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Friday, August 22, 2014

ISIS, Hamas and Israel: Putting it All in Context

Caroline Glick's latest article is an excellent overview for those or pretty much everyone who is losing track of the players here in the Middle East. Actually, I touched on some of this last night when I wrote about Obama's hypocrisy bombing to destroy/punish ISIS while he insists that Israel negotiate with Hamas.
Dumb Question: Why Hasn't Obama Sent Kerry to Negotiate With ISIS?
It's part of my "dumb question" series aka "the king is in his altogether." I'm a grandmother of the generation that laundered cloth diapers, so you can't fool me with euphemisms and costumes.

According to Glick:
Hamas’s war with Israel is not a stand-alone event. It is happening in the context of the vast changes that are casting asunder old patterns of behavior and strategic understandings as actors in the region begin to reassess the threats they face.

Hamas was once funded by Saudi Arabia and enabled by Egypt. Now the regimes of these countries view it as part of a larger axis of Sunni jihad that threatens not only Israel, but them.

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and its state sponsors Qatar and Turkey, are the key members of this alliance structure. Without their support Hamas would have gone down with the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt last summer. As it stands, all view Hamas’s war with Israel as a means of reinstating the Brotherhood to power in that country.

To achieve a Hamas victory, Turkey, Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood are using Western support for Hamas against Israel. If the US and the EU are able to coerce Egypt and Israel to open their borders with Gaza, then the Western powers will hand the jihadist axis a strategic victory.

The implications of such a victory would be dire.

Hamas is ideologically indistinguishable from Islamic State. Like Islamic State, Hamas has developed mass slaughter and psychological terrorization as the primary tools in its military doctrine. If the US and the EU force Israel and Egypt to open Gaza’s borders, they will enable Hamas to achieve strategic and political stability in Gaza. As a consequence, a post-war Gaza will quickly become a local version of Islamic State-controlled Mosul. continue...
Today, and not for the first time, Dry Bones got it on target:
Stop Israel
According to the Times of Israel:
The horrifying beheading by ISIS is spreading to include soldiers, children, and more and more innocent victims.
"The Jihadist group Islamic State on Tuesday claimed to have executed American journalist James Foley in revenge for US air strikes against its fighters in Iraq" -more
One thing for sure is that Israel is very alone. And the Israeli public is getting more and more frustrated trusting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu less and less. IMRA published a poll which shows how Bibi is losing support. Earlier in the summer when it looked like Netanyahu would lead the IDF to victory against Hamas Arab Gazan terrorists he had overwhelming support, but after stopping the defensive attack and threatening popular ministers with sacking, his support ratings have plummeted.
Panels Poll: Netanyahu rating today 55% Good down from 82% on 23 July
Dr. Aaron Lerner 21 August 2014
Internet based polling of Panels Politics for Israel Television Channel 2
carried out today (after successful targeted killing of key Hamas military
leaders announced) and broadcast on the evening news.
How would you term the performance of PM Netanyahu in the last week?
Good 55% Bad 33% Don't know/refuse reply 12%
Percent good by polling date:
Today 55%
5 August 63%
23 July 82%
What do you think of Netanyahu's criticism yesterday of cabinet members?
Justified 56% Not justified 19% Don't know/refuse reply 2%
Should Netanyahu fire the ministers Naftali Bennett and Avigdor Liberman?
Bennett 2% Liberman 5% Both 17% Neither 51% No position 24%
When a large part of the State of Israel has been finding itself running to shelters day and night, he can't expect the country to fall for his empty words.

May our government leaders obey G-d's wisdom and destroy the Hamas Gazan Arab terrorists.

Shabbat Shalom u'MevorachMay you have a peaceful and blessed Shabbat

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dumb Question: Why Hasn't Obama Sent Kerry to Negotiate With ISIS?

Hamas has done much worse things to Israel and Israelis, and United States President Barack Hussein Obama keeps encouraging Israel to negotiate with them. So I really don't understand why Obama isn't using the same tactics in response to ISIS.

Instead of negotiating Obama is using violence and very strong words:
Barack Obama urged allies in the Middle East to join together in routing the "cancer" of Islamic State (Isis) a day after the jihadists released a video of the beheading of a US journalist.
As David Cameron acknowledged that the Isis fighter guilty of the "barbaric and brutal" murder of James Foley appeared to be a British citizen, Obama pledged on Wednesday a relentless response to "cowardly acts of violence".
Shortly after Obama spoke, US central command confirmed 14 new air strikes against Isis near the Mosul Dam, which the Pentagon and Iraqi forces said on Tuesday was no longer under Isis control. US officials later revealed that American special forces had attempted to rescue Foley and other hostages held by Isis in a recent raid inside Syria. The operation was unsuccessful: no hostages were found at the location targeted by the US team.
Maybe I'm just stupid. It could be, but I've been around a long time, yes, even longer than the American President, and while ISIS is a dangerous, violent group of terrorists the United States is not their primary priority right now. And we all know that the United States is a humongous country and can easily survive. This can't be said about Israel and Hamas.

Obama after making his speech. STEVEN SENNE/AP

James Foley in Aleppo,
Syria, in July 2012.
Photograph: Nicole Tung/AP
I'm a CPA's daughter, and I always check out the bottom line, because that is the big picture, the final price. Let's put things very simply:

  • Obama sent in commandos to attempt to rescue James Foley, but they failed. 
  • Obama wouldn't negotiate ransom.
  • Obama is repulsed by ISIS's beheading of Foley. 
  • In response Obama bombs them:
The Americans unleashed a new round of air strikes Wednesday against ISIS, with the 14 attacks bringing the total to 84 since Aug 8. NY Daily News
Israel's security and very existance is endangered by the Hamas Arab terrorists who have made it unabashedly clear that their aim is to destroy the State of Israel and take over. The IDF has been trying to clear/destroy terrorist tunnels which reach into Israel and also to destroy the terroist staronghold in Gaza. In response, the United States President Barack Hussein Obama:
  • pressures us to make some sort of mediated deal with the terrorists.
  • condemns us for bombing Gaza and hurting the human shield civilians.
Something stinks. Simply put:
"What's good for the goose should be good for the gander."
Either Obama should stop bombing and negotiate. Or he should just leave the State of Israel alone and let us do what we have to do to our sworn enemies!

Unpleasant Truths for Jews and Israelis

Original Title, written before this blog post ran away with itself:


Arab Gazan Human Shield Policy Worse Than Japanese Kamikaze Attacks



I wonder how seriously the world takes the Gazan Hamas Arab terrorist Human Shield policy.

In a logical, rational world it would be a very clear widely heeded call to good people all over that the Gazan Hamas Arab terrorists are the worst of the world's most immoral, uncaring and violent ever.

In a logical, rational world those Arab terrorists ruling Gaza would be the world's outcasts, the pariahs and Israel would be the darling of the good, moral and purportedly peace-loving international bodies.

But unfortunately we don't live in a logical, rational world. The real world is dominated by an undercurrent of Jew-hating antisemitism. Too bad that most Jews and Israelis are too good-hearted and naive to accept this unpleasant painful truth. Too many Jews and Israelis have substituted "international public opinion" for G-d Almighty, and they constantly strive to please the world instead of pleasing and placating G-d.

Next week begins the Jewish Month of Elul, the month before Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur. Our sages teach us that G-d is always ready to receive our תשובה Teshuva, Repentance. If we are truly sincere and show that we won't make the same mistakes, sin, again, then G-d will forgive us, because G-d loves us as a parent loves a child. Only G-d loves us this way, and only G-d can save us from our enemies.

Unfortunately, and tragically, Jewish and Israeli leaders along with ordinary Jews devote those energies which should be directed towards G-d to attempting to placate "the world."  The world won't save us. The world would be perfectly happy and satisfied to dedicate impressive memorial and museums to a history of an "extinct," G-d forbid, Jewish People.

If you think that Obama or the UN can really save or protect us, you're barking up the wrong tree, and you may not survive.

What I write is the truth, an unpleasant truth for too many.

May we obey the True G-d and ignore the world. And may our political leaders lead us in the right direction, G-d willing.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ISIS for Dummies

I'm not quite sure when the ISIS hit the headlines, but suddenly I kept finding people referring to it, and I wasn't quite sure what ISIS is. Call me a dummy!

Lihavdil, to differentiate, it seemed like the rise of canola oil, an oil I never went for. In Israel there's the soy oil, which is the standard, like the old American innocuous "vegetable oil." I can see how Americans would go for an oil that has a specific sounding name, rather than the stuff squeezed out of reject vegetables and whatever. Sudenly "everyone" was buying canola but me.

Now for the past few weeks, starting sometime around this recent war, I began seeing frightening references to this ISIS, and this morning I decided that the time has come to find out what everyone is so scared of.

Here's a bit of what professor wiki has to say:
The Islamic State (IS)[4][6][45] (Arabicالدولة الإسلامية‎ ad-Dawlah al-ʾIslāmiyyah), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and theIslamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS /ˈsɪs/),[a] is a jihadist group, widely regarded as a terrorist organisation. In its self-proclaimed status as acaliphate, it claims religious authority over all Muslims across the world[46] and aspires to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its direct political control,[47] beginning with territory in the Levant region, which includes JordanIsraelPalestineLebanonCyprus, and an area in southernTurkey that includes Hatay.[48][49] The group has been officially designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia,[50][51][52][53][54][55] and has been described as a terrorist group by the United Nations[56] and Western and Middle Eastern media sources.[57][58][59][60][61]The group, in its original form, was composed of and supported by a variety of Sunni Arab terrorist insurgent groups, including its predecessor organizations, Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) (2003–2006), Mujahideen Shura Council (2006–2006) and the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) (2006–2013), other insurgent groups such asJeish al-Taiifa al-Mansoura, Jaysh al-Fatiheen, Jund al-Sahaba and Katbiyan Ansar Al-Tawhid wal Sunnah, and a number of Iraqi tribes that profess Sunni Islam...
As of 16 August 2014
     Areas controlled by the Islamic State     Areas claimed by the Islamic State
     Rest of Iraq and Syria

As I read it, I pictured a modern terrorizing version of the Moors, old-time Muslims who invaded Europe via the Iberian Peninsula.
The Moors invaded the Iberian Peninsula in 711 and called the territory Al-Andalus, an area which at different times comprised Gibraltar, most of Spain and Portugal, and parts of Southern France. There was also a Moorish presence in what is nowSouthern Italy, primarily in Sicily. They occupied Mazara on Sicily in 827[1] and in 1224 were expelled to the settlement of Lucera, which was destroyed in 1300. The religious difference of the Moorish Muslims led to a centuries-long conflict with theChristian kingdoms of Europe called the Reconquista. The Fall of Granada in 1492 saw the end of the Muslim rule in Iberia. (Wikipedia)
As I remember from my old History lessons, this was an attempt by Muslims to takeover the world. From "History of Spain:"
Possibly encouraged to invade Spain in the first place by Hispano-Romans unhappy with the Vigigoths, the Moors came and stayed for around 700 years, leaving a definite imprint on the country, particularly Andalucia
The Moors came from north Africa, Muslims,a mixture of Arab and Berbers (the latter from the mountains of Morocco - tribes with their own language that few Arabs would understand). The name "Moors" comes from the name Mauretania, which at the time referred to the part of north Africa roughly now represented by Algeria and Morocco. This was a huge change for Spain - a new language, religion, culture and a new name, for the part of the country under Moorish control was known as Al Andalus. 
The Moors had a vicious way of dealing with enemies and made sure that people knew about it. As a result there was little resistance at first and they took over Toledo, the capital, within a year. Within a few years, they controlled most of Spain (excluding Asturias). Although the Moors fought in Asturias, the remaining fighting locals took to the hills and were left alone. 
We live in very dangerous times. Nothing much is new. Today's Muslims are taking over Europe. Just look at the birth statistics there.

Nowadays, they are using brute force in the Middle East and creeping internal annexation in other parts of the world.

Should we be worried? Of course! Everyone in the world should be worried, because the larger they get the more impossible it will be to contain them.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Here We Go Again... Being Bombed by Gazan Arab Terrorists! What Protective Edge?

My friends in the south of Israel and my friends in the Tel Aviv area, and my friend in/near Jerusalem and beyond... If only the hugs I try to send you will protect you.

The Arab terrorists have rearmed!
Hamas Launches Massive Rocket Barrage on Israeli Cities
Hamas claims missile shower on major Israeli cities; Home Front Command orders public bomb shelters opened.
And my friends are calling out in pain.
Chapter two of the dramatic series 'Tzuk Eitan' continues in earnest this evening..... So many sirens; so many rockets! Non-stop action! Come one and all to witness!! ( Sorry for the sarcasm; I'm just fed up....)
May Hashem keep Am Yisrael safe and keep the miracles of part one of the war coming our way!!!
I just blasted Pikud Haoref on their fb page for turning off sirens when the iron dome detects that the rocket will "land in open areas". A greenhouse 30 meters from a home on a moshav is concidered an "open space". Are the residents of that home in danger? YES!!!!!! And what about the foreign workers that live next to the hot houses?Do like me and blast them. Maybe if they get enough negative comments, they will change their guidelines. Tova .thanks for the idea!
 Times of Israel: 20:04 Rocket hits near Ashdod
No injuries or damage reported after a projectile fired from the Gaza Strip explodes in an open area near the southern city of Ashdod. Air raid sirens didn’t go off before the rocket hit.
No injuries or damage reported after a projectile fired from the Gaza Strip explodes in an open area near the southern city of Ashdod. Air raid sirens didn’t go off before the rocket hit.As to the cease-fire, as Jo-Jo Abutbul put it last night, why did we go to war for such a lousy agreement ? We could have signed this cr*ppy paper and saved 60+ dear chayalim's lives!!! For goodness sakes! Open all border crossings? Have INTE
RNATIONAL observers keep an eye on the building supplies entering Gaza? That's like having Himmler be sure that Mengele not be too cruel at the gates of the camp. I am TOTALLY disgusted!
What can I do for you? Hashem yishmor, may G-d Help!

Anger and Disgust Among Israelis re: the New Ceasefire Deal

To quote a few friends:
I just heard the news at 11 p.m. with the terms of the cease fire and I want to PUKE! It sounds as if we gave them EVERYTHING they asked for.....or just about. This is an agreement that sounds like we LOST 'Tzuk Eitan.' (I hate that name and in Eng.- 'Protective Edge.' )
I'm so totally fed up. Yes, I'm relieved there's no rocketing, but AT WHAT PRICE???????
Going off to read a bit and sleep. Phooey to this gov't. Gutless.
and
Whatever the government has agreed to is irrelevant. Hamas isn't going to keep any agreements and we have no idea how the government/army is going to react. Bibi isn't sinister; some other politicians are. He doesn't have the guts to do what he knows he should do.
and
Ladies...This could mean more rockets..
Head of Fathi Hamas: ceasefire ended without our demands, all the options open to us to protect our people. (Translated by Bing)
I don't think anybody will admit to believing that the new ceasefire deal will bring even a semblance of lasting peace for Israel.
Israel, Palestinians renew truce but see risk of more Gaza violence

(Reuters) - The chief Palestinian delegate to truce talks withIsrael warned on Tuesday that Gaza violence could erupt anew unless progress is made toward a lasting deal ahead of a midnight deadline in Egyptian-brokered talks.
After a last-minute agreement was stuck with Israel to extend an expiring truce by 24 hours, Azzam al-Ahmad, senior leader of President Mahmoud Abbas's mainstream Fatah movement, said in Cairo that there had been "no progress on any point" in talks aimed at resolving the Gaza conflict.
"We hope that every minute of the coming 24 hours will be used to reach an agreement, and if not (successful), the circle of violence will continue," Ahmad said.
He accused Israel of "maneuvering and stalling" as gaps on key issues continued to dog efforts to achieve a long-term deal between Israel and militant groups in the Gaza Strip, dominated by Hamas Islamists, which would allow reconstruction aid to flow in after five weeks of fighting.
Senior Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouk accused Israel of stalling and insisted in a post on his Twitter account that the group "will never cede any" demands for a comprehensive deal. (Reuters) 
Then why has Israel agreed?

The Arab terrorists of Gaza, who are intimately allied with Abbas/Fatah just keep on increasing their demands on Israel. And the demands on Isrel are extremely dangerous for the security and continued existance of the Jewish State.

We should stop all negotiations with the Arab terrorists.  There's no way to make a peace agreement. A "deal" is like telling a sexually abused woman to marry her rapist.

Insane Statements on the Israeli News and a "Secret"

This has to be short. I just got back from a very long day at work. I then turned on the television and didn't know whether it was good or bad that the news was on. During the past week or so, as the ceasefire held, there were regular programs instead of the constant news updates and interviews with so-called experts, politicians etc.

Remember I work in Yafiz, Sha'ar Binyamin with lots of Arabs. Some are fellow workers and others are customers. Though far fewer Arab customers the past month and a half...

We don't hear the news at work, barely rumors, and I heard nothing all day from when I left home at 1pm until I got home after 11pm.

So I was surprised to see the television crew so animated, as if on "war footing." After listening for a few minutes or less I caught on. They were waiting to hear if the ceasefire would be extended or end with a "bang."

I have no idea who was talking, and honestly, I don't know what channel my husband had left on. When I heard someone say:
"Nobody wants war, not us nor the Gazans."
Duh!!??!!

Why do they let lying crackpots on TV?

There has never been any sign that Gazans don't want war. Your ordinary Gazan may want to get out of the way of our rockets and not want to be human shields, but they have shown no sign that they don't want Hamas to attack Israel.

For the gazillionth time I beg my fellow Israelis to stop projecting. It's very dangerous. The Arabs don't have the same culture that will do anything to preserve life that we have.  I'm going to let you in a a secret... Arabs also make the dumb mistake of projecting. Do you know why they haven't been shopping much in Jewish stores of late? Their leaders tell them that we will attack and murder them. And they believe those lies. Why do they believe the lies? It's simple. They are projecting what they would do to us.

Monday, August 18, 2014

And What About Our Prize-Winning Wines?

What's next in the creeping Nazism of Europe. Yes, I'm calling it Nazism when Israeli Jewish businesses are being systematically banned from Europe.
Israel to Stop Exports of 'Settlement Products' to EU
Israel will end its export of poultry and dairy produce from communities beyond the Green Line, in line with EU directives.
Only the historically blind can insist that there's no connection between the early anti-Jewish restrictions in Germany and what is going on now. And the worst is that the Israeli Government is cooperating Judenrat style with this!
Lodz, Poland, A group of Judenrat
members in the Ghetto,
Yad Veshem
As far back as 1933, Nazi policy makers had discussed establishing Jewish-led institutions to carry out anti-Jewish policies. The concept was based upon centuries-old practices which were instituted in Germany during the Middle Ages. As the German army swept through Poland and the Soviet Union, it carried out an order of S.S. leader Heydrich to require the local Jewish populace to form Jewish Councils as a liaison between the Jews and the Nazis. These councils of Jewish elders, (Judenrat; plural: Judenräte), were responsible for organizing the orderly deportation to the death camps, for detailing the number and occupations of the Jews in the ghettos, for distributing food and medical supplies, and for communicating the orders of the ghetto Nazi masters. The Nazis enforced these orders on the Judenrat with threats of terror, which were given credence by beatings and executions. As ghetto life settled into a "routine," the Judenrat took on the functions of local government, providing police and fire protection, postal services, sanitation, transportation, food and fuel distribution, and housing, for example......When the Nazis required a quota of Jews to participate in forced labor, the Judenrat had the responsibility to meet this demand. Sometimes Jews could avoid forced labor by making a payment to the Judenrat. These payments supplemented the taxes which the Judenrat levied to finance the services provided in the ghettos. (Jewish Virtual Library)
What is the point of having our own state when it cooperates with those who are against us?

Now Europe is blocking dairy and poultry, but next it will be fruit and vegetables and after that the import of wine and our participation in wine contests. Just wait!

For the past few years, Israeli wines from the Benjamin and Samaria areas have been consistent winners at prestigious Israeli and international wine competitions:
RechallimA Samaria (Shomron) vineyard has won the “Oscar Award of Wine” in Israel's annual Golden Grapes competition.The Tura vineyard in the settlement of Rachelim won both the gold and the silver medals in the annual Eshkol HaZahav – the Golden Grapes – competition.
The prestigious award has been dubbed by international connoisseurs as  “the Oscar of wine.”
and
Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika sent his congratulations to the owners of the Har Bracha winery for two medals won in 2013 DECANTER competition held in Britain.  Shira and Nir Lavie established their own winery in the Samaria region ten years ago, when they realised other wineries in the country were interested in buying the grapes they produced.  This young winery took a silver medal for its 2011 Petit Syrah and a bronze for its 2009 Highlander Cabernet Sauvignon Gold.  With over 14,000 wines from 52 countries in the competition, this is no small honour.
Har Bracha, which produces about 30,000 bottles a year, is now one of seven wineries in the Samaria region.  As farmers realise the perfect mix of altitude, climate, and soil available for grape-growing, wine production has become more popular there.
Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/470/israeli-wineries-take-prizes-in-international-competition/#PFMPugqFFCDmIbyQ.99
It's not only abroad that Israeli Judean-Samarian wines that already suffer discrimination. Here in Israel Leftist Israelis boycott it.
Given that some in Israel have accused international boycott advocates of being anti-Semitic, such domestic parallels are a sensitive issue.
Yoram Cohen, of the Tanya winery in the settlement of Ofra, called the Israeli boycotters "trendy" hypocrites who had no problem purchasing wine from countries with much worse human rights records. Berg said he was afraid that a vocal minority was "poisoning" the public discourse and influencing others to shun settlement products...
...Along with other West Bank wineries, Berg recently went public with news that dozens of Tel Aviv restaurants were boycotting their wines in hopes of shaming them into reversing course.
The Associated Press contacted more than a dozen Tel Aviv restaurants, including some named by settlers. All refused to discuss the subject.
It wasn't just the fear of alienating clients that likely deterred them from speaking but also a 2011 law in Israel that could expose them to lawsuits if a boycott became official. The law did not make a boycott call a criminal offense, but rather a civil issue that could trigger financial compensation. There is no actual precedent of this happening yet.
Grapes are traditional crops here in the Biblical Heartland. Even totally incompetent gardeners like me and my husband manage to grow large quantities of grapes. We haven't tried our hand at making wine, but many people in our area, Benjamin Regional Council have.

I find it extremely upsetting and a horrendously dangerous precedent for the Israeli Government to cooperate with the anti-Israel boycott movement.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

First Second Third ad nauseum If You Don't Succeed then Try Something Else

The State of Israel has been trying to be nice to the Arabs to convince them to make peace with us since even before the State was established. It really bothered our founding fathers that although Arabs were suddenly moving here from Syria, Lebanon and further afield to take advantage of the jobs and opportunities the Zionists had brought to this neck of the woods, they still tried to kill us. That was the reason for the establishment of "Hashomer" and similar groups.
IDF predecessors
Hashomer continued to defend settlements until the British Mandate period. In 1920, a new, defense organization took over in response to a clear lack of commitment from the British to protect the Jewish population. Following several violent Arab anti-Jewish riots, the Yishuv (the body of Jewish residents in pre-state Israel) decided to take defense into its own hands by forming the first nationwide underground Jewish defense organization: the Haganah (the Defense’).
As Arab violence intensified, the Haganah evolved. When a long-running dispute over access to the Western Wall escalated, a series of Arab riots deteriorated into an all out massacre that left 133 Jews dead. Following the riots, the Haganah began transforming from a poorly trained militia into a capable underground army, acquiring foreign arms and developing workshops to manufacture hand grenades and simple military equipment.
In addition to or contrary to the establishment of various military defense groups, there was still the dream of the Labor Zionists to live in peace with the Arabs and working together. It as unrealistic then and certainly absurdly unworkable now. But still our Israeli Governments try to negotiate a peace with those Arab terrorists.
Hamas wants Israeli and Egyptian blockades of the Gaza Strip lifted, as well as the establishment of a seaport and airport, as part of any enduring halt to violence.
Israel, which launched its offensive on July 8 after a surge in cross-border Hamas rocket attacks, has shown scant interest in making sweeping concessions, and has called for the disarming of terror groups in the territory of 1.8 million people.
A "peace treaty" won't five us peace, because our so-called partners only want us destroyed!

The True "Conflict" Between Israel and The Arabs

Just like a doctor can't and shouldn't prescribe treatment without a proper, true, accurate diagnosis, we, the State of Israel will never achieve peace until we recognize what the problem is between us and the Arabs and then find a useful way of solving it.

The real reason there's constant war between the Arabs and Israel has nothing to do with anything that can be mediated or negotiated away.  It is not a "conflict." It is not a "spat." It is not what is called in Hebrew sichsuch  סִכְסוּךְ.
• a conflict between two gangs• recent violent conflict in the region• Everyone in my family always tries to avoid conflict.• There was inevitable conflict over what to name the group.• They're having serious conflicts over the budget.• I don't see any conflicts between the theories.• You'll need to resolve the conflict between your parents' plans for you and your own ambitions.
The very simple truth is that the Arab aim is the destruction of the State of Israel and the death (or banishment) of Jews. Remember that officially many Arab countries, including the so-called moderate sic Jordan is Judenrein, empty/cleansed of Jews.
Fatah leader calls to destroy Israel "from the river to the sea!" 
(Palestinian Media Watch)
Source: Facebook page of Tawfiq Tirawi, member of Fatah Central Committee, Aug. 5, 2014
     "O our free people of resolve and sacrifice in Gaza, you are more honored than us all... We remain committed to the promise: freedom, independence, and driving out the occupier from the entire pure land, from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea.
Long live free Gaza!
Your brother, Tawfiq Tirawi."
The State of Israel's hasbara information campaign and its foreign and defense policies unfortunately are totally faulty, because it keeps on avoiding the true issue.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

עֵקֶב "And it shall come to pass..." Havel Havelim

Another week, another Shabbat and another Havel Havelim...


Here in Israel we've been in suspense of sorts wondering if there's a ceasefire, truce or bluff between the Gazan Arabs and us. The blog posts I'm including will include whatever is on the mind of the bloggers.

Havel Havelim is the long-running weekly international Jewish blog carnival. We keep organized/in touch via our facebook page. Next week's host is Esser Agaroth. Please send your links with an explanatory "blurb" to esseragaroth at gmail dot come, thanks.

I'm listing the blog posts according to three basic categories, those sent to me by either the blogger or someone else, my posts and any others I've decided to include. As you will see, there's a great variety of bloggers and posts out there for your reading pleasure.

Jewish Book Carnival, FYI there is a monthly edition of this which includes book review blog posts about Jewish books!
One Week As A Jew
Hamas: Connecting The Dots
Whose Money is it Anyway?
I FEAR FOR AM YISRAEL
Part 1: The War for Hearts and Minds
Giving Birth in Shaarei Zedek Hospital of Jerusalem, Israel (a guest post)A birth doula shares her perspective on giving birth in Jerusalem over at AliyahLand.
Still alien? Passing the one year mark. As we pass the one year mark, are we still aliens here in Israel... over at AliyahLand
Jerusalem Getting Back to Normal
8)HA’OROT-THE ILLUMINATIONS OF RAV KOOK: FREEDOM-INSIDE AND OUT
Policy Paper for Submission to the UN. UNRWA as a Convenient Surrogate for Terrorists Organizations
Unusual Success
A perfect UN candidate quiz: Who's the prime minister of Israel?‎
Welcome Home to the New Olim
2014 Israel beer festivals: Yet another update
Don't Be Afraid, A Pisher's Guide to Jerusalem #4
Delicious Salad at Mamilla Mall and Memories of Mamilla of Old
Seeing the IDF as Hand of G-d, Religiosity/Judaism Growing in Israel
Do All Arabs Support Hamas?
Jewish License Plates
Four Days in the Life of a Fourteen Year Old Girl
On Rabbinic Autonomy
#BlogElul and #ElulGram 2014


Birkat HaGomel at the Kotel




Thanks for blogging and thanks even more to those who read, comment and share this edition of Havel Havelim and the included posts.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Antisemitism: Read Their Lips

You, we none of us should keep acting like antisemitism ended with the defeat of the Nazis.

It's just minutes to Shabbat and I don't have much time, so I'm just giving you something to think about:

Caroline Glick:
boycott Israel riotAnti-Semitism and its limitations
Outside the US, throughout the Western world, anti-Semitism is becoming a powerful social and political force. And its power is beginning to have a significant impact on Israel’s relations with other democracies.

Consider South Africa. Following a lopsided vote by the University of Cape Town’s Student Union to boycott Israel, Jewish students fear that their own student union will be barred from operating on campus. Carla Frumer from the South African Jewish Student Union told The Times of Israel, “If they prove we are a Zionist organization and support Israel, they can have us banned and seek to de-register us.”

In Sydney, Australia, Jewish families received a triple blow last week when Jewish children on a chartered school bus were assaulted by eight anti-Semitic drunken teenagers.

The first shock was that their children, some as young as five, were terrorized on their school bus.

The second shock was that the bus driver made an unscheduled stop to allow the anti-Semites to board the bus and harass the children.

The third shock was that after catching six of the eight assailants, the police let them out of jail the same evening.

Taken together, the incident revealed an obscene comfort level among Australian authorities with the terrorization of Jewish children. Jewish families cannot assume that their children will be protected by non-Jews, whether they are school bus drivers or the police...

Palestine Media Watch:
PA TV song calls for Israel to be replaced by a Palestinian state 

By Itamar Marcus 

PA TV is broadcasting a new song that calls on Gazans to sacrifice their lives by fighting Israel, in order to create a Palestinian country that will replace Israel from the Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea. The visuals of the clip show continuous Palestinian violence, as well as scenes of funerals of many "Martyrs."
Palestinian Media Watch has documented that PA TV and PA TV live, both official stations of the Palestinian Authority, broadcast many songs presenting a world without Israel and educate Palestinians to anticipate a future without Israel
This song was first broadcast on July 29 and many times since then.

Sick Feeling in Israel, Dreading Gaza Hamas Plans

Most Israelis have no delusions about the reliability/peaceful intentions of the Gazan Hamas terrorists and their plans for "after the ceasefire."

It's worse than a John Grisham novel, which can be put down and never finished. We will have to face the music, and it won't be pleasant. Anyone who thinks that Hamas is using the ceasefire to upgrade their hospitals and bring in bomb shelters for civilians should rush off their letters to Santa Claus before busy season.

Most of us Israelis are sick with worry about the "day after" this ceasefire.

We all know what ceasefire means in Arabic!


And if they are doing any construction nears schools, it's more like this:


Last night there was a large demonstration, davka, in Tel Aviv begging the government to fight the Gazan Hamas Arab terrorists to the finish and stop these dangerous games. It seems that nobody has much faith in the government's policy for providing peace and security for Israel's south.

Children from southern communities, tonight Photography: Channel 2 News
Thousands are gathering in Rabin Square in support and solidarity with the people of the South: At this time a mass demonstration intent to express solidarity with residents of Sderot and other southern communities is being held in Tel Aviv. Thousands of residents from communities bordering with the Gaza Strips have gathered in the square, and with them many others who came to show support. (Jerusalem online)
And polls show an overwhelming push to the Right.
The latest Knesset Channel poll indicates that the nationalist and religious bloc would surge if elections were held today.
The poll gives Likud 28 seats (up from 19), the Jewish Home 19 (up from 12), Yisrael Beytenu 9 (down from 12), Shas 7 (down from 11), United Torah Judaism (UTJ) is unchanged at 7.
All in all, the nationalist-religious bloc is at 70 seats – up 9 from its current 61 seats, which gives it a bare majority in the Knesset.
Also in the poll, Yesh Atid is clipped down to 11 seats from the current 19, Hatnua is at 4 seats, down from the current six, Meretz has 10 (up from 6) and Labor remains at 15. Kadima is wiped off the political map.
Israelis continue to favor Binyamin Netanyahu for prime minister. Thirty percent see him as the politician best suited for the role. Jewish Homeleader Naftali Bennett is in second place with 16%. Labor head Yitzchak Herzog has 11%, whereas ministers Avigdor Liberman and Tzipi Livni each enjoy 6% support. Yair Lapid is at a meager 3%, along with Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.
The Jewish Home party has finished in second place in five of the six polls conducted since the start of Operation Protective Edge (Dialog, Smith, Midgam and Panels). (Arutz 7)
Is this the "calm before the storm?" G-d willing we will survive. May G-d give wisdom and bravery to our government leaders.

Shabbat Shalom u'Mevorach
May We have a Peaceful and Blessed Sabbath

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Peres Finally Admits He Hasn't a Clue

Hat-tip Algemeiner

Former President Shimon Peres has made one tiny step to admit that his policies and opinions have been wrong. In a far-ranging interview on BBC (click to listen to the interview) he even blamed Hamas for the death of Gazan children by mentioning their human shields policy. But the headliner here is that Peres actually admitted that Disengagement was a serious mistake.


Here we are almost a decade later, and honestly this admission isn't strong enough. Peres speaking so softly and gently, you'd never know that there's an ideological bombshell in his answers, also admits not understanding the Gazan mentality. For me, that's the key to the problem.

Disney
A basis for the Israeli Left ideology is the incorrect presumption that the Arabs, yes even the terrorists, are really "just like us, with the same ideals and dreams for our children." They project their nature, culture, ideology on sociopathic, unrepentant blood-thirsty terrorists. You can't get more wrong than that. Picture Cinderella's mean and grotesque step-sisters trying to fit their giant feet into her dainty glass slipper.

But I'm not joking here.

It's very dangerous to misread/misinterpret your enemy and make apologies for them. Successive Israeli governments have been doing that very thing for generations, even before the establishment of the State of Israel. The official Zionist establishment has always had this dream of living in peace with the Arabs and never took seriously their statements and actions which have always shown their aims to stop and destroy us.

In less than two weeks we will begin the Jewish Month of Elul, a traditional time of Teshuva, Repentance. A few years ago I took Rabbi Reuven Grodner's Elul Teshuva course in Pardes. There are three basic stages to repentance as I remember:

  1. admission of sin
  2. regret
  3. doing the correct thing when in the same situation
Shimon Peres' admission isn't the full repentance required. I wonder if anyone on the Left is listening. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It is Israel That is Legitimizing Arab Terrorists by Negotiating With Them as Equals

Granted that I've said/written many times Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has an amazing intelligence and knowledge of history, but there are times when I do consider him mistaken. And now is one of them. I just got back from work (late shift) and saw this headline on Arutz (7) Sheva:
Netanyahu: UN Grants Legitimacy to Terrorists
It's like the pot calling the kettle black. IMHO Bibi is doing the same by agreeing to negotiate with the terrorists. Even worse he keeps begging them to talk and make a deal.

The Israeli Government's demands that Hamas agree to Gaza demilitarization isn't realistic at all.  It's a first cousin to the extreme Left's insistence that if only Israel would be "nicer," give the Arabs the so called "west bank" etc they would be peaceful, just like us.
MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST
No Israeli government will consider any concessions or a peace settlement unless the Gaza Strip is demilitarized, Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said Wednesday. Jerusalem Post
Sorry, but life isn't like that, Officer Krupky.

Reuters
As the clock ticks to the cessation of the latest official ceasefire, southern Israel, the Eshkol Region, has already returned to the races sprinting to reach the shelters before the rockets hit.

It's time for the Israeli Government to try a totally new way of dealing with the terror threat against us. Treat them as dangerous terrorists, not wayward, malleable children.