Are these guys nuts?

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  1. Miriam Shear says:

    Can Cross-Currents extend a leave of absence to Jonathan Rosenblum so he can acquire the Ministry of Defense position?

    Hamas et al understand only one thing: Relentless, uncompromising force. This “hudna” or “tadhiyah” – whatever whitewash one chooses to throw on it – is simply an opportunity for regrouping.

    ANY negotiation or compromise confers legitimacy on the enemy. It’s like trying to negotiate with a fatal disease.

  2. Chaim Fisher says:

    All these things are true.

    Actually I think the situation is even worse than Rosenblum says.

    Sarkozy, our “close friend”, criticized building in Shufat as “occupied territory”, and stood in the Knesset last week and demanded a Palestinian state and the division of Jerusalem.

    And our other dearest “friend” Bush’s policies are, as stated by him himself and carried out by Condi, even worse: no building in Shufat, a return to the ’67 borders, a Palestinian state, divided Jerusalem, and even an answer to the “refugee” problem!

    With friends like these, we truly don’t need any enemies.

    It may have been these developments that was behind Ulmert’s decision no longer to “project strength.” There’s nobody backing it up any more…

  3. Ori says:

    Chaim Fisher: With friends like these, we truly don’t need any enemies.

    Ori: The US is still financing a large part of Israel’s military budget. Any “pressure” that does not involve cutting that aid is empty words, uttered for PR purposes elsewhere.

  4. Garnel Ironheart says:

    Remember the summer of 2000 – Ehud Barak, another lame-duck prime minister intent on giving away as much of Israel as possible travelled to the U.S. and, in front of Bill Clinton, offered Yassir Arafat, y”sh, 99% of what he had always claimed was the “historic right of the Palestinian people”.
    And the Lord hardened Arafat’s heart and he said “no”. Or something like that.
    Since then, other than the withdrawal from ‘Aza which was for reasons outside Oslo, the Arabs have failed to take advantage of any of Israel’s stupidest moves. And considering the list RYR notes, some of them are mind-bogglingly stupid. Imagine, agreeing to unilaterally hand over territory in exchange for a promise to engage in future negotiations! I mean, competent people simply wouldn’t do such a thing.
    And if there’s one thing Olmert has shown, he’s uncannily competent. After all, he’s still the prime minister and leading a viable coalition, isn’t he?
    Now, I’m not Olmert-booster. But I have to wonder. Is it possible that the government of Israel hasn’t suddenly lost its senses but that it is trying to convince the world it has? Is it possible they know something of the security situation that we in the blogosphere just might not be aware of? That perhaps Olmert is trying certain diplomatic tactics towards a higher end?
    Because if he’s as dumb as he comes off in public, oyyyyyyy!

  5. Don't Free Samir Kuntar says:

    PA leaders: Quntar a hero
    by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook

    According to the Palestinian Authority leadership, Samir Quntar epitomizes the ideal Palestinian prisoner. Quntar, who crushed the head of four-year-old Eynat Haran with his rifle, is serving four life sentences for murder in an Israeli prison, but is almost certain to be freed in a prisoner swap with Hizbullah this week.

    On one hand, Quntar embodies what the PA considers the “heroism” of terrorists fighting Israel. On the other hand, he’s the ultimate symbol of all terrorist prisoners who have murdered Israelis and will eventually be freed as a result of future kidnappings or through some other means.

    PA TV, controlled by Mahmoud Abbas, broadcast the following picture honoring Quntar. He is depicted beside a map of Israel completely covered by the Palestinian flag.

    According to Smadar Haran, her last memories of Danny and Einat, that day, were when they were being led away at gun point by Kuntar. She could hear from her closet space Danny telling Einat, “Don’t be scared, my baby, it will be alright” and Einat replied to him in her little voice, “Dad, where is Mommy? I want Mommy.” Smadar’s last memory of her 2-year-old daughter, Yael, was when her little daughter was taken to the apartment hiding space. Right before Yael had her mouth covered by her mother, she asked her mother “Where is my little pacifier.” There was no time to search for the pacifier. Minutes later Smadar covered Yael’s mouth to keep her from revealing the hiding space. Smadar soon felt her daughter’s tiny tongue licks and lip sucking on the palm of her hand. She didn’t know what to make of it at first but hours later was told by doctors and paramedics that the reason Yael was licking her palm while she covered her mouth was because she was gasping for air.

    After drowning Danny in the sea in front of little Einat, Kuntar, the brave Lebanese freedom fighter, then turned his attention towards the frightened little 4-year old. He took his rifle and then swung it across the little toddler’s head, knocking her to the ground. As little Einat was knocked to the ground, she was screaming and crying hysterically “mommy daddy help me,” while thrashing her little legs around in the sand. But unfortunately Einat was alone, and no one was there to save her. Kuntar then dragged the little toddler a couple of feet to the closest rock he could find, this was while she was begging him not to hurt her. Kuntar, then laid her head down on a rock, with the intention of crushing it with the butt of his rifle. Einat, instinctively covered her head with her little arms, Kuntar struggled with the little toddler until he finally managed to clear her arms out of the way so that he could aim for her head. Once her arms were out of the way, Kuntar proceeded on beating her on the head over and over with the butt of his rifle, and repeatedly stomping on her little body as hard as he could as well, until blood rushed out of her ears and mouth, and her little cries faded away as she was knocked into unconsciousness. Then, to ensure she was dead, Kuntar continued on beating her over the head, as hard as he could, several more times until her skull was crushed and she was dead.

    Following are several recent quotes from PA leaders since April 2008, describing Quntar:
    “Samir Quntar, the warrior from Lebanon.”
    “The brave warrior, Samir Quntar.”
    “The Palestinian people and the Palestinian leadership are standing behind you (Quntar).”
    “You (Quntar) are an inseparable part of the action to free our homeland.”
    “Your (Quntar) patience and strength are a lesson for us.”

    Besides bludgeoning Eynat Haran to death with rocks and his rifle, Quntar killed her father and was responsible for the death of her infant sister. He also killed two policemen in the 1979 attack in Naharia. The Israeli cabinet today approved a prisoner exchange that would free Quntar and several other prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, who were kidnapped by Hizbullah in 2006. The exchange could happen within the next few days.

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