September 30, 2014
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
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
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 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 Territories, Military Occupation, West 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
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.
Because the people of Gaza will have clearly declared: “We are all Hamas now!”:
August 22, 2014
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.
August 08, 2014
I don’t watch Channel 4 so I have no idea what you’ve actually been saying lately about Gaza, Israel, or the Jews … my people.
Judging by the number of angry emails I’ve seen about you – far in excess of anything about the BBC, Guardian and the other usual suspects – and from past experience of your reporting on Israel, I don’t feel the need to upset myself with actually viewing the latest clips to convince me that you must be an anti-Semite.
It's just my personal view, and you may think that’s unfair. But that is to fail to understand my people. You see, they know this kind of thing when they see it.
Lord Janner’s father used to say: “You can’t always see anti-Semitism, but you can always smell it.”
And just as you, as a journalist with perhaps 40 years in the profession, can smell a good story – we as a people with 2,000 years’ experience of ‘the longest hatred’ can usually smell an anti-Semite.
A wise man said: “Bigotry works like the pupil of an eye. The more light you shine on it, the tighter it closes up.” Oh how well this applies to you and the other media people who’ve given Hamas encouragement by your excoriation of the Jewish state.
I’ve asked media people where they have been for the last three years of Syria’s civil war and its toll of 170,000 deaths. And why we didn’t hear from them in such inflammatory terms over the genocide in Rwanda and Darfur. Or the Palestinians’ ethnic-cleaning of Christians in Bethlehem. But I think it would be a waste of time asking you such questions.
I don’t think even those 30,000 imperiled Yazidis, today facing imminent slaughter in the hills of Iraq, would elicit the same kind of outrage as you’ve shown over the 1,000 or so non-combatants who died in Gaza.
Notwithstanding the lie that Gaza is the most densely populated place on earth (even Tel Aviv beats that!) it’s quite remarkable that, in three weeks of heavy conflict with deliberate use of human shields by Hamas, the collateral deaths have actually been so few. Maybe that had to do with our brave soldiers paying house calls instead of carpet-bombing.
Man - there is so much light that I could shine on your eyes. That we painfully uprooted 8,000 of our people to give Arabs a chance of peace in Gaza and they turned it into an underground terror base. That Israel has been under almost constant rocket fire for all the 9 years since that unilateral withdrawal. That we held back going into Gaza this time for two weeks. That we gave up the element of surprise by giving warnings of attacks by thousands of leaflets, phone calls and text messages. That we continued to provide Gaza with electricity from power stations whilst still under their own rocket fire. That we continued daily shipments of essential goods and medicines through the Kerem Shalom crossing – again under fire. That we opened a field hospital which Hamas blocked injured Gazans from using. That we offered all the ceasefire opportunities which Hamas broke. Or that even this morning Hamas couldn’t wait till the 8 a.m. deadline before launching new rocket barrages indiscriminately towards Israeli cities. And that we waited hours before finally firing back.
But I think such facts are totally wasted on you. It just makes your eyes shut tighter.
You who are so quick to pack a helmet and press vest every time the Jews are forced to defend themselves. And you who openly fretted that the downing of the Malaysian airliner might upstage your Gaza grandstanding.
The pupil analogy is actually far more important than you think, and I’ll tell you why.
This time the bigotry towards our people and its tiny home state is actually blinding everyone to the stark reality around them. The reality that this is a deadly struggle between good and evil. Between the region’s only democracy where you journalists feel safest, and the rest of a Middle East which is infected with a murderous radicalism that seeks to overthrow western civilisation and is perilously close to the nuclear means to do so.
Perhaps better than most, you know that nothing fires-up people more than stuff about the Jews. We count for less than one-tenth of one percent of the world’s population and our only Jewish state looks just as miniscule among the nations of the world. And yet we are rarely out of the headlines.
Is it what we do or just who we are?
But here’s an idea for you … for when Gaza goes quiet again.
Why not start a Channel 4 campaign to end starvation in Africa?
Lots of people have tried and failed … just not enough political will and public interest.
But you ….?
You could make it all about the Jews.
Now, what a success that could be!
August 07, 2014
Born out of creation itself, this nearly tiniest body of our universe has been tumbling through space and time on a seemingly endless voyage.
For millions of miles over the centuries it has been bounced around like a pinball, first attracted and then repelled by the gravitational forces of larger bodies. These merciless forces have misshapen it into a tortured form compared to the smooth symmetry and perfect spherical rotation of its giant repellers.
Most of its kind were long ago drawn in and accreted to those larger bodies, as if by some cosmic assimilation. But this one was always repelled and sent on its way again and again, thrust into the cold black void not knowing when or where the next wrenching encounter would be.
It has more craters and pockmarks than bodies many hundreds of times its own size, attesting to the constant and never-ending battering it has had to endure on its eternal wanderings.
And yet, despite the tiny size and odd appearance, it sparks more interest and curiosity than practically anything else in the universe. Millions of dollars have been invested in a means to chase it for ten years across millions of miles just for an opportunity to study it closehand.
It is a survivor from the time of creation. Against all odds it is still intact after all that time. And everyone is convinced it contains vital information, a message from the time of creation.
If this little piece of the universe had ever been assimilated by any of the larger bodies, its priceless message would have been lost eons ago. Only its constant rejection by the rest of our universe has preserved its unique role in the cold darkness of space.
August 04, 2014
I return home from shul and Eicha to a very quiet house … no TV, no phone callers, just silence.
It’s just me alone with my PC checking on the past day's events in the only place in the world I really care about.
I’ve watched many wars play out in Israel, but never felt as involved and joined-at-the-hip as this time. Maybe it’s the sheer impossibility of fighting an enemy which shoots from hospitals, hides behind children and counts its own civilian casualties as war gains. Maybe it’s because of the anti-Semitism it has unleashed here once again in Europe.
I am reading an article about the Hamas charter and its absolute and explicit commitment to the murder of all Jews, and how this was spawned by the Muslim Brotherhood’s collaboration with Hitler in the Second World War.
It’s the Code Red app on my smartphone.
The readout says two towns in the south of Israel are again under rocket fire.
I see it’s 1 a.m. Israel time and I think of kids being dragged out of their beds into shelters for the umpteenth time.
It gongs again. More rockets. No peace even on our saddest national day.
A third gong goes, and I realise that it’s not the asymmetry of the war or the local anti-Semitism that has us all so much more closely involved in this conflict. It’s the app!
That Code Red that’s been gonging away for over three weeks now, at all times of the day and night. Each one jolts us out of the complacency of our diaspora life and daily pursuits, and reminds us that our brothers and sisters are under fire and that their children are being traumatised night after night.
And why? Simply because they are Jews.
The Hamas charter seems so clearly to be just a continuation of Hitler’s work, along with the fascism in the streets of Paris and London.
And I wonder about something else.
Imagine if there had been such an app in the Holocaust?
Imagine all those American Jews hearing a gong every time a single Jewish life was extinguished half a world away in Europe.
Six million gongs.
At one a minute, it would have taken eleven and a half years.
על אלה אני בוכיה - עיני עיני ירדה מים כי רחק ממני מנחם משיב נפשי
For these I weep - mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me.
August 01, 2014
The John Travolta movie ‘Swordfish’ opens with a bank heist in which suicide vests strapped onto hostages are detonated. The resulting explosion is played out in slow motion with ball bearings ripping through glass and flying bodies. It runs for nearly a full minute.
This is Gaza today. A city in a suicide vest which has been exploding on our screens in slow motion over these last three weeks. Just as in the movie, when this grisly scene finally plays out in Gaza there will be an eerie silence with little left but wreckage and body parts.
Suicide bombings have become an almost daily occurrence in various parts of the world and we have become desensitised to them, so long as they don’t come too close to home or an airline route that we use. Whether it’s Mohammed Atta of 9/11, the Tsarnaev brothers in Boston or our home-grown Germaine Lindsay who bombed London on 7/7, the pattern is the same. They all started out as good students with a promising future. And then something ugly happened which destroyed them and all those around them.
What we’re witnessing in Gaza is a metamorphosis of Islamist terrorism. A new phenomenon: the world’s first urban suicide bomb.
In many ways the profile is similar.
Gaza started out with so much promise.
9 years ago Israel evacuated every Jewish man woman and child from the Gaza strip. 8,000 people were torn away from their homes and even the dead were pulled from their graves for reburial in Israel. All this pain was inflicted by Israel’s most hawkish Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, just to give peace a chance.
Israel left behind farms and greenhouses on land that had never been cultivated in hundreds of years. Billions in foreign aid poured in from America and Europe, and the UN set up schools and welfare centres. Just like Atta, Tsarnaev and Lindsay - Gaza had everything going for it.
And then something ugly happened to Gaza, which is destroying it and everything around it.
Just as the suicide bomber is fitted with his (or her) explosive vest, so Gaza was fitted with its vest by Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Just as the bomber watches the ball bearings being loaded and straps being tied, so the Gazans watched the rockets being shipped in and the tunnels being dug. In 2012 the Institute of Palestine Studies reported that over 160 children died digging those tunnels according to Hamas’ own sources.
With over 10,000 rockets stored in mosques, schools, UN facilities and within 6 years’ worth of tunnelling underneath their homes and streets, no resident of Gaza could fail to have realised that their city was being suited up as a giant suicide bomb to be deployed against the Jewish state.
Just as in the movie - and just as indiscriminately as the ball bearings - hundreds of Hamas rockets have continued to burst out of the Gaza suicide vest as if in slow motion over this 3-week campaign. Under this hail of fire, Israeli soldiers have been fighting against time to peel off what remains of this deadly straitjacket. And under unprecedentedly strict orders of engagement they have paid with their own lives to save as many vital organs in Gaza as possible.
We don’t know how this campaign will end. Hopefully it will see the total destruction of Hamas and the liberation of their Gaza hostages to a life of enlightenment in place of incitement. But I fear this metamorphosis of Islamist terror is only the second of three stages.
Stage 1 is the ‘Human’ Suicide Bomber – an oxymoron if there ever was one.
Stage 2 is the Urban Suicide Bomb - prototyped in Gaza.
Stage 3 is the State Suicide Bomb – and this will be Iran.
Paymaster and gunrunner to all the major terror organisations of the world, the Islamic Republic is now within an ace of producing nuclear weapons. After years of getting their sanctions act together, the western powers finally brought the mullocracy to the brink of surrender when the president of their Big Satan inexplicably handed them a lifeline. Now they are rehabilitated and more outspoken than ever on their rights to enrichment of weapons-grade uranium.
The ayatollahs’ calculus is simple. That Israel is a ‘one-bomb-nation’ compared with sustainable losses in the Islamic world if there is retaliation.
Think of a Gaza. Add one hundred million. Mix in the uranium.
July 30, 2014
“War is chaos and full of mistakes. But mistakes are not war crimes”
[Col. Richard Kemp, Geneva 2009. UN debate on Goldstone findings]
If we were Britain which bombed the German city of Dresden killing 25,000 people in two days, we could have silenced the Hamas rockets in the same two days without loss on our side.
If we were NATO which bombed Serbia and its capital Belgrade, killing 2,000 civilians and destroying 300 schools libraries and 20 hospitals, we could have been finished in Gaza within a week without committing ground troops.
If we were Russia which bombed Chechnya and its capital Grozny, with civilian deaths never officially revealed, we could have stopped the rockets within a few days without loss of a single soldier.
If we were the USA which nuked two Japanese cities vaporizing nearly 250,000 people, we could have ended the Hamas rocket fire within an hour, without burying a single one of our boys.
But we are not any of the above.
We are the people of the book.
It is not in our nature or our DNA to indiscriminately bomb any city, even when our own families are under fire.
The only moral option against an enemy hiding behind and under civilians was to send in our boys to closely check targets and risk their lives to enter booby-trapped buildings and tunnel entrances.
By dropping warning leaflets as well as phoning and texting thousands of warnings, our army gave up its most valuable tactical weapon: the element of surprise.
For this morality in war – truly unmatched by ANY army in the history of military conflict – we are now burying our 56th soldier.
May the Almighty grant comfort to their grieving and yet immensely proud families.
עם ישראל חי – לנצח
July 27, 2014
Whilst the TV networks portray Gaza destruction photos in a continuous loop, I would like to add one of my own.
This is what remained of the Neve Dekalim Synagogue, demolished along with a dozen other shuls, at the time of our Gaza pullout in 2005.
We did this awful thing and uprooted 8,000 Jews from beautiful homes and farms in order to give peace a chance.
We left the Arabs our greenhouses, our farmed land, municipal buildings and a lot more.
They stripped the concrete and steel from our synagogues to build rockets and terror tunnels.
They voted for Hamas which is the sole cause of their misery and destruction today.
In these days before Tisha B'Av we should weep for the synagogues and yeshivas that were destroyed for nothing.
Let us never do this again.