Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Fwd: UN launches ‘unprecedented’ $1.3 billion legal campaign against Israel from Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center


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Article By Adam Abrams • 30 October 2017

UN Launches 'Unprecedented' $1.3 Billion Legal Campaign Against Israel

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (in front, at left) sits across the table from United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in Geneva on Feb. 27, 2017. Credit: U.N. Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré.

The United Nations has earmarked some $1.3 billion to fund Palestinian legal campaigns against Israel and to support the creation of an independent Palestinian state, in what experts are calling an unprecedented act singling out the Jewish state at the world body.

document that was recently signed between the U.N. and the Palestinians outlines a "strategic programming framework" in the disputed territories from 2018-2022, and states that the U.N. will work to advise the Palestinian Authority on how to exploit "international accountability mechanisms" in order to hold Israel accountable for alleged violations of international law. The document is set to come into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

The document makes no references to Palestinian violations of international law and human rights, nor does it specify that the $1.3 billion in funding should be applied to humanitarian assistance. Rather, the U.N. document states that the money should be used for developing programs that support "Palestine's path to independence."

"The funding of this unprecedented and prejudicial aggression against a member state by the U.N. is clear evidence that the international body's goal and solution is for a single Palestinian state to replace Israel," Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, president of the Tel Aviv-based civil rights organization Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center, told JNS.org. 

"It's a new form of anti-Semitic aggression and terror by other means, and it plainly violates the U.N.'s own charter," she said.

Sixteen U.N. agencies appear as signatories in the document, including the OHCHR human rights office, the UNESCO cultural body and the UNRWA refugee agency. In signing the document, the agencies pledged to hold Israel accountable for its alleged violations and to document the purported abuses while simultaneously strengthening Palestinian groups' "ability to advocate effectively for rights to be respected."

In the document, the U.N. also pledged to monitor "the impact of Israeli violations" as well as how purported Israeli "breaches of international law" hinder the development of "Palestine." 

"There is no other example or precedent of the U.N. funding, training and advising one side of a conflict to pursue legal advocacy against another side," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of Geneva-based UN Watch, a group whose stated mission is to "monitor the performance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own charter."

"For some reason, however, when it comes to Israel, the U.N. development agencies cross the bright red line from humanitarian assistance to political advocacy," he said.

Although the amount of funding allocated by the U.N. towards overtly anti-Israel initiatives is unprecedented, Shurat Hadin's Darshan-Leitner said the world body's singling out of Israel and misuse of funds were "no big surprise."

"The U.N. is misappropriating, once again, its donors' funds and directing them into projects that help the PLO target and attack the Jewish state, instead of for humanitarian causes," said Darshan-Leitner.

"After all, it's the U.N.'s raison d'etre at this point," she added. "We have seen a massive increase in these baseless lawfare suits being filed without any merit in the American federal courts in the past few years. The unilateral encouragement of these frivolous harassment suits against Israelis and Jewish individuals, which are obviously being funded and fanned on by foreign bodies, is a new Palestinian strategy to try to bedevil and deter support for Israel."

Darshan-Leitner underscored that the U.N. "does not care one iota about justice for the so-called 'victims' it's pretending to assist," and that it uses Palestinian initiatives as a vehicle for turning Israel into an international pariah. 

"It's policies like this that display so clearly why the United States was moved to quit UNESCO, and is considering resigning [from] and defunding other U.N. agencies," she said.

Prof. Avi Bell, a member of the faculty of law at Israel's Bar-Ilan University and a senior fellow at the Kohelet Policy Forum think tank, voiced similar sentiments, telling JNS.org that the U.N.'s newly revealed strategic document "highlights the degree to which many organs of the United Nations are actively involved in diplomatic, legal and financial warfare against the state of Israel." 

"We often fail to appreciate the degree to which the U.N, supports, or even directs, anti-Israel propaganda and political activity," said Bell. "This kind of activity obviously violates the U.N. Charter by infringing upon Israeli sovereignty and denying Israel the right of sovereign equality." 

Bell added that these actions "undermine international institutions by subordinating their legal roles to a political agenda [and] corrupting them in the name of anti-Zionist ideology….Unfortunately, the U.N.'s decades-long war on Israel is nowhere near ending."

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Fwd: Two Leaders by Shalom Pollack. Oct 31, 2017


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MK Omer Bar-Lev (Zionist Union - Labor) said at a demonstration in Ramat Hasharon in central Israel on Saturday that "religionization," in his view, includes soldiers praying at the Western Wall.
"It became known to me that, after Operation Protective Edge, one of the battalions of the Golani Brigade heading towards the south took a slight detour on the way and jumped to the Western Wall, and the whole battalion made [the blessing thanking God for being saved from a dangerous situation]. This is religionization at our expense," he tweeted on the Walla news site.
Bar-Lev asserted that the battalion had traveled to the Western Wall "at the expense of the taxes we pay."
(Bar Lev's famous father, General Chaim Bar-Lev was a minister in the Labor government when in 1980, six Jews were gunned down by Arab terrorists in an ambush while attending Friday night Shabbat services in Hevron. 
His reaction:
 What were they doing there"? 
Bar-Lev, senior was also the creator of the impenetrable  "Bar-Lev line' of defense along the Suez Canal that crumbled in four hours on Yom Kippur, October 6, 1973.)
A few weeks ago, another Labor blue blood gave voice to her Zionism. Merav Michaeli told an Australian panel,"The core family as we know it, unfortunately, is the least safe place for children."
This week a group of labor leaders including former Labor head (General) Amram Mitzne made the requisite pilgrimage to Ramallah.

There they met with PA head Abu Mazen("there was no holocaust"). He returned with good news:"We have a peace partner"!
When asked by a journalist. "What kind of partner pays terrorists for killing Jews and names streets after them, he said something like, our side is not free of guilt either.."
Considering the above very recent items, no wonder that the new Labor leader, Avi Gabai has begun to steer his ship suddenly sharply to the right.  He knows that his sinking ship cannot continue alienating a growing majority of Israelis.
In surprising statements one after the other he has begun a campaign of trying to bring the Labor party back into, or nearing, the Israeli mainstream.  
He declared that Jewish "settlements " need not necessarily be evacuated in a peace deal.

He said that his party will never sit in a coalition with the anti-Zionist  Arab party.
He denounced one of his MKs, Mr. Bahlul, an Arab for refusing to attend the one hundred year anniversary of the "Balfour declaration" claiming that as an Arab, he is" not a free person in Israel".
I am not sure what Mr. Gabai really believes but it seems that he realizes that the noisy "echo chamber" of the secular elites that have always run Labor is increasingly way out of touch with "Joe Israeli".
 And he is absolutely right.
Is it too late for Labor to return to the hearts of the majority of Jews in Israel? I would say yes.
Some of the Labor "blue bloods" will not change their tune or agree to be silenced by an upstart populist chairman.
They may find themselves joining "Meretz" which is officially abandoning all Jewish roots of Zionism in favor of a "state of all its citizens", They try to attract Arabs and pro Arab Jews.
Others will follow their opportunistic senses and tow the line, much like the "no ideology" gang of the short-lived  "Kadima" party.
Israelis are not stupid and even stupid people learn something from experience.
I believe that the Left, in any disguise it chooses, will never govern in this land again.
The question is will the "Right" govern as the "Right" is expected to by its voters?
Netanyahu has been a great disappointment to many of his constituency time and again.
As more  Israelis wake up from the Oslo stupor and understand how removed their Jewish souls actually are from continued double talk and those who brought us the gift of Yasser Arafat and a "New Middle East" they will demand better than they have been served until today.
There are large cracks visible in the institutions that have kept the blinders on the people. The courts, media, academia, politicians...are not the demigods they used to be.
Social media has been one of the elements of erosion that has led to the cracks, but rivers of Jewish blood have been the painful and frustrating conduit that, unfortunately, continually deepen them.
So, today, the Left must hide, put on a mask, or openly join the enemy.

Their days of the high handed rule are gone.
The Netanyahu years were a  painful waste of lost opportunities and political survival games.
Lots of great speeches (including the not great speech of his recognizing an Arab state in our land), releasing thousands of terrorists and building freezes in the liberated lands.
This week marks the anniversary of the deaths of two famous Jewish leaders.
Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, who gave the order to sink the  Irgun ship Altilena (with Menachem Begin on it)  in 1948 and then later brought us Arafat and company in 1993;
The other Jewish leader, a Torah scholar and lover of all Jews was also killed -  not because he was giving away our land to the enemy but because he fought to retain it and expel those who would take it and our very lives from us.
One was deemed a martyr - a demigod by the establishment, and the other a madman.
The Jews of Israel increasingly know who was mad and who was right.
There is a future God willing.
Better late than never? 
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Fwd: Mike Huckabee Newsletter. Oct 31, 2017 Today's Commentary: Federal judges at it again -- Repulsive ads in Virginia -- The Bible informs science -- 500 years -- The third indictment -- Menendez trial update


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This may be a reference that young people won't get, but federal judges are starting to sound like a broken record. Liberals who can't impose their agenda though the ballot box have taken to trying to block President Trump by filing lawsuits in states with friendly, activist liberal judges. First, it was to block his temporary ban on foreigners from six nations with serious terrorism activities and no reliable vetting. Now, they've found a judge in Washington, DC, who's blocked Trump's order overturning Obama's order to allow openly transgender people in the US military.
She did uphold Trump's ban on letting such recruits have gender reassignment surgery at taxpayer expense, but she blocked the rest, ruling that the transgender plaintiffs would be likely to win their lawsuit by proving that they would be injured by Trump's directive.
As with the travel ban lawsuits, this will likely end up in the Supreme Court, where plaintiffs will have to explain why it was constitutional for Obama to change the longtime policy but not for Trump to change it right back. They might also be grilled on why the military is allowed to disallow recruits for any number of mental or physical reasons, but not this one, even though it had been longstanding policy up until Obama unilaterally decided to change it. Apparently, Constitutional executive powers are granted only to Presidents liberal judges personally voted for.
I have to hope that once all these cases land in the SCOTUS' lap, they will issue clear, forceful rulings with no room for interpretation by lower court judges, who seem to believe their gavels are magic wands that give them extra-Constitutional powers over areas such as national security that are specifically reserved to the President. At the rate we're going, if North Korea ever does fire a missile at us, I expect some federal judge to issue a restraining order against Trump shooting it down until they decide whether he's allowed to keep it from entering the country.
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Repulsive ads in Virginia 

By Mike Huckabee
A PAC called Latino Victory Fund that's supporting Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam for Virginia Governor released an ad against Republican candidate Ed Gillespie that just might be the lowest, most repulsive, most unconscionable political ad run since the days when Andrew Jackson was accused of cannibalism. It's meant to depict Gillespie, Donald Trump and their supporters as evil, racist, white supremacists who drive pickups with Confederate flags and use them to chase down terrified minority children, and, I'm just guessing here from the context, filet and eat them. It's absolutely disgusting, especially in light of the recent tragedy in Charlotte where an alleged white supremacist ran down a protester with a car. You can see it at the link, but I warn you: you'll feel as if you need a shower afterwards.
It's common for candidates to say they have no control over despicable ads run by PACs on their behalf, and that may be legitimate. But they usually have the decency to distance themselves from the ads and demand they be pulled. In this case, the Northam campaign responded to public outrage over the vile race-baiting ad by trying to rationalize and justify it instead of condemning it. Let's hope the voters of Virginia see the kind of character that reflects and rebuke it at the polls. And if this is any indication of the kind of campaigns Democrats are planning against Republicans in 2018, let's hope Virginians send a message that slander and ginning up fear and racial divisions are not winning strategies.
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The Bible informs science

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For those who claim the Bible is just a book of fairy tales: Scientists have reportedly pinpointed the oldest solar eclipse ever recorded, dating back to October 30, 1207 B.C. And it's mentioned in the Bible, in Joshua 10:13. In fact, that's what helped them pinpoint it.
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500 years

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Today marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses that he initially hoped would spark debate in the Catholic Church, but instead set off the Protestant Reformation and literally changed the world.
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The third indictment

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A third indictment in the Robert Mueller probe nearly got overlooked in all the hubbub over Paul Manafort. It was a guilty plea to one count, made on October 5 and just unsealed, by a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos. He pleaded guilty to making false statements to investigators about his relationship with foreign nationals he thought to have close relationships with Russian officials. He reportedly emailed seven members of the Trump campaign about setting up an off-the-record meeting with Russian officials, possibly including Vladimir Putin, to discuss US-Russia ties, and also relayed that the Russians had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton and thousands of her emails (big surprise.) In a real "Huck's Criminal Mastermind" moment, he allegedly lied to the FBI about the timing of those communications and tried to cover it up by deleting his Facebook posts.
Well, at least this actually happened within the previous two years and did involve Russia and the campaign. But the meetings he tried to set up apparently never happened, with several Trump campaign advisers warning it might violate the Logan Act. So unless Russia colluded with Trump to rig the election during a meeting that never took place, this still isn't looking like Watergate on the Volga.
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Menendez trial update

Monday, the judge in the bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey denied a defense motion to declare a mistrial. Prosecutors have accused Menendez of selling influence to a wealthy eye doctor who defrauded Medicare of millions, in exchange for a lifestyle out of a travel brochure for the rich and famous. If you read the judge's comments at the link, which is worth it, he not only denied their mistrial motion, he ridiculed the very idea that he would agree to that, and blasted Menendez's attorneys for thinking the rules of evidence don't apply to them.
Gee, I wonder where they would get the idea that the rules involving selling your position of public trust to enrich yourself don't apply to powerful Democrats in Washington? I also want to point out this story because I think someone needs to. For the past few months, in what seems to me to be blatant bias, the media have been beating the drum 24/7 over unproven allegations against Donald Trump while completely ignoring a trial in which a powerful Democratic Senator is accused of selling his office to the highest bidder. I don't have a big media spotlight, as the major networks do, but at least I can aim my flashlight at it.
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Fwd: The Rebbe on giving away Land..please fwd to Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt. Eye to Eye by William Koenig Tysm!



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מלחמתו של הרבי על שלמות הארץ  מול משא ומתן עם האויב והתוצאות !

ארץ ישראל שייכת לכל עם ישראל 
"הנה כל ארץ ישראל ניתנה לבני ישראל בברית בין הבתרים - 'ברית עולם', וניתנה לבני ישראל מ'אלוקי עולם' באופן ד'נחלת עולם'. ועל פי זה מובן שאין ביכולת אף אחד לשנות עניין זה. ואפילו אם נמצא מישהו מבני ישראל שמוכן ורוצה לתת חלקים מארץ ישראל לאינם יהודים - מובן בפשטות שאין הדבר ביכולתו כלל, מאחר שארץ ישראל שייכת לכל בני ישראל במשך כל הדורות, ולכן אין ביכולתו להתנהג כבעל הבית ולהחזיר אפילו שעל מארץ ישראל לאינם יהודים, כי אין הדבר ברשותו. והנהגה זו (לתת למישהו דבר שאינו ברשותו) היא הפך הצדק והיושר לגמרי.

ובפרט כאשר מדובר אודות חלקים בארץ ישראל שניתנו מהקב"ה לבני ישראל באופן של מתנה, בסבר פנים יפות, בחסד חינם, ומתוך ניסים גלויים (ולא מצד 'כוחי ועוצם ידי'), הרי חס ושלום לבעוט במתנתו של הקב"ה, ולהחזיר חלקים מארץ ישראל לאינם יהודים רחמנא ליצלן..." (משיחת י' טבת תשמ"ב).

כיצד ליישב את הארץ 

"כדי להביא דבר זה ("לזרעך נתתי את הארץ הזאת") לידי גילוי, נדרש שיהיה "קום התהלך בארץ לארכה ולרחבה" - ליישב כל שטחי ארץ ישראל, ובייחוד אותם שטחים שישנם מערערים עליהם. ועל התיישבות זו להיות באותו אופן כמו שהיה אצל אברהם אבינו (שמעשה אבות סימן לבנים), שבבואו ובהתהלכו בארץ ישראל הנה "ויבן שם מזבח לה' וגו'" - דהיינו, להקים בכל אותם המקומות מקום תורה ומקום תפילה, וכן מקווה טהרה... ופשיטא שלא להזמין ח"ו לחץ מצד אומות העולם, על ידי ההנהגה המוזרה של התיישבות בנקודות ספורות מסוימות. על ידי הנהגה כזו מראים שמתחשבים בטענת המערערים, ואין שום סברא בשכל ובמציאות לחלק בין נקודות ספורות אלו לכל השאר - שכן אותו "רגשו גוים" ו"יהגו" (מחאות מאומות העולם) קיים כשמתיישבים בנקודות ספורות או כשמיישבים את כל אורך הגבול וכל השטחים...
יש לדעת שעושים זאת בשליחותו ובכוחו של הקב"ה, שעל ידי כך מתווסף יותר תוקף במעשה ההתיישבות, ולגבי כוחו של הקב"ה אין מקום למניעות כלל ח"ו. בשעה שיילכו בדרך זו, הנה לא רק שסוף סוף הם לא יערערו, אלא אדרבה, זה יביא את "הללו את ה' כל גוים שבחוהו כל האומים, כי גבר עלינו חסדו וגו'". (משיחת מוצ"ש פרשת לך לך תשל"ח).

מנסיגה לא יבוא שלום 
"ישנם הטוענים שהחזרת שטחים לאינם יהודים תביא לשלום - לא יתכן שהנהגה שהיא היפך התורה תגרום לדבר טוב, ועל אחת כמה וכמה שלא יתכן שהנהגה זו תביא לעניין ה"שלום", שעל זה נאמר "אם שלום כאן הכל כאן".

ואדרבה, כאשר מתנהגים על פי התורה, ומסבירים לכולם (כולל אינם יהודים) - בסבר פנים יפות - שהיות והקב"ה נתן שטחים אלו לבני ישראל במתנה גמורה, אין ביכולת אף אחד לשנות זאת וכו' - זוהי הדרך להשכנת שלום אמיתי!

כדי לפעול שיהיה שלום אמיתי - בהכרח להתנהג על פי הוראות התורה "תורת אמת", והוראת התורה היא שצריכים לומר את האמת. כאשר מדברים עם אינם יהודים, אסור לדבר אתם בשקרים, באופן של 'דיפלומטיה', אלא צריכים לומר להם את האמת: בברית בין הבתרים נתן הקב"ה את ארץ ישראל לבני ישראל "נחלת עולם", ולכן אסור לנו להיות כפויי טובה ולא לקבל את מתנתו של הקב"ה..." (משיחת י' טבת תשמ"ב).

שלמות העם ושלימות הארץ 
"אע"פ שאין זה הזמן לדבר בגנותן של ישראל - הרי העניין שידובר אינו מצד רצונו האמיתי של יהודי (כי כל אחד ואחד מישראל רוצה לקיים את רצון הקב"ה) אלא רק מצד זה ש"יצרו אונסו", היינו, שיצרו מתמודד עמו ולפעמים אונסו לעשות היפך רצונו האמיתי.

לאחרונה החל היצר הרע להתנגד לכללות העניין ד'שלימות הארץ', "ארץ אשר... עיני ה' אלוקיך בה מרשית שנה ועד אחרית שנה", ששלימותה קשורה עם 'שלימות העם', כדאיתא במדרש רז"ל: "כשברא העולם חילק הארצות וכו', יבואו ישראל שבאו לחלקי וינחלו את הארץ שבאה לחלקי", זאת אומרת, שהקב"ה נתן את כל ארץ ישראל לעם ישראל באופן של "נחלת עולם".

והנה מאחר שכך נאמר בתורה, תורה נצחית, "תורת אמת", ו"תורת חיים", היינו שהתורה נותנת הוראה אמיתית ונצחית בחיים - הרי בודאי שעניין זה (שארץ ישראל בשלמותה שייכת לעם ישראל בשלמותו) הוא עניין של קיימא, באופן אמיתי ונצחי.

ולעומת זאת - כל תחבולות היצר (שמתנגד לעניין זה) אין להם מציאות כלל, כי מאחר שזהו היפך רצון הקב"ה, הרי זה עניין שקר, היפך האמת, אפילו כאשר מדברים בלשונות 'דיפלומטיים' - לכן אין לזה מציאות כלל". (משיחת ליל שמע"צ תשמ"ב).

המתייוונים 
"ניצחונם של בני ישראל בימי חנוכה הוא - שנשארו נאמנים לעם ישראל, לתורה ומצוותיה, והלכו עם התוקף של "גאון יעקב", מבלי להתפעל מהלחץ של היוונים, ביחד עם ה'מתייוונים' - יהודים שרדפו אחרי היוונים, התרפסו בפניהם והשתדלו לישא חן בעיניהם, תמורת כל מחיר.

אבל לדאבוננו, ישנם כיום יהודים שהולכים בשיטתם של ה'מתייוונים', והם אלו שגרמו לכל המחדלים השונים, הן במלחמת יום כיפור, הן בהסכמי קמפ-דיויד, הן במלחמת שלום הגליל, והן בשאר העניינים שהיו בינתיים...

אותם 'מתייוונים' יכולים להיות שמניחים תפילין בכל יום, אבל בעניין זה - הם בבחינת 'תינוקות שנשבו', מכיוון שקיבלו חינוך שצריכים להתפעל מהגוי, להתרפס בפניו ולהשתדל לישא חן בעיניו..." (משיחת שבת פרשת מקץ תשד"ם)



Middle East and Terrorism: Another week, another anti-Israel program at Center for Jewish History - Ronn Torossian

Middle East and Terrorism: How the IRS undermined America as a nation of laws - Melanie Phillips

Video of beautiful Netiv HaAvot slated for destruction by Israel Supreme Court

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This video is in Hebrew but one need not understand the language to understand the gravity of lawlessness of the Israel Supreme Court. The narrator laments that the Israel Supreme Court does not rush to demolish illegal Arab home nor do they rush to demolish the homes of terrorists. Whose home are they anxious to Demolish? Those of Netiv HaAvot. Literally the homes of those who are on the Path of Our Forefathers. Netiv translated is Path. Avot translated is Forefathers.

They are clearing the path of their own demise. The  Israeli Supreme Court is intent on the destruction of the very fabric and very essence of those most faithful to the Land of Israel.

May this evil  lawlessness and sham of a legitimate Court of law who holds themselves Supreme to G-d's  Law, demolish and self destruct before it succeeds to inflict more pain and suffering on the most righteous.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

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COLUMN ONE: Balfour's greatest of gifts
Caroline B Glick


JERUSALEM POST, October 27, 2017

...In the face of the growing discrimination Israelis suffer and rejection Israel endures, how are we to look at the centennial of the Balfour Declaration, which we will mark next Thursday? One hundred years ago, on November 2, 1917, Arthur Balfour, foreign secretary of Great Britain, detonated a bomb whose aftershocks are still being felt in Britain and worldwide.

That day, Balfour issued a letter to Lord Walter Rothschild, the leader of the British Jewish community.
The letter, which quickly became known as the Balfour Declaration, effectively announced the British Empire supported an end of the Jewish people's 1,800-year exile and its return to history, as a free nation in its homeland – the Land of Israel.

In Balfour's immortal words, "His Maje sty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object."

The Palestine Arab leadership at the time rejected his statement. Shortly thereafter the Arabs initiated a terrorist onslaught against the Jewish community in the Land of Israel that has continued, more or less without interruption, ever since.

Indeed, nothing at all has changed with the Palestinians. They have not moved an inch in a hundred years. PLO chief and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas now demands that Britain officially renounce the Balfour Declaration and apologize for having issued it as if Lord Balfour was still foreign secretary and David Lloyd George was still prime minster.

And their growing chorus of supporters at the UN, throughout the Islamic world, and in Europe is similarly stuck in 1917.

Prime Minister Benjam in Netanyahu doesn't believe that the enduring Arab and international rejection of Israel's right to exist mitigates the significance of the Balfour Declaration. Next week he will travel to London to participate in the centennial commemorations of the Balfour Declarations at the side of British Prime Minister Theresa May.

May said on Wednesday that she is "proud" to commemorate the declaration. In her words, "We are proud of the role that we played in the creation of the State of Israel and we certainly mark the centenary with pride."

This was certainly nice of her. But May couldn't ignore the fact that a hundred years later, a large and growing number of people refuse to come to terms with what Britain did. So she added, "We must also be conscious of the sensitivities that some people do have about the Balfour Declaration and we recognize that there is more work to be done. We remain committed to the two-state so lution in relation to Israel and the Palestinians."

So we return to the Palestinians, and the UAE, and the protesters who will be screaming out against Balfour and David Lloyd George from one end of Britain to the other next week demanding their declaration be withdrawn and history rolled back.

And the protesters of course aren't alone. Britain's main opposition party is being led by an ardent Israel-basher. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced on Monday that he will not be participating the Balfour centennial ceremonies.

It certainly makes sense for him to boycott them.

It would be awkward for a man who was elected and reelected after calling Hezbollah and Hamas terrorists his "friends," to be celebrating Britain's role in establishing the state his friends are working to destroy.

Corbyn's boycott, and his very rise to power, are clear signs that Balfour's legacy is a mixed bag.< br />Except that it isn't a mixed bag.

At a very deep level, Israel owes its existence to the Balfour Declaration. This is true not because the Balfour Declaration changed the way the world viewed the Jews. It manifestly did not – not in its own time, and not today.

Indeed, it is ironic that the Palestinians and their supporters blame the British for the establishment of Israel, because shortly after the Balfour Declaration was issued, British authorities, particularly on the ground in the Middle East, did everything they possibly could to cancel it.

In 1920, British military officers asked the local Arab strongman Haj Amin al-Husseini to incite a pogrom in Jerusalem over Passover. Husseini's thugs murdered four Jews and wounded many more. The purpose of the pogrom was to convince the British Parliament to cancel the Balfour Declaration.

The plan didn't work. And two years later the League of Nations established the British Mandate for Palestine on the basis of the Balfour Declaration.

The Mandate required Britain to fulfill the promise of the Balfour Declaration, by among other things facilitating mass Jewish immigration to the Land of Israel.

But the seeds of doubt were duly sown. Almost immediately after the League of Nations issued the Mandate, the British carved off three-quarters of the territory earmarked for the Jewish national home to create Trans-Jordan.

It was largely downhill from there. With each successive wave of Arab terrorism against the Jews, the British issued restrictions on Jewish immigration and limitations on the right of Jews to purchase land that grew harsher with each iteration. These actions paved the way for the 1939 White Paper which abrogated the Balfour Declaration in all but name. It renounced Zionism, and effectively ruled out any possibility of a viable Jewish state being established by blocking Jewish immigration and land purc hase.

It also sealed the fate of the Jews of Europe, by denying them the ability to flee to the one place on earth that wanted them – their home.

British antagonism to Jews and their national liberation movement only grew in the postwar years. News of the Holocaust didn't move the British to fulfill their commitment under the Balfour Declaration. Instead, they threw Holocaust survivors into prison camps in Cyprus and raised the Arab Legion, the most powerful Arab military force in the 1948-49 War of Independence. Britain only recognized Israel in 1950.

So again why is Netanyahu making the trip to London? The answer is that while the Balfour Declaration didn't change the world, it changed the Jews....

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Militias vs. Palestinian "Reconciliation"
Khaled Abu Toameh


GATESTONE INSTITUTE, October 27, 2017

  • The notion that Hamas would ever dismantle its security apparatus and deliver the Gaza Strip to Mahmoud Abbas's forces is a fantasy.

  • It is estimated that there are about 50 different militias operating in the Gaza Strip. These militias are said to be in possession of about a million pieces of weaponry.

  • If Hamas refuses to disarm, that is one thing, but when Abbas's supposed loyalists also come out with similar statements, that this is akin to spitting in the face of the Palestinian Authority president.

    Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas says he does not want to see "militias" in the Gaza Strip if and when the "reconciliation" agreement he reached with Hamas is implemented. "The Palestinian leadership will not accept the model of militias in the Gaza Strip because it isn't a successful one," Abbas told the Chinese news agency Xinhua. "There should be one authority, one law and one weapon, with no militias."

    Hamas, for its part, has already rejected Abbas's demand. Hamas has said it has no intention of disarming despite the "reconciliation" agreement recently signed in Cairo. "We can't give up our weapons because the Palestinian people are still in the phase of national liberation," said Yehya Sinwar, the Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip. "We also can't and won't recognize Israel."

    Hamas's refusal to disarm should come as no surprise. Since Hamas violently seized control of the Gaza Strip ten years ago, it has built a huge security apparatus that consists of thousands of militiamen, most of them members of Ezaddin Al-Qassam, the movement's military wing. Hamas has also smuggled large amounts of weapons into the Gaza Strip and dug dozens of tunnels along the borders with Israel and Egypt.

    The notion that Hamas would ever dismantle its security apparatus and deliver the Gaza Strip to Mahmoud Abbas's forces is a fantasy. Hamas has no problem allowing Abbas loyalists to return to the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, as was the situation before 2007, when Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip. But this is the most Hamas would be willing to sacrifice to support the success of the "reconciliation" accord with Abbas and his Fatah faction.

Masked gunmen from a Fatah militia are pictured on January 30, 2007 in Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip, during a period of armed clashes between Fatah and Hamas. Later that year, Hamas expelled Fatah and seized complete control of the Gaza Strip.
(Photo by Abid Katib/Getty Images)

This is a price Hamas is prepared to pay, not out of affection for Abbas but because it serves its own interest. The reopening of the Rafah terminal will allow Hamas to breath after years of isolation and blockade. A few hundred Abbas loyalists who manage the Rafah border crossing do not pose a threat to Hamas's rule over the Gaza Strip.

Above all, Hamas seeks to prevent a return to the pre-2007 era, when the Palestinian Authority had exclusive control over the Gaza Strip. Until that year, the PA had multiple security forces that maintained a tight grip on the Gaza Strip and employed an "iron fist" policy against Hamas and other opposition groups.

The statements of Hamas leaders in the past few days show that they are seeking to duplicate the model Hezbollah uses in Lebanon. Hamas wants to remain in charge of security matters in the Gaza Strip while restricting the Palestinian Authority's responsibilities to civilian affairs. Hamas's refusal to disarm and hand over security responsibilities to Abbas could torpedo the Egyptian-sponsored "reconciliation" agreement -- especially in light of the PA's rejection of copying the Hezbollah model in the Gaza Strip.

While Abbas is talking about the need for Hamas to disarm and dismantle its militia, however, some Palestinians are wondering what would be the fate of armed groups in the Gaza Strip that are affiliated with Fatah if the "reconciliation" agreement is implemented.

Hamas is far from the only party with a militia in the Gaza Strip. Almost all of the other Palestinian factions, including Islamic Jihad, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), have their own militias there -- in addition to a number of ISIS-inspired militias that have also appeared in the Gaza Strip in the past few years.

It is estimated that there are about 50 different militias operating in the Gaza Strip. These militias are said to be in possession of about a million pieces of weaponry.

Abbas's real test will be the day he is forced to face the unruly Fatah-affiliated armed groups in the Gaza Strip. Abbas has good reason to be worried about the Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PFLP and DFLP militias. None of these groups will ever voluntarily lay down its weapons or dismantle its militias just because the Egyptians or Abbas want it to. Abbas, moreover, also needs to worry about the Fatah-affiliated groups: they also are unlikely to comply with his wish to see no militias in the Gaza Strip.

Fatah has in the Gaza Strip several armed groups not known for their blind loyalty to Abbas. Some of these disgruntled armed groups, in fact, often sound more like Hamas and Islamic Jihad than Fatah.

Fatah has quite a number of militias in the Gaza Strip: Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Ahmed Abu Rish Brigades, Abdel Qader Al-Husseini Brigades, Martyr Ayman Judeh Groups and Nidal Al-Amoudi Brigades.

Although they are affiliated with Abbas's Fatah, these armed groups continue to talk about an "armed struggle" against Israel and their desire to "liberate Palestine, from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river." The unruly Fatah-affiliated groups have a history of angering and embarrassing Abbas and the Fatah leadership in the West Bank. The groups often issue statements applauding terror attacks against Israel, such as the recent shooting at Har Adar, near Jerusalem, in which three Israelis were murdered.

For the past few years, the Fatah leadership in the West Bank has sought to distance itself from the actions and rhetoric of those Fatah armed groups in the Gaza Strip. That effort reflects the desire of the Fatah leadership in the West Bank to present itself to the international community (and Israel) as a "moderate" party that opposes violence and seeks a peaceful solution with Israel.

Even more worrying for Abbas is that in addition to Hamas, the Fatah armed groups in the Gaza Strip are refusing to disarm as a result of the "reconciliation" agreement.

Now, not only does Abbas have to worry about Hamas and Islamic Jihad; he has his own Fatah gunmen saying that they too will not disarm. This headache for Abbas poses yet another obstacle to the implementation of the "reconciliation" agreement.

As Abu Mohammed, a spokesman for the Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the Gaza Strip, said recently: "We won't give up our weapons until all Palestine has been liberated." His statement echoes the position of Hamas and all the other armed groups. If Hamas refuses to disarm, that is one thing, but when Abbas's supposed loyalists also come out with similar statements, that is akin to spitting in the face of the Palestinian Authority president.

The "reconciliation" agreement has yet to be implemented on the ground, yet the issue of the militias in the Gaza Strip is already emerging as a major obstacle and a severe blow to Abbas. He will now have to decide: either to proceed with the "reconciliation" agreement and accept playing the role of president of a Gaza Strip filled with armed groups and militias -- most of which are no friend of his, or to backtrack and realize that his wish to have one law, one police force and one authority in the Gaza Strip is nothing more than a pipe-dream.

Khaled Abu Toameh, an award-winning journalist, is based in Jerusalem.

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Air Defense: Iron Dome Moves North


STRATEGY PAGE, October 26, 2017

Realizing that there was likely to be a long-term threat from Iranian forces in Lebanon and Syria Israel announced it was stationing a battalion of its Iron Dome anti-rocket systems in northern Israel. There was already a battalion assigned to southern Israel to defend against the rockets Hezbollah had amassed in Gaza and had last used on a large scale in 2014. There had not been large scale rocket attacks in northern Israel since the Iran-backed Hezbollah launched a major rocket attack in 2006 and convinced Israel that Iron Dome was worth developing and deploying.

Israel currently has ten Iron Dome batteries. Three to five batteries plus some support facilities makes a battalion. It took several years for Israel to realize that Iron Dome should be on duty at all times. In the beginning Iron Dome was seen as an emergency weapon, to be kept in storage most of the time and mobilized for use by reservists in wartime. It has not worked out that way.

Iron Dome has been in service since 2009 and proven itself in combat. Because of this Iron Dome has long been deployed full time in southern Israel and sent north mainly for training and batteries were kept in the north only as long as they appeared to be a threat. Each battery has radar, fire control equipment, and 3-4 missile launchers (each with 20 missiles) and costs about $37-50 million depending on how many missiles it is shipped with.

Iron Dome uses two radars to quickly calculate the trajectory of the incoming rocket and do nothing if the rocket trajectory indicates it is going to land in an uninhabited area. But if the computers predict a rocket coming down in an inhabited area one (or often two to be sure) $50,000 Tamir guided missiles are fired to intercept the rocket. This, and the fact that the Iron Dome fire control system can track hundreds of incoming missiles at once makes the system cost-effective.

So far Iron Dome has shot down 700 rockets, which is about 85 percent of the rockets it calculated were headed for a populated areas. The Tamir missiles used by Iron Dome weigh 90 kg and have a range of 70 kilometers against rockets, mortar shells and artillery shells up to 155mm. Iron Dome can also shoot down aircraft and helicopters (up to 10 kilometers/32,000 feet altitude). Iron Dome is the principal defense against short range rockets fired from Gaza or Lebanon. Work is underway to increase Iron Dome range from 70 to over 200 kilometers.

By 2014 Israel had eight batteries of Iron Dome and over 2,000 Tamir missiles and after the mid-2014 war with Hezbollah a lot more money was spent on increasing the number of Tamir missiles available and trying to expand the number of batteries to fifteen. In mid-2014 Israel found that its stockpile of 2,000 Tamir missiles was enough to shut down the Hamas effort to hit Israel with thousands of rockets but not enough to deal with similar attacks from Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south....

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With Clintons Tied to Scandal A Triple Deus Ex Machina Descends Upon Washington
Conrad Black


NY SUN, October 27, 2017

It is delicious to see, even more suddenly and completely than anyone had anticipated, the breakdown of the steamroller media smear of Donald Trump. A trinitarian deus ex machina descended.

The Washington Post, struggling desperately in its discomfort, a few days ahead of the information being forcibly extracted by congressional subpoenas, acknowledged that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee had paid for the assembly of the Steele dossier.

This rotten fish of lies and gossip was universally regarded at first as rubbish so scurrilous no one would publish it for months until Buzzfeed, the bottom of the web barrel, took it up, which emboldened the flounder skimming the bottom, CNN, to present it as a major triumph of journalistic enterprise and to popularize it.

Carl Bernstein, one of America's most Pulitzer-laden myth-makers, was exhumed to pronounce it an important document.

Finally, after everything else had led nowhere, bloodthirsty Trumpophobes like the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senators Burr and Warner, acknowledged that Mr. Steele was all they could go on, and they could not get at its sources because of the intervention of special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, preventing FBI officials from testifying before Congress.

CNN, through the pleasing Erin Burnett, wagging her puckered nose at us, tiresomely repeated that some aspects of the Steele dossier had been "proved," but some were not corroborated, and that the dossier was initiated by Fusion GPS at the request of anti-Trump Republicans, whose place was taken first by the Clinton campaign, when Mr. Trump clinched the Republican nomination, and then by the FBI.

In fact, none of it has been seriously corroborated, and the only part of it with the slightest relevance to Mr. Trump's legitimacy as president is a completely unsubstantiated suggestion that some promises might have been made to alter U.S. policy toward Russia favorably if the Russian government could affect the U.S. election's outcome in Mr. Trump's favor.

There is not a shred of evidence to support this, despite fervent efforts by the Obama administration and the special counsel to unearth some. Nor is there any evidence of actual Russian influence on the election result or of any policy change by the present administration toward Russia that the Kremlin would welcome. Nor, though The New York Times clings to the story, has any evidence surfaced that Fusion GPS was initially retained on this file by anti-Trump Republicans.

It was inexpressibly pleasant to see a CNN "expert" refer to the news that the sole remaining, pitiful wisp of hopeful damage to Trump and support of the collusion canard was this bit of slime bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign as, get ready for it, "A talking point for the Republicans!"

As this hydrogen balloon was blowing up like the Hindenburg at the mast at Lakehurst, New Jersey, the Uranium One affair was boiling over as a new congressional investigation was launched into the whole issue of about $131 million to $145 million being pledged or paid to the Clinton Foundation as Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 for an ordinary speech in Moscow. Secretary of State Clinton and Attorney General Holder agreed to sell 20% of American uranium resources to Russia, through Russian intermediaries then under intensive investigation by the FBI director, Robert Mueller, and by then U.S. attorney in Maryland, Rod Rosenstein.

I am not quick to allege criminal wrongdoing, and the businessman chiefly involved is someone I know and respect, and it is not clear that anything harmful to national security occurred. But at the least, considering their ambitions to move back into the White House, the Clintons should have been more careful.

The trifecta was completed with the revelation that the investigation of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was not based on his brief relations with Donald Trump, but on his lengthy connection with the Democratic Podesta brothers, and the extent to which he helped them funnel wealthy and influential Russians into high governmental circles in Washington....

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Nigeria: Muslims murder 48 Christians, destroy 249 homes in 13 Christian villages
Robert Spencer


JIHAD WATCH, October 26, 2017

Will the Islamophobia never end? Will Pope Francis (pbuh) be traveling soon to Plateau state in order to explain to these Muslims that they're misunderstanding their Religion of Peace?

"Christians Recount Terror of Herdsmen's Nine-Day Massacre in Plateau State, Nigeria," Morning Star News, October 25, 2017:

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – The church elder in Plateau state, Nigeria saw the Muslim Fulani herdsmen storm into his village at 11 p.m. the night of Oct. 13, shooting in all directions.

"Every one of us ran to save his life," Dauda Samuel Kadiya, 38, of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Zanwrua, told Morning Star News. "I was shot at, but the bullet only bruised my hand. You can see the wound yourself."

The assailants destroyed eight houses in the attack, one of several assaults in Plateau state that went on uninterrupted from Oct. 8 to Oct. 17, killing 48 Christians, survivors said.

"All Christians in villages around here have been displaced, and worship buildings have been abandoned," Kadiya said. "Some of the church buildings were destroyed by the attackers."

In Zanwrua village, 62-year-old Agado Aura recounted how he and his wife narrowly escaped death.

"Myself and my wife were still sitting in front of my house chatting at about 11 p.m. in front of my house when the attackers came," Aura, a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Tafigana but a resident of Zanwrua, told Morning Star News. "We could not go to bed early, because the previous night a village near ours, Tafigana, was attacked by the herdsmen. Suddenly, we heard gunshots from the eastern part of the village. We ran into some of the nearby rocks close to my house and hid there."

The armed herdsmen came to his house and started shooting, he said.

"They broke the doors to our rooms and then set fire on my house," Aura said. "Having set fire on my house, they went to the next house and did the same. They continued burning houses until they were done, before they left. I was watching all they were doing from my hidden spot behind those rocks you see over there."

Area Christian leaders told Morning Star News how armed herdsmen, apparently accompanied by terrorists from Islamic extremist groups, attacked communities just a few kilometers from a Nigerian army facility, the Rukuba Military Cantonment outside Jos, for nine days.

Moses Tsohu, a Zanwrua village leader and ECWA member, lamented that the attacks were carried out in spite of the presence of soldiers stationed at check points on the Jos-Miango Highway.

"In the past few weeks, our people have been attacked by Muslim Fulani herdsmen who are collaborating with armed terrorists to invade our communities," Tsohu told Morning Star News. "These attacks are being carried out daily. Every blessed day we witness the invasion, killing of our people, and the destruction of their houses."

The attacks on 13 Christian communities in the north-central state also wounded nine people and ruined 249 homes, survivors said. Herdsmen began the assaults on Oct. 8 on Nkie Dongwro village, where one Christian was killed and another wounded….

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