Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Deeply Dishonest White House Denies that Kerry Said What Kerry Said

Michael L.

Various sources are reporting that the White House is claiming that US Secretary of State John Kerry did not say what US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

In the Times of Israel we read:
The US State Department denied claims Friday that US Secretary of State John Kerry made statements on Thursday suggesting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was fueling the spread of Islamic terror in the Middle East.
State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters:
“What [Kerry] said was that during his travels to build a coalition against the Islamic State, he was told that should the Israeli-Palestinian conflict be resolved, the Middle East would be a better place,” Harf said.
In other words what Ms. Harf is telling us is that we should have full faith that what we read and see is false, but what the administration tells us - all evidence directly to the contrary - is the truth.

This reminds me just a tad of how when the Obama administration was supporting the rise of radical Islam through supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt some Obama sycophants told me with a straight face that Obama does not support radical Islam.

They said this as if, somehow, giving financial assistance and F-16 fighter jets with which to fight Israel to the parent organization of both Hamas and al-Qaeda does not represent support.

The imbecility of such a position boggles the mind.

In any case, what Kerry said was this:
“There wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation that they felt –- and I see a lot of heads nodding –- they had to respond to,” he told gathered diplomats. 
“People need to understand the connection of that. 
If people need to understand the connection, or linkage, between the long Arab war against the Jews in the Middle East and the rise of political Islam, it means that John Kerry believes in the long discredited linkage theory that the administration sought to promote at Jewish expense.

This is not merely that others in the Middle East might blame the Jews for the rise of the Islamic State, but that Kerry, himself, is promoting the idea.  Ultimately what this means, obviously, is that the US is prepared to blame Israel for pretty much everything unless it capitulates to Arab demands, whatever those demands might be.  This despite the fact that it is the Arab majority that has always rejected yet another Arab state in Judea and Samaria.

Thus the Obama administration blames the Jews for pretty much everything going wrong throughout Arab political culture.  Jews are blamed not only for Arab intransigence on a "Palestinian" state in the Jewish heartland, but are also blamed ultimately for Arab head-chopping by the Islamic State.

For Obama's Department of State to turn around and deny that Kerry claimed what we have him directly on record claiming is a deeply dishonest act from what is a truly insidious and dangerous administration for the well-being of Jewish people throughout the world.

The next time Kerry shows his face in Jerusalem his auto procession should be pelted with shoes by Jews and Arabs alike.

Friday, October 17, 2014


Kerry Blames Rise of Radical Islam on Middle East Jews

Michael L.

In a piece for Y-Net by Moran Azulay and Attila Somfalvi we read:
bennetEconomy Minister Naftali Bennett slammed US Secretary of State John Kerry for connecting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the proliferation of the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria.

"It turns out that even when a British Muslim beheads a British Christian there will always be someone willing to blame the Jew," Bennett wrote in a Facebook status, referencing the videotaped executions published by the terror group. 
Kerry reportedly said that that the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians was "imperative" because the conflict is "a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation." 
Bennett said Kerry's comment aids the group: "Terror should not be justified, terror should be fought."
So Kerry is essentially blaming the Jews of the Middle East for the rise of Islamic terrorism.

The shear stupidity of this administration when it comes to foreign policy never fails to amaze.

There are something like 1.5 billion Muslims in the world and a certain significant percentage of them want not only to live under al-Sharia, but they want YOU to live under it, as well.  Even if the percentage of Muslims who favor the rise of political Islam was only ten percent - ever since the misnamed "Arab Spring" that Barack Obama so enthusiastically supported - that would still be one hundred and fifty million people.

One hundred and fifty million people, yet John Kerry and the Obama administration would have you believe that their theology and behavior is the fault of 6 million Jews.

John Kerry needs to get out of the Middle East and to stay out.

The Obama administration clearly has no idea what it is doing viz-a-viz foreign policy and is causing far more damage than it is relieving.  This should have been obvious to everyone once the administration started making soft cooing noises toward the Muslim Brotherhood.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Israel and Apartheid

Michael L.

Anyone who calls Israel an "apartheid state" is spreading hatred.

It is a lie and it needs to be confronted wherever that lie stands.

A Big Tip 'O the Kippa to Ian over at the Elder's joint.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Comparisons of Israel-related shibboleths and other shibboleths

Sar Shalom

Earlier this month, Jonathan Chait posted at New York magazine's Daily Intelligencer a response to the popular notion among environmental crowds that conservative aversion to accepting the reality of anthropogenic global warming is due to descriptions of AGW in liberal terminology and that conservative terminology would help them realize what is actually at stake. Ultimately, Chait's conclusion that conservative's real impediment to following the science of climate-change is that they get their news about the issues from their party elites, and that Republican Party elites almost unanimously declare that climate change is a hoax.

Such is a factor in liberal opinion about the Arab-Israeli conflict. In elite intellectual circles in the West, the mark of Seriousness in relating to Middle East affairs is to declare that Israel's denial of the Palestinians of their legitimate rights to self-determination is the core issue behind all conflicts in the Middle East. To be considered Serious in Israel-Palestinian negotiations, one has to accept that because the international community has accepted Jordan's conquest of 1949, Israel has to accept that Jewish rights end at Jordan's 1949-line of conquest. Aggravating this, western reporters look for truthy rather than true depictions of the conflict, meaning that facts showing Israel doing to the Palestinians what the narrative says it does are highlighted or embellished while facts contradicting the narrative are suppressed. In the meantime, just as the Right uses derisive language to describe anyone who promotes the scientific understanding of human effects on climate, the Very Serious People on the Middle East dismiss anyone who tries to call attention to facts contradicting the narrative, such as the large number of terrorists matched to names identified as "civilians" by the Gaza Ministry of Truth Health Ministry as a propagandist for Israel. An example of the phenomenon on a separate subject is when I challenged on the notion that international law requires that all of Jordan's 1949-conquest go to the Palestinians on the grounds of Article 80 of the UN Charter, his response was that the only people who believe that interpretation of Article 80 are professional water-carriers for Israel (never mind that Article 80 was inserted into the Charter for precisely that purpose).