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Monday, November 30, 2015

New Israel vs EU Policy or Just "Smoke Screen?"

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Amit Shabi/POOL/Flash 90
Does this really herald a new and more sensical policy by the Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the State of Israel?
Israel suspends EU role in peace process with Palestinians
Israel said on Sunday it was suspending contacts with European Union bodies involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians after the bloc started requiring the labelling of exports from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the foreign ministry to carry out "a reassessment of the involvement of EU bodies in everything that is connected to the diplomatic process with the Palestinians", a ministry statement said.
"Until completion of the reassessment, the Prime Minister has ordered a suspension of diplomatic contacts with the EU and its representatives in this matter."
Read more at Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/30/us-israel-palestinians-eu-idUSKBN0TI0SH20151130#aOjzewBd6pHBIf5x.99
As much as I look forward to it being true, I've been around too long to believe it. Especially when it comes to politicians I just don't believe a word they say, especially when it's something I agree with. Yes, I've become a terrible cynic.

I'd believe it more if the government had begun to expel all the Leftist European and United Nations NGOs that support Arab terrorism!

There's only one thing I believe and that is the simple fact that a politician will say anything he/she believes will get votes. Speeches will change according to the audience and occasion. The job of a speechwriter is to fine-tune a speech for the most applause. The other crucial criteria for a politician is to make his/her financial backers happy. And since some of the Likud/Bibi backers also invest in Judea/Samaria businesses, like the prize-winning excellent wine companies, Netanyahu must react strongly to the EU labeling issue. You know what they say about following the money....

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Syrian Refugees: Why aren't They Clamoring to Find Refuge in Arab Countries?

Besides Syria, there are close to two dozen Arab countries, some pretty close to Syria, and some are extremely modern and affluent.

National Geographic

Maps of Arab countries and Israel. Note that Israel is a tiny island in a sea of Arab countries. MEFacts.com

Considering the difficulties all immigrants have learning new languages and adjusting to new cultures, norms and school curriculums, you'd think that the innumerable syrians fleeing their country would make a beeline to nearby Arab countries.

List of Arab countries from Wikipedia


PosCountryPopulationWorld ranking
1 Egypt89,100,00016
2 Algeria39,500,00033
3 Sudan38,448,00035
4 Iraq37,425,00039
5 Morocco33,666,17940
6 Saudi Arabia31,560,00045
7 Yemen25,502,00049
8 Syria17,740,34055
9 Tunisia10,982,80077
10 Somalia10,456,00085
11 United Arab Emirates9,589,00093
12 Libya6,449,000103
13 Jordan6,745,023106
14 Palestine sic*4,650,368123
15 Lebanon4,468,000126
16 Mauritania3,778,254134
17 Kuwait3,589,000138
18 Oman3,383,000139
19 Qatar2,321,000149
20 Bahrain1,359,000155
21 Djibouti923,000158
22 Comoros830,000163
Total Arab League365,674,964


RankCountryArea (km2)[Note 1]Area (sq mi)% of TotalNotes
1 Algeria2,381,741919,59518.1%Largest country in the Arab world.
2 Saudi Arabia2,149,690830,00016.4%Largest kingdom in the Arab world.
3 Sudan1,861,484718,72314.2%Formerly the largest country in the Arab world.
4 Libya1,759,540679,36011.4%
5 Mauritania1,025,520395,9607.8%
6 Egypt1,002,000387,0007.6%Excluding the Hala'ib Triangle (20,580 km2/7,950 sq mi).
7 Morocco713,550275,5003.4%Does not include Western Sahara (266,000 km2/103,000 sq mi).
8 Somalia637,657246,2014.9%Largest exclusive economic zone in the Arab world.
9 Yemen527,968203,8504.0%
10 Iraq435,244168,0493.3%
11 Oman309,500119,5002.4%
12 Syria185,18071,5001.4%Including the part of the Golan Heights (1,200 km2/460 sq mi) currently occupied by Israel. sic*
13 Tunisia163,61063,1701.2%
14 Jordan89,34234,4950.7%
15 United Arab Emirates83,60032,3000.6%One of three federated states in the Arab world.
16 Djibouti23,2009,0000.1%
17 Kuwait17,8186,8800.1%
18 Qatar11,5864,4730.08%
19 Lebanon10,4524,0360.08%
20 State of Palestine6,0202,3200.05%Under Israeli occupation. sic*
21 Comoros2,2358630.01%
22 Bahrain7582930.005%

Population density[edit]

1 Bahrain1,7884,6317502901,341,000[3]
2 State of Palestine7131,8476,0202,3204,293,313sic*  [21]
3 Lebanon4081,05710,4524,0364,268,000
4 Comoros3438882,235863767,000
5 Kuwait16242017,8186,8802,889,000
6 Qatar17545311,0004,2001,921,000
7 Syria117303185,18071,50021,740,340
8 United Arab Emirates9725183,60032,3008,089,070[22]
9 Egypt962491,001,449386,66282,532,544[23]
10 Morocco78202446,550172,41032,666,179Including Western Sahara (Non-self-governing territory)[24]
11 Jordan7118489,34234,4956,345,023
12 Iraq76197438,317169,23533,425,000
13 Tunisia65168163,61063,17010,673,800[25]
14 Yemen45117527,968203,85025,502,000
15 Djibouti3910123,2009,000923,000
16 Sudan18471,886,068728,21534,848,000[26]
17 Algeria17442,381,741919,59539,500,000
18 Somalia1539637,657246,2019,656,000
19 Saudi Arabia13.1342,149,690830,00028,660,000
20 Oman9.324309,500119,5002,883,000
21 Libya3.79.61,759,540679,3606,449,000
22 Mauritania3.38.51,025,520395,9603,378,254
* There is no "State of Palestine" and has never ever been one!

Considering the amount and variety of Arab countries, many of which have extremely low population density, shouldn't they be the main countries welcoming Syrians fleeing their homes?

Israel Resource Review
This is an important question. Jordan has accepted some refugees, but I wonder if they will let them become Jordanians. Since 1948, they have kept their fellow Arabs from Israel in refugee camps enthusiastically supported by the United Nations aka UNRWA. Almost seventy years after the establishment of the State of Israel, these refugee camps are  still being used to indoctrinate and train terrorists to attack and destabilize Israel.

The vast majority of Syrian refugees, seem to have been able to afford to get much further away than Jordan. Considering the price the smugglers and agents demand per head, there must be someone funding this massive exodus to Europe, the Americas etc.

I suggest three simple reasons why the fleeing Syrians are not flocking to other Arab countries:

  1. There are people/organizations encouraging/funding them to attempt to enter other countries and societies. There are two reasons for this, humanitarian and to get sleeper terrorists into those other countries. 
  2. The Arab countries are not looking for fellow Arabs to increase their populations. 
  3. The refugees want to get as far from Syria and Arab culture as they can.
What do you think?

Please write your opinion in the comments thanks.