Hamas War

Friday, June 14, 2024

Guest Post by Netivotgirl


Some of you may remember the wonderful posts my dear friend aka "Netivotgirl" had posted in the past about living in Netivot. Here's something she sent to friends and agreed that I post it here on Shiloh Musings. You can read more of her articles here by searching "Shiloh Musings Netivotgirl."

Facebook will NOT allow me to share this post so I am emailing it to some of my close friends. EVERYTHING mentioned here is fact taken from sites such as Human Rights Watch. Why am I not surprised? I welcome any and all remarks from you my friends. We need not agree but we must keep the lines of communication open between us. It's bad enough that anti-Semitism is currently rampant the world over; as Jews no matter what our political stance we are all loathed at present (if we can be recognized as being Jewish.) I will add here that later this year will be the first American election in which I will NOT cast my vote since making aliyah in 1977. In my opinion, Trump is totally off his rocker and Biden is a doddering incompetent man who is no friend of Israel. He is also (IMHO) a crook along with his son Hunter. These are my opinions and you may differ with me.
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Although I am an avid reader, I'm not a particularly gifted writer unlike some of my friends (Ariella McCauley Kopels, Paula R. Stern, and Batya Medad, that means you three!) Yesterday during Shavuot, I finished reading one thick book and half of a second one after reading all of the book of Psalms. I want to share some thoughts with you all to explain why I have decided to take a break from Facebook. As an Orthodox Jew, I believe that everything is decreed in heaven. Here in Israel we have been living in a surreal nightmare since October 7th of last year. Everyone has somebody they love serving in the IDF and many of us have lost people on that dreadful day. (I lost Judith Weinstein Haggai with whom over the years I participated in numerous in-service courses in Beer Sheva.) At the end of this missive, I will bring the sources for the facts that will be mentioned.
 
"In January and February of 2016, Human Rights Watch interviewed 21 Sunni Muslim Arab women from Iraq and women and girls from the Yezidi minority ethnic group, all of whom had fled ISIS-controlled areas, most in late 2015. Several of the Yezidis, abducted by ISIS in mid-2014, had spent more than a year in captivity. They described being forcibly converted to Islam, kept in sexual slavery, bought and sold in slave markets, and passed among as many as four ISIS members." The world was silent.

In 2022, "Rohingya Muslims are still awaiting justice and protection of their rights five years after the Myanmar military began a sweeping campaign of massacres, rape, and arson ….on August 25, 2017, Human Rights Watch said. More than 730,000 Rohingya fled to precarious, flood-prone camps in Bangladesh, while about 600,000 remain under oppressive rule in Myanmar." How did the world react? A few words of concern were expressed but life went on as usual.

In March 2023, "The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) announced in a report marking the 12th anniversary of the popular uprising for democracy in Syria that it has documented the deaths of 230,224 Syrian civilians, including 15,272 who died due to torture." The world was silent.

Now let's mention the facts: The Palestinians actually had a state. In 2005, Israel put into action a plan called, "The Disengagement from Gaza." IDF installations and forces were removed and over 9000 Israeli citizens living in 25 settlements were evicted. Jews who lived in the settlements in that area left behind millions of dollars' worth of greenhouses that could have helped turn the Gaza Strip into a modern Singapore. However, all of that expensive machinery and agricultural apparatus was put on fire and destroyed! Fast forward to October 7th, 2023. Israel suffered an incursion by barbarians who swept through Moshavim and Kibbutzim in the Gaza Envelope. Entire families were shot and killed. Babies were burned in their cribs and often beheaded. Women were gang-raped and their bodies dismembered. (i.e. breasts were found near the defiled women.) In total, 251 men, women and children were abducted into Gaza. Hostages who were later released told chilling stories of the abuse they suffered. And the world? Suddenly non-Jews the world over began spewing anti-Semitic chants such as, "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free." (Few if any of those protesters can name to which river and sea are referred.) Neither Egypt nor Jordan (nor any other country for that matter) cares to take in refugees from Gaza. Why is this? Nobody wants them. Why are we Israelis responsible for them? As Douglas Murray, famed British author and reporter has mentioned many times, Israel is the only nation in the world that is not allowed to win a war. We the Jews are the indigenous people in our land, speaking the same language that was used 3000 years ago. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is built upon the remains of our holy Temple. Coins excavated from that area show ancient Hebrew letters and symbols. Biden has been attempting to force upon us a "two state solution" which IMHO would in essence be rewarding the Arabs for the worst genocidal attack we Jews have suffered since the Holocaust in WWII.

It seems like yesterday (actually it was on November 10th, 1975) that the UN General Assembly adopted G.A. Resolution 3379, which declared Zionism to be “a form of racism and racial discrimination.” I feel that I must distance myself from what is posted on Facebook about current events in order to retain my sanity. I run a fund for poverty stricken brides from Netivot and am involved with other communal activities so I will not be bored. So forgive me if I remove myself from the public arena. As mentioned earlier, sources will appear below.

I will also add that I have no idea how long I will take my break. What I can say with certainty is that not listening to the news nor watching videos on my laptop has brought me some small measure of serenity as the world continues to go berserk.
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source for the Yezidis:   
https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/04/06/iraq-women-suffer-under-isis
source for the Rohingya Muslims:  https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/08/24/myanmar-no-justice-no-freedom-rohingya-5-years  
(The above email address belongs to "Human Rights Watch.")
 

The source for the slaughter in Syria by Bashar al-Assad: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/may/14/more-than-300000-syrian-civilians-died-any-attempt-to-rehabilitate-assad-is-utterly-shameful
Source for the disengagement from Gaza: https://embassies.gov.il/MFA/AboutIsrael/Maps/Pages/Israels%20Disengagement%20Plan-%202005.aspx

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers

Biblical Shiloh is  traditional place for prayers. The story of Chana Hannah praying for a son in Shiloh is well-known. We have retuned.




There's a well developed archeological park, with a wide variety of activities in Ancient Tel Shiloh שילה הקדומה Shiloh Hakeduma Shiloh Hakeduma. It can be reached by car or public transportation. For more information contact the office 02-5789111 or email visit@telshilo.org.il


I hope you can join us.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Hamas/Gaza War Musings #25: Bibi Must Fire Gallant, Plus ICC Update

I should have finished this a few days ago. Now the big news is about the ICC wanting to arrest Netanyahu and Gallant for trying to defeat the Hamas Gazan terrorists. There's a double irony in this.

One is something I've been saying for ages that the harder Bibi tries to look "moral" and caring of the Gazan civilians, the guiltier he looks to the world that hates us and the weaker we look to the Arab terrorists. 

Two is that Yoav Gallant has made such an effort to separate himself from Bibi, but to the haters of Israel, he's seen as Israel's Minister of Defense, no less guilty than Prime Minister Binyamin Bibi Netanyahu. This makes him as guilty as Netanyahu in their eyes.


Israel has been fighting a difficult defensive war of survival against internationally supported Arab terrorists for over half a year. Over a thousand Israelis, mostly innocent, davka Leftist --meaning that they had believed that we could make peace with the Arabs-- Israelis were murdered, sexually abused/attacked, decapitated, burnt alive, murdered and worse by Gazan terrorists. You may be wondering what I mean by "and worse." Considering that it has taken months and months to identify the victims by DNA tests, using various bones and body parts, "and worse" is a rather censored way of describing what the Gazans did.

I wrote "Gazans" and not "Hamas," because that attack, as documented in the photos from security cameras and the proud posts on social media by the perpetrators show clearly that Hamas is full of Gazan civilians. Terrorists don't need army uniforms, and Hamas is a terrorist movement.

Honestly I don't think there are many "innocent Gazan civilians," and if there are, they're in hiding. And to think that Fatah of the Palestinian Authority should rule Gaza "after" the war, that's a danger, since they want the destruction of the State of Israel. They are terrorist, too.

Yoav Gallant, Israel's Minister of Defense, has so far failed in defeating Hamas, but he's making demands on what the State of Israel must do after the war is over. Not only that, but he called a press conference to publicly demand that his boss Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu follow his orders, or else. He even gave Bibi a deadline, ironically, almost the exact date of the fifty-seventh 57th anniversary of the miraculous 1967 Six Day War.


Unfortunately, we're far from the victory we need for our very survival. That's not because of our IDF soldiers; it's because our national leadership is so weak.

About 200,000 Israelis have been displaced from their homes since October 7, 2023. Their "after" is what an Israeli minister should be concerned about. And considering that Gallant should have been fired long before the war for his antigovernment antics... he has now "progressed" to insurrection, not just insubordination. As Defense Minister, he's responsible for making sure the IDF defeats our enemy, not feeds our enemy.

We need a new IDF Chief of Staff and a new Minister of Defense. The upper echelons of the IDF should be replaced with those who had been kept down. 

Most important, Israel must immediately stop sending our officers to American "war colleges," where they have been brainwashed to follow incompetent military ideologies. Get real. The USA hasn't won a war since the middle of the 20th century, and they have never, ever had to fight a war like the one that Israel has to fight. They are not the experts. 

To be perfectly honest, I'm disgusted. If you read my old posts about Netanyahu, you'll know that I'm not surprised at his weakness.

Enough! We need strong leadership. Bibi must DO and not TALK!

Friday, May 3, 2024

Hamas/Gaza War Musings #24: Time for Bibi to Distance Himself From Biden


In my previous War Musings,  USA vis-à-vis Israel, A Sadistic Abusive Relationship, I showed that the USA-Israel relationship is typical of serious emotional abuse. Now for another reason Prime Minister Binyamin Bibi Netanyahu must seriously distance himself from Biden and the Democrat Party.

Polls are showing that Biden and the extreme Left Progressive ANTI-ISRAEL Democrats are losing support in the United States. Republicans, especially President Donald Trump, are losing all respect for Netanyahu. 

It's time for Netanyahu to assert himself, act like the leader of an independent country -which he had been elected to be- and wean himself from the Biden administration "cold turkey." 

Biden and the Democrats are losing support, especially by those Americans who think and care about the State of Israel. Jews, who for generations, had been loyal Democrat voters, like Alan Dershowitz, now are traumatized as they realize that their party is supporting the anti-Israel and antisemitic university demonstrations. 

Bibi claims to be a wily, wise politician, but he's just acting like a pathetic victim of abuse. It's time to repair and expand Israel's relations with the Republican Party and Donald Trump. He shouldn't consider it "election interference" especially after Biden agreed with Schumer that Israel must vote Bibi out of office. 

I'm disgusted and embarrassed by Bibi Netanyahu's pathetic behavior.

Bibi, If You Can't Take the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen!!.



Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Hamas/Gaza War Musings #23: USA vis-à-vis Israel, A Sadistic Abusive Relationship



Last week the Jerusalem Post had a very interesting and well-timed column by Dr Mark Gropper, Co-dependency: Why can't I stop putting others before myself? At least I consider it well-timed, because of how the USA keeps treating the State of Israel.

I must admit that I don't usually read Gropper's column, but somehow I found myself reading it last Shabbat. It hit the spot, not in a personal way, but as an analysis of the State of Israel vis-à-vis the USA. To see our Prime Minister begging the USA and inviting Blinken to the Security War Cabinet and sharing our plans for attacking Gaza with Biden and accepting the verbal abuse by American officials is a classic example of "co-dependency," meaning an abusive relationship. 

This sort of behavior generally repeats, on and on with abuse getting stronger, more dangerous, and that's what has been happening.

America's latest condemnation of Israel is an attack on one of its army battalions, Netzach Yehuda, in which the soldiers are all Torah observant, some even chareidi. From Bibi's response, he seems to be surprised, but he shouldn't be. Each time that the Israeli government has tried to placate the United States and "correct" their alleged sin/mistake the USA comes out with a new and greater condemnation. That's the cycle of abuse. 

Just a few weeks ago, some aid workers were killed in Gaza, which is a risk for anyone in a war zone. Biden and crew went berserk, as if they had been intentionally targeted by Israel. Bibi didn't say "that's what happens in a war zone" and then remind the Americans of all the innocent victims of their own army actions. 

But what did Bibi do? He publicly blamed the IDF officers and fired them! Bibi couldn't have found a better  way to lower the morale of the IDF and their worried families. I guess he doesn't realize that we're voters

It's clear to me that Biden's crew is counting on Bibi kowtowing yet again. That's why they've now upped the ante and targeted Netzach Yehuda. Americans now insist that any armaments they've "given" to the IDF can't be used by soldiers of Netzach Yehuda. 

For the longest time I've been saying that Israel's true misconception aka "haconceptzia" is that the United States is an ally/friend of the State of Israel. 

It has been made public meaning it's no secret that in 1973 the United States had known well in advance that Israel was going to be attacked by whom and when. Bruce Brill's book Deceit of An Ally went through two rounds of censorship by the Americans, so it's clear that the USA admits it. I had been in Israel, already a mother of two living in Jerusalem, at the time of that war, and I felt strongly in my "kishkes" that Golda shouldn't have trusted Kissinger. Years later I met Bruce and heard his story, plus a friend reported something similar from someone who had been an American soldier stationed in Europe at the time. The USA was fully aware of the impending attack and did everything to convince Israel that Israel shouldn't take its own reports of suspicious activities on the border seriously. Foolishly Israel leaders trusted the Americans, and many Israeli lives were lost as a result. It's a total miracle that we won the war.

The Israeli government must not trust America, nor obey its dictates. It is so clear to me. Each time we follow its demands they follow it with worse demands!

Their plan for "after the war" to establish "Palestine" here proves that they are still "deceitful allies" at best. There's a real chance that that someday it will revealed that, like in 1973, the United States more than knew in advance about the massacre of October, 2023 and was probably involved in some way...

Israel must stop the cycle now. If not, things will only get worse, and it'll get harder.

There is one way to stop the cycle and finally show/prove to the USA administration, State Department etc that Israel will on longer accept American dictates. We must break this dangerous cycle of abuse. 

PRIME MINISTER BINYAMIN BIBI NETANYAHU MUST APOLOGIZE TO THE OFFFICERS HE FIRED, REINSTATE THEM -WITH A PROMOTION- AND BEGIN TO FIGHT THIS WAR TO WIN!!

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Hamas/Gaza War Musings #22: Bibi Failed Judicial Reform; Time for New PM from the Right


I have no doubt that Israel desperately needs Judicial Reform, and it's clear to me that Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has sabotaged the campaign. The task to get Judicial Reform passed was given to Minister of Justice Yariv Levin, who had emerged number one in Likud Primaries. 

Bibi threw him under the bus.
1- Bibi didn't use his PR, hasbara, oratory skills to promote the issue.
2- Bibi does not like anyone who may be a competitor/successor. There's a long history of pushing people down and away. He set up Yariv Levin to get schlogged. Remember that Yariv Levin was the #1 vote getter in Likud Primaries. That makes him the obvious successor to Netanyahu who was the automatic #1 on the list.
3- Kohelet Forum assisted Levin and staff in formulating the bill to reform the Judicial system. Now it's is suffering financial difficulties. Bibi has financial sources/backers to help Kohelet, but he'd rather they sink and Judicial Reform fail.

Don't forget that Bibi plays dirty. That's how he destroyed Bennett's government, and that's how he pushed Bennett out of Likud. Yes, Bennett was one of the many. Bibi has been head of the Likud for so long that when I point out his failures to others, they say that there's no one to replace him. That's not true. Bibi has failed too many times. 

We need a truly patriotic and confident leader who won't grovel to the USA for help, nor show it our military plans.... Need I go on?

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Hamas/Gaza War Musings #21: Bibi, If You Can't Take the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen!!

This photo of PM Netanyahu was taken by me at the
First International Jewish Bloggers Conference in 2008.

The elephant in the room, giant, angry and potentially violent, is the fact that despite the mindless mantra we keep hearing, America is not Israel's greatest friend and ally. It's neither our friend nor ally. The true and most dangerous MISCONCEPTION, which Israelis call "conceptzia" is this faux friendship. Consecutive Israeli governments for well over half a century have been hypnotizing themselves with this mantra.

History has shown Americans to be deceitful, and Israeli officials are so desperate, like many damaged from abuse, they ignore the truth. Way back when, just over fifty years ago, during the Yom Kippur War I followed the news and felt that something was wrong in how America was trying to control Israel and force it into a "draw" as it fought for its existance on two fronts after dual surprise attacks. I didn't hear this voiced on the news or in the papers, but I felt it in my "kishkes." Then a few years later I met Bruce Brill and he told me his story. He had been employed by the NSA in 1973 and discovered that the USA knew well about the upcoming Arab attacks, but told Israel that nothing was happening. Bruce tells his story in Deceit of an Ally: A Memoir of Military Anti-Semitism, NSA’s Secret Jew Room and Yom Kippur War Treachery.

Here we are a full half a century later again fighting a war for our very survival, and again it's clear to me that there's American involvement. Why else would they have a detailed plan for "afterwards?" They have made it clear that they will establish a Palestinian State in Israel, and they are putting pressure on Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Bibi Netanyahu to stop fighting ASAP. 

Unfortunately, Bibi seems terrified of calling a spade a spade and telling the Americans NO!! Instead he keeps buckling down and begging. 

Please don't say that we get "aid from the Americans." The truth is that we get shopping coupons to use in American military industries, and now Biden, (and his staff because it's no secret that his government is controlled by extreme Left anti-Israel ideologues,) has made it clear that if Israel doesn't follow American orders, no arms. Other counties and groups, like Ukraine and Gaza actually get money. Yes, the USA also supports Gaza. 

And about those weapons Israel is allowed to buy, some are Israeli inventions or "tweaks" aka improvements on the original American designs, which make them more effective. Also some of what we need from America are necessary parts for what we produce in Israel. And considering that Netanyahu has been Prime Minister for most of the past twenty years, he's the one responsible for this dependence.

It's also clear that Bibi had instructions from the USA about who can be in the War Cabinet, because these are the "military leaders" influenced/trained by the Americans. Ditto about what I said about Bibi's responsibility for the mess we're in having been Prime Minister for most of the past twenty years, the same can be said for those he added to the war cabinet. They controlled the IDF during that same time, Gallant, Gantz and Eizenkot. 

Why has Bibi agreed to the unprecedented feeding of the enemy during wartime? There's no chance that Hamas will ever surrender if their civilian backers are well-fed. That's the ABC of warfare. 

Why are we warning Gazans before we bomb? That's not how you win a war!

Does Bibi have the guts to fight to win? So far he doesn't show it. Words don't count, only actions!
Bibi, If You Can't Take the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen!!

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Rosh Chodesh Nissan Means Pesach's Soon



Ladies, even if you're busy cleaning for Pesach, the custom is to have celebrate Rosh Chodesh as a special "women's only" holiday. That means no excuses about coming to Ancient Tel Shiloh for Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers. 

Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Tel Shiloh
Tuesday, 1st of Nissan, 5784, 9/04/2024 8:30am
תפילת נשים בשילה הקדומה
יום שלישי 9\04\2024 8:30 א' ניסן תשפ"ד

There's plenty to do at Tel Shiloh a well developed archeological site, the actual location of the Biblical Shiloh. Contact them for more details 972 2-578-9111 and visit@telshilo.org.il.

 




Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Hamas/Gaza War Musings #20: Israel Needs New Esther and Mordechai, ASAP!


This is inspired by a challenge to compare the Biblical Purim story with today's situation concerning the Jewish People, The State of Israel and our war for survival. Which of today's Israeli and world leaders are like the five main characters, King Achashverosh, Haman, Vashti, Mordechai and Esther of the Purim story?

Fairly easily I was able to decide on the Persian King Achashverosh, who's very much controlled by his advisors and seems terrified or unwilling to move without the approval of his backers. Haman is also easy to name, and he, too, represents a coalition of supporters and advisors. Vashti took a bit more thought to decide on. She had her moment of fame and then was pushed off the stage. Only our two heroes are missing, Esther and Mordechai. Try as I can, I just don't see anyone or team showing the capabilities and daring needed to topple King Achashverosh and Haman.

Following are my three Purim characters of today.

  • King Achashverosh- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Bibi Netanyahu
  • Haman- US President Biden
  • Vashti- former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett
Of course if you disagree, I invite you to state your opinions in the comments. 

I'll start with Naftali Bennett as Vashti, since she's off stage very early on. Bennett after his great success in high-tech had been Netanyahu's chief of staff from 2006-8, until Bibi kept dampening Bennett's ambitions, jealous of his talents, and threw him out of the palace. A few years ago, Bennett did the impossible and crafted an unthinkable, even miraculous, coalition and became Israel's Prime Minister. In response, Netanyahu showed his antidemocratic fangs and did everything in his power to destroy Naftali Bennett. He succeeded, very much like Achashverosh's banishment of Vashti. Some Bible scholars say that Vashti was from the royal family and married down. The marriage is what gave Achashverosh the kingship.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been in this high office most of the past twenty years, which according to all logic means that he's responsible for the dangerous mess the State of Israel is in. Like the Biblical Achashverosh, he needs reminding... so far, he's still asleep at the wheel. Considering that Bibi was educated in the USA, he should be familiar with Harry Truman's motto: 
Instead of acting like a strong sovereign leader, Netanyahu likes to talk tough, but his policies are weak. And it's really embarrassing and dangerous for the State of Israel, that he seems so unsure and halting. The additional members of his "war cabinet," like King Achashverosh's advisors, seem even less competent. In Bibi's case, he brought in the same military men who built the defenses that failed on October 7, 2023. They're all covering their you-know-whats

American President Biden represents Haman, the enemy. Achashverosh trusts Haman, and gives him so much authority -including his ring for signing national orders. That reminds me of how Netanyahu is sharing our military secrets and plans with Biden and his staff. Bibi is consulting with them, as if we're all on the same "team," using Biden's terminology. 

How could Bibi do such a thing? What about our national security? The United States has been training and arming the same Arabs who have been attacking us!!! Don't forget that Chuck Schumer, Biden's stooge, announced to the world that the USA wants Netanyahu REPLACED! Biden confirmed it, and Bibi doesn't have the guts to pull our ambassador out of Washington. Doesn't he have any pride, national or personal? He even makes Achashverosh look good.

Think about it. Something is very wrong.

In the Purim story, early on we see Mordechai planting his orphaned relative, Esther, in Achashverosh's palace. Mordechai was a gutsy rebel. That's the Hebrew meaning of his name. The first three letters מרד mem, resh, daled are the root of mered, rebellion. That's why Haman hated him so. Haman knew well that Mordechai couldn't be controlled by Persian authorities. 

I have no idea if an Esther has already been planted someplace where she can turn the tables and bring us victory. Gd willing, she's there, and soon we'll see wonderful miracles. 

If Esther and Mordechai haven't yet started their tasks, Gd willing they'll start soon, ASAP or better yet YESTERDAY!

PRAY!!!

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Hamas/Gaza War Musings #19: Disgusting Condemnation by Biden and Schumer Expected, Because...Simple Math


Most Israelis are furious about the outrageously chutzpadik words of  US Senator Chuck Schumer, his unabashed interference in internal Israeli politics, which has been given full backing by US President Biden. Prime Minister Netanyahu, among others, are ranting that "we're not a banana republic" and other complaints.

But to be perfectly honest, Bibi's constant consultations with Biden, Blinken and other American officials during this dangerous war for our very survival made us looks weak and dependent. As a long-time Israeli, I felt embarrassed, and I'm not the only one. And worse than embarrassed, I felt endangered and then not surprised, as simple as 1+1=2, when the elected head of a country keeps taking advice from another country, he doesn't look like a strong, competent, sovereign leader, so why should he expect to be treated with respect?

Considering that the USA has never fought a war on its own territory for its very survival against terrorists who rape, decapitate etc, I don't see what expertise they have. And the minute Biden started talking about his plans for establishing "Palestine" sic in Israel after the war, Bibi should have cut off all contact. But that topic is for another war musing.

The truth is that the Democrats don't like Bibi and they never have. The Clintons loved Peres, and Obama couldn't even fake a smile when Bibi was in the same room. Biden has a ready smile, but it's fake. He knows the saying:

"You can get catch more flies with honey than vinegar.."

It makes Biden more dangerous, because people don't expect a knife in the back. And now Bibi got stabbed. 

Biden isn't the first American President to be involved with interfering in Israeli elections. Barack Obama's administration financially supported the "anyone but Bibi" crowd nine years ago. Follow the money... I have no doubt that American money has been supporting all of the anti- Bibi/Likud demonstrations which have plagued Israel for years. They've also been supporting the anti-Judicial Reform movement, even though the present Israeli judicial system goes against every fair proper justice principle American law demands. 

The only American President who has treated Israel with proper respect was Donald Trump, who couldn't/can't understand why American Jews continue to support the Democrats who have always treated Israel so poorly.

It's time for the State of Israel to cut its dependence on the United States. Every "gift" we get has strings attached which are really a noose. We get "shop in America only" shopping coupons. Other countries get actual money to spend wherever. These shopping coupons have weakened Israeli military industries. We could be exporting weapons all over the world. Instead we're begging the USA for more bombs. 

Enough is enough! Let's finally be a fully independent country. That's the only way we'll be safe and win this war. We don't need America! 

In 1967 we had no allies, and we won in six days. I remember it well. That's because Gd helped. Yes, simple math...

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Hamas/Gaza War Musings #18: Demand to Force Draft of Chareidim is to Break Coalition

 

I love this set of three mugs which picture/symbolize the range of Jewish Israelis from non-religious old time kibbutznikim to chareidim. Am Yisrael Chai! The People of Israel Lives! Yachad Ninatze'ach! Together Victorious!

One of the most beautiful and encouraging things I've seen in this horrifying war for the State of Israel's very survival has been the involvement of all sectors of Israeli society, and that does include chareidim. 

In the more than half a century I've lived in Israel, there has been a steady, quiet change in the involvement of chareidim with the rest of Israeli society. Today Israelis of all levels of Torah observance enjoy the services of various gmachim like Yad Sarah and first aid services established by chareidim. As strictly Shabbat observant chareidim are, those who are in first aid and emergency services keep their phones on 24/7, so they were among the first to try to rescue the dead and wounded in southern Israel on that nightmarish Simchat Torah on October 7, 2023. This was even before the army had gotten themselves organized. And, yes, if you're wondering, ambulance crews were murdered, too. 

Within days of the start of the war, Hamas trying to destroy Israel, many chareidim made their way to the IDF offices to sign up and join the army. Joining the army is a process, since recruits and volunteers must be assessed to see their abilities to find the most suitable unit. Newspapers and television news showed them lined up waiting their turn for assessment. It certainly made me feel good. And to make it clear, I'm not at all chareidi. It's not my cup of tea.

As this war has dragged on, one of the most comforting thing has been seeing the volunteerism in Israeli society. Yes, that includes chareidim among others coming to the hotels where Israelis who had to leave their homes were staying, and bringing them supplies, toys, doing people's laundry and more. Yachad Ninatzeach UNITED WE WIN!

So why did Defense Minister Yoav Gallant suddenly make a speech demanding an end to the army exemption for yeshiva students*? With his army experience he must certainly know that angry resentful people make for terrible soldiers! And why now, in the middle of a war for the country's survival would he want to shake up Israeli society in such a way?

No doubt Gallant wants to break up the coalition, which simply put is Likud plus dati leumi (national religious) and chareidi parties.

Considering that a sizable portion of Likud MKs are either religious or traditional, I guess Gallant feels like a fish out of water. Has he made a deal with another political party....? Considering Benny Gantz's unauthorized trip to the USA... something stinks for sure.

*Despite the exemption, chareidim do serve in the army in various roles, and numbers have been growing.