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  • Tom Friedman needs to get an inoculation (attacking BDS) before he can say how bad Israel is
    • Two things Israel is a pretend democracy much like that of Iran. It is also a pretend Jewish State. Its values are the antithesis of those of Judaism.

      A state whose foundation is the continual breach of the Covenants, most particularly the 10th, can never ever be a Jewish state in the eyes of God.

  • DEAL!
    • Influencial Israeli's have proposed that Israel nuke Iran's nuclear sites if there is a bad deal. Trade the nukes at the table, not in the air. The President has stated "all options are on the table" and asked Netenyahu and Congress for a "viable alternative". Congress with Netenyahu's approval ought to specify exactly the future prohibitions on Iran. Secretary Kerry then invokes the "special relationship" to trade reduced Israeli nukes for Congress' desired prohibitions. Thus we present Iran with a carrot. Ah, the stick would be to prod our ally into reducing its nukes and accepting inspections. With regard to proliferation, it is a win-win solution.

  • Ros-Lehtinen removes pro-Palestinian activists from Congressional hearing on punishing PA for joining ICC
    • Several states have the Initiative process. In Ohio one must write a single purpose law; for example repeal the authority to purchase foreign bonds (Ohio holds $109,000,000 of Israeli bonds) Gather 1,000 signatures then submit to the state. The attorney general reviews the language, then on to the state legislature. It it fails to act then one must gather signatures equally 6% of the last vote for governor. Perhaps 250,000 signatures of registered voters. Then it goes on the ballot. Then voters decide if Ohio tax money is spent in Ohio or in Israel.

      The initiative process can propose tax legislation to tax revenue of Ohio residents who serve in elected positions where revenue, campaing contributions are made by non-Ohio residents. Rate could be 75%. Such an act would buttress state rights.

  • The ‘hasbara’ tweeps who brought down Jim Clancy, and their ties to Israel and the Israel lobby
    • In all my years this is the first time I learned that "cripple" was a derogatory comment. While I have not used the word. I always felt that it was an adequated description of a person with ambulatory difficulties.

  • Ohio treasurer fights divestment from the 'beacon of American values' in the Middle East
    • A recent column in a community newspaper on Josh follows:

      Congrats, to Josh Mandel for further instilling the AIPAC’er ideology in Ohio government. Now, Ohio municipal and school administrators will quit complaining about the cessation of state funding. The cessation of local funding has created surpluses in the Ohio treasury. Consequently, Josh Mandel has increased transfers of Ohio money to Israel. The 2013 transfers amount to $26,000,000; the 2014 transfers exceed $48,000,000. Ohio holds $109,000,000 of Israeli bonds which have a significant default risk. Ohio administrators should now be placated, with the knowledge that their lost revenue has gone to Israel, our allied ethnocracy.

      In an August 8th Washington Times advertisement for Israeli bonds, Josh Mandel adroitly explains why Ohio is holding the $109,000,000 of Israeli bonds. Cynics may question why Josh is promoting investment in Israel, instead of investment in Ohio. For Josh, that question is unfair, since it goes to the essence of his AIPAC ideology.

      Mandel’s decision to benefit Israel instead of Ohio, was a knee jerk decision. To benefit Israel overshadows all other considerations. Josh is unable to consider-- that Investing $109,000,000 of Ohio’s money, in Ohio, would grow Ohio’s economy.

      In the Washington Times ad, Mandel boasts that Ohio holds more Israeli bonds than any other state, that the bonds are earning a comparable interest rate and that it is good for Ohio. The Israeli bonds do generate income; for example, it is about 1/5th of the dividend rate of P&G. Plus P&G stock appreciates in value; the bonds do not appreciate. There is no market for the bonds. The bonds cannot be redeemed. AIPAC is entrenched in Ohio, these Israeli bonds will be rolled-over, time and again. The bond purchases will increase.

      Israeli bonds may have AAA ratings, but keep in mind that the rating firms were wrong before. Iceland and Ireland central banks tanked because of the AAA ratings of mortgage backed securities.

      Mandel and his AIPAC cohorts believe that Israeli full faith & credit will prevent default. Yet, in contradiction, their hasbara asserts that Israel is a small country surrounded by enemies that are committed to the destruction of the Jewish state, and that nukes may be traded with Iran (not at the table, of course, but in the skies). Assuming the contradiction is even partially true, it is clear that Israeli bonds carry a significant default risk.

      But if there is peace, does the default risk diminish? Not really. American and universal principles require that compensation be paid for Arab real estate, factories, and businesses that were expropriated, or that the properties be returned. Payment of compensation has been a part of comprehensive peace plans. The resultant liability could easily exceed the sum of Israeli assets. The repayment would take priority. In such harsh times, plausibly a rabbinical ruling could issue, that God’s will is to not repay the bonds. Or Ohio may simply forgive the $109,000,000 bond liability.

      In conclusion Ohio’s $109,000,000 Israeli bond holding will continue to increase, will earn token interest, and the principal will never be repaid. If your loyalties lie with Ohio, write your state representative urging a repeal of foreign bond buying authority, under Ohio Revised Code 135.143(A)(10).

  • Exclusive: Al Jazeera English’s online US broadcast to end with the launch of Al Jazeera America
    • Hopefully Al Jazerra continues on the satellite. No cost, no commercials. Its documentary on Jaffa, blew me away. The channel is a bit slanted, but all in all, it's what I watch.

  • Covering Hamas and Palestinian society: A response to Peter Beinart
    • Until 1970 women did not run in marathons in USA. Women covered their heads in church in the 50's & 60's in the US. They wore gloves and hats in public.

      My suggestion is to consider this problem in the future state. To many the one state is inevitable. Most potential problems including Gender equality ought to be identified. Write a constitution considering these projected problems, along with the desires of all segments. Form a consensus on it, at this site, then proselytize.

      Beinhart wants us to consider the problem. Why not propose a resolution?

  • Visualizing Palestine: Imagine if you were born at an Israeli checkpoint
  • Sheldon Adelson's daughter rams 'Democracy Now' crew as it questions her dad
    • Mormon dogma is severely opposed to gambling. It does not permit the use of profits from gambling, only from true work. Surely, Mitt will not accept money from abortion clinics to assuage Catholics. But he takes it from the largest gambling conglomerate in contravention of his Mormon dogma.

  • My spirit is American (a religious manifesto)
    • Most of world stood silent when 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, so I don’t really give much weight to world opinion.

      Not so, USA etc learn of crematories at concentration camps, as Germany was conquered. You write that we looked away. We know the phrase "good German" . How many good Germans are in Israel today? so many. How many Good Germans are in Congress today. too many. Joe "the good german" Lieberman

  • How to win friends and influence people -- to bomb Iran
    • 6/8/1967 USS Liberty subjected to coordinated attack. After 5 hours of surveilance by Israeli's planes. at least ten sorties killed 10 or 11 sailors. All antena's of this spy ship blown off. Hundreds or rocket holes in the ship. Ship was doused in napalm. Subsequent to the Mirage attack, 3 torpedo boats appeared. One torpedo hit the underwater section holding the operators of the spy equipment. 24 AMerican died in that hold. All total 34 dead. 171 wounded. While the naplam was being extinguished the torpedo boats machined gunned the sailors. Abandon Ship was signaled but withdrawn. Three life rafts for the most severly wounded were set out. But the Israeli boats destroyed them. A war crime. There was a cover up investigation. Sailors were ordered not to speak about the masacre. After 15 years the survivors began the effort to publicize the truth. On June 9 Israel attacked Syria.

  • Rendell (of MSNBC and Friends of IDF) is under investigation for ties to Iranian terror group
    • Why is it thought that the MKO is financed by ISrael? perhaps, Israel is funding the lobbyists. The MKO has the underground organization in Iran. Israel needs assassins. What other proof is there that Israel finances the MKO?

      Iran executed 78,000 of MKO's captured members after the war with Iraq. The MKO aided in the brutal suppression of the Basra insurrection. What is strange about the Maryam and her MKO is that it is a cult. It is a religion unto itself.

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    • Sorry, here is the corrected version of the post

      Frequently we hear "no option is off the table". What are the options: sanctions and threats of air strikes. A tenet of good faith negotiations is to offer a benefit. Could there be a win-win scenario? We know what Iran has to offer-- a cessation of uranium enrichment, that is adequately monitored to the satisfaction of Israel & the West. But what could the Israeli's and Americans offer? To those saying no offers, please realize that threats only harden positions. Pushing America to a war may spawn USA's bankruptcy, sunken air craft carriers and 10,000 body bags.

      What to offer? Iran will not be satisfied with money, factories or the like. Offer Iran something that fits its ideology. Practically we can not establish Shia states, or even free Shia areas of the Gulf. Iran's regime is committed to the Palestinian fate. In sense what has been dealt the Palestinians drives the Iranian animosity to the west as in "Great Satan" and "Little Satan".

      Perhaps a substantial benefit to the Palestinians will be a quid pro quo that is accepted in exchange for cessation of nuclear armament. What is the substantial benefit? The benefit must be real and relatively immediate. The benefit must be measurable and profound. A promise to pull back the settlements will not appeal to the mullahs. A benefit with an element of truth and justice will appeal worldwide.

      Iran's Ayatollah Khameineh may agree upon Israel allowing the return of a fixed number of indigenous Palestinians to Israel. Trade potential bombs for the exercise of the right of return. Israel and its apologists then decide between its fear of Palestinian returnees and of nuclear bombs. Pick a number 500,000, 700,000 or 1,000,000 returnees in exchange for nuclear non-proliferation.

      I would like to sign an internet petition to this effect.

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