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Friday, October 31, 2014

The USA Officially Promotes Anti-Jewish Apartheid

This shouldn't surprise us, but as part of the official reaction of the United States Government of the attempted assassination of American citizen, Yehuda Yehoshua Ben Rivka Ita Breindel Glick, may he have a refuah shleimah, complete and speedy recovery, here's the text of the United States Government:
The continued commitment by Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians to preserve the historic status quo at this holy site is critical; any decisions or actions to change it would be both provocative and dangerous. The Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount must be re-opened to Muslim worshipers... (emphasis mine)
Photo by Yehuda Glick, Shiloh women, including
myself, before we ascended Har Habayit.
Remember, please, that Yehuda Glick, who is now fighting for his life after being shot three times at close range, has dedicated his life to fighting for Jewish rights on Judaism's holiest spot in the world, Har Habayit, the Temple Mount.

  • The Americans claim to be for equal rights for all. 
  • The Americans claim to be against apartheid.
  • The Americans claim to be for religious freedom.
  • The Americans claim to be a friend of Israel.

For the American Government to use the attack on Glick to promote a policy that is in total opposition to American values is the epitome of hypocrisy and proof of their antisemitism.

This plus the recent anti-Israel, anti-Bibi “chickenshit” scandal shows true American policy.
But President Obama and his foreign-policy team aren’t just annoyed by the prime minister. They’ve come to view him as public enemy No. 1, using language about him and giving assessments of his policies that are far harsher than they have ever used against even avowed enemies of the United States, let alone one of its closest allies. (Commentary Magazine)
The Israeli Government must pay attention and stop listening to the USA! Nothing we do besides folding up can disappearing will please Obama, Kerry and all.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

There Should be Prayers on Har HaBayit, Temple Mount, for Yehuda Glick!

I don't know what's happening now on Har Habayit, but that's where there must be prayers for the complete recovery, refuah shleimah רפואה שלימה of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Yehoshua Ben Rivka Ita Breindel Glick.

The most proper and suitable reaction to this act of terrorism would be Jewish Prayer on the Temple Mount right now!!

Glick was shot at close range by a terrorist on a motorcycle, just as he was leaving the Menachem Begin Heritage Center after a program there promoting Jewish prayer and presence on the Temple Mount.
Shiloh women on the Temple Mount, Ellul, 5774, Sept. 2014

Here's a first person account on David Bedein's Behind the News in Israel of the attack by someone who was there:
Moriah Halamish, a young woman who attended Rabbis Glick’s lecture on Weds, Oct 29 at the Menachem Begin Center described what happened. Moriah related that Rabbi Glick was standing at the entrance of the Begin Center when a man walked up to him and asked, in Hebrew, speaking in an Arabic accent. if he was Rabbi Yehudah Glick. Glick responded affirmatively. The man then said to Glick that “You have insulted me very deeply” and fired a gun at Glick , watched him fall to the ground, and then ran out of the center, and drove away on a motorcycle.
Rabbi Glick, a licensed tour guide, has led the campaign to allow Jews to visit and pray on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
This attack was terrorism in the very center of Jerusalem, right near Liberty Bell Park, Emek Refaim, the "First Station" and  the Yemin Moshe neighborhood.

Please pray for a complete recovery, refuah shleimah רפואה שלימה for
Yehuda Yehoshua Ben Rivka Ita Breindel Glick.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

American Bully-Wimps versus Israeli IDF Veterans

Even Israeli leftist media showed disgust at the American slurs, who's a "chicken?" on our Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Obama and Kerry hate Bibi, because he is what they aren't. He is more intelligent and knowledgeable, and he was a real soldier in the top unit in an army known for its personal bravery. As you know I have plenty of complaints about Netanyahu's policies, but for a foreign government to hurl such immature, gutter-like accusations at a Prime Minister of a country they claim to hold as an ally is the epitome of childish anti-diplomacy.

And for the gazillionth time, the Americans are trying to force Israel to agree to their policy. This is not what negotiating is. The Obama Government is a bunch of dictatorial, fascist bullies, not democratic, respectful allies. They are antisemites. There is no other explanation for such behavior.

As if Constructing Homes for Jews in Jerusalem is the Biggest Danger to World Peace... Doesn't the UN Security Council have More Important Things?

Ramat Eshkol, one of
Jerusalem's most veteran
post-Six Days War
For further proof that there's no justice for Jews in this world, the United Nations Security sic Council is planning to meet about Israel's building plans.
(Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting this week on recent tensions between Israel and the Palestinians in East Jerusalem due to Israel's plans to build more settlements, council diplomats said on Tuesday.
What about ISIS?
ISIS has seized huge chunks of Syria and Iraq in recent months, beheading Western journalists and nonbelievers as it strives to establish an independent "Islamic State" in the region. The terror group has been locked in a battle with Kurdish forces in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani since mid-September. The United States and its allies are bombing ISIS positions there, but airstrikes have yet to pry Kobani from the group's hands. (CNN)

What about Iran and its nuclear weapons development?

Former Weapons Inspector in Iraq Questions Claims that Iran Hiding Nuclear Tests

What about the shooting in Canada?
"While we are facing this threat at home, we must focus our efforts on preventing individuals traveling abroad to commit acts of terrorism," Paulson said. "Preventing the individuals from traveling is critical. If these individuals return with training and/or battle experience, they pose an even greater threat to Canada and our allies."
Paulson's remarks followed the fatal shooting on Wednesday of a Canadian soldier standing guard at an Ottawa war memorial by a man who then charged into the Parliament building. Two days earlier, another man rammed two soldiers with his car near Montreal, killing one. (Reuters)

I guess those aren't as important as blocking normal life for Jews...

Women attending the annual Tefillat Chana Celebration at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh, 5774. You can see the town of Shiloh in the background.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Living in Muslim Countries or Muslim-Administrated Places, No "Picnic"

I've been working in Yafiz, Rami Levy Co., Sha'ar Binyamin with Arabs for almost four years. My fellow staff and the customers are Jewish Israeli and Arab. Some of the Arabs  have Israeli papers, and some don't. We all get the same low salary for the same sort of work. And the customers pay the same low prices for the clothes and food sold by the Rami Levy conglomerate. This is not the "Israel' one sees in the international media or big hot-aired conferences.

You'd be surprised at how many of us, Jews and Arabs, have academic degrees, advanced training and certification, though we're working at the lowest salary level legal in Israel. Yes, I'm among them.

You'd expect the professional, academically trained Arabs to be working at good jobs in Arab cities or the P.A. or Gaza or wealthy Arab countries, rather than doing their best to hold to their low paying jobs in Sha'ar Binyamin.

In talking to some of our customers, I've discovered that salaries in the Arab cities here in Judea and Samaria are much, much lower than Israeli Minimum Wage. One man from an Arab city, who sometimes buys our clothes when we have "end of season clearance sales" to resell at his clothing store, wanted to know what our workers get paid. He told me how much he pays, and it's a tiny fraction of the Israeli Minimum Wage salaries here.

An Arab woman who enjoyed speaking to me in English, because as she explained, she's "...an English Teacher and needs the practice," Rather naively, she told me that I could make great money if I would teach in a college in Jenin or Nablus. Needless to say, she ignored the fact that I wouldn't make it home alive, but when she told me what the "great salary" would be, I was shocked. It's pretty much the same as full-time Israeli Minimum Wage.

There's a proven fact that many people insist on ignoring. Prior to the beginning of Zionism well over a hundred years ago, this area was pretty empty. Today's cities were barely towns. Zionism brought the area to life, and that life, the economic opportunities, top medical care, modern infrastructure etc, not only attracted Jews, but it also attracted Arabs. A high percentage of the Arabs who live here today are descended from those to moved here after the advent of Zionism.

And another thing that the world prefers to ignore, the P.A. and Gazan Arab administrations are among the worst in the world. Gaza is a mess, not because of Israeli attacks but because of the Hamas administration. The local Gazans aren't happy.
Now, as frustration mounts, many Gazans privately admit that the problem is not just the damage from the Israeli bombardment, but also the damage created by Hamas, the Islamic group that rules this coastal enclave......Despite the rosy public opinion polls, Hamas seems to be widely loathed in this coastal Mediterranean wasteland. Getting a quote, of course, is nearly impossible. (The Week)
Just some food for thought...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Should Israel Strive to Thrive or to Please the Americans?

Dry Bones
Honestly, I consider these as two opposites. Meaning- if we please the Americans, we won't survive, forget about thrive, which would be impossible. American policy vis-à-vis Israel is not only anti-Israel but detrimental to Israeli security.

Obama's claims that he cares for Israel are pure baloney. The United States President is one of those who actually believes that there had been a "state of Palestine" here that was conquered and then occupied by Israel. He refers to this "Palestine" in his statements. Unfortunately, the Palestine lie is accepted by most of the world.

They're not interested in the truth, and they certainly won't lose any sleep over the destruction of the State of Israel, G-d forbid. They'll just add an annex to the local Holocaust Memorial and then cry crocodile tears.

It's extremely worrying that the extreme Leftist leaders, Tsipi Livni and Yair Lapid, who are part of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government coalition are explaining their opposition to building more homes for Jews in Judea-Samaria and Jerusalem as because it would anger Obama.
Two senior members of Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet warned the premier late Sunday that more construction in Jewish settlements would further inflame already-tense ties with the United States. (Jerusalem Post)
Israeli policy should be based on what's good for the State of Israel and the Jewish People, not to please foreign governments.

It's ironic, or more exactly hypocritical of Livni and Lapid to oppose building, because they claim to be in favor of building more low cost housing in convenient locations. The best locations for more housing units are davka in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, because of their convenience and low land cost. Ma'ale Adumim and Gush Etzion are an easy commute to Jerusalem while Shiloh bloc is just half an hour from both Jerusalem and the Petach Tikva area. Schools in those places have excellent reputations. There's a great demand for housing in these areas, and the construction of large projects would give young families affordable options and lower prices all over.

Simply put, it's  a choice between a thriving Israel and a strangled Israel. I vote to build!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

U.S. Government Cares More for Dead TIT (Terrorist in Training) than Murdered Tot!

The fact that there are Arabs in Israel with American citizenship is no surprise, and that these Americans are involved with terrorist activities against Israel isn't a surprise either. The Barack Hussein Obama government doesn't look at these terrorists as terrorists. He/they/it sees them as innocent Americans, and that is something that the Israeli Government should take very seriously.

The outrage and anger of the Americans over the death of the rioting of Orwah Hammad is disproportionate to the actual event/situation.
In Washington, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called for a "speedy and transparent investigation."
"The United States expresses its deepest condolences to the family of a U.S. citizen minor who was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces during clashes in Silwad on October 24," Psaki said.
She added that U.S. officials would remain "closely engaged with the local authorities, who have the lead on this investigation." (Reuters)

Masked Palestinian protesters burn tyres during clashes with Israeli soldiers following a protest against the near-by Jewish settlement of Qadomem, in the West Bank village of Kofr Qadom near Nablus October 24, 2014.
 REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini

I purposely used the word "disproportionate," because it has become a favorite of the Americans in condemning Israel.

The response of the State Department to the murder of the innocent baby girl, an American citizen, who was visiting Israel with her parents was barely tepid.
"The baby was an American citizen," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters in a briefing on Thursday. (Reuters)
Obama's government totally ignored the fact that an Arab had rammed into a crowded train/trolley stop and injured many, including some who are in critical condition and may not survive. Please pray for Yemima bat Sara.

A terror attack and a legitimate policing action are not the same. There is never an excuse for terror, while every government has the right and obligation to quell riots with all means necessary according to the level of violence of the rioters.

My conclusion:
This is further proof that the American Government should not be seen as a true friend and ally of Israel!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

First Joint Jewish Blog Carnival, HH-KCC of 5775

cross-posted on me-ander
It ends up that I'm hosting both the Kosher Cooking Carnival for the Jewish Month of Cheshvan and the Havel Havelim for the week of Noach, so they are being combined.

I'd like to remind you to please remember to send in more links, best with a sentence describing the post. And also please volunteer to host. And most important is to share the carnivals, read, comment and share the included posts, too, thanks.

Remember, you don't have to be blogger to read and comment and share blog posts! Enjoy and Shavua Tov to all!
The Kosher Cooking Carnival is a monthly blog carnival about kosher food, kosher cooking, anything to do with kosher food. I started it many years ago when a post of mine was rejected by a food/recipe carnival that wanted to restrict that edition to ham. Like many if not all of the ancient enemies of the Jewish People, that blog carnival no longer exists, but we're still cooking!
Nowadays KCC is organized on our facebook page. You can sign up to host or find out who's hosting there. Or just write to me shilohmuse at gmail dot com. The editions generally appear around Rosh Chodesh, which is the first day of the Jewish Month. The Kosher Cooking Carnival is more than just a recipe carnival. It includes posts about all aspects of kashrut, what makes food kosher, custom, recipes and also cookbook and restaurant reviews, kosher of course.
Please check out the posts, read, comment and of course share them and this blog round-up.
Havel Havelim is the weekly international Jewish blog carnival that has been appearing well over a decade. It was begun by Soccer Dad who no longer blogs. He coordinated it for quite a while. Now we use our facebook page to coordinate and publicize it. That's where we sign up to host an edition (Hint! Hint!) and see the latest news. Join the page and become part of the community.
Mrs. S. Vegetarian Vegetable Quiche
Our Shiputzim aka Mrs. S. National Parks: Castel Edition
Ruth Making Etrog jam (recipe with commentary)
Sharon at Voices, To Live as a Jew, please pray for a refuah shleimah Yemima bat Sara
Yocheved Medication Safety: Part 3 of "Talk About Your Medicines" month
Leora Chicken, Rice, Salsa in a Pot
Tablet Magazine The Half-Mexican, Half-Japanese Chef Who Built a Career in Kosher Cooking
Ben-Tzion, Challah Bake aka Adventures of a Chief Rabbi: Female Pride and Asado Supreme.
And Parshat Noach by Ben-Tzion, Perfidious Friends
Varda Epstein, Chaya Zissel Braun And The End of Worlds
This ongoing war Imagine if the NYTimes knew how to sincerely apologize
Gail Winston Gaza War Diary: Thurs. Oct. 23 DAY 109 3 Am
Lady Light Israel's Universal Purpose
Real and Imagined Laws of Living in Silwan
Doug Food and beer pairing for Rosh Hashana: Beer and prakas (What's that?)
Tzivia Hashem's Amazing World: three terrific science / nature books for Jewish kids
Frugal and Kosher Vegan Black Bean Crumbles (Ground Beef Substitute)
And some of my recent posts, food, politics, whatever...
Better and Simpler than the Finest Sorbet
Aliyah Time! Hebrew is The Key to Success!
The Shabbat Food Warmer Cooks!
Color-Coded Shemitta Guides in Osher Ad
Chodesh Tov! Lesson From Biblical Shiloh, Prayer and Human Nature
Fizzy, Italian Kosher Wine
Shandy Tasting

It just gets Crazier and Crazier

Just a reminder to please visit the blogs, comment, share thanks.
You don't have to be a blogger to be part of our blogging community.
Please share this blog carnival to all, thanks.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Aliyah Time! Hebrew is The Key to Success!

Aliyah Time is an Arutz 7 radio show that encourages aliyah, moving to Israel.

I was interviewed for this week's program about my opinions about how to help new immigrants, olim chadashim, adjust to the Israeli school system. Most olim chadashim consider language one of greatest difficulties.

Please listen to my interview. I'd love to hear your opinion.

Chodesh Tov! Lesson From Biblical Shiloh, Prayer and Human Nature

Chodesh Tov, Everyone!
It's the first day of Rosh Chodesh Marchesvan, the Jewish Month of Cheshvan when winter truly begins. Winter here in the Holy Land doesn't always mean freezing snow. It's supposed to mean blessed rain, at the right time, the right quantities, gifts or rewards from G-d for our proper behavior.

Today some friends and I went to Shiloh Hakeduma, Ancient Shiloh, Tel Shiloh, the location of many Biblical stories, narratives that are being confirmed consistently by archaeologists working here to discover our past.

Shiloh has always been a location for prayer.  I, davka, prefer praying in Shiloh than in the more popular (non-synagogue) prayer sites. I just don't get "turned on" by graves, and the  Kotel littered with "Santa letters" is a "turn off." And since the Israeli Government has inexplicably allowed the Muslim Waqf to dictate what Jews can or can't do on our holiest spot, the Temple Mount, the next holiest, to my count when eliminating tombs and cemeteries, is Shiloh, specifically the area where it's believed the Mishkan, Holy Tabernacle had stood for close to four hundred 400 years when Shiloh was the administrative and spiritual capital of the Jewish Nation. That was just before the era of Kings and the building of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

One of the most well-known Shiloh stories from the Biblical era, is the story of Chana, Hannah. Chana was barren. She was married to Elkana, who had a second wife, Penina (Pearl) who did have children. Despite her inability to give him children, Elkana loved Chana more than he loved Penina. The situation was difficult for both women. Chana would have given anything for a child, and Penina was jealous of the favoritism Elkana bestowed on Chana.

The family/clan made the pilgrimage to Shiloh for all of the Holidays to pray there. One year Chana made an extra effort to pray to G-d. She prayed silently with all of her soul and might. Only her lips moved,  because G-d can hear what's in our hearts and minds, there's no need to shout. Chana's yearning for a child wasn't for her own personal selfish maternal needs. She understood the chaos and lack of leadership among the Jewish People and wanted to bring a son into the world to be a leader in G-d's name. She promised that if G-d would give her a son, that son would be brought to Shiloh to be trained by the priests there to lead the nation.

Eli, the High Priest, blessed her after hearing her story, and the next year Chana gave birth to a son. When he was weaned, she brought him to Shiloh and entrusted him to be educated by Eli.

Her subsequent "thank you prayer" to G-d is what is known as תפילת חנה Tefillat Chana, Hannah's Prayer, 1Samuel Chapter 2.

The line that fascinates me the most is:
ה  שְׂבֵעִים בַּלֶּחֶם נִשְׂכָּרוּ, וּרְעֵבִים חָדֵלּוּ, עַד-עֲקָרָה יָלְדָה שִׁבְעָה, וְרַבַּת בָּנִים אֻמְלָלָה.
5 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry have ceased; while the barren hath borne seven, she that had many children hath languished.
I actually disagree with how it's generally understood. For those who aren't familiar with Hebrew, please look at all those dots and symbols on the bottom of and sometimes the tops of the Hebrew letters. They are the vowels. Without vowels, the letters can be pronounced frequently as different words meaning different things. The one I'd give a different meaning to is  שִׁבְעָה shiv'ah, seven, which I'd pronounce as sav'ah, satisfied.

Chana was satisfied with her one son; that's all she had prayed for. When more children were born to her, that was wonderful, but that isn't what she had asked for. Numbers weren't her priority. I've been telling people my theory for a few years already, and most people agree once they think about it, because the Bible was written without vowels.

The accepted commentary from the midrash for the next few words, that the mother of many was miserable, a better definition than the "languished" in the translation above, is usually explained that with each new child born to Hannah, one of Pearl's died. I can't imagine Hannah gloating over this. Today, at the Tel, when I told one of the women about my reading of שבעה she continued and said that Penina's personality was to be miserable. She wasn't happy even with her many children. The אֻמְלָלָה feeling miserable/depressed is an antonym for being satisfied with life, Chana's emotional state.

Some people manage to always see the best and be happy, while others are always finding fault in their situation. Chana does begin the story unhappy, wanting a child, but instead of being jealous wishing bad on others, she prayed to G-d, knowing that her fertility was in G-d's hands. She made her deal with G-d and didn't renege. Her precious first born son was sent to serve G-d, and he was Shmuel HaNavi, Samuel the Prophet who anointed Israel's first two kings, Saul an David. He did what he was born to do. He changed the world. Shmuel, like his mother accepted that they were just tools of G-d.

We all must learn to stop saying "I want..." and learn to hear what G-d wants us to do and be satisfied with it.

Chodesh Tov and Shabbat Shalom

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Calm" is The Dumbest, The Most Dangerous Response to Arab Terrorism!!!

It has been reported that the United States Government is prescribing "calm" after another Arab Terrorist rammed into innocent Jews at a bus stop injuring many and murdering a tiny baby girl.

Chaye Zisel Braun, HaYa"D,
May G-d Avenge Her Blood
"We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement quoted byAFP.
"We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident," she added. (quoted on Arutz 7)
Fox News:
Oct. 22, 2014: Israeli police officers inspect a car at the scene of an attack in Jerusalem. A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding several people in what police called a terror attack. (AP)

We should not be "calm."

"Calm" makes sense when you have no control over things, and getting angry, taking action/revenge would harm you more than it could ever solve the underlying problem.

There are certainly many occasions when "calm" makes sense.

  • If you're on your way to someplace, and the car breaks down, causing you to be late, one has no control, so then you should calmly get it repaired and then continue on your way.
  • If you plan an outdoor party, and it rains, then getting angry won't help matters. It's best to calmly put together an alternate venue or postpone it. 
  • Calm helps when someone suffering serious autism, Aspergers etc. disrupts or damages something.

But this Arab terrorism which has been going on against Jews since even before the official 1948 declaration of the State of Israel is not something we should be "calm" about.

Arab terrorists are hardened criminals. In the majority of cases they have the support and backing of their families and communities. They have been educated from the youngest age to do anything, including/especially violence against Jews and Israelis.

We must not "calm" down. The State of Israel must totally revise all policy regarding the Arabs and Arab terrorists.

The truth about them has been open forever. It's no secret at all that they plan on destroying the State of Israel. The Palestine Media Watch and David Bedein's Israel Resource Review keep up to date reports about what the Arabs are really doing.
Official PA TV host:  "What Israel? It's our land"

Palestinian kids are taught to expect Israel's destruction   
"Haifa, Jaffa, Acre. These are our occupied lands,  the 1948 lands that Israel occupied in 1948... Allah willing, they will return to us some day and will not be under the rule of the occupation"

Israel Resource Review“Palestinians want to destroy the Jewish state

The United Nations and the United States are major problems for the State of Israel. The policy of negotiations with Arab terrorists is a very dangerous misguided mistake for Israel, and we must draw the right conclusions and stop all negotiations.

The State of Israel must totally rethink policy and stop begging for peace, because peace won't come from our being nice and "calm."

  • Automatic and immediate Death Penalty must be required for all convicted Arab terrorists. 
  • There shouldn't be any Arab terrorists, young or old in Israeli prisons.
  • No relatives of "Palestinian" leaders should be treated in Israeli hospitals.
  • No enemy wounded or even children with congenital conditions should be in Israeli hospitals.
An enemy is an enemy. An Arab terrorist is a danger to Israeli peace. Let's draw the obvious logical conclusions instead of this fokokt loony Left dreaming!

Hamakom yenachem to the mourners.
Refuah Shleimah, a complete healing to the wounded.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Deja Vu, Latest Arab Terror Attack in Jerusalem, Too Similar to "Mine"

Deja Vu, yes, so sadly I cry for the dead, the injured the mourning.

Jerusalem PostSuspected attack in Jerusalem,
October 22. (photo credit:TAZPIT)
Deja Vu, when I stand at a bus stop, again, I'll find myself, hyper-vigilant.

Deja Vu, I should have chastised the young woman trying to hail a tremp in the middle of the street, as she concentrated more on her phone conversation than the cars rushing by.

Deja Vu, the healdlines refused to scream ARAB TERROR ATTACK: ARAB TERRORIST RAMMED INTO INNOCENT JEWS TO MURDER THEM, instead I saw the phrase "suspected terror attack."

Deja Vu, a spot I've stood at more times than I can count is now added to the list of Arab terror attack locations.

Deja Vu, the holy silence of our sacred Capital was shattered by screams, sirens and wails.

photo credit:TAZPIT
Deja Vu, an Arab terrorist used his car as a weapon of death.

Deja Vu, new people have entered the "club of the bereaved."

Deja Vu, more Jews now have a terror attack to call their own.

Deja Vu, the City of Peace is being terrorized.

Deja Vu, fear reigns.

Deja Vu the Arab terrorist had already been convicted of terrorism, but had been released from Prison.

Deja Vu, the Arab terrorist was shot after he tried to escape his car, but this time, unlike "my terror attack," he's alive.

Deja Vu, the Arab terrorist has nothing to fear, since Israel treats terrorist prisoners well and there's no death penalty.

Deja Vu, Jews die and Arabs live.

I'm tired of this Deja Vu.

Location of "my Arab terror attack" as it looks today.
French Hill, Givat Hamivtar, Jerusalem
I was injured along with about twenty others, and a woman was murdered.

Israel-Focused Political Pundit and Blogging

I became a blogger when people kept telling me to get an internet site to publicize my articles about what's really happening in Israel and my take on it. I used to send out via email what I called "musings," my thoughts about things like Arab terrorism and the murder of young neighbors by Arab terrorists. Then I wrote my essays only occasionally. Now as a blogger, I write daily.

I did try to get my articles published in mainstream newspapers, dreaming of being a freelance writer instead of teaching, which was my profession at the time. The op-ed editors weren't very supportive, and I was informed that I'd have to wait quite a few days until I'd be informed of acceptance or rejection, and then I could send my article someplace else or throw it in the trash.

That's when I decided to be my own boss/editor and rely on my very own blog to give a public forum to my opinions.

Soon after, the mainstream media, which had begun publishing on the internet along with paper editions, discovered that their readers wanted more op-eds, and they began allowing people to write for free on their "newspaper's blogs."

At present, my posts/essays/articles appear on two sites, and I'm fascinated by the differences in the reactions of the readers of those site and also compared to this blog. Both of them have editors who are happy enough with what I write here to agree to post identical articles. There was another internet newspaper, Times of Israel, which wanted only original posts. Considering that they weren't paying me anything for my time, efforts and knowledge, I thought that an outrageous and immoral demand, so I stopped blogging for them.

Of course, I still dream of finding a publication that would pay me for my articles, and then that would be my main forum. They'd get "first crack" and here I'd set things up, so each essay would link to them. Hint! Hint! Is someone reading this who can help?

I keep track of the statistics of readers, and over the years, there hasn't been any real increase of people reading this blog, but sometimes the share/like numbers on my articles posted in the Jewish Press are outstanding, like for The World Wouldn't Care if Israel was Destroyed, G-d Forbid, which has reached 1.2k (thousand) facebook likes. That's pretty impressive. There are also 233 comments at last count.

The same article,  The World Wouldn't Care if Israel Destroyed, G-d Forbid, has been ranked in the Arutz 7 top six blog posts for days already and shows 25 comments.

The original, on this blog, has just 7 comments, 5 shares and 153 readers.

Since I haven't succeeded in making a living from my writing, and I do write to get my opinion out, yes, I'm a political pundit, I continue allowing these, and sometimes other publications re-post/reprint my articles.  Over the years, I've heard many times that I've written what others think, and they are extremely happy that I've done so. Yes, that's why I continue, and I do write daily, barring Shabbat and Jewish holidays of course.

I'm also very much involved with Havel Havelim the International Jewish Blog Carnival, which appears weekly after Shabbat. I call it a "floating" magazine, because a variety of bloggers host it. We organize on our facebook page, and I end up as "default" host, when nobody else can do it.

Also, I've given blogging rights here to a few other people, so sometimes you'll see articles by others, which is fine by me.

I'm interested in your opinions and suggestions. Please comment and share, thanks.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

No Doubt The Majority of Israelis Would Support PM Bibi if He Stopped Negotiating a Palestinian State!

True we all know that polls can be manipulated depending on how the questions are worded, but this recent poll written about in the Jerusalem Post makes it very clear where most Israelis stand. Following are the numbers directly from the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs:
Since 2005, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs has conducted opinion polls on the peace process, Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines, continued Israeli control of the Jordan Valley, and the proposed division of Jerusalem.According to the latest poll conducted on October 12-14, 2014, by Shivukim-Panorama for the Jerusalem Center, 75% of the Israeli Jewish public continue to oppose Israel’s withdrawal from the Jordan Valley and the division of Jerusalem.Moreover, the rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East has made the Israeli public even less ready for territorial concessions in the West Bank. While 70% report that the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) has not affected their position, 17% say it has made them less ready for concessions, while 5% say they are more ready for concessions.Some 75% of Israeli Jews oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state if it means an Israeli withdrawal from the Jordan Valley. A similar percentage would oppose the replacement of the IDF with international forces in the Jordan Valley. Notably, 52% of Israelis who identify with “the left” oppose the replacement of the IDF with international forces in the Jordan Valley.Overall, 74% of Israeli Jews oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines, while 76% oppose a Palestinian state if it means the division of Jerusalem.

Profile of respondents

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How do you identify yourself? (Total #)






1. In light of the spread of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, has this affected your stance regarding Israeli territorial concessions in the West Bank?

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More ready for concessions
Less ready for concessions
No change
Don’t know/no answer
2. Do you support or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines?

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Don’t know/no answer
3. Do you support or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state if it means an Israeli withdrawal from the Jordan Valley?

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Don’t know/no answer
4. Would you agree to the replacement of the IDF with international forces in the Jordan Valley?

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Don’t know/no answer
5. Do you support or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state if it means the division of Jerusalem?

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Don’t know/no answer

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Add that to the fact/rumor that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, barring any last minute national and international emergencies/crises is planning on calling elections some time in the spring.
Speculation was rampant Monday night that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision to shelve the Conversion Bill, introduced by MK Elazar Stern (Hatnua), is part of his preparations for new elections, possibly next spring.
Several media outlets reported on Monday night that the reason behind Netanyahu’s move is to get closer to the hareidi parties in the Knesset in an attempt to receive their support as he forms the next government.
According to the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Netanyahu plans to tighten his alliance with the hareidi parties, Shas and United Torah Judaism, as well as with the Jewish Home party.
Netanyahu’s first step towards general elections, however, is to hold the primaries for the leadership of the Likud, noted the newspaper, and he plans to do so as soon as possible, with a possible date being November 25.
Netanyahu's associates confirmed to Yedioth Ahronoth that the prime minister is pushing for quick elections for the party leadership. (read more on Arutz 7)
Bibi's best chance of bringing the Likud to another victory would be to finally shed his Center image and go Right where most Israelis feel safest and most comfortable. This isn't the Israel of the 1960's and 1970's. The demographic of larger families among the dati le'umi-national religious and the chareidi-ultra-Orthodox is felt very strongly in the ballot-box.  Many religious and Right voters are looking for an alternative, far from the Likud and more reliable than Naftali Bennett's NRP aka Jewish Home Party. Bibi and  Bennett  have only one way to remain in power, and that's to tell the USA, UN, Europe etc. that we will not negotiate nor cooperate in the establishment of a new Arab terror state called "Palestine" within our State of Israel!