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Ax Wielding Jew Attacks Tel Aviv US Embassy Staff

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

A security guard, was attacked by an ax wielding mentally unstable Jew from Bat Yam in front of the U.S. embassy on HaYarkon Street in Tel Aviv. Police is on its way.

Embassy guards returned fire at the attacker in response, hitting him and later arresting him.

A group of about 100 Arabs, calling itself the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, a radical group headed by Sheikh Raed Salah, was demonstrating in front of the embassy this morning.

Embassy spokesperson Luba Samri told reporters that “a suspect came to the US embassy at 11:00 am (4 AM eastern) with a knife and an axe and attacked a security guard.” She said the guard was injured in the leg, and his fellow officers opened fire.

 

CORRECTION: The original report was that it was an Arab attacker, and that is not the case.

Lame Terrorist Videos Make Tel-Avivians Less Worried About Being “Oudroub”ed.

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Two videos meant to strike fear in the hearts of Israelis have been met with snickering and mockery, with YouTube followers eager for an up-cropping of spoofs in response.

According to a report by Haaretz, two videos – one produced specifically for the Israeli public and the other a song celebrating the potential destruction of Tel Aviv – have gotten the attention of Israelis, but have not managed to have their intended effect.

In the first video, produced in Hebrew, the highly dramatic nature of the video, coupled with grammar and spelling mistakes and a low production value made the attempt to convince Israelis that they should abort a mission in Gaza a “bomb”.

The second, music underscoring a single image of singers, includes air raid siren, machine guns,  bombing sounds, and repeats Oudroub, Oudroub Tel Aviv (flatten, flatten Tel Aviv), and even includes boasting that Hamas shot down an Israeli fighter plane.

“Fajr! Fajr!”, the singers exclaim, naming the advanced missile Hamas is currently using to target Tel Aviv.  The song also mentions Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, and Kadima party chairman Shaul Mofaz.

The Art of Sheltering

Friday, November 16th, 2012

This is the neonatal unit of the bomb-sheltered section of Barzilai hospital, down in Ashkelon. When the rockets start flying overhead, and sirens start blasting in response, the hospital staff moves the critical care patients and the babies, incubated and everyone else, to the secure area, under layers of fortified cement.

It’s a very complicated process, made easier, unfortunately, by the fact that they have to repeat it so often. Imagine having to move a patient who is connected to a whole bunch of tubes and monitors down endless corridors, elevators, halls.

It’s definitely a team sport.

The funny thing is, even while the rockets are flying from Gaza, Barzilai hospital continues to accept and treat patients who come in from… Gaza. Last night I heard from IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich that 14 Gazan patients have been admitted since the start of the hostilities.

We care for their sick, we ship them food and provisions, we renew their fuel supply, and we provide them with electricity. Even as the fighting is going on.

What beautiful idiots we are.

Arab Men Under 40 Barred from the Temple Mount Tomorrow

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Tomorrow, Friday, Jerusalem police plans to limit entrance of Muslim worshipers to the Temple Mount to men ages 40 and older, carrying blue identity cards only (Israeli citizens). Women of any age will be permitted to enter.

Police will increase the forces staged around the Temple Mount and the Old City by several thousand policemen, to prevent attempts to disturb the peace in response to the “pillar of defense” operation in the Gaza Strip.

My Response to the Monsey Rabbi

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

An American orthodox rabbi in Monsey recently wrote a response on Facebook to a post about the importance of living in the Land of Israel. His response was as follows: “You’re in exile, too. Last I checked, there is still a mosque on the temple mount, with Arabs shooting rockets [at you].”

This is my response to him and to every orthodox Jew who shares that mistaken view.

1. There are more mitzvot here in Eretz Yisrael (E”Y) than in chu”l (the diaspora). In all other facets of life, orthodox Jews prefer to put themselves in a position to perform more mitzvot, and in a more mehudar way. Unfortunately, when trying to find a heter to not have to live in E”Y, Jews in chu”l irrationally choose gashmi’ut over ruchni’ut (materialism over spirituality). I’ve had long discussions with my American orthodox friends, and though it usually takes an hour or more, eventually they all admit that that’s exactly what they are doing. I’m sure if you’re honest with yourself, you’ll see that truth as well. You don’t choose to live in America as a matter of religious principle, but rather out of convenience and inertia.

2. No religious Zionist claims that the galut is over, or that it is entirely over for Jews residing in E”Y (though Rashbi said that only one kicked out of E”Y is called an exilee). Rather, the question is one of where a Torah-observant Jew should choose to live. There has always been only one legitimate reason for not living in E”Y: pikuach nefesh (preservation of life). It was indeed dangerous to travel, and dangerous to live in E”Y. But that has changed with the emergence of the State of Israel and modern travel standards, such that the pikuach nefesh argument actually supports living in Israel, which has the 3rd highest life expectancy in the world (and 2nd for men)! By contrast, according to Wikipedia, the U.S. is number 37 on the list.

As you can see, the issue of missiles, terror and war, are blown out of proportion by the media. In fact, American men on average live 4.4 years less than their Israeli counterparts. If we look at stats for just Israeli Jews, life expectancy jumps 1-2 years for men and women, while for American Jews, the stats are the same as the general population. Life here is just plain healthier than in the States, and on a number of levels. I hope one day America will be as safe and healthy a place to live as Israel, but certainly one cannot justify refusing to make aliyah based on safety or health issues.

3. I presume you are familiar with the Gemara’s position on where to live when pikuach nefesh is not a factor. If not, here is the key passage from Ketubot 100b:

“Our Rabbis taught: One should always live in the Land of Israel, even in a town most of whose inhabitants are idolaters, but let no one live outside the Land, even in a town most of whose inhabitants are Israelites; for whoever lives in the Land of Israel may be considered to have a god, but whoever lives outside the Land may be regarded as one who has no god. For it is said in Scripture, To give you the Landof Canaan, to be your God. Has he, then, who does not live in the Land, no god?  But [this is what the text intended] to tell you, that whoever lives outside the Land may be regarded as one who worships idols. Similarly it was said in Scripture in [the story of] David, For they have driven me out this day that I should not cleave to the inheritance of the Lord, saying: Go, serve other gods. Now, whoever said to David, ‘Serve other gods’? But [the text intended] to tell you that whoever lives outside the Land may be regarded as one who worships idols. ” 

4. Pikuach nefesh aside, there is a philosophical question of whether the Jews should be passive or pro-active in the redemption process. Rather than make the case myself, take the time to read the Vilna Gaon’s position as presented in the first chapter of Kol HaTor (found here).

Decision Time: Netanyahu Cabinet to Discuss Israeli Reaction to Gaza Shelling

Monday, November 12th, 2012

As preparations are on the way for a harsh response in Gaza, the campaign to present Israel’s position in the world is already being waged, and the prime minister appears to have divided his day between monitoring the military and the PR efforts.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet today, Monday, with a host of foreign ambassadors to prepare them for the possibility of an all out Israeli attack in Gaza. Sources close to the prime minister said that “Abu Mazen (nom de guerre of PA President Mahmoud Abbas) says he is the sole representative of the Palestinian people, but at the same time he is refusing to take responsibility for what is happening in Gaza.”

Chief of Staff Benny Gantz Dan on Monday morning discussed the appropriate response to the continued rocket fire from Gaza, against a backdrop of many public figures calling for a severe IDF response.

“The Palestinians interpret the Israeli restraint as weakness,” a senior officer told Walla News, expressing the feeling among the IDF leadership. Meanwhile, the Egyptians are pressuring Israel to avoid broad attack in the Gaza Strip.

Ganz began his discussions very early this morning, with Chief of Operations Major General Yoav Har-Even, head of military intelligence Aviv Kochavi and Southern Command Chief Tal Russo. They reviewed the latest developments in the Gaza Strip, as terrorists continued launching rockets at Israel, and examined the variety of responses available.

A senior officer said this morning that the time lag between rounds of violence in the Gaza Strip has decreased dramatically in recent months, and that “terror organizations in Gaza believe they have a tail wind from Turkey and Egypt.”

A security official said this morning that the accumulation of events, in addition to the explosive charge along the perimeter fence igniting the tunnel inferno last week, and events not yet released for publication, require a clear response to deter the other side.

Meanwhile, other voices within the security apparatus have argued that the last two rounds of fighting in the south came as the IDF responded to attacks on soldiers, but finally it was civilian residents in the South who paid the price.

“It’s time to change the equation,” said another senior officer, saying Israel should attack “despite the pressure exerted by the Egyptians not to retaliate for shooting, just because no one has died yet on the Israeli side.”

While the shooting continues, on Sunday night the prime minister held a meeting with top security officials, including Chief of Staff Gantz, to assess the Gaza situation, as well as the heating up of the border with Syria. In a follow-up to what he had stated during his cabinet meeting, Netanyahu reiterated that the world must understand that Israel cannot sit back and absorb the attacks on its civilian population.

PM, Israeli Officials Respond to Gaza Attacks

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

At the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said terrorists would be “hit hard” in response to attacks on Israeli soldiers on civilians over the weekend.  “The world needs to understand that Israel won’t just sit by… we’re ready to heighten our response,” Netanyahu said.  “The IDF is acting, and will act, with force in Gaza.”

In an interview with Army Radio on Sunday, Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya’alon said “There’s no doubt that in the past two weeks we’ve been witnessing an intensification, which Hamas is responsible for,” Ya’alon said. “We are not going to let this stand… if need be, the IDF will know, with the instruction of the government, of course, what to do to keep exacting such a price that these provocations won’t pay off for them.”

Ya’alon recalled that targeted killings of terror leaders had been known to secure periods of quiet at the border.

When asked about entering Gaza in the style of the successful mission Operation Cast Lead, Ya’alon replied that  “everything is being weighed and will be weighed.”

On Sunday morning, Palestinian terrorists at least nine rockets into southern Israel, a total of over 40 since Saturday.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak also promised to respond to Hamas’s latest wave of aggression. “We will not let these incidents at the border go unanswered,” said Barak.

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