Headline at Mondoweiss: “Israeli ambassador’s present to Obama — settlement cufflinks!”
Could they look anymore uncomfortable with each other?
Mondoweiss The new Israeli ambassador presented his credentials yesterday and tweeted, “Pic w/Pres. Obama-I look fwd to working w/you & your admin to make the bonds b/w Israel & America stronger than ever.’” And he gave the president some cufflinks.
I also gave President Obama these custom-made etched menorah cufflinks all the way from the City of David, Jerusalem
From Scott Roth:
.@AmbDermer in other words from occupied East Jerusalem.
— Scott Roth (@scottroth76) December 4, 2013
The City of David is a Jewish settlement near the Dung Gate of the Old City. On occupied land, and resisted by the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, whose land it is taking.
The reader comments are typical of the lowlifes who frequent this antisemitic, pro Palestinian Jewish website. Here is a sample:
You can read the rest here: Mondoweiss
Woody Tanaka says:
Why is this ethno-religious supremacist state giving the President of our secular nation a provocative propaganda “gift” like this?
Well, I guess it’s better than the spit in the face that Netanyahoo gave to the pope.
“dating to approximately the year 0″
There is no year zero. It goes from 1 BC to 1 AD.
It’s a reminder. The handcuffs are a way to show him: remember who and what constrains you.
I also think it isn’t a surprise that the cuffs are out from occupied East Jerusalem, a double way to show that we’ll do what we want and you better accept it.
Finally, by giving him the cuffs, they can directly measure if Obama is using the gift. If he isn’t, count on it to be a talking point to the neocon collaborationists that Dermer is close to in the America media. It’s like the whole “Obama threw out the Churchill statue” talking point only this time even more amplified.
“Why does Obama refuse to use the gifts he’s gotten”. Obama can’t ever explain away not using them in their company. Either he uses them or not. It’s a direct measure: how dedicated is he to our settlement enterprise and to toe the line we set out for him, with the help of the lobby?
The cuffs are actually a smart political move to try to box him in.
It’s an understanding that perception matters a lot in politics, and the cuffs are a clever way to force that issue on Obama.
Say what you will, but the even if the gifts being given by Israel are very telling of what country they are, and their mindset, they are clever and thought-through.
I think Israeli politicians need to find a personal shopper or concierge service that can advise them on gifts. A book on the inquisition to the Pope and settlement cuff links to Obama?? Are they really that clueless on etiquette and diplomacy?
I agree with you Sammar. Rudeness isn’t cute
(Finally, one intelligent commenter)
Jerusalem is one of the oldest inhabited Jewish cities in the world.
Anti-Semites and Israel haters get upset at being reminded of Jewish antiquity – because the Jewish presence there preceded that of the Arabs by thousands of years.
Jerusalem isn’t a “settlement.” Its the eternal capital of Israel!
(Only to be answered by an idiot)
Woody Tanaka says:
“Jerusalem is one of the oldest inhabited Jewish cities in the world.”
Great. And it’s home to a centuries’ old Palestinian community.
LMAO. Straw man.
“Israel haters get upset at being reminded of Jewish antiquity – because the Jewish presence there preceded that of the Arabs by thousands of years.”
Wrong on two counts. First, no one gets upset about Jewish antiquity (it’s not like anyone has to be reminded of it, given the way you zios babble on and on about it…). Second, to the extend people react to it, they are reacting to the criminal thesis that because there were Jews there are various points in the past, that the Jews of today have any right, soverignty or ownership there.
“Jerusalem isn’t a ‘settlement.’”
The Jewish developments in Arab East Jerusalem absolutely are.
“Its the eternal capital of Israel!”
LMAO. israel doesnt’ even have soveregnty over any of it. To judge by the embassies, the zionist settlement city of Tel Aviv is the capital. And, besides, for all but about 15 minutes back in the stone age, prior to 1948, there wasn’t even a political entity named “israel” that Jerusalem could be capital of. Nothing “eternal” about that.
Jerusakem is a city. It was not built by Jews and thus is not a Jewish city. It’s not even in Israel.
And nothing is eternal. Stated come and go and when Israel is gone,it will be a city in a future state.
Israel’s Mossad, backed by Saudi Arabia are designing super-Stuxnet cyber worm to destroy Iran’s nuclear program. Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reveals that Saudi Arabia and Israel’s Mossad are “co-conspiring to produce a computer worm more destructive than the original Israeli Stuxnet malware to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program.”
Riyadh is reported to have agreed to opening up Saudi airspace and Saudi air bases for an Israeli operation to take out Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. The cooperation would also involve the use of Saudi airbases by Israeli drones, aerial tankers and rescue helicopters. The helicopters would be used for plucking downed Israeli pilots out of the Persian Gulf and/or incursions into Iran to rescue downed Israeli pilots inside Iran.
Both nations’ governments have been sounding warnings to both Washington and the UN Security Council (UNSC), that Iran has been feigning peaceful intentions for its nuclear program and is simply stalling for time with negotiations in order to process as much weapons grade uranium for multiple nuclear warheads.
The disagreement on Iran between Washington and Israel has been well known and has burst out in the open on more than one occasion. However, little noticed until recently was the looming rift between Riyadh and Washington over Pres. Barack Obama’s appeasement of Syria and Iran which has finally manifested itself in a nearly complete severance of relations.
The Saudi government like that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has come to the realization that Pres. Obama has no intentions of thwarting Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions and in fact, seems determined that Iran achieve those ambitions when Obama’s actions are assessed over his words.
For example, Obama quietly lifted sanctions on Iran via executive actions not long after the election of so called moderate Iranian Iranian Pres. Hassan Rouhani in June 2013. One week ago, it appeared that Pres. Obama was all set to unconditionally surrender and allow Iran to proceed full steam with nuclear weapons development while also lifting sanctions entirely. That surrender was thwarted by the government of France after French legislator Meyer Habib told France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius ‘Israel will attack Iran if you sign the deal’.
Israel and Saudi Arabia are thought to be bitter enemies. The two nations do not have any official diplomatic relations and Saudi school text books do not even acknowledge the existence of Israel. However, there have been unofficial military and intelligence contacts between the two governments for decades and that fact is well known among most governments in the world though not publicly discussed.
Maintaining such secrecy works out well for both nations security concerns and the Saudi royal family has never been keen on stirring the pot of Shiite radicalism within the Kingdom by pouring ‘gas’ on the centerpiece of their Islamist narrative, genocidal anti-Semitism. Obama’s maneuvering with Iran are seen in Riyadh as against Saudi national interests and have forced the hand of ‘House Saud’. Aside from the obvious differences between Shiite ruled Iran and Sunni ruled Saudi Arabia there is also an ethnic divide and nationalism at work.
Iranians are ethnic Persian and Iran was once called, Persia. Saudis are Arabs who are far more aware of their ancient history apparently than any of the ‘alleged’ U.S. State Department Middle East experts. The Saudis are well aware that ancient Persia achieved the conquest and subjugation of the Middle East before moving far to the west of the Suez; and that Iran’s Islamist Mullahs seek to be the successors to their Persian ancestors.
With Israel having previously needed to rely on Washington to coax Turkey or perhaps Iraq to allow Israeli over flight for an Iran strike, Pres. Obama wielded the ability to block such a strike. Saudi Arabia breaking with Washington and forming an alliance with Israel officially or unofficially alters entirely, the Iran equation. Never mind having produced the most ironic if not most major geopolitical ‘tectonic shifts’ in post-1949 Middle East history.
The mother of a toddler was still in shock on Friday, as two-year-old Avigail Ben-Zion recovered in a Jerusalem hospital from injuries sustained by rocks thrown at their moving car by four Arab teenagers on Thursday evening on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
Stone-throwing Arab Muslims
Algemeiner “Avigail has a fractured skull, and we wait. I never thought that something like this could happen. Initially, I thought it was an accident, but then I realized very quickly that what crashed into us wasn’t any vehicle.” Referring to her assailants, Ben-Zion was at a loss for words: “I can not talk about them as people – those figures who decided to hurt kids, I have nothing to say about them.”
Asked how the attack will impact her life, Ben-Zion said that she has no plans to travel along the route again: “I will not return to this road, it is not possible that something like this could happen by mistake.”
Where the car was hit
At her side, husband Assaf Ben-Zion, who was not in the car at the time of the attack, said, ”My wife was driving the car and thought it was an accident and stopped the vehicle. Inside (the car) were two more children – Avigail’s twin and her older brother.”
Among those wishing young Avigail a speedy recovery was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Housing Minister Uri Ariel also commented on the attack: “We are talking about a serious incident which joins a long line of dangerous events. I wish to encourage the Prime Minister to take decisive and rapid action towards the elimination of the ‘Stone Age.’”
Stone throwers taken into custody
The four suspects in the case were Arab Muslim teenagers, aged between 15 and 20, from nearby Sur Baher, who were arrested at 2AM after being implicated by intelligence obtained by the police. They admitted to their crimes during a police interrogation, while the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court extended their arrests until Monday for a hearing.
Channel 2 also interviewed the father of one of the suspects who denied the charges against his 16-year-old son: “He did not throw any stones and was never in custody ever.” The teenager’s father said that what might have happened was that the boys were throwing rocks at sheep, which is a frequent game for them, and one of the stones my have accidentally hit a vehicle on the street. He also denied there was any nationalist motivation behind the stone throwing.”
As for baby Avigail, Dr. Eitan Kerem, head of pediatrics at Hadassah Medical Center, said, “During the evening and night, her situation improved. “
From the comments:
Hey, throwing rocks at sheep or cars with Israeli plates with kids in them– it’s all a game to these little sadistic dreckheads, it’s part of their “culture” which we ae supposed to respect in the name of “diversity.”
In any case, once they’re released, and of course the weak legal system will release them soon, they will be received as young heroes back in their village and maybe get a congratulating letter from Abbas. Of course the NY Times will also jump in with a picture of one of their mothers in her kerchief looking plaintively at baby pictures or such…
Young Arab Muslims are frequently seen throwing stones at passing cars…not a sheep in sight
Yesterday, a United Nations interpreter, unaware that her microphone was on, uttered words of truth in reaction to the General Assembly’s adoption of nine politically-motivated resolutions condemning Israel, and zero resolutions on the rest of the world.
Times of Israel (h/t Mark K) Under the mistaken impression that she was speaking only to colleagues, the interpreter uttered the following words into the headphones of every UN delegate, and before a live webcast audience worldwide:
“I think when you have… like a total of ten resolutions on Israel and Palestine, there’s gotta be something, c’est un peu trop, non? [It’s a bit much, no?] I mean I know… There’s other really bad shit happening, but no one says anything about the other stuff.”
HINT: It wasn’t Adolph Hitler or Osama bin Laden. It is an Iranian-American professor at Columbia University, Hamid Dabashi, Chairman of the Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures.
Professor Hamid Dabashi is a Columbia department chairman, who calls supporters of Israel “Gestapo apparatchiks” and wanted to sue CNN for biased coverage of 9/11. Hamid Dabashi, the head of Middle East Languages and Cultures, was accused of, among other things, canceling classes to attend, and to permit his students to attend, a pro-Palestinian rally on campus that featured a call for Israel’s destruction. In his own public statements and writings, however, Dabashi has concocted a scenario of the Middle East in which Israel not only has no legitimate place but can hardly be said to exist, except as an unnamed Dark Force.
Among Dabashi’s notorious opinions: From NY Daily News (h/t Gary)
” The Jewish homeland is “nothing more than a military base for the rising predatory empire of the United States.
” It’s a capital of “thuggery” – a “ghastly state of racism and apartheid” – and it “must be dismantled.