Archive for January, 2010

Israel’s Disproportionate Response

January 19, 2010

A Haitian baby born at the Israeli field hospital in Port-au-Prince is named “Israel” by his grateful mother. (IDF)

Many countries and world leaders have accused Israel of responding disproportionately to aggression from Hizballah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

However, it is time that the world press and media speak of another disproportionate response from Israel.

The terrible disastrous earthquake in Haiti has generated responses from many nations. The US has sent supplies and personnel, Britain sent 64 firemen and 8 volunteers, France sent troops for Search and Rescue. Many large and wealthy nations of the world sent money. The Arab and Moslem world nothing.

Israel, a nation of 7.5 million people has sent a team of 220 people that include Medical personnel and will establish the largest field hospital in Haiti, treating up to 5000 people a day, an experienced Search and Rescue team and medical supplies. As in previous earthquake disasters, such as in Gujarat India in 2001 and in Turkey, in the bombings in Kenya, Israel has been one of the most generous givers of aid and assistance

Turkey seems to have forgotten this help as its extreme Moslem Government is cozying up to Iran.

Judge Goldstone, where are you now? Eating your heart out and hanging your head down in shame I hope.

The favorite occupation in the UN is Israel bashing. More resolutions have been passed condemning Israel than all the so called democratic nations such as Sudan, China, Russia and others for their crimes against their minorities.

I think it is time that the world should know about Israel’s disproportionate response.

In the midst of the overwhelming death and destruction that is Haiti right now, there are Israelis who have come to save lives and offer succor.

On Friday, El Al and IDF planes came into Haiti, carrying 250 medical personnel — doctors, nurses, lab and x-ray technicians and even a psychiatrist — and supplies for a mobile hospital, including a pharmacy, a surgical unit, and a maternity ward. A young Haitian mother who was the first to deliver in this ward, early this morning, named her baby Israel.

You can see footage of an IDF rescue team at work in Haiti here:


Members of ZAKA, the Israeli ultra-Orthodox volunteer rescue organization, were on the scene as well. Yesterday, on Shabbat, they labored, digging in the rubble of a collapsed multi-story university building, where cries were heard. After hours of effort, they succeeded in pulling eight students from that rubble, alive.

These ZAKA members then took time, in the midst of the chaos, to wrap themselves in their tallitot (prayer shawls) and recite their Shabbat prayers. Undoubtedly most if not all of the Haitians on the scene had never seen such a sight.

When the men had finished praying, a crowd of people gathered around them and kissed their tallitot.


According to one report, head of the ZAKA mission, Mati Goldstein said:

“With all the hell going on outside, even when things get bad Judaism says we must take a deep breath and go on to save more people.

“We did everything to save lives, despite Shabbat. People asked, ‘Why are you here? There are no Jews here’, but we are here because the Torah orders us to save lives.”

At one point, when things were very grim, Goldstein reported that one mission member started to sing, Heveinu Shalom Aleichem (We bring peace to you.) “I had tears in my eyes,” he said.

The ZAKA mission will be staying in Haiti a couple more days, even though beyond a certain point it is highly unlikely that anyone else will be found alive under the rubble.

What is exceedingly important to the mission is making their Israeli identity very clear. And so, in this regard, you can help Israel by sharing this broadly and letting the world know what we are all about.

I leave off writing here (and save other news for another day), so this can be circulated, sharing simply this important news.


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G-D’s Promise to Israel

January 17, 2010

The so called Arab-Israeli conflict has been brewing for over 4000 years. It began with Isaac and Ishmael, the sons of Abraham, escalated in the time of Jacob and Esau, the sons of Isaac, and continued throughout the time. It became a Moslem-Jewish conflict with the advent of Islam in the 6th century AD.

The Palestinian goal never was to accept a two state solution. They’ve already turned that deal down at least twice. The real goal is to eliminate the Jewish state altogether.

The Koran teaches that any land conquered in the name of Islam will never be lost. The very existence of the nation Israel is a violation of that teaching because the land of Israel, including and especially Jerusalem, was once conquered for Islam.

Since 1948 the utter destruction of Israel has been the stated Moslem goal, but half a dozen wars have taught them that Israel was too strong to be destroyed militarily. – As long as the Palestinians can win concessions at the bargaining table war can be avoided, but the day will come when no more concessions can be given, and the only option will be to go to war for the rest.

The “Peace Process” enables the Palestinians to win back much of the land through inexpensive negotiations. This has the effect of simultaneously weakening Israel and giving the Moslem forces time to gain the necessary strength to take the rest.

Today, conventional warfare requires more geography because of the speed of modern aircraft and missiles rather than less to give defenders sufficient time to react to an attack. Taking land from central Israel (the West Bank) means that attack aircraft could fly over the country in about 8 minutes. This is not enough time to react with effective counter measures. Giving up the West Bank would make Israel less secure.

Israel’s enemies used the time spent in negotiations to create long-range ballistic missile and biological warfare capabilities in an effort to neutralize Israel’s nuclear threat. It is a nasty situation all around.

Most informed observers believe that as soon as the Moslems have gained everything possible from negotiating and believe they’re strong enough to destroy Israel, they’ll attack.

So much for what the Palestinians and their supporters are planning….

However, G-D made His road map for Israel clear from the start!

(Isaiah 46:10): “At the beginning I announce the end, proclaim in advance things not yet done, and say that my plan will hold.” – He also made it clear that the name of the Land is Israel and not Palestine (Ezekiel 37:12). “This is what ADONAI says, who gives the sun as light for the day, who ordained the laws for the moon and stars to provide light for the night, who stirs up the sea until its waves roar – ADONAI-Tzva’ot is His name: ’If these laws leave my presence’, says ADONAI, ‘then the offspring of Israel will stop being a nation in my presence forever.’” (Jeremiah 31:35-37)

So, you see – G-D’s promise to Israel is as certain as the existence and order of the universe!