extremists Islamists murdered four Israelis, three of whom were also U.S. citizens, at a Jerusalem synagogue. Several others are in critical condition. Palestinians celebrated their actions and their intended consequences.
This morning I posted an article by Robert Spencer of Front Page Magazine titled More Beheadings, More Denial at Warsclerotic, of which I am an editor. Mr. Spencer’s article deals with Obama’s response to the recent Islamic beheading of “Abdul-Rahman Kassig, previously known as Peter.” Obama proclaimed that Kassig’s beheading by personnel of the Islamic State “represent no faith, least of all the Muslim faith.” As I noted in a parenthetical comment at the top of the article,
(Please see also this article, and others, on today’s Islamic slaughter at a Jerusalem synagogue. “Knives, axes and guns” were used.” Hamas responded with praise for the terrorists who did it. Will Obama, our Islamic “scholar” in chief, declare that such Palestinian “actions represent no faith, least of all the Muslim faith?” He won’t. Nor, of course, will he admit that the Palestinian’s Islamic actions, like those of the Islamic State, do represent Islam.– DM)
Mr. Spencer observed that Islamic savagery comparable to that of the Islamic State could happen in the United States and that
It could happen anywhere that people read the phrase “when you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks” (Qur’an 47:4) as if it were a command of the Creator of the Universe. But to point out that simple and obvious fact nowadays only brings down upon one’s head charges of “hatred” and of “demonizing all Muslims,” when in a sane society it would bring honest explanations from Muslims of good will of what they were doing to ensure that no Muslim ever acted on that verse’s literal meaning. [Emphasis added.]
Here’s a pertinent video by Pat Condell:
Continuing with the quotation from Mr. Spencer,
In reality, they’re doing nothing. No Muslim organization, mosque or school in the United States has any program to teach young Muslims and converts to Islam why they should avoid and reject on Islamic grounds the vision of Islam – and of unbelievers – that the Islamic State and other jihad groups offer them. This is extremely strange, given the fact that all the Muslim organizations, mosques and schools in the United States ostensibly reject this understanding of Islam. And even stranger is that no American authorities seem to have noticed the absence of such initiatives, much less dared to call out Muslim groups about this. [Emphasis added.]
On the contrary, instead of calling on Muslim groups to take some action to prevent this kind of thing from happening in the future, Obama’s latest denial was even more strenuous in its dissociation of the beheading from Islam: “ISIL’s actions represent no faith, least of all the Muslim faith which Abdul-Rahman adopted as his own.” [Emphasis added.]
“Least of all”! As if it were possible that the Islamic State’s actions represented Buddhism, or Methodism, or Christian Science, or the Hardshell Baptists, or the Mandaeans, to greater or lesser degrees, but the most far-fetched association one could make, out of all the myriad faiths people hold throughout the world, would be to associate the Islamic State’s actions with…Islam. The Islamic State’s actions represent no faith, least of all Islam – as if it were more likely that the Islamic State were made up of Presbyterians or Lubavitcher Hasidim or Jains or Smartas than that it were made up of Muslims.
Here’s a video of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim, speaking at Yale University on September 15th. Although more than an hour long, it’s well worth watching and considering. Please see also this article, commenting on her background and views of Islam.
Is Jonathan Gruber still advising Obama? This video is from left-leaning(?) MSNBC.
Did Obama “steal” His notions about Islam from Gruber, or merely Gruber’s tactics for masking His true beliefs and intentions, this time about Islam rather than about ObamaCare? Did Obama arrive at His notions of Islam and how to present them Himself, based on His own Islamic studies — particularly the propriety of lying to non-Muslims on behalf of Islam? Or is He, again, just sucking up to Iran? In the latter connection, please see this semi-satirical post titled To get a nuke deal with Iran Obama and the Islamist world demonize Israel.
The Israeli-Palestinian “peace” process and the “two state solution.”
For years, the Obama Administration has been pushing Israel, hard, to agree to a two state solution with the “moderate” Palestinian Authority (Fatah). Hamas is the Palestinian entity which, in April of this year, formed a quasi-unified government with the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas. Fatah’s alleged moderation, and that of Abbas, is of this type:
Abbas is seventy-nine years old and probably will not last much longer. He has personally encouraged terrorism, most recently when commenting on the killing of a Palestinian, Mutaz Hijazi, who attempted to assassinate Yehuda Glick, an advocate of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.
Hijazi was quickly found and killed by Israeli security forces. Abbas responded by promptly writing to his widow:
With anger, we have received the news of the vicious assassination crime committed by the terrorists of the Israeli occupation army against [your] son Mu’taz Ibrahim Khalil Hijazi, who will go to heaven as a martyr defending the rights of our people and its holy places.
Hijazi, it should be stressed, shot Glick, a civilian, at pointblank range. Fortunately Glick now appears to be recovering in hospital.
The assassin’s admirer, Mahmoud Abbas, is the same Mahmoud Abbas about whom President Barack Obama said last March:
I think nobody would dispute that whatever disagreements you may have with him, he has proven himself to be somebody who has been committed to nonviolence and diplomatic efforts to resolve this issue. [Emphasis added.]
That was in an interview where Obama, of course, portrayed Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu as the recalcitrant party who needs to “seize the moment” and make peace.
Even if Abbas wanted to reject Islamic terrorism, doing so would be akin to signing his own death warrant.
In a speech in Ramallah on November 11, marking the tenth anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, Abbas declared: “He who surrenders one grain of the soil of Palestine and Jerusalem is not one of us.”
This statement alone should be enough for Kerry and Western leaders to realize that it would be impossible to ask Abbas to make any concessions. Like Arafat, Abbas has become hostage to his own rhetoric. How can Abbas be expected to accept any deal that does not include 100% of his demands — in this instance, all territory captured by Israel in 1967? [Emphasis added.]
Abbas himself knows that if he comes back with 97% or 98% of his demands, his people will either spit in is face or kill him, after accusing him of being a “defeatist” and “relinquishing Palestinian rights.”
Abbas was elected for a five year term as President of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on November 11, 2004, until January 9, 2009. However,
due to Palestinian Internal conflict he unilaterally extended his term for another year and continues in office even years after that second deadline expired. As a result of this, Fatah’s main rival, Hamas announced that it would not recognise the extension or view Abbas as rightful president. [Emphasis added.]
For these and many other reasons, a “two state solution” would ultimately pit Israel and Hamas against either other, more so even that presently. It would result in either the death of Israel — the only free and democratic state in the region — or the death of the Palestinian state notion. The United States should agree with Israel that the death of the Palestinian state notion is preferable to the death of Israel. There is no apparent reason to assume, or even to hope, that Obama does.
On a lighter note, this might be better than a two state solution but, due to regional demographics and Israel’s dedication to democracy, would not work either.
Obama commented on the attack on the Jerusalem
mosque synagogue as follows:
“Too many Israelis have died. Too many Palestinians have died,” he told reporters before a meeting with his national security team, Cabinet officials and senior advisers. “At this difficult time, I think it’s important for both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions and reject violence.”
“We have to remind ourselves that the majority of Palestinians and Israelis overwhelmingly want peace,” he said.
He always manages to appear evenhanded as between Islamic murderers and their victims, unless the Islamic murderers, like those of the Islamic State, are “not Islamic.”
ANOTHER UPDATE: From Israel’s wonderful peace partner, Fatah
AND YET ANOTHER UPDATE:
Please read an article at by P. David Hornik at PJ Media titled Palestinian ‘Lone Wolves’ Attack Synagogue. Mr. Hornik observes,
The fact that the U.S. and Europe keep coddling the Palestinians despite round after round of incitement, terror, and celebration of terror raises difficult questions for Israelis. Will the spectacle of a devastated synagogue, with prayer shawls lying in blood, finally get some of the truth across? No one is betting on it. [Emphasis added.]
Meanwhile Prime Minister Binymain Netanyahu ordered, among other measures, the demolition of the two synagogue terrorists’ homes—a measure aimed at achieving deterrence against untold additional numbers of otherwise undeterrable, “Allahu Akbar”-shouting lone wolves.
It’s a matter of time—not much time—before the condemnations of that measure start rolling in.
AND ANOTHER UPDATE:
The Israeli death toll has now risen to five.
The death toll in Tuesday’s terrorist attack at a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem has risen to five, after an officer who was fatally wounded in the attack died of his wounds Tuesday night.
The latest victim has been identified as Zidan Seyf, 27, a police officer from the Arab village town of Yanuh-Jat, located in northern Israel, northeast of the city of Akko.
Just hours after four Jews were murdered praying at a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof, a young Jew in his 20s was attacked by two Arab assailants armed with iron bars in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday night.
The attack took place at the Old City’s New Gate, located in the north-western corner of the Old City and not far from the Jerusalem Municipalitybuilding.
The two Arab attackers fell upon their victim as he was riding a bicycle, hitting him with iron bars and leaving him moderately wounded.
The youth was treated on the scene by Magen David Adom (MDA) medics and evacuated to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in the capital.
Police are searching for the two attackers, who fled from the scene of the crime.
Arab violence likewise continued unabated elsewhere in Jerusalem on Tuesday night, as dozens of masked Arab rioters hurled rocks and shot fireworks at Border Patrol forces and police forces in the Jabel Mukabar neighborhood where the two terrorists who conducted the morning’sattack hailed from.
The rioters set tires and garbage bins on fire; security forces responded by using riot dispersal methods.