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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Christian Missionary Joel Rosenberg and Family Make Aliyah

Posted by JewishIsrael.com

Joel Rosenberg, a renowned "end-times" author and missionary, who promotes proselytizing the Jewish people and dedicates resources to targeting Israelis for conversion, has managed to make Aliyah with his family.

Rosenberg was able to immigrate to Israel as a practicing Christian missionary via a loophole in Israel's Law of Return. 
Just five months ago JewishIsrael reported that the Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Shlomo Riskin, granted legitimacy to Rosenberg by sharing the podium with him at New York’s West Side Lincoln Square Synagogue in an interfaith theological exchange sponsored by Ohr Torah Stone’s Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation...more

"Teflon" Lapid and Other Israeli Coalition Thoughts

Flash 90
Will Yair Lapid, Finance Minister pay a price for his Shabbat-breaking faux pas?
Will Lapid's Sabbath Desecration Bring Down the Coalition?
A coalition has already broken apart in a similar gaffe to Lapid's Shabbat press conference; MKs warning action may be taken.
Finance Minister Yair Lapid's (Yesh Atid) decision to hold a press conference in his Tel Aviv home on Saturday in open violation of the Sabbath has religious and non-religious MKs alike furious, with many waiting to see if the move may spell the end of the rocky coalition government.
Arutz 7, which observes the Shabbat, had the above article in a prominent position, but besides the also Sabbath observing Jewish Press, I couldn't find any other site that stressed the significance or possible ramifications of  such a breach of Israeli political protocol.

Sabbath observance, no matter how one defines Shabbat, is an integral part of Israeli life. Considering that Lapid is still campaigning for public bus service on Shabbat and supports stores being open seven days a week, it's pretty clear that he is against a public day of rest. Lapid wants shopkeepers, bus drivers and the media to work 24/7. His concept, if he has one, of human rights is rather cruel and old-fashioned.

It seems like Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu doesn't care, nor does the media, nor his coalition partners including the religious Naftali Bennett of the NRP aka Jewish Home. There should have been a major public hullabaloo protesting Lapid's Shabbat press conference.

Silence is acquiescence to this break in protocol. I think that Bibi is perfectly comfortable with Lapid's anti-Jewish policies. If Bennett wants to show his leadership potential he must break out of the coalition. I doubt if he or his MK's will do it. Their campaign promise was to be in the coalition, which is the main reason I refused to vote from him.

And about Gidon Sa'ar's resignation from Likud politics. Once I read that his wife Geula Even had been suspended just before the resignation for breaking her "don't interview Likud MK restriction," it was perfectly clear that their careers conflicted. One had to change jobs, and they decided that he would be the one.
Even and Sa'ar with
baby David, credit
Since Even is married to outgoing Interior Minister and Likud MK Gideon Sa’ar, she was instructed that interviews with Likud politicians are taboo on her nightly current affairs program The Supplement.
Despite the warning, Even interviewed Likud MK Gila Gamliel, which resulted in an argument between her and Hasson. (Jerusalem Post)
IMHO, it's pretty obvious that is the reason.

Another interesting political couple, Likud minister and media personality, are MK Sylvan Shalom, Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water, Minister of the Development of the Negev and Galil, Minister of Regional Cooperation (a hodge-podge of minor ministries because he is in competition with PM Bibi,) and Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes scion of Israel's main (Leftist) media dynasty. Last week Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes spoke at the Tefillat Chana, Shiloh Hakeduma-Tel Shiloh event, playing up herself as just like the religious women in the audience. For many of the attendees it was quite a surprise to see her in Shiloh. I heard from a friend that she spoke about her visit to Shiloh very positively on her radio show. She and her husband have been positioning themselves more and more on the religiously Traditional and Right of Israeli politics and life/society. I would keep that in mind when trying to predict what's next.

Israeli politics is never dull, and no doubt I'll have lots more to write about in the near future.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Last Havel Havelim of 5774!

Our traditional
Rosh Hashannah"fruit head." 
Yes, we're in the very last days of the Jewish Year of 5774. On Wednesday night, as the sun goes down the year 5775 will begin. May it be a wonderful year of joy, good health, wisdom and peace for the entire Jewish People.

We Jewish bloggers have a great opportunity to promote Judaism and Israel via the internet. Today, many people can read our posts (articles) even on their phones. For many, even the computer is passe`.  We can even blog on our phone or tablet. And wherever/however you read or blog, you can share and comment on posts, too. So please comment and share the posts you find interesting. And of course share and comment on this Havel Havelim, thanks.
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 and see the latest news. Join the page and become part of the community. Because next week is a short blogging week due to Rosh Hashannah, there probably won't be an edition until after Yom Kippur, when it will be hosted by Tzivia, Adventures in AliyahLand submit to tzivia@aliyahland.com. Please submit your posts before Yom Kippur, thanks.

As has been my custom of late, I'm first listing the posts that had been submitted to me, then mine and finally, if I have time, I'll add whatever I find on other blogs. Again, please read, comment and share, thanks.

Yaaqov Ben-Yehuda, Britain Is Growing Increasingly Anti-Semitic: Really? You Think?
Esser Agaroth, Knesset Urged to Act Against Leftist Attorney General
Tomer Devora, Moishela: "I Have Been Given Permission to Reveal to You Future Events"
Donny Fuchs, Anti-Missionary Conference
Torah Revolution, Letting the Xtians Harvest Grapes On Our Land: A Modern-day and Voluntary Greed-galore Slave-trade!
RJS, Did You Hear about Jerusalem’s Emek Refaim Street?
Jacob Richman, Photos of the Euthymius Monastary and the Ma’ale Adumim’s Fire and Rescue Station and Educational Resources and Cool Videos about Rosh Hashanah
JBC Jewish Book Carnival: September 2014
Ben-Tzion, Adventures of a Chief Rabbi: Chivitos for Dinner (with apologies to my vegetarian friends…)
Jewish Israel, JewishIsrael Gives Presentation at "Cancelled" Counter-Missionary Event
Shiloh Musings, Strong Jewish Women
Bibi, Connect the Dots! If Hamas is Like ISIS, Then Fatah is, Too!
me-ander, "Suburban Life" in Jerusalem's Old City Walls
Last Taste of Summer
The Depth of "Modah Ani" on My Birthday
Converting to Judaism! So when’s Gwyneth Paltrow coming to Israel?
I Was Robbed!
Count Your Blessings - Day 13
9 months

A reminder from Leora who hosts JPIX, the Jewish bloggers picture carnival. She's planning on producing another editions soon, so please get your links to her on the form click here.

The next Kosher Cooking Carnival is due out after Rosh Hashannah, so please send me your links before the holiday, shilohmuse at gmail dot com. KCC is coordinated on a facebook page, too.

Most important message:

You don't have to be a blogger to read, comment and share Havel Havelim!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Don't Arm and Train the Syrians!!! The USA is Making a Tragic Mistake

It's a very Leftist and Obama-fallacy to believe that arming one group of Syrians will be good.
U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government(Reuters) - The U.S. Congress gave final approval on Thursday to President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the militant group.
The Senate voted 78-22, in a rare bipartisan show of support for one of Obama's high-profile initiatives. With the House of Representatives approving the legislation on Wednesday, the measure now goes to Obama to sign into law.
Ten Senate Democrats and 12 Republicans voted no.
Obama thanked Congress for the speed in which it acted to back the plan, which he announced on Sept. 10, and said the strong bipartisan support showed Americans were united in the fight against Islamic State. (Reuters)

I keep going back to the movie "The Siege" in which, sorry for the spoiler, it's discovered that the Arab terrorists terrorizing the United States were trained by the Americans themselves.

Anyone who thinks that only "good Syrians" will use the weapons and skills taught and donated by the Americans is worse than naive. How will the Americans "test" the candidates for their training courses?

And as an Israeli, I'm very, totally opposed to the plan, because none of the Syrian factions want to live in true peace with Israel. So any weapons, training etc can and will be used against the State of Israel. There's no doubt in my mind.

I was born and raised in the states and went to American public schools. I'm still in touch and visit, read and follow the media and politics. To put it simply, not only don't I think that the United States President Barack Hussein Obama is doing what's best for the USA, I don't think he has a clue of  the implications, ramifications and fallout of  his policies.

I don't consider him my president, and I don't vote in American elections, even though I do have a legal right to cast a ballot.

Obama has stated that he won't send in American troops to fight ISIS Islamic State, so his solution is to arm and train what he calls "rebel" Syrians. This plan is a dangerous time bomb which will cause even more damage to world peace.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Israel's Pre-Election Shake-ups

I don't know if elections are to be soon, but we're always in pre-election mode, even  the minute elections are over. Before the votes are even counted, a competent professional politician will always be planning his next moves.  And the Israeli political system is more like a surfers beach, with high waves and changes. It's very unlike the American system, which can be compared to a boring lake. Two political parties  that have existed for and have been competing for over a hundred years just doesn't have the excitement of Israel's elections, which always have new parties. Never dull here in Israel.

There are two big political news items. One was/is expected, and the other a surprise.

Naftali Bennett has been having trouble keeping his NRP aka Jewish Home party well glued. That's now surprise for a few reasons. One is that he joined the dying NRP to save it, and a lot of people don't like his methods. The chief method they don't like is that he has been opening the party to non-religious members of the Israeli public. He could have done something similar with Arye Eldad and Michael Ben-Ari, as the saying goes, "it makes more sense to marry a rich girl." And the NRP had the big dowry, while Eldad and Ben-Ari could only offer idealism.

I honestly must say that I had hoped they would all work together and never liked Bennett's aim to being the cabinet as a campaign slogan.

Photo credit: Yehoshua Yosef
The big shocker is the resignation, to take a break from politics, of Interior Minister,  Gidon Sa'ar.
"After giving this considerable thought, I have decided to take a break from politics. I seek a different life, a little more privacy, peace and freedom. I feel this is the right thing to do for me and for my loved ones," Sa'ar told hundreds of Likud members at a pre-Rosh Hashana event at Kfar Maccabiah, in central Israel.
"Over the past two years, especially given the changes in my personal life, I have considered taking a break from public life many times. It's tough to leave and there are always reasons not to do so.
I can understand that he needs a break or wants to go into another field. I've certainly worked at enough jobs and feel that changing professions is healthy. Maybe he will be back, and maybe he won't. I wish him luck.

Shiloh, Strong Jewish Women!

Last night (and yesterday afternoon) was the Annual Tefillat Chana at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh. Yes, I live in Shiloh and have for just over thirty-three years. As I've written before, I feel that my living in Shiloh has changed me. It's hard to say and can't be proven if the changes are due to the wonderful neighbors I have here who have in their subtle ways influenced and changed me. Or is there a more spiritual immeasurable reason which stems from the holiness of the place?

Shiloh, yes, this very same Shiloh, was one of the most central/important/crucial locations in the History of the Jewish People. Our great Biblical leader, Joshua, did not have to battle/capture Shiloh before establishing it as the spiritual and administrative Capitol of the Jewish Nation after the Exodus from Egypt. The Bible clearly lists the many cities he did have to capture/liberate, but Shiloh isn't among them.

Shiloh, so geographically in the center of the Promised Land, was waiting with arms opened for Joshua to bring the Jews, the seven tribes that hadn't yet been allocated Land. In Shiloh the Mishkan, Tabernacle which had been transported during the wandering the desert was set in a semi-permanent spot where it rested/stayed in use for three hundred sixty-nine 369 years.

location of Biblical Tabernacle, Shiloh

It was Shiloh where the Jewish People came for the Pilgrimage Festivals over those centuries. And the most famous story, also depicted in the Bible, is the one of Chana who came with her husband and family to pray for a son. Chana didn't want a son for her own selfish reasons. She wanted a son who would lead the Jewish People into its next stage, a Kingdom. Chana promised G-d that if He gave her a son, she would give that son back to Him to work for Him as a leader.  And that's what happened.

Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi
At last night's event, the popular inspirational speaker Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi talked about the bravery and dedication of Jewish mothers, from the time of Sarah, whose only son Issac was bound to G-d in the miss-titled "Sacrifice of Issac." G-d didn't want Issac to be killed, He wanted Issac to work with him as successor to Abraham.

Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi spoke about the recently bereaved mothers, the mothers of the soldiers who had been killed in this summer's war, Tzuk Eitan, Protective Edge. She, who knows too well the pain of losing a child, told us how inspired she was by the mothers she had gone to comfort.

A surprise speaker was the well-known media personality, Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes aka wife of Israeli politician Sylvan Shalom. The women sitting near me was totally shocked when they found out that she was here in Shiloh with us. Judy Shalom-Nir-Mozes is still associated with the Leftist views of her family, but from what I've read, she is Right and more Jewishly traditional than most would expect from an Israeli media star.

In another generation, I have no doubt that with the leadership of strong Israeli women, we will see a much more Jewish and confident nation here in Israel.

That is the lesson of Biblical Shiloh.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Just Their First Time in Shiloh?

I've been living in Shiloh for thirty-three years already. Shiloh is on the map. It's in the Center of Israel. We're a half hour from Jerusalem and a half hour from the Tzomet Yarkon, which is next to Peatach Tikvah. And we're ten minutes from the Alon Road, meaning the Jordan Valley.

But for many Israelis we could be on the moon. That's how close, convenient and safe they think the trip is to Shiloh.

This afternoon as I walked down from my house to Shiloh Hakedumah, Tel Shiloh for the Tiffillat Chana, Annual Chana's Pray event which draws thousands of women from all over Israel, I spotted a few women picniking, ok sitting on the curb and noshing just a few steps from the turn which is a minute's walk from the Tel. They asked me how far it was to the site of the event. I answered.
"One minute." 
They were shocked, since they were under the impression it was a long walk. I spoke to them for a few minutes. It ends up that it was their first time in Shiloh. What shocked me the most was that some of the women lived all of ten minutes by car from Shiloh in Ariel.

I ended up speaking to other women who told me that it was also their first visit. Nobody came from very far.

I hope that they'll all come again and that this wonderful event will bring more and more women from all over the world to Shiloh.

Boom! Gaza Attacked Israel Yesterday. Here we go again...

Yes, if anyone had been taking bets on how long the latest in a long series of "ceasefires" with Hamas Gaza Arab terrorists would last, it's over. Yesterday, Gaza attacked Israel.
The IDF has confirmed that a rocket was launched from Gaza at approximately 6:30pm on Tuesday. The rocket landed in the Eshkol Region.
no injuries or damage has been reported.
The rocket siren did not go off.
This would be the first confirmed violation of the ceasefire since Operation Protective Edge ended.
Hamas claims they don’t know of any rocket that were launched today. They also initially claimed to have had no connection to the kidnapping of the 3 boys in Gush Etzion in June, until they finally admitted that they did it. (Jewish Press)
And in a strange turn of events, they actually found and arrested the rogue rocket-launchers.
Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip arrested the militants who launched a mortar at southern Israel on Tuesday evening, Israel Radio quoted a senior defense official as saying.
Israel made clear to Hamas that if it did not take swift action against those responsible for firing the mortar, the IDF would need to enter the picture, according to Israel Radio.
Hamas told mediators that it was interested in preserving the cease-fire and that it apprehended those responsible for the mortar.
Defense sources told Israel Radio that Hamas moved quickly to arrest the perpetrators because the organization is "disturbed by the situation." (Jerusalem Post)
Does this mean that the Hamas leadership wants "peace?" Is it "good news" or is the quick arrest something to make us suspicious?

  • Since the arrest of those who allegedly launched the rocket was speedy, maybe the authorities did know in advance?
  • Since the arrest of those who allegedly launched the rocket was speedy, maybe the suspects didn't do it.
  • Since the arrest of those who allegedly launched the rocket was speedy, maybe they'll be quickly released or held under very comfy conditions.
Read this recent post on the IDF Blog about Hamas, and you'll be suspicious, too.
Hamas Reveals Jihadi Character on Arabic Twitter Account
Though Hamas denies being linked to Islamic fundamentalism when it is speaks to a western audience, it uses different language on its official Twitter account in Arabic. The Twitter account shows how Hamas draws its and ideology from the same sources as ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The difference in speech from English to Arabic
On its English twitter account, Hamas’ Islamist character is played down. The terrorist organization publishes more reserved statements such as, “The Palestinian people are committed to their right to their land, to defend themselves and to lift the siege imposed on Gaza,” (although there are some notable exceptions to this “moderation.”)
However, on its Arabic twitter account, Hamas reveals its Jihadist nature by issuing far more virulent statements, such as:
“We will not rest until Palestine is free … We are not tired nor weary, and we’ll continue on the path of Jihad with the help of God. “
(complete article)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Annual Tefillat Chana, Hannah's Prayer Event, Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh

For more information call 02-9944019.

Since the first day of Tishrei is Rosh Hashannah, there won't be the monthly Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Tel Shiloh. I highly recommend coming to Tefillat Chana. It's an amazing event with all sorts of activities, tours, inspiration by Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi and music.

Too Much Disturbing News About ISIS and Arab Terror Threats

This morning's news sites show how dangers of international Arab ISIS terrorism, Iran etc. just can't be swept under the rug.

One of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's greatest international failures is that he not only never succeeded in convincing the United States of the dangers of Iran, but he did so badly that the USA seems to trust Iran more than it trusts Israel. Obama and Kerry have been begging Iran to talk. They don't treat Iran as a world danger, a pariah, which it should be.
Alain Jocard/Agence France-Presse
 — Getty Images
PARIS — The Obama administration is open to talking with Iran on the security crisis in Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, even after Iran’s supreme leader angrily said Tehran would no longer discuss Middle East issues with the United States...He acknowledged that he had opposed Iran’s attendance, but he stressed that the United States was still prepared to speak with the Iranians about Iraq and Syria, including on the margins of the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program that will resume in New York on Thursday.
Just because the Iranians were not invited to the conference, Mr. Kerry said, “doesn't mean that we are opposed to the idea of communicating to find out if they will come on board or under what circumstances or whether there is the possibility of a change.”
...The Obama administration has long sought to separate the nuclear talks with Iran from discussions of regional issues, out of concern that Tehran might seek concessions in the nuclear negotiations in return for cooperating on Syria or Iran.
I don't understand how the Americans can disassociate the Iranian nuclear threat to world peace from the character and aims of the Iranian leadership. They're using modern child psychology in dealing with dangerous psychopaths. Modern child psychology tells us to separate the child from his bad actions by saying:
"What you just did was bad."
Instead of saying:
"You are a bad boy."
This may work with young children who are inherently good, but it won't work with Iranians, ISIS and the volunteers/recruits to Arab terrorism. There's an excellent interactive article on the New York Times site about the rise of ISIS. It's worth using one of your limited number of free NYT articles to read it. (If you know of a place it can be accessed freely, please let me know in the comments, thanks.) Here's the opening:
A Rogue State Along Two Rivers
How ISIS Came to Control Large Portions of Syria and Iraq

The militant group called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria seemed to surprise many American and Iraqi officials with the recent gains it made in its violent campaign to create a new religious state. But the victories achieved in the past few weeks were built on months of maneuvering along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, which define a region known as the cradle of civilization.
Not only has countries like Turkey proven fertile ground for recruits, but so has Europe and even the United States.
At least three Somali families in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area have female relatives who have gone missing in the past six weeks and may have tried to join Islamic State, said community leader Abdirizak Bihi. He said that while the reasons for their disappearance were unclear, he had told the families to contact police.
Not long ago, I watched a very panicky news report on television about how shocked the British are that the ISIS be-headers had good middle-class British accents. We must remember that many of the worst and most brutal terrorists are educated.

I remember, haven't forgotten how the media was so certain that since Bashar Hafez al-Assad was a doctor in England, he'd be more humane and reform Syria. But the truth is that he became just like his father, if not worse. Please don't ignore/forget his use of chemical weapons against civilians, as if it's humane to use them against militarily.

Depressing, isn't it? There aren't any world leaders willing and able to do what must be done.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bibi, Connect the Dots! If Hamas is Like ISIS, Then Fatah is, Too!

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (AFP) -
See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/hamas
I totally agree with our Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's words about the connection of Hamas to ISIS (Islamic State.) What I don't understand is the fact that Bibi refuses to connect the dots and admit that his erstwhile "peace-partner," Fatah is allied with Hamas, therefore also the same as ISIS.

This has me very seriously, yes, totally worried.

PM Netanyahu addresses 
International Conference on 
Copyright: GPO/Kobi Gideon
There's nothing like Netanyahu's speeches, well crafted, powerfully delivered to express whatever message he thinks is most important. He is a writer and performer par excellence, among the best of all international political/diplomatic personalities of today. Unlike other international leaders he doesn't need a staff of acting and speech coaches and discreet teleprompters to perform convincingly.

Unfortunately I find his gifts wasted, because instead of promoting the unvarnished and often unpleasant and definitely not "PC," politically correct, truth, he has crafted himself as a "Centrist leader."

The Jewish Independent
designed for
Shiloh Musings by
Esser Agaroth
IMHO, the label "Centrist leader" is an oxymoron. From the center you can't lead. From the center you are surrounded by people who have more guts and stronger opinions. A leader takes the lead and goes forward in a firm determined line to your goal, demolishing enemies and obstacles on the way. It's physically impossible to do that as a Centrist.

I don't know what sports Bibi played as a youth. American football is good training for political leadership. To score a touchdown, the player must hold the ball tightly and get through the opposing team's players who are trying to tackle and steal the ball. That's real life. There's no 3 point basket from the center of the court as in basketball.

Israel needs a true leader, one who isn't afraid to run through fire and condemnation to score a touchdown.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

JewishIsrael Gives Presentation at "Cancelled" Counter-Missionary Event

Posted by JewishIsrael.com
After the Eshel Hashomron Hotel in Ariel unexpectedly cancelled a counter-missionary conference scheduled to take place on September 10th 2014, the organizers of the event did their best to recoup and held the conference in Kiryat Netafim.
Despite the widely publicized cancellation and the controversy that ensued, a diverse and thoughtful audience of rabbis, professors, residents and students attended at the alternative venue.
Shulamit Leibler, director of public relations for JewishIsrael, delivered a presentation which included an overview of the missionary problem in Israel followed by a sampling of the challenges facing Yehuda and Shomron.
Other speakers included Rabbi Yoel Shwartz, co-founder of the Nahal Haredi Brigade of the IDF and recipient of the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism, Rabbi Elhanan Bin Nun, Chief Rabbi of Shiloh and the former head of the Beit Orot Hesder Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Rabbi Yehuda Richter, a lecturer on Torah in Elon Moreh and Tapuach, and former Jerusalem City Councilwoman Mina Fenton.
Based on the positive feedback and interest, a number of similar events will likely be scheduled in the near future.
JewishIsrael will be posting its presentation at the conference on YouTube in the coming days.

UPDATE: The JI presentation can now be viewed on YOUTUBE (in Hebrew)

כנס בקרית נטפים על בעיית שיתוף פעולה עם נוצרים מיסיונרים

Jordan Has The Most to Fear From Arab Palestinian Terrorism

National borders as we know them here in the Middle East are pretty modern. And like in Europe* there have been many changes over the past couple of hundred years. Pretty much all of the present countries, barring one, has some historic basis. Egypt and Israel (as a Jewish country) probably have the longest documented history, although there was a long gap in time, about two thousand years when there wasn't a Jewish State.

One Middle East country has absolutely no basis in history and is ruled by colonizers/occupiers placed by European powers in the mid-twentieth century. That's Jordan. According to Wikipedia:
With the Great Arab Revolt in 1916 and the consequent British invasion, the area came under Occupied Enemy Territory Administration in 1917 and with the British mandate of Transjordan in early 1920s, it became the Emirate of Transjordan under the Hashemite Emir. In 1946, independent Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was formed and shortly admitted to the United Nations and the Arab League. In 1948, Jordan fought with the newly born state of Israel over lands of former Mandatory Palestine, effectively gaining control of the West Bank and annexing it with its Palestinian population. (italics mine)**
For many centuries, European powers played god with lands and continents that were administered either as city states or tribal areas. Any place that hadn't been christianized was subject to European colonization.

Over the decades of Jordan's existance it has periodically been threatened by the same Arab terrorists who want to destroy Israel. They very rightfully see the Hashemites as invaders and colonizers/occupiers.

Hat tip to IMRA for the following article:
Jordan reiterates firm stance against terrorismJeddah, Sept. 11 (Petra) – Jordan reiterated on Thursday its firm stance against terrorism and affirmed the need to eradicate it from its roots.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs Nasser Judeh told a joint US-Arab ministerial meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia that the Middle East is facing serious challenges to the regional security and stability...Jordan, the foreign minister said, believes that the Islamic State poses a direct threat to its national security, calling for closer international efforts to uproot this terrorist organization before it is too late.
"Terrorism is a threat to the region and the whole world," Judeh said... 
The Jordanian Government knows well that the Islamic State is directly connected to Hamas and all the other terrorists plaguing our region.

*old joke about the Polish-Russian border change
"I'm so glad that we're under Polish rule again."
"I can't stand those freezing Russian winters."
**The truth is that the United Nations had allocated the West Bank sic as another new Arab country, but Jordan invaded it and occupied it until it lost it to Israel in the 1967 Six Days War.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Israel Must Stop Dreaming of Peace

Since before the Declaration of Israeli Statehood, Jewish leaders in the Holy Land have been dreaming of peace with the local Arabs and doing everything they/we could to achieve it. A few years ago I watched the old classic "Exodus" movie and was upset to see that the characters there, too, were dreaming of peace with the Arabs.

Of course, that's a movie, but it's that yearning for peace at "any price" that caused the Zionist leaders to approve the "Partition Plan" which didn't give a viable land mass to the Jews.

No matter who has been Prime Minister of Israel, Right, Left or Center, he or she has made great efforts to negotiate a peace with the Arabs. And all of those plans are based on a premise that the Arabs will agree to be demilitarized, besides a local police which is why the Oslo Accords gave them advanced weapons...

That seems to be one is Israel's only conditions. The other is that we can't allow the "refugees" the right of return to "Israel proper."

Since the Fatah has allied itself with the more violent Hamas it's important to listen to Hamas, and Hamas refuses to demilitarize.
Ismail Haniyeh vowed on Saturday that Hamas would not disarm. Speaking at a news conference in Gaza City, he said disarmament was non-negotiable, "not for the rehabilitation of Gaza" and not "for anything." 
The armed resistance was legitimate, he said, and would continue "until Palestine is set free." He assured the Palestinian people that weapons were raised only against the "Zionist occupation."
Taking his cue from Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal, who on Friday said that face-to-face talks with Israel are not on the agenda, Haniyeh stated there would be "no direct negotiations with the Zionist enemy." (Jerusalem Post)
No matter what what Israel offers it won't be enough. We will never be able to negotiate a true, lasting peace with the Arabs. Their aim is our destruction. 

The most peaceful existance we can have is by not being afraid to fight them and by ceasing to be willing to negotiate. We endanger ourselves by begging.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Israeli MFA uses MK Ayelet Shaked Image to Promote "Gaza Occupation" Counterpoint

I don't know who drew and designed this hasbara, Israeli formation campaign cartoon, but the Israeli spokesperson is a dead-ringer for NRP aka Jewish Home Knesset Member Ayelet Shaked.

The voice, unfortunately, sounds very mid-20th century Bell's operator or old-fashioned schoolteacher.  Though the style they have her dressed in is rather flaky, with a cropped top showing a bare midriff. I guess that's the image of Israel the Foreign Ministry wants to promote.

In all honesty, I don't like this cartoon, especially not the way the message it is being promoted. I also don't like the use of the  term "legal Palestinians government"

Here is is, what do you think?

"You may have heard claims that Israel's occupation of the Gaza Strip is the reason for hostilities in the region. Is this fact or fiction? Well, guess what: Israel DOES NOT occupy Gaza. It left Gaza in 2005, pulling out all its soldiers and leaving all its settlements. So who DOES occupy Gaza? Hamas. In 2007, this terrorist organization attacked the legitimate Palestinian Authority government and violently seized control of Gaza. It has ruled since then by force and without elections. Hamas turned the Gaza Strip into a terrorist base and uses its population as human shields."
I think that we are getting into points that can backfire on us. By just concentrating on the Gaza occupation issue, it's admitting that we are the "occupation power" over Judea, Samaria, the Jordan Valley and the Golan.

And the big truth is that the world isn't interested in the facts and truth. Those countries and people and NGOs against us won't budge from their beliefs no matter how much history, facts or how attractive and youthful the speaker is. This Ayelet Shaked lookalike would be more influential recommending or promoting an amusement park, not explaining facts and history to a staid, suited, bespectacled guy like in the cartoon.

If you want to read something more serious about the so-called "occupation," recommend Evelyn Gordon's latest.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

If Convicted Arab Terrorists Want to Kill Themselves, Don't Interfere!!

I wrote my opinion about convicted Arab terrorist prisoners hunger-striking a few months ago, and my opinion hasn't changed. Israeli prison authorities should not do anything to preserve the lives of hunger-striking Arab terrorist prisoners. If they want to commit suicide, that's their decision. Yes, let them kill themselves instead of being released to kill, or attempt to kill, more Jews.  I also believe that there should be the death penalty for any Arab terrorist who even attempted to kill a Jew. Why should their lives be more precious than that of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann?

There are news reports that the convicted Arab terrorists are again planning hunger strikes.
Palestinian Arab terrorists who are serving time in Israeli jails announced onTuesday night that they will start a hunger strike on Wednesday.
The mass hunger strike is a response to the death of an Arab terrorist jailed in Israel, who committed suicide by hanging himself at the Eshel prison in Be’er Sheva.
The terrorist, 35-year-old Raed Abdel Salam al-Jaabari, was arrested near the Kfar Etzion Junction in Judea after a car accident in which he attempted to run over several Jewish residents...
...Some 1,550 Palestinian Arabs imprisoned in Israel ended a hunger strike in May 2012, in exchange for a package of measures which would allow visits from relatives in Gaza and the transfer of detainees out of solitary confinement.
In April, hundreds of terrorist prisoners declared a hunger strike in "solidarity" with a Hamas prisoner's solitary confinement. After a media brouhaha, the terrorists ended the hunger strike just hours after it began.
Israel has several times in the past caved to the pressure and released some hunger strikers. (Arutz 7)
CNN illustration

I suggest that they be isolated without media, wifi, visits etc. If the convicted Arab terrorists don't want to eat and would rather die, that is their choice.
Meanwhile, around 2,000 Palestinian prisoners being held by Israel were refusing food in a strike to protest Jaabari's death, IPS spokesman Sivan Weizman told AFP.
Israel should not take measures to force them to eat.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The World Does Hate Israel, BDS Too Popular

It's not "just the United Nations" or U.S. President Obama or Europe etc ad nauseum that has no problem accusing Israel of all sorts of sins, violations of morality/standards, whatever. Not just terrorists, Muslims, Arabs, but ordinary people, academics, too, all over the world are convinced beyond a doubt that the State of Israel must be boycotted, sanctioned and attacked.

Last night I was googling for a picture I needed for yesterday's post. The sign in the picture said:
"We Would Boycott "Palestinian" Goods, But...They Don't Actually Make Anything.
That's what I googled. Instead of getting the photo and pictures with that poster, I got innumerable anti-Israel photos. I saw dozens or hundreds of anti-Israel demonstrations, people holding signs accusing Israel of all sorts of crimes, sins and injustices.

The bigger the lie against Israel the more popular the accusation.  Anti-Israel BDS seems to be the most popular protest movement in the world. It unites all countries, societies and races.

Boycott activists protest the JNF fundraiser in Philadelphia.
 (Sònia Guedán Carrió)

Peace and justice aren't on their menu.

They base their boycott of Israel on a falsity, a lie. Unfortunately most of the world believe that the lie is true. Even many Jews and Israelis have joined them. The lie is that there was an Arab country called Palestine that Israel took over and is occupying.
There never ever was an Arab (or Jewish) country called Palestine. 
The Arabs never had an independent country in this part of the world. After the fall, the invasions of the Jewish Kingdoms, the land was always occupied by other countries, societies, whether Arab, such as Syria, or Greek or Turkish or the League of Nation's British Mandate.

An important point to make is that BDS isn't about the post 1967 Six Days War territory that Israel liberated, it's an anti-Israel movement. I'm not as optimistic as MJ Rosenberg who claims that the movement will fail, because most people can see that the movement's aim is the destruction of the State of Israel.
The reason why BDS keeps failing despite the almost universal recognition that the occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the blockade of Gaza, are illegal and immoral is that the BDS movement is not targeting the occupation per se. Its goal is the end of the State of Israel itself.
In its view, all of historic Palestine is occupied territory; that means Tel Aviv and Haifa as much as Hebron and Nablus. Obviously, a movement dedicated to eradication of Israel as a country is never going to achieve support other than from a radical fringe.
I think he's wrong. I think that it's that very point, BDS's aim to supplant Israel with an Arab Palestinian state that makes its popularity grow. As in the Kron's View cartoon, peace isn't on the protesters menu. They are very out-front in their aim which is the destruction of the State of Israel. with the history of Nazi German and the Holocaust less than a century behind us, it's dangerously naive to believe that the world would really care if Israel ceased to exist.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Some Facts about "Palestine"

A month and a half ago, when I attended the Israel Advocacy Seminar organized by David Bedein of Behind the News in Israel I was very impressed by the presentation by Sha'i Ben-Tekoa. He began it by asking the students in attendance if they had taken a course in "Palestinian History." Obviously nobody had, because there is no history of such a people/nation. That is so unlike Jewish History which has been documents and recognized for thousands of years.

One can spend a lifetime learning Jewish History and never finish. I've been studying the Bible for years and can't keep the names of all the kings in my head, certainly not the order in which they ruled here.  Yes, here, because early Jewish History began here. Actually the first signs that we were truly a Jewish Nation, not just a clan or tribal confederation was here in Shiloh where I live.

Shiloh Biblical Museum, Shiloh Hakeduma

Shiloh Hakeduma

Shiloh was the first administrative and religious capital of the Jewish Nation, before we were ruled by kings.This status continued for almost four hundred years, thousands of years ago. And Jewish History continues  until this day.

Please don't forget or ignore the fact that Jewish History continued even after we lost our independence and were exiled from our Land. There never was a time we didn't pray for a return of Jewish sovereignty, and there was never a time when the Land was totally empty of Jews. Jews have always lived in the Holy Land regardless of the difficulties.

The idea of "Palestinians" is a totally modern invention and not even connected to self-determination. Easy proof of that is the name. It begins with the letter "p" which doesn't at all exist in Arabic. There is no "p" sound for Arabic speakers, which is easy linguistic proof that non-Arabs invented the concept.

There's very clever picture going the internet which brings up an additional point:

See the man holding the sign which says:
"We Would Boycott "Palestinian" Goods, But...They Don't Actually Make Anything.
Lihavdil, this brings me back to something totally brilliant I once heard from Nadia Matar on Arutz 7 radio. She was talking about the boycott of products by Jews of YESHA. She said that it made her joyful, because it was proof that our enemies recognized us to be productive. Jewish industries in YESHA show that our communities are permanent and industrious, not fly-by-night transients.

Nadia said this over a decade ago, and since then more Jews live in Judea-Samaria (YESHA,) and there is even more industry and business.  We have returned home and we're staying!