Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Terror Filled Face of Palestine.

When Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, spoke with President Trump at the White House press conference on February 15 he spoke about the inadmissibility of forcing Israel to live alongside a terrorist state of Palestine as the result of a global effort to establish a Palestinian state.

Ignored by people advocating a two-state solution is the clear and present danger of Hamas in Gaza and the West Bank and the terror face of the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority.

It is an inconvenient truth for international diplomats pressuring Israel to withdraw from the West Bank that Hamas has a growing presence there.

Evidence of that has been seen at Bir Zeit University where Hamas-affiliated students overwhelmingly won the student body election in February 2017. 

Bir Zeit happens to be not in Gaza but just eight kilometers north of the once stronghold of Fatah in Ramallah where the Palestinian Authority holds tentative sway.

The Palestinian Authority is busy arresting Hamas members  and the Israeli security forces are constantly intercepting Hamas terror cells and arresting their budding terrorists in the West Bank.

A much discussed issue in Israeli national security and strategic think tanks is what happens when, by the ballot or by the bullet, Hamas usurps power in a future Palestinian state.

Israel demands that any Palestinian state must be demilitarized. This request will be as futile as was the Jewish state’s appeal that UN forces keep militant Hezbollah terrorists from southern Lebanon following Israel’s withdrawal in 2000. Today, Hezbollah has an estimated 120,000 missiles ready to launch at Israel stored in homes and bunkers along Israel’s northern border. They have constructed a network of interconnecting terror tunnels that make Hamas’s tunnel system in Gaza look like a rabbit warren by comparison.

The same applied to the unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.

Despite the destruction inflicted on them in their 2014 war against Israel, Hamas has replenished much of their armory and missiles, trained a new army of radical terrorists and are feverishly constructing new stronger terror tunnels with cement provided to them from Israel.

Now, Hamas has elected one of the most extreme radical terrorists they can choose to lead them in Gaza and their affiliates in the West Bank.

55 year old unrepentant terrorist, Yahya Sinwar, served 22 years in an Israeli prison on serious terrorism charges. He was released as part of a huge scale prisoner release by Israel for the return of imprisoned Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, who had been kidnapped by Hamas terrorists.

Among Sinwar’s offences was the killing of Palestinians who he called “collaborators.”  He ordered the killing of a senior Hamas commander without trial because he perceived him to be a potential rival and traitor.

He comes to political power from the military wing of Hamas. The Izz a-Din al-Kassam terror group is linked to the extreme Islamic Salafist movement.  He is close to Muhamad Deif, the chief of Hamas operations in Gaza considered to be the Chief of Staff of the Hamas terror army.

It is apparent that the radical terrorist arm of Hamas now controls their political wing. Sinwar opposes any compromise with Israel.

This arch-terrorist in Gaza is matched by similar hard line Fatah candidates in Ramallah.

An unfortunate feature of the global pressure on Israel has been the unwillingness to address the deep terror promoting agenda of leading members of the Palestinian Authority.

One of the leading candidates to replace Mahmoud Abbas as President of the Palestinian Authority is Jibril Rajoub.  He is the chairman of the Palestinian Olympic Committee and the head of the Palestinian Football Association.

These are not benign activities for Rajoub. He exploits sport as a political football to try and expel Israel from FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, by bringing allegations against Israel to FIFA forums, as does the PA  at the UN. But behind his diplomatic posturing lies the real face of Rajoub who promotes and glorifies terror through Palestinian sports competitions, inculcating the youth to revere terrorist murderers as heroes to be emulated.

One example is Muhannad Halabi who stabbed a father to death in Jerusalem in October 2015, stabbed the mother and a two year old child and killed an Israeli man who tried to help the family before he was shot and killed by an Israeli policeman.

One month after this attack Jibril Rajoub, in his capacity as chairman of the Palestinian Olympic Committee, named a table tennis tournament in honor of this terrorist murderer. Rajoub has little wriggle room to escape his culpability in this crime. The tournament was promoted under his patronage.

After Halabi’s murderous attack against an Israeli family Rajoub appeared on official Palestinian TV encouraging and glorifying his deadly act saying, “I say whoever carries out acts of heroism we in the Fatah movement bless and encourage them. We consider them heroes and a crown on the head of every Palestinian beginning with our brother, Muhannad Halabi.”

Rajoub regularly uses his official sporting titles to patronize sporting venues and events that honor deadly Palestinian terrorists.

The warning of collaboration with Hamas should Jibril Rajoub be elected as leader of the Palestinian Authority has been clear in his many statements. Following the capture of Gilad Shalit by Hamas, Rajoub said, “If Hamas wants to kidnap Israeli soldiers let them. When they kidnapped Shalit we congratulated them.”

Regarding using his overarching position in sport for normalization with Israel in advance of peace Rajoub said live on official PA television, “Under no circumstances will there be normalization. We will bring the Executive Committee in helicopters so they will see no Jews, no Satan, no Zionist sons of bitches!”

This is the leading candidate to head the Palestinian Authority and potentially a new State of Palestine.

Another popular candidate is Marwan Barghouti who is serving five life sentences for murdering Israelis. While in prison he has been calling for further terror attacks against the Jewish state. Yet, he is considered a folk hero to Palestinians.

The two headed pincer movement of a terror-loving Palestine will not become friendly nut crackers given statehood.  They will continue their stated ambition to annihilate Israel in stages.

As for the current president, Mahmoud Abbas in late 2015 when referring to Palestinian terror attacks against Jews in Jerusalem said, in the most lethal Islamic terms, “We bless every drop of blood that has been spilled in Jerusalem, blood spilled for Allah. Every martyr will reach Paradise, and every wounded will be rewarded by Allah.” 

He stated that he would not allow Jews to visit the Temple Mount by saying, “They have no right to defile it with their filthy feet.”

This is the real face of the man the world suggests is Israel’s moderate peace-partner.


Anyone who thinks that this type of Palestine will bring peace and harmony is delusional.

This is the new face of Hamas. This is the hidden face of the Palestinian Authority. This is the future face of Palestine.

Anyone hiding these deadly truths is being deliberately deceptive.


Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.
He is the author of ‘Fighting Hams, BDS and Anti-Semitism’ and the new best-selling book ‘1917 From Palestine to the Land of Israel.’





Tuesday, 14 February 2017

The New Face of Hamas. Even worse than the old one.


What is ignored by people advocating a two-state solution is the clear and present danger of Hamas in the West Bank.

It is an inconvenient truth for international diplomats pressuring Israel to withdraw from the West Bank that Hamas has a growing presence there.

Evidence of that has been seen at Bir Zeit University where Hamas-affiliated students overwhelmingly won the student body election in February 2017.  [1]

Bir Zeit happens to be not in Gaza but just eight kilometers north of the once stronghold of Fatah in Ramallah where the Palestinian Authority holds tentative sway.

The Palestinian Authority is busy arresting Hamas members [2] and the Israeli security forces are constantly intercepting Hamas terror cells and arresting their budding terrorists in the West Bank. [3]

A much discussed issue in Israeli national security and strategic think tanks is what happens when, by the ballot or by the bullet, Hamas usurps power in a future Palestinian state.

Israel demands that any Palestinian state must be demilitarized. This request will be as futile as was the Jewish state’s appeal that UN forces keep militant Hezbollah terrorists from southern Lebanon following Israel’s withdrawal in 2000. Today, Hezbollah has an estimated 120,000 missiles ready to launch at Israel stored in homes and bunkers along Israel’s northern border. They have constructed a network of interconnecting terror tunnels that make Hamas’s tunnel system in Gaza look like a rabbit warren by comparison.

The same applied to the unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.

Despite the destruction inflicted on them in their 2014 war against Israel, Hamas has replenished much of their armory and missiles, trained a new army of radical terrorists and are feverishly constructing new stronger terror tunnels with cement provided to them from Israel.

Now, Hamas has elected one of the most extreme radical terrorists they can choose to lead them in Gaza and their affiliates in the West Bank.

55 year old unrepentant Yahya Sinwar served 22 years in an Israeli prison on serious terrorism charges. He was released as part of a huge scale prisoner release for the return of imprisoned Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. Among Sinwar’s offences was the killing of Palestinians who he called “collaborators.”  
He ordered the killing of a senior Hamas commander without trial because he perceived him to be a potential rival and traitor.

He comes to political power from the military wing of Hamas, the Izz a-Di al-Kassam terror group with links to the extreme Islamic Salafist movement.  He is close to Muhamad Deif, the chief of Hamas operations in Gaza considered to be the Chief of Staff of the Hamas terror army.

It is apparent that the radical terrorist arm of Hamas now controls the political wing. Sinwar opposes any compromise with Israel.

This arch-terrorist in Gaza may be matched by a similar hard line Fatah candidate in Ramallah.

One of the leading candidates to replace Mahmoud Abbas as President of the Palestinian Authority is Jibril Rajoub.  He is the chairman of the Palestinian Olympic Committee and the head of the Palestinian Football Association.

These are not benign activities for Rajoub. He uses sport as a political football to try and expel Israel from FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, by bringing allegations against Israel to FIFA forums, as does the PA  at the UN. But behind this diplomatic posture lies the real face of Rajoub who promotes and glorifies terror through Palestinian sports competitions, inculcating the youth to look on murders as heroes to be emulated.

One example is Muhannad Halabi who stabbed a father to death in Jerusalem in October 2015, stabbed the mother and a two year old child and killed an Israeli man who tried to help the family before he was shot and killed by police.

One month after this attack Jibril Rajoub, in his capacity as chairman of the Palestinian Olympic Committee, named a table tennis tournament in honor of this terrorist murderer. Rajoub has little wriggle room to escape his culpability in this crime. The tournament was promoted under his patronage.

After Halabi’s murderous attack against an Israeli family Rajoub appeared on official Palestinian TV encouraging and glorifying his deadly act saying, “I say whoever carries out acts of heroism we in the Fatah movement bless and encourage them. We consider them heroes and a crown on the head of every Palestinian beginning with our brother, Muhannad Halabi.”

Rajoub regularly uses his official sporting titles to patronize sporting venues and events that honor deadly Palestinian terrorists.

The warning of collaboration with Hamas should Jibril Rajoub be elected as leader of the Palestinian Authority has been clear in his many statements. Following the capture of Gilad Shalit by Hamas, Rajoub said, “If Hamas wants to kidnap Israeli soldiers let them. When they kidnapped Shalit we congratulated them.”

Regarding using his overarching position in sport for normalization with Israel in advance of peace Rajoub said live on official PA television, “Under no circumstances will there be normalization. We will bring the Executive Committee in helicopters so they will see no Jews, no Satan, no Zionist sons of bitches!”

This then is the leading candidate to head the Palestinian Authority and potentially a new State of Palestine if the two-staters get their way.

The other leading candidate is Marwan Barghouti who is serving five life sentences for murdering Israelis. While in prison he has been calling for further terror attacks against the Jewish state. Yet, he is considered a folk hero to Palestinians.

The two headed pincer movement of a terror-loving Palestine will not become nut crackers given statehood.  They will continue their stated ambition to annihilate Israel by stages.

Anyone who thinks that an Israeli withdrawal from essential territory and this type of Palestine will bring peace and harmony is delusional.

This is the new face of Hamas. This is the hidden face of the Palestinian Authority. 

This is the future face of Palestine should the two-staters get their way.

Anyone hiding these deadly truths is being deliberately deceptive.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.
He is the author of ‘Fighting Hams, BDS and Anti-Semitism’ and the new best-selling book ‘1917 From Palestine to the Land of Israel.’

Monday, 13 February 2017

The Trump-Netanyahu meeting.


As Israel's Prime Minister sets off to meet President Trump in the White House on Wednesday the rumour is what is being called "the outside-in" strategic policy will be discussed to solve the Palestinian issue.

This may be the final shot in trying to revive the failing "two-state solution."

Despite the persuasion to look beyond a "two-state solution" going nowhere both the Trump Administration and Bibi will attempt an approach of recruiting neighbouring Arab states to put pressure on the Palestinians, rather than on Israel, to change their hard line attitudes against Israel and to make sweeping concessions in the cause of peace.

Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and even Turkey will be employed to soften both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas's stance against Israel.

This will include a carrot and a stick strategy in which Palestinians will be rewarded for compliance and punished financially and diplomatically if they continue their rejectionism. 

Hence the title "outside-in" rather than "inside-out" which has resulted in the PA spending its time globetrotting to lobby foreign governments and global institutions to their side of the argument and to punish Israel rather than sitting in direct negotiations with Israel. 

Israel will be made to hold back its desire to take a more assertive stance, particularly in Judea and Samaria where plans are in place to build in the large block of communities in what is known as Area C in the Oslo Accords signed by the Palestinians and Israel and witnessed by President Clinton, the EU and Japan in which Israel has both civil and security control until a permanent agreement is reached. 
It is understood in diplomatic circles that these blocks containing in excess of half a million Jews will remain under Israeli sovereignty in any future peace deal.

Soundbites coming out of the White House during the Trump-Netanyahu meeting are likely to include a deferment of the US moving its embassy to Jerusalem, although the incoming US Ambassador intends to take up residence in Israel's capital and work out of the US Consulate in west Jerusalem as a matter of convenience as its location is close to Israel's governmental and prime ministerial offices. 

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.








A world without Zion. After the fall.


Imagine a world in which Israel is confined to what they call pre-1967 lines and discovers that the old threats are alive and killing.

Imagine a world without settlers. This is a world without settlements. This is a world without towns and villages that were built and occupied by Israeli Jews imbued with the dead spirit of the pioneering Zionists a century and more ago.

This is a world of an Israel without Judea and Samaria. This is a world in which the Jewish People are deprived of the historic and spiritual heart of Judaism in Jerusalem.
This is a world of what exactly?

What is left of Israel?  A Jewish State deprived of Judaism. What sort of Jewish State is that?

It is one in which Israeli Jews join the rest of global Jewry in vacuously reciting every Passover, “Next year in a rebuild Jerusalem.”  

How futile!

What meaningless nonsense is that if, after liberating our ancient capital after thousands of years in the diaspora, we rebuilt the ancient capital with love and then gave it away?

How could it be possible that Israeli Jews gave in to pressure and abandoned our physical heritage for the notion that if we are a majority that would be sufficient to call ourselves the Jewish State? There has to be more to democracy than that.

What does this mean to you exactly, once Israel is deprived of a Jerusalem painstakingly built by us on the destruction of conquering forces from the Babylonians to the Egyptians, the Romans, the Crusaders, even the Jordanian invading forces?  Now that the Judaic heart has been ripped out of our belonging why are you praying that it must be restored?  Better to exorcise an eternal prayer that is devoid of meaning or pride.

What of the traditional commitment made by every Jewish bridegroom as he stands under the Chuppah, the wedding canopy, as he takes his vows?

“If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its cunning. If I do not raise thee over my own joy let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth.”

Then the groom breaks the traditional glass symbolizing the Jewish Temple.

It is gone. The Temple has been given away to another faith.  Why mouth a vacuous phrase? Forget that this was a precious yearning that kept the flicking flame of Judaism alive in desperate dark corners for thousands of years.

We had this rebuilt Jerusalem in our brave hands and simply gave it away for nothing, for a hope of peace given from a duplicitous adversary.  What a desperate waste!

The promise of peace was temporary. The loss of our beating heart will be eternal.

And for Christians that supported, campaigned and added to the overwhelming global burden placed on Israel to cede territory, what of your once proud ancient psalms and incantations for a Jewish return to Zion that would herald peace and the arrival of your Messiah, now that you cut Zion out of the State of Israel?  As replacement theologians your job is done. Jesus is a Palestine and all is right with the world. But is it, without a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount, according to authoritative international resolutions that you helped to become law.  

What have you done?  Your New Testament became a work of fiction. Can you live with that?  

As for ourselves, how can we be Zionists without Zion? 

It becomes meaningless to call ourselves a Jewish state or Zionists simply because the majority of what was left of Israel claims to be Jewish in some form or another.
 
Preserving Israel’s Jewish character cannot be confined to a secular identity. It required retaining sovereignty and control over the spiritual centre of our faith in concrete (read ‘archeological’ and ‘historic’ ) terms.

As Yigal Allon, a revered IDF general and, for a period, acting Prime Minister of Israel, wrote in the Foreign Affairs journal of October 1976, “Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, which has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim state, but had always been the capital and centre of the Jewish People, cannot return to the absurd situation of being partitioned. The Holy City and the adjacent areas essential for its protection and communications must remain a single, undivided unit under Israeli sovereignty.”

Today, our generals may plot our continuing confined survival but what are we without our soul as we quake in fear over the next moves of an implacable enemy on our vulnerable eastern and southern borders.

What are we worth, if anything, if we have abandoned our traditional values for the convenient comfort of an uncertain peace?

What shame will we feel when, after thousands of years of longing having held our precious heritage in our hands for a few fleeting decades simply to give it away for a vain promise of peace that was as short-lived as previous false promises, all is lost? How stupid must we have been? How empty of value or substance were our sacrifices and concessions.

Were we so enamoured with the hedonistic materialistic secular liberal lifestyle that we forgot what we were doing here in the first place?  How could we have abandoned everything that made us special when we are once again living under siege about to be uprooted but with no roots to keep us tethered to our once holy land?

Did Tikun Olam (Repair the World), the new secular theology of looking out for everyone else but not for ourselves, succeed in replacing the traditional ideas and ideology that had helped us survive for five millennia fail us? 

What then when we repaired the world but destroyed our own?

Shame on us!

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.
He is the author of ‘1917. From Palestine to the Land of Israel.’



Thursday, 9 February 2017

Trump’s Terror Travel Ban Must Include Palestinians.


Jews were among those protesting at American airports against the Trump Administration ban on visitors from terror-related Middle East countries.

Travel bans against Jews, specifically Israeli Jews, to Muslim countries continues on a daily basis without a murmur of protest from the American Jewish community or even from Israeli Jews. It is accepted as something normal that Jewish Israeli passport holders are blocked from entering Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The discrimination does not end there. Israeli Jews are prevented from participating in international sporting competitions in these and other Muslim countries. But it gets worse, and more relevant to the US Administration travel ban on visitors from terror-promoting regimes. They must seriously consider adding the Palestinians to their blacklist of terror-supporting regimes.

Remember the Olympic Games outrage when Palestinian terrorists targeted the Israeli team in Munich in 1972.

Forty five years later Jibril Rajoub, a leading candidate to replace Mahmoud Abbas as head of the Palestinian Authority, chairs both the Palestinian Football Association and their Olympic Committee. He campaigns relentlessly to have Israel expelled from FIFA, the world governing body of football, even as he publicly promotes terrorism.

Rajoub said of Palestinian terrorists who murdered Israelis; “We in the Fatah movement bless and encourage them. We consider them heroes and a crown on the head of every Palestinian.”

Welcoming Sep Blatter, President of FIFA, on a visit to the region in 2013 Rajoub said that the youth believes in “the noble values and humane message of sports which can bridge the gaps between peoples.” But when Blatter had left the area he said on official Palestinian TV, “I say there will never be normalization in sports. We will see no Jews, no Satans and no Zionist sons of bitches.”

Under his patronage there have been numerous sports competitions named in the honor of Palestinian terrorists that have killed Israelis. Yet he remains the head of the Palestinian Football Association and attends FIFA conferences with an agenda to kick Israel out of international soccer.

If the aim of the Trump Administration’s entry ban is to stop the infiltration of potential terrorists into America they have to include Palestinians in their extreme vetting program.

This is not only based on decades of relentless terror attacks against America’s strongest ally in the Middle East. It is also based on a long record of Palestinian terrorism against prominent Americans at home and abroad.

Sirhan Sirhan who murdered US Attorney-General Robert Kennedy in 1968 was a Palestinian.

Yasser Arafat ordered the murder the kidnapping and murder of the US Ambassador and his deputy in Khartoum, Sudan, in 1973.

Arafat ordered the kidnapping, torture and execution of William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, by Palestinian Islamic Jihad in 1984.

In 1985, after Yasser Arafat officially renounced terror as a Palestinian tactic, four members of the Palestine Liberation Front threw Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly handicapped American Jew, and his wheelchair off the Achille Lauro cruise ship they had hijacked on the high seas.

In 2016, a New York appeal court threw out a $655 million judgement brought by American victims of Palestinian terror not because the Palestinian Authority was innocent. On the contrary, the case was dismissed because the judges claimed an American court has no jurisdiction over the Palestinian Authority or Fatah.

In other words, the Palestinians can get away with the murder of Americans and Jews because, diplomatically, they are untouchable.

They can even get away with being allowed access into the United States despite their gruesome and patently obvious connection with terror and the fact that Palestinian Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization.

The Taylor Force Act, named after a US army vet who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv last year was introduced to seek to cut off funding to the PA if they continued paying monthly salaries to terrorists.

Mahmoud Abbas boasted that of the $440 Million he receives from the US $46 Million is allocated to support terrorists who, as a result of American pressure, were released from Israeli prisons.

Last month, a PLO minister, Zakariya Al-Agha, told a crowd that the PA has given five hundred and fifty million shekels ($145 Million) to the families of terrorists killed during the 2014 Hamas war on Israel.

Despite austerity measures taken by the PA due to the decrease in foreign aid their payments in salaries to terrorists will be increased by 3.1% in their 2017 budget.

Now they are threatening more violence should the US move their embassy to Jerusalem.

The Palestinian commitment to terror only increases. With their embassy threats, they constitute a clear and present danger to the United States as a Trump Administration looks to renew America’s ties to its only genuine ally in the Middle East.

That is why they must be added to the US terror ban.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the author of the book ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism.’ https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_11?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=1917.+from+palestine+to+the+land+of+israel&sprefix=1917.+From+%2Caps%2C255&crid=1ZA926AFI7ZYY





Wednesday, 8 February 2017

What about the others?

With the declaration that Israel is going ahead to build in the major settlement blocks in Judea & Samaria that, according to all understandings, are located in areas that will be an integral part of Israel even after the hopeless notion of a permanent two-state solution, the United Nations and particularly the European Union are up in arms as they continue to champion the unjustified cause of their adopted poster child whose illegitimate claims are being promoted as legal at the expense of Israel’s safety and legitimacy for territory.

They push for a Palestine paying no heed to the question of which Palestine are they spawning? Is it the PLO Palestine, or the Hamas Palestine? Is it the Islamic Jihad Palestine or the Salafi Palestine?  
In fact, are they aware that these are the competing factors within Palestinian society?

Do they really think that the world will be better off by forcing into being yet another undemocratic Islamic entity unable to function as a self-supporting and united nation onto an already turbulent Middle East? Isn’t the region already breaking down with failed states? Do we really need another one?

The diplomats are behaving like surgeons trying to pry apart Siamese twins. They really do look on Israel and the troublesome Palestinians this way.  
They are so eager to split these opposing forces  that they ignore the inevitable results of their surgery that will leave a more vulnerable Israel with a dangerous twin bent on its destruction, a biblical Cain inflicted on an Israeli Abel in modern times.

The obsession against Israel is solely based on two false premises. Having given credence to an Israel that is “Illegally occupying Palestinian territory” they arrogantly assume this gives them the right to enforce “Palestinian rights” on to the world. They are dangerously wrong on both counts.

They fail to realise that Palestinian rights will not end at a 1967 line because these people will look on what is left of Israel as the same “illegally occupied Palestinian territory.” Palestinian leaders say so frequently to anyone who cares to listen. 
They intend to impose their Palestinian rights onto the rest of Israel and liberate Jaffa, Haifa, Acre, the Galilee and the Negev where Israeli Arabs and the Bedouin are viewed as “Palestinians of the Interior” waiting to be liberated from the clutches of the colonialist Jews.

But assuming the UN and the EU are right about condemning countries that occupy territory, and assuming they really do champion the cause of those who claim their land is illegally occupied, it begs us to ask what about the others.

Where is Turkey, Russia, Morocco, China, Iraq India, Pakistan and so many other nations who are “illegally occupying” other people’s territory?  Why is it that Israel is the exclusive target for international reprobation?

I am inundated by Kurdish friends who are pleading with me to lobby on their behalf for an independent Kurdistan. This is a cause to which I have the deepest sympathy and support. 

Unlike the so-called Palestinians, they have a history and culture going back centuries. They have been the bravest and first fighters against ISIS since this Islamic curse forced itself on Syria, Iraq and then on Europe. 
Yet the Europeans, so quick to hit on Israel, refuse to raise their voice or a lift a finger to help the Kurds whose lands are illegally occupied by Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran.

France in particular is guilty of gross hypocrisy. Their meddling in the Middle East a hundred years ago left them as holders of the mandates for Syria and Lebanon, two countries in abject meltdown today. Do they really want to force yet another failed state into the region? Is that wise at this tumultuous time?

Compared to Kurdish claims, Palestinian claims to Israeli territory are as solid as melting ice cream on a hot summer’s day. 
The Kurds rescued the Yazidis, fought and died fighting ISIS with inadequate weaponry while France and the rest of the European did little to nothing to help them. Yet, after ISIS terrorism has been allowed to infiltrate into Europe with murderous results due to European failed policies and bad decision-making, they still refuse to speak up for the Kurdish cause of independence.  
Clearly double standards by Hollande and Mogherini representing France and the EU.

Israel and the Kurds are united as fighters on the front-line of terrorism in the Middle East yet the Europeans, particularly France, act against our cause or our claims against the terrorists and antagonistic regional actors who mean us real harm.  
Instead, against Israel they are determined to establish a nation built on terrorism, a clear reward for violence and bad behaviour.

These diplomats think they are acting in the cause of peace but ignore the certain knowledge that the creation of Palestine will not result in peace. It will merely be a station on the road to defeating a more vulnerable Jewish State.

Alternative solutions must be considered of which there are several.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

He is the author of a new book dealing with the hundred year old conflict - ‘1917. From Palestine to the Land of Israel.’

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The door is closing on Palestine.


At a time when the leaders of Arab-controlled Ramallah continue their rejection of the Jewish State and their civil society enemy in Gaza has launched more missiles at Israel and been deprived of yet another terror cell in Hebron they continue to refuse to sit and negotiate a permanent peace agreement. 

They think they can weaken and destroy Israel in stages by applying the alternative strategy of force and diplomatic pressure.

They’ve got it wrong. They have misread us.  In the Bible they called us “a stiff-necked people” and today this stiff-necked people are saying enough is enough!

It’s time to reclaim our land. It’s been out there dangling as a reward for Arab pragmatism, recognition of our rights, and peace, but the olive branch has been knocked out of our hand by their lethal ideology of a world without the Jewish State.

It has left us no other option but to make a loud statement of intent that in the face of rejection, threats, violence and non-compliance with signed agreements, Judea & Samaria not only exists, it’s about to get stronger.

Since 1967 instead of accepting our generous concessions they thought they could play an end game that would leave us weaker and more vulnerable to a double sucker punch of terror and international pressure which would take them along the path to what they call the final solution of the Jewish problem in the Middle East.

All the evidence is there for the compliant diplomats who have been dragging the dead carcass of a two-state solution for decades even as they rip out the three thousand year beating heart of Judaism from our grasp by calling it “illegally occupied Palestinian territory.”

Has anyone except me worked out why Mahmoud Abbas refuses to call Israel “the Jewish State”?  

He plays into the Arab manual of deconstructing Israel in stages. 
Their argument is that Israel was wrongly and illegally created in 1948 on Palestinian land, that there is no such thing as an Israeli Arab, they are “Palestinians of the Interior” or “Palestinians of ’48.” 
In other words they are Palestinians waiting to be liberated inferring that the Jews have no claims to nationhood anywhere, that Palestinian Arabs are the indigenous people and their rights will be honoured by their liberation. 
That is why the Palestine Liberation Organisation still exists with important relevance to their leadership. Their charter still calls for liberating “every inch of Palestine,” and to think that we play into that narrative with our blind concessions.

On February 6, 2017, the Israel Knesset passed an historic law that legalises our thousand homes  and opens the way for Israel to claim long awaited sovereignty over a part of Judea & Samaria known as Area C which, in the signed Oslo agreement falls under the civil and security purview of Israel.

To the failing two-state diplomats allow me to inform you that there are several valid alternatives to your failed vision.  
But let me put it bluntly. It is way past time for diplomatic dancing. Let’s call the Palestinian spade the bloody shovel that it is. Our generosity has been rejected and perceived as weakness. 
It is time for Israel to reverse out of the blind alley we have been forced into by an international community unable to see they have become willing hostages to a Holocaust denier in Ramallah and a radical Islamic terror regime in Gaza.

In this dangerous neck of the woods strength rules and you get devoured when you display weakness.  Liberal niceties have little place in this murderous region.  
The time has come for Israel to assert its legitimate and God-given rights and the world be damned for not acknowledging them.

The door is closing on Palestine. They had their chance and they blew it.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.  He is the author of the new best-selling book 1917. From Palestine to the Land of Israel.’   



Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The Importance of Having Faith in Israel.

Barry Shaw talking to the Christian world via Israel CNN  in The Netherlands.

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Barry Shaw,
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Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.


Trump’s Terror Travel Ban Must Include Palestinians.


Jews were among those protesting at American airports against the Trump Administration ban on visitors from terror-related Middle East countries.

Travel bans against Jews, specifically Israeli Jews, to Muslim countries continues on a daily basis without a murmur of protest from the American Jewish community or even from Israeli Jews. It is accepted as something normal that Jewish Israeli passport holders are blocked from entering Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The discrimination does not end there. Israeli Jews are prevented from participating in international sporting competitions in these and other Muslim countries. But it gets worse, and more relevant to the US Administration travel ban on visitors from terror-promoting regimes. They should seriously consider adding the Palestinians to their blacklist of terror-supporting regimes.

Remember the Olympic Games outrage when Palestinian terrorists targeted the Israeli team in Munich in 1972.
Forty five years later Jibril Rajoub, a leading candidate to replace Mahmoud Abbas as the head of the Palestinian Authority, chairs both the Palestinian Football Association and their Olympic Committee. He campaigns relentlessly to have Israel expelled from FIFA, the world governing body of football, even as he publicly promotes terrorism.

Rajoub said of Palestinian terrorists who murdered Israelis; “We in the Fatah movement bless and encourage them. We consider them heroes and a crown on the head of every Palestinian.”

Welcoming Sep Blatter, President of FIFA, on a visit to the region in 2013 Rajoub said that the youth believes in “the noble values and humane message of sports which can bridge the gaps between peoples.” But when Blatter had left the area he said on official Palestinian TV, “I say there will never be normalisation in sports. We will see no Jews, no Satans and no Zionist sons of bitches.”

Under his patronage there have been numerous sports competitions named in the honour of Palestinian terrorists that have killed Israelis. Yet he remains the head of the Palestinian Football Association and attends FIFA conferences with an agenda to kick Israel out of international soccer.

If the aim of the Trump Administration’s entry ban is to stop the infiltration of potential terrorists into America they have to include Palestinians in their extreme vetting program.
This is not only based on decades of relentless terror attacks against America’s strongest ally in the Middle East. It is also based on a long record of Palestinian terrorism against prominent Americans at home and abroad.

Sirhan Sirhan who murdered US Attorney-General Robert Kennedy in 1968 was a Palestinian.

Yasser Arafat ordered the murder the kidnapping and murder of the US Ambassador and his deputy in Khartoum, Sudan, in 1973.

Arafat ordered the kidnapping, torture and execution of William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, by Palestinian Islamic Jihad in 1984.

In 1985, after Yasser Arafat officially renounced terror as a Palestinian tactic, four members of the Palestine Liberation Front threw Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly handicapped American Jew, and his wheelchair off the Achille Lauro cruise ship they had hijacked on the high seas.

In 2016, a New York appeal court threw out a $655 million judgement brought by American victims of Palestinian terror not because the Palestinian Authority was innocent. On the contrary, the case was dismissed because the judges claimed an American court has no jurisdiction over the Palestinian Authority or Fatah.

In other words, the Palestinians can get away with the murder of Americans and Jews because, diplomatically, they are untouchable.

They can even get away with being allowed access into the United States despite their gruesome and patently obvious connection with terror and the fact that Palestinian Hamas is designated as a terrorist organisation.

The Taylor Force Act, named after a US army vet who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv last year was introduced to seek to cut off funding to the PA if they continued paying monthly salaries to terrorists.

Mahmoud Abbas boasted that of the $440 Million he receives from the US $46 Million is allocated to support terrorists who, as a result of American pressure, were released from Israeli prisons.

Last month, a PLO minister, Zakariya Al-Agha, told a crowd that the PA has given five hundred and fifty million shekels ($145 Million) to the families of terrorists killed during the 2014 Hamas war on Israel.

Despite austerity measures taken by the PA due to the decrease in foreign aid their payments in salaries to terrorists will be increased by 3.1% in their 2017 budget.


Now they are threatening more violence should the US move their embassy to Jerusalem.

The Palestinian commitment to terror only increases. With their embassy threats, they constitute a clear and present danger to the United States as a Trump Administration looks to renew America’s ties to its only genuine ally in the Middle East.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the author of the book ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism.’ 
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