Monday, January 05, 2009

Miracles Missed by CNN and Fox News
Ashdod, Israel:
A grad rocket hit the the top floor of a residential building on January 1, 2009 . This hit sent down several chunks of concrete to the street. 32 people were treated for shock, but no one was wounded because they followed their Home Front Command to go to safe rooms after hearing a siren. Still in all, it's a miracle that no one was hurt.
When I lived in Safed, Israel from 1980-1985, I talked to Dov Silverman, a man who wrote a book called the Legends of Safed. In it was a story about how the people of the bible, long deceased, were protecting the people of Israel. I believe the story was that of Hannah and her 7 sons who guarded the bridge to Safed. This is on page 78, "the Katushas and the Seven Sons of Hannah. I was there when we were being shelled from Lebanon, and the border is only 14 kilometers away "as a Russian katusha rocket flies." The legend is about the 7 sons of Hannah, who were killed by the Greeks at the beginning of the revolt of the Maccabees and are buried with their mother on the side of the hill over which the katushas pass, and perhaps they are slowing down the rockets so they fall harmlessly in the wadi.
The international world is up in arms that we have a disproportionate amount of deaths compared to what we have done in Gaza. They should understand the difference between the peoples. Israel tries to protect it's people while the Arabs put them in harm's way in order to get the negative publicity against the Israelis. We have been under fire for 8 years. Our whole southern part of Israel is traumatized if not dead as they have been trying to carry out. Every life in Israel is precious to us. There are no martyrs here. A late sheik just used one of his 12 children as a human bomb! We have been very fortunate up to this point. Whether we are getting divine help or if it is our own sense of right and intelligence that is protecting our people is open for question. This seemed to be a miracle that no one was killed.
Northern Negev, Israel
Professor Ilan Troen of Brandeis U. wrote that he was at home in Israel spending his day going in and out of the bomb shelter in his home as Grad rockets dropped from the sky nearby. The room is crowded with his 6 grandchildren and parents sharing it. They spent their New Year in it as a missle landed nearby. They're thankful that they haven't had to don gas masks as they have had to do in the past. Ilan wonders how the BBC and Sky will describe what is happening. He knows their reality will not be his.
Gaza
Israel targets a Hamas terrorist in his home. All the neighbors get a phone call warning them to get out of the way. Some are defiant and don't take the heeding. They go to the roof of their building to keep the IDF from firing. The IDF will fire a small, harmless missile to a corner of the roof. Convinced, the neighbor leaves the area and then the IDF hit. Name another army in this whole world that takes these extreme measures to protect people. I wonder what it would be like if Iranians or Iraqis were the force fighting against Hamas? Do you remember the Iran-Iraq war that was going on when I was in Israel in 80-85?
We have Palestinians in the West Bank under Abbas that are Fatah members. Hamas placed dozens under house arrest so that they wouldn't try to regain control of the Gaza Strip. Fatah reports that at least 75 of their people were shot in the legs while others had their hands broken. About 35 Palestinians were executed because of possible collaboration with Israel. That's what happened to people who want to live peacefully and defied Hamas.
Resource: Mitchell Bard: Stories From the Gaza War You May Have Missed
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