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Here are some headlines you might have missed in the last few days. Let’s take a fresh look at them.
Today’s selection—and comments--comes from December 19-22, 2013.
The war against Israel
-Brandeis, Penn State Quit ASA over Israel Boycott (12/19/13, Arutz Sheva)
-PA Live TV Event Glorifies Terror, Murder, Hatred (12/20/13, Arutz Sheva)
-PM: What hinders peace talks is PA's refusal to acknowledge Israel as Jewish state (12/19/13, Haaretz)
-Report: Haniyeh invites Abbas for Palestinian unity gov't talks (12/19/13, Ynet
-Bomb Explodes on Bat Yam Bus; One Wounded (12/22/13, Arutz Sheva)
-Hamas praises bus bombing, says 'Israel will know no stability' (12/22/13, Ynet)
-Police chief: Attack illustrates terrorism is in the background, especially during talks (12/22/13, Haaretz)
-Livni: Ignore the Terrorists and Keep Talking (12/23/13, Arutz Sheva)
The war against Israel heated up during this news cycle—even if the cycle did begin with some good news for Israel. For the good news, Brandeis and Penn State Universities refused to join the boycott of Israel that was passed last week by the American Studies Association. Their decision to boycott the boycott was important news for those who defend Israel. This would be the only good news for Israel in this cycle.
To start the bad news, Hamas and Fatah announced their decision to unite—for the umpteenth time. They spoke of a unified front and unified elections. For ‘Palestinian’ unity, it was good news. For Jew-hate, it was wonderful news. For those who can’t wait to destroy Israel, it was perfect news-- because the war to erase Israel cannot be won if Fatah and Hamas are divided.
It doesn’t matter that chances for real unity between these two foes are dim. What matters is public perception.
The near-term history of the Middle East will now (for the next few months at least) be driven by Arab perception-masters. Everything they—and their enablers (including Israelis)—do will be based upon fear and perception.
The fear will be what the Arabs will do to Israel if Israel doesn’t ‘sign for peace’ (be afraid, you Jews). The perception will be that the creation of ‘Palestine’ is ‘Destiny’.
For Arabs, ‘Destiny’ is in the air. But for Jews, it isn’t ‘Palestinian’ Destiny (which includes Israel’s destruction) that we will see.
Of course, many scoff at Jewish Destiny. They see only ‘Palestinian’ destiny. They believe there is no such thing as Jewish Destiny.
Are they correct?
The road to ‘Palestine’ is marked with fear. The fear is everywhere. You see it in Israel’s Left. You see it among Israel’s right.
You see it wherever there are Jews who do not understand Jewish Destiny.
It’s not a good sign. Fear is never a good sign. Fear doesn’t foreshadow happiness. It foreshadows destruction.
The first fear-bomb to drop during this news cycle was a real bomb—on a bus in Bat Yam, not too far from Haifa. Reports in Israel surfaced that this bomb was evidence that anti-Israel activity is no longer random or individual; the bomb meant, the reports said, organized attacks will now begin.
Nobody detailed or analyzed whose reports these were, or how viable they were. They were just there. They promised harm to Israel.
Where did these reports come from? Are there Jews in Israel who want to frighten us? Do these Jews promote such ‘fear-reports’ as part of a planned run-up to a fake peace we are supposed to buy-before-it’s-too-late?
You tell me.
The war against Israel, con’t.
-EU support up for sanctioning Israel settlement goods (12/19/13, Ynet)
--PA Live TV Event Glorifies Terror, Murder, Hatred (12/20/13, Arutz Sheva)
-As both sides wait for Kerry, the refugee camps boil (12/23/13, Times of Israel)
- Arab League slams US security ideas for Palestine (12/21/13, Ynet)
-IDF: Rocket from Gaza hits Israel (12/23/13, Haaretz)
- Reagan: Palestinians Do Not Want Peace - They Want Israel (12/20/13, Arutz Sheva)
The pre-peace fear campaign leapt forward. Rockets from Gaza hit Israel (no injuries). The Arab league joined with the Palestinian Authority to nix an American security plan suggested for Israel after the creation of ‘Palestine’. Neither Abbas nor the Arab League could stomach the thought of Jewish soldiers creating security for Israel in the Jordan River valley; Jewish blood, apparently, is too vile. If Israel wanted peace, the Arabs seemed to suggest, it would get it only by giving up land without security considerations.
Was this supposed to make us feel afraid to say ‘no’ to ‘peace’?
Israelis learned during this news cycle that the Palestinian Authority (PA) continued to glorify terror, murder and hatred. This might be a season of peace according to the nations. But it wasn’t a season of peace to Mahmoud Abbas.
PA TV announced that Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was endorsing and sponsoring a program called, "5th Festival of the Heritage of the Father". It glorified terror and murder. An ad invited everyone to watch the fun.
Nice guy, Mahmoud Abbas—a real peace partner, eh? He certainly worked hard on TV to show how eagerly he prefers Jewish blood to Jewish friendship. Isn’t he great?
Nobody noticed. Nobody cared.
These days, Jewish blood is that cheap.
As if to underscore how fake the American-sponsored fake peace was, former US President Ronald Reagan’s son Michael, said in an interview, "I don't think the Palestinians really want peace," …"I don't think they've really ever wanted peace; I think they want Israel."
’Palestinian’ destiny is a fake. This so-called peace is a fake.
Why does Jewish leadership tolerate such fakery?
- Officials demand Pollard release in light of US spying (12/22/13, Times of Israel)
- US spying on Ehud Barak’s home is revealed (12/22/13, Times of Israel)
The pressure builds in Israel to fight for Jonathan Pollard’s release. Now, more than ever, his imprisonment appears unseemly.
US spying has been personal and intrusive . The US didn’t just spy on Israeli officials at their offices. With (former) Defense Minister Ehud Barak, US spies rented an apartment across the street from Barak’s residence--and spied on him at home.
Israel opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog has justifiably taken offended by these revelations. He was quoted this week as saying, “These reports strengthen the argument that it’s simply unjust to continue to punish him [Pollard], since we now know that the United States worked in a variety of ways to surveil and collect intelligence on an ally as close as Israel.”
Nevertheless, US reports confirm that, as President Obama commuted the sentences of several convicted drug offenders, he had no time for Jonathan Pollard. He refused to release Pollard.
He hardened his heart.
Why does Pollard’s name pop up during this news cycle of fear and perception? Is Jonathan Pollard to become part of a smoke-and-mirrors ‘peace’ offer—or is his continued imprisonment supposed to make us afraid?
What must the G-d of Israel think of all this?