Israel and the Impossible Peace with Hamas: William Sullivan For the first time since 1991, air raid sirens blared in the city of Tel Aviv this week, as Hamas’ militants rained hundreds of rockets upon the Israeli civilian population from Gaza. Israel immediately responded with airstrikes against Hamas’ command centers and rocket launching sites. Once again, a council of Western elite and media […]

WHY HAMAS LOVES DEATH AND CEASEFIRES No less than 20 rockets were fired into Israel Wednesday (11/21/12) night within the first three hours after the cease-fire understanding between Israel and Hamas ostensibly began at 9 p.m. local time. Despite inauspicious beginnings, following an overnight calm, by Thursday morning (11/22/12), senior Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officials maintained they believe Hamas and […]

OBAMA GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO RELEASE PHOTOS FROM THE NIGHT OF THE BENGHAZI ATTACKS Something to hide? The White House Photo Office has declined CBS News requests to release images taken of US officials during the Sept. 11 Benghazi attacks. CBS News first requested the images on Oct. 31. In the past, the White House has released photos showing US officials during national security incidents. A half dozen […]

WSJ EDITORIAL: THE HAMAS VICTORY The cease-fire leaves the terror group intact and politically stronger. Regarding America’s war in Vietnam, Henry Kissinger once noted that “the guerrilla wins if he does not lose. The conventional army loses if it does not win.” Regarding Israel’s latest war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the same considerations apply. No wonder Wednesday’s […]


Hat tip to reader Jean Vercors of Ashdod for this photo of an Israeli mother in Ofakim shielding her child as sirens blare the warning of an incoming rocket from Gaza during the recent crisis:

RUTHIE BLUM: AND THE WINNER IS…..MORSI After eight days of intensive long-range rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israeli population centers and retaliatory Israeli airstrikes against Hamas terrorist chiefs and infrastructure, a cease-fire was declared on Wednesday evening. This temporary truce was not reached between the parties, however. Rather, it was brokered and announced by the United States and […]

MELANIE PHILLIPS:More (Real) News Again..Another Round of “Peace In Our Time” Once again, here’s yet more information about the war between Hamas and Israel that unaccountably you may not have come across in today’s UK mainstream media. Peace in our time! On BBC Radio’s Today programme this morning, I heard a correspondent say that most Israelis were ‘relieved’ by the ceasefire in Gaza. I also […]

EGYPY’T PRESIDENT MORSI CONSOLIDATES FAR REACHING POWERS FOR HIMSELF Egypt President Morsi grants himself far-reaching powers Associated Press CAIRO – Egypt‘s president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters in last year’s uprising. Mohammed Morsi also decreed immunity for the Islamist-dominated panel drafting a new constitution from […]



The Wahhabi Kingdom is one ass-backward place.

(AFP) – Denied the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements.

Since last week, Saudi women’s male guardians began receiving text messages on their phones informing them when women under their custody leave the country, even if they are travelling together.

Manal al-Sherif, who became the symbol of a campaign launched last year urging Saudi women to defy a driving ban, began spreading the information on Twitter, after she was alerted by a couple.

The husband, who was travelling with his wife, received a text message from the immigration authorities informing him that his wife had left the international airport in Riyadh.

“The authorities are using technology to monitor women,” said columnist Badriya al-Bishr, who criticised the “state of slavery under which women are held” in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Women are not allowed to leave the kingdom without permission from their male guardian, who must give his consent by signing what is known as the “yellow sheet” at the airport or border.

Another Tack: A-Dawla ma’ana: Sarah Honig When the blood-curdling battle cry exhorting the masses to slaughter the Jews, “Itbach al-Yahud,” was first shouted on April 4, 1920, by Arab marauders rampaging through the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, it was accompanied by another mantra: “A-Dawla ma’ana” – the government is with us. That was the first brazen reverberation of […]