Debbie Schlussel: VIDEO – How It’s Done: Israeli Athlete Shows the Anti-Semites
As you probably know, the International Olympic Committee, once again–as with every single Olympic Games from 1972 on–has refused to memorialize the Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics by Palestinian Islamic terrorists, and this latest refusal is for the 2012 Games. They’d rather not offend the Muslims than do the right thing, as the Olympic Games has a history of anti-Semitism. Israel cannot even compete against Muslim countries in the early rounds and must compete in the “European” division so as not to offend the Muslims. It’s something I’ve complained about for decades, including in the video below. Given this context, it’s even more heartwarming to watch the actions of Moran Samuel, an Israeli athlete who won a Gold Medal in the Paralympics.
The Italians, whose country is becoming more and more dominated by Muslim immigrants, never thought an Israeli could win, so they deliberately didn’t have the Israeli national anthem ready and played some BS song instead. She was having none of that and sang her own rendition of the Israeli national anthem, “Hatikvah” (“The Hope”). Ms. Samuel will represent Israel in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, which happens around the same time as the Olympic Games. Will they do this to Israel again? We’ll see.
But, for now, watch this inspiring video, below. As my friend, “Mehitabel,” rightly says, “Israelis know how to make it right!” Yes, they do (most of the time).
FP: There is more to this than the Israeli response here: the Islamization of Europe and its self-dhimmification. But it’s obvious why the Jews are envied.
As one diplomatic effort after another fails to end more than a year of brutal violence in Syria, the Obama administration is preparing a plan that would essentially give U.S. nods of approval to arms transfers from Arab nations to some Syrian opposition fighters.
The effort, U.S. officials told The Associated Press, would vet members of the Free Syrian Army and other groups to determine whether they are suitable recipients of munitions to fight the Assad government and to ensure that weapons don't wind up in the hands of al-Qaida-linked terrorists or other extremist groups such as Hezbollah that could target Israel.
The plan, which has not yet been finalized, reflects U.S. frustration that none of the previous efforts — including diplomatic rhetoric from the United Nations and the multinational Friends of Syria group, and special envoy Kofi Annan's plan for a cease-fire — has even begun to nudge President Bashar al-Assad from power. The vetting would be the first tiny step the U.S. has made toward ensuring that the Syrian opposition uses the weapons to fight Assad and not to turn it into a full sectarian conflict.
FP: Obama will validate the rebels for receipt of arms? God save the Syrians and us, and I am an atheist.
Now that the Turks have facilitated the takeover of the rebels by the Muslim Brotherhood, that the conflict has turned sectarian, and the rebels are frustrated for the US sitting by while they were being massacred, now has Obama decided again to lead from behind and allow Arab countries to supply arms.
Let’s reelect him. We need more disasters.
CAIRO — The Islamist candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood will face former President Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister in a runoff to become Egypt’s first freely elected president, several independent vote counts concluded Friday morning.
FP: Despite the fact that Shafiq came in second, the chance that Egypt will elect a former Mubarak system president is close to nil, unless the army selects him. If that proves so, the political system will entirely Islamists, just as I predicted.
Here’s Paul Mirengoff (Egypt takes another step down a perilous path, )
Either way, Mursi is well-positioned for the run-off. Another Islamist candidate, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, a former leader of the Brotherhood, has already endorsed Mursi. His share of the vote combined with Mursi’s appears to approach 45 percent. But again, the true vote count remains unclear. Mursi’s prospects seem particularly good if his opponent turns out to be Shafiq, the former Mubarak, military man.
If that proves so, the political system will entirely Islamists, just as I predicted. I cannot see how the army will be able to compete for power with the MB without a civil war.
Summary: It appears the run-off to be Egypt's president will be between the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mursi, and a prominent figure in the Mubarak regime, Shafiq. If Mursi wins runoff, Egypt will be radical, anti-American, belligerent toward Israel. War will be possible. If Shafiq wins the runoff the Brotherhood-dominated parliament could still give him limited power, pick a Brotherhood prime minister, and the previous paragraph would still be true. But what if the army backed Shafiq in a confrontation with the Brotherhood and Salafists, or the Islamists launched violence to protest a "stolen revolution?" In other words, while there are alternative futures all of them look pretty nasty. And of course the media and experts who predicted a victory for a "moderate Islamist" once more got it wrong.
As I mentioned before, I suspect that the many of the low to mid-ranks of the military are probably Islamist and it may fracture in civil war circumstances.
Note, BTW, that the West perceived Amr Moussa too as a potential winner. And note Rubin to is concerned about the Islamists’ Jihad solution to Arab problems.
Read Rubin’s more detailed analysis.
In his new memoirs, Bernard Lewis predicts that wherever the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists come to power, Muslims will “gradually sink bank into medieval squalor.” Supporting evidence accumulates daily. Here, for example, is a Salafist demonstration in Tunisia (yes, the Tunisia that’s supposed to be the best-case scenario). It’s medieval squalor alright. Thousands of Tunisians Salafis: “Obama, We Are All Osama”| via MEMRI TV.
My comment: Unless the West pumps jizziyah into them deluding itself that this will moderate them. In this sense it's a good thing that the West is bankrupt. Looks like EU itself will sink into squalor courtesy of their domestic Osamas of which it is full.
The real danger is that the Islamists will try to solve their unsolvable problems in the only way they know: Jihad.
Bill Katz: IRANIAN FARCE
The Western talks with Iran over its nuclear program have pretty much fizzled, although, natch, they've scheduled another meeting for next month, in Vladimir Putin's Moscow. Can you wait?
The meeting in Baghdad over the last few days produced nothing. There was some "expectation" that an interim agreement would result, but they didn't even get that far. It's obvious that these talks have only one real objective – buying time. The Iranians want the time to bring their nuclear-weapons program to fruition. President Obama wants to buy time to get beyond the November election without an international incident, like an Israeli strike on Iran, to gum up the works. His casualness in dealing with Iran can produce a catastrophe down the road.
The American diplomat in charge of our end of the negotiations, Wendy Sherman, is rushing to Israel to assure the Israelis of our continued support. Basically, it's a campaign trip, and the air fare should be paid by the Obama campaign. I suspect this expression of support will contain a thinly veiled warning not to attack Iran before our election.
At the same time, we learn from an AP dispatch this morning that UN inspectors have found traces of uranium at Iran's Fordo plant that have been enriched to 27%. We had thought 20% was the highest point the Iranians had reached, but we're always being surprised. Surprise parties are nice, aren't they?
Basically, the negotiations have turned into a series of meetings to plan other meetings. We are getting nowhere, and the Iranians are getting somewhere. And that is the danger here.
FP: To be honest, I am a bit surprised that the West has not actually caved, given its “optimistic” noises, but I guess the Iranians were so “kiss our butt” that even in its desperation for an agreement they had to pass—this should give you an idea of how contemptuous Iran is of the West. But hey, all is not lost: they’ll meet again. The more pathetic the West is, the more contempt it invites.
Dan Margalit: Behind Iranian calculations
Iran thinks Western democracy has exhausted itself and that people have lost faith.
Iran is exactly right. It’s very likely that in one of this future meetings Iran will declare itself a nuclear power.
See also Mirengoff’s U.S. and Iran buy each other time:
Moreover, it constitutes concrete success given that the objective of the key parties is simply to buy time. Iran wants to time to develop nuclear weapons without being attacked. The Obama administration wants time so the president can get through the November elections without what he fears will be a foreign policy crisis.
The only threat to the attainment of these objectives is Israel. It has both the motive and the means to launch an attack on Iran, and to do so before our elections. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recent decision to build a coalition government, rather than crushing his rivals in an election as was expected, has increased fear by the Obama administration that Israel will soon strike.
The real purpose of ongoing negotiations with Iran is to dissuade such a strike. The hope is not that Israel will take the talks seriously as a matter of substance. Rather, the hope is that Israel will fear the international repercussions of launching an attack while negotiations involving the U.S. and other major powers are ongoing.
FP: Isn’t that what I’ve been arguing?
Howie Carr: Another taxing problem for Elizabeth Warren
If there’s any politician that infuriates me more than a carpetbaggin’, recipe-stealing fake Indian, it’s one that unloads her imported BMW 528i just before announcing her candidacy, and then doesn’t even bother to pay the automobile excise tax on her campaign’s new Ford Escape.
Yes, Comrade Warren, I’m talking about you.
A BMW — how tenured Harvard Law is it? She’d owned it since early 2000, but it had to go. After all, she’s a “fight-ah,” as her new TV ad says. So adios BMW and hello used 2008 Ford — hybrid, of course — which is registered to her teepee on Linnaean Street in Cambridge under Elizabeth for MA Inc.
Meanwhile, what I found most interesting in the new Suffolk poll numbers was not the Warren-Scott Brown dead heat, but the fact that 49 percent of the electorate still believes that this fraud has Native-American blood.
FP: When a dominant power reaches the decline stage, a gullible public and blattantly corrupt, fake politicians are solid indicators.
Government to begin arresting and deporting South Sudanese migrants next week • Interior Minister Eli Yishai orders Population, Immigration and Border Authority to imprison any new illegal migrants who enter the country.
FP: It took violence for the politicians to realize the strategic danger for Israel. But that was obvious from day one and they should have nipped the problem in the bud, not after it reached these proportions and became so difficult and costly to resolve. We’re talking 3,000 out of 60,000 when thousands still infiltrate every month. And what about Eritreans and Somalis who cannot be deported?
Dror Eydar: Bypassing the government
The Left is exploiting the court to circumvent both the legislative and executive branches.
FP: Israel is a democracy, but its political institutions have several flaws that undermine it and one of them is a Supreme Court without a constitution, which allows an unelected institution to defeat the elected ones.
STEVEN WHITE, P.J. DERMER: How Obama Missed an Opportunity for Middle East Peace
Debbie Schlussel: HA! China Pays Jews to Sit @ Biz Meetings & Look Smart (not inconsistent with my earlier comment on the growing Chinese-Israeli relations)