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11:45 am in arabs, armistice lines, british imperialism, casus belli, Editorials, Featured, Foreign Affairs, governor romney, gulf of aqaba, hostile acts, judea and samaria, November 2012 election, President Obama, presidential election season, resolution 242, saudi peace plan, straits of tiran, unsc resolution by Gerald Honigman
To Catch The Bus, Take The Helicopter…
By Gerald A. Honigman
Governor Romney is about to visit Israel during the increasing heat of this summer’s presidential election season.
While running for office, almost all candidates say what they feel the voters want to hear. Yet that’s not always the case…unless you also believe that you can get away with doing the opposite–for one reason or another.
Case in point…
Among the biggest headaches Israel has with President Obama is his insistence that Israel return to its 1949, U.N.-imposed armistice lines which made it a mere 9 to 15 miles wide at its waist, where most of its population and infrastructure are located. Most folks have to travel farther than that just to go to work or to the shopping mall. Israel existed this way until the June 1967 Six Day War (started when Arabs blockaded it at the Straits of Tiran and Gulf of Aqaba –a casus belli–and other hostile acts), and those lines did nothing but constantly tempt Israel’s enemies to sever it in half.
In the wake of that war, as many have frequently noted, Israel was promised by the architects of the final draft of the main official guide for peacemaking, UNSC Resolution 242, that it would never have to return to those vulnerable armistice lines. Since I’ve written extensively about this myself, I won’t pursue this further here. Nothing more really needs to be added, so please check, for example, President Obama’s Much-Needed Walk Down Memory Lane to fill in the details.
Besides Israel and the Jewish people’s several thousand year connections (including land ownership right into the 20th century) to the disputed territories such as Judea and Samaria (called that for millennia before British imperialism also named them the “West Bank” after World War I), Israel had been promised, via 242, more secure, defensible, and real borders to replace its previous Auschwitz/armistice lines. And, again, this is what the nastiness between Israel, Obama, and the ever-hostile State Department (which fought President Truman over Israel’s very resurrection in the first place in 1948) is largely all about.
If Israel is to get the buffer 242 promised, Jews must be able to live–as they did throughout history when they were not physically prevented–beyond the ’49 armistice lines. That’s what the “settlement” issue really involves.
Now, say what you want about President Obama regarding his approach to this matter, but one thing is certain. He has been honest and has not waffled. Many folks–especially Lefty Hebrews–may not have listened, but he has stuck to his same position for years now. My own book documents this very carefully (http://q4j-middle-east.com/)
Both Senator and President Obama have repeatedly stated that Israel would be crazy (his exact words) to not accept the alleged Saudi Peace (of the grave) Plan, and one of its main provisions insists that Israel return to the ’49 armistice lines.
Arabs can conquer, forcibly Arabize, and subjugate scores of millions of non-Arab peoples in what they subsequently proclaimed to be “purely Arab patrimony,” but how dare Judeans–Jews–return to at least parts of Judea…or even to east Jerusalem. Brits can grab the Falkland Islands, over 8,000 miles away from home off the Argentine coast, the Russians can conquer Chechnya, America can stake claim to Samoa–but how dare Jews return to Samaria. And when at least some Israeli leaders have dared to protest, they have been treated in the most disrespectful of ways–especially by the Obama Administration.
For this and some other troubling reasons (like the Obama folks constantly leaking information detrimental to Israel’s security), Governor Romney has repeatedly spoken of how Obama has thrown Israel under the bus.
While the bus saying may be catchy, it’s not specific. And, as is also said, talk is cheap…
The Governor is due to arrive in Israel as Jews observe one of the most solemn days on their millennial-old calendar, Tisha B’Av (the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av). It is the date that both Temples (which Obama’s Arab good buddies deny ever existed) were destroyed; the second major revolt of the Jews for their freedom and independence under the leadership of Shimon Bar Kochba was crushed by the Emperor Hadrian’s forces in 135 C.E. (reported by the Roman historians themselves); and so forth.
Romney must spell out very clearly how his actual policies and actions will differ from the man whom he hopes to convince Jews and others back home in America to not vote for.
What will President Romney’s position be regarding the promise of UNSC Resolution 242 for Israel to finally receive real, more secure borders–which must thus involve a territorial compromise–from the disputed territories? Will he say one thing now, but expect another after November?
While Arabs demand recognition and creation of their 22nd state, they still insist that Israel will never be recognized by them as a State of the Jews. How will a President Romney handle this issue? It doesn’t bother Obama a bit…The only demands and pressure he knows how to apply is on Israeli leaders who don’t prostrate themselves low enough to his and the State Department’s demands.
Speaking of the State Department, there’s talk of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice being a possible running mate for Romney. She was as nasty as Hillary and almost as bad as James Baker on these same and related issues.
So, I have some additional advice (besides some earlier – Dear Mr. Romney… ) for Governor Romney as he touches down in the land of the Jews…
Back in 1998, when President George W. Bush was still a governor like himself, he visited his friend Ariel Sharon In Israel. Here’s an excerpt from a December 3, 1998, press release from his office quoting him:
…was able to learn about security needs…. Hard to believe, as a Texan, how small Israel is… we’re used to huge spaces…. Just got off the campaign where I spent nearly everyday in a King Air trying to get from one stop to the other. Had I gotten on that same King Air and I took off out of Jerusalem it would have been no time before I’d be in either Jordan or in Syria. It’s a small country… important for our host to remind our delegation of how really small it was, so I got on a helicopter… flew with foreign minister Ariel Sharon to see firsthand how small… between enemy lines and population centers.
It was on this helicopter flight that, according to his press secretary, Ari Fleischer, Bush also commented, regarding the tiny strategic waist of Israel, “In Texas, we have driveways longer than that.”
Perhaps at least partly as a result of this experience, and despite some later backtracking under Arab, Big Oil, and State Department pressure, when Bush became President of the United States and Prime Minister Sharon unilaterally totally withdrew from strategic territory in Gaza from which Israel was repeatedly attacked, at an April 2004 news conference, Bush took a stand that might yet some day lead to peace between Jews and Arabs–if only a new American administration regains the courage displayed back then.
With millions watching him, President Bush proclaimed the two key ingredients of such a recipe:
Israel should not be expected to return to indefensible armistice lines (and he called them just that, not “borders”); and,
Any and all real or fudged Arab refugees would have to go to the additional, new Arab state, not overwhelm Jews in Israel (as Arabs indeed have in mind). Recall that half of Israel’s Jews were refugees themselves from so-called “Arab” or Muslim lands.
By the way, another major provision of that Saudi Peace (of the grave) Plan that Obama insists upon calls for Israel to be flooded by Arab refugees. Recall that this is the very plan that Obama says Israel would be crazy not to accept. Now just imagine what will happen if he gets re-elected in 2012 and doesn’t have to worry about running again?
Returning to more positive thoughts, for Romney to truly catch what is meant by saying such things as throwing Israel under the bus, it would be useful for him (and more convincing for others) for the Governor to take the same helicopter flight that his friend President Bush did years earlier.
For anyone who has truly studied Obama, the company he keeps, his good buddies, key foreign policy appointees, close advisors, and so forth, unless one’s head is stuck in the sand (which too many folks’ are), there is no doubt that (except at Hebrew fund-raising time) he is more concerned about creating a 22nd state for Arabs (and second, not first, in the original 1920 Mandate of Palestine–Jordan was carved out of almost 80% of the total area in 1922) than in the security of the sole, minuscule, reborn nation of the Jews. Such a helicopter ride will thus have little or no meaning for the current occupant of the White House.
While Romney is not Obama, to truly be taken seriously himself, given the rhetoric which normally accompanies the subject of the Arab-Israeli conflict during election time, the Governor must flesh out his nice sayings with concrete positions–ones that he will stand by after November. If he does this, he might just awaken enough folks from their self-imposed slumber to put himself over the top in what promises to be a close election.
1:05 am in arabs, Foreign Affairs, israeli arab war, middle east peace, middle east peace process, palestinian refugee, palestinian refugees, refugee situations, refugee status, un agency, UNRWA by PinkTeaPatriot
By: Ryan Jones
Posted: June 6th, 2012
he Palestinian refugee phenomenon is unique in that, unlike past refugee situations, the number of Palestinian refugees is growing exponentially.
Of the 600,000-750,000 Arabs displaced by the 1948 Israeli-Arab war, as few as 30,000 remain alive and nation-less today. And yet, the Palestinians somehow claim over five million refugees, with the support and blessing of the international community.
This is because the UN decided years ago, against all previous norms, to allow the Palestinians to retain refugee status even if they became citizens of another nation, and to pass their refugee status on to their children. Also unique to the Palestinian refugees was the creation of a separate UN agency to aid their plight, an agency (UNRWA) that is in fact the largest of all UN agencies.
The United States, the largest donor to UNRWA, is not so happy about this situation, and has commissioned a study into the validity of “Palestinian refugee” status, a move that could have far-reaching consequences for the Middle East peace process.
Arabs, Turks, & The Language Of Cultural Genocide
by Gerald A. Honigman
The week of May 21st proved to be quite eventful regarding the subject of the sinister use of language. Let me explain…
Even with Arabs continuously murdering each other by the tens of thousands in the region, the attempt by many–both in and out of the so-called “Arab” world–to redirect the focus of scrutiny onto the Jews remains ever vigilant. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement and Apartheid Israel Week especially come to mind. But, for a good portion of the last century (not to mention the earlier atrocities), literally millions of native, non-Arab peoples fell victim to Arabs the same way fellow Arabs are now doing today. The fear that some fifteen million native, pre-Arab/non-Arab Egyptian Copts now feel over what bodes for the future of their country is shared by many others as well.
Besides the sword, there are other methods used to insure victory to the cause, and both Arabs and those who succeeded them as Muslim rulers in the neighborhood became ardent proponents of such tactics. While it’s hard to find any human society which is blame-free, certainly some examples stand out more than others…or, at least should.
It is thus beyond ironic that the society which, at least in the Middle East and its environs, has tried the most to make fair accommodations with its national competitors and enemies is the one which is constantly the most criticized.
I am speaking about Israel, of course. No doubt, there are also things there that could be improved upon regarding relations with the one-fifth of the country which is Arab. The same could also be said regarding relations between the various Jewish communities and others as well.
But, in the greater perspective (which is too often ignored by Israel’s numerous duplicitous critics), Arabic is the second national language of the land, and Arabs who side with Fatah and Hamas (both which aim and/or openly call for Israel’s destruction) serve in Israel’s Parliament, teach in its schools, freely protest against “nasty Zionists” on campuses and elsewhere, intimidate their Jewish neighbors, etc. and so forth. And when there are alleged problems, Arabs take Israel to court and frequently win their cases.
To any truly objective observer, there is simply no comparison between what an Arab can expect living in Israel and what a non-Arab usually experiences living in an Arab country. That Israeli Arabs are having a fit fearing that they may fall under Arab rule instead of Israel’s in any future land swap also speaks volumes.
It is no mere accident that the Foreword to my book on the quest for justice in the region (http://q4j-middle-east.com) is written by a Kurd, and some of the major jacket comments are written by an Amazigh (“Berber”) publisher. Together, these two gentlemen alone represent about eighty million non-Arab people in the region (which Arabs routinely refer to as “purely Arab patrimony”) who have had their cultures and languages periodically outlawed by their Arab and other Islamic conquerors–notably Turks. And this does not include scores of millions of other subjugated, non-Arab peoples living nearby as well. That brings me back to the two news articles hinted at above…
Let’s start out with the story in The New York Times by Jodi Rudoren on May 22nd,
It seems that Hamas has decided that the Arabs of Gaza should once again learn Hebrew and will, after a long hiatus, begin offering it as an elective in its schools. Here’s the reasoning…
“Through the Hebrew language we can understand the structure of the Israeli society, the way they think,” explained Mahmoud Matar, director general of the Hamas-run Ministry of Education here.
“The Arabic language is a basic thing for the Israelis, and they use it to achieve what they want,” Dr. Matar added. “We look at Israel as an enemy. We teach our students the language of the enemy.”
Hey–whatever the reasons, on the balance sheet, I see this as a good thing.
Sure, some will probably use their new knowledge of Hebrew to carry out Hamas’ overtly genocidal agenda towards their Jewish neighbors. More Israeli soldiers may wind up being kidnapped, other Jews will become even more vulnerable and victimized, etc., etc., etc.
But, the more Arabs learn about those nasty Zionists, the more at least some of them may indulge in some serious soul-searching.
While the Muslim Brotherhood clone Hamasniks have an Islamist agenda, who knows what unexpected consequences may yet result in the process of expanding some minds? There are Arabs right now who started out as Israel’s sworn enemies who can now be counted among its friends.
Contrast the above story, again, to that regarding how Arabs have routinely dealt with their own enemies–and not only Jews…Kurds, Berbers, Copts, native Jews (one half in Israel who were Jewish refugees from “Arab”/Muslim lands and many other such Jewish refugees who now live elsewhere), Assyrians, native Semitic but pre-Arab Lebanese, black Africans in the Sudan, and so forth.
Frequently, as part of the forced Arabization process, the conquered native peoples’ own languages and cultures were declared illegal–to the point where parents were/are even forced to name their own children with approved Arab names. Do not bother, however, to search for such information in your typical college text, in the typical college classroom, written by your typical allegedly objective expert.
While these disturbing facts are well-documented elsewhere, more often than not if the alleged sins were/are not Israel’s, they have not been worthy of inclusion for debate, discussion , or inclusion on academic syllabi–and not by accident, either. There is no doubt that too often one set of lenses has been used to judge and study the sole, minuscule, and yes–imperfect–Jewish State, and quite a different set–if any at all–used to study the rest of the neighborhood in which it lives.
As a card-carrying member of the London-based Anti-Slavery Society decades ago, I knew quite well what Arabs were doing in black Africa–and not only in the Sudan, where millions of blacks were being murdered, raped, maimed, enslaved, turned into refugees, and so forth…without a peep out of the mouths of the same scholars who never missed a chance to dissect and take Israel to task.
Moving on to the second Article…
On May 26th, there was an interesting op-ed written by Mustafa Akyol in the Turkish publication, Hurriyet, “Kurdish As Official Language For Turkey” http://www.hurriyetdailynews.c…..sCatID=411
On an official visit to Finland, Mr. Akyol discovered that even though Swedish-speakers account for a mere 7 % of the population, Finland has made Swedish the second official language of the nation. Follow him…
This, inevitably, reminded me of the debates around the status of Turkey’s Kurdish citizens, which make up some 15 percent (actually, at least 20%–there are 15 to 18 million Kurds in Turkey) of the population. For decades, our paranoid state, whose fear of “division” overshadowed its already-fragile commitments to human rights, had banned the use of the Kurdish language. There were times that Kurdish-speakers on the street were fined and harassed, and Kurdish-language songs were criminalized as “separatist propaganda.”
Indeed, the stench of the hypocrisy of the Turks on such matters is as at least as bad as that of the Arabs.
Turkey has the same mix of Turks to Kurds in a Turkey geographically almost forty times the size of Israel as there are Jews to Arabs in the latter. Turkey’s total population is about ten times that of Israel.
Israel is surrounded by Arab and non-Arab enemies sworn to its total demise. The Turks have no such existential enemies, and besides Turkey, there are another half dozen Asiatic Turkic states in existence.
Despite this, while the Jews and Israel have respected the culture and language of the very folks who want them dead and repeatedly act on those wishes, the Turks have engaged in cultural genocide against the one fifth of their own nation’s population who are Kurds (and others as well). Notice, please, that I’m only focusing upon the cultural and linguistic aspects of this genocide. Unfortunately, history adds another more bloody dimension to this story as well…and not only involving Kurds.
Let’s check out a few more excerpts from Mr. Akyol. While speaking of some progress in recent years, he then went on to say…
However, none of these moves are enough, at least for the millions of Kurds who are proud of their language and want to see it even more established.
So, here is my heretical idea: Why does not the Turkish government take a bold step and consider making Kurdish a second official language for Turkey? Why don’t we use Kurdish in official documents and street signs, restaurant menus and TV channels, and courthouses and Parliament sessions?
I call this a heretical idea for I am sure that many Turkish nationalists – the bulk of Turkish society – will find it disturbing and dangerous. And their reaction will come from not only an emotional distaste for anything other than Turkish, but also a fear that more Kurdishness will divide Turkey and pave the way for an independent Kurdistan in the southeast.
But I think that this fear is based on a totally mistaken notion: that a more Kurdish-friendly Turkey will end up being torn into two. The truth, I believe, is quite the opposite: Turkey will be saved from ethnic partition only when it becomes more Kurdish-friendly.
This is the case, because, besides the totalitarian ambitions of the PKK (the outlawed and terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party), the real Kurdish political aspiration in Turkey is to have a homeland. The Turkish Republic as we know it has never been this homeland, for it always suppressed Kurdish identity. So, either the Kurds will keep on hoping (and fighting) for a Kurdistan in the southeast, or the rest of Turkey will become a bit Kurdistan-like.
Turkish nationalists, in other words, need to understand that they can’t have their cake and eat it too. They can’t keep Turkey fully Turkish and intact at the same time. They need to make a decision, and they had better make it soon.
It is very refreshing to hear a Turk speaking such language. I’ve been writing and spouting such stuff for over four decades now, as have some (but not enough) others as well. Too often, even leading specialists on Turkey in academia barely mentioned or wrote of the plight of the Kurdish people–and, again, this was no accident.
For far too long, too much of the world, for one reason or another, the hypocrisy practiced by Ankara regarding Israel and the Arabs in contrast to its own dealings with native Kurds who pre-date them in the land by millennia and whom they renamed “Mountain Turks” has been given a free pass.
It is time for this to end because it’s also long overdue that the same standards of morality routinely used to critique Israel also be applied to Arabs, Turks, Iranians, and others whose sins in the region, in reality, dwarf those of the Jews.
12:44 am in Arab armies, arab nationalism, arab world, arabs, dozen states, Foreign Affairs, jewish refugees, Mandate of Palestine, nakba, reading pleasure, small portion, transjordan by Gerald Honigman
Please Join Me For The Nakba Day Festivities…
by Gerald A. Honigman
May 14th, 1948 was the day that Israel officially declared its independence. It was immediately attacked by a half dozen Arab armies, and as a result of the war which the Arabs themselves initiated, two sets of refugees were created–Arabs fleeing the fighting in that small portion of the original 1920 Mandate of Palestine which would become Israel and a greater number of Jewish refugees fleeing their ancient homes in the so-called “Arab” world.
To date, Arabs have almost two dozen states, including one created on almost 80% of the original 1920 Mandate of Palestine…Jordan.
In 1947, Arabs were offered a second state for themselves in about half of the roughly 20% of the land remaining after the creation of Arab Transjordan. They rejected this offer–which would have netted Arab nationalism, in its various stripes, almost 90% of the total territory.
Jews have one minuscule, resurrected state which they never ceased to call home for over three thousand years of history. It sits on less than one half of one percent of the territory of the region.
Regardless, each May 15th Arabs protest and demonstrate about their catastrophe–Israel’s rebirth–because in their attempt at completing Hitler’s genocide in 1948, their efforts backfired on themselves.
Since the Arab tune is the same every Nakba Day, there is no need for me to reinvent the wheel on this issue either.
So, my friends, for your reading pleasure, please check out my widely-published responses to Nakba Day in years gone by. I have selected one of many versions of each article. Here they are below…the answer to the Arabs’ distortions and outright lies:
A Tale Of Two Nakbas…
And, last year’s edition, The Case Of The Missing Nakbas…
Had Arabs granted any of the scores of millions of non-Arab peoples in the region just a tiny slice of the very justice they demand solely for themselves, their own “nakba” would have never occurred. It happened as a result of their own self-centeredness and greed–pure and simple. Now please read any or all of the above articles to see what I mean.
4:13 pm in alexandria egypt, arabs, Featured, german u boats, honigman, lieutenant edward, night at sea, own shortcomings, philadelphia police department, Philosophy, Rommel Campaign, sinking ships, u boats, U S Navy, U.S. Navy Armed Guard, World War II by Gerald Honigman
Remembering My Father
by Gerald A. Honigman
All of us have regrets in life. Some have more than others.
I’ve probably shot myself in the foot more than should ever be allowed…and hurt my loving parents and others as well in the process.
Sure, my “luck” was not the best, I was naive in many ways, and there were, at times, truly nasty and unbelievable things being done to me. Still, my own shortcomings contributed to the problems–no doubt. A different person, perhaps, could have found a way to overcome those obstacles or may have not had to face them in the first place.
I think about all of this as I ponder the fact that this year will mark twenty years since my Father’s passing. I realize how hard he worked for us all of his life–often endangering his own life in the process. Lieutenant Edward Honigman, of blessed memory, passed away on December 2, 1992. I remember that horrible night as if it was yesterday.
Dad had put twenty-seven years in on the Philadelphia Police Department. He joined the latter not long after returning from fighting in several theaters for four years in World War II. There’s a few brief stories of his days in the U.S. Navy that I’d like to share at this time because of their relevance to today’s events in the Middle East.
As a gunner in the Armed Guard, his duties included the protection of merchant shipping crossing dangerous waters. When I was a teenager, this very “macho” man had no qualms revealing to me that he spent many a night at sea worrying about whether he’d be alive the next morning. German U-boats were sinking ships all around him. Indeed, his sister ship went down. There but for the Grace of G_d go I…
But I’m not writing now simply to recall war stories.
One evening, while on shore leave during the Allied North African Rommel Campaign, Dad visited a cafe in Alexandria, Egypt. While sitting at a table with his buddies, he happened to notice several soldiers who walked in with Star of David patches on their uniforms.
Curious, Dad walked over, introduced himself, and inquired about the patches. It turns out that he had met up with members of the Jewish Brigade, a fighting unit consisting mostly of “Palestinian” (which in those days meant exclusively Jews…Arabs called themselves Arabs) Jews attached to the British Army. These were besides tens of thousands of other Jews who served in Allied militaries.
Towards the end of their conversation, Dad’s new friends had some chilling words that he later repeated to me. They said that when the war was over for him, G_d willing, he’d be able to return home and all would be calm. But when World War II was over for them, it would simply mark the beginning of yet another major conflict–the battle for the rebirth of the Jewish State…the answer to all the would-be Hitlers our people have been periodically confronted with for thousands of years. Those words haunted my Father from that day onwards.
During one of Dad’s later stops in Aden near the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, his friends decided to play what they considered to be a joke on their Jewish shipmate. Now, keep in mind that these were the same guys who repeatedly fed non-Jews more ammo in fleet gunnery competition so that the Jew wouldn’t beat them. They told Dad to call one of the Arab attendants over and address him as “Yahudi.” After my Father did this, the distressed Arab then said, “ curse me, curse my mother, but please, please sir… never call me that!”
My Father had called him a Jew.
A look at those last five paragraphs tells you much about what Jewish existence was like over much of the world, in the Muslim East as well as in the Christian West, before the rebirth of Israel. And Dad had experienced both versions firsthand.
Many years later, I had become the father of three children of my own.
On one of the last of our hundreds of fishing trips together over the years, Dad asked me why I wasn’t thinking about having another child. I kind of jumped on him for that…one of my many above-mentioned regrets. I told him that I was much older than he was when he had his first child, was a teacher living from hand to mouth with nothing too much to spare in Florida (having what we do have largely due to the generosity of my wife’s and my own parents), etc. and so forth.
A few months later, Dad was gone.
After partially recovering from the pain, Mom and I had to eventually go to the rental storage facility where Dad had stored lots of stuff in a zillion different boxes. We had to weed through the latter to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Hours later, we opened a box that had something wrapped in newspaper on the bottom of it. And, as I unwrapped it, I was in shock….
Yehudit is Hebrew for Judith, the female form of Yehudah, Judah…Dad’s Hebrew name. It is customary for Jews to name children after deceased loved ones. There is no letter “J” in the Hebrew language.
And here in Dad’s box was a statue of Judith, the ancient Hebrew defender of her people.
Did Dad know? Was that the reason why he wanted so much for me to have a fourth child…so that he would have a name?
Well, Dad probably had a number of good reasons why he wanted this. But what a truly amazing, unforgettable experience.
My grandfather, of blessed memory (a veteran of World War I), was a “collector” of all kinds of things. Dad used to make jokes about Pop’s “collections.” But the best I can make out from all of this is that Dad acquired one of those “collectables” from his father and, for some reason, held onto it for who knows how long.
Elana Judith Honigman, G_d bless–the “unplanned baby” and fourth child–was born on February 9, 1993…about two months after Dad passed away. She just completed her sophomore year in college. And, like my other children, Abigail Zipporah, Jessica Beth, and Jonathan Ze’ev–whom I am also especially grateful for as I, myself, get older–I am amazed at what a blessing she has truly turned out to be.
What else is new? Dad was right again.
I can only hope that G_d permits the soul of my Father to know how this story has turned out.
Revisiting the Cattle Cars…
by Gerald A. Honigman
You know–that same rail system the Jews’ super hero refused to bomb.
Recently, two news articles especially caught my attention.
The first was an article by Professor Rafael Medoff, FDR Used The Jews. In it he gave an account of an earlier interview he conducted with the current Prime Minister of Israel’s father, Benzion Netanyahu, who was an eye witness to these events. The scholar had recently passed away at the age of 102.
While some folks have known of these things for quite some time, most Jews still view FDR as the next best thing to chocolate candy. As just one of too many such troubling examples, a movie was later made of the ship carrying fleeing German Jewish refugees seeking asylum (Voyage Of The Damned) which was never allowed to land in Florida under FDR’s watch.
Professor Medoff is the founding director of the David S. Wyman Institute For Holocaust Studies. Wyman is the Protestant author of one of the essential, definitive texts on the Holocaust, The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust (1984)–the one that puts to the lie the claim that America went to war to save Jews.
Here are some telling excerpts from that interview…
Part of the problem was how they saw themselves. In their contacts with President Roosevelt, Jewish leaders thought of themselves as weak or helpless. Take, for example, Rabbi Stephen Wise – leader of the American Zionist movement, the American Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Congress. He thought of himself as a servant of President Roosevelt.
He referred to Roosevelt as “Chief,” and he really meant it that way – Roosevelt was the chief, and Wise was the servant. Wise was happy to just follow along with whatever Roosevelt wanted. He was content as long as FDR just remembered his name or gave him a few minutes of his time every once in a while.
FDR used Jews if they served some purpose that he needed. Samuel Rosenman was useful to him as a speechwriter. Henry Morgenthau Jr. was useful to him as secretary of the Treasury.
Only a certain kind of a Jew could reach that position in Roosevelt’s administration – the kind of Jew who would not talk about Jewish issues or problems.
FDR used the Jews, but there was no room in his heart for the plight of the Jewish people…
Just before Yom Kippur in 1943, the Bergson Group and the Vaad Hahatzalah mobilized more than 400 rabbis to march to the White House to plead for rescue. The president refused to meet with a delegation of their leaders.
Later, a columnist for one of the Yiddish newspapers wrote that if 400 priests had come to the White House, the president would not have refused to see them. Was there indeed a double standard applied to Jewish concerns?
To answer that question, just consider how the international community would have responded if millions of Englishmen or Frenchmen were the ones who were being annihilated, rather than millions of Jews. Would the world have just stood by, quietly?
Would you have needed to have protest groups organizing marches and taking out newspaper ads in order to wake up the world’s conscience? No. The nations of the world would have immediately risen in angry protest, without any prompting. They would never have allowed such a thing to continue. But when the Jews were the victims, it was a different story. It was as if the Jews were untouchables. It was as if the nations did not want to besmirch their hands by touching the Jews.
In other words, folks like Wise and Morgenthau were nothing more than modern day Court Jews and did nothing to jeopardize their own comfortable positions. FDR would not be the last American leader to have such Hebrew crew members aboard ship.
Yet, to this day, if you have a discussion with the vast majority of members of The Tribe, they either don’t–or won’t–know anything about this.
Besides Wyman, Professor Medoff is a renown scholar himself. One of his newest books, Blowing the Whistle on Genocide: Josiah E. DuBois, Jr. and the Struggle for a U.S. Response to the Holocaust, discloses how a fairly low level US Treasury Department lawyer exposed the State Department’s policies of impeding the rescue of Europe’s Jews. Follow these excerpts closely as seen in
In 1943, DuBois, who was chief counsel for the Foreign Funds Control Division of the Treasury Department learned through surreptitious examination of documents provided by a friend within the State Department, that senior State Department officials had been deliberately obstructing opportunities to save the remnants of Europe’s Jews.
In an excerpt of a pivotal report authored by Josiah DuBois dated January 13, 1944 and sent to Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, Jr, DuBois intones, “This government has for a long time maintained that its policy is to work out programs to save those Jews of Europe who could be saved. I am convinced on the basis of the information which is available to me that certain officials in our State Department, which is charged with carrying out this policy, have been guilty not only of gross procrastination and willful failure to act, but even of willful attempts to prevent action from being taken to rescue Jews from Hitler. Unless remedial steps of a drastic nature are taken immediately, I am certain that no effective action will be taken by this government to prevent the complete extermination of the Jews in German controlled Europe, and that this government will have to share for all time responsibility for this extermination.”
Ah yes, the State Department…Those very same folks who would later fight President Truman over his willingness to recognize the rebirth of Israel turned out to be complicit in the murder of Jews as well.
The hostility emanating from the State Department both towards Jews and the Jew of the Nations has not subsided to this date–so Israel must harbor no illusions regarding the nature of any negotiations which lie ahead under the guidance of State’s assorted anti-Semites and Arabists.
Before leaving this first article about FDR, let’s just look at a few more closing excerpts from that Jewish Magazine source utilized above…
During his remarks, Dr. Medoff contrasted DuBois and President Roosevelt as two symbols “of the tragic history of America’s response to the Holocaust.” Concerning President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dr. Medoff said, “here is the president who was regarded as a humanitarian, who portrayed himself as the champion of the little man, who had the power to save many Jews from the Holocaust but who — to quote Fowler Harper, the Solicitor General for the Interior Department in the 1940s– ‘would not lift a finger’ to help them…His was the administration that kept the immigration quotas 90% under-filled –meaning it could have saved 190,000 Jews under the existing quotas, without changing the immigration laws. His was the administration that sent planes to bomb German oil factories less than five miles from the gas chambers of Auschwitz, but refused to instruct them to drop bombs on the gas chambers, or the railway lines, even after receiving maps and detailed information about what was happening in the camp. His was the administration that refused to pressure the British to open the gates of Palestine so Jews could find refuge there.”
So much for Franklin Delano Roosevelt…the alleged hero of most Jews who, to this date, largely go to the polls each election cycle and vote in memory of his name.
Okay…time to move onto the second article I mentioned above which prompted this analysis.
The headline read, Biden: Obama’s Done Most For Israel Since Truman.
It was not the first time that President Obama’s Vice President uttered such words of wisdom. This time, he proclaimed that no leader since Truman has done more to enhance Israeli security than Obama.
Biden likes to brag (especially to contributors) that he’s a great friend of the Jews. Follow below and see what that might really translate to…
Back in 2010, he returned from the Middle East after blasting Jews for building on land that they have called home since the days of the Pharaohs. And, much earlier, in well-documented reports, in 1982 Biden used similar bully tactics with the late Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin–banging on the desk with his fists and so forth, to try to intimidate him into relinquishing his nation’s barest security needs to American “no friends, just interests” policies. Some things change, some things don’t.
For many reasons, Biden would be best not to open his mouth at all on such issues. While he gets away with much of his shtick with the ignorant, for those who know, he’s a sorry joke.
Truman–to be credited, for sure, on his recognition of Israel amid opposition from those in the State Department and elsewhere–did virtually nothing to help the nascent state of Israel’s security. Take a look at the title of this second article again…
When Israel was attacked immediately after its rebirth in 1948 by a half dozen Arab armies, no official American response came to aid it. Israel protected itself mostly with Czech and later French armaments for decades after Truman was long out of the White House. French Mirages and Mysteres lead Israel’s devastation of Arab air forces and tank battalions in the 1967 Six Day War. Only after that war ended did American aid become significant.
But, that particular revelation of either Biden’s ignorance or deliberate obfuscation was actually the least offensive of his claims.
Israel has had a long-standing relationship, for the past several decades, with the United States regarding military issues. This has been done largely to counter Soviet–and now Russian, North Korean, and Chinese–influence in the region as well as the various forces of militant Islam which see Israel as but the Little Satan next to the bigger one–America. Those forces are indeed ascendant today as the Muslim Brotherhood and its clones increasingly gain power during the so-called Arab Spring.
For some perspective, Arab countries also get tens of billions of dollars in aid from the United States. Besides the armaments per se, America for years has spent as much in one week in Iraq as Israel gets in one year in aid. Please read that sentence again. Ditto for Muslim, but non-Arab, Afghanistan. The difference ? Thousands of Americans have lost their lives and limbs for the sake of the latter two–none for Israel.
Additionally, leading American military officials repeatedly state that Israel is the best bargain on the planet for the return it gives back to America in terms of further weapons improvement, invention, and innovation…those Israeli drones, for example. Israeli intelligence services are still rated among the best anywhere as well.
So, there’s no doubt that Israel gives America–whether under Obama or his predecessors–the best bang for the buck…if you’ll pardon the expression. Obama continues this military cooperation with Israel because it’s good for America. And that’s how it should be.
That leads us to the real problem with Biden’s assertions. And it’s the same problem I’ve written about repeatedly.
Via the armistice lines–not political borders–imposed upon Israel by the United Nations in 1949 after the Arabs invaded it the year before, Israel was made a mere zipper of a state…nine to fifteen miles wide and virtually invisible on a world globe without the aid of a magnifying glass.
The UN did nothing when Israel was attacked in 1948 and only intervened when Israel, at great human cost, finally turned the tide of battle. At that moment, the UN jumped in to prevent further Arab losses and drew up armistice lines which merely indicated the point at which hostilities ceased. The ’49 lines only tempted Arabs to attack again and again in the years to come.
One does not have to be a General Patton or Napoleon to see that Israel could be severed in half at its minuscule waist, where most of its population and infrastructure are located.
Thus, after the Arabs’ renewed attempt at genocide backfired on them big time in ’67, the architects of the final draft of UNSC Resolution 242 made sure that this official guideline for peacemaking between Arab and Jew contained a provision for territorial compromise in the areas Israel came to occupy in ’67. Much has been written about this, but some excerpts from 242′s chief architect, Great Britain’s Lord Caradon, should suffice for now. Indeed, the Vice President and his boss need to read and re-read them again and again…
It would have been wrong to demand that Israel return to its positions of June 4, 1967 (the day before the war broke out), because those positions were undesirable and artificial. After all, they were just the places where the soldiers of each side happened to be on the day the fighting stopped in 1948. They were just armistice lines. That’s why we didn’t demand that the Israelis return to them.
And American presidents echoed this sentiment as well…
Here’s President Johnson on June 19th, soon after hostilities came to a close:
A return to the situation on June 4 was not a prescription for peace but for renewed hostilities. He then called for…new recognized boundaries that would provide security against terror, destruction, and war.
These were President Reagan’s remarks on September 1, 1982…
“In the pre-1967 borders (sic), Israel was barely 10-miles wide…the bulk of Israel’s population within artillery range of hostile armies. I am not about to ask Israel to live that way again.”
I think you get the picture…
It was obvious that Israel was never meant to be the 9-15 mile-wide sub-rump state that the armistice lines had left it as, and the ’67 renewed Arab attempt on its life finally convinced many in the world that something would finally have to be done to end that travesty.
An Arab state had already been created on almost 80% of the original 1920 Mandate of Palestine with the creation of Transjordan–later renamed Jordan–in 1922.
The lands between Transjordan and Israel in its ’49 armistice lines were non-apportioned territories of the original 1920 Mandate in which all peoples–not only Arabs–were allowed to live. Just because Arabs claim those were just purely Arab lands does not make them so. Arabs claim this for the entire region as well. A quick look at the valid sources for that period also show that most Arabs were themselves newcomers into the Mandate, entering due to the economic development going on because of the Jews. Even Hamas’s virtual patron saint, Sheik Izzedin al-Qassam–for whom its terror squad and rockets are named–was from Latakia, Syria.
In the ’48 fighting, Transjordan seized the non-apportioned lands west of the Jordan River–Judea and Samaria, aka, the “West Bank”–destroyed dozens of synagogues, and continued the process of making them as Judenrein as it made itself after 1922. Holding both banks of the River, it renamed itself Jordan soon afterwards.
What the Arabs living in the lions’ share of the original 1920 Mandate of Palestine–Transjordan– took illegally in 1948, they lost in 1967.
And the territorial compromise built into UNSC Resolution 242 (calling for more defensible, secure, recognized, and real borders to replace those suicidal armistice lines) promised that Israel would once again be allowed to have Judeans living in such places as Judea. Jews indeed lived and owned land there until their massacres by Arabs earlier in the 20th century.
Now, enter the Obama Administration…
Even before his election in 2008, Senator Obama was on record–as I reiterate time and time again–stating that Israel would be crazy (his exact words) to reject the alleged Saudi Peace Plan. This is documented thoroughly in my own book http://q4j-middle-east.com
It should come as no shock–given the constant fight the Obama Administration has had with Israel over this issue–that the key provision of that Saudi plan calls for Israel to totally abandon the promise 242 made to it.
Instead of a reasonable territorial compromise in Israel’s vulnerable narrow waist, Obama demands that Israel return to the vulnerable ’49 armistice lines which did nothing except invite repeated Arab attacks. That’s what the settlements issue, housing in east Jerusalem, and so forth are all about. After getting backlash from even Democrat supporters such as Senator Harry Reid on this, Obama then started talking about a possible swap of territories.
242 mentions no “swap.” But, it might not be a bad idea for Israel to get rid of some of its Arab 5th column this way if it can. That remains to be seen (and the Arabs are having a fit fearing that they might actually come under Arab rule rather than those of the Jews whom they hate and plot against).
So, that brings us back to the Vice President’s assertion that Obama is great for Israel’s security.
After Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza a while back, all it got was over ten thousand rockets, mortars, and missiles fired at its southern towns and cities as a thank you from the Arabs. Gaza was a test for peace–one flunked by Arabs with flying colors.
Now, imagine a similar scenario where Jews once again no longer live in at least part of Judea and Samaria. Please look at a map when you contemplate this. At this time, densely-populated, high priority targets such as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ben Gurion Airport, the Knesset, Haifa, and so forth then become the targets instead.
Regardless of whatever else Israel gets from an Obama Administration, given the rejectionist nature of its enemies (even its two peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan are in now in dire jeopardy), if it’s forced to return to its 9-15-mile wide existence, then to talk about security is absurd. Yet that’s exactly what Obama and the perpetually hostile State Department he’s working with have in mind.
Anyone pressuring Israel to once again become that previously exposed sardine can of a state is no friend–let alone “best in show” as Biden and his boss claim.
Only those same Jews who still idolize FDR will continue to keep their heads in the sand over what Obama has in mind for Israel. The President’s recent comments to the Russian leader about having “more flexibility” after the 2012 election should be pondered real hard by those who claim to care about Israel’s future. If you think there have been problems between Obama and Israel up until now, just wait until he doesn’t have to worry about getting reelected again…
There is no doubt that much good was created for America under the leadership of FDR. The serious problem discussed here involved his disinterest in saving Jews abroad who were forced to jump onto cattle cars leading them to places like Auschwitz to be turned into lampshades and soap.
Today, in many ways, for Jews it’s 1938 all over again.
They’re told that if they’d only give the Arabs what they want, there will once again be “peace for our time,” cheap oil, etc. and so forth. And, just as there were lots of ethnic Germans in Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland, are there not also many Arabs in Judea and Samaria? Give Arabs all the latter, and they will be satisfied and leave Israel alone…
Sure–just like Hitler was satisfied with only the Sudetenland.
Unfortunately, it comes down to this…
Jews in America will soon have to make a decision dealing with re-electing a man who is determined to once again force their brethren abroad into making an updated jump onto the 21st century cattle cars. For, given the genocidal nature of Israel’s enemies, that’s what a return to the pre-’67 Auschwitz/armistice lines virtually amounts to.
Take a good look at what is happening in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere today–what Arabs do to other Arabs–and imagine what they would do to their kilab yahud–Jew dogs–if given half a chance.
Azawad: Why Is It That…
by Gerald A. Honigman
In the Middle East and its environs, for most of the world, if you’re a native but non-Arab people who actually pre-date the Arab imperialist conquest and colonization of your land by millennia, you deserve not only no political rights but no basic human ones as well? And while your cause is routinely ignored by the “progressive,” self-proclaimed enlightened powers that be, that of your Arab oppressors is unabashedly proclaimed loud and clear in academia, the mainstream media, halls of government, and so forth?
The newest, non-perfect nation struggling to be born is in North Africa…even newer than the still fragile Republic of South Sudan in the same general vicinity. In the latter, black Africans were slaughtered, enslaved, and so forth by the millions by the Arab and Arabized north and at long last gained a tenuous freedom in July 2011. The blood keeps spilling, however…not to mention Sudan’s other genocidal problems with Darfur and the Nuba.
On April 6th of this year, a coalition dominated by the Touareg (the people–not the Volkswagon SUV named for their strength and adaptability), a so-called “Berber” people of North Africa–took control of Timbuktu and other major towns and declared independence for Azawad in the northern part of Mali, a huge area double the size of California. Oh yes, like South Sudan’s Abyei border area, it too has oil….
Like many other scores of millions of native, pre-Arab conquest Imazighen/ Berber peoples (“Berber” is actually a pejorative term imposed upon them by invaders), the Touareg were left at the mercy of others, largely due to the machinations of French colonial rulers after World War II. Recall that Africa, as a whole, had borders for its future states arbitrarily created by Europeans in the late 19th century (with no native African input) for the sake of their own interests.
As some forty million other Kabyle and Amazigh people were deemed non-deserving of independence in the new age of nationalism erupting in the region, the fate of the native Touareg was likewise tied to others’ aspirations.
With Arabs in control of much of the region’s oil deposits, a decision had been made to not ruffle their feathers as much as possible. So, as scores of millions of Kurds (and the oil of their own region) were sacrificed earlier on behalf of Arab aspirations; likewise done to black Africans in the Sudan and elsewhere; most of the Mandate of Palestine turned over to Arab nationalism as of 1922; and so forth, it should also come as no surprise that the various Amazigh peoples would suffer a similar fate. This favorite, important quote speaks volumes on this subject…
In Algeria, Berbers were forbidden to use their own language, Tamazight…riots erupted, reported in France but ignored elsewhere in the West…America, of course, had been sufficiently subject to ARAMCO (the Arabian American Oil Company) propaganda, a payoff to the Saudis by Big Oil, to allow the latter to produce and market Arab oil. So, ARAMCO’s message to America was that there is just an Arab world in this region in which there are no Copts, Armenians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Turkmen…and, of course, no Berbers and no Jews–they all came to Israel, you see, from Europe for everyone in this region is just Arab (New English Review, January 17, 2008).”
Thus, at the same time that American State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, was chastising Israelis for allowing Judeans–Jews– to once again live on millennial Jewish soil in Judea and Samaria (aka, the “West Bank”–this time in the towns of Recehlim, Bruchin and Sansana–on non-apportioned state, not private Arab, lands–where all residents of the original Mandate were/are allowed to live), not a word was uttered about the rights of scores of millions of a truly stateless people in the region. There will be no support from the State Department for the first, long overdue, Amazigh state. The Foggy Folks opposed President Truman on the rebirth of Israel for largely the same reasons.
Indeed, there has been nothing but hostility towards the Touareg since their move to independence.
Besides threats coming from the black Africans in the south of Mali from whom they broke away, the French and the European Union are upset as well. Having long been neglected and mistreated, when the Touareg dared to ask for the same independence that black Africans and Arabs in the region were at long last achieving, over a half century ago the French denied them this right and forced them to be tied to the south instead. This is the same treatment some forty million other Amazigh people received courtesy of the French throughout the rest of North Africa…in Algeria, Morocco, and so forth.
Recent reports coming out of the area are conflicting.
On the one hand, it appears that the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), bolstered by arms arriving from Qaddafi’s Libya (which employed some Touareg fighters), still has control of the situation in the north.
On the other hand, there seems to be an attempt to undermine any potential support for the MNLA by others claiming that Islamists tied to Al-Qaida are really now running the show.
Regardless, there is no doubt that an independent “Berber” state of Azawad sends jitters up many other folks’ spines–both outside and inside the region–for a number of reasons.
For players like the French, it upsets and destabilizes their neocolonialist schemes for still pulling the strings in their former colonies.
For Arabs in neighboring North African states, it establishes a real nightmarish precedent…
With France’s cooperation, the Arabs of the Maghreb were able to proclaim the entire area as solely part of their own alleged greater “purely Arab patrimony.” To this end, scores of millions of native, pre-Arab/non-Arab people (both in North Africa and beyond) had their very cultures and languages periodically outlawed to speed up the forced integration, pacification, and Arabization process.
If you have not seen her work yet, Anna Mahjar-Barducci is an interesting and careful Moroccan-Italian journalist. An Amazigh friend, whose comments grace the jacket cover of my own book (http://q4j-middle-east.com), alerted me to her recent account of this situation in the Israeli-newspaper, Haaretz http://www.haaretz.com/print-e…..t-1.426801
Here’s some extensive excerpts from her analysis…
Now that Azawad has become a reality, it is clear that North Africa can no longer (simply) be “Al-Arabi,” as it now includes a state that is geographically and culturally part of the Maghreb but declares itself Berber. That is a situation that is unacceptable to Arab countries.
Azawad’s independence provokes additional fears. Neighboring countries are actually alarmed that the new state could inspire a “Berber spring” across North Africa, with other Imazighen asking for equal rights and/or independence…
Arab governments are hence joining forces with Mali to fight the MNLA and to “wipe” Berber Awazad “off the map.” One of the main means for doing this is by spread of disinformation.
When the independence of Azawad was declared, some international media outlets reported that the MNLA was an Islamist group that had relations with Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. This baseless rumor was soon debunked. The MNLA is actually a secular movement with no religious agenda.
Next, the disinformation machine spread a rumor that the MNLA had lost control of all of Azawad, and Al-Qaida, jihadists and Salafists had taken over the region…
About the same time, the French magazine Jeune Afrique published an interview with the leader of Ansar Dine, Iyad Ag Ghaly, who denied that his movement was in Gao. He also specified that he is not interested in independence for Azawad, as he recognizes only Mali and Sharia law. The same disinformation was at work elsewhere, as well…
There is…a serious risk of destabilization if Azawad isn’t officially recognized, and soon. All the neighboring countries have an interest in seeing Azawad descend into chaos, so that the international community will support reunification with Mali. Azawad and the MNLA will hence be left to fight jihadist groups on their own, when what they need is the help of neighboring countries.
In the meantime, Mali, which is now ruled by a transitional president after a coup in Banako, the capital, has threatened “total war” against the MNLA. Mali, which systematically repressed the Tuareg and other Azawadi minorities, is now indiscriminately arresting and killing “red-skinned” Berbers within its reduced borders. France, the old colonial power, is forcefully opposing Azawadi independence and calling for a “compromise”: autonomy for the region. Autonomy, though, is not the solution, as it would not guarantee an equal division of the area’s resources, which include oil and access to budgets that would allow it to fight droughts. France and the international community would do better to support the struggle for self-determination of the Azawadi people as they have done for other nations. Only independence will ensure stability.
Whenever the dust finally settles, however, one thing will remain certain…
The so-called “Arab Spring” must work to usher in a new age for other peoples too. I addressed this quite some time ago in Berber Autumn (http://kabylia.wordpress.com/2…..er-autumn/). And that Arab Spring is not looking too well these days.
For justice to truly come to this volatile region of the world, the injustices of the past will have to finally be addressed.
And justice in the realm of man–as I often point out–must be viewed in relative, not absolute, terms.
The same French and European Union, so quick to condemn the non-Arab Berber Touaregs’ quest for a slice of the justice pie, are also the same folks demanding the birth of a 22nd Arab state whose idea of “peace” with Israel is getting the latter to commit suicide. Some forty million subjugated, stateless Amazigh people are thus still deemed unworthy of the same rights Europe and others have no trouble granting to their tormentors.
While Arabs, basking in their own imperialist Caliphal past, may still have delusions that via centuries of forced Arabization, there really is no one else in “their” region with legitimate claims but themselves, in an age in which other people are still struggling for basic human–let alone political–rights, such an abusive, oppressive, self-centered mindset must not be allowed to continuously prevail.
Despite its imperfections (what nascent country–or long-standing one for that matter–does not have them?), the quest for long-overdue justice by this new Touareg nation of Azawad must be supported.
Addressing any real concerns regarding such things as Islamist influence should be part of this support–not used as an excuse to squash the hopes for freedom and independence of this first Amazigh/Berber state.
The militant Islamist nature of Hamas, Hizbullah, and others does not prevent the world from demanding the creation of yet another Arab nation. That factor should certainly play no role in determining the fate of scores of millions of predominantly Muslim, but anti-Islamist Amazigh people as well.
The President, The Holocaust, And The Redemption Of Elie Wiesel
by Gerald A. Honigman
My good friend, Charlie, alerted me to a recent article in the American Thinker dealing with President Obama’s Holocaust Day tribute.
Rather than my reinventing the wheel, let’s begin by reviewing some excerpts from Leo Rennert’s essay…
During the last three years, President Obama did not visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. But today, he did; and promptly gave a self-serving campaign speech for Jewish votes.
The president had with him as escort and introducer Elie Wiesel and lavishly praised the Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor for his unrelenting campaign to keep the memory of the Holocaust front and center…
But Wiesel did not reciprocate. Instead, determined to tell truth to power, he admonished Obama for not doing nearly enough to confront Assad’s atrocities in Syria and Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s development of nuclear weapons and threats to wipe Israel off the map.
In introducing Obama, Wiesel asked why ‘world leaders,’ presumably including Obama, have not ‘learned anything’ from the Holocaust.
Directly addressing Obama, Wiesel declared: ‘Mr. President, we are here in this place of memory. Israel cannot not remember. And because it remembers, it must be strong, just to defend its own survival and its own destiny.’
Clearly, Wiesel was not exactly encouraged by Obama’s remarks.
Since the Holocaust Museum is a national undertaking, it is fitting for a U.S. president to pay an occasional visit and call its lessons to public attention. But by waiting until 2012, an election year, and in the substance of his speech, Obama turned his visit into a political event, just as the presidential-election campaigns move into high gear. It leaves a stain on the museum and the Holocaust to exploit it for political purposes.”
Mr. Rennert stated what had to be said nicely. It reminded me of one of the President’s earlier staged Passover Seders for his resident Jew Boys (conducted soon after his public arm-twisting of Israel for not prostrating itself to Arab and his own expectations low enough) at which he could not even cover his head with a kipa (yarmulke) or such to show respect for G_d. He has no such problem taking his shoes off when entering a mosque for similar reasons.
All of this brought back memories, however, from the not-so-distant past which had been very disturbing. Furthermore, after sharing what comes next with you, there’s no doubt that I’m going to “catch it”–from at least some circles.
So, what else is new?
Here goes anyway…
Back in 2007, I was sent an article from the May 18th Jewish Daily Forward, Foxman, Wiesel Upbraid Israel For Pace of Peace Effort.
Elie Wiesel had co-hosted the third annual Petra Conference (“for improving the world”) of Nobel Laureates and others in Jordan. Around the same time, the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman participated in a panel discussion at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Besides Moses in the bulrushes and Jesus on the cross, Wiesel has become the Gentiles’ favorite Jewish victim.
Wiesel’s writings have no doubt served an important purpose; and perhaps, in the Eternal Plan, he was spared for this. Both he and Foxman have sired much good in a post-Auschwitz world.
But, human both are.
Please bear with me for a moment as I sidetrack a bit…
Oprah Winfrey has been listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. On both her April 25, 2005 widely-viewed television show and in her almost three million readers a month June 2005 edition of O Magazine, Oprah showcased alleged Arab victimization at the hands of Israelis. Both were blatantly one-sided depictions of reality.
In case you haven’t heard yet from the Arabs and their assorted derriere kissers, the Jews have become the new Nazis and Arabs the new Jews. A favorite theme–victims, now victimizers.
That someone as influential as Oprah lends support to this nauseating lie is tragic. But it gets worse…
To preemptively shut the Jews up afterwards, she soon dragged out guess who?
The world’s third most famous Jew victim!
On her May 24th and 25th 2006 widely-watched television shows, she strolled arm-in-arm with Wiesel to Auschwitz.
So, the Jews were victimized too. Oprah says so…How ’bout that !
But , Wiesel’s return to Auschwitz did nothing to counter Oprah’s anti-Israel endeavors.
Some things need to be spelled out very clearly. The differences between what happened to stateless Jews for millennia and what is happening to Arabs in their attempt to create their 22nd state on the ashes of–not alongside–the Jews’ sole, resurrected nation were definitely not.
As both Foxman and Wiesel know, time after time, Arabs have shown that they seek to replace Israel with yet another Arab state.
So-called Arab moderates themselves have repeatedly stated that their moderation was/is simply a Trojan Horse designed to extract additional one-sided, suicidal concessions from the Jews in the court of world opinion.
The State Department and the West’s darling, Mahmoud Abbas, is simply Arafat in a suit. He ran on a platform for Israel’s destruction–but by more acceptable means. As I like to point out, blown buses bring bad press. He still holds to this–no matter what his assorted white-washers say.
Despite the periodic infighting and struggle to control the billions of dollars coming in, largely courtesy of the dhimmi purse, the difference between Fatah and Hamas, when it comes to a Jewish Israel, is tactical, not strategic. Any real Arab moderates on this issue go the way of Isam Sartawi–they’re dispatched from this world. Others, like Wiesel’s conference colleague, Yasser Abed Rabbo, or Sari Nusseibeh–whether serious or not–are temporarily tolerated for the assorted mileage they achieve in Western eyes. For such strategic sweet talk, the Jews are expected to bare the necks of their kids and give away the store.
Withdraw, Jew, from the (disputed) territories and the conflict will end. Agree to return to your pre-’67 nine-mile wide armistice line (not border) existence as a sub-rump state, and the Arabs will grant you peace (of the grave).
Yeh…Like in Gaza.
And I’m Santa Claus–with Obama’s above missing yarmulkeh.
Keep in mind that Wiesel knowingly played right into all of this.
At the Petra Conference, he even made Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert (arguably one of the Arabs’ best buddies), the brunt of mockery and laughter. The latter may have deserved this–but not for the reasons Wiesel & Co. charge.
Think about it…
While placing blame for the lack of real progress towards peace on the Jews themselves for not caving in to all that Arabs demand, elsewhere both he and Oprah speak of Darfur and the Sudan and never manage to mention the word Arab. I guess Martians are responsible.
Again, some things need to be spelled out very clearly.
Had those allegedly oppressive Jews used Arab techniques against black Africans in the Sudan, against Kurds (and even fellow Arabs) in Iraq and Syria, Copts in Egypt, Berbers in North Africa, and so forth, their Arab headache could have largely been resolved long ago. Millions of black Africans have been killed, maimed, raped, enslaved, murdered, and so forth on behalf of the Arabs’ purely Arab patrimony schemes. This is still going on as I write this essay today.
Okay, before I wander too far astray, let’s return to Wiesel’s virtual anti-Israel pandering and, to a lesser extent, Foxman’s more vague statements about Israel’s seriousness.
While there’s always room for improvement, and mistakes are surely made by both sides in any conflict, surely both men–one of whom I know personally, worked with for years, and so forth–understand the real facts of life here.
Given real and not-so-real peace partners, Israel has repeatedly bent over backwards, sideways, and forwards to reach honorable compromise and accommodation–certainly far more than Arabs have ever done with their own ethno-nationalist competitors. So, indulging in such things as pointing the finger at Israel during a conference like that in Petra (undoubtedly filled with duplicitous Israel bashers) was/is nothing short of self-serving and cowardly.
Both Foxman and Wiesel know that the root cause of this conflict has always been an Arab refusal to accept that anyone but themselves be granted political rights in “their” region. Again, scores of millions of non-Arab peoples have been murdered, gassed, subjugated, enslaved, turned into refugees, and so forth for daring to disagree.
The conflict Israel was criticized for at Petra and many times since could have been solved long ago had Arabs been willing to grant Jews a mere microscopic slice of the very rights they demand for themselves. And, again, both men knew and know this very well.
So, given such an enemy, it is hard to conceive of what both were thinking when they willingly participated in shifting the spotlight onto Israel.
Will either men take up residence in Israel’s Sderot, frequently blasted by Arab mortars, missiles, and rockets and adjacent to Arab-controlled (and now Judenrein) Gaza, or in Israel’s narrow waist (where most of its population is located) after it’s forced to return to its ’49 Auschwitz/armistice lines and next agrees to accept millions of allegedly returning jihadi Arab refugees? The latter are the main provisions of the alleged Saudi Peace Plan–which Obama has repeatedly stated Israel would be crazy to not accept.
But if the answer to my question just happens–by some small chance–to be in the negative, then perhaps it’s time to put the period of perpetual Jewish victimization behind us…despite what these two famous Holocaust survivors asserted.
Their approach would, no doubt, only perpetuate this cult of victimization only further. At the time, I cynically thought that afterwards perhaps at least Wiesel believed that he could then get the world to weep for yet millions of more dead Jews. Disturbing…but, who knows?
And while this may be good for the Jewish victimization business, it’s certainly not good for Jews.
I’ll demand empathy over sympathy any time. And Israel better do likewise.
It was thus a blessing, for many reasons, to hear of Elie Wiesel’s recent refusal to play along with the President’s re-election performance (and that’s indeed what it was) at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
For me, he has at least somewhat redeemed himself. And I am glad.
The Virtues Of Hamastan…
by Gerald A. Honigman
Periodically, the broken record skips back to the beginning, and we hear the same old tune again and again…
We poor Arab victims (who “only” have about two dozen states so far–which were conquered and forcibly Arabized from mostly non-Arab peoples) will never recognize Israel nor honor any peace agreements with the Jews.
For this latest replay, the song comes from the simply more honest Hamas folks in Gaza–but it could have come from virtually the rest of the so-called “Arab” world as well.
The allegedly “moderate” good cops of Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah no more accept the permanence of a Jewish State of Israel any more than the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad bad cops do–and have said so repeatedly (even if all of their assorted whitewashers aren’t listening). Take a good look at what’s happening in Egypt these days as well with the rise of Hamas’ parent, the Muslim Brotherhood, regarding the same issue.
It’s all about appearances right now…that’s all.
To make themselves feel less guilty after Auschwitz, those in the dhimmi West, who would just as soon like to see Israel disappear, feel better when they’re lied to instead by Arabs with similar genocidal plans for Hebrews that Europe excelled in itself for millennia.
So, it pays to be Arab “moderates”–indeed, billions of dollars for such taqiyya (permitted lying for the cause).
Responding to Hamas chief honcho-in-exile, Khaled Mashaal’s, unity games with Fatah in which he allegedly tentatively accepted the notion of a Palestinian Arab state on the basis of Israel’s 1949 armistice lines (incorrectly referred to as “borders”), Moussa Abu Marzouk, Hamas’ second in command, says any potential deal would only be considered a hudna, or temporary cease fire.
There is nothing new here–except that while some choose to play the game, others don’t. And again, those who agree to play stand to gain billions. The late Arafat’s Swiss bank accounts are legendary. And he was a frequent guest at the Clinton White House. The former President made out nicely as well via this relationship…tens of millions of dollars have so far been donated towards his Presidential library and such by his Arab buddies.
Since the ’67 War (that they themselves instigated) backfired on them big time, Arabs shifted their strategy to destroying Israel in stages rather than in one fell swoop as had been attempted before.
Arabs have openly admitted to this destruction-in-phases strategy, and the first step in this process involves forcing Israel to abandon UNSC Resolution 242.
Passed in the wake of the Arabs’ attempt on Israel’s life in ’67, the final draft of 242 promised Israel more defensible, real, and secure borders, instead of previous armistice lines which made it a mere 9 to 15 miles wide in its vulnerable waist–where most of its population and infrastructure are located. The settlement issue all of the fuss is about is about whether Israel finally gets this long overdue territorial compromise over the disputed, non-apportioned (not “purely Arab”) territories of the original Mandate or not…Judeans returning to Judea, where they have thousands of years of history–clear up until their massacres by Arabs in the 1920s and 1930s.
Arafat used to call these “peace” games–which made him and his cronies rich–the Peace of the Quraysh. The latter was the pagan tribe in Mecca which Muhammad temporarily made a hudna (the same type of temporary truce Hamas’s Abu Marzouk now speaks of above) with in the 7th century C.E. until he felt strong enough to deal the final blow.
Even forgetting about the Hamas “bad cops” in the State Department game to pose Mahmoud Abbas’ boys as the alleged good ones to force Israel to give away the store, the so-called moderates have openly called any dealings with the Jews a “Trojan Horse.”
Now, who in their right mind would give anything at all to such murderous, rejectionist enemies–except exponential payback? Yet, short of literal suicide, the Jews are expected to cave in to all Arab demands and have already made too many one-sided concessions.
Still, despite all of the above, I’ve come to an important revelation…
I believe that it’s really time for Israel to appreciate the virtues of Hamastan.
As Hamas entrenches in Gaza, and much of the world bemoans the internal struggles (sometimes bloody) between the Hamasniks and Mahmoud Abbas’s latter-day Arafatians, Israel has reason to be glad–and not just because its enemies are divided.
Of course I’d prefer a situation in which Arab and Jew could peacefully live as neighbors, assisting each other in building a better tomorrow for all of their children. Realistically, however, an Arab subjugating mindset, which declares the entire region to be simply “purely Arab patrimony,” eliminates this possibility. Until that changes, nothing else related to true peace will either. Arab kids are educated from their diaper days onwards to hate Jews who dare to want in one tiny state what Arabs insist on having some two dozen of themselves–and at scores of millions of non-Arab peoples’ expense.
While I get no pleasure from human suffering anywhere, the fact is that it makes no difference whether it’s Hamas or Fatah affiliates murdering Jews. Again, neither have any real intention of living peacefully with a permanent Jewish State as their neighbor. Any such discussion is indeed for show and who gains access to the dhimmi petro-dollar-addicted purse.
Several years back, Hamas and Fatah had a bloody struggle for control over Gaza in the wake of Israel’s unilateral withdrawal. Gaza, since the days of the Pharaohs, had been used as a major invasion route into the land of the Jews, and modern Egypt’s Nasser was no exception.
With the collapse of the centuries old Ottoman Turkish Empire after World War I, Gaza became part of the Mandate of Palestine in 1920. Egypt again grabbed it after its invasion of a reborn, minuscule Israel in 1948 and ruled it until the ’67 War–using it to stage attacks against Jews, amass troops, build military bases, and so forth. Nasser’s hostile acts–blockading Israel (a casus belli) and so forth–lost Egypt Gaza.
It’s worth recalling that during those nineteen years that Egypt had control over Gaza (and Transjordan seized Judea and Samaria, aka the “West Bank,” thus renaming itself Jordan since it now held both banks of the River), there was never any talk about creating a second state for Arabs in the original 1920 Mandate of Palestine there. After 1922, Jordan was created and emerged on almost 80% of the Mandate’s territory.
After Israel’s Ariel Sharon’s complete unilateral withdrawal years ago (uprooting thousands of Jewish residents), Gaza became a test, as many of us have noted, and the Arabs flunked it with flying colors. Thousands of rockets, mortars, missiles, and other acts of terrorism have been launched against the Jews in southern Israel from Gaza instead. Now, imagine what will happen if Israel foolishly does likewise in the West Bank. Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport, the Knesset, Haifa, Jerusalem, and so forth will become the new Arab targets instead–a few stones’ throws away from Arab gunners.
Had Gaza’s Arabs showed evidence of truly wanting to build their additional state (# 22)–instead of just continuing to work towards the destruction of the sole nation of the Jews–all possibilities were ready to unfold. Israel has been hopefully waiting for such signs. Unfortunately, as we still see with the recent news reported above, this was–and still is–not to be. It remains in the realm of dreams.
So, as I suggested above, I’m totally rooting for Hamas in its struggles with Mahmoud Abbas’s alleged “good cops.”
No more word games that simply advance Arab destruction-in-stages plans for the Jews.
Israel must insist on getting the meaningful territorial compromise promised to it by UNSC Resolution 242–regardless of who is twisting its arms.
Absent a true peace partner willing to arrive at a real compromise and modus vivendi, Israel must declare that, henceforth, blatant acts of war directed against it from Arabs will be dealt with the way America’s (Colin) Powell Doctrine instructs America to do itself –via massive retaliation.
A total Hamas victory in its struggles with its phony “moderate” Arab opponents will make such a policy easier for Israel to carry out, with no facade of counterfeit, and equally murderous, Arafatian peace partners to deal with.
By the way, as a footnote of sorts, America has been building a modern army of tens of thousands for Hamas’s rival, Abbas’s Fatah folks–something that the Israeli armored corps and air force must obliterate as well when the time comes.
Fatah has at least as much blood on its hands as Hamas and, like its creator–Arafat, with Mahmoud Abbas as his chief lieutenant–said himself, is only biding its time during its renewed “Peace of the Quraysh” with its kilab yahud–Jew dogs. In the meantime, its army grows stronger and richer courtesy of Uncle Sam.
As with Muhammad’s waiting for the proper moment to strike the final blow against the Quraysh, Fatah, like Hamas, watches as Israel is forced to face a powerful Iran and Syria–as well as an Egypt whose peace treaty with Israel is all but dead.
The emergence of a Hamastan ever-determined to kill Jews and their state must thus turn into its own demise.
As President George W. Bush stated after America itself was victimized as Israel repeatedly has been, those who support terrorists should take care lest they suffer the terrorists’ same fate.
When America warred with Germany and Japan, it didn’t worry much about civilians killed along the way during the fire bombings and so forth.
Unlike those World War II conflicts, the war which the Jews have been continuously forced to fight is about the very existence of their sole, tiny, resurrected nation. Poll after poll has shown that if Israel withdrew from every inch of disputed territory, most Arabs–not only the Hamas and Fatah crews–would still refuse its right to exist.
So, again, it’s time to end the games.
While Israel faces the prospects of an Arabized nuclear Iran sworn to its destruction, the mullahs have sent scores of thousands of missiles and other armaments to Hizbullah and Hamas surrounding Israel on two sides. Add to this the vast biological and chemical arsenals of Iran’s best buddy, Assad’s Syria–just itching for a chance to deflect attention from itself–and the urgency becomes even more apparent.
For Israel to survive these potentially existential threats, the gloves must come off, Israel must ignore the warnings of the world’s assorted hypocrites, and it must deal with Hamastan and such as all other countries would when faced with an enemy dedicated to their own destruction.
This war has never been about Arabs wanting their 22nd state They could have had that decades ago.
Honorable plans were repeatedly offered and turned down by the Arabs themselves over the past century.
Once again, it’s all about Arabs wanting the destruction of the only state the Jews have. The conflict has always been about this…the late renowned scholar, Richard Cottam’s, “negative nationalism” par excellence.
While the inter-Arab contest plays out in the territories and elsewhere, and before the dust settles, Israel must thus create plans to leave the Arabs literally gasping for air when the time is ripe–a la June 1967.
Additionally, Israel must leave its enemies afraid of retaliation because of what the next vastly exponential Israeli responses will then bring. This can be done. Israel must just have the will to act for its survival. The hour is late…and Great Britain and America didn’t apologize for Dresden and Hiroshima.
Hypocrites elsewhere will yell and scream about “Nazi” Jews and such. Israel must ignore them and take the cuts in aid and whatever if need be. There are still good people around who will understand…especially in America.
While Israel should warn the Arab civilian population (which idealizes and chose Hamas as its leaders)–as it always does–that war will be Hell, after doing so, it must not fight with one hand tied behind its back.
The virtue of honesty in Hamastan will give Israel a chance to face its mortal, genocidal, rejectionist Arab enemies head on, in full scale war, with victory as its goal–not tit for tat nonsense a la its earlier War of Attrition with Egypt. The latter was terribly costly, a no-win game for the Jewish State which only led up to the even costlier Yom Kippur War several years later…a war which almost ended with Israel’s destruction.