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Tragedy, farce and denial in Kiryat Malachi

The three Israelis killed on Thursday were innocent – but the State of Israel is not.  

Where is the house that got hit with the rocket, I asked the guy behind the counter of a snack bar in Kiryat Malachi on Thursday. Go to the third traffic circle and make a left, he said.  I got to the street, parked my car and started walking toward the satellite dishes, TV truck and the crowd. It’s a poor neighborhood on the edge of a poor town, across the street from open fields. The buildings are old, shabby tenements with dirt for front lawns. After a minute or so of walking and scanning the buildings for signs of a long-range rocket’s impact, which had killed three people, there it was. It took up the left side of the top floor of a five-story building: a giant hole where the front half of the apartment – the balcony and living room – had been a few hours before. A giant, squarish hole surrounded by raw concrete blasted into a mess of jagged angles.

The crowd was of reporters standing around Yuli Edelstein, the minister of public diplomacy and Diaspora affairs. He spoke in earnest, as if from a script. I didn’t pay any attention, I knew what he was saying without having to hear it. Off to the side, an Israeli army spokesman was answering questions, so I asked him the only question I wanted to ask: Why had Israel assassinated Ahmed Jabari, Hamas’ military leader, on Wednesday afternoon when the rocketing had gone down dramatically for at least a day, and when there were reports that the Gazan organizations that had been firing the rockets had agreed to a cease-fire?

The spokesman, Maj. Arye Shalicar, replied:  ”There was no reduction in the rocketing.” And the cease-fire? “Rumors.”

But here is Yedioth Ahronoth on Wednesday: “After three days of firing of Qassams and Grads on communities in the south, yesterday was relatively quiet. Two rockets were fired yesterday…” Here is Haaretz on the same day: “Since Monday’s reports of the agreement by Palestinian militant groups in Gaza to hold their fire, there has been relative quiet in the Gaza envelope area, with two rockets hitting the Ashdod area and Hof Ashkelon Regional Council area yesterday… There were no reports of damage or casualties in either attack.” And during the day Wednesday, prior to the 4 p.m. assassination of Jabari, six rockets were fired from Gaza and another four from the direction of Sinai.  There were no injuries or damage.

So Israel did not start “Pillar of Defense” after days of relentless escalation, as its leaders and spokesmen now say, but after a day-and-a-half when things had started to calm down.

And while Jabari had been a terrorist mastermind during the 1990s and again in the second intifada, in the last few years he held Hamas’ fire and restrained that of Islamic Jihad and the other smaller, even more militant Gazan groups. So said Gershon Baskin, a peace activist who was instrumental in freeing Gilad Shalit,  and Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn, who wrote:

Ahmed Jabari was a subcontractor, in charge of maintaining Israel’s security in Gaza. This title will no doubt sound absurd to anyone who in the past several hours has heard Jabari described as “an arch-terrorist,” “the terror chief of staff” or “our Bin Laden.”

But that was the reality for the past five and a half years. Israel demanded of Hamas that it observe the truce in the south and enforce it on the multiplicity of armed organizations in the Gaza Strip. The man responsible for carrying out this policy was Ahmed Jabari.

These are voices in the wilderness in Israel today. Most everybody seems to be “on message.” I didn’t talk to any of the residents in Kiryat Malachi because “man on the street” interviews seem staged and artificial to me, and after doing thousands of them over the years, and keeping up as I do with the news, I figured I knew pretty much what the residents in Kiryat Malachi would say, too. As the Israeli expression goes, we’ve been in this movie before.

That evening I went to my job as a copy-editor at Haaretz, and towards the end of the night, I edited the story about the three people who’d been killed in that building.

When the siren sounded at about 8:45 A.M. on Thursday in Kiryat Malakhi, Itzik Amsalem’s mother implored him to take cover, but he insisted on photographing the Iron Dome at work. Aharon Smadja, their neighbor in the building, heard them arguing and came into their apartment. Mira Scharf was renting an apartment next door with her family before they were to return to New Delhi, where she and her husband were Chabad emissaries.

I don’t want those Gazan rockets to hurt anybody. But I’m not “rooting” for Israel in this war, either, because I don’t want to go on hurting the Palestinians. The three people who got killed in that building in Kiryat Malachi were innocent – but the State of Israel is not. Finally, it’s the hurt that the State of Israel inflicts on the Palestinians which provided most of the fuel for that monstrous rocket.

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    1. Ed Frias

      Larry Derfner has really gone loony.
      Israel is dealing with Islamo fascists.
      When will Larry finally wake up to this?
      What next for Larry.
      He’s write that Israel should
      Send Swiss chocolate in return for every rocket?

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    2. Ed Frias

      Barak and Olmert offered the Palestinians a state, something no Arab or Islamic country ever did.
      Israel offered the Palestinians a state, even though there was never in history any state called
      I have 2 words for you. Palestinian Rejectionism.

      The Palestinians refused to end the conflict as long as it meant that they would have to accept the legitimacy of Israel as a sovereign, permanent country and neighbor. Only when the Palestinians extremist/rejectionist/supremacist attitude changes will peace really be possible.

      THE REAL ESSENSE OF ”MIDEAST” CONFLICT”
      Arabs want to destroy Israel, but Israel doesn’t want to be destroyed.

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    3. JFG

      Of course, neither do the Arabs want to be destroyed. Hence the conflict has no end.

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    4. Aaron Gross

      You ask some good questions here.

      The best guess I have, taking your facts about the one-day reduction in rockets at face value, is this: The operation had been planned, the decisions made, and it would have taken a big effort to cancel it. Then what if the rockets fired at the south had returned to the previous level? Israel would be right back at the beginning.

      Assassination is an effective policy, at least on its own terms (and I think those are the correct terms). We saw that in 2004 or whenever. If assassinating so-called moderates brings in a harder-line commander, then assassinate him, too. Repeat while necessary. It worked in 2004.

      I agree with your last sentence: The cause of the war is the hurt Israel inflicts on the Palestinians. But that hurt is the existence of the State of Israel, a Jewish polity, inside of Palestine. The only way to remove the root cause is to uproot that Jewish polity, the State of Israel, from Palestine.

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    5. Herb

      Why don’t you go back to LA ? You are pitiful hoping that your fellow citizens will lose the “war”. Or perhaps Sderot would be a more welcoming venue ?

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    6. Danny

      The real criminal in this story is Ehud Barak, who is presiding over his second straight election-motivated war in Gaza. He is the most cynical, corrupt and vile politician in Israel’s history, who will not stop at anything to further his own personal interests, including on the backs of the poor people of southern Israel (not to mention Gaza). I hope to see this man standing trial at the Hague one day. If there was ever a man in Israel deserving the monicker of war criminal, it is him.

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      • Aaron Gross

        Danny, same question I asked elsewhere: If this is all just Ehud Barak running for re-election, will you at least condemn Hamas for choosing to actively support Barak’s election campaign?

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        • Danny

          I don’t think Hamas cares who sits in the Kirya – Barak, Mofaz or even Peretz – for them it’s irrelevant. Hamas wants to reach a situation where every Israeli bombing in Gaza is met with a response in the form of a bombing in Israel. If Israel assassinates a top Hamas man, it sees itself free to retaliate in kind. And if Israel goes on a widespread bombing campaign, it stands to reason that Hamas does the same.
          .
          I have no sympathy for Hamas (along with the settlers, they have immense responsibility for the collapse of the Oslo accords in the late 90′s), but at the same time, one must admit that the one pulling all the strings is none other than the criminal Barak, who I believe is desperately trying to pass the electoral threshold because, among other things, he wants to avoid losing his diplomatic passport, which would render him open to arrest and prosecution in some European countries (e.g. Britain).

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    7. Richard Witty

      Get the emotional genie back in the bottle? How in Israel? How in Gaza?

      Gershon Baskin is a treasure on the planet.

      But, the possibility of Jabari supporting a long-term cease-fire is just that, a possibility of a single important individual convinced.

      The disconnect is in language relative to the scope and logic of military.

      Hudna is in the language and logic of diplomacy. Let’s agree to leave each other alone for a while, ok?

      But, the setting had already shifted to the military logic of accomplishment of an objective, and has now escalated to the emotional logic of willing unleashed hatred beyond the duty to follow orders (both far cries from the moral responsibility of a civilian).

      Can you succeed in universally cooling the hotheads, Larry?

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    8. Jack

      I sensed that Israel won the initial round media-wise, but the longer conflict goes on and people really see the devastation in Gaza, the attack cant be nothing but negative for Israel. Another irrational invasion wont give Israel any new supporters permanent support.

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    9. Ed Frias

      Danny, why are you blaming Barak? Barak is left wing, just not an anarchist like you.
      Danny believes that Israel should do nothing while Hamas is firing hundreds of rockets at Israeli civilians.

      Its amazing how Israel is only country in the world that isnt allowed to defend themselves

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    10. Ed Frias

      Larry, Which “Palestinians” do you want to give a state to?
      The ones who practice terrorism or the ones that only incite terrorism?

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    11. AR

      I’m confused. This is “spontaneous escalation”? Jabari was “keeping a cease fire”? These facts are true if you restrict your view to the last five days. In reality the rockets have been raining down non-stop for years. Wikipedia has done us the favor of keeping track of every single one. Here’s the log from 2011, for instance: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Palestinian_rocket_attacks_on_Israel,_2011 and from 2012: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Palestinian_rocket_attacks_on_Israel,_2012 As of October, 800 rockets had been fired. Look, author, I know you have a worldview and you want to stick with the story. You’re entitled to manipulate facts to suit your story and your worldview. But you’re not entitled to lie. Don’t pretend there have been no rockets.

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    12. Ed Frias

      Jack must be a real loony radical.
      I have a suggestion for Gaza idiots.

      Stop shooting rockets, anti-tank arms into Israel at civilians.
      Then Israel wont respond back.
      If Jack was leading Israel, he would do nothing to Islamo fascists firing hundreds of rockets at Israeli civilians.
      Then again, if Jack was the leader of Israel, Jews would be speaking in Arabic.

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    13. Elisabeth

      That was a powerful piece and also beautiful.

      It must be hard to get so much hatred thrown at you in Israeli society as it is at present. It takes a very special kind of courage to take that, and continue going against the tide. The writers here represent for me a kind of humanity and courage that I wonder at and deeply admire.

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      • jjj

        Contraire, my dear Elisabeth.

        It takes courage to go against the
        hatered of Israel out there, in the
        Arab and Western world. Here in Israel, it is mostly met with harsh criticism.

        This article overlooks simple facts.
        Hamas has silently supported
        ongoing rocket firing. Admittedly,
        it occasionally restrained other organizations, but at other times, it didn’t.
        The last month saw several cycles of
        rocket fire, with Hamas stretching
        the limits each time. The anti-tank missile was essentially the trigger.

        But then again, this logic goes against Israel being a terrorist state, so I guess you could ignore it, like the author did. Go on and support BDS and the destruction of Israel.

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    14. Thanks very much Elizabeth, I take great encouragement from comments like yours. About the hecklers, speaking for myself, and I have a strong feeling that other 972ers feel the same way – if somebody makes a cogent criticism, I think about it – sometimes, God forbid, a critic may be right. But as for the mere slaggers-off, who just throw a lot of invective with no substance – believe me, it rolls off my back. Thanks again. In solidarity, Larry

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      • RichardL

        Good one Larry, keep it coming. And thanks for sharing your humanity with us.

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      • Ditto Elizabeth: “The writers here represent for me a kind of humanity and courage that I wonder at and deeply admire.”

        Thank you for going to that town and telling us what you saw.

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      • Larry, can you please provide the links to the Haaretz and YNet stories about calm before Jabari’s assassination? Otherwise it lacks credibility and I can’t use it for evidence of a clear timeline of events.

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        • Ryan, I tried to link to the Haaretz article, but I kept getting a blank page, and the Yediot article I translated from the Hebrew. But if you need to verify it, you can Google Haaretz and ynetnews from Wednesday. If I cite the date and the newspaper, it’s not as credible as having the link, too, but it is credible.

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          • rsgengland

            Larry you will get a blank page when looking for the quiet that was supposed to exist before Israel acted .
            There may have been a reduction in the flow of rockets , but they had certainly not stopped .
            At the height of the rocket onslaught , Israel had stated that it was looking into hitting the powers that authorize the rockets . When it did happen , anyone that was surprised suffers from some sort of delusional self-denial .
            Hitting the head of the snake (the leaders) is the most succesful strategy in the long run

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    15. Ed Frias

      Killing 11 Month Old Babies Is Not Self Defence! | Tayside For Justice In Palestine.

      Hamas terrorists firing behind 11 month old babies is not self defense.

      Egypt the Egyptian PM couldn’t get Hamas to agree to a ceasefire.
      Israel is dealing with Islamo fascists here, who think Israel will accept being terrorized by missles by these mass murderers.

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    16. Antony Jury

      Ok so to be clear because Derfner obviously has no idea what he’s talking about, in the month of October Palestinian terrorists fired 116 rockets and 52 mortar shells at Israel in 92 separate attacks, 26 of which came after the Egyptian brokered ‘truce’ on the 25th

      From november 9th-11th, Palestinian terrorists fired 127 rockets at Israel culminating in the assassination of the terrorist behind these missiles on the 14th

      All these rockets were fired after a supposed ‘ceasefire’ brokered by Egypt on the 25th of October

      So don’t let this fraud of a journalist bullshit you, here are the dates and numbers

      Derfner claims ‘Israel did not start “Pillar of Defense” after days of relentless escalation’ and he’s right, Israel started “Pillar of Defense” after months of relentless escalation

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      • You see what Gaza does to Israel, and you don’t see what Israel does to Gaza – not because you lack the information, but because you lack a conscience. While Gaza shoots rockets at Israel, 99.whatever percent of which touch nothing and no one, Israel is not only shooting at gunmen, but also now and then shooting fishermen who don’t heed the navy’s warnings not to go out too far, and shooting metal scavengers, farmers and others who enter the IDF-imposed no-go zone next to the border. An incident like this contributed to the recent escalation – according to Reuters, on Nov. 4, an unarmed, mentally unfit man” was shot by the IDF when he entered the no-go zone, and died of his wounds when the IDF prevented Palestinian medics from treating him for a couple of hours.
        http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/11/who-started-the-israel-gaza-conflict/265374/

        Whatever harm the Palestinians cause Israel, Israel always causes them dozens of times more harm. The “kill ratio” between Palestinians and Israelis since Op Cast Lead is about 13-1 (314-25). During Op Cast Lead it was over 100-1 (1,400 to 13). Between the 2005 disengagement and Op Cast Lead, it was almost 50-1 (1,250+ to 28, as I recall). And all this goes on while Israel denies the Palestinians freedom, blockading Gaza’s coast and airspace and running a military dictatorship over the W.Bank, while nobody, of course, dares deny Israel one drop of its freedom. All you see are the rockets falling on Israel, which makes you feel like you’re defending justice. But if you dared to look at what Israel does to the Palestinians – 24/7 since 1967 – you would see you are defending tyranny. So keep your eyes closed.

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        • Antony

          When provided with the fact that over 100 missiles had been fired on Israel in the month of November alone, directly contradicting his notion that Israel did not conduct the attack on jabari because of days of relentless Palestinian escalation, he starts talking about operation cast lead and kill ratios.

          His article is about how the rocket attacks had nothing to do with the attack on jabari because they had reduced(not stopped) for 2 days prior to the air strike. I then provided the number of rockets fired on Israel for the past month and a half. Derfner responds with kill ratios in the cast lead operation that happened 3 years ago.

          Deflecting the argument much?

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          • You’re distorting what I wrote. I never wrote that there weren’t rockets from Gaza nor that there hadn’t been a recent escalation – ON BOTH SIDES, BTW, not that there is such a concept in your moral universe. What I wrote – and it’s there for all to see – was that for a day-and-a-half, there had been a dramatic reduction in rockets, that there were reports of a cease-fire from the Gazan groups – and Israel chose that moment to escalate big time by killing Jabari, which is an inconvenient fact for Israeli hasbara. So your point that the rockets increased in the overall period prior to Jabari’s assassination is a straw man argument – I never said otherwise. About my reply to your comment, I think that if we’re to talk about who’s responsible for escalation, we have to look at what Israel’s been doing to Gaza and the WBank for 45 years, instead of airbrushing it out as you would prefer.

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          • Antony

            “Israel did not start “pillar of defense” after days of relentless escalation” YOUR WORDS

            9th-12th November 136 rockets were fired onto Israel
            FACT

            Jabari, one of the man responsible for the rockets was killed on the 14th

            There is no way for you to weasel your way out of this one derfner, the cause and effect are clear, and what’s clearer is your articles attempt to obfuscate the facts

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          • Sorry, an agreement in Gaza to cease fire followed by a dramatic reduction in rocketing for a day and a half – up until the Jabari assassination – is not “relentless,” but the opposite – it’s relenting. You can say “weasel,” you can be as snotty as you like, it won’t change the facts – Israel was offered a chance to let the fighting die down, and it chose to crank it up by killing Jabari.

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    17. JustKiddingNotReally

      Its amazing that more people don’t see the self-contradiction in these canned, masochistic, sanctimonious, “courageous” apologias: When Gaza is attacked, Derfner et al emphasize that the enemy civilian population is innocent, not to blame for Hamas’ behavior – the victims of Israeli collective punishment. But when Hamas attacks Israel, they stress that the rockets actually do express the feelings of the civilian population. You’ve got to make up your mind – either agency and responsibility belong to Hamas, or to the population as a whole. Enough mendacious flip-flopping.

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    18. Richard Witty

      The current reality is that nearly all viable military targets have been attacked.

      There is noone or nothing to attack now except for civilians and civilian infrastructure.

      The moral definition of defense does NOT include rationalization for targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure.

      Enough is enough.

      The disaster, and it was a disaster since Dec 12 when Hamas added a zero to the number of rockets that it was firing at Israel, is of how to stop Islamic Jihad and Hamas and other factions from shelling Israeli civilians?

      Once at rage, how does one shift one’s own and others’ attitudes from rage to rational defense to rational relationship building as a means to short-circuit future escalations?

      In Israel, even if discredited, those of conscience should engage in a campaign of “I Love Gazans”, or “Gazans are Us”, to at least add some confusion to the urge to war.

      Also, it would be wonderful if that occurred in Gaza, some acknowledgment that shelling Israeli civilians is neither just, nor even resistance.

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    19. David

      Larry always makes excuses for the enemies of Israel. Only a vigorous show of force, think Allies’ bombing of Dresden, will teach “Palestinians” that as squatters they have no right to any part of Israel and that it would behoove them to grace some other corner of the Muslim world with their presence.

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      • Ordinarily, I would eliminate “eliminationist” comments like the one above, but occasionally I think it’s good to show examples of the kind of thinking we’re up against.

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        • JustKiddingNotReally

          You’re quite right – the desire to eliminate the Jews from Palestine is quite mainstream in all Arab countries surrounding Israel. Once you spend some time in a place like Egypt and get a whiff you’ll realize what kind of thinking you’re really up against. I’m no fan of right wing Jewish thuggery, but defending your conscience against these morons isn’t your highest priority.

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    20. delia ruhe

      I don’t even try anymore to have sympathy for dead Israelis. It’s been a long time since dead Israelis really pained me. As Tony Judt once wrote:

      “It has become commonplace to compare Israel at best to an occupying colonizer, at worst to the South Africa of race laws and Bantustans. In this capacity Israel elicits scant sympathy even when its own citizens suffer: Dead Israelis — like the occasional assassinated white South African in the apartheid era, or British colonists hacked to death by native insurgents — are typically perceived abroad not as the victims of terrorism but as the collateral damage of their own government’s mistaken policies.”

      http://www.haaretz.com/general/the-country-that-wouldn-t-grow-up-1.186721

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      • The Trespasser

        It takes a great deal of dishonesty to compare Israel to South Africa or British Colonies.

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    21. Barry Rosen

      Antony just destroyed all the lies of Larry.
      Larry it must be terrible to be an apologist for Arab terrorists.

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    22. Barry Rosen

      Larry also lies about the Jewish Golan not being Israeli.

      Any Israel-Syria deal must be based on Hatay Model.
      Turkey won Hatay (Alexandretta) province back in 1939 in a war with Syria.

      After 1939, For 66 years Syria kept saying Hatay was part of Syria.
      Assad Sr in the 80s and 90s was supporting the PKK by giving them weapons to be used against Turkey.

      Suleyman Demirel the leader of Turkey threatened all out war with Assad Sr in 1998 if Assad continued to support the PKK against Turkey
      Assad Sr was scared to death of going to war with Turkey and gave into all Turkey demands.

      In 2005, Syria recognized Hatay as part of Turkey.

      If Larry Derfner led Turkey in the 80s and 90s, he would have surrendered to Assad’s terrorism by giving him Hatay.
      Larry will not even deny this.

      Just as was the case with Suleyman Demirel, determination will pay off for Israel too. And if a day comes where the Syrian interest is to sign a peace deal with Israel, Syria will have to recognize reality and accept Israeli sovereignty in the Golan. Turkey waited patiently for 66 years. Israel may have to wait less.

      The Syrians must renounce their demand to get the Golan from us and accept the Jewish Golan is part of Israel, the way they recognized Hatay as part of Turkey.

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    23. Barry Rosen

      The Golan Hights – Historical Rights and Legitimacy.
      A history lesson for Larry.

      The Golan is where the tribes of Dan and Menashe settled, and Israeli kings ranging from Saul to Herod ruled there. The Golan saw consecutive Jewish settlement for 800 years; 300 Jewish communities from the time of the Mishna and Talmud were discovered there, along with the remnants of 27 synagogues. Later, 1,000 years of desolation followed, until the Jews returned. In the 16th century, the Ottoman Turks came in control of the area and remained so until the end of World War I.

      The Golan belongs to Israel because it is the estate of the Jews forefathers and not only by the power of occupation in a defensive war against an aggressor, like America in Texas and Poland and former German territories.

      Syria controlled the Golan for only 21 years, half the period it has been under Israeli rule. Almost half of its territory has been purchased by Rothschild and later robbed by the Syrian government. Jews settled in the Golan as early as 1886 (long before the SyrianArab Republic existed) but they were expelled, massacred, or fled because of malaria.

      In 1886, the Jewish B’nei Yehuda society of Safed purchased a plot of land four kilometers north of the present-day religious moshav of Keshet, but the community, named Ramataniya, failed one year later. In 1887, the society purchased lands between the modern-day Bene Yehuda and Kibbutz Ein Gev. This community survived until 1920, when two of its last members were murdered in the anti-Jewish riots which erupted in the spring of that year.

      In 1891, Baron Rothschild purchased approximately 18,000 acres (73 km²) of land in the Hauran, about 15 km east of modern Ramat Hamagshimim. Immigrants of the First Aliyah (1881–1903) established five small communities on this land, but were forced to leave by the Ottomans in 1898. The lands were farmed until 1947 by the Palestine Jewish Colonization Association (PICA) and the Jewish Colonization Association, when they were seized by the Syrian army.

      According to the Agreement of San Remo,(April 1920) The mandate for Palestine comprises an area incorporating what is now the entire state of Israel, including the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the Golan Heights. The mandate specifically states that a national homeland for the Jewish people should be established in Palestine, but that the rights of non-Jews should be protected.

      In 1923, Britain ceded the Golan Heights (1,176 square kilometers of the Palestine Mandate) to the French Mandate of Syria, in spite of the specifications of the San Remo agreements and the Mandate for Palestine which was conferred on Britain in 1922 by The League of Nations. Jews were also barred from living there. Jewish settlers on the Golan Heights were forced to abandon their homes and relocate inside the westerb area of the British Mandate.

      Claims that the Golan is Syrian land has no geographic or historical basis. All theese evens should be known before we talk about strategy and security.

      And the situation today?
      A poll found that 48% of the public said they would refuse an order to evacuate the Golan. This strengthen the Golan loyalists, and it appears to undermine Israel’s right to hand over parts of the country to other states.

      With the exception of Stalinist Russia, states only expelled the populations of enemies defeated in war, rather than their own citizens. And just like depriving a person of his rights and freedoms is forbidden, “cleansing” the Golan off Jews would not only be a national sin, but also a crime against humanity, which allows for the right to resist. Should Golan leaders not internalize this, the Gush Katif tragedy shall repeat.

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      • Piotr Berman

        Wiki: Israel passed the Golan Heights Law extending Israeli law and administration throughout the territory in 1981.[14] This move was condemned by the United Nations Security Council in UN Resolution 497,[15][16] which said that “the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect.”

        Concerning the grant of Golan to Manasseh by Joshua, it is about as valid as the conquest of France by king Arthur.

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    24. Barry Rosen

      Israel values life, and protects her terrorized children in bomb shelters. Hamas has held the Palestinian people hostage – without any regard to where they store their missiles and rocket launchers. Hamas has kept any new elections from happening.
      Just like their terrorist sponsors the Mullahs in Iran do to the poor Iranians who are scared to death by their ruthless oppressors.

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    25. Barry Rosen

      There was another story in early November which Larry doesn’t want you to know about.
      It proves more and more Israel is dealing with Islamo fascist murderers.

      Arab Lawyers Union Honors Palestinian Suicide Bomber
      November 9, 2012

      Pres. Obama/Arab leaders should condemn this

      The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has drawn attention to a report indicating that the Arab Lawyers Union (ALU) recently honored the family of Hanadi Jaradat, the female suicide bomber, dispatched by the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), who carried out the Maxim Restaurant suicide bombing in Haifa on October 4, 2003.

      In this terrorist attack on Maxim, a beachfront restaurant in southern Haifa, 21 people were killed and 51 more were maimed and injured. Among the victims were two families and four children, including a two-month-old baby. The bomb used by Jaradat included metal fragments packed around the explosive core, that sprayed around the restaurant, maximizing lethal effect. The aftermath of the bombing was gruesome, with some of the dead still sitting upright at their tables, while others, including children and babies, were slammed against the walls. Due to the force of the explosion, all that remained of Jaradat was her head.

      The Cairo-based Arab Lawyers Union, a pan-Arab confederation of bar associations and law societies from 15 Arab countries, lists as part of its mission statement the following goal: “Promote and protect human rights, basic freedoms and the primacy of law.” As Frimet and Arnold Roth, who lost their daughter Malki to a 2001 suicide bombing in Jerusalem, point out, the ALU has “consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). It is an observer at the NY-based International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) and the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) and is accredited to several UN committees. It proudly states that it took a role in founding the Arab Institute for Human Rights (AIHR), and has more than 200,000 individual lawyer members and 27 bar association members” (Frimet And Arnold Roth, ‘Palestine Committee of Arab Lawyers Union Honors Attorney Who Murdered Children,’ Jewish Press [New York], October 21, 2012).

      On the occasion of the ninth anniversary of Jaradat’s death, representatives of the ALU visited her family in Jenin and presented them with a shield in her honor. The delegation members expressed “the union’s pride in [Jaradat’s] action in defense of Palestine and the ummah.” Ayman Abu Aysha, a member of the ALU’s Palestine Committee, said that the Committee had made the decision to honor Jaradat in Cairo on September 8, 2012. The committee chairman and union assistant secretary-general, attorney Sayyed Al-Ghani, said that Jaradat has received the highest honor that the union bestows on lawyers in the Arab homeland. Abu Eisheh, a lawyer who visited the family, said the Arab lawyers were proud of what Jaradat did “in defense of Palestine and the Arab nation.” He also said that the delegation relayed to the family greetings from the head of the ALU, Omar al-Zein, and head of the Palestine Committee, Sayed Abdel Ghani (Khaled Abu Toameh, ‘Arab Lawyers Union honors Palestinian suicide bomber,’ Jerusalem Post, October 13, 2012).

      In Jaradat’s videotaped “last will and testament,” which were posted on the PIJ website, Jaradat said:

      “Indeed, Allah promised Paradise to those who persevere in all that He has brought upon them – and what a good dwelling Paradise is. Therefore, reckon my sacrifice in anticipation of the reward of Allah, praised and exalted be He, to you in the Hereafter. I should not be too valuable to sacrifice myself for the religion of Allah. I have always believed in what is said in the Holy Koran, and I have been yearning for the rivers of Paradise, and I have been yearning to see the glorious light of Allah’s face … Martyrdom is not [given] to everyone on earth; rather, it is for those who are honored by Allah. Will you then be grieved because Allah honored me with it? Will you repay Allah with [thoughts] which He will not like, nor will I like? Reckon my sacrifice in anticipation of Allah’s reward for you in the Hereafter, and say, ‘There is no power or might save by Allah. We belong to Allah, and it is to Him that we return’ … This is only a land of jihad, and we live in it for jihad, so that perhaps we will be able to remove the injustice under which we have been living in recent years. I know that I shall not bring back Palestine. I fully know this. However, I know that this is my duty to Allah. Believing in the principles of my faith, I respond to the call … Having believed in this, how do you think I can accept all the passing worldly temptations? How can I go on living on this earth when my spirit has become attached to an Omnipotent King? … It is therefore my duty to the religion of Allah – and my obligation to Him – to defend it. I have nothing before me other than this body, which I am going to turn into slivers that will tear out the heart of everyone who has tried to uproot us from our country. Everyone who sows death for us will receive death, even though it be a small part [of what they deserve]” (‘Arab Lawyers Union Honors Suicide Bomber Hanadi Jaradat

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