A GREAT AND UNSPEAKABLE EVIL

The son of Ari Fuld places his hands on his father’s body at his funeral in Kfar Etzion on September 17, 2018. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)

By Melanie Philips, September 17, 2018:

Yesterday, a man who devoted his life to fighting hatred and genocidal mass murder lost his life to the very evil that he fought.

Ari Fuld, a 45 year old father of four from the Israeli town of Efrat, was stabbed in the back outside a supermarket by an Arab teenager. Despite his wounds, Fuld chased and shot his attacker, thus preventing any more casualties. He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

This murder has hit Israelis hard. Ari Fuld was but the latest in the unending procession of Jews who have been murdered in the Arab war of extermination against Israel. Each of these murders is an unspeakable tragedy.

But the murder of Ari Fuld has caused particular grief because he was a fighter for his people – a selfless, tenacious Israel patriot who worked tirelessly and put his life on the line to stand up for the rights of the Jews in their historic land and to protect them from harm. And now he is fallen, a victim himself of that very harm.

Fuld worked at Standing Together, an NGO that supports Israeli soldiers. He was committed to fighting the lies and demonisation about Israel that pour daily out of the western media.

The Times of Israel reports: “He was mourned in an outpouring of social media tributes throughout the day, with friends and ideological opponents alike eulogizing the Israel advocate and former karate instructor as an unflinching champion of the Jewish state and fearless fighter to the end”.

Ari Fuld’s work, in common with that of many other activists, was necessitated by the baseless hatred and ceaseless attacks directed against Israel and the Jewish people from the Arab world – sanitised, supported and incentivised by the indifference or active incitement by those in the west who hate Israel and want it gone.

The kind of people who claim that Israelis living in the disputed territories, such as in the town of Efrat, are “illegal settlers” who have colonised Palestinian land – a lie, since there never was any “Palestinian” land, while law, truth and history entitle the Jews alone to live there. The kind of people who, shamefully and disgustingly, shrug aside the murder of Ari Fuld simply because he lived in Efrat.

His murderer was Khalil Jabarin, a 17 year-old Arab boy. He was but the latest in a string of teenage Arab terrorists who are attacking Israeli Jews. The reason isn’t hard to find: as Palestinian Media Watch observes, they are being incited to hatred and murder of Jews by the Palestinian Authority education system and mass media which tell them that “all Israelis deserve to be killed and that dying while committing a terror attack is ‘the path to excellence and greatness… the great victory’.”

The Arab writer Bassam Tawil links Jabarin’s attack directly to incitement by PA president Mahmoud Abbas who he says has Ari Fuld’s blood on his hands.

“In a speech before the PLO Executive Committee in Ramallah on September 15, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas repeated the old libel that Israel was planning to establish special Jewish prayer zones inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

“…Abbas’s allegation was quickly picked up by several media outlets in the Arab world, the West Bank and Gaza Strip…According to Palestinian terrorist groups, Jabarin decided to murder a Jew in response to Israeli “crimes” against the al Aqsa Mosque in particular and other Islamic holy sites. In other words, the terrorist was influenced by Abbas’s incitement, and this is why he decided to set out on his deadly mission.”

The Palestinian Authority is funded by Britain and other western governments. These governments are therefore indirectly responsible for the incitement to hatred and murder of Jews which is poisoning Arab children’s minds. If Abbas has the blood of murdered Israelis on his hands, Britain and the west have helped dip them in it.

Tomorrow evening sees the beginning of Yom Kippur when Jews fast to repent and seek forgiveness for their sins. It is a day when, as we pray to be sealed in the book of life, we recall those who were martyred on account of their defence of Judaism. We do so in order to reaffirm, in the face of those who rise in every generation against the Jewish people, the faith that has never wavered despite the savage attempts to destroy us.

To this list of those who were brutally murdered for no other reason than the hatred of Jews by a barbaric world, we will add the name of Ari Fuld. May his memory be for a blessing.

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Trump Administration Shutting Down PLO Mission in Washington

Why it’s the right thing to do.

Front Page Magazine, by Joseph Pruder, September 17, 2018:

In announcing the closure of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) mission in Washington, DC on September 10, 2018, the U.S. State Department asserted that the Palestinians have failed to take steps “to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.”  State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert added that the decision was prompted by Palestinian plans to bring charges against Israel for war crimes to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Nauert stated that “The U.S. continues to believe that direct negotiations between the two parties are the only way forward.” She added, “We are not retreating from our efforts to achieve a lasting and comprehensive peace.” Nauert pointed out that the Palestinian leadership “has condemned the U.S. peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the U.S. government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise.  As such, and reflecting congressional concerns, the administration has decided that the PLO office in Washington will close at this point.”

The Palestinian leadership, in its unwillingness to have direct negotiations with Israel or reach a compromise that would afford them sovereignty and provide Israel with security, is resorting to the familiar Palestinian-Arab stance that is almost a century old.  No to the Peel Commission of 1937 that gave Palestinian-Arabs 75% of Western Palestine and 25% to the Palestinian Jews.  No to the 1947 UN Partition Plan, which would have given the Palestinian-Arabs a sovereign state.  (No to peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel or negotiations with it as resolved at the Khartoum Arab League Summit on September 1, 1967.) No commitment to the Oslo Peace Process (which ended with Arafat’s initiated Second Intifada in September, 2000).  It is premised on the Arab-Palestinians unwillingness to share the land with the Jews and their equal refusal to recognize the historical Jewish connection to the Land of Israel.  In appealing to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Palestinians are using it as a subterfuge to avoid negotiations with Israel.  Instead, they are alleging that Israel committed crimes in response to the recent clashes with Hamas, and that Israeli settlements are illegal.

As for the settlements, Israeli’s have as much right to settle in the Judea and Samaria as the Palestinians have.  The “West Bank” is not Palestinian land. It was Jordanian land until June, 1967.  Jordan occupied the area during the 1948 War of Independence, and annexed it in 1950, an act which was only recognized by Britain and Pakistan. The area was ostensibly designated to be part of the Arab-Palestinian state under the 1947 Partition Plan (UN Resolution 181).  The Palestinian-Arabs rejected the Partition Plan and chose instead to liquidate the newly born Jewish state in what was to become Israel’s 1948 War.  Following the Six Day War of June, 1967, the UNSC 242 declared that Israel should withdraw from “territories.” It specifically said not from all territories, in exchange for full peace (which Egypt and Jordan agreed to, and received in return their claims to the Sinai and portions of land along the Jordan River).  It clearly meant that Israel had the right to portions of the (West Bank) territory.  Therefore, the areas true designation is that of “Disputed Territory.”  The only way to resolve this dispute is by direct negotiations between the two parties.  Describing the territories as “occupied Palestinian territories” serves only the political agenda of the Palestinians and prejudges the outcome of future negotiations between the parties.

In his Address to the Nation on September 1, 1982, President Ronald Reagan declared,

I have followed and supported Israel’s heroic struggle for survival, ever since the founding of the State of Israel 34 years ago. In the pre-1967 borders, Israel was barely 10 miles wide at its narrowest point.  The bulk of Israel’s population lived within artillery range of hostile Arab armies. I am not about to ask Israel to live that way again.

The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has organized the Gaza march over the border with Israel.  Using Palestinian civilians as “human shields,” they fired at Israeli soldiers defending the border and protecting the civilian population in nearby Negev communities.  Hamas has also provocatively fired rockets into Israel, targeting civilians including kindergartens.  Palestinian charges are so ludicrous that only biased international bodies such as the ICC would accept the charges of the Palestinians.  According to Israel’s Foreign Ministry, the ICC lacks jurisdiction over the Israeli-Palestinian issue, since Israel (like the U.S.), is not a member of the court, and because the Palestinian Authority (PA) is not a state.

On September 10, 2018, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, appearing before the Federalist Society, said that the ICC is “illegitimate and for all intents and purposes, is already dead to us” and was biased against Israel and called the institution as a whole, “Ineffective, unaccountable, and indeed, outright dangerous.” He went on to say,

While the court welcomes the membership of the so-called State of Palestine, it has threatened Israel, a liberal, democratic nation, with investigation into its actions to defend its citizens from terrorist attacks in the West Bank and Gaza.  There has also been a suggestion that the ICC will investigate Israeli construction of housing projects on the West Bank.

Bolton added,

If the court comes after us, Israel, or other U.S. allies, we will not sit quietly, we will ban its judges and prosecutors from entering the U.S.  We will sanction their funds in the U.S. financial system, and we will prosecute them in the U.S. criminal system.  We will do the same for any company or state that assists an ICC investigation of Americans.

Zeev Jabotinsky, one of the giants of Zionism and the founder of Jewish self-defense organizations such as the Haganah and the Irgun, who inspired both Prime Ministers Menachem Begin and Benjamin Netanyahu, wrote in his 1923 pamphlet The Iron Wall, that the Arabs would never voluntarily come to an agreement with the Zionists:

If the Zionists wanted a foothold in Palestine, Arab violence would have to be met with an Iron Wall…As long as the (Palestinian) Arabs feel that there is at least hope of getting rid of us, they will refuse to give up this hope in return for either kind words or for bread and butter, because they are not a rabble, but a living people.  And when a living people yields in matters of such vital character it is only when there is no longer any hope of getting rid of us, because they can make no breach in the iron wall.  Not till then will they drop their extremist leaders, whose watchword is Never!

Zeev Jabotinsky’s prophetic words are as true today as they were 95 years ago.  The Palestinian people are led by extremist leaders who will never compromise as long as they are personally living well while their people suffer, and as long as they believe that Israel can be destroyed by BDS campaigns or international organizations such as the UN and ICC.

The Trump administration’s measures have served to fortify the Iron Wall by moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, and cutting aid money to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA).  UNRWA has perpetuated Palestinian victimhood and refused to rehabilitate and house the refugees as Israel did with its refugees from the Arab world.  Closing the Palestinian mission in Washington is yet another step that forces Palestinians to realize that Israel is here to stay, and they will have to either compromise or remain hopeless.

Trump Admin-Tied Group Presents Plan for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

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Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo, June 26, 2018:

A think-tank with close ties to the Trump administration is circulating on Capitol Hill and elsewhere a new comprehensive plan on how the White House can foster Israeli-Palestinian peace following President Trump’s landmark decision to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to the country’s capital city of Jerusalem, according to a copy of the plan viewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

The Security Studies Group, or SSG, a foreign policy organization with close ties to top Trump administration officials, is seeking to garner support for the White House’s latest push to foster peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The plan presents a roadmap the administration can follow to achieve a two state solution for the parties.

Officials are focused on pressuring the Palestinian Authority government to rein in its support for terrorism and accept a good faith offer that could alter the regional balance for both the Israeli and Palestinian people, sources said.

Those who have reviewed the plan told the Free Beacon that SSG is laying the groundwork to counter the Obama administration’s efforts to pressure Israel into accepting a plan many said would compromise the Jewish state’s security. “This is the first comprehensive survey of what the diplomatic terrain looks like now that Trump has reversed many of Obama’s anti-Israel moves,” said one senior GOP congressional staffer familiar with the paper. “American diplomats have a range of new opportunities but also new challenges, because the Palestinians got used to having America slap around Israel for them, and since we’re now back in the business of supporting Israel they’ve been throwing a global temper tantrum and holding their breath until they turn purple.”

“This study lays out a lot of that, including what more can to be done to reverse the anti-Israel UN resolution Obama’s diplomats generated,” the source said.

In addition to outlining multiple failed attempts by past administrations to ink a peace plan, SSG’s paper provides a fresh pathway forward for the Trump administration on the heels of its decision to relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, a move met with fanfare in Israel but with consternation by many Arab nations.

The paper, authored by Middle East expert Matthew RJ Brodsky, recommends the Palestinians be given the entirety of the Gaza Strip and around 96 percent of the territory linked to it by the West Bank.

The West Bank would subsequently be annexed by Israel by up to 10 percent to account for housing communities and other territory where Israelis have been living for decades. This would include critical land points such as the corridors along the Jordan Valley, according to the plan.

The plan also addresses the refugee issue, which has been a sticking point for some time as Israel seeks to retain the Jewish nature of its country. Accepting a mass wave of Palestinians into the country would fundamentally alter Israel’s population composition.

“The establishment of an independent Palestinian state will provide a national homeland for all Palestinians, including the refugees, and thereby bring an end to the historic Palestinian refugee issue and the assertion of any claims against Israel arising from it,” according to the plan.

Palestinian citizens would be permitted to resettle in a new Palestinian state or continue living in their host countries or other locales that would accept them. Israel would also be pressed to accept Palestinians for humanitarian reasons.

Jerusalem would remain Israel’s undivided capital city under the plan.

“This is a monograph that details the evolution of the conflict’s core issues and tracks their treatment in the three previous U.S.-led negotiating efforts that led to offers to end the dispute,” SSG said in a statement to the Free Beacon. “Entitled, ‘Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,’ the SSG also offers what it believes could serve as a negotiating framework for a final status agreement that meets the goal of two states for two peoples with a Palestinian state for Palestinians alongside a secure state of Israel recognized as the nation-state of the Jewish people.”

Brodsky, the report’s author, told the Free Beacon that the Palestinians must be convinced to abandon violence and come to the negotiating table in earnest.

“The bottom line is that the Palestinian Authority needs to get a handle on its mythology, come to the table, and accept a reasonable statehood offer,” Brodsky said. “It will be good for the Palestinian people, the Israelis, and the region. For far too long they have not been honest with their own people, let alone themselves. The peace process isn’t like a fine bottle of wine that improves with age.”

“Each time they turn toward violence and away from the negotiating table, they spoil their future prospects,” he said. “Luckily, America’s regional allies recognize this and can hopefully provide some direction should [PA President Mahmoud] Abbas find himself lost in his own rhetoric again.”

The White House and State Department did not respond to requests for comment on the progress in peace talks over the past months.

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Hamas Turmoil in Gaza is a Reflection of a Deeper Development in the Arab World

Center for Security Policy, by Louis Fleischman, May 17, 2018:

For the last six weeks, Hamas has been organizing protests under the slogan “the march of return.” The protests are presented to the world as peaceful demonstrations, but as the demonstrations unfold, Hamas operatives begin to activate their people urging them to breach the Gaza/Israel border fence. Then, they proceed to instruct their terrorists to use gun fire against Israeli soldiers, and fly inflammable kites aimed at burning fields. Participation in protests is encouraged either by offering payment to participants or by applying direct threats. Women are sent to the forefront of the marches to give Western TV crews the impression that the demonstrations are genuine, spontaneous and conducted by innocent and defenseless individuals.

The purpose, of course, is to trigger an Israeli reaction that would lead to the killing of Palestinians, as martyrdom has always been part of Hamas strategy and indoctrination. That killing would provoke a reaction of anger in the Palestinian and Arab streets. The world would react with outrage. The United Nations would follow with a condemnation while too many western analysts and media would repeat the unfounded notion that the absence of peace between Israel and the Palestinians causes violence and terror.

The last wave of violence was planned on the day the United States transferred its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. That provided an additional reason to mislead the public and make it believe that Hamas has a reasonable motive to start terror activities, regardless of how many times the group has undermined and destroyed the peace process by weakening the Palestinian Authority, murdering its soldiers and carrying terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians. There is no need to remind our readers that Hamas has vowed to destroy the state of Israel.

However, this time there might be a deeper reason why Hamas started its provocation.

The Arab world finds itself in the midst of a very serious internal struggle for its soul. The Arab Spring has slowly begun to change the social contract between the Arab people and its rulers. Arab states are now forced to take into account the well-being and desires of their citizens, long scorned by Arab secular autocracies. Arab states try to avoid a mass rebellion and thus they are trying to respond to some pressing domestic issues.

For decades, Arab authoritarian regimes and religious fanatics used Israel as a scapegoat, as an external enemy and a big threat. This is not easily sold to the Arab public today. Arabs may not think highly of Israel but Israel is not their priority. As a young Arab intellectual told me: “We don’t care about the Palestinians. It is not our problem. We care about ourselves and our future prosperity.” In the Arab world, priority is given to economic improvement, restoration of security, reduction of high levels of illiteracy, and the future of their children

Thus, though Islamic radical extremists and violent groups have tried to capitalize on the chaos generated by the Arab spring in order to gain political power, they so far have failed to achieve what they wanted and expected.

In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood was deposed with the blessing of the majority of Egyptian parties and groups. The government of Abdel Fattah El Sisi that deposed the Brotherhood is indeed authoritarian. However, according to several Arab intellectuals with whom I recently spoke, it enjoys support from Egyptians by virtue of the fact that during the year that the Brotherhood ruled Egypt, the country fell into a state of chaos, insecurity and disarray. Furthermore, he added, Egyptians are watching what is happening in other countries of the region such as Syria, Libya and Yemen where civil wars are having devastating effects. Egyptians view El Sisi as the person who saved the unity of the country and restored order. My Arab interlocutors told me cut and clear: people are afraid of Islamists and religious fanatics.

Along these lines, in Tunisia, the Islamist party known as “Enhanda” understood that Tunisian citizens were not willing to live the kind of life that Islamists proposed. Thus, it evolved into a party that attempts to adapt to what Tunisian citizens really demand, which is freedom from tyrannical rule and better conditions. Enhanda also accepted defeat in the elections and transfer of power. Furthermore, the leader of the party, Rachid Ghanouchi openly and publicly rejected the Iran/Taliban type of religious coercive/totalitarian rule.

Likewise, the atrocities committed by ISIS in Syria and Iraq and the fact that ISIS ruled part of these territories, became living proof of what living under Islamic rule is like. This has contributed to discrediting Islamists as well. As I was told by one of the Arab intellectuals I spoke with, “How is it that these organizations that represent religious extremism carry signs that call for Death to America and Israel but we, Arabs, are the only ones dying”?

In fact, even regarding Israel, things have begun to change. El Sisi has introduced the peace agreement with Israel in the curriculum of Egyptian schools; Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman recognized Israel’s right to have a homeland (thus indirectly also recognized the right of the Jewish nation to have a homeland); and; Bahrain, in an unusual statement, recognized Israel’s right to defend itself. In addition, these countries and Israel have been working together for some time to counteract Iran’s regional expansion.

To be sure, radical Islam has not yet been defeated. There is still a long way to go to remove its toxic and malicious influence. However, they are in military and political retreat despite their continuous acts of terrorism. ISIS is being defeated in the Levant. Iran has been pushed to the corner and forced to beg to the Europeans to keep the deal so vital for their economic survival.  Furthermore, recent confrontations between Iran and Israel in Syria and the destruction of Iran’s infrastructure in Syria have exposed Iran as weak and vulnerable.

Most importantly,  as the Tunisian and Egyptian case show, the situation generated after the Arab Spring has shown that their ways are not accepted by a large segment of the Arab public. As it was previously mentioned, Islamist parties such as Enhanda  have turned pragmatic and focused on economic challenges , which is the priority of the Arab street.

Thus, Hamas’s bombastic acts such as the “March of Return“ were aimed to serve not only Palestinian Islamic radicalism. It is important to remember that Hamas is not just a Palestinian organization. It views itself as part of a larger Pan–Islamist movement. It is an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, and it is supported by Iran, ISIS, Qatar and last but not least Turkey. Turkey, that once was presented as a model of democratic Islam (even by our own former President Barack Obama), is clearly showing its radical Islamist face. As scholar Soner Captgay pointed out last February, Islamic law is gaining ground in large sectors of Turkish society. Turkey’s military actions in Syria have been described as “jihad”; Turkey’s 90,000 mosques were instructed to recite the Koran’s ‘Prayer of conquest”; and; national police are actively involved in intimidation and censorship of writings and comments considered to be offensive to Islam. Turkey’s Ministry of Education is using its power to impose Islamic practices in public schools and force teachers to bring students to pray in local Mosques.

Turkey’s foreign policy has been to make alliances with Iran and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. It facilitated ISIS activities while launching a war against Kurdish groups that were fighting the Islamic State. In its rhetoric, Turkey is as hostile to Israel and to the Jewish people as any radical Islamist group and Iran and is currently a key supporter of Hamas.

The bloodshed and immolation of Palestinians organized by Hamas is not only an attempt to revive the Palestinian cause but also revitalize radical Islam in general.

Hamas actions are not about freedom for the Palestinians, the site of the American Embassy, or about the Israeli blockade. It is about the radical Islamic agenda, Palestinian and beyond, seeking a new impulse in the midst of defeat and isolation.

About Luis Fleischman

Dr. Luis Fleischman is a Senior adviser to the Menges Hemispheric Security Project at the Center for Security Policy in Washington DC. He is also an adjunct professor of Political Science and Sociology at Barry University He is the author of the book, “Latin America in the Post-Chavez Era: The Security Threat to the United States.”

Gaza, borders, and the left-wing war on sovereign nations

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Conservative Review, by Daniel Horowitz, May 15, 2018:

It was part of a universal recognition of both parties in Congress that the Jews were the only ones in the area who could properly develop the land and respect the human rights of all. At the time, there were only a smattering of Arabs living in the land, but Congress was concerned they would stir up trouble. During consideration of the resolution on the House floor on June 30, Rep. Walter M. Chandler, R-N.Y., delivered a lengthy and riveting speech summing up the purpose and background of the resolution. He declared that if the Arabs “will not consent to Jewish government and domination, they shall be required to sell their lands at a just valuation and retire into the Arab territory.” And if they refuse to sell their land, they “shall be driven from Palestine by force.”

Throughout the ’20s and ’30s, local Arabs and their surrounding neighbors fomented a violent jihad against the Jews living in their homeland. The riots were incited by Grand Mufti Hajj Amin al-Hussein, a close ally of Hitler who was eventually expelled from the region and fled to Germany. They flooded these regions with Egyptian and Syrian Arabs and expelled the Jews living there. All of the Jews were officially expelled from Gaza in 1948, when Egypt stole the land in a war designed to annihilate the Jews living in every part of the land.

When Israel reconquered Gaza in 1967, after Egypt lost a war of aggression with the intent to exterminate every last Jew living in Israel, the Israelis once again had to start from scratch. Whenever Arabs win territory, they expel every Jew, but when the Israelis win it back, they never return the favor. Thus, they have always faced a demographic problem. But either way, there was never an Arab “Palestinian” state inside Gaza, much less one with the right to invade the land outside it.

When the Israelis withdrew from Gaza in 2005, they used their own military to physically uproot every last Jewish resident of the region. Their houses, businesses, and farms were destroyed and they were exiled from their land. Historians regard this move – using a country’s own army to uproot its citizens and hand the territory over to enemies – as unprecedented. What’s worse, far from fostering a peaceful reconciliation, Israel had to dig up every last Jewish grave in Gaza so that their cemeteries would not be destroyed by the inevitable violence of the local Arabs. They were originally going to destroy the synagogues but left them intact after the State Department and the Palestinian Authority promised to guard them. Yet within minutes of the Arabs occupying the land, the synagogues were torched and destroyed, vividly conjuring up images of Kristallnacht.

As a result of the military pullout, the Arab terrorists breached the borders, creating irrevocable consequences for both Israel and Egypt:

  • Al Qaeda and other Sunni terror groups joined with Hamas and established a permanent presence in both Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula.
  • Massive caches of weapons, explosives, and infrastructure for building tunnels were smuggled through the border into Gaza.
  • Iran and other terror sponsors began to ship weapons through Iran’s costal port.
  • Israel’s entire southern border became a sitting duck for endless rocket barrages from Gaza.

In 2005, these very same liberals and journalists celebrated the fact that Gaza had become completely Judenrein – deracinating every last vestige of Judaism from the heart of the land. But that was supposed to bring peace. Now liberals won’t allow Israel to defend its own border from the land they ceded over at a painful cost.

The same moral relativism is behind the assault on America’s sovereign border

It is stupefying to watch the speed with which the Left’s assault on sovereignty and security intensifies, fueled by a perverted moral compass. And it has consequences for our borders as well. While those coming over our border don’t engage in the degree of overt violence that the Hamas rioters are employing while breaching Israel’s border, the results – and the deaths – are similar. The disregard for borders and sovereignty has allowed the most violent drug cartels – indeed, “inspired them to do so,” in the words of Judge Andrew Hanen – to smuggle in MS-13 gangs and the most lethal drugs we’ve ever seen, resulting in the death of tens of thousands of Americans.

And whereas Israel is fighting Hamas on its border with Gaza, we face an existential threat from Hezbollah in Latin America, which possibly has more operatives in our hemisphere than in the Beqaa Valley on Israel’s northern border. Every time liberals encourages migration with “dream” amnesty and sanctuary cities, they are putting money in the pockets of MS-13, as well as the Sinaloa and Zetas cartels that work with Hezbollah to smuggle in drugs, weapons, and terrorists. The same holds true for Gaza. Every time the media fawns over the Hamas “protesters,” they are not only endangering Israel but empowering the terrorists to abuse their own people.

Secure borders and rule of law are the lynchpins to sovereignty and security for people on both sides of the demarcation. Compassion for open borders is about as safe as a “compassionate soul” who stops his car in middle of a highway to hand out food and medicine. The stated intentions of the policy don’t change the reality of the car wreck that is created by disrupting the laws of nature.

Violent opposition to national sovereignty is nothing to take likely. It is the biggest threat facing this nation and other nation-states. It demonstrates the dangerous shift on the Left in just one generation. In 1995, the same year Congress voted to recognize Israel’s sovereignty, Bill Clinton boasted during his State of the Union Address of the efforts he was undertaking to protect our sovereignty from illegal immigration. He cited the recommendations of Rep. Barbara Jordan, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, whose ideas tracked very closely with Trump’s campaign promises. Sure, Democrats believed in socialism for quite some time, but even the leftists understood that you need to have a country in order to promote having a socialist country.

Nowadays, defending borders against an invasion is “deplorable.” We should all be scared – very scared.

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As US relocates embassy to Jerusalem, al Qaeda leader condemns international system

Long War Journal, by Thomas Joscelyn, May 14, 2018:

On the eve of the opening of the US government’s embassy in Jerusalem today, al Qaeda released a new message from its leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. The al Qaeda emir noted at the outset of his speech that there has been a “big uproar” over the Trump administration’s decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. President Trump has been “clear and frank,” revealing “the true face of the modern Crusade, which does not deal with retreat and reconciliation,” according to Zawahiri.

However, Zawahiri quickly pivoted away from the controversy over the embassy relocation, reiterating al Qaeda’s longstanding conspiracy theory: The entire international system is hostile to Muslims. Just being part of the United Nations makes one complicit in this alleged scheme, according to bin Laden’s successor.

Indeed, the title of Zawahiri’s speech, “Tel Aviv Is Also the Land of Muslims,” underscores his point. The embassy relocation is a small issue relative to the vast “Zionist-Crusader” conspiracy al Qaeda claims to oppose.

Zawahiri reminds his “Muslim and mujahidin brothers and the sincere scholars” that “all of the countries of the Islamic world which are members in the United Nations have recognized Israel by signing the United Nations Charter, which confirms the unity and territorial integrity of each of its states, including Israel.” From al Qaeda’s perspective, this is the original sin of the United Nations.

The al Qaeda leader claims that, by signing the UN charter, nations have agreed to leave “ruling by Sharia.” That is, they have agreed that they will not abide by the draconian laws Zawahiri and his ilk prefer. Instead, these nations are “satisfied” with governing and “ruling” according to the “decisions of the [UN] Security Council and the General Assembly,” including the decision in 1947 to partition the land.

Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are both “Islamic land,” in Zawahiri’s telling. True believers need “to liberate Palestine” and “all the other abodes of Muslims” after declaring the entire “criminal international tyrannical system” to be illegitimate. Zawahiri again calls for Muslim unity, a frequent al Qaeda motif, such that the ummah (worldwide community of Muslims) engages in “battle…on multiple fronts, not as separate groups that retreat before the imperatives of the greatest criminals.”

Zawahiri reminds listeners that Osama bin Laden identified America as the leader of this supposedly corrupt international system and, therefore, as the “first enemy of the Muslims.” Bin Laden first declared that Americans “would not dream of security until we actually live it in Palestine, and until all the disbelieving armies depart from the land of Muhammad.”

The goal is establish “the caliphate,” Zawahiri says, after uniting “around the word of tawhid.” This will require both dawa (proselytization) and jihad. And Muslims must not confuse their enemies for their friends, fighting “the battle of consciousness before the battle of weapons,” remaining “free of illusions.”

In the past, al Qaeda leaders have called on Muslims to use Syrian soil to “liberate” Jerusalem. The group uses this theme as a rallying cry for jihadists in Syria.

Zawahiri’s message is the 9th episode in his “Brief Messages To A Victorious Ummah” series, during which he has covered a variety of topics. Although Zawahiri can be long-winded, the lectures in this program are mercifully short.

Although the lecture series has been running since Aug. 2016, Zawahiri and his propagandists in As Sahab clearly timed the release of this episode to coincide with the US embassy relocation to Jerusalem. It demonstrates that, at times, al Qaeda is still able to time its media to current events. Zawahiri also remains a somewhat prolific commentator, regularly releasing messages from his hideout.

An English translation of the message was distributed via Telegram by Al-Tamkin Media, a propaganda outfit that regularly translates messages from al Qaeda’s senior leadership. The quotes in this article were adapted from Al-Tamkin’s rough translation.

Israel says three ‘armed terrorists’ among 41 reported dead in Gaza border clashes

Fox News, by Greg Norman May 14, 2018:

At least three of the 41 Palestinians reportedly killed Monday in clashes ahead of the Jerusalem opening of the U.S. Embassy to Israel were “armed terrorists” caught trying to plant a bomb near the Gaza border fence, Israel’s military said.

More than 35,000 protesters amassed at a dozen locations along the security fence, with many engaging in skirmishes that pushed the death toll Monday to the highest in Gaza since a 2014 cross-border standoff between the militant group Hamas and the Jewish state, according to the Associated Press.

Gaza health officials told the news agency that 41 people so far have been killed in Monday’s violence, and at least 772 have been wounded.

May 14, 2018: Palestinian medics and protesters evacuate a wounded man during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip. (AP)

The relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv, a key campaign promise of President Trump, has infuriated the Palestinians, who seek east Jerusalem as a future capital.

“Moments ago, an IDF patrol foiled a bomb-laying attack by a cell of three armed terrorists near Rafah, close to the border,” the Israeli military said Monday. “This is a particularly violent protest point. The troops responded with fire at the terrorists. The terrorists were killed.”

Israel also said its aircraft targeted a Hamas post in Jabaliya after troops in the area came under fire. None of the Israeli soldiers were hurt.

“Rioters are hurling pipe bombs and firebombs at IDF troops, burning tires, throwing stones and burning objects, with the intention of setting fires in Israel and hurting IDF troops,” a member of the Israeli army was quoted by The Times of Israel as saying.

Monday’s demonstrations — dubbed the “Great March of Return” by Palestinian media — are reported to be part of a campaign led by Hamas to break the decade-old border blockade of the territory imposed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007. Since weekly border marches began in late March, dozens of Palestinian protesters have been killed and more than 2,300 wounded in clashes.

Israel’s security service, Shin Bet, claimed Monday that Hamas is encouraging Palestinian civilians to flood the border, with their own gunmen waiting in the wings to break through if a fence is breached.

Shin Bet said it received that information during interrogations of members who already have been captured after crossing the security fence in recent weeks, The Times of Israel reported.

“There is a prohibition for Hamas operatives to approach the border, from a fear that they will be killed or captured by IDF troops, unless the security fence falls and then they must enter, armed, into Israel under the cover of the masses and carry out terror attacks,” the agency said. “From the information we have, it appears Hamas is encouraging and sending protesters to the border fence in order to carry out violent acts and damage security infrastructure.”

Shin Bet also claimed that Iran is providing funding to Hamas for these border flare-ups, but did not elaborate.

A senior figure in the group, designated a terrorist organization by the U.S., said Monday that the border protests will continue until Palestinians have won back their rights.

“We will continue on this path until the rights of the Palestinian people are achieved,” Ismail Radwan said, according to the Associated Press.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, said the army had set up additional “layers” of security in and around communities near the border to defend Israeli civilians in case of a mass breach. He said there already had been several “significant attempts” to break through the fence.

“Even if the fence is breached, we will be able to protect Israeli civilians from attempts to massacre or kidnap or kill them,” he said.

In the West Bank, several thousand people gathered in the center of Ramallah, while hundreds marched to the Qalandiya crossing on the outskirts of Jerusalem, where protesters threw stones at Israeli troops.

The U.S. said it chose today’s date for the embassy opening to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment.

But it also marks the anniversary of what Palestinians call their “nakba,” or catastrophe, a reference to the uprooting of hundreds of thousands who fled or were expelled from what is now Israel during the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s independence.

Most of the casualties Monday were in the southern Gaza towns of Khan Younis and Rafah. Israeli forces were firing volleys of tear gas to disperse the crowds, and the sound of heavy gunfire could be heard. Sirens were constantly wailing as the wounded were evacuated on stretchers to nearby ambulances. Groups of young activists repeatedly approached the fence, but were quickly scattered by gunfire and tear gas.

In one of the border areas east of Gaza City, Mohammed Hamami, a 40-year-old civil servant, joined a crowd of hundreds of protesters, along with his mother and five children.

“Today we are here to send a message to Israel and its allies that we will never give up on our land,” he told the Associated Press.

Clouds of black smoke from burning tires was also seen rising into the air. Earlier Monday, Israeli drones dropping incendiary material had pre-emptively set ablaze some of the tires collected in advance by activists.

Protesters have used the thick smoke as cover against Israeli snipers perched on high sand berms on the other side of the border. The army accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover to plan or carry out attacks.

Leaflets dropped over Gaza by army jets warned that those approaching the border “jeopardize” their lives. The warning said the army is “prepared to face all scenarios and will act against every attempt to damage the security fence or harm IDF soldiers or Israeli civilians.”

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