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IDF, Police, Foil Overnight Attempt to Celebrate Independence Day in Ruined Settlement

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Hundreds of Jewish patriots, including many who had been evicted from the two Jewish villages in Northern Samaria, Homesh and Sa-Nur, back in 2005, on Wednesday night, Israel’s 68th Independence Day, went back to revisit their demolished homes, only to be blocked by military and police forces.

The large group ran into several barricades which had been positioned by IDF soldiers in every possible access road to Sa-Nur, including roads leading from local Arab villages.

The event was planned as a combination celebration/protest, demanding to let Jews return to their old homes, from which they had been exiled by the Sharon government, with tacit approval from then Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The expulsion of Jews from north Samaria was done at the same time as thousands more Jews were forced out of the Gaza Strip.

The name Sa-Nur is a Hebrew paraphrase of the name of the nearby Arab village Sanur. The Hebrew name was proposed by the late composer/songwriter Naomi Shemer, and it means Carry a Light. The community was established in October 1977 and destroyed on August 23, 2005.

The families and their supporters who tried to return home argued that many who at the time supported the “disengagement” — the laundered name for the forced expulsion of more than 8,000 Jews — today recognize it was an abysmal failure that led to three consecutive wars in Gaza. “There’s no reason, from a security or a moral point of view, not to let the people of Homesh and Sa-Nur come home.”

Indeed, what would better express Israel’s independence than allowing the thriving communities of northern Samaria thrive again.

MK Bezalel Smotrich, who participated in the interrupted event, issued a statement saying, “There is no better fitting day than Independence Day for returning to the settlement of Sa-Nur to celebrate there our state’s independence. No demand is more righteous than the demand of these families. With God’s help, we will merit once more to return to our settlements and renew our independence across the Land of Israel. Happy Independence Day.”

JNi.Media

Female and Male Terrorists Shot Dead after Stabbing Attempt at Check Post

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Two Arab terrorists, a man an a woman, reached the Qalandiya check post just outside Jerusalem and were asked by the security force at the post to identify themselves. The female terrorist pulled out a knife and the two rushed the policemen, who called on them several times to stop. Police then shot the female attacker dead, then killed her accomplice as well.

Hamas and PA news outlets have turned the story into the “execution” of a woman and a child. Ma’an described the incident as “woman, child shot dead after alleged stab attempt,” meaning the two were running at police while armed with knives for reasons other than to stab them. The Arab news agency cites witnesses who said police shot more than 15 rounds into the woman’s body. But a video that accompanies the report only offers two single shots.

David Israel

Pragmatism Or Ideology?

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

During the week that the EU announced its planned sanctions against Israel, one of the dedicated Land of Israel lobbyists requested that I add my signature to a petition from MKs to the prime minister requesting the renewal of construction in Jerusalem. Thirty-two highly respectable signatures of loyal MKs from the center and right of Israeli politics already adorned the petition. But after a cursory glance at the following petition, I clearly could not sign:

To: MK Binyamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister

Re: Renewal of Construction in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria – Now

We turn to you regarding the above issue as follows:

1. In these days, we are witness to another attempt by the European Union to terrorize the State of Israel and to damage its vital interests. This attempt may thwart any chance for a political breakthrough and foil the efforts of Secretary of State Kerry to renew the diplomatic negotiations.

2. On the backdrop of this attempt and its results, there is no place to wait any longer and it is imperative to immediately renew construction in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

3. We request that you give the appropriate instructions for renewal of construction.

Respectfully,

“I can’t sign,” I gently said to the lobbyist. “I have a problem with the wording.”

“What’s the problem?”

“This document implies that we must renew construction in Jerusalem so that Kerry can succeed in the diplomatic process. But I think that we must build in Jerusalem for entirely different reasons, and I am absolutely opposed to the diplomatic process.”

The lobbyist tried to convince me that this is pragmatic politics, that this is the argument around which we can now achieve a consensus. “I also don’t like it,” he explained, “but that’s politics.”

The reputable number of MKs that signed the letter proved, on the surface, that he was right. One week later, Kerry succeeded in renewing negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Thirty-two MKs, those most loyal to the land of Israel – from Likud, Jewish Home, Yisrael Beiteinu and even Shas – are now signed onto a document that implies that there is no longer a reason to renew construction in Jerusalem. Our common goal – renewal of “peace” talks – has already been achieved.

Would a leftist MK ever dream of adding his name to this type of convoluted document that fundamentally contradicts his entire worldview – all in the name of political pragmatism?

Which politics ultimately determines Israel’s agenda? The “pragmatic” politics of the Right or the ideology of the Left?

It is time for the Right to connect its politics to its ideology.

Moshe Feiglin

Iran Launches Its Own “Acceptable” Version of YouTube

Monday, December 10th, 2012

In an attempt to meet the demands for online entertainment starved since the official censoring of YouTube in 2009, Iran’s government has created an “acceptable” version of the video site, filled with government-approved content.

“Mehr” – Farsi for “affection”, will allow Iranians to upload their own short videos just like on YouTube, and watch other videos uploaded by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) network.

Google and its related email service, Gmail, have also been made off limits to Iranians since the ascension of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

Malkah Fleisher

The Story Of Chanukah: ‘I Think I Can’

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Chanukah is just about upon us and Jews across the planet are looking forward to family gatherings, delicious food (you can’t feel too guilty eating oily latkes and high carb donuts on the chag – hey, it’s practically a mitzvah to do so); giving and receiving gifts and in general celebrating our survival – our spiritual continuance as God-fearing Jews. (Our physical survival is an event we acknowledge on Purim.)

Chanukah commemorates two unlikely events – the triumph of the Jews over the Greeks and their pagan culture, and the lasting of a small jar of kosher oil – meant to burn in the Temple menorah just a day – for an extra seven days until more kosher oil could be produced.

Anyone betting on a rag-tag of Jews, led not by a trained warrior, but by a Kohen, a peaceful cleric, to defeat a vastly superior armed Greek forces would have been viewed as crazy.

So too, anyone betting the Temple oil would burn longer than 24 hours.

But, despite the mind-boggling odds of either event happening, the Jews were not deterred and went ahead with their plans. They had faith, both in themselves and in Hashem.

It is said that God helps those who helps themselves. But the person has to take the initiative, that first crucial step.

Many of us are familiar with the popular children’s story of the little engine that takes on an undertaking that bigger, stronger, more “qualified” engines refuse to accept. They are realistic in their refusal to attempt something they feel is extremely difficult, if not impossible to do. They are convinced they will fail, so why bother?

The little engine, however, despite the fact he was not designed to pull a large train, thinks he just might be able to do so. At the very least, he will attempt this formidable challenge. If he doesn’t try, then for sure he won’t succeed.

Fuelled by a positive attitude and great optimism, he is willing to give it his best shot – even if the laws of physics are not in his favour.

There is a life-enhancing lesson here that we should take to heart: Do not let the facts on the ground ever deter you from trying to reach a goal.

It might be amusing for some to discover (like I did) that this message of “going for it,” despite the “facts” staring you in the face, was often brought forth decades ago in the very popular science-fiction series, “Star Trek.” Frequently, the chief engineer of the spaceship exploring the galaxy would be ordered by the captain “to get us out of here.” Depending on the theme of the episode, the spaceship would be in imminent danger of being destroyed by an exploding asteroid; swallowed up by a space monster the size of a planet; about to be blown up to smithereens by alien forces or trapped forever in another dimension – unless it immediately went to warp speed and high-tailed it out of there.

Often the captain would tell the chief engineer that he had several minutes to repair the disabled warp drive. And the chief engineer, in a reproachful voice, would tell the captain that he needed at least a few minutes to do so – that he “couldn’t change the laws of physics.” But he would always try, and he always succeeded.

Of course this was television, and a happy ending was necessary for the show to continue. But the lesson to be gleaned here, as exemplified by the story of Chanukah, is that you can’t let pessimism stop you from taking on a difficult challenge, you can’t admit defeat before you even attempt what seems likely to be futile.

You may be faced with seemingly insurmountable odds: you are an older single; you have a physical handicap; you have learning disabilities; you have kids off the derech; you have severe shalom bayit issues, you have been out of work for a long time. There is no shortage of problems to tackle and goals to achieve. But it is crucial to make the effort to “fix” the situation.

Often multiple attempts to resolve your issues end in failure. You want to give up – no more putting yourself in an uncomfortable, even demeaning situation, like continuing to ask friend and casual acquaintance alike if they can think of a shidduch for you or a job. Or going for marital counselling- again, or for yet another invasive, costly fertility treatment.

Cheryl Kupfer

You Make Me Sick

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz addressed the truce between Israel and Hamas at a press conference in the south. “We managed to hit anything that has to do with terror in the Gaza Strip… we have achieved all of our operative goals.” (as reported by Yoav Zitun for YNet News.)

In Israel, a bona-fide, uniform-wearing Lieutenant-General is not ashamed to make a speech like this, the very day after his and our ignominious defeat, using language and terms which might have been lifted verbatim from a Hamas communiqué?

At 9 PM Wednesday, Hamas were still firing missiles. Day after day, more than 100 ballistic missiles were fired from Gaza into Israel, and you are not ashamed to say “We managed to hit anything that has to do with terror in the Gaza Strip… we have achieved all of our operative goals.”

Frankly, you make me sick. Have you no decency, sir? Do you not cringe at the sound of your own voice—and you a military man—saying “We have achieved our objectives,” even as enemy rockets and mortar shells rain down around our heads?

Have you no shame, sir?

And you, Mr. Netanyahu. I forget which of the Israeli newspapers it was that quoted you as saying, “We have made more than 1500 successful ‘hits’ on Hamas and Jihadi targets in Gaza,” are you really unaware how hollow you sound, how callow?

As though it matters how many hits you’ve ordered from your office in Jerusalem.

Move your personal office to Sderot, Mr. Prime Minister, move all your offices to Sderot, move the entire shoddy, government propaganda machine to Sderot, throw in the mighty Kirya and all its strategic planning committees, and your residence, too, for the duration, and then boast of all the successful hits and objectives achieved.

I suspect it is of little or no concern to you, Mr. Netanyahu, but I will to tell you what it is that so enrages me today, about your attitude. First, it is your attempt to spin this debacle as though we, the Israeli people, are witless and clueless. Your attempt to convince us that we did not just lose a war is despicable and craven.

You may think we’ve learned nothing from history, but we have. We know that the government is our parent when it deals with matters of warfare, national defense and international treaties. We are not permitted to make decisions about these things for ourselves, as citizens. Our parent-government has all the power, responsibility and duty, to make those choices in all our best interests. We know this because it is the first lesson in civics.

But our parents are not grownups, are they? They make decisions like a teenage gang operating out of the back of a car, a gang whose sole offensive strategy consists of variations on the art of drive-by shooting.

You stand in front of a battery of microphones talking to the world about the hard choices you made this week, without turning green? You don’t vomit or collapse at the knees, you don’t choke on your own lies? I do, though. You also make me sick.

Sheni Leumi

Reports in Gaza: Al-Aqsa Brigades Commander Escaped a Hit

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Palestinian sources in Gaza reported that the commander of Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Gaza, Salem Thabet, escape an attempt on his life after the air force attacked the house he was in.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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