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.
Mosul's remaining Christians were fleeing the city yesterday after the brutal ISIS occupiers told them to convert to Islam or face summary execution. In a statement read out at the city’s mosques, the Islamists told Christians that they had until midday to either convert or pay a "jizya" – a tax on non-Muslims. Those who refused to comply would be killed. ...
Islamic State gunmen overran a former U.S. military base early Friday and killed or captured hundreds of Iraqi government troops who’d been trying to retake Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, the worst military reversal Iraqi troops have suffered since the Islamist forces captured nearly half the country last month.
The defeat brought to an end a three-week campaign by the government in Baghdad to recapture Tikrit, which fell to the Islamic State on June 11. Military spokesmen earlier this week had confidently announced a final push to recapture the city. ...
The United Nations (UN) Security Council is holding an emergency meeting late Sunday on the situation in Gaza, where the Palestinian death toll passed 100 in a single day. A proposed resolution, drafted by Jordan and published by Associated Press calls for an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Gaza Strip. ...
Because the UN Security Council knows an emergency when it sees one.
American Jews overwhelmingly tend to vote Democrat for one simple reason: they see the choice as being between 1) the Democrats and their belief in nothing versus 2) the Republicans and their beliefs based on their Christian faith and heritage.
This is an excellent article on American Jews and modern liberalism, and well worth a read - especially for younger readers who may be interested in how the two became so intertwined. People who grew up liberal and/or Jewish in my generation, grew up in the shadow of Engel v. Vitale (1962), which forbade the mandatory recitation of official prayers in public schools. I happen to think SCOTUS called it right, but the school-prayer issue does illustrate what Evan Sayet is talking about: If you belong to a minority religion, then the real or imagined threat of persecution from the majority seemingly makes you an ally of those with no religion at all.
The danger comes from the fallacy of assuming that the majority religion (Christianity) always has hostile intent, while secularists always have your best interests at heart. It ain't necessarily so.
Natan Sharansky - the former Soviet dissident and later Israeli politician - wrote about this in his book 'Defending Identity'. While imprisoned by the Soviets for his work on behalf of Israel and Soviet Jewry, Sharansky quickly discovered that his closest friends and allies were evangelical Christians.
Evan Sayet explains how the pathological fear of Christianity has become part of the mindset of Modern (i.e. leftist) Liberals. American Jews are so paralyzed by the fear of an imaginary danger from the "Christian Right", that they are blind to the very real threat from the socialist, atheist - but also increasingly Islamist - Left.
This came after Danon severely criticized the Government for failing, in his opinion, to act decisively in the Gaza conflict: “Once again Hamas has determined for us what our conditions are. We must not be degraded. We must correct the mistake made by the Cabinet this morning and allow the army to do what it must. The operation continues. Hamas needs to be spoken to in a language it can understand.”
Netanyahu said that Danon aided the enemy with his comments, while Danon asserted that the Israeli public agrees with him. Personally I wouldn't be surprised if this is true, but the PM may have thought Danon's comments went to far. I can understand that Israelis may be frustrated with Netanyahu, but I think Netanyahu may have had his reasons for wanting to let matters unfold at their own pace. He cannot have been unaware that another fake "cease-fire" would serve nobody's interests except Hamas', and perhaps he guessed - correctly - that the cease-fire would be broken before the ink was dry. Perhaps he has already figured that a ground operation by the IDF will be an inevitable necessity, and decided it would be to Israel's advantage to be seen as having "given peace a chance" - and to buy a little more time to prepare for what must come next.
In any case, whatever the merits of Danon's criticism, he must have come off as seeming insubordinate - and he cannot be too surprised to find himself out of a job.
I'd love to see them go in and take Gaza. Realistically I suspect this is a bluff. And I realize the leadership may have reasons for not wanting to commit to a ground campaign - Hamas has sophisticated underground infrastructure, plus Israel may want to leave Hamas as a counterweight to IS. Still, I admit that on a purely gut level, I want to see 'em go in and kick ass.