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Media Distorts Bibi’s Statements, Then Claims He’s Walking Them Back
William A. Jacobson, Legal Insurrection
Obama admin threats to teach Israel a lesson based on distortion

The distortion of Benjamin Netanyahu’s pre-election statements on a two-state solution and Arab voting was a classic Obama and media distortion.

If you take the actual text of Netanyahu said, he never ruled out a two-state solution and never discouraged Arab voting. But those were the headlines and the foaming-at-the mouth hyperbole, fomented by the Obama administration in numerous anonymous statements to the media. (emphasis added)

Schmuel Rosner has the analysis, from earlier today, Is Obama getting ready to throw Israel under a UN bus?:

Prime Minister Netanyahu has no “newly declared opposition to a Palestinian state”. If the White House wants to use a badly framed statement by Netanyahu as an excuse for a change in American policy – if it wants, as the WH hinted, to “turn to the U.N. to help force a deal” with the Palestinians on Israel – it should not come as a great surprise. But Netanyahu’s words are the excuse, not the reason, for the change. The reason is Netanyahu’s victory and the administrations’ vindictive mood toward him and toward the country that elected him...

Netanyahu said a couple of regrettable things in the last, desperate days of his brilliant campaign...

The second statement was just a poor call for action for the right-wing voters. Netanyahu’s record when it comes to policies aimed at integrating Arab Israelis into society is not bad.

The first statement was merely an assessment of the situation. Netanyahu did not say that he opposes the two state solution – he said that under current circumstances he doesn’t see a Palestinian State established in his coming term as Prime Minister. And he is probably right in this assessment.

...Yet the same media that distorted Netanyahu’s pre-election statements is portraying it as backtracking. The NY Times reports, Israel’s Netanyahu, Softening Pre-Election Statement, Reopens Door to Palestinian State. Yet in its article, the Times quotes Bibi’s statement on a two-state solution that is completely consistent with his interview today:

“If you are prime minister, a Palestinian state will not be established?”

“I think that anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state today and evacuate lands is giving attack grounds to the radical Islam against the State of Israel,” Mr. Netanyahu told the news site, NRG. “Anyone who ignores this is sticking his head in the sand.” (emphasis added)

The only ones walking anything back are those who distorted reality in the first place.

NOTE: Rosner himself suggests the real reason Obama wants to go to the UN:

Involving the UN in a matter as delicate as the Israeli-Palestinian problem would only complicate the situation. The Palestinians are going to feel that they have an opportunity to harden their positions and achieve more with a friendly mediator (or, more accurately, a mediator unfriendly towards Israel). Israel is going to feel isolated and betrayed – and that is hardly a mood that makes it receptive to peace proposals and to concessions. The Obama administration is going to achieve nothing on the peace front with such a move. It will only weaken Israel's position and make another round of violence more likely.

There are enough smart people around Obama that could tell him this. So it is not unreasonable to suspect that his actual aim is not the peace front. What Obama seems to want is retribution for Netanyahu's speech, and general behavior, an in-your-face victory. He seems to want Israel to pay a heavy price for electing Netanyahu. He seems to want to signal to Israeli voters that next time they should only consider a Prime Minister that was vetted by the US administration.

Obama's post-election actions are no better – they are actually worse – than Netanyahu's unfortunate pre-election statements.

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Seders in Uniform: How American Troops Celebrated Passover During WWII
Whether in the mess hall or on a battleship, Jewish soldiers stationed all over the world still sang the Four Questions and ate matzo
Marjorie Ingall, +Tablet Magazine 

“Lettuce au charoses.” “Kneidlach or borscht a la Sgt. Weinstein.” “Consommè [sic—the accent points the wrong way!] avec Knadlach.” “Palestine wine.” “Roast Beef Ala Yomtov.” “Iced Coca-Cola.”

These were some of the dishes enjoyed by Jewish members of the military at their Seders in both European and Pacific theaters of war 70 years ago. The American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History has a file full of yellowing menus, programs, and homemade haggadot for these celebrations of freedom; they make fascinating reading, a lens through which to appreciate American Jews’ culinary and military past.

While researching a different story at the Center, I stumbled on this file and wound up so enthralled that I scrapped my original column idea to focus on this instead. Who were these American soldiers, noshing on matzo-ball soup in strange lands, sometimes near active fighting? Who organized these Seders? Who did the cooking? It was time to research.

Keep reading (http://bit.ly/1BEgNYK)

Below: Seder on the U.S.S. Astoria in the Pacific, 1945. (Courtesy of the American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History)

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US Foreign Policy: Only One Pilot in the Cockpit
Shlomo Cohen, +Israel Hayom ישראל היום (http://bit.ly/1abe9nJ)

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Great the pilot is a backstabbing Muslim ,Obama
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Obama’s Next Earthquake
Jackson Diehl, +Washington Post  

...The U.S. draft probably would have one element that would please Netanyahu and infuriate Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, however: a stipulation that Israel would remain the homeland of the Jewish people. Abbas’s categorical rejection of that principle helped to cause the breakdown of Kerry’s diplomacy, and it would almost certainly mean that the Palestinians would join Israelis in rejecting the resolution.

Why go forward with a text that both sides would spurn? Obama’s hope would be that his initiative could win unanimous support from the Security Council and thus set the terms of reference for a future settlement, presumably under different Israeli and Palestinian leaders. He could eventually become the grandfather of Middle East peace; at a minimum, diplomats who now talk of the “Clinton parameters” from 2000 would henceforth speak of the “Obama framework.”

There would be other effects, of course, among them an unprecedented breach in U.S.-Israeli relations and a vast acceleration of the global movement to boycott and sanction the Jewish state in the likely event it resisted the U.N. terms. But judging from Obama’s demeanor in assailing Netanyahu last week, the president might welcome that legacy, too.

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+Susan Ames, So true, but do you think really that would stop Der Fuehrer Zer0bama from proceeding recklessly? H
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Examination of the Names of 17 Journalists and Media Personnel Whom the Palestinians Claim Were Killed in Operation Protective Edge
Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
December 2, 2014

1.   About a week after the end of Operation Protective Edge the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate issued a list of 17 names, allegedly of journalists who had been killed in the operation. The list was published by the PA's Wafa News Agency, which received it from the Hamas-controlled Gaza office of the ministry of information.[1] As part of the ITIC's ongoing project concerning Palestinians killed in Operation Protective Edge, the 17 names were examined.

2.   The examination revealed that almost half (eight out of 17) were names of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist operatives, or were journalists who worked for the Hamas media. The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate and the Gaza office of the ministry of information tried to hide their military-terrorist identity, representing them only as journalists and media personnel. The examination revealed three levels of affiliation between the journalists and media personnel and the terrorist organizations (Hamas and the PIJ):..

3.   Two additional conclusions were drawn from the examination:

1)  More than one third (six) of the media personnel on the list were killed while reporting from the battlefield. Most or all of the others were killed during the battles in the Gaza Strip while they were in their houses or driving on the road under circumstances not connected to their media work. They were killed because they lived in densely populated areas where the IDF was fighting the terrorist organizations, which used the civilian population as human shields.

2)  At least two of the media personnel on the list were not killed by the IDF. They were an Italian AP photojournalist and his translator, who were killed during one of the ceasefires while covering Gaza police engineers defusing unexploded ordnance in a location where there were no IDF soldiers (and Israel was not held responsible for their deaths). It is possible that others on the list were not killed by the IDF but the ITIC cannot prove it (that would necessitate thorough examinations of the events on the ground and comparisons with Palestinian reports in each case).

Keep reading (http://bit.ly/1Hf497o)

Below: Abdallah Fadel Mortaja, a military-terrorist operative, one of 17 journalists and media personnel the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate claimed were killed by Israel in Operation Protective Edge.

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The United States is Hostage to Iran Nuke Talks
Noah Rothman, Hot Air

...Negotiations with Iran have become more for the Obama administration than just a vehicle for preventing an Iranian nuclear breakout. White House officials have made it amply clear in private and in quotes provided to the press via unnamed officials that the president sees a nuclear deal with Iran — any deal — as a sorely needed legacy achievement.

In order to tamp down domestic opposition to a suboptimal Iran deal, the administration is now warning Americans that they essentially have an Iranian gun to their heads.

“As negotiations on a possible nuclear deal approach a March 31 deadline, U.S. officials are increasingly alarmed about Iran’s expanding military presence in Iraq — and the threat it may pose to American soldiers in the country,” Politico reported last week. “Two scenarios are of particular concern, officials say. One is that a collapse of the nuclear talks could escalate tensions between Iran and the U.S., emboldening Iranian hard-liners and potentially leading to attacks on Americans in Iraq.”

This is a particularly offensive admission. Iran was directly responsible for the deaths and injuries of hundreds of American soldiers over the course of the Iraq War, but this White House buried the hatchet with the Islamic Republic so it could rely on Tehran-allied Shiite militias to pacify Iraq. Out of convenience, the White House saw fit to overlook the fact that Iranian and American interests in Iraq were not aligned. In order to compel the nuclear deal’s domestic opponents to clam up, the White House has now taken to reminding the American public that Iran poses a military threat to U.S. interests and personnel in Iraq. How principled.

But the White House hasn’t stopped there. The administration is reportedly warning American Democrats that they are only emboldening Republicans if they continue to express apprehensions over the reported terms of a nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic.

“In recent days, officials have tried to neutralize skeptical Democrats by arguing that opposing President Barack Obama would empower the new Republican majority, according to people familiar with the discussions,” The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. “Meanwhile, the Obama administration has lined up Republicans to try to tamp down a likely political battle over any deal with Iran and scientists to defend an agreement on its technical merits.”

Read the whole thing (http://bit.ly/1G1XzUv)

Below: Credit: US News & World Report

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Seders in Uniform: How American Troops Celebrated Passover During WWII
Whether in the mess hall or on a battleship, Jewish soldiers stationed all over the world still sang the Four Questions and ate matzo
Marjorie Ingall, +Tablet Magazine 

“Lettuce au charoses.” “Kneidlach or borscht a la Sgt. Weinstein.” “Consommè [sic—the accent points the wrong way!] avec Knadlach.” “Palestine wine.” “Roast Beef Ala Yomtov.” “Iced Coca-Cola.”

These were some of the dishes enjoyed by Jewish members of the military at their Seders in both European and Pacific theaters of war 70 years ago. The American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History has a file full of yellowing menus, programs, and homemade haggadot for these celebrations of freedom; they make fascinating reading, a lens through which to appreciate American Jews’ culinary and military past.

While researching a different story at the Center, I stumbled on this file and wound up so enthralled that I scrapped my original column idea to focus on this instead. Who were these American soldiers, noshing on matzo-ball soup in strange lands, sometimes near active fighting? Who organized these Seders? Who did the cooking? It was time to research.

Keep reading (http://bit.ly/1BEgNYK)

Below: Seder on the U.S.S. Astoria in the Pacific, 1945. (Courtesy of the American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History)

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Branco Cartoon – No Accident
A.F. Branco, Legal Insurrection (http://bit.ly/1Dl87Of)

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Mr. Slick is not worried he has a parachute...they always have a bail out plan...so they think God doesn't see... 
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Passover Pesach 2015 Seder Rube Goldberg Machine from Technion in Israel

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This is so cool !! It must have taken them hours to set up.
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‘Misfired Hamas rockets’ killed children in Gaza
Abeer Ayyoub and Tom Coghlan, +The Times and The Sunday Times 
March 26, 2015

A rocket salvo that killed 11 Gazan children and hit a hospital on a Muslim religious holiday was the work of Palestinian militants hitting their own people, a report has found, in a damning indictment of Hamas’s conduct during last summer’s war with Israel.

The explosion at the Al-Shati refugee camp on July 28, which killed the children buying sweets on the first day of Eid ul Fitr, was the result of misfired rockets by Hamas, Amnesty International concluded.

Hamas blamed Israel for the bombing at the time, but a relation of one of dead child said that Palestinian militants went to the scene and tried to hide the evidence of their involvement.

...He said that he held Hamas, as governors of Gaza, responsible but that no one from the group had ever visited the family or apologised. Two adults also died and another 19 were injured.

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Below: The children's bodies are carried into Al-Shefaa Hospital morgue following the missile strike. Getty Images

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A rocket salvo that killed 11 Gazan children and hit a hospital on a Muslim holiday was the work of Palestinian militants, Amnesty International concluded
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And these are the people Obama wants ISRAEL to negotiate with. Unbelievable. They are muslims. They can't even get along with other muslims, and they want to destroy Israel. Obama must be smoking some gooood stuff

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Obama's Winning Iran Strategy

Iran plays poker; Obama plays Go Fish.

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How anyone with a brain voted for this evil muslim Obama is disheartening .
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    Comparative Literature, 1976 - 1980
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When I am not blogging at Daled Amos, I am sharing articles and the great posts of others on my account on Google Plus.

I write about the Middle East in general and about Israel in particular -- especially about issues affecting Israel in the Middle East and how Israel is impacted by policy in the current Obama administration. 
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