As 2011 draws to an end today, your humble servant thought that he would review this year’s blogs and tell you what he thinks were the top 10 stories of this past year (in reverse order of importance):
10. The End Of The Peace Process With The Palestinians
Let’s all be honest. There is no peace process with the Palestinians. Despite all Israeli attempts to woo the PLO back to the negotiating table, it hasn’t happened–and will not happen. The PLO is as committed to the destruction of Israel as ever. Why is this number 10? Because it is nothing new.
The Peace Process Is Dead, February 22, 2011
The Pathetic Palestinian Disinformation Campaign, March 18, 2011
The Peace Farce Is Dead, April 28, 2011
The Nazi-Palestinian Parallel of ‘No Jews’ and Land For Peace September 15 2011
Is Peace With The Palestinians Really Possible? December 29 2011
9. The Arab Spring That Wasn’t And Isn’t
Let’s all be honest again. The Arab Spring has not brought democracy–it has brought and is bringing an Islamist takeover of north Africa and the Middle East. Why is this number 9? Because anyone with any sense could have seen this coming.
Egypt: ‘Democracy’ Run Its Course? January 28 2011
Egypt and Israel Thrown Under the Bus, February 1, 2011
Jordan Cowers in the Face of Islamism, February 3, 2011
Mubarak Goes. Obama Crows. Army Power Grows. Islamism Waits in the Wings, February 12, 2011
Ghannouchi and Qaradawi. The Rise of Islamists in Tunisia and Egypt, February 26, 2011
Tunisian And Egyptian Reprise: The Arab Spring That Wasn’t October 10 2011
Tunisia: The Absurdity of a “Moderate” Islamist Victory October 25 2011
8. The Slaughter of the Fogel Family in Itamar
The stabbing butchery of Ruth and Udi Fogel and their three children served as reminder to all of the barbaric nature of our Palestinian enemies. This horrific event would have been ranked higher were it not for the fact that we already know the barbaric nature of our enemies.
Palestinian Terrorists Charged In Fogel Murders (Part 1), April 17, 2011
The Fogel Murder Media Disinformation Campaign (Part 2 of 2), April 18, 2011
“I Am Proud Of What I Did.”, June 13, 2011
7. The Imprisonment of Gilad Shalit and His Subsequent Release
The continuing trauma of Shalit’s being held prisoner by the Palestinian terrorists in Gaza wracked all of Israel up until the time of his release–at which time the exchange of so many vicious criminals traumatized Israelis again.
Gilad Shalit: 1800 Days, May 29, 2011
The Increasingly Depraved Negotiations For Gilad Shalit, June 20, 2011
Gilad Shalit: Coming Home At Last October 12 2011
Palestinian Terrorist Murderers Should Be Executed October 14 2011
The Blood Of My Parents Is Screaming In Their Grave October 15 2011
6. The Ongoing Tete a Tete Between the Obama Administration and the Netanyahu Coalition
The relationship between Washington and Jerusalem was a continuing roller-coaster in 2011 with the Obama Administration alternately castigating PM Netanyahu for continuing construction in Jewish communities, and providing Israel support in terms of funding and fighting against anti-Israel resolutions in the United Nations.
The Overweening Hubris Of Obama, February 2, 2011
The Roosevelt Doctrine vs The Obama Doctrine, February 13, 2011
The Mickey Mouse Show Continues In Washington, March 5, 2011
President Obama To AIPAC: No Return To 1967 Borders, May 22, 2011
Obama’s Astonishing Involvement of Netanyahu in U.S. Domestic Politics September 22 2011
5. The Continuing Attempts of ‘Leftist Groups’ and Foreign NGOs To Delegitimize Israel
2011 saw leftist groups such as BDS, J Street, the European Union, Kadima, the New Israel Fund–and many other NGOs doing everything within their power to bring down the Netanyahu government and in the process delegitimize Israel.
Investigating the Israeli Left January 24 2011
Where Hatred of Israel Means Love of Israel. The Brazen Lie of J Street, February 27, 2011
What The Israeli Left Doesn’t Understand, April 5, 2011
The Continued Decline of the Israeli ‘Left’, May 27, 2011
Delegitimizing Israel From Within, July 6, 2011
Tzipi Livni and the Disloyal Opposition Aug. 7, 2011
. . .5B And The Subsequent Attempts of the Netanyahu Coalition to Pass Legislation That Supports Israel
Finally, the Knesset began to consider and pass a number of pieces of legislation to protect Israel and reassert Israel’s Zionism.
Striking A Blow For Israeli Human Rights November 14 2011
4. The Palestinian Attempt To Obtain Statehood At The United Nations
This probably could have been placed with number 1 above, but deserves its own place on the list just because of the time and effort invested by the Israeli government in combatting the proposed resolution.
Palestinians Stumble and Bumble Their Way Toward The United Nations September 9 2011
Israeli ‘Intransigence’ and Obama’s Broken ‘Promise’ September 18 2011
The Return Of The PLO September 19 2011
Global BBC Poll: “Public Narrowly Backs UN Recognition of Palestine” September 20 2011
Backroom Deals At The United Nations: In Search Of The Magic 7 September 21 2011
3. The Increasing Divide Between Jewish Community members in Judea and Samaria, the Ultra Orthodox, and the Other Parts of Israeli Society
This is an extremely important development within Israeli society that will have long range ramifications. Be sure to note the actual divides are between:
the orthodox Jewish community members in Judea and Samaria with many secular Israelis
the ultra-orthodox, anti-Zionist Jews in Israel with everyone else–including the orthodox
The Rapidly Disintegrating Situation In Judea And Samaria October 7 2011
Rest In Peace: Rabbi Dan Martzbach (1958-2011) November 12 2011
The Broken Water Pipe on Uzziyahu Street November 13 2011
2. The Summer Marches for “Social Justice”
All of Israel was tuned in to Israeli TV during the summer as hundreds of thousands marched for social justice in Israel. Your humble servant did not devote much blogspace to these marches because he thought (and still thinks) that they were greatly exaggerated by the Israeli media–and because they were financed and somewhat planned by leftist groups outside of Israel). How long lasting the effects of the marches will be seen over the coming months and years.
Thousands, Thousands, Thousands. . ., June 10, 2011
Have You Ever Watched A Giraffe Fizzle? Aug. 15, 2011
1. The Continued Launching of Terrorist Missiles At The Residents of Southern Israel
In your humble servant’s opinion, this was the most important story of 2011. The continuing rocket fire has exposed the IDF’s weakness in general and fear of Hamas in particular, subjected the men, women, and children of southern Israel to needless physical and mental trauma, and exacerbated a geographical rift in Israeli society with south pitted against central and north.
The Rain of Hamas Rockets Continues: CUFI Rallies To Southern Israel’s Aid, February 23, 2011
The Time Has Come To Eliminate The Terrorist Infrastructure in Gaza , March 24, 2011
Israel Suffers 100+ Missile Strikes In The Last 48 Hours Aug. 21, 2011
Hamas Loudly Proclaims ‘Victory’ And They Are Correct Aug. 22, 2011
15 Minutes Of Terror Here In Ashdod Last Night October 27 2011
What Has Happened To Benjamin Netanyahu? October 29 2011
Message To Israel Government–We Don’t Want A Ceasefire! October 30 2011
Lessons Learned From the 48 Hour Weekend War October 31 2011
The Islamic Terrorist Assault Continues On Southern Israel November 1 2011
Second Class Israeli Citizens Who Are Expendable November 2 2011
Do You Want To Know Why We Israelis In The South Are Angry? November 6 2011
CONTINUOUS BREAKING NEWS OF ROCKET ATTACKS ON SOUTHERN ISRAEL December 9 2o11