by Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer
There would be no Hamas in Gaza without the “innocent” citizens of Gaza. They elected them in 2006. There would be no Islamic Jihad in Gaza without the “innocent” citizens of Gaza. They encouraged them.
There were elections. Jimmy Carter was there and said the elections were fair and legitimate. He said he was surprised that Hamas did so well, winning in a landslide, but that was the fair and honest representation of the “innocent” citizens of Gaza.
When the Twin Towers buildings toppled on 9/11, the “innocent” citizens of Gaza were in the streets dancing and celebrating, The “innocent” citizens of Gaza. Gimme a break!
Through five previous wars with Israel, the “innocent” citizens of Gaza have supported the terrorists. They have played along and made merry. They cheer when rockets kill Jews in Israel. They line the streets to mourn when a terrorist is killed by Israel.
After each of the five previous wars, Netanyahu and his governments agreed to stop fighting without winning. Each time, Hamas declared the ceasefires “victories,” and the “innocent” citizens of Gaza danced in the streets, handed out candies, and celebrated another “victory” over the Zionists.
When Hamas perpetrated its Shabbat Shmini Atzeret massacre of October 7, they came in with maps of the various kibbutz communities they would slaughter. Where did they get that kind of info on individual homes? They got the information from the "innocent" civilians of Gaza who work in Israel.
As life’s paradoxes play out, a great many of those Jews in southern Israel were/are peace activists, Jews who pressed Israel to make deals with Yasser Arafat and to trust him. They were delighted to show their trust in the “innocent” citizens of Gaza by employing them in their homes, on their farms. And so, the “innocent” citizens of Gaza got to see the layouts of the homes: the rooms, the entry points, the number of people, the number and names of kids, even the dogs.
The “poor mothers” of Gaza are not innocent. Journalist Jotam Confino reported on a Hamas terrorist who called his mother on the day of the attack. “I killed 10 Jews with my own hands. I’m using the dead Jewish woman’s phone to call you now.” His mother replied, “May God protect you.”
So, spare us with moaning for the poor “innocent” citizens of Gaza. They are poor because they allowed their assets and bounty to be used for building and acquiring the weapons to murder Jews!
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
The United Nations inherited the Jew-hating tradition of the League of Nations. Like its predecessor, which facilitated the Holocaust in Europe, the ‘Ugly Nazy’ was instigating and helping, fortunately unsuccessfully, genocide of Jews in the British Mandate of Palestine in 1947 by Arab/Muslim countries. Since then, with financial and ‘moral’ support from the leading democracies of the world, the UN is continuously attacking the only Jewish state by an endless stream of anti-Israel resolutions, and unfounded accusations - undermining its legitimacy.
IDF fighter planes, attack helicopters, and UAVs destroyed military facilities, guard posts, surveillance posts, munition storehouses, and command centers of the Hamas general security services stationed on the border with Egypt. The targets that were attacked are in the Rafiah region and held Hamas activities and assisted Hamas in smuggling weapons that were used against Israel. "Hamas' security services are using their reach and activities to steal humanitarian resources that are being brought into Gaza, to assist in smuggling weaponry into Gaza, and even to directly assist terrorists in fighting the IDF," the IDF reported.
the Israeli government opened the Kerem Shalom Crossing between Gaza and Israel. "Opening this crossing is exactly like passing Qatari cash to Hamas leader Yahya SiInwar and the other monstrous people belonging to Hamas. It is a continuation of the surrender to terror and a continuation of the Oslo Accords," said MK Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu). This is an ethical and diplomatic failure! (On this point, I agree with him.)
Several Hamas leaders recently left Qatar together with their entourages, cutting off communications including cell phones. They left for Algeria, Lebanon, Iran and other countries. Among the Hamas leaders living in Qatar are Ismail Haniyeh, head of the terrorist group’s political bureau, Mousa Abu Marzook and Khaled Mashal. Another Hamas leader, Saleh al-Arouri, who lives in Lebanon, has moved to Turkey. The recent movement of Hamas leaders is related to Israel’s promise to wipe out the terrorist group’s leadership wherever it is found. (Turkey is a NATO member and should be forced to turn the terrorists over to the US or be thrown out of NATO.)
Senator Bernie Sanders asked US President Biden to cancel military aid to Israel, to stop supporting Israel’s military efforts, and to conform with the United Nation’s General Assembly’s demand for an immediate ceasefire. Just less than a week, he declared on 'X': “I don’t see how you have a permanent ceasefire with Hamas.” (There is not much ‘Jewish’ left in him.)
Israel's ambassador to the UK, Tzipi Hotovely, said that Israel would not accept a two-state solution when the war with Hamas ends. She said, "Israel knows today and the world should know now that the Palestinians never wanted to have a state next to Israel. They want to have a state from the river to the sea. They are saying it loud and clear."
Israeli leaders have been privately urging the Biden administration to refrain from publicly talking about the two-state solution in the fallout of Hamas’s October 7 terror onslaught. “Netanyahu is the one saying it loudly and bluntly, but there truly isn’t any appetite right now in Israel across the political spectrum for the idea of two states,” the official said.
- Palestinian Authority cabinet leader, Mohammad Shtayyeh, said that the PA is working to achieve national unity in which Hamas will be a central element. Shtayyeh stated that "Hamas is a central element in the Palestinian political arena" and that "Hamas and Fatah are cornerstones of the Palestinian national movement."
- There is a dramatic rise in support for the Hamas terror group in the PA controlled areas of Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank). The poll found that 72% of respondents believe Hamas was “correct” to launch its October 7 onslaught, with 82% in the West Bank and 57% (number has fallen after the war began) in Gaza backing it. (There is no difference between Hamas and Fatah. They have the same goal - destruction of Israel and killing Jews. And all fake Palestinian population is supporting this.)
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby highlights some of the steps the IDF has taken to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza: "They (Israel) have published online maps of places where people can go or not go. That's basically telegraphing your punches! There are very few modern militaries in the world that would do that! I don't know that we would do that!" He added that there is “a clear intent by the Israelis - an intent that they have admitted to publicly - that they are doing everything they can to reduce civilian casualties.” (President Biden loves to tell his friends, international political anti-Semites, that Israel is engaging in "indiscriminate bombing" in Gaza, and is still promoting the idiotic 'two-state solution'.)
On October 18th, the IDF designated a humanitarian zone for civilians in the Gaza Strip. Since its opening, 116 rockets have been fired from the humanitarian zone toward the State of Israel - 38 of these rockets fell inside the Gaza Strip.
The majority of Americans (55%) back Israel during the current conflict between Israel and Hamas, although younger people and some Democrats are more likely to support Palestinians. Only 17% of Democrats said they supported Israel compared to 24% who were pro-Palestinian, and 48% replied that they supported both sides. (Deep-rooted anti-Semitism of the Democratic party leadership, including President Biden, prevails over the political common sense. Even next year’s presidential election does not motivate them to change the Israel-hating tune!)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that there is no way the Palestinian Authority would be allowed to rule the Gaza Strip in a post-Hamas world. “Oslo was the mother of all sins. The difference between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority is only that Hamas wants to destroy us here and now, and the P.A. wants to do it in stages,” the prime minister said. (Israel must not replace one terrorist organization with another. Uniting Gaza with Israel, without the Hamas supporting population, is the only way toward achieving peace!)
Many students chanting ‘From the River to the Sea’ don’t know which river or sea. Most said they supported the chant, some enthusiastically so (32.8%) and others to a lesser extent (53.2%). Just 47% of those who supported the slogan knew which river and which sea it referenced. Some thought it was the Nile or Euphrates, both of which are rivers, or the Dead Sea. After the students were confronted with their misunderstandings, 67.8% of them changed their minds and rejected “From the river to the sea” chant.
Quote of the Week:
“There are two million Nazis in Judea and Samaria, who hate us, exactly as do the Nazis of Hamas-ISIS in Gaza. We have no intention of stopping (Israel will continue its mission to destroy Hamas in Gaza), on the contrary - the political echelon stands behind you, believes in you and is convinced that you will complete the job, destroy the Hamas Nazis in Gaza and restore security and national dignity to the citizens of Israel." - Israel’s Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich - Some 75% of Palestinian Authority Arabs in Judea and Samaria support the Oct. 7 massacre.
by Dr. Erez Shoshani
The current war proves that Israel cannot allow terrorist organizations, or countries that house them, to have sovereignty over its borders.
While the IDF is in the midst of a vast military response to the unprecedentedly massive and barbaric attack executed by Hamas against Israel on October 7th, a weak spot in Israel's integrative security framework is being critically overlooked.
The border with Egypt is so slim that it makes the enormous extent of smuggling even more appalling, although Egypt's role in making the attack possible is somehow being ignored.
The border with Jordan, by contrast, is a long-stretched one. It takes little imagination and judgement to understand the potential catastrophic danger of having no Israeli military presence in the perimeter of Judea and Samaria. As long as Israel holds no permanent rights to sovereignty in the Jordan Valley at the very least, its future security cannot be guaranteed.
The need to remove the threat of further territorial and security violations is paramount. In terms of the present situation, the territorial challenge must be grasped from a broader perspective, whereby Hamas represents only one part of the Palestinian Arab entity, while its counterpart is situated in Judea and Samaria.
Focusing on destroying Hamas in Gaza and liberating the hostages should not interfere in making a parallel geopolitical decision that is crucial to Israel's future security – the mandatory inclusion of the Jordan Valley under Israeli sovereignty. (The bottom line is, Israel must end occupation of the Jewish land by enemies, and reunite Eretz-Israel!)