Watch This – Israeli Air Force Incredible Technology

Watch this short but decisive display of incredible technology.  It makes the TV show “24” look ancient.  This is happening today and now.  

The future of conflict can be decided by the great minds of the Israel Defense Forces as displayed here by the Air Force.

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.


Israel Tank Soldier Prayer for Safe Journey Entering Gaza

Israeli soldiers poised to enter into battle in the Gaza Strip. Tanks and armored vehicles lined up.
One soldier with a flashlight pressed against a pendant dangling from his neck, reads the prayer for a safe journey, Tefilat Haderech.

תפילת הדרך על פתח החזית בעזה.

Israel’s Chief of Staff Benny Gantz Visiting Troops in Gaza

This clip was published by the IDF. The Israeli Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz visits troops on the ground in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge.
Being that it’s currently one of the hottest war zones in the world, it speaks volumes of the man’s courage and stature.

If the video had been in black and white, you could almost see General Patton speaking with the troops and boosting their morale in Europe.
I’m sure that this is the stuff legends are made of.

Notice a few subtleties –
1. He’s meeting them in “the shetach”, in the field. This is not just a propaganda film for the home front. He actually went out to the battle front to hear from commanders and soldiers on the ground and get their take on how the operation is proceeding. After listening to them, he reminds them of the stratge
2. When he’s speaking with the troops, he is sitting on his knees. Can you think of any Commander of major army in the world, who would get down on the ground to speak with troops in the field down on his knees? Maybe he gets low so the guys can see him eye to eye. After all, his height is a good 6′ 3″ (or more).
3. As he leaves, he says the Hebrew “L’hitraot” for we’ll meet again. As opposed to “Shalom”, which means Goodbye. When an Israeli says we’ll meet again, it means just that.

Strong, calculating, deliberate commanders make for successful campaigns.

בני גנץ רמתכ”ל ידראל – מבצע צוק איתן

This is How Time Magazine Distorts the News on Gaza – Israel

Their July 27 headline reads as follows: “Israel Acknowledges Mortar Strike at UN School, But Denies Casualties”, which on Twitter, as of this writing, reaped 125 retweets and 40 favorites in the first link, and then three hours later on a duplicated tweet, reaped similar numbers (Interesting, by the way, that only this title, from all the subjects they are reporting on, required a duplicate tweet). Nearly all of the responses in Twitter are pro-Palestinian and decidedly anti-Israel (with a few anti-Jewish).

The article is essentially an AP retread as written by Sam Frizell, a business reporter for Time in New York City. Good to see that Time dedicates New York armchair quarterbacks to report the hard and important issues, instead of hard-nosed investigative correspondents on the ground, who get feedback from the primary sources in the field before filing their stories.

The article consists of five short paragraphs. It states Hamas’ claim that 16 civilians were killed at the school, refugees from earlier fighting, (for which the only source given was a Reuters report filed by NIDAL AL-MUGHRAB in Gaza), followed by a disclaimer by the IDF Spokesman. Th Israeli spokesman, Peter Lerner, acknowledges that there was fighting near the school, but denies that anyone had been killed by Israeli shells.

The final paragraph states, almost as an afterthought, that the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon strongly condemned the attack Thursday, though he said at the time that “circumstances are still unclear.” As a takeaway, the article concludes with “Ban earlier said that rockets had been found in two separate evacuated UN schools, saying that ‘those responsible are turning schools into potential military targets.'”

So what’s wrong with this report?
It seems like both sides of the story were reported. It’s not what _is_ reported, but what is _not_ reported here that distorts the reality.

1. The IDF released a video showing the school before and during the attack. As of the result of the last UN Human Rights Commission farce, Israel has learned that it must take over and above precautions and film every battle, every altercation, literally every step they take. Often, this places Israeli soldiers in harm’s way, especially the one who is videoing the battle. The video shows noone in the area in the front of the school before the attack, and shows rockets being fired by Hamas FROM the school. Why isn’t that included in this report?

IDF video showing three rockets being launched from a Gaza school

2. In their report, Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General, was even quoted as saying that Hamas was responsible for turning the schools into military targets by placing rockets and firing from them. So why is the title of the article “Israel Acknowledges Mortar Strike at UN School…”. Wouldn’t this be more appropriate “Palestinian Refugees caught in cross-fire between Hamas and Israel at UN School” or “Hamas Fires Rockets from Gaza School, Israel Retaliates with Lateral Casualties”? Of course, the latter probably wouldn’t yield 400 retweets and favorites on Twitter.

This style of reporting by omission is used by all of the mainstream media on their reporting of the war in Gaza to help support the Hamas narrative. Time, along with NPR, CNN, and many other US mainstream news sources, consistently report on Israel and the Palestinians in this fashion.

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.

Pray for Wounded Israeli Soldiers – Operation Protective Edge

אנא אמרו תהילים לרפואתם שלהחיילים הפצועים ממבצע צוק איתן. השמות מעודכנים לעכשיו. אם ידוע לכם על שינויים במצבם נא להודיע לנו.

רפואה שלמה ומהירה לכולם – אנו אוהבים אתכם מכל הלב

Please say Tehilim and included these names of wounded Israeli soldiers from Operation Protective Edge.
Here’s a current list of wounded soldiers. Please let us know if you know of changes, additions, or names that can be removed B”H.

גיל בן מיכל
אוהד בן אליס גנון
מרדכי חי בן ברכה יהודית
עמוס בן סיגל
עמית בן מרים
אוהד בן רות
משה אלעד בן עיתיאל
רן בן ציפורה.
דולב בן כוכבה
יונתן שמעון בן גיטל
יוני בן שרה
אביעד בן סימה
ארז בן שרית
דור יצחק בן סוזי
רמי בן רמונד
עובדיה בן רויטל
דניאל מנדס בן מרים
יונתן שמעון בן מסעוד
מור מורדכי בן שרית
נריה בן חווה
שקד בן אורה
אליאל בן אריאלה
אליהו בן חווה
ארד בן ליאורה
ליאל בן אילנית
יונתן בן חגית אביגיל
שוהם בן יפה פלורה
יעקב בן לאפו
מיכאל בן פרידה
יואב בן גילה
ישי דב הלוי בן נרי
רותם בן ארנונה
בן דויד בן אסתר נלי
גיא בן מגי
טל חיים בן תמרה
ארנון בן איריס
צוריאל אליהו בן שולמית
רותם בן ארנונה
מעוז חיים בן חסיה מלכה
משה בן סיגלית חביב
אוהד בן רחל
אורי בן רחל
יהודה פנחס בן שלמה
דוד בן רחל
בניה בן פנינה
אושיק משה בן שושנה זהרי
יוגב בן סימה
ניצן בן מזל
שי בן אורלי
אברהם נחמן בן אוסנת
יעקב בן אוסנת
דניאל בן נעמי פנינה
רון מנחם בן חנה
נמרוד בן ויקטוריה
יונתן מנחם בן שושנה
סער בן דבורה
אור בן דבורה
אביחיל אלימלך בן נחמה
יאיר שמעון בן נחמה
דני בן מילה
עידן בן בת שבע
אור בן ריקי
מאור בן רונית
מוטי מרדכי בן רונית
עמישב בן אסתר
ליאור בן ניצנה
יאיר בן יעל
ליאור בן רות
טל בן חגית
יואב בן בלה
שי סימן-טוב בן חווה

Mark Levin Slams Jon Stewart

You can expect a comedian to make jokes about current events. That’s what they’re getting paid to do. Make us laugh. Try to bring lightness to issues that are sometimes weighing heavily on the public conscience and consciousness. When do they cross the line? One pretty blatant example is how Jon Stewart portrays the Israel-Gaza conflict and Israel’s Operation Edge response to the constant barrage of Hamas rockets raining down on their population centers.

Jon Stewart distorted the truth and fed it to his considerable audience as though he was taking a lighter view of current events. Sure, everyone laughed. His sponsors were happy, the network was happy, ratings are great. But what about the truth? The left (or far left, depending on your perspective) campaign that Stewart ascribes to, constantly decries the right-leaning networks for hiding or distorting the facts. I’m frequently told “Aren’t all those Fox Network reporters nut-jobs?”…

Let’s have a look at what Stewart had to say in his own words: The Israel segment begins around 5 minutes in to the clip.

So, Israel is making apps to defend it’s citizens. Is that bad? Why is that funny?

Have you ever seen Israel, Jon Stewart? Where are the citizens of Israel supposed to go when they have 15 seconds (that’s FIFTEEN SECONDS) to run for shelter? What does it matter the size of your country when you have to run for cover? His arguments are not funny, they are political satire that are intended to bring across his very obvious political leanings. He is very misguided, and it’s unfortunate that Comedy Central lets him rant without an equal amount of time for followup to rant or laugh from a different perspective.

Mark Levin, right wing conservative talk show host, puts Stewart in his place. The 7 minute clip really sums it up well. Check it out on the blog:

Judge Goldstone Gets Smacked at UN Council

An Israeli doctor from Ashkelon confronts Judge Goldstone at a UN Council meeting with riveting testimony on how his report completely ignored the Israeli casualties and Arab terror that led up to the Gaza Incursion.

Goldstone’s one-sided anti-semitic report dedicates two pages out of a 500 HUNDRED page report to deal with the 8 year barrage of rocket attacks on Israeli towns by Gazan missiles.

Hopefully, with more testimonies like from this courageous woman will help bring out Dr. Goldstone for what he is, a traitor to the Jewish people, and a colossal anti-semite from the likes of the authors of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

A Tale of Two Seas

Rabbi Azouelos, Head of the Maskiot Pre-Army Mechina, said these very inspiring words at last night’s closing ceremony for this year’s students.

(Translated and paraphrased from Hebrew)

Israel has two seas. The Kineret and the Dead Sea.

The Kineret is a sea that only gives. It gives water, and fish, and provides for its tributaries. It gives, but it does not take. It is a sea of life.

The Dead Sea only takes. It takes but it does not give. It’s name in every language (other than Hebrew) is the Dead Sea.

In life, when we give, there is purpose. When all we do is take, there is no purpose.

— end of Rabbi Azoules’ words.

The gemara (Jewish Talmud) says, “He who hates gifts will live.”

Rabbi Desler z”l, says in Michtav Meliyahu (???? ??????) that the one who gives emulates the Creator, and the one who only takes is on the path of evil.

We need to emulate the actions of givers, not takers. Give to your family. Give to your community. Give to your country, our State of Israel, give to humanity.

15 Seconds to Sderot

15 seconds is all that it takes for a rocket fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza to land in the nearby Israeli town of Sderot. It will probably take you longer than that to read this blog post.

Imagine that you are in your living reading a book, watching TV or having a bite to eat, your kids are in the next room playing, and then you hear the sirens sounding that another mortar or rocket is heading your way. You now have 15 seconds, FIFTEEN SECONDS, to run as fast as you can to your shelter and hope that the rocket goes somewhere else.

Gaza Under Fire (AP)
Gaza Under Fire (AP)

This is the life that has been determined for the residents of Israeli towns near by Gaza the Iran-backed Hamas terrorist organization. Israel has suffered much damage, including loss of civilian lives, damage to buildings, destruction of local economies, and emotional scars to the local residents for eight years.

Israel’s decision to finally (hopefully) put an end to this suffering of its innocent civilians, and to rid the Palestinians of their Iran-backed terror state, was met with mixed responses by the world community. We didn’t expect praise from the Arabist U.N., nor from our ‘so-called’ friends in Europe, but let’s see how any country, democratic or otherwise, would respond to these similar circumstances.

The State of Israel is fighting the same war it has always fought, since it’s inception in 1948. This is a war of “kiyum”, being able to remain a sovereign nation. This is a war we must win.

Caesarea (??????) and the Roman Aqueducts

When I think of Caesarea, and its 18 hole golf course near the beach, it usually comes with a longing for my golf clubs that I left in the USA 14 years ago.  It’s situated about 50KM north of Tel Aviv and is easily accessible from the main Coastal Highway.

Caesarea, is actually however, a top Israel tourist destination. The town is built on the ruins of a Herodian village from the times of the Roman era. The tourist section, which is much bigger than the inhabited portion, is filled with activities, Roman ruins, and the famous Roman Amphitheater.  Click here to learn more about the city’s impressive history.

The central tourist area has many artisan shops, including a “yekev” vineyard factory store.  The Israeli army brings cadets to Caeserea for training and for history lessons.  A soldier has to know what he’s fighting for.

Here are some photos of the beach, the Ampitheater,  Roman Ruins, and Aqueducts, which were quite an engineering feat.  (Remember the Monty Python skit about “what have the Romans done for us”?)…