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Memorial Day For the Fallen Soldiers and The Victims of Terror

April 25, 2012
I’ll start with a confession. I had a really hard time deciding if I should write this post. Due to the emotional state I’m in on Memorial Day, and due to the fact that I fear I’d make some horrible cynical use of it, which is not my intention. But since this the medium I chose for myself almost a year ago, here it goes.

Tonight and tomorrow, just before the celebrations of Israel’s 64th Independance day, Israel mentions Memorial Day. Now, I don’t really know how it goes in many other countries, but for me, here, in Israel, is a day words cannot describe. 24 hours in which life nearly stops still. Whrere politics takes a nap. Where TV shuts off its’ regular programming and commercials are nowhere to be seen or heard. Where families visit graves. Where many ceremonies are held. Where sad songs of loss and death and pain are heard on all radio stations.

2 sirens echo during that day in Israel. Tonight for one minute, and tomorrow morning for two minutes.

Israel’s Memorial Day was initially called “The Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers”. In 1998, it was also decieded to officialy honor within the same capacity, victims of terror attacks (the first terror attack dated on March 17th, 1953. The last one – last night [one injured;]). Thus, today it is called “The Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and The Victims of Terror”. As of tonight, the number of people honored by this day are 22,993.

The day honors eveyone: Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Russains, Ethiopians, Religious, Secular, Druze, Beduion and more of the Israeli soceity tapestry.

In this day I constantly hear two main issues rising – the memory of the fallen with the pain of loss, and the burning desire for peace, for the end of war and bloodshed. For the number to stop rising. It echoes in the President’s speech. The Prime Minister’s voice. The Cheif of Staff’s tone. They may change throughout the years, the desire never does.

When I was little, the Camp David negotiations were taking place. I remember everyone being hopeful, so hopeful, wishing that finally some peace will come. That the army would be dismantled. The following year, of course, saw the begining of the worst round of violence and blood shed ever. And yet here we are, over a decade past it, with new changes and uprisings all around us threatening even the peace treaty with Egypt, and though many may have lost faith in the other side and in the chance for peace, the majority still holds onto the want. To the need of peace. And it echoes in this day, with everyone you talk to, so loudly.

One of my favorite poems, taught in high school Literature class, is frequently mentioned in this day. A poem by Shaul Tchernichovsky, framed simply by the phrase [roughly translated: ] “You see, O Earth, how very wasteful we’ve been“. A poem written during The Arab Revolt of 1936, crying for the loss of life, cursing the earth for accepting so many bodies into it and still at the same time producing life in the form of plants.

And today. On this day. There’s something about it, and about the two main issues rising and echoing, that makes me really glad to be living here. On this side of the map. On this little next-to-nothing-yet-full-of-something piece of land. True, the conflicts go on. Wars never really end. The 126 casualties of the past year would not be the last. But taking the time, to hear the families’ stories over the news and ceremonies, to remember, to honor, to stand still and not allow life to completely go by… honestly, I hoped when i started writing that if I just keep going I’ll find the words to describe it. I didn’t.

So with the false hope that wars will end, and conflicts will be resolved, and blood won’t be shed anymore, I bid you good night.

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Summary of Rockets Fired at Israel, March 2012

April 2, 2012

March of 2012 was a very bad month. An escalation round with fanatic terrorists from the Gaza Strip put over 1.5 million of Israel’s citizens in peril, caused over 200,000 Israeli school kids to stay home for several days and once again took the population of Gaza hostage.

On the night of March 31st, terrorists were captured with knives, gun, ammuniation and a barbwire-cutter, trying to breach the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. One was killed, the other managed to get away and run back to the strip, where Israel has no interest in entering by foot, unless the militants of Gaza would force its’ hand once again.

In the latest escalation round, the most active terror groups where Popular Resistance Committees and Islamic Jihad. Hamas set this round out, but did very little to impose its’ governance. These rockets were fired from Iranian dime who is still funding these organizations that are firing blindly at civilians – women, children and men alike – with the vicious hope of killing as many innocents as possible. In March, 55% of the rockets fired at Israel were long-range missiles!

The following numbers are of the lowest estimate found – over 40 rockets were interecepted by the Iron Dome defense system, meaning over 40 rockets were headed to populated areas!!!

And as you can see, before the escalation and after it, “calm” was restored.

Count of rockets fired at Israel daily from the Gaza Strip

A total of 208 of rockets and mortar shells (by the lowest estimate) were fired at Israel in March of 2012.

After a cease-fire has been declared, nearly a dozen rockets were fired at Israel in the span of 24 hours, one of them hitting a residential parking lot at 10 PM.

A dozen rockets and mortar shells have been fired in the “calm” since the end of the escalation round!

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In Preparation For the Violent “March to Jerusalem”

March 29, 2012

It has been a busy month. I’m sorry for now writing more and posting more. Unfortunately, there’s always things to write about. The horrible terror attack in Toulouse, the horrific escalation with Gaza militans a few weeks ago (which I wrote about at its’ start), and much more. And while “calm” has been restored the south of Israel (three mortar shells were fired tonight from the Gaza Strip so far), I had to take a little bit of time from my personal life, to address something that’s potentioally big.

You see, while I hope it doesn’t open any news broadcasts tomorrow because I truly hope (as well as the majority of people in Israel, and the most high of ranks in its’ government and military) tomorrow will be a casualties-free day. Unfortunately, odds are it won’t be this way.

A large group of Islamic organazations as well as radical-left activists (whose actions speak about their lack on interest in true atrocities and the excessive war against one entity in the whole world), are planning tommorow a provacation. One that is knowingly putting lives at danger, all for the cold cynical and despicable prospect of media attention and distortion.

While protests may take place around Europe (one is planned in front of the Israeli embassy in London), some may be a lot less peaceful. Organizers are planning to have people march towards Israel’s borders, inflitrate it, defy its’ soverignty and hope that camera worldwide would see them either blown up by mine fields and shot dead while committing the crime of “breaking and entering” a country, illegally, in defiance. THEY ARE OPTING FOR DEATH – AS LONG AS IT MAKES ISRAEL LOOK BAD – THEY’RE VICIOUSLY PRO-DEATH!


Summary of rockets fired into Israel, February 2012

March 1, 2012

“Ten days, ten rockets and not one condemnation.”

At a week where various campuses and colleges are cynically used as the platform of one-sided hate-filled mostly blinded propaganda, it seems more than appropriate to quote this line from a letter Israel sent to the United Nations, two days ago.

The past month saw some tough weather in the area, which terrorists in Gaza took advantage of, hoping the bad weather would damange Israel’s detection systems capabilities.

Overall, in February 2012, 31 rockets and mortar shells were fired at civilian populations by terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

Count of rockets fired at Israel daily from the Gaza Strip
Count of rockets fired at Israel daily from the Gaza Strip

Among the incidents worth noting:

  • On February 10th, a rocket hit residential area between two private homes. Shrapnel hit a house with a family sitting in the living room. Thankfully, there were no injuries.
  • On February 18th and on February 26th, rockets fired from the strip landed inside the strip’s territory at Gazans’ homes.
  • On Febraury 24th, a rocket launch was thwarted during nighttime by Israel’s airforce.

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Summary of rocket fired into Israel, January 2012

February 1, 2012

Sorry I haven’t been uploading the blog this past month, life got busy and then some.

I’m even more sorry that I couldn’t find suffient time to write adequate posts about several issues, since January 2012 was far from a quiet month. Among the events taking place were:

  • Thwrated terror attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets around the world, originating from Hezbollah and its’ “sugar daddy” Ayetollah regime in Iran – An explosive was found under an Israeli tourist bus in BulgariaAzerbaijan uncovered a plot to attack the Israeli ambassador and the jewish home of Chabad; Israeli and US intellegince forwarded information to  Thailand about terrorists planning to bomb a central market street populated with Israeli tourists. Two terrorists were captured and a third managed to escape. The captured led local police to a stash of enormous explosives and various materials used to create lethal bombs.
  • Two seperate attacks were thwarted at a military checkpost where a group of armed Palestinian carrying pipe bombs and explosives were captured. It is believed they were trying to commit a terror attack at the near-by army courthouse.
  • One of these incidents occured during the sentencing of one of the Fogel Family killers. Ten months after taking the lives of five family members (two parents and three children), Amjad Awad was sentenced to over 5 consecutive life sentences. During his trial and sentencing, he showed no remorse and continued kept a smile on his face.
  • Jordan is tightening its’ relations with Hamas, in an attempt to soothe its’ own Arab Spring that, just like in every other country, has more religious Islamic undemocratic aspects to it, than anything aspiring to true freedom. The attempt is due to the fact that the majority of Jordan’s tribal population are Palestinians who aline themselves with Hamas’ ideology.
  • Israel officialy appointed its’ first ambasasdor to newly formed South Sudan.
  • International pressure finally got the Palestinians to reach indirect peace talks with Israel. Just like in September 2010, they came to the table unwillingly with the sole purpose of leaving by the 26th. Again, wanting an international pressure that would force Israel to cave and them to make no real concessions on key and core issues, Palestinian Authority leaders walk away from the table without having disccused anything serious and given the chance for real peace.
  • 12 rockets and mortar shells were fired upon Israeli civilian population during January 2012. On January 1st, three mortar shells contained phosphorescent material. Here is the usual summary:

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Response to Jordan’s King Abdullah “If I were an Israeli, I would be afraid”

September 14, 2011

Earlier this week, King Abdullah of Jordan has spoken about recent events in the Middle East and has also talked about Israel. Jordan, it should be noted, reached a peace agreement and formed diplomatic relationships with Israel in 1994. These relationship endure to this day, even after a Jordanian soldier, Ahmed Daqamseh, opened fire at a field trip of an Israeli school in a joint Israeli-Jordanian tourism site, killing 7 girls aged 13 and 14.

What did King Abdullah say? He mainly referred to Israel as the outcast, talked about how its’ situation is worsening in the region and said that Jordan is stronger while Israel is weaker and that Israelis should be afraid. Without disputing or claiming that some of what he said has merits, once again it is proven that the easier defense in the Middle East is an offensive against Israel. Merits have nothing to do with that. Just two weeks ago, Abdullah urged Palestinian Authority President Abbas to rethink his unilateral move. A few months ago it was published that Jordan would not vote for the Palestinian state’s vote in the General Assembly.

The Truth is – Abdullah is the one most afraid. Though a moderate, Jordan is too an oppressing Arab regime. It too had some mild protests and is currently enjoying the luxury of helping deflect its’ public’s anger towards Israel. But the “Arab Spring”, the changes going through all those oppressing leaders in the Arab states around the Middle East does not pass by him. While Jordan is a monarchy (Abdullah got the leadership from his father, King Hussein) and relatively moderate dictatorship, it is also made up of different tribes. While the kingdom is considered a Hashemite kingdom, the majority of its’ population is Palestinian. Just like most Arab nations, Jordan too continues to view Palestinians as merely refugees from 1948 (after over 60 years of them residing in its’ territory and under its’ rule), which is yet another example of the ridiculous “Right of Return” – for over 60 years, Arab nations who are hosts to Palestinians consider them as nothing more than refugees and continues to encourage them to one day flood Israel back and annihilate it (the realistic outcome of receiving this so-called right, a right which no other refugee in the world received, including in post World War II and Yugoslavia).


The duplicity and hypocrisy of the Arab world

August 21, 2011

It is almost astonishing how the Arab world never misses an opportunity to incite against Israel. With regards to the terror attack against Israel this past Thursday and the aftermath (that is still happening), this is yet another example as to how one of the biggest powers in the world are constantly acting and teaching with hate, forming a common enemy and a distraction for their opposed citizens under the iron fist.

The Arab League, representing the Arab world, is another international entity that directs most of its’ effort towards the annihilation of Israel (even long after they’ve revoked it from their official charter and allowed Arab countries to negotiate and achieve peace with Israel, a big no-no destined for sanctions until the 1970s).

While most of the Arab world oppresses people on a daily basis and practiced the elimination of the most basic human rights as a way of life, it constantly directs its’ attention towards Israel.

When Hafez Al-Assad, Syria’s former President (father of Bashar al-Assad, current President of Syria) sent his military to slaughter Sunni uprising in Hamma, in February 1982 with a total death count of over 10,000 civilians (some Human rights organizations claim it made it to 40,000), the Arab League did not condemn and did not act.

When “Little 3 year old boy, Salam Balousha, and his two brothers, were murdered in their car by [Hamas] Prime Minister’s Haniyeh’s troops” (the words of UNWatch President, Hillel Neuer), The Arab League said and spoke nothing, as did the rest of the international community.

In 2009, when young men and women filled the street of Tehran, wearing green strikes to symbolize their call for freedom and free election, Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, fired live ammunition at his own people who had the audacity to ask for their basic human rights. Many died, were imprisoned, raped and tortured. All the Arab League did was the congratulate Ahmadinejad. Amr Moussa, a candidate today in the so-called free Egypt, only said: “We hope that the next term would witness progress on the relations between Iran and the Arab world and cooperation in establishing peace in the Middle East.”

Today, it took the Arab League and the Arab world over five months to join the consensus against Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad. Over five months of daily tanks shooting to kill civilians demanding their rights from their regime, and it wasn’t until August 7th, 2011 (when the uprising began in March), Arab League’s secretary general, Naril Elaraby, called for the end of violence. He did not demand Assad would be removed, but instead plead for a chance to his supposed “reforms”.

These are, as usual, only a small tiny list of examples that define the way the Arab League operates. While most of its’ countries torture their own people, inflict corporal punishment in the most disturbing and heinous of ways, and deny their people  the freedoms many people in the Western world take for granted, they time after time after time condemn Israel while ignoring and leaving out complete facts.

The same has happened today. You didn’t need to scroll down all the way here to realize that, I’m sure. Just like in (yet another one of many examples) 2006 when it ignored Hezbollah’s role in what became the Israel-Lebanon [second] war, today as well it condemned Israel completely for its’ airstrikes in Gaza without even mentioned the endless barrage of rockets fired into Israel (over a hundred in two days!) and the terror attack that ignited it all.

Jordan, whose intelligence forwarded info regarding the cross-border attack shortly before it happened, issues a condemnation against Israel while completely ignoring both the terror attack and the rockets (and automatically accusing Israel for the deaths of Egyptian soldiers, though the joint military investigation hasn’t even begun and the attack happened near Egyptian army posts on Egyptian soil). Jordan, by the way, has been deliberately blind towards the gruesome deaths and slaughtering of Arabs by other regimes around the area, especially since it too is an oppressive regime. As late as August 7th, the Jordan’s Foreign Ministry still called for reforms under the regime of Assad. On August 13 th, all Jordan did was not condemn Assad, but simply express regret over “the increasing number of victims.”

As I said – the duplicity and hypocrisy of the Arab world.

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