Saturday, February 24, 2024

Palestine is dead: No one will ever be able to make a Palestinian state - Michael Freund


by Michael Freund

Simply put, the idea of “Palestine” is dead and buried, and no matter how hard they may try, Western politicians will never be able to revive it.


 FANTASY OF Palestine: Dead and buried.  (photo credit: Said Khatib/AFP via Getty Images)
FANTASY OF Palestine: Dead and buried.
(photo credit: Said Khatib/AFP via Getty Images)

In recent weeks, various leaders of Western countries have publicly broached the idea of the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state, asserting that the time has come to give the Palestinians independence, even in the absence of a negotiating process.

UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron and more recently French President Emmanuel Macron have floated this suggestion, despite the ongoing war in Gaza.

But what these esteemed statesmen have apparently failed to grasp is that the very idea of a Palestinian state is no longer geographically viable, morally acceptable, or even politically tolerable to the overwhelming majority of Israelis.

Simply put, the idea of “Palestine” is dead and buried, and no matter how hard they may try, Western politicians will never be able to revive it.

What killed Palestinian statehood?

To begin with, there is the simple and indisputable fact that the Jewish population in Judea and Samaria has thankfully grown to the point where no human power on Earth could possibly uproot it.

A demonstrator wearing a mask at the back of his head holds a Palestinian flag during a protest near the Israel-Gaza border fence, in the southern Gaza Strip December 21, 2018.  (credit: REUTERS/IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA)Enlrage image
A demonstrator wearing a mask at the back of his head holds a Palestinian flag during a protest near the Israel-Gaza border fence, in the southern Gaza Strip December 21, 2018. (credit: REUTERS/IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA)

On February 16, the Yesha Council, the umbrella organization for the municipal councils in Judea and Samaria, published its annual report on the size of the Jewish population in the areas.

According to the document, as of January 1 there were 517,407 Jews living in some 150 communities in Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan Valley. With Israel’s total population estimated to be 9,842,000, that means that more than one out of every 20 Israelis lives in Judea and Samaria.

Just a decade ago, the number was 374,469, meaning there was an increase of 38% in just 10 years, which is a phenomenal achievement.

Despite incessant terrorism from Palestinian neighbors, along with hostile media coverage in much of the Israeli and international press, the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria have grown and flourished.

No one in their right mind can possibly think that such a large population, spread out in so many communities throughout the areas, could ever be forcibly expelled. The roots they have planted are too deep to be torn away, stretching across three or even four generations.

And while many journalists like to portray the typical Jewish resident of Judea and Samaria as a Religious Zionist with a long beard and an even longer rifle, the data paint a very different picture.

According to the Yesha Council, 37% of the Jews in the areas are haredi; 37% are Religious Zionists; and 26% are secular.

Hence, the population cuts across socioeconomic and religious boundaries with a built-in diversity that only adds to its force and impact on Israeli society and politics.

Moreover, in the wake of the Oct. 7 massacre, there is now a widespread consensus within Israel across the political spectrum that a Palestinian state cannot and must not ever come into being.

A survey conducted by Direct Polls that was released in mid-January found that a whopping 74% of Israelis oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state. Nearly half of those who identify as supporters of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party expressed opposition to such a state, as did 38% of those who voted for the decidedly left-wing Labor party.

In other words, there has been a tectonic shift in Israeli public opinion, with an overwhelming majority now against the idea of giving the Palestinians a state.

This is hardly surprising, given what occurred on Oct. 7, as well as the Palestinian Authority’s response to the massacre, which has reportedly included making payments to the families of Hamas terrorists who took part in the slaughter.

The problematic nature of the PA was underlined earlier this week when PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said that it is time for the world to forget about the Hamas massacre.

“One should not continue focusing on October 7,” he said at the Munich Security Conference.

While it may be easy for the PA premier to dismiss what Hamas did with a wave of his hand, for anyone with a heart it is not. The trauma of that experience, which saw the largest number of Jews murdered in one day since the Holocaust, will continue to resonate with Israelis until the end of time.

THE WIDESPREAD opposition to a Palestinian state was given expression by Israel’s unity government, which unanimously approved a declaration at a cabinet meeting this past Sunday that was as forthright as it was unambiguous.

“Israel utterly rejects international diktats regarding a permanent settlement with the Palestinians,” the cabinet decision read. “A settlement, if it is to be reached, will come about solely through direct negotiations between the parties, without preconditions. Israel will continue to oppose unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state.”

The statement rightfully pointed out that “such recognition in the wake of the October 7 massacre would be a massive and unprecedented reward to terrorism and would foil any future peace settlement.”

This was a courageous and stinging rebuke to all those in the international community who have called for recognition of a Palestinian entity, and it sent an unequivocal message that Israel will not countenance such a move.

In light of the realities on the ground in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, along with the firm and unflinching opposition to a Palestinian state across the Israeli political spectrum, it is time for people such as Cameron, Macron, and like-minded loons in the US State Department to take a dose of some reality pills.

The time has come to say farewell to the idea of “Palestine” because it simply is not going to happen.

Michael Freund served as deputy communications director under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his first term of office.


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Blinken: New Israeli housing units ‘inconsistent with international law’ - Andrew Bernard


by Andrew Bernard

“For Blinken to announce this in the middle of a war and when the Jewish Sabbath already has begun in Israel is unconscionable,” said David Friedman, former U.S. ambassador to Israel.


Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, addresses the press in Jerusalem on Feb. 7, 2024. Credit: Chuck Kennedy/U.S. State Department.
Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, addresses the press in Jerusalem on Feb. 7, 2024. Credit: Chuck Kennedy/U.S. State Department.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday that Israel’s approval of 3,000 new housing units in Judea—announced after one Israeli was killed and six wounded in a terrorist attack near Jerusalem—is “contrary to international law.”

That declaration is an apparent reversal of the Trump administration’s “Pompeo doctrine,” which held that “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law.”

Blinken spoke at a press conference in Argentina on Friday, offering condolences to the victims of the “horrific terrorist attack” in Ma’ale Adumin before adding that the Biden administration is “disappointed” in the approval of the new housing units.

“It’s been long-standing U.S. policy, under Republican and Democratic administrations alike, that new settlements are counterproductive to reaching an enduring peace,” Blinken said. “They’re also inconsistent with international law.”

“Our administration maintains a firm opposition to settlement expansion, and in our judgment, this only weakens—it doesn’t strengthen—Israel’s security,” he added.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in 2019 that the Trump administration was reversing an Obama-administration policy of describing Israeli “settlements” as inherently illegal under international law.

“The legal conclusions relating to individual settlements must depend on an assessment of specific facts and circumstances on the ground,” Pompeo said at the time.

Until Friday, the Biden administration had continued using that formula, issuing statements with language indicating that it is “deeply troubled” by Israeli “settlement” expansion, or noting that a particular “settlement” was illegal under Israeli law, without saying that all such expansions are violations of international law.

Asked in a Friday press briefing about the apparent reversal, John Kirby, White House national security communications advisor, said that Blinken’s statement was a return to a consistent U.S. position on the housing units.

“This isn’t about the previous administration,” Kirby said. “We are simply reaffirming the fundamental conclusion that these settlements are inconsistent with international law.”

“That is a position that’s been consistent over a range of Republican and Democratic administrations,” Kirby added. “If there’s an administration that is being inconsistent, it was the previous one.”

Pompeo and other former Trump administration officials condemned the apparent policy change.

“Judea and Samaria are rightful parts of the Jewish homeland, and Israelis have a right to live there,” Pompeo wrote. “President Biden’s decision to overturn our policy and call Israeli ‘settlements’ illegal will not further the cause of peace. It rewards Hamas for its brutal attacks on Oct. 7 and punishes Israel instead. These Israeli communities are not standing in the way of peace; militant Palestinian terrorism is.”

David Friedman, former U.S. ambassador to Israel, called Blinken’s decision “100% wrong.”

Friedman and “many” U.S. State Department lawyers researched the issue for a year before making the announcement, he wrote. He also questioned the timing of the announcement.

“For Blinken to announce this in the middle of a war and when the Jewish Sabbath already has begun in Israel is unconscionable,” he wrote.

Andrew Bernard


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Top contenders for Trump's running mate audition on CPAC main stage - Nicholas Ballasy


by Nicholas Ballasy

Trump confirmed this week that his shortlist for the GOP vice presidential nomination includes Florida Rep. Byron Donalds, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.


Most of the top contenders for former President Trump's 2024 running mate are auditioning for the position and trying to distinguish themselves with keynote speeches at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference. 

Trump confirmed this week that his shortlist for the GOP vice presidential nomination includes Florida Rep. Byron Donalds, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.

Donalds zeroed in on President Biden during his time on-stage at the conference ballroom on Thursday. "Decide, Joe Biden: Which country matters more to you? The border of the United States, or the border of Ukraine?” he said in keeping with Trump's "America First" campaign theme.

"You either secure the border or you get no money for the government," he added, referring to the upcoming fight in Congress over the next spending bill. He also argued that Biden has violated the Espionage Act as a senator and a vice president.

“He should be prosecuted for violating the Espionage Act,” he said.

Noem focused heavily on the border crisis during her speech, describing the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border as a “war zone." She told the audience that Biden and his vice president, Kamala Harris, are failing.

“Joe Biden is not fit to be president and Kamala is no back up plan," she said.

Referring to Trump, Noem said the country needs "someone who doesn’t give up, who has never quit on us so don’t you quit on him."

Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 and later left the party in 2022, said Democrats are using the courts to go after Trump and interfere in the election. She specifically named the New York real estate case, which resulted in charging him a $355 million fine plus interest.

Gabbard said there was "no victim or complaint" and that "all parties made money so egregious that even people who are not fans of Donald Trump are standing up and saying, 'this is crazy,' and criticizing this judge’s decision that from the very beginning, has been a very clearly politically-motivated hit job."

She told the audience that Trump's critics are hoping to charge him with "any crime" ahead of the November election.

"They’re hoping and doing all that they can, that they can convict Donald Trump of some crime, any crime, to try to undermine his support and therefore prevent what they fear most, a second Trump presidency," she said. "And there’s a reason why they’re so afraid of him. Because he poses a threat to this establishment, where they draw their power from.”

House GOP Conference Chair Rep. Elisa Stefanik predicted in her speech that Democrats would use legal tactics to "steal the election" from Trump.

"The closer President Trump gets to victory, the dirtier the Democrats, their stenographers in the media, and the corrupt prosecutors will get,” Stefanik said. “They will stop at nothing, and I mean nothing in their attempt to steal this next election. We saw Democrats basically impeach President Trump twice. They indicted him four times for non crimes and are trying to bankrupt him and destroy his successful business."

Stefanik also said Democrats are trying to remove Trump's name from the ballot in certain states because Biden's approval rating is in "free fall." 

According to a new Gallup poll, Biden's approval rating has dropped to 38%.

Vivek Ramaswamy, a biotech entrepreneur former 2024 GOP presidential candidate, is scheduled to hold a keynote address at the Ronald Reagan dinner on Friday evening.

DeSantis did not participate in CPAC this year. Trump's final opponent, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, also did not speak. Haley, a former governor of South Carolina, is campaigning ahead of Saturday's presidential primary in the state.

Nicholas Ballasy


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Countering 'Pro-Palestine' Propaganda Part 5: Gaza is an Open-Air Prison - A.J. Caschetta


by A.J. Caschetta

What the "pro-Palestine" luminaries will never admit is that Israel has been forced into controlling Gaza's ports by the long history of weapons shipped there.


When Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005, the "pro-Palestine" propagandists could no longer plausibly refer to it as occupied territory. So they came up with another trope that has become a cliché: Gaza is an "open-air prison." The jailer in this dubious metaphor is only Israel, (even though Gaza also borders Egypt) and it has imposed a "16-year blockade, depriving the people there of food, water, and the other necessities of life, especially healthcare," so goes the tale.

According to Ilana Feldman, the term "open-air prison" was first used in 1997 in the Philadelphia Inquirer and quickly found currency among Irish and Canadian journalists in the early 2000s. It became a staple of anti-Israel rhetoric in the U.S. in 2009 after Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) claimed (in a campaign video and on Iranian television) that "The Palestinians are virtually in a concentration camp."

In 2010, British PM David Cameron said that "People in Gaza are living under constant attacks and pressure in an open-air prison," adding that "Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp."

From politics to pop-culture, it grew like an infectious meme in 2015, when the graffiti artist (pardon the oxymoron), Banksy, went to Gaza to spray-paint on some walls. He photographed them for his website, and added witty captions, like: "Gaza is often described as 'the world's largest open air prison' because no-one is allowed to enter or leave."

Of course, people leave and enter Gaza all the time. Prior to October 7, thousands of people left Gaza every day, crossing into Israel to work at jobs that paid them five times more than they could earn in Gaza. That arrangement is over, thanks to Hamas.

There is also a border with Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea. And, lest anyone forget, there is a maze of underground tunnels one recently-freed Israeli hostage calls "Lower Gaza" which presents numerous illegal exit opportunities.

As Ari Zivotofsky observes in the Jerusalem Post, a September 19, 2023, episode of the Palestinian television show Emigration claimed that, "in the past 15 years a quarter of a million young Palestinians left for abroad." In 2022, over 15,000 of them who lived abroad (having apparently escaped the "prison") willingly returned to it to celebrate the feast of Eid al-Adha.

This is not how prisons work.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has been running a series on "Gaza Before October 7" refuting the "concentration camp" and "open-air prison" claims with pictures and videos. The first two episodes follow Palestinian "influencer" Yousef Alhelou as he travels around Gaza, showing off the top spots for tourists, including a gold market. Subsequent episodes include an Al-Jazeera feature of the economic boom in Gaza, Turkish television reports on the markets of Gaza, and various Arab media outlets covering the many sporting events in Gaza.

Hamas propagandists argue that Gazans are denied goods and services they are entitled to because of Israel's "land, water, and sea blockade," but Israel only blocks weapons from entering Gaza. Even after October 7, Israel has continued to supply electricity, food, and medicine.

What the "pro-Palestine" luminaries will never admit is that Israel has been forced into controlling Gaza's ports by the long history of weapons shipped there. In 2001, two vessels, the Calypso and the Santorini, were seized with weapons destined for Palestinian terrorists, and in 2002, a Palestinian ship called the Karine A was seized with 50 tons of Iranian weapons destined for Gaza. Since then, Israel has acted to prevent further shipments of weapons from reaching Gaza by sea. In 2007, after Hamas took over Gaza completely, Israel imposed an inspections regime and began more aggressively searching ships for smuggled weapons. Food and medicine are not prevented from entering Gaza.

Poor access to healthcare is another complaint about life in the Gaza "open-air prison." In April 2023, the Jerusalem-based anti-Israel activist group B'Tselem faulted Israel for preventing Palestinians from leaving Gaza in order to be treated in Israeli hospitals. But Israel treats plenty of Palestinians. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh sends his entire family to Israel for medical care. In 2013 his 1-year-old granddaughter was treated in an Israeli hospital; in 2014 his daughter was treated at Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital and his mother-in-law was treated at Jerusalem's Augusta Victoria Hospital; in 2021 his niece was treated at Ichilov Hospital. Just this month, it was reported that Haniyeh's grandniece was being treated at the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva. But why should any Gazans be treated in Israeli hospitals? There are 36 hospitals in Gaza, many of which are run by foreign nations (Indonesia, Turkey, Jordan, European countries) serving a population of around 2 million.

Of course, hospitals in Gaza are dual-purpose buildings, offering both healthcare and camouflage for the entrances to Hamas's elaborate subterranean infrastructure. An IDF spokesman said that "Hamas systematically built the Indonesian Hospital to disguise its underground terror infrastructure." The Al-Shifa hospital, where IDF soldiers found a stash of rifles, ammunition, and ballistic vests, also sits atop a major tunnel junction. IDF soldiers recently found unopened boxes of medicine for Israeli hostages at the Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis.

If Gaza is a prison, Hamas is the jailer.

The accusation that Israel withholds food from the "open-air prisoners" of Gaza is a common one. In 2010, Sarah Leppert of the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization said that "sixty-one percent of the Gaza population is food insecure." A U.N. World Food Program's country brief on "Palestine" for the year 2022 announced that Gazans account for 90 percent of the 1.84 million Palestinians "suffering from food insecurity." But media reports about the vibrant lives of people "under occupation" have long included photographs of Gaza showing bountiful markets with merchants whose stands are stocked with fruit and vegetables. As Robert Spencer pointed out recently, "The 'open air prison' of Gaza was actually quite opulent" before October 7. Spencer links to a video posted to X by a Gazan who complains that Gaza was beautiful before October 7. In the 42-second video, Gaza's opulent markets, vacationing tourists, and shops of all sorts look like what one would expect in a tropical resort town.

In fact, there are shops of all kinds in Gaza, like any other city in the world, except perhaps for one – it's hard to imagine a store named for Adolph Hitler anywhere other than "Palestine," but in Gaza there's one called Hitler2, which first achieved infamy in 2015. The store, with its knife-grasping mannequins, was reported damaged in recent fighting. Where will the poor citizens of Gaza buy their Holocaust tchotchkes now?

After October 7, the rhetoric heated up. When Israel briefly announced that it would cease supplying water and electricity to the people who had just killed over 1200 Israelis and taken another 250 as hostages, the world flew into another outrage.

Human Rights Watch accused Israel of using starvation as a weapon. Israel denied the charges, pointing out that Hamas hijacks food and fuel for itself. Even the New York Times agrees that Hamas has long stockpiled the food and medical supplies meant for the people of Gaza. It quoted a Lebanese source to assert on October 27 that, "Hamas has hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel for vehicles and rockets; caches of ammunition, explosives and materials to make more; and stockpiles of food, water and medicine ... enough stocked away to keep fighting for three to four months without resupply."

There's other evidence that the people of Gaza were far from starving before October 7. A series of photographs Israel released in December of surrendered Hamas prisoners, stripped to their underwear, had many in the media and on campus in an uproar.

With so much attention focused on Israel's alleged immorality in showing the photographs, many overlooked what they revealed: dozens of flabby fedayeen untouched by food insecurity.

Anyone who argues that they are not Hamas members but merely innocent Palestinians caught up in the fog of war will have to admit that at least these inmates from the "open-air prison" are very well fed.

A.J. Caschetta, a principal lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology, is a Milstein Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a senior fellow at the Investigative Project on Terrorism.


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ISIS Renews Calls for Terror - Raymond Ibrahim


by Raymond Ibrahim

The battle with the Jews is a religious one and not a national or populist one! It is not a battle for land, soil, or borders!


On Jan. 4, 2024, the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) claimed the terror attack on Kerman, Iran, where 100 were killed on Jan. 3. In the same audio recording, titled “And Kill Them Wherever You Find Them [Koran 9:5],” IS unwittingly underscored the rigidity of Islam, and how some of its demands may appear counterintuitive to even “radical” Muslims.

The statement begins with a predictable encomium to jihad and the importance of al-wala’ wa’l-bara’ (love for Muslims and hate for non-Muslims). It then moves on to “the crimes of murder and ugly massacres perpetrated by the Jews against the Muslims of Gaza.”

While also predictably denouncing the Jews as “one of the sects who holds the most animosity to Muslims,” the statement urges a more focused jihad, one not based on modern or secular priorities -- such as human, national, or territorial rights -- but rather jihad in keeping with Islam’s worldview:

The battle with the Jews is a religious one and not a national or populist one! It is not a battle for land, soil, or borders! In fact, it is a war that is legitimized by the Book [Koran] and the Sunnah, and not through national rules or jahiliyah [pagan] laws. A Muslim fights the Jews because they have committed kufr [disbelief] against Allah Almighty, they have fought His prophets, and have held animosity toward Muslims.

Thus, Muslims must fight Jews for no less a reason than that Jews reject Islam. This, of course, is very consistent with Islamic doctrine: Muslims must hate, fight, and subjugate all non-Muslims “until all religion is Allah’s (Koran 8:39).”

IS especially emphasized that true jihad has nothing to do with either national (Palestinian) identity or territory:

[T]he purpose of battle is to impose tawhid for Allah and upholding His word. This purpose has been absent from the latest battle in Gaza, and was very apparent in the official speeches and declarations made by the [Arab/Muslim] leaders of the various groups. The battle from its beginning to its end is being fought over soil, and a country that they have made into a reason to spill blood for!

Thus, Muslims must not support the Palestinian Authority, because the PA does not represent Islam, but rather national secularism. As the statement goes on to say:

Islam is what granted Palestine its place, and land has no value if it was not to be ruled by the Shar’iah of the Merciful, whether it was to be ruled by ‘Abbas or Dahlan, and it will all be the same whether Gaza and the West Bank are ruled by America’s allies or Iran’s allies… O fighter: Know that Allah only commanded you to fight for His sake, and a fight for His sake can only be in the light of the divine Shari’ah, establishing its rule and lifting its banner. The fight cannot be for national legitimacy, and the kufr covenants of the United Nations.

Even the very idea of “Palestinian liberation” is a farce, said the IS statement:

[T]his interpretation of liberation itself requires liberation. Liberating a land does not mean to free it from one secular government in favor of a democratic one, and it does not mean releasing it from a Jewish constitution only to be governed by a Palestinian constitution, for the laws that govern Palestine and the Jewish statelet are one, they are man made and all such governments are alike to the Almighty Allah. A land not ruled by Islamic Shari’ah is not liberated even if all Jews and invaders leave it. In fact, it is still a captive of kufr laws, and international jahiliya codes.

IS continued by condemning Iran, which it had bombed a day earlier, as a false Muslim entity due to its Shia nature, just as evil and devious as Israel, America, etc. If Iran does not uphold true Islam, the Sunni terror group argues, why should any Muslim root or fight for it?

Forging an alliance with the Rafidah [Sunni term for Shia] is a mistake made by the Brotherhood since they were bewitched by the shirk [paganism] of the Iranian Revolutions. This bewitchment reached its peak in the last few years and was manifested by the Palestinian factions throwing themselves into Iran’s lap, and announcing what they called “The Axis of Resistance” and “The al-Quds Axis.” In doing so, the Palestinian factions allowed Iran to take center stage on the Palestinian scene, making them appear like the saviors and defenders of Palestine… The Rafidah [Shia] have waged war upon Islam past and present. Their expansions [sic] plans, their projects, and their plots against Muslims are no less dangerous and spiteful than those of the Jews or Crusaders…

Not only are the Shia of Iran false Muslims, no better and possibly worse than the “Crusader-Zionist” alliance, but so too are the rulers of most Sunni nations:

The war against Gaza has again revealed the truth about the Arab tawaghit [tyrants] who rule over Muslim lands, in Egypt, Jordan Lebanon, the Gulf countries and others, that they are part of the Jewish-Crusader war against Muslims. They are not only their allies in the war against Gaza, but have been for years in their previous wars against Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Sham, and others. …we assert that, today, the battle with the Jews today is really a battle with the allies of the Jews more so than with the Jews themselves…. Collectively fighting all of those is what will pave the way to the defining battle with the Jews and in which the Jews will find no one to protect them or behind whom they can hide...”

So what is the Islamic State’s solution? Wage random and horrific terror attacks on all of the above (Note: readers are urged to read the following excerpt especially closely):

Lions of Islam: Chase your preys whether Jewish, Christian or their allies, on the streets and roads of America, Europe, and the world. Break into their homes, kill them and steal their peace of mind by any means you can lay hands on. Understand that you are the arm of the Islamic State hitting in the kuffar’s [infidels’] homelands, and are avenging the Muslims in Palestine, Iraq, Sham, and other Muslim countries. Solidify your plans and diversify the attacks: detonate explosives, burn them with grenades and fiery agents, shoot them with bullets, cut their throats with sharp knives, and run them over with vehicles… Come at them from every door, kill them by the worst of means, turn their gatherings and celebrations into bloody massacres, do not distinguish between a civilian kaffir, and a military one... Intentionally seek easy targets before hard ones, civilian targets before military one, religious targets like synagogues and churches before others, for this will satisfy the soul and will demonstrate the characteristics of the battle, as our battle with them is a religious one and we kill them wherever we come upon them in response to Allah Almighty’s command.

As counterintuitive as the above assertions may seem, they do, alas, comport with Islamic teaching: all non-Muslims are enemies to be terrorized and slaughtered; national and territorial disputes are and always have been superfluous.

Image: Public Domain


Raymond Ibrahim, author of Defenders of the West and Sword and Scimitar, is the Distinguished Senior Shillman Fellow at the Gatestone Institute and the Judith Rosen Friedman Fellow at the Middle East Forum.


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'The day after Hamas': Netanyahu reveals his plans for a post-Hamas Gaza Strip - Tovah Lazaroff


by Tovah Lazaroff

Document calls for local Palestinian governance in the enclave and IDF security control there and over all the territory west of the Jordan River.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem, on February 18, 2024 (photo credit: Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem, on February 18, 2024
(photo credit: Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

The Israeli army will retain securing control of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank once the war is over, and a local Palestinian governance of technocrats will rule the enclave, according to a plan Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented to the security cabinet and which was released to the media early Friday morning.

“It was distributed to the security cabinet members as the basis for discussion on the subject,” the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The brief document, which dealt only with principled points and was short on concrete details, divided the situation into three periods: immediate, short, and long-term.

In the short term, the plan underscored Netanyahu’s principled position that Israel was determined to continue the war, which began on October 7, until it had destroyed the terror group Hamas, which has forcibly ruled Gaza since 2007.

 IDF troops on patrol in Gaza, February 20, 2024 (credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)Enlrage image
IDF troops on patrol in Gaza, February 20, 2024 (credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

“The IDF will continue the war until its goals are achieved: the destruction of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad’s military capabilities and governmental infrastructure, the return of the hostages, and the prevention of any threats emanating from the Gaza Strip.”

Netanyahu restated this goal, as an Israeli delegation was scheduled to head to Paris for talks for the release of the remaining 134 hostages.

Among the points of contention between Israel and Hamas has been the terror group’s insistence on a permanent ceasefire and the complete IDF withdrawal from Gaza.

In setting out his short and intermediate goals for Gaza, Netanyahu clarified that this would not happen.

He also didn’t set a timeframe for his intermediate plan, which looked at the security and civilian aspects of life in Gaza after the war.

The Israeli army will “maintain operational freedom of action in the entire Gaza Strip, without a time limit, to prevent the renewal of terrorism and to thwart threats from Gaza,” according to Netanyahu’s plan.

Gaza to be completely demilitarized in plan

Israel will have “security control over the entire area west of [the] Jordan [River], including the Gaza border area, to prevent the strengthening of terrorist elements in the Palestinian Authority and the Gaza Strip and to thwart threats [emanating from there] against Israel,” the plan stated.

In addition, according to the plan, “the Gaza Strip will be completely demilitarized.” The plan alluded to a second domestic security force, akin to the police, that would maintain law and order. 

It appeared to indicate a model that now exists in the West Bank, where there is a Palestinian police force, while the IDF maintains overall security control.

According to the plan, the only arms allowed in Gaza will be “what is required for maintaining public order.”

Israel will be tasked with the “responsibility for realizing this goal and overseeing its maintenance in the foreseeable future,” the plan stated.

It pushed back at the US objection to a buffer zone by the Gaza border with Israel. It noted that “the security [buffer] zone established in the Gaza Strip in the area bordering Israel will exist as long as there is a security need for it.” 

The document does not mention the buffer zone by Gaza’s border with Egypt, known as the Philadelphi Corridor, through which Hamas has in the past smuggled weapons into the enclave. Egypt has warned against Israeli control of that zone.

The plan spoke instead of a “southern closure” system along Egypt’s border with Gaza, to prevent terror groups from rearming themselves. It will operate “as much as possible in cooperation with Egypt and with US assistance.”

That closure system will be “based on measures necessary to prevent smuggling from Egypt both under and above ground, including at the Rafah crossing” into Gaza from Egypt, according to the plan.

Netanyahu in his Day After document outlined civilian plans for Gaza in the intermediate period. Gaza governance, which had been in the hands of Hamas, will now be controlled by local Palestinians with administrative experience who are not identified with any country or entity that supports terrorism and receives payments from terrorists.

It’s a description that would make it impossible for the Palestinian Authority in its current form to operate in Gaza, given that it provides monthly stipends to Palestinian terrorists jailed by Israel and their families. It also could eliminate the Day After involvement of Arab countries with connections to Hamas, such as Qatar, which is now helping to mediate a hostage deal.

Netanyahu in his plan, spoke of the promotion of “a comprehensive de-radicalization program for all religious, educational and welfare institutions in the Gaza Strip.” This the plan said, would be done “as much as possible with the involvement and assistance of Arab countries that have experience in promoting de-radicalization in their territory.”

The prime minister pledged that “Israel will work to shut down the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, whose operatives were involved in the October 7 massacre, and whose schools taught terrorism and the destruction of Israel.”

UNRWA has been the premier relief organization for Palestinian refugees, servicing 5.9 million people in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Gaza, the West Bank, and east Jerusalem.

Israel, however, has found that a small number of UNRWA employees were involved in the Hamas-led attack on October 7, in which 1,200 people were killed and another 253 were kidnapped.

It has found that at least 190 UNRWA employees are affiliated with or connected to Hamas.  

Israel, according to the Day After plan, “will work to stop UNRWA activities in the Gaza Strip and replace them with responsible international aid agencies.” But the plan presented to the security cabinet did not detail which organizations that plan would include, nor did it outline a transition plan or provide any concrete details for the provision of humanitarian services in the Gaza Strip.

The plan explained that the “restoration of the Strip will only be possible after the demilitarization is completed and the de-radicalization process begins.”

It said that this process would “be financed and led by countries acceptable to Israel.”

Netanyahu’s plan was short on long-term details. He neither accepted nor rejected the demands of the right-wing flank of his coalition for Israel to apply sovereignty to Gaza and allow for Jewish communities to be rebuilt there.

The long-term plan indicated that the future of Gaza was best determined through negotiations, but did not specify who Israel would be negotiating with.

The document reiterated the proclamation the government approved at the start of the week and which the Knesset affirmed midweek.

It stated that “Israel outright rejects international dictates regarding a permanent settlement with the Palestinians. “Such an arrangement will be reached only through direct negotiations between the parties, without preconditions.

“Israel will continue to oppose the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Such recognition in the wake of the October 7 massacre would give a huge reward to unprecedented terrorism and prevent any future peace settlement,” Netanyahu’s Day After document stated.

The plan was criticized by the Palestinian Authority, according to al Jazeera, who said it was "destined to fail."

“If the world wants security and stability in the region, it must end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and recognise the independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital,” Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the spokesperson for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, was quoted as saying on Friday by the Palestinian state news agency Wafa.

Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.

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'Qatar is Hamas': Doha under fire for training Hamas terrorists - Benjamin Weinthal


by Benjamin Weinthal

US expert urges ‘designation of Qatar as state sponsor of terrorism.’


Officer Nasrallah salutes the Undersecretary of Hamas' Interior Ministry, General Nasser Maslah (, March 13, 2023) (photo credit: MEMRI)
Officer Nasrallah salutes the Undersecretary of Hamas' Interior Ministry, General Nasser Maslah (, March 13, 2023)
(photo credit: MEMRI)

A shocking new report by the Middle East Media Research Institute revealed that Qatar’s authoritarian state trained Hamas operatives at the country’s police college as recently as 2023.

According to the early February MEMRI report, “Qatar – which is known for supporting Hamas, financing its military activity and sheltering its leaders, and for extending media support to Hamas by means of its Al-Jazeera channel – also trained, in its Police College in Al-Rayyan, officers from Hamas' Interior and National Security Ministry, which is part of Hamas' governing authorities in the Gaza Strip.”

An IDF spokesperson told the Post that “The IDF does not comment about issues with Qatar and other foreign states. It is a very sensitive issue.” The IDF referred the Post to the foreign ministry.

A foreign ministry spokesman told the Post “We won’t comment regarding the MEMRI report.”

Qatar is currently functioning as a mediator in an effort to secure the release of the over 130 hostages held by Hamas in Qatar. Israeli officials and MKs have been largely reluctant to comment on the Qatari regime’s role in funneling over $2 billion into Hamas’ coffers over the last ten years due to the hostage release talks.

Officer Nasrallah receives a certificate of appreciation from the Undersecretary of Hamas' Interior Ministry General Nasser Maslah (, March 13, 2023) (credit: MEMRI)Enlrage image
Officer Nasrallah receives a certificate of appreciation from the Undersecretary of Hamas' Interior Ministry General Nasser Maslah (, March 13, 2023) (credit: MEMRI)

Training Hamas in Qatar

The training of Hamas operatives in Qatar took place long after Hamas was designated a foreign terrorist organization by the US and the European Union.

MEMRI wrote “Hamas officers were routinely sent to train at this college, which recently produced its sixth class of graduates, and were received with great honor upon their return to the Gaza Strip”

Rich Goldberg,  a member of the National Security Council during the Trump administration, told the Jerusalem Post ”This is certainly further evidence to support a designation of Qatar as a state sponsor of terrorism.” Goldberg testified in Congress in late October about Qatar’s alleged role in sponsoring Islamist terrorism.

Yigal Carmon, the president and founder of MEMRI, told the Post that  "Qatar is Hamas and Hamas is Qatar.”

Hamas Political Bureau head Isma'il Haniya, who celebrated the October 7 massacre of 1,200 people in southern Israel and lives in Qatar, frequently met with the Hamas officers and praised them  with certificates of appreciation.

Haniya said that the Qatar police college played a "significant role" in strengthening the police of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. He thanked Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Aal Thani for his work on behalf of Palestine.

A Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman thanked Qatar for helping the ministry "to develop its personnel and give them unique skills and expertise."

MEMRI disclosed that "Cadet Ahmad Jamil Nasrallah from the Gaza Strip, who was sent to the Qatar Police College by the Interior and National Security Ministry, received the highest grade among the cadets sent to the college by Arab countries. This morning [February 2, 2023].” Qatar’s Emir congratulated Nasrallah.

Hamas’ Interior Ministry sent “several students of the Ribat University College (which trains members of Hamas' security apparatuses) every year to acquire such a degree at the Qatar Police College,” noted MEMRI.

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, told the Post that “Qatar hosts Hamas leaders and facilitates its financing. We know Hamas was trained by the Islamic republic of Iran and so this new revelation about Qatar is hardly surprising. The free world should show zero tolerance for terrorist funders and sympathizers. Today its Hamas and tomorrow it will be home grown Jihadi terrorism in the West.”

MEMRI first located and translated the jaw-dropping reports about the Qatar-Hamas alliance in training Hamas operatives. According to the Hamas website, on February 7, 2023:"Today… brother Isma'il Haniya, the head of Hamas' political bureau, honored Officer Ahmad Nasrallah from the Gaza Strip, who had been sent by the Interior and National Security Ministry to [attend] the Qatar Police College.”

MEMRI posted a photograph of Undersecretary of Hamas' Interior Ministry,General Nasser Maslah, presenting a certificate of appreciation to  officer Nasrallah from March, 2023.

Hamas’ Interior Ministry also sent Muhammad Abu Rizq to the Qatar Police College. He graduated in 2022.Accofrding to the Hamas website, “The Honorable Emir Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Aal Thani honored cadet Abu Rizq at the graduation ceremony of the Qatar Police College's fourth graduating class.”

MEMRI wrote Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman Iyad Al-Buzom tweeted that day: "We congratulate the cadet Muhammad Ahmad Abu Rizq, of the Gaza Interior Ministry, for achieving the highest grade among the cadets sent to the Qatar Police College by the Arab countries, and for being honored by the Qatari Emir… We thank the Qatari Interior Ministry for giving our cadets the opportunity to attend the Qatar Police College, which helps the Gaza Interior Ministry develop its personnel and give them unique skills and expertise.”

Hamas’ website reported on January 15, 2022 that "Hamas Political Bureau Head Isma'il Haniya honored Officer Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Abu Rizq, from the Gaza Strip.” MEMRI showed a photograph of Haniya presenting Abu Rizq with a certificate of appreciation.

In 2021,  Haniya met with a group of Gazan cadets attending the Qatar Police College. Hamas’ outlet Al-Risalah reported that Haniya praised the  cadets' "excellent performance" and "warmly thanked His Excellency, the Honorable Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Aal Thani, the Emir of the sister-country Qatar, as well as his government and the honorable and generous Qatari people, for [the efforts they] invest in serving our [Palestinian] homeland, our people and the Palestinian cause in international forums."

 Haniya  also congratulated Officer Husam Abu Shamala, a graduate of the Qatari program.

MEMRI also revealed that, in February, 2021, Husam Fathi Abu Shamala returned to Khan Younis as a graduate of the police college after spending five years in Qatar.

It is unclear how many Hamas operatives Qatar trained. Multiple Post press queries to Qatar’s embassies in Washington and London went unanswered.

Qatar is facing intense anger from a growing number of US lawmakers for its financial aid to Hamas and its reported espionage operation targeting opponents of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. 

The AP and Fox News Digital  reported that Qatar’s regime hired former CIA officer, Kevin Chalker, and his company, Global Risk Advisors, to spy on Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) ,and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla), as well as former California Republican Congressman Ed Royce.,

In January, Qatar denied on its X account, formerly known as Twitter, the allegation that it hired Chalker’s firm to  discredit US elected officials as part of a vast  surveillance operation titled “Project ENDGAME.”

Chalker’s lawyer, Kevin Carroll, told Fox News "Mr. Chalker has a long-standing record of service to the United States and any allegations of wrongdoing—much less defamatory allegations of criminal wrongdoing—by him or GRA are just false.”

When the Post asked Carroll and Chalker if GRA or Chalker played a role in training Hamas operatives in Qatar, Carroll and Chalker refused to comment.  Numerous Post press queries were sent to GRA, Carroll and Qrypt, Chalker’s new company.

The Post also asked Chalker if he and GRA view Hamas as a terrorist organization. Chalker declined to comment.

Protests have unfolded against Qatar’s embassy in Washington and its hotel in Beverly Hills, the Maybourne, due to the Gulf Country’s financial support for Hamas and its failure to secure the freedom of the remaining hostages.

Rabbi Pini Dunner, from The Beverly Hills Synagogue, along with the organization, Rabbis United, are slated to protest on Monday against “Qatar-funded Hamas terrorism” in front of Qatar’s consulate in Beverly Hills..  The organizers are also demanding “the release of the hostages.” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, is slated to speak at the 12:45 PM rally.

Qatar has lashed out at American Jews and Congressional representatives who demonstrated in front of their Washington embassy calling for Doha to pressure Hamas to release the hostages.

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A recent Joe Biden promo shows that he’s held together by videotape editing - Andrea Widburg


by Andrea Widburg

Trump is the same as he ever was; Joe Biden is being held together by duct tape


The current debate in American politics is a sad one. It’s called “Your candidate is more senile than mine.” However, much as leftists (plus Nikki Haley) try to say that Donald Trump shows the same cognitive decline as Joe Biden, anyone can see that this isn’t true. Trump is the same as he ever was; Joe Biden is being held together by duct tape (or, in his case, carefully edited videotape).

When it comes to Donald Trump, what you see is what you get…and what you’ve always gotten. He is the modern equivalent of Oliver Cromwell’s instruction to Sir Peter Lely, his portrait painter, that the painting should be honest, showing “warts and all.” Trump is now as he always has been.

Trump is a master of puffery (which is not the same, factually or legally, as lying). He speaks discursively, taking an endless amount of time to get to his point, but he always gets there at last. He’s repetitive, which is something a good salesman needs to be. He can speak telegraphically, packing enormous content into short phrases (e.g. “build the wall” became his visually effective shorthand for the problems of illegal immigration and the need for a fix). And he openly and often childishly insults his enemies. Trump is still Trump.

Joe Biden, however, is a shell of himself. Just compare Biden in 2012, a mere 12 years ago, when he was debating Paul Ryan with a recent appearance. In this first video, he’s a bully and a liar who completely intimidates Paul Ryan. Biden’s lack of intelligence shows in the stupid political positions he takes, but he’s totally on the ball:

In this second video, he’s barely sentient:


The latest example of Biden’s mental decline comes directly from the White House. Someone there decided that Biden needed to get out in front to promote the National Security Bill that massively funds Ukraine, somewhat funds Israel, balances the funds to Israel with funds to Hamas, and completely ignores America’s own border. The video is only two minutes long but, as Joe Concha points out, it has 28 cuts (very obvious cuts).


I got motion-sick watching that.

It’s true that quick cuts are often used to add a little energy to what modern audiences perceive as the “flatness” of someone just speaking. They want different angles. Additionally, people speaking extemporaneously in their own videos and podcasts sometimes use it to eliminate errors, gaps, or filler words.

It’s different when someone is relying on a script. In that case, Concha is correct that there should be a minimal number of cuts. Too many cuts are a giveaway that the speaker was incapable of following the script. Biden clearly has a TelePrompter in front of him but he still cannot follow along. You can imagine the endless number of takes to get those 28 little pieces.

Biden is broken. He’s long been morally broken, but now he’s mentally broken, too. In this respect, he is the perfect representative of a Democrat party that went off the tracks a few decades ago.

Just think of Oscar Wilde’s famous The Picture of Dorian Gray, in which a man sells his soul to remain forever youthful in appearance, with his aging playing out on an utterly grotesque portrait hidden in his attic. When it comes to the Democrat party, which hides behind actors, academics, and botoxed politicians, Biden is their Picture of Dorian Gray, fully out of the closet.

Image: Joe “Dorian Gray” Biden by Andrea Widburg


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'Gender affirming' care in the cross hairs from detransitioner lawsuits, 'conversion therapy' claims - Greg Piper


by Greg Piper

Reinstated Oregon lawsuit joins California, Rhode Island litigation with "dissociated identities" plaintiff. Surgeon privately warned of perforated rectum, clitoral death, surgical incisions reopening up to 75% of the time.


The Biden administration is facing United Nations scrutiny for its proposed transgender school athletics rules, which could violate its treaty obligations to protect women and girls.

States including Indiana are facing legal scrutiny for requiring parents, at least sometimes, to affirm the gender identity of their children.

Next to come under the microscope and the gavel: doctors who perform and prescribe so-called gender affirming procedures and treatments.

A surgeon who makes vaginas for males privately told peers that complications from vaginoplasties "can be pretty bad," including "perforat[ing] the rectum" and death of the clitoris, in a recording obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation this month.

Surgical incisions reopen as often as 75% of the time, Gender Reassignment Surgery of Montreal's Alex Laungani told a World Professional Association for Transgender Health event, even as he encouraged peers to do the procedures frequently to get better at them.

He warned the audience that "proper training" was likely lacking in the "growing number" of gender-affirmation programs, and "it’s time just to make sure that we have the right training and that everybody has the same standard because the patients deserve it."

Women from coast to coast who returned to identifying as females are suing their providers and even the American Academy of Pediatrics in state courts, alleging malpractice, negligence, fraud and civil conspiracy.

An Oregon court resurrected a lawsuit by detransitioner Camille Kiefel — unusual among peers for transitioning as an adult — a year after its dismissal due to an inadvertent gap in her representation, rejoining litigation by Californians Chloe Cole and Kayla Lovdahl.

Kiefel accuses her providers of a sloppy evaluation using "cut-and-pasted boilerplate diagnostic criteria" to approve her for a double mastectomy and almost giving her the wrong surgery. She started the nonprofit Detrans Help and is seeking donations again for her litigation. 

"Therapists, plastic surgeons, hospitals, and the entire medical industry must know: You will be held accountable for failing to provide basic standards of care to these vulnerable patients," the GiveSendGo campaign says. Kiefel has raised around $1,600.

Even the Old Gray Lady is featuring detransitioners, frightened parents and now-skeptical therapists including Oregon's Stephanie Winn, who share the social and professional pressure they face to not question gender affirmation.


Grace Powell started cross-sex hormones at 17 and had her breasts removed the summer before college, but a year later Powell's depression had metastasized into dissociation from her body and reality, she told New York Times columnist Pamela Paul.

Powell said no one in the process explored the reasons behind her depression or asked about her sexual orientation or past trauma, which included child sexual abuse. She now says transitioning "magnified what I found was wrong with myself."

Gay adults who detransitioned told Paul they consider their youth transitions a form of conversion therapy. 

Kasey Emerick said her mother approved her transition after having her committed for Emerick's stated attraction to females. She got a double mastectomy and went on testosterone, which permanently changed her voice.

Adult transitioner and registered nurse Aaron Kimberly, who still identifies as a man, stopped working at a gender clinic when it banned Kimberly from referring troubled young patients "for further mental health care rather than immediate hormone treatment," Paul paraphrases. Kimberly and gender-clinic whistleblower Jamie Reed founded the LGBT Courage Coalition.

Detransitioners Isabelle Ayala and Hannah Ulery separately sued the same Rhode Island gender-affirming providers on the same day in October. They share a lawyer, Gregory Piccirilli, known for representing parents against school mask mandates and teachers fired for refusing COVID-19 vaccination, though each complaint names a different medical practice.

Ayala's suit also names the American Academy of Pediatrics for civil conspiracy with the providers in publishing, promoting and profiting from AAP's 2018 statement recommending gender-affirming care, which "fraudulently and misleadingly misrepresents" the evidence for the interventions and the "known risks and dangers."

AAP "at the very least failed to exercise any degree of institutional control over those ideological actors whom it had empowered" in Rhode Island, the 20-year-old's suit says. 

The providers, who worked at defendant Lifespan Physician Group, conned Ayala at age 14 into believing testosterone "would resolve her mental health issues," but she tried to kill herself six months after starting the hormone, which gave her irreversible "vaginal atrophy" and "compromised bone structure," the suit says.

Ulery's suit has a tabloid-ready premise: She claims to have been "inhabited by more than eight autonomous identities," ages 6 to 23 and both sexes, "with various medical and psychological needs during her treatment," and went by Leighton at that time. 

Her new name is Layton, "recognizing her new unified identity, which integrates her previously dissociated personalities," a footnote says.

The "traumatized lesbian woman" escaped from a cult that sexually abused her and tried to cure her homosexuality in 2015. Ulery's dissociation prevented her from managing her "day-to-day affairs and left her perpetually on the brink of homelessness and in a constant stage of food insecurity," the suit says.

Ulery sought treatment for her dissociations, but the providers put her on a gender-affirming course because she said some of her identities were male, even though neither she nor her "alters" were transgender, according to the suit. 

This was despite a therapist defendant concluding from a diagnostic interview with Ulery that only one alter wanted breast removal and others objected to testosterone, and that Ulery experiences gender dysphoria specifically "when in a state of derealization."

The federal government moved Ulery's suit to federal court in January and filed to dismiss because Ulery hasn't exhausted "the administrative claim process at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services," which covers some defendants. She responded by seeking a stay of the proceedings for six months while that process plays out.

Ulery defendant Thundermist Health Center, where the providers common to both suits also worked, is a "persistent agitator in Rhode Island public schools," parent-activist Nicole Solas wrote in The Daily Wire this month.

Solas cited her public records request, which revealed Thundermist trained one district's social workers to hide gender transitions from parents and inform them about surgery options for "older teens" and insurance coverage. Other records showed Thundermist apparently tried to convince a local library to cancel an event with Solas and Jackson, the former Trump official.


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Biden planned to join son’s China-backed firm after vice presidency, former partner tells Congress - Steven Richards


by Steven Richards

The new witness testimony from Jason Galanis reinvigorates the House impeachment inquiry with fresh evidence of Biden family influence peddling.


In his opening statement to House impeachment investigators, former Hunter Biden business partner, Jason Galanis, said Joe Biden planned to join the board of his son’s firm which was being backed by a Chinese businessman and state-owned enterprises.

Galanis delivered his opening statement on Friday morning to congressional investigators from inside a federal prison in Alabama where he is serving a prison sentence for engaging in an illegal scheme to enrich Burnham Asset Management.

Galanis also unequivocally told investigators his firm originally partnered with Hunter Biden because of his family name.

“The entire value-add of Hunter Biden to our business was his family name and his access to his father, Vice President Joe Biden,” he said in his opening statement, obtained by Just the News.

He also described the purpose of the joint venture with Hunter Biden.

“Our objective was to build a diversified private equity platform, which would be anchored by a globally known Wall Street brand together with a globally known political name,” he said.

After the group, which included Galanis, Hunter Biden, and Devon Archer, acquired Burnham & Co., the intention was for the firm to become “the focal point for integrating a 'Biden Family Office' into a large-scale financial company with international influence.”

Later, the group decided to partner with a Chinese firm called Harvest Fund Management, which was headed by Henry Zhao and backed by Chinese state-owned enterprises. Galanis made clear why Zhao was so eager to partner with Hunter Biden and his associates despite having the backing from some of the largest financial firms in China.

“Mr. Zhao was interested in this partnership because of the game-changing value add of the Biden family, including Joe Biden, who was to be a member of the Burnham-Harvest team post-vice presidency, providing political access in the United States and around the world,” Galanis said.

Even more attractive for Zhao was the eventual promise of Joe Biden joining the firm after he left the vice presidency. Hunter Biden reinforced this expectation in an email draft Galanis provided to the committee.

“Michael, please also remind Henry [Zhao] of our conversation about a board seat for a certain relation of mine. Devon and I golfed with that relation earlier last week and we discussed this very idea again and as always he remains very very keen on the opportunity,” it reportedly reads. Ultimately, this phrase was removed from the final email draft; however, it has been preserved in Galanis’ records.

“Mr. Zhao regularly sought reassurance about what he termed the 'intangible goods' that Vice President Biden serving on the Harvest board would bring to the business plan. He wanted assurances so that he would not ‘lose face’,” Galanis added.

Galanis also told investigators that Joe Biden called in to meetings Hunter Biden organized with the Burnham partners and funders, which included Yelena Baturina, her late husband Yuri Luzhkov, the former mayor of Moscow, and Devon Archer.

"It was clear to me this was a pre-arranged call with his father meant to impress the Russian investors that Hunter had access to his father and all the power and prestige of his position,” Galanis said of the phone call.

After House Democrats this week argued that the impeachment inquiry led by the House Oversight Committee was “essentially" over, as Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin claimed, this new witness testimony will likely add new fuel to the fire as the committee plans to interview Hunter Biden himself next week.

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