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Where are the Jewish Organizations?

July 23rd, 2014 - 5:00 am

Writing on Commentary’s website yesterday, Prof. Eugene Kontorovich denounces the Obama administration’s double standard in cutting off flights to Israel:

Ben Gurion remains an extremely safe airport. The FAA had many various measures short of a flight ban, like warnings, that it could have imposed. The FAA only warns airlines about flying to Afghanistan; it does not ban them. And the FAA move comes the day after a general State Department warning about Israel–though far more people were killed in Chicago on Fourth of July weekend than in the Jewish state since the start of the Gaza campaign.

Whatever the intent, the administration has cornered Israel in a booby-trapped tunnel, with Hamas on one side, and economic perdition on the other.

Israeli authorities denounced the decision as a “prize for Hamas” and completely unjustified.

Most (but not all) Western European carriers followed the FAA’s example — but not the airlines of the former Soviet empire. According to the departures board at Ben Gurion Airport, normal service continues from most of the Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Czech, Georgian, Hungarian and Byelorussian Airlines, as well as Air Vietnam.  Aeroflot and Transaero planes turned back to Moscow after the ban was announced but their flights today remain on the screen. British Airways is still flying to Israel. As Edward Luttwak observed, there are 39 direct flights from Israel to former constituents of the Communist world vs. 5 to the United States.

Since when does Israel get a fairer deal from the former Communist world than from the United States of America? This is the world turned inside-out. Where is the outcry from American Jewish organizations? To his credit, former mayor Michael Bloomberg ridiculed the administration and boarded a flight to Tel Aviv forthwith. But where is the wave of organized protest?

It’s well and good that the U.S. put $700 million into the development of Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system, as Daniel Gordis noted in a column this week in The Times of Israel. Israelis point out that this is rounding error in the country’s $300 billion national budget. Yesterday’s flight ban, by contrast, was the most destructive action that the US has taken towards Israel since the Truman administration imposed an arms embargo during the War of Independence. It encourages Hamas to keep firing rockets when the Obama administration supposedly is working for a ceasefire.

The silence here is deafening.

Related: “Can Israel Finish the Job Now?”  Michael Walsh responds to David Goldman.

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Netanyahu should inform the US and EU that since they consider the threat to air travel to be so serious, Israel will step up its effort to stop the rocket fire; the flight ban gives Israel no choice. The escalation will commence immediately to stop the rocket threat permanently.
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At least this puts the Israelis on notice that half measures are a poor strategy. If they are going to be punished for their half measures it is far better to end the problem permanently.

If the old America could embarrass the Politburo into submission with the Berlin air lift, let the Jews who still count stick it to the pathetic wreak of the Western ruling class with a strategy around this transparent strangulation.
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Allow me to answer the question. As a religious Jew and unapologetic supporter of
Israel I am ashamed of 70% of the American 'Jewish' community.
I say 'Jewish' but the word 'Leftish' is far more accurate. Most of the 70%, the ones
Who help elect and re-elect a leftist of Muslim descent, are Not truly Jewish. Although
They are Jewish by accident of birth, they are 'Leftish' by
Choice. They have forsaken the path of Jewish Faith and worship
Instead the golden calf of 'secular humanism' and it's
Faux-religious twin brother, Reformism, for all practical purposes
Secular. They are not B'nei Yisroel, children of Israel. They have
Proven to be B'nei Esau, an age old enemy of Ours.
The fact that many and most of these people are sympathetic
To the likes of J Street and other Leftish anti-Israel groups and
Hostile to Orthodox, Religious Jews, who in their secular arrogance
they generally regard as superstitious ( uncool ) and along with the
Jewish 'settlers', an impediment To peace with the Arabs.
These Leftish Dybbuks, monsters, are a thorn in the side of the Jewish
Nation since we walked out of Egypt 3500 years ago. And they
Continue to plague us today, committing Fratricide with their condemnation
Of Israel, enabling Those sworn to our destruction.

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Egypt is, objectively speaking, a better "ally" to Israel than the United States, right now.
12 weeks ago
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The FAA and EU governments clearly decided there was some risk in routing planes to Ben Gurion. Would it be better if they had not and a US aircraft got shot down? Would we be crowing about how brave the FAA and US airlines were? This is hardly about a "fairer deal", its about aircraft safety.
12 weeks ago
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This is practically impossible to shoot down an aircraft by unguided missile without non-contact explosion trigger, even if there were not 90% efficient Iron Dome anti-rocket system.
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I just had a terribly disturbing conversation with a Jewish Co-worker. This person regularly attends the Temple (reformed) here in my community. This person is also very involved in the Jewish cultural scene in my moderate sized southern city. The Jewish community is tight. AND LIBERAL. I gave her an editorial to read, one that was featured in the Israel times, "Shalom MXtherFxxer." She took it and sighed and said, "Yes, the Jews are very upset about what is going on. But we really feel awful that so many Palestinians are being killed. What we want," she blinked and continued, "is a two state solution and that is what they want as well." She smiled, satisfied that she was a very good person. I then spoke up and pointed out that the Gazans had voted for Hamas to run the place and she objected saying, "but was it the Palestinians who voted or just the Hamas people?" I said, The people, the Palestinians. The Palestinians in Gaza voted for Hamas. She then went on to say there were lots of Israelis' living in Gaza too and that they didn't vote for them. I looked at her with complete wonder. I told her, "You do know that Israel gave Gaza to the Palestinians 9 years ago, right? And that all the settlers left and they worked a deal so that the greenhouses could stay so they could be productive, self-sustaining etc, right? And then they destroyed them?" She began to look very confused and then recovered saying," Oh no, you are wrong, I will bring you the literature from the Temple to read" And I told her not to bother and suggested that she start Googling, right away. She did not get angry. I could tell she was genuinely surprised by what I had to tell her. All of it. But, I know her and I know she won't Google a thing. Draw your own conclusions. Multiply her by many. It is very, very disillusioning
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No longer surprising. Modern secular and Deformed Jews are among the most liberal--and ignorant--people I've ever seen. One of these days a Deformed temple is going to be "twinning" with a mosque in Gaza City or Rafah.
8 weeks ago
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She simply doesn't want to see....Just like all of those Jews in Germany 70 years ago. Although this time she is willing to watch other Jews be slaughtered while she stays here.
12 weeks ago
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David, If you are still in Israel when you read this message feel free to contact me. I can arrange for you to interview several Knesset members here in Jerusalem. Also some very interesting other folks.
Menachem
ps- If you have lost my email Roger Simon should still have it.
13 weeks ago
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At 07:20 AM Israel time (a few minutes ago), the Times of Israel liveblog reports the ban has been lifted
"07:20 Ban ended after security assessment, FAA says
The FAA says in a statement that it is ending the ban on flight to Israel’s Ben-Guriin airport after reviewing the security situation with US government officials, but indicates it can still reinstate the ban.

“Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation,” the agency writes. “The agency will continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions, as necessary.”

The ban was instated on Tuesday, following a rocket strike near a house in the town of Yehud, which abuts the airport.


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Clarification on the status board: there are some Euro and American flights "scheduled" but if you look carefully there is always an El Al scheduled to fly at exactly the same time to the same place. These are of course (pre-existing) code-shares, with El Al and its code share partner taking turns actually flying.
13 weeks ago
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Obama has ADD, Administrative Do-Nothing Disease......Give me Richard Nixon and Kissenger and a barrel of whiskey and something might get accomplished.....I enjoyed this Mr. Wilson...
jwc....
13 weeks ago
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Obama's treatment of Israel could cause a cynical person to wonder which side he is on. It would appear he's doing his best to improve Hamas at the expense of Israel. There is the flight ban along with giving Gaza 97 million dollars in aid. No doubt that will help Hamas replace the tunnels Israel destroyed.
13 weeks ago
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I don't think anyone needs to wonder. It is clear; he has come out on the side of Islamists in Iran and Egypt as well as Israel. He just can't be as blatant as he would like.
13 weeks ago
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Netanyahu should inform the US and EU that since they consider the threat to air travel to be so serious, Israel will step up its effort to stop the rocket fire; the flight ban gives Israel no choice. The escalation will commence immediately to stop the rocket threat permanently.
13 weeks ago
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When is Obama going to join with Israel in the blockade of Gaza?

The FAA actions indicate that the US government feels that the terrorist threat by Hamas on international aircraft is clear and present. The only solution is for an international effort to stop Hamas from acquiring more rockets with which to target international air travel.

If Obama won't join the blockade, then the suspension of flights was obviously an act against the Israeli economy rather than an action against threats to international air travel.
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