It's about time. If you like a good military / spy / action movie, all you get these days is anti-Western crap made by liberals who know nothing about the military world and care only about pushing their ignorant political agenda. Would be nice, for a change, to have an exciting movie where the good guys are actually the good guys and the bad guys are actually the bad guys. And where people whose sympathies change - as with this fellow - are portrayed realistically, honestly, and with depth.
"Obviously, no one likes to see the suffering and loss of life that has occurred," Harper said in televised remarks.
"That said, we hold the terrorist organization Hamas responsible for this. They have initiated and continue this conflict, and continue to seek the destruction of the state of Israel," he added.
Canada's conservative government has long supported the Jewish state and stressed its recognition of Israel's right to defend itself.
Several weeks ago, Harper called on Canada’s allies and partners to recognize that Hamas’s terrorist acts “are unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict.”
Not to be outdone, the Australian government is going to stop calling East Jerusalem "occupied", and while there at it, will do a bunch of other things the Palestinians probably won't like:
“The Australian government is irritated by how the Palestinians have chosen to pursue their disagreements with us in public,” a senior Australian source told The Times of Israel Thursday. “This is the kind of behavior you’d expect from the leaders of a student union but not from a government-in-waiting.”
On Wednesday, Australia’s Attorney General George Brandis offered an explanation of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s position that using the word “occupied” is judgmental and does not contribute to dialogue about the contested area. ...
However, there is more to Australia’s new approach to the Israeli-Palestinian issue: A similar policy is in place regarding all other unresolved core issues of the conflict, meaning that Canberra does not take any position on them, unlike almost any other government in the world.
In practice, what follows is that Australia will not make any on-record statements on future borders or on the Palestinians’ demand for a “right of return.” Most noteworthy is that Canberra, uniquely, does not have any position on the legality or illegality of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contrast to the legal position of the United Nations, the European Union and almost any other government in the world, including those of Canada and the United States. ...
The head of the Catholic League issued a scathing criticism at President Obama, posting on his group’s website an essay that pointed to all the Christians being beheaded by Muslim terrorists and asking: Doesn’t that matter to you?
The Arabic “nun” symbol, or N, which stands for Nazarene and refers to Christians, ominously began appearing, stamped in red, on Christian homes in Mosul, Iraq, two weeks ago.
By mid-July, it was accompanied by another statement, painted in black, “Property of the Islamic State.” And with that, the Christians found their worst fears confirmed.
On July 19, ISIS, the Sunni Muslim insurgent group declaring itself the Islamic State, carried out unabated and unabashed religious cleansing against Christians and the non-Sunni Muslim communities. Today, in this place of Nineveh of the Bible, the ancient heart of Iraqi Christianity, there’s not a single Christian left. All have been stripped of their possessions and deported.
Jewish Home Chairman, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett, said Tuesday that the goal of the current campaign in Gaza must not be limited to elimination of the terror tunnels, and must include a clear military decision that leaves Hamas defeated and disarmed.
The number of students who have signed up to learn Arabic has increased by 140% since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, Berlitz Language School in Israel announced this past week.
“The riots in Judea and Samaria, the violence between Jews and Arabs in Israel and in the Gaza war have raised the awareness of the Jewish public for the need to understand the language of our neighbors,” said Miri Ishmael Sasson, CEO of Berlitz Israel.
Regardless of whether Jewish Israeli youths view their Arab neighbors as friends or adversaries, a knowledge of the complex and challenging Arabic language is essential for any real understanding.
As a young enlisted person in the US Armed Forces, I studied a foreign language (Korean) at the military school in Monterey as part of my specialty training. The American government invests enormous resources in teaching its selected military people foreign languages (including Hebrew, which used to be called "Special Arabic" at DLI). This is an indication of how seriously our Government takes the importance of foreign language instruction.
Many Palestinian and Israeli Arabs speak fluent Hebrew, even if they regard it as "the language of the enemy". Whether Jews and Arabs are fated to be enemies remains to be seen; but Jewish Israeli youth will do well to understand their neighbors better, by mastering the Arabic language.
I am afraid the other guys are way ahead of our side here. Israel needs to start catching up.