The 9th memorial of the Disengagement Plan from Gaza (2005) in which Israel unilaterally withdrew, dispossessed and destroyed its Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip will be marked this coming Thursday, July 31, 2014. That controversial historical event remains relevant to this day as rockets and underground terrorist tunnels from Gaza target Israel.
A new book review on the novel Grains Of Sand The Fall Of Neve Dekalim has come to my attention. Might you run it? I've attached a copy of the book cover for your use if it's a go.
"...Thanks to this book I could enter and experience what life was like there. I connected with Efrat worrying about her test grades and studying for the bagruts. I could relate to her being frightened from projectiles because here in Ashdod we’ve also been hit by rockets – ..."
Operation Protective Edge marches on apace. I've heard it again - people at the end of their tether saying, with tears in their eyes, "I can't stand to see children harmed." This is all very noble, but it would be no normal human being who could say the opposite or confess indifference. Nothing could be worse than viewing the suffering and death of little children. But it's what often follows this comment that irritates me, it's usually something directed against the Jews of Israel, accusing them of being evil and heartless child-killers, that the Jews are simply not like us compassionate folk. Haven't these people stopped to consider that the Israelis are, at the very least, as traumatised as they are? Jews have always excelled in the area of medical care, the nurture of life; they are a highly-sensitive and civilised people. Can such people be oblivious to suffering who daily receive their enemies and their enemies children into their hospitals for medical care? The worthy people who publicly and vociferously express their sympathy for the suffering children should also find some shred of solicitude for the Jews who have been forced into the position of inflicting suffering for the sake of self-defence.
I'm afraid that the seeming-virtuous sympathizers are overlooking two critical - and proven - facts.
The first is, Hamas view children as expendable, they are daily targeting Israeli children and positioning their own children in harm's way - intentionally. This is a fact, not debatable.
The second is, there is not one instance of the IDF deliberately targeting a child. The deaths and injuries of children are due to Hamas using them as shields so that they may publish the shocking photographs to garner naïve world opinion for their unholy cause. Again, this is a concrete fact, not open to debate. Incidentally, it is the never-ending debate which is causing more deaths. That children have been killed and that it was Israeli armament that did it is acknowledged, but the sole reason that it has occurred is because of the inhuman modus operandi of Hamas. This entire bloody business must be firmly - and angrily - laid at the doorstep of Hamas and those who voted for a Party whose chosen name is 'Violence'.
That is the underlying premise of this brief essay and if the reader doesn't accept these proven facts then I politely suggest that he/she goes and reads something that they would find more credible, such as Grimm's Fairy Tales. Golda Meir, former PM of Israel, famously stated, "We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children." The people who are self-righteously wringing their hands should stop and consider the dreadful truth of these words and the depth of pain behind them. Hamas recently strapped explosives around a donkey and sent it to its death. It should come as no surprise that the Israelis were upset by the disregard for life. “This cruel incident is the most recent attempt by Gaza terror organizations to make such an abominable use of animals as explosives couriers,” the IDF said on its website. These same people, the Jews, have a special New Year for Trees! They even have a day on which they celebrate the birthday of the world! And we are expected to believe that they couldn't care less for little children because they're not Jewish children. Well, the donkey wasn't Jewish either, neither are the trees or the world.
"Whoever saves a life, saves the world; whoever takes a life, takes the life of the world." No prizes for naming the people who coined such a phrase, born out of a reverence for all life, be it tree, animal, or human being. The amazing fact is that the Jews were valuing life when the Spartans were abandoning their naked 'unsuitable' babies in the snow for the good of society. My goodness, the Jews even have a special blessing if one happens to see another human being who has a deformity. Deformed, yes, but infinity is in his heart! He too is to be reverenced, so bless God who made him. Yet we are expected to believe that such people are content to kill and injure little children. It won't wash.
Today's descendants of the Spartans may be sincere when they gasp at the suffering of the infants in Gaza - expressing a compassion that they were taught by the God of the Jews - but how would they react if they were to see the Gazan children, adorned in explosive belts and indoctrinated into destroying themselves in the name of allah? And would they feel compassion for the large percentage of Israeli children who are suffering long-term psychological damage due to spending hours and days in their shelters and often having 15 seconds to reach those shelters? In spite of the millions of dollars which have poured into Gaza by UNWRA, Europe, America and Israel, the shelters are built for missiles, not children.
. There is an enigmatic little verse in the Bible, Dt.26:6, which is commonly translated, "The Egyptians dealt ill with us..." But I have learnt from a good source (the Chief Rabbi of the UK) that it can be translated, "The Egyptians made us do bad..." In other words, because of the wickedness of the Egyptians and their now-legendary cruelty to the Jews, the latter were forced to do things that were contrary to their nature. An interesting thought, and intensely relevant to today's situation between Gaza and Israel. As Gregory Peck says in the Guns of Navarone, "If you think I'm enjoying this, you must be out of your mind!"
Today's Jews of Israel are suffering two crucifixions. The lesser is the suffering of thousands of rockets raining down on their homes, schools, hospitals and beaches, together with having to endure the lies and hatred of the world against them. This crucifixion is the one we can see and the one to which so many of us are, reprehensibly, contributing.
The greater crucifixion, unseen, was summed up in the words of Golda Meir quoted above, together with the Biblical quote. Combined, they say, "We can cope with the sorrow of losing our children but how do we cope with the bad that you've made us do? How do we go on living with the damage to our own souls?"
How many of those people who are offended at the pictures (and that's all they see) of dead or suffering children have considered what it must be like to be forced to do these terrible things? The inner, mental pain may be unseen but it is no less real and excruciating. This is the unseen crucifixion, the one that murders sleep.
The Jews are abrave people and have proved their readiness to suffer whenever necessary; this is the least of their problems. They can and will deal with this without help from us, and with dignity. But the suffering of a sensitive soul made to do the unspeakable in order to protect his own loved ones, who can help then, who can help?
Again, Golda Meir affords us a precious glimpse into the heart of the Israeli Jew, "We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel."
UPDATE: 10 minutes about living on the Gaza border. Every Single Person Needs To Hear This Girl Speak! (ISRAEL VIDEO NETWORK)
* This paper is dedicated to the memory of Sara Ann Smart (nee Doss), 7/25/1951 to 12/13/2003 and represents the personal views of the author and does not reflect any organization, business, or affiliate of Mr. Godlewski.
To say that the world remains a very dangerous place remains the understatement of the millennium. Where once the world worried about tyrannies, despotism, omnipotent bureaucracies, radicalism, and terrorism as largely segregated subjects, 2014 highlights the morphing of these threats into both a homogenous and hegemonic adversary aligned against freedom loving peoples everywhere. Nevertheless, despite the broad reach of these threats, their existence focuses upon two distinct targets: the United States of America and Israel. Any periphery is simply considered collateral – and, therefore, highly acceptable – damage by those seeking to attack either nation.
Before we begin to analyze the respective victims of this globalization of evil, we must first address the intentions of that Evil itself. For its role, Israel represents an abomination for the Arabic peoples. Hamas (Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiya – also Arabic for “zeal”) “leadership rejects peace with Israel on religious, nationalistic, and ideological grounds” and fully believes that the land usually referred to as Palestine remains “consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgment Day.” Other Islamist groups, such as Hezbollah (“Party of God”), were formed for intentions far greater than attacking the modern state of Israel: “In its manifesto, Hezbollah blames the United States for all the region’s catastrophes, describing it as the foremost enemy of all the Muslims of the world.”
Because America and Israel represent literally the opposite sides of the size equation, their potential futures remain diametrically opposed. For Israel, the Islamic jihadists see only the complete destruction of the Jewish State. For the United States, they hope to bleed the slumbering giant sufficiently enough to vacate its attention on the greater Middle East until they can literally turn America into a land of dhimmis and appeasers. Fortunately, however, each nation rests upon the belief that it remains under the protection of a covenant with God. This notion provides each country with a sense of profound duty to protect its citizenry and the relative freedoms that each nation enjoys.
We can now begin to define the rationalization of each nation’s defense against radicalized Islam and those communities of nations that remain either anti-Semitic or anti-American in nature.
(The following is a letter concerning Israel, written by Kevin O'Neil to Samuel Phillip Gyimah, a British Conservative Party politician, elected as MP for East Surrey in 2010. Two years later he became private secretary to David Cameron and was appointed a Government Whip in October 2013)
25th July 2014.
Thankyou for your letter of the 17th July 2014.
I am pleased to read that 'Britain will stand with Israel as it seeks to bring to justice those responsible' for the murdering of the three Israeli boys, and that you found the act 'appalling and inexcusable'.
However, within the body of your letter you state that you support 'a two-state solution' with a divided Jerusalem. Are you aware that you are supporting the establishing of a situation which will ensure that such 'appalling' incidents will be a regular occurrence? Please understand that the naively named 'two-state solution' is a recipe for certain disaster and the continuance of this problem into the distant future.
The Israelis have repeatedly made it clear that they are longing to live in peace. They are not the obstacle to peace. By contrast, the Palestinians have stated equally clearly that they will work for the destruction of Israel as a Jewish State, they have never retreated from this position and it continues to be a central tenet of the Palestinian Authority. How do you live in 'security and prosperity' alongside a people devoted to your destruction? This is the true obstacle and the Gordian's Knot which prevents peace in the region.
Gaza is the perfect example of what your policies would produce if put into effect. Firstly, Israel is pressured to withdraw from an area and, as a direct and rapid result of the withdrawal that area becomes a launch site for terrorism. Make no mistake, the exact same pattern would occur if Israel were to withdraw from the so-called West Bank and from the Golan Heights. Such a move would expose the entire country to rocket attacks. Indeed, Tel Aviv Airport would be rendered unusable. In other words, it would ensure the final death of the one and only Jewish State in the entire world and guarantee the 58th Muslim State.
The 'two-state solution' and a 'secure and prosperous Israel' are mutually exclusive.
As for refugees, I am sure that you are aware of the 850,000 Jewish refugees who were forcibly evicted by the neighbouring Arab States from 1948-72, and yet we hear nothing of these people because they were sheltered and cared for by the Jews themselves. Again, in stark contrast, the 400 - 700,000 Arabs who left Palestine on the advice of the Arab leadership have been cynically allowed to remain in refugee camps on Israel's doorstep as bargaining pawns in this game, the object of which is to take full possession of Israel and to absorb it into a future Caliphate. If Israel can care for its refugees, why can't the fabulously rich Arabs? The answer is obvious.
Your policies, Mr.Gyimah, with all respect, are high-sounding on paper but in reality they not only make no sense whatsoever but will guarantee that countless more Israelis will be murdered. This will be intolerable.
Israel deserves peace and, in order to reap the benefits of that peace, she must be allowed to maintain secure borders. For this she must be permitted full control of the high ground of the Golan and the so-called West Bank, and the ancient Jewish capital of Jerusalem must remain undivided.
I make no apology for my title. The Jews have much to answer for, especially the Jews of Israel – and there’s no letting up.
I write from England, this precious stone set in the silver sea, where our forefathers were nourished on the blessed freedoms of a robust paganism. We relished our ever-inventive superstitions and gloried in unbridled passion. We made our choice between 14 gods, worshipped devils, and were in lifelong bondage to an inexorable fate known sinisterly as Wyrd. Standards there were, agreeably low.
Sure, hopeless ruffians were we, shackled to a changeless decree of the gods, but we felt mostly good about our brute lives and ourselves. We were all in the same boat, no better and no worse than the next bloke.
However, like the distant rumblings of an approaching rainstorm, the Jewish Messiah’s teachings had reached our shores in the 1st century, and their voice was growing louder. The Jewish Messiah and the Jewish Bible would become our nemesis and break open our little world.
What followed is well documented and one may Google for the relevant facts, but, for us, it meant that we could no longer enjoy the life of unbridled paganism. The bar of morality had been raised. It was a rude awakening; our stone of shelter was overturned.
Now I am reminded of a friend back in the 70s, who was employed for a few days in a factory that manufactured long, electro-plated metal rods. Turning out nearly 300 of these things every day, he was approached by the Foreman. "Look 'ere, son you're working too 'ard. The rest never do more’n 250 and you're makin’ ‘em look bad. Before we know it, everybody will be expected to do 300. Now, toe the line, there's a good lad." He was in no forgiving mood.
Similarly, are we seriously expected to forgive the Jews for turning out more ethics and ever-higher standards of morality than the rest of us? Ideas like love your neighbour as yourself, in place of the good old traditional do it to him before he does it to you ethic. It takes only one do-gooder to make the rest of us look bad. We might be living under a stone, but it's our stone.
20 centuries have passed and we’ve managed, with varying degrees of success, to not merely get used to this higher morality, but also to convince ourselves that we thought of it in the first place and that it had nothing to do with the Jews, their Messiah and their Bible. But prior to this Jewish education we were like Caliban in the unwholesome fen, satisfied with his water with berries in't. Ah, the savage at liberty.
We know who’s to blame for this, the Jews. What were they trying to do, for Pete's sake, bring heaven to Earth? Behold this dreamer cometh. If not for the Jews, God would most likely have remained in heaven, His Place, and never come to Earth to make us uncomfortable, by awakening in us a desire for more than berries in water.
Heaven is God's and the Earth would be ours, if not for the Jews. Unforgiveable.
Now, back in 1948, between 400,000 and 700,000 Arabs vacated their homes on the advice of their warring brethren from neighbouring lands. But, between 1948-72, 820,000 Jews were forcibly driven from their homes in the Arab countries, 200,000 finding refuge in Europe and North America, most of the others, in the State of Israel. The Muslims have sucked at the breast of the UN for 66 years whilst the Jews, from Day One, were fed and sheltered at the expense of their fellow Jews. And where are they now? Look for them and their children in the halls of academia, on the stage, in the hospitals, in the hi-tech milieu and in the Apollo Space Shuttle. Those vexatious Jews have pride and dignity! They make the rest of us feel bad whilst the Arabs are enough to make any of us feel good about ourselves. There was a glimmer of light when I heard the State of Israel excoriated for being apartheid. Ah, a serious flaw, I thought, but was disappointed, for the Arabs of Israel have full citizenship and enjoy equal rights with their Jewish neighbours, in fact the Arabs of neighbouring countries receive free medical care in Jewish hospitals.
And, as if this were not enough, in response to thousands of rockets lobbed from Gaza to Israel, Jews are putting their own young people at risk in a ground offensive in order to spare the lives of possibly innocent Palestinians. What’s more, they actually drop thousands of leaflets to warn the Gazan citizenry to flee the area of an impending attack. Then, they fire a rubber warning missile to knock on the roof five minutes before the real one. Finally, if the women and children have not departed, the Israelis call off the strike.
Furthermore, Israel has opened an emergency clinic near the battle zone to treat injured......Palestinians! This includes a gynecology unit. Isn’t that childbirth?!
Am I dreaming? Somebody pinch me.
During the bombing of Dresden in 1945, it took a mere 3 days, to drop 3,900 tons of high explosives and incendiary (none of them rubber), destroying two-and-a-half square miles of the city centre and killing between 22,700 and 25,000 people, mainly civilians. Compare this with the 11 days that the Israelis have taken to kill 274 people, despite their having more powerful weaponry than we had in the 40s. The Israeli restraint is downright perplexing and irritating to the hypocrites in the UN.
Did we warn Dresden? No, of course not! Was a dummy hydrogen bomb dropped in advance of the real one? No! Did we burn people, blow them to smithereens, starve them? Yes. And we didn’t issue an apology to Germany or Japan for disproportionate warfare! War was war, and we insisted on ending it sooner rather than later.
How do you respond to an enemy that vows to destroy you and your way of life, rape your wife and enslave your children? You kill 'em, that's what you do! And because we were all doing it, nobody felt bad about it.
But these irksome Jews, with their raising the bar ever higher, are attempting to civilise war itself, resisting the temptation to carpet bomb and visit hell on the enemy once and for all, relinquishing the crucial element of surprise by leafleteering and calling Palestinians on their cell phones first.
And the torn metal from the missiles that land in Israel? Transformed into works of art to adorn your mantlepiece. The Jews seek to bring order and civilisation right up to the gates of Gehenna itself. If it were possible, hell itself would be abolished by these sons of David.
Col. Kemp, a British officer who served in all the major conflicts between 1977-2006, said of the Israelis, "Based on my knowledge and experience, I can say this: during operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defense Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in the combat zones than any other army in the history of warfare."
The Jews are again leading the way to higher ground, making us uncomfortable with our double standards and our odious hypocrisy.
It’s called Operation Protective Edge leaving citizens throughout the country living on a knife-edge. Yesterday, I was walking through the Nitzan caravilla site on my way to work in Ashdod when the siren blared. I made haste to the closest government provided sewer pipe for use on such occasions. Tell me, what would you do seated all alone, sirens blaring, nearby ‘booms’ heard? I took a selfie!
It’s called Operation Protective Edge and the sound of incoming rockets sets people’s teeth on edge. I have received lesson cancellation after cancellation as adult students need to be at home to comfort their young children or as families seek protection further inland until the situation ‘calms down.’ The dispossession and destruction of Gush Katif broke me. Yet sometimes the strongest vessels are the broken ones. I’m on the go when students call to confirm we have a lesson.
It’s called Operation Protective Edge and we will not be edged out from our daily routine. We will go to work and carry on. Lately I've seen the interior of students’ home bomb shelters. While most double as a bedroom, I was most favorably impressed by the one in the parental bedroom. It doubles as a well organized walk-in closet. Who’d have thought? I was in it twice yesterday. For those of you building a home, this is something to go over with your architect. Sorry, no pic.
An Egypt-backed cease-fire between Israel and Hamas fell apart Tuesday as rocket attacks from Gaza continued against Israel. As CNN reports, 'The rocket attacks from Hamas militants in Gaza never ceased, Israeli officials said. For its part, Israel refrained from airstrikes for about six hours before announcing it was resuming the attacks.'
Tensions were ignited in June when three Israeli teenagers, one with American citizenship and all seminary students, were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank and killed. They were kidnapped on June 12 and their bodies were discovered June 30. Within days, Israel arrested more than 300 Palestinians, many of them members of Hamas. Hamas warned Israel it had "opened up the gates of hell" with its actions.
On the night the boys' bodies were found, a barrage of rockets were launched from Gaza at Israel and Israeli warplanes carried out numerous air strikes in Gaza.
Israel can't win in the media. However, they could win against the terrorists who attack them if they had a little support from their 'friends'. They have no friend in Barack Hussein Obama.
It isn’t often that we get to meet our childhood heroes and in the rare cases that we do, they often don’t meet our expectations. However, Aaron Breslin from New Jersey’s experience with his heroes was more than he ever thought possible.
It all started in 2008. Aaron was in middle school and working on a history assignment about the expulsion from Gush Katif. Aaron titled his “In the Shadow of a World Destroyed: Memories of an Expelled Teenager.” His work was so good, it not only qualified for the next level of the Southern Regional Division of the New Jersey National History Day Competition at Rider University, it actually went on to win first place. Gush Katif was once again on the map!
Aaron’s assignment gave him much to think about. He wondered what it was like to live in Israel, to be religious. He decided to strengthen his own Jewish identity and switched to a Jewish school. After graduating, he came to Israel to study, where he combined religious subjects with fun day trips throughout the land.
Aaron arranged to spend a Shabbat at Nitzan, the largest community of Gush Katif expellees. He wanted to see for himself what these people were like, and what their conditions were, and he especially wanted to meet the author of Grains of Sand: The Fall of Neve Dekalim, a novel that had a profound effect on his life. (image: Aaron in front of Gush Katif-related school history project. )
During the course of his visit, I took the opportunity to ask Aaron some questions:
How did it feel dining and davening with Gush Katif families?
It was a very warm experience. Every family I went to seemed to just be so welcoming, but it was a different type of welcoming. You really felt like you could just stay with them forever.
The following op-Ed appeared on the site of the Unity Coalition for Israel in January 2014. Three months later, Russian President Putin invaded the Ukraine and the invasion of Iraq by ISIS came to pass. The devastating effect that President Obama’s foreign policy has had on America and the free world over the past six years has been summarily dismissed by the GOP as they almost exclusively focused on Obamacare. They believed that if they could get the United States’ finances in order, America could then move forward as a nation. They were wrong! Their priority should have been to focus on Iran and her Sharia protocol, which threatens our Constitution, our freedoms and our prosperity. As I wrote in ‘Hello Iran, Goodbye America’ in 2013, “While we are still being overwhelmed on the domestic front by the disaster that is Obamacare, it still can be repealed. A failed state is guaranteed if we do not overcome the damage done by Obama’s foreign policy and its threat to the world order.”
Now it begins – the war we have been expecting. Will it be the end? Or the end of the beginning? Or the beginning of the end? Of everything? Or of the confrontations between Israel and its murderous neighbors? Who knows? But once again Israel finds itself reluctantly at war and this time it is determined to win and win big by wiping out Hamas. The war was prompted to a large extent by the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teens (one, a dual American/Israeli citizen) by Hamas. After weeks of searching for them (and finding LOTS of illegal weapons in Palestinian territory) the bodies of the three boys were found.
Then there was a fourth murder of a teen age boy – this one was Arab, suggesting revenge. Although the first news accounts revealed that he was gay, the MSM narrative soon began to claim that the perps were Jewish, which is highly improbable. The boy was burned to death – a method unknown among Jews but typically Muslim. In fact it has been well known for years, even in the West, that honor killings are commonly done by burning the victim (male or female) to death, and if the boy was gay as many reports have claimed, then this was almost certainly an honor killing. The timing suggested a revenge killing, however that is most unlikely. Jews do not burn people alive and they do not burn corpses – Jewish law and traditions forbid this and make it totally abhorrent and unthinkable to Jews. But none of this matters to the Arab street who first celebrated the kidnapping and death of the three Jewish boys, and now are whipped into a frenzy due to the death of the Arab teen, a death caused almost certainly by one of their own.
All of this was a prelude to war, but there is more. Although some leaders in the Muslim world have urged ceasefires during the Islamic feast of Ramadan (this year from June 29 to July 27) there are many examples of battles in Ramadan being carried out during and since the times of Mohammad. Ramadan, like any religious holiday of any religion, helps to focus its adherents on the practice of their religion. So does religious fasting. And Islam commands its followers to fight against all non-Muslims as their religious duty. Now we have a war between Israel and the Muslim world at a time when they are most aware of their “religious” duties. A war that is the result of years of Hamas firing rockets into Israel from Gaza, Muslims kidnapping and murdering three Jewish teenagers (and years of other kidnappings and/or murders), and Muslims burning to death a gay Arab teen-ager.
The war is currently located in the south of Israel along the Gaza border. It seems to have begun Monday night (Monday afternoon EST) (some reports say early Tuesday morning), and is called by Israel “Operation Protective Edge.” Israel has called up 40,000 reservists although it is still unknown if a ground offensive will be used. About 100,000 households in Gaza have been contacted (by Israel) and warned to move away from the border, this suggest an imminent ground invasion, yet, for many reasons Gaza, unlike Judah and Samaria, is not a good place for a ground invasion.
It is often said that Israel usually wins the wars and loses the peace. Israel lost the war when the IDF (Israel Defense Force) was led by a liberal and this lead to a victory by Hezbollah. Of course Israel always loses the peace when there is a liberal and sometimes when there is a conservative in power, but this is not the point of this story.
Strangely the White House is saying that Israel has a right to defend itself – but that may be simply because they know that Israel will win (the briefest and best analysis is here) and with so many other things going wrong for them they need to be on the winning side for once. It may also be that Obama will change his mind, or come out tomorrow expressing some fuzzy thought on the issue. Or he might simply be too busy playing golf or pool to say anything at all. Nothing would surprise me at this point, anyway the war may take America’s attention off its’ southern border before things get any worse, as they most certain will.
All this leads me to wonder what will John Kerry (the only American gigolo to become Secretary of State) do? Will he continue to insist that Israel negotiate with the Palestinian Authority and Hamas? Or will he flip-flop and stand (or pretend to stand) with Israel? Doesn’t this war make his previous attempts to “make peace” look rather foolish? (Yes, I know, he always looks foolish). Comedian Dennis Miller may have had the best solution to the problems of the Middle East – he suggested that America drop ‘the big portobello.’ But we had better hurry – before Iran attempts to drop one on us, or Israel.
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