Newsletter #271     Friday, February 24, 2006
  • Ilan Halimi and Israel
    By Carolyn Glick - Jerusalem Post - February 24, 2006  Ilan Halimi's barbarous murder in France should awaken all Jews to the most significant truth of our times: Today, every Jew in the world is on the front lines of war. As was the case 70 years ago, every Jew today is a target for our enemies, who shout from every soapbox and prove at every opportunity that their goal is the annihilation of the Jewish people.

  • The New Anti-Semitism
    By Bernard Lewis - The American Scholar - Volume 75 No. 1 Winter 2006  The new anti-Semitism has little or no bearing on the rights and wrongs of the Palestine conflict, but it must surely have some effect on perceptions of the problem, and therefore on the behavior and perhaps even on the policies of both participants and outsiders. Nor is the offense all on one side. One might argue that when Arabs are judged by a lower standard than Jews, as for example the minimal attention given to the atrocious crimes committed at Darfur, this is more offensive to Arabs than to Jews. Contempt is indeed more demeaning than hatred. But it is less dangerous.

  • Hamas and Beyond: The Linkage between Rhetoric and Reality
    By Robbie Friedmann - February 23, 2006  Stein ends with an interesting observation that “Palestinian self-determination will have an impact on the region for decades...what is unknown is what impact it will be.” Let me suggest one highly predictable impact: Israel will cease to exist if Palestinians will have their “self-determination.” This is not because there is anything negative inherent in the concept of self-determination. It is admirable. The problem is that their self-determination has been consistently defined by the negation of the self-determination of the other. The Jew. The Israeli. And yes, that includes the PLO and the PA.

  • Weak on Hamas
    By Carolyn Glick - Jerusalem Post - February 20, 2006  The interim government's decisions Sunday show that the government has no policy for contending with Hamas. The absence of a policy is a result of the government's lack of a basic understanding of - or its unwillingness to understand - the threat the Hamas takeover of the PA poses to Israel.

  • Hamas: Can't live with 'em, Can't sell enough to 'em
    By Micah D. Halpern - - February 21, 2006   Diplomatically speaking, either you're with them -- or you haven't yet decided what to do about them. Most of the Western world is struggling with the moral issues raised by recognizing Hamas, terrorists elevated to the status of democratically elected leaders of the Palestinian people.
    Friends. Money. Guns. Status. Hamas would be happy to have it all. But above all comes ideology. And Hamas has done nothing, nothing at all, to suggest even the smallest modification in their ideological foundation. And that, my friends, does not bode well for our future.

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  • Netanyahu: Hamas endangers the West
    But Peres scoffs – says no need to be 'scared' of terror group

    By Stan Goodenough - Jerusalem Newswire - February 23, 2006

    Likud Party Leader Binyamin Netanyahu’s realistic grasp of the threat and goal of Islamic terrorists contrasted sharply Tuesday with veteran land-for-peacenik Shimon Peres’ inexplicably enduring dream of a “new” Middle East.

    Addressing a pack of foreign journalists near the Old City, Netanyahu warned that their countries, and not just Israel, were on Hamas’ hit list. The Islamist group saw itself as part of a global jihad en route to bringing the world into submission to Allah.

    But addressing a hall full of high school students three miles down the road, Peres scoffed at such sentiments, saying there was no need to fear Hamas:

    "What are people scared of now? If Hamas hit us with terrorist attacks we will strike them back much harder."
    It was not immediately clear who it was who would strike back much harder. Certainly the interim Kadima-led government of Ehud Olmert has made no real effort to hit the terrorists firing Kassam rockets from Gaza every day any harder than they were being hit before Israel abandoned the Strip.

    Netanyahu, an internationally recognized expert on battling terrorism, believes Islamist groups have a global goal.

    "Hamas is not a local organization. It's part of a worldwide Islamic movement that is trying to liberate the State of Israel and fight a mad, historic battle with the West."
    Destroying Israel, the former prime minister argued, was not Hamas' ultimate goal.
    "They are after you. For them, Israel is the little Satan, America is the big Satan and Europe is the middle Satan."
    Held by some to be the planet’s fastest-growing religion, Islam has already spread its tentacles throughout the Western world, has clamped an unshakable grip on Europe, and has the United States fixed in its sights.

    And as the recent riots and demonstrations – purportedly against a cartoon depiction of Mohammed – vividly revealed to anyone not yet aware of it, what’s left of Judeo-Christian civilization is beating a humiliating and hasty retreat before the growing, seemingly unstoppable, Muslim menace.

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