I can't help but wonder what would happen if membership in the United Nations were brought to a democratic vote in its member countries. Here's some (prescient?) thoughts on that question by Judi McLeod in the Canadian Free Press (well, at least for now it's free, but the Trudeau government might have something to say about that).
the sun has risen on an independent Britain, and look at it, even the
weather has improved,” announced Nigel Farage from the steps of
Westminster after the result was confirmed.
And the sun, which replaces the artificial
one on Obama’s logo, is rising in America too. Obama, who likely has
the leadership of the UN in his sights with the end of his term in
January 2017, was all but totally ignored by pro-Brexit voters.
Obama and his teleprompter can’t possibly walk back the unasked for
advice he pushed on British voters to “stay” warning them they would be
at the “back of the queue” in trade with the U.S.
The toffs at the
EU, mostly unknown by the people they profess to serve, but who are
lavishly paid, may rule the roost in other European countries, but after
today’s vote of the people—no more in England.
The UN, which has the same unearned status from its ever sprawling headquarters in Manhattan, should be feeling the chill.
Shout it from the rooftops: The status quo was historically toppled for independence in Britain.
If it can happen there, it can happen in America.
In Israel, where we have systematically ignored the UN for as long as anyone can remember, voters may be too afraid to withdraw from it. After all, we are the lone sheep among all the lions, and we are still a small country, who can be hurt by the nations of the world in other ways, even if the UN's obsession with the 'Palestinians' also hurts us.
But the United States? That might be a different story.
I'm in Boston for those who have forgotten, and that's why I'm posting after Shabbat started in Israel. In case I don't get to post again, Shabbat Shalom to all of you.
Celebrating #Brexit: Why the EU doesn't deserve to exist
It's the morning after the #Brexit vote, and President Obama is giving (worthless) assurances that the US will maintain its 'special relationship' with Britain, even if Britain just slapped him and his internationalism in the face. If nothing else, #Brexit is proof positive that nationalism is alive and well in the 21st century. Two of the three guys in this picture are happy this morning. The other is President of the United States.
Like many Americans who have had it with Obama's immigration policies (and celebrated Thursday's Supreme Court decision upholding the State of Texas' defiance of Obama's open borders edict), many Brits have had it with Angela Merkel's allowing unfettered access to Europe for Muslim terrorists by way of Germany and the Schengen visa.
But if you want a reason for the wrath of God to be brought down on Europe, watch the European Parliament's reaction to 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud AbbasAbu Mazen claiming that unnamed 'rabbis' had called for poisoning 'Palestinian' water. Yes, that's a blood libel worthy of the Middle Ages, but it brought the anti-Semitic Euroweenies lots of cheer on the day of the #Brexit vote.
Let's go to the videotape.
Here's the 30-second standing ovation the EU parliament gave to Palestinian President Abbas's anti-Semitic speech: pic.twitter.com/rYMHRG5Tld
Greetings from an airline lounge in Paris, where the caterer is Jewish but the food isn't Kosher :-(
Yes, it's a travel day again.
Tomorrow Britain may vote to secede from the European Union in a process known as Brexit. If you're an Israeli, you should be rooting for that to happen. Here's why.
Should supporters of the ‘Leave’ campaign win the day this Thursday there’ll be aftershocks aplenty — and Israel too will feel the pain. Yet paying a short-term price will be worth the long-term gain: a victory for Britain’s exit from the EU is a preferable outcome both for Israel and Europe.
Diplomatically, Israel is better off negotiating separately with 28 foreign offices than with the European foreign service — the EEAS. As Michel Gurfienkel, the founder and president of the Jean Jacques Rousseau Institute, perceptively wrote: "the EU’s decision-making process, at French insistence but with British acquiescence, is based on the principle of unanimity or near-unanimity rather than on majority opinion."
Once France adopted a pro-Arab policy, for reasons of grandeur and later due to the increasing weight of its Muslim minority, it could use its position as part of the bloc's traditional motor to accentuate the EU's anti-Israel diplomatic tilt. The current French-inspired international conference to which the EU foreign ministers have subscribed is a case in point. After an anti-Israel vote, some of Israel's friends within the EU rush to explain that they disagreed but had to go along with the resolution to be good Europeans. For Israel it would be beneficial to rob them of this excuse.
The EU foreign service with pretensions to represent a great power status unflaggingly pummels Israel to compensate for Europe's prostrate behavior towards the likes of Turkey and Iran. The EU intervenes in our politics by engaging and empowering NGOs from one side of the political spectrum and thumbs its nose at our sovereignty by illegally building houses and roads in disputed areas whose ultimate disposition can only be decided by direct negotiations.
It is hard to feel benevolence towards a body whose representatives at UNESCO voted for a resolution that denied a Jewish connection to Jerusalem. It is difficult to take their condemnations of anti-Semitism at face value when Jews in Europe are compelled to take off their kippot and pull out their mezuzahs to disguise their identity and protect their safety.
The music that emanates from the corridors of Berlaymont is that the nation state is an anachronism. Israel, by providing a counter-example, angers the mandarins of Brussels.
Stone Throwing = Attempted Murder: If you try to kill us, we will kill you first
Four 'Palestinian' 'youths' poured oil onto Route 443 on a steep downhill stretch early this morning, and then threw stones and firebombs at passing cars. The cars, although damaged (see above), managed to make it to the Maccabim checkpoint near Modiin and tip off the IDF. The IDF confronted the stone throwers, killing one, critically wounding another, and arresting the other two.
Two tourists and one Israeli were lightly wounded Tuesday morning after a group of Palestinians threw stones at their vehicle on Route 443, near the West Bank village of Beit Sira and the Israeli city of Modi'in.
Israeli forces at the scene shot dead one of the alleged Palestinian stone-throwers and critically wounded another. The wounded assailant has been taken to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem. Two additional Palestinians suspected of involvement in the incident were arrested.
It goes without saying that the 'Palestinian Authority' is telling a different story. A bunch of lies.
The Palestinian Authority identified the slain Palestinian as Mahmoud Rafat Mahmoud, a 15-year-old from the village of Beir Ur al-Tahta, west of Ramallah. Abdul Karim Kassem, head of the village's local council of the Palestinian village of Beit Ore-Tahta, told Reuters that the wounded Palestinians were in a car "returning from a pool in a village near us when they came under fire."
According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, four Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire, three of them seriously. Three of the wounded Palestinians were taken to a medical center in Ramallah, while the other remains hospitalized at Ein Karem. Two of the wounded are brothers, according to sources in the village.
The car with the windows blown out kind of puts the lie to the 'Palestinians' story.
Route 443, which I have discussed many times on this blog, is a back road that runs between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The main road, Route 1, is currently under construction (widening) and the result is that a lot more people are using Route 443 at night. The tourists may have been on their way to the airport - many people use the road during the night to get to the airport, where one of the busiest times of day is between 5:00 and 6:00 am.
I generally use that road myself to get to and from the airport. I also use it to get to the Modiin region. I was last on it around Midnight on Sunday night.
Beir Ur al-Tahta is toward the bottom of a very steep downhill, a kilometer or two away from the Maccabim checkpoint. It sounds like the stones were thrown on the side heading toward the airport and Tel Aviv. Here's another picture that makes that clearer.
Glad no one hesitated to open fire on these terrorists.
I'm sure you'll all be shocked to hear that Seddique Mateen, the father of the terrorist who murdered 49 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando last week, has connections to several radical Islamic groups, including some who set attacking Israel as their primary goal.
The father of Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen has longstanding connections to prominent Islamist groups in the U.S., a document discovered by the Investigative Project on Terrorism shows. Seddique Matin is listed as president of a then-new American Muslim Alliance (AMA) chapter in Fort Pierce in a July 1997 announcement archived by the IPT.
The Fort Pierce chapter is among 10 new AMA chapters opened, the announcement in an AMA bulletin says.
AMA no longer exists as a registered nonprofit and it last filed tax
returns in 2010. But the organization continues to maintain an active Facebook account. In its posts, the AMA refuses to consider any Islamist motivation for the attack and lays the blame for Omar Mateen's massacre which killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub solely on the country's lax gun laws. [Sounds like the Obama administration. CiJ].
The organization has a history of working with radical Islamist
groups and has issued statements in support of several terrorists later
convicted in the U.S. The FBI cut off outreach communication
with CAIR, for example, after uncovering evidence placing the
organization and its leaders in a U.S.-based Hamas-support network.
In 2003, Saeed testified on Al-Arian's behalf, describing the man who ran "the active arm"
of Palestinian Islamic Jihad as "my friend and during the last ten
years we have worked together to mainstream American politics. We have
worked together to replace the culture of despair with culture of hope
and the culture of bullet with the culture of ballot." AMA's website
also featured a section entitled "Valiant Civil Rights Struggle of Dr. Sami Al Arian."
The title of this post is a new hashtag I've introduced to Twitter. I also tried to get my photoshopper to put niqabs and Abayas on the roller coaster riders, but alas, she no longer has Photoshop on her computer. So just imagine all that black hanging down, because yes Virginia, Six Flags Over Riyadh is opening soon.
The world's largest amusement park corporation Six Flags is set to
open up investments in Saudi Arabia following a meeting between its CEO
and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
a statement to Al Arabiya News Channel, Chief Executive Officer and
President at Six Flags Entertainment Corporation John M. Duffey said the
company was proud to enter this agreement to provide entertainment
facilities” for the kingdom.
statement, Duffey also emphasized the importance of bringing
entertainment facilities to citizens as part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.
share Saudi Arabia’s vision to bringing entertainment to the country.
We share the same vision with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman and are prepared to providing multiple options in a bid to
translate that vision into reality,” he added.
Providing a space for entertainment and promoting culture is featured prominently in Saudi Arabia’s vision for the future that was announced in April.
the vision, Saudi Arabia has said it is planning to provide “land
suitable for cultural and entertainment projects. Talented writers,
authors and directors will be supported.”
What could ever go wrong?
Here are some of my proposals for Saudi-themed entertainment for Six Flags.
What's worse: if a certain type of terror attack hasn't happened outside
of Israel, for the most part, no one is prepared for it. So yes, my Red
Sox tickets for next week say "No bags or items larger than 16 x 16 x
8, coolers, cans, bottles, flagpoles, firearms or fireworks will be
permitted into the ballpark." (So much for the days of the picnic lunch
in the bleachers). And the ticket says that you are subject to search:
but they'll search my father and me, and they won't search a 21-year old
Muslim because that would be 'profiling'. And I will still walk into
shopping malls or large stores tomorrow, and no one will search my bags -
or anyone else's - because no American shopping mall has ever been
attacked by a suicide bomber. No one will search me on my way into a
movie theater until the first time someone with a political agenda
shoots up a movie theater. And no one will search me going into Sbarros
(which I cannot do here because they are not Kosher) or any other
restaurant until a suicide bomber blows up a restaurant. In Israel, you
cannot walk into an enclosed public space without being searched.
Titled "You Are Not Held Responsible Except for Yourself," the
Al-Furat Media Foundation release was distributed online with a
promotional banner featuring President Obama, Omar Mateen and scenes
from the previous weekend's carnage.
Al-Furat specializes in
Russian-language messages to Muslims in the Caucasus and beyond. Earlier
this year, for example, the media wing released the Philippine
terrorist group Abu Sayyaf's video pledging allegiance to ISIS leader
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The video opens with the tag "USA" in the
upper corner and shots of an unseen person assembling a bomb to put in a
suicide vest. The person buttons up a blue shirt, straps on the bomb
belt, and zips up a dark brown leather jacket to conceal it. He's
wearing a stainless steel wristwatch that reads 9:25.
followed by scenes of Times Square and the torso of the leather-jacketed
man walking along the street. A TGI Friday's sign is shown.
In a close-up of the man with no location shown, he's pulling the ring on his detonator.
It appears to be mock-up footage from an Al-Jazeera segment, with the network's logo fuzzed out but still discernible.
News footage is then shown of the ABC News building banner in New York scrolling a headline about the November Paris attacks.
pictures of Mateen along with closeups of the weapons he used in the
June 12 attack on the Pulse nightclub: a Sig Sauer MCX .223 caliber
rifle and Glock 17 9 mm.
Footage of the attack from American and Arabic TV is shown.
black jihadist in fatigues with an outdoor backdrop that looks like IS
territory in the Middle East is identified as Abu Isamil al-Amriki; he
speaks perfect English and is referred to as an American, yet he speaks
with a slight accent.
you think you are at war with a small group of mujahideen in Iraq,
Syria, Libya and other places? You are sadly mistaken. And do you think
you will defeat us by bombing our homes with your drones and F-16s?" Abu
"O America, indeed you are at war with ... sincere
Muslims around the world who yearn and desire to see the honor of Islam
returned," he adds. "And O America, indeed you are at war with the
people who wish to be killed and slain for the sake of Allah... you are
at war with the holy Quran."
Let's go to the videotape.
Will this warning be heeded? Given that the FBI has released partial transcripts of phone calls from terrorist Omar Mateen, who murdered 50 people in a gay nightclub ten days ago and has deleted all references to ISIS, things don't look very promising.
To maintain liberty, sometimes you have to compromise a little bit of liberty. Unfortunately, some people can only learn that lesson the hard way.
I am an Orthodox Jew - some would even call me 'ultra-Orthodox.' Born in Boston, I was a corporate and securities attorney in New York City for seven years before making aliya to Israel in 1991 (I don't look it but I really am that old :-). I have been happily married to the same woman for thirty-four years, and we have eight children (bli ayin hara) ranging in age from 11 to 32 years and seven grandchildren. Three of our children are married! Before I started blogging I was a heavy contributor on a number of email lists and ran an email list called the Matzav from 2000-2004. You can contact me at: IsraelMatzav at gmail dot com