Sunday, May 29, 2016

Israel's Military Versus Netanyahu and Knesset Situation

Nadene Goldfoot                                              
Fareed Zakaria's GPS Sunday morning program opened with a discussion about the Israeli soldier who is in hot water for shooting a Palestinian. Fareed said this has caused Israel's Defense Minister  to be fired and that there is a feud between the Generals (Alufeem)  and Netanyahu.  He was replaced with Avigdor Lieberman causing the lawmakers to be against the appointment.  Moshe Yaalon had resigned, accepted as a good defense minister who had in a year calmed a big uprising.  .Moshe is one who sides with the military.

The decision by Netanyahu comes from dealing with the politics of the moments, the centrists, which brought about choosing a hawk like Lieberman.  The question is, will he continue to uphold their strong moral values?

 What happened was that a 19 year old IDF Sgt Elor Azria, French Moroccan, shot a wounded Palestinian attacker while he was lying down on the ground in Hebron (18 miles south of Jerusalem)  on March 24th of this year.  The soldier has been charged with  violating the rules of engagement without justification.  The terrorist showed no immediate threat for anyone.  He had shot and killed Abdul Sharif, 21.  He was charged with inappropriate military conduct.

 This is where Abraham buried his wife, Sarah.  He bought a plot of ground which included a cave which is where he buried her.  Today a mosque stands over the site.  Hebron was one of the Levitical cities as well as a city of refuge under the Israelites.  The screw-up in finally allowing Jews their Jewish Homeland-20% of the promised land,  made sure that Israel would not get their ancient homeland.  Religious reasons?  Political reasons?

This was just before Passover.  He was allowed to have one night with his family Friday at the start of Passover.
Hebron
Hebron is in Judah, what Westerners call the West Bank,  and is a city with important history to Jews.  It now has become a Palestinian city and has had 7 months of Palestinian violence against Israelis.

 People on the right thought this was unfair to arrest a soldier who shot a terrorist, and thought this was like executing military personnel unfairly.  A video caught the scene.  Minutes earlier, Abdul and another terrorist were stabbing and wounding a soldier.  They were shot by a soldier.  Evidently, while down, the soldier shot Abdul again in the head without good reason as he was down.

The lawyers for the soldier said that he may have thought the terrorist was wearing explosives.  The facts came out that had he already been checked for a suicide belt, but no one in the video shows actions exhibiting any caution towards him.  The far right want the soldier released.

However, who is angry with the soldier?  The Top military brass of Israel.  They have strongly condemned his actions.  This happened during a wave of violence beginning in October which killed 201 Palestinians and 28 Israelis.  Most all of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.  The sentence came on Monday which said it had located and destroyed a tunnel that went from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, first discovered since the Gaza war in 2014.  The military has a strong code of Jewish ethics and keeps to it.  The tunnel  was built by Hamas terrorists.   32 tunnels had been discovered including 14 that extended into Israel.

This gets to my point today.  There are 2 levels of operation for nations in the world; political and religious venues.  What is each platform?  Have they always been in sinc with each other?  Israel was created as a much needed Jewish state after 2,000 years of it's population being beaten up for being Jewish by the world's religions and politics.  It's important to keep to the values.  Being a democratic state in the midst of none, they must allow the whole gamut of political parties, but the Knesset must stand behind the values of Judaism, which is highly moralistic.  They always have maintained their high moral values, especially when involved in the past wars with the terrorists of Gaza.   I can understand a young soldier in the heat of battle being scared enough to keep shooting, something so easy to do with his finger, but it was wrong to shoot a man when down when he could be taken alive.

Resource:  http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/israel-soldier-who-shot-wounded-palestinian-charged-with-manslaughter
Newsweek
The Guardian 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Prisoner Exchange Hezbollah Terrorist Dies in Air Attack Over Lebanon

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                    

3 Katyusha rockets were shot into Israel from Lebanon yesterday from a village 3 miles from Israel's border.  It evidently was a revenge assassination firing by Hezbollah for their notorious Commander, Samir Kuntar,  who was killed in an airstrike near Damascus.  It was a plane that hit a residential building in the suburbs of Damascus, killing Kuntar, reported Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah leader.  "
  • Kuntar was sentenced to life in prison for killing three Israelis in 1979 but released in the  high-profile 2008 swap.  Kuntar served 30 years in an Israeli prison for murder before he was released in a prisoner swap between Israel and Hezbollah seven years ago.
  • He had been a bloody killer even though he himself was 16 at the time.  "Kuntar was convicted of a 1979 attack in which he shot and killed an Israeli man in front of his 4-year-old daughter, then smashed her head against a rock with his rifle butt, tossing her body into the sea. The victim's 2-year-old daughter was accidentally smothered by her mother, who tried to keep her quiet as they hid from the attackers who arrived in Israel from Lebanon by boat."  
  • Justice has been served, no matter who was flying the plane.  
.Resource: http://virtualjerusalem.com/news.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18899:three-rockets-fired-from-lebanon-into-northern-israel&catid=148:headlines&Itemid=18899
http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/21/middleeast/lebanese-militant-samir-kuntar-dead/index.html

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Who Were the Philistines? Not to be Confused with Palestinians

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                  

The Philistines were the enemy of Israel in the biblical days from the 12th and 11th centuries BCE.  "The Bible portrays them at one period of time as among the Kingdom of Israel's most dangerous enemies."  They were a Mediterranean people who first came from Asia Minor and Greek places.  They had sailed to the Middle East's Canaan in waves at different times.  One group came before Abraham had settled in Canaan and they settled south of Beersheba in Gerar where they fought against Abraham and his son, Isaac.

Another group came from the island of Crete after being kicked out of Egypt by Rameses III in the year 1194 BCE.  They had taken over the coastal area of Canaan where they founded 5 places:  Gaza, Ascalon (Ashkalon), Ashdod, Ekron, and Gath.

"Their highly-developed weapons brought a great threat to the Israelites. During the Exodus from Egypt, the Israelites purposely took a southern route to circumvent them.
                                                                             
Philistines had captured the Ark of the Covenant.  In the Ark was the Tablelts of the Law,
the 10 Commandments, which stood for the covenant between G-d and his
people.  
The Philistines  had captured it after defeating the Israelites in a battle at a location between Eben-ezer, where the Israelites encamped, and Aphek, (probably Antipatris) where the Philistines encamped.  The Philistines suffered so many plagues from taking the ark that they returned it.  "The ark stops at Beth Shemesh before finding a more permanent home at Kiriath-Jearim."
By nature they were a fighting people of a sea-faring nation  and dominated parts of Judah in the period of the Judges which was a time before Saul was king of Israel.  Before Saul, the Israelites had judges, like Deborah who had decided what was best for the people.  Saul was able to temporarily defeat the Philistines.
                                                                         
King Saul fought against the Philistines but was ultimately defeated.  After Saul, David was chosen as king and he ended the era of Philistines holding land and overran Philistia.  When the Israelite kingdom dissolved after King Solomon died in 920 BCE, and Judah was born out of the southern section of the kingdom, the Philistines re-established their independence but never became the serious enemy again.

Much later, in the Persian and Greek Periods, foreign settlers, mainly from the Mediterranean islands, overran the Philistine districts.  From the time of Herodotus, Greeks called Palestine after the Philistines.  The proper name was Syria Palaestina.
                                                                         
Under Hadrian, (Roman emperor from 117-138)  the Romans gave the name, Palestine,  officially to the former land of Judah, the southern section which today is officially Judea and Samaria.   Hadrian had fought against Judah's General Bar Kokhba and had an army of 35,000 to fight against the Jewish general.  The commander was Julius Severus.  They had come in from the Galilee and then fought actions for the Valley of Jezreel, Ephraim and the Judean Hills.  They eventually retook Jerusalem.

 They had chosen the name of  Palestine because the Philistines had been a long time enemy of the Israelites, and the Romans wanted to erase the memory of the Jews living there.

This was in 135 when the Romans had to fight against General Bar Kokhba of the Jewish people and it had been the hardest fight they had had from any people.  Bar Kokhba had taken Jerusalem back.  He was a descendant of King David.

 Incidentally, the word, Jews, comes from the tribe of Judah who had been living in what became the state of Judah since the other 10 tribes had been forcefully taken away by the major Assyrian attack in 722 and 721 BCE.
                                                                 
Our biblical hero, Samson, had to fight against the Philistines.  He was from the tribe of Dan and was an
Israelite judge.  From birth, he was sworn into being a Nazirite and had great strength and courage.  His feats against the Philistines showed the Israelites' desire for freedom from the Philistine suzerainty or domination.  At the end of his life he had fallen into the Philistine hands because of the woman he loved, Delilah, a Philistine woman.  She had told the Philistine soldiers the secret of Samson's strength and that was his long hair.  They had put his eyes out and Samson was forced to turn the prison mill.  All the Philistine population nearby made fun of him at a festival in Gaza.  He got his strength back and destroyed the building which helped to kill all the people, including himself.  (Judg. 13-16).
                                                                                 
King David (1000-960 BCE)  had to fight against the Philistines.  At age 25, David was the armor-bearer for Saul.  His best friend was Saul's son, Jonathan.  He was famous for being able to be successful in fighting against the Philistines.  Because of this he was able to marry Saul's daughter,  Michal.  David succeeded in breaking the Philistine military power and annexed the entire coastal land belt to be part of Israel.  When David died, he was buried in Jerusalem.
                                                                                 
David, when a young boy, had fought against the tallest Philistine in their army, the giant, Goliath.  He killed him with his slingshot, a hit to the right spot in the head.  Goliath was from Gath, one of the 5 Philistine cities in the southern coastal plain.  Gath was later taken by the Assyrian king Sargon in the 8th century BCE in their gigantic attack on Israel.  Gaza  City had also been taken by the Philistines.  It was only 2 miles from the sea.  Although it was allotted to the tribe of Judah by Moses-Joshua through G-d, it remained in Philistine hands and was the place of the imprisonment and death of Samson.  By 521 BCE it had gone from Sargon of Assyria to Cambyses of Persia.  Alexander the Great recolonized it as a hellenistic city by 332 BCE.  More people later were the rulers.
                                                                                   
Eli, the high priest at the shrine of Shiloh and one of the last Judges in the 11th century BCE, was the mentor of Samuel.  He had a run-in with the Philistines.  He came to this high position at the age of 58 and died 40 years later as a result of falling from his chair when he heard that the Philistines had captured the Ark (I Sam. 4:13)

The land of Canaan was given to the Israelites by G-d's direction.  Abraham had put up his tent there originally.  Jacob and his family of 70 individuals  had had to go into Egypt from there in time of famine and was held against their will for 400 years as slaves of the Pharaoh.  They were to return.  The Canaanites themselves were a mixture of 11 different peoples. who lived in the area between the Nile and the Euphrates.  The people living in what was Syria used the name, Canaanites, for themselves.  These Canaanites were actually a mixture mainly of Horites, Hittites and Hebrews from the Hyksos period in the 17th century BCE.

The Canaanites were almost entirely obliterated or assimilated by the Israelites in the 13th century BCE, the Philistines along the coast in the 12th century BCE, and the Arameans in the North in the 11th century BCE.  The ones who survived these attacks became  subjects of Kings David and Solomon and were thus absorbed.  Later, the name of Canaanites was preserved only with the Sidonians and Phoenicians.  Like the Philistines, they are no more.  The land was not called  Palestine by the Israelites but Eretz Yisrael-the Land of Israel.  Syria was called " Aram."

Resource:  The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philistine_captivity_of_the_Ark
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philistines
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samson
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/Philistines.html



Friday, July 31, 2015

Arson Terrorists Hit Home in Duma

    Nadene Goldfoot                                                 
Duma is in Samaria (Israel) near Nablus (Shechem in the Bible) more than Judea.    Judea was created after King Solomon died from the southern half of Israel.  The red dot did not transfer to this picture.  
  
Evidently some Jewish extremists are breaking our own rules of  ethics  and have stepped over the line in their horrid arson attack today on a Palestinian family in Duma.  They will be caught. 

 "Abbas said he had ordered his foreign minister to file a complaint at the International Criminal Court in The Hague."

My thoughts on this are that there have been horrible things that have happened to Israelis living in Judea and Samaria, and now something has turned and it has happened to a Palestinian family. Too bad we didn't turn to the Hague immediately.   What was the reaction of everyone when a Jewish family was slaughtered in a very bloody attack  several years ago?  Remember that?

The Itamar attack, also called the Itamar massacre, was an attack on a Jewish family in the Israeli settlement of Itamar in the West Bank that took place on 11 March 2011, in which five members of the same family were murdered in their beds. The victims were the father Ehud (Udi) Fogel, the mother Ruth Fogel, and three of their six children—Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and Hadas, the youngest, a three-month-old infant. According to David Ha'ivri, and as reported by multiple sources the infant was decapitated  The settlement of Itamar had been the target of several murderous attacks before these killings . 

Well, 2 wrongs don't make a right;  ever. However, this is how we learn.  If the Jewish family's death wasn't dealt with by the Palestinians  in the manner in which Israel is now handling this case, it remained a festering sore in some Jewish teens' minds.  It was also a time for a good sermon on why we can't turn around and do the same thing to Palestinians and why we're not like that.  The arsonists didn't learn a thing except to copy their enemy.  Isn't that what Golda Meier said that she hated?   

Golda Meir

“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”  She said that never dreaming that we would have a couple of Jewish copycats do a similar horrid  deed.  

From Israel's Daily Alert
News Resources - Israel and the Mideast:
  • Prime Minister Condemns "Horrific, Heinous Terror Attack" on Palestinians - Marissa Newman

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday forcefully condemned the arson attack on a Palestinian family - in which an infant was burned to death - as a "horrific, heinous" crime that is "a terror attack in every respect." Two homes in the Palestinian village of Duma, south of Nablus, were set alight, and Hebrew words spray-painted on their walls overnight Thursday, apparently by Jewish extremists. An 18-month-old child was killed in the attack, while his father, mother, and 4-year-old brother were injured. The mother was in critical condition.

  •     The prime minister said he instructed the security forces to "use all the resources at their disposal to capture the killers and bring them to justice as soon as possible." He added that "The State of Israel deals forcefully with terror, regardless of who the perpetrators are." Netanyahu said the Israeli government was "unified in its fierce opposition to these awful, base acts."  (Times of Israel)

  •     See also Netanyahu Orders PA Be Updated on Israeli Efforts to Find Arsonists - Marissa Newman (Times of Israel)

  •     See also Defense Minister Ya'alon: We Will Not Allow Jewish Terrorists to Harm Palestinians - Yaakov Lappin

  • Israeli officials, including Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, expressed their shock and outright condemnation of the terror attack in the Palestinian village of Duma. Ya'alon referred to the incident as "a most severe terrorist act that we cannot tolerate, and we condemn in every way," and he sent his condolences to the Dawabsha family.

  •     He noted that all Israeli security forces are making a "supreme effort" to find those responsible, saying, "we will pursue them until we get our hands on them. We will not allow Jewish terrorists to harm the lives of Palestinians across Judea and Samaria. We will fight them in every way, with every tool at our disposal."

  •     The IDF has deployed additional forces in the West Bank to maintain stability and respond to potential disturbances. "We are coordinating with PA security forces to calm the area," said IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Moti Almoz. (Jerusalem Post)

  • Resource: http://news.yahoo.com/israel-pm-calls-palestinian-toddler-death-act-terrorism-064132916.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itamar_attack
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duma,_Nablus

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Why Israel Can't Trust Iran

Nadene Goldfoot                                                 
2014's summer in Israel-Hamas supplied by Iran

One year ago, Israel was forced into a 50-day war to stop rocket attacks from Gaza. The conflict caused death and terrible suffering in Israel.
                                                                    

  • HEZBOLLAH has 80,000 rockets-gifts from Iran, aimed at Israel.
  •                                                                      
    Missiles to use against Israel lined up in Syria-from Iran
  • IRAN has reaffirmed its intention to annihilate Israel – even claiming “divine permission” to destroy the Jewish state!
  •                                                                         
  • HAMAS has been firing rockets randomly into Israel – a “shot across the bow” perhaps in prelude to renewed war?                              

  • Hospital in Ashkelon
  • Israel protects its citizens from terrorist attacks with:  mobile bomb shelters, reinforced trauma clinics, equipment for first responders, and bolstered emergency command centers in endangered communities as well as Ashkelon's Bar  Zilai Hospital, Israel's front line hospital on the Gaza border which Hamas keeps shelling even though it serves all people, Jewish and "Palestinian."  .  
  • The King of Persia, will bring destruction to the entire world, and all the nations will be outraged and confused…  Midrash, Yalkut, Isaiah remez 499
  • Resource: Rabbi Eckstein

Monday, July 20, 2015

June and July Attacks from Gaza on Ashkelon 2015

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                 

June

June 4                                                          
Another rocket from Gaza
Rocket into Ashkelon
Late Evening, Ashkelon and Netivot, 2 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel and exploded  one in Sdot Negev Regional Council and one near Ashkelon. The IDF retaliated with airstrikes against empty Hamas training camps in Gaza.
June 6                                                                  

Ashkelon, rocket was fired from Gaza at Israel and exploded near Ashkelon.  In response, the IDF attacked a training facility of Hamas.
June 11                                                                   
Ashkelon, rocket was fired from Gaza at Israel and landed short in Gaza. 
June 23                                                                  
Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, rocket was fired from Gaza at Israel and exploded in the council between two communities. ] In response, Israeli aircraft carried out an air strike on a rocket launcher in northern Gaza.
June 28                                                                  
  

Hof Ashkelon, rocket was fired from Gaza at Israel and landed short in Gaza.

July                                           

July 16
 Hof Ashkelon, a rocket was fired from Gaza at Israel and exploded in the council.. The IDF retaliated with airstrikes against Hamas "terror"  infrastructure.  That was Thursday.

 "'It was 2 am in Israel when sirens sounded in the Lachish region, a frightening wake up call, alerting people to rush to shelters. The Gaza rocket fire at Israel does not only put the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians at risk but it is a deliberate decision to target civilians. No person should live under the threat of terrorism, always fearing what will come next, and whether they will find shelter in time to save their lives.' from Avigail Avram-Hopke".  
                                                                     
It seems that Ashkelon is their prime target these past 2 months.  
                                                                                  
Ashkelon is the Portland, Oregon's sister city and houses the Barzilai Medical Center that serves the whole area including Palestinians. it's Israel's front line hospital on the Gaza border. 
Desert 
                                                            
Beach at Ashkelon
  It's a beautiful beach city of 120,000 residents in an area of farms and citrus groves.  This city is between the desert and the sea, close to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Beersheva.  Besides it's beauty and all it has to offer, it is the oldest city recorded in the Bible with a history that goes back 4,000 years.                                         
Ashkelon's modern section was founded when Afridar, a town established by South African Jews in 1952, and Migdal, a former Arab town, merged.  A national park in Ashkelon includes Greek and Roman ruins and the remains of ancient synagogues.  A Roman tomb decorated with frescoes, the ruins of a Byzantine church, and a wall built by Crusaders are also in the city.  So far in the last few months, people and the city have remained safe.  .  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Gaza Ignores Warning: Continues Provoking

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                   
Iron Dome Worked

Israel's IAF took out a rocket launcher in Gaza last night after it had shot a rocket towards Kibbutz Yad Mordechai.  Sirens were heard to warn the populace at 10:00pm.

Hamas accuses a jihadist group who are attacking them, inference of it being ISIS or one of a copy-cat of Hamas, being they are so close in goals and behaviors..
                                                                             
Shooting a rocket from Gaza towards a Kibbutz
The UN, in the meantime, have made a ruling,  unfavorable as usual,  towards Israel.  They understand nothing of what has been going on but act as judge and jury.   Netanyahu called their report "flawed and biased."

Does anyone know on their panel the difference between offensive and defensive attacks?  Is their no difference in their basket of morality rules the difference between wanting to drive someone out-lock, stock and barrel, and defending oneself against such attacks?
                                                                     
Defensive measures needed for tiny Israel 
They may want to see Israel just take all the slings and arrows from the Palestinians without complaint, but it ain't goin ta happen.  Israel is not made up of appeasers, but defenders.  The genes of Aluf Bar Kochba and King David run in their bloodline.  They are there to stay and the Palestinians would be better off if they would accept that fact and work together with Israel for the betterment of their people.  After all, Israel is not trying to run them out.  Israelis gave up living in Gaza years ago in the name of peace.  They've been kicked in the shpelkas for being more than reasonable and peaceful.  The UN does not know how to measure acts other than the black and white kind.  Leave or stay.  Since Israel is staying, they are in the wrong in their eyes.  No matter what great lengths Israel has gone to not hit Arab citizens  in Gaza in their defensive operations, it hasn't mattered a twit to the UN.  At least it matters to Israel.  They know they did everything in their power; something their enemy would never do for them.

Resource:  http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/44037/iaf-strikes-gaza-rocket-launcher-following-attack-idf/?utm_source=Breaking+Israel+News&utm_campaign=d380a7a126-BIN+Email&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b6d3627f72-d380a7a126-83518689#0hHUmjWPA00thupB.97
Additional:  http://www.jerusalemonline.com/news/politics-and-military/military/idf-attacks-in-gaza-in-response-to-rocket-fire-towards-israel-14186%20?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=IDF+attacks+Gaza+in+response+to+rocket+fire%2C+Islamic+State+destroys+ancient+city+of+Tadmur%2C+9+arrested+for+lynching+Syrian+rebels+and+more+news+at+JerusalemOnline&utm_campaign=MiddayNewsletter