IDF develops flying pigs to destroy 'Palestinian' agriculture
Leave it to the IDF
Israel’s efforts to drive Palestinian farmers off their lands
received a boost this week with the announcement that the army would
partner with local pig breeders to develop flying pigs for release in
Palestinian agricultural areas.
Palestinians have long accused Israel of releasing wild boars to
wreak havoc with Palestinian farms. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
repeated the charge again several days ago, but as in the past, few
international bodies have given the matter much attention. Until now the
boar-release program has apparently been a private initiative, but to
capitalize on the apparent apathy of the international community, the
Israeli military entered into an arrangement with the country’s only
pig-farming enterprise to launch a breeding program aimed at producing
winged, flying swine capable of mobility and destruction that far
outstrips the achievements of the current available animals.
Kibbutz Lahav’s swine program has sparked controversy since its
inception, given the Jewish dietary ban on pork and the cultural
aversion to the animal. However, the army, which officially maintains
Jewish dietary laws in its facilities, nevertheless sought out the
program heads to develop this new kind of bio-weapon, which could be
deployed much more flexibly to destroy Palestinian farms and property
without directly implicating Jewish settlers.
And least you think this post was not written with tongue firmly planted in cheek....
A spokesman for the IDF declined to divulge the details of the
breeding program. “We’ll be intentionally harming Palestinian
agriculture when pigs fly,” he said.
Labels: humor, IDF
Birthright terminates relationship with New Israel Fund
Birthright Israel has terminated its relationship
with the Leftist New Israel Fund
, the largest and most powerful non-governmental source of support for
Israeli civil society organizations, providing funding and
organizational/political assistance. This is from the first link.
Birthright Israel, the American organization that organizes visits to
Israel for participants from 66 different countries, has terminated a
partnership with the controversial New Israel Fund (NIF,) resulting in
the cancellation of a December visit to the Jewish state assembled by
the two groups.
In an email to trip participants, Stephanie Ives, the New York
Director for the NIF, said that “we have been cut from the trip for
three reasons that have been communicated to us: (1) Birthright Israel
determined that our marketing of the trip was in violation of their
policy because our NIF logo was slightly larger than the Birthright
Israel logo; (2) Birthright Israel NEXT has determined that it can no
longer partner with NIF in any way because we seek to influence policy
in Israel, and they have a rule against partnership with organizations
that seek to influence policies in Israel or the United States; and (3)
Birthright Israel decided to cancel a number of the New York UJA trips
because of recruitment concerns.”
Ives added: “I wish this were not the case. We were truly excited to
participate and honored to have been recruited to do so by Birthright
Israel NEXT. More importantly, we think participation by progressive
Israel organizations is crucial to allow Birthright Israel to continue
having the kind of impact on the next generation America-Israel
relationship that it seeks and that we seek.”
For those who aren't familiar with the New Israel Fund (search this blog!) NGO Monitor reports:
“Allegations by NIF-funded groups are frequently used to advance
anti-Israel BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) activism – the
claims of these groups are used to justify demonization,” NGO Monitor says. “For instance, the UC Berkeley divestment campaign (April 2013) referenced B’Tselem,
Adalah, and PHR-I as documenting ‘ongoing human rights violations
systematically committed by the Israeli government.’ We also note that
previous NIF funding for radical anti-Israel groups (ICAHD, Coalition of Women for Peace, Mada al-Carmel,
Al-Qaws, etc.), which has ended, continued for years and caused
significant damage, including, for example, the decision by Dutch
pension funds to divest from Israeli banks in January 2014.”
It's about time!
Labels: Birthright, New Israel Fund
Har Nof terrorist's wife doesn't want to leave
Nadia Abu Jamal, the wife of 31-year old Har Nof terrorist Ghassan Abu Jamal, is protesting her expulsion from Jerusalem
back to her home in the 'Palestinian Authority.' She had a residence permit to live in Jerusalem because her late husband lived there.
Referring to her three children, Nadia Abu Jamal told Channel 2 News: "As if it is not enough that they lost their father, now they will also lose the home they live in.”
"They told us, the day after the (synagogue) attack, that they had
revoked my residency rights in Jerusalem and that the house will be
razed to the ground," Nadia Abu Jamal told AFP.
"If we'd known that my husband was planning an attack, of course we
would have stopped him," she claimed. "I heard it on the radio, I heard
that the man I loved had done such a thing."
MK Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan (Jewish Home) has no pity for Abu Jamal.
"The wife of the terrorist who murdered five innocent people and left
25 orphans is crying over the fact that following a decision by the
Interior Minister, her children will lose their home after they 'lost'
their father,” wrote Ben-Dahan on Facebook.
"It is interesting that she does not exhibit a single drop of mercy
to the 25 children whose fathers were murdered by the terrorist in cold
blood," wrote Ben Dahan. "Shocking."
Members of the Abu Jamal family passed out candies in celebration
after last Tuesday's attack.
For now, however, the Abu Jamal homes are safe. The 'supreme court
' issued restraining orders against their destruction on Thursday. Disgraceful....
Labels: Arab celebrations, East Jerusalem, family reunification, home demolitions, Palestinian terrorists
General Security Service stops mass terror attack at Teddy Stadium
Israel's Shin Bet General Security Service has broken up a large 'Palestinian' terror cell that was planning a mass terror attack at Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium
. The terror cell was commanded from - where else? - Turkey.
The Shin Bet announcement confirmed a Times of Israel report last week that said Israel had arrested dozens of members
of a Hamas terror network operating throughout the West Bank. The
network, Palestinian officials said, was funded and directed by Hamas
officials in Turkey who have set up a de facto command center in the
More than 30 Hamas operatives were arrested
during the month of September, the Shin Bet said Thursday. The majority
were recruited while studying in Jordan and trained in either Syria or
the Gaza Strip, which they entered via tunnels from Sinai.
The Shin Bet said the ring was preparing to
kidnap Israelis in Israel and abroad, enter Israeli villages, detonate
car bombs, perpetrate roadside attacks, and execute a terror attack in
Teddy Stadium, where the Israeli soccer team Beitar Jerusalem plays its
The Shin Bet asserted that the plan was
evidence of an “indefatigable” desire on Hamas’s part to rehabilitate
its terror infrastructure in the West Bank and to tug Israel into a
sharp military response, which might indirectly lead to the toppling of
PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s regime, which is “one of Hamas’ goals.”
As with the previous network, the man behind the terrorist grouping was
Saleh al-Arouri, a Hamas leader who was deported from the West Bank to
Turkey in 2010, the sources said.
Labels: Hamas, Palestinian terrorism, Saleh al-Arouri, terrorists for Gilad trade
'Palestinian Authority' television calls the Har Nof terrorists 'victims'
Our 'peace partner's official government television station is calling the two terrorists who murdered five people in Har Nof last Tuesday 'victims.'
Let's go to the videotape.
But some people think this isn't incitement. More (including details of the terror attacks involved that passed too quickly to read on the screen) here
Labels: Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority Television, Palestinian incitement, Palestinian terrorism
A really important and moving video
Last night, I received the email and video below along with several other Israel-related blogs and news sites. My first reaction was that it had nothing to do with the normal fare of my blog, but I was curious to see it. Having now watched it, I think it's really important to spread it around.
15 years ago, I represented two investors who walked away from a business transaction because the Chief Executive Officer of the company turned out to be a child molester. The company's founders had no idea of that when they hired him. I was proud of the two clients for walking away on principle - they wouldn't do business with someone who molested children. Too many people in Israel would have said 'but we invested so much in the deal already' (or stiffed the lawyer on the bill). They did neither of those things. They paid their bill and walked away. Then I found out that one of the clients had a child who had been abused by an educator....
Here's the email I got last night:
Survivors from Orthodox Jewish Community break the silence on abuse in short film by Jewish Community Watch
NY, November 26, 2014 - Jewish Community Watch, an organization
dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse (CSA) and assisting survivors
within the Orthodox Jewish community has announced the release of a new short film called Speak Up,
telling the stories of seven young adults from the Orthodox Jewish
community who suffered the horrors of child sexual abuse and have
journeyed from being victims to survivors.
video was produced in order to raise awareness of abuse and to send a
message of solidarity to survivors, that they are not alone,” said Meyer
Seewald, Founder and CEO of Jewish Community Watch. “If you are a
survivor, please know that you have nothing to be ashamed of! You can
come forward and speak up,either by contact us or publicly, because when
you do, JCW will be there to support you!”
Speak up was produced and directed by Daniel Finkelman of Sparks Next Productions
About Jewish Community Watch.
Community Watch was founded in 2011 with the stated goal of breaking
the silence and shame that surrounds CSA in the Orthodox Jewish
community. JCW prevents
further abuse by notifying the public of the threat of the abusers in
their vicinity, educates the public about what to look out for, and
helps survivors of abuse heal by reminding them that they are not alone
and by supporting them through their battles.
JCW recently re-launched JewishCommunityWatch.org
which represents the most extensive Jewish website combating child
sexual abuse. It hosts extensive content, including a vast education
center, the Wall of Shame with 93 profiles of alleged abusers,
information for survivors to get help, relevant laws with regards to
each state, myths and facts on CSA and much more.
Connect with JCW:
And here's the video. Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: personal stuff, sexual assault
Must see video: UN Ambassador Ron Prosor rips the Europeans some new body parts
This is guaranteed to be the best three minutes you spend today.
Here's Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, telling the Europeans to stuff it where the sun don't shine. This is part of the the UN International day of solidarity with the 'Palestinian People' debate.
Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Leah P
And they consider themselves 'friends.' With 'friends' like this....
Labels: European anti-Semitism, Palestinian people, Ron Prosor, Swedish anti-Semitism, United Nations General Assembly
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers in America!
'Secret back channel' doomed 'peace talks'?
The New Republic reports that the failure of last summer's 'peace talks' was brought about by the use of a secret back channel
between Prime Minister Netanyahu's personal attorney, Yitzchak Molho, and an unnamed and apparently unauthorized confidante of 'moderate
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
. This is from the first link.
The secret channel—reported here for the first time—created
substantial progress toward an agreement. But it also had one
fundamental flaw, which contributed to the collapse of Kerry's entire
process. Abbas’s supposed representative was in fact holding these talks
without a real mandate from the Palestinian President; the concessions
he discussed with Molho didn't represent the President's views. Parts of
this story remain unsolved—most importantly,
why this lack of a mandate was missed or ignored in real time. But what
can be told is enough to raise some hard questions about Kerry's effort,
and offer important lessons for future attempts at reaching an
The extent of Abbas's detachment from the secret-channel's product
became clear in early 2014, when Kerry decided to merge the two
negotiation tracks. The understanding that had developed through the
secret channel was spilled into the discussions that Indyk's team was
holding with both sides over a "framework document.” Netanyahu was
willing to work with the fruits of the secret channel (although he
insisted on airing his reservations, and the negotiations his advisers
held with Indyk over the exact wording were endless). But Abbas
completely rejected what had already, supposedly, been accepted by his
own negotiator. He wasn't willing to show any flexibility on the Jewish
state issue, and the idea of excluding any clear reference to a
Palestinian capital in Jerusalem seemed like political suicide.
The anger Abbas expressed at the American framework caught Kerry by
surprise: After all, these were all ideas his supposed negotiator was
discussing with Molho. Realizing he had a problem with Abbas, Kerry
tried to convince Netanyahu to tilt some of the provisions in Abbas's
direction. But the Israeli Prime Minister was not having it. "We already
agreed on these issues in the secret channel," he told the Secretary,
according to a former senior U.S. official.
"Bibi is angry at Kerry for
opening up understandings that everybody considered a done deal, just
because Abbas had changed his mind,” an Israeli Minister told me in
February. But a Palestinian official rebuffed this criticism, saying
that Abbas never changed his mind on anything: "He was presented with
positions that no Palestinian leader could ever accept, and that he
personally had spoken out against many times."
For some, it was
always clear that the positions presented by the supposed "Palestinian
negotiator" in this secret channel were totally unacceptable for Abbas.
Officials involved in the process admit in retrospect that there was too
much wishful thinking regarding the backchannel.
A major reason
for the skepticism of some people involved in the negotiations toward
this backchannel, had to do with Abbas's ostensible confidante. A number
of Israeli, American, and Palestinian officials claimed that it was a
miscalculation to assume this person would have authority to make
concessions on delicate issues. One senior Palestinian official told me
that those in the American and Israeli camps who thought otherwise were
A possibility that's not really considered here is that this was all an effort by the 'Palestinians' to see if Israel was bluffing. They never intended to make any concessions but they wanted to see if Israel would. Now, they will pocket the concessions made in the 'back channel' and insist that the 'negotiations' start from there the next time.
Sounds like a recipe for disaster.
Labels: Abu Mazen, Binyamin Netanyahu, Dennis Ross, John Kerry, Martin Indyk, Middle East peace process, Yitzchak Molho
And they lived happily ever after...
Labels: Islam, Saudi Arabia
Abu Bluff opposes BDS?
Labels: Abu Mazen, BDS, South Africa
Sarkozy comes out against French recognition of 'Palestine'
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has come out against
a measure that is to be voted on in the French parliament next week calling for the unilateral recognition of 'Palestine.'
Sarkozy condemned the unilateral measure,
which is set to be presented for a parliamentary vote on December 2, in
the wake of the “heinous and bloody” Har Nof terror attack last week in
which five Israelis were killed.
“I will fight for the Palestinians to have
their state. But unilateral recognition a few days after a deadly attack
and when there is no peace process? No!” he said at a political rally.
Sarkozy said he would never accept a resolution that would “call into question the security of Israel.”
“This is the fight of my life,” he said.
France’s plans for a non-binding but highly
symbolic vote follows similar resolutions passed by the British and
Spanish parliaments, and an official decision to recognize Palestine by
the Swedish government.
Sweden’s move infuriated Israel which responded by recalling its ambassador to Stockholm.
Don't these European countries have anything better to do?
Labels: France, Nicolas Sarkozy, Palestine, Palestinian terrorism
Study: NY Times seven times more likely to criticize Israel than 'Palestinians'
A study done by CAMERA shows that the New York Times is seven times more likely to criticize Israel
than to criticize the 'Palestinians' and twice as likely to publish opinion pieces that promote the 'Palestinian' narrative than the Israeli one.
The analysis, which examined staff columns and guest Op-Eds
during the year period from Oct. 5, 2013 through Oct. 4, 2014, considers
the 75 opinion pieces that focused on Israel or the Palestinians. Of
those, 31 were either predominantly critical of Israel or sympathetic to
Palestinians; 14 were either predominantly critical of Palestinians or
sympathetic to Israel; the remaining 30 did not predominantly criticize
or support one side over the other, although they often suggested a
moral equivalence between Israel and Hamas by criticizing both in
roughly equal measure.
(While moral equations between Israel, a liberal democracy, and
Hamas, an internationally designated terror organization, are often and
understandable viewed as anti-Israel, for the purpose of this study
articles that equate those two parties are considered neutral. However,
articles that equate Hamas and Israel while casting the Palestinian
Authority as the one reasonable, moderate party are categorized as
primarily sympathetic to Palestinians/critical of Israelis.)
As tensions rose in Israel and Gaza, the lopsidedness became
even more pronounced. From June 12, the day three Israeli teens were
kidnapped and killed, through Aug. 26, when Israel and Hamas reached a
cease-fire agreement, the newspaper published three times as many
opinion pieces predominantly critical of Israel or sympathetic to
Palestinians as those critical of Palestinians or sympathetic to Israel —
3 vs. 9.
In practice this means, for example, that after the murder of three
Israeli Jewish teens and the subsequent murder of an Arab teen, readers
were exposed to "A Mother's Fear in East Jerusalem," an emotional,
first-person account by an Arab mother about her worries about her son's
safety, which she used as a hook to argue that "the world must hold the
Israeli government accountable for its actions"; but those same readers
are left unexposed to the fears and feelings of Jewish mothers, even
though it is them and their sons who most often are targeted in acts of
The discrepancy fits with the recent admission
by a New York Times
opinion editor that the newspaper chooses to shy away from scrutiny of
Palestinians. Opinion editor Matt Seaton, who was commenting on Twitter
about his department's decision to publish three Op-Eds alleging Israeli
racism in three consecutive months, asserted
that The Times
does not intend to publish pieces about Palestinian racism until the Palestinians have a "sovereign state."
While none of this is shocking to anyone who follows the Times, the fact that studies like this one are nowhere to be found in the legacy media is mind-boggling.
Read the whole thing
Labels: anti-Israel media bias, CAMERA, New York Times
What could go wrong?
The so-called 'gap' in construction labor could be filled in by employers voluntarily paying living wages so that Jews would be more likely to be willing to fill the positions in question. That would be the best scenario. It's not like the construction contractors are starving.
It could also be filled with legal temporary residence permits for people from countries with little or no history of overstaying visas (e.g. Philippines and Thailand).
Allowing Gazans to work here opens a Pandora's box for terrorism that has largely been closed for the last 12-14 years.
In the meantime, the Histadrut Labor Federation (think of the AFL-CIO, the Teamsters and the Mafia all rolled into one) has started a campaign to raise the minimum wage, which would only drive the cost of employment in the construction industry up further and increase the salaries that would be demanded by manual labor-averse Jews, ensuring that no one other than Arabs would take the positions for the salaries offered.
This is crazy.
What could go wrong?
Labels: Histadrut, illegal immigration, Israeli economy
Who is killing Israelis/'Palestinians'?
There's a difference between how the deaths of Israelis and the deaths of 'Palestinians' are being reported in the international media. And it's an important difference that indicates bias.
Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Tzippy Yarom
Labels: anti-Israel media bias, CNN lies, Honest Reporting
The first thing we do: We blame the Joooz
(Hat Tip: The Beguiling Avigayil
- Child #1 Daughter #1).
What the Newton public schools pro-'Palestinian' education has brought
There's a lot of outrage over this report
about the public schools in Newton, Mass., the town in which I grew up.
Parents groups are up in arms after a recent report found public
schools in Newton, Massachusetts presented whitewashed versions of Hamas
and Palestinian Authority (PA) charters, as well as other materials
posing the destruction of Israel as acceptable.
The findings were made through an investigation of classroom materials by the independent watchdog group Verity Educate, which discovered "repeated
instances of bias against Israel, bias against the US and its actions
in the Middle East, and bias that sanitizes the ideology and actions of
Parents for Excellence in Newton Schools (PENS), which took part in
the research, on Sunday released a statement demanding action over the
issue and detailing just how serious the school materials were.
In one case, students were given a modified version of the Hamas
charter, in which references to genocide were removed and the word "Jew"
was replaced with "Israeli" to sanitize the terrorist group's murderous
I wonder how growing up in the Newton public schools influenced this New York Times reporter
Labels: Jodi Rudoren, Newton South High School, Palestinian education to hatred, Palestinian propaganda
Michele Flournoy decides she doesn't want to be Defense Secretary either
Michele Flournoy has decided that she doesn't want to be US Secretary of Defense
either (Hat Tip: Memeorandum
in a letter
Tuesday to members of the CNAS board of directors, Flournoy said she
remain in her post at the think tank and asked Obama to take her out of
consideration to be the next secretary of defense. Flournoy told the
members that family health considerations helped drive her decision and
the fact that two of her children are leaving for college in the next
"Last night I spoke with President Obama and removed myself from
consideration due to family concerns," reads the letter. "After much
agonizing, we decided that now was not the right time for me to reenter
government. The good news is that you all are stuck with me for the
The move means that only
one of the three names rumored for the post remains under consideration: Ashton
Carter, the former deputy secretary of defense. When Hagel was ousted Monday,
speculation had immediately turned to Flournoy, Carter, and Democratic
Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, a former Army Ranger. But Reed took himself out
of the running almost immediately after Hagel announced his resignation.
I wonder whether the history of Obama's Secretaries of Defense
had any influence on Flournoy's decision.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday suggested Hagel had vented “frustration” to him over his treatment by the White House.
steady stream of stories in recent weeks that suggested Hagel was
having a difficult time penetrating the president’s inner circle carried
echoes of Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, two past Defense secretaries
who went on to write tell-all books critical of the president’s handling
of defense policy.
Former Democratic aide Brent Budowsky said
Democrats across the Capitol saw Hagel’s ouster as the latest example of
“unprecedented” drama created by “too tight and too controlling of an
He noted that not only had each of the president’s
previous Defense secretaries voiced concern over his Syria policy, so
had former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“This is going to
precipitate a very visible battle beginning today and going through the
confirmation of his successor about what the policy should be, and
highlight the long-term and chronic internal disagreement,” said
Budowsky, who is a columnist for The Hill.
Other defense experts say Hagel was not particularly close with the president or members of his national security team.
had no relationships that were already established within this
administration," said a retired military officer with current policy
experience in Washington, who wanted to speak on background.
retired officer noted that Hagel is also older than the president's
closest advisers, such as Rice and chief of staff Denis McDonough.
"The generational difference was a really difficult thing," he said.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Chuck Hagel, John McCain, Leon Panetta, Michele Flournoy, Robert Gates
Remembering the martyrs
As you might recall, a week ago tonight, I attended a memorial
at Maimonides school in Brookline, Mass. for Rabbi Moshe Twersky HY"D (May God Avenge his blood), one of four holy men who were murdered during their morning prayers at Kehillat Bnei Torah in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem last Tuesday morning. The shiva (seven-day mourning period) for these four men ended on Monday morning, and this evening, Tuesday, I was part of an overflow crowd that spent more than three hours (plus extra time just to get into the synagogue) one floor up from where the terror attack took place, listening to eulogies for those four and praying for five other men who are still hospitalized, many of them still in serious condition.
I won't give you a lot of details of what was said, but I will tell you that I started crying when Rav Yitzchak Mordechai Rubin shlita (May he live for long days and years), the shul's rabbi, brought the story from the Talmud (Gittin 57) of Hannah and her seven sons who were martyred for refusing the Roman emperor's command to bow to an idol, and how she told the last son to go find our forefather Abraham in Heaven and tell him that while he, Abraham, had only offered to make one altar with a son for God (Akeidath Yitzchak, the binding of Isaac), she, Hannah, had made seven altars. Rav Rubin then instructed the four martyrs to go to Abraham and tell him that the synagogue had made four altars for God....
I have an update from Rebbetzin Tzipora Helle
r, which I would like to share with you (Hat Tip: Mrs. Carl
The men who died in Kehillas Bnei Torah died as they lived; they were dedicated to living with emunah, faith in God, and beginning their days with dedication. They were killed for not being Muslim. When my daughter Miri received the call from the hospital social worker telling her to get to Hadassah hospital as soon as possible and not to come alone, it was one of the worst moments that anyone could experience. All four people in the car spent the 20-minute ride saying all of the variations of "I can't believe that this can be happening. It sounds terrible" that you can possibly imagine. When we were allowed into the recovery room to see Shmuli after his initial surgery, there were no tears; we were too shell-shocked. It takes only seconds to assume a new sort of normal.
When I asked the nurse about the trickle of blood that I saw flowing out of Shmuli's ear, she told me that they were able to control the majority of the flow, and that this isn't really significant. When they do the second surgery they'll take care of it. The answer sounded reasonable and left me feeling relieved. I had accepted that blood coming out of a man's head was normal, and that a second surgery was something to look forward to. I don't know what Miri was thinking, but the one thing that I know never crossed her mind or mine was regret.
Neither of us wished that he would have stayed home from the synagogue that Tuesday morning any more than Sunday or Monday. Neither of us wished that my grandson Mordechai would be the kind of kid who doesn't like to go to shul with his dad. We both know that the villain of the story isn't the coincidences of time and place that led them to be in Kehillas Bnei Torah Tuesday morning. The villain is the man with the cleaver and the man with the gun.
They are the stars of the tragedy but you can't let yourself be blind to the fact that they are supported by a cast of thousands. The countless kids who are taught hatred from their earliest youth for anyone who isn't them. The kadi in the mosque who spews out Itbach al Yahud (kill the Jews) in his Friday sermon after duly praising Allah the Compassionate. There are bit players in the ongoing drama. They have made the media the message, and the subtle and not so subtle anti-Semitism disguised pathological hatred for Israel all deserve billing.
Neither Miri nor I thought about them at the moment. We were both aware of something much bigger, more real than the ongoing soap opera called Them against Us. It's called faith in God, Who can turn things around in a moment, and whose Will isn't known to us but His ongoing kindness is. It was the only thing that mattered in the recovery room.
Read the whole thing
As I was leaving the synagogue this evening, I noticed a handwritten sign on the wall. It asked in Hebrew and English that anyone who has a freezer from R. Aryeh Kopinsky HY"D's Gmach
should call a certain number.
May God Have mercy on the families of all the victims, and give them the strength to continue.
Labels: Jerusalem, Palestinian terrorism, terror victims
Oh my: Times' public editor all but admits Matti Friedman was right
You will recall that over the summer, I blogged a Tablet Magazine article in which former AP Jerusalem reporter Matti Friedman accused the international media of institutional bias against Israel
. Now, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan has admitted that many of Friedman's allegations were correct
Perhaps the most eye-opening tidbit of the
piece is Sullivan’s disclosure that “The Times has no native Arabic
speakers in its [Jerusalem] bureau.” This, she notes, can make it
difficult for the paper to adequately cover Palestinians in all their
complexity. It’s a concern Matti Friedman raised in his widely shared
Tablet critique of
media coverage of Israel, which Sullivan cites in her column. “If you
follow mainstream coverage, you will find nearly no real analysis of
Palestinian society or ideologies, profiles of armed Palestinian groups,
or investigation of Palestinian government,” Friedman wrote.
“Palestinians are not taken seriously as agents of their own fate … Who
they are and what they want is not important: The story mandates that
they exist as passive victims of the party that matters.”
Sullivan picks up where Friedman left off, and recommends that the Times invest in beefing up its investigation of Palestinians:
Diversify. Strengthen the coverage of Palestinians. They
are more than just victims, and their beliefs and governance deserve
coverage and scrutiny. Realistic examinations of what’s being taught in
schools, and the way Hamas operates should be a part of this. What is
the ideology of Hamas; what are its core beliefs and its operating
principles? What is Palestinian daily life like? I haven’t seen much of
this in The Times. There should be a native Arabic speaker on staff who
can penetrate Palestinian society with understanding and solid news
Here are some of Sullivan's other recommendations
Include more. Provide as much historical and geopolitical context as
possible in individual articles, within the space constraints of news
coverage. Include, too, whenever possible, a sense of the region – for
example, that the rise of radical Islam is not a distant issue for
Israel but a very real one and a very local one.
Stop straining for symmetry. In headlines, in side-by-side photos, in
photo galleries, the Times sometimes looks like it is running scared.
Maybe this is just an excess of sensitivity, but it doesn’t reflect the
core value of news judgment above all.
So can someone please explain why the Times chose not to cover
John Kerry's blaming 'Palestinian' incitement for last week's terror attack in Har Nof?
Labels: anti-Israel media bias, John Kerry, New York Times, Palestinian incitement, Palestinian terrorism
A Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) is a guidance kit that converts unguided bombs, or "dumb bombs" into all-weather "smart" munitions. JDAM-equipped bombs are guided by an integrated inertial guidance system coupled to a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, giving them a published range of up to 15 nautical miles (28 km). JDAM-equipped bombs range from 500 pounds (227 kg) to 2,000 pounds (907 kg). When installed on a bomb, the JDAM kit is given a GBU (Guided Bomb Unit) nomenclature, superseding the Mark 80 or BLU (Bomb, Live Unit) nomenclature of the bomb to which it is attached.
The JDAM is not a stand-alone weapon, rather it is a "bolt-on" guidance package that converts unguided gravity bombs into Precision-Guided Munitions, or PGMs. The key components of the system consist of a tail section with aerodynamic control surfaces, a (body) strake kit, and a combined inertial guidance system and GPS guidance control unit.
The JDAM was meant to improve upon laser-guided bomb and imaging infrared technology, which can be hindered by bad ground and weather conditions. Laser seekers are now being fitted to some JDAMs.
From 1998 to August 20, 2013, Boeing delivered 250,000 JDAM kits, producing over 40 guidance kits per day.
250,000 in 15 years - or about 16,000 per year. That ought to put this number
in perspective (Hat Tip: Michael Yon
Nov 24/14: Israel. Israel is buying 3,000 JDAM tail
kits with “the ultra-tightly coupled capability,” using a maximum $82.6
million firm-fixed-price contract modification. This isn’t Israel’s
first buy (q.v. Dec 12/10 request, April 12/13).
Work will be performed at St. Louis, MO, and is expected to be
complete by Nov 30/16. The USAF Life Cycle Management Center at Hill
AFB, UT (FA8213-15-D-0002, DO 0001, MOD 02).
Yon asks whether Hamas is tracking this order. I think it might be of even more interest to Iran. Heh.
Labels: Boeing, Hamas, Iranian nuclear threat, JDAM's
If Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people, why can't we say so?
I always thought we were a Jewish state. We have a Jewish calendar. Our holidays are the Jewish holidays that have been existent for three thousand years (with one addition). Our day of rest is Saturday. So what's wrong with saying that we're a Jewish state? Why does the world go into such a rage over that simple declaration, while it doesn't care that there are Islamic states (which have made themselves free of Jews) and Christian states? This is the New York Times
A nationalities bill has long been sought by Israel’s right wing, and
the initial draft they produced downgraded Arabic from an official
language to one with “special status.” That and other antagonistic
elements are likely to be dropped from the version that reaches
But in this time of high tensions and violence between Jews and Arabs,
incited by competing claims to the sacred site in the heart of Jerusalem
— called the Temple Mount by Jews and Noble Sanctuary by Muslims — any
measure that claims a pre-eminent status for Jews can only add fuel to
Netanyahu says that the nationality bill is necessary because there
were so many challenges to Israel’s existence. But it is hard to see how
a law would put a stop to that. There is also speculation in the
Israeli press that the prime minister has been pushing the bill as a
political sop to right-wing members of his fractious coalition — indeed,
the cabinet vote was split 14 to 6 along ideological lines, with two
centrist parties opposing it.
political battle could yet bring the government down. Neither argument
justifies a fundamental change to Israeli law and guiding principles.
experienced the grievous legacies created when a government diminishes
the rights of its people, we know this not the path that Israel should
Diminishes the rights of its people? How so? No one is going to be forced to be Jewish, to keep the Sabbath, or to keep the Jewish holidays any more so than they are today. What the law does is to instruct the 'supreme court' to stop intruding into areas where it doesn't belong by claiming to protect democracy at the expense of Jewish observance.
Who opposes this bill? Mostly people outside Israel (isn't it funny that the Times thinks that we're the only democracy in the world that isn't capable of deciding things for itself?). Jeff Dunetz got it right
The critics of the “Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People,”
bills coming from two places, liberal in observance and secular Jews who
believe it is possible to separate Jewishness from the religion, and
media sources that will criticize Israel for anything she does.
Truth be told, Israel cannot demand that the Palestinians recognize her
as the “Jewish State,” if Israel herself doesn’t recognize it as a
As long as the bill recognizes individual rights and freedom and
continues to allow everyone equal voting rights, Israel will remain what
it always has been a Democratic and Jewish State.
Labels: Israel is a Jewish state, New York Times, Supreme Court
Of course: 'Palestinians' identify with blacks in Ferguson, Mo.
I don't think this needs too much commentary.
The flip side is that the Ferguson protesters are all running around with 'Palestinian' keffiyehs
Who says that the US isn't involved in the same battle that we are?
Labels: Palestinians, racism
Iran wants to arm 'West Bank' 'Palestinians'
According to Israel Radio, this Twitter account really is tweeted from Ayatollah Ali Khameni's office.
Just think what they would do if they had nuclear weapons....
Labels: Iran, Iranian nuclear threat, Palestinians
Video: Survivor describes Har Nof terror attack
Survivor Rabbi Shmuel Goldstein describes the Har Nof terror attack, which took place a week ago today.
Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Zvi S
Rabbi Goldstein's story was also described here
Labels: Jerusalem, Palestinian terrorism, terror victims
Livestream of eulogies for Rabbi Moshe Twersky HY"D
There's a livestream of the eulogies for Rabbi Moshe Twersky HY"D (May God Avenge his blood) here
Rabbi Twersky's younger brother Mayer is speaking now.
Labels: terror victims, Tzadikim
We've only just begun....
We need to get in the mood for this one.
Let's go to the videotape.
In case you haven't heard yet, the P 5+1 has only just begun negotiating with Iran over its nuclear weapons capability. What's the hurry? The talks have now been extended for another seven months
to July 1, 2015 (so that's more than seven months, so sue me...) (Hat Tip: Memeorandum
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gave a more
somber assessment, saying "real and substantial progress had been made
but adding that "some significant points of disagreement" remained.
talks are not going to get easier just because we extend them. They're
tough. They've been tough. And they're going to stay tough," he told
Gee, didn't he say the same thing about the Israeli-'Palestinian' talks? Those lasted forever and didn't get anywhere either.
Labels: Iranian nuclear threat, John Kerry, P 5+1
Hagel takes the fall for Obama's failed Iran policy? Forced out as US Defense Secretary
Chuck Hagel has been forced out as US Secretary of Defense.
Let's go to the videotape.
The irony is that after we here in Israel were very much opposed
to Hagel's nomination, he actually got along with Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon (unlike Obama and Kerry), and seemed to be following Hippocrates' rule of first doing no harm
with respect to our country.
The New York Times says that Hagel was the fall guy for Obama's failures to handle ISIS (Islamic State) and Ebola
Administration officials said that Mr. Obama
made the decision to remove Mr. Hagel, the sole Republican on his
national security team, last Friday after a series of meetings between
the two men over the past two weeks.
officials characterized the decision as a recognition that the threat
from the militant group Islamic State will require different skills from
those that Mr. Hagel, who often struggled to articulate a clear
viewpoint and was widely viewed as a passive defense secretary, was
brought in to employ.
Mr. Hagel, a combat
veteran who was skeptical about the Iraq war, came in to manage the
Afghanistan combat withdrawal and the shrinking Pentagon budget in the
era of budget sequestrations.
“The next couple of years will demand a
different kind of focus,” one administration official said, speaking on
the condition of anonymity. He insisted that Mr. Hagel was not fired,
saying that the defense secretary initiated discussions about his future
two weeks ago with the president, and that the two men mutually agreed
that it was time for him to leave.
Hagel’s aides had maintained in recent weeks that he expected to serve
the full four years as defense secretary. His removal appears to be an
effort by the White House to show that it is sensitive to critics who
have pointed to stumbles in the government’s early response to several
national security issues, including the Ebola crisis and the threat
posed by the Islamic State.
The bigger problem is that Hagel is a Republican.
Would it be too much to hope for Michele Flournoy
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Chuck Hagel, Ebola, Iranian nuclear threat, Islamic State, Michele Flournoy, Moshe Yaalon
Funny you should mention that
During a wild cabinet debate over a controversial bill that would - get this - declare Israel to be a Jewish state
, Yair, son of Tommy Lapid
came up with this argument against the bill (quote from first link).
Lapid recounted speaking with the family of Zidan Saif, the Druse
police officer who was killed defending Jewish worshipers in the
Jerusalem synagogue massacre last week.
“What will we tell them, that [Saif] is a second-rate citizen?” he asked.
Funny you should mention that, because the Druze community in Israel is all in favor of Israel being a Jewish state
Israeli Druze “are not Palestinians,” a Druze leader said regarding a proposed law to officially codify Israel’s status as a “Jewish state.”
As opposed to Muslim Arabs, members of the Druze community tend to be pro-Israel.
“We are not Palestinians and do not have religious or cultural
connections with them, but are full Israeli citizens. I want the state
to be a Jewish state and not one of ‘all its citizens,’” said Atta
Farhat, the head of the Druze Zionist Council for Israel, according to
the Jerusalem Post.
Farhat said Jews “respect others and their way of life.”
“We see what is happening in Iraq, Egypt, and other Arab countries.
We don’t want to live under a government of darkness, but where we have
freedom,” added Farhat.
Labels: Druze, Israel is a Jewish state, Yair Lapid
'Palestinians' can't muster 9 Security Council votes
The 'Palestinian Authority' has delayed its 'statehood bid' at the United Nations after realizing that it could not even muster the nine United Nations Security Council votes
that it would need to force the United States to veto the bid.
Malki told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency that the decision to
postpone the statehood bid came following US pressure and threats, as
well as the failure of the PA to secure the backing of nine Security
Council members in favor of the statehood bid.
Mahmoud Abbas said two weeks ago that he was determined to proceed with
his plan to seek a Security Council resolution that would set a
timetable for a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines.
was hoping that the resolution would declare all the territories
captured by Israel in 1967, including east Jerusalem, as the lands of
the future Palestinian state.
Abbas and other PA officials
repeatedly denied over the past few weeks that they had any intention to
call off or delay the application to the Security Council.
Malki confirmed on Monday that the PA leadership has decided to postpone
the move. He did not say whether the PA would resume its statehood bid
any time in the near future.
Labels: Abu Mazen, Palestinian state RIGHT NOW syndrome, Riyad al-Malki, United Nations Security Council, US veto
Shimon Peres compares 'Palestinians' to Nazis
Yes, he did.
But first, let's go to the videotape.
Yes, that's the entry hallway to the synagogue, right outside the study hall where last Tuesday's terror attack took place. But Peres apparently made his statement while visiting the mourners
"My grandfather, Tzvi Meltzer, was murdered in a synagogue by Nazis as
he was wrapped in a prayer shawl just for being a Jew," related Peres.
"Today too, our people are united under faith against all murder and
terror. The memory of your loved ones will be blessed."
Peres was accompanied by Rabbi David Yosef, Sheikh Kablan of the Israeli Druze community, Ali
Saeed of the Bedouin community and Abu Ghosh mayor Salim Jaber.
Labels: Jerusalem, Nazis, Palestinian terrorism, Shimon Peres
US fears Iran to ramp up nuke production
With the P 5+1 talks on the verge of collapse and the US seeking an extension
beyond today's deadline, the Wall Street Journal cites American fears that the talks' collapse will lead to Iran ramping up its nuclear production
American officials have said in recent weeks that they believe Tehran
could quickly ramp up its production of nuclear fuel, and potentially
sabotage U.S. efforts to combat Islamic State militants in Iraq and
Syria, if the negotiating process ends.
The Journal also reports on American skepticism whether Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif is empowered to make any concessions to cut a deal.
Some senior Western diplomats involved in the Vienna talks also
doubted Tehran would be willing to significantly change its position in
the coming months.
“The [Iranian] negotiating team that is in
Vienna—they are open, nice people, who are doing the best they can,”
said the official. “The problem is that you have some who I’m not sure
have the mandate to get to the place they need.”
Mr. Kerry held
four hours of negotiations on Sunday with his Iranian counterpart,
in a bid to push the diplomatic process forward, according to
U.S. officials. The foreign ministers of the U.K., France, Russia,
Germany, and Saudi Arabia also visited Vienna, and China’s top diplomat,
is expected to arrive Monday morning.
U.S., European and Iranian officials said they have made progress over
the past year in negotiations that have crisscrossed the world from Oman
to New York. But Obama administration officials increasingly are
questioning whether Iran’s most powerful political player, Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has empowered Mr. Zarif and other
negotiators to make the necessary concessions for a deal. Mr. Zarif has
repeatedly said he’s empowered to negotiate but that Mr. Khamenei is the
ultimate decision maker.
That, of course, was utterly predictable.
Obama will ultimately face the choice of taking military action or allowing Iran to attain nuclear weapons status on his watch. I don't think he really cares any more. He has his Nobel Peace Prize and he's a lame duck facing two houses of Congress that won't pass his agenda but have very little power to force him to act on the foreign policy front.
What could go wrong?
Labels: Ayatollah Ali Khameni, Barack Hussein Obama, Iranian nuclear threat, John Kerry, Mohammad Javad Zarif, P 5+1
77% of Israeli Arabs prefer Israel to 'Palestine'
A Channel 10 news poll shows that 77% of Israeli Arabs would rather live in Israel than in 'Palestine.' (The tweet comes from the AP's Dan Williams in case any of you doubt my translation of the graphic).
The percentage might actually be even higher because Arab respondents generally hesitate
to say that they prefer Israel over 'Palestine.'
But this has to make you wonder: Just whom are the likes of Hanin Zoabi
representing in the Knesset and how do they keep getting elected?
Labels: Hanin Zoabi, Israeli Arab, Israeli polls
Chilling audio of R. Moshe Twersky HY"D talking about sanctifying God's name in death
Received by email (Hat Tip: Abraham S).
Chilling audio of Rav Moshe Twersky Hy"d, who was killed in Tuesday's
terror attack in Har Nof. In the audio, the 59-year-old senior maggid shiur at
Yeshiva Toras Moshe in Yerushalayim is addressing his talmidim (students) on Tuesday,
June 22, 2012. He is discussing the topic of kiddush Hashem (sanctifying God's Name) and tells his
talmidim (students) that it could "happen anywhere."
"Again, you have to be ready for kiddush Hashem. You can never tell. One
never knows," Rav Twersky is heard saying. "It could happen anywhere. It
could happen in Moscow, it could happen in Paris, in London, it could
happen in New York, it could happen in Yerushalayim somewhere. Some Arab
could come up with a knife and it could happen. It could happen. Not
mufkah (implausible) today. Anywhere. Any place. Anytime. Any place it could happen."
Indeed it did, Hashem yeracheim (May God Have mercy). This great gaon (genius) in Torah and avodah (worshiping God) lived
a life of kiddush Hashem and lost his life al kiddush Hashem. He continues
to serve as a source of inspiration to his talmidim (students) and now to tens of
thousands all over the world. Yehi zichro boruch (May his memory be blessed). Hashem yikom domov (May God Avenge his blood).
And here's the audio (in English this time).
Labels: God, Jerusalem, Palestinian terrorism, terror victims