Sunday, December 08, 2013
Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense's One Year Anniversary Against Hamas
It was just one year ago that Israel had said ENOUGH and after being hit by rockets, mortars and missiles from Gaza since 2001, finally went into Gaza in an offensive land operation to put an end to the shooting with Operation Pillar of Defense that lasted for 8 days.
It was recalled by both Hamas and other affiliated terrorists in Gaza and in Israel. Cities like Sderot and Ashkelon were favorite sites hit in Israel. Where Sderot is very close to the border, Ashkelon is a large major city to the north of Gaza along the sea where a large hospital is that serves both Arab Gazans and Israelis inside a large perimeter. The strikes have caused the hospital to go to the basement levels in order to take care of their patients. What seems to be an insane goal to me, the Arabs keep aiming for the city that provides them life when they themselves are injured.
Saturday afternoon during Shabbat, southern Israel was greeted by 3 rockets shot at them from Gaza. They landed in an open field in Gaza! The platform they were shot from must have been further back to not make it over the border into Sderot or some other Israeli site.
That was the climax of a week of rockets that were fired. Last week one rocket again fell short of the border of Ashkelon from Gaza. First the warning siren blared. The population were driven to take cover in bomb shelters. The rocket fell just a little way from the border but landed on the Gazan side.
Last Tuesday, a Palestinian Arab managed to get into Israel from Gaza and was caught by the Israeli security forces. He didn't come over as an immigrant wanting a better life, though. He had grenades in his pockets.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented that there have been only 35 incidents of rocket fire since then, so this showed a 98% drop of rocket fire since last year's operation.
Will Kerry be successful in bringing about peace between the Palestinians and Israel? He's dealing with Abbas from Fatah right now. They have no connection with Gaza, the section that Israel left, lock, stock and barrel in the name of peace that has turned into a launching pad of rockets, mortars and missiles against them.
Hamas's charter shows no sign of ever making peace. The charter is a 30 page document and as long as it remains their guiding dogma for Hamas or the Palestinian people in mass, the dream of peace remains impossible. Land is elemental in this problem. It is religion that is guiding the Palestinian Arabs. From the Hamas Covenant, we read that "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it." (said by The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory.) The name "Hamas" means strength and bravery according to Al-Mua'jam al-Wasit: c1. They write, "Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious. It needs all sincere efforts."
That religion is the driving force, from article 6 in their charter, says, "The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews." (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).
I have asked several Muslims about this section often quoted by Westerners who have studied the Koran and it has been explained to me in a very confusing way that either it's not there or its meaning is different and must be studied from another one of Islam's writings. I get the feeling that it is not interpreted correctly but is often used by less educated Muslims to be the banner for their land fight against Jews in the Middle East. However, when Muslims of little education read it, it is a very blatant statement and sounds like a dictum to be very aggressive against Jews and to do them harm.
Therefore I see in article 13 that there is no solution in Palestinian thinking about the Palestinian question of a 2 state solution except through Jihad. Initiative, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors. Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement.
Article 32 threatens Muslims that today Jews are taking Palestine and tomorrow it will be one country or another and that the Zionist plan is limitless. They warn that the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates, and then want to take more land.
I find this laughable because our problem is keeping Israel with a majority of Jews to keep it a Jewish state. The last thing we need is again to live among the world as we have been, a minority without any rights of our own as has already happened in the past. It is the Muslims who have been expansionists, forcing everyone to convert to Islam and taking their land and holy sites. So what they really are fearing is that Jews will suddenly act like they have with the same kinds of goals. Once they realize we are not about to ape their behaviors, perhaps they will accept us. Hamas must be educated with some of these more enlightening and realistic ideas to solve this world problem.
Has John Kerry, Secretary of State of the USA, found out if Hamas has changed its charter yet? How about Fatah? Why should Israel make peace with one who is under the spell of the other and will cooperate with fighting against Israel? Shouldn't that twosome be worked on by the USA first before even thinking of creating another state? Could they be thinking that this will give Fatah power over Hamas?
Excerpts from the Hamas Charter, produced by StandWithUs.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
What? Me Worry About the Iranian Deal? Yes, Worry and Also Worry About North Korea!
People all over the world are suffering from anxiety about the nuclear agreement between the major large countries and Iran and wonder why it should be supported. They are also worried about the start of a never-ending world war because of it. It doesn't help that biblical prophesy has pointed out the end of the world at this time. Atomic weapons only encourage this type of thinking.
So far, nothing has been signed. There's just been a lot of talk. When will it take effect? Right now Iran isn't stopping anything. The machinery is still doing its job. Sanctions are being lifted anyway. Iran is receiving its bonus money of $7 billion dollars in sanction relief. Countries are chomping at the bit to do business with Iran. The deal was to be for this 6 month period only, and then final matters would be settled upon.
The final deal is a "huge concession and it says that it will involve a mutually defined enrichment program with mutually agreed parameters." Enrichment only means to have the capability of making a bomb. It is centered on the fuel cycle. Iran has made no promise to stop working on ballistic missiles or weapons. The nuclear program has 3 parts: the fuel is one of them. Then there is the warhead and the delivery system. During these next 6 months they can do whatever it wants to work on like these last 2 items.
They are very close to reaching the nuclear threshold now. Remember the line Netanyahu showed at the UN Conference that was televised? They are only about 1 or 2 months away from this goal. Mohamamad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister said that when sanctions started Iran had less than 200 centrifuges. Today they have 18,800 that have been added, so sanctions did not stop them.
The only thing sanctions seemed to do was to bring Iran to the negotiation table in Geneva and get some publicity. Obama thought they were "crippling sanctions:, but that turns out to be a lie. This is why Netanyahu has made the Iran situation his number one priority. Amos Yadlin, Israeli expert said that Iran is on the verge of producing a bomb. So the window of opportunity of stopping them is now closed. The country most likely to be hit by Iran is Israel. The statement of Obama's about having Israel's back seems to fade into the sunset. Second in line would be USA targets nearby. What is left to do other than worry?
The USA has also allowed North Korea to gain atomic capabilities and that is also a country with an evil empire. The USA entered into the Korean War from 1950-1953. Previously in August 1945, it had used the new atomic discovery, THE A BOMB on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan to bring the war to an end The USA had nuclear weapons stored in South Korea, and now they have their own. North Korea, the enemy in this war, just celebrated on July 27, 2013 the Armistice Day of this war between their North and South. They continue to be an unstable government now ruled by the spoiled son, Kim Jong-un b: 1983, whose father was Kim Jong-il who is following in his father's footsteps but is even more cruel and hard to figure out. Kim just ousted his own uncle from his government position. "Tensions between North and South Korea soared this year as Pyongyang reacted angrily to tightened United Nations sanctions imposed in response to its latest nuclear test. The two sides are still technically at war after the 1950-1953 Korean War ended in a mere truce, not a treaty. North Korea has been helping Iran with their atomic goals for the past 10 years.
This Iranian Deal does not give us any indication that it will impede Iran's capabilities to manufacture the A bomb. Instead, Israel may have to decide on military action in order to prevent being hit by an A bomb since Iran has been so obvious about their intentions to destroy this tiny country. The possibility that the deal could lead to de-nuclearization is extremely remote, especially now that sanctions have been lifted. It was the sanctions that drove them to the table in the first place and sanctions might have ended their desire to kill off a whole country as not being worth the trouble. But now, it's probably full steam ahead for the next 6 months, and then the haggling, of which Iran is a master of, will begin. June will be another worrisome month.
Maybe Iran and North Korea are singing this song, now, from St. Vincent Lyrics
"C'est la vie
What me worry? I never do
Life is one charming ruse for us lucky few."
Or perhaps the big 5 and Kerry will be singing this stanza in 6 months,
Have I fooled you, dear?
The time is coming near when I'll give you my hand and I'll say,
"It's been grand, but...I'm out of here
I'm out of here."
Resource: Blomberg's 6 Reasons to Worry about the Iranian Nuclear Dear by Jeffrey Goldberg, Dec 3, 2013
Monday, December 02, 2013
Golan Heights Hit by Mortar Shell
The Golan Heights' altitude is 9,232' on Mt. Hermon in the north and goes down to 1,300' along the plateau of the Heights. The reason it is so important to Israel is that the enemy was above them and could easily pick them off. Now they have had it since 1967 and are much safer for it. Mt. Hermon is so high that people ski there in the wintertime. By comparison to Mt. Hood in Portland , Oregon's area, that mountain is 11,235' high and is a popular ski resort.
No one was injured nor was there any damage from this mortar.
Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/syrian-mortar-hits-majdal-shams/2013/12/02/
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Granddaughter of Hamas Leader in Israeli Hospital
"If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink; (Proverbs 25:21)"
This is just how Jews are, that's all. We live by a very moral code handed down to us by Moses, and we're still reading and studying it. We haven't stopped since Moses gave us the lecture from about 1310 to 1290 BCE. There's so much to understand in his 5 books of what we call Genesis (Bereishis), Exodus (Shemos), Leviticus (Vayikra), Numbers (Bamidbar) and Deuteronomy (Devarim). It gives us the moral code to follow and a reason for our living. It is easy reading as well as very heavy things to think about
The oddest thing happened in Israel. The very head of Hamas, the Palestinian Prime Minister himself, Ismail Haniyeh's little 1 year old granddaughter from his oldest son, Abdel Salam, had an acute infection in her digestive tract. First she was taken to Al-Nasr Hospital in Gaza. Then she was taken to Israel's Schneider Children's Medical Center in Petah Tikva for treatment. Now she is back in Gaza in their hospital.
This was not the first time that Haniyeh made use of the medical facilities in Petah Tikva. His brother in law went there 1 1/2 years ago in a cardiac episode.
So here we are, supposedly in a state of cease fire and Gaza was not to bomb southern Israel but has been regularly. Hamas is in charge with the job of keeping terrorists from doing this. Somebody is giving the go-ahead, as they are not being stopped. And Israel can turn around and treat their loved ones without batting an eye. Too bad the feeling is never reciprocated.
Proverbs come from King Solomon. RASHI, the great commentator on the 5 Books, said that Solomon's words are allusions and parables. When he speaks of a good woman, he is alluding to the Torah. When he speaks of a promiscuous woman, he is alluding to idolatry. Solomon said that wisdom itself loses its meaning without fear of G-d. Even reading Proverbs superficially gives countless nuggets of wisdom. He tells us that though money brings us popularity, ill-gotten gains have no value. It is the quality of a bank account that matters, not its size. With money comes responsibility to the poor and the obligation to heed their cries. It's a collection of lessons for life with formulas that give life the only meaning that truly matters.
Remember, Solomon was born a good 3,404 years ago. Moses cannot be replaced with better lessons for us. He got his information from the master himself. King Solomon was raised on the Torah, the 5 books of Moses. To see intellectuals sitting around in a Yeshiva and discussing and debating each point is something in itself, an educational marvel. That's an exercise that our Rabbis engage in. It's also what makes such great doctors and sharp minds!
Tanakh, the Stone Edition
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Brinkmanship of Fatah Has Palestinian Negotiators Walking Away
Saeb Erekat, born in 1955 in East Jerusalem when it was under Jordanian Control
John Kerry is determined to reach a Palestinian-Israeli peace deal. However, we just found out Wednesday that the 2 man Palestinian team, Saeb Erekat and Muhammad Shtayyeh, had resigned 10 days ago in protest because Israel has continued construction in Judea/Samaria and east Jerusalem neighborhoods.
Israel seems to feel that the peace talks, which are given 9 months, are just keeping progress from moving along and intended to build. "Only two days earlier, Israel had announced plans to construct 1,700 new homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) . Palestinians angrily accused the Israelis of not negotiating in good faith." The plans were in the works long ago and are much needed. They had stopped for a year as agreed with Abbas and it was wasted time, as Abbas didn't come to any peace negotiations that time, either. Israel has offered the olive branch ever since 1948 and has been very patient after being attack time and time again in wars by the Arab countries. That's 65 years without peace. Now Kerry expects Israel to give away their baby with the bath water. Give up everything, and what has Israel been offered? Bubkas, as far as we know, since it is all very secret.
Abbas hasn't said if he would accept or reject the resignations. He couldn't say if there has been any progress and will wait 9 months and afterwards they will feel free to do what they want. Erekat thinks that because Israel is building this means it was the end of the peace process. He's already told the US, Russia, the UN and the Arab League that these building plans mean that the negotiations ended.
Israel feels this is "brinkmanship", something that keeps on happening with the Palestinians and is a pattern that has happened many times. It's their standard way of negotiating.
Netanyahu has told the housing minister to "reconsider" plans for the 24,000 units beyond the Green Line as a result. "I'm concerned about their progress, because I see the Palestinians continuing with incitements, continuing to create artificial crises, continuing to avoid and run away from the historic decisions that are needed to make a genuine peace." Abbas had to cut his visit to Saudi Arabia and return to Ramallah to talk with PLO and Fatah leaders about what is going on. Since when are there any PLO people? Supposedly PLO became Fatah. Yasser Arafat had been the PLO leader.
The Palestinians are trying to take Jerusalem as their capital, among other factors that they have been demanding. Jerusalem is a united city once again and the capital of Israel. Another sticky point is allowing all the refugees who have multiplied since 1948 into this tiny area as the Palestinians demand. Being they will not accept Israel in the first place in their midst, there are just too many idiotic concessions that they are demanding that will completely tear Israel apart, as little as it is and surrounded by hateful terrorists. Personally, I think John Kerry is asking the impossible of Israel. Also, he was aiming on having this all completed by May 2014, which is 6 months from now.
One important matter to Israel has been Iran. Watching how the USA has capitulated to Iran shakes up Netanyahu's trust in the USA's negotiating, and this is a failure. The way the peace talks with the PLO/Fatah is going looks like it's on the same path; both being against Israel's needs to survive.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Hamas Ignores the Cease Fire Agreement Continues Attacking Israel
Five IDF soldiers were injured last night due to a mortar bomb exploding in a tunnel dug in Khan Younnis in southern Gaza. One was seriously injured of the 5. In due process, 3 Palestinian terrorists were killed. "
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Hamas Rocket Launchers Got A Direct Hit by Israel
Israel IAF hit 2 concealed rocket launchers in northern Gaza late Monday morning. They were direct hits. This was in response to the 2 missiles Hamas had fired from Gaza that morning; one coming into Ashkelon that the Iron Dome stopped.
"“This targeted strike, based on IDF intelligence and advanced air force capabilities, is an immediate response to the terrorist aggression and its infrastructure in Gaza," Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said.
This is what must happen every time Israel is attacked. There must be an immediate response and snuff out the origin of the attacks.