September 3, 2014 SnyderTalk: The Squeaky Wheel gets the Grease and Palestinians are the Squeakiest Wheel in the World


“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may they prosper who love you.” Psalm 122: 6


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The Squeaky Wheel gets the Grease and Palestinians are the Squeakiest Wheel in the World

Hunger and malnutrition are pervasive problems the world over.  Something should be done about it.

Below are some facts that illustrate how widespread hunger and malnutrition are and some of the reasons why:

  • Worldwide 600 million children are living in extreme poverty.
  • The cost of eradicating world poverty is estimated at 1 percent of global income.
  • Almost half the world — over 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.
  • The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income. The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income.
  • 1.6 billion people — a quarter of humanity — live without electricity.
  • 6.9 million children under five years of age died in 2011, nearly 800 every hour.
  • The highest rates of child mortality are still in sub-Saharan Africa – where 1 in 9 children dies before age 5.
  • The number of under-five deaths worldwide has declined from more than 12 million in 1990 to 6.9 million in 2011. Nearly 19,000 children under five died every day in 2011.
  • Globally, the four major killers of children under age 5 are pneumonia (18 percent), diarrheal diseases (15 percent), preterm birth complications (12 percent) and birth asphyxia (9 percent).
  • 58 percent of deaths in children under age five are caused by infectious diseases.
  • In 1981, 52 percent of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty (defined as living on $1.25 or less a day.) Data from the World Bank released in February 2012 estimates that 22 percent of people live in extreme poverty.
  • Country with highest number of under five deaths: India.
  • Every day, approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
  • 99 percent of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries.

Why don’t hunger and malnutrition attract more media coverage?

Why do politicians pay scant attention to it?

Approximately 1 out of 8 people alive today is starving or malnourished.  Wouldn’t you expect more politicians and journalists to zero in on it?

We have the capacity to solve the world hunger problem, but getting food to people who need it isn’t always easy.  We saw an example of that in Somalia in the 1990s.  Islamist terrorists hijacked food shipments destined for starving Somalis and converted them into cash.  The money was used to buy weapons and to enrich warlords.

That was more than 20 years ago.  By now we should have figured out how to feed the starving among us, and we would have if it was important enough to us.  What’s the problem?

Palestinians in Gaza are in dire straits, too.  We know that because journalists and politicians tell us about it every day, but some Palestinians are doing well.  For example, Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal is a billionaire:

Estimates around the world are that Mashaal is currently worth $2.6 billion, but the numbers mentioned by the Arab commentators (based on their many sources) are much higher, varying from $2-5 billion invested in Egyptian and Persian Gulf banks, and some in real estate projects in the Persian Gulf countries.

How did Mashaal accumulate his wealth?

It was not only Hamas members in Gaza who became rich. It appears that political leader Khaled Mashal is another member of the organization who used Hamas funds to his own ends. In 2012, a Jordanian website reported that Mashal had control of a massive $2.6 billion, in large part deposited in Qatari and Egyptian banks. This is likely Hamas’ accumulated assets from years through donations, as well as its investments in various projects in the Arab and Muslim world. It is also known that, among other things, Hamas has invested in real estate projects in Saudi Arabia, Syria and Dubai. And, according to reports, Mashal did not always separate Hamas money and his own.

Yesterday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that Mashaal is a liar.  I’m sure he’s right, but that’s a perfect example of the pot calling the kettle black.  Every Palestinian leader that I know about is a world-class liar and thief.

Several years ago, I read a report that said more than 80% of the money pouring into Palestinian causes is stolen or misappropriated.  Political leaders and journalists must know that.  Why don’t they talk about it?  Why don’t they shout it out and demand justice for criminals who steal money destined for the needy in Gaza and the West Bank?

If Israeli leaders committed those crimes, you can bet that politicians and journalists would demand a day of reckoning. In fact, they did.  Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted for crimes that he committed while in office and given a prison sentence.  He got his just rewards.

Even though Palestinian leaders continue to siphon off money destined for the people of Gaza and the West Bank, individuals and governments keep funneling money in their direction.  If I know about the problem, why don’t they, or do they know and just don’t care?

Israel uncovered a huge new tunnel from Gaza into Israel, built with the concrete slabs Israel permitted to be imported for the construction of houses. And the European Union, the largest provider of economic assistance to the Palestinians, discovered in an audit that the PA has stolen, lost or misappropriated $2.7 billion in EU development money.

The squeaky wheel gets the grease and Palestinians are the squeakiest wheel in the world.  Their noise drowns out pleas for help from starving people.

Palestinian leaders are cry babies, rabble-rousers, and world-class beggars.  They’ve learned that terrorist attacks on Israel are rewarded handsomely.  That’s why they give orders to their followers to throw temper tantrums on the Temple Mount, kidnap and murder innocent Jews, blow themselves up in public places, launch rockets and mortar rounds at Israeli cities, and chant “death to America, death to Israel, death to Jews.”  In the 1960s and 1970s, they ordered them to hijack airliners and start civil wars in Jordan and Lebanon.  All those things are good for their “business”.

That’s true, but Palestinians won’t admit it and the mainstream media and most politicians won’t talk about it.

The cartoon below may have touched on a solution to the world hunger problem.  It’s worth a try.

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Oded Eran: Another Casualty of the Third Gaza War: US-Israel Relations— The third Gaza war in less than six years has added a new dimension of tension to US-Israel relations, and especially between the leaders. Yet despite the strident friction over the latest conflict in Gaza, Israel must prefer American leadership, even if it is tacit, in the political processes between Israel and the Palestinians. To this end, an Israeli-US summit involving the President and Prime Minister is in order, to address the most urgent regional and bilateral issues as well as possible solutions that meet the new reality in the region. Prime Minister Netanyahu would do well to take the initiative to suggest such a summit, which is necessary if only to prevent the further deterioration of relations between Israel and the United States.

Alexander Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky: Give the PA – Not the UN – Responsibility for Palestinians—After we called to defund UNRWA, Matthew Reynolds, the UNRWA Representative in the U.S., responded with criticism. When we observed that UNRWA’s union in Gaza is dominated by Hamas members, who won 25 out of 27 seats in a 2012 election, he said all UNRWA workers are subject to thorough vetting. This vetting is done under a terrorist screening list meant to ensure that no known members of al-Qaeda join the organization. A 2010 Congressional Research Service report notes that the “list does not include Hamas, Hizbullah, or most other militant groups that operate in UNRWA’s surroundings.” Our substantive proposal is that Western donors should reprogram monies from UNRWA to the Palestinian Authority, in order to strengthen the latter in Gaza. Let the putative Palestinian state take responsibility for its own people.

Henry Srebrnik: Qatar Makes Mischief in Middle East— There are countries that are known to punch above their weight. One of these of late has been the Gulf state of Qatar. It’s a tiny country of 11,571 square kilometres jutting out from the Arabian peninsula into the Persian Gulf, its only land neighbour Saudi Arabia. Most of its population is composed of guest workers; only 278,000 of its 1.5 million residents are Qatari citizens. Qatar is a puzzle. On the one hand, it has embraced modernity: Doha is a dazzling city of luxury hotels and skyscrapers — when completed, the Dubai Towers will be 1,434 feet in height — and a centre for global business. Qatari-owned al-Jazeera has become one of the most influential television networks in the world and currently has a total of 82 bureaus around the globe, the second largest number of any media company after the BBC. It now has millions of viewers worldwide, including in North America.

Eli Leon and Yoni Hirsh: Jordan to NATO: ISIS Terrorists Have Begun to Infiltrate Our Borders—Saudi media report that Jordan has provided NATO with detailed secret information that IS (formerly ISIS) terrorists are infiltrating into the kingdom from Iraq and Syria. The British ambassador to Jordan, Peter Millet, said that his country and NATO were prepared to assist Jordan against the threat from IS.

Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn: The Palestinian Authority is Not the Answer in Gaza— Prominent supporters of both Israel and the Palestinian cause are now saying that the solution to the current Gaza conflict is for the Palestinian Authority to be handed control there in place of Hamas. Such thinking fails to account for the PA’s long history of sheltering, assisting, and even collaborating with Hamas and other terrorist groups.

Amir Taheri: Countering Iraq’s ISIS Challenge—Having absorbed the initial shock of ISIS’ rise, Iraq is starting to fight back. In recent days both government units and Kurdish peshmerga have inflicted serious defeats on ISIS units, regaining control of 30-plus towns. Several top ISIS figures have been killed or captured, including “Defense Minister” Khalil al-Mufakhakhah and nine of his commanders.

Ariel Ben Solomon: Did Iran Stage “Downing” of Israeli Drone?—Patrick Megahan, a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said Iran may have staged what it claimed was the downing of an Israeli drone in its airspace a week ago. “First, the remnants of the aircraft [shown in the Iranian video] do not match those of any known Israeli UAV.” In fact, the aircraft that Iran claims to have shot down “actually resembles an Iranian-developed Shahed 129 drone more than any known Israeli one.” Second, Iran’s claim that the drone was on its way to the Natanz uranium enrichment plant is dubious. While there was speculation that it came from Azerbaijan, Natanz is too far from Azerbaijan for those Israeli drone models most similar to the drone in the video.

Guy Millière: Jihad Comes To Europe— A few months before murdering four people at a Jewish Museum in Brussels on May 24th, a French Muslim named Medhi Nemmouche had been released from prison and had already joined the Islamic State (at the time, called ISIS). Nemmouche had left the Museum unmolested and was identified only by images from surveillance cameras. He was arrested two days later in Marseille during an anti-drug check, here it was discovered that he was about to take a boat to Algeria. He had with him his weapons and a black flag of the Islamic State. The French police knew exactly who he was. Despite everything, he had not been placed under close surveillance.

Eylon Aslan-Levy: Crisis of Confidence for British Jewry— The British Jewish community is suffering a crisis of confidence, its sense of security shaken by the anti-Semitic backlash triggered by the Gaza war. The last month has produced a spike in recorded antisemitic incidents: in Scotland, more in one week alone than in the whole of last year. Synagogues have been defaced; a protest was even planned (though later called off) opposite Cambridge Synagogue. Signs comparing Israel to Nazi Germany have been depressingly commonplace. A branch of the grocery store Sainsbury’s briefly removed its kosher section, for fear the food would be destroyed by protestors outside, as had happened in other supermarkets.

Prof. Efraim Inbar: Hamas was defeated – until the next time— Hamas has been defeated, but not destroyed. Its destruction was not the goal of Israel’s military campaign. What Israel wanted was a weakened Hamas to continue to rule Gaza. The separation between Gaza and the West Bank serves Israel’s interest in weakening the Palestinian national movement, which remains a mortal enemy (not a peace partner) for the foreseeable future.

SnyderTalk Comment: Inbar hit the nail on the head.






9--Jerusalem Post


Britain, NATO ready to support Jordan against Islamic State

Netanyahu focuses on threats, as Kerry and Livni looking to re-start talks

Turkey’s new premier says ‘no hope’ of normalizing ties with Israel unless Gaza blockade lifted

Bennett may be challenged for Bayit Yehudi leader

Poll: Nearly 8 in 10 Palestinians say Israel ‘painfully beaten’ by Hamas

Report: Israel killed Islamic State terrorist who fought with Hamas in Gaza

UK slams Israeli decision to appropriate West Bank land, says focus should be on Gaza cease-fire

Israel won’t allow any breach of sovereignty, Ya’alon tells US Foreign Affairs Committee delegation

Renewed fighting erupts on Golan Heights, mortar shell falls inside Israel

PA chief Abbas: Hamas leader Mashaal is a liar

SnyderTalk Comment: A perfect example of the pot calling the kettle black.



10--Arutz Sheva


Abbas Slams Mashaal for ‘Smuggling Weapons Not Against Israel’

Watch: PA Charges IDF of ‘Same Terror’ as 9/11 Attack

Netanyahu: ‘Enough UN Israel Bashing, Oppose Terrorists’

Hareidi Secular Tensions Over Beit Shemesh School

‘Meteoric’ Rise in Religious Education in Tel Aviv

Number of Infiltrators Leaving Israel Skyrockets in August

Bennett Passes Netanyahu as ‘Leader of the Right’

Jewish Home Constitution Crisis Has Party Split

Rivlin: Our Victory is in Our Creativity, Learning

IDF on High Alert as Syria Fighting Worsens








Thousands rally in London against rising anti-Semitism

Syrian rebels demand aid for release of UN force

Islamic State targeted by Arab satire

US urges Israel to reverse West Bank land seizure

West Bank land appropriation harming Israel, Livni says

Analysis: Abbas prepares to get tough on Hamas, and on Israel

Memories of fighting still fresh, kids head back to school nationwide

Heavy fighting renews between Syrian army, rebels in Golan

‘Anything that happens to the Jews they will exaggerate’

Kerry said trying to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

SnyderTalk Comment: Kerry and Obama must not realize that the recently failed “peace talks” triggered the terrorist activity that prompted Israel to launch Operation Protective Edge.  It happens every time “peace talks” get underway.  They are setting the stage for another war/operation.  Do they know it, or are they just clueless?



12--Other News


The Islamic State declare war on Denmark an “Enemy of Islam”

Boko Haram Beheads Six-Year-Old Boy for Christian Faith

UNRWA is a Hostile Organization and Israel Should Treat it Accordingly

Defiant Gaza Militants Vow to Rearm

Undercover Israeli Playwright Exposes Palestinian Holocaust Denial, Rank Jew-Hatred, Anti-Israel Agenda (VIDEO)

Examination of Palestinians Killed in Gaza War – Part Four

Amid ISIS Violence, Saudi King Warns of Threat to U.S. 

Saudi Arabia Ups Pressure on Qatar

Myth of arctic meltdown

Egyptian Actor Kisses ScarJo, Betrays People






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4--Scripture of the Day Yahweh

Genesis 28: 6-9

6 Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take to himself a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he charged him, saying, “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan,” 7 and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and had gone to Paddan-aram. 8 So Esau saw that the daughters of Canaan displeased his father Isaac; 9 and Esau went to Ishmael, and married, besides the wives that he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebaioth.

SnyderTalk Comment: Esau’s response to Isaac’s obedience to Yahweh was to marry Ishmael’s daughter Mahalath.  Esau thought that he would infuriate his father and mother, but he was really trying to distance himself from Yahweh.  He certainly accomplished that objective.

Here is a hint: never mock Yahweh.  It’s bad for your health–really bad for your health.  Read His Name is Yahweh.


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His Name is Yahweh explains why the Name of God, Yahweh, is so important.  It’s available in eBook format and in paperback.  It’s also available for free in PDF format.

  • God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
  • “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
  • “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land.  In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
  • Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)


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Blessings in the Book of Revelation is a book that you need to read, especially now.  There are blessings throughout the Scriptures but Revelation is the only book in the Bible actually containing a specific blessing for reading it. It’s repeated twice, once at the beginning and again at the end. This is the reason that I believe Revelation should be the first step toward studying biblical prophecy. Though not easy to do, Revelation can be broken down and understood by anyone, not just the academic elite. So, Revelation’s blessings are for everyone.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.


Other Books by Neil Snyder

  • Stand! is a suspense novel that exposes the lies, corruption, and greed underlying the theory that man-made CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming.  Professor Wes Carlyle and Karen Sterling, his research collaborator, carefully scan the audience for their would-be attacker—a member of the enviro-gestapo who has been following them for days.  Wes spots his man in the back of the room leaning against the wall.  Suddenly, another man in the audience steps forward and moves toward Karen at a menacing pace.  With a vicious stroke, he swings a billy club at her head.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.
  • What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life? deals with a question that every Christian has to consider: what should I do with my life?  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.
  • Falsely Accused is a true story about a young woman who was accused of committing a double homicide.  It’s about a travesty of justice, and it reveals Yahweh intervening in the life of a believer to rescue her from danger in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.  Everyone will enjoy the book, but young people in particular need to read it because the mistakes made that led to the problem could have been avoided.  They were the kinds of mistakes that young people are prone to make.  As they say, forewarned is forearmed.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.

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