Elder of Ziyon: Jihadists tally up their missile counts
So the total through Monday is 91 Grads, 121 short range rockets and 47 mortars, or 259 projectiles for these three groups. There may have been others that shot rockets as well.
The fragile armistice between Israel and the Gaza terror groups was stretched further on Thursday night as several rockets were fired at western Negev communities from the Strip.
Gaza terrorists fired a Grad rocket at Ashdod, which was intercepted by a nearby Iron Dome battery. Moments later Qassam rockets hit open areas in Eshkol Regional Council and the outskirts of Ashkelon.
Thursday morning saw a Gaza-launched rocket explode in an open area near Netivot. Several hours later a Grad rocket fired at Beersheba was intercepted by the Iron Dome system.
Interestingly, they are not counting any rockets fired since the "cease fire" on Tuesday night. None of the terror groups are taking responsibility for these rockets. So, by the logic of the Western world, they cannot be considered "cease fire" violations. Only when Israel responds is it a violation.
Those are the rules of the media, and who am I to argue?
FP: No matter what they say, there is nothing that can explain this selective recording better than anti-Semitism.
Israel Matzav: Pipes: Mass Muslim migration moving to Israel
American analyst Daniel Pipes has warned the Knesset Immigration Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee that Muslims facing persecution in Egypt, Syria and Yemen as a result of the 'Arab spring' may make their way to Israel as a refuge.
Their citizens might look for greener pastures in Israel in a way similar to the infiltration of tens of thousands of sub- Saharan Africans to the country over the past few years, giving rise to a “Muslim aliya,” he said.
“There could be a new era.
Particularly, the Sinai and Golan areas may see an immigration very different than what it’s seen,” he said.
Shlomo Brom, a senior research fellow and director at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, disagrees.
“That a few Syrian refugees might come here in small numbers might happen – we saw that during Black September,” he said, referring to a few dozen Palestinian gunmen in 1970 who sought refuge in Israel – their avowed enemy – rather than be captured by Jordanian forces during a crackdown. “But if anything like that happens it will be on a very small scale.”
Brom said the potential for a mass migration of Muslims from places as far away as Yemen, who would have to travel over 1,600 kilometers and risk being shot at the border to reach Israel, was “completely unsubstantiated.”
“It doesn’t seem to be based on anything,” he said.
I don't think Brom is being realistic. According to the Interior Ministry, between 1500 and 2000 refugees per month enter Israel, mostly from Sudan and Eritrea, both of which are much further away than Egypt or Syria, and comparable to Yemen in distance. It definitely could happen. Are we ready for it? I doubt it. We'll just let them all in on humanitarian grounds and let the problems fester until later.
Oh - and I hope you all notice the irony of where the Egyptians and Syrians who hate us and want to destroy us run to when the chips are down. Unfortunately, that will be lost on the 'human rights' groups.
FP: may well be yet another opportunity for wishful thinking and a strategic blunder. Israel was not ready for the African refugees and I would be very surprised if it were for this, if it happens. Not to mention the possibility that Islamists with bad intentions could try to get in.
Israel Matzav: The Obama firsters
The Obama firsters are the people who claim to support Israel, but subordinate that support for dogmatic promotion of the Obama agenda. Ron Radosh explains how J Street, the New Israel Fund and American Friends of Peace Now earned the designation.
The guilt by association, as we have seen, was first used by Beinart himself, and then by Remnick. So if anyone is guilty of McCarthyism — defined as “guilt by association” — it is Beinart himself.
Finally, the triumvirate reveals their real concern: to attack those they call “the right wing of the American Jewish community.” Do not pause long to ask what that concern might be. At a moment in time when there is a very real international effort to delegitimize Israel as a valid nation-state that has a right to exist, the group has another concern: not that of worrying about the international effort to delegitimize Israel, but rather, what they say is the campaign to “delegitimize President Obama.” (My emphasis.)
So I have only one question for them. Doesn’t it occur to these erstwhile peaceniks that if anyone has delegitimized President Obama on his views about Israel, it is the president himself? Perhaps they should re-read Bret Stephens’ column. It is not Stephens who owes Obama an apology. It is the leaders of these three groups who owe one to Bret Stephens.
FP: There is hardly anything more nauseous than Jews who distance themselves from Israel in order to be accepted by gentiles. As I often reiterate, Diaspora Jews have learned nothing from the history of their nation.
FP: I don’t think this warrants a comment. And by now nobody should be surprised at the crap that is the UN.
Fareed Zakaria is wearing his “I’m perplexed” face. On his weekly CNN program, he is noting that Saudi Arabia did not go nuclear in response to “Israel’s buildup of a large arsenal of nuclear weapons.” So why, he asks the camera, would the Saudis do so in response to Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons?
FP: This is all you need to know about the knowledge and reasoning ability of mainstream media pundits in general and Zakaria’s in particular.
Federal regulators won an initial round Thursday in their defense of Wall Street fraud settlements that include no admission of wrongdoing.
The Securities and Exchange Commission and Citigroup "have a strong likelihood of success" in their joint effort to overturn a judge's decision to reject their $285 million fraud settlement, a three-judge panel of Second Circuit Court of Appeals declared.
The appeals court agreed to consider whether U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff overstepped his authority in rejecting one of the biggest settlements to emerge from the financial crisis, Citigroup's proposed $285 million deal with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The panel agreed that the SEC and Citigroup can challenge Rakoff's ruling, and it also agreed to delay a scheduled trial in the case while that challenge is pending.
"We have no reason to doubt the S.E.C.'s representation that the settlement it reached is in the public interest," the three-judge appellate panel wrote.
FP: Remember Matt Taibbi'’s satisfaction with the judge’s rejection of the SEC’s allowing the banks to screw the public yet again? Well, he should have known better. Very few Americans are aware that the so-called US justice system is also an illusion: most of the decisions by juries and lower level judges are reversed or modified by higher level courts, rendering the former irrelevant; it’s the unelected former that decide what’s in the public interest, which usually happens to coincide with the corporate interests.