UN trucks running away from the Syrian-Israel border.
UN troops guarding the border between Israel and Syria were caught on camera today fleeing their posts and running away into Israel with their armored vehicles, after it became too dangerous for them to actually guard the border.
The Rebel forces of the Jubhat al Nusra faction took over an area along the border with Israel, on the Golan Heights, after fighting with Syrian troops.
Next time someone suggests embedding international troops to protect Israel from our enemies – just think of this picture.
Here are some of the Syrian rebels that chased the UN away:
And here we see IDF troops still at their posts along the Syrian border.
IDF tank protecting Israel along the Syrian border.
Israel must continue to build east of the greenline.
In his first term in office, President Obama targeted Israel’s settlement activity with a vengeance, like no one before him did. He continued American policy of calling them “illegitimate” whatever that means, rather than illegal which the which was the term of choice put forward by the UN and the EU representatives.
But he went further and forced PM Netanyahu to agree to a nine month construction freeze to enable negotiations to take place. This wasn’t enough to induce Abbas to enter negotiations until the last weeks of the freeze. Ultimately all his efforts to bring about a settlement failed. It was generally accepted that his insistence on making the freezing of settlement construction the centerpiece of his efforts was largely to blame for their failure.
It should be noted that there is no legal precedent declaring them illegal but opinions to this effect, abound. On the other hand, the legality of Israeli communities beyond the 1949 armistice lines has been affirmed by international-law experts Eugene Rostow, Stephen Schwebel, Julius Stone, and others.
“The Palestinian leadership, in the still valid 1995 Interim Agreement (Oslo 2), agreed to, and accepted Israel’s continued presence in Judea and Samaria pending the outcome of the permanent status negotiations, without any restriction on either side regarding planning, zoning or construction of homes and communities.”
In Obama’s second term, he appointed Secretary John Kerry to devote himself to achieving a peace agreement. Kerry and his team studied all the previous failed attempts, including Obama’s failed attempt and carefully laid out his approach. He somehow believed that if he could lead the horse, Abbas, to water i.e., to negotiate, he could get him to drink. He too failed in his efforts.
Subsequently, he couldn’t resist picking on the settlement activity as responsible for the failure and openly blamed Israel for it. Martin Indyk, his special envoy, did likewise.
American policy starting with former President Carter was biased in favor of the Palestinians. After the Oslo Accords were negotiated in secret without American involvement and announced in 1993, an Interim Accord was signed in 1995.
Thereafter America got involved and inserted their Arab bias. She attempted to override the only binding resolution for ending the conflict, namely UNSC Res 242, with the Saudi Plan which demanded full withdrawal. She also attempted to override the provisions of the Interim Accord by demanding a settlement freeze where none was required. She turned a blind eye to PA violations and blamed Israel for, well, everything.
In line with this bias, Obama announced that negotiations must take placed based on the ’67 lines plus swaps. This principle had no foundation in law.
Until such time that Israel accepts a peace agreement she must insist on her rights including the right to settle Judea and Samaria as set out in the League of Nations Mandate.
Israel has every right to build having not conceded that right either in general or specifically as a “gesture” to bribe Abbas to sit at the negotiating table.
We are told that Israel released 76 murderers to preserve that right. While some argue that settlements are “illegal”, others, “illegitimate” and others yet, an “obstacle to peace”, Israel should ignore them. Israel was given the choice of releasing murderers or freezing construction. Kerry and Abbas, by accepting the release of murderers, ceded the right of Israel to build. They are not entitled to both a release and a freeze. Come to think about it, they aren’t entitled to either in any event.
Analysis: How Israel made Hamas crawl to a cease-fire in Gaza
By YOSSI MELMAN
LAST UPDATED: 08/27/2014 09:02
The most recent cease-fire is unlimited in time and Hamas was not promised anything except that which had been offered at the start of the military campaign.
If the cease-fire holds, and it is a big if, the results of the 50-day war in Gaza will mark an important and impressive achievement for Israel.
Hamas was forced to accept Egyptian and Israeli dictates.
Hamas crawled to the cease-fire. One should not be impressed by the well-organized victory festivities in Gaza. Most of Hamas’s demands and preconditions were rejected from the outset.
The cease-fire is unlimited in time and Hamas was not promised anything except that which had been offered at the start of the military campaign.
Full of itself and arrogant, it miscalculated. If Hamas had not rejected the offers, Israel would not have launched a ground incursion. Hamas’s 32 attacking tunnels would not have been destroyed. Its rockets and mortar shells wouldn’t be reduced to a residual arsenal of 20 percent – from 10,000 to approximately 2,000.
And most importantly, parts of Gaza wouldn’t have been destroyed.
Unfortunately, Gaza has been set back decades. More than 5,000 houses were destroyed. Thousands were damaged and on the verge of collapse. Gaza has been suffering water and electricity shortages.
Three hundred thousand residents – 15% of its population – turned into homeless refugees within the boundaries of the small enclave, which was already mostly one big refugee camp.
Anger, despair and frustration are ruling the day in Gaza.
Surely people will not go to protest in the streets. Hamas has established a reign of fear and terror. The massive public executions during the war, and in particular last week, of alleged traitors were not aimed at unveiling and disrupting Israeli intelligence operations, rather to send a clear message to the Gazans: We are Hamas and we are here to stay. Don’t dare revolt against us.
But the locals have a long memory. They will remember who brought them the calamity.
In a sense, the Gaza war is reminiscent of what happened during the Second Lebanon War in 2006. Hezbollah was defeated. Its secretary-general admitted it in public. But then he heard Israeli defense commentators who criticized the war’s conduct by then prime minister Ehud Olmert’s government and regained his self-confidence. Hassan Nasrallah told himself that if stupid Israel thought that it was defeated, so let it – and declared his false victory.
Eight years later, it is quite clear that war brought Israel significant gains at the strategic level. Northern Israel has enjoyed peace and tranquility.
Hezbollah is deterred and doesn’t dare to initiate violent and aggressive actions against the Jewish state. Nasrallah himself is in hiding fearing for his life.
As then, some of veteran commentators of the 2006 war express the same criticism with the same weeping voices, claiming that Hamas defeated Israel. Sooner or later it will emerge that as against Hezbollah, Israel will deter Hamas too.
As in the Second Lebanon War, the military campaign in Gaza unmasked some IDF tactical failures and gains for Hamas. The Islamist movement showed determination and its combatants proved to be capable guerrilla fighters, with some daring and innovative operations.
They stood up for 50 days against the mighty Israeli war machine. They paralyzed Israel’s international airport for two days. Israel’s economy took a relative hit. They tried to infiltrate in commando operations from the sea and the tunnels. But in most cases they failed and achieved nothing significant.
The bottom line is that Hamas failed to reach its strategic goals. Israel showed determination and except some marginal manifestations, the Israeli home front was stubborn and did not break down.
The real index with which to check Israel’s gains is against the war’s declared aims. The leading trio – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz – who have shown reason and self restraint in order to avoid more casualties, were determined not to surrender to populist voices, including from their cabinet colleagues who pulled out long knives to stab them in the back and demanded to “smash Hamas.”
Netanyahu, Ya’alon and Gantz decided neither to occupy Gaza nor topple the Hamas regime.
Having said all that, much depends on the cease-fire being honored.
But even if it is respected, there is a need to leverage the blows inflicted on Hamas into a brave and breakthrough move to enhance a serious and genuine negotiation with the Palestinian Authority to reach a deal over the West Bank.
Only then will it be possible to talk about the strategic victory of Israel and Zionist history.
But such a step is under a heavy cloud. Can Netanyahu show the same willpower and determination he manifested in war to make peace?
The 86-year old grandfather, the father, and the son came to Israel from America for a wedding. The grandfather said that he had not put on tefillin in well over 20 years, the father had not put them on for even longer, and the son had never put them on. The boy did not even know what I was doing when I pulled him over and slid the tefillin on his arm. The fathers refused, but I insisted, pulling on them with a smile.
You can see from the picture that once you talk them into doing it they have a wonderful time. Someone is not doing their job over there or these Jews would be waking up early in the morning looking forward to putting on tefillin.
Australians Against Israel Australians for Palestine have been caught doing what many of us have caught Israel haters doing all the time: using photos from Syria and claiming they are from Gaza.
THE activist group Australians for Palestine has prompted outrage by misrepresenting an image of children killed in Syria as young victims of the conflict in Gaza in an email to MPs that attacked Israel’s operations.
The group, whose August 10 email compared those killed in Gaza to victims of the Holocaust, has declined to correct the error or apologise, even after the deceptive use of the image was exposed.
Underneath the image of dead children, Australians for Palestine editor Sonja Karkar wrote that “some people may find the above photo disturbing and we hope it is”.
“It is not being shown gratuitously, but to bring home the true awfulness of what is happening in Gaza,” she wrote.
The email continued: “Almost 2000 Palestinians have been slaughtered and some 10,000 Palestinians have been wounded … Israel’s bombs continue to strike with vengeance at the civilian population below. Make no mistake about it: more than 80 per cent of those already killed were civilians.
“We cannot shed tears over yesteryear’s Holocaust victims when reading books, seeing films or visiting museums and not see that these innocent Palestinian children today are just as deserving of your sorrow and outrage.”
Liberal MP Luke Simpkins told The Australian he believed he had seen the photo before. The former long-serving army officer raised the picture’s provenance with Ms Karkar.
Mr Simpkins discovered the same image had appeared in a Canadian online news site in May this year and an Israeli website last November, well before the current fighting in Gaza began early last month.
On August 12, Ms Karkar told Mr Simpkins: “Since sending out this email I have been alerted to the fact that this picture was taken in Syria and not Gaza. It was a careless error to make on my part.”
She continued: “In my next post I will be apologising for using the wrong image.”
The following Australians for Palestine email bulletin, dated August 18, made no mention of the matter.
Ms Karkar did not respond to requests for comment yesterday.
Another key Australians for Palestine figure, Nasser Mashni, declined to speak to The Australian, but Mr Simpkins lashed the group.
“Given that the AFP calls for outrage, I can say that I was outraged at their abuse of the facts and taking advantage of the deaths of innocent Syrian children in the biggest, most desperate conflict and human tragedy in the region,” he said.
Notice how the appropriately named Ms Karkar did not just use the false image. She also lied about the proportion of civilians killed, and belittled the Holocaust.
Though I am glad to see Mr Simpkins gets what we are up against.
“I find their ethics and tactics deplorable in their attempt to win favour with the Australian people.”
Mr Simpkins said there was no comparison between the civil war in Syria, unfolding events in Iraq and the most recent round of action in Gaza targeting Hamas.
“Hamas is a terrorist organisation that uses public television to encourage and indoctrinate children to aspire to kill Jewish people,” he said. “For years Hamas have fired rockets into Israeli suburbs and towns, all from civilian areas. They are cowards that hide behind innocent people.”
Update: Karkar has since posted this “apology” on her FB page.
Sorry quick point, in your recent post you stated “Apartheid” refers to the system created by South Africans". I have a problem with this, dont worry its just a little one. South Africans didnt create apartheid. Apartheid was the creation of a white, Afrikaaner minority government. When you say it your way it makes it sound like all South Africans wanted apartheid when in reality it was a minority. Could you fix this please?
Most of all, never before have I felt that attitudes towards Jews in Europe — and even, albeit less so, in Britain — could grow far, far worse before a whole swathe of supposedly progressive thought was even prepared to notice. It is not a nice feeling, this last one. More than anything else it is lonely, and being a Jew has never made me feel that before. Not even when I was the only one.
Hey moron – Thats “V” for “Victory”, not a peace sign
In what must be one of the clearest examples of media bias yet, ABC Australia (the Australian Broadcast Commission - the Australian version of the BBC) begins its report about the cease fire with this stunning lie:
Euphoria in Gaza as Palestinians celebrate PEACE(!?!?!?!) after weeks and weeks of war.
BUZZZZZ, um, no Hayden Cooper, nice try and thank you for playing, but that is BULL to the CRAP! Those Palestinians are not celebrating PEACE, they are celebrating what they consider to be a GLORIOUS VICTORY over their Zionist enemy.
And just in case its not clear to you, here are some more photos of your genocidal friends’ funny way of celebrating “Peace”
Also take note that although this “journalist” is reporting from Jerusalem, there is zero reference to what was going on in Israel. In fact while Gazans were dancing in the streets and their leaders were emerging from their bunkers after cowering there for the last 50 days, Israelis in the South were still making sure to be within safe distance from their bomb shelters. In other words: Gazans KNOW that when there is a ceasefire they have no fear of Israel breaking that commitment, but on the other side Israelis KNOW that a cease fire just means a hiatus until the Palestinians decide to start shooting again. Indeed in the last hours preceding the cease fire, 2 Israelis were murdered and 4 others injured in a mortar attack on a kibbutz.
But as far as ABC news is concerned, Israel and Israelis are obviously not the story. They’re too busy doting on the “Peaceful Palestinians”.
…the bloodshed that has engulfed Iraq, Lebanon and Syria in the past two weeks exposes something new and destabilizing: the emergence of a post-American Middle East in which no broker has the power, or the will, to contain the region’s sectarian hatreds.
Amid this vacuum, fanatical Islamists have flourished in both Iraq and Syria under the banner of Al Qaeda, as the two countries’ conflicts amplify each other and foster ever-deeper radicalism. Behind much of it is the bitter rivalry of two great oil powers, Iran and Saudi Arabia, whose rulers — claiming to represent Shiite and Sunni Islam, respectively — cynically deploy a sectarian agenda that makes almost any sort of accommodation a heresy. …
The Obama administration defends its record of engagement in the region, pointing to its efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear crisis and the Palestinian dispute, but acknowledges that there are limits. “It’s not in America’s interests to have troops in the middle of every conflict in the Middle East, or to be permanently involved in open-ended wars in the Middle East,” Benjamin J. Rhodes, a White House deputy national security adviser, said in an email on Saturday.
The incompetent Obama Administration is incapable of stopping the deluge of blood that is inundating the Mideast, though great power polices over the years set the stage. Obama’s withdrawal of the US from the region has opened the floodgates, but the cynical trading of weapons and technology for oil, which has now placed the most fearsome weapons of all in the hands of seventh-century cultures with the moral intelligence of chimpanzees, has been going on for decades.
The US role in all of this has been various. We supported Saddam Hussein as a countervailing power against Iran, until he got too big for his britches and went after our pals in Saudi Arabia. Then, in effect, we switched sides, smashed the chains holding Iraq together, and left — at which point it became a battlefield for Iran and radical Sunnis like the ones that attacked us on 9/11. Together with the Europeans, we removed Gadhafi from power in Libya, leaving multiple radical groups contending for power and destabilizing weapons scattered throughout the region.
We encouraged a revolt in Egypt against Hosni Mubarak, then supported the radical, anti-Western, anti-Christian and Jew-hating Muslim Brotherhood (yes, we really did that!) and got egg on our face when it was overthrown by the army, which had originally put Mubarak in power. Now the Egyptian economy is in shreds, the army is fighting Salafist rebels and repressing the Brotherhood, and no side in Egypt trusts us.
In Syria, we initially pretended that the vicious Bashar al-Assad was a ‘reformer’ and tried to get Israel to surrender the Golan heights to him. Then we provided a small amount of help to some groups opposed to him, and — after it became impossible to ignore the killing of more than 1000 Syrians with poison gas — allowed the Russians to turn this crime into a reason to keep him in power. By now, between 100,000 and 200,000 have been killed, mostly civilians, in a proxy war which pits Saudi-supported Sunni Islamist militias against Assad’s forces, Hizballah, and even Iranian Quds Force troops.
Talking about Iran, we opened a diplomatic process that provided the regime with time to move closer to nuclear weapons capability, prevented Israel from carrying out a plan to attack its atomic facilities, and began to weaken economic sanctions. In other words, we facilitated the Iranian weapons program rather than stopping it. This infuriated the Saudis, who understand that the Iranian goal is to replace them as the dominant regional power; and made it clear to Israel that it could not depend on US promises to stop Iran.
During all of this, Israel has been warily looking east at Iran, north to Hizballah’s estimated 100,000 rockets aimed at its cities (many built into civilian Lebanese homes), and south to Hamas, which hasn’t stopped its preparations for war despite its changing fortunes (the Muslim Brotherhood was its most important patron). From time to time there are attempts to transfer game-changing weapons from Syria to Hizballah, which Israel does its best to interdict without provoking a wider conflict.
The mission of John Kerry seems to be to force Israel to make an agreement with the PLO that will result in its evacuation of most of Judea and Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem. Such a deal would enormously weaken Israel strategically. At the same time, it would have no positive results, because the PLO does not want and is not able to deliver (even if it wanted to) an end to the conflict. Keep in mind that the Palestinian Arabs share the tribal, racist and overall atavistic politics of the rest of the Arab Middle East.
Given that Israel has a powerful army, good intelligence capabilities and is a Western-style democracy with close ties to the US, one would think that the US would support Israel and work together with it to avoid spreading the conflagration to yet another theater. But instead, it is trying to weaken Israel at the moment of greatest danger, and therefore encourage Iran/Hizballah and Hamas to attack it. In other words, the US is acting to increase the danger of regional war, not decrease it.
If I may engage in speculation about the motives of this policy, I will say two things: 1) it does not represent a consistent strategy, but is a series of ad hoc responses to perceived crises. And 2), it is based on fear.
Today the policy has become almost entirely pro-Iranian (in the past, it was mostly pro-Saudi). This is because the Obama Administration is presently held hostage by Iran. Despite the US’s ability to deploy massive amounts of force, the administration feels constrained by political and economic considerations against using it. It is also deterred by the ability of Iran, a superpower in the field of terrorism, to both strike directly at the US homeland (Hizballah has many resources in South America, and our southern border is porous) and at the world economy, which is still dependent on Middle East oil.
The Obama Administration seems to think that if it feeds the Iranian crocodile, it will be eaten last.
University of California at Berkeley professor and founder of the national student group “Students for Justice in Palestine” (SJP) Hatem Bazian announced an “International Day of Action” to call for a complete academic and cultural boycott of Israel on September 23rd- the Eve before the Jewish New Year.
The anti-Semitic nature of the day included calls for “No joint research or conferences with Israeli Institutions, No to University Presidents’ Visits to Israel, No Campus Police Training or Cooperation with Israeli Security” in addition to demanding the elimination of all study abroad programs in Israel. The effort is to prevent all academic interaction with the Jewish state and to limit people’s ability to interact with Israel and Israelis.
The attempt to isolate Israel extends to a boycott of Jewish and Israeli on-campus organizations as well. Professor Bazian has also commanded his group to demand “No to University Coordination and Strategizing with the ADL, JCRC, AJC, Stand With US, ZOA, Israeli Consulate to Limit Students Pro-Palestine Constitutionally Protected Activities.”
One of the organizations mentioned by Professor Bazian, the ZOA, released the following statement to Truth Revolt:
The so-called “Students for Justice in Palestine” is an anti-Israel propaganda hate group which calls for Israel’s destruction and calls for terrorism against Jews. It is no surprise that SJP’s founder, Hatem Bazian, is calling for a campaign to silence all voices that he disagrees with and the freedoms we all cherish. He advocates for the destruction of a country that gives its Arab citizens full political and civil rights, which is something not even given to Arabs in Arab countries. SJP representatives repeatedly taunt Jews with anti-Semitic name calling like “kike” and “Zionist pig.” In fact, only last week, one SJP member punched a Jewish student in the face at Temple University while other SJP representatives stood by laughing. SJP founder Hatim Bazian has even called for an intifada (terror war), right here in the United States! Students should be aware of what hate groups like SJP really stand for.
The timing of the “day of action” is likely not a coincidence, as many Jewish students are likely to be attending prayer services on that day, and will not be able to provide a counter-response to calls of isolation and boycott of the Jewish state. This tactic is not new to Professor Bazian’s national organization, as it consistently lashes out with anti-Semitic calls for boycotts of American campuses during Jewish high-holidays to limit Jewish response to their hateful goals.
Moreover, the day coincides with the anniversary of the day that Auschwitz guards killed 200 members of the Sonderkommando (all Jews) with “Zyklon B” gas. Again it is not uncommon for ‘SJP’ to use the timing of their events as a tactic to intimidate Jewish students and silence their voices.
The Battle of the Trench in 627, in which Mohammad successfully defended Medina against the Jews and their Arab allies by digging a trench.
Everyone knows who won WWII. And unfortunately they know who lost the Vietnam war. But Western analysts are arguing over whether Israel or Hamas won the recent conflict in Gaza. Hamas, for its part, is celebrating with so much random gunfire that at least two people have already been accidentally killed.
I look at it differently. I see the 50 days of conflict as a learning experience for both sides. Hamas, for its part, learned that Israel can focus an enormous amount of firepower on its targets, if it wants to. They also learned that no matter how much it is provoked, Israel won’t cross the line into creating mass civilian casualties, the way American or European forces might. Israel learned, if it didn’t already know, how deep the hatred runs in its enemies.
Both sides learned that Israel’s Iron Dome system is effective against rudimentary rockets aimed at targets more than a few miles from their launchers. And both sides learned that there is as yet no solution for mortars at closer ranges. Israel learned that tunnels are dangerous, while Hamas learned that it better keep its commanders underground for the duration of the next war.
Hamas learned that it can count on the media to tell its story with just the tiniest bit of intimidation. Israel is about to learn, yet again, that the “international community” is out to get it with kangaroo courts and hearsay accusations of war crimes, while Hamas, yet again, has had its strategy — the “double war crime” of firing at civilians from within civilian areas — validated.
Israel lost 64 soldiers and a handful of civilians, while Hamas lost about 1000 of each — actual numbers are impossible to get, but that’s close. The terms of the cease-fire do not give Hamas any gains for its trouble, but then they don’t give Israel anything either, except quiet for now.
Both sides’ significant demands will be discussed in the following weeks. Israel would like Gaza to be demilitarized; and Hamas would like all restrictions on imports lifted, prisoners released, a seaport and an airport constructed. My guess is that as a result of international pressure, Hamas will get some of what it wants and of course will not disarm. As always, Israel will have prevailed in the military part of the conflict but lost out in the diplomatic aftermath.
There’s no doubt that the world will immediately open its pockets to Gaza, blessed as it is by its choice of enemy. The double war crimes, the fact that 88.9% of Gazans favor the firing of rockets into Israel, the fact that Hamas was the aggressor that started the conflict and refused or broke some 11 cease-fires will not matter. It will be as though Gaza suffered a massive earthquake or tsunami and needs to be made whole as soon as possible.
With the connivance of its friends, Hamas will divert as much aid as possible to military purposes. And then in some months or years there will be another round. Because, after all, there will still be Jews in ‘Palestine’.
So the correct answer to the pundits who are debating the question “who won?” is “nobody, because it isn’t over.”
It wasn’t a war. It wasn’t even a battle. It was a skirmish in the long war between Islam and the Jews. There will be more of them. And if Israel wants to survive, it had better start seeking victory in these skirmishes, not quiet.
Google is the de-facto source of all knowledge. If Google says it, it is henceforth treated as truth.
When it comes to maps, and Google’s global reach, the same holds true. That is why when Nicaragua almost went to war with Costa Rica, it blamed Google Maps for it’s wrongdoing. And why Cambodia threatened to sue Google over what it claimed was a misleading map giving control of a temple to Thailand – a culmination of a conflict that saw many on both sides killed. Google also shows different spellings and different borders, depending on where in the world from where you access their services.
The error also existed in Google maps until a few hours ago. I reported it earlier today, and they have appeared to have corrected it by now in their Maps service. As of publication of this post, the Google Earth error remains, but updates there usually take longer and come in batches.