Steven Plaut

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


(apologies for another senior moment - I inadvertently used CC instead of BCC - apologies to all.  Will try to be more careful)


For so many years the bleeding hearts have whined that Arab terrorism is simply a nuisance for Israel but not an existential threat. Therefore Israel was over-reacting to it in "disproportionate" manner. Well, now that the savages are shooting rockets at Ben Gurion airport it is obvious to all that terrorism IS an existential threat to Israel. And just what is the measured and proportionate response to an existential threat?

A "Palestinian state" is clearly an existential threat to Israel.  So is the "Palestinian right of return."  Conclusion?


 

  

1.    A rather amusing spectacle has been taking place the past few days in the middle of the battles with the savages, as the Tenured Left has discovered a new cause.  It seems the Tenured Left is now screaming its indignity while sipping its lattes and martinis because of Mordecai Kedar.

 

    Kedar is a prominent Middle Eastern Studies professor at Bar Ilan University.  He is decidedly non-Left.  You probably have seen his many commentaries on the web and elsewhere.

 

   It seems Kedar was interviewed recently on Israeli radio about what can be done to stop suicide bomber mass murderers.  This is clearly a difficult problem since threatening to kill them is not effective for obvious reasons.  Kedar answered that such people are not deterred by anything except possibly threats to their own family.  Specifically, Kedar said in the interview:  "The only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."   (See http://forward.com/articles/202558/israeli-professor-suggests-rape-as-terror-deterren/#ixzz38HXpesSW)

 

     Well, you can imagine what sort of effect THAT statement had.  Note that Kedar is hardly advocating that they be raped, just making an observation about what incentives, if any, would affect suicide bombers.

 

    The feminizts in Israel and around the world left their Bushido studios and went on the war path.  There are letter writing campaigns against Kedar and demands that Bar Ilan University fire him.  These are the same feminizts who have no problems when Hamas shoots thousands of rockets at Israeli women and children.  The spokesman for Bar Ilan issued a statement backing Kedar and emphasizing that his words are being intentionally distorted.  The chat lists of the Tenured Left in Israel are buzzing with self-righteous leftist postureurs denouncing Kedar.   Haaretz is leading the lynch mob against Kedar.  Here is a typical attack on Kedar in a far-leftist web site:  http://972mag.com/nstt_feeditem/israeli-scholar-only-raping-the-sister-of-a-palestinian-can-deter-him/  .   It is hardly the first time the Left has demanded that people making comments it finds "insensitive" (meaning non-leftist) be silenced and censored.

 

     Now the Caring Left so aghast at Kedar's words is curiously silent when leftists deal with the subject of rape in cavalier manner.  Remember that infamous MA thesis sponsored by Hebrew University far leftists that "found" that Israeli troops do not rape Arab women because the Jews are such racists?  A thesis awarded a special prize by the Hebrew University and hailed as path-breaking research by the Left? (see http://www.wordsandwar.com/2008/01/03/complete-story-of-no-rape-racism-essay/ and Refusing to Rape=Racism if you are an Israeli Soldier :: The Phyllis Chesler Organization.)  THESE are the same people suddenly so aghast at Kedar's comments.  

 

    Curiously the Caring Left has also maintained its studied silence when actual rape takes place.  For years everyone in academia knew about the allegations that Hebrew University's Eyal Ben Ari (sociology) had been raping his students, but because Ben Ari is a senior radical anti-Israel leftist, the Left refused to speak out because of their sense of solidarity with him.  Until the Hebrew University fired him due to growing public outrage (http://isracampus.org.il/third%20level%20pages/HebrewU%20-%20Eyal%20Ben-Ari%20-%20Fired.htm ).  Ben Ari, of course, was also the supervisor of that thesis accusing Jews of being racists because they do NOT rape Arabs.  I guess Ben Ari just wanted to prove how unracist he was, and the Caring Left had his back.

 

 

See this:  http://www.isracampus.org.il/third%20level%20pages/HebrewU%20-%20Eyal%20Ben-Ari%20-%20the%20non-rapist.htm  and  http://www.isracampus.org.il/third%20level%20pages/Editorial%20-%20Seth%20Frantzman%20-%20Eyal%20Ben%20Ari.htm

 

 

2.  In a very strange way, I think it is good that Hamas fired some rockets at Ben Gurion airport.  I have been saying for years that the Israeli government would not end its playing silly games with the savages until the airport was targeted.  Short of that, Israel can bomb some empty buildings, make meaningless threats about RRH (really, really hard), seek a rapid "ceasefire" that leaves the terrorocracy intact, and then let life return to normal without annihilating the Hamas.  The Israeli government is looking for any excuse possible to avoid the inevitable conclusion that Israel needs to re-conquer and re-occupy Gaza and impose Denazification and martial rule there.   It has been obvious since early Oslo days that this would be necessary sooner or later.   And the Israeli Left will not REALLY feel threatened until the airport itself is targeted and they cannot go on their ski holidays or pop over to the Riviera.

 

   Well, now there is no wiggle room left.  Netanayhu and company cannot hide from the obvious any longer.  There is no alternative to R&D = Re-Occupation and Denazifization.

 

      There is also no room left any longer for delusions about Israeli Arabs.  The bulk of Israeli Arabs (although not all) are cheering Hamas.  When injured soldiers arrived at a hospital in the Negev, the local Arab staff CHEERED (that the soldiers had been wounded).  When (false) reports emerged that an Israeli soldier was kidnapped by the Hamas, the streets of Nazareth broke out in celebration.  Pro-Hamas street demonstrations are everywhere there are Israeli Arabs (or Jewish communists).  Many Israeli Arab businesses were closed down as signs of solidarity with the Hamas. 

 

   Avigdor Lieberman upset the caring classes by demanding that all such businesses by Arabs shut down to show support for the Hamas be boycotted by Israeli Jews and the government.  The Left soiled its nappies.  Lieberman hardly went far enough.  It is time for the Israeli government to DEFUND and refuse to provide ANY revenues to any Arab town or village that engages in open support for Hamas and open treason against Israel.   Starting with any that voted for or support Haneen Zoabi.  Cut the purse strings as a first step.  They want to war against the Jews?  Let the Jews fight back!

 

 

 

 


Monday, July 21, 2014


 

 

 

1.  Hat tip to Yocheved Miriam Russo for this idea.  What Israel needs is an environmentally-friendly form of capital punishment for terrorists.  Non-polluting, no greenhouse gases, sustainable, no carbon footprint.  The idea is this: we strap each terrorist down into a solar-powered electric chair at 4 AM.  His feet are placed in water.  And there are solar panels above. Then we all sit and sip coffee until sunrise.  And then we daven shacharit!

See also http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/usa/pages-3/Solar-electric-chair-makes-sparks-in-new-green-America-Scrape-TV-The-World-on-your-side.html#.U808HvmSz-o

 

Photo:  http://www.plsteiner.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/11-Solar-Chair-2.jpg

 

Now I mention this in part because the Hamas is saying it will agree to a ceasefire only if it continues to get free electricity from Israel (see http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/183150 ).  Now I am all in favor of this idea as long as the free electricity is used for electric chairs.  Go Sparky!

 

 

2.  I concede that is has been decades since I studied chemistry but I DO seem to recall that chlorine gas is heavier than air.  That means it sinks down into underground tunnels and stays there.  Actually, sulfur dioxide is also heavier than air and, when mixed with water, like perspiration, it turns to sulfuric acid.  So Bibi and Bogie, are you getting any ideas from this discussion?

 

 

3.    I support Black Power:  https://scontent-a-fra.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/t1.0-9/10569063_804216279612857_7355993263806024795_n.jpg

 

 

4.  The Western liberuhs are all whining that Israeli retaliations are not "surgically precise" enough.  They are in fact far more precise than US or NATO military operations in recent decades.  But since a perfectly-precise weapons system does not exist, when these people insist that Israel do nothing at all unless its operations are pinpoint precise, this is equivalent to insisting that Israel take no military actions at all against the Hamas savages.  What they REALLY want is for Israel to roll over and turn its other cheek.....

 

 

5.   If the Union army in the Civil War used the same requirements for "pinpoint accuracy" that Obama and Kerry are trying to impose upon Israel today, Obama would be a slave (or maybe a Kenyan).

 

 

6.   The heavy casualties yesterday were from the elite infantry "Golani" brigade.

Here is Yoram Gaon singing the famous song about the brigade:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJNx1Em0k2E 

And here are the words in Eמglish translation: http://www.hebrewsongs.com/?song=golanisheli

 

 

7.   Remember back when Israel was in full control of the Gaza Strip, before the "withdrawal," when the worst thing that the local savages could do was to throw rocks at Israeli soldiers?  When the Israeli Left insisted there was no risk in leaving Gaza because nothing could POSSIBLY be any worse than a situation in which rocks were being thrown at soldiers?

 

 

8.  Israeli young men are dying in order to destroy the terror tunnels of the Hamas in Gaza.   Lest there be any misunderstanding, every single one of those terror tunnels was constructed with concrete provided to the Hamas by the Israeli government.  Afraid of the bad press for constricting "civilian supplies" to the savages.

 

 

9.  We have been hearing from the Left for so long that terrorism is caused by Israeli occupation of "Palestinians."  Now the truth should be obvious to all. Terrorism is caused by the REMOVAL of Israeli occupation of "Palestinians."


Sunday, July 20, 2014


 

1.  We have been hearing from the Left for so long that terrorism is caused by Israeli occupation of "Palestinians." Now the truth should be obvious to all. Terrorism is caused by the REMOVAL of Israeli occupation of "Palestinians."

 

2.   Al Dura - Long Range Ballistic Hoax:  http://www.amazon.com/Al-Dura-long-range-ballistic/dp/0988711958/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

 

3.  It's all YOUR fault, Chaver!

 

4.  New words for the Frank Sinatra song, "Send in the Clowns"
Original lyrics may be seen here:
http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/alittlenightmusic/sendintheclowns.htm
(You can see Blue Eyes performing it here: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1fVQGESUTo )

Send in the Drones

Isn't it rich?
Isn't it fair?
Us here at last on the ground,
Choppers mid-air.
Send in the drones.

Isn't it bliss?
Don't you approve?
Drones that keep tearing around,
Shooting what moves.
Where are the drones?
Send in the drones.

Just when we'd slammed Oslo doors shut,
Finally knowing that the Pals are kaput
IDF making its entrance with flair,
Sure of the goals,
Hamas is there.

Don't you love force?
Albeit late I fear.
I thought that you'd want what I want.
So Sorry, my dear.
So where are the drones?
Quick, send in the drones.
Cowabunga, they're here.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/borowitz-drones.jpg


 

 

 

   As so often happens these days, the best contemporary and timely commentary on current events can be found in the Bible.

 

  The following is largely based on an article published by the controversial Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, son of the late chief rabbi Mordecai Eliyahu (and the rabbi the Far Left most loves to hate for his suggesting that people in Safed rent their apartments out to Jews and not Arabs).  But putting politics aside:

 

   He begins by arguing that the fact that over 1000 rockets were fired into Israel with almost no casualties at all clearly represents (in his opinion) Divine intervention.   He notes that a single Hamas attack on Egyptian troops killed and injured more than did the 1000 plus rockets fired at the Jews.   He considers it a manifestation of the expression in prayer of the construction of a Succah of Peace over Israel and Jerusalem. 

 

   He then goes on to explore the Biblical term "Hamas."  The word Hamas appears throughout the Bible in the Hebrew text.  The first place it appears is in the story of Noah, to describe the evil of that generation.  But what exactly does the word mean?  In the authoritative Onkelos translation of Biblical text into Aramaic, Hamas is translated as "kidnapping."  Still think the Bible is out of date?

 

    In Genesis in the story of Noah it says that the earth was filled with Hamas kidnapping.   We know how this was fixed.

 

   In the psalms, which are traditionally attributed to King David, the term Hamas appears 14 different times in 12 different chapters.   In Psalm 7, the behavior of the Hamas people is described.  It says that they not only attack with swords and arrows but shoot explosive fiery projectiles.   The same Psalm describes Hamas people as those who obsessively lie and as those who dig tunnels in order to cause injury to their victims.  King David writes explicitly that these tunnels will turn into the graves of the Hamas.

 

   Chapter 11 of Psalms describes how the Hamas loves to shoot at innocent people, meaning women and children.  The Psalm predicts that fire and brimstone will rain down upon the Hamas.  Drones and choppers are not mentioned.  In Chapter 18 King David describes how to defeat Hamas enemies and mentions a bow of copper, which reminds us a bit of a Dome of Iron.  He predicts that his soul will be rescued from the Hamas.  In Chapter 25 the Hamas are described as people driven by obsessive blind hatred for Jews.  In Chapter 35 Psalms asks God for protection against the Hamas liars and false witnesses.  In Chapter 55 Psalms predicts that the Hamas barbarians will fight among themselves.  Chapter 72 of Psalms again predicts that Israel will be rescued from Hamas.  In Chapter 73 Hamas people are described as lazy bums and as parasites.

 

   Finally in Psalm 140, Hamas is mentioned three times as evil ones even when they pretend to be seeking peace.

 


Friday, July 18, 2014




1.  Amos 1:6: Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four I will not revoke the punishment, because they carried into exile a whole people to deliver them up to Edom."  



4.  How Napoleon dealt with Gaza (and with Turks): (from http://www.napoleonichistoricalsociety.com/articles/middleast.htm)

The time taken to conquer Gaza was longer than expected, but another even more difficult problem emerged. An army on the march is ill suited to the maintenance of prisoners of war. Moreover, Napoleon was very short on food, and could not afford to feed the two thousand Turks he had captured. Using his western sense of honor as his guide, he freed the Turks on the condition that they swear not to fight the French ever again. British and other western soldiers would adhere to their word of honor. For the Turks, however, western concepts of honor would prove to have little relevance. They were in a holy war against the infidel, and one does not honor pacts with the devil.

Thinking that problem solved, Napoleon marched north to Jaffa. On March 7, he took the port city of Jaffa. This was a significant military victory, but it led to one of the more controversial episodes in Napoleon's career. In taking Jaffa the French also took about four thousand Turkish prisoners. Many of these prisoners were the very Turks who had earned their freedom at Gaza by swearing not to fight the French again. Moreover, the problems of food and transportation that existed in Gaza were even more serious with the French further north and the number of Turks doubled.

Napoleon was thus faced with a very difficult situation. He could, of course, release the Turks. Doing this would mean, however, that they would eventually rejoin the Turkish army and kill more French soldiers. Clearly, Napoleon could not have any faith in their oaths. If Napoleon kept them prisoner, they would either starve to death or cause the starvation of French soldiers. Napoleon was torn by the options, and consulted at length with his advisors. In the end, however, he ordered the Turks shot.


5.  Leftist anti-democratic pseudo-academic, Prof. David Enoch from the Hebrew University's law school, makes a fool of himself, becomes the laughingstock of American academic community:




Tuesday, July 15, 2014


1.  I was overly optimistic.  Netanyahu DID order Israeli technicians to restore the power to Gaza after Hamas rockets had damaged the power lines, so Gaza savages are once again getting free electricity from Israel.


2.  The Torah has an interesting comment on how to utilize a ceasefire with terrorists:

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu:

Please take note of how Simon and Levi exploited a "ceasefire" with the terrorists in the Book of Genesis to put an end to terrorist aggression once and for all.


Monday, July 14, 2014


Proverbs 19: 21

   Many are the thoughts in the heart of man, but the will of God will prevail.


   As you know, in spite of the fact that the Protective Edge operation is costing Israel an estimated 150 million NIS a day, Bibi Netanyahu and his government have been too pusillanimous to cut off the electricity to Gaza.  The Hamas in Gaza never pays for electricity.  So the savages are getting their free electric power all the same time that they are shooting rockets at the Jews.  Netanyahu prefers to defeat the Hamas by causing it to run out of rockets, and by punishing empty Gaza buildings after warning the terrorists to evacuate before the buildings are hit.

    Well, God has His own anti-Hamas strategy.  It seems that some Hamas rockets went off course and destroyed the electric cables that bring the free electricity to Gaza (see news story at http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/182859).   Netanayhu at last showed a smidgen of backbone when he announced that he will be punishing the Hamas by NOT repairing the cable right away.  The idea of not repairing it at all, or at least not as long as the Hamas owes millions of dollars for back electric bills is one of those imponderables that Bibi is not willing to consider.  But fear not - the Gaza savages still get free water from Israel.


Hamas Rocket Strikes Gaza Electric Supply, Israel not Fixing It

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked the IEC not to risk the lives of its employees in trying to restore power.
By Yosef Berger
First Publish: 7/13/2014, 10:18 PM


Seventy thousand Gazans from Khan Younis and Deir el-Balah were in the dark Sunday night after a Hamas rocket hit the power line that supplies electricity to those places. It's not clear when Israel Electric Company workers will be able to repair the system, but they areapparently in no rush to do so. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked the IEC not to risk the lives of its employees in trying to restore power to the affected sector in Gaza, an operation that could take hours.

As Operation Protective Edge enters its seventh day, many Israelis are demanding that the country take more aggressive action against Hamas in order to put a halt to the seemingly endless missile attacks from Gaza. One suggestion that has come up numerous times – including from MKs and Ministers like Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon – is cutting off electricity to Gaza,which Israel is still supplying. The Hamas missile, which hit one of the high tension wires that move power from Israel to Gaza,apparently made that a moot point, at least partially.

The Palestinian Authority currently owes the Israel Electric Company NIS 1.5 billion ($525 million) in unpaid bills for electricity. An examination of that debt by business daily Globes shows that the relative amount owed by Gaza was NIS 220 million ($62 million).

Last month, the IEC filed a petition with the High Court demanding to be allowed to shut off electricity to the Palestinian Authority until the debt was paid – or to allow the IEC to seize customs and aid payments collected on behalf of the PA to pay off its debt. That case is still pending.

Meanwhile, the IEC is still supplying electricity to Gaza, under orders from the government. The power is delivered to Gaza via 12 high-tension wires that are capable of delivering up to 120 megawatts of electricity. Experts say this is not enough for all the residents of Gaza, and in recent weeks residents have said that they have been getting electricity only 12 hours a day.

Along with the IEC's power, Gaza also receives electricity from a 140 megawatt generator which is under the control of the PA's Palestine Electric Company, which is run by Hamas operatives. The generator, which is currently operating, is maintained by a crew from German company Siemens. It had been damaged by IDF forces several times in the past, officials said.



Sunday, July 13, 2014


 

 

1.  Now that Abu Mazen has proclaimed that Israel's shooting back at the Hamas savages in Gaza constitutes "genocide": just what is it that people demanding "talks" with the "Palestinian Authority" think there is to talk about with such people?  What is there to negotiate?  And why is Abu Mazen himself not being targeted by the IDF drones?

 

2.  One of the more annoying phenomena in the current round of liberation of Israel is the willingness of the media to accept at face value the "reports" coming from the Hamas and the "Palestinian Authority" regarding casualties.   It of course is not surprising that the BBC, CNN and NY Slimes accept such claims as scientific data.   But the leftist media in Israel, led by Haaretz and Yediot Ahronot, have also been picking up every single "report" from the Hamas and reprinting it as "fact."

 

   We know from past rounds that the Hamas and PA routinely inflate casualty figures among "Palestinians" by at least an order of magnitude.  In addition, we know from the past that at least 80-90% of Palestinian casualties and deaths are of armed terrorists.  Naturally, the Hamas claims that every single bomb dropped by Israel is hitting a nursery school or baby milk factory or mosque.

 

   Beyond that, the mystery remains of why anyone thinks that it would matter even if the Hamas numbers were correct, which they are not.  When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the Americans did not do a computation of just how many Japanese civilians could be killed in retaliation and counterattacks against Japan.  The answer was simple:  all of them.  When Germany subjected Britain to the blitz, Churchill did not set an upper limit on how many German casualties could be deemed "reasonably" acceptable as proportionate response.

 

    We are also once again hearing the nonsense about how if the number of Palestinians killed exceeds the number of Israelis killed, then this proves that it is Israel that is the aggressor.  By the same logic, the US and Britain were the aggressors against Japan and Germany in WWII.  It is remarkable hearing the anti-Israel lobby sob about the fact that not a single Israeli has been killed (yet) by any of the rockets launched from Gaza.   We need to comfort these people that not enough Jews have been murdered for their tastes. 

 

     And just how many Jews need to be killed to justify re-conquering Gaza and annihilating the Hamas?  The answer is none.

 

   The tenured Left is starting to awaken.  It was keeping a low profile for the first few days of the war.  Aeyal Gross, a law professor at Tel Aviv University best known for invention of the nonsense term "pinkwashing" and for his promotion of transvestites, has an Op Ed in Haaretz today denouncing Israel for committing "war crimes."  Of course if Israel were to react to Hamas rockets by exhibiting a strong belch, Gross and his fellow comrades in panties would be screaming that this is genocide.

See (in Hebrew):  http://www.haaretz.co.il/news/politics/.premium-1.2374660  Oh and writer A.B. Yehoshua is in Yediot today proclaiming that the best way to conduct war with the Hamas is to first grant it recognition as the legitimate government of Gaza.


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