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Yesterday’s axe murder of a Jewish child in Bat Ayin is seen in Israel and the Palestinian-occupied territories as a test of will for Netanyahu’s government. With all the hawks and commandos there, a harsh response was expected.

There will be none. Netanyahu cannot afford to jeopardize his already strained relations with Fatah thugs and be accused by the world’s anti-Semites of a disproportionate show of force.

Less than a year ago, Olmert’s government told the Supreme Court it could not spare 100 million shekels to fortify Sderot schools against Kassam rockets.

Bibi proved more capable financially, and found the 100 million for security needs—his own security.

The annual cost of guarding Netanyahu’s mammoth government of thirty ministers exceeds 100 million shekels.

The world’s largest economic powers pledged to inject $1 trillion into the World Bank, which will quickly pass the money to economically ineffective Eastern European and Third World countries. Their governments, incompetent to the point of being unable to manage the current crisis, will misuse the money for welfare and infrastructure projects. In a year, some of these countries will be engulfed by inflation and all of them will have unsupportable levels of debt.

In the past few days, several contradictory visions of the peace process have been defended.

The Arab League envisages peace as an ultimatum to Jews (who happen to have beaten them in every war): accept the Saudi peace initiative or lose it.

At G-20, Obama ignored the ultimatum and described the Saudi initiative as a permanent option.

Palestinian negotiator Erekat reads the Saudi initiative as providing unconditional right of return for Palestinian refugees into Israel. Israelis and Saudis read “just solution” as compensation.

Fatah and Hamas leaders refused to recognize Israel in any borders.

Lieberman committed to the Road Map—which is now obsolete as both Israeli and Palestinian villages have expanded—but rejected the Annapolis agreement because it does not obligate Palestinians to dismantle their terror organizations as a precondition to forming a state.

Olmert defended Annapolis because the world cannot force the Palestinians to dismiss their terrorist organizations.

The EU embraced the super-Annapolis idea of establishing diplomatic ties with Hamas despite its terrorist activity. British court-Jew David Milliband is especially active in engaging Hamas.

In an odd gesture, Netanyahu’s government suddenly released one of the top Hamas officials Israel was holding to exchange for Shalit.

Fathi al Karawi, a Hamas-affiliated Palestinian MP, spent 2½ years in an Israeli jail, one of the dozens of ranking Hamas members kidnapped as bargaining chips.

Hamas, a spirited and tough enemy organization, did not react to Israel’s kidnapping of its top members; contrast that with the hysteria the Israeli public developed over a single corporal—a leftist one at that.

By far, the simplest way to get Shalit released immediately would be to execute Hamas terrorists at a rate of one enemy per hour.

by Barry Chamish

I knew Israel’s new ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren. Now normally, so what? But I have been flooded with letters, petitions and articles asking why this non-diplomat, with one irrelevant book in his CV, was chosen over dozens of high- ranking Foreign Ministry bureaucrats, who toiled for years hoping to be appointed to the highest posting on earth. Let’s summarize the confusion with a letter from a longtime source, followed by a phone call from him from Israel:

What an incredibly off the wall pick for ambassador. Absolutely no government service- and the only academic credentials he has is from Shalem Center.
The pick reminds me of Dore Gold but that was to the UN- not US Ambassador. At least had an academic record. Oren is a one time author of a conventional book on one event in Israeli history. What gives?

Why so off the wall? Well for one thing, he opposes, on paper at least, PM Netanyahu’s basic security positions:

Netanyahu’s candidate for U.S. envoy backs one-sided pullout
By Barak Ravid Haaretz Last update – 06:01 24/04/2009


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s candidate for Israeli ambassador to
Washington, Dr. Michael Oren, supports a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from
the West Bank and an evacuation of most of the settlements.

Oren, a visiting Georgetown University professor, said in a lecture there
last month, “The only alternative for Israel to save itself as a Jewish
state is by unilaterally withdrawing from the West Bank and evacuating most
of the settlements.”

To get to the bottom of the mystery, I have something personal to contribute. In 1979, Michael Oren and I were drafted into the Israeli army on the same day, arrived at the Bakkum Induction Center on the same bus, and became really good buddies in the two days we waited until we were assigned separate units. I ended up a sand-eating drudge and he got the best the army could offer, induction into the Mossad.
Michael looked tall, blond and gentile, so he was given a press card from the Kansas City Star, and toured Middle Eastern capitals as a journalist, not for Kansas, but for Israel. After our service ended, we met and, while I could only describe a bland time in the military, he described his tours of Iraq and Syria, the risks of being discovered, looking down on the Galilee from the Syrian POV, and, I remember this point most clearly, how good the food was in Damascus.
What my correspondents didn’t know was the Oren was not a nobody in the Israeli establishment, he was a Mossad, at least, asset, and probably much more than that. And the Mossad has decided to primp and prime him as a future Prime Minister for their purposes, though not necessarily for Israel’s good.
A relevant digression: Oren was not the first high-level Netanyahu appointment I knew in Israel. In 1997 he appointed Dr. Dore Gold his UN Ambassador and I knew him somewhat more than superficially. My piano playing pal Bob Blake was friends with the Wouk brothers, and I knew one of them, Joey from our days at Hebrew University. The Wouk’s father, Herman, wrote such hit books as The Caine Mutiny and War And Remembrance, the first much better than the second. The Wouk brothers were friends with Dore Gold and we all met at Bob’s apartment in the center of Jerusalem on numerous occasions. I liked Dore, I found out, more than he liked me, but I did not consider him UN ambassadorial material.
But once in his new appointment, I understood the reason for his advancement. He began writing articles, endlessly praising the personal advice and written diplomacy of Henry Kissinger. Gold was on board and with my different reading of Kissinger, we were now officially on two separate ships…his, the far more dangerous for Israel.
Two Prime Ministers who came out of Israel’s Washington embassy were Yitzhak Rabin and Binyamin Netanyahu. Kissinger was the primary American handler of both. Rabin began, in 1968, a modest kibbutz socialist and ended up going on the electoral stump for Nixon and Kissinger by 1972. During the Yom Kippur War of 1973, Kissinger told PM Golda Meir that if she wanted Israel rearmed, she would have to step down and somehow, appoint the political novice, Rabin, as her successor.
In September 1995, barely a month before he was murdered, Rabin told an unamusing story on Israeli tv. Apparently, Kissinger phoned him to complain about Netanyahu. It seems that he interrupted Kissinger the day before, asking Henry to alter his Golan Heights position. While I got the message loud and clear that both Israel’s PM and the leader of the opposition were run by Kissinger, Rabin viewed the story as something that passed for lighthearted.
Rabin was corrupted after he arrived in Washington, Netanyahu was pre-corrupted, but both saw their careers rise by associating with Kissinger’s think tank, the Council On Foreign Relations. And Israel pays the price with a government run by a mentality that has nothing to do with its people’s actual thinking. And though Israel just elected a right- wing government in a landslide, what they get are rulers about to fete a Nazi pope and, sending a talentless anti-religious cretin named Achinoam Nimni to the Eurovision, a big deal in Israel, but only on her condition that she invite an Arab to sing with her.
In short, voting is a waste of time and change is cosmetic. In Michael Oren, Washington took its first steps to sneaking him in to the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, whether the Israelis or Netanyahu like it or not.
As for who Oren will listen to as ambassador; as everyone says, once in the Mossad, always in the Mossad.

Just two days ago, Lieberman denounced the Annapolis agreement, which removes from the Road Map an important condition for the creation of a Palestinian state: the cessation of terrorist actions.

Immediately, the leftist establishment lashed out against him with a police investigation. Yesterday, Lieberman was interrogated for eight hours. Today, for five. Incredibly, the charges relate to a routine financial offense thirteen years ago.

Police have promised more interrogations—unless, presumably, Lieberman agrees to establish the Arab state unconditionally, in which case he would get a Sharon-type safety net against criminal prosecution.

Meanwhile, a Norwegian Fafo poll shows that a mere 35 percent of Palestinians support the two-state solution. About the same number wants the annihilation of Israel.

Israeli media broadcast Hamas’ call to Fatah to intensify terrorist attacks against Israel. The implication is that Hamas does not want Fatah to hamper its work in Judea and Samaria.

More important is this line in Hamas’ statement: “for Israel… to give us our part of Jerusalem.” Hamas has signaled its acceptance of the Road Map agreements.

The US Senate has approved a $3.5 trillion budget with a $1.2 trillion deficit. Despite the staggering deficit, the Democrats pushed through their pet programs: increased health care, a bailout of insolvent home owners, and similar socialist measures.

In fifteen years, US budget has more than doubled.

Darfur refugees raped an Israeli girl in Ashkelon.

No less than 15,000 African immigrants live in Israel illegally. They represent a much bigger criminal threat than the cowardly Arabs, and they breed at an astonishing rate.

April 2009
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