Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cont'd Refuting Noam Chomsky's Interview Part II Covering Occupation

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                     
Dov Weissglas in 1965, age 19

Can you imagine people finding fault with Israel as their vocation finding  fault with them in leaving Gaza?  Noam Chomsky has done just that.

The idea of Israel getting out of Gaza came from PM Sharon'.   "In his book Sharon: The Life of a Leader, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's son,  Gilad,  wrote that he gave his father the idea of the disengagement. Sharon had originally dubbed his unilateral disengagement plan, the "separation plan" orTokhnit HaHafrada before realizing that, "separation sounded bad, particularly in English, because it evoked apartheid."

Sharon suggested his disengagement plan for the first time on December 18, 2003 at the Fourth Herzliya Conference. In his address to the Conference, Sharon stated that  ″settlements which will be relocated are those which will not be included in the territory of the State of Israel in the framework of any possible future permanent agreement. At the same time, in the framework of the Disengagement Plan, Israel will strengthen its control over those same areas in the Land of Israel which will constitute an inseparable part of the State of Israel in any future agreement"

Noam has attacked Dov Weissglas, friend of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon over the 2005 Israeli withdrawal from Gaza after gaining it in 1967's Six Day War. Previously, Egypt controlled Gaza.   Only Noam Chomsky could find fault with this.  It's when Israel left their villages, towns and cities in Gaza and withdrew in the name of PEACE.  They no longer OCCUPIED GAZA.  They left, even the greenhouses that they had built, a business that the Palestinians could walk right in and take over.  Did they?  No, they destroyed them, every one.  According to Noam, Weissglas explained to the Israeli Press  that "the goal of this disengagement-was the freezing of the peace process so as to Prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state." 

Quite the opposite of Chomsky's accusation is the truth.  Actually, Dov Weissglas, lawyer and businessman then 58 years old, linked in the peace process as Sharon's office manager and bureau chief and was negotiating with Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, Secretary of State then, was the public face for Sharon.   The Israeli Left (ah yes, we have them, too "Peace Now")  has criticized him when he evidently was against this disengagement, which many now hold up as a huge mistake.
He said it even stronger:in 2004:  The disengagement strategy with Palestinian government is actually formaldehyde (not freezing).  It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that's necessary so that there will not be a political process with the Palestinians."

What are the properties of formaldehyde?   Preservation and disinfectant.  History of the past 10 years shows that he was right all along about  political process which turns out to be Hamas bent on Israel's destruction.    In the original Hebrew, he meant preserving peace, thinking that they would become peaceful knowing that Jews left and that some political belief would not change this.  As a linguist, Noam should know better!  Instead, he added to the misunderstanding of language by saying that Weissglas was ensuring that diplomacy "has been removed indefinitely from our agenda."   
Gaza before Operation Protective Edge
Ha!  Somebody introduced the new idea of voting which can be covered up without the freedom of having honest watchdogs.  Wasn't that from Obama's influence?   Just like Assad in Syria winning by 88.7%-a landslide!  

Then he throws in historian Idith Zertal and Akiva Eldar, who are authors of "Lords of the Land-
The War Over Israel’s Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 1967-2007", referring to Jewish settlers with the innuendo of the territories being occupied, which has become a dirty word.  .    By the way, I do not use the term, "settlers".  This is like calling San Franciscans "pioneers."  It's a political way of calling them newcomers, strangers to the land.  Their homes are not in settlements now but in villages, towns or even cities.  Better to call us "RETURNEES."  After all, Judea and Samaria were the homes of our ancestors.  Occupied?  

The two ladies discuss The Green Line which divides land.  One side they say is The West Bank, another term I don't use.  (Note, term usage tells what side of the line you are on, left or right)  "It is also curious, especially considering the authors’ leftist perspective, that the Palestinians barely feature in their book, other than as passive victims of rapacious (excessive grasping or covetousness)  Zionist settlers and expansionist Israeli governments. "   Most of the Jewish  people living in Judea and Samaria are Jewish historians themselves deeply into our ancient history who realize the importance of this land.  They are good and religious people.  Israel is NOT expansionistic.  They are just trying to hold onto what they have. 
King Abdullah of Transjordan

 Why don't you blame G-d for helping Israel to win the 1967 war that enabled them to legally gain the land the coveting King Abdullah wanted for his own and lost?  Israel didn't start the 1967 war.  But they finished it, didn't they!  

From Nasser on May 26, 1967:  "The Arab people wants to fight.  We have been waiting for the right day when we would be fully prepared..Recently, we have felt strong enough to triumph, with God's help, if we enter into battle with Israel.  On that basis, we have decided to take the actual measures.  Taking this step makes it imperative that we be ready to embark on a total war with Israel.   " Each leader said about the same things, some stronger than others.  

  Judea and Samaria were renamed by Jordan who stole the land illegally which no international lawyer except those speaking up for Israel has ever called them on.  Who has wanted to argue with King Abdullah?  It was 80% of the Jewish Homeland!  Israel gained it back legally from the results of the 1967 war by winning.  I call it the original name of Judea and Samaria, and Samaria was an updated name for Israel, by the way.  

In their book about the Lords, and of course they are knocking the reasons for the disengagement, they say "the ruined territory"---an innuendo that is laughable!  The land was improved upon, not ruined by the Jews.  It has been the Arabs all along who have ruined Palestine-all of it.  Read  Mark Twain's THE INNOCENTS ABROAD.  Throughout the book you will read about the wasteland, the swamps, mosquitoes, weeds he found in 1867 before the return of Russian Jews in the 1st Aliyah.  That's what the Jews had to face and change.  He noted that Palestine was only from 40 to 60 miles wide and that Missouri could be split into 3 Palestines and there would then be enough material left for part of another, possibly a whole one.  And from this Israel got a piece of the pie that is at the smallest width about 6 miles wide; so small that people in a train are told to not put their arm out the window or it would be in Palestine.  
IDF of Israel, 1967 in Jerusalem

"THE IDEA THAT Judea, Samaria and Gaza are under Israel's "occupation" was born on June 6-7, 1967, when the Israel Defense Forces overran and repossessed these territories in the Six-Day War and the National Unity Government headed by Levi Eshkol instantly applied Article 43 of the Hague Regulations to keep the existing laws in force." 1  Israel has since given the reigns over to Abbas of Fatah (formerly the PLO) who has called himself  President of Palestine since January 15, 2005.  Of course we all know that Hamas terrorists won an election and kicked Abbas out of Gaza and into Judea and Samaria.  "THE TERM "OCCUPATION", DEFINED IN ARTICLE 42 of the Hague Regulations, refers to territory that is "actually placed under the authority of the hostile army and the occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised."  Howard Grief's opinion is that  to end the myth of Israeli "occupation", the Israeli government must abolish the military regime adopted in June 1967 for Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and replace the existing military laws and regulations with the law of the State of Israel.  This international lawyer goes on to say that:  "The Jews of Judea and Samaria would, in fact and in law, be well within their constitutional rights to remain living in those territories under the most significant law of the State of Israel, the Law of Return, that enshrines in its provisions the two-thousand-year-old Jewish Right of Return and, assuming Government abandonment, to take the necessary steps to govern themselves in an independent State of Judea and Samaria."  

The discussion of occupation is moot since "After Hamas unexpectedly won the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections and overtook the Gaza Strip, it forced out all remnants of Palestinian President Abbas’s Fatah party. Since then, Fatah has largely been in charge of the West Bank and Hamas of the Gaza Strip. Fatah remains the Palestinian Authority’s largest political and military power, but its ties to terrorist activities cause strains between Israel and the Palestinians. In fact, the issue of uniting Hamas and Fatah has been up for debate – among Palestinians and externally - since 2007. Each side wants to keep their own land and control but acknowledges that political division within the Palestinian infrastructure is probably untenable. The de facto alliance between Israel and the PA aimed to prevent Hamas from overtaking the West Bank has been US-assisted. The US created the Security U.S. Coordinator’s Office that trains Palestinian security forces and organizes Israel-PA cooperation.  Israel has been out of the picture except to be able to ensure that the Arabs do not have access to weapons to use on Israel.  They kept this part of the deal.

The authors Zertal and Eldar say, according to Noam, that Israel left behind scorched earth, devastated services and people with neither a present nor a future.  This bald lie doesn't begin to tell the story of Jewish people forced by their government who is trying to create a reason for peace with the Palestinians to pick up and leave their homes and businesses.  It was a huge undertaking. Then, they knew their goose was cooked when it was reported back that the Palestinian Arabs completely destroyed all the greenhouses left for their use.  Scorched earth?  No way, but they did dig up their cemetery so that their loved ones would go with them, as Jacob's body was handled by his descendants.  Services?  What?  Electric and water that they thought childishly were free?  They want land; well, that means supplying their own services.  Did they think that they could kick out the Jews and that they would still maintain services for them?  Dream on.  As for their present and future, that is up to them now.  They voted in Hamas.  They had tons of help in this area from Israel.  My book of "facts about israel" put out by 1973's division of Information, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem, lists all the services and programs that were going on for them by Israel.  You know the old adage, you can't eat your cake and have it, too.  This is what happens from not being peaceful neighbors and instead spending all your time trying to kill them.  They act like the children who killed their parents and then cried to the judge that they were orphans now.  

Israel's peace initiative of leaving Gaza is criticized by saying that the settlement were destroyed in an ungenerous move  by an unenlightened occupier, which in fact continues to control the territory and to kill and harass its inhabitants by means of its formidable military might.  So this is how our critics see the pain of these families in leaving.  I can only shake my head and grab an aspirin at this point.  Do I have to defend Israel more, point by point in this?  If one does not understand by now with careful reading, there is no hope for the reader. Noam calls the writers "the most respected Israeli source."  I feel he over-exaggerates.   I've never heard of Zertal and Eldar.  Neither has my good friend, the eminent Professor and historian, Victor Sharpe, a prolific writer himself.  

"As of 1973, the status of the administered areas had not changed since June 1967.  Pending a peace settlement in which the borders between Israel and its neighbors will be decided, it is that of territories occupied during a war.  Israel has not annexed any part of the areas.  East Jerusalem was reunified in June 1967 with West Jerusalem.  

Fatah-Hamas Unity Government: usually both are on the outs with each other
  2014: Fatah and Hamas sign a reconcilliation agreement (they have fought continually with each other over power) in April and form a unity government, on June 2 Abbas swears in the new government. Nothing has been signed with Israel.  Is East Jerusalem now considered by the Arabs as being part of this government?  How would you like to have part of Washington DC belonging to  North Korea?

Resource: 1

Refuting Noam Chomsky on Israel Part I

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                       
Hamas missiles-2014 saw them hit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem causing Israel to live in bomb shelters.

Noam Chomsky is a PhD in Linguistics.  Somehow he's become the advant guarde against Israel, the darling of the Palestinians.  He's Jewish, one of ours who goes against the ultimate continuance of Israel for his own reasons unknown to me.  This article is a rebuttal of an interview by Democracy Now's PhD Amy Goodman.  Noam managed to answer with words   full of inciting and false statements.   Noam Chomsky is probably THE most critical of all of Israel's critics, except maybe his friend, Norman Finkelstein, who is now not welcome to enter Israel, his missives have been that repulsive.  The group, Democracy Now,  is a far leaning leftist group who reputedly are not in favor of Israel's decisions, of which J Street is an example,  so in a 6 page printout of the interview, I do not see any direct questions about particular points one might at least see with Wolf Blitzer of CNN, let's say. I see a scattering of everything he brings up caustically.  Amy is playing the part of moderator for Noam's blitzing of Israel. This Part I only covers the first 1 1/2 pages of the interview.
Hezbollah's missile launcher-Palestinians are not the only enemy Israel faces.  Hezbollah is in Lebanon, Shi'a Islamist 
Noam  has a very myopic viewpoint about Israel's existence.  His method of argument is that of leaving out facts and inferring falsehoods.  He speaks only of the results as the Palestinians see it, which is the side he takes.

His first attack on Israel was the January 1976 UN Security Council resolution calling for a 2-state settlement on the internationally recognized border brought by Egypt, Jordan and Syria. This came only 3 years after the Yom Kippur War when Muslims attacked when all Jews attended their synagogues on their holiest day of the year. This sneak attack showed their deepest intentions against Israel.   The USA vetoed the resolution of those who were  the attackers. " was fought between June 5 and 10, 1967 by Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt (known at the time as the United Arab Republic), Jordan, and Syria."   Such a resolution was again vetoed by the USA in 2011 by Obama over the expansion of "settlements."  Noam argues that it's the settlements that are illegal as well as infrastructure projects supporting them.

My contention, and that of people supporting Israel, is that there is a history here and decisions that divided the territory into areas A, B, and C.  From my own blog, "Evidently the USA in no longer regarding the Oslo Accords as having any merit, for they are allowing the Palestinians, in planning their Palestine, to have a terrorist led government.  Area A was to be exclusively Arab, no Jews.  Area B was to be all Arab.  Area C was to have "full Israeli civil and security control" and the plan was for Israel to withdraw from 13% of it, but they only were able to withdraw from 2% and the actions of the Arabs caused them to perform Operation Defensive Shield, meaning the Arabs had attacked more than could be tolerated which showed no peaceful intent.  Hamas really brought this on themselves.  Israel retains 61% of Judea-Samaria.  The Palestinians also have Gaza as part of their state which has 141 square miles." Noam wants a border when the Palestinians cannot contain their attacks, a border limiting Israel's already teeny area as it is that would be indefensible. I'm sure glad he's not Israel's general.     

Area C in Judea-Samaria, scene of Israel's ancient history of Israel and Judah found in the Bible ,  is now threatened by the USA being first to recognize an unsettled Palestine with a Fatah-Hamas government patterned after Lebanon's that will not have any Jews living in it.  Area C was allowed to have Jews in the Oslo Accords.  It amounts to 375,000 Jews who live there as of  2013, probably a few more today.  The city of Ariel is the capital of  this Judea-Samaria district. The 3 other cities are Betar Illit, Ma'ale Adumim and Modi'in Illit that house Jews.   When the Assyrians attacked Israel in 720 BCE, the northern Kingdom fell and was renamed Shomron (Samaria).  Judah was created after King Solomon had died in 920 BCE and his son, Rehoboam,  became king.  At the time of 722 BCE, Ahaz was king.  The area of the Judea and Samaria district covers only 2,270 square miles which is but a portion of the ancient lands of Judah and Samaria. " 1  For comparison, Oregon is made of 98,381 square miles.  
Mayor  Nir Barkat of Jerusalem, won 2nd term Oct 2013

"In 1990 Congress declared that "Jerusalem is and should remain the capital of the State of Israel" and "must remain the capital of the State of Israel" and "must remain an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected."  George Bush declared, "We did not approve of the status quo before 1967; in no way do we advocate a return to it now."  Secretary of State James Baker stated, "clearly, Jews and others can live where they want, east or west, and the city must remain undivided." 2  It was at the end of 1967's Six Day War when Israel won against all odds that Israel united all of Jerusalem which took in the eastern part where Arabs were living.  They could not give benefits to 3/4 of their capital and not to the Arab side.  They have one mayor, Nir Barkat, who started his 2nd term October 2013.  

"The Jews have the legal right to settle the land assured by treaty and  protected  by Article 80 of the U.N. charter.  The Jewish right of settlement in the area is equal to the right of the existing Palestinian population to live there."  Eugene Rostow, former U.S. Under Secretary of State. 1990. 3

According to Eugene Rostow, a former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs in the Johnson Administration, Resolution 242 gives Israel a legal right to be in the West Bank. The resolution “allows Israel to administer the territories” it won in 1967 “until 'a just and lasting peace in the Middle East' is achieved,” Rostow wrote in The New Republic (10/21/91). During the debate on the resolution, he added, “speaker after speaker made it clear that Israel was not to be forced back to the 'fragile' and 'vulnerable' [1949] Armistice Demarcation Lines.”  Rostow was the Dean of Law of Yale University. 3

Noam finally concedes saying that "for a long time, there has been an overwhelming international consensus in support of a settlement along these general lines set in January 1976 which continues to the present. (p 2)  "According to Noam Chomsky, claims that the Palestinian leadership reject the international consensus calling for a Palestinian state with borders along the Green Line are not consistent with the documented record.  (Again, denial of facts.)  Smaller elements in the Palestinian leadership, even inside Hamas, have called for a two state settlement based on the pre-June 1967 borders (the Green Line) Although Hamas's official policy is committed to Israel's destruction, Ismail Haniya, the prime minister of the unity government until June 2007, has spoken of a long-term truce with Israel if Israel withdraws from territory occupied in 1967."  This Israel finds unsafe to do.  Of course it's exactly what Hamas would want to happen.  Go back to indefensible lines.  So here we see Noam denying facts with Haniya lying about their intentions.  

Then he says that Israel rejects a settlement of these terms...devoting extensive resources to ensuring that it will not be the support of the USA-military, economic, diplomatic and ideological--by establishing how the conflict is viewed and interpreted in the US and within its broad sphere of influence.

Sounds like sour grapes to me that we realize the importance, need and legality of Israel's position.  To accuse Israel is ensuring that it will not be implemented is insane.  That's not FACT, that's INFERENCE; false inference.  

Noam throws in conjecture as if it is history.  The next line of his argument:
there's no time here to review the record, but its general character is revealed by a look at what has happened in Gaza in the past decade, carrying forward a long history of earlier crimes. 

Already he's telling you they've committed crimes, which I strongly refute, but he doesn't tell us what crimes;   just inference again, setting up the reader to see Israel as the bad guys.

Then he tells us that last August, August 26 (what year is not mentioned) a ceasefire was reached between Israel and the PA...Then he brings up a pattern of ceasefires but takes an opposing Israel position that is not realistic to me.  He says Israel disregards it and continues its steady assault on Gaza, including continued siege, intermittent acts of violence, more settlement and development projects, often violence in the West Bank...

This onslaught is obnoxious!  Facts show that it is always Gaza who has not observed the ceasefires.  They have been known to take this time to rearm in preparation for their Hamas charter goal; to attack Israel.  They spell it out.  Why does Noam ignore these facts?  

He goes on with :  until some Israeli escalation elicits a Hamas response...  again inference without fact; giving Hamas an excuse to respond?  Outlandish!  They don't really need an excuse, you know.  As soon as they are ready again with ammunition, they commence.  What sort of escalation is he talking about?  

Hamas cried that Egypt's ceasefire  deal gives Israel the upperhand on August 15, 2014 in Occupation Defensive Edge.  "It's Unclear if Gaza's Islamist rulers will accept the 11-point Cairo document, which provides for supervised easing of blockade, pushes off talks on seaport and airport." 4.  One can see that this ploy considering cease fires is being used to the present time.  I feel Israel feels most likely constrained because they always end with Hamas firing at Israel, showing Hamas just needed a break to get more ammunition.   
Noam never mentions that the Palestinians had started firing on southern Israel back in 2001.  The attacks increased through the First Intifada to the Second Intifada with the citizens of Israel demanding that something be done to stop them from raining down mortars, rockets and missiles.  Negotiations, warnings, threats, never a helping hand from the UN, of course, and so Israel has had to take steps of Operation Cast Lead and then recently Operation Defensive Edge.  This latest development of having to go into Gaza has been documented that Israel tried its utmost to keep from harming civilians, and my question of how can you tell who is a civilian comes to play, so they treated everyone like a civilian, which wasn't the case.  Gaza voted in Hamas, so even civilians want to see the death of Jews, which they display by bringing out candy to celebrate our deaths.  Now we have tunnels to add to to the list of mortars, missiles and rockets hitting Israel.     


Noam throws in jargon of Israel calling an operation "mowing the lawn" which only comes from Israel's escalations and Hamas's responses."  He only listens to the Palestinian version in this.  Facts again show that it is Hamas who initiates attacks.  That's the way it has been since the beginning and goes along with their charter listing their goals.  Israel's goal was-at many a time-to have a 2 state solution and to live in peace.  They've discovered that both parties have to want peace in order for peace to happen.  It's not the case with the Palestinians and their friends.   The phrase, mowing the lawn, comes from Israel knowing they had to have small goals in trying to stop Hamas; that they couldn't kill them off in one big swoop, but were trying to steer them into different thinking, contain the problem, save lives, etc, and were finding themselves doing this about every 4 years.    "In IDF slang, the process is known as "mowing the lawn." Only time will tell when the weeds will grow back."  Analysis: IDF aware Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza not a long-term solution to Palestinian rocket fire on south ( started November 14, 2012, lasted for 8 days.) 5  We know that attacks on Israel grew to the point that both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem were hit with the newer long range missiles, bringing on Operation Defensive Edge of 2014.  

We have the Muslim Brotherhood Charter, which Hamas has copied almost verbatim, showing the obvious goals of Hamas and the surrounding Arab countries.  Today we have seen Jordan and Egypt sign peace treaties with Israel.  Syria has not, and its actions show where Abbas's head is at. Little Israel is facing many enemies.  If Chomsky thinks he is the policeman keeping Israel in check, he need not worry.  This country is based on law, and its citizens are doing such a job and have since their beginning. 

Resource:  Amy Goodman-Noam Chomsky interview 1 2 3 4,7340,L-4312017,00.html 5
update: January 1976 Green line

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

United Nation and Europe's Report Card From Ron Prosor

Jewish Press, Ron Prosor
Nadene Goldfoot                                            
Ambassador to UN Ron Prosor of Israel-11/24/2014.  He has served as Ambassador to UK and director-general of Israel's Foreign Ministry
"The world's unrelenting focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an injustice to tens of millions of victims of tyranny and terrorism in the Middle East.  As we speak, Yazidis, Bahai, Kurds, Christians and Muslims are being executed and expelled by radical extremists at a rate of 1,000 people per month.

How many resolutions did you pass last week to address this crisis?  And how many special sessions did you call for?  The answer is zero.  What does this say about international concern for human life?  Not much, but it speaks volumes about the hypocrisy of the international community."

(Even today, 120, mostly children from 16 to 20, were killed in a Pakistani school by a Taliban attack.  Taliban terrorists want the families of these children to feel their pain.  This was a revenge attack for having military operations within their tribal land.)

"Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, less than 1/2 a % are truly free--and they are all citizens of Israel.  Israeli Arabs are some of the most educated Arabs in the world.  They are our leading physicians and surgeons.  They are elected to our parliament, and they serve as judges on our Supreme Court.  Millions of men and women in the Middle East would welcome these opportunities and freedoms.

Nonetheless, nation after nation will stand at this podium today and criticize Israel---the small island of democracy in a region plagued by tyranny and oppression.

Our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state.  It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state.

67 years ago this week (spoken on November 24, 2014) the United Nations voted to partition the land into a Jewish state and an Arab state.  The Jews said yes.  The Arabs said no.  But they didn't just say no.  Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon launched a war of annihilation against our newborn state.

According to the United Nations, about 700,000 Palestinians were displaced in the war initiated by the Arabs themselves.  At the same time, some 850,000 Jews were forced to flee from Arab countries.

Why is it that 67 years later, the displacement of the Jews has been completely forgotten by this institution while the displacement of the Palestinians is the subject of an annual debate?

The difference is that Israel did its utmost to integrate the Jewish refugees into society.  The Arabs did just the opposite.

The worst oppression of the Palestinian people takes place in Arab nations.  In most of the Arab world, Palestinians are denied citizenship and are aggressively discriminated against.  They are barred from owning land and prevented from entering certain professions.

And yet none of these crimes are mentioned in the resolutions before you.

When it comes to matters of security, Israel learned the hard way that it cannot rely on others---certainly not Europe.

In 1973, on the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, the surrounding Arab nations launched an attack against Israel.  In the hours before the war began, Golda Meir, our prime minister then, made the difficult decision not to launch a preemptive strike.  The Israeli government understood that if we launched a preemptive strike, we would lose the support of the international community.

As the Arab armies advanced on every front, the situation in Israel grew dire.  Our casualty count was growing and we were running dangerously low on weapons and ammunition.  In this, our hour of need, President Nixon and Secretary of State Kissinger agreed to send Galaxy planes loaded with tanks and ammunition to resupply our troops.  The only problem was that the planes needed to refuel en route to Israel.

Our very existence was threatened and yet Europe was not even willing to let the planes refuel.  The U.S. stepped in once again and negotiated that the planes be allowed to refuel in the Azores.

The government and people of Israel will never forget that when our very existence was at stake, only one country came to our aid---the United States of America.  Israel is tired of hollow promises from European leaders.  You failed us in the 1940s.  you failed us in 1973.  And you are failing us again today.

Every European parliament that voted to prematurely and unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state is giving the Palestinians exactly what they want--statehood without peace.  By handing them a state on a silver platter, you are rewarding unilateral actions and taking away any incentive for the Palestinians to negotiate for compromise or renounce violence.  You are sending the message that the Palestinian Authority can sit in a government with terrorists and incite violence against Israel without paying any price.

Israel learned the hard way that listening to the international community can bring about devastating consequences.   In 2005, we unilaterally dismantled every settlement and removed every citizen from the Gaza Strip.  Did this bring us any closer to peace?  Not at all.  It paved the way for Iran to send its terrorist proxies to establish a terror stronghold on our doorstep.

I can assure you we won't make the same mistake again.  When it comes to our security, we cannot and will not rely on others---Israel must be able to defend itself by itself.

Israel is the land of our forefathers---Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  It is the land where Moses led the Jewish people, where David built his palace, where Solomon built the Jewish Temple, and where Isaiah saw a vision of eternal peace.

For thousands of years Jews have lived continuously in the land of Israel.  We endured through the rise and fall of the Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek and Roman empires.  And we endured thousands of years of persecution, expulsions, and crusades.  The bond between the Jewish people and the Jewish land is unbreakable.

Nothing can change one simple truth---Israel is our home and Jerusalem is our eternal capital.  
At the same time, we recognize that Jerusalem has special meaning for other faiths.  Under Israeli sovereignty, all people, regardless of religion and nationality, can visit the city's holy sites.  And we intend to keep it this way.  The only ones trying to change the status quo on the Temple Mount are Palestinian leaders.

President Abbas is telling his people that Jews are contaminating the Temple Mount.  He has called for days of rage and urged the Palestinians to prevent Jews from visiting the Temple Mount using, quote, "all means necessary."  These words are as irresponsible as they are unacceptable.

You don't have to be Catholic to visit the Vatican;  you don't have to be Jewish to visit the Western Wall;  but some Palestinians would like to see the day when only Muslims can visit the Temple Mount.

Israelis are ready for peace, but we are not naive.  Israel's security is paramount.  Only a strong and secure Israel can achieve a comprehensive peace.

Recent events should make it clear to anyone that Israel has immediate and pressing security needs.  Palestinian terrorists have shot and stabbed our citizens, driven their cars into crowds of pedestrians, and savagely attacked Jewish worshipers during morning prayers.  These attacks didn't emerge out of a vacuum.  They are the results of years of indoctrination and incitement.

As a Jew and as an Israeli, I know with utter certainty that when our enemies say they want to attack us, they mean it.

Hamas's genocidal charter calls for the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews worldwide.  For years, Hamas and other terrorist groups have launched rockets into our towns and sent suicide bombers and terrorists into our cities.

And what about the Palestinian Authority?  It is leading a systemic campaign of incitement.  In schools, children are being taught that "Palestine" will stretch from the Jordan 'River to the Mediterranean Sea.  In mosques, religious leaders are spreading vicious libels accusing Jews of destroying Muslim holy sites.  In sports stadiums, teams are named after terrorists.  And in newspapers, cartoons urge Palestinians to commit terror attacks against Israelis.

Children in most of the world grow up watching cartoons of Mickey Mouse singing and dancing.  Palestinians children also grow up watching Micky Mouse, but on Palestinian national television a twisted figure dressed as Mickey Mouse dances in an explosive belt and chants "Death to America and death to the Jews."

Most people believe that at its core, the conflict is a battle between Jews and Arabs or Israelis and Palestinians.  They are wrong.  The battle that we are witnessing is a battle between those who sanctify life and those who celebrate death.  

Following the savage attack in a Jerusalem synagogue, celebrations erupted in Palestinian towns and villages.  People were dancing in the street and distributing candy.  Young men posed with axes, loudspeakers at mosques called out congratulations, and the terrorists were hailed as "martyrs" and "heroes."

This isn't the first time we saw Palestinians celebrate the murder of innocent civilians.  We have seen them rejoice after every terrorist attack on Israeli civilians and they even took to the streets to celebrate the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center right here in New York City.

Imagine the type of state this society would produce.  Does the Middle East really need another terror-ocracy?  Some members of the international community are aiding and abetting its creation.  

As we came into the UN, we passed the flags of all 193 member states.  If you take the time to count, you will discover that there are 15 flags with a crescent and 25 flags with a cross.  And then there is one flag with a Jewish Star of David.  Amid all the nations of the world, there is one state--just one small nation state for the Jewish people.  

And for some people, that is one too many. As I stand before you today, I am reminded of all the years when the Jewish people paid for the world's ignorance and indifference in blood.  Those days are no more.

We will never apologize for being a free and independent people in our sovereign state.  And we will never apologize for defending ourselves.  

Resource: The Jewish Press, December 12, 2014, page 6 by Ron Prosor; his speech to the UN General Assembly 11/24/2014
CNN; 12/16/14 on Pakistan school attack

Monday, December 15, 2014

Qaradawi, a Wanted Man in Egypt

  • The government of Egypt issued an INTERPOL arrest bulletin for Yusuf al-Qaradawi, 88, the hugely influential spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, for "incitement and assistance to commit intentional murder, helping … prisoners to escape, arson, vandalism and theft."
This  is the religious Muslim theologian  who wants to kill Jews with his own bare hands. He was banned from Egypt once so had gone to live in Qatar, where he was welcomed.  From there he broadcasts his deadly sermons of Jihad and death.  He probably has incited more Islamist lone wolf killers such as the one in Australia today than any other person.  

Good for Egypt for doing something about the hatred he spreads in the world.  
Resource: Daniel Pipes 

How The Media War Stops Positive Reports About Israel:

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                        
Gerald M. Steinberg, PhD

Professor Gerald Steinberg runs the NGO Monitor.  They publish detailed research on over 150 NGOs that claim they are standing for human rights and so have only  humanitarian objectives.  They need to keep their "Halo" to impress people.  Critical debate about issues is the last thing they want to happen.  Born in the UK and a graduate of Cornell University  in Ithaca, New York  where he received his PhD in Political Science, Steinberg has been teaching at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, a section of  Tel Aviv, Israel since 1982.   Professor Steinberg has pro Israel feelings.  He has found fault with groups such as Human Rights World, Amnesty International, Christian Aid, Oxfam and others who show their bias against Israel.  He's being treated like a pariah by the news media.  .
  1. NGO's are " non-governmental organizations (NGO).  It is the term commonly used for an organization that is neither a part of a government nor a conventional for-profit business. They are usually set up by ordinary citizens.   NGOs may be funded by governments, foundations, businesses, or private persons."  Most of our media is so classified.
The bureau chiefs at AP have given explicit orders to their journalists to never quote NGO Monitor or its founder and president, Gerald Steinberg.  A former AP journalist published an article in The Atlantic that told how he was kept from doing this. Matti Friedman's article was about the media bias during the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  He had come across "a myriad of lunatics and bigots and found that Steinberg was the only person that was subjected to an interview ban.  

He had wanted to interview him to get the other side of the allegations that Israel had committed "war crimes" in Gaza in 2009 and wasn't allowed to do this.
IDF Entering Gaza in Operation Defensive Edge
Steinberg reports that besides AP, similar silencing also came from other media platforms.  

AP (The Associated Press) an American wire service, is the USA's only source for news, making this a terrible disservice to those of us who want old time journalism of reporting facts without showing favoritism.  "Cutbacks at longtime U.S. rival United Press International, most significantly in 1993, left the AP as the primary nationally oriented news service based in the United States, although UPI still produces and distributes news stories and photos daily. Other English-language news services, such as Reuters and the English-language service of Agence France-Presse, are based outside the United States.".  
Bar Ilan U's brain research center
It's like the good old days of my time when we had 2 newspapers delivered to our home; the morning Oregonian and the afternoon Journal, each one back a different political party, it seemed.   Today we just get the Oregonian which has even changed its format into trying to look like a magazine.  Trying to get a letter into the editor was impossible for me that defended Israel, but they loved to print those letters that were against Israel.  Well, who needs newspapers today when we have the internet!  That put an end to my subscription.  

Steinberg started NGO Monitor after the 2001 NGO forum of the UN Durban conference.   The primary objective was to have open debate and provide accountability where none existed.  He developed systematic checks and balances and spoke the truth about the power these NGOs held.  

What he sees happening is the power of NGOs has grown since his beginnings and that NGO media has political influence.  Their funding has also grown and their media impact has become powerful, particularly when reporting about Israel.  

"The Western press has become less an observer of this conflict than an actor in it, a role with consequences for the millions of people trying to comprehend current events, including policymakers who depend on journalistic accounts to understand a region where they consistently seek, and fail, to productively intervene." from website.  

CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) has been doing an excellent job of pointing out false reporting to the media sources and getting them to change.  They are policing such writings.  They publish the errors along with the facts  and have people write in complaining about it.  

What I see is not only the suicide bombers and attackers, the rockets, mortars and missiles raining down on Israel, but the media on the enemy's side as well.  It's been like this for a long time, now.  I remember reading about the Arabs staging pictures that were posted in newspapers that through the  bad light on the Israelis, and not on the reality.  But this is the first time that it has come out that our reporters were told by their bosses not to print anything good about Israel by covering their tactics.  For shame!

Resource:THE JEWISH PRESS, December 5, 2014, page 3, NGO Monitor President Responds To claim Of AP Ban by Jewish Press Staff.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

How Israel's Ashkenazi Immigrants Welcomed Mizrachi Immigrants and Giving Recognition to Both

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                      
Avraham Stern (1907-1942), leader of Stern Group (Lohame Herut Israel), former leader of Irgun Tzevai Leumi, underground organization, killed by British police at age 35 while being arrested.  This is the group my 3rd cousin, Stanley Goldfoot, served with as the Chief of Intelligence.  

Israel's Jewish population is made up mostly of  survivors of either the Holocaust from Europe or from being held in a state of Dhimmitude, 2nd class citizens and worse, in the Middle East.  Their experiences since 70 CE have been anything but pleasant.  Our one and only Jewish state in the world started off with a refugee population along with the Jews who had never left their land who were just catching their breath long enough to announce the creation of their state before they were attacked in an actual War of Independence.  From a population of 650,000 in May 1948, it grew to 3,164,000 by May 1972.  They were made up of the core group who had never left who embraced the returning immigrants; 1,400,000 called Olim.  While they had been fighting off terrorists trying to kill them off, they planned and worked to bring in about 5 waves of immigrants..                                                                                                                                        

Holocaust Jews, Warsaw Ghetto
The Western Jews of Europe, the Ashkenazis,  have had commemorations of the Holocaust going on each year, and finally are recognizing the tragedies  that their brothers from the Middle East, the Mizrachi Jews, have also had to live under.  On Sunday, November 30th, the state of Israel had their first annual Remembrance Day when they commemorated the Jewish refugees from Arab lands and Iran.
Five minutes after announcing the re-birth of Israel on May 14, 1948, Israel knew they were involved in a War of Independence.  It actually started on November 29, 1947 before the announcement when the Arabs responded with attacks of violence to the United Nations resolution on Palestine, and it lasted until the signing of the Armistice Agreements on April 3, 1949 between Jordan and Israel.  From becoming a state to ending a war was Israel's first 10 months and 20 days, and those few then turned to the plight of the Iraqi Jews.
David Ben Gurion, 1st Prime Minister of Israel
The fall of 1949, when Israel was about 5 months old, the new  Jewish Agency and Israel's new government brought 50,000 Yemen Jews to Israel in Operation Magic Carpet.  Israel liquidated the Jewish communities in Yemen with this air operation.  The majority of the Yemenite Jews made their way to Aden and from there they were flown to Israel.  Egypt did not permit their passage through the Suez Canal.  The project lasted for a year.
The new Jewish Agency and the new Israel government organized themselves with the Operation Ezra and Nehemiah project.  It was an airborne transfer of 120,000 Jews from Iraq to Israel.  This started in May  1950 and ended in October 1951, one year and one month after their first war and being less than 2 years old. Iraq was formerly what was called Mesopotamia, location of Babylonia, conquered by Arabs in 637 CE.  Iraq gained their own independence in 1932 which triggered off attacks against Jews.  Hundreds of Baghdad Jews were killed and wounded in a pogrom during the revolt of Rashid Ali in 1941.  Iraqi troops attacked Israel in 1948.  Though Israel won that war, Iraq never signed an armistice agreement with Israel.  Most Jews left Iraq then in Israel's operation, but their property in Iraq was all confiscated.  123,500 Jews reached Israel since 1948.  Those that remained were under severe restrictions; like the Jews of Syria.  After the Six Day War, Iraq treated them so badly that it led to international protests.  In 1991 about 150 Jews were found in Baghdad where they had one synagogue.

Iraq didn't permit direct Baghdad-Lydda flights and still don't today, of course.  The immigrants had to fly to Cyprus where they transferred to planes bound for Israel.  80% of the Iraqi immigrants were dispersed among MAABAROT,  which were types of temporary villages erected just for them.  They were located near towns and villages.  The residents found work in the neighborhood and remained in the maabarah until permanent housing was provided, often in that very vicinity.  From 1950, the maabarah were replaced by the Kephar Avodah, which were work villages.  It was a form of transitional settlement that evolved in Israel from 1950 to 1956.  The goal was to place the immigrants on the soil directly on their arrival into Israel.  To some extent, it replaced the maabarah, but this was the concentration point for a future permanent village.  The Iraqi Jews were initially employed by the Jewish National Fund in land reclamation, afforestation and other projects  while at the same time were building their own homes and receiving agricultural training from instructors.  The maabarot were gradually liquidated.  It was an answer to a serious situation.  10% were absorbed immediately in agricultural  moshavs and kibbutzim and 10% were welfare cases and needed more help to integrate into Israel's new society that even their assistants were doing likewise.   They all grew into it together.
 Ultimately, the Kephar Avodah became a Moshav Ovedim. This translates into "workers' settlement.  It's an agricultural village where the people own individual homes and small holdings, but they cooperate in buying equipment, etc, the sale of produce, and have mutual aid.  Certain central building, equipment, sometimes stock and some productive branches are also owned in common.  The land normally belongs to the Jewish national Fund, and non-employment of wage-labor is a nominal principle.  The first experiments in this style of living was at Beer Yaakkov in 1907, En Ganim in 1908, and Nahlat Yaakov in 1913.

During the 3rd Aliyah from 1918 to 1921, people came and didn't like the early Kevutzah plan which had led to creating the moshav ovedim of Nahalal and Kephar Yehezkel.  There are at least 411 of these moshav ovedim (oved means work) linked to various organizations.
Operation Moses was the first operation to take 17,000 Ethiopian Jews who had reached camps in the Sudan in 1984.  There were political difficulties causing the remainder to not be able to get out. .  I lived in Safed, Israel at that time and saw first-hand how the Ethiopians came dressed in sheets and were barefoot.  The only apartments empty at that time were in Safed in the northern part of Israel which was high on on top of a mountain where it can get very cold in the fall and winter.  An empty apartment was used as a used clothing store where people could come and try on donated clothing.  Soon they were catching on how to shop in our little supermarkets.  I went to an art show of their wares and they had created beautiful objects.  These people were fascinating themselves to look at; delicate features, slender, beautiful people.  When they arrived so many had to be hospitalized as they carried all sorts of environmental problems.  It took doctors to pronounce them ready to be assimilated.
Operation Solomon was a 2nd of the 2 operations to take the Jews of Ethiopia to Israel.  The fall of the Marxist government in 1991 gave the opportunity to bring by air another 14,000 in 2 days They had been persecuted by the surrounding population. About 135,000 Ethiopians are now living in Israel according to the Bureau of Statistics.

Iran's Jews began to emigrate after 1948.  The Shah had introduced equal political rights, but the social and economic status of Jews didn't really change.  In the 60s and 70s many Jews moved to Teheran.  They weren't persecuted after the Khomeini revolution in 1978 but felt uncomfortable under the strict Islamic regime and left for Israel and the West.  From a population of 80,000, their numbers went down to 20,000 by 1989.  One of my relatives escaped out of Iran on a camel as a teenager with other boys his age.  A few died in this fleeing for freedom.  He now lives in the USA and is a doctor.
You will notice that Syria's Jews are not listed as being rescued by Israel.  At the creation of Israel, Syria clamped down on their Jews and kept them in ghetto circumstances, not allowing them to leave.  It took a Canadian mother, Judith Feld Carr, to spend 28 years rescuing 3,228 Syrian Jews in secret underground planning from about 1973 to one hour before the USA's 9/11 attack to get them out of Syria. One of her rescue operations happened in 1994.   The hitch was that she had to promise Assad that they wouldn't be taken to Israel.  Abbas didn't want them to be able to fight against Syria.  After what he had put them through, it would be no wonder that this was a fear of his.  Many that Judith freed were found in prisons-their reason being they had tried to escape from Syria's ghetto existence.  Judith is THE most brave of our Jewish women of today to take on such an undertaking single-handed without any organization behind her like the Jewish Agency or the state of Israel.  She, with her husbands, as her first husband died after they had started this operation, and her connection to Rabbi Hamra, chief rabbi of Syria, bravely saved all these people.

Half of Israel's population are Mizrachi Jews.  They've probably been very relieved to know that their ancestors chose to stay in the Middle East after hearing the horrendous stories of their Ashkenazi brothers who survived the Holocaust that killed 6 million of them.  The Holocaust was the most destructive episode in the history of the Jewish people.  Many Ashkenazi Jews may not have known about the pogroms in Kishinev, Bessarabia in the Russian Empire in 1903/1905,  or Damascus, Syria in 1840 called The Damascus Affair-a blood libel of immense proportions, or the expulsion from Spain of 1492 or the pain of having to become as Anusim and hide their Jewish beliefs while living in Spain or Portugal and how unbearable that was.

 Everyone knows the scale of the Holocaust and its horrors, at least if they are 50 years of age and older today.  I'm not sure about younger ones being informed.  .In Israel they know.  In the Galut-probably not.  "The Holocaust was a civilizational convulsion without peer."  It's time now to realize what our Mizrachi Jews have gone through.
What amazes me is the condition of the small population of 650,000 at the time of Israel's creation.  They were already exhausted from fighting the Arab attacks.  I have the 2 hr 18 minute video, "Cast a Giant Shadow," about its beginning days, starring Kirk Douglas and Senta Berger with Angie Dickinson, Frank Sinatra, Yul Brynner, and John Wayne and cry through it each time.  It tells quite accurately of Israel's struggles and an American who helped them who was regarded as Israel's first Aluf (General)  played by Kirk Douglas.

Resource:  The Jewish Press, December 5, 2014 page 8:  At Last, Israel Commemorates Mizrachi Jewish Dispossession by Ben Cohen
Book: Messages From a Syrian Jew Trapped in Egypt by Nadene Goldfoot
The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia
The Jerusalem Report-magazine  December 15, 2014, page 3.