FP: I just watched a discussion on Israeli TV about the African infiltrators. It validated my argument that having not been nipped in the bud, the problem cannot be resolved and becomes lethal.
There is, however, an additional aspect of this which nobody has considered yet: the minute Israel demonizers realize it, they won’t cease pounding. I have already noticed that the US government criticized Israel on its treatment of asylum seekers:
I wonder what they'll think of this in Arizona or Texas.
Just think: The
United States Obama administration wants Israel to be just like the United States, and have Hezbullah agents infiltrating as 'refugees' from Africa, just like the US has Hezbullah agents infiltrating from Mexico.
If you think that last statement is an exaggeration, consider this from YNet.
The report says that while Israel's laws "provide for the granting of temporary asylum and the government has established a system for providing temporary protection for most asylum seekers, there were complaints about the system’s accessibility and reports of discrimination."
The current laws, the report added, "Allow the Ministry of Interior to reject applications without appeal even at the registration stage, and exclude 'enemy nationals' from receiving asylum. The regulations fail to establish an independent appeal process."
You got that? The mean, bad Israelis exclude 'enemy nationals' (like 'Palestinians,' Syrians and Iranians) from receiving asylum. Oh the horror!
It should have been clear that this would invite all countries that do much worse to direct another set of attacks on Israel. Israel did not need to give them new ammunition.
In view of how the US treats its infiltrators this is a gall not different than its demands that Israel return land to the Palestinians while Americans live on land stolen from the natives, most of whom were massacred.
The border fence to stop infiltration will be ready only sometime in April next year (incidentally, it is being built by infiltrators). Until then 2000 will enter Israel per month. That is, at least 24,000 on top of the 70,000 already in, and IDF is already warning that even the fence won’t be resolve the problem fully and the border is too long for IDF to do it either.
The government is willing to pay a lot of money to African countries to accept infiltrators, which Israel cannot afford; moreover, if this happens while the infiltration continues, it will become a wasteful utter mess. Sinai is now out of Egyptian control and in the hands of Bedouins and Al-Qaeda radicals, who probably realize that pumping Africans into Israel is yet another way to destroy it. It seems to me that this is yet another lethal strategic blunder by Israel.
And speaking of Hizb’allah: Nasrallah: Walls won’t suffice to protect Israel. Does the Obama administration want Israel should be moral and commit suicide?
United Nations nuclear inspectors in Iran have found uranium enriched beyond the highest previously reported levels of 20 percent in samplings taken from its new underground fuel enrichment plant, according to a quarterly report on Iran's nuclear program.
The report, delivered Friday to the board of nthe International Atomic Energy Agency, based in Vienna, said the samplings, taken Feb. 15 from the Fordo enrichment facility built inside a mountain near Iran's holy city of Qom, 'showed the presence of particles with enrichment levels of up to 27 percent.'
The finding is a potentially alarming development since it moves the purity of Iran's uranium enrichment closer toward bomb-grade material even as a group of six world powers is negotiating with Tehran to shift its nuclear program in the opposite direction. Whether the 27 percent figure represents a trace amount was not made clear in the report, a copy of which was made available to The New York Times.
FP: Not to worry, the West is on the case: it has set up yet another meeting. Turns out I was not far off when I commented earlier that in one of these meetings Iran will simply announce it is a nuclear power. I can guess the reaction: “Iran is isolating itself”.
I just saw Hilary on TV saying “Iran now has a choice”. Now it has a choice? Wouldn’t you say that the West has refused to admit the choice that Iran made years ago?
Oren Kessler: Sleepless in Jerusalem
In Egypt, however, opposition to the peace pact extends far beyond Islamists. Polls show 85 percent of Egyptians view Israel negatively, 97 percent see it as one of their country's biggest threats and 61 percent want to overturn the treaty entirely (32 percent want to keep it; 7 percent are undecided). Anti-Israel sentiment cuts across class lines: Over the last year, opposition to the peace deal rose most sharply among the college-educated (up 18 points to 58 percent) and those under 30 (up 14 points to 64 percent). In Egypt's first-ever presidential debate this month, Aboul Fotouh described the Jewish state as an "enemy," while Moussa settled on the more diplomatic "adversary." (The latter has a decades-long record of anti-Israel bona fides; the anthem "I Hate Israel, I Love Amr Moussa" topped the Egyptian charts in 2001.)
Jerusalem has legitimate cause for concern -- of the five frontrunners, four have called for an overhaul of Camp David. Moussa has eulogized the peace accord as "dead and buried," Morsi urged it be put to referendum, Aboul Fotouh called it a "national security threat," and Sabahi warned that under his leadership, Egypt would no longer be Israel's "godfather" in the region. Shafiq, too, has begun burnishing his anti-Israel credentials: when an Islamist lawmaker recently accused him of Mubarak-era corruption, the former Air Force chief shot back that as a pilot in the 1960s he had downed two Israeli planes while the MP was still in his Nile cotton nappies.
FP: What does the combination of circumstances described by the first and second paragraphs suggest as the most likely path the new Egypt regime will take if and when it faces discontent with its inability to resolve the country’s economic problems?
Incidentally, two corrections:
Past vs. future in Egypt’s second round: It’s past vs. ancient past.
Political Islam to complete takeover of Egypt, military permitting: Unless the Islamists have taken over also part of the army.
The Vatican says it has detained a person suspected of leaking a series of confidential documents and letters to the media. Reports citing unnamed sources said he was the Pope's personal butler.
The "Vatileaks" scandal, as it is known, has enraged the Holy See. The leaks have revealed alleged corruption, mismanagement and internal conflicts. The Vatican said the person detained was being questioned by Vatican magistrates.
Last month, Pope Benedict XVI set up a special commission of cardinals to investigate the leaks.
The leaked documents include a letter to Pope Benedict by the Vatican's current ambassador to Washington alleging cronyism, nepotism and corruption among the administrators of Vatican City.
Others concern "poison pen" memos criticising Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the pope's number two, and the reporting of suspicious payments by the Vatican Bank.
FP: There are hardly worse farces than the claimed link between the Catholic church and religion as the source of morality. But I can’t help but note here that the Pope does not investigate corruption and mismanagement, only the leaks that exposed them. As moral as the protection of molesting priests.
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