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Mideast Update

I've been sitting on quite a few stories on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, trying to find just the right opportunity to bring them up. And they've finally piled up enough to justify a good roundup.

First up, there's a story from the head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas. He recently made a statement that President Obama had promised him a Palestinian state by September.

This, of course, ties in quite nicely with the whole "Obama is a secret Muslim" and "Obama is against Israel and pro-Arab" and whatnot.

But it's a load of crap. I'd wager pretty much anything that Obama said no such thing. And this isn't the first time Abbas has spun this kind of BS -- he also claimed that President Bush had said something even more resolute:

"God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them."

That was absurd on its face, and only slightly less absurd is that Obama would make such a promise. The only thing that gives it any credibility is Obama's promises all coming with expiration dates -- it's possible (extremely remotely so) that he would make such a pledge, knowing that he wouldn't keep it. But again, I'd bet heavily against it.

Next, we had the recent Passover holiday. This is of the holiest days to Jews, commemorating their flight from slavery in Egypt and, eventually, founding the nation of Israel. And to properly observe that, a couple of Palestinian Authority policemen killed one Jew and wounded four others going to pay their respects at Joseph's Tomb.

And here's a story that's been clogging up my browser windows for a couple of months. Back in January, Israel opened up a site very near the Al Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, for Jews to pray.

And as you read the story, you ask yourself -- why the hell would Israel do something so provocative, so insulting, so arrogant to the Palestinians, and the Muslim world as a whole? Why would they intrude on such a sacred Islamic place?

Well, for that answer, you have to turn to an Israeli news source -- and that's where you learn that the site, before it was conquered by the Muslims about a thousand years ago, it was known for a couple thousand years as the Temple Mount, where the First and Second Jewish Temples were built. And the area in question is one of the walls that supports the Western Wall, the last remaining portion of the Second Temple and the first holiest site to Jews.

For years, the Palestinians on the Temple Mount have been trying to erase all signs that it was ever occupied by Jews, that there were ever any temples there before the two mosques that now occupy it. And they've used that commanding height to routinely attack Jews who are forced to settle for the tiniest portion of the land for their worship. These two stories are just another example of that trend.

There's also an unconfirmed report that officials recently seized an Iranian ship loaded with poison gas. It's unclear where it was heading for, if the story is even true -- there's been no followup -- but I don't think it's too great a stretch that the final destination for the gas was Israel.

And that's not even touching on Hamas recently using a laser-guided anti-tank missile to blow up a school bus. In that case, the bus was mostly empty, but they did manage to kill one child and wound the driver.

Remember, these are the people that Obama says should be "partners in peace," to whom Israel should make concessions in the interest of finding a true, lasting, sustained peaceful arrangement.

An arrangement that will end with a Palestinian state that is suitably Judenfrei, of course.

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Comments (16)

Obama promised no such thin... (Below threshold)
914:

Obama promised no such thing.. Don't bring up such silliness. He may have promised to golf with A bass, but no way a State. You could show a video documenting it, it would still be silly Peacer nonsense.

No one says "Losers" better... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

No one says "Losers" better than Palestinians. They've been butt-fucked by their Arab brethren since 1948. Their 'leaders' have done nothing but loot the funds provided to them. Arafat's wife and kid are living the high life in Paris with millions in the bank.

I swear those people are born with "Stupid" written on their foreheads, and "Kick Me" on their asses.

The palestinians don't want... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The palestinians don't want peace. They want money. I think we should cut them off or at least charge them $500,000.00 per missle launch at Israel to be taken off their aide the next year. The front line palestinians are stupid but our government is more so to think they can bring peace to this region. ww

Here's something you can ta... (Below threshold)
glenn:

Here's something you can take to the bank. If any of the Arabs use poison gas on Israel that'll be the end of 'em. How many survive will depend on what percentage of the Israeli air force gets airborn.

Hmmm? Seems like the terror... (Below threshold)
914:

Hmmm? Seems like the terrorstinians believe they are entitled to others property just like the dems?

Incremental steps,... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:


Incremental steps, inching closer to the ending.

Each of you posting here knows this. It would be less terrible to simply cease the "negotiations" and let it come to a head. Watching the escalations (laser guided missiles, poison gas) will tell you the ultimate trigger will be horrifying.

It's become clear,observing ,over the years that the outcome isn't statehood for the Palis, but the total eradication of Israel. Pretending otherwise is rank hypocrisy.

And everyone involved HAS to know this.

Hamas is dumb enough to use... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Hamas is dumb enough to use poison gas, Gaza will become a glass parking lot.

Now where would they get po... (Below threshold)
914:

Now where would they get poison gas from nearby? KDaffy perhaps?

It is silliness to 'partner for peace' with cockroaches. Before you know it, they eat you out of house and home.

Jay Tea, I think you are ju... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Jay Tea, I think you are just racist to be talking about people from the midde east like that. I mean what else could it be.

rmIn honor of the ... (Below threshold)
epador:

rm

In honor of the recently departed:

Not just racist, but a right-wing extremist, teabagging, Palin-loving, homophobic, Bible-thumping agnostic, sexist, sqeamishly Pro-Choice racist. The worst kind.

epadporThanks I fo... (Below threshold)
retired military:

epadpor

Thanks I forgot about the rest of it.

On a similar note - have yo... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

On a similar note - have you noticed that the do-gooders of San Francisco are preparing to pass a law against circumcision?

Isn't this a HATE CRIME against Muslims?

Wasn't Terry Jones just convicted of something similar?

.... stories on the "Israel... (Below threshold)

.... stories on the "Israeli-palestinian 'conflict'" ....

A "tell," Mister-T, is not always but the site of archeological activity.

Sometimes it shows a light into the content of a man's character.

.... Gaza will become a gla... (Below threshold)

.... Gaza will become a glass parking lot ....

But only if it's being really lucky.

Israel's Foreign Minister A... (Below threshold)
Alex:

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has openly proclaimed his provisional support for ethnically cleansing Palestinians in toto from their ancestral lands. He believes it only a matter of time before Palestinians become so numerous as contrasted with Jews that the former will pose an existential threat to Israel's survival. The Jewish particularists which abound at this site would no doubt support Lieberman in his enterprise; even unto turning Gaza into a "glass parking lot" as "Brian R. Allen" so artlessly puts it. Yet, that the West is approaching a similar existential crisis registers not one scintilla with them. To defend the very existence of Western civilization and the blood-peoples who created it is "racism" and "fascism", you see. There is simply no more powerful evidence of the brainwashing induced by the Jewish media than this glaring double standard which cretins promulgate with bovine docility.

An NPR commentator yesterda... (Below threshold)
James H:

An NPR commentator yesterday pinpointed what might be the worst part of the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation. Apparently, Prime Minister Fayyad is supposed to step down as part of it. Y'know ... the guy who spent the last few years trying to build little things like infrastructure and a professional security force in the West Bank. Not good. Not good at all.




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