Watch These Christians Tell Us Why They Love Hamas and Hate Israel

Irrational and exuberant hatred for Israel

Watch what happens at the CUFI (Christians United for Israel) 2015 pro-Israel conference in Rockville, MD.  Other Christians have a different take on things (and life, some would say).   A reporter asked the protesters what was their beef.  You’ll be shocked at most of the answers.

How many of these people every even met an Israeli, much less, a Hamas member, or someone living in Gaza?

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How Close Is Isis to Israel?

Hamas, Gaza, and Israel

Israelis are blessed with the innate ability to forget.   Life goes on as usual. Babies are born. Houses are constructed. Businesses are started.  Few think of the Operation Edge war from last summer. For fifty days in July and August 2014, Israel was faced with a bombardment of missiles from Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Gaza borders on it’s east with a dozen Israeli Kibbutzim and villages on the southwestern flank of the country.  These areas were under constant barrage during the military operation, and saddled with Israeli army makeshift fortifications and gathering points.

Hamas sits on the other side of the border, sometimes just a few hundred meters (approx. one US city block) away from Israeli army groupings.  It’s been reported by agricultural workers on the Israeli side that Hamas military scouts stand on jeeps just on the other side of the border with field glasses in hand.

Isis, Al-Qaydah, Hezbollah, and Syria

On the other side of the country, Israel shares its Northeastern border, The Golan Heights, with its sworn enemy Syria.  The Golan Heights, rocks strewn from volcanic ash, includes tens of kilometers of beautiful green mountainous and forested area, ripe with Apple orchards, cattle grazing, hiking areas, and even a ski resort at the top of the Hermon Mountain range.

This pastoral, idyllic sanctuary for some, rests just minutes from the Syrian border and 1967 armistice lines.  The rebellion in Syria, and the incessant fighting, which has been wreaking havoc on its civilian population for over two years, has in recent months reached the border town of Kuneitra.

The Syrian border town of Kuneitra, according to some military observers, actually consists of hollowed out shells, many left from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and Syrian military installations.  The latter fact leads all rebellious roads to Kuneitra.   In recent months, Kuneitra has changed hands more times than a quick-change artist could ever aspire.

Iranian-backed Shiite Hezbollah, Al-Qaydah backed sunni rebels, Isis – Salafi sunnis, and of course, Syrian Alawis, are all vying for that small strip of land.  Occasionally, the bullets fly into the no-man’s land that separates Israel and Syria, and Israel responds.  The dotted line on the map shows the armistice lines and Israel’s border with Israel.  

Kuneitra, Syria, Israel Golan Heights Area
Kuneitra, Syria, Israel Golan Heights Area


It’s sometimes hard to comprehend just how close all this fighting going-on is to Israeli civilian areas.  Looking at this map puts things in to perspective.  Israeli civilian populations sit in some cases, less than two miles from hostile armies. The proximity to danger and the continuation of life as normal in the tiny spaces of Israel is nothing short of a continuous miracle.

 

Leaked Copy of Kerry’s Gaza Israel Ceasefire Plan

US Secratary of State John Kerry, spent most of last week shuffling between Israel, Egypt, Turkey, and Qatar, to try to bring about a halt to the military action going on Gaza.
He presented this leaked document (as published in Ha’aretz, Middle East News, and other news sources) as a draft proposal, to the Israeli government for a cease fire.
The Israeli Cabinet rejected it out of hand, unanimously by a vote of 8-0.

Leaked Copy of Kerry’s proposed Israel Gaza Ceasefire Plan

The Israelis felt that the plan unprecedentedly upgraded Hamas to an equal level as Israel and other mentioned parties. It also answered many of Hamas’ original demands as put forth by the Qataris and Turkish intermediaries, but failed to mention the securities offered Israel in the original Egyptian proposal.

The Palestinian Authority had also expressed dismay that the original Egyptian plan hadn’t been used as the framework for this new proposal.

You Will Never See This on CNN or BBC – IDF in Gaza

This short video shows what Israeli troops on the ground in Gaza are up against as they engage residential areas in Gaza left behind by Hamas.

Gaza Streets and Homes Rigged with Explosives

This Israeli soldier shows how seven homes are booby-trapped together into one big explosion waiting for the advancing soldiers.
Fortunately, the IDF saw the signs of the trap before entering. This is a typical residential area in saijeyah, Northern Gaza.
In the homes, they found weapons caches, rocket caches, booby-trapped doorways, all inter-connected to a central trigger.

Instead of risking the lives of the ground troops, to try and dismantle the network of bombs, Tzaha”l (IDF) decided to move out the soldiers and blow up the area from the air force support.
When we see the pictures of entire areas being blown away, now we can understand why the response was actually very proportional.

Hillary Clinton on Jon Stewart Talking About Gaza

Jon Stewart tries to lead Hillary Clinton down the usual path of blaming Israel for the situation in Gaza.

To my great surprise, Hillary tells it like it is. Wow! Listen to this clip. The usual wise-cracking Stewart was mostly silent as he realized he wasn’t getting a bone tossed to continue on his usual Israel-bashing rant coated in pseudo “I’m kinda Jewish too” humor.

She explains how she brokered the cease-fire in 2010, and how Hamas, and Palestinians in Gaza were given funds (billions of dollars frim USA and EU…ed.) and they squandered it on violence and inner Palestinian games. From this talk we learn that, 1. She actually gets it, 2. She’s not afraid to speak her mind – even when it bucks the conventional sugar-coated liberal agenda.

The discussion needs to be shifted from blaming Israel, to figuring out to dismantle Hamas and actually bring a solution to the Palestinian people.

Three State Solution – Israel, Gaza, West Bank

It’s always gratifying and refreshing to hear Arab pundits and experts admit the cracks in their political foundation.

The whole world it seems would be a much better place if Israel and the Palestinians could just get along.  The western world, led by US President Obama, believes that the two-state solution would be the best way to solve this century-long conflict.  Israeli PM Netanyau will be cajoled, then pressured, then threatened to accept a solution that gives the Palestinians a USA embassy.

Now comes the rub…  Where will be the capital of this new Arab state?  Hamas and their terrorist allies will insist on Gaza City to be the seat of government.  Whereas, Abbas and his Fatah terrorists (don’t be deluded to think they are moderates) will stake claim to Ramallah as the new capital.

Political scientist Mkjaimar Abusada, a professor at Al-Azhar University in Gaza said, “It is hard enough to see how peace talks will succeed anyway.  Maybe we’re headed for a three-state-solution:  Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.”

This is getting harder to score than a credit rating for AIG. Do the Palestinians really want a state right now, or do they want to continue arguing with us. Let’s say we can come to an agreement… To whom do we give the keys?

Palestinians vs. Israel – We’re in the Third Phase

I read an interesting interview yesterday with a Rabbi from a program that specializes in keeping religious soldiers on the path of learning Torah _after_ they leave the army. I can’t remember the Rabbi’s name, but this was the gist of his argument on why Hamas and Palestinians seem to be gaining so much of the world opinion against us. Here’s his point in a nutshell:
The Arabs, and particularly the Palestinians, have locked horns with Israel since 1948 using three distinct methods. The first phase was conventional war – army to army. That tactic failed them miserably. The second phase was terror. It’s nascent steps of hijackings and international staged terror events began in the late 60’s and continued through two intifadas in the 80s and 90s. This phase failed as well, since despite all the terrible pain inflicted on us, we are a stiff-necked nation (?? ??? ????).
We’ve been in the third phase in the past couple years as Arab nations build mock trials and judicial hearings and use the soft tongue of Arab diplomacy to assure the world that everything would be better if there just wasn’t Israel. Putting it bluntly, they couldn’t beat us by force, so they are trying to gain in the world forums by persuading world leaders, including newly elected Obama, and European Nations (with their own Islamic population problems) to join together against Israel.
–End of the Rabbi’s hypothesis–and on to my analysis:
The early indications show that Phase three is potentially the deadliest.
When Ahmadinejad in Iran threatens, we listen, and we respond. When President Obama tells us to lighten up and accept the Fatah as our partners, we say “well at least we’re better off than with Hamas. Remember the so-called ‘moderate’ Fatah. In 1995 we gave Fatah assault weapons (as part of the Nobel Prize winning Rabin and Peres’ Oslo Accords). In 1996, they turned their weapons on the Israeli checkposts.
It was the Fatah who butchered the two Israeli reservists who ended up unfortunately in Ramalah and were dragged to a Fatah controlled Police Station to meet their untimely demise. By the way, this was during our ‘period of peace’. It was the Fatah who danced on their rooftops for joy when the twin-towers fell to Osama Bin-Laden’s deadly attack.
Today’s headline: ?????: ???? ???? ???? ???????? ???? The Russian Foreign Minister met with Khaled Mashal (Hamas Terrorist #1) in Syria, and then told the world that Hamas is “ready to share it’s responsibility in Gaza” and that we (e.g. the western world) should be speaking with Hamas and not shunning them.
As much as we’d like to think that world opinion couldn’t possibly make a difference, it does. Have a look a this article from the well-respected political affairs magazine Commentary – Israel Today, Tomorrow the West. Very depressing stuff…
I suppose the question we need to ask ourselves is, are we ready to fight the third phase?

In Sderot the Kids Know What to do

My cousin was visiting in Sderot last week. He is a Rabbi and sofer (Biblical scribe), and often travels to places in Israel to check religious articles to see if they need to be repaired.

He shared with me this absurd and truly ‘unreal’, but very real story:

Last week, he visited a few houses in Sderot to check their mezuzot (Jewish families are required to place mezuzot on the doorways of their home). During one of his inspections, a nine year old girl from the home was following him and watching his work. Suddenly, the sirens went off. He froze. What to do? Where to go?

The 9 year girl very calmly said, “quick, follow me to the corner of the sealed room and bend down like this.” Fifteen seconds later he heard a big BOOM outside the house. The girl then said, “wait a little longer, there’s usually another boom or two.” Again, seconds later, BOOM, BOOM.

Shaken and disturbed, my cousin completed his tasks in Sderot and hurried home to Jerusalem. He then realized that the other family members were busy doing other tasks around the house and had deliberately sent their girl to watch over him in case of an attack.

This is Israel, a modern first (or second) world country, with a strong economy, lauded hi-tech sector, and yet our border towns have been afflicted with this absurd ritual for as long as Gaza has been in the hands of the terrorist Iran-backed Hamas.

Imagine that you are visiting your friends in Florida. Miami Beach is nice this time of year. During your visit, sirens start whaling and your friend’s 9 year old child (that’s a 3rd grader) tells you that you now have 15 seconds to run to the corner of the sealed room, where the missiles are less ‘likely’ to penetrate.

What if this scenario was played out in France? Would Sarcozy listen to the world opinion that the French government should show restraint and not fire back against the aggressors? Yes, Israel has the capabilities to fight back, and usually only after many blows does Israel finally takes steps to end the aggression against it.

The world media has always run roughshod over the tiny State of Israel. AP and Reuters have Arab journalists managing and writing stories on Israel. They often make feign attempts to show both sides of the story, but usually the venomous words are directed at the Jewish State. Other media organizations, such as the BBC and The Guardian make no attempts to hide their disdain for Israel. Such tendentious reporting helps to skew the already tainted view of Israel.

When you read Yahoo News about Israel (the world’s number 1 website destination), you are often reading AP’s Ibrahim Barzak, a Palestinian Arab, giving you so-called unbiased accounts of Israel’s fight for freedom against daily terrorist attacks.

The next time you read a story about Israel’s aggression and attacks on Gaza, remember the fifteen seconds you will have to follow your nine year old guide to safety.