The JStreet Wipe-Out

Leftist lobbying group's attempt to divide the pro-Israel community fails resoundingly, as candidates it endorsed go down to defeat

2:44 PM on Thursday, November 6, 2014 - Cheshvan 13, 5775

Not only was the Democratic party resoundingly defeated in Tuesday's U.S. midterm elections, so was the far-Left lobbying group JStreet.

The group, which bills itself as a 'pro-Israel' Jewish lobby, has more or less admitted that its purpose is to divide the Jewish community and shatter the power of pro-Israel groups in order to give President Obama the power to ram anti-Israel policies through a pro-Israel Congress.

Despite protestations otherwise, it has repeatedly supported anti-Israel candidates and policies, failed to defend the Jewish state on numerous occasions, and even lobbied against sanctions on Iran and endorsed a surrender deal with the Islamic republic, whose attitude toward Israel is racist and genocidal.

JStreet went all-out in this year's elections, desperate to salvage its waning reputation and prove its ability to deliver votes for its political allies.

It didn't work. Practically every candidate the group endorsed and financially supported went down to defeat, particularly those JStreet considered most important.

This is especially significant, since, as the Executive Director the Republican Jewish Coalition told the Washington Free Beacon,

"This election cycle included races in which support for Israel was a significant issue. Given the increased tensions between the Obama administration and Israel, these races took on even greater importance," since JStreet is essentially in Obama's pocket.

JStreet, a leading voice in support of President Obama’s pressure tactics on Israel, drew a line in the sand and made a concerted effort to elect like-minded candidates to Congress.

Among the JStreet-endorsed candidates who lost were Mark Udall of Colorado and Bruce Braley of Iowa. The Beacon reports that the two, "received repeated endorsements and cash from J Street." JStreet leaders told their supporters that the group "can’t afford to lose these two races."

They lost.

Another candidate the group endorsed, Nick Rahall of West Virginia, signed a letter attacking Israel for defending itself against Hamas rocket attacks. He lost too.

More disturbingly, JStreet seems to have employed the often-antisemitic "neoconservative" conspiracy theory - originated, ironically, by the antisemitic far-Right - which tends to be used in order to slander any Jew who is vaguely pro-Israel as an evil, scheming warmonger.

Of Udall and Braley, the group said, "If Mark and Bruce don’t have the resources they need in these last few weeks, you can expect their opponents’ dangerous, neoconservative ideas to gain momentum in the Senate."

Another plea described opponents of JStreet-supported candidates: "These guys think they can scare votes their way by borrowing a page from the neoconservative playbook. Will you prove them wrong?"

JStreet's ugly and self-hating rhetoric thankfully failed to turn voters against the Jewish state or against American Jews who support it. In the process, JStreet's attempt to smash the political power of the American Jewish community also failed.

Let's hope American voters keep up the good work.

News Update: 10/29/14

**  Obama Administration Expresses Condolences, Refuses to Condemn Palestinian Firebomber Who Tried to Murder Israelis  -  Hammad positioned himself alongside Highway 60, north of Jerusalem, and prepared a molotov cocktail.  Spotting an approaching Israeli motorist, Hammad rose to hurl the flaming bottle of gasoline.  The goal was to set the Israeli car on fire, so that its drivers and passengers would be burned alive.  -  Fortunately, Israeli soldiers on a stakeout shot Hammad dead.

Repeat from yesterday  -  Abbas to Obama: Stop 'Israeli Escalation' in Jerusalem  -  Yeah, right ...

Abbas Calls for UN Security Council Session Over Arab Rioting in Jerusalem  -  'Riots are due to Israeli aggression.'

Predictably - US State Department: Jewish Homes 'Incompatible with Peace'

Predictably - EU Threatens Israel: Unless You Commit Suicide, We Can't Be Friends

Netanyahu: 'The French build in Paris, the English build in London, the Israelis build in Jerusalem. Should we tell Jews not to live in Jerusalem because it will stir things up? 

Arab Party Balad Boycotts Opening of Knesset Winter Session  -  Good.  Let the bastards stay away. 

UN Concerned Over Continued Executions in Iran  -  Far less worrisome than Jews living in Jerusalem.

UN Report: Iran’s Non-Muslims Face Arrests, Prison, Execution  -  While persecution of religious minorities is nothing new in the Islamic Republic, the 28-page catalog of horrors undermines the claim that Rouhani (another of the West's favorite 'moderate' Muslim leaders) has ushered in a new era of tolerance.

**  Jewish Kurds Fear ISIS Advances; Call on Israel for Rescue (VIDEO)  -  The few hundred remaining Jews of the ancient Kurdistani community in northern Iraq are deeply concerned by advances by ISIS throughout their region, and many want out.  -  I'm sure the US, the EU, and the UN are all very deeply concerned about them, but wouldn't want them finding a new home in Israel. 

Dutch Mayor Compares Muslims Joining ISIS to Post WWII Jews Fighting for Israel  -  Let’s get this straight.  Muslims who seek to join terrorist groups, killing innocent men, women, and children in some of the most gruesome, inhuman acts of violence imaginable, are just like the Jews who escaped Europe after World War II ???

Netherlands: When the Questions Become the Crime  -  It has reached the point where discussion or debate is impossible because the questions themselves become a crime.  -  It's a tight race, but Holland may be the first European nation conquered by the global jihad.

Turkish Opposition MHP Asks for Normalization in Relations with Egypt and Israel  -  Not  a snowball's chance in Hell.

Studies: IAF World’s Best; IDF Top in Middle East (VIDEO)  -  The IAF is "the best in the world," and the IDF are the best ground fighters in the region, according to research by two major military analysts, Business Insider (BI) reported.

Budget Crunch May Force IDF to Suspend Training and Acquisitions   -  The Israeli defense establishment warned yet again that unless its budget is increased, the IDF would have no choice but to suspend training and acquisitions.

Israel’s Rafael Has Developed an ‘Iron Dome’ for Ships (VIDEO)

IAF’s First F-35 Fighter Jets Set for Production

Huge Increase Reported in Anti-Israel Activity on US Campuses

The future leaders of our government, corporations and agencies are being brainwashed now on our college campuses who often block free speech. Shamefully, Ayaan Hirsi Ali was "uninvited" from Brandeis University because they considered her brave work on behalf of abused Muslim women to be "anti-Islamic", At Princeton University, the keynote speaker for the main J Street conference this fall is a Professor with enormous influence. Those who call for the elimination of all of Israel, (hardly a 2 state solution of 2 people living side by side in peace) marched down the main street after years in which anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, racist propaganda has championed the "Palestinian narrative" instead of historical facts. We now have many organizations who seek to educate students, their parents and grandparents including: CAMERA,, JBS TV (Shalom TV), Americans for Peace & Tolerance, AIPAC, AJC, Jewish Federations, Hillel, B'nai Brith, Friends of IDF, Stand with Us, ADL, ZOA, JNF, Americans for Safe Israel. I just saw three valuable new documentary films: Beneath the Helmet by JerusalemU ( and Heart and Soul-The State of the Jewish Nation by DocEMET Productions ( , and A Voice Among the Silent by Shuli Eshel (

I will be screening Beneath the Helmet and Honor Diaries at B'nai Tikvah in North Brunswick NJ. I intend to screen the other two films as well. I hope you will all do the same. More important is to educate our youth from elementary school through college. Too many Jews of all ages are disconnected from our people, our land and our faith. Our traditions, our religion, our devotion to our family, the Jewish people and our land, Israel, has kept us alive against all odds. We are blessed to have regained sovereignty in our ancient homeland, which has brought together Jews from all over the world. We need to support Israel and The Jewish People. We must celebrate the enormous contributions that we have made to the world as a people and as Jews in the Diaspora and in Israel. Israel is a liberal democracy surrounded by countries and terrorist groups who have seemed our destruction before 1948. None of us agree with everything or even most things that the government of the US does or has done. If Israel does not meet your expectations, do not express your displeasure publicly on the pages of the NJ Times. This gives comfort to Hamas, Iran, Hezbollah, BDS and to anti-Semites all over the world. Watch the amazing programs on Go to and study our history. Then, pick organizations to support financially or by spreading our message: Israel is a wonderful country that has enables Jews all over the world be feel secure in the knowledge that we have somewhere to go: our homeland. Remember that during the Shoah, the allies did too little to save Jews. My family perished in the last year of the war when the organized Jewish community of the US along with our government knew exactly what was going on. Yet, they did not even drop leaflets or broadcast messages telling Jews: "DO NOT GO ON THE TRAINS! As Elie Wiesel said, Everyone Knew. We did not know what Auschwitz was.

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By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus

The Jewish Press   Published: October 28th, 2014

The Anti-Defamation League issued an important report on Monday, Oct. 27, finding a dramatic increase in anti-Israel activity, compared to last year. The ADL attributes the increase to the aftermath of the 50-day Gaza war this past summer.

According to the ADL, this fall semester there have already been 75 anti-Israel events reported on U.S. college campuses. In the same period last year, there were only 35 such events.

The problem is even more alarming than the ADL’s report suggests. PLS CONTINUE READING:

Weekly column by Bret Stephens in WSJ

"Israel needs to look after its own immediate interests without the incessant interventions of an overbearing partner."

Bret Stephens: Bibi and Barack on the Rocks - WSJ

Bibi and Barack on the Rocks: The White House’s resort to petty insults risks a strategic relationship.

The relationship between the Obama administration and the government of Israel is beginning to look like one of those longtime marriages you encounter all the time. Maybe you’re in one yourself. He feels, Rodney Dangerfield-like, that he gets no respect. She’d be happy to offer some—if only she could find something to respect.

The solution is a trial separation. Give this couple time apart to figure out what, if anything, still draws them together.

The latest eruption of pettiness—when marriages are in trouble, it’s always the petty things that tell—was the very public refusal of John Kerry and Joe Biden to meet with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon during his visit to Washington last week. Mr. Yaalon was quoted earlier this year saying some impolitic things about the U.S. secretary of state, including that he was “obsessive and messianic” and that “the only thing that can save us is if Kerry wins the Nobel Prize and leaves us alone.”

The comments were made privately but were leaked to the press. Mr. Yaalon apologized for them. His meeting with Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon last week was all smiles. Asked by the Washington Post’s Lally Weymouth about the Kerry kerfuffle, he replied, “We overcame that.” 

Or not. 

“Despite the fact that Yaalon’s requests to meet with the senior members of the Obama administration were declined over a week ago, Washington waited until the visit ended before making the story public in order to humiliate the Israeli defense minister,” Ha’aretz reported. Mr. Yaalon is now said to be under an Obama administration “quarantine” until he performs additional penance, perhaps by recanting his hard-line views about the advisability of a nuclear deal with Iran or a peace deal with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. 

The good news here is that at least there’s one kind of quarantine this administration believes in. The bad news is that it seems to give more thought to pursuing personal vendettas against allies like Israel than it does to waging effective military campaigns against enemies like ISIS.

The administration also seems to have forgotten that two can play the game. Two days after the Yaalon snub, the Israeli government announced the construction of 1,000 new housing units in so-called East Jerusalem, including 600 new units in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood that was the subject of a 2010 row with Joe Biden. Happy now, Mr. Vice President?

The real problem for the administration is that the Israelis—along with all the other disappointed allies—are learning how little it pays to be on Barack Obama’s good side. Since coming to office in 2009, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed, against his own inclination and over the objections of his political base, to (1) recognize a Palestinian state; (2) enforce an unprecedented 10-month settlement freeze; (3) release scores of Palestinian prisoners held on murder charges; (4) embark on an ill-starred effort to reach a final peace deal with the Palestinians; (5) refrain from taking overt military steps against Iran; and (6) agree to every possible cease-fire during the summer’s war with Hamas.

In exchange, Mr. Kerry publicly blamed Israel for the failure of the peace effort, the White House held up the delivery of munitions at the height of the Gaza war, and Mr. Obama is hellbent on striking whatever deal the Iranians can plausibly offer him.

Oh, and Mr. Kerry also attributes the rise of Islamic State to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Maybe if the Israelis grovel a bit more, Mr. Obama will oblige them by recognizing a Palestinian state as his parting act as president. Don’t discount the possibility.

Which brings me to the concept of a trial separation.

Last year, Mustafa Alani, a Saudi foreign policy analyst, observed of Riyadh’s evolving attitude toward Washington: “We are learning from our enemies now how to treat the United States.” Sure enough it wasn’t long after the Saudis turned down a seat on the Security Council and threatened a fundamental re-evaluation of their ties to the U.S. that Messrs. Kerry and Obama went bowing and scraping to King Abdullah when they needed the kingdom’s help against ISIS. 

At least the Saudis understand the value of showing they’re prepared to be, as someone once wrote, co-dependent no more. The administration likes to make much of the $3 billion a year it provides Israel (or, at least, U.S. defense contractors) in military aid, but that’s now less than 1% of Israeli GDP. Like some boorish husband of yore fond of boasting that he brings home the bacon, the administration thinks it’s the senior partner in the marriage.

Except this wife can now pay her own bills. And she never ate bacon to begin with.

It’s time for some time away. Israel needs to look after its own immediate interests without the incessant interventions of an overbearing partner. The administration needs to learn that it had better act like a friend if it wants to keep a friend. It isn’t as if it has many friends left.

Dermer: It’s a Disgrace to Call Abbas "a Man of Peace"

Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, on Sunday launched an unprecedented attack on Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, calling him “an enemy of Israel, who educates children to hate Jews and wants to establish a Judenrein” Palestine, Israel’s NRG News reported Monday.

“President Abbas, who wrote a research paper that denies the Holocaust, is the second greatest threat to Israel,” he said, and added that “it is a disgrace to call him a man of peace,” said Dermer, speaking before some 5,000 participants at “A Night to Honor Israel,” held in Washington under the auspices of pro-Israel evangelist pastor, John Hagee.

The ambassador, referring to Abbas’ recent speech at the United Nations General Assembly, in which the Palestinian leader claimed that Israel is inflicting a “genocide” against Palestinians in Gaza, said, “Since 1967, the Palestinian population has doubled four times to three or four million people, and President Abbas dare stand up to the world stage of the United Nations and blames Israel for the Holocaust?! What a shame, what a shame that someone in this world calls Abbas a ‘man of peace,’” Dermer charged.

Standing before a largely evangelical Christian audience, Dermer spoke at length about the threat posed by radical Islam, and noted that “Sunni and Shiite extremists are slaughtering each other and even among themselves, which reminds us again that the greatest sufferers from radical Islam are Muslims themselves.”

But, Dermer added, “the dark clouds of Islam are threatening not only the Middle East. There are beheadings not only in Iraq but also in Oklahoma (a month ago, a Muslim employee who was fired from a food factory decapitated a co-worker). Brutal murders are done not only in Benghazi and in Sinai, but also in Ottawa and Fort Hood [TX].”

Dermer devoted a large part of his speech to the agreement emerging between Iran and western powers.

“It’s one thing when fanatics are armed with axes, but it’s quite another when they are armed with a nuclear bomb, and this danger is approaching as the world approaches the agreement with Iran. I do not know if there is an agreement, but Israel is very concerned,” he said.

“We’re concerned because a year ago some hoped that the tough sanctions regime on Iran would be dismantled only if Iran’s nuclear weapons program were dismantled. Today, the international community is prepared to make a deal that would suspend and ultimately lift the sanctions.

“But no one is talking about dismantling Iran’s nuclear weapons program anymore.

“You don’t have to be a nuclear expert to understand that reducing pressure on the world’s most dangerous regime and leaving it on the threshold of developing the world’s most dangerous weapons is not a good deal. The international community is prepared to leave Iran with thousands of centrifuges to enrich uranium – when Iran doesn’t even need a single centrifuge to have peaceful nuclear energy.

“We’re told not to worry, that UN inspectors will prevent Iran from breaking out or sneaking out to build the bomb. Well, I’m sure you all feel as safe as I do knowing that a few Inspector Clouseau’s at the UN is all that stands between fanatic Ayatollahs and nuclear bombs,” Dermer said.

Christian evangelicals believe in the validity of Biblical prophesies about Israel, and are considered the largest organized religious group in the United States. For the most part they support Israel religiously.

Dermer talked about the traditional Jewish belief of the biblical connection to the Land of Israel and said, “The establishment of the State of Israel gives meaning to history. The claim that Israel is the occupier is a false statement. When the nation of Israel is in the land of Israel it is in its home.”

“The battle for Jerusalem has begun,” Hagee, the founder and national chairman of Christians United For Israel (CUFI), told a worldwide audience on Oct. 14, according to Charisma News.

“Americans need to recognize the historical fact that the Palestinians have absolutely no historical claim to the land of Israel. There has never been, historically, an autonomous group of Palestinians who ever existed,” Hagee said at the event.

In August, during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, Hagee led a group of 51 pastors – one from every state, and the District of Columbia – on a solidarity mission to the Jewish State.

Shurat HaDin: The Woman Fighting ISIS in Court

In 1995, while a law student at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner and fellow law students were incensed that Muhammad Abbas, one of the Palestinians who took part in the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985, was to be allowed to return to Israel. The students decided to take their own case to the Israeli Supreme Court.

Unable to afford a lawyer, the group chose Darshan-Leitner to represent them and argue their case. “The reason they chose me was simple,” she explains. “Because I am a woman. If I lost, they figured the court would be nice and I would not be slapped with court fees.”

Darshan-Leitner had never argued a case before. “I was scared out of my mind,” she said. But her rhetoric was fiery, evoking the miserable plight of Leon Klinghoffer, the elderly disabled Jewish-American in a wheelchair who was shot and pushed overboard by the terrorists when their demand for the release of 50 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails was not met. “I said Klinghoffer’s voice could be heard from the bottom of the ocean,” she says. “It was very dramatic.”

Darshan-Leitner lost the case, but the jury was so impressed by her delivery and passion, it quoted her summation while reading its verdict. “I didn’t have to pay court fees, either,” she says. But the case gave the young lawyer the appetite to go after other seemingly impossible causes—in particular, suing terrorists for compensation.

Earlier this month, Darshan-Leitner and her team at Shurat HaDin, Israel Law Center—some of whom are the original law students from Bar-Ilan—began a major investigation and lawsuit against the terrorist group Islamic State, also known as ISIS. They say that if they can trace the money ISIS is receiving from oil sales, they can halt their operation. The route to this, Darshan-Leitner says, is by following the banks that still deal with ISIS.

“The question is, How does ISIS get the money?” Darshan-Leitner, who is in her 40s, says from her Tel Aviv office. “We can’t technically go after ISIS. But we can go after the Arab banks that finance them. The money source. We are not talking peanuts—we are talking about several millions of dollars a day ISIS gets from oil fields. There must be banks that help ISIS receive that money. This is what we need to put our fingers into.”

British vote epitomizes ignorance, opportunism and malice

by Isi Leiber

The British parliamentary resolution that called for the immediate and unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state, endorsed by an overwhelming majority of 274 to 12, was an unprecedentedly aggressive act. Although not binding, and with the participation of only 44 percent of parliamentarians (primarily opposition Labour MPs under instructions to vote in favor of the motion), it nevertheless provides evidence of the dramatic surge of hostility against Israel that is sweeping through Europe.

It reflects a growing trend among European countries to encourage Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to pursue his intransigent policy, rejecting meaningful negotiations, refusing to make any concessions and proceeding on the supposition that he has international support to bring Israel to its knees. Regrettably, over the past few months, the Obama administration has been widely perceived as giving a wink to the Europeans to pursue policies toward Israel along these lines, which neither American public opinion nor Congress would endorse.

Israel Hatred has Scaled the Wall of High Culture by Dr. Chesler

There was such a large police presence and so many police barricades that anyone passing by would think that terrorists were at large.

There were no terrorists on Broadway—although terrorists would soon be mounting the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. The police were protecting the right of the Opera House to present the Palestine Liberation Organization and their cause as mythically majestic and eternally just.

Here's what was also extraordinary: "The Suits"—men and women in positions of power, both politically, legally, and financially, felt compelled to take to the streets to be heard. Governors, Congressional Representatives, Mayors, Borough Presidents, financial advisors, were not presiding over a press conference in their grand offices. They were on the streets. I suspect this may have been the first time they have ever done so.

Peter Gelb had called the police to make sure that opera lover and former mayor—"America's mayor" during 9/11—Rudy Guiliani, did no harm to the opera house. That convener extraordinaire, Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, a partner in a major financial house, would not destroy the set. That Congressman Peter King and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney would not engage in any acts of petty vandalism. That attorney Ben Brafman, Borough President Melinda Katz, and Attorney General Michael Mukasy would not harass the opera board or the cast.

Met Creates Special Website to Defend Klinghoffer, By Danielle Avel

Met Creates Special Website to Defend Klinghoffer #TerrorOpera

The Metropolitan Opera in New York City has doubled-down on its decision to produce the anti-Semitic The Death of Klinghoffer by setting up a Klinghoffer mini-website to defend and promote the controversial show.

The website responds to the massive backlash against the opera. Its headline reads “See it. Then decide.” The page features a preview of the production, a SIRIUS-XM interview with Director Tom Morris, a link to the text of the previously hard-to-find libretto, along with the ability to listen to musical selections. Beginning October 21 (one day after the opera’s opening), the audience can share comments there about the production.

Composer John Adams, in an interview featured on the special page, alludes to finding the “humanity” in both the Palestinian terrorists and their American Jewish victim: “for all of the brutality and the moral wrong that they perpetrated in killing this man, they’re still human beings and there still has to be reasons why they did this act.” Not only is this moral equivalence repugnant but, in fact, Klinghoffer offers an extended apology for the violence via regurgitation of Palestinian propaganda themes.

None of the other 25 remaining operas of the 2014-15 season received the honor of its own webpage. In other words, the Met has not just stood by its decision to stage an opera that glorifies terrorism but compounded this decision by exalting Klinghoffer above all other productions.

Indeed, The Death of Klinghoffer deserves a special web presence, but in the far less grand form of a Twitter hashtag – I propose #TerrorOpera.

Danielle Avel is a photojournalist and investigative researcher. She can be reached through her website, on Twitter @DanielleAvel and on Facebook.

Update on Antisemitism

In the never-ending battle of American academics attempting to prove that their own specialty is more devoted to the ‘Palestinian’ cause and more interested in teaching their students and the rest of the world how evil Israel is, the American Anthropological Association has entered the petition activism olympics.

The anthropology academics are so brave they not only tell everyone how bad Israel is (even when they get some of the facts wrong), by signing the petition they assert their right to “boycott” the Israeli institutions they believe are “complicit” in “Israel’s ongoing violations” of ‘Palestinian’ rights.

The anthropologists, you see, are taking this opportunity to distance themselves from their discipline’s historical complicity with the evils of colonialism. And so, who better to work out their own guilt issues than the Jewish State, of course.

Arab rioters attacked Jewish motorists in eastern Jerusalem Tuesday night in what has become a “silent intifada” thanks to establishment media’s generally ignoring frequent violence.

Arab rioters attacked several cars whose occupants were on their way on the eve of Hoshana Raba, the last day of Sukkot, to learn Torah at the “Beit HaHoshen,” in the heart of a hostile and almost entirely Arab neighborhood above Wadi Joz in eastern Jerusalem.

Shuki Set wrote on the website that he and his son were driving to Beit HaHoshen when they got stuck in a traffic jam, a ready-made setting for Arab violence.

Insistence by Abbas and others that there is a “Palestine” to be recognized contradicts the Montevideo Convention and Yugoslavia Arbitration Commission. It also violates the 1993 Israeli-Palestinian Declaration of Principles and 1995 interim agreement.

Press omissions in this regard recall those during Operation Protective Edge. Then the media reported, for example, that according to officials in the Gaza Strip, a majority of Palestinian Arab fatalities were civilians, often “mostly civilians.”

Journalists rarely added that those casualty figures came primarily from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry, or that the Interior Ministry, also Hamas-controlled, had urged Gazans to describe all fatalities as “innocent civilians.”

When reporters occasionally added that Israeli sources disputed those numbers, they virtually never said why. Context – a traditional journalistic value –would have called for reporting Israel Defense Forces estimates that nearly half the Palestinian fatalities were gunmen from Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, or other terrorist groups. It could have noted analyses, like that of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), which indicated more than 50 percent were males between 17 and 39 – prime combat age.

Palestinians want to destroy the Jewish state: by Minister Ya'alon


Seven weeks after Operation Protective Edge, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon explains why Israel didn't topple Hamas • PA President Mahmoud Abbas is not a partner for peace; the Palestinians will have autonomy but not a state, Ya'alon tells Israel Hayom.

NY Times: Iraq's Abandoned Chemical Weapons

Five years after President George W. Bush sent troops into Iraq, these soldiers had entered an expansive but largely secret chapter of America’s long and bitter involvement in Iraq.

From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule.

In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs, according to interviews with dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

Assessing the Iran Appeasement Project Jonathan S. Tobin

Supporters of détente with Iran can almost taste it. After years of having to listen to even a liberal Democratic president vow to stop the Islamist regime’s drive for nuclear weapons and regional hegemony, Tehran’s apologists are tantalized by the prospect that President Obama will go all the way and sign on to a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran that will, they hope, put an end to the confrontation between the U.S. and Iran. If true, it will mark a major victory for Iran and present a clear and present danger to both the West and Israel as the regime will be immeasurably strengthened and undeterred from its nuclear dreams.

But though such a pact is not yet signed, Laura Rozen, one of the leading cheerleaders for this effort, writes in Al Monitor today that a lot of the credit (or blame, depending on your point of view, belongs to William Luers of the United Nations Association. While future historians probably label Luers as a minor figure among this generation’s Guilty Men who worked to appease a dangerous and possibly genocidal rising power, especially when compared to the central role played by President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry. But Luers’ work to normalize a government that ought to remain beyond the pale for decent people nevertheless deserves thorough scrutiny.

Luers, 85, is a former veteran diplomat who served in Moscow as head of the State Department’s Soviet Affairs desk and later as ambassador to Czechoslovakia before the fall of the Communist empire. In the last decade, however, he has devoted himself to fostering good relations with Iran, and becoming according to Rozen’s sources, the driving force behind a “track 2 dialogue” bringing together members of the Iranian regime with Americans. Luers and those backing his effort have also promoted The Iran Project, a think tank devoted to Iran détente and pooh-poohing concerns about the nuclear threat from Tehran.

The Iran Project is backed by major figures within the U.S. foreign policy establishment and has found an eager audience in the media for its reports downplaying the Iranian threat and promoting the virtues of friendship with the ayatollahs even as the regime’s domestic oppression and promotion of terror abroad has increased. More importantly, it has played a not insignificant role in convincing the Obama administration to abandon the president’s pledges to end Iran’s nuclear program and isolate the rogue regime and to pursue the current diplomatic track that Luers and his friends believe is so close to a happy conclusion.

What was the secret to their success?

First, it must be admitted that they have worked the system perfectly in championing the notion of a newly moderate Iran, a campaign that received a major boost when the seemingly more moderate and reasonable Hassan Rouhani replaced the seemingly irrational Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president of Iran last year. Since President Obama came into office determined to pursue a policy of “engagement” with Iran only to be repeatedly rebuffed by the Islamists. But advocates of the notion that Iran was only waiting to be embraced by the U.S. didn’t have to struggle too hard to get both the president and Kerry to try again. Their zeal for a deal overcame their common sense and the West wound up forfeiting the enormous economic and political leverage it had over Iran when an interim nuclear agreement was signed last November. That deal didn’t significantly lessen Iran’s ability to build a bomb but it did start the process of unraveling the international sanctions on the regime that had been so painstakingly built up in previous years.

Second, Luers and company worked hard to cause opinion makers and administration officials ignore the truth about Iran. The idea of Iranian moderation, whether in the form of Rouhani, a veteran regime official who has boasted of deceiving Western negotiators in the past or others taking part in back channel talks sponsored by the appeasers, was always farcical. There has been no change in Iranian policies either at home (where oppression of dissidents is no less fierce than before and official anti-Semitism is rampant) or abroad (as Iran’s terrorist auxiliaries continue to kill and its rogue ally Assad butchers hundreds of thousands of innocents) in the last year. But the point of the Iran Project isn’t to highlight actual change but to promote the idea that the act of diplomacy will itself start the process of making Iran more peaceful.

In Luers’ world Iran is not a hostile power driven by extreme Islamist ideology, bent on regional hegemony and determined to use terror and armed force to intimidate moderate neighbors and support those bent on Israel’s destruction but a reasonable government just waiting for the right offer to be welcomed into the community of nations. In other words, appeasement of this evil government is just a rational response to a difficult problem that can be solved by diplomacy.

This is disturbing enough but what comes across in Rozen’s adoring article about Luers is the diplomat’s indifference to the dangers of the course that he has helped chart. The Iran Project has worked hard to emphasize the downside of confronting Iran over its nuclear effort but done little to point out the hazards of a policy of appeasement.

Interestingly, Rozen points out that Luers befriended Vaclav Havel when the latter was a dissident during the era of Communist rule in Prague. But we hear nothing about a similar effort to support those working to change regimes in Tehran. Indeed, the last thing the Iran Project seems interested in is anything that seeks to undermine the despotic rule of the ayatollahs. As with those who opposed President Ronald Reagan’s labeling of the Soviet Union as an “evil empire,” the Iran appeasers will hear no evil about their negotiating partners even if it means whitewashing a dangerous theocracy bent on obtaining a nuclear weapon.

If a nuclear deal is signed, it will be a triumph for Luers but it will not mark a new period of understanding between Iran and the United States. Iran’s character is as unchanged as its dangerous strategic goals. The only thing that will be altered is the West’s ability to resist an Islamist regime whose nuclear ambition will, at the very least, signal the start of an era of increased instability in the Middle East and bloodshed that will be worsened by the power the appeasers are handing Tehran.

Instead of celebrating Luers, honest observers should be ignoring his advice and pleading with the president to step back from this course of appeasement before it is too late to reverse the damage to Western security that has already been caused.

Jonathan S. Tobin is senior online editor of COMMENTARY magazine and chief political blogger at He can be reached via e-mail at: Follow him on Twitter at TobinCommentary.

Klinghoffer Jews: Proud, Terrorist-Humanizing and Meek

Peter Gelb has generated a drama worthy of an important new opera about the American Jewish community. And here, in The Jewish Press, is an exclusive of the cast and the story line.

Gelb is the managing director of the Metropolitan Opera. It was Gelb’s decision to stage John Adams’ opera about the terrorist murder of a disabled, elderly American man, Leon Klinghoffer. The Arab terrorists shot Klinghoffer in the head and in the chest and had him and his wheelchair thrown overboard as evidence of their unyielding position to swap innocent lives for convicted terrorist Arab prisoners in Israeli jails.

Klinghoffer was selected for the sacrificial murder because he was a Jew. Not an Israeli, but a Jew.

John Adams, along with Alice Goodman (born a Reform Jew, now an anti-Semitic Anglican minister), who wrote the heinous librettos, in their own words, set out to “humanize” the terrorists. That is the goal of the opera.

For the past six months, a stalwart collection of grass roots activists, largely based in the New York City area, have been working to inform a critical mass of Americans that it was a grotesquely offensive decision to stage the Klinghoffer opera (falsely titled: the “Death of Klinghoffer” – he didn’t just die, just as Daniel Pearl did not just die – each was murdered because, as Jews, they were powerful propaganda tools).

Should a dramatist decide to write an opera about the sturm und drang on the streets of New York regarding the Klinghoffer opera, there would be three distinct types being cast.


The first type to be cast would be what we’ll call the Proud Klinghoffer Jews, PKJ. This is a new group of actors/activists on the scene. These are the ones who have been forged in the crucible created by years of passive Jewish leadership and streetwise but unwieldy passion. It has been unleashed by the staging of what many consider an inciteful (not insightful), anti-Semitic, philo-terrorist opera at a time of rising anti-Semitism and global terrorism. There would be starring roles amongst these singers.

One, certainly, would be Richard Allen, the fifty-something New York businessman who – completely against type – has emerged as the ultimate grass roots Jewish, effective pro-Israel activist. Allen is not a grandstander; he prefers to remain in the background, dishing out credit to his fellow activists the way most ringleaders dish out criticism. Instead of claiming credit, Allen gets the job done. The man is the ultimate terrier – he puts his teeth in the calves of organizations whose acts harm Israel, and does not let up until he has accomplished more than anyone thought possible.

Another player – probably a baritone would be cast – is Jeffrey Wiesenfeld. Wiesenfeld is a businessman but also a seasoned political operator, having worked in the D’Amato, Koch and Pataki administrations. More of an “insider” than Allen, Wiesenfeld sits on the board of the City University of New York (where he’s made waves of his own as a principled pro-Israel Jewish New Yorker). It is Wiesenfeld who is usually the master of ceremonies at the larger, more effective and unequivocally pro-Israel Jewish rallies in New York.

And a newcomer to the stage: Leonard J. Weiss. The ultimate White Knight who, very publicly, bolted from what had been his beloved Metropolitan Opera. Weiss, recognizing the stench of moral decay, chose to very publicly redirect the money he had been donating to the Met to assist in helping his new comrades create a public astringent, hoping to cleanse the rot.

And Weiss has led the way for other Jews to stand up against this desecration of art. Eugene Grant, a real estate developer, announced that he was suspending his $5 million gift to the Met.

Then there are several indefatigable grass roots players who have been involved in pro-Israel activities for decades. People like Dr. Marvin Belsky, Dr. Paul Brody, Beth Gilinsky (who practically single-handedly forced the New York City to come to grips with the anti-Jewish animus surrounding the Crown Heights riots in 1991), Helen Freedman, executive director of Americans For a Safe Israel, terrorist victim and now rights activist Sarri Singer and Liz Berney, a trusted deputy of Zionist Organization of America’s executive director, Mort Klein.

There are others, a growing number of them, who would comprise the PKJ chorus.

The polar opposites of the PKJs would also have to be cast. These would be referred to, in short-hand, as the Anti-Klinghoffer Jews.

Remove Israel from the Map? A 2 State Solution?

The singing competition American Idol has long been a popular TV show in the U.S. Its counterpart Arab Idol is the most popular program in the Arab world. Recently, two Israeli Arabs were contestants on the show. Because the two singers are from Israel, their country of origin was shown on a map. This, however, caused uproar around the Arab world, as the map was labeled “Israel.” Writing at the Gatestone Institute, Khaled Abu Toameh says this shows that the Arab world’s problem with Israel is its very existence, and until this type of incitement ends, chances for real peace will remain remote:

The Saudi MBC TV network was recently forced to apologize to its hundreds of millions of viewers for using the name Israel instead of Palestine.

The apology came after viewers strongly condemned the network and threatened to boycott its programs over the use of a map with Israel’s name on it.

The reason Israel appeared on the MBC’s map was because of the participation of two Arab citizens of Israel in its popular Arab Idol contest. The show, based on the popular British show Pop Idol, is the most widely viewed in the Arab world.

The two Arab Israelis, Manal Moussa, 25 and Haitham Khalailah, 24, are from villages in northern Israel. They are among many contestants from all over the Arab world who are performing songs on stage in front of four judges and the public.

This is the first time that Arab Israelis have participated in the popular show.

When this season’s show began in mid-September, the TV station introduced a map with the names of the contestants’ countries. This year, of course, the map showed Israel as one of the countries taking part in the show.

The Saudi station and directors of the Arab Idol show quickly learned, however, that they had committed a big and unforgivable crime. Within minutes, they were flooded with requests to remove Israel from the map and apologize to all Arabs for this “serious offence.”

The condemnations did not come only from Palestinians, but from nearly all the Arab countries. The protesters demanded that MBC immediately replace “Israel” with “Palestine” or face a massive boycott campaign.

Arab activists did not even wait to hear back from MBC, and launched their own online campaign to boycott the station. One group launched a Twitter campaign entitled “Shut Down Arab Idol.” Another campaign was launched under the banner, “Palestine is Arab, not Hebrew.” A third online campaign carried the title, “Together Against Arab Idol.”

And of course there were the more extreme activists who issued threats against the station and its Saudi owners, whom they dubbed “Zionist Arabs.”

Not surprisingly, embattled MBC managers rushed to issue a statement apologizing for displaying a map that referred to Israel as an existing state. MBC claimed that Israel appeared on the map as a result of a “technical error.” The name Israel was removed from the map, which now uses only the name Palestine.

But with that, the story did not come to an end. Under pressure from the viewers, the two Arab Israeli singers are now referred to only as Palestinians. There is no mention whatsoever of the fact that both Moussa and Khalailah were raised in Israel and hold Israeli passports.

The uproar that erupted throughout the Arab world over the use of a map with Israel’s name on it is yet another reminder that many Arabs still have not come to terms with Israel’s existence — and apparently are not interested in coming to terms with it.

This refusal is not related to the recent war between Israel and Hamas or to settlement construction. Rather, it is the narrative that has been prevalent in the Arab world since 1948 — a narrative that considers Israel an alien entity that was violently planted in the Middle East and needs to be removed …

The protesters who forced MBC to remove Israel from its map were not demanding a two-state solution and an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. They were protesting against Israel’s existence; that is what really bothers them.

Their success in forcing MBC to remove Israel from the map is a symbolic victory for those who seek Israel’s destruction. But it is also a reminder that this conflict is not about a settlement or a checkpoint or a fence — but about Israel’s very existence.

In order to make peace with Israel, the Arab world needs to prepare its people for such a move, and not incite violence against Israel and demand that it be removed from maps. Unless that happens, the prospects for real peace will remain as remote as ever.

Author: Stand for Israel | October 13, 2014

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More evidence: It is the Jews who live in Israel that are the issue

PLO Official, Hanan Ashrawi: Jewish Visits to Temple Mount ‘Will Ultimately Drag Whole Region Into Disastrous Clashes’  -  Okay, now it makes sense.  Forget about ISIS.  Forget about Iran's nuclear weapons program.  Forget about Syrian chemical weapons.  Forget about Turkey and Qatar funding Muslim Brotherhood affiliated terrorists and giving their leaders safe haven.  The disastrous clashes in the Mideast will be because Jews visit their own holiest site ... After all, Jerusalem has been Islam's third holiest site since 1964. -  Thanx for setting me straight, Hanan.  How stupid of me for not figuring it out for myself !!!  

Arab Rioters on Temple Mount Wound Four Police Officers  - No doubt, planned to coincide with the start of Sukkot.  Expect more riots during the coming week.

Netanyahu Said ‘Furious’ Over Lack of Police Response to Low Intensity Terror in Jerusalem  -  It is long overdue that Israeli police stop turning a blind eye.  Allowing low intensity attacks serves to encourage higher intensity attacks.

Indyk Bashes Israel, Obama on Yom Kippur

U.S.-Israel alliance 'is crumbling' due to waning support for Israel among Democrats and Israeli 'disrespect', envoy says.

I say: Indyk is no friend of Israel nor of the strong US/Israel relationship, necessary for America's security.

By Arutz Sheva

The U.S.-Israel alliance “is crumbling” due to waning support for Israel among Democrats and “total disrespect” for the Obama administration among segments of the Israeli government, according to President Barack Obama’s former Middle East envoy Martin Indyk, in what was described as "a frank off-the-record talk" at the Adas Israel synagogue in Washington, D.C., during the Yom Kippur holiday.

Indyk, who left his role as U.S. special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in July, lashed out at the Jewish state for showing “disrespect” to the Obama administration and warned that the historically strong U.S.-Israel “relationship is in trouble,” according to an audio recording of the event obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Indyk—who was revealed by the Free Beacon earlier this year to have spent time bashing Israel over drinks at a bar—has been identified by officials in both Israel and Washington as the primary source for numerous recent stories in the media blaming Israel for the failure of peace talks with the Palestinians, the Free Beacon adds.

In his comments Indyk also criticized the Obama administration for fueling perceptions that the United States is withdrawing from the region, a view that he said is the result of both the Bush administration’s intervention in Iraq and Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan.

'Cracking the whip'

Indyk said he “discovered” after years of bargaining with the Israelis and Palestinians that the U.S. no longer had the credibility it once did under past presidents. “What I think we discovered … trying to make peace this time around, was that we would crack the whip, but no one was responding to our whip cracks,” Indyk said. “That’s a change.”

This erosion in credibility is a “change which has occurred very recently,” Indyk said, adding that “our dominance has begun to wane.”

This problem has only been heightened by the Obama administration’s withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, Indyk said.

“Now, as we withdraw from the region, which is the perception in the region of our withdrawal from Iraq, our withdrawal from Afghanistan, it has had I think a very dramatic impact on our ability to influence the players there, including Israel, but also the Palestinians,” he said. “And I do think when I compare our situation today as diplomats to the situation with the diplomats back in the 1970s, the leverage they had was far greater it seems to me in the Middle East than we experience when we try to exercise [it] today.”

Indyk went on to warn that U.S.-Israeli relations are at an all time low.

“The U.S.-Israel relationship is critical, is essential to Israel’s survival,” Indyk told the audience. “And the relationship is in trouble.”

U.S. support for the Jewish state is “the bedrock that Israel has always relied on … and I worry that bedrock is crumbling,” Indyk said, laying partial blame at the feet of Democrats.

“We have a situation,” he said. “Support amongst Republicans for Israel is really high. … But the truth is that most Jews are Democrats, and amongst Democrats support for Israel is only something like 43 percent.”

“That’s a huge gap, which is indicative of the fact that it has become a partisan issue,” Indyk added.

No respect from Israel

However, Indyk reserved his harshest criticism for the Israelis.

“On the Israeli side I see something which I’m really, really disturbed by, which is the total disrespect on the part of some on the right in Israel for the relationship with the United States,” Indyk said.

“And that manifests itself with right wing politicians standing up excoriating our leaders, who are trying to do their best for Israel,” Indyk said.

“Look to the [Israeli] Defense Minister, whose budget is supplemented to the tune of $3 billion dollars a year by the American taxpayer, standing up and calling the Secretary of State an obsessive messianic,” Indyk said. “That kind of attitude on Israel’s part is not ingratitude; it’s disrespect. It’s something that I find very, very disturbing.”

There is “some hubris” on the Israel side, an attitude that “we don’t need the United States anymore,” Indyk said.

After leaving the Obama administration in July, Indyk returned to the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. He had previously served as head of the think tank’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy, and rejoined as vice president and director of foreign policy.

Indyk came under fire last month after the New York Times reported that the Brookings Institute had accepted $14.8 million from the state of Qatar, a key funder of Hamas, at some point in the past year.

Qatar funding claim 'scandalous'

When pressed by an audience member about the financial relationship between Brookings and Qatar, Indyk grew defensive and called accusations against him “scandalous.”

“Brookings is an independent research institution, none of whose funders are able to determine its research projects,” he said.

“I hope nobody really believes that I cashed a check for $14.8 million dollars, which is what’s going around in right-wing Jewish circles,” Indyk added. “We should all take a deep breath about some of these lurid, scandalous stories.”

Multiple sources confirmed to the Free Beacon that Brookings Institute leaders held a company-wide forum after the publication on September 6th of a New York Times article detailing Qatari regime donations to the think tank. The purpose of the forum, the sources said, was to allay concerns among Brookings staff over foreign government influence.

CAMERA: More on The Lancet's Anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic Sickness

October 1, 2014    by Sarit Catz

More on The Lancet's Anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic Sickness

On July 23rd, the medical journal The Lancet published a mendacious “open letter” leveling false charges against Israel's actions during Operation Protective Edge. At the time, CAMERA countered the allegations with the facts and added:

This is not surprising coming from The Lancet which has a sad history of publishing anti-Israel pieces, some by the very same authors who wrote this one. CAMERA has documented a number of these in the past. Richard Horton, the journal's editor, has also exhibited an anti-Israel bias in other publications.

Last week, The Telegraph, published in the United Kingdom where The Lancet is based, ran an article outlining the anti-Israel and frankly anti-Semitic views held by some of the open letter's authors:

Dr Swee Ang, an orthopaedic surgeon, and Dr Manduca, a professor of genetics at the University of Genoa in Italy – who are both members of pro-Palestine NGOs – sent round-robin emails to their contacts promoting a video entitled “CNN Goldman Sachs & the Zio Matrix”.
The video features an extended anti-Semitic rant by [former KKK Grand Wizard David] Duke, in which he claims that “the Zionist Matrix of Power controls Media, Politics and Banking” and that “some of the Jewish elite practices racism and tribalism to advance their supremacist agenda”.
Dr Ang wrote: “This is a shocking video please watch. This is not about Palestine – it is about all of us!”
In another email, Dr Manduca forwarded a message alleging that the Boston marathon bombings were in fact carried out by Jews. “Let us hope that someone in the FBI is smart enough to look more carefully at the clues in Boston and find the real culprits behind these bombings instead of buying the Zionist spin”, it said.
Moreover, Dr Mads Gilbert, a third author of the letter, gave an interview with the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet in 2001 in which he said that the 9/11 atrocities were as a result of Western foreign policy, and that he supported terror attacks in that “context”.

Much of this information was brought to light, and to the attention of The Telegraph, by NGO Monitor. NGO Monitor has long been working on this issue, last year publishing a monograph, “NGO Medical Malpractice: The Political Abuse of Medicine, Morality and Science.”

Despite the obvious bias and bigotry of the open letter's authors, Lancet editor Richard Horton told The Telegraph, “It's utterly irrelevant. It's a smear campaign.” He added, “I don't honestly see what all this has to do with the Gaza letter. I have no plans to retract the letter.”

Further, several of the authors have financial interests that should disqualify them from writing on the subject or at the very least should have been disclosed to Lancet readers. Scholars for Peace in the Middle East notes:

Two of the co-authors have affiliations with pro-Palestinian non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In fact that barely scratches the surface in terms of the potentially biasing conflicts. For one example, the letter's first author, Paolo Manduca received funding from several anti-Israel NGOs including Interpal, which has been designated as a terrorist entity by the governments of the United States, Canada and Australia. US Federal authorities describe the organization as a global clearinghouse channeling money to Hamas and a BBC investigation came to the same conclusion. Interpal is a founding member of the so-called “Union of Good,” an umbrella organization, which funds Islamic terrorists in Gaza. Its leader, Yussef al- Qaradawi, is a notorious jihadist who has publically lauded Hitler for “putting Jews in their place” and has said of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “We must plant the love of death and the love of martyrdom in the Islamic nation.” The organization actively encourages Palestinian children to become martyrs and suicide bombers. Manduca not only receives funding from Interpal but also raises money for it.

Given these facts, it is impossible to take issue with the assertions of Professor Sir Mark Pepys, director of the Wolfson Drug Discovery Unit at the University College of London, who wrote, “Horton's behaviour in this case is consistent with his longstanding and wholly inappropriate use of The Lancet as a vehicle for his own extreme political views. It has greatly detracted from the former high standing of the journal.”

If you have fifteen minutes and a strong stomach, you can watch the hate-filled David Duke conspiracy-theory video circulated by some of the Gaza letter authors by clicking here.

Another Palestinian Mistake at the UN, by Daniel Gordis

Abba Eban, Israel’s legendary representative to the United Nations, once famously remarked that “the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas proved Eban’s point Friday, in an incendiary speech to the UN General Assembly in which he accused Israel of “a new war of genocide” against the Palestinian people.

Another opportunity squandered. During the Gaza War this summer, Abbas had positioned himself as a picture of moderation. When Hamas was accused of having kidnapped the three teenagers whose abduction set off this summer’s violence, Abbas condemned the kidnapping in no uncertain terms. As the war with Hamas dragged on, the Palestinian Authority was party to the cease-fire negotiations. When Israel and Egypt hammered out the details of who would monitor border crossings and the use of construction material in Gaza to prevent the construction of new tunnels, even Hamas accepted the notion of Palestinian Authority monitors.

Israelis are not terribly inclined to make grand gestures for peace right now -- the region is in too much turmoil for anyone to know what a smart move would be. Yet many Israelis also know that international pressure for some accommodation of Palestinian national aspirations will only grow. Prominent Israeli public intellectuals continue to worry about the corrosive effect of keeping millions of Palestinians under our military thumb on our national moral well-being. So suddenly, Israelis had begun to wonder whether Abbas might be the guy with whom to make the deal.

Why, therefore, would Abbas do something as seemingly stupid, alienating almost every Israeli, and even evoking a highly critical reaction from the Barack Obama administration? While the move was, in fact, a mistake, it was a calculated one. Abbas decided that for now, he needed to play to his street. Sadly, the Palestinian Authority has never prepared its citizens for the compromises a deal will require. Abbas knows that Israel is here to stay, but his accusation that Israel was engaging in “genocidal warfare against the Palestinian people” reeked of utter delegitimization. Abbas knows that Israel will never agree to the return of anything more than a token number of Palestinian refugees to Israel, for that would undermine Israel’s Jewish demographic majority, forcing Israel to choose between being democratic or Jewish, neither of which is negotiable. But he continues to promise that the refugees will return.

The Arab street is more radical than its government in many places. Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, but Egyptian TV continues to broadcast highly inflammatory anti-Semitic programming, creating a sense among Egyptians -- which continues to this day -- that the agreement is an oddity or an anomaly, at best. Jordan’s King Abdullah II may be modern in his appearance and moderate in his lexicon, but his street is no less radicalized. And the same is true of the Palestinian street, which just honored the murderers of the three Israelis teenagers.

Pandering to his street’s basest instincts, Abbas proved that he cannot lead. Whatever the opposite of leadership is, is precisely what Abbas did at the UN.

In so doing, he reminded even left-wing Israelis why the center and the right want nothing to do with him. In so doing, he reminded Israelis who might have been willing to overlook it that he was an avid promoter of the unity government with Hamas. In so doing, he pushed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to suggest, in his response at the UN, that Israel would seek alliances with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In so doing, therefore, Abbas slammed the door on the possibility of any negotiated deal with Israel in the near future.

Israelis are nervous about the shifting sands all around them, but most understand that just as Israel is going nowhere, so too the Palestinians are here to stay. Just as Israelis had national aspirations some 70 years ago and would not relent until they were realized, so too with the Palestinians. The difference is that Israelis have often been led by people who were willing to change their positions. Menachem Begin, sought by the British as Terrorist No. 1, made peace with Egypt and returned the Sinai Peninsula -- even though he had to battle his own cabinet to get the deal approved. Ariel Sharon, the controversial military leader of Unit 101, pulled Israel out of Gaza, despite the move’s unpopularity. Netanyahu, who used to reject the mere idea of a Palestinian state, has now openly accepted it -- much to the chagrin of some of his party’s leadership.

But as Abbas reminded us on Friday, there has been no similar movement on the Palestinian side. There are many reasons the Palestinians do not have a state, but chief among them is that the Palestinians have never had a genuine leader. They have figureheads, fearful of leading and unwilling to goad their citizens into thinking differently about Israel, refugees and their own future. So, they watch and wait, as those who call themselves leaders make mistake after mistake, consigning Palestinians to a life that sadly, once again, seems unlikely to change.