Friday, May 21, 2021

“Hamas Achieved Nothing but Ruining Gaza” - Yaakov Lappin

 

​ by Yaakov Lappin

Hamas’ military infrastructure has suffered massive damage that will set back the terrorist organization a number of years, according to Israeli estimates.

 

An Israeli airstrike on a military target that was embedded by terrorists in a civilian neighborhood in the Gaza Strip, May 14, 2021. (Image source: Osps7/Wikimedia Commons [cropped, cc-by-sa-4.0])

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 2,044, May 20, 2021

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Though firing over 3,500 rockets and missiles at Israeli cities, towns, and villages, more than it did during the 51-day conflict in 2014, Hamas’ military infrastructure has suffered massive damage that will set back the terrorist organization a number of years, according to Israeli estimates.

As a ceasefire to the Gaza fighting seems to be in the offing, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) continued to target Israeli civilians with rocket attacks and missile, and the Israeli Air Force (IAF) has worked to further degrade the capabilities of the terror organizations.

While it remains unclear when a ceasefire will actually take effect, Israeli security officials’ initial assessments say that Hamas has been set back a number of years by the massive targeting of its rocket and missile factories, storage facilities, rocket launchers, and a variety of military sites and compounds throughout Gaza. According to one Israel Air Force official, Hamas commanders and leaders have been under very heavy pressure due to the accumulating damage that Hamas is sustaining with each passing day.

Israel had struck more than 820 military targets by Tuesday night, while the terror organizations fired more than 3,500 rockets at Israeli cities, towns, and villages. By comparison, during the 51-day conflict in 2014 Hamas and other terror factions fired 3,393 projectiles at Israel, a number that they surpassed within a week in this round of fighting. Similarly, the IDF struck 180 Hamas and PIJ targets in 2020, meaning that the Israeli military hit far more targets last week than in the previous year.

Two Thai workers were killed by a direct rocket strike on an Israeli village on Tuesday, and two were seriously injured. Twelve people in Israel have been killed by Palestinian rocket fire.

According to conservative Israeli estimates, at least 130 Hamas and PIJ terrorists have been killed. Gaza’s Health Ministry, which is controlled by Hamas, said on Monday that 212 people were killed in the Strip.

While the IDF hasn’t been able to reach every rocket launcher, the amount of damage inflicted on Hamas and PIJ is substantial, an IAF source said. One of the targets hit during the fighting are tunnels dug by Hamas, designed to enable terrorists to raid military posts or civilian communities.

An additional major target has been the network of tunnels running under Gaza, dubbed “the Metro” by the IDF, designed to enable Hamas to move its fighters and its missiles and munitions out of Israel’s sights. The tunnels would also enable Hamas to challenge a future Israeli ground offensive. Hundreds of kilometers of tunnels were destroyed by Israel in the past week.

“The attack on the Metro took a very heavy toll on Hamas,” the source said. “It has basically forced them to move over ground, and uncovered all of their efforts in fighting against Israeli civilians, as they have been doing for the past week. The tunnels ran under homes, under Gaza City, damaging some of Gaza’s civilian infrastructure,” he added.

Long-range rocket launchers with multiple barrels were hit repeatedly, as well as posts used by Hamas for command and control.

Describing the May 10 Hamas missile assault on Jerusalem, which set off the current fighting, the source said, “It is a very serious thing for a terror organization to be terrorizing the capital of a sovereign country. Israel has every right to defend itself, but also to defend against rocket and mortar fire on its communities next to Gaza. There is no difference. There is zero tolerance for indiscriminate rocket fire aimed at civilians.”

The IDF is making every effort to prevent harm to Gazan non-combatants, though this still happens because of the way Hamas operates, he stressed, using civilians for human shielding purposes.

Since the end of the 2014 war between Hamas and Israel, the terror army has amassed some 15,000 rockets in Gaza and aimed them at Israeli civilians. “This infrastructure was built by the Hamas leadership with international funding. Instead of going to the people of Gaza, the money went to rockets. This is how absurd the leadership of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are. This is what you get for funding terror organizations. You get missiles factories that fire your money at Israeli civilians. It’s been happening since 2007,” the air force official said.

Addressing the high rise buildings targeted by the IAF, the source said these are used by Hamas for command and control, intelligence-gathering, and other military purposes.

Israel evacuates such buildings with advance warnings, he said, noting that there have been no casualties from demolitions of high rise buildings. “Israel is paying a price for advanced warning [by giving Hamas an alert and allowing terrorists to flee the buildings]. It’s absurd. It might take three hours per target just to evacuate everyone with phone calls, or small munitions warnings just to show that we’re serious,” he added referring to the “roof knocking” tactic. “That’s the only thing we can do and we’re doing it.”

Iron Dome has been able to intercept about 90 percent of projectiles heading into populated areas, despite the heavy barrages. “We intercept most rockets that are aimed at the heart of cities,” said the source. “It does not prevent the sirens. The sirens are lifesaving.”

The IDF will “keep doing this until they stop, and until there are zero rocket launches,” said the official. “No matter the rocket range, it must be zero rockets. Whether it is Sderot, Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, we will go on defending until it stops.”

Hamas has been working hard trying to surprise Israel with new kinds of attacks, including the launching of six UAVs out of Gaza. The IDF intercepted all of them, using, for the first time, Iron Dome to do so, as well as F-16 missiles. Iron Dome’s intercepting of an attack UAV “is a huge advancement in active air defenses,” he said.

According to the IDF, such UAVs can fly at least 100 kilometers, are GPS-guided, and have explosives on-board. “The UAVs have a warhead. They’re not just collecting intelligence. They can crash into a residential building in the middle of the city, or a strategic location like an electric power plant,” said the source.

As time goes by, Hamas is paying a steeper price, as are, sadly, Gaza’s civilians, the source said. “Hamas is achieving nothing, except ruining the Gaza Strip which they rule,” he added.

While Hamas’ leadership enjoys electricity via generators, hundreds of thousands of Gazans have no electricity because of Hamas rockets that fell short, knocking out power lines that connect Israel to the Strip’s power grid.

“The leadership has food, unlike their citizens. It attacked [Israel] because of their recklessness,” said the source.

This is an edited version of an article originally published by the Investigative Project on Terrorism.


Yaakov Lappin is a Research Associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and a military and strategic affairs correspondent. He conducts research and analysis for defense think tanks and is the military correspondent for JNS. His book The Virtual Caliphate explores the online jihadist presence.

Source: https://besacenter.org/hamas-ruining-gaza/

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A 30-second recording captures the difference between Israelis and Arabs - Andrea Widburg

 

​ by Andrea Widburg

The short discussion between a member of the IDF and a Gaza resident highlights the vast moral chasm between the combatants.

One of Golda Meir's most famous quotations concerned the differing attitudes between Arabs and Israelis when it came to children's role in war.  She noted that Israelis saw children as potential victims who must be protected at all costs, while Arabs see children as useful weapons in war.  Now a 30-second recording between an IDF soldier and a Gaza resident brings her observation to life.

Golda Meir, in her book A Land of Our Own: An Oral Autobiography, spoke about the different ways in which the two parties viewed children during the imperialist Arabs' endless efforts to push the indigenous Jews out of their land.*  Most people remember only the last sentence — "Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us" — but it's actually the preceding sentence that illuminates the vast moral chasm between Israelis and Arabs:

When peace comes we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons. Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.

Meir's formulation has shown up in two memes widely circulated on the internet whenever there is strife between Israel and the Arabs:

Israel-haters and other anti-Semites, however, have routinely claimed that these illustrations, along with Meir's statement, are just self-serving Israeli propaganda.  Now, though, a recording of a conversation between an Israel Defense Force soldier warning an Arab in Gaza to evacuate a building reveals that this understanding of the difference between Israelis and Arabs in Gaza and the West Bank isn't propaganda at all:

Arab: I can't get all of the people out. I need at least two hours to get them out.

IDF: Listen, we are going to bomb the building.

Arab: You want to bomb? Bomb whatever you want.

IDF: No, brother, we need to do everything we can so you don't die.

Arab: We want to die.

IDF: But you have a responsibility for children's lives.

Arab: If the children need to die then they'll die.

IDF: God forbid! God forbid! Why do you want to die?

Arab: This is how we reveal your cruelty.

Did you catch the Israeli's anguish and the Arab's insouciance about the fact that the latter was perfectly happy for children to die to advance Hamas's genocidal cause?  If you read comments on Twitter, you'll see the usual Israel-haters claiming that Israel should have given the man the two hours he claimed necessary to vacate the building.  However, the phone call made it clear that the claimed need for two hours was a ruse. It was important to him to force Israel, which was attacking a legitimate military target, to have to kill children.

Every person who supports the Arabs' cause is supporting the slaughter of children.  To Israel, whether Jew or Arab, children are lives to be saved; to Arabs, they are cannon fodder and propaganda props.

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*You will no longer find the word "Palestinians" in anything I wrote because that gives the Arabs in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank a historic legitimacy that has no basis in truth.  There has never been an independent, Arab- or Muslim-controlled "Palestine" on that land.

 

Andrea Widburg

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/05/a_30second_recording_captures_the_difference_between_israelis_and_arabs.html

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AP and Al Jazeera Feign Ignorance of Hamas in Their Building - Joseph Klein

 

​ by Joseph Klein

The myths that enablers of terror try to sell.

 


Journalists are condemning an Israeli air strike last Saturday that destroyed a building in Gaza housing the local offices of media outlets such as the Associated Press and Al Jazeera. Israeli officials claimed they have "smoking gun" evidence that the building also “contained military assets belonging to the intelligence offices of the Hamas terror organization.” The Israeli military provided advance warning of the air strike, which allowed the occupants to evacuate safely. There were no reported deaths or injuries. Nevertheless, the biased anti-Israel mainstream media expressed dismay at what Israel had done. They are exploiting the incident to put Israel in the worst possible light and influence public opinion against Israel. This is just the latest example of many in the mainstream media serving as the useful idiots for Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Secretary-General Christophe Deloire called upon “the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor to determine whether these airstrikes constitute war crimes.” He said nothing about the dual war crimes committed by Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in firing rockets from Gaza aimed at Israeli civilian population centers, and using civilians including journalists as human shields.  

Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt said that his news agency was “shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza.” Pruitt claimed that “We have had no indication Hamas was in the building or active in the building. This is something we actively check to the best of our ability. We would never knowingly put our journalists at risk.”

Pruitt’s claim that the AP had no reason to suspect it was sharing building space with Hamas lacks even a single shred of credibility. It is reminiscent of the scene from the movie Casablanca when Captain Renault, a regular patron and gambler at Rick's Café, said "I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here" before closing the café on the orders of his Nazi superior.

The local Associated Press bureau has turned a blind eye to Hamas’s war crimes, including Hamas’s activities in the immediate proximity of the building the AP bureau was occupying for 15 years. The AP at its highest levels has taken the Palestinians’ victimhood narrative at face value and condemned Israel as the aggressor. They have done so partly for ideological reasons and partly because they fear retaliation from Hamas if they report what they really know about the terrorists’ operations happening right under their noses.  

Matti Friedman, a former AP reporter, wrote back in 2014, following that year’s Gaza War, that “I was informed by the bureau’s senior editors that our Palestinian reporter in Gaza couldn’t possibly provide critical coverage of Hamas because doing so would put him in danger.” Friedman added that “The AP staff in Gaza City would witness a rocket launch right beside their office, endangering reporters and other civilians nearby—and the AP wouldn’t report it, not even in AP articles about Israeli claims that Hamas was launching rockets from residential areas. (This happened.) Hamas fighters would burst into the AP’s Gaza bureau and threaten the staff—and the AP wouldn’t report it. (This also happened.)”

Friedman went on to charge that members of the media on-site in Gaza were “co-opted by Hamas.” He added that they “ceased to be reliable observers and became instead an amplifier for the propaganda of one of the most intolerant and aggressive forces on earth.”

In condemning Israel for taking out a target it reasonably believed was being used in part by Hamas for military purposes against Israeli civilians, the Associated Press and its brethren in the media are playing right into Hamas’s propaganda strategy. Hamas uses Palestinian civilians as human shields and then appeals for sympathy on their behalf when Israel responds to the rocket attacks on Israel's civilian population. Hamas is using journalists reporting in Gaza as human shields too, counting on the fact that the media will blame any deaths, injuries, or property damage on Israel.

Like the Associated Press, Al Jazeera condemned Israel’s destruction of its Gaza offices by the Israeli military. Commenting on the bombing of the building Al Jazeera had occupied, Mostefa Souag, acting director general of Al Jazeera Media Network, said: “We call on the international community to condemn such barbaric actions and targeting of journalists and we demand an immediate international action to hold Israel accountable for its deliberate targeting of journalists and the media institutions.” Souag added: “The aim of this heinous crime is to silence the media and to hide the untold carnage and suffering of the people of Gaza.”

This is pure pro-Hamas propaganda. Anyone who thinks that the local Al Jazeera media outlet in Gaza was not fully aware of Hamas’s presence in its building is burying his or her head in the sand.

Al Jazeera is funded and controlled by the government of Qatar, which has maintained strong relations with Hamas since at least 2007 when the terrorist organization took control of the Gaza Strip.

Ismail Haniyeh, chief of Hamas’s political bureau, is living in exile in Qatar, where he remains very active in Hamas’s affairs and helps ensure the flow of money from Qatar to Hamas in Gaza. On May 15th, Haniyeh spoke to a huge crowd in Doha, Qatar. Haniyeh charged that “the Zionist enemy" had "carried out massacres.” He said that "The title of this battle today, the title of the war, and the title of the intifada, is Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Jerusalem."

Qatar's foreign minister met with Haniyeh that same day and assured him of Qatar's support for its "Palestinian brothers."

At the rally in Doha, Haniyeh left no doubt that Hamas rejected any two-state solution where the Jewish state of Israel would remain intact.  “The geographical barriers within historic Palestine have been removed,” he declared. “Today, Palestine is waging an Intifada from Rosh HaNikra to Umm Al-Rashrash [Eilat], and from Rafah to the farthest points to the North, East, and West of Palestine.” Referring to Safed, a city in the Northern District of Israel that is considered one of the Four Holy Cities of Judaism, Haniyeh proclaimed, “Safed is ours! Safed is ours! Safed belongs to us and to nobody else!" (as translated by MEMRI TV)

Haniyeh’s inflammatory remarks were broadcast by Qatar’s mouthpiece and Hamas’s propaganda arm, Al Jazeera Network.

Al Jazeera has been carrying Hamas’s water for years in alignment with its Qatari government masters’ support for the terrorist group. Its articles praising Hamas and vilifying Israel might just as well have been written by one of Hamas’s operatives working out of the same building in Gaza as Al Jazeera.   

Hamas has threatened the few reporters and photographers who have tried to reveal the war crimes they actually witnessed committed by Hamas. Most so-called journalists are either too afraid or too ideologically biased against Israel to report the truth. The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis has compiled examples of such biased reporting, including by the Associated Press.

Buildings containing military personnel, equipment or supplies constitute legitimate military targets under international law. Buildings used both for civilian and for military purposes also constitute legitimate targets, so long as effective advance warning is provided. This includes buildings that house media personnel and facilities, but which are also used for military purposes. 

Nobody was hurt as a result of Israel’s air strike on the building housing the Associated Press and Al Jazeera. This building also housed Hamas assets, according to Israel's best actionable intelligence that it shared in confidence with United States officials. Israel provided a warning to the building’s owner an hour in advance, allowing the occupants to evacuate safely.

It’s long past the time that the media came to terms with the fact that Hamas is manipulating the media for propaganda purposes and using the media in Gaza as human shields. Media outlets in Gaza should check out the next building they consider occupying to make sure they are not sharing space in the building with Palestinian terrorists.

 

Joseph Klein

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/05/ap-and-al-jazeera-feign-ignorance-hamas-their-joseph-klein/

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BDS lauds Black Lives Matter's solidarity with Palestinians amid Gaza conflict - JNS and ILH Staff

 

​ by JNS and ILH Staff

"Thank you for your solidarity," the anti-Israel boycott movement says. "From Ferguson to Palestine, our struggles against racism, white supremacy and for a just world are united!"

 

BDS lauds Black Lives Matter's solidarity with Palestinians amid Gaza conflict
A person holds a "Free Palestine" flag at a Black Lives Matter rally in Pasadena, California, May 17, 2021 | Photo: Reuters/Christian Monterrosa

The Black Lives Matter movement has expressed solidarity with the Palestinians amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and terrorist groups based in the Gaza Strip.

"Black Lives Matter stands in solidarity with Palestinians," the group tweeted. "We are a movement committed to ending settler colonialism in all forms and will continue to advocate for Palestinian liberation (always have. And always will be). #freepalestine."

The tweet was endorsed by the BDS movement on Twitter, which tweeted a "thank you" in response.

"Thank you for your solidarity," it said. "From Ferguson to Palestine, our struggles against racism, white supremacy and for a just world are united!"

Prior to the rocket fire from Gaza into Israel for the second week now, BLM also weighed in on the ongoing property dispute between Israelis and Arabs in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem.

The movement's official Instagram account posted a message on its Story Page, saying BLM "is in solidarity with Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah and the West Bank. We are a movement committed to ending settler colonialism in all forms and will continue to advocate for Palestinian liberation. #SaveSheikhJarrah."

Its various branches in cities across the United States posted similar messages on their social media accounts. The offices in Patterson, NJ, said in a statement last week that it stands shoulder to shoulder "with those fighting occupation," and called on the Biden administration to "join us in condemning these senseless acts of violence [against Palestinians] and work to end the State of Israel's campaign of terror against the Palestinian people."

BLM has drawn accusations of anti-Semitism in the past – specifically, the group's affiliation with and endorsement of the anti-Israel BDS movement.

Reprinted with permission from JNS.org.

 

JNS and ILH Staff

Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/05/20/bds-lauds-black-lives-matters-solidarity-with-palestinians-amid-gaza-conflict/

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Even the Arab world is tired of Hamas - Prof. Eyal Zisser

 

​ by Prof. Eyal Zisser

Syria's and Hezbollah's silence in light of what is happening in Gaza is deafening. Assad will not forget or forgive Hamas for it support for the Syrian rebels, and having been burned in the 2006 Second Lebanon War, Nasrallah is determined not to let anyone drag Hezbollah into a war.

The Palestinians, and Hamas in particular, lost the Arab world's support a long time ago. They certainly didn't have it when they initiated this most recent round of violence and wreaked havoc and destruction on the residents of the Gaza Strip territory under their control.

The Arab world has come to understand what the wider world, and maybe even Israel, finds it difficult to internalize: Hamas has not and will never be interested in negotiations, agreements, or even long-term ceasefire accords. It certainly isn't interested in seeing a thriving Gaza that lives alongside Israel in peace.

All Hamas wants is the continuation of bloody instability in Gaza, Judea, Samaria, Israel, and everywhere else in the Middle East. In this current situation, in which fighting that could overtake the entire region could break out at any moment, Hamas is like a fish in water. It hopes and believes this is the only way it can achieve its long-term objectives, which were and remain the State of Israel's destruction.

As Hamas sees it, every round of violence it survives brings it closer, if only slightly, to this goal. At any rate, the violence has afforded it the status of the organization that not only represents Gaza and takes cares of its residents but as the group that defends Jerusalem and speaks for the Arabs that live all over Israel, from the river to the sea.  Arab states understand this, and they are determined not to let Hamas drag them back into the never-ending cycle of bloodshed that forces them to drop their troubles at home and ends their efforts to contend with the Iranian threat. Gone are the days when the Palestinians' relentless extremism set the tone, and the Arab world was willing to pray the price.

The Arab world condemns Israel and identifies with the suffering of the civilian population that is paying the price for Hamas' aggression. Yet the Arabs are careful not to stand behind Hamas and back it up. Even the Palestinian Authority and many of the residents of Judea and Samaria are acting in this way, to maintain peace and stability and avoid being drowned by Hamas in the Gazan swamp.

Syria's and Hezbollah's silence in light of what is happening in Gaza is deafening. Syrian President Bashar Assad will not forget or forgive Hamas for it support for the Syrian rebels. We can therefore assume he is not too bothered by the blows the Gazan regime has received. Having been burned in the 2006 Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is determined not to let anyone drag him into a war.

At the end of the day, this round of fighting will come to an end. Israel will continue to develop its diplomacy, its economy, and its defensive capabilities, while Hamas' 2 million subjects in Gaza will continue to wallow in the Gazan swamp, with no hope for a better future. After all, every round of violence takes the Palestinians and their interests backward, while Israel continues to move forward.

 

Prof. Eyal Zisser 

Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/even-the-arab-world-is-tired-of-hamas/

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In Israeli Cities, Muslim Arab Mobs Continue to Cause Mayhem - Hugh Fitzgerald

 

​ by Hugh Fitzgerald

Israeli Jews must face what they are up against.

 

 

Israeli Arabs continue to cause mayhem in Arab-Jewish towns, though in Lod itself the Border Police have helped to bring some semblance, not of calm, for there can no longer be calm after what the marauding Arab mobs did to the homes, shops, synagogues of their Jewish neighbors — but order. A report on the latest developments in this struggle by Israeli authorities to suppress the mob violence in mixed cities is here: “Riots Intensify in Lod, Acre and Other Jewish-Arab Cities, as Rivlin Condemns ‘Brutal Assault on Shared Existence in Israel,’” by Sharon Wrobel, Algemeiner, May 12, 2021:

Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz asked 30 local authority heads from Arab society to help calm the tension and escalation of violence in Arab-Jewish towns which has erupted since Palestinian militants fired rockets into Israel and air strikes were launched in Gaza by Israel.

The move came after Israel declared Lod, a city of both Arab and Jewish residents, a special state of emergency, following severe rioting in recent days by Arabs. The assailants were taking the streets of Lod, Acre, Ramle and other towns of mixed communities, setting fire to synagogues, shops and cars.

Despite the efforts to restore calm on the street and an overnight curfew imposed by police, violent riots continued on Wednesday night in Acre and Lod.

The sight of the pogrom in Lod and the disturbances across the country by an incited and bloodthirsty Arab mob, injuring people, damaging property and even attacking sacred Jewish spaces is unforgivable,” said Israel President Reuven Rivlin. “Tearing down the Israeli flag by Arab rioters and replacing it with the Palestinian flag is a brutal assault on shared existence in the State of Israel.”

“The silence of the Arab leadership about these disturbances is shameful, giving support to terrorism and rioting and encouraging the rupture of the society in which we live and in which we will continue to live once all this has passed. The Israeli government must pursue the rioters with a firm hand restore security and order while fighting terrorism from Gaza without compromise,” Rivlin added.

Only a single Arab MK, Esawi Frej, asked his fellow Arab leaders to speak out:

“I call on [the Joint List’s] Ahmad Tibi, Ayman Odeh along with Arab mayors: This is the test of your leadership. Don’t hide..”

But they did hide. Neither Ahmad Tibi, nor Ayman Odeh, nor any of the other Arab MKs or mayors, spoke out; Frej was alone. There were lower-level Arabs, some city councilmen in Lod, Acre, Haifa, Ramle, and Tel Aviv-Yafo, who, with their Jewish colleagues, signed a declaration calling for calm. And so far, that’s been the only response of leaders in the Israeli Arab community.

Even after President Rivlin made his appeal, the leaders of the Israeli Arabs have remained silent. It’s been quite a shock to many Israeli Jews, but it is surely better that they realize now what they are up against, rather than continue to assume the loyalty and good will of their Arab population.

Magen David paramedics were called to Acre central station to provide medical treatment to a 30-year-old man in critical condition with a head injury, who was hurt during the riots.

The Jewish man in critical condition is one of nearly a half-dozen Jews who so far have been seriously hurt by Arab rioters in Lod and Acre. One Arab man was also killed in Lod, shot in self-defense by a Jewish man whom he had been attacking. There are no other reports of Arabs being killed despite their continuing mob violence.

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu called the riots in Jewish-Arab integrated cities “intolerable.” Netanyahu on Wednesday [May 11] visited Acre to meet with the mayor, police and security officials, for a discussion and assessment of the situation, following the events in the city.

“We are in a fight on several fronts. Last night I went to Lod, another front of anarchy that was opened there. We also made decisions there and brought in forces and this afternoon here in Acre. We will continue the effort to stop the anarchy, restore governance to Israel’s cities with an iron fist if necessary, with all necessary force and with all necessary authority,” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu said that he instructed border police forces from the West Bank to be transferred to assist the police in Lod, Acre and other places to help stop the wave of riots.

According to Walla, more than a dozen Arab and Jewish council members from the mixed cities of Lod, Acre, Haifa, Tel Aviv-Yafo, and Ramle have signed a declaration to help restore calm on the streets.

Commenting on the violent clashes between Jews and Arabs, Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Meir Elran at the INSS said: “If the explosive situation continues or, God forbid, worsens, there will be very negative consequences for the fabric of life in Israel. Hence Israel’s national interest in achieving calm in rapid fashion, on this internal front as well, which likewise has an impact on the confrontation with the Palestinians and with Hamas.”

The marauding Arab mobs in Lod and the smaller groups of Arab attackers in Acre, Ramle, Haifa, Tel Aviiv-Yafo have forced the Israelis to carefully consider the problem of the enemy within. Once the current fighting is all over, Israel having delivered enough punishing blows so that Hamas will sue for a ceasefire, with calm restored to the Temple Mount, and Arab mobs inside Israel put down, the leaders of the IDF, the Shin Bet, the regular police, and the Border Police will have to study how to deal with this dangerous new front, of the Enemy Within. How many Arabs actually took part? How should those who were part of the mobs be handled — prison sentences, or is expulsion a possibility? Why was Lod the city most vulnerable to such mob violence? How should Israeli Arab leaders who refused even to call for calm, much less to condemn the rioters, be treated? Is there any way to repair the inter-communal damage, or will Israelis now have to permanently adjust to living among those who clearly wish them harm, and are just waiting for another opportunity to do so? In such circumstances, what can Israel now do to protect its Jewish citizens from their Arab neighbors? If the Bidenites thought that Israel could be persuaded to return to the “pre-1967 lines” (1949 armistice lines) as a basis for negotiations, that possibility has now gone up in smoke, like the shops and homes and synagogues in Lod.

 

Hugh Fitzgerald

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/05/israeli-cities-muslim-arab-mobs-continue-cause-hugh-fitzgerald/

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House Intel Republicans say 'significant circumstantial evidence' of COVID Wuhan lab leak - Brooke Singman

 

​ by Brooke Singman

A panel report notes investigations into the origins of the virus have been 'stymied by a lack of cooperation' from China

Evidence of COVID origin points to Wuhan lab: Pompeo

EXCLUSIVE: Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee say there is "significant circumstantial evidence" that the COVID-19 outbreak stemmed from a leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, urging the federal government to put "more pressure on China" to allow for a "full, credible investigation" into the source of the global pandemic. 

Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Republicans on the panel released a report Wednesday, first obtained by Fox News, saying it is "crucial for health experts and the U.S. government to understand how the COVID-19 virus originated" to prevent "or quickly mitigate future pandemics." 

HOUSE INTEL REPUBLICANS PRESS BIDEN, DNI HAINES FOR MORE INFORMATION ON COVID-19 LAB LEAK THEORY

"International efforts to discover the true source of the virus, however, have been stymied by a lack of cooperation from the People’s Republic of China," Republicans wrote. "Nevertheless, significant circumstantial evidence raises serious concerns that the COVID-19 outbreak may have been a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology." 

Republicans pointed to China’s "history of research lab leaks resulting in infections," and warnings from U.S. diplomats in China as early as 2017 that the Wuhan lab was conducting "dangerous research" on coronaviruses without following "necessary safety protocols, risking the accidental outbreak of a pandemic." 

Republicans also pointed to public reports that "several researchers in the Wuhan lab were sickened with COVID-19-like symptoms" in Fall 2019, and the Chinese military’s "involvement in the Wuhan Lab." 

"By contrast, little circumstantial evidence has emerged to support the PRC’s claim that COVID-19 was a natural occurrence, having jumped from some other species to human," they wrote, saying Chinese authorities "have failed to identify the original species that allegedly spread the virus to humans, which is critical to their zoonotic transfer theory." 

 

 

Committee Republicans also claimed there are "clear signs" that U.S. government agencies and academic institutions "may have funded or collaborated in Gain of Function research" at the Wuhan Lab, claiming that research "was published even after the U.S. government had paused these kinds of studies in the United States due to ethical concerns over their biowarfare applicability and their potential to accidentally unleash a pandemic. 

"To protect American citizens from future pandemics, the U.S. Government must place more pressure on China to allow full, credible investigations of the source of the COVID-19 pandemic and to allow probes of the likelihood that it resulted from a lab leak," the report states. "The U.S. Government must also provide a full accounting of any American cooperation with the Wuhan lab’s coronavirus research, including the support of these projects through U.S. Government funds." 

The report was released after Nunes and other GOP members on the committee penned letters to President Biden and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, accusing the intelligence community of failing to provide timely updates on its investigation into the origins of COVID-19 and of not being "forthcoming" about "what processes it undertook to make seemingly authoritative statements early in the pandemic about the origins of the virus — conclusions that are now in question." 

The letters demanded that the intelligence community turn over all of its information on COVID-19's origins, requesting any reporting on a possible "collaboration" between the Wuhan lab and the Chinese military. It asked for any evidence intelligence agencies had to prove coronavirus broke out naturally and originated in animals, and also asked if the intelligence community was involved in any reviews of "gain of function" research and whether it was appropriate to fund such research outside the U.S.

The letters set a deadline of May 31 to begin providing information relevant to the request.

WUHAN 'LAB LEAK' CORONAVIRUS THEORY IN FOCUS AS HOUSE REPUBLICANS DEMAND ANSWERS

The calls for more information come after the White House last month said it believes that China has "not been transparent" in releasing its findings on the origins of COVID-19, as part of a report it wrote in collaboration with the World Health Organization.

The report dismissed claims that COVID-19 had escaped from a lab in Wuhan and instead called the theory of zoonotic transmission, or transfer of infection from animals to humans, "likely to very likely."

 

 

The White House said the WHO’s China report lacks crucial information and provides just a "partial, incomplete picture" of the virus’s origin.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki last month called on China and the WHO to allow international experts "unfettered access" to data and to allow them to ask questions of people on the ground at the time of the outbreak. Psaki said that U.S. medical experts are still reviewing the report, but the White House believes it "doesn't meet the moment."

RAND PAUL, FAUCI SPAR OVER COVID ORIGINS 

The report calls the prospect that the virus transmitted from an animal reservoir to an animal host, followed by subsequent spread within that intermediate host that then transmits it to humans, "likely to very likely." It calls the idea that the virus may have leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology "extremely unlikely."

The report called for further investigation in every area except the lab leak hypothesis.

Even WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the research team’s assessment on whether coronavirus entered the human population as a result of a laboratory incident was not "extensive enough."

President Biden said last month he had not spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about the origins of COVID-19.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @BrookeSingman.

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/house-intel-republicans-say-significant-circumstantial-evidence-of-covid-wuhan-lab-leak

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An election audit in New Hampshire may be the pebble that diverts the stream - Andrea Widburg

 

​ by Andrea Widburg

While everyone is watching events in Maricopa County, some peculiar facts are emerging from a small town in New Hampshire.

I've shied away from reporting on events in Maricopa because it would require more hours than I have in a day to track intelligently the back-and-forth in that recount.  My touchstone there is the fact that the Democrats' and NeverTrumps' ferocious efforts to stop the count strike me as the actions of people with something to hide.  Otherwise, they'd be there helping to prove they're right.  Events in a small town in New Hampshire, though, are more interesting, because a low-key audit may reveal serious election anomalies harming Republicans.

Windham, New Hampshire, a town of 14,853 people, has long been a stalwart Republican stronghold in an otherwise Democrat state.  As was the case throughout New Hampshire, it relied on AccuVote machines to collect and tally its 2020 votes.

When the election in Windham ended, Kristi St. Laurent, the Democrat candidate, had lost by only 24 votes.  With that close a margin, she naturally demanded a hand recount.

The hand recount revealed something peculiar: St. Laurent hadn't lost by 24 votes; she'd lost by 420 votes.  In a small election, that meant that her margin of defeat wasn't 0.005% but was, instead, 9.6%, which is a significant loss.

That same recount revealed an even greater anomaly: across the board, in every Windham election, Republicans had been shortchanged, and Democrats had been overcounted:


Windham election results by Ken Eyring.

Those kinds of numbers manifestly demanded a full recount, which is what's happening now in Windham.  And as with counts and recounts elsewhere, funny things are happening — not funny-ha-ha, but funny-peculiar:

An audit team sent to conduct a forensic examination of the 2020 election results in Windham, N.H. started the process off well enough on Tuesday. But by Wednesday, they hit a major snag: The live stream cameras that had been broadcasting the audit room around the clock went offline for close to 90 minutes, potentially obscuring any problematic intervention.

The team decided Thursday morning to reinspect the ballot machines on camera in an attempt to maintain observers' faith in their process. They needed to determine whether the machines had been tampered with over night when the cameras mysteriously went down.

Even if the camera failure is nothing, the consistent Republican deficits cannot be shrugged off as a series of random errors.  When a "mistake" repeatedly runs in only one direction over a separate series of events, the hand of man becomes apparent.

New Hampshire was called for Biden, but if the "mistake" was state-wide — that is, if Republicans were undercounted and Democrats overcounted in every county — perhaps Biden didn't win New Hampshire.  And if he didn't win New Hampshire, maybe he didn't win in some other states called for him, either.

Our elections need to be tightened — and doing away with voter ID is not the way to do it.  Although I seldom look to England for anything good lately (sorry, England, I once loved you as only a true Anglophile could), its approach to voting is superb and getting better.  Funnily enough, though, that's one policy that the left — which is always anxious to show how badly America measures up to the rest of the world — doesn't want to copy.

Image: Windham Town Hall by John Phelan.  CC BY-SA 3.0.

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Andrea Widburg

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/05/an_election_audit_in_new_hampshire_may_be_the_pebble_that_diverts_the_stream.html

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Work of the Left: Hamas thugs assault Jewish diners in Los Angeles - Monica Showalter

 

​ by Monica Showalter

The left's support of Palestinian terrorists attacking Israel now is leading to brazen anti-Semitic attacks by Palestinian radicals in Los Angeles.

Here's today's sickening story, from the Los Angeles Times:

An attack on diners outside a sushi restaurant by people shouting slogans against Israel is being investigated by Los Angeles police as an antisemitic hate crime.

The attack came as a deadly battle continued in the Gaza Strip, escalating tensions in the U.S. among supporters of Israel and those who back the Palestinians.

A video capturing part of the Tuesday night attack shows people in a caravan of cars flying Palestinian flags yelling, "F--- you" and "You guys should be ashamed of yourselves" as they drive by the restaurant.

At one point before the attack, which later escalated to kicking and punching, a person can be heard yelling, "Israel kills children!"

Ric Grenell has footage:

The story hit home for me, because, well, it was home.  When I lived in Los Angeles a few years ago, I lived in that neighborhood, and that sushi place was ten minutes' walk up that street.  It's a safe area, up past the Beverly Hills tennis club and the Motion Picture Academy Library, where little crime ever happens.  The attack itself was at a restaurant on a huge north-south thoroughfare, which is slightly scruffier, with a few bums in the vicinity, close to a mall with big-name designer shops that is often a target of BLM looting threats, so the street itself wasn't utterly safe, but it was safe enough to walk around in, even at night.  The whole area is also pretty Jewish.  You want a low-crime neighborhood in a big urban center?  Live in a Jewish neighborhood, especially an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, which, down road, was where I had been.

The whole thing, given the makeup of the neighborhood, and the utter absence of Palestinian leftist radicals from it, was utterly disturbing.  Where the hell did these Hamas-supporting thugs come from?  They sure as heck don't populate that neighborhood; they came from somewhere else.  The only Muslims in the Beverly Grove vicinity tend to come from Arab Gulf states, wearing their black veils, coming to shop or take in the Rodeo Drive atmosphere a few blocks away, and they are tolerant and friendly.

Why did these Hamas thugs, who've never been a presence in this vicinity, do what they did so brazenly?  They came in on a car caravan with Palestinian flags blazing, headrags visible, and then got out of their caravan and starting asking those at the dining establishment who was Jewish, same as Palestinian hijackers on airlines used to ask who was American (remember her?) before planning to kill them.

Notice that in the narrative of the story, the two Jewish patrons who answered "yes" to the Hamas thugs' question of whether they were Jewish were utterly trusting.  That's likely because, as I noted earlier, the area has always been generally safe, and the Jewish diners had no reason to suspect that the aim of the question was to launch a group-thug assault.

But they did, and that makes this story shocking.

It's also notable that they were so confident and brazen in this assault on Jews, unworried about defunded police, unconcerned about cameras, probably liking the cameras.

"Who here is Jewish?"  These Hamas thugs in Los Angeles were like just those 1986 hijackers asking who was American, as if they came from the same training book.  They didn't try to hide anything about what they were about, and they were confident there would be no repercussions.  It's as if they were sent in, which raises questions about some kind of plan. 

Here's the vile thing we know for sure: they've got the full support of the left, which is openly supporting Hamas and all its violence and murder in these days as Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu vows to wipe them out.

When I hear about that restaurant assault, all I can think about is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's open braying for the Palestinian side, led by terrorists.  Or I think about the other members of the squad, particularly Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who are even worse.

Or I think of Joe Biden transferring millions to the Palestinian Authority, only to see the likely use that cash for attacks on Israel — and quite possibly, Los Angeles.  As Ric Grenell noted, Biden also slathered praised on Tlaib.

Or the Obama Bros who on a leftist content mill urged fellow leftists to donate to a Palestinian terror-linked "charity" before deleting the post.  Talk about normalizing Jew-hatred.

And it comes as hate crimes are increasing, specifically, targeting Jews.  The LAPD is investigating this Hamas thug incident as a hate crime, which it obviously is, coming against this backdrop, according to Israel Hayom:

New data analysis of the just-released FBI hate crime statistics uncovers a disturbing trend in the United States: Jews are at least three times more likely to experience a hate crime in America than any other ethnic group.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently released its Hate Crime Statistics Report highlighting troubling trends related to hate crimes against Jews. According to the report, Jewish people were the targets of over 60% of religious bias-related hate crimes. Jews were targeted at significantly higher rates than any other religious group.

This data indicates an increase of 41% since 2015. Over the past decade, hate crimes targeting Jews topped the charts every year, with rates ranging from 52% to 67% of the total religious bias crimes.

While prominent Jewish organizations, such as the Anti-Defamation League, have expressed grave concern over this latest report, a more concerning reality is apparent. The FBI does not include crimes targeting Jewish people under the racial, ethnicity, or ancestry bias categories but only as a religious group. This singular perception of Jewish identity is a misconception.

It's an appalling picture.  They're out there, they're around, and the police have been defunded even in Los Angeles, while the FBI is spending its resources looking for Trump-supporters.  No wonder these thugs feel they've got free rein.  The bleatings of Los Angeles politicians aside, this has got to meet a far more vigorous response, given the shattered trust now rampant in the neighborhood.  They've got to go at hard enough to ensure that it stop.

Image: Twitter screen shot.

 

Monica Showalter

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/05/work_of_the_left_hamas_thugs_assault_jewish_diners_in_los_angeles.html

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The Biden Honeymoon is Definitely Over - John Green

 

​ by John Green

We were promised a return to normalcy. What we got was a doddering old fool with the most radical agenda in history.

Joe Biden has had his 100-day honeymoon.  People were bound to start complaining eventually.

But then something at the gas station caught my attention.  As I was filling my car, I noticed that someone had put a sticky note on the gas pump.  It read, “Prices Compliments of Joe Biden.”  When I told a friend about it, he commented that those notes have been appearing around town.  It gave me a good laugh, but in the back of my head I was wondering if this was something more than normal grumbling about the government.  Was something different this time?

On my 15-minute drive home I saw two pickup trucks proudly flying “F*** Biden” flags.  Yup, something’s definitely different this time.  Granted I live in free Idaho, but I’ve never seen a flag like that about a sitting president in the past.  This isn’t the normal grumbling of citizens embarrassed by a President’s Texas accent or his mean tweets.  This is the seething anger that one gets when cheated by a con artist.  We were promised a return to normalcy.  What we got was a doddering old fool with the most radical agenda in history.

During the height of the ISIS occupation of Mosul, the resistance took to scrawling the letter “M” on buildings and walls.  It stood for “muqawama” – resistance.  Granted our situation is not as dire as that in occupied Mosul – yet.  But could those sticky notes and flags be the new American call for resistance.

I did an article a couple of months ago in which I predicted that the embarrassment of “buyers’ remorse” would gestate into anger over the next couple of years.  I was wrong.  I seems the gestation period was much shorter than I predicted.  It’s time to understand what the Harris/Biden administration has done to earn such animosity.

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When Joe declared war on the fossil fuel industry it was apparent that his policies would eventually drive-up prices at the pump (and the electric meter).  But gasoline has gone up each week for 17 consecutive weeks – something that hasn’t happened since 1994.  That represents a 50% increase in some places.  How many Americans do you suppose live 50% below their means?  Because if they don’t, every time they fill up their tank, they have to think about what they’ll give up to pay for it.  To drive that point home, the prankster with the sticky notes is making sure that they’re reminded that they voted for these policies – every time they have to choose between new shoes for the kids or a tank of gas.

Aside from the rising cost of gasoline, look at what happened when the Colonial Pipeline was shut down last week.  The United States has achieved energy independence – but just barely.  Our energy infrastructure operates near the limit of its capacity.  Under such circumstances, even small disruptions can be catastrophic.  A mere three days of disruption to the pipeline caused shortages and long gas lines throughout the eastern United States.

Showing true sensitivity to those suffering, Energy Secretary Granholm helpfully commented that, “If you drive an electric car, this would not be affecting you.”  Okay fine.  So, tell me, genius, how do electric cars run when California turns off the electricity – because the wind’s blowing?  Here’s an even better question for Secretary Granholm.  If one pipeline disruption can put 17 states close to a state of emergency, what are the long-term risks from cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline?

But we shouldn’t worry.  Joe is on it.  He’s announced that he’s forming an exploratory committee, whose job will be to select a blue-ribbon panel to study the fuel shortage issue.  They will begin meeting after Labor Day.  That’s right – he’s naming a committee, to select a committee, to study that which we already know.  We depend on fossil fuels and there’s nothing the greenies can do to change that.  We need to be expanding our fossil fuel industry, not choking it to death.

Unemployment is rising again.  It was at 6.1% in April.  Lunch-Bucket Joe predicted that April would see a record increase in jobs.  Instead, the increase was only one fourth of what he had predicted, and unemployment actually rose.  In a true testament to the wisdom of the federal government, nobody anticipated that if you pay people to not work, they’ll you know … not work.  It’s just as well because nobody can afford gas to commute anyway.

Joe also set a record in April.  173,000 illegal aliens crossed the border – the highest single month number in history.  Remember when we had 13,000 children kenneled at the border?  Those were the  good old days.  That number has exploded to 17,000.  Their living conditions are deplorable with overcrowded facilities, COVID infections, and outbreaks of lice.  But the administration can’t seem to decide if this is a crisis or not.  Perhaps Joe could name a committee, to appoint a committee, to study the issue.  I’m sure they can determine if it’s a crisis or not sometime before the next election.

And finally, what may prove to be the biggest crisis of all – inflation.  The Harris/Biden administration is tossing around trillion-dollar spending bills like they’re party favors.  This is all spending above and beyond the normal federal budget.  It’s money the government doesn’t have.  When the government spends more money than it has, it has to make more (by printing or borrowing it).  When the government puts more money into the economy, the money that’s already there becomes worth less.  And just like that, we’ve got inflation.  It was at 4.2% in April – the sharpest spike since 2008 – and that number doesn’t include the rising price of gasoline or food.  It will inevitably go up more.

I got my IRS letter last week in which Joe bragged about the stimulus check most of us got.  The letter made no mention of the inflation that Joe’s spending binge is creating.  His big accomplishment was to send everyone some money, and then lower the value of all of their savings.  It’s true – there is no such thing as a free lunch.  I’m sure nobody will mind working a few more years before they retire, if it’s in the public interest.

How does Joe Biden compare to Jimmy Carter?

  • Gas shortages – check
  • Unemployment – check
  • Inflation – check
  • International threats testing the US – check
  • Rising interest rates – pending

Joe is just one hostage situation and a botched rescue attempt away from reprising the Carter administration.  Maybe we should be thankful that he calls a lid by 3:30 every day.  I’d rather he be napping than making decisions.

All of this is why the Dems are in such a panic to consolidate their power before the mid-term elections.  They know 2020 was a fluke.  Their electoral prospects are dim unless they can pack the court, nationalize elections, and make Washington, DC a state.  But through the grace of God, they will not succeed unless we surrender.

God doesn’t give us what we want – he gives us what we need.

  • We wanted Donald Trump reelected – we got Slow-Joe Biden
  • We wanted Kevin McCarthy to be the speaker – we got San Fran Nan
  • We wanted Mitch McConnel to be the majority leader – we got Chucky Schumer

Even though these wishes were denied, God blessed us – with Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.  They are all that stands between us and Democrat hegemony.  If they manage to keep the Dems’ power grabs in check until 2022, God will have given us what we need to succeed, as long as we don’t blow it (looking at you, RINOs).

We have a year and a half to get our act together.  Americans know what they want.

  • No more creeping socialism
  • No more irresponsible spending
  • No more apologizing for America to the world

If the Republicans can get behind those objectives, they will garner the support of all conservatives and retake congress in 2022.  Otherwise, they’ll have wasted God’s blessing.

I suspect that either Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis will be elected in 2024.  I don’t much care which one.  Whoever is elected as the next Republican president, they owe Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema a Presidential Medal of Freedom – for their service to the republic.

Caricature by Donkey Hotey (cropped)  CC BY 2.0 license

 

John Green is a political refugee from Minnesota, now residing in Star, Idaho. He is a retired engineer with 40 years of experience in the areas of product development, quality assurance, organizational development, and corporate strategic planning. He currently writes at the American Free News Network (americanfreenewsnetwork.org).  He can be reached at greenjeg at gmail.com.

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/05/the_biden_honeymoon_is_definitely_over.html

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