Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Yesterday evening a katusha grad rocket hit Beersheva. This was the first time since Operation Cast Lead that this has happened. Then a lot of attacks followed. Avigdor Lieberman told the Israeli UN delegation to submit a complaint to the U.N for these attacks.
This morning an IDF patrol was out along the Gaza border as usual but this time were fired on by mortar shells along the fence. Several Israeli tanks were fired on East of Gaza City. The IDF fired back at this Jihad cell group and 10 Palestinians were wounded. Three Palestinians were known to be militants from Al Quds Brigade, a radical IAslamist Jihad group of which one died later. Patrols had found 12 bombs along the fence in the past two months.
Later the Gazans fired a Grad rocket at Beersheva, which is only 25 miles from Gaza. It's a city of 200,000. The rocket made a big crater alongside a badly damaged home. Also, three mortars had been fired at Kibbutz Nahal Oz. They hit a football (soccer) field. Four Israelis were treated for shock, two of which were children. They said many homes shook. Earlier, 6 mortar shells had fired on Sdot Negev.
Two Palestinians were wounded when they were collecting gravel near the border. That's their story. Why would anyone be collecting gravel? Isn't there enough rocks in Gaza that they would have to look near the fence?
Some of Israel was once in Jordan's hands. This was because when Israel declared itself a state in May 1948 with the UN in agreement, Jordan then invaded and occupied East Jerusalem. They drove out the Jews living there and into exile from their homes. Jews were not allowed to live in their ancient historic places. While Jordan illegally occupied the land for 18 years, Jews could not go to the Wailing Wall "Western Wall" in Jerusalem. They could not visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs or even Rachel's Tomb. Finally, the War of 1967 put an end to the first time division of Jerusalem and Israelis were able to be in all parts of it.
The Masada, a place of last refuge for Jews before being attacked and killed by the Romans and now a place of initiating IDF soldiers as well as a tourist attraction was forbidden to Jews until March of 1949. This is when IDF units moved from Be'er Sheva to the Dead Sea at Sodom and Ein Gedi.
March 1949 was a time that an armistice was drawn up between Jordan and Israel. If one remembers, Jordan was the land that was supposed to go to Israel originally and instead they complained so much that they got it instead. Then on April 24, 1949, an armistice line was agreed on at Rhodes. It was not a border but just a line where the fighting stopped. This fighting happened when Israel was attacked by all surrounding nations when it declared itself a state. It's called the War of Independence. Moshe Dayan and Yosef Tabenkin were brigade commanders then and wanted to capture the Old City of Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Hebron at that time but were stopped by the cease-fire of October 22, 1948.
The Jordanians treated Jerusalem with much disrespect while it was in their hands. The cemeteries were vandalized. They uprooted tombstones, and then plowed the land which scattered skeletons and bones all about. 38000 tombstones were smashed or damaged and used for flooring for their latrines and for paving material for roads. They made 4 roads right through cemeteries. The graves of famous personages were destroyed. The Intercontinental Hotel was built right over a cemetery as well as a gas station. The Mount of Olives, a cemetery that Jews have used for 3,000 years and held 150,000 graves, was desecrated when in Jordan's hands along with others.
As Oregonians study Oregon in the 4th and 8th grades and take field trips to sites to remember their history, so do Israeli students. They take trips to the tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. These are their reminders that the Land of Israel is the ancient homeland of the Jewish people. Many of us had been gone for 2,000 years, but we have returned to join the remnant left here and are building it up again.
Much has been said about the 1967 borders. This line shouldn't deter Israelis from going and remembering their history and why they live in Israel.
Just as Americans remember their history of 1776 and the Revolution, Israelis cannot forget their leaders who fought for the creation of Israel before and after May 1948. They have the right to study and see the places. Whatever would have happened to the Jewish religion if Jews did not remember Pesach "Passover"? These historic sites should be held in esteem just like any other country's historic sites.
Resource: http://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page/jews-connection-to-the-land-must-not-be-s by Moshe Arens, Born 1925 in Lithuania, immigrated in 1948; US ambassador to USA in 82-82; Minister of Defense in 90-92 and Jan 99. Engineer educated at MIT.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The soldiers had left the area and the Muslim strong armed moved in. Opponents were dragged away. This is not what the freedom demonstrators had bee asking for, but they now have it amonst them leading the way.
The danger is that many reporters and countries think that the Muslim Brotherhood is nothing to fear because Egypt regained the country through "peaceful" means, but note what they are now doing and getting away with. Though Yusef was allowed the star role in the demonstration on the 17th, articles published on the 18th show none of what was happening in the Brotherhood's rise to power in Egypt.
Now the question in my mind is just how strong will the young university students and others who only want a democratic state and prosperity be in fighting off the demands of the Brotherhood? Already they were put down on this night of the 17th.
Monday, February 21, 2011
I think it is most unwise to even think of having a peace treaty as long as Hamas remains Israel's enemy. When these former PLO groups, Fatah and Hamas can jointly be acceptable peace-loving people and care for the lives of their children to be long and safely lived, then peace can be obtained. Fatah is not ready for peace, not as long as they teach in their schools that there is no Israel on the map, or teach hate for Israelis, I know they are not truly into a peaceful accord. They seem to have taken just one important step in the right direction, and that is to not fire upon Israel. Of course, they are allowing the Hamas Gazans to do all of that. Abbas or others in his party have no authority over Hamas. When these two Muslim groups can become peaceful with Israel, we will all celebrate.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
A warship belonging to Iran is getting very close to Israel by planning to go through the Suez Canal tonight. We know that Iran has threatened Israel with extinction and has called Jews every name under the sun. Admiral James Burnell-Nugent, former commander-in-chief, fleet, of Britain's Royal Navy, described the action as a form of mischief.
"I would put it in the manipulative, stirring the pot category, rather than the military, strategic category.
"And the more wound up the Israelis get over it, the more the Iranians will be laughing."
"For warships to pass through the canal, approval from the ministry of defense and the ministry of foreign affairs is needed and this applies to all warships owned by any country," a Canal official told Reuters. No notice had been given so far.
I'm sitting here in safety in Oregon, but as a dual citizen with Israel, I would hope that Israelis feel some concern, for I do. It's interesting that Britain takes such a move so lightly, but their lives are not threatened. Iran isn't just any old country.
Anytime a country shows such hostility and hatred towards Israel, Israelis are going to be cautious and question their movement. Radio report said that they will be docked in Syria for a year. Syria is friends with Iran.
“It is strange for the Iranian Navy to use the Suez Canal since it really doesn’t have anything to do in the Mediterranean Sea,” one official said. They haven't gone through the Suez Canal since 1979. It's been 32 years.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
The Pew Research Center published interesting facts of Egypt's and Turkey's Muslim attitudes two months ago. This is the % of approval.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Monday, February 07, 2011
http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2010/0601/Gaza-flotilla-Why-the-blockade-makes-sense-for-Israel added 2/8/2011-Excellent by David Makovsky