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At any rate, the old autocrats are already gone for all practical purposes. The U.S. idea is an outdated one: don’t depend on being nice to Mubarak because one day he could be overthrown, and there will come a pharaoh who knows not Joseph. Thanks, but that’s already happened, and you helped bring about that problem.

Thus, Israel must prove that it is a nice guy to … the Muslim Brotherhood? The nonsense involved is clear when the concept is stated plainly.

In Jewish history this concept translates, for example, into saying that the Jews shouldn’t put all their eggs in the basket of the Weimar Republic because it had just been overthrown by the Nazis, so the Jews had to prove to them that they wanted good relations. (I apologize for the over-used Nazi reference, but it is appropriate to explain the situation.)

The problem is that the United States is under the illusion that even the United States can make friends with Islamist regimes. How all-the-more ridiculous is it to claim that Israel can do so by concessions or gestures? How can anyone with a straight face suggest that if Israel shows progress on negotiations with the Palestinians that regimes which have sworn to wipe it off the map will change their minds?

Rhodes added that, in particular, progress on the peace process required that Israel show Egypt it should keep the peace treaty by making concessions to the Palestinians. Perhaps Egypt should keep the treaty because it is an international agreement it is required to keep. Or because it is in Egypt’s interests because Israel and the United States would make Cairo sorry if it abandoned the treaty completely.

Notice that only concessions — not toughness, deterrence, or credibility — are a tool to keep treaties.

In these circumstances, a phrase often comes to my mind:

Just because you are stupid, why should I kill myself?

Yes, it is intemperate of me to call these people stupid, but they leave me no choice.

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Obama is going to Israel for one reason only: so that he can point to his having visited Israel as President as "proof" that he is "pro-Israel."

This is pre-emptive cover for his issuing a promise to Israel that he will protect that nation from Iranian nuclear weapons once they announce they have them---on the condition that Israel grants in full whatever extravagant wish-list the "Palestinians" are even now preparing.

He will point to his visit as proof of his pro-Israel sentiments and of his acting as an "honest broker," even as he does his level best to dismember Israel and leave it as vulnerable as possible from within and without.

The low-information Jewish voters who reflexively vote Democrat will buy this, as they have bought his every other utterance on the Middle East---and the many nominally-Jewish low-information voters who work in the mainstream media will loudly and repeatedly trumpet this nonsense.
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Wait... in this article Barry states that the "security situation is deteriorating", yet in his last post he declared that the strategic situation was better for Israel than it had been in decades. He is so bipolar on this, and his view actually seems to reflect a large spectrum of Israeli opinion. They are both certain that the sky is about to fall and at the same time that they are completely invincible. This dichotomy has been present since the founding of the state. Very bizarre and will probably lead to its undoing, and if anyone cares about my predictions then that undoing will start in Syria.

I already see too many articles in the Israeli media which reveal an eagerness to send the IDF into Syria, and I am guessing that this thinking reflects that of their sources inside the Israeli government. This would be a disaster of epic proportions. If the IDF tries to occupy any of Syria A) it would render the 1973 armistice lines (that are much to Israel's advantage) completely meaningless B) they would breach their own Golan defenses and once al-Qaeda and the IRGC learned how to penetrate IDF lines inside Syria (which they would) they would be able to stage terrorist attacks in the Israeli Golan and possibly even the Galilee C) create incredible casualties for the IDF with their Iraq style attacks D) smash morale among the Israeli public and military.

But there seem to be those, using this screwed up bipolar view of the world common in Israel, that seem to want to encourage this nonsense.
1 year ago
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Why does Israel need to make peace? They hold the upper hand. Who needs to make peace are a people who see entire Muslim neighborhoods in E. Jerusalem disappearing, say they hate that, but are too stubborn to organize themselves, say "I surrender" and move on with their lives.

They prefer some fantasy where everything will magically go back to 1947 or some Muslim prince will rescue them. To me that's too dumb for words. Cutting off your nose to spite your face reminds me of The Mikado where they say cutting off your own head is "an extremely difficult, not to say dangerous, thing to attempt"

Yes, it is.

Declare peace, give assurances to Israel and move on already. You'll have the West Bank all to yourselves and your movements will be constrained only to the extent you attempt further idiocies. In this regard I give you Gaza.

You lost - get over it. It happens. The past can't be replayed.
1 year ago
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The Department of "Justice" in America believes that enforcing laws in America should be done only on behalf of certain races.

It picks "victims" based upon its own prejudices and then rigs the outcome.

Why do you think the LA Times kidnapped and is holding hostage that tape of the constant dinner companion Rashid Khalidi and Obama?

Israel and America are not "underdogs". Mother Russia and Father China have their favorites and this administration has pushed all the "reset" buttons.

Obama won't sully his name by bringing a peace process to the table because the Jews aren't willing to learn how to genuflect. And the laws of his "friendship" are based upon submitting to his predetermined outcomes for "victims" and "their oppressors".

The fact that we are continually surprised by this...is baffling.
1 year ago
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What do you expect from the man who would be caliph?
1 year ago
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It is a seriously decent gesture of PM Benjamin Netanyahu to serve the expectations of the world community, like the rest of his predecessors did. Serving here means, demonstration of willingness to confront adversaries to the face for repeated clarity, desire for peace. Israel had given up much parts of her rights to the Land, to further concede is a real nose-dive. Interestingly a terrifying fulfillment of troubling prophecies, ...however, redemption is at the doors and the ONE WHO keeps Israel does not slumber ... HE is with the Land, and no amount of Oba's insidiousness with his eastern cohorts can escape HIS judgments.
1 year ago
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Meanwhile, a new book by a rising star professor at the U. of Chicago, favors Edward Said, and seems to undermine the coalition between many Christians and Jews in defense of Israel and of Western values in general. See http://clarespark.com/2013/03/15/nirenbergs-mischievous-anti-judaism/.
1 year ago
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Europe is a slave to the baggage of its own past. This can be useful when it reflects a worthy value and deadly when used otherwise. Either way, thought becomes frozen and little changes. The same old things are seen in the same old places, even when they have ceased to exist.

America, once bright eyed and immune to this, has now gathered it own baggage about itself. Bigotry only has a hood and swastika, and certain skin and gender. Like the Old World, we now see things only where we used to see them and expect to see them.

That's why bald-faced bigotry has been mainstreamed in America, cuz we all "know" a 19 yr. old girl with cute braids is incapable of hate, and so we listen to their hate and judge it to be wisdom. Cuz "wisdom" has a look, and a last name, or a skin color.
1 year ago
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Yes more posturing and pretending. I don't see how and same person can put the burden solely on Israel after the failure of the Oslo process, and the way the Palestinians handled an actual return of land in Gaza. Watching this post colonial two step repeated ad nauseam the more strongly I support Israel. I hope Bibi tells the fool what he want to hear and knocks the Iranian nuclear program to oblivion, but that would be too much to wish for.
1 year ago
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I suspect this trip is just a photo op for the president. Possibly a little payback to Netanyahu. Nobody educated expects anything to occur along the Israeli-palestinian track. The problem is with the low informed, who will hear these empty promises and implied denuciations of Israel's desire for peace, put 2+2 together and again come up with 5. The propaganda war continues apace and the Israelis are losing. As for the Arab spring coming out badly for Western interests, perhaps in the short run. I suspect the arab world will need an islamic reign of terror to eliminate their support of the MB. It appears to be happening in Iran. sadly it will take 1-2 generations. Hopefully, Obama will not destroy what's left of Israel's deterrent capabilities thus providing the Israelis with time for Islamist Imperialism to sink itself
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