The irony here is fascinating. A group of anti-Israel protesters were sent scattering as alarms went off in Jerusalem indicating a missile attack. The rocket of course was launched by Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement. Fortunately for these anti-Israel protesters, the missile missed them, landing instead in an olive grove.
A rocket fired from Gaza struck an olive grove near Jerusalem on Tuesday, an AFP correspondent and witnesses said, shortly before the UN chief arrived for talks on ending the Gaza crisis.
The attack was claimed by the armed wing of Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement, in the second such attempt to target Jerusalem in five days.
A loud explosion could be heard in southern Jerusalem shortly after air raid sirens sounded, with police and the army confirming a rocket had landed in an open area in the West Bank.
In Jerusalem, the sirens sparked panic, with cars screeching to a halt and people dashing for cover in the shadow of buildings, or crouching beside stationary vehicles, an AFP correspondent said.
But group of about 200 Palestinians demonstrating outside the Hebrew University against Israel’s ongoing bombing campaign over Gaza, now in its seventh day, started chanting: “Go for it, Gaza!”
Well, Gaza once again went for it with this rocket launch, but these particular protesters weren’t so brazen with their comments once the rocket started heading in their direction.
Here’s a video appropriately titled, Anti israeli protesters run like rats when there’s a missile alarm.
The image is heartbreaking – At a hospital in Gaza, Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil kisses the forehead of a lifeless Palestinian child, while Hamas Prime Minsister Ismail Haniyeh cradles the boy in his arms.
The image made its way around the world, presenting a PR gift for Hamas, and a serious one for Israel. The country that is doing nothing more than defending itself from terrorist attacks, was now being presented as the aggressor, and one that was launching attacks that were killing innocent children.
The problem is, the events surrounding the image were never real.
Via Honest Reporting:
Turns out Hamas is not content with using children as human shields, they are also willing to prop up their dead bodies in an attempt to get world opinion on their side. And as usual, the media is all too compliant in their efforts to denigrate Israel’s actions – a country simply trying to defend itself from terror.
Yea but … Obama killed Osama. Hadn’t you heard?
… all we have from Obama is passivity, which is a recurring theme in the administration’s approach to the Middle East. So is “aggressive hedging,” a term used by the Brookings Institution’s Shadi Hamid to describe Obama’s strange reluctance to clearly choose sides in the uprisings of the Arab Spring.
“There’s a widespread perception in the region that Obama is a weak, somewhat feckless president,” Hamid, who runs the Brookings Doha Center, told me. “Bush may have been hated, but he was also feared, and what we’ve learned in the Middle East is that fear, sometimes at least, can be a good thing. Obama’s aggressive hedging has alienated both sides of the Arab divide. Autocrats, particularly in the Gulf, think Obama naively supports Arab revolutionaries, while Arab protesters and revolutionaries seem to think the opposite.”
Leaders across the Middle East don’t take Obama’s threats seriously. Neither Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor the Arab leaders of the Gulf countries believe he’ll act militarily against Iran’s nuclear program in his second term.
Not to fear, we don’t take it very seriously here either when the President pretends to be a tough foreign policy advocate.
When it comes to foreign policy, it looks like it was actually George Bush who had the big stick.
Apparently frustrated with the United Nations inability to understand that Iran is on the verge of becoming a nuclear threat, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to provide visual aids to accompany his speech today.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a dramatic speech to the United Nations, employed a simple diagram to hammer home his plea that the international community set a “clear red line” over Iran’s nuclear program — warning that a nuclear-armed Iran would be tantamount to a nuclear-armed Al Qaeda.
Netanyahu claimed Thursday that Iran would have enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear bomb by next summer. His remarks before the U.N. General Assembly amounted to an appeal to the U.S. and other nations to join Israel in drawing a line that Iran cannot cross without risking a military response.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought a visual aid with him today to the United Nations General Assembly.
He drew a RED LINE on the bomb chart.
During his speech the Israeli Prime Minister explained to the audience that the Iranian regime had already completed the first stage of their nuclear program. The regime is working on the second stage. Netanyahu urged the members to draw a red line before the Iranians complete the second stage of their program.
This was a very effective presentation.
It’s a Presidential love triangle gone awry. While Obama has openly dumped one of our most important ally’s in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for an appearance with the ladies of The View, he has also been showering Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with gifts – such as free parking for his Boeing 747 in Washington.
The plane, named “Iran Air”, exchanged fleeting glances with the President’s plane.
Via the Washington Post:
Free parking is hard to find in Washington — but not, apparently, for the Boeing 747 that ferried Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to this week’s United Nations General Assembly gathering in New York.
That plane, emblazoned with the “Iran Air” logo, was parked Wednesday at Joint Base Andrews — the same air field where Air Force One is stored. In fact, President Obama taxied past the Iranian jet on his way to two campaign events in Ohio.
Awww… How sweet.
U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today released the following joint statement on President Obama’s recent comments about “bumps in the road” in the Middle East on his watch:
“President Obama recently said the broader Middle East has been experiencing some ‘bumps in the road.’ If the President had taken some time to hold even one meeting with his foreign colleagues during his visit to the U.N. General Assembly in New York today, perhaps they would have told him what has really happened in the Middle East on his watch.
“It is not a ‘bump in the road’ when American embassies, and those of our friends and allies, are attacked by hateful mobs who also murder their fellow citizens, allegedly because of a disgusting and bigoted video. That is the result of extremists who would seize on any opportunity to further their ideological agenda – extremists who have been gaining ground over the past two years.
“It is not a ‘bump in the road’ when Al-Qaeda fighters and their terrorist allies have been gaining ground in Libya, a country the United States helped to liberate but has not sufficiently supported in its ongoing struggle against lawlessness and violent extremism.
“It is not a ‘bump in the road’ when the relationship between the United States and Israel has never been worse at a time when the threat from Iran has never been greater and when events in the Middle East have never been more tumultuous or uncertain.
“It is not a ‘bump in the road’ when Israel and our Gulf partners have never had less confidence in the willingness of the American President to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.
“It is not a ‘bump in the road’ when more than 25,000 men, women, and children have been slaughtered by the Assad regime in Syria – a conflict that is destabilizing the region, putting weapons of mass destruction at risk, creating a new safe haven for Al-Qaeda and its terrorist allies, and growing more dangerous by the day for the United States and our allies. That is the result of the President’s complete lack of leadership and unwillingness to take the necessary actions together with our friends and allies that could end the violence and create the conditions for a negotiated transition to a more peaceful, democratic future in Syria.
“It is not a ‘bump in the road’ when a small group of insurgents are able to destroy nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in U.S. fighter aircraft in a single attack in Kandahar – or when the ‘insider attacks’ against our forces and those of our allies have risen to such an extent that our commander has suspended training and joint operations with Afghan units, which is the core of our strategy to succeed. That is the result this Administration’s consistent efforts to cut corners in the war in Afghanistan – giving our commanders fewer troops than they recommended and withdrawing them in larger numbers and at a faster pace than our commanders advised, which is resulted in the very additional risks to our mission that our military leaders warned.
“It is not a ‘bump in the road’ when violence in Iraq is rising, the Iraqi political system is growing more authoritarian, Iranian meddling and influence is growing, and the Maliki government is allowing Iran to fly planeloads of weapons and fighters into Syria through Iraqi airspace. That is the result of a U.S. President who has squandered the gains of the surge in order to fulfill his campaign promise of withdrawing all U.S. troops from Iraq, even at the expense of our national security interests.
“None of these events are ‘bumps in the road.’ They are failures of American leadership. And they call for the United States to begin leading more actively, rather than trying to lead from behind.”
You know it’s bad when the normally compliant lapdog media rips the President for forsaking his job over a chance to campaign on The View.
President Obama arrived in New York Monday afternoon for the United Nations General Assembly. One of the main topics of discussion at this annual meeting will be the recent unrest outside U.S. embassies in the Muslim world, including an attack in Benghazi, Libya, which claimed the lives of four Americans. But unlike years past, the president will not be sitting down with any of the more than 120 world leaders who are here in New York.
Simply put, the White House is prioritizing the president’s reelection effort. Most heads of state will be here all week, but the president will be in New York less than 24 hours, and even then will spend most of his time away from this conference.
After landing in New York Monday afternoon, the president headed straight for a sit-down –not with visiting leaders, but with the ladies of “The View,” for an interview to air tomorrow.
Last year at the U.N. General Assembly, President Obama held 13 one-on-one meetings with major leaders.
But this year diplomacy is taking a back seat to campaigning, despite a worsening civil war in Syria, rising tensions between Israel and Iran, and the recent attack in Libya.
What CBS fails to understand is that watching U.S. buildings burn to the ground, and diplomats being murdered at the hands of Islamic extremists across the Middle East isn’t that big of a deal.
They’re just “bumps in the road“, topics hardly worthy of taking the time to actually act like a President. This man is a rock star people, and the ladies of The View demand his time.
World leaders? He’ll call them … maybe.
Wendy Long is calling on Kirsten Gillibrand to explain why Democrats are abandoning Israel as a foreign policy priority.
In a snub to one of America’s most trusted allies, the 2012 Democratic Platform omits pro-Israel positions on Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees, and Hamas that have existed in past platforms, according to published reports.
“The Gillibrand-Democratic Party Platform is an insult to America’s special relationship with Israel. Simply bragging about killing Bin-Laden is not a foreign policy. It is not keeping Americans safe, nor will it keep New Yorkers safe, and it doesn’t reflect the special nature of America’s relationship to Israel,” said U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long.
Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel
The 2004 and 2008 Democratic Party platforms declared that “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel… It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.” The 2012 platform is silent on the issue, as President Obama has been.
Both the 2004 and 2008 Democratic Party platforms specify that Palestinian refugees should be allowed to settle in a future Palestinian state, not in Israel. The 2012 platform is silent on the issue.
The 2008 Democratic Party platform articulated an isolation policy toward Hamas, “until it renounces terrorism, recognizes Israel’s right to exist, and abides by past agreements.” Unfortunately, the 2012 party platform is silent on the issue.
Long added, “Senator Gillibrand needs to take a break from her phony gender-war mongering and focus on the real wars being fought in the Middle East, to promote the mutual interests of the United States, and strengthen our special relationship with our closest ally in the region, Israel.”
“I call upon Senator Gillibrand to denounce her party’s abandonment of Israel in the platform.”
At a meeting with 20 conservative Jewish leaders yesterday, President Obama laid claim to having more knowledge of Judaism than other previous President. What does the President cite for his breadth of knowledge?
He read about it.
By this logic, I once read the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting, thus apparently making me a zen master of all things childbirth.
The Weekly Standard reports:
“Obama … stressed he probably knows about Judaism more than any other president, because he read about it,” Haaretz reports. “[He] wondered how come no one asks Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner or Senate minority leader Mitch McConnel [sic] about their support to Israel.”
Similarly, he said to the group, “I [am] not going to tell you again how I even feel about Israel, but why [are] we still talking about it?”
He then suggested that he should not be questioned about his commitment to the Jewish state because “all his friends in Chicago were Jewish – and at the beginning of his political career he was accused of being a puppet of the Israel lobby,” Haaretz reports.
Do not question his commitment because his friends in Chicago were Jewish? He was also friends with Bill Ayers, should we not question his commitment to domestic terrorism. His pastor for decades was Jeremiah Wright, should we not question his commitment to anti-American racists?
And how do we know he read about Judaism anyway, did he take a college course on the topic? We’ll likely never know.
It’s a shame he didn’t read up more on basic economics or capitalism. Perhaps then he’d be an expert on those topics as well.