Should Israel openly back the Kurds?
With the national focus on the hideous murder of Eyal Yifrach z”l, Naftali Frenkel z”l and Gilad Sha’ar z”l and the later no less abhorrent murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir R.I.P. another issue of far-reaching importance has more-or-less slipped under the radar. This gives me a chance to write about the Kurdish ‘solution’ almost before it reaches the blogsphere.
Prime Minister Netanyahu became the first and probably/hopefully not the last to call for an independent Kurdistan and President Peres – another first – agreed with Bibi that the future is with the Kurds. They may even sell us oil. Well, well, well! Continue reading
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An open condemnation of the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir
We unequivocally condemn the horrific murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir. It was unjustifiable under any circumstances. The killing was reprehensible and we hope that the criminals who did this sickening act are found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Israel is a country run by the rule of law. There are reports that Jews have been arrested for this crime. If a trial finds that Jews are indeed guilty of this unconscionable killing, our condemnation is redoubled. The idea that Jews could do such an act fills us with shame and horror.
The people who murdered Mohammed do not represent us in any way. It is not enough to dissociate ourselves from the dreadful act; we must also ensure that crimes like this are never repeated.
Just as the appalling murders of Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar do not in any way justify the hideous murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, neither does Khdeir’s murder justify the violence, terrorism, destruction and incitement we have seen over the past few days against Israelis and Jews.
We hope and pray that everyone, Arab and Jew, lives in peace and security in the region.
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New Beeb drama
To begin with a disclaimer. The new BBC series The Honourable Woman will only be broadcast next week so my fears about this being another BBC anti Israel smear masquerading as even-handed may be unfounded. I hope so but the advance publicity combined with the BBC record of broadcasting Israel Hating agitprop as drama (see The BBC drops a brick or Peter Kosminsky’s The Promise) don’t make one optimistic. Continue reading
No doubt you have all seen the video of an Israeli pin-point drone strike on a car driven by two Hamas operatives. It’s all over the social media, often with a great deal of crowing from Israeli supporters. Did it bother you?
Video of drone strike
Don’t bother clicking!
It doesn’t lead to anywhere!
It certainly bothered me.
The right thing to do?
The kidnapping of Gilad Shaar (16), Naftali Frenkel (16) and Eyal Yifrach (19) has in a period of a week brought about a huge change in Israeli/Palestinian attitudes. I have been hesitant to blog about it because I am far from sure I am instep with the mainstream on this and solidarity is important.
The campaign hashtagged #BringBackOurBoys or less frequently #EyalGiladNaftali is spreading quickly but brought back memories of similar well-meaning ‘successful’ campaigns. I have a sense of deja vu and I’m not sure I like it. Continue reading
The President as an advocacy issue
For all you Americans out there the president I’m talking about is not P.O.T.U.S. No. 44 but P.O.S.O.I. (President of the State of Israel) No. 10. Normally Five Minutes for Israel would as a matter of principle not comment on Israeli partisan politics but here we have made an exception.
Disclaimer: As so often events may have overtaken a blog post but the latest Dry Bones reminded me to finish what I have started. It is now too late to change the Basic Laws to convert Israel from a parliamentary democracy into a republic before the new President is elected. Still the seed has been sown. Weed killers, please.
No to making Israel a republic! Continue reading
Fighting Lawfare with Weapons
Very few concepts in the Middle East have been more abused than that of International Law. Although even calling it the Mid East conflict, as if the dispute between Israel and neighbours is the only conflict in the region, must come a close second. Even more than genocide or apartheid or occupation, terms that have several possible definitions, labeling Israel as in breach of International Law is a crowd favourite of the Israel Haters.
So why haven’t we made more of an effort to widely publicise the legal grounds for Israel’s activities?
… Until now Continue reading
Does Israel have the balls to BDS the Methodists?
What can Israel Advocates do to preempt and punish a Methodist BDS resolution?
Let’s start with the obvious. However unlikely the Methodist Conference 2014 may decide in June to reject a motion to recommend BDS. It might even support the side that doesn’t persecute Christians. On the other hand pigs† might fly.
However in the real world, the most likely result is a sanctimonious condemnation of Israel, accepting every Palestinian charge as fact. They will loudly proclaim their neutrality but pass some form of boycott resolution that will allow them to present themselves as righteous without too much pain (or any pain) to themselves.
That has been the Methodist method for several years. If you have the stomach check out the Facebook page of the Methodist Liaison office in Jerusalem. Every post is an attack against Israel. They are emphatically not neutral.
The real question from a Zionist perspective is, what should we do before the conference and assuming the worst what should we do after? Continue reading