UPDATES 7 pm Israel time, Sunday, March 2 2014:
*Jerusalem has been the scene today of a massive “prayer rally” by the haredi ultra-orthodox against a new law that would draft them into the IDF or another form of national service and impose penalties on those who refuse. Hundreds of thousands of protesters bused in from all over the country have succeeded in closing down the capital.
Despite the fact that your humble servant has much sympathy for the ultra-orthodox and how they have sustained Judaism, he has no sympathy whatsoever for the ultra-orthodox who refuse to serve the country and demand to live off of the public dole.
*Do you remember “the good old days” of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt? In 2005, the last time that Mubarak “ran” for president, he received 88.5% of the popular vote.
Yesterday, the results of the Egyptian referendum on a new constitution backed by General Al-Sisi were released–and guess what? 98% of voters approved the constitution. We are back to the days of automatic, rubber-stamp victories in Egypt.
Your humble servant never fails to shake his head in disbelief at the willingness of countries to pour their money down the drain of the corrupt PLO/Palestinian Authority. You may recall that it was only 4 months ago that European auditors discovered that 1.95 billion Euros that the European Union had donated to the Palestinians had simply “disappeared”.
Yesterday it was the turn of the “Second Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development” (CEAPAD) held in Jakarta and chaired by Indonesia, Japan, and, yes, the Palestinian Authority. 20 other countries were in attendance including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
Among the international organizations present were the World Bank and the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. (Yes, you read the name of that that last bogus organization correctly: the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East).
The headline of the one day conference was Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida’s announcement that Japan will pony up another $200 million in assistance for “Palestinian development”.
In reality, this $200 million will undoubtedly go to further line the pockets of the leaders of the PLO and to help pay the salaries of Palestinian terrorist murderers who have been released by Israel as well as those who remain in prison.
But to hear Kishida tell it, that paltry $200 million “will help achieve a two-state solution, which would see Palestine and Israel in peaceful coexistence and co-prosperity.”
Endlessly funneling money to Palestinian beggars who circle the globe in search of money without even a semblance of self-respect or dignity will do nothing to bring peace. It merely perpetuates the fraud that is Palestinian victimhood.