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… And Goodbye To All That

April 10, 2016 3:58 pm

Nah. It's not a goodbye, just a be right back. I empathize with your burn-out - been there, done that. But the things that motivate you and I to do the things that we do haven't suddenly disappeared. The bad guys still roam the streets free, and our fellow citizens still continue to be oppressed and occupied by foreign forces and traitors in our midst. I share your frustration of seeing our hopes getting dashed regularly as heroes tumble and villains rise - the grist of many comic books.

But, most people don't realize how unstable and fragile the current conditions are and how quickly the cookie could crumble - and with good reason: the MSM makes sure to keep broadcasting the same pablum and keeping the populace sedated. Most people don't realize how close we are to the tipping point, if not already at it. The kindling has been piling up over the last 6 decades and all it will take is a spark to set the entire house ablaze. Those who are skeptical need only look at the former USSR and how quickly it imploded within a matter of weeks to know that this has happened many times in our own lifetime.

It is cliché to spout platitudes like it is always darkest before dawn (which is inaccurate, btw), but it is true that revolutions occur when people are scraping the bottom of their tolerance, and the growling empty stomachs of the jobless masses reaches the crescendo required to bring down the walls. The Internet has been a blessing in rapidly replacing the corrupt MSM and shaking people from their slumber - particularly the next generation, the youth that are our future leaders, who spend most of their waking hours online and connected. I am betting that it will take less years than fingers on my right hand before the gnashing of teeth and the loud wails begin, and the zio hordes have nowhere to run to any more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn5tiuZU4JI

Yeah, most of us spend our days worrying about how to make our mortgage payments and putting food on the table for our respective families, to worry too much about what happens in foreign lands - or even in our own, by the same zio forces. But now, for so many in this country, the means of making ends meet are no longer possible and voices are rising about how our wealth is being squandered in the pursuit of evil rather than in the betterment of the nation.

Can you hear the beast roar? The time is nigh.

 

 

 

Israel Kills Girls

February 21, 2016 5:25 pm
I wonder if there is such a thing as a “black hole of evil” – where the increasing density of wickedness sucks the light of all goodness out of the universe, leaving only the radiation of hatred at the event horizon? Perhaps biblical hell, as speculated in that Disney movie by the same name, is just such a black hole. Even an atheist such as I, often wonders if the biblical references to Lucifer’s grip on this planet had origin in some actual facts through the fog of ancient Sumerian mythology.

Israel – a tiny speck of land, with a dense concentration of evildoing sociopaths, with tentacles reaching out to the governments of the West, sucks the life energy out of the souls of 7 billion humans. Is it the nature of evil to be so unaware of the precariousness and frailty of its own existence? That tiny speck of land could be squashed under the boot of a single stomp. They make the task easier every day by expelling the innocents from that land, so that when the boot lands, only cockroaches will be squashed. Tactical nukes, with Low-radiation residue, have already been deployed in the Middle East by the US, and shown to affect only the local region of impact without the worldwide fallout that has been a deterrent for the use of nukes. Just one such nuke over Dimona would destroy this infestation of evil incarnate, and rid the world off its most fetid and festering tumor, and life could begin anew with this cancer gone. No, I am not advocating genocide, though I could be forgiven for harboring malice towards the purveyors of death and destruction. With each act of evil, the world turns a shade darker, even those of us far removed from the nexus of blackness, as the long arm of Mephistopheles controls my government and loots my nation. Its denizens of Hades, the demons in human form, that populate the seats of government and corporations in my land, turn our lives ever bleaker and devoid of illumination. But if history has taught us anything, it is that all things pass, and mortality is not just reserved for the living, but also for ideologies and the trappings of power. The essence of humanity is the quest for freedom, however fleeting. Our forefathers have risen, over and over again, to cast the yoke from their shoulders and restore their humanity, and tyrants through the ages have had their bones crushed and interred into the land from whence liberty sprouted. Israel will perish in my lifetime. You can take that to the bank.  
February 22, 2016 3:57 pm

If you do, make sure to provide us a link to the fireworks as some of us no longer visit that site.

 

March 4, 2016 8:05 pm

 

THE JERUSALEM POST

It is rare for a newspaper column to read as a “how to” manual. But in this case, I have no choice – frustration has reached an all-time high.

We know that if Israel laid down its arms it would be destroyed, while if Hamas would drop its arms, and the Palestinian Authority would stop the incitement, there would be peace in Israel. We know that Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East, and the only country in the region that provides equal rights for all people regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.

And yet, despite this, data presented to me at a recent meeting with one of the top polling companies in the United States shows that we are failing to convey this reality.

In the poll conducted just two weeks ago, only 39 percent of US college students said that they believe that Israel is a civilized, Western country; only 31% of them believe Israel is a democratic country; and as a result of not telling our story properly, a mere 28% of college students believe that the United States should side with Israel in the current conflict.

This is an all-time low.

But it gets worse: 21% believe that the US should side with the Palestinians! Furthermore, among a category of people labeled as “opinion elite” in the US, 38% believe that Israel is a racist country, 48% say that Israel is responsible for human rights abuses, and 45% believe Israel is practicing apartheid on Palestinian land.

Only 67% of those “opinion elite” in the US believe that Israel wants peace with its neighbors. (In Canada that number drops to 43% and in the United Kingdom it’s 36%); 46% believe that Israeli “occupation” results in more terrorism in the US; and 19% believe that boycotts against Israel are justified.

And finally, given all of the above, it is not surprising to learn that 17% of Jewish college students refuse to advocate for Israel.

We have to face facts: current hasbara tactics are not working, and we must be mature and sophisticated enough to accept a new approach.

That same pollster checked to see what makes people supportive of a country. So far we have been bombarding the world touting Israel’s groundbreaking technology. We have tried to win support by promoting the Start-up Nation with its drip irrigation, solar energy and cellular phone technology, and Waze.

But that isn’t working, and the data make clear why: only 7% are drawn to support a country because it is “modern,” a mere 6% are impressed if a country is “innovative,” and a country which is “creative” means something special to just 4%.

Clearly, our message to the world in our effort to fight delegitimization should not focus on Israeli technology and innovation.

All of the polling data – and, frankly, common sense – indicate that our message cannot be “We are right, they are wrong,” or, “We are good and they are bad,” no matter how strongly we believe this to be the case.

So, what do people want to hear about another country? Here again the data is clear: 60% are willing to support a country that “protects human rights,” 42% will rally behind a country that stands for “freedom,” 32% want to see that a country is democratic, and 30% want to know that a country promotes equality.

We must learn from this and speak the language which can penetrate the hearts and minds of those who are not on our side, and who are prone to fall for the boycott approach.

What is that specific language? The same pollster found that certain phrases and sentences must be used over and over again in our effort to gain support, or, at at the very least, to even the playing field:

1) We must stop talking about “anti-Semitism” and focus on “anti-Israel.”

2) We must emphasize that we are “eager” for dialogue at all times.

3) We must be clear that our struggle is with the Palestinian leadership and not with the Palestinian people.

4) We must repeat that the issue is “human rights for everyone,” a “future without violence” in the region, and that we advocate “mutual respect.”

Once we speak that language, according to the research, we can then focus on the following themes which resonate among those who are currently sympathetic to the Palestinian cause:

1) Accountability and corruption.

Where did all the money go? Billions of dollars from the international community have been sent to the Hamas leadership in Gaza, money that they used to fund terrorist attacks against innocent civilians and to construct terrorist tunnels into Israel, instead of to build schools and hospitals.

2) Hatred is not natural. It is taught.

Palestinian children are being educated that killing Jews fulfills religious teachings; Palestinian children are taught to see violence against Israelis as heroic. (I must emphasize that the polling data indicate that we should focus on these specific aspects of Palestinian incitement, and not on schools and public squares being named after terrorists, or that Jews are called “barbaric monkeys” and “evil” in the Palestinian media.) 3) We must repeatedly quote the Hamas Charter, and specifically these lines: a) “The hour of judgment shall not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them.” b) “There is no solution to the Palestinian problem except by Jihad.” c) “Peace initiatives, so-called peaceful solutions and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement.”

Weaving this all together, our overall message should be clear: “For far too long, Palestinians have been trapped in a cycle of violence and despair. Their schools have been taught to teach violence.

Their leaders have been quick to preach violence. We do not blame the people of Gaza for their feelings of grief, anger and desperation. We blame the Hamas leadership which sows the seeds of hate, and tells innocent civilians to live as human shields while hiding in tunnels paid for by the international community.”

Two final effective and critical sentences:

1) “Children should be taught to live and love, not to die.”

2) “Our rockets protect our children.

Their children protect their rockets.”

Finally, aside from this precise messaging about the overall conflict, we must confront the issue of boycotts head-on, using the following two points which the polls demonstrate have the greatest impact:

1) The BDS movement does not explicitly recognize Israel’s right to exist.

2) The BDS movement encourages Iran’s terrorist surrogates such as Hamas and Hezbollah to continue to work toward the destruction of Israel.

Once we make these points, the language that works best to combat suggestions of boycotts reads:

1) “Peace is paved with diplomacy and discussion, not isolation.”

2) “We seek cooperation, not continued conflict.”

3) “Solutions come from engagement, not silence.”

4) “We need real solutions for a lasting peace, not more of the divisive rhetoric. Let’s work together to create understanding, respect and peace.”

5) “Boycotts divide people, and that’s part of the problem – not a solution.”

6) “Boycott, divestment and sanctions diminish the prospect for peace because they blame only one side. We need a meaningful commitment on both sides.”

We are at war. The other side is efficient and stays on message, and we need to do the same. It is my hope that all those involved in Israel advocacy and public diplomacy will adhere to the messages which the polling data begs us to follow. If we do, I have no doubt that we will win the public diplomacy war and generate widespread support for our beloved Israel.

The author served in the 19th Knesset with the Yesh Atid party. He is currently the director of the Department of Zionist Operations for the World Zionist Organization.

mossad israel flag

February 22, 2016 3:56 pm

Thanks for the high praise, Olivia & Bintiba. Greatly appreciated.

Netanyahu, King Salman and the Devil’s Valentine

February 15, 2016 4:08 pm
Oh.

https://www.rt.com/news/332474-israel-gulf-states-nuclear/ Gulf states seek nukes against Iran, had secret contacts with Tel Aviv – Israeli defense chief  
February 15, 2016 7:23 am
Interesting idea - sharing nukes with the KSA. A tad risky, because when the monarchy there falls, and it will, those nukes could be pointed at Israel. It's a lot different than sharing nukes with South Africa. 

Netanyahu and Erdogan flee to the moon

Plato’s Winter Pow Wow

February 3, 2016 2:43 pm
Still lurking here from time to time whenever I can. Just inundated with work these days.

Micro News from Syria

December 19, 2015 8:58 pm
Your unique perch in the Levant provides you with an unequalled perspective.

The Last Days of Tel Aviv

December 3, 2015 3:33 am
@Taxi There is much truth in what you say. The militarist equation has indeed changed and is significantly unfavorable to Israel. In a recent leak, it was revealed that with several different war simulation scenarios, the Pentagon was unable to come up with a winning strategy for attacking Iran, leave alone the combined might of Iran, Syria, Lebanon, with certain participation from Iraq, and more than moral support from Russia. Even the Kurds can be counted on, were Turkey to enter the fray. Here is how I look at it - Israel cannot win a land war against the combined forces of Iran, Syria, and Lebanon, as well as fending off the Palestinian skirmishes. Throw Russian presence into the equation, along with the war-weariness of the US/European public, and you have a very different picture from a few years ago. So, Israel's only option is to resort to aerial attacks, and finally with nukes. Let's look at that scenario from a defensive perspective. The amassing of S-400 anti-missiles in Syria, and soon in Iran, will pretty much neutralize any aerial threats on the combined land masses of Iran, Syria, and Lebanon. Without even going into the attack capabilities of the Sunburn armament, the S-400s are more than a match for the best of our aircraft, including the much ballyhooed piece of junk that is the F-35 (which Israel has asked for). Given the long distance that Israeli bombers will need to traverse, they will need aerial refueling in order to return, should they escape the onslaught of S-400 defenses by some miracle. Given the distance and the strategic positioning of these refueling aircraft, they themselves become targets for the S-400 missiles, as well as the thousands of SAMs at the disposal of the Iranians, as well as Russian and Syrian aircraft, and Syrian, and Hizbollah forces. So, that leaves Israel with just ICBM missiles for the attacks - and the S-400s are more than adequate to defend against them. Even if some missiles were to get through, the size of terrain we are talking about is massive, and so the relative damage will be insufficient to declare victory. The US will think twice before supporting Israel from aircraft carriers in the gulf. The swarms of Iranian boats as well as the Sunburn missiles would not only decimate the US fleet there, it would also shut down the gulf to all oil shipment and trade, bringing the world economy to its knees in a matter of days. So, that just leaves nukes from their German submarines. These too, can be intercepted by the S-400s, not to mention that the first nuke that Israel launches will effectively be their demise - not that they need any help. Now look at the attack perspective. Israel is a tiny piece of landmass and all the military targets, including Dimona, are all well-identified, and well within the range of Iranian and Hizbollah missiles, as well as the S-400 attack range. The quantity of missiles available for simultaneous launch against Israel is staggering in proportion. Even if the Patriot missiles were effective (they have less than 10% success rate), there is no missile shield that can protect tiny Israel from a continuous barrage of 10s of thousands of missiles raining down on every square inch of that shitty little country - and we are not talking about the firecrackers that Hamas lobs at them. Sampson option or not, Israel would cease to exist within hours. The minute the first missiles hit their targets, you will see those spoilt Israeli settler brats scurrying like rats from a sinking ship. So, you are right in your analysis. The problem with propaganda, such as what the western mouthpieces fill the airwaves with, is that you start to believe your own bullshit about being 'special' and invincible. Mortality has a funny way of waking you up to the reality of the frailty of the present. Sayonara Israel.

I read the news today – oh dear

November 28, 2015 5:52 pm
The nice thing about this Thanksgiving is that it is now over - Black Friday mayhem and all. Meanwhile, Erdogan just expressed regret for shooting down that Russian jet. Why? Seems NATO is dropping him like a hot potato. Don't these "friends" of the US/Israel ever learn? Just ask the ex-dictators from Iraq, Libya, Egypt, and soon, the KSA. We are not friends, we are users. And when you are used up, we destroy your country and move on to our next victim. We are like locusts - we cover your lands and consume your crops, and then we set fire to the fields and leave. We are like those aliens from The War Of The Worlds. We move from planet to planet and scavenge their resources until they are depleted, and then move on to the next planet, leaving death and destruction in our wake. Our time is coming fast and there will be no redemption. The world has already turned against us and even our false friends will depart once we are no longer of use to them. We, who live by the sword, will die by the sword, and as the last leaf of Autumn drops to the ground, we will be left barren and naked in the cold winter winds, bereft of all that sheltered us from the storm. Thanksgiving? What could I have thanked the heavens for? A loving god that sows death and destruction on the innocent and powerless and stands by as evil sweeps the land? Or, should I be thankful for the denizens of darkness that have corrupted our nation for the Synagogue of Satan, as they enjoy the best that this world has to offer while shredding the lives of all in their path? But, I take solace in the lessons of history, even though it bodes ill for me. Tyrants die and empires crumble. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. God won't have you , so the devil must. This too shall pass. Alas, I, too, will perish with the guilty, through no fault of my own. Maybe, I, too, am at fault for not having done enough, or thrown my body into the machine, and thus, stopped it...
December 1, 2015 1:55 pm
@Walid It is interesting that while expressing regret, he also refused to apologize for the shootdown. It was a very stupid move on his part, since Russian sanctions have a bite, and he must have anticipated that, or worse, a military retaliation. So why did he do it? If NATO greenlighted it, their support seems to have vanished.

Putin, NATO and the Turkish Banana Peel

November 26, 2015 5:09 pm
Meanwhile, another turkey prepares to be gobbled up and spit out: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/11/26/iranian-press-russia-sends-warships-to-mediterranean-as-war-with-turkey-imminent/ Turkey has moved 20 tanks and 18 fighter jets to her border with Syria as tensions with Russia continue. Russia says it will destroy “any targets representing a potential danger” to its military working in Syria. And so it begins. Another global war instigated by ziocons, and the rest of us pay for it. How much better would the world have been if our wealth was spent on improving the lot of the people in this country rather than squandered on wars for Israel. So many lives would have been spared and so much human hardship avoided, while we would have been swimming in prosperity. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! May your thanksgivings have fewer family skirmishes and may Aunt Esther's mouth be so full of stuffings that you are spared the annual bloodfest.
November 25, 2015 3:32 pm
The shootdown was a planned operation. Even if the Russian plane had crossed into the turkish region over that narrow piece of land, it could only have lasted in Turkish territory for a mere 12 seconds - hardly enough time to issue multiple warnings or scramble jets to intercept. There is also no way that Turkey would take on the might of the Russian military without the encouragement and protective umbrella of the US - which is NATO, as you pointed out. You are exactly right - the only motive for such an action is to provoke Russia into retaliation - giving NATO the justification for rallying to its defense. So few are responsible for the deaths of so many while the rest of us impotently sit by and watch, while we stuff ourselves on Turkey day (pun intended). Putin is too much of a chess player to expose his queen to a pawn's gambit. He will retaliate - but not in the overt way that NATO hopes for. When he does, the goose will be cooked - or perhaps the turkey, for that matter, and without a helping of cranberry sauce. I expect that there will be sudden influx of arms for the kurds or other covert operations that will make the overcooked bird pay for its ill-advised actions, before it gets gobbled up. Gobble, gobble. EDIT: And lest we forget, Putin has claimed that he has video and radar footage to confirm that the plane was not in Turkish territory when it was shot down, making it a crime under international law. Putin has always taken the stance of being an adherent of International law - including his demand for the world to let the Syrian people decide what they want to do about Assad. Unfortunately, the international courts are an instrument of the west and will not punish Turkey - however, it leaves Putin with the high moral ground while we slime it up in the sewers.