November 23, 2014

A Persistence of Savagery

The cry went up: “Al Aksa is in danger … kill all the Jews wherever you see them!”  
And so they came with axes and meat cleavers and hacked the Jews to death.

I speak not of this week, but of August 1929 when 67 Jews were hacked to death in Chevron in response to the same Al Aksa war cry based on the same blood libels of Arabs being killed by Jews.

It seems bizarre that just last week, in Chevron for Shabbat Chayei Sarah, I walked along Rechov Tarpat (1929) talking about that massacre which came so close to repeating itself this week in Jerusalem. 

I was walking with Arieh Kiselstein whose father (pictured here with his injured father and sister) was 4 years old when rescued from under a heap of slain Jewish bodies.  At the time of the Chevron massacre, there was only one British policeman in charge of the whole town.  Fortunately this time our own police responded quickly enough to prevent many more deaths.
The lesson is that however much our people have progressed in 85 years – from hapless refugees to citizens of the most powerful and successful state in the region – our enemies have not changed one iota from the bloodthirsty automatons of jihadi incitement they’ve always been.
Before the 1929 massacre, Jews and Arabs had an almost idyllic coexistence in Chevron.  Jewish doctors treated Arab patients and Arab kids babysat for Jewish families in complete trust and harmony. This is the kind of co-existence the current-day Osloists and peaceniks still dream of as part of their Two-State Solution.  But Chevron 1929 was a wake-up call to our people just as shrill as last Tuesday should be.

This was not about Abbas. He is a man of straw.  This is way above his pay-grade.
This is being orchestrated by the Muslim Brotherhood with dreams of re-creating the Ottoman Empire as a Sharia caliphate with its capital in Jerusalem.
Having been unceremoniously turfed out of Egypt within an inch of reaching ultimate presidential power, the Brotherhood now seeks new relevance in the region and has chosen Jerusalem as its new powerbase.  Its tentacles are everywhere, including the White House which regularly entertains the leaders of its American chapter, known as CAIR; the Council on American Islamic Relations.  And the Brotherhood now has the patronage of Qatar, the world’s new spigot of terror funding and sponsors of Hamas.

In 1929 the Arabs offered Chevron's Sephardi community leader Rabbi Slonim a deal: hand over the local yeshiva boys and we will let your families live. The rabbi refused and was shot dead. 
In the end 55 of the 67 killed were yeshiva boys.

Just as 1929 was not a massacre of kibbutzniks, Tuesday’s attack was not against a secular target or any ‘symbol of the Zionist occupation’.  And as we all know, Har Nof is hardly an IDF recruitment centre. Think of Mercaz Harav, and the school in Toulouse and you will realize that these were not attacks on Zionism, but on Judaism itself.

The lesson of 1929 was that co-existence is an illusion which will only last as long as the next imam’s cry of Itbah al-Yahud.  We need to separate ourselves from the Arabs and to stop employing them in our stores, restaurants and building sites. There are hordes of peace-loving Filipinos and Eastern Europeans who will be only too pleased to take their places and their jobs in our land of milk and honey without lusting daily for Jewish blood.

Here is a sobering video account of the Chevron massacre.

ה' ינקום דמם





November 14, 2014

Chayei Sarah & The Temple Mount

In an hour or so I will be setting out to Chevron to enjoy Shabbat Chayei Sarah at the Cave of Machpela which was bought by Avraham Avinu 3,800 years ago.

Each time I go, more and more crowds flock to this unique celebration of Jewish history and heritage. Most welcome are the teenagers, many of whom come from secular homes with no experience of a real Shabbat.

The story of our people’s recovery of Machpela after 700 years was best told by the late Rabbi Shlomo Goren, Chief Rabbi of the Israel Defence Forces during the 1967 war.

Fresh from the liberation of Jerusalem and the Western Wall, he wanted to be among the first Jews to return to the ancient city of the patriarchs. Holding the rank of general, he joined the armed forces stationed at the recently captured Etzion Bloc, on their way to Hebron. On the evening of 28 Iyar, before retiring for the night, he asked to be wakened when the soldiers began their march into Hebron the following day.

The next morning he awoke, only to find himself alone with his driver. Realizing that he had been left behind, he ordered his driver to begin the 20-minute journey into Hebron, expecting to meet the rest of the army enroute. Rabbi Goren thought it peculiar that he hadn’t encountered any Israeli soldiers on the road and assumed that they had already secured the city in record time. 

Driving into Hebron, he was greeted by the sight of white sheets fluttering from the windows and rooftops of Arab homes.
The Rabbi theorised that this must be fear of retaliation for their 1929 pogrom in which 67 Jews were massacred and many more wounded. Leaving his driver and clutching a Torah scroll, Rabbi Goren quickly made his way toward the Herodian walls which now surround Machpela; the Tomb of the Patriarchs. Once inside he blew the Shofar, just as he had done 24-hours earlier at the Western Wall.
Only afterwards did he discover that when he left the Etzion base, the rest of the forces were on the other side of the hill, making plans for the attack on Hebron. The army was astonished to find that their Chief Rabbi had single-handedly conquered a city of 80,000 Arabs. Jews had finally returned to Hebron and the sacred burial place of their patriarchs!

Even the secular David Ben Gurion acknowledged the importance of Chevron as: “the city to which came the first Hebrew about eight hundred years before King David, and we will make a great and awful mistake if we fail to settle Hebron, neighbor and predecessor of Jerusalem, with a large Jewish settlement, constantly growing and expanding, very soon. This will also be a blessing to the Arab neighbors. Hebron is worthy to be Jerusalem's sister.”

As genuinely holy to Muslim descendants of Abraham as it is to us, Machpela is a modern-day mosque. But for decades it has been shared with Jews for visits and prayer. By agreement Shabbat Chayei Sarah is one of the special days of the year when all sections are opened to Jewish pilgrims. What a shining example of what could be achieved for the Temple Mount with peaceful intent instead of murderous incitement.

Shabbat-Chayei-Sarah-Shalom to you all.
Next year, why not join us?



November 11, 2014

Give our people guns !

Now that we can clearly see the Third Intifada blowing in from all directions, with full and active incitement ascribed to Abbas and his business-suited PLO, it’s time to allow Israelis to protect themselves better.

Despite the common sight of guns carried openly by off-duty soldiers and security volunteers, gun licensing for ordinary civilians is strictly controlled in Israel.  But in just the last 48 hours it’s become clear that every Israeli in any location is a legitimate target, with the highest risk of attack being on motor vehicles especially travelling at night.

It’s absurd that in today's peaceful America the right of private citizens to bear arms is sacrosanct whilst in Israel, already walled-in against terrorists, private firearm licenses are so strictly rationed.

Of course there have to be background checks and mental-health restrictions just as in the US and other countries. But the status of Israeli citizens above almost all others is that they already have a responsible and disciplined attitude to firearms by dint of their mandatory army service and training.

I doubt if any adult using Israel’s roads in the current inflamed situation would not feel a lot safer with a handgun in their glove-box. The government should allow all citizens this security and the ability to protect themselves from attack or hijacking.

We trust our citizens as soldiers and we must trust them equally in civilian life.

Yes there will be some hothead shootings, no doubt, and penalties should be very tough. But the risk of such incidents does not justify leaving all good citizens at the mercy of Abbas’s thugs
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As the good book says  ... הבא להרגך השכם להרגו

November 02, 2014

And the biggest funder of terror in Jerusalem is …..

Yes ... Israel.

Set aside for a moment the security scandal that this week’s shooter of Rabbi Yehuda Glick at the Begin Heritage Centre actually worked in its own restaurant. But how did this Mutaz Hijazi get a job in any city establishment after emerging from an 11-year jail term vowing more violence against Jews?

To be officially employed in Jerusalem, this animal needed all the relevant entry and work permits and would have been eligible for social security for himself and his family, including healthcare as any other city resident and taxpayer.
Why do we do this??

Think of all those Arabs who’ve been running riot in Jerusalem over these 9 months of government inaction. The one who rammed the tractor into a bus or the one who killed the little baby last week. The ones who attack yeshiva boys or the gang that blew up the petrol station. Or any of the mobs who have repeatedly attacked and vandalized the new light railway system. They all go home to families who praise them to the skies even as they fill-in more application forms for state and city welfare entitlements, pensions and healthcare.

This turns out to be the same lunacy as Gaza, where we pipe-in electricity even as they rocket our power stations in Ashkelon.
In this way, the City and State are funding the terror and civil disobedience of East Jerusalem Arabs on a daily basis, and far more than any external sources of terror investment.
This has to stop.

In the past, terrorists like these used to have their houses demolished. When that made for bad headlines it mostly stopped. Now it’s time to hit these terror families in their pockets.
All security prisoners coming out of jail should be placed on permanent probation, reporting to parole officers. If they continue to associate with Jihadi groups plotting attacks on the Jewish state, they should be denied the documents and privileges of the State in terms of employment and welfare. If their families lionize these martyrs and vow to give birth to more of them, they too should have their permits, benefits and entitlements put under review.
If after curtailment of their goodies such PLO families fail to make ends meet, maybe they will move somewhere else and good riddance to them.

The loons on the European Court of Human Rights continue to prevent EU countries from deporting killers and rapists on the grounds they are ‘entitled to a family life’.


Let us not be so stupid as to fund and entitle terrorist families like the Hijazis to a normal family life when they praise those who seek to destroy ours.



October 26, 2014

Forget Ebola. It’s Tolerance that’ll finish us first.

Liberals claim to be all about tolerance, and it’s tolerance that is threatening to destroy so much of what we value and hold dear.

Netanyahu is no liberal but he is an inveterate tolerator. Witness the situation in Jerusalem where it’s been 9 months since the so-called ‘silent intifada’ really started. Random stoning of cars escalated to petrol bombings and then the blowing up of a city petrol station. Jostling of yeshiva students in the Old City graduated to knife attacks. And what became almost daily Arab attacks on the new light railway culminated horribly last week in the death of a little baby in the deliberate ramming of a line of waiting passengers.  
In the face of public anger, the border police now admit they’ve been prevented ‘like dolls’ from taking firm action by a government that hoped the problem might go away.

But just like graffiti on a wall, if you fail to clean up quickly you will only get much, much, more … until it’s all over the place and out of control.
Netanyahu applied the same foolish tolerance to rocket fire from Gaza. A year ago it was just monthly. Then by his turning the other cheek it became weekly and then daily. The miracle that most missiles fell into open spaces only encouraged that complacency until that tolerance so emboldened the enemy that Israel wound up with 50 days of incessant rocket fire all the way up to Hadera.
The clear lesson is that there needs to be ZERO tolerance for this kind of thing. If we had cracked down hard on the first light railway attack and the first Gaza rockets, things would have turned out very differently. We would have prevented many deaths and millions of shekels in damages and war costs.

Further afield, tolerance is undermining and endangering society and world order.  Why do we tolerate radical leftist professors who are poisoning the minds of our university students, and Islamic hate preachers infiltrating our student unions? Why do we tolerate immigrants who stridently reject the norms and ethos of the host country? If you are invited into someone’s home, do you not show consideration and respect? Or do you just dump your stuff at the door, put your feet up on the table and demand a free meal without any offending ingredients?

Then there are government employees, who it seems cannot ever get fired no matter how incompetent they may be. Where I live in the UK, this charge has been levelled at  the Home Office and Border Agency both of which have been labelled as ‘unfit for purpose’ for bungling deportation orders for illegal immigrants and failing to stop convicted killers and rapists waltzing in and out of Britain from their home countries in Eastern Europe. There’ll be lots of official enquiries but, you can bet next year’s salary, no-one will be fired or step down.
In America there’s been so much incompetence exposed in the Obama administration – the IRS, Obamacare, Benghazi etc. – that the common refrain is: “What does someone have to do to get fired by this administration?” 

Which brings me back to Ebola.

On 9-11 President Bush dramatically grounded all aircraft flying over the United States. It was a bold and unprecedented order.  No question that if Ebola ever escaped into a major US city there could be a hundredfold more deaths than on 9-11. And yet Obama’s ‘health experts’ insist a travel ban on Africa is unnecessary and would be ‘counter-productive’. 
Now we hear that a doctor who had been working at the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea casually flew back to New York, rode the subway, went bowling and socialising before his temperature shot up to 103.  At the very least, ordinary citizens might have expected the authorities to screen or quarantine returning doctors and nurses who had been in direct contact with Ebola patients. Did they stop this doctor when he boarded in Africa? Or when he landed at Kennedy?
And what about the doctor himself?  He knew where he had been. Was it responsible or reasonable of him not to take basic precautions of his own?  
They call themselves ‘Doctors Without Borders’. I’d call them Doctors Without Sense.
As usual, there are cries of foul and incompetence. But it will make no difference. No-one will get fired.  It will just be another thing tolerated.

It’s a sick truism that the only place heads do roll is in the sands of Iraq.
And that too is down to tolerance.
Tolerance of pure evil.
The evil is nothing new, only its execution.

But even now America and Europe are tolerating the purveyors of Islamic fundamentalism and murderous Jihad. They like to call it ‘engagement’ but it is really the same old appeasement which so emboldened Hitler to plunge the world into war. It’s all in the labelling – just like the toxic debt which brought down Wall Street in 2008 was packaged as CDOs and other innocuous derivatives. Maybe they’ll to the same to nuclear waste one day.

Whether it’s tolerating Iran so determined to deploy the first Islamic nuclear bomb, or Qatar as paymasters of Hamas, or Saudi Arabia the font of Wahhabist fundamentalism and home to most of the 9-11 hijackers. These terror capitals are to be shunned, not tolerated.

Mayor Rudi Giuliani famously cleaned up street crime in New York with a simple but firm doctrine of Zero Tolerance.

We need strong world leaders to apply that same doctrine in foreign policy and government service.

October 23, 2014

Are we getting soft in the head ...?

It happens all the time.
A neighbor knocks on your door and says: “I’m having some people round, would you mind if I parked in your driveway?”
But how would it be if you knocked on your neighbor’s door and said “I promise I won’t park in my own driveway.”
He’d be pretty astonished and think you were a bit soft in the head.

But that is exactly what Prime Minister Netanyahu did this week.
He sent a message to Jordan’s King Abdullah, reassuring him that he has no intention of allowing Jews to pray on their own sovereign and biblical Temple Mount.
The last thing I would ever call Bibi is soft in the head. But you do have to wonder why he felt it necessary to make such a grovelling statement, least of all to the King of Jordan.

Let’s not forget how Jordan treated the Old City after taking occupation of Jerusalem in 1948 and beginning an ethnic cleansing of its centuries-old Jewish population. Not content with removing the Jews, they destroyed all the synagogues – 58 in all, including the magnificent Hurva shul which has been so beautifully restored under Jewish liberation.
For the 19 years of its occupation of Jerusalem, Jordan refused to abide by the Armistice Agreement entitling Jews to have access to their holiest site, the Western Wall. Instead only the privileged few were able to snatch glimpses from Mt Zion on appointed days.

Today Jordan needs Israel more than we need them. Aside from saving his father King Hussein from more than one Arab assassination attempt, Abdullah knows the Jordan River is his safest border. He faces the new ISIS threat from the East and an unstable Syria to the North. And he’s probably shrewd enough to have figured out that the State of Israel will survive a lot longer than the crumbling House of Saud in the South.
And, for all his flag-waving for the Palestinian cause, the Jordanian King is terrified that Abbas will ever get control of the West Bank. He knows it will rapidly be taken over by radicals like Hamas and subsumed into the federation of terror enclaves funded by Iran and Qatar.

In spite of these stark realities, Netanyahu still felt it necessary to kowtow to an Arab king who occupies the East Bank of the homeland which was mandated to Jews by the League of Nations. The part that Britain stole from that mandate to gift to his grandfather. The same Britain whose parliament was last week so keen to dispossess us of our West Bank as well.

And, whilst on the subject of that vote – it was not just about dispossession of the West Bank. It’s inevitably about the creation of a new terror front on the narrowest part of our tiny Jewish state. The diehard Arabists of the British Foreign Office hope to achieve what they set out to do in 1948; leaving their arms and equipment for the Arabs to smother the new-born Jewish state in its cradle.


Since 1948 we have celebrated independence 66 times. But we are fooling ourselves with parades, street parties and concerts. True independence means asserting our national and sovereign rights in our own land.

This is our driveway. We park here.
We come and go as we please.

September 30, 2014

A Persistence of Judaicide

If we don’t call a spade a spade, we will soon need a spade …

To bury our state and all that has been achieved in 66 years of independence and all that led up to it.

Our so called ‘peace partners’ the Palestinian Authority have just praised and lionized the killers of our three yeshiva boys Naftali Frenkel, Eyal Yifrah, and Gilad Sha'ar. They are no doubt looking for streets in Ramallah to name after these killers.
So why oh why is the Israeli leadership still subscribing to this fiction of a ‘peace partner’ in Abbas and his so-called Palestinian Authority?  

If it’s to appease Western leaders and important trading partners, it is a waste of effort and only serves to disempower our own legitimate rights and legal claims to Greater Israel.

A peace agreement with Mahmoud Abbas is like buying a car from a known car thief. You know it’s not worth the paper it’s written on. You know you will lose both your money and the car. You know there will be no legal recourse. And you know you will only be able to drive that car for a few precious days or weeks before it gets taken away and you are left on foot with no place to go.

After death and taxes the only sure thing in this world is that there will NEVER be any true peace with people who lionize the killers of our children and dream nightly of our total annihilation and the destruction of our only Jewish state.

So, let’s give up this charade. Let our leaders use this latest beatification of Jew-killers as the final straw that broke the back of this discredited and bankrupt ‘two-state solution’ which existed only in the minds of Western politicians bent on the appeasement of oil-rich Arab states and in the minds of Oslo dreamers and fantasists.

If Al-Sisi is outlawing Islamists all over Egypt, why on earth is Netanyahu still wooing Abbas in Israel?

September 24, 2014

Save us from our own foolishness

Tonight as we dip our apples in the honey, let us reflect on the slaughter that was planned for our people in the south of Israel this night. 

How hundreds of terrorists would have burst out of tunnels far behind the IDF watchtowers and how they would have invaded countless Jewish homes and left each one looking like the Fogel family’s charnel house in Itamar. 

Think of how many IDF reservists would have been forced to watch their families being killed before being dragged back into the tunnels as hostages for future prisoner releases.
All these plans were foiled by one simple event: three yeshiva boys decided to hitch a ride home on a Thursday night. 

The kidnapping provoked so much prayer all around the world and the heartrending discovery of their bodies provoked millions to ask “Why?”
Well, by now we all know the answer to that question.
This is only the latest in a series of divine interventions where the Almighty is protecting us, his children and our promised land from our own folly.

Part of that folly comes from the hubris and complacency of having the best army and intelligence resources in the world. 
Another part is the complete fantasy that there can ever be any genuine peace with these so-called ‘Palestinians’ who are sworn to the destruction of our people and our state. 
Yet another perennial piece of foolishness is the doctrine of ‘land for peace’.  
Whilst the Gaza withdrawal should have finally discredited that idea, it still holds traction with far too many naïve Israelis. Dreamers all.

So if there were an Avinu Malkeynu that said: “We beseech You - save us from our own foolishness” that would be a good thing to say with the greatest sincerity. We could also say it with immense Hakarat Hatov (gratitude) for the open miracles we saw this summer both in the discovery of the tunnels and the almost supernatural performance of Iron Dome.

The best way to repay these divine kindnesses is to stop treating pieces of Eretz Yisrael as bargaining chips to trade for worthless agreements with our enemies and empty praise from Western leaders who’ve now been so pathetically exposed on the world stage as emperors with no clothes.

Our leaders should start talking and behaving as if it’s really and truly our land. Then we shall certainly keep every dunam with the help of G-d.

Shana Tova to all.

September 19, 2014

HANDS OFF OUR SCHOOLS !

Why is OFSTED suddenly targeting Jewish schools?

There are only 10 state-aided Jewish secondary schools in the UK and yet these government school inspectors have swooped on 3 since July.

At first I thought this might be some perverse form of revenge by the OFSTED chief against his nemesis Michael Gove who - recently removed as Minister for Education - has always been full of praise for Jewish schools and family values. His sacking and the first swoop were just days apart.
But I am thinking there is something more sinister going on.  

Readers outside Britain may not be aware of the “Trojan Horse” scandal which exploded last March and has rocked the British educational establishment unsettling parents and teachers across the country. A leaked document exposed a well-entrenched operation to Islamize schools in the predominantly Muslim city of Birmingham and to bully and intimidate head teachers who failed to co-operate.
Investigations uncovered a catalog of abuses including children being shown jihadist videos, being visited by  hate preachers, being baited as ‘kuffars’ for not attending prayers, and being taught that that wives who refused sex to their husbands would go to hell. Even Christmas was cancelled in some of these taxpayer-funded schools. Head teachers who were forced out were frightened to tell the story for fear of physical attack.

One would have thought, after such an earthquake in the educational system which caught its government watchdog completely by surprise, that the limited number of school inspectors would have their hands full in a sweep of all schools in other predominantly Muslim centers like Leicester, Bradford, Redbridge and Newham to check on any further Sharia indoctrination or staff intimidation.
To cover that vast area would take perhaps two years. And yet, within just six months of the scandal first breaking, OFSTED has had the spare time and resources to swoop on 3 Jewish schools in as many term weeks.
Something smells rotten here.

The first target was the Jewish Free School, which was rated ‘outstanding’ on its last audit by OFSTED which awarded it 39 out of an available 39 outstanding grades.  You can’t get better than that.
OFSTED claimed that their July swoop on JFS was in response to ‘complaints received’ but admitted in its own report that none of those were substantiated. Instead they found other trifling reasons to downgrade the school from ‘outstanding’ to ‘requiring improvement’.

If the Trojan Horse scandal was British education’s 9-11, then these swoops on Jewish schools are a lot like frisking old ladies at Heathrow airport.
Schools are on fire in the Muslim areas, and OFSTED is pouring water on Jewish schools. This is perverse. It’s political correctness gone mad.

Across London and the British midlands nests of Islamic hate preaching and terror plotting have caused the government to uprate the UK threat level to ‘severe’.  None of this problem has anything to do with our Jewish community, its schools or family homes.
The only thing we are cooking-up in our homes is chicken soup. We don’t do ricin.

So hands off our schools!




September 16, 2014

I am sickened by these Snowdens of the IDF

I never thought I would ever express anything but praise and respect for anyone serving in the IDF, whether now or as a veteran of past wars. But this week I am utterly sickened by the letter written by 43 reservists of an elite intelligence unit to PM Netanyahu and the Chief of Staff.

We, veterans of Unit 8200, reserve soldiers both past and present, declare that we refuse to take part in actions against Palestinians and refuse to continue serving as tools in deepening the military control over the Occupied Territories,” the letter begins.

It goes on to say: “ … our military service has taught us that intelligence is an integral part of Israel’s military occupation over the territories”

Noting that intelligence surveillance of Israeli citizens was strictly limited, they lament that “the Palestinians are not afforded this protection.”

They claim that the information gathered in the military’s computers “harms innocent people. It is used for political persecution and to create divisions within Palestinian society by recruiting collaborators and driving parts of Palestinian society against itself.”

Referring to ‘millions of Palestinians that have been living under Israeli military rule for more than 47 years’ they have the gall to refer to Israel as “this regime” which they accuse of denying basic rights and expropriating land for settlement activity which they claim has nothing to do with national security.

They accuse this “regime” of economic exploitation and collective punishment in the “West Bank”, Gaza and by means of the “separation barrier”.

Where have these reservists been training lately?

With the people of Haaretz? Maybe Peace-Now, or B’tslem?

What jobs are they doing in civilian life? Are they perhaps on contracts funded by George Soros and his Open Society Foundations?

This letter could easily have been drafted by any one of the dozens of anti-Israel NGOs who are funded by foreigners seeking to undermine and undo the Jewish state.  The key phrases are as good as any handwriting analysis:Occupied TerritoriesMilitary OccupationWest Bank and Separation Barrierinstead of the security fence which it really is. 

This is the language of our enemies.

Such NGOs are dangerous parasites which live off the host body of Israel with tax-exempt status and total freedom to undermine the Jewish state from within. In recent years they’ve targeted such reservists as the best means of infecting the most vital organ of our national security.

This egregious letter is proof that lawmakers need to get tough on these seditious groups. Last year, bills were proposed to outlaw the worst offenders and to tax the foreign incomes of others.  Unfortunately these reforms were blocked by leftists on the legislation approvals committee.
This letter is a serious wake-up call and should spur those bill sponsors, like Miri Regev, to try again with all pressure and urgency before this virus of self-loathing takes serious hold in the army ranks.

Perhaps the most shocking part of the letter is the reference to surveillance. Equating the surveillance of ‘Palestinians’ to monitoring of ordinary Israelis is the height of absurdity. Can this stuff really have been believed by people working in “intelligence”?  Surely not. Instead it smacks of the same treachery of Edward Snowden who tried to justify the leaking of America’s vital surveillance secrets with the same bizarre relativism.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has rightly lambasted the 43 signatories of this disgraceful letter and the IDF chiefs are considering punishment options.
In my view these guys should be brought before a military tribunal to investigate who they’ve been associating with and who incited them to write this poisonous letter.  They should be dishonorably discharged from the army with cancellation of all pension rights.  Their retirement needs will surely be taken care of by the grateful NGOs who might even name streets after them.

The good news is that, so far, more than 200 veterans of the intelligence unit have publicly disowned these guys and their views.


September 10, 2014

Let’s give Gaza the destruction they vote for

A new poll by the Palestinian Center for Political Research and Surveys reveals that, despite the huge cost and destruction wrought by Hamas attacks on Israel, 86% of Palestinian Arabs still support the launching of further rockets from the Gaza Strip at the Jewish State.

69% of them want elections within 6 months in which, the same poll suggests, Hamas terror chief Ismail Haniyeh would receive 61% of votes compared with just 32% for Tzipi Livni’s peace partner, Mahmoud Abbas.

I say, let them have elections right away!

And when Hamas gets its landslide victory we will have the fullest justification to respond to new rocket attacks the same way as the major world powers always do.

Not with one hand tied behind our backs and trying to be the goody-goodies of the world.
But with shock and awe and deadly intent.

Why?

Because the people of Gaza will have clearly declared: “We are all Hamas now!”:

So, let 'em have it!


August 22, 2014

Forget Hasbara ... buy guns

People ask why we keep circulating the same Gaza emails, stories and links amongst ourselves when we should be sending them out to the goyim. If only they knew the truth about these dastardly enemies of ours and the moral and ethical antithesis our people represents on every possible level.

Whether it’s the bizarre lengths our air force goes to avoid civilian casualties, to the continuing supply of vital needs to Gaza residents in the middle of a war, on top of the electricity our Ashkelon power workers keep feeding Gazans even as their homes and kids schools are targeted by Hamas rocketeers.

“We need to get our message out!” they say.
“The foreign ministry’s PR budget is only a fraction of Bezeq’s ... we need more money and media talent to get our side across.”

I say, forget it!

I’ve been saying the same thing since at least before the last Gaza war and probably much before. It’s a total waste of money.

The truth is that the people who still need convincing that Israel are the good guys in this fight are not interested in anything we have to say. These guys don’t want to hear one good thing about the Jews ... nothing at all.

And by this I include not just war stories, but everything else as well. They don’t want to hear that we created the mobile phones they use for apps to boycott our goods. They don’t want to hear about the humanitarian teams we send to every disaster area any more than the Israeli medical breakthroughs that keep their mums and dads alive longer. And even if Ben Gurion University’s Dr Lobel gets FDA approval for his Ebola vaccine, it won’t make the slightest difference to those we would target for Hasbara.

You see, it’s that old truism: that there’s none so deaf as those who will not hear and none so blind as those who will not see.

As I quoted in a previous posting: bigotry operates like the pupil of an eye ... the more light you shine on it the tighter it closes shut.

These people who we would target with more Hasbara ... do they not see Hamas for what they are? Do they not see that these are of the same brotherhood as ISIS in Iraq, Boko Haram in Nigeria and Hezbullah in Lebanon? Do they not know the difference between good and evil?
Well, if they don’t, it’s not our job to convince them. They will find out soon enough all by themselves. Imagine having to advertise clean water in the middle of a cholera outbreak?

Why should we waste our money trying to convince bigots to save themselves?
No-one understands the depth of this conflict better than our own people.
And with that knowledge the best place to invest our money and resources is in the protection of our people.

One more Iron Dome battery installation is worth five years of Hasbara on deaf ears.



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