Wednesday, February 26, 2020

One of the biggest dangers to the free world is being oblivious to the real truth!! - Dr. Shmuel Katz

by Dr. Shmuel Katz

Casting a vote in political elections should be based upon reality and not upon deceptive wishful thinking. Opinion.

In the age of misinformation, disinformation and outright lies, too many people are oblivious to the reality that surrounds them. In many cases, the fact that their personal well-being, may be negatively affected by the on-going trends, did not trigger their conscious perception of reality.

Wishful thinking was for a long time a serious motivation to make irrational decisions. The classical example was the “Peace for our times” Chamberlain's interpretation of Hitler’s letter promising peace and tranquility in Europe before the Second World War.
Another delusional action was related to the infamous “Iran Deal” which looked promising on paper but very rapidly, it became evident that there were many problems with the deal which gave the radical Iranian leadership a clear pass to possess atomic weapons after several years. During this period of time, they could cheat the observers, continue producing nuclear material, improve on their delivery systems, expand their efforts to destabilize their target countries and establish a terror infrastructure that will support their long-term goals of international domination. Interestingly, in the near future, elections for national leadership are looming in Israel and in the USA. In both countries important decisions will have to be made, which will determine the future of both countries. For some reason people like to make the differences between the two major opposing parties as a quarrel between Left and Right. In reality the decision relates to choices which will have significant effects on national security and on economic stability. People must understand that there is no real “free” government awarded “free stuff”! There is always somebody who will have to pay for it. Margaret Thatcher used to say that “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money!”

Look what happened in Cuba, Venezuela, or Russia. A similar consideration should be given when we have to address safety and security. Having neighbors who are determined to eliminate you from the face of the world and who educate their children to do the same, will never provide you with safety nor with security even if you will provide them with a flourishing economy and with enhanced political recognition. Providing these powers to terror entities will only make them a better financed and a more effective terrorist. Once they establish their distorted ideology throughout their educational systems and their public domains, they will not care about losing their economical achievement as their priorities will be to advance their wicked ideology. Osama Bin Laden, Mahmoud Abbas or the Supreme leaders of Iran, were and are wealthy people who were and are willing to risk everything in order to try and save their hold on power or to promote their distorted ideology. The well-being of their people was never a factor in their decision-making processes.

In these days the state of Israel is facing two major events which may have significant historical consequences. The newly proposed Trump peace plan and the third attempt to go for elections in Israel in order to create a stable Israeli government. It seems that both events are somewhat interdependent.
The Palestinian Authority rejected the Trump peace plan even before they looked at it and the Israeli center left leaning Blue and White Party is not willing to commit to it, as they will not be able to address it responsibly, due to the fact that most probably, they will need to have the agreement of the Israeli Arab party to any action that they will take in the future, should they be the party that will be in charge to form the new Israeli government.

As it stands today, unfortunately, most of the leaders of the Arab party are not willing to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

The peace proposal is only a proposal, but it considers the true historical facts and the current situation on the ground, which is not palatable to the Arab Palestinian Authority.

They are still promoting their distorted version of history which contradicts all the historical, archaeological and Biblical evidences, hoping to create a brand new Arab Palestinian state from the Jordan river to the Mediterranean Sea, which will totally marginalize or eliminate the Jewish population.

Some of the other problems with electing a left leaning government will include undermining the thriving economy, limiting the business and technological development, compromising the international relationships, and losing effective control over the sovereign borders, etc. Empty promises cannot be an alternative to a proven successful on-going improvement in the success of the citizens and the solidification of the stability of the country.

The risk of regression in multiple areas, is a serious consideration against changing the current government into a new team of inexperienced politicians.

Any objective observer will see through a variety of legal claims which were peddled against the current Israeli prime minister, which could be easily claimed to be related to political motivations. At the same time, many legal claims of impropriety have surfaced also against people associated with the leaders of the opposition party. No final decisions should be taken about any of the leaders of both parties until the completion of a thorough investigation and the completion of the legal proceedings.

All citizens should be considered to be innocent until their final judgement and adjudication.

Therefore, in the upcoming Israeli election, the citizens should cast their votes in favor of those parties that proved their successful accomplishments and showed their serious intentions to continue caring for the Israeli people, improve their well-being, and stand up bravely against the terror and deception which is perpetrated by the enemies of the state.

Dr. Shmuel Katz was born in Hungary, raised in Israel. served as an officer in the 6 Day War, gained extensive trauma experience during the Yom Kippur War, is double-boarded in Surgery, a Fellow of the Israeli Surgical Society and of the American College of Surgeons and other medical societies. He is on the board of many pro-Israel organizations.


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Never forget the media's blind eye to Obama's corruption - Jack Hellner

by Jack Hellner

Political corruption and meddling in elections are very serious, so why didn't the media ever care about Obama's corruption and meddling?

The media are outraged that former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich had to serve only eight years out of a fourteen-year sentence for corruption. They say it sends a bad message that political corruption is OK. But what is outrageous and sends a message that political corruption is OK is when the Justice Department, most of the media, and other Democrats didn't care about the massive political corruption of Barack Obama throughout his political life and supported him no matter what he did.

Obama was above the law.

In 2004, then–Illinois senator Obama stole one million dollars of taxpayer money, disguised as a grant, and gave it to his wife's employer, where family friend Valerie Jarrett happened to be a director. Jarrett had hired Michelle as an executive at $120,000 per year.

After the hospital got the million, Michelle got a $197,000 raise to $317,000 for what seemed to be a part-time job. (I am sure all of us can relate to a 200% raise or a $317,000 salary.) Michelle's main job was to dump low-income, unprofitable patients onto other hospitals (the Obamas have always been so compassionate and empathetic). To tell the poor how good this was, the hospital hired David Axelrod, a campaign adviser for Obama. Later on, they hired the corrupt family friend Eric Whitaker in an executive position.

In summary, Senator Obama stole taxpayer money to pay family, friends, and political supporters.

How often, in Illinois and throughout the country, do politicians steal money to benefit themselves? How many politicians, family members, and friends have gotten extremely rich while burying their snouts in the public trough?

Everyone should remember that when the media say the government is short of money, the private sector is greedy, and people don't pay their fair share, taxpayer money is used to enrich politicians and bureaucrats. After all, several of the richest counties in the U.S. are around D.C. where they produce nothing.

In 2005, after Michelle got the $197,000 raise, the Obamas were now able to buy the Hyde Park mansion they craved. They paid $1,650,000, a discounted price. But the house was not enough. They also craved the vacant piece of land next door, and they couldn't afford it. Luckily, the corrupt Tony Rezko could afford the full $625,000 asking price after Blago and Obama had helped funnel millions of taxpayer funds to him, supposedly for housing developments. Rezko didn't need the property, so why did he buy it other than as a kickback to Obama?
Obama Kick-Back Cronyism — Part 2: Illinois Health And Human Disservices
As state senator, Obama's interest extended to medical programs as well as to hospital real estate matters. Soon after his election he unsuccessfully requested a $1 million state "earmark" for the Chicago Medical Center hospital. His wife, Michelle, had been selected for an executive position there by board member and close friend Valerie Jarrett. In 2005 her part-time salary was raised from $120,000 to $317,000, about twice what Obama made as senator.
Ms. Obama's primary role was to create what has been described as a low-income "patient-dumping" program called the "South Side Health Collaborative". It featured a gang of "counselors" that advised unprofitable low-income patients they would be better off at other hospitals and clinics. Jarrett gave her approval to the concept, and David Axelrod was hired to promote it. Soon Chicago's inner city populations began hearing that the program would "dramatically improve health care for thousands of South Side residents", and that the medical center was generously willing to provide "a ride on a shuttle bus to other centers".
In late 2007 Dr. Eric Whitaker became the hospital's Executive Vice President for Strategic Affiliations and Associate Dean for Community-Based Research. He had worked with Ms. Obama and was recommended to Blago for the job by Senator Barack Obama through mutual pal Tony Rezko. Whitaker had also been hired to an earlier position as director of the Illinois Department of Public Health based on Obama's recommendation, and remains a good friend and member of the President's inner circle. He has vacationed with the Obama family in Martha's Vineyard and Hawaii.
Rezko owns vacant lot next to Obama's home
Shady House Deal Plagues Obama
Before Obama bought the house he had assisted Rezko in securing millions of tax dollars for housing developments as an Illinois state legislator.
Over the Fourth of July Weekend, the Washington Post revealed Obama had also secured a reduced mortgage for the same home, on top of the Rezko's discount, saving him more than $300 a month in mortgage payments. "Shortly after joining the U.S. Senate and while enjoying a surge in income, Barack Obama bought a $1.65 million restored Georgian mansion in an upscale Chicago neighborhood. To finance the purchase, he secured a $1.32 million loan from Northern Trust in Illinois. The freshman Democratic senator received a discount. He locked in an interest rate of 5.625 percent on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, below the average for such loans at the time in Chicago[.]"
Obama's Buddy Eric Whitaker: Is He Clueless or What?
The media and other Democrats spent a lot of time ignoring and covering up Obama's clear corruption and relationships as he ran for President in 2008, while they relentlessly attacked McCain and Palin. They were disposable and Obama won. The meddling by the media in support of Obama as they attacked McCain was unrelenting, The NYT even ran a fake front-page story trashing McCain about a purported affair with a lobbyist. It was the equivalent of the fake 20016 Russian dossier story. All that mattered was electing a Democrat.

Most of the media got their way. Obama won.

It is no wonder that as soon as President Obama took office, he showed that he planned to continue the corruption he learned in Illinois and his disdain for the law and the Constitution and he had a bigger pot of gold to play with.

One of the first things he did was violate bankruptcy law by rewarding his political supporters, the unsecured unions of bankrupt General Motors and Chrysler, while screwing more secure bondholders and other unsecured creditors. Using taxpayer money to reward auto unions is no different than the kickbacks to Michelle and others in Illinois.

Then he stole taxpayer money out of the stimulus bill to reward political bundlers. He had learned very well in Illinois. Rewarding political bundlers was no different than taking taxpayer money to reward the criminal Rezko.

Then he used the IRS to target and shut up political opponents. Taxpayer money and manpower were used to violate the free speech and freedom of association rights of people who just wanted smaller government and lower taxes. He couldn't stand the truth and the competition. No one at the IRS was punished for their violation of constitutional rights, destruction of computers, hiding documents or perjury. They were above the law. The IRS constantly say they need more money. Why don't they spend all their time and money enforcing the tax laws instead of for political purposes?

The Department of Justice, EPA and CFPB had slush funds that stole taxpayer money for political purposes and to give kickbacks, bribes to political supporters. Most of the media, other Democrats, and the Justice Department clearly didn't care about this pure corruption. Why were these departments allowed to use this money for kickbacks without going through Congress for appropriations? These slush funds are no different than the million-dollar slush fund in Illinois to the hospital.

President Obama allowed Hillary and Biden to use their positions of power to greatly enrich themselves and their families. The Justice Department, most alleged journalists and other Democrats never cared about this pure corruption. We are constantly told that there is no evidence of wrongdoing.

President Obama saved his most flagrant corruption for his last year in office. He so desired that his policies be continued that he wanted to pick his successor. He knew how corrupt Hillary was, how many laws she broke and how many kickbacks she took, so he had to use massive amounts of manpower and taxpayer money to protect and elect her. Then he had to set out and destroy her opponent and massive manpower and taxpayer money was needed for that abuse of power also. It didn't matter how much illegal spying had to go on and how many individuals and families he had to destroy to defeat Trump. He of course had top level government officials at Justice and Intelligence agencies who would gladly help. He also had almost all media outlets willing to meddle to destroy Trump and elect the corrupt Hillary.

The criminal activity in 2016, abuse of power, obstruction of justice, perjury and misuse of taxpayer money used to elect Hillary and take out Trump dwarfed anything that occurred during Watergate.

After he was done being President, he and his wife got what looks like a $50 million kickback from Netflix for net neutrality, which saved Netflix and other big users massive amounts of money.

What did Obama get for his corruption and dishonesty? He got eight years in the White House, extreme wealth, and love and affection from the media with frequent reports of how refreshing it was to have such an honest man in the White House with many fictional stories of how there were no scandals during the Obama years.

What did Blago get for much less corruption? A fourteen-year sentence with eight years served -- and according to most journalists and politicians that was not enough.

Can anyone spot the bias? It does send the wrong message when the media looks the other way and supports Obama, Hillary and Biden (coming soon: Bernie Sanders) no matter what they do while seeking to destroy anyone they don't like no matter if they just have to make stuff up.

Outrage is fake if the media is only outraged at corruption by politicians they don't like.

Caricature by Donkey Hotey.

Jack Hellner


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Abbas' deception at the UN: PA claims to recognize Israel, yet message to Palestinians is that all of Israel is "Palestine" - Nan Jacques Zilberdik

by Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Consistent with Palestinian Authority policy, there is one message for the Palestinian street and another for the world.

  • Abbas claims to UN: “We recognize Israel”
  • Yet on the same day, Abbas' deputy to Palestinians: All Israel is “Palestine”
  • Political strategy: “Stages Plan” Senior Fatah official says Fatah's goal is “Palestine” replacing Israel: “Palestine” on the 1967 borders is “an intermediate statement”
  • Media: Official PA daily crossword puzzle teaches the Galilee in northern Israel is in “Palestine”
  • Education: Activists to distribute the PA’s map of “Palestine” that erases all of Israel in Palestinian schools
Consistent with Palestinian Authority policy, there is one message for the Palestinian street and another for the world. Since US President Trump revealed his Middle East peace plan, Palestinian leaders have intensified their message to Palestinians that they will never accept a “Palestine” that does not replace all of the State of Israel. At the same time, PA and Fatah Chairman Mahmoud Abbas assured the UN Security council that the Palestinians “recognize Israel:”

Abbas: “In 1993 we signed the Oslo Accords, and we are committed to the Oslo Accords – with all of its details and all of its clauses. We have also recognized Israel and Israel has recognized us. We recognize Israel – in the Oslo [Accords].”
[Official PA TV, Feb. 11, 2020]
On the same day that Abbas reminded the UN Security Council and the world of the PLO’s recognition of Israel in 1993, his Fatah deputy, Mahmoud Al-Aloul, was busy talking to the Palestinian street. At a PA event protesting Trump’s Middle East peace plan and expressing support for Abbas and his mission at the UN, Al-Aloul held up the PA’s map of “Palestine” that replaces all of Israel and shouted:

“This is Palestine.”
The PA’s Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh was also present at the event, and in fact he is the one who uploaded the video of Al-Aloul denying Israel’s existence to his personal Facebook page:

Fatah Deputy Chairman Mahmoud Al-Aloul: "Its beginning is from the Galilee Panhandle (i.e., in northern Israel) to Umm Al-Rashrash (i.e., Eilat, Israel's southernmost city). This is Palestine!"
[Facebook page of PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh, Feb. 11, 2020]
Emphasizing that the notorious “stages plan” to destroy Israel is still Fatah policy, senior Fatah official Tawfiq Tirawi announced that Fatah has never agreed to a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, and that such a state is only “an intermediate statement” – stressing that the goal of Abbas’ Fatah is a “Palestine” that replaces all of Israel. Tirawi explained that the PLO only agreed to a “Palestine” on the 1967 borders under the Oslo Accords because it was what the Palestinian leadership thought the world would agree to at the time:

Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi: “Why, as PLO, did we say 1967? ... The Palestinian leadership wanted to make it easier for our people with the establishment of its state on the 1967 borders, because that is what would be acceptable to the world... [The PLO] said “a state on the 1967 borders,” however the [Palestinian] declaration of independence does not mention 1967… Put aside the [Palestinian] Authority – I am Fatah, and in the goals and principles of the Fatah Movement there is nothing that says 1967. Nothing... In everything related to me – one of the senior officials in Fatah - all my life I have never said “a 1967 state.” ... I will not forget my homeland, will not forget Palestine, and will not forget Palestine's history. These [1967 borders] can be an intermediate statement.”
[Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi, Feb. 5, 2020]
Palestinian Media Watch already exposed that in a different speech a few days earlier, Tirawi said that "Palestine" stretches “from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea” and is "waqf" - an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law – thus denying the legitimacy of Israel in any borders under Islamic law.

The PA uses all the information structures it controls to spread its ideology that all of Israel is “Palestine.” This recent crossword puzzle in the official PA daily presented the Galilee in northern Israel as being in “Palestine”:

Clue for 1 down: “A mountain in Palestine that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea”
Answer: “The Galilee (sic., the Galilee is a mountainous region in Israel)”
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 10, 2020]
The recent crossword puzzle joins a tradition of PA crossword puzzles documented by PMW that erase Israel, referring to the entire area as “Palestine.”

Likewise, official PA TV reinforced the message that “Palestine” encompasses all of Israel in a filler broadcast between programs. Abbas is heard giving a speech, and a demonstrator is holding a sign with the PA map of “Palestine”, including all of Israel colored as the PA flag. At the bottom of the sign is the Dome of the Rock with Jerusalem in the background, and in the upper left is the logo of the Fatah Shabiba Youth Movement.

Text on sign: “We have the right and all of the land is ours
The Fatah Shabiba Youth Movement”
[Official PA TV, Feb. 15, 2020]
The PA likewise presents this message to its youth throughout the PA schools:

[PA 7th Grade Social Studies Textbook, Part A, published August 2017]
In addition to this map appearing in all the school books, activists in Nablus plan to distribute the PA map of “Palestine” to all schools:

Official PA TV reporter, Nablus: “The popular responses to the American-Israeli deal of the century are continuing… One of which is the distribution of the historical map of Palestine in response to the map the American president published… This is the map that our Palestinian people want… and not the distorted map that the American president published.”
Text next to map: “This is how we want Palestine”
Activist Mazen Al-Dunbuk: “We want to instill this map in the minds of all of the children, the children of Palestine, the flowers of Palestine. Our next step is to distribute it in the schools in order to hang it in all the classrooms so that the children will know that Palestine is like this.”
[Official PA TV, Reporters in the Field, Feb. 2, 2020]
But these messages are of course nothing new. PMW has documented for more than two decades that the PA constantly emphasizes the ideology that all of Israel is “Palestine,” and that the ideology is being embraced and even reinforced by the people, as did this Palestinian journalist, when he stressed that several Israeli cities are “Palestine”:

Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate member Muhammad Al-Laham: "The journalists are here in Hebron, Jerusalem, Gaza, Haifa, Jaffa, Nazareth, Tiberias (i.e., Israeli cities), Nablus, Jenin – everywhere, because Palestine is Palestine in every grain of its soil… We have a historical right. Neither the American administration’s position nor the position of this crazy man Trump can change the truth that Palestine is Arab and Jerusalem is Arab. And if [Trump] wants to say that the settlements are legal, we say to him: Haifa is Palestinian, Jaffa is Palestinian, Acre, Safed, and Tiberias (i.e., Israeli cities)… There is a clear understanding that our struggle with the occupation is an existential struggle and not a struggle over borders."
[Official PA TV, Reporters in the Field, Nov. 25, 2019]
The journalist made these comments after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the US administration’s new position on Israeli towns in the West Bank on Nov. 18, 2019, stating: “After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate... the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law.”

The following are additional texts posted with the above statements and longer excerpts:
Posted text on Tirawi’s Facebook page: “A speech condemning the deal of the century given by [Fatah Central Committee member] brother Tawfiq Tirawi during a meeting with the [Fatah] Movement associations and bureaus, Jan. 30, 2020”
[Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi, Feb. 5, 2020]
Tawfiq Tirawi also holds the position of Fatah Commissioner of Popular Organizations
Posted text on PA PM Shtayyeh’s Facebook page: "Today the West Bank unites with Gaza, and in the Al-Badawi and Nahr Al-Bared refugee camps and in all of the camps in the diaspora we are standing today [Feb. 11, 2020] in a position of unparalleled unity – all of the Fatah factions and Islamic factions united behind [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas. We say no to [Trump’s] deal of the century and yes to a Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem, and to the return of the refugees.
[Facebook page of PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh, Feb. 11, 2020]

The Trump peace plan – US President Donald Trump announced his Israel–Palestinian peace plan "Peace to Prosperity" – commonly known as “the deal of the century” - on Jan. 28, 2020.
Main points of the plan:
  1. Israeli sovereignty would be applied to the Jordan Valley and all Israeli towns and cities in the West Bank.
  2. Jerusalem, including all its holy sites, would remain under Israeli sovereignty with accommodations made to enable access for Palestinians.
  3. The remainder of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and part of what is currently Israeli land in the Negev, the Galilee, and Jerusalem - creating a territory almost equal in size to the West Bank and Gaza Strip - would form the Palestinian state, with its capital in neighborhoods in East Jerusalem that are outside of Israel's security wall.
  4. The Palestinian state would be demilitarized, with Israel responsible for external security and controlling all airspace.
  5. All Palestinian prisoners except murderers, and those who attempted or conspired to murder would be released.
  6. Palestinians in refugee camps would be absorbed into their host countries and, subject to certain limitations, into the Palestinian state.
  7. Before becoming a state, the Palestinians would have to carry out extensive reform of their laws and institutions, including implementing a new governing system; granting its people due process and basic human rights and freedoms; end all incitement to and incentivizing of terror; end all glorification of terror and martyrdom; disarm Hamas; and adopt a culture promoting peace.
The goal of the plan is to create a Palestinian state beside Israel, living in peace and security.

The implementation would be facilitated through extensive international investment.

Nan Jacques Zilberdik


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Aiding the Shiite octopus - Sarah N. Stern

by Sarah N. Stern

The United States provides aircraft, artillery, small arms and ammunition to the Lebanese Armed Forces. This paradigm of "arms for influence" is a total failure, and it's long past time to dispose of it.

I met with Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer earlier this month, when he described Iran as "the head of the octopus whose tentacles are reaching into Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and from the Middle East throughout the world."

Well, one of those tentacles just got a great deal stronger.

In January, new elections swept in Hassan Diab as prime minister. Diab is closely aligned with the Iranian proxy, Hezbollah. 

Shiite-linked parties also now control more than half of the Lebanese parliament.

After the 2006 Second Lebanon War, UN Resolution 1701 said that all foreign powers have to leave Lebanon. Israeli troops withdrew. Although Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah promised to honor the resolution, the terrorist group quickly swooped in to fill the void.

As Dermer told me, "You go into any house on the Lebanese border with Israel, and they will show you their kitchen, their bedroom, their rocket room."

Since 2006, the United States has given the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) $1.7 billion. The United States provides aircraft, artillery, small arms, and ammunition, plus advice and training to the LAF. In addition, we provide $1.2 billion in non-military assistance to Lebanon.

Many in Congress have long argued that this is necessary because it acts as leverage against Hezbollah. This paradigm of "arms for influence" is a total failure, and it's long past time to dispose of it.

Our influence in Lebanon compared to that of Hezbollah is so subtle that it is like a whisper during the final touchdown at a Super Bowl.

According to IDF Gen. (ret.) Michael Herzog, "It is impossible to know where the margins of the LAF end and where Hezbollah begins. The Lebanese Armed Forces actually give uniforms to members of Hezbollah."

And even if they are not officially members, the hearts and minds of the population have, over the course of many years, been incrementally indoctrinated to embrace Hezbollah. They, as well as Hamas, and many other terrorist groups do this by insidiously and gradually taking hold of charities, hospitals and youth groups. Hezbollah now controls the all-important health ministry, which the average Lebanese citizen relies on for medical care.

As Abu Tahar recently wrote in Britain's The Daily Mail, the World Scout Organization is investigating whether the Lebanese Imam al-Mahdi Scouts (tellingly named for the Shia Messiah the 12th imam) is training children to become future Hezbollah terrorists. According to the report, children as young as 4 are inducted into the Al-Mahdi group, which is "the youth wing of Hezbollah."

Some 45,000 of these children are enrolled in the group, which, he writes, "have provided honor guards at the funerals of known Hezbollah terrorists, while other members have been pictured posing with armed fighters, wearing uniforms and headbands with anti-Israel slogans such as, 'Jerusalem-We are Coming.' "

There are also Facebook posts with the al-Mahdi Scouts pointing their guns towards Israel.

Lebanon has a failing economy, which has provoked massive demonstrations on the streets since October. The Gulf States, increasingly threatened by the Iranian menace and what Hezbollah has done throughout the region themselves, are not at all impressed with the election of Diab.

Although Western countries have donated $11 billion to Lebanon in the past and the Gulf States have contributed at least $1 billion last year, an Arab official said that, "You cannot come and expect money from the Arab Gulf, then Hezbollah, the next day, completely targets the Gulf."

As Abdulrahman Al-Rashed wrote in the Arabic international newspaper Asra Al-Awsat, "Hassan Diab was congratulated on his new position only by a few states, one of which was Iran."

Further, he writes, "Whether Diab is a front for Hezbollah or not, the truth is that the entire Lebanese state is being held hostage by Hezbollah."

We know that more than 1,000 American servicemen have been killed or maimed in Iraq and Afghanistan by Iranian manufactured explosively formed penetrators (EFPs). Yet we are giving Hezbollah, the Shiite "Army of God" in Lebanon, our taxpayers' dollars.

This insanity must end. We should not be feeding any one of the octopus' tentacles, when we are all well aware that this growing Iranian menace ultimately aims to sting us.

 Reprinted  from

Sarah N. Stern


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Sanitizing Soros through guilt by association - Melanie Phillips

by Melanie Phillips

Just because George Soros is a magnet for anti-Semites does not mean there aren't well-founded grounds for complaints against his behavior.

The law professor Alan Dershowitz has thrown a legal hand-grenade into America's political civil war by claiming to have evidence that former President Barack Obama "personally asked" the FBI to investigate someone "on behalf" of Obama's "close ally," billionaire financier George Soros.

He made his cryptic remark in an interview defending US President Donald Trump against claims he interfered in the prosecution of his former adviser, Roger Stone.

Dershowitz, a confirmed liberal, drew the ire of the left by joining Trump's impeachment defense team – not because he's a Trump fan, but because he cares about upholding the rule of law and the US constitution, which he believes (with good evidence) are being trashed in the anti-Trump witch-hunt.

Now, though, Dershowitz has crossed yet another line. For to criticize Soros, the principal funder of treasured activist causes, means automatically turning into a bogeyman of the left.

Predictably, therefore, Dershowitz has been painted as a wild conspiracy theorist. Other critics of Soros, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, find themselves labeled anti-Semites.

Last December, Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggested that Soros was involved in the Ukraine-Trump imbroglio, controlled various ambassadors and had employed FBI agents who the Trump camp believe were involved in a criminal conspiracy to bring down the president.

"Don't tell me I'm anti-Semitic if I oppose him," he told New York magazine. "Soros is hardly a Jew. I'm more of a Jew than Soros is. … He doesn't belong to a synagogue, he doesn't support Israel, he's an enemy of Israel."

Cue outrage among American Jewish groups. Anti-Defamation League national director and CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said: "For decades, George Soros's philanthropy has been used as fodder for outsized anti-Semitic conspiracy theories insisting there exists Jewish control and manipulation of countries and global events."

It's undeniable that Soros has been targeted by anti-Semites who depict him as a caricature Jew trying to manipulate the world.

Focusing on his Jewishness is gratuitous and irrelevant. But just because he's a magnet for anti-Semites does not mean there aren't well-founded grounds for complaint against his behavior.

In the last few years, Soros has been trying to control local US law-enforcement agencies by pumping massive amounts of money into backing radical candidates in key district attorney races.

In December, radicals who ran on a platform of not prosecuting certain crimes and reducing other state felonies to misdemeanors were elected as top prosecutors for three suburbs of Washington, DC.

In Virginia's Fairfax County a defeated prosecutor, Jonathan Fahey, said: "We have a world right now where the president picks the US attorneys and George Soros picks the top state prosecutors. And that's a scary world to live in."

Jews are falsely and maliciously accused of manipulating countries and global events. But as Soros has himself acknowledged, that's precisely what he has set out to do.

Quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s remark that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but bends towards justice," he told the UK's Guardian: "I don't believe that's true. I think you need to bend the arc."

In his book Soros on Soros, the financier wrote: "I do not accept the rules imposed by others. … I recognize that there are regimes that need to be opposed rather than accepted. And in periods of regime change, the normal rules don't apply."

What that means is that he has tried to re-order the world according to how he thinks it should be run. And that means opposing the US and its values.

He has called America "the main obstacle to a stable and just world order," and said EU-style socialism "is exactly what we need."

Through his Open Society Foundations, which started out genuinely aiding freedom behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, his billions have been used to institutionalize policies such as the legalization of drugs and other initiatives that attack Western values, undermine the nation-state, and damage cultural resilience and cohesion.

He has funded a plethora of anti-Israel and anti-Zionist groups. According to leaked documents, the OSF has financed NGOs in the United States, Europe and the Middle East to pressurize and delegitimize Israel. He has given millions to groups which support BDS and accuse Israel falsely of war crimes and ethnic cleansing.

He has also lent credence to the anti-Semitic claim that the "Israel lobby" has exercised undue influence over American foreign policy and in silencing criticism of Israel.

Now he appears to be stepping up yet further his attempts to delegitimize America and destroy the nation-state. At the World Economic Forum in Davos last month, he declared that the United States, China and Russia all remained "in the hands of would-be or actual dictators."

In that speech, he announced a new billion-dollar Open Society University Network to fund education programs around the world – described by the Financial Times as a plan to "educate against nationalism."

Soros is entitled to hate Trump, despise the nation-state and support the idea of a transnational utopia. But when one single individual spends billions of dollars buying up and thus transforming public debate and global politics outside the normal democratic process, people are entitled to express significant concern.

Yet those doing so run a gauntlet of abuse. The Left routinely employs smear by association against anyone who shares a platform with someone deemed to be (however falsely) a racist, fascist or some other kind of thought-criminal.

This happened recently over a conference in Rome discussing "national conservatism," organized by the Israeli scholar (and Orthodox Jew) Yoram Hazony, whose book The Virtue of Nationalism seeks to restore support for the nation to conservative thought.

Although this conference featured solid conservative thinkers such as Chris DeMuth and Ofir Haivry of the Edmund Burke Foundation and John O'Sullivan of National Review, it also included figures such as Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Giorgia Meloni, whose Brothers of Italy party is supported by members of Mussolini's family, and Jean-Marie Le Pen's niece Marion Maréchal.

All these are demonized as "far-right" by the liberal establishment, which in turn demonizes anyone who shares their platform.

Appallingly, British Jewish leaders rushed to stoke the flames of this auto-da-fé of political heretics.

The Board of Deputies attacked the Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski for attending the conference, claiming the Conservative party ran the "serious risk of the public assuming that they share his views" unless it disciplined him. Which it duly did, issuing Kawczynski with a formal warning and forcing him to apologize for his attendance.

Thus the Board of Deputies has also implicitly and absurdly smeared Hazony, one of the most impressive Jewish thinkers of current times.

In a mirror image of this tactic, anyone who criticizes George Soros is accused of being an anti-Semite – because anti-Semites have attacked him.

The point about anti-Semitism is that it is based on paranoid and deranged lies. There is, however, good evidence to believe that Soros has used his vast wealth to promote policies that undermine and weaken democracy, the West and the State of Israel.

By defending him in such a Pavlovian fashion and using character assassination to silence his critics, Jews and others engaged in such witch hunts do no favors to the Jewish people or the causes of fighting anti-Semitism and defending freedom, which they thus trivialize and undermine.

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Iran Is Still As Committed As Ever to Destroying Israel - Michael Peck

by Michael Peck

Iran's rhetoric suggests that the main target of its ire is the U.S. But to borrow the language of the Bible, attacking Israel would offer Iran both a blessing and a curse.

How might Iran retaliate for a U.S. drone strike that killed its most important general?
By attacking Israel.

A senior Iranian official has already threatened to strike Israel if America were to respond militarily to any Iranian retaliation for the death of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the chief of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, and the driving force behind Iran's network of proxy armies such as Hezbollah.

"If the US takes any action after our military response, we will level Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground," said Mohsen Rezayee, Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council and a former IRGC commander, according to Iran's Fars News Agency. The council advises Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and also has legislative powers.

Ironically, that would be the sort of strategy employed by Iran's former number one enemy, Saddam Hussein. During Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Saddam fired 39 Scud ballistic missiles at Israel, in an attempt to provoke Israel into attacking Iraq and thus splitting the U.S.-led coalition of European and Arab states. The attempt nearly succeeded: Israel was barely dissuaded by U.S. pressure from retaliating.

Iran's rhetoric suggests that the main target of its ire is the U.S. But to borrow the language of the Bible, attacking Israel would offer Iran both a blessing and a curse. Tehran has a plethora of lethal options that could be employed against its arch-nemesis. Its proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon could conduct small ground raids into northern Israel, or even unleash some of its estimated 150,000 Iranian-supplied rockets (though at the risk of triggering a full-scale Israel-Lebanon war that could drag in Iran and perhaps the United States).

There is also Hamas in Gaza, no stranger to rocketing Israeli towns and which has recently reconciled with Iran after a split over the Syrian conflict. More important, there is Syria, which has become an Iranian firebase on Israel's border, with thousands of Iranian troops and advisers, plus a sizeable contingent of Hezbollah and other non-Syrian Shia troops propping up the Syrian regime. These forces can hit Israeli troops and settlements in the Golan Heights.

All of these methods offer two blessings from Iran's standpoint. First, they offer a chance to attack a key U.S. ally --- one in whom America has invested a considerable amount of prestige and resources – and thus embarrassing America without directly attacking America. Second, with Israel ringed by Iranian allies in Lebanon, Syria and Gaza, it's easy to strike Israel without employing Iranian forces on Iranian soil.

Nor does Israel appear eager to turn the Soleimani affair into war with Iran. Not that Israelis are sad about the demise of Soleimani, arguably their worst enemy, who has sponsored anti-Israeli groups such as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, as well as instigating terrorist attacks such as the bombing of the Jewish cultural center in Argentina in 1992. But the Israeli government has disclaimed any involvement in Soleimani's death and made clear that it doesn't want to be dragged into the affair.

However, an Iranian-sponsored attack could also prove to be a curse. What if Israel does choose to treat an attack by an Iranian proxy as an attack by Iran itself? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long threatened military action to stop Iran's nuclear program. An Iranian strike, even by proxy, could be the final straw, especially with Netanyahu under criminal investigation for corruption. While the U.S. has discouraged Israeli military action against Iran, the Trump administration may be more favorably inclined, if only to have someone else do the dirty work of confronting Tehran.

Israel's own security establishment currently rates the chances of an Iranian attack as low, even as a top Israeli think tank warns that the probability of an Israel-Iran war is high. Either way, modern Middle Eastern history is replete with miscalculations and misperceptions: Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah had admitted that he didn't expect his group's ambush of an Israeli patrol to have triggered the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war.

So far, the Israel-Iran cold war has been a shadowy struggle waged by Iranian proxies, the Israeli Air Force, and the Mossad. Like the Americans and Soviets during the Great Cold War, both antagonists have more or less managed to avoid direct conflict with each other.

Iran does not want a war with America, which it might not lose but certainly would not win. Israel just might be an adequate substitute to suffer Tehran's wrath.

Michael Peck is a contributing writer for The National Interest, and a Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum. He can be found on Twitter, Facebook. or on his personal Web site.


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