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- WELCOME TO JERUSALEM MEIN POPE
by Barry Chamish - www.barrychamish.com - May 10, 2009 - Twelve
years ago, I wrote the following famous edict: Barry Chamish:
Vatican plot against ISRAEL 1997 - In March 1994, the newspaper
Chadashot revealed a most remarkable secret of the Middle East
"peace" process. A friend of Shimon Peres, the French
intellectual Marek Halter, claimed in an interview that in May
1993, he delivered a letter from Peres to the pope. Within, Peres
promised to internationalize Jerusalem, granting the UN political
control of the Old City of Jerusalem, and the Vatican hegemony
of the holy sites within. The UN would give the PLO a capital
within its new territory and East Jerusalem would become a kind
of free trade zone of world diplomacy. Halter's claim was backed
by the Italian newspaper La Stampa which added that Arafat was
apprised of the agreement and it was included in the secret clauses
of the Declaration Of Principles signed in Washington in September
1993. In March 1995, the Israeli radio station Arutz Sheva was
leaked a cable from the Israeli Embassy in Rome to Peres's Foreign
Ministry in Jerusalem confirming the handover of Jerusalem to
the Vatican. This cable was printed on the front page of the
radical leftwing Israeli newspaper, Haaretz two days later. A
scandal erupted and numerous rabbis who had invited Peres for
Passover services cancelled their invitations in protest of his
treachery. Peres reacted by claiming that the cable was real
but that someone had whited out the word, "not;" the
cable really said that Israel would "not" hand Jerusalem
over to the holy pontiff. Illustrating the sorry political state
of Israel's rabbis, they accepted this cockamamie excuse and
re-invited Peres to their tables. However, in the widely distributed
minutes of a meeting with Clinton in 1997, Peres reiterated his
diplomacy, ending with the words, "as I had previously promised
the Holy See."
- Continued: http://www.cephas-library.com/israel_welcome_to_jerusalem_pope_benedict_xvi.html
- ISRAEL'S CONTROL OF THE MT. ZION IN DANGER
by Hillel Fendel - (IsraelNN.com) Ten-year-long negotiations
between Israel and the Vatican appear to be drawing to a close,
with concerns rising that Israel will cede control of the building
housing King Davids Tomb in Jerusalem.
- The Bilateral Permanent Working Commission a team
of negotiators representing Israel and the Vatican released
an upbeat press release at the end of last week, speaking of
"meaningful progress," "great cordiality,"
and a mutual commitment to reaching a final agreement "as
soon as possible.
- Tellingly, a plenary meeting has been announced for this
Thursday, April 30, at the Foreign Ministry. The meeting will
be chaired by the two states deputy foreign ministers,
Danny Ayalon and Monsignor Pietro Parolin. It is widely believed
that the agreement will be signed then.
- Church Demands Parts of Mt. Zion
The two states have been negotiating a treaty since March 1999
on matters having to do with Church-owned or Church-claimed property
in Israel. Among the most significant issue under negotiations
is the Vaticans demand for the Last Supper room, located
on the second floor of the ancient Mt. Zion building that also
houses the tombs of Kings David, Solomon, and Hezekiah. In addition,
the Vatican is claiming areas around Lake Kinneret, as well as
in Caesaria and Jerusalem. Continued: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/131032
- REPORT OBAMA'S MASTER PLAN FOR THE MIDDLE EAST
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu - (IsraelNN.com) - U.S. President Barack
Obama told Jordan's King Abdullah two weeks ago to meet with
leading Muslim Arab countries and persuade them to accept changes
in the Saudi 2002 Initiative, according to the London-based Arabic
language Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper. The report reflects the
presidents swift action on the Middle East since he was
elected last November. President Obamas major proposed
alteration in the Saudi peace plan is for Arab countries to grant
citizenship to approximately five million Arabs who are descendants
of former Israelis while allowing them the right to move to a
new Palestinian Authority country.
- The Saudi plan calls for them to be allowed to immigrate
to Israel, a suggestion that virtually every Israeli leader categorically
rejects. President Obama also reportedly told the king that he
wants the United Nations flag raised over holy sites in eastern
Jerusalem, where the PA would have total sovereignty under the
- Al Quds did not specify any other concessions
to Israel but said that Arab countries should consider other
changes, none of which were specified. The presidents
master plan calls for Arab countries to set a timetable for raising
the Israeli flag in their capitals, a sign of recognition of
the Jewish State. Simultaneously, the PA flag would be raised
in Jerusalem neighborhoods, a move that would virtually make
the Fatah-led government the de facto government in a significant
portion of the Jewish capital. The Obama administration includes
several prominent Jews who have eagerly backed the presidents
actions, most of them having experience as advisors to former
President Bill Clinton during the Oslo Accord talks that led
to the Second Intifada, also known as the Oslo War, in 2000.
- CHIEF RABBINATE FORBIDS SITE TRANSFER TO VATICAN
- May/06/09 - (IsraelNN.com) The Council of Holy Sites of the
Chief Rabbinate issued a statement Wednesday saying that it was
forbidden for Israel to transfer authority of sites in Israel
to the Vatican. The Vatican has requested that six sites of a
religious nature be transferred to its authority in advance of
the Popes visit to Israel next week.
- The Councils statement read: According to Jewish
Law, it is forbidden for any person to give a part of the Land
of Israel to the Vatican. Therefore we call on the Prime Minister,
Ministers, and Members of Knesset to immediately cease discussions
of this nature. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/164687
- OBAMA AND I HATCHED NEW PLAN
- By Stan Goodenough - May 11, 2009 - The Obama administration
is preparing to dangle in front of Israel a Middle East peace
plan that offers the Jewish state the recognition of the entire
Muslim world. This is according to a report in Monday's Times
of London citing Jordan's King Abd'Allah who "hatched"
the plan with US President Barack Obama during a visit to Washington
last month. Obama is expected to offer the plan to Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the latter travels to Washington
to meet the president next week. Details of the plan are to be
"thrashed out" starting at that meeting. Abd'Allah
warned that Israel had better make every effort to secure peace
with the Palestinian Arabs within the year or face another war
with the Arabs within 18 months.
- "We are offering a third of the world to meet them with
open arms," he said according to Ha'aretz.
- "The future is not the Jordan River or the Golan Heights
or the Sinai, the future is Morocco in the Atlantic and Indonesia
in the Pacific. That is the prize.
- "If we delay our peace negotiations, then there is going
to be another conflict between Arabs or Muslims and Israel in
the next 12-18 months." When offering "recognition"
of Israel, the Arab world means much less than the Israelis expect.
Israel's new government last month insisted that the "Palestinians"
recognize Israel specifically as a Jewish state. The demand was
dismissed out of hand by PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas, and pooh-poohed
as being of little consequence by officials in Washington. http://www.jnewswire.com/topics
- NETANYAHU / MUBARAK ON 'TWO-STATES'
- By Stan Goodenough - May 11, 2009 - On his first official
trip as Israel's new prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu met with
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for talks at Sharm e-Sheikh
Monday. The Israeli disappointed those who were hoping to hear
him tell Mubarak that Israel would support the "two-state-solution."
Netanyahu flew to the Sinai immediately after welcoming Pope
Benedict XVI at Ben Gurion, where the pontiff called on Israel's
leadership to enable the Palestinian Arabs to establish a state
"alongside Israel." This, too, was Mubarak's message
to the prime minister. However, the Israeli leader would not
commit to this path. According to Ynetnews, Mubarak said after
his face-to-face meeting with Netanyahu that the Israeli PM "expressed
his government's commitment to promoting peace, while I expressed
Egypt's hope that his government live up to its commitment regarding
the two-state solution and the advancement of the Arab peace
initiative." Today's pressure was only the latest that has
been relentlessly brought to bear on Netanyahu since his government
was sworn in on March 31.
- It comes hours after Jordan's king Abd'allah warned that
unless Israel made peace with the "Palestinians" this
year there would be war between the Jewish state and the Arab
war within 18 months. Numerous other world leaders, including
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter
Steinmeier, Czech Prime Minister Mirel Topolanek, US Vice President
Joe Biden, have let it be known that they expect Israel to embrace
"two-states-for-two-nations." The pressure is expected
to come to a head when Netanyahu meets with US President Barack
Obama at the White House a week from today. Top administration
officials have warned of Obama's intention to deal "forcefully"
with Israel to get it to comply with the wishes of the world.
In the word's of arch-leftist Israeli commentator Akiva Eldar
writing in Ha'aretz Monday, Obama "in his first days at
the White House ... made clear that whether a two-state solution
is acceptable to a Likud government or not, that is the only
formula up for negotiation." http://www.jnewswire.com/topics
- WHO IS BERNIE MADOFF PROTECTING?
CHIEF RABBI TO POPE: TELL THE WORLD JEWS BELONG IN ISRAEL
By Yair Ettinger, Haaretz Correspondent and Haaretz Service -
14/05/2009 - Israel's leading rabbis on Tuesday told Pope Benedict
XVI that it was his duty to spread the message that the Jewish
people belong in the Land of Israel. "You represent a large
nation of believers that knows what the Bible is, and it is your
duty to pass on the message that the Jewish people deserve a
renaissance, and a little respect - to live in this land,"
Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar told the pope. The pope met
with Amar and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger in Jerusalem
on Tuesday, on the second day of his pilgrimage to Israel. Benedict
told the chief rabbis during the meeting that he is committed
to reconciliation between Christian and Jews. Continued: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1084958.html
- THIRTEEN TON TEMPLE
CORNER STONE TO BE PRESENTED TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL l
The holy cornerstone for the Third Temple will be transported
by the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement on Jerusalem
Day, 27 Iyar 5769 (May 21, 2009). It will be driven from Ammunition
Hill to the Jaffa Gate, along the western walls of the Old City
to the downtown streets of Jerusalem. There it will be presented
to the people of Israel and to the entire world. ... Continued
- THE 5769/2008 HANAKKAH MARCH OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND LAND
OF ISRAEL FAITHFUL MOVEMENT
In a very critial time in the history of Israel a time
of terror in which 1.5 million Muslims are striving to destroy
Israel in order to stop the endtime events currently taking place
the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement
lit the Hanukkah menorah in front of the Hulda Gate of the Temple
Mount for the first time in 1,938 years. Continued: http://www.templemountfaithful.org/Events/hanukkah5769.htm
- UNLEASH HEAVEN!
- 18 May 2009 - You have no idea of the kind of pressure
that is brought to bear on an Israeli prime minister when he
enters the White House. (The late David Bar-Ilan, Chief
of Information and Policy Planning for Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu, in a personal conversation with this writer, November
1998.) Netanyahu flew to Washington DC at the weekend, arriving
Sunday morning, a day before his scheduled series of meetings
with American President Barack Obama and other administration
officials. Despite calming words and promises from administration
officials that the Americans wont be too demanding this
time, millions of Israelis and their friends are tense
with anticipation about the outcome of these talks.
- The US believes it has Israel over a barrel. Netanyahu must
either endorse the two-state-solution or be seen
to be resisting the will of the whole world. What the prime minister
is being asked to do is without precedent: Never has a national
leader been ordered to surrender for all time his peoples
claim to their costliest and most strategic national assets.
On top of this, Netanyahu knows too well the bankruptcy of land-for-peace
how every effort to proceed with this American-led program
has painfully backfired, costing thousands more Jewish lives
and increasingly endangering the security of their state. The
two-state solution requires the ethnic cleansing
of 300,000 Jews from their biblical heartland, the cradle of
their nationhood. It calls for the destruction of all their homes
and communities. It will add insurmountably to Israels
already desperate water crisis. And it will leave Israel too
small, too truncated, to properly defend and this in a
neighborhood that positively churns with hatred for the Jews.
- In the words of Hebron resident Gary Cooperberg: For Israel,
the two-state solution is another version of The Final Solution.
- Were the eyes and ears of our inner man open to what is happening
today in the spiritual realm over Washington DC, wed be
aghast at the fury of the fight. The atmosphere above the American
capital is surely boiling, as heaven and hell vie for dominance
over the institutions of government, especially the White House,
the State Department and the Department of Defense. Prime targets
for the enemy will be within the presidential residence itself:
In the room set apart for a three-hour meeting between Obama
and Netanyahu, where the American will be doing whatever he can
to seduce or coerce the Israeli into embracing two-states; and
in the media briefing room, where the worlds press will
be out in force to dig and poke into the Israeli leader after
the summit, hungry to expose triumphantly either his failure
to withstand Obamas demands or, in their biased estimation,
his intransigence and opposition to peace.
- American arrogance in dealing with Israel can be breathtaking.
- PA PEACE PLANl: IRAN TO SHARE RULE OVER TEMPLE MOUNT
- ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS - Israel may find Iran as one of the
administrators of the Temple Mount, according to a new Palestinian
Authority plan reported Thursday by the Hebrew-language newspaper
Haaretz. PA sources said giving up claims to the Temple Mount
and handing over control to the 57-member Saudi-based Islamic
Conference Organization is conditional on Israels agreeing
to a final status agreement. Iran, which is classified as Persian
and not an Arab country, is part of the Islamic group. Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has opposed agreeing to a new PA
state without knowing ahead of time what it would entail. The
PA recently has escalated its propaganda campaign that disassociates
the holy site from any connection with Judaism and claims it
is solely a Muslim site.
- A group of Arabs demonstrated at Shechem Gate in the Old
City Thursday morning, shouting anti-Israeli slogans as Jews
began celebrating Jerusalem Reunification Day.
- Sovereignty over the Temple Mount, based in Jerusalem, has
been one of the foundations for a new Arab country that the PA
wants following the proposed expulsion of more than half a million
Jews from Judea and Samaria, as well as from Jerusalem neighborhoods
that were established after the 1967 Six-Day War. The PA's official
website as far back as 2005 rejected the Jewish connection with
the Western Wall (Kotel), the remains of the wall that surrounded
the Holy Temple area. Muslim legend claims that Mohammed tied
his horse to the wall before ascending to heaven, even though
the city of Jerusalem is not even mentioned in the Koran.
- Writer Daniel Pipes several years offered one million dollars
to anyone who can find the name "Jerusalem" explicitly
written in the Koran. The Israeli government initially ignored
the PA propaganda campaign, but Rabbi Chaim Richman, director
of the International Department of the of the Temple Institute
in Jerusalem, warned in 2005 that the PA claims have far
reaching implications for Israel. Rabbi Richman said that
the PAs denial of the Jewish Temple's existence is
part of a campaign to totally eradicate, erase, and destroy all
Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, Jerusalem and the land
of Israel. The PA incitement against Israel, which violates
the American Roadmap plan, also attributes the 1929 Arab pogrom
to Jewish efforts to claim ownership of the Western Wall. Continued:
- '1 IN 4 ISRAELIS WOULD CONSIDER LEAVEING COUNTRY IF IRAN
- HAARETZ.COM - Some 23 percent of Israelis would consider
leaving the country if Iran obtains a nuclear weapon, according
to a poll conducted on behalf of the Center for Iranian Studies
at Tel Aviv University. Some 85 percent of respondents said they
feared the Islamic Republic would obtain an atomic bomb, 57 percent
believed the new U.S. initiative to engage in dialogue with Tehran
would fail and 41 percent believed Israel should strike Iran's
nuclear installations without waiting to see whether or how the
talks develop.. Continued:http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/May22/2224.html
- OBAMA AND NETANYAHU SQUARE OFF
- By Stan Goodenough - May 29, 2009 - Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and United States President Barack Obama were
seen to be heading nearer confrontation this week over the right
of Jews to live and raise their families in the Land of Israel.
Tension is growing between the two governments after Israel refused
to bow to emphatically-expressed American expectations that any
and all forms of "settlement activity" be halted immediately.
- Obama made this demand when meeting with Netanyahu at the
White House on May 18. "There is a clear understanding that
we have to make progress on settlements; that settlements have
to be stopped in order for us to move forward," Obama said,
seated next to the Israeli during a press conference after their
- Netanyahu made no such commitment, and upon returning to
Israel let Washington know that "natural growth" -
which means that normal human daily life - will continue inside
the established communities. A few days after the Obama-Netanyahu
meeting, Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya'alon
stated publicly that this Israeli government will not comply
with America's demands, adding that Israel will not let America
- Obama's secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, was not willing
to let this pass. Speaking to reporters Wednesday she stated
categorically that the US sees stopping settlements as key to
a peace deal that would see a Palestinian state created on half
of the historical Jewish homeland. Obama "wants to see a
stop to settlements - not some settlements, not outposts, not
'natural growth' exceptions," Clinton said. "We think
it is in the best interests [of the land-for-peace process] that
settlement expansion cease. That is our position." Clinton
bluntly warned that the United States "intend[s] to press
that point." Instead of being cowed, the Netanyahu government
insisted that housing construction in the internationally-condemned
Jewish communities will continue. Continued: http://www.jnewswire.com/article/2656
- A GATHERING OF NATIONS
by haRold Smith - Jerusalem, Israel - The Second Wave -
A tsunami is not a single wave. A tsunami is a wave train that
may contain 5 to 20 waves altogether. The first waves are typically
small, and subsequent waves become larger. This means if you
don't get washed away by the first wave, you still need to stay
away from the shore to escape the others. Once the waves end,
there is then flooding, carnage, destruction and cleanup to deal
with that remains a state of total devastation sometimes for
- The waters started receding in 2007 (see Economic Tsunami
Warning click on highlighted verse to see scripture - a prediction
of what was to come a year and a half before the 'meltdown' occurred
- published on May 23, 2007) and as the year 2008 came to a close,
this global economic tsunami we are now experiencing crashed
upon us. The tide is now fully pulled out to sea again and, while
pundits around the world are hopeful the corner has been turned,
the bottom has been reached and all is soon to be well again,
it is because they are only looking at the financial aspect of
what is upon us now. The last half of 2009 and 2010 will likely
see the subsequent waves of this massive global tsunami, building
on the horizon for almost a year now, come crashing down on mankind
with even more severe and destructive results than the first.
Where and how that wave will appear will be a surprise to most.
- Many are unaware that, in this year of 2009 alone, more than
100 of the largest banks in the world have collapsed. The FDIC
said on Wednesday that the number of US banks on its "problem
list" grew 21 percent in just the first quarter to 305 institutions
-- the highest number since 1994. Some of those institutions
will likely be nursed back to health, but others will join the
ranks of the 36 U.S. banks so few have heard about that have
failed so far this year. The number of seized banks has been
consistently creeping upward, with 25 failed banks in all of
2008, and only 3 in 2007. (see FDIC Bank List). The amount of
money required to seize and then guarantee their failed assets
to attract buyers also grows exponentially. The fundamental reason
for the global collapse has been because of credit. The United
States is now the largest debtor nation in the world. China,
the biggest holder of U.S. government debt, is warning the Federal
Reserve about printing money. U.S. government debt has this year
handed investors the worst loss since at least 1977 on forecasts
for ballooning deficits. China's Premier Wen Jiabao has expressed
concern about the safety of Chinas dollar assets
(see June 1 China Visit) while President Obama is boldly telling
Americans: "We are out of money" (see CSPAN, May 23).
Because of it's massive debt, the United States is in danger
of losing it's AAA credit rating (see Reuters, May 22). All it
would take to put a weakened America under is for China to lose
confidence and decide to 'dump' her holdings in the dollar overnight
- ISRAEL PRAISES OBAMA SPEECH, BUT SAYS ITS SECURITY PARAMOUNT
By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent, Haaretz Service and Agencies
- The Israeli government praised U.S. President Barack Obama's
speech to Muslims on Thursday by saying it shared his hopes for
Middle East peace, but also said Israel's security interests
remained paramount. "We share President Obama's hope that
the American effort heralds the opening of a new era that will
bring an end to the conflict and to general Arab recognition
of Israel as the nation of the Jewish people that lives in security
and peace in the Middle East," an official statement said
after Obama's address in Cairo. The statement made no mention
of settlements, which Obama said should not be expanded, nor
Palestinian statehood. At odds with Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu has said that construction would continue in existing
settlements in the West Bank and he has not publicly endorsed
a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Netanyahu's
bureau also released a statement Thursday affirming Israel's
desire to pursue peace, but in accordance with its national interests.
"Israel is committed to peace and will do all it can to
expand the circle of peace while considering its national interests,
first and foremost being security," the statement said.
- Later Thursday, Defense Minster Ehud Barak echoed the comments
in welcoming Obama's address and reiterated Israel's desire to
pursue peace talks. "In the speech there is reinforcement
and encouragement for moderate elements and supporters of peace;
there is also outspoken criticism of terrorism and [its] origins
of violence and extremism that are threatening the stability
of our region and the entire world," said Barak in a statement.
He added that Israel lauded Obama's commitment to its existence
and security, and his calls for the country's integration in
- "Israel is committed to advancing negotiations with
the Palestinians, based on agreements that have previously been
committed to," he said. "We hope that the Arab world
will heed the calls of President Obama to put an end to terror
and violence and forge peaceful relations with Israel."
- Earlier in the day, Daniel Hershkowitz, chairman of the rightist
Habayit Hayehudi party, said that Obama ignored the fact that
the Palestinians have yet to renounce terror. "The Israeli
government is not an American surplus," he said during a
tour of Hebron. "Our relations are based on friendship,
not domination, and we've got to draw a line when it comes to
natural growth in the settlements." Kadima MK Ze'ev Boim
said that "Obama's speech is yet another proof that Netanyahu
miscalculated the foreign policy of the new American administration."
"The president's take on the Palestinian question is similar
to Kadima's, and it's a shame that narrow political considerations
prevented the Israeli government from espousing the two-state
solution which is the only one that can ensure a Jewish and democratic
existence in Israel." Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner said that
"Israel could benefit from the America's improved image
in the Arab world and leverage it to forge a regional coalition,
together with the moderate Arab countries, to counter Iran, but
instead the government is engaged in marginal debates on outposts."
- Minority Affairs Minister Avishay Braverman (Labor) said
that Obama was right that the world's common enemy is extremism
and that finding a common strategy is the way to defeat it. "We
should adopt a similar strategy in Jewish-Arab and religious-secular
relations, as well as vis-à-vis the Palestinians,"
Braverman said. "We are committed to the two-state solution."
Meretz leader Haim Oron, for his part, welcomed Obama's speech.
He said it was filled with inspiration, optimism and vision.
"The speech is the feat of enlightenment," he said.
An Israeli settler spokeswoman dismissed Obama's speech in Cairo
as naive and out of touch with reality. Aliza Herbst, a resident
of the Ofra settlement, said modern history has shown that the
Muslim world is at war with the West. She added that Obama's
vision of peace sounded nice but was not realistic. Peres: Obama
visit is a rare opportunity for peace
- President Shimon Peres praised Obama's Mideast speech as
a historic opportunity in a guest column in The Times.
- Obama's journey to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Peres wrote, "reflects
both the need for an historic change in the Middle East and a
unique chance of achieving it."
- Peres said that the international options that are being
discussed - the Saudi peace initiative as well as the so-called
"57-state solution" proposed by King Abdullah of Jordan
- could create a favorable momentum that would lead to the resolution
of the Israeli-Arab conflict. He called on Arab countries to
engage in bilateral negotiations with Israel while espousing
a regional process of normalization. "Support from the entire
Arab world will provide legitimacy for the Palestinian Authority
as it approaches the difficult task of making and then implementing
historic compromises. At the same time it may reassure Israel
that the painful concessions it will make will be rewarded by
a broader, more enduring comprehensive peace across the region,"
Peres wrote. Peres said Obama's fervent commitment to changing
American foreign policy in the Middle East is a rare opportunity.
"The regional leaders have to treat these options seriously
- not as another photo-opportunity but in a substantive discussion
aimed at opening the door towards comprehensive peace and regional
economic development," he concluded. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1090412.html
- ISRAEL SHARES OBAMA'S HOPE FOR PEACE
JPost.com - June 4, 2009 The Prime Minister's Office responded
to US President Barack Obama's address to the Muslim world on
Thursday by expressing hope that it would help lead to reconciliation
between the Muslim world and Israel. President Obama delivers
speech to Arab world, backs a Palestinian state "The government
of Israel expresses hope that President Obama's important speech
will lead to a new period of reconciliation between the Arab
and Muslim world, and Israel. We share Obama's hope that the
American effort will bring about an end to the conflict and to
pan-Arab recognition of Israel as the Jewish state. "Israel
is obligated to peace and will do as much as possible to help
expand the circle of peace, while taking into consideration our
national interests, the foremost of which is security,"
the statement concluded. President Shimon Peres praised Obama,
saying that his "speech was a speech filled with a vision,
[it was] a brave speech which promises hard work for all of the
sides involved in advancing the peace process in the Middle East.
- ANALYSIS OBAMA'S ADMIRABLE, VIRAL NEW BEGINNING.. AND UNFORTUNATE
By DAVID HOROVITZ - June 4, 2009 - Astutely invoking his own
personal Muslim background, and wrapping his challenge in words
of appreciation for Islam as a potential force for tolerance,
President Barack Obama nonetheless spoke harsh truths to the
Muslim world in Cairo on Thursday. And he was applauded.
ISRAELI ANALYST JONATHAN SPYER SAYS ARAB WORLD ENCOURAGED BY
OBAMA'S SPEECH Offering, and demanding, a new beginning in relations
between Islam and the West, he appealed to a respect for human
life, which he said was common to all faiths but which he stressed
Muslim radicals have come to disregard. "We will... relentlessly
confront violent extremists who pose a grave threat to our security.
Because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject:
the killing of innocent men, women and children," he said.
And he was applauded. This was, of course, only a first step.
"No single speech can eradicate years of mistrust,"
he noted. But one way to measure the achievement even this single
speech constituted is to ask whether his predecessor could have
conceived it, delivered it and been cheered for it. The answer,
three times, is no. From the particular, partisan perspective
of the Netanyahu government, the content was as problematic as
would have been expected - no more so, but certainly no less.
There was the insistent reiteration of the two-state vision,
the repeated outlawing of even natural growth in the settlements
- albeit in a clause that was notable for its plainly deliberate
semantic complexity - and the outlining of a future multi-faith
Jerusalem. Here, Obama was setting out traditional American policy
- positions that accord with president Bill Clinton's eleventh-hour
effort to achieve a permanent agreement in 2000, positions that
were anathema then, and are anathema now, to the Likud and the
- From the broader, non-partisan Israeli perspective, it was
heartening to hear the president tell the Muslim world of America's
"unbreakable bond" with our country, and to hear him
highlight the "cultural and historical ties" at the
heart of that relationship, rather than mere cold, potentially
transient, American interests. It was good to hear him make clear
that the Arab League peace initiative was "an important
beginning but not the end of [Arab states'] responsibilities,"
and to urge the Arab world "to recognize Israel's legitimacy"
and stop using the Arab-Israeli conflict as a pretext "to
distract the people of Arab nations from other problems."
Less encouraging was the strikingly brief portion of his speech
devoted to Iran. "When it comes to nuclear weapons, we have
reached a decisive point," he said, promisingly. But in
choosing to continue by asserting Iran's right to "access
peaceful nuclear power," he offered no reassurance to Arab
regimes panicked by Teheran's drive to the bomb, and absolutely
no reassurance to Israel. Watching from here, his even-handed
attribution of blame for the failure of peace efforts to date
was jarring indeed. For more than 60 years," the president
declared, the Palestinian people "have endured the pain
of dislocation. Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank,
Gaza and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that
they have never been able to lead."
- To which most Israelis, having now witnessed even Ehud Olmert's
ultra-generous two-state terms being derisively brushed aside
by Mahmoud Abbas, would retort: "And whose fault is that?"
But Obama used his platform, too, to insist that "Palestinians
must abandon violence. Resistance through violence and killing
is wrong and does not succeed." And, seconds later, he repeated
and elaborated: "It is a sign of neither courage nor power
to shoot rockets at sleeping children, or to blow up old women
on a bus. That is not how moral authority is claimed; that is
how it is surrendered." He said this without including a
parallel criticism of Israel's military response to such killing.
He said this to a Muslim audience in Cairo. Where he, terribly,
missed a vital opportunity from Israel's point of view, however,
was in legitimizing our Jewish nation-state solely on the basis
of our people's persecution through the centuries, which "culminated
in an unprecedented Holocaust." Yes, of course, denying
the Holocaust is 'baseless, ignorant and hateful." And yes,
"threatening Israel with destruction" does indeed serve
"to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of
memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region
- But our rights in this land are not predicated solely, or
even primarily, on the tragedies that have befallen us during
our history in exile. Those rights relate, rather, to the fact
that we were in exile - from this land, this historic Jewish
homeland. This is the only place on earth where the Jews have
ever been sovereign, the place we never willingly left, the place
to which we always prayed to return.
- The culminating tragedy of the Holocaust occurred only because
we had been denied that rightful homeland. Six million Jewish
lives were lost because that legitimacy was not internationally
internalized in time. This president, in that place, should have
emphasized the point stressed the physical root of our legitimacy
to a Muslim world, and especially a Palestinian populace, that
overwhelmingly refuses to acknowledge it. Instead, unfortunately,
the president spoke of the "displacement" of Palestinians
"brought by Israel's founding" (while making no mention
of the Arab world's rejection of the Arab entity that would have
been simultaneously created alongside us). In so doing, he reinforced
the very portrayal of Israel as a modern colonial upstart that
Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad so cynically and strategically asserts.
In so painstakingly calibrated an address, delivered in so vital
and urgent a cause, this was a stark failure, and one Obama should
himself recognize the need to rectify as he translates his talk
into action. For Muslim recognition of our fundamental right
to be here, precisely here, is central to the president's admirable
quest to make a better world, a peaceful world, a new beginning.
- NATIONS UNITED AGAINST ISRAEL
OBAMA TO MUSLIM WORLD I'LL SEE JEWISH SETTLEMENT STOPS
- By Stan Goodenough - June 05, 2009 - US President Barack
Obama Thursday effectively and publicly stripped Israel of its
special place in American foreign relations, marking "a
new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the
world." Israel is to be made to pay to ensure Obama's effective
"reaching out" to the planet's 1.5 billion adherents
to Islam, and especially to those who are Arab. To engage the
Muslim world, the president made it clear that the United States
will at least partially disengage from the Jewish world, specifically
from that part that holds to the faith of its fathers.
- In what was widely applauded as a momentous and historic
address, the president told the cheering audience at the Cairo
University - and untold millions of approving onlookers around
the world - that he will "personally" see to it that
the heart of the Jewish homeland is rendered Jew-free and handed
to the Palestinian Arabs for the creation of a state of their
- "The only resolution" to the Arab-Israeli conflict,
he said, "is for the aspirations of both sides to be met
through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live
in peace and security."
- This was "in Israel's interest, Palestine's interest,
America's interest, and the world's interest. That is why I intend
to personally pursue this outcome."
- The American maintained that "to see this conflict only
from one side or the other is to be blind to the truth."
- Despite the fact that the Jews have both a biblical injunction
to settle the land (Numbers 33:53) and international legal recognition
of their right to do so (the Balfour Declaration and League of
Nations' San Remo Conference); and despite the fact that the
Geneva Conventions do NOT apply to "the occupied territories"
of Judea and Samaria, Obama insisted that "the United States
does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements."
- Building these homes for Jews "violates previous agreements
and undermines efforts to achieve peace," he declared.
- "It is time for these settlements to stop!" Continued:
- AMERICA IN THE MIDDLE EAST
OBAMA THE 'CHRISTIAN' PEACE BE UPON MOHAMMED
- By Stan Goodenough - June 05, 2009 - US President Barack
Obama deceitfully sought to knit together Christianity, Judaism
and Islam in his speech in Cairo Thursday, grossly misrepresenting
the latter religion with a smile on his face and sincerity in
his voice. The American leader, who has Islamic roots but professes
to be Christian, was on a quest for "a new beginning between
the United States and Muslims around the world."
- To establish "common ground" and find what he was
looking for, Obama asserted "the truth:" That America
and Islam...share common principles - principles of justice and
progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings."
- This statement was delivered, straight-faced, into the teeth
of history, and in the capital of one of many Islamic states
universally known to treat its people with an iron hand of injustice,
and to demonstrate zero tolerance towards those of other faiths
who seek to share their beliefs.
- Referring repeatedly to "the Holy Koran" - a book
whose author charges both Judaism and Christianity with having
perverted "God's" (Allah's) "revelation"
to man - Obama wowed his audience. "As the Holy Koran tells
us: 'Be conscious of [Allah] and speak always the truth,'"
he said, before proceeding to speak anything but the truth, (though
Muslims would agree that it was true.) "Throughout history,
Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities
of religious tolerance and racial equality." As documented
exhaustively by scholars like Bat Y'Or, Islam forces Jews and
Christians to pay a second-class citizen tax and live a second-class
citizen existence or become Muslims. Other non-Muslims have been
forced to convert or die. And any Muslim who converts to Christianity
must recant or be executed. In some Muslim states, like Israel's
peace partner Jordan, just selling a piece of land to a Jew is
a capital offense.
- Obama's ignorance of Islam (which means submission to Allah)
was further revealed by his statement "that partnership
between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not
what it isn't." Islam is nothing if it is not what its founder
and most venerated follower, Mohammed himself, practiced. This
includes terrorism, sexual perversion and massive oppression
of free peoples.
- Partnership between Islam and America must really be based
on this? The president, who has adamantly denied being any type
of Muslim despite his family background and his middle name -
Hussein - said he considers it "part of my responsibility
as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes
of Islam wherever they appear." Continued: http://www.jnewswire.com/article/2663
- OBAMA TELLS JEWS WHERE THEY CAN LIVE
by Joseph Farah - WorldNetDaily - May 29, 2009 - Barack Obama
is taking what he and his administration refer to as "a
more balanced approach to Middle East policy." Let me explain
what that literally means in real terms.
- It means the U.S. government is now using its clout with
Israel to insist Jews, not Israelis, mind you, but Jews, be disallowed
from living in East Jerusalem and the historically Jewish lands
of Judea and Samaria, often referred to as the West Bank. I want
you to try to imagine the outrage, the horror, the outcry, the
clamoring, the gnashing of teeth that would ensue if Arabs or
Muslims were told they could no longer live in certain parts
of Israel let alone their own country.
- Of course, that would never happen with "a more balanced
approach to the Middle East."
- It's the 1930s all over again. This time, it's the enlightened
liberal voices of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama who are telling
Jews where they can live, how they can live and how far they
must bend if they want to live at all.
- I know you haven't heard it put like this before. I don't
really understand why. There is simply no other accurate way
to explain the machinations behind the latest demands on Israel
from the West and the rest of the world.
- Israel is being reduced to "Auschwitz borders."
Jews have already been told they can no longer live in the Gaza
Strip. Now they are being told they can no longer choose to live
in any of the areas being set aside by international elites for
a future Palestinian state. Again, I ask, "Why would internationalists
seek to create, by definition, a racist, anti-Jewish state that
doesn't even tolerate the mere presence of Jews?"
- Can anyone answer that question for me? Obama and Clinton
and, thus, by definition, you and me, the taxpayers of the United
States have determined they will yield to the racist, bigoted,
anti-Semitic demands of the Palestinian Authority that no Jews
be allowed to live in their new state. I like to think that in
any other part of the world, this kind of effort at ethnically
cleansing a region would be roundly condemned by all civilized
people. Yet, because most people simply don't understand the
clear, official plan by the Arab leaders to force out all Jews
from the new Palestinian state, the policies of capitulation
retain a degree of sympathy, even political support, from much
of the world. Think about what I am saying: It is the official
policy of the Palestinian Authority that all Jews must get off
the land! Why is the United States supporting the creation of
a new, racist, anti-Semitic hate state? Why is the civilized
world viewing this as a prescription for peace in the region?
Why is this considered an acceptable idea?
- Is there any other place in the world where that kind of
official policy of racism and ethnic cleansing is tolerated even
condoned? Why are the rules different in the Middle East? Why
are the rules different for Arabs? Why are the rules different
for Muslims? Why are U.S. tax dollars supporting the racist,
anti-Semitic entity known as the Palestinian Authority? That's
what we do when we forbid "settlement construction,"
repairs, natural growth, additions to existing communities.
- This is "balance"? Are there any impositions upon
the Arabs and Muslims suggesting they can no longer move to Israel?
No. Are there any impositions on Arabs and Muslims suggesting
they cannot buy homes in Israel? No. Are there any impositions
on Arabs and Muslim suggesting they cannot repair their existing
homes in Israel? No. Are there any impositions on Arabs or Muslims
suggesting the cannot build settlements anywhere they like? No.
- Now, keep in mind, there are already quite a few Arab and
Muslim states in the Middle East. Many of them already forbid
Jews to live in them. Some prohibit Christians as well. But now,
the only Jewish state in the world, and one that has a claim
on the land dating back to the days of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
is being told Jews must keep off land currently under their own
control, but destined for transfer to people who hate them, despise
them, want to see them dead and will not even accept living peacefully
with them as neighbors.
- All the while, Israel continues to hold out its na hand of
friendship to the Arabs and the Muslims welcoming them in their
own tiny nation surrounded by hateful neighbors. Arabs and Muslims
are offered full citizenship rights and even serve in elected
office. They publish newspapers and broadcast on radio and television
- But, conversely, Jews are one step away from eviction from
homes they have sometimes occupied for generations. Gaza is about
to happen all over again. I hope my Jewish friends remember this
well. Many of them voted for Barack Obama. Many of them voted
for Hillary Clinton. These are not your friends. These are the
same kinds of people who turned away ships of Jewish refugees
from Germany in the 1940s. These are the same kinds of people
who appeased Adolf Hitler at Munich. These are the same kinds
of people who made the reformation of the modern state of Israel
so difficult. I say, "No more ethnic cleansing. No more
official anti-Semitism accepted. No more Jew-bashing. No more
telling Jews where they can live, how they can and if they can