Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Breaking News: New Video of Gilad Shalit to be Released October 2nd

In what may prove to be the precursor for a full blown prisoner exchange for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit's freedom, the Israeli security cabinet today approved swapping 20 female Palestinian prisoners for a recently filmed video tape of Gilad Shalit.

Israel is scheduled to release the 20 prisoners, 19 of whom are from Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank), on October 2, 2009. The Israeli government will release the list of 20 prisoners on the internet, after which the Israeli public will have 48 hours to appeal the government's decision. None of the prisoners have "blood on their hands" per se, although several are indirectly responsible for murdering Israelis.

German, Egyptian and Israeli negotiators all played a part in securing this deal. The release of this video will prove to Israelis that Gilad is alive and in good condition; knowledge which will hopefully pave the way for his release from Hamas captivity. As with past Shalit news, I'll continue to keep you posted with the latest developments.

UPDATE: The list of 20 prisoners has been released to the Israeli public. As I mentioned earlier, no one on the list has blood on their hands, but not for lack of trying: I count 14 prisoners on the list who were charged with attempted murder.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Weekly News Roundup, September 20-25, 2009

Another week, another Weekly News Roundup. For this week, it's a special Roundup of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, New York. Let's get to it.

Gaddafi's Speech: Wow, what a doozy! Clocking in at 96 minutes of rambling jibber-jabber, Muammar Gaddafi reminded the UNGA (those who remained in the assembly hall, anyway) that he is still the creme de la creme of nut cases. The money quote vis a vis Israel came when the mad Libyan accused Israel of orchestrating the Kennedy assassination. To wit:

"Jack Ruby, an Israeli, killed Lee Harvey Oswald. Why did this Israeli kill Harvey? Ruby later died mysteriously. The whole world should know that Kennedy wanted to investigate the actions of the Israeli nuclear reactor in Dimona.”
A couple points. Ruby was born in Chicago, and never lived in Israel. He was an American Jew his entire life but never an Israeli. Second, Kennedy and America did send inspectors to Dimona in the 1960s, making Gaddafi's claims absurd.

Elsewhere in the speech, Gaddafi again called for the Israeli Palestinian conflict to be resolved as a one-state solution called 'Isratine.' Keep in mind that this psychobabble went on for 96 minutes. 96 minutes.

Ahmadinejad's Speech: Trying to prove Gaddafi wasn't the only meshugana present at the UNGA, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did a swell job of coming off as a bona fide deranged lunatic. Canada and Israel boycotted the speech altogether, while the US, French, British, Australian and several other delegations walked out as the diminutive Iranian 'President' took the stage. Outside of the UN, hundreds of Iranians protested Ahmadinejad for stealing the Presidential elections back in June. Inside of the half empty assembly hall, Ahmadinejad railed against the evil 'Zionist regime' that has been occupying Palestine for over 60 years. 60 years, as in even Israel within the 1948 borders is illegitimate. Ahmadinejad also brought up some 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' paranoia when he raved:

"It is no longer acceptable that a small minority would dominate the politics, economy and culture of major parts of the world by its complicated networks, and establish a new form of slavery, and harm the reputation of other nations, even European nations and the U.S., to attain its racist ambitions.”
This is an obvious reference to the dreaded 'Israel lobby' and its control over world affairs. Walt, Mearsheimer, and Osama bin Laden would be proud.

Netanyahu's Speech, For the Win!: Never fear, Bibi's here and he took the the Iranians and UN to task for illicit nuclear facilities and the Goldstone report, respectively. Holding the original blueprints for Auschwitz, Netanyahu admonished the UNGA:

"Yesterday, the man who calls the Holocaust a lie spoke from this podium. To those who refused to come and to those who left in protest, I commend you. You stood up for moral clarity, and you brought honor to your countries. But to those who gave this holocaust denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people, the Jewish people, and decent people everywhere, have you no shame? Have you no decency?
A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies the murder of 6 million Jews? While promising to wipe out the state of Israel, the state of the Jews? What a disgrace. What a mockery of the charter of the United Nations."
Later in the speech, Bibi indirectly called out the UN's Goldstone Report on Operation Cast Lead for its overtly anti-Israel bias:

"Well, ladies and gentlemen, the jury's still out on the United Nations. And recent signs - recent signs are not encouraging. Rather than condemning the terrorists and their Iranian patrons, some here in the United Nations have condemned their victims.

This is exactly what a recent UN report on Gaza did, falsely equating terrorists with those they targeted. For eight long years Hamas fired rockets - fired those rockets from Gaza on nearby Israeli citizens - and citizens, thousands of missiles, mortars, hurling down from the sky on schools, on homes, shopping centers, bus stops - Years after - year after year as these missiles were deliberately fired on our civilians, not a single - not one UN resolution was passed condemning those criminal attacks. We heard nothing, absolutely nothing, from the UN Human Rights Council - a misnamed institution if there ever was one."

Netanyahu's speech perfectly laid out Israel's case against Iran and Hamas to the international community. Whether or not the international community is receptive is another story. Bibi had to at least attempt to persuade the world that Israel's survival is at stake before taking actions to guarantee it, and he did just that. You can see the speech in its entirety here:

That's it for this week, enjoy Bibi's speech, it really is that good. Have an easy fast, everyone, and enjoy bagels, lox and other delicacies on Monday night!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Shooting Down Israeli Jets to Protect Iranian Nuclear Sites: A Winning Policy

Last week I wondered if Jimmy Carter could sink any lower after his inclusion on Osama's list of recommended reading. This week, it seems as if my musings have been answered in the affirmative. True, Zbigniew Brzezinski is not Jimmy Carter, but Carter did hire Brzezinski as his National Security Advisor during his term as president, so consider this guilt by association.

In an interview with The Daily Beast and responding to the question "what if [Israeli jets] fly over [Iraq] anyway [to attack Iranian nuclear facilities," Brzezenski offered his advice to the Obama administration:

"Well, we have to be serious about denying them that right. That means a denial where you aren’t just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a Liberty in reverse."
Not just confront the Israeli jets, but pull a 'reverse Liberty' on them. In case you were wondering what the Liberty was, it was a United States navy technical research ship in the Mediterranean during the Six Day War in 1967. Regrettably, Israel's warplanes and torpedo boats attacked the Liberty by mistake, killing 34 American sailors, fearing it was an Egyptian ship. The whole incident is explained here, but trust me when I say that in no way did Israel intend to destroy the ship of a key ally during a war for its very survival.

Brzezenski, though, would knowingly attack Israeli jets en route to attacking Iranian nuclear sites. Think about that for a second; the United States would purposely attack an ally's forces on their way to striking a mutual enemy's nuclear sites which, by the way, are being used to build bombs that could potentially target US and Israeli cities.

So it seems that Carter has sunk even lower by association thanks to this clown. A few weeks ago I also wondered if President Obama could sink lower in Israelis' eyes. Arming the Lebanese army while Hezbollah is in the government would be a good way, but intercepting IAF planes fighting for Israel's very survival would take the cake. Hopefully, Obama's National Security Advisor has a better head on his shoulders than Carter's.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Weekly News Roundup, September 12-19, 2009

Sorry for being late on this week's Weekly News Roundup, I was in Cleveland for Rosh Hashanah and had to get fawned over by my family. Poor me, I know. With that, here's the Weekly News Roundup for September 12 - 19.

Human Rights 'Authority' a Nazi Aficionado: Marc Garlasco is a military analyst for Human Rights Watch (HRW). He has been accused of anti-Israel bias in his reports on Israel's battles against Hamas and Hezbollah. Turns out his bias might stem from something other than calling HRW his employer. See, Marc Garlasco is an avid collector of Nazi memorabilia and artifacts. He posts on Nazi collector websites with comments like, "That is so cool! The leather SS jacket makes my blood go cold it is so COOL!" As of September 15, Garlasco has been suspended pending an investigation which, if it's like HRW's investigations of Israel, will see him reinstated post-haste.

Goldstone Report on Operation Cast Lead a Waste of Paper: Richard Goldstone released his report on Israel's war in Gaza this past year, and Israel was not thrilled with the results. Without going into the whole thing, the Goldstone Report essentially equated Israel's defensive actions to those of Hamas, a group that acts with the intent of harming as many civilians as possible. He further ignored the eight years of rocket attacks from Gaza which provoked Israel's response in December and January. Trying to cover up his anti-Israel bias, Goldstone's daughter claimed, 'but my dad loves Israel!' earlier this week. Whatever she's sellin', this blogger ain't buyin'.

Ahmadinejad Denies the Holocaust...Again: "The Holocaust has turned into a black box and they won't let anyone open it and examine it… If this is such an important event, why won't you let us reveal the reality to the entire world?" You mean the reality surrounding the most researched and documented event in human history? I guess I shouldn't be surprised by a man who would gun down his own people in cold blood after he steals an election...but I am. Is he really this ignorant, or is he trying to minimize the Holocaust so he can perpetrate another one on the Jewish people through nuclear bombs?

Israel Celebrates the Jewish New Year: Apples, honey, and the Shofar were in full effect in Israel as Jews the world over kicked off year 5770 in the Jewish calendar. As of press time, there were no reported brisket overdoses or severe food comas in the Holy Land. At my house, on the other hand...

Shana tova, everyone! Thanks for reading and I'll try to keep it as real in 5770 as I did in 5769.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Osama's Book Club

Carter's book finally gets a good review!

So, Osama bin Laden just dropped a new tape last week for the eighth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the United States. Of course, he came with the usual bashing of the USA's support for Israel, our continuing war against his fellow jihadists in Afghanistan, and promised a new attack against America, which may be a lot more imminent than previously thought. But the mass murderer wasn't done here, oh no; bin Laden also used the tape to promote three books that will shine a light on his views. The terrorist declared:
"After you read the suggested books, you will know the truth, and you will be greatly shocked by the scale of concealment that has been exercised on you."
You see, in addition to being a genocidal, Islamist maniac, Osama bin Laden is also a very worldly and well-read sort. He must have a helluva setup in that cave of his to be able to read, no?

I'm sure you're on the edge of your seat, so without further adieu, here are the three books Osama recommends:

"The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" by Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer. Osama only mentioned this book by name and had no further opinion of it, but I hear from sane people that it's devoid of facts, virulently anti-Israel and bordering on anti-Semitic, so naturally bin Laden would be drawn in.

"The Apology of a Hired Killer" by...actually, no such book exists. The New York Times believes bin Laden to have been referring to "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by John Perkins. Osama's review of the first, fake book was generally positive, hinting that this book would reveal the causes of the 9/11 attacks.

And now, for my personal favorite, "Palestine: Peace not Apartheid" by none other than ex-President Jimmy Carter! Honestly, who can blame Osama for this pick? Carter's book is overly critical of Israel, overly sympathetic to the Palestinians, and, as President, Carter armed bin Laden's mujahideen against the Soviets in Afghanistan 30 years ago. Talk about a conflict of interest!

Stay tuned for next week when Osama interviews Whitney Houston, talks about his Favorite Things, and we'll find out if the disgraced 39th President can fall any further.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Weekly News Roundup, September 5-11, 2009

A new feature at Shalom NoVa - Israel called the 'Weekly News Roundup.' I'll try to do one each Friday and post snippets of stories from throughout the week. I don't typically post on the weekends since I'm way too busy being lazy. So here's the first, hopefully of many, Weekly News Roundups!

Iran Agrees to Comprehensive Talks About Nothing Important: Their nuclear program? Nope. Their support of Hezbollah, Hamas, and other terror groups? Nope. The Iranians, however, do believe that the "promotion of democracy" and "combating security threats" are paramount, which is ironic since, as we saw in June, democracy is a security threat to the Iranian regime. You can read the whole proposal here. The language is very flowery but, then again, BS almost always is.

Gone Bibi Gone: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disappeared for about 12 hours on Monday. Speculation as to his whereabouts ran rampant and Israelis were none too happy about their leader going Keyser Soze on them. Initial reports placed Bibi at a security compound within Israel, then it was reported he was in Russia to discuss Russian arms sales to Iran. Neither Israel nor Russia has confirmed that Bibi went to Moscow, so as of now all of this is still speculation. "And like that...he's gone."

Lebanon Commemorates 9/11: So what does the Lebanese terror group Global Jihad do to remember the fallen on Septebmer 11th? Why, launch Katyusha rockets into Israel, of course! Two Katyushas, Hezbollah's weapon of choice as you might recall, landed in Northern Israel near Nahariya today. Israel responded with 15 artillery shells towards the rocket launching site in Southern Lebanon. The IDF is on high alert in case this situation develops further, but this is likely an isolated incident. Most importantly, no casualties or damage were reported from the Katyushas.

Bad Dates?: Israeli researchers have determined that eating 100 grams of dates per day will decrease the level of triglycerides (aka fats) and improve the quality of cholesterol in one's blood. I guess they didn't see 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.' Try telling this to that dead monkey...

9/11/2009: Today is September 11, 2009. It's been eight years since the heinous attacks that shook our country on that seemingly beautiful and serene Tuesday morning. Please take a moment to remember the victims, the heroes who perished in rescue attempts, and our armed service members who have been killed in the pursuit of terrorists the world over. Thank you.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Not so Fast on Hezbollah in the Lebanese Government

Nice facial hair, Jack.

A few days ago I reported that Hezbollah, a terror group and arch-enemy of Israel, was offered 10 seats in the Lebanese cabinet. Well, turns out that the Iranian-backed terrorists will have to wait until a new Prime Minister-designate replaces the recently resigned Saad Hariri (the gent above with the spray painted beard and 'stache).

Hariri had the gall to name which Hezbollah members would join the Lebanese cabinet, a move which irked the genocidal gang of Islamist nutballs because, let's face it, some Islamist nutballs are better suited for cabinet positions than others.

So now we'll wait and see who Lebanese President, Michel Suleiman, appoints as the next PM-designate and whether or not he decides to include Hezbollah in the cabinet as well.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Meet the New Neighbor, Same as the Old Neighbor...

Minister with an M-16?

Israel shares a border with four countries; Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, and two 'statelets' in Gaza, and West Bank. Of these 6 entities, 4 of them are terror states. The keffiyeh-clad terrorists in Hamastan aka Gaza, the Palestinian Authority's Fatah terrorists in suits who rule the West Bank, the ophthalmologist terrorist-supporter in Syria's Bashar al-Assad, and now the black turban-clad Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon's government.

I shouldn't get ahead of myself, though. Hezbollah hasn't yet accepted Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri's offer of 10 of the 30 seats in Lebanon's cabinet. But who am I kidding here; Hezbollah will be part of the next Lebanese government no matter what.

Of course, Israel is no stranger to being surrounded by terror states committed to its destruction. The Fatah conclave last month, Hamas's continued rocket attacks on southern Israel, and Syria serving as an Iranian client-state/sponsor for terrorist groups all prove their deep-seated enthusiasm for Jew-killing. Now, Lebanon can join the fray as an official terror state in the region. Israel does not have relations with Lebanon, and you can bet this recent development will set back any progress in that arena by years, if not decades.

Remember when Beirut was the 'Paris of the East?' Yeah, neither do I, but it actually was at one point a long, long time ago. When Hezbollah launches another war against Israel, notice I said 'when' and not 'if,' Beirut might warrant comparison to another European metropolis; Dresden circa 1945. What I mean here is that, due to Hezbollah's inclusion in the Lebanese government, Israel won't be pulling any punches in the next war. In fact, Prime Minister Netanyahu admitted as much in June:
"If Hizbullah joins the Lebanese government, then the Lebanese government is accepting responsibility for Hizbullah's actions, including its actions against Israel."
It's a very thinly veiled threat, sure, but it shows that Israel isn't going to play around in the next war with Hezbollah/Lebanon. If you ask me, and you obviously did if you're reading this blog, this is the proper attitude to have towards Lebanon: why should Israel hold back one iota towards a country so willing to embrace genocidal, Islamist nutjobs? Yeah, I can't think of a good reason either.

In other, related, news, I wonder if the US will reconsider sending military aid to Lebanon when Hezbollah accepts its seats in the Lebanese cabinet. If there's one way for the Obama administration to ruin its reputation even further in Israel, delivering American weapons and money to Hezbollah would be pretty high on the list. Will we be seeing a poll suggesting that 0% of Jewish Israelis consider Obama pro-Israel? Stay tuned.