Monday, January 09, 2023

From Ian:

Mark Dubowitz: Obama’s Anti-Imperialist Fantasy Bears Bitter Fruit
Unsurprisingly, Iran often seemed to exist for Obama not as a threat to U.S. interests but as a historical victim of Western imperialism, which supposedly overthrew a “democratically elected” Iranian prime minister and installed the shah. Iran’s repressive theocratic regime seemed less notable for its blatant offenses against its own people, or its efforts to destabilize neighboring states, than for its role as the bête noire of warmongering neoconservatives in the United States, who supported a regional structure that put America on the side of troublemakers such as Israel and Saudi Arabia. Faced with the choice between the Islamic Republic and its enemies, Obama found it surprisingly easy to take the side of the mullahs—putting himself and the United States crossways both to U.S. interests and the hopes and dreams of the Iranian people.

Obama’s big Iran play, which continues to shape U.S. regional policy to this day, was therefore neither “values-driven” nor purely pragmatic. His apparent goal was to extricate the United States from a cycle of endless conflict—one of whose primary causes, as he saw it, was Western imperialism. In doing so, Obama sought to be the first anti-imperialist American president since Dwight Eisenhower, who had backed Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser against the British, French, and Israelis in the 1956 Suez war. (Eisenhower later admitted that backing Nasser and abandoning the United States’ traditional allies had been one of the biggest mistakes of his presidency.)

Yet the Iranians were not, in fact, powerful enough to play the “balancing” role Obama envisioned for them, as their failure to stabilize Syria proved. He therefore stood aside, willingly or not, as the Russians intervened on the Iranian side to bomb the Syrian resistance. For rescuing the Islamic Republic and its allies in Syria, Putin was allowed to invade Crimea and the Donbas with minimal opposition from the Obama administration.

Anti-imperialist narratives were clearly important to Obama, and make sense as products of his unique upbringing. The fact that they utterly failed to correspond to regional realities caused multiple problems on the ground in the Middle East. Obama’s policy of trying to put the United States on the side of his own preferred client states created a slaughter in Syria that in turn led to multiple other slaughters throughout the region. The rise of ISIS was fueled partly in response to vicious Iran-backed attacks against Iraqi and Syrian Sunnis. The shocking rise of the Islamic State required Obama to send U.S. troops into Syria and back into Iraq. It also emboldened Putin, who invaded Ukraine for the third time in 2022.

Obama’s ongoing and catastrophic policy failure, which has blocked the Biden administration from developing any kind of workable strategic vision for dealing with current realities in Iran and throughout the region, demonstrates that substituting American narratives about purity and guilt for hard-power realities is a dangerous business. Ideologically driven anti-Western narratives led the United States to place dangerous and wrongheaded bets on Sunni Islamists and Shiite theocrats at the expense of our own interests and friends. Poorly executed policy led to a fatally flawed nuclear agreement that continues to bedevil the Biden administration and America’s European and Middle Eastern allies. The JCPOA was a big mistake. The longer we refuse to admit that, the higher the price we will continue to pay.
The European Union's War on Israel
A confidential leaked document, composed by the EU mission in east Jerusalem, shows that the Europeans are actively working with, and on behalf of, the Palestinian Authority to take over Area C of the West Bank -- although the area was clearly agreed on, by both Israel and the Palestinians, until further negotiations, to be under Israeli control.

"[T]he EU... insists that its positions are based on meticulous compliance with international law, EU law and charter, and also the Oslo Accord. This claim is surely defied by the leaked document in which we can see an activist EU striving to help the Palestinians take over Area C, the very area that is designated to Israel's control per the Oslo Accord which the EU claims to uphold." — Jenny Aharon, Jerusalem Post, December 28, 2022.

Aharon noted that while the EU was insisting that Israel abide by the Oslo Accords and that a Palestinian state should be established within the framework of a comprehensive peace agreement, the EU, at the same time, is trying to strip Israel of its rights according to that same agreement, which gave Israel responsibility over security, public order and all issues related to territory, including planning and zoning, in Area C.

The EU, in short, is encouraging the Palestinians not to return to the negotiating table with Israel. Instead, the EU is telling the Palestinians that the EU will help them steal land as an alternative to reaching a peaceful settlement with Israel through negotiations.

"The EU's reported clandestine activity to undermine Israeli control in Area C and to advance illegal Palestinian development in those areas constitutes a clear and present threat to the security of the State of Israel, and is an act of blatant hostility and aggression." — Letter from the Israel Defense and Security Forum, consisting of 16,000 former military, security and police officers; i24 News, December 21, 2022.

"As this document confirms, Europe's use of labels like support for 'civil society' and 'human rights' were designed to hide the millions of euros given every year to selected allied NGOs, particularly in Area C, to create facts on the ground." — Dr. Gerald Steinberg, quoted by JNS, January 5, 2023.

These revelations show that no one should be surprised when the E.U. condemns the new government for trying to save land in Yehuda and Shomron [the West Bank] — they [the EU and Palestinians] are the ones responsible for stealing it. – Dr. Eugene Kontorovich, quoted by JNS, January 5, 2023.

In 2022, illegal Palestinian construction in Area C increased by 80%. The report documents 5,535 new illegal structures built in 2022, compared to 3,076 structures in the same period in 2021. — Regavim, October 11, 2022.
Jews are the owners of the Temple Mount - opinion
The Sages said: “There are three places about which the nations of the world cannot deceive Israel and say we have stolen them out of their hands, and they are the Cave of the Patriarchs, the Temple and the Tomb of Joseph.” All three sites were purchased by our forefathers, Abraham, Jacob, and King David, at a fair price.
“There are three places about which the nations of the world cannot deceive Israel and say we have stolen them out of their hands, and they are the Cave of the Patriarchs, the Temple and the Tomb of Joseph.”
The Sages
The First Temple stood proudly on the Temple Mount, 1,500 years before the Prophet Muhammad was even born.

It goes without saying that security and diplomatic acumen are extremely important, but we cannot forget the basic facts. We Jews are not guests on the Temple Mount; we are its original owners. No other nation shares this history, no other nation has had the same capital for 3,000 years and has never had another one, and Jerusalem was never the capital of any other nation.

The criticism aimed at Israel is ludicrous and outrageous. It ignores the 3,000-year connection between the people of Israel and Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

Jordan’s audacious response of summoning the Israeli ambassador for a reprimand is particularly egregious. What is the Jordanian royal house anyway? A Saudi Arabian family that ruled the Islamic holy places in the Hejaz, Mecca and Medina, for hundreds of years. When it was defeated almost a century ago by the Al Saud family, it fled.

The British, to whom the family offered its services against the Turks in World War I, found it a new job and established the “Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan” in a bid to maintain an open route to the oil fields in Iraq. The royal family, which lived very well at the expense of the British taxpayer, protected British interests in the region.

The peace agreement between Israel and Jordan stipulates that Jordan has a “special role” at holy shrines in Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount.

That’s ridiculous. What is Jordan’s connection to the Temple Mount? Does the fact that Jordan conquered east Jerusalem in the War of Independence, razed the Jewish Quarter along with its synagogues, and ruled over it for 19 years give it some sort of special privileges?




US laments Jordan’s absence from Negev Forum, aims to keep Palestinians in loop
A senior State Department official lamented Jordan’s expected absence at the latest Negev Forum gathering of Israel and its Arab allies that will take place on Monday and Tuesday in Abu Dhabi.

Jordan will be the only Arab country with full diplomatic relations with Israel that will not be sending a delegation to the United Arab Emirates where, for the first time, interagency teams known as working groups will be gathering from the US, Israel, the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Egypt to discuss joint regional projects in a variety of fields.

The cooperative commenced last March with a meeting of the countries’ foreign ministers in the southern Israeli town of Sde Boker, followed by a June in-person gathering and an October virtual one of a lower-level steering committee that is coordinating the various initiatives produced by the forum.

Jordan has held firm in its position against joining the Negev Forum so long as the Palestinians will not be participating alongside them — a stance that has led to a dead-end, given the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to openly cooperate with an initiative it views as part of an effort to sideline its cause.

“There’s an empty chair at the table because Jordan obviously has a peace agreement with Israel,” the senior US official said, briefing The Times of Israel days before the working group meetings.

While Israeli officials who spoke with The Times of Israel in October expressed optimism that Jordan would come around and participate in the Negev Forum in some fashion — perhaps by sending an observer delegation — the senior US official said that would not be the case in Abu Dhabi this week.
US Secretary of State Blinken to arrive in Israel this month
United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is scheduled to visit Israel toward the end of January, Israeli media reported on Monday.

The goal of the visit is to “coordinate expectations” between the Biden and Netanyahu administrations, as well as to prepare the ground for a visit by Netanyahu to the United States, which is likely to take place this year, according to the reports.

The Biden administration has formulated a working plan to deal with the new Israeli government, based on the principle that Netanyahu will be held fully accountable by Washington for his government’s actions, according to Politico.

Last week, Blinken called newly appointed Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen to congratulate him on his inauguration, telling him during the call that the nuclear deal with Iran is dead, according to Israel Hayom.

Blinken also reportedly said that the U.S. plans to get European countries on board with the goal of tightening economic sanctions on Iran. Cohen welcomed the positions expressed by Blinken, and repeated Israel’s own position regarding the need to increase pressure on Iran, and avoid a return to the nuclear agreement.
Nikki Haley slams Biden for clumsy immigration-Holocaust comparison
Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, a vocal defender of the Jewish state, recently rebutted an absurd Holocaust parallel drawn by President Joe Biden.

When asked by a reporter whether immigration was a basic human right, Biden responded, “Well, I think it is a human right if your family is being persecuted, if you’re being dealt with in a way—like I thought it was a human right for you know, Jews in Germany to be able to go and escape and get help where they could. But the other side of this is, there’s also, the people in this country have basic rights that are here—basic fundamental rights. We assure the people coming have been checked out, they’re not criminals, they’re not a problem, that they’re background checked.”

Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and now a leader in the polls for president in 2024, fired back at Biden on Twitter: “No. The systematic and targeted murder of 6 million Jews in Nazi death camps is not the same. You’re a disgrace. Don’t belittle the Holocaust to score political points.”

Ben Shapiro, the editor emeritus of The Daily Wire and host of the top-rated “The Ben Shapiro Show,” similarly called out Biden’s strange comparison alongside his seemingly contradictory recent policy decisions, then warned of their possible outcome: “Biden is simultaneously likening refugees from Cuba, Venezuela, Haiti and Nicaragua to refugees from the Holocaust, and then saying that he’s going to radically cut their entry avenues. He’s absolutely incoherent, which means that the wave of illegal migration will continue.”
Israel’s spy agency Mossad behind arrest of Iranian in Germany - report
The Iranian citizen had obtained cyanide and ricin in order to carry out a major attack

Israel’s spy agency, the Mossad, provided information that led to the arrest of an Iranian who planned a major attack in Germany, a report said on Sunday.

German police detained a 32-year-old Iranian citizen suspected of obtaining deadly poisons, such as cyanide and ricin, to carry out an "Islamist-motivated" attack, German authorities said. Israeli sources confirmed the Mossad's involvement after German Bild newspaper reported that a friendly nation's intelligence agency provided crucial information.

The suspect's residence in the town of Castrop-Rauxel, western Germany, was searched as part of the investigation, according to a joint press release from the Düsseldorf public prosecutor's office and the police of the towns of Recklinghausen and Muenster. German police also arrested a second person, who turned out to be the suspect's brother, aged 25.

Both men were staying in Germany since 2015. The warning that local authorities have received only referred to one of the brothers but the other man was already known to the police and was in the apartment at the time of the police raid.


Why Hasn’t Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Repudiated the Jew Hating Rhetoric Espoused by Uncle Leonard Jeffries?
Jeffries “has consistently and forcefully spoken out against anti-Semitism throughout his career,” the congressman’s office told Just the News. “His on the record comments made to the Wall Street Journal speak for themselves.”

However, there’s little indication of Jeffries being questioned about how his uncle may have influenced him, according to the Just The News report.

According to an extensive report entitled “Dr. Jeffries & the Anti-Semitic Branch of the Afrocentrism Movement” by Kenneth S. Stern, during a July 20, 1991 speech at the Empire State Black Arts and Cultural Festival in Albany, New York, Dr. Leonard Jeffries, the chairman of the African-American Studies department at City College, claimed, among other things, that there is an anti-black “conspiracy, planned and plotted and programmed out of Hollywood,” by “people called Greenberg and Weisberg and Trigliani and what not. It’s not being anti-Semitic to mention who developed Hollywood. Their names are there. MGM , Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Adolph Zukor. Fox. Russian Jewry had a particular control over the movies, and their financial partners, the Mafia, put together a system of destruction of black people.”

The report written by Stern also indicated that prior to his July 20, 1991 speech, CCNY professor Leonard Jeffries was already known for his teaching that blacks are racially superior to whites because blacks, whom he calls “sun people,” because they have more melanin in their skin than whites, whom he calls “ice people.” (Even though Jeffries is generally believed to be the inventor of this theory, it was actually founded by Dr. Frances Cress Welsing who, according to the Amsterdam News, contended that “white racism and aggression are the result of the lack of melanin. This genetic deficiency, the lack of color, compels while people to be hostile to people of color.”)

Yet and still, Hakeem Jeffries has refused to condemn these hate filled statements made by his uncle, yet he rails against former President Donald Trump and his “MAGA” associates for their alleged foray into anti-Semitism.


Knesset to fast-track bills revoking citizenship of terror convicts getting PA wages
A key Knesset panel gave a green light Monday for fast-tracking bills seeking to revoke the Israeli citizenship or residency of convicted terrorists who receive payment from the Palestinian Authority for their actions, in the latest hardline move by the new government.

The Knesset’s House Committee, headed by Likud MK Ofir Katz, approved an exemption that will expedite the bills’ legislative process and allow the Knesset to vote on them within two weeks, according to a statement issued by the committee.

The bill, introduced by lawmakers from the Religious Zionism and Likud parties, would revoke citizenship from terror convicts known to have received allowances, directly or indirectly, from the Palestinian Authority for their acts of terror.

“For years we’ve become accustomed to having an entity [the PA] receive funding from the State of Israel while it maintains an official price list: ‘Murdered a Jew? Here’s a stipend. And if you’re an Israeli citizen, you’ll get more, depending on how many people you’ve killed,'” said Religious Zionism MK Simcha Rothman, who helped draft the bill. “The bare minimum we can do as a moral country is to revoke their citizenship and residency.”

The move was supported by coalition members as well as right-wing committee members from the opposition, but was slammed by Arab Israeli MKs.
Israel moves ahead with transfer of PA funds to terror victims
Israel on Sunday transferred 138.8 million shekels ($39.5 million) of revenues collected for the Palestinian Authority to the victims of terrorism and their families.

At a press conference on Sunday, Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said, “We promised to fix this, and today we are correcting an injustice. This is an important day for morality, for justice and for the fight against terrorism. There is no greater justice than offsetting the funds of the Authority, that acts to support terrorism, and transferring them to the families of the victims of terrorism.”

The P.A. pays monthly stipends to Palestinians, and/or their families, for carrying out terrorist attacks against Israel. In 2021, the P.A. paid out an estimated 512 million shekels ($157 million) as part of this “pay for slay” policy.

Asked if the move would strengthen P.A. rival Hamas, Smotrich said, “The group weakening the P.A. is the P.A. itself, which chooses to be involved in and encourage terrorism and the murder of Israeli citizens.”

In response to a question regarding the possible economic collapse of the P.A., Smotrich replied, “As long as the Palestinian Authority encourages terrorism and is an enemy, what interest do I have in helping it exist?”
Palestinian Authority: Israeli measures to punish terrorism will lead to our collapse
Punitive measures imposed by Israel on the Palestinian Authority will “promptly lead to its collapse,” P.A. Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Monday.

Israel’s Security Cabinet last week approved the measures in response to what it described as the P.A.’s ongoing “political and legal war” against the Jewish state. They came a week after the U.N. General Assembly, at the urging of the P.A., passed a resolution calling on the International Court of Justice to “render urgently an advisory opinion” on Israel’s “prolonged occupation, settlement and annexation of Palestinian territory.”

In an interview with Haaretz, Shtayyeh described the Security Cabinet decision as “another nail in the Palestinian Authority’s coffin, unless there is immediate intervention by the international community, namely the [Biden] administration in Washington and Arab countries.

“Previous Israeli governments worked to eliminate the two-state solution, and the current government is fighting the Palestinian Authority itself,” he added.

Asked why the P.A. continues to wage a campaign against Israel in international fora, Shtayyeh said, “We have the right to complain and tell the world we are in pain. Israel wants to prevent even the most nonviolent way of fighting the occupation.”
Palestinian Authority taken aback by quick measures leveled by new Israeli government
The new Israeli government is taking quick steps to crack down on the Palestinian Authority, including freezing funds.


Matthew Lee: U.S. Imposes - then Waves - Travel Bans on PA Leaders
On Dec. 22, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman notified Congress that she had imposed travel bans on senior leaders of the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization because they "are not in compliance" with requirements to tamp down and publicly condemn terrorist attacks against Israelis. But, in the same notification, the State Department said Sherman had waived the travel bans "based on her determination that such a waiver is in the national security interests of the United States."

"An enduring and comprehensive peace between Israel and the Palestinians remains a longstanding goal of U.S. foreign policy. A blanket denial of visas to PLO members and PA officials, to include those whose travel to the United States is to advance U.S. goals and objectives, is not consistent with the U.S. government's expressed willingness to partner with the PLO and PA leadership."
Was Itamar Ben-Gvir's visit to Temple Mount an 'unprecedented provocation'?
Our panel of security experts discuss National Security Minister Ben-Gvir's visit to the Temple Mount and discuss the ramifications — will there be another Intifada? And should the status quo be changed to allow Jews to pray at the holy site?


Ben-Gvir orders police to enforce ban on flying Palestinian flags in solidarity with terrorists
Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir on Sunday directed police to enforce an existing ban on the flying of Palestinian flags to identify with terrorist groups.

“We will fight terrorism and the encouragement of terrorism with all our might,” Ben-Gvir tweeted Sunday.

The decision comes in the wake of the homecoming ceremony in the Arab village of Ar’ara on Thursday for Karim Younis, who was released from prison earlier that day after completing a 40-year sentence for murder. Younis was convicted in 1983 for the murder of Israel Defense Forces Cpl. Avraham Bromberg.

The compound where the homecoming was held was decorated with P.L.O. flags, and Younis himself also carried one.

Flying the P.L.O. flag in public is not on its own a criminal offense in Israel. However, police have the authority to take them down if they are displayed in solidarity or sympathy with a terror group, or if there is a high probability that leaving the flag up will result in a public disturbance.
Israel's Ben-Gvir orders removal of Palestinian flags
Legislation is pending that would make public displays of the Palestinian flag illegal. Meanwhile, the new National Security Minister has had his first meeting with the police commissioner.




Bid to have illegal Arab mansion blocking road demolished
Last week, a new petition was submitted to the Jerusalem District Court demanding the issuance and implementation of stop-work orders, demolition orders and other administrative measures, against a luxurious new three-story villa, complete with a swimming pool in the expansive yard, which was built without a permit and in blatant violation of the law near the village of Funduq, on land in Area C under full Israeli jurisdiction.

The villa was built on the route of the Funduq bypass road, a new thoroughfare planned by the Netivei Yisrael Corporation (the Israel Roadworks company) at a cost of hundreds of thousands of shekels, to ease traffic congestion in the area and improve road safety and security for all residents of the area – Jews and Arabs alike.

The illegal mansion is obstructing its path, thwarting development and deepening the traffic chaos in the region from which all residents must continue to suffer.

A year ago, in the summer of 2021, when construction of the massive villa was in progress, the Samaria Council and the Regavim Movement appealed to the authorities, demanding that the law be enforced immediately, but only three months later the Civil Administration replied that "if necessary, supervision and enforcement procedures will be taken in accordance with established procedures, in accordance with enforcement priorities, and subject to operational considerations "

When months passed and no enforcement was carried out - and the construction of the villa continued at an accelerated pace - Regavim again turned to the Civil Administration to urge enforcement of the law; the Civil Administration’s response: "A work-stop order will be issued as soon as possible." In other words – no such order had been issued. At this point, the Samaria Council and Regavim decided to petition the court.
Hamas terrorist boasts suicide bombings in book he wrote in jail
The armed wing of Hamas on Thursday published a book written by one of its commanders who was responsible for a series of suicide bombing attacks against Israel.

The book, The Buses are Burning, was written by Hassan Salameh, who is serving 46 consecutive life sentences and another 30 years in Israeli prison for directing three mass-casualty attacks in Israel.

Salameh, who was born in Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip, was arrested by Israeli security forces in 1996 in Hebron.

The title of the book refers to the buses that were targeted by suicide bombers.

In the book, Salameh relates how he and his friends planned and carried out several terror attacks.

Why was the book launched now?
The book launch was held in Khan Yunis to mark the 27th anniversary of the assassination of Hamas arch terrorist and chief bomb maker Yahya Ayyash, who was killed in a mobile phone explosion in the Gaza Strip in 1996.

After the assassination, Hamas entrusted Salameh with the task of carrying out terrorist attacks in Israel to avenge the killing of Ayyash, nicknamed “The Engineer” because of his expertise in manufacturing bombs.


PreOccupiedTerritory: Please Complete This Palestinian Martyr Application Form (satire)
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The year Iran lost normalcy
The year 2022 has passed and the year 2023 has begun, and Iran is witnessing the longest protests since the 1979 revolution. Although the pace of protests seems to fluctuate up and down, public anger remains unchanged, even though more than three months have passed.

This is because the root causes of the discontent have not been addressed and the regime continues its repressive measures in the hope that this will eventually lead to better control of the situation. What is certain is that Iran will not return to the state that existed before the assassination of Mahsa Amini.

When the wall of fear was breached, there were hundreds of casualties, according to published reports, and many influential public figures, including athletes, artists, and scientists, fled abroad in fear of the regime's ensuing wrath. The Iranian government's strategy of suppressing demonstrations with excessive use of force has increased the space for outrage.

The current dilemma is that regime leaders, fearful of losing control, have resorted to more violence than they originally intended. All of this has led to a spiral of social anger from which it is difficult to escape and which has brought the regime to a real existential crisis.

The regime has even begun to turn to individuals who had faded into the background in recent years, such as former President Mohammad Khatami and Fatemeh Rafsanjani, the daughter of former President Hashemi Rafsanjani. These have begun to call for change "before it is too late" to give the impression that reforms are being sought.

However, all these attempts to cool the atmosphere and absorb public anger have been unsuccessful. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei remains fearful of making concessions that he believes could lead to the fall of the regime.
Meta’s Oversight Board Tells Company To Allow ‘Death to Khamenei’ Posts
Meta’s Oversight Board on Monday overturned the company’s decision to remove a Facebook post that used the slogan “death to Khamenei” to criticize the Iranian leader, saying it did not violate a rule barring violent threats.

The board, which is funded by Meta but operates independently, said in a ruling that the phrase is often used to mean “down with Khamenei” in referring to Iran‘s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has been leading a violent crackdown on nationwide protests in recent months.

It also urged the company to develop better ways of factoring such context into its content policies and outline clearly when rhetorical threats against heads of state were permitted.

“In the context of the post, and the broader social, political and linguistic situation in Iran, ‘marg bar Khamenei’ should be understood as ‘down with.’ It is a rhetorical, political slogan, not a credible threat,” the board wrote.

Iran has been gripped by demonstrations since mid-September, following the death in detention of a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman arrested for wearing “inappropriate attire” under the country’s strict dress code for women.

The protests, in which demonstrators from all walks of life have called for the fall of Iran‘s ruling theocracy, have posed one of the biggest challenges to the government of the Shi’ite Muslim-ruled Islamic Republic since the 1979 revolution.






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