Wednesday, July 23, 2014

We have no other country! Let's contribute to IDF soldiers who in These moments are fighting for the existence of the State of Israel!


My cousin Itay Samet is far left... This was taken two days ago before they had their phones taken away., The special army tzitziot they are wearing were sponsored by the Feigen family as the Rabbanut Hatzva-it requested a donor and we purchased enough for the entire army... Best tzedaka ever!
                           -Simi  Feigen 

Hamas vs. IDF By: Asher Schwartz

Shock jock defends Jewish homeland | The Times of Israel

There’s one celebrity out there who’s defending Israel right now. But forget social media for a minute, this is on the radio. “Shock jock,” DJ Howard Stern, gave Hanzi, his regular Pakistani caller, an earful last week about the current situation in Gaza.  Stern, who now broadcasts from Sirius satellite radio, has always been known for his foul mouth and strident opinions. His longtime cohost, Robin Quivers, alternately reins him in and goads him on.
It wasn’t any different this time.
When baited by Hanzi about the current situation in Gaza, Stern, who is Jewish, cut him off.
“I don’t change my f%$#ing tune [about Israel]; Israel’s at no fault,” he said.
He continued speaking about the situation for another five minutes, covering his version of Israeli history — “it was a little s#$%hole, it was a desert” — calling out musician Roger Waters for his boycott of Israel — and discussing Israelis’ and Palestinians’ median incomes.
The video has already racked up more than 21,000 views. Stern has some 12 million listeners each week.

Netanyahu presents to UN Secretary General operating methods of Hamas

Elder Of Ziyon - Israel News: The Gaza Underground Map (Israel HaYom)

Elder Of Ziyon - Israel News: Hamas spokesman compares Netanyahu to Hitler

Elder Of Ziyon - Israel News: Amazing video of Hamas terror tunnels from the inside

Israel Matzav: US intelligence: Hamas has many more tunnels than Israel has destroyed

According to US intelligence assessments, Hamas has many more tunnels - possibly as many as 60 - between Gaza and Israel than the IDF has destroyed. 
Steven Emerson, founder and executive director of the Washington-based Investigative Project on Terrorism, told the Post in an exclusive interview on Sunday that US intelligence officials believe that Israel is underestimating the number of tunnels.

He said that according to a senior National Security Council official dealing with the Middle East, American satellites – equipped with special high resolution infrared detection technology – have preliminary findings of around 60 tunnels on the Israel-Gaza border.

This number could actually be higher though because it does not include overhead satellite coverage of ground structures that are several stories in height and are impervious to infrared detection, Emerson said.
This information seems to contradict Israeli estimates of remaining tunnels, Emerson said.

The IDF told the Post on Monday that up until now 45 tunnels have been discovered, but when asked how many it estimated remain, it said that no information was available.

Emerson said that the advanced American satellite, which was originally developed to deal with the Iranian theater, had been directed to orbit over Israel and send the data to specialized reconnaissance agencies operating under the aegis of  the National Security Agency (NSA) for analysis.

The infrared heat-seeking technology works by detecting changes in terrain density and the preliminary findings show that the tunnels are 1.5 m. by 1.2 m. and at least 46 m. in length.

Emerson said that he is unaware if Israel requested such intelligence from the Americans or if it has yet been shared between the two nations – though he presumes that if it hadn’t it will be.


Steven Emerson, founder and executive director of the Washington-based Investigative Project on Terrorism, told the Post in an exclusive interview on Sunday that US intelligence officials believe that Israel is underestimating the number of tunnels.

He said that according to a senior National Security Council official dealing with the Middle East, American satellites – equipped with special high resolution infrared detection technology – have preliminary findings of around 60 tunnels on the Israel-Gaza border.

This number could actually be higher though because it does not include overhead satellite coverage of ground structures that are several stories in height and are impervious to infrared detection, Emerson said.
This information seems to contradict Israeli estimates of remaining tunnels, Emerson said.

The IDF told the Post on Monday that up until now 45 tunnels have been discovered, but when asked how many it estimated remain, it said that no information was available.

Emerson said that the advanced American satellite, which was originally developed to deal with the Iranian theater, had been directed to orbit over Israel and send the data to specialized reconnaissance agencies operating under the aegis of  the National Security Agency (NSA) for analysis.

The infrared heat-seeking technology works by detecting changes in terrain density and the preliminary findings show that the tunnels are 1.5 m. by 1.2 m. and at least 46 m. in length.

Emerson said that he is unaware if Israel requested such intelligence from the Americans or if it has yet been shared between the two nations – though he presumes that if it hadn’t it will be.

Emerson said that Hamas has learned from Hezbollah how to improve its use of tunnels. He also said that Hamas terrorists are probably not using any communication devices while inside the tunnels, making it harder to detect them.

In addition, the tunnels are quite sophisticated, with water, sewage, and lighting allowing for month longs stays.

Regarding Israel’s efforts at using conventional forces, such as tanks and troop carriers, Emerson said that these are easier targets for Hamas since they can gather intelligence on them from close up.

Hamas has been very good at adapting and Israelis “need to think outside the box as they traditionally have and use their ability to think two steps ahead of their enemies,” Emerson said.
Unfortunately, it seems that we really need this war to go on for a while. 

Israel Matzav: Video: Terrorists using ambulance for travel

IDF forces recently identified two Palestinian terrorists using an ambulance to travel within Gaza. On a daily basis, Hamas uses ambulances, houses and other civilian infrastructure to protect its terrorists. Yes, that's a war crime.

Israel Matzav: Unbiased headlining, al-Reuters style

This is what al-Reuters considers an unbiased headline (Hat Tip:Memeorandum):

israel pounds gaza despite international peace efforts

Excuse me? Israel has accepted every cease fire offered over the last two weeks. Hamas has refused every one. Within the last hour, Israel Radio reported that John Kerry has given up and that Ban Ki-Moon is about to admit that the reason there is no cease fire is because Hamas is not backing off demands that would turn a rout into a victory and make Israel pay a penalty for winning.

So Israel continues to pound Hamas in the hope that it will agree to a cease fire (or will lose all of its strategic assets if it fails to do so), and al-Reuters makes it sound like we should stop fighting and wait for Hamas to come to terms?

Parts of the article aren't much better. The headline reflects the tone of the article. And that is precisely the problem. You would have no clue from reading the article that the reason that there is no cease fire is that the Hamas leadership in Gaza - safely ensconced in its bunker underneath Shifa Hospital in Gaza City - does not want one. They would rather fight to the last civilian. But don't expect Reuters to clue you in on that.

Shameful. Absolutely shameful

Israel Matzav: Video: The Arab Darwin Award Winner (Graphic warning)


I'm not even sure who gets the award for this one, but it happened in Syria. A suicide bomber was killed before he could set himself off. He was wrapped in shrouds and they went to bury him. Unfortunately, whoever prepared him for the funeral didn't remove the bomb belt. And the results? Let's go to the videotape.

Israel Matzav: 'No chance we'll cancel flights'

There's one airline that won't cancel its flights to Israel. And they evenserve cholent on their Thursday night flights. Yes, it's El Al
Israeli airline El Al said it would not cancel any flights as air travel to Israel from all American carriers and several European ones came to a halt on Tuesday after the Federal Aviation Authority banned US airlines from traveling to and from Ben Gurion Airport for 24 hours.
"There is no chance we will stop operations," an El Al spokesman told the Post.
In labor disputes with the government, El Al has argued that it is the only airline the country can rely on to continue flying during tough security times, and that Israel should foot more of the bill for its security needs. During the 1991 Gulf war, every airline but El Al suspended service to Israel.
Hamas has explicitly targeted the airport in hopes of stopping or slowing air traffic. Earlier in the conflict, it lobbed a handful of rockets in the direction of the airport, suspending traffic there for nine minutes.
"The armed wing of the Hamas movement has decided to respond to the Israeli aggression, and we warn you against carrying out flights to Ben-Gurion airport, which will be one of our targets today because it also hosts a military air base," a statement by the group said at the time.
In an interview with Channel 2, Katz added that he believed the decision was an automatic reaction to the rocket landing, and hoped to convince them to reinstate flights on Wednesday.
Maybe. This suspension could have really serious consequences, and some senior ministers in the government ought to get involved. I think it's a bit above Katz's grade level. 
Yet the cancellation of flights, should it continue for a significant period of time, could have a greater impact on the economy. A May report by the Bank of Israel found that business travel to Israel tends to be more resilient than leisure tourism in the face of security problems.
Without ways to get into the country, however, business travelers, who have historically accounted for 12-20% of travelers to Israel, will also be kept behind. Worse, the precedent of flights canceled due to security may deter them from future business dealings.
On the other hand, the economic effects of a one-day suspension would be negligible, according to Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce Uriel Lynn.
"Is it affecting Israel's business now? No. It's 24 hours. It's not a big deal. We have telecommunications infrastructure that helps us get business done," Lynn told the Post.
The chances of a longer suspension seemed unlikely, he added, given Hamas’s inability to strike at the airport up until now. America’s political stance on terrorism and alliance with Israel, Lynn offered, would likely affect the FAA’s decision.
"The moment they forbid flights to Israel, they strengthen Hamas, who say, ‘Great, we're succeeding in isolating Israel, we're fulfilling our goals.' I don't think the FAA want to do that," he said.
What could go wrong?

Israel Matzav: Just when you thought they could not get any lower: 'Palestinians' using Fogel family murder pics for propaganda

I just found the picture above on Facebook.

Do the pictures look familiar? The originals from the Fogel family home in Itamar in March 2011 may be found in the video here

From Facebook again:
How low can one go.

Hamas is using the pictures of the Fogel family massacre for their propaganda purposes and are claiming that this is what we did to a family in Gaza.

It is just beyond belief........disgusting creatures.
How low can they go? I don't think we've hit the bottom yet. 

Israel Matzav: Video: Pat Condell takes on Hamas v. the Jews in Gaza (with Hebrew subtitles)

This is a really well done video by Pat Condell in which he dismantles Hamas and its use of human shields.

Israel Matzav: IDF targets Mohammed Deif

Foreign reports indicate that the IDF took a shot at Hamas' Izz-a-Din-al-Qassam commander Mohammed Deif on Tuesday night. It was not the first time. Deif is apparently in hiding with the Hamas leadership, but two people in his house were killed and the house was likely destroyed.

This is from the first link.
Deif is considered the official who determines the agenda of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and is regarded as the “brain” behind Hamas.
He is likely hiding underground somewhere inside Gaza, fearing the IDF will try to eliminate him.
Deif started out as a student of Yahya Ayyash, who was nicknamed “the Engineer” and who was the chief bombmaker of Hamas in the late 1990s, when the organization started carrying out suicide bombing attacks within Israel. Ayyash was eliminated by Israel in 1996.
Following Ayyash’s elimination, Deif carried out numerous murderous terror attacks in Israel, including two suicide bombing attacks on buses in Jerusalem and kidnapping attempts within Israel.
Israel tried to kill Mohammed Deif several times, without success. One time, he lost an eye and likely his hand as well. In another attempt he was seriously wounded, his hands and legs were amputated and he has been confined to a wheelchair ever since.
Ayyash is the guy who answered his cell phone and had it blow his head off :-)

You can bet that when we get Deif, we will get the same reactions we got when the IDF eliminated Sheikh Ahmad Yassin: That we're going after poor old men in wheelchairs. Right.... 

Supreme Court Receives Briefs For ‘Born In Yerushalayim’ Passport Case

The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) have separately filed amicus curiae briefs in support of Menachem B. Zivotofsky, the petitioner in Zivotofsky v. Secretary of State, which has become known as “born in Jerusalem” passport case.
Menachem was born in Jerusalem in 2002 after Congress passed a law ordering the U.S. State Department to “record the place of birth as Israel” in passports of American children born in Jerusalem if their parents make that request. Former U.S. President George W. Bush signed the law, but like U.S. President Barack Obama after him waived the statute on the grounds that it would force the State Department to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, an issue that the Bush and Obama administrations have said should be resolved directly through negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Menachem’s case in the fall. In an earlier decision, an Appellate Court ruled that only the president has the constitutional authority to make the passport determination, an assertion that is disputed by both AJC and LDB.
“The central issue is whether Congress or the president has a role to play in recognition of foreign governments and who has the constitutional prerogative to determine rules on issuing passports,” said AJC General Counsel Marc D. Stern. “The historical record is crystal clear that Congress has an important role to play in determining America’s decision on recognition of foreign governments and in setting passport policy.”
The brief submitted by LDB, co-signd by leading scholars such as constitutional law expert Erwin Chemerinsky and prominent conservative law professor John C. Eastman, argues that the Jerusalem passport case “lends itself to a much simpler resolution than would a true dispute between the president and Congress regarding the powers to recognize the legal status of states and foreign sovereigns.” Congress’s authority to make such determinations on foreign territory “is a function necessary and proper to the exercise of its assigned powers,” states the brief.
“It is both astonishing and infuriating that federal litigation is required to convince the U.S. Department of State to recognize the quintessentially obvious fact that Jerusalem is in Israel,” LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus said.

U.S. Senate Sets $225 Million For Israel's Iron Dome In Emergency Bill

FILE - An Israeli Iron Dome defense system missile is fired to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza over the city of Ashdod, southern Israel, 08 July 2014.  Reuters
Washington - U.S. Senate Democrats included $225 million for Israel’s Iron Dome rocket interception system in an emergency funding bill on Tuesday that also cut $1 billion from President Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to deal with thousands of undocumented child immigrants.
“Israel is an essential American ally and needs these assets to defend itself,” said Maryland Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, in a statement.
More than 600 people - most of them Palestinians - have been killed in the current conflict between Israel and militants in Gaza. On Tuesday, Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip, saying no ceasefire was near.
Israel said the Iron Dome has intercepted about a fifth of more than 2,000 rockets militants have fired at Israel during the current conflict.
U.S. lawmakers tend to be heavily pro-Israel. However, the fate of the $225 million - and other funding in the legislation - is uncertain in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, where there is stiff opposition to an increase in spending tied to the Democratic president’s request.

Agudath Israel of America Emergency Delegation to Washington in Response to Global Anti-Semitism and Escalating Situation in Israel


Yesterday, Agudath Israel of America issued a statement in response to the alarming rise in anti-semitic incidents around the globe and the increasingly serious situation in Israel.
Today, Agudath Israel announced an emergency delegation to Capitol Hill to meet with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee to thank them for funding the Iron Dome and appeal to them to take note of the rise in anti-semitism and take action.
Watch the video below for an important message from Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president of Agudath Israel of America:

Press "Releast" from Neturei Karta

With the help of the Almighty,
July 20, 2014

Holocaust survivors cry out to world powers to
Stop the Zionist Waffen SchutzStaffel Genocide
of our Palestinian Brothers of Occupied Palestine!

We Jewish Holocaust survivors implore enlightened world leaders to immediately stop the genocide of the Palestinian people. Evil Zionists bombard day and night buildings full of innocent men, women and children and burn them alive. Totally defenseless people are thrown out of their homes in the middle of the night and herded into ghettos. These illegal acts of terror remind us of horrible events we experienced during the Holocaust. Bloodthirsty Zionists shamelessly abuse the UN-stipulated principle of legitimate self-defense in order to murder in cold blood hundreds of our Palestinian brethren.
It is time for world powers to right a historic wrong. The world stood silent when our families were sent to gas chambers. It is this very deafening silence that resounds again as Zionists commit their crimes in occupied Palestine. It is because of the Zionist occupation imposed on them by the force of arms that our Palestinian brethren have been dispossessed, expelled and murdered for nearly seventy years. As if to atone for their indifference during the Holocaust, world powers authorized Zionists to establish a state. It was cruel, illogical and shortsighted to give them a state in Palestine at the expense of an innocent people that would be deprived of their ancestral homes and property. As a result, millions of refugees are still languishing in camps, and the Holy Land has been plagued by incessant violence that has destabilized the entire region. In fact, Zionist leaders were just as indifferent to the fate of Jews in Europe as the rest of the world; they even collaborated with the Nazis who, in turn, treated Zionists, who also believed that Jews had no place in Europe, with respect and understanding. It is monstrous for world powers to allow Israel to exploit the memory of the Holocaust in order to deflect opprobrium for the Zionists’ genocidal oppression of the Palestinians. Since the Zionist state is often mistakenly considered “the Jewish state”, Jews around the world find themselves exposed to condemnation and even violence for what “Israel” does to the Palestinians. Thus the Zionists’ cruelty fuels anti-Semitism, which has always been a useful tool to prove Zionism right and to attract more immigrants.
Put an immediate end to the Zionists’ genocidal crimes! Bring their perpetrators, political leaders and military personnel alike, to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. We, Holocaust survivors, implore world powers to use all the means at their disposal to stop the Zionists’ violence against innocent people.
We, Jews who believe in G-d, hereby declare that the Zionists do not belong to the Jewish people or the Jewish religion, which strongly opposes murder. Zionists are not Jews at all, and their use of the name “Israel” is a forgery. They are only brazen terrorists running a state of international terrorism. They do not represent the Jewish people at all, nor do they have any right to a single clod of earth in the Holy Land.
We convey our deepest condolences to all the families of those murdered, and to the Palestinian people and its leaders; and we wish a complete recovery to all those wounded by the bloodthirsty Zionists.
We pray to G-d for the speedy salvation of the Palestinian people and its leaders from the arms of the Zionist wild beast, and we hope for that great day when the full sovereignty of the Palestinians over the entire Holy Land shall be restored, with Al-Quds as its capital. The Zionists will be expelled from the Holy Land by the power of G-d.
May we merit the fulfillment of the prophets’ ancient promise, that G-d’s kingdom will be revealed throughout the world and all nations will join in serving Him.
Signed in pain and anger,
In the name of Jewish Holocaust survivors,
Rabbi Meir Hirsh
Leader of Neturei Karta, Palestine

Outward appearances deceiving Members of radical fringe Neturei Karta have no ties to any Hassidic group By Rabbi Daniel Green

So-called "rabbis" affiliated with a radical fringe group called Neturei Karta, dressed in traditional Jewish garb, rallied together with hundreds of anti-Israel protesters in downtown Hamilton this past Saturday.
The group, founded in 1938 and funded in part by various Islamic entities, is dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish state. Its members are part of a cadre of professional anti-Zionist protesters that travel worldwide to various anti-Israel rallies — Hamilton being one of its more recent stops. While the number of adherents is sometimes estimated to be in the thousands, in reality it may total no more than several hundred.
The sect, whose outward appearance is similar to many Hassidic groups, has no current or historic ties to any Hassidic group whatever. While professing to represent "authentic Judaism," these radicals have been unequivocally disenfranchised and shunned by the most religious and pious Jewish communities throughout Europe and the world.
While certain Hassidic groups maintain the belief that the establishment of a Jewish state should await the coming of the messiah, they do not support or advocate on behalf of terrorist entities determined to eradicate the Jewish state. This is precisely the policy of Neturei Karta.
In 2007, the radical group, in a well-publicized mission to Iran, met with then President, Ahmadinejad at an international conference promoting Holocaust denial, to show support for his genocidal plan to eradicate the state of Israel. In July 2013, a Neturei Karta member was convicted of spying on Israel on behalf of Iran. Most recently, the sect has been advocating in support of the terrorist polices of Hamas.
As a result, adherents of Neturei Karta are often denied entry into Orthodox synagogues, their children have been barred from Hassidic schools in Antwerp and Vienna. Hassidic Mohels have even been known to deny circumcision to their children based on the rulings of leading Rabbinic figures.
In the first century of the Common Era, an additional supplication was added to the traditional Jewish prayer service. The addendum targeted Jewish sects that spoke in the name of Judaism but were, in fact, traitors against their own community and value systems.
Unfortunately, close to two millennia later, this phenomenon still exists.
Let us be clear that the pernicious actions of this fringe group do not represent authentic Judaism in any way, nor do they represent any community beyond themselves. Outward appearances can be deceiving. In this instance, there's is simply an abhorrent perversion.
Rabbi Daniel Green is spiritual leader of the Adas Israel Congregation of Hamilton

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WSJ: Let Israel Decide A premature Gaza cease-fire would help Hamas.

Nations must be militarily strong and determined enough to ensure their own survival. Israelis have long understood this harsh reality of global politics, and it has never been clearer than this week as the world browbeats Israel and the terror group Hamas for a "cease-fire" in Gaza. 
Israeli soldiers spray gas at the exit of a tunnel which was used the day before by Hamas militants to infiltrate Israeli lines on July 22. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
President Obama and John Kerry have adopted this ostensibly even-handed trope, and on Tuesday the European Union went further and deplored Israel and Hamas as if they were equal perpetrators. Hamas should stop its "criminal and unjustifiable acts," the EU said, but it added that it was "particularly appalled" at the human cost of the Israel ground offensive. Particularly?
This all may be intended as fine impartiality, but the reality is that a cease-fire now would help Hamas. The terror group rejected Egypt's offer of a cease-fire last week after Israel had accepted it, perhaps figuring that Israel wouldn't risk a ground invasion. Or perhaps it wanted such an invasion figuring the world would condemn Israel for civilian casualties and Hamas would win the propaganda war.
In any case now that it has moved on the ground, Israel will lose if it stops before it achieves its main military objectives. This means blowing up the entire network of tunnels that Hamas uses to infiltrate into Israel and to smuggle weapons into Gaza from Egypt. It also means destroying the stockpiles of rockets and storage sites.
The Israelis are best positioned to judge their progress, and the U.S. should publicly support its military response in a war it didn't start. This is what will bring the most rapid end to the violence.

Statement of Mike Bloomberg re flying to Israel

"This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to show solidarity with the Israeli people and to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel. Ben Gurion is the best protected airport in the world and El Al flights have been regularly flying in and out of it safely. The flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately. I strongly urge the FAA to reverse course and permit US airlines to fly to Israel."

Peace Requires Truth

“The world rests on three things: truth, fair judgment, and peace.” (Pirkei Avot 1:18)

I desperately want peace for Israel and her neighbors. 

I cannot, however, call for peace at the expense of truth and fair judgment. 

There is currently a myth flaming across Europe and much of the world.

This myth holds that 60 years ago a bunch of rich, white Jews stole a large country from poor, brown "Palestinians," and kept it by relentlessly oppressing the poor brown people. Therefore, if everyone around the world would just protest loudly enough, the rich white oppressors will leave the poor brown people alone, and peace will prevail.

Utter nonsense.

Here are the facts:

Jews have lived in the land of Israel for 3,300 years.

Israel was renamed Palestina by Rome after a Jewish revolt against the emperor in the the second century CE. For almost 2,000 years, the word "Palestinian" meant "Jew."

Many empires ruled the area over the intervening centuries, including the Ottoman caliphate, and finally the British crown.

In 1948, Israel declared itself a modern nation, and 500,000 Arab refugees left. A few were thrown out of their towns, but far more left by choice, expecting to return after five large Arab armies - Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and Jordan - defeated a vastly outnumbered, ragtag Jewish army supported primarily by Zionist grit and American aid.

160,000 Arabs chose to stay in Israel. Today they have become the 1,250,000 Israeli Arabs who enjoy FULL rights of citizenship including voting, lifestyle choices, free press, office in the Israeli Parliament, and command postions in the Israeli army.

In 1948, there were also 850,000 Jewish refugees who were thrown out of the surrounding Arab countries. These Jews were tossed out of ancient Jewish communities that predated Islam. They were stripped of their citizenship and their property was confiscated. None have been invited to return.

Today there are no Jews serving in Arab governments, nor enjoying free press, nor any other freedoms associated with modern democracy. In fact, no one is enjoying those freedoms in the Arab world.

Palestinian Arab refugees were intentionally not absorbed nor integrated into surrounding Arab countries, despite the vast Arab territory, because it was politically useful for Arab leaders to keep them out.

The original "two-state solution" was Israel and Jordan. Palestinian Arabs and Jordanians are the same people. Is it conceivable that hundreds of thousands of Jews would linger in refugee camps bordering on a Jewish country for 60 years, as the Palestinian Arabs have lingered alongside Jordan?

Jordan, by the way, is four times larger than Israel.

In fact, Israel has absorbed all Jewish refugees from every country in the world that has thrown them out or persecuted them, and Israel is about the size of New Jersey. The Arab lands surrounding it are exponentially bigger, yet they don't have room for their Arab "brothers and sisters."

Of the 100,000,000 refugees worldwide since World War II, Palestinian Arabs are the ONLY refugee group that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own people’s lands.

If Arab countries would assimilate and care for the Palestinian Arab refugees, as Israel did for Jewish refugees, there would be no refugee problem.

Instead these countries use the refugees as political pawns in their fight against Israel.

This is why the Palestinian Arabs are oppressed and humiliated. Not only are they poor and disenfranchised, but their leaders are exceedingly wealthy because they receive billions of dollars in aid which never reaches the people.

Yasser Arafat died with a personal net worth of $1 billion (

These same leaders hide in bunkers while ordering children to shield the rocket launchers which have hurled THOUSANDS of rockets into Israel this year alone.

Would any nation on earth tolerate thousands of rockets hurled at its civilians on a continual basis?

Before Israel seeks to destroy these rocket launchers, however, it warns Palestinian Arab civilians that an attack is coming. No other country has ever done that. How do the Palestinian Arab leaders respond? By sending more children into harm's way and teaching them that dying to protect those rocket launchers is a holy and glorious act.

My pals, that is not heroism. It is child sacrifice - the most abominable act in the history of man.

In our quest for peace, we simply cannot ignore truth.

Why Is Israel Scared of the Truth? At the end of the day we have one moral argument. Why don’t we use it? - by Rabbi YY Jacobson

What To Do About the Terror In Israel? A New Approach Parents and three children of the Fogel family were murdered Friday Night in their home in the town of Itamar. What is the cause of this bloodshed? What's in the mind of man who slits the throat of a 3-month old baby? Rabbi YY Jacobson

How Many Times Is Enough? By RABBI MARVIN HIER

World leaders are waxing their moral credentials at the terrorists and their constituencies while abandoning their friends with phony band aid solutions.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon make statements to reporters in Cairo
The more I listen to the 'band aid solutions' proposed by some world leaders and diplomats reacting to Israel's incursion into Gaza, the more convinced I am that some of the ideas have been lifted right from the "Wise Men of Chelm."For the third time in a decade Israel was forced to call up tens of thousands of reserves to re-enter Gaza, the place they unilaterally withdrew from in 2005, to again respond to the hundreds of rockets being fired by Hamas' terrorists at their major population centers.No sooner did the operation begin than a chorus of voices combining leaders of the European Union, the Arab World, and editorials in the leading newspapers like theNew York Times began sounding the familiar alarm warning Israel of massive civilian casualties.
Even the United States, England, and France who unequivocally support  Israel's right to defend its citizens against rocket attacks, insist that the Israeli incursion into Gaza must be very limited in scope to avoid civilian collateral damage.
But now is the time to ask the uncomfortable question, even of our friends who support us. Why is there such a double standard when it comes to Israel? Why is it that world leaders never miss an opportunity to set their alarms and ask for a wake up call only when Israel hits back at the Hamas terrorists?
Where were those moral voices and wake up calls when it came to taking steps and adapting measures to prevent Hamas from stockpiling 10,000 rockets?  Why didn't UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon, Secretary of State John Kerry and the Foreign Ministers of the EU rush to Israel to convene a conference on how to tighten the borders and close the tunnels in order to prevent the terrorists from smuggling arms and weapons into Gaza and to demand that no foreign aid ever be dispersed into neighborhoods housing any Hamas military personnel? Why is there never an emergency Security Council meeting on how to excise the malignancy and finally end Hamas' rule of terror in Gaza? Why do they only shuttle to the region to find a way to reign in the defenders and never on how to stop the perpetrators and their funders like Iran and Qatar?
Of course it's horrible to see the images of innocent children killed as a result of the incursion. But whose fault is it, if not the sick Hamas ideology of loving death and martyrdom and deliberately placing children in harms way. Now, once again, they may have taken a missing Israeli soldier hostage who is either dead or still alive to use as a bargaining chip in an attempt to force Israel to again release hundreds of terrorists with blood on their hands.
The legendary town of Chelm is famous in Jewish history for its collection of simpletons whose ideas never came close to solving the problem. Located on a mountaintop, the town faced a terrible dilemma when its citizens began falling off the mountaintop. Responding to the crisis, the city convened its 'Wise Men'  and came up with a 'perfect Chelm solution - they would build a hospital at the bottom of the mountain!
That is precisely what world leaders are again doing in Gaza.  They are waxing their moral credentials at the terrorists and their constituencies while abandoning their friends with phony band aid solutions that they all know can't work while forcing  Israel to relive the same nightmare every few years. No country in the world is subjected to such treatment that only strengthens and props up terrorists and makes greater the price we will all have to pay.
Meanwhile, while the world leaders shuttle to Jerusalem to end the incursion, 40 meters below the ground somewhere in Gaza, the Hamas terrorist leaders, confident as always, are already plotting how many civilian airlines they will be able to bring down when they take delivery of their first SA-11 surface to air missile.

Rabbi Hier is the Founder and Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

The Truth about Gaza - Israel is using missile defense to protect its civilians and Hamas is using their civilians to protect their missiles. Charles Krauthammer

Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.
'Here's the difference between us," explains the Israeli prime minister. 'We're using missile defense to protect our civilians and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles."
Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity. Yet we routinely hear this Israel-Gaza fighting described as a morally equivalent "cycle of violence." This is absurd. What possible interest can Israel have in cross-border fighting? Everyone knows Hamas set off this mini-war. And everyone knows Hamas' proudly self-declared raison d'etre: the eradication of Israel and its Jews.
Apologists for Hamas attribute the bloodlust to the Israeli occupation and blockade. Occupation? There is not a soldier, not a settler, not a single Israeli in Gaza. Does no one remember anything? It was less than 10 years ago that worldwide television showed the Israeli army pulling diehard settlers off synagogue roofs in Gaza as Israel uprooted it settlements, expelled its citizens, withdrew its military and turned every inch of Gaza over to the Palestinians.
There was no blockade. On the contrary. Israel wanted this new Palestinian state to succeed. To help the Gaza economy, Israel gave the Palestinians its 3,000 greenhouses that had produced fruit and flowers for export. It opened border crossings and encouraged commerce.
The whole idea was to establish the model for two states living peacefully and productively side by side. No one seems to remember that simultaneous with the Gaza withdrawal, Israel dismantled four smaller settlements in the northern West Bank as a clear signal of Israel's desire to leave the West Bank too and thus achieve an amicable two-state solution.
And how did the Gaza Palestinians react to being granted by the Israelis what no previous ruler, neither Egyptian, nor British, nor Turkish, had ever given them – an independent territory? First, they demolished the greenhouses. Then they elected Hamas. Then, instead of building a state with its attendant political and economic institutions, they spent the better part of a decade turning Gaza into a massive military base, brimming with terror weapons, to make ceaseless war on Israel.
Where are the roads and rail, the industry and infrastructure of the new Palestinian state? Nowhere. Instead, they built mile upon mile of underground tunnels to hide their weapons and, when the going gets tough, their military commanders. They spent millions importing and producing rockets, launchers, mortars, small arms, even drones. They deliberately placed them in schools, hospitals, mosques and private homes to better expose their own civilians. And from which they fire rockets at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Why? The rockets can't even inflict serious damage, being almost uniformly intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system. Even West Bank leader Mahmoud Abbas has asked: "What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?"
In a world of such Kafkaesque ethical inversions, Hamas' depravity begins to make sense.
It makes no sense. Unless you understand, as a Washington Post editorial explained, that the whole point is to draw Israeli counterfire.
This produces dead Palestinians for international television. Which is why Hamas perversely urges its own people not to seek safety when Israel drops leaflets warning of an imminent attack.
To deliberately wage war so that your own people can be telegenically killed is indeed moral and tactical insanity. But it rests on a very rational premise: Given the Orwellian state of the world's treatment of Israel (see: the U.N.'s grotesque Human Rights Council), fueled by a mix of classic anti-Semitism, near-total historical ignorance and reflexive sympathy for the ostensible Third World underdog, these eruptions featuring Palestinian casualties ultimately undermine support for Israel's legitimacy and right to self-defense.
In a world of such Kafkaesque ethical inversions, Hamas' depravity begins to make sense. This is a world in which the Munich massacre is a movie and the murder of Klinghoffer is an opera – both deeply sympathetic to the killers. This is a world in which the U.N. ignores humanity's worst war criminals while incessantly condemning Israel, a state warred upon for 66 years which nonetheless goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid harming the very innocents its enemies use as shields.
It's to the Israelis' credit that amid all this madness they haven't lost their moral scruples. Or their nerve. Those outside the region have the minimum obligation, therefore, to expose the madness and speak the truth. Rarely has it been so blindingly clear.
This op-ed originally appeared in the Washington Post.