Thursday, July 31, 2014

J Street?

Contentions Gaza Fighting Proves J Street’s Irrelevance Jonathan S. Tobin | @tobincommentary 07.30.2014 - 6:35 PM Pity poor J Street. As Israelis seek to defend themselves against Hamas rockets and terrorist tunnels, the left-wing lobby finds itself in a tough spot. Its flagging bid for mainstream support has caused it to try and craft a low-key position of support for Israeli self-defense. But that nuanced stance is causing many of J Street’s supporters to abandon the organization for those groups that take sides against Israel. As the Forward noted today, J Street has tried not to repeat the mistake it made in 2008 when the group publicly opposed Israel’s efforts to suppress Hamas rocket fire during Operation Cast Lead. The position was very much in character with J Street’s ideology that sees Israel as the obstacle to peace rather than the Palestinian refusal to recognize a Jewish state no matter where its borders would be drawn. But the group that at that time harbored an ambition to replace AIPAC as the voice of the pro-Israel community learned its lesson after it was condemned for this outrageous decision by a wide spectrum of American Jews, including many liberal leaders. During subsequent crises J Street has avoided open condemnations of Israeli actions while still failing to play the sort of role in mobilizing support for an embattled Jewish state that other more mainstream groups take as a matter of course. As Alan Dershowitz wrote in the Jerusalem Post last week, J Street refused to take part in a communal pro-Israel rally organized by the Boston Jewish federation. Nor did J Street chose to co-sponsor a similar rally in New York. He said these actions sounded the “death knell for J Street” as a group that sought to be considered as part of the pro-Israel community. But the irony is that sort of moral cowardice isn’t enough for many, if not most J Street supporters who are uncomfortable with the way the group has sought to neither condemn nor fully support Israel’s campaign in Gaza. As the Forward reported, even as J Street avoided being seen at pro-Israel rallies, their members are playing a prominent role in organizing protests against the Jewish state. Many have joined #ifnotnow, a new ad hoc group dedicated to opposing Israel’s actions in Gaza. Even worse for J Street is the trend that was also discussed in a separate Forward article which reported that many of the group’s adherents are leaving it to join the openly anti-Zionist Jewish Voices for Peace. That group, which serves as the Jewish front for BDS—boycott, divest, sanction—campaigns against Israel is profiting from the situation since many on the left prefer its unadulterated venom directed against the Jewish state to J Street’s more equivocal positions. While no one should be shedding any tears about J Street’s dilemma, their troubles do illustrate a key point about the ongoing battle to defend Israel. J Street came into existence in part as a cheering section for Obama administration pressure against Israel. But it was also a manifestation of the old left-right debate in Israel and the United States between those who supported “land for peace” as the solution to the conflict with the Palestinians and those who opposed the idea. J Street’s belief that Israel needed to take risks for peace might have made sense in 1992 before Oslo, the second intifada, and three Palestinian refusals of Israeli offers of statehood. But after 20 years during which Israel has traded land not for peace but for terror, J Street’s positions aren’t so much wrong as they are irrelevant. That’s why Israel’s political left that once dominated the country’s politics is now marginalized and rejected by an electorate that backs the Netanyahu government’s actions in Gaza by a 9-1 margin. The real battle for Israel now isn’t the old one about where its borders should be placed or whether settlements are good or bad but whether there should be a Jewish state or if it has a right to defend itself. In that struggle, J Street’s tepid Zionism doesn’t resonate with the mainstream community and is of little interest to leftists who prefer open-Israel bashers like JVP. J Street once thought it would become the main address for Jewish activism. But recent events have shown that J Street’s moment has passed. Those who wish to support Israel in its life and death struggle against Hamas terrorists who seek its destruction will always gravitate toward groups that don’t pull their punches when it comes to defending the Jewish state. At the same time, J Street’s base on the left is following celebrity Israel-bashers and abandoning it to join with those who are playing into Hamas’s hands by claiming it is wrong to shoot back at the terrorists. In this environment, organizations that won’t take a clear side in this fight will soon find themselves historical relics of a bygone era that will never return.

Israel is fighting for YOU

These idiot Christians and Jews who do not understand Hamas/Isis/Hezbollah want them dead too, and that Israel is fighting these monsters FOR THEM. Israel’s fight today will be yours tomorrow By Ron Prosor July 31, 2014 | 5:11am Israel ambass. to UN In 1968, three members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacked an Israel-bound El Al flight, diverting it to Algiers. It was one of the first terrorist hijackings in modern history. In response, Israel implemented a wave of unprecedented airport security reforms — including luggage checks and individual passenger screenings. For its efforts to protect passengers, Israel was scorned by the liberal elite for putting innocent travelers through an invasive and burdensome ordeal. Thirty-three years later, al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four US planes, crashing two into the World Trade Center. Today, Israel’s once-“insensitive” policies have become the standard procedure in every airport across the globe. In its short history, Israel has repeatedly confronted the moral dilemmas that go hand-in-hand with combating terrorism long before the rest of the world has woken up to the threat. Time and again, the international community has condemned Israel for its measures to protect its citizens, and time and again the international community has found itself adopting these same measures when the danger eventually hits home. Today, Israel is again under attack — both by Hamas and by the supposed liberals who find it easier to rationalize the actions of a terrorist group than defend a democratic nation. They employ a “yes, but” retort: “Yes, Hamas calls for Israel’s destruction, fires rockets at Israeli cities and kidnaps Israeli teens, but Israel brought this on itself.” It’s time to abandon the romantic notion of Hamas as “freedom fighters.” It should be clear by now that it is a radical terror organization with a global extremist Islamic agenda. In Gaza, nothing is off-limits for Hamas — not hospitals, where Hamas sets up command centers, and certainly not UN schools, where stores of rockets have been found in recent days. Below Gaza’s nurseries and nursing homes, Hamas has built a vast underground complex of terror tunnels that lead to the doorsteps of Israeli communities. For years, the international community believed that it was sending aid to assist the Palestinian people in Gaza. Hamas instead poured these funds into its underground terror operations. Any faith in Hamas by the liberal elite should have vanished the moment it became clear that Hamas has been exploiting houses of faith and other civilian sanctuaries to conceal its terror tunnels. Rather than expose Hamas’ duplicity, the media often fuel Hamas’ cycle of violence. Exploiting the news trope of “If it bleeds, it leads,” Hamas deliberately fires rockets at Israel from narrow alleys between mosques and clinics and elementary schools. When Israel responds to defend its citizens, the media reflexively broadcast images of dead Palestinians and grieving mothers — omitting the fact that Hamas intentionally put them in harm’s way. This leads to an outpouring of condemnation against Israel and gives Hamas powerful incentive to continue endangering civilians. In a region filled with complexities, at least one equation is simple: When it is quiet in Israel, it will be quiet in Gaza. Hamas, however, employs an entirely different calculation. It’s using its own people as human shields to rack up Palestinian casualties and win sympathy. There is nothing noble or responsible in suggesting a moral equivalence between a democratic nation and a terrorist group because of an unequal casualty count. What moral code demands that Israel be punished simply because Hamas has failed to commit the mass murder it intended? And, again, all this misses the real story: The Islamist terrorist threat that Israel faces today is not isolated or localized. From Boston to Brussels to Benghazi, extremists have brought their war to our skyscrapers, schools and subways. Groups like ISIS, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hezbollah and Hamas all share a disdain for democracies, a contempt for modernity and a determination to destroy our way of life. Israel is on the frontline of this global war, facing phenomena that other Western democracies have yet to confront. Make no mistake, Israel’s battle today will determine how we all live tomorrow. Ron Prosor is Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations.

the main points about Gaza

Gaza in a nutshell 1. Bible promises the land to the Israelites 4000 years ago. 2. Israelites came there and lived there unbroken 4000 years, having sovereignty 2x and only leaving when stronger forces forced them but not all ever left. 3. Todays Palestinians have zero connection to any ancient people and never existed as a nation until the 1940s. Most of the people living in the area moved there after the 1940s and have no connection to the land or people in it. The Palestinians are a myth created by the Arab league to undermine israel. 4. Israel's Declaration of Independence seeks to live in peace with the Arab neighbors. 5. From day 1 of Israel’s independence, Most Arab nations and terrorist groups have tried to kill the Jews and take over the country and will never stop trying. 6. Jordan controlled the West Bank 1947-1968 and did not create Palestinian state, ditto with Egypt and Gaza. 7. Arabs are being killed by Arabs all over the Middle East (150,000 in Syria) and the media pays no attention. 8. Hamas is a violent terrorist organization which calls for genocide vs Jews everywhere and destruction of israel as do Iran and all Islamic terrorist groups. They killed 160 of their own children building the tunnels, routinely endanger their own citizens putting them in harms way, and store and fire missiles from hospitals, schools and mosques.They are monsters. Israel has agreed to 5 ceasefires and last 2 weeks. Hamas has broken them all. They have no interest in peace. They just want Jews dead and israel gone. 9. Israel withdrew completely from Gaza 2005 to see if organic Palestinian free nation could emerge. Israel got thousands of missiles thrown at it, and genocidal death threats. Of course, like any nation, Israel controls its border with Gaza, as Egypt does hers. Israel has a right o insure noi missiles enter. Now it has to worry about cement too. 10. This is the third time in 6 years Israel has had to go into Gaza to stop the rockets and now have to destroy very lethal tunnels. They have tried harder than any nation in history to avoid civilian casualties despite their enemies trying harder than any country in history to sacrifice their own citizens as human shields. 11. The Muslims lie routinely about what is happening. Their religion allows it to advance their cause so they lie and lie and lie, claiming genocide etc.http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/quran/011-taqiyya.htm They are lying about casualties, the number, who casued them etc http://www.truthrevolt.org/israel-revolt/hamas-instructing-people-how-lie-about-civilian-casualties 12. No country on earth would accept the terrorism inflicted on it by Muslim monsters in Gaza nor would any other country try so hard to spare civilians. The condemnation of Israel is anti semitism, pure and simple. 13. Despite non stop Arab and Iranian war and genocidal threats, Israel has created one of the greatest nations on earth, with world changing innovations aiding the world, and the only place in the entire Middle East where Arabs, gays, women are free to live as they wish. 13. The Western world should be enthusiastically backing Israel's frontline efforts to fight terror, because it is next. The UN dominated by 65 Muslim nations and 22 Arab ones, focuses almost exclusively on anti Israel activities and resolutions. Instead, The US leading Democrats: Hillary says Gaza keeps its rockets in schools because it is a small place and her new book calls it occupied, Nancy Pelosi says she's been told Hamas is a humanitarian organization, Kerry tries to force a ceasefire taking hamas side 100%, Obama calls and threatens Netanyahu about immediate ceasefire. Obama has been secretly talking with this terrorist organization Hamas for six months, while publicly the US states they are a terrorist group. Also since Obama, Israel is basically surrounded by terrorist groups or states: Libya, almost Egypt (Obama wanted Muslim brotherhood) Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran. Isis. Israel is fighting for the world http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/07/30/son-hamas-founder-mark-levin-israel-fighting-world 14. Muslim terrorists are now committing genocide on Arab Christians http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2014/07/25/muslims-just-made-history-in-mosul-killing-and-exiling-every-last-christian/ In all the discussion about Hamas, human shields, killing 160 children to build the tunnels, murdering 20 Palestinians yesterday who had the audacity to protest Hamas, Israel trying so hard to warn Gazans, Israel periodically erring and sadly killing civilians, people must always start with this: 1. Hamas charter calls for GENOCIDE against ALL JEWS EVERYWHERE, 2. and calls for DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL, and will never stop trying 3. fired THOUSANDS OF ROCKETS at indiscriminate targets aimed at Israel, and 4. Built tunnels costing hundreds of millions of dollars, to have mass murder of Israeli civilians. 5. Hamas has broken 5 ceasefires in last 2 weeks 6. Israel withdrew 100% unilaterally from all of Gaza in 2005 to test if a free Palestinian entity could thrive. Israel got thousands of missiles and tunnels and calls fro destruction and genocide. So much for Palestinian independence. No conversation about Hamas/Israel can have any intelligent context without these points As Joshua asks the Captain of the Lord of hosts standing with a drawn sword in Joshua: are you with us or against us?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Big Lie by Dennis Prager

he Big Lie today http://www.nationalreview.com/article/384006/genocide-libel-dennis-prager In order to justify killing Jews, Jew-haters throughout history made up libels about the Jews that were so awful that they justified, at least for the Jew-hater, the mass murder of Jews. The charge that the Jews of every age — not just some Jews at one time — killed God Himself was used by medieval Christians to justify mass murdering of Jews. Then came another grotesque libel — what is known as the blood libel. Also prevalent in the Middle Ages, this charged Jews with kidnapping Christian children, sacrificing them, and using their blood to bake matzo (the unleavened Passover bread). Later libels against the Jews included the forgery known as “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” which purported to prove that Jews plotted to rule the world. At this very moment, we are living through as enormous a libel — directed not against all Jews, but against the Jewish state: Israel is committing genocide of Palestinians and is, therefore, morally identical to the Nazi regime. This libel is spread by left-wing radicals and by Muslims, especially in the Middle East. Some examples: On a popular radio show in Italy, that country’s most famous philosopher, Gianni Vattimo, was asked whether he would like to see more Israelis killed. Vattimo responded: “Of course.” He then added that Israel is “a bit worse than the Nazis. . . . I’d like to shoot those bastard Zionists. . . . and [Europeans should raise money] to buy Hamas some more rockets.” The prime minister of Turkey, Recep Erdogan, told CNN International, “What Israel does to Palestine and to Gaza right now has surpassed what Hitler did to them. . . . We do not accept this genocide by Israel.” The foreign minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, announced: “These [Israeli] actions cannot be considered anything other than genocide and crimes against humanity.” Ilan Pappe, an Israeli leftist who is director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter, wrote an article titled “Israel’s Incremental Genocide in the Gaza Ghetto” on the Electronic Intifada website. On July 9, when a total of 63 Gaza Palestinians had been killed, Al Arabiya reported that “Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas told a crisis meeting in Ramallah. . . . that Israel is committing ‘genocide’ in Gaza during its military offensive which has so far killed at least 50 Palestinians. ‘It’s genocide by Israel against our Palestinian people.’” In a column published by Al Jazeera, Abukar Arman, former Somali ambassador to the United States, wrote that “Israel has defeated North Korea for the rogue state par excellence award.” Nicol├ís Maduro, president of Venezuela, and Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, labeled Israel’s invasion of Gaza “genocide.” Maduro added that it was “extermination.” For the record: Israel attacked Gaza solely in response to hundreds of rockets sent by Hamas to kill as many Israelis as possible. When Israel gave Gaza over to the Palestinians, it did not embargo essentials such as cement. But none of the millions of tons of cement allowed, or later smuggled, into Gaza were used to build schools or hospitals. They were used to build tunnels to smuggle terrorists into Israel and to hide rockets. The charter of Hamas calls for the annihilation of Israel. Israel is the only country in the world targeted for annihilation. Though Israel is charged with engaging in genocide against Palestinians, in the last 20 years, the number of Palestinians has doubled; and since Israel’s founding in 1948, the Palestinian population has grown fivefold. It must surely rank as the least effective genocide in world history. While not all Muslims or all leftists seek, or support those who seek, Israel’s destruction, virtually all those who do are either Muslim or on the left. One left-wing exception is Bill Maher, who told the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles (full disclosure: I am a columnist for that newspaper): “What I find so ironic is that after World War II, everybody said, ‘I don’t understand the Jews. How could they have just gone to their slaughter like that?’ Okay, and then when they fight back: ‘I don’t understand the Jews. Why can’t they just go to their slaughter?’ It’s like, ‘You know what? We did that once. It’s not gonna happen again. You’re just gonna have to get used to the fact that Jews now defend themselves.’” — Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His most recent book is Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph. He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted at dennisprager.com. Dennis Prager - The

Gaza in bullet points

Gaza in a nutshell 1. Bible promises the land to the Israelites 4000 years ago. 2. Israelites came there and lived there unbroken 4000 years, having sovereignty 2x and only leaving when stronger forces forced them but not all ever left. 3. Todays Palestinians have zero connection to any ancient people and never existed as a nation until the 1940s. Most of the people living in the area moved there after the 1940s and have no connection to the land or people in it. The Palestinians are a myth created by the Arab league to undermine israel. 4. Israel's Declaration of Independence seeks to live in peace with the Arab neighbors. 5. From day 1 of Israel’s independence, Most Arabs have tried to kill the jews and take over the country and will never stop trying. 6. Jordan controlled the West Bank 1947-1968 and did not create Palestinian state, ditto with Egypt and Gaza. 7. Arabs are being killed by Arabs all over the Middle East (150,000 in Syria) and the media pays no attention. 8. Hamas is a violent terrorist organization which calls for genocide vs Jews everywhere and destruction of israel as do Iran and all Islamic terrorist groups. They killed 160 of their own children building the tunnels, routinely endanger their own citizens putting them in harms way, and store and fire missiles from hospitals, schools and mosques.They are monsters. 9. Israel withdrew completely from Gaza 2005 to see if organic Palestinian free nation could emerge. Israel got thousands of missiles thrown at it, and genocidal death threats. Of course, like any nation, Israel controls its border with Gaza, as Egypt does hers. Israel has a right o insure noi missiles enter. Now it has to worry about cement too. 10. This is the third time in 6 years Israel has had to go into Gaza to stop the rockets and now have to destroy very lethal tunnels. They have tried harder than any nation in history to avoid civilian casualties despite their enemies trying harder than any country in history to sacrifice their own citizens as human shields. 11. The Muslims lie routinely about what is happening. Their religion allows it to advance their cause so they lie and lie and lie, claiming genocide etc.http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/quran/011-taqiyya.htm 12. No country on earth would accept the terrorism inflicted on it by Muslim monsters in Gaza nor would any other country try so hard to spare civilians. the condemnation of Israel is anti semitism, pure and simple. 13. Despite non stop Arab and Iranian war and genocidal threats, israel has created one of the greatest nations on earth, with world changing innovations aiding the world, and the only place in the entire Middle East where Arabs, gays, women are free to live as they wish. 13. The Western world should be enthusiastically backing Israel's frontline efforts to fight terror, because it is next. The UN dominated by 65 Muslim nations and 22 Arab ones, focuses almost exclusively on anti Israel activities and resolutions. Instead, The US leading Democrats: Hillary says Gaza keeps its rockets in schools because it is a small place and her new book calls it occupied, Nancy Pelosi says she's been told Hamas is a humanitarian organization, Kerry tries to force a ceasefire taking hamas side 100%, Obama calls and threatens Netanyahu about immediate ceasefire. Obama has been secretly talking with this terrorist organization Hamas for six months, while publicly the US states they are a terrorist group. Also since Obama, Israel is basically surrounded by terrorist groups or states: Libya, almost Egypt (Obama wanted Muslim brotherhood) Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran. Isis, As Joshua asks the Captain of the Lord of hosts standing with a drawn sword in Joshua: are you with us or against us?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

This shows west bank can't control own security

Why Israel can no longer let the Palestinian Authority be responsible for security in the West Bank First Gaza, then Judea and Samaria By Danny Danon, Foreign Policy | 9:41am ET

Once again, the Israel Defense Forces have been forced to enter the Gaza Strip to fight for the safety of our citizens. We understand the risks of the current ground operation. Despite the fact that it cost me my position as deputy defense minister, I was willing to pay this personal price and vocally advocate for this operation. It was clear to me that the alternative of leaving Hamas's rocket operation and terror tunnels intact would have been disastrous for the safety and security of all Israelis.

In addition to our fight with Hamas, it is high time to reassess our relationship with the Palestinian Authority (PA). While we have no desire to control the daily lives of the Arab residents of Judea and Samaria — the historical name for the West Bank — the fact is that we can no longer continue to withdraw our security forces and rely on the PA to ensure the safety of Israelis. Numerous events throughout our region, from Israel to Iraq, have proven time and again that when Western forces withdraw and rely on local despots, militias, or even puppet regimes, the forces of Islamic fanaticism quickly fill the void — and put us all at risk.

Hamas is not a lone organization acting in a vacuum. It is a fellow traveler with extreme forces throughout the Middle East working to overthrow Western-allied governments and replace them with an Islamic caliphate operating under sharia law. Over the past few years, Western diplomats' high hopes for the popular uprisings of the Arab Spring proved short-lived. Leaders who on the surface appeared Western-oriented turned out to be either frontmen for Islamic extremists or weak leaders who could not hold onto power in this harsh region.

The current situation in Iraq is the latest example of this phenomenon. Our American friends meant well: They defeated an evil dictator with a history of horrid human rights abuses, a proven record of using weapons of mass destruction, and a record of threatening regional stability. In the aftermath of the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, the United States invested billions of dollars in rebuilding Iraq's infrastructure and paid an unfathomably high price in terms of American soldiers killed and wounded while attempting to rid the country of Islamist terrorists.

(More from Foreign Policy: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as seen through Tinder)

Despite these best efforts, the Iraqi government that the United States left behind has failed to retain even a semblance of law and order. The moment American forces began to withdraw from Iraq, groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), which had been waiting in the wings, moved in. With Kurdish autonomy in the north and Iran exerting increasing influence in the south, it is apparent that the Iraq we had known for the past century no longer exists.

Our experiences here in the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean are not that different. Beginning in the 1990s, successive Israeli governments signed and implemented a series of agreements with the Palestine Liberation Organization. These agreements set up the PA as an autonomous entity tasked with administrating the daily lives of the Palestinians of Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip. The PA was also supposed to uphold law and order in these territories, while aiding Israel in its fight against murderous terrorist organizations.

Sderot, Israel: Smoke rising from airstrikes on Gaza can be seen on July 22. | (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

In retrospect, Israel's decision to withdraw from the main Palestinian population centers did not bring security and stability, let alone peace. Instead, each Israeli redeployment allowed the Islamist extremists of Hamas and Islamic Jihad to increase their strength. This eventually led to a murderous wave of suicide bombers in the mid-1990s originating from the territories under PA control, and then an all-out war on Israeli civilians in the first decade of the 21st century. In both instances the PA was either too weak, or unwilling, to confront and halt the terrorists.

(More from Foreign Policy: The endgame in Gaza)

Our disengagement from the Gaza Strip in 2005 was even more problematic. The PA did not take advantage of its newfound sovereignty and create a "Singapore of the Middle East," as many naively hoped. Instead, Hamas seized power by force, literally throwing their rivals off the roofs of Gaza's buildings. Today, with hundreds of rockets and missiles fired daily at our population centers and dozens of attack tunnels burrowed from Gaza into Israel, the scope of this mistake is clear to all. Every day during this operation, we are reminded what terrorist organizations like Hamas are capable of when our attention is focused elsewhere.

Since 2009, it has been Likud Party policy to strengthen the civil aspects of the PA and allow its security forces to reign as freely as possible in Judea and Samaria. The events of the past few weeks have proven that successive Israeli governments were mistaken to allow such a free hand. Those who murdered the three Israeli teenagers on June 12 planned their attack from, and then returned to, areas that are fully controlled by the PA. It is not far-fetched to see how Judea and Samaria could easily turn into a full-fledged terror base like Gaza is today.

Those among us who naively thought we could outsource the security and safety of our citizens to the Palestinian Authority should now understand that this was a dangerous gambit. While we will continue to encourage the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria to take responsibility for their day-to-day civilian lives, we can no longer allow the PA even the smallest amount of autonomy when it comes to anti-terror efforts. Only by allowing the Israel Defense Forces and our other security services to operate freely in every corner of Judea and Samaria will we be able ensure that all the residents of this land receive the level of security they deserve.

(More from Foreign Policy: A time of unprecedented instability?)

The events of the past 15 years do not bode well for those who hope for stability in the Middle East. As much as Israel and our Western allies would like the world's Muslim and Arab countries to transform overnight into liberal democracies, we know this is unlikely to happen.

The lesson here is simple, both in terms of Israel's relationship with the Palestinians and the international community's engagement with our neighbors. We must do all we can to provide support to those who truly fight for democracy but at the same time, we cannot compromise one iota on a wide-ranging and in-depth security involvement.

This is true even when it means more boots on the ground, deep in dangerous territory. Israel is discovering this once again during the current round of fighting with Hamas.

Wishful thinking will not make the world a safer place. Only hard work and a daily battle against international terrorism will inch us closer to a day when the people of the Middle East — and the world — will live in the peace and security they so deserve.

Danny Danon is a member of The Knesset and formerly served as Israel's deputy minister of defense.
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Only obstacle to Israeli vcitory is Obama/Kerry

Israel clobbering Hamas. Will win unless Obama/Kerry stop them.
AP
BY: Matthew Continetti
July 25, 2014 5:00 am
Slandered, despised, insulted, degraded, Israel is nonetheless winning its war against Hamas. The number of rocket attacks launched by the terror group each day has been halved. The IDF is uprooting the underground tunnels Hamas uses to smuggle weapons, contraband, and terrorists in and out of the Gaza Strip. On Wednesday evening, Israel’s Channel Two newscast carried footage of Hamas terrorists surrendering to the IDF. The jihadists carried white flags. They stripped to their shorts, proving they were not wearing suicide belts. These are facts Hamas does not want you to know, images Hamas does not want you to see.
And you probably won’t see them. Since the evening of July 17, when Israel launched its ground offensive, Western media has been filled with Hamas propaganda. In the United States, the debate over the conflict is invariably couched in terms favorable to Hamas: Are civilian casualties too high? Is it safe to fly into Ben-Gurion airport? Has the IDF targeted schools and hospitals? One MSNBC anchor calls Israel, which abandoned Gaza in 2005, the “occupying authority.” Another praises a “gutsy” Israeli, who refuses to serve in his nation’s military.
On CNN, the Islamist Turkish prime minister says Israel has “surpassed what Hitler did.” A CNN reporter calls Israelis “scum”; a NBC reporter tweets a scurrilous article calling U.S. Jews who join the IDF “America’s Israeli jihadists”; and a writer for Gawker says it’s time to send the Jews back to Germany. Reporters once embedded with military forces. Now the talking points of a military force—the talking points of Hamas—are embedded in the U.S. media.
And yet the immediate danger to the success of this necessary war does not come from the electronic intifada. It does not come from resurgent anti-Semitism, or the United Nations Human Rights Council, or the failure of so many Western elites to recognize the causes of this war, their inability to distinguish between a democratic country struggling to protect its people and a terror state using children as hostages. Hate, law-fare, decadence—they are all challenges for Israel. But Israel can endure them for now. Israel is used to it.
What Israel should not endure is the premature conclusion of hostilities. Disarming Hamas—seizing its rocket caches, collapsing its tunnels, killing and capturing its forces—is vital to Israeli security. And an artificial ceasefire imposed by outside powers, a ceasefire written in terms favorable to Hamas, would undermine the security gains Israel has made to date. President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have given no sign that they recognize this fact. Or maybe they understand it all too well: The Obama administration’s top priority is imposing a ceasefire at exactly the moment when Israel’s military success is becoming clear.
Secretary Kerry arrived in Cairo earlier this week. No one wanted him there. Egypt’s ruler, General Sisi, has no interest in saving Hamas through international diplomacy: The Muslim Brotherhood is his mortal enemy. Kerry then went from Cairo to Jerusalem, where he met with U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon, who flew to the meeting on a plane chartered by Qatar, Hamas’ primary source of cash. Kerry also met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is too gracious to tell the secretary to go back to Boston. (Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, has said publicly what the Israeli government will not: Kerry is an unwelcome guest.) Next up was Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, who honored Kerry’s presence by endorsing Hamas’s call for a “Day of Rage” in the West Bank. Kerry “will soon decide if Hamas and Israel are willing to agree on a Gaza ceasefire,” Reuters says.
Kerry will decide? Who died and made him king?
There is no ceasefire in Gaza because a ceasefire is in no one’s interest. Israel’s objective is clear: degrade Hamas’ capability to fire rockets at Israeli civilians and attack Israeli communities from underground. As for Hamas, its interest is irrational, macabre, and deranged, but no less obvious: Promote itself as the leader of the worldwide struggle against Zionism and Judaism, while ensuring collateral damage that will foment outrage at Israel. That is why Hamas stores weapons in schools, why its military headquarters is in the basement of a hospital. Hamas is not interested in minimizing pain. Hamas wants to maximize it.
Who wants a ceasefire? Obama and Kerry. They need the diplomatic victory after the failure of their misguided and poorly executed bid to reconcile the irreconcilable. The president’s approval rating on foreign policy is abysmal. A ceasefire might help the American people forget, just for a moment, that their president has failed to influence events in Ukraine, Syria, and Iraq, let alone advance American interests overseas. Since he became president, Israel is the one country in the world in whose affairs President Obama has seemed at all interested in intervening. It is the one country whose politics and actions Obama has had no trouble judging harshly. Next to golf, it’s his favorite pastime.
Who wants a ceasefire? Qatar. The sheikhs who bankroll the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Jazeera, and Hamas would see their status rise. A ceasefire would lend credence to the theory that the traditional Sunni powers—Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia—have been eclipsed both by Shiite Iran and by Brotherhood-friendly Sunnis in the Gulf and Turkey. Having lost Egypt and possibly Gaza, the Brotherhood finds itself on the precipice. A Qatari-backed ceasefire that does not include disarmament of Hamas would pull the movement back from the abyss.
“One of the results, one would hope, of a cease-fire would be some form of demilitarization, so that again, this doesn’t continue, doesn’t repeat itself,” said Tony Blinken, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, to NPR. One would hope so. Indeed, actual demilitarization—not hoped for, not partial—is exactly what the IDF is doing now, block by block, tunnel by tunnel. Why is the administration trying to stop it? Is a ceasefire that leaves Hamas with its arsenal really more desirable to them than another week of war?
This is not the time for President Obama and John Kerry to play to type, to promote bad agreements for self-satisfaction, for political gain. If they won’t stand behind Israel, they should at least get out of the way. And let the IDF finish the job.
REPORT: HAMAS MORALE COLLAPSING, TERRORISTS FLEE IDF
In an otherwise excellent article on the Hamas terror tunnel network in Gaza, the Jerusalem Post buries the lede. An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier in the field told the Post that while Hamas fighters offered fierce resistance when the ground operation began, now Hamas operatives are fleeing, abandoning their positions, leaving behind weapons and other material that the IDF is using to expand its assault on the terror group.
The source added that in recent days, a recognizable wave of demoralization has washed over Hamas's combat battalions. "They simply escape, leaving behind weapons and suicide bomb vests that were laid out for battle. This morning we stormed a position, and they just weren't there. I don't see a determined enemy. We have encountered stronger pockets of fighting in the past. But now, I would not give them a high grade for fighting spirit."
Using further eyewitness reports, the article describes how Hamas has integrated the tunnel network into the civilian infrastructure of Gaza, constructing entrances in homes and even mosques. "I have not entered one civilian home that did not have weapons, suicide belts, or booby traps in it," the source told the Post, stressing the lengths to which the IDF goes to protect innocent civilians caught in the crossfire, regardless.
The reports of a collapse in Hamas fighters' morale lends credence to other reports that Hamas leaders were considering a temporary truce suggested by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The organization has insisted in the past on making a ceasefire conditional on the removal of the international blockade of Gaza, which exists to prevent Hamas from importing weapons and materials to build its terror network even further than it has.
Israel is demilitarizing Hamas; remember past promises that terrorists would be de-militarized? The UN was supposed to ensure weapons were not smuggled into the arms of Hezbollah-that was decades ago and Hezbollah’s tunnels and houses are filled with missiles. Abbas agreed to demilitarize the West Bank and Gaza. These promises are broken all the time. Yet Hamas may be about to be given a big boost and rescuedhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/kerry-presents-gaza-cease-fire-proposal-to-israel-and-proxies-for-hamas/2014/07/25/e56775b2-13b4-11e4-9285-4243a40ddc97_story.html?hpid=z4

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Double war crimes


 

Lanny Davis: …”there is no escaping the stubborn, indisputable fact that one cannot equate an intentional act of aiming rockets at civilians (Hamas) and with innocent people getting killed in the course of self-defense (Israel). One simply cannot.

There is no disputing that it is Hamas’s intent — it is Hamas’s policy — to destroy the state of Israel and to use terrorism to achieve that goal. That is a fact. It is also a fact that Hamas houses the rockets set to be launched into Israel within civilian facilities such as hospitals, schools, and residential complexes, and reportedly blocks many of those civilians from fleeing. That is a double war crime.

Then Hamas intentionally aims its rockets at Israeli civilian populations. That is a third war crime. And Hamas intentionally blocked its civilians, injured and needing medical assistance, from accessing an Israeli emergency hospital set up at the border. That is inhumane and cruel.

 

As former President Bill Clinton said recently, Hamas “has a strategy designed to force Israel to kill their own [Palestinian] civilians so that the rest of the world will condemn them.”

In contrast, it is a fact that Israel does everything it can, in the course of defending itself

from Hamas rockets, to avoid civilian deaths. What army sends texts and phone calls to warn civilians of its intentions to attack and implores them to leave before the attack? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked a relevant question on the same network news program Monday night: If this were the U.S. being attacked by terrorists just across the border, aiming its rockets at U.S. cities, with the rocket launchers hiding among civilians, what would the U.S. do?

But in watching U.S. and international media coverage of the Gaza intervention, there is no question that this distinction is not fairly reflected. Nor is there equal coverage of the fright and horror of Israeli families and children living daily, hourly, under the threat of  rockets falling from the sky, aimed at killing them.

I know that anti-Israel advocates argue that the country is committing war crimes when it targets civilian areas to destroy rocket launchers and tunnels.

But the double standard is clear. Since American soldiers, planes and drones killed insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, and unintentionally killed civilians and children in the process, do Americans accept the characterization that our armed forces are committing war crimes?

The media coverage of this tragedy has facilitated and enabled Hamas’s strategy of intentionally putting its civilians and children in the way of incoming Israeli strikes as human shields. These cynical tactics are only meant to encourage media coverage of the horror of their deaths. As former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren wrote recently, journalists must not





allow themselves to act as accessories to Hamas’s murderous strategy that delegitimizes Israel and prolongs the Palestinians’ suffering.”

At the very least, every time journalists report on the horror of civilian injuries and deaths in Gaza, I believe they are ethically required also to report the fact that Israel tries to avoid such civilian suffering, while it is Hamas’s policy and intent to kill civilians — Israelis as well as Palestinians.  

Lanny Davis served as special counsel to former President Clinton and is principal in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Lanny J. Davis & Associates, and is Executive Vice President of the strategic communications firm, Levick. He is the author of a recently published book, Crisis Tales: Five Rules for Coping with Crises in Business, Politics, and Life (Threshold Editions/Simon and Schuster).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The roots of Israel/Palestine struggle

Arab Palestinians have no claim to the land of Israel, it has never been there’s. There has never been a civilization or a nation referred to as "Palestine" and the very notion of a "Palestinian Arab nation" having ancient attachments to the Holy Land going back to time immemorial is one of the biggest hoaxes ever perpetrated upon the world! There is not, nor has there ever been, a distinct "Palestinian" culture or language. Further, there has never been a Palestinian state governed BY Arab Palestinians in history, nor was there ever a serious Arab-Palestinian national movement until 1964... three years BEFORE the Arabs of "Palestine" lost the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] and Gaza as a result of the 1967 Six-Day War (which the Arabs started). Even the so-called leader of the "Palestinian" people, Yasser Arafat, is EGYPTIAN! In short, the so-called Arab "Palestinians" are a manufactured people...a people with no history and no authenticity... whose sole purpose for existence is to destroy the Jewish State!
The land there, named Palestine by Romans 2000 years ago, was Judea before that for 2000 years, and Canaan in the bible, which the Israelites (Jews) lived in in 2000 BCE. Jews only left when forced out by the Romans, but the land never had no Jews. The so called “Palestinians today” have no relation to any of the people who lived there in ancient times. Palestinians were Jews until recently. The chief rabbi was called the chief rabbi of Palestine. The Jerusalem post was the Palestinian Post until 1948.
Joan Peters, the author of the seminal world From Time Immemorial ''Peters demonstrates that Jews did not displace Arabs in Palestine-just the reverse: Arabs displaced Jews; that a hidden but major Arab migration and immigration took place into areas settled by Jews in pre-Israel Palestine; that a substantial number of the Arab refugees called Palestinians in reality had foreign roots
Peters started out thinking she’d justify the Palestinian claims but here research her forced her to change her mind. From the outset Israel has sought to live in peace with her neighbors. Her declaration of Independence states that, as opposed to the Hamas charter calling for Israel’s destruction and the death to Jews. Despite there being 21 Arab nations, and 65 Muslim majority nations, Abbas of the Palestinian Authority says they will never accept a Jewish state. Israel totally withdrew from Gaza in 2005, giving the residents there the opportunity to build a nation. Instead all Israel got was thousands of missiles shot at indiscriminate Jewish targets and calls for murder of every Jew. This experience has shown clearly the so called Palestinians can never be permitted a sovereign nation. They would just use it to constantly try and destroy Israel and Jordan.

Despite the constant Palestinian terror, Israel provides them electricity, water, food, employment, economic development assistance and the opportunity to live more free than anywhere else in the Arab world. Sadly, their leadership is tyrannical, corrupt, ruthless and barbaric.

Democraticic leadership war vs Israel

Democratic leadership war vs Israel

Throughout Obama's presidency, he has worked hard to jeopardize Israel, especially his demand that Israel withdraw to 49 borders. They did in Gaza and we see what happened. Now instead of full out support for USA's best ally and only real ally in MidEast, he equivocates, blaming Israel instead of Hamas for civilians deaths Hamas cause, isolates Israel with travel flight ban from USA, and sends $$7 million to Hamas to biuild more tunnels and buy more missiles. 

Hillary in her recent book, declare Israel an Occupying force in Palestine.

John Kerry, (whose grandfather Otto Kohn changed the name to Kerry) derides Israel Sunday when he thinks mike is off, insinuating Israel is purposely trying to kill civilians.

Madeline Albright, former Sec State, (whose parents converted from Judaism to Catholicism) said yesterday Israel is losing its moral authority in Gaza.



Former Dem. Sec State Brzezinski said US should shoot down Israeli jets if they went after Iran's nuclear plants.

Jimmy Carter's recent book on israel was titled Apartheid. Kerry used that term recently regarding Israel too.

But what can you expect when the Democratic Convention delegates booed when, after Obama pulled Jerusalem from the language and was forced to put it back, it was presented for floor affirmation.

 About Gaza now, 73 percent of republicans said they sympathized more with Israel, just 44 percent of democrats felt that way. According to Pew, "dating back to the late 1970s, the partisan gap in Mideast sympathies has never been wider." Guess the Dem leaders know where their voters are

Only Israel really helps them

Israel is the only country that actually cares about Palestinians. Despite Hamas Palestinians calling for destruction of Israel; and death to Jews in their charter, the Palestinian authority curriculum of schools and summer camps teaching Jew hatred,  honoring murderers of Jews, Hamas, their clergy preaching Jews are subhuman, Israel continues to be the central nation HELPING Palestinians:


Between 1948 and 1967, The Palestinians lived in refugee camps under Egyptian )(GAZA) and Jordanian (West Bank) rule. Either country could have easily established a Palestinian state then, or absorbed the Palestinians, as has been done for refugees throughout all time, but they did not.
Israel voted for partition in 1947, to create a Palestinian state, they Arabs voted against it and declared war on Israel.
No Arabs live more free anywhere in the world than Israeli Arabs, and Palestinian would enjoy the same freedom if governed by Israel instead of their tyrannical rulers
Israeli hospitals save Palestinian lives; 30% Hadassah patients are Palestinians http://unitedwithisrael.org/palestinian-newspaper-recognizes-israel-helps-palestinians/
Israel provides tons and tons of food and materials to Gaza and West Bank http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/israel-helps-palestinians-gaza_575942.html
Israel has been working with the PA to help develop a viable, even vibrant economy for the Palestinians that provides jobs and support the infrastructure for viability. http://www.aish.com/jw/me/Israels-Support-of-the-Palestinian-Economy.html
Despite the constant barrage of rocket attacks emanating from the Gaza Strip, Israel provides most of the electric supply for both the West Bank and Gaza. Israel, provides tons of aid and support to the Palestinians.
In order to reduce the level of Palestinian unemployment, Israel has increased the number of permits for Palestinians to work in Israel - by 40% since February 2011.
Since the signing of the 1993 Oslo accord, real GDP per capita in the West Bank has increased considerably. From 1998-2011, these numbers grew from about $1,750 to about $2,000 according to the June 2012 U.S. congressional report U.S. Foreign Aid to the Palestinians. The report also notes that Gaza experienced a considerable rise in real GDP per capita from 2002-2005 before the Hamas takeover.
Israeli Arabs know how good it is in Israel. They do not want to live in a Palestinian state http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4119/israeli-arabs-palestinian-state
The plight of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and other Arab countries has received little attention in the mainstream media in the West. Arab governments have done nothing to help Palestinians. Why? If they don't have their little brother Palestine as the victim of big scary Israel, they have nothing to rally their people with.
Although many international aid organizations have been working to assist the Palestinians in the Arab world, Western journalists often turn a blind eye to the misery of these refugees. Pan-Arabism is a figment of the imagination with respect to the Palestinians. The plight of the Palestinians is used by the Arab regimes only when it can promote their political ends.  These regimes champion the Palestinian cause mostly as a way to attack Israel. This serves to draw away attention from the misery of their people, and conversely, hide the success of the tiny Jewish state.  The Arab regimes refuse to criticize one another or admit to their ill treatment of the Palestinians, and their hypocrisy is revealed in the deafening silence when the plight of the Palestinians no longer suits their needs. The Arab antagonism towards integrating Palestinian refugees into their societies has led to the denial of basic Palestinian rights to work and live, and in some cases has culminated in the outright violent expulsion of Palestinian families.
Lebanon:
At least 300,000 Palestinian refugees live in Lebanon in what Human Rights Watch calls "appalling social and economic conditions." They're blocked from working in a variety of professions, and the Lebanese government has largely resisted granting them broader property rights.
IRAQ: Baghdad was once home to 30,000 Palestinians, but more than half have fled since the U.S.-led invasion there. In 2010, UNHCR finally closed a refugee camp on the Iraq-Syria border where hundreds of Palestinians had been stranded for years. Earlier this year, Palestinian refugees appealed to Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, saying that they had been denied medical care and had to use fake ID cards to receive treatment.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hamas is pure evil

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Obama undermines Israel in Gaza


   Now as Israel goes into Gaza to destroy missile launchers and tunnels used for terror, Obama and Kerry  demands ceasefire. World Jewish digest headline is “Obama undermines Israel”. So what else is new from this terrorist loving president of ours? Recall this? .

Obama Most incompetent, anti American Anti Israel foreign policy ever

1. His administration continually leaks classified documents that endanger our soldiers and especially our ally Israel
2. Said he wants to bring daylight between Israel and 
3 .He bragged about killing Bin Laden, when he hypocritically campaigned against the means they used to find him. That got the actual Seals who killed him so mad they are campaigning against him
4 He hired Muslim brotherhood tied terrorists to be in the USA government
5 Aided Muslim Brotherhood dominated Egypt by reducing helping overthrow Mubarack, their debt and doing military exercises with them, while scaling back our exercises with Israel. 
6.He has stalled and delayed and appeased Iran as they march forward to develop nuclear weapons and daily say they want to wipe out Israel
7.. He has tried to bully, threaten, intimidated and repeatedly turned his back on Israel ( 49 borders, no building in Jerusalem) and had the word Jerusalem removed from the DNC platform as well as Hamas as terror, and Palestinians no right of return,. He realized that Jerusalem's omission was an error and lied and said he did not know, and when he instructed them to put it back, they did, but over a majority loud chorus of boos from the delegates. DNC convention has featured a large Muslim extremist sub convention.
8. Foolishly encouraged and embraced Arab Spring, which is turning into Arab nightmare. g. He forbade the CIA and FBI from using the words Muslim or Islam when they investigate, making it impossible to do their job and called Fort Hood massacre of a Muslim killing our soldiers shouting allah akbar workplace violence.
9. Obama refused to push for Israel to be included in an international terrorist conference. 
10. Makes us more dependent on Arab oil that funds terror 
11. Massive spread of Islamic jihad under his watch-
Libya: he helped push out Quaddafi
Iraq-pulled out after war was won opening way for ISIS
Syria: drew red lines and then ignored them when breached
Hamas: secret talks with this terrorist group while they toss missiles daily at Israel for 6 months and continued to fund PA even after the have unity government with Hamas
Iran: weakened sanctions consistently and now extends talks while they move forward 
12. His record before he entered high electoral politics in 2004, especially his associations with radical anti-Zionists

13. Obama’s favorite foreign leader calls Israelis Nazis Erdogan calls Israel more barbaric than Hitler It is no surprise, with this violent, hateful rhetoric, that there are violent protests against Israel in Turkey. It is also no surprise that Obama would name this vicious Jew-hater as his closest friend among world leaders. “Erdogan calls Israel more barbaric than Hitler,” Times of Israel, July 19, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The israeli left has caused great damage

What were some of Livni and the left's most egregious errors in their premises concerning national security ?

1. Palestinian Arab Democracy will set Israel free from the “Occupation.”
How exactly did “Palestinian Democracy” set Israel free?  The Palestinians “democratically elected” a Hamas genocidal government premised and bent on the liquidation of Israel. And unlike the 1930’s when Germany democratically elected Hitler, the Palestinians openly voted for a Hamas Government whose central policy plank was the annihilation of Israel. The advocacy and empowerment of a Palestinian Arab “democracy” didn’t set Israel free, it laid the foundation for an attempt at a new Holocaust.  Instead of Israel being secured, Israel is now ‘occupied’ with thousands of rockets and missiles.

2. Without a Palestinian State in the 'West Bank' the world would boycott Israel and mainstream Israelis would suffer economically.
The truth was always, and is, exactly the opposite. Imagine hundreds of explosive-packed suicide tunnels from East Jerusalem into West Jerusalem, or from the 'West Bank' in the direction of Ben Gurion Airport.  What would have happened to the Israeli economy if the Palestinian Arabs had blown up West Jerusalem or Kfar Saba?
What will be the cost in Jewish lives and dollars for Israel to have undo the Hamas terror-tunnels we have today?  And the tunnels are only the tip of the military assets Israeli soldiers will have to defang in Gaza.
Whatever the costs to Israel to fix Gaza, had Hamas been allowed to turn Judea and Samaria into a Gaza, the costs would have been hundreds of times worse (if that were at all reversible).  A 'West Bank' terror state would have been a fatal and irreversible blow to Israel's existence, let alone to its economy.

3. Abbas is a “Partner for Peace.” 
Mahmoud Abbas is an unrepentant master terrorist who probably has more Jewish blood on his hands than anyone alive (except for the Iranians).But  the deeper lie is that Abbas is a “partner” at all!  Abbas doesn’t control anything except some bank accounts for paying terrorists for murdering Jews, and for stashing away stolen donated public funds.  Hamas, and only Hamas, rules the Palestinian Arabs.

4. The Jewish "settlers" of Judea and Samaria are "obstacles" to Israeli peace.
The truth always was, and is, the Jewish settlers in Gaza and Judea and Samaria are the greatest heroes of Israel. Israel’s "settlers" are the rest of Israel’s first and last line of defense from being eradicated and murdered en masse.  These Israelis have put their lives, and the lives of their families, on the front line to protect the Jews of Tel Aviv.  But, Livni and the left needed to falsely paint them as obstacles to peace in order to propagate the 2-State Solution Fraud.  When the true story is told, the Israelis living in Judea and Samaria will be recognized as the exemplary Jewish heroes they truly are.

That incessant and false demonization of Israeli "settlers" has legitimized virulent world-wide de-legitimization against all of Israel. Livni and the left’s “anti-peace” libel against Israeli "settlers" laid the groundwork for anti-Jewish attacks from France to America to India.

At least we can be crystal clear about the real enemies

At least we can be crystal clear about the real enemies of justice, peace, goodness, truth as shown this battle, Iraq, Syria etc.
Hamas sponsored by the evil Iran, Hezbollah sponsored by Iran, ISIS/ISIL,
Turkey today under present leadership, ("Israel is as bad as Hitler") UN (stores missiles and then gives them back to Hamas, Moslem brotherhood, Alquida,
who is aiding and abetting enemies of truth and justice : New York times, Jon Stewart and so many others who fail to emphasize 1. Hamas has sent thousands of missiles indiscriminately at Jews designed to kill civilians WARCRIMES 2. No country on earthy could accept that 3. No country has ever done more to protect against civilian causalities than Israel 4. No war effort has ever tried more to get its own citizens killed by the other side by sing human shields than Hamas WARCRIMES 5. Hams calls for genocide vs Jews and israel WARCRIMES 6. Hamas stores its missiles in mabulances, schools, mosques WARCRIME 7. Hamas is stooge for Iran
8. Palestinian authority curriculum teaches murderous hatred of Jews to 5 year olds CHILDABUSE. Instead these groups and individuals blame the victim, Israel

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hamas has bomb shelters

Hamas has plenty of bomb shelters. they just use them to hide missiles and keep the barbarian soldiers safe. They want the civilians to die. "Why Gaza Doesn’t Have Bomb Shelters
Jonathan S. Tobin | @tobincommentary
07.12.2014 - 10:30 PM

One of the key talking points by apologists for Hamas in the current conflict is that it isn’t fair that Israelis under fire have bomb shelters while Palestinians in Gaza don’t have any. Among other factors, the lack of shelters accounts in part for the differences in casualty figures between the two peoples. But somehow none of the talking heads on TV ever ask why there are no bomb shelters in Gaza.


There’s no question that Hamas is outgunned by Israel. The Islamist terror group that still rules over Gaza has thousands of rockets, but Palestinians eager to cheer news of Israeli casualties have been disappointed as the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system has knocked down most of the rockets shot over the border from Gaza at Israeli cities in the hope that carnage will result. But even though Israel has gone to unprecedented lengths to avoid killing Palestinian civilians as it attacks the missile launch sites and Hamas command centers and ammunition storage areas that are embedded in packed neighborhood and especially in or around schools, mosques, and clinics, some civilians have died. Given that the Israelis have pounded the Islamists with nearly a thousand strikes this week, the approximately 150 Palestinian fatalities is actually pretty low. But still, fewer Palestinians would have died had there been places for them to seek refuge during the fighting.

The assumption is that the Hamas-run strip is too poor to afford building shelters and safe rooms for its civilians, a point that adds to the impression that the Palestinians are helpless victims who deserve the sympathy if not the help of the world in fending off Israel’s assault on Hamas’s arsenal.

But the assumption is utterly false. Gaza’s tyrants have plenty of money and material to build shelters. And they have built plenty of them. They’re just not for the people of Gaza.

As is well known, Gaza is honeycombed with underground structures from one end of the strip to the other. This doesn’t only refer to the more than 1,400 tunnels that have connected Gaza to Egypt through which all sorts of things—including rockets, ammunition, building materials as well as consumer goods–came into the strip until the military government in Cairo stopped the traffic. The chief problem facing the Israel Defense Forces in this campaign is the same one they faced in 2008 and 2012 when they previously tried to temporarily silence the rocket fire. Hamas’s leaders and fighters are kept safe in a warren of shelters build deep underneath Gaza. There is also plenty of room there for its supply of thousands of rockets and other armaments. Moreover, they are also connected by tunnels that crisscross the length of that independent Palestinian state in all but name ruled by Hamas. Indeed, when you consider the vast square footage devoted to these structures, there may well be far more shelter space per square mile in Gaza than anyplace in Israel.

If these structures were opened up to the civilians of Gaza, there is little doubt that would lower the casualty figures. Indeed, if the leaders of Gaza and their armed cadres emerged from their safe havens under the ground and let the civilians take cover there they could then show some real courage. But lowering casualties isn’t part of Hamas’s action plan that is predicated on sacrificing as many of their own people as possible in order to generate foreign sympathy. Instead, they cower behind the civilians, shooting missiles next to schools, storing ammunition in mosques (as today’s explosion in Gaza illustrated) and, as I previously noted, are actually urging civilians to act as human shields against Israeli fire on Hamas strongholds. Indeed, they have enlisted the people of Gaza as part of their misinformation campaign in which they attempt to conceal the presence of missile launching or masked, armed Hamas fighters in civilian neighborhoods.

But I have a question for the Palestinians and their foreign cheerleaders. What if, instead of devoting all of their resources and cash to an effort to turn Gaza into an armed fortress, bristling with thousands of rockets and honeycombed with tunnels and shelters where only Hamas members and their dangerous toys are allowed, the people of Gaza had leaders who had devoted their efforts to improving the lot of the Palestinian people since they took over the strip after Israel’s complete withdrawal in 2005? What if instead of importing missiles and other arms from Iran, Hamas had decided to try to turn their tiny principality into a haven of free enterprise instead of an Islamist tyranny built on hate and which survives on the charity of Israel (yes, Israel, which every day—including when there is fighting going on—sends trucks laden with food and medicine into Gaza to prevent the humanitarian crisis that the Palestinians claim has been happening there from occurring) and the West?

Hamas has sown the wind with its cynical decision to start a war against Israel and the people of Gaza are reaping the whirlwind. Gaza doesn’t have bomb shelters. What it does have is a ruling terrorist movement that uses civilians as human shields. By tolerating such a government and by cheering when their Islamist rulers provoke Israeli counter-attacks by shooting rockets at Israeli civilians, the people of Gaza cannot entirely blame the Jewish state or the world for their fate. But whatever we may think about their decision to accept this situation, the lack of bomb shelters in Gaza should not argue against Israel defending its people.