Archive for November 27th, 2006

Psalm 128 and 129, A Song of Ascents.

Monday, November 27th, 2006

1 Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways.

2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.

3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table.

4 Thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD.

5 May the LORD bless you from Zion all the days of your life; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem,

6 and may you live to see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel.

1 They have greatly oppressed me from my youth — let Israel say-

2 they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me.

3 Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long.

4 But the LORD is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.

5 May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame.

6 May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow;

7 with it the reaper cannot fill his hands, nor the one who gathers fill his arms.

8 May those who pass by not say, “The blessing of the LORD be upon you; we bless you in the name of the LORD.”

Psalm 128 and 129.

Slimy Pali Terrorist Violate Cease Fire Again

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Reuters (called Al-Reuters on this blog, due to their complete “glossing” over of terrorist acts against Israel) calls this article “Olmert, in peace move, says ready to free prisoners”, which, much to my horror, is exactly what he wants to do. How can Israel follow this man? But I digress…
The article should be called “Slimy Pali Terrorist Violate Cease Fire Again”.
Check this out:
Within hours of Olmert’s address, Palestinian militants in Gaza fired rockets into the Israeli border town of Sderot, despite a ceasefire declared on Sunday.
Same song and dance as usual from the Slimy Pali Terrorist, from Abbas on down.

SDE BOKER, Israel (Reuters) – Israel is ready to release many jailed Palestinians in return for a soldier seized by militants in June, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced on Monday, saying he was reaching out for peace.

In a major policy speech, Olmert offered to ease travel restrictions on Palestinians and free up frozen funds if violence against Israel ended. He repeated his readiness to give up some occupied land for an eventual peace agreement.

“We are ready and willing to pursue this path, and persevere until we reach the sought-after solution,” Olmert said.

Within hours of Olmert’s address, Palestinian militants in Gaza fired rockets into the Israeli border town of Sderot, despite a ceasefire declared on Sunday. Nobody was hurt.

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, part of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction, claimed responsibility for the attack, which followed the killing of two Palestinians in an Israeli raid in the West Bank, where a truce is not in effect.

“In response to the prime minister extending his hand in peace, we see what some Palestinian factions are giving in return,” Olmert spokeswoman Miri Eisin said.

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Letting Suicide Bombers Speak for Themselves

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Here is a very interesting article about what a French film maker discovered when he interviewed thwarted homicide bombers.

Sixteen-year old Hassan is deeply frustrated because he was caught by Israeli police before he could blow himself up among a crowd of Israeli civilians.

“If I had been killed, my mother would call it a blessing,” he says. “My family and 70 relatives would have gone to paradise, and that would be a great honor for me.”

Hassan is one of more than a dozen Palestinian suicide bombers captured before they could carry out their missions and interviewed in the documentary Suicide Killers by French-Jewish filmmaker Pierre Rehov.

The movie’s subtitle, “Paradise is Hell,” is a deliberate allusion and counterpoint to last year’s Oscarnominated Palestinian drama Paradise Now, which some critics charged “humanized” and even glorified its two suicide bombers.

The prison interviews of Suicide Killerswill leave most viewers shaken, not because of the ferocity of the would-be terrorists, but because of their calmness and the certitude of their convictions.

No regrets or second thoughts are apparent, except for the failure of their missions, with the female terrorists in particular displaying a truly frightening serenity.

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It is Rehov’s thesis that although the Israeli occupation, poverty, frustration at checkpoints and a desire to avenge Palestinian deaths may all contribute to convincing young men and women to
strap on explosive belts, the real causes behind such acts lie much deeper.

He identifies two psychological factors he says are key to the formation of the terrorist mindset, both of which he argues are inherent in Islamic belief and practice: a high degree of sexual frustration and a deep sense of humiliation and wounded pride.

Rehov’s conclusions, which he says are rejected out of hand as “politically incorrect” in Europe, are borne out to a considerable extent by the prisoners’ own words and the commentaries of Arab, Israeli and other experts interviewed in the film.

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A sense of shame is another major motivating factor for aspiring terrorists, according to Rehov. “It is bad enough that the infidel West is superior in technology and wealth, but to have been defeated by Jews, whom Muslims have held in contempt for centuries, is the utmost humiliation,” he said.

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Another Player in the End Times Moves into Position

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Iraq has requested a restoration of diplomatic ties with Syria, and has been invited to a summit in Iran. The nations of the Middle East continue to align themselves exactly as predicted in the Bible, as a predecessor to the return of Jesus and the end times. Christians, repent of your sins, rededicate yourself to the Lord and keep looking up. Time is short.

BAGHDAD, Iraq – After nearly a quarter-century of severed ties, Iraq said Monday it will resume diplomatic relations with neighboring Syria — a move seen as a possible step toward stemming some of the unrelenting violence, which claimed another 100 lives.

The Iraqi and Syrian presidents also received invitations from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a weekend summit in Tehran to tackle the chaos in Iraq, Iraqi lawmakers said. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s spokesman said his boss would attend but that Syrian President Bashar Assad would not. The invitation was thought to be an attempt by Iran to counter U.S. influence in the region.

The announcement of restored Iraqi-Syrian ties came during a groundbreaking visit to Baghdad by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, who was challenged over Damascus’ role in supporting the Sunni insurgency.

“We object to any neighboring country that allows itself to be a base or a transit point for the terrorist groups that harm Iraq,” Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said after meeting with the Syrian envoy.

Al-Maliki told Moallem that Damascus should not let its disputes with the United States be played out in Iraq, where the chaos and bloodshed has become “a danger that threatens all, not Iraq only.”

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Pali Terrorist Break Four Hour Old Truce, Israel Shows Restraint

Monday, November 27th, 2006

As usual, the slimy pali terrorist agree to a truce with one hand while continuing attacks on innocent Israeli civilians with the other. As usual, Israel gives them the benefit of the doubt and shows restraint. Same story, same song, second verse, same as the first, blah, blah blah.
In case anyone has missed it, here is the real story.
Pali terrorist want the ultimate destruction of Israel and the genocide of all Jews, no matter what. All actions of the pali terrorist, and the Arab/Muslim word as a whole, are aimed at achieving this end. Period. End of Story. Do you get it now?
Of course the pali loving AP titles the story “Gaza cease-fire raises hopes for peace”, instead of what it should have been titled; “Pali Terrorist Break Cease-fire, Again”.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Rocket fire from Gaza died down Sunday after a daybreak cease-fire, raising hopes for an end to five months of bloody destruction and a new opening toward peace talks.

The surprise truce was supposed to take effect at 6 a.m., but in the four hours that followed, 11 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israeli towns and villages and some Palestinian militants threatened to keep up the attacks. (of course. -ed.)

Israel did not retaliate, saying it wanted to give the truce a chance. (as usual. -ed)

“Even though there are still violations of the cease-fire by the Palestinian side, I have instructed our defense officials not to respond, to show restraint, and to give this cease-fire a chance to take full effect,” Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said during a ceremony at a high school in southern Israel.

Rivals Hamas and Fatah, the two main factions in the Palestinian government, also publicly backed the truce and by nightfall, it appeared to take hold. Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of the ruling Hamas movement said he had contacted the leaders of all Palestinian factions Sunday and they reassured him they were committed to the cease-fire.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, who has been pressing for a reopening of peace talks with Israel, ordered his security forces to patrol the Gaza border on Sunday to stop rocket attacks. Security officers fanned out across northern Gaza, taking up positions at major intersections with orders to stop anyone suspicious and the salvos stopped by the afternoon.

“The instructions are clear. Anyone violating the national agreement will be considered to be breaking the law,” said Lt. Gen. Abdel Razek Mejaidie, Abbas’ security adviser. (yeah right. -ed.)

Battle-hardened Israelis and Palestinians were wary, having seen similar truces and peace efforts disintegrate and slip back into violence.

In the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, the source of most of the rocket fire and target of punishing Israeli reprisals, Rafik Gaish was bitter because the Israelis tore up his fields.

“My potatoes were apparently launching rockets,” the farmer scoffed. “We are for this agreement, we want peace — but what will stop the Jews?” (keep the slimy pali terrorist from firing rockets from your potato patch and I bet the Israelis won’t tear it up. -ed)

Many residents of Beit Hanoun returning to their damaged homes after the Israeli withdrawal lashed out in anger.

“The Israelis need no pretext to cause destruction, for killing and bloodshed,” said Ayoub Kafarna, 65. “Nothing can compensate us for our losses.” (nothing can compensate Israel for hers either. -ed)

Just 1 1/2 miles away and across the border fence, many of the 22,000 residents of the working-class Israeli town of Sderot, targeted by hundreds of rockets from Gaza, were pessimistic.

“I was optimistic, but that optimism lasted only a few minutes until another rocket landed,” 20-year-old Neta Ammar said Sunday after two homes near hers were struck.

“It’s a joke,” said Dudu Cohen, a 37-year-old convenience store owner in Sderot. “There is no one to talk to on the other side, there is no one to have a cease-fire with.”

If the truce holds, it would be a coup for Abbas who has been trying for months to end the violence in Gaza that has killed 300 Palestinians, scores of them civilians, and five Israelis.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni stressed the need to follow the truce with diplomatic steps.

“History teaches us that if this kind of cease-fire with the Palestinians isn’t accompanied by something else, it will deteriorate,” she said.

The cease-fire was worked out late Saturday night when Abbas called Olmert with an agreement from Palestinian militant groups to halt rocket fire and other violence from Gaza.

Olmert pledged in turn to end the military offensive Israel launched in June after Hamas-linked militants from Gaza captured an Israeli soldier in a cross-border raid. The soldier has not been seen since, but Hamas’ leader said Saturday he is still alive. (as usual, Olmert is giving away the farm, again. -ed.)

Word of the cease-fire came shortly after Hamas’ Damascus-based supreme leader Khaled Mashaal held several days of talks in Cairo with Egyptian mediators. Palestinian officials said those talks played a role in speeding up the agreement.

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“AND THE INSANITY RAGES ON” by Fern Sidman

Monday, November 27th, 2006

As Israelis continues to mourn those who have been killed by Kassam rocket attacks in Sderot and the western Negev region, the government of Israel has once again acquiesced to the voice of Hamas terrorism. Apparently, Israel learned few lessons during the summer of 2006 in its war with Hezbollah terrorists.

According to a report by Arutz Sheva on 11/26/06, “Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Saturday night agreed to withdraw all troops from the Gaza area and cease anti-terrorist actions in return for a halt to terrorist attacks from the region.” The report goes on to say that, “Two days ago, the government rejected a proposal by terrorist organizations that they halt rocket fire, but not other terrorist attacks, in return for a total halt to counter-terrorist actions by Israel throughout Judea, Samaria and Gaza. The latest Palestinian Authority (PA) offer includes a ban on suicide bombings and other attacks but only from the Gaza area, and it does not mention the smuggling of arms and terrorists. Israel’s promise to stop retaliating against terrorists in the Gaza area also does not refer to similar activity in Judea and Samaria.”

It has also been reported that, “Between Friday and midnight Israeli time Saturday night, Arab terrorists had fired 12 rockets at the western Negev, one of which scored a direct hit on a Sderot house whose residents had gone elsewhere for the Jewish Sabbath. Saturday night’s cease fire agreement came hours after Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas leader based in Damascus, threatened a new and more violent Intifada if Israel does not give up in six months all parts of the country that were re-gained in the Six-Day War in 1967.”

So much for Hamas promises of a cease fire and so much for the promises made by the government of Israel to protect its citizens. The Kassam rockets will keep reigning down on Sderot and more Jews will be killed. Everyday life for the citizens of Sderot will eventually come to a complete halt. Hamas does not want “peace”. What they want is a break in the hostilities in order to re-arm, to give themselves more than ample time to continue their arms smuggling operations and to re-group for the next round of fighting. They need a break from Israel’s counter terrorist actions.

If all of this sounds familiar, we need only hearken back to the summer of 2006 when the hostilities emanated from Hezbollah in Lebanon. The deeply dug in and well fortified Hezbollah terrorists claimed a major victory over Israeli forces, yet southern Lebanon was devastated. Hezbollah also needed some breathing room to re-arm and re-build southern Lebanon. They needed a grace period to continue to shore up support from the Shiite population in Lebanon. And who, of course, was right there, waiting with bated breath to accommodate them? Under pressure from the United Nations and the world, it was Israel who readily acceded to Hezbollah’s demands. There is no question that all UN resolutions pertaining to peace in that region will be broken when Hezbollah is ready for a second round of fighting.

While Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, still remain captive by Hamas and Hezbollah, the Israeli government under the leadership of Ehud Olmert, has now seen fit to repeat the same mistakes with Hamas as it did with Hezbollah. According to an Arutz Sheva report of 11/26/06, “Hezbollah has re-armed to pre-war levels, according to TIME Magazine, fulfilling intelligence forecasts and negating government claims of a victory that severely weakened the terrorist group. The magazine confirmed numerous media reports since the United Nations Security Council ceasefire resolution last August that Iran and Syria have been re-rearming Hezbollah. A recent British newspaper report quoted United Nations Interim Force (UNIFIL) troops that the terrorist group can operate freely at night, when the UNIFIL troops do not operate because of the danger. Smuggling of Iranian weapons from Syria to Hezbollah terrorists has been rampant since shortly after the ceasefire. The magazine cited western diplomats as disclosing that Hezbollah now has 20,000 missiles, twice the number acknowledged by the IDF admits.”

And so the insanity rages on. The same Israeli leadership that was responsible for Israel’s defeat by Hezbollah is now masterminding a similar plan for defeat of IDF forces in Gaza. How eager the government of Israel is to meet the demands of those who openly seek our destruction. In the days and weeks ahead, Hamas will also continue to double and triple their amount of Kassam rockets and the attacks will be evenly deadlier. Threats by Hamas leadership to escalate hostilities must be taken seriously. The leaders of Hamas and Hezbollah know that time is on their side.

While the abysmally ignorant and self hating Israeli government continues to concoct plans that will hasten the destruction of the State of Israel and its inhabitants, we as a people must recognize these actions as “wake up calls” from the Almighty G-d of Israel. We must know that the times that we are living in are indeed the times of ‘Chevlei Moshiach’, the birth pangs of our righteous Messiah. We must know that prophecy tells us that the star of Ishmael will rise before it falls and that these birth pangs can be long and excruciatingly painful or they can be short and abbreviated, yet it depends on us. Only through a sincere return to G-d, only through adherence to the commandments of the Torah can we emerge victorious. It is a time for us on both a personal and collective level to demonstrate Jewish pride. It is time to speak out against a government of Israel that has carefully crafted the demise of the Jewish State. It is time to vocalize our opposition to those in the international community who would pressure us to acquiesce to terrorism.

In the Torah portion that we read this past Shabbat, “Parshas Toldos”, we learn that while still in the womb; Jacob and Esau struggled mightily with each other. We learn that Jacob wanted to get out of the womb as soon as possible, not only to ensure that he had the birthright that rightfully belonged to him because he was formed first, but more urgently, he needed to separate himself from the evil that Esau represented. He needed to remove himself from being in close quarters with someone who personified rebellion and hatred towards Hashem and His Torah. So too, do we, the Jewish people need to recognize that we are surrounded by those who seek our destruction, those who are contemptuous of the ways of G-d, and those who embody foreign concepts that are in direct opposition to the concepts of our Torah. We, too, must separate ourselves from those insidious forces and forge a path of self preservation, a path of Jewish strength and power combined with the willingness to do the will of G-d.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are pleased to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.