza and who became a symbol of the Second Intifada, sued French-Israeli Dr. Yehuda David for libel, and ultimately lost…

At the start of the Palestinian uprising in 2000, a French television network broadcast a minute-long clip of the boy purportedly being shot in an exchange of fire between Israelis and Palestinians in central Gaza. The voiceover indicated that the boy was killed by Israeli soldiers, but an investigation later suggested that Palestinian fire had killed him. Many others claimed the entire event was staged and the boy was never shot in the first place. In an effort to bolster his claim that Israelis had killed his son, Jamal al-Dura, the boy’s father, presented his own bullet scars, which he claimed were sustained during that same incident. But Dr. Yehuda David refuted al-Dura’s claim, saying he himself had operated on al-Dura in 1992, eight years before the incident, and al-Dura already had been scarred then (allegedly as a result of Hamas attacking him over suspicions he had cooperated with Israel)…

David said that he believed that the damage caused by those famous images of 12-year-old al-Dura supposedly being shot as his father holds him can be repaired, despite the global storm surrounding the incident. “There is always room for repair,” he said. “Someone once told me something that I think is true: The Dreyfus trial wouldn’t have been remembered if he had lost on appeal. It is remembered because he won. That’s how this will be. With this victory we have turned over a new leaf in public diplomacy with the Palestinians”…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated David, saying “You are a shining example of Israel’s battle for truth and of our nation’s confidence in our righteous path. You have done the people of Israel a great service.” (Several years ago I was confidentially told that Israel's government knew that Muhammad al-Dura was alive and living with his relatives. The government of Israel needs to start fighting the anti-Israel propaganda war in order to lift the moral of Jewish people and their belief in reunification of the Jewish national homeland, Eretz-Israel!)

Note: Three senior French journalists who saw the raw footage in 2004 said it was not clear from the footage alone that the boy had died, and that France 2 cut a final few seconds in which he appeared to lift his hand from his face. France 2's news editor said in 2005 that no one could say for sure who fired the shots, but other commentators, including the director of the Israeli government press office, went further, saying the scene had been staged by Palestinian protesters.