Archive for June, 2012

What to expect from Egypt’s Morsi

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi*

What to make of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi’s election as president of Egypt? What seems to be the most likely outcome is something analogous to the “constitutional settlements” of the early Roman Empire. That is, the military, like the Emperor Augustus in antiquity, will entrust to itself management of foreign policy, while granting Morsi (and a parliament, if new elections are allowed) – akin to the Senate in Rome – considerable autonomy with regards to the direction of domestic affairs, even as the military has assumed control over the drafting of the constitution.

Indeed, such a settlement would work well for the military, because, despite its extensive control of the economy, the burden of resolving the economic crisis would ultimately rest in Morsi’s hands. Currently, as Reuters reports, the country’s depleted foreign reserves can only cover “three months of import coverage,” while the local currency debt has increased to 600 billion Egyptian pounds ($99 billion), up from 500 billion before the unrest began in January 2011.

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In A Few Years China Will Likely Be the Second-Most Important Country for Israel

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

By Barry Rubin

There is a remarkable amount of interest in China about Israel and Jews, as I discovered during a trip to China sponsored by SIGNAL, the Sino-Israel Global Network and Academic Leadership.

The most obvious reason is that the Chinese — one important official called it the “little superpower” — perceive that Israel in particular and the Jewish people in general have been success stories. Ten or twenty years ago this would have been less unique in the world. But now, sad to say, it stands out more because the United States and Europe, perhaps only temporarily, are not working very well.

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Obama’s blunder: Muslim Bros vow to free blind sheik responsible for 1993 World Trade Center bombing

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Egypt’s president-elect Mohammed Morsi has vowed to free the blind sheik jailed in the U.S. for a plot to blow up New York City landmarks.

In his first public speech addressing tens of thousands of mostly Islamist supporters, Morsi promised Saturday to work to free Omar Abdel-Rahman, the spiritual leader of men convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. …

- AP, June 28, 2012

So in one of his first major moves as Egypt’s president, Mohammed Morsi has promised to free a man who helped plan and execute the bombing of NYC’s World Trade Center in 1993. Abdel-Rahman hoped to kill as many Americans as possible. His actions led to the murder of 6 innocent people. Wait a minute, the Obama “administration is calling the election of Mohammed Morsi on Sunday a milestone in the transition to democracy.” The goal of freeing a convicted terrorist is a democratic milestone?

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Founding National Myths: Fabricating Palestinian History

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

by David Bukay*

The vast literature proving the historic Jewish connection to the Land of Israel has been extensively manipulated and distorted as part of the Palestinian politics of nationalism. Propaganda, indoctrination, and socialization, both domestically and internationally, are essential parts of the strategy and tactics of asserting Palestinian nationhood and statehood. By appropriating to themselves the values, traditions, and historical facts that belong to the Jews, Palestinians have managed to fabricate a “legitimate” history and political traditions out of nothing while denying those of Israel.

The Palestinian Nation-building Strategy

Nation-building often involves the invention of foundation myths although these normally require a certain relationship to historic facts, however tenuous. Palestinian leaders, under the leadership of Yasser Arafat and his successors, adopted a different tack: stealing the enemy’s heritage, history, and values, and denying its legitimacy as a people and a state. The Palestinian objectives are to disqualify Israel’s historical standing and to inherit its belongings by delegitimizing and even dehumanizing its national identity and personality.

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Anti-Israel Billboards Taken Down in Los Angeles

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

By Fern Sidman

Ed note: Contact CBS Outdoor and applaud their decision to refuse to support virulent, anti-Israel propaganda. Send an email or call 800.926.8834.

Just several weeks ago, a conglomerate of anti-Israel activists known as the “Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel” was “thrilled” when 23 Los Angeles area billboards featuring their message of, “Tell Congress: Spend our Money at Home, Not on the Israeli Military,” pictured over the image of an American flag were erected. Just one week later, the billboard operator, CBS Outdoor, (a subsidiary of the CBS Corporation) removed the billboards on the grounds that the Stop $30 Billion to Israel organization had used the CBS name without permission in their organizational e-mails and in their petition thanking CBS for putting up the billboards.

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Supreme Court Gives Some Support to Arizona’s S.B. 1070

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

By Jon Feere, CIS.org

The federal government estimates that Arizona has one of the fastest growing illegal immigrant populations in the country, increasing from 330,000 in 2000 to 560,000 by 2008. In an effort to alleviate some of the problems associated with illegal immigration, Arizona passed S.B. 1070, the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act,” which is designed to “discourage and deter” illegal immigration. The Obama administration filed suit against Arizona, arguing that the state did not have the authority to enforce the act. Four provisions of S.B. 1070 went before the Supreme Court, and one section, Section 2(B) was upheld. Section 2(B) was the key component of S.B. 1070 and the Court has made it clear that states have a role to play on immigration. Three sections were found to be preempted, Sections 3, 5(C), and 6.

The opinion is online at: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-182b5e1.pdf

The outcome is as follows:

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Too Bad Obama Didn’t Listen to His Rabbi About Political Islam

Monday, June 25th, 2012

By Barry Rubin

President Barack Obama’s view of Judaism, Zionism, and Israel was very much shaped by his liberal and left-wing Jewish contacts in Chicago, some of whom became key members of his entourage. Among these influential acquaintances was Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf.

Wolf was of a type familiar in American Jewish circles. While in principle pro-Israel, he had certain views that made him highly critical. As what I would call a moral perfectionist, Wolf could not view Israel as good enough to live up to Jewish values that had been honed during a long galut during which Jews had no political responsibility and did not have to meet the real world demands of political power. At the same time, he was more attuned to Israel’s reputedly more idealistic era of Labor Party hegemony.

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Congressman Calls for Hearings on ‘Radicalization’ of White Christian Women

Monday, June 25th, 2012

by Raymond Ibrahim*

During a Homeland Security committee hearing last week on the “Radicalization of Muslim-Americans,” Texas Congressman Al Green (D) criticized the hearings as biased and unfair to Muslims, suggesting that the only way to justify them is if Congress would also conduct a “hearing on the radicalization of Christians.”

Though his position may seem balanced, in fact, it reveals a dangerous mix of irrationality, moral relativism, and emotionalism—all disastrous traits in a U.S. Congressman. Consider some of Green’s assertions:

I don’t think that most people oppose hearings on radicalization. I do not, not — N-O-T — oppose hearings on radicalization. I do oppose hearings that don’t focus on the entirety of radicalization…. [W]hy not have a hearing on the radicalization of Christians?… People who see the hearings and never hear about the hearing on the radicalization of Christianity have to ask themselves, “Why is this missing?”

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Thoughts on the Syrian Downing of a Turkish Warplane

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

by Daniel Pipes*

There appears to be agreement on the basic facts: a Turkish F-4 violated Syrian airspace and the Syrian military shot it down over its territorial waters. Further, there is no dispute that the AKP-led Turkish government has for months offered sanctuary and armed the Syrian opposition forces in what amounts to a civil war in Syria between a hideous, brutal tyranny and an increasingly Islamist opposition. The Turkish leadership, even while accepting that its plane violated Syrian airspace, is growling about retaliation. The Syrian government has done its best to tamp down Turkish anger.

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Syria does not want Bashar al-Assad; does it want … Hafez al-Assad?

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

by Alexander Maistrovoy

A quarter of a century ago, the people of Central Asia and the Caucasus tasted freedom. It was the taste of blood. What is the taste of Syria’s “revolution?”

The first task of the historian is to make a careful sketch of the manner in which the events he recounts took place. The history of religious beginnings transports us into a world of women and children, of brains ardent or foolish. These facts, placed before minds of a positive order, are absurd and unintelligible, and this is why countries such as England, of ponderous intellects, find it impossible to comprehend anything about it.

This is how Ernest Renan* described how the psychology of the people in epoch of Jesus was frustratingly misunderstood by the English philosophers.

Replace “England” with “West”, ancient history with modern, and you’ll understand the fatal error in the assessment of the events in Syria.

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A respectable badge of honor: To be despised by despicable individuals, regimes and organizations

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

By Gary Gerofsky

This was a very bad week for peace, freedom and democracy unless you happen to be U.S. President Obama or the United Nations (UN) — the world seems to be falling apart — just as Obama and the UN intend to happen.

The Muslim Brotherhood — according to Obama’s plan and deep desire — looks poised to take over Egypt (or Islamists are willing to create enough violence to make that scenario a reality). This week the corrupt UN condemned Canada for making our student protestors follow some minor rules that require demonstrators to announce their protest routes in advance. Remember that these protestors are violent and stupid “occupy” movement, communist-leaning, puppets in a Quebec milieu creating pain for citizens, visitors and businesses. The feckless and evil-intentioned UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, engaged in Canada-bashing because Canada is Israel’s friend — our government happens to be conservative and thus not favoured by the UN).

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Obama’s Administrative Dream Act Myths

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

By Jon Feere, CIS.org

The Obama administration’s latest attempt at amnesty is a lawless act and an end run around American citizens and their representatives in Congress. It is also a hostile act toward the millions of legal residents looking for jobs. Legalizing illegal aliens is unpopular and this plan may well drive voters away from the Obama campaign. If this were not the case, Obama would have announced his administrative amnesty plan on a Monday morning and followed with a week of fanfare; instead, the White House decided to drop this bombshell on a Friday afternoon while refusing to take questions from the press.

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Egyptian Election: Islamist Victory or Deceptive Strategy?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

by Raymond Ibrahim*

Has anyone stopped to ask where the headlines “Muslim Brotherhood Wins Egypt’s Presidential Election!” originate? They come, of course, straight from the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies—particularly the Qatar-based Islamist propaganda machine, Al Jazeera—and were then unquestioningly picked up and spread like wildfire by the Western mainstream media and talking-heads.

Left unquoted by the Western media are the many Egyptian analysts that have a different tale to tell—that the secular candidate, Ahmed Shafiq, has won.

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Standing shoulder to shoulder with those in Ulpana, Israel

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

By Fern Sidman

Renowned American Jewish activist Dr. Joseph Frager told over 20,000 people assembled for the 19th annual Israel Day Memorial Concert in Central Park that, “We stand shoulder to shoulder with our brethren in Israel to protest the planned demolition of homes built in memory to the Tzur Family who were murdered at the hands of terrorists in the Ulpana Neigborhood of Bet El.”

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Islamic Terror vs. Norway Massacre: Chicken or Egg?

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

by Raymond Ibrahim*

Ever since last year’s Norway massacre, when Anders Breivik killed some 70 people, the relativists and Muslim apologists of the world felt exonerated: for here at last, thought they, was proof positive that terrorism had nothing to do with Islamic teachings per se. If Christianity cannot be blamed for Breivik, why blame Islam for al-Qaeda?

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