Ice-sculpted from chainsaws and blow-torches, menorahs illuminate celebrations

Chabad Rabbi Tzemach Cunin lights Chainsaw Chicks'
ice-sculpted menorah for Chanukah 2011 in L.A.
Artists craft, ignite, then, demolish giant ice-menorah in L.A. Chabad Lubavitch gives Los Angeles, a city more accustomed to sand-sculpting than ice-sculpting, its first hand-crafted ice-menorah. The menorah draws attention to the history of the Maccabean Jews of Judea who fought the Syrian Hellenists to rededicate the Second Temple in Jerusalem, 165 BCE.

Rabbi Tzemach Cunin leads the ceremony which featured traditional oil-cooked foods, potato pancakes and jelly-donuts. The Chainsaw Chicks crew wowed the attendees with their custom designed, outdoor crafted, ice-menorah- which for safety reasons, they publicly demolished as the conclusion of the festivities. The event is captured here on video.

In related news, YNet News, Danny Adeno Abebe reports that an 'Ice City' is to be built in Jerusalem
Israel's capital to host its first ever ice festival in March-April 2012, including frozen sculptures of important sites. 
Jerusalem will host the first ice festival in its history in March-April 2012. It will be held at the city's old train station plaza and will include an exhibition of Jerusalem's most famous sites, all carved in ice, and many attractions for visitors. 
The sculpture exhibition will display Jerusalem's most unique sites, including the Tower of David, the Israel Museum and the Light Rail. Visitors will enter the complex through an icy "Jaffa Gate" and pass through a route including ice slides and other attractions linked to the different displays.

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Muslim Brotherhood reveals make-up at Cairo rally "One day we'll kill all Jews!"

Arab hate: A Muslim Brotherhood rally in Cairo's most prominent mosque Friday turned into a venomous anti-Israel protest, with attendants vowing to "one day kill all Jews."

Winds of Jihad Blog by Sheik Yer'mami:
All Jews- not just Zionists, as the so-called “moderate Muslims” in the west keep telling us.  The world stands by in eery silence, just like 1938."
Some 5,000 people joined the rally, called to promote the "battle against Jerusalem's Judaization." The event coincided with the anniversary of the United Nations' partition plan in 1947, which called for the establishment of a Jewish state.

Speakers at the event delivered impassioned, hateful speeches against Israel, slamming the "Zionist occupiers" and the "treacherous Jews." Upon leaving the rally, worshippers were given small flags, with Egypt's flag on one side and the Palestinian flag on the other, as well as maps of Jerusalem's Old City detailing where "Zionists are aiming to change Jerusalem's Muslim character."

Muslim Brotherhood spokesmen, as well as Palestinian guest speakers, made explicit calls for Jihad and for liberating the whole of Palestine. Time and again, a Koran quote vowing that "one day we shall kill all the Jews" was uttered at the site. Meanwhile, businessmen in the crowd were urged to invest funds in Jerusalem in order to prevent the acquisition of land and homes by Jews.

Speaking to Ynet outside the mosque following the prayer, elementary school teacher Ala al-Din said that "all Egyptian Muslims are willing to embark on Jihad for the sake of Palestine."

"Why is the US losing in Afghanistan? Because the other side is willing and wants to die. We have a different mentality than that of the Americans and Jews," he said.

Eldad Beck is reporting from Cairo on behalf of Ynet and Yedioth Akhronot. Roee Nahmias contributed to the story. Published November 25, 2011 in YNet News.com

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Howard Stern comic icon, Melrose Larry Green, at the Menorah parade in liberal West Hollywood

At the completion of the Chabad L.A. Menorah parade, which aspires to spread light in the world, former L.A. mayoral candidate (and Howard Stern Show comic icon), Melrose Larry Green, taunts upper-middle class Hollywood liberals for insensitivity to Obama-era, lower-middle-class realities.

Is the Obama Administration Politically Manipulating the Poverty Data?

How Obama could abuse a new set of poverty statistics. by Tom Blumer in PJ Media

The Census Bureau’s recently created “Supplemental Poverty Measure” (SPM) looks like a ruse to artificially show economic and poverty-reducing improvement in time for the 2012 presidential election. Longer-term, it appears to be a rigged mechanism for demonstrating how ObamaCare, assuming it survives legal challenges and attempts at repeal, is a resounding success. . . .

SPM’s consideration of taxes will help Obama’s reelection campaign if (and I believe it’s more like when) the Census Bureau surprises everyone and releases its related report in October of next year instead of November, as it did this year, and attempts with media help to give it greater credibility than the official measurement. 

Why Hamas Wants To Join the PLO

Why Hamas Wants To Join the PLO by Khaled Abu Toameh in Hudson-NY
Hamas' Ismail Haniya shakes with
PA Pres. Mahmoud Abbas

Hamas's decision to join the PLO is seen by some Western analysts and governments as a sign that the Islamist movement is headed toward "moderation" and "pragmatism."

But in 2012, if the agreement with Abbas is implemented, Hamas will take control over the PLO.

Hamas is joining the PLO not because it has changed, but out of a desire to make the Fatah-dominated organization stick to its true mission: the liberation of Palestine from Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea -- in other words, all the land that is currently Israel -- and to achieve the "right of return" for Palestinian refugees to their original villages and homes inside Israel.

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Hollywood Holiday Sidewalk Serenade acapella by The Dickens Carolers of the Church of Scientology

"White Christmas" Dean Mora's Orchestra with Bing Crosby newphew- Johnny Holiday, Damon Kirsch, The Lindy Sisters, & Kayre Morrison. Composed by Irving Berlin.

Jonathan Stout's instrumental barbershop quartet plays Sweeney Todd's Barbershop party in Hollywood.

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American carolers inspire traditional holiday values - like giving

The spirit of the holiday season reminds us to revisit David Zucker's under-rated, conservative-themed, neo-classic, "An American Carol" starring Kelsey Grammer Jon Voight, Dennis Hopper, and Kevin Farley released just 3-years ago and available on YouTube.

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Chankuah's lessons for today (hint: it isn't a Jewish version of Christmas)

Most people assume that Chanukah is the Jewish holiday equivalent to Christmas, just as Passover is the predecessor of Easter. South Park had some fun with this here.

But Hanukah Harry (Rabbi Moshe Parry of L.A.) teaches us that the story of Chanukah (which translates as re-dedication) is more about conservative dedication to Torah (bible) principles in the face of pressure to assimilation to multiculturalism among the Syrian Greeks for personal aggrandisement.

(Glossary: Torah= Biblical law; Eretz Yisoel = The land of Israel; Beis ha Migdash = The Holy Temple; Avraham Avinu = Abraham, our father; Shabbos= The sabbath; Bris milah = ritual circumcision; Kashrut= kosher dietary laws; Kohen Gadol= Great Priest; Avodah= devotional prayer; HaShem= the name of G-d).

So you see, remembering Judah and the Maccabees fighting to preserve God-given rights, liberty, and culture is a long-honored tradition we can take inspiration from to protect Israel and Anglo-Saxon culture in our own time.


Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) defended the Iraq War, opposed Islamism and anti-Semitism

Christopher Hitchens, author and public intellectual, died Friday, 15 December of pneumonia resulting from esophageal cancer in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Hitchens lived one day beyond the ceremony to end the Iraq war. He supported the liberating the Iraqi and Kurdish peoples from Saddam Hussein.

From Wikipedia:
Christopher Hitchens argued the case for the Iraq War in a 2003 collection of essays entitled A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq, and he has held numerous public debates on the topic with George Galloway and Scott Ritter. Though he admits to the numerous failures of the war, and its high civilian casualties, he sticks to the position that deposing Saddam Hussein was a long-overdue responsibility of the United States, after decades of poor policy, and that holding free elections in Iraq has been a success not to be scoffed at. He argues that a continued fight in Iraq against insurgents, whether they be former Saddam loyalists or Islamic extremists, is a fight worth having, and that those insurgents, not American forces, should be the ones taking the brunt of the blame for a slow reconstruction and high civilian casualties.

An updated summary of his views on Iraq and the war on terror can be found in his memoirs Hitch 22. . . .

British politician George Galloway, founder of the socialist Respect Party, on his way to testify in front of a United States Senate sub-committee investigating the scandals in the U.N. Oil-for-Food programme, called Hitchens a "drink-sodden ex-Trotskyist popinjay", to which Hitchens quickly replied, "only some of which is true." Later, in a column for Slate promoting his debate with Galloway which was to take place on 14 September 2005, he elaborated on his prior response: "He says that I am an ex-Trotskyist (true), a 'popinjay' (true enough, since the word's original Webster's definition is a target for arrows and shots), and that I cannot hold a drink (here I must protest)."

Journalist Eli Lake eulogizes Mr. Hitchens in the Daily Beast:
Mr. Hitchens never stopped saying and writing that the (Iraq) war was just and that American arms were needed to end the regime of Saddam Hussein. But Christopher did not arrive at this position simply because his old colleagues at the Nation Magazine did not. He came to support the Iraq war after befriending many Iraqis, and particularly Kurds, who told him about the horrors of that dictatorship. For Christopher, supporting the war was an expression of his anti-totalitarianism. He would later say that the war pitted the anti-totalitarian left against the anti-imperialist left.


The Palestinian Conflict is the Excuse of Arab Jew-Haters, Not the Cause of Their Hatred

US Amb. Howard Gutman
President Obama's appointed Ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, made remarks in Belgium in which he attempted to distinguish Muslim anti-Semitism from classic anti-Semitism. He put forth a view shared by Obama that contemporary Muslim anti-Semitism is distinct and caused by perceptions of the Israel-Palestine conflict.  Jonathan S. Tobin challenges this view, excerpted here from Commentary" Conflict is the Excuse of Arab Jew-Haters, Not the Cause of Their Hatred."

"It is true that those who express hatred for Jews and give vent to these feelings are more likely to do so when Israel is in the news. Then they claim it is the conflict or specific actions undertaken by the Jewish state that is the cause of what they say and do. But, as with the “classic anti-Semitism” that Amb. Howard Gutman saw as different from contemporary Arab hate, Israeli actions merely provide an excuse for this prejudice. Israeli actions are not its cause.
The anti-Semitism growing in Britain and throughout Europe did not arise in an ideological or cultural vacuum. Nor did it come to life only after 1948 or 1967. It sprung from Arab propaganda about Israel and Jews virtually identical to the old anti-Semitism and even has used texts such as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion as its sourcebook. The calumnies thrown at Israel and its supporters abroad are not the stuff of diplomatic complaints about specific incidents in which Israelis are wrongly alleged to have misbehaved, such as the Gaza offensive or the flotilla. Rather, they are rooted and often expressed in the language and spirit of “traditional” anti-Semitism in which the Jew is a foreign body who is falsely thought to be oppressing innocent gentiles, in this case the Palestinians. European anti-Semites, a growing group comprised of both Muslim immigrants from the Middle East and homegrown leftist intellectuals, aren’t merely upset with Israeli policies. They believe the Jewish state has no right to either exist or defend itself.


Univ of Calif Irvine threatens to arrest Dr. Terry Jones, candidate for US presidency, for speaking-out on campus against Sharia

The Univ of Calif at Irvine has earned a reputation for enabling pro-Islamism, but anti-American and anti-Israel activities, speakers and events.

Radical Islamist critics of America and Israel have been welcomed to speak and agitate on the campus. Muslim and leftist enemies of America, Israel, and capitalism are permitted to hold prominent, vitriolic exhibitions and rallies in the center of the campus.

UCI police threatened not to protect, but to arrest Dr. Terry Jones & Pastor
Wayne Sapp for speaking on campus without permit the school won't grant
The Muslim Students Union was found guilty of conspiring to thwart an invited address by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren last year- and suspended for a semester (under that name).

Dr. Terry Jones, Independent presidential candidate and leader of Stand With America Now ("SWAN") had intended  to speak at the "soap box" outdoor forum at the "flagpoles" on the Univ of Calif at Irvine campus on December 1st. His group says that they filed the necessary formal requests- but the college did not respond and did not reply to their follow-up inquiries.

They announced that they would be seeking to stage a small outdoor forum anyway, but the Administration did not respond.  Muslim activist groups, however, were organizing a counter-protest to the SWAN appearance. On the night before the scheduled rally, sheriffs from Irvine phoned and offered Dr. Jones and Pastor Wayne Sapp to escort their car to the University campus. Militant Muslims have announced a $2 million dollar bounty for anyone to kill Dr. Jones, and specific threats came in related to his appearing at UCI.  When the sheriffs arrived, they informed SWAN that they would be bringing them to meet with the UCI Campus Police first.

(From right:) Rabbi Nachum Shifren with Pastor Wayne Sapp 
The campus police told them that the University had denied them permission to speak, and moreover, that there were security threats made if Dr. Jones were to appear on the campus- which could be a threat not only to the SWAN visitors, but to others. asked them to withdraw from the campus, and when SWAN confirmed their intention to speak publicly, the Campus Police cited them for non-consent to withdraw. The police further warned Dr. Jones and Pastor Sapp that, in the interest of public safety, the administration was banishing them from the State University campus. Police threatened to arrest them not only if they tried to speak at the flagpoles, but if they were even found in a vehicle anywhere on campus within the next 7 days.

Rabbi Nachum Shifren, a candidate for US Senate from California who was on campus waiting to watch the SWAN forum, was told by police that there would be no rally and that he was considered trespassing.  Campus police physically escorted him off of the campus. He compares his experience here with Pastor Sapp.

Rabbi Shifren relates his opinion about why UC Irvine's chancellor had campus police deny the SWAN's campus access. Shifren believes that political-Islamic groups and financiers have an influence on creating the strong, pro-Islamic academic and social atmosphere at the Irvine branch of the Univ of California.

Dr. Jones discusses the administration's selective banning his presence, and discusses the message that the school censored Stand With American Now from presenting. Was the school prejudiced in denying Dr. Jones' free-speech message?

Pastor Sapp discusses the SWAN views that Muslims challenge with violence.

Dr. Jones and Pastor Sapp give their view of the message that the UCI imbroglio conveys- that all sides of controversial speech should be welcome dialogue on campus- and that the the public should demand that the university administrators provide ample protection for controversial conservative speakers, as they do for controversial Islamist speakers.

Are campus administrators obliged to have taken sufficient safety precautions in order to ensure SWAN's ability to speak on the campus?


Clint Howard, Rep. Mike Kelly, Larry Elder, and Frank Gaffney appear for Republican Party Animals of L.A.

The Republican Party Animals hosted an event which mixed Washington and local conservative luminaries on October 15, 2011.

(Advance through the playlist using buttons on the lower left and right).

Watch the remarks of the speakers appearing on this playlist are Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Pennsylvania); syndicated talk-radio host Larry Elder, who blasts the Democrats for challenging every criticism of the Obama Administration performance as "racism;" Larry Greenfield of the Claremont Institute; and the Center for Security Policy's Executive Director Frank Gaffney- who declares that by allowing Obama to endanger Israel to Islamists, we are at the brink of the next horrific war. Actor Clint Howard speaks about liberalism in Hollywood and its effect on his career and Western culture.


Glenn Beck says, 'Only YOU can prevent (anti-Zionist-kindled) fascist fires.' With video from speech at Z.O.A.

The Zionist Organization of America presented its annual Defender of Israel Award to media activist, Glenn Beck at its annual gala, Sunday November 20th. Here he addresses some 800 gathered attendees.

Mr. Beck discussed with Shalom TV the parallels between how Germany's National Socialists attained popular support turning good Germans against Jews, and today's Islamo-Fascist interests maligning Israel and the Jews. But will today's defenders of liberty act boldly, decisively and promptly enough?


Sound the call against Obama Admin enabling Iran to nuclear-weaponize:Glenn Beck, Michelle Bachmann, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen at Zionist Organization of America event

Rep. Michele Bachmann urged the Pentagon to develop a war plan “immediately” that would evaluate ways to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Zionist Organization of America Director Morton Klein
joined by Rep. Michelle Bachmann and honoree Glenn Beck
The Zionist Organization of America annual banquet featured Republican congresswomen Florida’s Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Minnesota's Rep. Michelle Bachmann joining against the Obama Administration's Middle East policies in concert with keynote speaker, GBTV's Glenn Beck.

Six Congressmen attended, including Rep. Michelle Bachmann, who called on President Barack Obama “to accelerate covert operations and cyber operations in Iran and order the CIA Director to take all means necessary to stop Iran from getting the bomb before it is too late,” said Bachmann, a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
“And the Pentagon should prepare a war plan immediately to tell us what to do to prevent Iran from gaining those nuclear weapons,” she continued.
Z.O.A. reception (Courtesy: Pamela Geller)
In Prime Minister Netanyahu’s video message, he praised Z.O.A. Exec. Director Morton Klein for being a “passionate Zionist” and the ZOA for ”promoting the truth no matter what the consequences are."

Netanyahu also lauded Beck, telling him, “You too have been fearless in defending Israel against the slanders that are hurled against [it]. You’ve done that with considerable personal cost, but you’ve never backed off, you’ve never flinched, you’ve never walked away. And I want to tell you how deeply we appreciate this stand of courage and integrity.”

Glenn Beck portrayed the challenges facing Israel and the Jewish people in apocalyptic terms -- as the ultimate showdown between good and evil. Beck was the only speaker at the dinner whose voice reached a pitch more feverish than Klein’s.

Beck said he came to the ZOA as a brother. “It’s personal,” he said repeatedly.

And clearly he has not been chastened by the urgings of some Jewish groups to tread lightly with the Holocaust analogies. Again and again he invoked them, saying the world stood on a precipice like the one it faced in 1939 -- only this time it’s worse, as not only is the world ignoring rising evil, he said, it is actively helping it along.
(Full article from JTA)


Freedom isn't cheap - guardians of democracy celebrated at Veterans' Day ceremony in Los Angeles

Many military veterans served to preserve democracy - and some continue in public service today. Los Angeles' civic leaders lead this ceremonial salute to veterans of the US Armed Forces- presented at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Hollywood Hills, 11/11/11. 

Captain Justin Babcock, Company Commander, US Army Recruiting gives a profound, main address.

Video comments by L.A. County Supervisor (US Army Reservist) Michael Antonovich and L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca. 

Musical performances by 42nd Highlanders Regimental Pipes & Drums (George Hall, pipemaster), vocalist Nick Palance sings "God Bless the USA," and patriotic musical accompaniment given by the Notre Dame Irish Knight Marching Band. Associations of Korean-Americans and and African-American Marines veterans sit prominently.


'Palestinian liberation' actually a ruse for jihadist genocide against Jews- Lucid analyst, Pat Condell in new video

Pat Condell calls the "Palestinian Liberation" movement actually a front for Islamic Jew-hatred, aiming for a genocide against the Jews in Israel. Watch video:
Posted October 6, 2011

He follows-up with a counter-punch to the hate-mail he received after almost a quarter of a million views in a month - in this candid speech video, November 4, 2011.


News in new-media supplants traditional-media- but with its own issues- to be explored at BlogWorld New Media Expo

Rick Calvert, co-founder of BlogWorld NewMediaExpo running in Los Angeles this week, talks about how old-media's decaying objectivity has spawned a now thriving interactive blogosphere - which, while largely free, has evolved its own issues- which will be discussed at the Expo.

 Filmed at BlogWorld New-Media Expo NY- Javits Center in May.

BlogWorld New-Media Expo runs at the Los Angeles Convention Center, November 3-5, 2011.


'Israeli prisoner swap may be prelude to attack on Iran'- Washington Times from Jerusalem

Is Netanyahu manuevering to attack Iran?
(Photo: Globalhood news)
The Washington Times has published an analysis by Abraham Rabinovich from Jerusalem which theorizes that that Israel's prisoner swap of Gilad Shalit for 1,027 sentenced terrorists may be prelude to attack on Iran.
JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to execute a 1,000-for-1 prisoner exchange last week despite his frequently voiced opposition to such lopsided deals is seen by several Israeli military commentators as an effort to “clear the deck” before possibly undertaking an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. 
Amir Oren, the veteran military analyst for Ha'aretz newspaper, took note of Israel’s exchanging 1,027 Palestinian convicts for army Staff Sgt. Gilad Schalit, who had been captured by Hamas in 2006. Mr. Oren wrote that the price paid by Mr. Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak “can be interpreted only in a context that goes beyond that of the Gilad Schalit deal.” 
He noted that Israeli leaders in the past have shown a readiness to absorb “a small loss” in order to attain a greater success, generally involving “some sort of military adventure.”
Mr. Oren offered another insight that he says may point Mr. Netanyahu toward military action against Iran. 
Although the prime minister failed to make any enduring mark on history during his previous term or so far during his present term, Mr. Netanyahu may see Iran as an opportunity to achieve his Churchillian moment, Mr. Oren wrote. “The day is not far off, Netanyahu believes, when Churchill will emerge from him.”


Lessons of The Gilad Shalit Affair - collected analysis

Palestinian "armed-struggle" shows no sign of relenting against Israel's moral code.

Sober criticism from analysts around the world:

The Infernal Choice by Melanie Philips in the Daily Mail (UK)
An obscene moral equivalence has been established by this deal between the innocent and the guilty.
This equivalence is being played out in the coverage which describes the deal as a ‘prisoner swap’ or ‘prisoner exchange’ – more than 1000 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails for one Israeli prisoner held by Hamas. But Shalit was a hostage, kidnapped in an act of illegal aggression by an organisation whose aim is the destruction of Israel and which allowed him not one visit by the Red Cross during his five year incarceration.

By contrast, the released Palestinians have not just been tried and punished according to due process of law, but include among their number not just those who have committed some of the worst terrorist atrocities in Israel’s history – such as the blowing up of Sbarro’s pizza restaurant in Jerusalem, where 16 people were murdered including five members of the Schijveschuurder family -- but even worse, some of the masterminds behind such atrocities.

Gilad reunited with father Noam Shalit at Tel Nof Air Base
The equivalence being drawn in the coverage of this deal reflects in turn the morally bankrupt ‘tit-for-tat’ analysis of the Arab war against Israel employed by so many in Britain and the west. For whenever Israel points out that any military action against the Palestinians is only in response to Palestinian attacks, many in Britain claim that those Palestinian attacks were only in response to previous Israeli attacks. Thus Israel is always painted as the ultimate aggressor.

This is entirely false. From the moment Israel was re-established in 1948, it has only ever launched military operations against the Arabs in response to actual or imminent Arab attacks. Yet many in Britain refuse to acknowledge the difference between murderous aggression and the defence against it.

They refuse to acknowledge that Hamas sets out to murder as many young Israelis as possible, whereas Israel goes to great lengths (not always successfully) to avoid civilian casualties. They refuse to acknowledge that the aim of every single military operation by Israel in Gaza is to defend and protect itself against attack by a fanatically Jew-hating enemy pledged not only to destroy Israel but to wipe out every single Jew on earth.

The refusal to acknowledge this crucial moral difference has meant that many in Britain and the west view Israel as the aggressor in the conflict, and the victimisation of Israelis is largely glossed over. So just as the anguish of Israeli terror victims’ families over the Shalit deal has been minimised by the media coverage – particularly in Israel itself, which reflects the malign nature of its own left-wing media class -- so the anguish of Israel itself as a state under permanent existential siege is routinely ignored, and Israel instead grotesquely portrayed as the aggressor in the region. . . .

What too many in Britain and the west still don’t understand is that what Israel is up against is what Britain and the west are now up against – not a violent campaign by people fighting for a state of their own but an Islamist cult of death, in which the murder of innocents is a cause for exultation and mass killers are lionised as heroes and religious martyrs, not just by Hamas but by the Fatah leadership in the West Bank too.

The five-year Shalit drama and its disturbing resolution have therefore come to symbolise the toxic cocktail of ignorance, misunderstanding, naivety, malice, cowardice, cynicism, incompetence and moral muddle by the so-called civilised world – including Israel itself -- that has actually served to perpetuate the Middle East impasse.

No decent person can fail to be moved by the return of Gilad Shalit to Israel. Few eyes will have been dry at his reunion with his family. Yet it has to be said that ultimately, this deal represents a triumph of heart over head and sentimentality over realism.  . . .

Israel is now trapped between Hamas, Fatah, Hezbollah, Iran, Syria, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea – and yet is blamed for preventing peace by building apartments in the suburbs of Jerusalem. The infernal choice it was forced to make over Gilad Shalit was thus but the latest and most dramatic example of how the West has abandoned Israel to swing in the wind.  Read it all

The National Review Online published this analysis by Holocaust expert, Giulio Meotti

Israelis rallied to leaders to free kidnapped Gilad Shalit
(Photo courtesy: San Francisco Sentinel 12/21/09)
Since Israel allowed the PLO and its terror armies to move their bases from Tunis to Judea, Samaria, and Gaza in 1994, nearly 2,000 Israeli families have involuntarily paid the ultimate price in the “peace process.” The Shalit deal is a moral defeat- most especially for these families of the victims of terrorism: Israel just cancelled more than 900 life sentences to embrace again one soldier. Meir Schijveschuurder, who lost his parents and three of his siblings in the suicide bombing in the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem in 2001, yesterday declared against the deal: “We feel like a man who woke up in Germany a day after World War II.”

Terrorism is now sanctified throughout all the Palestinian areas. The streets are plastered with posters glorifying terrorists and suicide bombers. Children trade “martyr cards” the way Western children trade baseball cards. Necklaces with pictures of terrorists, many released today by Israel, are very popular. Signs on the walls of Palestinian kindergartens currently proclaim their pupils as “the martyrs of tomorrow.” Elementary-school principals commend their students for wanting to “tear their [Zionists’] bodies into little pieces and cause them more pain than they will ever know.” Unlike terrorists in other parts of the world, the Palestinian movement aspires to immortality and its violence is always “sacred.” That’s why the freed terrorists will return to kill the Jews.
(Photo: Salon.com)

The Almagor association revealed that 177 Israelis have been killed by prisoners released by Israel in previous deals. The Jews living in the settlements are afraid of a new round of killings. “Many terrorists have been allowed to return to live near our homes, it’s a shock and a disaster,” Hillel Weiss, professor of literature at Bar-Ilan University and a leader in the settlement community, tells me. The deal is a victory for terrorism, since Hamas can now justly demonstrate that killing Jews is infinitely more effective than negotiations in achieving their objectives. It will also be much easier to recruit terrorists when they are encouraged to believe that no matter how many Israelis they kill, there is every likelihood that, if apprehended, they will be released. 

Releasing the terrorists meant saving Gilad’s life, but it also means that more Jews will die and more soldiers will be kidnapped. Now many Israelis ask: How many more lives are to be sacrificed before the rest of the released men — and those to be released in future exchanges — are put behind bars again?  Appeasement breeds only death and destruction. Capitulating will culminate in greater disasters.


US on global alert for Iranian attack to jeopardize Shalit-for-Hamas terrorists swap

After being caught out, Iran is behaving as though it is under threat of war, its fury fueled by the US-Egyptian-Israeli-Hamas prisoner deal which threatens to cut the Islamic Republic out of Palestinian affairs and curtail its influence in the Gaza Strip, an important outpost.

With a valuable Middle East holding about to be lost, Iran is capable of unleashing terrorists for acts that would force the hands of the United States and Israel. By drawing Hamas into such operations, Tehran would seek to torpedo the Shalit deal a moment before its consummation.

(Video courtesy: Al Arabiyah)

US on global alert for Iranian reprisal that may jeopardize Shalit release 
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 12, 2011,  As Israelis joyously celebrated news of the forthcoming release of their soldier from five years in Hamas captivity, US officials in Washington released details of the plot instigated by Iran to murder Saudi ambassador Al-Jubeir, one of King Abdullah's closest advisers. 
US Atty Gen Eric Holder & FBI Dir Robert Mueller (AP)
US Attorney General Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller named Iranian-American Mansour Arbabsiar, 56,and a second man, Gohlam Shakuri, an Iranian official, in a five-count criminal complaint filed Tuesday afternoon in the federal court in New York. It included counts of conspiracy to kill a foreign official and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, a bomb.  Shakuri is still at large in Iran. Holder identified him as an Iran-based member of the Al Qods force. 
US officials are deeply concerned that Tehran may not take lying down Washington's charge that the Revolutionary Guards' Al Qods Brigades were complicit in the assassination plot or the success of a prisoner exchange deal releasing the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from Hamas captivity. 
After being caught out, Iran is behaving as though it is under threat of war, its fury fueled by the US-Egyptian-Israeli-Hamas prisoner deal which threatens to cut the Islamic Republic out of Palestinian affairs and curtail its influence in the Gaza Strip, an important outpost. 
With a valuable Middle East holding about to be lost, Iran is capable of unleashing terrorists for acts that would force the hands of the United States and Israel. By drawing Hamas into such operations, Tehran would seek to torpedo the Shalit deal a moment before its consummation. 
Sources in Washington therefore criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for jumping the gun by his announcing the deal Tuesday for domestic political kudos. "Prisoner swaps are counted successful only after or during the fact," said one official. 
Other Western intelligence sources commented that by letting the cat out of the bag a week in advance, Israel gave Iran and Hizballah time to sabotage it. Both maintain a strong presence of undercover agents in the Gaza Strip who are fully capable of blowing away the deal Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal struck with Israel in the framework of an accord with the United States for packing up his Hamas bureau and command centers and moving them out of Damascus.


"Palestinian cause' is jihadists' blood libel and an exploitation of liberal sympathies,' sober insight from Pat Condell

British online commentator, Pat Condell, shatters popular shibboleths about "Palestine nationalism" and Israeli intransigence- in this bold, new video:

"Is it racist to criticize the Palestinians as the world's most tiresome cry-babies with a bogus cause, and a plight that's entirely self-inflicted?  I bet it is. I wouldn't be surprised if it weren't against the law in certain European countries. But I'm going to do it anyway, because somebody has to. I realize I'll probably lose a few friends with this video. But that's okay, friends like that I can do without.

All any of us can do is tell the truth as we see it.  I mean as we actually see it, and not as we think we're supposed to see it. The worst thing you can do is to see the truth and to tell a lie- and I see the Palestinian cause as a lieA lie designed to exploit Western liberal guilt, like the lie of Islamophobia, and the lie of the mythical "religion of peace" that nobody has ever seen in action.

I used to be a lot more critical of Israel, and I used to believe there was a fairly simple, two-state solution, because I used to believe the Arabs were acting in good faith.  I still want to believe that, but the evidence tells me I'd be a fool to believe it.

Because I've seen that every concession that Israel makes is met with more demands and more excuses not to negotiate.  They (Palestinians) could have had peace ten-times over if they wanted it, but they don't want peace- they want victory - and they won't be happy 'til Israel is wiped from the map.

A member of Fatah's Central Committee said as much on television recently, but as he said, they keep that to themselves and tell the rest of the world a different story.  And as part of that story, the bogus claim for Palestinian statehood is currently passing through the United Nations, and we're all waiting to see what plops out the other end.

Not that it really matters, because despite what the Palestinian public-relations industry, i.e., the Western media might tell you-  this is not about territory - and it certainly isn't about justice or human-rights, because Arab societies don't know the meaning of those words.

It's about Jew-hatred - as mandated by the Quran - and as preached by the mosques and taught to the children in Arab countries, day in and day out, generation after poisoned generation.

The Arabs don't hate Jews because of Israel, they hate Israel because of Jews.

The situation in the West Bank and Gaza exists because 45-years ago, several Arab countries attacked Israel, unprovoked, with overwhelming odds, because it was the Jewish state. If it hadn't been a Jewish state, they wouldn't have attacked it. And they attacked with the intention of wiping it from the map and of committing genocide.

But they failed because the Jews had a bit more steel in their blood than the Arabs had bargained for.  And who could be surprised after what they'd been through- and after seeing how the rest of the world had responded to their plight.

Large numbers of Jews could have escaped the Nazis if they had somewhere else to go, but other countries wouldn't let them in.

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Law professor's factual history of Israel and Palestine challenges Islamist campaign to discredit Israel towards destruction

Professor Abraham Sion, head of Ariel University's Center for Law & Mass-Media in Samaria, reveals the true history of Palestine & Israel and debunks myths from the Muslim campaign to rewrite the Jewish nation's territorial rights to Judea / Israel.

Prof. Sion reveals what's behind Muslim leaders' aims to destroy Jewish Israel through diplomatic means of Palestinian Arab "nationhood," while inculcating Islamic anti-Semitism to assure continuation of the conflict.


Israel Defence Forces former chief, Halutz, intimates about defending democracy against fundamentalist Islam

Former IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz intimated on Sept 11th perspectives that Israel and American military leaders face in defending freedom against militant Islam. Address given to American Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, SouthWest Region in Los Angeles.


How long can Israel delay the jihadist, Palestinian nationalism juggernaut?

P.A. head, Mahmoud Abbas submitted an application for a sovereign and independent homeland, which he said contains a request for full member nation status in the UN based on the June 4, 1967 borders. He addressed the General Assembly.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave his own speech in his response, in which he called on Abbas to drop unilateral moves and return to the negotiating table.

“President Abbas, why don’t you join me?” said Netanyahu. “We have to stop negotiating about the negotiations. Let’s just get on with it. Let’s negotiate peace! Now we’re in the same city. We’re in the same building. So let’s meet here today, in the United Nations!”

Hamas’ Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said that the PA should not beg for a state, adding that “liberation of Palestinian land” should come first.

He said that “what is happening at the United Nations harms the dignity of our Palestinian people,” particularly when there is no guarantee of the ‘right of return’ (the Arabs’ wish to have millions of so-called ‘Palestinian refugees’ - the descendants of Arabs who fled Israel before the 1948 Arab-Israeli war – to return to Israeli cities).  Israel National News

Land for 'peace' won't work without exchanging all Muslims from Israel to the proposed "State of Palestine" in exchange for their intended expelling of Jews from Judea and Samaria.

Prof. Abe Sion explains why it would be unsafe to trust irredentist Muslims to keep Israel safe from an Islamist Palestine ruled by Hamas. He cites Israel having ceded the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt in 1981- now at a defensive disadvantage from Islamist territorial aggression.

The Latma TV comedy troupe sends-up the United Nations's hypocrisy in their new, "Somebody to Hate" music video:

Live, United Nations addresses of President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu


Is it time for unilateral Palestinian statehood? Explore Jewish and Muslim history, rights and intentions for Palestine, with Prof. Abraham Sion

Mahmoud Abbas & Benjamin Netanyahu last year (AP)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that he was interested in meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in New York: "I call on the chairman of the Palestinian Authority to launch direct negotiations in New York and continue them in Jerusalem and Ramallah." Netanyahu added: "I am offering President Abbas the chance to launch peace negotiations instead of wasting time on futile unilateral steps." YNet.com

Abbas responded,"I will meet any Israeli official any time," said Abbas, though he added that “there is no use if there is nothing tangible." The Palestinian Authority's attempt to end-run the Palestinians' signed obligations to conduct direct negotiations with Israel (in accord with the 1993 Oslo Accords) and obtain "national" recognition by the Arab-dominated United Nations- warrants an re-examination of the history and legal status of Israel and the "Palestinian" nationalist movement- the West Bank and Gaza and their irredentist quest to reconquer Israel for the Muslim world.

Prof. Abraham Sion, who head the Center for Law and Mass-Media at the Ariel University Center of Samaria, delivered this address earlier this year at the request of the Zionist Organization of America, in Los Angeles, California. (Highlights are in the first 3 segments; the entire undivided speech is in the fourth segment).


Taliban Celebrates 9/11, Wounds 77 US Soldiers in Truck Bombing

Taliban ”celebrated” the anniversary of 9/11 by exploding a truck, killing five Afghans and wounding 77 American soldiers. By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu in Israel National News

Taliban ”celebrated” the anniversary of 9/11 by exploding a truck, killing five Afghans and wounding 77 American soldiers late Saturday night but not reported until Monday. One of the casualties was a three-year-old girl.

No Americans were killed in the truck bombing attack outside a combat post. Despite President Barack Obama’s withdrawal of all but 50,000 soldiers from Iraq, the American army still deploys 100,000 soldiers in Afghanistan in the war against Taliban and Al Qaeda.

Taliban took “credit” for the attack after having released a statement earlier in the day vowing to fight until the United States and other foreign countries withdraw their troops.


Swiss Parliamentarian dares to preserve western civilization, humanity, and freedom from domination by Islamism

Many on the Left disparage America's response to 9/11 by attempting to condemn American military involvement in the Middle East. But they do it to evade the point of combating global Islamism entirely, especially the branch of that movement which thrives under our noses- and seeks to undermine our principles of liberty, equality, and fraternity.

Swiss member of Parliament, Oskar Freysinger, gave a speech in Berlin, that no politician in Washington (save Rep. Allen West) is yet ready to speak from the floor of Congress. In order for us to beat back the Islamists, we need some key leaders in Washington to make a similar speech and lead the nation against the Islamist threat head-on.