Thursday, December 30, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
In the last 24 hours, Hamas in Gaza had arrested 10 top Fatah officials in Gaza. This might be tit for tat.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
"Remember, Abbady, this was and will remain an Arab land. We do not mind you natives of the country, but those alien invaders, the Zionists, will be massacred to the last man. We want no progress, no prosperity. Nothing but the sword will decide the fate of this country."Al-Husseini represented newly emerging proponents of militant, Palestinian Arab nationalism, a previously unknown concept. Once he was in power, he began a campaign of terror and intimidation against anyone opposed to his rule and policies. He killed Jews at every opportunity, but also eliminated Arabs who did not support his campaign of violence. Husseini was not willing to negotiate or make any kind of compromise for the sake of peace. Who was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem's nephew? None other than Arafat, leader of Fatah. "Arafat gave an interview in which he referred to "our hero al-Husseini" as a symbol of Palestinian Arab resistance."
His son, Harold Adrian Russell Philby, became a well known communist double agent. Like father like son.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
The EU also refused and told them that they needed to negotiate a solution.
According to the Debka file, "Abbas knows as well as Israel and Washington that the lines which preceded the 1967 war were never approved borders. What he is really after is the 1949 armistice lines, which the US opposes."
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
This is the historical reason for the fast. Today it also takes in the holocaust, though we do have another day for that, but the holocaust was so terribly destructive, that we have incorporated our grieving into this day, also.
Since the beginning of 2010, rockets have been flying into Israel from Gaza fired by Hamas terrorists. There has not been a month that goes by without rockets landing in civilian neighborhoods. That said," more than 11,000 patients with escorts have left the Gaza Strip for medical treatment in Israel." This was in 2009. Usually Ashkelon's hospital receives them. By taking in the enemy, Israel is taking great risks, but being a humanitarian society, they have continued to do so.
"Israelis ask that Palestinians change cars at the border because cars had been rigged to explode. A woman on crutches was changing cars. She fell down. Three Israeli soldiers ran to help her get up. She blew herself up, killing the four of them. The Hamas government is preaching genocide of Israel, yet Israel is treating Gaza's sick."
180,000 Palestinians have been treated in 2010 in Israeli hospitals. Judea and Samaria also have their casualies and come to Israel for treatment. "To Israel, the answer to these questions is clear. According to its Division Medical Officer “The treatment of the Palestinian population is first and foremost a moral and professional obligation for every one of us. Do we treat them? There is no question about it. "
Robert Bernstein, founder of Human Rights Watch in 1978, commented "that it struck him as bizarre that in an asymmetric war of attrition, which we're still learning about how to fight, a nation cares for the sick of a neighbor that is preaching genocide to its people, and the only human rights comment has been that they are not doing it well enough. " Robert has spoken out criticizing the group he had founded.
Monday, December 13, 2010
In 2006, Abbas was defeated in an "election" and the Hamas terrorists won in Gaza. By June 2007 they forced out Abbas who found refuge in Samaria.
Hamas terrorists are about to celebrate their 23rd anniversary of the birth of their group, said Ismail Haniya. They repeated their aim to recover all of Palestine from the Mediterranean Sea to Jordan". Ismail will accept a peace deal with Israel only if the Palestinian people approve it in a referendum, he says. However, in the same breath, he says they will cede nothing. They will not ever recognize Israel. Their intention is to make all of Jerusalem their capital of Palestine. They will have no Jewishness in Jerusalem.
As if that will ever happen, they also demand a solution to the Arab refugees. Of course he wants all of them to return and live there.
The author of this article sees a shift from never accepting a peace treaty to an acceptance of one. I say, look at his stipulation and demands. He's asking Israel to give up as if it is a beaten country. He's asking for the moon! This is not going for any sort of peace treaty, but it's a statement of absolute war! Nothing has changed Gaza's stand of attacking Israel.
Mahmud al Zahar, another Hamas terrorist leader, showed his distain and hatred of Israel by burning the Israeli flag at a rally in Gaza City. At the Jebaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza, they also celebrated wildly at another rally. Masked terrorists marched in the Nusseirat refugee camp's rally in Central Gaza.
I note that these people have remained in refugee camps willingly or by the directions of their leaders since 1948. They have continued to be surviving on the assistance of the U.N. They are people on assistance for the longest time for the U.N. The aim was not to get on with their life after making such a blunder as to follow their leaders in the first place, but to remain a pitiless group used as a weapon against Israel. For 62 years these refugees have not worked, have not tried to make something out of Gaza, but have become fodder for the terrorists. Keeping them helpless and angry has been a campaign of hatred against Israel.
Now I see that the younger generation of terrorists have such radical hate for Israel without even knowing where it has come from, other than their teachings in their Koran. For it's not what Israel has done to them, but what their leaders teach them that they are completely immersed in Jihad.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I don't know why he is acting like there is such a problem for the Muslims in relation to this "Temple Mount." The mosque is under the administration of the Palestinian-led Islamic waqf, which consists of the diretor, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Islamic council. They have been allowed by Israel to retain their authority over the Temple Mount since 1967 when Israel won the battle of the Six Day War when Jordan and all the other surrounding countries attacked Israel.
How easily they get themselves all riled up over a city that is not number one of importance in Islam. It is the 3rd mosque that Muslims need to visit. The first is in Mecca and the 2nd is in Saudi Arabia. It was in Jerusalem that monotheism was declared by Judaism. Here, Muhammad stated in the 8th century that the angel Gabriel took him up into heaven on his horse to be shown signs of G-d. He then went back to Mecca.
The waqf prohibits Jews and Christians from entering the mosque. Israel complies with this demand by stationing Israeli soldiers outside to uphold their Islamic rules.
Yet, here is a Muslim leader plotting the takeover of all of Jerusalem and he's now out of prison.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
The Gaza Strip is made of 360 square km and has no water source. it is a little more than twice the size of Washington D.C. The coastline is 40 km long. The population is 1,604,238 led by the Hamas terrorist organization.
The West Bank and Gaza together are 6,220 square km. That's 360 sq. km more than Israel. Their population comes to 4,119,083. Israel contains about 2 million more minus the Palestinians that are Israeli citizens. Israel sits in the middle of two beligerent people, the Hamas terrorists who want to wipe Israel out and Fatah, who are most likely also wishing for Israel's disappearance.
Almost a year ago on January 9, 2010, Amnesty International proclaimed Global Day of Action for Sudan Awareness. They wanted to educate the public of the plight of the Darfurians so as to help protect them.
"A long-awaited referendum on southern Sudan’s independence, set in motion by a 2005 peace agreement to stop one of Africa’s worst civil wars, is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2011.
The vote could bring an end to the nearly one-million-square-mile experiment called Sudan, which for many troubled decades served as a bridge between the Arab and African world." NY Times.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
This was the first casualty since March when a worker from Thailand was killed by mortar shelling.
On the other hand, "Abbas said that despite the crisis in the peace talks with Israel, the Palestinians remained committed to a political solution on the basis of the road map and the Arab peace initiative, which he described as a “precious gift” to peace in the Middle East. Abbas plans to go to talk to Hosni Mubarak in Cairo tomorrow and discuss the situation. He said that as a last resort, he would ask Israel to take over.
"In exchange for statehood, the road map requires the Palestinian Authority to make democratic reforms and abandon the use of violence. Israel, for its part, must support and accept the emergence of a reformed Palestinian government and end settlement activity of the Gaza Strip and West Bank as the Palestinian terrorist threat is removed." They have not complied in reforming their educational goals in their hatred of Jews as shown in their textbooks. Their maps refuse to show Israel and instead just show Palestine. That would be under democratic reforms and using violence. They have had outbursts of violent acts of course, coming from their teachings and attitudes. Hamas broke off with Fatah in June 2007, so there is no reason for Israel to abide by the accords being they are constantly attacked. The Palestinians themselves are a divided group intent on different goals, at least on the surface. I do believe that Fatah differs only in that they are trying to achieve the same goal by diplomacy instead of so much bloodshed.
"Palestine" was to be all the land east of the 1949 armistice according to Palestinians. "The territory in question is home to approximately 500,000 Jews, along with up to 1.5 million Arabs, and includes historically Jewish towns as well as the Temple Mount, the Tomb of the Patriarchs, and Rachel's Tomb, Judaism's first, second, and third most holy sites respectively".
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
He may have been the Emir, but it remained under British supervision until after World War Ii. In 1946 the British asked the UN to end their British Mandate. Then in May of 1948, Israel was born into the UN.
King Abdulla was made the first ruler of the Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan and was assassinated in 1951.
These two nations, Jordan and Israel, were inevitably linked in the President Truman's mind as twin emergent states: one serving the needs of the refugee Jew, the other absorbing recently displaced Palestinian Arabs. In addition, Truman was aware of the private agreements that existed between Jewish Agency leaders and King Abdullah I of Jordan. Thus, it made perfect sense to Truman to favour both states with de jure recognition.
Thank You Letter to Countries that Came to Israel's Aid During Forest Fire
December 7, 2010,
Twenty-Four Countries Who Came to Israel's Aid Fighting the Carmel Fire
Thank you for the support you provided to Israel to help fight the horrible fire. I was deeply moved by the assistance.
I greatly appreciate your generosity to provide life-saving help. Your nation made an important difference and many lives were saved.
Thank you for the compassion of your people. You stood with Israel in a moment of suffering-and I will not forget it. You can be sure that Israel will not forget it, either.
Citizen of USA and Israel
How Would You Like to Be a Commonwealth?
The good news is that the US is stopping their insistence that Israel not build in Judea and Samaria. Abbas is ready to dissolve his Palestinian government which has been in progress since 1993 if statehood is not achieved. Now I think that is stupid. Right now they are governing themselves, which is what statehood is all about, isn't it? Why would he just give that up. Who is to step in and do the governing? Israel? Perhaps he is trying to load Israel up with this headache and then Israel would be only too happy to allow them statehood on their terms. At least he may be thinking along this line. In the meantime, Hilary is trying to renew negotiations. Netanyahu is not about to buy into any type where the outcome is achieved before the discussion.
The bad news is that Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay are recognizing the undeclared Palestinian state already, just when it's about to be dissolved. The US statement about this is that they aren't helping the peace process by doing so. I noticed that S. America didn't send any aid to Israel during the fire, either.
Some people fear that dissolving a two nation state plan will lead to a one nation state being Israel minus the Jewish predominance. I don't believe that will happen. The United States has several areas that are not counted as states but are under her domain, such as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Perhaps that might happen with Judea and Samaria. I believe England has been in the same position with Scotland, Ireland and Canada besides past experiences with India and such. I may have my facts all wrong, but something very Solomonly-wise will happen. As for Gaza, that is a mystery.
I propose that like Puerto Rico is a self-governing commonwealth or Republic under the auspices of the United States, Judea and Samaria should be the same to Israel. Palestine would have control over internal affairs and Israel would have a say over external affairs. Puerto Rico had been under the government of Spain for 400 years, and at the end of the Spanish American War, came under USA domination. By 1952 they were in this commonwewalth position. They've had chances to vote as to staying this way or becoming their own country and still are a commonwealth, so I presume they are happily governed. On a positive note for them, they are not connected to our land mass, so may feel more independent. Israel, on the other hand, would find Palestine as close to them as Laurelhurst is to Ladd's Addition. Hopefully, people will see this as a third posssibility and appreciate all the advantages it has to offer.The US Virgin Islands' government is similar to being a commonwealth. It is an organized unincorporated U.S. territory. That may be an option, also, to become an Iraeli territory, and get rid of the stigma of being occupied.
There are literally hundreds of commonwealths, etc, in the world. Not all populated areas become countries or states. My last reference lists them.
Monday, December 06, 2010
David, king of Israel, lived from 1,000 BCE to to 960 BCE. He was born in Bethlehem to Jesse. At age 25 he was the armor-bearer to King Saul, Israel's first king. He became friends with the king's son, Jonathan. After showing that he had great military skills in a war with the Philistines, he was able to marry the king's daughter, Michal. Eventually Saul became very jealous of David.
David settled in Hebron and declared himself king of Judah. After ruling for eight years he captured the Jebustite's Jerusalem and made it his capital. He then moved the ark there. He became a great military leader, taking in much land. He fought the Philistines and annexed the entire coast. He defeated the Edomites which gave the Israelites an outlet to the Red Sea at Ezion-Geber. Then he crushed Ammon and Moab who became two of Israel's subjects and defeated Aram (Syria) and annexed large territories, including Damascus and as far as the Euphrates River. He even signed treaties with Tyre and Sidon and extended the frontiers to an extent never again attained.
This warrior king was quite the lover with several wives and involved in the scandal of Bathsheba, suffering from his actions. He was endowed with the skill of writing the Book of Psalms that people of many religions read to find solace .
The bible tells us that King David's Israel was quite large, much larger than it is today. To the West was the Mediterranean Sea, to the East the Syrian Desert, to the South the Brook of Egypt (Wadi El-Arish) to Kadesh Barnea as far as the Valley of Zoar south of the Dead Sea and in Transjordan from the river of Arnon to Mt. Hermon and to the Valley of Iyon. The total surface was 17,500 square miles of which 45% was in Transjordan in the East which is now called Jordan. The Promised land included most of Syria and covered 58,000 square miles. This whole area was Israel under Kings David and Solomon. Jerusalem has also been called "The City of David."
It's easy to get around in Israel because the distances from one place to another is so short. Israel can be crossed from west to east in 90 minutes by car. Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are an hour apart. From Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean Sea to Eilat on the Red Sea in the South would take you only 5 hours of travel. It takes me about 6 1/2 hours to travel from Ontario, Oregon to Portland, Oregon which is the width of Oregon from East to West. Israel sits between 2 continents and 2 seas so has always been on the crossroads between Asia and Africa. Throughout its history people with imperial ambitions have wanted to possess the land. We've had Ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Crusaders, Ottomans and the British traveling the land to take over some other people's land.
To go from Haifa to Jerusalem by car, you have to travel 94 miles. To go from Tel Aviv to Haifa you only have to drive 59 miles. From Tel Aviv to Gaza, you would drive only 48 miles. Jerusalem is only 5 miles away from Bethlehem. I'm telling you, it's a small, small country.
A large part of Israel is the Negev desert. People live on the edge of it. Jerusalem is on the doorway of the Judean Desert. The Sinai Desert separates the Land of Israel from the land of Egypt. Northern Israel is the Galilee where mountains rise to 3,300 feet. In the center of Israel is Samaria and Judea which people refer to as "The West Bank" and it also has mountains of this height.
What are the boundaries of Israel? Until 1967, its boundaries were made of temporary armistice lines, agreed on in 1949. Since 1967, pending a peace settlement, armistice lines demarcate the area under Israeli control. They are 523 miles long compared with the armistice lines which were 570 miles long.
The Armistice Agreements of 1949 were with Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. At this time Israel was most vulnerable as the middle of Israel was only 10 miles wide, like a woman's waistline. Here lies Tel Aviv with Ramat Gan and Petah Tikva on the east, Bat Yam and Holon to the south, Herzliya and Natanya in the north. This is the commercial and industrial section of Israel. To the North the Huleh Plain had been land reclaimed from swamps and holds green villages on a flat tabletop lying under the Golan Heights which had been held by the Arabs of Syria. They want it back, of course. The South with the Sinai desert holds Egyptian military airfields. It only takes 3 to 10 minutes to fly to Israel's coastal strip of dense population.
Under this scrutiny of all its enemies, Israel stopped the June 5, 1967 invasion and wound up gaining land. The Arab states had threatened and tried to destroy her but wound up losing land themselves. For eighteen years the Arabs had been hostile and all their acts broke every paragraph in the Armistice Agreements of 1949 where they had all negotiated and signed a paper of promise in their relations with Israel, and they had broken it.
Israel's birth certificate has been validated by "The Old Testament" or Tanakh, uninterrupted Jewish settlement from Joshua's time till now; the Balfour Declaration of 1917; the League of Nations Mandate which included the Balfour Declaration ; the UN partition resolution of 1947; Israel's admission to the UN in 1949, recognition of Israel by most other states; and a society created by Israel's people in living there. Abba Eban has said that Israel has the right to exist just like the United States, Saudi Arabia and 152 other states.
Our twelve tribes of Israel constituted the first monarchy in Palestine in about 1000 BC. Saul was the first king and David, the 2nd king, made Jerusalem the nation's capital. We're people who have a 2nd chance in holding our country and mean to keep it. Jews from Europe and elsewhere started to go back in large numbers in 1882 when fewer than 250,000 Arabs lived there. More Arabs immigrated into the area when they saw construction going on and were seeking work. In 1920 8,223 Jews immigrated into Palestine. In 1933, on the brink of Nazi rule in Germany, 37,337 Jews immigrated into Palestine. The next year 45,267 came and in 1935 had 66,472 enter. In 1939, as the door in Germany about closed, 31,195 arrived.
Between August 1945 after the war and Israel's creation in May 1948, 65 illegal immigrant ships came carrying 69,878 people from Europe with nowhere to go but to Israel. By August of 1946, the British began to confine or impound those they caught in camps in Cyprus. About 50,000 people were detained in camps, 28,000 of whom were still imprisoned when Israel declared independence. These people were in great need of having an Israel and even after all they had gone through in the Holocaust, still were being treated indecently by the British.
The fact remains that many peoples and countries are tying to get Israel pushed back to the vulnerable pre-1967 armistice lines. The attitude of the Arabs has not changed. They still are adamant about destroying Israel. They're mad because we have gained Judea and Samaria . Our continuing presence there is not a violation of the agreements in the UN Security Council Resolution 242 or the Camp David Accords, the Oslo Accords, or the Road Map.
Resolution 242 asks for Israel to withdraw from territory in the context of negotiations that assure the "right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force." There has been no peace summit or signed accords defining "secure and recognized boundaries". That's what Abbas has balked at.
UNSCR 242 does not specify the extent of Israel's withdrawal from Judea-Samaria. The people involved in this creation said that security doesn't come from arms, territory, geography or domination of another. It can only come from agreement and mutual respect and understanding and that's what we haven't received from the Palestinians. People like Canadians and Americans have been good neighbors. That's not happening between Israel and the Palestinians.
In its creation, Jews settled for less than half of the land promised by the English to become the state of Israel. It was given a crumb of land that was certainly hard to defend. This division of land was done after finding that the Arabs resented that Jews were receiving such a good deal at a time that other sheiks were taking over land after the breakup of the Ottoman Empire and they were creating states of their own. Why should Jews be cut in on a deal that should go to them, they thought. Even so, they did not take advantage of the offer and did not create their Palestine.
Since the Palestinians have not tried to make peace with Israel, they can kiss their chance of creating their Palestine now, after 62 years of warfare, goodbye. It will take a complete make-over of their people to convince me that they are a peaceful neighbor and deserving of having their own state. They need an overhaul on their educational programs and their parental psychology to become civil people. Abbas wants to create a state right now but has not come to terms with Hamas in Gaza or even Israel.
Perhaps as soon as 100 years from now something like that might happen, but certainly not now. In the meantime, the Palestinians are free to live peacefully as they should be and start acting like good neighbors. Nobody is thinking of deporting them. However, such problems that exist like their intention of flooding the area with millions of relatives just cannot happen. I would suggest that they emigrate to their relatives if they wish to all live together. Wherever they are there must be more room than in Judea and Samaria.
Reference: Facts About Israel: Division of Information, Ministry for foreign Affairs, Jerusalem
Battleground: fact and fantasy in Palestine by Samuel Katz
Myths and Facts-a concise record of the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Mitchell G. Bard and Joel Himelfarb
The Case Against Israel's Enemies by Alan Dershowitz
Thursday, December 02, 2010
It's a scary position to be in for Israel. All nations are turning on her in one form or another from boycotting her products to deligitimating her very existence to supplying her enemies with arms. Iran even has promised to exterminate her with atomic weapons. No other nation has ever needed to have a country, become a country legally and then have everyone turn against her. 62 years of striving to exist not only has been extremely hard on Israelis, but I find so much of the world has been sucked into a form of insanity. Casting stones at a country under attack for 62 years and never offering a helping hand is crazy. Now is the time Israel needs the most help and yet it gets only chastisement-for existing, I guess. Even for things Israel hasn't done, she gets blamed. I just read where the Wiki leak has been blamed on Israel.
I'd love to rewrite the outcome of Israel's birth. The Palestinians would have rumbled as they did, but then would have been talked to seriously by the United Nations. Israel's leaders accepted the humble piece they were awarded and the Palestinians would have also. There never would have been fighting. Palestinians would have remained on the land and would not have rebelled, but would have been most happy as Israeli citizens, or they would have moved into their own half. Our possible distant cousins would have competed with us for pita bake-offs and soccer games, not war and land. But that was not to be. With the teachings of Islam and its attitude towards Jews and the political prowess of Palestinian leadership, Israel and its Western democracy was never going to be accepted into the fold of the Middle East.
Mighty nations have tried to take down Jews and Israel and they have not succeeded. Little Israel may have to pull another rabbit out of the hat, but help is always around her. Right will succeed over might. Just you wait and see. Israel was meant to be a light for the nations. That light cannot be put out.
Resource: Oregonian 12/2/10 p. A10.