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PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 6, 2018 By Caroline Glick since the Reagan administration, is a creature of the Washington foreign policy swamp. President Donald Trump's decision to ap- While it is true that Bolton held senior point former UN Ambassador John Bolton foreign policy positions in both Bush admin- to serve as his national security adviser is istrations, he has always been a thorn in the arguably the most significant single step he side of the establishment rather thanamember has taken to date toward implementing his of that establishment. AmericaFirst foreignpolicysince takingoffice. For the better part of three decades, Bolton The news hit America's enemies andhasbravelyheldpositionsthatflyinthefaceof competitors--from Pyongyang to Teheran the establishment's innate preference for ap- to Moscow to Beijing--like a wall of bricks peasement. He was a vocal critic, for example, Thursday night, of then-President Bill Clinton's disastrous Early criticisms on the political right of nuclear diplomacy with North Korea. Bolton's appointment have centered on two The 1994"Agreed Framework" that Clinton points. First, it is argued that Bolton, who has concluded with Pyongyang was touted as a been involved in U.S. foreign policymaking peaceful resolution of the nuclear crisis with By Stephen M. Flatow Not starving, but simply malnourished? UNICEF screened 7,969 Gaza children for (JNS)--Have you ever read a news report malnutrition-related disorders in 2016. It aboutaPalestinianArabwhostarvedtodeath? found a total of 489 children were malnour- Even one? Of course not, because it never ished. That's 6 percent. happens. Yet the foreign minister of Sweden Wallstr6m either knows that number or is now claiming that the PalestinianAuthority could obtain it in two minutes. Yet she prefers must provide salaries to terrorists and their to falsely suggest that large numbers of kids families because otherwise, they will"starve." are on the brink of "starvation" and would Sweden, which was the first country in the drop dead if the P.A. didn't give them financial EuropeanUniontorecognizetheP.A.-occupied rewards for the murderous attacks carried territories as the"State of Palestine," has given out by their imprisoned or deceased parents. thePalestiniansmorethan$700millioninaid And in case you're wondering how the since 1993. The Swedes are now in the middle Palestinian malnutrition rate of 6 percent ofhandingout another five-year, $183 million compares to a similar rate in the United grant package to them. States, note that according to the organization In an interview by the Swedish Jewish news- "Feeding America," one in six (16.7 percent) paper "Judisk Kr6nika" (Jewish Chronicle) on of American children "don't know when their March 19, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot next meal will be." Wallstr6m was asked how she felt about Swed- According to the United States Department ish tax dollars contributing to the P.A.'s policy of Agriculture, 16.6 percent of American of providing salaries to imprisoned terrorists households with children under the age of 6 and the families of dead terrorists. The foreign live with "food insecurity," which is defined minister squirmed, as being "uncertain of having, or unable to "Are people supposed to starve to death or acquire, enough food to meet their needs." what? What are these families supposed to A few days after the interview with Wall- do if they don't receive money?" she replied, str6m, it occurred to somebody in her press according to a translation provided by the office that the minister's comments might Swedish-born journalist Annika Hernroth- sound less than plausible. So, they sent a Rothstein. "clarification" to the interviewer, insisting that That's an interesting propaganda tactic. Sweden's aid to the P.A. does not go directly Pretend that what your opponent advocates into the pockets of imprisoned terrorists or will result in the death of innocent people. That their families. immediately discredits anyone who disagrees That's just one more cheap trick. Foreign with you. After all, anybody who wants to see aid obviously is fungible. Sweden's lavish aid little children--ofanybackground or national- grants to the P.A. free up other funds are then ity--die of starvation is surelyawicked person used to reward terrorism. who must be ignored. If the Swedes are truly concerned about We hear similar demagoguery when the quality of nutrition among the families Palestinian advocates want Israel to permit of imprisoned or dead terrorists, why don't the entry of all goods into Gaza. Right now, they ship them food? Instead of sending the Israel prevents the Gaza Strip from importing money to the PA.--whose notoriously corrupt weapons and dual-use items, such as concrete, leaders routinely siphon off funds intended for Even U.S. Mideast "peace processor" Dennis humanitarian purposes--Sweden could send Ross has admitted that allowing the entry care packages directly to families. of concrete is a mistake because the Hamas That said, the families of terrorists shouldn't regime uses it to build terror tunnels instead count on receiving packages of Swedish meat- of resident housing, balls any time soon. Officials in the Nordic Hamas'sWesternapologistsoftenclaimthat country don't genuinely care about the well- little Palestinian children in Gaza are starv- being of individual Palestinians. They only ing to death because of Israel's cold-hearted spout this nonsense about"starving" children blockade. In reality, the only way they are not when they want to bash Israel or protect the eating enough is if their normal diet consists P.A. from criticism. of hand grenades and automatic rifles. It's just one more rhetorical weapon in You can be sure that if even a single Pales- the never-ending international campaign of tinian Arab ever died of starvation, it would be harassment against the Jewish state. front-page news around the world for weeks Stephen M. Flatow, a vice president of the on end. You haven't heard about it because it Religious Zionists of America, is an attorney hasn't happened, in New Jersey. He is the father ofAlisa Flatow, Do you know what percentage of Pales- who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored tinian children in Gaza are malnourished? Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. CENTRAL FLORIDA'SINDEPENDENTJEWISHVOICE ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 46 Press Awards ITAGE HERITAGE Florida Jewish News (ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad- dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. MAILING ADDRESS PHONE NUMBER P.O. Box 300742 (407) 834-8787 Fern Park, FL 32730 FAX (407) 831-0507 email: news@ rland heritage'c rn Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor News Editor Gene Starn Kim Fischer Christine DeSouza Society Editor Office Manager Gloria Yousha Paulette Alfonso Account Executives Kim Fischer * Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley * Mel Pearlman David Bornstein Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman Gil Dombrosky Joyce Gore North Korea. In exchange for shuttering its nuclear installations, North Korea received light water reactors from the U.S. and massive economic relief. As Bolton warned it would, North Korea pocketed the concessions and gifts and continued to develop its nuclear weapons. In other words, far from preventing North Korea from developing nuclear weapons, the Agreed Framework preserved the North Ko- rean nuclear program and enabled the regime to develop it effectively with U.S. assistance. For his warnings, Bolton has been reviled as a "warmonger" and a "superhawk" by the foreign policy elite. President George W. Bush appointed Bolton to serve as UN ambassador in 2005 in a recess appointment. Three moderate Republicans on the Senate ForeignAffairs Committee, Lincoln Chafee (RI), Chuck Hagel (ND), and George Voinovich (OH), signaled that they would op- pose Bolton's confirmation. At the time, rumors surfaced that then- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had quietly undercut Bolton's confirmation in private con- versations with senators. Those rumors were denied, and Rice publicly supported Bolton's Letter from Israel By Ira Sharkansky A Palestinian used his car as a weapon and drove into a cluster of soldiers alongside an IDF base in the West Bank. He killed two and injured two others. A few days later, a Pales- tinian stabbed a security guard in Jerusalem's Old City. Those were the third, fourth, and fifth deaths so far in 2018 attributed to Palestinian terror. That equals the number of American Jews that we know were killed by gunfire. Four Jewish students and one Jewish teacher were killed in the school shooting at Parkland, Florida. The number of Israeli deaths from terror has ranged from 6 to 36 annually in recent years. We can quarrel if the numbers are as impor- tant as the continued threat, or what can be done to deal with it. Just as dead and tragic are more than 30,000 Americans and about 300 Israelis who die annually from traffic accidents. In terms of the incidence of traffic deaths per billion vehicle miles, American roads and/or drivers are about 30 percent more dangerous than those of Israel. And according to murder rates, Americans are three times more danger- ous than Israelis. We've also been reminded of Islamic terror in France. The most recent terror attacks in Israel here have produced the usual responses. Media devoted considerable attention to the incidents, interviews with family members and friends of those killed, and updates on the condition of the wounded. Members of the Palestinian driver's family insisted that it was a traffic accident; that the young man was law abiding and had no connection with politics. After a few hours of questioning, the driver admitted that he intended to kill Jews, but that it was a spur of the moment decision and had no connec- tion with anyone else. Israeli security forces have already closed his family residence, and have begun the legal process intended to destroy it. Some 70 members of his extended family have lost the permits that allowed them to work in Israel. No doubt some will continue to arrive surreptitiously. That may be more difficult, however, if Israeli officials continue with their announced intention of extending the security wall to put their village on the other side. Merchants in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, near where the stabbing occurred, have been charged with knowing that an attack was imminent, and not doing anything against it. Should we worry about collective punish- ment, or see such moves as reasonable ways of dealing with terror coming from a culture where family and community loyalties are pervasive. Some politicians are calling for the applica- tion of the death penalty. Others dispute the effectiveness of a death penalty; see it as a spur to more terror; and cite the legal hassles, time, and expense likely ifa military court uses exist- ing provisions to sentence the driver to death. The Palestinian who stabbed a guard in the Old City was shot and killed by security confirmation. But in 2016, Rice, along with her mentor, former secretary of state James Baker, and her deputy and successor as national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, openly op- posed President Trump's intention to appoint Bolton deputy secretary of state. At the same time, all three lobbied Trump to appoint outgo- ing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Bolton was a vocal opponent of Rice's nucle- ar diplomacy with North Korea, undertaken after Pyongyang conducted its first nuclear test in 2006. He also opposed Rice's pursuit of diplomatic ties with Iran through negotia- tions in Iraq. In both cases, as events showed, Bolton's criticisms were all in place. Rice's nuclear diplomacy with North Ko- rea emboldened the regime, and enabled its continued testing of nuclear weapons and development of ballistic missiles. In Iran's case, Rice's negotiations with the Iranians in 2007 and 2008 set the stage for then-President Barack Obama's nuclear talks with Tehran, which led to the 2015 nuclear deak That deal, like the 1994 Agreed Framework Glick on page 15A personnel. One can doubt that Israel will solve its problem with the Palestinians any sooner than Americans will deal with its guns. A recent incident of police killing a black man holding a cell phone, then saying it looked like a pistol, suggests the limits of arming teach- erg as a response to mass attacks at schools. Parkland has provoked a mass response in favor of doing something about weapons, but the task is enormous. Responses can vary between 50 states and thousands of local jurisdictions. Advocates of control are talk- ing about increasing the age of those allowed to buy guns, or tweaking the details of the weapons available. There are advocates of a general response from the Supreme Court, equivalent to the 1973 decision about abortion. It could take the form of a ruling that the Second Amend- ment stands for the right of States to maintain militias in the form of the National Guard, and not for a general right of citizens to have firearms. One shouldn't bet a great deal of that happening anytime soon. Israel takes care in providing gun permits. Among the requirements are prior military service, approvals as to criminal record, mental and physical health; and either a work place or residence where a weapon is considered necessary. Aside from cynicism, fatalism, and another rendition of the problems in the way of true peace between Israelis and Palestinians, there seems little to be done that hasn't already being done. With respect to killing by car, the IDF is extending the protection of problematic lo- cations with meter-high concrete posts put in place at bus stops where Palestinians had used their cars to attack people waiting for transportation. Officials are warning security personnel and the public that we're approaching several events likely to be associated with increased attacks: Land Day when Arabs commemorate an event in 1976, Passover, Israel's 70th an- niversary, the movement of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, and Ramadan. We can expect the closing of crossing points between Palestinian and Israeli areas on several of those occasions, as well as increased police and military patrols. There's also been an uptick in the incidence of events on the border of Gaza, so far without Israeli casualties and a minimum of Palestinian casualties associated with Israeli responses. Hamas is threatening to send thousands of civilians to the border with Israel, saying it will assert the right of refugees' return to their homes. Israeli security personnel aretraining, getting the tear gas and water cannons ready, as well as snipers. Further afield, and more dangerous, are the continued actions of Iran to supply and incite violence against Israel. There may be thou- sands of missiles capable of reaching Israel. Things could be better, and they've been a lot worse. We can be optimistic, but cautious. Commentswelcome.