Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
John Kerry just couldn't resist.
Even though his pubic career is about to end--even though the Israeli-Palestinian "peace process" is long dead--even though he has absolutely nothing to gain from it--the 73 year-old Kerry just could not resist unleashing one final blast at Israel.
Kerry's disingenuous and mean-spirited attack on Israel at the Saban Forum on Sunday served as a powerful reminder of how good it is that he is about to leave office--and how dangerous for Israel it would have been if he had remained as secretary of state.
Kerry said he finds it "profoundly disturbing" that many members of the Israel cabinet think a Palestinian state isn't such a great idea. Kerry acts as if Palestinian statehood has been an enshrined part of U.S. policy since time immemorial. In fact, only two presidents have endorsed Palestinian statehood; it has been part of U.S. foreign policy for only a very brief time. Future presidents have every right to disagree with the wisdom of that proposal. And certainly Israeli cabinet members have even more of a right to question its wisdom.
"There will be no advance and no separate peace with the Arab world without the Palestinian process and Palestinian peace," Kerry absurdly declared. Apparently he has forgotten that Israel already has separate peace treaties with two of the four neighboring Arab states, Egypt and Jordan. Israel does not need a peace treaty with Lebanon, and Israel has nothing to gain from a peace treaty with Syria, since Syria is no longer a functioning state. So what "peace with the Arab world" is Kerry blabbering about? Does Israel really need the recognition of Morocco or Qatar?
Kerry also rambled off into a long denunciation of "the settlements" for supposedly "blocking peace." He said how bothered he was that Israel has ignored his "warnings" about settlements.
Maybe one of the reasons Israel has ignored those "warnings" is that Israelis are sick and tired of Kerry's hypocritical lecturing. He never says a word about the massive illegal Palestinian construction in the territories. He acts as if it's a given that a Jew residing in Judea-Samaria or many parts of Jerusalem is illegal and illegitimate while it's perfectly fine for Arabs to build anywhere and everywhere they please.
At the Saban Forum, Kerry also launched into another tired recitation of the claim that Israel's "can't be both democratic and Jewish" unless it permits creation of a Palestinian state.
This old canard has been discredited innumerable times, but Kerry just won't let go of it. "There are more Arabs than Jews living between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River," Kerry pompously asserted, as if Israelis are unaware of that questionable fact, which demographic changes are altering.
Yes, there are a lot of Arabs living in those territories. But they're not Israeli citizens. They're citizens of the Palestinian Authority. There is no threat to Israel's democratic majority, because non-citizens don't vote in Israel--just as they don't vote in the United States or any other country. The "demographic threat" is a myth.
Kerry has repeatedly demonstrated both a poor grasp of the facts and a troubling willingness to harass, threaten, and pressure Israel.
In February 2014, he warned that if Israel did not make more concessions to the Palestinians, it would face “an increasing delegitimization campaign”--a campaign that he boosted with his comment, as he surely knew he would. In April 2004, he said Israel would turn into "an apartheid state" if it did not quickly agree to a Palestinian state.
Last October, Kerry declared at Harvard University that "there's been a massive increase in settlements over the course of the last years" --a total lie, since Israel has not authorized the establishment of a single new "settlement" in Judea-Samaria since Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin froze the creation of new communities there in 1992. Even worse, he said the mythical settlement-building causes Palestinian "frustration" which then causes Palestinian violence--thereby providing a justification for Palestinian Arabs to stab, shoot, bomb and run over Israelis.
Kerry met Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Amman last February 21. It was the height of the so-called Knife Intifada, the daily Palestinian stabbings of Israeli women and children, and incessant anti-Jewish incitement in the official PA press, radio, and television.
It could have been the moment that defined Kerry's career as secretary of state. It was his opportunity to speak the truth, to display moral fiber, to exhibit strength of character and fortitude. It was his chance to tell Abbas, in no uncertain terms, that the violence and to stop, immediately and completely, or the PA would forfeit the $500-million it receives each year from the Obama administration.
Instead, what did Kerry tell Abbas? He called for "calm and a decrease in violence, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric." That was it. "A decrease." Not an end to violence--just a decrease. Thanks a lot, Mr. Secretary.
Kerry will be remembered as a secretary of state who appeased Palestinian terrorists and tyrants, while lecturing and pressuring America's democratic ally.
Goodbye, John Kerry. We won't miss you.
(Mr. Flatow, a New Jersey attorney, is vice president of the Religious Zionists of America and the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered by Palestinian terrorists in 1995.)
Monday, December 5, 2016
A handful of nuts a day can slash your risk of heart disease and cancer.
Eating just 20 grams of nuts every day could reduce the chances of dying early by more than a fifth, scientists found.
Nuts, particularly walnuts, sunflower seeds and pecans, are high in antioxidants, thought to protect the body against cell damage.
Peanuts – technically a legume – are so healthy that a review suggests even peanut butter could help us live longer, although the sugar and salt it contains may cancel out some benefits.
An analysis of 20 studies by Imperial College London found people who ate a daily ounce of nuts slashed their risk of coronary heart disease by almost a third and their cancer risk by 15 per cent.
The findings suggest they may also prevent people dying from respiratory disease and diabetes, although there is less evidence.
Co-author Dr Dagfinn Aune, from the School of Public Health at Imperial, said: ‘We found a consistent reduction in risk across many different diseases, which is a strong indication that there is a real underlying relationship between nut consumption and different health outcomes. It’s quite a substantial effect for such a small amount of food.’
Previous studies have suggested that nuts protect the heart and prevent premature death, but there had been little evidence on cancer risk or other disease.
The review highlights that walnuts may be particularly good at warding off cancer, and peanuts at reducing the risk of stroke.
The handful of nuts a day can include tree nuts, defined as dry fruit containing one seed within the ovary wall which becomes hard at maturity. These include walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios and pecans.
However Brazil nuts, which are actually seeds, and peanuts, classified as legumes, were incorporated within the studies as they have similar nutritional properties.
Despite being high in fat, all these nuts are healthy because they contain poly-unsaturated fat, while also packing in fibre, magnesium and vitamin E. It is believed they protect against heart and blood vessel disease by helping the body break down cholesterol and cutting the body’s resistance to insulin.
The nuts in the bottom of Christmas stockings this month may also reduce cancer risk by helping the body develop new blood vessels and maintaining cells.
An average of at least 20 grams of daily nut consumption was found by the review to cut the odds of dying from respiratory disease almost in half, and cut diabetes risk by nearly 40 percent, although the researchers noted more data is needed.
There may be no need to eat any more, as the researchers found little evidence of further improvement in health by consuming above the 20 grams.
Dr Aune said: ‘Nuts and peanuts are high in fibre, magnesium, and polyunsaturated fats - nutrients that are beneficial for cutting cardiovascular disease risk and which can reduce cholesterol levels.
‘Some nuts, particularly walnuts and pecan nuts, are also high in antioxidants, which can fight oxidative stress and possibly reduce cancer risk.
‘Even though nuts are quite high in fat, they are also high in fibre and protein, and there is some evidence that suggests nuts might actually reduce your risk of obesity over time.’
The study, led by researchers from Imperial College London and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, is published in the journal BMC Medicine.
|Dennis "the Menace" Ross|
Att'y Stephen M. FlatowThe writer, a New Jersey attorney, is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered by Palestinian terrorists in 1995 on a study trip to Israel when the bus she was on exploded on her way to the beach in Gush Katif..
For nearly thirty years, Dennis Ross has been advising presidents of the United States to pursue more pro-Palestinian policies.
This week, he was at it again, offering President-elect Trump some unsolicited "tips" on the Mideast on the op-ed page of the Washington Post. Hopefully the new president will pay less attention to Ross's bad advice than his predecessors did.
Ross first came to wide public attention in 1989, when the New York Times revealed that he was one of the State Department officials responsible for convincing outgoing President Ronald Reagan and incoming President George H.W. Bush to recognize the PLO. Ross insisted that Yasir Arafat had genuinely given up terrorism. That blew up in Bush's face the following year, when PLO-affiliated terrorists tried to attack Tel Aviv beachgoers and the U.S. embassy nearby. Bush broke off the PLO ties that Ross had so carefully cultivated.
During the years following the 1993 Oslo accords, Ross was one of the architects of the Clinton administration's close relationship with Arafat. Once again, Ross claimed Arafat had become moderate.
That myth was shattered (again!) when Israel intercepted the Karine A, a Palestinian ship full of weapons that Arafat tried to smuggle into the Palestinian Authority's territories in January 2002. The ship contained 50 tons of weapons and 700,000 rounds of ammunition.
But Ross soon did it again.
From 2009 to 2011, he served as a senior aide to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and as Middle East director on the National Security Council. Those were the years when Hamas was starting to build tunnels to enable its terrorists to reach Israel from Gaza, and the Israelis began restricting the importation to Gaza of building materials that could be used for the tunnels. So the Obama administration sent Ross to the region--to pressure Israel.
Ross later admitted what he did: "I argued with Israeli leaders and security officials, telling them they needed to allow more construction materials, including cement, into Gaza so that housing, schools and basic infrastructure could be built. They countered that Hamas would misuse it, and they were right.”
The result? Hamas built "a labyrinth of underground tunnels, bunkers, command posts and shelters for its leaders, fighters and rockets,"
Ross acknowledged. They built them with "an estimated 600,000 tons of cement," some of which was "diverted from construction materials allowed into Gaza." (Washington Post, Aug. 8, 2014)
Despite this record of being consistently wrong on Israel and the Palestinians, Ross is at it again.
In a December 1, 2016 op-ed in the Washington Post titled "Tips for Trump on the Middle East," Ross offers the next president some suggestions that he says will advance the cause of Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Just as in the past, Ross pretends he is calling for concessions by both sides. But the concessions by the Israelis would all be concrete and almost irreversible, while the "concessions" by the Palestinians are all rhetorical and could be reversed at any moment.
Israel, he proposes, should officially announced that it would "no longer build outside the settlement blocs."
That would mean a complete freeze on all Jewish construction in the vast majority of the Judea-Samaria region. In the affected areas, a young Jewish family that has a new baby would not be permitted to build another room in their house to serve as a nursery. A kindergarten would not permitted to expand its playground. Jewish life would be effectively choked off.
If Israel tried to reverse such an officially-announced freeze, it would face international condemnation and maybe even sanctions. Meaning that the freeze would probably be irreversible.
What "concessions" would the Palestinians have to make in exchange, according to Ross?
They would "acknowledge that there are two national movements requiring two states for two peoples" and they would "end [their] efforts to delegitimize Israel in all international forums."
The first part of that formulation is obviously vague, and falls far short of recognizing the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state. The second part means that the Palestinian Authority would temporarily stop introducing anti-Israel resolutions (big deal)--something that they could renew the minute they dislike some Israeli policy.
So once again, Israel would get vague rhetorical assurances, while the Palestinians would get tangible territorial and diplomatic gains.
That strategy didn't work in 1989, when the U.S. recognized the PLO. It didn't work in the 1990s, when the U.S. embraced Arafat again. And it didn't work in 2009, when the U.S. pressured Israel on the Gaza construction materials.
So why should anyone think that Ross's current advice would be any better than the mistaken and dangerous advice he has offered in the past?
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Skverer Chassidim Buy Houses near Skver and rent them out to Latinos to stop Frum people from buying the houses!
It seems that New Square doesn't care about anyone except for Skverrer Chassidim!
In an effort to keep the area around New Square "Judenrein," New Square started buying up property around New Square and renting them out to Latinos, bringing up the crime rate!
Recently they threatened the Kosiner Rebbe that had the "Chutzpeh" to buy a home in the area.
This idea that Jews cannot live near another Jewish Kehilah is crazy .....and never ever been practiced.
The Skverer Rebbe Shlitah is frightened that if other Jews move nearby the residents of New Skver will emulate their "modern" ways, and become Chas Ve'sholom ...Modern, or even worse Satmar Chassidim!
A case of clerical error by New Jersey police led to a 10-hour “disappearance” of a Lakewood woman last week after a car accident left her unconscious and unable to contact family members.
The woman in question, age 62, left her home in Borough Park, Brooklyn last week at around 10 a.m., heading for a meeting in Lakewood, New Jersey.
During the drive, however, the woman was involved in a serious accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, leaving her severely injured and rendering her unconscious.
Emergency rescue teams were called to the scene some 25 minutes after the accident to extract her from the vehicle, which was so heavily damaged in the incident emergency responders had to cut the car to reach the woman.
After the accident, the woman was evacuated to the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Jersey, still listed as “Jane Doe”, her condition critical but stable.
While authorities typically identify victims who are unable to notify friends or family of their condition, using license plates or IDs carried on the individual’s person, in this case local police failed to do so for some 10 hours.
In the meantime, the woman’s family was unaware of what had transpired and grew increasingly anxious about her unexplained absence.
Calls to the woman’s cellular phone were not answered, and calls to a local hospital showed no listings for the woman in question.
Later, police were contacted to help locate the woman, and a mission persons report filed.
Finally, at around 9:00 p.m. that night, an officer arrived at the woman’s home to notify her husband of the accident and her condition.
Mr. Trump talks to the president
of Taiwan, becoming the first
U.S. president or president-elect
to do so since 1979.
Why it matters
The call with President Tsai Ing-wen risks infuriating China, which wants to bring Taiwan back under mainland rule. By honoring the Taiwanese president with a formal call, Mr. Trump’s transition team implicitly suggests that it considers Taiwan an independent state. The U.S. has declined to recognize Taiwan since 1979, when it shifted recognition to the government in Beijing. Taiwan itself has yet to declare formal independence. Mr. Trump tweeted, “The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency.”
Mr. Trump endorses the Philippines’
violent antidrug campaign,
says President Rodrigo Duterte.
Why it matters
Mr. Duterte has been accused of gross human rights abuses, referred to President Obama as a “son of a bitch” and declared his country’s “separation” from the U.S. during a recent trip to Beijing. Mr. Duterte said the president-elect was “quite sensitive” to “our worry about drugs” and that his country’s crackdown on drug users was being conducted “the right way.” There was no immediate response from Mr. Trump to Mr. Duterte’s description of the phone call or to a Reuters report that Mr. Trump invited the Philippines president to Washington.
Mr. Trump praises Kazakhstan’s
leader for “fantastic success.”
Why it matters
Mr. Trump praised Nursultan A. Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan since 1991, in tones that suggest approval for Mr. Nazarbayev’s strongman rule. According to the Kazakh government’s readout of the call, Mr. Trump “stressed that under the leadership of Nursultan Nazarbayev, our country over the years of independence had achieved fantastic success that can be called a ‘miracle.’”
Mr. Trump accepts an invitation to
visit Pakistan, “a terrific country.”
Why it matters
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif invited Mr. Trump to visit, according to a Pakistani government readout of their call. Should Mr. Trump follow through, he risks alienating India, which sees Pakistan as a major antagonist, and appearing to reward Pakistan’s behavior; should he renege, he risks upsetting Pakistani leaders who are sensitive about perceived American intransigence. Either way, the call could upset the delicate balance of India-Pakistan ties, which the U.S. has struggled to manage amid a history of wars and recent skirmishes.
Ivanka Trump joins a meeting
with the Japanese prime minister.
Why it matters
Rather than inviting State Department officials to staff his meeting with Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, Mr. Trump invited his daughter Ivanka. The meeting alarmed diplomats, who worried that Mr. Trump lacked preparation after a long record of criticizing Japan. It also blurred the line between Mr. Trump’s businesses, which Ms. Trump helps run, and the U.S. government, with which she has no role.
After brushing off the United Kingdom,
Mr. Trump offers a casual invitation
to the British prime minister.
Why it matters
Mr. Trump spoke to nine other leaders before British Prime Minister Theresa May, an unusual break with the two countries’ long-standing special relationship. “If you travel to the US you should let me know,” he told her, far short of a formal invitation.Trump also met with Nigel Farage, former leader of the fringe U.K. Independence Party — a slap to Ms. May. He later said that Mr. Farage should become the British ambassador to the United States, though presidents typically avoid telling foreign counterparts how to staff their governments.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Tragedy struck the Williamsburg community on Thursday, when 21-year-old Moshe Yehuda Viner was R”L killed in an accident on Kent Avenue on Thursday morning.
His jacket reportedly got caught in the truck he had just finished unloading at a construction site – and was R”L dragged down the street.
Hatzolah and FDNY-EMS responded to the scene at Kent Avenue and South 10 Street at 11:18AM, and found the victim with serious injuries.
He was transported to the hospital by FDNY-EMS and Williamsburg Hatzolah Paramedics.
Unfortunately, he turned extremely critical after arriving at the hospital, and was Niftar around 1:30PM.
The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad was on the scene conducting an investigation.
The Niftar was a Talmid of Satmar UTA in Boro Park, and in Satmar Kiryas Yoel Mesivta. He got married just last year.
The Levaya will be held tonight (Thursday) at 8:00PM at the Satmar Bais HaMedrash on Hooper Street in Williamsburg, followed by a Levaya and Kevura at the Satmar cemetery in Kiryas Yoel.
Boruch Dayan HaEmmes…
US officials: "Obama has nearly ruled out UN action on Israel"
President Barack Obama has nearly ruled out any major last-ditch effort to put pressure on Israel over stalled peace negotiations with the Palestinians, US officials said, indicating Obama will likely avoid one last row with Israel’s government as he leaves office.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The left and the Democrats are continuing to spin out of control. They do not know what has happened to them. They are still blaming polls.
Nate Silver is the latest target for the Democrats. Nate Silver didn't use the polling data correctly and misled Democrat voters.
Obama is out there; he's gone to Rolling Stone magazine to complain about fake news! Rolling Stone magazine just lost a lawsuit of something like $7 million about their fake rape story at the University of Virginia.
You know, an infobabe reporter made it all up and then blamed it on a source. Well, the source may have made it up and the infobabe didn't question it because the infobabe wanted the story to be true, but none of it was true. And yet there's Obama at Rolling Stone, praising them as the kind of news media we need in order to get the country back on the right track. A fake news story in Rolling Stone that's probably gonna cost 'em more than $7.5 million in damages, and there Obama is complaining about fake news to one of their reporters.
And then he said that Hillary lost because the rubes in flyover country watch Fox News, that Fox News is on in all the bars.
What did he say? Fox is on in the bars and the restaurants.
Well, CNN's on in all the airports. That's the only place people watch CNN I think is at the airports.
So he's out complaining, talking to a company that's gonna get sued or have a judgment against them for $7.5 million for running a fake story on rape and then, once again, falling back on blaming Fox News for running fake news stories.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Former US president Jimmy Carter penned an op-ed in The New York Times Monday imploring President Barack Obama to formally recognize a Palestinian state before Donald Trump takes office in January.