Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Irish Hypocrisy Hiding Under a Thin Veneer of Diplomatic Morality.

Irish Foreign Minister, Simon Coveney, visited Israel on a two day visit in early December. He met with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, before meeting PA boss, Mahmoud Abbas, in Ramallah.
Bibi told him of Israel's displeasure to Ireland considering criminalising the buying or selling Jewish products from Judea & Samaria, parts of Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley, and the Golan Heights.
Such a law would have serious economic consequences for Ireland, currently enjoying a huge $1.1 billion trade surplus with Israel.
Trade from the limited areas threatened by Ireland is only $1.7 million.
From an Israeli perspective, Ireland wants to use a tank to destroy a tin can.
If they do that, Israel has the option of destroying the tank by closing its Irish embassy and using that budget to open a trading embassy in a more sympathetic country.
Israel can also counter-boycott by buying products and services elsewhere rather than from the Irish. This will be a damaging $1B+ poke in the eye of the Irish economy.
It will be an interesting exercise to research how much Ireland is invested in Turkey, China, Morocco, Russia and other countries who are occupying other people's territory (which is not the case with Israel). It is clear that Irish hypocrisy will be found hiding under the thin veneer of diplomatic morality. 
Minister Coveney was in an uncomfortable diplomatic position. He and his fine Gael party oppose the bill. He said a year ago that the bill “would send an important message to the Palestinians but would not enhance Ireland’s international position.”
He is right. The message would embolden Palestinian intransigence while damaging Ireland’s reputation with the stain of anti-Semitic exclusivity
If Ireland truly wants to move the sides towards peace, Ireland should impose a boycott, an absolute isolation on the Palestinian Authority, until it stops its terror indoctrination based on its Jew hatred, until it stops its obscene "Pay to Slay" policy of rewarding its killers, and commit to return to the negotiation table with Israel.
But of course none of this will happen as long as Ireland has a boycott foreign policy exclusively aimed at Israel, the Jewish State.
Barry Shaw,
International Public Diplomacy Director,
Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

EU’s Blatant and Discriminatory Anti-Semitism.

The BDS Movement began as an international civil insurrection against Israel following a series of military failures by combined Arab armies.
It was designed to inflict severe, even crippling, economic damage on Israel. International agencies were cajoled to join the global campaign to bring down the Jewish State and to isolate it diplomatically.
Despite all their hyper-active efforts this to has effectively been a failure.
If the raison d-etre behind their efforts was to improve the lot of the Palestinian Arabs, the results of this has been contrary to what they, perhaps, intended.
The prime example was the BDS high profile efforts to close down the Mishor Adumim factory of SodaStream, the Israeli-based company manufacturing the popular home soda machines. The brand carried the label “Made in Israel. This product is produced by Arabs and Jews working side-by-side in peace and harmony.”
This message infuriated the BDS Movement who set about a heavily-funded propaganda campaign to close SodaStream down. It happened at a time when the Israeli company was looking to expand its production facility due to increasing demand for its popular product.
Faced with its business needs and the rise of adverse publicity, SodaStream CEO, Daniel Birnbaum, decided to move its production to the Negev industrial area just north of Beer Sheba.
The result was the prime victims of the BDS anti-normalization efforts were over 600 Palestinians forced into unemployment after earning Israeli-scale wages and social welfare benefits.
The brand new factory today employs more people. The Palestinians have been replaced by the local Bedouin. SodaStream goes from strength to strength. It was taken over by globally-known Pepsi Cola. In November 2019, it was announced that a $92 Million expansion will enable the enlarged factory to employ a further one thousand workers. Had SodaStream stayed at Mishor Adumim, it would have benefitted the local Palestinians. Instead, BDS wrought significant financial damage on them.
Such is the bankruptcy of BDS efforts to inflict economic harm on Israel.
As a substitute, they have persuaded the European Union to introduce a labelling policy on Jewish produced products and services from Judea & Samaria in Israel, frequently called “the West Bank,” and used to called in diplomatic circles as “disputed territories.”  In a unique policy, the EU are insisting that Israeli products emanating from Jewish towns, villages, and industrial areas can no longer be labelled “Made in Israel” but must designate some other description.
When the EU calls upon “international law” to back up its demands, its history, apparently, begins in 1967. Based on that false premise, it is a convenient leap of commitment to decide that Israel occupied “Palestine” in a corrupted retelling on history upon which they base their diplomacy, policies, their resolutions, and their false laws.
They ignore the fact that there is no Palestine yet. Palestinians seem to be doing their best to establish a state only when Israel has been annihilated and Jews banished.
The Europeans take no account of the fact that, prior to 1948, the so-called West Bank was Israel in territory that included Judea & Samaria, the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea down to Eilat.
They take no account that this was prescribed by the League of Nations (the forerunners of the United Nations) in 1922 in which they affirmed the 1920 decision of the Supreme Court of the League of Nations that “recognized the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.”
We need to question the European drift from the requirement to “secure the cooperation of all Jews who are willing to assist in the establishment of the Jewish national home” to a policy that id blatantly anti-Semitic.
As for the premise that Jewish products must be tagged as not being quite kosher, i.e., not made in Israel, but produced by Jewish labor and ingenuity in what are called “Jewish settlements,” the European framers of this discriminatory labelling policy would do well to consider Article 6 of the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine which says the Administration of Palestine... “shall facilitate Jewish immigration” and shall encourage “close settlement by Jews on the land.”
How the Europeans go from there to an attempted blocking and limitation on Jews choosing to live where they are entitled, historically and legitimately, to live, and call that an obstacle to peace, is, again, blatantly anti-Semitic.
As for “Illegal occupation,” it is not illegal for a nation to defend itself. Nor is it illegal for such a nation to hold onto territory seized in a defensive war against a congenital aggressor as Israel was against Jordan, both in 1948 and in 1967, when it twice invaded Israel in order to annihilate the Jewish state and to banish its Jewish population.
Evidence of this is seen in Jordan’s brutal occupation of Jerusalem in which they destroyed all the ancient synagogues and physically expelled all the remaining Jews, those they hadn’t killed, from the Old City of Jerusalem. That was when Jordan occupied Judea & Samaria and the Jordan Valley, which became known as The West Bank (of Jordan) between 1948 and 1967.
Nobody cried about “illegally occupying Palestinian land” during that period. The Europeans had nothing to say about calling on the Jordanians to withdraw from occupied Israeli land.  They were silent when Jordan joined with other Arab armies to “drive the Jews into the sea,” from their vantage positions on the high ground overlooking the narrow coastal plain of what was left of Israel since their initial conquest of Israeli territory.
The Europeans silently expected the annihilation of the Jewish State. They did nothing. They watched and waited. Many were disappointed by the miraculous victory of a determined people’s army against the British trained and equipped Jordanian army who were driven back across the Jordan River as Israeli soldiers liberated Jerusalem and drove the Syrians off the Golan Heights.
The Europeans have been supporting the proxy Arab cause, known as the Palestinians, ever since. They have silently acquiesced with Palestinian terrorism.
They have pressured and punished Israel while buying into the victim card played by a corrupt, violent, anti-Semitic Palestinian leadership in Ramallah who, according to all polls, do not represent Palestinian Arabs. That honor belongs to Hamas, the Palestinian chapter of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
They pump European taxpayer’s money into Palestinian Authority coffers that fund a multi-million dollars “Pay to Slay” policy. They continue to fund UNRWA, the iniquitous UN organization that perpetuates a growing Palestinian refugee population into their 4th and 5th generation, living in the exclusive civil and security control of the Palestinian Authority!
Am I the first to ask how it is possible to be a Palestinian refugee when you have been born and live as the 5th generation under the control of the PA?
But the EU decision to target some 700,000 Jews while referring to “population transfers,” yet failing to impose the same strictures on Turkey who transferred its population into the northern part of Cyprus it occupied in a war of aggression, Russians in the Crimea, China’s grip on Tibet and Hong Kong, not to mention European fishing in the waters of Western Sahara occupied by Morocco, is not just hypocritical.
It is a blatant form of discriminatory anti-Semitism.

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

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Jews who are misguidedly leading us away from peace.

Following Mike Pompeo’s declaration that Jews living in Judea & Samaria are not illegal, I read that Rabbi Rick Jacobs, who heads the American Reform Movement, disagrees with the US Secretary of State.
Inadvertently, Rabbi Jacobs is pushing the notion that it is fine for Muslims to live anywhere they like in the West Bank, but it is illegal for Jews to live in Judea & Samaria because this gets in the way of his vision for peace.
This notion is inherently anti-Semitic. It rejects the essence of Judaism and its connection to the land.
Irrespective of how this strange dichotomy between Rabbi Jacobs and the Secretary of State arose, I would like to urge Rabbi Jacobs to find his way back to reality and truth, and to bring his congregation with him, for they have all surely lost their way and wandered mistakenly into dark places where Jews have no place to tread.
A year ago, in an interview with The Times of Israel, Rabbi Jacobs said he intended for Reform Jewry to “double down” on Israel. How did he intend to do that exactly?
Rabbi Jacobs still promotes a two-state solution without being aware that this two-state solution is dead. It died years ago. It was killed by the Palestinians.
The Reform Movement protests the idea that Israel can annex strategically important territory that has always been Israeli and Jewish, like the Jordan Valley or parts of Judea & Samaria.
Years ago, Israelis were ready to give peace with the Palestinians a chance. Not anymore. Then, Israelis were like Rabbi Jacobs, naïve peace-makers, tired of war. Today, Israelis are realists. We experienced the evident truth of what the Palestinians are all about. And it is not peace. It is death. Dead Jews. Death to Israel.
Yet, people like Rabbi Jacobs are still trying to drag this dead two-state camel through burning Palestinian sand toward a distant oasis, an oasis called “peace.” What they fail to realize, through their fevered brow, addled by the heat of a region in constant conflict, that it is not an oasis but a fata morgana, a mirage of their own imagination. An image once shared by Israelis, but never by an obsessively anti-Semitic and rejectionist Palestinian leadership.
Those who do not strengthen Israel but wish to carve up the Jewish State at such a tremulous time, to reduce it to a rump and vulnerable state against an implacable enemy are not supporting Israel.  Rabbi Jacobs cut his connection to Keren Kayemet-The Jewish National Fund for buying land in Judea & Samaria.
I do not see young pro-Israel Reform activists joining with our affirmative Zionist students in facing down the Israel haters on campus.
I would relate to them, and to Rabbi Jacobs, the words of Menachem Begin when threatened by Joe Biden to surrender to Palestinian demands about building settlements, “I am not a Jew with trembling knees. I am a proud Jew with 3,700 years of civilized history. We will stand by our principles. We will defend them. And, when necessary, we will die for them again, with or without your aid.”
Zionism, Rabbi Jacobs, is a noble endeavor. It is moral and just. We do not steal land from anyone. We will not let others steal our land from us.
When Rabbi Jacobs called for strengthening the ties between his Reform Movement and Israel he meant strengthening the influence of the Reform Movement in Israel which is fine if that doesn’t mean weakening the affirmative Zionism that Israel needs more than ever today.
Rabbi Rick Jacobs continues to blame Israeli Jews for the ills of a vengeful Palestinian society.
To Rabbi Jacobs, it is the Jew living in Ariel that is causing Palestinians to go hunting for vulnerable Jews to kill. For him, it is the Jew in Efrat that causes the imams, the Palestinian teachers, the political inciters, to inflame their people into killing Jews and to destroy the “Zionist entity.”
If only the Jew will pack up and leave, says Rabbi Jacobs, we will have peace.  He is wrong.
Which leads me to ask. What Judaism is Rabbi Jacobs selling? Is there anything in his brand of Judaism that feels a connection to the biblical call to honor and defend the land?
How much more shall we give, rabbi?  To 1967 lines, where Hamas terrorists will be looking down on Ben Gurion Airport and Tel Aviv, lying in the lowland below their feet? To seventy yards from the main north-south arterial highway that borders Tulkarm, where Hamas suicide bombers came to blow us up in Netanya at Pesach as we prayed in the Park Hotel, as we bought our groceries in our local shuk, as my wife went to meet a friend in the main shopping mall where a two suicide bombers were waiting?
How much more land, rabbi? How much more before you realize you were wrong with your two-state fantasy, a fantasy that leaves us dead?
Did you applaud when Arik Sharon pulled nine thousand Jews out of the Gaza Strip? Are you happy now that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are stockpiling more deadly rockets and missiles?
On which land, rabbi, will you make your final stand?
I have a message of hope for Rabbi Jacobs. There are solutions for peace, but they do not include your failed two-state non-solution. Get over it, Rabbi. Sit your week of Shiva for something that will never be, and join us in creating a better future for Jews and Arabs in the Middle East.
Simply put, peaceniks like Rabbi Jacobs have to realize they have become fixated on a solution that neither camp of the Palestinian political divide have any intention of achieving. How many more warning signs have to be waved in front of their non-seeing eyes before they get real.
The Palestinians have no intention, ever, of living in peace alongside the Jewish State of Israel.
Not the corrupt kleptocracy of the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. Not Hamas in the Gaza Strip, that is poised to usurp power in the West Bank as soon as Israel takes its hand off the security arrangements. Not Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an Iranian proxy that successfully launched over 400 rockets into Israeli civilian centers recently.
We all want peace, rabbi, but we will not get it by surrendering to the demands of our enemy and incrementally giving them more and more of our G-d-given land.
Think rabbi. Think! Maybe you can join us in planning a better future for Jew and Arab. One that begins by realizing that, to achieve it, we have to knock the props out of a dysfunctional Palestinian leadership. That we first need to dismantle the Palestinian political infrastructure that has become a violent monster, not a peace-partner.
Peace was only achieved to end World War Two by totally destroying Germany and Japan. Total victory was necessary in order to kill the obsessional enemy ideology by both warring regimes. It will only be by total victory that this perpetual stand-off that has caused fifty years of hopelessness and the continuation of the obsessional anti-Semitic ideology of our twin-headed Palestinian political-terror enemy will be defeated. It needs to be totally dismantled and replaced by technocrats, businessmen and leaders who really do want to deliver peace and prosperity.
First the rotten infrastructure that has caused so much grief, injury and death needs to be removed completely. It may take a generation but, without it, a better future cannot take root.
Even the anticipated Trump economic plan will not work without this painful, but essential, first step, rabbi.
Would you give a state in Syria to the surviving ISIS terrorists? I don’t think so. If the Palestinians end up with less than a state, so be it. They lost that right to a fully-fledged state, if ever they had it, following their fifty-year terror campaign. Why would we trust them now?
Maybe they should start thinking of an Arab confederacy. It worked for the United Arab Emirates.
Ideas, rabbi. Fresh ideas. New ideas. Think out of the box, because your old ideas are dead.
Those who forgot the errors of the past, or who are not aware of them, are carrying these errors on their backs today. They are the international diplomatic world, impotent to reform their ideas. Stuck in a fifty-year-old mantra that is not working.
They are the professional radical anti-Semites and Israel haters who are convincing their masters to ignore Palestinian crimes and abuses and solely punish Israel. 
They are well-meaning, but sadly mistaken, people like Rabbi Jacobs, J-Street, Jewish Voices for Palestine, who got lost in the hate-filled woods and who need to find their GPS and return to their Jewish roots.
They may not be aware of it, though many do, but, basically, they are pushing a world without Israel.
They are dooming us to repeat those errors. And, with them, we will never achieve peace.
Barry Shaw is an affirmative and unapologetic Zionist. He is also the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is also the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism.’

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Pompeo’s Declaration May Launch a New Reality in the Middle East.

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced on November 18, that he was reversing a longstanding and offensive State Department legal opinion that Israelis living in Judea & Samaria were there illegally.
A brief historical review of US policy on the legality of what are called “settlements” has, according to Pompeo, “been inconsistent over decades.”
In 1978, the Carter administration decided that the establishment of Jewish civilian homes was inconsistent with international law but, three years later, President Reagan reversed that stance.
Although much of the international diplomatic community, based at the biased United Nations and in the compliant European Union, were advancing the false notion that Jews living in Judea & Samaria were inherently in breach of international law, a close examination of such laws both civil and military make a mockery of this project designed to advance a Palestinian cause and at a cost to Israeli rights and legitimacy.
The final act of betrayal was Obama’s Israeli back-stabbing when he enabled the UN Security Council to pass UN Resolution 2334 in December 2016 which declared that settlement activity constituted a “flagrant violation” of international law and had “no legal validity.”
The thought that Jews, desiring to live in their ancient land of Judea, have no legal right to be there is morally, legally, historically, immoral and abhorrent. It is also deeply and anti-semitically offensive.
Pompeo’s declaration reverses Obama’s final act of Israeli back-stabbing. His position is sure to be challenged.
Pompeo’s statement resulted from a year-long review of international law by the State Department’s legal office and after consultations with various overseas governments to hear their opinions.
Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, greeted the Secretary of State’s announcement by saying, “This policy reflects a historical truth – that the Jewish people are not foreign colonialists in Judea & Samaria. In fact, we are called Jews because we are the people of Judea.”
The State Department’s position will bring truth and clarity, two missing virtues, to the fog of smoke and mirrors that have been allowed to be reflected onto the Israel-Palestinian conflict  by many in the international community who sided with the aggressive, rejectionist, divided Palestinian camp, a camp that has rejected any permanent peace with Israel going back to Yasser Arafat deceptively signing an agreement with Israel on Bill Clinton’s White House lawn in 1993. He returned from his enforced exile in Tunis to reopen a bloody war of terror and annihilation against Jews and the Jewish State in what became known as the first and second Intifadas.
At the White House and from the podium of the United Nations, Arafat promised us “peace of the brave.” Truth is, he delivered us “peace of the grave.”
I know. I became the co-founder of the Netanya Terror Victims Organization when his suicide bombers, car bombers and gunmen brought their terrorist war into my hometown of Netanya, killing dozens, injuring hundreds, of my fellow citizens.
It is time for some historical truth.
Immediately upon the United Nations voting on the establishment on a National Homeland for the Jewish People in Israel, Arab armies launched a war of annihilation against the nascent and defenseless state.
The Jordanian army crossed the River Jordan as part of that war of aggression against the newly-born State of Israel. They captured much of Judea & Samaria and parts of Jerusalem, including the Old City.
During the period 1948 to 1967, they occupied what they called “the West Bank,” meaning the west bank of the River Jordan.
During that period, there were no protests about Jordan “illegally occupying Palestinian land” for the simple reason there were no Palestinian people. There were Arabs, and the Jews had fled, or been killed. There were no protests in the streets or in the United Nations on behalf of “the Palestinian people” because such an entity did not exist.
Then in 1967, Arab nations decided to advance the annihilation of the Jewish state to the next phase by launching yet another war of aggression. Jordan joined in that battle expecting to progress deeper into Israel.  To their shock, they discovered a resolute Jewish army determined to defend themselves with might and resolution. The result was that the Jordanian army was reeled back over the Jordan River, the territories of Judea & Samaria were regained by Israel, and Jerusalem was once again liberated by the Israeli army.
According to the laws of armed conflict, if a nation, fighting a defensive war (Israel) against an aggressive nation (Jordan), captures territory that is essential for its future defense and security, it is permitted to retain such land pending an acceptable, permanent, and guaranteed peace agreement between the two sides.
Notice nowhere in this strategic issue does the name “Palestine” appear.
Palestine only truly began to be promoted by the Arab nations with the realization that they were incapable of defeating Israel through conventional warfare. 
The advent of the next stage of their attempt to make Israel disappear came with the emergence of an Egyptian-born revolutionary called Yasser Arafat who wrapped himself in the mantle of Palestine.
Arafat emerged from the nurturing and indoctrination of a refugee from Nazi Germany, namely Haj Amin al-Husseini, who had served with Adolph Hitler to develop the strategy for the Final Solution to the Jewish Problem in the Middle East.
Al-Husseini had led bloody riots against Jews in Jerusalem, pre-state Palestine, even in Iraq in the deadly anti-Jewish pogroms known as “the Farhud,” before fleeing the British and escaping to Berlin and joined with Hitler. Al-Husseini recruited and trained Muslim troops under the command of their Nazi officers.
The advance of the Russian army into Berlin caused the Arab Jew-hater to flee Germany for Egypt where he was hosted and protected by a close relative of the young Arafat who fell under his influence.
From such hateful and violent beginnings, the Palestinian cause was born. It continues to today. The desire remains the same. The eventual eradication of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people.
Despite this animus against Israel, Israel has genuinely attempted to make peace with its neighbors and others further afield in the wider Middle East.
Israel made bold peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan which have held, even though their populations have not been conditioned to accept the presence of Israel in their midst.
It has made agreements and major concessions to the Palestinians that have not been reciprocated in any meaningful and permanent way, not by the PLO-led Palestinian Authority, and certainly not by Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood chapter of Palestinian society.
Neither side of the Palestinian political divide have conditioned their people to accept and agree to the notion of living in peace, prosperity, and in cooperation with the Jewish State. This, to them, remains an anathema unable to be swallowed.
This is the core, the real obstacle to peace and progress.
Until this basic truth is recognized and accepted by a delusional diplomatic world no progress to peace can be achieved.
It will take decades before a rational and pragmatic Palestinian leadership will emerge, if ever. Until that time, alternatives to a failed two-state notion can be put on hold. The impending Trump Middle East Economic Future plan may concentrate Palestinian minds on building a prosperous society, rather than continuing to incite violence and launch rockets in a vain hope of reducing Israel’s territory and will to survive. 
Both Israelis and Palestinians can get on with their lives wherever they are, and let’s see what emerges in the years ahead.
Israelis have no stomach to govern Ramallah, Nablus. Tulkarm. The Gaza Strip.
For Palestinians, the expectation they can march through Israel must die. They have lost the right to demand a state instead of Israel. They will have to adjust to something less than that, different to that. It may be a confederation with other nations. Size will not be important. There are small and very wealthy nations in Europe. Think Monaco. Think Lichtenstein. Think Luxembourg.  There are tiny, wealthy, nations in the Middle East. Think Kuwait. Think Dubai Think Abu Dhabi. Think United Arab Emirates.
Think this, and forget about two-states. That died a long time ago. The Palestinians killed it.
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo’s, recent declaration may have launched a process that will take us to a new reality in the Middle East.
Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.  He is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism,’ and ‘1917 From Palestine to the Land of Israel.’

Friday, 15 November 2019

Watch the Impeachment shoe of Marie Yovanovitch fall.

Watch the Impeachment shoe of Marie Yovanovitch fall.
Some facts to bear in mind.
Following the failure of the two witnesses on Day One of the Schiff Impeachment Star Chamber to land a blow on the US President, the “star” performer on Day Two promises to be the Obama-appointed US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.
Yovanovitch was an enabler of the DNC’s attempts in Kiev to access Ukrainian officials to dig up dirt on candidate Trump prior to the 2016 election. They ended up with zero dirt of Trump but moved to target anyone in Trump’s inner campaign circle.
Yovanovitch also protected George Soros’s meddling in the Ukraine via his faux “anti-corruption” NGO, Anti-Corruption Action Center.  A Soros representative told John Solomon that the anticorruption group was a Trojan Horse in advance of Soros’s intention to invest a billion dollars in the Ukraine.
George Kent, the bow-tied witness on Day One of the Hearing, actually signed a letter to Yuriy Stolyarchuk, the Ukrainian Deputy Prosecutor General, dated April 4, 2016, in which he spoke about the financial assistance for joint US projects with the Prosecutor General’s office more than hinted for them to lay off their investigation into Soros’s NGO.
“The investigation into the actions of the Anti-Corruption Action Center, based on the assistance they have received from us, is similarly misplaced.”  Get the hint?
As John Solomon of The Hill exposed. Yovanovitch gave a speech on March 5, 2019, in which she called for Ukraine’s special anticorruption prosecutor to be removed, and the Ukrainian media went wild that a US official was interfering in their internal affairs. Under Secretary of State, David Hale, got peppered with questions whether her actions and statements violated international code of behavior under the Geneva Convention.
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, was alerted to Yovanovitch’s anti-Trump statements by a senior Congress member. It was echoed by Republican lawmaker.
In mid-March, 2016, the new Ukraine Chief Prosecutor, Yuri Lutsenko, told John Solomon, that in his first meeting with Ambassador Yovanovitch, she gave him the names of several Ukrainians she did not want investigated and prosecuted!  This was a very strange request for a foreign ambassador to ask of a host country.
John Solomon received confirmation from a Ukrainian official who confirmed that, “at least some of the names are those that US Embassy Kiev raised with the General Prosecutor because we were concerned about retribution and unfair treatment of Ukrainians viewed as favorable to the United States.”
In other words, the State Department was confirming that its own embassy under Yovanovitch had engaged in pressure on Ukrainian prosecutors to drop certain cases and investigations, as the new prosecutor was admitting.
This ties in with the letter signed by George Kent, the Democrats prime witness, that demanded the Ukrainian prosecutor drop the case against Soros’s NGO.
The bow-tied Kent had also demanded that the Ukrainian prosecutor drop investigations into Sergey Leschenko, a Ukrainian parliamentarian, and Artem Sytnyk, a senior law-enforcement official, who had assisted the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 US elections by divulging information about a former Trump campaign figure, Paul Manafort.
When pressed by the New York Times, Ukrainian prosecutor Lutsenko stood by his statement that Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch did provide him with names of individuals and groups she did not want investigating.
One final point. The writer has been told that Marie Yovanovitch denied a US entry visa to prosecutor Lutsenko to visit with the US Department of Justice to provide them with documents and information on this issue. I am still waiting for verification and confirmation on this point. I hope it will be brought up during her Impeachment cross examination by Republican lawmakers.

Barry Shaw,
Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

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. http://www.cooltv.se/video/my-fifteen-grandmas