Elliott Abrams: Embassy refuge in Egypt?
Barred from leaving the country? Refuge in a U.S. embassy, behind the Marine guards? Rather odd for a country that receives $1.3 billion a year in military aid.
FP: On the contrary, this is precisely the kind of response I would expect from Arabs encountering signals of weakness. It’ll get worse and yet the aid will continue to flow, sending signals of greater weakness.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the U.S. will join France and Britain to press for world support against Bashar Assad • West tries to overcome Russian opposition and win a new U.N. resolution demanding a halt to Syria's deadly crackdown.
Vetoing the Syria resolution at the U.N. may be exactly the kind of strong message Putin wants to send the U.S. and EU.
FP: Coming just about when there are indications that Syria’s Islamists are replicating the hijackings in Egypt and Tunisia, the West’s response is predictable. Apparently Iraq, Tunisia and Egypt were not enough. And it’s not that Putin sends a strong message, but rather the West is pathetically weak.
Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger says the rabbinical courts are collapsing under the weight of the number of cases they must deal with each day • Metzger: Supreme Rabbinical Court is at its lowest point since its establishment.
FP: Good! Get rid of it.
Palestinian Media Watch: PMW Bulletins
Dying for the sake of "Palestine" as an ideal, even for Palestinian children and youth, remains part of Palestinian discourse.
This week, official Palestinian Authority TV reported from a Fatah celebration in a refugee camp in Lebanon and chose to focus on the following slide shown at the celebration. Fatah's message was that children are created so that their blood will be "fertilizer" to saturate the land:
"Our children are our glory and honor, they were created to be fertilizer for the land of Palestine, and for our pure land to be saturated with their blood."
FP: This is the basis for my argument that the only way to achieve peace with the Arabs is to stop all indoctrination of children with rabid hatred of Jews and wait for the 2nd or 3rd generation of unindoctrinated generation to start negotiating. Since the former does not stop, and the world does not accept the latter, peace is impossible and any agreement will be utterly unreliable.
Far-right Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache allegedly says, "We are the new Jews" • Austria's Jewish community demands investigation, urges Strache to give up his parliamentary immunity from legal action.
FP: It’s Austria, folks! No surprise whatsoever. Check out their history.