Wednesday, May 27, 2015

United Nations: Mankind's Wisdom of Solomon, Degenerated

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                        
   
What started off as mankind's answer to the end of constant wars has debased itself.  The body of this group called the United Nations  has become perverse   and has degraded itself from the normal moral standards.  There's something radically wrong with a body of people who show such bias to one uniquely small state, Israel, and which has adopted 20 resolutions against it since last September and only 3 resolutions on other country-specific situations.  This has been going on since 1967.  Fighting against this is the only major state that supports this august body, the United States.
                                                                           

 "Israel has been a close ally to the USA.  When there is undue focus on any one particular country in the UN system, it threatens to undermine the credibility of the entire system." It's credibility has been questioned for a long time.  The US taxpayer is supporting this system of unfairness.  Bathsheba Nell Crocker, Assistant Secretary can verify this.  The USA is making very slow progress in fighting anti-Semitic/Israel sentiment.  Do you think supporting the United Nations  is worth our money?  The US  is to pay 22% of the UN budget and 27% of the peace keeping budget.  "in 2009, Congress paid in full and addressed recent arrears. Obama had become president.  The new government asked that Congress continue to pay all that we owe the UN, and on time. The UN's 2015 budget for 2 years was $5.4 billion dollars.  

What the UN seems to be doing is to delegitimize Israel.  The USA has had to intervene on Israel's behalf in many forums on hundreds of occasions.

It all started in April 1947 at the request of the United Kingdom which acknowledged its inability to implement the MANDATE, to help Jews create their Jewish Homeland.    What Britain  didn't admit to the UN  was that they had been helping Arabs to enter Palestine illegally but had been keeping the Jews out, even on the eve of the Nazi takeover of Germany and the attacks on Jews.   So  the General Assembly established a Special Committee on Palestine called UNSCOP.  This was to look into the question and submit recommendations.  Their report was the basis for the Assembly's Partition Resolution of November 29, 1947, which recommended the establishment in Palestine of both a Jewish and an Arab state.  Arabs responded with violence to the UN resolution and lasted until the 1949 signing of the Armistice.  The mandate was finished on May 14, 1948 and armies from Egypt, Transjordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon invaded with a contingent from Saudi Arabia.

When the Arab armies invaded Israel, no concrete help was afforded by the UN in implementing its own resolution to create a Jewish Homeland.  The UN mediators negotiated the cease-fire and armistice agreements supervised by a Truce Supervision Organization with headquarters in Jerusalem.
                                                                         
Haj Amin al-Husseini with Hitler
The Arabs refused to recognize the UN's decisions or the fact that the Ottoman Empire had lost in WWII meaning that the Allies had taken over the land of the Ottoman Empire which had been on the side of Germany.
                                                                         
Israel's application for admission to the UN was approved by the GENERAL ASSEMBLY on May 11, 1949.  Israel became a member of the many UN agencies.  Her most pressing foreign problems--those from relations with the Arab states surrounding her-have been repeatedly on the agendas of the UNs main organs.

Israel-Arab relations reached a climax in the fall of 1956 with the SINAI OPERATION.  This war lasted from October 29th until November 5, 1956.  On March 1, 1957, Israel-under pressure- agreed to withdraw its troops from the Gaza Strip and Sharm-el-Sheikh with the reservation that it would exercise its right of self-defense under the UN Charter if its ships were again interfered with in the Gulf of Akaba.

In the meantime, Canada sponsored a resolution that was adopted on November 4th and the Secretary-General submitted a plan for the creation of a UN armed force called UNEF to  secure and supervise the cessation of hostilities which was adopted.

The UN busied themselves at times with Israeli complaints against the Egyptian blockade in the Suez Canal.  A Security Council resolution of September 1, 1951 called upon Egypt to end the blockade.  There were proposals to redraw Israel's boundaries to conform to the 1947 Partition Resolution by the Arab states and of course rejected by Israel.                                  
                                                                         

May 1967 the Egyptians demanded to have UNEF troops withdraw and they did immediately.  The Arab army attack causing the Six-Day War lasted from June 5th to June 11, 1967.  The Egyptians had 90,000 men and 900 tanks lined up ready to attack.  The UNEF were not there to act as a barrier between Egypt and Israel.  The Arab states formed a war pact against Israel.  Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Egypt and the PLO.  Israel waited for 3 weeks from May 15th for international action to stop the escalation but the Great Powers and the UN were just watching.  War broke out and Israel destroyed the armies that had massed. This war brought nearly 1 million Arabs under Israeli military administration in the areas occupied by Israel.  East Jerusalem wass annexed and Jerusalem was reunified as one city again.  Pending a settlement, Israel had regarded itself as responsible for the welfare and security of the population in the administered areas.  When the PA (Palestine Authority)  took over, their welfare went downhill.  Facts are facts.  They were ruling themselves but the PA is and was corrupt.
                                                                       
Memorial for 1973 Yom Kippur War
Israel of course was defending itself from being wiped off the map as its enemies proclaimed and to save their own lives.  Since then its objectives have been to have peace within secure borders.  It has only had armistice lines and cease-fire lines and has been seeking borders which will be defensible.  That means they need borders that will not constitute a temptation to a potential aggressor as the pre-1967 lines were.
                                                                           
Hamas terrorists 
Since then the Arabs went to Khartoum in August 1967 to a Summit Conference and they came back with 4 principals that the UN must deal with:
1. No peace with Israel
2. No negotiations with Israel
3. No recognition of Israel
4. Insistence on rights of Palestinian people IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY.  (The wording of this makes it insoluble since they have never had their own country.  They had been living in the Ottoman Empire which the Turks, who had it, had lost it.  There never was a country of Palestine.) 
                                                                         

Discussion of the Six Day War in the UN lasted until November  when they passed a resolution in the Security Council of 242 on November 22, 1967 telling the Arabs to end their belligerence with Israel and for Israel to withdraw its troops.  It called for a just and lasting peace in which every state in the area can live in security.  It called for the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict. It was not worded to say from all territories.  The Arab governments and their supporters have tried to interpret the resolution as though it required a complete withdrawal.  
                                                                    
The mission of the UN Mediator, Ambassador Jarring, came to an end in February 1971 when he submitted a proposal that Israel should withdraw to the former international boundary between Egypt and the British Mandated territories of Palestine.   

From this point, Israel has had little faith in the UN where an anti-Israel bloc of votes was ensured.  The Arabs were able to have extreme anti-Israel resolutions automatically passed in the General Assembly.  A War of Attrition went on from 1968 to 1970 where the Arabs were trying to wear down Israel's determination to accept nothing less than peace with secure borders.  This attack went on about the entire cease-fire lines, but mainly along the Suez Canal and the Jordan River.  Sporadic terrorist operations of the PLO in the administered areas and inside Israel continued.  They failed everywhere to wear down Israel.  
                                                                          
Moshe Dayan, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin in Jerusalem

Massive bombardments by the Egyptian army didn't cause Israel to stop guarding along the Canal.  Israel responded with commando raids deep inside Egypt's territory.  In September 1970 President Nasser of Egypt died.  Sadat took over.  In 1971 proposals were made for a special arrangement for opening the Suez Canal.  In 1973 Sadat started the Yom Kippur War on the Jews' holiest day of fasting and atending services in synagogues. 
                                                                           
Arafat 1974 at UN speaking

 In 1977 he initiated a peace process with Israel which included his visit to Jerusalem and addressing the Knesset.  In 1979 he signed a peace treaty with Israel at Camp David and then was assassinated by Moslem extremists while reviewing a military parade in Cairo in 1981.  
                                                                                    

The Arabs were able to have extreme anti-Israel resolutions automatically passed in the General  Assembly.  In 1974, Yasser Arafat, chief of the  Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), was invited to speak to the UN.  In 1975 an anti-Israel motion was put through describing Zionism as a form of racism.  It wasn't annulled until 1991.  
                                                                         


The Jerusalem question was constantly debated in the UN.  the 1947 Partition Resolution had proposed the establishment of an international regime for Jerusalem to be administered by the UN Trusteeship Council.  The General Assembly's resolutions on this subject in December 1948 and  later were rejected by Israel.  Remember, Israel won an attack by all the Arabs in 1967, gaining back Jerusalem's eastern section from the attacking Jordan.  All of Jerusalem was expected to belong to the Jewish Homeland in the first place with the acceptance of the original UN voting.  
                                                                            
The Arab refugee question was also debated all the time in the UN.  There were refugees in the first place because the attacking Arabs told them  to get out of the way and go and give them room to take over Israel when they attacked in 1948.  They went and then never came back, following their Arab leaders' orders to live in refugee camps.  They're like pawns in a game of chess; they can be sacrificed.  So the Arab leaders were then requesting full rights of repatriation.  Israel had Arabs living with them who did not heed their leaders' call to leave.  They remained and were now full Israeli citizens.  Israel felt that those that left should then be resettled in the neighboring Arab states where they were.  To make this discussion harder was that the Arabs refused to sit together with the Jews.

Jews in other parts of the world were more concerned with UN activities in other subjects such as safeguarding and promoting human rights.   

During 1971 and 1972, Egypt demanded the Soviet Union  give them weapons.  They hoped to change the balance of power in their own favor.   The Russians refused.  In July 1972 Sadat expelled the Soviet military personnel from Egypt.  
                                                                                  
Golan Heights 


Between 2009 and to the middle of 2014, Israel was criticized in more than 30 (Human Rights Council (HRC) resolutions.  During this period  Syria had only 13, Iran 4, North Korea 4, Libya 4, Burma 4 and Sudan 3.  Israel is the only Jewish nation following Jewish law which consists of the laws creating human rights.  I dare anyone to show how their country is doing better in this than Israel.  The thing that other religions backed off from in following Judaism is that they had so many laws-and these concern creating human rights and teaching people to have empathy for life, life of all-both animals and humans and the love and respect of the land.  What other country in the world has a law that says the land gets to lie fallow and recuperate every 7 years?  What workers get a year off every 7 years?  

One problem in the UN is that votes against Israel are adopted with big majorities because the council's composition limits the number of liberal democracies while countries in Asia and Africa together have an automatic majority of 26 seats out of 47.  We're outnumbered!  

The council is made up of some of the world's most repressive regimes.  Current members are Cuba, China, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Vietnam.  The historically anti-Israel Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the OIC, block has great power.  You must cooperate with them or else.  It sounds like the Mafia of the Middle East.  

In the General Assembly, they have 119 members of Non-Aligned Movement and this together accounts for just short of 2/3 of the total membership.  This bloc includes countries hostile to Israel for religious and political reasons.  It's current chairman is Iran!  

Our brave European democracies frequently abstain instead of vote against the anti-Israel resolutions. They are no help at all.  Last July, the HRC had a resolution against Israel to establish an inquiry into Israel's military offensive against Hamas in Gaza.  Remember that it has been Hamas who forced Fatah out of Gaza, took over and have been attacking Israel every minute.  The voting to look into how bad Israel is was 29 to 1 with the US the only NO vote and 17 members, mostly Europeans, abstaining.  

The General Assembly adopted a group of Israel-focused resolutions in one day last December.  The USA was joined by just a small handful of other countries in its opposition with the vote of    158 to 8;  159 to 7;  166 to 6;  165 to 7;  165 to 7;  88 to 9;  and 163 to 7.  This against Israel, not Iran!!
                                  
Brits held mandate over Palestine for 30 years; job was to help Jews create Jewish Homeland.  Instead, they hung Jews, put them in prison and aided Arabs into country.  Now they refuse to stand with USA in defense of Israel in opposition to Arab votes.  

Countries voting on that day with the USA defending Israel were Australia, Canada, Micronesian Pacific island states, Marshall Islands, Nauru and Palau.  My, they must be smaller than Israel.  Shame on England.  They weren't in the group.  

Resource:  The Jewish Press, May 15, 2015 which inspired me by Patrick Goodenough-State Department:  US. "slowly making progress fighting anti-Israel sentiment at UN
The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia
Facts About Israel 1973 published by the division of information ministry for foreign affairs, Jerusalem
http://www.betterworldcampaign.org/issues/funding/?referrer=https://www.google.com/
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/us-taxpayers-will-continue-pay-more-one-fifth-un-budget


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Palestinians Steal Jewish Mantra About Jerusalem

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                  

Such chutzpa!  Saying that Jerusalem is the eternal city of Islam.  Hamas killers are now declaring that Jerusalem is the "Eternal Capital" of the Islamic world.  
                                                   

David, King of Israel,  ruled from 1010 BCE to 970 BCE, capturing the city in 1010 BCE.    Mohammad died in 632 CE, 1,600 years later.  Jerusalem is in the Judean Mountains, part of the land of the tribe of Judah which was part of the land of Israel and then the land of Judah.  David made Jerusalem the religious center of Israel by transferring the Ark of the Covenant there.  His empire reached from the Red Sea to the Euphrates.  Religious activities centered in Jerusalem.  

Jews have been saying that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel!  It was King David who built it and used it for his capital.  It is Jerusalem that Jews have prayed for 2,000 years to return to in Psalm 137 when they were in Babylon by saying: "O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill.  Let my tongue adhere to my palate if I fail to recall you, if I fail to elevate Jerusalem above my foremost joy."  Babylon's Nebuchadnezzar had captured Israelites and took them to Babylon in 597 BCE and again in 586 BCE.  The Persian, King Cyrus, allowed them to return after 50 years. 

                                                                            
Jerusalem 70 CE being burned by the Romans

Romans invaded and their rule was unbearable, causing the Jews to revolt in 66 CE. In 70 Jews saw Jerusalem burned by the invaders and many fled.   General Bar Kochba fought the Romans for 3 years from 132 to 135 and Jerusalem was liberated until he was killed in 135.  Then it was turned into a Roman colony and Jews were told they could not enter upon pain of death.  

It then became a Christian city under Constantine.  

Mohammad died in 632 and by 638 the city fell to the Caliph Omar. No one really loved or cared for the city which was the center of Judaism.  In our Jewish Bible (Old Testament) Jerusalem is mentioned 669 times, Zion, which refers to Jerusalem and Land of Israel are mentioned 154 times and this adds up to 823 times.  In the Christian Bible, Jerusalem is mentioned 154 times and Zion 7 times.  

                                                                         
Tower of David
Israelis have said that Jerusalem shall always be undivided.  Palestinians notice what works for Jews and then copies it.  Too bad they haven't done this in trying to build a more secure state for themselves by making peace with Israel and become workers and not killers.  

It's like the situation that King Solomon faced when two ladies brought forth one baby and each lady claimed it belonged to her.  King Solomon threatened to kill the baby by cutting it in half and giving half to each lady.  The real mother, the one who cared, said to give it to the other person.  So it was with the Jews and Eretz Israel.  When the UN planned to give the Arabs land and decided to cut it into 80% and 20% with the largest piece going to the Arab King Abdullah I, the Jews went along with it to save the land and save their own people.  Not so Fatah and Hamas terrorists.  They are fighting in every imaginable way to take all the land from the Jews including such lies.  Palestine was just a backwash piece of unwanted, weedy, mosquito infested swamp and desert that nobody wanted until the Jews rose up on their high horse and started to develop it when exiled Jews started returning in the 1880s.  

What were the Arabs doing then?  They weren't doing so well and had no ideas about "returning to the land" like the Jews.  The land had been under the Ottoman Empire for the past 600 years and this Turkish rule was harsh.  The Palestinian peasants' life was already deteriorating because of taxes.  Those that owned a bit of land  would be forced to borrow money to pay taxes, causing these farmers to put themselves under protection of the very rich bigger landowners or of the Muslim religious endowment fund (Waqf.  They were eventually compelled to give up their title to the land.  

In 1858 there was the Turkish Land Registry Law but until then there were no official deeds giving these fellahs title to land.  Their own Muslim culture consisted of blood-feuds between families, clans and entire villages including  incursions by Bedouin tribes.  So we see with the Muslim that the rich took advantage of the poor and drove them away.  By the 1880s when Jews were arriving because they were leaving anti-Semitic lands that were impossible to live in anymore, they bought land from large landowners who were anxious to leave as well and go to real cities such as Paris and Beirut.  The amazing thing is that the homes of some of the Arabs had Jewish symbols on them, showing past residents were Jews who had lived there. 
1967 meant being able to again stand at the Wall in Jerusalem
                                                                       
Outside the Knesset in Jerusalem-The Menorah
This anti-Semitic world has not yet recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, though it has been since 1967 when the Six Day War took place and Israel won against immeasurable odds.   Then we have the Palestinians who refuse to recognize Israel as a state let alone Israel as its capital.  They are getting away with it because the rest of the world is not ready to accept the fact that Jerusalem is the capital and always has remained so.  Face it.  It's importance has only been to the Jews.  Jesus recognized it as the capital, though, and held his Last Supper there.  This is the reason Christians are interested in it; for their own religious connection to the city.  Muslims have the saga of Muhammad flying there on his horse which they have deemed as the farthest mosque.  The religious places of Christians and Muslims are safely guarded by the Israeli government.  This has not proved true under their administrations for the Jews.  

It was c1320 BCE when Joshua entered Canaan.  Jerusalem was a watering hole then from the Old Stone Age period (Paleolithic).  Foundations date back to 3500-2000 BCE.  Old.  Yes.  Israel sits on ancient land.  However, Jews have never left the land nor had they left Jerusalem.  

"In ancient days, Judaism revolved around the Temple in Jerusalem. The Sanhedrin, which governed the nation, was located in the Temple precincts. The Temple service was at the heart of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur  holiday
                                                                                
The Temple was central to the Three pilgrim festivals, namely PassoverShavuot and Sukkot, when all Jews were incumbent to gather in Jerusalem. Every seven years all Jews were required to assemble at the Temple for the Hakhel reading. The forty-nine day Counting of the Omer recalls the Omer offering which was offered at the Temple every day between Passover and Shavuot. The eight-day festival of Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple after its desecration by Antiochus IV. A number of fast days including the Ninth of Av, theTenth of Tevet and the Seventeenth of Tammuz, all recall the destruction of the Temple." 

Tell me:  Would the Parisians allow Paris to be in foreign hands and have a name change? Jews lived here in Roman times.  
Would the Romans allow Rome to come another's rule? Jewish community here was the oldest in Europe and one of the oldest in the world dating from 139 BCE
Would Americans allow Washington DC to fall into China's hands?  1776 is its birthday.  

Resource:  http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hamas-declares-jerusalem-as-eternal-capital-of-islamic-world/2015/05/25/
http://www.wordfromjerusalem.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/the-case-for-israel-appendix2.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_in_Judaism

Sunday, May 24, 2015

New Israel Fund Behind the BDS against Israel

Nadene Goldfoot                                                              
                                             Boycott        
Arafat, old leader of Fatah
                Divestment     
Fatah attacking Israelis
                Sanctions
                BDS

Israel has enemies from the darnedest regions today, places you'd never suspect.  I just found out that the "New Israel Fund" is one of them.  Jewish Community Centers have been donating money to this fund and in turn it's doing its best to harm Israel, of all places for a fund with Israel in its title. The clue is to notice the word, NEW.

 "In addition, Daniel Sokatch, CEO of NIF, says that in line with their "core values of democracy and equality, we support two states for two peoples and we oppose the occupation and the settlement enterprise." In June 2012, NIF marched with a "progressive cluster" in the New York Celebrate Israel parade; the cluster included AmeinuAmericans for Peace NowB’Tselem USAPartners for Progressive Israel, and Rabbis for Human Rights-North America."
                                                                             
Katusha rocket range
I'd like to give these people a geography test and then take them on a little field trip to these places so that they can see how close everything is.  I have taken that trip.  Israel's narrow strip from Samaria is 9 miles wide, all bared to rocket fire.

First I was alerted by friends in the "know" about it.  I checked with our leader, Bob Horenstein of the MJCC in Portland, and he said the Center's money was not going to them.

Then I checked their website and it looks so benign.  They seem to be doing good things, and are so well organized all over the world.  I noticed a lot of the leaders were from California and most were Jews.  They have a board of directors, mostly all Jews.  Amal El Sana Albyooj wasn't, and was a Bedouin from Beersheva who is working on her PhD at McGill U, a very prestigious university in Canada.  Elah Alkalay from Kfar Mordechay was in business with several degrees.  Could this group be so naive that they don't realize what they're doing?  I doubt it.  They just have a good cover.

These on the left, now calling themselves the Progressive Cluster, for they must be as such  to do what they are doing, are leading the way in having people all over the world Boycott, Divest and Sanction business coming out of Israel.  It's attacking Tel Aviv, not just the territories of Judea and Samaria.

Israel has gotten wise, however and are stacking up the lawsuits against people who are practicing BDS.  This comes from a 2011 law enabling civil recovery actions against those attacking Israeli individuals, companies and institutions with BDS.  This is so those suffering losses by BDS activity can sue for actual damages.  Critics are predicting litigation against the NIF and its NGO grantees that promote BDS.

NIF was in the picture early on when BDS was a new set of initials.

UN Resolution 181 initiated a partition of the land into 2 states.  The lines between the parties have never been mutually agreed upon or delineated.  Israel claims the land under international law.  The International community mainly rejects the claim and as far as I can see, can't counter it.  They just don't like it.

This means that the land of Judea and Samaria are now covered by the recent Israeli Supreme Court ruling.  Many of these BDS activities have targeted all of Israel including Israeli universities in Tel Aviv and Haifa, the national shipping line, Zim, and products like Ahava cosmetics and Sodastream.

Calling for boycott and participating in it, can sometimes be considered "POLITICAL TERROR."   This was pronounced by Supreme Court Justice Hanan Melcer.  THE CULTURAL ACADEMIC BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL IS INTENDING TO PARALYZE AND SILENCE POLITICAL EXPRESSION TO MAKE ONE OPINION AND ONE TRUTH ONLY. Justice Yitzhak Amit announced this.   Of course that one truth would come from people against Israel, like this New Israel Fund and its backers.  Israel doesn't do things like that in their universities, but this seems to be happening on campuses in the USA.  A university is supposed to prepare a student to look at all sides of an issue, pro and con.  Debates do a lot of educating.

 Almost every American university is against Israel with their anti-Israel weeks.   This shows how clever a group like this can affect young college students and warp their minds.  They don't have the backgrounds to realize or the interest to fight such things.  It's just easier to go along with them and makes the parties more socially acceptable.  .

This Law upheld in Israel's Supreme Court now resembles ordinary tort law of England the USA.  Some speech has legal consequences and that includes defamation, infringement and business interference.

Ronn Torossian is a public-relations specialist who has written about NIF.  The NIF boycotts hurt both Israel and Palestinian Arabs, and is simply racist at its core.  It's anti-democratic and wrong.

A month before this ruling, a letter had come out declaring a warning that the New Israel Fund should not support publicly or privately any boycott or similar effort against the Israeli government or the nation's organization, academic institutions, corporations or other entities.

In the past, NIF has stated that its activites are for achieving a more democratic state.  You can't make a state more democratic than Israel is.  Filled with Jews from every part of the world, 1.7 million Arabs from a variety of religious and social strata, Christians of many types and colors and a range of political views that even include Communism, I always wonder how Netanyahu keeps from having a nervous breakdown.  It was all I could do to handle Jewish parents of my class in the states!   I bow to the Knesset to get so much accomplished, and to Mossad who is far nicer and more clever than NCIS paints them out  to be.

You also can't force a state to become Democratic, like has been tried with Egypt and other places.  They each have their own particular style and problems and will learn from watching others.  Frankly, our own USA has changed since it first started out as a Democratic state.  Israel is only 67 years old.  It's doing far better than the USA did at that age.  Oh yes, computers and cell phones to help.  I know, but people don't advance as fast as they do.  Look at ISIS.  They're still wielding swords and cutting heads off of people they disagree with, something populations in the 6th Century did.

No, Israel isn't perfect, but like me, they keep on striving to be.  It's our nature.  I lived in Israel for over 5 years, from 1980 to the end of 1985 teaching English at the junior high.  I wonder if any of these New Israel Fund people have stepped out of their social circle and made attempts to know the rest of the Israelis in our tiny country.  Have the Californians visited Israel for a trip longer than 10 days?  Israelis haven't been raised in the USA except for the ones like me who moved there, and we are in the minority.

For a people from every corner of the world who have felt hatred far more than I have, they have a fantastic appreciation and practice of Democracy.  All Israelis, men and women,  face going into service-and for men that means till age 55.  True, our religiously bent have been excused, but that is changing.  The country is based as a Jewish state and it would be horrible to run out of these academics.  After all, this is the main state for Jews in the whole world, a refuge, as it is, but who are attacked all the time.
                                                                       
IDF from Nahal 
In this state one doesn't declare that they are conscientious objectors and get out of the service.  They go into Yeshivas instead, and study and maintain grades.  About 50% of those Israeli over 18 serve.  The service is a great equalizer for the social life of these young people.  I love the fact that many young women wind up as sergeants training the young men.
Ethiopian IDF
Christian Arab IDF
                                                                                           
Druze IDF
The New Israel Fund says its objectives are "  social justice and equality for all Israelis.  It's a cover to take down the country.   To get their brand of social justice they think is missing, their reasoning is to deprive all in Israel of their economic ability to provide for their families.  They don't do it like they're supposed to by their voting power.  The IDF is the country's great social mixer.  Arabs are there because they want to be.  They're not forced.  It's their country, too, and they want to help protect it.
                                         
Naftali Bldg, Tel Aviv University 
There are social differences in Israel.  Arab and Jew, Ashkenazi and Sephardi and Mizrachi, religious and non-religious, Jew and Muslim, educated and non-educated, from the IDF and no service record, and worst of all, Israeli and terrorists.  Political beliefs range from extreme left to extreme right.  Everyone is vocal. Everyone has their opinion.   They are not that much different with these house problems than the USA.  They don't need to have their businesses and universities marked as unfit because someone else outside of the country wants to run the show.

As for the 2 state solution, it must be known that Netanyahu would like that, too, but it isn't humanly possible to come about at this time.  Even the New Israel Fund people couldn't sit in his chair and change the Palestinians from their goals as listed in Hamas Charter, and even Fatah share these same beliefs.  They're not so secretive about it anymore.

"Until September 2007, Fatah's constitution calling for the eradication of Israel was on its English-language Web site in translation. Fatah's English-language Web site (www.fateh.net) has apparently since been removed, but caches of that Web site remain.  Below is the English translation of the Fatah Constitution as it appeared on the Fatah English-language Web site on August 25, 2007:     Article (5) Liberating Palestine is a national obligation which necessities the materialistic and human support of the Arab Nation
Article (7) The Zionist Movement is racial, colonial and aggressive in ideology, goals, organisation and method. 
Article (8) The Israeli existence in Palestine is a Zionist invasion with a colonial expansive base, and it is a natural ally to colonialism and international imperialism. 
Article (9) Liberating Palestine and protecting its holy places is an Arab, religious and human obligation. 
Article (17) Armed public revolution is the inevitable method to liberating Palestine.   
Article (22) Opposing any political solution offered as an alternative to demolishing the Zionist occupation in Palestine, as well as any project intended to liquidate the Palestinian case or impose any international mandate on its people.       
Fatah terrorists
"Abbas' Fatah wants to destroy Israel:
"What was taken by force
can only be regained by force"

These  New  Israel Fund leaders should know that Israel has tried for 67 years to have a Palestine next door-but one who wants peace and will recognize them and experience mutual recognition.  If you bother to look at their form of religion and Charter, it's not in the cards.  Again, you cannot force people to do  anything.  They must see the reasoning to do it.

Fatah leaves clues all over to show their intention is not peaceful.  

"When the 'storm' Al-Asifa (i.e., a reference to Fatah's military wing in the 1960's and 1970's) roars and the nation applauds the eternal Fatah, the world's dwarfs should remain in their burrows."
[Facebook, "Fatah - The Main Page," May 13, 2015

However, it looks like J Street is not too happy with this ruling from Israel's Supreme Court.  .  " Back on October 23, 2013, the headline 

J Street and New Israel Fund Call ADL’s “Top Anti-Israel Groups” List “Short-Sighted and Unproductive.”  J Street said: There is room for an important debate about BDS, a debate we believe we can win and are winning. We can and should discuss the contours of a final negotiated settlement, Israel’s future as a democracy, and the complexities of Israel-Diaspora relations.  I see there is a connection between the two. A Marcia Freedman, former Knesset member born in the USA spoke at the J Street meeting as if Israelis are guilty of displacing the Arabs and wants Jews out.  She needs Kum-Buy-Yah in the background as she talks of cooperation and our guilt that J Street goes for.   

The cloak of Zionism that the New Israel Fund and J Street have appropriated for themselves are deliberate manipulative fabrications. There is nothing at all to connect Zionism and a state of all its citizens.
Any call to nullify the state of Israel as a Jewish state – as a Jewish and democratic state –is tantamount to a call for the murder of all Jews and, ironically, most of the minorities living in the land of Israel.
In understanding some of the social barriers in Israel, I just read a book which pointed them out that I laughed all the way through.  Anyone reading this article must get the book.  It's about a Moroccan Jew, Israel's sexiest superspy, unhappy as he is a Mizrachi and feels they are beneath the Ashkenazis, who becomes a spy for Mossad.  Hilarious!  It's called THE MOROCCAN, by C.A. Haddad-a superthriller of international intrigue with "the irresistibly zany quality of Mash.  Intermarriage and the IDF are great equilizers between the young of Israel of all social spheres.  Love conquers all problems-at least for a little while.  Don't you worry, you New Israel Fund people.  Israelis are mixing it up nicely without your assistance.  In fact, if people will buy their goods, they'll do even better.  

Update: 5/28/15:  from StandWithUs:  Breaking News!!
BDS Defeat at Washington Supreme Court
StandWithUs is thrilled to share the news that, in a major setback to the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) campaign, this morning the Washington State Supreme Court held, by a vote of 9-0 that a lawsuit can proceed against Olympia Food Co-op board members, challenging their 2011 decision to boycott Israeli products.

Resource: The Jewish Press, April 24, 2015, page 12, New Israel Fund Critics See BDS lawsuits in wake or Israeli supreme court ruling by Edwin Black
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conscription_in_Israel
http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=14904
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Israel_Fund
http://www.nif.org/
http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=7&x_issue=68&x_article=1704
http://jstreet.org/blog/post/j-street-and-new-israel-fund-call-adls-top-antiisrael-groups-list-shortsighted-and-unproductive_1
http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/matan-peleg/j-street-new-israel-fund-post-zionism-calling-for-the-destruction-of-the-jewish-state/

http://jccwatch.org/?p=163 UJA-Federation Exposed: $6 Million Sent to New Israel Fund Via Wholly-Owned Subsidiary
http://jccwatch.org/?p=309   UJA-Federation Funding Propaganda Films Against Israel with $300,000 in Donations 









Saturday, May 23, 2015

Does the Bible Contain Valid History?

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                         

Israel's Likud party, the party of Prime Minister Netanyahu,  has a young woman who has stated the validity of following history from the Torah. She's the government's new Deputy Foreign Minister.   She's causing a stir among the Conservative and Reform Jews in the USA and elsewhere, for not all believe it to be the word of G-d, or many even question the existence of a G-d, period!   Being Israel was created as a Jewish state, this is causing quite a stir.  Was there even a Moses (1391 BCE-1271 BCE)?  Will Jews believe in the rights of Israel's existence now?  After a speech, Hotovely told journalists that despite her personal political views, she was committed to pursuing a two-state solution in keeping with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s declared policy.
                                                                             
Tzipi Hotovely is not the only person in Israel who believes that Israel's right to exist comes from G-d's leading the Jews there by Moses on the Exodus with the command that this was their land.  There are many others.  Otherwise, they would not have the strength to fight off so many attacks from the Arabs.
  1. The Jewish population in Israel is divided into two subcultures: an Orthodox minority, known in colloquial Hebrew simply as “religious” (dati), which includes about 15 percent of the population, and the secular (hiloni) majority -- some 85 percent of Jewish Israelis."
  2. The leadership of the state has been totally secular. Orthodox parties participate in governing coalitions, but have always been excluded from discussions about peace, war or the economy. Nor do they aspire to be part of those fateful deliberations. Israel’s intellectual, literary, scientific, military and artistic elite is 99 percent secular.
  3. Orthodox Zionists are a different matter. They are less marginal because they share the Zionist discourse and do not limit their existence to a cultural and social ghetto. Since 1967, they have been raising the banner of militant Zionism, and this role has pushed them closer to center stage. Still, their religious rhetoric only reinforces their marginality.
                                                                     
 The induction into the IDF, the army, is done at the Masada, the place high up where a thousand Jews died rather than be taken alive by the Romans in 73 and 74 CE who were were not known for their kindness;  more for their bestiality in taking lives. The 970 Jewish men  had women and children with them.  They could not allow that to happen.  "Because Judaism prohibits suicide, Josephus, the author of the information,  reported that the defenders had drawn lots and killed each other in turn, down to the last man, who would be the only one to actually take his own life."  The Romans also recorded what they found.  A woman and 5 children were left alive as they had hid.  
                                                                           
Tzipi's audacious fearlessness of stating her views and in what she will fight for reminds me of our ancient Judge, Deborah who lived c 1150 BCE.  Before we had King Saul, we had judges who decided things for the people.  Deborah, wife of Lapidoth,  roused the Israelite tribes to revolt under Barak, son of Abinoam, against the Canaanite king Jabin of Hazor and Sisera, his ally and commander.  She sings a song of victory in Judges 4 which is attributed to her as written in Judges 5 is regarded as one of the oldest compositions preserved in Hebrew.  Tzippi is stirring up the tribes for sure.
                                                                             
IS-Islamic State turning Syria and Iraq into their own Caliphate, something Osama Bin Laden was not ready to do.  According to " Michael Scheuer, 63 year old former CIA  intelligence officer, American blogger, author, historian, foreign policy critic, and political analyst. He is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies.  Osama  wanted to get all Jews out of Israel first."  Osama was not following the precepts set by Mohammad.  Scheuer criticized the USA for their closeness to Israel and was fired for that from the Jamestown Foundation.  He resigned from the CIA.  He wrote "Imperial Hubris."   I suppose he would have thrown us to the wolves. 


 Is this why Obama is distancing himself from Israel?  He's following Scheuer's advice.  He just spoke Friday night to  Adas Israel congregation, Washington’s prime Conservative synagogue.  Barack Obama Says Israel Criticism Is Tough Love.  Nate Guttman, writer from the Forward, thought the congregation approved and Obama passed with flying colors.  
From the opposite quarter in the Middle East is Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement, who believe that the land of "Palestine"  is an Islamic Waqf ( a religious endowment (a trust) and refers to preserving of certain land and buildings.  


  1. They believe it is consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgment Day.  These Arabs, who follow Mohammad (570 CE-632 CE), also feel, like everyone else of their religion viewed as Orthodoxy or extremism, that Judgement Day  is at hand right now.  They are not willing to give up any part of the land. to Jews. Obama could not change them, even if he tried.
  2. I find that so many things Jews do are copied by the Muslims.  Now  the land is their religious land given to them, but by who?  At least we can say G-d gave it to us and have the book to prove it.  They don't.  Jews not only have G-d's word, but the UN's okay.  They also bought the land legally from the Arabs who did have ownership on parcels.  As a people of the book with 613 laws from Moses, we people are a people of law.  That's our thing.  Our ancestors saw to it that after waiting for this important date for 2,000 years, they were going to make sure it was all legal.  No one in their right minds could argue with our rights.  They didn't know today's world.  
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Israelites entering the land of Egypt. 
Whereas Moses was the Prince of Egypt, son of the daughter of the Pharaoh, he was well educated.  He could read and write.  History had been going on for centuries in a written form and writing was an important skill.                                                                      
They wrote in heiroglyphics and used pictures to depict their life along with their writing.
                                                                             
Circumcision, an operation started in Egypt. 
Their artists were very skillful.  The walls of their tombs can be viewed today, about 4,000  years later.   Their historical practice was to always show the righteousness of the Egyptian.  They never showed their errors or losses.  If something was out of favor, they covered up that chapter with more cement and just painted over it with the new prevailing history.

Not so with Moses.  When he started writing, he wrote the good and the bad about the Israelites. Look how King David's history was told.   This is one reason it is so believable.

 He heard G-d speak to him and he wrote it all down.  Some psychologists have said he may have had some condition-some psychosis, but when you read what it was that was said, most of us just cry out, "Brilliant!"  Our greatest minds have been studying the 5 Books of Moses since then to this very day and still are in awe at the genius of it all.

Mohammad was aroused by the Jewish storytellers in Medina, also.  A man who could neither read nor write, he was awestruck with the story from the Torah he heard read in the streets by these different people, the Jews.  He hadn't heard any such thoughts before, and so he felt he must take this to his people.  He was a general that was unappreciated in his home town of Mecca.  This should also dazzle them, too, and he would have a book written and would place his own thoughts in it besides these Jewish ones he would use.
                                                                           
When the time came that Mohammad had become a leader and was out converting Arabs to his belief, he allowed the Jews to live among them without being converted as they were now the respected "People of the Book."  Christians were included in that too, but they both had to pay a Poll Tax for the honor.  They were held down and many rights the Arabs had were not theirs, but they were able to exist among them.. That was more than Hitler would allow in the future, or Haman would have allowed in the past in Persia.
                                     
What would he think of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) or IS who are pledged to drive out the Jews and take over their land?  Iran wants to do the same thing.  This was not Mohammad's view at first, even though he had been angry with Jews who were no good as co-fighters against other Arabs.

The facts are that Mohammad became angry with the Jews who he felt went against him in a battle.  Mohammad, in his zeal to convert people, had gone on a binge and forced most Jewish tribes in and around Medina  to convert with the threat of death, so a few cow-towed and converted quickly, actually not understanding the danger of it.  They saw that Arabs were mono-theistic like they were, so they gave in, at least outwardly.   Some must have realized that Mohammad had learned from them.   These people had been stranded from the main hub of Judaism since Jerusalem had fallen to the Romans in 70 CE and they had been away from stimulating intellectual thought for a good 500 years.  They were being good to hold on to their Jewish beliefs this long, having it transferred from generation to generation.  Almost 500 years later after 70 CE they allowed the Jews to live in their land after paying their Poll tax.  Then the Jews were 2nd class citizens or Dhimmis.
                                                                         
Esau and Jacob, twins of Isaac and Rebecca,  with Esau becoming an Arab with his Uncle Ishmael and Jacob being father of the Jews.

There are Arabs, being from Ishmael, Isaac's half brother, who are carrying the J1c3d gene, or Cohen gene.  How else can you explain that Jews from Europe and Arabs from the Middle East carry a gene so similar that one carries a little tag showing the split between them and the split can be traced to the actual time period?   The story found in the Torah is being proved to be right by science!
                                                                             
IDF in Six Day War of 1967 standing at the wall in Jerusalem for the first time since 1947.  
How can you explain today's Israeli soldiers who have lost their way in Israel somehow being able to pick up the Bible they carry and thumb through, finding the description of the land and how his ancestor managed to find his way.  Using that page, the soldier can get back to base.
                                                                           
Mt. Hermon in the Galilee
 I've heard this story.  It's a fact.  Archaeology is opening the doors to show that the bible is not a lot of hooey.   The fact that it is as old as it is, is not in any way  full of incorrect information.  It's up to us to understand that the years that have gone by have changed some of the landscape but not that much.  It's all there.   Here are some Egyptian Pharoahs and their dates.

 The Date of the Exodus: 1446 BC
Pharaoh who killed Hebrew children: Amuntotep I: 1532-1511 BC
Pharaoh's Daughter who adopted Moses: Hatshepsut: 1526 BC
Pharaoh of Moses' flight to Midian: Thutmoses II/Hatshepsut: 1498-1485 BC

Pharaoh of the Exodus: Thutmoses III: 1485/1464 - 1431 BC

My Jewish Encyclopedia has Moses living from 1391 to 1271 BCE.  He was 80 years old when he went back to Egypt to talk to the Pharoah, his adopted relative, so that would have been in 1311 BCE,   and after walking on the Exodus for 40 years, he died outside of Canaan at age 120.  There are people today who have lived to 120, so it's not a wild idea, rare but possible.  The Torah doesn't tell us the name of the Pharoah, so we're still examining Egyptian history.  

Bob O'Dell gives us the new date for the Exodus to have started as 1579-1578 BCE.  He uses the science of astronomy to figure it out, zeroing in on the phases of the moon.    So we all may have come up with dates a little off from each other, but the history has not changed since it was written down.  The writing in the Torah is sacrosanct.  Not one iota, not one letter has been altered.  

One of the many archaological finds in Israel that proves the Bible to be correct is 

 Tel Dan (“David”) Stela

Few Biblical archaeology discoveries have attracted as much attention as the Tel Dan Stela—the ninth-century B.C.E. inscription that furnished the first historical evidence of King David outside the Bible.  An excavation assistant stumbled upon the stela bearing the inscription in a newly excavated wall.
                                                                                                                                                 
The Arab, Haj Amin al-Husseini, was the first who fought against the Jews' return to their land.  He had been appointed by a British Jew, no less, to be the master over Jerusalem while the Brits held the mandate after WWI.
He was so against their coming and usurping his own position that he went to Germany to speak with Hitler. Hitler had his own reasons to want to kill off all the about 14 million Jews in the world.  He dared to verbalize it as justification for his plan for genocide of the Jewish people:
"Conscience is a Jewish invention like circumcision.  My task is to free men from the dirty and degrading ideas of conscience and morality."  Adolf Hitler 
                                                                                                    

Our Torah and other books from the Prophets are an amalgamated group of history, geography, genealogy and laws of conscience and morality.  Jews read the whole Bible,  which Christians call the Old Testament, every year.  They read from the Torah and then from the other correlating parts.  
                                                                           
Mt. Sinai where Moses received the 10 Commandments

For instance,  on (Sivan 6-7) May 23rd is the holiday of Shavuot, celebrating Moses giving us the 10 Commandments.  We will read Genesis  and then get into the Haftorah and read Isaiah XLII, 5-XLIII,10  which correlates with Genesis.  On Shavuot we will also read The Book of Ruth as it mentions the barley and wheat harvests.  That's how we cover both parts.  

Are people a thousand years from now going to look at our history books and say it's just science fiction?  Will we even exist a thousand years from now or is this the end or about to be the end?  

Resource: http://www.merip.org/mer/mer179/israels-ultra-orthodox
 http://www.bible.ca/archeology/bible-archeology-exodus-date-1440bc.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Masada
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Scheuer
http://jewishbubba.blogspot.com/2015/04/date-of-exodus-discovered.html
http://www.bible.ca/archeology/bible-archeology-exodus-date-1440bc.htm
http://forward.com/news/308765/barack-obama-frames-israel-criticism-as-tough-love-in-washington-synagogue/?utm_content=daily_Newsletter_TopSpot_Title_Position-1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=The%20Forward%20Today%20%28Monday-Friday%29&utm_campaign=New%20Daily%202015-05-23
http://www.timesofisrael.com/deputy-fm-tells-diplomats-the-whole-land-is-ours/
Politicide, Volume 3 by Victor Sharpe p. 1-13.
CNN news about Michael Scheuer
http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/free-ebooks/ten-top-biblical-archaeology-discoveries/
http://jewishfactsfromportland.blogspot.com/2013/06/archaeology-proves-israels-past-history.html