Sunday, June 2, 2019

Holding A Wolf By The Ear


An interesting idiom; one I had never heard before until I came across it in a novel I was reading recently. It struck me that it described perfectly the situation in which Israel finds itself. One does not have to think very hard to see see just how it does.

I found two reference to this idiom. The first, Auribus teneo lupum, is attributed to the Roman  Emperor Tiberius commenting on the dangers that threatened him on every hand in ruling the Roman Empire. The second was Thomas Jefferson discussing 

slavery and the Missouri question/compromise (admitting Missouri as a slave state and Maine as a free state to keep the balance in Congress between slave and free states). We have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other.

Surely Israel has been holding a wolf by the ear for a long time and to let go, as it eventually must, is fraught with danger.

Now the wolf is a ferocious beast and once you let go it will tear you into pieces. Palestine has been nipping at Israel for a very long time. The solution is to have never have taken hold of that wolf, especially by the ear but I think we know how and why that happened. Nevertheless, it's time to let go.

In my mind, the only way not to get torn to pieces is to kill the wolf before you let go. And I mean this literally. You can't make peace with a wolf. Wolf lovers will call you cruel and insist you got yourself into this mess in the first place and will just have to take your chances or what's coming to you. I say ignore them. Self preservation takes precedent. Kill the wolf soon.


  1. "Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) condemned Arab rioters on the Temple Mount, calling on the Israeli government to put an end to Arab efforts to intimidate Jews attempting to visit the Jerusalem holy site.

    “This generation will no longer tolerate a situation in which on the Temple Mount, especially the Temple Mount, Muslim rioters can do what they please, and Jews who simply want to visit are threatened.” Edelstein said at a Knesset meeting marking Jerusalem Day, the anniversary of the unification of the capital.

    “This is an illogical, immoral, undemocratic and un-Jewish situation. This situation must change.”

    Kill the wolf. Ban Arabs from the Temple Mount for a set time in which no riots or terror attacks take place. At the first offense, double the banning time, etc. Kill the wolf.

    1. I was thinking of maybe renting one of those "wide load" trailers and, you know, moving that mosque to another location in Jordan or somewhere else where Mohammad actually slept.
      But seriously, Arabs will riot no matter what, so why not just close it down for a while. Let the usual suspects on the international scene whine and scream as if they're concerned and then tell them where to shove it. And make sure to tell them "we were here first."

    2. BTW, to Ken Roth, and all the other messed up jerks out there, rioting is provocative.

    3. If you just 'throw them out' you simply inflame the other Muslim nations. Here's a slightly better solution IMO.

      Th main source of violence and intimidation is the Jordanian appointed wakf,a group of Jordanian Islamist imams. they are responsible for the riots and incitement and the attempts to destroy Jewish artifacts in places like Solomon's stables.

      1) Get rid of the Jordanian Wakf. replace them with an Israeli appointed group of moderate imams...and they do exist.

      2) Ban Jews, Muslims and all other groups from the Temple Mount unless they are an approved archeological expedition or a repair unit for needed maintenance. The new Israeli appointed wakfh would NOT reside on the Temple Mount itself and would be consulted on these occasions. There would be no worship on the Temple Mount period.

      HaShem will rebuild the final Bais Hamikdosh in His own time (and may it be my time, kirtzono). Until then Jews (let alone Muslims) should NOT be permitted to walk on it, since they have no clue as to what they may be walking on.

      Jordan would be upset(which I could care less about) but if an Israeli appointed Wakf was involved on decisions regarding maintenance and neither Jews or Muslims were allowed on the Temple Mount for worship, it would be difficult to accuse Israel of Judaizing the Mount. Although as the Torah tells us, the next Holy Temple will be built by HaShem, not man and will last to eternity.

      And meanwhile, a source of violence will be neutralized.

  2. That "sacred" mosque is not even mentioned in the Koran. It's a scam. To Hell with them.

  3. “…what the Arabs envisioned was something that
    could achieve Israel shrinking to indefensible size…”

    SOURCE: From Time Immemorial:
    The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine

    (chapter 2, page 14) by Joan Peters, 1984, JKAP Publications

    Khaled Al Azm, who was the Prime Minister of Syria
    after the 1948 war, deplored the Arab tactics
    and subsequent exploitation of the [Palestinian]
    refugees, in his 1972 memoirs:

    “Since 1948 it was we who demanded the return of the refugees...

    while it was we [Arabs] who made them
    [Palestinians] leave [Israel]...
    We brought disaster upon...

    Arab refugees, by inviting them and bringing
    pressure to bear upon them to leave...

    Then we exploited them in executing crimes of murder,
    arson, and throwing bombs, women and children,
    all this in the service of political purposes ...”

    SOURCE: From Time Immemorial:
    The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine

    (chapter 2, page 16) by Joan Peters, 1984, JKAP Publications

    UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency] altered
    its definition of refugees to include those people who
    had lived in Palestine a minimum of only two years
    preceding the 1948 conflict [in which Israel
    became an independent state].

    SOURCE: From Time Immemorial:
    The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine

    (chapter 2, page 18) by Joan Peters, 1984, JKAP Publications

    In 1958, former director of UNRWA Ralph Galloway
    declared angrily while in Jordan:

    “The Arab states do NOT want to solve
    the [Palestinian] refugee problem.

    They want to keep it as an open sore, as an affront
    to the United Nations, and as a weapon against Israel.

    Arab leaders do not give a damn
    whether Arab refugees live or die.”

    SOURCE: From Time Immemorial:
    The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine

    (chapter 2, page 23) by Joan Peters, 1984, JKAP Publications

    “Notwithstanding the facts, the Arab world
    has assiduously worked to build the myth
    that no jobs were available in Arab lands
    for Arab refugees in 1948 or since…”

    SOURCE: From Time Immemorial:
    The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine

    (chapter 2, page 22) by Joan Peters, 1984, JKAP Publications

    “One crucial truth, among the many which have been
    obscured or deprecated, is that there have been
    as many Jewish refugees who fled or were expelled
    from the Arab countries [in year 1948] as there
    were Arab refugees from Israel, and that the Jews
    left of necessity and in flight from danger.”

    SOURCE: From Time Immemorial:
    The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine

    (chapter 2, page 25) by Joan Peters, 1984, JKAP Publications

    Hitler’s crimes against the Jews have been frequently
    justified in Arab writings and pronouncements.

    In the 1950s, Minister Anwar Sadat published
    an open letter to Hitler, hoping he was still
    alive and sympathizing with his cause.

    Important Arab writers and political figures
    have said Hitler was “wronged and slandered…”

    Or that Hitler wanted to
    “save … the world from this malignant evil…”

    SOURCE: From Time Immemorial:
    The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine

    (chapter 3, page 37) by Joan Peters, 1984, JKAP Publications

    According to an article in The Jewish Voice,
    the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation (RBF) has made
    large and provable donations to groups with
    anti-Semitic and anti-Israel bias.

    SOURCE: The Rieders Foundation Files Formal
    Complaint with NY State against Rockefeller Brothers
    Foundation BDS Ties
    by The Jewish Voice [of NY] 2019/5/23

  4. This is profound yet how many times have we heard stories of the complicit, biased press. Time to kill that wolf too. That's why it's important to reecho Trump's fake news meme often and loud to keep the liars, propagandists and operatives on their toes.

    "Roll back twenty years. I was a bold, carefree, fearless student at Manchester University in the UK. I decided to spend a summer in Jerusalem getting some work experience. (These were the days when I wanted to be a foreign correspondent.) I approached two major UK news channels and got accepted for internships at both.

    I arrived at the first, hungry to learn and quickly volunteered to accompany the reporter to a riot in Ramallah. But what I saw when we arrived surprised me. There was no riot going on. There was a bunch of people hanging about, waiting for the cameras to arrive. When we did (and our flak jackets and helmets were safely in place), only then did they start to throw stones and glass bottles. And as soon as we left, the ‘rioters’ left too.

    I asked the reporter if that often happened, and he confirmed that, yes, that was generally the way it worked. So the foreign media unwittingly became a partner in stone and bottle throwing riots against Israel. If the cameras hadn’t arrived, arguably the riot I witnessed might never have happened.

    I remember a conversation with the reporter on the way back. I asked him why many people perceived his news channel to be biased against Israel. He replied that the British people like to support the underdog. That’s why, until 1967, people admired this plucky, young state. However, post-Six Day War, the tides began to turn, and the Palestinians began to be viewed as the underdog."

    1. The fake news syndrome started and became perfected with Israel and the poor Palestinians. Pallywood. Matti Friedman's article several years ago. Nothing has changed, but now it has spread exponentially. The imbalance in the media is harmful. At least there is now a backlash. Some are starting to see they were duped, others are too deep inside their bubble or can't overcome the hate and bitterness at life they project. Oh well, we'll see what happens. It's so much easier to take the low road, that's for sure.

  5. Kill the Google wolf


    I know friends who won't use google for other reasons than this but I wonder are other search engines any better. And is it due to a flawed algorithm or as Mr Cohen suggests, leftist bias.

  6. Islam is much more than just a religion.

    It is the world's largest and deadliest mafia.

    Compared to Islam, the Italian Mafia is a bunch of boy scouts.


    [Mohamed] Heikal [editor of the influential
    Al Ahram Egyptian newspaper, in year 1971]
    called for a change of Arab rhetoric:

    No more threats of throwing Israel into the sea;
    and a new political strategy aimed at reducing
    Israel to indefensible borders and pushing her
    into diplomatic and economic isolation.

    He predicted that “total withdrawal” would
    “pass sentence on the entire state of Israel.”

    SOURCE: From Time Immemorial:
    The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict
    over Palestine
    (chapter 2, page 14)
    by Joan Peters, 1984, JKAP Publications


    Remember this when you hear about the “Two-State Solution”.
    “Two-State Solution” = “Final Solution”.

    Remember this when you hear about BDS.

  7. "The cult of the Palestinians fits the delusional self-image of “the resistance,” for whom tweeting disapproval of Donald Trump is like ambushing the Wehrmacht in the bocage of Normandy, and sporting an edgy bumper sticker on a Prius is like driving around the suburbs of Baghdad with a machine gun mounted on a flatbed. While not all anti-Zionists are anti-Semitic, all anti-Semites are anti-Zionist. You can see why. Nothing leavens the political grind of anti-Zionism like the metaphysical grains of anti-Semitism. And if you dislike Jews, you’ll hate the State of Israel. Spend any time online, and it’s obvious that anti-Zionism is a gateway drug to the hard stuff."

    Gateway drug indeed. Just look at the Labour party in the UK. Almost everyday you read about one of its members,often high placed members, is out ed for anti-semitism/liking retweeting posting some online garbage. Almost EVERY DAY! Things are a little slower in the US but give it time and more radical leftist Democrat congresscritters. members. It's in the blood.

    I support Trump's call to brand the Democratic Party as the party of anti-semitism not because I like Trump but because it's true. Faced with chances to rein it in/purge it, leaders failed to do so out of fear. That sucks.

    1. That New Criterion piece certainly held my attention.

  8. The Jewish holiday of Shavout is coming soon,
    so you might appreciate these two quick quotes:


    Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan (born 1934 CE, died 1983 CE):

    Only Judaism began when MILLIONS
    of people heard G*D speak at Mount Sinai.

    All other faiths began when ONE MAN
    claimed a revelation and gradually gained followers.

    SOURCE: This quote is condensed from:
    The Handbook of Jewish Thought (volume 1 of 2,
    chapter 4, paragraphs 40 to 41, pages 52 to 53)
    by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, 1979 CE, Moznaim Publishing,


    The Jew by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan:

    Other faiths begin with a single individual who claims
    to have a special message and gradually gathers a following.

    His followers then spread the word and gather converts,
    until a new religion is born.
    Virtually every major world religion follows this pattern.

    The only exception to this is Judaism.

    Here G*D gathered an entire people, some
    three million strong, to the foot of Mount Sinai
    and proclaimed His message.

    Every man, woman and child heard G*D’s voice,
    proclaiming the Ten Commandments, and thus
    a bond was forged between G*D and Israel.

    This was an event unique in the history of mankind.

    SOURCE: The Aryeh Kaplan Reader
    (page 165) by Mesorah Publications, 1983 CE


    ONLY JUDAISM began when
    MILLIONS of people personally witnessed:

    [1] the Ten Plagues in Egypt

    [2] the splitting of the Red Sea

    [3] GD speaking at Mount Sinai

    [4] 40 years of miracles in the Sinai wilderness:
    the Clouds of Glory, the manna, the Well of Miriam, etc.

  9. Democratic Politician: "Donald Trump should be burned at the stake for all the egregious things he's done which I will not go into right now."
    "Donald Trump has obstructed justice in ways which I will not go into right now."
    "Donald Trump has mutilated our Constitution in ways I will not go into right now."
    "Donald Trump is working for Putin and Russia in ways I will not go into right now."
    "Barack Obama was a true friend to Israel in ways I will not go into right now."

    Democrats being honest:
    "I supported moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem until Trump actually did it."
    "I was against illegal immigration until Trump was."
    "I was against Islamic terrorism until Trump said we should fight it. Good thing too, because a lot of the people voting for Democrats support Islamic terror organizations. Got to go where the votes are, just like those Brits!"

  10. As was suggested recently, not all doom and gloom. The haters only make people realize what is going on, but people do see through it.

    Just because they scream loud does not mean they are convincing. It may actually mean the very opposite.

    1. Well, that's a good sign. Hopefully Dems are paying attention.