Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hamas Leader Mahmoud Maabhouh Assassinated

Nadene Goldfoot
A terrorist has been assassinated by someone. Israel's Mossad is being accused. He was assassinated in the first part of February, and it just made the news as a big event yesterday, so it's taken more than two weeks to be talked about. Mahmoud Mabhouh, Hamas leader was in Dubai at the time.

As it turns out, Dubai had terrific security and 11 people are dubbed the killers of which 6 of them were holding Israeli passports that were stolen. Would Mossad frame their own citizens for this deed?

My feeling is that Mossad does a better job than this bungled operation has been handled. They're being framed by British operatives. Every country has their network of spies, some of which are double agents or maybe even triple. Up till now, Mossad has been the most skillful operation. Israel gets blamed for everything, and this may just be another set-up. The difference is that Israel has a darn good reason to feel less regret about this death. We don't rejoice over deaths of anyone, even people that have done us harm. That lesson was learned in the exodus from Egypt.

Israel wasn't the only country who wanted to see this terrorist's demise. He was getting missiles from the Iranians which could have hit Tel Aviv, and there would have been one great war after that would have happened. It's possible that Arab governments don't want to get that involved. Then again, Israel doesn't want missiles to get into Hamas hands in Gaza and destroy it's 6 million citizens. Even a rival Palestinian group could have been the assassinators. Jordan and Egypt have been looking for him for a long time.
Dubai is the center of buying arms. Mabhouh lives in Damascus, Syria. He was on a buying mission. It's bad enough that Iran has threatened to wipe Israel off the map and just as bad if not worse if Hamas gets some of their deadly weapons. They're a loose cannon and a wildly irresponsible emotional terrorist band.

I didn't think that Israelis were allowed into an Arab country like Dubai. I know we can visit Egypt, but thought that was it. Of course, some of our Israelis are Arabs and they are citizens

Reference: The Israel Project by Tom Gross

Monday, February 15, 2010

Arms For Israel

Nadene Goldfoot
First off, most of the money from the United States to Israel has been in the form of loans which Israel has paid back. What hasn't had to be paid back has been in the form of grants.

The first arms sale by the U.S. government to Israel was in 1962 by J.F. Kennedy. This was in response to the fact that Israel discovered that Egypt could have as many as 100 ground-to-ground missiles ready by the end of 1962. A leading German scientist named Professor Wolfgang Pilz wrote to the Egyptian director of a rocket factory that he was in kahoots with that 900 missiles were to be built and that they could be fit with gas, chemical or biological warheads.

Needless to say, Israel was most worried. John F. Kennedy decided to supply Israel with defensive ground-to-air missiles capable of stopping aircraft, but not the Egyptian offensive missiles.

Then Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

The next war with the Arabs came in 1967. LBJ was of a different ilk. His sympathy was for the oil corporations and friendship with Arabs was more powerful than the Democratic party's traditional support for the Jews. So just like what happened in 1956, our American spies told secrets they knew about Israel's military to the Arabs. The UN had abandoned Israel when Egypt attacked her. Israelis fought alone and defeated the entire armies of the United Arabs in six days. It was then in 1967 that they were able to liberate the old city of Jerusalem and touch the Western wall of the temple for the first time. Many wept. Our "friends" had turned on us and yet we survived incredible odds.

Nixon, a Republican, surprised us all in 1969 by being a generous arms supplier to Israel. Selling Israel arms means that Israel pays back money for these. It's business. Nixon had been involved in the spy, Allen Dulles's program to help Arabs get missiles to use against Israel which was started in 1953. Dulles had an ex-Nazi friend, General Gehlen, and asked him to send men to Egypt to train soldiers for Nasser. They sent over Nazi war criminals and paid them with CIA money.

There has been a tremendous amount of treachery against Israel even before it's rebirth in 1948, but despite so many people conniving against this little country, it has managed to survive the odds against it. Finally we have come to the day where oil might not be the #1 important and coveted commodity making Israel expendable to politicians and profiteers, many of which have been both. Wind has been re-discovered as an energy. Electricity is more important now. There would be hope both for Israel's survival and for the planet's survival except for Iran's announcements of wanting Israel off the face of the earth and coming into the atomic age with 20% strength uranium warning us that they now can have atomic missiles but of coarse choose not to. This just doesn't gel with their declarations of hatred towards Israel and their defiance of not complying with the world's declaration of not wanting them to be in the atomic weapons business. Knowing just how treacherous and deceitful leaders of nations have been towards Israel, I don't trust anyone. What they say and what they want are two different things. I just hope we'll have a missile to counter an Iranian incoming missile that we can direct.

Reference: "The Secret War Against the Jews" by John Loftus and Mark Aarons

Friday, February 12, 2010

Israel in Winter Olympics 2010

Nadene Goldfoot
When you think of Israel, you think of a hot country. It does have its high points with snow at Mt. Meron where skiing is possible even though it is such a teeny country. Israel is entering the winter olympics in Vancouver with Roman and Alexandra Zaretsky in ice skating and Mikahil Ranzin who is an alpine skier.

I see the surname "Zaretsky" on my family tree on the branch of my cousin's wife. The lady goes back to 1865 to Chernobl, Russia. We'll be sure to cheer for them. I was in Vancouver skiing a long time ago. I remember the great atmosphere and excitement of skiing there.

Israel entered the Winter Olympics in 1994. In the year 2002 they came in 6th in ice skating. With my family cheering, maybe we'll take a prize.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Iran Thumbs Nose At World in 2010

by Nadene Goldfoot
On February 9th we were notified that Iran has escalated their uranium to 20% purity at their Natanz nuclear plant. That will lead to producing weapons-grade uranium. Who said they weren't interested in making weapons?

The USA's reaction to this news is to plan to develop new, more robust sanctions against Iran in the coming weeks. It doesn't sound to me like we're in a hurry to do so. Evidently what sanctions we've had weren't impressing the Iranians at all.

We have now passed sanctions targeting U.S. companies that provide refined oil to Iran. Both the House and the Senate bill won approval. I am shocked that up till now we have been allowing this to happen. What type of 4 rounds of sanctions have we had up till now? Forbidding Hershey bars to be sold to Iran? We sure haven't shook them up.

Evidently we've been trying to get support from others on the UN Security Council for this 5th round of sanctions which so far haven't been doing the job. We've had support from France and Russia but not China. My feeling is that China is the closest to Iran and doesn't want to irritate them. Besides themselves, China really doesn't want anything to harm the USA because they will never get repaid on their loans to us if we're attacked, and they feel the USA is safely far enough away from Iran. Only Israel is in harm's way, and they have no emotional or financial ties with her.

The only reason I see that Iran wants nuclear weapons is to shoot a nuclear warhead at Israel and destroy her completely. Of course they would then be the head country in the Middle East. They had had a bloody war with Iraq when I lived in Israel from 1980-1985, so are not adverse to attacking other neighbors. They're not of the same stock. They are not Arabs.

Long ago Haman, a head politician in Iran, which was then Persia, plotted and almost succeeded in killing every Jewish person in the land. In the end the tables were turned and he and all his sons were hung. I say that Iranian politicians like Ahmadinejad had better watch out or they might blow up their own country. Before he came into power Israel was getting along quite well with the Shah of Iran. This new religious power is not even listening to their own people. They need a Mordecai to step up to the plate and save them!

Even the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank should be worrying along with Israel. After all, they are in the line of fire. You can't attack Israel without hitting these places on the border. Jordan should be worried also as well as Lebanon. I see Iran feeling these small states are expendable, though. Their goal to destroy Israel is their main thrust that they think about.

Gosh! Iran may have to use their own oil for gasoline. Think of that! I really don't think this round of sanctions is going to do the job. Now maybe if we withdrew all our McDonald's, someone might think about what they're doing.....The closer they're getting to destroy Israel, the more they feel that sacrifice is called for. It's going to take more than sanctions, I'm afraid.