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By Pete Moore On June 30th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

(h/t ATW commentator Petr Tarazov)

(Reuters) — Yitzhak Shamir, the hawkish Israeli leader who balked at the idea of trading occupied land for peace with the Palestinians, died on Saturday after a long illness. He was 96.

He was twice prime minister in the 1980s and early 1990s. Rather than seek accommodation with the Palestinians, Shamir championed new Jewish settlements.

A Pauline Conversion?

By Mike Cunningham On June 22nd, 2012 at 2:04 pm


Not a miracle, or anything near it, but perhaps just an understandable reaction from an honest man?


By Pete Moore On May 25th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I see the House of Representatives has passed H. R. 4133: United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012. You have to ask: what’s the relationship here? Do give it a read, it’s not long.

The Bill was drafted by Reps Eric Cantor and Steny Hoyer and, among other things, seeks to “express the sense of Congress regarding the United States-Israel strategic relationship”. It notes the “special bond between the United States and Israel” and “reaffirms the enduring commitment of the United States to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish state”. Nothing surprising there. However, beyond the kisses, it effectively extends unlimited funding to ensure Israel’s regional military superiority. Apart from the federal government itself, who or what else can ever be awarded that largesse, on the backs of the sweat of American workers?

And hang on, a few months ago Netanyahu told Congress that Israel can defend itself, pointedly stating that “we defend ourselves”, so why the extended advantage now?

And more than that, more than business between the US and Israel, we need to be aware that the Bill provides “an expanded role for Israel within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), including an enhanced presence at NATO headquarters and exercises”. Frankly I don’t like the sound of that, because it means that if British forces are affected in anyway by this clause, it’ll be because of Middle East affairs, involving conflicts which are none of our business and in the service of a nation which needs no outside help, as we just heard.


By David Vance On May 6th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Did you read that two Palestinian hunger strikers are nearing death?

“Amnesty International today issued a call for urgent action from individuals around the world to contact Israeli authorities about Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh, two Palestinian men who are at immediate risk of death on their 67th day of hunger strike. “

Several points;

1. Shamnesty International is mute when it comes to the endless terror attacks propagated by Palestinian terrorists against Israel and this is one more instance of their woeful bias. I consider them a moral disgrace.

2. Diab and Halahleh have the perfect right to starve themselves to death.  Let them seek the martyrdom that their bizarre faith encourages if that be their choice. Free world if you want to die.

3. Israeli officials say they use this administrative detention to hold Palestinians who pose an immediate threat to the country’s security. They say they keep the evidence secret from lawyers and the accused, because it would expose their intelligence-gathering networks if it was released. I say good for Israel – why take chances with innocent Israeli lives? All these Palestinians need to do to enjoy freedom, and a good meal, is to give up on their homicidal hatred of Jews and wanting to kill them.

And a Happy Birthday, Israel

By Mike Cunningham On April 30th, 2012 at 10:28 am

The jet fighter-bomber pictured is but one part of the only Institution which guarantees the slogan ‘Never Again’. The Israeli Armed Forces are  the means which states that the published aim of Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah and all the other hate-filled outfits so beloved of such crawling cancers such as the BBC, the Guardian, along with just about all their festering stable-mates in the Mainstream Media; which of course is the total annihilation of Jews and their homeland, the State of Israel, will never happen.

We will no doubt read of the praise and flowery statements surrounding the faint movements towards freedom in Burma, not so much of the Islamic clamp-down in Libya, possibly a few lines about the theft of democracy in Egypt, and even about the ‘Reforms’ so proudly spoken of by John Yates on the blood-stained streets of Bahrain. We won’t see or hear of many birthday wishes for the only Democracy in the whole if the Middle-East; and I just wonder why that will be?


By Pete Moore On April 8th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Not that German commies are my favourite poeple, but Israel needs to calm down sometimes.

Günter Grass recently criticised Israel in a poem, claiming that it’s a threat to world peace. It’s an opinion. His poem called on both Israel and Iran to open up their nuclear programmes to outside inspection and also criticised Berlin for supplying Israel with submarines capable of launching nuclear weapons.

I’m willing to be corrected, but I can’t see any evidence for Grass being an anti-zionist generally, and there’s no way that his critique of Israeli defence and foreign policies can be described as anti-semitic. Yet Israel, and some Jews, have reacted way out of proportion to what Grass wrote. The most astonishing reaction came from the the Israeli embassy in Berlin, which claimed (presumably with Israeli approval) that his poem “belongs to European tradition to accuse Jews of ritual murder before the Passover celebration”.


Israel has now gone further and actually barred Grass, along with issuing further condemnation and insults. Now while I recognise Israel’s right to exist, and the right of Israelis to live safely, I also think Israel needs to calm down sometimes and allow criticisms to wash over. Sticks and stones and all that. Instead, it seems to me that Israel is increasingly going the other way, with a tendency to over-react to things which shouldn’t at all draw its ire. They need to calm down over there, remember who their friends are and stop going hopping mad at every opportunity.


By David Vance On April 8th, 2012 at 10:12 am

Obama seems to be playing a VERY dangerous game;

Top officials in Israel are charging that national-security leaks coming from the U.S. government are undermining Israel’s military options against Iran. “The problem is the Iranians are certainly paying close attention to these reports,” a senior Israeli official told The Daily Beast. “We are concerned about the leaks and we hope they are not intentional.”

One can assume that they are intentional, harder to ascribe motive.


By David Vance On March 6th, 2012 at 9:06 am

Excellent speech from Israeli PM Netanyahu in the US last evening;

“Unfortunately, Iran’s nuclear program has continued to march forward,” he said. “Israel has waited for diplomacy to work, we’ve waited for sanctions to work. None of us can afford to wait much longer. “As prime minister of Israel I will never let my people live in the shadow of annihilation.” He stressed that all options were on the table, but that containment – leaving Iran to develop its programme under monitoring – was “not an option”. “The Jewish state will not allow those who seek our destruction the means to achieve that goal. A nuclear armed Iran must be stopped,” Mr Netanyahu told Aipac.

He is right. The “nuanced diplomacy” approach favoured by President Obama and the chattering liberal class is going nowhere because the Mullahs are deranged beyond reason. Instead, what is needed is “nuanced bombing” of their atomic ambitions. As I frequently say, a war with the Mullahs is not a desirable outcome as it will cause many great problems, increase the terrorist threat globally and send oil prices spiralling even further upward. But doing NOTHING and allowing the Mullahs to obtain nuclear weapon strike capability is much worse.

I’ve argued this FOR YEARS now – send in the planes. Enough with tolerating their holocaust ambitions.


By David Vance On February 10th, 2012 at 9:58 am

You have to admire the glorious self interest of Pop fans.

In a newly launchedFacebook page, Israeli fans of U.S. pop megastar Madonna are pleading Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold off any such plans to strike Iran until the Queen of Pop’s planned show in Tel Aviv on May 29.

That sounds fair enough. Bibi should wait until the final vibe of “Like a Virgin” before he gets into the groove!


By David Vance On January 6th, 2012 at 10:01 am

Yes, I know we are told that all reasonable people believe that “only” a two state solution can solve the problem between Israel and the “Palestinians”. Well, they are wrong and I have consistently opposed the appeasement of Palestinian terrorism because I believe it will lead nowhere. I am not alone…

“In the last Republican primary debate of 2011, Newt Gingrich broke the rules, giving voice to three undeniable facts about the Palestinians. He said: “These people are terrorists,” with an “invented identity,” and they teach their children that hating and killing Jews is their highest purpose in life. Michele Bachmann quickly backed him up with a factual account of the ubiquitous Saudi-financed textbooks that teach precisely that, from pre-school through university. Proper foreign-policy types, on and off the stage, reacted as if all this truth-telling were somehow akin to profaning a sacred script, but the Iowa audience was with the truth-tellers. They applauded wildly.

The “two-state solution” wasn’t always sacrosanct. In the 1940s and ’50s, it didn’t even exist. There were no Palestinians then, although the territory had been called the British Mandate for Palestine (after the old Roman name for Israel, Palestina). Arabs had never called themselves Palestinians; the few Jews who had called themselves that in the 1930s no longer did. There were only Arabs and Jews, and the openly avowed goal of all the Arab states surrounding Israel was to drive the Jews into the sea, and divide up the land amongst themselves. Arabs inside Israel were no less committed to that same pan-Arab goal. It was only in the 1960s, after the abject failure of repeated multi-state military assaults by massed Arab armies, that Arab rulers finally accepted the fact that Israel was not yet weak enough for them to destroy in open warfare..”

The bottom line is that..

No constitution — no system of government of any kind — can preserve freedom if a majority of the country’s people are not mostly fair, honest, law-abiding, and loving. That is what Ben Franklin had in mind when he answered a woman’s question about what sort of government he and his fellow founders had given America’s people by saying: “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.”

We have managed to keep it, for more than two centuries now, and you don’t have to be either a Jew or a Christian to grasp the fact that the moral precepts of Judaism and Christianity played a seminal role in making the people of America as good and open and all-embracing as most of us are, at our best. Of course, you don’t have to be a Christian or a Jew to be a good person. But all good people should have the good sense and humility to accept the fact that these religions played a major part in making us who we are. If you love America, and appreciate the freedom, opportunity, and security she gives you, you should not let Muslim supremacists — who hate us no less than they hate Israel — destroy, or redefine out of existence, the one small Middle Eastern state where all that goodness arose.”

There should be NO accommodation of Muslim supremacism. There should be NO two state solution.