November 2, 2007, - 5:15 pm

Netanyahu’s Detroit Speech & the 90th Anniversary of Balfour; Bad Security & Kosher Caterer’s Hezbo Employee

By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE, 11/04/07: I added a paragraph I forgot to put in on Friday (scroll down). ****
Today is the 90th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, in which Lord Balfour declared a Jewish State in “Palestine”. Carl in Jerusalem has the complete details on this important document in Jewish, Israeli, and Mid-East history, including the actual document.
Last night, in honor of the Balfour anniversary, the Detroit chapter of the Zionist Organization of America hosted former Israeli Prime Minister (and perhaps, the next Israeli Prime Minister) Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu a/k/a Binyamin (Benjamin in Hebrew) Netanyahu.

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Bibi was his usual charismatic self, and his strong speech made all of the important points about how Israel made horrendous decisions in giving Iran three fronts–essentially, three states–1) in South Lebanon, with Israel’s boneheaded move to abandon it in 2000; 2) in Gaza, with Israel’s boneheaded move to abandon it in 2005; and 3) if Israel gives the Palestinians a state in the so-called West Bank, also, in Israel’s ongoing boneheaded moves.
He used a great example of a famous scientific experiment in which an invisible glass pane is put in the middle of an aquarium. On one side, a big, predatory fish. On the other, a small fish–the prey. The big fish keeps trying to go into the other side of the aquarium to eat the small fish but finally gives up because he figures out the glass pane. But, as Netanyahu points out, Israel does not have the luxury of the glass pane keeping its predatory enemies out. And in fact with the Iranian fronts in South Lebanon and Gazastan, Israel has essentially lifted the glass pane, only to be devoured.
**** UPDATE: Problem is that Netanyahu, while being the best of the recent Israeli Prime Ministers (but for Yitzchak Shamir, who totally stuck to his guns against Muslims and U.S. demands for concessions to them), was far more soft in office, including at Wye, when he was planning to give away almost everything in the Wye Accords (thankfully rejected by Arafat). If only Netanyahu the Prime Minister were as strong and principles as Netanyahu the non-Prime Minister. ****
The most important thing I saw or heard at last night’s event, however, was the absolute lack of security and the presence of a Shi’ite Muslim who very likely supports Hezbollah on the staff of the caterer at the synagogue where the event was held.
There was such a huge crowd at the sellout, I had to park on the Detroit-area synagogue’s lawn, as did many others. When I went to park, a private security guard told me the Secret Service wanted that distant part of the lawn free. I thought to myself, if anyone is going to prevent harm to Netanyahu, it won’t be the Secret Service, it will be the Israelis. But going inside, it became clear I was wrong. No-one was going to prevent harm.
No walk-through metal detectors. They–private security–barely checked me and didn’t my check purse. They wanded my chest and arms. That’s it. I could have easily had a gun or bomb strapped to either of my legs. Then, they didn’t even take tickets. Anyone off the street could have walked in and sat down at the event, as one of my friends did (she did not yet obtain the ticket I got her). During the speech, anyone could have taken a clear shot at Netanyahu from at least one side of the stage (stage left), which was completely unguarded and shielded by a giant videoscreen around which anyone could have snuck and taken a clear shot of Netanyahu. The lack of security was startling, and I felt unsafe. If this is the way the Secret Service protects dignitaries, um, good luck.
Finally, at the end of the event, the kosher caterer, Paul Cohen of Quality Kosher Catering, told us that he has a Lebanese employee who “has been able to pick up a few words of English here and there in the few years he’s been here.” I asked if the employee was a legal alien. He did not respond. Then, I asked the man’s name. He said the man’s name is Ali Chami (can also be spelled, “Shami”), and he is apparently from Dearbornistan. The fact is, the Chami/Shami family is a well-known Shi’ite from South Lebanon, from the Hezbollah stronghold of Bint Jbeil. They are all strident Hezbollah supporters.
So, you tell me: How safe is it to employ a Shi’ite from Hezbollah country who barely speaks English and whose family is well-known for their support of the terrorist group . . . in a Jewish, kosher catering company? Did the Secret Service do a background check? Don’t bet on it. It would be very easy to poison the food we ate afterward and some ate at the banquet before. And it would have been very easy for this man to have set off a bomb or shot at Netanyahu.
Looks like the U.S. Secret Service and the Orthodox Jewish kosher caterer needed to hear Netanyahu’s message about the fish and the glass pane . . . and the Iranian bases in our midst, more than the largely secular Jewish audience for his speech.
Some people never learn.

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13 Responses

Every wannabe somebody for the ages, in his or her mind, trys to get a settlement in the Middle East which is little more than an agreement from Israel to give up some of its territory in the name of peace. That does nothing but cause an ever growing ignorant population of Arabs to play nice for limited time.
An independent Kurdish Republic could have made the region a two front war on the extremists in Iraq, Syria and Iran. But the narrow minded thought process in the region seems to think that Turkey is some sort of Alamo and Ally. Hardly, Israel and the U.S. have become too arrogant to look at the reality which is nothing more than simply looking at who has the will to fight for a purpose larger than a selfish camel screwing tribe of idiots.

code7 on November 3, 2007 at 2:48 am

[So, you tell me: How safe is it to employ a Shi'ite from Hezbollah country who barely speaks English whose family is well-known for their support of the terrorist group . . . in a Jewish, kosher catering company?]
It must be very safe since…
NOTHING HAPPENED!!!
This reminds me of a story that happened to a small group of Jews in New York. Some were coming down with unexplainable seizures. The doctors were able to treat them and found out the cause was a tapeworm that thrived in pork. Of course Jews don’t eat pork so how did they pick up this tapeworm? Apparently these Jews had Hispanic domestics (possibly illegal aliens) who weren’t washing their hands properly after taking a dump, and passed the tapeworm to the Jews by handling the food.
http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/327/10/692
[Did the Secret Service do a background check? Don't bet on it. It would be very easy to poison the food we ate afterward and some ate at the banquet before. And it would have been very easy for this man to have set off a bomb or shot at Netanyahu.]
Knowing that the food could had been poisoned, YOU ATE THE FOOD ANYWAY??? :P
[NB: I LEARNED OF THE SHI'ITE, HEZBO-SUPPORTING EMPLOYEE WHEN THE EVENT WAS OVER AND I WAS WALKING OUT. HAD I KNOWN PREVIOUSLY, I WOULD NOT HAVE EATEN THE VERY LITTLE I ATE, I ASSURE YOU. AS FOR NOTHING HAPPENING, THAT MEANS NOTHING. IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED, AND THAT'S ALL THAT COUNTS. JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE TAKING THEIR TIME, DOESN'T MEAN IT IS NOT A SECURITY ISSUE. DS]

Norman Blitzer on November 3, 2007 at 3:06 am

Are you sure the Secret Service was providing security or is that an assumption based on one person’s comment in the parking lot? It’s not clear from reading your post. It sounds like the only people you observed were private security guards.
[S: I'M ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE IT WAS THE U.S. SECRET SERVICE, AS I SAW THE U.S.S.S. LAPEL PINS ON THE MEN ON ONE SIDE OF THE STAGE. DS]

Spanky on November 3, 2007 at 9:55 am

B”H We can only hope the Bibi is a changed man, but experience suggests that this is doubtful.
I supported him in ’99, (and was duped into supporting Sharon in ’01)
Let us not forget the Netanyahu gave away Hevron, not someone from the Labor Party.
His biggest mistake was doing what worked for Clinton and Blair from the left. He tried to appear centrist, and ended up losing both the right and the left. Most of us inthe anti-disengagement for Azza camp believe that he did not do enough to prevent this tragedy.
My point is that he’s not the savior Israel needs, and unfortunately, no one is really around to fit that bill. With all of the US’s flaws when it comes to “assisting” Israel and Arabs to negotiate (Read: Israel concessions), we Israelis mut take responsibility for ourselves. After all we are the ones allowing the US to push us in this direction (Read: destruction).
Unless, Netanyahu reveals that he he a true Likudniq, let him do what he does well, implementing policies of others as Foreign Minister or as Finance Minister. His austeriy measures hurt us in the long run, but if allowed to continue they would’ve have boosted the economy tremendously.
[B-Y: I TOTALLY AGREE ON NETANYAHU AND ADDED A PARAGRAPH ON HIM I MEANT TO PUT IN, REGARDING WYE, ETC. HE IS VERY STRONG OUT OF OFFICE, NOT AS MUCH IN OFFICE, JUST LIKE SHARON (THOUGH NOT AS BAD AS SHARON TURNED OUT TO BE). DS]

Ben-Yehudah on November 3, 2007 at 1:41 pm

Debbie, what kind of reception do you get from the Detroit Jews? Are they excited to have a celebrity in their midst? Do you get a lot of naches from the crowd? Are you treated with respect and awe? I would just ask you out, for the record.

Anonymous1 on November 3, 2007 at 2:06 pm

Those palestinians sure have gotten peaceful since Israel gave back Gaza.

steve ventry on November 3, 2007 at 5:51 pm

Netanyahu is a great and entirely respectable man who takes his position of responsibility very seriously. I am glad you were there, Debbie. It is pathetic that security preparations appeared to be so lax. Certainly Netanyahu is the man to be most feared by the islamists because he can state the reality as clearly as few can. He knows his history and he is not going to be outfoxed by the lies of the Palestinians or any others like Iran.
Debbie, you have pointed out so often on your site about the self haters among the Jews even in our own area of Michigan. Ann Coulter makes some of the same observations in her present column–it is amazing how so many Jews like the ADL will go to all lengths to focus on complaints which have little to do with the security of the Jewish people. http://www.anncoulter.com/ “HOW LONG BEFORE THE A.D.L. KICKS OUT ALL ITS JEWS?”
October 31, 2007

BB on November 4, 2007 at 6:56 am

No discussion about Bibi or Barak is complete without mention of their time in the IDF. One of Barak’s missions into Beirut (dressed as a woman) to assasinate one of the Munich planners is a timeless tale. But their service speaks volumes about their character, which one used to be able to say about US Presidents…today not so much.
I once saw an Israeli settler interviewed, I believe it was some Thomas Friedman program. He was asked, “Why don’t you build a fence around the settlement?” (to protect from Arab attacks) To paraphrase his response:
“If you build a fence, the Arab will settle right next to the fence and launch his attacks from there. Therefore the fence of our settlement is the range of an M16 rifle.”

melchloboo on November 4, 2007 at 4:55 pm

Now oil is $96 a barrel. Soon, it’ll be 100, then 110, 120, 130, because we’re running out. Governments will lose control of us, people will start acting on their own. I hope Whites make up their minds to fight our enemies, they are already fighting us.

steve ventry on November 4, 2007 at 9:50 pm

Buy bullets, CCJ, VGENX, NLR, MOO, and silver and gold eagles, and some 90% junk silver. http://www.bulliondirect.com/catalog/selectProducts.do?category=1

steve ventry on November 4, 2007 at 9:54 pm

Steve
There is no oil shortage. We have all the oil we could ever use up in Alaska and I am not talking about ANWAR.Back in 1976, Arco Oil discovered the largest oil reserves in the world at Gull Island but the US Government ordered the well capped.
The Department of Energy ordered it capped and then Congress made sure it would not be pumped by declaring Gull Island a nature preserve to protect the Sea Gulls.
Last time I checked Sea Gulls are not a endangered species unless there is oil near their nesting grounds!
I urge you to read The Energy Non-Crisis by Lindsey Williams.He explains what happened in Alaska in great detail.
You can read Lindsey Williams book for free online at: http://www.reformation.org/energy-non-crisis.html
We are being told that only way out of this mess is alternative energy like ethanol or hydrogen. The Government politicians blame big oil but it is in fact our own Congress that is responsible for locking us out of the vast oil reserves in Alaska.
Every single domestic source of oil is being prevented from being exploited while the MSM tells us we are running out of oil because of World Demand.
What part of that explanation strikes you as being
a load of BS?
This is a quote from an Arco executive back when Gull Island was capped;”There is no energy crisis. There has never been an energy crisis. There will never be an energy crisis, but rather it is the purpose of the ‘powers that be’ to produce an energy crisis. Because, you see, Lindsey, there is as much crude oil on the North Slope of Alaska as in all of Saudi Arabia. [Not to mention all the rest of the places they have discovered oil and just capped it off!] If free enterprise were allowed to produce that oil, America could be independent from energy within five years time.”

ScottyDog on November 5, 2007 at 5:38 pm

Sorry to have to correct some points made about Netanyahu above, but
a. He didn’t “give away” Hebron, it was already an international commitment by Rabin and Peres. Short of tearing up the Oslo (as he arguable must have had done), N. renegotiated the agreement and as a result, Israel has a complete security control over the part where Jews live in the city, until today. Otherwise, there would be no more Jews living in the city of Hebron by now.
b. He didn’t “try to give away almost everything at Wye and Arafat refused”. In fact Arafat signed on it, but N. put the reciprocity clause into it so in fact he gave Arafat exactly nothing because predictably the latter didn’t own up to what he had signed. That was made possible by the reciprocity clause. Of course, when Barak came into power, he immediately turned all the land specified by Wye agreement to Arafat unconditionally. But you know, having to fight on two fronts – Israely deranged leftist ruling elites and our American “allies” – is no picnic. ;-)

Will48 on November 5, 2007 at 7:41 pm

Debbie
I agree with Will above – he already had inherited the Oslo accords which had these concessions already made, and it was questionable how much of US support he would have had had he shreded it. Also, @ Wye, by inserting reciprocity clauses, he arrested some of the bloodletting by making it conditional that terror attacks cease.
He also had warned Arafat that if terror attacks continued, his regime would go down, and Clinton would be unable to save his ass – that’s what kept Israel relatively terror free during his time in power. I also wonder to what extent did any of his coalition allies pull him in the direction you state?
I do disagree with Bibi these days – recently, in response to the Alien vs Predator circus in Gaza, he advocated supporting Fatah, rather than simply let both sides tear each other down. But other than that, he’s largely solid.

Infidel Pride on November 5, 2007 at 10:12 pm

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