Being tough on dictators brings peace (& flights arrive in Israel from a record 85 cities)

June 12, 2018

I attach a selection of photos and captions below. Some of these items were posted on my public Facebook page last week -- Tom Gross



Above: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits Sheldon Adelson’s Marina Bay Sands hotel and casino in Singapore last night, ahead of this morning’s historic summit with American President Donald Trump.

Sheldon Adelson is a prominent supporter of both Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu. The Marina Bay Sands hotel was designed by award-winning Israeli architect Moshe Safdie.

While denuclearization of North Korea would be an outstanding result of the American-North Korean talks, one shouldn’t forget the appalling human rights situation in North Korea where hundreds of thousands of innocent people are held in brutal prison camps. One hopes that improvements in diplomatic ties will also lead to an improvement of the human rights situation in North Korea.



I report on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer to help Iran with its water drought because the vast majority of the western media have failed to report this.

Video here.

Israel has also made the offer on Farsi websites, and it has been welcomed by many ordinary Iranians, who remain more pro-Israel than many Westerners.



Meanwhile, the western media continue in their hostile questioning of the Israeli prime minister.

Here, for example, from BBC Newsnight.

The BBC presenter (Evan Davis) interrupts Netanyahu by claiming a dozen of those who died on May 14 were civilians. He doesn’t give Netanyahu a chance to say that (in addition to the 50 Hamas members) some of these were Islamic Jihad terrorists (see below).

It is once again apparent in this interview that this leading BBC journalist, like many other journalists and their chosen studio experts, don’t seem to understand that being tough against Iran, just as Donald Trump was tough and threatening against North Korea, has a better chance of yielding peace than appeasing the Iranian regime as the European leaders and the Obama administration did, which merely emboldened it to be more aggressive across the Middle East in recent years.

No doubt fearful that the North Korean regime may no longer be their ally, an Iranian government spokesperson, as well as Hamas, have denounced the North Korea talks.

The Iranian regime are also worried that the North Koreans will provide details of their past nuclear cooperation with Iran and Syria.



Friday’s gay pride parade in Tel Aviv was the biggest ever held in Asia, and one of the biggest in the world. It attracted over 250,000 people, a remarkable achievement considering the intolerance of the wider region, and the fact that Tel Aviv’s population is only 438,000.

Tens of thousands of foreign tourists flew to Israel for the parade, which included a performance by the Israeli-Arab diva Nasreen Qadri. Members of all Israeli political parties from right to left, including openly gay Likud politicians and gay West Bank settlers, as well as gay Israeli-Arabs, joined the parade.

None of this was reported in most international press, which prefers to depict Israel as some kind of dangerous and illiberal place. In recent years, most major European cities (London, Paris, Moscow, Berlin, Barcelona, Brussels, Manchester, Nice and others) have experienced more deadly violence both in terms of crime and terrorism.

International gay groups have for some years voted Tel Aviv the “world’s most gay tolerant city”.

In sharp contrast to the rest of the Middle East, including Iran where being gay can result in a death sentence, other major Israelis cities, including Jerusalem, Haifa and Beersheba, also all hold annual gay pride parades.

Among those attending on Friday, on the British embassy float, was British ambassador David Quarrey and his husband.

Donald Trump’s ambassador David M. Friedman tweeted:

I am proud of everyone who is marching in the #TLVPride Parade today in support of #diversity and #equality. Promoting, protecting, and advancing human rights - including the rights of #LGBTI persons - has long been the policy of the United States.



Contrary to the doom and gloom about Israel in some western media, Israel is enjoying record tourism, and its economy continues to prosper. Israel has now surpassed Japan in per capita income.

In a 24 hour period beginning Sunday June 3, 2018, flights arrived at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport from a record 85 cities:

Addis Ababa, Amman, Amsterdam, Antalya, Athens, Baku, Bangkok, Barcelona, Basel, Batumi, Beijing, Belgrade, Bergamo, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cairo, Chisinau, Cluj, Craiova, Dnepropetrovsk, Dusseldorf, Eilat, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Gdansk, Geneva, Hamburg, Heraklion, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Karpathos, Katowice, Kharkov, Kiev, Krakow, Larnaca, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Lyon, Madrid, Malaga, Malta, Manchester, Marseille, Milan, Minsk, Montreal, Moscow, Mumbai, Munich, Naples, New Delhi, New York, Newark, Nuremberg, Odessa, Palma, Paphos, Paris, Prague, Rhodes, Riga, Rome, Rostov, Rzeszow, St. Petersburg, San Francisco, Sochi, Sofia, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Thessaloniki, Tivat, Toronto, Varna, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Yerevan, Zurich.



The (London) Daily Mail published photos of Jake and Hannah Graf’s honeymoon in Tel Aviv last week (above on the beach, many more photos here.)

Hannah is Britain’s highest-ranking transgender soldier and her new husband, who is also transgender, is an actor.

The Mail reports:

Jake and Hannah Graf - who both say they were born in the wrong body - explained how they picked the Israeli city because they wanted to go to somewhere ‘safe’ and ‘inclusive’ for their honeymoon - and knew how LGBT-friendly it is.

The couple, who are now based in Sandhurst, Berkshire, were married in March.

Jake, 40, who is a film director, and Army Captain Hannah, 31, say they have shown others ‘it is possible to find love’, declaring that ‘everyone deserves to be happy’.

The couple are staying at the luxury five-star Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv, which has hosted countless celebrities in the past including the likes of Madonna and Michael Jackson.

Jake said that the people of Tel Aviv have been ‘nothing but welcoming’, explaining how they picked the city because of its reputation for being inclusive.

‘It’s so beautiful here. We were given an upgrade to a beautiful suite with a sea view. It’s absolutely stunning. We’ve been very lucky.’



Many international media continue to lie – and to revel in their lies – about why Argentina pulled out of its pre-world cup football (soccer) game in Israel last week.

They have wrongly reported that Argentina pulled out in “solidarity with last month’s victims in Gaza” or because “the Americans moved their embassy to west Jerusalem” – two issues many journalists are obsessed about – when the Argentina football association itself clearly stated that Argentina pulled out because of death threats against Argentinean players and their families back home. The move had nothing to do with “solidarity with the Palestinians”.

Buenos Ares has already been hit by two major Hezbollah terror attacks and players are nervous when a senior Palestinian former terrorist (responsible for many past acts of violence) Jibril Rajoub, who now runs the Palestinian Football Association, encourages such threats of violence against Argentina’s players.

Israeli groups have said that the Palestinian threats by the head of their football association “should be unacceptable to FIFA and should be dealt with with the utmost severity.”

And yet the media don’t want to report it.

Here is an example of the continuing inaccurate alternative reporting, this from
Sky Sports.



Even though honest western journalists have for weeks been reporting that the vast majority of those who tried to breach the Gaza-Israel border four weeks ago were Hamas and Islamic Jihad operatives, other western media continue to deliberately mislead and give the impression that those killed were harmless civilians.

The photo above from last month is of masked Hamas gunmen attending the funeral for six of their squadron killed while they tried to breach the Israeli border to attack kill and take hostage Israelis.


It is remarkable that even such experienced politicians as the former leader of the British Conservative party, Michael Howard, who is himself Jewish, appears to be completely taken in by the media distortions of the British media and seems to display a total lack of understanding of the situation on the ground.

Here is Howard’s question to Benjamin Netanyahu in London last week.


Here is a video of the full event, which began with onstage interview with Netanyahu by William Shawcross at the London think tank Policy Exchange last Thursday.

There are still no questions by the British Media to the British prime minister about why so many civilians were killed in the British bombing of Raqqa a few months ago.



Above, an example of fake news in the British media.

Western media are also continuing to report that Israel killed a baby in Gaza last month – even though within hours of the baby’s death the Gazan Ministry of Heath acknowledged, and the Associated Press reported, that the baby died of a pre-existing condition in a Gaza hospital, as I reported here.

Yet even after that the New York Times and USA Today claimed in prominent front page stores that Israel had killed the baby.



Pictured above (and also here from Islamic Jihad’s own website) are the three of what the BBC only last week called “innocent civilians” and a “16-year-old child” killed on May 14. They were members of the Iran-financed terror group Islamic Jihad’s Al Quds Brigades. The one on the right is Ahmed Adel Mousa Al-Shaer, who was 16.

The media are also stating that the Arab world is in uproar about the American embassy move to Jerusalem. In fact there has hardly been a single protest about the issue on the streets of any Arab country, and hardly any on the West Bank.



Above, a picture of Susanna Feldman is placed among flowers at a makeshift memorial in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Susanna Feldman, aged 14, was brutally raped and then murdered by two asylum seekers in Germany, one from Iraq, the other from Turkey.

Feldman was an active and proud member of the local Jewish community though it is not yet known whether this played a part in her killers’ motivations.

The Central Council of Jews in Germany urged a swift and comprehensive” probe into Feldman’s rape and murder.

There has been an outpouring of grief for Feldman in Germany as a whole and many expressed outrage after far left members of the German parliament disrupted a moment of silence for Feldman (on the grounds, they argued, that her murder was being politicized).

The main culprit (from northern Iraq) arrived in Germany in 2015 along with his parents and five siblings.

He was ordered to be deported after his request for asylum was rejected in December 2016, but he obtained a temporary residence permit pending his appeal.

I should point out that while there have been a number of violent attacks by migrants and asylum seekers against Germans, most have integrated relatively well. There have also been attacks on asylum seekers by neo-Nazis.



Mass anti-Israel protests were held in Toronto and in London, England last weekend.

Above a man on his way to the protest in Toronto.

Yesterday, Spain’s third-largest city Valencia voted to boycott Israel
and the leader of Spain’s third-largest party called the Jewish state a “criminal country” during an interview aired on state-funded public television.

Spain has a long history of anti-Semitism.


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