Could he be my old School Mate?

I was sitting in the waiting room for my first appointment with a new dentist. I noticed his DDS diploma on the wall, which bore his full name.

Suddenly, I remembered a tall, handsome, dark-haired boy with the same name had been in my high school class, some 30-odd years ago.

Could he be the same guy that I had a secret crush on way back then? Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought. This balding, gray-haired man was way too old to have been my classmate.

After he examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended Northmont high school. 

“Yes. Yes, I did. I’m a thunderbolt,” he said gleaming with pride. 

“When did you graduate?” I asked. 

He answered, “in 1975. Why do you ask?” 

“You were in my class!”, I exclaimed. 

He looked at me closely, then, the ugly, old, bald, wrinkle-faced, fat, gray-haired, decrepit fool asked, “What did you teach?”

Israeli Victory Is the Only Way to Bring Peace by Gregg Roman

Beyond the Cusp

At his first security briefing, Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s Defense Minister, declared that Israel no longer has “the luxury of conducting drawn-out wars of attrition.” 100 days into his term, with no sign of the decades-long conflict slowing, it is clear that the time has come to apply that principle to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In order for there to be peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors, Israel must win and the Palestinians must lose.

For most of human history, military victory ended wars. The Pax Romana, a period of 200 years of relative peace within the Roman Empire, began only when Augustus defeated Marc Antony in the Battle of Actium. When the North ravaged the South in the American Civil War, it caused the seemingly intractable conflict that claimed three quarters of a million lives over four years to fade away. The South, knowing it was defeated, never made…

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Does the Palestinian Authority Prevent and Condemn Terrorism?

 

MYTH:

The Palestinian Authority prevents and condemns terrorism

FACT

Many people have forgotten, but one of the principal reasons that Israel decided to recognize the PLO and engage in peace talks was because Yasser Arafat renounced the use of terrorism and other acts of violence. Sadly, peace has not been achieved primarily because terrorism has never ceased. Instead, during negotiations subsequent to the Oslo agreements, the Palestinians repeated their promise to end terror in an effort to extract additional concessions from Israel. This pattern has continued to the present day when Palestinians make new demands on Israel while, simultaneously, encouraging violence against Israelis.

Mahmoud Abbas refers to the latest wave of terrorism as a “peaceful, popular uprising,” which prompted columnist Bassam Tawil to ask, “What is peaceful and popular about stabbing an 80-year-old lady named Ruti Malka in Rishon Lezion, and a 70-year-old Jewish woman [in] Jerusalem.” Referring to the attackers who were killed during or after their assaults, Tawil says, Abbas wants to “deceive the world into believing that Israel’s mighty security forces killed these poor innocent terrorists who were merely part of a peaceful protest against those awful Israeli ‘occupiers.’” Tawil adds that Abbas “knows very well that the terrorists are ‘lone wolves’ whom he himself has whipped up to murder Jews for no other reason that that they are Jews.” 711

While commentators suggest that terrorists using knives, guns and cars to kill Jews do so out of frustration; the truth is they are given financial incentives. The Palestinian Authority, which complains incessantly about the economic conditions in the West Bank, manages to pay $3-7 million as salaries and financial rewards to terrorists and their families. According to a 2004 regulation, “prisoners serving up to five years in Israeli prisons receive 1,300 shekels per month; wives of married inmates receive another 300 shekels, and an additional 50 shekels a month is sent for each child in the family. After five years, the payments increase to 2,000 shekels. Inmates in prison longer than 25 years are paid 4,000 shekels.” Many of these payments are made to mass murderers.712

In 2014 alone, the PA allocated $46 million for released prisoners in addition to payments made to terrorists still in jail and the families of “martyrs.” Abbas and other senior officials, investigative journalist Edwin Black discovered, “scrutinize the details of each case, the specific carnage caused, and the personal details of each terrorist act before approving salaries and awarding honorary ranks in either the PA government or the military.” Since the PA’s budget relies on foreign donations, these payments to terrorists are essentially subsidized by western nations, including the United States, despite laws on the books in many of these countries prohibiting support for terrorists. 713

The PA also finds non-monetary ways to encourage and reward terrorism. On Fatah’s Facebook page, for example, a picture of a burning house was accompanied by the threat that “the sons of Fatah will turn your settlements into balls of fire and increase your horror.” Another post said Jews should “prepare all the bags you can for your body parts.”714

As for rewards, soccer teams, sports tournaments and schools are named after terrorists. For example, a Palestinian table tennis tournament for women was named after a terrorist who hijacked a bus that led to the death of 37 Israelis, and a soccer tournament was named after a suicide bomber who killed 31 people at a Passover Seder.715 In addition, Abbas awarded the “Military Star of Honor” to a terrorist who placed a bomb in in a movie theater in 1967 that was discovered before it detonated. The bomber subsequently spent 10 years in prison.716 On another occasion Abbas issued a posthumous “medal of sacrifice” to the mother of three Palestinian murderers, including one who died during a 2002 suicide attack that killed five Israelis.717 On February 3, 2016, Abbas hosted the families of 11 terrorists who carried out attacks against Israelis in the previous four months. Abbas told them, “Your sons are martyrs.” The meeting occurred shortly after three Palestinians killed 19-year-old Israeli Border Police officer Hadar Cohen and injured a second young female officer in Jerusalem.718 Some people wonder why Israelis say they have no partner for peace, or why they are unwilling to simply pick up and leave the West Bank. Now you have an answer.

Never before was so much of the world fenced off by barbed wire

Barbed wire is one of the most important inventions of modern times.

I discovered this by accident. It struck me while watching television how often barbed wire appeared in news reports about crisis zones. You couldn’t escape it: there it was, in every war and every demonstration. Wherever migrants or suspected terrorists surfaced, they were held behind barbed wire.

When I decided to examine the history of barbed wire in more detail, I found out that’s how it’s been since the beginning. Barbed wire has always been used to separate living beings, first animals and later people. It’s what tamed the Wild West. It then entered the world stage with a grisly role in World War I. It came to symbolize totalitarianism, thanks to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. And today, it serves as an instrument of economic apartheid, by separating human beings into those who may enter and those stuck outside.

For my book on the history of barbed wire,More on my book here (in Dutch only)I travelled to the U.S., Bangladesh, South Africa, Belgium, Spain, and Morocco. I also cycled through my own country of the Netherlands and found that barbed wire is never far away. We just don’t notice it anymore. We’re as conditioned as cows; we look right through it.

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Germany: “No Change to Open-Door Migration Policy”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected criticism of her decision to allow more than a million mostly Muslim migrants to enter Germany last year.

Speaking at an annual summer press conference in Berlin on July 28, a defiant Merkel ignored critics of her refugee policies and insisted there would be no change to her open-door migration stance. She also said she bears no responsibility for a recent spate of violent attacks in Germany.

Germany has been rattled by an axe attack on a train in Würzburg, a mass shooting in Munich, a machete attack in Reutlingen and a suicide bomb in Ansbach — all within a week.

The attacks, which left 13 dead, were all carried out by Muslims: Three of the attacks were carried out by asylum seekers and one by a German-Iranian who harbored a hatred of Arabs and Turks.

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