- Report: Arafat Did More To Build A State Than Palestinian Leaders Today
- What Is Hezbollah Doing On The US-Mexican Border?
- Wapo: president obama seeks to mend fences with israel and keep jews on board
- How to memorialize terrorists
- Driving downtown and back with my 17 year old son
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 11:23 AM PDT
According to a report by Nathan J. Brown of the Carnegie Endowment For Peace, the Obama administration is confusing support for an individual--Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad--with the policy he is pursuing.
According to the conclusions of the report, Are Palestinians Building a State?:
Read the entire report (PDF).
The report notes:
One thing that both the PA leadership and Obama have in common is the desire to rush to create a state in name, without regard to the readiness and infrastructure to actually make it work.
by Daled Amos
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 11:05 AM PDT
Did they take a wrong turn at Beirut?
I wrote a post last month about how the drug trafficking of both Hezbollah and Hamas has been documented in testimony before Congress, by the DEA and in the media--in South America.
Among others who have brought up Hezbollah's involvement in the drug trade:
According to a Fox News article, there have already been clear indications of a Hezbollah presence in the area:
Hezbollah--which has no trouble dealing in illegal drugs, regardless of the strictures of the Koran--has a history of killing Americans:
Regardless of how the Obama administration wants to label the war on terror, the question is what measures will it take to defend the US from the threat of Hezbollah operating right across the US border?
by Daled Amos
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 04:20 AM PDT
Ahead of today's visit of Prime Minister Netanyahu to President Obama the Washington Post, In Obama, Netanyahu meet again amid questions over U.S.-Israel relations, catalogues many of the difficulties plaguing the relationship between the two allies.
The public show of unity matters for the delicate Middle East peace process and for domestic political consumption on both sides. Of immediate concern to the Democratic Party is the effect a perceived rift could have on the midterm elections, as Republicans angle to use any perceived rupture with Netanyahu to argue that Obama is insufficiently committed to Israel.
Despite Ambassador Oren's claims that the lack of photographs at the meeting was due to scheduling, the article later cites an anonymous official who said that the lack of photographs was, indeed, a sign of the administration's disapproval. (I assume that Oren sees his job as trying to put the best face on a bad situation.)
Still a significant portion of the article is devoted to explaining the political implications of the visit.
Already, from Illinois to Florida, Republican candidates have been raising Israel as part of a broader critique of Obama's foreign policy, seeking to chip away at national-security-minded independents and Jewish voters who traditionally support Democrats. When Obama made statements of measured support for Israel after a raid on a Turkish flotilla carrying aid to Gaza last month, Marco Rubio, the Republican candidate in Florida's Senate race, delivered a speech sharply criticizing Obama's Israel policy. "There is the emerging sense that this long-standing relationship isn't what it used to be," Rubio said.
Indeed, on the whole, Democrats are less favorably disposed towards Israel than are Republicans. And it is quite possible that despite President Obama's continuing (but slightly declining) popularity among American Jews his heavy handed treatment of Israel may take a toll. The Post article reads a like a fence mending effort by the White House with American, just in case Jews are put off by President Obama's treatment of Israel. Even so, the exercise seems more like damage control than a sincere effort at reconcilliation.
In February, 2008, Candidate Obama famously said that being pro-Israel was not the same as being pro-Likud. In a sense, Netanyahu's election has made things easy for President Obama. With the exception of announcing the building of apartments in Jerusalem, it's hard to see any area where Tzipi Livni would have done things differently than Netanyahu or that Obama's behavior towards Israel would have been different. (Keep in mind also, that the administration chose not to make a diplomatic incident over the recent arrest of Russian spies operating in the United States, a much bigger "slap in the face" than the construction announcement in March while Biden was visiting Israel.) Never mind that Netanyahu's government represents a consensus of society, since he's from Likud, it insulates President Obama from criticism that he is anti-Israel.
It is thought that one of the reasons that Israel halted Operation Cast Lead when it did was so that it wouldn't run afoul of the new American administration and that government was headed by Livni.
The other day the New York Times reported:
The United States, American officials said, faced a hard choice: refusing to compromise with the Arab states on Israel would have sunk the entire review conference. Given the emphasis Mr. Obama has placed on nonproliferation, the United States could not accept such an outcome.
Would the Obama administration have followed previous administrations from both parties to protect Israel's nuclear ambiguity if Tzipi Livni had been the Prime Minister? Would the IDF have reacted differently to the flotilla if Livni had been PM?
Aided by a complicit media President Obama has been able to disguise his less than friendly attitude towards Israel as a reasonable response to an extremist Prime Minister. But the regular diplomatic flare ups between Israel and the United States suggest to many that the problem in the relationship may not be Netanyahu. His freeze on building went further than any other Israeli PM and it has not succeeded in bringing the Palestinian Authrority to the negotiating table. (Nor has Abbas taken any interest in stopping the official incitement against Israel in his government controlled media.)
It sure looks like the President, realizing the difficulties Democrats will face in November, is trying to keep one of the most loyal Democratic constituencies on board by arranging for a photo-op with the Israeli Prime Minister. Given the tendency of Jews to vote Democratic I don't know that it's necessary for him politically to mend fences (at least publicly) with Netanyahu. Regardless, today's meeting reeks of cynicism.
Crossposted on Yourish.
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 04:11 AM PDT
The other day I complained about the sanitized histories provided by the MSM for recently deceased terrrorists. Today Michael Kraft provides lengthy histories that whitewashes neither Mohammed Oudeh nor Sheikh Fadlallah. (via memeorandum)
Both the Munich Olympics attacks and the Beirut bombings had wide ranging consequences although not necessarily those intended by the perpetrators.
Posted: 05 Jul 2010 11:47 PM PDT
Three years ago, it was my daughter who was learning to drive. Now I have two sons who want their licenses. Given that they are in Yeshiva high schools, I don't have too much time when I can take them driving.
Our 16 year old is away in camp right now, so I've been driving exclusively with our 17 year old. Three years ago he'd be eligible for the test as he's completed more than 40 hours of driving; but the legislature decided to increase the requirement to 60 hours. My observation is that by 20 hours, teens have most of the instincts down. By 40 hours they really don't have much else to learn. I think that 60 hours is absurd, but it's the law.
Tonight I went downtown with my son. As soon as we got off of 83 we were in front of police headquarters and there were two news crews there. That told me that there was a major crime story.
In this case it was the murder of a high school basketball star named John Crowder. One was almost certainly WJZ. Unfortunately I wasn't at an angle to catch of a picture of the reporter.
However, I was able to get a picture of this reporter, but I haven't found a corresponding clip to identify him.
Once I had my phone out I figured I'd get other pictures. I can't take pictures when I'm driving!
Though we came down 83, we went back north up Charles Street. We encountered Baltimore's Washington Monument.
Then we passed Baltimore's Penn Station.
Then I just took random pictures because it's interesting seeing "moving" lights.
At some point we saw glittering pavement. My son asked me about it. I answered that it was (I thought) "glaspalt."
In 1971, Mr. Heuisler became a supporter of then-City Council President William Donald Schaefer's plan to pave Baltimore streets with glasphalt -- a paving material made of crushed waste glass known as cullet, limestone and asphalt.
I thought we were north of Lexington and Saratoga when we saw the glittering pavement, so my answer may not have been correct.
Anyway, it was an enjoyable ride.
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