Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DAN GORDON: So you say you won.

It's Monsoon season in Northern Arizona, which means lightning strikes and that spells trouble in river city for those old enough to get the show tune reference. My phone, cable and Internet service are all out so I am thumbing this puppy, which I suppose only makes sense . It is a kind of nostalgia for the time, just a few weeks ago, when I "thumbed  articles in the field" some times under rocket and mortar fire, which I choose to think explained the typos and misspellings .

It is fitting because there is a cease fire, and unlike the others,  this is one which Hamas may actually not violate, at least for a while. And how do I know?

Because, praise the Lord, Hamas just declared victory!  Not a "divine victory," mind you. It didn't rise to that level, but they are, according to the last television report I saw, having a pool party in Gaza's five star hotel, at which I'm sure Hamas's elite, now that they've come up out of their underground bunkers, will be in attendance.

So it's official. Sami Abu Zuhri , Hamas's spokesman, said so at a news conference at Shifa hospital. 

Now why was the news conference at Shifa hospital, you might ask? Because that's where Hamas built it's command and control center, under the hospital, hiding behind the wounded.  And dying Gazans they gleefully sacrificed for this glorious victory. Which, dear UN war crimes committee, is, by the way, a freaking war crime! 

And what are the achievements of this not quite Divine victory? Well, said Sami, they forced hundreds if not thousands of Israelis to flee Southern Israel. That's true, Sami. Because unlike Hamas we don't hide behind our civilian population. Our kibbutzim in the North took in whole communities to get them out of harm's way. Unlike the way you forced your own people to become unwilling human shields!  What a victory!  A half million of your own people are now refugees because you turned down the very cease fire you now embrace as victory when the war was only eight days old - when two thousand Palestinians, whose death warrants you signed by shooting from their neighborhoods, mosques and schools, were still alive!  Because as you have so often said, we Israelis love life while Hamas worships death. Your words, proudly proclaimed , not mine.

We invested billions in money we didn't have, to build Iron Dome which effectively shot down ninety percent of the rockets you aimed at our civilian population while hiding behind yours. True you did kill five civilians, one of whom was a four year old child, so if that's not reason for a victory celebration what is?  

This was your war, Hamas, planned for over five years and designed around your secret weapon of terrorist attack tunnels, which, you believed, would have allowed you to pop up like zombies come up out of the grave, into packed dining halls and kindergartens. You were sure it would be a divine victory in which you could murder and maim thousands of civilian men, women and children, because that's who those tunnels were aimed at.  

You would have hundreds of weeping women and children cowering in your underground prison cells which you'd prepared, taken captive with the handcuffs and tranquilizers we found on your terrorists' bodies. You would have brought Israel to it's knees with the blood of it's children, and you would make it all look like your own impoverished response to Israeli air attacks. You had the script already written. 

But how to drag the Jews into a war that none of us wanted? Easy! Give the order, publicly no less, to your terrorist cells in the West Bank to kidnap and murder Jews. And that part went along just fine! You kidnapped and murdered three Israeli school boys on their way home from school, sure that would have to start the war you had planned so long and so meticulously, using the steel and cement the world gave you in 2009 and 2012, supposedly to rebuild Gaza, and which you used to build your terrorist attack tunnels instead!  And we all fell for it ! The whole world bought your b.s. about wanting to rebuild schools and baby clinics, the Israeli war criminals had so cruelly destroyed!  So why shouldn't you celebrate? That part at least worked perfectly!  You conned the whole world with your sob story and were so sure it would lead to the divine Victory! 

And when Israel fired not one shot into Gaza in response, you must have thought, "What's a terrorist got to do to get a Jew to cut him some slack and start a war so we can get to the Divine  victory part?"  

So then you started firing rockets, and we said "calm will be answered with calm."  Well that sucks, right? How are you gonna get a Divine victory out of that?!  So then you upped the rocket attacks to a hundred a day and we answered with an aerial campaign hoping that after a week of seeing your rockets knocked down by iron dome you would have had enough.  But you had the secret Divine victory, terrorist attack tunnels up your sleeve, and you sucker punched us And the whole world . You assured the world thru the Turks and Qataris that you were accepting the cease fire but on the morning it was to start you launched another hundred rockets, all to take our eyes off the terrorist tunnel, knock out punch you were going to deliver that afternoon. 

But thanks to a merciful G-d and the courage, skill and strength of the ID, you failed... Miserably I might add. Not one hostage. Not one kindergarten or dining hall strewn with murdered men women and children. No divine victory, just fifty days of misery you heaped on your own people. Fifty days of a war you launched And lost, and hence in your own hateful logic you now proclaim victory... 

And right around the corner will come the sob stories once again about the Israeli war criminals and how the world must pay for the third time in five years, to rebuild a Gaza, destroyed through three successive wars you launched and lost in search of that same divine victory!  Well this time, if the world can get it's head out of it's collective rectum, maybe they won't be conned by the terrorist carnival huckster. Maybe they'll say, "You want Gaza rebuilt? No problem , just demilitarize, because you have no enemies. The Israelis don't want Gaza and neither do the Egyptians."  We'd be only too happy to see you become the Singapore of the Middle East because then maybe you could invite all those Palestinians you made homeless and the relatives of the dead you hid behind, to the pool party instead of trying to kill us. But until then, save the sob story for someone else . I hope that's what the world tells you.  I hope for once they won't buy the con job.

But I'm not holding my breath.

Dan Gordon
Joe Six Pack Civilian

Sunday, August 24, 2014

DAN GORDON: Don't Hold Your Breath


I have about a week and a half before I return to Israel and put on a uniform as a Sar El Volunteer attached to my reserve unit. So as Joe Six Pack Civilian I can say things, both in subject matter and in form, which I cannot do while in uniform. I, thus, intend to take advantage of it while I can. And since I’m going to be traveling, and then teaching, and then enjoying my son and grand son, and having meetings about charity projects and theatrical productions( oxymoron), this may be my last chance to do so .

I, quite frankly am amazed that people, who feel themselves aligned with the left, with the progressive movement, as we call it in the United States , could be comfortable making common cause against a Western democracy like Israel ,and with a genocidal , theocratic, imperialist, gay hating , misogynistic, female genital mutilating, child bride abusing,” honor killing”, group of Moslem, fascist thugs,  like Hamas.  I’m quite simply amazed by this, nonplussed, gobsmacked !

So let’s, for the moment, at least, take Israel and Hamas out of the equation, since the mere mention of the Jewish state,, indeed the very notion of a Jewish state, drives some folks into such paroxysms of frenzy, that there is absolutely no hope whatsoever for anything even remotely resembling discourse.

It’s like that Bob Dylan lyric, from" I Shall be Free"
“Now I got a friend who spends his life
stabbing my picture with a bowie knife,
Dreams of strangling’ me with a scarf,
when my name comes up he pretends to barf,
I’ve got a million friends."

That’s sort of the relationship between Israel and a certain breed on the left,who do moral back flips to see in Hamas, a group of put upon freedom fighters, and in Israel, the re incarnation of Nazi Germany..

Now, fun’s fun, but that’s just flat out perverse!

So let us, for the moment, take Israel and Hamas out of the question and in their place let’s put…I don’t know…let’s say, ISIS and the Yezidis.  ISIS, or ISIL or The Islamic State, or The Caliphate, whichever name you choose for them, are the folks who just beheaded photo journalist James Foley and posted, on YouTube, the gristly video of his head being sawed off by ISIS terrorist Abdel -Majed Abdel Bary, a former British rapper calling himself  L Jinny, and now referred to by some as Jihadi John.

Let’s make a wild leap of faith , shall we? Let’s  imagine, that if you are one of the Israel bashing, Hamas cheer leaders, that you are none the less, actually repulsed by the beheading of Mr. Foley, by the aforementioned former British rapper turned ISIS terrorist. Let’s say you actually think it’s a barbaric act for which there can be no excuse. No amount of perceived persecution, no insult to the Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him, could possibly justify such an act of barbarism, nor excuse the terrorist organization, which not only sanctioned the beheading, but ordered it as a matter of policy, as a tactic in their war against the West.
I know that’s a lot to ask, but I’m hoping, at the very least, we can find common ground in roundly condemning the act and the actors  and in stating firmly that any organization that  would perpetrate such an act in the name of establishing a world wide Moslem Caliphate , are in  fact a bunch of theocratic, genocidal, Imperialist, Moslem, fascist thugs.
In case we’re going too fast let’s break that down;
Theocratic-  because they believe Allah not only sanctions their actions but orders them and is pleased by them. 
Genocidal - because they have made clear their intent to wipe out, annihilate, indeed commit genocide against their enemies, and indeed proudly proclaim their intent to do same.\
Imperialist- because in establishing the Caliphate , they indeed intend for it to be an empire.
Moslem- because that is the religion they profess to follow.
Fascists- because the dictionary defines Fascism as “ a political movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for centralized autocratic government, headed by a dictatorial leader."
Can we all agree we’re on the same page thus far?
Can we all agree that nothing excuses that type of barbarous fascism; not Hitler believing the German folk got the wrong end of the stick after WWI, or the Jews were all to blame for it, and not any insult to the Prophet, peace be upon him, nor any thwarting of Islamic dreams of righteous conquest? Still on the same page?
Good Lord, I hope so, otherwise you truly are lost and beyond redemption and, as odd as it seems, I still have hope for you as a rational human being as capable of recognizing virtue, and siding with it, as you are of recognizing vice, and opposing it.
Now ask yourself this question: What if Foley was a Jew? Is the action still inexcusable ?
What if he was a Jew and an Israeli? Is there still no justification?
What if he was a Jew, and an Israeli, and a soldier in the IDF, let us say, or even worse, a Jew who lived in one of the Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria? Are you sure you wouldn’t be able to find some rationale for the same act? Are you sure you wouldn’t say , yes, but…. and then come up with a laundry list of grievances to mitigate the act of barbarity? Come on now, fess up. You sure you wouldn’t be able to find some empathy in your heart for the down trodden ISIS masses who must have suffered at the hands of the Zionist Occupier?
But I digress.
Forget about Mr. Foley being a Jew.
He wasn’t. So you need not ever face what would or would not be a moral dilemma vis a vis his beheading.
ISIS beheaded a nice American, non-Zionist photo journalist and you can roundly condemn them for doing same.
Now let’s talk about the Yezidis. They are an ancient, aboriginal people, a non-Moslem minority, not unlike the Kurds, and not unlike the Jews, living in a majority  Moslem Middle East..

The theocratic, genocidal, imperialist, Moslem, fascist terrorists of ISIS referred to Yezidis as “ Devi Worshipers “ and  set out to forcibly convert or annihilate them, with the result being that some forty thousand Yezidis sought refuge atop Mt. Sinjar, in their ancient homeland, while the theocratic, genocidal, imperialist, Moslem fascist terrorists of ISIS surrounded the base of the mount, intent upon killing each and every one of the Yezidis.

Indeed their plight aroused the sympathy of the world and the US and European countries enacted mercy flights of food and medicine to the trapped Yezidis atop Mt. Sinjar. In fact the US authorized air strikes to relive their siege. Again, it may be a wild leap of faith, but I’m going to assume that you Hamas cheer leaders ,enablers and apologists, found no fault with that.

Now here come the hard parts. Ready?

What is the difference between ISIS and Hamas?

And what is the difference between the Yezidis and the Jews of Israel?

I can hear the indignation!  How dare I compare ISIS to Hamas?!  First of all Hamas, unlike ISIS, which has murdered it’s way to power, is the duly elected representative of the Palestinian People in Gaza!

BZZZZT!  

That, unfortunately, was the sound of Alex Trebeck  telling you that was the wrong answer.  In 2006 Hamas did indeed win elections for parliament . However Mahmoud Abbas was still president of the Palestine Authority, and the Palestine Authority, not Hamas, was still the ruler of both the West Bank and Gaza. Hamas, however, was not satisfied with winning parliamentary seats and in a bloodthirsty coup, machine gunned to death their fellow Palestinian soldiers of the Palestinian Authority. They lined them up against walls and machine gunned them. They shot their knee caps off while interrogating them. They blindfolded and bound them and pushed them off multistory buildings to gristly deaths. That’s how they seized power. by murdering their way into taking over Gaza. That, is how they have maintained power, through murderous terror. In the past three days, as of this writing, they have murdered some twenty five of their fellow Palestinians, without benefit of trial or even official charges having been brought against them. They just took them out into the streets and shot them. What was the crime? Suspicion of collaboration. Not proof mind you. Just grab someone who may disagree with you, say they’re a collaborator and summarily gun them down in the streets so everyone else will see and get the message as well.

Did you protest against those deaths by the way? Because, even by the Palestinians own numbers that’s more people killed than died at the hands of Israeli air strikes, during the same period. But I didn’t see any protest marches against those murders. Did I miss something? Were you really out there while I was distracted? Come on now…tell the truth. You didn’t protest, did you? How come? Was there a re run of the Voice that night? No?Well because those were collaborators, you say. They were JUSTIFIED in killing them in time of war. Were they? Would you justify killing anti Iraq war or Afghan war protestors in the west during time of war? And what about those original Palestinian soldiers they gunned down by the hundreds? Did you protest that? They weren’t collaborating with anyone but the Palestine Authority.

Yes, you might say, but you can’t compare a group that would behead an American journalist with….with what? A group that would order and carry out the kidnapping and murder of three school boys? Because that’s exactly what Hamas officials have finally admitted to doing.

Ahh yes, you stammer and stutter, contorting yourself in every direction to justify murdering the three boys, which was the way this whole horrible war started, according to Hamas’s own plan! Ahh yes, you say, but those boys were Settlers.

And what exactly does that mean?

"It means they were Jews living in lands the Palestinians claim for themselves!" you say laying that trump card, triumphantly on the table.

You know though , that’s a problem too.

Because 1.6 million “Palestinians” live inside Israel and enjoy full civil rights and complete equality. So much so in fact, that you can not find one Palestinian living in Israel, who wishes to trade their Israeli citizenship to be a “ citizen” of Hamas run Gaza. I defy you to find one….one in 1.6 million!

But while 1.6 million Palestinians can live in Israel, you seem to have no problem with the notion that NO Jew will be allowed to live in Palestine, should it ever become an independent state. It must instead, be judenrein…oh, sorry, that was the Nazi term. It must be Jew Free. And I don’t remember you ever protesting that one either.

Well that’s because the Jews stole the Palestinians' Land!

Bzzzt! There’s Alex again.

Israel unilaterally withdrew from every square inch of Gaza in 2005, and it used the Israeli army to uproot Jews by force , from their homes, farms, businesses, and places of worship to do it. If we did that to Palestinians you’d call us war criminals. But we did it to Jews, and we did it for one reason. To give peace a chance. The policy , in case you forgot or never knew, was called “ Gaza First” and it meant that if we could live in peace with a Palestinian entity in Gaza, which by treaty with the Palestinians , was to forever have been demilitarized, then that could be a template for the “ Two State Solution” a Palestinian State and a Jewish State living side by side in peace and security.

Okay, but, you sputter, I wasn’t talking about Gaza , I was talking about stealing the land on the West bank and besides, Gaza is under siege. You have a cruel blockade of Gaza that is strangling them!

BZZZTT. Thank you Alex.

As we withdrew from Gaza, on the day we were withdrawing, they began firing rockets at us. The so called siege is a sanctions regime meant to be a non lethal way, which I thought you would applaud, since it means, no war, no air strikes, no dead Palestinians, of trying to get the current Occupiers of Gaza to stop firing rockets at us! The US has had  a similar set of sanctions regime against Cuba for over half a century and I don’t recall a single rocket falling on US soil from Cuba. We’ve had almost twelve thousand rockets fired at us since 2005 when we ENDED the occupation of Gaza!

By the way, even during the current conflict hundreds of truckloads of humanitarian goods have been transferred per day into Gaza by Israel, which also continues to supply Gaza with the electricity it uses to make the rockets it fires at us!

As to the lands of the West Bank, both Gaza and the West Bank were annexed by Egypt and Jordan in 1948 and ruled by them for twenty years. Did anyone refer to those exact same lands as “ occupied territory “ in all that time. Did ONE Palestinian refer to the West Bank as Occupied territory prior to 1967?

In 1967 Jordan, despite Israel’s pleas  to that country to stay out of the war, attacked Israel…and they lost. Israel immediately offered to return almost all of the West Bank, and Jordan ,together with the other Arab states, issued the three “ no’s “. No recognition of Israel, no negotiation with Israel and no peace with Israel. Twenty years ago Israel signed the Oslo accords with the PLO and CREATED the Palestinian Authority and every Israeli government since then has said it would negotiate to create two states for two peoples. One for the Palestinian people and one for the Jewish People. The problem, and it is the main problem, is that NO Palestinian leader has agreed to recognize Israel as the Jewish State. That is of vital importance because if our “ partner “ does not recognize the legitimacy of the Jewish State as having a rightful place in the Middle East than what we will be negotiating will be nothing more than another cease fire in an ongoing war to destroy us and displace us with a Palestinian state from the Jordan river to the Sea, which is EXACTLY what Hamas proudly proclaims is its intent.

Moreover it’s charter makes it clear that it’s war is not just with the state of Israel but with the Jewish People. It’s charter says” We look forward to the fulfillment of the promise of Allah when Moslems will rise up and kill the Jews until the rocks and trees cry out , O’ Moslem, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him”. Or as Hamas spokesman Abu Odeh succinctly put it, “ We never target civilians. We only target Jews”.

So what is the difference between ISIS and Hamas?

Both state clearly that their goal is the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate under Sharia law. Hamas does not just see the West Bank as Occupied territory, they see, and proudly proclaim, that Tel Aviv is occupied territory.

But what ought to get your attention is the fact that they see Spain as occupied territory as well…and parts of Italy and Europe up to the gates of Vienna, indeed any land that was ever under Moslem rule is “Occupied Territory” a violation of the Islamic Trust, occupied by infidels, which means each and every one of you non Moslem, Hamas apologists and enablers.

They simply want to START with us.

But they want to finish with you.

Both Hamas and ISIS murdered their way into power.

Both govern by terror.

Both are absolutely committed to carrying out genocide.

Both are theocratic, fascist, imperialistic, genocidal, terrorist organizations and armies.  What is the difference between the two?

The West has allowed the cancer that is ISIS to spread.

Israel and Egypt have contained the cancer that is Hamas in Gaza, and Israel is putting it into remission.

As for the Yezidis and Israel, what is the difference between them?

Both are ancient, aboriginal minorities, in a sea of Islamist fanatics, bent on annihilating them. The Yezidis went up onto Mt. Sinjar as a last refuge while the forces that would destroy them gathered around them for the final solution. We’ve been up on that mountain ourselves before.  

It was called Massada.

It was called Nazi Occupied Europe.

It was called Entebbe.

It was called Ma’a lot.

It is called Israel.

The only difference between us, is we have a country an an army with which to defend it.  And on the day when we are not stronger than the genocidal, theocratic, imperialist, fascist Islamist terrorists, bent on our destruction, we will be right up there on Mt. Sinjar with the Yezidis.

Don’t hold your breath.

Dan Gordon
Joe Six Pack Civillian

Sunday, August 17, 2014

DAN GORDON: Talking Truth to Crap





I admit to being a bit cranky. 








I've been home from participating in Operation Protective Edge for about a week. I am in uniform no more, though I still wear my dog tags in solidarity with my brothers in arms, who,like all citizens of Israel, await the outcome of cease fire talks in Cairo. Because we never wanted this war. It was forced upon us by Hamas. The  current cease fire is set to expire Monday at Midnight Israel time.Hamas has repeatedly rejected and/or  violated each past cease fire, so no one knows what will happen with this one. 
I admit to being a bit cranky.  
I don't think it's PTSD, though I've been to too many funerals, had a few too many close calls with rockets and mortars, had people with whom I'd celebrated the night before be killed the next day, seen chunks of the skull of a sixteen year old blown off by shrapnel from a mortar round I successfully dodged , only through luck and the grace of a loving G-d, who, I choose to believe, still has some  use for me on the planet. 

The song " Fire and Rain " is playing on the local oldies station and I think to myself , " Oh James,you Sweet Hippie Child, you haven't seen anything," 

You haven't been in a shelter during a rocket attack trying to comfort a little girl with nothing but the BS of an adult trying to comfort a child in a rocket attack, who knows better. You haven't seen people race for cover knowing they have only seven seconds before risking being blown apart. You haven't met people who've had to lock themselves in a so called safe room, while only a few hundred meters away a dozen terrorists , armed with anti tank missiles that could incinerate their home, machine guns, grenades, thousands of rounds of ammunition and hand cuffs, with which to take them prisoner and drag them through terrorist tunnels, into underground cells, are on the prowl, and they, this sweet family in a locked room, know that they are their targets. They will live or die in the next hour, depending upon  the skill and bravery of eighteen and nineteen year old boys and girls, who are willing to lay down their lives, not to promulgate any occupation, nor subjugate another people, but to protect their homes and families, and on this particular day, some of those kids will do just that. They will lay down their lives to protect this family and others like them. The terrorists ' secret " Divine Victory Plan" to kill, maim and take hostage, Israeli men women and children will be foiled  and there will be new funerals of nineteen year olds who've given their lives to save the lives of that family huddled together behind a locked door in their home. And you think you've seen Fire and Rain, James?

Since I'm back I've become appalled by the lack of journalistic integrity I've seen in some coverage, and the sheer ignorance in the coverage of others.

 I like listening to NPR on week ends . They have a comedy game show called " Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me. " I'm driving from a friend's house and searching for it on the radio and an NPR news cast comes on. It's about Gaza , so reflexively, like all Israelis, I turn the sound up. Are we at war? Are rockets falling again? The  reporter comes on. She has well modulated, upper crust British Public School pronunciation, as she describes the plight of Palestinian Fisherman in Gaza who now have a five hundred meter limit placed on their fishing activities by the Israeli navy in the wake of the recent war. She describes it as if it is some cold-hearted, at the very least , collective punishment of innocent Gazan Fisherman.

 I mean how cruel can these Zionist oppressors of the the down trodden Gazan fishermen be?!. 

We're talking fishermen here!

 Peter was a Fisherman. Jesus preached on the shores  of  the Sea of Galilee...to Fishermen! Just like these poor Palestinian Fishermen whom the Israelis cruelly limit to fishing only five hundred meters from shore!

 Nazis!

 I can almost see a new site to match "Jesus at the Checkpoint", which tries to say if Jesus of Nazereth were alive today he would be a poor Palestinian, harassed by Roman- like, Jewish, Nazi soldiers at checkpoints in the West Bank. Jesus would be , were he alive today,  separated from his neighbors by " The Apartheid Wall"! 

.Never mind that the checkpoints were a response to, and preventative measure against, the suicide bombers who claimed a thousand Israeli lives, who blew up women and children in pizza parlors and Passover Seders.

As for the so called "Apartheid Wall" it is a security fence, only three percent of which is a thirty foot high wall. And why is there even three percent which is a thirty foot high wall.? Because for years Palestinian terrorists from Kalkiliya and Tul Karem would shoot at cars on the Trans Israel highway and kill Israelis. And by the way, since the barrier has been there , it's stopped  almost a hundred percent of the suicide attacks. Period.

It's not Apartheid you bozo! It's self preservation! 

Twenty percent of Israel's population are Arabs, many of whom define themselves as Palestinian. They sit on our Supreme Court, which recently sent a former Israeli president and a former Israeli Prime Minister to Jail. They study and teach in our universities, serve in our military, are doctors and nurses in our hospitals, and enjoy the protection of the least corrupt , most liberal judiciary in the entire Middle East. Indeed no Arab country affords them the rights they have as citizens of Israel. Does that sound like Apartheid to you? I'll tell you what sounds like Apartheid. It is the fact that virtually every Palestinian leader has said that not one Jew will remain in a Palestinian state once it is created. In other words Judenrein. Jew Free. Hitler's wet dream

But I digress. 

Pardon the rant. I said I was cranky. Back to the poor Gazan fishermen who can't fish beyond a five hundred meter limit imposed by the Israeli navy during the current war. What this Brit twit of an Oxbridge reporter fails to mention is that Hamas terrorists attempted to stage a water born terrorist attack on Zikkim beach near the Israeli city of Ashkelon. Happily, they were engaged and killed by some more 19 year old Israeli kids willing to lay down their lives to protect the Israeli civilian farmers at Kibbutz Zikkim, where the terrorists were headed. THAT'S why there's a five hundred meter  restriction! Because Hamas terrorists , posing as poor Gazan fisherman, indeed, tried to carry out a terrorist attack against our civilians.Gazan  fisherman are paying the price for Hamas terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians. But the Oxbridge modulated tones never mention that. They just sadly intone her name,and solemnly bare witness to yet  another  Israeli act of  tyranny. 

Gimme a break!

 Do your homework you twit. Keep your prejudice , if you like, in the melodrama you wrote in your head before you ever even got there, but provide at least a little bit of context. Whattaya say?

All of which brings me to Jon Voigt.
Jon Voight

Mr. Voigt recently penned an open letter to Javier Bardem and his equally talented wife, Penelope Cruz, for signing an open letter condemning Israel as a war criminal without once mentioning the name , let alone the deeds of Hamas. Mr. Voigt took them to task and recounted Israel's history in a workman like fashion, hoping to educate them, and his readers regarding the facts leading up to the current conflict. 

Mr. Voigt has thus, recently been taken to task himself, by two members of Academia who have chosen to identify with the down trodden, put upon, maligned and much misunderstood freedom fighters of Hamas. 

They have done so by taking their stand  against the capitalist, pig, oppressors of the Palestinian masses, namely the dreaded Zionists. 

They flaunt their academic credentials  to poor Mr. Voigt, a mere actor, and present the true facts and myths surrounding Israel, even going so far as to cite like minded Jewish and Israeli academics, in order to enlighten the aforementioned, and hoplessly naive Mr. Voigt.  They, after all, have written and edited books specializing on ( their grammar , not mine) the history and contemporary realities of Israel, Zionism and Palestine. The conclusion which the professors have drawn is that the United States and Israel are to blame " for the suffering Israel has inflicted on the Palestinian people" And to ice that academic cake, and bolster their argument to  irrefutable heights, which, no mere actor could ever hope to scale, they quote that leading expert on all things Middle Eastern, none other than John Leibowitz!

 Oh...what's the matter ? You never heard of John Leibowitz? 

That's because this particular proud Jewish comic, unlike guys named  Seinfeld, Sandler, and Stiller, felt he couldn't make it merely on his talent. I mean, who ever heard of a Jewish Comedian?!. So he anglicized himself into becoming  a homey of the Oxbridge Patron Saint of Palestinian Fisherman, and thus, was born again as, Jon Stewart.

I like Jon Stewart.

I think  Jon Stewart's a funny guy.

I think he's so funny in fact, he could even have made it even if his name was Leibowitz.

But I'd no more depend on his analysis of the current conflict in the Middle East, than I would consult with Dr. Pepper about a medical condition. Dr. Pepper's a heck of a soft drink. But by Doctors, he's no doctor..

So this is not an open letter to these two bozos of new left chic Academia. But it is a refutation of the same talking points raised by their fellow travelers seeking to de legitimize Israel's very right to exist as the sovereign nation state of the Jewish people. First of all what you have to understand is,  the very notion of a sovereign Jewish state, within any borders, is anathema to this crowd. They live in an enlightened, post nationalistic mindset, where the only people in the Middle East,  entitled to be nationalists , in fact, are those who wish to establish, not a nation, but a Caliphate.

Regarding the birth of Israel in 1948,  Mr. Voigt rightly sites it having come about as a result of Israel's acceptance of the 1947 UN plan to partition Palestine into two states, one Jewish and one Arab. The Arab League and the Palestinians, represented by their revered leader Haj Amin Al Husseini, rejected the partition plan and the establishment of ANY  Jewish State within ANY borders, and as Mr. Voigt pointed out,  Israel was subsequently " attacked by five surrounding Arab countries committed to driving them into the sea"

The professors counter that poor Mr. Voigt has been taken in by a Zionist myth. " This is a distortion of the actual history, which saw Zionism arrive on the soil of a Palestine that was already in the midst of its own modernization" The Zionists , they state, deployed " The conquest of labor" and then " the conquest of the land" to increasingly powerful effect once the British conquered Palestine in 1917" 

I have heard this particular talking point  from various radical left  Professors who have almost inexplicably cast their lot with misogynistic, gay hating, democracy hating, female genital mutilating, child bride abusing, murderous thug terrorists! I am a child of the left. I attended my first civil rights march at the age of ten. My first presidential campaign was for Jack Kennedy and my second was for Bobby. You can still find my blog supporting Barack Obama's first election on the Huffington Post. To have people who proclaim that they are for the universal rights of man, for equality of the sexes, for peace and justice, side with Hamas terrorists and claim their superiority over a Western democracy like Israel, makes me want to puke at the very perversity of the notion.

As the saying goes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.

 So what exactly was this " soil of a Palestine.. already in the midst of its own modernization" when Zionisim arrived? Well let's quote someone who was there, on that very soil a mere fifteen years before Zionism arrived. Mark Twain toured the Holy land in 1867. Zionism arrived in 1882. What was the soil that Twain, no slouch of a social observer he, saw and described in his book , " Innocents Abroad"?

In describing the Valley of Jezreel, he states " There is not a solitary village throughout it's whole extent - not thirty miles in either direction. There are two or three clusters of Bedouin tents, but not a single permanent habitation. One may ride ten miles, hereabouts, and not see ten human beings". 

I mention the Valley of Jezreel in particular, because that's where I was partially raised, went to high school, from whence I went into the army, where I was married, where I taught high school and farmed and wrote and where my first born son, of blessed memory, was born. " I know the Valley of Jezreel as well as I know any place on earth. It is the bread basket of Israel, home to some of the most successful and stunning agriculture on earth. It is alive and bustling with farming villages, schools , colleges, high tech industry, and agriculture R&D that is the envy of the world. It abounds in forests , each tree of which was bought and paid for by Jews around the world, as was the land itself, which was stolen from not one Palestinian, because it was worthless and desolate and sold at inflated prices to the Jews who were so insane they paid handsomely for barren soil, which they turned into paradise through...." The conquest of Labor"!

There was a time when leftists actually praised labor!. But this was Jewish labor. Jews working with their hands in back breaking labor and I am old enough to have actually known that founding generation, and their love of that land which was as bare and desolate as when Twain first visited , they made bloom through " the conquest of labor". Unlike these pious Academic poseurs, they engaged in back breaking work to plant forests and create thriving agricultural villages. They were idealistic young students who displaced no one  in their " conquest of the land" which any enlightened progressive today, should realize was carried out by the oldest and most effective ecological society in the world, The Jewish National Fund, which saw to it that Israel was the only nation on earth to enter the twenty-first century with more trees than it had in the century before. And you creeps dare to distort that into some kind of crime!?

Here's is Twain's description of the Galilee before the arrival of Zionism, " These un-peopled deserts, these rusty mounds of bareness, that never, never, never do shake the glare from their harsh outlines...; that melancholy ruin of Capernaum, this stupid village of Tiberias, slumbering under six funereal palms...A desolation here that not even imagination can grace with the pomp of life and action". That was the Galilee then. Visit it today and be amazed at " the pomp of life and action" all of which was brought in through the conquest of labor of the Zionist Jews literally reclaiming the land from the desert it had become.

Regarding Israel's acceptance of the 1947 UN partition plan and the Arab/ Palestinian rejection of same, the professors state, "  " The Zionist leadership " accepted" the terms of the 1947 Partition Plan. In reality, they had little intention of actually fulfilling them, and over the next year , through inter communal conflict and then all out war, three quarters of a million Palestinians were permanently forced from their homes".

Again the intellectual dishonesty by supposed academics is simply staggering..

Here are the facts:L

There never was a state of Palestine. Never. Not once in history. Prior to WWI , what is called Palestine , which comprised Israel of today, Gaza, Judea and Samaria and all of Jordan, comprised a sleepy backwater province of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans sided with the Germans, In WWI,  and for those who don't remember, they lost the war. The League of Nations, fore runner of the UN, broke up the old Ottoman empire and at the San Remo Conference of 1921, passed a resolution " In favor of the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people.." The resolution went on to state " Whereas recognition has thereby been given to the historical connexion of the Jewish people with Palestine, and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country..." the resolution went on to appoint Britain to have a mandate over Palestine  which" shall be responsible for placing the country under such political, administrative and economic conditions  as will secure the establishment of the Jewish national home,..The Mandatory shall be responsible for seeing that no Palestine territory shall be ceded or leased to, or in any way placed under the control and Government of any foreign power" 

That last point is particularly important because Britain, in contravention of its  duties as a mandatory power, lopped off the bulk of the territory and created out of whole cloth, with 70% of what was to have been the Jewish National home , a Palestinian Arab country, and called it Transjordan, which today is known simply as Jordan. But under international law it was to have been part of " The Jewish National Home"!

In 1936 following Arab massacres of ancient Jewish communities in Hebron and Safed, The British appointed the Peel Commission, which offered to partition the 30% of remaining land into two states; one Jewish and one Arab. TWO THIRDS of the state would have gone to the Palestinian Arabs and one third to the Jews. . The Palestinian Jews  accepted the plan and the Arabs, who called themselves Arabs, and not Palestinians, again led by Haj Amin Al Husseini rejected it. The Jews accepted this tiny enclave for one reason. It was 1937 and they knew what was about to happen to the Jews of Germany and Europe. When Hitler wanted to rid Europe of its Jews, not one country in the world would take them in and they literally went up in the smoke and ash of the crematoria of Hitler's death camps. Had Israel been born, even in it's Lilliputian form in 1937, six million Jews and all their descendants would have been alive today. 

But,  say the esteemed academic supporters and enablers of Hamas and their ilk, that just proves their point. The Palestinians had no part in the holocaust, and yet they were made to pay the price by accepting into their midst the European survivors of European mass murder, that had nothing to do with them.

Really? Really?

Here are the facts, yet again, troublesome as I know they are.

When Britain went to war against Nazi Germany, the Jews of Palestine rushed to enlist in the British Army and eventually formed the Jewish Brigade which, together with it's predecessor Jewish Palestinian units,  fought valiantly in North Africa and in Europe,and played their part in the defeat of Nazi Germany.

And where was Haj Amin Al Husseini, the revered leader, indeed founder, ( and uncle of Yasser Arafat) of the Palestinian Arab Nattonal Movement?  

He was Hitler's poodle in Berlin. 

So don't peddle this revisionist crap that the Palestinians had no part in the extermination of European Jewery and Nazi war crimes, because their leader Haj Amin Al Husseini sure as hell did!

 He met with Mussolini and Himmler and Eichman and Hitler himself.

 He joined the Nazi war effort by helping recruit MUSLIM UNITS under German SS command that were responsible for mass murders in Croatia and Hungary. 

Indeed Yugoslavia sought to have Haj Amin Al Husseini indicted for war crimes, for his role in recruiting 20,000 Muslims, who participated in mass murders of Jews and others in Central Europe. In 1944,  on Radio Berlin, Haj Amin Al Husseini, the father of the Palestinian National movement said " Arabs, rise as one man and fight for your sacred rights. Kill the Jews wherever you find them! This pleases God, history and religion!"

 He issued a statement saying ' Those lands suffering under the British and Bolshevik yoke impatiently await the moment when the Axis powers will emerge victorious. We must deicate ourselves to unceasing struggle against Britain, that dungeon of peoples."

That's what the leader of the Palestinian Arabs was doing when my foster father and the other members of His Majesty's Jewish Brigade were fighting and defeating the Nazis in Europe.

As to the 1948 War of Liberation, far from being invaded by five surrounding Arab countries determined to make the Mediterranean red with the blood of the Jews, the professors claim that the Arab forces were minimal and badly trained and equipped, and were sent to prevent themselves from looking like collaborators, and to prevent their rival , Haj Amin Al Husseini " from establishing a state". 

Wait a second! Did these Bozos just say the Arab armies invaded the nascent state of Israel to PREVENT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PALESTINIAN STATE?! 

You bet. That's what they said. The Arabs, not the Israelis, prevented the establishment of a Palestinian state. 

Egypt conquered Gaza and annexed it, without giving its inhabitants benefit of Egyptian citizenship. 

Jordan annexed the West Bank and all the Palestinians there became Jordanian citizens. And by the way no one at the time suggested ever turning those lands into a Palestinian state. At those times when they referred to occupied territory, they were talking about, and Hamas STILL  talks about TEL AVIV!!!

As to how badly trained and equipped the poor five invading Arab armies were..no less an expert than General George Marshal , Chairman of the Joint Chiefs during WWII and President Truman's most trusted advisor said that if the Jews declared independence they would be wiped out within two week. And he was right to think so. The " poorly equipped " Egyptians had a 10,000 man armored column less than an hour and a half drive from Tel Aviv. There was not one Israeli soldier between them and Israel's largest city. On the next morning they would drive into Tel Aviv and the two thousand year old dream of a Jewish state would be over. And what did those colonialist , imperialist, pig, Zionists have, with which to fight that 10,000 man armored column? 

They had four Czeck built ME 109 fighter planes which had been smufggled into Israel in pieces, re assembled in hangars, had never been test flown, had never had their weapons test fired, possessed neither avionics nor radios so the pilots had to communicate with each other with hand signals, and for aeronautical charts had Palestine Auto Club road maps and boyscout compasses glued to the dashboards
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 I know because I am privileged to know the man who lead the attack of those four ME109s. He refers to me as his younger brother and it is one of the greatest honors of my life to be counted as his friend. His name is Lou Lenart. He and his three other pilots were told that the fate of the Jewish state rested on their shoulders. They were to take off and stop that armored column. I f they failed, Israel was dead. Lou pulled out onto the tarmac, looked behind him at the three other planes and saw the entire Israeli Air Force. 

But they did it. 

They stopped the Egyptian column dead in its tracks and bought Israel the time it needed to survive.

 Of the four pilots , they suffered fifty percent casualties on their first mission.

In Israel's war of Liberation in 1948 it lost one percent of its population killed. That would be the equivalent of America losing three million killed in one year. America has lost a little over one percent of that number in ten years of combat and they say America is War Weary. What do you think Israel was?

Finally, these mouth pieces for terrorist thugs, wrapping themselves in the robes of Academia, claim that it was Israel which started this current war, and not Hamas.

But that's quite simply a lie. 

And we know it's a lie because Hamas did not start digging those thirty two terrorist attack tunnels,  when Israel started it's aerial campaign against them.  Those tunnels were an offensive weapon which was to have handed Hamas their "shock and awe", their 911 moment, that would have brought Israel to it's knees. They began digging those tunnels five years ago with the cement and steel they stole from their own people, with the cement and steel that was meant to rebuild Gaza, to build schools and hospitals and prenatal clinics. And instead they used it to build terrorist attack tunnels under Israel's internationally recognized 1967 border, aimed exclusively against Israeli civilians, whom they would have murdered , maimed and taken hostage by the dozens bringing Israel to it's knees. This was their offense, planned and executed at the time of their choosing. But following their doctrine of carrying out terrorist attacks, and then claiming the mantle of victim-hood, with so called academics as their mouth pieces and enablers, they had to make it look like it was a response to Israeli aggression. So they PUBLICLY ordered the kidnap murder of three Israeli school boys on their way home from school. 

And Israel didn't fire a shot into Gaza. They just engaged in a campaign to round up Hamas terrorists in Judea and Samaria where the boys had been kidnapped and killed. 

Then Hamas started firing rockets at Israel and Israel said repeatedly ' Calm will be answered with Calm"

They must have thought to themselves , " What's a guy got to do to start a war with these Jews?!" 

Then they upped their rocket attacks to a hundred a day and Israel still said "calm will be answered with calm" while they began their aerial campaign. 

Finally a ceasefire was to have taken affect. 

Israel accepted it.
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Hamas rejected it by launching a major rocket barrage, and then the first ff six terrorist tunnel attacks, and that's when Israel had no choice but to respond with a ground invasion to take out what was indeed an existential threat. 

Of the 1800 Palestinians killed in this conflict, 1600 of them would be alive today if Hamas had only accepted the cease fire Israel accepted immediately and unconditionally. 

But like I said, they weren't interested in a cease fire .

 This was their war and they thought they could win it. 

And don't you buy the crap these so called academics are peddling, that Hamas was the duly democratically elected government of Gaza. Hamas took power , not in an election, but in a bloody coup, machine gunning their fellow Palestinians, blindfolding, binding and throwing them off of multi story buildings. They have terrorized their own people, not only Israel. Their people, indeed, live under the yoke of occupation, but not by Israel , by Hamas. 

And as for the apologists and enablers of Hamas, who contribute to the misery of Palestinians and Israelis alike, while sitting in their club chairs in the faculty lounge, may I suggest that from now on they speak only through the orafice which Mr. Voigt has so eloquently enlarged for them, since what they are peddling is pure, unadulterated crap..

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

DAN GORDON, CIVILIAN: Tisha B'av







Psalm 122:6

"Pray for The Peace of Jerusalem
They that love thee shall prosper"

Dan Gordon
Civilian

Monday, August 4, 2014

DAN GORDON, IDF: Am Yisrael Chai

Mature wheat field in Israel
I'm in Jerusalem today today to do an interview on a Christian Television network about being a Sar El volunteer and about a few things that the main stream press doesn't seem to want to cover. This is not a "G-d is on our side" thing, I promise you. 

It's more in line with putting things in their proper historical perspective. To paraphrase Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, in order to live in israel one has to be a realist; which is to say, one must believe in miracles.

For your consideration. Make of it what you will. 

A few days before the first terrorist tunnel attack a group of religious Jews who make what is called matzah shmura for Pesach (Passover), were busy looking for very green wheat. Now this particular Matzah which they make is made from special wheat, without blemish and is literally watched over, for every step of the process, from planting to harvest to grinding, to baking the final matzah for the Passover meal. The same meal that formed The Last Supper, commemorated by our Christian brothers and sisters.

Next year is a year is shmita, the seventh year in which the Bible commands us to literally let the land have a Sabbath, to let it rest, replenish itself. Oddly enough, today's agronomists applaud the process as being ecologically sound. 

Because the land will lie fallow next year, these guys needed particularly green wheat, which could be stored for two years before being used to make the matzah. They found the wheat they were looking for in an agricultural community next to the Gaza border. They cut a deal with the farmers who sold them the wheat and they went out and harvested it all, so that the field , which had just held tall green wheat, was now completely barren. 

A few short days later the field yielded an unexpected crop. 

A homicide tunnel opended up and a dozen Hamas terrorists came out, intent upon murdering and maiming, and taking captive dozens of Israeli men women and children, in what would, and, indeed, should have been for them , "A Divine Victory". 

One can only imagine their dismay when they found that the field of tall green wheat , which was to have been their camouflage, had been completely cut down!  They were, thus, spotted immediately, and half of them killed and the other half driven back into Gaza by the IDF, thereby averting what would have been the worst terrorist attack in Israel's history. 

And all because some religious Jews were fulfilling a biblical commandment.

So I'm in Jerusalem and one of my dearest friends, Lt. Col. Danny Grossman, a highly decorated fighter pilot, makes me an offer I can't refuse. Tonight is Tisha Bi Av , It is one of the saddest days in the Jewish calendar, the worst luck day of the year. It commemorates the destruction of the First Temple and the Second Temple, and of Jerusalem, and the start of the Spanish inquisition. 

Some of the most traumatic events in the history of the Jewish people have occurred on this day and religious Jews gather at the Western wall, the remnant of the Holy Temple, to mourn and lament these disasters, in which millions of our people were slaughtered, our Temple, twice destroyed, and in which,the adversaries who sought to destroy us, seemed absolutely assured that the Jews were finally wiped off the face of the earth.

So Danny offers me a triple header. First we'll get to pay a visit to my girl friend. My girl friend is Danny's 88 year old mother, who plays a mean piano, sings the best bawdy songs of her own composition, and has a pixie smile that could light up the darkest night. I've told her on more than one occasion that if I was thirty years older I'd be chasing her around the home with my walker. 

The second thing he offers is a tour of the tunnels under the Western wall of the the Holy Temple in Jeruslem. Amazingly after all the years I've lived in Israel and all the visits to Jerusalem, I've never been in the tunnels that run beneath the wall and bring you as close to the Holy of Holies as it's possible for a Jew to get, since the Temple Mount is home now to the Al Aksa Mosque, and the sight of a Jew praying there, much less one in Uniform, would literally set off a riot that could start the Third Intifada. 

So we will visit this holiest spot of the underground portion of the Western wall close to the sight of the Holiest of Holies, tens of meters above us.

The third part of his offer is to be at the Wall for the Tisha B'av  prayers. Of all the Jews there are on the earth, tonight my friend Danny and I will be amongst the few who will be able to represent our people and be a living strand of Jewish DNA, in a history of our people's connection to Jerusalem, and this land, that stretches back thousands of years before Islam was born, and a thousand years before the birth of Christianity. 

We are the living tree of which both Islam and Christianity, are branches.

We go down into the tunnels under the wall. The tunnels were actually built by the Mamluke Moslems seven hundred years ago. They cover the original steps which led around the Temple and that portion of the Western wall closest to the holy of holies. Our guide, a former IDF paratrooper, points something out on the wall. It seems the Mamlukes used what was basically 1300 year old garbage to construct the tunnels. 

They used the stones of a long dead Roman Empire with which to build their wall. 

I take a picture. If you look closely you can just make out the letters of one of the stones . I've attached it to this email . The letters are " FRET" That is short for Fretensis which is the name of the 10th Roman legion. The 10th Roman Legion is the one which not only conquered Jerusalem. They also destroyed the Temple and slaughtered our people, with a thorough viciousness that would not be matched again in two thousand years, when another dictator built a Reich he was sure would last a millennium


Several years later this same Roman 10th Legion not only put down the Bar Kochba revolt, the last time the Jewish people were sovereign until the modern state of Israel,  but their leader also changed the name of Jerusalem to Ilya Capitolina and the name of Judea, to Palestine. This was meant to not only wipe out the Jewish people, but the last vestiges of our memory as well. 

There would be no Jerusalem. 

It would be wiped off the map. 

It's very name would be erased.

There would be no Israel, no Judea, indeed no Jews. 

The greatest empire in the history of the world had finally crushed these stiff necked , Hebrew speaking, monotheists, who worshipped the G-D of Abraham.

And yet here we were in that tunnel, looking at that scrap from the dust bin of history, all three of us speaking Hebrew, the language that was spoken here two thousand years ago, when the mightiest army in the history of the world was sure they had put an end to us. 

And here I am in the uniform of the Israel Defense Forces ,and our guide,Yuval says, "These stones you are standing on are the actual steps that lead around the temple. Your name, Dan, is the name of one of the twelve tribes. You speak in the same language that was spoken here two thousand years ago and if you give a piece of the Dead Sea scrolls to any Israeli high school student, he can read them. And where is the Roman legion now? And where are we?"

I have two photos of my foster father, Chanan, who served in the Jewish Brigade of the British Army during WWII. It was the fore runner of the army whose uniform I so very proudly wear today. 

Hitler's empire was going to last a thousand years and he would build his Reich, he was sure, on the graves of our people after making Europe Jew Free. He was as sure of it, as the Roman 10th Legion, as sure of it as the Spanish Inquisition, as sure of it as  Hamas is of it's next Divine Victory.

The first picture is of Chanan, with three other soldiers of the Jewish Brigade. They are holding an Israeli flag as they stand beneath the Arch of Titus, the arch Ceasar built to commemorate the ultimate victory over the Jews and the final destruction and sacking of Jerusalem, the city that would never rise again. And there Chanan and his fellow Hebrew soldiers are, not only still here, still speaking Hebrew, but victorious. And where is Titus?

The second picture is of Chanan and the same three other soldiers of the Brigade . They are standing in front of the Munich beer hall where a third rate painter dreamt of a thousand year Reich, built on our graves, in a Jew Free Europe.By the time the picture was taken, Hitler was dead in his bunker. And Chanan was having a beer with the other soldiers of the Jewish Brigade who had just helped defeat the Nazis, and soon would literally fulfill the vision of the Valley of Dry bones, and help the remnants of our people come up out of their graves, as the Almighty would breath life into them, bring sinews and flesh up onto their skeleton like bodies, and bring them home into the Land of Israel.

So, in this, my second to last day in the Uniform of The Israel Defense forces, for a while, a quick note to Hamas:

We've heard louder noises than your rockets.

We've seen more terror than any you could ever dream of burrowing beneath our borders.

We've faced tyrants and empires, armies and marauders who make the worst you can do think of doing, look like the mad ravings of a fevered child.

Your own people now look at you in disgust. 

No less than Abdullah, King of Saudi Arabia has called what you've done in Gaza , "a collective massacre" caused by you, Hamas.

The Palestinian people of Gaza will look at the misery you've brought down upon them and ask, what was this for? 
Of the 1600 Palestinians who are now dead, because of the war of your making, 1400 would be alive today if only you had accepted the cease fire  which Egypt proposed and the Arab League and the President of the Palestine Authority endorsed, and which Israel accepted immediately and unconditionally, and which you rejected by launching a terrorist tunnel attack against us. 

Because you hadn't enough pictures of dead babies to show an all too gullible world, so you could claim the mantle of victimhood.

And you hadn't yet managed to pull of the spectacular, " Divine Victory" terrorist attack that would demoralize the Jews.

And it all failed!.

Your more than three thousand rockets , launched against our civilians were shot down by our Iron Dome. 

Your half dozen terrorist tunnel attacks were all foiled by the IDF.

Your tunnels, which you built, instead of building homes and hospitals and schools for your people, are in ruins.

And what was it all for?

We haven't occupied Gaza for ten years.
There was no siege until you began attacking us with rockets aimed at our civilians.

You promise your people the same thing that Titus and the 10th Roman Legion and Hitler promised theirs.
You promise to annihilate us.

And you may manage to kill a few of us in a terrorist attack. We know the price we must pay to live in this, the land of our forefathers; the land that gave birth to our language and religion and culture. The land that gave birth to the tree of which you are a branch.

Tonight we will lament the tragedies that have befallen us at the hands of other tyrants. 

But we will also give thanks to a merciful and gracious G-d for saving us from the tragedy you had planned. I believe He did it with a handful of religious Jews who followed His commandments by gathering wheat, and I know he did it with the soldiers of the IDF, who stand in a tradition stretching back to David and Joshua, and the Maccabees, and the Haganah and the Jewish Brigade.

Three words, to you , then on this Tisha bi' av:

 Am Yisrael Chai.

The People of Israel Live.

Dan Gordon 
Capt. IDF ( Res)