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The Koran and Jihad
Not once does he mention that many of the 700,000 Arabs who left fled at the instructions of their own leaders, and that the population transfer occurred after the armies of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon attacked the tiny Jewish state. The fact that multiple invasions were in progress when the population transfers occurred is never mentioned, which is rather like talking about radiation levels in Hiroshima without mentioning World War II.

Nowhere does Polk mention that 800,000 Jews were expelled from Muslim countries during and shortly after the War of Independence, and that the tiny Jewish state integrated them while the Palestinian refugees were kept apart as political hostages. He makes a great deal of the alleged Israeli massacre of Arabs at Deir Yassin, but cites none of the extensive literature contesting this accusation. Eliezer Tauber’s 2017 monograph, Deir Yassin: The End of the Myth, puts the total casualty count at 101, not the 250 cited by Polk, and shows that civilian casualties were collateral rather than intentional....

It also is the case that the imperialists often were far more generous and tolerant than the locals. India is a majority Hindu nation today—and a democracy—because the British turned the balance of power against Islam, and introduced a national civil service and railway system that unified the subcontinent for the first time in its history. It is also true that the British grew opium in Bengal and forced China to buy it, with dreadful consequences about which the Chinese are justifiably rancorous. But the fact is that no one has oppressed the peoples of the Global South like other peoples of the Global South. Tamerlane, the most successful of all jihadists, goes entirely unmentioned.
islam  History  Britain  Israel  Israel-Palestine  Books  ClaremontInstitute 
june 2019 by HispanicPundit
10 Things No One Tells You About... Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv comes alive at night. Regardless of what night of the week it is, there’s always a party somewhere, even on Shabbat. Clubs pulsing house music until 5:00am on a Tuesday, underwear parties on the beach — nothing is off-limits in Tel Aviv! A great place to kick things off is popular bar chain Cofix,
Israel  Travel  TPG 
june 2017 by HispanicPundit
Why is male life expectancy so high in Israel? - Marginal REVOLUTION
I am very much against the draft outside of extreme military emergencies, but I suspect when the economic history of the American 20th century is written, the end of the draft will play some significant role in explaining the evolution of conditions for the deplorables.
military  draft  health  Israel  cowen 
february 2017 by HispanicPundit
Trump’s Statement on Settlements Doesn’t Mean What You Think - The American Interest
But we wouldn’t be surprised if the White House’s about-face was calculated to give Netanyahu some breathing room until he and Trump have a chance to sit down in Washington next month.
israel-palestine  Israel  TrumpAdministration  AmericanInterest 
february 2017 by HispanicPundit
How to get to Israel with American AAdvantage miles in Business Class | MileCards.com
Another option is to fly on an award ticket to Europe and buy a cheap ticket onward, while paying fewer miles. You’ll save 30,000 miles on a round trip Economy Class ticket and 35,000 miles on a round trip Business Class ticket by booking award to a destination in Europe like Rome and taking advantage of American’s cheaper U.S. to Europe mileage prices. Rome is a good gateway to Israel, with nonstop flights to Tel Aviv for less than $300 roundtrip. And spending $300 to save 30,000 miles is not a bad trade.
AmericanAirlines  israel  Europe  MileCards 
august 2015 by HispanicPundit
End Military Aid to Israel and Egypt and ..., David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
Corinne and Robert Sauer, founders of the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, have taken up a proposal put forth in 2003 by Erez Raphaeli, an independent researcher. He contended that ending the nearly $5 billion in annual U.S. military aid to Israel and Egypt, as well as to Jordan, Lebanon, and the Palestinians, would actually improve the military position of Israel, the U.S.'s strongest ally in the region, and limit an arms race that the Sauers, both free-market economists, argue is essentially spiraling out of control. If the military aid, part of $7.1 billion in grants that the U.S. awards each year in the Middle East, were to be withdrawn, the Arab countries would have difficulty replacing it, and Israel thus could downsize its military, argues Robert Sauer, who is also an economics professor at Royal Holloway, a college of the University of London.
henderson  sidebar  israel  MiddleEast  foreignaid 
march 2013 by HispanicPundit
How We Became Israel | The American Conservative
Israel is a small country with a small population and no shortage of hostile neighbors. Ours is a huge country with an enormous population and no enemy, unless you count the Cuban-Venezuelan Axis of Ailing Dictators, within several thousand miles. We have choices that Israel does not. Yet in disregarding those choices the United States has stumbled willy-nilly into an Israeli-like condition of perpetual war, with peace increasingly tied to unrealistic expectations of adversaries and would-be adversaries acquiescing in Washington’s will.
bacevich  foreignpolicy  americanconservative  sidebar  israel 
february 2013 by HispanicPundit
Gaza blockade consequences: 17-28 percent welfare reduction on average.
These empirical findings support, I think, the old-timey view of a blockage as an act of war. Beyond that it's a reminder that for the vast majority of the global poor lucky enough not to be living under a unilaterally imposed blockade, one of the most helpful things that can be done is to enhance their access to global markets.
sidebar  yglesias  embargo  israel  Gaza  globalization 
november 2012 by HispanicPundit
Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog: The Deal
The deal struck at Camp David in 1978 was, very roughly, that, in return for no more war, the U.S. would give Israel $3 billion per year and Egypt $2 billion per year, or $50 per Egyptian per year. That wasn't bad money back then.
egypt  foreignpolicy  Israel  sailer  sidebar 
february 2011 by HispanicPundit
Yglesias » Most Arabs Ready for Peace
"Matt Duss runs down a recent poll of Arab public opinion which shows that 86 percent of respondents across various countries want to see peace “if Israel is willing to return all 1967 territories including East Jerusalem.” "
Israel-Palestine  polls  Israel  yglesias  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
No Surprises in UN’s Biased Flotilla Report | FrumForum
"Following the release of the UNHRC report, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “in view of the biased, politicized and extremist approach of the same Human Rights Council that initiated the skewed Goldstone Report, Israel sees no reason to cooperate with this commission.” In light of the outcome of the Commission’s findings, it is easy to understand why. Notwithstanding, Israel is however cooperating with a separate UN enquiry established by UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon and headed by New Zealand’s former Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer. This commission has yet to finalize and publish its findings."
UN  Israel  Israel-Palestine  FrumForum  sidebar 
september 2010 by HispanicPundit
Ezra Klein - What would an Israeli attack on Iran make better?
"To put this another way, the Israeli government is currently willing to do dangerous things when they involve firepower -- like attacking Iran or bombing Gaza -- but not hard things when they involve fighting domestic battles to restart to the peace process and reverse the settlements. That's a world in which their central problem keeps getting worse, and there is no hope of it getting better. I'd be a lot more likely to support "dangerous things Israel thinks to be necessary" if Israel seemed more interested in doing the hard things everyone knows to be necessary."
Israel  iran  foreignpolicy  klein  sidebar 
august 2010 by HispanicPundit
The New Face of the IDF | FrumForum
"A little bit of history was made today when Cpl. Elinor Jozef, became the first female Arab combat solider in the history of the Israeli Defense Forces."
Israel  FrumForum  sidebar 
july 2010 by HispanicPundit
Frum's Case For Israel | Politics | The American Scene
"The realist case for a strong relationship with Israel today revolves primarily around the claim that we have common enemies: that we’re both fighting against radical Islamic terror groups, and that America’s own Arab allies actually appreciate that Israel is fighting these groups because they are a threat to them as well. And, as Frum surely knows, there is real debate about whether our close relationship with Israel makes this fight easier or more difficult, as well as what exactly countries like Egypt and Saudi Arabia “really” want Israel or us to do. This is the Middle East: everyone has at least six contradictory agendas, some so secret even they themselves don’t know them."
Israel  foreignpolicy  frum  AmericanScene  sidebar 
july 2010 by HispanicPundit
Obama Widens the Gap with Israel | FrumForum
"Obama this summer abandoned a 40-year-old understanding between the United States and Israel over nuclear policy. Back in the Nixon administration, it was agreed that Israel would not acknowledge itself a nuclear power and would not threaten its neighbors with nuclear weapons. In return, the United States would protect Israel from pressure to surrender its weapons."
Israel  nuclear  obamaadministration  foreignpolicy  Frum  sidebar 
july 2010 by HispanicPundit
democracyarsenal.org: What Obama and Netanyahu Should Discuss
"From an operational, tactical, and strategic standpoint, Israel's handling of the flotilla incident did not improve its overall security -- it only maintained an unsustainable and fragile status quo. In turn, it is not clear that it would obtain better results through a strike on Iran, especially as few analysts think that military action against Iran's nuclear infrastructure would stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The most obvious nuclear targets -- above ground nuclear facilities -- are only one part of a vast and growing network of facilities, many of which are underground. The hidden facilities would remain and a preemptive strike would probably both motivate the regime to redouble its efforts to seek the bomb and bestow Tehran with more room to maneuver from the international community than it deserves."
iran  Israel  foreignpolicy  cohen  sidebar 
july 2010 by HispanicPundit
If You Attack Aid Flotillas, the Terrorists Will Have Won - International - The Atlantic
"From the perspective not only of the Israeli center but of people who consider themselves basically on the left, though not the far left, when Israel unilaterally left Gaza that meant the Gazans "got what they wanted" and left no basis for continued hostilities. The fact that, after the withdrawal, Hamas rained mortars and rockets down on Israeli territory, proved that Hamas had no "legitimate" political goals but was simply interested in destroying Israel and killing Jews. After that, whatever Gaza got, from their perspective, they had coming to them, and there's nothing more to say."
Israel  mcardle  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
Israel was right to board the Gaza flotilla - The Daily Beast
"Regarding international law, blockades are quite legal. The United States and Britain were at war with Germany and Japan and blockaded them. I can't remember international lawyers saying those blockades were illegal—even though they took place on the high seas in international waters. There would be a general violation only if the hostile actions against the ships took place in waters under the jurisdiction of another sovereign state. Thus, for example, if the Israelis stopped the ships in Egyptian waters, that would have been a violation."
Israel  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
Israel Scores an Own-Goal - International - The Atlantic
"But then I realized that the ships were in international waters, and had every right to attack armed men attempting to board their ship. It was not precisely bright, mind you--unless you're looking to die for a cause. But Israel had no right to be there. I think their establishment has gotten a little too caught up in the romance of illicit raids tacitly greenlighted by the US. Suddenly every operation is Entebbe."
Israel  mcardle  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
How the Flotilla Targeted Public Opinion | FrumForum
"George Friedman has written an article explaining how the planners behind the pro-Gaza flotilla wanted to influence public opinion:"
Israel  frum  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
Gross: The Real Story Behind the “Peace” Convoy | FrumForum
"In his latest Mideast Dispatch, Tom Gross collects videos of Israeli soldiers being attacked by the “peace activists” on the Gaza-bound flotilla and reviews the world’s overreaction to the incident."
Israel  frum  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
Phillips: Convoy’s Goal Was to “Incite Violent Uprising” | FrumForum
"On her blog at The Spectator, Melanie Phillips argues that the Gaza-bound flotilla was not a peace convoy but an Islamist terror ambush."
Israel  frum  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
Israel Only Acts When the World Fails To | FrumForum
Many times its the failure of the international community that makes Israel act.
Israel  foreignpolicy  iraq  FrumForum  sidebar 
march 2010 by HispanicPundit

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