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  • John Byde

    Obama’s fit of spite is, likely everything else he has done in the last 8 years, a pointless waste of time. He and the Dems refuse to learn the main lesson of their catastrophic defeat in Nov: that the more radical their actions, the greater will be the counter-action. The same applies here: Trump plays to win and it is likely he will respond to this move by relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem and doing all he can to support the ME’s only democracy.

    • champ

      But you forgot to mention, everything that Barky does is always about him….the ultimate narcissist…

    • redmanrt

      “the ME’s only democracy”

      You are leaving out Kurdistan in northern Iraq.

  • Gary Hemminger

    In the end, the Obama administration comes down to Obama. He seemed to care about how is was appearing to be acting rather than caring about what he actually achieved.

  • Matt_Thullen

    In addition to moving the embassy, I hope Trump and his foreign policy team take a long hard look at how much U.S. aid is going to the Palestinians, who have never lived up to their Oslo obligations. Making aid contingent on fulfilling their side of that deal–in particular, ceasing the endless anti-Jewish/Israel propaganda–would also send a timely message to the Palestinians.

  • JR1123581321

    You know, I’m hugely disappointed but a) not surprised and b) not concerned. Not surprised because Obama was always an anti-Semitic scumbag and a piece of shlt. So he is acting like one more openly. nothing new for me here. As for why I, despite my affinity for Israel, am not concerned… Well, I’ll let Isaiah 54:17 explain….

    No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

    Let’s hope this doesn’t get censored by Comrade Friendly Goat.

    • ——————————

      “Let’s hope this doesn’t get censored by Comrade Friendly Goat”

      Yeah, let’s hope so JR….otherwise you will have to change your moniker again….

      • JR1123581321

        I know. But you know, there are advantages to a new handle. All those people you blocked and blocked you, you get to see them again.

        • f1b0nacc1

          Given my handle…you know that I like yours!

          • JR1123581321

            I knew you would get it, and did it partly as a tribute.

          • f1b0nacc1

            Then I am doubly honored….

            About to finish preparing the yuletide feast, then off to “Rogue One”….a traditional nerd Christmas Eve….

            Be well, and enjoy my friend…

          • ——————————

            Looks like he’s got your number f1b!

        • ——————————

          I didn’t think you had said anything wrong.

          Mmmmmm…those snowflakes are so, so, touchy….

          • JR1123581321

            Comrade Friendly Goat is very precious. He get hysterical quiet easily.

    • Disappeared4x

      “NZ talks to Kerry about UN Security Council resolution on Israel-Palestine conflict” 8:01 PM Sunday Nov 13, 2016

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11747382

      “One of the closed-door discussions between United States Secretary of State John Kerry and the New Zealand Government today was a potential resolution by the United Nations Security Council on a two-state solution for the Israel – Palestinian conflict.

      After the talks, Foreign Minister Murray McCully even raised the possibility of the US or New Zealand sponsoring a resolution.

      “It is a conversation we are engaged in deeply and we’ve spent some time talking to Secretary Kerry about where the US might go on this. …”

      [No mention of this topic at the Kerry-PM Key presser on November 13]:
      “Press Availability With New Zealand Prime Minister John Key John Kerry Secretary of State Premier House Wellington, New Zealand November 13, 2016 ” https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2016/11/264266.htm

      [Hours later:] “The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake was a magnitude 7.8 (Mw) earthquake in the South Island of New Zealand that occurred two minutes after midnight on 14 November 2016 NZDT (11:02 on 13 November UTC). …

      The large magnitude of the quake makes it second in magnitude to only one New Zealand earthquake since European settlement of the country …” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Kaikoura_earthquake

      • JR1123581321

        I just know the history and what has historically happened. Everyone is OK to believe whatever they want. Unlike Comrade FG, I’m not here to censor other’s beliefs.

    • f1b0nacc1

      I am not disappointed, only because this is what I expected of Obama and his enablers.

      This can be turned around, and perhaps it will mark the beginning of the irrelevancy of the UN and its eventual abandonment by the US. Perhaps too much to hope for, but it is the season of miracles, after all…

      Happy Hanukkah….and a very Merry Christmas to you!

  • sacip

    So instead of his typical pattern of meaningless, empty rhetoric—-“red line”, “cut it out”, or “we can do stuff to you”, Obama finally grows a pair by an ultimately counterproductive, but nonetheless spiteful act of passive aggression against the Jews. I’m sure Bibi is as worried about this as Putin, Assad, and every other foreign leader is about whatever it is Obama thinks or does.

    • Jmaci

      It doesn’t appear he grew a pair here either. He made a decision without consulting Congress, went to Hawaii so he wouldn’t be in Washington when it was announced and sent his lackies out to defend the decision. What a wimp.

  • Anthony

    “It isn’t just geographically based conflicts that America must be wary about. We live in a high-velocity world on a taut string, where one conflict zone is connected to every other one as never before and events and cataclysms unfold at a rate never before seen in history. Thus, the price for getting bogged down anywhere – Middle East, Africa-Eurasia, the South China Sea, and so on – is higher than it has ever been.Though the media wants every administration to respond comprehensively to every outrage (and risk foreign policy paralysis), it is the unconventional eruptions – cyber attacks, pandemics, etc. – that now may command attention forthwith. Indeed, while America is capable of responding to several crises at once, top decision makers have finite bandwidth in any given day. Thus it isn’t one particular event I worry about, but a cascade of them.” (Robert D. Kaplan)

  • adk

    So why did Obama do it? Prof.Mead offers several reasons but omits the main, IMO, one, It’s who he is, a faithful disciple of his anti-American, antisemitic, racist pastor Wright and a dear friend of ex-PLO spokesman Rashid Khalidi.
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/09/20/in-wake-of-secret-romney-vid-los-angeles-times-reaffirms-it-will-not-publish-mysterious-obama-recording/

    Or, more generally, a true representative of the radical antisemitic Left International. It’s also a fit of personal spite towards Netanyahu whom he tried, unsuccessfully, to coerce, humiliate and, finally, unseat by interfering in Israel’s elections.

    It’s also a yet another blow to his fellow Democrats (as if he hadn’t hurt them enough already) many of whom urged him not to do it.

    But he didn’t care — it has always been all about him. I predict that he will reveal much more of that in his post-presidency to make Jimmy Carter look like a hard-core Zionist by comparison.

    I also think his action put more spotlight on our absurd financial support of Palestinians and the UN. It will be really interesting to see what Trump does about all that.

    • champ

      You neglected to include Barky’s terrorist buddy, Bill Ayers…

    • CosmotKat

      Obama has been working on his anti-American hatred and desire for retribution for the last eight years. His whole tenure as POTUS has been to poke his finger in the eyes of the American people and dare them to hit back. He hides behind the wall of media protection and George Soros’ money. Good riddance to the cancer of our country.

  • adk

    Just to add something about the Palestinians…
    “Today the Palestinians have fixed the third problem; their diplomacy is far more accomplished and effective than it was in the 1940s and before. ” (WRM)

    The Palestinians would have been nowhere today diplomatically if their adversary wasn’t Israel/Jews. Just look at the far more numerous, organized, determined — and still stateless– Kurds whose goal was a state of their own, not “driving the Turks into the sea”.

    • Tom

      Eh, maybe. The KRG in Iraq is practically an independent state, and arguably has more de facto power than the Palestinian authority. Also, the Palestinians are Arabs, unlike the Kurds. That probably helps.

  • Disappeared4x

    The Obama/Kerry plot to use the UNSC to preserve the Oslo Accords AND impose the 1949 Armistice Line as firm borders for a Jewish state, is deplorable.

    If American CITIZENS were to hold a referendum on ‘settlement’ policy, the MAJORITY would vote to keep the UNSC from usurping the national sovereignty of ANY UN member state.

    Fake History wins at the UN, again.
    Fake History wins here at TAI, in this post, e.g., the Grand Mufti Amin al-Husseini actually was an ideological Nazi, not an “incompetent leader”.

    Deplorable.

  • AaronL

    As an Israeli let me say that this decision by Obama, like all of his other foreign policy decisions, will be counter-productive. These sorts of U.N. decisions cause the Palestinians to hold out for terms that no Israeli government will agree to. If the Palestinians had been willing to agree to the more than generous Israeli proposals made by then Israeli Prime Ministers, Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert than there would have been a Palestinian state. To quote no less an authority than Hillary Clinton, the Palestinians could have had a state 15 years ago if they had agreed to her husband’s proposals.

    Not only do the Palestinians not agree to the proposals made during the Barak and Olmert administrations but they escalate their demands as they become convinced that more and more countries support them as supposedly evidenced by this latest resolution.

    What they don’t understand is that these countries will not and cannot do anything to implement those decisions. Not to put too fine a point on it the Israel Defense Forces is 4 times the size of the armed forces of the U.K. , it’s land forces encompasses 15 divisions, more than the U.K. , France, and Germany together, Israel even has more MBT’s (Main Battle Tanks) than the U.S. Army. What do the Palestinians think?- that the countries that voted for this resolution will invade Israel in order to implement these ludicrous decisions? With what? Their tin soldier armies?!

    Meanwhile in the real world, their fellow Sunni’s don’t care about the Palestinians because they fear the Iranians and hope that in a last option scenario Israel will destroy Iranian nuclear capabilities.

    The examples around Israel, i.e. Syria, Iraq, Islamic State, Hizbullah , Hamas have convinced even leftist Israeli’s that only we can secure the Jordan River valley as a defensive border against an armored thrust from the east that would try to cut Israel in two at it’s narrowest pre-1967 border. That narrow point is 9.3 miles wide (about as long as some driveways in Texas , assures me an acquaintance from Austin).

    One of Obama’s stupidest decisions, during the August 2014 war with Hamas in Gaza, was stopping U.S. flights to Israel for a period of two days after a rocket landed more than 1 mile away from Ben Gurion International Airport. An Iron Dome interceptor was purposely not fired to interdict that rocket because it was clear that it would land in an empty field and those interceptors are too expensive to waste.

    The result was that now even leftists are convinced that we must maintain security control of the West Bank , because if not than terrorists can cut our air connections to the world by using hidden mortars from the West Bank. For those of you that don’t have a military background a mortar is basically a tube to fire shells, not rockets. Effective, if primitive, ones can be made in a machine shop , buried in the ground with only the opening uncovered, hidden by a bush and fired by remote control. Their range is very limited but more than enough to prevent the use of the airport if the Palestinians have control of the West Bank.

    As our security concerns become more intensive because of the circumstances around us, the Palestinian demands, encouraged by the U.N. become more far reaching , something that ensures that for the foreseeable future the gap between us and the Palestinians becomes wider.

    What Obama and other leftists and the pathetic Europeans don’t understand is that their actions serve the purposes of those amongst us that do not wish to give up any part of the West Bank for ideological and religious reasons. Obama and his leftist minions are causing the gap between us and the Palestinians to widen because they encourage the Palestinians to make unrealistic demands that we will never agree to.

    Some of us are willing to trade land for peace. None of us are willing to commit suicide.

    • adk

      “What do the Palestinians think?- that the countries that voted for this resolution will invade Israel in order to implement these ludicrous decisions?”

      I think you somewhat misread Palestinian intentions — more specifically, PLO/PA’s ones for what Hamas stands for is perfectly clear. It actually makes sense for Abbas & Co raise their demands every time it looks like there might be a compromise and here’s why. For one thing, their whole culture and identity are built around fighting the Jews. If Abbas were to agree to anything Israel could possibly propose, and did propose twice as you described, they would be considered traitors by their own people with all the consequences. But suppose they’d find the courage and decide to do it, then what (assuming their personal safety is guaranteed by the IDF.) Then the “progressive” world would instantly lose interest in them, and the cash flow from the EU and the likes would dry up. They would become one of the many world’s tiny unviable entities competing for very limited resources. No more world tours, speeches, receptions, attention and so on. What would, e.g., Palestinian “chief negotiator” Saeb Erekat do after it’s all settled? Care about potholes in Ramallah?

      As things stand now, the so-called “moderate” Palestinian leadership enjoys the best of both worlds: they get protected from Hamas by Israel while cashing out in the West by presenting themselves helpless victims of Zionists. They can conspire with Western friends like Obama and the EU to push through anti-Israel resolutions at the UN without any fear of Israeli retaliation.

      The way to stop that racket is absolutely not yet another useless round of the “peace process”. The US should finally lead in cutting off their gravy train or put strict conditions, with deadlines and verifiable measures, on the financial support. Will be really interesting to watch Trump’s actions in that area.

      • azt24

        This. The Palestinian leadership makes a very good living for itself waging lawfare against Israel. But what works with the State Department and the UN is unlikely to work with Donald Trump. And with Trump giving Bibi a green light, I think the game of eternal Palestinian victimhood may soon be altered in a way the Palestinians won’t care for.

        • champ

          Yeah, Arafat died a billionaire from all of the “aid” he received from naive Western governments, including the USA…

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    • champ

      Two issues: the leadership of the “Palestinian” people (they are mostly Jordanian or Lebanese Arabs) do not want an agreement with Israel, such an agreement would cut into their income from foreign “donations.” Secondly, they do not want to come to an agreement with the Israeli government, they want to annihilate the entire Jewish population, drive them “into the sea.” Just read the Hamas Charter…In my opinion, it is because the success of the Israeli people in the same geography as that of Arab abject failure creates a fierce reaction among the Arab “honor culture” against the Israeli successes.

    • JeffreyL

      just a small nit. Israel does not have anywhere near the number of main battle tanks that the US has. Not even half. And of that amount, half the tanks Israel does have are upgrades to M60 (The Patton was first introduced in 1960 – and while you can say they have upgraded everything, still).

      • AaronL

        Just the opposite. See “Brower on National Security” on the American Military Budget http://broweronnationalsecurity.blogspot.co.il/2012/03/anerican-military-budget.html
        See the fourth paragraph- U.S. Army, Marines and National Guard together has 1,850 tanks. Israel has 4,700 tanks. See the rest of his post.

        When American politicians describe Israel as a “strong” ally of the U.S. that is entirely accurate and even an understatement.

  • Fat_Man

    So was it spite, because Obama failed at trying to interfere in Israel’s election, in a manner far more egregious than anything the Russians have done,? Was it personal hatred of Netenyahu because he would not obey Obama? Or was it deep seated antisemitism? Or is he a dedicated marxist committed to the destruction of all capitalist countries? Is Obama a Muslim? Is Obama’s motivating desire the promotion of the Iranian Revolution? Is Obama still completely clueless as to the conduct of foreign policy?

    ¿Por que no todos ellos?

    There is less than a month to go, and it cannot end soon enough.

    • azt24

      Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and yes.

  • LarryD

    Up until the Three Day War, “Palestinians” were indistinguishable from the surrounding Arab population. The decisions by Egypt, Jordan, and their other “brother” Arabs to keep the refugees in camps and turn them into cannon fodder created the Palestinian of today. Whom on one likes or trusts. The Palestinian is fanatically committed to the genocide of Jews and annihilation of Israel, there can be no peace in the Middle East until one side or the other is exterminated. I choose to side with Israel. The Progressives choose to side with the Palestinians.

    • Disappeared4x

      Do you mean after the Six-Day War in 1967? when the local Arabs re-invented themselves as Palestinians?

  • TGates

    I think we forget that a number of these decisions center on the coming Obama Foundation and where to best position Obama for the maximum and most profitable income sources. This is the main reason, IMHO, the Obama’s are staying in Washington. Look at the numbers and types of people visiting the WH over the past 18 months and we can see these income sources will be in the ME and community activism blackmailing US corporations. The Obama Foundation will mike the Clinton Foundation look like pikers and all under the umbrella if you criticize me you are a racist. We may only have a month of him as President left but he will continue to make our lives miserable.

    • JR1123581321

      I think you are right about his intentions, but not about how successful his execution will be. He is not particularly effective at much of anything other than getting himself elected. Clintons were hard core hustlers who knew the art of shakedown. Obama is an incompetent. Without power, his incompetence will be impossible to hide.

      • azt24

        Very likely. Look how much money Obama drained away from the Democratic Party to build Organizing for America, and what did it accomplish? Not much.

  • PierrePendre

    If Obama’s purpose was to pay back Netanyahu for his lèse-majesté regardless of the harm caused to the Israeli people, his action was a grave dereliction of his duty as a statesman which even the moral authority of his Venezuelan friends cannot mitigate. This seems to be the true Obama, spiteful and abusive of his political power to settle personal scores with a man who proved smarter than him on more than one occasion. It must be galling that Netanyahu is the one left standing at the end of their fight. The man who won office proclaiming hope and change turns out out to be just another common or garden pol. Like Clinton pardoning Marc Rich and stealing the White House furniture, Obama is cheap.

    • jburack

      Yes, and amusing that reference to Venezuela. Imagine. A nation that cannot keep its people supplied with toilet paper deems itself morally competent to judge a vibrant, prosperous, democratic Israel.

  • Frank Natoli

    If you want proof that for the vast majority of Jewish Americans, who twice overwhelmingly voted to put Obama in power, that politics comes before religion and the Jewish homeland, THIS is it.

    • Ellen

      These so-called Jews have abandoned Judaism for a religion called liberalism. There is nothing Jewish about them at all, except descent, which is not relevant anymore. They are liberals period. Forget about them. Trump doesn’t care about their views and neither do most Israelis. His new ambassador Friedman speaks for the faithful part of the Jewish population in America, and Israelis. When he gets confirmed and Trump takes the oath of office, a new world will dawn for Bibi and Israel. The liberals and their European bedfellows, meanwhile, can scream and cry all they want. It won’t help.

      • CosmotKat

        I submit, Ellen, that leftist American Jews are Progressives, not liberals. There is nothing liberal about their world view or their fantasy ideology. They seek wealth and power using the power of government and coercion to support their objectives and to tilt the playing field to their advantage.

        • Ellen

          I would agree with you. In that, they are no different from other progressives. Why they insist on calling themselves Jews in public opinion polls, is an interesting subject for psychopathologists to ponder. In Europe, assimilated Jews were forced to identify as Jews against their own desires, because of European prejudices. Even someone who was one-quarter Jewish was still considered a Jew (eg, Nuremberg Laws). In America, that is clearly not the case. Anyone can claim to be anything here. Like Pocohantas up in Cambridge, MA with her high cheekbones and blonde hair and supposed Indian ancestry.

          The fact that these people, whose lifestyles and world view is light years removed from traditional Judaism defined in a relatively broad way, insist on calling themselves Jewish and identifying their liberalism as deriving specifically from their Jewish background, is a travesty. One good thing to come out of Mr. Friedman being ambassador is that people in America who do not live in the New York area and have never been to Israel will get to see what real Jews actually think about Israel/Judea and Samaria/the peace process etc. etc. I would rely on Ivanka Trump to care more about the future of Israel and the Jewish people than these frauds. Now, there is a real Jew (by conversion).

    • Fat_Man

      Frank, I think that is a bit harsh. I think you need to appreciate that most people, even most educated people, do not have a well worked out political worldview. I think I may just be contrary and need to make things work out logically, a trait that does not make me popular.

      That most Jewish people are Democrats is history and sociology, not logic. Most of the Jews in the US are the descendants of people who emigrated from Eastern Europe to the US in the fourth quarter of the 19th century, and the first quarter of the 20th century. They landed in the big cities and found jobs in the booming industrial sector of that era. They had not been farmers in Europe so they stayed in the cities. At that time the cities were run by Democrat political machines, and the Republicans were controlled by a WASP elite that did not solicit new immigrants of any sort.

      The Great Depression and the new deal destroyed the base of Republican power, and the Jews stayed with the Democrats. The generational rise of Jewish people did nothing to change that. They did not go into industry or banking which were still WASP dominated. They became school teachers, government clerks, lawyers, accountants, etc. The growth of the leviathan state made those jobs more lucrative. Entrepreneurs did not go into industry either, they went into newly developing sectors like movies, or into retail, which is something they knew from urban life in Europe.

      Thus they stayed with the Democrats, and felt no attraction to the Republicans. When it came to foreign policy, Roosevelt opposed the Nazis, and there was a strong streak of isolationism in the Republican party. Truman earned their gratitude by supporting the creation of Israel. Eisenhower earned their ire by opposing Israel during the Suez crisis. I recall vividly my father hating Eisenhower.

      Most people will live with a lot of disconnects in their lives. Favoring a political party is for a lot of people like rooting for a football team. My parents were Democrats. They were very successful financially and if they were green-eyeshade rationalists they should have voted Republican from 1980 on, but they could not bring themselves to do it. My brother is a Democrat, as our parents were. Despite being very successful in an import business, he cannot tear himself away.

      Until the Obama administration, there was not much difference between Republicans and Democrats on Israel. It has only been in since the end of the Cold War that the left in Europe and the US has redefined the Palestinians as a “movement for national liberation” by “oppressed peoples of color”. Most US Democrats did not know what was going on in the fever swamps of the left, or understand the degree to which Obama was an inhabitant of those fever swamps. They preferred to accept Obama’s b****$*** assurances that he loves Jews and Israel and only wants what is best for them.

      If leftist antisemitism takes over the Democrat party, as seems likely now, they will eventually drive the Jews out of the Democrat party, just as they have driven away Catholic working class voters. But, it will probably take a long time to do that. basically, you are going to have to wait for a lot of people who are very set in their ways to die.

      • adk

        “If leftist antisemitism takes over the Democrat party, as seems likely now…”

        Well, there were plenty of warnings (for those who cared to do a little bit of reading) about Obama’s long time association with anti semitic, anti-American, racist pastor Wright even before 2008

        http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/DemocraticDebate/story?id=4443788

        but that didn’t influence the majority of US Jews one bit. So I’m not so sure they are going to abandon Democrats now.

        • Oddstar7

          Maybe, but there has been a general trend of increasing Jewish support for Republicans. It is true that Trump got less Jewish support than Romney, but, interestingly, that does not seem to have redounded much to the benefit of Clinton. If you look at Pew’s data, Trump’s share of the Jewish vote was six percentage points lower than Romney’s (although still three points higher than McCain’s), but Clinton’s share was only two points higher than Obama’s in ’08. Also, the Jewish vote probably put Trump over the top in Florida, and possibly Pennsylvania as well. Things are changing, just not quickly.

      • Frank Natoli

        I think you need to appreciate that most people, even most educated people, do not have a well worked out political worldview.
        That MAY explain why American Jews break politically not religiously, but how can that possibly explain how Israeli Jews break politically not religiously? For them, it is not a “worldview”. It is there own front yard, back yard and house view. Yet polls indicated that Israelis who voted Likud supported Trump, and Israelis who voted Labor supported Clinton.
        As for why do American Jews vote in higher percentages Democrat [75/25] than any other demographic except American blacks, see Norman Podhertz’s article in the WSJ some years ago:
        http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052970203440104574402591116901498
        Note that Podhoretz wrote the article in 2009, and his hope that American Jews would wake up about Obama and Democrats proved manifestly not true.

        • Fat_Man

          “Yet polls indicated that Israelis who voted Likud supported Trump, and Israelis who voted Labor supported Clinton.”

          So what? First, it wasn’t their election. In their election left wing parties did very poorly. Second, polls have discredited themselves ans should generally be considered worthless.

      • f1b0nacc1

        Perfectly said…

  • Obama and his minions seem to be in total denial about what their foreign policy has achieved so far. They live in a parallel reality where the last 8 years have not happened. And there’s a huge American and Western constituency out there that supports them. Millions have gone zombie, and they’re the better-educated and more pampered part of the planet’s population. It’s a slow-motion decline-and-fall plot, where the elites slowly shut themselves into a fantasy, gradually turning off their senses, and sink into a sweet, releasing stupor where their best ideals are achievable and all good things concur. It’s really painful to watch.

    • Ellen

      I agree with everything you said except the last sentence. It is a pleasure to watch the decline and fall of these cowardly cretins. And Donald Trump’s election is only the beginning. Actually, Bibi Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin were the precursors of this change. The secular liberal elites of the “Old World” as Bibi calls them are headed for the trash heap of history. That is a line from Trotsky. Too bad he isn’t around to see his ideological heirs end up in the same place as him.

      • I’m basically also a left-liberal. I voted Labour in Il. and would have voted for HRC in the States. It’s the downfall of my own constituency I’m talking about.

        • Ellen

          I get it. That is why it is painful to you. But you need to contemplate what went wrong with the left (in its more humane Western version) that they have ended up in this historical dead end. It is much worse than that, in my view, because they are not merely dying, but disgracing themselves everywhere. Like the destruction of Aleppo which they stood by and watched; like the destruction of the American working class that they presided over; like the overrunning of Europe by Muslim fanatics that they are allowing. And in Israel there is a particular poignancy to the drastic decline of the left. The Israeli Labor was once a party with Jewish values that guided it, with socialism functioning as a programmatic approach, but not the core of their identity. Ben Gurion – the truly great leader of the left – said many, many times things like “The Bible is our roadmap.” His heart was in the right place. But his ideological descendants view the Bible as a fairy tale, and the nonsensical idiocy of socialist dogma to be superior and determinitive.

          They are getting the thrashing that they deserve in Israel, and no one should shed tears for anyone who would would trade the Torah for the Communist Manifesto and its more recent psychobabble versions. That decision was a fateful one and precisely in the wrong direction. One could attribute it to “etzbah elohim” but I would prefer to use the language of the left. They are being destroyed by the arc of history that is rendering them obsolete and despised. Let them believe in the fairy tales of “arcs of history” like Obama. What matters is that they will soon be buried and forgotten.

          • f1b0nacc1

            For the Left, socialism is the only acceptable religion, and all others must bow down. Many try to avoid this unfortunate choice, but ultimately they end up having do do so one way or the other. Fortunately for the rest of us, they tend not to breed….

          • Ellen

            Agreed. That is the Spenglerian conclusion to almost all of our current day problems. The people we don’t like don’t breed and will die off. Unfortunately, there are a lot of them left and worst of all they have access to power. This is the problem that Trump must address in his 4-8 years in office. He must figure out a way to destroy the stranglehold of the left on the commanding institutions of the society, most importantly – K-12 education, universities, and the media. Regarding the media, we are well on our way due to the invention of the internet and blogosphere, which has eviscerated the power of the MSM. The NYT once had a lot of influence through its editorial page and endorsements. Nowadays, its endorsed candidates almost always lose (including HRC). This is a sign of progress, but the universities are the real challenge. I would threaten to defund them all unless they get rid of political correctness and leftwing indoctrination. That will really change things. And eliminate tenure. That will kill off the dead wood relics of the 1960’s faster than any bubonic plague.

          • f1b0nacc1

            Trump can begin the process (and I am pleasantly surprised to say that it looks like he will…), but ultimately the battle is for the rest of us. What Trump can (and should) do is not simply use government to force a different orthodoxy upon the education establishment, but rather to simply permit choice in which providers were avail ourselves of. Once that happens, parents will vote with their feet, and the problem will eventually resolve itself. This is precisely what has begun to happen (as you correctly point out) in the media.

            My standard hobbyhorse here is to eliminate some of the more obnoxious structures that lock-in the education establishment, and these could easily be done without a great deal of effort. Choosing judges who will reverse Duke v. Griggs, removing all funding for schools of education and pressuring states to alter teacher licensing laws, and of course eliminating public employee unions, (including teachers) would be outstanding ways to begin the process. Trump can start this rolling, but we as citizens must take steps to support these policies, and recognize them as the essential prime movers that they are.

        • f1b0nacc1

          With respect, perhaps you might reconsider your voting preferences.

      • wjamyers

        LOL, “it’s a pleasure”… my thought exactly

  • Fat_Man

    If Trump wants to reframe this situation, what he needs to do is cut-off the billions of dollars that flow from the US, the EU, and the UN to the Palestinians which they use to finance terrorism, and indoctrination.. The US contributions are relatively easy for Trump to control. The UN needs to be told that every dollar that goes to the Palestinians will reduce the US contribution to the UN by $2. The EU can be pressured also. They don’t want to waste money on defense, they should stop sending it to terrorists. It is the only way to push the Palestinians to the table.

  • champ

    Why exactly should the sovereign state of Israel be subject to the wishes/demands of the POTUSoA? I have never understood this, especially in the last 8 years with Barky as the POTUSoA…

    • HandsomeMrToad

      Well, we do send Israel an awful lot of money, that’s one reason.

      • Winston Smith

        Almost of all the money we ‘send’ them never leaves the USA. By law, it has to be spent here.

        It is, in fact, a subsidy to the American Defense industry. Since Israel bases it weaponry on US designs the benefit is to BOTH countries.

        We Americans get to see our military equipment used in battle situations and improved by real world experience. And Israel gets a not insignificant portion of its weaponry at a huge discount. Win-Win.

        POTUS certainly can legally and morally demand that Israel uses that aid in a certain manner. And the next POTUS can also legally and morally change that. It’s the old ‘Golden Rule’. He who has the gold gets to make the rules.

        • HandsomeMrToad

          Only 75% of it has to be spent here. And, ok, maybe 75% of the money we send Israel comes back to our defense industry, but, our defense industry has to earn it back, by making weapons and sending them to Israel. So instead of sending Israel a lot of money, we’re sending her an awful lot of weapons which WE, not Israel, pay for.

          • f1b0nacc1

            Since most of those weapons would not be purchased were it not for US financing, American defense industries (which employ a very large number of people) would end up being the big losers. The Israelis could easily buy weapons elsewhere (they are a prosperous state, and while it would certainly hurt to have to divert resources, they could do so), and little would change.

            You also ignore that a great many American defense industries benefit from Israeli inventions and innovations, which we (the US) get at concessionary rates. Would you prefer that they go elsewhere?

      • ericr2

        That potent Israeli military saved us a lot of military expenditures over the years. We would have had to build, staff and maintain a much larger presence, both naval and air, in the Eastern Mediterranean, without them.

  • jburack

    This is a good article. But for the first time for me ever, I find the comments discussion here even better. In particular, AaronL’s excellent analysis, along with adk’s two responses. Thanks to all of you for excellent clarifications of all of this.

    • adk

      First, thanks for your kind words about my comments. Re the main military threats Israel is facing, number one is Iran, both near- and long-term. Near term, it’s Iran’s proxies Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza with thousands of missiles and rockets capable of striking the whole of Israel. Currently, Hamas sits tight re-building its infrastructure and Hezbollah is busy fighting in Syria, but that may change if Assad wins and Hezbollah goes back to its main mission, fighting Israel. If, following an order from Tehran, Hamas and Hezbollah launch a coordinated missile attack on Israel from both north and south, Israel would be in a tight spot. To suppress missiles, Israelis would have to invade both Lebanon and Gaza on the ground fighting its way through the civilian populations where the missiles/rockets are deliberately placed. Imagine the howl of outrage that would provoke among the “international community”. Actually, you don’t need to imagine, just recall what happened in 2006 in Lebanon and the most recent Israel war with Hamas.

      According to public reports I’ve seen, both Hezbollah and Hamas now possess many more rockets and missiles than before, courtesy of Iran.

      Long-term, it’s Iran’s nuclear program which was green-lighted by Obama who also tied Israel’s hands to do anything decisive about it when it was in early stages, and now all Israel can do is watch it progress.

      • Arup_2

        All problems will be instantaneously solved by solving the Palestinian Problem.

        This is what America believes.

        • CosmotKat

          You are correct in calling it the Palestinian problem. And America believes it is the Palestinians that are the problem, not the Israeli’s. Only the Palestinians can solve their problem.

          • Arup_2

            Correct. Palestinians can solve the problem by making Israelis more and more divided. They are doing that!

          • ericr2

            Herr, Arup. Even in the leftist write-ups of American history, I must have missed the part where the colonists called for the annihilation of Britain.

            I just would love to see your head explode during the next Gaza war – and Hamas WILL start one – when it is leveled to the ground, and your beloved Palis are forced to either flee to Egypt or to the Mediterranean.

            In fact, you can do one better – show your support for these Islamonazis in the next war by manning a rocket launcher in Gaza. I am sure they would appreciate your martyrdom.

          • CosmotKat

            Palestinians solve no problems they only know victim hood and deceit. You may think the Palestinians are dividing the Israeli’s, but more importantly Obama is uniting them in opposition. The Palestinians are the problem and have never offered a solution.

        • ericr2

          “This is what the delusional, arrogant, clueless far left in America believes.”

          FIFY

          • Arup_2

            …. because we believe in reason and evidence. Try using that instead of blind faith.

            Ask yourself why are the Palestinians fighting. For what?

          • Disappeared4x
          • Arup_2

            Correct! They want the occupiers to die so that they can be free!

          • ericr2

            “Ask yourself why are the Palestinians fighting. For what?”

            To finish the work of their Lord, Savior and Final Prophet – Adolf Hitler.

            Again – please put down the crack pipe and the swastika.

          • Arup_2

            NO. They are fighting for FREEDOM and INDEPENDENCE.

          • ericr2

            No, they are fighting for their right to finish Hitler’s genocide. A goal which radical leftists like you clearly seem to at worst, endorse, or at best, ignore and dismiss.

          • Arup_2

            Let us assume that it was not the Jews but the Chinese that were keeping them under occupation. Then would they STILL fight for independence. Something right-wing alt-stupid would not understand.

          • ericr2

            You calling anybody stupid is as ludicrous as the Iranian mullahs calling anyone anti-semitic.

            I could get clearer thinking from any patient pulled randomly from a psychiatric ward.

          • Arup_2

            I asked: “Ask yourself why are the Palestinians fighting. For what?”
            You replied: “To finish the work of their Lord, Savior and Final Prophet – Adolf Hitler”
            I said: “NO. They are fighting for FREEDOM and INDEPENDENCE.”
            You said still: “No, they are fighting for their right to finish Hitler’s genocide.”
            I still asked: “If not Jews but Chinese would they not fight to freedom:
            You went bonkers.

  • S.D. (Bob) Plissken

    Walter Russell Mead voted for Barack Obama both times. Why did you do that, Walter?

    • wjamyers

      because if he hadn’t he would have been called “racist”.

      • S.D. (Bob) Plissken

        Walter is that right? Please answer.

    • ericr2

      He said he voted for Obama both times. We weren’t in the booth with him. I wonder if he really did the second time. Tenured or not, the college’s most famous faculty member or not, I can only imagine what they would do at Bard if he admitted to ever voting Republican.

  • Boston_Patriot

    “the fundamental problems of the Palestinians have come from the weakness of Palestinian political leadership and the lack of capacity of Palestinian institutions”

    Way off base.

    Palestinians = theocracy = anti-libery = anti-individual rights = anti-freedom = totalitarianism = death.

    Israel = the one bastion of liberty, individual rights and capitalism in the Middle East = life.

    There’s a reason it’s called the green line. You can see the sides of life and death standing and looking down at vegetation line on the border. There is no right for a society to choose a system of government that ignores rights. There is no right to violate rights; it’s a contradiction in terms. “Palestine” has no right to exist, just as Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia had no right to exist. They are all anti-liberty, and therefore all morally abhorrent.

  • Arup_2

    For any independence movement to succeed, the ‘native’ population must be educated first. To this end, the contributions of Palestinian civil structures, with or without the UN, has been exemplary. It has a female literacy rate equal to the developed countries.

    Palestinian Independence movement will succeed because of the ‘boots on the ground’. There are equal population of Jews and Palestinians in the mandate area and a One State Solution – eg South Africa – would give them equal powers.

    If you read the Israeli press, you know that Israel is a battleground between Settlers vs IDF-Shin Bet vs Orthodox population. Plus the Israeli Arabs are treated as de facto second class citizens. The slow death of the civil society will also help the Palestinians.

    US Defense dep. and many think tanks agree that Israel will not exist in the present form in another 20yrs. It would be a one state solution. Thinking Long Term, it is better we are friends with Palestinians.

    • JR1123581321

      Well, we’ve been hearing a version of what you wrote for the past 5000 years. Somehow we managed to always pull through.

      • Arup_2

        The British Empire also thought like that! SO did the Romans and the Mongols and everyone.

        They all thought that ‘it can pull through’. History is ripe with ‘imperial overreach’.

        • JR1123581321

          You think what Israel wants is to rule a vast land empire? Also, what does this have to do with people predicting the demise of the Jews for as long as there has been Jews? It’s a historical fact. They’ve all been wrong. Another historical fact. Just keeping it real.

    • CosmotKat

      You are wrong. There is never any reason to be friends with the Palestinians. They offer no interest to the United States just problems and they are disliked among their own kind. The best they get from their Arab brothers is indifference. Other Arab countries use them to further their own goals in the region and to promote enmity toward the Israeli’s. The United States is better off supporting a democratic and free Israel.

      • Arup_2

        It is not a ‘choice between Israelis and Palestinians’. It is more the ‘direction of history’. America itself is a product of the ‘direction of history’. Colonialism meets its end. America knows that.

        America also knows that this ‘choice’ is interpreted as ‘Crusades X’ (however u number them) and the primary (if not the only) driver of Daesh & AQ recruitment is the Palestinian problem esp. the Gaza open air prison.

        Look at the countries that supported the UNSC resolution. Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Uruguay. What else do you need!

        • CosmotKat

          The direction of history in the Middle east is toward more conflict, not less, more totalitarianism, not less, and more political Islam, not less. The state of Israel is the shining star in that region. What colonialism?

          You are not speaking of the real America you are speaking of the American represented by the Democratic Party and Barack Obama. The real America aligns with Israel. Invoking the term ‘Crusade X’ is ignorant and out dated. That is further evidence of their ignorant, uncivilized and backward cultures. This is the shame of their cultures and civilization.

          Less of the United Nations and hopefully under Trump we will move away from the U.N. It serves no purpose other than to give uncivilized people and rogue nations a voice they do not deserve.

          • Arup_2

            What colonialism?

            Ask the Gaza kid who has no future and lives in an open air prison. He will tell you.

            The REAL America is the rising Obama coalition. It is this REAL America has spoken. The Real AMERICA supports for freedom of all people. It is this REAL America that will free the Palestinians.

          • ericr2

            Put down the crackpipe. And the swastika.

          • Arup_2

            Hey Swastika is a Holy Symbol in the East.
            Here is a picture on one on a home . DO not be shocked 🙂
            https://rumbomalungo.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/dsc06317p.jpg

          • CosmotKat

            You claim that Palestinians are treated as second class citizens, please explain why for an Arab, the West Bank is one of the safest (not to mention freest) places to live in the Middle East? REAL America supports Israel and the anti-Americans that support Obama embrace your Palestinians not because they are in solidarity, they simply want to co-opt these ignorant and hapless people.

          • Arup_2

            West Bank is NOT safe from settler goons and IDF. No way.

            The high education level is due to work of Hamas by the way.

            REAL AMERICA STOOD TALL and looked at Bibi’s face and said that OUR VALUES ARE SUPERIOR. The AIPAC paid traitors in the Congress LOST.

          • CosmotKat

            You are engulfed in the hatred of the ignorant 16th century mindset. There are those who do not share your view for the simple fact it goes against reality and the facts. The betrayal of our Israel ally by Barack Obama on behalf of a made-up people is resonating in and around REAL America and increasingly they no longer share Obama’s values as they do not represent the values, views or the desires of REAL America. Palestinian Arabs have no claim to the land Israel occupies.

          • Arup_2

            Actually I STAND TALL with President Obama.

            You know what? Even Israeli newspapers are supporting Our President.

          • CosmotKat

            What you actually mean to say is that you stand small since Barack Obama is one of the smallest of men who ever held the title POTUS. The ideology that drives these papers is the same fantasy ideology that drive all radicals including these Israeli papers….self-righteousness and hate. Not impressive.

          • Arup_2

            First things first. ALL Men are Created Equal. Israelis and Palestinians.

            That is where Obama stood TALL and I STAND WITH HIM.

            Secondly, to your question of Israeli newspapers.
            Do you know why Israeli newspapers are supporting him. Because they are Israeli mainstream non-settler media. They fear that unless there is a TWO STATE solution, it will be a binational one state where Jews will be the minority. That is why Israeli newspapers are all in support for Kerry.

            Beware what you hope for!

          • CosmotKat

            Your disinformation and agitprop is quite silly. Until the made up people calling themselves Palestinians show good faith and work toward a settlement the vast majority of America view the Palestinians as the problem, not Israel. Israel is in the right and only leftists and anti-Semites disagree.

          • CosmotKat
          • Arup_2

            Polls also said Clinton is going to win with 330 electoral col. votes. I am yet to recover from that.

            REAL AMERICA stands for “ALL Men are Created Equal.”

            That includes Israelis and Palestinians.

          • CosmotKat

            You are not aligned with REAL AMERICA and to invoke the preamble to the constitution to validate your weak argument is silly and ignorant. If the progressive left believed in “ALL Men are Created Equal” then they would not advocate for affirmative action nor would they need to divide the country along the lines of grievance groups and ethnicity.

          • Arup_2
        • Disappeared4x

          Intruding into your Fake History narrative, UNSC resolution 2334 was a post2016election Obama/Kerry initiative:
          “NZ talks to Kerry about UN Security Council resolution on Israel-Palestine conflict” 8:01 PM Sunday Nov 13, 2016

          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11747382

          “One of the closed-door discussions between United States Secretary of State John Kerry and the New Zealand Government today was a potential resolution by the United Nations Security Council on a two-state solution for the Israel – Palestinian conflict.

          After the talks, Foreign Minister Murray McCully even raised the possibility of the US or New Zealand sponsoring a resolution.

          “It is a conversation we are engaged in deeply and we’ve spent some time talking to Secretary Kerry about where the US might go on this. …”

          [No mention of this topic at the Kerry-PM Key presser on November 13]:
          “Press Availability With New Zealand Prime Minister John Key John Kerry Secretary of State Premier House Wellington, New Zealand November 13, 2016 ” https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2016/11/264266.htm

    • Disappeared4x

      Do you know what those palestinian boys and girls are learning from their UNRWApropagandatextbooks? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2c25cac61528d451bbc59316403af4054595ab3644b84657e02bfb99a94133e8.jpg

  • Oddstar7

    Palestinian diplomacy has actually been a colossal failure. There is a wonderful passage in Bruce Catton’s The Civil War that, with changes to the names of the belligerent parties and the various foreign powers, could apply to the Arab-Israeli conflict quite well:

    Considering the course of the war as a whole, it must be said that Northern diplomacy was highly successful and and that Southern diplomacy was a flat failure. At the time, most Northerners bitterly resented what they considered the unfriendly attitude of Britain and France, but neither country did much that would give the South any real nourishment.

    Again, switch the labels out, and that sounds like an excellent description of Israeli and Palestinian diplomacy. The Palestinians get many meaningless words and empty gestures, while the Israelis get actual help. The Obama administration is a perfect example: rhetorically, it has been the most anti-Israel administration since the Carter administration, and maybe the most ever, but when it comes to deeds, American aid to Israel has been higher under Obama than it ever was under Bush the Younger, or indeed, for some time before that (this has mostly been to fund Israel’s missile-defense programs). Likewise, the European governments have made some noises about the BDS movement, but not one of them is going to actually impose economic sanctions of any significance on Israel (the reasons are somewhat involved, but I will go into them if someone asks). For that matter, look at the sponsors of this recent resolution: does anyone think that New Zealand is going to do anything meaningful?

    • ericr2

      Palestinian diplomacy mostly consists of saying to the Europeans – “We hate Jews, you hate Jews, we will give you an pretext to vilify the Jews and make you feel good about exterminating them in WW2. And of course, we will finish the job for you.”

      For the Europeans, it is ALL about finishing the work of their true post-Xtian Lord and Savior – Adolf Hitler.

  • ericr2

    “If American Jews were to hold a referendum on settlement policy, it is likely that the “no” side would win; American Jews are far more liberal than their counterparts in Israel, and the gap between the two communities is growing rather than shrinking over time.”

    Professor Mead, while that is true for now, that will not be true even 15 years into the future. Due to their high birth rates and low rates of intermarriage, the Orthodox and Hasidim are a growing segment of American Judaism. New York Magazine had an article a few years ago that in 2010, 60% of Jewish children born in NYC were Hasidic or Orthodox. Apart from the anti-Zionist Satmar, these groups are conservative and pro-Israel. They now form almost a third of American Jews under the age of 18. And those Orthodox and Hasidic Jews born that year will be eligible to vote in 2028. They will overwhelmingly NOT vote Democrat. In New York City, their power is diluted by the drawing of Congressional districts in the NYS legislature, which being (usually) dominated by Democrats, draw district lines to dilute their power. But in the NJ 3rd Congressional district, which includes the Hasidic/Orthodox stronghold of Lakewood, the district has taken a decidedly rightward turn in the last 20 years.

    It reminds me of the most cutting joke I have heard to knock liberal Reform Jews.

    What is the difference between Donald Trump and Reform Jews? The former has Jewish grandchildren.

    • Brett_McS

      Great points, but it’s not the votes that matter, it’s the money. And the joke, bwahaha!

      • ericr2

        Believe me, I deal in my work with a lot of Orthodox and (Lubavitch) Hasidim. A lot of them run multi-million dollar enterprises and are a growing presence in NY/NJ real estate.

        They have a lot more money to give to politicians than most people realize.

  • Nothing wrong with a war between Gaza and the WB except that Israel lies between. That highway that was supposed to connect the two… might not be a bad idea.

  • MD

    This article forgets to mention that until 1967 there was barely a mention of a Palestinian entity. When the Arab armies invaded Israel in 1948, it was not to create a Palestinian state but to carve pieces of the territory among them selves, mainly Egypt, Jordan (which promptly annexed the West Bank into the Kingdom of Jordan, which was previously called Trans Jordan) and Syria.

  • redmanrt

    The co-called Palestinians are dogs in the manger.

    • ericr2

      That is outrageous, and an apology is owed. To dogs. Dogs don’t blow up children in pizza parlors, don’t strap bomb vests on their young, and don’t sit there vowing to wipe out another breed of dogs.

  • Disappeared4x

    Mr. Mead forgot to mention this was Obama44’s contempt for Congress. Seeking UN stamp of legitimacy, just like he did with JCPOA. This was malice aforethought, NOT “…a principled statement of sincere belief by a large group in the White House, representing many in the Democratic Party…”

  • Jack Brixton

    Not only is this vote dangerous, but it seeks to modify Resolution 242, which has been widely seen as the consensus for peace negotiations since November of 1967, as is stated in this article:
    http://jcpa.org/dangers-un-security-council-resolution-2334-2016/

    • f1b0nacc1

      Perhaps so, but in a sense this vote has its uses. The mask has slipped, and the UN (and the American left defending Obama’s scurrilous behavior) can no longer pretend that they are anything other than what they are. They have been dragged out into the sunlight, and cannot pretend otherwise….

  • Kev

    Drop all US aid to Israel, and we’ll see how ‘strong’ Israel really is.

    • ericr2

      Not only would Israel do fine without US aid (it is actually Israeli RIGHTISTS who advocate for this, not the left), but a Putinist Russia would only be too happy to fill the vacuum.

      The use of Haifa as a Naval Base and those offshore natural gas deposits look mighty good to Vladimir.

  • dgotshalk

    Kerry, Obama, Hillary, Axelrod, Powers executed 8 year foreign policy legacy of failure at the UN and elsewhere around the globe. Exception being Cuba?

    Kerry made it crystal clear to all that US foreign policy should remain steadfast in its belief of the past 50 years.

    1. There is no other solution to Arab/Jewish conflict but a two state solution.
    2. Either a one state apartheid, occupation, controlled by Jews or a two state democracy.
    3. Settlements in the West Bank, Golan Heights, and Jerusalem are the major obstacle to bringing about peace.

    Good riddance to the above because of what they did not mention.

    1. Many Arabs now recognize that the Arab, Muslim, Islamist, Nazi creed of Jewish genocide that began during the 1880’s, defeated during WW2, and then resurrected to this day is a danger to their own security.
    2. The Middle East and the world have changed. Israel’s economy has become a world wide high tech beacon in fields of science, medicine, security and environment. A much larger important conflict with no end in sight is the core problem for all the world.
    3. The possibility that the time might be now for Israel’s neighboring states to admit that they have responsibility for much of the mayhem and chaos that they have encouraged since 1948 to prevent any recognition, negotiation, or peace. Maybe now is the time for them to step up and unite with the Arab Muslim Palestinians including Muslim Islamist Nazis of the brotherhood and force a solution in which they offer their lands to form an independent region or accept them as full citizens of their country’s.

    Bottom line is Israel will now pay less attention to any international strategy in the UN, European Union, US, or Western institutions to force what they believe is a solution. Israel and the Arabs will have to negotiate that solution and the time might be sooner than many believe.

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