Arab Israel conflict

Not an international sensation

Featured image We have covered the death of the son of BBC Gaza picture editor Jihad Masharawi at the outset of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense in some detail. Jihad Masharawi eloquently condemned Israel for the death and the BBC, the Washington Post and other organs of the mainstream media turned it into an international sensation. They turned it into a sensation so long as they could attribute responsibility (wrongly, regardless of »

The trouble in Israel’s neighborhood

Featured image I try to discount reports of future White House doings, but veteran reporter Neil Munro’s Daily Caller article — Obama will press Israel to mollify furious Arabs” – is sourced to Ben Rhodes, the president’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. Rhodes contributes another chapter in the praise of folly that Obama has brought us over the past four-plus years: “It is obviously a good thing that the people »

Bombing the Syrian reactor

Featured image Elliott Abrams is the Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. His CFR blog is Pressure Points. He served, most recently, on the staff of the National Security Council staff during the Bush administration commencing in June 2001, first as a deputy assistant to the president and later as deputy national security adviser for global democracy strategy. We recently featured a column by Abrams based »

A point of privilege

Featured image On February 16, 2002, a Palestinian terrorist blew himself up in a packed pizzeria in the Israeli town of Karnei Shomron, killing American citizens Keren Shatsky, 15, and Rachel Thaler, 16 and Israeli teenager Nehemia Amar, 15. The Israel Law Center does not want to forget what was revealed in the apparently privileged document inadvertently produced by the Palestinian Authority/PLO in the lawsuit brought against them in federal court by »

Terrorist theater: Two footnotes

Featured image A reader writes to comment on “Terrorist theater, WSJ edition,” posted earlier this week and taking issue with the photo above. This made me laugh: I am currently deployed in Kosovo with the South Carolina Army National Guard, and just read your article about the photos of Palestinian children ostensibly “pushing” israeli soldiers shields. Prior to our deployment to Kosovo, we had to train in Riot Control measures. Repeatedly. We »

Terrorist theater, WSJ edition

Featured image Dr. Allon Friedman is a man after my own heart. He is associate professor of medicine in the division of nephrology at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a student of Palestinian fauxtography. When he saw the photo below published with this article by Joshua Mitnick in the print edition of the Wall Street Journal, he wrote to question its authenticity. Dr. Rriedman wrote the Journal: Sir, I wish »

Meet the new Abbas

Featured image Today’s excellent Wall Street Journal editorial reminds me of a point I overlooked in writing about the absurd United Nations nonmember observer state Palestine. It represents another broken promise: In effect, the General Assembly voted to violate the 1993 Oslo Accords, which are the legal basis for Mr. Abbas’s Palestinian Authority and require negotiations with Israel to create a state. When the world next asks Jerusalem to take “risks for »

Meet the new nonmember observer state

Featured image The United Nations General Assembly voted 138-9 (with 41 abstentions) on Thursday to upgrade Palestine to a nonmember observer state of the United Nations. The New York Times story is here; the Washington Post story is here. The UN has posted an announcement here. From its new perch the Palestinian Authority will have a few more tools to harass the legitimate government of Israel, but you can see why UN »

Who won, Hamas or Israel?

Featured image I’m a fan of Lee Smith. However, I was not persuaded by his argument that Israel won and Hamas lost their latest confrontation. Smith acknowledges that Hamas claims victory and that many Israelis concur with Hamas on this point. In fact, initial opinion polling showed a majority of Israelis dissatisfied with the outcome of the confrontation. But Smith contends that both sides have it wrong. Hamas’ proclamation of victory should »

Jihad passes muster at the Post

Featured image I wrote about the photograph of BBC Arabic editor Jihad Masharawi holding the shrouded body of his 11-month-old son in posts here, here and here. The photograph depicted Masharawi outside Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. The young Masharawi’s death was attributed to an Israeli air strike. The photograph went viral on the second day of the conflict between Hamas and Israel, being featured on the Web and in newspapers around »

Gaza terrorist theater 101

Featured image The murderous thugs of Hamas possess formidable expertise in a wide variety of subjects, including how to terrorize a civilian population — and not just Israelis. Their mastery of media manipulation also impresses. It would be even more impressive if the media they manipulated were’t such willing tools. In the video below, Rabbi Shraga Simmons gives a short course in Gaza Terrorist Theater. At this point, it’s a useful retrospective. »

Ceasefire terms: TBD

Featured image The Iranian mullahcracy has armed Hamas with increasingly powerful weapons. Daniel Pipes provides the background to the arms smuggling that Hamas depends on in “Gaza’s not the key, Philadelphi is.” Short of replacing Hamas with less murderous successors, shutting down the smuggling must be one of Israel’s key goals for the area. So what arrangements did the ceasefire engineered by the United States provide for the termination of smuggling into »

We interrupt this protest

Featured image Our friend Aussie Dave has posted the video below of Arab students protesting against Israel at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University yesterday. Their protest was interrupted by an air raid siren that caused the crowd to scatter. Dave comments that they “learned that Palestinian rockets don’t discriminate.” There is much that can be learned from this highly instructive video. Israel is a free country. Its Arab citizens are freer than Arabs in »

Murderers, media, mouthpiece

Featured image The Times of Israel reports along with other media outlets that a bus was blown up in central Tel Aviv and 21 were injured today. The Daily Mail story is vague on the responsibility for the attack. The Twitter feed of BBC Middle East Bureau Chief Paul Danahar, who is stationed in Gaza City, leaves no doubt that Hamas claims responsibility for the attack. Danahar seems to suggest that Israel »

News flash from President Obama: ground troops face the risk of wounds or death

Featured image President Obama has encouraged Israel not to send troops into Gaza if it can halt the bombardment of southern Israel without the use of ground troops. Obama pointed out that not sending in troops is “preferable for Israelis, because if Israeli troops are in Gaza, they’re much more at risk of incurring fatalities or being wounded.” What would the world do without Barack Obama to provide such insights? »

Learning from Paul Danahar

Featured image Paul Danahar is the BBC Middle East Bureau Chief and Chairman of the Middle East’s Foreign Press Association. He is camped out in Gaza City and its Shifa Hospital, reporting the sights and sounds of the war in which Israel is seeking to suppress Hamas’s rocket/missile capability. It is a capability that Hamas has freely used over the past 10 years to target Israeli civilians and generate terror among the »

A picture you will never see…

Featured image …on BBC or CNN. Found on Twitter’s #Gaza hashtag, the photo below of “Isareli soldiers helping Palestinian kids escape the rockets from Gaza.” Found on the IDF Twitter feed, the video below depicts life in southern Israel under fire of the rockets that have rained down from Gaza: “Over the past 12 years, the residents of southern Israel have suffered over 12,000 rockets fired at them from the Gaza Strip. »