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Former Chief Scientist of Education Ministry: Cut off Gaza’s Power, Kill the Hamas Leadership

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Rocket Scientist Dr. Gabi Avital, formerly the chief scientist of the Education Ministry, Doctor of Aeronautical Engineering, who is running for a spot on the Likud list for the Knesset, spoke on Saturday night to a local Israeli radio station regarding the new barrage of rockets shot into Israel from Gaza, with four IDF soldiers hit while riding a jeep along the border. The interviewer, Shaul Cohen, asked if, with an angry public a million Israelis spending the night in bomb shelter, is the Netanyahu government isn’t performing now even worse than the Ehud Olmenrt government had done, facing a heating confrontation in Gaza.

Avital did not take the bait, saying earlier incidents, in Olmert’s day, were far more severe. Nevertheless, he stressed that it made no sense for a civilian population to remain under fire as hostages, in the name of the hope for some future negotiations for a compromise.

“The State of Israel must decide – no more terror. It’s true that this is an on-going war, but if a million people are held hostage, and the other side is allowed to shoot whenever they wish, with only minor retaliation, not the kind that would bring a resolution, this deems an examination.”

Dr. Avital said the Likud government, with, hopefully a different defense minister (the current minister, Ehud Barak, is loathed by the vast majority of Likud rank and file), must make good on commitments which were made in the past.”

Asked how he would deal with rocket barrages from the State of Gaza, Avital said, “We first must make the disengagement final. So far the disengagement has been one-sided. Israel continues to supply Gaza with energy: electricity, gasoline and consumer goods are still being trucked over. We must block all that permanently. If we are disengaged, then let’s be disengaged in both directions. And then we have to pick whatever targets must be exploded and destroyed in order that the citizens of Israel can live in security.”

The next phase in Dr. Avital’s plan is to “take out the heads of Hamas. Either kill them or take out Gaza as a whole, something totally dramatic.”

Asked to be specific, Avital said, “[We must tell them], if you keep the peace, you’ll get peace. Otherwise, your blood is on your own head, you, Hamas.”

But what should Israel do right now, after four IDF soldiers have been hit?

“I repeat, the reaction must be the annihilation of the heads of Hamas. Not the pawns, but [prime minister Ismail] Haniyeh and his people – the king and queen must go. This is why I insist that we must have a complete disengagement. The way we tried in the past to take out Arafat.”

Avital reminded the listeners of the last minute decision not to kill the late PLO chairman Yassir Arafat during the first Lebanon war, when he was already in the IDF’s crosshairs. “If we had killed him things would have looked much different,” Avital argued. “We would have prevented many deaths among Jews and Arabs alike.”

The interviewer asked if the killing of four Arabs, with 30 injured, last night was a sufficient response.

“I fail to understand the term ‘enough,’” Avital responded. “In my opinion it is forbidden to permit even one Israeli soldier or civilian to fall – and likewise on the other side. But right now we are not employing sufficient deterrence. What’s the meaning of ‘deterrence?’ the kind that would cause the other side to think a thousand times before they dare shoot. Right now they’re not thinking a thousand times – they just shoot. So they lost four men. What kind of game is this?”

How many Hamas heads must be killed tonight in retaliation for the shooting at out jeep? the interviewer wanted to know.

“Before we do that, we must complete the disengagement. First of all, we disconnect their electricity. No more electricity from Israel. No more Israeli goods. And we must pursue a similar attack to the one we launched against the Hizbollah in 2006, which was so harsh, they’re still keeping their heads down in fear. That would mean real deterrence. Today we don’t have real deterrence.”

Dr. Avital surmised that in the current government, Prime Minister Netanyahu has been unable to direct his Defense Minister Barak and the Chief of Staff Benny Ganz to launch a sufficiently massive attack on Gaza, suggesting the next government, with a different defense leadership, would do a better job.

Dr. Avital was fired from his post as Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Education following several statements that were met with severe criticism in the media. He objected to teaching the theory of Evolution without presenting students with the body of study objecting to the theory. He also objected to the notion that global warming was man made, and he also objected to recycling plastic bottles.

Dr. Avital is chairman of the organization of Professors for a Strong Israel.

What Seven Years Have Wrought

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Seven years ago, on September 12, 2005, the government of Israel withdrew its defense forces from each of the 23 hitherto-vibrant Israeli communities in the cluster known as Gush Katif. All public buildings including schools, libraries, community centres, office buildings, industrial buildings, factories and greenhouses which could not be taken apart were left intact [source].

The hyper-productive Israeli agricultural and horticultural greenhouses that had generated sales, profits and jobs are gone – promptly destroyed by the new masters of Gush Katif and of Gaza. Terrorist training facilities have sprouted on the ruins of the abandoned Israeli towns. The vision of a self-sustaining, forward-looking, peace-seeking Gaza has vanished. Some ten thousand Israelis left Gush Katif to make their homes elsewhere.

During these past seven years, we have been witness to the conversion of Gush Katif into an armed camp, an arsenal from which some 9,400 rockets and missiles [source] have been fired at the Israeli civilians and communities on the other side of the fence.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Facebook page today says: “Seven years ago today we disengaged from the Gaza Strip”. A photo of two Gaza terrorists preparing a missile to fire at Israel’s appears below it [see at right], along with a message suggesting the photo be shared in order to “show the world Israel’s true neighbors. Share this, because mainstream media won’t.”

The mainstream media generally avoid showing scenes like those below, as well. They are September 2012 images from Rafah in the Gaza Strip, where the Hamas overlords use Soviet-style wall posters to hammer home the message that the men firing the rockets and carrying the sub-machine guns are the people’s heroes.

Visit This Ongoing War.

Why Gush Katif Still Matters

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

The expulsion of 10,000 Jews from their homes five years ago was not a localized event in the Gaza Strip. It was a national implosion, a national disgrace. It caused enormous physical, psychological, social, cultural, military and strategic damage to the entire nation – and it still does. Like an ecological disaster, its foulness still seeps through our foundations, and continues to poison us.

Undermined by enforcing a political agenda, the entire political system, the media and judicial institutions refused to act responsibly. Basic civil and human rights of Jews were abandoned. Those responsible for welfare and proper compensation misled and lied; led by SELA, the Disengagement Authority, Israel was in denial.

Israel’s political – and many of its spiritual – leaders, those for whom we voted and in whom we trusted, failed to organize and prevent this catastrophe. Ministers who disagreed were fired; public debate was suppressed.

Knesset members were impotent and negligent; they did not insist on proper procedures, to which all citizens are entitled; and no one was held accountable.

The IDF, which virtually all Israelis closely identify with and believe in, was brainwashed. Israeli soldiers were turned into zombies; those who refused to participate in the Gaza expulsions were heavily punished – a misuse of the IDF that was both illegal and immoral.

The media protected Ariel Sharon and those who planned, organized and carried out their pernicious plans because they agreed with his agenda. The perpetrators were even honored and promoted. Military and strategic advisers who disagreed with Sharon remained silent in order to keep their positions.

We believed those we elected, as well as the very institutions of government, were fair and honest. We were wrong.

The destruction of 25 Jewish communities was – and remains – a symbol of national betrayal. The same toxic thinking led to the removal of Jewish communities from the Sinai and to the Oslo accords, which brought PLO terrorists to power and caused the slaughter and wounding of thousands of Jews. The product of corruption, deception, greed and arrogance, the Gaza disengagement is an example of cruel indifference and the abuse of power.

The disengagement left a deep wound that will not heal – not only because lives and homes were destroyed but because it was immoral, unjust and irrational. The knife of perfidy is still in our spiritual guts; it is an ongoing trauma – and not just to the people who suffered physically and mentally. The disengagement, as Hamas and Hizbullah remind us, symbolizes not pride and victory but our shame and defeat.

The tragedy of the policy of retreat, i.e., unilateral withdrawal – still advocated by people like Defense Minister Ehud Barak – is that it accomplished nothing.

Billions of dollars were wasted that could have been spent to improve roads (which would have saved hundreds of lives every year), improve our educational and health systems, construct a fence along the Egyptian border to prevent smuggling and illegal immigration, provide public housing, and build an efficient rapid transit system.

Imagine the billions that would have been saved and more billions earned every year by implementing such projects.

Obsessed by the task of destroying Jewish communities and propagandizing the public, Ariel Sharon’s government neglected Israel’s security, endangering us all.

The government failed to respond to Iran’s nuclear threat, which in 2005 consisted of only one facility; it failed to prepare the IDF for the threat from Hizbullah, which led to Israel’s failures in 2006; it failed to protect Israelis near the Gaza Strip from bombardment, failed to stem the rise of Hamas in Gaza; and it failed to stop the proliferation of smuggling tunnels, thereby setting the stage for the incursion into Gaza in 2009.

Those who planned and executed the disengagement, those who supported it, those who volunteered to help carry it out, and those who remained silent are responsible for this trauma. While talking incessantly about peace with Arabs, they ignore the need to make peace with their fellow Jews. But there has been no inquiry and no investigation; no one was blamed or punished – or even took responsibility – for this failure.

An official commission was convened because nine Muslim militants who tried to murder IDF soldiers were killed aboard a Gaza-bound ship; yet no commission was assigned to investigate the national tragedy of Gush Katif.

Since Unilateral Disengagement Worked So Well The Last Time…

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

In a recent speech, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak suggested that Israel consider unilaterally disengaging from Judea and Samaria.

“If it is impossible to reach an agreement with the Palestinians,” he said, “we should consider an interim arrangement, or even a unilateral disengagement.”

Now, why didn’t anyone else think of extracting this exquisitely brilliant idea from history’s dust bin? Where are all the smart liberal idealists? How could so many Israeli government officials, university professors, military strategists and other great minds be so blind to so obvious a solution staring them in the face?

The Gush Katif expulsion of nearly ten thousand Jews – the destruction of their homes, the obliteration of beautiful communities that stood as a defense line for cities, towns and villages within the Green Line – has worked out just fine, hasn’t it?

To Barak, apparently, the tranquil nights, quiet days and neighborly love experienced by the residents of Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashdod and elsewhere are illustrative of how unilateralism, though designed to punish the uncooperative side in the conflict, can become the brilliant solution that has evaded Israel since the Six-Day War.

Disengagement, they call it in English, hitnatkut in Hebrew. It is a situation where one side is disconnected, detached and disentangled from the other. It is a state of affairs in which I concentrate on doing my thing while you do yours. We are both left alone to proceed as best we can toward the horizon of peace and prosperity, safety and well being, as each of us sees fit.

Why does Defense Minister Barak – who ran away from Lebanon, was ready to gamble away the entire West Bank and Jerusalem to the arch-murderer Arafat, enthusiastically supported the expulsion of the Gush Katif Jews, and blatantly tramples on the rights of the settlers – seem to be the only one with such clarity of mind?

How I wish Ariel Sharon would wake up to see the Messianic days of redemption and goodwill he heralded with his unilateral move to punish PA President Mahmoud Abbas for not playing fair. How I wish the clock could be reversed a bit to allow Barak to congratulate Sharon for brilliantly executing a step in the right direction.

I can visualize the two men sitting in the residential quarters of Sharon’s sprawling farm, drinking a toast to the past and contemplating similar success in the future. We are blessed, truly blessed, by minds such as these.

Then again, if Sharon were around and if they did sit down and discuss the implementation of the next assault on Jewish lives, homes and businesses, who would take credit? It is said that two kings cannot sit on the same throne.

Sharon is not waking up and Barak’s latest suggestion for another unilateral disengagement/expulsion reveals him to be either sleepwalking or comatose in his own right.

Neither condition bodes well for Israel.

Isaac Kohn is senior vice president of Prime Care Consultants.

Barak Threatens Unilateral Withdrawal from Judea and Samaria

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak suggested on Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government will initiate “unilateral action” should peace talks with the Palestinian Authority remain stalled.

Barak said Israel will withdraw unilaterally from some of Judea and Samaria, in a manner similar to the evacuation of Gush Katif and its military presence in the Gaza Strip.

Back in the summer of 2005, some 8,600 Jewish residents and the entire IDF presence were pulled beyond the “green line” and most of their homes and possessions were abandoned.

Barak warned the Palestinians that time was running out on their chances to reach an accord with Israel.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu urged the Palestinian Authority to “give peace a chance” and “not to miss this unique opportunity” for peace. Netanyahu spoke at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).

In a speech before the INSS on Wednesday, Barak said that “Israel cannot afford to tread water.” He warned that if it turns out that a permanent peace agreement with the Palestinians “proves to be impossible, we have to consider a provisional arrangement or even unilateral action.”

In Wednesday’s NY Times, former Foreign Minister and Security Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami collaborated with Nobel Prize in Economics winner Thomas C. Schelling, Director of the Peace Consultancy Project at the University of Maryland Jerome M. Segal, and former European Union’s High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, on an op-ed piece titled “Going Directly to Israelis and Palestinians,” calling for the revival of the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP), which in 1947 submitted the Partition Resolution, later to become UN resolution 181.

But, despite the reasonable-sounding argument they make, that the new committee “First and foremost, it would listen to the Israelis and the Palestinians,” by calling for a UNSCOP-2 the authors of that article are placing Israel and the PA on an equal level, an approach which pre-determines the two-state solution.

Likewise, the “warnings” coming from Netanyahu and Barak do not threaten Israel’s Palestinian partners that—should they fail to negotiate in good faith—they would lose their chance for a state. Both leaders seem to have embraced the two-state option as the only possible course of action.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu told the INSS conference that “we and the Palestinians need to reach a peace agreement to prevent the creation of a binational state,” where Israel would lose its Jewish majority.

“We don’t want to rule the Palestinians and we don’t want the Palestinians as citizens of Israel,” he said.

Former Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat expressed doubts regarding Israel’s willingness to make sacrifices for peace. “If they want to reach an agreement, they know they can, based on a two-state solution,” he told the AP on Wednesday. “Unilateralism is the name of the game for this government, which is very unfortunate and complicates and undermines the prospect of peace.”

Why Boycotts on Products from Judea and Samaria are Counterproductive

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Recent reports of a major British supermarket chain tightening its boycott on products from Israeli companies and businesses beyond the Green Line has again raised the question about the effectiveness of such boycotts. The questions should not be how effective they are, but rather who is affected by them. The answer is that those harmed by boycotts on Israeli products from Judea and Samaria are first and foremost the Palestinians themselves.

There are fourteen industrial centers dispersed throughout Judea and Samaria, which include some eight hundred factories and businesses. Seventeen thousand employees work at these centers, eleven thousand of them Palestinians. According to data presented by the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics, the employees earn two to three times more than the average pay earned by the Palestinian population, and receive – as prescribed by Israeli law – full social benefits. Based on the Arab familial structure in the region that is comprised of Hamulot, large families, it is estimated that these workers support over 100,000 people who are dependent on them.

A secondary source of livelihood has developed around these centers in the form of the provision of transportation for the employees, haulage of product and materials, services and equipment suppliers, so an even larger segment of the local population makes a living through Israeli entrepreneurship in this region.

The Palestinian Authority has recently encountered a severe financial crisis, which intensifies the Palestinian need for these workplaces in the settlements.

Firas Raad, representative of The Quartet, has stated that it’s a fact that economical cooperation is good for both sides. Israel provides a large and strong economy, financial and technical knowledge, transit capabilities and contacts with outer markets, and the Palestinians offer a quality and comparably cheap workforce.

Therefore, boycotting Israeli products from the settlements essentially harms Palestinian livelihood. If these factories are shut down, most Israeli workers will find another source of employment, as opposed to the Palestinians who will have no source of income. Such an example occurred recently when a factory from the Barkan industrial park was moved within the Green Line. The Jewish workers were able to keep their jobs, as opposed to the ninety Arab workers from the nearby villages who lost their jobs because they did not receive the proper work permits.

It is sufficient to mention the disengagement from Gaza, which resulted in the destruction of the many fields, green houses and factories that provided a source of employment for the local population. These workplaces were shut down after the disengagement, leaving many Arabs, who were former employees, behind with no source of income.

All these facts stand in stark contrast to claims of usury and disinheritance of the Palestinians that are lobbed against the Settlers.

A World Gone Mad (Continued)

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

In last week’s column I related the story of a legendary city in which the harvest was poisoned and rendered people mad. The citizens were confronted by a hard choice -eat and become mad or die of starvation. After much deliberation, the king decided, “In order to live, we must eat, but we dare not forget that we have gone mad, so everyone must place a sign on his forehead reading, ‘Don’t forget, we are mad.’ Thus, we will be able to gauge our actions and one day return to normalcy.”

Our world, too, has gone mad, but we don’t have anyone to remind us of our condition, so we don’t realize we are mad. For example, the plan to build a mosque on the spot where Mohamed Atta and his cohorts cried out, “Allahu Akbar” as they struck the most brutal wound, in the heart of America, in our nation’s history.

It’s one thing for Americans to go mad, but it is something else again when Israel loses it. Israel is too small a country, and too vulnerable to lose it. She cannot afford to take chances, surrounded by nations who aim to annihilate her, and must be constantly vigilant.

What is incomprehensible is that Israel – the Jewish people, renowned for their brilliance – “A nation that is wise and understanding” can be so obtuse, and self-destructive. “They have eyes and they see not; they have ears and they hear not; they have memories and yet they do not remember.” How else can one explain Israel’s willingness to sit down once again to give away land to those who do not recognize her existence?

Was it only five short years ago that Israel embarked upon “disengagement,” a sanitized word coined by the Sharon government for the deportation of Jews from their G-d-given inheritance?

After almost 2,000 years of suffering, pogroms and Holocaust, we rose from the ashes and returned to our homeland. We redeemed the barren soil, converted deserts into gardens, planted orchards and forests, which none of Israel’s occupiers have ever done. We did that which was miraculous, but for us, it was normal, for our prophets predicted it. We are the generation that has been privileged to see the fulfillment of prophecy, but we too ate of the poisonous products of the 20th and 21st centuries and have lost our faith, our vision. Yes, we too have gone mad. How else can one explain that five short years after Gush Katif, we are at it again, but this time the stakes are higher – Yehuda, Shomron, and parts of Yerushalayim are on the negotiating table.

As mentioned earlier, “disengagement” was a euphemism invented by the Sharon government to market this catastrophic, suicidal travesty to the nation. It was the largest non-combat operation in the history of Israel. Fifty thousand Israeli soldiers were deployed to forcibly evict over 9,000 Jewish citizens and render the area “Judenrein.” The Israelis, so cruelly uprooted, had toiled and sacrificed for almost 40 years. They built houses, synagogues, schools, planted gardens and created hot houses, from which they exported produce, boosting Israel’s economy.

Twenty-one beautiful Jewish communities were demolished and their people expelled. Their tears surely pierced the Heavenly gates, but here on earth the “wise” politicians sold this under the label of “disengagement.” “It will be better for us. We will no longer be trapped in Gaza. We will have peace on our southern borders. The nations of the world will respect us for our sacrifice. The Arabs will applaud our willingness to resolve the conflict with a two-state solution. They will grow economically, prosper and we will live in harmony.”

Not only did the opposite occur, but Israel gave credence to the lie that a Palestinian state had existed, which Israel destroyed and was responsible to recreate. No sooner did Israel evacuate her people and demolish her settlements, than the entire area became a terrorist base from whence missiles rained day and night on Israel’s towns and villages. Children huddled in fear in dark underground shelters and could not go to school.

It is against this background that we must understand the present demand that Israel withdraw from Yehuda, Shomron and parts of Yerushalayim. This would require that Israel forcibly uproot over 100,000 of her citizens from the West Bank. Such a withdrawal would, G-d forbid, jeopardize the entire existence of the state.

Some argue that it is not Hamas, but “moderate” Fatah that would be in charge of the West Bank, but Gaza disproved that. Even if Fatah were to rule, it would make little difference; there is really no difference between Fatah and Hamas.

Thirty-six years ago, Yasir Arafat was given a standing ovation at the UN when he proclaimed that Israel has no right to exist. Since then nothing has changed. If anything, the situation has deteriorated. Just recently, in Mahmoud Abbas’ capital, a square was renamed in honor of Dalai Mughrabi, who in 1978, with 11 other terrorists, highjacked an Israeli bus and slaughtered 32 Israelis and one American. These so-called “Fatah moderates” glorify the murder of Jews and idolize the murderers.

Yet we have not learned. Like madmen we continue on our suicidal course, trusting the nations of the world, hoping they will champion our cause. We fail to understand that our destiny has always been to stand alone – “Hen am l’vadad yishkon…” for it is through our loneliness that G-d’s Hand becomes manifest in history. David defeated Goliath, not through might, but through his faith and trust in Hashem. When that faith is eclipsed, when we no longer place our trust in Him, we become easy prey.

In previous columns, I mentioned that my husband, HaRav Meshulem HaLevi Jungreis, zt”l, would always form an acronym from the letters of the forthcoming New Year. I believe that were he with us today, he would say that this New Year of Tav, Shin, Ayin, Aleph be a symbol of “Tehei Shnat Am Echad.” Let us unify our nation around our Torah and G-d, and if we do that, we can bring redemption to ourselves and the entire world.

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