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Jul 28, 2014

Exclusive look inside Hamas tunnels (video)

wow!
I actually think that despite being less than eloquent in English, this soldier is far more effective and seemingly honest than having an English speaking spokesperson talk about these things...

CNN gets an exclusive look inside a Hamas tunnel which Israel says is used to smuggle weapons and launch attacks.





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Pressure Israel more or pressure Hamas?

It seems, from the various news reports, that heavy pressure is being placed in PM Netanyahu by President Obama and the United Nations to accept an unconditional ceasefire.

There has been talk about refusal on Israel's part, there has been talk of an unofficial acceptance, and all sorts of other ideas. One thing that seems pretty clear is that Obama is putting a lot of pressure, directly and through Secretary of State John Kerry, on Israel.

I don't get it though. Israel has already shown its willingness to accept a ceasefire agreement. a few times. It is Hamas who regularly refuses, and then breaks it even when they do agree.

At some point shouldn't the pressure be put on the people of Hamas, not Israel?

What's the point of pressuring Israel? We all know that when push comes to shove Israel will accept any semi-decent ceasefire agreement. Israel will probably even accept many versions of lousy ceasefire agreements.

Pressure Israel all you want. At the end of the day, you know they will accept. Yet that will still get us nowhere, because Hamas isn't playing along.

It is time to pressure Hamas.




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showing contempt for Muslim holidays

This is just too strange..

The Hamas spokesman, Sammy Abu Zohari, said that Israel, the Occupation, has opposed a humanitarian ceasefire on their holiday of Eid Al-Fitr, and this shows contempt to the sensitivities of Muslims, and therefore Israel will bear responsibility for the escalation..

thoughts:
1. we are at war. we have to be concerned about their sensitivities?
2. we are killing Muslims, as part of the war, including tragically children, but it is the lack of agreement on a ceasefire on Eid Al-Fitr that is showing contempt for their sensitivities? Is that really worse than the killing of people?
3. They are trying to kill us. Can we demand they be sensitive to our sensitivities and stop? If that is how war works, I hereby call upon Hamas to stop all of this, as it shows contempt to my sensitivities.
4. With all the arrests of terrorists, information has been uncovered that the purpose of many of the tunnels was to carry out a massive terror attack on Rosh Hashana. Terrorists would have popped out of the tunnels in Israeli towns, Kibbutzim and Moshavim and slaughtered people and taken hostages. I repeat - on Rosh Hashana. So, no ceasefire on Eid Al-Fitr is contempt to sensitivities, but planning a massive terror attack scheduled for Rosh Hashana is ok?

Are they insane?

And people fall for this stuff?




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HATRED IS THE CAPTAIN OF THIS CONFLICT SHIP

A Guest Post by Joshua Cadoch

originally posted on The Ignorant Interpreter

As I sat quietly watching the unfolding of events in Gaza over the past few weeks, I found myself bothered by the way Israel was being depicted in the secular press. These feelings were only further exacerbated every time I opened my social media and was confronted by all the commentaries and stories being shared online. I found myself searching the internet to find articles and videos to post that spoke about why the situation is the way that it is. Unfortunately, none of the material I have discovered thus far has sufficed so I decided to take matters into my own hands.
I would like to preface this article by stating that I do not believe that the disapproval rate of an immoral action should be directly proportional to the resulting death toll. I am equally as troubled by the death of 10 innocent civilians as I am 100. However, I do believe that if someone is trying to make an argument based on moral premises, then the arguing party must be morally consistent in all cases if they wish to truly substantiate their claim. It is in this regard that I question the impetus behind the public outrage in the Islamic world over the recent casualties in Gaza. I sincerely wonder if Muslim activists are protesting the deaths of their religious brethren or simply protesting the deaths of their religious brethren at the hands of Jews?
Over the past three years some 120,000 Muslims, women and children included, have been murdered in Syria at the hands of other Muslims. Few public demonstrations and little global outcry ensued. In Pakistan, almost 600,000 Muslims have been displaced under the guise of operation Zarb-e-Azb. Where was the international disdain and public condemnation? In Iran over 4,000 men and women have been executed by their own government simply for having a sexual orientation that contradicts Sharia law. In Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, hundreds if not thousands of women have been stoned and tortured by way of cleric issued Fatwas. Right now as we speak, Sunnis are pillaging and beheading Shias and I have yet to see a single organized march by any Muslim group to garner support for some form of public action.
Now consider that in the past few weeks about 900 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and suddenly there are mass protests taking place in every corner of the world. Do you see the irony here? Just to be clear, my point is not to marginalize the death toll. All the examples above are equally tragic. I have included the numbers simply to illustrate the grossly disproportional response by the Islamic community and to highlight the obvious moral inconsistencies taking place. For starters, this whole notion whereby it is acceptable for Muslims to renounce international law and convention in daily practise but then globally appeal to it whenever it becomes convenient to do so is the epitome of hypocrisy. It’s like a community of car thiefs filing a police report when one of their stolen cars goes missing. In my opinion, if Muslims wish to make justifiable accusations about the character of Israel that appeal to the sympathy of human conscience, then they must first demonstrate that they find all murder and violence reprehensible; not just some. I doubt any reasonable person would argue that killing is permissible only when the killer and victim share a similar religious ideology. So what’s really going on here? Why is there so much fuel being poured on this fire while other, arguably more important fires are not even being lit?
As everyone already knows; Israelis, Palestinians, and world leaders have been trying to quell the tensions in the Middle East for over half a century all to no avail. The hostilities stem from the disagreement of geographic entitlement, the practice of dichotomous religious philosophies, a yearning for autonomy, a sense of ethnic pride, and the persistent reverberations of historical dissensions. Still, land rights have been exchanged, autonomy has been granted and peace has yet to be realized. Why? For the same reason Muslims vehemently and violently protest the civil rights violations of Israel but remain silent on the mass murder of their people by their own representative governments: Because nothing raises the ears of the Muslim world like the sound of a good old fashioned Jew fight. It is like a global call to action for all Islamic radicals and closet anti-Semites.
Like most others, a more ingenuous version of my current self used to wonder why the Israelis and Palestinians just couldn’t get along. Today, the answer seems apparent. I believe it is because of the constant indoctrination of hatred towards Jews upon successive generations of Palestinian youth. Despite the sanctimonious views to the contrary, hate is not something that can be reasoned with or debated about because it is a deep-seated emotional response that will never be extinguished by political concessions. Rather, hatred entrenched with this sort of passion manifests itself into a reality distorting lens through which the object of hate becomes the scapegoat for all prevailing troubles and afflictions.
Now just to be clear, citing the Palestinian abhorrence of Jews as the captain of this conflict ship is not meant to imply that Israel is impervious to fault and immune from blame. Indeed, it takes more than just the captain to run a ship. What I am saying is that the true source of the problem here is not political, geographic, economic, or even religious – it is emotional!
If the tensions in the region were solely the result of clashing politics or something tangible like land rights, do you really think we wouldn’t have arrived at a solution after trying for 65+ years? Human intellect has mapped the genomes of entire species, discovered the chemical composition of galaxies millions of light-years away, and harnessed the power of the strong nuclear force. It’s highly unlikely that thousands of brains working continuously for over a half a century couldn’t solve the problem in the Middle East if it were truly a problem based on logic.
You see, the very trouble with emotions is that they lack the governance of our evolved faculties and therefore elude all rational evaluation. They operate in a primordial area of the brain which is what allows them to spread indiscriminately from one person to the next like a wildfire through dry brush. Up until about a month ago, the global embers of hate inspired anti-Semitism were smouldering quietly in the background. Today, the emotional flames of hatred are alive and well as evidenced by the alarming proliferation of violent protests against Israel. Any fire marshals so inclined to investigate will discover that while Gaza was certainly the ignition source, Judaism is the fuel.
As history has repeatedly shown, there is nothing reasonable that Israel can do to end the constant cycle of violence. In fact on that front, I am open to hearing suggestions because Israel as a nation is there to stay and that is not up for negotiation. My advice to all the third-party demonstrators and First World internet trolls is to stop contributing to the hateful activism. I can empathize with your objective criticism of Israel but please make sure you are being consistent across the board. In other words, if you’re protesting what you believe to be war crimes and human rights violations, I hope to see you at the anti-Syria, anti-Iran, and anti-Lebanon rallies as well. If you’re protesting the ‘Israeli annexation’ then I suggest you take a long, hard look in the mirror first. At one time or another, the very land that your home was built on belonged to someone else. If the idea that a group of people can move into a region and self-progress to the point where they become the dominant culture and power seems unfathomable to you, I suggest you get off your high horse and move to ‘Palestine’ because in case you were unaware; your ancestors were once ‘occupiers’ of indigenous land too. You are only here today because when the war over that land was fought, it was your forefathers who won. I’m not going to comment on whether that is right or wrong – it simply is what it is. All I will say is that your self-righteousness is disturbing and your ignorance is a slippery slope.
Believe me when I tell you that Israel is not the dominant power in the region by chance. The Arabs that were living there before Israel was declared a nation obviously had more time than the immigrating diaspora to develop their infrastructure and artillery. Unfortunately for them, while they were busy reading religious texts and plotting the destruction of the incoming Jewish settlers, Israel was busy establishing its government, constructing its schools, building its hospitals, solidifying its diplomacy and contributing to the advancement of mankind through innovations in technology, medicine, and science.
There are two reasons why Israel is the dominant nation in the region today. The first is because it wanted to be, the second is because it had to be. The sad reality that most people fail to realize is that if the power roles were reversed, we would not be arguing over civil rights violations and war casualties, we would be mourning the deaths of another 6 million Jews and wondering why the rest of the world only decided to intervene once it was already too late.


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The children of Gaza I Channel 4 News (video)

his tone is so anti-Israeli, without actually saying anything against Israel. The worst thing he actually says about Israel here is that the Israelis have developed the most brilliant defensive shield, with American funding, and that's why we have so few dead and injured.

His actual stated point is very true. It is a terrible tragedy what is happening. It is a human tragedy. The number of children (and non-children) injured and killed is terrible. Halevai we should find the right way to end this. This is a point I think most Israelis agree with. The ambassador Ron Dermer, Minister Naftali Bennet, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, and others, have all made the very same points on various news stations multiple times...




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Danny Ayalon on Operation "Protective Edge" (video)








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Mosab Hassan Yousef (Son of Hamas Founder) tells the truth about Hamas. (video)






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UN emergency session on Gaza: Hillel Neuer speaks out (video)






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RBS boys choir sings for wounded chayalim (video)

local RBS school Darchei Noam's choir went to sing for wounded soldiers...






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Regev: 'We don't want any civilian casualties' (video)

Regev gives as good as, or better than, he gets...




though I must say she asked him much tougher questions than this Channel 4 reporter asked the Hamas guy..



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Jul 27, 2014

Israeli PM Netanyahu on CNN - FULL INTERVIEW 7/27/2014 (video)






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Picture of the Day


 Photo taken this morning at Petach Tikva's Schneider Children's Hospital during a Gaza rocket attack. Hospital staff holding newborn babies in the stairwell during a rocket alert siren.

Photo: Dr. Vigler, Schneider Children's Hospital

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Headline of the Day

Israel refuses invitation to commit suicide, snubs the irrelevant Kerry


  -- Washington Post




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initiative from Chaim of Bet Shemesh

There have been a number of initiatives, all great initiatives, by the public on behalf of the soldiers.

Every day I see new posts on social media about groups of people who put together loads of packages to send to the soldiers in or near Gaza, or recuperating in hospitals, or people in communities that are affected more seriously, or families of soldiers and reservists. People, organizations, etc.

If somebody posts to the public that he is going to be heading down south with something, he ends up traveling with a car full of  goodies  because everyone who saw the notice quickly prepares packages to send with him.

Then there are the good deeds, the prayers, the kindness.

There is one project I want to point out in particular. It is not unique. I don't think so, at least. I want to point it out because it is from Bet Shemesh. The town that has gotten so much bad press should also get some good press.

Bet Shemesh people have done a ton for the soldiers. Tefilla, packages, support,  money, solidarity, rallies, etc. Every day one can find new ideas and old ideas being fulfilled. This specific project is similar to the Shmira Project and to Elef Lamateh. As I said, it doesn't seem to be unique, but it is from Bet Shemesh.

Some fellow named Chaim, speaking on Galei Tzahal Radio, from the haredi community of Bet Shemesh, created a similar program, by which people will daven on behalf of soldiers fighting in Gaza. He calls it "Moked HaTefillot HaOlami" - The world prayers hotline. Just like the others, you can get a name to daven for, and/or you can give a name of a relative fighting to be davened for.

Chaim said on the radio  which you can hear in the link above, that on the first day 4000 people signed up!

Kol hakavod Bet Shemesh!




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temporary mikva solution in RBS C


A few weeks ago I wrote about the situation in RBS C in  which local residents were complaining about the city, led by Haredi authorities, not providing a mikva for the neighborhood in a timely fashion. The only thing the Irya could say is 3 years. No provision for a temporary solution, no looking for a quicker solution.

Currently the residents need to use mikvaot in other neighborhoods. That is ok, albeit inconvenient, for weekdays, but Shabbos is a problem. It is a long walk from RBS C to the closest mikva in RBS A. Also, much of the road is dark, and dangerous.

A couple of residents contacted me after that post. We bounced ideas back and forth, along with some griping about the lack of a solution.

Since then I have come up with a quick,, temporary, solution, that shouldn't be expensive or difficult to implement. It would obviously have to be coordinated with a rav who can deal with the halachot of mikva construction, as well as a kablan, engineer, and an askan who can get it done, as well as, I imagine, representatives of the Iryah who will approve it, even just temporarily, and allocate a small piece of land for it.

This would just be a temporary solution, until a better mikva could be built. It would only be for use on Friday nights, holiday nights, and in cases of "emergency". I do think that this type of a mikva is better than putting oneself in danger, walking in a dangerous area in the dark, and better than pushing off "mikva night" due to lack of a solution.

Here is my idea, which I sent to the residents I had been in contact with, and it is based on the Shulchan Aruch, hilchot Mikvaot, which I am currently learning:
It seems like it should not be too hard or expensive or lengthy to build a small and simple mikva,. You can build a small structure with 1 "bor", or 2 if necessary. This could be done quickly, and take a couple of weeks to a month. 
That bor could be filled with blocks of ice that would melt in the bor. This could be done by purchasing ice blocks, or by residents filling their freezers with containers making ice, and quickly dumping them in the bor. Once the mikva has 40 saa (or a bit more, to be safe), regular water could be added.

Perhaps such a mikva should only be used for Friday nights because it is dangerous to walk to rbs a, and during weeknights people should drive or take taxis to a better mikva. But on Friday nights, it seems to me that a simple mikva is better than the danger and better than pushing off mikva night.

Either this can be done through the Iryah and rabbonim, or your community can do it on its own, with the community funding it (and some fundraising perhaps). I think it would take 4-6 weeks, once it gets started, and would be usable far quicker than waiting for 3 years for the Iryah to build a proper mikva.

Again, the purpose of this is to just be a temporary solution.

Now we need askanim who can get this done. We need rabbonim, to supervise or authorize the halachic aspects of it. And, it seems to me, we need the Iryah to allow it and maybe even subsidize it.

so how do we get this done?


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