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                           *******Updated-Sunday,  March 18th, 2018 *********

    *FENDER Telecaster Custom, 1976, Black, Rosewood fretboard, original pickups-
           single coil Tele lead and Fender humbucker at neck,
          good new frets, vgc++ 

    *GRETSCH Nashville, 1967, Orange, Bigsby, 

    *HERITAGE H-140, Black, Les Paul style, 2 humbuckers, vgc, ohsc...$950

    *HOLIDAY (Harmony H45), ca 1960, single cutaway chambered
            solid body with 1 pickup, slider switch for quick switch to a 
            pre-set tone knob selection, red sunburst, bound body

    *PRS Starla, 2008, Black, 2 Starla pickups, Bigsby tailpiece,
            wide fat neck, exc-, ohsc...........$895

    *SILVERTONE 1448,  ca 1965, black sparkle finish, double cutaway, 
             1 lipstick tube pickup,  the classic Sears starter guitar, 
            made by Danelectro, vgc...$375

    *SEKOVA Lap Steel, made in japan, '60s, yellow, exc....$250

    *TRAVELER Pro Series, small electric skeletal travel guitar, exc, gigbag....$225

    *KAY K-22 Flat Top, '60s, Jumbo

    *KAY K-27 Flat Top

    *LARSON BROS. Style 1 ES, recent, made in Europe, laminated braces,
              grand concert style with slotted peghead, ornate fretboard inlays,
             exc, ohsc.....$1250

    *CAMPELLONE Deluxe Archtop, 1992, Blond, 17" cutaway, 

                            *******Updated-Tuesday,  March 13th, 2018 *********

 *TAYLOR 355CE, 2002, Lefty 12-string, Cutaway, Spruce top, Mahogany cutaway, 
            Fishman Prefix pickup, exc, ohsc...........$1150

 *ALVAREZ YAIRI DY-73, 1982, Dreadnought, made in Japan, signed label, 
           tinted Spruce top, Mahogany back & sides, "45" style pearl trim, exc, ohsc....$1150

 *PARKER Fly Deluxe, original series, White, Trem, 2 humbuckers and Piezo
           pickup in bridge, one ding on the top, stereo cord, original
            gig bag, exc.........$1595

 *Fender Bandmaster head, 1967, Black panel,  
         DUMBLE "Ultra-Phonix Voiced" modifications by  by Alexander Dumble  
          to make it the finest Bandmaster head, more gain 

 *RICKENBACKER CW101, 1961, 10-String Steel guitar with 3 legs, 
          gorgeous curly maple body with angled front, front edge has grill cloth, 
         25" scale, horseshoe pickup, exc, ohsc...$2100 

                        *******Updated-Thursday,  March 8th, 2018 *********

 *DALE Bigsby, inspired solid body, recent, natural, TK Smith lead pickup,
         Duncan Tele neck pickup, exc, gigbag............$1395
 *FENDER Precision Bass, 1979, Olympic White, maple neck, repro covers,
            vgc, ohsc.........$1650

    *ERNIE BALL Music Man Sting Ray Bass, recent, Black, vgc, hsc...........$850

 *EPIPHONE Frontier, 1964, sunburst spruce top, curly Maple back & sides,
          Lariat & Cacti Pickguard, beautiful in every way. exc, ohsc....$4900

 *COLE CLARK Fat Lady,  FL2AC-BM, recent, cutaway dreadnought, built in
           pickup, made in Australia, vgc, hard case.......$1100

                         *******Updated-Sunday,  March 4th, 2018 *********

 *AMPEG AEB-1, ca 1967, red/black burst, all original in tip-tip
         condition, straight board, good frets, exc, original gigbag...$3500

 *GIBSON Consolette Double neck Steel guitar, ca 1956, Korina, double 8,
           Anyone wants Hank Williams/Don Helms sound, Gibson is it, this one
            is the short scale with 2 P-90 style pickups, all original with 
            legs and case, exc....$1495
 *GIBSON ES-335 '63 Re-issue Block marker, 2015, sunburst, 
              Memphis made, '63 Re-issue with block markers in fretboard, nice 
               curly maple body, mint w/ tags, certificate and brown case......$2695

 *EPIPHONE Olympic, 1965, Cherry, Double cutaway, 6-on-a-side tuners,
            all original, 1-Melody Maker style pickup, no cracks, breaks or repairs, vgc++...$995

 *SCHECTER 7-String, C-7 SGR, silverburst, 2 humbuckers, exc.......$200

 *FENDER Bassman, Tweed Re-issue made in USA, 4x10" Jensen P-10R
           speakers, exc, cover.........$995

   (gbl)                  *******Updated-Thursday,  March 1st, 2018 *********

 *FENDER  '51 Thinline Nocaster  Custom Shop Relic,  2005, Master Built by Chris Fleming, 
            Butterscotch, ƒ hole, black guard, maple "D" neck shape, 9.25" fingerboard radius, 
            5.97 lbs, Ash body, medium-plus Vintage style frets, Nocaster pickups,
            cert. signed by Chris Fleming, thermometer tweed case, Nitro light Relic finish,

    *FENDER Stratocaster, 1994, Olympic White, Standard model, Rosewood
          fretboard, original locking tuners, some dings and dents on the back,
          vgc, ohsc..............$795

    *VIOLA, European, '70s, 15 1/2", vgc, hsc........ 

 *LARRIVEE P-03R, recent, parlor guitar, spruce top Rosewood back & sides,
          internal pickup, exc, ohsc....$795 HOLD

    *LARRIVEE P-03R, recent, parlor guitar, spruce top Rosewood back & sides,
            exc, ohsc....$695

 *LARRIVEE Classical LS-30, 2003, Spruce top, Indian Rosewood back & sides,
           2" at the nut, 26" scale, internal pickup, exc, ohsc.....$1350

 *PACO De LUCIA 'Nemesia" Flamenco Guitar, 2007, made in
         Madrid, Spruce top, Cypress back and sides, rosewood binding, Ebony 
         fret board, Rosewood bridge, Celtic knot inlaid by Dave Nichols, 
           clear scratch plates, has a pickup, exc, ohsc.......$1350

                      *******Updated-Thursday,  February 22nd, 2018 *********

 *BURNS Double Six, c 1965, UK, Green Burst, 3 TriSonic pickups, custom wiring
             with the 1st Tone pot becoming a pull/push pot bringing the middle
             pickup in and out resulting in Strat like switching choices, 
             exc, ohsc....$1450
                      *******Updated-Wednesday,  February 21st, 2018 *********

 *RANDY LUCAS Kenny Smith model, 2000, a Tribute to a 1935 D-18 with
        Mahogany back & sides, Adirondack top, Scalloped braces, 1 3/4" at the nut,
        2 1/4" at the 12th fret, long saddle, huge neck profile, torch inlay on 
        peghead, near mint, this very guitar was  reviewed by Steve Stone
        in the june '03 Vintage Guitar Magazine, exc+,  ohsc.............$5250

 *MARTIN D-28 Custom, 1988, Adirondack top, forward shifted 
         scalloped braces, highly figured Brazilian Rosewood back & sides, 
         custom made for Dave Nichols of Custom Pearl Inlay, near mint, ohsc...$7500 

 *MONTELEONE Grande Artist Mandolin, sn 108, sunburst,
        from the Master's hand a beautiful Grand Artist in excellent original
       condition, ohsc.......$21,000

 *FLATIRON A-5 Artist, 1983, sunburst, Gibson Master
            Model label,  bound ebony board, carved spruce top, curly maple
            back and sides, snakehead with vine inlay, gold hardware, exc, ohsc......$1995


                             *******Updated-Wednesday,  February 14th, 2018 *********
 *Palm Trees, Senoritas... and Rocket Ships" - the illustrated History of National, Dobro, 
           Supro, Valco and OMI Guitars
                   A 423 page tour-de-force that explores the
            fascinating design world of the musical instruments produced by the Dopyera
           Brothers from 1923 to 1993.  Famous for their 'National' guitars, they went
           on to pioneer electric pickups, fiberglass construction, amplifiers etc, and
           influenced the sound of Country Music, Bluegrass, Blues and Hawaiian music
           through most of the 20th Century.
                Entirely and lavishly illustrated with over 1100 musical instruments and
            amplifiers and more than 100 artists who used them - this is THE
            DEFINITIVE COLLECTION of all the various developments, designs, colours
            and engraving patterns of everything produced by the Dopyera Brothers
            in their various companies throughout the 20th century - National, Dobro, 
            Supro, Valco, Mosrite, Regal and OMI.  It has them ALL!  It also features lap steels, amplifiers 
             and various National and Valco manufactured items for other Trade houses. 
             The book is concluded with an updated list of the serial numbers of known
             and re-discovered instruments - now in excess of 4200.  A MUST HAVE for 
            anyone interested in these guitars.  Leaves other books on the subject in the dust....$140

 *GIBSON Howard Roberts Fusion, 1996, Black, gold hardware, sharp
         cutaway, bound ebony board, 24.5" scale, 1 11/16" at nut, finger tailpiece,
          gold hardware, exc-, ohsc........$2350

 *FENDER Jazzmaster, used, made in Japan, sunburst, exc, ohsc.....$995

           (gbL)                  *******Updated-Tuesday,  February 13th, 2018 *********

 *LAPLANTE D-28S, New, a faithful rendition of a Martin 12 fret slope shouldered 
        dreadnought using a Martin top that was made at Martin in the '70s signed 
        by Mike Longworth and was an experimental "pre-war Scalloped" style, beautiful 
        Brazilian rosewood back and sides from the estate of a long time Martin employee,
        provenance included, this guitar is one of the richest sounding 28-S guitars that 
       we have ever had, 24.9" scale, 1 7/8" at nut, 2 5/16" string spacing, exc, hsc.........$5000  

    *GUILD D-40, 1964, Dreadnought with Spruce top, Mahogany back & sides,
          the sweet spot of Guild guitar production, light and resonant, 1 repaired
          top crack, fine playing, vgc, ohsc...........$2750

 *GIBSON L-00, c. 1937, 14 fret neck, Black finish, firestripe pick guard,
          bound top and back, replacement repro tuner buttons,
         center seam repair,  vgc, hsc............$3750

    *MARTIN 000-15M, 2017, 000-14 fret body size, solid mahogany top, back,
        and sides, rich satin finish, 1 11/16" at nut, 25.4" scale, mint, ohsc..........$850

 *FISCHER Style C Imperial Archtop, ca '40s, 15 1/2" across, 25" scale, 
           1 11/16" at nut, Johnny Smith style mini humbucker installed at neck,
             solid Spruce top,  Maple back & sides, "V" neck with Brazilian board 
             with nice inlays,  pearloid peghead overlay, Volume and Tone controls 
             mounted on pickguard, probably made by Regal or Harmony,  vgc, hsc....$1250

 *DANELECTRO Bass, c 1961, copper top, single cutaway, one lipstick tube pickup,
               ca 1960, vgc++, original tweed hsc.....$1095

 *GIBSON ES-335 50th Anniversary '58 Reissue, 2008,
       Custom Shop, sunburst, all hide glue construction, near mint, cert, ohsc...$3750


                               *******Updated-Thursday,  February 8th, 2018 *********

 *GRETSCH DuoJet, 1957, Black, single cutaway,  DeArmond Pickups,
           Melita Bridge, humped block inlays, the same model George Harrison
           played- the one to own!  exc, ohsc.........$8500

 *ANALOG OUTFITTERS Organic 15 Head, used, sn 007, repurposed wood cabinet
          around Hammond organ amp........$950

     (gbL)                 *******Updated-Tuesday,  February 6th, 2018 *********

 *NATIONAL NRP Tricone, NEW, Black Rust, round neck, triple cone,
           steel body with beautiful shaded black antiqued black finish,
            The tone of the steel body offers a deeper, darker voice — yet with more immediacy
             and presence. And it still boasts all the amazing sustain and rich choral 
             tone the Tricones are famous for. The steel body and coverplate are plated
             and then hand rubbed with a vintage vibe. Inside, the NRP Steel Tricone 
             features the same type of aluminum resonating cones and T-bridge as the 
             original models. The mahogany neck features an unbound ebony 
            fingerboard with dot inlays, while the traditional slotted headstock has
              “NATIONAL” stamped on it. If you’re seeking a Tricone with a bit more 
              blues feel to it, the NRP Steel guitar has it in spades,
             lists for $3500, ohsc...$2955....... SOLD, another on order

 *MARTIN D-21, 1965, Modest yet Beautiful Brazilian Rosewood back
               and sides, has the original small Kluson tuners, slotted thru saddle, 
                small maple bridge plate, killer sound- it's what we love about old 
                Martins and this one has it, direct from the local original owner who
                sent it back to Martin about 30-40 years ago for a neck reset which 
                resulted in a super thin overspray- hard to see except at edge 
                of soundhole exc, ohsc..........$5900

 *ROLAND RE-301 Chorus Echo, c. 1979, vgc++.................$1695

 *GIBSON Lucille, 2004, Black, all original with TP-6 fine tuning 
            tailpiece, Varitone, gold hardware, BB King truss rod cover and on case,

 *GIBSON Lucille, 2000, Black, Bigsby added, gold hardware, 
           pickguard signed by BB King, hsc, exc....$3495

    *IBANEZ AS73, used, 335 style, cherry, exc, gigbag........$195

 *VELAZQUEZ Classical Guitar, 2001, by the master Manuel Velazquez, 
        with cedar top and, gorgeous Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, 662 mm scale,  
        near mint, ohsc.......$12,900

 *JACKSON LS-1 Bass, sunburst, Ash top, set neck,  2 pickups, exc...$495

                      *******Updated-Monday,  February 5th, 2018 *********
 *FENDER Super Amp, 1960,  6G4 circuit- has the face plate layout of 
               the 6G4A but the tone controls of a 6G4, 2- 6L6s and 6 pre-amp tubes,
               but actually is a Factory blend of 3 circuits ending up most notably with a
               Tone control that has a neutral center setting with add ons in either 
                direction so probably a one of a kind prototype,  Brown tolex has
                been professionally redone, 2-10" reconed 1966 Oxford Speakers, 
               features the classic brown panel harmonic Vibrato,   Brown tolex has
                been professionally redone, interesting and great amp, vgc+.......$2500

 *GIBSON ES-355, 1968, refinished white a long time ago- looks right,
          Varitone removed and now has a metal plaque, 1 9/16" at nut, letter
         in case claims it was bought from Elvin Bishop  in the '80s, 
          Bigsby, vgc,  hsc...$3950

 *GIBSON ES-335, 1964-5, Cherry, has all the good '64 attributes, stop tailpiece, 
       wide neck, nickel hardware, perfect refret, great player, ohsc........$16,900 

 *GIBSON Les Paul Junior 3/4, 1956, sunburst, single cutaway, peghead repair,
              new stop bar, 22 3/4" scale,  vgc................$2500

    *MARTIN D-15M, 2015, all mahogany dreadnought w/ shaded top,
          small crack repair on side, exc-, ohsc.........$950

    *MARTIN 0-18, 2018, NEW, 14 fret size 0 with scalloped braces, tortoise
            guard, ebony board and bridge,  1 3/4" at nut, 24.9" scale, 
            Spruce top, Mahogany back & sides, list $3099, ohsc..........$2459 sold, more in March
 *Professional Aged Chinese Fir Wood Guqin, 7-string Zither, beautiful,
           exc+, ohsc.............$300


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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.  
         Also check out 

                                 ********* 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

  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
    featuring Buck Malen, Johnny Rabb, Kevin Maul, unknown banjo phenom & Frances
   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 
                  ---->>>  or for you kids- dowloads availbale at dukelevine.com   


                                                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.

  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

       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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  Political sentiments
Turn back before it's too late!

  The World Must Unite to Stop Iran - Jose Maria Aznar and Stephen Harper (Wall Street Journal)

The Israeli military was forced last month to engage an Iranian
 drone launched into Israeli airspace from Syria. There will be
 more such incidents if Tehran is permitted to continue projecting
 force throughout the Middle East. North America and Europe 
must join Israel in stopping Iran.
Iran is a revolutionary theocratic state committed to spreading
 religious extremism throughout the Islamic world. It projects 
political and military power from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean 
and Red Seas. To support its ambition, Iran has illegally pursued
 nuclear weapons and fought wars using terrorist proxies.
Iran's leaders have threatened Israel time and again with total 
destruction, and now, Iranian power has arrived at Israel's border.

The first objective must be to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
 The Friends of Israel Initiative, of which we are members,
 has always maintained that, rather than preventing Iran's 
nuclear ambitions, the 2015 nuclear agreement gave the regime
 a road map to achieving them.
Predictions that the agreement would de-escalate tensions and 
improve cooperation have proved wrong. Since signing the 
agreement, Iran's aggression and hostility have increased.
But fixing the agreement and stopping Iran from going nuclear
 would not eliminate the threat. The U.S. and its allies must also
 roll back Iran's aggression and influence throughout the Middle East.
 If left unchecked, Iran's aggression will ultimately threaten 
Europe and North America as well.

Mr. Aznar is a former prime minister of Spain. Mr. Harper is a former prime minister of Canada.

Video: The Assault on the Jewish Connection to Jerusalem - Dore Gold (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
At a meeting of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation last 
December, Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian 
Authority, said that Jews are really excellent at faking and
 counterfeiting history and religion. I was struck by that because
 I refuse to assault the principles of their faith. They can say
 whatever they want about their faith as long as they don't try 
and assault my faith. Part of the tragedy of the current period 
is this overall assault on the connections between Israel, the 
Jewish people, and Jerusalem.
In October 2016, UNESCO asserted that the Temple Mount was
 connected to Islam, but it refused to acknowledge any Jewish 
connection whatsoever - or for that matter any Christian connection 
- to the Temple Mount. In the resolution adopted in Paris, it used 
only the Islamic term for the Temple Mount - Haram al-Sharif, but 
the actual terminology "Temple Mount," which had been used by 
international organizations for years, suddenly vanished. A few
 months later in December 2016, the UN Security Council adopted 
Resolution 2334 which called the Old City of Jerusalem, the Western 
Wall, and the Temple Mount "occupied Palestinian territory."
The entire international community met together after World War I and
 said the Jews have a right to reconstitute their ancient homeland. 
That ought to be worth something. Israel is the only country in the
 international system whose historical rights were confirmed by both
 the League of Nations and the United Nations. To completely dismiss 
the rights of Israel is to dismiss how our rights have been understood
 by the international community for more than a century.
The cardinal question is who is going to protect Jerusalem in the future.
 Will it be national movements that doubt the legitimacy of various faiths'
 connections to Jerusalem, or will it be national movements that 
understand that there are other national groups that have connections
 to Jerusalem. If Jerusalem is important to people, if freedom of
 religious expression is important to people, then only a free and 
democratic Israel will protect Jerusalem for all the great faiths.

JULY 25, 2017

The Argument Is About Jews, Not Metal Detectors - Jonathan S. Tobin (JNS.org)

How could putting metal detectors to protect a holy site
 from a recurrence of murder provoke outrage, violence
 and a promise of mass riots? The answer is that this isn't 
about metal detectors. It's about the right of Jews to be
 in Jerusalem.
Israel didn't change the status quo at the Temple Mount.
 Jews are still denied the right to pray at the holiest place 
in Judaism. The Islamic Waqf was left in charge of the 
Temple Mount's Al-Aqsa mosque.
Nor was the new security measure discriminatory. Any 
Jew or non-Jew who wishes to enter the Western Wall plaza 
below the Temple Mount compound must also pass through 
metal detectors.
For a century, Palestinian Arab leaders have been playing 
the "Al-Aqsa is in danger" card. It was the supposedly moderate
 Mahmoud Abbas who also claimed Jews were going to harm
 the mosque. His rhetoric sought to remind Palestinians that
 the conflict wasn't over borders or settlements, but something
 far more basic: a religious war that mandates Arab opposition 
to the Jewish presence.
The new security measures are merely the latest pretext for 
Arab violence intended to make the point that Jews have no 
right to be there at all.
The threats of violence are just one more power play intended
 to remind the world that the only solution Palestinians will 
ultimately accept is one in which the Jews are excluded. 
So long as this is their goal, it isn't Al-Aqsa that is in danger, 
but any hope for peace.

 >>>>     July 13, 2017
 In New Low, Amnesty Stands Up for ISIS

A new report from the so-called human rights group argues a moral 
equivalence between the Islamic State and the US-Led Coalition fighting to free Mosul
By Liel Leibovitz · 

Who’s to blame when a group of savages take innocent people hostage,
 commit atrocities, and spur the forces of civilization to strike back, 
sparking a conflict that, regrettably, claims the lives of more
 innocent people? If you’ve followed the way the international
 community—that mythical body of self-appointment bureaucrats 
who see themselves as everyone’s moral betters—has dealt 
with Israel, you know the answer by now. To organizations
 like Amnesty International, the real culprits are never the
 Palestinian terrorists who use human shields or launch missiles
 at school children, always the Israeli army doing its best to defend
 its citizens without causing unnecessary loss of life on the 
other side. The term of art for this reprehensible approach
 is moral equivalence. And you won’t be surprised to hear that,
 having mastered the skill of both-sides-are-to-blame with 
Hamas, Amnesty is now extending the same courtesy to ISIS.

In a new report, released earlier this week and entitled
 “At Any Cost: The Civilian Catastrophe in West Mosul, Iraq,” 
the organization paid lip service to the idea that the 
Islamic State—purveyors of sexual slavery, beheadings, 
and other brutalities—inflicted some suffering on Mosul’s
 population before getting to the real culprit, the US-led coalition.

“Iraqi government and US-led coalition forces failed to 
adequately adapt their tactics to these challenges—as 
required by international humanitarian law—with disastrous
 consequences for civilians,” thunders the report. Then, lest 
you have any doubt what ought to be done next, the report 
ends with a call to action. “Don’t Let These Crimes Be Buried,” 
reads a bold headline, before making a list of demands,
 including a public acknowledgment of “the scale and 
gravity of the loss of civilian lives during the Mosul battle” 
and reparations for the victims and their families.

As armies around the world continue to struggle with benighted
 forces seizing cities and using civilians as human shields, there’s
 certainly room for discussion about optimal tactics to minimize 
collateral damage. But for a group purporting to fly the banner of
 human rights to present both the barbarians who seized Mosul and
 the imperfect soldiers who risked their lives to liberate it is a farce. 
If Amnesty truly wants to be faithful to its mission statement of
 protecting people “wherever justice, freedom, truth, and dignity 
are denied,” it may start by taking the small but crucial step of 
not defending ISIS.

               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.


       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

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.

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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