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June 1, 2016 / 24 Iyar, 5776

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Analysis: Deputy Chief of Staff Compares IDF to Nazis, Then Says He Didn’t

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, speaking at a commemoration of the Holocaust, said he sees in today’s Israel evidence of events that took place in Europe before the Holocaust. The ceremony, at the Massuah Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Kibbutz Tel Yitzhak, included dignitaries like Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi), who were visibly unhappy with what the man who could some day lead the Jewish Army thought about his subordinates.

Maj. Gen. Golan, who is the child of a Holocaust survivor whose entire family was murdered by the Nazis, said that what truly frightens him in recalling the Holocaust is to identify the same blood curdling processes that took place in Germany and in the rest of Europe “70, 80, and 90 years ago, and discovering evidence of their taking place here, among us, in 2016.”

Golan summed up the characteristics he found in both pre-Holocaust Europe and in 2016 Israel as follows: hatred of foreigners, fear mongering, brutalization, rhinocerization and self-righteousness. The one before last term refers to the 1959 play Rhinocéros by Eugène Ionesco, a Romanian exile in Paris, who explains Nazism and Fascism in a satirical tale of a small, provincial French town whose people turn into rhinoceroses.

The Golan statement goes to show that being the child of a Holocaust survivor does not automatically qualify one to be able to make convincing analogies between the state-organized, industrialized slaughter of six million Jews and what amounts to 150 years of a difficult relationship between neighbors in Israel. The comparison, inaugurated by the late professor of chemistry and ingenious commentator on Jewish law and Jewish history, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, who coined the term Judonazis, has been rejected with contempt by many Israelis, most notably the late Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin:

In 1993, Prof. Leibowitz was selected for the highest national award, the Israel Prize. Before the award ceremony, Leibowitz was invited to speak to the Israel Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, where his controversial remarks calling upon Israeli soldiers to refuse orders triggered outrage, and PM Yitzhak Rabin threatened to boycott the Israel Prize ceremony. The IP jury convened to withdraw the award from the provocative and intentionally nasty professor, but Leibowitz quickly announced that he would refuse to accept the prize, taking charge of his own public execution.

Maj. Gen. Golan on Wednesday night may have walked into his own public execution, which explains why he and the IDF spokesperson’s office and Army Radio have been swimming the backstroke all of Thursday trying to persuade a livid nation that the deputy chief did not mean the IDF was starting to look like the Wehrmacht.

So, here is what the man next in line to lead the IDF said about the IDF (translated from the full text of his speech, courtesy of Ha’aretz):

Saying that Holocaust Memorial Day must also be a day of national reckoning, Golan suggested such reckoning must include “unsettling phenomena.” Referring to the public debate over the purity of the weapon (a uniquely Israeli term, dating back to the pre-state years, meaning when Jews use their weapons they must do so ethically), he said he wished to comment on the matter.

The most notable “unsettling phenomenon” Golan was citing had taken place on Purim day, when two Arab terrorists stabbed an IDF soldier in the neck at a check post outside Hebron in Judea. The force at the site shot down both terrorists, killing one and neutralizing the other. About ten minutes after the incident, a 19-year-old medic who served with the same unit showed up to help treat the stabbed soldier, and was documented by a B’Tselem video as he shot dead the terrorist who was still living, who was lying on the ground. The IDF and the Defense Ministry reacted at lightening-speed to the video, turning what would have probably resulted in a disciplinary action, if at all, into a murder investigation. The sheer audacity of the military prosecution in attempting to pin a murder charge (which has now been reduced to manslaughter) on a combat soldier aroused a groundswell of popular protest, the likes of which Israel’s security apparatus brass had rarely faced before; and the protest also served to enhance the demarcation between left and right, Zionist and anti-Zionist, ruling elites and everyone else in Israel. When you read Maj. Gen. Golan’s notes below, keep all of that in mind as the subtext.

“Irregular use of weapons, and damage to the purity of the weapon have taken place in the IDF since its founding,” Golan conceded, adding, “The pride of the IDF has always been in our ability to investigate difficult incidents, without bias, to bravely investigate problematic behavior, and to accept full responsibility for the good but also for the bad and the unlawful. We didn’t justify, we didn’t hide, we didn’t paint over, we didn’t wink, we didn’t roll up our eyes to the heavens, we also didn’t make excuses. Our path has been and will continue to be the path of truth and accepting responsibility, even when the truth is hard to take and the responsibility heavy. We believe in the righteousness of our path — but not everything we do is righteous. We trust the morality of the IDF as an institution, but we do not overlook the exceptions. We demand of our soldiers precisely what we demand of ourselves, and we insist that being a personal example be second nature to every commander.”

Education Minister Naftali Bennett issued a tweet saying, “One minute before the Holocaust deniers turn these erroneous words into a flag, one minute before our soldiers are compared to Nazis, God forbid, with approval from the brass, [we say] the deputy chief of staff made a mistake and he must correct it at once.”

The IDF released a statement saying, “The Deputy Chief Of Staff wishes to clarify that he had no intention of comparing the IDF and the State of Israel with events that took place in Germany 70 years ago. The comparison is absurd and utterly groundless, and there was no intent to create such a comparison, nor to criticize the political echelon. The IDF is a moral army which observes the purity of the weapon and the dignity of man.”

But, of course, he did just that, he compared the IDF and the State of Israel with events that took place in Germany 70 years ago — in fact, that very reference is a quote from his speech, spoken with a self-righteous tone reserved to the members of the ruling elite when they describe the plebeian masses who foolishly fail to adhere to the wisdom and moral uprightness garnered by decades of being in charge.

Come to think of it, the Golan speech was the perfect analogy for the decadence, hatred of foreigners, fear mongering, brutalization, rhinocerization and self-righteousness — of Israel’s Jewish left, and Holocaust Memorial Day was the perfect time for such an analogy.

The fact that a man who compares his subordinates to Nazis may be considered to replace the current chief of staff, who, for his part, has told the nation that the rabbinic principle of “He who rises to kill you, kill him first” is merely a metaphor and not a moral principle; and that both men are commanded by a Defense Minister who keeps Jews in prison for many months without charges, and uses brute force to evict Jewish dwellers from their homes — while permitting widespread illegal Arab dwellings — those are crucial lessons Jews must learn and absorb, lest we are tempted to believe that what followed the Nazi Holocaust was a full Jewish liberation.

There’s still a whole lot more liberation left to be done.

JNi.Media

Small Synagogue at Karmei Tzur Demolished in Civil Administration Pre-Dawn Stealth Move

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

A small synagogue recently rebuilt at the site of the Givat Soreq outpost on the outskirts of Karmei Tzur was demolished by Civil Administration forces before dawn Thursday in accordance with instructions from the Defense Ministry, according to the Hebew-language 0404 website.

It was in this same synagogue that sacred texts were set ablaze two months ago by Arab terrorists, a hate crime carried out by those in nearby Halhul.

Just a few days ago, holy books had been donated to the newly-rebuilt house of worship. But by Thursday 9 am, not a trace remained of the solid cement-block structure upon which the community’s rabbi had placed a mezuzah.

Outraged residents told 0404, “Thousands of illegally-built Arab homes and other structures exist, but the Defense Minister in his ignorance destroys a synagogue established in the memory of three Israeli teens who were kidnaped and murdered (by Hamas terrorists). It’s clear that it’s worth it to continue burning – because instead of dealing with the Arabs, the Jews are destroying themselves.”

It would indeed seem that perhaps the defense establishment has become confused about who it’s supposed to be defending and where retaliation is appropriate in political or military terms.

Karmei Tzur has been under siege from its Arab neighbors since the start of the current wave of terror, and has not shied away from the challenge.

Barely two weeks ago, about 500 Israelis marched from Karmei Tzur to the Gush Etzion junction to demonstrate against terror.

The marchers blocked Highway 60, a main north-south artery, in both directions as they demanded that deterrence be restored. The move came in the wake of a series of deadly attacks in the Gush Etzion region.

The timing of the demolition of the synagogue and the stealth with which it was carried out raises the question of whether the move came in retaliation for the community’s activism.

At the start of this month, Arab squatters returned to the Wadi Rashrash valley near Karmei Tzur – six months after they had been ejected by the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). Arabs had started to build a road there and were using the wadi as a garbage dump.

The area has been under processing for declaration as state land for some time. The violation was reported but it is not clear whether the government followed up.

Karmei Tzur has been repeatedly traumatized during this wave of terror. On February 24 one of the community’s founders and leading residents, IDF reserve Captain Eliav Gelman was killed in a stabbing attack at the nearby Gush Etzion junction. He was stabbed by an Arab terrorist who was then shot by IDF soldiers, who also hit Gelman by accident in the crossfire. Gelman was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem but could not be saved. He is survived by his pregnant wife and two young children.

Earlier that month, on February 9 an armed 16-year-old female Arab terrorist tried to infiltrate Karmei Tzur at the start of the day, dressed for school.

A resident of the community alerted the guard, who then warned the young wannabe stabber to drop her weapon – a kitchen knife – which she did.

The blade had clearly been sharpened, most likely after watching an Internet video of a sermon by one of the numerous radical Islamist clerics who urge their followers to murder Jews. They include detailed instructions on how to carry out those killings, complete with directions on how to sharpen the knives.

Three days prior to that attempted terror attack, Arab arsonists attacked the little synagogue on February 6 at Givat Sorek, the neighborhood on the outskirts of Karmei Tzur.

Hana Levi Julian

Arrow 3 Ballistic Missile Interceptor System Tests A-OK!

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Israeli and U.S. engineers celebrated “a perfect test” Thursday morning for the Arrow 3 ballistic missile interceptor system, which has been in development by the two countries since 2008.

The missile defense system successfully calculated and engaged the launched target in what Israel’s Defense Ministry called a “major milestone.”

The test, which took place at 8:12 am local time, involved the launch of an interceptor from the Palmachim Air Base, aimed at a missile fired by an IAF fighter jet, on a trajectory towards Israel’s coastal Mediterranean waters.

Designed to intercept and destroy intercontinental ballistic missiles, the Arrow 3 is intended to hit the missiles and the warheads — be they nuclear, biological or chemical — outside the atmosphere and as close as possible to their launch sites.

According to Israel Aerospace Industry missile division general manager Yoav Turgeman, the trial went perfectly. “We launched the Arrow 3 and for the first time with the Arrow 3, we have intercepted the right target, very accurately, as planned,” he said.

The Arrow 3 system is capable of intercepting more than five ballistic missiles within a 30-second period at altitudes of more than 100 kilometers (62 miles), which is safer for destruction of nuclear, biological or chemical warheads.

A higher altitude interception is intended to safely destroy an incoming high-risk warhead before its target or trajectory can be definitively identified.

The Israel Missile Defense Organization from the Defense Ministry’s research and development directorate teamed with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to develop the Arrow 3 ballistic missile interceptor.

Hana Levi Julian

Shin Bet Has ‘Concrete Suspicions’ Israelis Torched Duma Family Home

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced Thursday a number of Israeli youths recently arrested are suspected of membership in “a Jewish terrorist organization.”

The youths are also suspected of “carrying out terrorist attacks,” according to the statement by the Shin Bet, which said the arrests came “in the context of concrete suspicions.”

No other details were released due to a firm gag order on the investigation, which also involves the Israel Police and state prosecutors.

The allegations are being investigated in connection with July’s deadly arson attack of the Dawabsheh family home in the Palestinian Authority village of Duma.

The mother, father and baby son all died of wounds sustained in the inferno; the only survivor was the family’s four-year-old son.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told reporters at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv that those responsible for their deaths were more dangerous than the typical “price tag” activists.

“Their aim is to cause a flare-up in the security situation on the ground. We have decided that administration detention and a ban order (keeping the detainee from Judea and Samaria) are the steps we need to take so that there will be no more terrorist attacks.”

Ya’alon added, “We believe we know who carried out the attacks.”

Hana Levi Julian

Russia Presents ‘Evidence’ of Alleged ISIS Oil Imports to Turkey

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Russian officials presented materials on Wednesday that they said proved Turkey’s leadership is “involved in illegal oil trade with ISIS.”

The Russian Defense Ministry presented materials in a Moscow briefing on Wednesday that officials said proved Turkey has been importing oil from the Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Turkey of shooting down one of Russia’s warplanes to protect the transfer of black market Syrian oil from ISIS through Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would resign if Putin could prove the allegation.

At the briefing in Moscow, Russian Defense Ministry officials charged Turkey’s leadership, including Erdogan and his family, with being “involved in illegal oil trade with [ISIS]… Turkey is the final destination for oil smuggled from Syria and Iraq,” said Deputy Defense Ministery Anatoly Antonov.

Russian Defense Ministry map showing alleged oil truck routes to Turkey from ISIS oil wells in Syria.

Russian Defense Ministry map showing alleged oil truck routes to Turkey from ISIS oil wells in Syria.

“Today, we are presenting only some of the facts that confirm that a whole team of bandits and Turkish elites stealing oil from their neighbors is operating in the region,” Antonov said. He added that the oil “in large quantities” enters Turkish territory in “live oil pipelines” via thousands of oil trucks.

“According to our data, the top political leadership of the country – President Erdogan and his family – is involved in this criminal business,” he added.

Lt.-Gen. Sergey Rudskoy, also at the briefing, said that Russian air strikes that began on September 30 had significantly reduced the oil income of the terror organization.

“The income [of Da’esh] was about $3 million per day,” he said. “After two months of Russian air strikes their income was about $1.5 million a day.”

The officials presented photos of oil trucks, videos of air strikes on ISIS oil storage facilities and maps showing the routes of oil deliveries and promised more evidence to be posted on the ministry’s website in the coming days.

Hana Levi Julian

Ya’alon: IDF to Call Up Reserves in January 2016

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

The Israel Defense Forces are set to call up the reserves in January in order to enable drafted troops to train for combat, the defense ministry announced on Monday.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told reporters at a briefing at the ministry in Tel Aviv the move would also take place to help address the current wave of terror, which is likely to continue for some time, “I don’t know for how long.”

Although Israel has blocked efforts by Hamas and other terror groups to organize any major operations there have been dozens of lone wolf stabbings, shootings and ramming vehicle attacks.

It is also possible the terror groups could gain strength, Ya’alon warned. “More significant hostile action is possible,” he said, pointing to the widespread radical Islamist anti-Israel incitement filling jihadist and social networking sites.

“The deeper background goes back to what is being taught in the Palestinian Authority,” Ya’alon noted, referring to murderous images flashed by Da’esh (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq. “[The PA] education system does not prepare the next generation for co-existence.”

Israel, however, is “safeguarding the economic routine” for Arabs in the Palestinian Authority, because it is in Israel’s interest, Ya’alon said.

The bottom line rests with Israel’s policy of punishing terrorists while enabling Arabs living in the Palestinian Authority to live their lives in dignity.

Hana Levi Julian

4 Wounded, Including IDF Soldier Stabbed in Tel Aviv Terror Attack

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

An Arab terrorist stabbed a female IDF soldier with a screwdriver, grabbed her weapon and raced toward the nearby Azrielli Mall in Tel Aviv on Thursday afternoon.

Another soldier on the scene immediately chased the terrorist, a construction worker, and shot and killed him.

At least four people were injured in the attack, including three women and a man. All four were fully conscious and were evacuated to Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv with wounds to their upper bodies.

The attack took place next to the Azrieli Mall and hi-rise tower, opposite the Kirya IDF headquarters, location of Israel’s Defense Ministry.

Police meanwhile have taped off the intersection in central Tel Aviv near the Kirya army base headquarters, across from the Azrieli Mall and hi-rise tower, due to concerns that a second terrorist may be in the area.

Security personnel threw a dragnet around the area and are searching for a possible second suspect.

Hana Levi Julian

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