Friday, August 30, 2013

Arlene Kushner on Obama's Amateurish Approach To Bombing Syria

From Arlene Kushner:
August 29, 2013


I thought perhaps I would not post again about Syria until something actually happened, or until the whole shebang was called off.
But I've thrown up my hands with incredulity. And now I've decided to make a few comments.
What I find most incredible is how President Obama is behaving.  Since when is it proper form for a head of state to go on television and discuss a hostile military action he's thinking of taking, complete with multiple details?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

David P. Goldman: The Pros and Cons of Attacking Syria

The following by David P. Goldman is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

The "Arab Spring" Has Turned Into An "Israeli Spring" -- Now Go Solve The Middle East's Real Problems

In short, the more violent and chaotic the Middle East becomes, the more secure and exceptional Israel appears.
Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson writes that thanks to 'The Israeli Spring,' Israel’s enemies are doing more damage to each other than Israel ever could:
In terms of realpolitik, anti-Israeli authoritarians are fighting to the death against anti-Israeli insurgents and terrorists. Each is doing more damage to the other than Israel ever could — and in an unprecedented, grotesque fashion. Who now is gassing Arab innocents? Shooting Arab civilians in the streets? Rounding up and executing Arab civilians? Blowing up Arab houses? Answer: either Arab dictators or radical Islamists.

Arlene Kushner: Does Obama Really Have A Choice In Attacking Syria?

From Arlene Kushner:
August 28, 2013

No Choice?

Dear friends, I can do no more than write in response to the moment. The situation with regard to Syria is so fluid, that by the time you receive this, it may have shifted.  Accept my apologies in advance if that occurs.
As to choice: More and more it's looking as if there are no alternative options for Obama with regard to whether the US hits Syria.  He is being squeezed into something that he might have otherwise passed on.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Obama's Limited Strike on Syria: To Win, Place -- or Show?

Daniel Pipes has a blog post today, Arguing against "Limited" Strikes on the Assad Regime:
Warfare is a very serious business whose first imperative is to deploy force to win – rather than to punish, make a statement, establish a symbolic point, or preen about one's morality.
Pipes warns of the dangers of Assad's multiple possible responses:

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mideast Media Sampler 8/26/13: Could The US Have Pre-empted The Deadly Syrian Chemical Attack?

by David Gerstman, contributing blogger at Legal Insurrection

I was skeptical at first about the claims of a chemical attack in Syria. Something didn’t seem right with the photographs. Additionally, it was reported that the United Nations already had an inspection team in Syria. But then it didn’t take long for Israeli intelligence to determine that chemical weapons had been used.

Anne Bayefsky: Can Obama Act on Syria Without Appearing to be a Hypocrite or a Fraud?

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This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on FOX News.

The Syrian problem threatens the very core of the Obama doctrine. Bashing President Bush for doing an end run around the U.N. Security Council over Iraq was Obama’s nom de guerre.

With Russia's leaders making it clear that they are not going to approve a Council resolution authorizing the use of force against Syria, how can the president act without appearing to be a hypocrite or a fraud? The answer is: he can’t.

Arlene Kushner: Will Obama Bomb Syria -- Pros and Cons

From Arlene Kushner:
August 26, 2013

THE Question of the Moment

Is Obama going to give the word to bomb Syria? 
The parameters of the situation are not simple.
An exceedingly strong case can be made for the fact that he must at this point.  For deterrence matters, and threats made must be acted upon. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Raymond Ibrahim on The Muslim Brotherhood: Origins, Efficacy, and Reach

The following by Raymond Ibrahim is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

MEQ Summer 2011: Shari'a and Violence in American Mosques

The following by Mordechai Kedar and David Yerushalmi is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

Shari'a and Violence in American Mosques

by Mordechai Kedar and David Yerushalmi
Middle East Quarterly
Summer 2011, pp. 59-72 (view PDF)

MEQ Summer 2013: Writing the bin Laden Story

The following by A.J. Caschetta is resposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

Writing the bin Laden Story

by A.J. Caschetta
Middle East Quarterly
Summer 2013, pp. 77-85 (view PDF)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Mideast Media Sampler 8/25/13: Is Obama Getting Ready To Act On Syria -- Or Is He Just Posturing?

by David Gerstman, contributing blogger at Legal Insurrection
“It was quiet in Washington—it had been a summer busy with dispatches on the golf game of President Obama, and on the new first puppy, Sunny, the Portuguese water dog, the newest addition to the White House. Bashar al-Assad had taken the full measure of powers beyond.”
The Shame of Syria by Fouad Ajami

According to the latest reports (via memeorandum) David Cameron of Britian is following up on France’s determination to consider military action against Syria.

Mideast Media Sampler 8/24/13: Three Examples of New York Times "Standards" When Reporting on Israel

by David Gerstman, contributing blogger at Legal Insurrection
In the little town of Candor in the last year of my youth I learned the final lesson of the levels to the truth – The Mayor of Candor Lied
– Harry Chapin

There was a line in a recent New York Times report that made me think about how the New York Times shades the truth. The report was about the increasingly contentious relationship between Egypt’s interim government and the international media.
Officials now charge, without evidence, that many protesters are Syrian or Palestinian.
Apparently that’s the standard of the New York Times. To be true, an assertion must be supported with evidence. Or does it?

David P. Goldman: The World Learns to Manage Without the US

The following by David P. Goldman is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

Fort Hood Trial of Nidal Hasan: Justice Cannot Be Served If The Truth Cannot Be Told

The following by Deborah Weiss is reposted here with permission of The Legal Project -- it was posted before the verdict was announced.

Fort Hood Trial: Don't Say the "T" Word

by Deborah Weiss
FrontPage Magazine
August 22, 2013

The Fort Hood shootings constituted the largest massacre on a military base in the history of the United States. There is overwhelming evidence that the defendant's motivations were religious in nature. But as the trial ensues, the US government continues to bend over backwards to avoid calling the massacre an act of Islamic terrorism, consistent with Islamist demands not to associate Islam with terrorism.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Mideast Media Sampler 8/23/13: After Use Of Poison Gas, Can Situation in Syria Get Even Worse?

by David Gerstman, contributing blogger at Legal Insurrection

The big news Wednesday was the reported chemical attack on the eastern outskirts of Damascus that may have killed more than 1000 people.

While a number of experts have expressed doubts about the details of the accounts of the attack, international opinion is coalescing that there was indeed a chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the government of Bashar Assad against rebel strongholds.

From Spring 2002 -- Jonathan Schanzer: A Short History of Radical Islam

The following by Jonathan Schanzer is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

Arlene Kushner on Failure of the West to Respond to Deaths of Syrians in Gas Attacks

From Arlene Kushner:
August 23, 2013

No End

Or so it seems, with the obscenities in Syria growing ever greater.  Reports -- as yet not fully confirmed -- have surfaced that Assad used gas against people -- sleeping people including children -- in the rebel-held area of Ghouta, killing over 1,000.  This is the most horrendous charge against him yet. Previously reports were of perhaps 40 killed in any given attack.

And the world? The world, disinclined to be involved, will do nothing.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

If You Want To Safely Support The Muslim Brotherhood, Your Best Bet Is Israel

Today it has become evident that leaders and members of the Islamic Movement in Israel enjoy more freedom and rights than the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Jordan and even -- under the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank -- Hamas.
Khaled Abu Toameh

Khaled Abu Toameh writes that Israel is the only place Where Muslims Can Speak Freely in the Middle East:
Arab journalists and columnists in Israel have been expressing their views about the Egyptian crisis without fear, while their colleagues in Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority are afraid to speak their mind.

Israel, for example, is one of the few countries in the Middle East where Muslims are permitted to demonstrate in favor of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood organization.

Dore Gold: Have the Fundamentals of Israel's Strategic Environment Inextricably Changed?

Have the Fundamentals of Israel's Strategic Environment Inextricably Changed?

Dore Gold, President Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Dore Gold
Dore Gold

Here is the executive summary of the complete article:

  • There is a view that developments since the advent of the Arab Spring have completely altered the way Israel should look at its national security needs for many decades to come. The old strategic assumptions that guided Israeli thinking, according to this thesis, are not going to become relevant again. In order to evaluate this idea, it is necessary to keep in mind that there are certain constants in Israel's security predicament that are not going to be altered even with the developments the Middle East is witnessing.

Daniel Pipes on Obama's Foreign Policy Fiasco

The followinb by Daniel Pipes is reposted here with permission:

Video: Best of Latma, Part 2

Here is the 2nd of 2 parts of the Best of Latma, as Latma now goes into hiatus and an uncertain future.

Latma will be sorely missed.

Here is the video:

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Egyptian Head of Muslim Brotherhood is Arrested -- Obedient New York Times Cries Foul

The following by Raymond Ibrahim is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

The Bloody "Arab Spring" in Egypt and How Obama Brought Us To This Point

The following by Raymond Stock is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters' Crass Antisemitism Ranges From Pigs With Jewish Stars To Boycotting Israel

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters was last seen with his flying pig, complete with a Jewish star, as The Algemeiner reported: Pig Balloon at Roger Waters Concert Features Star of David; Wiesenthal Center Calls Him ‘Open Hater of Jews’:

Roger Waters' flying pig
Rogers Waters has a thing for flying pigs with Jewish stars. Credit: The Algemeiner

At the time, Waters promptly sought a fig leaf of legitimacy by gushing with the obligatory "some of my best friends are Jewish."

Mideast Media Sampler 8/20/13: Hezbollah Targeted by (Other) Terrorists -- But That Won't Stop Them In Syria

by David Gerstman, contributing blogger at Legal Insurrection

Why Hezbollah takes a shine to the shrine

It took a while but a few weeks ago the European Union designated Hezbollah’s “military wing” to be a terrorist organization. There is some speculation as to why the EU took the action, but it seems likely that Hezbollah’s support of Assad was a major factor.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Arlene Kushner on the Degree to Which the Obama Administration Shields Islamist Extremists

From Arlene Kushner:
August 20, 2013


Tearing my hair out is not constructive.  It's even worse than banging my head against the wall.  And so, I must resist all such impulses. 
Please see this article -- "BLIND TO TERROR: The US Government's Disastrous Muslim Outreach Efforts and the Impact on US Middle East Policy."  This is from the Gloria Center, headed by Barry Rubin, and is written by counterterrorism consultant Patrick S. Poole (emphasis added):
"The aftermath of the April 15, 2013 bombings in Boston, Massachusetts, has focused attention on the failure of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to carry out an adequate investigation of the suspected bombers despite warnings from Russian authorities. This failure has partially been attributed to a full scale campaign of political correctness waged inside the bureau and throughout the U.S. government under the Obama administration against any attempt to link jihadi terrorism with anything remotely connected to Islam of any variety (the most radical versions included). This has extended into other segments of the government as well, particularly the Department of Defense.

How Did Charles de Gaulle Decry Muslim Immigration and Still End Up As Time Magazine Man of the Year?

The following by Daniel Pipes is reposted here with permission:

Mideast Media Sampler 8/19/13: New York Times Blames Israel For Obama's Wavering on Egypt

by David Gerstman, contributing blogger at Legal Insurrection

The New York Times faults Israel for looking out for its own interests

It wasn’t just one article over the weekend. No fewer than four articles in the New York Times over the past few days have made the case that Israel values its security more than it does freedom for Egyptians. While any country would reasonably put the safety of its own citizens ahead of other concerns, the New York Times makes it appear unseemly. At a time when the United States is uncertain what approach to take, the reports present a selfish Israel attempting to impose its preferences on those who are struggling to do the right thing.

Raymond Ibrahim on Mubarak's Muslim Brotherhood Prophecy

The following by Raymond Ibrahim is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Arlene Kushner on Abbas and Palestinian Arabs Looking For Excuse To Backtrack On Peace Talks

From Arlene Kushner:
August 19, 2013


Right now we are encountering ironies in a variety of situations, both predictable and unexpected. 
Among the predictable we have the behavior of the Palestinian Authority/PLO.  Once negotiations, which were supposed to be conducted under cover of a media blackout, started, I guessed that we'd be hearing from the Palestinian Arabs before long.  It took about 24 hours before Abbas announced at a press conference with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon in Ramallah that the first session had addressed all key issues, including Jerusalem, refugees, borders, settlements, security and prisoners. 
That was quick. It seems rather surprising that all these issues could have been addressed in just one session. But never mind.  The Palestinian Arabs were off to a start, with regard to talking publicly about the talks.  This is their style:  Not quiet, steady sustentative negotiations, but negotiations via public opinion.

Daniel Pipes: Evidence that Morsi Actually Lost the Egyptian Presidency

The following by Daniel Pipes is reposted here with permission:

Raymond Ibrahim: Behind Benghazi: Muslim Brotherhood and Obama Administration

The following by Raymond Ibrahim is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

Video: South African Dr. Kenneth Meshoe and His Daughter Debunk The Slander That Israel Is An Apartheid State

There are politicians who find lying to be a normal way of doing politics. Many of them know that they are lying. And they just continue lying in order to please people who hate Israel and in order to please people who they believe have money and oil; in order to do so they make blatant lies.
Dr. Kenneth Meshoe, Interview with South African MP Kenneth Meshoe

Esther Meshoe, the daughter of conservative South African parliamentarian, Dr. Kenneth Meshoe, refutes the claim that Israel is an Apartheid state.

Here is the video:

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Arms For Peace: Obama Administration Arguments For Arming Syrian Insurgents Just Don't Work

The following by Gary C. Gambill is reposted with permission of Middle East Forum:

If You Think Middle East Is Unstable Now, Now The Kurds Are Making Their Move in Syria

The Kurdish Awakening in Syria:
Could It Lead to Regional War?

Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah

Here is the executive summary of the original aricle:

  • After largely sitting on the sidelines of the Syrian revolution, political groups from Syria's Kurdish minority have moved decisively to claim control of Kurdish-populated areas.

  • For the first time in modern Syrian Kurdish history, Kurds have created an exclusively Kurdish-controlled enclave. Kurdish spokesmen have indicated that they are planning to form a provisional Kurdish government due to the absence of any central authority.

MEQ December 1997: Can Arabs Buy Land in Israel?

The following by Alexander Safian is resposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

Can Arabs Buy Land in Israel?

by Alexander Safian
Middle East Quarterly
December 1997, pp. 11-16

Mideast Media Sampler 8/16/13: Like Obama, The Media Also Has Focus Issues With Israel

by David Gerstman, contributing blogger at Legal Insurrection

Attention Deficit Peace Process Disorder

Last week Thomas Friedman wrote a paean to John Kerry's peacemaking, Daring to fail. In the middle of the article he presented the same sort of "concern" for Israel that Secretary of State Kerry did.
Let’s start with a small item in Britain’s Independent newspaper on July 24, which began: “He once sang, ‘You Gotta Get Outta This Place,’ but now Eric Burdon is not even turning up at all having deciding to withdraw from a planned concert in Israel. ... The Animals frontman, whose hits include ‘House of the Rising Sun,’ and ‘San Franciscan Nights,’ had been due to perform alongside local Israeli bands in Binyamina. ... However, in a statement, Mr. Burdon’s management, said: ‘We’ve been receiving mounting pressure, including numerous threatening e-mails, daily. ...’” Burdon was just the latest of a rising number of artists and intellectuals who have started boycotting Israel over the occupation issue.
First of all as even Friedman acknowledged, Burdon's cancellation was due to "threatening e-mails." This wasn't an example of protesting Israeli policies. Second of all the stated purpose of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement isn't co-existence; it's no Israel. In one paragraph, while professing his concern for Israel, Friedman accepted threats as an acceptable way to oppose Israeli policies and validated those seeking to destroy Israel as legitimate.

Oh, and Friedman didn't even bother to keep up with the news. Burdon, in the end, reversed himself, ignored the threats and played in Israel. In other words Friedman's argument was obsolete before his fingers hit the keyboard. Wasn't he paying attention?

Friday, August 16, 2013

MEQ Winter 2005: Putin's Pro-Israel Policy

The following by Mark N. Katz is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

Putin's Pro-Israel Policy

by Mark N. Katz
Middle East Quarterly
Winter 2005, pp. 51-59

Arlene Kushner on How The West Mistakenly Fuels The Violence In Egypt by Backing Muslim Brotherhood

From Arlene Kushner:
August 15, 2013


I tabled discussion about Egypt for some days, as I considered the release of terrorists from Israeli prison and related events here.  And in the course of those days, the situation in Egypt has escalated -- in some ways, inevitably, in some ways not.
The military regime of General al-Sisi had been threatening to take out encampments of Muslim Brotherhood resistance, if the people demonstrating for the return of Morsi did not disband.  Finally, Sisi acted.  As I write, some 500 people have died and the Islamists are not pulling back but rather responding with violence.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mideast Media Sampler – 8/15/13: Media Targets Egypt Military, Ignores Muslim Brotherhood Attempted Power Grab

by David Gerstman, contributing blogger at Legal Insurrection

What should the American response to the latest outbreak of violence in Egypt be?

Not entirely surprisingly, the editors in the New York Times call for a complete cutoff of aid in Military Madness in Cairo:
But the major blame rests with General Sisi. He seized power from a democratically elected government. He controls the security forces that have persecuted and brutalized political opponents. And he approved orders for heavily armed forces to use deadly force against peaceful protesters with a very legitimate political grievance — the ouster and secret detention of Egypt’s first democratically elected president.

David P. Goldman: America's Problems in the Middle East are Just Beginning

The following by David P. Goldman is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

MEQ Winter 2012: Oren Kessler on The Two Faces of Al Jazeera

The following by Oren Kessler is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

The Two Faces of Al Jazeera

Arlene Kushner on Palestinian Terrorist Release and Hamas Response

From Arlene Kushner:
August 14, 2013


That's the current state of affairs.
Yesterday, the High Court -- totally as expected -- rejected the appeals of families of terror victims and said that the State had the right, for diplomatic reasons, to effect the release of the first 26 Palestinian Arab terrorists.
And so, after midnight last night (the wee hours of Wednesday, the 14th) the arrangements were carried out by Prison Services, with some being bused to Ramallah and others to the Erez Crossing into Gaza.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mideast Media Sampler 8/14/13: Is Kerry Really As Concerned For Israel As He Claims To Be?

by David Gerstman, contributing blogger at Legal Insurrection

For the third time in two weeks we have a report about Secretary of State Kerry’s concern for Israel.

First in the New York Times:
With the Palestinians poised to take their claim for statehood to the International Criminal Court and United Nations bodies, American officials say the two sides were facing a downward spiral in which the Israelis would respond by cutting off financing to the Palestinian territories and European nations might curtail their investment in Israel, further isolating the Israelis.
Then it was in the Times of Israel:
An optimistic-sounding Kerry asked the Jewish leaders for their help in supporting the newly restarted talks, The Times of Israel learned, saying that he feared for Israel’s future if a peace deal is not reached.
Yesterday it was Jeffrey Goldberg:
Kerry, capitalizing on this anxiety, has warned Netanyahu in recent weeks that if the current peace talks bear no fruit, Israel may soon be facing an international delegitimization campaign — in his words — “on steroids.”

Bereaved Families of Victims of Palestinian Terrorists Send Open Letter to US Secretary of State Kerry on Their Release

Here is the letter Bereaved Families for Peace and Justice sent to the media -- followed by the open letter they sent to Secretary of State John Kerry:
To members of the media

Bereaved Families for Peace and Justice, an Israel-based grass-roots group opposed to the release of convicted terrorists and murderers from the Israeli prisons where they are serving often-lengthy terms for appalling crimes, yesterday delivered a letter to the office of US Secretary of State John Kerry. It calls upon him to meet with representatives of the group as soon as possible, and to hear why such releases contradict the peace process.

MEQ Spring 2011: Abbas vs. Obama (Maybe It Really Is Abbas Who's Calling The Shots)

The following by Steven J. Rosen is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

Abbas vs. Obama

by Steven J. Rosen
Middle East Quarterly
Spring 2011, pp. 53-58 (view PDF)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Video: Best of Latma Part 1 -- And What The Future Holds For Latma

Last week and this week Latma is posting 2 videos with highlights of the best of Latma over the past 4 years.

Take a look:

Cynthia Farahat: Is Muslim Brotherhood Working Together With Ambassador Chris Stevens' Assassin?

The following by Cynthia Farahat is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

Mideast Media Sampler 8/13/13: Why Isn't Kerry Concerned About A Terrorist Palestinian State?

by David Gerstman, contributing blogger at Legal Insurrection

Terrorism is Diplomacy by Other Means

Yesterday I wondered Does John Kerry worry about a Palestine that reveres such monsters as the murderer of Nissim Toledano? The impetus for my curiosity was Secretary of State John Kerry's remarks last week in front of a number Jewish American leaders as reported by the Times of Israel:
An optimistic-sounding Kerry asked the Jewish leaders for their help in supporting the newly restarted talks, The Times of Israel learned, saying that he feared for Israel’s future if a peace deal is not reached.
If he worried about Israel's future, did he worry about a state that was based of violence and terror?

MEQ Spring 2008: Fatah's Embrace of Islamism

The following by Ido Zelkovitz is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

Fatah's Embrace of Islamism

by Ido Zelkovitz
Middle East Quarterly
Spring 2008, pp. 19-26

Monday, August 12, 2013

Hilal Khashan: The Political Isolation of Lebanese Sunnis

The following by Hilal Khashan is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

The Political Isolation of Lebanese Sunnis

by Hilal Khashan
Middle East Quarterly
Summer 2013, pp. 69-75 (view PDF)

Arlene Kushner on Israel's Release of Palestinian Terrorists -- And The Attempt To Depict Them As Something Else

From Arlene Kushner:
August 12, 2013

And humiliation, as far as I am concerned. We have handed a victory to the bad guys just in order to bend over backwards, like a contortionist, a pretzel, to show the world how "eager" we are to bring the Palestinian Arabs to the table.

What I see is that chances that the government will reverse itself with regard to the 26 terrorists prisoners that are to be released tomorrow is almost non-existent. They are standing by their decision and the court is standing by their right to make that political decision, grief of families notwithstanding.


I cringe at what's coming tomorrow, with the celebrations as they are released.  (Photo is of a previous such occasion.)

Credit: CAMERA

But I believe we must keep our eye on the way to be most productive in fighting the current situation. 

Jonathan Rosenblum on the Israel-Palestinian "Peace Talks," and Implications of US Pressure on Netanyahu

The following by Jonathan Rosenblum is reposted here with permission:

Israel Sues for Peace

by Jonathan Rosenblum
Jerusalem Post, Yated Ne'eman
August 9, 2013

We can safely stipulate that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu did not happily agree to release 104 savage Palestinian murderers as the prize for Palestinian agreement to once again sit at the negotiating table. In so doing, he damaged not just his political standing, but whatever remains of his moral authority and reputation for strategic thinking.

Not too many readers outside of Israel will be exposed to a full catalogue of the deeds perpetrated by those to be released. But Israelis were, and they were revolted.

Raymond Ibrahim: Egyptians Enraged by U.S. Outreach to Muslim Brotherhood

The following by Raymond Ibrahim is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Arlene Kushner: Kerry Wants To Exploit American Jews To Pressure Netanyahu To Ignore Israeli Voters

From Arlene Kushner:
August 11, 2013:

Despicable and Dangerous

Last Thursday night, Secretary of State Kerry met for 90 minutes with a select group of heads of Jewish American organizations to speak about the "peace process."  Standing with him at this "briefing" were National Security Advisor Susan Rice and special envoy (Middle East "mediator?") Martin Indyk.
Present were representatives of AIPAC, J Street, the ADL, the American Jewish Committee, the Conservative movement (the Rabbinic Assembly according to the JPost, and perhaps also the United Synagogue), the Orthodox Union, American Friends of Lubavitch, B’nai B’rith International, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Jewish Federations of North America, Hadassah, the National Jewish Democratic Council, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

As Erdogan's Facade of Secularism Slips, Will The West Either Notice or Care?

The following by Sam Nunberg is reposted here with permission of The Legal Project:

Efraim Karsh On The Truth Behind The Myths Fabricated By and About "Lawrence of Arabia"

The following by Efraim Karsh is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum: