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Saturday, August 16, 2014

What Government Control Of The #Media Means In #Venezuela

#MediaHegemony Chavez would be proud!

From #TheDevilsExcrement @moctavio:

What Government Control Of The Media Means In Venezuela

You would think from the headlines of El Universal, El Mundo and Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias shown above, that the Government had scored a big victory in signing a collective bargaining agreement with Sidor workers and managing to appease Venezuela’s steel conglomerate and its unions.
Except that the information is fake. False.
There is no legally signed or approved contract. It has not been approved by the Assembly of workers, nor has it been signed by the Executive Committee of the union. This is simply a media operation by the Government taking advantage of its almost total control over all the print and broadcast media. For more than 15 million Venezuelans, the Government won in its fight against the “right” trying to destabilize it using Sidor. When and if there are more protests in the upcoming days, the Government will remind everyone that a contract was signed and the workers can’t go to work because a small group of “right wing” union workers (I would like to meet just one!) decided to boycott the agreement. You and I and others that read Tal Cual or Damian Prat will know it is not true. But it does not matter. The Government does not care about Sidor producing or union workers having rights. All it cares about is its image, which it can control via its control of the media.
Orwell would have been proud of them.
Some reader made a comment saying that what I posted is not from today’s El Mundo. I have no idea what he is talking about, but here is the front page of El Mundo today
mundoand here is page 14 with the story

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Why does the media pay so little attention to the Palestinians living in Arab countries, but Demonizing Israel is their favorite past time.

the international media, and particularly the Western ones, pay very
little attention to the conditions of the Palestinians living in Arab
countries, despite the extreme oppression they have been enduring for
decades in most Arab countries.
Demonizing Israel is bad for the Palestinians

By MUDAR ZAHRAN @Mudar_Zahran 01/08/2010

The negative focus on Israel by the global media has harmed the Palestinians’ interests for decades.

Since the establishment of the State of Israel, the international media have been unhesitant in criticizing the Jewish state on almost everything. This has evolved into a media culture by itself, to the point that many internationally renowned newspapers would have a button labelled “Israel” or “Israeli-Arab conflict” on their Web sites including very little positive content about Israel. Media hostility toward Israel has been mainly focused on its military operations and, in more quiet times, on the living conditions of the Palestinians in Israel.

Amazingly enough, the international media, and particularly the Western ones, pay very little attention to the conditions of the Palestinians living in Arab countries, despite the extreme oppression they have been enduring for decades in most Arab countries.

These Palestinians do not have someone to speak for them in the global media, possibly because a news story about countries other than Israel is less interesting or “sexy” by media standards. This tendency to blame Israel for everything has lead to the development of numerous myths about the situation of the Palestinian there that have provided an excuse to purposely ignore and compromise the human rights of the Palestinian in many Arab countries.

THE EXAMPLES for that are plentiful and sometimes cross the line into tragic comedy. While the world is crying over the Israel-imposed blockade on Gaza, the media, for some unknown reason, choose to deliberately ignore the conditions of the Palestinians living in camps in Lebanon.

Lebanon, a country with some of the most hostile forces to Israel, has been holing up Palestinians inside camps for almost 30 years. Those camps do not have any foundations of livelihood or even sanitation and the Palestinians living there are not allowed access to basics such as buying cement to enlarge or repair homes for their growing families. Furthermore, it is difficult for them to work legally, and are even restricted from going out of their camps at certain hours. Compare this to the fact that Palestinian laborers were still able to go to work every day in Israel while Hamas was carrying out an average of one suicide bombing per week a few years ago, and until recently launching missiles daily on southern Israel. Not to mention the fact that Israel allows food items and medications into Gaza if handled through the Palestinian Authority.

The Lebanese atrocities toward the Palestinians have been tolerated by the international community, not only by the media. Today, while some Israeli military commanders have to think twice, in fear of legal consequences, before they visit London or Brussels, well-known Lebanese leaders who had directly participated in mass killings of Palestinian civilians, during and after the Lebanese civil war, are becoming world-respected political figures – Nabih Berri, for example, the leader of Amal Shi’ite militia who enforced a multi-year siege on Palestinian camps, cutting water access and food supplies to them. The Palestinians underBerri’s siege were reported to be consuming rats and dogs to survive. Nonetheless, he has been the undisputed speaker of the Lebanese parliament for a long time. He travels frequently to Europe and criticizes Israel for its “crimes against the Palestinians” on every occasion.

MANY OTHER Arab countries are no different than Lebanon in their ill-treatment and discrimination against the Palestinians. Why do the media choose to ignore those and focus only on Israel? While the security wall being built by Israel has become a symbol of “apartheid” in the global media, they almost never address the actual walls and separation barriers that have been isolating Palestinian refugee camps in Arab countries for decades.

While Palestinians targeted by the IDF are mostly fighters pledging war on Israel, the world swiftly overlooked the Sabra and Shatila massacre in which Lebanese Christian and Shi’ite militiamen butchered thousands of Palestinian women and children. Unsurprisingly, the international media accused Israel of being responsible for the massacre, despite the fact that live testimonies aired by Al-Jazeera satellite television a few years ago show massacre survivors confirming that IDF commanders and soldiers had nothing to do with the killing.

The demonization of Israel by the global media has greatly harmed the Palestinians’ interests for decades and covered up Arab atrocities against them. Furthermore, demonizing Israel has been well-exploited by several Arab dictatorships to direct citizens’ rage against Israel instead of their regimes and also to justify any atrocities they commit in the name of protecting their nations from “the evil Zionists.”

This game has served some of the most notorious Arab dictatorships, and still does today, as any opposition is immediately labelled “a Zionist plot.”

This model had served Gamal Abdel Nasser in ruling Egypt with an iron fist until he died, and was the main line for Saddam Hussein, who was promoting that “Iraq and Palestine are one identical case” in his last years in power.

The global media must be fair in addressing the Palestinians’ suffering in Arab countries and must stop demonizing Israel. It should start focusing on the broader conditions of the Palestinians in the Middle East region.

There is much to see.

The writer, a Jordanian of Palestinian heritage, is a researcher at the University of Bedfordshire.

Read the article online here: Demonizing Israel is bad for the Palestinians | JPost | Israel News

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Operation Protective Edge - Q&A update

Operation Protective Edge - Q&A update

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Newsletter

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Operation Protective Edge - Q&A

The main objective of Operation Protective Edge is to re-establish stability and quite for the citizens of Israel. Israel cannot accept a reality in which millions of its citizens are subject to the whims of radical Islamic terrorist organizations.

The aftermath of a rocket attack on Ashkelon, July 13, 2014
Copyright: GPO/Kobi Gideon 
  • How did it all start?

Hamas is a terrorist organization (recognized as such by the EU, US and other democracies) with the declared goal of destroying Israel. In 2007, Hamas violently seized control of the Gaza Strip and transformed it into a terror fortress

Between 12 June and 7 July, Hamas and other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip fired approximately 300 rockets at Israeli civilians. Although Israel showed great restraint and called for the cessation of the rocket attacks, Hamas kept firing indiscriminately at Israeli towns and cities. No country in the world would accept such a reality and Israel is no exception.

After three weeks of restraint in the face of incessant rocket attacks, Israel was left with no alternative but to respond in order to protect its civilian population and restore calm to southern Israel.

The expanding rocket threat

  • Does Israel have a legal right to respond to Hamas' attacks?

Israel has been acting in self-defense in response to hostilities initiated and prolonged by Hamas. Indeed, Israel's right to self-defense has been stressed time and again by numerous world leaders, including US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

  • What is Israel's objective?

The main objective of Operation Protective Edge is to provide the sustained peace and security the citizens of Israel deserve. Israel cannot accept a reality in which millions of its civilians are subject to the whims of a radical Islamist terrorist organization and live under constant threat, with as little as 15 seconds to find shelter from incoming rockets.

Similarly, Israel cannot tolerate the existence of cross-border attack tunnels which could be used at will by terrorists in Gaza to infiltrate Israeli territory in order to murder and kidnap Israeli citizens.

  • What are the objectives of Hamas?

According to Hamas' ideology, Israel has no place in the world and Hamas' declared goal is the destruction of the Jewish state. This is stated in the organization's covenant: "Hamas strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine" [meaning all of Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip]. In addition, the organization promotes an antisemitic ideology that glorifies jihad [holy war] and the killing of Jews.

Hamas is similar to other extreme Islamist movements like al-Qaeda, ISIS and Boko Haram in its total intolerance of the presence of non-Muslims in the Middle East. Therefore, it is no surprise that Hamas maintains close operational ties with radical Islamist terrorists in Sinai, including for weapons smuggling, and that it is getting weapons and support from Iran.

  • Why is Hamas shooting rockets at Israeli towns?

By firing rockets at densely populated areas in Israel, Hamas terrorists are attempting to cause as many civilian deaths as possible. Hamas' indiscriminate rocket fire is consistent with its ideology, which sees Israeli civilian casualties as military successes.

Because of its commitment to the annihilation of Israel, Hamas views every Israeli man, woman and child as a legitimate target of its terrorist attacks by rockets, suicide bombings, murder and abductions.

Hamas' tactic of firing rockets at Israeli civilian communities did not end when Israel left Gaza completely in 2005, but rather intensified. In recent years, the Hamas terrorist organization invested heavily in offensive weapons, bringing the number of rockets aimed at Israeli towns to around 12,000.

  • Why have civilians in Gaza been hurt?

The civilian casualties in Gaza are a direct result of the Hamas tactic of using the Palestinian civilian population as human shields for its terrorist activities. The placing of rockets, rocket launching pads, weapons caches and tunnel openings in private homes, UNRWA schools, hospitals and mosques has been well documented, including by foreign correspondents reporting from Gaza. Attacks on Israeli soldiers have also been deliberately launched from within or next to civilian installations in order to draw return fire.

In order to increase Palestinian casualties, Hamas' Ministry of the Interior has instructed the residents of Gaza not to heed Israel's warnings about impending attacks. Hamas also urges residents to actively form human shields, thus deliberately exposing them to grave danger.

Hamas is in fact committing a double war crime by deliberately targeting Israeli civilians while at the same time embedding its weapons, leaders, operatives and infrastructures in the midst of non-involved Palestinian civilians. Hamas bears full responsibility for the civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip.

At the same time, the data on casualties is usually based on information supplied by the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health in Gaza and must be taken with more than a grain of salt. Independent experts who analyzed the data, including a senior BBC expert statistician, have questioned whether the unusually high proportion of men of fighting age among the reported civilian casualties indicates that they were in fact active terrorists.

  • What measures has Israel taken to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza?

Israel has done its utmost to reduce to a minimum the harm caused to non-involved civilians in Gaza. It has done so by employing stringent target selection procedures, by warning residents about impending strikes using phone calls, text messages and leaflets, and by firing warning shots.

IDF warns citizens of Sajaiya and Zeitoun
  Flyer distributed by the IDF to warn the civilian population of Shuja'iya before an operation

Israel has gone to these unprecedented lengths despite significant tactical costs, foregoing operational opportunities and refraining from attacking known terrorist hideouts and weapons caches located in dangerous proximity to civilians.

In this type of asymmetrical confrontation that pits a democratic country like Israel against a murderous terrorist organization like Hamas that embeds itself among the civilian population, there are many operational dilemmas that arise. This is why Israel has been extremely careful to act within the limits of international law and the democratic values by which it is bound.

  • Why have there been fewer Israeli civilians casualties?

64 Israeli soldiers lost their lives since 8 July in a military operation aimed at saving Israeli civilians from the rocket threat. Even so, three civilians were killed in rocket and mortar attacks.

The primary reason for the lower number of Israeli casualties despite approximately 3,500 rocket attacks is Israel's defensive measures. Israel has invested huge resources in establishing a two-fold system to protect its citizens against rocket attacks:

1. Israel developed the Iron Dome missile defense system, which throughout this confrontation has provided outstanding protection to Israeli civilians, saving the lives of countless Israeli civilians.

2. Israel constructed a vast infrastructure of shelters and set up an early warning system enabling its civilians to find quick cover when terrorists launch their rockets.

Were it not for the effective deployment of Iron Dome and the shelters, the number of Israeli civilian casualties in this conflict would be very high.

  • Why have civilians in Gaza been hurt?

The civilian casualties in Gaza are a direct result of Hamas' tactic of using the Palestinian civilian population as human shields for its terrorist activities. Hamas is committing a double war crime by deliberately targeting Israeli civilians while at the same time embedding its weapons, leaders, operatives and infrastructures in the midst of uninvolved Palestinian civilians. Hamas bears full responsibility for the civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip.

  Shuja'iya comparison: IDF target map and UN map

Moreover, Hamas is also investing all of its resources in acquiring and producing weapons and rockets for attacking Israel, instead of caring for the welfare of the population of Gaza. 

In a show of utter disregard for the safety of its own civilian population, Hamas' Ministry of the Interior in Gaza has instructed residents not to heed Israel's warnings about impending attacks. Hamas also urges residents to actively form human shields, thus deliberately exposing them to grave danger.

  • Is there a siege on Gaza?

There is no Israeli "siege" on the Gaza Strip. For four years, all goods - except for weapons and dual-use items which could be used by terrorists - have been allowed into the Gaza Strip. Not only food, medicine, fuel and aid enter freely, but also consumer goods of all types are transferred daily from Israel to Gaza through the land crossings.

Moreover, Gaza shares a border with Egypt in addition to its borders with Israel. It is Egypt, not Israel, which controls the Rafah border crossing in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

  • What has Israel done to assist the civilian population of Gaza?

Israel has made tremendous efforts to enable the continued passage of goods and aid into Gaza despite the fighting. It facilitated the entry of approximately 2,000 truckloads carrying some 40,000 tons of food, medical supplies and essential goods during a month of fighting.

Israel kept the land crossings into Gaza operating even as the terrorist organizations continuously attacked them, including with more than a hundred rockets fired at the primary crossing for goods, Kerem Shalom.

Humanitarian aid to Gaza, July 19, 2014
  Humanitarian aid to Gaza
  Copyright: IDF Spokesperson

Israel also declared numerous humanitarian lulls in fighting to allow civilians in Gaza to shop for supplies, receive humanitarian aid and move to safer areas. Although these humanitarian ceasefires were declared for the benefit of the residents of Gaza, Hamas violated every one.

  • Why has it been so difficult to reach a ceasefire?

The main reason it is so difficult to bring an end to the hostilities is Hamas' lack of motivation to do so. Up to now Hamas has seen that much of the international community does not hold it accountable for its violations of basic morality and of international law.

Hamas has put forward a list of unrealistic demands and uses them as an excuse to prolong its attacks on Israel. In the meantime, it is the civilians on both sides who bear the brunt of Hamas' intransigence.

Time and again Hamas rejected offers of a ceasefire. Each time Israel declared a humanitarian truce, aimed at benefiting Gaza's civilians, Hamas broke it and resumed its rocket attacks and attempted kidnappings of soldiers.

All throughout the attempts to de-escalate the situation, Hamas leaders and spokesmen repeated their threats to continue targeting Israeli towns. Hamas' lack of goodwill was demonstrated when a minute before the entry into force of the 72-hour ceasefire of 10 August it launched a long-range missile towards Tel-Aviv (and then bragged about it).

  • Why is it important to demilitarize the Gaza Strip?

Although Hamas has been firing its missiles against Israeli civilians for years, the recent confrontation revealed the full extent of the terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. Hamas has acquired or produced a huge arsenal of rockets with varying ranges, anti-tank rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), large amounts of explosives, offensive terror tunnels and a great number of light weapons.

In order to prevent the terrorist organizations in Gaza from rearming with even deadlier weapons, which will inevitably result in renewed hostilities, the Gaza Strip must be demilitarized.

This fact received strong support from both the United States and the European Union. In their decision of 22 July, EU foreign ministers stated clearly that "all terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm."

  • Why is it crucial to control goods entering Gaza?

The vast terror infrastructure which developed in Gaza in recent years became possible only through the misuse of funds and raw materials that entered the Gaza Strip intended for civilian use. This has made abundantly clear the need to oversee the proper use of resources brought into the Gaza Strip so that they will not be channeled for military purposes.

The extent of Gaza's terror infrastructure confirmed Israel's intelligence assessments and vindicated its calls for tightening controls over the import of dual-use goods such as concrete and other building materials which were used to construct terror tunnels and infrastructures.

This is the reason why, paradoxically, the only way to increase the flow of goods into Gaza is by tightening control over what goes in. Better mechanisms have to be put in place to ensure that the ability of the terrorist organizations in Gaza to rearm themselves is curtailed, and that building materials going into Gaza do not end up being used for the construction of attack tunnels and rocket bunkers.

  • Are the current hostilities part of a cycle of violence?

One could be tempted to view this confrontation as the latest round in an imagined "cycle of violence". However, nothing could be further from the truth since there is no symmetry between Israel and Hamas.

Israel left the Gaza Strip completely in 2005 and has no claims on the territory besides the wish to see it develop as a peaceful and prosperous neighbor. If Hamas and the other terrorist organizations disarmed and stopped their attacks, Israel would have no reason to respond.

Yet instead of developing the Gaza Strip, the Hamas regime has turned it into a terror fortress and established a fundamentalist dictatorship whose declared goal is the destruction of Israel. 

14 August 2014


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Monday, August 11, 2014

In The Company Of Heroes - #Israel #Gaza

In The Company Of Heroes 
This is long but so very inspiring, beautiful and full of hope, particularly the end which speaks so eloquently to the people in Gaza:

From the mouth of a "living legend" Israeli General speaking to young soldiers in this war:

In The Company of Heroes

Author(s): Dan Gordon
Source: American Thinker. Article date: July 29th, 2014

I had the great privilege of accompanying Major General (Ret) Avigdor Kahalani to an artillery battalion, somewhere in the war zone. General Kahalani is one of Israel's greatest war heroes, a veteran of the Six Day War, The Yom Kippur War and the First Lebanon War. It is not an exaggeration to say that were it not for the actions of Avigdor Kahalani and the men under his command, the Syrians, who had already taken most of the Golan Heights, would have been able to push into Northern Israel, and the fate, not only of the war but, of the State of Israel would have been very much in doubt.

Instead, Kahalani and those under his command were instrumental, not only in recapturing the Golan Heights, but pushed deep into Syrian territory until they literally were within artillery range of Damascus. It was a feat almost unheard of in the annals of modern warfare, in which a country recovered from a devastating Pearl Harbor like attack, were confronted with totally new tactics by a well trained, superbly well-armed adversary, adjusted to the new realities, counter attacked, and within two and a half weeks were on the outskirts of the attacking force's capital. Quite simply, General Kahalani and others like him saved Israel. At the end of his military career, General Kahalani entered politics, was elected to Israel's Parliament, served as an inner circle cabinet minister, and participated in some of the Israeli government's most critical debates and decisions.

After retiring from the political arena Kahalani became the Chairmen of AWIS, the Association for the Welfare of Israel's soldiers.

It was in that capacity that he went out to meet with the soldiers serving, under fire, in the field. For those young soldiers it was a chance to meet a living legend, as close as Israel has to Patton or MacArthur. I thought he was going to give them a sort of pep talk, though their spirits didn't need any rallying.

I've been in the Israel Defense Forces for forty years, and I've never seen morale so high, and never seen the country so united behind its soldiers. The other day I was in a restaurant at a crossroad just before the Gaza border. It's sort of the last place to get a good meal before you hit the border into no man's land. I was hungry as your basic honey badger, and had ordered a huge meal, knowing it would probably be the only chance I'd have to eat that day. When I went to pay the bill the waitress said it had already been taken care of.

"Somebody bought me lunch? " I asked, wanting to thank my benefactor.

"No," she said, "Somebody picked up the bill for every soldier here." There were easily fifty soldiers eating lunch there. "It happens like that every day now," she said and smiled.

I've had total strangers take me in, offer me a bathrobe while they washed my uniform, feed me, literally offer me their beds to sleep in and their bathrooms to shower in. Amazing…amazing.

So the troops didn't need a pep talk.

But what Kahalani told them, I found extraordinary.

He spoke quietly. So quietly the young soldiers leaned forward to catch ever word and when he spoke it was with a conviction that came straight from his heart and went straight into the hearts of all of those who heard him.

"We never taught you to hate," he said, "not this army, not the Israel Defense Forces. We never taught you to hate. And there are armies in the world who do that. And I don't know, maybe it works to a degree, maybe by hating the enemy you are a fiercer fighter. I don't know. But we never taught you that. And I'll tell you why. If we teach you to hate, you can't undo that. You'll come back from the war and it won't be the "enemy," it will be your brother in law, or your neighbor or your former friend. Once you teach people to hate, they'll find someone to hate. So we never taught you that."

Suddenly he was speaking, not like a General but like a loving father to his much loved sons and daughters.

"We never taught you that. You know why you're here. It's not to hate anybody. It's to defend your people, your homes and your families. Each of you has to feel as if the whole fate of the whole people of Israel is on you shoulders. Each of you holds that fate in your hands. But it's not about hatred. And now you've inherited that tradition from my generation, and you'll be the ones to continue it. But those who inherit have a responsibility. I know you won't disappoint me."

That was the pep talk from Israel's Patton during a cruel and vicious war that was forced upon us by an equally cruel and vicious adversary, Hamas.

The pep talk was: Don't hate. Do what you need to do to defend your homes, your families and your people. But don't hate.

To the Palestinian people of Gaza: We don't hate you. We don't wish you ill. We want only to live in peace side by side with you. When you come out of wherever you've been able to take refuge, ask yourself why Hamas never built you any shelters to protect you. They're great at digging tunnels after all. They've dug them under our border, intending to murder as many of our civilians as possible; our women and children, gathered in agricultural village dining halls. Not soldiers, not warriors, but our women and children and old people.

So they're good at building tunnels.

Why didn't they build any for you to take shelter in?

Then look at your neighborhoods, which are destroyed now because they housed the entrance points to those tunnels, not next to your homes but in your homes!

They turned your homes and neighborhoods into rocket launching sites and weapons storage depots. Not by accident, but to make you vulnerable, to insure, in fact, that you would be in harm's way no matter how many warnings Israel issued before it attacked. Ask why Hamas told you to ignore those warnings and that it was your duty to stay in those neighborhoods that they had turned into military targets.

Ask yourself why Hamas didn't accept the Egyptian Cease fire proposal that would have prevented the ground invasion and all the subsequent death and destruction.

It wasn't a Zionist plot.

It was an Egyptian proposal, endorsed by the Arab League and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. and Israel accepted it immediately and unconditionally!

It was Hamas which rejected it by launching a massive rocket attack, followed up by four separate terrorist tunnel attacks aimed not at our soldiers but at our women and children, who were meant to be murdered, maimed and taken hostage, dragged back through those tunnels into Gaza, so Khaled Mashal could declare a Divine Victory from a five star hotel in Qatar while you eat the dust of Gaza.

Look at your neighborhoods.

How's Hamas's Holy War working out for you?

Are your lives better?

Do your children have a better future?

Do they have any future but suffering?

Hamas and their ilk have been trying to drive us into the sea for over a hundred years now.

How's that working out for you?

Look at your lives and look at ours.

Despite not knowing one day of peace, our cities are beautiful, our women are gorgeous, our men handsome, our children, the apple of our eyes, our industry flourishes, our start up nation is the envy of the world. Our sense of personal happiness, though we have been constant victims of terrorist attacks and war, is amongst the highest of any people on earth. We live longer, have more college graduates, more computers more scientific papers published, more artists, musicians, scientists and entrepreneurs per capita than almost any place on earth. Our cows produce more milk than any other dairy cattle. Our agriculture exists almost entirely on reclaimed water and no country on earth does more with desalinized water than Israel. Droughts which would destroy another country have no affect on us. And we've done all that despite Hamas and their ilk's stated plans to destroy us.

You've gone to war against us three times in the last five years.

You've initiated each one and we've begged you, before each, not to launch more rockets at us.

But each time you were promised a new divine victory.

The rockets would be the sword that would defeat us.

We invented Iron Dome.

The tunnels would be Hamas's "surprise" that would "open the gates of hell to us."

We're inside those tunnels right now. Blowing them up.

And who has paid the bitterest price?


Is it worth it? Are you getting something out of all this?

Here's an idea. You've tried war three times in five years? Try something new.

Try peace.

You don't even have to call it peace. .

Just stop trying to kill us and prepare to be amazed at how good your lives will become..

But what about the siege?

The so called "siege" which is nothing more than a sanction regime, was put in place because you keep trying to kill us!

So stop.

You're smart people. You're industrious people. Stop trying to kill us and you won't need to be a martyr to get into Paradise. You'll have Paradise on earth. You can become the Singapore of the Middle East. You have beautiful beaches that can be developed for tourism. You're on the Mediterranean for Goodness sake! You are creative and hard working and talented. Put those talents to use at trying to improve your lives instead of trying to end ours.

You will become the gateway between Europe and the Middle East. There are donors lined up and waiting to offer you a Marshall Plan that will make your lives sweet. The plan that Khaled Mashal has for you, however, leads only to death.

You don't even have to love us.

You don't even have to like us.

In fact you can continue to hate us, if that gives you some sort of emotional comfort. It won't bother us. Knock yourselves out. Just stop trying to kill us

When Hamas tells you it's a Holy War tell them to read the Quran. The Sura of The Children of Israel; Sura 17:104, "And we said to the Children of Israel, Dwell securely in the Promised Land, and when the last warning comes, we will gather you together in a mingled crowd."

That's us!!

How much more mingled can we get? We've been gathered together, not just according to our prophecy, but to yours!

We come from every corner of the earth, because for two thousand years every Jew on Earth, who celebrates Passover or Yom Kippur, be they black white, brown or any of the rainbow hues the make up our people, says, "Next Year in Jerusalem".

So read that part of the Quran when they tell you to strap a suicide belt onto your son or daughter.

And for all your supporters and enablers, for those who march to end the death and destruction, if you really care about the Palestinians of Gaza, as you claim to, just tell them to try to stop trying to kill us.

Give it a decade.

Try it.

We're not going anywhere. You won't defeat us. You won't destroy us. You won't cast us into such despair that we leave the land we've yearned for, worked for, sweated and bled for, for two thousand years. We won't withdraw from the Middle East. Because we live here. Our religion wasn't born in Poland. It was born here. Our language wasn't born in Russia or America or France or Ethiopia or Yemen or Morocco. It was born here. And I promise you, we won't become war weary. We can't afford to.

Just stop trying to kill us.

Because we don't hate you. We don't teach our children or our soldiers to hate you. The words of our national anthem sum up the only thing we want; Lihiot am chofshi bi artzeinu, Eretz Zion, Yerushalayim…." To be a free people. In our land. The land of Zion, Jerusalem." Just like it says in the Quran.

Dan Gordon is a captain in the IDF (res)

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