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THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL SHOULD APPLY ISRAELI SOVEREIGNTY OVER JUDEA & SAMARIA — NOW July 31, 2011
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Why should the people of Israel apply Israeli Sovereignty over Judea & Samaria Now?

1. It’s the right thing to do & always has been.

2. It will disable the propaganda ploy intended by the Arab Palestinians, the Arab League & those Leftists in Europe, Asia, the US & the UN who support them. They proclaim they will declare a new State of Palestine, [a Second State of Palestine] in Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights, the Jordan Valley & all of Jerusalem that was illegally occupied & desecrated by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for 19 years from 1948 to 1967. Most of the world rolls over with them.

3. It will distract, disrupt, disturb the headlines of Barack Hussein Obama’s opening moves in his election campaign for the 2012 election for President of the United States. He will fume, thunder & excoriate the Jews of Israel, America & the world — which will turn the voting Jews in America against him. IF the Jews of Florida cut their voting support for Obama in half, he may lose Florida & maybe the election. Then he cannot further harm the human, civil & religious rights of the Jewish people AND the American economy may be able to safely recover from the disaster he has spawned on the American people — which negatively affects people & countries all over the world.

4. The people of Israel can do this much better & more safely than if the Israeli government has to do it. This is a much bigger campaign than camping out in hot tents to protest the high cost & unavailability of housing — & the high cost of cottage cheese. These points have been adequately made & the protestors now know how to effectively be heard. To defend the Jewish Nation/State of Israel for the Jewish people & all of Israel’s residents, this should be done now — not later after the General Assembly gives its approval to the Pals.

5. IF the people of Israel rise to this sacred challenge, I believe the world as a whole will be better off & safer. Israel & America can devastate Iran’s nuclear weapons’ & missile capability because they will then have the will to do so. They certainly have the means.

6. Judea & Samaria are the heart of the Jewish peoples’ Nation/State of Israel & Jerusalem is her soul. Let’s together work to defend her!

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1A. One brick at a time – Trump on Jerusalem

1A. One brick at a time – Trump on Jerusalem

Consider Embassy move another way of saying, “Next Year in Jerusalem.” by Jack Engelhard, Arutz Sheva 08/02/17 00:44 e

 

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A few days ago we spoke about President Trump’s style of leadership, which is to keep your opponents guessing. Never tell what you plan to do next.

That was about the “settlements” & Trump’s advice to Israel to build but to quit yapping about it ahead of time… which only energizes Israel’s enemies.

Tipping your hand is the worst sort of diplomacy whether it’s poker or politics –& now let’s talk about moving the United States Embassy to Jerusalem.

My guess – and actually it’s more than a guess – is that President Trump will get it done. But he will get it done his way.

Today he tweeted “I call my own shots” & though it was on some other topic, be sure he meant Jerusalem as well.

Do not expect anything flashy enough to harm America’s relationships with its Arab allies, like the king of Jordan, who’s on record, naturally, as being upset about all this Embassy talk –& if we say it’s none of his business, remember, Trump is president of the United States & not the PM of Israel. Trump’s got his own balancing act to consider.

That America & Israel share the same friends, values & national interests, good, but as Trump keeps saying, “America first.”

This is excellent news. Doing right by Israel means doing right for America – but not so fast.

Trump will make the move to Jerusalem but at the correct moment — when it’s time to tip his hand & without fanfare.

Trump will make the move one brick at a time.

Consider it another way of saying, “Next Year in Jerusalem.”

Too slow, people said. First came the groups crowing that it’s a done deal. Trump had been in office but one day & already he kept his word. He’s a friend. Next day he was a bum because no US Embassy magically appeared in Jerusalem. Already he’s betrayed.

They don’t know Trump. He is loyal & true to his friends, which means Israel, but to the rest, the winning strategy is to keep them on edge.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have to learn this from Trump, the art of keeping your foes & even your friends in suspense & he will have to learn to roll with the punches, keeping in mind that, as opposed to Obama, Trump is here to help, even if he doesn’t always get it right.

To get it right, President Trump needs to listen carefully to what Netanyahu has to say when they speak by phone or meet in person in a few days.

That would be a perfect time for Netanyahu to spring his own surprise – why, Mr. President, is there a PLO embassy in Washington, D.C.?

Does Trump know this? Does anybody? Do people know that there, smack in the middle of our nation’s capital, in the shadow of Lincoln’s colossal statue, sits an eyesore that is an insult to all our virtues, American & Israeli alike. The PLO is Radical Islam.

Trump knows Radical Islam. He is trying to keep it from coming here, but here it is, blocks away from the White House in Washington.

Meantime, Jerusalem sits out in the cold.

So Netanyahu is in a perfect spot to suggest that since Trump is a grand dealmaker, here’s the deal — dismantle that PLO blight one brick at a time.

Do it to make your mark as a president who finally understands that the United States & Israel stand together on everything, starting with the fight against Islamic terrorism. So at the same time, build that US Embassy in Jerusalem also one brick at a time, or whatever timing is most suitable, but get it done.

Something’s terribly wrong when a gang of PLO terrorists gets to enjoy our home cooking in D.C. while Jerusalem starves for recognition.

This needs to be fixed.

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes a regular column for Arutz Sheva. New from the novelist: “News Anchor Sweetheart,” a novelist’s version of Fox News and Megyn Kelly. Engelhard is the author of the international bestseller “Indecent Proposal.” For books like his award-winning memoir “Escape from Mount Moriah,” he is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: www.jackengelhard.com

One brick at a time – Trump on Jerusalem

1.The Evolving Threat Of Jihad In The West By Caroline B. Glick Jerusalem Post Opinion Feb. 6, 2017 21:25 The very act of mentioning bad behavior carried out by members of a specific group seems inherently bigoted.

A still image taken from an Islamic State (ISIS) video . (photo credit:REUTERS)

One of the most important stories related to the September 11 attacks was the one that was deliberately left largely untold. That story is the response of some Muslims in America to the massacre of nearly 3,000 people by Islamic supremacists in New York, Washington & Pennsylvania.
According to a Washington Post article published on Sep. 18, 2001, in Jersey City, New Jersey, across the river from the destroyed World Trade Center, “Within hours of the 2 jetliners plowing into the World Trade Center, law enforcement authorities detained & questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks & holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.”

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The New York Post reported on September 15, 2001, that Muslim Americans in Patterson, NJ were also seen celebrating the attacks. Word-of-mouth reports abounded in the weeks & months following September 11 of spontaneous celebrations carried out that day in Dearborn, Michigan, in Virginia & other Muslim American communities.
The most notable aspect of the published reports of the celebrations was that there were so few of them. After all, the notion that any Muslim Americans would celebrate the Jihadist attack was certainly newsworthy.
The stories were suppressed at the time by political leaders. Then New York mayor Rudy Guiliani for instance said the celebrations shouldn’t be reported lest they lead to violent attacks against peaceful Muslims.
Then president George W. Bush rushed to defend & uphold Islam as a “religion of peace” almost immediately after the attacks. Bush insisted that al-Qaida was a fringe movement & ideology in the world of Islam. Its Islamic Supremacism did not reflect either the Islamic faith or the ideology of the overwhelming majority of Muslims.
In 2007, then secretary of state Condoleezza Rice banned US officials from using the terms “Jihad,” “Islamic” & “Islamism” in describing Islamic Jihad & the ideology of Islamism or in conjunction with discussions of Islamic Jihad & terrorism.
Under former president Barack Obama, the war on language went into high gear. Not only were all terms relating to Islam banned from use in the federal government, the term “Terrorism” was even purged from the official discourse. Obama dumped the Bush-era term, “War on Terror,” for the even more meaningless phrase, “Overseas Contingency Operations.”
Obama barred the FBI from investigating radical Islamic breeding grounds & replaced surveillance operations with a program called, “Countering Violent Extremism”. Under that program, Islamists were given federal support. The notion was that once they were empowered, they would convince their communities to reject violence.
The US federal government’s actions were far from unique in the Western world. Indeed, when compared to the efforts taken by Europeans to sanitize public discourse of all discussion of Islamic Jihadism, America’s efforts look downright moderate. In Europe, almost every mention of Islamism has been barred. Those that have criticized it have been subjected to criminal prosecutions & convictions.
In most cases, the rationales for these efforts to block discussion of the threat of radical Islam have been admirable.
Western nations have long histories of racism & intolerance. On the surface at least, placing a spotlight on the actions of one community, or adherents of one specific religion flies in the face of everything that the nations of the West have come to understand about how racism & bigotry takes root in a society. The very act of mentioning bad behavior carried out by members of a specific group seems inherently bigoted.
The problem with this well-intentioned position was self-evident from the start. It is not bigoted to point out the bigotry of others & to confront & challenge it.
It is bigoted not to do so. Even worse, it is dangerous.
It is impossible to solve a problem like Islamic Radicalism by ignoring it. To the contrary, by ignoring it, you ensure that it will grow.
One of the strategically significant aspects of the September 11 attacks is that they showed that Islamic terrorists do not require control of territory to cause massive harm to their enemies & to their enemies’ societies.
On September 11, the 19 hijackers did not occupy downtown Manhattan. They did not drive tanks down 5th Avenue.
Armed with box cutters & informed by a bigoted, supremacist ideology, 19 Islamic terrorists viewed themselves as heroes as they used crude weapons to commit murder on a scale never seen before on American soil.
After they did so, far from being condemned across the board in the Islamic world, they were celebrated as heroes by a very large number of Muslims not only in the Middle East but in the US & throughout the Western world.
The devastating implications of the US government’s decision to ignore the fact that at least some American Muslims celebrated the attacks were revealed over the weekend in an extraordinary report by Ruchmini Callimacci in the New York Times.
Titled, “Not ‘Lone Wolves’ After All: How ISIS Guides World’s Terror Plots from Afar,” Callimacci reported how Islamic State (ISIS) locates & recruits Muslims in countries around the world over the Internet. Once they recruit these adherents, ISIS terror masters in Syria & elsewhere direct them in plotting & carrying out terrorist attacks. These remote commanders dictate the actions of their distant adherents from the moment they make contact with them until just moments before they commit their attacks or are arrested by law enforcement bodies.
ISIS handlers, or commanders, are able to control the actions of their recruits as a platoon commander controls the actions of his soldiers, without ever meeting them. In many cases, the recruits do not even know their handlers’ identities, have never heard their voices & do not know where they are from.
The one thing that joins them to those directing them from thousands of kilometers away is their shared belief in the supremacy of radical Islam over all other ways of life. Their common faith in the justice of acts of mass murder against non-believers is so strong that it bridges the gap between the real & virtual worlds.
ISIS’s mode of operation is a natural progression from the September 11 attacks. Along the way, Anwar al-Awlaki, the commander of al-Qaida forces in Yemen killed in a US drone strike in 2011, was the pioneer of moving the direction of Western Jihadists from the physical world to the virtual one. For more than a decade, Awlaki indoctrinated & directed numerous Jihadists in the US & the UK. In the beginning Awlaki directed their actions by meeting with them & preaching to them in shared physical space. Later, he decamped to Yemen where he continued his efforts. He preached to them through cassette tapes, through satellite broadcasts & Internet chat rooms. He indoctrinated them through online essays. He directed their terrorist attacks by email.
An interesting incident in Awlaki’s career came in 1996. At that time, Awlaki was working as a preacher at the Denver Islamic Society. According to a New York Times report from 2010, Awlaki left the mosque & moved to San Diego shortly after an elder of the mosque upbraided him for telling a mosque member to travel to Chechnya to join the jihad against Russia.
The most revealing aspect of the story is that the elder who criticized Awlaki asked the New York Times not to publish his identity. By 2010, Awlaki had already been publicly implicated in directing scores of Western Jihadists to commit attacks in the US & the UK. He was considered the commander of al-Qaida forces in Yemen. Yet, the mosque elder in Denver didn’t feel comfortable openly condemning him.
His aversion indicated where the balance of power in the American Muslim community lies.
Whether or not President Donald Trump is able to reinstitute his executive order mandating a 90-day ban on entry of nationals from Syria, Iraq, Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan & Yemen, the act is that such a move will be insufficient to diminish the terrorist threat in America.

As Callimacci’s article made brutally clear, so long as the intellectual shackles of political correctness block the US & other Western governments from taking concerted action against the creed of Islamic Supremacism & its adherents inside their own borders, the virtual terrorism command ISIS now controls will last until it morphs into an even more deadly threat in the months & years to come.

The Evolving Threat Of Jihad In The West By Caroline B. Glick

2.France’s New Islamist Guillotine: The Trial of Georges Bensoussan by Denis MacEoin https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9895/france-islamist-guillotine Feb. 7, 2017 5:00 am

§ It is not racist to accuse Muslims of wrongdoing; Islam is a religio-political system, not a race. This conflation of two very different things already causes endless confusion & miscarriages of justice. Such scattershot accusations fail to make a distinction between genuine hatred for Muslims with fair & balanced criticism of some of their behavior & their religion.

§ “Anti-racism… an instrument of intellectual terrorism has become today the greatest channel of the new anti-Semitism”. — Georges Bensoussan.

§ The CCIF’s charge of “Islamophobia” is almost certainly built, not so much about Arabs but about perceptions of a refusal by Muslim immigrants from North Africa to integrate into French society,

§ “To say that one drinks in anti-Semitism from one’s mother’s milk means that it is transmitted culturally. I have not spoken of a transmission through blood, which implies a genetic transmission. I maintain that in some Arab families in France, anti-Semitism is taught. … I have not invented the Kouachi brothers, who, after the attack on Charlie Hebdo, asked the printer with whom they took refuge if he was Jewish.” — Georges Bensoussan.

§ “This visceral anti-Semitism proven by the Fondapol survey by Dominique Reynié last year cannot remain under a cover of silence. Conducted in 2014 among 1,580 French respondents, of whom one third were Muslim, the survey found that they were 2 times & even 3 times more anti-Jewish than French people as a whole”. — Georges Bensoussan.

§ Why should this be surprising? Anti-Jewish feelings in Muslim countries and elsewhere are deeply embedded, with roots in the Qur’an, the Hadith, Islamic law-books & general social attitudes from the 7th century onwards.

§ If Bensoussan is convicted, the CCIF and other organisations like it will start further prosecutions of other innocent people & succeed in shutting down debate about what is the greatest single threat to the stability not only of France & Europe, but the West.

The French historian & philosopher Georges Bensoussan is best known for his studies of matters relating to the Jewish world, on topics such as the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, Zionism & the fate of the hundreds of thousands of Jews expelled from Arab countries after the declaration of Israel’s independence in 1948 & the signal defeat of Arab armies which invaded the new state between then & 1949. He himself was born in Morocco in 1952, but moved with his family to France in his early years.

After a doctorate in history from the University of Paris I in 1981, Bensoussan became director of a journal for Holocaust history (Revue d’histoire de la Shoah) & went on to develop a training service for Holocaust education. Over the years, he has published several well-researched books on the Holocaust, Zionism & related topics. Juifs en pays arabes: Le grand déracinement 1850-1975 (2012) covers the too-little known history of the way in which nearly a million Jews in Arab countries were reduced in fewer than 30 years to about 5,000. His intellectual & political history of Zionism, Une histoire intellectuelle et politique du sionisme 1860-1940 (2002), counters the modern use of the term Zionist as a pejorative.

Given these credentials as a leading opponent of Europe’s oldest form of racism, one might very well expect that Georges Bensoussan would be one of the last people fit to be labelled a racist. You would be correct. But on January 25, Bensoussan was obliged to present himself at the 17th chamber of the Tribunal Correctionel of Paris to face a charge of “provocation of racial hatred” (“provocation à la haine raciale“). A more honest description of the charge would have read “provocation of ‘Islamophobia'”. It is not racist to accuse Muslims of wrongdoing; Islam is a religio-political system, not a race. This conflation of two very different things already causes endless confusion & miscarriages of justice.

The charge against Bensoussan was brought by the Collectif contre l’Islamophobie en France (CCIF)[1] an Islamic activist organization that seeks to defend Muslims from perceived attacks (“Islamophobia”) in the secular system of the country. Such scattershot accusations fail to make a distinction between genuine hatred for Muslims with fair & balanced criticism of some of their behavior & their religion. Leading the accusation in court was a hijab-wearing woman, Lila Cherif, in charge of the CCIF’s legal team. On the public gallery sat an assemblage of anti-racist organizations: SOS-Racisme, a much criticized French & international group, the prestigious Ligue Internationale Contre le Racisme et l’Antisémitisme (LICRA), the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic Mouvement contre racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peoples (MRAP) – which is part of the Platform of French NGOs for Palestine that supports trying to destroy Israel economically –& the anti-Israel League of Human Rights (Ligue des droits de l’homme).

Nowadays, there are several principal international definitions of anti-Semitism – the US State Department’s “Working Definition” of Anti-Semitism, the original EU Monitoring Centre’s “Working Definition”, & the most widely recognized International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s Definition. All 3 definitions include anti-Israel speech, writing & actions as fully anti-Semitic. It is on this basis that some of these self-styled anti-racist groups may be described as anti-Semitic. In that context, their presence in the public gallery may have much to do with antagonism to Bensoussan’s work in claiming anti-Semitism in his writings.

According to Raphaëlle Bacqué, in Le Monde on January 26, the specific charge against Bensoussan is based on a couple of statements he made in 2015 during a radio broadcast in an episode of Répliques, a much-respected program that discusses current affairs, often linked to new publications by those interviewed. The first statement was as follows (author’s translation):

“Today, we find ourselves at the heart of the French nation in the presence of another people, who take a backwards view of a certain number of the democratic values which we have carried. There will be no integration so long as we cannot rid ourselves of the atavistic anti-Semitism which is hidden like a secret.”

He then went on to say:

“An Algerian sociologist, Smaïn Laacher, with great courage, has just said in a film broadcast on France 3: ‘It is a shame that, in order to maintain this taboo, to know that in Arab families in France – & everyone knows this but nobody wants to say it – anti-Semitism is sucked in with a mother’s milk.'”

Days later, Laacher, a lecturer at the University of Strasbourg, denied that he had said this. Writing in the investigative journal Mediapart, he sternly declared “I have never said nor written anything of this ignominious nature”. He condemned Bensoussan for suggesting that Algerian anti-Semitism was created naturally, meaning racially. “How could anyone believe for half a second that in these [Arab] families that anti-Semitism is transmitted in the end through blood”.

But that is not what Bensoussan had said. He had not mentioned blood, just transmission through a mother’s milk.

Underneath Laacher’s response, however, a commenter named Aimelle turned Laacher’s remarks upside down, writing as follows:

Fallacious? Really?

Here is a record (including the “ums” & the repetitions of what M. Laacher said in the documentary (at the 56th minute):

“It is a monumental hypocrisy not to see that this anti-Semitism is in the beginning domestic & quite evidently, is without doubt reinforced, hardened, legitimated, almost naturalized with various distinctions um… externally. He will find it at home & will sense no radical lack of continuity between home & the external environment. Because the external environment, is, in reality, the most often [experienced]. It is to be found in what are termed the ghettos, it feels as though it is in the air one breathes, it is not at all strange. And it is difficult to escape from it in those places, particularly when you find it in yourself.”

Certainly, he does not say “sucked in with a mother’s milk” – an expression which, in French, is a metaphor employed to define something one acquires “in the atmosphere”, “in the language”, “on the tongue”. But the idea is much the same.

Bensoussan argued that “sucked from a mother’s milk” and “transmitted through blood” are not the same. His argument was based on Laacher’s own statements in that television documentary. Why Laacher reacted so fiercely to Bensoussan’s use of his own argument that Arab culture fosters anti-Semitism, so far as to deny he had ever said anything like that, is not easy to determine. Was it simply because he did not want to be associated with views that might so easily have been interpreted (as they were in Bensoussan’s case) as racist in nature? In an interview with Alexandre Devecchio for Le Figaro, published on the day his trial opened, Bensoussan argued that anti-racism has been turned into an instrument that may be used to silence “the majority of the French people”. He speaks of “delinquent anti-racism” (“l’antiracisme dévoyé“)& goes on to cite Elizabeth Badinter, an academic &, according to Jane Kramer writing in The New Yorker, France’s most influential intellectual, who has spoken of “collaboration through anti-racism”, using “collaboration” in the French 1940s sense of collaboration with the enemy.

He himself says this illuminates that “anti-racism, a legitimate struggle, has been progressively made a delinquent as the religion of anti-racism – an instrument of intellectual terrorism which has become today the greatest channel of the new anti-Semitism”.

To make things more difficult for Bensoussan, the charge of “racism” was tangled up by the CCIF, who added to it a charge of being an “Islamophobe”. This, ironically, is quite unrelated to the Laaser complaint, which is based on Arabs, not necessarily Muslims. But for Muslim activists, it is possible to attack on both fronts, conflating race & religion.

Because, as Bensoussan states, anti-racism is a form of religiosity in France (& indeed in other Western countries), using that charge serves effectively to intensify public outrage against any questioning of Islam within important sectors in a country with growing sensitivities about race-crime on the one hand & fear of Islamic terrorism exemplified by the attacks in Paris & Nice.

The CCIF’s charge of “Islamophobia” is almost certainly not so much about Arabs but about perceptions of a refusal by Muslim immigrants from North Africa to integrate into French society, with its core Enlightenment values of liberté, égalité, fraternité, the country’s motto.

Bensoussan has written 2 books on this subject: Les Territoires perdus de la République (2002) & Une France soumise: Les voix du refus (2017) (“Lost Territories of the Republic” & “A Submissive France: The Voices of Refusal”)

In a long analytical interview with Caroline Valentin concerning Bensoussan’s most recent book, Mathieu Bock-Côté (writing in Le journal de Montréal) summed up the issue:

“France is the principal theatre of the Islamist offensive in Europe. In saying that, we are not only thinking of the attacks which have marked the last 2 years, but of the creation on French territory of a veritable counter-society which does not speak its name & dissociates itself more & more from the nation. The desertion of the elites, criticism of French identity, cultural & physical insecurity, the increase of unreasonable compromises in schools & hospitals: it is in order to analyze & denounce this sloppiness that this book has appeared just now.”

It is no secret that those who create this “counter-society” & disaffiliation from the French nation state are disproportionately Muslims – in this case mostly Muslims from North Africa – who refuse to integrate or are deterred by their communities from doing so. Many studies place the blame for this lack of integration on the French state & racial discrimination. No doubt there is much truth in that. However, many modern surveys in countries like the UK indicate that Muslims are the hardest of all immigrant & minority groups to integrate & that increasing numbers choose not to. A recent example is the Dec. 2016 report by Dame Louise Casey for the British government which, among much else, concluded:

Polling in 2015… showed that more than 55% of the general public agreed that there was a fundamental clash between Islam & the values of British society, while 46% of British Muslims felt that being a Muslim in Britain was difficult due to prejudice against Islam. We found a growing sense of grievance among sections of the Muslim population & a stronger sense of identification with the plight of the ‘Ummah’, or global Muslim community. (pp. 12-13)

Bensoussan’s argument that Muslim communities contribute to the development of a society within society clearly attracted the attention of the CCIF, which introduced the notion that he is both a racist & an “Islamophobe”. This opinion was reinforced when the lawyer for the CCIF instrumentalized anti-Semitism as a further means of defaming Bensoussan, saying that “What seems to us inadmissible is to attribute anti-Semitism to all the members of a group. That is essentialism.” Essentialism here means defining an entire community with a single “essential” characteristic. To this, Bensoussan makes his strongest defence against that charge:

“To say that one drinks in anti-Semitism from one’s mother’s milk means that it is transmitted culturally. I have not spoken of a transmission through blood, which implies a genetic transmission. I maintain that in some Arab families in France, anti-Semitism is taught. I have not invented Mohamed Merah [who murdered 7 people in 2012, including 3 children at a Jewish school, admitting to anti-Semitic motives]. I have not invented the Kouachi brothers, who, after the attack on Charlie Hebdo, asked the printer with whom they took refuge if he was Jewish.”

French historian Georges Bensoussan has defended remarks he made about anti-Semitism among French Muslims, saying: “To say that one drinks in anti-Semitism from one’s mother’s milk means that it is transmitted culturally. I have not spoken of a transmission through blood, which implies a genetic transmission. And I maintain that in some Arab families in France, anti-Semitism is taught. I have not invented Mohamed Merah”. Merah murdered seven people in 2012, including 3 children at a Jewish school, admitting to anti-Semitic motives.

Bensoussan’s claim of culturally-transmitted anti-Semitism in Muslim & Arab communities is strongly backed by 2 important polls. The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Global 100 report on anti-Semitism worldwide gave figures for anti-Semitic attitudes in 16 Arab states, plus Turkey & Iran. The results are disturbing, ranging from 93% for the West Bank & Gaza, & 92% in Iraq, through 10 countries scoring in the 80% to 90% range, 4 scoring in the 70%s, & Turkey & Iran at the bottom, with 69% & 56% respectively. The highest in Eastern Europe was 45% (Poland) down to 13% (Czech Republic); in Western Europe, there was only one high percentage, 69% for Greece, with figures from 37% for France down to 4% for Sweden.

These figures are bolstered by a 2011 Pew Global survey, which shows low figures for positive attitudes to Jews in Arab & Muslim countries: Turkey 4%, Egypt & Jordan with 2% & so on in 2 other Muslim states: Indonesia (the world’s largest Muslim population) at 9% & Pakistan at 2%. That shows 3 Muslim countries – i.e. non-Arab states – with high levels of anti-Semitism. That in itself shows that this has nothing to do with genetics, but relates to culture, specifically Islamic culture.

Bensoussan himself has also drawn attention to a 2014 survey carried out in France: “This visceral anti-Semitism proven by the Fondapol survey by Dominique Reynié last year cannot remain under a cover of silence. Conducted in 2014 among 1,580 French respondents, of whom 1/3rd were Muslim, the survey found they were 2 times & even 3 times more anti-Jewish than French people as a whole.”

Why should this be surprising? Anti-Jewish feelings in Muslim countries & elsewhere are deeply embedded, with roots in the Qur’an, the hadith, Islamic law-books & general social attitudes from the 7th century onwards.[2]

Bensoussan has summed the matter up as follows:

“I am speaking about a cultural notion, not genetic. To confuse milk and blood is bad faith or stupidity. Yes, in some Arab families in France, anti-Semitism is passed on. To speak of a biological anti-Semitism would take me back to deny 30 years of my work. What culture can do, culture can undo; we can leave anti-Semitism behind. But I have not invented Mohamed Merah nor the friends of his family who expressed regret that he had not killed more Jewish children.”

The verdict in the Bensoussan case will not be delivered until early March. But whether he is found guilty or innocent, he has already joined a long & growing list of Western thinkers & politicians who have been put on trial & sometimes convicted for outspoken criticism of Islam or criticism of some Muslim behavior, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff,Gregorius Nekschot“, Lars Hedegaard, Michael Smith, Geert Wilders & others.

If Bensoussan is convicted, the CCIF & other organisations like it will start further prosecutions of other innocent people & possibly succeed in shutting down debate about what is the greatest single threat to the stability not only of France & Europe, but the West.

It could scarcely be more grotesque to find that a man who stands up to the rampant anti-Semitism within the Muslim community is twisted into the shape of a racist & purportedly an “Islamophobe”.

Denis MacEoin (PhD, University of Cambridge, 1979, is a commentator on matters related to Islam & is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Gatestone Institute.

 


 

[1] For a well-documented and highly critical evaluation of the Collectif in French, see here.

[2] For a broad survey, see Andrew Bostom, The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History, USA, reprint ed. 2008.

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France’s New Islamist Guillotine: The Trial of Georges Bensoussan

3.Israel’s High Court gives govt 30 days to defend ‘Regulation Law’ Feb. 8, 2017

The community of Amona north of Jerusalem (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Israel’s govt. must present legal defense of “Regulation Law” after 17 Palestinian municipalities petitioned against the law to Israel’s High Court of Justice.

Fewer than 2 days after the Knesset passed the “Regulation Law”, which prevents Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria that are found ex-post facto to have been built on private property from being destroyed, Israel’s High Court of Justice has asked the Israeli government to present a legal defense of the bill within 30 days.

The High Court’s request was made after 17 Palestinian municipalities, with the help of 3 NGOs in Israel (Adalah, the Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights & the Jerusalem Center for Human Rights), filed a petition against the law claiming it to be “unconstitutional”.

“The law eliminates the basic rights of the Palestinian residents of the West Bank and leaves them with no legal protections by permitting the pilfering of their private property for the benefit of Israeli settlers in the West Bank on the basis of an ethnically-inspired ideological world-view”, the petitioners argued.

Moreover, the petitioners claimed that the Regulation Law “contradicts the obligation of the IDF Commander to protect the property rights”.

Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, has rejected such arguments.

“The underlying premise behind the critics of Israel is that this is occupied Palestinian land”, she noted. “This premise is incorrect. The settlement law that the Israeli parliament passed this week reflects a just legal principle”.

The relevant legal principle according to Hotovely is that of “compensation to those individuals found by Israel’s High Court of Justice to be owners over parcels of land where Jewish communities are already located.

“The legal principle of compensation is known in all western legal systems, and this principle that Israel adopted this week creates the right justice between the Palestinians and the Jewish families”, she explained.

“Israel has both historic & legal rights to this land & the law reaches the right balance between the rights of the Jewish families to their homes & the right of the owners of these plots of land to get compensation”.

By: Jonathan Benedek, World Israel News

Israel’s High Court gives govt 30 days to defend ‘Regulation Law’

4.‘Jewish Voice for Peace’ in Chicago hosts convicted Palestinian terrorist

February 7, 2017

Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Odeh (Paul Sancya/AP)

A Palestinian terrorist convicted of murdering innocent civilians is the featured speaker for a Jewish Voice for Peace event in Chicago. By Lea Speyer, Algemeiner

A Jewish human rights organization will be hosting a convicted Palestinian terrorist at its upcoming conference, The Algemeiner has learned.

Rasmea Odeh, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), is a featured speaker at the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) 2017 National Member Meeting. Odeh is slated to speak during the “All In!” workshop alongside three other panelists, including Linda Sarsour, a vocal anti-Israel activist who recently made headlines for her involvement in and comments during last month’s Women’s March in Washington, DC.

In 1970, Odeh was sentenced to life in prison by an Israeli military court for her involvement in an illegal organization and planting the explosives used in two 1969 Jerusalem bombings. The first attack, at a grocery store, killed two Hebrew University students and wounded nine others. The second, which occurred four days later, targeted the British Consulate. After spending 10 years in prison, Odeh was one of 78 terrorists freed by Israel during a prisoner swap with the PFLP.

Odeh made headlines once again in 2013 when she was indicted by a US court for immigration fraud. The PFLP terrorist was found guilty of having concealed her arrest, conviction and imprisonment on her immigration forms, resulting in the revoking of her citizenship. Odeh’s lawyers filed an appeal, claiming she is innocent of the terrorism attributed to her; that her confession was obtained under duress; and that she suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Odeh was later hit with a new terrorism-related indictment, and she is currently awaiting trial in May.

‘Jewish Voice for Peace’ in Chicago hosts convicted Palestinian terrorist

5.US silent on Israel’s Regulation Law February 8, 2017

 

President Donald J. Trump (AP/John Minchillo)

Trump is waiting to speak with Netanyahu before announcing his official policy on Israel’s presence in Judea & Samaria.

Washington has remained silent on the Knesset’s historic passage of the Regulation bill into law late Monday night.

The new law legalizes some 4,000 Israeli homes in Judea & Samaria, protecting them from ownership claims by alleged Palestinian landowners.

The White House responded to the Knesset vote by referring to its statement from last week, following Israel’s announcement that it had approved the construction of thousands of new homes in Jerusalem, Judea & Samaria. According to the statement, the Trump administration does not view “the existence of settlements as an impediment to peace,” although construction of new settlements “may not be helpful” to the Israel-Palestinian diplomatic process.

A State Department official said that “the administration needs to have the chance to fully consult with all parties on the way forward.”

“At this point, indications are that this legislation is likely to be reviewed by the relevant Israeli courts & the Trump administration will withhold comment on the legislation until the relevant court ruling,” the anonymous official told AFP.

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Trump is waiting to speak with Netanyahu before announcing his official policy on Israel’s presence in Judea & Samaria.

Washington has remained silent on the Knesset’s historic passage of the Regulation bill into law late Monday night.

The new law legalizes some 4,000 Israeli homes in Judea & Samaria, protecting them from ownership claims by alleged Palestinian landowners.

The White House responded to the Knesset vote by referring to its statement from last week, following Israel’s announcement that it had approved the construction of thousands of new homes in Jerusalem, Judea & Samaria. According to the statement, the Trump administration does not view “the existence of settlements as an impediment to peace,” although construction of new settlements “may not be helpful” to the Israel-Palestinian diplomatic process.

A State Department official said that “the administration needs to have the chance to fully consult with all parties on the way forward.”

“At this point, indications are that this legislation is likely to be reviewed by the relevant Israeli courts, and the Trump administration will withhold comment on the legislation until the relevant court ruling,” the anonymous official told AFP.

Many analysts expect that Israel’s High Court will deem the law unconstitutional and strike it down, thus sparing the White House a possible showdown with Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump in Washington next week. The issue of Israeli construction in Judea & Samaria is among the topics to be discussed.

When asked about the Knesset vote during a media briefing on Tuesday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he does not “want to get too far ahead of this, but Prime Minister Netanyahu will be here on the 15th. I think that will be obviously a topic of discussion right now. I don’t want to get ahead of that.”

Meanwhile, the international community and Arab leaders slammed the law, with the Palestinians calling it an attempt to “legalize theft” of Palestinian land.

By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News

US silent on Israel’s Regulation Law

6.U.S. ILL Prepared for Convicted Jihadis Ending Their Prison Sentences by Patrick Dunleavy IPT News

Investigative Project on Terrorism Feb. 8, 2017 http://www.investigativeproject.org/5778/us-ill-prepared-for-convicted-jihadis-ending

“O Allah, Free the Muslim Prisoners.” Inspire Magazine 2010

The old adage, “Out of sight, out of mind” does not apply to dealing effectively with the threat of Islamism especially in the case of terrorists who have been captured or incarcerated.

Radical Islamic organizations such as al-Qaida and ISIS never forget their members. To them, going to prison is part of the pathway to paradise. Both groups’ leaders, Ayman al-Zawahri and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, spent considerable periods of time locked up. It did nothing to diminish their zeal, but rather, fueled their fervor. Often, as in their cases, what comes out of prison is worse than what went in.

This is further illustrated by the increased number of terrorists released from Guantanamo who rejoin the fight against U.S. military personnel. Almost one in three released prisoners return to the Jihadists’ fold. This recidivism can be attributed in part to the admonitions terrorists receive to assist those who are captured or imprisoned. That support may include financial help for their families and for legal fees.

These instructions were found in a training manual discovered in 2000 by law enforcement officers in Manchester, England.

“I take this opportunity to address our prisoners. We have not forgotten you,” al-Zawahiri said in an interview with Al Shabab commemorating the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. “We are still committed to the debt of your salvation . . . until we shatter your shackles.”

AQAP’s Inspire magazine went so far as to list the names of incarcerated members for all to remember.

They do this because Jihadis firmly believe that sooner or later they’ll be reunited with those members.

If that isn’t ominous enough, consider the fact that as many as 100 people convicted of terror-related offenses in U.S. prisons will be set free in less than four years.

And yet, while Islamic terrorist organizations have rapidly changed in their recruitment and tactical methodologies overall, the U.S. has not adapted to countering the evolving threat.

In the United States, the number of terror-related incidents increased exponentially since 9-11. As they did, authorities adapted new ways to investigate. State of the art technologies help collect and analyze data. Fusion centers were created to get the information into the hands of investigators in real time. Counter terrorism, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies joined together to share.

Legislation has changed how the judicial system prosecutes terrorists. “Our criminal law was unprepared for international terrorism. We simply did not have statutes & penalties that fit what terrorists do,” said former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, who led the prosecution against the first World Trade Center bombers & blind sheik Omar Abdel Rahman.

A vigorous debate continues whether to treat terrorists as criminals or enemy combatants. A reasonable consensus among the military & judicial branches is use of both designations. Two significant changes, in policy & practice, toward radical Islamic terrorists remain to be addressed.

Terrorists go into prison much the same way as the burglar, the drug dealer, or the pedophile. They are housed & fed in existing correctional facilities with common criminals. No mandatory rehabilitation or de-radicalization programs exist for convicted Islamic terrorists. When they are released, there is no specialized supervisory program applied to monitor their employment or whereabouts.

This situation has to change if we are to deal effectively with terrorism. We should establish a registration list for convicted terrorists. This would provide local authorities with the identity of those recently released to their communities. It has been successfully used with sex offenders. It can work if properly applied.

With as many as 500 terrorists now in custody & more to come, the custodial system must also evolve in how it handles Jihadists. Security classification must not be downgraded simply because the terrorist has become jail-wise (exhibited good behavior) like “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh, who will be released from prison in two years.

Special administrative measures – conditions of confinement – which restrict visits, correspondence & other prison privileges assigned to terrorists must continue.

Uniform security standards for imprisoned terrorists should be established in the federal, state & local correctional facilities. Jose Padilla, the alleged “dirty bomber” who first learned of a radical form of Islam while in a Florida county jail & was originally sentenced to life in prison, is scheduled to be released in 8 years. Who will be the parole officers assigned to supervise him & will those officers be afforded any specialized training before that happens?

In some cases, specialized facilities like Guantanamo are necessary in dealing with enemy combatants & other committed Jihadists. They are effective. No anecdotal evidence has been presented showing them to be a recruitment tool for ISIS or al Qaida. That is like saying that Alcatraz was responsible for the increase in violent crime.

The number of people arrested in the U.S. for terrorism-related crimes nearly tripled in 2015. That year, FBI Director James Comey testified that more than 200 people traveled overseas from the United States in an attempt to fight alongside ISIS or al-Qaida related groups in the Middle East and North Africa.

In 2016, Comey said his agents still had 1,000 open cases related to ISIS. Within the next few years, he said, there may be a “Terrorist Diaspora” of ISIS fighters leaving the battlefield of Syria & returning to their home countries, committed to carrying out more terrorist attacks.

We can only hope that the vast majority will be apprehended before they can carry out attacks here in the United States. When they are, we had better be prepared to effectively deal with them throughout their entire time in the system. Anything less is unacceptable to the citizens of this great country.

IPT Senior Fellow Patrick Dunleavy is the former Deputy Inspector General for New York State Department of Corrections and author of The Fertile Soil of Jihad. He currently teaches a class on terrorism for the United States Military Special Operations School.

U.S. Ill Prepared for Convicted Jihadis Ending Their Prison Sentences

7.ISRAEL’S BATTLE FOR SECURITY IN A NEW ERA OF AMERICAN POLICY

February 16 @ 12:30 PM 2:00 PM

The New York chapter of the Endowment for Middle East Truth invites you to:

“Israel’s Battle for Security in a New Era of American Policy” featuring: Dr. Jonathan Schanzer

Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:30 p.m.

1155 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036 RSVP Here

Please bring a government issued I.D. to pass through security.

Lunch to be served. All dietary laws observed.
Please direct any questions to Deanne at dheffernan@emetonline.org

About Jonathan Schanzer: Since joining FDD in February 2010, Dr. Schanzer has been singularly focused on ensuring that FDD delivers not only accurate and timely research, but also research that is useful to decision makers inside the Beltway, across America, and around the world.

Dr. Schanzer brings solid scholarship and public policy credentials to his job of overseeing FDD’s research. He worked as a terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he played an integral role in the designation of numerous terrorist financiers. A former research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Dr. Schanzer has studied Middle East history in four countries. He earned his Ph.D. from King’s College London, where he wrote his dissertation on the U.S. Congress and its efforts to combat terrorism in the 20th century.

Dr. Schanzer is part of the leadership team of FDD’s Center on Sanctions & Illicit Finance, which provides policy & subject matter expertise on the use of financial & economic power to the global policy community.

Dr. Schanzer’s books have made unique contributions to the field. He most recently published State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas & the Unmaking of the Palestinian State (Palgrave Macmillan), which argues the main roadblock to Palestinian statehood is not necessarily Israel’s intransigence, but the Palestinian Authority’s political dysfunction & mismanagement. His 2008 book, Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine (Palgrave Macmillan), is still the only book on the market that analyzes the internecine conflict between the two most powerful Palestinian factions. His 2004 book, Al-Qaeda’s Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups and the Next Generation of Terror (Washington Institute for Near East Policy), was the first to explore the al-Qaeda franchises of the Middle East. More recently, Dr. Schanzer co-authored a monograph in 2010 with FDD’s executive director Mark Dubowitz titled, Palestinian Pulse: What Policymakers Can Learn From Palestinian Social Media (FDD Press). Using proprietary technology, this study collected data from thousands of Arabic language websites to reveal the trends, thoughts & perceptions of Palestinians online, with a focus on those that could impact current U.S. policies. In 2012, he co-authored another cutting edge study, using the same technology, with FDD researcher Steven Miller titled, Facebook Fatwa: Saudi Clerics, Wahhabi & Social Media (FDD Press). This cutting edge study explores the way Saudi religious figures disseminate their messages to the wider Muslim world.

Dr. Schanzer has testified before Congress and publishes widely in the American & international media. He has appeared on American TV channels such as Fox News & CNN & Arabic language TV channels such as al-Arabiyya & al-Jazeera. Dr. Schanzer has traveled widely throughout the Middle East, including Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, Israel & the Palestinian territories. He speaks Arabic & Hebrew.

ISRAEL’S BATTLE FOR SECURITY IN A NEW ERA OF AMERICAN POLICY

8.Michael Oren: Our goal is direct talks with no preconditions

Former Ambassador Michael Oren spoke to Arutz Sheva about the upcoming meeting between Prime Minister Netanyahu & President Trump. by Hezky Baruch, 08/02/17 21:38

Michael Oren – Hezky Baruch

Deputy Minister in charge of Public Diplomacy & former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren, sat down with Arutz Sheva to speak about to the Prime Minister’s impending visit to Washington to meet with US President Donald Trump.

Oren said that “every first meeting between an Israeli prime minister & a new American president is interesting, moving & historic. The meeting will take place during a period of instability & violence in the Middle East, as well as considerable challenges faced by Israel in security & political arenas & especially the Iranian nuclear program.”

He added that “the hope & expectation is that we will raise these issues & deal with them. Our hope is that the Palestinians will come back to the negotiating table without preconditions in order to talk with us & advance towards an agreement which will be based on 2 states for 2 nations.”

Recently the Prime Minister has been speaking less about a 2-state solution.

“I don’t know what the prime minister said. Our goal & desire is to return to direct talks without any preconditions in order to achieve a solution based on 2 states for 2 nations. This however is at present unacceptable to any Palestinian.”

Michael Oren: Our goal is direct talks with no preconditions

9.‘Everyone who wants to live free needs a strong Israel’: Yariv Levin

Tourism Minister says media presents image of Israel ‘very different’ than reality, everyone who values democracy should support Israel. By Chana Roberts & Yoni Kempinski, 08/02/17 14:05 Arutz Sheva

In an interview with Arutz Sheva at the 2017 International Tourism Exhibition in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) outlined his hopes & goals for coming year.

“I think the potential of tourism to Israel is huge,” Levin said. “We made a lot of changes, a real revolution in all of our attitudes. It was a much larger budget, in order to attract more tourists to Israel. We are putting a lot of emphasis on new markets – China & India, for example.

“The real challenge is to really attract here new tourists that are looking for vacations, that are looking for sea and sun. You know, I always say that coming to Israel is not just for praying before you die. It’s to come to live, to enjoy life.

“I think we should separate completely between issues that are politically in conflict and between the ability of a tourist to come here and to feel safe and to enjoy what Israel, the holy land, has to offer.

“I do believe – and we saw it last year – that doing the right work in marketing, with expanding flight routes to Israel, gives us the ability to attract much more tourists,” Levin explained. “Here is something that we can really achieve, and I can assure you that we’ll see a continuous growth in 2017.

“I think that…the media…all put an image of Israel that is very, very different than the reality… Tourists who are coming here are so surprised, they tell me, ‘We didn’t believe its like that, we now understand what you’re talking about. We see how modern Israel is, how much better the life here in Israel is in comparison to every place near Israel or in the whole region.’

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Trump is right: Settlements don’t impede peace

from Yisrael Medad

Jeff Jacoby

Pundicity

10.Trump is right: Settlements don’t impede peace by Jeff Jacoby Boston Globe February 8, 2017 http://www.jeffjacoby.com/19646/trump-is-right-settlements-dont-impede-peace

THE WORLD’S restless fixation with where Jews live has flared up again.

On Monday evening, Israel’s parliament passed a law authorizing the government to legalize thousands of homes built in the West Bank, in many cases on land against which there are claims of prior ownership. The measure allows the homes to remain, while compensating the previous owners with their choice of an alternative parcel of land or a payment equal to 125 percent of the land’s value.

Is peace prevented by the construction of homes, like those in the Judean Hills town of Beitar Illit .

The new law, highly controversial in Israel, is sure to be challenged in court. Many experts predict that Israel’s aggressively independent judiciary will strike the law down. It wouldn’t be the first time Israel’s government has lost a litigation battle — and if it comes to that, the country’s elected officials will bow to the court’s authority. Just days ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following orders from the Supreme Court, sent in security forces to remove hundreds of Jewish residentsfrom Amona, an unauthorized hilltop community in the West Bank.

Stories about Israeli settlements invariably generate breathless international headlines, as though there is something uniquely newsworthy about Jews in the Jewish state building homes and schools to accommodate a growing population. When those homes and schools are constructed in the West Bank and East Jerusalem — land Israel seized from Jordan in the Six Day War 50 years ago — there is inevitably much handwringing about the harm they pose to the prospect of peace with the Palestinians and the “two-state solution” on which an end to the conflict supposedly depends.

Actually, the two-state solution is a chimera. The explicit goal of the Palestinian Authority & Hamas is the elimination of the Jewish state, not the building-up of a Palestinian counterpart. That is why they have rejected multiple offers of statehood, why they insist that Jews cannot live in any territory claimed by Palestinians & why the Palestinian Authority regards the sale of land to Jews as a capital crime punishable by death. When Israel relinquished all of Gaza to Palestinian control, the new owners used the territory not to develop a constructive & peaceful new State of Palestine, but to launch rockets & terror raids against the state of Israel next door.

It takes a curious derangement to conclude from this that all would be well in the Middle East if only Israel would stop enlarging Jewish neighborhoods. Yet that is the mindset of the UN & much of the international community. It was also the mindset of the Obama administration, which rarely missed an opportunity to condemn Israeli settlements — going so far as to facilitate a Security Council resolution declaring even East Jerusalem, with its storied Jewish Quarter, occupied Palestinian territory.”

or by terrorists using land relinquished by Israel, such as Gaza, to fire rockets into Jewish communities?

To its credit, the Trump administration rejects that paradigm. The Republican platform adopted last summer made no reference to the “two-state” unicorn, and Trump’s ambassador to Israel firmly backs the expansion of Jewish communities in the historic Jewish heartland. Last week the White House spokesman, while advising caution toward the construction of new settlements, made a point of emphasizing that the new president and his foreign-policy team “don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace.”

Bizarrely, those words were spun in the media as a sign that Trump had come to embrace Obama’s way of thinking about Israel & the Palestinians. That interpretation strikes me as thoroughly wrong-headed. When Trump warmly welcomes Netanyahu to Washington next week, I expect it to seem more outlandish still.

Anything can change, of course, especially given Trump’s volatility & impulsiveness. But on the evidence so far, Obama’s frostiness toward Israel is anathema to the new administration. Palestinian rejectionism, not Jewish housing, has always been the insurmountable impediment to ending the Middle East conflict. Obama could never bring himself to acknowledge that fundamental truth. I’m guessing Trump won’t have that problem.

(Jeff Jacoby is a columnist for The Boston Globe).

Trump is right: Settlements don’t impede peace by Jeff Jacoby Boston Globe


About the Author

Gail Winston is co-founder of the Winston International Institute for the Study of Prejudice.



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