Personal thoughts on current events, cultural events, Israel, Judaism, Jewish/Israel innovations and life from a Jewish perspective - read into that what you may.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Video of Dore Gold on Israel's Right To Build In Jerusalem

The hypocrisy of the world regarding "international law" (sic) - people don't even know what the laws and decisions are when they spout that lie.

By the way, the US consulate in East Jerusalem, acts as if it is in an Arab country and not in Israel. Check out the Jersualem US Consulate embassy. Find me one thing there that the US Consulate does for Jews and Jerusalem, I challenge you! It's existence is totally to do things for the Arabs in Yehuda, Shomron and Jerusalem. Go figure, the US is our friend and ally and has its official institutions act like this???

Posted via web from Our Greater Purpose

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wow ,Inspiring Story - Eye From Zion - A Mission In Vietnam

What an amazing, heartwarming story about Israeli eye doctors on a special trip to Vietnam - Eye From Zion, an organization that gives free eye operations to the blind to help them see!

Posted via web from Our Greater Purpose

If Israel gave up the West Bank today would there be peace tomorrow? Be honest - The PLO Phased Plan

The facts have always stared us straight in the face, but a majority of people, basing their thoughts on hope and wishful thinking, sweep the facts away.

The guys at Free Middle East do a great job of raising this issue in a visual way for all to seriously ponder. Take a moment to really think this through and not just give the politically correct lines of "land for peace" or the only solution is the "2 state solution".

Posted via web from Our Greater Purpose

Rabbis to US Ambassador: Time to 'Go Biblical' with Arabs - How Refreshing to Hear Common Sense!

( A delegation of the Rabbinical Congress for Peace (RCP) met with U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Mr. James Cunningham, today and called for a reassessment of the entire U.S. policy vis-à-vis the Israelis and Palestinians. The rabbis told Ambassador Cunningham that it was time to try the Biblical approach to the dispute over the Land of Israel.

"The past 17 years have proven without a shadow of a doubt that every square inch ceded by Israel to the Palestinians was transformed into a platform of hatred and terrorism," RCP Director Rabbi Avrohom Shmuel Lewin told the ambassador. "In other words, the 'land for peace' formula in the Israel-Palestinian context, besides being a formula that goes against the Divine will, is ineffective, obsolete, and an exercise in futility. Most of all it is a dangerous policy that only leads to bloodshed and instability in the region and harms vital American interests in the region as well," Lewin said.

'Land for peace doesn't work'

Wow, how refreshing to hear people talk some common sense, dealing with the facts of the past 17 years.

Even more refreshing, it was uttered by a group of 350 Rabbis.

And most refreshing of all, directed at the US Ambassador to Israel.

Will it make any difference? Most probably not, but at least this was said and done. Now if only the millions of Israelis would wake up to the facts too and do something about it.

It's nice to dream...

Posted via web from Our Greater Purpose

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Nothing expresses the absurdity and folly in the Obama Presidency than this statement:

"Obama hasn't told Iran what would happen to them if they build the (nuclear) bomb, but he has told Israel that if they build one more house (in a settlement) then the whole roof will come down" - Dick Morris, Former Advisor to Bill Clinton

It is pretty clear to me that the US and the whole Western world is in big trouble with the US under an Obama Presidency.

The question is when will Bibi Netanyahu realize that the whole world is secretly waiting for him to decide to bomb Iran's nuclear capability and do it.

This is one of those actions where everyone in the world will condemn, but everybody will be secretly happy about it. Once again, the epitome of the hypocrisy that exists in world politics (like the UN Human Rights Commission being run by Libya, Cuba and other human rights abusers)

Will Bibi have the guts to do a Begin and pay the consequences for an action that Western world (and the Arab world) secretly want Israel to do? That is the question...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A very insightful article on 'Rehab for an 'all-consuming peace addiction'. I highly recommend it

Ruthie Blum interviews Daniel Gordis of the Shalem Center in her latest article in the Jerusalem Post .

As one can understand from the article, Daniel Gordis once very much supported the peace process as well as the expulsion of Jews from Gaza (aka - the disengagement). However today he thinks differently.

As far as disengagement is concerned, in retrospect, there's no question that it was a mistake, in terms of Israel's security and defense. But I hesitate to call it an out-and-out mistake - without in any way minimizing the horrible human cost to the families who were uprooted - because I think we learned something we could only have learned by doing it. What no one can reasonably deny now is that the Right was right.

As someone who used to be left of center, I always believed that the Palestinians wanted the same things we did - that they sought two states for two peoples; that they wanted a country just like we did; that they wished for their children and grandchildren to flourish, just like we did. Disengagement proved to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was wrong - tragically wrong, but wrong nonetheless. Because what they had was an opportunity to begin to build some sort of autonomy. And it became clear that this is not what they had, or have, in mind. They are much more intent on destroying us than they are on building themselves. They're much more committed to our not having a future than to their having one.

First of all, it is rare to come upon a thinker of Mr.Gordis' stature and standing to admit what he does. It is not an easy step at and for this I take my hat off to him.

From another persepctive, however, I'm still very uneasy about these thoughts because I knew back in 1992 that the oslo "peace accords" were a huge mistake for Israel and I wasn't the only one who thought so. We protested furiously against the Israeli acceptance of the Oslo process. Yet our calls went unheeded and most of world Jewry got swept away with euphoria on how peace was around the corner, we just must understand that there is a price for peace, that any terrorist act is our sacrifice for peace - and the Jewish world bought it! 

So inside I'm so distraught that 16 years and thousands of innocent Israeli deaths have to pass for somany intellectual people to realize what Mr. Gordis expresses in the Jpost article.

On the other hand, I must admit that reality is reality and Mr. Gordis does a good job allowing us to understand that the Jewish psyche of hope and liberalism allows many Jews to dismiss the facts on the ground and put much time and effort into making their hopes and dreams for peace come true. Hence the willingness to put up with terrorism on the side of our "peace" partners for years and still march on the facade of a peace process and only waking up to what me and others knew all along, that the peace process has been a facade, after it has been finally proven to them - that the Arabs in Yehuda, Shomron and Gaza (because there is no such thing as a palestinian people, just ask Golda Meir) want to destroy the State of Israel and not live side-by-side with it in peace.

I have always said that this peace process would fail and that in the end Jews will live in all of Yehuda, Shomron and Gaza (yes, and Gaza) because the Arabs won't stop trying to destroy our nation and homeland and in the end it will be because of realism and not ideology that we will be settled throughout our Holy land. Their not letting up will just prove to more and more Jews and Israelis that they really have no intent on living side by side in peace with us. Too bad it just takes so long for so many Israelis and Jews so long to realize this lesson because in the meantime we are paying the price with our own lives for their stubborness to hold on to their hope and liberal attitudes that charges them to continue trying to make peace at all costs.

In the end, I must say thank you to Mr. Gordis for his intellectual honesty and I wish that many other of our brethren in Israel and abroad would follow his example and begin to be honest with themselves and reality that peace is just not attainable with people who want to destroy you. So what's the solution to have quiet. I much prefer doing what is necessary so that we can attain quiet instead of signing peace agreements that our just pieces of paper with signatures.

How do we attain quiet? That's for other posts.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It Doesn't Make A Difference, But it Should

The other day I posted the following Palestinian Media Watch video on twitter and facebook for people to see.

A Twitter friend of mine responded to me with the following "I can not believe how many Jews believe that we can make peace with the Arabs. Who do we talk to? 

The following is an answer to my friend that I felt deserved a blog post instead of 140 characters on Twitter. If anyone has a different opinion then the one I express below, please feel to share it with me and I'll share it with my Twitter friend as well.

My answer:
On the one hand this video is extremly significant, but on the other hand it is useless.

What do I mean?

Well, first of all it is significant because it is proof that the official leaders of the Arabs, currently living in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, never have and never will recognize the State of Israel. (FYI - the man in the video, Dahlan, has always been one to the darlings of the US and the Israeli Left, a potential leader/partner to make "peace" with)

Therefore, it should be clear to all, that it is pure folly for Israel to hold peace talks, or continue a peace process to establish a "palestinian" state with a partner that never wants to recognize us and really only wants to destroy Israel and replace it with another Arab country (23rd, I think) in the Middle East.

In any normal country, this video like this about a peace processwould make huge news, huge! and create waves in the public as well as in diplomatic circles with great pressure to stop the charade of peace talks, because it would finally be clear to all that the peace talk is not about peace, but about tearing Israel up piece by piece.

But this is not so when it comes to Israel and the Jewish people. This is why this video is useless and why there really is no one to talk to. Because it's not important to talk to someone, but to talk to people who are open minded to listen, and this doesn't exist when it comes to the mass of the Israeli/Jewish public who want to continue the charade of peace talks or 2 states regardless of the facts that prove it's utter folly.

Why? Because people don't want to hear the truth, it's too depressing and it doesn't jive with the hopes and expectations that we Israelis/Jews want, so the video will fall largely on deaf ears within the population that can it most make an impact.

We Israelis/Jews have such a need to feel accepted by the nations of the world that facts don't bother us from doing what is necessary to help us gain "acceptence". If the world wants us to pursue a peace process, create a state for our enemies (that may eventually cause our own destruction) we will do so, even if we have to hide the facts of the reality from the Israeli public and the Jewish people worldwide. 

So nobody wants to hear that the peace process is a charade of the arab world to destroy Israel. Nobody wants to hear that Arafat went to Johanesburg, days after the Oslo agreement were signed, and gave a speech telling the public that he was just following Muhammed's lead of signing agreements with the enemy in order to weaken them to then destroy them later on when they are weak. And nobody is interested in hearing Dahlan say in the video that they have never recognized the State of Isreal. So the video really is useless.

It has been my feeling for a long time, that G-d works in strange ways, and when we don't want to listen to reality, he uses reality to bite us in the backend and finally wake us up. It's only with his radical wake up calls that we begin to wake up, but even then only in baby steps (hence the Qassam rockets for 8 years, the 2nd Lebanon war and the recent Gaza/Gush Katif war). Unfortunately the longer we hold on to our delusions the more radical wake up calls G-d will have to bring upon us in order to really wake up and change our minds about this "piece by piece" process.

I will continue posting these eye opening videos and posts as I find them, because they do help some people to wake up from the delusional peace process they once thought we were in, but for the masses, who can create the pressure for the changes necessary, I know they won't make an impact. That's just the way it is.

Monday, March 23, 2009


With a majority of the Western world appeasing terrorism (partly because of economic reasons and OIL!), it was refreshing to see the following commercial produced by the global car-maker - Honda.


Besides the fact that Honda makes great cars (yes, I'm the proud owner of one myself and very very satisfied), people should go out and buy their cars for being one of the few to say this message loud and clear. 

In other words THANK YOU HONDA for saying this message loud and clear.

While the US and the Western world now cajole the Hamas to give lip service to coming to terms with the existence of the State of Israel, while at the same time the world powers and the world media ignore the fact that the PLO/PA never recognized the existence of the State of Isreal ,
(which all adds up to the fact that the western world play nicey, nicey with terrorists) it is nice to know that at least a car company comes out and calls a spade a spade with regards to oil. It doesn't make up for the idiocy and hypocrisy of the western world and world media towards Israel, but it's at least something.

Supporting oil is supporting terrorism. Supporting terrorism because they "only" want to kill the Jews in Israel is leading about to the destruction of the West itself. Islam is not only out to destroy Israel, but the whole western world. They won't ever understand until it is to late, but at least Honda is willing to make some noise about how the oil industry is the fuel (sic) that feeds the terrorism machine.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Rav Moshe Temple Ascends Har Habayit/the Temple Mount

For years I have had the urge to join the growing group of people who ascend the Temple Mount. To my own disappointment, I have still not done so, mostly because of my own doubts as to the halachik ramifications of such an act, compounded with my own laziness to sit down and learn the laws surrounding this very important and holy act.

This past week I had the pleasure of meeting Yehuda Glick, who runs the Temple Institute, with regards to doing a program together with the Temple Institute and this evening I had the fortune of finding this fascinating video of Rav Moshe Tendler going up to to Har Habayit/the Temple Mount. 

Now, I'm more encouraged than ever to finally sit down and study this issue in more depth and there is no better way than on the coattails of this fabulous video which includes Rav Moshe Tendler explaining the concept of Kedusha (holiness) in general, and specifically when applied to going up to Har Habayit. The length of the video is 17 minutes, but worth every second of your time, to see a gadol walking around Har Habayit and listening to him talk about some of the Torah concepts concerning Har Habayit.

For many years it has been the custom of Rabbi Dr. Moshe Dovid Tendler, famed posek, professor, and son-in-law of the great Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, זצ'ל to perform the commandment of 'Mora Mikdash' - showing reverence to G-d at the place of the Holy Temple, by ascending the Temple Mount in strict accordance with halacha - Jewish law. The Rabbi ascends the Mount every time he is in the land of Israel. He has made tens of visits to the Temple Mount. The recorded visit was filmed on the 23rd of Tevet, 5769 - January 19th, 2009.

Click here for a Jewish Press article with Rav Tender defending ascending to Har Habayit

Click here for a Haaretz article, which mentions Rav Tendler's ascending Har Habayit, titled "ULTRA-ORTHDOX PROHIBITION ON ENTERING TEMPLE MOUNT SPLINTERS" 
While the people of Isreal have heroes who are dedicated to saving lives, the Arabs living in the Jewish homeland have their sights on death.

Fathi Hamad, Hamas MK:
"We desire death like you desire life"

Thank you Fathi for making this message crystal clear to us all in the video below. Too bad the world doesn't listen to what you tell your own people and instead is focused on the new anti-semitism of anti-Israel/anti-Zionism that they do everything to side with the Arab aggersoors and very little to defend the Jewish/Israeli victims (i.e. pledging $900 million to rebuild areas in Gaza destroyed because of Arab aggression)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Hero's Deed that must be told

Not everyday does human kind come across such a person as was Noam Apter. His total self-acrifice and selflessness are admirable in an era of self-centeredness. His is a hero's story that must be told and retold, one generation to another. We are blessed to have had such a person lead such an example for us all. We would be even more blessed if he would be with us today to show us how to live according to those values through daily life as well. 

Sublime Heroism

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

 Here's the challenge: 
In your last seconds of life, with terrorists spraying bullets at you, would you:

 (1) try to kill those who are trying to kill you and all your people? 

(2) run for cover rather than be blown apart by bullets? Or 

 (3) Make Noam's choice, turn your back on the terrorists, even though you  have a sidearm, and leap to lock the doors and hurl away the key, so that  the murderers cannot kill the dozens of your fellow students in the 
room beyond?

 We will never know what choice we would make. But we do know what choice Noam Apter made, and he deserves our attention and gratitude. How often does it happen, that a soul is revealed, in its essence? The pure, virtuous soul of Noam Apter was revealed on Friday, December 27,  2002.  Most of the world missed that profound moment.

 Not a single mainstream media source mentioned Noam's actions, nor even  his name, outside of Israel. We are so caught up in the next deaths, the  next bombings and the latest number of body parts.  When a sublime act of heroism occurs, we don't even notice.

 Here's what happened. Listen, remember, and tell the story to others. It  deserves to be told.

Boys from the Otniel Yeshiva (religious university) outside of Hebron,  were hosting young men from another yeshiva, Har Etzion, for Shabbat. The  boys gathered together for Friday evening services, then made their way to  the dining hall. Noam Apter, 23, was in charge of the kitchen crew that  night. The Otniel boys all take turns cooking and serving. Yehuda Bamberger, 20, and Tzvi Ziman, 18, were also on kitchen duty. So was Gavriel Hotter, only 17, who was waiting for his 18th birthday so that he could officially join in the complete Hesder program.

Otniel and Har Etzion are Hesder Yeshivas. Students in these schools, although religious, also serve their country with rotations in the Israeli Defense Forces. They alternate Torah study, their religious duty, with military service, their national duty. 
Otniel is known as an "artsy" yeshiva, with courses that include drama and dancing. Noam's mother, Pirhiya, recently recalled his entrance interview.  Noam and the admissions Rabbi spent the time discussing the book Noam was reading, Catcher in the Rye.

After sunset, the boys streamed into the dining hall. The Otniel hosts  were already serving the first course of fish, salads, hummus and tehina.  The plates were cleared, and the soup course was underway. 

As the crew arranged the soup bowls on the platters, two terrorists dressed in Israeli military uniforms burst into the kitchen through an open service door. Their guns pumped bullets into Tzvi, Gavriel and Yehuda, who were gunned down where they stood. Tens of bullets were found in each of these boys. 

But Noam.
Noam, the "one in charge," had a sidearm. But with the bullets slicing the air and his friends, he never turned to fire. Noam lunged toward the door leading to the dining room. Though already shot in the back, Noam managed  to lock that door, and hurl the key out of reach. Noam's body was recovered there, at the door, riddled with bullets. But the terrorists could not get through the door to complete their mission: to gun down as many as possible of the dozens of young men inside.

This child of God, this Zionist soldier, with his last breaths, saved the  lives of dozens of others, rather than his own, and rather than try to take the lives of the murderers. This is a story of humanity at its apex.

The news reports, the few that ran, referred to Noam Apter as an unnamed
"Yeshiva student" and "settler" who was one of four killed by Palestinians. Of all the print media in the United States, there was exactly one mention of this young man by name. Only The New York Post shared the miracle of Noam with its readers.

I met Noam Apter last summer, when I and several friends went to Israel on a study and solidarity mission. Noam, an adorable young man with an M-16 rifle (it isn't incongruous in Israel), accompanied us as our guard. We were a bunch of middle-aged, fairly knowledgeable, somewhat observant, mostly left-leaning American Jews. But this young man touched us all.  I  told him to forget his girlfriend, because I have two daughters and I wanted him to marry one of them. 

 I just spoke with Yossi Apter, Noam's father, to share his grief. During our  conversation he remembered Noam told him what I said about my daughters. How sweet, how tragic. That trip to Israel was as close as I will ever get  to knowing a hero. 

If you share this story, you will be spreading the tiny drop of pure  goodness and decency in the sea of madness flowing from the Middle East.


postscript:  I still think of Noam very often, and always on Shabbat.  I think about Noam, and weep, when we sing Etz Chaim. 


Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Philadelphia, PA   USA


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wow! Israeli invention that allows paraplegics to walk! See it for yourself in this video:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Are you the One

12Tribe Films Foundation is expanding and they are now looking for 10  marketing/advertising interns who are go getters, results oriented, love movies and care about the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.

With a presence in New York and Jerusalem, 12Tribe Films is now looking for talented students who will intern and work virtually from their homes or local coffee houses.

If you fit the bill and you are looking for a rewarding internship that will give you marketing/advertising experience, flexibility and a feeling of accomplishment, then apply today! 

The application deadline is March 25th

If this internship interests you, please fill out the application form below and 12Tribe Films will contact you if they see a fit. If you want to record a video to share telling about yourself and why you are a perfect fit for this internship, then please upload it to and place the link in the application form. 

All questions regarding this internship opportunity can be sent to avi at 12tribefilms dot org

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Purim Sameach to all!

We celebrate this miraculous holiday year after year, and even though it is a fabulous story with a miraculous end, many people don't understand how it relates to our current lives.

Well, if you ever asked: 'What does Purim have to do with today?' - this video is for you!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

This is hilarious - Line dancing in Asia to the Miami Boys Choir. 

Is this what "A light unto the nations" means? Na, but it is still is hilarious! 

Enjoy, I did.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

by David A. Harris
Executive Director
American Jewish Committee
January 26, 2009

Dear Ms. Trine Lilleng,

You were an unknown Norwegian diplomat till this month.

No longer.

As first secretary in the Norwegian Embassy in Saudi Arabia, you recently sent out an email on your office account in which you declared: "The grandchildren of Holocaust survivors from World War II are doing to the Palestinians exactly what was done to them by Nazi Germany."

Accompanying your text were photos, with an emphasis on children, seeking to juxtapose the Holocaust with the recent Israeli military operation in Gaza.

Clearly, you are miscast in your role as a diplomat, all the more so of a nation that has sought to play a mediating role in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

In fact, you're desperately in need of some education.

Let's begin with your current posting. You've been in Riyadh since 2007.

If you're so anguished by human rights violations, perhaps you could have begun by devoting some of your attention - and email blasts - to what surrounds you. 

Or were your eyes diplomatically shut?

Have you failed to notice the many legal executions, including beheadings, going on in your assigned country?

Have you ignored the often abysmal treatment of foreign workers, many from Asia, who also happen to be disproportionately counted among the victims of Saudi capital punishment?

Have you neglected the gender apartheid that surrounds you? Did you ever look out of your car to notice that Saudi women are proscribed from driving, and that's hardly the worst of it?

Have you checked the skyline of Riyadh or Jeddah lately to count the number of church spires or other non-Muslim houses of worship?

Have you bothered to inquire about the fate of homosexuals?

Okay, you were AWOL on those issues. Maybe you just didn't want to offend your hosts by speaking the truth, or maybe you're suffering from that diplomatic disease known as "localitis" or "clientitis."

But surely a woman like you, with such capacity for empathy for those in far-away places, and especially for children in danger, couldn't remain silent about other human rights transgressions, could she?

After all, could an individual so deeply moved by the plight of Palestinians in Gaza remain silent about what a New York Times columnist earlier this month described as "hell on earth" - Zimbabwe? Could a person so anguished by the fate of Palestinian children stay mum about a country where a girl's life expectancy at birth is 34, much less than half that of her Norwegian counterpart, and where the health care sector has vaporized, all thanks to the one-man rule of Robert Mugabe?

Could such a dedicated humanist possibly avert her eyes from the deadliest conflict since the Second World War, which has killed over five million people, many of them children, in the Congo in the past decade - not to mention the documented and widespread use of torture, rape, and arbitrary detention? 

An observer of such acute sensitivity could hardly hold her tongue while Afghan girls attempting to go to school have been doused with acid by those who wish to deny young women access to education, reminiscent of the five years of Taliban rule, could she?

In neighboring Pakistan, where you served in the Norwegian embassy for three years, the beleaguered human rights community must have been fortunate to have such an impassioned voice for all that's wrong in this failing state. Or was that voice, perhaps, on mute?

The children of Sderot, the Israeli town near the Gaza border, have been in desperate need of just such a spokesperson as you for the past eight years. 

After all, their town has been in the crosshairs of literally thousands of missiles and mortars fired from Gaza. Those Israeli children live with all the signs of trauma, knowing that, with only 15 seconds warning, they could be hit at any time in their schools, their parks, or their beds. Yet, during my visit there last week, for some reason, those children and their parents had yet to hear you speak out for them. What a pity!

And the children of Iran could use your help as well. According to human rights groups, Iran has no compunction about executing children or those who were children when their crimes were allegedly committed. 

Oh, and by the way, your compassionate help would also undoubtedly be welcomed by others under the gun in Iran, including women's rights activists, union organizers, student protesters, independent journalists, reformist politicians, and religious minorities. And let's not forget, once again, the children of Israel, who, according to the Iranian president, don't have a right to live.

But wait! A Google search about you reveals nothing, not a single word, regarding your views on Zimbabwe, Congo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sderot, or Iran. Or, for that matter, Burma, Darfur, Syria. Shall I go on?

Only Israel, faced with those who wish to destroy it, manages to prompt your impassioned correspondence and righteous indignation. Why?

No less, your stunning lack of education extends beyond the contemporary world to 20th century history, specifically the Holocaust.

Your invocation of the Holocaust to describe what's taken place in Gaza is, frankly, nothing short of obscene.

Your claim that the grandchildren of the survivors are doing to the Palestinians exactly what was done to them goes beyond any norm of decency, much less honesty.

Approve or disapprove of the Israeli military operation, but there is no basis whatsoever for such a comparison.

When Israel entered Gaza in a war of self-defense in 1967, the population was 360,000. After Israel withdrew totally from Gaza in 2005, it was estimated at 1.4 million.

Would that the Jewish population under Nazi rule had quadrupled!

When Israel entered Gaza in 1967, life expectancy for women was 46. When it left Gaza, it was 73.

Shall we even bother to discuss life expectancy for Jews under Nazi occupation?

The Second World War in Europe lasted from September 1, 1939 to May 8, 1945 - 68 months in all. That means an average monthly extermination rate of nearly 90,000 Jews.

Compare that to the total number of victims in Gaza over three weeks - roughly guesstimated at more or less 1,000 - and recall that the majority were armed fighters committed to Israel's destruction, who used civilians, including children, as human shields, mosques as arms depots, and hospitals as sanctuaries.

Believe me, Ms. Lilleng, if the "grandchildren of the Holocaust survivors" had wanted to do exactly what the Nazis did to their grandparents, they would have unleashed their full air, land, and sea power. They would have thrown the Israel Defense Forces' ethical guidelines to the wind, kicked out the UN and Red Cross personnel on the ground, stopped humanitarian transports of food, fuel, and medicine, prevented media reporting, and left absolutely nothing - and no one - standing.

Unless, of course, they needed slave labor, in which case they would have carted off the able-bodied to work in Auschwitz replicas until they dropped. Or material for ghoulish medical experimentation, in which case, in the spirit of Mengele, they would have kept Palestinian twins alive temporarily.

But Israel didn't do any of these things. It's a peace-seeking democracy dedicated to the rule of law - unlike so many of the countries whose horrific sins you blithely choose to overlook.

What are we to make of your selective moral outrage and rank hypocrisy? 

You ought to take a look in the mirror and ask yourself why Israel, and only Israel, makes your blood boil and leads you to speak out, even at the risk of grossly distorting both reality and history.

The answer, Ms. Lilleng, should be painfully obvious.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Truly Inspirational

After viewing this, I have no excuse to give up on anything that I put my mind to, and neither do you. Wow!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"The People of Israel Have the Strength to Confront", but Does Bibi?

@netanyahu just tweeted "The People of Israel Have the Strength to Confront"

It's great that Bibi believes the people of Isreal have the strength to confront. Our problem isn't the people! Our problem is our leadership! 

The question is will Netanyahu have the courage to do what is necessary to lead the people or instead will he try to please the media and the Supreme Court and leave the people dissapointed, like he did in 1996?

Will he place Dan Meridor or Benny Begin as Justice Minister? Two proponents of making NO changes to the Supreme Court system that is a "friend brings friend" system? or will he appoint someone to continue the work that Minister Freidman has begun to change the elitist Supreme Court system that only represents the elitist left of Isreal?

Will he place Ehud Barak as Defense Minister who is responsible for the practical and strategic failure of running out of Lebanon as well as responsible for the kidnapped soldiers at Sultan Yakoub, the Tzealim disaster and other failures, just to please the media and the elitist left? or will he have the guts to place Bugi Yaalon?

Don't get me wrong, I'm a Likud member, who believes in the people of Israel, the members of the Likud and the Likud voters but I have big doubts regarding the Likud leader.

In 1996 we voted in Bibi with the hopes that he would put a full stop to the Disasterous Oslo process that he as well described as a disaster. Instead he got into office and continued Oslo and shook hands with Arafat, the arch terrorist.

So which Bibi will we get if the Likud wins the elections? 
- The Bibi who will want to please the media and the Supreme Court? 
- The Bibi who will talk about peace with security when it is clear to all that there is nobody to make peace with? 
- The Bibi who will empahsize that the Hamas are the ones who we can't talk to because they are the arm of Iran, but Fatah and Abu Mazen are true partners for peace, even though they also want to destroy Israel and take part in terrorism against Israelis?

- The Bibi that will tell the world that the 2 state solution is impossible, because, after 15 years of Oslo and the arabs investing all the billions of $ the world has thrown at them to develop militarily (against the Oslo accords) yet have not spent the money to develop industry, jobs, proper hospitals etc for their people! that it is very clear that they are more interested in destroying Isreal than establishing their own State!
- The Bibi who will tell the world that Fatah has the same goals as the Hamas but just puts on a different "face" to implement their "planned phase" solution of destroying the State of Israel. (The Fatah was established in 1964! 3 years before the 1967 war when Isreal returned to the biblical lands of Judea and Samaria that the world calls "occupation". Ask people who Judea, Samaria and Gaza belonged to before 1967 and they don't even though that it was never sovereign to any state, especially not the fictitious "palestine" that was a British mandate yet not a country)
- The Bibi who will tell the world that the UN must abolish UNRWA (that fosters terrorist development) and begin to have UNHCR deal with the refugees in Judea, Samaria and Gaza so that the world is an active partner in resettling these people?
- The Bibi that will lead Israel in dealing with the Iran issue instaed of trusting the world to deal with it (which it hasn't!)?
- The Bibi that believes in a Jewish State which deserves a Supreme Court that reflects the Jewish character of the State and its right to exist? or the Bibi that will allow the status quo, "friend bring friend", extreme left Supreme Court remain as is?
- The Bibi that will explain to the world that the way to beat terrorism and our enemies is to take away their hope to destroy us and not feed their hope?
Which Bibi will be get if the Likud wins?

Israel needs a strong leader with courage to say and IMPLEMENT a policy based on what is good for Israel and the world, not one who will give in to the elitist left and the weekly polls. Which Bibi will we get?

The Gaza war is finally making many people of Israel realize that giving away our land to people who want to kill us (aka The Oslo Process) is a disaster and that a 2 state solution is suicide for Israel. Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people and Judea and Samaria is the heartland of the Jewish homeland. No country in its right mind would willfullygive away its homeland, especially not to people who are committed to destroying it. Giving away parts of our homeland to terrorists (whether they call themselves Fatah, Hamas or any Arab group) will be laying the infrastructure for rockets to then be shot on Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and all of Israel, no matter how strong an army Israel has. 

Will Bibi have the guts to lead us to a new reality and use his wonderful PR skills to convince the world about our just cause and the Arabs true intention of using the peace process to destory Isreal or will he continue the Oslo path, just with his more security minded perspective?

I hope and pray that we will get the Bibi who will have as much courage as the people, but I'm very much fearful that we will get a reincarnated 1996 Bibi who talked the talk before the elections, but then left his supporters very very disappointed leading a leftist policy.
Will we again vote right but get left?

If Bibi or anyone in his campaign wants to reply to this post, it would be my pleasure to post it to my blog and give it the attention it deserves. As I said, I'm a Likud member and I believe it is the party that best represents the people of Isreal as a whole and not just a sector of the people, but I want to feel confident that Bibi also represents us when in power and not just in the opposition.


Thursday, January 08, 2009

The Importance of an Israeli Victory Against Hamas for the West

When will people begin to realize that Israel is the frontline of Western civilization fighting against Islamic Jihad that wants to take over the world?

The Jewish people (and now Israel) have always been the canary in the mine. First go after the Jews, because the world lets, and then go after others too. Well, in today's state, the Islamists are going after Israel and the Jews, but they are really after the whole world. If the world allows the Islamists to come out with a victory or PERCEIVED victory over Israel, then the whole Western world better watch out, because they are coming after you next

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

A Jew's Message to the World

Is anyone listening?

(Sometimes we must laugh at the absurdity at the way the world is.  Hysterical, yet such a sad commentary about  humanity today)

What happens when a fly falls into a coffee cup?

The Italian - throws the cup and walks away in a fit of rage.

The Frenchman - takes out the fly, and drinks the coffee.

The Chinese - eats the fly and throws away the coffee.

The Russian - drinks the coffee with the fly, since it was extra with no charge.

The Israeli - sells the coffee to the Frenchman, the fly to the Chinese, buys himself a new cup of coffee and
uses the extra money to invent a device that prevents flies from falling into coffee.

The Palestinian - blames the Israeli for the fly falling in his coffee, protests the act of aggression to the UN, takes a loan from the European Union to buy a new cup of coffee, uses the money to purchase explosives....

 ...and then blows up the coffee house where the Italian, the Frenchman, the Chinese, and the Russian are all trying to explain to the Israeli that  he should give away his cup of coffee to the Palestinian.

Monday, January 05, 2009

A Letter to the World from Jerusalem, 1969

This is a condensed version of a letter written in 1969 expounding upon the reasons that Jerusalem  does not need to explain its existence to anybody!

Hill 769 - Interview with Producer/Director Yechezkel Laing

12Tribe Film Foundation's newest endeavor to introduce more Jewish value based tv and movies about the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. Yechezkel is an inspiration in spearheading the way with this new online TV series Hill 769. Seeking financial backing to turn this into a full production to be seen worldwide. 

Hill 769 - The new drama series of Judea and Samaria residents to what really goes on there.  

Distance is Only a Matter of Time

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Son of Hamas Leader Escapes from Hamas and converts to Christianty


He has harsh things to say about Islam.

Must See Videos!!!!

Escape from Hamas Part 1

Escape from Hamas Part 2

Escape from Hamas Part 3

Escape from Hamas Part 4

Escape from Hamas Part 5

Escape from Hamas Part 6

Saturday, January 03, 2009

My Heart Aches

The Israeli ground forces have begun to go into the Gaza strip. My heart aches for each Israeli soldier that will lose his life or become injured from this action. My prayers are with all of them. 

I can't explain how sad and angry I'm at this moment. The Gaza strip is one big booby trap that was prepared by the Hamas for an eventual Israeli incursion. Hamas has had 3 years to smuggle weapons, rockets, build underground bunkers and tunnels and booby trap all over the place.

This is one the saddest things ever, because if we hadn't left the Gaza strip 3 years ago the South of Israel wouldn't be under fire like it is today, the Gaza strip wouldn't be booby trapped to the gazoo and Israeli soldiers wouldn't have to lose their lives going back to a place where we once had control over only 3 years ago!

My prayers are with all of the Israeli soldiers at this moment and my hope that those responsible for bringing us to this brink of madness will  be held accountable.

Unfortunately, all those soldiers will be losing their lives while many of us scream out THIS COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED BECAUSE WE TOLD  YOU THIS WOULD HAPPEN but you wouldn't listen.

Pray, pray and pray some more and then some more for the soldiers.

Then pray that we be blessed with better leaders who will lead the Jewish people and the Land of Israel to a future of true peace and not a false one based on giving in to sworn enemies who want to destory us. We all want peace, some of us have just realized that a piece of paper with worthless signatures of murderers, with backing of international leaders who have many other concerns besides Israel, does not bring peace, yet actually furthers us from it.

By the way, I also hurt and sympathize for those Arabs in Gaza who have been hurt or killed due to the suicidal negligence of their leaders who use their civilian populations as human shields! They also would all be in much better shape if we were still in Gaza, but nobody talks about that...

As Gold Meir once said "We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us".

Al-Jazeera - Israel's actions in Gaza are self defense!

Nice choice of guests by Al-Jazeera!Keep up the good work!

See the QASSAM movie trailer:

Sign up today for the online solidarity event for Israel with the powerful Qassam movie:

Keep on praying for true peace to come, but we still have a while to wait...don't let yourself be fooled again.15 years of Oslo should cure us of the false hopes that so many of us have held onto regardless of the realities on the ground

Friday, January 02, 2009

Palestinian legal adviser gets owned by Fox News

MUST SEE Video! 

Hamas and Arab terrorists are NOT victims they are sick and perverted jihadists who strategically use their civilian population as human shields.  

Golda Meir once said "there willl only be peace when the Arabs learn to love their children more than they hate us". I guess there is no peace on the horizon.  

Sign up today for the online solidarity event for Israel with the powerful Qassam movie:  

Keep on praying for true peace to come, but we still have a while to wait...don't let yourself be fooled again.15 years of Oslo should cure us of the false hopes that so many of us have held onto regardless of the realities on the ground.  

Shabbat Shalom to all!
“If the PLO had won in 1970 in what became Black September,” when the late King Hussein and his Jordanian Arab Legion slaughtered more than 20,000 PLO fighters in the [UNWRA} refugee camps and forced them to flee into Lebanon and Syria, there already would have been a Palestine established on over three fourths of the original Jewish Homeland mandated at San Remo in 1920 by the League of Nations.” - Tzafrir Ronen
“would you as an American give up the island in lower Manhattan harbor on which stands the Statue of Liberty to make peace with Bin Laden? No. So, why should Israel give up the Golan or retreat to the ‘Auschwitz line’ and divide Jerusalem?” - Tzafrir Ronen
Who are the Palestinians

By Yashiko Sagamori

If you are so sure that “Palestine, the country, goes back through most of recorded history”, I expect you to be able to answer a few basic questions about that country of Palestine:

  • When was it founded and by whom?
  • What were its borders?
  • What was its capital?
  • What were its major cities?
  • What constituted the basis of its economy?
  • What was its form of government?
  • Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat?
  • Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?
  • What was the language of the country of Palestine?
  • What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine?
  • What was the name of its currency? Choose any date in history and tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese yuan on that date.
  • Have they left any artifacts behind?
  • Do you know of a library where one could find a work of Palestinian literature produced before 1967?
  • And, finally, since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?

You are lamenting the “low sinking” of “once proud” nation. Please tell me, when exactly was that “nation” proud and what was it so proud of?

And here is the least sarcastic question of all: If the people you mistakenly call “Palestinians” are anything but generic Arabs collected from all over — or thrown out of — the Arab world, if they really have a genuine ethnic identity that gives them right for self-determination, why did they never try to become independent until Arabs suffered their devastating defeat in the Six Day War?

I hope you avoid the temptation to trace the modern day “Palestinians” to the Biblical Philistines: substituting etymology for history won't work here.

The truth should be obvious to everyone who wants to know it. Arab countries have never abandoned the dream of destroying Israel; they still cherish it today. Having time and again failed to achieve their evil goal with military means, they decided to fight Israel by proxy. For that purpose, they created a terrorist organization, cynically called it “Palestinian people” and installed it in Gaza, Judea, and Samaria. How else can you explain the refusal by Jordan and Egypt to unconditionally accept back the “West Bank” and Gaza, respectively?

The fact is, Arabs populating Gaza, Judea, and Samaria have much less claim to nationhood than that Indian tribe that successfully emerged in Connecticut with the purpose of starting a tax-exempt casino: at least that tribe had a constructive goal that motivated them. The so called “Palestinians” have only one motivation: the destruction of Israel, and in my book that is not sufficient to consider them a “nation” — or anything else except what they really are: a terrorist organization that will one day be dismantled.

In fact, there is only one way to achieve piece in the Middle East. Arab countries must acknowledge and accept their defeat in their war against Israel and, as the losing side should, pay Israel reparations for the more than 50 years of devastation they have visited on it. The most appropriate form of such reparations would be the removal of their terrorist organization from the land of Israel and accepting Israel's ancient sovereignty over Gaza, Judea, and Samaria.

That will mark the end of the Palestinian people. What are you saying again was its beginning?

You are absolutely correct in your understanding of the “Palestinians'” murderous motives. I am afraid however that you, along with 99% of the population of this planet have missed the beginning of WWIII (the enemy call it Jihad) quite a few years ago. The siege of the US embassy in Tehran in 1979, an event to which the latest Nobel Peace Prize winner had so miserably failed to respond, can be very well used as the day WWIII stepped out of the pages of the Koran and into the current events. I pray the United States and Israel lead the world to victory in this war. Come to think of it, there is no choice, be you a Christian, a Jew, or even, believe it or not, a Muslim.