“Hamas represents deformity of an Arab civilization.”

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“We Arabs must be the ones to stop Hamas and Hezbollah, rather than support their demonic and twisted logic of resisting development, enlightenment, and progress of the region.”

by Alan Simons

Nine years ago, in January 2009, Farid Ghadry the Syrian-born co-founder of the United States-based Reform Party of Syria in an article published by the Australian think-tank  ICJS Research (Issues of Concern for Justice & Society), declared it is the Arabs who “must be the ones to stop Hamas and Hezbollah, rather than support their demonic and twisted logic of resisting development, enlightenment, and progress of the region.”

The destructive personal comments Ghadry would have received nine years ago for writing his article would no doubt have the same impact if it were to be published today, perhaps even more so. Why? Have we learnt nothing?

Here in part is what Ghadry had to say:

“Many ask why fellow Arabs would support the destruction of Hamas and Hezbollah. The answer is simple. Both organizations, in addition to the rule in Damascus and Iran, represent everything that is wrong in the Middle East today: Morally weak organizations or states seeking revenge, extolling resistance, and abetting violence against those who have surpassed us in knowledge and technology. . .

Farid Ghadry JIN May 15 2018

Farid Ghadry

“How could Arabs and Muslims help their societies if their program for progress is built upon violence? When was the last time Hamas or Hezbollah issued their 5-year plan to improve the lives of their followers? It will never happen because the failed leadership of both organizations seeks power instead of duty, money instead of benevolence, and longevity in both instead of renewal for the good of their people.

“Hezbollah and Hamas must be destroyed and the regimes in Damascus and Tehran must be changed for all Arabs and Farsi people to survive and prosper in an ever-evolving world timed in nanoseconds and propagating through quantum physics. Their poisonous rhetoric of violence feeding a frenzied mass of ignorant Arabs leaning on their extreme religion to honour their incapacity to compete with the West is destroying future generations of hopeful saviours of our culture and traditions.

“We Arabs must be the ones to stop Hamas and Hezbollah, rather than support their demonic and twisted logic of resisting development, enlightenment, and progress of the region. . .

“So while we abhor violence of all kind, Israel’s campaign against Hamas must continue to the bitter end not only for the sake of peace but also to help Arabs realize they have a choice: Destroy like Gaza or develop like Dubai. Will this happen soon? Maybe not, but if a wake-up call and a nudge, once in a while, to pierce through the fog of deceit perpetrated by Syria and Iran is what it takes to see the light, then we stand by the West and Israel in the only hope that an Arab Renaissance in the Levant may actually have a chance of resurrection.”

The full text of Farid Ghadry’s article can be read at: http://www.icjs-online.org/index.php?eid=5238&ICJS=3195&article=1730

 

 

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IRAN: “Obama’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was an epic hoax. And a failure.”

“For many diaspora Jews and non-Jews alike, they have become too immersed in focussing on Trump’s decision to walk away from Obama’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and not on the primary issue at hand, namely of Israel’s survival from a country that has openly stated it ‘will’ not ‘wants to’ obliterate Israel and its population from the face of the earth.”

 

       by Alan Simons

Leon de Winter the acclaimed Dutch author and writer, this week in De Telegraaf, a leading  Dutch newspaper, put it as succinctly as it can get:

“With an overwhelmingly powerful speech, Donald Trump put an end to the Iran deal or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. By the way, it was not a deal but a set of guidelines.

“In November 2015, the US Department of State, then still under Obama, described the plan as ‘no treaty or measure, and is not a signed document.’

“President Obama did not have the plan ratified by Congress because it lacked a majority. Iran has not signed either. It was a ‘non-binding executive agreement’, which could be withdrawn by Obama’s successor. That has now happened.”

A few days ago, Vivian Bercovici, the Canadian ambassador to Israel between 2014 and 2016, writing in The Jerusalem Post referred to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran nuclear deal) as ‘an epic hoax. And a failure.’ She added in part, referring directly to the Obama followers as having ‘no plan.’

“This is the clarion call of Obama acolytes – including most of the mainstream media – who support the capitulation which they choose to call a ‘deal.’

“A deal, like a contract, in its simplest form, refers to an exchange between two or more parties; where mutual accommodations are made to achieve the desired outcome.

“Under the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran nuclear deal), the Islamic Republic, we are told, agreed to put the brakes on its nuclear ambitions for a brief period – at best delaying its ‘breakout’ potential by a few years. That’s it.

“The west gave up every shred of leverage it had. The deal terms dropped economic sanctions; provided billions in cash to support global terrorism; accepted absurdly lax inspection protocols of Iranian nuclear and military sites; did not address the issue of containing Iranian territorial ambition in the Middle East; and did not address Iran’s ongoing ballistic missile program.

“The JCPOA was an epic hoax. And a failure.

“Smug leadership utterly disconnected from the brutal reality of the Middle East pontificated to the mob, edifying us, in our simplicity, as to how complex it all is and how brilliant they all were to coax the so-called “moderate” faction of the Iranian leadership to the table and negotiate such a brilliant outcome.

“Until President Donald Trump began ‘talking turkey’ last October, no deal proponents spoke about modifying it, supplementing its deficiencies with a stronger addendum. There was no need for such nonsense because the deal was as good as it gets.”

Today, not to be left out, Melanie Phillips, the British journalist, broadcaster and author added some scathing words in her article, “The Elephant in the Room is Regime Change,” where in part she said:

“Amid the brouhaha over President Donald Trump’ decisions to pull the US out of the appalling Iran nuclear deal, the elephant in the room is standing quietly all but unobserved.

“Trump’s initiative is being either praised to the skies or deplored with dismay. The question being discussed is whether it will force the Iranian regime to abandon its nuclear program in a new deal or precipitate a terrible war.

“Following Trump’s announcement, an Iranian missile attack on Israeli military bases on the Golan Heights led to heavy Israeli air strikes against Iranian targets in Syria.”

Phillips added:

“Let’s go back to something approaching first principles. The Iranian regime is a menace to the world going far beyond its nuclear ambitions.

“It has waged a self-declared war against the West since it came to power in 1979. It has killed numerous American, British and other coalition troops in Iraq. It is the greatest single state sponsor of terrorism in the world, responsible for the murder of countless innocents.

“It has a burning genocidal ambition to wipe Israel off the map. Some of its members, especially the Supreme Leader, are fanatics of the Shia “Twelver” sect who believe that destroying Israel and the US in a global apocalypse will bring the Shia messiah to earth.

“It is developing long-range missiles outside the terms of the nuclear deal altogether and which in themselves threaten the region and the world. The nuclear archive extracted in the Mossad coup proves its leaders are congenital liars who can never be trusted under any circumstances.

“Accordingly, no accommodation can ever be reached with this regime to negate the threat it poses. The only reasonable strategic aim is, therefore, its removal.”

For many diaspora Jews and non-Jews alike, they have become too immersed in focussing on Trump’s decision to walk away from Obama’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and not on the primary issue at hand, namely of Israel’s survival from a country that has openly stated it “will” not “wants to” obliterate Israel and its population from the face of the earth.

Irrespective of the content of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran’s thirst for obliterating Israel has not diminished over the years and as we saw this past week Israel responded to Iran’s actions in the only way a threatened nation must, not passively, but with strength and understanding of the psychological make-up of Iran’s leaders and population.

Iran is run by an apocalyptic bunch of religious despots who, as Bernard Lewis the renowned scholar remarked over ten years ago, “the threat of many Iranians perishing in a war did not deter the Iranian leadership, which believes ‘it would be doing them a favor, by giving them a free pass to heaven.’”

In an earlier article titled, “An Open Letter to the Ordinary People of Iran,” published on May 1, 2018, in the jewishinfoNews and The Times of Israel, I wrote:

“As Iranians, you will remember that during the Iran–Iraq war, beginning on September 22, 1980, an estimated 190,000 Iranian combat personnel were killed. How strange it must be now for you to admit that Israel supported you in your war.

“Sadly, 38 years later in Syria, your children are still being killed. The Iranian regime revealed last month that “2,100 Iranians have been killed fighting in Syria the past few years, more than double the previous death toll announced 16 months ago…

“As a proportion of the population, that is a greater loss than the United States has suffered in all its wars in the Middle East since the start of the century… “Given that the United States has four times the population of Iran, the Iranian losses in Syria are proportionately about a quarter greater than the US losses throughout the region this century.”

I added:

Hezbollah members perform during a rally

“Notwithstanding the frolics of your Ayatollah Khamenei, you are a proud and educated people. Keep it that way! Fighting Iraqis, fighting in Syria, and now using your so-called ‘axis of resistance’ (Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and Gaza), which forms the growing ‘Shiite Crescent’ to do all your dirty work, is one thing. However, you Iranian people should remember Israel has been fighting in this war zone for 70 years.

“You are the military newcomers, already with thousands of your children returning to Iran in body bags. So, I suggest you pick your primary battles very carefully.

“Too many of your own children have died. Let your mothers now have a long and quiet life ahead of them!

 “Go in peace!”

Unhappily, Khamenei’s concept of peace bears no rapport to that of a civilized society and unless the current Iranian regime is eradicated by its own people, the continuation of Khamenei’s iron-fisted rule of law will see many more Iranian families experience what it is like, as Israeli families have, to lose their children in war.

To all ordinary Iranians living in Iran, I say this. “Remember September 22, 1980.” In 2018, regrettably, you may experience something far worse!

Alan Simons is the publisher and editor of jewishinfoNews.

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A plague on Jihadism!

Publisher’s Comment

by Alan Simons

Gatestone Institute is an American non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank. In a recent statement sent to its subscribers, John Bolton, Chairman, Gatestone Institute and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations asks: “What is the response of the American and European leadership to our new reality? Denial, word games and silence. And verbal attacks on citizens who insist on talking openly about the threats we face. They call us “Islamophobic,” “xenophobic,” or “racist” to try to silence us.

He adds:

“… much of the Middle East is engulfed in civil wars and mass terrorism, as Iran expands its hegemonic reach into in Yemen, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq — while continuing to build its nuclear weapons program.

The Christian population of the Middle East, there for 2,000 years, is being subjected to relentless persecution, mass-murder and forced conversion to Islam. Israelis being surrounded by ISIS. The response again of the U.S. and other Western governments: Silence.

We are at a turning point that requires a greater effort. We are at crisis that has grown directly out of the refusal of our leadership to face the nature of our problems and confront them forcefully.”

Many citizens in the West are faced with uncertainty. They see the growth of vicious evil Jihadist cults with no respect for the rules of war, the Geneva Convention, international humanitarian law and the likes. From North America, to Africa, to Europe and stretching through the Middle East to the Far East, the killing of children and adults by suicide bombers, by decapitation, by kidnapping and various other abhorrent methods and the lack of Western governments, as Bolton addresses, to cohesively work as one to rid us of this plague, does nothing to give us confidence in our leaders. Western governments are seen as becoming immobile, retreating into their shell at a time when the electorate want positive forceful action from them.  

However, it is not just Western governments who are amiss. Civil society organizations (CSOs) have also been silent. Their lack of leadership in this issue is reprehensible. How the IMF could produce a statement this past April that said, “Civil society organizations (CSOs) are now more vocal than in the past…  CSOs include business forums, faith-based associations, labor unions, local community groups, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), philanthropic foundations, and think tanks,” is beyond reason.

President Reagan, for all his economic policy failures, left the White House with the highest approval rating of any president since FDR. He once said: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” 

One might think our leaders would take heed in Reagan’s remark, instead of being seen as capitulating to Jihadism through their silence and inaction. 

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