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Israel On Fire: Where’s the Coverage?

Monday, November 28th, 2016

{Originally posted to the Aish website}

Pyro-Terror in Israel

A friend emailed me from America: Are you anywhere near the eruption of wild fires?

Israel is the size of New Jersey and hundreds of fires have raged nationwide. Everyone is close to the fires! Men were caught with gasoline-soaked rags about a half-mile from my home.

The source of these fires? In many cases, terror. Israeli police released footage from drones and security cameras showing arsonists in action – using Molotov cocktails to set fire to an open field. Fires were even set on the Lebanese side of the border so the wind would carry flames into Israel.

Media Coverage

From a pure news standpoint, the arrest of Palestinians with gas-soaked rags is highly significant. Yet the New York Times downplayed the “pyro-terror” aspect. Readers of the Times report had to wait 318 words before hearing anything about gasoline or other evidence. (And it took days for them to post anything related to the news, despite the evacuation of 75,000 citizens from Haifa.)

In the meantime, Reuters’ bureau chief in Israel, Luke Baker, tweeted a sensationalist Palestinian claim that the fires were set by Jewish settlers trying “to destroy as much as possible of the Palestinian agricultural land.”

Go now to your favorite news outlet, and if the terror aspect is being downplayed, write the editor to complain.

Social Media Incitement

Arab language social media networks are ablaze with incitement for more arson attacks – with hashtag #IsraelBurns” trending in Arabic.

Meanwhile, prominent Arab singer Ahlam al Shamsi – with over 7 million Twitter followers – tweeted dancing emojis and the hope that flames “rip Israel to shreds.”

First-hand Account

One horrific fire in Beit Meir destroyed at least a dozen homes including the lifetime work – thousands of paintings – of Yoram Raanan, a dear friend and spectacular Jewish artist.

 

Yaakov Lehman, another friend in Beit Meir, reports:

At around 2 am Thursday night, terrorists set fire to my small mountain village of Beit Meir. They lit multiple blazes, surrounding the only exit from our moshav with a gulf of flames.

As you can imagine, this made it exceedingly difficult for myself, my pregnant wife, and two kids to escape to safety. We, along with our neighbors, were trapped.

After about an hour of harrowing confusion, firefighters managed to clear a path for the 100 families of Beit Meir to flee the inferno. I watched as dozens of righteous firefighters and police faded into the smokey distance of my rear view mirror.

We fled to Beit Shemesh, and were warmly taken in at 3:30am by an unceasingly kind family.

The forest is a sea of fire. I don’t know if I will have a house to return to.

Pray for us.

The Talmud describes fire’s tremendous power to both build and to destroy. May Israel be protected from the Islamic Fireball seeking to foment destruction.

 

Rabbi Shraga Simmons

BREAKING NEWS: First Direct Battle Between Israel and ISIS on the Golan

Monday, November 28th, 2016

{Originally posted to the Israel Rising website}

In what is being billed as the first direct clash between Israel and ISIS, the the Shuhada al-Yarmouk organization, which has pledged allegiance to ISIS, lost a number of fighters after exchanging fire with the IDF. The terror organization fired on IDF soldiers and after an exchange of gunfire, Israel’s airforce destroyed the gunman’s vehicle, killing all of the assailants.

The escalation, although minor in scope presents the first time affiliates of ISIS entered into a direct confrontation with Israel.  Either this was a trial balloon or the collapsing caliphate has decided to open a front against Israel. Given the fact that it is strethced thin due to increasing Russian bombardments and Srian government forces pushing back its fighters, it would be strange that it would want to waste fighters on a much more formidable Israeli arm.

Then again, Israel is a perfect target to distract from ISIS’s weakening position. By attacking Israel it may be able to rally the Sunni street to its side.

One senior officer stated: “We don’t know all the outcomes of the event. There is great probability there are four dead and the heavy machine gun was destroyed. The terrorists are from Shuhada al-Yarmouk, with all the significance that organization’s name carries. The Israeli forces didn’t lie in ambush by chance.”

The Israeli government wasted no time showcasing the incident and the army’s response.

Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu said, “I want to commend our soldiers who pushed back against the attack carried out against us. We are prepared against any enemy that threatens us on our northern border, and do not give ISIS a foothold for their war in Syria.”

Will Shuhada al-Yarmouk attack again? Was this is a test ballon? It is too early to give a clear answer to these questions. However, one thing is for sure, ISIS is not going to sit back and be destroyed nor will it be wished away as if it is the bogey man. Sooner or later as Syria continues to sprial out of control, Israel will have to root out and defeat ISIS with or without intenational help.

 

Israel Rising

New Netanyahu-Supertanker Corruption Scandal Brewing [Satire]

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Raviv Drucker of Channel 10 reported a new scandal this evening involving Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Drucker claims the Supertanker sent from the US to Israel, to fight the inexplicable fires burning down the country, was seen diverting from its flight path multiple times during the day and circling over the Prime Minister’s official residence at least three times.

Unnamed witnesses claim they saw the supertanker emptying its water tanks on the Prime Minister’s vehicles parked outside his homes in Caesarea, Jerusalem, the official government residence, and at the cabinet meeting in Haifa, thoroughly washing all the Prime Minister’s vehicles — completely at the taxpayers’ expense. One witness claimed the Prime Minister’s pool in Caesarea was also filled up by the Supertanker.

Drucker claimed that Sara Netanyahu had the plane fly over the vehicles at the official residence three times, as she wasn’t happy with the cleaning job the first two.

Peace Now co-founder Professor Amiram Goldblum claimed that Netanyahu was the main benefactor of bringing in the Supertanker, and that Netanyahu started the arson spree to get the free car washes.

The pilot denies any wrongdoing, and says he only opened the water valves in locations where he was told there were threats to human life and property. He could not recall who gave him the list of locations to fly over or why he circled over one location in Jerusalem so many times.

Minister Naftali Bennett said even if the Prime Minister’s cars were washed then it was for the good of Israel’s security, as that is the Prime Minister’s only concern.

Bennett added, if there really was corruption involved, then obviously the cars would have been waxed and polished too, which he points out they weren’t.

On that point, Raviv Drucker noted the unusual conversation between PM Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, where Netanyahu thanked Abbas were sending over a few crews to help in Haifa, Caesarea and Jerusalem.

Netanyahu’s spokesperson said the phone call was to thank Abbas for his humanitarian gesture, and that the Arab crews sent over did not wax and polish the Prime Minister’s cars as Drucker was implying. Sara could just as easily had some cabinet members or MKs do that for her if she needed it.

There’s also a rumor that a former cleaning lady now in rehab who once interviewed for a job at the PM’s house saw Sara Netanyahu pass to a foreign diplomat a blank envelope with a free carwash coupon inside. This is still unconfirmed.

Technically, Raviv Drucker’s latest report became connected to the submarine scandal once the Prime Minister’s cars were submerged under the thousands of gallons of water that were dumped on them.

Netanyahu’s personal attorney, David Shimron who reportedly brokered the Supertanker deal, was unavailable for comment.

[Reminder: This is satire]

JoeSettler

Jewish Communities Enlist in Supporting Israel through the Blazes

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Jewish communities around the world, most notably in north America, have been engaged in emergency fundraising to help rehabilitate the numerous areas in Israel that have been damaged or destroyed in the fires of the past six days. So far, security forces have noted more than 600 fires, some of which were suspicious, from up north in Galilee all the way down to Negev communities.

The Jewish National Fund (JNF) has launched a Thanksgiving themed fundraiser: “On this Thanksgiving Eve we ask you to turn your attention to homes and forests that are in immediate danger across Israel. A series of wildfires are raging across Northern and Central Israel. Many homes have already been destroyed, families displaced, and more residents are being evacuated. Israel’s firefighting capacity is being stressed to its limits.”

“In light of this emergency situation we are beginning the Giving Tuesday match ahead of time,” the JNF declared, stating: “All donations toward this effort will be matched dollar for dollar. Donate now.”

The UJA Federation of New York has launched its own Israel Fire Relief Fund. The fundraising page states: “Many community institutions that provide vital programs and services—including those of our partners—have been hit hard. They will be struggling to rebuild just when they are needed most. The impact on Israelis will be long-lasting and your help is urgently needed.”

The Israeli-American Council (IAC), whose mission is to “build an engaged and united Israeli-American community that strengthens the Israeli and Jewish identity of our next generations,” has been running a busy Support the Firefighters campaign.

“Tens of thousands have been evacuated, many have been hospitalized, and countless homes and trees have been destroyed. Hundreds of thousands more are now threatened, as the fires continue to spread,” the IAC tells its followers, adding: “At this critical moment, we must unite to lend a hand to our brothers and sisters in Israel. All contributions made to the IAC over the next 72 hours will go directly to support the firefighters working around the clock to save lives and property.”

A group called Israel’s voice has launched a project called Life After Terror, telling its followers it’s “time to show we care. Israel needs you. We saw hospitals, synagogues, Yeshivas, schools, kindergartens, and our land burning. We saw devastation and frustration but also we felt unity and hope.”

Their response is as unique as it is original: “We organized a successful and humble campaign and we were able to deliver hundreds of pizzas to firefighters, security forces, and volunteers who non-stop have been working to control the fires.”

Next, the group plans “to take a second step. Our team will continue going to multiple locations, specially to Haifa which was the most affected city, in order to see what else is needed in order to rebuild. We need your help in order to continue with our mission.”

JNi.Media

Air Supply Gives Away 200 Free Concert Tickets to Firemen’s Wives

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

After being forced to postpone their Haifa concert from Friday to Sunday due to the fires, the band Air Supply is giving away 200 tickets to the wives’ of firemen fighting the Haifa pyroterrorism fires.

They band is performing 3 concerts in Israel, in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Be’er Sheva.

This is their 4th visit to Israel in 8 years.

 

Jewish Press News Briefs

ISIS Affiliated Syrians Fire on IDF Patrol on Golan Heights

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

By Andrew Friedman/TPS

A group of four armed men, reportedly connected to the Islamic State, opened fire across the Syrian border at an IDF patrol in the southern Golan Heights early Sunday.

Soldiers returned fire and killed the attackers, and Israeli fighter jets attacked targets inside Syria.

No injuries to Israeli forces were reported.

In addition, a mortar hit the area, but it is not clear if the shell landed on the Israeli or Syrian side of the border. IDF officials said they believe the incidents were part of the Syrian civil war and hit Israel in error.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement that “the IDF will not tolerate any violation of Israel’s sovereignty and will respond harshly to any attempt to violate it.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

They Are Trying to Burn Jews and the World is Silent, AGAIN!

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

They are trying to burn Jews and the world is silent, AGAIN! If you don’t like the connotations, too bad!

Social media channels are over flowing with hashtags like BurnIsrael Or JewsBurnWell and no gives a ****!

No reports on CNN, none on NBC, nothing on SKY News and even Fox has been holding their tongue.

Do you know why? Because no one cares!

It’s Jews in danger, that is not news. Jews burning? No story

The New York Times is silent and even the Israeli left wing press is keeping the obvious torching terrorists on a low flame. Where are the loads of articles from the The Times of Israel? When there was only a suspicion of Jewish arsonists, their editors and blog authors did not stop with the generalizations and baseless charges! Where are all the human rights activists? Are they burning in their own sickening hypocrisy? Haaretz הארץ? Please do not make me spill my Saturday night coffee.

Israel is always guilty until proven innocent and our enemies are innocent even after being proved guilty.

They attack with missiles and how dare Israel react!

Disproportionate force?

Oh, you mean how dare Jews win a war?

They blow up buses & Israel has to give up land?

Abbas praises Jewish blood spilt in jerusalem and the settlements are the problem?

They start fires to burn Jews and the land that they claim they love and fight for and no one says a word!

JUST WAIT!

Wait till Israel takes out one of these radical Islamic terrorists. Wait for the headlines then!

There was more noise coming for the world and the left wing Israeli press about an IDF soldier that took out a terrorist than there is about the ongoing fire terrorist attacks.

If it was even suspected that Jews were causing these fires, the press would all over it. The New York Times would be running article after article how dangerous Jewish settlers are even before they had any evidence what’s so ever that a Jew or a settler was responsible.
But Islamic arsonists? We wouldn’t want to offend anyone!

Same story over and over! I am sick of it!

Do not misunderstand my anger for despair.

Israel will be fine. The fires will be put out and we will rebuild and come together to help each other. In that sense I am not worried even in the slightest.

These attacks will only make us stronger.

BUT, ENOUGH!

I simply cannot stand the way we take the world into account when our safety and lives are on the line. Imagine an Israeli telling the US administration that 9/11 was horrible but it is human nature of the Islamic regimes to react to America’s involvement in their region. Imagine if we said to Paris that we understand their pain but they must understand why the terrorists are shooting up people in their streets!

Perhaps we should tell France to split Paris or tell the US we will no longer recognize Washington D.C as their capital! After all those Redskin jerseys are a sign of occupation!

(Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it!)

Don’t tell the situation is different. The only difference is the fact that in our case it is JEWS who are dying!

Don’t ask me what the solution is! I might not have one, (I do) but for God’s sake! The solution is not making deals with those who call for our destruction or murder! The solution is not giving over land that is historically, nationally and religiously ours to those who threaten us that if we do not give in they will continue to murder us! Do not accept the false national narrative of Arabs who seek our destruction. Do not tell me they have just as much right to this land as we do as they burn it down! ENOUGH!

If you don’t have enough historical integrity to admit that we, Israel, are the good guys here, get out!

You don’t make peace with terrorists and you don’t give in! You fight them and yes, you kill them.

We don’t fight or kill because we desire to do so, we do so because our enemies worship death; ours and their own!

Are there peaceful Muslim and peaceful Arabs? OF COURSE!

They are not our problem and it is not for them that we seek a solution. The left is not trying to make peace with those who want to live peacefully, the left is trying to surrender to those who vocally support and actively continue to murder us! There would be no problem if the radical Muslims and the nationalistic Arabs did not exist.

I am waiting for the Arab “Palestinian” to condemn these fires! Don’t show me 4 firefighters from the PA, let me hear Abbas say that he does NOT praise Jewish blood that is spilled! Are people actually buying this stuff?!

For God’s sake! Even the Israeli Arab MKs condemned Israel for blaming the arsonists and called it racism. KICK THEM OUT OF THE KNESSET! They are an enemy to Israel and Israelis! (Jews, Christians and Muslims alike) It’s like we have a national Stockholm syndrome. It’s time to get cured!

The way I see it, there are 3 choices for our enemies:
1. ACCEPT – Accept Israel as the Jewish country and live here with more freedoms and rights than any of their brothers or sisters receive anywhere else in the Middle East.

Prime Minister will always be Jewish as will the President.

Everything else is open to you!

YOU DON’T LIKE IT?

2. LEAVE – Choose any of your Arab or Muslim countries to immigrate to. You want to go to any other country, we will be happy to help with whatever we can.

3. FIGHT – Meet the IDF (No more pity for those who seek our destruction.)
For those of you who will tell me that is unrealistic, Yasser Arafat received the Nobel Peace Prize, you have lost your right to define reality!

Leftists and progressive liberals have dug themselves such a deep rabbit hole that they cannot even grasp reality any longer. They will hold on to their wonderland, utopian, ‘make believe’ world at the expense of others.

Once again, our enemies are trying to burn Jews.

I do hope we, Israel, will not make the same mistake that so many countries made years ago when they put diplomacy ahead of morality and our safety. Fires can be put out but if we ignore the ideology that started them, they will be lit again and again and again and we promised NEVER AGAIN!

Sending prayers for the firefighters who have been on the job for almost a week now. Praying for rain and praying for a quick downfall of our enemies!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

(Pic “I have no other country even if my land is burning”)

Ari Fuld

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