soon and very soon

Monday, July 31, 2006

Quotes from the Front:
"The village looked empty, and then we heard noises coming from one of the houses, so we opened fire. But when we went inside, we found two women and a child huddled in the corner of the room. We were so relieved we hadn't hurt them. We took up base in one of the empty houses. And then all of a sudden, we came under intense fire. Three rockets were fired at the house we were in. Only one managed to destroy a wall, which fell on one of us, covering him in white dust, but otherwise not hurting him.

"I spent the whole time feeding bullets to my friend who was shooting nonstop. We managed to kill 26 terrorists. Not one of us was hurt. Our commanding officer kept walking around, touching everybody on the shoulder, smiling and encouraging us: 'We're are better than they are. Don't worry.' It calmed us all down. And really, we were much better than them. They are a lousy army. They only win when they hide behind baby carriages."

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Israel`s UN envoy, Dan Gillerman, calls Qana `A hub for Hezbollah` (Reuters)
IAF: We told S. Lebanon residents to leave areas with Hezbollah presence (Haaretz)
IAF: We hit Qana building between 12 A.M. and 1 A.M., 7 hours before it fell (Haaretz)

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Middle East Roundup:

Iraq's Hezbollah

Can’t Stop: Still unserious about Syria

True friends of Israel cannot let the Dems take power

Newt is Right: It's World War III

The Economist and Euro-Islam: What the paper is missing

The 9 IDF Soldiers killed yesterday:

Quote of the Day
"It's our turn now. It's our turn to protect the border. And we'll carry out any mission we need to, against any force, in the best way possible. If we don't, we have no right to exist.

We will not lose this war.

We did not start it, but it's our duty to protect the Jewish nation and see to it that the residents of Metula and Haifa can live in peace. If we don't do it, no one will.

We waited 2,000 years for our own state, and we won't fold because a group of terrorists think that they can scare us.

Someone who cannot protect his freedom does not deserve it."

--IDF Captain Ori Lavie

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Never truer than now:

The "religion of peace" sends more Muslims to go fight the infidels...

Wounded soldier: I want to go back there
Sergeant Ram Boneh, hurt in fighting against Hizbullah in Bint Jbeil, says
he witnessed many acts of valor as soldiers rescued their friends under heavy enemy fire.

“Soldiers went in to get their friends; they didn’t think a bullet could hit them, and they gave their all for one another.”

Cartoonist likens Olmert to Nazi

Invoking a scene from the film Schindler's List, one of Norway's largest newspapers recently published a political cartoon comparing Prime Minster Ehud Olmert to the infamous commander of a Nazi death camp who indiscriminately murdered Jews by firing at them at random from his balcony.

The caricature by political cartoonist Finn Graff appeared on July 10 in the Oslo daily Dagbladet.

In the cartoon, Olmert is likened to SS Major Amon Goeth, the infamous commandant of the Plaszow death camp outside of Krakow, Poland, who was convicted of mass murder in 1946 and hanged for his crimes.

While in charge of Plaszow, Goeth would go out to the balcony on his villa, and engage in target practice by aiming his telescopic rifle and firing at random at Jews imprisoned there, often killing them.

I'll wait for international outrage and for Israelis to burn Norweigan flags in Kirkar Tsion whilst calling for the decapitation of Westerners. Oh wait...only Muslims do that.

Hezbollah: an empire worth millions

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Wakey wakey, eggs and bakey
Hizbullah "surprised" by Israeli response. That's because the era of terrorist appeasement is over. At least Israel, and some Americans, have realized the threat of radical Islam and area doing something about it. We should've been fighting this war in 1979 (Iranian Shiite terrorists storm the U.S. Embassy and hold Americans hostage for 444 days), or 1983 (Bombing of U.S. barracks in Beirut), or 1984 (Lockerbie bombing), or 1993 (World Trade Center I), or 1996 (Khobar Towers), or 1998 (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya),or 2000 (USS Cole).

IDF general: Army has killed 20-30 Hezbollah fighters in past day (Reuters)
Peretz: Israel to hold south Lebanon security strip until int`l force arrives (Reuters)
IAF renews aerial strikes of Beirut (Channel 2)

Monday, July 24, 2006

Opening a window on intelligence
An interesting article in Haartez about IDF/Mossad intelligence gathering capabilities in the current war against Hizbullah. One thing is for sure: Israel is unlikely to end this offensive until Nassrallah is killed.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Peretz: Hezbollah lobbed 2,200 rockets at Israel : Carmiel, Acre, Tiberias, Kiryat Shmona also hit; 11 hurt in Haifa, 1 in Carmiel; French FM takes cover in Haifa.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

More than 160 Hizballah rockets struck northern Israel Saturday Day 11 of the war – a record in one day.

I have updated my site with the best news links covering Israel's latest war against Hizbullah and Islamic Fundamentalism:

1. Yedioth Ahronoth - Israel's most widely circulated daily newspaper

2. IDF News - Official news from the Israeli Defense Forces

3. Haaretz Ticker - News ticker monitoring the Associated Press, Agence France Presse, Itim (Israeli TV), Israel's Channel 10, and Reuters for the latest news and information. Haartez is the most trusted and oldest newspaper for left-of-center Anglophones in Israel

4. Jerusalem Post Ticker - News ticker from the Jerusalem Post, Israel's right-of-center newspaper for Anglophones in Israel

I will leave these on here throughout the war so that people can have the best possible and up-to-date information possible.

Israel Mobilizes the Army of the People
Aron Heller
Associated Press
Roy Bass emerged from the Mediterranean waves at noon Friday for a Popsicle break when, surfboard in hand, he heard his cell phone ringing on the beach. It was a recorded message: "An emergency draft has been activated."

Four hours later, the 27-year-old computer programmer was at an army base, in full uniform, preparing to head to Israel's northern border, where troops were massing to take on Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.

Israel's mighty military is comprised of thousands like Bass _ ordinary civilians who, at a moment's notice, respond to the call to arms.

On Friday, several thousand reservists were drafted for immediate, emergency duty. By Friday night, the army chief of staff announced the response was full, plus thousands who volunteered on their own initiative.

"The reserves have proven themselves once again," said Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, the army chief of staff.
The enthusiastic response highlights the intimate relationship Israel has with its army. Nearly every Jewish Israeli has served in the army, and opinion polls consistently show the army to be the country's most trusted institution.

Since Israel became independent in 1948, reserves have been the backbone of its military, conditioned to drop everything and be mobilized within a day or two to back up the far smaller core of active duty soldiers. Men from all walks of life _ and increasingly women with special skills _ instantly become soldiers again.

Israel's standing army of about 186,500 troops can jump to 631,500 with rapid mobilization, according to figures from the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies.

The system has proven effective in all of Israel's wars. In 1973, when Egypt and Syria attacked en masse on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, thousands of reservists were summoned from their homes and synagogues and rushed to the front lines to push back the offensive.

Despite Israel's increasing reliance on technological superiority, military service remains a rite of passage. All 18-year-old men are drafted for three years and will continue to do reserves for about a month a year into their 40s, by which time many will have sons in the army or reserves. Women are drafted for two years.

As Israel's military dominance has grown, it has become less reliant on its reserves. The retirement age has been gradually lowered from 51 to 40 in some cases, and the number of reserves called up has steadily dropped, with the army focusing more on those with specialized skills, such as air force pilots and intelligence officers.

Some view the task the way Americans view jury duty _ boring and disruptive, especially for college students and the self-employed. Most, however, welcome it as a break from the rigors of daily life, a chance to bond with old comrades in a setting where a backgammon board is often a more important accessory than a rifle.

In peacetime, a reserve stint is something to be haggled over with a commanding officer with all sorts of excuses _ a college exam, an overseas vacation, a spell of dental surgery.
But when the call-up is an "Order 8," military parlance for an emergency summons, the response is visceral.

"All of a sudden it becomes a real war, it changes everything," Bass said by cell phone from his base in northern Israel.

Bass serves annually in his armored battalion, but this is his first Order 8.

Where once Israelis were drafted to war by air raid sirens, passwords over the radio and recruiters going door to door, today they are summoned by computerized calls to their cell phones.

When Bass got his call-up, he sped home and swapped his bathing suit for an army uniform.

"There was no dilemma, no doubt in my mind because it is something you grow up with, that this is the most important thing there is," he said. "It's ingrained deep inside you _ if they call you, you go."
Even without a war, reservists are as much at risk as regular soldiers. The two soldiers who were
kidnapped by Hezbollah on the Lebanon border, triggering the current round of fighting, were reservists.

Ephraim Sneh, a lawmaker and former general, said his three parliamentary assistants were drafted for emergency duty. He said those who are called are genuinely needed and, therefore, "whoever serves, serves with joy."

"The destiny of Israel is the hands of the few, and we owe our lives to the few," he said. "Those who are on the front lines were always the few, but thanks to these devoted people we are still here."

In what other religion do you see people praying with AK-47s?"

Just one: the "religion of Peace."

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Hizballah has shot 1,600 rockets into Israel in eight days...and yet Kofi Annan said nothing about this in his speech today at the UN.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Quote of the Day
One of the major failings of liberals (and liberalism in general) is an attitude that reeks of smugness, of arrogance, and of a sense of intellectual and cultural superiority. They're enlightened, the rest of us are not. And, as a matter of policy, they know what's best for us poor unwashed dolts living between Manhattan and Berkeley, and Brentwood and Georgetown. Limosine liberals often fail to connect with "regular" people because they talk down to them, primarily because liberals view so many of their values with contempt - especially if we're talking about the South. --RCP on Liberal Snobbery

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Take a Deep Breath
We should be grateful to Hezbollah for giving us this "window of opportunity" to launch an offensive that will change the rules of the game and break down the "balance of fear" created by Hezbollah's menacing presence along our northern border. All Israeli governments have resigned themselves to Hezbollah's extra-territorial standing as almost a state within a state, supported and stage-managed by Iran, which keeps it stocked with weapons and military instructors.

Despite Israel's withdrawal to the international border in full cooperation with the United Nations, Hezbollah's attacks have continued. Day in and day out, Israel has been subjected to raids, ambushes and kidnappings. Hezbollah, barely three feet away, has been watching us with its finger on the trigger.

We also have reason to be alarmed by the quantity of arms stashed away. The stockpile includes long-range missiles, guided missiles, UAVs, and other types of weapons we won't know about until they are put to use. Unsurprisingly, the Home Front Command is preparing to issue warnings to Tel Aviv and districts south of it. Patriot anti-missile batteries have been deployed in Haifa to deal with any long-range Syrian and Iranian missiles Hezbollah may have in its bag. Hezbollah has more capabilities, including intellectual, than anyone thought. Aside from endurance power, it has shown that it is capable of playing games with Israel and seeing several steps ahead.

To use a phrase of which Sharon was fond, we could say that we're looking at one of Israel's most justified wars. With the whole arsenal that Hezbollah has amassed, it was clearly gearing up for a large-scale attack on northern Israel at some future date. Although the IDF started with a major strike against Hezbollah's missile launchers, knocking out launch pads and command posts, hundreds of missiles continue to be fired every day. And given that we're still not sure what weapons they may have, damage could be done to strategic sites.

One can only hope that Israel is not tempted at some point to send troops into Lebanon to engage in land combat in a region where Hezbollah has intimate knowledge of every nook and cranny. We've been in that mess before, and it ended badly.

Neutralizing the time bomb known as Hezbollah that sits on our border cannot be done without international involvement or mediation. For this to happen, the battered home front must take a deep breath, and Israel must keep up the military pressure until conditions are ripe for dismantling the ticking bomb for good.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Hizbullah and Hamas play their hole cards

Israel's Existence at Stake

Analysis: Hoping the ripples reach Teheran

States of Terror

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Ira Lee Sorkin, AFHU Chairman of the Board

George A. Schieren, AFHU President

Peter T. Willner, AFHU National Executive Director

American Friends of The Hebrew University, at this time of great turmoil and conflict in the Middle East, expresses its devotion to and solidarity with the Israeli people, whose undeniable courage and strength is continually being tested. Our prayers are with our brothers and sisters in the Jewish state.

We are similarly mindful of the many Hebrew University students and young faculty who have served in the military and currently serve in the Israel Defense Force Reserves. We pray for their safety and well being and intend to redouble our efforts to address their needs.

20:02 Report: Hezbollah rockets strike Haifa (Channel 10)

In northern Israel, 90 civilians injured, one killed, by dozens of Hizballah rockets against towns and communities within a 20-km radius from the border Thursday. The entire region placed on a war footing

All residents, as far south as Carmiel, Safed, Rosh Pinah and Hatzor ordered to stay in bombs shelters for the second day. A volley of 7 rockets injured 19 civilians in Safed, three seriously, landing on a shopping center, outside City Hall and on a school and causing extensive damage to ancient Galilee town.

Earlier, two Hizballah rocket barrages landed in Nahariya on the western coast, killing a women in her home, injuring eight people. The resort town’s high street, Gaaton Boulevard, took direct hits. Twenty rockets struck the Israeli Air Force intelligence surveillance center on Mt. Meron since early Thursday. No casualties.

The main highways from Acre, Safed and Rosh Pinah heading north are closed to civilian traffic. Also targeted for Hizballah rocket attack: Kiryat Shemona, Rosh Pinah, Mishmar Hayarden, Mahanayim airfield, Kibbutz Kfar Hanassi., Hagoshrim, Majd al-Krum. Some of these locations have never before come under attack.

The Nahariya regional hospital has moved its wards to underground, bombproof facilities. The train service to the town is suspended. Summer schools and camps, also shops, are closed across northern Israel. The education ministry has cancelled all summer school trips to the affected region. Summer schools and camps, also shops, are closed. The education ministry has cancelled school trips to the north.

The Jerusalem Post: War and peace

Steven Plocker: A war Israel must win

Pierre M. Atlas: Palestinians undermine chance for peace -- again

Chicago Tribune: Terror as statecraft

Michael Ledeen: The Same War

Different century; different country; different people...yet the Jews are still attacked without rhyme, reason, or provocation.

"We weren't scared before, they won't scare us now."

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Not ALL Palestinians are terrorists....right........?.........right.......?.......

Barry Rubin, THE JERUSALEM POST Jul. 9, 2006:
HERE ARE the basic points for understanding Palestinian politics:

* There are hardly any moderate Palestinians in public life and even those few generally keep their mouths shut, or echo the militant majority. With few exceptions - countable on your fingers - a Palestinian moderate in practice can usually be defined as someone who apologizes for terrorism in good English. The mantra of "helping the moderates" cannot work under these conditions.

* Fatah and PLO strategy rests on the belief that defeat is staved off as long as you keep fighting. Their only true victory is to continue the struggle. Of course, the cost of this is not only violence, suffering and disruption, but also a failure to achieve anything material.

This is why the "cycle of violence" concept is useless. Palestinians don't attack Israel because Israel attacks them, but because that is their sole program.

* Whatever the common people think privately, the vast majority of activists believe everything must be subsumed to the struggle.

Democracy, living standards, women's rights and so on have no value outside contributing to the battle against Israel. This is why the idea of appealing to Palestinian material interests or finding some leader who puts the priority on achieving peace and plenty fails.

* The interim goal is to be able to claim phony victories, which are actually costly defeats. If after 40 years of armed struggle the movement's great triumphs are destroying one Israeli outpost a year or kidnapping a single soldier, this shows its remarkable weakness on the battlefield. Inflicting damage on Israel via rocket attacks serves no Palestinian strategic objective except to make people feel good about damaging Israel (even while they suffer far more damage themselves).

Celebrating martyrs simply means bragging about your own casualties.

* The movement's social policy is remarkably reactionary. Despite its leftist veneer it does not activate the masses except as an audience to cheer on the heroes. Fatah has no economic or social policy; Hamas seeks to turn Palestine into Iran or Afghanistan.

They have more in common with the world view of the Middle Ages than with Chinese or Cuban visions of guerrilla war. Palestinian groups use only a tiny proportion of the potential for large-scale social mobilization, a feature far more characteristic of the supposedly soft Israeli society.

* Not only is infrastructure unimportant, it interferes with waging all-out struggle. If Palestinians become obsessed with job creation, educational or health systems or a successful economy this makes them satisfied with their lot and less willing to fight and die for the cause.

This concept, jarring for Western observers, is common in the Middle East. Consider Saddam Hussein's irresponsible aggressions and the Syrian rulers' preference for stagnation over reform.

* Use your people's suffering to win international support. No fear of destruction or popular suffering deters Palestinian leaders. After it was charged that Hamas laid mines on a Gaza beach killing civilians last month, an American newspaper opined that Hamas would never do this to its own people.

On the contrary: There is a long pattern of sacrificing Palestinian lives and welfare for propaganda gains. Children are encouraged by the official Palestinian media to become terrorists and hence martyrs.

* Lie endlessly, not only to everyone else but to yourself, portraying Israel as always wrong and America as always hostile. Their inability to transcend propaganda and the incessant demonization has ensured - except for rare times during the Oslo process - that the Palestinians cannot maneuver successfully in dealing with these countries.

This is a losing strategy: Destroy your infrastructure, subvert international and even Arab support through extremism - no one is now even surprised that Arab states do nothing to help the Palestinians out of their mess - throw away chances for interim gains (like getting a state) to avoid compromising the chance for total victory, repeat old mistakes, rejoice over defeats as producing martyrs, taunt the world's sole superpower, exalt anarchy, and forfeit any chance of winning sympathy on the other side.

Such a suicide strategy, like suicide bombing, can inflict losses on the enemy but cannot defeat it. Indeed, by sacrificing so many possible benefits it ensures that the gap steadily widens in favor of the other side.

Far from any sign of resistance to this disastrous approach it seems capable of providing decades more of glorious defeat and martyrdom. Maybe it will even go on long enough for those in the West who keep expecting something different to understand what's going on.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Poll: 77% of Palestinians back Shalit kidnap; 66.8% back more abductions (Haaretz). And yet Israelis are responsible for the "cycle of violence".

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The "Religion of Peace" says: "Kill those who watch World Cup soccer."

Why even try to sum it up any better than the good Dr. Krauthammer ?

Remember What Happened HereGaza is freed, yet Gaza wages war. That reveals the Palestinians' true agenda

Israel Invades Gaza. That is in response to an attack from Gaza that killed two Israelis and wounded another, who was kidnapped and brought back to Gaza ...which, in turn, was in response to Israel's targeted killing of terrorist leaders in Gaza...which, in turn, was in response to the indiscriminate shelling of Israeli towns by rockets launched from Gaza.

Of all the conflicts in the world, the one that seems the most tediously and hopelessly endless is the Arab-Israeli dispute, which has been going on in much the same way, it seems, for 60 years. Just about every story you'll see will characterize Israel's invasion of Gaza as a continuation of the cycle of violence.

Cycles are circular. They have no end. They have no beginning. That is why, as tempting as that figure of speech is to use, in this case it is false. It is as false as calling American attacks on Taliban remnants in Afghanistan part of a cycle of violence between the U.S. and al-Qaeda or, as Osama bin Laden would have it, between Islam and the Crusaders going back to 1099. Every party has its grievances--even Hitler had his list when he invaded Poland in 1939--but every conflict has its origin.

What is so remarkable about the current wave of violence in Gaza is that the event at the origin of the "cycle" is not at all historical, but very contemporary. The event is not buried in the mists of history. It occurred less than one year ago. Before the eyes of the whole world, Israel left Gaza. Every Jew, every soldier, every military installation, every remnant of Israeli occupation was uprooted and taken away.

How do the Palestinians respond? What have they done with Gaza, the first Palestinian territory in history to be independent, something neither the Ottomans nor the British nor the Egyptians nor the Jordanians, all of whom ruled Palestinians before the Israelis, ever permitted? On the very day of Israel's final pullout, the Palestinians began firing rockets out of Gaza into Israeli towns on the other side of the border. And remember: those are attacks not on settlers but on civilians in Israel proper, the pre-1967 Israel that the international community recognizes as legitimately part of sovereign Israel, a member state of the U.N. A thousand rockets have fallen since.

For what possible reason? Before the withdrawal, attacks across the border could have been rationalized with the usual Palestinian mantra of occupation, settlements and so on. But what can one say after the withdrawal?

The logic for those continued attacks is to be found in the so-called phase plan adopted in 1974 by the Palestine National Council in Cairo. Realizing that they would never be able to destroy Israel in one fell swoop, the Palestinians adopted a graduated plan to wipe out Israel. First, accept any territory given to them in any part of historic Palestine. Then, use that sanctuary to wage war until Israel is destroyed.

So in 2005 the Palestinians are given Gaza, free of any Jews. Do they begin building the state they say they want, constructing schools and roads and hospitals? No. They launch rockets at civilians and dig a 300-yard tunnel under the border to attack Israeli soldiers and bring back a hostage.

And this time the terrorism is carried out not by some shadowy group that the Palestinian leader can disavow, however disingenuously. This is Hamas in action--the group that was recently elected to lead the Palestinians. At least there is now truth in advertising: a Palestinian government openly committed to terrorism and to the destruction of a member state of the U.N. openly uses terrorism to carry on its war.

That is no cycle. That is an arrow. That is action with a purpose. The action began 59 years ago when the U.N. voted to solve the Palestine conundrum then ruled by Britain by creating a Jewish state and a Palestinian state side by side. The Jews accepted the compromise; the Palestinians rejected it and joined five outside Arab countries in a war to destroy the Jewish state and take all the territory for themselves.

They failed, and Israel survived. That remains, in the Palestinian view, Israel's original sin, the foundational crime for the cycle: Israel's survival. That's the reason for the rockets, for the tunneling, for the kidnapping--and for Israel's current response.

If that history is too ancient, consider the history of the past 12 months. Gaza is free of occupation, yet Gaza wages war. Why? Because this war is not about occupation, but about Israel's very existence. The so-called cycle will continue until the arrow is abandoned and the Palestinians accept a compromise--or until the arrow finds its mark and Israel dies.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
And God bless the boys in Iraq.

Good thing we let Terry Shaivo's husband starve her to death...