There is No “Ceasefire” in Arabic

by Elad Benari

The Arab terms “hudna” and “tahadiya”, which are used by Hamas to describe the ceasefire, do not at all mean that the firing of rockets and missiles stops completely. According to Islamic rules, these terms allow the individual who uses them to keep fighting or to stop the fighting as he wishes. “They can attack and stop attacking whenever they want,” David Bedein, said. “There is no connection between hudna and tahadiya and a ceasefire. You have to understand the terms.”

Bedein’s Center for Near East Policy has studied these terms carefully using four Middle East experts. He reminded what happened after three previous ‘ceasefires’ that were declared by Hamas: After the ceasefire announced in 2006 235 missiles and rockets were launched into Israeli territory; after the ceasefire announced in 2008 and which lasted six months, 538 missiles and rockets were fired; after the third ceasefire, which was signed after the IDF’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, no less than 912 missiles and rockets were fired into Israeli territory…

He added that the Prime Minister and the Foreign Ministry are not free from blame either, since they know what the terms mean and still do not explain them to the public. The reason for that, believes Bedein, is that “there are elements in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry who do not want to deal with a situation of total war with the Palestinian Authority.”

Hit and Run Ceasefires

The Islamic Jihad organization announced another useless ceasefire agreement in the Gaza strip. The ceasefire was brokered by Egypt and the UN. According to Islamic Jihad, a small terrorist group with roots in the Muslim Brotherhood, it would triple the number of Israelis affected by rocket attacks. This announcement came hours after Palestinian sources reported that the IAF killed two Islamic Jihad operatives in the Gaza Strip.

Never Ending Terror Sage

Seven people were injured in South Tel Aviv early Monday, Aug. 29, when a Palestinian from the West Bank town of Nablus grabbed a taxi, ran over pedestrians, jumped out outside a night club and stabbed four Border Police officers, two seriously, at a checkpoint. He shouted Allah Akhbar and verses from the Koran throughout the attack.

Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak

There is no chance that any Israeli politician will be awarded by a ‘fat’ UN job for the betrayal of their own country. So, why are so many of them still undermining Zionist objectives of the Jewish people and the foundation upon which Israel was built?

Israel's Water to Flow East

In about two years' time, Israel’s water company Mekorot, intends to unveil a new National Water Carrier that will rely chiefly on desalinated water from plants along Israel's coast.

Political Prostitution has not Worked

Organisers of the tent protests which have enthralled Israel for more than a month have called off demonstrations planned for this weekend following the attacks in the south of the country. (Arab allys of the self-hating Jews have undermined their political drive for ‘Peace’ by killing 8 Israelis in bloodiest attacks on Israel in recent years)

Gutless Treats of the Enemy

Egypt’s foreign minister, Mohammed Amr, said that the plan to recall the nation’s ambassador to Israel “was never on the table,” confirming the government’s decision to disavow a threat that generated widespread popular support at home but brought the government under intense diplomatic pressure to back off. The call to withdraw the ambassador was initially announced on state television and posted briefly on the government’s web site.

 

$13.5 million for Grad Rocket – Unlimited Political Stupidity!

Despite the continued rocket and missile attacks from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, Israel transferred $13.5 million into the Gaza Strip. Money was delivered to UNRWA (the (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) – the perpetual refugee facilitator!

Arabs Thank Firefighters with Rocks

Two Arab youths were arrested for hurling rocks at a fire engine in the northern village of Jisr a-Zarka. The event took place against the backdrop of a major blaze that consumed thousands of dunams and other green areas in the Golan Heights at around the same time. (Arabs in Israel and PA have the same goal, based on hate toward Jews!)

Zionists' Self-Defence - Video Cameras

For years, Jews living in Judea and Samaria have been branded as “violent settlers” in media reports abroad and at home, despite the fact that they are far more likely to be the victims of violent attacks than the perpetrators. The Samaria Residents' Council recently sponsored a photography course for 25 residents. “Sending footage quickly and correctly is crucial in shaping awareness,” explained instructor Gur Dotan. “The media is thirsty for good footage, supplied quickly and whoever gives it to them wins the battle for the public consciousness.”

Quote of the Week:

“Back in '97 at The National Press Club Meeting in Wash. DC, Arafat told his audience: "The Peace Process is a strategy, (pause) a strategy." Since then he and his cronies have repeated the mantra: The only way there will be peace is if it is imposed on both parties." Arafat has signed three documents, (DOP, Interim, WYE) that specifically call for the PLO/PA to revise/amend/revoke their Covenant as agreed to. It still hasn't happened. So why does Israel go along with this farce?” - source unknown - (It seems that all the agreements must be observed by Israel only!)

Preemption, No Retaliation!

                      by Yoram Ettinger, Ambassador (ret.)

The recent surge in Palestinian terrorism behoves Israel to revisit the fundamentals of counter-terrorism.

For example, the most effective defence against terrorism - operationally, financially and morally - is not retaliation and a limited, surgical offensive, but a comprehensive, decisive, sustained and disproportionate pre-emptive ground offensive, which aims to obliterate terror infrastructures and capabilities, and bring the enemy to submission. A decisive defeat of terrorism requires a victory over - and not coexistence or ceasefire agreements with - terrorism; uprooting - and not just stopping - terrorism.

Any response to terrorism which is short of devastating the ideological, political, financial, logistic and operational terrorist infrastructures, reassures terrorists that they are immune to annihilation. Moreover, it nurtures their hope-driven terrorism: the hope to whack Israel’s psyche of defiance, wreck Israel’s steadfastness, and sustain the 1993-2011 trend of sweeping Israeli ideological and territorial retreats.

Furthermore, a limited response to terrorism exacerbates wars of attrition - the dream of terrorists and nightmare of democratic societies. The limited-retaliation response to terrorism adds fuel to the fire of terrorism, feeds the self-defeating assumption that, supposedly, there is no military solution to terrorism, hence significantly eroding Israel’s posture of deterrence…

The more defensive and retaliation-driven the Israeli response to terrorism, the more emboldened are Palestinian terrorists, the less confident are Israelis in their government’s capability to safeguard personal and national security, the more taxing is mental fatigue, and the less convinced are Israelis in their cause.

The addiction to defense, and to limited response, has been embraced by Israel since signing the 1993 Oslo Accord, in order to resuscitate the ‘peace’ process, which has triggered dramatically more hate-education, terrorism and non-compliance than the pre-Oslo reality. 250 Israelis were murdered by Palestinian terrorism in the 15 years prior to Oslo, but over 2,000 have been murdered in the 18 years since Oslo. Limited response has also been implemented, in order to soothe international public opinion - which is never satisfied with Israeli concessions…

Rather than retreating toward the pre-1967 ceasefire lines, Israel should take charge of the breeding ground of terrorism… (Remove enemy population from Jewish land and end Jewish suffering from Islamic terror!)