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Who Defines Humane?

A shocked world seems to be rethinking and shifting sides in a war that began with a surprise raid and massacre of babies, families, civilians, early on a holiday Sabbath morning. Suddenly those who rose up to defend and prevent … Continue reading

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Gaza and West Bank Palestinians Support Hamas Atrocities

from information reported by Palestinian Media Watch Palestinian in Israel support Hamas’ terror war and call for PA Chairman Abbas to resign. Even before the war more than half of the residents of Gaza claimed support for Hamas who would … Continue reading

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See further details and translation from Iran at IRAN GIVES THE ORDERS! “Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei Says About Israel’s Attacks On Gaza ‘We Must Respond; Let’s Respond; Today, In The Case Of Gaza, This Response Is On All Of Us; … Continue reading

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The 2-State Solution?

Remember this when the world forces compromise! This is the Palestinian interpretation of the 2-state solution!

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Most Americans are our friends; the extreme left, Hamas in the US, most Palestinians in the US, and much of the top echelon of US defense, intelligence and government are NOT our friends. Decent law-abiding Americans, many Christians, most moral … Continue reading

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Massacre: “an indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of people”

A little dose of logic: That is what happened 7 days ago. In Israel. To unexpecting, unprepared civilians, men, women and children. Early on a quiet Sabbath morning. Among the slaughtered were infants, beheaded! Did they attack or defend themselves? … Continue reading

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Even the experts seem to be unable to disentangle the quandary that is Syria and foresee the consequences of  victory by any. By now most of us know who are involved in one way or another: Syrian leaders (Assad, etc.) … Continue reading

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Fighting Fire with Fire

26 August

Israel Defense Forces   @IDF

Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense intercepted an incoming Palestinian rocket Friday night. After a second rocket fell short inside Gaza, the IDF responded by attacking Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip.  The response the following day from Gaza was an announcement that there would be joint action by all of the terrorists groups in response to Israeli attacks.  (This after years of denial by Hamas that it was responsible for the constant attacks by other terrorist organizations.)  They also threatened immediate “response” to any Israeli retaliation and warned that the death of any of their leaders would be avenged by attacks on “specific targets’ in Israel.  This is, of course, does not acknowledge 17 rockets fired from Gaza into Israel and 30 “balloon” ignited fires in Israel on Friday alone.  However, it must be said that even if Israel wanted to strike the leadership from the top, many have fled to very nice lives in Turkey, leaving the poor in Gaza to suffer whatever response Israel makes to the bombs and rockets incessantly aimed at Israel.

Severely complicating the issue, Turkey is now a prime factor to be considered in any retaliation Israel contemplates.  There is a strong Turkish encouragement for the unification of Hamas, Hizbollah, and other terrorist groups in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon/Syria in the effort to destroy the State of Israel. 

Multiple international news outlets and intelligence sources report  with official photos that Turkish President Recep Erdogan received Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Istanbul on Saturday, Aug. 22, this after a week in which 15 Palestinian rockets and hundreds of fire-bomb balloons were launched into Israel from the Gaza Strip. 

Turkey has reportedly allowed Hamas to establish a high-powered staff of 60 in Istanbul for planning and funding terrorist attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem using sleeper cells. Israeli intelligence has confirmed that Erdogan has even given citizenship to a dozen Istanbul-based top Hamas brass which includes Turkish passports. Now they will have freedom to travel and threaten Israelis in countries where Hamas itself cannot openly operate.  Worse, they are by in large convicted murderers who have served long sentences in Israeli prisons for terrorist attacks and the ensuing multiple murders of civilians. They were, against the advice of many Israelis, freed in order to gain the return of an Israel soldier, Gilad Shalit, in the 2011 prisoner swap. As a result of this and more, Israel now considers Turkey not far behind Iran in terms of enmity toward Israel.

Israeli and foreign news and intelligence sources report that following direct Israeli cautions about Hamas activities in Turkey, in a clearly in-your-face decision, Mr Erdogan met Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas in an internationally publicized official event.   It is also reported that Turkish intelligence agents maintain close contact with the group’s operatives in Istanbul.  To eliminate any doubt, Turkish President Erdogan asserted, “We will keep on supporting our brothers in Palestine.”

Turkey agreed in a US-brokered 2015 deal with Israel to stop Hamas planning attacks from its soil but has consistently failed to honor the agreement, Israeli officials said.  Hamas is considered a terrorist group by the EU and US. Its armed wing has been designated a terror group by the UK. In February Hamas  assigned a Palestinian to assassinate Jerusalem’s mayor, an Knesset member from PM Netanyahu’s party or Israel’s chief of police. The plot failed. In another case, a Hamas operative offered to pay $20,000 to the family of any would-be suicide bomber. However, a Turkish diplomatic source of course officially denied Hamas was planning these attacks from Turkey, adding that Hamas is “not a terrorist organisation” but a legitimate Palestinian political party.  However, there are transcripts of Israeli police interrogations with the would-be assassin and others that show senior Hamas operatives are using Turkey’s largest city to direct the operations in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

 Turkey has proved such a welcoming environment for Hamas that the group’s deputy leader, Saleh al-Arouri, who has a $5 million (£3.8 million) US government bounty on his head, travels freely to the country without fear of arrest. This week a relaxed Arouri posed for photographs with other Hamas leaders in Istanbul. “We reject all claims that Turkey is being used for anti-Israel activities,” a source said. Amid the increasingly dire humanitarian and economic situation in Gaza, large numbers of Palestinians are leaving the Strip and traveling through Egypt to Turkey to start new lives. An estimated 35,000 left in 2018 and did not return.

So then, is there a solution?

Retaliation doesn’t work. Cutting off aid (except all humanitarian aid) doesn’t work.  The leaders aren’t there to suffer! and the money to pay poor Gazans to suffer and carry on with the primitive but effective attacks is provided by Turkey and others.  Limitation of fuel for electricity or other necessities only punishes the poor who are then an easier target for recruitment of suicide bombers and terrorists.  The power and wealth of the leadership must be, if not eliminated, then at least be diminished.  And here we enter the quagmire of political, both national and international, concerns.  Here we enter the world of  humanitarianism and the calculation of the human cost of any effective solution while trying to identify those who are willingly active in terrorist activities for monetary, emotional, political, spiritual or other reasons.

So is there a solution?   

In spite of the casual – even official – use of the word “war” to describe modern armed conflict/warfare,  there have been no real definitive wars since WWII.  Most of the military conflicts that a normal person might term  ‘warfare’ have been designated ‘conflicts’, ‘actions’, etc.  And, worse,  even the few that were officially named “wars” (Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan) there are no  clear losers, no clear winners.  No country has paid the ultimate price of carrying out an military/armed attack on another nation from within or without since Germany and the Axis powers.  North Korea?  Vietnam?  Lebanon?  Since there are no winners, no losers and only armistices with some artificial borders, they have become wars of attrition from without and from  from within. Frequently, instead of state armies, there are organizations of resistance, terrorists, and government sanction. intermittent attacks.   

A few pay the price, but never the official network of powerful instigators and supporters and the perhaps well-intentioned humanitarian groups  even thwart minimal efforts to stop the chaos.  Whole populations are fleeing, many with nowhere to go because the wealth and power of the UN and the EU, as well as non-governmental organizations do not permit  dethroning the murderous conquerors (or leaders) of their respective countries. And when some of these murderers cloak their militancy in a spiritual guise, their fanaticism often gains untold thousands of followers and destroys the lives of millions.

And if a solution is found, who indeed has the ABILITY and the WILL to implement it?




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Fire as a Weapon Spreads to the North

ISIS Has a New Weapon: Fire

The article emphasizes, “Arson attacks should in no way be belittled. They cause great economic destruction and emotional havoc and can be repeated very easily. Even if such attacks do not always result in the killing of the enemies, Allah has promised to reward the mujahid for simply harming and enraging them. “

ISIS announced it brazenly to the whole world: Fire, ARSON, is the weapon of choice for the single terrorist as well as for terrorist groups where ever they choose.

 It only a surprise to the uninformed, and in spite of the public announcement, the uninformed will likely remain so.  As fires burn on the southern border of Israel, as they burn parks, homes, schools,  public buildings, in Israel and anywhere else in the western world they choose, in the world of those who shape public opinion, the terrorists are still the victims.  

Israel may be forced to fight fire with fire, but it will not be arson and the uninformed will be once again incensed and loudly defend the victims..


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