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Trading places with a Palestinian!

As is often the case when public opinion is predominantly against one side in a conflict, the following has been posed to supporters of Israel:

Why don’t you walk a mile in the Palestinians shoes and trade places with one of them to get an idea of what they are dealing with as it concerns the operation currently being conducted by Israel in Gaza.

In a great article written by Jack Saltzberg at WND, the author asks the difficult question, ‘exactly which Palestinians should we be trading places with?’

List of Potential Palestinians to trade places with!

The Palestinians who, in 1948, fled their homes to neighboring countries when the Arab world attacked Israel and told the Palestinians they can return after Israel is destroyed?

Or the Palestinians who lived in the West Bank under Jordanian (then Transjordan) occupation and annexation when Jordan attacked Israel in 1967 and lost both the war and the West Bank to Israel?
Or the Palestinians who, while living in Jordan in the 1970s, envisioned Jordan becoming their Palestinian state and started a civil war where King Hussein ultimately killed thousands of Palestinians and forcibly removed many from of his country, making them refugees?
Or the Palestinians who entered the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany, and murdered 11 Israeli athletes?
Or the Palestinians who infiltrated a high school in Ma’alot, Israel, took 102 students hostage, injured 50 and murdered 22?
Or the Palestinians who, among others, hijacked an Air France jetliner to Entebbe, Uganda, and held hostage more than 100 Israelis?
Or the Palestinians who were exiled from Jordan to a peaceful Lebanon and started a civil war that cost more than 120,000 lives and created more refugees, with many exiled from Lebanon?
Or the Palestinians who hijacked the Achille Lauro ocean liner and shot, murdered and threw overboard Leon Klinghoffer, a 69-year-old Jewish American paraplegic in a wheelchair?
Or the Palestinians in the Abu Nidal Organization who murdered an estimated 600 Palestinians from rival factions?
Or the Palestinians who wrote and live by the Hamas Charter that states, among other things, “… Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors”?
Or the Palestinians who enticed young and susceptible Palestinians to become suicide bombers with the promise that when they murder Israelis, they’ll receive rich rewards in the afterlife and financial security for their families?
Or the thousands of Palestinians in Ramallah who cheered as the bodies of two Israeli soldiers were thrown from a second story window after they were tortured and hacked to death?
Or the Palestinians who honored a suicide bomber with a military funeral for murdering 15 people (including seven children and five from one family) at the Sbarro pizza café in Jerusalem?
Or the thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza captured on video cheering as two airliners purposely crashed into the Twin Towers on 9/11?
Or the Palestinian families who received $25,000 from Saddam Hussein for their children’s “successful” suicide bombings?
Or a Palestinian like Yasser Arafat (although he was Egyptian born), who became a billionaire by stealing money from other Palestinians as they lived in squalor?
Or the Qatari born and Egyptian-raised Omar Barghouti (who refers to himself as a Palestinian), who co-founded the boycott, divestment, and [including educational] sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel while getting his doctorate at an Israeli university?
Or the Palestinians from Hamas (a group the U.S. and other countries label a terrorist organization) who, when they took control of Gaza, shot several hundred Fatah Palestinians in the legs, purposely crippling them for life?
Or the more than 100 Palestinians from Fatah crippled by Palestinians from Hamas who, at the confidential request from Mahmoud Abbas to Shimon Peres, received new legs and rehabilitation at a medical center in Israel (that I witnessed)?
Or the two Palestinians who proudly confessed to the knife attack and murder of five members of the Fogel family, including the father, mother, and three of their six children, ages 11, 4 and 3 months?
Or the Palestinian mother, Raida Abu-Mustaffa, whose baby’s life was saved through funding and a rare heart operation by a Jewish doctor at an Israeli hospital, yet the mother dreamed that her daughter would one day become a martyr?
Or the gay Palestinian man who, while living in Tel Aviv (considered one of the gay-friendliest cities in the world), pleaded with Israel’s high court not to be deported to the West Bank because it would lead to persecution by his family and his detention, torture and death by Palestinian security forces?
Or the Palestinians in the West Bank who, in 2013, committed 27 honor killings against their wives, sisters and daughters?
Or the Palestinians who, since childhood, have been educated by books and newspapers that claim Jews are sub-human, satanic and animals, and that Israel is the root of all of their problems?
Or the Palestinians who grew up in refugee camps while Saudi Arabia, Libya, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Kuwait and Brunei became some of the wealthiest countries in world, gave virtually nothing to help the Palestinians and have purposely kept them in refugee camps as political tools since 1948?
Or the Palestinians who, for decades, promoted terrorism against Israel forcing Israel to build a security wall (that virtually ended all suicide bombings) and now call it the Apartheid Wall?
Or the Palestinians who, after Israel voluntarily withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, giving the Palestinians land and self-determination, have fired more than 11,000 rockets at Israel, killing Israelis and causing thousands of injuries?
Or the Palestinians who, since the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993, have committed thousands of terrorist acts (not including rocket attacks from Gaza), murdering 1,472 Israelis?
Or the Palestinians from Hamas who kidnapped and murdered three Jewish teenage yeshiva (Torah study) students?
Or the Palestinians who denounced Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas because he condemned the kidnapping and murder of the three Jewish teens?
Or the Palestinian mother of Abu Aysha (one of the suspected murderers of the three Israeli teens) who said if he truly did it … “I’ll be proud of him till my final day. … I raised my children on the knees of the [Islamic] religion … their goal is to bring the victory of Islam”?
Or the Palestinian father of 17-year-old Mohammed Khdair, apparently murdered in retaliation for the three yeshiva boys, who said, “Whether Jew or Arab, who would accept that his son or daughter would be kidnapped and killed? I call on both sides to stop the bloodshed”?
From exactly which Palestinians should I get a truer feeling?


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Gaza, Israel, and Respect for Life

So we are starting to see a few Palestinians die. Without being overly hard about it, why are you surprised? I did a little checking yesterday on just how big Israel is. It’s almost the same size an Maryland. That’s pretty damned small, hard to understand why anyone thinks they should cower forever in their […]

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AIPAC, Will You Finally Call For A Vote On The Iran Sanctions Bill?

AIPAC, The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, was formed in 1951.  From the AIPAC  web site: “The mission of AIPAC is to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of Israel and the United States.”  AIPAC calls themselves America’s pro Israel lobby.  

I am now calling on AIPAC to act in their role as a pro Israel lobby and finally call for a vote on the bi-partisan Iran sanctions bill, a bill that they played a huge part in delaying a vote on, in order to provide cover for this president and the Democrats in the Senate [who would have had a choice to make if a vote was held to support the Democrat president or to support Israel].  Please check out this post I did on Feb. 10, 2014: “AIPAC Gives Cover To Democrat Senators On Having To Take A Position on Iran Sanctions Bill.”

In that post I detailed how AIPAC, who gave cover to President Obama and Democrats from having to take a vote, said that while they were in favor of the sanctions on Iran bill, they wanted to give time for greater bi-partisan support of the bill [i.e., there were far greater percentage of Republicans in favor of the bill then Democrats and that would have made the Democrats look bad in front of the Jewish community].  

So, the vote was delayed for 6 months [the time of the so-called interim deal between Iran and the United States on their nuclear program] despite objections from pro Israel senators on the hill, including some Democrats.  Check out this article on Jan. 17 about pro-Israel senators:  “They aren’t too happy with delaying until after that pact, and are arguing July 21 wouldn’t be workable. Sen. Carl Levin (D – MI) was particularly critical of the plan, saying it would undermine the prospect of ever imposing the sanctions at all.”

Well, it’s July 21 and the 6 months are up for Iran and just as Tales predicted, Iran will not agree to a plan to give up their nuclear program. Also, Iran continues its delivering thousands of rockets to Hamas to attack Israel with.  Also, as Tales has predicted, this administrations “red line” of coming down hard on Iran with renewed tough sanctions if a deal hadn’t been reached after the 6 month interim period, has gone by the wayside. 

So, what is the Obama administration’s tough response to this impasse caused by Iran.  They are giving Iran another “temporary” 4 months extension to reach an agreement on ending their nuclear weapons program.  Iran better get serious now because everyone knows at the end of these extra four months Obama will bring down his iron hammer on them. Yeah, and if you believe that will happen then I have a bridge I want to sell you.  

Oh, by the way, four months more of delay will take us past the November elections.  Surprise, surprise.  What a startling coincidence.

So, AIPAC, Iran’s six months are up.  What are you going to say? Because of your strength in the Jewish community, you shamelessly were able to provide cover for president Obama and the Democrat senators from having to vote on the Iran sanctions bill 6 months ago, and your organization is one of the main reasons that there are not strong sanctions on Iran today.   With all these delays in sanctions on Iran [that you support], Iran is getting closer and closer to developing a nuclear weapon which threatens the very existence of the state of Israel.  

I am asking you for Israel and for America’s national security interests to please call for an immediate vote on a strong Iran sanctions bill.  Please put America’s and Israel’s national security interests above supporting this failed president and your Democrat party.  Please think hard about your next move, AIPAC.  An Iran sanctions bill is in your hands. AIPAC, you can make the difference between having strong sanctions being placed on Iran or, in all likelihood, [if the sanctions aren't done now] there never being strong sanctions on Iran again and allowing for the inevitability of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons.  

If AIPAC goes along with this administration of giving Iran four more months to stall, then I can only conclude that AIPAC’s pronouncement that they really do want an Iran sanctions bill is as truthful as “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
Full disclosure:  I have in the past been a member of and donated money to both AIPAC and the ADL, and hope to do so again in the future, if they ever return to their roots of being the truly great bi-partisan stalwart organizations in support of Israel and fighting anti-Semitism around the world.

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Australia shoots down carbon tax scheme

Thursday, July 17 was a big news day. The world was shocked to learn that a Russian-made missile shot down a Malaysian Airlines jet with 298 on board as it flew over Ukraine en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam. Though flight 17 eclipsed the news cycle, there was another thing shot down on July 17. Almost a year ago, Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott won a landslide election with a nearly single-issue campaign: repeal the carbon tax. On July 17, he made good on that promise, as the Australian Senate voted, 39 to 32, to abolish the “world’s biggest carbon tax”—a tax that was reported to “do nothing to address global warming, apart from imposing high costs on the local economy.” Australia was one of the first major countries, outside of the European Union, to adopt a carbon price—first suggested in 2007 and passed under Labour Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2011. Gillard’s campaign promise was: “There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead.” While she attempted to brand it a carbon price, not a “tax,” Sinclair Davidson, a professor in the school of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University, said: “the electorate had a very specific […]

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One Man or Woman and Leadership

Yesterday, my friend, Juwannadoright, wrote on the power of the individual. She wrote in the context of the environment, and how if we picked up after ourselves rather than littering, it would make a major improvement. She also extended her point in her reply to the comment she had made, to note that our leftist/statist […]

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John Kerry – Is This Also Taken Out Of Context?

John Kerry – Remarks “Misinterpreted”

It was only a few months ago, in April, that Secretary of State had to “clarify” remarks disparaging the state of Israel when he told world leaders in a private meeting that if Israel didn’t soon help to establish a two state solution it could become an apartheid state.  This from Townhall on April, 14, 2014: “the Daily Beast reported that Kerry had said in a private meeting with world leaders that, “A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens—or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state.”

So, Secretary of State clarified his remarks that some had “misinterpreted.” and all was forgiven.  Now, will we soon hear John Kerry have to clarify some “misinterpreted” remarks taped when he was caught off camera that Chris Wallace on his Fox News Sunday show on the Fox News Channel pointed out. 

Chris talked about how Secretary Kerry was giving many interviews that morning [Sunday] and in one of the interviews when they were off the air, one of his aides told him of an Israeli operation in Gaza where 14 Israeli’s were shot or killed.   Put yourself in Kerry’s position…remember he is off the air.  What if you heard that your friend Israel had 14 of their soldiers shot or killed?  Wouldn’t the normal friend of Israel react, “I’m sorry to hear that.”  or wouldn’t you shake your head and say “that is sad news.”  Remember, you are off the air so you wouldn’t have to give a diplomatic answer.  

But this was not our Secretary of State’s reaction.  No, John Kerry seemed to ridicule the Israeli military operation by saying: “That’s a hell of a pin point operation, that’s a hell of a pin point operation.”  Then he talked about the need to get to Gaza as soon as possible to institute a cease fire. Thanks Mr. Secretary…what a friend of Israel you are.

Fox News Sunday: July 20, 2014:

So, now I guess I have misinterpreted Kerry’s meaning that he was ridiculing/criticizing the Israel operation, and also misinterpreting when I thought he showed no sympathy to Israeli’s who had just been shot in the operation.  If I misinterpreted those things, then I apologize.  If I did not misinterpret them, then I think it is the Secretary of State who needs to make another one of his clarifications.  I am sure all will be forgiven again.

Sheesh, with friends like this…

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