Category Archives: Judaism

No News In Israel

If there is one certainty in the year, 2015, it is that Israel leaders and Palestinian leaders will not be meeting in order to finally resolve issues pertaining to the creation of a lasting peace in this region of the Middle East. The enduring word that depicts this conflict is: FRUSTRATION. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to approach the upcoming election in Israel as the Macho Man who does not budge an inch in defending the rights of Israeli settlers to take over land they believe was given to them by GOD. Now, how can one argue against the old man up in the sky? He definitely told the people of the old book, they could take any and all land they desired. Of course, it is clear that God has no interest in the people of Palestine.

President Abbas who heads the Palestine Authority is also -FRUSTRATED. So, he has decided to go to the International Criminal Court seeking their power to protect the rights of Palestinians. Naturally, any sane person knows such action is a vivid example of—TERRORISM! Imagine, going to a court of law and having it decide-whether or not Israel can take over land that belongs to the people of Palestine. What next, a discussion in the United Nations? These are direct examples of TERRORISM! God bless Bibi Netanyahu for refusing to allow TERRORISTS to impose their will upon the Middle East.

The Madness of Israel Goes On

I was joyous at news that a new nation had arrived in the world in 1948 with the birth of Israel. I have worked on Holocaust education, studied in Israel and been supportive of nation in which Jews are able to feel safe and secure. However, I also believe the essential concept of the new nation of Israel was that her twenty percent of people who are Muslim and Christian also had the right to feel safe and secure. From day one of the creation of Israel, among the most important issues has been emergence of a Muslim nation which would cooperate with Israel in establishing peace and security for all people in the region. Unfortunately, it has been decades since a Muslim leader has been willing to negotiate with Israel. However, the leader of Egypt in 1978, President Sadat, did agree with peace. However, the leaders of Jordan have worked for peace with Israel. And now, the leader of Palestine, President Abbas is willing to have peace.

President Abbas and his allies on the Security Council attempted to get a resolution passed which would require the end of Israel occupation of the West Bank within three years. It failed passage by one vote due to pressure exerted upon Nigeria by the US and Israel. So, if not now the end of occupation, then when? A nation that has as its Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, is not ready to move toward peace for itself or the region. It is time to end the occupation of the West Bank and fight the good battle for peace and justice for ALL people in the West Bank.

I’m Not In The Working Class

I was raised in the South Bronx in a congressional district that contained thousands who regarded themselves as members of the working class. We carried the expression, “working class” with honor and we honored all those who worked as fellow comrades. Today, few Americans regard themselves as members of the working class because it makes them feel inferior. They believe themselves to members of the “middle class.” So, what do they enjoy in 2014 was members of this working class?

1. They have to pay off student loans while we members of the Depression working class received free college attendance.

2. They can not afford to purchase a home while we members of the working class belonged to unions which ensured we received wages that allowed purchasing a home.

3. They can not afford a vacation while we members of the working class took vacations.

4. They struggle to pay for their retirement while we working class people worked to create Social Security. Unfortunately, these “middle Class” people voted for members of Congress that seek to end Social Security rather than for political leaders who would have increased payments.

So, be happy that you are in the modern “middle Class.” On the other hand, how about joining the working class and elect congressmen who will increase jobs and pay??

Xmas In Middle East

It is the day after Christmas and all is as is has been for several years in the Middle East. Oh, some tourists are visiting Bethlehem or singing Christmas songs, but life is somewhat normal for those living in the area.

1. The government of Jordan is warning ISIS that they should not behead the Jordan pilot who was captured while bombing ISIS. So, what is the protocol for handling someone who drops bombs on you?

2. Terrorists in speed boats attempted to capture oil terminals in Libya, killed twenty two soldiers but never go the oil.

3. South Lebanon is worried that war in Syria will soon spread to its land.

4. In Israel, settlers continue seizing land from Palestinians and Prime Minister Netanyahyu complains that no one wants to negotiate with him.

5. In Gaza leaders of Hamas are planning and plotting some sort of revenge.

6. Tunisia has a free election and militants were wiped out by voters.

7. In Turkey, President Erdogan continued his efforts to restore the Muslim religion to its former prominence. Much to the chagrin of secular Turks.

None of these events made Fox News.

Just another day in the Middle East.

A Chat With Santa

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit Santa in the North Pole. He had asked what I want for Xmas, and my reply was to chat with the man who is actually beloved by members of the Tea Party and Barack Obama.

M: So, Santa, is there anything different about this Christmas from previous ones?

S: Well, to tell the truth it has been a rough one. Can you imagine what it is like getting this sleigh across open water when in the old days we had gobs of snow?

M: I hope you are not like those Socialist Liberals always complaining about the sol-called global warming?

S: Santa cares about all folks, whether or not they be liberals, socialists, or wealthy.

M: So, what did you bring to those working on Wall Street?

S: Actually,nothing. They already got their Xmas present in November. Bonuses and new laws to prevent them from paying any taxes.

M: Are you against those job creators?

S: Well, it would sort of help if we Santas got some health benefits, carrying those loads is mighty tough on my back.

M: I have always wondered if Santa ever got angry at anyone?

S: Have you ever dealt with little Teddie Cruz, he gets so angry if I leave some presents at the homeless shelter. He claims I am encouraging laziness and giving the money of those with wealth to a bunch of bums who live off the work of others. A real gem is little Teddie.

M: How do you feel about President Obama?

S: That is one curious dude. He could use a present of a good speech writer. I call him the Great Miscommunicator.

M: Anything for Vladimir Putin?

S: Vodka and a muzzle for his mouth is the best I can do.

M: Anything for Sarah Palin or Ms. Bachmann?

S: A bear to wrestle for Sarah and a history book for the woman who could use a bit of knowledge.

M: What can I get for you?

S: Snow would help.

Figure Americans Out, I Can Not!

I am old enough to recall the presidential election of 1968 when liberals were upset at the policies of Lyndon Johnson and his Vice President, Hubert Humphrey so they decided to allow Richard Nixon to become the president. Two months ago, most Americans sat out the congressional elections and allowed one third of the nation to decide who runs our Congress, actually, I should have written, “who ruins Congress.” We Americans have a propensity to vote into office those who will pass legislation that damages our lives. We just elected a Republican Congress who serve the interests of wealthy people and don’t give a damn about those who struggle to survive. For example, at least seven million fellow Americans now have access to medical care. I forget. This is the generation of Americans who lack any interest in our fellow Americans who are surviving rather than being part of the upper middle class. When it comes to shooting ourselves in our feet, limp away with your fellow Americans.

Republican Congressman Michael Grimm just got re-elected to office. He ran on the program that his indictment for tax evasion was part of some Obama plot. He hid over a million dollars in wages and sales in his restaurant, but what the heck, if one blames Obama for the weather, why not blame him for the grim news of Grimm being a criminal? We now elect any incompetent to office because we do not like Obama, the man who caused the recession and wars in the Middle East!

Tunisia Beacon In Middle East

Americans have forgotten that the Arab Spring initially sprung up in the country of Tunisia. It was in that land where people rose up against a dictatorship which had been in power for over forty years. Tunisia is also a country in which secular Muslims have lived in peace with Christians and Jews. Yes, there are still some Jews living in Tunisia. At no point during the past few years have those with secular ideas been suppressed by a Tunisian government. The “Muslim” party of the land has worked with secular groups to restrain fundamentalists from imposing any form of Sharia law upon the people of Tunisia. The past few days a democratic election was held in which secular leader Beji Essebi won about 55% of the vote. There were a few scattered attempts to employ violence by fanatics but these were crushed by armed forces.

In other words, there is a democratic Muslim society in the Middle East. It has free elections and fanatics are challenged by the armed forces. I realize this is not what most Americans have been led to believe. Even Bill Manher is convinced that the Muslim religion is not appropriate to democracy. Sorry Bill, just check out Tunisia!

Once Again, Israel-Palestine Issues Remain Issues

It took fifty years to finally resolve the conflict between Cuba and the US, but it is now over sixty years without a resolution of the conflict between Israel and Palestinians. There is no doubt for most of that time Palestinians lacked leadership willing to resolve the conflict, but there are now Palestinians seeking to achieve peace with Israel. Palestine leaders are asking the United Nations to help resolve their problems with Israel. Here are some suggestions:

1. Israel settlements on the West Bank should be consolidated into an area of about five percent of the land.

2. Israel and Palestine would enter into an economic Union to simulate both economies.

3. A Water Authority would be created to handle this important issue. Jordan could join in handling this issue.

4. A new technology University would be created to bring together Palestinians and Israelis.

5. A joint Israel and Palestinian Armed force would be charged with assuring peace on the West Bank.

6. Israel would pay a billion dollars a year to provide homes for refugees returning to the West Bank.

Some concrete steps for peace.

Horror In Pakistan!

I confess my ignorance about human life on this planet. Every so often an event will occur which simply makes no sense. Yesterday in Pakistan some Taliban suicide bombers entered a school and proceeded to murder 126 children and adults as well as wound over a hundred. They even burned a teacher to death while his students watched. They were eventually killed by Pakistan soldiers. The event occurred at the Peshawar Army School. I assume the murders were of children whose fathers served in the armed forces. The Taliban already is hailing these killings as an example of what they consider to be serving the cause of the Muslim religion. Please don’t get me wrong, Muslims murder and boast of being religious just as Germans killed 30,000,000 and boasted they were serving God. Over in Asia the Japanese murdered millions and also made clear they were children of God.

I do not understand:

1. How young Muslims can go on a jihad knowing they will be serving in a process that results in the deaths of Muslims.

2. Young Muslims who are attracted to death of Muslims, no, I mean the MURDER OF MUSLIMS.

3. Why at this very moment teenagers are sharing emails about how wonderful it will be to go on a jihad.

I do not understand these people anymore than I will ever completely understand the minds of Nazi murderers who could bash in the head of a baby.

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND!

Kettle Calls Kettle Black

The expected occurred in the United Nations when the Ambassador from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea appeared and made a speech in which the representative from North Korea informed the world there was a nation that violated the norms of human behavior and it sure was not the land of Kim Jong-un. According to Ja Song-nam the United States of America has committed the “greatest human rights violations in the world.” I assume the speech was given with a straight face. We can expect similar speeches from the Taliban or ISIS or any number of Taliban style groups who will not crack a smile as they shout about violations of human rights committed by the United States of America. If we Americans behave in ways that violate human rights we can expect to be charged with the same crimes that were committed by those who do the shouting.

Frankly, for the past decade leaders of the United States of America have demonstrated a complete lack of understanding how “enhanced interrogation” will play out on the world screen. We used to have something called the Voice of America which spouted our view about the evils of communism. In many European nations there were millions who cited our policies to black Americans as examples of hypocrisy when we attacked communists as evil. Sorry, Dick Cheney, you may play at being righteous on Fox News but on the world stage you are the personification of evil.