by David French
The double standards imposed on the IDF are yet another symptom of international anti-Semitism.
As of this moment, a fragile truce holds in southern Israel. After Hamas volleyed 600 missiles at Israeli civilian targets on Saturday and Sunday, prompting Israel to attack hundreds of targets in Gaza, the air-raid sirens have fallen silent, for now.
But over the weekend, when the rockets fell, we saw all the old arguments against Israel’s acts of self-defense crop up. The air raids were “disproportionate,” we were told. There were arguments over individual civilian casualties, as if it would somehow discredit Israel...
Let’s break this down as simply as possible. First, firing 600 rockets at civilian targets in a neighboring country is an act of war... it grants the nation-state the authority under the international law of armed conflict not just to disable the specific military assets used to carry it out but to destroy those who carried it out...
Second, a terrorist army cannot lawfully protect itself from destruction by blending in with civilian populations, fighting from civilian structures, or using civilians as human shields...
The more-powerful nation has the right to use its power to win. It does not have to fight with one hand tied behind its back. Whenever Israel responds to Hamas, you see much misuse of the term “proportionality,” as if there is something inherently wrong with using more-powerful weapons to destroy a less-powerful foe...
But rather than recognize this legal reality, the international community subjects Israel to two separate anti-Semitic double standards:
First, attacks against its civilian population are rationalized and justified to an unprecedented extent. There are still all too many people who see Hamas as heroic freedom fighters facing off against terrible oppressors, rather than evil terrorists with genocidal aims.
Second, the world then holds Israel to a standard of military restraint that it applies to no other military force on the planet...
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
EDUCATION MAKES BETTER TERRORISTS!
Nine Islamic terrorists committed bloody attack in Sri Lanka! Most of them were highly educated from middle/upper class families! This dispels the myth that poverty and poor education is the root of Islamic terror!
Heads of radical left-wing Israeli groups participate in anti-Israel conference in South Africa - Breaking the Silence, B'Tselem slandered Israel, While Israel endured some 700 rockets fired from Gaza, four were killed and 138 wounded, three senior left-wing activists participated in a conference in South Africa in which harsh criticism was voiced against Israel. Breaking the Silence director Avner Gvaryahu, the director of B'Tselem, Hagai Elad, and the director of the New Israel Fund, Mickey Gitzin, spoke at the conference in Cape Town.
This is Hamas 'Quiet Time'!
Some 6,000 Palestinian rioters turned out for Hamas’ regular Friday “March of Return,” hurling makeshift bombs and grenades at Israel soldiers securing the Gaza fence, just five days after Hamas and Islamic Jihad halted their rocket blitz against Israel in a ceasefire. There were also attempts to break through the border fence. Explosive balloons set two big fires on the Israeli side of the border. One Palestinian was killed and 30 injured in the IDF’s return fire.
PLO bigwig Jibril Rajoub, who used to be famous for breaking opponents’ knees in broad daylight as head of the Palestinian Authority’s Preventive Security Force, was evacuated to Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv for urgent medical treatment. While receiving the best medical care in the Middle East, Rajoubas Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, is promoting boycott of Israel! (It is poor manners to kill your business partners! PA leaders and members of their family frequently use the Israeli medical system, fire rocket at Israel and pressure others to boycott Israel! Why are they treated in Israel? Let them die in Arab hospitals!)
Each year Israeli Arabs gather to commemorate the "Nakba," lamenting the Arab defeat in 1948 and the creation of Israel as many are increasingly confident in asserting their identity! Israel's population recently passed the 9 million mark, according to the country's Central Bureau of Statistics. This includes 1.89 million Arab citizens mostly Muslim, Druze and Christians - living alongside the 6.68 million Jews who make up the 74.2 percent majority. (The fake Palestinians are enjoying quality of life and opportunities in Israel more than so-called Palestinians, who moved back to Arab states, and yet most of them pathologically hate Israel, like their 'brothers' in Gaza and Ramallah!)
President Trump’s US envoy for international negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, made a surprise visit to the United Nations on Thursday, as members of the UN Security Council held an informal meeting to condemn Israeli settlements - a meeting that Greenblatt called “baffling and disappointing.” Security Council members Indonesia, South Africa and Kuwait organized the meeting and invited PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki and other critics of Israel to speak.
Islamic Jihad leader Ziad al-Nakhaleh said that he believed that a war would break out between Israel and Gaza this summer. He said that his organization and Hamas coordinated latest round of violence while in Egypt for truce talks. The Palestinian Arab factions in Gaza later threatened to retaliate for the air strike, saying, "In view of the brutal Israeli aggression against our people, the leadership of the joint Palestinian resistance factions calls on all military factions to increase their readiness in order to respond to the enemy's crimes.” (So far, they have started all conflicts but call Israel the aggressor! The same rhetoric comes from Hezbollah, Iran... and from idiotic anti-Semites of the world!)
The Israel Defense Forces announced that “HamasCyberHQ.exe” had been removed “following our successful cyber defensive operation.” Israeli fighter aircraft had launched a strike on a building hosting Hamas cyber operatives. He said that they had been engaged in a cyberattack aimed at “harming the quality of life of Israeli citizens.” (Have the operatives been killed? Most likely not, knowing how IDF is conducting its strikes on enemies!)
Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, said that it will begin keeping its excess uranium and heavy water from its nuclear program, setting a 60-day deadline for new terms to its nuclear deal with world powers before it will resume higher uranium enrichment.
Arab students at a Jerusalem college vandalized a memorial for fallen IDF soldiers ahead of Israeli Memorial Day! Candles lit in memory of fallen IDF soldiers at a memorial corner in David Yellin College of Education in Jerusalem’s Beit Hakerem neighborhood were extinguished by Arab students, who also scrawled ‘Ramadan Kareem’ (Happy Ramadan) over the memorial.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, declaring the relevant elements of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 have been addressed, and therefore the President need no longer sign the waiver to prevent funding restrictions.
Qatar pledges 480 million dollars in support of Palestinian Arabs in both Judea and Samaria and Gaza. Netanyahu to approve transfer of Qatari money to Hamas! (When will this stupidity end?)
Hamas says it beat Iron Dome with concentrated salvos. Hamas’s military wing boasted Monday that it had developed a new rocket-launching tactic that “overcame” Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. However, while Hamas and Islamic Jihad indeed attempted to overwhelm Iron Dome by repeatedly firing large fusillades at a specific location, Iron Dome had an 86% success rate!
Quote of the Week:
“Since 1950 the Arabs have built some 261 new settlements in Judea and Samaria (Jewish land) - more than twice as many as the Jews, but you never hear of them. The Arabs call Judea ‘the West Bank' because they would look silly claiming that Jews are illegally living in Judea." – a FaceBook posting.
The Jewish National Goal
by Steven Shamrak.
Many Jewish groups, organizations and individuals are actively involved in signing petitions, writing letters and monitoring anti-Semitism worldwide. These are very important activities, but they all are missing direction.
Jews must unite behind the most important objective - the Jewish National goal: "Jewish people have the right to live in peace on all the Jewish ancestral land". Only by uniting behind the National Goal Jews will have the chance to survive the modern, internationally orchestrated, anti-Jewish onslaught!
This is the only goal that is worthwhile to pursue. It is the right of the Jewish people and must be pursued regardless of a political affiliation and external factors such as the Arab intentions to destroy Israel, and International anti-Semitism! It is the National right that Jewish people have dreamed about for 2000 years! Therefore, regardless of the political affiliation of any Jewish group, political party or individual, communist or capitalist; Orthodox, Secular or Atheist - all of them can support and be united behind this goal. And, it would not contradict their ideology.
It is imposable to achieve anything without setting an objective. We need to revive, re-ignite and be clear about the Jewish National Goal and aspirations. We can’t afford to waste time anymore. Our enemies declared their intention clearly, recently and in the past. Our ambiguity is just inflaming their hate!
Jewish national aspirations are not against Arabs or Muslims. It is about the identity and rights of Jewish people. The International community has done everything possible to deny Jewish people the achievement of our destiny. The time has come to take control of our own destiny!
The useless internal political bickering has to be stopped. The Jewish National Goal must be the main priority and motivation for all Israeli politicians, Jewish people and organizations around the world. The personal ego has to be put aside. This idea is the only one that can unite Jewish people.
History is full of examples of a great number of people who became idealistic and enthusiastic when they were led to the achievement of seemingly, unattainable goals. They were unstoppable and pursued worthwhile goals with zeal.
Jews have this goal embedded in the Jewish soul. It would be more natural and easier for Jews to support the creation of the Jewish state on all Jewish lands. On the contrary, it is unnatural and self-destructive to impose on Israel the agenda of our enemies and the duplicity of their supporters!