Sunday, 10 November 2019

Ahead of the Trump peace plan, some hard truths.

To any dispassionate observer of the Middle East, it is crystal clear that a so-called “Two-State Solution” between a once-complaint, democratic, Israel and the violent, rejectionist, two-headed Palestinian hydra is impossible.
Those who say there is no other sensible solution to this intractable problem between Arab and Jew have not been paying attention, or have rejected, numerous sensible alternatives that have been offered by various Israeli sources.
Soon we will witness the long-awaited proposals from the Trump Administration which will be seen as extensions to the “Two-State” failure.
Although most Israelis quietly hope that progress can be made, there is a singular lack of expectation.
This has nothing to do with Israeli rejection. On the contrary, history shows us that Israel proposes while Palestinians dismiss peace offers.
As a result, there is today a clear-eyed Israeli awareness that Palestinians are decades away from being pragmatic peacemakers, if at all. Fault lies with the absolute failure of the international community to address the problem of the Arab rejectionism of Israel on any piece of land, and the communities’ total failure to take any steps that would reform the duplicitous Palestinian leadership into genuine and practical peace partners.
This should have been done as a condition of their massive funding to the corrupt and wasteful administrations both in Ramallah and in Gaza.
No more pressure on Israel to make dangerous concessions to an adversary overtly or covertly determined to do away with Israel, piece by piece if necessary.
We went that route in the past. We will not be fooled a second time.
Accepting a Palestine means going to bed with Mahmoud Abbas and waking up in the morning with Hamas.
No thanks.
Arab nations could have persuaded the divided heads of a broken Palestinian political system to accept the presence of, and to work with, Israel for the betterment of their own people, but they didn’t.
Why didn’t they?
They failed to address the need to convince their own people that Israel will always be a part of the Middle East and accept that reality.  In truth, they couldn’t.
The fact is, they are afraid of their own people. And their own people hate Jews.
This is perpetuated by the incitement of their religious leaders and political hotheads that rant against Jews, particularly those Jews living in their midst – the Israelis.
This has made Arab rulers impotent, unwilling to go against the will of their people whose very core is filled with a basic anti-Semitic hatred of Jews.
This is the brutal honest truth of the Middle East. It has been that way for over a hundred years, and nothing has been done to put out this fire.
This, and this alone, is why peace is not possible between Israel and the Palestinians.

Barry Shaw, International Public Diplomacy Director, Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.
See my book ‘Fighting Hamas. BDS and Anti-Semitism.’

Monday, 28 October 2019

I talk with Genie Milgrom, a lady with an extraordinary life story, in this video from The View from Israel. (click on the link below) Her story is typical of thousands of people and is known to us who are engaged in the tale you are about to hear.
I was once asked where the next great wave of Aliyah to Israel is going to come from. Aliyah is the wave of Jews who find shelter and new lives in the Jewish state. My answer is the Secret Jews.The Secret Jews are those Jews who do not yet know they are Jewish.They are the inheritors of those who escaped from, or survived, the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions.This was a tragic time in Jewish history when the Catholic Church went in search of Jews to convert them or to kill them.It was a Holocaust on a global scale as the church reached into Central and South America in pursuit of the Jews.As you will hear briefly in this video, this is the reason I initiated the Knesset Caucus for the Anusim (the Jews of Spain and Portugal).With the development of the internet and social media, thousands of people in the far reaches of our world are questioning strange family customs and are discovering their roots date back to a distant Jewish connection in Europe.Some want to renew their Judaism, and that is not an easy thing to do. Unlike Christianity and Islam, Judaism is not a very welcoming religion.For those who do want to return to their Jewish roots but live in locations where there are no Jews for hundreds or thousands of miles, Israel, the Jewish state, is the one place they can feel truly at home. But we have problems in Israel with our Interior Ministry and the Rabbinut failing to ease the way back into the fold for the Anusim Jews, as you will in Genie's personal tale.And those who discover their Jewish heritage, but prefer to remain in their adopted faith, may look with a more sympathy on Israel existing in a threatening and anti-Semitic neighborhood.Genie has written a number of books taken from her life experience, including 'My Fifteen GrandMothers.'If any of you want to know more about your Anusim roots, send me a private message and I will redirect you to where you can receive help.Enjoy this fascinating video! Barry Shaw, Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy, Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Palestinian predators. My interview with Kay Wilson.

KAY WILSON is the miraculous survivor of a brutal Palestinian terror attack.
Kay is the voice of thousands of Israeli victims of Palestinian terror whose voices are silent.
Why do so many Palestinian predators go out in the dead of night, or hide during the day, to hunt for vulnerable victims.
What drives them like animals in search of prey? What primitive instinct obsesses them?
In this video you will see and hear the reason they go hunting for blood directly from the mouth of one of the killers. It’s a craving for Jewish blood. He says clearly, simply, it was Jews he wanted to kill. Not Israelis. Jews!
One of the shocking things that came out of my interview with Kay was that, just as powerful animals kills their defenseless prey they do so for a need, without emotion. Her killers exhibited the same dispassionate lack of emotion as they stabbed and hacked Kay’s defenseless body, and killed her friend.
The tragedy of this deadly desire to kill Jews was that Kay’s murdered friend, Kristine, wasn’t Jewish. Kristne was an American Christian.
And it turns out that these predators had killed before – for the same reason.
This is the ultimate corroboration of the theme of my book ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism.’ That is it Jew hatred that drives every aspect of the Palestinian cause from the Palestinian themselves, to BDS and anti-Israel hostility on too many campuses in the West, and back to Kay’s attackers.
The video takes you through Kay’s trauma, both during and after her dramatic meeting with terror, and how she is putting her life together with important and positive causes which she wants you to share.
See the video and read Kay’s book, The Rage Less Traveled.
Barry Shaw,
Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy,
Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Israel Intelligence Briefing, Al-Bukamal. Iranian military base in Syria.

Much has been said and written about the Turkish incursion into northern Syria and their attacks against the Kurds. But, for Israel, another location is important.
Al-Bukamal is located on the Iraqi/Syrian border. It has been the target of recent Israeli airstrikes. Al-Bukamal is also the site of a key crossing between Syria and Iraq which allows it to become an important hub for Iranian weapons transportation to Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
In the early days of the Iranian and Iraqi militias' control of the town of Al-Bukamal, the means of communication between them were wireless radios. After a few months of controlling the Syrian/Iraqi border town of al-Bukamal, assassinations increased in the area, which affected a number Iranian militias. The targeting of Iranian militia vehicles and their movements by cells opposing the militias were detected by the frequency used by the wireless radios.
Due to this detection, the Iranian militias issued orders not to speak on radios except when it was an emergency. After a few months, Iranian militias secured cellular lines from the company Zain Iraq through its members in the Popular Mobilization Forces.
About two months ago, Iranian militias set up a reinforced communication network for Zain Iraq on Jabal al-Baghouz on the Iraqi side of the border to gain greater coverage in al-Bukamal and its countryside. To obtain a line of communication, it requires personal identification and sometimes permission from militia commanders.
Few leaders of the Iranian militias have satellite telephones. Some members of the security branches of the Syrian regime in the city of al-Bukamal use Syrian lines, and there are some important figures from the Iranian militias in addition to the Iraqi line have another Syrian line to communicate with the Office of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Damascus.
Several phone number belonging to Iranian officers and advisors stationed in al-Bukamal and Deir Ezzor were intercepted and published.
1.) Iranian Officer
Name: Miqdad
Phone Number: 0958476786 (Syrian number)
2.) Iranian Officer
Name: Mahda
Phone number: 0934841962 (Syrian number)
3.) Iranian military advisor in Deir Ezzor (Iranian number - Whatsapp)
Name: Moses
Phone number: 09353764200 (Iranian number - Whatsapp)
4.) Iranian military adviser in Deir Ezzor
Name: Yasser
Phone number: 09369164407 (Iranian number - Whatsapp)
The publication of these names and numbers have thrown the iranian military into a spin.
But that will be the least of their worries. Israel is closely watching the construction of the Iranian base at Al-Bukamal and will destroy it in due course.

Barry Shaw,
Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.
(Courtesy ISI and GroundBrief)

Monday, 7 October 2019

Demi Lovato was in awe of Israel. Then she went home.

Demi Lovato was in awe of Israel.
At the end of her trip she tweeted, "There is something magical about Israel. I have never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God - something I've been missing for a few years now."
She went on, "I have never felt more renewed in my life. This trip has been so important for my well-being, my heart, and my soul. Thank you for having me, Israel."
And then she returned to America, fell into the hands of BDS, and went wobbly, apologizing if she offended anyone by her remarks.
Her mother, Dianna, however, stepped into the breach.
"Praying at the Western Wall with my daughter in the Old City of Jerusalen was the highlight of my trip to Israel. I will never forget that day or that trip as we celebrated life and Christianity as we learned about the Jewish faith while listening to the Muslim call to prayer."
Dianna went on, "There was no fighting, no judgment, no cruel words...only love. And I will undoubtedly, unapologetically, go again one day."
While daughter Demi's short attention span may have put her connection to God, her spirituality, her well-being, her soul, in the hands of BDS (God help her!), her mother is keeping the faith.

Barry Shaw,
International Public Diplomacy Director,
Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

The Democrats Pursuit of Trump. What next when Impeachment fails.

The writing is on the wall.

How long has Impeach Trump syndrome been going on?
Would you believe even before Donald Trump was elected President?
President Obama appointed Evelyn Farkas to the Defense Department specializing, coincidentally, on Obama’s Ukraine policy. Except, nothing in Deep State is a coincidence.
As the end of the Obama era was approaching, Farkas was an enthusiastic “Hillary for President” devotee.
In 2016, she was a foreign policy advisor to Hillary Clinton.
Two weeks before the election, Farkas appeared on a panel in which she said, “We have a strong system of checks and balances. If Donald Trump were elected I believe he would be impeached pretty quickly, or somebody else would have to take over government. And I am not even joking.”
That is deeply troubling. What checks and balances does the Deep State have that would ensure the impeachment of a president they don’t want?
This was spoken by someone in the know, at top level, two weeks before an election? What was going on in the Obama Administration behind the scenes?
Obama promised to “fundamentally change America” as part of his pre-election pledge. What exactly did he mean by “fundamentally change America.” Was weaponizing the intelligence agencies against a political opponent part of that policy?
We are beginning to discover that this may be true.
Russian Collusion. Impeach Trump. Stormy Daniels. Impeach Trump. Michael Cohen. Impeach Trump. Obstruction. Impeach Trump. Ukraine. Impeach Trump. All tried. All failed.  
The hunt for the removal of this President from office appears to be religiously pagan in its ferocity. Is there a Star Chamber trying to pervert the will of the people?
My question is where do the Democrats and their Deep State actors go in their dogged attempt to remove Trump once impeachment utterly fails?
Traitor! Russian agent! Racist! White supremacist! Hitler! Stalin! Who would not want to remove such a tyrant?
We now have investigations into the top level of the FBI and Department of Justice following the collapse of a fraudulent Russian collusion allegation against a political opponent. With the Democrats declaring open war to “oppose” and “resist” there is no bipartisanship in America anymore. Only revolt.
Democracy collapses when this happens. It’s the start of civil war and we see signs of an ominous political army in the black-clad storm troopers of Antifa. They claim to be anti-fascists, but they are the fascist street fighters of the radical Democrats.
Where is all this leading when impeachment fails?
The fevered thirst for power can often taste like blood.
The writing is on the wall.
I have never seen such a toxic political atmosphere as that whipped up by the Democrats and their Hate-Trump supporters, since the dangerous days in Israel that led to the assassination of a national leader, Yitzhak Rabin, by an anonymous young man with a handgun.
Rabin was called a traitor, a Nazi. Just like Trump today.
His assassin was so benign-looking that the police allowed him to get too close to the Israeli Prime Minister. Yigal Amir shot him in the back, three times.
Israel never had the violent street and campus gangs that America has in the Antifa anarchists and radical Marxists who are allowed to send people to hospital in the name of free speech because their victims voice must not be tolerated. Conservative voices of people like Asian-American blogger, Andy Ngo, can be rushed to hospital with brain injuries because he is wrongly perceived to be a “racist” and a “white supremacist.”
This is the crazy intolerant mindset that has taken over the Democrats and it is leading somewhere even darker and more dangerous. Assassination as a last resort, when all else fails.
God forbid this should happen to the American president, but Trump Derangement Syndrome is heading irrevocably in that direction. People are getting the hate and violence message from all directions.
The inciters are many. From Maxine Waters who incites the mob to confront and get in the faces of their opponents. From Adam Schiff and the “concrete evidence” he has of Russian collusion, but cannot produce. From the radical left forcing Nancy Pelosi to declare absolute grounds for impeachment when she hadn’t seen any evidence. From the biased mainstream media calling out the President for unsubstantiated heinous crimes 24/7. 
When New York Times editor, Dean Baquet, announced a new editorial tactic to change their failed Trump-Russia coverage to Trump-racist policy, he told the world that his rag no longer delivers news. It delivers anti-Trump indoctrination.
When a leading member of the Fourth Estate admit his organ pumps out propaganda it no longer a newspaper. It is Pravda.
The toxic political environment in America is entirely and deliberately being stoked by the Democrats and their institutional supporters.
When radical campus professors incite young impressionable minds into Marxism, education becomes dogma. It is the closing of the academic mind in America.
In Hollywood, pampered stars, looking for an added moment of media attention, poison the minds of many with talk of violence.  Madonna calls for blowing up the White House. De Nero wants to punch Trump in the face. Depp reminds us that an actor killed a President. 
Kathy Griffin holds up the bloody severed head of Donald Trump. 
Imagine the brainwashing effect this has on an addled committed mind determined to take the law into his own hand to save the world.
The person that pulls the trigger will claim to be inspired to save the country from a tyrant. He will quote Democrat incitement against the president as his motivation.  The country demanded it, he will claim.
When that awful day comes, it will be too late for them to turn back.  They can never be wrong. They will continue to blame the fate of the President on the victim himself.  The country will be riven in two, each side blaming the other for a tragedy that could have been prevented by bipartisanship.
The scar of a civil war will rumble on for generations. And it would have begun by an unrelenting opposition that divided America.
Such is the depth of Democratic derangement.
For God’s sake! For the sake of America and the world, will you Democrats step back from the brink, before it is too late?

Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Does anyone tell the truth anymore?

As an outsider, I have been witnessing the weaponizing of the intelligence and law enforcement agencies of the United States to try and fraudulently win an election, and then attempt to stage a political coup against a duly elected president.
Begun under the Obama Administration, we have seen the CIA (under John Brennan), the National Security apparatus (under James Clapper), the FBI (under James Comey), the Department of Justice (under Loretta Lynch), bring a fraudulent dossier to the secret government FISA court, for permission to engage in espionage against, conduct illegal unmaskings of American citizens, spy on anyone connected with, their political rival, and set the top level personnel in the FBI and DOJ on a prolonged campaign to indict a sitting president on the fake charge of Russian Collusion, a charge, it transpires, that they themselves were guilt of.
Does anyone tell the truth anymore?
In America, the 2020 Presidential campaign is already underway. The Democrats are pretending they are running a progressive campaign when in truth they are hell bent on transforming America into a Socialist state. In truth, they are running a campaign built on hate, racism and division. The stench of Socialism is in the air and, if we listen to Bernie Sanders and some of the new Democratic faces, Socialism is only a temporary pause on the road to full-blown Marxism.  
Does anyone tell the truth anymore in America?
Marxism doesn’t start in Congress. It starts with the radical brainwashing of impressionable young minds on campus. US campuses have become Marxist factories of lies, churning out the next generation of indoctrinated opinion and influence makers and future lawmakers. From campus they go via community organizing to State elections to Congress. That is the path chosen by those who present themselves as “the attractive new face of progressivism.” They win over the hearts and minds of the young, but they are anything but progressive or liberal. They are intolerant radicals promoting big government control over every aspect of citizens lives based on an economy that will ruin the country.
They have the narrative buttoned down. Speak truth to their lies and you are branded as a racist, white supremacist, a toxic male. Any insult will do to shut you up.
Does anyone tell the truth any more on the left of American politics?
Next time, when new smiling faces appears to replace the old school Democratic incumbent, beware of progressives bearing gifts. They are hiding inside the Trojan Horse of a Marxist ideology being wheeled into the heart of American political power.
Evidence of that appeared in the form of Ilhan Omar, she of the “Benjamin” insult, she of the “May Allah protect you from an evil Israel that is hypnotizing the world,” she of the smiling face when talking about “Some people did something” on 9/11. She, whose family got rich working for a genocidal Marxist dictator in Somalia back in the day when she lived a protected life in Mogadishu. That was until the people rose up to depose Siad Barre and entered the capital. That is when her protected family had to escape at 4 am in the middle of the night to catch a special flight to Kenya. By the way, she did not live in a dusty refugee camp. She lived comfortably in a residential district of Mombasa until her family engineered their entry into the United States and where she continued to live with a false name. Her family name is Nur Elmi, not Omar. That name was adopted from the sponsoring family already living in America.
When will Ilhan Omar begin to tell the truth? She had lied about everything in her life. Her false marriages including a legal one to her gay brother, Ahmed Elmi of London. Her tax and student loan frauds, her destruction of evidence and her perjury. I even have evidence that she lied when she had a private meeting with the corrupt President of Somalia in December 2016 about the identity of the man she travelled with to this meeting.
This failure to tell the truth is not confined to the United States. America is a few years behind Europe on several issues. An open border policy is one of them.
Open borders were fine when it was confined to open travel for citizens living within the European Union but it began to collapse when that included the free movement of terrorists from one European capital to another.
European leaders lied to their people about what the result of unbridled and incompatible mass immigration would do to their countries. They lied on purpose. Cynically, they saw a mass of future voters rather than a massive headache that will irrevocably change the face of their countries and their continent.  So they told their people to welcome the stranger in the spirit of “multi-multiculturalism” and to celebrate diversity.   The only problem was that a hardcore of the migrants from the Middle East and North Africa didn’t know how to assimilate and didn’t want to integrate. They wanted to keep their cultural norms and to live in their own isolated communities, simply carrying on as they had done in the lands of their birth. Simply put, they did not leave the Middle East, they brought the Middle East with them into Europe.
Part of their baggage were behavior patterns never before experienced by the refined Europeans. So of course they were alarmed at the gang rapes of German and Swedish women and English girls and by the authorities who tried to keep the identities of the perpetrators secret. In England, they even arrested and imprisoned one protester who insisted it was his civil duty to warn the population who were perpetrating these crimes and why it was being kept hidden from them.
No. European authorities don’t tell the truth anymore. Omission - keeping the facts and the truth from the indigenous population- is pernicious in too many European countries.
Try this statistic. Demographically, the indigenous Swede will be a minority in their own country within their lifetime. It amazes me how a dependency population – Sweden practices a free market socialism – keep voting for a government that is turning off the lights in their own country and, like hand-fed lambs, they take the free handouts and remain silent.
Don’t they realize they are sleepwalking to their own demise?
I am writing this in my own country – Israel. Has the media in your country ever told the truth about Israel? Have you really been given the truth about our life experience and the hostile environment we face on a daily basis? Part of that environment calls itself Palestinian.
Are you not aware that every time Palestinian Hamas or Islamic Jihad fire a barrage of rockets into our civilian areas it barely gets more than a cursory mention? But, when Israel is forced to respond in our defense to put an end to the violence, we are accused of acting inhumanely, disproportionately, that the missile fire was our fault because Palestinians live in such ghastly conditions.
Does anyone tell the truth anymore?
Did you ever hear about the oppression under which a deeply divided Palestinian leadership abuse their own people?  Was that ever covered in your national media? I think not.
Human Rights Watch recently reported that the oh so decent Palestinian Authority were detaining hundreds of Arabs protesting against their corrupt dictatorship in detention camps in Jericho where at least twenty-eight peaceful protesters have been tortured? Or that both the PA and Hamas are founded on deeply anti-Semitic ideologies that includes rewarding the killing of Jews?  Is it any wonder that Israel does what it has to do to defend itself?
Does anyone tell the truth anymore?
Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.