Shmuel to Bibi: Fight back!

By David Isaac and Shmuel Katz z”l

What would Shmuel say to the Obama administration’s plan to convene an international conference on achieving Mideast peace should direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs fail to reach a breakthrough by the fall?

In “The Looming Danger of Annapolis,” (November 22, 2007) written a year-and-a-half before his death, Katz wrote, “The Jewish state is in greater danger than anytime since the 1948 War of Independence.” The danger wasn’t Arab violence, but the Annapolis conference, “conceived and promoted with almost frenetic enthusiasm by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.”

Katz described the lopsidedness of the approaching conference, where on one side stood delegates from the Arab states, the Palestinian Authority, and the Mideast Quartet – the U.S., UN, European Union and Russia – all “committed to the diminution of Israel and some, frankly, to her consequent extinction” – and on the other side, an Israeli delegation led by the irresponsible and incompetent Ehud Olmert.

Fortunately, the Annapolis conference did not live up to its hype and ended more as news brief than banner headline. But if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again and the Obama administration has revived the idea of an international summit, and it is likely to do a better job applying pressure against Israel than did the Bush administration, if for no other reason than that this president believes more in the cause.

According to Haaretz, “The officials said the conference would be run by the Quartet of Middle East peacemakers – the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia – in a bid to forge a united global front for creating a Palestinian state.”

And so the trap is set.

If Netanyahu permits it, Israel will find itself engaged in direct talks with the PA’s Mahmoud Abbas for a “two-state solution.” These talks will fail. Israel will not agree to forfeit all of Judea, Samaria, Gaza and East Jerusalem while allowing an influx of millions of Arab “refugees”. Abbas will agree to nothing less. What incentive has he to do so? Were he agree to less, he would be subject to violent attacks from Hamas. By simply waiting, he’ll gain what he wants anyway, with the “world” handing it to him a few months later – and offering him additional cover against attacks from his rivals (If the proposals fall short, he can easily distance himelf from them by saying they’re the summit’s proposals and not his own).

As for Israel? Should it go along with these negotiations and wind up at that international conference, it will find the entire world arrayed against it – and unlike Iran which has China and Russia to run interference – there will be no one to take her side. Internationally isolated, divided from within, Israel will sit in a trap from which it will not easily break out.

What would Shmuel say? “Bring the phony negotiations to an end. Prevent the conference from happening.” Though the situation appears bleak, there is hope. First, Israel must change its behavior. It has been given many opportunities to exit the talks, none of which it seized upon. Only last week, Israel complained of PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad lobbying the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) against admitting Israel into the organization, accusing it of war crimes during Operation Cast Lead. This is incitement, an activity the PA was explicitly censored from doing by President Obama. Here, Israel could have said the PA is clearly not serious. It can’t fulfill even the miminal demands placed upon it and so we are putting a stop to talks. Israel would explain why the entire peace process is, and always has been, a fraud. Netanyahu has the eloquence, even the underlying conviction. Let him use it on Israel’s behalf.

But turning the tide of world opinion is not a job for one man. Shmuel was a tremendous advocate for a program of information to present Israel’s case to the world. (In our video section you can see an interview of Shmuel discussing his idea for a Ministry of Information.) Imagine how much better off Israel would be were it not sunk continuously in a defensive posture, but, instead, capable of boldly answering the continual lies of its enemies.

As Shmuel wrote in “Countering Propaganda” (Sept. 26, 1984):

Israel is confronted in the West not just by hostile criticism but by a many-faceted propaganda-war machine with long-range objectives, operating at every level of society.

Israeli governments have evidently not come to grips also with the nature of the war. It is not designed to achieve a change in this or the other policy of the Israeli government. Its aim is to put an end to the Zionist entity, to delegitimize Israel – by the assertion, endlessly repeated, that the Jewish people has no right to Palestine, and the Jewish State has no right to exist at all, that the land is Arab territory usurped by the Zionists with the aid of the imperialists.

This propaganda is a powerful auxiliary to the aim of the physical elimination of Israel. It provides the infrastructure of justification in the mind of a brain-washed public for the launching of a future war to achieve that unchanging annihilatory purpose.

The answer is for Israel to have a propaganda machine of her own. In “A Crying Need” (Aug. 6, 1982), he wrote:

HAD ISRAEL such a ministry, the first drastic change would be the presence at the cabinet table of the minister absolutely dedicated to the task of information. His battles would never end as long as newspapers and T.V. and radio stations chatter on around the world. The minister, absorbed in the conduct of that war in all his waking hours, must examine every subject put on the cabinet table with an eye to the hasbara challenges and tasks that may be involved. He will see to it his ministry should take action accordingly.

Friends of Israel have noticed the glaring failure of Israel’s public relations. Columnist Ralph Peters (New York Post, May 17) remarks, “Israel needs to rediscover public relations. With the global media rabidly pro-Palestinian, Israel had better get back in the information fight.”

Even were such a ministry started today, it would be many months before it became effective. Netanyahu can start the process now by speaking the truth about the fraudulent peace process and the true aims of the Arabs. Such a step would go a long way to energizing Israel’s allies, from the powerful evangelical base frustrated at Israel’s passive response to constant attack to Jewish Democrats grown uncomfortable with Obama’s high-handed tactics against Israel.

Obama’s position is not as strong as it would seem. Already there are cracks in the wall. Last month, Jewish senators led by Chuck Schumer sent a letter to the president, criticizing his treatment of Israel. Jewish Democratic donors have also expressed their dissatisfaction. And there are reports of rifts developing in the administration, as well. “There is the first sign of a schism in administration policy over the Middle East,” Steven Rosen, a director at the Middle East Forum, said in a recent news report.

Israel must exploit the situation without delay. As Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick recently wrote:

“By using support for Israel as a wedge issue in the upcoming elections, Republicans will do more than simply constrain Obama’s ability to harm the Jewish state. They will be setting a course for a Democratic return to strategic sanity in the years to come. And nothing will guarantee the return of bipartisan support for Israel more effectively and securely than that.”

Preventing the international summit – that must be the paramount goal of Netanyahu, however uncomfortable it makes Israel-U.S. relations in the short term. Social security is considered the third rail of domestic politics. With any luck, the political fallout will be such that solving the Arab-Israel conflict will become the third rail of foreign politics, a subject so politically volatile that Obama will not want to touch it again.


5 thoughts on “Shmuel to Bibi: Fight back!

  1. It can be put even more simply: Appeasement has *always* been the death knell of the Jews. It does not work. I has never worked.


  2. The main issue, for Israel, and for all ‘dhimmi’ as well as ‘infidels’ is that we have an enormous amount of utter shame, and bewilderment married to the shame. But it is the Shame of the dhimmi, the infidel that prevents us from proper ‘self defense’.

    What do I mean? Islam has murdered in the neigbhorhood of 270 millions of people since Mo’ began his political ideology to Jihad and submit everywhere. His last proclamation was that no jew or christian would ever inhabit arabia.
    You would think therefore that it would be the first and foremost part of self defense that Israel would mention that the ‘prophet’ of Islam mandated that no jews or christians inhabit arabia and ever since they are merely the ‘resident’ workers brought in to do labor- who have no equality of rights nor religion, and this is the history and reality everywhere Islam rules.

    And what of Yathrib, the town stolen from the Jews who founded it in arabia- thereafter called Medina- where the political march by Islam and it’s theology of ‘submitting’ all began?

    Yet we as Jews, like all the infidels and dhimmi’s ask merely for ‘tolerance’ and as in Israel, to be ‘recognized’. Imagine- we ask such as hamas, to ‘recognize’ us. Our enemies who declared ala Mohammed’s declarations towards Jews that they have to be submitted or killed if they don’t admit Islam to rule and be superior- this is what we ask of them- to accept us.

    That is shame. That is what peoples of the world have done when they face the cognitive dissonance that disallows them from accepting the muslim edicts that effected such unbelievable cruelty, savagery, homicidism in the name of their eternal rule.
    We have as an example in the west- recent onset of ‘cartoons’ which when drawn bring this from innumerable muslim sources.
    As one writer noted…” The position of the Muslim community in the face of all provocations seems to be: Islam is a religion of peace, and if you say that it isn’t, we will kill you. Of course, the truth is often more nuanced, but this is about as nuanced as it ever gets: Islam is a religion of peace, and if you say that it isn’t, we peaceful Muslims cannot be held responsible for what our less peaceful brothers and sisters do.”

    “At the root of this stance is a desperate attempt to have it both ways, to reconcile Islam’s teachings and the actions that stem from it with the religion’s claims to be just, compassionate, and peaceful. Or at the very least, it is an attempt to convince non-Muslims that the two can indeed be reconciled, and that to believe otherwise is to be bigoted and hateful. In other words, it is emotional, political blackmail.”

    So back to the shame of the dhimmi.
    Instead of discussing the eternal bigotry of Islam, it’s hateful depictions everywhere regardings jews- as well as all infidels- and the ever ongoing homicidism, cruelties and eternal lying about all of Jewish history in it’s quest to ‘submit’ we, accept the positions of begging to be recognized, as ‘equals’.
    And so, the dhimmi other nations are happy to oblige us and demand we accept whatever they can also believe, because they are dhimmi peoples too who likewise can’t accept their own cognitive dissonance in the face of their own destruction.

    People forget that 9/11 was not a random day, but the day that Islam was defeated in Europe. As it happened: September 11th, 1683, the day when an alliance of Christian armies led by Jan III Sobieski, the King of Poland, arrived at the Gates of Vienna.

    Jan III Sobieski confronts Pasha Kara Mustafa at the Gates of Vienna

    The Ottoman Empire had been expanding into Europe ever since Constantinople fell to the Turks, and even before that. Wherever the Muslim armies went, they plundered cities, took slaves, turned churches into mosques, and converted many thousands of Christian captives to Islam at the point of a sword.

    The Sultan’s armies overran Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, and Serbia. They turned Protestant Hungary into a compliant vassal and made war repeatedly on Austria and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Ottomans had designs on Vienna, since the fall of the city would open the way into the heart of Austria and the rich principalities of southern Germany.

    The Turks besiege ViennaHaving failed to take Vienna in the siege of 1529, the Turks prepared a second attempt in 1683. Under the leadership of the Grand Vizier, Pasha Kara Mustafa, and with their Tatar and Malaysian allies, they made their preparations and fought their way towards the capital, overrunning Austrian villages and smaller cities in their path and taking many captives. As the Muslim hordes approached Vienna, King Leopold fled west with most of the citizens, leaving a garrison of about 11,000 soldiers and 5,000 citizen volunteers to hold the city against the Turks. The Viennese razed buildings in the area around the city walls in order to deny the enemy cover, and brought livestock and provender into the city to prepare for a siege.

    On July 16th, 1683, the second siege of Vienna began. The tiny garrison in the city was no match for Kara Mustafa’s army of 140,000, but the Grand Vizier decided to starve the city into submission rather than attempt a frontal assault on its defenses…at the last possible moment on the evening of September 11th, that Jan Sobieski arrived at a hill north of the city, leading a force of 40,000 Poles and their German and Austrian allies. The battle began soon afterwards, in the early morning hours of September 12th.

    The Austrians and Germans attacked the Turks first at the center and on the left flank. The Turks counterattacked, but held back a significant portion of their forces in anticipation of entering the city through a breach in the wall. That very morning the Grand Vizier had prepared a second and more powerful charge to be set off under the Löbel bastion, one that would throw the city open to the Turkish forces once and for all.

    Unfortunately for Kara Mustafa, the Austrians within the city had mounted a counter-tunneling operation. The Austrian “moles” detected the Turkish mine, found the charge, and defused it.

    Polish hussars at ViennaAt about the same time the King of Poland, in the van with the fearsome Winged Hussars and with 20,000 men behind him, led a cavalry charge down the hill into the right flank of the Ottoman army. The Hussars were one of the most formidable fighting forces of the time, and the sound of the wind through the feathers of their artificial wings was said to unnerve the enemies’ horses and drive superstitious soldiers into a panic.

    The battle was over in three hours. The King drove through the Turkish lines, and, seeing his success, the Vienna garrison sallied forth from the city and hit the Turks from the rear. Demoralized by these attacks and their failure to breach the wall, the Turks fled eastwards in haste, abandoning their tents, weapons, battle standards, provisions, and slaves.

    Jan III Sobieski sending the message of victory
    The siege was broken and city was saved. Jan III Sobieski was received as the hero of Vienna. Though it was not evident at the time, the Ottoman tide had turned at the Gates of Vienna and was about to recede, beginning its long withdrawal through the Balkans and Greece into Asia Minor over the next two centuries.

    But I digress….. we ask to be considered ‘equals’ to those who have slaughtered 270 millions and who continue said homicidisms and tortures if people dare to offend them by resisting.

    It will take more than merely ‘countering’ their hideous lying and erasing all our history. It will take us forcefully stating the reality of what has occurred and what is occurring without apologizing and asking for ‘normalcy’ and ‘equality’. There is no equality and no such history
    in Islam and we never show the bigotry and hatred and we should be speaking this without the shame that all infidels unconsciously exhibit when they have no explanation for the horrendous historical and ever ongoing homicidism under Islam. They beg for ‘understanding’
    We…. beg for understanding. We are so afraid that our righteous anger is ‘hateful’ which of course they will demand of us, that we stop criticizing them, and never draw a cartoon of their prophet out of ‘respect’.

    That they are never so offended by the 84,000 people ‘Jihaded’ murderes, beheaded, slaughtered, ripped apart just in the last 9 yrs since the modern 9/11, is something we might force down their throats before submitting to any quartet inspired self destructive agreements.

    The shame of the dhimmi must be ended, and the courage to face history and ourselves will be what we need to speak what we know and see everyday.

    Today, after the all day facebook inspired everyone draw a cartoon of Mohammed, that took place…. the muslims are calling for a everyone draw a holocaust picture, and guess how sweet and caring those drawings will be about all the many millions slaughtered in that event.That event, which muslims marching promise will happen again. But will we dare show and speak of these realities, or will we show how ‘superior’ and good we are by asking to be ‘recognized’ by
    such as hamas, and all the jew haters who have spoken about what they consider our rightful end?


  3. Issues on the mythical Palestine

    Deliberate Social Deprivation by “Friends.” How Arabs abuse so-called Palestinians.
    On February 27, 2004, Reuters reported that people living in PA controlled areas are becoming increasingly critical of their leaders. This supports previous comments from the AP, late last year, that the Arab world is manipulating the Palestinian cause to the detriment of the people themselves. Reported again in the “LA Times”, on January 4, the article states that most Arab countries have denied citizenship, jobs and education to anyone claiming Palestinian ancestry. The article quotes 35-year-old Mohmoud Zahar: “We can’t own a house, land or get a loan from the bank, despite the fact that I was born here (in Egypt) and have no idea what is Palestine”. A Cairo-based Palestinian writer, speaking in the same article says: “The language of the (Arab) governments and media is in one direction and the real practices on the ground are totally the opposite.”
    Hisham Youssef, spokesman for the 22-nation Arab League, acknowledged that Palestinians live ‘in very bad conditions,’ but he said the policy is meant ‘to preserve their Palestinian identity’. “If every Palestinian who sought refuge in a certain country was integrated and accommodated into that country, there won’t be any reason for them to return to Palestine,” AP reported. Jordan would be a clear exception to this pan-Arab policy, where Palestinians are granted full citizenship and rights. As a result, except the 13% living in UNRWA camps, Palestinians are being progressively integrated into Jordanian society without international welfare subsidies. This would make sense because the Palestinians are Jordanians to begin with.
    “The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism.
    “For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa. While as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.” (PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, March 31, 1977, interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.)
    Denial of Basic Political Rights in the PLO Fantasy Land
    Islamic fundamentalism threatens women all over the world. “Wherever they have gained power, Islamists have denied women their essential humanity and dignity.” They cite the exponential growth of the global sex trade as an example. “A measure of Islamic fundamentalists’ success in controlling society is the depth and totality with which they suppress the freedom and rights of women. In Iran for 25 years, the ruling mullahs have enforced humiliating and sadistic rules and punishments on women and girls. Joining a global trend, the fundamentalists have added another way to dehumanize women and girls: buying and selling them for prostitution. According to the head of the Tehran province judiciary, traffickers target girls between 13 and 17, although there are reports of some girls as young as 8 and 10, being sent to Arab countries.
    • Arab Women and Farm Animals
    • Culture of death? Palestinian girl’s murder highlights growing number of ‘honor killings’
    • ‘Honor killing’ shakes up Sweden
    • Honor Killings of Women in Islam
    This goes on while the EU sends approximately 20 million euros to the PA and sister organizations every month to support education and other social needs, a recent BBC investigation stated that the PA is using some of the money to pay members of a Palestinian militant organization, which has been responsible for carrying out homicide attacks. According to the newspaper “Scotland on Sunday”, Feb. 29th, The World Bank has now issued an ultimatum to the PA: Put an end to rampant corruption or lose hundreds of millions of pounds of vital foreign aid. The Bank’s top official in the region, Nigel Roberts, confirmed that the Palestinians were receiving the largest amount of money per capita in the history of foreign aid.
    Thanks to The Prism Group Website: Please visit their site and help direct others to the existing fact sheets. Their web site is
    Quoting Joseph Farah, Arab-American journalist: There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc. Keep in mind that the Arabs control 99.9 percent of the Middle East lands. Israel represents one-tenth of 1 percent of the landmass…Greed. Pride. Envy. Covetousness. No matter how many land concessions the Israelis make, it will never be enough…
    The facts are as follows based on UN records:
    1. Palestine was a British invention after WWI and never existed as an independent state. Most of this “Palestine” is called Jordan today.

    2. The small number of people (700,000) occupied the entire Palestine Mandate which included Israel, the West Bank, Golon Heights, Gaza and Jordan today. Most of the Arab populations lived East of the Jordan River.

    3. The common usage of the word “Palestinian” refers people who live in Palestine: Arabs (a “mixed race of Arabic speaking peoples”), Bedouins, Christians, Druze, and Jews.

    4. Under Muslim rule the region had been reduced to a barren wasteland. Jews were the only people that produced anything causing resentment from the masses of illiterate and poverty-ridden Arabs. Jews never held any political power until 1948.

    5. The British didn’t want a Jewish majority in the region. This led in later years to a policy of systematically reduced immigration quotas, and indirectly to the death of millions of Jewish refugees in Europe twenty some years later. The British would illegally partition the region into Jordan, (forbidding Jews from living there) then stripped off the Golon Heights giving that to France and Syria. Calling the remainder “Palestine” then flooding the it with outside Arabs.

    6. Constant agitation by outside Arabs and others leading to riots and murders of Jews. The British did nothing to stop this. Immigration and travel restrictions were almost universally applied only to Jews, no restriction was placed on Arab immigration to help flood the region with Arabs the British favored. Jews were the only economic success even with all of this going on.

    7. Whenever there were Arab riots, Jewish immigration was restricted. This was the beginning of the British Policy of Appeasement, and the success of terrorism. The success of terrorism goes on today and appeasement still fails today. When will they ever learn?

    8. All lands acquired by Jews were purchased, not taken according to Arafat’s Nazi Uncle in 1937 and the British. Haj Amin al-Husseini was a Nazi war criminal wanted in Yugoslavia and mixed Nazi ideology into Islam. Arafat in fact isn’t even a Palestinian, but was born, raised, and educated in Egypt. According to Forbes, he is worth over $300 million while he locks his own people into concentration camps.

    9. Between 1950 and 1967 when Jordan and Egypt annexed the West Bank and Gaza, they flooded the area with more Arabs. Even today most Arabs in the West Bank, etc. hold Jordanian passports and Jordanian citizenship. After 1967 Jordan/Egypt relinquished claims to the area then started to scream for a second Palestinian state in addition to the first Palestinian State of Jordan. Before that, they claimed Palestine meant land of the Jews.

    10. Even with immigration from Russia in the 1990’s, the majority of Israelis are descended from Arab, Asian, and African Jews including two-thirds of the 870,000 Arab Jews expelled from surrounding Arab Nazi states. Druze, Bedouins, Christians, and some Arabs sided with the Jews in 1948 and serve in the Israeli Army today. The Israeli military has three Arab generals.

    11. Why did the British do this? It’s about oil, stupid! Britian didn’t give a crap about Arabs or Jews. Just like America today ignores Saudi terrorism it’s still about oil.

    So forget the present babble used by the corrupt Leftists, the Leftist media, and their Islamic Nazi allies.
    Making Sure the Palestinians Remain Refugees Since 1949, the Arab regimes have consistently resisted the settlement and assimilation of Palestinians, wanting instead to maintain them as a dagger aimed at Israel. Today sees a stunning new confirmation of this ugly pattern, this time from Saudi Arabia. P.K. Abdul Ghafour reports in the Jeddah-based Arab News that senior Saudi officials are indicating that 8.8 million expatriates of all nationalities who have lived in the Kingdom for ten years can, according to an amended law, passed by the Council of Ministers on Oct. 18, apply for Saudi citizenship. Degree holders in medicine, computer science and other branches of science and technology will have priority when the new law goes into effect in four months.
    Shubaily ibn Majdoue Al-Qarni, chairman of the committee that supervised this amendment, emphasized that all workers, regardless of nationality, are eligible for Saudi citizenship. “The law does not aim at a particular nationality. On the other hand, it covers all expatriates in the country.”
    Well, almost all: “the naturalization law would not be applicable to Palestinians living in the Kingdom as the Arab League has instructed that Palestinians living in Arab countries should not be given citizenship to avoid dissolution of their identity and protect their right to return to their homeland. Diplomatic sources have estimated the number of Palestinians in the Kingdom at about 500,000.” (October 21, 2004)
    • The Refugee Curse
    • Palestine 1921: Wasteland with 700,000 people
    • Palestine 1937 and the testimony of Arafat’s Nazi Uncle.
    • Palestine 1948 and the Arab Induced Refugee Problem
    • Who is an Arab Jew?
    • Portraying Jews as ‘White Europeans’
    • Strangers in a Strange Land: Arab Jews Ignored
    • The suffering Palestinians
    • The Year the Arabs Discovered Palestine by Daniel Pipes
    • Anti-Jewish Apartheid Comes to Israeli Academia
    • The Truth about “Jewish Terrorism”
    • The Myth of Palestine
    • Ex-Mufti, Criminal Ally Arafat’s Nazi Uncle
    • On Palestinian “Freedom Fighters” by Prof. Rene Beres
    • Diplomatic and Legal Aspects of the Settlement Issue by Jeffrey Helmreich
    • The Settlements Issue by Joseph Farrah
    • The Jews took no one’s land by Joseph Farrah, Arab American
    • ‘Palestine’ for Dummies By David D. Perlmutter
    • “Pro-Israel lobby” is not why America supports Israel
    • Who is Responsible for the Palestinian Refugees?
    • Murder at a Kibbutz by Jeff Jacoby
    It should be remembered that in 1918, with the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Britain and France were handed 5,000,000 square miles to divvy up and 99% was given to the Arabs to create countries that did not exist previously. 1% was given as a Mandate for the re-establishment of a state for the Jews on both banks of the Jordan River. In 1921, to once again appease the Arabs, another three quarters of that 1% was given to a fictitious state called Trans-Jordan. (Jack Berger, May 31, 2004.)
    Muslim ‘Palestinians’ firebomb Christian ‘Palestinians’


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