“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)
The Palestinian Two-Step on the Global Stage
Liel Leibovitz wrote an article for Tablet titled “Want To Really Help Refugees?” In it, he points to a serious problem that has escaped the notice of the global donor class:
Forget the pope: The only truly important dignitary visiting New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week is Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. That’s because Abbas, unlike most of his powerful peers, may actually hold the key to world peace.
Don’t laugh. If the strong signals coming from the rais’ office are to be believed, Abbas is likely to take the stage next Wednesday and declare the Oslo Accords dead. This, to all but a handful of sentimentalists, nearly all of whom live in Tel Aviv, is a major opportunity. If Abbas truly believes the age of Oslo to be over, there’s a good argument to be made that he ought to give back every shekel his people have received in international aid for the past 21 years.
If this strikes you as ridiculous or cruel, take a moment to revisit the financial records. That is, if you can find them: In 2013, the European Court of Auditors, an independent E.U. regulatory body set up to monitor the union’s income and spending, discovered that $2.64 billion of European aid investment in the West Bank and Gaza between 2008 and 2012 alone was squandered—lost to mismanagement and corruption. Look back further, to Oslo’s early, euphoric days, and you’ll discover many more billions you just can’t find.
Where did all the money go? Recent leaked documents give two anecdotally instructive looks into the lifestyles of the Palestinian rich and famous, paid for by the kindness of strangers. In one instance, Majdi al-Khaldi, a close Abbas adviser, asked Bahrain’s foreign minister for $4 million to pay for the construction of a luxury gated community for top P.A. officials. This, al-Khaldi wrote, was necessary in order to resist nearby settlements, even though there were no settlements nearby. For Nazmi Muhanna, the general director of the Palestinian Crossing and Borders Authority, the political was personal: He syphoned off nearly $10,000 to send his daughter to a fancy private school in Jordan. Still, he was better than the former leader of Fatah in Gaza, Mohammed Dahlan, who celebrated the nuptials of his son in Cairo earlier this summer with a modest party that cost $2 million, including an Oscar de la Renta gown inlaid with hundreds of jewels and pearls. Even if you take into account the economic hardships of a society struggling against foreign military presence in its midst, the P.A. has still received, to use a technical term for a moment, oodles of cash, several Marshall Plans’ worth, and has no schools, no roads, and no other forms of infrastructure to show for it. The cash spent on fancy homes and bejeweled designer dresses is now lost to us, but if we do our due diligence, it’s possible we’ll still find much of the foreign money piled, undisturbed, in Swiss bank accounts belonging to Abbas and company.
Most people have no idea how corrupt Palestinians are. They can’t connect riots on the Temple Mount, for example, with the Palestinian fundraising strategy.
Virtually all of the terrorism in Israel today is part of that strategy. So were the three mini-wars that Hamas instigated with Israel in 2008 (Operation Cast Lead), 2012 (Operation Pillar of Defense), and 2014 (Operation Protective Edge).
Following each violent episode, money pours in because of the lies Palestinian leaders tell the world. Much of that money is siphoned off for the personal use of the Palestinian leaders who pull the purse strings.
I call it the Palestinian Two-Step. Here’s how it works:
- Palestinian leaders want more cash.
- They order riots on the Temple Mount, for example.
- They attack Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount.
- They ramp up attacks on Jewish people walking in the Old City.
- Israel has to respond.
- They video the Israeli response, publish the videos, and repeat the same lies they have been telling the world for about 50 years.
- Cash flows in.
I’ve seen the charade many times. It’s choreographed like a Broadway musical.
A few years ago, I read a report that said 84% of the money given to Palestinians for various causes could not be accounted for. That’s billions and billions of dollars. By comparison, the $2.64 billion of European money that Leibovitz mentioned in his article is chump change.
Where does that pilfered money go? Consider Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, for instance. His net worth a year ago was between $2 billion and $5 billion. How does a 59-year-old man who was a school teacher by trade acquire a vast fortune that ranks him as one of the richest men in the world?
Here’s a hint: Meshaal didn’t get rich by running falafel stands in Gaza City.
Meshaal is one of many Palestinian leaders who have gotten filthy rich at the expense of global donors to Palestinian causes. There are many more like him. Leibovitz mentioned a few of them.
How do you talk intelligently with people about the “plight of Palestinians” when they don’t know what is actually happening? If you have a suggestion, please tell me. I really want to know.
I wish that educating them was the answer, but you can’t educate someone who doesn’t know anything and doesn’t care that he doesn’t know.
They aren’t likely to discover the facts on Comedy Central and similar venues where they get their “news”. All they “know” is what they are told by Palestinian leaders who are using the suffering of Palestinian people as a vehicle for stealing as much money as they can.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the U.N. General Assembly that Oslo is dead, and he blames Israel. See “Mahmoud Abbas declares intent to break Israel agreements”.
Oslo is dead, but it’s not Israel’s fault. Abbas and Yasser Arafat before him never kept any part of the agreement. Even so, idiots and ignoramuses will buy Abbas’ manure and donate more money. It’s the Palestinian Two-Step at its finest on the global stage.
For more information, see
- Deceit, not Justice: Palestinian Lies Peddled Again
- The Abbas ‘Bombshell’
- Ongoing Terror in Jerusalem—the City of Peace
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SnyderTalk Comment: Did you see this video on the mainstream media in the U.S.?
You should have but you didn’t because they didn’t run it. It explains why Russia is making headway in the Middle East while the U.S. is being ridiculed.
Putin understands the situation much better than Obama. Obama is busy telling the world what he thinks he knows, and Putin is setting up shop with Iran.
ISIS is not a country and doesn’t want to be. It wants to be a caliphate.
ISIS is trying to build the foundation of a caliphate in Iraq and Syria. If it succeeds, all Muslim countries in the Middle East will play second fiddle to the caliphate, and eventually, many of them will be absorbed by it.
Think of what’s happening now as the early days of empire building.
Damascus was the home of the Umayyad Caliphate from 661 A.D. to 741 A.D. during its glory days. Below is a picture of the Umayyad Caliphate:
For starters, ISIS wants to mirror the Umayyad Caliphate in territory controlled with Damascus as its home.
Iran is threatened by ISIS as are Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, etc., etc., etc. The regional shift toward Russia has more to do with lack of confidence in the United States under President Obama than anything else.
- Israel isn’t the only country in the Middle East that’s having difficulty with Obama. All of them are, and Russia is the beneficiary.
- If ISIS succeeds, the world as we know it will change more than you can imagine.
- Europe is in ISIS’ immediate cross-hairs.
- None of this has anything to do with a Palestinian state. ISIS simply uses the Palestinian issue to recruit followers all over the world.
Russian warplanes are conducting airstrikes now in Syria, according to a slew of news reports. The move follows authorization by a vote in Russian parliament as well as weeks of Kremlin messaging about the importance of bolstering the Syrian regime to combat the Islamic State.
But it’s not clear whether the targets of the current wave of airstrikes were positions manned by the jihadists. The Russian action raises a number of strategic conundrums for the U.S., which has waged a concerted air campaign of its own in Syria and Iraq against the extremist organization.
There has been little coordination between the two sides over the airstrikes. On the sidelines of meetings at the United Nations, Secretary of State John Kerry apparently told Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that the intervention was “not helpful.”
Here are reasons both why that—as far as Washington’s interests go—is probably true, and why it’s not.
Yahoo Finance—Why CFOs are most worried about the economy:
American CFOs are increasingly concerned about the economy, as their expectations for growth remain near five-year lows, according to Deloitte’s third quarter CFO Signals survey. Nineteen percent of those surveyed expressed declining optimism, citing uncertainty about interest rates, exchange rates and oil prices.
The biggest topic causing broad-based concern is the Chinese economy says Sanford Cockrell III, Global Leader of Deloitte’s CFO program.
Only 4% regard China’s economy as good, down sharply from 23% in the second quarter. Notably, the survey was conducted before China’s recent stock market turmoil.
“This survey concluded immediately before the market meltdown on August 24th, so it really was almost predicting what was going to happen,” says Cockrell. “If the CFOs seemed to sniff something out before it even happened, that’s impressive.”
Nicholas Riccardi—GOP field: Tax cuts for all, don’t worry about consequences:
Republicans came into this presidential campaign with painful memories of how, in the last one, Democrats blasted Mitt Romney’s tax plan as a giveaway to the rich. They’ve heard a new wing of conservative intellectuals urge them to focus on tax cuts to working-class Americans rather than the wealthy.
Yet the release of Donald Trump’s tax plan adds to the number of major GOP presidential candidates who propose to cut all taxes — but especially those for the wealthy — as deeply, or deeper, than Romney proposed. The lesson Republicans seem to have drawn is to simply stop worrying about balancing the budget. The plans would blow open deficits over the next decade that economists estimate ranging from $3.6 trillion to $12 trillion.
Oren Cass, who was Romney’s domestic policy adviser, noted the former Massachusetts governor had pledged to make his tax cuts deficit-neutral by cutting tax loopholes, though he never fully detailed how his plan would do so. Yet he was still savaged by Democrats who accused him of planning to stiff middle-class ratepayers for the benefit of the rich.
“You look at what Gov. Romney did and you say, ‘There’s nothing to be gained from being responsible that way,’ ” Cass said. “You may as well do the plan that your base is going to love.”
SnyderTalk Comment: Tax cuts aren’t the problem. I remember when Ronald Reagan cut taxes and told us that economic growth would produce more tax revenue and reduce the deficit.
Democrats ridiculed anyone who presented the rationale.
Reagan’s tax cuts did stimulate growth; tax revenues did increase; but the deficit increased. Why?
Congress saw the extra revenue and decided to spend it plus more.
Reagan didn’t come down hard enough on Congressional spending. Neither did George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, or Barack Obama. Thanks to the Republican House during his tenure, Democrat Bill Clinton did a better job on spending control than any Republican president during my lifetime.
It’s misleading even to suggest that Barack Obama didn’t try to get spending under control. He has been the driver behind irresponsible spending for almost 7 years.
Bottom line: our tax policies are a wreck. They need to be changed dramatically. A flat tax or a fair tax or something like them can work, but nothing will work unless Congress cuts spending.
Notice that I didn’t say “nothing will work unless Congress reduces the rate of increase in spending.”
We have passed the day when cutting the growth rate of spending would solve our problem. Whole programs have to be eliminated. For Congress that’s virtually impossible.
For example, consider Planned Parenthood. It’s not part of government; it’s engaged in illegal activity; but it’s well-connected politically. Following the most recent revelation that Planned Parenthood is involved in selling parts of the babies they murder, Republicans in the House and Senate moved to defund the company. Democrats in both chambers howled. Obama threatened to shut down the government if Congress passed the bill. Nothing happened.
Again, Planned Parenthood is a private company—not part of government. Given that fact and the company’s notorious misdeeds, defunding shouldn’t be a problem, but it is.
We need a president who is committed to fiscal responsibility and one who is willing to accept the political heat that will come his or her way.
Some have argued that we need a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. That’s nonsense. There may come a time when we have to run a deficit. Besides, President Obama has shown us how much the Constitutional amendments we have already mean when we have a lawless president, a corrupt Congress, and a deceitful Supreme Court.
Ron Ben-Yishai—What Putin’s Syrian Strategy Means for Israel:
Russian President Putin has exploited Syrian President Assad’s and the Iranians’ distress to make himself a major player in the Middle East, just as U.S. influence in the region is waning. Meanwhile, Iran is working to turn Hizbullah into an independent producer of weapons and munitions so that they may prevent Israeli bombings of weapons convoys making their way through Syria. It’s reasonable to assume that the Iranians are doing this with approval from the Russians.
In the past few weeks, Russia has given the Syrian military sophisticated and accurate arms to replace its outdated and ineffective equipment. Putin isn’t going to send soldiers to fight ISIS on the ground, but he will supply Assad with weapons, and the Iranians will pay him for it (after the economic sanctions are removed). The Iranians will also probably soon become the Russian arms industry’s number one client. Russia will probably serve as a stabilizing force in Syria, but it will legitimize an Iranian entrance into the country.
Ephraim Asculai—The IAEA inspection at Parchin – a farce in three acts:
On Monday, September 21, 2015, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA ) director general proudly announced that “certain IAEA safeguards activities were carried out at the particular location at the [Iranian] Parchin site. These included the taking of environmental samples.”
He then added that he himself with his deputy visited the site but saw an empty building with evidence of recent renovation work. This was the culmination of an effort that began in 2012 when the IAEA requested access to this site and to this particular building, which was suspected of hosting activities related to development by Iran of a nuclear explosive device.
This request was probably based on intelligence information supplied to the IAEA by member states, since no information was openly available on which such a request could be based.
According to subsequent information, mainly from satellite observations, the Iranians immediately began clearing the site, removing earth layers and probably removing all equipment, resurfacing all walls, floors and even ceilings – in short removing all possible traces of previous activities. Although this should have been a warning sign, the IAEA did not heed suggestions not to go there (e.g., The Jerusalem Post, June 4, 2012) because it would probably find nothing, resulting in a victory for Iran, and persisted in its request to inspect this particular building at Parchin. This is the synopsis of Act I of the farce.
Once again Syria commands a leading position on the international agenda, due to the flood of refugees moving through Europe – as Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey are no longer able to take in additional Syrian refugees – and due to President Vladimir Putin’s decision to substantially increase military aid to the Assad regime. This new Russian assistance includes the construction of a Russian airfield on the Syrian coast near Latakia in the Alawite district, Assad’s primary base of support. Moscow’s heightened involvement in Syria cut short the preliminary discussions between the various external players who were trying to formulate a political settlement in which Assad himself would step down, even as the regime would continue to maintain its existing character during a transition period. This was predicated on the assessment that the Syrian army and security mechanisms were critical in stabilizing the situation during an interim period, as well as on the need to neutralize the involvement of the Islamic State and other Salafist jihadi forces whose capabilities were outstripping those of the other factions fighting in Syria.
The foreign actors in the Syrian arena – the United States, Russia, the EU, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the Gulf principalities, and Jordan, as well as the various minority groups in Syria (the Kurds, Druze, Alawites, and others – share a primary interest, namely, dismantling the Islamic State and preventing its takeover of Syria in the post-Assad era. This shared interest ostensibly serves as the basis for establishing a transitional government in Syria that would stabilize the situation and outline a path for the future. But it seems that promoting the interests shared by most of the actors as a way to formulate an interim agreement in Syria under regional and international sponsorship is beyond reach, which is why the respective actors are in no hurry to bring the phenomenon known as the Islamic State to an end.
Jerrold L. Sobel—Anti-Semitism on Campus: Part 2:
During the first half of 2015 Iran is reported to have executed nearly 700 people according to reports compiled by Amnesty International. this number far exceeds the 246 deaths officially declared by authorities in Tehran. I wonder whose figures you can trust on this one?
Nine young Saudi men have each been sentenced to more than 2,000 lashes and at least five years in prison for deviant sexual behavior, a police officer said last Sunday. A court in the western city of Qunfuda on Saturday sentenced five of the men to six years in prison and 2,600 lashes. The men are to be flogged 52 times in 50 sessions, the officer said on condition of anonymity. The four other defendants were sentenced to five years and 2,400 lashes. They are to be flogged 48 times in 50 sessions.
Constant victims of turpitude, regardless who’s in power in Egypt, Christian Copts live in constant fear. According to Coptic Media, a Coptic, advocacy publication: Muslim mobs in the Minya village of Nasreya descended on the homes of five Coptic students, throwing stones and chanting they had “insulted” Islam.
Without belaboring the point, the message is quite clear. Persecution of Christians, Jews, Gays, and minorities in Muslim countries throughout Africa and the Middle East is rampant and on a scale predating modern times. This is irrefutable and It begs certain questions.
SnyderTalk Comment: Putin is right. Obama is a fool. ISIS is a serious threat to the entire world.
SnyderTalk Comment: I don’t want to imagine what so many rabbis are going to think when they finally realize who Yahweh is.
When you’ve talked Him down for a career, how do you say, “I’m sorry?” How many of them will refuse to repent because being right even when they are wrong is so important?
Thankfully, most Jewish people are not Haredi, as an Israeli friend tells me all the time. It’s sad to say, but the more Haredi they are, the less open they are to the truth. They have too much investment in tradition. It trumps everything in their minds.
Tradition can be a wonderful thing, but it doesn’t trump Yahweh.
The Messiah said it best: “You have invalidated the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down.” (Mark 7: 13)
SnyderTalk Comment: A warning for Russia: the difference between ISIS and Hezbollah is slight.
1 Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution for Me; from every man whose heart moves him you shall raise My contribution. 3 This is the contribution which you are to raise from them: gold, silver and bronze, 4 blue, purple and scarlet material, fine linen, goat hair, 5 rams’ skins dyed red, porpoise skins, acacia wood, 6 oil for lighting, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, 7 onyx stones and setting stones for the ephod and for the breastpiece. 8 Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them. 9 According to all that I am going to show you, as the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furniture, just so you shall construct it.”
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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