Right Side News 20 November 2012
By Daniel Greenfield
The endless wars with Israel are not really about the Jewish State. Nor are the wars about the Arabs living in the territories that Israel lost in 1948 to Jordan and Egypt and recaptured from them in 1967. The rest of the Muslim world cares no more about them than Hitler cared about the Sudeten Germans or Japan really believed in the rights of Chinese and Koreans.
Gates_of_Jerusalem1Israel is a sideline in a regional struggle by fractured populations, divided by ethnicity and religion, by language and natural resources, to unite into a single commonality. It is a natural target because its population consists of a people who are members of a different religious and ethnic group than the dominant religious and ethnic groups of the region.
Unlike the Persians and Turks, the Jews are not Muslims, not even Shiites, and unlike the Christian Arabs, the Jews are not even of the same ethnicity as the regional majority. Jews are neither Muslims nor Arabs and that makes them unique and alien in a region where every country is dominated by either an Arab or Muslim identity. Or both.
the elder of ziyon - 19 November 2012
It looks like every time the terrorists "open the gates of hell," they fall right in
You remember how Hamas promised on Wednesday to "open the gates of hell" in response to Ahmed Jaabari's killing?
It is a habit with them.
Longtime blogger Meryl Yourish used to do a "Open the Gates of Hell" watch so I decided to do a quick search of when else Hamas and other terror groups made that same promise.
danielpipes.org 19 November 2012
By Daniel Pipes
Two observations about the hostilities that began on Nov. 10:
An Israeli soldier works on the IDF's Facebook page.
(1) The old Arab-Israeli wars were military clashes, the recent ones are political clashes. The wars of 1948-49, 1967, and 1973 were life-and-death struggles for the Jewish state. But the wars of 2006, 2008-09, and now 2012 are media events in which Israeli victory on the military battlefield is foreordained and the struggle is to win public opinion. Opeds have replaced bullets, social media have replaced tanks. Will Israel prevail in arguing that its enemy initiated offensive action? Or will those enemies, Hamas or Hezbollah, convince observers that Israel is an illegitimate regime whose recourse to force is criminal? The war must be fought primarily as a media event.
0:51 ...taken from a Beersheva wedding on Wednesday. It might not be perfect, but it has already saved a lot of lives.
Gatestone Institute 15 November 2012
By Khaled Abu Toameh
This radicalization — to a point where they are not ready to hear about any concessions to Israel — is the direct result of decades of anti-Israel incitement and indoctrination, spearheaded, ironically, by the "moderate" Palestinian Authority leadership that is publicly talking about making peace with Israel.
Robert Spencer about the latest developments around Gaza, Israel's right to defend herself, and related issues.
This slideshow shows the damage done by Hamas and others firing rockets against civilian areas in Israel since the initiation of operation Pillar of Defense.
Qatar is looking to buy US$9.9bn worth of missiles and defence equipment from the US, Pentagon officials announced, just days after it placed an order for US$6.5bn worth of missile-defence systems.
The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on Tuesday of the possible sale to Qatar. The US$9.9bn deal "will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of an important ally which has been, and continues to be, a force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East,” the statement said