Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dry Bones: Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Trump's speech in Saudi Arabia – a few comments

“Working alongside another beloved leader – American President Franklin Roosevelt – King Abdulaziz began the enduring partnership between our two countries

True, but at whose expense?  

Sir Martin Gilbert obtained information about Churchill’s meeting with King Abdulaziz by petitioning the British Prime Minister to allow him access to the archives which were supposed to be opened in 2045, when as Martin Gilbert put it , he would have been 9 years dead even if he lived to the age of 100. He was granted access. On February 17, 1945 on his way back from Yalta, Churchill stopped in Cairo and met Ibn Saud, the king of Saudi Arabia. Churchill was trying to persuade Ibn Saud to accept the creation of a Jewish state, but unfortunately for Churchill (and us) Roosevelt had already beaten him to it and promised Ibn Saud that he would do nothing to help the Jews. What is more, Roosevelt said nothing to Churchill who was there too.

“Later today, we will make history again with the opening of a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology – located right here, in this central part of the Islamic World

Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology    – how does this differ from how Obama would have defined it?

“We are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all.

Which shared values?

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Impossible deal

Jerusalem Post, Letters to the Editor, May 15, 2017

The published letter

In “Change the narrative, Mr. President” (As I See It, May 12), Melanie Phillips writes: “What the author of The Art of the Deal needs to realize, however, is that the solution lies in grasping that a deal here is impossible....”

Ms. Phillips is right. But why is the deal impossible? Because the Palestinians follow what is written in their holy texts (e.g., “Kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from where they drove you out”).

According to Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer, this means that “no land that has ever belonged to Muslims or been ruled by Muslims can ever legitimately in the eyes of Islam be ruled by non-Muslims.”


The sent letter

Dear Sir, 

Melanie Phillips writes: "What the author of The Art of the Deal needs to realize, however, is that the solution lies in grasping that a deal here is impossible"

Melanie Phillips is right. But why is the deal impossible? Because the Palestinians follow what is written in their holy texts.  Robert Spencer: "[Koran] Chapter 2 verse 191 Kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from where they drove you out ". 

"Drive them out from where they drove you out means that no land that has ever belonged to Muslims or been ruled by Muslims can ever legitimately in the eyes of Islam be ruled by non-Muslims."


Mladen Andrijasevic

Beer Sheva 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The new Hamas document says Israel has no right to exist

The full text of the new Hamas document you can find here  

I do not see that they have reneged on Article 7 of their Charter and Hadith Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 177 which quotes the Prophet Muhammad

Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi

On May 1, 2017, Hamas leader Khaled Mashal presented Hamas’ much anticipated political document, which does not abrogate the Hamas Charter but outlines the strategies that the group has tailored to its current political circumstances.1

The main points of Hamas’ new political document are:

§  Full reliance on Islam as the group’s sole source of authority for its strategies and objectives.

§  Denial of the Jewish people’s right to self-determination in the Land of Israel, while claiming that Israel’s establishment as a state is entirely illegitimate and depicting Zionism as the enemy of humanity. Hamas claims it “does not wage a struggle against the Jews because they are Jewish but wages a struggle against the Zionists who occupy Palestine.”

§  Conferral of an “Arab-Islamic” and “sacred Islamic” character on all of Palestine, entailing the complete denial of any bond or right of the Jewish people or of Christianity to the land. [Hamas believes, based on the Koran and Islamic sources, Jesus was neither a Jew nor a Christian but a prophet of Islam who received the Islamic doctrine from Allah.]

§  Justification of the current nature of the struggle to liberate Palestine, that is, the armed struggle, while granting legitimacy to the existence and activity of the “struggle organizations” – namely, the Palestinian terror organizations and their activity.

§  Willingness for a Palestinian state to be established within temporary borders (1967 lines) as a step toward continuing the armed struggle to destroy Israel – “from the river to the sea.”

§  Recognition of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), while also demanding new elections to its institutions and denying the validity of the organization’s political line and of the agreements it has signed with Israel.

§  Praise for the “free people” in the world who support the Palestinian struggle against Israel.

 What’s behind Hamas’ Document Release?

An analysis of Hamas’ policy in recent years, together with the wording of the new political document, indicates that the objectives of this document are to demonstrate an ostensible political flexibility and thereby create a dialogue with the West, international institutions, and the United Nations, thus gaining recognition for Hamas as a legitimate political actor while working to annul its designation as a terror organization. Hamas’ senior officials are again trying to foster the impression in the international community that time is working in the Palestinians’ favor, and that alliance with Israel will not pay off in the long run.

Political deceit: Hamas does not recognize the authority of the United Nations, its institutions, or its resolutions, including Resolution 181 on partitioning the Land of Israel/Palestine. In recent years, however, the group’s policy has changed. It is now prepared to take part in the political game as long as it serves its objectives, does not contravene the basic Islamic tenets that guide it, and brings the jihad closer to the goal of liberating Palestine and destroying Israel. 

Laying the groundwork to take over the PLO: At present, Hamas’ overriding aim is to translate the political power it has accumulated via its control of the Gaza Strip and the support it receives from Islamic states such as Iran to take over the representative Palestinian institutions that are recognized by the international community. Hence, Hamas is demanding to join the PLO. Although portrayed to the outside world as a reconciliation process, it is actually an effort to conquer this organization – internationally recognized as the sole and exclusive representative of the Palestinian people – from within. If Hamas can gain control of the PLO, it will secure the legitimacy it needs to rule all the Palestinian territories. It believes it can then use the international community to support its jihad struggle against Israel.

Challenging the Palestinian Authority: The Palestinian arena is in a zero-sum struggle between the PA, which does not rule Gaza, and Hamas, which is openly contesting the legitimacy of PA rule and working to oust it and take over the PLO institutions. Hamas keeps striving to undermine the PA’s control of the West Bank. It does so by stepping up the intifada in its different forms, waging a propaganda campaign to deny the PA government’s legitimacy, and building up the organizational infrastructure to take part in the succession battle after Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) leaves the scene.

For the time being, Hamas seeks to maintain the status quo in the conflict with Israel. At this stage, Hamas has no interest in initiating a round of military conflict with Israel in Gaza unless it believes it would further the goal of toppling the PA and assuming control of the PA’s West Bank institutions.

To subvert Israel’s power and its exercise of the right to self-defense, Hamas will employ diplomatic, legal, and propaganda means, using diplomatic pressures, resolutions of international institutions, sanctions, and rulings of international courts. Hamas assigns a special importance to liberal organizations and activists in the world who support the Palestinian struggle.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Dear Director Comey…

Trump wrote Dear Director Comey and then he fired him. I guess it costs nothing to be polite. Reminds me of Churchill declaring war on Japan (and of course, that is where the comparison ends):

On the evening of December 7th His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom learned that Japanese forces without previous warning either in the form of a declaration of war or of an ultimatum with a conditional declaration of war had attempted a landing on the coast of Malaya and bombed Singapore and Hong Kong.
In view of these wanton acts of unprovoked aggression committed in flagrant violation of International Law and particularly of Article I of the Third Hague Convention relative to the opening of hostilities, to which both Japan and the United Kingdom are parties, His Majesty's Ambassador at Tokyo has been instructed to inform the Imperial Japanese Government in the name of His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom that a state of war exists between our two countries.
I have the honour to be, with high consideration,
Your obedient servant,
Winston S. Churchill[1]
Of the letter, Churchill later wrote: "Some people did not like this ceremonial style. But after all when you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite."[2]