Israel in a good light

There is an IDF scholarship program in the name of a former Druse soldier, Salim Shufi . Recipients of awards from the program recently met Bibi, and according to this report in the Jerusalem Post, “the event with the prime minister and other important figures had given the students a sense of pride.”

This is just one small story. But it’s one of a countless number of such stories in a similar vein – about Israel and its people – that are out there, every single day.

Similar, in that they show good things happening.

Similar in that they make a mockery of the demented demonization of Israel.

Similar, in that they are ignored by the western media, because they do not fit the pattern of their message: Israel is bad, bad, bad, we tell you. And if we are ever at risk of seeing or hearing anything about Israel that is good, we are going to shut our eyes, and stick our fingers in our hears. You will note that small stories which are critical of Israel, are far more likely to appear in that same western media.

Thankfully, no matter the extent of that media madness (and badness) we survive, thrive, and confound the conspirators. Long may it continue.


Alice was never in Wonderland…

…and she has no claim to Wonderland, except that of an occupier by force.

Yes, you guessed it; we are back in the wacky world of conspiracy theories, and alternative history, so cherished in this part of the world. If it’s not Zionist attack pigs, or phantom olive tree bulldozers (on Shabbat!), it’s putting a perverse spin on history. That’s how we suffer such rubbish as Jesus the Palestinian, and the fables of how the Jews lived a life of pleasure, leisure, and safety under Muslim rule.

The most recent phenomena, clearly driven by official Palestinian policy, is to deny Jewish connections to Israel. Every such connection. There never was a Temple, they say. There never was a Jewish nation, they say. And on and on it goes. The Romans must be turning in their grave, frustrated at seeing their imperial efforts ignored. Real historians must be seething with anger, while keeping their heads below the parapet, just in case. And there seems no change on the horizon. The Tisha B’Av broadcast by Joint (Arab) List MK Masud Ganaim repeated the claim that Jews have no historical connection to the Temple Mount. (See the report, here.) Given the spectacularly over the top (alleged) reaction by Palestinian youth (aka hooligans and thugs) to some extremist individual insulting the prophet Mohammed, I wonder what the proportionate Jewish response to Ganaim would have (or should have) been.

This embedded position over the Temple Mount is, of course, our fault. When Israel retook  the rest of Jerusalem in 1967, it should have taken control of all the religious sites. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, it left the Waqf in charge of the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. I have a suspicion that such weakness may have at least been partly responsible for encouraging the dreadful revisionist historical approach of the Palestinians to deny a Jewish presence on the Temple Mount. In short, we are still paying the price for a colossal error made in 1967. Who believes that there is any politician who will grasp the nettle, and re-establish Israeli control?


Five for Friday

We said goodbye to Hannah this week, and restarted the game sessions, so a bit of a mix. But still the weekend arrives, this time with a nasty kick in the tail called Tisha B’Av. IT starts on motzei Shabbat.) Yuk. Ah well, it will soon be over. Meantime, I offer the usual selection of links, and hope you get something from them. I did.

Shabbat Shalom!


Praying for a safe arrival


Spotted (and snapped) by Sarah-Lee, on the morning train to Tel Aviv.

Even though it is not something I ever expect to do, the pictured activity is definitely one of the feel good factors available in Israel.

However, if I were so inclined, I wonder in how many countries it would be safe to engage in such an obvious display of being a member of the Red Sea Pedestrians.

I am equally affected by the sight of Muslims engaged in public prayer. It is significant that this freedom exists, and is so publicly exercised. (Not that you would know this from the media coverage of the place.)

There’s a drop-off and pickup point I pass in my morning commute, and quite often among those gathering are some people taking time out for their contemplation and prayers. It gives me a nice warm feeling, and presumably something positive to the participants, too.

One of the many joys of Israel.


Nowhere to be seen

In this review of Tuvia Tenenbom‘s Catch the Jew, it says:

This myth-shattering book became an instant bestseller in Israel last year, yet, Germany aside, it has largely been ignored in American and European media outlets and by the reigning Middle East punditocracy. Ostensibly, Tenenbom’s book is disdained because the author lacks the academic or journalistic credentials to be taken seriously as a commentator on the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

It’s an explanation. But it doesn’t stand up to examination.

For example, search long and hard at the BBC or the Guardian websites and you will not find a review or mention of Catch the Jew. But you will find Shlomo Sand, and Ilan Pappe, to name but two who conform to the BBC and Guardian view of the world.

  • Shlomo Sand. Perfectly described by the Elder of Ziyon as “the academic with no background in history who wrote an absurdly ridiculous book The Invention of the Jewish People to much acclaim by anti-semites.”
  • Ilan Pappe. Benny Morris,a  real historian, could not restrain himself: “At best, Ilan Pappe must be one of the world’s sloppiest historians; at worst, one of the most dishonest. In truth, he probably merits a place somewhere between the two….”

Shlomo and Ilan and their output are welcome at the BBC and the Guardian. Tuvia Tenenbom, it appears, is not.

Now why might that be?


Five for Friday

So that was the week of the Iran Deal, that was. I’m still trying to resolve in my head why Obama and crew are all in favor, given the loopholes in the thing that are so large you could drive a coach and horses through it. Or, dare I say it, a nuclear missile or ten. Bloody hell, that’s depressing. Time to get off the topic and think peaceful, relaxing thoughts like Shabbat, eat, rest, and sleep.

But before the boom comes down, there’s time to post another set of links. There’s the usual mix. I hope you get something out of them.

Shabbat Shalom!



Typo of the day

The Times of Israel is covering the apparent negotiations for the Israelis held in Gaza:


The body of the report starts off like this:

Thee Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has been engaged in talks with Israel over the return of two Israeli civilians believed to be held in the Gaza Strip, Avraham Mengistu and a young Bedouin man whose name was not cleared for publication, senior Palestinian sources said.

So far, so good.

Next is this:

The sources confirmed Hamas’s recent statement to the effect that Mengistu, who crossed the border in September, is in Hamas captivity but is nevertheless safe and sound. The organization’s new stance on Mengistu contrasts with its previous version, according to which the Israeli man had crossed into Egypt via a tunnel. Hamas officials, however, refused to comment on the matter during a conversation with The Times of Israel.

So, Mengistu:

“is in Hamas captivity but is nevertheless safe and sound.”


Given that the last reports were to the effect that Hamas was (allegedly) not holding the poor fellow, it’s presumably supposed to be:

Mengistu “is not in Hamas captivity but is nevertheless safe and sound.”

However, the typo is an ironical reminder of the inhumane regime that is Hamas.

You can click on the image to go to the article. Of course, the typo may be fixed by the time you get there.


A little light relief

If, like many, you find the whole Iran Deal situation somewhat depressing, this post is for you. Take a time out from the madness that seems to have gripped the Obama administration and its fellow deal participants. Instead, have a look at the following, and forget all that depressing stuff. Instead, you may smile, smile, smile. Laughing is also permitted.

To put it another way: it’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world.


Peace in our time?

Since I am an avowed David Horovitz fan, you may not be surprised to know that I am siding with his analysis about the deal with Iran:

16 reasons nuke deal is an Iranian victory and a Western catastrophe

Has Iran agreed to ‘anywhere, anytime’ inspections, an end to R&D on faster centrifuges, and the dismantling of its key nuclear sites? No, no, and no

He continues:

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday unsurprisingly hailed the nuclear agreement struck with US-led world powers, and derided the “failed” efforts of the “warmongering Zionists.” His delight, Iran’s delight, is readily understandable.

The agreement legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program, allows it to retain core nuclear facilities, permits it to continue research in areas that will dramatically speed its breakout to the bomb should it choose to flout the deal, but also enables it to wait out those restrictions and proceed to become a nuclear threshold state with full international legitimacy. Here’s how.

And if you click here, you will see how.

The only point I would add, is that in addition to other non-nuclear issues that were not even discussed – which Mr H lists – there is the question of USA prisoners in Iran. Like Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, and detainees Saeed Abedini and Amir Hekmati. And let’s not forget the mysterious case of Robert Levinson, a USA citizen who disappeared in Iran some eight years ago. I don’t think we’ll be taking any lectures from the Obama administration about dealing with our enemies, that’s for sure.


BDS’ useful idiots at Haaretz

It’s not my headline, but it looks right to me. It’s from Ynet, and it headlines a piece that begins like this:

Op-ed: Omar Barghouti, one of the leaders of the BDS movement, said in an interview recently that he wants Jews to live in peace under Arab democracy. He ignores a long and bloody history of persecution of Jews in Arab countries – and, surprisingly, there are some Israelis who buy that nonsense.

This week Le Monde published an interview with Omar Barghouti, one of the leaders of BDS. His argument, in essence, was that there is no problem with the Jews living as a minority under Arab rule in the exemplary state he aims to create.

After all, the Jews, he explained, “did not suffer in Arab countries. There were no pogroms. There was no persecution. And in general, the Jews thrive as minorities in Europe and the United States.” So what’s the problem? Please live as a minority under Arab democracy, which is known for its protection of minorities, especially if they are Jews.

Mr Barghhouti is lying. The writer of the piece was more restrained:

The man suffers from double blindness – both to the past and to the present. It’s doubtful whether there is a Jewish community under Muslim rule that did not suffer from persecution, with or without any relation to Zionism. The list is long. And the leader of the British Mandate-era Arab Higher Committee, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, was actually a well-known fan of Jews. That’s why he apparently led the pogrom against the Jews of Baghdad in 1941, the “Farhud”, and from there traveled to Berlin in order to turn more Muslims into Nazis. He also wrote about his plans to destroy all of the Arab countries’ Jews.

Read it all, especially if you want to see how endemic the problem is at Haaretz. They are, indeed, the enemy.