Saturday, June 26, 2021

'Blow to Israel:' Biden Admin. walks back recognition of Golan Heights - Arutz Sheva Staff


by Arutz Sheva Staff

State Department official suggest US support for Israeli control of strategically vital territory contingent on Assad remaining in power.


Paratrooper praying on Golan Heights

The Biden Administration is quietly walking back the US recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, according to a report by the Washington Free Beacon.

A State Department official refused to tell the Beacon that the administration still recognized the Golan Heights as part of Israel, which the Trump Administration recognized in 2019, calling Israel's control of the strategic territory a "practical matter."

"As long as [Bashar al-Assad] is in power in Syria, as long as Iran is present in Syria, militia groups backed by Iran, the Assad regime itself—all of these pose a significant security threat to Israel, and as a practical matter, the control of the Golan remains of real importance to Israel's security," the official said.

The Beacon called the policy shift a "significant blow" to Israel.

Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed the current administration's policies regarding the Golan Heights, telling the Beacon that "The Golan Heights are not occupied by Israel, they are a part of it. The Israelis have a right to it as sovereign land."

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War, when Syrian and Egyptian forces massed on Israel's borders and threatened to destroy the Jewish State. In 1981, former Prime Minister Menachem Begin formally annexed the strategically-vital territory, which Israel has long maintained is vital as it represents a high ground overlooking much of northern Israel and serves as a buffer against military aggression from Syrian territory.

The Israeli government considered withdrawing from the Golan Heights as part of a potential peace deal with Syria in the 1990s. Following the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011 and the subsequent massacre of over 500,000 Syrians as well as the spread of the ISIS terrorist organization in Syria, a growing consensus has been that Israel must maintain control over the Golan Heights.


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Mass Murderer: Iran’s Next President - Joseph Klein


by Joseph Klein

But Biden wants the nuclear deal anyway.


The Biden administration is moving full steam ahead to negotiate a return to the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), come hell or high water. And Iranians will continue to be living in hell after the phony “election” of Ebrahim Raisi as Iran’s new president. Raisi is a hard-line cleric and protégé of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and he has the blood of thousands of Iranian civilians on his hands. He will replace the current president, Hassan Rouhani, this August.

Many Iranians decided not to vote on June 18th, as the outcome was already preordained. So-called “reform” candidates were excluded from the ballot.

Fortunately, not everyone is as craven as Joe Biden in dealing with the thuggish Iranian regime. Israel knows exactly what the regime is up to and has communicated its concerns regarding the dangers of the U.S. re-entering the JCPOA to the Biden administration. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) chief of staff Aviv Kohavi met with top Biden defense and national security officials for this very purpose during his visit to Washington that commenced on June 20th.

“The chief of staff presented the failures of the current nuclear deal, which allow Iran to make significant advances in the coming years in the quantity and quality of centrifuges and in the amount and quality of enriched uranium, and he stressed the lack of oversight in the area of developing a nuclear weapon,” the IDF said in a statement.

However, the Biden administration is not listening. Thus, others must fill the leadership vacuum by taking direct action against the Iranian regime, including by sabotaging Iran’s nuclear facilities whenever possible.

Past sabotage attacks on Iran’s facilities used to produce advanced centrifuges and have seriously set back the regime’s nuclear weapons program. Israel is suspected of working with dissidents inside Iran, but Israel is of course remaining mum. The latest attack occurred on June 23rd, which Iran claims it foiled -- and the attack resulted in no damage.

With Raisi taking over the presidency from the allegedly less conservative Rouhani, the Iranian regime has dropped all pretense at so-called “moderation.” Raisi has a long history of horrific human rights abuses. For example, as a member of the Iranian regime’s "death commission" and serving as deputy prosecutor general at the time, Raisi helped oversee the executions of thousands of political dissidents imprisoned near Tehran in 1988. Raisi called these killings “one of the proud achievements of the system.”

As deputy chief justice, Raisi was deeply involved in the brutal crackdown on the Green Revolution dissidents in 2009. "To those who speak of 'Islamic compassion and forgiveness', we respond: we will continue to confront the rioters until the end and we will uproot this sedition," Raisi said about the demonstrators.

Under Raisi’s leadership as head of the Iranian judiciary, the judiciary granted immunity to government officials and security forces who were responsible for killing, arresting, and torturing men, women and children caught up in the nationwide protests back in November 2019.

Incredibly, Raisi continues to stand by these horrendous actions. "I am proud of being a defender of human rights and of people's security and comfort as a prosecutor wherever I was," Raisi said at a news conference following his “election” victory. "All actions I carried out during my office were always in the direction of defending human rights."

The United States under Former President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on Raisi for his actions as one of Iran’s worst human rights abusers. Yet President Biden has not publicly denounced the phony “election” of this monster.

Biden is following in the footsteps of his former boss Barack Obama, who shamefully turned his back on the 2009 Iranian Green Protest Movement as demonstrators took to the streets to denounce the fraudulent presidential election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Obama put his ambitions for a nuclear deal with the Iranian regime far ahead of the human rights of the protesters, who were being shot, tortured, and imprisoned. Biden is clearly doing the same thing now.

National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Foreign Affairs Committee member Ali Safavi recently reminded Biden of his expressed intention to focus on human rights. "One of the main planks of the Biden administration was respect for human rights,” Safavi observed. “He said he would put human rights front and center. Well, here is a chance for him to show whether he is going to deliver on his promise."

Safavi added: "The Biden administration should condemn the results—after all, they condemned the Syrian election. This is far worse than the Syrian election."

Biden is not listening to such pleas because he doesn’t want to upset the JCPOA apple cart. Even if the Biden administration reaches an agreement to return to the JCPOA before Rouhani leaves office as it hopes to do, Raisi will still loom large as compliance with the JCPOA is implemented.

Raisi has already indicated that he has no intention of meeting with President Biden, who should return the favor. But expect instead the appeaser-in-chief to waive or terminate the U.S. sanctions against Raisi and beg for a meeting with the brute at the United Nations General Assembly’s annual high-level meeting this September, if not sooner.

When asked on June 21st how the Biden administration would deal with Raisi in light of the U.S. sanctions imposed on him, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki ducked the question. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that Raisi “will be accountable for gross violations of human rights on his watch going forward.” (Emphasis added)

Going forward?  Apparently, the Biden administration is so anxious to strike a deal with the Iranian regime that it is willing to let bygones be bygones when it comes to Raisi’s past record of human rights abuses.

Although President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have called for a longer and more robust agreement instead of just returning to the original JCPOA, Raisi has already put the kibosh on any changes to the JCPOA. He dismissed calls by Western negotiators that Iran’s ballistic missile program be included in the negotiations. The same is true for the Iranian regime’s support of armed militant groups in several countries in the region, such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Houthis in Yemen.

“My serious recommendation to the U.S. government is to immediately return to their commitments, lift all the sanctions and show that they have good will,” Raisi said to reporters in Tehran. “Regional issues and missiles are not negotiable.”

Biden should take Raisi’s words seriously and end the negotiations with the Iranian regime immediately. Instead, Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan remains cautiously optimistic. He thinks that an agreement could be reached at least to restore full compliance with the JCPOA by the United States and Iran, which the Biden administration hopes will happen before Raisi takes office. After all, Sullivan said during an interview with ABC’s "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos, "The ultimate decision for whether or not to go back into the deal lies with Iran's supreme leader and he was the same person before this election as he is after the election." (Emphasis added)

It is totally reckless to settle for simply going “back into the deal,” which expires in just a few years and contains enough loopholes to drive a Mack truck through. The Iranian regime will bank any immediate sanctions relief it receives from the Biden administration and act even more lawlessly with the mass murderer Raisi serving as the president of the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.

The only effective way to deal with the thuggish Iranian regime is to apply further maximum economic pressure, isolate the regime diplomatically, continue sabotaging Iran’s nuclear facilities, and provide material support for those Iranian people courageous enough to protest the regime in the streets. Only then is there a chance to cause the rogue regime to finally collapse through implosion. President Biden is doing precisely the opposite as appeaser-in-chief.


Joseph Klein


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When It Comes to Israel, Academia Agrees - A.J. Caschetta


by A.J. Caschetta

Yesterday's fringe ideas are being mainstreamed to today's college students.

Originally published under the title "Academia's Anti-Israel Propaganda Brainwashes Students."

Every time Hamas attacks Israel, American academia is soon to follow.

Proof that groupthink reigns supreme in academia came last month as hundreds of academic departments released statements and thousands of individual professors signed open letters "in solidarity with the Palestinian people."

Following 11 days of war between Hamas and Israel, these shockingly unoriginal statements, which read like carbon copies of each other, do more than express support for Palestinians; they accuse Israel of being a "colonial settler state" and oppressing millions of peaceful people through a system of apartheid equally insidious as the original South African version.

They also demonstrate the extent to which yesterday's radical, fringe ideas are being mainstreamed and presented as factual to today's college students.

Yesterday's fringe ideas are being mainstreamed to today's college students.

Ahistorical hyperbole is the order of the day in the Ivy League statements. Princeton University's statement applauds Palestinians for their "bravery and will-to-survival ... as they resist the violence of the Israeli military, settler militias, and lynch mobs." Harvard's statement laments "Israeli ethnonationalist violence" and "US support for Israel's apartheid regime." The faculty of Yale's Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration complain about "Israeli state-sponsored attacks against Palestinian life, land, and property." None of these statements mentions the Hamas rockets that began the 11 days of violence in May or the suicide bombers who made construction of a dividing wall necessary.

Stanford's statement takes it a step further, explaining that the "Nakba ... need not refer only to the more than 700,000 Palestinians who were expelled or fled in terror during Israel's founding. It can also evoke the many expulsions that have occurred since: the about 300,000 Palestinians whom Israel displaces when it conquered the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967." Stanford's scholars neglect to mention that most of the Arabs who fled in 1947–48 were heeding the advice of the leaders of Egypt, Trans-Jordan, and Syria, who urged them to join with one of the invading armies in order to turn Israel into "the graveyard of the Jews."

Vassar College's statement bemoans "Israel's ethnic cleansing, dispossession, containment, and expulsion of Palestinians since 1948." It doesn't mention the hundreds of thousands of Jews expelled from Arab states since 1948.

At the University of California's Berkeley campus, faculty demanded Israel "immediately cease its attacks on the people of Palestine in their ancestral homelands," and faculty at the Davis campus expressed their outrage over the "asymmetrical assaults by the Israeli state."

From the City University of New York (CUNY) came both a general "CUNY Community Statement of Solidarity with the Palestinian People" and a "Resolution in Support of the Palestinian People" from the Professional Staff Congress (PSC-CUNY), a union representing CUNY employees. Both accuse Israel of being a "settler colonial state" and an "apartheid" nation. Neither mentions the 4,600 Hamas missiles from last month.

If individual college and university statements weren't enough to make the point, groups of professors got together with others in their area of specialization to signal their virtues. Scores of gender studies departments and programs from across the globe issued a statement "In Solidarity With Palestinian Feminist Collective," declaring opposition to both American and Israeli "settler colonialism" and vowing to create "global social justice in our intersectional teaching, scholarship, and organizing."

The American Anthropological Association's statement asserted that "Anthropological evidence makes it clear that there is no justification for settler colonialism."

"Herstory has her eye on us and will record and remember where we stood when we stood," said the the National Women's Studies Association.

The National Women's Studies Association released a statement warning that "Herstory has her eye on us and will record and remember where we stood when we stood and why we spoke out," and declaring that "Palestinian Solidarity is a feminist issue."

Under the banner of "academic freedom," the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) released a statement declaring "support for Palestinian liberation" and describing "deadly conditions created by the Israeli military attacks in Gaza." Again, no mention of the Hamas missiles.

Even a group of Jewish studies and Israel studies professors published a declaration of outrage, demonstrating what Jarrod Tanny calls the failure of Jewish Studies.

Three forces are behind the deluge of these letters: the academy's obsession with decolonialism, an NGO called B'Tselem, and a document titled "Palestine and Praxis: Open Letter and Call to Action."

The movement called "decolonialism" is an ugly outgrowth of the obsession with post-colonialism. It has spawned the newest academic buzzword, "settler colonialism," a term used in every single academic statement of solidarity with the Palestinians.

Another driving force behind the flurry of homogenous statements is the radical, anti-Israel group B'Tselem. The group is about as reliable a source on Israel policy as Code Pink is on American policy, and yet it is treated as a top-notch research outfit.

Until very recently, calling Israel an "apartheid state" was a fringe idea, born at the 2001 Durban Conference and promoted only by the most rabid anti-Israel professors on their annual "Israel Apartheid Week" celebrations on college campuses every spring. But on January 12, 2021, B'Tselem published a report titled "A regime of Jewish Supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This Is Apartheid," which mainstreamed the slur. Though thoroughly debunked by Gilead Ini, a researcher at the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA), the report is quoted in virtually every solidarity statement.

B'Tselem is a radical, anti-Israel organization, but the AP calls it a "leading Israeli human rights group."

B'Tselem has embraced the pattern established by the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) of using Jewishness as an insulating shield to protect against charges of anti-Semitism. Clemens Heni, director of the Berlin International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (BICSA), has dubbed this Jewish form of anti-Zionism the "Kosher stamp," and it works. The Associated Press calls B'Tselem a "leading Israeli human rights group," and a "respected Israeli organization." NPR calls it "a prominent Israeli human rights group." The academic journal Inside Higher Ed calls it "Israel's most prominent human rights organization." When B'Tselem's CEO/Director Hagai El-Ad is quoted, his name is often followed by the words "who is Jewish" (an epithet he shares with Peter Beinart).

If the decolonial movement provided the mindset that finds Israel always at fault, and B'Tselem offered Kosher cover for radical anti-Zionist rhetoric, the "Palestine and Praxis" statement provided the template for the flurry of academic solidarity statements. Many of the statements (notably Princeton's) endorse "Palestine and Praxis" by name.

The "Palestine and Praxis" website uses a March 30, 2019 photo of the violent "March of Return" protests organized by Hamas along the Gaza-Israel border.

The "Palestine and Praxis" statement begins with a lie in the opening line, asserting that "the Palestinian struggle [is] an indigenous liberation movement confronting a settler colonial state." There is nothing indigenous about "the Palestinian people." The icon of Palestinian nationalism, Yasser Arafat, was an Egyptian, and before 1920 the Arabs who today call themselves "Palestinians" called themselves Syrians. They are linguistically, culturally, and genetically identical to the people who call themselves Jordanians.

While most of the solidarity statements fail even to mention, let alone acknowledge the significance of, the Hamas rockets that rained on Israel for 11 days in May, "Palestine and Praxis" stands out from the crowd of imitators. Unfortunately, it does so with the most egregious claim of all the statements, reducing criticism of Hamas as "attempts to transform the conversation on Israeli state violence to a series of stale talking points about Hamas rockets" (emphasis added). Richard Landes characterized the statement as a "call to weaponize ... propaganda" and "brainwash students."

Beginning in the fall 2021 semester, college life should be very different than it was last year, all except for the usual one-sided, ahistorical attacks on Israel and rationalization of Palestinian violence, which will continue as usual from the Ivy League to the community college. The people entrusted to shape the minds of college students are failing miserably in this regard.


A.J. Caschetta is a principal lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a fellow at Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum, where he is also a Ginsburg-Milstein fellow.


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Obama and the Broken Nation He Made Come Of Age - Daniel Greenfield


by Daniel Greenfield

A generation doesn’t remember life before the crises he created.


Barack Obama turns 60 over the summer. The AARP cover with Barry posing next to a basketball and a shelf of bestselling non-fiction books he hasn’t read can’t be too far away.

Once the symbol of youthful hipness, the former boss of Hope and Change now lectures “young people” on what they should be doing. His legacy is being carried forward by 78-year-old Biden and the 81-year-old Pelosi. That’s above the average age of 80 of the House Dem leadership.

The average age of the Biden cabinet is two years older than President Trump’s cabinet.

The gerontocratic technocracy uses AOC as its younger foil, but she’s been a stalking horse for Bernie Sanders who will hit the big 80 in the fall. The big donors behind the American Left are even older with George Soros due to hit 90 the same month Obama gets to 60. The even bigger reservoirs of cash flowing into the leftist machine are coming from the foundations of men who were born in the 19th century like Henry Ford, John D. MacArthur, and John D. Rockefeller.

That’s about right for a 19th century ideology whose followers keep trying to make it look young.

Youthful leftism is anarchic. It’s CHAZ, BLM, and Antifa. It’s open air heroin markets, smashed store windows, and political assassinations. Turning that anarchy into collectivism requires hysterical propaganda and rallies that appear anarchic, but are actually tightly controlled, ideas that seem edgy, but are actually the work of men who were born during the age of the steam.

If you think Bernie’s old, Karl Marx celebrated his 203rd birthday in May.

Obama’s policies have aged as badly as Marx, Biden, or their front man. But instead of moderating as they grow older, they only grow more radical. Obama equivocated on gay marriage, while Biden entirely erases the existence of women by calling them “birthing people”. Obama covertly weaponized the government against conservatives, while Biden is doing it openly. Everything from election rigging through H.R.1 to indoctrinating every government employee with critical race theory is happening more openly and blatantly under Biden.

Youthful leftist revolutions break the system while leftist gerentocrats impose the tyranny.

Making tyranny look like freedom requires hefty doses of chaos and outrage that make it appear that the system is being broken when it’s actually being built up. Or as George Orwell wrote in 1984, “One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.” The revolution is the thing it’s revolting against.

The end of history keeps arriving only to vanish like a mirage when the youth reach for it.

"This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal," Obama told his followers. Two years later, he privately snapped, "What does he think I'm supposed to do? Put on my f------ Aquaman gear and swim down there myself with a wrench?"

Thirteen years have passed and if the planet has begun to heal, Democrats won’t admit it.

The moment of epochal change can never be allowed to arrive because it would interrupt the permanent crisis. Salvation is always here and also always out of reach. But there’s always a new generation available to be fooled again because they know the past doesn’t matter.

History is radically revised every generation not just for what it teaches, but for what it doesn’t.

A revisionist history work like the 1619 Project doesn’t just impose a radical new racist history, it displaces the past. Another revisionist history will come along to displace the 1619 Project because manufacturing history churn is vital to destroying any continuity with the past. All the academic lenses being swapped one for the other like a mad ophthalmologist leaves a new generation with a lot of theories, but no clue that they’re being indoctrinated into a lost cause.

The Left has no new ideas. Like Hollywood, it makes old ideas seem new by rebooting them, by making them appear hip and trendy, and by destroying a meaningful connection with the past. And that way audiences don’t realize they’re just seeing the same movie remade over again. What might be creative bankruptcy in a movie theater is a more seriously sisyphean problem described by Churchill as, “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”

But how does a new generation learn from a past that isn’t allowed to exist on its own terms?

Demonizing the past is a convenient way of obscuring it. The only thing students are taught about the past is that it was a horrible time, its people backward, its customs savage, its learning wicked, its institutions racist, and its ideas horrifying. In postmodern history, the past exists only as a cautionary tale gleaned for historical struggles that fit into the new narrative.

History is an incomplete present whose revolutions were never fully fulfilled. It’s a revolutionary story of a world ruled by villains until they were overthrown by the forces of good. And this revolution against history must continue until all of the past is negated by the present.

The destruction of statues and burning of books forces ‘presentism’ for the past to conform to the dogmas of the moment. The biggest problem with the past isn’t that it’s politically incorrect, but that it’s repeating itself. The Black Lives Matter movement transparently harkens back to the 70s. So do most of the radical social impulses in which the Left cloaks its real power agenda.

The revolutionary chaos is doomed to fail again, but each oscillation breaks the country more.

The social activism is window dressing. A proper Marxist regime has little use for militant minorities, feminism, gay rights, police defunding, transgender bathrooms, pipeline protests, abortion, or any of the other issues the radicals have been using to waste our time. If you doubt that, go look at how many of any of the above you can find in China, Cuba, or North Korea.

The Russian Futurists vowed to throw the art and literature of the past overboard from the “steamship of modernity”. But the Bolsheviks were not looking for disruptive art and when the revolution arrived, modern art was tossed overboard and the former revolutionaries settled down to producing socialist realism and recreating the art of the past for the Soviet Union.

After a brief permissive period, the Soviet Union criminalized homosexuality and insisted on traditional marriages and roles for women. Those feminists who resisted were soon shown their place with one of the more notorious free love figures being forcibly married off by Lenin.

The dictatorship had eclipsed the revolution and the past was quickly rewritten all over again.

As Obama approaches his sixtieth birthday, the age at which Khrushchev struggled for control of the USSR and Mao launched his Great Leap Forward, two events that would require a good deal of historical editing, our American past is already being rewritten. Only those who are at least in their thirties will remember that there wasn’t a racial crisis before Barack Obama.

And there hadn’t been such a crisis for a generation before he took power.

Our racial crisis is not a legacy of 1619, but of 2008. Obama’s victory was not a revolution against a crisis, but the revolution that created the crisis. To a new generation, the racial crisis is a permanent feature of life. They have always lived under the crisis and expect to always live under it. That is why critical race theory and white privilege rants have become so pervasive.

Without a generation coming of age in a world shaped by the toxic idea that all white people are evil and all minorities are victims, no one outside academic circles would have willingly accepted them. And if that generation seems all too easy to radicalize into supporting the most insane policies, that’s because it grew up in a world defined by the hysteria of manufactured crises.

The world as they know it is doomed by melting ice caps, the rich getting richer, and the genocide of black people at the hands of the police. Every radical program is backed by a sense of urgent crisis which is killing people and destroying the future. They can’t imagine a present without the crisis and don’t remember ever living in a world not defined by crisis.

As Obama gets closer to his AARP cover, a generation lives in the world that he made.

Like Obama, his radical political movement speaks endlessly about the past, but has no actual past. Its past is always being reinvented and retold through new narratives, but with no facts.

The Obama revolution has come and gone. We have skipped past it to the Soviet Union of Chernenko and Andropov, of gerontocrats building the tyranny with the beams of revolution. The decline is everywhere as the theories fail, the factories close, and the stores stand empty.

The youth are being rallied to cheer for the revolutionary tyranny of Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer who are promising a new era in history no one believes in anymore. Since the election their cause is no longer free college, it’s federalizing elections through H.R.1.

Federalizing elections, eliminating the filibuster, and packing the Supreme Court are compelling issues in Washington D.C., but the regime plotting new coups has little to say to the ordinary people facing high prices for gas and bread. Land, Bread, and Peace has given way to a race for total power over the country as the revolution of Hope, Crisis and Change comes of age.

There’s no change without crisis, and without hope, there’s only hate.


Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.


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Iran's New President: A Mass Murderer Mullah - Majid Rafizadeh

by Majid Rafizadeh

The Biden administration -- instead of enriching and empowering these tyrants -- needs to stand with the Iranian people, who for decades have been suffering under Iran's brutal and predatory regime.

  • Many people boycotted the elections and protesters called on US President Joe Biden to stop trying to return to the nuclear deal.

  • "The government is telling people to vote... We are not going to vote in order to show the world that we Iranians are frustrated with this clerical establishment. We do not support a government that shoots down a passenger plane... that lies repeatedly, and that kills and tortures its own citizens." — Soraya, a student at Tehran University, to Gatestone Institute, three days before the election.

  • At the age of 24, Raisi was appointed as deputy of the Revolutionary Court Prosecutor's Office. There, as a member of the "Death Commission", he would be known for, and implicated in, one of the world's largest mass executions, in which more than 30,000 people were executed, including children....

  • The Biden administration -- instead of enriching and empowering these tyrants -- need to stand with the Iranian people, who for decades have been suffering under Iran's brutal and predatory regime.

Following the Iranian regime's sham election, the next President of the Islamic Republic is Ebrahim Raisi (pictured). At the age of 24, Raisi was appointed deputy prosecutor of the Revolutionary Court. There, as a member of the "Death Commission", he became known for, and implicated in, one of the world's largest mass executions, in which more than 30,000 people were executed, including children and pregnant women. (Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images)

The Iranian regime ran a sham election to make its favorite mullah candidate, Ebrahim Raisi, linked with mass executions, become the next President of the Islamic Republic. Will the European Union and the Biden administration at least condemn the Iranian regime and stop the West's appeasement policies with the ruling mullahs?

In Iran, the regime urged people to vote, most likely to show that it enjoys legitimacy; however, what it faced was widespread voter apathy and a record low voter turnout. Many people boycotted the elections and protesters called on US President Joe Biden to stop trying to return to the nuclear deal. Anahita, an Iranian teacher from Tehran, told Gatestone, "I did not go to vote. Like many people, I did not have a candidate. So, why should I vote? The mullahs had a candidate: Raisi".

Three days before the election, Soraya, a student at Tehran University, also told Gatestone:

"The government is telling people to vote. But I see voting as an insult. We are not going to vote in order to show the world that we Iranians are frustrated with this clerical establishment. We do not support a government that shoots down a passenger plane [Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, downed by the IRGC in January 2020], that lies repeatedly, and that kills and tortures its own citizens. We do not support a government that steals the nation's resources and spends it on its militias. The old game of moderate or hard-liner is over. They are all the same."

It is important for the world to know exactly who is this new President of Iran.

After the Islamic revolution of Iran in 1979, Raisi was appointed as a judge at the age of 19 in the Karaj Prosecutor's Office, even though he had no formal university education. A year later, he was appointed to be the prosecutor for Karaj city, the fourth-largest in Iran. During the first few years after the revolution, Raisi proved his loyalty to the Islamic Republic by silencing many dissidents and opposition groups.

At the age of 24, Raisi was appointed as deputy prosecutor of the Revolutionary Court. There, as a member of the "Death Commission", he would be known for, and implicated in, one of the world's largest mass executions, in which more than 30,000 people were executed, including children and pregnant women. A US House of Representatives resolution detailed:

"... over a 4-month period in 1988, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran carried out the barbaric mass executions of thousands of political prisoners and many unrelated political groups... according to a report by the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, the massacre was carried out pursuant to a fatwa, or religious decree, issued by then-Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini..."

The late Hussein-Ali Montazeri -- one of the founding fathers of the Islamic Republic, as well as a human rights activist, an Islamic theologian and the designated successor to the Islamic revolution's Supreme Leader Khomeini until the very last moments of Khomeini's life -- said regarding the massacre:

"I believe this is the greatest crime committed in the Islamic Republic since the [1979] revolution and history will condemn us for it.... History will write you down as criminals."

Montazeri pleaded with Raisi and his colleagues to stop the executions:

"It was first of [the Islamic holy month of] Muharram; I asked Mr. Nayyeri, Mr. Eshraqi, Mr. Raisi and Mr. Pourmohammadi, Now is Muharram; at least stop the executions during Muharram. Mr. Nayyeri said: We have so far executed 750 in Tehran and separated 200 as those persevering on their position. Let us finish them and then whatever you say, we shall do it."

After overseeing the mass executions and brutally cracking down on opposition and dissidents, Raisi was promoted by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and later appointed to more high positions. These included the Prosecutor of Tehran, Chairman of the National Television Supervisory Council, head of the General Inspection Office, and as the Attorney General of the Islamic Republic.

Finally, Khamenei appointed Raisi as the head of the regime's notorious judicial system. After his appointment, Raisi pointed out in a speech at the 23rd National Assembly of Revolutionary Guards Commanders and Officials in 2019: "We will not cut the fingers of those who are corrupt; we will cut off their entire hand."

The U.S. Department of Treasury, on November 5, 2019, placed Raisi on its sanctions list.

The Biden administration -- instead of enriching and empowering these tyrants -- needs to stand with the Iranian people, who for decades have been suffering under Iran's brutal and predatory regime.


Dr. Majid Rafizadeh is a business strategist and advisor, Harvard-educated scholar, political scientist, board member of Harvard International Review, and president of the International American Council on the Middle East. He has authored several books on Islam and US foreign policy. He can be reached at Dr.Rafizadeh@Post.Harvard.Edu


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How China Sees It - Pete Hoekstra


by Pete Hoekstra

A muddled debate about the origins of the virus serves China just fine. Evading accountability -- and suffering no little negative fallout -- for unleashing a pandemic on the world that killed millions of people is not a bad outcome.

  • The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has much to lose, both domestically and internationally, if the truth comes out. A muddled debate about the origins of the virus serves China just fine. Evading accountability -- and suffering no little negative fallout -- for unleashing a pandemic on the world that killed millions of people is not a bad outcome. And the economic results may even be better for China than for the rest of the world, thereby strengthening the CCP further.

  • And now, in response to China's obfuscation, the international community seems unable to go beyond the empty threat of calling for the World Health Organization (WHO) to follow up its original investigation, which was abysmal, with another probe.

  • For the West to maintain the WHO as the agency of record is embarrassing. It was a puppet of China the first time around and will be again.

  • China has been soundly condemned by the U.S. and others for practicing genocide against the Uyghurs. No consequences. China has been cheating ever since it was invited to join the World Trade Organization in 2001. No consequences. See a pattern? If you don't, you can bet that the Chinese do. They expect that spreading misinformation and hiding the facts about the pandemic will lead to the same fate, no consequences.

From the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, China has been totally uncooperative. It has evaded accountability and responsibility for its actions. It has gone beyond just hiding the facts and conducted a massive disinformation campaign. This strategy has been successful. Pictured: China's President Xi Jinping. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

It seems that the European Union and the United States are now calling for a renewed investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. They are "urging" China to cooperate fully and provide "complete access." Them's fightin' words! The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) must be quaking in its boots -- especially after President Joe Biden's national security advisor stated that the consequences of not cooperating would be international "isolation." This half-hearted approach will not get the job done. It's long past the time to get serious with China, and we all know it.

Why will this "powerful" unified initiative by the U.S. and its allies fail? From the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, China has been totally uncooperative. It has evaded accountability and responsibility for its actions. It has gone beyond just hiding the facts and conducted a massive disinformation campaign. This strategy has been successful. Regardless of increasing doubts about the origin of the virus, there is no reason for China to change its cover-up strategy and reverse course. Why mess with success?

In fact, China has prepared for the day when it might come under more pressure and scrutiny. By April 2020, reports forwarded to me from European sources indicated that the Chinese intelligence apparatus had already successfully purged all traces of evidence of the Wuhan Institute of Virology's connection to a bio-weapons division operating at the facility. It had also eliminated any evidence about its connections to the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Information that the virus was a result of a lab leak had been eliminated.

Not only has China been deceitful, it has also been operating a massive global disinformation/influence operation. Beginning in roughly March 2020, sources indicated that the Chinese Communist Party had organized an operation of more than 2,000 people with at least $3 billion in financing to control the narrative. Key messaging included ensuring that the theory that the virus had developed naturally would prevail, and that the lab leak theory would be totally debunked. A second primary message was that China had effectively controlled the virus inside of China and was a leading player in minimizing the impact globally. Finally, it sought to portray the U.S. -- and especially President Donald Trump -- as bumbling and ineffectual in responding to the threat.

None of this should surprise us. The CCP has much to lose, both domestically and internationally, if the truth comes out. A muddled debate about the origins of the virus serves China just fine. Evading accountability -- and suffering no little negative fallout -- for unleashing a pandemic on the world that killed millions of people is not a bad outcome. And the economic results may even be better for China than for the rest of the world, thereby strengthening the CCP further.

And now, in response to China's obfuscation, the international community seems unable to go beyond the empty threat of calling for the World Health Organization (WHO) to follow up its original investigation, which was abysmal, with another probe. For the West to maintain the WHO as the agency of record is embarrassing. It was a puppet of China the first time around and will be again.

On June 20, President Biden's National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, indicated that if the CCP doesn't fully cooperate they'll see real consequences, like maybe they'll be isolated. Remember that China has been soundly condemned by the U.S. and others for practicing genocide against the Uyghurs. No consequences. China has been cheating ever since it was invited to join the World Trade Organization in 2001. No consequences. See a pattern? If you don't, you can bet that the Chinese do. They expect that spreading misinformation and hiding the facts about the pandemic will lead to the same fate, no consequences.

The international community is a paper tiger. It may not be long before we see a replay of Michelle Obama"s #bringbackourgirls as the most forceful international response to the behavior of the CCP. It didn't work. Count me as skeptic that the current policy will be any more effective.


Pete Hoekstra is a former Representative in Congress from Michigan. He served as the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. More recently he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


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Maoist thought reform imposed on first January 6 defendant to be sentenced - Thomas Lifson


by Thomas Lifson

Just affirm that this is an awful, racist country and that you are the beneficiary of white privilege, and you can escape lengthy imprisonment for "parading" in the Capitol.

Anna Morgan-Lloyd, the 49-year-old grandmother from Indiana who strolled into the U.S. Capitol and spent several minutes peacefully walking around, got the same message that was delivered to Chinese dissidents and "bad elements" during Mao's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution: confess to thoughtcrimes, embrace the state-sanctioned ideology, and you will be shown mercy.  In the case of Morgan-Lloyd, the message was delivered to her by her own defense lawyer, a public defender paid by taxpayers.  And it worked.  She received three years' probation, a $500 fine, and no incarceration beyond the two days she had spent in jail following her arrest.

Julie Kelley describes at American Greatness the imposition of an ideological test on a defendant whose own lawyer was in on the brainwashing initiative:

"My lawyer has given me names of books and movies to help me see what life is like for others in our country. I've learned that even though we live in a wonderful country things still need to improve. People of all colors should feel as safe as I do to walk down the street."

That passage is part book report, part white privilege mea culpa submitted to a federal court this month by Anna Morgan-Lloyd, one of the more than 500 Americans arrested for her involvement in the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Her lawyer, Heather Shaner, also represents other 1/6/21 defendants and apparently is recommending the thought reform confessions to other clients:

Are You Living by Lies? In an interview with Huffington Post, Shaner explained her belief that "this is the most wonderful country in the world, it's been great for all kinds of immigrant groups, except for the fact that it was born of genocide of the Native Americans and the enslavement of people." 

Sure sounds like Critical Race Theory to me.

"I have had many political and ethical discussions with Anna Lloyd," Shaner wrote in her motion agreeing to the plea and probation for Lloyd. "I tendered a booklist to her. She has read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Just Mercy, and Schindler's List to educate herself about 'government policy' toward Native Americans, African Americans and European Jews. We have discussed the books and also about the responsibility of an individual when confronting 'wrong.'"

Shaner also told the court that Lloyd watched the "Burning Tulsa" documentary on the History Channel as well as "Mudbound," a story of two families, one black and one white, living on the same property after World War II.

Just affirm that this is an awful, racist country and that you are the beneficiary of white privilege, and you can escape lengthy imprisonment for "parading" in the Capitol.  While others at other times have invaded and disrupted hearings, and wrought far more havoc (the Kavanaugh hearings, for example) with little or no punishment at all, and certainly no requirements for thought reform

This moment is straight out of a struggle session in China during the Cultural Revolution (which closed schools and tore down statues — sound familiar?):

During her sentencing hearing on Wednesday, Lloyd broke down while apologizing for her actions. "I apologize to the court, to the American people, to my family," she told Lamberth. "I was there to support Trump peacefully and am ashamed that it became a savage display of violence." She said she's never experienced racial negativity but "realizes many people do." She was not charged with any racially motivated crime.

"Savage display of violence"?  Yeah, there were some people who broke windows and forced their way into the Capitol, and that is very, very bad, deserving prison time.  But the only person against whom violence was perpetrated was demonstrator Ashli Babbitt, and the cop who shot her dead is being protected, his name kept from the public.  For violence to be "savage," don't living people need to be harmed?

Back during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, the required reading list was much shorter: Chairman Mao's Little Red Book, The Thoughts of Chairman Mao.

Photo released by Chinese news agency in 1969, via FlickrCC BY 2.0 license.

Those people were ordinary peasants.  For people with bad class origins, or who were tainted by education overseas, it was much worse.  In the early 1980s, I interviewed a Chinese scientist who had gotten a Ph.D. at Indiana University working on the study of DNA with Watson and Crick, who discovered the double-helix.  The eminent scientist was paraded in public, wearing a dunce cap, pelted with garbage, and had his arm broken.

We're not there yet, but our foes are still gathering momentum.  At least the Thoughts of President Biden will be a very short book.

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The irrational faith in reason of the liberal intellectual - Melanie Phillips

by Melanie Phillips

As enemies of the West ratchet up their aggression, the more determined the Biden administration becomes to appease them.


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Joe Biden                                                                                                                       Reuters

(JNS) Anyone who imagines that the increasingly aggressive behavior of the Iranian regime will force U.S. President Joe Biden to abandon his attempted revival of the lethal 2015 nuclear deal is almost certainly in for a rude awakening.

The more Iran doubles down on its aggression, the more determined the Biden administration becomes to seal the deal.

Last week, Ebrahim Raisi was elected as Iran’s president. Raisi is a hardliner who is expected to resist any compromise over the deal and to go full steam ahead with the terrorist state’s ballistic-missile program, its regional aggression and its development of nuclear weapons.

Yet as reported in The New York Times, the Bidenites say this makes the deal even more promising. This is because a) the six-week window before Raisi takes office enables the deal to be completed; b) if the ensuing sanctions relief doesn’t rescue the economy, Iran’s so-called moderates currently in power would take the blame; and c) if the economy recovers, Raisi can take the credit.

This all-purpose gibberish is designed to mask the obvious fact that the Biden administration has been gagging for this deal from the moment it took office and will allow absolutely nothing to derail it.

Indeed, the word this week from the chief of staff to the current Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, was that Washington has agreed to lift about 1,040 sanctions imposed during the Trump era. This is despite the fact that Iran has reportedly not budged by one iota from its demands. So the United States has simply capitulated.

Nor is this rush to appease those who continue to ramp up their aggression confined to Iran. In March, the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, was humiliated by two of China’s top diplomats. When he unwisely met them in Anchorage, they took the opportunity to lecture and insult him.

Yet according to National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, the administration now wants to begin a new round of “engaging” China. This is also despite increasing suspicions that COVID-19 originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology and that China has lied through its teeth about the pandemic calamity it has visited upon the world.

And then there are the Palestinian Arabs, with whom the Bidenites have now restored funding and diplomatic ties despite the Palestinian Authority’s continued incitement against Israel and “pay-for-slay” support for terrorism.

So what can explain the Biden administration’s increasingly lethal perversity?

For the answer, it’s necessary to understand the mindset of the secular liberal. This doesn’t acknowledge opposing forces of right and wrong, good and evil, victim and oppressor. Everything is instead blurred and relative. Today’s tyrant, aver its adherents, can become tomorrow’s statesman.

While there’s some historic truth in that, the Iranian, Chinese and Palestinian regimes that the United States is intent upon appeasing are variously engaged in tyrannizing their own people, attacking American interests and posing a mortally aggressive threat to the Jewish people and much of the world.

The Iranian regime is committed to a genocidal war of destruction against Israel and has waged holy war against America and the west for the past four decades. The Palestinian Arabs continue to brainwash their people into murderous hatred of the Jews and the destruction of Israel. The Chinese Communist Party cannot be expected to change its tyrannical and imperialistic behavior any more than Stalin or Hitler would have done.

To such regimes, Western overtures intended to effect rapprochement are perceived instead as signs of chronic weakness and incipient surrender. But liberals, it seems, would negotiate between God and the devil, and declare the resulting deal a triumph.

Western intellectuals have been attracted to political violence from the French Revolution onwards. Even those who wouldn’t dream of taking to the barricades are noticeably tolerant of revolutionary insurrection.

They often romanticize it and even seem to draw from it a vicarious thrill. Among people inhabiting a desolate secular vacuum, political violence often elicits a degree of admiration for appearing to demonstrate authenticity and meaning in pursuit of idealistic causes.

And behind such causes lie abstract ideas, the lifeblood of the secular liberal intellectual whose faith lies in the power of reason.

Since the 18th-century Enlightenment, people have sought to fill the vacuum created by the loss of religious faith with the belief that a just and free society will be brought about through reason alone.

This fallacy led directly to the mass killings and totalitarian repression of the French revolutionary terror. Yet secular liberals cling to their faith in reason with the tenacity of the religious zealot.

Just as the medieval church or Soviet communism twisted reality to fit their dogma, so Western liberals twist the behavior of the Iranians, the Chinese or the Palestinians to fit their belief that everyone is governed by rationality and self-interest.

Nothing can be allowed to challenge their utopian vision of the perfect—and perfectly rational—society. So they conclude that the conflict is driven by a variety of bad objective factors, such as poverty or corruption or misunderstandings, rather than by the political or religious fanaticism that actually drives it among the Iranian, Chinese and Palestinian regimes.

Liberals, therefore, believe that the antidote is always negotiation and compromise. Hence the obsession with conflict resolution and peace processes as the panacea for all geopolitical ills.

Time and again, however, such intellectuals have seen their utopia crashing into the reality of brutal and repressive regimes—those of Stalin, Mao or Fidel Castro. Yet with every such setback, the lesson isn’t learned. Instead, fresh candidates are seized upon for the creation of the rationalist utopia and the transformation of swords into ploughshares.

Surreally, the latest such candidate is radical Islam, which is currently being accommodated, sanitized and genuflected to in western progressive circles. Evidence of the fanatical aggression perpetrated in its name is blanked out as if it isn’t there.

I personally encountered this phenomenon during the creation of the appalling 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which at best would merely delay the Iranian bomb while funneling billions of dollars into the regime to fund its terrorist activities.

One of that deal’s most enthusiastic political architects told me that reports of the Iranian regime’s repression of its people were baloney because he’d seen no sign of it on a recent visit to Tehran, where he’d been impressed by the politeness of the Iranian police.

When I pointed out that in Iran dissidents were jailed, women violently oppressed and gay people hung from cranes, he simply waved all this away. When I observed that the regime was run by genocidal fanatics, he told me sternly that they were in fact highly rational individuals as evidenced by the way they negotiated. The idea that unhinged fanatics can also exercise strategic cunning was simply not on his radar.

For intellectuals who live inside their own heads, belief in a rational utopia is as immovably set in stone as is the fanaticism of the Iranian regime.

The irony, however, is that this worship of rationality has made liberal intellectuals irrational. They deny the evidence of their own eyes in order to declare that things are not as they are, but as they want them to be. They are hopelessly in thrall to the power of the abstract idea.

So liberals like the Bidenites believe with an arrogance exceeded only by their ignorance that everyone in the world behaves like them—invariably motivated by a rational assessment of the benefits to themselves of negotiated compromise. All that remains to be hammered out are the terms.

As a result, the mortal enemies of the West are no longer bothering to hide their scorn and contempt as America humiliatingly plays into their hands, now putting at reckless and terrible risk the free world it is supposed to lead.

Melanie Phillips, a British journalist, broadcaster and author, writes a weekly column for JNS. Currently a columnist for “The Times of London,” her personal and political memoir,Guardian Angel,” has been published by Bombardier, which also published her first novel, “The Legacy.” Go to to access her work.


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In Washington State, leftist sex ed policies hit home - Andrea Widburg


by Andrea Widburg

In the last election, the leftists in the counties surrounding Seattle updated the state's sex ed curriculum, and the results are angering parents.

When I had school sex ed, a long time ago, it was a biology class teaching kids about the biological differences in male and female bodies.  (There were only two sexes then.)  It's changed over the years, with teenagers being taught how to apply condoms and about gay sexual practices.  In Washington State, though, it's gone beyond that.  Thanks to a referendum in the last election cycle, sex education is being dramatically expanded as a group of Tacoma parents discovered to their distress when their 8th-graders received a flyer that essentially instructed their kids how to avoid statutory rape problems, get birth control, get treated for STDs, and have abortions.

The story broke in Tacoma, Washington, a mid-size port city in the Puget Sound.  And while the story is a week old, I saw it only now, so I'm sharing it now.  Parents were outraged when their 8th-grade students came home with a Planned Parenthood flyer explaining that, once kids are tweens, they're pretty much on their own when it comes to sex in Washington.  The flyer, printed in a format familiar to any American classroom, offered the following "helpful" information:


The age of consent is [illegible but, as a matter of law, it's 16]. It is not a crime if you are…

  • 11 and have sex with somebody 2 years older or less.
  • 12 to 13 and have sex with somebody who is 3 years older or less.
  • 14 or 15 and have sex with somebody who is 4 years older or less.

In other words, if you're 14, don't have sex with that cute little 11-year-old!  And if you're 11, stay close to your own age group when you give up your virginity. 

Other sections advised the children that they could get birth control and Plan B emergency contraception at any time without their parents' involvement; that if they were 14 or older, they could get STD and HIV testing without a parents' involvement; and that, when it came to abortion, "you do not need to get permission from your parent or guardian at any age."  (All pedophiles welcome to Washington State!)

Parents were livid that their children were being given explicit information about circumventing their parents and family values to have sex and get abortions.  The school apologized and explained that the material wasn't "approved," but that really wasn't the issue.

If you look at a 2020 election map of Washington, you can see the huge blue circle of leftist voters around Seattle.  As with all Democrat states, geographically, states are conservative, but the urban areas dictate policy and presidents.  That's how "Referendum 90" came into being.  According to The Post Millennial:

In the last election cycle, Washington voters approved Referredum 90 [sic], a graphic state-wide, sex ed curriculum created and endorsed by Planned Parenthood and radical activist organizations.

Informed Parents of Washington, objected to the early sexualization of children in the curriculum, as well as the graphic material and warned of the possibility of grooming young children for early sexual experiences.

This incident followed the "Free The Pill" campaign, which attempted to allow children to get over-the-counter birth control pills. Reportedly, the campaign wanted children as young as 11 for studies.

Leftists want your children, and sex is the way to get them.

This is another reminder in a year of clarity: leftists are focused and engaged and will turn out at the polls.  (And, as I suspect, many of them will augment their own turnout by voting for others, some dead, some fictional, etc.)  In the past, conservatives have been passive.  Too often, they can't be bothered to vote because life is busy, and it takes a while to wade through leftist initiatives to understand what's going on.

That kind of passivity, though, must end.  If you want leftism out of your children's classrooms — no more Critical Race Theory, no more sex ed that would make a 19th-century courtesan blush — you must vote.  Even more, you need to run for local offices.  Until conservatives get on school boards and town councils, and into their local mayor's office, nothing will change.  We'll whine, but leftists will act.

Image: Human Growth (1962), a time when there were only two sexes.  YouTube screen grab.

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Time is not on our side - the Theft of Israel's state lands in Area C - Shimon Cohen


by Shimon Cohen

The intelligence report on the PA takeover of state lands shows us a dangerous, persistent and systematic seizure of Israel’s lands. This is the price we pay for the lack of sovereignty. 

Shortly before the end of the previous government’s term, the Intelligence Ministry, headed by then-Minister Eli Cohen, initiated a special report on the PA’s systematic takeover of state lands in Area C.

A special team of senior officials in the Intelligence Ministry was convened to work on the report. The report can now serve as a tool for the Israeli government to stop this dangerous phenomenon. Among other people, it is Atty. Avihai Boaron, a resident of Amihai in the Binyamin district, who is behind the initiative to write the report .In an interview with Arutz 7, Boaron spoke about the phenomenon and the urgency to act against it and put a stop to it.

“In Amihai we were alerted to this story when we discovered that at a distance of a few hundred meters from the town, and fifty meters from the town’s fence, they were establishing a town with asphalt roads and construction plots, and the builder was selling plots of land. We followed up and discovered that in many totally pristine areas, in Bruchin, Ariel and others, they are establishing towns that are being built far from every other Palestinian town”.

“We found that this phenomenon was happening all over Judea and Samaria. A large Palestinian town is being built on a large ridge over Ma’ale Levona. We understood that the PA is engaging in a campaign of building new, additional towns and it is doing this especially in close proximity to Israeli towns and Israeli traffic arteries”, says Boaron, noting two towns that are being built over the junction of the old British Police station, a central junction on Route 60.

He presents another example of this in the Palestinian strangling of Route 5 descending to the Valley, “This is an important and broad artery for all Israeli citizens, not only for the settlements. This road is becoming strangled by illegal construction, with the goal of creating the sense of suffocation, to erase the sense of security, and the more building there is, the more the pressure will increase for Israel to withdraw from these Israeli junctions and locations that are difficult to secure, and this is the PA’s direction.

Boaron says that “even now, Israel is withdrawing from intersections that are difficult to secure, such as on the road between Ofrah and Kochav Hashahar. Anyone who wants to travel must go around, but by Israel withdrawing from these intersections, it allows the PA to take over more and more plots of land. This is the claim arising from the intelligence report that we initiated and was promoted by the previous minister of Intelligence, Eli Cohen”.

“This is a strategic matter. The PA is taking over more and more land and is changing the relationship between itself and Israel. There will also be an effect on the Jerusalem envelope and on the towns in the center of the Land. It is a gradual process, showing how they are taking over more and more thousands of dunams”. Boaron describes the importance of the report thus: “This report was not done by external NGOs or political organizations, with all due respect to that sort of organizations. This report came directly from the Israeli government and investigators from the Intelligence Ministry, and it says for the first time that the PA aims to connect all the islands of population in Areas A and B into one territorial contiguity, through east Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley, to create a continuity of Arab concentration of population in Israel, i.e., the Triangle, the Lower Galilee and the Negev and to create one de facto Palestinian territory from the northern Negev to the Galilee”.

“Time is working against us”, he states. “The PA is continuing to increase its control over the territory and this matter is not connected to whether our government is Right or Left, but rather, to the question of who holds Israel’s security as the highest priority. The report creates tools that allow the State of Israel’s operational levels, the army, the Civil Administration and others, to arm themselves with tools that will stop the Palestinian takeover of Judea and Samaria”.

“The report states that the goal of the takeover is to erode Israeli control in Jerusalem and the area east of the Green Line, to strangle traffic junctions and towns, including large towns such as Beit El, Ofrah and Othniel, which are being increasingly strangled by Palestinian pressure”.


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