It has now been 13 days since Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16 were kidnapped and last seen alive. Wherever you are, support the campaign to “Bring Back Our Boys”.
UPDATES 10 am Israel time, Thursday, June 26 2014:
**The search for the three missing Israeli teenagers continues–though in diminished form. IDF forces raided a number of houses last night and captured more Hamas terrorists. In one incident near Mt. Hebron a terrorist was shot when he attempted to escape. At the same time, soldiers discovered three major cave complexes.
**There were no rockets fired at southern Israel yesterday by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza. Hilariously, Palestinian sources in Gaza reported that Hamas had arrested those in the cell responsible for firing the missiles at Israeli border communities on Tuesday night. Even more hilariously, the IDF–in yet another attempt to make Hamas in Gaza look like “the good guys”– quickly supported the claim that Hamas was not responsible for firing the missiles.
The hilarity continued this morning with Palestinian media reporting that, in fact, no arrests were made by Hamas after all, and with Hamas spokesman threatening Israel that if Israel attacks Gaza because of the missiles strikes against southern Israel, Hamas will not only attack southern Israel but also Haifa.
**Shimon Peres came to the last stop on his Farewell Tour yesterday at the White House in Washington. There he met with President Obama and reportedly made an impassioned plea for the release of Jonathan Pollard.
Whether the plea resonated or not remains to be seen; Obama merely sidestepped the question by saying that he would have U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder “consider” the request–as if they have not “considered” the request a thousand times already.
Of course, it was Shimon Peres who closed the door at the Israeli Embassy three decades ago and did not let Jonathan Pollard seek asylum, and it was Shimon Peres who actually sent an Israeli to testify against Pollard at his trial. And it has been Shimon Peres who has been cavorting about the world ever since while Pollard has languished in prison.
And it is the pathetic Shimon Peres who will pick up two more undeserved awards today–the Congressional Gold Medal and the Lantos Human Rights Prize.
We truly live in a world turned upside down.
Shimon Peres (along with Yitzhak Rabin) initiates the Oslo Process which results in more than a thousand Israelis being blown to pieces and receives the Nobel Peace Prize. The General Command of the Israel Defense Forces is doing all it can to dismantle Hamas in Judea and Samaria while defending Hamas to the hilt in Gaza. An Israeli government spokesman says that the kidnapping of the three Israeli teenagers was planned and directed by a Hamas commander operating out of and subsidized by Turkey, and Israel is on the verge of paying compensation to Turkish families of terrorists who tried to kill Israeli soldiers.
So it should have come as no great surprise yesterday that Ireland, the most viciously anti-Israel country in Europe, was named by “The Good Country” index as “the best country” in the world.
After all, as the Index pointed out: “The idea of the good state index is fairly simple: to measure what every country on the planet contributes to the general good of mankind . . .”
The general good of mankind–except for Israel and the Jews that is.
Back in 2011, when Israel’s then new ambassador to Ireland, Boaz Modaj, arrived in Dublin, a leading newspaper greeted him with the unwelcome headline “Welcome to hell” (which of course was ironically correct).
At the same time, an Israeli official noted that: “The Irish government is feeding its people with anti-Israel hatred. What we are seeing here is clear anti-Semitism.”
In 2012, Giulio Meotti authored an article: “The Irish War on Israel.” In it, the author points out that “Irish hatred for Israel is of a special type. It’s pure and not motivated by external factors.”
Here are a few excerpts from Meotti’s article:
“In the Irish city of Limerick, in 1904, the priest John Creagh promoted a boycott of the Jews. ‘It is madness’, the Christian leader declared, ‘for a people to allow an evil to grow in their midst that will cause them ruin’. Orders were given to the Jews’ customers not to buy their goods and to repay their loans. If the Jews walked in the streets they were beaten, confronting crowds shouting ‘Death to the Jews!’ and ‘Hunt them out’.” . . .
“Ireland, the last state in the European Union to have full diplomatic relations with Israel, is one the most anti-Semitic countries in Europe. Last November, an anti-Israel display was held on Dublin’s main pedestrian street, presenting IDF soldiers as Nazis. According to the Israeli Embassy in Dublin, not a single Israeli dance or theater company, musician or filmmaker has been invited to Ireland for a decade.” . . .
“In 2010, town councilmen in Carrickmacross voted to rip out a page of a town’s visitors’ book because Israel’s Ambassador to Ireland, Zion Evrony, signed it. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions voted to support a boycott of Israeli goods and services. Today no senior political figure in the Republic of Ireland would come out on Israel’s side. The only Jewish deputy in the Parliament,, Alan Shatter, and the Israeli ambassador, were both compared to the Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels by Sinn Fein MK Aengus O Snodaigh.” . . .
“A new report titled “Pluralism and Diversity in Ireland” and compiled by Father Micheál Mac Gréil, a Jesuit priest and sociologist, revealed that 22 per cent would stop Jews taking up Irish citizenship, 40 per cent of Irish people said they would not want a Jew in their family and only 48 per cent would accept an Israeli. The Irish hatred for Israel is denationalized and secularized, internationalist, universalist and third-worldist.”
Nicky Larkin, an Irish film maker (who by the way went from being a rabid Palestinian supporter to a strong Israel supporter after a trip to Israel) summed the Irish attitude this way by referencing artists:
“An Irish artist is supposed to sign boycotts, wear a PLO scarf, and remonstrate loudly about The Occupation. But it’s not just artists who are supposed to hate Israel. Being anti-Israel is supposed to be part of our Irish identity, the same way we are supposed to resent the English.”
We could go on and on but enough said.
Your humble servant would like to end this blog today by offering his congratulations to Ireland for being the best country in the world.
What a pathetic joke.