Jonathan Mark's blog

Your Best Friend's Yahrtzeit

On the rebbe's 16th yahrtzeit, a memory from Chief Rabbi Lau; a story about the rebbe and Viktor Frankl; and considering some of the recent speculation about the rebbe's Parisian days, here's David Bezborodko's memories of the rebbe in Paris.

And a story passed along from the Avner Institute:

Day of the Locust (in the wake of the flotilla)

Don't be fooled by the noise against Israel, the clacking of locusts in a darkening sky. Maybe Obama's buying into it, announcing a $400 million gift to the Palestinians, including the Gaza of Hamas, which is like a geek handing over his lunch money to the bully in the playground, and there are plenty of Jews who crumple whenever the sky blackens, but most Americans aren't buying it.

I'm not buying it, either.

Look Who's In The World - Turks & Kuwaitis On Israel's Side (And They Love Us In Sierra Leone)

Blogs can go either way -- both good. Sometimes we react quickly, perhaps too quickly, to events. But when news is breaking, as was the case with the flotilla, blogs are a way to share information and emotion immediately.

TV Clip: George Will & Liz Cheney Defend Israel -- and some Helen Thomas links

On ABC's "This Week," George Will and Liz Cheney do a great job defending Israel versus Huffington and Markos, worth catching.

And here are some interesting links regarding Helen Thomas:

Rabin & Arafat Agreed -- Their Oslo Accords Justify Israel Smacking Flotilla

 

While there's been no shortage of Jews who insist that Israel was wrong to stop and board the terrorist flotilla. there's been a curious disconnect. Most of the Jews who got the most sea-sick by Israel's self-defense are the same Jews who constantly want Israel pressured to get more involved in the peace process.

But what do the existing agreements of the peace process have to say about Israel's rights to control the waters off the Gaza coast?

Weakness Was Invitation: Israel's Appeasement of Turkey Brought The Flotilla

In light of the flotilla, here's an interesting piece looking at Turkish provocations and Israeli roll-overs, from last winter's Azure, "A State In Need Of A Spine." Israel didn't get "credit" or public relations points for appeasement, it got the flotilla disaster, and nothing that came before mattered.. Weakness was what Israel advertised and that worked as well as ever. A prescient piece from February.

Just Torpedo The Next Flotilla

The beauty of the almost unanimous international condemnation of Israel for attempting to stop the terrorist flotilla like gentlemen -- using paint guns? -- instead of using serious military force, should send a message to Jews: You can't win by being polite to terrorists who have a schoolyard bully mentality. Weakness brings out even more outrageous behavior in bullies.

Days of Heaven

"Any dispute that is for the sake of Heaven (l'shaim Shamayim) will have a constructive outcome, but one that is not for the sake of Heaven will not have a constructive outcome" [Pirkei Avot 5:20].

Beinart's Jews: Fries, Jam & Chocolate for Hamas, Not One Word For Shalit

We've established previously that Peter Beinart lied about Netanyahu not supporting the Oslo accords, when he did support the Oslo accords, and that Beinart, when not lying is distorting, such as claiming that Netanyahu opposed a Palestinian state -- which he did oppose in 1993, without Beinart adding  the all-important fact that Netanyahu supports a Palestinian state today.

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