Pro-Palestinian Propaganda Ploy


Flotilla III Stopped by Israeli Navy

By John R. Houk

© June 29, 2015

Apparently the latest Arabs that call themselves Palestinians latest propaganda effort with Gaza Flotilla III did not come with weapons or Islamic terrorists ready to provoke an incident with Israel’s Navy. Of the four ships taking off from Sweden to land in Gaza without Israeli approval, three turned back and one – Swedish registered Marianne of Gothenburg – carrying some notable protesters continued when ordered to turn around and go back to last port of origination. The Israeli Navy boarded the ship without incident and headed to the Israeli port of Ashdod:

Israeli Navy fighters boarded the Swedish boat Marianne of Gothenburg early Monday, taking over the vessel carrying 18 political activists and journalists bound for the Gaza Strip. The takeover was accomplished without incident and the Navy then escorted the vessel to Israel’s southern port of Ashdod, where the passengers will be questioned and then deported.

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… The declared aim of the organizers – Israeli, Arab and European activists – was to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza, which Israel says is essential in order to prevent Palestinian terror group from arming.

“This flotilla is nothing but a demonstration of hypocrisy and lies that is only assisting the Hamas terrorist organisation and ignores all of the horrors in our region,” Netanyahu said.

“Preventing entry by sea was done in accordance with international law and even received backing from a committee of the UN Secretary General,” he said.

Israeli troops boarding the vessel handed the activists a letter, accusing them of hypocrisy in singling out Israel for alleged human rights violations at a time when brutal wars raging across the Middle East claim heavy tolls.

“It appears you have strayed READ ENTIRETY FOR MORE DETAILS (Israeli Navy seizes Gaza flotilla boat without incident; By Taboola; i24 News English; 6/29/15 01:27pm)

Ari Bussel forwarded a copy of the Israel Government Press Office (GPO) official statement of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a quite humorous letter delivered to the protesters on the vessel Marianne. Undoubtedly the statement and the letter made public have the purpose to counter pro-Palestinian propaganda that typically lies or twists facts in an effort to paint Israel as the villain.

JRH 6/29/15

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PM Netanyahu’s Statement Following Last Night’s Navy Action

Sent by Ari Bussel

Originated from GPO

Sent: 6/28/2015 11:50 PM

PM Netanyahu’s Statement Following Last Night’s Navy Action

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning (Monday, 29 June 2015), issued the following statement:

“I would like to commend the sailors and commanders of the Israel Navy for their determined and efficient action in detaining the passengers on the ship that tried to reach the Gaza coast in contravention of the law. This flotilla is nothing but a demonstration of hypocrisy and lies that is only assisting the Hamas terrorist organization and ignores all of the horrors in our region. Preventing entry by sea was done in accordance with international law and even received backing from a committee of the UN Secretary General.

Israel is the only democracy that defends itself in accordance with international law. We are not prepared to accept the entry of war materiel to the terrorist organizations in Gaza as has been done by sea in the past. Just last year we foiled an attempt to smuggle by sea hundreds of weapons that were destined for use in attacks against Israel’s citizens.

There is no siege on Gaza. Israel assists in transferring goods and humanitarian equipment to Gaza – approximately 800 trucks a day that have recently brought into Gaza more than 1.6 million tons of goods. Moreover, Israel assists in hundreds of humanitarian projects, through international organizations, including the building of clinics and hospitals.

Israel is a state that seeks peace and acts in accordance with international law so that the residents of Gaza might have safe lives and their children may grow up in peace and quiet.”

Following is a copy of the letter that was issued last night:

“Welcome to Israel,

You seem to have gotten lost. Perhaps you meant to sail to a place not far from here – Syria, where Assad’s army is slaughtering its people every day, and is supported by the murderous Iranian regime.

Here in Israel we face a reality in which terrorist organizations like Hamas try to kill innocent civilians. We defend our citizens against these attempts in accordance with international law.

Despite this, Israel transports goods and humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip – up to 800 trucks a day. In the past year we enabled the entry of over 1.6 million tons of products, an average of one ton per person in the Gaza Strip. By the way, these supplies are equivalent to 500,000 boats like the one you came in on today.

Israel provides assistance to hundreds of humanitarian projects through international organizations, including the building of clinics and hospitals.

However, we will not allow the terrorist organizations to transfer weapons into the Gaza Strip by sea. Only one year ago, we thwarted an attempt to smuggle hundreds of weapons into the Gaza Strip by ship. These weapons were meant to target innocent Israeli civilians.

There is no siege on the Gaza Strip, and you are welcome to transfer any humanitarian supplies for the Gaza Strip through Israel.

Barring the entrance of boats and ships into the Gaza Strip is in accordance with international law, and was even backed by a committee commissioned by the United Nations Secretary General.

If you were truly concerned about human rights, you would not be sailing in support of a terrorist regime which summarily executes citizens in the Gaza Strip, and uses children as human shields.

If you were to travel around in Israel, you would see for yourself that the only stable democracy in the Middle East guarantees equality for all its citizens and freedom of worship for members of all religions; it is a country that upholds international law so that its people can live in safety and its children grow up in peace and quiet.”

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Pro-Palestinian Propaganda Ploy

By John R. Houk

© June 29, 2015

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PM Netanyahu’s Statement Following Last Night’s Navy Action

 

Original content: GPO

Sent from Ari Bussel

 

Blog Editor John R. Houk

Thoughts on ‘Open your eyes. Terror rules Gaza’


A screenshot of the animated clip released by Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

Bussel Writes, ‘Israel’s Capitulation in Seven Days

By John R. Houk

© June 24, 2015

Updated 2:05 PM CT

Here is some evidence of further isolation of Israel that favors Islamic terrorists over the Jewish State’s right to exist in their ancient homeland. Israel’s Foreign Ministry produced an animated video exposing the lies Western Media that villainized Israel and places Gaza ruled Hamas on a pedestal of oppressed victims. The opposite is true.

Arab that call themselves Palestinians REFUSE to accept the sliver of land, which is actually a fraction of entitled land, for Jews to maintain their existence in peace. Rather than live in peace with a Jewish nation using Western Democratic government values, the Arabs maintaining the fallacy of a Palestinian people desire Israel’s destruction and a second holocaust of Jewish people.

In the case of the Israel Foreign Ministry’s animated video expose, the Western Media became so hysterical (no doubt egged on by many Western governments), that Israel caved in to the whining for censorship. The video was pulled down by Israel.

I understand why Jew-hating Islamic terrorists waging open terrorism and propaganda terrorism would hate being exposed. However, I was intrigued by how a 49 to 50 second video would cause such vitriol from the Western press. So I went to see if anyone downloaded the video before Israel removed.

If you find a Youtube version it will most likely come up as labeled private or removed at this point. I have found a few places that still have a non-Youtube version. I don’t know how long those links will operate, however I did manage to find a way to capture the video myself. The quality I have is not as good as I hoped (sometime working – sometimes freezing up). I did find a transcript though which you can read below:

“Is it on? Can I start?”

So begins a video produced by Israel’s Foreign Ministry and uploaded to YouTube last week. The 50-second animated clip follows a nameless news reporter and camerawoman on assignment in Gaza during last summer’s war.

In the opening scene, the reporter announces, “We are here in the centre of Gaza. And, as you can see, the people here are trying to live quiet lives.”

A woman wearing a niqab pushes a baby stroller in the background. As she moves off-screen, a terrorist carrying a missile enters the scene. But the reporter doesn’t seem to notice – “There are no terrorists here,” he says, “just ordinary people.” Seconds later, the rocket is launched.

Next, the reporter heads to the tunnels below Gaza.

“I’m going into Gaza’s underground city,” he narrates, “a fascinating attempt by Hamas to build a subway system.”

Behind him, the word “Israel” is scrawled on the wall in red ink. Terrorists march through the tunnel carrying weapons.

Meanwhile, the reporter waxes poetic about Gaza’s subterranean infrastructure. “This is actually the first Palestinian subway,” he explains, “which will bring Gaza’s transportation system into the 21st century.”

On the tunnel wall hangs a sign that reads: “Attention! Minimum 8 terrorists per tunnel.”

The third scene finds the reporter back on the streets of Gaza. In the background, a man works at a fruit stand. A rainbow flag flies above him. “There is no doubt that the Palestinian society here is liberal and pluralistic,” the reporter says, “and that Hamas allows everyone to live in dignity.”

As he speaks, a terrorist approaches the fruit vendor, places a bag over his head and carries him away.

At this point, the female camera operator, steps forward. “Wait a minute. Here,” she says, and hands the reporter a pair of glasses. “Maybe now you’ll see the reality of life under Hamas rule.”

The reporter puts them on and immediately appears to suffer a heart attack. He places a hand on his chest, falls backward and is replaced by the words, “Open your eyes. Terror rules Gaza.” (Bold Text is mine – Gaza reporters suffer from impaired vision; From Canadian Jewish News; 6/24/15)

Here is a link to my video capture: https://realtimes.real.com/s/Q7coYX

Here is my Youtube channel post which I suspect the powers that be at the social video network will spank me and remove (but I pray not).

VIDEO: Open Your Eyes, Terror Rules Gaza


To get an idea of Western Press Criticism read the articles to these headlines:

Foreign Ministry removes animated clip on Gaza that irked foreign pressJerusalem Post 6/21/2015 14:36

Israel Foreign Ministry removes video ridiculing foreign press from websiteHaaretz 6/21/15 2:46 PM

Now to the real inspiration to my thoughts. Ari Bussel sent an editorial showing his displeasure with the Israeli government removing their animated video due to Western pressure. Ari is way more knowledgeable about the details than I, but I couldn’t wrap my mind about he was talking about until I knew more about the video; hence my preceding thoughts. To be better informed YOU NEED to read Ari Bussel’s editorial.

JRH 6/23/15

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Israel’s Capitulation in Seven Days

By Ari Bussel

Sent: 6/23/2015 1:27 PM

“I am going to write,” said my mother with utter determination, a clear indication that the situation reached dire proportions. I can sit and write, but for my mother the mere suggestion is a burden, thus a sign of the desperation of our times.

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given up. It took seven days for a 49-second video it had posted to be removed. Apparently, the foreign press stationed in Israel did not like being portrayed as reporting while unable to see the obvious. A sublime message indeed – wear eyeglasses! Be attuned to reality.

The segment highlights a new transportation system being developed in Gaza: European, American and other foreign money at work. It portrays the death tunnels dug from Gaza to Israel for the purpose of infiltrating, kidnapping civilians, murdering and maiming, intended to reap havoc of frightening proportions, as an investment in a modern underground subway system.

Just the audacity to think so creatively is no more than public relations gone amuck.

The segment also shows what “normalcy” in Gaza is all about: There is apparently no terrorism in Hamas-controlled Gaza, where a woman walks a stroller next to a “freedom fighter” launching a rocket (aimed at Israeli civilians) or a person selling produce being kidnapped (likely to be tortured and be put to death), because he is different than what is permissible.

Only 49 seconds. It took Israel seven days to capitulate. Disgraceful, but expected.

We all seem to be concerned with the resurgence of Anti-Semitism around the world, the stunning progress of the BDS movement and vitriolic attacks against Israel on US university campuses.

The spread of all three is Israel’s fault, for having forgotten that a war cannot be won in the defensive—Israel must go on the offensive.

Except, Israel proves time and again that she is not yet ready. In simple terms, only once Israelis suffer beyond a critical point, will they change their modus operandi. Until then, we are told the Government of Israel cannot be seen engaging in Propaganda (everyone else is, but Israel holds herself to a different standard).

Inside Israel, the ruling elites like active judiciary, media, entertainment and academia are engaged in a battle of their own. The current Netanyahu so called “right wing-extremist” government has threatened to pull the plug from selected funding for “cultural” activities that equate Israel’s just fight to survive with that of the terrorists acting against her very being. No more talk of moral equivalency where none exists.

The elites encourage behavior they find offensive in others. To them, the world’s fascination with the BDS movement is wrong, but they are allowed to boycott locations in and products of Judea and Samaria (otherwise known as “Settlements” in “Occupied Territories”).

Oh, how much the elites detest not having a complete and utter say, both in what one must think and how the budgets are to be utilized. They have grown accustomed to everything they say and do as permissible. Thus, several of the past Israeli contenders to the Oscars have been explicitly anti-Israel, all on Israeli taxpayers dime.

My fellow Israel activist and Trouble Maker Dr. Pablo Nankin of Beverly Hills has forwarded a thank you note from Artists Against Apartheid and the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, which states:

The Israeli state has repeatedly evidenced that it relies on artistic propaganda to improve its “international brand” as a pluralistic democracy; all the while continuing state sponsored ethnic cleansing. Performing in Israel, as if it were just another stop on the tour, normalizes the apartheid practiced by the Israeli government…”

Apartheid that exists only in the imagination of the propagandists especially when one notes there are Arab members of the Israeli Parliament, Arab Supreme Court justices, an Arab who oversees Israeli general elections, Arab professors, Arab doctors and nurses at every echelon of society, and Arabs are treated as equal citizens of the Jewish state with one exception, they are exempt from mandatory military service.

Ethnic cleansing of the type possible only in Israel, when the minority population numbers keep growing, longevity keeps increasing as does the quality of life, birth rates are higher than elsewhere and this so-called “Apartheid” state supports it all. For example, fertility treatments in Israel are covered by healthcare and are not limited to a one time only, something that here may cost upwards of fifty thousand dollars per round, successful or not.

A new UN report after a yearlong investigation into last summer’s Operation Protective Edge also finds fault with Israel. Admittedly, says the commission of inquiry, Hamas has committed “crimes” as well, but the playing field is even. The attacker and the attacked are being judged alike, like a rape victim and the rapist.

What a great use of international funds to single out Israel, and only Israel. The number who died during the Operation was most regrettable but completely avoidable. Israel does not want war. A decade ago it left Gaza, its thriving hothouses now turned into terrorist training camps.

The Gazans are not content. They want no more Israel. Until she is eliminated from the map, they will neither slumber nor rest.

They will continue manufacturing and importing rockets and missiles. They will continue digging death tunnels and training their men and women in warfare. They have already reestablished themselves in mosques, kindergartens, (UN) schools, and even under a hospital and within residential buildings. Worst of all, they teach their children hatred from the moment they are born.

In Syria, more people are slaughtered in one week than all those who died in Gaza, but the world remains silent. No one dares lift a finger; as if it is reasonable when two hundred thousand Syrians are slaughtered by their Muslim brethren.

Silent, likely, because the only place where people conduct a chorus of screamers is in Israel. In most all other places they would be dead, but in Israel there is overabundance of freedoms.

Apparently they derive a very twisted sense of vindication when they hit and blame themselves for imaginary ills. In Iran there is an annual holiday, with processions of men beating themselves with metals until they bleed. In Israel the process is done every day of the year and is much easier on the sick who participate, as they take their cause to the radio or TV studios, they sit at cafes or at the opera and they are paid to fly overseas to malign Israel, their own home.

Likely it is a mechanism to garner attention, in a most convoluted way. I am neither a psychologist nor a psychiatrist, but clearly Israel needs one, urgently.

I look forward the day I might be appointed the Chief Propagandist (or Minister of Propaganda) for Israel. Or it can be someone else, as long as the specific title is used. Israel must engage in propaganda, as truth and justice are on her side. Until such day, Israel will keep suffering – by her own hands – and must wake up and realize that to win, she must fight!

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Thoughts on ‘Open your eyes. Terror rules Gaza’

By John R. Houk

© June 24, 2015

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Israel’s Capitulation in Seven Days

 

This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.

 

Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related.  Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.

 

© Israel Monitor, June, 2015

 

First Published June 22, 2015

Contact:  bussel@me.com

Stand with Israel against Islamic Terrorists – Hamas


Support Israel Against Hamas

John R. Houk

© July 18, 2014

 

If you are a reader of my posts you are aware I am no friend of the religion of theo-political Islam. Regardless of what propagandists tell Islam is NOT a religion of peace. AND in that same vein, the Islamic terrorist groups – regardless of the ones fooling the West about peaceful intentions or the ones that make no bones about their desire to destroy Israel and kill Jews – are instruments of evil that have incredulously gained the support of many Western nations, corporations AND Christian Churches. RIGHT NOW the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza organization called Hamas entered Israel and killed three Jewish teens. One of the teens held dual citizenship as an Israeli and an American. AND THEN Hamas had the temerity to threaten Israel that any reprisal by Israel in search of the Islamic terrorist murderers would result in a rain of missile hell on Israeli cities targeting civilian men, women and children.

 

In the process of looking for the Hamas murderers, the murderers’ family homes were demolished. Frankly that was getting off lite since the Palestinians families undoubtedly danced in the streets when they became cognizant their offspring killed Jewish teens. The Hamas operating structure in Judea-Samaria (aka West Bank) was dismantled in the process. The one tragedy is a Palestinian teen was indiscriminatingly murdered in act of revenge by non-IDF Israelis. My mom taught me that two wrongs don’t make a right; thus the revenge murder was wrong.

 

Guess what? Hamas refused any accountability for the Jewish teenagers’ murder and vowed missile attacks for disrupting their Muslim supporters in Judea-Samaria and for the murder of the Arab teen. Evidently the arrest of the Israeli perpetrators was not good enough for Jew-hating Hamas. Hamas began mortar and missile attacks on Israeli civilian cities.

 

This has eventually led to the IDF Operation Protective Edge. As is becoming typical in the West, pro-Palestinian apologists are crying that the IDF is using too much extreme prejudice against Hamas controlled Gaza in efforts to eradicate the Islamic terrorists and their military capability. Even if that is true I am probably one of those rare politically incorrect bloggers that doesn’t feel a lot of sympathy for Arabs that call themselves Palestinians voluntarily acting human shields and cheers for the deaths of Jews. Those that support Islamic terrorists deserve what they get.

 

At any rate I received an email from United with Israel appealing for relief support for the Israeli victims (which includes destroyed homes etc.) of the Hamas attacks. I am posting the email and the donation link because have pertinent information that is better than you’ll received duped Leftists that condemn Israel rather than the murderous Islamic terrorists led by Hamas.

 

JRH 7/18/14

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What you MUST know about Israel’s War in Gaza

 

By Rabbi Ari Enkin

Sent: 7/18/2014 8:16 AM

Sent from: United with Israel

 

Shalom John,

 

Yes, it’s true. Israeli ground forces have entered the Gaza Strip.

 

Make no mistake. Regardless of what you hear from media outlets, foreign governments or the UN — Israel is acting in complete self-defense.

 

Due to the incessant rocket attacks and vast network of terror tunnels intended to murder Israeli citizens, Israel simply has no choice.

 

Although the US State Department has told Israel that “there is more that can be done” to protect civilians in Gaza, rest assured that the Israel Defense Forces are going way beyond what any other country has ever done – and would ever do – to protect a civilian population.

 

In yesterday’s live webinar, I presented the authentic Jewish approach to fighting a war. Unlike the enemies of Israel who glorify terror, destruction and death, the Jewish people have the highest regard for human life.

 

Our supreme value of human life is reflected in the humane, dignified manner in which the IDF is conducting itself in its war of self-defense, such as by dropping leaflets and phoning the residents of Gaza to warn them of imminent attacks.

 

Israel’s armed forces are truly a model for the world – and a light unto the nations.

 

We have initiated a special campaign to enable you – the friends and supporters of Israel – to stand with Israel at this difficult time.

 

Click Here to Learn How You Can Help Israel

 

We ask you to share this important message with the world.

 

Please forward this email to your family, friends and co-workers.

 

Help us to spread the truth about Israel.

 

Tell everyone why Israeli troops have entered Gaza and how they are sparing no effort to save civilians lives.

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom from Israel.

 

With Blessings of Peace,

Rabbi Ari Enkin

 

Rabbinic Director
United with Israel

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VIDEO: 15 Seconds: Not Enough Time

 

 

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Published on Jul 2, 2014

 

Gaza terrorists have fired more than 100 rockets at Israel during the past three weeks. Israeli civilians living closest to Gaza have only 15 seconds to find shelter during an attack.

For more from the IDF:


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http://twitter.com/idfspokesperson/


http://www.facebook.com/idfonline/

 

 

Israel is Under Attack!

 

Since the onset of Israel’s latest war on terror, Operation Protective Edge, over one thousand rockets have been launched from Gaza into Israeli cities. The people of Israel continue to suffer from the barbaric, murderous terror machine of Hamas.

 

Terror and fear are rampant throughout the Land of Israel as Gaza terrorists dramatically increase their missile attacks upon Israeli communities. Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem have been bombed, with innocent Israeli civilians being the prime targets of Islamic terror.

 

Nearly 4 million Israelis are now within range of Hamas rocket attacks.

 

And there is no end in sight…

 

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We have already installed 16 portable bomb shelters but many more are needed to keep pace with the huge increase in rocket attacks. The residents of southern Israel have 15 seconds to run for safety. Our shelters provide not only safety, security and peace of mind… they save lives.

 

Israeli soldiers are on the front lines risking their lives to protect and defend the citizens of Israel. We have provided them with essentials such as underwear, socks, deodorant, extra-large Camelbak canteens and yummy snacks too. They greatly appreciate your support but need so much more…

 

Residents of southern Israel are fleeing their homes to find refuge and safe haven in ‘lower risk’ locations. The trauma and suffering of families with young children who are forced to relocate is often too great to bear. Help us to provide temporary housing, financial support and emergency relief for the unfortunate victims of terror.

 

As brave Israeli soldiers fight relentless, bloodthirsty enemies of peace, United with Israel is fighting the online war to educate and inspire misinformed hearts and minds. Join us in defeating anti-Israel media bias by teaching the truth about Israel to millions of people around the world.

 

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Stand with Israel against Islamic Terrorists – Hamas

John R. Houk

© July 18, 2014

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What you MUST know about Israel’s War in Gaza

 

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My Dear Friends


Hamas Rocket Threat

I found an inspiring post on the Facebook group Stop Islamization of America (SIOA). The post was a contribution by a gal going by the name of Judy Shapiro. Ms. Shapiro provides some heart felt thoughts followed by an article attributed to David Lev. The theme of the post is Israelis should become weary of the terrorism flowing Hamas entrenchment in Gaza. Recently this fiefdom of Islamic terrorists was the origin of yet another missile attack on Israel. Ms. Shapiro’s tagline is “MY DEAR FRIENDS,” but her title could have been just as easily “Retake Gaza and Clean out Islamic Terrorists”.

 

Thank you Judy!

 

JRH 3/15/14

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My Dear Friends

 

Posted by Judy S. Shapiro

Posted on March 14, 2014 3:47 pm

Stop Islamization of America (Facebook)

 

This past week and currently deadly rockets are being launched against ISRAEL innocents non-stop from the hamas state of Gaza.

 

Shortly before his stroke, rendering him comatose for years until his death, former PM Sharon forced the expulsion of at least 10,000 JEWs by other JEWs from Gaza.

 

That act remains one of ISRAEL’s and the JEW’s most horrendous in contemporary history.

 

Since then hamas Gaza has become a leading terror state with ongoing supplies of ‘Weapons Of JEWISH Destruction’ from the NUCLEAR Iran and Syria.

 

In fact the Iranians publicly boast that Gaza is their proxy state.

 

The expulsion and forceful eviction of JEWs was wrong and is causal for more murder and terror for JEWISH innocents, including women and children. Hamas are muslim barbarians who vow ‘until the death’ the annihilation of ISRAEL and the death of ‘every single JEW.’

 

The US is obsessed with the tragedy of the missing Malaysian plane.

 

It is time for ISRAEL to retake the Gaza.

 

There can be ZERO peace as long as hamas controls Gaza.

 

QUESTION

 

Isn’t it more than odd that both SON-OF-ISLAM obama and his kerry continue to condemn and pressure ISRAEL while ignoring (as usual) the muslim murder, violence and terror of JEWs?

 

ANSWER

 

You know the answer:

 

It is ANTI SEMITISM

 

I TOLD YOU!!

 

AM YISROEL CHAI

 

NO MORE CARVING ISRAEL UP OR PRISONER RELEASES.

 

SILENCE=COMPLICITY

 

STAY INFORMED

 

STAY VIGILANT

 

THE TINY YET POWERFUL ISRAEL MUST ALWAYS PREVAIL

 

JERUSALEM IS THE UNDIVIDED ETERNAL CAPITAL OF ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE

 

KING SOLOMON

 

‘IF YOU SAVE ONE, IT IS LIKE SAVING THE WORLD’

 

Their state=TransJordan

 

NO MOSQUE AT GROUND ZERO

 

WHAT ABOUT BENGHAZIGATE?

 

WHAT ABOUT DANIEL PEARL’s muslim MURDERERS?

 

FREE JONATHAN POLLARD

 

GOOD SHABBOS

 

JUDY

 

NEVER AGAIN

 

NEVER FORGET

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Growing Calls for Israel to Retake Gaza
There’s only one way to permanently end Gaza rocket attacks on Israel, say two ministers – going back into Gaza, at least temporarily.

By David Lev
First Publish: 3/13/2014, 2:13 PM

 

Hamas terrorists parade rockets

In the wake of the latest round of rocket attacks from Gaza, at least two top government ministers – Intelligence and Strategy Minister Yuval Steinitz and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman – are calling on Israel to retake Gaza. In a stinging recrimination to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s disengagement plan, which included the forced expulsion of some 10,000 Israelis when their homes were demolished and the land they were build (sic) on handed over to the Palestinian Authority, Steinitz said in an interview with Channel 10 that Israeli control was the only way to restore peace and quiet in southern Israel.

 

“Sooner or later we will have to take control of Gaza, in order to get rid of the Hamas regime,” Steinitz said. “We do not need to reoccupy it permanently, but we do need to remove from Gaza the option of firing rockets on us. If and when the moment comes when we must retake Gaza – and that moment is coming soon – the operation will have to be a very quick one,” said Steinitz.

 

An operation like this is likely to be distasteful to Israelis, but there really is no choice, said Steinitz. “This really should have been done in 2012, in Operation Pillar of Defense, when they fired rockets at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The IDF entered Gaza and managed to halt the firing of rockets for a time, but I was of the opinion that we should have continued.”

 

The model for Israel’s involvement in Gaza is the 2002 Operation Defensive Shield, which the IDF undertook in response to the massive wave of suicide bombing attacks in Israeli cities by terrorists from Judea and Samaria in the Second Intifada.

“We retook areas like Jenin, Tulkarem, and Hevron temporarily, but we did not remain there,” he said. “We went in, got rid of the terrorists, and left. And now that area is more or less quiet. The only reason we were able to stop the suicide bombing attacks of the second intifada was that we went in and halted the terror, and this what we are going to have to do in Gaza,” he added.

 

Joining Steinitz’s call was Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman. In a Facebook posting Thursday, Liberman expanded on comment she made Wednesday night, in which he said that Israel needed to retake Gaza.

“The Gaza disengagement was one of the most difficult chapters in Israeli history, causing an internal split and a major trauma to the 8,600 residents of Gush Katif who were thrown out of their homes. Some of them have still, until this day, succeeded in rising above the suffering they experienced,” he wrote.

 

Sharon and others who advocated the benefits of the disengagement said that there was no reason to worry; if Israel faced any trouble from Gaza, the IDF could walk right back in and take over again. But they were wrong, he said. “Since the intifada, Gaza has turned into a ‘kingdom of terror,’ with Hamas firing sophisticated missiles at Israel.” Operation Pillar of Defense brought just a small respite from the ongoing rocket attacks, and not the permanent quiet Israel and residents of the south need.

 

 

“We cannot allow the areas that Israel evacuated to be used for terror attacks on us,” said Liberman. “The only solution is a reversal of the process, a retaking of Gaza.”

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Edited by John R. Houk

 

Where words should have been capitalized I left intact. My sense this was intentional by the author.

WHAT OCCUPATION?


Eretz Israel map 2

Intro to ‘What Occupation?’

John R. Houk

© February 8, 2013

 

Westerners are beginning a resurgence of Jew-hatred which is being expressed today in the support of Islamic nations because most of the oil producing nations of the world is Muslim. The narrative of Muslim dominated nations is that Israel existence came to be at the expense of Muslim Arabs that lived there before European Jews began to immigrate back to the Land of their God-given heritage.

 

Thus Westerners – especially Europeans – are believing the lie that all economic woe is due to Muslim Jew-hatred thus the petroleum economy is a dagger to oil-blood that ultimately fuels the global economy. Muslims have been winning the propaganda war making the nation Israel – you have to use a magnifying glass to view Israel on a global map – the villain of all that ails the world. The most common lie today is that the Israeli government is on par with Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Hitler successfully murdered twelve million people in a racist attempt to cleanse German dominated area of the gene pool that pollutes the so-called Aryan race of Germans. Nearly SIX MILLION of those ethnically cleansed people were European Jews. The propaganda is this miniscule Israel does not have the right to exist coupled with the bad logic that the Land Israel won back in 1967 is occupied land with those Muslims being treated like Hitler’s Jews.

 

The propaganda is a load pig oil and Efraim Karsh writing for Think-Israel has the factual statistics to prove it.

 

JRH 2/8/13

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WHAT OCCUPATION?

 

By Efraim Karsh

November/December 2012

Alert sent: Feb 4, 2013 at 4:58 PM

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Few subjects have been falsified so thoroughly as the recent history of the West Bank and Gaza.

 

No term has dominated the discourse of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict more than “occupation.” For decades now, hardly a day has passed without some mention in the international media of Israel’s supposedly illegitimate presence on Palestinian lands. This presence is invoked to explain the origins and persistence of the conflict between the parties, to show Israel’s allegedly brutal and repressive nature, and to justify the worst anti-Israel terrorist atrocities. The occupation, in short, has become a catchphrase, and like many catchphrases it means different things to different people.

 

For most Western observers, the term “occupation” describes Israel’s control of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, areas that it conquered during the Six-Day war of June 1967. But for many Palestinians and Arabs, the Israeli presence in these territories represents only the latest chapter in an uninterrupted story of “occupations” dating back to the very creation of Israel on “stolen” land. If you go looking for a book about Israel in the foremost Arab bookstore on London’s Charing Cross Road, you will find it in the section labeled “Occupied Palestine.” That this is the prevailing view not only among Arab residents of the West Bank and Gaza but among Palestinians living within Israel itself as well as elsewhere around the world is shown by the routine insistence on a Palestinian “right of return” that is meant to reverse the effects of the “1948 occupation” — i.e., the establishment of the state of Israel itself.

 

Palestinian intellectuals routinely blur any distinction between Israel’s actions before and after 1967. Writing recently in the Israeli daily Ha’aretz, the prominent Palestinian cultural figure Jacques Persiqian told his Jewish readers that today’s terrorist attacks were “what you have brought upon yourselves after 54 years of systematic oppression of another people” — a historical accounting that, going back to 1948, calls into question not Israel’s presence in the West Bank and Gaza but its very legitimacy as a state.

 

Hanan Ashrawi, the most articulate exponent of the Palestinian cause, has been even more forthright in erasing the line between post-1967 and pre-1967 “occupations.” “I come to you today with a heavy heart,” she told the now-infamous World Conference Against Racism in Durban last summer, “leaving behind a nation in captivity held hostage to an ongoing naqba [catastrophe].”

 

“In 1948, we became subject to a grave historical injustice manifested in a dual victimization: on the one hand, the injustice of dispossession, dispersion, and exile forcibly enacted on the population … On the other hand, those who remained were subjected to the systematic oppression and brutality of an inhuman occupation that robbed them of all their rights and liberties.”

 

This original “occupation” — that is, again, the creation and existence of the state of Israel — was later extended, in Ashrawi’s narrative, as a result of the Six-Day war:

 

“Those of us who came under Israeli occupation in 1967 have languished in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip under a unique combination of military occupation, settler colonization, and systematic oppression. Rarely has the human mind devised such varied, diverse, and comprehensive means of wholesale brutalization and persecution.”

 

Taken together, the charges against Israel’s various “occupations” represent — and are plainly intended to be — a damning indictment of the entire Zionist enterprise. In almost every particular, they are also grossly false.

 

In 1948, no Palestinian state was invaded or destroyed to make way for the establishment of Israel. From biblical times, when this territory was the state of the Jews, to its occupation by the British army at the end of World War I, Palestine had never existed as a distinct political entity but was rather part of one empire after another, from the Romans, to the Arabs, to the Ottomans. When the British arrived in 1917, the immediate loyalties of the area’s inhabitants were parochial-to clan, tribe, village, town, or religious sect-and coexisted with their fealty to the Ottoman sultan-caliph as the religious and temporal head of the world Muslim community.

 

Under a League of Nations mandate explicitly meant to pave the way for the creation of a Jewish national home, the British established the notion of an independent Palestine for the first time and delineated its boundaries. In 1947, confronted with a determined Jewish struggle for independence, Britain returned the mandate to the League’s successor, the United Nations, which in turn decided on November 29, 1947, to partition mandatory Palestine into two states: one Jewish, the other Arab.

 

The state of Israel was thus created by an internationally recognized act of national self-determination — an act, moreover, undertaken by an ancient people in its own homeland. In accordance with common democratic practice, the Arab population in the new state’s midst was immediately recognized as a legitimate ethnic and religious minority. As for the prospective Arab state, its designated territory was slated to include, among other areas, the two regions under contest today — namely, Gaza and the West Bank (with the exception of Jerusalem, which was to be placed under international control).

 

As is well known, the implementation of the UN’s partition plan was aborted by the effort of the Palestinians and of the surrounding Arab states to destroy the Jewish state at birth. What is less well known is that even if the Jews had lost the war, their territory would not have been handed over to the Palestinians. Rather, it would have been divided among the invading Arab forces, for the simple reason that none of the region’s Arab regimes viewed the Palestinians as a distinct nation. As the eminent Arab-American historian Philip Hitti described the common Arab view to an Anglo-American commission of inquiry in 1946, “There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not.”

 

This fact was keenly recognized by the British authorities on the eve of their departure. As one official observed in mid-December 1947, “it does not appear that Arab Palestine will be an entity, but rather that the Arab countries will each claim a portion in return for their assistance [in the war against Israel], unless [Transjordan’s] King Abdallah takes rapid and firm action as soon as the British withdrawal is completed.” A couple of months later, the British high commissioner for Palestine, General Sir Alan Cunningham, informed the colonial secretary, Arthur Creech Jones, that “the most likely arrangement seems to be Eastern Galilee to Syria, Samaria and Hebron to Abdallah, and the south to Egypt.”

 

The British proved to be prescient. Neither Egypt nor Jordan ever allowed Palestinian self-determination in Gaza and the West Bank — which were, respectively, the parts of Palestine conquered by them during the 1948-49 war. Indeed, even UN Security Council Resolution 242, which after the Six-Day war of 1967 established the principle of “land for peace” as the cornerstone of future Arab-Israeli peace negotiations, did not envisage the creation of a Palestinian state. To the contrary: since the Palestinians were still not viewed as a distinct nation, it was assumed that any territories evacuated by Israel, would be returned to their pre-1967 Arab occupiers — Gaza to Egypt, and the West Bank to Jordan. The resolution did not even mention the Palestinians by name, affirming instead the necessity “for achieving a just settlement of the refugee problem” — a clause that applied not just to the Palestinians but to the hundreds of thousands of Jews expelled from the Arab states following the 1948 war.

 

At this time — we are speaking of the late 1960’s — Palestinian nationhood was rejected by the entire international community, including the Western democracies, the Soviet Union (the foremost supporter of radical Arabism), and the Arab world itself. “Moderate” Arab rulers like the Hashemites in Jordan viewed an independent Palestinian state as a mortal threat to their own kingdom, while the Saudis saw it as a potential source of extremism and instability. Pan-Arab nationalists were no less adamantly opposed, having their own purposes in mind for the region. As late as 1974, Syrian President Hafez al Assad openly referred to Palestine as “not only a part of the Arab homeland but a basic part of southern Syria”; there is no reason to think he had changed his mind by the time of his death in 2000.

 

Nor, for that matter, did the populace of the West Bank and Gaza regard itself as a distinct nation. The collapse and dispersion of Palestinian society following the 1948 defeat had shattered an always fragile communal fabric, and the subsequent physical separation of the various parts of the Palestinian diaspora prevented the crystallization of a national identity. Host Arab regimes actively colluded in discouraging any such sense from arising. Upon occupying the West Bank during the 1948 war, King Abdallah had moved quickly to erase all traces of corporate Palestinian identity. On April 4, 1950, the territory was formally annexed to Jordan, its residents became Jordanian citizens, and they were increasingly integrated into the kingdom’s economic, political, and social structures.

 

For its part, the Egyptian government showed no desire to annex the Gaza Strip but had instead ruled the newly acquired area as an occupied military zone. This did not imply support of Palestinian nationalism, however, or of any sort of collective political awareness among the Palestinians. The local population was kept under tight control, was denied Egyptian citizenship, and was subjected to severe restrictions on travel.

 

What, then, of the period after 1967, when these territories passed into the hands of Israel? Is it the case that Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have been the victims of the most “varied, diverse, and comprehensive means of wholesale brutalization and persecution” ever devised by the human mind?

 

At the very least, such a characterization would require a rather drastic downgrading of certain other well-documented 20th-century phenomena, from the slaughter of Armenians during World War I and onward through a grisly chronicle of tens upon tens of millions murdered, driven out, crushed under the heels of despots. By stark contrast, during the three decades of Israel’s control, far fewer Palestinians were killed at Jewish hands than by King Hussein of Jordan in the single month of September 1970 when, fighting off an attempt by Yasir Arafat’s PLO to destroy his monarchy, he dispatched (according to the Palestinian scholar Yezid Sayigh) between 3,000 and 5,000 Palestinians, among them anywhere from 1,500 to 3,500 civilians. Similarly, the number of innocent Palestinians killed by their Kuwaiti hosts in the winter of 1991, in revenge for the PLO’s support for Saddam Hussein’s brutal occupation of Kuwait, far exceeds the number of Palestinian rioters and terrorists who lost their lives in the first intifada against Israel during the late 1980’s.

 

Such crude comparisons aside, to present the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza as “systematic oppression” is itself the inverse of the truth. It should be recalled, first of all, that this “occupation” did not come about as a consequence of some grand expansionist design, but rather was incidental to Israel’s success against a pan-Arab attempt to destroy it. Upon the outbreak of Israeli-Egyptian hostilities on June 5, 1967, the Israeli government secretly pleaded with King Hussein of Jordan, the de-facto ruler of the West Bank, to forgo any military action; the plea was rebuffed by the Jordanian monarch, who was loathe to lose the anticipated spoils of what was to be the Arabs’ “final round” with Israel.

 

Thus it happened that, at the end of the conflict, Israel unexpectedly found itself in control of some one million Palestinians, with no definite idea about their future status and lacking any concrete policy for their administration. In the wake of the war, the only objective adopted by then-Minister of Defense Moshe Dayan was to preserve normalcy in the territories through a mixture of economic inducements and a minimum of Israeli intervention. The idea was that the local populace would be given the freedom to administer itself as it wished, and would be able to maintain regular contact with the Arab world via the Jordan River bridges. In sharp contrast with, for example, the U.S. occupation of postwar Japan, which saw a general censorship of all Japanese media and a comprehensive revision of school curricula, Israel made no attempt to reshape Palestinian culture. It limited its oversight of the Arabic press in the territories to military and security matters, and allowed the continued use in local schools of Jordanian textbooks filled with vile anti-Semitic and anti-Israel propaganda.

 

Israel’s restraint in this sphere — which turned out to be desperately misguided — is only part of the story. The larger part, still untold in all its detail, is of the astounding social and economic progress made by the Palestinian Arabs under Israeli “oppression.” At the inception of the occupation, conditions in the territories were quite dire. Life expectancy was low; malnutrition, infectious diseases, and child mortality were rife; and the level of education was very poor. Prior to the 1967 war, fewer than 60 percent of all male adults had been employed, with unemployment among refugees running as high as 83 percent. Within a brief period after the war, Israeli occupation had led to dramatic improvements in general well-being, placing the population of the territories ahead of most of their Arab neighbors.

 

In the economic sphere, most of this progress was the result of access to the far larger and more advanced Israeli economy: the number of Palestinians working in Israel rose from zero in 1967 to 66,000 in 1975 and 109,000 by 1986, accounting for 35 percent of the employed population of the West Bank and 45 percent in Gaza. Close to 2,000 industrial plants, employing almost half of the work force, were established in the territories under Israeli rule.

 

During the 1970’s, the West Bank and Gaza constituted the fourth fastest-growing economy in the world — ahead of such “wonders” as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Korea, and substantially ahead of Israel itself. Although GNP per capita grew somewhat more slowly, the rate was still high by international standards, with per-capita GNP expanding tenfold between 1968 and 1991 from $165 to $1,715 (compared with Jordan’s $1,050, Egypt’s $600, Turkey’s $1,630, and Tunisia’s $1,440). By 1999, Palestinian per-capita income was nearly double Syria’s, more than four times Yemen’s, and 10 percent higher than Jordan’s (one of the better off Arab states). Only the oil-rich Gulf states and Lebanon were more affluent.

 

Under Israeli rule, the Palestinians also made vast progress in social welfare. Perhaps most significantly, mortality rates in the West Bank and Gaza fell by more than two-thirds between 1970 and 1990, while life expectancy rose from 48 years in 1967 to 72 in 2000 (compared with an average of 68 years for all the countries of the Middle East and North Africa). Israeli medical programs reduced the infant-mortality rate of 60 per 1,000 live births in 1968 to 15 per 1,000 in 2000 (in Iraq the rate is 64, in Egypt 40, in Jordan 23, in Syria 22). And under a systematic program of inoculation, childhood diseases like polio, whooping cough, tetanus, and measles were eradicated.

 

No less remarkable were advances in the Palestinians’ standard of living. By 1986, 92.8 percent of the population in the West Bank and Gaza had electricity around the clock, as compared to 20.5 percent in 1967; 85 percent had running water in dwellings, as compared to 16 percent in 1967; 83.5 percent had electric or gas ranges for cooking, as compared to 4 percent in 1967; and so on for refrigerators, televisions, and cars.

 

Finally, and perhaps most strikingly, during the two decades preceding the intifada of the late 1980’s, the number of schoolchildren in the territories grew by 102 percent, and the number of classes by 99 percent, though the population itself had grown by only 28 percent. Even more dramatic was the progress in higher education. At the time of the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, not a single university existed in these territories. By the early 1990’s, there were seven such institutions, boasting some 16,500 students. Illiteracy rates dropped to 14 percent of adults over age 15, compared with 69 percent in Morocco, 61 percent in Egypt, 45 percent in Tunisia, and 44 percent in Syria.

 

All this, as I have noted, took place against the backdrop of Israel’s hands-off policy in the political and administrative spheres. Indeed, even as the PLO (until 1982 headquartered in Lebanon and thereafter in Tunisia) proclaimed its ongoing commitment to the destruction of the Jewish state, the Israelis did surprisingly little to limit its political influence in the territories. The publication of pro-PLO editorials was permitted in the local press, and anti-Israel activities by PLO supporters were tolerated so long as they did not involve overt incitements to violence. Israel also allowed the free flow of PLO-controlled funds, a policy justified by Minister of Defense Ezer Weizmann in 1978 in these (deluded) words: “It does not matter that they get money from the PLO, as long as they don’t build arms factories with it.” Nor, with very few exceptions, did Israel encourage the formation of Palestinian political institutions that might serve as a counterweight to the PLO. As a result, the PLO gradually established itself as the predominant force in the territories, relegating the pragmatic traditional leadership to the fringes of the political system.

 

Given the extreme and even self-destructive leniency of Israel’s administrative policies, what seems remarkable is that it took as long as it did for the PLO to entice the residents of the West Bank and Gaza into a popular struggle against the Jewish state. Here Israel’s counterinsurgency measures must be given their due, as well as the low level of national consciousness among the Palestinians and the sheer rapidity and scope of the improvements in their standard of living. The fact remains, however, that during the two-and-a-half decades from the occupation of the territories to the onset of the Oslo peace process in 1993, there was very little “armed resistance,” and most terrorist attacks emanated from outside-from Jordan in the late 1960’s, then from Lebanon.

 

In an effort to cover up this embarrassing circumstance, Fatah, the PLO’s largest constituent organization, adopted the slogan that “there is no difference between inside and outside.” But there was a difference, and a rather fundamental one. By and large, the residents of the territories wished to get on with their lives and take advantage of the opportunities afforded by Israeli rule. Had the West Bank eventually been returned to Jordan, its residents, all of whom had been Jordanian citizens before 1967, might well have reverted to that status. Alternatively, had Israel prevented the spread of the PLO’s influence in the territories, a local leadership, better attuned to the real interests and desires of the people and more amenable to peaceful coexistence with Israel, might have emerged.

 

But these things were not to be. By the mid1970’s, the PLO had made itself into the “sole representative of the Palestinian people,” and in short order Jordan and Egypt washed their hands of the West Bank and Gaza. Whatever the desires of the people living in the territories, the PLO had vowed from the moment of its founding in the mid1960’s — well before the Six-Day war — to pursue its “revolution until victory,” that is, until the destruction of the Jewish state. Once its position was secure, it proceeded to do precisely that.

 

By the mid-1990’s, thanks to Oslo, the PLO had achieved a firm foothold in the West Bank and Gaza. Its announced purpose was to lay the groundwork for Palestinian statehood but its real purpose was to do what it knew best-namely, create an extensive terrorist infrastructure and use it against its Israeli “peace partner.” At first it did this tacitly, giving a green light to other terrorist organizations like Hamas and Islamic Jihad; then it operated openly and directly.

 

But what did all this have to do with Israel’s “occupation”? The declaration signed on the White House lawn in 1993 by the PLO and the Israeli government provided for Palestinian self-rule in the entire West Bank and the Gaza Strip for a transitional period not to exceed five years, during which Israel and the Palestinians would negotiate a permanent peace settlement. During this interim period the territories would be administered by a Palestinian Council, to be freely and democratically elected after the withdrawal of Israeli military forces both from the Gaza Strip and from the populated areas of the West Bank.

 

By May 1994, Israel had completed its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip (apart from a small stretch of territory containing Israeli settlements) and the Jericho area of the West Bank. On July 1, Yasir Arafat made his triumphant entry into Gaza. On September 28, 1995, despite Arafat’s abysmal failure to clamp down on terrorist activities in the territories now under his control, the two parties signed an interim agreement, and by the end of the year Israeli forces had been withdrawn from the West Bank’s populated areas with the exception of Hebron (where redeployment was completed in early 1997). On January 20, 1996, elections to the Palestinian Council were held, and shortly afterward both the Israeli civil administration and military government were dissolved.

 

The geographical scope of these Israeli withdrawals was relatively limited; the surrendered land amounted to some 30 percent of the West Bank’s overall territory. But its impact on the Palestinian population was nothing short of revolutionary. At one fell swoop, Israel relinquished control over virtually all of the West Bank’s 1.4 million residents. Since that time, nearly 60 percent of them-in the Jericho area and in the seven main cities of Jenin, Nablus, Tulkarm, Qalqilya, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Hebron-have lived entirely under Palestinian jurisdiction. Another 40 percent live in towns, villages, refugee camps, and hamlets where the Palestinian Authority exercises civil authority but, in line with the Oslo accords, Israel has maintained “overriding responsibility for security.” Some two percent of the West Bank’s population-tens of thousands of Palestinians-continue to live in areas where Israel has complete control, but even there the Palestinian Authority maintains “functional jurisdiction.”

 

In short, since the beginning of 1996, and certainly following the completion of the redeployment from Hebron in January 1997, 99 percent of the Palestinian population of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have not lived under Israeli occupation. By no conceivable stretching of words can the anti-Israel violence emanating from the territories during these years be made to qualify as resistance to foreign occupation. In these years there has been no such occupation.

 

If the stubborn persistence of Palestinian terrorism is not attributable to the continuing occupation, many of the worst outrages against Israeli civilians likewise occurred-contrary to the mantra of Palestinian spokesmen and their apologists-not at moments of breakdown in the Oslo “peace process” but at its high points, when the prospect of Israeli withdrawal appeared brightest and most imminent.

 

Suicide bombings, for example, were introduced in the atmosphere of euphoria only a few months after the historic Rabin-Arafat handshake on the White House lawn: eight people were murdered in April 1994 while riding a bus in the town of Afula. Six months later, 21 Israelis were murdered on a bus in Tel Aviv. In the following year, five bombings took the lives of a further 38 Israelis. During the short-lived government of the dovish Shimon Peres (November 1995-May 1996), after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, 58 Israelis were murdered within the span of one week in three suicide bombings in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

 

Further disproving the standard view is the fact that terrorism was largely curtailed following Benjamin Netanyahu’s election in May 1996 and the consequent slowdown in the Oslo process. During Netanyahu’s three years in power, some 50 Israelis were murdered in terrorist attacks-a third of the casualty rate during the Rabin government and a sixth of the casualty rate during Peres’s term.

 

There was a material side to this downturn in terrorism as well. Between 1994 and 1996, the Rabin and Peres governments had imposed repeated closures on the territories in order to stem the tidal wave of terrorism in the wake of the Oslo accords. This had led to a steep drop in the Palestinian economy. With workers unable to get into Israel, unemployment rose sharply, reaching as high as 50 percent in Gaza. The movement of goods between Israel and the territories, as well as between the West Bank and Gaza, was seriously disrupted, slowing exports and discouraging potential private investment.

 

The economic situation in the territories began to improve during the term of the Netanyahu government, as the steep fall in terrorist attacks led to a corresponding decrease in closures. Real GNP per capita grew by 3.5 percent in 1997, 7.7 percent in 1998, and 3.5 percent in 1999, while unemployment was more than halved. By the beginning of 1999, according to the World Bank, the West Bank and Gaza had fully recovered from the economic decline of the previous years.

 

Then, in still another turnabout, came Ehud Barak, who in the course of a dizzying six months in late 2000 and early 2001 offered Yasir Arafat a complete end to the Israeli presence, ceding virtually the entire West Bank and the Gaza Strip to the nascent Palestinian state together with some Israeli territory, and making breathtaking concessions over Israel’s capital city of Jerusalem. To this, however, Arafat’s response was war. Since its launch, the Palestinian campaign has inflicted thousands of brutal attacks on Israeli civilians-suicide bombings, drive-by shootings, stabbings, lynching, stonings — murdering more than 500 and wounding some 4,000.

 

In the entire two decades of Israeli occupation preceding the Oslo accords, some 400 Israelis were murdered; since the conclusion of that “peace” agreement, twice as many have lost their lives in terrorist attacks. If the occupation was the cause of terrorism, why was terrorism sparse during the years of actual occupation, why did it increase dramatically with the prospect of the end of the occupation, and why did it escalate into open war upon Israel’s most far-reaching concessions ever? To the contrary, one might argue with far greater plausibility that the absence of occupation-that is, the withdrawal of close Israeli surveillance-is precisely what facilitated the launching of the terrorist war in the first place.

 

There are limits to Israel’s ability to transform a virulent enemy into a peace partner, and those limits have long since been reached. To borrow from Baruch Spinoza, peace is not the absence of war but rather a state of mind: a disposition to benevolence, confidence, and justice. From the birth of the Zionist movement until today, that disposition has remained conspicuously absent from the mind of the Palestinian leadership.

 

It is not the 1967 occupation that led to the Palestinians’ rejection of peaceful coexistence and their pursuit of violence. Palestinian terrorism started well before 1967, and continued-and intensified-after the occupation ended in all but name. Rather, what is at fault is the perduring (sic) Arab view that the creation of the Jewish state was itself an original act of “inhuman occupation” with which compromise of any final kind is beyond the realm of the possible. Until that disposition changes, which is to say until a different leadership arises, the idea of peace in the context of the Arab Middle East will continue to mean little more than the continuation of war by other means.

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Efraim Karsh is a professor of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King’s College London, and editor of the Middle East Quarterly published by the Middle East Forum. This article was published in the 114 No. 1 July-August 2002 issue of Commentary Magazine (www.commentary.com). The present reprint is taken from the Aish.com reprinting of August 2002, which is archived at http://www.aish.com/jw/me/48898917.html

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SlantRight Editor: Here are some excerpts from the Think-Israel homepage. I am not sure how often Think-Israel updates its homepage so I am posting some of the info here for posterity.

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We are told that there is a difference between extremist Islam and peaceloving normal Islam.
  

Judging by their behavior, Muslims are anti-West, anti-Democracy, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-Buddhist, and anti-Hindu. Muslims are involved in 25 of some 30 conflicts going on in the world: in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, East Timor, India, Indonesia (2 provinces), Kashmir, Kazakastan, Kosovo, Kurdistan, Macedonia, the Middle East, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Russia-Chechnya, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uganda and Uzbekistan.
  

Doesn’t this mean that extremist Islam is the norm and normal Islam is extremely rare?

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“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism.

“For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa. While as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”   (PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, March 31, 1977, interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.) The Palestinian leadership, including Ahmed Shukar and Yasir Arafat, has openly admitted Palestinian “peoplehood” is a fraud; Read This  (PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, March 31, 1977, interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw).

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“It should be remembered that in 1918, with the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Britain and France were handed more than 5,000,000 square miles to divvy up and 99% was given to the Arabs to create countries that did not exist previously. Less than 1% was given as a Mandate for the re-establishment of a state for the Jews on both banks of the Jordan River. In 1921, to appease the Arabs once again, another three quarters of that less than 1% was given to a fictitious state called Trans-Jordan.”   (Jack Berger, May 31, 2004.)

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The total for all the 22 Arab League countries is 6,145,389 square miles (SM). By comparison, all 50 states of the United States have a total of 3,787,318 SM. Israel has 8,463 SM, about one-sixth of that of the State of Michigan. Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan are Muslim but not Arab and are not included.
    

World Arab population: 300 million; World Jewish population: 13.6 million; Israel’s Jewish population: 5.4 million.  (Dr. Wilbert Simkovitz) 

 

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“… during the late 1940s, more than 40 million refuges around the world were resettled, except for one people. They [Palestinian arabs] remain defined as refugees, wallowing 60 years later in 59 UNRWA refugee camps, financed by $400 million contributed annually by nations of the world to nurture the promise of the “right of return” to Arab neighborhoods and Arab villages from 1948 that no longer exist.”  (Noam Bedein, Jerusalem Post, January 6, 2009.)

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Some 900,000 Jews left behind $300 billion in assets when they were forced to flee for their lives from the Arab countries in the 1940s. They hold deeds for five times Israel’s size.  (Independent Media Centre, Winnipeg)

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Re Israel’s irrevocable ownership of Israel, Golan, Samaria, Judea and Gaza: “Nothing that Israel’s legal system says can change the facts that: (1) the legal binding document is the Mandate of the League of Nations and (2) the obligations of the Mandate are valid in perpetuity.”  (Professor Julius Stone)

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“By 1920 the Ottoman Empire had exercised undisputed sovereignty over Palestine for 400 years. In Article 95 of the treaty of Sevres, that sovereignty was transferred to England in trust for a national homeland for the jews. The local Arabs had never exercised sovereignty over Palestine and so they lost nothing. Their rights were fully protected by a provisio in the grant: ‘…it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine…’ The proviso has been fully observed by the Israelis. Since 1950 the Arabs have built some 261 new settlements in Judea and Samaria — more than twice as many as the Jews, but you never hear of them. They fill them with Arabs from Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan and by the grace of God they become Palestinians. Allahu Akbar! The Arabs call Judea “the West Bank’ because they would look silly claiming that Jews are illegally living in Judea.”  (Comment by Wallace Brand on Martin Peretz “Narrative Dissonance” The New Republic, July 1, 2009)

 

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STEPS TO CARRY OUT THE MANDATE FOR PALESTINE

 

Allowing the Arabs and their European friends to set the agenda, Israel has pursued a useless peace policy, bending over backwards to persuade the Arabs to become genuine peace partners. It has brought them nothing but grief, ever more dead Israelis and more acts of terror against more of their citizens. The world hasn’t appreciated that Israel has jeopardized the safety of its own citizens to reduce harm to the Arabs. Instead, the world demands Israel do more “for peace” while asking nothing of the Arabs. How does Israel get back on the right track of making the safety of its own citizens its priority?

 

§  The first step is to understand that ALL of Mandated Palestine belongs to Israel and was authorized by the same international authority that gave the other 99.99% of the Middle East to the Arabs.

 

§  The second step is to recognize that the peace process is a scam to deprive Israel of its land. As Efraim Karsh points out, “Few subjects have been falsified so thoroughly as the recent history of the West Bank and Gaza.”

 

§  The third is to stop going down the wrong road and, as Caroline Glick recommends, change current Israeli policy. Israel needs to stop being an enabler that gives the Arabs immunity while they work to destroy Israel.

 

§  More and more Israelis are considering annexing Samaria and Judea officially and putting all of the Territories under Israeli law. See “On Reclaiming Jewish Land” here, including Hausman’s article, “Reclaim Jewish Land; Reject The Two-State Solution” here.

 

§  Others, Think-Israel included, believe annexation is insufficient. Israel will sooner or later be confronted by a choice that can be simply stated this way: Keep The Land And Expel The Arabs — OR — Keep The Arabs And Lose The Land. Phrased thus, the solution becomes obvious. Just as the Jews were forced from the Arab countries, it is time for the second phase of this population exchange, moving the local Arabs to some part of the vast land area controlled by the Arabs. This would be an upgrade. They would have more space while living in the same environment, life style and culture they are accustomed to having. It would allow them — and this includes all the Arab refugees now scattered in the different Arab countries — the ability to govern themselves. Or carry on their way of death, but only against each other. Their choice.

 

This set of papers lay out the first steps of a policy based on reality. At the very least, it protects the character of the Jewish state.

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This is Additional Material on San Remo and Israel’s ownership of Mandated Palestine:

 

“The San Remo Mandate” here.

 

Interview with Howard Grief in Norway March 21, 2011 on “The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under international Law.”

 
Part 1 is at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zkjC7tNOrI

Part 2 is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF4_hM8kbfc

Another set of videos interviewing Howard Grief are at:

 
1. watch?v=ROumSVr7MFc&list=PLE3AB68BC6C75748F&index=2

2. watch?v=ROumSVr7MFc&list=PLE3AB68BC6C75748F&index=3

3. watch?v=ROumSVr7MFc&list=PLE3AB68BC6C75748F&index=4

 

Yoram Shifftan has written a series of articles on Israel’s ownership of Mandated Palestine by an irrevocable trust to the Jewish people. See e.g., here, here, and here. See also inter alia: Wallace Edward Brand, “Israeli Sovereignty over Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria,” here; “A Landmark Work” by William Mehlman here; Michael C. Duke, “Jerusalem: Our Redeemable Right” here; Ted Belman, “Summary Of Israel’s Legal Rights To Judea And Samaria,” here.

 

In the box above, google san remo, league of nations, irrevocable trust, mandated palestine, Israel’s legal right for a more complete selection of relevant articles on Think-Israel.

 

 

 

 

PMW Special Report on Operation Pillar of Defense #1


Operation Pillar of Defense map 11-15-12

Get ready to listen to the lies that Israel is evil for responding to Hamas missile attacks. The Mainstream Media (MSM) more often than not propagates these lies to readers and listeners.

 

Below is a Palestine Media Watch (PMW) article on Operation Pillar of Defense that should encourage you to join me to condemn Islamic Supremacists and Terrorists. These Radical Muslims (and I use the word “Radical” loosely because of the Quran, Hadith and Sira) only agenda is to kill every Jew living in Israel – the land of origin for Jews.

 

JRH 11/17/12

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PMW Special Report on Operation Pillar of Defense #1

 

By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Nov. 15, 2012

Pamela Media Watch

 

From the PMW archives:

Al-Ja’abari: “The Jew who comes to the soil of Palestine… 
is fighting us, and we will fight him and kill him”

“Sacrifice your souls for the sake of Allah,
until the rats (i.e., Israelis) return to their holes”
“Haifa, Jaffa, and Tel Aviv… all of Palestine” will be liberated

 

Launching what has been named “Operation Pillar of Defense,” Israel killed the head of Hamas’ military wing Ahmed Al-Ja’abari yesterday. The operation comes as a response to Hamas’ and other terrorist organizations’ continuous rocket attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip.

Al-Ja’abari was a member of Hamas’ political bureau and the leader of Hamas’ military wing since 2002. He actively encouraged suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks against Israel.

Al-Ja’abari was Hamas’ chief negotiator during the negotiations to release Hamas-captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

When asked in an interview on Al-Jazeera in 2006 about targeting civilians, Al-Ja’abari said:

 

“The Jew who comes to the soil of Palestine is a murderer, a criminal, a thief and an occupier. That is the Jew we are fighting. Whereas the Jew in his synagogue in Britain or in the US, we have nothing to do with him. But if he comes to the soil of Palestine – then he is fighting us, and we will fight him and kill him on the soil of Palestine.”

 

Following Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005, Al-Ja’abari encouraged members of Hamas’ military wing, the “brave Jihad fighters,” to “sacrifice [their] souls for the sake of Allah” in order to liberate “Jerusalem, the West Bank, Haifa, Jaffa, and Tel Aviv, until the liberation of the homeland, all of Palestine.”

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In another statement around the same time, Al-Ja’abari expressed satisfaction that Hamas possessed “the technology that can precisely strike the city of Sderot (town in southern Israel) and other places in the ’48 territories (i.e., Israel).”

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Palestinian Media Watch 
has also documented Al-Ja’abari’s praise for Palestinian women who participate in Jihad against Israel.

 

The following are excerpts of Al-Ja’abari’s statements:

Head of Hamas’ military wing Ahmed Al-Ja’abari:

 

“The Jew who comes to the soil of Palestine is a murderer, a criminal, a thief and an occupier. That is the Jew we are fighting. Whereas the Jew in his synagogue in Britain or in the US, we have nothing to do with him. But if he comes to the soil of Palestine – then he is fighting us, and we will fight him and kill him on the soil of Palestine.”

[Al-Jazeera, July 3, 2006]

Head of Hamas’ military wing Ahmed Al-Ja’abari:

 

“Brave Jihad fighters, you sacrifice your souls for the sake of Allah… until the rats (i.e., Israelis) return to their holes. Today, Gaza [was liberated by Hamas]. Tomorrow, Allah willing, Jerusalem. Tomorrow, the West Bank. Tomorrow, Haifa, Jaffa, and Tel Aviv (Israeli cities)… until the liberation of the homeland, all of Palestine.”

[Hamas’ website, Jan. 1, 2006]

Head of Hamas’ military wing Ahmed Al-Ja’abari:

 

“Praise Allah, the Jihad fighters who manufacture [rockets] have obtained this technology that can precisely strike the city of Sderot (town in southern Israel) and other places in the ’48 territories (i.e., Israel).”

[Hamas’ website, Jan. 2006]

Head of Hamas’ military wing Ahmed Al-Ja’abari:

 

“[Female suicide bomber] Reem Riyashi’s operation (i.e., terror attack) led to a major change in the Jihad operations regarding the participation of women. Therefore, [a Palestinian] mother no longer stops her son when he goes on Ribat and Jihad (religious war).”

[Hamas’ website, Jan. 2006]

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Founded in 1996, Palestinian Media Watch is an Israeli research institute that studies Palestinian society from a broad range of perspectives by monitoring and analyzing the Palestinian Authority through its media and schoolbooks. PMW’s major focus is on the messages that the Palestinian leaders, from the Palestinian Authority, Fatah and Hamas, send to the population through the broad range of institutions and infrastructures they control.

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The Invented People Desire Jewish Deaths


 

Land for Piece toon

 

John R. Houk

© December 19, 2011

 

Hamas is the Islamic Terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel. The terrorists govern the Gaza Strip only because the Israeli military fell for some land-for-peace bologna forcing Jewish settlers to leave as the IDF left Gaza. When the IDF left Hamas gained control politically in Gaza via the vote over the Fatah dominated Palestinian Authority. Hamas solidified their political control over Gaza by killing PA bureaucrats still left after the Hamas election victory essentially carving out their own fiefdom that is neither under PA authority nor Israeli authority. AND YET Israel is still responsible for supplying electricity, food and so on to a group of people that desires Israel’s destruction and a second Holocaust for Jews.

 

According to the CIA World Fact Book the estimated population of Gaza is 1,657,155 (July 2011 est.). In Gaza City a rally celebrating the 24th anniversary of the founding of Hamas garnered 350,000 supporters. The Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh proclaimed that soon the Arab peoples will build an army and forcibly take Jerusalem from Israel. Past Hamas public declarations indicate such an armed invasion will entail Jewish blood running through the streets at the hands of Muslims. When a rally of 350,000 Hamas supporters come together to celebrate an anniversary of the establishment of a terrorist organization dedicated to killing Jews the supporters of a sovereign Palestinian State on the borders of Israel should stand up and pay attention. WE should pay attention because Newt Gingrich has spoken so eloquently that these Arabs that call themselves Palestinians are an invented people AND YET their sole desire is to execute genocidal murder of a real people – Jews.

 

In the face of such blatant hostility toward America’s friend and keeper peace in the Holy Land to Jews, Christians and Muslims; why in the world is America a part of a Quartet forcing Israel to recognize an independent Palestinian State on land that is Jewish heritage? There is NO right of return of the descendants of Arabs that have tripled in population since their Arab brothers forced them to remain in refugee camps rather than taking responsibility when failed invasions to destroy Israel occurred. In losing wars these Arab refugees should have been taken in by their Arab brethren as citizens because Arab bloodlust caused their displacement. All Israel did was defend its right to exist and in the defense won war after war.

 

I know it sounds harsh but Israel should expel these Arab trouble makers who refuse to live peaceably with the Jewish State of Israel. An Arab expulsion would only be bloody with Arabs calling themselves Palestinians resisting and/or Arab nations refusing to take their brothers and sisters into their nations. If there is a bloody resistance on the part of Arabs living in Jewish land then so be it. Resistance needs a forceful response even if it means extreme prejudice in their removal. This might not bring peace to Israel; however it will bring peace within the borders of Israel.

 

NO PALESTINE STATE AND NO ARAB JERUSALEM

 

Here is another hostile threat. If Arabs insist on controlling the Temple Mount without sharing with the Jews, then bulldoze those two Mosques that are a desecration of the Jewish Temple Mount. Jerusalem is the City of David and that was long before the possibility of any Muslim myth that Mohammed flew on a horse from the Temple Mount into some Muslim heaven that Jews and Christians do not believe in.

 

I realize Jews and Christians do not see eye to eye on the Temple Mount, yet modern day Christians are more than willing to allow the Temple Mount to retain its Jewish heritage. Christians believe when Christ’s return is imminent there will be a mass conversion of Jews that discover their long awaited Messiah is indeed Jesus Christ the Son of God and the son of Mary who was of the lineage of King David. This scenario does not include usurping Muslims that were only able to build two Mosques on the Temple Mount because of military conquest and not the instruction of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (renamed Israel). Christians recognize the Jewish lineage and Muslims have corrupted the lineage by calling all the patriarchs and prophets Muslims and deviate the lineage of Abraham to go through Ishmael the son of a slave girl rather through the son of Promise Isaac from Sarah Abraham’s espoused wife. Isaac fathered Esau and Jacob as twins and Esau gave up his birthright making Jacob line of promise that for Christians culminates with Mary the mother of Jesus the Son of God.

 

And that is my two cents disqualifying the Arabs that call themselves Palestinians.

 

JRH 12/19/11

The Stage is Set – Israel Defend Yourself


Kamal al-Nairab with Ismail Haniya 8-20-11

Kamal al-Nairab with Ismail Haniya 8-20-11

 

John R. Houk

© August 25, 2011

 

On August 18, 2011eight Israelis either on the way or returning from vacationing at Eilat, Israel on the coast of the Red Sea were murdered by Islamic terrorists. If you read some MSM outlets you will see that gunmen perhaps from a Palestinian origin were responsible. Let’s be clear! The gunmen were Islamic terrorists and although thought to be directly related to Hamas, the proof demonstrates that members of the Egyptian military were involved in the terrorist attack. Also to be clear the loss of life was eight Jews, THIRTY other Jews were injured to some degree.

 

At least three of the perpetrators of last week’s deadly terror attack near Eilat were Egyptians, investigations by Israel’s and Egypt’s armies have found. Despite this, Egyptian political activists are still demanding a “million man protest” on the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

 

Eight Israelis were killed and 30 injured in a coordinated, three-part attack by the Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees.

 

A leading member of Israel’s General Staff, Amir Eshel, traveled to Cairo this week to present photographic evidence of Egyptian involvement in the attack, according to Ynet news. Videos he presented show that Israeli attack helicopters avoided hitting Egyptian militant vehicles and troops along the border, instead directing their fire into open areas where the terrorist were hiding. Egyptian troops were also reluctant to confront the militants who were firing across the border, and they may have been killed when they finally left their positions to stop the shooting. Egypt has yet to carry out autopsies on the bodies of the dead soldiers.

 

An inspection of the bodies of the terrorist proved that at least three of the terrorists were Egyptian. Notably, one of the dead terrorists had been tried in Egypt for radicalism and imprisoned. He escaped along with hundreds of other terrorists during the first days of the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Many of the escapees took refuge in Gaza, with Egypt pressing Hamas to extradite them back across the border. (Egyptians Involved in Israel Attack, IPT News, 8/24/11)

 

Incredulously Egypt demanded an apology for Israel chasing down the Islamic terrorists at the Rafah Crossing of the border between Egypt and Gaza (Hamastan). Israel borders both Gaza and Egypt. Egypt then recalled its Ambassador to Israel which is seen as a public rebuke to Israel.

 

An initial inquiry by the army into last week’s terror attack near Eilat in which eight Israelis were killed indicates at least three of the terrorists were Egyptian nationals, Ynetnews.com and Haaretz said.

 

One of the terrorists belonged to a radical Egyptian group and was jailed in Egypt but escaped during the first days of anti-regime protests.

 

Details of the investigation were submitted to Egyptian officials by Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, head of the army’s General Staff Planning branch, who traveled to Cairo earlier this week, Ynetnews.com said.

 

Eshel also showed Egyptian officials photographic evidence to support the findings, the Web site said.

 

The report showed Israeli soldiers did their utmost to prevent Egyptian soldiers and border guards from being hurt during gun battles that erupted between Israeli soldiers and terrorists who fled to the Egyptian side of the border.

 

Videos taken from aircraft showed Israeli soldiers intentionally diverted fire from the Egyptian all-terrain vehicles and soldiers towards open areas near the border base, the site said.

 

The investigation also found Egyptian army troops spotted the terrorists but did nothing to detain them. The terrorists wore uniforms similar to those worn by the Egyptian army, the site said.

 

Five members of Egypt’s security forces were killed in the attack prompting Egypt to demand an apology from Israel. Violent protests erupted in Cairo with demonstrators demanding an end to the peace treaty with Israel and calling for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador. (Israel beefs up security at Egypt border, UPI, 8/24/11)

 

So then, Egypt demands an apology and Hamas of Gaza shoots GRAD missiles at Ashdod, Ashkelon and other Israel locations.

 

Some 20 rockets were fired at Israel’s southern communities on Wednesday night (August 24).

 
A 9-month-old baby was hit by glass splinters when a rocket fired at Ashkelon Wednesday evening exploded near a house in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. A car caught fire and was destroyed, and damage was also caused to several structures.

 

 

Among the rocket hits:

 

• On August 19 a synagogue and a school in Ashdod were hit by rockets fired from Gaza. One person was seriously injured, and some ten were wounded. There was extensive damage to the building.

 

• On August 20 two Grad rocket hits were identified in Beersheba, causing the death of one Israeli civilian, critically wounding four others and inflicting varying degrees of injuries on three others; considerable damage was done to one house in the city.

 

• On August 20 two Grad rocket hits were identified in the region of Ashdod. Four civilians were wounded, one of them critically; several structures were damaged.

 

• On August 20 two more Grad rocket hits were identified in the region of Ashdod. Six civilians were wounded, three of them critically; one sustained minor injuries and two were treated for shock.

 

• On August 20 three rocket hits were identified in Ofakim, wounding several people including a four-month-old baby and causing severe damage.

 

• On August 20 a rocket hit was identified in the western Negev; property was damaged.

 

• On August 21 another Grad rocket hit was identified in Beersheba and property was damaged. (Israel under fire – August 2011, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 8/25/11)

 

After the butchery of 8 Israeli citizens attempting to enjoy a vacation, Hamas fires GRAD missiles at civilian targets because Israel did not sit on its appeasement backside and sought and found immediate justice against murdering leadership that started the snowball of violence in the first place. The Palestinian Authority is right there to back up Hamas by claiming the whole thing was Israel’s fault. WHAT?

 

If Israel defends itself all deaths are on Israel’s head because of defense of their borders, is that right? If only the American President had enough cajones to stop Drug Cartel terrorists from entering America from across the Mexican border.

 

I say, “Netanyahu do not put up with this junk from Islamic terrorists! If Israel allows the existence of a Palestinian State followed with the division of the Jewish Homeland Capital city of Jerusalem, expect more of the same.”

 

JRH 8/25/11

A Turkish Flotilla – In Reverse


 

Leslie J. Sacks points out the Turkish hypocrisy when it comes to civil and human rights. Turkey is preparing to send another flotilla of – choke – freedom to the Gaza Strip. The last terrorist – err – I mean freedom flotilla that was more a terrorist set up to attack the boarding Israeli Navy checking for smuggled weapons.

 

As Sacks notes Israel bends over backward with aid for daily life circumstances such as: food, electricity and medical needs. This is more than what Turkey has done to Armenians and Kurds which have both experienced ethnic cleansing at the hands of the Turks.

 

JRH 4/27/11