Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Europe, U.N. and USA Press Israel for Truce
Beersheva Hit
Israel knows that the Hamas terrorists have the capability to hit further and further. Now Beersheva, 28 miles from Gaza, was hit. People do not realize how close every city is in Israel, nor do they realize how small Israel is.
Europe, the U.N. and the USA are pressing Israel for a truce. One reason is to allow supplies into the Gaza Strip that they think they must have. They don't realize that Israel has been allowing trucks in all the time with supplies. What Israel is trying to prevent are the weapons that have been arriving into Gaza, much of them from Iran.
It amazes me that these Hamas terrorists scream that they are a little edgy that they haven't been seeing the immense amount of goods and services that they usually do, while Israel's population is suffering from being shelled for seven years, already suffering from PTSD, and Europe, the UN and USA think that is far more terrible than Israel's suffering. Southern Israel's population have had to spend their lives in shelters or risk being hit by a rocket or misssle for seven years. Yet I haven't seen any defense of Israel in the newspapers. Only condemnation against Israel is heard when it defies the world and strikes back.
This is the 4th day that Israel has been hitting Hamas strongholds. Hamas has spoken. They have stipulations and again want their way completely. They want no blockade of the Gaza Strip. Then they will do us the honor of thinking about a truce.
So far, 368 have died in Gaza of which 64 were civilians. The rest were Hamas terrorists. Today Israel is allowing 100 trucks into Gaza with supplies.
A ground invasion is the next possibility for Israel to take. They have declared that this is a war. Hopefully, it is a war to end wars. I feel that the only thing that the Arabs respect is power. Israel has to be strong because it is so small. The Arab leaders keep wanting to trample and strangle Israel, so we must be like hornets and sting when attacked in order to get them to leave us alone.
Perhaps the day will come when Europe, the UN and the USA will defend Israel, a legitimate democratic state, instead of terrorism. That will be a surprise to see on the front page of any paper. Then I'll know that there's hope for all mankind.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Operation Cast Lead
Stopping Hamas
So far Israel's retaliation on Iran backed Hamas has killed 324 terrorists and 51 civilians who were close to the sites where rockets and missiles fire upon Israel.
Though the IDF hit so many missile sites, the terrorists managed to strike with about 150 rockets and mortars since Israel began on December 27. Ashdod, Israel was hit for the first time where a woman was killed at a bus stop by shrapnel wounds. Ashdod is home to 200,000 Israelis and Israel's largest port. It is 43 miles from Jerusalem.
40 missiles struck just today in Southern Israel. Since the "cease-fire" ended on December 19th, more than 200 missiles have hit Israel. In this year alone, over 3,000 rockets, missiles and mortars have hit southern Israel. These terrorists have also attacked the border crossings from Gaza into Israel 17 times.
Dore Gold, former ambassador to the U.N.,said, "We want to restore the quiet and the tranquility and give the residents of the south the ability to live the normal lives that every country provides its citizens." Southern Israel has not had quiet and tranquility for years. Sderot has constantly been under attack.
Though a war is actually raging on, 63 trucks full of goods went from Israel to Gaza on December 27th and 120 trucks were rolling today through the Kerem Shalom and Kami crossings. On Sunday Israel brought 160 tons of food and medicine into Gaza. The IDF coordinated with with UN, UNSCO, UNRWA, Red Cross and WHO. By Friday December 26, Israel sent more than 90 trucks full of vital goods to Gaza civilians. During the 6 month truce, Israel delivered 17,000 trucks full of goods to Gaza.
3 Grad Missiles Hit Ashkelon
Beduin Killed
Two out of 60 rockets hit Ashkelon's Beach area, but one grad missile hit the center of Ashkelon on a library construction site where 12 Arab workers from the Galilee, which is the northern part of Israel, were working. One worker was from the Negev, a Beduin town of Aroer, and was killed. The building they had been working on suffered a hit on the top floor of the building that was still minus a roof. These Arabs had been working on the project for several years. 14 people were wounded, 5 in moderate-serious condition and the rest lightly wounded. Several people were in shock. All were taken to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.
After the attack, Hamas call on Egyptian and Jordanians working in Israel to leave.
Sderot also took a hit from a rocket on a house. The people in the house survived but are in shock.
The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) declared the Gaza border area a closed military zone to all but local residents.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

What's It Been Like to Live in Sderot?
Sderot has been hit with rockets and missiles for the past eight (8) years. Eight miles away lies Sapir College where 8,000 students attend. They have 15 seconds; seconds, not minutes, warning to run for a bomb shelter. That's because of the close proximity to the border. Lately they have been shelled by 80 rockets in one day! You can't do anything but run like crazy in 15 seconds. The people in the area are suffering from PTSD. The government has been afraid to react, but finally did Saturday.
The so-called cease-fire was not doing a thing to stop the shelling on Southern Israel. It continued and then sped up once the period came to an end. All this time Southern Israel has been living under the conditions of never knowing when a rocket or mortar was falling, and it would happen.
The reaction of the Arab world is predictable. They are up in arms about Israel's attack at the strongholds of the Hamas terrorists. Yes, about 230 people were killed in the attack, a few of which are civilians. That's because they put their weapons in the middle of a population so that people would condemn Israel's attacks when they came. The bullies believe it's okay to attack Israel but get mad when they act to protect their people.
A government is duty-bound to protect its citizens. Peace means living without fear and bombing.
Below is the website for Road 90 where there are videos of what it's been like to live in Southern Israel. After registring (free) you will be able to see for yourself.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Terrorists Were Warned
Israel Attacked Gaza
Saturday, Israel struck Gaza with airstrikes just before noon and killed at least 192 terrorists. 270 others were reported to be wounded. They hit dozens of security compounds. Israel has been warning both the Palestinian terrorists and the world that they would have to attack if the shelling from Gaza kept up, and it most certainly has been.
Immediately, the Palestinian terrorists retaliated and shot at least 30 rockets into Israel. Several of the rockets were Grad rockets, reaching deeper than in the past. A missile hit Netivot and killed an Israeli man and wounded four others. It had hit a house. In Sderot, everyone must have been in bomb shelters as the streets were empty except for a few tying to leave town.
Arabs surrounding the area are now furious and threatening Israel. Protests were heard in the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and other places. To them it's okay to attack Israel but not okay for Israel to fight back.
Ehud Barak, Israel's Defense Minister said that "there is a time for calm and there is a time for fighting, and now is the time for fighting. " He also said that the coming time"won't be easy" for southern Israel.
Gaza does have a hospital where injured were taken and Egypt allowed ambulances to drive out some of the wounded.
written by Ibrahim Barzak, Associated Press Writer

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Gates to Gaza
Arabs Kill Their Own Children in Zeal to Kill Jews
Gaza terrorists know that Israel shuts the gates to the entrances of Gaza when their terrorists attack Israel with rockets and mortars, but the international community put so much pressure on Israel again that they opened the gates to allow goods in. And what happened? Immediately Southern Israel was hit with 12 rockets and mortars Friday. This time a rocket also hit a Palestinian's home right in Gaza. The terrorists let the owner of the house go to Ashkelon in Israel, where Barzalai Hospital is for treatment. Another of the rockets misfired again and killed two little Palestinians girls ages 5 and 13 and wounded a third little girl.
Iran's Missile Deal With Russia
Israel's Biggest Headache
It isn't enough that Hamas terrorists in Gaza are supplied with rockets and mortars from Iran and have been constantly bombing Southern Israel. Now Iran has made a deal with their friends, the Russians, to receive a shipment of anti-aircraft weapons. The Iranians and Russians have been playing games with the states by inferring that they are buying these weapons, then stating that they aren't, and finally just hinting at it. The latest from Moscow is that the systems are ready to be shipped to Iran.
Last week Russia said they would donate 10 MiG-29 fighter jets to Lebanon. This goes against the USA who doesn't want them to give the Middle East nation any weapons that could threaten Israel.
Israel sees Iran as one of its major threats, since they have said they will wipe Israel off the map and calling them the most insulting of names and seem to have or soon will have atomic weapons. Israel has asked Russia not to sell these S-300 mobile long-range defensive weapons to Iran. They have the capability to shoot down aircraft at high altitudes.
Israel sent officials to Moscow last week to ask that they not sell the S-300 system to Iran, not because if would stop them from bombing their nuclear site, but because it would give Khamenei more confidence to have clout over President Barack Obama. Khamenei will feel that Obama and Israel will be able to do nothing against Iran economically and now militarily because of these missiles and there will be no talks that Obama has been talking about wanting to pursue.
I think that Obama would have to do more than talk. He's not going to impress the Iranians with any "do the proper thing" talk, but would have to offer them a prize for good behavior. Now that possible talk may not come off at all if Iran gets the missiles from Russia.
Israel is surrounded by enemies. Lebanon is again a bigger threat. It already is being pounded by Gaza, and the West Bank is stirring by Assad's wanting to take Jerusalem and kick out the few Jews in Hebron, the biggest city there. Iran is holding the stick of atomic attacks against Israel, and Jordan is becoming so religious that the young men are going back to Sharia Law which contains a hatred of Jews, where they will gladly kill any Israeli. The picture is not good for 2009.
Oregonian: Russian missile deal with Iran hard to verify, December 23, 2008, page A9.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Ancient City of Judah
Judah was one of two Jewish states in the Middle East. The other was Israel. It now lies in what is called, "The West Bank' and is only 18 miles south of Jerusalem, which was its capitol.
Abraham bought a plot of land,containing the Cave of Machpelah, in Hebron from some Hittite people that he used to bury his wife, Sarah. Today a mosque stands there.
Joshua, Israel's first general appointed by Moses, assigned Hebron to Caleb, and it became a city for Levites as well as a city of refuge.
King David reigned there for 7 1/2 years before making Jerusalem his capitol.
A Jewish community has been in Hebron through the Byzantine Period and under Arab rule. The present day city lies a little east of the historical location and is one of the four sacred towns. The others are Jerusalem, Tiberias and Safed. Jews have lived there for centuries. By 1890 1,500 Jews lived there and had yeshivot and religious schools. The great Lithuanian yeshivah of Slobodka was transferred there in 1925.
By 1929, the Arabs massacred most of the 700 Jews of Hebron . The survivors got away, so that 30 families returned in 1931. The Arabs rioted in 1936, and Hebron was empty of Jews.
The population in 1967 was 38,310. After the Six-Day War of 1967, a number of Jews again settled in Hebron, creating the Kiryat Arba quarter east of the city. Originally, the Bible referred to Hebron as Kiriath-Arba. The Jewish population grew to 3,700 by 1988.
Today, December 25, 2008, some 800 Jews remain in Hebron in several neighborhoods. Religious Jews, feeling the need for Hebron which is deep in our history, dare to live there. Hebron now lies in the so called "West Bank", where the Palestinian Arab Abbas is President. He just made his first visit there since 2005 when he took office and told the Jews to get out. He said that Hebron is their city and if Israel wants peace, they have to leave. 170,000 Palestinians are now living there.
Israel's population is 20% Arab with Arabs serving in the Knesset. It is a Democracy. We see that Abbas has no toleration for others different from himself. Where Israel is a virtual melting pot, Palestine will be exclusively for Arabs.
Resource: The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia: Hebron
Mortar Shell in Bethlehem's Path
Ashkelon's Industrial Park Hit
Bethlehem lies in the West Bank. A group of Palestinian Christians were going through on their way to Bethlehem for Christmas when a mortar shell landed at Israel's passenger crossing with Gaza. They were just missed.
Ashkelon is one of Portland, Oregon's sister cities. Baltimore, Maryland also is their sister city. It has been of great interest to us. One reason is that it has the only hospital in the area in which both Palestinians and Israelis use.
Abt 100 rockets and mortar shells were fired from Gaza at Israel in the past two days. Though no one was killed, there has been property damage. All the Israelis numbering in the tens of thousands have been told to stay indoors. The children are all panic-stricken here. So the civilians are under a terrible ordeal, nevertheless. It is a miracle that there were no deaths at this rate. Ashkelon's Industrial Park, which lies south of the city, was hit by a long-range-rocket, one probably procured from Iran.
Despite all this, Israel's Defense Ministry planned on opening two cargo crossings Friday. They do not want any humanitarian crisis, but intend to keep up the pressure to stop the incessant attacks.
The Palestinian President Abbas, recognized only in the West Bank, made his first visit to Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank. 500 Jews live there in several neighborhoods. Unlike the USA, he finds this intolerable to have someone living there who are is not a Palestinian Arab. He demanded that the settlers get out. "Hebron is ours, and they have to leave if they want peace," he said. I find this shocking as an American and an Israeli where I had many Palestinians living in my building in Safed, Israel. My apartment was on David Eliazar, right across the street from the junior high where all sorts of children attended. I had several Circassians in my English class. Hebron was originally a Jewish city that underwent a slaughter by Arabs in 1929 when 700 Jews lived there. Hebron lies 18 miles south of Jerusalem. It is an ancient Jewish city full of history for the Jews. It now has 170,000 Palestinians living there.
Israel's Ehud Barak has made an appeal to Gazan citizens to pressure their Hamas terrorist leaders to stop the attacks. By nightfall 3 rockets and 15 mortar shells had exploded in Israel. Evidently the citizens couldn't stop the terrorism, as I explained in yesterday's blog.
Egypt's president Hosni Mubarak had a meeting with Tzipi Livni and is pushing restraint but she has had it. She told him that "enough is enough," "When there's shooting, there's a response. " I'm sure that Egypt would never put up with Israel firing barrages like they have been receiving without retaliation.
Israel has been warning the terrorists and the world that they will have to take responsibility to stop the attacks. This is going to be a difficult task since terrorst launchers are always placed in crowded areas for this very reason. In February, Netanyahu will possibly be elected as Prime Minister again. He is advocating tough action against Palestinian militants. Livni says she feels the same. I'm not sure if Israel can wait for Netanyahu to take over and retaliate. It could happen pretty soon.
The Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon has a lot of rockets stored. Last year two were fired into Israel. Now the Lebanese army officers said their troops discovered 7 Katusha rockets set up with timers ready to fire near the border with Israel. Their troops were dismantling them.
Update: GREAT NEWS. PASTOR HAGEE OF CUFI HAS GIVEN BARZILAI HOSPITAL IN ASHKELON A DONATION OF ONE MILLION TO FORTIFY THE HOSPITAL AGAINST ROCKET ATTACKS!!!!!!!!! Giant thanks to this wonderful organization and for all it does for Israel. PASCA (Portland Ashkelon Sister City Association) will send a letter of appreciation to them in Texas.
The Standard Jewish Encyclopedia; Dr. Geoffrey Wigoder,D.Phil,Editor-in-Chief

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sderot Hit By 60 Rockets and Mortars
Ashkelon Hit
Most of the rockets fired from Gaza are made there and are able to reach Sderot in Israel. Two of the 60 fired Wednesday are the imported Katyusha rockets that can reach Ashkelon, which is 10 miles north of Gaza, which as been hit this year. Ashkelon is quite a large city and has the hospital that is used by both Israelis and Gazans. The rockets that hit Sderot fell in the yard of a house. They also hit the water park in Ashkelon, an Israeli factory at Nir Oz near the Gaza border, and hit a house outside the town of Netivot in the Western Negev, which was a rare occurance. Adults and children alike were treated for shock in the area.
It was reported at a meeting that Hamas terrorists had used the six month cease fire to improve their weapons and could now reach the outskirts of Beersheba and Ashdod, a port city. The government is still practicing the policy of restraint, but knows they cannot go on like this forever. They realize that a military invasion into Gaza would cost lives on both sides and would not guarantee an end to rocket fire.
Hamas is using the excuse for the attacks on "Israel's aggression in Gaza and the West Bank and to the embargo Israel has on Gaza. " I supposed that means they are complaining about opening the border crossings to allow trucks into Gaza. The border was sealed in November when the truce broke down. Israel was going to let 40 trucks into Gaza on Wednesday, but cancelled it because of the heavy rocket and mortar fire. Israel has closed the crossings only when they are attacked, which has been more than 3,00 rockets since the beginning of the year. When there has been a lull, they have allowed trucks to enter.
Update: 1:18pm
Report is that the attack started because Israel caught terrorists planting explosives along the border and killed three. The terrorists retaliated because they were caught in their terrorism.
Israel finally as reacted. They struck from the air and killed one terrorist who had just fired more mortars at Israel. Two others were wounded who were part of the group. One wounded was a Hamas TV cameraman.
Winding Up 2008 in Israel
Terrorists have been busy all year attacking Southern Israel by firing some 3,000+ rockets and mortars. They killed four people but wounded 270+. The citizens of the area are suffering from PTSD from the constant shellings and uncertainty of life. Sderot and even Ashkelon have received the most attacks as well as the surrounding areas.
Hamas terrorism has been working with millions of aid dollars from Iran. Iran's president has constantly said that he wants to wipe Israel off the map, a map which the Arabs haven't even bothered to put Israel on. The terrorists have dug about 600 tunnels along the Philadelphi Corridor, a stretch of land from the border between Egypt and Gaza for a supply of weapons and explosives to get to terrorists in Gaza. Egypt had worked at bringing the terrorists into a ceasefire which the terrorists never really observed, but it is now over. They are still trying to revive one. The past 6 months have given them time to build more rockets.
Not only have the terrorists fired rockets at Israel, but have attacked 17 times the border crossings from Gaza into Israel.
Hamas terrorists have used their monies for attacking Israel instead of using it to help their own people. They cry "Foul" but it is them that does the fouling. It was a sad state of affairs when Democracy voted in the Hamas terrorists to rule in Gaza. They, being terrorists, must have given quite a convincing shpiel to their people to be voted in. It probably contained of lot of threats. To me, this couldn't have been done democratically, unless all the citizens really felt as they do, which is hard to believe. Trying to use democratic values with such leaders has certainly failed. It's exactly like the situation was in Iraq under Saddam Hussain. Anyone who disagreed with Saddam was immediately killed.
Resource: The Israel Project; info@theisraelproject.org with Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Gazans Not Starving
by Nadene Goldfoot
Gazans have reported that they need the gates to be opened for necessary food supplies because they are starving. That seems to be untrue. According to reports from Israel's Yael, it is a lie. The video listed below from Joel shows that the shuks are full of food as of December 3rd.
Israel has no desire to cause that kind of harm to the general population in Gaza. It's the terrorists who are causing the gates to be closed. I would think that the population would try to bring pressure on Hamas to stop their incessant firing of rockets into Israel to make like for themselves more palatable, but they don't seem to be doing that.
Everyone forgets that Israelis have gone through havoc of dealing with daily bombings. Our whole history has been one of a living hell. We don't wish starvation on anyone, but would like to live without fear of being killed.
When I was living in Israel from 1980 to the end of 1985 I saw that native Israelis were indeed like the Sabra fruit that they are named for. They have an appearance of being hard on the outside, but are very soft on the inside. They care about people very much but may seem gruff at first. Our whole religion is based on treating people fairly and doing good deeds. We don't worry about what happens after we die but are bound to do the right things here on earth. If anyone would bother to study our religion they would find out what is in our hearts and how it determines our actions.
Being shelled with rockets is a very serious matter. Not having the tomatoes in that you want is not such a big matter compared to losing a life. Just the psychological damage done to people in Sderot and Ashkelon is horrific. I saw what happened to people in Kiriat Shimona in Northern Israel when Lebanon was firing on us. They lived in bomb shelters constantly. No normal life can be lived in Southern Israel, and now it's even worse that it has been in the last six months.
The government has not acted to protect its citizens but will have to very soon and are now telling the world just this. Even Obama stated that he would not want his family to live like the people in Sderot. It's too much to endure.

Resource: http://www.road90.com/watch.php?id=dx7iNRR9Dw


Monday, December 22, 2008

Cease Fire Ends:What's Next?
The so called Cease Fire ended Thursday or Friday of last week. Actually, the Palestinian terrorists, Hamas, never stopped firing rockets at Israel. Now that the Egyptian aided agreement is over, Israel is informing the nations that "they will not hesitate to react militarily if necessary" to protects its citizens.
I say that it is about time that Israel takes this stand. Sderot has been fired upon thousands of times, and Ashkelon has also been hit. Israel is trying to inform the world that the situation in southern Israel is intolerable. Hundreds of thousands of citizens are under rocket fire. The do- nothing approach is now over. If the international community does not intervene, Israel will have to act. Israel is ready for a major offensive against Gaza which has been ruled by the Hamas terrorists since June of last year.
In February Israel will have elections for Prime Minister. Both Tzipi Livni and Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to oust the Islamist terrorists, sworn to destroy the Jewish state of Israel. Livni, a Kadima Party member, has been on the present government's cabinet. Netanyahu is from the Likud party, which is the opposition.
Since Friday, violence has escalated. Hamas announced that it would not renew the six-month truce with Israel which was brought about by months of Egyptian mediation. It never became a truce. Hamas continued to fire upon Israel during the whole time. Israel's cabinet sat back and did little to protect Southern Israel. The only thing they did was to tighten its blockade of Gaza and was able to halt deliveries of supplies.
The problems had worsened in 2006 when Gilat was kidnapped by Hamas after winning in the elections. They committed a deadly cross-border raid when they captured him. Gilat is either now dead or remains a hostage.
This time before elections has been said to be a bad time to launch a major offensive. Politically, there is fear that they might fail in a victory against Hamas. They might also be accused of trying to just get votes. However, the time now is necessary as Hamas is threatening more provocations, like human walking bombs.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Ceasefire That Never Was

Sderot After an Attack
Nadene Goldfoot
On June 25, 2006, Gilad Shalit was kidnapped, and Israel has been hoping to get him back ever since. He was a soldier near the Gaza border that was stationed there, and was probably kidnapped from the terrorists who had been building tunnels nearby.

Six months ago the Palestinians and Israelis signed a ceasefire agreement that has not been upheld by the Palestinians at all. Sderot and the surrounding areas have been constantly shelled, including Ashkelon, Portland, Oregon's sister city which lies north of Sderot and contains the only hospital that serves both Israelis and Palestinians in the area.

This constant shelling has caused Israel to at least close the Gaza crossings in order to punish the Palestinians for their constant shelling bombardment. They in turn blame the closings for their reason to constantly shell Israel. The ceasefire has only tied Israel's hands in trying to get to the actual terrorists who are shelling them because they are trying to uphold the agreement. Israel said they would open the crossings if the attackers could go for 24 hours without shelling Israel with rockets. On Thursday of this week 11 rockets and 5 mortar shells were fired at Israel. Three Israelis were wounded. The IDF were able to destroy their rocket factory, though.

The ceasefire was finished on Friday, though shellings were going on against Israel all this week. The new attack included sniper fire which came an hour after the usual Kassam rockets. Farmers in Israel were attacked at Kibbutz Ner Oz for the first time and had to be rescued by the IDF. Their vehicle was hit but the people were unharmed.

Hamas is in control in the Gaza territory and make little sense to me other than their main goal is to attack and destroy Israel, and they do not care what happens to the citizens there under their control. Hamas knows that Israel closes the coastal strip because of the shelling, but they cry that Israel is creating a life-threatening siege on its people.

Hamas also declared in the Oregonian that Israel is striking Palestinian militants in the West Bank (Judea/Samaria), and they also use that as an excuse for shelling Israel. How can they wonder about striking militants who are trying to kill civilians in Israel?   People who attack Israel must be stopped. This situation puts Israel in the middle between two Palestinian terrorist groups; one on the east and one on the west. Israel must be alert all the time.

Oregonian Newspaper page A17: Israelis fear renewal of rockets while blockade shackles Gazans

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Think If You Boycott Israel Like Some In U.K.

The following information is not written by me, but it is too good to delete. I want to keep these facts.


This was in The Daily Sport - British version of New York Post -The View from Here - read below......

Subject: If you're going to boycott Israel - do it properly!

OK. So I understand that you are ticked off at Israel, and in love with the Palestinians. That's fine with me, as long as you have truly weighed all the facts.(BS)

So, you want to boycott Israel?????

I'll be sorry to miss you, but if you are doing it - do it properly. Let me help you.

Check all your medications. Make sure that you do not have tablets, drops lotions, etc., made by Abic or Teva. It may mean that you will suffer from colds and flu this winter but, hey, that's a small price for you to pay in your campaign against Israel, isn't it?

While we are on the subject of your Israeli boycott, and the medical contributions to the world made by Israeli doctors and scientists, how about telling your pals to boycott the following.....

An Israeli company has developed a simple blood test that distinguishes between mild and more severe cases of Multiple Sclerosis. So, if you know anyone suffering from MS, tell them to ignore the Israeli patent that may, more accurately, diagnose their symptoms.

An Israeli-made device helps restore the use of paralyzed hands. This device electrically stimulates the hand muscles, providing hope to millions of stroke sufferers and victims of spinal injuries. If you wish to remove this hope of a better quality of life to these people, go ahead and boycott Israel.

Young children with breathing problems will soon be sleeping more soundly, thanks to a new Israeli device called the Child Hood. This innovation replaces the inhalation mask with an improved drug delivery system that provides relief for child and parent. Please tell anxious mothers that they shouldn't use this device because of your passionate cause.

These are just a few examples of how people have benefited medically from the Israeli know-how you wish to block. Boycotts often affect research. A new research center in Israel hopes to throw light on brain disorders such as depression and Alzheimer's disease. The Joseph Sangol Neuroscience Center in the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Has Hospital, aims to bring thousands of scientists and doctors to focus on brain research.

A researcher at Israel's Ben Gurion University has succeeded in creating human monoclonal antibodies which can neutralize the highly contagious smallpox virus without inducing the dangerous side effects of the existing vaccine.

Two Israelis received the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Doctors Ciechanover and Hershko's research and discovery of one of the human cells most important cyclical processes will lead the way to DNA repair, control of newly produced proteins, and immune defense systems.

The Movement Disorder Surgery program at Israel 's Hadassah Medical Center has successfully eliminated the physical manifestations of Parkinson's disease in a select group of patients with a deep brain stimulation technique.

For women who undergo hysterectomies each year for the treatment of uterine fibroids, the development in Israel of the Ex Ablate 2000 System is a welcome breakthrough, offering a noninvasive alternative to surgery.

Israel is developing a nose drop that will provide a five year flu vaccine.

These are just a few of the projects that you can help stop with your Israeli boycott. But let's not get too obsessed with my ducal research, there are other ways you can make a personal sacrifice with your anti-Israel boycott.

Most of Windows operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel. So, set a personal example. Throw away your computer! Computers should have a sign attached saying Israel Inside. The Pentium NMX Chip technology was designed at Intel in Israel. Both the Pentium 4 microprocessor and the Centrum processor were entirely designed, developed, and produced in Israel.

Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.

The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 in Israel by four young Israeli whiz kids.

Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R. & D. facilities outside the US in Israel.

So, due to your complete boycott of anything Israeli, you can now have poor health and no computer.

But your bad news does not end there. Get rid of your cellular phone. Cell phone technology was also developed in Israel by MOTOROLA which has its biggest development center in Israel. Most of the latest technology in your mobile phone was developed by Israeli scientists.

Feeling unsettled? You should be. Part of your personal security rests with Israeli inventiveness, borne out of our urgent necessity to protect and defend our lives from the terrorists you support.

A phone can remotely activate a bomb, or be used for tactical communications by terrorists, bank robbers, or hostage-takers. It is vital that official security and law enforcement authorities have access to cellular jamming and detection solutions. Enter Israel's Net line Communications Technologies with their security expertise to help the fight against terror.


A joint, nonprofit, venture between Israel and Maryland will result in a 5 day Business Development and Planning Conference next March. Elected Israeli companies will partner with Maryland firms to provide innovation to the US need for homeland security.

I also want you to know that Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.

Israel produces more scientific papers per capita - 109 per 10,000 - than any other nation.

Israel has the highest number of startup companies per rata. In absolute terms, the highest number, except the US., Israel has a ratio of patents filed.

Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies outside of Silicon Valley. Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds, behind the USA.

Israel has more museums per capita.

Israel has the second highest publication of new books per capita.

Relative to population, Israel is the largest immigrant absorbing nation on earth.

These immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom or expression, economic opportunity, and quality of life.

Believe it or not, Israel is the only country in the world which had a net gain in the number of trees last year.

Even Warren Buffet of Berkshire-Hathaway fame has just invested 4 billion dollars in an Israeli manufacturing company.

So, you can vilify and demonize the State of Israel. You can continue your silly boycott, if you wish. But I wish you would consider the consequences, and the truth.

Think of the massive contribution that Israel is giving to the world, including the Palestinians - and to you - in science, medicine, communications, security.

Pro rata for population, Israel is making a greater contribution than any other nation on earth.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Why Palestine Was Not Created in 1948
After WWII was over, everyone realized what happened in the Holocaust and the British wanted to find a resolution for Palestine so that Jews could have a homeland of their own. They tried to work out an agreement with the Arabs and Jews. the Arab would not make any concessions. The British then turned the problem over to the UN in February 1947.
They in turn created a Special Commission of Palestine to find a solution. 11 nations's delegates went to Palestine and thought the problem could not be found. The Arabs were unsure of the justice of their cause compared to the Jews or were afraid to go along with the judgment of the nations.
The delegates returned to the UN and 7 nations, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Guatemala, The Netherlands, Peru, Sweden and Uruguay recommended the establishment of 2 separate states, Jewish and Arab, joined by economic union with Jerusalem being internationalized. 3 nations: Indian, Iran and Yugoslavia, recommended one state with Arab and Jewish provinces. Australia did not vote.
The Jews living in Palestine were not happy with the condensed piece of land from the Commission or were they happy about Jerusalem cut off from the Jewish State, but...they welcomed the compromise. The Arabs rejected the recommendations.
The UN General Assembly's ad noc committee rejected the Arabs who wanted a unitary Arab state. The recommendation for partition was adopted 33 to 13 with 10 nations not voting on November 29, 1947. Voting against the partition was: Afghanistan, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey and Yemen. The nations that did not vote at all were Argentina, Chile, China, Columbia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mexico, UK and Yugoslavia.
I am really surpised that the UK did not vote and vote for the partition. They had written the Balfour Doctrine giving a much larger portion of land to be the future Israel. I suppose they were trying to appease the Arabs, who had power in oil. They say that everything is planned, and that things happen for a purpose. I am happy that we Israelis accepted what little we got in an almost done deal of the Balfour Doctrine. Our leaders figured that something was better than nothing and made the most of what they received. After 60 years we see that the Palestinian Arabs still have not accepted a deal and go without the state they had in mind. If this were an Aesop's fable, I would say that it doesn't pay to be so greedy and hateful.
Resource: Mitchell Bard: did the United Nations Unjustly Partition Palestine?

Monday, December 01, 2008

Syrian Hatred For Israel
A Syrian actress was interviewed about how she would feel if peace were made with Israel. She explained that hatred for Israel was in their genes. They grew up with it suckling their mothers. If there was peace, Isreal would remain a black dark murky spot with Syrians, and they would pass it down to their children.
The way she explained it sounded like their total environment consists of hatred for Israel in many ways. Hatred for Jews is shown in the Koran. Hatred came about when Syria attacked Israel and lost the battle.
How does one combat such hatred other than education? When will Israel ever get an opportunity to change their attitude?
Resource: http://www.jpost.com/ This Jerusalem Post page has the article to see the video interview.
Gaza Dilemma Worsens
On June 19, 2008, Israel had a truce with the Hamas terrorists, and rocket shelling into Israel was stopped for a while. On November 4th it started in again. The punishment was that Israel blockaded the entrance into Gaza so that supplies could not go in. The terrorists had broken the truce and this was the result. If they want to create death, fear, and panic upon Southern Israel, at least their supplies will not reach their destination.
The latest lob of rockets was at a nearby Israeli army base, and it seriously injured one soldier and wounded 6 other soldiers. Not only do they continue this shelling, but then they demonstrated in Nazareth on Saturday against the blockade. Actually, Israel has allowed trucks with supplies in three times since November 4th when the shelling apparently let up, but then once they receive their aid, they start in again.
The Palestinians know that this blockade is taking place because of the shelling from the terrorists. They could bring about a truce and receive their supplies if only they'd stop making war on Israel. This latest bout might bring about more of a punishment than holding back trucks. Israelis are fed up being shelled. It's pretty hard to have a normal day under such conditions when you have to spend all your time in bomb shelters. People have about a minute warning before a bomb blasts into their neighborhood. You never know if it will hit your house or not.
By hitting an army base this time, it is as if they are daring the IDF to come and fight them. They know that this will cause bad press for Israel. Then they'll cry, "Look, they're fighting us." They count on readers and TV viewers to know very little about the situation, and side with them, the so-viewed oppressed.
The question is, how long can the population put up with this constant attack which is causing so many such stress and closeness to death without reacting with stronger measures, hoping to stop this constant assault?

Resource: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081129/wl_mideast_afp/mideastconflictgaza_081129230611

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


by Victor Sharpe
I've never posted anyone else's essays before, but Victor is an old friend of mine and an excellent writer who has something very important to say. His essays have been on other websites, and he is also an author of a book, Politicide. Nadene

Islam will never accept Israel unless Islam itself undergoes a reformation. But by its very nature it cannot do so and still be called Islam. That said, there is no future for the Jewish state if it keeps on believing that one day the Muslim world will accept it and live in a true and lasting peace as, for example, Holland and Belgium live peacefully side by side.

The only way forward for Israel is to accept the dismal fact that so long as it remains a Jewish and non-Arab state it cannot ever have peaceful neighbors who will not at every opportunity wish to destroy it. That being so, Israel must continue to prosper and thrive as a state in the knowledge that it can never let down its guard. It must ever be on its guard as were the biblical watchmen on the ancient walls of Jerusalem.

But even with such a threat hanging over it like some Arab sword of Damocles, Israel can survive and grow. Even though the Jewish state yearns for peace, as all other civilized societies do, the very external threat can be turned to great advantage militarily, politically, socially and economically. Nothing keeps internal division at bay and concentrates the mind more than when the barbarians are at the gate.

What is remarkable is that since the great Zionist leaders of the likes of Herzl, Jabotinsky, Ben Gurion, Begin and Shamir have passed, there has been a long and depressing parade of weak and incompetent Israeli leaders and politicians who have brought unnecessary disaster down upon the state. The worst ever is the present caretaker prime minister, Ehud Olmert, whose idiocy is simply incomprehensible. Here is a man, deeply flawed and under police investigation for alleged corruption who seems driven by some infernal force to harm his own nation and aid and support her enemies by turning a blind eye to every Palestinian Arab provocation and act of naked aggression.

Along with defense minister, Ehud Barak, who is arguably one of the worst and most incompetent men ever to be entrusted with that vital portfolio, Olmert grovels at the feet of the Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas. In response to veiled threats from Abbas that Israel must give to him everything he demands or else, the Israeli premier ignores the suffering of his people under bombardment in Sderot and Ashkelon and, instead, frees 250 Arab thugs who will immediately return to murdering Israeli civilians. Abbas is a miserable Holocaust denier whose very crime should place him beyond the pale for every Israeli leader.

From prime ministers, Rabin, Peres, Netanyahu and Sharon down to Olmert and would be prime minister, Tzippi Livni, all have been resistant to accepting the sad but awful truth that even if Israel shrunk to one down town city block in Tel Aviv, the Arab and Muslim world would still not recognize a Jewish state or agree to live with it in peace and harmony. Why not? The answer to that question is Islam itself.

True peace can never be achieved between Muslim and non-Muslim nations. Islam mandates the faithful to spread their religion through territorial conquest or, as in the case of Israel, by reclaiming what Muslims believe they have lost.

Even though the native and indigenous peoples of Israel are the Jews, and even if the Land of Israel was given to the Jewish people in an eternal covenant with God, it does not matter to the Muslim, for wherever the Muslim foot has once trod triumphal, that territory is forever regarded as Islamic. If such territory is lost to Muslims, then the belief is that Allah has been diminished and the land must be retaken, however long it may take.

So Islam cannot and will not accept Israel. After all it is a Jewish state, governed by its Jewish inhabitants, and living in its very own ancestral and biblical homeland. But for the Muslim faithful, every part of it must become Muslim again. Until that time comes it will be considered by Muslim Arabs as within the Dar al Harb, the House of War. Peace then is merely a mirage in the desert sands.

World leaders, essentially those who are secular and western, fail to understand the Muslim mindset. Israeli leaders, who of all people should understand and know better, still fall into the fatal trap of believing that the western model of lasting peace between nation states can equally apply in the Middle East between Muslim and non-Muslim nations. It is a fallacy.

These leaders cling to the notion that the conflict between Israel and the Arabs in general, and between Israel and those who call themselves Palestinians in particular, is territorial. It is not. It is theological. It is, indeed, part of the existential conflict that has existed between Islam and the rest of the world since the 7th century.

Judaism and Christianity are considered by the followers of Islam to be in error. The Muslim belief is that Mohammed was given the final and complete divine revelation and Islam is therefore superior to the earlier two faiths, whose followers it calls the “People of the Book.” So now the Muslim cry is, “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammed is his prophet.” Islam, therefore, is considered by the faithful as superior over all other faiths and peoples. It is a theological, “Islam uber alles.” Herein is the fundamental fault line, which may never be bridged.

Much of the Islamic world now feels empowered, as perhaps, never before, and seeks global domination with renewed vigor. This is the tangible and growing threat to the world; not global warming.

There are many Muslims who remain faithful adherents to Islam but who have rejected the jihadist call for Islamic supremacy throughout the world. Hopefully the West will find some Muslim nations who have learned to accept a “live and let live” policy with their non-Muslim neighbors. But the overwhelming strength of the jihadists may be too much for them to overcome and it seems a bleak and remote possibility that true moderates within Islam will one day prevail.

That may come in time, but for Israel that time is still far, far away. Tolerance and pluralism must remain a goal but it can only be achieved by world leaders understanding finally that Israel has yet to find within the Arab and Muslim world a true and genuine peace partner.

The policies of the Jewish state must be ordered within the recognition of that reality; somber and depressing as it may be. But only when world leaders understand the nature of Islam’s theological rejection of a genuine and irrevocable peace with Israel, and Israeli leaders realize the uselessness of trading tangible and ancestral land for a delusional “land for peace,” will a long and overdue reality finally enter the conflict.

I firmly believe that the majority of Israelis yearn for a valiant, honorable and stalwart leader, versed in his people’s history and faith, who will arise to tell those Arabs and Islamists who remain wedded to violent jihad against Israel that they will now find a new Israeli resolve to concede not one inch to their implacable aggression, enmity and deceit. Nor will the groveling that has characterized too many Israeli leaders in the past continue.

Dhimmitude, the humiliating condition that Muslims historically imposed upon both their Jewish and Christian subjects, must not ever again be tolerated in any future relationships between Israelis and their Arab enemies.

What we witness today is Israeli caretaker Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, bending the knee constantly and making endless concession to the deceitful leader of the Palestinian Authority, the Holocaust denying Mahmoud Abbas.

This Arab leader is not interested in peace with Israel. He is interested only in taking what ever he can from the foolish Olmert and giving nothing, absolutely nothing, in return. And that is because as a Muslim he is not permitted to make peace with a non-Muslim. Yet the terminally obtuse Olmert, and so many liberal and leftwing Jews inside and outside of Israel, remain infuriatingly blind to these simple facts.

Israeli leaders of the future must understand that the frigid cold peace that exists between Israel and Egypt, and Israel and Jordan, is no more than an armistice. They must realize once and for all the historical fact that Islam does not and cannot make a permanent peace with a non-Muslim neighbor.

Islam mandates that only when the non-Muslim enemy is stronger and cannot at the time be defeated, can a ceasefire (dressed up as a peace treaty) be accepted for the good of the umma (Islamic community).

But as soon as the enemy is considered weak and foolish through making, for example, pointless peaceful overtures and concessions, then war is an obligation demanded by the Quran. For this reason, the Arab and Muslim world launched its many wars against the Jewish state. Only by God’s grace did Israel survive but at a terrible cost in Jewish blood.

Such new Israeli leaders must look to the Torah and into their own people’s biblical history. They must see again the nature of their enemies as spelled out in crystal clarity by the Almighty through the words of the Jewish prophet Jeremiah:

“They dress the wound of my People as though it we’re not serious saying, Peace, peace, but there is no peace. We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble!”

I think of the disasters that Israeli leaders like Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yossi Beilin brought upon the Jewish state. They were the architects of the Oslo Accords, which we now more accurately call the Oslo War.

The premise of those failed accords, which have inflicted terrible suffering on so many Israelis, was for Israel to accept that its ancestral and biblical lands can be given away to implacable enemies in order to make them peaceful and accept what was left of the Jewish state. It predictably failed for all the reasons stated above.

The Midrash teaches that we are like a sheep among seventy wolves. Only the great Shepherd (God Almighty) can protect us from all of our enemies. We are instructed to do what we can to defend ourselves. But at this time it seems that no recent Israeli government has been able to face the task of protecting the residents of Israel. Look how the communities of southern Israel groan under the Arab missile blitz from the Gaza Strip while the Israeli Government of Ehud Olmert remains ever timid to the point of national humiliation. We must pray to God, the true guardian of Israel, to protect us.

In this I am mindful of the Jewish prophet, Joel, who reminded the ancient Jews that the covenanted land must never be given away, for as he said:

“In those days and at that time when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgement against them concerning My inheritance, My people Israel, for they scattered My people among the nations and divided up My land: Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision.”

Joel, speaking God’s words, then proclaimed: “The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble. But the Lord God will be a refuge for His people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.”

Copyright © Victor Sharpe 2008

Victor Sharpe is the author of the highly acclaimed book: Politicide – The attempted murder of the Jewish state.

Monday, November 24, 2008

United Nation's 180 degree Change
On November 29, 1947, the United Nations voted to establish a Jewish State of Israel. The Palestinians were also offered a state, but they refused it, and we Jews accepted the little piece that remained and was to be for us. Originally we were to have a much larger section that was laid out in the Balfour Doctrine. After experiencing the WWII where 6 million Jews were slaughtered, we knew we needed our own piece of land to flee to. Faced with extinction, we could not get out of Germany or other European countries once the dealth knoll was tolled.
The Arabs continued to refuse an offer of their own state even till now, after 60 years. What they want is their own state minus Israel, and they haven't achieved that. It isn't as if they really need another Arab state. There are already 22 Arab states in the world. Israel is the only Jewish one.
Israel has been more than eager to be fair with The Arab "Palestinians" who have kept attacking and shelling us at every conceivable moment, even after the declaration of our state of Israel. They have actually lived better than they ever did under Arab hands. Egypt was terrible by comparison. The only reason Israel has had to deal harshly at times is because of their constant attacks on civilians. It has never been and army against army thing; it's always hitting women and children; in buses, schools, stores, etc.
The United Nations today is topheavy with Arabs. This reflects the postion they have taken today. November 24th, the United Nations is commemorating its annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People with a movie showing Jews are like Nazis. They will also have an exhibit mourning the 60 years of Israel's existence! This is the U.N. that sits in New York City that is bashing Israel again.
Israel's actions are not of squashing the Palestinians. We are not taking them to death camps and killing them. We merely are trying to prevent attacks on Israelis and we get blamed for methods other than death, and we are the ones being attacked! What position we do take is lied about and exaggerated beyond belief. They're not scaring us or making us back down and flee, which is what they want. For this the U.N. condemns us.
Kofa Anna referred to November 29th as "a day of mourning and a day of grief." They will all be grieving for the suffering of the Palestinian people at Israeli hands. Isn't it interesting that they never grieved when the Arab countries themselves attacked Israel together like a pack of dogs for no reason other than to drive us out because we were Jews? That was in 1948, 1954, 1967, 1973, and later when they attacked with possible biochemical warfare and everyone in Israel, Arab alike, had to wear gas masks?
Israelis have been living under a mental pressure for 60 years of knowing that they are living in a neighborhood of nudniks who hate them, and yet they survive and produce creatively. They remain stalwart in their knowledge that Israel's survival is a must to the survival of the Jewish people. We haven't been called a stiff-necked people for nothing, and the Arabs are finding that out.
If anything, the U.N. should be mourning the stubborness of Yasser Arafat and his legion of not making peace with Israel and taking the offer of having a state of their own, not the Israelis. Their greed of wanting the whole pie has led to their not having a state. We're just not stupid enough to say, "Hey, create a state next to us. Take our precious city of Jerusalem, though it means everything to us. Don't recognize us, and for sure keep on wanting us to be driven into the sea. We won't mind being wanderers again for the next 2,000 years." No, we had to wait for 2,000 to get this teeny teeny piece of land in the Middle East back again, and we're not about to leave it. We've offered the olive branch to you dozens of times. Take it or not. We're here to stay.
My last thought: When the United Nations was created when I was a little girl, I thought it was the panacea for all future wars. The world was saved. People would discuss problems and not make any future wars. How wrong I was. Power is everything.
Resource: Camera: leegreen@camera.org
My own thoughts on the situation.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Iran's A Bomb, But Israel's Guilty of Bloviating
In the article, "That Iranian "Bomb"? it is said that Iran has enough material to make one bomb, and that we shouldn't worry, and that also means Israel is not to worry. However, Israel, being much closer to Iran than the USA, does worry about it. Because of the comment by former Israel Defence Forces chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon, who works with Benjamin Netanyahu , that Israel is ready to attack if necessary, it is felt that Israel should sit down and shut up! They said that Israel's hawks were bloviating. By the way, bloviate means to speak pompously and excessively, to expout ridiculously. It's not a word in my old Webster's 7th New Collegiate Dictionary, but was used by Harding in the 20's.
How brazen of the certain people to think that those living in the Middle East do not know how to speak with their Middle Eastern enemies. Knowing that Israel can retaliate has kept the hordes off their backs, literally. Israel has to be tough. If Israel says it is ready, and already did something similar last year that is now showing the traces of uranium in the spot bombed, I'd be a believer. That ability to play poker just may be the thing that keeps Iran from overrunning Israel with an A bomb. That's all they need, by the way; one bomb.
What would America do if it were threatened by China with the A bomb? If America was called every name under the sun and was told it would be no more? How many threats does it take to make one a believer? We've got it. Iran does not like Israel. Iran wants Israel expelled. Gone. Wiped out. How many times in history have we been told not to worry? We were told that Germany had no plans to attack, and they did. You can't just sit back and say that everything is going to be okay. You have to be prepared.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

United Nations Pressure on Israel, No Others

Nadene Goldfoot
Monday Israel allowed trucks into Gaza to bring in necessary items. The United Nations continues to pressure Israel to keep the gates open, saying that hundreds of thousands are without food and fuel.
They know that the gates are closed because the Gazan terrorists, Hamas, have continued to shell Israel with rockets. I haven't noticed them telling the terrorists to stop shelling Israel. They never blame the terrists, but turn the problem around. Karen AbuZayd of the UN simply said that Israel should open the gates because the warehouse's food is gone. Navi Pillay aid the blockade breached international and humanitarian law.
It is certainly against the law to fire rockets into Israel. That is not humane. This fact is ignored. The bullies hurt a country, then call foul because they have been punished. I can't believe the logic.

The Oregonian is implying that the terrorists are increasing their attacks on Israel because this is the end of a negotiated truce made 5 months ago that certainly has ended, what with shelling Israel for two weeks daily. Barak is keeping the crossings closed because of continuing rocket fire. How else can the terrorists see that their attacks are unwelcome? Are they trying to get the whole Israeli army into Gaza? They are instigating a fight by attacking, and all we have done is close the gate that would open if the shelling stops.

 Israel's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva was as exasperated as I feel. ..."Hamas, which invests all of its resources in arms and terrorism instead of providing for civilians that it brutally controls," said Aharon Leshno-Yaar. He contradicted the UN comments in that water and electricity were still flowing and 33 trucks loaded with supplies were in Gaza on Monday. More are waiting to enter once the attacks of rockets stop.

Israeli tanks went into Gaza Tuesday and were hit with mortar fire. They were followed by a bulldozer and military jeep. They were there to clear the land along the border, a routine operation to find explosive devices. The tanks, though fired upon, did not return fire. There were no casualties.
Israel has said that if the rocket firing persists, they will hit back hard.
Continue reading the next blogs to find further information on the Gaza situation.

Oregonion November 19th page A8 Israelis make brief sweep into Gaza.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Freeing Terrorists While Rockets Rain
Israel decided Monday to open a gate to Gaza to let needed supplies enter after the two week old closure because of the rocket attacks. The Hamas terrorists have continued their attacks, however, by firing 6 rockets at Southern Israel.
David Milliband, Britain's Foreign Minister was planning on visiting Sderot, the town right in the path of terrorist rockets in Southern Israel. It was not known if he was there at the time.
Five months ago the Hamas terrorists and Israel had signed a cease fire agreement, but Israel has continued to suffer from attacks.
In the meantime, Israel is freeing 250 terrorists from prison as a good will gesture.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Ashkelon Mad After Friday's 5 Grad Missile Strikes
Cannon Fodder, Not Us
Ashkelon is very unhappy about the way Sderot has been bombarded with missles from Gaza, and is not about to let that happen to them. Ashkelon lies a little farther to the north from Sderot, and has not been struck with longer range missles. Itamar Shimoni, resident , says they will not be quiet and simply wait on the government and army to protect them, which hasn't happened for Sderot with the present government. They're not cannon fodder, he stated. Sderot has been enduring attacks for 7 years, and they don't want that to happen to them. With elections coming up in February, I don't think Likud will let that happen.
Others are asking why they are still supplying electricity, fuel and water to terrorists who are bombarding them. Terrorists are demanding more, like trucks with supplies and food while they get away with shelling Israel. They think they are being imposed upon, not admitting that they bring discomfort upon themselves for their actions. They are not getting away with having their cake and eating it, too.
Barak, Minister of Defense, is afraid to take a firmer stand because of the 2nd Lebanon War fiasco. He stated he is not a minister of war. It seems that in his mind he is dammed if he does and dammed if he doesn't take an agressive stand, so only opts to close the gates to Gaza. It's praiseworthy that he has taken this stand, but when a major city like Ashkelon is being hit with newer missles that are long ranged, he may have to think again about it.
Some feel that Tzipi Livni's stand has caused Hamas to be brazen and take this action of attacking Israel, thinking they will not suffer repercussions. She's very much to the left, as well as Olmert. Olmert's wife was very active in the Peace Now movement. I don't think there has been a similar group in the Palestinian sector.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ashkelon Hit Again Today
Portland's Sister City Attacked
Hamas has said today that Ashkelon, which is 15 kilometers from Gaza, will now be hit by grad rockets from Iran which have a range of 25-kilometers. They are encouraged to attack since Israel is not fighting back after the pummelting Ashkelon took yesterday with 6 Palestinian Grads and Sderot hit with 11 Qassam missles. Ashkelon's town hall opened the public bomb shelters. Ashdod, which is north of Ashkelon ordered shelters prepared.
An 82 year old woman in Sderot suffered shrapnel wounds and 22 people were in the hospital in shock. People were told to stay in shelters. they don't know what will happen on Sunday, which is a work day in Israel.
Community leaders and ministers want an effective military campaign against the terrorists before more rockets rain down on the southern part of Israel. They also agree with me in that the truce is no more. It's a farce.
Reference: Debkafile: Special Report

Friday, November 14, 2008

Ashkelon Hit Twice From Grad Rockets
In Israel on Friday, 5 grad Soviet-made rockets that are long range, hit Ashkelon twice. They have a range of 15 miles, which tells you how close Ashkelon is to the Gaza border.
Then the terrorists fired 8 Quasam rockets at Sderot, and 2 damaged a building and hit one civilian with shrapnel. Other people suffered from shock. The nearest hospital is in Ashkelon, which was also being hit.
This was the 11th day of bombarding Israel. Pundits are saying that this threatens a five-month truce. I say that after all this, the truce has been broken.
The EU is pressuring Israel to let supplies into Gaza. It is reported that they have no shortage of bread. Hamas has shut down their power plant and is rationing electricity they receive from Egypt and Israel. They need toner for their printers , tires and other items.
Israel has not allowed trucks into Gaza since November 4th when Israel had to destroy a tunnel the terrorists had dug in order to kidnap Israeli soldiers and infiltrate into Israel in order to kill. Hamas reported that 6 gunmen were killed at that time. Altogether since then 12 Hamas gunmen have been killed.
Mahmoud al-Zahar, Hamas leader, feels that Hamas can commit acts of terror but that Israel is not allowed to retaliate. Israel feels otherwise. They insist on defending their soldiers and citizens when in peril. Ehud Olmert said that Israel would not tolerate the rocket fire and this forces them to continue to apply economic pressure on Hamas with the border crossings.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hamas and Fatah in Disagreement
Hamas, a terrorist organization from Gaza, just can't wait to create its state of Palestine, but they cannot agree with Fatah, who has the upper edge by being the party living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, as to when to hold elections! If they can't agree on this, imagine what other important aspects they shall never agree upon.
In the meantime, it was found out that a Muslim charity organization called "Union of Good Hope" is an undercover organization to gather money for Gaza and West Bank terrorists, and Americans have been warned not to to contribute to it.
Undivided Jerusalem
Jerusalem's new mayor, a successful businessman and secular, is Nir Barkat, 49 years old. He won on the stand of not dividing Jerusalem. His role model is New York's mayor, Michael Bloomberg. The Religious parties voted for him also, though he had left the Kadima party after learning about their plans to divide Jerusalem. Nir wants to make it a center of international renown, the undivided capitol of Israel. It is the eternal capitol of the Jewish people.
The Palestinians want East Jerusalem, or all of Jerusalem, as the capitol of their state. Nir is planning on expanding Jewish neighborhoods to the eastern section. " The status of Jerusalem is a main sticking point in the US-brokered Middle East peace talks." 250,000 Palestinians live there. Though most Palestinians boycotted the election, there were those that voted.
"Jerusalem has to stay unified," he has told AFP.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Land for Peace Opinions

Nadene Goldfoot
Olmert sees the cup half empty in that his outgoing advice is to give up East Jerusalem and the "Arab territories "gained in 1967 for peace.

Others have reminded us that all our giving up of land has never gained us any peace. We just wind up giving another piece of Israel to the Arabs which gets them a closer advantage in shooting at us.

I feel that not one inch of land should be given up for the reason cited above. The Palestinians have not changed their charter to accept Israel among the nations of the Middle East, and they state that they wish to destroy Israel. Therefore, giving up more land will gain us nothing. It gains us nothing to go backwards.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Out of Science Fiction: Israel Creates Defense System

Israel has just invented the TROPHY, a new defense system that the USA will be able to use in Iraq. It is something that creates a bubble around a vehicle, like a tank, and uses radar for defense. The bubble is an invisible force field. It is used against RPG's, (Rocket Propelled Grenades) which are worse than IED'S.

Mike Tobin in Jerusalem has just reported this amazing development that was thought of only in science fiction.

Ashkelon, Portland's Sister City Hit Again
Blaming the Wrong Party: Israel
Whatever is happening, the press manages to word it so that Israel gets the blame. The headline in the Oregonian today said: Retaliatory airstrikes threaten to undo Gaza truce. Of course, Israel is the one with the planes, so we get blamed. They seem to forget little things in their choice of a headline like what was happening to cause the strike. It seems to me that the peace is broken everytime that a rocket has been fired from Gaza into S. Israel, but the world never comes out with ....undoing the peace. It's only mentioned if Israel retaliates or attempts to stop the aggression.
On Wednesday morning in Israel, Hamas terrorists in Gaza fired 35 Qassam rockets at Israeli civilians in southern Israel. Two rockets hit Ashkelon, which is 9 miles from Gaza. Two women and a 13 year old girl were treated for shock.
Since the June 19th ceasefire, Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza have fired more than 50 rockets and mortars at Israel. Rockets and mortar have killed 24 Israelis and wounded more than 1,000 since 2001 when Palestinian terrorists started firing rockets at Israel. These attacks have also caused thousands of Israelis to suffer from PTSD, Post-traumatic stress disorder, just like our U.S. soldiers have in wars in Vietnam and in other wars.
The terrorists had been busy digging tunnels to aid them in kidnapping Israeli soldiers. Israel discovered them when they found the digging just 820 feet from the Israel-Gaza border. They had to be destroyed, and an air attack was the only method. It was a limited operation.. This tunnel was a "blatant violation of the calm or cease fire." They had found it was ready for use, and they had to act immediately
The Hamas terrorists are backed by Iran. They provide $20 million to $30 million dollars annually in weapons and training. It's no wonder than Israel has needed loans from the USA. Not only these outright gifts from Iran provide weapons, but weapons are smuggled to them from Egypt. Since September 2008, 200 tunnels were in operation along the 8 mile Egypt-Gaza border. Through these tunnels they smuggle weapons, money, people, drugs and other things into Gaza. They even smuggle weapons from the sea with small ships that drop containers of weapons a few miles from the coast.
They have fired more than 2,700 rockets and mortar shells at Israeli civilians in 2008. Since Israel withdrew from Gaza in August of 2005, 5,800 rockets have been fired at Israel. No one seems to be upset by their constant barrage on Israel except the Israelis. No one complains about the Palestinians breaking any peace.
Reference The Oregonian Newspaper: November 6, 2008 Rataliatory airstrikes threaten to undo Gaza truce page A10
The Israel Project: press@theisraelproject.org. Iran-backed Terrorists Fire 35 Rockets at Southern Israel

Saturday, November 01, 2008

The Gaza Strip and Israel

Israel was created in 1948, and immediately attacked by all the Arabs. Some Arabs, not many, were living in Palestine at the time. Some heeded their leaders’ advice and fled the area, only to become refugees. Those that stayed became Israeli citizens and make up 20% of the population of Israel. The Gaza Strip stretches for about 22 miles and is only 8 miles wide. The Egyptians attacked Israel in 1948 and went into the Negev and by December Israel had driven them out, except for the Strip. That's how it came to be.

After the war Egypt controlled the Gaza Strip and its more than 200,000 inhabitants but refused to let them into Egypt. Not only that, but Egypt wouldn’t allow them to move to any other country.

In June of 1949, Israel offered to accept the refugees if Egypt agreed to give up Gaza, but Cairo refused. Egypt’s handling of the Palestinians was so bad that Saudi Arabian radio said that Nasser’s regime in Gaza was like Hitler’s rule in occupied Europe in WWII.

In 1952 UNWRA was set up with a fund of $200 million dollars to provide homes and jobs for these refugees, but it wasn’t used at all.

In 1956, Egypt blockaded the Straits of Tiran and Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. Nasser was fighting against Israel. He said his hatred of Israel was very strong and that there was no sense in talking about peace with Israel. 17 maritime powers said at the UN that Israel had a right to transit the Strait. The closure of the Strait of Tiran was the casus belli in 1967.

We had a war that started June 5, 1967 with Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, and poised and ready to also attack were the armies of Iraq, Algeria, Kuwait, Sudan and the whole Arab nation. Israel came into control of the Gaza Strip by winning the war in six miraculous days. The Gaza Strip was originally in Egypt’s hands . At the end of this 1967 Six-Day War, it fell to Israel because Egyptian forces were ready to launch attacks from Gaza into Israel. We kept sovereignty over the area because the Arab leaders rejected Israel’s offers to return conquered territories in exchange for peace. Every Arab state had rejected UN resolutions 242 and 338. They had called for peace negotiations and the establishment of recognized borders for all states in the region.

The 1967 census found 352,000 people living in the Gaza Strip of whom 172,520 were Arab refugees.

Ralph Garroway, former director of UNRWA, said in 1958 that the Arabs don’t want to solve the refugee problem. They want to keep it like an open sore like a weapon against Israel. Arab leaders don’t give a damn whether the refugees live or die.

Israel kept control of the Gaza Strip and ceded all of the Sinai peninsula in its peace treaty with Egypt in 1979 because Anwar es-Sadat didn’t want to rule over more than one million Palestinians in the Strip anymore.

Israel provided economic assistance. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were moved from camps to new homes. This caused protests from Egypt, who had done nothing for the refugees when it controlled the area. Arabs were given freedom of movement. They were allowed to travel to and from Jordan. Israel was treating them humanely. That was bad for aspiring terrorists who were not willing to accept Israel’s presence.

By 1994, Yassir Arafat rose to power after the Oslo Accords. The Gaza Strip was the center for terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians. In 1995 Israel built a fence around the whole Strip, with guarded crossing-points. This stopped terror attacks.

Arafat died in 2004 which gave rise to Hamas’s leadership in the Strip. Rocket attacks against Israel rained from Gaza, sometimes 80 per day, hitting civilian sites in Israeli communities in and near the Strip, like S’derot. This is still happening.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon saw the the Palestinian leaders were not enforcing peace that Arafat had signed for at Oslo. Sharon wanted to show the world that he was all for peace, so had Israeli citizens move out of Gaza Strip in August of 2005, and also had several Jewish communities in the northern part of the West Bank move out also.

It was most costly to move 9,000 Israelis out of the Gaza Strip who had been in their homes for 35 years. Israel felt that they had to move because of the Arab’s hatred of Jews is so great that it would be hard to protect them. However, more than one million Arabs are settled peacefully in Israel without need for protection. Israelis felt that putting the Gaza Strip under Palestinian control would be starting the peace process. We haven’t had peace. Shelling of rockets continues, even now because in January 2006, Palestinians in Gaza voted for the Hamas terrorist group, who won on the stand of destruction of Israel and establishing an Islamic state from the river to the sea.

Israel had voted for peace while the Palestinians voted for terrorism. It appears that everyone is now trying to get Israel to return to the armistice lines of 1949, thinking that will bring peace.

The Arabs were threatening, planning and trying to destroy Israel at that time. They attacked us on three sides. This war cost Israel in 6 days twice as many dead in proportion to her total population as the USA lost in 8 years of fighting in Vietnam. For 18 years the Arabs had done hostile acts against Israel, had broken every relevant paragraph in the Armistice Agreements of 1949 which everyone had signed. It meant nothing to the Arabs.

Reference: Myths and Facts by Mitchell G. Bard and Joel Himelfarb

Big Lies: demolishing the myths of the propaganda war against Israel by David Meir-Levi

The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia by Dr. Geoffrey Wigoder, D. Phil,

Battleground, Fact and Fantasy in Palestine bySamuel Katz