Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Irrelevance to Israel of the International Court in The Hague

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The Guardian: Hague court under western pressure not to open Gaza war crimes inquiry
Potential ICC investigation into actions of both the IDF and Hamas in Gaza has become a fraught political battlefield

Julian Borger,18 August 2014

The international criminal court has persistently avoided opening an investigation into alleged war crimes in Gaza as a result of US and other western pressure, former court officials and lawyers claim.

In recent days, a potential ICC investigation into the actions of both the Israel Defence Forces and Hamas in Gaza has become a fraught political battlefield and a key negotiating issue at ceasefire talks in Cairo. But the question of whether the ICC could or should mount an investigation has also divided the Hague-based court itself.

An ICC investigation could have a far-reaching impact. It would not just examine alleged war crimes by the Israeli military, Hamas and other Islamist militants in the course of recent fighting in Gaza that left about 2,000 people dead, including women and children. It could also address the issue of Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories, for which the Israeli leadership would be responsible.

The ICC's founding charter, the 1998 Rome statute (pdf), describes as a war crime "the transfer, directly or indirectly, by the occupying power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies".

Also at stake is the future of the ICC itself, an experiment in international justice that occupies a fragile position with no superpower backing. Russia, China and India have refused to sign up to it. The US and Israel signed the accord in 2000 but later withdrew. (cont.)
International Court of Justice
The Hague, The Netherlands

The first I noticed, entering the International Court of Justice's website, was the choice of languages provided, in which to view the site:

Français | English | اللغة العر بية | 中文 | Español | Русский

Arabic is there, of course. Yet, isn't it odd that Russian and Chinese are available, even though China and Russian refused to sign on.

Someone at the ICJ has brain, knowing that providing information to the Russian and Chinese public is not to be underestimated in the advancement of its agenda.

"the transfer, directly or indirectly, by the occupying power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies" certainly has nothing to do with Israel and Gaza anyway. However, this was alluded to in the report above, perhaps even an excuse to be able to get into the issue of Israel's settlement of its own God-given Land.

The sad part is that the Israeli government might even feel compelled to defend itself. Even though it withdrew from the ICJ-ICC agreement in 2000.

Even by goyim's own logic, Israel would be not be occupying "Palestine," as there has never been a Palestine, save for the renaming of of Israel as Palestine be none other than the Roman occupying forces.

Israel never fought against an attack from a Palestinian state, not in 1948 nor in 1967. Rather, Israel fought against attacks from the made-up country of Jordan, and took, or rather, re-captured our Divinely promised homeland.

Just as countless other nations of the world, when Israel defended itself against attacks, it acquired land in the process, or in Israel's case RE-acquired Land, the Land promised to us by The Almighty.

But, none of this matters; it is all irrelevant.

Simply put, the International Court of Justice in The Hague has never had, nor ever will have any authority over the Jewish People, nor Land of Israel.

You see, everything is backwards, upside-down, or on the verge of being backwards or upside-down.

When Ge'ulah is complete, everything will be situated as it should. At that point, it will be the goyim and their courts answering to the Sanhedrin.

Now as to the true motivations of those desiring to avoid ICJ-ICC intervention, the report continues...
The French lawyer representing the Palestinians, Gilles Devers, argued that it was for the court's preliminary chamber, not the ICC's prosecutor, to decide on the court's jurisdiction in the Palestinian territories. Devers said negotiations were continuing among the Palestinian parties on whether to file a new request for an investigation, even though he believed it to be unnecessary in legal terms. Ultimately, he said, the outcome would be determinedly politically.

"There is enormous pressure not to proceed with an investigation. This pressure has been exerted on Fatah and Hamas, but also on the office of the prosecutor," Devers said. "In both cases, it takes the form of threats to the financial subsidies, to Palestine and to the international criminal court."

Among the biggest contributors to the ICC budget are the UK and France, which have both sought to persuade the Palestinians to forego a war crimes investigation.

Is the U. S. really only worried about successfully infusing the Hamas terrorist organization with funds?

Or is it trying to hide something else?

Stay tuned...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mordechai Keidar: Excellent Analysis, Lousy Solution

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You may remember Dr. Mordechai Keidar from his exciting debates on Al-Jazeera, in which he displays his command of the Arabic language and culture. He also wears a kippah, but you might not have guessed this from his photo.

I must admit that I do not recall Dr. Keidar's approach, in his appearances on Al-Jazeera, whether he argues using [Western] logic, for which the Arabs care little, or applies a Torah approach (ie. Israel belongs to us, the Jewish People. Deal with it!).

Since I do not recall any Jew on Al-Jazeera applying a Torah approach, I will hazard a guess that Dr. Keidar employs the same [Western] logic, as I saw him use in a panel presentation with Caroline Glick and Yoram Ettinger at the OU-Israel Center, in the summer, 2011, just as he does below.
Arutz 7 Op-Ed: What is Going to Become of Gaza?
Pipe-dreams that have no connection with reality are not going to come true.

Mordechai Keidar
Dr. Mordechai Kedar, Senior Lecturer in Arabic, Bar-Ilan University
August 8, 2014

What is going to happen in Gaza?

The question worrying everyone who has an interest in Israel's security is how Operation Protective Edge will end and what the near and distant future of Gaza will be. The media are filled with Israeli and foreign speakers who know what should happen to Gaza, each according to his own mindset. In this article we will attempt to evaluate the predictions according to the way Hamas sees things. Let us enumerate some of them:
*EA: I have only listed the headings here. In a manner of speaking, these are the "myths" he proceeds to debunk. I have included his conclusions below, in full. The complete piece is lengthy, but very informative.
1.Hamas will need outside help on a massive scale to rebuild its ruins.

2. Gaza must be demilitarized

3. Hamas will have to change for the sake of the Gazan civilian population

4. Gazans will rebel against Hamas rule

5. Hamas' demand to lift the sea blockade is sensible and justified

...Worst of all, Israel has several organizations, most of them funded by the New Israel Fund (AKA New Israel Death Fund), that used legal and public measures to make it easier for Hamas to prepare its military infrastructure.

6. We must bring the PA to Gaza to replace Hamas' rule.

7. The "secure passage" from Gaza to Judea and Samaria must be opened.

Three main conclusions can be reached from the above:

The first is that we must not reach any agreement with Gaza. What can bring quiet to Gaza is only fear based on the sure knowledge that any provocation – and it doesn't matter which organization does that provocation – will be answered with a non-proportionate response. The idea of removing the sea blockade should not even be broached and certainly not the thought of an airport. Israel can continue to sell Gaza food, water, medicines, gasoline and electricity to prevent a humanitarian tragedy there.

The second is that it is important to start moving towards the only solution that can result in security, stability and quiet in Judea and Samaria, and it is establishing seven Emirates for the "hamulot" (family tribes) living in the Arab cities of Ramallah, Jericho, Kalkilya, Tul-Karem, Shechem (Nablus), Jenin and Arab Hevron. Israel must remain in the village areas while offering Israeli citizenship to the residents of those villages. The program is described in full here.

Under no circumstances can Israel allow another Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, as within a short time it will become a Hamastan. Israel and the world must take apart the PA and on its ruins establish the 8 Emirates, which include Gaza - which can stay under Hamas rule, just as long as it is deterred from hostile actions against Israel.

The third is that Israel and the world must understand that in the Middle East one only achieves peace through victory. He who manages to convince his neighbors to leave him alone for their own good can enjoy tranquillity. There are no kisses and hugs in the Middle East, just disputes and struggles, look at what's going on in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and wherever. In the Middle East there is one rule, that phrased by Helene Ensign Maw: Freedom is for those willing to defend it".
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Dr. Keidar provides a very good analysis of Israel's local Arab situations, especially the part about "no hugs and kisses in the Middle East" (between nations), but provides a lousy solution.

The short answer as to why his solution is a lousy one is that it has already been suggested countless times before, in one form or another by...

Gen. Yigal Alon (1967)



Techiya Party (1979-1992) a break off from the Likud, Annexation Yehudah, Shomron, and Azza (Judea, Samaria, and Gaza), yet without any mention of the departure of the Arabs.

Rabbi Benny Elon (2002) former MK, Minister of Tourism, and Head of the Moledeth Party and combined National Union Party.

MK Naftali Bennett (2013) Minister of Economic and Religious Affairs, and Head of the Jewish Home Party.

The Bennett Plan vs. The Oslo (Death) Accords
What's the difference? Not much.

I would really appreciated if someone were to inform me as to how Keidar's strategy has any significant difference, let alone any greater chance of success, than any of the other plans, listed above, which have preceded it.

The second answer as to why Keidar's solution is a lousy one is also a short one.

His solution, like those similar solutions preceding, are in contradiction to the Torah, albeit Rabbi Elon's plan, may have eventually show to foot the bill,...eventually.

Before anyone starts screaming about Shiv'im Panim leTorah, or Rav Ovadiah said, or anything even remotely similar to the party line, let me first state that when I say "in contradiction to the Torah," I mean "in contradiction to the ideal, full observance of Torah."

I do not refer to the strategies, necessarily employed in order to reach this ideal state of Torah Law reaching the heart of every Jew, and every millimeter of Eretz Yisrael, which may have to include moving slowly and adding objectives gradually.

However, there is NO excuse for Jews and "Jewish" parties within the system of government of a "Jewish" State to refrain from stating their eventual goal of the manifestation of Torah in This World, throughout Eretz Yisrael, unless, of course, this is not their goal.

The Torah already teaches us what HaShem's Will is in everyone of our day to day situations, whether it is how to interact with non-Jews in war or in peace, how to fight a war itself, how to set up and operate a properly Jewish army, and, of course, how to set up and operate a proper, Jewish government.

Granting Arabs citizenship, at this point in time, is NOT one of those instructions, and is, in fact a violation of the negative commandment "lo techonem" (Mishnah Torah, Hil. A"Z 10:1-9*) In addition, reviewing Rash"i, Sforno, and the Or HaHayim on Num. 33:50-56 should clear up any confusion regarding the Who's Who? of goyim and how they relate to Eretz Yisrael.

*For the purposes of the negative commandment of "lo techonem," including [even temporary] residence he term 'oved 'avodah zarah does NOT exclude Muslims, a common misunderstanding of the Ramba"m's application of this term in this context (Rambam: Teshuvah 148, Tur, Beth Yosef, [uncensored] Ba"ch) Furthermore, even if Gerei Toshav, resident aliens accepting the 7 misswoth B'nei No'ah, were currently accepted, will they be placed under the conditions of missim we'avduth?

Half measures have NEVER worked for us, and never will. Half measures, whether dealing with Hamas, Gaza, or the Arabs in general have never worked for us and never will.

However, Dr. Keidar is certainly right about one thing...

"Pipe-dreams that have no connection with reality are not going to come true."

However, his criticism of pipe-dreams appears to be directed toward this misguided, naive, and/or suicidal Israelis, and Jews around the world, who envision a Western-style, "melting pot"-like coexistence with the Arabs.

Although the criticism raised here is an important one, and unlike most Jews, Dr. Keidar may have long since awoken to the smell of Jewish blood and rockets, his own pipe-dreams will die in the light of exposure to reality.

Not only will they fail to work, they will fail to lead the Jewish People to its ultimate goal of Torah sovereignty in the Land.

Torah is neither a pipe-dream, nor something to be placed on a pedastel, never to be touched.

For the Jewish People, the Torah is our reality.

The Jewish-Israeli Blog Carnival (AKA: Havel Havelim) for Parshat Eikev is Up!

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This week's edition of the Jewish-Israeli Blog Carnival (AKA: Havel Havelim) is hosted by Batya at Shiloh Musings.

The edition is entitled עֵקֶב "And it shall come to pass..."  

We still have openings for edition hosts! Please join our Facebook Group to find out how!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Hamas: Connecting The Dots

ערב שבת קודש פר׳ עקב תשע״ד

حماس: حركة المقاومة الاسلامية
Hamas: the Islamic Resistance Movement

Dot #1: What does the Left-wing Israeli say?
When I saw the recent report on transgendered, Israeli pop star and left-wing poster child Dana International's diatribe against Hamas, like many, I thought that Mashi'ah was surely on his way. He very well could be. But it is well worth our time to take a closer look at what Dana International, as well as what she did not say.
Breibart: Transgender Israeli Singer to Europe: 'Shut Your Mouths About Gaza, You Raped the World'
Raheem Kassam, August 7, 2014

...these criticisms have not gone unmatched, with the latest rebuke coming from a former Eurovision song contest winner, and leading transgender icon.

Dana International, who was recently featured on YouTube dancing in a synagogue, issued a firmly-worded statement aimed at Israel's critics. She said: “You need to shut your mouths, you have murdered millions and millions of people throughout history.

"Shut up Dutch people! Shut up Belgians! Shut up British people!

"You conquered half of the world. You raped Africa, you raped half of the world. Bring back Africa's money!

"There is no nation in Europe who can come in guilt free and criticize Israel.

"[Israel] is learning our first steps of normal civilization, normal culture.

"Israel has a different mentality than Europe. Europe had many wars. Now it’s our turn to learn how to become more cultural.”

International's words serve to highlight Europe's alleged hypocrisy in hitting out at Israel. Her point, according to PinkNews, was made during a video interview in the Netherlands, which took place at the Israeli Ambassador's house. It is unlikely that European ministers, who are always quick to hit out against the Jewish State, will heed her words.

(Tip: Jews News)
I do not exactly know what Dana International means by "normal civilization, normal culture," or by "more cultural." I will hazard a guess that it has something to do with being more like the goyim, only not anti-Israel,...theoretically. Like many Jewish endeavors, this could mean outdoing the goyim at their own game,...at being more goyshe than the goyim, an anti-Torah message, if their ever was one.

With the apparent "awakening" of the left-wing in Israel, and the change in tune of a handful of Jew-haters, . In pure, native, leftist denial, they continue to insist that "These Arabs" are different from "Those Arabs."

Thus, this "awakening" of the left is really only an illusion.

Dot #3: "The Green Prince"
The documentary, "The Green Prince," recounts the capture, interrogation, imprisonment, and subsequent "handling" by the Shabba"k (General Security Service AKA: Israeli Secret Police) of Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef.

Is is any coincidence that the "The Green Prince," has only had its general release seven days ago on August 8, even though it had already been completed ages ago, and had  won the Sundance Film Festival award for Best Documentary back in January?

This Shabbath will be the anniversary in the Gregorian calendar of the Expulsion of Jews from Gaza (inclusive of Gush Qatif).

Was this just a strategic move on the producer's part, capitalizing on the publicity Hamas has been garnering while bombarding Israel with missiles?

By the way, I do not happen to believe that the Shabba"k necessarily has any involvement in such a conspiracy. I believe they have other things with which to concern themselves, which they believe to be more pressing.

Dot #3: What does the Right-wing Israeli say?
This one doesn't even deserve a dot. It's way too boring. But, whatever...

The right-wing Israeli says whatever the internal voice, stemming from his programming indoctrination he received in the Israeli public, "religious" education system, tells him to say.

And, in case of any , there is the fail safe of the numbing calming, collective voice of the puppets "rabbis," on the payroll of the State, as well as those "rabbis," who genuinely confuse the State with Torah. As farfetched as this may seem, these "rabbis" most certainly do exist. Not only that, but they are very popular, charismatic, and effective at making speeches, telling the masses what they want to hear, that which is palatable and easy to digest.

Dot #3: Demon-acracy
Demon-acracy is just one of the many consequences, resulting from the continuous failed attempts at pounding Arab, square peg into a Western, round hole.

Team America: World Police
Parody? Or Documentary?
Is no secret that the U. S. was, and continues to be, very unhappy that democracy backfired on them when Hamas came to power in the Palestinian Authority elections in 2006.

Sure, Hamas risks the lives of its constituents by using them as human shields, that is if children unable to vote count as constituents. Still, Hamas does build hospitals and schools, and provides just enough food to take credit for it, and blame Israel and the rest of the world for what it lacks.

The U. S. Government may or may not have sown the seeds of Hamas. But, they certainly watered and fertilized the terrorist organization, with the enthusiastic collaboration of the Arabs in Gaza.

When will the U. S. Government ever learn? Probably when it is too late, when the battle between Esau (The West) and Yishma'el (Arabs/Muslims) is at it climax,...and only after it sees that its attempted "mating" with Yishma'el does not produce the desired results..
United States Humanitarian Assistance to Gaza
Office of the Spokesperson 
Washington, DC 
July 21, 2014

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States is providing $47 million to help address the humanitarian situation in Gaza. This assistance includes:
  • An initial $15 million contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in response to UNRWA’s $60 million Gaza Flash Appeal;
  • $3.5 million in emergency relief assistance from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA);
  • $10 million in existing USAID bilateral funding, redirected to meet immediate humanitarian needs; and
  • $18.5 million in new USAID bilateral funding for humanitarian and emergency relief assistance.
These funds will provide critical humanitarian aid, including shelter, food, and medical supplies to Palestinians in Gaza. The United States remains committed to addressing the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people, and will continue to monitor the humanitarian situation closely.
"Monitor the humanitarian situation closely," perhaps, but not the money trail.

I find it VERY difficult to believe that the U. S. Government is that naive in thinking that the $47 million in "humanitarian" aid will actually be used for humanitarian purposes. A hospital, a school of radical Islamic doctrine, and little bit of food,...the usual pattern.

Perhaps the U. S. believes that a portion of these funds are bound to become unaccounted for anyway; some funds trickling down to the people is better than no funds at all. And besides, to the U. S. Government, Jewish blood seems to be pretty cheap!

Meanwhile...


Dot #4: Friends in Name Only,...Not Even That
The Jewish Press: Obama Holds Up Weapons Transfer to Israel
Tensions between Israel and the Obama administration are at an all-time high.

Rachel Levy, August 14th, 2014

An imminent delivery of Hellfire missiles set to arrive in Israel from the US has been held up by the White House.

Moreover, the transfer of any weapons and other military hardware to Israel, even routine munitions requests, is now being blocked by the State Department and the White House.

In clear language, it means that any form of American military aid – once a ‘given’ by Israel’s “closest friend and ally” – is now being scrutinized by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, at a time when Israel is facing an enemy supplied by Iran and Syria, and intent on its destruction.

The move has only served to further wind up an already tense relationship between the White House and Israel.

According to an Israeli government official quoted by the Wall Street Journal, “We’ve been there before with a lot of tension with us and Washington. What we have now, on top of that, is mistrust and a collision of different perspectives on the Middle East. It’s become very personal.”

Specifically, the Pentagon blocked delivery of the Hellfire missiles because officials at the White House and in the State Department were worried about the reaction of Palestinian Arabs in the US and abroad, according to the report.

The WSJ article cited a number of past conflicts between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government. It then went on, however, to say the straw that broke the camel’s back had to do with the attack near the UNRWA school in Gaza.

“The watershed moment came in the early morning in Gaza July 30. An Israeli shell struck a United Nations school in Jabaliya that sheltered about 3,000 people. Later that day, it was reported in the U.S. that the 120-mm and 40-mm rounds had been released to the Israeli military,” WSJ reported.
A US diplomat complained about being “blindsided” and officials at the White House and State Department were disturbed by what they considered a risk to regional stability and Israel’s interests due to a “humanitarian catastrophe,” according to the report.

However, no one was blindsided. The Israelis filed a routine request for munitions as they always did. Israeli bureaucracy is famous for its automated mentality, which is set in motion months in advance. Even the draft notices for upcoming 18-year-olds begin two years earlier – at age 16 – and then are sent out six months before the actual appointment.

“There was no intent to blindside anyone. The process for this transfer was followed precisely along the lines that it should have,” the official said.

But with regard to the July 30 attack, the information was reported from Gaza inaccurately from the start, deliberately manipulating and inciting American officials.

Pallywood wins again – but it is a bit odd that top government officials could so easily be misled, unless it’s an active choice on their part.

That’s not the fault of American media but rather due to the Hamas propaganda machine and the willingness of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to collaborate.

It’s also due to the need for journalists to stay alive; there have been more than a few reporters who have managed to leave Gaza and later were courageous enough to admit they were threatened with death if they were to photograph, let alone report, the truth of what they were doing to their own civilians there.

The lone shell that was fired struck outside the school compound, as was already admitted by at least one UNRWA official in a tweet several hours after the event.
This report from Rachel Levy was not bad, albeit to kind to everyone involved, and no information was provided regarding the munitions hidden in this UN "schools," nor reminders of previous UN collaborations with Arab terrorist organizations.

And, by the way, before we start blaming Obama and Kerry for everything -- and I certainly do not mind blaming them -- I must say that this all just part of the illusion of significant differences between Democrats' and Republicans' attitudes toward Israel (and Jews).

Ronald Reagan was perhaps the least worst. Yet let us not forget the Iran Contra Affair (AKA: Iran Contra Mess). Which would have been worse? That he knew about it? Or that he did not know about it?

George Bush, Sr. threatened Prime Minister Shamir, if he did stop building in Yehudah and Shomron.(We're still here, by the way!) He insisted on Israeli "restraint" during the first Persian Gulf War

George Bush, Jr. sold us out for Arab oil.

All of them made a mess of Iran and Iraq. Donald Rumsfeld is Saddam Hussein's buddy one, day, and enemy the next.

There isn't any significant difference. As far as I am concerned, anyone who does not see the following map as Israel,...

...and the border shall go down from Shepham to Riblah, on the east side of Ain; and the border shall go down, and shall strike upon the slope of the sea of Kinnereth eastward; and the border shall go down to the Jordan, and the goings out thereof shall be at the Salt Sea; this shall be your land according to the borders thereof round about.' And Moses commanded the children of Israel, saying: 'This is the land wherein ye shall receive inheritance by lot, which the LORD hath commanded to give unto the nine tribes, and to the half-tribe; for the tribe of the children of Reuben according to their fathers' houses, and the tribe of the children of Gad according to their fathers' houses, have received, and the half-tribe of Manasseh have received, their inheritance; the two tribes and the half-tribe have received their inheritance beyond the Jordan at Jericho eastward, toward the sun-rising....' Numbers 34:11-15

...is anti-Israel. I guess that is not saying too much about members of the Israeli Government, either, does it?

Although perhaps the Democrats are just more open about their vile hatred for us....
Conservative Tribune: Obama Supports Charging Israel With “War Crimes” 
(Tip: Destination Green Hill)
War crimes? What are we supposed to do? Roll over and die? (חו״ח) Apparently....

But, I digress...

The most important piece of information I believe Rachel Levy mentioned in her report was...
...but it is a bit odd that top government officials could so easily be misled, unless it’s an active choice on their part.
Just as I point out above, regarding the fate of "humanitarian" aid, funneled in through Arab terrorists, the question is...
Are members of the U. S. Government really that stupid, or are they evil?
Food for thought....

Dot #6: Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
I have yet to figure out what this man's motivations are. People like former Israeli President Shimon Peres are much easier to figure out. מי שמבין יבין

In any event, it appears that, for whatever reason, PA President Mahmud Abbas is being made out to look like the "Good Arab." This is supported by the Left above, cursing Hamas, and yet still "loving" the Arabs more than themselves.

This map of PA President Mahmud Abbas's vision should say it all. But even this in-your-face map has difficulties penetrating the deep denial of Jews, implanted within us by the Exile, and by those collaborators insistent on our remaining there...

PA President Mahmud Abbas's vision for a Palestinian State, ie. absent of any Jewish state.

Connecting the Dots
Well, if you have been paying attention, you will see that...

The U. S. is not our friend, and never has been. It has only helped us when it supported its agenda. From the arrival of the colonists to the "promised land," to the "manifest destiny" of the Polk Administration, even the toying with the idea of using Hebrew as the official language of the U. S., the West has been waiting in the wings to challenge Israel for its birthright.

Holocaust denier and one of the masterminds behind the Munich Olympic Massacre of 11 Israeli athletes, Mahmud Abbas is now the "Good Arab?"

"These Arabs" or "Those Arabs," take your pick. Either way, Israel is simply repeating the same mistakes over again, expecting different results.

Nothing has changed, only some of the details and strategies to make us think that they have changed.

Israel is on the same co-dependent path toward self-destruction.

As Rabbi Me'ir Kahane ztz"l (OOOOH! There's that "scary" name! Scary, out of ignorance, and defensiveness of the Western-assimilationst mindset....) teaches in his book Listen World, Listen Jew, the strategy of assimilation, of trying to be just like the goyim, and seeking their acceptance, has not been working for us, at least not since our significant presence in Spain, and subsequent expulsion.

So, how about trying a different strategy already?

Let's try to live like Jews, instead of like goyim?

And, how do we do that? The instructions are right in front of us. We just have to pick them up, and study them.

Instructions of how to live like a Jew are all in Torah. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Whose Money is it Anyway?

ט"ו לחודש החמישי תשע"ד
Tu b'Av 5774
Yahoo!News: Woman, 78, caught with cash in girdle at airport

ROMULUS, Michigan (AP) — A 78-year-old Florida woman tried to fly on an international trip to the Philippines from Detroit Metropolitan Airport with almost $41,000 in cash hidden inside her girdle, bra and carry-on bag, federal authorities said.

A complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit said the Clearwater woman was trying to board a flight April 2 to the Philippines with her daughter. She initially said she had $200 in cash but submitted a form declaring she had $1,200, prompting questions.

During a search, Customs and Border Protection officers found $8,000 in wallets in her carry-on bag, $4,000 sewn into a cloth pouch and nearly $1,000 in envelopes, according to the complaint. She then told them she had $3,000 in her blouse and $2,000 sewn into the strap of her bra.

Officers continued to search and said they found about $21,000 in her girdle. The woman told authorities that she had recently sold her home for $120,000, wired some money to the Philippines and had planned to carry a portion of the money with her.

"She stated that she did not wire the proceeds to the Philippines this time because she thought it was safer to carry the money," according to the complaint.

Federal law requires travelers to declare if they are carrying more than $10,000. The woman hasn't been charged, but the government in the forfeiture complaint said it wants to keep the money. The Detroit News reported details of the request Friday.

Federal court records don't list a lawyer for the woman. The Associated Press left a message Saturday seeking comment from her at a telephone listing in Florida.
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
This report raises several questions. I have to tell you, though, that none of these questions are new. However, these questions may seem new to some of you. And it never hurts for us to remind each other about the power being asserted over us, either with the illusion of our consent, or without our consent entirely.


Are U. S. paper dollars and coins the property of those who bear them?

Or are they actually the property of the U. S. Government, which "graciously" affords us the opportunity to use them for our convenience?

If these material items with supposed value do belong to us, then why is there a limitation placed on how much of "our" money can be moved out of the U. S., without declaration?

I remember when this limit was only $5,000. It now appears to be $10,000. What business is it of the U. S. Government's? I suppose it is just for our "own safety and security," a common reason doled out to the populace.

What is the U. S. Government worried about? It can always just print more, and continue on its path of artificially manipulating the value of this colored paper anyway. In Israel, the 20 sheqqel note is now being produced with synthetic materials.

The dollar and other currencies have value, because we give them value, and the various governments of the world do everything the can to reinforce this.

From where I sit, I see only one option to keep my head above the ebb and flow and probable fall in currency values. Invest in things which have intrinsic value.

For some of us that means precious metals and stones. They may maintain their value into the distant future; they may not. Even government-produced coins have value, based on their metallic content. But, my rule of thumb is always to keep in mind that I cannot eat precious metals and stones.

You be the judge. But, whatever you decide, I suggest that you accept that the "money" being sold to us by the powers that be, has value only because we assign value to it, and because others do the same and thus, still desire it.

But, at the end of the day, it is still all just paper, synthetics, or number on a display screen or print out.

And so, all currencies are equal in this sense, yet it appears that some currencies are going to be increasingly less equal than others.

BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Announce $100 Billion Reserve To Bypass Fed, Developed World Central Banks

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Jewish-Israeli Blog Carnival (AKA: Haveil Havalim) -- Between Tisha b'Av and Tu b'Av

י"ד לחודש החמישי תשע"ד


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 BlogCarnival.com, which requires you to log-in first.
First order of business... We still need a host for next week's edition. Please join our Facebook group to find out more about how you can participate, including host. It's not that hard,...really!

Torah

Daniel Pinner comments on Tisha be'Av 5774, and then writes on Parashat Vaet'chanan/Shabbat Nachamu: The impure well-springs of redemption.

Yeranen Yaakov posts on 1946 Years Since The Hurban.

Rafi, The Jewish Libertarian presents an interesting piece on Halachic Proof that Circumcision is a Violation of the Non Aggression Principle.

Israel
Gaza
Tomer Devorah posts on the abductions of soldiers, and the Israeli Government's reactions to them in Putting the Myth to Rest. She also fills us in on what has been going on behind the scenes in Gaza Psy-Ops. and warns of the Invitation to an Intervention.

A Soldier's Mother asks How Long Till the Next Time?

I ask about This Summer's War in Gaza: What Did It Accomplish? This post was rejected from the Times Of Israel, on the basis that it disseminates hatred toward a particular group of people. I then ask anti-Israel activists What is Israel Supposed to do? Roll Over and Die?


Yoel Meltzer asks us to ponder some Food For Thought: Rockets From Gaza.

Ben-Tzion is Bursting With Pride. Whereas Ariel at The Torah Revolution
believes that IDF Soldiers In Essence Are Required To Renounce Their Judaism in Order to Be Soldiers!

Additional Current Events
Mrs. S. at Our Shiputzim brings us Counteracting The Meraglim VI.

Yoel Meltzer brings us a summary of the Temple Mount Event he organized, together with the Tel-Aviv International Salon. The event featured MK's Moshe Feiglin (Likud) and Ruth Calderon (Yesh Atid).

Hey! Anyone Want to go on a Tractor Ride with an Arab?

Life In Israel
Ester at It's All From HaShem recounts for us An Early Morning Phone Call,...and much more.

Ricki's Mom at Beneath The Wings tells us about A Yelp and a Scream.

Batya at Me-Ander brings us photos in Family Time Touring, Yes, Suitable for the 9 Days.

Rivka Ester at The Adventure of Being (Just) Me shares her personal story and connection to Israel in The Story Behind the Picture.

Here is an amazing story, reported on by Rafi at Life In Israel, A Crook with a Heart.

The Jewish Fist lists The Top Ten Signs that You are an Orthodox Jewish Feminist, part 2. Personally, I do not happen to believe that there are any such things as Orthodox Jewish Feminists, but whatever!

And finally,...Israel Brews and Views reports on Hindi -- Malka's New IPA. What's an IPA?

The Exile

Yanir Dekel at Times Of Israel seems to have an answer to Rafi's befuddlement. He reports on the Gay Jewish, "adult film" star Traveling To Stand with Israel. I'll bet this is a first for Haveil Havalim!

Rafi at Life In Israel writes Sometimes I Just Don't Get It.  He is talking about Queers Against Israeli Apartheid. Rafi, there you go again! Making too much sense!

Donny Fuchs writes about Barack "Hussein" Obama: Enemy of G-d. This appears to be the post which got Donny banned from the Times Of Israel! Can't you wait to read it?!

Batya at Shiloh Musings writes that America is Becoming a Danger for Jews. 47th Street isn't the USA.

Batya then asks and answers some Dumb Questions: 1- Americans Killing Innocent Civilian Iraqis? 2- Anti-Democratic to Ban Hamas in Gaza? 3- What Ceasefire if Hamas Attacking Israel?

Daniel Greenfield reports on an Australian Muslim Leader: "Also Kill Left-wing Anti-War Jews."

First One Through provides us with a comprehensive summary of Arab hypocrisy in Please, Sir, May I Have Some More?

Meanwhile, Dov Bar-Leib at End Of Days reports that ISIS Invades Lebanon: News at 11.

Batya at Me-Ander presents us Running From Giants: A Book Review.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

What is Israel Supposed to Do? Roll Over and Die?

מוצש״ק פר׳ ואתחנן/נחמו תשע״ד

In response to supporters of Hamas, critical of the children being killed in Gaza, I have been leaving the following response, or something similar:

So we are supposed to risk the lives of our children in order to save the children, Hamas is using as human shields?

We are supposed to stop defending ourselves, and allow Hamas to continue firing rockets at us and our children?

Is this what you would do in the same situation with your children?

The more Jewish children that die, the better? (חו״ח)

We are just supposed to lie down, and let them kill us? (חו״ח)

The bottom-line is that the "international community" hates Jews, and would like us to just that, roll over and die. This has nothing to do with Israel or the Palestinian Authority.

Our tradition teaches us from over 1,900 years ago, that Esau (the West) hates Ya'aqov (Jews), and that Yishma'el (Arabs/Muslims) hates Ya'aqov (רשב״י).

Nothing has changed since then.

Let us hope that members of the Israeli government, not to mention Jews around the world, finally wakes up to this fact.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

This Summer's War in Gaza: What Did It Accomplish?

י׳ לחודש החמישי תשע״ד

On this anniversary of the destruction of both the First and Second Battei HaMiqdash (Temples), as well as many other tragedies incurred by the Jewish People, let us examine some of our more recent tragedies, including some current ones, taking place even as I write.
YNET: Netanyahu: There's no 100% guarantee, but we made the most of it
PM Netanyahu
IDF delivered a blow to the strategic infrastructure Hamas spent years in the making, prime minister says.
August 5, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday as troops left the Gaza Strip that while there's no 100% guarantee all tunnels have been destroy, "we did everything to make the most of it."

The prime minister said the IDF delivered a blow to the strategic infrastructure Hamas spent years in the making.

"The ability Hamas developed by digging these tunnels would've allowed it to kidnap and murder many citizens and IDF soldiers by attacking simultaneously from many tunnels that infiltrate our borders," Netanyahu said. (cont.)
Since when did his goal change from "return peace to the south for a long time" to "deliver a blow to the strategic infrastructure of Hamas?" Oh, I get it. He is trying to convince us that these are the same things.

Well, Mr. Prime Minister, these things are not at all interchangeable.

Are you as blind to the pattern as everyone else seems to be?

Are you as blind to the pattern, our cycle of self-destruction as most everyone else seems to be?

You did not “make the most it.” You did not do enough damage to them so that they will be not only be incapable, but disinterested in attacking us again. 

You simply repeated the pattern, which Hamas, and the rest of the Arab World looking on, expected you to repeat all along. 

The next time, and barring any Divine Intervention, there will most definitely be a next time, Hamas will have bigger and better missiles, have an even greater range, and will be filled with explosives.

And how do we know this? We’ve been there, and we’ve done it already,…many times. 
 
In the meantime, our soldiers, our children, were forced to risk their lives unnecessarily in ground operations, instead of continued bombing from the air, because of Israel’s “moral sense of duty” to the enemy’s women and children being used as human shields.

There was nothing in the least bit moral about it, just evidence of suicidal tendencies.

And just how much of it was based on “morality,” and not international pressure?

And, is it any coincidence that it was almost nine years ago to the day that the Israeli Government implemented its “Unilateral Disengagement Plan?” This plan included the expelling of almost 10,000 Jews and handing over their lands and homes to our Yishma’elite (Arab) enemies, which, by the way, they promptly burned and utterly destroyed. The Israeli Government handed over land to the enemies, and have the Judea, Samaria, and Gaza [Yesha] Council to thank for this, as it collaborated with the government in this endeavor, and betrayed its own pseudo-constituents.

Meanwhile, Hamas does not believe for a minute that Netanyahu fulfilled any of his goals. Rather, they believe that they have fulfilled several of their goals.
YNET: Hamas: We destroyed Israel's deterrence
Gazans begin leaving UN shelters and heading back to their homes; Palestinian health officials say a total of 1,834 have been killed during operation.
Elior Levy, Reuters, August 5, 2014

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Tuesday that one of the main results of the operation was "the destruction of Israeli deterrence."

"The Palestinian people now have confidence in their ability to stand firm and fight," he added.

Meanwhile, Hamas officials told Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar on Tuesday that "despite the fact the al-Qassam Brigades are bound by the ceasefire, they won't be afraid to respond to any infiltration or ground operation, even if it requires operating beyond the border."

Hamas official Ismail Radwan said the Islamist movement agreed to a ceasefire "on the condition the other side fills all of its terms and stops all forms of aggression in the Gaza Strip."

"We agreed on a truce on the condition Israel withdraws its forces, stop its aerial attacks and open the border crossing to aid, as well as accepts our demands on an airport and seaport." (cont.)
The above speaks for itself:
The IDF's care, and surgical strikes, resulted in only 1,834 deaths. There should have been more. That's what the Yishma'elim understand -- force.

The deterrence power of Israel's military has been destroyed.

Hamas gets a brand new airport and new seaport, just perfect for the renewal of its smuggling operations!
I mean seriously, it does not take a psychologist to know that if you reward a child for tantruming, it will not only tantrum again, but put on an even bigger and better show the next time it does.

PA President Abbas's (left) vision of Palestine.

And, I thought that this was simply orchestrated to make Abbas and Fatah look like the "good Arabs!" How any Arab whose map of "Palestine" does not have any room for Israel, can be considered the "good Arab," I do not know.

Anyway, I was wrong that this was the only goal. This was actually just more of the Israeli Government's same old begging for the non-Jews to accept us and validate our existence (ie. co-dependence), even at the expense of the safety of its own constituents.

Furthermore, the disaster in Gaza seems to have opened up another door for preventing Israel from defeating our enemies once and for all....
YNET: Israel should engage international community to forge peaceful future
Current Gaza op gives Israel a chance to invest in long-term peace, but first the right must abandon the mindset of Israel vs. the world.

Brent Sasley, August 4, 2014

Israel is winning the Gaza war. Hamas’ military capabilities have been severely degraded, it has few credible regional allies, and there is some evidence that even the Gazan population is growing weary of Hamas’ mismanaged rule. Still, without a larger strategic agenda, Israel will only be putting off another round of violence for another time, with all the associated costs. This is a moment of opportunity—one for Israel to engage closely with the international community to advance its interests. Israel already missed a chance to do so while weakening Hamas further, at the moment of the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement. It should not miss another opportunity. (cont.)
From which hat, Sasley is able to dig up this suggestion “to engage closely with the international community,” I cannot even imagine.

The only thing Israel has ever received when having “engaged closely with the international community,” have been pressure from the “international community” to pursue the agenda of the
“international community.”

What nation in its right mind would enter into such an arrangement?

Sasley adds…
Relying on the international community runs counter to the deeply-held Israeli narrative that Israel, based on centuries of collective Jewish experience, is a nation that dwells alone.
We ARE a separate and distinct people, not to be assimilated into the Islamic nor Western, “progressive” worlds. We not to be “grafted onto” by Christians, who are waiting in the wings to take possession of our Land.

This is not based on our “narrative,” often employed as an anti-Biblical euphemism, nor our “collective Jewish experience.” Rather, we are command to “dwell alone.”
We do not need to engage the “international community.” We need to engage The Almighty and His Holy Torah.

Operation Protective Edge was just another tragedy to be added to our litany of tragedies. Unfortunately, this has been one of the self-inflicted varieties.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

MK Naftali Bennett vs. World Opinion of Israel

צום החודש החמישי תשע״ד
The Fast of the 9th of Av 5774



(Video Tip: Destination Green Hill)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
And Sky News is supposed to be better that than the BBC?

With the footage of "suffering" Arabs in the background, and absent of any footage of what this war has done to Israel is only the first bias I noticed in this video.

I have to say that short of yelling at her to answer his questions already, which would have been used against him, Bennett did not do a bad job.

The interviewer pretty much ignored any of Bennett's responses which were questions thrown back at her. Yet she was quick to try and catch him every time he said that Israel honored the ceasefire, until it had to defend itself from Hamas's breaking of the ceasefire.

Hamas itself claimed that the had the same conditions for breaking the ceasefire.

Bennett responded as best as he could to questions of Israel's lack of willingness to lie down and allow itself to be killed already.

The most important element to glean from this video, from the interviewer's attitude, is not only the bias of the international news media, but the bias hatred of Israel by the international community itself. The interviewer was a perfect reflection of this.

But, how many Jews will succeed in doing this? Will they finally get the message being broadcast to them loud and clear?

This is all for a reason, though. And I believe that reason is that if Jews are so stuck in the Exile, that they cannot been drawn out by their attraction to the only true homeland of the Land of Israel, then they may have to be forced out.

Let us pray that the force will not have to be very powerful nor painful for them to get the message.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Anyone Want to go on a Tractor Ride with an Arab?

ערב צום החודש החמישי תשע"ד

YNET: Terror returns to Jerusalem: Industrial digger strikes bus and car
Police officer shoots and kills terrorist behind the wheel of the digger; three people wounded in incident.

August 4, 2014

An industrial digger driven by a terrorist hit a pedestrian, a bus and a car in central Jerusalem on Monday afternoon, as terror returned to the streets of Jerusalem.

Three people were wounded in the attack, which took place at around 1:30 pm. One person is in critical condition and two sustained light wounds. .

The terrorist behind the wheel hit the bus and the car, before being shot dead by police.

Images from the scene showed an overturned bus, and the the terrorist dead in the cabin of the digger.

Magen David Adom rescue service said hat they received a report at around 1:35 pm that a tractor had apparently hit a pedestrian and then an empty bus. Its emergency personnel had treated a 25-year-old man and the 45-year-old bus driver at the scene, the service said.

The attack is the latest in a series of incidents involving vehicles. In summer 2008, tractors were used to carry out two separate terror attacks in Jerusalem in the space of three weeks.

In 2009, a tractor plowed into a police car on Menachem Begin Boulevard in Jerusalem. The driver was apparently also trying to hit a nearby bus, but missed. Two police officers were in the car when it was hit and both sustained mild injuries. Other police officers nearby shot the terrorist.

In October 2013, a Palestinian was shot dead after he rammed a tractor through the main gate of an army base located north of Jerusalem.



Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Well, you gotta hand it to YNET for at least not pretending that this was an "unusual incident." Rather, it acknowledged that this was part of a "series of incidents."

So, this begs the obvious question: Why are Arabs still allowed to operate tractors?

I can hear the ridiculous cries of racism and ethnic profiling already!

The next thing you will hear is how the attack (by an Arab) was the Jews fault! Battered wives syndrome, etc.

And yet...
(YNET)...The terrorist was named as Mohammed Naif Ja'abis. Local media said he was from the East Jerusalem village of Jabel Mukaber. Israel Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld confirmed that the terrorist was an Arab man in his 20s from East Jerusalem. Officials said the assailant was known to the police from a previous security incident. 
He wasn't just an Arab. He was an Arab with a history of a "previous security incident." And who knows what that could mean. And by the way, Jabel Mukaber is right next to East Talpioth. Still believe that "These Arabs" and "Those Arabs?"

Imagine if you or your loved ones had been on this bus.

Now, imagine if this Arab had been driving your bus instead of a tractor. How about your children's bus driver. Still want to take the chance that your children would come home that evening?

That's happened before by the way. On February 14, 2001, an Arab bus driver used his bus as a weapon, killing 7 soldiers and one civilian, and wounding 21 others in the Tel-Aviv suburb of Azor.

What if passengers had been hurt as well?

And, what do you know?
(YNET)...The officer who stopped the terrorist was identified as Ariel Tuita; the bus driver wounded in the attack was identified as Nabli Abed Alkhay
Of course, our illustrious Mayor of Jerusalem had this to say...

(YNET)...Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat praised the security forces for their speedy response, saying the terrorist had not gone more than 100 meters before he was stopped. But he also called for citizens to behave responsibly in such tense times.

"No one should take the law into their own hands, and anyone who does so should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," the Jerusalem mayor said.

I guess he's still a little nervous after the recent killing of the Arab teenager, especially since we still do not know the full story behind the incident.

Responsibly? We all know what that means. You had better have witnesses present when you defend yourself against Arabs

Now, let's remind ourselves of whom we are dealing...

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