Unions Fight New York Single-Payer Health Care Plan

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

It will interesting to see who wins this fight the union thugs or Little Andy Cuomo.

Public-sector unions in New York are pushing back against legislation that would establish a single-payer health care plan for the state.

The New York Health Act has received pushback from labor leaders who gathered in New York City on Monday to express their concerns, particularly that their 380,000 members would have fewer insurance options, Politico reports.

New York City labor leaders gathered in the Lower Manhattan offices of District Council 37 Monday to relay their concerns about the bill to its sponsors, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and state Sen. Gustavo Rivera, several sources familiar with the meeting told POLITICO. The conflict puts unions at odds with an issue popular in the liberal wing of the Democratic party.

The New York Health Act would “provide universal insurance coverage with no copays, deductibles or premiums for all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status,” Politico previously reported. The measure would require a 156 percent increase in tax revenue for the state, an increase of $139 billion by 2022. The proposed legislation has passed in the Assembly for the past four years but has stalled in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Labor leaders are concerned the act would remove their collective bargaining power against the city. The Monday meeting to discuss concerns was attended by approximately 150 people, according to attendee Greg Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237.

Gottfried, one of the bill’s sponsors, says city workers will benefit from the act, promising “more services covered, more prescription drugs covered and when the bill is reintroduced in 2019, it will be broadened even more.”

Union leaders expressed concerns about the end of the city’s roughly $1500-per-employee contribution, which they put toward a union welfare fund. The plan covers expenses like prescription drugs, hearing aids and glasses.

“Each union sets up its own welfare fund plan and it’s funded through the contributions,” Floyd said, “and if you don’t have the contributions, you don’t have the welfare fund.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) has called the bill  a “very exciting possibility” but has said it would be “easier to implement” on the federal level.

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Landlord Tells Harvard Student to Move Out Over Legally Owned Guns

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Hopefully, the National Rifle Association or the Second Amendment Foundation will help Leyla Pirnievsue her landlord.

Hopefully, she can get even with her whiny snowflake roommates somehow.

Roommates searched room for guns after finding MAGA hat.

A Massachusetts landlord told a Harvard University graduate student that he wanted her to move out of her apartment because her legally owned firearms made some of her roommates uncomfortable.

“Since it’s clear that Leyla wants to keep her firearms, it would be best for all parties if she finds another place to live,” Dave Lewis, president of Avid Management, said in an emailto the household obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The request that the student, Leyla Pirnie, move out came after her roommates searched her room while she was not home and found her firearms. That prompted one of the roommates to email Lewisrequesting he verify that Pirnie was in compliance with applicable firearms laws.

“We discussed with Leyla that all of us are uncomfortable with having firearms in the house, and that their presence causes anxiety and deprives us of the quiet enjoyment of the premise to which we are entitled,” the roommate wrote to Lewis.

Pirnie said she feels her roommates violated her privacy and now they and her landlord are trying to violate her rights.

“A few weeks ago, I came back to my apartment from a weekend trip and was confronted by one of my roommates who asked if I had guns in the house,” she told the Free Beacon. “After being told far too many lies to count, my roommates finally admitted that they searched my closet, under my bed, and all of my drawers in pursuit of finding my guns.”

While she was given several different explanations for why the roommates entered and searched her room, the 24-year-old said she felt her political beliefs and where she is from played a significant role in the roommates’ actions.

“When I asked them why they were in my room to begin with, they each came up with completely contradicting stories (none of which made any sense), but one comment struck me in particular: ‘We saw that you had a MAGA hat and come on, you’re from Alabama… so we just kind of assumed that you had something,'” she said. “I asked why they didn’t just call me and ask me before intruding. One of the girls responded that fear took over her body and she felt compelled to search my room until she found proof… I cannot make this up.”

Pirnie said she had been living in the apartment since September without incident, and she kept her political beliefs to herself before the incident. But she did have a Make America Great Again hat in her room.

In response to the email from Pirnie’s roommate, Lewis contacted Captain James Donovan of the Somerville Police Department to inspect Pirnie’s firearms and ensure they were in compliance with Massachusetts law. Pirnie agreed to allowing the police to inspect her firearms and said she was told she is in compliance with all applicable laws. Lewis acknowledged the department’s conclusion that Pirnie was not breaking any gun laws in his email telling Pirnie to move out.

Captain Donovan told the Free Beacon he could not comment publicly on the matter. Dave Lewis and the roommate who emailed him did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Pirnie said the roommates confronted her about her firearms and she explained to them she was a legal gun owner who is trained in the safe handling of firearms. She said the roommates weren’t concerned with Pirnie’s handling of the guns but rather that somebody might break in and turn the guns on them or the guns “might go off on their own.”

She said her landlord’s concern over some of her roommates being uncomfortable with legally owned firearms is misplaced and his request that she move out is inappropriate.

“What I find uncomfortable is coming home to find out that six people I barely know went into my bedroom without permission and went through every single one of my drawers, without any regard to my privacy whatsoever,” Pirnie said. “My landlord’s e-mail, though carefully crafted, showed tremendous prejudice against my right to legally have firearms.”

Pirnie said her motivations for owning firearms have been ignored even though she shared them with her roommates. While an undergrad, she said she was in a physically abusive relationship. She said the experience is part of what drives her to be armed.

“Nobody has bothered to question, ‘Well, why do you want to have protection? Could it be because you’ve experienced something where you need to protect yourself as you see fit?'” she said. “I have a real and legitimate reason as to why I want to protect myself.”

When Pirnie and her father rejected Lewis’s request that she move out in the middle of studying for finals, Lewis responded by saying his request “was based strictly on practical and not idealogical (sic) terms.” He then warned that if the other roommates moved out Pirnie would have to pay their rent.

“If the other roommates were to move out, Leyla would need to find roommates to share the place or foot the entire $6000+ monthly rent herself,” Lewis wrote in an email to Pirnie and her father. “Obviously it would be much easier for the others to stay and just fill one room (and I’m confident—were this to happen—that the remaining housemates will release Leyla from any further responsibility under the lease) and that’s why I proposed what I did.”

Pirnie feels she’s being punished for being a gun owner.

“I’m still very much so being threatened out of my apartment,” she said. “Either I leave and incur moving expenses or my roommates move and I incur their rent expenses… Doesn’t seem right.

“Not only is this a blatant violation of my privacy, but it’s also a violation of my rights.”

CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill After Jewish Groups Denounce UN Speech

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Maybe Marc Lamont Hill can get a gig on Al Jazeera tv.

CNN parted ways with contributor Marc Lamont Hill Thursday, after he delivered a controversial speech before the United Nations that was criticized by the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish organizations.

“Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN,” a spokesperson told the Washington Free Beacon.

In the Wednesday speech, Hill said that while he prefers nonviolence, standing with the Palestinian people meant supporting the use of violence as well.

“Slave revolts and self-defense and tactics otherwise divergent from Dr. King or Mahatma Gandhi were equally important to preserving safety and attaining freedom,” he argued at the U.N.’s International Day of Solidarity event. “If we are to operate in true solidarity with the Palestinian people, we must allow the Palestinian people the same range of opportunity and political possibility.”

“If we are standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people, we must recognize the right of an occupied people to defend itself. We must prioritize peace, but we must not romanticize or fetishize it,” he continued.

The Temple University professor also said he believes in “a free Palestine from the river to the sea,” a phrase used by those who believe a future Palestinian state should include the entirety of current Israeli territory, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

“Those calling for ‘from the river to the sea’ are calling for an end to the State of Israel,”  responded Sharon Nazarian, ADL senior vice president for international affairs, in the Jewish Journal. “It is a shame that once again, this annual event at the United Nations does not promote constructive pathways to ‘Palestinian solidarity’ and a future of peace, but instead divisive and destructive action against Israel.”

Following the backlash, Hill said the phrase had a “variety of meanings” and he wanted a redrawing of the borders to where they were before the 1967 Six-Day War.

The ADL Twitter account likewise criticized the speech, saying it promoted “divisiveness and hate.”

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“Those calling for ‘from the river to the sea’ are calling for an end to the State of Israel.” It’s a shame that once again, this annual Palestinian event at the UN does not promote pathways to a future of peace & instead promotes divisiveness and hate. https://jewishjournal.com/news/nation/242732/cnn-commentator-shouldnt-shame-palestinians-resisting-israel/ 

ADL Responds to CNN Commentator Calling for a ‘Free Palestine from the River to the Sea’

Marc Lamont Hill, a political commentator for CNN and a professor at Temple University, said at the United Nations on Wednesday…

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Hill had been criticized previously for his history of meeting with and expressing admiration for Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader with a long history of anti-Semitism. His flirtation with Farrakhan goes back over a decade; on his now-deleted Myspace page, he listed the radical imam as one of the people “I’d like to meet,” along with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and convicted cop killers Assata Shakur and Mumia Abu Jamal.

In a 2007 blog post, Hill called Farrakhan “a hero to Blacks of all religions.”

“Although I have not always agreed with Minister Farrakhan, I have a profound respect for his love and sustained commitment to the struggles of Black people and his loyalty to the mission of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad,” he wrote. “I also have a deep admiration for his willingness to admit mistakes, apologize for missteps, and sincerely attempt to heal wounds. Regardless of our differences with Farrakhan, it is difficult to deny that his growth and development are a testament to his faith and character.”

“…I wish him continued peace, love, and joy on his journey,” Hill concluded. “May Peace Be With Him.”

Nevada Governor-Elect Plans Push For Gun Control

H/T Bearing Arms.

Nevada made the fatal choice of electing a DemocRat as governor just remember this bit of wisdom elections have consequences.

There were a lot of political races going on before the 2018 midterms. And unless you were impacted by them directly, most of us missed a number of them. While the gubernatorial race in my home state of Georgia was one of the battlegrounds, plenty of other states weren’t.

One race I paid little attention to was in Nevada.

While the state went to Hillary Clinton in 2016, it’s been a battleground state since 1992, which means anything could have happened.

Well, they picked themselves an anti-gun governor, it seems.

Gov.-elect Steve Sisolak says tougher gun laws are one of his top priorities as he takes the top office in Nevada.

Sisolak told The Associated Press that he wants to see the state ban assault weapons, silencers and bump stocks, which the gunman used in the Las Vegas shooting to modify his guns to mimic the firing of a fully automatic weapon.

Sisolak told the Associated Press that he doesn’t have any specifics in mind just yet, but we don’t need to see specifics. He’s a gun-grabbing zealot who wants nothing more than to undermine the entire Second Amendment.

Of course, Nevada is probably still smarting from the horrors of the shooting in Las Vegas, but that doesn’t excuse anyone trying to destroy citizens’ Second Amendment rights. The Las Vegas gunman carried out a horrific and heinous attack, but banning guns for the millions in the state who did nothing wrong is hardly a rational response.

It’s a knee-jerk reaction at best. It’s not even a case of someone trying to close the barn door after the horses have run out. It’s closing the barn door when the horses have a secret passage.

There’s nothing Sisolak’s proposing that would have a positive impact on anything except the feelings of left-leaning anti-gunner. That’s it.

But then again, it’s what Democrats do.

Oh, there are a few Democrats who are pro-gun, don’t get me wrong. But we all know they’re the exception, not the rule. At this point, I’m not even sure they’re enough of an exception to stop the House from trying to ram gun control down our throats.

Most Democrats want nothing more than to destroy our rights, starting with our Second Amendment rights, and Sisolak is just another example of this.

Meanwhile, if he’s successful – and Democrats control the state’s Assembly and Senate as well, so he most likely will be – he’ll preen about how Nevada is safer than ever and all that crap, but it’s all lies. It’s lies, and I think he and the rest of his party know it. They know an assault weapon ban won’t do anything. Just look at places like California, which has high crime and strict gun laws. Look at Baltimore, which has tough gun laws and an out-of-control murder rate.

Gun control doesn’t make anyone safer. It just hurts the innocent.

When are these people going to get that through their thick skulls?

I know, I know. Never. If they thought clearly enough, it’s unlikely most would even be Democrats.

Europe’s “Little Pearl Harbor”

H/T Beyond The Band Of Brothers.

A piece of World War II history that is virtually unknown.

Engulfed in flames and poison.

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is known to everyone and is one of the most pivotal moments of World War II. The German air raid on the Italian port of Bari, whose 75th anniversary is coming up this weekend, is much less known but in some ways even more tragic.

On September 11, 1943, with the Allies already pushing forward in Italy, the British 1st Airborne Division captured the Southern Italian port of Bari without a fight. The port was to receive ships carrying ammunition, supplies and provisions to fighting troops and to help establish the 15th Air Force in Italy, commanded by Jimmy Doolittle of Doolittle Raid fame. Despite its importance, Bari was almost completely undefended by the British troops in charge of its administration. It had no RAF squadrons based nearby, its anti-air defenses were minimal and it had no port or ground defenses. British leadership believed that the Luftwaffe was no longer capable of mounting a threat and decided that defenses were unnecessary.

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Officers at the 15th Air Force headquarters in Bari

The Luftwaffe, however, was far from toothless. At the suggestion of Field Marshal Wolfram von Richthofen, fourth cousin of the famed World War I Red Baron Albert Kesselring, scrounged up 105 Junkers Ju 88 bombers to hit the port containing so much valuable materiel.

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Wolfram von Richthofen (left), original proponent of the attack, in Russia

The force reached the unsuspecting town at 7:25 p.m. on December 2, 1943, with the first few planes confusing Allied radar by dropping clouds of Düppel tinfoil strips, an early form of chaff. They also dropped flares but those turned out to be unnecessary: the port was crowded with ships and floodlights were lit to help the all-night unloading jobs.

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Some of the Junkers Ju 88s participating in the attack, en route to Bari

The first few bombs accidentally landed in the town proper, herding panicked civilians towards the waterfront. Once the bombers adjusted their aim, the true massacre began. Twenty-eight merchant ships laden with 31,000 tons of cargo were sunk or outright destroyed, while 12 others were damaged. Two of these were ammunition ships, which went up in huge explosions, sending hot shrapnel flying. A gasoline pipeline on the shore was severed and turned into a giant flaming torch. Oil from ships spilled into the water, covering seamen who fell overboard and catching on fire in some places, spreading the flames to other ships. The Germans only lost a single plane.

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Ships on fire in the port of Bari

But the fire wasn’t even the worst. A Liberty ship called the John Harvey escaped the bombs but was ignited by other burning ships, sending its cargo flying in a massive detonation. Its cargo was mustard gas.

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An M47, though the text on it suggests this one was filled with white phosphorous rather than mustard gas

The John Harvey had a secret cargo, ordered personally by President Roosevelt, of 2,000 M47A1 bombs, each filled with 60 to 70 lbs of the lethal poison. The bombs weren’t supposed to be deployed: they were only there as retaliation should the German use their own poison gas. Some of the sulfur mustard went up with the explosion and was carried by the wind in an expanding cone toward the shore and the civilians crowded there. The rest got into the water and mixed with the sticky oil, impregnating the clothes of seamen.

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The John Harvey and another ship on fire

The presence of mustard gas was a closely guarded secret and even the local military hospitals weren’t informed of it. As a result, priority was given to burn and explosion-related wounds, while the men fished out from the water were left unwashed, unattended and wearing their poisonous garments until the following day.

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A casualty of the attack

The symptoms of mustard poisoning started appearing in over 600 patients and medical staff over the next day. Burns, blindness and sudden death after feeling better suggested to some doctors that a chemical might be responsible, but they assumed it was deployed by the bombers. Almost all crewmen of the John Harvey died, including the seven men from a chemical maintenance company, leaving nobody to inform the medics of the ship’s secret cargo. By the end of the month, 86 military personnel died from mustard exposure, along with an unknown but definitely higher number of civilians, many of whom fled to the countryside right after the attack.

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Officers watching the devastation from shore

An American physician, Lieutenant Colonel Stewart F. Alexander, was sent to Bari to investigate the mysterious deaths. Alexander quickly recognized the signs of mustard gas. He made a careful map of where all afflicted people were standing during the attack and overlaid it on a sketch showing the layout of ships in harbor. It was clear that the epicenter of the mustard explosion was the John Harvey but the revelation came too late to save the dead. The recovery of a mustard gas bomb from the port served as positive confirmation.

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Dr. Alexander and his wife, Lieutenant Colonel Bernice Wilbur, cutting their wedding cake in 1944

Eisenhower approved Alexander’s report but Winston Churchill ordered all documents to be purged, both to avoid lowering morale and to prevent the Germans from learning about the mustard gas in Allied hands.

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Burning vessels in the port of Bari

There was an unlikely silver lining to the tragedy. Dr. Alexander’s report on the case, and his description on how the poison killed white blood cells while leaving red ones alive, has become one of the important foundations for a new technology invented to fight cancer: chemotherapy.

You can learn more about the lesser-known battles of World War II and how they came to influence the future on tours to Western Europe, the Eastern Front and the Pacific Theater.

Seventy-One Years Ago Today, The UN Partitioned Palestine

 

 

H/T Godfather Politics.

I am a little late with this as Friday was the birthday of Israel.

Happy 71st Birthday Israel.

Seventy-one years ago today the United Nations passed Resolution 181  (embedded below) which called for the partition of British-ruled Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state (back then Jews living in the Holy Land were called Palestinians).  It was approved on November 29, 1947, with 33 votes in favor, 13 against, 10 abstentions and one absent (see the end of the post for who voted what). The original partition resolution passed by the UN in November 1947, did not call for the establishment of a state of Israel. UN Resolution 181 called for dividing Palestine into Independent Arab and Jewish States.

Even France voted in favor of the partition plan which may have been the last time France voted in favor of Israel at the UN.  And in what started a pattern that continues for Middle East votes today Great Britain didn’t have the guts to take a stand (they abstained).

 UN Partitioned Palestine

On that very same day, November 29th, 1947 the Arab world declared war on the nascent Jewish State, and seventy-one years later most of the Arab league still refuses to acknowledge that Jewish State’s existence, nor do they allow her citizens to raise their children in peace:

One day after the United Nations voted to partition Palestine, the Arab League announced its intention to occupy Palestine militarily to prevent forcibly the establishment of a Jewish state.  Also on November 30th, passengers on a Jewish bus driving on the Coastal Plain near Kfar Sirkin were attacked. An eight-man gang from Jaffa ambushed the bus killing five and wounding others. Half an hour later they ambushed a second bus, southbound from Hadera, killing two more. Arab snipers attacked Jewish buses in Jerusalem and Haifa

As Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said in May 2009:

Even as we look toward the horizon, we must be firmly connected to reality, to the truth. And the simple truth is that the root of the conflict was, and remains, the refusal to recognize the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own, in their historic homeland.

The Arabs rejected any Jewish state, in any borders.

Those who think that the continued enmity toward Israel is a product of our presence in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, is confusing cause and consequence.

The attacks against us began in the 1920s, escalated into a comprehensive attack in 1948 with the declaration of Israel’s independence, continued with the fedayeen attacks in the 1950s, and climaxed in 1967, on the eve of the Six Day War, in an attempt to tighten a noose around the neck of the State of Israel.

All this occurred during the 50 years before a single Israeli soldier ever set foot in Judea and Samaria. 

Despite being the treated as the scapegoat for all the world’s problems, Israel has spent much of the past seven decades as the Middle East version of Reagan’sshining city upon the hill, that may be one of the reasons she is hated so much.

The Jewish state has contributed to the global community in myriad ways, including an entrepreneurial social sector and a cutting-edge high-tech economy. It has also generously offered its assistance to all countries in need. Yet Israel’s right to exist is still under attack, often by the same forces that rejected the two-state solution six decades ago.

(…) In an Orwellian twist contrived by Arab countries, the UN in 1977 declared Nov. 29 a “Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.” This distorted the original UN decision beyond recognition – using it to undermine, rather than promote, the cause of peace.

Oh, and despite what you may hear from the Anti-Israel mainstream media, the US/Israel relationship is not one-sided. Israel has been invaluable in the war against Islamist-Terrorism

Today, Israeli contributions to U.S. national interests cover a broad spectrum. Through joint training, exercises and exchanges on military doctrine, the United States has benefited in the areas of counter-terrorism, intelligence and experience in urban warfare. Increasingly, U.S. homeland security and military agencies are turning to Israeli technology to solve some of their most vexing technical and strategic problems.

This support includes advice and expertise on behavioral screening techniques for airport security and acquisition of an Israeli-produced tactical radar system to enhance force protection. Israel has been a world leader in the development of unmanned aerial systems, both for intelligence collection and combat, and it has shared with the U.S. military the technology, the doctrine and its experience regarding these systems. Israel is also a global pacesetter in armored vehicle protection, defense against short-range rockets, and the techniques and procedures of robotics, all of which it has shared with the United States.

In fact, the Jewish State has not only aided the United States, but Israel has made contributions to the entire world:

(…) the UN’s partition decision has been overwhelmingly vindicated. In a region plagued with religious extremism, tyranny and economic stagnation, Israel stands as a model of democratic pluralism, economic growth and human progress. The Jewish state has contributed to the global community in myriad ways, including an entrepreneurial social sector and a cutting-edge high-tech economy. It has also generously offered its assistance to all countries in need.

Amos Oz’s father told his young son on Nov. 29, 1947, “From now on, from the moment we have our own state, you will never be bullied just because you are a Jew and because Jews are so-and-so’s. Not that. Never again. From tonight that’s finished here. Forever.”

Unfortunately, Amos Oz’ dad was wrong. Israel and Jews all over the world are bullied and just because we are Jewish. Former President Obama, much of the Democratic Party, most Muslim countries, and the organization that gave birth to the Jewish State, the United Nations are doing their best to lead the rest of the world to make Mr. Oz a liar.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu outlined it brilliantly in his speech before Congress in 2011. He talked about how Israel has been ready to establish a Palestinian State for decades, but there has been one hold-up.

“You see, our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state. This is what this conflict is about….

They were simply unwilling to end the conflict. And I regret to say this: They continue to educate their children to hate. They continue to name public squares after terrorists. And worst of all, they continue to perpetuate the fantasy that Israel will one day be flooded by the descendants of Palestinian refugees.

My friends, this must come to an end. President Abbas must do what I have done. I stood before my people, and I told you it wasn’t easy for me, and I said… “I will accept a Palestinian state.” It is time for President Abbas to stand before his people and say… “I will accept a Jewish state.”

In fact, every prime minister after Yitzchak Rabin has agreed there should be a Palestinian State (Rabin did not agree).

Sadly, at times Israel and the Jewish people, in general, have been their own worst enemies, accepting “peace partners” and voting for politicians here in the United States who wish to see them destroyed. Ze’ev Jabotinsky was correct when he wrote in “The Iron Wall:”

“It is incredible what political simpletons Jews are. They shut their eyes to one of the most elementary rules of life, that you must not “meet halfway” those who do not want to meet you.”

 

Here are a few things about Israel that the UN, the EU, Arab League or even the Democratic Party doesn’t understand.  Jews were in the Holy Land since the time of Abraham, over 4,000 years ago. He even purchased land there in Hebron. Abraham’s grandson Jacob (Israel) purchased land at Shechem.  Though the numbers have varied Jews have lived in the Holy Land continuously since Joshua crossed the Jordan River 3,500 years ago (by the way the Jordan River is more like a creek). The top of the Temple Mount was purchased from Araunah the Jebusite, by King David for the precise purpose of building Jewish Temples about 3,000 years ago. Jews lived in Jerusalem ever since.

The UN vote seventy-one years ago UN didn’t give the Jews the right to live in the holy land, neither did any country or the land purchases by biblical heroes. The landlord was never the Arabs (before the partition in 1947 there was never a state of Palestine). Jews have lived in the Holy Land continuously for the past 3,500 years because of an unbreakable contract with the real landlord, God.  We may have been punished at times with exile but God always promised our return.  The UN may have voted for partition, but they were simply acting as the agent of God, and if they didn’t pass that resolution, he would have found another way.

As Israel’s first prime minister David Ben Gurion once told CBS News

In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.”

About 2,600 years ago the prophet Jeremiah was sitting in prison as the Armies of Nebuchadnezzar were about to invade the Kingdom of Judea.  His cousin Hanamel visited him and asked the prophet to buy his land in the field in his hometown of Anathoth. Needless to say, property values were not great since Jerusalem was being besieged by what was then the most powerful army in the world. It didn’t seem as if it would be a good investment. But God told Jeremiah to buy the land, not because the prophet would ever get to enjoy it, but as a symbol, that one day the Jews would return to the land. And on November 29, 1947, God kept his promise.

Somewhere buried under the ground in the biblical city of Anathoth the bill of sale is buried, as an everlasting symbol to the Jewish people’s eternal covenant with God, a covenant that was recognized by the UN  71years ago via General Assembly Resolution 181.

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Below you will find a video explaining the passage of UN 181, the vote by country, and an actual copy of the resolution passed seventy-one years ago today.

In favor: 33
Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Byelorussian S.S.R., Canada, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, Liberia, Luxemburg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Sweden, Ukrainian S.S.R., Union of South Africa, U.S.A., U.S.S.R., Uruguay, Venezuela.

Against: 13
Afghanistan, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen.

Abstained: 10
Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mexico, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia.

Below is the text of UN Resolution 181 

GA181 by on Scribd

https://www.scribd.com/embeds/332656830/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&show_recommendations=true&access_key=key-h40Uk8URjUDQXU3TZHh9

 

 

 

 

Former President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94

H/T The Houston Chronicle

R.I.P. president George Herbert Walker Bush June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018.

He is reunited with his beloved Barbra Pierce Bush June 8,1925- April 17,2018.

George Herbert Walker Bush, whose lone term as the 41st president of the United States ushered in the final days of the Cold War and perpetuated a family political dynasty that influenced American politics at both the national and state levels for decades, died Friday evening in Houston. He was 94.

Bush was the last president to have served in the military during World War II. His experience in international diplomacy served him well as he dealt with the unraveling of the Soviet Union as an oppressive superpower, and later the rise of China as a commercial behemoth and potential partner.

His wife of 73 years, Barbara Pierce Bush, died April 17, 2018, at the age of 92.