"What binds American Jews together today? Most of us are secular; the religious bond is gone. Few of us speak Hebrew; the language bond is gone. What remains is the historical narrative of 80 generations and Israel, the realization of that dream and the spiritual and cultural light that radiates to the rest of the world. If we abandon Israel, we abandon our future. If Israel is gone, Jewish life will be gone in one or two generations. … If we forget that narrative, gone is our Jewishness. Throughout our history, the driving engine of survival has been the hope for returning to sovereignty in the birthplace of our history – Eretz Israel. The State of Israel is the culmination of this dream."
                   Hillel Halkin

 







   




















 

And you, mortal, do not fear them and do not fear their words, though thistles and thorns press against you, and you sit upon scorpions. EZEKIEL (2:6)

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Just as Abraham Accords were being signed on the grounds of the White House, Trump critics and Israel haters tried their best to diminish the importance of the agreement. Wittingly or unwittingly the critics sighted with the view of the radicals in the Muslim world who would not nod to any agreement that involves the Jewish State. The most often repeated argument was the fact that Palestinians were not part of the process. Another words the corrupt, never say yes, Palestinian leadership in Ramallah and the terrorist entity in Gaza will dictate to the two dozen Arab countries with divergent interests how to proceed into 21 century. The Arab League few days ago refused to condemn UAE and Bahrain for establishing relationships with Israel to which Palestinian leadership threatened to sever ties with an organization that represents the consensus of the majority of the Arab countries. The example of Lebanon is very difficult to ignore. It's where another never peace with Israel player named Hezbollah all but destroyed their own country in the name of imaginary resistance to Zionists. Arabs improving relationship with Israel is not for a sudden fondness for the latter. It's a realization that Israel is not going anywhere, is not their real enemy and that following the rejectionist politics of Palestinian leadership with only lead to the dead end. Moreover the close relationships between Palestinians and countries like Iran and Turkey are probably not playing well in Arab capitals. Those two countries have dominated Arab populations for centuries and their current empirical ambitions at the expense of the Arabs are being played out in Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen just to name the most obvious ones. It is very telling how vulnerable the Gulf countries must be feeling it they preferred peace with Israel over "brotherly" relationships with current Iranian and Turkish leadership. As for Palestinians who severed relationships with Israel, US and now threatening the Arab League with the same, be careful about serving the interest of your so called friends. As the Arab proverb advises: "At the narrow passage there is no brother and no friend".
JoMM - September 19, 2020 

On August the 31st of 2020, California state legislature passed an Assembly Bill 331 (AB-331), which requires all high school students in the Golden State to complete an ethnic studies course if they want to graduate and go to college. The idea behind the law is for students to learn about the history of different ethnic groups that have been oppressed and exploited through U.S. history. The bill is not without the controversy. On August the 22nd, Assembly member Jose Medina had to make a few amendments to the original version of the bill. You see, the study course also names the beneficiaries of this oppressive system and earlier version of the course included sections like "Call to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel" and "Comparative Border Studies: Palestine and Mexico". Mr. Medina had to admit that the version produced by an 18-member committee, who held the number of daylong meetings to produce this masterpiece, reflected an “anti-Jewish bias.” After thinking about it long and hard, the committee could come to the only "logical" conclusion that placed some blame on the Jews. It was such a blatant hit job that even California's ultra liberal Jewish organizations cried uncle and Governor Gavin Newsom swore not to sign it. So what's the controversy about the revised version that even The Wall Street Journal editorial called an "ugly stuff". Well, one course outline indicates that “students will write a paper detailing certain events in American history that have led to Jewish and Irish Americans gaining racial privilege. They will be asked to think critically about why and who is allowing this evolution in white identity and how this shift is affecting the identity of Irish and Jewish Americans.” As if the wave of anti-Semitic incidents in U.S. is not problematic enough for the "privileged Jewish tribe", the geniuses in California legislature are now legitimizing the lies and myths about them. Louis Farrakhan is probably giving them a standing ovation. The funny part about this nonsense is that similar things are being said about Jews in the all white countries. But logic and reason are out of the door when leftist ethno-fascists are looking for blood. They found the easiest and most predictable target. The tragic part of it is that during the period between 1933 and 1945, German youth was exposed to the revised school curriculum that also emphasized ethnic studies that vilified the Jews. We all know how that experiment ended. Governor Newsom could do the right thing and veto this hateful bill. We are betting that he will not.  
JoMM - September 5, 2020 

 On August the 22nd, Turkey's president Erdogan played host and paraded around couple of Hamas big wigs, Ismail Haniyeh, a senior political leader, and Saleh al-Arouri, a founding commander of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, who currently has a $5 million bounty on his head by U.S. for his role in the murder of an American teenager. It was the second such meeting with Hamas leaders this year by Turkish officials, first taking place back in February. Some Israeli and UK sources reported that Turkey granted citizenship to a dozen members of the terrorist group and that they even plot attacks on Israel from Turkey. U.S. State Department harshly criticized the meeting noting that such encounters only "isolate Turkey from the international community" and " undercuts global efforts to prevent terrorist attacks launched from Gaza." Mr. Erdogan's office almost immediately hit back at the U.S. pointing to their support of YPG, a Syrian Kurdish militia that was instrumental in defeating ISIS. The word "HYPOCRITE" must not exist in the vocabulary of Turkish president since it was his government that for years turned a blind eye to the smuggling of thousands of foreign fighters and weapons across the border to Syria, a lifeline for so called Islamic caliphate. While that was going on, the Turks were buying Syrian oil from ISIS at dirt cheap prices that in turn provided a financial support for a terrorist group who's unspeakable crimes against humanity are well documented. Last time we checked, Hamas was still in charge in Gaza, doing what they do best, which is calling for the destruction of Israel, commit terrorist acts and extort money from the rich Arab states. Their recent benefactor, Iran, is currently in dire financial straits due to the embargo, war in Syria and necessary support of their most important terrorist ally, Hezbollah. So Hamas is now kissing up to Turkey and it looks like Erdogan doesn't mind being their new sugar daddy. Just like Iran has Hezbollah on the border with Israel, with Hamas in Gaza Erdogan now has his own proxy that can harass Israel while at the same time annoy Egyptians and his sworn enemy President el-Sisi. Turkey has also contracted the services of the Syrian National Army (SNA) and a number of smaller Islamist groups in their quest for control of territory in the Northern Syria. In fact it was SNA who assisted Turkey in their plan to conquer the city of Afrin in 2018 and ethnically cleanse it of 160.000 Kurdish and Yazidi residents. SNA murdered their way through Afrin while replacing the indigenous population with Arab refugees. If this is not terrorism we do not know what is. This is the thank you Kurdish fighters received for liberating the region from ISIS menace. As the saying goes, "no good deed goes unpunished". In the meantime emboldened Erdogan, using the NATO logo for credibility, is trying to legitimize Hamas and his other proxies. Cozying up to terrorists is nothing new for him as long as it serves his long reaching regional ambitions.
JoMM - August 29, 2020 


The cancel culture strikes again. This time the target was ADL (Anti- Defamation League) who's reason for existence is to fight anti-Semitism and racism of any kind. They obviously did not live up to someone's standards as 150 of leftist organizations signed up on creating an entire website, called Drop the ADL, that highlights all the grievances aimed at them. There are too many to mention here and ADL does a good job of addressing them on their website. We would like to look at just a couple of them. The ones that stood up for us were: ADL is "a white-led organization that claims a role as civil rights leader". Any time people bring up someone's race, with a negative connotation attached to it, they are engaged in a blatant racism themselves. White supremacist and Neo-Nazi's target Jews for being well, Jews. Add to it now another reason for some Jews to be hated, their skin color. This kind of rhetoric emanating from the left is one of the reasons why lately anti-Semitism in the U.S. is going mainstream. Over the last few months number of celebrities felt emboldened enough to express their Jew hating feelings in the open. Retweeting or sharing an Instagram post of the Louis Farrakhan videos have become a thing to do. A Drop ADL website also claims that ADL is not doing enough to "support our political goals." "The ADL is not an ally." and "ADL in projecting a false badge of progressivism that helps advance a racist agenda". The role of ADL, in our humble opinion, is not to support anyone's political goals or to be an ally to progressives, but to highlight and oppose the acts of anti-Semitism and any other form of targeted hatred regardless of where it's coming from. Some of the political goals for many of these leftist organizations are establishing the socialist system of governance in the U.S. and the destruction of the "colonial" power named Israel. Let's hope these are not the goals of the most Americans. A claim by these 150 organizations that ADL is some right wing supporting, anti-minorities organization is similar to anti-Semitic tropes being spread on social media. Its the same old theme, Jews control the world and fermenting the oppression of marginalized communities. It's as much of a nonsense today as it was 100 years ago. This is a reason why we find ourselves in the unexpected position of defending the ADL. Our personal experience with ADL was a complete opposite of what their critics claim. If anything they are under-reporting anti-Semitic incidents and rhetoric emanating from the left. Back in June the rapper and an actor, Ice Cube, went on a couple of anti-Semitic rants that were not the first for him and probably not the last. The story has gotten quite a bit of publicity. Since we did not find any mention of it on the ADL website we contacted them via e-mail looking for a feedback. It turns out that they did comment about it on the Twitter with couple of sentences describing the incident as "disheartening". Their response was called "weak" by many Jewish organizations. JoMM felt the same way and we related our feelings back to ADL. They are there not to please political groups of any persuasion but to honestly report and bring to light organizations and individuals engaged in spreading the intolerance. Fighting millennia old hatred is not an easy job and we wish ADL lots of courage and strength going forward. They are going to need it.  
JoMM - August 19, 2020


The announcement of the deal reached between UAE and Israel has sparked a whirlwind of opinions both positive and negative. For the most part the reaction was favorable both in U.S. and abroad as any progress towards peaceful coexistence that involves Israel and any Arab country is a miracle in itself, when compared to the number of failures. Not known for praising the Jewish state, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell Fontelle welcomed the development hoping that it will lead to some progress in negotiations with the Palestinians. Of course there were also the critics, both expected as well as unexpected. Palestinians factions, the PA and Hamas, swore to do their utmost to kill the deal, while representatives of Iran, Turkey and Iraq pretty much described the deal as a treason of historic proportions that can never be forgiven. In the U.S. the more notable critics were Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and former Obama's Deputy National Security adviser, Ben Rhodes. Ms. Tlaib's position is no surprise to anyone as her stand on Israel is well known. More surprising is the position of Ben Rhodes, one of the architects of U.S. foreign policy for 8 years. You may think that a person who once fiercely promoted a nuclear deal with the Iranian mullahs at any cost will be supportive of a peace initiative that would bring more stability to the region. To the contrary, couple of days ago Mr. Rhodes wrote that UAE-Israel deal is "Dressed up election eve achievement from two leaders that want Trump to win." Strong words from the person who back in 2016 bragged to New York Times about how easy it was to manipulate the "often-clueless reporters" into supporting President Obama's foreign policy decisions. So much so that they almost made Iranian leaders look like Mahatma Gandhi. In the same interview he said that "AIPAC doesn’t like this,’ ‘the Israeli government doesn’t like it,’ ‘the gulf countries don’t like it. It’s the possibility of improved relations with adversaries." He must have impressed the heck out of NYT at the time as they called him an "Obama's foreign policy guru." So the strategy of beating up on America's loyal friends while building up it's sworn enemies, in 2016, was considered a genius move. No wonder that Iran nuclear deal was such a disaster, along with failures in Libya, Syria and Iraq. But the one of more memorable moves Mr. Rhodes and his boss left for last has been when just days before leaving the White House, they stabbed an America's most reliable ally in the back by refusing to veto a one sided anti-Israel U.N. Security Council resolution 2334. It reads that "territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law." Resolution was passed by 14-0 vote while the U.S. has abstained. This move had nothing to do with the U.S national interests, it was just a petty payback aimed at hated Netanyahu government. The "settlements" in question under this resolution include the Western Wall, the Jewish Quarter and numerous other holy places in East Jerusalem. The most sacred Jewish heritage sites were sacrificed to satisfy a personal grudge. Close allies do not act in that manner. Let's hope that any potential future U.S. foreign policy gurus find themselves more in agreement with our friends than with our enemies.
JoMM - August 16, 2020


UAE and Israel have reached a "historic" deal which was brokered by Trump and his Middle East team. For anyone following the region closely, this agreement was not a great shock. The unofficial contacts between the two countries have been going on for some time now. Two reasons why the UAE decided to close the deal now. First is the realization that the irrevocably fractured Palestinian movement is struggling to reach any kind of deal between Hamas and Fatah (PLO), despite numerous tries. With the current state of affairs between Palestinians and Israelis any talk of peace agreement is a pipe dream that may not happen till the end of times. The second reason is the ever growing appetites of Turkey and Iran, two non-Arab regional powers, with history of empirical domination over their weaker neighbors. UAE is a small country with big ambitions which can be curtailed by either of the two above mentioned sharks. There is a 3500 American military personal stationed at Al Dvarfa Air Base in Abu Dhabi but since the U.S. has achieved an energy independence, there is a growing mood within the Trump administration to lower their footprint in the Middle East. Given that both Israel and UAE are strong American allies, it's only a natural progression to have the two countries move away from the politics of doomsday, plan for the future and pursue their own interests by establishing economic and military cooperation. In the Middle East there are no friends, just temporary allies. Let's hope this agreement will have legs and will open doors for more Arab countries to join in.
JoMM - August 13, 2020


If asked who is their worst enemy, most Lebanese people will point to Israel, given that they have a history of couple of wars and countless skirmishes that still go on to this day. But when on August 4th a horrific explosion rocked the coastal city of Beirut most Lebanese pointed fingers at Hezbollah, Party of God, who is a current de facto ruler of Lebanon. Large scale bombings are Hezbollah's calling card, the reputation their leader Hassan Nasrallah has cultivated for years. Some of the most notable examples are 1983 bombing of American and French barracks in Beirut, 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires and the 2005 assassination of former Lebanes prime minister Rafic Hariri, not to mention countless political assassination. It's a well known fact that Hezbollah had their tentacles all over the Beirut port and a claim that they knew nothing about the existence of 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate is laughable. Another well known fact is that Hezbollah routinely stores rockets, missiles and ammunition among the civilian population, a tactic called "hiding behind human shields". For the longest time Hezbollah refused to disarm despite U.N. resolutions and numerous calls to do so. They claim that they need weapons to fight off Israeli aggression. That's the propaganda Lebanese people have been fed for years by Hezbollah and their Iranian overlords. That narrative was shaken when Hezbollah fighters were summoned to participate in the Syrian civil war on the side of Bashar "the Butcher" Assad. Any internal dissent regarding Lebanon's involvement in Syria was dealt with while estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees flooded Lebanon, country with a population of only around 6 million people. Over the last couple of years the economic standing of Lebanon took a severe beating due to political instability, rampant corruption and rich Arab states withholding their support because of the dominating Iranian presence in the country. On August the 10th, Lebanese Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, announced the resignation of his cabinet, blaming endemic corruption for the explosion. As Lebanese people will try to rebuild their country from the latest disaster, no amount of foreign aid and other well intentioned gestures are going to fix what is the festering wound around their necks called Hezbollah. The power hungry terrorist organization reports to Iran who in turn has grand ambitions for Syria with Lebanon being an integral part of that power play. Nothing positive will happen in Lebanon until that poisonous link is broken once and for all.
JoMM - August 11, 2020


What do Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, Elisabeth Warren, Adam Schiff, Louis Farrakhan and David Duke have in common? They all ether supported or endorsed a freshmen Congresswoman from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar. Back in February of 2019, a Somali born politician has made a name for herself with a single phrase "It's all about Benjamins baby". She, of course, was referring to a bogus claim that Jews are using money to buy political support for the State of Israel. Just hours after offering a half hearted apology for Benjamins comment, Ms. Omar accused the Jewish Americans who support Israel of allegiance to the foreign  country. This of course was not the first or the last smear she leveled at the Jewish people. In light of Ilhan Omar's comments the resolution was proposed in Congress to condemn any form of anti-Semitism. Unfortunately it was rejected by the Democratic majority and instead Congress passed the watered-down condemnation of "all hate" without specifically naming Congresswoman Omar. That cowardly decision had consequences as a year later anti-Semitism in the U.S. went main stream, with celebrities of all stripes feeling free to accuse Jews of all kinds of tropes, mostly rehashing the age old libels. Jews are randomly attacked on the streets of American cities and Jewish Institutions routinely vandalized. In the meantime, Ilhan Omar is up for reelection and she already received endorsement from Nancy Pelosi who called her "valued and important Member of Caucus". She even donated $14k to Omar campaign. Bernie Sanders also endorsed Omar saying that "we need her leadership, we need her voice". As if there were not enough Jewish voices supporting the anti-Semitic Congresswoman a young leftist group called "IfNotNow" has tweeted that "As American Jews, we’re proud to support Representative Omar". IfNotNow is actively involved in anti-Israeli propaganda and the BDS movement which seems to be gaining ground among the woke crowd. All we can say is that IfNotNow is in the distinguished company they probably deserve to be in.
JoMM - August 7, 2020


On July 27, a Canadian Jewish actor, Seth Rogan, participated in an hour long interview with a Jewish host of of WTF with Marc Maron. It was advertised as the "Jewiest talk with Marc that two Jews ever had on this show". It also warned anti-Semites to "get lost." During the interview Rogen said he was “fed a huge amount of lies about Israel” while growing up and that the concept of the State of Israel “makes no sense” to him. Trying to be the Jewiest, all we can say is "oy vey". Based on the content of that podcast they should have advertised it as "anti-Semites of all stripes are welcome." Nothing gets them, the Jew haters, going as much as a famous Jew trashing Israel. We are currently living at the time when incidents of anti-Semitism around the world and specifically in U.S. and Canada are through the roof. Many recognizable names among musicians, actors and athletes lately have contributed to that trend. That's why a Jew advocating the cancelation of the country that is the last possible refuge from hatred and violence for millions of Jewish people is puzzling to say the least.
JoMM - August 4, 2020

 

 

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