Sunday, March 17, 2019

Arab children and the UN 's 21st century mission

(I thank RB for alerting me to the video below)

Virtually every Friday since March 30, 2018, Gazans have been massing along the Gaza-Israel border fence to 'protest' against Israel. Palestinian leadership characterizes these mass protests as "peaceful".

They aren't. 

If you want to know what these protests are about, listen to the Gazan children who have participated in those 'protests (below). Listen to what they have learned about Israel at their UNRWA-run schools which, according the the UN, do not teach anything negative about Israel. 

Below is a video that will show you what UNRWA schools have actually taught Gazan children. A school is supposed to teach children how to prepare themselves to make a contribution to their world. A school is supposed to prepare children to learn what it takes to make their world a better place to live.  

UNRWA doesn't do that. Instead, it teaches children how to hate.

Specifically, it teaches Palestinian children about, essentially, eternal war against the Jewish state (herehere and here). It is a war that will be waged until Arabs--not Jews--populate and control what is now the Jewish Israel. UNRWA teaches that the land upon which Jews in Israel live must be taken (and will be taken) by "force of arms" (video below).

So much for preparing the next generation for peace. Thanks to UNRWA, this generation prepares for war.

The video below, done by David Bedein (his website is here), illustrates how effectively UNRWA-funded schools and summer camps have taught multiple generations of Arab youth to hate Israel. As you'll see, it's a very practical education. 

Listen to the teens you are about to see. Listen carefully. They speak words they have been taught to say. They don't speak of peace, cooperation or 'normalization' with the Jewish state. They speak of something else.

In this video, teens are seen in summer camp training to throw stones from behind a Israeli border-like coiled fence, while other teens in front of the 'stone-throwers' work to cut that fence--something we have seen each Friday at the Gaza border with Israel since March, 2018. Meanwhile, across from the summer campers behind the mock-fence, on the other side of that 'fence', Arab teens in army 'uniforms'  wait at 'gun emplacements', presumably mimicking IDF soldiers waiting to 'shoot' at the teens throwing the stones (see this 'training for violence' at the 6:13 mark).

Take a look. Remember, this film is about the UNRWA education plan for Gazan children.

Palestinian leadership wants you to believe its 'March of Return' at the Gaza -Israel border is 'peaceful' (here and here). The video you've just seen tells a different, more complete story.  

It's a story of Arab hate. It's an Arab education story that isn't written to end in peace. 

It's a story of generation-after-generation of innocent children being trained by United Nations-funded programs to want to spill Jewish blood. It's a nasty story, all right. But it's probably one of the most truthful UN stories you'll ever see.

This is a story of how Arab children are being educated. It's a story of how the UN pays to have once-innocent children being taught to attack Jews.

 If you're Jewish, you better wake up. The once-innocent children you've just seen are thinking about you. They're training with you in mind. 

If you live in America or England, don't think this UNRWA education isn't about you. As you saw in the video, these children learn to attack what one child called, 'the dirty Jews'.

That  means the UNRWA story isn't just about Arab children and Israel. It's also about you--if, that is, you're a 'dirty Jew'

UNRWA promotes Jew-hate. Apparently, this is what the UN stands for these days. 

Indeed, in the 21st century, Jew-hate is what the UN does best. Somehow, when you weren't paying attention, Jew-hate has become the UN's 21st century mission.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The world's leading Jew-killers

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has, in essence, been around for app 14 years (see below). It was preceded by an entity called, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). 

The PNA was created in 1994 by the 1993 Oslo Accords. Its first and only leader was Yasser Arafat. 

The PNA lasted 10 years, until Arafat died in 2004. At that point, the PNA morphed into the PA which, through a democratic election, elected Mahmoud Abbas as President of the PA.

These two Palestinian entities were established as 'temporary' self-governing creations. Their purpose was and still is simple: to create the conditions needed to 'give birth', if you will, to a state for the 'Palestinian' people. 

This purpose was mandated some 24 years ago. But there's still no Palestinian state. Why?

As you'll see in a moment, one cannot say the failure to create a new 'Palestinian' state was due to a lack of steady leadership. One can't argue that statehood has eluded the Palestinians because they've been plagued by a  series of weak leaders who couldn't control the population. 

One can't make this argument because the 'Palestinians' have never suffered from too many leaders who were too weak and who served too little time to do anything concrete. These entities have been led by just two individuals.

You know their names: Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas. 

Neither of these men created a state. Neither was ever interested in creating one. 

Neither did much of anything to build the core elements of a  national infrastructure. Neither did much to create a national water plan for drinking water, waste water and sewage treatment. Neither  did much to develop any kind of effective garbage collection-and-treatment system. Neither did much to develop energy resources. Neither did much to develop a national manufacturing industry sector to provide jobs, wages and to stimulate economic growth. Their focus lay elsewhere.

Yasser Arafat, the first of these two leaders, never lifted a finger to create a democracy or a viable economy. He never lifted a finger to create a viable state. 

Arafat had only one goal: to destroy the Jewish state. To that end, he developed only one national goal: to commit terror against the Jews. 

He was so successful developing this goal, he became famous. By the time he died, the world knew him as "the father of modern terrorism" (here).

He was a leader, all right. But he lived more like a thug than a man of peace (ibid). He was more terrorist rabble-rouser than national leader.

Abbas is no different.

Abbas is a master propagandist, not a master nation-builder. For example, in mid-January, 2019, Abbas announced his intention to go to the United Nations to seek full UN membership (statehood) for his beloved 'Palestine' (here). This sounds good, right? It suggests movement towards statehood. 

There are just two problems here. First, Abbas suspended this plan. This suspension leads to the second problem: this wasn't the first time Abbas has attempted to go to the UN to seek statehood. It's the eighth (or is it ninth?) time in as many years. 

Abbas talks a lot about statehood. But he never does anything about it. 

Unlike Arafat, Abbas wants more than one thing. He wants two things. First, like his thuggish predecessor, he lusts obsessively to destroy the Jewish state. But also, more than Arafat ever did, he wants international legitimacy for this racist, genocidal goal. He wants his 'Palestine' to be recognized as the 194th Member State of the Community of Nations called, the UN (ibid). 

Abbas has been looking to the UN for statehood since at least 2011. Virtually each time he makes this request to the UN, he makes one or another of several claims: his people wish only to live in peace; he seeks a real peace for his peaceful people; he is himself a man of peace--and, he has suggested more than once, he stands firmly against acts of terror wherever they may occur.

He always remembers to make such peaceful and anti-terror declarations. He always remembers to declare repeatedly that he wants a peaceful state. 

But at the same time, he also always forgets to describe how, through his leadership, his 'Palestinian Authority' (PA) has done something--anything--concrete to become a viable, survivable, peaceful nation-state.

He's had eight or nine years in a row now to document how his Palestinian Authority has been working hard to become a survivable state. Why does he always forget to document his progress towards this goal?

For example, where are his job-creating programs? Where are his job training programs? Where are his international trade agreements and PA-wide education programs that promote peace in his region?

He has none. 

He has no such projects, programs or similar large-scale nation-building plans. He's done little-to-nothing concrete to pursue what's called, 'nation-building'. 

But he has been busy. He cannot repeat often enough that he will absolutely not stop paying terrorists and families of terrorists who attack and kill Jews (here). He can't stop inciting against Israel. 

Just last week, he appeared in public to reassert what is the singular national priority for the PA. Take a look (this video is from the website MEMRI; it's just 2:20 long):

Abbas' national Palestinian priority is not statehood. It's to support those who kill Jews and who attempt to kill Jews. Indeed, as you've just heard him say, he would pay Jew-killers before he'd pay for anything else in the PA. He'd even pay Jew-killers if the amount he pays them was the only money he had available for the PA.

This is his number  #1 priority: killing Jews. 

He has no interest in nation-building. He's interested only in seeing to it that someone-anyone-everyone among his followers sets out to murder Jews. He's clearly more than willing to put his PA budget where his mouth is. 

Have you ever heard Israel Prime  Minister Benjamin Netanyahu say he'd support Arab-killers even if that amount were the only money he had for Israel? No. Never. 

Have you ever heard Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu say that the 'filthy feet of Muslims' must not 'desecrate' the Holy Jewish Temple Mount?  No. Never. 

Netanyahu has never spoken in this way about Palestinians. But Abbas has--and does--speak of Jews in this way (here and here).

Mahmoud Abbas is not a nation- builder. He's another Arafat. He's a thug. He's a terrorist in a suit, not a terrorist in army garb.

If you look at how both Arafat and Abbas have ruled, you might safely conclude that the one thing these two men have in common is that both have worked obsessively over the  last 24+ years since Oslo to accomplish just three specific goals: (1) to build strong dictatorial rule that assures their own wealth and survival; (2) to ignore nation-building so as to focus more aggressively on attacking, delegitimizing and demonizing Israel; and (3) to create the world 's number #1 modern Jew-killing entity.

Arafat and Abbas haven't in any significant way prepared the PA to be any kind of state. They haven't prepared the PA for any kind of peace. Instead, they've prepared the PA for a different destiny altogether.

I suggest to you, dear reader, that, since 1994, the Palestinian Authority under Arafat and Abbas has murdered more Jews than anyone in the world. They've made the PA the world's leading Jew-killer. 

Since 1994, Arafat and Abbas have incited their followers to murder more than 1,500 Jews (you can add up the numbers herehere and here). No other entity in the world has been more murderous towards Jews in this time-period. No one.

Arafat and  Abbas have made their mark on the world. They're the world's leading Jew-killers.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The future belongs to Israel, not to Palestinians. Here's why

(Note: I've been off Since November 19, 2018. With this new post below, I hope my hiatus has ended. Thanks for remaining a loyal follower.)

Read history.

While there are always short-term exceptions, history teaches an important lesson: man does not thrive by living a fantasy. Certainly, no one survives by embracing murder.

When man lives a fantasy, he doesn't face the problems he must solve to survive. That's not a good survival plan.

When man lives a fantasy that embraces murder, he is not blessed with good life. He is cursed by the blood he spills.  

Some don't understand these truths. Some can't see that a national self-identity based upon a murderous fantasy isn't a foundation for success. It's a poison that destroys. 

Healthy people don't live such fantasies. Healthy people don't embrace murder. They know better.

The larger the group, the more dangerous a 'murderous fantasy' becomes. German Nazis played such a fantasy. So did Russian Communists. So did Chairman Mao. So do Islamic Jihadists. So do Palestinians.

These murderers believe they are/were Supreme. They thought they had the right to murder. 

Violent Supremacists pretend they are Supreme. Violent Muslims pretend Israel is not the Jewish state, but their own Muslim 'Palestine'. They pretend Israel has no right to exist. They pretend they have the right to kill Jews. 

They don't. 

The Palestinian Authority plays a Supremacist game. They fantasize that their 'rights' can only be realized through a murderous dream of destroying a hated 'other'. Their murder is all-encompassing. It includes Jews, Judaism, Jewish history, Jewish-owned property, Jewish holy sites and the entire Jewish national enterprise. 

It's been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and again, always expecting a different result. Do you really think the murderous Jihadi Palestinian Supremacist fantasy will end differently from the murderous fantasies of the Nazis and Communists?

Read history. Murderous fantasies promote murder, not survival. This is why Jihad will fail. It's certainly why the Palestinian Cause will fail. They bet on murder and destruction, not life.

This is where the existence of Israel teaches a lesson. Israel doesn't engage in murderous fantasies. It doesn't lie about history or someone else's religion. It doesn't call others 'the sons of apes and pigs'. 

It doesn't need to. It doesn't embrace hate and murder because it doesn't lust to conquer. 

Israel doesn't believe it has the right to kill others in the name of a Supremacist, racist ideology. Israel isn't interested in 'pretending'. It isn't interested in world conquest. It's not tied its Destiny to a national fantasy that requires the blood of others. 

That's what Palestinian 'nationalists' do. The lust to spill Jewish blood.

Israel has no such lust. Left alone, Israel is interested only in 'doing'--and 'creating'. Look at the number of patents that come out of Israel. Look up why Israel is called the 'start-up nation'. Think about why Israel has just recently been identified as the 5th most 'innovative' nation in the world--more 'innovative' than the US, Japan, France, China, Canada or the UK (here).

Israel is blessed because it focuses on life, not murder.

Palestinians don't work to promote life. They promote the murder of Jews. They put their money where their hate is: they pay more than $150 million USD a year to those who have attacked Jews to kill. 

Israel saves lives. It's blessed. Palestinians don't save lives. They kill.

They are cursed. While Israel builds on reality to succeed, to create--and to thrive--Jihad doesn't. The Palestinians won't. 

Israel spotlights reality to save lives. It analyzes reality to make progress. Jihad doesn't. The Palestinians won't. 

The future doesn't belong to the Palestinian Cause. The future doesn't belong to murderous madness. Never did. Never will. 

The future always belongs to those who create for good--and have the strength and commitment to defend themselves against murderous, Supremacist fantasies. That's why the future belongs to the Jewish Israel, not to Supremacist Palestinian madness.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Israel is treasonous. Its Jewishness betrays 'globalism'

If you believe the title above is outrageous--or, worse, incomprehensible--you haven't been keeping up. You don't see what the nations of the world wish to accomplish. You haven't been watching what's going on in Europe--or among US Democrats. 

You haven't understood what multiculturalism, open borders, free trade and every-vote-must-count-not-just-legal-votes mean. You miss completely why there's a growing pressure to identify Israel as an enemy-of-the-world.

Religious Jews who are Zionistic, along with many pro-Israel Jews who aren't particularly religious, have no problem saying that Israel is a Jewish nation-state. Indeed, many such Jews have no problems saying Israel is the Jewish nation-state. They're proud to be Jewish. They're proud of Israel. 

For the world, however, that's a problem. The world's elites believe we must all act as one 'family'. By calling itself 'Jewish', these elites suggest, Israel puts loyalty to itself above loyalty to the world 'family'. That, the elites will soon say, is treason

Do you know what the traditional penalty is for treason? 

Because of its 'Jewishness', Israel isolates itself. Such conscious isolation is about to become an international sin. It'll  be a sin because Israel is rejecting a growing international consensus that we no longer live in a world characterized by 'nation-hood'. 

Nation-hood doesn't work. It's bad. The selfish belief that 'I am German' or 'I am Russian', etc is what got us into so many wars where, literally, hundreds of millions of people have died.  

The world's elites don't want war. They want a collective world peace. More important, they now know how to create that peace. 

They'll create the ultimate peace through 'globalism'.  This, they say, is our future. It's our Destiny. 

Globalism teaches that distinct nations compete with each other. They don't cooperate. They oppose each other. They want themselves to be 'best'--and will often go to war to prove that.

Family, by contrast, sticks together. Family works together. 

Globalism believes that we are all on this earth together. This earth has too many problems for us to solve separated from each other, competing with each other. The problems we face are simply too big to attack separately. We can't survive by being separate or distinct. We've reached a point that we will either hang together as a cooperative unit and survive--or, we will hang, separately, individually, alone, powerless and overwhelmed by those problems. 

That's why globalism promotes no borders, no trade restrictions, no 'illegal' immigration, the freedom from racism and no cultural differences. Globalism is the 'Great Hope'. Globalism will bring the greatest 'equality' the world has ever seen; and that 'equality' will become the glue that makes world peace work. 

There'll be no differences. Globalism will bring us together so we'll be able to fight what ails us with a common purpose--you know, like the nations of the Bible did when they joined together to build the Tower of Babel. 

Working together as one family will create a 'New World Order'--a new utopia that will solve the problems we cannot solve by being 'separate' (here). For this New World Order, global governance is in, individual sovereignty is out (ibid). National individuality is out. Global equality is in.

Individual nations will no longer rule themselves. A United World government (a revised 'United Nations'?) will rule instead. 

This is where pro-Jewish-Israel Jews have a problem. A 'Jewish' Israel is a nationally distinctive entity. By definition, a nationally distinctive state can't subscribe to globalism. It can't have borders open to all who wish to enter. It can't have multiculturalism, where all nationalities and religions are 'equal'. 

Israel rejects such equality. It promotes Jewishness which, according to the globalist theory, promotes Apartheid--the opposite of 'equality'. 

Israel is hated because it rejects universalism. It  puts 'Jewish' first. Just ask all those who cried out against Israel's new Nation-State Law (here). 

A Jewish Israel can't be 'global'. By definition, it can only be 'local'. It's 'nationalist', not 'globalist'. It's tribal, not universal. It's 'Jewish', not 'equal'.

Get the picture? 

Increasingly, this is how the anti-Jewish world sees Israel. It sees Jews standing in the way of progress. It sees Israel standing in the way of the new globalism. Indeed, it sees Israel standing against world peace! 

The world has begun to identify the Jewish Israel as the prototype of an anti-global 'nationalist' heresy. It sees Israel as an evil that resists equality and peace.

Such a nationalist state as Israel isn't just different. It's treasonous (Charlie Spiering, "French president Emmanuel Macron: nationalism is treason, breitbart, November 11, 2018). It's treasonous  because a nationalist, Jewish Israel puts its own beliefs ahead of everyone else. It puts Jewish above global. It puts Jewish above equal. It forces Israel to reject the new globalist ideology. It makes Israel betray the new 'global' ideology (ibid).  

How can mankind build its new Utopia when the Jews betray everyone in the world with their selfish Jewishness?

More than 3,000 years ago, the Jewish King David wrote of a day when Edom (Christian nations?) and Yishmael (Islamic nations?) will plot and conspire to cut Israel off from its nationhood (Tehillim, 83). The tents of Edom  and Yishmael will make a covenant with other nations to inherit for themselves the 'pleasant habitations of G-d' in Israel (ibid). 

Of course, those who conspire today against Israel use other words, but their intent is the same.  The non-Jewish world becomes the anti-Jewish world. It creates a covenant to un-nation the Jewish nation--for global peace, of course. 

If you fail to see this, you haven't been keeping up. You don't yet realize that Jew-hate has been dressed up. It's now called, globalism. It has become, 'how can the world progress towards peace when those Jews keep pushing us backwards?'

Yes, if you believe in a Jewish Israel, you're a traitor. You don't want equality. You don 't want peace. You don't want freedom-for-all. You want only Apartheid.

Our Jewish tradition teaches that, in the days leading up to our Final Redemption, the nations will turn against Israel. They will seek to destroy Israel.

Stay tuned. Our Final Redemption is close. The nations will play their role--eagerly. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Beware, Hamas: Israel won't 'turn other cheek' forever

(Last updated: November 16, 2018)

(Warning: if you are a multicultural progressive, this essay could offend you. It doesn't promote 'equality'. It doesn't promote 'justice for Palestinians'. It promotes the idea that the Jewish nation of Israel actually needs to be 'Jewish'.)

In 1993, Israel changed. 1993 was the year Israel signed the Oslo Accords. Israeli leaders didn't realize back then what  'Oslo' would do to Israel. But we can now see what Oslo did: it committed Israel to embrace peace by always 'turning the other cheek' in conflict. 

That's a wonderful concept. But it isn't a Jewish concept. It's Christian. 

It's not a good fit for Israel. G-d never told Jews to 'turn the other cheek'. When He brought the Jews to Israel, He told them to fight, not stand down. 

Oslo was supposed to bring peace. But it was the wrong recipe. Telling Jews to 'turn the other cheek' against an enemy eager to kill or die trying to kill isn't a recipe for peace. It's a recipe for a bloodbath with lots of Jewish victims.

Before 1993, Israel almost never turned the other cheek. Look at what happened in 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973. In each of those years, when Israel was either threatened or attacked, it didn't turn a single cheek. It hit back--hard. It crushed its enemies. Its successes  spelled survival. The only exception to this pre-Oslo commitment to fight may have been the Lebanon War of 1982 (a war which may have helped make the supposed 'surrender for peace' at Oslo possible).

Since Oslo, Israel has stopped hitting hard enough to crush the enemy. In each war Israel has fought with Hamas--in 1998/9,  2012 and 2014--Israel hit back only so much and then, too quickly, 'turned the other cheek'. Today, as the number of rockets Hamas has fired into Israel at Jews approaches 20,000 since 2005, Israel continues to hit back only so much before it turns the other cheek. 

With each Hamas rocket, with each Hamas 'war', Israel has always, in the end, backed off. Israel yields. It stops.   

There's a significant problem with this behavior. Yes, it certainly demonstrates that Israel upholds (or, tries to uphold) an important Christian value. But it ignores the fact that those who attack Israel have no interest in any Christian values. Every time Israel behave like a good Christian and stops fighting, Hamas celebrates victory.

That does nothing for peace. It leaves Hamas eager to fight again. 

Actually, few seem to notice that those who attack Israel to kill Jews aren't even Christian. They hate Christians almost as much as they hate Jews. They know nothing about 'turning the other cheek'. 

Even Jewish tradition doesn't talk about turning a cheek. Jewish tradition says, he who comes to kill you, you kill him first. 

It's a simple concept. Israeli Jews know it. It's the opposite of the Christian concept. It's a thoroughly Jewish concept that once helped Israel become strong. 

At Oslo, Israel's Jewish leaders ignored it. They chose instead to imitate Christians. 

Since then, Israel has reaped the consequences of Jews imitating Christians. Israel hasn't won. Hamas has never lost.  

Just ask Hamas.

Now, the Jews of Israel begin to question the value of imitating Christians. A recent poll suggests that more than 70% of Israelis feel that Netanyahu has mishandled the current crisis with Gaza--a crisis that began more than seven months ago and remains unresolved (here).  Simply put, Netanyahu fails to respond strongly enough.   

These days, Jews in Israel want their Jewish leaders to return to their Jewish roots. They want Israel to destroy those who want to kill us.

Each time Israel faces off against Hamas, and then yields, Jews in Israel call for a more 'Jewish' response--to strike back hard enough to stop Hamas once-and-for-all. Today, we may have reached a point when the more Israel's leaders turn the other cheek, the greater becomes the call to stop turning the other cheek. 

For example, a few of days ago, Hamas bombarded Israel with close to 500 rockets over perhaps a single 30-hour period. All these rockets were aimed at Israel's south, all aimed at killing Jews. The bombardment paralyzed Israel's south. 

Yes, Israel responded with air strikes. But pin-point air strikes that destroy empty buildings in Gaza don't frighten Hamas. Sending out notices to Gaza that warn of an imminent attack on this or that building don't leave Hamas terrified of Israel's air power (here). Instead, such a strategy leaves Hamas feeling bulletproof. 

After 150 air strikes strikes in less than 24 hours, Israel turned the other cheek. It agreed to a ceasefire with Hamas. Israel didn't require Hamas to stop attacking Israel. 

That's not what an increasing number of Jews in Israel want to see. They want Hamas smashed. All they got was yet another 'ceasefire' in a long string of ceasefires that never last. 

After the ceasefire was announced, the Jews in Israel's south remained living in fear.

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, perhaps in response to Israel's lack of toughness in the face of a relentless, murderous Hamas, Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman resigned. He suggests he's fed up. 

He's angry at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Apparently, Netanyahu has turned the other cheek against Hamas one time too many (here). 

Whatever Liberman's motivations, his resignation is a symbol. It captures a feeling of frustration at a Jewish Prime Minister who seems always to turn the other cheek. 

Israelis really do understand that he who comes to kill you, you kill him first. Netanyahu hasn't been doing that. He isn't behaving in a 'Jewish' way.  He appear to follow the Christian 'turn the other cheek'. 

As a result, Netanyahu feels the pressure to become 'more Jewish'. For the first time in a very long time, his leadership might be in trouble (here).

Beware, Hamas. One day soon, you will push Israel too far. You may have already pushed too far. You may have just  convinced Netanyahu that, if the Jewish nation in Israel is to support him, he's got to become more 'Jewish'. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Israel under attack. Almost 100 rockets have been fired at Israel in less than an hour. That hour isn't up yet

(Last updated: November 13, 2018)

Today, Israel  mourns. One of our IDF officers, an unidentified Lt Col, was killed either last night or early this morning in a firefight against Hamas fighters inside Gaza.

Last night, sirens sounded in southern Israel as Hamas and its 'friends' fired at least 17 rockets into Israel. The rockets were probably a response to the IDF attack above in which a senior Hamas official was killed, along with our Lt Col.  

When these IDF missions occur, we typically hear there were no IDF casualties. Today, we heard bad news: one IDF officer killed, one IDF soldier seriously wounded. 

As bits of information trickle across the news, the possibility occurs that this IDF mission might have been ambushed. It's just a suggestion, gleaned from curious tidbits of news. 

We may never find out what happened. Israeli and IDF officials won't offer any details about the incident which took this unnamed soldier's life.

We don't worry about such a silence. We have bigger issues to focus on--rockets coming into Israel.

Now, still Monday, late afternoon, sirens sound repeatedly in southern Israel. A couple of cellphones in our house have apps that sound a distinct alarm when a 'red alert' siren goes off in Israel to announce an incoming rocket being fired at Israel. Those apps have been sounding now almost non-stop for the last 30 minutes.

It isn't yet 5pm Monday afternoon, November 12, 2018. Will today be the start of another war with Hamas? We may not have to wait too long to find out.

As more rocket alerts began to sound just a while ago, the s'faradi shul I belong to sent out a message that, translated, told everyone we are all obligated to spread the call to pray; the message came with a part of Tehillim included. Given the number of rocket alerts we're getting, it's a good suggestion.

Eight minutes ago a news brief appeared to declare that the IAF (Israel Air Force) is "attacking length of Gaza". Just one minute ago, a news brief popped up with just a headline: 80 terror missiles launched into Israel in less than an hour. 

When the 2014 war with Gaza began in 2014, Hamas and 'friends' fired into Israel more than 1,400 rocket/mortars over a single seven-day period that bracketed the beginning of that war (here). Now, Israel sees 80 incoming missiles in less than an hour? 

What does that suggest?

Hamas is insane. Is it signalling war? That's the 64-dollar question for Israel. I really don't think Israel will wait as long as it did in 2014 before responding in force.

 Conventional wisdom in Israel (for many of us) is that our politicians will have to 'grow a pair' in order to stop this nonsense and protect us and our sovereignty. So far, Israel has been getting attacked every weekend for more than 7 months--and has done little in response. 

Israel has to be strong. It seems afraid what the world will think if it responds to these rocket attacks. Perhaps Israel should declare its allegiance to HaShem, and forget about the EU and the UN.   

Apparently, Israel is afraid. It's afraid to speak HaShem's name.It's afraid what the nations might say if we defend ourselves. 

That kind of fear is not a good sign. It's a sign of weakness. It's a signal to Hamas to attack--which is exactly what's happening right now.

One of my children has just come to me to say she's receiving red alert notices that indicate that rockets from Gaza now reach into the Dead Sea area. That's our area.

If a local siren goes off for us, she reminds me, we can't ignore it. We'll have go immediately to our building's bomb shelter. I told her, yes, that's the plan.

So we wait. A new headline has just popped up: approaching 100 rockets coming into Israel in less than an hour.

Stay tuned.

May HaShem give Israel the resolve it needs to defend this Holy Land.

Friday, November 9, 2018

One Israeli view of US midterm elections

You know about this week's US 'midterm' elections, right (on November 6, 2018)? Democrats won enough seats in the US House of Representatives to become the dominant Party in the House. Republicans held onto their majority in the Senate--and actually increased its majority in the Senate.

What's the meaning of these results? Some in America say it proves that America has repudiated Trump by putting Democrats in control of the House. Some say it means Trump has now lost control of the US government. 

Those evaluations may be wrong. You see, US 'midterm' elections (elections exactly mid-way between a President's four-year term) are traditionally not friendly at all to a sitting President. Traditionally, the Party that holds the Presidency loses seats in both House and Senate in these midterms. 

Some say that, traditionally, midterms are a reflection of how Americans rate a President's performance. Some say, midterms are, traditionally, a referendum on a President's job performance.

Just as traditionally, a President's Party loses seats in both the House and the Senate as a result of midterm elections. In fact, some say that, in the 84 years between 1934 midterms and the 2018 midterms (the last 21 midterm elections), the President's Party has lost an average of 30 seats in the House and 4 seats in the Senate as a result of a midterm election.

Apparently, American don't much care for how a President is performing in the middle of his 4-year term. Apparently, Americans uses these midterm election to send a President a message: we don't like what you've done so far.

For example, look at midterm results for President Barack Obama's first midterm election, 2010. His Party didn't lose 30 seats in the House (the recent average). It lost 63 seats. 

His Party didn't lose 4 seats in the Senate (the recent average). It lost 6.

Final election results for all 2018 midterm races aren't in yet. Some races may require a recount. But as things now stand it looks like President Donald Trump's Republican Party also failed to match the average losses established during the last 84 years.

For example, it appears right now that Trump's Party didn't lose 30 seats in the House. Depending upon final vote-counts, Republicans may have lost as many as  35. That's an above average loss. But it's nowhere near Obama's 63-seat loss in 2010. 

Trump's Party also didn't lose 4 seats in the Senate (recent average). His Party looks to have picked up an additional 1 or 2 seats (again, depending on final count numbers). 

There are three conclusions from these numbers, none of which is a negative for Trump. First, Trump did better than Obama, whose "excellence" as President is practically worshiped by Democrats. Second, it appears that Trump's Party didn't lose any seats in the Senate. There, his Party did significantly better than the 'worshiped' Obama. Third, all the headlines around the world that suggest that Trump lost big-time in these midterms are false.

Nevertheless, the 'Trump is now wounded' political message will play out well across the world. It's the message anti-US and pro-Leftist elites want you to see. Actual election results don't matter. What matters is the anti-Trump narrative.

What does Israel think of these US election results? Views vary, of course. But there's one Israeli view that might be typical. 

This view comes in the form of a cartoon. But it's not a simple cartoon. It's tricky. Like the US election itself, you'll have to look very, very closely to see what this one Israeli view actually means. 

The cartoon below is from the venerable Shlomo Cohen, who publishes regularly on israelhayom. The cartoon was first published (here) on November 8, 2018:  

If, like some readers, you aren't able to figure out what the cartoon 'says', here are a couple of hints: first, look closely at the jet engines on the plane in the picture (which, of  course, is depicted as Trump's official US President's 'Air Force One' aircraft). One engine cover has the decal of an elephant--you can see the elephant's red tail. In America, the elephant is mascot for Trump's political Party--the Republicans. 

The second engine cover above has a decal of the Democrat Party mascot--a donkey. As you may know, Democrats oppose Trump.

Can you see those two decals?

Here's a second hint. Democrats do not want the US to go in the same direction Trump appears to be taking the country. Democrats want the opposite of what Trump wants. Democrats want gun control, open borders, completely universal healthcare, increased support for Palestinians, more government regulation of business, more climate control regulation, higher taxes, potentially less support for Israel--and no sanctions against Iran.

Look again at  the cartoon. Look at the direction each jet engine faces. The jet engine with the Republican insignia faces in the normal direction, with a massive air intake as a 'face'. This engine will push the Trump aircraft forward by sucking air into the engine through that 'face' and shooting it out the rear of the engine. 

Look at the engine with the Democrat insignia. It's reversed. That is, the engine faces the wrong direction. The back end of the engine faces forward. When this engine is fired up, it will push the 'Trump plain' backwards.

Therefore, the cartoon depicts what the cartoonist believes has happened in the US: two opposing forces (Democrat vs Republican) trying to push the Trump 'machine' both forward and backwards at the same time. The result, we infer, may well mean the plane makes no forward progress at all.

It's a good cartoon. It captures the current conventional wisdom about the assumed impact on US governance of a Democrat-controlled House and a Republican-controlled Senate: a do-nothing government.

Don't believe it. Trump isn't frozen by a Democrat-controlled House. He still has several 'political arrows'  in his 'political quiver'. He can still move forward much of his political agenda- -and, maybe, most of what may be his most important political goal--to appoint conservative judges to the federal court system in order to push the ideological position of federal courts to the Right (here).

Stay tuned. That huge 'machine' in the cartoon may not be as 'dead in the air' as everyone thinks. Trump may not be as 'handcuffed' by this election as Democrats would like us to think. 

So why is Israel concerned? Because Israel always worries about the US. Israel is always nervous about US attitudes.

Israel worries too much about the US.