The Top 10 Israeli Stories of 2011


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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

Sitting In The Catbird’s Seat. The Palestinians’ Brilliant Tactic of Non-Negotiation, March 4, 2011

The Pathetic Palestinian Disinformation Campaign, March 18, 2011

The Peace Farce Is Dead, April 28, 2011

The Palestinians Adopt Obama’s Position, Again: History Repeats Itself, June 8, 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

Jew! Jew! Jew! Jew! Jew! The Appalling Case of Lara Logan: The Raw, Unfiltered, anti-Semitic, Misogynistic Islamic Street, February 18, 2011

Ghannouchi and Qaradawi. The Rise of Islamists in Tunisia and Egypt, February 26, 2011

So Much For Democracy And Freedom In Egypt And The West Bank–Islamists on the March, April 4, 2011

From Pro-Democracy To Anti-Israel: So Much For The Arab Spring, May 13, 2011

With ‘Freedom And Justice’ For All: The New Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, June 14, 2011

Why Democracy Will Never Take Hold in the Muslim Middle East: Observations on Libya and Egypt September 11 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.

Dancing In The Street! Candy For Everyone! Three-Month-Old Girl, Four and Eleven-Year Old Brothers, And Parents Slaughtered As They Sleep, March 12, 2011

Dancing In The Street! Candy For Everyone! Fogel Family Butchered, Part 2, March 13, 2011

The Fogel Massacre, CNN, and Dalal al-Mughrabi. The Palestinians Are Still Dancing In The Street About Dead Israeli Children, March 14, 2011

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–1,720 Days– Where Is The Outcry? Where is The Humanity?, March 11, 2011

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

The Real Reason The Israeli Government Made The Shalit Deal: Ron Arad October 13 2011

Palestinian Terrorist Murderers Should Be Executed October 14 2011

The Blood Of My Parents Is Screaming In Their Grave October 15 2011

Gilad Shalit Free And In Israel. The Abominable Conceit Of The Israeli Media and the IDF October 18 2011

Israel’s Pride In Gilad Shalit And A List Of Ten Losers Yesterday October 19 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

Sacrificing The Safety Of Israeli Citizens For The ‘Higher’ Cause of Perpetuating Muslim Unrest–The Bizarre World of the Obama Administration, March 25, 2011

Parsing the Bush Letter, Clinton Statement, and Obama’s Words. Why Israel Is Upset (Part 1), May 20, 2011

President Obama Gets A Reality Check from PM Netanyahu: Why Israel Is Upset (Part 2), May 21, 2011

President Obama To AIPAC: No Return To 1967 Borders, May 22, 2011

Media Headline Reaction To Obama’s AIPAC Speech: Manipulation vs. Objectivity, May 23, 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

Hamas Arming Itself To The Teeth While Israeli Left Supports Boycotters, March 16, 2011

What The Israeli Left Doesn’t Understand, April 5, 2011

The Continued Decline of the Israeli ‘Left’, May 27, 2011

Undermining Israel By Including Too Many People At The Table: J Call and J Street, June 21, 2011

The Anti-Semitic Nexus Between 9/11 ‘Truthers’, BDSers, and Holocaust Deniers, June 26, 2011

Delegitimizing Israel From Within, July 6, 2011

Free Speech Is Not Absolute: My Increasing Disgust With The ‘Free Speech’ Argument: israelstreet 30 second blog, July 14, 2011

Tzipi Livni and the Disloyal Opposition Aug. 7, 2011

The Dangerous And Despicable Effort Of Foreign Donors And Organizations To Bring Down The Democratically Elected Government Of Israel Aug 11, 2011

Working For The Elimination of Israel As A Jewish State: The New Israel Fund September 6 2011

Making Lies Sound Truthful And Murder Respectable: The Slimy Deception of J Street November 16 2011

The Ongoing European Attempt To Subvert Israeli Democracy December 18

. . .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.

Reflections On Last Night’s Rancorous Debate On The Anti-Boycott Bill: israelstreet 30 second blog, July 12, 2011

Raising The Israeli Flag And Singing Hatikvah: Are These Fascist Behaviors? You Decide. israelstreet 30 second blog,

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.

Dark Days Ahead? The Clock Is Ticking Down To The New Nation of Palestine (Part 1), April 14, 2011

Palestinians Stumble and Bumble Their Way Toward The United Nations September 9 2011

Numbers Do Not Confer Legitimacy: The Upcoming Vote For Palestinian Statehood at the United Nations September 14 2011

Of Arafat, U.N. Complicity, ‘Judaization’ of Jerusalem, Obama’s Fault, Attack Dogs and Bred Hogs: Mahmoud Abbas’ Speech To The Palestinians And The World Last Night September 17 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

and

the ultra-orthodox, anti-Zionist Jews in Israel with everyone else–including the orthodox

Israel’s Migron Headache In Samaria, July 26, 2011

The Palestinian Terrorist Murder of Asher Palmer And His Son Jonatan Last Friday, And Its Disgusting Political Cover-up By the IDF And Israeli Police September 26 2011

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

The Denial of Women’s Rights By The Anti-Zionist Religious Fanatics In Israel December 26 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

The ‘Israeli Summer’ Rocks On, July 31, 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

History Repeats Itself. Dozens of Rockets Fired Into Southern Israel. The World Does Nothing, March 19, 2011

Israel Has Lost Its Nerve and Hamas Knows It: The Pusillanimous Doctrine Of ‘Crossing Red Lines’, April 8, 2011

The Relentless Hamas Rocket Assault Continues. The High Price of Israel’s ‘Measured Response’, April 9, 2011

In The Line Of Fire: Qassams Strike Southern Israel Again. israelstreet 30 second blog, July 13, 2011

More Hamas Missile Attacks On Southern Israel Overnight: Deprioritized and Underreported Aug. 4, 2011

Israel Under Missile Attack: Ashdod and Area Struck Repeatedly Today Aug. 20, 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

7 Hamas Palestinian Terrorist Rockets Hit Southern Israel Aug. 24, 2011

‘Ceasefire’ in Tatters As Hamas Terrorist Rockets Pound Israel Aug. 25, 2011

The Surreal World Of Southern Israel: Newest ‘Ceasefire’ Just Broken By Grad Attack Aug. 26, 2011

The Malicious Canard Of The Israeli Government: “Everything Is Back To Normal In The South” Aug. 27, 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

The Men, Women, and Children of Southern Israel: Nothing More Than Cannon Fodder December 10 2011

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