Friday, September 27, 2013

For Common Sense on the Middle East and Israel, Read Caroline, Ruthie and Arlene

Unfortunately Israel is ruled by men and women like Tsipi Livni, who dress like Hilary Clinton, old-fashioned feminists who try to think like men.  It's all these men and faux men who have gotten us into dangerous situations. 

Even in Biblical times, the women had to instruct our leaders on what to do.  Think about how the Matriarch Sarah was the one to tell Abraham that his first son Ishmael had to be banished, because not only wasn't he suited to inherit leadership, but he was a dangerously bad example for their son Isaac. And G-d confirmed that Sarah was correct.  Even when Tamar seduced her father-in-law Judah, which on the surface seems immoral, it ended up being the right thing to do.  Later on the five daughters of Tzlofchad had to instruct Moses about Land inheritance when there isn't a son, and again, G-d confirmed that they were correct. And during the dangerous anarchist time of Judges, again, women, Ruth, Naomi and Chana had to take charge to save the Jewish People.

Arlene Kushner
Caroline Glick
Ruthie Blum

So, you shouldn't be surprised when I say that common sense and the Right direction for the State of Israel and the world can be found in the writings of Caroline Glick, Ruthie Blum and Arlene Kushner.  To this very distinguished list I ought to add Ellen of Jewish Israel.  Sadly I must say that I have no respect for the judgment and policies of our Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his coalition.  To be accepted in the coalition, an MK must sell his soul.  That's the bottom line.  That's the meaning of coalition discipline.  That's why before the recent Israeli elections I kept on writing that I wouldn't vote for the NRP aka Bayit Yehudi, Jewish Home.  I was very upset that some seemingly good people like Orit Strook agreed to join them.  I had no illusions about Naftali Bennett's being a politician more than an idealist.  The "idealism party," the one run by Arieh Eldad and Michael Ben-Ari, didn't get enough votes to pass the "threshold."  If people like Strook had gone with them, instead of the NRP, we'd have a Right opposition, instead of absolutely none.

And if I have no respect for the Israeli politicians and government leaders, I have even less for the American ones.  It's no secret that United States President Barack Hussein Obama is little more than a wooden dummy who reads his teleprompter screen or repeats what he hears through the tiny high tech earphone he now sports.

Here's a taste of recent articles by Caroline Glick, Arlene Kushner and Ruthie Blum:

Obama's power and its limitations
by Caroline Glick
US President Barack Obama's rapidly changing positions on Syria have produced many odd spectacles.
One of odder ones was the sight of hundreds of lobbyists from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee fanning out on Capitol Hill to lobby members of the House and Senate to support Obama's plan to launch what Secretary of State John Kerry called "unbelievably small" air strikes against empty regime controlled buildings in Syria.
AIPAC officials claimed they were doing this because the air strikes would help Israel.
But this claim was easily undone. Obama and Kerry insisted nothing the US would do would have any impact on the outcome of the Syrian civil war. This was supposed to be the strikes' selling point. But by launching worthless strikes, Obama was poised to wreck America's deterrent posture, transforming the world's superpower into an international joke.
In harming America's deterrent capabilities by speaking loudly and carrying an "unbelievably small" stick, Kerry and Obama also harmed Israel's deterrent posture...
by Arlene Kushner
...To gain a more complete picture of what the PA leadership is like, consider the following.  It is far worse than their refusing to condemn those Palestinian Arabs who committed the terrorist attacks of the last few days (more on this below):
Abbas Zaki, a member of the Fatah Central Committee (Fatah, remember, being the political mainstay of the Palestinian Authority), has charged that what the sniper in Hevron did is the fault of the Israeli government:
"The soldier was not on a picnic in Hebron."
Darn right he wasn't. Sgt. Kobi was stationed in Hevron, along with other members of the IDF, to protect the thousands of Jews who came for Sukkot.
And of course, the Palestinian Arabs who were throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails not far from where Kobi was standing were doing so for peaceful reasons...
Ruthie Blum                                                                                                                            

Ahead of his participation in the U.N. General Assembly this week, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani has launched what many have been calling a "charm offensive." Though this term is inherently cynical, the reporters and pundits using it to describe Rouhani's recent overtures to the United States -- by way, among other things, of an op-ed in the Washington Post and interview with NBC News -- are not.
This is in keeping with the overall attitude toward the new leader of the Islamic Republic. Indeed, all Rouhani had to do to persuade the West that he is a "moderate" was to refer to himself as such. His predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had been far less accommodating to the Middle East peace fantasists. His public vitriol, nuclear grandstanding and genocidal threats made it difficult for them to dismiss the danger posed by the mullah-led regime in Tehran. This was in spite of great attempts to give him the benefit of the doubt, not to mention access to a podium at Columbia University...
Read on, my friends, read on...


Anonymous said...

blessed shabbat batya, to you and yours.
looking at it from the opposite side, meaning from our non jewish side, i and perhaps others like me, perhaps dont understand why you worry so much. Hashem will never let you all down. ofcourse the jews can choose the easy way or the difficult way, but redemption will come, either way. i know its heartbreaking, after so many progroms, and so many righteous souls sacrficed, there are among your people who dont seem to internalise what you do or feel.
regarding politicians, there was once a statement from an indian politican, who said, 'once you enter politics you leave your shame and dignity at home'. and that is so for us of the non jewish world.
many of us noahides cannot say openly we are noahides you know. because anyone connected to the j people, are marked. and those who know, i mean not authorities but family members and friends, we tend to be ostracised. so our only hope is the light to all nations. blessings.

Shy Guy said...

Rainbow, I would love to have heard you try your no-worries address to Jews on the train to Auschwitz or to the 10s of 1000s of Israeli families who have lost loved ones to war or to terror.

We have a lot to worry about specifically because overall our people seem to be interested in making life difficult.

Yes, when the Geulah finally arrives, our worries will be over. Till then, get real!

Batya said...

rainbow, as Shy says, you got it wrong. G-d gave us free will which enables us to make mistakes. Sometimes they are very serious mistakes and it takes centuries or more for G-d to help us try again. If we goof it up, G-d won't come to the rescue like Superman. He'll watch behind the wings, make sure we're not totally destroyed and then give the survivors plenty of time, generations, centuries for another chance.

Anonymous said...

i was specifically talking of the present. that is why in my first paragraph, i specifically wrote, ""after so many progroms, and so many righteous souls sacrificed, there are among your people who dont seem to internalise what you (batya) feel.""
my rabbis always taught me that when faced with a problem that seems insurmountable, then place it before Hashem. Thats why its surmountable. Hashem wants us to bring it to Him.
i believe i am being realistic or real. i have to be. i live in a muslim country where there is not a single syngagoue and no dip ties. my studies are only via the net, as its a 'borderless' world.
(i stand corrected if i am wrong), but i believe Hashem gave 6000 years and now the jewish year is 5774. so redemption cannot be centuries away.
May everything be well for the jewish people in all ways.

Batya said...

Rainbow, it's all very complicated and now that I have some idea of your life...
G-d keeps giving us more chances and from that we must find the strength.

Shy Guy said...

Rainbow, when Israel on their way out of Egypt was sandwiched between the shores of Yam Suf and the encroaching Egyptian army and Moshe prayed to Hashem, what did Hashem answer?

Also, even assuming that the Final Redemption comes no later than 226 years from now, we have always known that there was a time limit to the exile but there's only so much that knowledge can do when you're bombarded with so much that is stupid, wrong and horrific in the interim and has spanned lifetimes and generations.

Unlike your Muslim neighbors, we love life.