Thursday, October 12, 2023

Bibi WAKE-UP! Trading Hamas for PA is NOT peace!

 I’m listening to the news and my heart is sinking.  I can see the handwriting on the wall.  All these atrocities, horrible, horrible acts of barbarism committed against my people simply because they are Jewish.  These are now being ascribed to Hamas & Hamas alone.  Bibi is saying “We can see now that Hamas is ISIS”.  All this rhetoric is setting us up to think that we can clear Hamas out of Gaza and then what?  Hand it over to Abbas and the PA? 

But we are NOT paying attention to our history!  The attack in Itamar in 2011, when the Fogel family was brutally murdered in their beds, was not an act of Hamas.  NO, it was members of The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.  PFLP is a secular Palestinian Marxist–Leninist and revolutionary socialist organization founded in 1967. It has consistently been the second-largest of the groups forming the Palestine Liberation Organization, they are based in “the West Bank”, which is actually Judea and Samaria.

Our beloved Ari Fuld was murdered by a PA activist and the PA included his family in the Pay for Slay program for the murder!  Are our leaders trying to tell us there is no terror threat in Judea and Samaria?  We’re supposed to ignore the ramming attacks at bus stops, the drive-by machine gun fire, the stabbing attacks?  Are we supposed to pretend the PA Charter no longer calls for the destruction of Israel?  Don’t be fooled, we are being played.  They are setting us up for more decades of war.  Bibi, why do you continue to betray us?

There is only one answer!  Make all the land Israel!  Tell all the Muslims/Arabs who have no history in any terrorist organization, that they are welcome to become citizens;  BUT, if they break the law they will be subject to the  punishments of the law, like every other citizen of Israel.  Murder should carry the death penalty!  Any others who wish to leave, we are happy to allow them do so, but an alert  should be placed on their passports, designating re-entry to Israel only under strict scrutiny.

Any residents that have had interaction with terror organizations should be immediately deported.  Put a ban on their re-entry into Israel.  Here is a link to Wikipedia’s page on recognized terrorist organizations.

I can hear the reply, “Oh how will we protect our borders, where will we send all those people?”  Bibi, your FIRST obligation is to the citizens of this land!  First you must protect US!  To allow the enemy to live in our country is madness & very irresponsible of you!

We are surrounded by large countries with predominantly Muslim populations, and we have been able to establish normalized relations with several of those countries. Tell them they must take back those people who were born in their countries or whose ancestors were born in their countries AND all their families. Tell them it is a condition of our continued open trade and good will.   Tell them they have to assist us in policing the borders between their county and ours.  Of course, they will not be happy, they don’t want terrorists inside their borders.  But these are THEIR people, not ours, it should be THEIR problem, not ours!

We are the ONLY Jewish nation on the planet.  Yes, we need to look at the critical logistics of our situation.  To say that we have to share this tiny piece of land with our enemies is some kind of madness the world has taken to be the truth.  But I refuse to drink that Kool-Aid, and I am saddened that those who lead this tiny Jewish nation think they must.

Bibi WAKE-UP!  Trading Hamas for PA is NOT peace!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Gaza Statistics

A dear friend emailed this list to me..

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As the Operation Cast Lead reaches its 10th day, the international pressure on Israel is mounting.
All of the recipients of this mail in the 5 continents are probably approached to explain , to analyze and to comment on the situation . Attached statistical data that can help you understand the magnitude of the events evolving these days. I suggest you send these statistics to anyone who could make good use of them
Israel wishes for a speedy resolution of the War and a peaceful settlement

On Dec. 27, Israel began "Operation Cast Lead" to stop Iran-backed Hamas in Gaza from continuing its years-long campaign of attacking Israeli civilians with thousands of rockets, missiles and mortars. Following are facts and figures to help you relate to Israel's defensive efforts in Gaza:Iran-backed Hamas Rocket, Mortar Attacks and Nuclear Developments 9,400+ rockets and mortars fired from Gaza since 2003. [1] 3,200+ rockets and mortars fired from Gaza in 2008 alone. [2] 6,500+ rockets and mortars fired from Gaza since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005. [3]543+ rockets and mortars fired from Gaza into Israeli territory during the ceasefire from June 19 to Dec. 19, 2008. [4]28 deaths caused by rockets and mortars fired from Gaza into Israel since 2001. The dead include Israelis, Palestinians and foreign workers. Since the ceasefire ended, Iran-backed Palestinian groups in Gaza fired rockets and mortars that killed an Israeli-Arab construction worker and a mother of four who was seeking shelter in a bus station as a rocket warning siren sounded. [5]1,000+ people in Israel injured from rockets and mortars fired from Gaza since 2001, including Israelis, Palestinians and foreign workers. Since the ceasefire, 44 Israelis have been injured and 200 have been treated for shock. [6]20,000 Hamas troops Israel is targeting as part of "Operation Cast Lead." [7]750,000 number of Israeli civilians Hamas is tar geting and can reach. [8]15 seconds Israelis have to get to a bomb shelter once a warning siren has sounded. [9]8 years that Israel has been hit by rockets and mortars from Gaza [10]3mosques in Gaza used as weapons, ammunitions and explosives depots that were struck by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during the operation in Gaza. [11]4UN Security Council resolutions passed since 2006 to try to stop Iran from enriching uranium. [12]5,000+number of centrifuges operating in Iran to enrich uranium, the material used to produce a nuclear weapon. [13]
Israel's Humanitarian Aid to Gaza 179truckloads of humanitarian aid that have been delivered through Israeli crossings into Gaza since the beginning of Operation Cast Lead, including basic food commodities, medication, medical supplies, donations of governments and blood units.106additional truckloads of humanitarian expected to arrive in Gaza on Jan. 31 [14] 6,500tons of aid transported into Gaza at the request of international organizations, the Palestinian Authority and various governments since the beginning of Operation Cast Lead. The World Food Program informed Israel that it will cease shipment of food to Gaza because warehouses are at full capacity, with enough food to last two weeks. [15]
What Israel Gave Up in Hopes of Peace - Gaza Withdrawal Aug. 2005100%proportion of the Gaza Strip evacuated and handed over to thePalestinians. [16]300square miles of the West Bank evacuated. [17]21 Israeli settlements uprooted in the Gaza Strip. [18]4 Israeli settlements uprooted in the West Bank. [19]48graves uprooted in Gaza's former Gush Katif Cemetery, including six graves of area residents murdered by terrorists. [20]9,000 approximate number of Israelis, including 1,700 families, who lived in Gaza and the northern West Bank. All of them were moved out as part of the withdrawal. [21]38 synagogues dismantled in the Gaza Strip. [22]5,000school-age children who had to find new schools. [23]42 daycare centers that were closed in the Gaza Strip. [24]36 kindergartens that were closed in the Gaza Strip. [25]7 elementary schools that were closed in the Gaza Strip. [26]3high schools that were closed in the Gaza Strip. [27]320 mobile homes, ordered by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, to serve as temporary housing for settlers. [28]45,000Israeli soldiers and policemen who participated in the Gaza withdrawal. [29]$1.7 billionthe approximate cost to the Israeli government for the withdrawal initiative. [30]166 Israeli farmers who were moved out of Gaza. [31]800 cows, which comprised the second largest dairy farm in Israel, moved out of Gaza's Gush Katif community. [32]$120 million value of flowers and produce exported annually from Gush Katif and lost following the evacuation. [33]1zoo, the "Katifari," that housed hundreds of animals and was moved. [34]10,000 people who were employed in agriculture and related industries in Gush Katif, including 5,000 Palestinians. [35]60% proportion of Israel's cherry tomato exports that came from the Gaza Strip. Israel's withdrawal from Gaza extinguished this economic resource. [36]3.5 million square meters (almost 1,000 acres) of greenhouses abandoned in Gaza. [37]70 percentage of Israel's organic produce grown in Gaza – another economic resource lost in the evacuation. [38]60 percentage of herbs exported from Israel that came from Gush Katif. [39]15 percentage of Israel agricultural exports that originated in Gaza – exports lost following Israel's withdrawal from Gaza. [40]$360,000 expected average compensation amount Israel expected to pay to relocate each family. [41]$870 million approximate cost for Israel to facilitate the resettlement of former West Bank and Gaza residents elsewhere in the country. [42]$500 million amount of money Israel's security establishment spent to relocate Israel Defense Forces bases outside the Gaza Strip and build new border crossing facilities. [43]
After Israel's evacuation from Gaza…430,000 West Bank Palestinians able to move freely within and between Palestinian-controlled areas. [44]1 Israeli remaining in Gaza. Staff Sgt. Gilad Shalit was abducted from Israel on June 25, 2006 by Hamas in a bloody cross-border raid in which the terrorists also killed two IDF soldiers and wounded four others. [45]1.2 million Arabs who remained full and legal citizens of Israel. All Israeli citizens – Christians, Muslims, and Jews – have freedom of speech, religion, press, and the right to vote. [46]1.3 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip many of them in Palestinian Authority-controlled refugee camps, who live under their own leaders. [47]820,000 Jewish refugees forced to flee without their belongings from Arab countries between 1947 and 1949, and who have never been compensated by Arab governments for their losses. [48]650,000 Arab refugees who left Israel from 1947-1949 and still need Palestinian leaders who will end terrorism and the culture of hate. [49]
Israel's withdrawal from four northern West Bank settlements created an area more than twice the size of Gaza's 140 square miles under Palestinian control and devoid of any Israeli presence. [50]

Monday, July 14, 2014

Protecting Our Edges

Protective Edge is the name of Israel’s newest attempt to limit the effect of militant Islamic terrorism on her citizens.  It begs the question, why are we so intent on taking the defensive?  Why are we hesitant to be the aggressor, when clearly we have the military strength to end the conflict?

Torah does give us many examples of standing against our enemies and defending ourselves.

Judges 7:9 “That same night the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have given it into your hand.”

Psalm 110:1 A Psalm of David. The Lord says to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.’ The Lord sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies!

Nehemiah 4:14 "And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, ‘Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.’”

We don’t hesitate because we’re weak, or naive.  It’s not because we’re afraid of what the world might say.  The world, at large, doesn’t think highly of us no matter what choice we make.  So we must make our choices based on our culture and who we are.

Who then are we?  We are the ONLY Jewish state in the world.  We must act in accordance with the tenants of our culture, and yes of our faith.  G-d called us and we answered.  He gave us a choice and we accepted and pledged ourselves, in all our future generations, to adhere to His laws.  I use the present tense “we” to describe that incident at HarSinai because I do truly believe that somehow all of us were present in some manner to either accede or decline that invitation.   (Granted there are many Jews who don’t agree with me, perhaps think I am deluded or my views archaic.  Still, I’m entitled to my views.)  When we accepted those laws we took upon ourselves a burden to act appropriately before G-d.  It really doesn’t matter then, in the long run, what the rest of the world thinks.

A clear tenant we take from our culture is that life is sacred.  All life is sacred.  It is a gift from G-d to all His creation.  So when we are faced with this dreadful circumstance of living in a neighborhood where everyone else believes our life is forfeit simply because we are Jews, well in the way of Tevye the dairyman, ‘tis a troublement.

The Torah tells us not to rejoice in our enemy’s downfall.  Why is that?!  How can that even be reasonable when that enemy wants to take our very lives?!  Ah, it is because life is a GIFT, not an entitlement.  We must all stand humbly before the Creator and remember, whether our neighbors believe it or not, that G-d gave them the same gift of life that He gave us.  We must stop and consider carefully our actions in light of this understanding.
Leviticus 19:2 “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your G-d am holy.”

Our burden, as Jews, is to act appropriately before the world so that they might see G-d’s holiness.  It’s true that most of the world has a hard time recognizing G-d’s holiness.  Whether they recognize it has no bearing on our obligation.  Our people have survived for thousands of years, against all odds, in defiance of all logic, because G-d set us apart.  Isaiah 42:6 “I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and have taken hold of thy hand, and kept thee, and set thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the nations.”  This is our purpose and why our nation has survived.  Who or what would we be if we abandoned this task?

So, the sad news I must share with you, my fellow Jews; my fellow Israelis, is that we must struggle every day.  When we face our enemies we must be filled with sorrow for their choices.  When we defend ourselves we must be cautious to avoid taking more lives than necessary to defend our own.  We must do everything in our power to protect the life of that 6 year old Arab boy sitting in his living room above the cache of weapons his father has stored in the basement.  We must be strong of heart, and fierce in our determination to do the most right thing, in the most right way, before G-d that we can do.

It will not make sense to the world.  Our Arab neighbors will wrongly interpret this as weakness.  But we know that it takes more strength and courage to make these choices.  We know that this path is much harder than bombing Gaza into dust.  We know that at the end of the day we can not only look at ourselves in the mirror, we can stand before G-d.

May we not give G-d any reason not to stand with us.