The Staff of Life

Desperate after three bad months of sales at Kentucky Fried Chicken, the famous Colonel called up the Pope and asks him for a favor.

“What can I do for you?” Said the Pope.

The Colonel said, “Holy father, I need you to change the daily prayer from, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ to ‘Give us this day our daily chicken’. If you do that, I swear I will donate $10 Million Dollars to the Vatican.”

The Pope replied, “I am very sorry. That is the Lord’s prayer and it isn’t something I can just change the words for.” So the Colonel, disappointed, hung up.

After another month of bad sales, the Colonel panicked, and called again. “Listen your Excellency. I really need your help. I’ll donate $50 million dollars if you change the words of the daily prayer from ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ to ‘Give us this day our daily chicken.'” 

And the Pope responded, “It is very tempting, Colonel Sanders. The church could do a lot of good with that much money. It would help us to support many charities. But, again, I must decline. It is the Lord’s prayer, and I can’t change the words.” So the Colonel gave up again.

After two more months of terrible sales, the Colonel got desperate. “This is my final offer, your Excellency. If you change the words of the daily prayer from, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ to ‘Give us this day our daily chicken’ I will donate $100 million to the Vatican.”

The Pope replied, “Let me get back to you.” 

So the next day, the Pope called together all of his bishops and said, “I have some good news and I have some bad news. The good news is that KFC is going to donate $100 million to the Vatican.”

The bishops rejoiced at the news.

Then one asked about the bad news.

The Pope replied:

“The bad news is that we lost the Wonder Bread account.”

Arab Regimes Terrified by Israel’s Freedoms

Fifty years have passed since many Arab countries were humiliated by Israel in 1967 in a war the Arabs started, with the explicit goal of destroying the Jewish State and throwing the Jews into the Mediterranean Sea. Today, Israel has solid diplomatic relations with two of these countries — Jordan to Egypt — while Saudi officials speak with their Israeli security counterparts about the Iranian threat.

But although the Middle East is engulfed in a new wave of internal destabilization, and Iran has recently experienced a new wave of protests in which people chanted “we don’t want an Islamic Republic”, the great taboo for the Arab and Muslim world is still that of cultural exchanges with the hated “Zionists”.

A prominent Tunisian-born French movie producer, Saïd Ben Saïd, after being forced to pull out of North Africa’s most prestigious film festival, recently issued one of the frankest denunciations of anti-Semitism in the Arab world. He revealed, in an op-ed for the French daily Le Monde, that an invitation to preside over the jury of the Carthage Film Festival had been rescinded because of his work with the Israeli film director, Nadav Lapid, and for having participated on a panel at the Jerusalem Film Festival earlier this year. The real culprit, Ben Saïd argued, was the prevalence of anti-Semitism fueled by Islamic extremists across the Middle East:

via Arab Regimes Terrified by Israel’s Freedoms

The Terrorism Jobs Program: Pampering the Palestinians Must End

A British woman, Kay Wilson, apparently realized that when a Palestinian terrorist “plunged a knife into her chest”, left her for dead and then murdered her friend, it was British taxpayers who had paid for it.

“Is the UK funding the terrorists who tried to murder me?”, she asked.

Yes, it is. “According to data collected by Israel’s Defense Ministry, the PA spent a total of 1.237 billion shekels ($358 million), or about 7% of the PA’s total annual budget, on terrorist stipends last year.”

International payments to Palestinians that are used to pay terrorists in jail, as well as their families, serve both as a “reward for bad behavior” and also as a powerful incentive for youths to become terrorists.

They are a jobs program.

via The Terrorism Jobs Program: Pampering the Palestinians Must End

The Trump-Kim Summit: The View from Seoul

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The prospective Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit has caused the Western media to focus primarily on Kim’s decision to initiate contact and Trump’s agreement to meet. South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s role in organizing and advocating for the summit has been largely ignored.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has tried since his election to change his country’s policy towards North Korea. At first, Kim Jong-un was unenthusiastic about Moon’s initiatives, because they didn’t serve his interests. But once Kim had achieved credible nuclear and missile capabilities, he felt willing to accept Moon’s invitation to send a delegation to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

North Korea’s next step, after the smiling diplomacy that surrounded the Olympics, was to invite President Moon to a Korean summit and call on US President Trump to meet with Kim.

One might have reasonably expected that North Korea would send delegations to Washington to promote and coordinate the latter summit – but it was Seoul, not Pyongyang, that has been its coordinator and advocate.

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Reason for Israeli Peace Deficit is Real

Beyond the Cusp

The Israeli peace deficit cannot be laid at the door of Israel and must never be blamed upon Israel. Every Israeli government desires peace with their only real difference is how much land they are willing to give away and how many Jewish citizens of whom they are willing to destroy their lives. The Gaza disengagement in 2005, overseen by American President George W. Bush, originally suggested by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, probably defined out by State Department lifers who appear to despise Israel and willing to work to her detriment at the drop of a hat, turned out to be the greatest mistake other than Oslo. The plan was also swallowed by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who had signaled his willingness as far back as 2003 when the idea was first proposed. Ariel Sharon still had to found his own new party which included politicians from across the…

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