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Standing with Israel

Arab Summer

Ah-h-h! Summertime in the Arab Middle East. Temperatures sizzle, stores close during the heat of the day, and everyone seems to look for a shady place to nap for a couple of hours. Nothing stirs, even stray cats. In conditions like these a casual observer might reasonably surmise that there wouldn’t be enough human energy available to make trouble. Unfortunately, we’re not dealing with reasonable people – so…

For the fourth time in Egypt the gas pipeline that supplies natural gas to Israel and Jordan has been sabotaged. With “bad old Mubarak” out of the way and “pro-democracy reformers” in the ascendancy, the Arab Spring has blossomed into a long hot summer of lawlessness and violence.

Not to be outdone by their Egyptian counterparts, Palestinian terrorists fired five Kassam rockets at western Negev communities. The response – the Israel Air Force carried out air strikes against a total of six targets throughout the Gaza Strip overnight Thursday. IAF aircraft also bombed two smuggling tunnels in southern Gaza and four terrorist targets in the northern and central parts of the Hamas-controlled territory.

To the north the Syrians are still brutally killing those of their own people who dare to express dissatisfaction with the rule of President Bashar Assad. At least 32 people were killed during Friday protests throughout country. (Ever notice how Friday Muslim prayer services get people fired up to commit murder and mayhem? Hm-m-m… gives you an idea about whom they’re worshiping – hint –  it’s not God).   Iran, fearing for its own stability, has been actively assisting Syria  in putting down the opposition, according to senior Israeli sources.

Then there’s Lebanon, the realm of Hezbollah. The summer siesta of these peaceful folk has been disturbed by the very thought of Israel developing its own off-shore natural gas reserves. Now that Israel has poured millions of shekels into exploration and mapping out the gas field, a field that apparently has enough gas to supply the entire country for the next 25 years, our friendly northern neighbors have decided that infidels like us don’t deserve a treasure like that – it’s theirs!

Don’t look for sanity on the other side of the pond either. Even without the brutal Middle Eastern sun beating down on their heads, Western leaders are delusional. Caroline Glick examines Obama’s dangerous policy of appeasement which has the potential to start a deadly conflict resulting in massive loss of life.

Speaking of delusions, there’s the Palestinian Authority’s attempt to gain statehood. Forget the fact that the PA doesn’t represent anyone, has put off elections because they’re scared to death of a Hamas takeover and so are ruling illegally. None of that is important – no – the crucial thing is to save face. Step one is to bypass negotiations with Israel because that would reveal impotence. Then find a sympathetic ear – like the Arab League – and gain their endorsement. Headline in the Jerusalem Post, July 14, reads: “PA welcomes Arab League support for UN statehood bid”. Next, using the Arab League endorsement as leverage, lobby uncommitted UN members. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that the Arab ministers decided to send letters to the countries that still haven’t recognized the Palestinian state asking them to do so ahead of the UN vote in September. He also expressed hope that the US would refrain from vetoing the statehood bid, noting that the Arab ministers had unanimously backed the PA plan.

If all this madness about Palestinian statehood sounds like déjà vu all over again, please read David Meir-Levi’s article, 31 Opportunities for Statehood Squandered in Favor of Genocide. This is an article that no self-respecting “progressive” journalist, politician or academic would dare to read for fear that it may actually change his views about Israel. Why risk being confused by facts when there’s dogma to be defended?  Most of you are familiar with the George Santayana quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. We’re now at 31 times and counting!

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