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"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened"
Why Do Palestinians Want
Both Statehood and 'Occupation?'
Jonathan S. Tobin
"Rise up together as one voice"
"Be careful where you stand"
 Name Calling Should Not Change Minds On Immigration  
By Michael Ware - No one should be surprised that there is now a name give to those in the GOP who oppose nObama’s executive order. “Nativists.”...In an interview released today with NPR, nObama says that there are many in the GOP who support his action, but fear the “nativists.” And characterize this group as those opposed to immigration. The Washington Post quotes nObama: “The question then becomes, by me having taken these actions, does that spur those voices in the Republican Party who I think genuinely believe immigration is good for our country? Does it spur them to work once again with Democrats and my administration to get a reasonable piece of legislation done? This points to the fact that the president thinks his executive order is legal. nObama thinks he is allowed to speak law into existence. While nothing could be further from the truth, our congress does nothing to stop King nObama.
 ISIS Plans Mass Genocide -- 500 Million People - Evidently ISIS plans to wipe out all of us, starting with those in the Middle East, those of other religions, all atheists, and those who don’t subscribe to their particular brand of Islam...According to 74-year-old reporter Jurgen Todenhofer, ISIS is deadly serious and truly believes they can actually win the fight against the infidels. Todenhofer told ABC News that “The IS fighters are much smarter and more dangerous than our leaders believe. In the Islam State, there is an almost palpable enthusiasm and confidence of victory, which I have not seen in many war zones.” He added: “They are extremely brutal. I’m talking about the strategy of religious cleansing. They are talking about 500 million people who have to die.”
 Advice on ‘Advice and Consent’           
By John R. Bolton & John Yoo - Despite the Democratic party’s losses in November’s elections, President nObama has audaciously begun ignoring constitutional restraints in order to impose his policy views...This is true not only on domestic issues, such as immigration and nObamacare, but now in foreign and defense policy, too. Checking nObama’s misuse of his foreign-affairs powers should be a top priority for the new Republican majorities in Congress. nObama’s worldview demands major departures from traditional American foreign policy and threatens to use international agreements to transform domestic policy.
 Judge Jeanine Opening "Christians Under Attack"  
( Judge Jeanine files a special report “Christians Under Attack,” which focuses on the global assault on Christians, particularly in the Middle East...Judge Pirro notes how what has traditionally been one of the happiest times of the year is now falling victim to the onslaught of Islamic terrorism and religious genocide.
 nObama warns GOP he plans to use veto pen in 2015  
(By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press) - Bracing to do business with a Congress run solely by Republicans, President Barack nObama is serving notice he has no qualms about vetoing legislation he dislikes...This would be a significant change in style for nObama, come January when the new Congress will be seated with the GOP not only in command in the House but also the Senate as well. He's wielded the veto pen through his first nearly six years very sparingly. Since taking office in 2009, nObama has only vetoed legislation twice, both in fairly minor circumstances.
 U.S. and Iran Now Allied in Iraq Against ISIS  
(By  Warren Mass ) - In an odd turnabout that few might have predicted a year or more ago, the United States now finds itself allied with Iran in the battle to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)...ISIS/ISIL, which has received a great deal attention after its capture of much of northern Iraq and its posting of Internet videos of its beheadings, is the successor to the group commonly known as al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). On May 14, 2014, the U.S. State Department announced its decision to use “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) as the group’s primary name, most likely to avoid reminding the world that that U.S. aid to the anti-Assad rebel coalition in Syria benefited ISIS. This president is an idiot for sure now.
 Collapse in Oil and Natural Gas Prices Hitting OPEC the Hardest  
(By  Bob Adelmann) - As prices for crude oil and natural gas continued their precipitous fall over the last five weeks, most commentators have been focusing on the impact — real or predicted — on the oil and gas industry in the United States...Little noticed, however, was the report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) about how those declines are likely to affect OPEC. OPEC’s total revenues, which hit an all-time high of $900 billion in 2012, are expected to decline by half next year, to just $446 billion. And that projection is based on the assumption that oil prices will average $68 a barrel in 2015. In the futures market on Friday, December 26, crude oil closed at $55.14 a barrel.
 Court Rejects Attempt to “Regulate” Bullets & Shot  
(by  Bob Adelmann) - On Tuesday, December 23 Judge David Tatel of the District of Columbia’s Circuit Court of Appeals rejected another attempt to force the EPA to regulate bullets and shotgun shells out of existence...It wasn’t even close. The first time the environmentalist groups sued back in 2010 it was a frontal attack, demanding that the EPA prohibit the “manufacture, processing and distribution in commerce of lead shot and bullets.” The petition was thrown out on the basis that the EPA’s rules expressly and unambiguously prohibited the agency from making any such rules regarding bullets and shotgun shells. While the lawsuit was portrayed as “concern” for the trumpeter swan and other creatures that might ingest the highly toxic lead bullets or shot lying on the ground left behind by hunters and shooting sportsmen, many saw it as a backdoor attack on the Second Amendment. utm_source=Newsletter&utm_campaign=2f90579897-The_Editors_Top_Picks_3_12_143_12_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8ca494f2d2-2f90579897-289778381
 Taliban, “the defeat of the infidel Western military alliance”  
(By Robert Spencer) - Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said: “Isaf rolled up its flag in an atmosphere of failure and disappointment without having achieved anything substantial or tangible.” That is certainly true...The Taliban also said: “It should be emphasized that due to the blessed Jihad most of the involved nations excluding America have withdrawn all of their troops from Afghanistan…without a doubt the defeat of the infidel Western military alliance in Afghansitan [sic] at the hands of a few empty handed believing Mujahidin, the destruction of fortified bases by their own hands and their hasty withdrawal were unconceivable [sic] and is a clear sign of the divine help of Allah Almighty.” Not that this has anything to do with Islam.
 Family of murdered Marine suing military over alleged cover-up  
( - The family of murdered Marine Greg Buckley just wants answers. Three days before he was scheduled to come home, in 2012, Lance Cpl. Buckley was killed in Afghanistan, in the one place he was supposed to be safe...He wasn't killed in a firefight on a battlefield, or by a roadside bomb while on patrol. The 21-year-old was working out with fellow Marines at the base gym when an Afghan teenager walked in carrying an AK-47 -- and emptied the clip, killing Buckley and two others. The New York family's lawsuit accuses the department of hiding details surrounding Buckley's death. His father says supervisors ignored warnings and allowed an unsavory Afghan police chief named Sarwar Jan to live on the base. 
Why Do Palestinians Want
Both Statehood and 'Occupation?'
Jonathan S. Tobin - Today, the Hamas terrorists who rule the Palestinian state in all but name in Gaza once again demonstrated their lack of concern for the subjects by denying a group of war orphans a chance to spend a week in Israel.

     Their reason: doing so would involve the teens visiting "occupied cities" and "settlements" and would undermine their effort to perpetuate a century-old war against Zionism.

     That Hamas would continue to rail against "occupation" while enjoying virtual sovereignty over part of the country is no contradiction. It actually dovetails nicely with the stand of their Fatah rivals who are seeking recognition of Palestinian statehood in the United Nations this week while also clinging to an "occupation" that allows them to avoid making peace.

     Some will harp on the casual cruelty of denying a break to schoolchildren who have been harmed by war and who could use a chance to get out of the claustrophobic strip. But that would be a mistake.

     The key issue here is not the Islamist group's insensitivity or even its reflexive hostility to Israel. Rather, it is the language used in explaining its decision to turn the bus with the 37 orphans back from the border:

     "Security forces prevented 37 children of martyrs from entering the land occupied in 1948 for a suspicious visit to a number of settlements and occupied cities," wrote Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman Iyad Al-Bozom on Facebook Sunday. "This move came in order to safeguard our children's education and protect them from the policy of normalization."

     Hamas's harping on the occupied places that the orphans who were invited by Israel's Kibbutz movement and two Israeli Arab towns is telling in that the places the kids were going to visit were not part of what the world is told is "occupied territory." Indeed, every place on their itinerary was Israeli territory prior to the Six Day War in June 1967.

     For Hamas, "occupation" refers to any land on which the Jewish state may exist regardless of where its borders might be drawn.

     In this way, they make it clear that their "resistance" against "occupation" is not a protest about the West Bank or Jerusalem but a sign of their determination to wage war on Israel until it is destroyed.

     This renders moot if not absurd the conviction held by some on the Jewish left as well as the nObama administration that peace could still be obtained by an Israeli decision to trade land for peace.

     Yet while this speaks volumes about the foolishness of those who believe Hamas is prepared to make peace, it should not be viewed as fundamentally different from the position of the Palestinian Authority as it tries to get the UN Security Council to vote to recognize their independence in all of the lands that Israel took during the Six Day War.

     As the Times of Israel noted in a feature published on Friday, the PA is in the interesting position of demanding formally recognition of their sovereign rights while also insisting that all of that land — even areas that Israel does not control such as Gaza or those parts of the West Bank that are under PA rule — are "occupied."

     This contradicts legal norms about statehood that can be accorded only to those that actually control the territory in question. PA leader Mahmoud Abbas and his followers say they merely wish to reverse the usual order so as to facilitate Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and even parts of Jerusalem where hundreds of thousands of Jews live in Jewish neighborhoods that have existed for decades.

     But this stand actually has much in common with the less presentable positions articulated by Hamas than is generally understood.

     Had Abbas and the PA wanted a state they could have had one 14 years ago or the two other times when one was offered them by Israel under terms that are no different than those supported currently by the nObama administration and the Europeans.

     They are going to the UN not because they wish to actually have a state but because their desire is to avoid negotiations that might give them one if they were ever willing to actually sign a peace agreement with the Israelis.

     Just like Hamas, which rails against "occupation" while governing what is functionally a Palestinian state, Abbas clings to policies that keep the status quo in place while still railing against it. The reason is that although its leader is wrongly proclaimed by Washington as a champion of peace, he and his movement are as committed to Israel's destruction as Hamas. Accepting a state in the West Bank (with or without Hamas-ruled Gaza which would constitute a second Palestinian state) means not so much ending the "occupation" of that area as it does accepting that the parts of the country that are left to Israel must be considered part of a Jewish state and that the conflict is therefore ended for all time.

     Until Fatah is willing to do that, its talk of statehood at the UN must be considered to be no different than Hamas' blatant rejection of peace on any terms.

     And the sooner Western nations catch on to this fact and stop enabling the PA's evasions, the better it will be for Palestinians and their children who need peace more than an unending and bloody war against Zionism.

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