Hamas War

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. 


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.