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    Saturday
    Oct152011

    Israel must have defensible borders

    Thursday
    May052011

    Cut U.S. Funding for Osama's Mourners

    As featured in Huffington Post and written by

    Ken Blackwell

    Fellow of The National Academy of Public Administration and the Family Research Council

    Hamas, the Palestinian terror group that runs Gaza, is mourning the death of Osama bin Laden. He is a "martyr" to these jihadists. And Hamas has just concluded a pact with the so-called Palestinian Authority (PA), or Fatah, the group that the U.S. recognizes and to whom we give lavish foreign aid. We are currently giving $600 million to the so-called Palestinian Authority.

    Fatah has held an increasingly precarious control over much of the West Bank of the Jordan River since 1988. It was then that the U.S. brokered a deal in which the PLO morphed into the Palestinian Authority (PA), promised to give up terrorism, and promised to recognize Israel's right to exist. Many of us never thought the PLO would keep any of those promises -- but we knew they would cash our checks and pocket as well huge sums from the European Union. All of this in the name of "peace."

    Among the things that the PLO has done on the West Bank is to terrorize Christian Arabs, to name public squares after suicide bombers, and to conduct an all-out Hate Israel propaganda campaign in their schools, universities, and controlled media.

    Good faith? Arafat instigated yet another intifada against Israel when he got 98% of his territorial demands met and not 100%. Intifadas are uprisings characterized by stone-throwing Palestinian youths confronting Israeli troops. The visuals are great for their propaganda purposes. Israeli soldiers in armored personnel carriers or tanks are shown confronting a hail of stones. But less often noted in the leftist media -- BBC, CNN, Reuters, AFP -- is that these young warriors of the intifada are deadly accurate. Their stones have been a deadly form of action in that region since biblical times.

    Now, the PLO has made a pact with Hamas, their supposed rivals who control the Gaza Strip. For a decade, Hamas and Fatah have been fighting each other. Hamas is openly committed to the eradication of Israel. All maps of the Mideast produced by Hamas show Arab lands with no Jewish state -- what they call the Zionist Entity -- at all. But Fatah's maps likewise show no Israel.

    The somber news of the Fatah-Hamas deal came out of -- Cairo. Apparently, the post-Mubarak government is being strongly influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas is merely the Palestinian branch of the MB. So this is the "Arab Spring" we've heard so much about?

    Look at the map of Israel. You can still find it on our maps. With Hamas firmly in control in Gaza, Israel's main population centers are now within easy range of their missile fire.

    Add to the threat of Hamas, Fatah in the West Bank, and you see Israelis caught in a lethal crossfire. 

     

    The Israeli government's response to these menacing moves was sober and restrained: "The Palestinian Authority (Fatah) must choose either peace with Israel or peace with Hamas."

    Our U.S. response was terribly weak: "The United States supports Palestinian reconciliation on terms which promote the cause of peace. Hamas, however, is a terrorist organization which targets civilians."

    It's time to put teeth into U.S. policy. Yasser Arafat was the man who invented airline hijacking for terror purposes. He murdered Americans. It was never a good idea to trust his word or to trust any organization formed by him. We have gotten nothing for the billions we have showered on him and his corrupt and murderous cronies.

    What we see with the Hamas-Fatah rapprochement is merely the open and brazen acknowledgment of what has always been the case: Both Hamas and Fatah are terrorist organizations. Only now has Fatah dropped its mask.

    Secretary Clinton urged us to send Fatah another $160 million on top of the $600 million.

    Here's a fine candidate for cuts. Let's cut off all U.S. support to these organizations. And we should press our European allies to do the same. It's time to follow up the brave actions of our U.S. Navy SEALs with brave action in the diplomatic arena.

    Ken Blackwell served as U.S. Ambassador to U.N. Human Rights Commission for two Presidents. He is member of Council on Foreign Relations.

    Monday
    May022011

    Hamas slams killing of 'holy warrior' Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces 

    Comments by Hamas Gaza Strip leader Ismail Haniyeh come after a spokesman of the West Bank-ruling Palestinian Authority said bin Laden's death could advance the cause of peace.

     

    GAZA, May 2 (Reuters) - The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on Monday condemned the killing by U.S. forces of Osama bin Laden and mourned him as an "Arab holy warrior."

    Click here for full Haaretz coverage on the killing of Osama bin Laden.

    Ismail Haniyeh - AP - Sept. 28, 2010

    Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh speaks at his office in Gaza City, Sept. 28, 2010

    Photo by: AP

    "We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood," Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, told reporters.

    Though he noted doctrinal differences between bin Laden's al-Qaida and Hamas, Haniyeh said: "We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior. We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs."

    Haniyeh's reported comments came following an earlier remark by a Palestinian Authority spokesman who said Monday the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces was "good for the cause of peace,"

    "Getting rid of Bin Laden is good for the cause of peace worldwide but what counts is to overcome the discourse and the methods -- the violent methods -- that were created and encouraged by Bin Laden and others in the world," PA spokesman Ghassan Khatib said.

    The PA's comments came following an announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama late Sunday, saying that bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader who masterminded the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States is dead and the U.S. had recovered his body,

    Representatives from Hamas and Fatah announced last week their intention to reconcile, after a four-year-long bitter and at times violent rift, which saw Hamas administering the Gaza Strip and the West Bank under the control of the Fatah dominated Palestinian Authority.

    Palestinian officials said on Friday that Egypt has invited Palestinian leaders to Cairo for the signing of the reconciliation agreement which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

    Wednesday
    May122010

    Israel accuses North Korea of shipping WMDs to Syria

    JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday accused nuclear power North Korea of supplying Syria with weapons of mass destruction.

    Lieberman's office quoted him as telling Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama at a meeting in Tokyo that such activity threatened to destabilise east Asia as well as the Middle East.

    "The cooperation between Syria and North Korea is not focused on economic development and growth but rather on weapons of mass destruction" Lieberman said.

    In evidence he cited the December 2009 seizure at Bangkok airport of an illicit North Korean arms shipment which US intelligence said was bound for an unnamed Middle East country.

    Lieberman said Syria intended to pass the weapons on to theLebanese Hezbollah militia and to the Islamic Hamas movement, which rules Gaza and has its political headquarters in Damascus.

    "This cooperation endangers stability in both southeast Asia and also in the Middle East and is against all the accepted norms in the international arena," Lieberman was quoted as telling Hatoyama.

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