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Responding to Recent Attack, IAF Targets Gaza Terror Sites

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Overnight, IAF aircraft targeted three weapon manufacturing facilities in the central Gaza Strip, as well as two terror tunnels in the northern and southern Gaza Strip. Direct hits were identified.

This is in response to the infiltration on Friday morning, in which Staff Sergeant Netanel Moshiashvili was killed by terrorist fire adjacent to the security fence.

The IDF will continue to operate against anyone who uses terror against the residents of the State of Israel. The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.

IDF Soldier, Terrorist Killed in Gaza Border Clash

Friday, June 1st, 2012

21 year old Golani Staff-Sergeant Netanel Moshiashvili from Ashkelon was killed early Friday morning in a skirmish with a Palestinian terrorist that infiltrated into Israel from Gaza. The terrorist was also killed in the encounter.

According to Ynet, the terrorist approached the security fence near Kisufim at approximately 4:30 a.m., cut it, and snuck into Israel. A Golani unit rapidly deployed to the area, coming under fire by the terrorist. In the ensuing gunfight, the 21 year old soldier was shot, and soon after died of his wound.

Palestinian witnesses near Abassan, a village in Southern Gaza, reported hearing gunshots, and shortly thereafter, IAF jets flying overhead.

The IAF attacked multiple targets in Gaza in response. It is believed that this attack was actually another abduction attempt.

Last week, two soldiers were wounded when they were shot by sniper fire while patrolling the Gaza border. They were treated for mild injuries in a nearby hospital.

Netanyahu: Israel Will Resolve African Illegal Aliens Situation

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday decried violence against African migrants following a night of violent protest and promised the problem of African infiltrators would be solved.

“There is no place for either the expressions or the actions that we witnessed last night,” said Netanyahu one day after a demonstration in south Tel Aviv against illegal African migrants turned violent. “I say this to the public at large as well as to the residents of south Tel Aviv, whose pain I understand.”

“We will complete construction of the fence within a few months and we will soon begin repatriating infiltrators back to their countries of origin,” he said, referring to the fence which is two-thirds complete, along the border between Israel and Egypt.

Wednesday night’s violent rally in south Tel Aviv’s Hatikvah neighborhood, involving about 1,000 protesters, ended with 17 arrests.

Protesters attacked African migrants who happened in their path, and smashed the windshield of a car carrying three migrants as well as other car windows. They also set trash bins on fire and threw firecrackers at police. The rioters also broke into and looted shops purported to be owned by Africans.

Yediot Achronot reported Thursday that the Public Security Ministry is considering deploying Border Guard troops in south Tel Aviv to prevent problems between residents and African migrants, and to fight crime associated with the migrants.

Israel’s Justice Ministry announced Wednesday that migrant workers from South Sudan will be returned to their country after it is established that they are not eligible for political asylum.

More than 50,000 African migrants and asylum seekers are living in Tel Aviv alone, according to government reports. Most entered through the border with Egypt.

On Sunday, Netanyahu said that the surge of illegal African migrants into Israel “threatens national security and identity.” Last week, Interior Minister Eli Yishai told Army Radio that most African migrants in Israel are involved in criminal activity and should be imprisoned and deported to their countries of origin.

Two IDF Soldiers Injured by Terrorist Gunfire at Gaza Border

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Two IDF soldiers were injured as a result of terrorist gunfire while engaged in routine security activity at the Gaza Strip security fence on Wednesday.

The soldiers received initial medical treatment on site and were evacuated by helicopter to the Soroka hospital in Be’er Sheva.

IDF soldiers responded with gunfire.

Just last week, IDF soldiers prevented terrorists from infiltrating Israel’s border at the northern Gaza Strip. The terrorists opened fire at the soldiers responded with gunfire, thwarting the infiltration attempt. No injuries were reported.

Terrorists routinely approach the security fence in order to place explosives, plan terror attacks, and attempt to kidnap IDF soldiers.

In early May, IDF soldiers were fired on during routine operational activity along the Gaza Strip security fence. No injuries were reported, though damage was caused to two armored vehicles. The attackers most likely used a rocket propelled grenade (RPG). In response, IAF aircraft and armored forces fired at the suspicious areas.

Report: IDF Engages Terrorist Squad at Gaza Border, Injures 7

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

IDF soldiers opened fire on terrorists approaching the Gaza Strip security fence in the early hours on Thursday. Reuters reported that seven Palestinians were injured in the incident.

“Terrorists approach the security fence in order to place explosives, plan terror attacks, and attempt to kidnap IDF soldiers, endangering Israeli civilians and security forces stationed in the region,” the IDF spokesperson said in a statement. Palestinian medics told Reuters that two of the wounded were in a critical condition.

Israel’s ‘Leftists Are Idiots’ Fence

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

I recently was challenged by an academic who claimed to be dumbfounded that I rejected as absurd his use of the term “Apartheid Wall” to refer to Israel’s security barrier fence.

He demanded to know why I objected to the term and what I thought was a more appropriate name for it.

I responded that the more appropriate and correct name would be the “Leftists are Idiots” fence. Indeed, I would urge everyone to adopt that name for it and insist that no other be used in polite company.

The security barrier should be dubbed the Leftists are Idiots fence because the very need for its construction was as a countermeasure to the countless acts of murder and other violence triggered by the imposition on Israel of the Left’s political agenda with regard to making “peace” with the Palestinians.

The building of the Leftists are Idiots Fence became necessary because of the recognition of the PLO by Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres and all the fruit of that poisonous tree which followed.

The series of agreements to allow the PLO to import its army of assassins and terrorists into the West Bank and Gaza produced so many massacres of Israelis that the only way to reduce the level of violence was with large fences and barriers that prevented Palestinians from getting close enough to Jews to murder them.

The Leftists are Idiots fence is only the latest byproduct of leftist theology.

The Left believes Israel can appease its way to peace by making endless concessions. The fact that every round of appeasements and concessions to date has produced an escalation of terror never persuades leftists that something is flawed in their political theology. Rather, they insist that their theology has failed only because Israel makes too few concessions.

The Israeli Left has been wrong about absolutely everything for at least 20 years, and it would be very difficult to uncover anything about which it was not wrong going back some 60 years.

The Israeli Left of the 1950s believed in Soviet-style economic central planning. It built and then preserved a command-and-control economic mechanism that resembled that of Soviet regimes in many ways. It was designed to place near totalitarian control of the economy in the hands of the ruling socialist Mapai party (which eventually evolved into the Labor alignment).

Israel was essentially a one-party state until 1977, and that single ruling party was Mapai.

Thanks to its command-and-control structure, Israel remained an impoverished, underdeveloped Third World country until well into the 1980s, complete with Third-World levels of corruption, primitive technology and insufferable tax rates. By the late 1980s the command-and-control regime had largely though not completely been dismantled – this thanks to a complex set of causes – and Israel morphed into a prosperous first-world country, to the chagrin of its socialists.

But the more harmful and longer lasting element of leftist ideology has been the belief that Israeli surrender to Arab demands, no matter how unreasonable, would lead to everlasting peace.

When Israel became independent in 1948-49, the new state went to great lengths to prevent the emigration of the Arab population of what became Israel. (Never mind that anti-Semites later invented a pseudo-history in which Israel carried out “ethnic cleansing.” The truth is, the War of Independence itself was an attempt by the Arabs to conduct a genocidal ethnic cleansing of Jews.)

The early Israeli governments of the 1950s and 1960s, all led by Mapai, allowed many tens of thousands of Arab “refugees” quietly to return to Israel. The Israeli government in 1967 went out of its way to stop the emigration of the Arab populations of the West Bank and Gaza Strip during and after the Six-Day War.

The Labor government of Yitzhak Rabin signed the Oslo Accords, converting Gaza and most of the West Bank into large terrorist bases and launching pads for mortars and rockets.

Since every single round of concession and appeasement by Israel has produced escalated Arab violence, the idea of a security fence was proposed – initially, it may surprise readers to learn, by the Left.

But Israel’s leftists quickly recovered from their momentary bout of common sense, and within weeks of the commencement of the fence’s construction they were busily denouncing the fence as Israel’s “Apartheid Wall.”

The irony, of course, is that no other country would have responded to the atrocities and murders coming from a hostile population located at the fringes of its cities by building such a wall. Every other country would have bombed the attackers into the Stone Age and then driven them out en masse.

Steven Plaut is a professor at the University of Haifa. His book “The Scout” is available at Amazon.com. He can be contacted at steveneplaut@yahoo.com.

Grow Your Own Veggies

Friday, May 4th, 2012

With spring in full swing and the hazy days of summer beckoning on the horizon, our thoughts turn towards lighter meals that rely more heavily on fresh fruits and vegetables – particularly for those of us who find that despite our best efforts, we really managed to pack on the pounds over Pesach. While your local supermarket may boast an amazing array of produce, and the nearest gourmet store may feature dazzling displays of fresh fruits and vegetables, there is simply nothing that can compare to the taste of home grown. The fact that growing your own produce can save a bundle of money, makes the taste of your home grown bounty that much more delicious.

Planting a vegetable garden is one of those projects that can be as simple or as complex as you make it. Looking for a quick science project to do with your children? Try planting even a single cherry tomato plant in a container on your porch. Looking for something more expansive? Turn as much or as little of your yard as you like into a vegetable garden now, and come mid to late summer, you will hopefully find yourself enjoying some of the best produce you have ever tasted.

While the most economical and fascinating way to grow vegetables is to start your garden indoors, from seeds, it isn’t something I have ever done and for most people in the United States it is already far too late in the growing season to pursue that route. Personally, my mind isn’t capable of contemplating the notion of planting as early as February or March, so any vegetables we have ever grown have come from plants. Where to buy plants? I know there are those who insist on buying their plants from a nursery but check out places like Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart or even your local supermarket, where there can be a solid selection of vegetables, herbs and flowers at rock bottom prices.

What to buy? Start with items you know your family likes, because with any luck, you will find yourself with an abundant crop of whatever you have planted. Radishes may be easy to grow – but if nobody likes them, why bother growing them? Feel free to experiment with a new item or two; you never know what your family might like. Growing up, tomatoes and cucumbers were staples in our house and my parents always had a nice selection of both in the backyard. Don’t overlook herbs. Fresh dill and basil are both favorites here and both grow just as easily in your backyard as on your kitchen windowsill.

Make sure to situate your garden in an easily accessible area. You are going to need to devote a few minutes to it on a frequent basis. Not only do you want it to be visible, so you don’t accidentally neglect your plants, but you want it to be convenient so that you can tend to your plants and water them with ease. Try to find a spot that gets about six to eight hours of direct sun daily, although leafy green vegetables (think lettuce, mesculun, Swiss chard) or root vegetables (carrots, beets, radishes) can get by with four hours of sun daily. Try not to plant a vegetable garden near trees or shrubs which can deprive your plants of essential nutrients.

Preparing the soil for your plants can go a long way in helping to produce a healthy crop. Feel free to mix compost, leaves, grass clippings, manure, bone meal, peat moss or a sprinkling of fertilizer into your soil before putting in your plants. Once your babies are planted, be sure to water them often and deeply, although how much and how often really depends on a number of factors including current rainfall, temperatures and what kind of plants you are working with. Don’t water during the heat of the day since you will lose a good part of the water to evaporation. Consider investing in a soaker hose, which has small holes all over, allowing the water to drip directly into the ground. Spreading a layer of mulch over the soil will help keep the moisture where you want it as well. If you want to make the most of your plants, be sure to fertilize a few times during the growing season. Pay another visit to your nursery, garden center or discount store and start reading labels to see what type of fertilizer best suits the needs of both you and your plants and how often it needs to be applied.

Visit your garden often so that you can keep both weeds and insects at bay. While there are countless pesticides available to keep those creepy crawlies from feasting on your plants, very often a few spritzs from a spray bottle filled with soapy water is all you need to keep your plants. For those who live in the suburbs, animals, both small and large, can prove to be a major problem, as what looks to you like a vegetable garden looks to them like an engraved invitation to a free all-you-can-eat salad bar and they will be more than happy to indulge, leaving you with absolutely nothing but heartache and aggravation. While a four-foot-high fence will keep out small animals, such as groundhogs and rabbits, they will do nothing to prevent the deer from pigging out on your plants – so if Bambi is a frequent guest, be sure that your fence is high enough that it can’t be jumped over by a hungry deer. Remember that small animals, particularly groundhogs, are excellent tunnelers, so bury your fence at least one foot underground. Don’t overlook repellents although you may have to try a few before finding one that actually works for your particular uninvited guests. Try mixing one tablespoon of hot sauce in a gallon of water and spraying it on your plants as well as along the perimeter of the garden. Bars of soap hung in mesh bags around the garden can sometimes work as a deterrent, as can motion activated sensors, lights, sprinklers or even a noise source such as a radio. For those who have serious deer problems, predator urine is supposed to be a very effective means of keeping the deer at bay and, believe it or not, both hunting stores and countless websites actually sell the stuff.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/magazine/potpourri/grow-your-own-veggies/2012/05/04/

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