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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Flying El Al During Time of War, I Have....

Over twenty years ago, in the middle of the Gulf War my husband and I were scheduled to fly to England for the weekend. He had been invited to be guest speaker at a Shabbat in Bournemouth by Herut, England, and the invitation was prestigious enough for me to be part of the deal.

Shiloh wasn't targeted during that war, and our older kids were pretty old, National Service and high school, so there was no way I'd give up that fully paid weekend vacation. At the airport "passport control" the clerk gave me a funny look and said:
"Did you leave your children?"
I  thought she was about to call the police and have me arrested for child abuse.

That was a very strange and pathetic one-sided war. Iraq launched missiles at Israel, and we hid in "safe rooms." I taped the windows of the master bedroom and the kids slept with us, when necessary. Nothing landed even close enough to be counted, and many neighbors hosted friends and family who were in real danger.

El Al was the only airline flying in and out of Israel. So, that's what we took, and I think that Herut, England would have booked us on El Al even if there hadn't been a war going on.

It wasn't a routine flight. As the plane began ascending, we suddenly felt it jerking right. Yes, you guessed it. The pilot, as most El Al pilots are, was experienced in taking evasive action, though I doubt that his training was on large passenger planes. He did it correctly, or I wouldn't be alive to tell the story.

Complete the Mission! Sayyem et HaMissimah! סיים את המשימה

For days, actually week's I've been searching for the right name for this war. Please stop calling it an "operation," "campaign" or whatever non-military euphemism the government has dreamed up! 

Today while watching the television news I heard the interview of a mother of a wounded soldier who is also the mother of a soldier fighting. She was asked if she had a message for her son the soldier on the battlefield:
"סיים את המשימה Complete the Mission! Sayyem et HaMissimah!"
Yes, that's what she said to him live on Israeli television.

Among the wounded are several lone soldiers, who came to Israel for the sole purpose of joining the IDF 

 Photo credit: Dudu Grunshpan

And yes, that's the way most Israelis feel. We are sick and tired of listening to unrealistic extreme Leftists who pontificate the supposed, alleged peacefulness and logic of the Gazans, claiming "they certainly want peace, just like we do." Well, the proof's in the pudding; they don't. It's very dangerous to dream that our enemy is "just like us."

Remember that the night, less than two months ago, when the three teenagers were kidnapped and murdered, there were celebrations in Arab towns all over. And the films of the celebrating Gazans, including children, yes all civilians at the capture of IDF soldier (most probably his dead body) are horrifying.

We must keep pounding away until they break, because otherwise they will win. There's no negotiating and no ceasefire if we want to survive!

Only in Israel: About 20,000 Attend Funeral of Sean Carmeli, HaYa"D, Lone Soldier

Sean Carmeli, HaYa"D
cross-posted on me-ander

Yesterday morning we read about the lone soldier from the small Texas town nobody had ever heard of who had been killed in Gaza trying to destroy the Hamas terror infrastructure, Sean Carmeli. Later in the day, emails and facebook messages kept arriving in Hebrew and in English asking that people come to his funeral.

Israel values all of its soldiers; they are our children. Israeli kids are raised knowing that after high school they will be drafted. (I'm not getting into the chareidi draft issue here.) Religious girls frequently take the option to do Sherut Le'umi, National Service and volunteer in all sorts of places, schools, hospitals, memorials etc. Young men who are exempt for various medical reasons quite often petition the IDF to be accepted as official soldier volunteers and get positions suitable for them.

And then there are the new immigrants and foreign IDF volunteers who come to Israel either just to serve or knowing that their choice to be Israeli means that they will be drafted and serve in the army without a mother waiting at home to do their laundry and make sure there's hot food for them. They are the true idealists, and Sean Carmeli was one of them.

When an Israeli born and raised IDF soldier is killed, his funeral is attended by his family, childhood friends of all members, fellow students and those from the neighborhood and more. Funerals here for whomever, no matter what the reason of death, are usually humongous. Here in Shiloh, a small funeral, quickly arranged on a Friday before Shabbat can have a minimum of fifty to a hundred people, and the larger more public funerals, like the triple one for the three teenagers murdered by Arab terrorists a few weeks ago are attended by hundreds of thousands. Compare that to a very recent funeral in New Jersey for a policeman killed, Fallen Jersey City Police Detective Melvin Santiago laid to rest.
JERSEY CITY - The Jersey City police officer who was shot and killed while responding to a report of an armed robbery was laid to rest today.
Hundreds of police officers from around New Jersey and surrounding states came to St. Aloysius Church to pay their final respects to Melvin Santiago. 
IDF Staff Sgt. Sean Carmeli was laid to rest accompanied, honored by about 20,000 people.

HaMakom yenachem...
May G-d comfort his family and friends

Monday, July 21, 2014

Keep Kerry Away; We have Work to Do!

The United States Secretary of State, that loose-lipped John Kerry* is on his way here to push for an immediate ceasefire, which is the last thing Israel needs. The only thing Israel needs now is to totally destroy the network of terrorist tunnels that have been discovered leading from Gaza to Israeli border towns.

The IDF has uncovered over 20 terror tunnels in Gaza since beginning the ground operation last week. These tunnels can be used to infiltrate Israeli territory and carry out attacks on Israel’s civilians.  Stand for Israel
We can't afford to stop destroying the tunnels until the job is complete. They seriously endanger not only the communities that are affected, but the security of the entire State of Israel. The Gazan Arab terrorists have been constructing a very sophisticated network of underground military infrastructure, bunkers, tunnels and storage areas.
*The secretary of state, John Kerry, on Sunday appeared to criticise Israel’s claims about the targeted scope of its attacks on Gaza, as a open microphone caught him talking to an aide ahead of a TV interview.“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry, who was appearing on Fox News Sunday as part of a tour of all five main US talkshows, said to an aide on the phone, in a frustrated tone.
Earlier, speaking on CNN, the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, said Israel’s response to rocket attacks from Gaza had been “very measured and trying to be as pinpointed as we can”.
“What choice do we have?” Netanyahu said. “We have to protect ourselves. We try to target the rocketeers, we do. And all civilian casualties are not intended by us but actually intended by Hamas who want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can because somebody said they use telegenically dead Palestinians for the cause. They want the more dead the better.” (theguardian)
The responsibility of the State of Israel is to protect Israelis, not to protect enemy civilians!

Locked Out of Har HaBayit, The Temple Mount, Just Because I'm a Jew!

Today was supposed to be a great day in my life. It was supposed to be my first time ever ascending Har HaBayit, The Temple Mount, the very holiest spot in the world for Jews!

I had been planning on going for years, but somehow never quite did. Last week when my neighbor Rachel Sela sent out an email that she'd be going the following Monday, yes that's today, I realized that I could make it, so I gave her a call to sign up. Rachel leads groups every few weeks. She said that it's rare for her groups to be forbidden entrance. My husband kept saying that they wouldn't let us in until the Muslim post-Ramadan holiday if over in another week plus. But I just felt like I had to go. It seemed so right during this difficult war we're in. I wanted to be closer to where the Beit HaMikdash, our Holy Temple had stood. Not even my beloved Shiloh Hakeduma, where the Ancient Mishkan Tabernacle had stood satisfied my craving for holiness. I wanted to take that next step.

Rachel and I had discussed the issue of entering Har HaBayit before. We both feel that since G-d gave it to us during the 1967 Six Days War, it's ungrateful, even sacrilegious, for us to ignore it. We the State of Israel should have totally taken over it then facilitating Jewish Prayer and access. Rabbi Shlomo Goren, ZaTz"L, who was the IDF Chief Rabbi at the time tried to institute Jewish study and prayer on Har HaBayit, but he was stymied by the government.

Here we are, almost a half a century since that great miraculous victory, and instead of embracing it and thanking G-d we gave it to the antisemitic, anti-Israel Muslims who profane the Holiest spot in the world twenty-four hours of the day, seven days a week, twelve months a year. And we wonder why G-d loses His Patience with us. And we dare to ask why He hasn't sent us the Moshiach, the Messiah. The truth is that the Moshiach was here in late Iyyar, early June, 1967, and He was locked out of the Temple Mount, Har HaBayit.

The Israeli Rabbinate declared it "too holy" for Jews but perfectly permissible to non-Jews.

There was a time when anyone appearing obviously Jewish was totally banned from entering Har HaBayit, but in recent years, Jews willing to accept the insulting, racist, antisemitic restrictions may enter. The main restriction is no prayers. Yes, you heard me right. A Jew who seems to be praying will be quickly and violently whisked away from the site of our Holy Temples.

This morning the three women who were with me didn't even get that close. We found the gate locked. There wasn't even a guard to speak to or argue with.

Finally Rachel did find a soldier and even called his superior, but they held fast to the ruling that until the Muslims finish their holiday season, Jews are banned from Har HaBayit, The Temple Mount.

Davka now, when our country is fighting for its survival, and our sons have been called to the front-line, we want to pray on the front-line of G-d's Land, and that is Har HaBayit.

We expect at least a minimum of freedom of religion in the only Jewish country in the world. We should have had been allowed in. This morning's experience will, G-d willing, bli neder, be expanded on in future blog posts, so please stay tuned.

IDF Soldiers are OUR Children, Together we Mourn the Dead and Encourage the Living

More of the names of our IDF soldiers killed in the Operation Protective Edge  have been released. Baruch Dayan Ha'emet and nichumim, comfort to their families and friends. Two of those were lone soldiers who left their families in chutz l'Aretz, out of the Land of Israel, to live in Israel and serve in the IDF. Many dozens of our IDF soldiers have been wounded and need our prayers. Their families need our support assistance until they achieve a refuah shleimah, complete healing.

This Operation Protective Edge is a real war. Maybe the Government should change its name to Wipe Out The Terrorists or some more Biblical sounding name for the same thing. All of the army's operations must be planned to do the most damage to Gaza, the terrorists and the supporting population, yes including women and children, while protecting our soldiers as much as humanly possible.  I'm just a mother, a soldiers' mother, not a military strategist or logistics expert. I'm also a writer and since our soldiers have discovered that the Arabs, the Hamas Gazan Arab terrorists had been spending their "humanitarian" funding on building an advanced underground military base against Israel we must change the focus and intensity of our fight, our war against them. It is so dangerous to underestimate one's enemy, and I think we have been doing that for two long.

This morning I just want to take a few minutes as the sun rises in the east to give you some information about the wonderful IDF Israeli soldiers who lost their lives in this very necessary war. Not all of the names have been released to the public yet. Here are some of the names and information.
Max Steinberg, lone soldier from Los Angeles, CA
Sean Carmeli, lone soldier from South Padre Island, Texas
Steinberg and Carneli, Jewish Press
Captain Tzafrir Bar-Or, a commander in the Golani Brigade, 32, of Holon. His funeral will be held Monday at 1:00 p.m. in the military section of the cemetery in Holon.
Major Zvi Kaplan, a commander in the Golani Brigade, 28, from Kedumim. His funeral will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the military cemetery in Haifa.
Gilad Yaakobi, 21, of Kiryat Ono. His funeral will be held Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Tel Aviv.
Sergeant Oz Mendelovich, 21, from Avtalion. His funeral will be held Monday at 6:00 p.m. at the Misgav cemetery.
Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, of Ra'anana.
(quoted from Arutz 7)

July 19

Staff Sgt. Bnaya Rubel, an infantry soldier, was killed in battle with terrorists.
Staff Sgt. Bnaya Rubel, 20, from Holon
Staff Sgt. Bnaya Rubel, 20, from Holon
2nd Lt. Bar Rahav, a combat engineer, was killed when terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at the vehicle he was operating.
סגם בר רהב (1)
2nd Lt. Bar Rahav, 21, from Ramat Yishai
Sgt. Adar Barsano was killed by Hamas terrorists who infiltrated Israel in an attempt to carry out an attack on Israeli civilians.
Adar Barsano
Sgt. Adar Barsano, 20, from Nahariya

Maj. (res.) Amotz Greenberg  was killed by Hamas terrorists who infiltrated Israel in an attempt to carry out an attack on Israeli civilians.
Maj. (res.) Amotz Greenberg, 45, from Hod Hasharon
Maj. (res.) Amotz Greenberg, 45, from Hod Hasharon

July 18

First Sgt. Eitan Barak, was killed overnight fighting Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
First Sgt. Eitan Barak, 20, from Herzliya
 We mourn the loss of every life given in defense of the State of Israel. (from IDF blog)

ברוך דיין האמת
Baruch Dayan Ha'Emet
Blessed is the True Judge
"הי"ד,"  "השם יקום דמם"
HaYa"D, Hashem Yikom Damom
May G-d Avenge Their Blood

Sunday, July 20, 2014

We Have a Real War to Win, G-d Willing

With all the money, the billions and billions of Euros and dollars that have been poured into Gaza over the years, the people should have the best hospitals, parks, schools, streets, playgrounds and country clubs for all of their citizens/residents. But we all know from the pictures and the fact that as much as they hate us, those Gazans would give almost anything to go to Israeli hospitals when sick or injured.

Nu, so what have they done with all that money?  Besides the cushy generous off-shore bank accounts their leaders have hidden for a "rainy-day" they have been developing a very efficient and sophisticated military infrastructure. The IDF was aware of tunnels used for smuggling arms and terrorists, but they didn't realize that the big deep digging was to build an underground military complex. Yes, that's what the Gazan Arab terrorists have been doing during the ceasefires along with improving their missile launching systems.

This film is of the IDF blowing up one of the terror tunnels from Gaza to Israel. Jerusalem Post

The worst news for Israel is that thirteen 13 IDF soldiers have been killed today, Baruch Day Ha'Emet.
Golani Brigade, armor and engineering corps forces were met with effective close range guerrilla actions in Shejaiya, Gaza. The dead are apparently all from the Golani Brigade. The Brigade's commander, Col. Rasan Alian, was also lightly injured.
According to Channel 2, there were several incidents that involved IDF deaths. In the most serious incident, an armored personnel carrier hit a large explosive charge and the forces that rushed to assist the soldiers who were hurt subsequently came under fire. In another incident, anti-tank missiles were fired at a structure soldiers had entered. Arutz 7
And refuah shleimah to the injured.

IDF soldiers head into battle, July 20, 2014.
Photo Credit: Edi Israel/Flash90 Jewish Press
There is one thing that Israeli must do to be truly victorious. We have to stop warning the Gazans, telling them where we're headed, where we plan on attacking. It endangers our soldiers. Israel must stop worrying about Gazan children and remember that our soldiers are our children and they are supposed to be more important to us than the enemies' children.

My neighbor Moshe Keinan has been campaigning on this theme ever since his son Avihu, HaYa"D, was killed in a badly planned army action. One of the most effective military strategies is surprise, and Israel has been working the opposite way. Our soldiers are being endangered because of this totally fokokt Leftist concept of "morality." There is nothing moral in endangering our own soldiers. That is immoral. So let them fight and win!

Gazan War, Up Close and Personal

This may be is a very different situation war to anything Americans, especially American Jews can imagine. First of Israel is a very small country. The United States hasn't had an actual war on its territory, affecting its major cities and civilians since... the Civil War. That was a hundred and fifty years ago, and it only affected the south which had seceded from the United States in an attempt to establish an independent country. Abraham Lincoln, who was then the United States President declared war to reunite the country, which he successfully did.

The State of Israel is suffering from a very different type of war, danger and enemy. It's something European countries may relate to if they would open their eyes and minds.

The Gazan Hamas Arab terrorists have been bombarding many of Israel's major cities, Beersheva, Ashkelon and even Tel Aviv in order to destroy the State of Israel. That is the simple truth. A very large portion of Israel's population and agricultural land is in that vulnerable section more than half of the country.

That's a very serious danger to ordinary Israelis and the existance of the State of Israel. That's why Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is not only backed for his ground offensive against Gaza, but even parents of soldiers are encouraging the government to do everything to wipe out our enemies until they surrender.

My friends in the south not only hear and feel both sides of the battles, but they spend a lot of time in their shelters.
Good morning..what a night! Very, very noisy night. Jets screeching over head, sometimes it felt like it was scraping our roof, booming from Aza [good noise] we are getting those terrorist...Many sirens in the South [bad noise] the silent station Radio Darom, just kept on going on and on. Have a safe day.Am Israel Chai forever!

Agreed that we have the military capability; however motivation to fight the war is another issue entirely. The current military operational aim is two-fold: 1) destroy tunnels used for terrorism and 2)significantly reduce infrastructure in Gaza.
Its 02:07,I just finished a cup of coffee with my mother's yummy cookies. The bombing from Aza is so strong my house is shaking like a leaf. Several times the front door rattled so hard,I honestly thought someone was trying to get in. Between the heavy tank fire, the non stop air traffic and the massive bombing from the IAF, its really impossible to sleep. But......all that said, IDF..... go get them!
Not being able to sleep is the least of our problems. The tunnels being discovered are horrifying!
Just imagine G-D forbid what can happen.... We the proud residents of the south can do without sleep, we need long term security.
"Be strong and brave our dear soldiers!"
"חזק ואמץ חיילי צבא הגנה לישראל!"
We want the terror tunnels and the rocket infrastructure to be totally destroyed.

Terror Tunnels

May G-d give true wisdom to our leaders and accuracy to our weapons.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Is it True That The Gazan Terrorists Don't Have Allies?

Of course, all Shabbat people kept talking about the war, the situation in the south, our soldiers etc. I kept hearing a very interesting point.
Gaza hasn't any allies. No other country is joining them nor wiling to give their citizens refuge.
That's true.

Even though many countries and international bodies find it disturbing that so many more Gazans have been killed or injured than Israelis, at least no other country has joined the Gazans to fight us. The Egyptians are trying to isolate them. The last thing Egypt needs are Gazan Hamas terrorists. Jordan wants them even less. Those countries know that even accepting civilians, women and children can destabilize their societies.

  • Remember that one of the reasons for the high casualty rate in Gaza is because building shelters isn't on their list of priorities.
  • Remember that the Gazans store weapons in schools, hospitals and other locations filled with children.
  • Remember that the Gazans build their rocket/weapon launchers in civilian centers to purposely endanger their civilians.
An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards the Gaza Strip July 19, 2014. 

We Loudly Prayed: "When Will You Rule in Zion?" "Matai Timloch b'Tzion?" "?מתי תמלוך בציון"

Today as we prayed this morning in our neighborhood Shiloh synagogue, I suddenly noticed that when we were in the Shacharit (morning prayer) Kedusha everyone was singing more loudly and clearly the following line:
 מתי תמלוך בציון? בקרוב בימינו לעולם ועד תשכון
Matai timloch b'tzion? Bikarov biyameinu li'olam va'ed tishkon
When will You rule in Zion? May it be soon in our days and may You dwell there forever, for all time.
This way we were all praying with complete understanding of what we were saying reminded me of the reaction of a cousin's son when he returned from prayers in our synagogue:
"The people understand all of the words."
Yes, prayers are a totally different experience when Israelis who use Hebrew for everyday life are praying.

There's a war going on, and on Shabbat we had no idea of what was happening. Many of us have family members on the front lines, whether in the army or living in Israel's south. After years and years of this cycle of attacks on Israel, then "surgical" military responses by Israel, a ceasefire or appreciable reduction in attacks for a few months, a year and then the attacks resume, each time reaching further and further in our precious country... We're tired of how our politicians are conducting the defense of the country and we want a change. That's why we pray for G-d to take over...

The Time of the Moshiach, the Messiah will be a rule of G-d's wisdom. That's what we are praying for. We want leaders who understand and are willing to rule us according to the Torah wisdom.

In the meantime, our soldiers in the IDF are working as hard and well as they can. This sad announcement greeted me after Shabbat:

Baruch Dayan Ha'emet
Blessed is the True G-d

They were killed capturing terrorists.
An IDF reserve officer, Col. Amotz Greenberg, 45, of Hod Hasharon, and Sgt. Adar Bersano, 20, of Nahariya, were killed Saturday morning after a terrorist squad infiltrated from Gaza into Israel through a tunnel.
The terrorists engaged an IDF motorized force that passed near the location where they emerged from the tunnel, firing at a jeep and killing the two soldiers, and wounding two others.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Problems Being a Jewish Mother Patriot

Ruthie Blum reveals just how hard it is for a Jewish mother to be a patriot at the time of war.
Maternal cognitive dissonance
On Thursday night, after 10 days of aerial warfare between Hamas terrorists and Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved a ground incursion into Gaza. It was a move that much of the public, many members of the political echelon and the thousands of reservists who had been called up eight days earlier, felt was long overdue...
...Because of this, when rumors that the infantry was given the order to enter Gaza were confirmed, I was among many Israelis who heaved a huge sigh of relief. I even apologized to Netanyahu under my breath and on Facebook for having doubted the skillful manner in which he was handling Operation Protective Edge.
I simultaneously began to panic.
It is one thing to be convinced, as I was and still am, that a ground incursion (with Israeli soldiers going literally and figuratively door-to-door to snuff and stomp out terrorists and tunnels) is the way to go. It is quite another to cheer on such a campaign when one's own child is taking part in it.

An infantry reservist, my son was called up on July 9.
Geula Cohen with son
MK Tzachi Hanegbi
It doesn't matter how gung-ho a mother may be, she's still a mother and a Jewish mother is among the most paranoid and overprotective you'll find anyplace in this world.

Geula Cohen and I
Ruthie is in good company. Former MK and Jewish Underground Lechi (Stern Gang) heroine Geula Cohen has been heard to say during the time, those years that Gilad Schalit was being held by Hamas Arab Terrorists that if it were her son she'd fight like mad to get him released no matter what the cost, but she would also hope that nobody would listen to her. Because a mother's protective instinct isn't always what's best for the nation.

As hard as it is at times to send our sons off to war, or when they are independent married adults, know that they are in danger on the front-lines, we also know that for the safety and security and future of The State of Israel sometimes we must fight. When I look at the graves of the young men who were killed by Arab terrorists in our Shiloh Cemetery, I know too well that if we don't go out to fight our enemies, they will come to us. That's what terrorism is, the "convenient war." One doesn't even need to wear an army uniform to be killed.

It's better to go down fighting and to kill, destroy the Arab terrorists or they will just come here to kill us and destroy the State of Israel.

May this war be the war to destroy the Hamas Arab terrorists, speedily and with as few Jewish casualties as possible.

Shabbat Shalom u'Mevorach!
May We all Have a Peaceful and Blessed Shabbat!

The Gazillion Dollar Question: "Will the Operation Protective Edge Ground Offensive Destroy Hamas?"

Besides the super extreme loony Left, the entire State of Israel totally supports the announced ground offensive to clean-out the Hamas Arab terror infrastructure in Gaza. And I have no doubt that most Arabs also support it, although they are afraid to say so. The last thing they want is to be ruled by the Hamas Arab terrorists in a Palestinian State. And I'm including the Arabs in Judea, Samaria, Jordan Valley etc who don't even hold Israeli citizenship.

  • I see it in the Arab workers who come regularly to their jobs in Rami Levy-Yafiz, Sha'ar Binyamin, where I work. 
  • I see it in the reports of Arabs from all over insisting on getting medical care in Israeli hospitals.
  • I see it in the Arab customers who insist on shopping in the Jewish Israeli stores.
If any of them dream of a Palestinian State, it's in their nightmares.

The IDF, the State of Israel has the arms and motivation to destroy the Hamas Arab terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. The Question is: Will we use it the way we should?

You can't destroy terrorism with kid gloves. 

G-d willing not only will we do the job, but we will demand a full, unconditional Arab terror surrender and then stop trying to make peace. There will only be peace with the Arabs when they realize that the alternative is their destruction.

Shabbat Shalom u'Mevorach
May We all Have a Peaceful and Blessed Shabbat

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Listening to the Ordinary Israelis

Just like the proverbial cabdriver who gets to meet and talk to all sorts of people, I have those experiences when tremping, aka hitchhiking. Frequently I stay quiet, and I almost always wait for the driver to start the conversation.

Tonight after my friend dropped me off at Ofra, a car immediately showed up on its way to Ariel, so I asked the driver if he'd mind dropping me off at the Shiloh Junction.
"Just get in quickly" was his reply.
I don't know how the conversation started, but we covered a lot of material very quickly. I think he started by asking if I live in Shiloh, and then we just got going especially talking about the absurdity that in this war, this time in history places like Ariel and Shiloh are among the safest in the State of Israel. We have no doubt, but most Israelis still think we live in what has been called "the wild west bank."

He and I disagreed on whether or not Medinat Tel Aviv,  "the State of Tel Aviv," which is what many Israelis, especially those in the south and north who feel ignored and slighted by the slights of the Israeli elitists. The phrase may also be used by the Tel Avivians who are proud of their status. Many haven't a clue as to how ignorant they are of what happens in the rest of the country. And I don't even think they care. He thinks that the missiles that landed on/in Tel Aviv educated them to understand what other Israelis go through all the time. I don't think they were "converted." Soon they will go back to "normal" and Medinat Tel Aviv will return to its oblivian.

My driver also made fun of the name of this military campaign "Operation Protective Edge" and can't understand why it got such a strange name that shows no desire to finish off our enemies, destroy them.

An Israeli soldier flashes the "V" for victory sign from an armored personnel carrier (APC) at an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 17, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/ Jack Guez)

Read more: Israeli troops begin land operation in Gaza to destroy Hamas tunnels | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/on-day-10-of-operation-protective-edge-truce-efforts-gather-pace-but-hamas-israel-fight-on/#ixzz37lE8eUmF
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He liked what Putin said about what to do with Hamas. I couldn't find what he told me on the google, so it may be a "legend" among Russian immigrants in Israel. According to him Putin suggests that Israel give Hamas 24 hours to surrender and then  the next morning, hours before the deadline, call to announce that he wants an answer immediately. Time's up.

And in Sha'ar Binyamin, in Yafiz and Rami Levy Jews and Arabs continue to work and shop together, as if nothing is going on in the rest of the country. One very large change is the number of Arab customers. Arab employees want to continue to get their salaries and feel comfortable in the world where Jews and  Arab somehow work peacefully together. But there are far fewer Arabs in the stores than I've ever seen in the three and half years I've worked there.

More updates as they come.

Light-bulb Moment for Israeli Extreme Leftist: "Israeli PLO Sympathizer: 'We Thought They Wanted a State…. But it Turns Out They Want to Destroy Israel.'"

Can the Moshiach, Messiah really be close?
Israeli PLO Sympathizer: “We Thought They Wanted a State…. But it Turns Out They Want to Destroy Israel.”Frontpage Mag by Daniel GreenfieldShlomo Avineri is an expert on Marx and Engels. He was a fervent advocate of negotiating with the PLO and ended up heading Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs...Avineri’s awakening process was really slow. But now approaching 80, he’s sort of figure a few things out. Like that negotiating with the PLO was never going to work.
“We were incredibly stupid…. We thought they wanted a state, and a two-state solution, but it turns out that they want to destroy Israel, because they cannot/will not accept any form of Jewish national self-determination.”
Why and how has it taken so long, and will Avineri have the guts to seriously join the Right? In this translation from Ha'aretz on Truth Provider, Avineri expands on his newly discovered truths.
Abbas’ refusal to sign a document with Olmert or Beilin has a clear implication: not that he is no partner for talks, but that he is an excellent partner for talks — as long as they are talks designed to lead Israel to make more and more concessions, and to put them in writing. Then, on one pretext or another, he is unwilling to sign and brings the negotiations to a halt, so they can be restarted in the future “where they left off”: with all the previous Israeli concessions included, and no concessions having been put forward by the Palestinian side.
There's hope, I pray for the State of Israel if people would only open their eyes and ignore their false Leftist ideologies.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bibi's Government is an Embarrassment!

I came home late from work, and I just wanted to unwind so I could get some sleep. I turned on the computer and saw this:
IDF Launches Investigation After Four Children Die in AirstrikeIDF Spokesman, Brigadier General Moti Almoz addressed reports of four Palestinian Arab children being killed in an IAF airstrike on Wednesday, noting that the accidental deaths were the result of Hamas using civilians as human shields.
"Hamas is hiding among civilians targets," Almoz said, on Channel 2."Hamas continues to make cynical use of civilian casualties and we will continue to operate within a civilian environment."
The IDF is still conducting an internal investigation on the reports. (Arutz 7)
Israeli airstrike in Gaza

In a war, people die. All Israelis should know that by now. The rest of the world recognizes and accepts it except when the shooter or weapon launcher could be Israeli. When civilian Arabs get in the way of Israeli bullets, explosives etc it's called immoral, but no other country gets blamed or to be more exact, no other country cares when they kill civilians. Remember that about 2,000 Iraqis were killed to give Saddam Hussein a fair trial.

In Israel the television and radio are full of public service announcements instructing Israelis how to protect themselves from injury if there's an attack. For years the government has required homes to build "safe rooms." To get a building permit for any major renovation, you must plan a shelter along with any other addition or your plan won't be approved.

If the Gazans cared about civilians they'd be providing their population with shelter and instructing the population how to use them. But the truth is that they prefer using human shields, combining launching pads with kindergartens.

That's not Israel's problem and the State of Israel should ignore civilian enemy causalities. All our government should care about is Israelis. Bibi's tough words of yesterday have been proven just posturing, just empty words. It's a slap in the face of Israeli citizens who have made it clear that we want a victory and we want to destroy the terrorist infrastructure. Let them surrender!

Message From a "War Zone"

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
The good new is that the Israeli Government has announced that it will no longer keep the unilateral one-sided ceasefire.
The Israeli military said that since the cease-fire deal was to have gone into effect, Hamas had fired 123 rockets at Israel, one killing a civilian - the first Israeli fatality in the fighting. (Reuters)
That's because the Hamas Gazan Arab terrorists haven't taken a breath in their assault on Israel, launching missiles and mortars at our civilians. And another important reason is because there is no serious support for another useless ceasefire by the Israeli public.
The majority of the Israeli public is against a ceasefire with Hamas at this time, a poll conducted for Channel 2 News on Tuesday found.
53% of respondents said they opposed a ceasefire with Hamas, while 35% said they support it. 12% said they did not know or refused to answer.
At the same time, a majority of respondents were pessimistic about Operation Protective Edge bringing an end to the rocket fire from Gaza. 92% said they believe that the operation will not end the rocket fire, and only 6% said that they believe that Hamas would stop the rocket fire after the operation. (Arutz 7)
The cycle of attacks, retaliation, ceasefire, improved terrorist weapons and then more attacks on Israeli civilians has been going on for more than a decade. The only change has been the expanded range of the Hamas Gazan Arab terrorist missile launchers. Today's Arab weapons reach a once unthinkably large swath of Israel, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and beyond.

COS Benny Gantz
Minister of Defense
Moshe Bogie Ya'alon
As my husband and I watched and listened carefully to the official announcements by Prime Minister Netanyahu, Minister of Defense Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz that we would respond with even more force I was hoping to hear that the name of this "military operation" from the easily mocked "Operation Protective Edge," better suited for condoms, to something with more punch and determination, like "Finish Them Off."

Even Israel's strongly Left-slanted news couldn't find supporters for the ceasefire. Only the very extreme Left, like the Meretz party believes that we can negotiate a peace. That's the linchpin of their ideology. They refuse to recognize that the ultimate aim of not only Hamas but Fatah is Israel's destruction. And you can't negotiate peace with people who want you destroyed.

It's heartening to see that there are people in this world who recognize that Israel isn't at fault for the death of Gazan civilians. This cartoon says it all.

Calgary Herald

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Operation Protective Edge Your Way Around by Sara Layah Shomron

Operation Protective Edge Your Way Around
by Sara Layah Shomron
Nitzan, July 15, 2014

It’s called Operation Protective Edge leaving citizens throughout the country living on a knife-edge. Yesterday, I was walking through the Nitzan caravilla site on my way to work in Ashdod when the siren blared. I made haste to the closest government provided sewer pipe for use on such occasions. Tell me, what would you do seated all alone, sirens blaring, nearby ‘booms’ heard?  I took a selfie!

It’s called Operation Protective Edge and the sound of incoming rockets sets people’s teeth on edge.   I have received lesson cancellation after cancellation as adult students need to be at home to comfort their young children or as families seek protection further inland until the situation ‘calms down.’ The dispossession and destruction of Gush Katif broke me. Yet sometimes the strongest vessels are the broken ones. I’m on the go when students call to confirm we have a lesson.

It’s called Operation Protective Edge and we will not be edged out from our daily routine.  We will go to work and carry on.  Lately I've seen the interior of students’ home bomb shelters. While most double as a bedroom, I was most favorably impressed by the one in the parental bedroom. It doubles as a well organized walk-in closet. Who’d have thought? I was in it twice yesterday. For those of you building a home, this is something to go over with your architect. Sorry, no pic.

It’s called Operation Protective Edge and the Ashdod commercial center is fraying around the edges. Usually bustling with people the city center and central bus station City Mall are closing mid afternoon or not even opening. Local and inter-city buses usually filled with people aren't crowded. Traffic is light. Nary a child is at play in the city parks.

It’s called Operation Protective Edge and our citizens give us the leading edge. My fear throughout this war has been use of public transportation (I’m not a car owner by choice). The open road leaves a person totally exposed. During my inter-city bus ride home from work yesterday the siren blared yet again. The driver didn't make an announcement and I didn't know bus protocol. The silence in the bus was deafening as the bus abruptly pulled over along the side of the highway. Initially the passengers looked around and then we made eye contact. I made a silent pact with each glance: We are resilient, we will be strong, YOU matter. Silently and orderly the passengers de-bussed.  There was no shoving, no yelling, no hysteria. We’re Israelis, aye? When did we become polite and gentle Canadians? I was so impressed and felt such a surge of pride. See, we do have it in us! People calmly and casually walked in search of protective cover. Some squatted adjacent to the bus, at a near bus stop or crouched in the nearby bushes. Of course there were those who stood searching the sky to get a glimpse of our cutting edge technology Iron Dome in action.

It’s called Operation Protective Edge and is a double-edged sword. Our top political and military leaders are determined to take the edge off and reduce enemy effectiveness in a way that shows the world we are a moral society. What about to eliminate and render the enemy impotent? It’s called war. Worried about world opinion? The world loves a winner and our clear victory is the only option.

It’s called Operation Protective Edge and has driven our political leaders to the edge with talk of an outrageous ceasefire.  Remember, it is the victor who calls the shots for surrender.

Article and photos by Sara Layah Shomron.
Sara Layah Shomron made aliya from the USA and was privileged to raise her family in Gush Katif. She is an English Teacher and the publicist for the novel Grains Of Sand The Fall Of Neve Dekalim by Shifra Shomon (Mazo Publishers.)