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Friday, December 19, 2014

Not a terrorist group?

For those who missed it, the European 'human rights commission' decided earlier this week that Hamas is not a terrorist group.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Personal update

I was involved in a car accident this morning. Thank God, I walked away unscathed, but my car was totaled. I have way too much work and lost way too many hours today to be posting. Will be back online as soon as possible.

Other driver an 'east' Jerusalem Arab who was going way too fast, but definitely not a terror attack.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What am I missing here? - UPDATED: US TO BACK PALESTINIAN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION?

The tweet is from the inimitable Matt Lee quoting the State Department spokesperson.

What am I missing here? Isn't assuming that the outcome of the negotiations will be a 'Palestinian state' - whether on the 1949 armistice lines or on the 1949 armistice lines with 'mutually agreed adjustments' - prejudging them?

Can anyone help me out here?

UPDATE 10:16 PM

And yet....
You don't think they're threatening Israel do you?

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Abu Bluff is on Twitter

And I'm sure you all want to follow him. (Not me - have to figure out whom I'm going to dump first).

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'Unacceptable and ugly'

The title of this post doesn't just describe Tzipi Livni. It describes some comments she made on a satirical television show on Saturday night.
Writing on Facebook, [former Shin Bet chief and Netanyahu critic Yuval] Diskin said that Livni’s remarks were “unacceptable and ugly”.
“I normally have a great appreciation for Livni’s attitudes and values, but in this case I'm coming out against her in the most aggressive manner,” he said.
“It is permissible and even desirable to criticize,” stressed Diskin. “This is in part the essence of democracy. Personally, I too have criticism over the conduct of the Prime Minister and his leadership style and his lack of personal example. But there is a fine line in my opinion, that once people cross it, they become what Netanyahu and his friends were when they ignored the incitement of their supporters against Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.”
“I call on Tzipi Livni, as well as on many of my friends, to immediately apologize for her remarks,” said Diskin.
Livni, who appeared on the “Matzav HaUma” (State of the Union) satirical program on Channel 2 on Saturday night, took satire to a different level and was perceived to have gone beyond the realms of political correctness.
"Two potential Prime Ministers are better than an impotent Prime Minister,” Livni said of her unity pact with Labor leader MK Yitzhak Herzog.
"Yitzhak and I decided to take out the garbage together," Livni said, hinting at Netanyahu. She later said, “The truth is that Bibi said that we’re going to elections because of the 0% VAT. I thought there is a zero in this story, but it’s not the VAT.”
The comments were criticized by Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud), who said, "Since we cut off ties with [Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud] Abbas she has simply become unbalanced. She's addicted to talks with the Palestinians and can't quit."
Coalition chairman MK Ze’ev Elkin denounced the derogatory comments as well, telling Arutz Sheva that Livni had “completely lost it” in her appearance on the show.
“What we saw last night is beyond who we saw during the previous Knesset term. Even in terms of style and expression level it seems that she completely lost it,” said Elkin, who added, “I want to see all the reporters who attacked me for calling [Livni and Herzog] ‘the beauty and the geek who will not pass the threshold’ speaking out against Livni now. I used parliamentary expressions but she stooped to a new low. But I guess the left is allowed to lash out using such crude expressions. This is probably part of the rules of the game.”
I wonder which one Elkin was calling the beauty and which the geek.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Was this why Lindt was targeted?

I am sure that most of you have already heard about the terror attack on a Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, Australia on Monday.

Could this be why Lindt was targeted?



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Reuven Yerachmiel ben Avraham Yaakov


It's been a very emotional day, and this is the first time I have been online at all.

Some of you might have kept track and realized that today is the 8th day since my grandson was born, and therefore surmised that his Brith Mila (circumcision) took place today. Jewish baby boys are named at their circumcision.

The picture at the top is my Dad z"l with me when I was about 10 months old (kind of funny because it was Mom a"h who played the piano and not Dad).

The picture at the bottom is my newest grandson, who is now named Reuven Yerachmiel after my Dad.

While I was prepared for that, the thing for which I was unprepared was that my son called me to give the name at the Brith....

And my son is named after my father's father, which means that my grandson will God willing be called to the Torah in 13 years less one week in the exact same way that my father was.

May all of you have the nachath (good feeling and overwhelmingly so) that I got from my children today.

(Corrected).

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hamas working hard, investing tremendous resources to rebuild Gaza

Why bother to rebuild when you can buy rockets instead?

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And you thought the 'Palestinian Authority' was corrupt....

So is Hamas.

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Netanyahu, Arabs to present their cases to Kerry

Prime Minister Netanyahu heads for Rome on Monday to meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry to warn him that Israel will ignore any call from the United Nations Security Council to withdraw to the 1949 armistice lines by 2016. On Tuesday, Kerry will meet in London with delegations from the 'Palestinians' and from the Arab League who will urge Kerry (and the United States) not to veto a Security Council resolution that would call on Israel to do just that. This is from the first link.

Netanyahu, who is in the middle of campaigning for a March election, will also meet Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi along with Kerry.

"I will tell both of them that Israel stands, to a great extent, as a solitary island against the waves of Islamic extremism washing over the entire Middle East," Netanyahu said on Sunday in public remarks to his cabinet.

He said Israel now faced a possible diplomatic offensive "to force upon us" such a withdrawal within two years.

"This will bring the radical Islamic elements to the suburbs of Tel Aviv and to the heart of Jerusalem. We will not allow this. We will rebuff this forcefully and responsibly. Let there be no doubt, this will be rejected."

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, speaking on Army Radio, said it appeared the United States "is not eager to use its veto" on the Palestinian statehood issue but was seeking "maximum coordination" with Netanyahu.
Haaretz's Barak Ravid adds:
Kerry initiated the meeting with the Palestinians in London - as well as the meeting with Netanyahu in Rome - as part of his attempts to try to understand how flexible the two sides are, and whether there is a possibility of reaching a compromise. Kerry spoke by telephone with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday and asked him to send Faraj and Erekat to meet with him in London; his invitation to Netanyahu was extended earlier in the week.
The meetings Kerry will be holding over the next few days with Netanyahu, the Palestinians, the Arab foreign ministers and his European counterparts are part of the American attempt to prevent a diplomatic confrontation in the Security Council over the Palestinian issue, or to at least postpone the confrontation for as long as possible.
"There are a lot of different folks pushing in different directions out there, and the question is can we all pull in the same direction," Kerry told reporters during a visit to Colombia. "That’s what we’re looking at."
"We're trying to figure out a way to help defuse the tensions and reduce the potential for more conflict and we’re exploring various possibilities to that end," Kerry told reporters in Bogota when asked whether there is a resolution the U.S. could support.
It is still unclear whether Kerry plans to present Israel and the Palestinians with a new proposal or a compromise. In any case, it will be very hard for him to achieve such a compromise. The Palestinians are determined to push their resolution forward in the Security Council, while Israel, which is now in the midst of an election campaign, has rejected any such move in the Security Council out of hand.
Will Mr. Moral Equivalence strike again? What could go wrong?

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FBI: Iran targeting US energy and defense firms

The FBI is warning that Iranian hackers may attack US energy and defense firms in the near future.

The FBI's confidential "Flash" report, seen by Reuters on Friday, provides technical details about malicious software and techniques used in the attacks, along with advice on thwarting the hackers. It asked businesses to contact the FBI if they believed they were victims.

Cylance Chief Executive Stuart McClure said the FBI warning suggested that the Iranian hacking campaign may have been larger than its own research revealed. "It underscores Iran's determination and fixation on large-scale compromise of critical infrastructure," he said.

The FBI's technical document said the hackers typically launch their attacks from two IP addresses that are in Iran, but did not attribute the attacks to the Tehran government. Cylance has said it believes Iran's government is behind the campaign, a claim Iran has vehemently denied.

An FBI official did not provide further details, but said the agency routinely provides private industry with advisories to help it fend off cyber threats.

The Pentagon and National Security Agency had no immediate comment.
Over the weekend Rush Limbaugh said on the radio said that he just interviewed Thomas Sowell (age 80+) for his Limbaugh Letter, and that Mr. Sowell's biggest fear is that Iran is getting their nuke, that they will attack the U.S. first (not Israel), and that Obama/Clinton/et al will SURRENDER. Yikes (Hat Tip:: Sunlight).

And there's a basis for that fear.

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Pass the popcorn: Al-Qaeda terrorists discuss their fear of the TSA

Here's a group of al-Qaeda terrorists discussing their fear of the TSA catching them at every turn.

Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Mrs. Carl).



Heh.

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The ever-'proper' New York Times makes a whopper of a correction

Kosher food expert Gil Marks z"l passed away this week as a result of lung cancer (no, he was not a smoker). The New York Times had an obituary here. Read the whole thing to find the 'correction' the Times made to its article (HatTip: Mrs. Carl).

Of course.

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Must-see video: Caroline Glick destroys Europe's anti-Semitic double standards

Danish Ambassador to Israel Jesper Vahr tries to justify Europe's discriminatory treatment of Israel, and Caroline Glick rips him some new cavities.

Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Sunlight).

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I'd love to see Caroline in the Knesset, but I understand that she's not going to put up with the corruption it usually takes (fighting or joining) to get there in the current party system.

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