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                                    *******Just In - Monday,  May 22nd, 2017 *********

    *MARSHALL HEAD, Lead-Bass 20w, 1972, point-point, replaced power 
           transformer (mercury Magnetics), with 1x12 '73 Marshall Cabinet..coming soon

    *JMI JM-15 Combo, made in UK, ca 2010, 1x12" Blue ALNICO  JMI/Celestion speaker,
            Faun covering, 2 channels, "Vib-Trem", mint......

 *RICKENBACKER 360-12C63, recent, Like new, Fireglo, double bound square edged body,
                  bound rosewood fretboard with sharks tooth inlays, 2 vintage 
                  toaster top pickups, six way split saddle bridge, trapeze tailpiece, 
                  vintage style silver hard case, mint........$2950

 *GRETSCH DuoJet George Harrison model G6128T GH, recent, Black, '57
           style with humped block inlays, 2 Dearmond DynaSonic pickups,
           Bigsby tailpiece,papers, heavy duty  tweed case, near mint, ...$2295

 *FENDER Custom Shop Relic '56 Telecaster, 2011, Gold over Sherwood Green,
            why on earth would they call this a "56" Telecaster when there
          are almost 56 must reasons why it's not including a Rosewood board, 
          3 ply black pickguard, brass saddles, center pocket tweed case,
           serial number on the bridge plate, modern wiring, a very cool worn Aztec gold
           finish over a Sherwood green finish, however:  It's a really cool creation 
           from the Fender Custom shop, 7.38 lbs, exc, ohsc, papers............$2350

    *HOFNER Beatle Bass 500/1 Vintage '64, recent, made in Germany, based on
            Hofner's 1964 model specifications like one of Paul's, near mint, ohsc...$2150

 *GIBSON L-7C, 1950, Sunburst, 17" cutaway, all solid carved woods- Spruce top,
            curly Maple back & sides, in exquisite condition, original brown case..$5500

 *MARTIN 0-21, 1924, was sent back to the Martin factory in 1934 where 
           they upgraded it to "modern" specs with a slightly larger maple
          bridge plate and a belly bridge, wonderful sounding
          and playing guitar with no cracks, repairs or touchups, vgc++, hsc....$5500

    *MARTIN Baritone Ukulele, ca 1960, all mahogany, superb condition
            with original plush lined chipboard case........$1100

 *MARTIN Style 0 Soprano Ukulele, '50s, exc+, ssc....$595

    *FAVILLA Soprano Ukulele, '60s, all mahogany, looks a lot
         like a Martin Style 0, same bracing inside, exc....$325

     (gbL)                                   *******Just In - Friday,  May 19th, 2017 *********

 *MARTIN 0-18 Custom Shop, NEW, a '20s O-18 with slotted
          peghead, ebony board and a 12-fret neck, straight across ebony bridge,
         fine Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides, scalloped braces,
         1 3/4" at nut, 24.9" scale, light and loud!, optional Martin beveled tortoise 
          pickguard is in the case, Papers, $4463 list price,  deluxe case ......$3570

 *EASTMAN F-5 Mandolin, MD-415,  New, Goldtop with
             Spruce top, mahogany back and sides,  ohsc........$895  
         

                 (gbL)               *******Just In - Wednesday,  May 17th, 2017 *********

 *Fender Stratocaster, 1961, dark sunburst,  the pickups
         were possibly rewound, has a fine size appropriate fret job 
         (original frets  and original masking tape saved in the case), fine
           sounding slab board Strat, vgc+, ohsc..........$18,000 

 *FENDER Strat Standard HSS, recent, made in Mexico, Ice Blue Metallic?, 
          2 single coil pickups and a humbucker at the bridge, rosewood board,
          exc, tweed gigbag...$395

    *G# Electric guitar, used, The Øivin Fjeld model, or OF-1 as it’s been dubbed, is a small guitar
               with a scale length of 530 mm (20.75”) The neck-through guitar is made from 
               solid mahogany  with a maple fretboard. These features, combined with a single-coil
                pickup of Øivin's design, give this instrument a clean warm tone, exc, gb..$275

 *SPALT Custom, used, 2 Spalt single coil pickups, redwood body, curly
            maple neck, Sperzel tuners, rosewood board, 5.39 lbs, exc, hsc..$2950

 *OVATION Typhoon III Fretless Bass Model 1216-4, ca 1969, Natural tan, semi-hollow
            body, 1 5/8" at nut, 30" scale, 2 high output pickups, rosewood board,
            exc, ohsc.....on hold

 *RICKENBACKER 4001, 1981, Amber Fireglo, some finish distress from heat at the peghead,
           all original, vgc, ohsc.........$1895

    *ZVEX Fat Fuzz Factory, NEW, hand painted & made in Minnesota ya..........$344

    *ZVEX Hand Painted Custom Wooly Mammoth, New..... $329


      (gbL)                          *******Just In - Tuesday,  May 16th, 2017 *********

 *BRONDEL A-2, 2016, OM style with 15" across lower bout, 25.6" scale, 
         1 11/16" at nut, ebony bridge and fretboard, laminated braces,
        Adirondack Spruce top, Honduran Mahogany back and sides,
        mint, Hoffee case..........$5500

    *LARRIVEE J-09, 1995, Jumbo body with spruce top, Indian rosewood back & sides,
           Mermaid riding Seahorse peghead inlay, body shows wear and tear,
             pearl rosette, great sound, vgc, hsc............$1500

 *SANTA CRUZ OM,  recent, 15" OM body with Spruce top, 
              Mahogany back & sides, ebony board and bridge, herringbone purfling 
               and rosette, teardrop tortoise pickguardexc, ohsc..$2750

    *SCGC OM-12 String, 2005, Spruce top with Herringbone purfling,
             Herringbone rosette, 25.4" scale, 1 7/8" at the nut, Rosewood back & sides,
              Ebony bridge and ebony fretboard w/ small dots, bound fingerboard
             and bound peghead, exc, ohsc..........$2950

 *SANTA CRUZ OM-42 Custom, 2014, Spruce top, Indian rosewood back & sides,
          42-style abalone body inlays- rosette, 1 3/4" at nut, 25.4" scale,
           top purfling and fingerboard extension, fancy flowerpot peghead inlay, 
          SCGS logo in abalone at 12th fret, list $7625, mint, ohsc.........$4575

 *MARTIN CEO-7, 2015, Sunburst, exc...$1750

 *GRETSCH 6120, 1959, Orange, the desirable heavy trestle construction, all 
           original except tunomatic bridge, 2 3/4" deep, cowboy case painted black,
            PAF Filtertrons, perfect refret, exc............$8900

 *GIBSON ES-295, 1953, all Gold finish, flowered pickguard, 2 P-90 pickups,
          all original, slight greening on back of neck, exc, ohsc...$8900

 *NATIONAL Style 0, c 1933, sandblasted Palm tree motif,
          variation 4 with brass body, 12 fret neck, slotted peghead, 
          flat ƒ holes, refretted, medium action, vgc, hsc.....$3500

 *GIBSON F-4, 1924, sunburst, adjustable truss rod, Flowerpot peghead inlay,
            old repair to tip of scroll otherwise all original and in tip top shape, ohsc..$7500

 *GIBSON H-4 Mandola, 1917, reddish sunburst, all original in excellent
           condition, double flowerpot in peghead,  engraved Handel tuners,
            wide open sound, exc, ohsc............$8500
 
 *FENDER Esquire Custom, 1964, Sunburst, bound top and back, green guard with 
          pearl dots in neck, spaghetti logo, has had Tele neck pickup installed,
          metal control plate has hole drilled for mini toggle,
          vgc, ohsc........$14,900
       

  (gbL)
                                     *******Just In - Friday,  May 12th, 2017 *********

 *TERRY Mcinturff Taurus, 2000, green, figured maple top,
          Rosewood board with abalone inlays, fairly large "V" neck, 2 humbuckers,
          original Ameritage hard shell case, exc......$1895

 *BURNS Baby Bison, 1967, Black, Bar-O-Matic pickups, neck pickup is
        stacked double coil with the second coil able to be blended in 
        with the Presence control, vgc, ohsc...........$1195

 *EPIPHONE ES-295, used, made in Korea, nice remake of the classic
              gold Gibson ES-295, with Bigsby tremelo, 2 P-90 style pickups, 
              flowered pickguard,  exc, ohsc........$800

 *PENCO ES-335 Style, Japan, '80s, Blonde, bolt on neck, 2 humbuckers, exc, hsc...$495

 *EASTMAN AR810, 2012, sunburst, hard to find  17" non-cutaway Jazz 
        guitar, all carved solid Spruce top and Maple back and sides, near mint, ohsc..$1195

 *FENDER James Burton Paisley Tele, used, black with gold body design,
       3 Lace Sensor single coil pickups- silver, blue & red, maple neck, 
       gold hardware, exc, ohsc..$1450 

  

      (gbL)                        *******Just In - Monday,  May 8th, 2017 *********

 *GIBSON SG Standard, 1969, Cherry, large guard, 2 humbuckers, 
          Maestro vibrola, all original except for a good refret, checking, ohsc, exc-. .$3900
          
  *PRS 513, 2005, sunburst curly maple top, solid Brazilian Rosewood neck,
          pearl inlays, gold hardware FIVE pickups with THIRTEEN sounds,
          achieved with an easy-to-use integrated electronics control package, which 
           includes volume control, tone control and two blade switches. One blade 
           switch is a 5-way pickup selector, and the other is a 3-way mode switch
           that allows you to select between the singlecoil, clear humbucking and
            heavy humbucking modes, Tremelo, ohsc, near mint......$4000

                               

      (gbL)                        *******Just In - Thursday,  May 4th, 2017 *********

 *MARTIN D-28S, 1983, Long bodied 12 fret dreadnought from the 150th year of
          Martin's life, Spruce top, Indian Rosewood back & sides, all original with 
          small pearloid buttoned Schallers, fine action and playability, some
          1st position fret wear, vgc++, ohsc..........$2100

 *EPIPHONE GENESIS CUSTOM, ca 1981, Dark sunburst, 2 humbuckers,
             said to have been made in Taiwan it has the feel of a Japanese 
            Yamaha guitar, glued in neck, double cutaway, long peghead,
            rosewood board with pearl block inlays, gold hardware, vgc+, gigbag..$700

 *KLON Centaur, #1300, gold, exc......$2100

 *KAY K-162 Bass, ca 1953, sunburst, single cutaway, semi-hollow, 1 pickup,
           straight neck, beautiful original finish, all parts original except for
           the 2 plastic surrounds- one for the pickup and the other for the knobs, 
            plays and sounds great, original chipboard case with plush lining, exc.....$2100

 *LARRIVEE P-03R, recent, Parlor guitar with spruce top, Rosewood back and sides,
          1 small dent on the top otherwise excellent, K&K pickup, ohsc....$829
     
 
                                         *******Just In - Tuesday,  May 2nd, 2017 *********
(gbL)
 *WEYMANN Keystone 5-String Banjo, great sounding open back 5-string 
              banjo from ca 1929, 10 3/4" head x 26 1/2" scale, curly maple neck with 
              carved heel, nice inlays in peghead, small diamond inlays in ebony 
               fingerboard, exc...$1350

 *PARAMOUNT Leader Tenor Banjo, ca 1928, solid rosewood neck, 
         19 frets, Resonator, 2 changed tuners, the 2 originals have real pearl buttons,
          fancy marquetry and inlays, vgc, ohsc...$850

 *GIBSON ES-335, 2011, Block neck re-issue, DY series, light sunburst, 
            medium size "D" neck, near mint, ohsc, cert..........$2500

 *MARTIN 0-18, 1918, Spruce top, mahogany back and sides, has a new bridge plate
           over the original, some touchup work on the back, replaced bridge,
           new bar frets, vgc, hsc.......$2000

 *BRONDEL The Essential C-4 Acoustic , 2012, Sunburst German Spruce top, 
              German maple back & sides, Honduran mahogany neck, Madagascar rosewood 
              fretboard & bridge 25" scale, 1 3/4" nut width, 2 1/4" bridge string spacing,
               13 5/8" across at the lower bout, 10" across at the upper bout,
              Brazilian rosewood headplate, Tortoise celluloid bindings, rosette, pickguard,
              heel cap & truss rod cover, Ebony bridge & end pins, Schertler tuners with
              ebony buttons, near mint, huge sound, great guitar, ohsc.........$4250
             


                       *******Just In - Thursday,  April 27th, 2017 *********
(gbL)
 *D'ANGELICO Style A, 1936,  #1219, sunburst, 17" non-cutaway, 1 11/16" at nut, 
                 24.9" scale, a real nice Style A with the fancier peghead, fairly large neck profile,
                   pearl block inlays in ebony board,  a beautiful repro period pickguard,  perfectly 
                   set up, John's answer to the Gibson L-5,  gig-ready! original Alligator case....$14,500

 *COLLINGS 0-2G, 2011,  Sunburst finish on German Spruce top, Size o with Indian Rosewood
          back and sides, 14 fret neck, 24.9" scale, 1 3/4" at nut, mint, ohsc....$3750

 COLLINGS 00-2 MRG, 2008, 00 size body with 12 fret neck and solid peghead,
          German Spruce top, beautiful Madagascar back & sides, pyramid bridge,
          24.9" scale, 1 3/4" at nut, mint, ohsc...$4750

          (gbL)             *******Just In - Wednesday,  April 26th, 2017 *********

 *EASTMAN AR605CE, recent, 16" Cutaway Jazz guitar, solid carved spruce top,
           solid figured Mahogany back and sides, 24.9" scale, 1 3/4" at nut,
           Rosewood board, bridge, tailpiece, and pickguard, floating
           pickup with volume and tone wheels under the pickguard,
           sunburst finish, gold Grovers, exc-, ohsc.....$1095

 *GIBSON EH-125 Lap Steel, 1942, sunburst, mahogany body, fancy fingerboard 
          designs, metal covered pickup with 5-sided metal mounting plate, 
           two tuners replaced, straight across Gibson script pearl logo, fleur-de-lis 
          inlaid in peghead, original chipboard case, exc .........$850

 *ZIMNICKI 7-String Classical, 2005, cutaway with Spruce top,
         Cocobola back & sides, 2 1/4" wide at the nut, ebony board,
        RMC pickup, exc, ohsc........$3500

 *MARTIN OM-28 RETRO, 2013, this guitar was overhumidified, swelled up 
         and sprung partly apart, but looks real good, probably should come apart 
         and be reglued to 1) get the lower bass bout and side to come
         together, and 2) I don't really trust any of the glue joints, as is.... 


    (gbL)                           *******Just In - Monday,  April 24th, 2017 *********

 *NATIONAL Custom Resorocket, 2016, cutaway steel body, aged matte finish,
          ebony board with no inlays, slotted peghead, set up for low action, 
           mint, ohsc, papers.....$2450

 *FENDER 2x12 Speaker Cabinet, recent, Creme with dark grill cloth, 
             2 Naylor 12" speakers, exc....$350

 *MARSHALL JCM 800 1960 Lead Cabinet, used, 4x12", slant, tolex
        is pretty shredded, speakers are fine......$250

 *FENDER Champ, 1959, changed back panel, newer Jensen 8" speaker,
           sounds real good, vgc..........$1395
 
 *BILL MOLL "Express"  7 String, ca 2003, 18" cutaway archtop, gorgeous
             curly Maple back sides and neck, ebony board, guard, tailpiece, pickguard, 
             bridge and knobs, carved Spruce top, floating pickup, some checking in the 
            finish, vgc+, original custom case.......$5500


                                    *******Just In - Thursday,  April 13th, 2017 *********
 (gbL)
 
(do)
    *RICKENBACKER 350, 1989, Mapleglo, black hardware, 3 HiGain
            pickups, dot inlay, full scale neck, exc, ohsc......$1895

 *GIBSON L-7, ca 1940, Blonde, probably oversprayed or refinished, has a 
           ca 1935 "picture frame" inlaid L-7 neck, back cracks, custom made
          bridge, Dearmond floating pickup, plays and sounds great, ohsc...$2250

 *GIBSON ES-5, 1949, sunburst, first year of production,
            3 P-90s with 3 volumes and a Master Tone control, good refret,
            replaced tailpiece, very fine guitar, vgc....
(gb) 
      
 *FENDER Strat, 1959, sunburst, maple neck, one of the best 
          sounding Strats, a lot of playing wear for a good reason! refretted, 7.33 lbs, 
          vgc+, tweed case......$19,500

 *GUILD J-65-12, Westerly Rhode Island oval label, Sunburst, 17" jumbo 12- String,
                  solid spruce top, laminated curly maple back & sides, ebony board with pearl 
                  blocks and abalone triangles inlaid into the pearl, beautiful condition,exc+,ohsc....$2500 
  
 
 
 
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                  for creating hassles when applying and removing standard guitar straps, and usually 
                   require modification to the strap which results in a less-than-desirable fit. 
                  The Acoustic Cinch Fit loops through the end of any instrument strap and its cinch
                  clamping action allows easy application and removal, utilizing the weight of the
                   instrument to remain locked onto the endpin so your guitar is always held securely.
                     Note: The Acoustic Cinch Fit is designed to work with Fishman and Switchcraft 
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                            No strap modification required      Magnetic security clasps  $19.95 list...$15



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  In the 1/24/13  Bergen Record, nice article-  http://snipurl.com/26aujli
  
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 Meet Ian Davlin, head of our repair crew-
 
    1952 Les Paul that has a screw reinforcing a neck crack. When the customer originally
           brought the guitar in it had putty over the screw and the crack repair was failing.
              
     To see Lark Street Music's Wall click here

                Duke Levine w/ the Roy Sludge Trio in the store the day between 
         the Bowery and the Bell House gigs in NY last week - click here for a clip.  
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                                 ********* PICTURES from the EXHIBIT *************
    These are fairly large prints and are here in the store for purchase, all signed by Jonathan Singer-
       check his site www.botanicamagnifica for his story. 
  Prices were from $500-$1000. On sale, 30-40% off

     SG and Marshall

    Defying logic- 3 Explorers, courtesy J. Menza
 
   Two '59 Les Pauls, courtesy J. Menza

   Two Airlines

  Three Strats, courtesy Lark Street Music

   Old Golds-ES-295 & '54 Les Paul, courtesy Lark Street Music

  The '60 Cherry Les Paul, courtesy J. Menza

  Moserite Double & Selmer Zodiac,  courtesy Lark Street Music

 Bacon & Days anyday, courtesy Lark Street Music

   Firebirds, courtesy Lark Street Music

  EPI EMPEROR & AMP
 
  2 Centuries of Progress!
 
        more to come....

             
 and introducing.........>>>>>>>>> *********** !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
      The MAZEL TONE line of guitar effects pedals!  Larkstreet Music's own line of vintage
          tone producers, made right here designed by rabbi Shmuel Gold and hand wired
         by the legendary guitar builder Dominic Ramos, and named by our favorite
         Conan O'brien/ Fab Faux  guitarist extrordinaire  Jimmy Vivino, 
         the amazing DOUBLE FUZZ!!!  Distortion with an option for adding an upper octave,
         list price $229, street price............. $189 
 
     
 *AFTERWORD Delay pedal, by Mazeltone, The Afterword delay is a digital analog hybrid delay,
             although employing digital circuitry the repeats are thick and warm with delay times 
             up to 600 ms it can cover everything from slap back to ambient moods. 
             The final word in delay, New...$189
 
   
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   DUKE LEVINE's brand new "Beneath The Blue"   CD, with Kevin Barry, Jay Bellerose,
                Paul Bryan, Kenny White, Dan Reiser & Mike Rivard available here or by mail-- $12 
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                                                Before  After ..... 
                We often get asked  "where do these guitars come from" ??? or "who buys these things" ??
                So here's an interesting picture of the quite rare White ES-345 (that we had for sale for about a year)
                with both it's original ( c. 1964), and current (April'06)  owners.

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  IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE VIEWING THESE PHOTOS, SEE BELOW 
  Some have complained about bad pictures.  If this is happening to you or your PC, let me know.  We have Macs 
  and the pictures are large and clear, so we'd like to know figure out why this problem is happening
  
An answer from my brother Rick-
  
By default, Internet Explorer will shrink pictures to fit onto one screen.
That's probably what people are complaining about. Usually, if they hold the
cursor over the picture for a few seconds, a button will appear and they can
click it to restore the pic to full size. I hate the feature, so I just turn
it off and always see the photos full-size:

From the IE menu bar, click Tools | Internet Options
Click the Advanced tab
Scroll down to the Multimedia section
Remove the check from "Enable Automatic Image Resizing"
Click OK to save settings
  


                                                              REPAIRS
       For you who don't know, we do all manner of guitar repair and restoration.  We do most of it here but 
      also give some work to Dom Ramos -repairing and building since working in Dan Armstrong's shop in 
      the '60s.  We've also been a Martin Warrantee Center since 1985 before Martin closed down all 5 NJ Centers 
      because of a tax dispute between NJ and Martin

       Wes Montgomery on Practicing:
  “I never practice my guitar… from time to time I just open the case and throw in a piece of raw meat.”
 (courtesy of Doc Siegal)




 
   
 
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               Kerry's Rage Against Israel - Editorial
John Kerry delivered a marathon speech Wednesday excoriating Israel.
 It's not for lack of U.S. diplomacy that there is no peace. 
In 2000 then-President Bill Clinton brought Israeli and Palestinian
 leaders to Camp David to negotiate a final peace agreement, only
 to watch Palestinians walk away from an offer that would have 
granted them a state on nearly all of Gaza and the West Bank. 
That failure was followed by another Palestinian terror campaign.
    Israelis remember that they elected leaders - Yitzhak Rabin in 
1992, Ehud Barak in 1999, Ehud Olmert in 2006 - who made repeated
 peace overtures to the Palestinians, only to be met with violence and 
rejection. Israelis also remember that Netanyahu ordered a settlement 
freeze, and that also brought peace no closer.
    The lesson is that Jewish settlements are not the main obstacle to peace.
 If they were, Gaza would be on its way to becoming the Costa Rica
 of the Mediterranean. The obstacle is Palestinian rejection of Israel's
 right to exist as a Jewish state in any borders. A Secretary of State who
 wishes to resolve the conflict could have started from that premise, 
while admonishing the Palestinians that they will never get a state so 
long as its primary purpose is the destruction of its neighbor. (Wall Street Journal)

 
              With New Resolution, the UN Drives Stake into Israeli-Palestinian Peace Hopes - Michael Oren
The UN Security Council resolution denouncing Israel's presence 
in territories it captured in 1967 poses untold dangers not only
 to Israel but to the Palestinians themselves, and greatly diminishes
 the chances for peace. The resolution means the Western Wall and 
other places sacred to Jews for 3,000 years are considered as illegally 
occupied. It labels 600,000 Israelis as "flagrant violators of international law."
 The goal of the initiators of the resolution was not to achieve a
 better two-state solution, but to deny Israel the right to defend 
itself and, ultimately, the right to exist as a sovereign Jewish state.
 Israel will survive this legal onslaught and continue to thrive. The
 Palestinians, by contrast, will remain stateless.
    A strong Israel is virtually all that stands between the Sunni Arab 
states and the radical jihadists in Iran and ISIS. The Security Council 
vote will undoubtedly reinforce those radicals and embolden them to
 mount further attacks not only against the Jewish State but also 
against its Arab neighbors. And the long-tormented peoples of
 the Middle East will receive an unequivocal message from the UN: 
the massacre of more than half a million Arabs in Syria, Iraq, and 
Yemen is unimportant. All that matters is Jews living and praying
 in their homeland.
    Finally, the resolution impairs American credibility, casting
 doubts on the reliability of American commitments. By abstaining
 on the resolution, and in effect abandoning its only democratic
 Middle Eastern ally, the U.S. has called into question its dependability
 to its other friends. No American ally should rest easily.  
           The writer, a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., is deputy
 minister for diplomacy in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office. (Newsweek)


How Did Israeli Settlements Become a Legally Contentious Issue at the UN? -
 Dore Gold (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)

Right after World War II, the U.S. and its allies wanted to prevent a
 repetition of the practice of the Axis powers who evicted the populations
 from the areas that came under their control and forcibly transferred
 their own populations into those very same territories. For this reason, 
the Allies drafted the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention in the way that 
they did. But this is not what is occurring with Israeli settlement activity, 
as Israel has argued for decades.   
There is one place, however, where this scenario is taking place right now -
 and it is not in the West Bank. It is occurring in Syria, where Sunni Arabs
 are being systematically replaced by Shiites from Iraq and other countries
 in order to alter the demographic makeup of the Syrian state, in accordance
 with the interests of Iran. Tehran wants a Shiite belt from its western border
 to the Mediterranean in order to establish its hegemony in the Middle East.
And what is the UN doing about this? It is deliberating over a new draft
 resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity, while ignoring the mass
 transfer of populations transpiring across the entire Levant. As usual,
 it is obsessed with Israel while ignoring the dangerous actions of Iran.
The Palestinians themselves agreed in the 1995 Interim Agreement that
 the issue of Israeli settlements in the West Bank should be addressed as 
an item for negotiation between the parties. It is not tenable for the 
Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, to repeatedly refuse to negotiate
 with Israel and then expect the UN Security Council to take up his concerns
 in his place. The U.S., which signed the Interim Agreement as a witness, 
should veto the proposed draft resolution on settlements.
The UN, for its part, should take measures to halt the ethnic cleansing of Sunni 
populations across the Middle East that is occurring today. But that
 would require standing up to Iran and its allies, which many states 
sitting in the Security Council are plainly reluctant to do.









Israel Is a Model of Democracy and Multi-Ethnicity - Bernard-Henri Levy 
interviewed by Ben Cohen (The Tower)

Israel is a model of democracy not only for the Middle East but for
 the world. Since the very day of its birth, 69 years ago, Israel has
 had an exemplary attitude, which is to deal with emergencies 
without giving up on democratic values.
I don't see any other example in modern history of a country that 
has had to face a constant state of war, a constant state of emergency,
 having in its own space a very strong minority who might be
 tempted to take the path of the adversary, and yet sticks so 
firmly to its principles.
Never forget that you have in Israel a number of Arab parliamentarians,
 which we in France don't have. Don't forget that the Arabic language
 is an official language of Israel. And don't forget that even in the 
moment when you have some Arab cities inside Israel demonstrating 
against Israeli policy, as during the Gaza war, there was never any 
step towards depriving this or that part of society of its democratic 
and civil rights. It never happened.
Israel also can really be considered as a model of dealing with the 
matter of multi-ethnicity. Because, at the end of the day, what is Israel?
 Israel is people coming from the west, from the east, from the south. 
People coming from Europe, people coming from Russia, people 
coming from the Arab world. People of every different possible 
ethnicity. And all of them made so quickly, nearly overnight, a nation.
 I don't see any other examples of that.
I completely understand those who go in the streets in Europe 
demonstrating for the memory of 2,000 or 3,000 Palestinian dead
 during the war in Gaza. What I don't understand is that I never saw
 them in the same streets when Bashar al-Assad kills not 2,000 or 3,000 
but 300,000 or 400,000 of his own citizens. I never saw them in 
the streets when a Muslim leader in Sudan killed, in South Sudan,
 400,000 or 500,000 people. And the same for the victims of Saddam Hussein. 
And the same for the Palestinians killed, tortured, by other Palestinians.
So it's more than strange that those who cannot accept Israel waging 
a defensive war don't feel upset or uncomfortable when an Arab leader
 kills one hundred times more Arab women and men.
There are some people in the West, and in America also, who care about
 lives only when Jews and Israel are involved. If that's not the case, then
 they don't give a damn, they don't demonstrate, they don't care.
 What name do you give to that? For me, this way of saying that the
 victim is interesting only if she had to deal with the Jews, this is anti-Semitism.

Bernard-Henri Levy is a French philosopher and author of more than 30 books, including The Genius of Judaism (Jan. 2017).




Israel Conducted No Ethnic Cleansing in 1948 - Benny Morris (Ha'aretz)

The Palestinians were the ones who started the 1948 war when
 they rejected the UN compromise plan and embarked on hostile
 acts in which 1,800 Jews were killed between November 1947 
and mid-May 1948.
Concern for the welfare of the Arabs in prestate Israel was not the
 main reason Arab leaders decided to invade Israel on the 
eve of May 15. Jordan's King Abdullah wanted to expand his
 country's borders, the Egyptian king wanted to deny the Jordanian
 king major territorial achievements, and the leaders of Syria, 
Iraq and Egypt feared the reaction at home if they did not invade.
At no stage of the 1948 war was there a decision by the political
 or military leadership of the Jewish Yishuv or the state to expel 
the Arabs. Nor did any important party in the Yishuv, including
 the Revisionists, adopt such a policy in its platform.
On March 24, 1948, Israel Galili, Ben-Gurion's deputy and the head 
of the Haganah, ordered all the Haganah brigades not to uproot
 Arabs from the territory of the designated Jewish state. Things 
did change in early April due to the Yishuv's shaky condition and
 the impending Arab invasion. But there was no overall expulsion
 policy and for the most part the Arabs simply fled. I don't accept 
the definition "ethnic cleansing" for what the Jews in prestate
 Israel did in 1948.
Incidentally, Arab countries carried out ethnic cleansing and uprooted
 all the Jews, down to the last one, from any territory they captured 
in 1948. The Jews, on the other hand, left Arabs in place in Haifa
 and Jaffa, and in the villages along the country's main traffic arteries
 - the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway and the Tel Aviv-Haifa highway -
 a fact that does not conform with the claim of ethnic cleansing.
Unfortunately, Benjamin Netanyahu is right when he says the main 
obstacle to peace is the unwillingness of the Arabs to agree to a 
compromise based on two states for two peoples, and their 
rejection of the legitimacy of the Zionist enterprise and the State of Israel.

The writer is a professor of history at Ben-Gurion University.

  SEPTEMBER 11-

       Today marks 15 years since Al-Qaeda attacked the World Trade Center and
 the Pentagon, murdering 2, 977 people. Since that day, in 2001, at least 
another 1,000 people have died from illnesses caused by exposure to debris
 from the failing towers.
 

A US-led NATO taskforce invaded Afghanistan shortly afterwards to remove
 the Taliban, and to find and capture Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden is now dead,
 but Afghanistan is still at war. Al-Qaeda’s successor organization, the Islamic
 State (ISIS, ISIL), has established a state of sorts across swathes of Syria and
 Iraq. Al-Qaeda itself is an active participant in Syria’s increasingly complicated civil war.

Since the attack, efforts to defeat terrorism have eluded success. 
Here are three things to bear in mind:


With the collapse of the USSR, Islamism is the only ideological alternative to Western hegemony

Islamism is a comprehensive political system that offers a total ideological 
alternative to the mainstream Western consensus of democracies enforcing 
liberal values, backed by American hard power. Since international communism
 collapsed, those opposed to this system have been left without an
 ideological home.

This fact puts into perspective the close relationship between sections of 
the hard left, such as the UK’s Jeremy Corbyn or Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin, 
with totalitarian Islamists such as Hamas or insurgents fighting American
 forces in Iraq. Both Corbyn and Benjamin transitioned seamlessly from 
traditional left-wing and socialist/communist alignment to apologism 
for terrorist groups who were deemed to be oppressed, as part of a broader 
strategy of defiance against American and Western power.

In 2009, Corbyn called Hamas a force for “social good” and his “friends,” 
while in 2004, Benjamin collected $600,000 in medical supplies and cash
 to deliver to the families of terrorist insurgents fighting the U.S. in Iraq.

Opposed to what they term “neo-liberalism” in principle, activists like these
 will seek out any allies opposed to it which, in the current era, means Islamist
 extremists, who have pretty much the only viable (albeit horrific) alternative 
ideology to Western neo-liberalism.

 Al-Qaeda Wanted to Provoke an Overreaction

As early as 2005, a book entitled This is How We See and Want Jihad was 
circulating showing Al-Qaeda’s 20-year long game plan to defeat the 
West and establish an Islamic Caliphate. This was further illuminated by
 the groundbreaking work of Jordanian journalist Fouad Hussain. The
 plan has seven phases. The first phase, between 2000 and 2003, 
aimed to draw America into a war against Muslims and thus “crown al-Qaeda
 as the leader of the nation.”

Later phases aimed to make the war intractable and thus gain support for 
Al-Qaeda while demoralizing the West, and toppling Arab regimes allied to 
America and Israel. The plan includes creating a jihadi army in Syria and Iraq, 
and drawing in funding and recruits from outside.

Once U.S. power began to wane, after a decade of an expensive war of attrition, 
a caliphate was to be declared at some point from 2013 to 2016. After 2016, 
the phase of “total war” would begin, waging attacks against Western targets 
around the world; the “beginning of the confrontation between faith and 
disbelief, which would begin in earnest after the establishment of the Islamic
 caliphate.”

Al-Qaeda and its successor the Islamic State seem remarkably on track with
 this plan, especially considering the turmoil engulfing the region. It is also
 very important to note that they see terrorism as a means of destabilizing
 the West to further the establishment of a caliphate, rather than as an end in itself.

 Ideology is the Key to Victory

Bearing in mind the first two points, we see that Al-Qaeda and other jihadi groups
 see terrorism as a means to an end. To prevent another 9/11 from taking place, 
therefore, we have to tackle their end goal and show the world precisely how 
and why an Islamist caliphate is a bad idea.

When we can do that, young jihadis will not be motivated to sacrifice their lives 
in an attempt to establish this caliphate, and idealistic activists will not make
 excuses for people fighting for these goals.

Such clarity is needed now more than ever because, 15 years after the tragic
 September 11th attacks, there is still no end in sight for the “War on Terror.”

 Elliot Friedland is a research fellow at Clarion Project.






  4/26/16
The World Dodged a Bullet in Syria - Thanks to Israel - John Hannah (Foreign Policy)

I well remember the day in spring 2007 when I got an urgent
 call from Vice President Cheney. The head of Israel's Mossad,
 the late Meir Dagan, had just been in to brief Cheney and
 President Bush. He revealed compelling evidence that in the 
Syrian desert east of Damascus, near the town of Al-Kibar, 
North Korea was covertly building a plutonium-producing 
nuclear reactor. It was more or less a replica of the North's 
own reactor at Yongbyon.
Making matters worse, Al-Kibar was perilously close to completion. 
Options for getting rid of it would narrow considerably once 
operations began and the reactor went "hot." For its part, 
the U.S. intelligence community had totally missed Al-Kibar.
The fact is that the U.S. dodged a bullet in Syria - and, it's worth
 stressing, all courtesy of the Israelis. Not only did they discover 
Al-Kibar in the nick of time. They also carried out the attack that 
was almost certainly the only means of ensuring the reactor
 never went hot.
Just imagine the nightmare that the world would have faced if, 
on top of everything else in Syria, we were also dealing with
 the nightmare of the Islamic State getting its hands on a 
plutonium-producing nuclear reactor.

The writer, a senior counselor at the Foundation for Defense
 of Democracies, was national security advisor to Vice President 
Dick Cheney from 2005 to 2009.



Taking Sides in the War within Islam - Bernard-Henri Levy

     Appeasement of violent radicalism only encourages more of the same. 
We must acknowledge that two Islams are locked in a fight
to the death, and that because the battlefield is the planet
and the war threatens values that the West embraces, the fight 
is not solely the Muslims' affair.
        We must aid, encourage, and ideologically arm Muslims 
who reject the Islam of hate in favor of an Islam respectful 
of women, their faces, and their rights, as well as of human 
rights in general. Genuine anti-racists, anti-imperialists,
 and believers in republican democracy must take the side 
of the Islam of moderation and peace in its war against the 
criminal Islam of the Salafists. The writer is a French public
 intellectual, media personality, and author. (Project Syndicate)









 
 
 
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