Archive for April 10th, 2008

“Drills” by Michael, an American Oleh (Immigrant) in Israel

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

My friend Mike, an Oleh (a Jew immigrant to Israel) living in the central Galil of northern Israel, brings us an upfront and personal account of their daily experiences. From his colorful and detailed information, it may be possible for us to “see” the Israeli side, not just the biased, pro-Palestinian, anti-Israeli side brought to us by the mainstream media.

Since Sunday, Israel’s Homefront Command has been conducting nationwide civil defense drills. Their purpose is to test the planning and preparations the Army and Government have been making should another war break out.

This is a really good idea. I remember how, during the Lebanon War two years ago, it seemed that there was no central plan to open bomb shelters, distribute food supplies, or even just check up on local residents. It’s good to see that the higher ups are finally adapting to the change in conditions.

So what does a nationwide civil defense drill mean for a civilian like me? Oddly enough, not too much. Last month, the city finished the renovations on the miklat (shelter) in our building, and a couple of weeks ago the lady in the apartment next door came by, explained that she’s now the city’s representative in our building, and collected some information from us (names, ages, number of kids and their names and ages, emergency contact information) so that the city would be able to distribute resources in the event of an emergency. And yesterday, [they] sounded the civil defense sirens at 10am.

That part touched everyone, because they sounded the sirens through the entire country, except for Sdero and its environs. Big Girl told us all about it the night before.

“Abba, pretend that the kitchen is a machsan (storeroom, which is how her gan uses the miklat), and the couch is the class, and it’s tomorrow when the siren will go ‘Wee-ooo wee-ooo,’ and this is what we will do.” And then she walked very slowly, with her arms at her sides, from the couch to the kitchen, where she sat down.

Yesterday, on the way home from gan, she told me more: “Abba, today we heard the sirens, and everyone went into the machsan. Really. And no one was scared, and our teacher told us that if we hear the sirens again, we have to go into the machsan and not be scared and listen to the grown ups.”

I think that Big Girl has definitely learned everything she needs to know about sirens and bomb shelters. I wish she didn’t need to learn it, but I’m glad that she’s had a chance to practice. There was a good article in the Jerusalem Post about this, in relation to Israel generally.

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McDonalds Supporting Homosexuality? Sure Looks Like It.

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

It may be time for Christians to give Mickey D’s a rest. If I were a ‘higher up’ in the McDonalds coproration, I would take a long look at what the AFA boycott did for Ford before I decided to support the homosexual agenda.

Following a link from the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s website leads to a promotional for children’s Happy Meals at the McDonalds website

McDonald’s restaurants, famed for the Golden Arches, Ronald McDonald and kids meals, launched an e-mail response defending its advocacy for homosexual influences in business after the American Family Association alerted its constituency about the company’s activities.

But the AFA now is calling on the giant fast-food corporation to be honest in its discussion.

“Here is the indisputable fact about McDonald’s: McDonald’s joined the [National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce] and have a position on the NGLCC Board of Directors,” AFA said in a statement on its website.

The AFA recently had sent its alert to supporters regarding McDonald’s joining the special-interest organization, which lists McDonald’s on its website as a “corporate partner and organization ally” for an undisclosed financial contribution, and the company’s installing one of its officers on the NGLCC board. In response, McDonald’s has been dispatching e-mails justifying its actions.

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Jimmy Carter to Meet With Hamas Terror Organization

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

The audacity and ignorance of Jimmy Carter never ceases to amaze me.

The Hamas terrorist organization has confirmed to WND plans are in the works for former President Jimmy Carter to meet the chief of Hamas on a trip this month to Syria.

Sources in the Gaza Strip office of Ismail Haniyeh, the deposed prime minister of the Hamas-led Palestinian government, confirmed Hamas is in talks with Carter’s representatives about setting up a meeting during his trip, scheduled for later this month.

The Hamas sources said no concrete date has been set but that Carter has expressed interest in meeting Hamas chieftain Khaled Meshaal, who resides in Syria.

In a statement to Fox News today, Carter’s press secretary, Deanna Congileo, did not deny the former president was slated to meet Meshaal.

“President Carter is planning a trip to the Mideast next week; however, we are still confirming details of the trip and will issue a press release by the end of this week,” Congileo said. “I cannot confirm any specific meetings at this point in time.”

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America’s Plans to Divide Jerusalem

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Bible scholars have been perplexed by the fact that America is not specifically mentioned in the Bible regarding end times. This may be our answer to the role America will play in the end times drama.

The United States, which has been mediating negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority here, has proposed a plan to divide Jerusalem, WND has learned.

The plan, divided into separate phases, among other things calls for Israel eventually to forfeit parts of the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site.

According to the first stage of the U.S. plan, which was obtained by WND, Israel would give the PA some municipal and security sovereignty over key Arab neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem.

The PA would be allowed to open some official institutions in Jerusalem, could elect a mayor for the Palestinian side of the city and would deploy police forces to maintain law and order.

The initial stage also calls for the PA to operate Jerusalem municipal institutions, such as offices to oversee trash collection and maintenance of roads.

After five years, if both sides keep their certain commitments called for in a larger principal agreement, according to the U.S. plan the PA would be given full sovereignty over the eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods and also over sections of the Temple Mount. The plan doesn’t specify which parts of the Temple Mount would be forfeited to the Palestinians.

After the five year period, the PA could deploy official security forces in Jerusalem separate from a police force and could also open major governmental institutions, such as a president’s office, and offices for the finance and foreign ministries.

The U.S. plan leaves Israel and the PA to negotiate which Jerusalem neighborhoods would become Palestinian. According to diplomatic sources familiar with the plan, while specific neighborhoods were not officially listed, American officials recommended sections of Jerusalem’s Old City as well as certain largely Arab Jerusalem neighborhoods such as Jabal mukabar, Beit Hanina, Shoafat, Abu Dis and Abu Tur become part of the Palestinian side.

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Pali Terrorist Storm Gaza Border, Nine Dead

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

The media goes out of their way to avoid using the term “terrorist”, using instead terms like “commandos” and “militants.
Pay particular attention to why the pali terrorist were attacking Israel. They were attempting to abduct some civilians. When that ploy failed, they just killed them instead.

GAZA CITY (AFP) – Two Israeli civilians and seven Palestinians were killed on Wednesday in an explosion of violence around the Gaza Strip border after Palestinian commandos stormed into Israel.

The dead Palestinians included both militants and civilians, one of them a teenage boy.

The Israeli army said Palestinian fighters breached the border near the Nahal Oz fuel terminal, which provides Gaza with its fuel supplies, and moved into Israel under the cover of a barrage of 15 mortar rounds.

The militants killed two Israeli civilians in their 30s, according to the Magen David Adom rescue service, in what the army called a “failed abduction attempt.”

A military official said the militants opened fire at short range at the two Israelis who were working at the terminal, located east of Gaza City.

Islamic Jihad and two smaller militant groups claimed responsibility.

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