Monday, November 29, 2010


By Simon Fischler

It is now or never for the Obama administration to carry out a one hundred and eighty degree turn and save American Foreign policy.

The best place to do this? The Middle-East of course.

America and Israel would both love to see Syria break free from her relationship with Iran and Hezbollah. The chance for America to achieve this and win Syria over has finally appeared.

Syrian President Basher al-Assad did not take it lightly when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that Southern Lebanon was Iran’s border with Israel.

Syria has always viewed Lebanon as nothing more than a breakaway province, much like how China views Taiwan.

There is no doubt that Iran and her president overstepped the boundaries of what is acceptable for the Syrian regime when they declared Lebanon essentially Iranian!

Hezbollah has also crossed the line in the eyes of the Syrian regime.

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah raised the ire of the Syrian regime when he put all of his cards down with Iran. He simply disregarded the fact that he could not survive without the arms transported and given to him by Assad’s regime.

Now the Americans have an opportunity finally to bring Syria over to the West’s camp.

The question is: has President Obama learned that appeasement does not work in Middle-Eastern diplomacy?

President Obama needs to give Syria a carrot while still brandishing a big stick over her head -- it’s the only way things get done here in the Middle-East.

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is both a carrot and BIG stick for America to use with Syria, since it is now obvious that Hezbollah orchestrated and executed the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri.

Hezbollah is sweating right now. Nashrallah and company are doing everything they can to try and foil the UN’s completion of the Tribunal; even threatening civil war, something that scares all Lebanese.


When the UN indicts leading Hezbollah personal, it will be proven that Hezbollah does not have Lebanon’s interest at heart and is nothing more than Iranian agent. For an organization that constantly claims to be defending Lebanon, being responsible for assassinating the Lebanese Prime Minister will destroy all vestiges of their credibility.

Syria obviously gave Hezbollah the okay for the assassination, but that makes no difference now. America needs to guarantee President Assad that Syria will not be made responsible for the execution of Prime Minister Hariri.

America should also recognize Syria’s role as protectorate of Lebanon and not make her move to the American camp conditional on reforms inside Syria.

Syria must in turn do what is both necessary and beneficial to her: divorcing Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas, while toning down her rhetoric directed at Israel.

This is it for the Obama administration. If they fail here, their foreign policy will be doomed. It is now or never for the US administration to take the initiative and make this work.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


By Schmoel Yitzhak

Ever since Barack Obama took over as America's chief executive he has relentlessly pressured Israel to make concessions in the hope that his administration could be credited with forging a landmark Middle East peace pact.
Bill Clinton did likewise and fell heavily on his face. His wife is likely to do likewise.

The latest round of America's anti-Israel hostility began, unfortunately, with Obama's Cairo speech which, for all intents and purposes, signaled to the Arabs that Uncle Sam will do anything it can to court Islam short of moving the White House to Tehran.

The Chief Executive's overwhelming Muslim tilt betrayed many anti-Israeli moves too numerous to mention here. Suffice to say that one of the most egregios was Obama's impudent snub of Benjamin Netanyahu when Israel's leader made his first official visit to Washington.

Only after it appeared that Obama's Democratic colleagues faced humiliating defeat in the November elections did the two-faced president try to make nice to Bibi. But anyone who knows anything about the president's bi-polar style realized -- and many wrote as much -- that he would show his true colors after the election and return to his policy of abusing Israel.

Not surprisingly, this has happened -- in spades.

The bribe is a good example of Obama perfidy. America offers Israel a package of the latest in jet fighter-bombers and support in the United Nations for another freeze in "settlement" construction. The bribe is absurd on all counts:

1. There WAS a long-term Israeli settlement-building freeze designed to coerce the Palestinians back to the conference table.

2. The freeze went on and on and ON, ad nauseum, with absolutely no reciprocity from Mahmound Abbas.

3. Obama did nothing -- as in ABSOLUTELY NOTHING -- to reprimand the Arabs for their intransigence. Obama treated Abbas as if the PA leader was being the soul of cooperation.

4. The American election is concluded; the Democrats get whomped and the President -- not needing Jewish votes for a while -- resumes his Israel-spanking.

What has the Chief Executive accomplished by his bias in favor of Abbas?

He has encouraged the Palestinians to utter the most heinous comments while making such outrageous demands as to render any further peace parlay meaningless. And here's what I mean:

* ISRAEL AS A JEWISH STATE: The United States has recognized Israel as a Jewish state since the nation's inception in 1948. That was how the country was founded and why it exists. Yet at the recently-concluded Fatah Revolutionary Council in Ramallah, the Palestinians emphatically rejected the concept of Israel as a Jewish state.

This produced not a peep out of Obama; nor was there any mention of America reducing heavy financial support of Abbas, Inc. Not a peep about the possibility that such inflammatory talk could scuttle peace negotiations. Nothing. Everyone who's anyone in American government knows that Israel never -- ever -- would relinquish its birthright as the Jewish state. Yet the PA blithely says no to Israel as Jewish and expects Bibi to bow to such a ridiculous assertion.

"It's clear," says one Israeli official, "that their refusal to recognize the Jewish state's legitimacy is the true obstacle to peace and reconciliation."

But there's more to it than that.

The Fatah Revolutionary Council did not stop there. It rejected the idea of land swaps as part of a permanent peace pact and, furthermore, once again tread on thin ice by bringing up another negotiating no-no. To wit:

* RETURN OF REFUGEES: Arab propagandists know full well that any refugee-return campaign is an instant deal-breaker. It's not only out of the question, it's out of the realm of possibility because that -- as much as any Palestinian plank -- would ensure the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state. Obama knows this. His Secretary of State knows it and his policy-makers know it.

That said, Obama should quickly denounce the Revolutionary Council in no uncertain terms. Instead he merely encourages the Palestinians by his taciturn reaction which the Arabs interpret as tacit approval.

* HOSTILE BEHAVIOR: The Arabs want peace? Who's kidding whom? Palestinians kids are taught almost from birth to hate Israel. The instruction intensifies in school, on television via the newspapers. You can hear it in the dialogue and comments emanating from Ramallah.

Israel is referred to as the "so-called Jewish state." Israelis who live in the West Bank are characterized as "illegal settler gangs." Peaceful words are as rare as icebergs in Nablus.

Why then doesn't Uncle Sam's commander-in-chief recognize that ongoing hostility so pervasive throughout the PA, an organization that only is "moderate" relative to the Hamas leaders in Gaza?

Doesn't Hilary Rodham Clinton understand that -- based on statements made by the Revolutionary Council -- that a return to the conference table would be a waste of everybody's time.

Better still, how about Obama and Clinton redirecting their focus away from another settlement freeze while zeroing in on the relentless, public hostility maintained by the Arabs toward America's foremost ally in the Middle East?

That would make sense except that the president and his secretary of state seem hellbent on ignoring the endless venom spewed by the PA and Abbas' flunkies on the Revolutionary Council.

And as long as Obama-Clinton retain that astigmatic look, the Arabs will increase their intransigence, braking any peace possibilities for decades.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


By Simon Fischler

Dear President Clinton,

I am writing this to you in response to your opinion article “Finish Rabin’s Work” printed in the New York Times this November.

Mr. President you claim that Rabin was a close friend of yours and you also claim that you miss him on a daily basis.

Mr. President do you think Rabin would have continued to negotiate with people who demand recognition of their nation yet refuse to recognize the Jewish Nations right to Statehood?

NO WAY. Rabin would have walked out on Arafat at Camp David and Taba and he would have told Mahmoud Abbas to forget Statehood if the Palestinians refused to recognize Israel as the Jewish Nation State.

That was Rabin.

Rabin was not a politician, nor a diplomat. Rabin was a STATESMAN and sacrificed his life to protect the nation he loved so much. He sacrificed his Life for PEACE while Arafat and the “Supposed Moderate” Palestinians continued to use terrorism.

This is no longer a theory: Mahmoud Zahar of Hamas confirmed it in September, when he admitted to the Press that Arafat had okayed HAMAS’ terrorist attacks on Israel.

That also confirms that Arafat had okayed attacks by HAMAS throughout all the Oslo Period -- even when Rabin was alive and negotiating with him. This totally contradicts your theory of peace in three years if Rabin had not been assassinated. Arafat never wanted peace and you know that!

If you loved Rabin as much as you claim to, you would be doing all you can to protect the truth of his work.

If you really loved Rabin and wanted his work to be finished, you would call out those who caused the destruction of his work and cause: The Palestinian Leadership.

If you loved Rabin, you would demand the Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish Nation State.

If you loved Rabin, you would be the first to castigate those who lie and call Israel an apartheid state.

If you truly loved Rabin as you claim, you would demand the PA halt all incitement against Israel and the Jewish Nation; something that is nowhere near happening.

If you truly loved Rabin, which is loving Israel -- because Rabin truly was Israel at the end of his life, you would have been the first to call out the PA yesterday when they released a policy paper claiming the Western Wall has nothing to do with the JEWS.

President Clinton you know more than anyone that the settlements are not the issue, and you rob Rabin of his TRUTH when you let your wife and her boss point the finger at Israel because of settlements.

Lastly, you negate that claimed love, when you fail to call out Abbas and/or his underlings every time they proudly yell to the world that they will never recognize Israel as the Jewish Nation. This is the treachery that has been Palestinian policy since the beginning of the Oslo agreements: Abbas and his underlings have no intention of truly recognizing Israel’s right to exist. When I say Israel’s right to exist, you know exactly what that means: the JEWISH DEMOCRATIC nation state.

President Clinton, I am Simon Fischler, a liberal Democrat who voted for you as president. I also voted for Al Gore and Barack Obama. I am also Simon Fischler, an Israeli citizen who has voted for the peace camp in every Israeli election since 2001. Tell the truth, Mr. Clinton: if people who love peace truly want it for Israel and the Palestinians, it is time the Palestinian Leadership be brought to the court of peace and pay up for the treachery they have committed against the Israeli and Palestinian people!

Mr. President, if you truly loved Rabin, start telling the TRUTH ABOUT THE PALESTINIAN LEADERSHIP’S ACTIVE STANCE AGAINST PEACE.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


By Simon Fischler

Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer alleges the Obama administration is rewarding Israel’s “bad behavior” by offering up security and political guarantees for another settlement freeze.

Is it not interesting that Mr. Kurtzer seems to brush aside the ten-month settlement freeze that the Palestinians totally wasted? Does he forget that never before have settlements stopped peace negotiations?

In fact, why does Mr. Kurtzer, an observant Jew, think it is Israel that is behaving badly in this situation? How much does he expect Israel to give without getting anything in return?

How far does he believe the Americans have the right to endanger the Jewish State for Obama’s political image?

What have the Palestinians given the Obama administration? Nothing at all. In fact, the PA has done nothing but up their anti-Semitic, anti-Israel rhetoric. Why should the American administration or American diplomats ask more of Israel?

Just yesterday the PA made it their official policy that the Western Wall has no connection to the Jewish Nation and is a Muslim holy site. Not a word was said by the Obama administration to counter this heinous PA rhetoric.

This American administration’s foreign policy has been nothing more than a joke that at times appears to be run by the Keystone Kops.

Obama and his cadre have literally put Israel’s political safety in jeopardy. Yes Israel is strong militarily, but never before has she appeared so alone – diplomatically -- in the world.

This is all due to borderline self-destructive American diplomacy that could have only been contrived by someone not in the game long enough to understand how important Israel is for America’s safety, or is being advised by a cadre that is basically anti-Israel.

Mr. Kurtzer would do well to remember that appeasing the DICTATORIAL, FASCIST, RACIST, CHAUVINIST and ANTI-SEMiTIC Arab and Muslim regimes was usually left to the great states of Europe, now the E.U.; not America.

It was America that always stood up for Israel, because that meant standing up for justice, freedom and democracy, no matter how hard it was diplomatically. It meant not selling out.

It has never been easy do the right thing; standing up for Israel has always been the right thing; that is why so many great American presidents, and some who weren’t so great, have done it.

Mr. Kutrzer would also do well to remember that going the way of Thomas Friedman may be the easy way to go vis-a-vis Israel. It will surely buy you more readership today. But it is not the right, just way.

Mr. Kurtzer, Israel has offered up peace too many times and been rejected by the Palestinians too many times. This delicate (yes, she is delicate, despite appearances) nation has shown time and again that she is willing to pay the heavy price of peace. We have removed settlements in the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza strip. We have brought our nation to the brink of civil war to offer the Palestinians peace. And it is we who are behaving badly? You should be embarrassed for even writing such nonsense.

The Palestinians consistently have shown that they do not want peace, that they are liars and still seek nothing more than the destruction of the Jewish Nation.

By being either totally ignorant of, or disrespecting of history, Obama has shown no difficulty in appeasing and bribing the Arab and Muslim world at the expense of both Israel and America. You, Mr. Kurtzer, on the other hand, know the history better than anyone, and have no excuse for writing the drivel that was in the Washington Post this week.

You were here as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel from 2001 to 2005. You know more than anyone what Israel was willing to give up when Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered Yasser Arafat peace in 2000. You also know what Israel gave up for America when she carried out the Unilateral Disengagement of the Gaza Strip in August 2005.

How dare you accuse Israel of bad behavior, of not respecting America. It is America and this American administration that has behaved badly to its loyal partner Israel. It is America, this American administration and people like you who are selling out truth, dignity and the ideals of liberal democracies to the Oil Chiefs of Arabia.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


By Schmoel Yitzhak

If -- and I emphasize IF -- Israel trails in the propaganda game with the Arabs, there's still time for a comeback.

For that to happen, it's necessary to pinpoint flaws in Jerusalem's strategy.

Since the "settlement" issue is at the forefront of diplomatic discussion -- thanks to the perverted Obama thinking -- we must zero in on that subject.

To begin with Israel propagandists -- call them what you will if that term is disturbing -- must go on the offensive.

And what better issue than a demand that if talks are to begin, the Arabs MUST accept Israel's existence. Period. That is an imperative.

The fact that the so-called "moderate" countries such as Saudi Arabia have endlessly refused to acknowledge the only democracy in the Middle East should be a starting point with American peacemakers.

But most of all with Israeli's opinion-makers.

"Okay," Benjamin Netanyahu, "should tell the American president, "if you want us to negotiate in good faith, then we MUST have good faith returned from the other side. And our definition of "good faith" begins with the Palestinians first delivering a forthright declaration of the reality of Israel. If they cannot do that, what's the point of talking?"

Bibi's propaganda machine should finger-point at a major discrepancy in previous talks focusing on who can live where. Assuming -- and only ASSUMING -- that a two-state solution is even possible, it would be a one-sided deal. That is, Arabs will still be allowed to live in Israel but Jews will not be permitted in a Palestinian state.

Thus, the Prime Minister should fiercely attack that issue by simply stating, "What's fair about that?"

if the Palestinians truly want a two-state solution then it must be along equitable lines. If Arabs remain in Israel, Jews must be allowed to stay in a Palestinian state. Call it tit for tat; call it even-Steven. I call it what's right is right.

So far, Israel has fallen behind in the public relations (same as propaganda) game because it has not played verbal hardball when such a move was necessary.

Exhibit A: Israel withdrew from twenty-five settlements in Gaza and Samaria in 2005 on the assumption that there would be a reciprocal gesture of goodwill from the other side.

Alas, that "goodwill" came in the form of thousands of rocket attacks including the Hamas annexation of Gaza.

This is an issue which has not nearly been sufficiently dramatized by the Netanyahu government.

It falls under the category of endless Arab duplicity. That brand of lying has been evident for decades and was most evident when Yasir Arafat -- as McGill University historian Gil Troy points out -- "led his people away from the Oslo negotiations back toward terror in 2000."

Much, much more emphasis should be placed by Israeli propagandists on the obvious facts that support their case.

Exhibits B,C,D, and E start with the Arabs rejecting the UN partition compromise in November l947; the all-out-Arab (six armies) attack against the new state in May 1948; creation of a hostile PLO in 1964 and the 1967 attempt at Israel's annihilation launched by Egypt's Nasser before all the cats joined in.

The "settlement" issue propagated by Obama and his sidekick, Hilary (Rotten) Clinton is small potatoes compared with the major points of contention mentioned above. However, the Arab propaganda machine has employed it to great advantage.

"Emphasizing the 'settlements' circumvents negotiation," adds Troy. "It's caving in to Palestinian land claims and mindlessly embracing their one-sided narrative."

Thus, it must be changed by the Israelis to a two-sided narrative and there's plenty of historic ammunition on Bibi's side.

Ah, but if only he would use it forcefully -- and often!

Monday, November 22, 2010


By Schmoel Yitzhak

One of the all-time, right-on statements of the past century belonged to one Israel's most eloquent statesmen, Abba Eban.

After observing yet another rejection of peace by Israel's enemies, Eban asserted that the Arabs, "Never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity."

That commentary was true many decades ago and every ten years since.

It precisely is the point today as the Palestinians have placed yet another obstacle on the road to peace.

Responding to an Israeli project to improve the Kotel (Western Wall), the Arabs immediately -- as if by reflex -- delivered their traditional hue and cry.

A Palestinian Authority spokesman declared that "This move is preventing us from reaching a solution."

Oh, really!

The PA has an endless list of Israeli "moves" that supposedly are halting a "peace" accord with the Jewish state.

My point is not that we should be surprised at the Arab response but rather than it underlines an undeniable point; that there is absolutely no -- ABSOLUTELY NO -- sincerity among the Mahmoud Abbas' gang when it comes to forging a lasting peace with Israel.

What was true when Abba Eban uttered his deathless assertion is vividly true today. Consider the following:

The proposed renovation of Kotel grounds will help accommodate eight-million visitors to The Wall. And it so happens that The Kotel is the most visited site in all of the State of Israel.

Please, -- PLEASE! -- do not forget that the Western Wall is part and parcel of Israel; and always will be. So, what do we hear from the other side. Get this:

"Israel does not have permission to make changes in the occupied territories," said PA spokesman Ghassan Hatib, "especially in Jerusalem."

Well, if that comment doesn't represent the height of chutzpuh, I don't know what does. We have to get "permission" from them. Next will be permission to breathe.

Jerusalem is Israel and the Kotel is the very centerpiece of the only democracy in the Middle East.

"The Western Wall is the Jewish people's most important heritage site," asserted Benjamin Netanyahu.

Which explains why the government is spending 85 million new Israeli shekels on the Kotel development project.

But, I digress.

The Arab reaction is so typically -- so disgustingly -- hostile that one wonders what manner of objection they next will raise over an Israeli building project or, for that matter, just about anything done by Israelis between Metulla and Eilat.

Does Abbas, Inc. genuinely want peace?

Not when they protest so commendable a program as the Kotel renovation.

After all the Kotel project once again presents the Palestinians with an opportunity.

Yessiree, Bob -- another opportunity to miss an opportunity.

Otherwise known as PEACE!

Friday, November 19, 2010


By Schmoel Yitzhak

Every day -- in every way -- it seems as if American foreign policy toward Israel is guided by a flock of ostriches in gray flannel suits and, in the case of a Secretary of State, lady's pants.

Led by its increasingly disreputable president, the United States continues to construct mountains out of molehills in Judea and Samaria.

In this case, the molehills happen to be apartments and homes legitimately being built to accommodate Israelis whose prime target in life, apart from making a living, is to live in peace.

None of the new construction -- effectively mis-named "settlements" -- is outfitted with either mortars or rocket-launchers but no doubt will include safety rooms to protect the inhabitants from missiles of death.

Yet Barack Obama and his absurdly misguided sidekick, Hilary Rodham Clinton, continue to regard these simple habitations as something akin to nuclear facilities. That is, nuclear facilities such as the ones being constructed in Iran and to which Uncle Sam is doing nothing other than delivering useless hot air; otherwise known as passive threats which merely make the Iranian leaders chuckle.

Instead of forcefully bribing Benjamin Netanyahu into yet another construction moratorium, the Obama-Clinton axis of deception should focus on genuine warfare that is being conducted daily against Israel.

Hello, Mister President! That's daily -- as in every day -- and now, as we speak. War, as in exploding shells and weapons of destruction, if accurately aimed.

Specifically, I am talking about the endless mortar and rocket barrages being hurled at the Negev, Ashkelon and other points adjoining Gaza by the Hamas terrorists and their evil affiliates from the other side of what supposedly was to be an armistice line established after Operation Cast Lead.

The most recent assaults included mortar shells which contained white phosphorus and which could have inflicted horrific casualties had they landed among the civilian population.

Unlike the Israeli housing projects to which the White House so vociferously objects, the rockets and mortars were not bought at TOYS OR US. They are not playthings like popguns.

If a mortar explodes among Israeli citizens, the victims do not walk away smiling; in fact, they will be lucky simply to walk away and tell the tale.

Yet, somehow the continued war being waged by Hamas is ignored by the American government as if the episodes have jumped out of Grimm's Fairy Tales rather than the mouths of mortars and rocket projectiles.

All of which brings me to the utter absurdity of the projected peace talks and Bibi's apparent insistence on going along with them as if some tangible good miraculously somehow will be bestowed on Israel.

Mind you, the endless barrage from Gaza is tied into my point; why negotiate with Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority when the more threatening enemies are actively attacking from Gaza?

Here, let's turn theory into reality:

Imagine that -- somehow, somewhere in the future -- a treaty is hammered out between Bibi and Abbas, Inc. Apart from the fact that the Arabs never could -- and never will -- be trusted, what would be the point of a pact if Hamas continues to wage war against Israel from Gaza?

Nothing about Hamas' actions since its overthrow of the PLO suggests that it ever will accept the existence of Israel.

Thus, a peace pact with the Abbas gang will only "solve" one-half of the aggressive problem while ignoring the MAJOR aggressors in the South.

This is not fiction. These are not the words of an eternal pessimist; they are nothing more than an acknowledgement of facts on the ground and missiles in the air.

Missiles hurt and kill.

New homes merely provide shelter and warmth -- a couple of elements Israel never seems to get from Obama.

Come to think of it, Bibi do well for himself and his policy-making if he journeyed to the little zoo in Nes Ziona. There he would find a flock of genuine, live ostriches who -- with their own heads-in-the-sand ways -- are accomplishing more for peace than Barack and Hilary whose heads are somewhere in the clouds!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


By Simon Fischler

For the last ten years I have made Israel my home; for the last two years I have made fighting for Israel on the internet my life.

After making Aliyah to Israel I hoped to be given the chance to serve in my new country’s army. Sadly, because of my medical situation (I’m the recipient of heart transplantation) I was denied that ability. So I decided instead, that if I could not defend my country in the army, I would do it online.

The last two years have been an eye-opening experience.

The amount of animosity directed towards Israel and those who defend her make fighting for her a daunting task. The amount of hate mail I receive is simply astonishing and an amazing example of how sick those who stand against Israel truly are.

For those who wish to get involved in the defense of Israel, there are tips I would like to share with you.

When writing in defense of Israel, it is imperative to know the facts and to do your reading. Those who defend the Palestinians often blatantly lie and almost never present genuine facts. For them it is almost a necessity to do this, since most of the facts stack up against them.

We must never stoop to this level. Those who wish to defend Israel have such a plethora of historical facts defending our side of this argument, making it hugely important to use them and their sources.

This is a war; it makes no difference that we are fighting on a different type of battlefield. When writing about our country we must move from the defensive to the offensive. Like the IDF of old, we need to grab the initiative and pre-empt organizations like BDS and their brethren. We need to hit them hard and often with facts.

Another great tactic if you happen to live in Israel like myself is describing daily experiences. This is one of the best ways to disprove the lie of Apartheid. Just describing a trip to the local Makalut (mini-market) automatically tosses apartheid out the window.

More than anything we must stop being so diplomatic in our defense of Israel. We must not be afraid to “out” these haters.

Those who hate Israel attack her with downright lies.

They lie and use tactics similar to the worst propagandists in history.

When Omar Barghouti the founder of B.D.S says that Israel is an Apartheid State he is doing nothing more than deceiving those who are ignorant to the situation.

Omar would never talk about the fact that Israeli Arabs enjoy all the freedoms of the state.

He would never mention that there are 14 Arab members of the Knesset. He will never tell you that Israeli Arabs are allowed anywhere and everywhere in Israel. In apartheid South Africa or in the Segregated South this simply was not true. Anyone who does a little bit of research would know that in the former South Africa or the southern states in the US blacks were separated from Whites. The black Africans and African Americans were denied everything. Here in many cases Israeli Arabs enjoy greater freedoms than Israeli Jews. They do not have to serve on the Army, they are all living on government subsidies and rarely pay the land taxes we Israeli Jews do.

Omar Barghouti also want tell you that Israeli Arabs enjoy greater freedoms than any other Arabs the world over; especially greater freedoms than Arabs living in Arab states.

In fact Omar Barghouti and B.D.S are the people preaching Apartheid and possibly even genocide.

Mr. Barghouti and his friends at B.D.S openly call for the destruction of Israel. It is Mr. Barghouti who in fact fights for a racist and anti-Semitic policy when he calls for the destruction of the Jewish Nation. It is the people of B.D.S who openly want to deny the Jewish Nation their right to self-determination.

If you want to write in defense of Israel then you must be ready to call these liars on their fabrications. You must be able to hit back at someone like Omar Barghouti.

Should we stoop to his level? NO, but we should not be afraid of calling these people and the organizations they represent what they truly are: RACISTS AND ANTI-SEMITES.

If you really want to help Israel, be ready to use this supposedly forbidden word “ANTI-SEMITE.” That’s what we are fighting and the second those who want to defend our nation realize it, the faster we can attain the upper hand.

That is where we are today: those who advocate the destruction of Israel and who delegitimize her are anti-Semites and they need to be called anti-Semites. Those who call Israel an apartheid state, even if it is through ignorance are anti-Semites and again, they must be called out on this. Diplomacy can no longer hold us back as these charlatans attempt to deny the Jewish Nation its right to self-determination.

We must also work hard to create an umbrella organization for the defense of Israel on the Internet and in the media. The faster we create an umbrella group representing all those who back and love Israel on Facebook and Twitter and other internet sites, the faster we can gain the power to truly fight poisonous groups like BDS.

Monday, November 15, 2010


By Schmoel Yitzhak

The latest attempt by the Barack Administration to con Israel into yet another freeze on "settlement" construction is a bribe; no more, no less.

One of the most significant aspects of this latest American attempt at "mediation" is that it is patently one-sided.

To begin with, the American State Department is creating an illusion that the breakdown in the latest round of negotiations is Israel's fault.

The ill-logic goes like this: if only Israel will halt construction, the Arabs then will return to the discussion table.

But Israel DID halt the building -- FOR NINE MONTHS -- and got nothing but Palestinian intransigence.

It was then that Mahmoud Abbas came up with his latest gimmick; if Israel resumes building after the agreed-upon moratorium, he would refuse to talk further.

Most important at this juncture is understanding that Israel fulfilled its end of the bargain and had a nine-month freeze which was its part of the bargain.

So, why should there be another? Why not start making demands of the Arabs. Why not?

Because Obama has been patently one-sided since the beginning of his presidency and has displayed no inclination -- Democratic election defeat or not -- to change his Middle East policy.

Why should America bribe Israel with needed, state of the art armament if Benjamin Netanyahu's government supposedly is Uncle Sam's primary ally in the Middle East?

There should not be any hesitation about dispatching the arms and other carrots being "offered" in this latest round of non-negotiations. Send them without a bribe.

Yet all signs suggest that Bibi already has made a firm commitment -- via the other Arabist, Hilary Rodham Clinton -- to the White House and only a major Likud uprising will prevent Israel's leader from capitulating to this latest round of American arm-twisting.

By caving, Bibi once again will be setting a dangerous precedent, especially after previously promising that the moratorium was over and done with and construction could -- and should -- continue.

Once the Arabs realize that their pressure forces the Obama bribers into pushing Israel into yet another corner, they will continue to rev up yet more pressure until Bibi's bargaining position will be irredeemable.

When it comes to America's role as a peacemaker it's patently obvious that deals involving Israel are not deals at all if the Palestinians object.

And a deal had been crafted, then accepted by Israel. Nine months of a moratorium and that was to be that.

It all reminds me of a Dorothy Parker comment about Los Angeles. The American humorist-author once said of Tinseltown, USA, that "There's no there there!"

Placed in a contemporary Middle East context, one could say that when Obama makes a deal with Israel and Bibi fulfills his end of the pact there's still no deal there!

Friday, November 12, 2010



Today was like most days for me here in Israel, a blessing.

Plenty of my native born Israeli family members and friends think I am crazy for choosing to live in Israel. I always tell them that they are crazy for not seeing the greatness of our country.

After dropping Odel (my oldest child) off at school and leaving Ariel (my second child) in preschool, I load Avigail (our youngest) into our jeep and head off to meet my wife Lilach in the town of Nes Ziona.

We live in Rehovot, a city of about 112,000 people. Nez Ziona, where my wife was born is the town next door. Getting to Nes Ziona from Rehovot is an amazing example of an Israel most people don’t get to hear about or see.

After heading out of our development, Avigail and I pass a newly-started archeological dig where a centuries-old Israelite fort is being excavated.

While digging out the basement for a proposed High-tech office building, the construction company, much to their chagrin, came upon this piece of ancient Jewish history. That’s how it is here: around every corner there is a little Indiana Jones!

After passing the dig we take a left into the fields and dunes that separate Rehovot and Nez Ziona.

The fields and dunes we cross were once part of Moshav Galia. For those of you who do not know what a Moshav is, it’s “Kibbutz Lite” -- not complete socialism, but about half way.

Passing through the fields is like passing through Israeli history.

Many of the old Moshav farm structures built in the nineteenth century are still standing; a testament to Israeli perseverence. The scenery in the fields is beautiful, rolling Mediterranean hills, eucalyptus trees, the dry heat and sun.

As my jeep maneuvers through the sand, Avigail and I sing songs.

Just before we leave the fields and arrive in Nes Ziona, Avigail and I are treated to another one of Israel’s unique surprises. Our local Bedouin friend is moving his sheep into the fields. What a sight. I wave hello and Avigail blurts out “baaaaaaa.”

Israel truly is a country existing simultaneously in the ancient past and the High-tech future; half First World and half Third World.

After making it through the fields we return to the First World of Nes Ziona; a small and beautiful city.

We meet up with Lilach at our local coffee shop and sit down for coffee and breakfast.

Even in Nes Ziona, a relatively small city by Israeli standards, one can really see the diversity of Israeli society: black, white, Jewish, Arab, Druze; all free to do as they please.

After finishing our food and drink, Lilach and I let Avigail lose in the playground. This is Avigail at her best: she quickly makes new friends and is already terrorizing some boys. When Avigail is finished commanding playtime we all jump into the Jeep, return through the fields, heading home for a little rest and relaxation before Ariel and Odel finish up and come home.

This, by the way, IS ISRAEL! Not what you see on TV. Not the lies being brought to you by CNN and the BBC. This is the Israel that movements like BDS want to hide from you. Their lies of apartheid and racism in Israel are just that, LIES. This is my nation, my children’s nation and we will not let them demonize it,


Wednesday, November 10, 2010


By Schmoel Yitzhak

One of the most efficient ways to advance the alleged Peace Process would be for Barack Obama to keep his mouth shut.

When he does open it on behalf of resuming talks, the message is pure, unadulterated bunkum.

The American president pretends to be an honest broker of reconciliation but once his words are emitted, it becomes apparent that he's about as honest as Yasser Arafat on one of the latter's lying binges.

Obama's insincerity is betrayed once more with his commentary that Israel's plan to erect 1,300 new homes in East Jerusalem is "unhelpful" to peace negotiations.

Hold it, man.

Has Uncle Sam's chief executive developed a convenient case of amnesia?

Wasn't it Obama who prevailed on Benjamin Netanyahu -- against Bibi's will -- to institute a nine-month moratorium on "settlement" construction?

Israel's leader complied on the grounds that it would persuade the Arabs to seriously negotiate some sort of lasting peace between the two sides.

Netanyahu complied and then waited and waited and waited for some sign of cooperation from the Palestinian side.

Months went by and not once did Obama stand forth to blast the Palestinians for their intransigence.

Only at the very end -- forced by the Democrats fearing a terrible loss at the polls -- did the Arabs make an effort and then, of course, it was an plan filled with pre-conditions that never could be met.

Thus, the lengthy moratorium ended and that signaled a green light for Israel to resume construction; which it did.

Why the Democratic administration should object to new construction in East Jerusalem defies credulity.

East Jerusalem -- despite what the Arabs might like -- is not judenrein -- but rather an integral part of Israel's capital; that same capital that Obama once promised to recognize by moving the American Embassy there but never has done so.

Truer words never were spoken when Bibi shot back that "Jerusalem isn't a settlement." Nor does he see any connection between the "Peace Process" and the building and planning policy in Jerusalem.

Can anyone imagine Netanyahu telling Obama that there should be a moratorium on building in Washington, D.C. Why that's beyond ridiculous; and so are demands that Israel should not build in its capital.

That the European Union has joined the dissonant Obama chorus on this matter should hardly surprise. When was the last time the EU took a fair-minded approach to Israel?

Should we be surprised?


When the Arabs do nothing for nine months of the moratorium and nothing is said to condemn them, we should not be in a state of wonderment at Obama's latest bit of perfidy.

The American president has learned nothing about the massive rebuff he received from his own electorate and obviously has learned zilch about fairness in this one-sided "Peace Process."

Perhaps if Obama declared a moratorium on personal comments about Israeli-Arab affairs some real negotiating eventually might take place.

Nowadays, when the American president talks, he's favoring the Arabs and does nothing but become a dishonest broker.

Monday, November 8, 2010















Friday, November 5, 2010


For one to truly grasp what a democracy is, it is essential for that person to have been raised in a liberal, democratic country.

Israel is such a liberal democracy, despite the fact that she is often called many other names having nothing to do with democracy!

Not only is Israel a democracy for her Jewish citizens, but for all those lucky enough to be born Israeli. In fact Israel’s democratic values at times do damage to her security.

Very simply, if Israel were not the liberal, democratic nation she is, there would not be an Israeli Arab in the country. Or at least Israeli Arabs would suffer the same consequences other minority groups like the Chechens and Kurds have been dealt when behaving in a treacherous manner.

Israel’s Arab population is afforded political freedom, religious freedom and equal justice under Israeli law. Like all minorities, Israeli Arabs do suffer disadvantages. These disadvantages have been greatly reduced and today Israel’s Arab population is without a doubt the freest of any significant Arab population in any nation.

One just needs to look at the “great” liberal democracy called the French Republic, where wearing a head scarf has been banned in public. Something like this would never fly in Israel.

However, a segment of Israel’s Arab sector is behaving in treacherous fashion. Sheikh Raed Salah is the main orchestrator, attempting to push Israeli Arabs against their state. To put it starkly, Salah is a racist and an anti-Semite, who probably could, and should, be locked up for treason. Israel -- as she did to the Kach movement lead by Meir Kahane -- should ban the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, which is behind Sheikh Reed Salah.

Israel must guarantee her Arab citizens their freedoms and rights. But, just as Israel must fulfill her end of the bargain, so must Israel’s Arab citizens. As of now that just is not happening.

Nor does this Israeli Arab dissent in any way resemble the Civil Rights movement of African Americans starting in the mid-twentieth century. Blacks, in the South mostly, were literally segregated from the white population, unable to sit among whites on a bus or at a lunch counter; forced to use separate water fountains, bathrooms, hotels, motels, restaurants.

I must make several visits a year to Belinson Hospital and every time I have been there in the cardiac section, there have been Arab nurses and physicians, and virtually half of the patients are Arab. Last week I had dinner at a very chic, popular Arab-owned and operated restaurant down on the Tel Aviv waterfront. Perhaps the greatest indignity an Arab has had to suffer in Israel in the last decade was when Hezbollah bombed Haifa and destroyed an Arab woman’s apartment during the last Israeli-Lebanese conflict in July, 2006.

So let’s get real for a moment: Israel’s Arab citizens who are fighting are NOT fighting for equality. Many are actively fighting for the destruction of the country that has afforded them more rights than their brethren in other countries could ever hope to have.

On one hand they still make claims for greater freedom and equality in what they themselves call Israeli democracy. On the other hand they continuously and actively call for Israel’s destruction.

The second someone like Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman talks about a population exchange, Israeli Arabs SHRIEK foul play.


Not because they will lose their houses. When Lieberman talks of an exchange, he means giving the Palestinians Israeli Arab towns in exchange for Israeli settlements over the Green Line. They cry foul play because Israeli Arabs know more than anyone else Israel grants them the freedoms of the most open and liberal democracy. They also know living under Palestinian rule would be disastrous for them.

There is much talk about the growing hostility from Israel’s Jewish citizens towards her Arab citizens. That saddens me, yet can one truly fault them? How many times can you hear your fellow citizen call for the destruction of your country and remain passive about it? Can we be blamed for losing our patience with our Arab co-patriots? Israeli Arabs do not serve in the IDF, WE the Jews fight for their safety. It is their supposed brethren that lob rockets at their towns intentionally during Israel’s conflicts. For them to side with their countries enemies in light of all that their nation does for them; something is very wrong with that.

In reality it should be the Israeli Arabs who are on the front line of defense for Israel in this nauseating anti-Israel campaign.

Instead of fighting for the country that has granted them so much freedom -- a hell of a lot more freedom than any other Arab state grants their citizens -- Israel’s Arab citizens spit on the country whenever they can.

With Israel’s Arabs it gets down to what John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.”

Until Israel’s Arabs learn to live by this creed and demand that their leaders recognize it there will be problems between the two peoples, and it’s all completely unnecessary.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


By Schmoel Yitzhak

President Obama has been resoundingly defeated but it is uncertain whether this will, in truth, benefit Israel.

Superficially, it should simply because Uncle Sam's Commander-in-Chief -- in title only, not practice -- has inflicted more damage on America's staunchest Middle East ally than any president in memory with the possible exception of Jimmy Carter.

It should follow that the overwhelming rejection of Obama and his policies should help Benjamin Netanyahu and his constituency because nothing could be worse than an executive who deliberately humiliated the Prime Minister on his initial -- and pivotal -- visit to Washington.

Make absolutely no mistake: the current White House is no friend of Israel.

In America, Obama is a clear-cut loser; not only at the polls but in the eyes of insightful political analysts such as the Wall Street Journal's Dorothy Rabinowitz.

"It will be a long time before Americans ever again decide that the leadership of the nation should go to a legislator of negligible experience," said Rabinowitz.

"His voting record as state and U.S. senator consisted largely of 'present' and an election platform based on glowing promises of transcendence."

In other words, the man is a phony and the election proved that Americans, by and large, could see through the leader I view as an empty suit.

If there is one surprise about the American electoral outcome it appears -- depending on which poll you believe -- that more Jews still support Obama than those who reject him.

Logically, this is patently absurd when one considers his background and Middle Eastern (pro-Arab) policies.

Perhaps the Jewish-American affection for him is based on the fact that Jewish voters are genetically Democrat and find it impossible to switch sides no matter how damaging key Democrats have been to Israel.

On the other hand, Republican lawmakers led by Congressman Eric Cantor have been outspoken in their support of Bibi & Co. and no doubt will continue to do so in the years ahead.

Fortunately, a precious few of the Democrats who survived, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, still are considered pro-Israel.

In fact, AIPAC, America's largest pro-Israel lobby group, lauded the returns with this statement: "Many of the strongest friends and supporters of the U.S.-Israel relationship were re-elected."

But let's not carried away.

American policy still will be dictated by the president and, after two years, it has been amply demonstrated that the only time he ever does Israel a favor is when he believes it will support his political needs. He thought he could court the Jewish vote by some nicey-nice moves toward Israel in the past month but it was a case of too little, too late.

Even though as a group Jews supported the Democrats, this support reached its LOWEST LEVEL in years.

Those familiar with the evil side of Obama's persona fear that he soon will take revenge on Israel any way he can.

"Obama," concluded Rabinowitz, "is who he is: a man of deep-dyed ideological inclinations, with a persona to match. And that isn't going away.

"The election had everything to do with the man in the White House about whom Americans have lost their illusions. Illusions matter. Their loss is irrecoverable."

What matters now is what Israel can recover from Obama's loss.

Only time will tell.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Peace is an interesting term when dealing with the Israeli-Arab conflict, mostly because it asks everyone involved in the process or living in the area in question to take history and toss it out the window.

I want peace, for my children, for myself, for my fellow citizens and I even want peace for the Palestinians. However, I do not want peace at any price, especially not at the price of committing national suicide. I know the majority of Israelis feel the same. I know a majority of us are also willing to make great compromises for true peace.

Attaining peace in this conflict is far simpler than people make it out to be. It takes the recognition of both nations’ (Jewish and Arab) right to exist here. Israel has gone to great pains to express this and recognize this. The Arabs have not.

Prime Ministers of Israel from Itzhak Rabin to Benjamin Netenyahu have all said that a final peace agreement would lead to the creation of a Palestinian (i.e., Arab/Muslim) state. Not one Palestinian leader has ever been, or is now ready to recognize Israel as the Jewish state.

This creates an absolute impasse that has existed since the State of Israel came into being and tragically has never altered.

Thus, how can Israelis be asked again to compromise, when we are always met with propaganda, rhetoric, lies and absolute intransigence on the subject of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state? Why in the world should Israelis support peace, when the side we are supposed to be making peace with is doing all they can to delegitimize the nation we have created and worked and fought so hard to protect? Why should we endanger ourselves when the other side is so unwilling to take that one simple step? 

The pro-Palestinian side always says that Yassar Arafat could never have accepted the compromise given to him at Camp David and later on at the Taba negotiations for fear of assassination. That means Arafat could not accept the realization of Statehood for the Palestinian nation in simple return for recognizing Israel as the Jewish State. These pro-Palestinian advocates never point out that Itzhak Rabin paid for peace with his life as did Anwar Sadat of Egypt. 

Revisionists will try to distort what has happened. They will say Arafat did not get enough. In one way they are right. Arafat was not capable of getting Ehud Barak to dismantle Israel by accepting the Palestinian right of return and they never will achieve this. 

History is there to remind us that no one ever gets exactly what he really wants. The Yishuv (pre-Israel Jewish leadership in mandate Palestine) wanted far more land than was given to them when the United Nations partitioned the Mandate of Palestine. David Ben Gurion did what the Palestinians still have not learned to do. He compromised and did what was best for his nation.

If the Palestinians truly wanted a state they could have already had one on numerous occasions. It has gotten to the point where one must ask if the Palestinians want this state they supposedly crave so much. Maybe it is better for them to always play the role of the innocent victim? 

If Barack Obama, the EU and the UN really want peace for our region, then there is a simple way of getting it: make the Arabs finally take responsibility for their actions.

Make the Arabs take responsibility for turning their back on Partition. Make them take responsibility for starting the war that has lead to so many wars. Make them take responsibility for throwing away or stealing all the money that was given to them by the US and the EU for building the foundations of a state. Make them also take responsibility for taking much of that money and buying weapons to kill Israelis. Make them take responsibility for saying NO to peace and statehood at Camp David and Taba. Make them take responsibility for putting another thorn in the side of peace by sponsoring the Anti-Israel camp currently attempting to delegitimize Israel with slander and falsehoods. MAKE THEM TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT THEY HAVE BROUGHT UPON THEMSELVES.

As I said, I want peace. I want the Palestinians to achieve self-determination and statehood, but not at the expense of Israel. We Israelis will never, ever give up our right to self-determination, statehood or the nation we have built and to the achievements we have created through our own hard work. 

Monday, November 1, 2010


By Schmoel Yitzhak

Uncle Sam's citizens go to the polls on Tuesday and where the election will go nobody knows.

Of course there are many -- mostly pollsters -- who THINK they know how Americans will vote and they may be right.

This much is certain; Israelis should have as keen an interest in the results as folks from California to Connecticut because a significant victory for the Democrats will embolden their president beyond all reason. That, in turn, could be damaging to Benjamin Netanyahu and his country because of Barack Obama's negative track record vis-a-vis the Middle East's only democracy.

At the moment it appears that the Republicans will triumph although to what extent remains to be seen.

Can they capture the Senate as well as the House of Representatives? Nobody will know until early Wednesday morning.

Much will depend on how many Americans turn out to vote and how disenchanted they are with Obama's bizarre policies which have left the United States more divided than in recent memory; perhaps more divided than since the Civil War.

As always is the case, the Jewish vote will be pivotal. A resounding repudiation of the Democrats concomitantly will signal a thorough put-down of Obama and his platform which has been as destructive toward Israel as any similar program propagated by the White House.

Ah, but how will Jews vote? Will they be deceived into believing that their traditional Democratic bent is the right move no matter what, or will they come to their senses and understand that -- enough is enough -- it's time to cast a ballot for the party that most favors the hopes of Jews both in America as well as the Middle East? That would be the Republicans.

This is an extremely difficult call because it's virtually impossible to discern what precisely is going on in the mind of American Jewry.

In the last presidential election, only a precious few Jewish pundits discerned the dangerous direction in which Obama politics was headed.

Normally insightful political observers such as former New York City mayor Edward Koch and widely-read professor and Israel-defender Alan Dershowitz supported the Obama campaign.

Keenly aware of the error of his ways, Koch has made public his disenchantment with Obama. Although he remains a staunch Democrat, Koch never would support the president again; unless Obama does a 180-degree turn toward embracing Israel. That is about as likely as the sun rising in the West.

I'm not certain as to where Dershowitz stands -- I confess that I have not read his material lately -- but I highly doubt that he supports any of Obama's directives toward Israel.

Mind you, a Republican landslide will not ensure a turnabout in the president's policies but it might put the brakes on his anti-Israel behavior.


The possibility also exists that a Democrat defeat might very well curb the enthusiasm of Arabs who have found Obama the best friend they've ever had in the White House.


Of this there can be no doubt, the faster Obama is pushed out of the White House, the better off Israel will be.

Defeating the Democrats on Tuesday will be a start.



Political correctness has reached such an absurd level in the United States that it has blinded editorialists, columnists and television types into a consummate fear of criticizing Islam for fear of retaliation either verbally or physically.

Yet, one cannot be blind to the facts and once again it cannot be denied that the latest threat to the United States -- via United Parcel Service deliveries, no less -- has come from the Arab side.

Attack after attack -- whether it's the destruction of the World Trade Center or the attempted destruction of Chicago synagogues via mailed explosives -- is generated from the Muslim front.

Kill Jews, wherever they are, is the Islamic mantra.

The destruction of America, bit by bit, is the aim of Al Queda and its allies and yet the American president blithely continues to woo Islamic support.

Which brings me to the issue of the planned Manhattan mosque across from the 9/ll site.

A few thoughts on this matter:

1. The name Cordoba, intended for this mosque, comes from a Christian city in Spain conquered by Muslims. No surprise, its citizens were slaughtered or enslaved.

2. The original mosque of Cordoba -- the namesake of the Ground Zero mosque -- was built atop and partly from the materials of a Christian church.

3. Throughout Islamic history, whenever a country was defeated, one of the first moves was erection of a mosque atop the sacred sites of the vanquished.

As someone so sagely observed on the matter of the proposed Ground Zero mosque:

"It doesn't matter if every one of the Muslims who would worship are peace-loving saints. The proposed mosque at Ground Zero stands for the radical Muslims' conquest of America!"

Try telling that to President Obama.

Sorry, his head is in the sand. Arab sand, that is!