Bibi and the True Believers


ShowImage.ashxOriginally published in The Jerusalem Post. 

Standing next to US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday morning, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni gushed that through his indefatigable efforts to bring Israeli and Palestinian officials to Washington, Kerry proved that “nothing can stop true believers.”

As usual, the cognitively challenged Livni told us something she hadn’t intended to say. The term “true believer” was coined by Eric Hoffer in his classic work The True Believer from 1951, which Livni has obviously not read. Hoffer’s epic study of the psychological roots of fanaticism described a true believer as a person so fanatically committed to a cause that no amount of reality can make him abandon it.

And that just about sums up Kerry, and the man he works for, US President Barack Obama.

Kerry visited Israel six times in the four months leading up to the meetings in Washington this week, during which Americans, Palestinians and Israelis discussed the size of the table they will be sitting around in the coming discussions.

During the same four months, the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against its opponents on multiple occasions. Most recently, they gassed Palestinians in Yarmuk refugee camp outside Damascus, killing 22 people.

During those four months, al-Qaida strengthened its control over the Syrian opposition groups fighting the regime.

During those four months, the Syrian civil war became a focal point of a wider Sunni-Shi’ite religious war that has already spread to Lebanon and Iraq. In its post-US-withdrawal role of Iranian satrapy, Iraq has allowed Iran to use its territory and airspace to transfer war materiel to the Syrian regime.

During those four months, the Obama administration decided to begin arming the al-Qaida dominated rebel forces. It has also deliberately raised the risk of a Syrian-Israeli war by informing the media every time that Israel attacks missile sites in Syria.

Also during the four months that Kerry obsessed over convincing PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas to send his representative to Washington, Egypt experienced its second revolution in which, buffeted by millions of demonstrators who filled the squares of Egypt’s cities, the Egyptian military overthrew the US-supported Muslim Brotherhood regime.

The Obama administration was quick to jump onto the bandwagon of the first Egyptian revolution in January 2011. That revolution led to the military’s ouster of then-president Hosni Mubarak, a staunch US ally, and so paved the way for the totalitarian and deeply popular Muslim Brotherhood to rise to power.

When the Brotherhood became subject to its own revolution due to its incompetent handling of Egypt’s failed economy and its single-minded focus on transforming Egypt into an Islamist state as quickly as possible, the Obama administration was confounded. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal this week, a senior administration official expressed complete befuddlement at events in Egypt. “None of us can quite figure this out,” the official said. “It seems so self-defeating.”

And that is the thing of it. In its support for the Brotherhood, the administration was implementing its wholly unfounded, dead-wrong ideological belief that the Muslim Brotherhood is a progressive, “largely secular” organization that is dedicated to good works. And now that the Egyptian military, supported by about half of the Egyptian people, has rejected the Brotherhood, its actions are incomprehensible to the Obama administration.

In the face of massive documentary evidence, and facts on the ground, (Egypt has run out of food, and rather than get them some, overthrown president Mohamed Morsi rammed through a totalitarian Islamist constitution), the Obama administration still clings to its ideological belief that the Muslim Brotherhood is a positive, progressive, “largely secular” organization that is devoted to good works for the poor.

So, too, in Syria. The administration thinks it is okay to fund the Free Syria Army, because its leadership is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Owing to the administration’s blind faith in its belief that the reason that the US is hated in the Muslim world is because it has opposed populist Islamist forces, Obama and his advisers think it makes sense to arm those forces in Syria now – so long as the Muslim Brotherhood is able to hide the fact that it is dominated by al-Qaida for a sufficient number of news cycles to sell this fiction to the media.

The administration’s faith in Islamist reasonableness holds for the Shi’ite Islamists just as strongly as it does for the Sunni Islamists. This is why it maintains its commitment to negotiating with Iran’s fanatical regime about its nuclear weapons program, despite overwhelming evidence that the Iranians are using the negotiations as a means to develop their bomb in peace.

This week David Albright and Christina Walrond at the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington published a deeply disturbing report. They explained that based on what we know, Iran will reached “critical capacity” in its nuclear program by mid-2014. Albright and Walrond defined critical capacity as “the technical capability to produce sufficient weapongrade uranium from its safeguarded stocks of low enriched uranium for a nuclear explosive, without being detected.”

Albright and Walrond then explained the many ways Iran can speed up the process, and hide its achievement from the international community for long enough to make it too late to conduct military strikes on their nuclear facilities to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

In other words, they told us politely, and diplomatically, if urgently, that we have arrived at the moment of decision. Will the US or Israel strike Iran’s nuclear installations to prevent it from becoming a nuclear power, or will Iran become a nuclear power? If we wait much longer, we won’t have sufficient time to act.

But for Kerry and his fellow true believers the most urgent priority was to convince the Palestinians to sit in the same room as Israelis. And this week they scored a great victory for US foreign policy by achieving their goal.

In her brief remarks, not only did Livni inadvertently tell us that Kerry is a fanatic. She also told us that she is a fanatic.

Livni said, “[I]t took more than just a plane ticket to be here today. A courageous act of leadership by Prime Minister Netanyahu that was approved by the Israeli government made this visit here and the beginning of the negotiation possible.”

The “courageous act” she referred to was the government’s decision to release 104 “Palestinian prisoners” from Israel’s prisons. The demand for their freedom was the obstacle Abbas placed in the way of Livni acquiring her long-sought-after plane ticket to peace talks and five star receptions at Kerry’s Washington mansion.

The 104 “prisoners” are made up of Palestinians and Israeli Arabs. They are not car thieves or pickpockets. They are monsters with human faces. All 104 are serving life sentences for murder or attempted murder. Their crimes were gruesome acts of barbarism marked by demonic cruelty.

Yusef Said al-Al and Ayman Taleb Abu Sitteh stabbed David Bubil and Haim Weitzman to death and mutilated their bodies, cutting off their ears as souvenirs.

Three other “Palestinian prisoners” hacked four teenagers to pieces, killing them with pitchforks, hatchets and knives.

Thirteen-year-old Oren Baharmi was raped and murdered by Amad Mahmad Jamil Shehada.

And the list goes on and on, and on.

There was nothing even vaguely courageous about Netanyahu’s decision to release these monsters.

There was nothing even vaguely courageous about his cabinet members’ decision to vote for their release. Theirs was an act of utter cravenness. They dishonored the victims, the victims’ families and the nation as a whole.

And they endangered the country. According to the Almagor Victims of Terror organization, from 2000 to 2005, 180 Israelis were murdered by Palestinian terrorists released by Israel in previous “deals.” And those terrorists had been imprisoned for non-lethal actions, (i.e., without blood on their hands).

The fact that Netanyahu and his ministers passed this decision simply to provide a sufficient payoff to Abbas for him to send Saeb Erekat to Washington to talk about nothing with Livni, makes their actions, not only craven, but insane.

Livni’s obscene characterization of this cowardly, life-threatening injustice as a “courageous act,” exposes her as well as a true believing fanatic.

Only a fanatic could say such a thing.

In his remarks, Kerry said that the talks about the size of the table are going to bring about a situation where Israel will achieve, “not just the absence of conflict, but a full and lasting peace with the Arab and Muslim nations.”

Like Kerry’s demand that Israel free the terrorists, this statement bespeaks an underlying fanatical dementia. Regarding the “Arab and Muslim nations,” in Syria, neither the al-Qaida forces nor the regime have mentioned anything about putting down their weapons if Israel coughs up Jerusalem and Elon Moreh. The same goes for Hezbollah, Iran and their friends and enemies warring for power throughout the region.

As for the Palestinians, if they were interested in “lasting peace” with Israel, they wouldn’t demand freedom for terrorist murderers. Moreover, while Kerry was exulting in his brilliant success, Abbas announced that in his version of “lasting peace,” Jews will be wiped off of the map of Palestine.

As Abbas put it, “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli – civilian or soldiers – on our lands.”

So again, while Kerry and Livni see rainbows and unicorns, Abbas sees a Jew-free Palestine, with the 600,000 Jews of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria rendered homeless refugees to make room for his anti-Semitic fiefdom.

It is not surprising that Kerry, Obama and Livni are going along with this obscenity. It is not surprising that fanatics who pray to the god of the two-state solution think it is courageous to free Jewish-baby killers. It is not surprising they think the most important thing on the international agenda is to secure Israel’s surrender of land, our legal rights, and our ability to defend ourselves to a terrorist group that hates Jews so much it requires all of us to be gone before it will do us the favor of accepting sovereignty.

What is surprising – and frightening – is that Netanyahu, who is not a true believer, and knows that they are true believers, is going along with this.

Netanyahu knows that Israel cannot survive without Judea and Samaria. He knows what the Muslim Brotherhood is. He knows the nature of the Iranian regime. He knows that the PLO is no different from Hamas. Their goal is the same – they want to destroy Israel.

Netanyahu knows that Obama is hostile to Israel and that he will not lift a finger to block Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

So why is he going along with their insanity? In bowing to US pressure and approving the release of 104 terrorist murderers from prison, Netanyahu behaved like a coward. In bowing to US pressure not to bomb Iran’s nuclear installations, Netanyahu is being a coward.

The most important question for Israel today then is whether our leader is capable of being anything else.

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  • cathy

    What part of God’s Word does Israeli leaders not get?

    Genesis 12:1-3 – Now the LORD had said to Abram, Get you out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you: And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing: AND I WILL BLESS THEM THAT BLESS YOU, ANDCURSE HIM THAT CURSES YOU.

    Genesis17: 15-16 – Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. “I will bless her, and indeed I will give you a son by her. Then I will bless her, and SHE SHALL BE A MOTHER OF NATIONS; KINGS OF PEOPLES WILL COME FROM HER.”

    Exodus 23:31-33 – I will establish your borders from the Red Sea (Sea of Reeds) to the Sea of the Philistines, (Mediterranean) and from the desert to the River . I will hand over to you the people who live in the land and you will drive them out before you. DO NOT MAKE A COVENANT WITH THEM or with their gods. Do not let them live in your land, or they will cause you to sin against me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare to you.

    Leviticus 25:23 – “The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants.”

    Numbers 33:55-56 – But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides.

    • cacslewisfan

      Amen. No apologies for being a Jew in Israel.

    • mjazzguitar

      What part of God’s words does American leaders not get?

  • cathy

    Israeli
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s betrayal of the Jews in regard to their
    God-given land reminds me of a deceptive RINO. RINOS say all the right words that Conservatives want to hear but … when it comes to putting their talk into
    action they cave and further the agenda of the Islamic appeasing/ Marxist in the White House. Check out the voting records of RINOS on the major issues. Are they Obama plants? Have their votes been bought with a price?

  • cathy

    BOTH LEADERS?? I must have missed something. Israel is releasing over 100 Palestinian terrorist for Israeli prisons to show good faith and … Palestine is doing what? What a betrayal to God Chosen People by their own leadership!i

    Israeli, Palestinian Leaders to Resume Peace Talks in Washington
    Jul 28, 2013

    “Both leaders have demonstrated a willingness to make difficult decisions that have been instrumental in getting to this point. We are grateful for their
    leadership,” Kerry said in the statement.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/07/israeli-palestinian-leaders-to-resume-peace-talks-in-washington/

    • cathy

      Israeli leaders get it. They comprehends perfectly. They say all the right words. Nevertheless … when all is said and done … they are willing to concede portions of the God-given land to the enemy little by little. Why?

      WATCH NETANYAHU THROW DOWN WITH AN ARAB LAWMAKER OVER WHO WAS IN THE HOLY LAND FIRST

      Aug. 1, 2013 1:26pm

      http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/01/watch-netanyahu-throw-down-with-an-arab-lawmaker-over-who-was-in-the-holy-land-firs

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Arguing about who was in the Holy Land first is beside the point. The sole fundamental purpose of mainstream orthodox Islam is the subjugation of all religions and all infidels into Islamic totalitarianism through jihad and the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law, and understanding that one fundamental point is all that counts.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      “Both leaders have demonstrated a willingness to make difficult
      decisions that have been instrumental in getting to this point. We are
      grateful for their leadership,” Kerry said in the statement.

      Kerry is a moonbat of epic proportions.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Having him there is better for Islamic jihad than an MB infiltrator would be.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “BOTH LEADERS??”

      Standard diplomatic language of appeasement applied to the most vicious battle of civilizations in world history.

  • cathy

    What is wrong with this picture? What a betrayal to the Israeli people by Netanyahu! What price was worth his soul? I thought negotiations required compromise on both sides an equation. Why does Israel ALWAYS emerge the loser following negotiations with the enemy? Does Israeli leadership not comprehend that Islam will not be appeased until the the last Jew has been driven out of Her God-given land.

    Israeli, Palestinian leaders to resume long-stalled peace talks Monday in Washington
    Published July 28, 201

    Israel and Palestine will resume face-to-face peace talks on Monday in Washington, the State Department said Sunday.

    The restart of the long-stalled talks is being attributed to Secretary of State
    John Kerry’s six months of frenetic shuttle diplomacy. ….

    The statement was released shortly after the Israeli Cabinet agreed to release 104 long-term Palestinian prisoners convicted of deadly attacks, meeting a
    longstanding Palestinian demand.

    “This moment is not easy for me,” Netanyahu said. “It is not easy for the
    ministers. It is not easy especially for the families, the bereaved families,
    whose heart I understand. But there are moments in which tough decisions must be made for the good of the country and this is one of those moments.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/07/28/us-says-israeli-palestinian-to-resume-long-stalled-peace-talks/

  • cathy

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT – THE ISLAMIC AGENDA

    March 31, 1977 – Dutch Publication Trouw
    Zahir Muhsein – PLO Executive Committee Member

    “The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians,
    Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do
    we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism.

    For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders,
    cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”

    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=28222

    • mjazzguitar

      Lately the palestinians in Jordan have been demonstrating weekly.
      I doubt Jordan’s leaders want any more- I’m disparaging Zahir Muhsein- not you.
      Not too long ago Jordan revoked the citizenship of it’s palestinian population and the msm said nothing. Imagine the outcry if Israel did that to their arab citizens.

  • cathy

    Thank you Minister Naftali Bennett and God Bless!!

    Bennett: Terrorists Should be Killed, Not Released
    First Publish: 7/28/2013, 5:12 AM

    Economy Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Saturday night that he would vote against the release of 104 terrorist prisoners, a demand by the Palestinian Authority in order to start peace negotiations.

    Bennett said that he has also instructed all the ministers from the Bayit Yehudi to vote against the release as well. The ministers will vote on the release on Sunday morning.

    “Terrorists should be killed, not released,” wrote Bennett on his Facebook page. “All my life I fought towards fulfilling the two parts of this sentence. Tomorrow I will vote against.”

    He said, “I am the last one who needs to be convinced not to release murderers. I’ve instructed the Bayit Yehudi ministers to vote against.”

    Meanwhile, it was reported on Saturday night that Yisrael Beytenu chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman has told ministers from his party that they will be allowed to vote according to their conscience.

    It is believed that the move will have a majority in the Cabinet.

    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/bennett-terrorists-should-be-killed-not-freed/2013/07/28/

  • cathy

    REMINDER

    Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal reached with Hamas, says Netanyahu
    October 12, 2011

    Israel and the militant Islamist group Hamas announced Tuesday that they had agreed on an exchange that would free about 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in return for Staff Sgt. Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier held captive in the Gaza Strip for more than five years.

    http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2011-10-12/world/35277502_1_gilad-shalit-israeli-soldier-hamas

  • Jsjk

    I wonder if Obama issued threats to Netanyahu — what went on behind closed doors? Obama wants Israel to be defeated, just as he wants to bring down the United States. Obama is openly, obviously, hostile to any who do not suck-up to terrorists. (Daniel Pipes thinks it boils down to ego — both Obama and Netanyahu may figure that bringing “peace” to the Middle East will win them plaudits from Leftists and even a Nobel Prize. Pipes notes that other Israeli “hawks” have, in old age, turned into doves — ehud Barak, Sharon, etc. So it shouldn’t come as a complete surprise to find Netanyahu caving.) What a disaster, though.

  • Phil

    The pathetic behavior of the so-called leadership of diaspora Jewry continues. Very few Jews believe that the American Jewish community responded to the Holocaust with courage and wisdom. Except for a minority of decent and brave people like those who founded the Bergson group and Sec. of the treasury Morgenthau, influential American Jews were too scared or indifferent to the Nazi slaughter of the innocents. The Jewish owned NY Times avoided news of the Holocaust and when it did report the atrocities, it buried the news on an interior page. Most Jewish executives in Hollywood also failed to use their vast powers of persuasion and did not make a single picture about the atrocities during the war. Religious leaders such as Rabbi Wise kept quiet because he feared losing his friendship with FDR, a closet anti-Semite. However, to be fair, Jews in America were living in a scary period of time for Jews as anti-Semitism, led by Father Coughlin, Charles Lindbergh, and the KKK was intense. Jews were banned from social clubs and vacation resorts as well as being subject to strict admission quotas in prominent universities such as Harvard. Medical Schools, Law Schools, and prominent law firms also discriminated against Jews. That is why the behavior of many Jewish leaders in 2013 is so despicable. Most American Jews care more about the platform of the Democratic party than about Israel. I asked an intelligent middle-aged Jewish woman a hypothetical question about voting preferences. Her choice was to vote for either a Republican (with a strong history of love and support for Israel but anti-abortion) or a Democrat with a record of being antagonistic to Israel but pro-abortion. After a minute of deliberation, she refused to answer the question and I believe that most American Jews are in this category. That is why Israel was forced to release these terrorist murderers and will be sold down the river in the negotiations.

  • Hank Rearden

    Always a privilege to read Caroline Glick. I wish the Israelis would just cut to the chase and elect her Prime Minister!

    Maybe Bibi is a bad guy – the Israel equivalent of a RINO. My suspicion is that he sees himself as navigating between Scylla and Charybdis – meaning the Palestinians and the Obamans. Israel needs American support and that support has to be funneled through the US government, meaning Obama.

    All that said, as many here have noted, it is incomprehensible that Israel does not, and does not see the need to, MAKE ITS CASE.

    Just as an example – why not have a press conference on the release of the terrorists and have the citations that Caroline Glick has made here? Make it an EMBARRASSMENT for the PLO and the US to have demanded the release of these people. TELL WHAT THEY HAVE DONE! You can’t do that for 104, but pick the worst ten. And before each one, have the Israeli spokesman, which should probably be the Prime Minister, say that the PLO has demanded the freedom of so and so. We are bewildered by this because…..and say what he has done. PUT THE MORAL ONUS ON THE OPPOSITION!!!

    I’ve got news for the State of Israel. Leon Uris died a decade ago. There is nobody now carrying on the Israeli narrative!!!!!!!!!!! How complicated an idea IS that?????

    Narrative is what supports human affairs. Everything comes after that. Rome was a narrative. What allowed Rome to rule the world was the belief in the idea of Rome by its citizens. When that went, Rome went.

    Tzipi Livni is a squish!!! Why send HER to negotiate the survival of the state? Send the Israel equivalent of Sarah Palin!!

    One weeps.

    • Drakken

      I say take the top ten and give them lead poisning on live tv and make a funeral pyre with them, then hand the PLO a bucket of ashes with a pigs head on top to make your point.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Actually this is a case when I’d get immediately brutal in literal terms. I’d take their prisoner list and try all of them on video and carry out the sentences that way as well. Most of them would be dead within a month. Maybe even all of them.

        • ziggy zoggy

          Death sentence by pig rape. Then feed them to the pigs.

    • cacslewisfan

      Excellent idea, though, I have heard that these prisoners will be assassinated by the Israeli military. Not sure if that is true, but that is little consolation.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “I have heard that these prisoners will be assassinated by the Israeli military.”

        That’s what the jihadis say to paint Israel as unjust. If only.

        They should not even be alive. These are not conventional soldiers. They could be summarily shot without breaking any laws or customs of war.

        That’s what should happen as policy.

        • ziggy zoggy

          Just like the Club Gitmo vacationers.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “Just like the Club Gitmo vacationers.”

            100%

  • 1Indioviejo1

    It seems like Israel needs a new leader. Netanyahu is a disgrace and Livni is a traitor. It will be a miracle if anything good comes out of these talks, and Isralis should never trust American administrations again because they will stab them in the back. As smart as they are, Israelis are being bested in the propaganda and diplomatic wars.

  • Drakken

    The only good muslim jihadist, is a dead muslim jihadist, note to Israel, quit effing around with the muslim savages that have no interest in peace, give them what they deserve, Carthage !

  • Claude Boels

    obama will probably attack iran at teh end of the day… however such an attack won’t succeed.

    such an attack will merely delay iranian program, while make more deep, more covert and will allow iran withdraw to NPT and acually build, in new bomb proof facilities….

    get used with it, regardless of military option iran will have a nuclear capability !

    have a nice day folks

  • Claude Boels

    obama will probably attack iran, at the end of the day oboumer will order US air force to strike iranians nuclear facilities…

    however such an attack will succeed only to trigger a regional war on a scale never seen before, and an economic disaster that will put the united states and europe to its knees. But will leave iran with enough capability to go ahead with nuclear, since the know-how, will remain intact.

    such an attack will merely delay iranian program, while make more deep underground, more covert, and will allow iran withdraw to NPT, and acually build deterrence without monitoring, in new bomb proof facilities….

    get used with it, regardless of military option iran will have a nuclear capability !

    have a nice day folks

    • Edward

      What country is next after Israel?

      Would islamofascist iran tolerate decadent Eurabia?

      The islamofascists are already attacking Eurabia from within.

      The ayatollahs all need to be overthrown, “neutralized”.

      Better to deal with the problem of a islamofascist death cult BEFORE it attains nukes.

      • cathy

        All Islamic appeasing PC infidel democracies in the Free World are currently being destroyed from within and … most are unaware of the takeover strategy or fear the wrath of Muslims worldwide if a meaningful challenge was forthcoming. Research the furthering of Islam influence in all aspects of European, American and Canadian culture, religion and government. Islam is winning and the followers of this ideology are laughing.

        Imam Predicts Muslims Will Become the Majority in Canada
        August 4, 2013
        http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/imam-predicts-muslims-will-become-the-majority-in-canada/

        The Enemy Within
        Wednesday, July 11, 2012

        Hamid Mohammadi is a cultural affairs counsellor with the Iranian embassy in Ottawa. During an interview he recently gave in Farsi to a website directed at Iranians living in Canada he called upon them to infiltrate the Canadian government and advance Iran’s interests both inside and outside the country. He said the embassy plans to reach out to the Iranian community in Canada by presenting cultural programs, the goal being to persuade Iranians in Canada to “be of service to our beloved Iran.

        Read more:
        http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/47990

    • philcic

      “…such an attack will succeed only to trigger a regional war on a scale never seen before…”

      You seem not to have noticed, but there is a regional sunni-shia war going on right now on a scale never seen before. And if we wanted to do it, we could devastate the Iranian nuclear program, and their military facilities in ONE DAY. And we don’t have to occupy these wretched “countries” as we did Iraq and Afghanistan to “build democracy”.

  • CrazyA$$Cracka

    To hell with Obama and Kerry’s grandstanding. The truth is that even forming a Palestinian state won’t satisfy the Islamofascists. They won’t be content with anything less than the destruction of Israel; it remains to be seen whether this would be followed by the wholesale slaughter of Israeli Jews, or whether they would be permitted to remain where they are as “dhimmis.” Leftists, the majority of Muslims, and assorted Jew-haters recognize this and continue whoring for the so-called “Palestinians.” Disgusting.

  • donsaliman

    I am a true believer.

    I believe that history shows us, when ever Israel gave something up for peace, we got nothing in return but terror attacks and now rockets.

    We gave back Gaza, we stopped building settlements at one time, we gave up prisoners with blood on their hands and the list goes on and on, so yes I am a true believer in facts and the facts show us for over 66 years, the peace talks do not work.

    So to my PM Bibi, show some ba—ls and tell Kerry and Obama, don’t push Israel to give more up and lets start to see what the Pals are willing to give up for peace.

    • m4253y

      listen, he has balls of steel…he knows the fools he is dealing with so he first got his back up a few years ago and suddenly he has learned to spin these muslim supporters from the left masterfully.

      • ziggy zoggy

        What is his plan?

        • m4253y

          i get the impression that for some reason, he will bend over for the muslim in chief, just enough to let that pos fall on his face, which the recent cowardice of closing virtually all the embassies in the mid east (you remember the grand speech a few months ago where he issued his royal edict that the war on terror with al qaeda was over then he summarily issued a fatwa to “domestic extremists”) proves he is correct in doing so.

          you know the adage, give him enough rope, just to hang himself. one thing he has that the USA does not, great counter espionage and anti terror practices. the Israelis infiltrate their enemy’s ranks, not let their enemy’s join theirs…like cair, etc., which essentially guide the USA’s policies on the mid east. aka helping to establish the MB in their goal for sharia for everyone under the grand caliphate, aka the muslim in chief.

          imho :-)

    • ziggy zoggy

      Yeah, kid. Don’t give an inch. If you do, they’ll take a mile. Or kilometer. or whatever. There can be no peace with the muslims.

  • cacslewisfan

    Thank you for this article. What is Netanyahu thinking? These peace talks will be as useless as ever AND there will be 104 murderers out of jail. What a win! How long will we listen to the “believers?” This is crazy!

  • SoCalMike

    Bibi,
    Caroline is calling you out.
    Glick for pres!
    I wish she could run here.

  • Edward

    Have the leftist “jews” go live in Gaza/Ramallah.

    Let’s see how accepting of anti-Zionist “jews” the islamofascists are.

  • philcic

    Release terrorist murderers? Would the US release “the blind sheikh” Omar Abdel-Rahman who inspired the first world trade center bombing in 1993? Would
    the US release Khalid Sheikh Mohammed who planned the second world trade center bombing in 2001?
    I suppose that in exchange for this release John “French” Kerry promised Bibi a few more F16′s and a few more Abrams tanks.
    What a craven, useless act.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      I know it may seem trivial to you, but they are not terrorist murderers. Instead, they are jihadist murderers, as jihad, in stark contrast to terrorism, is holy fighting in the cause of Allah for the establishment of Islam via the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law.

  • danshanteal

    Caroline Glick is the best there is in viewing events in the Middle East. We now have Kerry, Rice and Power in the catbird seats advising our president. If that ain’t obscene, what is? We’re coming off ten years of wars that look like they are failures so the appeasers get to lead from behind. Bibi is no fool but he’s in a tight bind and has to go along to get the U.S. into the pact to stop the Iranians. The talks will fail and then what? Egypt will founder for years, Assad will beat the “freedom” fighters, Iran will get the bomb via negotiations and the U.S and Russia will revisit the “cold war”. Any damn fool can see what’s coming. Start singing God Bless America, folks. We better hope he’s on our side once again.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      You left out Samantha Powers, who like a self-hating loon always blames America first for creating the terrorists that attacked us on 9/11. However, the 9/11 Islamic perpetrators weren’t terrorists per se, they were jihadists instead, as jihad, in stark contrast to terrorism, is holy fighting in the cause of Allah for the establishment of Islam via the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law. Thus, anyone who blames America first for creating terrorism, which isn’t even an Islamic manifestation, like Samantha Powers and Ron and Rand Paul, for instance, aren’t very mentally stable people to begin with. Nevertheless, they have all attained very high positions in our terribly confused society.

      • ziggy zoggy

        He did mention Powers.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    As long as the Western world continues paying homage to an utterly false narrative of Islam whereby Islam is a noted so-called “religion of peace” being hijacked by radical Islamists, then the West will continue to make strategic blunders after strategic blunders, and make no mistake about it, these so-called Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are another in a very long string of strategic blunders. As Islam is not a so-called “religion of peace,” because Muhammad reformed it into a very aggressive and destructive totalitarian cult subsequent to the Hijra when obsessed by revenge, Muhammad turned to jihad and politics and transformed Islam at the same time into its present state of being a very rabid and fanatical totalitarian cult that intends to subjugate all religions and all infidels into Islamic totalitarianism through jihad and the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law. Until the West recognizes the true reality of Islam and Muslims, if ever, it will continue to be consumed by Islam one state at a time.

    Indeed, Islam in many respects is much like Communism but far more backwards and barbaric, and Islam’s jihad, like the Cold War, is fought via non-violent and violent means, but astronomically far more prevalently by non-violent means, which goes totally unopposed because the current false narrative of Islam conflates what is really jihad as somehow being terrorism, when the two manifestations in reality are completely different and distinct manifestations altogether. As terrorism is always and only violent, while jihad, in stark contrast to terrorism, manifests both violently and non-violently, but astronomically far more non-violently. However, because jihad is conflated as being terrorism, which is always and only violent, the many varieties of non-violent jihad, such as mass Muslim immigration to the West for the long-term strategic purpose of demographic conquest, goes completely unopposed and even encouraged in some cases as in the UK, because since jihad isn’t seen as being violent, it isn’t recognized as being terrorism or even a threat, for that matter, and therefore isn’t opposed. Indeed, millions of stealth and deceptive jihadists whose only intention is stealth demographic conquest and the eventual imposition of Sharia, which again is Islamic totalitarian law, are infiltrating the West in mass with our own governments’ blessings.

    Indeed, terrorism is perpetrated for all kinds of various political purposes, while jihad, on the other hand, is specifically and only holy fighting in the cause of Allah for the establishment of Islam via the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law, and it is only waged by Muslims in stark contrast to terrorism, which is a manifestation of all cultures and societies.

    Moreover, the existence of so-called “moderate Muslims” in Islam is an impossibility, since the first and foremost requirement of Islam is the total, complete, and unconditional submission to the will of Allah under the pain of death for blasphemy and apostasy. Indeed, the word “Islam” in Arabic means “submission” and the word “Muslim” in Arabic means “one who submits.” Not to mention as well that the will of Allah in which all Muslims totally, completely, and unconditionally submit to under the pain of death for blasphemy and apostasy in essence is Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law. Hence, for a person of Islamic persuasion to be considered a true “moderate Muslim” in the Western sense of the word, that person would necessarily have to disavow Sharia, i.e., the will of Allah, which simultaneously would not make that person a “moderate Muslim” but a blasphemous apostate instead that per the texts and tenets of Islam must be executed.

    The reality is Jihad is the highest pillar of Islam and a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims in one for or another. Thus, all Muslims are jihadists in one form or another, or otherwise blasphemous apostates that per the texts and tenets of Islam must be executed, including the millions of Muslims migrating to the West under the guise of being so-called “moderate Muslims,” which is exceedingly obvious since just like clockwork Muslim immigrants always flat out refuse to assimilate and integrate and form Muslim enclaves instead that eventually morph into Muslim no-go zones ruled by Sharia, and that are in effect tiny Islamic statelets within the larger host infidel states. Indeed, they are experts at exploiting the ignorance’s of gullible “useful idiot” Western infidels. As a matter of fact, the government of France counted in excess of 700 Muslim no-go zones in France alone a few years ago.

  • Ken Kelso

    Caroline the answer is very simple.
    Netanyahu is no different then Barak, Peres or Livni.

    Why would Netanyahu put Livni as his main negotiator?

    Livni is a radical who wants to give away the Jewish Golan, the West Bank, Half of Jerusalem and the Wailing Wall.

    It should be noted, Olmert and Livni offered to Abbas to transfer control of the Jewish holy places in Jerusalem including the Wailing Wall to an “international body” consisting of Saudi Arabia, the Palestinians, the US, Israel, and a couple of others. Thus the Jewish presence and access would be “guaranteed” by others, not Israel.
    So why would Bibi put this radical Livni as his main negotiator? Because he’s no different then her.

    Netanyahu who apologized to Jihadist Erdogan for Israel defending itself against the IHH Jihadists.
    Now we have Netanyahu freeing 104 mass murderers to talk to Holocaust Denying and Munich financier Abbas.
    Remember Netanyahu said he would build in EI in Jerusalem.
    All lies and all talk by Netanyahu.

    The best Prime Minister Israel had was Yitzhak Shamir.

    Shamir did an interview in 1999 and talked about Netanyahu.
    He showed that Netanyahu was all talk and infact a left winger.

    Let me put what Shamir said.
    http://www.meforum.org/463/yitzhak-shamir-a-lifetime-of-activism
    JUNE 1999 • VOLUME VI: NUMBER 2
    Yitzhak Shamir: A Lifetime of Activism
    Middle East Quarterly
    June 1999

    BINYAMIN NETANYAHU
    MEQ: You have said of Israel’s current prime minister, “I do not trust Netanyahu. He is all talk, an unprincipled man. He speaks well, but he does not know how to act. So he promises to put an end to the Oslo agreements. But in fact he does nothing to really get rid of them.”3

    Shamir: I helped Netanyahu to advance politically because when I first met him, I trusted in his beliefs and I relied on his moral commitment.

    MEQ: What are his motives?

    Shamir: His only motive today is to continue to be elected and to hold on to the seat of prime minister.

    MEQ: “The Arabs could not possibly have any complaints about Netanyahu. From the Arab standpoint he is better than Peres and Rabin.”4 Does this imply you prefer Labor to have won the elections in May 1996?

    Shamir: At that time, I would not have preferred that, because we still believed that Netanyahu would be better for us.

  • Silver Gonzales

    In between time spent as PM, Bibi appears on talk shows and talks bluntly about terror and responding to it. When in office, this duplicitous lying rat appears ready to give away valuable real estate and act like a surrender monkey.

    Israelis have to be the stupidest bunch of high tech nerds when it comes to their survival. Miracle it still exists.

    • cathy

      Bibi sound like a RINO representative who say all the right words that Conservatives want to hear but his/her voting record reveals that he/her is furthering the Islamic appeasing/Marxist agenda of Barack Obama. In other words … . The illusion of an opposition is just that … an illusion. Could it be that Bibi is either an Islamic plant or … he is a traitor who has been bought with a price?

  • American1969

    This is only going to make the problem worse. What is up with the Israeli government? Have they all lost their minds?
    Every time we do this sort of thing, we end up paying for it in the end. It always comes back to bite us. Appeasing your enemies does not work. History bears this out time and time again. This will be no different. The whole thing will fall apart and start all over again.
    It’s been going on for five-thousand years. Why should it be any different than any other time we’ve tried it?

  • Mladen_Andrijasevic
    • objectivefactsmatter

      I hear what you’re saying and there is some merit to your counterpoints, but Caroline has a very strong case too. Maybe even stronger.

      The world is a very dangerous place right now for the just and the righteous.

      • Mladen_Andrijasevic

        I think that most people including Glick and Sherman reject the possibility that Iran is capable of starting a nuclear war and sacrificing 2/3 of humankind in order to get the Mahdi come out of occultation regardless of the warnings that western scholars like Lewis and Israeli have been giving. To western minds this sounds so preposterous and is usually dealt with by just ignoring it.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          My impression is that Glick is arguing the opposite, and that decisive action is needed now rather than later.

          Then again, we’d need to ask her what her suggested alternative solution is rather than just rejecting cowardice. Passively standing tough is not all that much better.

          Bibi needs the USA but probably could force our hand.

          It’s a tough call. But personally I would NOT EVER release prisoners like these. They’re unlawful combatants from the start and any claim that they’re political prisoners is a confession that the PA supports any and all of the terror. This we know, but to get others to see this would be very helpful for building consensus.

          I’d maybe hesitate, saying “no” outright for long enough to come up with an alternative. But as it is, I consider it probably the worst move any leader could make. I’d wait until 0′Bama sent his own armed forces to release them on his explicit orders before I cooperated with such an idea. Then again, I said the same thing in the past and the precedent was set already. So we can’t pretend this is something new.

          • Mladen_Andrijasevic

            I find it absurd that we in the 21 century are incapable of discussing the opinions of leading scholars of Islam in the west about the non zero probability that Iran would start a nuclear war because the thing seems to us preposterous, yet disregard fact that the Israeli government HAS TO take this into account. Releasing 104 murderers is horrible, but if it somehow helps the government to protect the country from the messianic Iranian regime whose intent is to kill millions then it is justifiable

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “I find it absurd that we in the 21 century are incapable of discussing the opinions of leading scholars of Islam in the west about the non zero probability that Iran would start a nuclear war because the thing seems to us preposterous, yet disregard fact that the Israeli government HAS TO take this into account.”

            I wish I wasn’t used to it, but I am.

          • Mladen_Andrijasevic

            Well, that is why I think both Caroline Glick and Martin Sherman are wrong. Unit they in their own columns fully explain what the Israeli government has to face in making their decision, their criticism in not appropriate .

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Maybe they’re venting. I don’t know. I don’t know if Caroline has been asked. I would assume she’d prefer to get tough on Iran now and ignore the USA, but I can’t speak for her. That’s just the impression I get. Maybe I’m assuming that because that’s what I’d prefer. I don’t think things are going to get easier for Israel or anyone that opposes Iranian tyranny. I also think that the PA has almost no credibility with anyone other than the hard left. Why bother trying to create goodwill with people who already ignore every salient aspect of the situation that should make them support Israel? If anything, releasing prisoners signals not just weakness but additionally makes many people think Israel is trying to atone for something it should not have done in the first place. These are not political prisoners or prisoners of war. They have no rights at all. What it should not have done was treated these foul individuals as if they had any. There might be a few exceptions mixed in there, but unlawful combatants should be shot as soon as they are no longer useful to the sovereign that catches them.

            That’s my little rant about what I think. Back to Caroline…I am not sure if she has a blog where she interacts with readers. Your questions are valid, but don’t be shocked if people don’t have the time to meet your expectations. It’s good to put it out there though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Geoffrey-Britain/100003802091841 Geoffrey Britain

    Neither Kerry nor Livni are fanatics and Glick assigning fanaticism as their motivation shows a profound lack of understanding. Kerry wants a Nobel Peace Prize. He could care less what the consequences of his acquiring that award entail. Livni is an appeaser, short of immediate surrender, she’s willing to give the Palestinians whatever they want in order to be able to declare that she has achieved “peace in our time”, think Chamberlain.

    Netanyahu certainly knows what’s going on and his motivation is entirely to avoid giving Obama the excuse he needs in order to cut off both US economic and military aid plus denial of US support for Israel in the UN.

    Netanyahu believes, as evidently does Glick, that Israel needs US support in order to survive. As long as that belief prevails, we will see the continuation of this charade.

    • ziggy zoggy

      Does Israel need American support in order to survive? I don’t think so. What do you think? :D

  • Jewish Stupidity

    Caroline Glick should be the prime mister of Israel. Netanyahu seriously out to read his own book, All that wasted potential. Jews will continue to suffer as they cower behind appeasement and abandon deterence.

  • Michael Barnet

    You are a fool! Bibi understands that millions of Arabs living in Israel are not suddenly going to vanish, or go to Jordan, or where ever. He understands Israel must share the Land. Don’t be stupid! And these peace talks could lead to a peace, and, a sharing of the Temple Mt. for the 3rd Temple.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “And these peace talks could lead to a peace, and, a sharing of the Temple Mt. for the 3rd Temple.”

      The odds of that are infinitely against peace coming from this, unless it gives cover to annihilate the enemies. But it won’t. It will either be a dangerous hudna or an overt humiliation for Israel by the time Abu Mazen is done.

      The best defense for Bibi is to show that he needs room to maneuver and that he is under unfathomable pressure. But the salient point is that it’s not courageous to play it safe. You can call him smart, and try to make that case, but he’s not brave. Not this time.

    • Drakken

      Helll actually has a chance of freezing over first before the muslim savages give Israel any peace.

  • mjazzguitar

    I would like to see a list of the prisoners, their crimes, and their victims, with photos, if possible. Saying that Israel is releasing “prisoners” sounds generic and sanitizing and doesn’t do justice to the victims and their families, unlike Caroline’s brief description of a few.
    Also, this is the first I heard that “the Muslim Brotherhood is… dominated by al-Qaida.”
    I’ll have to research that further.