News catch-up: Palestinian claims; the US vote

In case you were wondering why I’ve gone quiet during a rather noisy news cycle, it’s because I’m on a much-needed mini-break in Eilat. But holiday or not, it’s hard to avoid the news entirely, so here is a very short catch-up.

Starting first with the Palestinians, their attempts to undermine Jewish national rights in Israel by rewriting history have reached the absurdest heights (or depths) possible. We thought they couldn’t go any lower than persuading UNESCO to declare that the Jewish nation has no connection to Jerusalem. But we were wrong. They then announced a year long campaign to demand that Britain apologize for the Balfour Declaration with the intent of rescinding it altogether. This too did not suffice.

The Palestinians have found a nation-sized hole and have continued digging. The bottom doesn’t seem anywhere in sight, but that has never previously stopped any determined Palestinian who is set on stealing Jewish history, Jewish identity and even the Jewish religion.

Their latest stunt looks like it will be an attempt to claim the Dead Sea Scrolls as an ancient Palestinian artefact. The fact that at the time the Scrolls were written, Islam had yet to be invented 700 odd years into the future; and the fact that the Scrolls were written by Jews, for Jews and about Jewish life during the end of the Second Temple (oops, sorry, I mean the Second Mosque) era, around the time that Jesus lived, does not deter the average Palestinian politician or the racists that support them.

A Hebrew (not Arabic) manuscript from the Jewish (not Muslim) Bible found in the Dead Sea Scrolls

A Hebrew (not Arabic) manuscript from the Jewish (not Muslim) Bible found in the Dead Sea Scrolls

This absurdity, despite the potential danger as it incites the Arab street to anti-Jewish and anti-Christian violence, also has its hilarious side.  The best defence is offence, and Twitter users have been enjoying themselves greatly at the Palestinians’ expense.

I’ve embedded the Twitter feed of the #PalestinianClaims hashtag for your edification and enjoyment. Place your mouse on the scroll bar on the right side of the Twitter box and scroll down to read. Maybe if we laugh at them we’ll be able to dissuade the Palestinian leadership from continuing on their disgusting campaign to delegitimize Jewish nationhood in Israel.

The other subject du jour, almost as entertaining as #PalestinianClaims, is the US Presidential vote due to take place today.

Again, you may have noticed my studied silence on this matter throughout the entire Presidential campaign, and this was no accident (particularly as I am known to be not backwards in coming forwards with an opinion on most matters). The reason is simply that I think both candidates are bloody awful. Each one has enough baggage to bring down an aircraft . Neither are trustworthy, each for different reasons, and if I were American I would either not vote, or vote for a third party, independent, or write in someone else.

I also find it extremely difficult to understand the American voting process, what with electoral colleges, “down-ticket voting” (what IS that?), and different systems in different states. So I decided to stay out of it altogether.

One excellent item that I read today, which ought to be required reading for every presidential candidate, appeared in The Tower today: “What the next President must do about the world“, by veteran Middle East journalist Michael J. Totten. Here is a small excerpt. Read it all:

You are not battling a Hitler or Hirohito that you can bomb into submission. Nor are you facing down a Stalinist empire that you can outspend into oblivion.

You and the citizens whom you have been elected to serve are beset instead by a constellation of problems—international terrorism, rogue states, and a renascent expansionist Russia. These persistent features of our international landscape may not be as dangerous as the Nazi rampage across Europe or the threat of all-out nuclear confrontation, but they are much more intractable. They will bedevil us throughout your presidency and beyond.

You will not be able to democratize the Middle East and drain the swamp of its political pathologies by using regime change or any other tool at your disposal. Nor will you be able to diplomatically “engage” your way to being liked by the Vladimir Putins and Ali Khameneis of the world. You can flush the terrorists of ISIS out of their nests and vaporize them with Predator drones, but they’ll pop up again in some other unstable and anarchic part of the world.

I hate to break it to you, but these are problems to be managed rather than solved. At least the Israelis, who have become masters of this art throughout the brief existence of Jewish state, can commiserate with your unenviable role.

You’re going to have to come to grips with it, though, because it’s all on you now.

I am very depressed at the thought of the outcome of these elections. I can’t see that either candidate will be good for America, for Israel, or for the West in general.

Never has the slogan “In God we trust”, printed on US money, been so apt.

Good luck America! Good luck world! May G-d protect all of us because no one else is able to.

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8 Responses to News catch-up: Palestinian claims; the US vote

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  2. I couldn’t agree more about your assessment of the US situation, Anne. I live in Canada, and apparently 86% of Canadians are scared of a Trump presidency. That said, like you, I’m quite frankly scared of both, but for different reasons. I think Trump is lying to Jews to get the vote, as he has admitted, in writing (in “The Art of the Deal”), to being willing to lie to make the sale. And he’s obviously talking out of both sides of his mouth, pandering to the antisemitic right while wooing the pro-Israel right. And that’s to say nothing of his “personality” (if such a thing can be so described). People on the left are generally very unaware of the terrible foreign policy moves of the Obama administration, and of the fact that Hillary will likely continue in the same vein. When I said to a friend, “We can only hope for the best”, he responded, “No, we can only hope for not the worst”. I still think the worst would be Trump, but there sure ain’t no best! Yikes.

    • Three extremely diverse sources, agree with one another and disagree with our media. Astrosophia (fixed star natal charts of Assange, Clinton, and Trump with mathematical intersections, planetary placements in houses of life’s experiences with aspects and harmonics), the ToRaH code (Hillary, Obama, and Trump, how perceived by THE ETERNAL ONE), and Julian Assange’s Wikileaks releases, in harmony!! As above, so below.

      • Michael Caplan says:

        Hi Zarayah. May I ask about the fixed star natal charts you mention…? If you have time to answer, what is their configuration in brief, and what does it mean when you refer to their mathematical intersections?
        Thank you!

  3. Reality says:

    Re the Palestinians claiming evything in sight in Israel to be theirs,its laughable…but sadly the world believes them.We have to dig up some Christian artifacts or let them claim stuff in the vatican is theirs.That may shake the world up a bit.
    Regarding the elections,I am relieved I’m not American as Ithink both candidates are terrible.That doesn’t mean to say that I’m not terrified of what the outcome will do to the world.Perhaps Britain will step in and become the leader of the west?

  4. YJ Draiman says:

    Arabs Recognized Israel – 1919 in all of Palestine aka The Land of Israel

    The Arab position is that Jewish communities and settlements on the West Bank and Gaza are “illegal”, because they interfere with the right, usually articulated with vague references to international law, of the Arabs to create an all-Arab state west of the Jordan. In addition, most of the Arab population in the West Bank (aka Judea and Samaria) and Gaza, according to poll data, support the idea of Arab control over all of “historic Palestine”, which is to say, they support Israel’s destruction. History stands witness to the falseness of these claims.

    The fact is that the international community, including the emerging Arab nations, recognized Israel at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, which was held by the victorious Allies in order to settle international questions after the 1918 armistice ended World War I. An official Arab and Zionist delegation, as well as delegations from nations and groups from around the world, were invited to attend the conference. The head of the Arab delegation, Emir Feisal, great-grandfather of Abdallah, the present King of Jordan, agreed that all of “Palestine” would be the Jewish homeland.

    Feisal accepted the British Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917, which afforded recognition to a Jewish national homeland, and agreed with the Zionist delegation, stating, “All such measures shall be adopted as we afford the fullest guarantee of carrying into effect the British Government’s Balfour Declaration.” Emir Feisal confirmed this determination in a March 3, 1919 letter to Harvard Law Professor, and later US Supreme Court Justice, Felix Frankfurter, to whom he wrote: “Our deputation here in Paris is fully acquainted with the proposals submitted by the Zionist organization to the Peace Conference, and we regard them as modest and proper. We will do our best, insofar as we are concerned, to help them through. We will wish the Jews a most hearty welcome home.”

    In exchange for Arab recognition of Israel, the Allied powers, in 1919, agreed to the eventual sovereignty of almost 20 Arab states, covering vast oil-rich lands totaling over 12 million sq. km., after a period of mandatory oversight by European powers. The Europeans would proceed to draw the borders of their respective mandates and, in essence, create the system of Arab states that would emerge out of the remnants of the old Turkish Ottoman Empire. In 1922, a couple of years after the Conference, in a land for peace deal, the British would violate the Agreement and split Mandatory Jewish Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish Mandate using the Jordan River as the line of demarcation. The Arabs were granted East Palestine, or Transjordan, which would later become Arab Jordan and expelled all the Jews, while West Palestine, or Cis-Jordan, would become the Jewish National homeland of Israel.

    In 1948, after the British abandoned their obligation, upon Israel’s declaration of Independence from Britain, Jordan and Egypt, by use of aggressive military force, illegally occupied portions of the internationally recognized Jewish State. The Arab occupation continued until Israel reasserted its sovereignty in June 1967, after defending itself against an aggressive military campaign launched by combined Arab forces. Following the 1967 war, UN Resolution 242 called on Israel to withdraw from “occupied liberated territories.” Israel proceeded to fulfill the letter and spirit of UN Resolution 242 when (while the Arabs did not), in 1978, it concluded a peace treaty with Egypt and withdrew from the only territory that was, in fact, occupied and liberated by Israel – the Egyptian reoccupied the Sinai Peninsula. Since that time, Israel has existed within borders that are, and have been since 1919, recognized by the nations of the world, including the Arab nations.

    In light of the seditious opinions of the majority of the Arab population in the West Bank and Gaza, and the murderous campaign that has been launched from that territory against Jewish citizens, its time for Israel to stop playing along with the charade and re-assert its legitimate sovereignty over its internationally recognized territory of all the territory west of the Jordan River. While it would be reasonable for Israel to consider the establishment of a regional elected Arab Authority on the West Bank and Gaza, Israel would be acting entirely within international law and custom if it did what any nation would do in similar circumstances: try those involved in conspiring to overthrow the state by violent means and expel them.
    It is also important to mention, that the Arab countries have terrorized and expelled over a million Jewish families and their children, the Arab countries also confiscated all their assets, personal, businesses, homes and over 120,000 sq. km. of Jewish owned land for over 2,300 years, which is valued in the trillions of dollars. Most of the expelled Jewish families and their children now reside in Israel and comprise over half the population.
    YJ Draiman

  5. cba says:

    “enough baggage to bring down an aircraft”
    That’s classic! I laughed… until I realised it isn’t really funny 😦

  6. cba says:

    Here’s a song I find weirdly comforting at this time
    (And, even though I’ve been a die-hard S&G fan for about as long as David Draiman has even been alive, I have to admit to the heresy that I prefer this version to the original.)

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