Daily Archives: May 26, 2011

Israel and Hamas – two standards of law

Western Wall. Under a two state solution, Jews could not approach it.

Israel and Hamas have different standards of behavior and law. That difference goes far to weigh their competing claims to the Holy Land.

How does Israel lay a claim?

Israel bases its claim to the Holy Land, or Promised Land, on a promise by God, valid earlier buys and treaties, and a direct gift of God. The Bible (Tanakh) does not even give Israel credit for its military conquests. It says that God gave Israel’s enemies into Israel’s hand.

Hamas gains open border with Egypt

Hamas Damascus rally

Hamas, which rules Gaza, now has an open border with Egypt. That can only make war more likely.

The Rafah Crossing opens

The Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt is now open during daytime on most days, after Egypt decided to open it. Five years ago, Israel closed it after Hamas people started firing rockets and mortars at nearby Israeli communities, and after Hamas captured a Tzahal soldier, one Gilead Shalit. Shalit is still a prisoner, and the rocket and mortar attacks continue. (Last April, a Hamas crew fired an anti-tank missile at a loaded school bus.) The Rafar Crossing was open only to limited numbers of students and professors. Now it is open to anyone, at least from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm local time. (Israeli and Palestinian time are two hours ahead of British time, and seven hours ahead of New York time.)

Reserved for Gilead Shalit, captured by Hamas

A table and place setting, reserved for Gilead Shalit, a soldier of the Tzahal still in the hands of Hamas. Credit: Lilach Daniel, CC BY 2.0

RGGI NJ body blow: New Jersey out!

Chris Christie as United States Attorney

The RGGI NJ debate ended abruptly today, when Governor Chris Christie pulled New Jersey out of the ten-state cap-and-trade program.

RGGI NJ announcement

Christopher Baxter of the Statehouse Bureau broke the story. Governor Christie pulled out under RGGI’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). According to The Hill, the legislature of New Hampshire has already voted to get out of RGGI. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer pulled her state out of a similar program in the west.

Israel should ignore the media

Members of the Israel Defense Forces on the Golan Heights. What has the ASA to say to them?

Israel receives some of its worst criticism, not from its military enemies, but from the media, including some of its own organs.

Israel in the media

In the last twenty-four hours, several media organs have published several articles that come down very hard on Israel. They come down hardest on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after his speeches to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and to a joint session of Congress. Time flat-out accuses Netanyahu of lying about what President Barack H. Obama is trying to do. Jonathan Kay, at National Post (Canada), says that Netanyahu makes it “difficult” to support Israel. The New York Times suggests that most Israelis think Netanyahu’s trip to the USA was a failure, and blame Netanyahu for it. Reuters quotes the Israeli daily Ma’ariv as saying that 57 percent of Israelis think that Netanyahu should have cooperated with Obama. (The Reuters story gives no link, and your editor cannot confirm the Ma’ariv post.)