Tuesday, May 26, 2020

What the Palestinians are Stll Saying

Just three of many comments made this year by representatives of the PA,
and with this level of incitement, we are supposed to make peace?
(with thanks to Palestinian Media Watch)

"Might we accept this [peace deal]? ... We will stand before two choices: Either we will succumb on our own, and humiliate ourselves, and we will receive shame for eternity – or we will say, as our chosen beloved [Prophet Muhammad] said: 'I will fight them... The Palestinian leadership has said clearly and definitely: If they harm our rights in this deal of shame... Die while you are honorable, die with your head held high... If death is the price of dignity, sovereignty, and honor, then death is welcome... The Palestinian hand has not yet been created that can sign this deal of shame."
     [Official PA TV, Jan 24, 2020]

“PLO Executive Committee member and head of the [PLO] Department of Refugee Affairs Dr. Ahmad Abu Houli... emphasized the firm and principled position of the Palestinian leadership that adheres to the Palestinian refugees’ right of return to their homes."                                 [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 21, 2020]

“Palestine is from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea. It is the Palestinian people’s historical homeland, and the status of Acre (i.e., Israeli city) is the status of Nablus, and the status of Jaffa (i.e., Israeli city) is the status of Hebron.”
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 7, 2020

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Abbas's Precious Gift to Iran: Hamas

Once again Abbas has threatened to stop "all" security cooperation, a threat he has made numerous times. The consequences for Abbas are very serious

  • By halting the security crackdown on Hamas, Abbas would be paving the way for terrorists to kill him and his associates in the West Bank, as they had already begun to do in 2007 in the Gaza Strip, and possibly again in a coup in 2014.
  • If and when Abbas does suspend security coordination with Israel, he will be sending a message to Iran and its Palestinian proxies that the time has come to turn the West Bank into a center for Jihad against Israel and the "infidels."
  • At the same time, Abbas will be signing his own death warrant: Hamas has apparently not relinquished its desire to "hang Abbas in front of the Palestinian people." It appears to be decision time: Will Abbas ally himself with those who are protecting him or with those who execute him as a traitor?
For more on this story go to https://tinyurl.com/ycnszkm5  

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Israelis Find Joy in Corona-Restricted Weddings

Time will tell if small, modest weddings will remain popular when the pandemic ends. When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared in mid-March that the country must self-quarantine in order to contain the coronavirus, brides and grooms were forced to rethink their plans.

Indeed, many couples found unexpected satisfaction in how their celebrations turned out. Hadassah Tzach, who moved to Israel from New Jersey in 2018, had a large wedding planned for March 16. Following Israel’s first-round of regulations on March 12, stating that no more than 100 people could gather, the plans were suddenly changed.

“Like every bride, I spent many months planning our wedding plus years of imagining what it would look like. I never expected the way it would turn out,” Tzach, who refers to her last-minute event as “Coronavirus Elopement Wedding,” she said.

Watching the news about the coronavirus, she could see her dream wedding disintegrating before her eyes. “I tried to stay optimistic as much as I could even when most of my family and friends had to cancel their flights. Thankfully, my mom and brother got to Israel before the ban,”

There is a Sefardic tradition that a few days before a wedding, friends and family gather for a pre-celebration, called a “Henna,” where the red substance is put on the palms of hands as a symbol of posterity for the young couple. Additionally, the bride prepares a challah dough with the appropriate blessings to symbolize the expansive blessings that should fill their lives. A festive meal is served along with sweets and dancing.

“During the henna party, we found out that new restrictions were starting at midnight. I thought there was zero chance we would have our wedding under the circumstances,” Tzach said. “I excused myself from dancing and started to cry in the kitchen. My soon-to-be mother-in-law came in and said, ‘Why don’t you get married right now while everyone is here together?’ I was shocked but then thought, ‘It’s now or never.'”

The bride was whisked away to her house to put on her wedding gown and the groom was told to get ready for his nuptials. They called the rabbi to quickly come and officiate.
“Everything came together beyond what I could ever have imagined,” she said. “And I never thought my wedding would cost only 800 shekels [about $230].”

Ayelet Mor, who moved to Israel from Connecticut in 2018, said that after shedding many tears and discussing the changes in her wedding plans with her parents and siblings, she “felt good and excited” about her big day.

“After receiving so much support from my family, we officially decided to do a small, intimate wedding in Tekoa on our original wedding date and a bigger one with family and friends in the – hopefully – near future,” she said. “It was the prettiest wedding I could have ever asked for, as Tekoa overlooks the Judean mountains. It was bittersweet not having my family there, that was hard for me. But having just a few people in the most beautiful setting was so, so special.”

One charity organization did a survey called “The 100 Person Wedding” to evaluate whether people are open to holding more affordable affairs long after the pandemic is over.

“One positive point that came out of the ‘corona era’ is that weddings have become limited in scope, focus more on family and are more economical,” noted the survey. “This has created public discourse about today’s customarily accepted elaborate weddings, whether they are justified and correct or whether corona weddings revealed that it was possible to do things differently.”

“There is a lot of peer pressure [to make fancy weddings], and this is an issue that needs urgent and substantial improvement,” noted the survey.

No matter what the future brings, one thing is certain. We wish all the new couples years of health and happiness.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Three Gulf states seek partnership with Israel to fight coronavirus

by Lahav Harkov   May 10, 2020

For full report see https://tinyurl.com/y6wwmzf3 

Three Gulf states have reached out to Israel in recent weeks to receive information and assistance in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease known as COVID -19. The three make up half of the countries that are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Bahrain and another Gulf state reached out to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, expressing interest in the hospital's response to the pandemic, and the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to the United Nations said publicly that her government would be willing to work with Israel on a vaccine.

 “I have heard leaders in the Gulf say over and over, ‘with our resources and wealth and Israeli innovation, we can create a vaccine and a cure’…They have seen this pandemic as an opportunity for cooperation between themselves and Israel,” said Rabbi Marc Schneier, who has extensive ties in the Persian Gulf as president of the interfaith dialogue organization Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. “There’s an opportunity to join forces here. So many issues transcend politics in the Middle East.”

Schneier and Yoel Hareven, director of Sheba's International Division, said that Bahrain and another Gulf state, which they declined to name, have taken an interest in telemedicine or remote medicine innovations in Israel and the ways the Jewish state has responded to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We offered them any help they need, even if it’s connecting doctors or nurses, or sending teams to them, sharing logistical knowledge,” Hareven said. “Whatever help we can give our neighbors – we will do it happily.”

Hareven said the unnamed country is “central and different” in the Gulf and is “not one we’re used to hearing about,” adding that Israel is not known to have ties with it, which is why they are keeping a low profile.

“There are a lot of things happening above and below the surface,” Hareven said, noting that the governments in that region are very centralized, which means the contact with Sheba took place with the leaders’ approval. “They believe very strongly in the connection with Israeli medicine and Israel generally.”

Talk of cooperation with Gulf states on fighting coronavirus comes after years of closer ties between Israel and those countries, in light of their opposition to Iran and encouragement from the Trump administration.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Arab Land Grab in Judea and Samaria During Corona Pandemic

This is the sad reality  in Israel. Arabs are illegally grabbing Jewish 
land in Judea & Samaria, all with the support of Israel’s Supreme 
Court, hence they are protected by the Israeli police. Nati Rom is 
a pioneer in Judea & Samaria standing up for the rights of the Jews 
and the State of Israel in our ancestral heartland.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The video Israel's haters tried to hide

For sure this is not available to all Gazans

Sunday, May 3, 2020


Cross posted from Grandma's Army

The corona virus has taken over our lives. We still have freedom of choice – every person within his/her circumscribed small world. However, no matter how smart we are, there’s something we have to cope with that’s bigger than ourselves.  We are forced into taking life slower, which isn’t a bad thing. It gives one more time to think and see what’s really important.

Another  consequence of corona is that older people are suddenly being taking into account. In Israel, a lot of thought and resources have been allocated in order to protect older people. Until now, youth has been much more admired and  visible in the public sphere than us “oldies.”

According to the head of the Gerontology  department at the university of Haifa’s Health and Welfare centre, since corona, many senior citizens feel that they are being stereotyped. As if every elderly person is especially vulnerable and in imminent danger of becoming infected with corona. That they are unfit to make their own judgments, without others having  to decide for them what they are able, or unable, to do.

On the contrary, the majority of the elderly weren’t even aware that they are “old” until the present crisis. In their eyes the prevalent attitude is patronizing and separates the elderly from the rest of the population. Many  feel hurt and insulted.  Some feel that society treats them  like kindergarten children or dogs, that have to be taken out once a day for a walk.

There are 100,000 people over the age of 67 in Israel, and 80% of them are healthy and able-bodied. It makes no sense to imprison 800,000 senior citizens who are defined as healthy and active. Isolation and lack of physical activity can be detrimental to these citizen’s mental and physical health.

Jewish tradition respects the elders. In one of the ten commandments, it is mandated to honour one’s father and mother – that is, the older generation. Judaism also partners old age with wisdom.

The sad fact remains, however, that retirement, mandatory or otherwise is a fact of modern living. Apart from changing the attitude of society as a whole, most of all we must change the self-perception of the aged and near-aged. The life changes that come with old age are not a cause of retirement from productive life, but the opportunity to discover new and more meaningful ways to develop oneself and surroundings.

It is not necessary for aging people to step out of society and let the younger generation learn only by trial and error. The wisdom and knowledge, that only decades of life experience brings, is the only way for the next generation to build on what has come before.
Elderly people must chose to age with dignity. The aged should be encouraged to command respect and admiration and to use their wisdom for the benefit of their descendents. No matter what modern society says, these words are true for all eras of history.  

Media Onslaught Against Israel

From one of my correspondents

Be prepared for an anti Israel media onslaught in the coming weeks about the intention of Netanyahu to  ' annexe ' certain geographical areas. Such annexation is entirely legal.....

International law supports any future annexation of territories in Judea and Samaria ( the West Bank ) currently under consideration by Israel’s PM , Netanyahu.
Annexation is a misnomer , false phraseology or fake news so frequently used by opponents of the Jewish State.

Reclamation of Sovereignty is the correct terminology .

The League of Nations Treaty of 1922 ( which includes the San Remo Resolution and the Mandate for Palestine) defines the borders of Israel ( formerly called Palestine ) to include Judea and Samaria ( now called the West Bank ) and Gaza . The borders of several Arab countries are also included . These legalities stand for time immemorial.

Paradoxically had Britain not surreptitiously included Article 25 into this document, the legally defined borders would also include the whole of Jordan as we know it today . The inclusion of Article 25 has never been subject to legal challenge and it is unknown , to this day whether its inclusion was indeed legally correct .

The USA , not being a member of the League of Nations in 1922 codified the Treaty into US law in 1924.

When the League of Nations was substituted by the UN ( 1945 , I believe ) Article 80 of the UN Charter further validated , ratified , codified and endorsed the League of Nations mandates and treaties into legally binding international law as they were bound to do .

As unpalatable as all this may seem to Israel’s enemies the legally international binding principles of Acquired Rights ( a nation or nation to be formed once given legal rights cannot have those rights taken away ) , Estoppel ( a nation giving legal rights cannot legally take away or amend or stop those rights once given)and Uti Possidetis Juris ( territory gained in conflict is legally owned by the possessor unless a previous Treaty states otherwise) , further support and validate ( not that any further support or ratification is warranted ) Israel’s rights to reclaim its sovereign territory.