“For from the rising of the sun even to its setting, My Name will be great among the Gentiles, and in every place incense is going to be offered to My Name, and a grain offering that is pure; for My Name will be great among the Gentiles,” says Yahweh Sabaoth. (Malachi 1: 11)
Melik Kaylan—Erdoğan pushes Turkey to the brink:
If proof were needed that elections alone do not a democracy make, the case of Turkey seems to furnish a classic example.
Turks are girding for their second national election within five months on Sunday. The turbulent events of recent weeks do not suggest a healthy democratic system’s natural permutations so much as the bloody upheavals of an Arab-Spring-style despotism.
In largely Kurdish southeastern towns, plumes of smoke rise from combat-ridden abandoned buildings, tanks besiege rubble-strewn neighborhoods, and “liberated zones” are manned by masked men bearing Kalashnikovs. A full-scale insurgency trends toward civil war while opposition politicians are smeared as terrorists and their rallies are suicide-bombed even in the capital city.
Many of these images the broader public doesn’t see because of an irrefutable symptom of despotism: a relentlessly muzzled news media. Just this week the AK party’s minority government forcibly silenced the last critical channels on television, those owned by the independent Koza Ipek group. Police took over the premises en masse and even arrested some journalists. Ownership devolved to a pro-AKP council of trustees, as happened in the past to other too-critical news media enterprises such as the popular news daily Sabah.
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SnyderTalk Comment: This is an important point: Turkey’s President Erdoğan is good friends with Barack Obama.
Consider Obama’s prickly relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. No leader is perfect, but Israel is a democracy and Netanyahu has been elected to lead Israel in a direction that doesn’t fit with Obama’s view of the world. Rather than rethink his perspective, Obama has vilified Netanyahu at every turn and insulted him repeatedly.
Obama hates Netanyahu, but he loves Erdoğan because they see eye-to-eye. Their goal is to remake the world in their image.
Erdoğan is an Islamist megalomaniac with hegemonic ambitions that include the entire Middle East. He has ambitions in Europe, too, and his style fits perfectly with Obama’s.
Erdoğan’s and Obama’s strategy is to take what their people give them and everything else they want if their people don’t give it to them. They won’t quit until they get what they lustfully desire. Their approach is reminiscent of Adolf Hitler prior to World War II.
The world is a dangerous place, and it’s getting more dangerous every day. When people with sinister ambitions get their hands on the reins of power, they commit crimes with impunity. That’s what Erdoğan and Obama have done, and they’ve done it with a cloak of legitimacy through elections. That’s reminiscent of Hitler, too.
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The commander of Iran’s ground forces vowed that their long-range missiles would rain down on Israel if it made any move against his country.
The “Zionist regime’s” collapse may occur in less than 25 years, said Brig. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan in an interview with Iran’s Al Alam TV, Tasnim News Agency reported on Monday.
Ayatollah Khamenei said similarly last month that “God willing there will be nothing left of the Zionist regime in 25 years.”
“Meanwhile, the heroic jihadi Islamic spirit will not leave the Zionists in peace for a second,” Khamenei had also added.
In his remarks, Pourdastan said, “we are willing for Israel to take action [against Iran], so that we would turn the supreme leader’s remarks into reality as soon as possible.”
Separately, the Iranian parliament condemned Israel’s “atrocities” against the Palestinians.
“The parliament condemns the Zionist regime’s savage acts… and declares its support for the innocent Palestinian people’s struggle,” said Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Monday, the country’s Fars News Agency reported.
“The Zionists’ adventurism in Palestine is another dimension of opportunism,” he said, charging Israel was taking advantage of chaos in Islamic countries “to extend their domination over Holy Jerusalem and the West Bank by killing the innocent Palestinian people.”
Separately, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told parliament on Monday that the country would implement a July 14 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or nuclear deal with world powers, according to guidelines set by the supreme leader.
Aaron Klein—Democrats Plan to Put ATF on Steroids:
The highly influential Center for American Progress, which has deep ties to the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton, recently released an extensive report calling for the nation’s lead agency on gun regulation to be merged into the FBI.
The generalities of the center’s 182-page report were widely covered by media upon its release last May. However, the details in the report were largely unmentioned, including by conservative media agencies.
The center’s report explains how merging the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, into the FBI can result in more a proactive approach to gun regulation. That would include stepping up the collection of trace data on gun owners; more policing of sales at gun shows and the Internet; and enhanced gun regulation functions.
The report and other recent center recommendations may provide a window into the thinking of a future Clinton administration, with Clinton taking a strong anti-gun stance as part of her presidential campaign.
CAP was founded by John Podesta, who directed Obama’s transition into the White House in 2009 and served as White House counselor until earlier this year, when he took on the role of chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Aaron Klein—Jerusalem Temple activist attacked – again!:
Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a well-known Temple Mount activist, escaped injury when his vehicle was a hit by a Palestinian rock attack Thursday.
According to JewishPress.com, the incident took place “exactly one year, one hour and one minute” after Glick was shot four times at point-blank range during an assassination attempt by a Palestinian terrorist in Jerusalem.
The American-born Israeli rabbi, who campaigns for more Jewish access to the Temple Mount, was the passenger in a vehicle being driven by another rabbi that was caught in a rock ambush on a road between the West Bank towns of Beit Omar and Karmei Tzur.
Police believe Glick was not singled out in the rock attack and that the assailants did not know who was inside the vehicle.
Russia and Iran must agree to a date and means for Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to quit the country, and agree to withdraw all foreign forces from Syria, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said in an interview with Sky News Arabia broadcast on Saturday.
Arch regional competitors Saudi Arabia and Iran, whose rivalry has been aggravated by their support for opposing sides in Syria, both took part in talks to find a peaceful solution for the country for the first time in Vienna on Friday.
Jubeir said in the interview the Vienna talks, which will resume within two weeks, would show how serious Assad and his backers Iran and Russia were in seeking a peaceful solution to the crisis.
“Our two points where we differ from them are on a date and means for Assad’s departure, and the second point is on a date and means for the withdrawal of foreign forces, especially Iranian ones. These are the two basic points without which there can be no solution,” he said.
Can outsiders—even one as powerful as the United States—stabilize the most fragile states in the greater Middle East? A look at five of the region’s toughest challenges—Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan—suggests not. True stability requires education, jobs, and an absence of corruption. All are in short supply across these countries, and the earnest efforts of outsiders can only do so much to make a difference. These five sets of facts demonstrate that while some of these countries have shown flashes of progress, none inspires confidence that a bright longer-term future lies ahead. That’s something leaders in the developed world must consider when deciding how many troops and taxpayer dollars to devote to the effort.
In some ways, Washington’s best shot at bringing stability to the region was in Afghanistan. The U.S. committed to a full-scale military campaign to root out the Taliban there, and on the heels of 9/11, had the popular support to remain in the country long enough to try to help rebuild it. But 14 years of war and $685.6 billion later, critical problems remain unsolved.
Education is chief among them. The United Nation Development Programme’s Education Index ranks the country 169 out of 187—not surprising given that adults in the country have received an average 3.2 years of schooling. The disparity in secondary school enrollment between males (70 percent) and females (38 percent) remains a serious concern. Afghanistan is also the third most corrupt country in the world, according to Transparency International, ranking 172 out of a possible 175.
Afghanistan still depends on international donors—led by the U.S.—to pay for roughly 2/3 of its government’s expenditures, according to 2013 IMF figures. Domestic revenue only accounts for 21.2 percent of the government budget. It’s hard to be stable when you’re relying so heavily on the goodwill of others.
Joyce Karam—Debating the Middle East beyond Iran and ISIS:
In the last four years, and as unprecedented tectonic changes swept over the Middle East and North Africa, regional policymakers looked towards Western analysts and think tanks in attempting to understand the new reality. This approach might be finally changing, as new regional think tanks among them is Beirut Institute are gaining foothold, by introducing a more pro-active indigenous strategy in addressing the region’s future.
As its name would suggest, Beirut Institute is based in the Lebanese capital but has managed through its first annual summit earlier this month in Abu Dhabi to bring forth a global network of policymakers, youth activists, from as far as Australia and as close as Saudi Arabia and Iraq. The idea was to “brainstorm ideas in light of events and changes in the Middle East, post-Iran deal and Russian repositioning, and to go beyond the security prism”, the institute’s founder Raghida Dergham and my colleague at Al-Hayat told me this week.
Eric R. Mandel—Time for a new American understanding of the conflict:
“The historical denial about the right of Jewish people to have their own homeland” and the Palestinian “refusal to acknowledge Israel as a Jewish state, that is a critical issue that needs to be addressed.” – Democratic California Congressman Alan Lowenthal.
This week the United Nations Security Council debated the causes of the current violence in Israel.
It wasn’t much of a debate.
The ambassadors were in perfect agreement about who caused the violence, and were sure of the remedy. Facts were chosen, and context was conveniently ignored.
That evening I was asked to speak to young Jewish professionals in New York City about the current situation. During the Q&A and afterwards, one question was repeatedly asked: How do we respond to people who disproportionately blame Israel? How do we interact with people especially on the Internet who barely acknowledge the unprovoked Palestinian attacks, or show any discomfort with the blatant Jew hatred pervasive on the Internet? The UN ambassadors were unanimous in agreement that the source of the violence was the settlements, and Israel’s change in the status quo on the Temple Mount. They agreed that it is the Palestinians who need protection from Israelis. The obvious fact that if Palestinian attacks ended, the violence would cease is never mentioned. Israel’s legitimate security requirements, and its rejected offers of land for peace were ignored, as they do not fit the anti-Israel narrative of the United Nations.
“A two-state solution with strong security protections remains the only viable alternative. And for anybody who thinks otherwise, you can measure what unitary looks like by just looking at what’s been going on in the last weeks.” Secretary of State John Kerry Remarks at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace October 28, 2015.
Let’s set aside whether or not a “two-state solution with strong security protections” is a reckless fantasy.
Mr. Kerry threatens us that “what’s been going on in the last weeks” is representative of what we will experience in the future in the absence of the “two-state solution with strong security protections”
Let’s tale a look at murder statistics.
According to FBI data, in 2013 there were 16,037 incidents of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter in the USA – and given the U.S. population of 285,317,559 this comes to 5.6 per hundred thousand.
According to Israel Police data, in 2014 there were 127 incidents of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter – and given the population of Israel of 8.2 million this comes to a rate of less than 1.6 per hundred thousand.
So we could have another 332 murders a year here in Israel to reach the murder rate in the United States. That’s almost another murder a day.
Louis René Beres—Why Oslo failed: Confronting ‘Peace Now’:
Notwithstanding the latest “Peace Now” demonstrations in Tel-Aviv, Oslo Agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority remain destined to fail. This is not because of any Israeli “right-wing government intransigence,” but on account of an immutably corrupted Palestinian doctrine.
From Oslo’s beginnings, in 1993, the Arab side sought only to embrace the U.S.-brokered pact as a promising means of improving its own relative power position. Even then, in unhidden sentiments that have become still more explicit during the so-called “Third Intifada,” the Palestinians had been seeking only a One-State Solution.
Never, even for a moment, did a single Palestinian faction display any authentic interest in living “side-by-side” with any Jewish State.
Never did any such faction actually favor a “Two-State Solution.”
There are, of course, other elements of Palestinian misrepresentation and contrivance, that have cumulatively doomed the “peace process.” Most obvious is the ongoing and plainly-undiminished Palestinian commitment to incitement and terror, and, as an inevitable corollary, the continuing Palestinian insistence on a “right of return.” On its face, this alleged “right” remains a not-so-coded message for accelerating Israel’s incremental destruction. Prima facie, this seemingly-benign and “just” expectation clearly represents complete rejection of Israel’s physical continuance as a sovereign state.
Ben Cohen—It’s Official: BDS Is Hate Speech:
A few years ago, the British antisemitism scholar David Hirsh remarked that while Israel was the ostensible target of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, first in the firing line were diaspora Jews. This shouldn’t be surprising if you consider it carefully — Jewish organizations are typically called on by the media to defend Israel, particularly during times of conflict, and many individual Jews have faced ostracism within their own professional communities for speaking in support of Israel and against the boycott.
So, when I learned the news that the highest appeals court in France had upheld fines imposed on anti-Israel activists for “inciting hate or discrimination” during a demonstration promoting the boycott, I was reminded immediately of David’s insight. For what the French court decision demonstrates — and too many people in the Jewish community, especially in Israel, still don’t properly understand this — is that BDS is essentially a domestic form of antisemitism that attacks local Jews through the demonizing of the Jewish state. The only way for Jews to remove this stain is through publicly dissociating themselves from, and loudly condemning, the State of Israel. Quarantining Israel in order to eliminate it may be the stated goal of BDS, but its immediate and often only impact is upon those Jews in the vicinity of the movement’s propaganda activities.
Ingrid Carlqvist—Sweden: It Is Considered Racism Only If the Victims Are Not White:
- “Then he stuck his sword in my friend’s belly. One student started screaming but we all still thought it was a prank.” — Student, quoted in Expressen.
- After the double murders at IKEA, there were no such discussions. We have yet to hear anyone condemn the racist motive of the IKEA murderer, Abraham Ukbagabir. When questioned by the police, he said that he had chosen his victims because they “looked Swedish.”
- What does Sweden’s Prime Minister hope to achieve by condemning all violence from Swedes, but ignoring all violence from immigrants?
- Just last week in Sweden, six would-be housing facilities for asylum seekers were set ablaze.
- There is the risk that as Swedes become more and more convinced that no one speaks for them, they may feel an increasing need to take matters into their own hands.
- “Once the lid blows in Sweden, it will happen with much larger force.” — Hans Davidsen-Nielsen, editorial columnist for the Danish daily, Politiken.
SnyderTalk Comment: It’s true in the United States, too.
American history does not lack for superintendents of devastation whom the taxidermy of whitewashed history puts on display as illustrious persons for the admiration of schoolchildren. While ghosts prowl the outskirts of national mythology, herds of admirers graze agreeably, ever cowed.
Consider Thomas Jefferson, who in 1803 wrote confidentially to the governor of the Indiana Territory that if natives east of the Mississippi persisted in refusing to give up their hunting ways and take up sedentary agriculture instead, they should be rounded up and sent West. Consider his protégé Andrew Jackson, whose Indian Removal Act, the legal justification for grabbing Cherokee land in the southeast and force-marching the “savage hunters” westward, was, he said, a policy “not only liberal, but generous” and “a happy consummation” that might “perhaps cause” the natives “to cast off their savage habits and become an interesting, civilized, and Christian community.” Or consider Jackson’s protégé James K. Polk, who then-Congressman Abraham Lincoln showed had provoked war with Mexico in 1848. Thirteen thousand Americans died in the ensuing Mexican War, but the story told to American schoolchildren is that the memorable local event was the martyrdom of the Anglo victims of the earlier battle of the Alamo. None of this is even to speak of the several presidents and other high officials of the United States who owned slaves—which entailed holding onto them by force and violence, which may not technically qualify as war criminality but may surely be understood as the continuation of war (on Africans) by other means. At his death in 1845, Jackson owned about 150 slaves, his protégé James Polk more than 50. (Writes one historian: “More than half of the children among Polk’s slaves died before reaching age 15”—a mortality rate more than 50 percent higher than that for all blacks in America.) But that’s by the by. The official website about Jackson baronial home “The Hermitage,” the same that tells us about the slaves, calls him “The People’s President,” and his face still adorns the $20 bill.
20 “You shall charge the sons of Israel, that they bring you clear oil of beaten olives for the light, to make a lamp burn continually. 21 In the tent of meeting, outside the veil which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall keep it in order from evening to morning before Yahweh; it shall be a perpetual statute throughout their generations for the sons of Israel.”
SnyderTalk Comment: Read His Name is Yahweh.
- 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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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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