Middle East Notes (A Continuing Series)

1. There is a cease-fire. Let us hope and pray that it holds. Israel has decided to act unilaterally in order to end operations in Gaza, "[w]ith Israeli troops essentially finished destroying Hamas’s tunnels into Israel and having dealt Hamas’s military capacity a significant blow." Israel, of course, has been helped by the fact that it no …

More Depressing Middle East Notes

1. Those who think that Israel's enemies are serious about wanting to bring an end to the fighting have not been paying attention to current events:It was the start of a three-day truce, the best hope yet to end a 25-day-old war that has taken an enormous toll on both Palestinians and Israelis.On Friday morning, …

Why Is the Media Covering Up the Fact that Shifa Hospital Is a Hamas Command Site?

Behold the latest in barbarism. First, let's establish some facts: . . . why isn’t the fact that Hamas uses Shifa Hospital as a command post making headlines? In part, it’s because the location is so un-secret that Hamas regularly meets with reporters there. On July 15, for example, William Booth of the Washington Post …

Lots of Israel-Related Links to Go Through

So let's go through them.1. In non-shocking news, a serious amount of anti-Semitism actually does exist in the West:The mob howled for vengeance, the missiles raining down on the synagogue walls as the worshippers huddled inside. It was a scene from Europe in the 1930s – except this was eastern Paris on the evening of July …

The Scope of Hamas’s Terror Campaign

Any self-respecting nation would protect itself against this:Hamas had apparently been preparing a murderous assault on Israeli civilian targets for the coming Jewish New Year Holiday, Rosh Hashanah, which begins on September 24, according anonymous sources in the Israeli security services, as reported today by the Israeli daily Maariv.The Hamas plan consisted of what was …

More Stories that Cannot Possibly Be True

From France:Pro-Palestinian protesters clashed with police in central Paris on Saturday when hundreds of marchers defied a ban by French authorities to rally against Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip.French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned organizers in a television address that they would be held responsible for any clashes and could be prosecuted for ignoring …

Shocking Stories of Anti-Semitism

Read this, and this. I must confess to being a little confused; I have, after all, been repeatedly assured that "anti-Semitism scarcely exists in the West." Amazing how depressingly frequent the occurrence of something supposedly "scarce" can be, eh?Relatedly, be sure to read Damon Linker's open letter to Andrew Rosenthal, in which Linker employs magnificent scorn to magnificent effect. A …

From the Department of Crazy Ideas . . .

I realize that policymakers are frustrated that it is taking so long to bring about peace between Arabs and Israelis. I understand that those who are working on the peace process must be looking for some ingenious short cut to a just and lasting peace. In many ways, I don't blame them; were I working on …