Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
North Korea just fired near the border of South Korea.
"South Korea says it has scrambled F-16 fighter jets and returned fire after North Korea shot dozens of rounds of artillery onto a populated South Korean island near the countries' western border, according to The Associated Press."
That's a first shelling and the reaction of South Korea was immediate. South Korea hasn't had to be under the gun for the past 11 months like Israel has. There hasn't been a month of this past year that Israel hasn't been shelled. Israel endured years of shelling with small reprisals on their part that always brought about condemnation from the International world. This is what brought about Israel's short Cast Lead intervention in trying to stop the shelling on Southern Israel.
North Korea now has atomic ability. Perhaps they're showing who is in control. They seem to be mirroring Iran.
Two countries are trying to live despite being attacked by enemies. They both realize that you can't let an attack go unpunished without a reprisal.
11/24/10: The United States is prodding China to be pivital in restraining North Korea. This is after one bombing on South Korea. What did the US do after the Palestinian's first attack on Israel, I might ask? How about after 6 years of bombing? How about after each bombing all this year? Instead, Israel gets the pressure to cave into illegal demands. I get it. Start an attack if you're not Israel and then you get praise and backing. Israel, the world's scapegoat, gets judged differently than the rest of the world.
11/25/10 After finding out that 4 people had actually been killed in the attack, things are really popping. The Defense Minister, Kim Tae-young, has resigned over complaints that he was too slow to retaliate, and it is thought that the two Koreas, Russia, China, Japan and the USA should be now brought in for talks. I wonder why, when Israel was first attacked by the Palestinians, the world didn't react quickly like with Korea. I guess they just care more about it. They know that Israel is sane and would not use atomic arms, but North Korea is undependable. I notice that the stock market is being affected by this attack, too. I get the feeling that when Israel is attacked, no one misses a meal over it except the Israelis.
10/25/10 It's all South Korea's fault for engaging in War Games with USA claims North Korea. Of course their gaining nuclear capabilities has nothing to do with it.
10/26/10 28,000 American troops are kept in South Korea for protection. North Korea just broke the law again by firing warning shots. They don't want the war games with US to proceed.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
According to the IDF, as of October 7th there were 163 rockets including a Qassam and mortars that fell into Israel. In January there were 27 including 16 Qassams, February had 6 Qassams, March 29 including 24 Qassams, April 12 including 5 Qassams, May 14 including 11 Qassams, June 16 of which 15 were Qassams, July 16 including 9 Qassams, August 13 including 6 Qassams, September 30 including 14 Qassams making a total of 106 Qassams, 50 mortars, 7 Grads which makes the 163.
At the same time, Israeli Arabs were rioting, even in Jerusalem. This is a double whammy, attacking Israel from Gaza and within. Even so, Israel kept trucks with aid going into Gaza as a normal condition.
Jews living in Judea and Samaria have been enduring rock throwing at them while driving. Two people were badly injured from this recently.
950,000 Israelis live within range of rocket, mortar and grad attacks. The highest population is Be'er Sheva, where 531,000 civilians have 60 seconds to find shelter when the alarm rings. Israel only has 7.3 million which includes over a million Israeli Arabs. Think of Portland, Oregon being attacked with our population of 566,141 civilians. If you only had 60 seconds to run for shelter, you wouldn't stray very far from it. Try driving to a supermarket. You just hope you know where their bomb shelter is and can get to it fast if need be.
From 2001 to January 09, 8,600 rockets have been shot into Israel. Qassam rockets are crude short range rockets that reach anywhere from 2 to 3 miles. They are a steel artillery rocket. At first they only reached Sderot in southern Israel, then were able to go farther and reach Ashkelon. Ashkelon is Portland's sister city, the city containing the hospital that the whole area depends on. Katusha and grad rockets have hit Ashdod and now Be'er Sheva. The Palestinians use them to attack civilians in Israel who only have a 15 to 45 second warning, depending on what city is going to be hit.
Every apartment building has its own bomb shelter. So do all the schools. The trick is to get there fast. The biggest trick of all is to maintain a normal daily life amid such a threat, and that is something Israelis have learned to do. This shows that Israel is extremely important to them. They know they are fighting to keep their 63 year old country as it's something we've all yearned for in the past 2,000 years. They're fighting to keep the mother religion, Judaism and the country Jews are bound to; Israel.
Friday, November 19, 2010
The picture above is the result of bombings from Gaza on Sderot, Israel in 2006. This resulted in Operation Cast Lead, when Israel tried to halt the attacks coming from terrorists in Gaza.
Two of the targets were smuggling tunnels. They were destroyed. Gazans have been wanting cement. They would use it to build these tunnels.
Mortar fire from Gaza came from the Popular Resistance Committees, a Palestinian militant group. They say this was caused by Israel killing two of their militant leaders of al-Qaeda which is linked to the Army of Islam in Gaza.Four Gazans were injured in the attack. None were killed. In one case, a person was injured from the building that was hit.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Israel moved all their Jewish citizens out of Gaza in order to give land for peace,but that wasn’t the result. Israel has been under bombardment ever since this move. In this year of 2010, there has not been a month that has gone by that Israel has not been hit with rockets and mortars from Gaza.
Gaza’s Hamas will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Their charter says that they intend to wipe Israel out. Their aim is to destroy Israel.
They have declared themselves to be in a state of war with Israel. Yet people ask that Israel should let Gaza live. How about letting Israel live?
A Gazan petition circulating asks that Gazans should be allowed to import cement and steel to produce goods in Gaza. This is something that Israel has restricted them from. The only thing they seem to be building are tunnels which are used to receive weapons such as rockets and mortars. Israelis are not naive. No recognition of Israel; no cement and steel, weapons of war.
Gazans say they want to earn money on exports. They need to earn a living by selling products. Why then did they destroy the hothouses Israelis left for them. All the business that Israelis had were left whole for them to take over, but instead they destroyed them. Many of the Gazans are on the dole, receiving aid from the United Nations. It would be about time that they thought of earning an honest living and working. However, the only group possibly having a chance for doing this are the Fatah Palestinians which are not connected to Gaza anymore, supposedly.
Who do people think they are kidding who sign such a petition? What they are asking for are ways to attack Israel, not help out the Gazans. Why don’t they circulate a petition to get the Palestinians to accept Israel in their neighborhood as a Jewish state instead of making constant war?
One reason why there are so many slender Israelis in Israel is that so many walk. Automobiles are expensive, and the bus system is used to get around for most people. Then there are taxis and the sheroot, a very long taxi service.You could walk from the West Bank to the Mediterranean in 2.5 hours. Yes, walk. Places are very close. Israel consists of 8,000 square miles, so it's not very large. It doesn't take long to walk all of the country. Going from north to south, you would cover 263 miles. Going from East to West, you could cover anywhere from 9 miles to 71 miles only. The shape is long but very very narrow. The old joke for train travelers was not to stick your arm out of the window or it would be in Jordan.
When I lived in Haifa in 1980, my husband lost his wallet in a taxi. It meant calling the states and cancelling a lot of credit cards. That was quite a lesson. We walked everywhere from then on until we bought a car. I would walk so much in my sandals, because it was so hot, that my feet became bloody. The good part was that I lost weight. What was great was that we could walk from our Ulpan (boarding school) to the Mediteranean Sea and find ourselves on a beach. I was forced to walk every day because we had brought our female German shepherd with us, and she did look forward to those walks.
Walking in Safed, which is in Northern Israel, was quite interesting being it was built on a hill about the same height as Jerusalem. The main street went around in a circle. If you needed a store off the path, it meant walking up and down the hill. Then you felt like you were in San Francisco.
Rockets have been fired from Gaza constantly all during 2010 from the first of January to this date. Operation Cast Lead did not deter the enemy. This means that all of Southern Israel has been under attack for the past 11 months of this year. The areas of Sderot and Ashkelon are the places that most artillery fall. Though actual buildings may not be hit, the psychological effect is most unnerving. One never knows if the next one will hit you.
Just in this month of November, 7 rockets and mortar shells were fired on Israel. Yesterday, being the 18th in Israel, 3 mortar shells hit the areas in the Eshkol Regional Council. Luckily, no damages or injuries resulted, except the extra beating of hearts of citizens in the area living on the edge.
Israel retaliated and our air strike took out two militants in Gaza City. They belonged to the Army of Islam, this group being copycats of Al-Qaeda. The result is that Israel has received threats in broken Hebrew from the group in that jihad will continue. This is a first to receive threats in Hebrew, even though most Gazans can speak it.
Israel has endured attacks throughout the land since 1948, yet a Portlander called Israel the "bully" today in the Oregonian's Letters to the Editor. I don't think people read anything except something that comes up telling them that Israel is so bad. Facts will just confuse them. It's truly disgusting. We need a public relations office.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Hillary Clinton is giving the Palestinians $150 million dollars promoting the future state. At a time where the USA has decided to cut federal spending, I find this hard to accept as a Jew and as an American. The money will most likely be used against Israel in the form of weapons, considering the results of a poll recently done. She and Obama have been very vocal about their opposing viewpoint as to what a soverign state as Israel should be allowed to build in their own capital. So we are witnessing our punishment, I suppose.
Most Palestinians want peace, but really are all for destroying Israel and occupying the land themselves. Nothing has changed in their attitude since 48. Nothing has happened educationally by their leaders to crave peace with Israel and to live alongside them in peace. In fact, they themselves are divided into Hamas and Fatah segments and the group designated to for a future state of Palestine has the same end-goal as their nastier counterparts-to see Israel disappear.
In a Yahoo article, the Palestinians are counting on Obama creating a Palestinian state and are holding him to his promise. (Don't hold your breath, Abbas. He promised us that Jerusalem would not be divided.) The Palestinians are planning on having East Jerusalem as their capital.
Abbas " pledged to uphold Arafat's insistence that Palestinians would one day secure east Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state and the right of return for refugees. "This we will have to fight, Abbas. You would fill this small area with zillions of so-called refugees just to have another weapon to create the demise of Israel. This is why we need to have peace talks.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Instead of meeting with Israel about peace discussions, Abbas prefered to approach the U.N. Security Council and asked them to debate Israel's building in Jerusalem and most likely Judea and Samaria on Wednesday. At least that was his plan for today.
Obama has already chastised Netanyahu from Indonesia, the world's #1 country with a Muslim majority of 228,582,000 people who have 86.1%Sunni Muslim population, over future building plans in Jerusalem, our sovereign capital. I say this because the Indonesians are probably not feeling very friendly toward Israel. They don't allow Jews in their country. That was the prelude to Hillary Clinton going to Israel on Thursday to warn Netanyahu about the "Jewish settlement building plans" that they consider wrong because she and Obama think it clouds hopes to renew peace talks.
Personally, I think Abbas has made it perfectly clear that he has no intention of entering into any peace talks when he can appeal to the U.N. who most likely will be very sympathetic, as so many of them are from Muslim countries and hate Israel.
The pressure that Netanyahu has had to endure is incredible, but he managed to show his strength with the declaration reminding the world that Jerusalem is our capital and that Israel is a sovereign nation and he never said he would not build in Jerusalem. He also made it clear that Jerusalem is not a settlement.
Netanyahu has even spoken with Henry Kissinger about this. Everyone is hopeful that they will have a productive meeting.
I think it is sickening that our President is not listening to our case but instead is siding with the very people who have been attacking us for so long and who more than just covet our land, religiously just want us to be blown away. Can the world get any weirder?
I dislike the use of the term, "settlements." We have villages, towns and cities already established in Judea and Samaria. A settlement, a synonym of village, also is a place or region newly settled. Village does not imply this. It only indicates the size of the community. A village is larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town. I believe "settlement" is being used politically to imply that this community is like putting up tents that can be taken down and moved easily. This is not the case. I abhor the term, "West Bank" Again, this is a political move to wipe out the connection of our Jewish history to the land. This term came from the Jordanians to describe the land west of the Jordan River. Evidently they couldn't bring themselves to use the Hebrew names for it. The same thing happened when the Romans took over Israel after 70AD. They renamed it Palestinia for the same political reasons. So I will continue to call the land by its original name, Judea and Samaria, each having its own historical story to tell.
Judea and Samaria happen to be the biblical homeland or heartland of Eretz Israel with Jerusalem, the City of David, at the center of that heart. This land reminds us of who we are and who we were. The history goes way back to our beginnings. Today 300,000 Israelis live in over 100 communities. Also sharing the land are 1.5 million Palestinian Arabs living in their communities.
It was under Jordanian occupation for 19 years. Jordan lost this in 1967 when Israel surprised everyone by defending itself under a horrible assault of all the surrounding Arab nations again and won this battle in 6 days. It has been under Israel's sovereignty for the past 43 years now.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
by Nadene Goldfoot
The Oregonian had an article today titled, Israel plans new housing units on disputed land. The last time I looked, Jerusalem had not been divided. It does have its neighborhoods, just as Portland has a Chinatown. I know that the Palestinians are plotting to take over East Jerusalem, if not more, as part of their to be Palestine. Why they are holding out in peace talks about it is their decision. They've been doing it ever since Israel was declared a state in 1948, so it's nothing new. They simply can't bring themselves to accept a Jewish state in an ocean of Islam. There's no tolerance in their minds.
In the meantime, life must go on for Israel, so they have decided to build 980 new apartments in the Jewish neighborhood of Har Homa and 320 in the Ramot area. Israel's Interior Ministry says that actual construction could be years away, however. At least someone has recognized the need for more housing coming up and the plan of continuing to keep Jerusalem whole. The newspaper article by Edmund Sanders from the McClatchy Tribune hits the readers on the head with "build an additional 1,300 apartments. "
As to why the statement has come out today has been muddled over by the reporter. Danny Seidemann, a Jerusalem expert and settlement critic must be a man against Jews living in Judea-Samaria as well as East Jerusalem, keeping this free of Jews for the Arab population. He thinks that this is sending a message that self-restraint of Netanyahu's government is over, or that Netanyahu might be reacting to our USA election last week. What the article doesn't tell you is that Danny is a member of Peace Now, and speaks to groups such as Americans for Peace Now. He is an American born lawyer and peace activist who moved to Israel in 1973 right out of college. Danny is now the head of the Israeli NGO Terrestrial Jerusalem. He has chutzpa, I'll give him that. He criticized Elie Wiesel about his stand on Jerusalem. Elie referred to him as the Jerusalem guru. He evidently is also a leader of Ir Shalem, which means "unified City". It's said to be a left wing Zionist organization by the Palestinians who are advocating developing Jerusalem for the benefit of all residents, Jews and Arabs. I ask how he would plan on seeing development for Jews in this Jewish neighborhood without holding onto a hammer and a nail and some building material?
It's too bad that the reporter didn't bother to find someone else to interview regarding the announcement of future building. He sought out one of the most dissident Israelis who is against the idea. Perhaps he should have left his hotel and talked to the Jewish residents of these neighborhoods to see why they needed more housing. Wouldn't that have been more fair and unbiased reporting?
Oregonian Newspaper Tuesday, November 9, 2010 page A6.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Way back in the first part of September the news was that the USA was selling $60 billion dollars worth of arms to Saudi Arabia. The reason behind it was because of their threat from Iran. Israel was not protesting because supposedly the jets involved in the sale lacked long range weapons systems and were of a lower grade that those sold to Israel.
The deal includes 84 new F-15 fighter planes, and nearly 200 Apache, Black Hawk and Little Bird helicopters, as well as upgrades for 70 fighter planes. The deal also would include a satellite-guided “smart bomb” system, as well as anti-ship and anti-radar missiles. It will take five to 10 years to complete the deal, according to reports.Read more: http://www.forward.com/articles/132371/#ixzz14N60sixM
The USA is also giving Saudi Arabia the message that we can take care of their security needs without them going nuclear.
Several of our congress members were against the sale such as Weiner of NY, Berkly and Carney as well as Republican members.
Congress had 30 days to review the deal and could block or amend it, but it looks like just a few are against it, so it may pass. Israel has been told that they will have the upper edge.
The USA has been trying to supply Arab nations with arms to protect them against Iran. My concern is that they do not get into the hands of militants and be used against Israel, instead.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
My father's unique dna haplogroup, Q1b1a, making up 5% of the present Jewish population, pinpoints Persia as a possible location for our origins.
Assyrians had attacked Israel in 722 BCE, and thousands of Jews were deported from Israel and forced to settle in Media. Media was an Asiatic country and the people were called the Medes. They were thought to be the sons of Japheth. They cooperated with the Babylonians in the 6th century BCE but were defeated by Cyrus of Persia. Jews of Ashdod, Israel and Samaria (now called West Bank) had had a failed attempt against them. 27,290 Jews had to settle in Ecbatana (Hamadan), a town in Persia where Cyrus issued his decree permitting the Jews to rebuild their Jerusalem Temple, and Susa in SW Persia. They are referred to as one of the "Ten Lost Tribes of Israel in biblical records. This happened when the Assyrian king Tiglath-pileser III ruled. They were replaced in Samaria with Syrian and Babylonian prisoners. Assyrians were a Semitic people in a western Asian state. They had been most aggressive from the 20th century BCE on.
In 680 BCE The Assyrian king Nebuchadnezzar II persecuted Jews in Israel and many Jews were settled in Isfahan, Persia. Cyrus the Great had taken over Babylon and in 539 BCE, he entered Babylon. We were living by the River of Babylon and wanted to return to our homeland, Judea.
In the 6th Century BCE, Cyrus came up with the famous "Cyrus Declaration" allowing Jews to return to their homeland, Judea, to rebuild their lives. Not all were willing to trek out into the wilderness. Those that stayed became the Jews of Persia, or later, called Iran.
"In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of The Lord spoken by Jeremiah, The Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing: "This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: "The Lord, The God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build a Temple [see Temples] for Him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of his people among you - may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build The Temple of The Lord, The God of Israel, The God who is in Jerusalem." (Ezra 1:1-3)
King Darius I inherited the throne from Cyrus. He ruled from 522-486 BCE. King Ahashueros, Queen Esther's husband, is thought by modern scholarship to have been Xerxes, son of Darius I. He ruled from 486-465 BCE. Mordecai, Esther's uncle, was a Benjamite living in Shushan, Persia. His name is of Babylonian origin. It is found in inscriptions.
It is said that Queen Esther, the orphaned daughter of her mother, Abihail of the tribe of Benjamin, elected to remain with her uncle, Mordecai instead of leaving Persia. She is thought to be the mother of present day Iranian Jews. Not literally, of course, but as a part of the group of their ancestors.
Here is a timeline.
Israel crushed by Assyrians; 10 tribes exiled (Ten Lost Tribes).
Judah conquered by Babylonia; Jerusalem and First Temple destroyed; most Jews exiled.
Babylonia was taken over by the Persian Empire.
Besides Queen Esther being an ancestor of the Jews in Persia, Sushan Dukht of the 5th century BCE was also a Persian Queen. She was the daughter of the exilarch and had married King Yezdegerd I (399-420), and was the mother of Bahram V (420-38) and was said to be the founder of the Jewish settlement in Isfahan and Hamadan.
The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia
The neighborhood of Gilo as well as other East Jerusalem's neighborhoods was home to Jews that were driven out in 1948 by of all people, the British officered Arab Legion of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. This was at the time that Israel was created as a Jewish state and all the surrounding Arab states attacked her. So it wasn't just Arabs who fled with the promise from their Arab soldiers of returning and living in Jewish homes. These Jews were forced to leave by Jordanian soldiers.
Jordan had illegally occupied East Jerusalem along with Judea and Samaria. This was recognized only by Britain and Pakistan.
Israel gained Jerusalem back in 1967 in the Six Day War.
Victor Sharpe reminds us that in 1918, Rabbi Hertz, Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, had spoken of the 4,000 years of history that bound Jews to Jerusalem calling to mind its history. At this time they were celebrating its liberation from the Ottoman Turks by the British. He spoke of Judah Maccabee who led his warriors against Greek-Syrians to liberate Jerusalem from the heathens.
Now the Palestinian Arabs are trying to take East Jerusalem for their to be state of Palestine. Their latest move is to have renovated 14 schools in the area claiming rights because of this. East Jerusalem is still a part of Jerusalem which is the capital of Israel. Here we have a situation where so much money has had to go into the IDF and security that Israel has had a hard time updating schools. Unlike the USA, they cannot risk spending what they don't have, and then they have this challenge. I say that if Palestinians have so much available cash on hand, perhaps they need to be taxed more to pay for such things.