Thursday, July 31, 2014

When the World Stops Trying to Distinguish Right from Wrong

IN today's world, everything has become just as good and bad as anything else. A friend of mine posted an article hosted on the Huffington Post titled We Are Better Than This.  In it the author Hilary Stauffer goes through and tries to prove how neither side is better than the other. She goes on to try and make a balanced argument why Israelis aren't war criminals and why Palestinians aren't terrorists.

Whether it be due to multiculturalism in Europe that tries to teach us that all cultures are equal (except Western cultures which are guilty of colonialism), or  political correctness in the US which forbids people to speak about anything that might offend another, what has developed is that today in the world, people are no longer allowed to make judgements. Nor are they any longer encouraged to think for themselves.

People no longer know how to examine circumstance, and intent. Instead they allow their emotions to be played like a violin with a mind numbing stream of bloody pictures. Some which are real, and some which don't reflect the reality they claim to. For example, many photos shown as dead or injured Palestinians from this round of Gaza clashes are actually from the Syrian civil war, or a previous Gaza conflict.

But it doesn't matter, because people have been trained specifically not to examine and ask questions. Not to try and understand the circumstance and intent of an event. They've been told that every death is equal no matter how it happened. That it doesn't matter if a kid was in a car accident or if his neighbor blew him up in a car. It doesn't matter if a child died because they were eating with their family at a pizza parlor when a terrorist walked in and blew it up, or because that child's father was storing and launching missiles from his back yard.

How fucking sick is that people? Where is your ability to use your reason?

Its not true, the world isn't one big equal playing field. The reason the world is falling apart and murder and war is running rampant is because everybody tries to prove that apparently there is no good and bad, no right and wrong.

And we can see that clearly in the example the author above provided in which she's trying to make some perverted form of moral equivalence between a country that's build war machines for the single purpose of killing and maiming, from within its own population, and then hides behind their children while attacking someone else's children, with the country that's invested for years in trying to protect their children, building bomb shelters, developing technologies to prevent missiles from killing and causing destruction.

And as opposed to the author's claim, there are such things as terrorists, and not only a few Palestinian terrorists. What else would you call someone who straps a bomb to their body and walks into a pizza parlor full of kids, into buses, heads to malls packed on busy children's holidays. There is right from wrong, and the fact that the world is more and more choosing to ignore it as opposed to distinguish between them is a chilling warning call.

Honor killings isn't a colorful tradition that should be respected. Neither is female circumcision. Neither are the beheadings and mass murders we see across Iraq and Syria today.

And the fact that the world is in an uproar at Israel's actions, as opposed to being in an uproar at Hamas's actions is the tell tale sign. When the world lets a murderous organization kill, maim, kidnap and murder with barely a whisper, without challenging this group in the media and international organizations, and focuses all its anger on a sovereign nation trying to protect its civilians, something is definitely wrong.

This is it people. Its one of those critical points in humanity. Where we decide what direction we're going to take as humanity. Are we going to stand up and scream at the top of our lungs that there is right and wrong, and its more than just looking at bloody bodies to say that death is wrong? Or are we going to sit back and let them brainwash into believing that our morals, our values, what we've been taught our whole life and know with every fiber of our being is just an illusion, and that nobody is really any better or worse than anybody else. That behading is OK as long as its not happening in our neighborhood. And that hiding behind your children and causing their death is really just the same as the people that launched the missiles to get you to stop firing at them.

If we don't use it, we're going to lose it. And that would be the greatest tragedy in the history of mankind.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Why is the Gaza War So Bloody and Deadly?

The reports are impossible to ignore, the numbers of the dead and injured updated in real time, 24 hours a day. Streaming video coming out of the heart of Gaza, a never ending stream of bloody photos, twitter streams moving so fast you can't even read 120 characters before its gone, replaced by dozens of others.

Bloggers, a 14 year old girl writing about her horrific experiences living just across from Shifa hospital in Gaza, the never ending bombings, firefights and the parade of wounded and dead. As the expression about news goes, if it bleeds it leads. The world is thirsty for blood and perhaps for the first time in history, or at least more efficient than ever before, Internet 2.0, camera phones, twitter, Facebook, Google +, the bloggers, the IDF declassifying materials faster than you can blink an eye, every little detail is there for everybody to see.

Once again, war involving Israel sets a precedent. The world is shocked, SHOCKED, by the scale of death and destruction taking place in Gaza. They say its "unprecedented," many comparing it with Hitler, calling it genocide, screaming that Israeli is committing war crimes left and right.

Though the only two things unprecedented about this war is the amount of real-time, in your face coverage, made possible by Israel's democratic nature, modern technology, and the care being taken by Israel to avoid as much as possible the death of innocent civilians.

The way the news media reports it you'd think this is the most bloody, violent and fierce war in history. But the truth of the matter is, its not. Its a war like every other war. And the scale of the Gaza war is tiny. Its tiny compared to the millions killed in WWII, with 25,000 civilians killed in the bombing of Dresden Germany alone. Can you grasp that. Twenty Five Thousand civilians purposely murdered by allied forces in WWII in a matter of a couple of days, ON PURPOSE. While the full death count for WWII was 30 million. That's thirty million people killed.

Or if we want to be more recent, we can talk about the war in Kosovo where 18 thousand people died, with ally bombs killing 500 innocent civilians, in hospitals, in homes and at schools.

Or we can talk about the war in Afghanistan waged by the US following 9/11 where between 15,000 and 20,000 civilians were killed. Many by unmanned US drones, at weddings, in their homes, and in the most banal locations in the most horrific manner.

We can also look at Israel's norther neighbor Syria. In the seven years since their civil war broke out 170,000 people have been killed in fighting, including 12,000 children. That's twelve thousand children. With tens of thousands more children permanently and purposely maimed and handicapped by Assad's forces as a matter of policy. How horrific is that.

We can also look to Syria and Iraq to see the new face of terror, ISIS, who's rolling around Iraq chopping off heads left and right, executing hundreds at a time, burying people in the sands up to their heads, and abusing them in the most horrific ways you don't want to imagine, and who have just ethnically cleansed Mosul, Iraq from Christians.

So what's different from all the above wars and the Gaza war? As we stated in the beginning, technology. If Israel wanted to they could manage to drastically reduce the amount of photos and information streaming out of Gaza. Of course they couldn't completely stop it, but the circus we see on TV, the pictures that incite the world, who demand Israel be accountable all the while only mentioning Hamas when talking about what their demands are, could be reduced to a trickle.

Israel could also bar photo journalists from entering Gaza, and even from reporting from Israel. Of course that wouldn't be very democratic. But it's worked for Assad pretty well. But the truth of the matter is that the interest in this war isn't just because the mass amounts of bloody photos and morbid fascination with a body count, so hideous that one UK paper put together a diagram showing then number of dead children by age, each child represented by an outline.I wonder if they created a similar diagram for the 12,000 children massacred in Syria, probably not.

No, the interest in this war is because its being waged by a country of Jews. The Jews, apparently in the world's eyes, don't have the right to protect themselves if it means killing others. It makes Jews look bad, it proves to the world their "real nature." It makes the Europeans feel a little better about their role in rounding up and murdering 13 million people. Maybe hitler wasn't wrong after all, right?

So why is the Gaza war so bloody and deadly? The answer is, as far as wars go, its not any more bloody or deadly relative to other wars in the world. In fact, believe it or not, its probably less so. The reason it appears to be is because with a camera in every pocket, Hamas a social media savvy organization who knows how to get Israel to kill their children then pimp that dead child. They know that every bloody picture of a dead Palestinian (or Syrian) child wins them points in the international arena, feeding the world "proof" what they already knew about the Jews.

And as mentioned, Israel's freedom of the press also contributes to the orgy of blood and hate. Israel provides freedom of the press as much as  possible in wartime. It shuttles reporters in and out of gaza. Though its also important to remember that these reports are only half the story, the half that portrays dead Palestinians without mentioning Hamas. All of these points come together to paint a picture of the most reported and documented war in the history of mankind.

Israel shall continue to fight it, and there will be more casualties on both sides. And the Palestinians and the world should hope that Israel manages to give a deadly blow to Hamas, and that no cease fire  agreement that includes concessions to Hamas bring it to an end. Because if that's what happens, then the next war is just two, maybe three years away. And it will be five times as violent, bloody and deadly as this one.


Where is UN Accountability in Gaza?

As we've seen over the past few weeks, UN schools, shelters and public hospitals have repeatedly been hit by fire resulting in damage, mass injuries and death.

And as we've also seen over the past few weeks, UN facilities not only provide shelter to refugees who've left their homes, they also provide shelter to Hamas terrorists and their weapons, as well as operate as launchpads for attack against Israel and Israeli soldiers. In fact, for the third time the UN openly admitted that they've discovered weapons caches in the form of missiles in UN run schools.

While claims of Israel purposely shelling these schools have been rejected by the IDF in some circumstances, in others the IDF says it was returning fire. We know for example that this Italian Reporter exposed that the dozen or so kids killed on a playground the other day which the world blames on Israel, was in fact the result of a Hamas missile gone wrong.

We're also discovering more and more that there is a cover up in the media, in which reporters dare not report when civilian deaths in Gaza are due to Hamas missiles malfunctioning (as was the case at Shifa Hospital as seen in the attached article), or when they see weapons launched from population centers or using Palestinian civilians as human shields. We also have to remember that when it comes to the UN, most of their staff in Gaza are Palestinian themselves who "support the cause." That's right, UN staff are enabling if not assisting Hamas in storing and launching weapons from UN facilities, endangering and killing the very people they are claiming to be helping and protecting; and the UN is calling on Israel to be accountable. How's that for hypocrisy.

Today the UN called for Israel to be accountabld as the result of a UN school that was hit by fire resulting in the injury and death of dozens of Palestinians who were using the school as a shelter, without, like usual, without relating to their earlier admission that UN schools are used by Hamas to stores weapons, indiscriminately launches missiles at Israeli civilians, and attack Israeli soldiers. In today's incident, the IDF claims that Hamas was firing from the vicinity of the UN school. How is it that UNRWA or the UN don't publicly call for Hamas to stop firing from near its schools?

Where is UN accountability? Who is overseeing these locations? How do dozens of missiles aimed at Israeli cities end up in these school gymnasiums and courtyards? How is the UN letting Hamas use their facilities to attack Israeli solders. How is there no internal and public inquiry? And the most important question, how does the UN have the audacity to demand Israeli accountability when the UN doesn't even acknowledge the role their own organization plays in supporting a terrorist organization and the subsequent deaths of scores of Palestinians and countless war crimes.

They want accountability, its about time they provide it.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

President Obama Caught Lying, Supporting Hamas and Persecuting Israel

This one's a shocker. And the fact that the transcript of this conversation reached the mainstream Israeli news media just goes to show just how far the Obama Israel relationship has sunk. Apparently the Israeli administration is so concerned the President is robbing its ability protecting its own citizens that is has risked a total and complete collapse between the administrations by publishing a transcript which goes in the face of everything the American administration has been telling the public. It is clearly an expression of extreme frustration and a cry of distress. The President of the United States is using every tool in his power to bully Israel into submission.

According to the Times of Israel, a relatively new but center, mainstream Israeli media oulet, Obama "demanded that Netanyahu and Israel declare a unilateral ceasefire - trusting that Israel's concerns would be addressed later by Hamas (terrorists), Qatar (terrorist funders), and Turkey (virulently anti-Israel)."

And this is the exchange:
The transcript below was originally provided by Israel Channel 1:

Barack Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities, in particular airstrikes.
Benjamin Netanyahu: And what will Israel receive in exchange for a ceasefire?
BO: I believe that Hamas will cease its rocket fire — silence will be met with silence.
BN: Hamas broke all five previous ceasefires. It’s a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel.
BO: I repeat and expect Israel to stop all its military activities unilaterally. The pictures of destruction in Gaza distance the world from Israel’s position.
BN: Kerry’s proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas military and diplomatic advantages.
BO: Within a week of the end of Israel’s military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas based on the 2012 understandings, including Israel’s commitment to removing the siege restrictions on Gaza.

Now this was published just a couple of hours after John Kerry had claimed that Binyamin Netanyahu had called him to ask to push for a truce.

If true, and I see no reason to doubt it, this would be the clearest evidence yet that not only is the Obama Administration bullying Israel, he's lying to the American public, and for all practical purposes, the world about it.

And of course, the White House claims that the transcript is bogus. At this point with the Obama administration having held "cease fire" discussions with Turkey and Qatar in Paris, without Israel, Egypt, or the Palestinian Authority, it seems more than reasonable that the transcript is true.

He has taken the side of Hamas. He has not once publicly called on Hamas to lay down its weapons, he's not once asked the world community to condemn Hamas for breaking any number of the laws of war in the book, regularly, on a daily basis, both against its own citizens, and against Israeli citizens. As I've mentioned numerous times in my blog posts, the simple fact of letting Hamas walk away from this is a victory. Not punishing them for launching this horrid war against Israel is rewarding them.

As I mentioned in this post, the only reason there is blockade is because Hamas violently overthrew Gaza and started attacking Israel. And now the President is demanding that Israel remove the blockade. That's rewarding Hamas for launching a war, killing, kidnapping Israeli children, killing Israelis, using the Palestinian population as human shields, and killing Palestinians.

Is he insane? Just what is it the presdent wants. He doesn't give a crap about the pictures coming out of Gaza. Bloody pictures have been streaming from every war zone since the invent of Internet 2.0. There's something more. The president also put his full support behind the Islamic Brotherhood, another Islamic fanatic organization that took over Egypt. He wants these extremists to rule. Why?

What we need now is an outrcy. Why is the President lying to the public? Why is he trying to give Hamas the upper hand to fight another day? Why is he threatening Israel as Hamas indiscriminately rains missiles down upon Israeli civilians? Why is he knowingly trying to rob Israel of its right to self defense. We demand answers. And so should you.

UPDATE:

The last newsflash reads "Despite rejections by American and Israeli officials, Channel 1′s Or Nahari insists that the transcript leaked to him by a “senior American official” is authentic, but acknowledges that the quotes he published were merely an except from a long conversation."

The interesting item to point out here is that it was leaked by a "Senior American Official." The plot thickens.



Removing the Blockade with Hamas in Power is a Victory for Terror

There's lot of talking going on lately. It seems that the Americans are exerting an enormous amount of pressure on the Israeli government to agree to a ceasefire, and the Israeli leadership is weighing its lack of options. For if it disobeys the Obama administration there's surely going to be hell to pay. We've already seen them close down Israel's only international airport, and already publicly note that Israel's criticism of Kerry is liable to damage relations.

And now there are rumors that Israel might actually agree to lifting the embargo on Gaza as part of a cease fire agreement. Remember, Hamas is the reason there is a blockade.

No matter what the circumstances, even if supposedly the Palestinian leadership would take charge of Gaza, if Israel removes the embargo it will be a victory for Hamas and a victory for terror.

It will enable them to import weapons, concrete and weapons of war. And we all know that no matter what promises the international community makes to "monitor" traffic, those promises are worthless. Just as they were in the past with Southern Lebanon which now has 10 times as many weapons as they did before the war (even though the cease fire called on Hizbulla to be completely disarmed and additionally stationed UN soldiers across Southern Lebanon), just like the UN monitors ran from the Rafiah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt the moment Hamas showed up with Guns.

The only way it would not be a victory for terror would be if Fatah did take the reigns of Gaza AND Hamas would be disarmed and only AFTER this disarmament was cleared by Israel the embargo is raised.

If these conditions aren't met, then terrorizing and murdering Israelis and using their own citizens as human shields and leading to their death will become, yet again, a very successful tactic adopted and used by terror organizations around the world, and its use will get even stronger among Hamas.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, Do not agree to lift the embargo unless the following conditions are met:
  1. Governance of Gaza is handed over to Fatah
  2. Hamas is disarmed. This disarmament has to be certified by Israeli authorities (and not the US, not the UN and not the International Community)
  3. A trial period determined by Israel is met
Of course, we know this will never happen. We know Hamas will never agree to giving up governance of Gaza. And we know that even more than that, Hamas will never agree to be disarmed.

Don't let terror win, or we will all regret it.


Monday, July 28, 2014

This is Israel's Last Chance to Neutralize Hamas

As has become clear over the past few days (if not the past few years), the Obama administration's desire to support Islamic extremists in the form of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt also expands to Hamas in the Gaza strip.

President Obama is using the full force of his position as president of the United States to force Israel to agree to an unconditional ceasefire. As we've also read in multiple news outlets including Ha'aretz, and the Times of Israel, Israel sees the US support for Hamas as a betrayal. One in which it automatically gives Hamas, an organization labelled as a terrorist organization, by the same United States government that President Obama presides over, full and equal legitimacy as Israel. It gives them the right to continue to use children to dig terror tunnels, the right to store and indiscriminately launch missiles from Palestinian population centers, turning them defacto into human shields, into Israeli population centers. The right to live as they have been living, to murder, and to kill.

Indeed, the last cease fire proposal provided by the Obama Administration to John Kerry was nothing less than a list of demands from Hamas, not taking into consideration a single security requirement from Israel. Not only did it position a mass murdering terror organization on the same level as a democratic nation, it gave them priority.

It has subsequently become clear that if Israel ever hopes to neutralize Hamas or demilitarize them, this is the last chance to do so. Israel is already in Gaza, it still has the upper hand and the momentum, even if the President did manage to slow it down temporarily. Israel has already completed part of this most critical mission, and it did so after practically begging Hamas to stand down when they started indiscriminately shooting missiles into Israeli population centers and refused not one, not two, not three, but four ceasefires.

For the past three weeks Israelis have been living in fear of missile attacks. Israeli children have been forced to run for bomb shelters multiple times a day as air raid sirens go off.



Caption to Video: Posted by Unicef: Leah Mettler is the kindergarten teacher at "Gan Goorim" in Hod HaSharon, Israel (@gangoorim). "Yesterday, whilst filming a clip of the children playing, the siren began to wail, warning of a rocket having been launched in the trajectory that would lead to the close proximity of the kindergarten. "At this range, the children and their caregivers have 90 seconds to reach a secure room. "As the kindergarten does not have a reinforced concrete bunker, the children merely go indoors and lie on the floor with their heads covered by their hands.
 
If Israel stops now, the future is all but certain. Perhaps there will be a ceasefire agreement in which the international community will call for Hamas to be disarmed or Gaza demilitarized, but we've seen that farce before. We know there is no way in hell that President Obama or the international community will send their troops in to confront Hamas, threaten, or even kill them if needed, to disarm them. Any cease fire agreement or UN resolution will only do one thing, invalidate Israel's ability to go back in and stop Hamas from building tunnels and missiles and launching attacks at Israeli cities in the future.

This is it, Prime Minister Netanyahu, for those in the Jewish community in the US, and the rest of the diaspora. The president has shown his cards, and makes no apologies for negotiating with Hamas, Turkey and Qatar, or those that support terror, while leaving out Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, in "ceasefire negotiations" in Paris. And that in itself, the fact that they left out those who this most affects, says it all.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, its now or never. If we don't move forward with this operation it is dead. And the next time Hamas starts launching rockets on us, they will be in greater numbers, more accurate, and under the cover of the International Community. The next time, they will try to prevent us with all their power from even beginning an operation, making it that much harder, almost impossible, to go back into Gaza.

There's not doubt, there will be a price for not obeying an order from President Obama this time around, as we've learned he always extracts his revenge when it comes to Israel. But we have no other option. The price we pay later will be much greater, and graver. We must end this here and now. For if not we will regret it for years to come.

International Justice is on our side. The global Jewish Community is on our side. If we can't protect Jews in our own homeland, then what have we achieved. If we don't stop Hamas this time, Hizbulla will also feel empowered and shortly we shall see attacks from them as well.

We must move forward with all the risk and responsibility, and even regret that entails. If we don't, our children will never know peace.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Prime Minister Netanyahu, move forward, the People of Israel Support You

Please share this to get the word out.

Hi Mr. Netanyahu,

I know its not easy days for you. But they are critical days. With more than two dozens of our boys already killed in Gaza, the President of the United States beating you over the head, with relations with the Obama administration and Europe hanging by a thread, it definitely can't be easy.

But now that we're in Gaza, in the thick of it, ferreting out Hamas leaders, weapons and tunnels, you also know there can be no turning back now. No matter how much pressure the Obama Admnistratoin puts on you. Experience has shown us sadly that the intenrational community cannot protect our interests. If anything, the inhibit our ability to protect ourself. We saw after Condoleeza Rice forced us to leave Rafiah that Hamas then came in and the UN forces went running with their tail between their legs, and overthrew all of Gaza. What got us here in the first place.

We also saw after the Second Lebanon war how, in spite of international guarantees and the ceasefire wording itself written by the international community that called to disarm Hizbulla, that the opposite happened.

Today, amazingly, the Obama Administration and the European community are standing by Hamas. They want it to survive, for whatever their reasons may be. Maybe they're afraid of ISIS coming in their place (doubtful), or maybe they think they need a strong arm in Gaza to keep things in order.

But whatever they think, we know that Hamas surviving in Gaza means more dead Israeli men, women and children. More missiles, more tunnels, more dead Israeli soldiers. These are critical hours Mr. Prime Minister. Fighting has been frozen for two days, we're losing momentum and Hamas is getting that critical air to breathe and fight on. We need to get back to finishing disarming Hamas, finishing what we started, damned President Obama and the European Community. We the people of Israel support you. And the Jews of the world do too. In my many years in Israel never have I seen such wall to wall support of US and European Jews for what we're doing, even in the face of violent anti-semitism across the globe.

They know we're fighting to protect our children and bring peace to our children. They know we're doing our best not to harm innocent Palestinians, even if sadly many have been killed, due to Hamas modus operandi.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, this is the moment. The critical moment. We may lose President Obama, but then again we never had him. We know he can be a nasty, vengeful fellow. He's already shown that to Israeli many times, but that shouldn't stop us from doing what we need to do, to bring an end to this nightmare.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, the time has come to move forward.