Hamas sees “signals” Obama will talk to them
Why not? HeÂ doesn’t seem to have any problem with them in government. “Hamas sees ‘signals’ Obama will talk: Islamist group believes president changing Mideast policy,” By Aaron Klein forÂ WorldNetDaily, via JW
Poor Timing Alert: Hamas renews rocket attacks on Israel just as Obama calls for Israelis and Palestinians to live “side by side in peace and security”
Obama said thisÂ during his press conference with Netanyahu yesterday: “I have said before and I will repeat again that it is, I believe, in the interests not only of the Palestinians but also the Israelis and the United States and the international community to achieve a two-state solution in which Israelis and Palestinians are living side by side in peace and security.”
“Rocket Attack on Sderot Home,” by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu forÂ Israel National News,
- Netanyahu Tells Obama Israel Reserves Right to Self Defense by:Â Jerusalem Post
- Abbas won’t recognize Israel as Jewish state
Bibi to present Obama with a copy of Mark Twain’s Holy Land travelogue
In his travel memoir, Twain describes a 1867 trip to the Land of Israel, which he finds a backward and desolate place devoid of culture or law. “Renowned Jerusalem itself, the stateliest name in history, has lost all its ancient grandeur, and is become a pauper village,” he states, calling it a country where prosperity had died out, a place of lost splendor and beauty where joy has turned to sorrow, and where silence and death prevail in its holy places.Â
Haaretz/H/T Vicious Babushka
- Live and Let LiveÂ Â (Islam Watch)“Religious tolerance” in Islam means something very different than it does to the rest of us.
- Europe Conquered without Firing a ShotÂ Â An American writer encourages Europeans to start thinking a few generations ahead.
- U.S. Tough on Israel, Light on the PalestiniansÂ Â
- Who Needs a Pali State?Â Â When it gets down to it, even the Palestinians aren’t acting like they want their own country.
- Obama’s Small Muslim WorldÂ Â (National Post)
Who is Obama calling a Muslim – and who is he not?
“Imagine if Germany declared a right to return for millions of its citizens to the provinces of East Prussia, Pomerania and Silesia it lost in World War II.”
While Obama is declaring that further progress hinges on a settlement freeze, as if the Palestinians have effective leadership to negotiate with, a currentÂ articleÂ in Al Ahram declares “Unless Israel abandons its biblical myths it is impossible to reach a lasting settlement to the Arab-Israeli struggle.” May I look forward to articles on abandoning Koranic myths? I’m always amazed at how writers for the publications of actual Middle Eastern countries have such a shallow understanding of the history of the Middle East. This writer thinks he can dispense with the entirety of Jewish pre-diaspora history in Israel by casting doubt on the Exodus:
The researcher Thomas Thompson says that today’s Israel has no relation with historical Israel. The Israel that we know today has been invented through biblical writings. But modern excavations show that the old Israel sprouted from the local population living in the bronze Kanaanite Age. Archaeologists couldn’t find any material evidence backing the story of the Old Testament about the Exodus. To date, there is no proof that the Israelis were ever lost in Sinai. The Iraqi researcher Fadel Al-Rabiei, who studies pre-Islamic Arab history, goes one step farther. He believes that the Jerusalem of lore was not even in Palestine, but in Yemen, and argues that Mount Zion was in Negran in Yemen.
I doubt that even Fadel Al-Rabiei can get the Jews of the time of the Maccabbees or the time of the Mishnah out of “historical Israel” and into Yemen. More myth-busting:
Time was that the Israeli media machine depicted Israel as a tiny state fighting against a sea of enemies, an oasis of democracy in a despotic region, and a law- abiding state in the middle of chaos. This myth evaporated in the 1967 war when Israel showed its true face as a bellicose and expansionist state.
Ah yes, the pre-67 Israeli “media machine”! Does this writer know about the “war hysteria and exultation” (in the words of Benny Morris) that gripped the Arab masses before the ’67 war? Or is he counting on ignorant readers?
Israel’s reputation further dipped when it built the “separation wall”, an act that no racist country matched in history.
The meager acquaintance with history this suggests is staggering.
In its recent war on Gaza, Israel shelled schools, universities, ambulances, and even UN relief agencies in full view of the world. Consequently, millions across the world now see Israel as a vile threat to world peace and security.
And we all know howÂ truthfullyÂ what happened in Gaza has been reported.Â
Obama knows the Koran: “War is Deceit”
Obama is fully aware that the Islamic version of the golden rule applies only to other Muslims. Not only did he study the Koran as a boy, but he even studied “menjaji,” which is the Indonesian term for recitation of the Koran in Arabic. Menjaji is the gold-standard of fundamentalist Islamic education. This is how Obama was able to recite theÂ ShahadaÂ for NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof “with a first rate [Arabic] accent.” He was drilled on it.
The Shahada is the Islamic profession of faith: “I witness that there is no god but Allah; I witness that Muhammad is his prophet.” According to Sharia law, a single sincere utterance of this profession of faith constitutes conversion to Islam. The Shahada comes at the beginning of the Islamic call to prayer, which Obama recited for Kristof. Judge forÂ yourselfÂ whether his utterance was sincere:
Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”
Having drilled the Shahada as a boy, Obama certainly knew what it meant to recite these words to Kristof. Obama IS a Muslim.
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Obama statements encourage Pali jihadists
Why shouldn’t they be encouraged? PLO Ambassador to Lebanon Abbas ZakiÂ said thisÂ last month: “With the two-state solution, in my opinion, Israel will collapse, because if they get out of Jerusalem, what will become of all the talk about the Promised Land and the Chosen People? What will become of all the sacrifices they made – just to be told to leave? They consider Jerusalem to have a spiritual status. The Jews consider Judea and Samaria to be their historic dream. If the Jews leave those places, the Zionist idea will begin to collapse. It will regress of its own accord. Then we will move forward.”
“Palestinians see Obama statehood comments encouraging,” fromÂ Reuters, via JW
- President Barack Obama’s allies in the Senate will not provide funds to close the Guantanamo Bay prisonÂ
Hamas wants acceptance without changing its goal of destroying Israel
“Hamas wants acceptance without changing ideology,” by Karin Laub forÂ Associated Press,Â via JW (sure thing Karin. And so do you, right/ed)