Thursday, July 31, 2014

Obama Caught On Tape: Unanswered Questions

ד' לחודש החמישי תשע"ד

President Obama
PM Netanyahu
By now you have all heard of the allegations of a leaked segment of a tape recorded, private conversation be U. S. President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The tape recording was claimed to have been obtained by Israeli Channel One News from an American official.

"A reporter for Israel's Channel One claimed a "senior US official" leaked the 35-minute recording to him, which he said took place during a conversation between the two on Sunday."

Here is a transcript of the conversation in question, translated from Hebrew, translated from English:

Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities - particularly airstrikes.

Netanyahu: What will Israel receive in return for a ceasefire?

Obama: I believe that Hamas will stop firing rockets - silence will be met with silence.

Netanyahu: Hamas violated all five previous ceasefires, it is a terrorist organization which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

Obama: I repeat and expect Israel to unilaterally stop all its military activity. The pictures of destruction from Gaza distance the world from Israel's position.

Netanyahu: Kerry's proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas the military and diplomatic advantage.

Obama: Within a week of the end of Israel's military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas on the basis of the 2012 understanding [following the end of Operation Pillar of Defense - ed.], including Israel's commitment to removing the siege and restrictions on Gaza,

Netanyahu: Qatar and Turkey are the biggest supporters of Hamas. It is impossible to rely on them to be fair mediators.

Obama: I trust Qatar and Turkey, and Israel is in no position to choose its mediators.

Netanyahu: I object, because Hamas is able to continue and to fire rockets and to use tunnels for terror attacks...

Obama - interrupts Netanyahu mid-sentence: The ball is in Israel's court - it is obligated to end all military activities. 
U. S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro denied the the validity of the discovered tape recording, as did the Israeli Government, in spite of Israeli Channel One's claims.
U. S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro
American? Jew? Chicago Bears fan?
Here are some questions which I am positive you have already thought of.
So, is the tape recording real or not?

Who is behind it getting it leaked to the press?

Did Prime Minister Netanyahu give the order to have the tape leaked?

Is left-wing Channel One waking up to how dangerous Obama is to Israel? Or is it just desperate for a scoop?
Now, here are a few more questions which you might have thought of, yet.
Did Obama's people have the tape leaked in order to make Netanyahu look bad? Not for his stance against Hamas, but for having appearing to have leaded the tape of a classified conversation?

Who leaked the tape, knowing full well that it would be suspected of being a forgery? Does this matter?

It does seem that Netanyahu gains from this, showing his constituents that he is "standing up" to U. S. pressure, and that we "need him."

Now let's see if he follows through, and really does stand up to the U. S.. . If not, then someone who wants to make Bibi look bad (ie. worse) will seem more likely to have been behind this.

Why this was "leaked" now, and not earlier or later?

If the tape is fake, then what?
Life in Israel, never a dull moment...which, of course, begs the question, is this tape-gate just a distraction? If so, from what?

What do "they" want to hide from us this time?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

What would New York do if it was Attacked by New Jersey? or Giving the Term "Bridge and Tunnel" New Meaning.

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This video has already made the rounds. But, I just couldn't help it! I had to post it, too!

(Tip: Jacob Richman)

Yeah, I know, I know. Who cares what Hollywood has to say about Israel? Who cares what anyone in America has to say about Israel?

Well, as critical as I am of the "Hollywood" and "plastic" mentality, especially having grown up in Southern California, I must admit, that everyone has an opportunity do his or her part, be it Jewish Actress/Writer Joan Rivers (Johnny Carson) or Israeli Actress Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious 6, Justice League).

Like it or not, they can reach Jews, and get them to snap out of it, when others cannot.

One of the examples Rivers gives regarding the hypothetical attack by New Jersey on New York is the building of tunnels. The fact that they already have, thus the term "bridge and tunnel," I concede is irrelevant to her point.

And speaking of tunnels...

(Photo Credit: Dr. Rich Swier)

Apparently, Hamas is not just using their children as human shields but as child labor, a more standard trigger to the cry of "human rights violation." Of course, since Arabs are the ones doing it, and not Israel, this gets conveniently ignored.

From Journal of Palestinian Studies: The Gaza Tunnel Phenomenon: The Unintended Dynamics of Israel's Siege
Nicholas Pelham, Summer, 2012
A similarly cavalier approach to child labor and tunnel fatalities damaged the movement’s standing with human-rights groups, despite government assurances dating back to 2008 that it was considering curbs. During a police patrol that the author was permitted to accompany in December 2011, nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels, where, much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies. At least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials. Safety controls on imports appear similarly lax, although the TAC insists that a sixteen-man contingent carries out sporadic spot-checks.

(Tip: Daled Amos)
Oh, why do I bother?!

Is anyone going to listen anyway?

Well, that is exactly my point. Sometimes Jews are so blind to the light of the Torah, unable or unwilling to let go of their preconceived, politically-correct, Western progressive notions, even of a minute, in order to be able to listen to logical arguments.

Like it or not, extreme situations call for extreme measures.

Sometimes you gotta fight Hollywood with Hollywood.

Has Tel-Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai Sealed his City's Fate?

 ערב ראש החודש החמישי תשע"ד
YNET: Tel Aviv's rabbi slams mayor: City is annulling Shabbat
Following proposal to allow service-providing businesses to operate in Tel Aviv on Saturday, Rabbi Lau hits at Mayor Huldai: 'Cry of Shabbat breaks through walls of my heart'.

Gilad Morag, March 18, 2014

Tel Aviv's Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau slammed City Mayor Ron Huldai for his bid to allow businesses to operate within the city on Saturday, the Jewish day of rest.

Out of respect of observant Jews and in accordance with the Jewish character of the State, Tel Aviv, like many other cities in Israel, respects the Shabbat and does not allow businesses or public transportation to operate in the city.

The city's chief rabbi sent a letter to the mayor on Monday, nothing that "this is the breaking of the pattern of the city's life since its establishment 105 years ago. Let us consider what is at stake in the decision that stands before you."

Rabbi Lau added that he had never before turned to the mayor. "I am going out of my way because the cry of Shabbat breaks through the walls of my heart and I cannot remain silent." (cont.)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Gid'on Sa'ar
Interior Minister
Well, at least there is one rabbi wiling to stand up for Torah, in the face of "democracy." But, that is a post for another time.

This is an old article, but far from the end of the story. Interior Minister Gid'on Sa'ar has since intervened, and has said that he overrule any such local decisions to allow increased categories of businesses to operate on Shabbath. Apparently, the Interior Minister has the power to do so.

Nu? Who knew? Yet, I wonder how this would conflict, or rather, collide, with MK Elazar Stern's proposal to allow for restaurants, to obtain Kashruth certification from Israel's Chief Rabbinate, even if open on Shabbath. Since the Jewish Home Party has blocked Stern's proposal, hopefully, we will never have to find out.

But, the story does not end there, either. Tel-Aviv business owners were all ready to protest the Interior Ministry's intervention, and open up on Shabbath anyway.

Mayor Ron Huldai
(Photo: Reuven Castro)

However, because of the rockets from Gaza, I wonder just how consistently these businesses have been able to stay open, not only on Shabbath, but during the regular week as well.

No, I am suggesting that increased Shabbath violations are behind the City of Tel-Aviv being the primary target of rocket fire. Actually, I remember, during the first Gulf War, this was part of the the reasoning applied by some, as to why Tel-Aviv incurred Scud missile damage, and neighboring B'nei Braq did not. Personally, I believe that Tel-Aviv differentiating between these Yishma'elim (Arabs) and those Yishma'elim is more likely to be connected to Tel-Aviv getting hit 23 years ago, and being under fire again today.

But, who can say? I sincerely doubt that Shabbath violations have done anything to aid the situation.

I have been suggesting for years that any serious solution of the Gaza problem, or for that matter the Hezbollah problem to the north, would only be taken once rockets reached Tel-Aviv and its "limousine liberal" power base.

Mayor Ron Huldai
(Photo: Oren Zin)
Well, now we shall see just how deeply in denial Tel-Aviv residents are able to remain.

How many will run away, thinning out the Erev Rav?

How many of the African "refugees," who have been terrorizing the residents in the southern part of the city, will get sick of the rockets, and finally get up and leave?

There are countless reasons why Tel-Aviv has been, and continues to be, a target, not the least of which is the attempt by Yishma'elim to strike a blow to Israel's economic and banking center.

YNET, and possibly the City of Tel-Aviv, believes that being  respectful to observant Jews is the only legitimate reason to keep [not even all] businesses closed on Shabbath. The Holy One, Blessed Be He, never appears to enter their reasoning.

And so, it appears that He has been having to remind them that he is, in fact, present and watching over them.

If only they would pay attention and acknowledge Him, if not cry out to Him.

Haveil Havalim Parshat Masa'ei 5774 Is Up

ערב ראש החודש החמישי תשע"ד

Click the link below for this week's Jewish-Israeli Blog Carnival, hosted by Batya at Shiloh Musings!

אֵלֶּה מַסְעֵי "These are the Stops" and These are this Week's Blog Posts in Havel Havelim

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Meanwhile in Israel, Arabs Continue on their Path of Terrorismבינתיים בישראל הערבים ממשיכים בדרך של טרור שלהם/

כ"ה לחודש הרביעי תשע"ד

 "שוקי" מדווח:

כשכולם מאחורי החיילים בעזה שפועלים במלוא העוצמה (אני מקווה), הטרור ממשיך מפנים. הנה סרטון של ירי זיקוקים על בית יהודי בעיר העתיקה בירושלים. איפה המשטרה?

"Shuqi" reports:

While everyone has been behind the soldiers operating in Gaza at full power (I hope), the terrorist activity has been continuing inside of Israel. Here is a video of fireworks shooting at a Jewish home in the Old City of Jerusalem. Where is the police?

צילום: אביעד שינוול - סוכנות תצפית/Videography: Aviad Sheinvall - Tatzpit Agency

הנה עוד סירטון של הצבא המסורס שלנו שלא נותנים לא לטפל וממליץ לברוח.

Here is another video of our castrated army, not allowed to deal with the situation,  and instead, recommending that they run away.

כוחות צה"ל שנכנסו לכפר על מנת לטפל בהתפרעויות במשולש חורסה בהר חברון, הותקפו בבקבוקי תבערה. בקבוק אחד התלקח על ג'יפ והשיירה נסוגה אחור. לסיום - צהלות השמחה של ערביי הכפר

The Jewish Voice: Watch:A Molotov Cocktail sets a jeep on fire - withdrawal
July 23, 2014

IDF forces which entered a village in order to deal with disturbances within the Hursah Triangle in Mount Hevron, were attacked with Molotov Cocktails. One of them set fire to a jeep, and the convoy withdrew. At the end of the video, there is rejoicing the Arab residents of the village.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Jews in America! Get on the Next Plane while you still Can!

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ABC News: FAA Orders US Air Carriers to Suspend All Flights to Israel
Genvieve Shaw Brown and Matt Hosford 
via "Good Morning America," July 22, 2014

American air carriers have suspended flights from the United Stated to Israel "for a period of up to 24 hours" after the FAA issued a warning in response to a rocket strike this morning near Tel Aviv's main airport, officials said.

In a statement, the FAA said, "The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport on the morning ... [and] applies only to U.S. operators, and has no authority over foreign airlines operating to or from the airport," according to the statement.

Earlier today, Delta Air Lines Flight 468, which was flying over the Mediterranean at the time, was en route from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport to Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv when a rocket fired from Gaza hit Yahood, a Tel Aviv suburb close to the airport.

The rocket escaped interception by the Iron Dome, which Israel has used to intercept missiles launched by Hamas.

The flight was eventually diverted to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

On Monday, the State Department updated it's warning for Americans traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza due to ongoing hostilities. The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens consider the deferral of non-essential travel to Israel and the West Bank.

Passengers have also been jittery about travel safety since last Thursday, when a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over Ukraine by a missile, killing all 298 people.

Delta and other airlines had already issued a travel waiver for customers holding tickets to Tel Aviv.

The waiver is good through July 31 and allows customers to make a one-time change to their ticket. The other U.S.-based carriers not allowed to fly to Israel -- United and U.S. Airways -- have a similar policy.

I have warned you, Jews in the U. S., that this might happen. Whether due to the cost and availability of fuel or a natural disaster damaging airfield infrastructure and planes, or volcano, like the one in Iceland, preventing planes from landing in Israel or even in neighboring Europe.

Yet, all it took to shut down air travel in and out of Israel's main airport, were just a few rockets.

"Fly El Al - most of the pilots are former Israeli air force pilots who aren't afraid..." @ASoldiersMother

Ben-Gurion Internation Airport, just outside of Tel-Aviv, has been shut down anyway. One rocket hitting a plane taking off, landing, or in the vicinity could lead to fatalities in the hundreds on board, not to mention all those killed, resulting from a hit jumbo jet crashing into a residential area. (God Forbid!)

Perhaps now the Israeli Government will step things up in Gaza, if for no other reason than all of the money the country is losing because of the reduced air travel. No planes, no tourists, no business men, no trade, no income....

After my initial warnings, several years ago, one reader called me "Chicken Little," for declaring that the sky was falling, an apocalyptic sense, no less.

Well, guess what. The sky does, indeed, appear to be falling, and not just in the form of rockets. Jew-hating riots and violence in France, threats on Jews in Chicago, Jew-hating rhetoric and violence in countless other countries, are only a few pieces of the falling sky.

Yet, most of you still just want to say, "Don't Panic!"

Sure. It is still possible to get to Israel, right now, by flying into Jordan or Egypt, and the hop on a bus. From Cairo, that bus ride is about 14 hours. And do you really want to risk flying into an Arab country, albeit one which technically has a peace agreement in place with Israel? Such peace agreements have not prevented missiles from being fired into Eilat, at the southern tip of Israel, nor attacks on Israeli tourists in the Sinai Desert. Nevertheless, such agreements exist,...on paper anyway.

It is also possible to fly into Cyprus, and perhaps other Mediterranean counties, and then hop on a boat to Haifa. I will assume that you would prefer to avoid the southern port of Ashdod, do to rocket fire from Gaza, the same reason why flights to Israel from the U. S. were cancelled in the first place.

But, you are still not even thinking about packing your bags, and getting on the next possible flight, are you?

Nope. You just think that this will pass, and everything will be back to normal. And, quite possibly, it will.

But, what if it doesn't?

Will Jews in America Finally See the Writing on the Wall?

כ"ד לחודש הרביעי תשע"ד

Debbie Schlussel reports on the following:
Leaflets Threaten Chicago Jews w/ Violence Unless Israel Stops Defense Against HAMAS
Debbie Schlussel, July 20, 2014

You know what’s interesting? How we always hear the shrieking whines of America’s Muslims about non-existent “Islamophobia,” while no one says a word about their very real and dangerous Jewphobia (and I should know since I’ve been the recipient of many Muslim Jew-hating death threats, for which only two people have been prosecuted–both of ‘em sent to federal prison). I mean, do you think anyone but Muslims put out these leaflets threatening Chicago Jews? If ya do, I have some land in the Sahara to sell you (and some flattened tunnels in Gaza in a package deal).

Several vehicles were targeted in the Pulaski Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side with anti-Jewish leaflets, police said. Six vehicles were discovered with leaflets on Saturday on the 6300 block of North Monticello Avenue, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada. The leaflets were found on the windshields of the vehicles, said Estrada. (cont.)
Schlussel goes on to remind us of the Muslim-perpetrated, anti-Jewish violence which has been taking place around the world, and then concludes with...
And, if 9/11 and Fort Hood and the Undiebomber and the Times Square Bomber, and every other attack that was tried on our shores isn’t enough to convince you, here’s a tip: they ain’t just goin’ after da Jews.

You’re a target, too. What are you gonna do about it?
Well, I do not know what Americans should do about it. But, Jews in America have only one solution, and that is to read the writing on the wall, and then pack your bags, get on the plane, and move to your only Although I am not routing for Yishma'el (Arabs/Muslims) to rise up and destroy the U. S. -- Esau (Rome/The West) and Yishma'el do not need any of my help to destroy each other -- I would not mind seeing the U. S. being taken down a peg, for its poor treatment of Israel. As Schlussel says, Americans are a target. Even though many still appear to be in denial about it.

Poor treatment of Israel, some of you ask? Friend of Israel, some of you say?

Friends do not tell friends how to defend themselves, or in this case, how they should not defend themselves, and just lie down an take it, like the masochists we are.

Friends do not expect friends to risk the lives of their children, in order to save the lives of their enemies' children, being used as human shields.

Friends do not fund the enemies of their friends, directly or otherwise.

Friends do not force friends to fight wars for them, while publicly demonizing them for doing so. No doubt the U. S. would be very happy to see Hamas wiped out, would several Arabs nations.

Max Steinberg hy"d
Nissim Carmieli hy"d
Yet, who has to lose their lives in a war which Israel is not allow to execute properly?

Two "nice Jewish boys" who grew up in the U. S., one from "The Valley" and one from an Israeli family in a small town in South Texas, not to mention the other "Jewish kids," who grew up in Israel.

Naftali Frenkel hy"d, who was recently abducted and killed by Arab terrorists near Hevron, was a U. S. citizen, and much to do was made of this fact. But, to know avail. The U. S. government did not care, nor does care about its Jooz, save for its well-behaved "Court Jews." But, even then, if any ever became too supportive of Israel, let alone move here, become a citizen, and fight in its army.

No, Jews in an America are only tolerated if they are nebachy Woody Allen types, or fully assimilated Jews making fabulous movies about intermarried couples living happily ever after and/or with incredible special effects which help to keep the American populace numbed-out.

But, I digress...

The U. S. is Israel's friend, right? So, then why should it matter, American Jew, Jewish American, American Israeli? We're all on the same side, right?

Nope. Not in the least.

Sharon with Peres looking over his shoulder or Netanyahu with Peres looking over his shoulder, it doesn't matter. The Israeli Government is nothing less that a puppet of the U. S., no matter who is [apparently] running the show, not the other way around, like "Zionist Conspiracy" theorists would have you believe.
Barack Hussein Obama who bows to the King of Saudi Arabia, and doesn't care about anyone's security, not Israel's nor his own country's.

George W. Bush who invites the Saudis to hang out with him in Crawford, TX, and who is completely incapable of hiding his thirst for crude.

William Jefferson Clinton who rammed the and who pushed us to give away 93% of Judea and Samaria, which for any of you who have ever read the Bible should know that The Almighty granted to us, and not to anyone else,...not after the poor slobs, the Canaanites, who were destined for failure. I wish I could blame him for the Oslo "Death" Accords, but our politicians and sneaky "Justice System" happily take all of the credit for them.

George H. W. Bush... Madrid Conference pressure, guarantees playtime,...restraint against Iraq, the list goes on....
They are ALL the same: Americans who concern themselves with the interests of America (well, except for Obama). And why shouldn't they? After all, it appears that Israel is the only country int he world which does NOT seek to further its own interests.

Still, even if you could refute all of the above, and prove to me that all American presidents and governments are "holy" allies of Israel, it would be irrelevant. America is one of the lands of our exile; it is not our true home.

Now, are you ready for the clincher? Probably not, but I'll tell you anyway. Exile is a punishment. That's right, a punishment. Every second that the Jewish People was not residing in their Divinely promised Homeland, it was an embarrassment.

The great successes Jews have made in not only fitting into mainstream, American society, but making incredible contributions to that society, do not change the fact that exile is a punishment.

Schlussel points out, "they ain’t just goin’ after da Jews."

I agree with 90 to 95% of whatever Debbie Schlussel writes, and this issue is no exception. She's right.

Yet, Steinberg and Carmieli were killed during the performance of the misswah (Torah commandment) of protecting, and in my opinion, fighting in a milhemeth misswah (obligatory war). Frenkel was killed simply because he was a Jew. None of them were killed because they were Americans.

Some of you will be moved by this, by the war they were fighting, and by double standards weighed against Jews. You will wake up from your assimilated, numbed-out state (most of it, anyway), pack your bags, and get on a plane to Israel.

Yet others of you will be frightened by the situation, and the deaths of clean cut "American" boys in Israel, clutch onto your creature comforts even harder, cancel your vacation to Israel, or your child's year of study there. 

Let us not forget that 80% of Am Yisra'el remained stuck in Egypt, having assimilated or perishing in the darkness.*

How many of you will be able to see the writing on the wall?

How many of you will will remain stuck in Egypt Edom, due to your assimilation, your "success" at being a fully accepted American?

How many of you will remain covered in the darkness?


*Our Sages, the Kol HaTor among them, teach us of the parallels between our exile in Egypt and our current exile in Edom, including the parallels between their respective conclusions.

Monday, July 21, 2014

MK Elazar Stern's "Kosher Style" Restaurants!

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MK Stern after
being attacked
by a refugee
The chipping away of any remaining influence of Torah on the supposedly Jewish State of Israel pushes onwards, thanks to the efforts of MK Elazar Stern (HaTenu'ah)

You may recall that MK Stern as Gen. Stern, Head of IDF Personnel, was responsible for push behind the demanding that soldiers violate halakha. Oh, don't get me wrong. I am certain that Stern had a "rabbi" to back him up with some back flips on these issues, bending over backwards, as it were, to find backing for his agenda.

So, what was the latest MK Stern to pull out of his sleeve? Bill approved to make restaurants kosher and open on Shabbat
According to MK Elazar Stern’s bill, the only requirement for a restaurant or other business to get kosher certification would be to serve kosher food.

Jeremy Sharon, July 14 2014

Having seemingly agreed upon a solution to his contentious conversion bill, Hatnua MK Elazar Stern had another controversial bill approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Monday, which will allow restaurants to receive a rabbinate kashrut license and stay open on Shabbat.(cont.)
Unlike Israeli hotels and soup kitchens open on Shabbath, money will be exchanged at these "kosher" restaurants.

Even those controversially kosher doughnut shops in the U. S. have set up a system in which its ownership transfers fully to a non-Jewish partner during Shabbath, major holidays, and all of Passover. I know that in at least one such shop, a bagel shop, the policy was never to cook anything on Shabbath, saving for warning up something already cooked in a microwave by a non-Jew.

The precautions taken by these American eateries make them look "ultra-Orthodox" compared to MK Stern's "kosher" restaurants. This new system of Open-On-Shabbos-Kosher restaurants is meant to help business owners financially The spiritual conditional of business owners and their customers more than just falls by the waist side; it gets thrown out the window. To put it bluntly, MK Stern makes it easier for business owners and their customers to violate Shabbath, yarmulke on his head not withstanding.

A certain descriptive noun comes to mind in relation to MK Stern's halakhic (Jewish legal) status. However, I would not want to risk violating Israeli law by "calling a government official a name." So, I will have to let you look this one up on your own. Might I suggest the Laws of Teshuvah of the Ramba"m... Oh, I don't know... maybe chapter three? 

Already we have seen the government intervene in matters of halakhah, mainly through its "legislate from the bench" extraordinaire, Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has involved itself with kashruth, Shabbath, not to mention countless other issues, with many mamlakhti (diehard State loyalist) "rabbis" insist are not halakhic matters, but rather political in nature. Do not get me started!

On the other hand, the entire Chief Rabbinate system, both on a state level, and on the military level, is nonoperational, a leftover from our lovely British and Turkish oppressors. The Chief Rabbinate's silence on gross violations of the Torah by the Israeli Government is deafening, in and of itself. In my opinion, it currently serves us only as a necessary evil to prevent the majority of the Jewish public from ingesting non-kosher food items, from marrying individuals who are prohibited to them, and to maintain proper divorce actions, to prevent mamzeruth, if nothing else.

My issue is not so much with Stern, as it is with the un-Jewish system of government of the Land of Israel, not the least of which is the lack of properly appointed, independent, Torah judicial body, ie. Sanhedrin.

More and more, I have been successfully convinced that the State of Israel is only Jewish based on cosmetics and window dressing, and the fact that a great many Jews happen to reside within it.

Fortunately, we may not have to worry about the "Stern Kosher Style" restaurant coming to a theater city near you, least not in the immediate future. Bayit Yehudi vetoes Stern’s 6-day kashrut bill
Jeremy Sharon, July 17, 2014

“The Bayit Yehudi party continues to represent the most extreme positions in Judaism,” Hatnua MK Stern says following the move. (cont.)
Now, if an MK who identifies himself at "religious" believes that the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party is in the least bit extreme, and for opposing his "Kosher Style" restaurant scheme, then we have a much  bigger problem in the Jewish education department than any of us initially thought.
...The source said that Bayit Yehudi also opposed the bill on grounds of social welfare by obliging restaurant staff to work on Shabbat instead of enjoying a day of rest. (cont.)

Is this good reason? No. It is not. Yet, MK Stern, a graduate of the prestigious Netiv Meir Yeshiva in Jerusalem, finds it to be "extreme."

Sure, I understand that Bayit Yehudi is trying to reach secular Jews with their message, not to mention those "religious" Jews deluded into thinking that democracy has anything to do with a Torah way of life. Nevertheless, would it have killed it to protect Shabbath observance in its statement of opposition?

But, wait! MK Stern appears to redeem himself! Or rather he knows better than to take on the Torah head on, and attempts to chip away at one piece of the Torah, while appearing to support a different piece.
Life In Israel: Proposed law: Hebrew dates on driver's license (July 18, 2014)
a new law has been proposed, and has already passed its first reading in Knesset.

The new law will add a person's Hebrew birthday to his driver's license, rather than it just bearing the "English date"..

MK Elazar Stern (Hatnua) has proposed this law because recent studies have shown that over 50% of people in Israel do not know the Hebrew dates or even their Hebrew birthday.

This law is intended to strengthen that status of the Hebrew calendar, as an integral part of Israel being a Jewish state....
Sounds like a great idea, right? MK Stern should be praised, right? Wrong!
...Stern said that he believes Israel must remain both Jewish and democratic in character, but not at the expense of minorities.. the Hebrew date is an important part of this, but anybody who does not want it to appear on his or her license, for whatever reason, will be allowed to say so and the Hebrew date will not be added to that license.
source: Ladaat (cont.)
Stern ruins his new proposal, as he as ruined everything in his path, by his incessant attempts to Hellenize the Torah.

MK Stern would do well to review the authentic story behind the creation of the holiday of Hanukkah, not to mention the entire history of the Jewish People's battles against assimilation.

Unfortunately, I do believe that it would do him, nor the Jewish People, one darn bit of good.

Joel Skousen, Mostly Right about Israel and Hamas

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Joel Skousen

I’ve waited for a week or so to comment on the latest (and inevitable) Israeli-Arab conflict to see if anything different was going to happen compared to the last time Israel had to go after Hamas for firing rockets into Israel. Apparently, it’s going to be more of the same—a truce, brokered by Egypt (the hypocrite), and Israel always stopping short of actually rooting out Hamas and all its armaments. There are many complexities to explain this week, but the bottom line is that for the good of both Palestinian and Israeli civilians, Hamas has to be destroyed and Gaza has to be re-occupied—and not because Israel’s globalist puppet government is good or benevolent, but simply because, of the few alternatives available, that’s the only option that historically has given the innocent on both sides the chance to work and live normal lives without constant violence. It’s not real independence for the Palestinians, but as long as they have no power to elect peaceful leaders that’s the best thing they are going to get.

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
I will assume that Skousen has more "inside" sources of information than I. But, I am not sure how relevant that is, since I fully agree with him on the less than popular claims regarding "Israel’s globalist puppet government." That is a pretty good description. My only question is "Where are the orders originating exactly?" Perhaps Skousen has the answer, or at least a theory, regarding this.

I also believe that Skousen hits the mark with each of the other points he makes in this brief, with one exception.

Unless Skousen is suggesting that the election of Hamas was set up, rigged, or otherwise ..., which I would agree is certainly possible, I must then insist that the "Palestinian People" did freely choose Hamas in its last elections, knowing full well who they are.

Yes, as far as I know, Hamas does use some of its funds from Iran and elsewhere to build hospitals and midrassas (Muslim religious schools), and provides the people with just enough food, in order to have the strength to come out en masse to protests and move around enough to adjust for Hamas's needs for human shields.

However, the "Palestinian People" also are fully aware that Hamas is hellbent on Israel's destruction.

And while we are on the topic of the "Palestinian People...."

For those of you who believe in the myth that Fatah is "better" than Hamas, let us not forget Yassar Arafat's (Fatah) Palestinian Liberation Organization's [PLO] insignia (left). It included a map of his vision of "Palestine," which was not just Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, but all of Israel as well. The Golan Heights were not included, as he had the intention to turn this area over to Syria, once Israel had been wiped off of the map.

And what do you know? Here is Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (Fatah), holding up yet another map of "Palestine." (below - right) Regardless of the source of this particular map, the flag and title at its top says it all.

The only real difference between Fatah and Hamas is that Hamas is the more patient of the two.

Now, back to Gaza, whether following their government due to ideology or "sheepledom," the residents of Gaza are most certainly culpable.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Haveil Havalim Jewish-Israeli Blog Round-Up, Parashath Matoth 5774: What War With Gaza?

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Founded by Soccer DadHaveil Havalim is a carnival of Jewish blogs -- a weekly collection of Jewish and Israeli blog highlights, tidbits and points of interest collected from blogs all around the world. It's hosted by different bloggers each week, jointly coordinated through our Facebook Group.The term 'Haveil Havalim,' which means"Vanity of Vanities," is from Qoheleth, (Ecclesiastes) which was written by King Solomon. King Solomon built the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and later on got all bogged down in materialism and other 'excesses' and realized that it was nothing but 'hevel,' or in English,'vanity.' Submissions may be may through our on-line submission form on, which requires you to log-in first.
Just to let you know straight off Batya at Shiloh Musings will be hosting next week's edition. You may start emailing her your submissions now to shilohmuse at gmail dot com! Posts should be from Saturday night to Friday afternoon....

Now, most people living in a country with rockets flying overhead would think that they are in a war. But, do Israelis? Let's find out...


Rabbi David Bar-Hayim teaches us about Yishmael: Pere Adam - Uncivilized and Lawless.

Avraham Ben Yehuda writes about Arab War Tactics and Human Sacrifice in the Bible.

Daniel Pinner writes on Parshat Mattot.

Dov Bar-Leib at End Of Days presents The Turtledove War: The Process of Kolot in Year 6, Part 2.

Rafi at Life In Israel reports on an Interesting Psak: Going to Ashdod for Sheva Brachos. (Ashdod is well within range of rocket fire from Gaza.)


Current Events and Life in Israel

Rafi also brings us this photo of the day...

IDF Soldiers protect a 4 1/2 year old boy during rockets warning sirens in Rehovoth.

...Make sure to read his commentary.

Yitzchok Meir, founder of the Jewish Unity Project, video blogs his trip to the south, taking only his guitar, humous, and some friends. In American terms, Yitzchok Meir is Israel's one-man equivalent of the USO, and he is on a mission to win the war against sinath hinam (baseless hatred)!

Tomer Devorah informs us of what is really going on behind reports of the mainstream news media in Thinking The Unthinkable.

Yeranen Yaakov writes on Rav Shmuel Eliyahu: "Thank Hashem for Miracles" and Explains Every חמס in Tehillim.

Tzvi Szajnbrun presents an interesting side to the IDF's current military Operation - Operation - "Tzuk Eitan" (Protective Edge).

Sara Layah Shomron, posting at Shiloh Musings, writes about Operation Protective Edge Your Way Around.

This Anonymous blogger begs Israeli parents Tell your Children to Come Home Before They are Sent Home in a Casket.

Speaking of the IDF, I report on Amit the Soldier and the Deafening Silence.

Donny Fuchs reminds us of the time when Wars were Wars and Men were Men.

The Jewish Fist asks dares to re-examine the popular question making the rounds, "Is Revenge Jewish?" He also brings us two audio posts, Loony Jews With Kipot and Obscene Defined.

See what Ariel Ben Yochanan experienced at Ben-Gurion Airport Under Attack. He also asks, What Are You? A Soldier of the State or a Jew, a Soldier of Hashem? and questions IDF military strategy in IDF Calls on 100,000 Gazans to Evacuate.

Sultan Knish chimes in with Winning the Moral High Ground is a Loser's Game.

Batya at Shiloh Musings has been Listening To Ordinary Israelis. She also tells us that Davka This Year, They had Planned on Coming to Israel. and writes about The Problems of Being a Jewish Mother Patriot.

Tomer Devorah asks What If It's All Distraction?

Ricki's Mom at Beneath The Wings shares with us first hand hand experience in A Taste of Life Under the Rockets.

Tzivia at Adventures In AliyahLand asks Know Where It's Dangerous?

Yocheved at It's My Crisis and I'll Cry if I Need To brings us Empowering Myself and Other People to Cope with War.

One of the boys recently abducted and killed by Arabs, Naftali Frankel hy"d, was an American citizen. I ask So What?

Meanwhile, Is Israel a Fashion Powerhouse? Check it out on Me-Ander by Batya.

Ricki's Mom at Beneath The Wings brings us a look at how we enjoy our grown children learning that we weren’t such bad parents after all in Like His Father, My Son

Jews Out There

Yeranen Yaakov reports on Turkish Prime Minister Erogan's Attack on Turkey's Chief Rabbi. Read this piece, and you will wonder like I have if things are really going down this time!

Shmuel Sackett follows this idea up with Don't Cancel Your Trip to Israel.

Debbie Schlussel reports that JetBlue Removes Pro-Israel Jews After Palestinian Complains. She also reports on the worldwide, anti-Jew violence in Kristnacht 2014, and on the death threat against her! That's right! Check it out in Jew-Hatred Tweet of the Day.

Tzivia at Adventures In AliyahLand asks When is the Right Time to Make Aliyah?

It's Broken Record Time: Jews! Get Out Of France!

Previously I posted a video from Rivky Stein regarding her marriage and request for a get from her husband Yoel Weiss. To be fair here is a post from Yoel Weiss, published at Daas Torah. 
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