VICTOR SHARPE: ISRAEL OBAMA WILL NOT BRING GLAD TIDINGS In an, as yet, unconfirmed report appearing in World Tribune, anonymous Israeli sources claim that, “U.S. President Barack Obama has demanded a timetable for an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria,” – the name given to the tiny territory between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea, which has been the ancestral and biblical […]

RUTH KING: A REVIEW OF “COOLIDGE” BY AMITY SHLAES A Review of ‘Coolidge’ (By Amity Shlaes) by RUTH KING When Calvin Coolidge died in 1933 The Wall Street Journal’s obituary stated: “….In due time, the good fortune of the United States to have had such a man as Calvin Coolidge in just the years he filled the office will be more clearly realized […]

And I’m The ‘Islamaphobe’ by GADI ADELMAN I’m used to it, sad to say, but true. When you speak, lecture, teach and write about terrorism or more specifically Islam, you get used to the name calling and threats. My last article “Cloaks and Keffiyehs” received the normal comments, among them; as usual I was called an “Islamaphobe”. The comment also said […]

WHEAT SUPPLIES DWINDLING IN EGYPT….JUST AS DAVID ‘SPENGLER” GOLDMAN PREDICTED AHMED KAMEL: IN THE EGYPTIAN GAZETTE Despite soothing official assurances that Egypt’s reserves of wheat are enough to cover local consumption until the end of the year, analysts warn against a bread crisis in the coming months, due to a shortage of hard currency. The country’s foreign reserves stood at $ 13.6 billion […]


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Choosing Life in Israel by P. David Hornik (Feb 15, 2013)

President Obama is supposed to be in Israel in about two weeks. Israel doesn’t have a government.

The Israeli elections were on January 22. Contrary to widespread expectations, the right didn’t score a big win; instead the electorate returned complex, angular results. The religious right gained, the secular right lost a lot, and a brand-new party that could be loosely described as secular-centrist, Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, made a big splash by coming in second with 19 seats (out of a total of 120 in the Knesset).

Binyamin Netanyahu, for whom the election results were sufficient for a third tenure as prime minister, has been trying ever since to negotiate his way to a coalition. It’s been brutal.

The basic struggle pits, on the one side, Netanyahu, striving for as broad a coalition as possible including the two haredi (ultra-Orthodox Jewish) parties. And on the other, an alliance that has formed between secular-centrist Lapid and Naftali Bennett, head of the nationalist-religious Habayit Hayehudi party that also did well in the elections. Bennett wants to weaken the haredi camp; Lapid insists on excluding it from the coalition entirely.

Just now, the Israeli media is reporting that the very tight (at present) Lapid-Bennett alliance has prevailed, with Netanyahu agreeing to their terms—meaning that a coalition without the haredim is on the way, possibly by the end of this week.

What’s at stake here? Netanyahu’s preference for a wide coalition is easily understandable. Wide coalitions are more stable, with no one party wielding extortionate power (by threatening to bolt the coalition and thereby dissolve it). Netanyahu also sees Israel facing critical security (particularly Iran), diplomatic (particularly getting along with Obama), and economic (particularly budget-cutting) challenges for which a wide coalition can give him the most ballast.

Netanyahu also wants to preserve his secular-right Likud Party’s alliance with the haredi parties, which goes back four decades; excluding these parties could lead them to punish Likud in the next elections.

Lapid and Bennett, however—particularly the former—insist that Israel cannot keep allowing most haredi men to refuse army service, and to live cloistered lives as yeshiva students on the public dole. They say having the haredi parties in the coalition will inevitably lead to compromises on these issues that will ensure the situation stays the same.

In the face of sequester, Obama finds $190 million for Egypt’s Morsi Thomas Lifson
Gee, how many meat inspectors will be laid off to pay for this? How many air traffic controllers? How many kids will go hungry?

Nancy A. Youssef of the McClatchy Newspapers writes:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry promised Sunday to give Egypt $190 million to help the government pay its bills, but said more money would require that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi move quickly to resolve the country’s differences with the International Monetary Fund, reform its security services and take steps to provide equal rights for women and religious minorities.

Kerry’s statement, which came at the end of “very candid and constructive” talks with Morsi, was the closest the United States has come to criticizing the Egyptian president, who took office last summer as the country’s first democratically elected leader.

The goals of this bribery may be laudable, but given the fact that the Obama administration will seek out the most painful cuts possible in order to finance this, we have to weigh the tradeoffs. Starving American children versus foreign foes of the American way of life. And never forget that Morsi is of the Muslim Brotherhood. Any reform in the treatment of minorities would be contrary to contrary tom scripture, their animating force.

Obama owns the sequester. He is the executive, and is responsible for the tradeoffs. It’s called accountability, and he has no experience with it.

The Anatomy of Climate Science Hype By S. Fred Singer **** The manipulation behind Study of Ice Age Bolsters Carbon and Warming Link by Justin Gillis, New York Times, March 1, 2013 A NY Times science story (by Justin Gillis, March 1) illustrates some interesting points about science journalism – esp. in the contentious and politically charged issue of climate change. A scientific journal, in […]

DANIEL GREENFIELD; THE CLOSING OF THE LIBERAL MIND Suppose that you are a Soviet agent in the 1950s. Your cover is that of an insurance salesman. Of your two “jobs”, the Soviet agent part is more important, but you need to be a good insurance salesman to maintain your cover. Being a good insurance salesman doesn’t clash with being a good Communist, […]

DIANA WEST: ALWALEED…FORBES NOT FAIR TO MIDEAST BILLIONAIRES…BLOOMBERG IS BETTER Business Insider has the best account of Awaleed’s announcement that he has “severed” his relationship with Forbes magazine’s billionaire-ranking project, and will instead work with Bloomberg’s Billionaire List. Why? Forbes isn’t valuing Alwaleed’s worth as highly as he does — and, further, the Forbes’ valuation process, the press release from Alwaleed’s Kingdom Holding Company […]

CHARLES C. COOK: THE GREAT AMMUNITION MYTH…THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT PLANNING A VIOLENT PUTDOWN OF CIVIL UNREST….. Last year, the Social Security Administration put out a procurement request for 174,000 rounds of “.357 Sig 125 grain bonded jacketed hollow point pistol ammunition,” prompting a few on the Internet to work themselves up into something of a frenzy. “It’s not outlandish,” claimed Paul Joseph Wilson, one of a team of professional paranoiacs […]