Category Archives: Israel

No, Palestinian Terrorism Isn’t a Response to ‘Occupation’ :: Middle East Forum

If occupation was indeed the cause of terrorism, why was terrorism sparse during the years of actual occupation? Why did it increase dramatically with the prospect of the end of the occupation, and why did it escalate into open war upon Israel’s most far-reaching concessions ever? To the contrary, one might argue with far greater plausibility that the absence of occupation – that is, the withdrawal of close Israeli surveillance – is precisely what facilitated the launching of the terrorist war in the first place; just as it was the partial restoration of security measures in the West Bank during the 2002 Operation Defensive Shield and its aftermath (albeit without reassuming control over the daily lives of the Palestinian population there) that brought the Palestinian war of terror to an end.

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It is not “occupation” that underlies the lack of “hope on the horizon” but the century-long Palestinian rejection of the Jewish right to statehood, as expressed in the 1922 League of Nations’ Palestine mandate and the 1947 UN Partition Resolution. So long as that disposition is tolerated, let alone encouraged, the idea of Palestinian-Israeli peace will remain a chimera.

No, Palestinian Terrorism Isn’t a Response to ‘Occupation’ :: Middle East Forum

The Next Hezbollah War | commentary

As Stern noted in very first sentence: “Hezbollah has a nasty collection of more than 130,000 rockets, missiles, and mortars aimed at Israel. This is a bigger arsenal than all NATO countries (except the United States) combined.” It is also considerably bigger than the arsenal that Hezbollah had in 2006 when it was estimated to deploy 50,000 rockets.

And not only is Hezbollah’s arsenal bigger; it is more destructive. Stern wrote: “In Hezbollah’s arsenal are about 700 long-range, high-payload rockets and missiles with names like Fateh-110 and Scud D. They are capable of taking down entire buildings in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, wreaking havoc at Israel’s major military bases, killing thousands of Israeli civilians, shutting down the nation’s airports and ports, and taking out the electric grid. And that’s just in the first week.”

The Next Hezbollah War | commentary

1,200 rockets a day in next Lebanon war, officer warns | The Times of Israel

“If in the Second Lebanon War the record was 160 rockets in a day [fired] at the northern region, we need to expect up to 1,200 rockets in a day — it will be a completely different scenario from anything we’ve known,” Major-General (res) Yitzhak Gershon, who was home front chief during the last major conflict with Hezbollah in 2006, said in an Army Radio interview published Tuesday.

“We will need mental fortitude more than physical protection,” added Gershon, who now commands the IDF’s reservist northern region emergency division.

1,200 rockets a day in next Lebanon war, officer warns | The Times of Israel

The Israeli Left’s War against the Israeli Flag | Frontpage Mag

The Israeli Left has a serious flag problem.  Well, a problem with the Israeli flag to be precise.  The one with the six-pointed blue star.  Not the ISIS flag.

The Left intensely dislikes people who wave Israeli flags, although I think it would be okay with those radical anti-Trump protesters waving Mexican and Iranian flags.  At the Israeli Left’s own rallies, like one widely reported recently, one sees oodles of Stalinist red flags, lots of PLO flags, and sometimes one may see Hamas flags, but no Israeli flags.

The latest twist in the Left’s jihad against the flag has to do with plans by participants in the upcoming Jerusalem Reunification Day festivities to wave it.  This has triggered horrific anger among the enlightened Left.  They are particularly irate because celebrants plan to march all over Jerusalem waving flags, including in all parts of the Old City.

The Israeli Left’s War against the Israeli Flag | Frontpage Mag

How Netanyahu Has Transformed Israel into a New Nation

Israel—at least the largely secular and progressive version of Israel that once captured the world’s imagination—is over. Although that Israel was always in some ways a fantasy, the myth was at least grounded in reality. Today that reality has changed, and the country that has replaced it is profoundly different from the one its founders imagined almost 70 years ago. Since the last elections, in March 2015, a number of slow-moving trends have accelerated dramatically. Should they continue, they could soon render the country unrecognizable.

Already, the transformation has been dramatic. Israel’s current leaders—headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who metamorphosed after the election from a risk-averse conservative into a right-wing radical—see democracy as synonymous with unchecked majority rule and have no patience for restraints such as judicial review or the protection of minorities. In their view, Israel is a Jewish state and a democratic state—in that order. Only Jews should enjoy full rights, while gentiles should be treated with suspicion. Extreme as it sounds, this belief is now widely held: a Pew public opinion survey published in March found that 79 percent of Jewish Israelis supported “preferential treatment” for Jews—a thinly veiled euphemism for discrimination against non-Jews.

How Netanyahu Has Transformed Israel into a New Nation

In the past my biggest complaint about Israel was that it was too nice. Now things are finally changing. So I support Netanyahu’s moves in Israel.

In the West today one sees everywhere the movement toward equality. The problem with equality is where does one stop? Well, we stop at Sweden. No, you do not stop at Sweden because even the Swedes hate Sweden, and Sweden hasn’t stopped. There can be only one place to stop: Communism. Only under communism is everybody equal. The leaders in the West are lying about where we are headed. They just want equality, they say. Implying that it is only equality of opportunity. But then they do an awful lot of complaining about outcome issues which shows their true agenda – equality of outcome or communism.

The next time anyone complains about equality or inequality, know that they are a closet communist.

Getting back to Israel. Israel is moving away from equality toward the better as defined by the Torah. Naturally, this is giving leftists fits. Leftists are very intolerant of other views which by definition makes the leftists bigoted. Their wrath is heavily focused on white skinned people who dare to think differently which makes the leftists racist too. Of course, this makes them hypocrites too, because they say one thing and do the exact opposite.

What I have fairly consistently shown on this blog is that “equality” is not the way. The “better” is the way. That means you have to judge which is the better and choose the better. Israel is doing that, and so should you. For Jews that means following the Torah. For Christians that means following the Bible. If your religion is not going to lift you up, then you need to reexamine your religion.

Hamas Preparing For War, Threatens Civilian Casualties | The Daily Caller

Hamas is preparing for a war with Israel inside the Gaza strip and dares Israel to attack and cause civilian casualties, a senior advisor to a Hamas Minister told Foreign Policy.

The senior advisor, talking anonymously, elaborated that Hamas controls all the security within the Gaza strip and are well entrenched within the civilian population. The advisor goaded Israel to attack Hamas, telling Foreign Policy, “If they start a war, thousands of civilians will die.”

Hamas Preparing For War, Threatens Civilian Casualties | The Daily Caller

Israel Warns: Another Gaza War Is Coming – The Daily Beast

Israel ended its last military operation in Gaza almost two years ago. But among some Israeli military officials, national security experts, and activists here, there is a palpable sense that another war is imminent, and that soon Hamas rockets will again be raining down on Israeli cities, prompting a crushing military response on the beleaguered, 25-mile long strip.

The signs, to hear these people tell it, are plain to see: Despite Israeli efforts to increase the flow of goods in and out of Gaza, its economic health remains desperate. Hamas militants also may be under pressure to move now to strike Israeli neighborhoods along the Gaza border before a network of tunnels that gave them free entry into Israel is sealed up. Recent Israeli intelligence suggests that Hamas fighters have closely studied Israeli tactics from the last war, possibly in preparation for another conflict. And Israel’s new defense minister, sworn in this week, has threatened to assassinate the leader of Hamas, in turn prompting him to dare Israel to enter Gaza again. 

Israel Warns: Another Gaza War Is Coming – The Daily Beast

Hezbollah Chief Urges War Against Israel, on Anniversary of Israeli Withdrawal from Lebanon

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah called on the Lebanese terror group to fight a war of “comprehensive resistance” against Israel in a speech on Tuesday, the 16th anniversary of the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.

In his speech, Nasrallah called Israel the “real enemy” and the biggest threat to the Middle East. He appealed to the so-called “resistance axis,” which includes Iran, its allied countries, and proxy militias, to continue its fight against Israel’s “occupation.”

Hezbollah Chief Urges War Against Israel, on Anniversary of Israeli Withdrawal from Lebanon

Iran Congratulates Hezbollah on 16th Anniversary of Israeli Withdrawal From Lebanon, Amid Claims Terror Group Digging Tunnels Along Border

Meanwhile, as the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported, a front-page article in the pro-Hezbollah Lebanese daily Al-Safir on Wednesday asserted that “the Resistance” [Hezbollah] was digging tunnels along Israel’s northern border, causing “the settlers and enemy soldiers to lose sleep.”

According to MEMRI, the article, which appeared without a byline, discussed Hezbollah’s current situation and the group’s actions on both the Syrian and Israeli fronts. Saying that the “celebrations of liberty are held amid heartbreak mixed with joy,” due to the number of Hezbollah fighters killed in the Syrian civil war, on the one hand, and the “joy” over Hezbollah’s victory in some of the local elections held in Lebanon recently, the article went on to say: “In all of its rounds of fighting with the Israeli enemy, the resistance never faced what it has been facing for years in confronting the dark [elements] armed with the Prophet Muhammad’s Koran and Sunnah, who receive funding from tyrannical regimes and innumerable intelligence apparatuses, and are armed with military [equipment] that only armies possess.”

Iran Congratulates Hezbollah on 16th Anniversary of Israeli Withdrawal From Lebanon, Amid Claims Terror Group Digging Tunnels Along Border

Iranian commander: We can destroy Israel ‘in under 8 minutes’ | The Times of Israel

“If the Supreme Leader’s orders [are] to be executed, with the abilities and the equipment at our disposal, we will raze the Zionist regime in less than eight minutes,” Karimpour said Thursday, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.

In November 2014, Khamenei stated that the “barbaric” Jewish state “has no cure but to be annihilated.” A plan titled “9 key questions about the elimination of Israel” was posted on his Twitter account, using the hashtag #handsoffalaqsa, in reference to the tensions on the Temple Mount. The sometimes grammatically awkward list explained the how and why of Khomeini’s vision for replacing Israel with a Palestinian state.

Iranian commander: We can destroy Israel ‘in under 8 minutes’ | The Times of Israel