The West Abandons Israel

There are days when I am tired of holding the passport of a country that you cannot trust. And yes, I mean the United States of America.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my country… okay, so maybe I love what my country WAS. What it is now isn’t so nice. And, when I look at how our country has routinely stabbed Israel in the back when she needed America the most… Well, it makes me more and more willing to hand in my passport for one that doesn’t make me sick when I read the news. I want to be proud of my country, and I have been proud of my country. And, I hope that one day I will be proud of my country.

Right now, I’m struggling to feel just so-so about my country.

America was truly the greatest country in the history of humanity. No country has done more good, rescued more people, liberated more of the oppressed than the United States. No one has fought their wars with more honor and rightness (and righteousness) than America.

When things got bad, who did everyone turn to? The United States of America.

We were a beacon on a hill.

Were.

I repeat, “were“. We are no longer a beacon on a hill, and it’s depressing to think about. What we are today is the largest purveyor of pornography on the planet. Our corrupt television shows and movies are seen all over the world – and they corrupt every society that watches them.

And, when Israel needs us the most, we are an enemy and not a friend.

It makes me sick to see my country abandon Israel in her time of direst need.

I’m not sure that I can sing God Bless America anymore. And, if I can, I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to keep on doing it. I just don’t know.

Would someone please turn this ship around?

We’re headed for the rocks.


West abandoning Israel in face of Iran threat?

Monday, February 20, 2012 | Ryan Jones

Western powers have for years made grand pronouncements regarding their commitment to Israel’s security in the face of the Iranian nuclear threat. But now that Iran is drawing so close to being able to field a nuclear weapon, America and Europe appear to be backing off and leaving Israel to the wolves.

The most damning evidence that the West would not, contrary to the promises of US President Barack Obama and others, do everything necessary to protect Israel came when NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen suggested this week that an early-warning radar system in Turkey would not provide Israel with advanced warning of an Iranian missile launch.

Speaking to reporters in Turkey, Rasmussen insisted that “data is shared within our allies, among our allies. It’s a defense system to protect the populations of NATO allies.”

After being further baited by Turkish reporters, Rasmussen again stressed that “it is a NATO system and the data within the system will not be shared with third countries.”

While Rasmussen was reluctant to single out Israel as one of those “third countries,” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davuto knew exactly what his nation’s press wanted to hear: “Especially if it’s about Israel, our view is clear.”

Earlier this month, Israel’s military intelligence chief, Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, said that intelligence suggests Iran already has enough nuclear material to build four atomic bombs. Kochavi told the annual Herzliya Conference that if Iran decided today to build a nuclear bomb, it could do so in less than one year.

With the situation clearly reaching a critical junction, talk of the possible need to launch a preemptive strike has reached fever pitch in Israel. The consternation of Israelis has been further exacerbated by recent calls from within Iran’s religious leadership to attack and destroy Israel no later than 2014.

In a document published by Iran’s Alef news agency, the chief strategist of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Alireza Forghani, argued that “in the name of Allah, Iran must attack Israel by 2014. All our troubles are due to Israel!”

Read the rest of the article here.

When a Jew Laughs

Barry Rubin has just produced a startlingly good piece, which he begins:

There’s a saying that goes something like this: When things are bad, a Jew cries. When they get even worse, a Jew cries more. And when they even get worse, a Jew laughs. As indelicate as this may seem, the current situation makes me want to laugh.

I’m not sure that I could have said it better. Actually, I’m not sure that I could have said it at all, being that I’m not Jewish myself. My own thieving Scottish ancestors weren’t nearly as educated, long suffering or even erudite. (Of course, Clan Little was writ large in the annals of history as some of the best light cavalry in Europe – which is what happens when you make a habit of stealing horses.)

The situation is so bad, so ludicrously bad, you have to laugh. And no, I’m not talking about my ridiculous Scottish ancestors. (They were undoubtedly superb at stealing sheep.)

Our response to our current situation is so awful that laughing is the only option. The alternative is a self-loathing so profound that we’d all need therapy and heavy sedation – that is, if a miracle happened and we all woke up to reality and discovered the mess we’d made.

Trust me. It’s better to laugh. Reality is overrated.

Here’s the first part of his article as it appeared in Pajamas Media:

The Middle East Today: Ha, Ha, Ha! Stop! It’s Too Funny! I Can’t Take It Any More!

October 15, 2011 – 9:20 pm – by Barry Rubin

There’s a saying that goes something like this: When things are bad, a Jew cries. When they get even worse, a Jew cries more. And when they even get worse, a Jew laughs. As indelicate as this may seem, the current situation makes me want to laugh.

That’s so because things are more ridiculous than they are scary. As the advice and claims of others get increasingly absurd, you have no desire to listen to them. You just have to do what you know is right and stop having any doubts about it precisely because the arguments on the other side are just so historically inaccurate, factually false, and illogical.

For those joining the story late–a group that seems to include Western politicians, media and academic “experts”–here’s a little background. In 1993, Israel made an agreement with the PLO to try to achieve peace. It turned over the Gaza Strip and much of the West Bank to a Palestinian government. Israel accepted the establishment of large security forces, the supply of guns, and the transfer of billions of dollars of aid.

Israel made major offers of territory and concessions to Syria and the Palestinian Authority in 2000, after almost a decade of negotiation. The other side rejected those compromise solutions. The Palestinian leadership instead launched a five-year-long war of terrorism. They lost. Then Israel was attacked by Hizballah. The world intervened and made promises to Israel. These were broken. Then Israel was attacked by Hamas. It defended itself. Again it won, but the world rushed in to save Hamas and to condemn Israel.

Read the rest of his article, here.

If the world and/or civilization last long enough, Europe and America will be the laughingstock of history. Just as we lampoon Neville Chamberlain‘s “Peace in our time”, they will lampoon us for out ‘enlightened’ treatment of the Nazis of our day.

Lets just hope that we all survive long enough to satirize our mistakes.

Islam, Israel and America

Where Europe goes, America will someday follow – as long as you define ‘someday’ as about twelve years. If you think that’s a sobering statement, wait till you see Erick Stakelbeck in his latest episode of Stakelbeck on Terror.

It is truly amazing to see what Islam has done to Europe, and what the future holds in store for America, if we aren’t careful.

Erick also spends time to literally take a page out of history to prove that even Palestinians themselves have acknowledged the Jewish roots of the land of Israel – a claim that flies directly in the face of current Palestinian propaganda trying to erase any and all Jewish history.

Here’s the video:

To watch it full screen at high resolution, just click that box-like icon at the lower right hand corner of the video.

Good job, Erick!

Israel Under Siege

Things don’t look good for the plucky little State of Israel.

She is surrounded and under siege. Syria is on fire. Iran continues its nuclear weapons program. Turkey has used the Mavi Marmara incident as a casus belli for breaking ties with Israel and moving further down the path towards war. Egypt has been taken over by the army and has allowed the Sinai to become a staging ground for terrorist attack. Europe now supports the Palestinian bid for recognition in the UN. And, the Palestinians are raining rockets down on anything within range.

I’m afraid to even THINK about what’s happening in Jordan.

The question is what’s next?

Here’s the McClatchy article written by Sheera Frankel:

Israel facing ‘diplomatic tsunami’ with Arab neighbors

By Sheera Frenkel | McClatchy Newspapers

JERUSALEM — The attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo has brought into sharp relief Israel’s increasing isolation in a region still grappling with the changes of the Arab Spring.

Israel was forced to evacuate its ambassador and most of its diplomatic staff from Cairo this weekend after hundreds of Egyptian protesters tore down a security wall protecting the Nile-side embassy, ransacked its files and burned an Israeli flag. It came less than a week after Turkey, Israel’s other major ally in the Muslim world, announced it was expelling the Israeli ambassador and downgrading its relationship to the lowest possible level after a deadly skirmish involving a Turkish aid vessel that was attempting to deliver supplies in defiance of Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.

With another potential predicament brewing later this month when the Palestinians are expected to request membership and statehood at the United Nations, Israeli-Arab relations appear to be plunging to their lowest point in years.

“Within a week Israel has found itself two friends down and about to face a so-called diplomatic tsunami with the Palestinians,” said one European envoy in Jerusalem, who spoke on condition of anonymity under diplomatic protocol.

“I would be nervous if I was an Israeli diplomat today.”

The damage to relations with Egypt and Turkey has struck many Israelis. Turkey was the first Muslim-majority country to recognize Israel as a Jewish state in 1949 and Egypt was the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to condemn the attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo but added that the historic peace agreement between Israel and Egypt was still intact.

“Egypt must not ignore the severe injury to the fabric of peace with Israel and such a blatant violation of international laws,” Netanyahu said Saturday.

Officials in Israel’s foreign ministry, however, said the embassy attack “could not be ignored” and marked a sharp shift in Israel’s diplomatic dealings with its neighbor since the resignation in February of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak — whose dictatorial regime had kept a lid on anti-Israeli sentiment.

“For a long time Israel has benefited from a positive relationship with Egypt that allowed Israel some sense of security. It is clear that Egypt today is not the Egypt of one year ago,” said an Israeli diplomat who also requested anonymity.

“Now Israel will have to look at its border to the south as one more to watch and guard. The burning of the Israeli flag in Cairo symbolized much more to those of us that watched from Jerusalem.”

The image of the burning flag figured prominently on Israeli television this weekend, with several commentators asking whether it would be the last time an Israeli flag flew in Egypt.

Turkish officials have said that relations with Israel will not improve until Israel apologizes for the killing last year of nine Turkish nationals aboard a boat that aimed to breach Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Israel has stood by its blockade, and its position was recently bolstered by a U.N. report that found the blockade lawful. The same report, however, said that Israel had used unnecessary and excessive force in stopping boats aiming to break the blockade, including the storming of the Turkish Mavi Marmara ship by Israeli naval commandos, who killed the Turkish nationals.

American officials have tried unsuccessfully to negotiate an apology from Israel to Turkey over the incident. Relations had already soured over Israel’s recent war in Gaza and a series of diplomatic snubs by Lieberman and his deputy.

In about 10 days, Israel likely will face another diplomatic hurdle when the Palestinians are expected to launch a bid for statehood at the U.N. General Assembly. Israel has been maneuvering to quash the bid — which the United States opposes and has threatened to veto — but Palestinians have said they’ll go forward and attempt to win two-thirds support for an independent state that would include East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.

Several European countries have signaled their willingness to vote in favor of the Palestinian state, putting Israel in a difficult position.

Read the full article here: Israel facing ‘diplomatic tsunami’ with Arab neighbors

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Catholic and Protestant Anti-Semitism

I’ve had this article sitting around for a while, just waiting to be commented on. Why I have waited until now to talk about it, I don’t know.

It certainly got my blood boiling, reading this for a second and third time. The fact that there are people calling themselves Christian and comparing Lucifer to the Jewish people:

…Israelis, like Lucifer, were God’s chosen but were cast out for their rebellious and evil ways, and now deserve to be obliterated from the so-called “Holy Land,”…

WHAT!?

Catholics and Protestants dare to compare the Jewish people with Lucifer?

Ynet published this article on July 3rd:

The churches against Israel

Christian blood libels revived, with Israel being painted as evil, having no right to exist

Giulio Meotti

A few days ago UK researchers announced that 17 skeletons belonged to Jews were found at the bottom of a medieval well in Norwich, England. The Jews were murdered in a pogrom or had been forced to commit suicide rather than submit to demands for conversion to Christianity.

The bodies date back to the 12th or 13th Centuries, at a time when Jewish people faced killings, banishment and persecution throughout all Europe. Those 17 Jews were killed because of “replacement theology,” the most ancient Christian calumny arguing that because of their denial of the divinity of Christ, the Jews have forfeited God’s promises to them which have been transferred to the Church.

Some 10 centuries later, global Christian forums are reviving this theological demonology against the heirs of those 17 Jews: the Jews of the State of Israel. The World Council of Churches, an ecumenical Christian body based in Genève and boasting 590 million worshippers, just ended a four-day conference in the Greek city of Volos. Not a single word of criticism was uttered there against the Islamists who are persecuting Arabs who believe Jesus.

Lutherans arrived to Volos from the United States, Catholics and Protestants from Bethlehem and Nazareth, Orthodox Christians from Greece and Russia, lecturers from Beirut and Copts from Egypt. The conference declared the Jewish State “a sin” and “occupying power,” accused Israelis of “dehumanizing” the Palestinians, theologically dismantled the “choseness” of the Jewish people and called for “resistance” as a Christian duty.

The conference denied 3,000 years of Jewish life in the land stretching between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River, took sides against the very presence of Israel, likened the defensive barrier that has blocked terrorism to “apartheid,” attacked Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria invoking the name of God and conceptually dismissed the Jewish state, imagining it to be a mixture – Islamic, Christian and perhaps a bit Jewish. It even legitimized terrorism when it talked about the “thousands of prisoners who languish in Israeli jails,” proclaiming that “resistance to the evil of occupation is a Christian’s right and duty.”

I’m sorry but that just makes me sick.

No wonder most Israelis are distrustful of Christians. They can’t tell the difference between a Catholic, a Lutheran or a Baptist. The only thing that Israelis know is that all three say that they follow someone named Jesus of Nazareth.

Well, let me tell you one very important difference: Baptists love Israel – partly because they know that God loves Israel. Just for self-preservation, it’s always important to be on the side of those that God loves.

The Ynet article goes on to say this:

In the last few months we have seen a radical and dangerous increase of attacks on Israel by the Protestant and Catholic churches. While the US is home to many Christian supporters of Israel, the groups more closely linked to global public opinion, European bureaucracy, the media industry, the United Nations and various legal forums are all violently anti-Israel and anti-Jewish. They are paving the way for a new Jewish bloodbath by the theological exclusion of Israel’s Jews from the family of nations.

The patriarch of the Antioch Church, the Catholic Melkite Gregory III Laham, proclaimed that there is a “Zionist conspiracy against Islam,” reviving old conspiracy theories that led to infamous pogroms. In Antwerp, once called “the Belgian Jerusalem,” a highly respected and government-funded Catholic school, the College of the Sacred Heart, just hosted a “Palestine Day” replete with anti-Semitic references and activities for youngsters. One stall at the event was titled “Throw the soldiers into the sea,” allowing children to throw replicas of Jewish and Israeli soldiers into two large tanks.

The most influential international Catholic peace movement, Pax Christi, just promoted a boycott of Israel’s goods “in the name of love.” The most hated Israeli product includes Ahava, the famous Israeli cosmetics company, whose shop in Covent Garden, London, has just been closed by the company after years of demonstrations. Strangely, Ahava body lotion tubes have been chosen as a satanic symbol of Jewish colonialism.

Today, most of the divestment campaign against Israel is driven by Christian groups such as the Dutch Interchurch Organization and the Irish Catholic group Troicaré, both funded by the EU. The United Church of Canada, a very popular and mainstream Christian denomination, just voted to boycott six companies (Caterpillar, Motorola, Ahava, Veolia, Elbit Systems and Chapters/Indigo) and South African bishop Desmond Tutu convinced the University of Johannesburg to severe all its links with Israeli fellows.

Last year the Methodist Church of Britain voted to boycott Israeli-produced goods and services from Judea and Samaria. The catholic Pax Christi is also leading the campaign glorifying Mordechai Vanunu, Israel’s nuclear whistleblower who had converted to Christianity.

La Civiltà Cattolica, the Vatican magazine reviewed by the Holy See secretary of state before publication, in January opened with a shocking editorial on Palestinian refugees. Adopting the Islamist propagandist word “Nakba,” just recently invoked by Arab mobs to breach Israel’s borders, the paper declared that the refugees are a consequence of “ethnic cleansing” by Israel and that “the Zionists were cleverly able to exploit the Western sense of guilt for the Shoah to lay the foundations of their own state.” Indeed, Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric is alarmingly similar.

No wonder that Israelis were so surprised at the outpouring of love for Israel when Glenn Beck came and did his Restoring Courage program. They have been demonized by almost every ‘Christian’ group on the planet, and those handfuls of us that support Israel have a tiny voice.

Here’s this next bit from the same article:

Israel’s relationship with the Vatican is different from Jerusalem’s relationship with Albania or Luxembourg for example, because the Catholic Church has more than one billion adherents and a global moral authority. At the Rome synod, Archbishop Cyrille Salim Bustros, a cleric chosen by Pope Ratzinger to draft the synod’s 44 final propositions, denied the Jewish people’s biblical right to the Promised Land. “We Christians cannot speak about the Promised Land for the Jewish people. There is no longer a chosen people”, Bustros said, reviving the “replacement theology.”

Edmond Farhat, a Maronite Apostolic Nuncio, who is a sort of Vatican’s ambassador, described Israel’s place in the Middle East in terms of a rejected “foreign implant” that which has no specialists “capable of healing it.”

Elsewhere, the current Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, named by Pope Ratzinger to represent the Catholic community in Israel and the West Bank, is sponsoring an appeal against the “Judaization of Jerusalem.” Indeed, at this time, new anti-Israel policies by the most powerful Christian groups are breathing new life into Medieval doctrine that demonized Jews for hundreds of years.

Replacement theology. What a vile, evil doctrine. The thought that anyone could believe such a lie and call themselves ‘christian’ is astonishing. Yet, these lies are coming back and are even attempting to infect the Baptists and other Christians who revere God and the Bible.

The Ynet article ends this way:

The latest excavations in England suggest the Jews were thrown down the well together, head first, the kids after the parents. Five of them had a DNA sequence suggesting they were likely to be members of a single Jewish family. Some 10 centuries later, five Jews from the same Israeli family, the Fogels of Itamar, were slaughtered in their own beds. A famous Italian priest, Mario Cornioli, wrote immediately after the massacre in a subliminal justification of the killings: “What is Itamar? An illegal Israeli colony built on stolen land.”

The replacement calumny has changed its language, yet it still marks a death sentence for the Jewish people: Israelis, like Lucifer, were God’s chosen but were cast out for their rebellious and evil ways, and now deserve to be obliterated from the so-called “Holy Land,” the argument goes. From Norwich to Itamar, the Jewish martyrs are an everlasting and heroic stain in this horrible, theological blood libel.

Catholics and Protestants dare to compare the Jewish people with LUCIFER?!

It’s not enough to call this outrageous, because it’s far, far more than that. It’s pure evil.

That’s why it’s more and more important for your voice to be heard. Israel needs to know that there are those who stand with her. And, Israel’s enemies need to understand that an enemy of Israel is our enemy too.

God help us all.

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