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Dec 29 2008

The world is crazy!

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Israel has been striking back at Hamas institutions in the Gaza strip in retaliation for continual rocket fire on Israeli communities that border the Gaza strip. And yet in Europe there are loud and vociferous protests against Isreal. It wasn’t Israel that started this…Hamas is directly to blame for this exchange and yet the rest of the world immediately goes and condemns Israel. Why?

I mean, I expect the Arab street to rally behind the Gazans and Hamas as they see this is “naked Israeli agression” and the Muslim religious leaders are calling for vengence against Israel and Israeli targets worldwide, but what I can’t understand is how the world can say that it’s ok for rockets to fall, day-in and day-out, on Israeli communities — where people live their daily lives in terror — and when Israel tries to put an end to these attacks that it is the aggressor. Typically the words thrown out by the left wing groups are that Israel is committing “crimes against humanity” and that it’s violating International law. But let’s look at the law.

First off, the shelling of Israeli civilian population centers near Gaza has been going on for well over 8 years. Hamas, a terrorist organization, started the latest round of their aggression through the initial use of armed force against Israeli civilians and non-combatant Jews once the “truce” ended in November. This is a clear violation of the United Nations charter and is evidence of agression which, by International Law, is defined as the “the most serious and dangerous form of illegal use of force” (UN Resolution 3314 (XXIX). Definition of Aggression). The UN further demands that states combat the use of terrorism and reaffirm “unequivocal condemnation of all acts, methods and practices of terrorism as criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, in all their forms and manifestations, wherever and by whomever committed.” (UNSC resolutions 1269, 1368,1373, 1377).

Israel’s response is further supported by statements made by the former President of the International Court of Justice, Judge Stephen Schwebel, who noted that

[i]n the case of conduct adopted for punitive purposes…it is self-evident that the punitive action and the wrong should be commensurate with each other, but in the case of action taken for the specific purpose of halting and repelling an armed attack (emphasis added), this does not mean that the action should be more or less commensurate with the attack. Its lawfulness cannot be measured except by its capacity for achieving the desired result.

(Schwebel, Judge Stephen, Nicaragua vs. U.S., 1986 I.C.J. 14, 259 (June 27), quoted in “Draft Articles on State Responsibility – Comments of the Government of the United States of America”, U.S. State Department, http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/28993.pdf, March 1, 2001)

Israel is responding to continuous provocation by Hamas from Gaza and it is responding appropriately in order to end the rocket attacks of the past 8 years. It never ceases to amaze me that the European public is so willing to cry out in outrage over the fact that Israel is doing the very thing that they would demand if it was, say, Russia lobbing missles over it’s border into Europe. When will the world see that the Palestinian Arabs (and Arabs elsewhere in the region) are not interested in a true and just peace with Isreal? They are only interested in the eradication of Israel and probably Jews worldwide!

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Jul 25 2008

Tough Love for Israel?

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I was recently reading Nicholas Kristof’s op-ed column in the New York Times, “Tough Love for Israel” in which he argues that what Israel needs now from America isn’t “more love, but tougher love”. He uses the responses he received on his own blog, nytimes.com/ontheground after he wrote an op-ed in the Times from Hebron. The writes in “Tough Love for Israel” that he received many counter-arguments to his points in the previous opinion piece and challenges to address them. One of the first ones he focuses on is the Jewish presence in Hebron:

Jews lived in Hebron for 1,800 years continuously … until their community was murdered in 1929 by their Arab neighbors. The Jews in Hebron today — those “settlers” — have reclaimed Jewish property. So I don’t see what makes them illegitimate or illegal. (Irving)

Mr. Kristof counters

“True, Jews have deep ties to Hebron, just as Christians do to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, but none of these bonds confer any right to live in these places or even visit them”

(“Tough Love for Israel“, New York Times, July 25, 2008, http://www.nytimes.com).

Interesting. Just because we had previously deep ties to Hebron, Joseph’s Tomb, and other places in the West Bank, we don’t have the right to live there or visit. Ok, let’s take that argument on face value. I can live with that. But I can hear the Palestinian Arabs, and I’m sure all Arabs in general, howling right about now. That also negates their beloved “Right of Return” if they accept that argument. It is such a simplistic position because it negates the ability of any displaced persons from ever being allowed to return to their homes after a conflict. However, his response goes even further…remember what he says “but none of these bonds confer any right to live in these places or even visit them.” So that means that under a two-state solution the Palestinians can deny Israelis the right to even visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs where Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, are buried. Of course the world would simply turn a blind eye to that but if Israel were to reciprocate and deny Arabs the right to visit, say, the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount Israel would be decried as an apartheid state (nothing new about this slander) and a rascist state (again, the left-wind already makes this claim). Nevertheless, I suspect that this probably wouldn’t happen (at least not “officially”) since it would cut down on tourism in the nascent Palestinian Arab state.

Let’s look at another argument Mr. Kristof received:

One side is a beautiful, literate, medically and scientifically and artistically an advanced society. The other side wants to throw bombs. Why shouldn’t there be a fence? (Mileway)

And Mr. Kristof counters:

So, build a fence. But construct it on the 1967 borders, not Palestinian land — and especially not where it divides Palestinian farmers from their land.

(“Tough Love for Israel“, New York Times, July 25, 2008, http://www.nytimes.com)

This is a hard one to argue against. The only argument that I can see is that there are “realities on the ground” as President Bush once said that need to be considered. I would argue that a land swap should be considered to compensate for land that cannot be excluded from the Israeli side of the fence. But let’s continue. Another counterargument Mr. Kristof received was:

While I do condemn this type of violence, it pales in contrast to Palestinian suicide bombers, rockets and other acts of terror against Jews. (Jay)

To which Mr. Kristof pulls statistics from B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights organization:

B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights organization, reports that a total of 123 Israeli minors have been killed by Palestinians since the second intifada began in 2000, compared with 951 Palestinian minors killed by Israeli security forces.

(“Tough Love for Israel“, New York Times, July 25, 2008, http://www.nytimes.com

True, the number of casualties on the Palestinian Arab side has been greater than the Israeli side but I believe that he misses the point. It’s not just more Palestinian Arab youths have died but the Jay is focusing on the nature of the attacks. The Palestinian Arab terrorists are deliberately targeting civilians and other targets that will illicit the greatest fear and horror in the Israeli public. On top of that the terrorists are operating from civilian areas and doing so knowing full well that civilians will be killed in any Israeli response. If they truly cared for their people they would follow the 4th Geneva Convention that explicitly bars an armed militia for operating within civilian areas and requires them to separate from civilian populated areas. Israel’s response, while regretably killing civilians, is aimed at the terrorist bases of operation. We are not deliberately targeting the civilians like the Palestinian Arab terrorists do with regards to Isrealis. In fact, during the second Lebanon War, the Israeli army, in many cases, went to great extremes to try and limit collateral civilian casualties during the fighting and in some cases this resulted in greater casualties among the soldiers. War is a dirty business…that’s why it’s a thing to be avoided. The problem seems to be that the Western nations (America and Europe) believe that it’s something that can be conducted “cleanly”.

Let’s move on to the last counterargument that Mr. Kristof brings up in his op-ed:

To withdraw from the West Bank without a partner on the Palestinian side will find Israel in the same fix it has once it withdrew from Gaza: a rain of daily rockets. Yes, the security barrier causes hardship, but terrorist attacks have almost disappeared. That means my kids can ride the bus, go to unguarded restaurants and not worry about being blown up on their way to school. Find another way to keep my kids safe, and I’ll happily tear down the barrier. (Laura)

On this one Mr. Kristof responds:

This is the argument that I have the most trouble countering. Laura has a point: The barrier and checkpoints have reduced terrorism. But as presently implemented, they — and the settlements — also reduce the prospect of a long-term peace agreement that is the best hope for Laura’s children.

(“Tough Love for Israel“, New York Times, July 25, 2008, http://www.nytimes.com)

The separation barrier has done more to reduce the number of terrorist attacks inside pre-1967 Israel than anything else tried since the start of the first Intifada. It has made living inside of pre-1967 Israel safer albeit not completely safe since there have been terrorist attacks since the barrier was built and completed.

However, Mr. Kristof doesn’t stop there. He continues:

If Israel were to stop the settlements, ease the checkpoints, allow people in and out more freely, and negotiate more enthusiastically with Syria over the Golan Heights and with the Arab countries on the basis of the Saudi peace proposal, then peace might still elude the region. But Israel would at least be doing everything possible to secure its long-term future, rather than bolstering Hamas.

.(“Tough Love for Israel“, New York Times, July 25, 2008, http://www.nytimes.com)

Let’s review his arguments. Israel should:

  1. “stop the settlements” — ok by me,
  2. “ease the checkpoints” — how do you do this and ensure that Terrorists will not get through undetected?,
  3. “allow people in and out more freely” — again, see my question with regards to the checkpoints,
  4. “negotiate more enthusiastically with Syria over the Golan Heights” — eh? Let’s see where the current talks with Syria being held in Turkey lead. If all it leads to is a cold and meaningless peace in exchange for the Golan Heights then what has Israel really gained?
  5. “negotiate more ethusiastically…with the Arab countries on the basis of the Saudi peace proposal” — hmmm…let’s see. The Saudi peace proposal calls for:
    • Full withdrawl of Israel from all Arab lands captured since 1967 – i.e. “Land for Peace” – Israel’s stance since 1967
    • Implementation of UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 338 — no surprise there
    • The establishiment of an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital — a little sticky as to what would be considered “east Jerusalem”
    • A just solution to the Palestinian Refugee problem in accordance with the UN General Assembly Resolution 194 (i.e. “The Right of Return”) — hmmm…Mr. Kristof’s logic above however states that deep ties to places does not “confer any right to live in these places or even visit them.” That’s a bit of a problem.
    • The normalization of relations in the context of a comprehensive peace — that’s pretty vague.

In essence Mr. Kristof is putting all of the onus on Israel and none of it on the Palestinian Arabs or any of the Arab states in the region for the failure of the peace process. He argues that if Israel would, in essence, “just be reasonable” and give the Arabs what they want then we would have peace in the Middle East. What he fails to point out is that Israel has been trying that approach with the withdrawal from Gaza and southern Lebanon and look where it has gotten them — rockets rain down daily on the Israeli city of Sderot and occassionally on Ashkelon, anti-semitic incitement continues not just in Gaza but in the West Bank as well where Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rules (Mr. Kristof calls him Israel’s “most reasonable partner ever”), and Hizbollah is already preparing it’s next pretext for war. The Jerusalem Report noted on July 16th 2008 that

According to the Hizbullah-affiliated daily Al-Akhbar, (deputy chair of Lebanon’s Supreme Shi’ite Islamic Council, Sheikh Abed al-Amir) Kiblan declared that seven villages whose Shi’ite inhabitants fled in 1948, and which were subsequently destroyed, “must return to their owners, our country and our people,” and Hizbullah’s arms would achieve this.

Gordon, Evelyn,Civil Fights: Hizbullah’s Next Pretext,The Jerusalem Post, July 16th 2008 )

These villages are inside of pre-1967 Israel and represent the Arab approach to demanding more and more from Israel even when it meets the its obligations according to the UN. Mr. Kristof misses it completely. His approach puts no burden on the Palestinian Arabs or the Arabs in Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia or elsewhere in putting forth honest, meaningful concessions into the peace process. In essence, they need have no “skin in the game” according to him. And, according to him, the only way for a new President, whether it’s Barack Obama or John McCain, to move the peace process forward is to show Israel “tough love.” Sorry…been there…done that. What is needed is a fresh and realistic approach…not “tough love.”

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Jul 18 2008

A Sad Day for Israel

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Yesterday the bodies of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev were returned to Israel in exchange for the remains of 199 Lebanese and Arab guerilla fighters and five others including Samir Qantar. Today, Ehud Goldwasser was buried and the pictures of the weeping widow and family breaks my heart. The Israeli government gave away too much. Now the enemies of Israel will feel that all they need to do is kidnap and kill Israeli soldiers to get what their prisoners released. Prime Minister Olmert has shown terrible judgement in this matter by releasing the murderer Qantar along with the others. Here is a man who murdered a 31-year old father in front of his four year old daughter before smashing her skull against a rock with the butt of his rifle. And now he is being paraded by Hezbollah as a “hero.” And if you doubt the connection between these terrorist murderes and the philosophy of Adolph Hitler…just look at the pictures here. He truly is Adolph Qantar. May his name and his memory be blotted out.

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May 29 2008

A Perspective on the Conversion Controversy

Published by under Israel,Judaism

I have to give it to the Sephardim…they are much more realistic and much more pragmatic about some issues.

To give a little background, there is currently a big, brewing controversy in Israel and in Judaism as a whole with regards to conversion. It seems that a rabbinic court in Ashdod issued a ruling that essentially nullified the conversion of a woman who had converted to Judaism 15 years previously. She converted under the supervision of Rabbi Chaim Druckman who is currently (at least until June) the head of the Israeli Conversion Authority that was set up by former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Anyway, a panel of judges from the High Rabbinical Court (of which the current Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Shlomo Amar is president) has now issued a ruling that all conversions conducted by Rabbi Druckman were to be questioned and possibly nullified. This throws thousands of people who were converted under Rabbi Druckman through the Conversion Authority into a limbo — and not just them but also their children.

Now, Rabbi Amar has promised that he would nullify this ruling — which, as far as I know, he hasn’t done yet. The High Rabbinical Court is apparently packed with Chareidi rabbis who seem to believe that if a person converts to Judaism and then years down the road “goes off the path” then their conversion is invalid from the beginning and therefore can be retroactively nullified. I, personally, cannot understand how they can make such a decision but the impact can be devastating.

I was, however, sent a link to the this post that gives a Sephardi perspective on this whole issue and on how the mainstream Sephardi see converts. It’s very interesting that the rabbis on the High Rabbinical Court can feel that if someone converts and then years later relaxes in their observance or loses their faith that therefore the convert was insincere from the beginning and that their conversion was not valid. I wonder how they can make such a broad decision that future actions (even actions many years down the road) can determine whether a convert is sincere in their conversion at the time of the conversion. I especially liked the opinion by a former Sephardi Chief Rabbi, Benzion Uziel, who said

The Beit Din does not need to know whether he will observe them. Otherwise you would close the door on all conversion, since we can never know what he will do. From this it is clear that conversion is not dependent on any future observance.
“The Sephardi Perspective: It is time to decide”

I think that says it all. You cannot predicate a person’s behavior today on what they may do tomorrow. Unfortunately the panel of rabbinical judges from the High Rabbinical Court do not seem to see this possibility.

Another issue that concerns me greatly is that the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) has invited the Israeli rabbinate to start “overseeing” the conversions that are conducted by the RCA. They have decided to create regional rabbinic conversion courts that would be staffed by rabbis approved by the Israeli rabbinate and they would be the only ones whose conversions would be recognized by the Israeli rabbinate. I think that the RCA has made a major mistake in this regard and have signed away alot of their leverage with the Israeli rabbinate who can now choose the most strict Chareidi rabbis to be on these courts. This will cause significant problems down the road that have yet to be foreseen.

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Jun 08 2007

The End of the World as We Know it

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I have been extremely dismayed and bothered by the fact that the world is quickly losing its resolve and its moral direction. We recently passed the 40th anniversary of Israel’s Six Day war in which Israel single-handedly defeated Egypt, Jordan and Syria and gained control of the West Bank, the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai peninsula. Yet today, the Sinai has been handed back to Egypt in exchange for peace, Gaza has been turned over to the Palestinian Authority (led by Hamas), and only the Golan and the West Bank remain in dispute.

This weekend there will be a rally by two organizations to demand the end of the U.S.’ support for the “illegal Israeli military occupation.” Interesting…these groups (one of which is Muslim) don’t make mention about anything related to ending the Palestinian terrorism against Israel. For them, I believe that they simply wish Israel to retreat back from the West Bank and the Golan and take the Palestinian Authority’s assurance that the terrorism will stop. Has Hamas come out publicly and claimed that it will recognize Israel’s right to exist? Has the PLO actually modified their charter? No on both questions. The have conveniently side-stepped the issue in order so that as soon as they get what they want they can restart the attacks against Israel…however this time from a much more secure base.

Similarly, will Syria honestly sign a true peace treaty with Israel if they get the Golan back? Somehow I don’t think so. And yet these organizations in the U.S. as well as elsewhere around the world are mobilizing to conduct boycotts of Israel and Israeli institutions claiming that Israel is an apartheid state. The Muslims constantly equate Israel with Nazi Germany and the Nazis in general and teach their children that the only good Jew is a dead Jew.

The sad thing is that people appear to be buying it. That miserable ex-president Jimmy Carter writes a book equating Israel with Apartheid South Africa and people rally around it. The British teacher’s Union votes to boycott Israeli academicians and people rally around them. Where is reality? The left wing of Western Civilization believes in equal rights and justice for everyone. I believe that too…but I’m not about to walk into a Muslim gas chamber or be beheaded by Mohamed the terrorist willingly! And the sad thing is that the left wing wishes for peace so much that they seem to have adopted the old idea of “Better Red than Dead” when they have NO idea what being “Red” really means. For them, no cause is worth dying for. And that’s why I’m sad. They have no spine.

I’m not for having the war in Iraq continue…but I am for bringing a swift and just end to the conflict. In my opinion President Bush was reckless by choosing to go to war with Iraq…especially on false pretenses. However, we’re there…no we’ve got to figure a way of getting out without leaving that area a decidedly unbridled mess. That’s not going to be done overnight and it’s not going to be easy. But the left wing politicos in this country don’t care. I don’t want to see another U.S. soldier die in Iraq or Afghanistan for that matter, but if we leave now, the world will be in much worse shape than before. That’s the fact that the left wingers simply don’t grasp. They think that if we left everything will go back to being peaceful and peachy-keen over there. And that is the real lie in all this.

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Aug 15 2006

The Fighting is Over…for now

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Well, U.N. resolution 1701 has gone into effect and the fighting in Lebanon appears to have stopped. I’m sure that Hezbollah will continue to fire on IDF troops until the withdraw back across the international border — the one the U.N. has certified! Of course, that won’t stop the pig Nasrallah and his Hezbollah cronies from violating the U.N. resolution. Already the French (wow…what a surprise!) are back-pedaling on how Hezbollah will be disarmed (they want a “political” disarmament…not a military one..huh?) and Olmert has caved in and accepted the resolution even though, at the last minute, the call for the return of the two Israeli soldiers kidnapped which precipitated this whole conflict, was removed from the resolution! How does Olmert justify this? What was the whole point of the conflict? Why didn’t he let the IDF do what it intended to do — smash Hezbollah all the way up to the Litani river? I can’t imagine his government will survive a no-confidence vote in the Knesset. And it shouldn’t. The return of the two soldiers kidnapped by the Hezbollah terrorists (AND YES…THEY ARE TERRORISTS…THEY ARE NOT FREEDOM FIGHTERS) was central to the entire effort. Now the Olmert government is talking about “negotiating” for their release. How sad…we started the war saying that there would be no negotiations…and now we say we will. Good move Mr. Olmert…now every Arab terrorist organization will start kidnapping Israeli soldiers with the intent to make demands that you have proven you will eventually meet. Why? Because it’s clear that we will negotiate with them. Approximately 110 Israeli soldiers died for what? Not only did Olmert not achieve the objective of obtaining the release of the kidnapped soldiers but he prevented the IDF from implementing its plan to destroy Hezbollah south of the Litani. We come out of this with neither goal acheived and Hezbollah claiming (wrongly so…but what can you expect from Arab terrorists other than lies and deceit) that they won simply because they still survive.

Anyway, here’s a little video that I was sent that I have enjoyed watching…if only it had come completely true:
Yallah Ya Nasrallah…

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Aug 14 2006

Disproportionate

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I find it odd that the New York Times continually portrayed the Israeli military response against Hezbollah as being completely disproportionate.  Now consider that the Hezbollah initiated the conflict by crossing the Internationally recognized border between Israel and Lebanon, fired off rockets at Israeli military units, killed 3 Israeli soldiers and then proceeded to kidnap another two Israeli soldiers (who are still being held captive despite the fact that Israel has agreed to U.N. Security Council resolution 1701 which creates the conditions for a cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah and requires the immediate release of these two soldiers).  Throughout this conflict the New York Times (as well as other media outlets throughout the world) continually portrayed the Arab point of view that this was Israeli aggression. No matter what, the truth is that the world is anti-Israel for reasons I cannot understand — especially the Europeans.  I was sent the following graphic that sums up what the New York Times would have looked like back in 1943 had today’s editors been around.  Enjoy it.  It shows how the New York Times is truly an anti-Israel newspaper!

Disproportionate 

The original graphic can be found here: http://www.keshertalk.com/images/blogpix/Disproportionate.png 

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Aug 08 2006

This is what the rest of the world thinks

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Good Jew, Bad Jew

And to this, I say “To Hell with the rest of the world”!  I am sick and tired of the rest of the world believing that the only good Jew is a dead Jew.  The Arabs believe it, the Europeans believe it and, sad to say, many Americans believe it.  To you I say “Go to Hell!” I’m sorry that we Jews will not go easily into the night (or as the Arabs and Europeans would wish it, into the gas chambers).  I’m sorry that we irritate you with our persistent existence.  Perhaps it’s time that we Jews now keep all of the medical advances and scientific advances that we have shared with the rest of the world to ourselves.  Perhaps we should now ask for all the back-royalties we never were paid for all of the knowledge contribution we have provided to the rest of the world.  But I am sick and tired of the world saying to Israel and to any Jew that defends themselves “Bad Jew…Bad Jew.”  To you, I say “Burn in Hell.”

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Jul 31 2006

The IAF may not have been responsible for Qana

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From an article on Arutz Sheva there is evidence to indicate that the Israeli Air Force may not have been responsible for the tragedy at Qana.  See here for the entire article.  I have gone ahead and reposted it below if it becomes inaccessible.

IDF Begins to Question Cause of Explosion in Kfar Kana
17:07 Jul 31, ’06 / 6 Av 5766
by Hana Levi Julian
  An initial IDF inquiry has revealed that Israel may not have been to blame for the explosion that killed more than 50 civilians in the southern Lebanese village of Kafr Kana on Sunday.
Most of the world’s nations were in an uproar over an early Sunday attack on a cluster of buildings in Kafr Kana that reportedly killed 57 civilians, half of whom were children.

The condemnations came despite the fact that the IDF dropped leaflets into the village over the previous days, warning the residents to leave the war zone.

Israel initially took responsibility for the attack, since it was indeed carrying out strikes in the area where Hizbullah terrorists often store weapons caches in residential buildings. The terrorists also set up their rocket launchers between the buildings in areas with concentrated civilian populations.

Senior IDF officers told reporters at a news conference Sunday evening, however, that there is a contradiction between the time of the bombing and reports of the explosion. Israel Air Force Gen. Amir Eshel left open the possibility that Hizbullah terrorists blew up the building themselves, or that an unknown cause set off explosives which were stored in the structure.

Eshel explained that recorded information shows that Israeli Air Force planes bombed the building between midnight and 1:00 a.m., and that the next attack was at 7:30 a.m. and was up to 500 yards away. Eshel said reports of the explosion that caused the civilian deaths came around 8:00 a.m. “It is not clear what happened” between 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., he said.

IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz told the Israeli daily Ma’ariv after a meeting with President Moshe Katzav that the military did not know that civilians remained in the village. Halutz explained that IDF intelligence equipment can detect missile launchers but not civilians, who apparently were inside buildings where aerial surveillance could not detect them.

“Had we known there were that many civilians inside, especially women and children, we certainly would not have attacked it,” a senior air force commander told Reuters.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday after the incident that Kafr Kana and environs are a “center for Katyusha firing on Kiryat Shmona and Afula… Dozens of Katyushas have been fired from there, and the terrorists hide there after firing the rockets.” Olmert emphasized that the residents had often been warned that they must leave the area.

“Israel does not have a policy of killing innocent people,” the Prime Minister added.
Brig.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan pointed out that Hizbullah terrorists have fired more than 150 rockets from the village since the beginning of the war.

Kafr Kana was the scene of a similar tragedy ten years ago in which 100 civilians were killed during Israel’s “Operation Grapes of Wrath,��? also aimed at ending Katyusha attacks on northern Israeli communities.

Original article can be found here: http://www.arutzsheva.com/news.php3?id=108783

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Jul 31 2006

A Wonderful Piece by Professor Dershowitz

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I am including here a piece written by Professor Alan Dershowitz in the Christian Science Monitor that states very clearly and emphatically the focus of Hezbollah’s aim. Let NO ONE deny that Hezbollah, the Al-Aksa Martyr’s Brigade, and other Arab terrorist organizations aim is not to wipe out the Jews in Israel (and probably the rest of the world). Their aim is NOT just national liberation for themselves and their people but rather the wholesale slaughter of every Jew in Israel. Thank you Dr. Dershowitz for stating it so eloquently. Hopefully it won’t be removed anytime soon.

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