One Important Driver

The Pope goes to New York and gets picked up at the airport by a limousine.

When he sees the car, he motions to the driver and says: “Do you mind if I ask you a favor?”

“A favor for the Pope??” exclaims the driver, “of course – anything!”

“You know, I hardly ever get to drive, and I’d really like it if I got to drive now. Would you please let me?”

The thought of the Pope getting behind the wheel scared the driver – what if he got in into an accident? 

On the other hand, the driver felt that he couldn’t say no to the Pope himself, so he reluctantly obliged and let his Holiness get behind the wheel. 

To his utter dismay, the Pope turns the key, lights up the limousine’s rear tires and speeds up like a maniac!

After driving in excess of 100 mph in a 45 mph zone, a police car drives up alongside them and orders them to stop immediately. The Pope slams on the brakes and comes to a dead stop, as does the pursuing police officer. 

The police officer emerges from his vehicle, briefly peers through the limousine’s window, then hurriedly steps back in. 

His sergeant got this call:

Cop: “Sir, I have a problem.”

Sergeant: “What kind of problem?”

Cop: “Well, I pulled over this driver for speeding, but he’s someone really important.”

Sergeant: “Important like… The mayor?”

Cop: “No, no – a lot more important than that.”

Sergeant: “Important like… The governor?”

Cop: “Way more important than that, sarge.”

Sergeant: “Important like… The President?”

Cop: “Even more important than him.”

Sergeant: “Who’s more important than the President?”

Cop: “I don’t know sarge, but he has the Pope DRIVING for him!

Not This Idea Yet Again!

Beyond the Cusp

I thought we had buried this stupidity long ago, but leave it to the current General Staff, the one that claims that religious officers might be too out of touch, retired officers from previous command level positions, Avigdor Lieberman and rumored others from the Security Cabinet have started debating how to provide Gaza with a port and possibly an international airport. The reasoning is to relieve the economic malaise such that they will no longer be facing a collapsing economy and thus be happier and stop rioting and attacking us. So we really need to say this again? Well, if we must as it appears to be necessary, here goes. The Gazans are not attacking us because they are poor, they are poor because they are attacking us. If they were using most of their production in wealth accumulation and their own betterment, Gaza would be one of the most…

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Why the concern for UNRWA?

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On Monday, seven former US ambassadors to the UN sent a letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisting that the administration restore full funding to UNRWA, the UN agency that funds so-called Palestinian refugees.

Since UNRWA was established in 1949, the US has given nearly $5 billion to the agency tasked with perpetuating refugee status among descendants of Arabs who left Israel in the 1948-1949 pan-Arab invasion.

In January, then-secretary of state Rex Tillerson informed the UN that the US was slashing its assistance to UNRWA by 50%, from $260 million to $130 million.

At the time, citing UNRWA’s support for terrorism and economic corruption, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley recommended ending US financial assistance for the agency outright.

The issue of UNRWA, and the US’s involvement with the group, hasn’t received much attention in the intervening months. But now that the former ambassadors have brought it up, it is worth taking a second look at UNRWA and considering whether they are right, and what their bipartisan position tells us about the bipartisan consensus that controlled US policy toward Israel and the Palestinians until President Donald Trump took office.

UNRWA and its supporters present the agency as an organization dedicated to supporting Palestinian refugees. But this is a lie.

UNRWA is a political warfare organization that deliberately perpetuates the misery of innocent people.

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Palestinians: The Only Acceptable Peace Plan

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The Palestinians have never laid eyes on US President Donald Trump’s plan for peace in the Middle East. The Palestinians know nothing about the plan, which still has not been made public.

That fact, however, has not stopped them from categorically rejecting the yet-to-be-announced plan — a stance the Palestinians repeated this week as US Middle East envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt visited Israel and a number of Arab countries to discuss the plan.

The Trump plan has not even been finalized and, as such, has not officially been presented to any of the parties to the Israeli-Arab conflict. Kushner and Greenblatt have been working on the plan for several months; their current tour of the region comes in the context of Jordan and Egypt.

It is only the Palestinians who are boycotting the US administration. In the past six months, the Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership has refused to have any dealings with the US administration — except, of course, when it comes to receiving financial aid from the US. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his senior associates in Ramallah have not only refused to meet with any official from the US administration, they have also been waging a smear campaign of hate and incitement against President Trump and top US administration representatives and officials.

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