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After the Jerusalem massacre worries in Sweden too…

November 22nd, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Last night I read Rabbi Sacks’ commentary on the Torah Portion Toldot. If every Muslim could also read that, there would be a much better understanding about the cousins, the Jews and those Arabs who are the descendants of a common spiritual ancestor, Abraham

2014 : the Jerusalem synagogue massacre

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on the Jerusalem synagogue massacre
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Swedish news

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Europe News : Sweden
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The Jewish Press

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Angela Merkel says no to unilaterally recognising Palestine state
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Murdered Jews Atone for Generation, Messiah Must Come’
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Sweden Urges Israel to Return Ambassador
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I suffer from blood phobia also known as Hemophobia.This fear includes the mere sight of a drop of blood, a hypodermic syringe, a needle, the agony of taking a blood test, a vaccination. Some kinot are unreadable, produce the same effect as hemophobia. At various points I have experienced not surviving holocaust, pogrom, bloody massacre, Masada, Karbala, at some other time a victim of Nader Shah.

God forbid: it could have been worse; it could have been in a full packed synagogue on the Sabbath. I’ve never seen so much blood. Gallons of blood, like a red sea on the synagogue floor in the al-Jazeera footage of the massacre of four rabbis and an Israel policeman in that Jerusalem synagogue. Just the sight of blood, even in a picture has prevented me from following some of the news about the Jerusalem synagogue massacre, and so I’m surprised at the last line of this report about

Death Threats Against Swedish Rabbi After Jerusalem Massacre

variously reported in

the international media

“but it made the inaccurate claim that the two Arab terrorists who conducted the attack were disguised as Hareidi Jews.”

That the butchers who armed themselves with meat cleavers with which to slaughter the rabbis, entered the synagogue disguised as Hareidi worshippers seemed plausible enough; after all they could not have successfully entered the synagogue looking like Saddam Hussein or Yasser Arafat, with a keffiyeh over their heads, Jihad written on their foreheads and Death to America written on their T-shirts.

Before the Jerusalem synagogue massacre it was already More money for synagogue security

And now there must be even better security….

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2015 is almost here.

November 21st, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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I’m thinking in advance about “Same procedure as every year James” and that we will soon be wishing everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Stockholm, in Bethlehem, in the Vatican, in Salamanca, in Canterbury and in Athens….

Heaven forbid that I should be glib or merely facetious when speculating or expressing genuine concern. Was it not St. Paul who said that “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known “?

For those of us who live in the world of the seen and the unseen
(the latter is also known as the al-Ghaib in al-Islam) maybe, consistent with the material aspects of the theory of as above so below, down here on earth, whilst UFOs are still being randomly sited in North America and various other undisclosed areas, at least one unidentified enemy submarine has been sighted and photographed in Swedish waters, and this leaves some of us above water still asking, “What about the submarines that have not been sensor-spotted cruising around Sweden’s interminable coastline, do we not have to be worried about them too? “ It doesn’t mean that just because something is invisible ( in the same way that fresh air is invisible to the naked eye) doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist

Stefan Löfven, said to be the most powerful man in Sweden,
is reportedly in New York hobnobbing with Hilary Clinton, the wife of Bill Clinton whose ambition it is to be the first female president of the US, and their talks are said to have been “successful”. Successful talks about what? About Sweden getting a seat in the Security Council? Since he is indeed on a state visit, then when is he going to meet his counterpart Barack Obama, the potus of Mighty America – even if Mr. Löfven is currently on a collision course with the potus of the United States of America and with Israel, after making that momentous declamation of recognition of a state of Palestine, a decision still reverberating in Europe and making echoes amidst the increase of bloody terror in the holy city of Jerusalem and the rest of the Middle East.

World Jewry weeps. Four ultra-orthodox rabbis: Three Israeli-American rabbis and a British-Israeli rabbi butchered in cold blood, as they were doing their morning prayers in the synagogue in Jerusalem. As it turns out they were davening, doing their last prayer. The dead can no longer pray or do good
The pressure from AIPAC on the US president is going to be enormous, ditto the pressure from the Jewish Community in Britain on British policy towards terror is going to be definitive.

To add to the terror in Jerusalem and the existential threats being faced by Israel, time is running out for Brother Obama as the 24th November deadline for a deal with Iran grows ever more imminent. I just read this latest report about how things are and what the US is demanding

I’m an optimist. Iran needs US and Saudi support in the fight against the blood-thirsty Islamic State, but obviously, the Iranians are not going to agree to e.g.

7. “The maximum range of Iran’s missiles will be 150 km.”

Their sacred missiles.

Secondly, I believe that if the deal falls through then there is going to be an increase of terrorism in Israel and the Middle East. Needless to say Islamic State’s Supreme Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would like to include “state of Palestine” as a province under the wings of their Islamic Caliphate

Although I’m an optimist, and very interested in Swedish foreign policy and international relations, I don’t suppose that the EU is looking forward to issuing a proclamation of support for that state (Islamic State’s world-wide caliphate) any time soon…

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Re – African Swedes slam ‘racist’ Santa helper

November 19th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Christmas is coming:

African Swedes slam ‘racist’ Santa helper

For those who don’t know any better, take a look at this

The way I see it (this colour thing, although this is not merely about colour):

There’s Yeshayahu 1:18 : “Come now, let us debate, says the Lord. If your sins prove to be like crimson, they will become white as snow; if they prove to be as red as crimson dye, they shall become as wool” (cf. The symbolism of colour/s in the Bible

There’s Snow White, White Power, White Christmas, White Santa Claus, white shirt, White Jesus, white tennis shoes, even white rhythm & blues.

There’s also the Black Madonna ( not

“The motorcycle black madonna
Two-wheeled gypsy queen
And her silver-studded phantom… ”

So, in the Xmas season of peace on earth and goodwill to all men, what’s wrong with a little merriment at the Black Man’s expense?

In my view, there’s nothing wrong with a Black Santa even if he looks like a character not from Beth-le-hem but a big black jumbo UFO from the Black and White Minstrel Show

But to have a Whitey Santa (with a beard almost as white as snow) lording it over his black slave helper here in Sweden is certainly a no no in this day and age, even in Obama county Alabama !

Unforgiveable in the post- Halloween season !

Sometimes, we (Sweden) are a little too colour-sensitive when it comes to the colouration of our own skin. As the Nigerian brother says in this short movie,
(in this case too, it’s a no joking matter and this is exactly what the Afro-Swede too is saying):

” I am calling the police! You are making fun of me! Your whole manner is racist! Nobody makes fun of me: I am going to teach you A LESSON!”

More seriously, I wonder how the good folks are doin’ in Ferguson, Missouri
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Terror Victims Mourned in Jerusalem and Beyond

Not bad : Sweden ‘appalled’ by synagogue murders

You be the judge : Bad

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Not a singing matter : What’s good ?
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Where we are : Top 10 Most Powerful Passports In The World 2014

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Nota Bene

November 10th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

My posting ”Now it was 2014” has mysteriously disappeared and I suspect that it’s because some demon or demons do not like some of the contents of that posting – as if the contents are injurious to them as indeed, some of the demonic folk cannot countenance the truth and survive. I guess that if it had been a prayer or some poetry to the Almighty, the same demons would have gone on deleting to their hearts’ content.

If this posting disappears, I know exactly what I shall do: it will not be done in writing and the result will be immediate i.e. in less than one billionth of a second my prayer will be heard.

There is this one truth that I should like to reiterate : That for all eternity, the land of Israel – all of it – belongs to the Almighty, and you who are not the Almighty -cannot – without His permission take and give give away that which belongs to the Almighty.

Netanyahu: Most of the Incitement Comes from the PA

12-11 : Why Abbas Will Not Condemn Terror Attacks

Collective Punishment by Professor Paul Eidelberg

Gaza War’s Final Victim: Two-State Solution

French Jews: Recognition of ‘Palestine’ will Fuel Anti-Semitism

Moses On the mountain

Tehran Friday Khutbah

Palestinian Authority/Fatah Incitement In Recent Weeks

Virtual Jerusalem

Terror in Jerusalem

Lastly,

MEMRI

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Now it was 2014

November 7th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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The first snow fell this morning

November 6th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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When your life is hanging in the balance it’s serious enough to qualify as a major mishap.

Minor mishap

Bad news for the Löfven government : Latest news is that the Sweden Democrats are all set to support the Alliance’s budget proposals for schools.

The Sweden Democrats are probably also seeing a colour that’s a lot deeper than red and that’s one of the reasons why they are probably not going to support those aspects of Mr. Löfven’s budget that deal with the financing of the refugee and immigration :This year we are projected to receive 83,000 refugees, mostly from the war torn Middle East, and next year Sweden is already projected to receive approximately 95, 000 refugees, mostly, from the Middle East – this is said to be about the same levels from Yugoslavia when the Balkan War was raging there in the heart of Europe.

Here is They Came a spoken word piece by the Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Chilo & DJ Logic – from their album “The Offence of the drum” – this time about another set of immigrants who in a different set of conditions arrived in New York, from Puerto Rico – and the last words of that spoken word song are : “ we are here, we ain’t going nowhere”

Evolution

Over the past fifty years or so, about the various immigrants and refugees in Sweden who due to circumstances – the chief of which being that they prefer life in Sweden to life anywhere else – this in spite of home is best – and here we must all understand that it comes to a time when Sweden becomes that : Home. This means that in another few generations (40 years accounts for a generation) assuming that the planet has not exploded, say in about another 200 years time, there will be Swedish kids who will be saying “My great great great great grandfather came from Africa” whilst others will be saying “ My great great great great grandfather came from Syria/ Iraq/Iran/ Kurdistan and hopefully, long before that time Kurdistan would have become an Independent country.

ICC rules out investigation into Israeli raid on Gaza-bound flotilla (The Swedes like Mehmet Kaplan who were activists in the ship to Gaza will be interested in this judgement

‘Wednesday’s terror attack in Jerusalem killed an Israeli policeman and injured thirteen other innocent people. The reporting of this has taken various twists and turns. At the moment of reading Ambassador Ron Posner’s observation that the UN had not condemned the terrorist attack I also thought about our Swedish Government who are the state of Palestine’s secondary peace partners and sponsors and that they too will also be showing some concern by condemning the attack, as terrorism is not the right path to the negotiation able. Although Hamas was quick to claim responsibility for that terrorist attack, the latest report is that after all, the terror attack may have been merely a ”hit and runevent

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The World Is Too Much With Us

November 3rd, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Still thinking about that yellow submarine (the one that got away, again) like “One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest

Yes, The World Is Too Much With Us

“We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;”

Oh heck! There’s the world of international affairs, the world of Swedish affairs, there’s also the world of Local Affairs and the much smaller world of domestic affairs in which one of the discussions and arguments sometimes centres on which paper is better Dagens Nyheter or Svenska Dagbladet ? My Better Half, a Swedish Language buff has yet to finally make up her mind; she’s been vacillating between the two for the past three years now although she reads both like books of contemporary history, from cover to cover. I know that she looks down on the crosswords in Dagens Nyheter and much prefers the upper-crust crossword puzzles in Svenska Dagbladet but has a leftist orientation and Lefty tendencies, just as I know that in post election Sweden, among fans of Herr Löfven’s minority government (and may all wickedness and anti-Semitism perish in an instant) it’s being whispered and even said loudly that there’s a post-election media conspiracy, that both Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet are just horrible when it comes to criticizing the Löfven government.

So in the past three years the Hamelbergs have swung from subscribing to Dagens Nyheter to subscribing to Svenska Dagbladet and back to Dagens Nyheter (as the pendulum swings, as the crow flies true North – like Sverigedemokrater) and back to Svenska Dagbladet and both papers on the weekends, at a time that coincided with the rising tide and came in the middle of rising tensions between the Left and the Right, some kind of pre-election menstrual period – or maybe the gyrations of the yo-yo depend on the phases of the moon and not on the mercury in the political barometer. We’ve now settled for Svenska Dagbladet which I skimmed this morning after listening to BBC Hardtalk between 5.30 and 6.000 hrs. Only found exactly one item of interest in SvD this morning and it was this, not exactly good news but not exactly bad news either:

Mehmet Kaplan (MP) may be in trouble (conflict of interests)

For now,

First the good news and it’s kosher!

Good news Gaza: 3,000 Palestinian jobs will be created as Israel Greenlights Coca Cola Factory in Gaza

Israel to Reopen Gaza Border Crossings

And now for some more bad news for the Swedish godfather and godmother of the state of Palestine, Messrs Löfven and Wallström:

As a concerned world citizen, concerned about the growing anti-Semitism, (check the news), here is a question for Löfven & Wallström : Are they aware that as far as President Mahmoud Abbas is concerned , There will be no Jews in a Palestinian State”. Is this not noxious racism, rank apartheid and anti-Semitism? What says Löfven & Wallström about this? More settlements? Less?

Other news

Long-range ambition

Further down the road, I’m looking for Torbjörn Tännsjö’s comments on FGM

Old traditions die hard

A funny campaign add

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Halloween, All Saints Day

November 2nd, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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The Globalisation of culture and slowly, the Americanization of Sweden, already known as “little America” continues with the Swede-i-fication of Halloween

It’s now Halloween in Sweden as I was pleasantly reminded on Friday evening when some gaudily painted kids decorated with cat’s eyelashes and whiskers knocked on the front door, smiling sweetly and asking for sweets….

It’s also All Saints Day in Sweden a day when many visit cemeteries where they light candles at the graves and commune with family members and other loved ones who have passed away…

His name is Pat Condell (not very flattering about our Sweden

To be free, you have to let go of hate.”

Changes :

“The Palestinian representation in Stockholm will be upgraded to become the Palestinian State’s Embassy” ( According to SvD of Friday, 31 October, 2014)

Sweden Recognized ‘Palestine’ for ‘Muslim Votes’

Question : Where is the United Nations, where is al-Jazeera and where is world opinion when this is happening?

Nothing to look forward to :

Gaza War Number Four is just a matter of time

Under the impact of modernism, is an Islamic Reformation of the type that took place for Christianity, inevitable? I’m thinking about the future of ijtihad in Islam and asking myself that question after reading Jonathan Sacks on religion, politics and the civil war that Islam needs

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Some implications of, at this stage, Swedish recognition of “State of Palestine”

October 31st, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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“State of Palestine ”

Is that what they want to call themselves?

On what/whose advice have Löfven & Wallström gone ahead, post-haste ahead of everyone else in Western Europe, to declare, deliver like a midwife, the birth of a state of Palestine? Who are Löfven & Wallström’s disciples?

Should we all clap our hands, stamp our feet, sing and dance, Bon vent that it’s a step in the right direction – or- could it possibly be counter-productive?

There is no doubt some symbolic and emotional value in the recognition although no one has ever said that the Palestinians are not human beings, so it’s not like the erstwhile recognition of e.g. black people as human beings, at a time when some white people did not know that black folks like Adam were created in the image and likeness of Almighty God and have souls too…

The immediate effect of Sweden’s impetuous recognition which was not even preceded by a parliamentary debate – a recognition which is by Mr Löfven’s decree alone as Mr-He-Who-Decides-Everything:

1. Israel recalls Isaac Bachman their ambassador to Sweden.

In diplomatic jargon it’s usually ”for consultations” and in this case it’s clearly displeasure – great annoyance with Sweden, as expressed by Mr Ambassador in this interview @10.17 minutes into this news programme shortly before he was recalled back home, although at least (from my point of view) Sweden-Israel relations can take a temporary back seat if need be (whilst business goes on as usual) because what’s more important at the moment and several moments ahead, is the future of the Palestinian people which Sweden is infinitely less able to influence than Israel is able to influence. In fact if anyone at all, any outsider is able to exert some meaningful influence , it’s power-broker United States of America and not Sweden who can’t even find a little foreign submarine playing games with Sweden, lurking in Swedish territorial waters – and it cannot be said that looking for whatever submarine it was – was like looking for a needle in a haystack or a sardine in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, or that finding and arresting the captain of that submarine was like what we find in these lines from Derek Walcott

“Submarine,
the seven-foot-high bum boatman
loose, lank and gangling as a frayed cheroot,
once asked to see a ship’s captain, and refused,
with infinite courtesy bending, inquired
“ So what the hell is your captain?
A fucking microbe? “

( from Another Life)

Rof Medol

Freddy Mputu

I saw Margot Wallström on Swedish TV and on al Jazeera and also read her article in yesterday’s DN, in which she gives the reasons for her and her boss Stefan Löfven taking on the mantle of European and world leadership in Middle East Affairs and what I saw and read was innocence and naivety stamped all over them.

Does she (mother moon) and he (Father earth) realise that Hamas who were recently at war with Israel, that this Hamas which is the main partner in the Mahmoud Abbas’ so called Palestinian unity government is recognised by the EU community as a Terrorist Organisation

and the implications thereof?

The Role of Hamas and Fatah in the Jerusalem Disturbances

I know that I am stoopid, but do they (Löfven & Wallström) understand that Hamas says that they will never recognise Israel?

Here’s a big question which Löfven & Wallström should try to answer honestly: Do you think that announcing to the world, that you “recognise” the “state of Palestine” will bring the two sides to the negotiating table to settle the issues that need to be settled and must be settled before there can ever be a state of Palestine (with no terror tunnels) living side by side in peace and tranquillity with Israel ?

If yes, why do you think so?

And what if your “recognition” does not bring the two sides to the negotiating table, what then are you going to do about it, kick out all the so called settlers from Judea and Samaria, the so called West Bank? Lead the world in calling for sanctions against Israel, academic boycotts, divestment, invasion ?

I believe that the terrorist elements in the Palestinian struggle for self-determination now find more comfort, confirmation and encouragement/ support through the current Swedish government’s recognition and that now, much more than before, they believe that the way of Jihad (as in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, everywhere in Islam) is the alternative to negotiations and that Swedish recognition at this stage is a recognition of the justness of their cause – that Jihad will therefore be the method of achieving full recognition and respect by all. Therefore, as a result of this psychological boost by e.g. Swedish recognition, we are likely to see even more violence than before, that the so called West Bank could soon be going the way of Hamas in Gaza – to provoke Israel to hit hard and by being hit hard and suffering civilian casualties etc., to thereby win the sympathy of the world audience. But will that lead to statehood?

What still puzzles me is why the Palestinian negotiators still insist on the cessation of Israeli building construction as a condition for coming whole-heartedly to the negotiating table. They have been insisting on this for very many years now, and if they had gone to the negotiating table without such preconditions they would have arrived at a settlement with Israeli negotiators about almost all of their problems (apart from the right of return, Jerusalem) a very long time ago.

Conclusion: the earlier they go to the negotiating table without any preconditions, the better…or they can continue to see more Swedish recognitions, more population growth more buildings going up and go on waiting for the last building to be built before they start getting serious about beginning negotiations?

Or for their prophet Isa (Jesus of the Galilee) to come back, landing on the rooftop of the main mosque in Damascus at noon, and see what happens after he leads the Muslims in prayer there ( according to Islamic eschatology

This Sabbath’s Portion : Lech-Lecha about the world’s first Jew.

Shabbat Shalom everybody!

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The Stefan Löfven government has officially recognised State of Palestine….

October 30th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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6 Cheshvan 5775/ 30.10.2014 : Sweden formally recognizes state of Palestine

May Hashem bless Israel.

Well, what do the hypocrites want me to say ? Heaven forbid that I should pray for blessings to be showered on Stefan Löfven or anyone else who wants to declare Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the PLO . On the contrary – and along with freedom of speech – in fact even before that, there is freedom to pray to our Creator and may I hasten to add that about this issue there’s the lesson to be learned from the history of Balaam and his donkey

Of relevance here is the Twelfth Blessing of the Amidah, a supplication for the eradication of heretical influences that threaten Jewish Life:

“And as for the slanderers let there be no hope; and may all wickedness perish in an instant; and may all Your enemies be cut down speedily. The wanton sinners – may You speedily uproot, smash, cast down and humble! Blessed are You Hashem, Who breaks enemies and humbles wanton sinners!”

I guess that dear Swede, you would also be incensed if the prime minister of Xtian were to formally declare in our lifetime (new, sudden facts of history, new facts on the ground ) that Stockholm is the eternal capital of the Caliphate of Scandinavia or at an earlier date that Malmöstan was under occupation by King Gustavus the messiah or by Sven and his merry men – or indeed that in the interests of peace and tranquillity in Mama Svea, let there be a two state solution with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the caliph of Södermalm … or some such hypothetical fantasy…

It’s the Almighty, the Torah, the Land of Israel the people of Israel and the religion of Israel can only be fully practised in the land of Israel….

This is very important so let’s be fair when we listen to this:

Ron Prosor (Israel) on the Middle East – Security Council Media Stakeout 29 October 2014

And as Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said at the press conference last night, echoing what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said many times in the past :

Jerusalem is not a settlement !

In the meantime the incitements continue. If I were Prime Minister of Sweden …(as Larry King used to say, “ don’t go away” – I will continue with the “ I have a dream” speech about the Middle East a little later )

When people attack me, I go to the Security Council” (Mahmoud Abbas) Let us hope that Hamas is listening carefully to him – if you attack Abbas or Fatah, he will go to the Security Council ! And when Mr Abbas attacks Hamas, where should Hamas go? Mr Abbas should be making strong public statements in which he condemns Palestinian incitements to violence…

As things are today I fear for Mr. Löfven’s life. He could be killed by a Palestinian extremist who would conveniently say that it was a Jewish extremist who did it. With that kind of nightmare in mind, I wonder if Mr Löfven will be granted a visa to receive a hero’s welcome in the so called occupied territories of Judea and Samaria and Gaza, considering that his very presence could be interpreted as a provocation and even as an incitement or encouragement to what Palestinian desperation justifies as “by any means necessary…” now that negotiation is taking a back seat to recognition a fait accompli like Allah sub han t’ala saying “kun” and it was…

“ One must never stand in a place of danger expecting a miracle to protect the faithful” (Talmud, Kiddushin 39b)

Worse case scenario : the last seconds of Yitzhak Rabin who comrade Arafat eulogised when he sang about

“ the peace of the brave
not the peace of the grave”

And absolutely, worse case scenario most tragic, the assassination of Count Folke Bernadotte. His Till Jerusalem is about what was his mission….

Pages 148 -157 of Robert St. John’s “Ben-Gurion

In the middle of page 148 : “The tall , blond member of the Swedish royal family , cultured and self-possessed, and the short, tough Jewish bulldog did not instantly appeal to each other.
Ben-Gurion eyed his visitor suspiciously.
“ I have come only to discuss a truce proposal,” Bernadotte said in English with a heavy Scandinavian accent. “ I cannot deal with the whole problem of the future Palestine.”
There was something about the way he said it that antagonised Ben-Gurion.
On his part, Bernadotte decided that the Israel leader was showing “ a very bitter spirit”
“ Twice my government has agreed to an unconditional truce”, Ben-Gurion declared. “ The Arabs have refused. In spite of that the Security Council has applied no sanctions against the Arabs.”
They argued over many technicalities.Then Ben-Gurion said :
“ If there is a truce, Jews now separated from their families in Jerusalem must be permitted to be reunited with them.”
When Bernadotte made no reply, Ben-Gurion went on :
“ My own daughter Renana is in Jerusalem. I would like to see her. I have not seen her for a long time.”
Bernadotte quickly answered:
“ Your official position as commander-in-chief will place obstacles in the way of such a visit.”

Page 154:

” In September, Ben-Gurion felt his suspicion of Bernadotte’s friendliness justified when the U.N. Mediator finished work on his own plan to bring peace to the Middle East. Israel was to give up all the Negev, Ramle, and the New City of Jerusalem; Haifa was to become a free port and Lydda a free airport, and all Arab refugees were to be taken back.
Ben-Gurion was at G.H.Q on 17th September when he received a telephone call from Jerusalem.
“ Bernadotte has been killed”
The mediator had been on his way to keep an appointment with Dov Joseph, military governor of the New City.
Four men in a jeep blocked the road. Using Sten guns, they killed Bernadotte and a French U.N. Observer sitting in the car besides him.
The four men in khaki escaped, but the Stern Gang had already taken “ credit” for the assassination, and had sent notes to consulates in the Jewish part of Jerusalem threatening similar action against anyone who “interferes with the interests of Jewish nationalism”
Ben-Gurion did not vacillate. The instruction that went out from G.H.Q to the military commander in Jerusalem were his:
“ No.1: Arrest all Stern members.
No 2: Find and surround all Stern bases and confiscate all arms
No 3: Kill all resisters
No 4: Impose a curfew, close borders and all roads leading out of Jerusalem
No 5 : Take no action against Irgun unless they help the Sternists
No.6 : Act as soon as forces are available.
That evening the Cabinet approved the Prime Minster’s suggestion to give Irgun until Tuesday noon to disband as a military unit. A twenty-thousand dollar reward was posted for the capture of Bernadotte’s murderers.
The Stern leader, Nathan Freidman-Yellin, was captured at Haifa port about to flee the country. Hundreds of other Sternists were rounded up. Irgun accepted the ultimatum and disbanded…..

Sweden

A fractured alliance becomes open conflict ?

(To be continued

The Secondary Growth Of Terror, Part 2

The Secondary Growth Of Terror, Part 1

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