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Day 24 is here

July 31st, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Right now, to which side of the conflict would these Quranic words apply:

“…..your hearts were hardened and became as rocks, or worse than rocks, for hardness. For indeed there are rocks from out of which rivers gush, and indeed there are rocks which split asunder so that water floweth from them. And indeed there are rocks which fall down for the fear of Allah. Allah is not unaware of what ye do.”(Quran 2.74 )

Day 21

Day 22

Day 23 – three Israeli soldiers killed, twenty-seven wounded. “At least 92 Palestinians were killed today, including 20 at a UN-run school, in fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and the death toll sharply rose to 1,323 despite the Jewish nation agreeing to observe a four-hour humanitarian pause.”

Dayan ha emet.

Day 24 has begun. Same procedure as yesterday, but hopefully, prayerfully, today, no civilian casualties, no UN safe havens will take a direct hit, no UNRWA hideout will be levelled to the ground today, no tearful, fearful screaming mothers, innocent dead children, toothless old men being lowered into their graves within the next twenty four hours.

The title of yesterday’s DN editorial was War is not the answer (by an independent liberal). It could have been lifted from Marvin Gaye’s

What’s Going on:

“Father, father
We don’t need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today “

The following sentence occurred in that independent liberal’s editorial:

“That the Gaza Strip is controlled by a terrorist organization does not mean that thousands of civilians should have to pay the price for it.”

Some strong voices equate civilian with innocent

And that’s what everybody (I mean every body that can still talk) is talking about.
Even if Reinfeldt, Bildt & Löfven are not experts on international law and the laws of war – they are also talking and are pretty definitive when it comes to informing the IDF that whether Gaza is the most densely populated strip in the world or not, whether the terrorists hide and fire their missiles and rockets from schools, synagogues, mosques, hospitals, UN safe havens or not, Israel has to abide by international law.

Of course they were less vociferous in making the same demands of Saddam or the Al-Assads, Islamic State, terrorist Hamas or Islamic Jihad and even Uncle Sam himself, when he is at war with Napalm, My Lai, and of late, their innumerable drone attacks that have consistently murdered innocent civilians, the unfortunate human “collateral damage” who happened to be unintended parts of their main targets, at the wrong place at the wrong time, through no fault of their own. Almost without exception before or after the fact, I’ve never heard our Higher Morality spelling it out to the war-mongers – it’s only Israel they say, that has to abide by International Law.

As I observed ruefully to Menachem yesterday evening, they always hold Israel to a much higher standard, because of Torah – “a light unto the nations” etc “the teachers of mankind “– as the Quran puts it.

They had all better take a good look at this challenge, a piece of writ which will make some of them see purple:

Israel Does Not Violate the Laws of War in Gaza

What’s this?

And a tiny worry that’s been bothering me for some time now: How is it possible that up till just the other day, the Shin Bet had no idea of the extent and reach of the Hamas terror tunnels?

Very creative terror tunnel engineering leading all the way up to your front door! (Just imagine one under you kitchen or leading to the cellar door : knock knock knock (Like the Porter’s scene in Macbeth) – Fred go and see who’s at the door! Surprise surprise: time to jump out of your skin….

Lenny

It’s not a joking matter

Gaza’s tunnelbana system

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By Jimmie!

July 28th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Freedom of thought: I thought of “keep hope alive” Jimmy Åkesson when I read the news that in this very hospitable gesture “France is offering asylum to Christians from Iraq” (Old Christians) Haitham .

But we don’t have to worry too much about my good friend Åkesson; no matter who wins the next election, it’s very unlikely that Jimmie Åkesson will be appointed Sweden’s next minister of immigration – the portfolio that Mr Åkesson would most dearly like to have.

Vive la France !

(to be continued…

Rabbi Lord Sacks speaks on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Iraq, Ukraine, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, Libya, South Sudan. I hesitate to add Egypt because I assume that many of the persecuted Egyptians who have refugee potential would experience difficulties with EU immigration authorities, if when asked, “What’s the problem – he or she answers, “The problem is that I am a sympathiser of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood” – thus raising suspicions among the immigration authorities/ security service – that he or she is a potential terrorist.

Sad.

Hamas Spokesman: Israel Has Reached Only A Fraction Of The Tunnels

Gaza. Hamastan. More refugees: Some of the anti-Semites just hate his guts – would love to crucify him: Israel must prepare for a protracted Gaza campaign“, says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following statement this evening at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.

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Eid Mubarak

July 28th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

To the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims: Eid Mubarak !

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About Tintin in the Congo : A racist caricature that should be relegated to the archives
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Words of Wisdom from Rabbi Sacks :

Creating freedom without anarchy, order without tyranny
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Other News: Nigeria: A worrying pre-elections moment: Kaduna Explosion: PDP, APC clash over attack on Buhari’s convoy

What’s all the praying about?

First and foremost we have Pope Francis, a great humanitarian, a peaceful man

crying for peace in the world and goodwill between all people.

In order to make the right decisions our understanding has to be based on correct facts.

There are myths and facts

What Really Happened at that Gazan UN School

Hamas tunnels

Reinfeldt & Bildt, Löfven & Ahlin don’t want this to get too complicated by Sweden having to send peace-keeping troops to the area – thus stretching the army thin, when – bearing in mind Anton Johansson’s visions, we will probably be needing all the reservists and regular Swedish soldiers anytime soon, after what is turning out to be an unusually hot summer!

If the would-be refugees to Sweden were familiar with Anton Johansson’s visions, they would probably be opting to seek asylum somewhere else instead.

On the Israel front: first of all the game changers

Nathan Shachar in today’s DN : Hamas tunnels biggest hurdle for truce

On the one hand: many incendiary pro-Hamas voices such as this one
saying no ceasefire and many pro-Israel Voices also shouting NO TO A CEASEFIRE

On the other hand: Obama to his Best Friend Netanyahu: immediate and unconditional Gaza ceasefire!

And then what? More Hamas tunnels, more terror from their stockpile of rockets & missiles?

Who has dictated to the US about “immediate and unconditional ceasefire” where US has been waging war before? Some say the US is running away from Libya with tail between the legs. I saw Ms Clinton first on the Jimmy Fallon show and then there she was saying exactly the same thing almost word for word as if reading from the same script, to Fareed Zakaria about her vision for America, the world , thy kingdom come…

A few sane (not inane) reaction to the Potus of America

The last word goes to Bill Whittle

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Past midnight

July 27th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

This is a bit dated now:

# BBC HARDtalking with Khaled Meshaal, Leader of Hamas

Other Views

Demilitarisation and Secure Borders have always Been the formal prerequisite for Palestinian statehood forever coming into Being.

Israel extends Gaza truce until Sunday despite Hamas rocket fire

Repeat : Hudna (truce) is an Arabic word which means till you are strong enough or strong again, to continue the Jihad.

Speculations about Future scenarios: By referendum it could be an Egypt-Gaza Confederation, although not feasible with Pharaoh El Sisi on one side and the Hamas Prime Minister of Gaza on the other side of the Rafah Crossing.

Could have happened with Morsi but who wants to take on the responsibility of Palestinian-Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood incursions into Israel in Cross Border raids?

Photo of an Israeli soldier emerging from one of the infamous tunnels

Hamas announces new 24-hour Gaza ceasefire with Israel (BBC)

Too late (CNN)

Another headache: Nigeria (due procedure)

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On the agenda:The 27th of Tammuz in one calendar and al Quds Day as ordained by the late Imam Khomeini (r.a)

July 25th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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How is Jimmie Åkesson relating to the new world order, I wonder – with the wars in Syria and Iraq creating the conditions from which those most adversely affected would like to seek asylum in the peace havens elsewhere including Sweden. Some 80,000 expected this year including a sizeable number of people from Eritrea which is not in a war zone just now…

Yesterday, Israel’s recently sacked Deputy Minister of Defence Danny Danon was Zeinab Badawi’s guest on BBC Hardtalk

Hamas’ political chief Khaled Meshaal was also interviewed by Stephen Sackur yesterday, hopefully the whole interview will be available on the net soon. Here’s some of it

In the Hebrew calendar, today, the 27th of Tammuz is Day 10 of the three week period of mourning the destruction of the 1st and 2nd temple in Jerusalem, with the siege of Jerusalem which culminated in the destruction of Jerusalem, the burning down to the ground of the 2nd temple and all the people who had taken refuge there.

Fast forward to where we are now with the latest of contemporary events in Jewish history : in the political calendar of Islam and the Muslim world, today is the last Friday of Ramadan 2014 and the last Friday of Ramadan was instituted as al Quds Day by the late Imam Khomeini (r.a)

Qods Day In Iran: Tehran Calls For Annihilation Of Israel And For Arming The West Bank

Today is also Day 18 of Operation Protective Edge

Muslims pray “ ihdina siratal mustaqeem “ – lead us along the straight path – but since yesterday evening it has been “the road from Ramallah leads to Jerusalem” – not Mecca, because the Palestinians have designated today as their Day of RAGE … So the TV camera crews are there to capture some of the live footage of this Friday’s turbulence as Palestinians erupt into their day of rage against Israel – a rage that is likely to erupt into more violence.

In the on-going David versus Goliath, there is the myth of proportionality

Even without the lifting of the blockade – Hamas’ main demand (so that they will be freely able to import weapons of mass destruction – for jihad – by land, sea, and air) – Hamas will claim victory if their leadership is still left standing. So, it’s unlikely that Israel will give up and return home, having sacrificed so much with so many innocent civilian Palestinians and Israeli soldiers dead, return home without being able to declare “mission accomplished” and leave Hamas still intact with some 8,000 rockets and other advanced artillery that we still know not of…

Didn’t Israel agree to the Egyptian’s ceasefire proposals, whilst Hamas said no deal?

Maximum restraint

This Sabbath : Parshat Masei

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks : Leadership at the time of crisis

The second part of Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz’s Light in the Darkness from the ninth paragraph on, is an unusually potent commentary on what’s happening right now in Gaza, and ai (little ai) recommend it, so please read on…

Shabbat Shalom everyone…

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This day in history: 26 Tammuz 5774 / 24th July, 2014

July 24th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Today

Swedish news: Sharp increase in asylum seekers this year – about 80,000...

The more the merrier. I wonder how Jimmie Åkesson is relating to this new prognosis.

Day and night, the live camera is on at The Kotel the planet’s heart centre, recording history. (For some other people the earth’s centre is Mecca)

Who remembers the Island of Peace Massacre?

Reassuring: Tehillim – Psalm 126

In the meantime it’s Sheikh Abbas & Humperdinck of the West Bank vs. Mr. Goliath of Gaza. At this stage they are systematically taking out Goliath’s teeth, one by one. The whole operation will be over on 10th of August and then we can begin to pick up the broken pieces, – all of them:

“Broken lines, broken strings
Broken threads, broken springs
Broken idols, broken heads
People sleeping in broken beds
Ain’t no use jiving
Ain’t no use joking
Everything is broken

Broken bottles, broken plates
Broken switches, broken gates
Broken dishes, broken parts
Streets are filled with broken hearts
Broken words never meant to be spoken
Everything is broken

Seem like every time you stop and turn around
Something else just hit the ground

Broken cutters, broken saws
Broken buckles, broken laws
Broken bodies, broken bones
Broken voices on broken phones
Take a deep breath, feel like you’re chokin’
Everything is broken

Every time you leave and go off someplace
Things fall to pieces in my face
Broken hands on broken ploughs
Broken treaties, broken vows
Broken pipes, broken tools
People bending broken rules
Hound dog howling, bullfrog croaking
Everything is broken” (Bob Dylan : Everything is Broken)

Prior to the six day war in 1967, Gaza was being administered by Egypt and Judea and Samaria, the so called West Bank including the most sacred place for the Jewish people The Temple Mount was being administered by Jordan. But that was not enough for them, so they attacked Israel, because what they want is not just Gaza and “the West Bank”, they want the whole of Israel which they would like to transform into the 23rd Arab state in the region.

One more thing is certain: If Mohamed Morsi had still been in power, then Israel would have thought more than twice before embarking on the ground offensive. It’s different with El-Sisi as the new pharaoh…

It’s a very unequal story: The Jews and the Arabs, the great children of Abraham, are locked in mortal combat. History marches on, prophecy is being fulfilled and it shall all come to pass. The prize is much bigger than the rectangular sliver of land, once only sand that’s Gaza, the scene of the latest battle. Some say the scene of the latest crime.

This gentleman’s lamentation is Sharon Promised Me 40 Years’ Quiet”

A question that anyone has a right to ask : How did Gaza become a terrorist missile base? It was possible because Ariel Sharon unilaterally evacuated all the 5,000 Jews who lived in Gaza – to the last man, woman and child. And then what happened? Gaza became a terrorist missile base – in spite of “the blockade”.

And that’s exactly what happened.

For that reason there is talk that the only solution to Hamas terror is either de-militarisation or re-occupation…to prevent Hamas from acquiring ballistic missiles – especially should they improve their friendship with Iran who in the future might also decide that it’s time they had their own nuclear weapons.

Can you imagine what life would be like if Benjamin Netanyahu were to unilaterally declare that all the so called settlers should leave Judea and Samaria? And after that Hamas (God forbid) were to wrest power from their unity government partner, Mahmoud Abbas, the chairman of Fatah and the West Bank? In no time at all the so called West Bank would become a hundred times worse as a terrorist missile base. Just ask Hamas what they would do if they had power and ruled in Judea and Samaria, the so called “West Bank”.

Once upon a time the terrorists used to bleed Israel and then point to the Golan Heights. Used to bleed Israel and then point at the Bekaa Valley area in Southern Lebanon (Hezbollah stronghold)

So Israel left Southern Lebanon – the buffer zone – and then what happened? The Hezbollah-Israel war of 2006 and more hate mail – after the Hezbollah guerrillas/ gorillas (chimps) killed eight Israeli soldiers and kidnapped another two Israeli soldiers that were patrolling on the Israel side of the border. There were interminable linguistic disputes as to whether kidnapped or “captured” should be the appropriate word, since the captives were all military men. In a war, “You sneak behind enemy lines and capture an enemy soldier…”

A dreamer of dreams told me that when the Messiah comes, he will take the hand of Israel’s chief Rabbi and the hand of the chief Mufti of Saudi Arabia and ask them , “ Children of Abraham, why are you still fighting? “ – and thus start the new millennium when righteousness and knowledge of God shall cover the earth as water covers the sea…

“To the last drop of blood.” Easier said than done.

The peace and tranquillity that was missing in Gaza this Ramadan will be over on Sunday. What was missing in tranquillity in the Middle East neighbourhood will be overcompensated by more wilful actions, the sounds of the sirens and the whistling of bullets, the sound of bombs and missiles exploding for the sake of Allah !” Not for the sake of they themselves (their terrorist selves) but (Robert Spencer take note) , the man says it’s “For the sake of Allah” – and who are you to tell him that everything that he’s doing is not for the sake of Allah ?

And therefore – as if by divine command for the satisfaction and glory of Allah sub han t’ala the whole world is witnessing more and more Hamas missile-fire upon innocent Israeli citizens. Do you think this is OK?

In their Al Qassam website they claim to have only fired 43 missiles on Israeli military bases, so far – what with about 8,500 more rockets remaining unused, not yet in use but reserved for future use, maintaining their current rate of constant fire,their missile supplies can last another six weeks, at least through the month of Shawwal – unless the IDF destroys them, in order to protect Israel’s legal population…

Still in Gaza: You see a warning signal flash on your roof and if you’re still in the building, you know that it’s time for you to become a nervous wreck

All in one day and well before midnight:

U.N. shelter in Gaza hit, 16 dead, 200 wounded It’s not sure who fired on the shelter, the IDF or some misguided Hamas racket fire. It’s being investigated

Of course it’s easier to pinpoint a much larger target such as a house than it is to pinpoint a rocket launching ramp when returning fire. The question is, should the IDF not return fire when the enemy fire comes from a source in one of the densely populated arms depots and launching pads in Gaza?
Then, how to stop the Hamas missiles? Only by the iron dome?

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Day 16: Israel bombz Gaza

July 23rd, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Holland mourns. Israelis mourn. Hamas mourns.

Messrs Reinfeldt, Bildt and Löfven mourn and say what they say.

Perhaps not all that they would really like to say, very personally speaking of course. Extreme criticism is liable to being interpreted as blood libel or anti-Semitism, or islamophobia, not the sort of things that anyone should be indulging in before or after the elections. As the rabbi said – and Mickey Spice also said it – before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. Sometimes the most difficult one for individuals and whole nations, is this one

If some terrorist organisation was firing rockets into Southern Sweden non-stop, threatening to flatten Goteborg and Stockholm, wipe out the inhabitants and to take over, Löfven, the man whose emblem is the rose, would be saying other kinds of things about brutality.

Israel is winning on the ground

Both sides are determined. Humanitarian or not, Hamas say that they will fight to the last drop of blood in Gaza</strong> – mostly children’s and women’s innocent civilian blood.

Israel is also determined to accomplish what she set out to do: to destroy Hamas-terrorist capability, to completely dismantle their rockets and rocket launchers so that the people of Israel (young and old) do not have to continue to live under the psychological terror and stress of having to run helter-skelter to the nearest bomb shelter after being given twenty seconds to run for cover when the bomb signal – a siren goes off – the people of Sderot have been living like this for years, in sovereign Israel

A simple idea

Reinfeldt has said, Bildt has said Löfven has said and perhaps Urban Ahlin wants to say something too. The EU has also said

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Day 13? (it’s not a Friday)

July 20th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

This couldn’t happen in Malmö

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Even on the Sabbath, it’s a matter of stand firm or feed worm.

July 19th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish peacenik, peace & love nik, make love not war nik,

Before we get carried away:

11 crucial facts to understand the Israel-Gaza crisis

This is for those sitting on the fence, innocent bystanders, innocent observers, well-wishers and innocent idlers who think that the IDF’s ground offensive is “piece of cake”:

Fatah’s Military Arm, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades: “We Have Fired Rockets Into Israel From Gaza – And Will Continue To Do So Our Martyrdom Units Are Ready To Oppose Any Ground Invasion By The Zionist Enemy”

It’s serious.

Here’s the Full text of Israeli UN ambassador Ron Prosor’s Security Council speech which was delivered today, 18th July

The principle is Pikuach Nefesh – the imperative to save life – that most precious gift from the Almighty, to save life and not the opposite – the Holocaust comes to mind – or to take a course of action with a total disregard for that most precious gift – such as using human shields, such as shooting down that Malaysian airplane with 295 innocent passengers on board because someone thought that it was President Putin on board (I come to that conclusion when I read that Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane was travelling almost the same route as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and also this disturbing news: Chancellor Merkel: Hamas has new weaponry

At this time, the news is that “Holland’s House of Representatives unanimously voted in favor of a motion to stop transferring money to the Palestinian Authority, which funds terrorists.

Sure , after the war , Gaza will be in need of money for reconstruction etc etc. But should such financial aid go to HAMAS who will undoubtedly use some of the money to obtain new weapons to continue their jihad? If other EU countries follow suit then it’s clear that Hamas has no golden future in Gaza after the 10th of August this year. So who/ what is the alternative to Hamas rule in Gaza? Or will we see a new Hamas, a reformed Hamas, one that will embrace Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s non-violence or Dave Dellinger’s “Revolutionary non-violence” as a way forward for the Palestinian people? Not bloody likely? Wishful thinking? Well, we must bear in mind that Hamas is Muslim, not Hindu or Christian – JIHAD is their song, their National Anthem, not the “Oh Freedom” Negro Spiritual which goes,

“And before I’d be a slave I’ll be buried in my grave
And go home to my Lord and be free”

As Fathi Hammad the Hamas Minister of the Interior declared,

We are not moved by the beat of drums or by the clapping of hands. What moves us is the whistling of bullets, the sound of bombs and missiles exploding for the sake of Allah, and the capture of [Israeli] soldiers in order to swap them with our prisoners. That is what moves us. This is music to our ears. This is our anthem, our songs.”

Audience: Allah Akbar, all praise be to Allah.

Allah Akbar, all praise be to Allah.

Fathi Hammad: “I would like to address our Palestinian brothers in Fatah, and say: come join us. Return to your religion, to your homeland, to your Jihad. We are up to the task. It is us to whom you should turn. Do not turn to the Americans, to the Zionists, to the hypocrites, or to [your] feeble leadership, which has sold out… Turn to us, the group that wages Jihad for the sake of Allah”

I guess that in their corner, some of the extremist so called settlers in Israel are whistling the same song.

But are there any “moderate” Muslims on this issue? In Western terms “Moderate” meaning “opposed to Jihad” – exactly what are they saying? When Mohammad Badie the spiritual leader of Hamas’ brother organisation, the Egyptian Brotherhood, the equivalent of Hamas’ Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was given two minutes to defend himself in El-Sisi’s Egyptian Court of Law, this is what he said:

“We have fought only against the Jews, and Kamel Al-Sharif may testify about the conduct of the Muslim Brotherhood in the [1948] war in Palestine. We fought against the Jews. The Israeli strategic research institute wrote in a report: “Our greatest enemies in the world are the Muslim Brotherhood.” This is an honor for us, yet now we are being accused of conspiring with Hamas against the Egyptian people. This is an absolute lie.”

This too does not look too good

In moving on to the next point that I am about to make
I am bearing in mind Bishop Krister Stendahl’s golden rules
and none of them do I intend to break :

“1. When you are trying to understand another religion, you should ask the adherents of that religion and not its enemies.
2. Don’t compare your best to their worst.
3. Leave room for “holy envy.” (By this Stendahl meant that you should be willing to recognize elements in the other religious tradition or faith that you admire and wish could, in some way, be reflected in your own religious tradition or faith.)”

I’m not pretending to be representing Hamas, since I wouldn’t know how to do that. Let the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad people represent themselves.

Moving on to the applications of pikuach Nefesh, this is my slightly abbreviated version of what Rabbi Ari Enkin has to say in a short note about what we must know about Israel’s war in Gaza : “What you MUST know about Israel’s War in Gaza” :

“Shalom

Yes, it’s true. Israeli ground forces have entered the Gaza Strip.
Make no mistake. Regardless of what you hear from media outlets, foreign governments or the UN — Israel is acting in complete self-defense.
Due to the incessant rocket attacks and vast network of terror tunnels intended to murder Israeli citizens, Israel simply has no choice.
Although the US State Department has told Israel that “there is more that can be done” to protect civilians in Gaza, rest assured that the Israel Defense Forces are going way beyond what any other country has ever done – and would ever do – to protect a civilian population.
In yesterday’s live webinar, I presented the authentic Jewish approach to fighting a war. Unlike the enemies of Israel who glorify terror, destruction and death, the Jewish people have the highest regard for human life.
Our supreme value of human life is reflected in the humane, dignified manner in which the IDF is conducting itself in its war of self-defense, such as by dropping leaflets and phoning the residents of Gaza to warn them of imminent attacks.
Israel’s armed forces are truly a model for the world – and a light unto the nations.
We have initiated a special campaign to enable you – the friends and supporters of Israel – to stand with Israel at this difficult time.
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom from Israel.

With Blessings of Peace,
Rabbi Ari Enkin
Rabbinic Director
United with Israel ”

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Gaza, before and after the IDF moves in…

July 17th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Israel they say, has a right to defend herself…

United With Israel

There’s exactly one time that I have ever sort of liked Saddam Hussein and that was when I saw him on TV as he went up to the front, not many medals like Idi Amin, but looking casual and self-assured in his usual khaki uniform, beret on head, revolver in holster and walking with a slight swagger yeah, the butcher of Baghdad, ladle in hand, stirring one of the huge cooking pots and like Henry V giving words of encouragement to his men, that they were going to chase the crazy baldheads out of town – or to use his exact words, that the Americans would soon be “swimming in their own blood “- it was then that I thought that maybe he has some deadly weapons of mass destruction after all. And the rumour is that since the airstrikes began some of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad commanders have been playing it safe – and up till now, may be still hiding in their bunkers for fear of being targeted by an Israeli Air force missile, and now that their best friend the IDF has come to town they will probably come out to meet them face to face and man to man or they may be burrowing even further down into their holes, their concrete bunkers and hiding in their tunnels. But the jihadists are not known to be cowards.,

More worrying, how do we know that Hamas doesn’t have a few WMDs in their stockpile, reserved for more dangerous times?

This was before there was any high tech military and soldiers who wear glasses that enable them to see in the dark.

In the world of ancient metaphor and legend it’s said that Egypt excelled in the magical arts but that there is no warrior more terrible than the Israeli warrior and that there is the Jewish way to fight a war…

This evening due to unavoidable circumstances, I missed a class on just that and these matters:

Warfare in the Bible
Torah Values in the IDF
The Jewish Ethics of Warfare
The Jewish Approach to Civilian Casualties
The Jewish View on Women and Warfare
And More!

Nobody likes war. It’s painful, it hurts, blood, loss of all you have : life – that which the Almighty has created gets killed. We pray for peace all the time, but sometimes it takes a war to stop the terror – such as the Malaysian plane that has just been shot down – although he doesn’t know for sure, our Carl Bildt is quick to accuse the freedom fighters of East Ukraine of the perfidy. So now, all eyes are on that front and on latest developments in Gaza too.

PM Netanyahu had called up some 40,000 reservists and there has been a total of 50,000 Israeli warriors encamped with their tanks , just outside Gaza these past couple of days – like sitting ducks for Hamas’ short range rockets – for them too it must be a relief that they have said their prayers and are now going in.
Hamas has not shown any enthusiasm about the ceasefire offers, so far – perhaps they will have no choice when they have been defeated, if they are defeated – even if they are hoping for heavy casualties so that they can be happy that they killed Israelis – the sole purpose of their amassing 10, 000 missiles and we don’t know how many bombs. The good news is that after war there is usually peace – but not in this case of course. And Hamas knows that the loser will not be the one who will be dictating the conditions for a ten year truce.

Trust in the Lord but don’t forget to keep your gunpowder dry.
Finally, the IDF ground forces of young men and young women are moving into Gaza to destroy as many of the enemy’s terrorist missiles as possible - and if possible to reduce those missiles to zero, to rubble…

Before the ground invasion it was 1,800 air strikes on Hamas targets, as a result of which the death toll was 240 (according to Hamas sources) and this should mean that the IDF was extra careful to minimise civilian fatalities. With the ground incursion, we are to suppose that many of Gaza’s armed civilians are not in uniform – and that in so far as they are armed and fighting against the IDF, can be said to be indistinguishable from those other jihadists who may or may not be in any kind of military uniforms. The casualties and fatalities are going to be significantly higher, since Hamas says that they have been waiting for this ground incursion and are going to give the IDF a taste of their own medicine…

And after the war, who knows , perhaps some Swedish doctors and troops to help pick up the pieces and keep the truce?

(to be continued)

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