Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat speaks his mind on construction in Jerusalem, and supposed future division of the city. He says there's no building freeze, neither formal nor de facto, just a recovery of bureaucratic processes somewhat shell-shocked after the contretemps with the U.S. He says dividing the city and making part of it "Palestine" is a nonstarter because it means a Trojan horse within Israel's capital (and, in the linked article, he says other interesting things too). Many people do not realize that "dividing Jerusalem" would mean many of its Jewish residents would live across the street from an armed, hostile, and dangerous Palestinian state. Nir Barkat is an Israeli politician to watch. The PM, even when pushed to the wall on the most fundamental of Israeli and Jewish values like building for Jews in Jerusalem, is still showing equivocation, after he seemed to show more resolve in his AIPAC speech that I praised last month.
If this isn't anti-Semitic I would like to know what is. Jews are tricky, greedy, and inhuman. Could there be any connection between this and notions that Israel is at the root of just about all strategic problems?
David Solway in a magisterial, eloquent article ponders the possible fates of America under Obama and the ideological trends he represents. I shudder to think of the U.S. under two terms of Obama. I shudder to think of
Israel under one term. I take hope in the tea-party movement.
Noam Bedein found Israelis stranded in Europe by the volcanic-ash crisis eager and determined to get back to Israel for Independence Day, and El Al airlines doing a fantastic and unique job getting them there. Nice article.
Its loathsome director Jeremy Ben-Ami has revealed his true colors in a letter to the New York Times, Dershowitz
says. It has actually been clear to many for some time that J Street is a transparent front for anti-Israel advocacy, but it's good that Dershowitz, who shares some of J Street's views in milder form, has come aboard the ship of the realists on this matter. J Street is a deadly enemy of the Jewish state. Its Jewish members and supporters are spineless and/or cynical lackeys of those seeking to destroy Israel.
So, under the headline “Gates Says U.S. Lacks Policy to Curb Iran’s
Nuclear Drive,” the New York Times reports that according
to anonymous government officials: “Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates
has warned in a secret three-page memorandum to top White House
officials that the United States does not have an effective long-range
policy for dealing with Iran’s steady progress toward nuclear
Gosh, golly and no kidding.
Read it all. Rosett goes on to acerbically sum up what has emerged as the nightmare of this incompetent, benighted president's foreign and domestic policy. Here in Israel it's Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers, a time of mourning. Rosett's article evokes both mourning and a sort of feckless laughter.