Monday, December 21, 2015

Prisoner Exchange Hezbollah Terrorist Dies in Air Attack Over Lebanon

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                    

3 Katyusha rockets were shot into Israel from Lebanon yesterday from a village 3 miles from Israel's border.  It evidently was a revenge assassination firing by Hezbollah for their notorious Commander, Samir Kuntar,  who was killed in an airstrike near Damascus.  It was a plane that hit a residential building in the suburbs of Damascus, killing Kuntar, reported Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah leader.  "
  • Kuntar was sentenced to life in prison for killing three Israelis in 1979 but released in the  high-profile 2008 swap.  Kuntar served 30 years in an Israeli prison for murder before he was released in a prisoner swap between Israel and Hezbollah seven years ago.
  • He had been a bloody killer even though he himself was 16 at the time.  "Kuntar was convicted of a 1979 attack in which he shot and killed an Israeli man in front of his 4-year-old daughter, then smashed her head against a rock with his rifle butt, tossing her body into the sea. The victim's 2-year-old daughter was accidentally smothered by her mother, who tried to keep her quiet as they hid from the attackers who arrived in Israel from Lebanon by boat."  
  • Justice has been served, no matter who was flying the plane.  
.Resource: http://virtualjerusalem.com/news.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18899:three-rockets-fired-from-lebanon-into-northern-israel&catid=148:headlines&Itemid=18899
http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/21/middleeast/lebanese-militant-samir-kuntar-dead/index.html

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Who Were the Philistines? Not to be Confused with Palestinians

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                  

The Philistines were the enemy of Israel in the biblical days from the 12th and 11th centuries BCE.  "The Bible portrays them at one period of time as among the Kingdom of Israel's most dangerous enemies."  They were a Mediterranean people who first came from Asia Minor and Greek places.  They had sailed to the Middle East's Canaan in waves at different times.  One group came before Abraham had settled in Canaan and they settled south of Beersheba in Gerar where they fought against Abraham and his son, Isaac.

Another group came from the island of Crete after being kicked out of Egypt by Rameses III in the year 1194 BCE.  They had taken over the coastal area of Canaan where they founded 5 places:  Gaza, Ascalon (Ashkalon), Ashdod, Ekron, and Gath.

"Their highly-developed weapons brought a great threat to the Israelites. During the Exodus from Egypt, the Israelites purposely took a southern route to circumvent them.
                                                                             
Philistines had captured the Ark of the Covenant.  In the Ark was the Tablelts of the Law,
the 10 Commandments, which stood for the covenant between G-d and his
people.  
The Philistines  had captured it after defeating the Israelites in a battle at a location between Eben-ezer, where the Israelites encamped, and Aphek, (probably Antipatris) where the Philistines encamped.  The Philistines suffered so many plagues from taking the ark that they returned it.  "The ark stops at Beth Shemesh before finding a more permanent home at Kiriath-Jearim."
By nature they were a fighting people of a sea-faring nation  and dominated parts of Judah in the period of the Judges which was a time before Saul was king of Israel.  Before Saul, the Israelites had judges, like Deborah who had decided what was best for the people.  Saul was able to temporarily defeat the Philistines.
                                                                         
King Saul fought against the Philistines but was ultimately defeated.  After Saul, David was chosen as king and he ended the era of Philistines holding land and overran Philistia.  When the Israelite kingdom dissolved after King Solomon died in 920 BCE, and Judah was born out of the southern section of the kingdom, the Philistines re-established their independence but never became the serious enemy again.

Much later, in the Persian and Greek Periods, foreign settlers, mainly from the Mediterranean islands, overran the Philistine districts.  From the time of Herodotus, Greeks called Palestine after the Philistines.  The proper name was Syria Palaestina.
                                                                         
Under Hadrian, (Roman emperor from 117-138)  the Romans gave the name, Palestine,  officially to the former land of Judah, the southern section which today is officially Judea and Samaria.   Hadrian had fought against Judah's General Bar Kokhba and had an army of 35,000 to fight against the Jewish general.  The commander was Julius Severus.  They had come in from the Galilee and then fought actions for the Valley of Jezreel, Ephraim and the Judean Hills.  They eventually retook Jerusalem.

 They had chosen the name of  Palestine because the Philistines had been a long time enemy of the Israelites, and the Romans wanted to erase the memory of the Jews living there.

This was in 135 when the Romans had to fight against General Bar Kokhba of the Jewish people and it had been the hardest fight they had had from any people.  Bar Kokhba had taken Jerusalem back.  He was a descendant of King David.

 Incidentally, the word, Jews, comes from the tribe of Judah who had been living in what became the state of Judah since the other 10 tribes had been forcefully taken away by the major Assyrian attack in 722 and 721 BCE.
                                                                 
Our biblical hero, Samson, had to fight against the Philistines.  He was from the tribe of Dan and was an
Israelite judge.  From birth, he was sworn into being a Nazirite and had great strength and courage.  His feats against the Philistines showed the Israelites' desire for freedom from the Philistine suzerainty or domination.  At the end of his life he had fallen into the Philistine hands because of the woman he loved, Delilah, a Philistine woman.  She had told the Philistine soldiers the secret of Samson's strength and that was his long hair.  They had put his eyes out and Samson was forced to turn the prison mill.  All the Philistine population nearby made fun of him at a festival in Gaza.  He got his strength back and destroyed the building which helped to kill all the people, including himself.  (Judg. 13-16).
                                                                                 
King David (1000-960 BCE)  had to fight against the Philistines.  At age 25, David was the armor-bearer for Saul.  His best friend was Saul's son, Jonathan.  He was famous for being able to be successful in fighting against the Philistines.  Because of this he was able to marry Saul's daughter,  Michal.  David succeeded in breaking the Philistine military power and annexed the entire coastal land belt to be part of Israel.  When David died, he was buried in Jerusalem.
                                                                                 
David, when a young boy, had fought against the tallest Philistine in their army, the giant, Goliath.  He killed him with his slingshot, a hit to the right spot in the head.  Goliath was from Gath, one of the 5 Philistine cities in the southern coastal plain.  Gath was later taken by the Assyrian king Sargon in the 8th century BCE in their gigantic attack on Israel.  Gaza  City had also been taken by the Philistines.  It was only 2 miles from the sea.  Although it was allotted to the tribe of Judah by Moses-Joshua through G-d, it remained in Philistine hands and was the place of the imprisonment and death of Samson.  By 521 BCE it had gone from Sargon of Assyria to Cambyses of Persia.  Alexander the Great recolonized it as a hellenistic city by 332 BCE.  More people later were the rulers.
                                                                                   
Eli, the high priest at the shrine of Shiloh and one of the last Judges in the 11th century BCE, was the mentor of Samuel.  He had a run-in with the Philistines.  He came to this high position at the age of 58 and died 40 years later as a result of falling from his chair when he heard that the Philistines had captured the Ark (I Sam. 4:13)

The land of Canaan was given to the Israelites by G-d's direction.  Abraham had put up his tent there originally.  Jacob and his family of 70 individuals  had had to go into Egypt from there in time of famine and was held against their will for 400 years as slaves of the Pharaoh.  They were to return.  The Canaanites themselves were a mixture of 11 different peoples. who lived in the area between the Nile and the Euphrates.  The people living in what was Syria used the name, Canaanites, for themselves.  These Canaanites were actually a mixture mainly of Horites, Hittites and Hebrews from the Hyksos period in the 17th century BCE.

The Canaanites were almost entirely obliterated or assimilated by the Israelites in the 13th century BCE, the Philistines along the coast in the 12th century BCE, and the Arameans in the North in the 11th century BCE.  The ones who survived these attacks became  subjects of Kings David and Solomon and were thus absorbed.  Later, the name of Canaanites was preserved only with the Sidonians and Phoenicians.  Like the Philistines, they are no more.  The land was not called  Palestine by the Israelites but Eretz Yisrael-the Land of Israel.  Syria was called " Aram."

Resource:  The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philistine_captivity_of_the_Ark
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philistines
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samson
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/Philistines.html



Friday, July 31, 2015

Arson Terrorists Hit Home in Duma

    Nadene Goldfoot                                                 
Duma is in Samaria (Israel) near Nablus (Shechem in the Bible) more than Judea.    Judea was created after King Solomon died from the southern half of Israel.  The red dot did not transfer to this picture.  
  
Evidently some Jewish extremists are breaking our own rules of  ethics  and have stepped over the line in their horrid arson attack today on a Palestinian family in Duma.  They will be caught. 

 "Abbas said he had ordered his foreign minister to file a complaint at the International Criminal Court in The Hague."

My thoughts on this are that there have been horrible things that have happened to Israelis living in Judea and Samaria, and now something has turned and it has happened to a Palestinian family. Too bad we didn't turn to the Hague immediately.   What was the reaction of everyone when a Jewish family was slaughtered in a very bloody attack  several years ago?  Remember that?

The Itamar attack, also called the Itamar massacre, was an attack on a Jewish family in the Israeli settlement of Itamar in the West Bank that took place on 11 March 2011, in which five members of the same family were murdered in their beds. The victims were the father Ehud (Udi) Fogel, the mother Ruth Fogel, and three of their six children—Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and Hadas, the youngest, a three-month-old infant. According to David Ha'ivri, and as reported by multiple sources the infant was decapitated  The settlement of Itamar had been the target of several murderous attacks before these killings . 

Well, 2 wrongs don't make a right;  ever. However, this is how we learn.  If the Jewish family's death wasn't dealt with by the Palestinians  in the manner in which Israel is now handling this case, it remained a festering sore in some Jewish teens' minds.  It was also a time for a good sermon on why we can't turn around and do the same thing to Palestinians and why we're not like that.  The arsonists didn't learn a thing except to copy their enemy.  Isn't that what Golda Meier said that she hated?   

Golda Meir

“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”  She said that never dreaming that we would have a couple of Jewish copycats do a similar horrid  deed.  

From Israel's Daily Alert
News Resources - Israel and the Mideast:
  • Prime Minister Condemns "Horrific, Heinous Terror Attack" on Palestinians - Marissa Newman

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday forcefully condemned the arson attack on a Palestinian family - in which an infant was burned to death - as a "horrific, heinous" crime that is "a terror attack in every respect." Two homes in the Palestinian village of Duma, south of Nablus, were set alight, and Hebrew words spray-painted on their walls overnight Thursday, apparently by Jewish extremists. An 18-month-old child was killed in the attack, while his father, mother, and 4-year-old brother were injured. The mother was in critical condition.

  •     The prime minister said he instructed the security forces to "use all the resources at their disposal to capture the killers and bring them to justice as soon as possible." He added that "The State of Israel deals forcefully with terror, regardless of who the perpetrators are." Netanyahu said the Israeli government was "unified in its fierce opposition to these awful, base acts."  (Times of Israel)

  •     See also Netanyahu Orders PA Be Updated on Israeli Efforts to Find Arsonists - Marissa Newman (Times of Israel)

  •     See also Defense Minister Ya'alon: We Will Not Allow Jewish Terrorists to Harm Palestinians - Yaakov Lappin

  • Israeli officials, including Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, expressed their shock and outright condemnation of the terror attack in the Palestinian village of Duma. Ya'alon referred to the incident as "a most severe terrorist act that we cannot tolerate, and we condemn in every way," and he sent his condolences to the Dawabsha family.

  •     He noted that all Israeli security forces are making a "supreme effort" to find those responsible, saying, "we will pursue them until we get our hands on them. We will not allow Jewish terrorists to harm the lives of Palestinians across Judea and Samaria. We will fight them in every way, with every tool at our disposal."

  •     The IDF has deployed additional forces in the West Bank to maintain stability and respond to potential disturbances. "We are coordinating with PA security forces to calm the area," said IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Moti Almoz. (Jerusalem Post)

  • Resource: http://news.yahoo.com/israel-pm-calls-palestinian-toddler-death-act-terrorism-064132916.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itamar_attack
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duma,_Nablus

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Why Israel Can't Trust Iran

Nadene Goldfoot                                                 
2014's summer in Israel-Hamas supplied by Iran

One year ago, Israel was forced into a 50-day war to stop rocket attacks from Gaza. The conflict caused death and terrible suffering in Israel.
                                                                    

  • HEZBOLLAH has 80,000 rockets-gifts from Iran, aimed at Israel.
  •                                                                      
    Missiles to use against Israel lined up in Syria-from Iran
  • IRAN has reaffirmed its intention to annihilate Israel – even claiming “divine permission” to destroy the Jewish state!
  •                                                                         
  • HAMAS has been firing rockets randomly into Israel – a “shot across the bow” perhaps in prelude to renewed war?                              

  • Hospital in Ashkelon
  • Israel protects its citizens from terrorist attacks with:  mobile bomb shelters, reinforced trauma clinics, equipment for first responders, and bolstered emergency command centers in endangered communities as well as Ashkelon's Bar  Zilai Hospital, Israel's front line hospital on the Gaza border which Hamas keeps shelling even though it serves all people, Jewish and "Palestinian."  .  
  • The King of Persia, will bring destruction to the entire world, and all the nations will be outraged and confused…  Midrash, Yalkut, Isaiah remez 499
  • Resource: Rabbi Eckstein

Monday, July 20, 2015

June and July Attacks from Gaza on Ashkelon 2015

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                 

June

June 4                                                          
Another rocket from Gaza
Rocket into Ashkelon
Late Evening, Ashkelon and Netivot, 2 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel and exploded  one in Sdot Negev Regional Council and one near Ashkelon. The IDF retaliated with airstrikes against empty Hamas training camps in Gaza.
June 6                                                                  

Ashkelon, rocket was fired from Gaza at Israel and exploded near Ashkelon.  In response, the IDF attacked a training facility of Hamas.
June 11                                                                   
Ashkelon, rocket was fired from Gaza at Israel and landed short in Gaza. 
June 23                                                                  
Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, rocket was fired from Gaza at Israel and exploded in the council between two communities. ] In response, Israeli aircraft carried out an air strike on a rocket launcher in northern Gaza.
June 28                                                                  
  

Hof Ashkelon, rocket was fired from Gaza at Israel and landed short in Gaza.

July                                           

July 16
 Hof Ashkelon, a rocket was fired from Gaza at Israel and exploded in the council.. The IDF retaliated with airstrikes against Hamas "terror"  infrastructure.  That was Thursday.

 "'It was 2 am in Israel when sirens sounded in the Lachish region, a frightening wake up call, alerting people to rush to shelters. The Gaza rocket fire at Israel does not only put the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians at risk but it is a deliberate decision to target civilians. No person should live under the threat of terrorism, always fearing what will come next, and whether they will find shelter in time to save their lives.' from Avigail Avram-Hopke".  
                                                                     
It seems that Ashkelon is their prime target these past 2 months.  
                                                                                  
Ashkelon is the Portland, Oregon's sister city and houses the Barzilai Medical Center that serves the whole area including Palestinians. it's Israel's front line hospital on the Gaza border. 
Desert 
                                                            
Beach at Ashkelon
  It's a beautiful beach city of 120,000 residents in an area of farms and citrus groves.  This city is between the desert and the sea, close to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Beersheva.  Besides it's beauty and all it has to offer, it is the oldest city recorded in the Bible with a history that goes back 4,000 years.                                         
Ashkelon's modern section was founded when Afridar, a town established by South African Jews in 1952, and Migdal, a former Arab town, merged.  A national park in Ashkelon includes Greek and Roman ruins and the remains of ancient synagogues.  A Roman tomb decorated with frescoes, the ruins of a Byzantine church, and a wall built by Crusaders are also in the city.  So far in the last few months, people and the city have remained safe.  .  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Gaza Ignores Warning: Continues Provoking

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                   
Iron Dome Worked

Israel's IAF took out a rocket launcher in Gaza last night after it had shot a rocket towards Kibbutz Yad Mordechai.  Sirens were heard to warn the populace at 10:00pm.

Hamas accuses a jihadist group who are attacking them, inference of it being ISIS or one of a copy-cat of Hamas, being they are so close in goals and behaviors..
                                                                             
Shooting a rocket from Gaza towards a Kibbutz
The UN, in the meantime, have made a ruling,  unfavorable as usual,  towards Israel.  They understand nothing of what has been going on but act as judge and jury.   Netanyahu called their report "flawed and biased."

Does anyone know on their panel the difference between offensive and defensive attacks?  Is their no difference in their basket of morality rules the difference between wanting to drive someone out-lock, stock and barrel, and defending oneself against such attacks?
                                                                     
Defensive measures needed for tiny Israel 
They may want to see Israel just take all the slings and arrows from the Palestinians without complaint, but it ain't goin ta happen.  Israel is not made up of appeasers, but defenders.  The genes of Aluf Bar Kochba and King David run in their bloodline.  They are there to stay and the Palestinians would be better off if they would accept that fact and work together with Israel for the betterment of their people.  After all, Israel is not trying to run them out.  Israelis gave up living in Gaza years ago in the name of peace.  They've been kicked in the shpelkas for being more than reasonable and peaceful.  The UN does not know how to measure acts other than the black and white kind.  Leave or stay.  Since Israel is staying, they are in the wrong in their eyes.  No matter what great lengths Israel has gone to not hit Arab citizens  in Gaza in their defensive operations, it hasn't mattered a twit to the UN.  At least it matters to Israel.  They know they did everything in their power; something their enemy would never do for them.

Resource:  http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/44037/iaf-strikes-gaza-rocket-launcher-following-attack-idf/?utm_source=Breaking+Israel+News&utm_campaign=d380a7a126-BIN+Email&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b6d3627f72-d380a7a126-83518689#0hHUmjWPA00thupB.97
Additional:  http://www.jerusalemonline.com/news/politics-and-military/military/idf-attacks-in-gaza-in-response-to-rocket-fire-towards-israel-14186%20?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=IDF+attacks+Gaza+in+response+to+rocket+fire%2C+Islamic+State+destroys+ancient+city+of+Tadmur%2C+9+arrested+for+lynching+Syrian+rebels+and+more+news+at+JerusalemOnline&utm_campaign=MiddayNewsletter

Monday, June 22, 2015

What Provoking War With Israel Will Bring

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                        
Hezbollah Terrorist
Nasrallah, head of Hezbollah with Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei 



Israel has been attacked either  by surrounding nations or the many  terrorist groups that have sprung up around her since 1948 in their War of Independence that started on November 29, 1947.  68 years of such stubborn actions to show they do not want to make peace with Israel and the ensuing damnations from their sympathizers are something Israel's military has to be constantly prepared for.  Israel is on the alert from attacks by Hezbollah in Lebanon now.  Recent threats have come from Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah.  Gaza has started firing missiles into southern Israel.  
                                                                             
             
                                                  Hezbollah (Party of God)

Lebanon is another small country who is Israel's neighbor harboring Hezbollah.  Lebanon had the normal population of about 4,196,453 but today must have doubled or tripled with Syrian refugees added to the mix.  This was the fun state to come to for vacations, as it was only 60% Muslim and used to have a Christian majority government.  Today, Hezbollah terrorists have taken over.  They are sponsored by Iran.  The citizens of Lebanon have gone along with them, one even showing  a picture of their leader on their living room wall.                                                            

Their ideology is that of Shia Islamic fundamentalist terrorism as a political party.  Their goal is to establish an Islamic state across the Arab world and eliminate Israel.  They believe in fighting "Western imperialism" which would be the USA, for one.
                                                                   
They support Palestinian terror groups, set up cells in Judea and Samaria and Gaza, and continuously attack across the border of Lebanon/Israel.  The USA State Dept lists them as a terrorist organization.

Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel of the IAF in Israel in an interview with a German newspaper, explained how they have now warned Lebanese civilians of upcoming attacks and said that if provoked, they will not restrain themselves.  They've warned Hamas and Hezbollah and told them they'll hit their command centers whether they are in a building in Lebanon or Gaza if attacked.  They have reason to believe that Hezbollah has been preparing for the next combat round with Israel and to realize that Israel will be forceful.  They will do everything in their power not to hit citizens, and will be told to evacuate first.
                                                                           
Hamas terrorists -hiding identity behind black masks
Hezbollah and Hamas are working together to provoke Israel.  .  In the last several years the terrorists have been transferring their military facilities into civilian areas, again using their own population as a human shield.  This is so terrible since the population is over- flooded with refugees and they are living in every empty nook and cranny they can find.

Hezbollah has been working hard to prove that Israel has no right to be in the Middle East.  They are trying to undermine their legitimacy in the region.  So they fight.  I suppose they were much happier under the crooked Ottoman Empire who kept everyone down.  Well now, they are probably going to ruin this happy oasis of fun and games that Lebanon has been, sort of like the Las Vegas  or Paris of the Middle East.

 Hezbollah has been acting as if they are the great provider for their country, the protector. That seems to be how the public is viewing them.
                                                                           
When asked in a TV program last night what their greatest problem is right now, a representative of Lebanon's programming  said it was ISIS.   Once they solve that problem, they can fact the Israeli problem, he inferred.  Evidently he'd be happier if Israel were out of the way, too.
                                                                   
Last night CNN's Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown, featured his 3rd trip to Beirut called Back To Beirut,  and as a chef, showed different scenes of Anthony eating lovely food there.  In one scene they spoke with an educated English speaking Syrian refugee telling about their horrid living conditions and the next scene was in a gorgeous American style kitchen and dining room eating enough food for any army that looked scrumptious.  What caught my eye was the picture on the living-room wall of Nasrallah, and his comment about doing without Israel later.  An interview of a young Syrian lady refugee asked her what would happen to her when her visa was up, which was in a few months, and she didn't know.  She feared she'd have to return to Syria and die there.  I have a friend in Damascus.  I am worried about him and his family as well.

Here Israel is taking care of  many Syrian refugees'  bodily injuries and the general population is following their leaders'  detestable attitude towards Israel.  It was Lebanon's Christian Militia led by Major Hadad in the 80's when they were pretty good friends with the Lebanese Christians.  .

Israel warned and warned and warned Gaza civilians of their coming to attack the terrorists who had attacked them, but it did no good.  They had used text messages and phone announcements and still they didn't move.  This enemy's immorality kept them in full view of impending attacks and in harm's way.

 Resource: http://www.jerusalemonline.com/news/politics-and-military/military/iaf-chief-says-if-hezbollah-attacks-response-would-be-very-forceful-14121%20?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Flotilla+left+Sicily%2C+Explosion+in+Afghan+Parliament%2C+new+Iranian+bill+could+prevent+nuclear+deal+and+more+news+at+JerusalemOnline&utm_campaign=MiddayNewsletter
http://www.cnn.com/shows/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown

Friday, June 05, 2015

Southern Israel Hit With Rocket Attacks Six Times in 2015

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                     
Rockets from Gaza into Southern Israel

Israel's Operation Protective Edge started July 8,  2014,  came to an end on August 26, 2014. It had lasted for 1 month 2 weeks 4 days.   Hamas fired some rockets from Lebanon.
  
4,594 rockets and mortars had been launched towards Israel.  Gaza and Israel had an unoffical cease-fire.

A cease-fire  lasted for  6 months.  Then in February 2015 , the Palestinians fired one rocket into Israel.  

On April 23, Israel's 67th Independence Day (May 14, 1948 birth), a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel.  It hit an open field in the Sha'ar HaNegev region near Sderot causing no injuries or damage.  Evidently the Arabs knew Israel was using their Hebrew calendar for this event.  

In May, Palestinians fired one rocket into Israel.  It was on May 27th when an M-75 or Grad missile impacted in Gan Yavne, a city east of Ashdod.  No report of injuries or damage were noted.  

This month, the 4th of June-Wednesday Israel time at about 11:00pm, Ashkelon and Netivot's sirens sounded because 3 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel and exploded near those cities.  2 landed in Sdot Negev Regional Council area and 1 near Ashkelon.  No casualties or damage were reported.  

This time, after 6 rockets had been shot into their land this year,  the IDF retaliated the next morning with airstrikes against empty Hamas training camps in Gaza.  Then the Palestinians complained to Egypt that Israel was hitting them!  

The Times of Israel reported: that "a Hamas source told Israel Radio that the rockets may have been fired by a cell of Salafist extremists allied with the Islamic State in retaliation for one of its members being killed by Hamas on Tuesday. The source said that Hamas was deploying its troops across the Gaza Strip to keep the peace."

So here we have fighting in Gaza over supremacy; Hamas and Salafist IS terrorists.  At this time, Obama is claiming that Israel really doesn't want peace, and it's Israel who is the victim of terrorism and their associated bombing!   I think that all Obama is concerned with is filling in his list of Things to Do during his 2nd term in office, regardless of what's going on.  
                                                                            

Ashkelon is constantly in danger from bombing.  In the early 1950s, many South African Jews settled in Ashkelon, establishing the Afridar neighbourhood. They were followed by an influx of immigrants from the United Kingdom.  In 2011 the city had a population of 117,400.  it holds an important hospital for the area that serves both Arabs and Jews.  

Resource: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Palestinian_rocket_attacks_on_Israel,_2015
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/rockets-fired-gaza-southern-israel-150603230355923.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/04/world/middleeast/gaza-militants-fire-rockets-into-israel.html?_r=0
http://rt.com/news/264769-gaza-explosions-israel-missiles/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/rocket-sirens-sound-in-southern-israel-2/
http://www.jewishjournal.com/rosnersdomain/item/more_gaza_rockets_more_gaza_fears-Excellent opinion article
http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/30418/report-hamas-military-wing-fired-rockets-israel-lebanon-summer-war-middle-east/
https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Terrorism/rockets2011.html
http://htl.li/NUIUV?fb_ref=Default&fb_source=message

Hamas Blames Israel for Defending Itself From Rockets-tells Egypt to stop Israel.  




Thursday, June 04, 2015

IS in Gaza and Rockets Fired Into Israel

Nadene Goldfoot                                                    
IS in Gaza
After a nice respite, Gaza was at it again on Wednesday night, Israel time,  and Ashkelon, Netivot and other communities heard the alarm sirens.

A couple of rockets had been shot into the Sderot, Israel area (Sdot ha-Negev Regional Council) and within a few hours early Thursday morning , the Israel Air force attacked three Hamas targets.
                                                                       
 This time around, the IDF is viewing rocket fire very seriously.  Moshe Ya'alon, Defense Minister,  commented that Israel will not tolerate the occasional rocket fire anymore.

The firing turned out to be not from Hamas's Sunni or Shi'a Muslims, but from the extreme Salafi Muslims who have ties with  IS as it was they who claimed responsibility, but Hamas is responsible for such goings on and knows it.  This was in reaction to the execution of an IS terrorist by Hamas in Gaza on Tuesday.

These Salafists call themselves the Omar Hadid Brigades.  They commented, "We are continuing with our jihad against the Jews, the enemies of Allah, and no one will be able to deter us."  We Jews have fallen from the "apple of G-d's eye" to the"enemies of G-d, now with them."

The report is that IS and Hamas have been fighting each other for control.  Saber Siam, an IS leader had been killed by Hamas, but Israel gets the punishment.  Weird logic, Hamas won't mind at all.  I think the idea is to get all the credit and leave Hamas incapable in the public eye.  IS is stealing Hamas's thunder and is making points, they think, from the Gazans.  IS thinks nothing of killing other Muslims that are not members of IS.

Resource:  http://www.jerusalemonline.com/news/politics-and-military/military/iaf-strikes-gaza-targets-over-rocket-fire-13822
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.659534




Thursday, May 21, 2015

The True Legal Facts On THE GREEN LINE Near Jerusalem and WHY

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                          

                                                                           
THE GREEN LINE is not a permanent boundary.  It never was and never was intended to become one.

Israel was declared a state on May 14, 1948 when the British  mandate ended after 30 years. Israel announced its statehood and about 5 minutes later was attacked by all her Arab neighbors.  Attacks on the Jews had started before on November 29, 1947.  The Arabs had become violent when they heard the United Nation's resolution on Palestine, and this lasted until the signing of the Armistice Agreements in 1949.  This Arab-Israeli conflict was called Israel's War of Independence.
                                                                             
What had started as a civil war between the Arab and Jewish communities in the Land had been started by the Arabs who refused to accept the resolution from the UN.  From the beginning of April 1948, units of Arab irregulars crossed into the country from Syria, Lebanon and Egypt to reinforce local Arabs in their attacks on the Jewish neighborhoods.  The Arabs were attempting to block the main roads, too.

On May 14, 1948, Israel was invaded by the regular armies of Egypt, Transjordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon and there was even a Saudi-Arabian contingent.  They had come up from the south.  The next day, Azzam Pasha, Secretary-General of the Arab League, proclaimed in Cairo:  "This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and Crusades."  


Where were the forces of Israel standing and where were the Arabs standing after the War of Independence in 1948?  
This is important.  Israel's pre-1967 borders reflect this fact.  Professor Judge Stephen M. Schwebel, former President of the INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE wrote the International Law "Justice" and said that the 1949 armistice demarcation lines are not permanent borders. This judge has: 
1.  served on the International Court of Justice since January 15, 1981.  
2. He was Vice-President of the Court from 1994 to 1997 and 
3. President from 1997 to 2000.  
4.  He is the former Deputy Legal Adviser of the US Dept. of State. 
5.  He was the Burling Professor of International Law at the School of Advanced International Studies  of the Johns Hopkins University in Washington.  

His opinions quoted are not from his position as a judge of the International Court of Justice.  

He said that the armistice demarcation lines of 1949   are not permanent borders.  The agreements in 1949 preserved the territorial claims  of all parties and didn't purport to make definite boundaries between them. 
                                                                            
Esau, father of Arabs, and twin brother, Isaac, father of Jews.

The UN Security Resolution 54 of July 15, 1948 called upon the Arabs to accept a truce and stop their aggression.

Israel had indicated they accepted in principle a prolonging of the truce and that the States members of the Arab League had rejected the many appeals of the UN Mediator and of the Security Council's resolution 53 written on July 7, 1948 for the prolongation of the truce in Palestine.

Israel sees that there is consequently a renewal of hostilities in Palestine shown in the UN Security Council Resolution 54 in 1948.  

The demarcation line that emerged in the aftermath of the war was drawn up under the auspices of the UN mediator, Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche.  That new boundary reflected the ceasefire lines of 1949 and was labeled, THE GREEN LINE.   A green pencil was used to draw the map of the armistice borders, thus the name.  

This 1949 so-called GREEN LINE didn't set out to "demarcate the Palestinian state."  THE GREEN LINE referred to demarcation lines separating Israelis from Arab forces at the conclusion of the 1948 War of Independence.  The armistice lines were NEVER intended to set permanent borders.  

One must remember their history.  JUDEA AND SAMARIA, CALLED THE WEST BANK BY JORDAN, was occupied by Jordan until 1967.  Because Jordan had attacked Israel and Israel had won the fight-Israel won Judea and Samaria.  It was originally supposed to be a part of the Jewish Homeland, and only because Jordan's King Abdullah I had stolen it and made it part of his kingdom-with the okay from England, of course, did it not become part of Israel in the first place in the final talks.  

The Armistice Agreement says clearly in Article V:

1. The Armistice Demarcation Line is not to be construed in any sense as a political or territorial boundary, and is delineated without prejudice to rights, claims and positions of either Party to the Armistice as regards ultimate settlement of the Palestine question.

Remember, the UN offered the Arabs their own Palestine before 1948 when they divided the land and the Arabs refused it on the grounds that they wanted all of the land; their half and the Jews' half.  The Jewish contingent had accepted the land promised minus 80% of it which had gone to King Abdullah.  They figured something was better than nothing.  
                                                                                

As of 1973, modern Israel has never known permanent boundaries.  Until 1967, its boundaries consisted of temporary armistice lines, agreed upon in 1949.  Since 1967's 6 Day War, and pending a peace settlement, cease-fire lines demarcate the area under Israeli control.  The cease-fire lines are 842 km (523 miles) long compared with the armistice lines which were 951 km (570 miles ) long.  Most of the urban regions of Israel are less than 2 hours away from the  nearest cease-fire lines.  Before 1967, the armistice lines bisected Jerusalem and were 20 minutes away from Tel Aviv.  

Originally, THE GREEN LINE was a term used to define Israel's borders with Jordan from the 1948 Independence War until the 1967 Six Day War.  That's when they first used the green marker negotiating an armistice in 1949 to show a border between the 2 countries.  

Today, THE GREEN LINE is used to show the pre -1967 border with Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem, though East Jerusalem is now united with the rest of the city and is Israel's capital.  During the past 20 years of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, THE GREEN LINE  had become the generally accepted land marker used in land for peace negotiations.  

The Palestinians have a population of about 2.5 million over THE GREEN LINE and believe that all areas over the green line should be part of their future state.  

Israel maintains that the old 1949 GREEN LINE borders are indefensible.  At its narrowest point from the Mediterranean coast to the demarcation line, Israel is only about 9 miles wide.  It has also proposed land swaps of small areas of Israeli territory within the THE GREEN LINE in exchange for incorporating into Israel similar areas over THE GREEN LINE with large Israeli populations.  Israel has repeatedly offered as much as 95% of Judea and Samaria for a Palestinian state in exchange for peace and did that at Camp David in 2000.  It was refused.
                                                                                 
United Fatah and Hamas Terrorists creating Palestine

In 1980 I moved to Israel to teach English as a 2nd language.  On May 31, 1980, before I got there, the 4th Fatah Organization Convention from Damascus, Syria stated that " The Fatah movement-...aim is the liberation of Palestine in its entirety, and the extermination of the Zionist entity economically, politically, militarily, culturally and idealistically.  They are just a little bit nicer than the religious leader in Qatar, Qaradawi, who threatens to kill Jews with his bare hands.  

Israel has also reportedly offered Palestinian leadership the option of establishing the capital of a future state in East Jerusalem, a move that is considered controversial by many Israelis, but that offer is now moot.  The Palestinians had their chance, and have not changed since 1948.  The Pope just recognized Palestine.  They'll now have no need to recognize Israel, will they !  

The Arabs refuse to recognize Israel as a state, and Obama refuses to back off from demanding a 2 state solution.  I have the feeling he expects Israel to back down on all points, even expecting recognition from the Palestinians, whether they are Fatah or Hamas.   It's like expecting North Korea to make nice with South Korea.    Neither party is anxious for another get-together.    Their political and religious positions will not allow them to do so.  Many times Fatah and Hamas have united and broken apart.  It is Hamas who has the charter of their goal to destroy Israel and kill Jews.  Fatah is in agreement with them but just isn't as overtly active in practice.  They are more insidious about it.  

The EU and Obama, following at their heels, is again pounding the table to come to a peace agreement.  Israel has already celebrated their 67th birthday and are living their lives, planning and building on land that they feel is theirs since no peace agreement has been reached, even though they've offered the Palestinians, who had lost the many wars of 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982, etc, etc, everything except the moon.

We've come to the position where Israel can manage even when under attack.  For 67 years they've been coping.  Their people have turned into warriors defending their land.  They're believing in the future and building  because they have small children.  They are continuing their study of their laws, something that gives them security.  It would be nice to have peace with the Palestinians.  They've become extremely creative and lead the world in start-up businesses, 2nd to the USA.  I believe the Arabs really need it more than the Israelis at this point.  They need to alter their culture of death and hate into something much better. Recognizing Israel's rights and wanting peace would be their turn-around.   They have brains but are not using them, and their people are not benefiting from their leadership at all.  They're led into fighting and are losing their lives faster.  

All this points out why Israel feels they have the right to build in land they won in 1967's war that they did not start.  Obama keeps saying they must go back to the 1967 lines.  Why?  To be destroyed?  General Obama can lead his own people, but this is not the decision of our Israeli Generals.  This would be suicide.  
                                                                       
Syrian missiles to be used against Israel

Today, Israel is facing missiles from Lebanon and Syria and a possible A bomb in the near future from Iran.  This little gutsy state is determined to live and must do so.  6 million Jews who live there and the 1.7 Israeli Palestinians' lives depend on this state.  What would happen to the 6 million Jews of the USA and the 2 million scattered among the rest of the nations think would happen to them if Israel is destroyed?  When Israel won the 67 war, Israelis were the heroes of the day.  If they lost, all Jews everywhere would be attacked with anti-Semitic ferocity.  It would be Nazi Germany all over again.  Today there are more anti-Semitic attacks on Jews everywhere because the world leaders are caving into the constant demands of the Palestinians and the anti-Semitism from their brothers.  Our world leaders are not leading, they are following.  All it would take is some strong leadership in Israel's favor, not in her destruction.  


In 1947, the Arabs rejected the UN partition plan which would have created a Palestinian state.  

From 1948 to 1967, Judea and Samaria and Gaza were ruled by Arabs.  No thought was given to forming their own state.  It is ironic that the Arabs demand that Israel do for a Judea and Samaria and Gaza  what they were unwilling to do when they occupied the area.  

Up to this president, Obama,  the US had opposed the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.  Their position had been that it is not the answer.  President Bush had said that:
   "In all likelihood, such a state would become a radical nation dominated by the PLO or Islamic extremists such as Hamas.  The strong support for Iraq shown by residents of the territories during the Gulf War is but one recent example of the sort of radicalism that would likely envelop  such a country. "

   "The greatest danger, however, would be that a Palestinian state could serve as a forward base in a future war for Arab nations that have refused to make peace with Israel.  "In Israeli hands, Judea and Samaria represents a tremendous defensive asset whose possession by Israel deters Arab foes from even considering attack along an "eastern front."  This is a report by the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies.  "Today, and Arab coalition attacking from east of the Jordan "would face very difficult fighting conditions" because if would be fighting uphill from the lowest point on the face of the earth:  the Dead Sea and the Rift Valley that runs below it."  The mountain ranges in Judea and Samaria constitute "Israel's main line of defense against Arab armies from the east.  "
  
Reference: Facts About Israel, Division of Information, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem
Myths and Facts-by Mitchell G. bard, Joel Himelfarb, 1992
 http://www.ejjp.org/8-ejjp-statements/2-the-green-line-israel-palestine.html
http://www.adl.org/israel-international/israel-middle-east/content/AG/the-green-line.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/#.VV6aYdJViko
http://www.mythsandfacts.org/article_view.asp?articleID=191