North Korea’s Kim Jong Un threatens nuclear response to US and alliesThe isolated country tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Friday shortly after warning of “fiercer military responses.”By JERUSALEM POST STAFF, REUTERS Published: NOVEMBER 19, 2022 00:16

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to counter US nuclear threats with nuclear weapons as he inspected a test of the country’s new intercontinental ballistic missile, state media KCNA said on Saturday.

The isolated country fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) toward the East Sea on Friday, the South Korean military said, in protest over the United States’ move to reinforce its “extended deterrence” protection of South Korea and Japan.

Attending the site with his daughter and wife, Kim said threats from the United States and its allies pursing a hostile policy prompted his country to “substantially accelerate the bolstering of its overwhelming nuclear deterrence.”

Conversation With an Arab Israeli About Netanyahu’s New Right-Wing Gov’tWhat do Israel’s Arabs think of the emerging coalition and its “extremist” right-wing members? What do they think of Bibi himself? By David Lazarus—Israel Today

The conversation started when Emil came to the office to upgrade my computer. “Ahalan u’Sachlan” I greeted him with my basic Arabic and soon recognized an intelligent young man as open to conversation as I.

Sitting down to a Turkish coffee, I learned that Emil completed an upper graduate degree in political science, so I asked what he thinks of Israel’s emerging right-wing government coalition that was elected under Benjamin Netanyahu. After all the “bad news” I’ve heard about his “extreme” right-wing partners and how Israeli Arabs are angry and protesting even to the UN, I was curious to hear it from the horse’s mouth, as they say.

I was surprised by this young Arab’s response.

“Netanyahu is a good thing for the country,” insisted Emil. “He is stable and straight forward. You know what you are getting with Bibi.”

Israel Today: So you’re not concerned about his right-wing coalition partners, some of whom are labeled as “extremists”?

Emil: Not at all. Bibi knows how to handle these guys. He is not going to let the government be taken over by extremists on one side or the other. We’ve watched him for too long to know that Netanyahu is wise and doesn’t let anybody push him around. The country needs his kind of stability.

Some of these right wingers like Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir are calling for what some see as anti-Arab policies. As an Arab Israeli, you’re not concerned?

First of all, I do not like to judge people before we see who and what they are about. We need to let these guys who come from the far right have a chance, and see what they do. There is no reason to already get all bent out of shape before they have even begun. I don’t see why folks on the left are so upset already when nothing has been decided. And don’t forget, Mr. Netanyahu will be prime minister.

And secondly, it has always been the right-wing governments that have made practical peace agreements with the Arabs. Like with Egypt, Jordan and at least trying with the Palestinians, when Ariel Sharon withdrew from the Gaza Strip and other withdrawals from the West Bank.

Why is that?

Because right-wing governments are clear in their objectives. You know what they want and from that position you can make a deal. The left are always a bit wishy-washy. The issues are not clear, and you never know exactly what you are going to get. Much of the time their idealism is unrealistic and so we never get anywhere.

And the fact that Netanyahu’s coalition partners are all religious Jews? Either Orthodox or National Religious?

Actually, most Arabs connect with their conservative views on social issues. So in many ways we prefer the right-wing religious conservatism to the left-wing progressive secularism. If you look at all the Arab parties in Israeli politics, they are all conservative when it comes to social and religious issues. It fits our culture.

Why haven’t you gotten involved in politics given your graduate studies?

To be in politics you can’t be honest with yourself, and I didn’t want to live like that. So I studied electronics and now enjoy working with my hands and getting things done that I know helps folks.

You could do that in government as well.

Not really. The whole thing is just a balagan (too messed up).

Benjamin Netanyahu a Survivor

Few politicians have dominated politics in the way Benjamin Netanyahu has in Israel over the past quarter century. Netanyahu has served as Prime Minister for 15 of the last 25 years, and while the final counting of absentee ballots may affect the makeup of his next government, “Bibi” Netanyahu seems certain to return to that office after this week’s election. Aided by divisions among his opponents, and a realization even among Israelis critical of one or more aspects of his personality or tenure that he is the only man who can govern, Israel’s voters have brought back one of the world’s most reliable politicians in

Biden and the democrats have tried to influence this election just as Obama. Even now with the hand writing on the wall screams of anguish are emitting from democratic socialist who want Israel to be as weak as possible in the Middle East.

Well I’ve go news for you arrogant pols in America, God has his hand on Israel. Shut up and allow Israel to determine it’s own path.

British Prime Minister – Friend of Israel?

Rishi Sunak, who will be the new British new prime minister after becoming Conservative party leader on Monday, is considered a strong supporter of Israel and a friend of the UK’s Jewish community.

At a Conservative Friends of Israel event in August, Sunak declared Jerusalem is “indisputably the historic capital” of Israel and that there was a “very strong case” for moving the UK embassy from its current location in Tel Aviv.

But Sunak, a former Treasury chief, also acknowledged “sensitivities” over the issue.“It’s something I’d like to do,” he said. “If it was that easy, it would have been done by now”. Per watch.org

Mid-terms Upcoming

Midterm elections here in the United States are just around the corner. They are less than three weeks away. I believe that the Republicans will win the house back easily with a large substantial margin of victory, the Senate will also be turned over into the hands of Republicans. My biggest fear, which is always my fear with the Republican leadership, is do they have the stomach or the gonads to stand up against the democratic party. Too often McConnell and McCarthy have a tendency to grab defeat out of the jaws of victory. If only we had people of character in the leader ship of the republican party we might actually change this nation back to a moral compass of which it was founded on. Too often we have a uni party in the United States. All politicians want the same thing, our money, our constitutional authority and a way to control the people.

Do I really think anything will change after this election? No not really. Of course there will be changes and it will be a better place to live and gas prices will eventually come down and the 401(k)s will eventually go up. But the course of this once great sovereign country is on the down trend. We need true conservative moral leadership and unless the swamp or the ruling class creatures in Washington DC are defeated and gone, we will never really change. Do I sound defeated, maybe, but possibly a spark of the true American spirit lives on.

Pray, Engage, and Impact. rh

Russia, Ukraine, Turkey & UN News

An agreement will be signed today between Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN that will allow the exported grain from Ukraine.

Diplomats say the plan includes:

Ukrainian ships will transport drain through remind Harper waters. Russia agrees to a truce while the shipments move. Turkey with the support of the union will inspect ships to alleviate Russia fear of arms smuggling@

Now that’s a foursome I would be happy to trust my wife in a motel room with. Not! rh

Three Amigos?

Putin, Iran, and Turkey are getting closer than ever. Saudi Arabia will allow flights from Israel now. Nations are picking sides. Where does Biden’s America stand? First stop for Biden on his trip to the Middle East was not in Israel, but what liberals call Palestine. Keep your eyes on the Middle East. America is not the center of the world. Israel is. rh