Saturday, March 13, 2010
So you had a monstrous day at work. Everybody’s yelled at you, nothing went the way you wanted, and when you walked into your boss’s office, you found him plowing through a stack of resumes from people applying for your job. When you get right down to it, the whole situation looks absolutely hopeless. So what do you do? You go home and kick the dog.
A euphemism, of course. I’m all in favor of ritual seppuku for anyone who would actually kick a dog. But you get the general idea: when times are tough, you take your frustration out on some critter who’s loyal, who will put up with it, who will forgive you, and most importantly, who won’t kick you back. The dog bore no responsibility for your predicament, of course, but he just happens to be the most convenient way for you to work out your own misery.
That’s what the Community Organizer did, when he decided to sic Missus Bubba on Bibi on Shabbat.
The Community Organizer is having a series of bad days that probably outweighs anything you or I ever experienced. No one on the face of the earth – except for The One himself, probably – thinks that his administration has accomplished anything positive so far. A year-plus into his term, and for months already, objective commentators have pronounced this is a failed presidency, maybe even the worst America ever endured. All his preaching of hope and change turned into doom and gloom instead – and not in spite of everything The One did, but rather because of what he did.
Now that’s depressing – not only finding out that everything you believed in was wrong, but more than that: now you learn that 72% of the voters hate your guts.
So what did the Community Organizer do? He sent his bitch… ah, Secretary of State, Missus Bubba – to deliver a vicious kick to Israel. Why not? As the whole world loves to repeat, ad nauseum, the US is Israel’s only ally. We don’t have anywhere else to turn for friends – other than Ha Kadosh Baruch Hu, that is – so we tend to cut the US some slack when they do and say spiteful things to us. Lonely planet that Israel is, we generally tolerate rhetorical excess from the United States.
But really, this latest incident is so silly it’s probably enough to make the four Presidents on Mt. Rushmore blush. The 43- minute harangue that Missus Bubba delivered -- on Shabbat, yet! an insult all by itself -- was over the top by about 20,000 leagues.
Serves you right for answering the phone on Shabbat, Bibi! How many times have we told you not to do that? No good comes from messing with the phone on Shabbat. We’ve been telling you that. Now do you understand?)
Bibi aside, I don’t know how Missus Bubba manages to live with herself – or indeed, any of that crowd of lying, scheming pit bulls manage, but even by their standards, this was extreme. (No offense intended toward pit bulls, the worst of which is kind and compassionate as compared to Missus Bubba.)
What’s at issue: the recent approval of 112 new homes in Jerusalem, in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood. Bottom line: The Community Organizer doesn’t want them built. Israel -- with our burgeoning population, lack of housing, and home prices going sky-high due to pressures of supply and demand -- does.
Here's the property in Ramat Shlomo.
The funny thing about this is – something the MSM isn’t bothering to point out – is that Ramat Shlomo is not now and never has been an “Arab” neighborhood. It’s in NORTHEAST Jerusalem, not in the fabled “east” Jerusalem that’s previously been a hot topic. (Not legitimately, but the US previously tried to stop construction in east Jerusalem, to which ex officio directive Bibi, wisely, just said no.)
But that didn’t stop Obama’s Merry Men from kicking the Israeli dog over Ramat Shlomo. When plagiarist-supreme Joe Biden arrived in Israel last Thursday, he kicked off his visit in a most ungracious way, considering that he’s our guest. "I condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem,” Biden said. "The substance and timing of the announcement, particularly with the launching of proximity talks, is precisely the kind of step that undermines the trust we need right now and runs counter to the constructive discussions that I've had here in Israel.”
Biden condemns? Good grief. We quake at the mere thought….
Especially when there are no “proximity talks” on the horizon. Not because Israel isn’t willing – day by day in Israel, local news blares out yet another statement by Bibi: “We’re willing to talk anytime the ‘Palestinians’ are willing.” Drives most of us nuts, of course – we shouldn’t be willing to talk. But that’s the truth: Israeli is now and has forever been willing to talk.
Not so the Arabs – for two reasons: first of all, there is no Arab leader who could enter into any kind of a negotiated settlement with Israel. The terrorist Abu Mazen, who when he’s cleaned up calls himself Mahmoud Abbas, has no control over Aza at all. Worse than that, he has very little control over the area he claims to represent, Judea and Samaria. He’s as toothless as a newborn puppy. Any agreement he entered into would instantly result in his own assassination and be entirely unenforceable.
But second – and I keep wondering if the world will ever come to understand this. Remember: the Arabs do not want a state of their own. They want our state. They want us gone. They will settle for nothing less. And do you really expect any Israeli leader to enter into negotiations that will result in putting Israel to sleep? Do you think any other nation’s leader would do such a thing – agree to the demise of his own country?
Obviously not. So -- Plagiarist Joe to the contrary, there are no new talks looming. Biden must be confusing Israel with the Welsh Labor Party again, a bad habit of his.
But let’s talk about Ramat Shlomo for a minute – an interesting place. The land was already owned by the State, part of the territory that was annexed following the 1967 War. Originally it was called Reches Shuafat (Shuafat Ridge), but was renamed for Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, a highly respected rosh yeshiva who passed away in 1995 when Ramat Shlomo itself was founded. Before that, no one lived there, certainly not Arabs. By 2000, it had grown to encompass 18,000 people, most of them Haredi Jews. Lots of them fathers who participate fully in the raising of their children, by the way.
Several years ago, Jerusalem city officials had another plan for the area – they wanted to build Teddy Stadium, an enormous sports complex, there, but that fell through. Local residents protested – they didn’t want such a thing (which might be used on Shabbat) in their neighborhood. So Teddy Stadium was built instead in the southern Malha neighborhood.
But take a look at this – another photo of Ramat Shlomo:
See that unusual looking building in the center? Here’s a closer look:
If you think that building looks a little odd, you’re right. It looks like a piece of Brooklyn -- Crown Heights to be exact, right smack in the middle of Ramat Shlomo.
The building is a replica of Chabad Lubavitch headquarters, the residence of the Rebbe, 770 Eastern Parkway, in Brooklyn. Chabad has built thirteen or fourteen of these replicas all over the world, and one of them happens to be in Ramat Shlomo.
So now you know something that neither Missus Bubba nor Plagiarist Joe bothered to find out: Ramat Shlomo is home to a replica of the Rebbe’s residence, which is to say, the neighborhood is important to Chabad Lubavitch. If you think that’s kind of property is something that will be negotiated away to Arab terrorists, guess again.
It's really funny: The Community Organizer sent out his lackeys to kick the Israeli dog – but this time, it’s the Community Organizer who’s barking up the wrong tree.