And again: ‘Palestinian’ murders IDF soldier in Hebron

September 23, 2013
(Carl) A ‘Palestinian’ terrorist murdered an IDF soldier during Succoth celebrations outside the Machpeila Cave in Hebron on Sunday.

“From what we see, the shooting occurred over a long distance,” a senior army source said. “At this stage, we have no clear direction as to the identity of the shooter,” he added. 

The soldier was evacuated to the Sha’arei Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, where doctors tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead soon after arrival.

Large numbers of security forces descended on the area and launched searches for the terrorists. The shooting occurred at the Tut Atarek Junction. 

A riot by Palestinians was taking place near the shooting at the time, but it was too soon to link the two incidents, the source said, noting that disturbances in the area “are routine.”

“Shots were fired near the Machpela Cave,” police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said, using the Hebrew name for a Jewish and Islamic holy site also known as the Tomb of Abraham, long a flashpoint between the two communities.

He said police believed the perpetrator was Palestinian.


IDF releases video of ‘fake gun’ incident

December 17, 2012

the incident last week in which a 17-year old ‘Palestinian’ attacked IDF soldiers using a gun that turned out to be fake.
The IDF has released video of the incident.
Let’s go to the videotape.

If someone attacked me like that, even without a gun, I hope someone would interfere on my behalf. That looks like a real attack. There is no way that anyone could have known that the gun he was carrying was fake. There is no choice but to shoot first and ask questions later.


‘Anonymous’ escalates cyber-war against Israel and pro-Israel groups | The Times of Israel

November 16, 2012

(In a widespread effort called #OpIsrael, hackers promised to take down over 40 Israeli government and military websites; AIPAC website briefly downed on Friday afternoon)

BAGELS OCCUPIED ANONYMOUS

As the battle in Gaza grinds on, an unprecedented technological skirmish is taking place in cyberspace. On the Israeli side, the IDF’s Wednesday morning tweet announcing the launch of Operation Pillar of Defense marked the first military declaration of hostilities via Twitter in history.

Now the IDF may be facing an organized response from a group of hackers claiming to be part of the international hacker coalition Anonymous, who published on Thursday their own declaration of cyber-war on Israel and its supporters.
In a press release posted Thursday to an Anonymous-affiliated website, the hackers warned Israel not to shut down Internet in Gaza and to cease its military operations in the coastal strip, which follow a barrage of hundreds of rockets from Gaza into Israel in recent days.
“To the IDF and government of Israel we issue you this warning only once,” read the press release. “Do NOT shut down the Internet into the ‘Occupied Territories’, and cease and desist from your terror upon the innocent people of Palestine or you will know the full and unbridled wrath of Anonymous. And like all the other evil governments that have faced our rage, you will NOT survive it unscathed.”
In a widespread effort called #OpIsrael, Anonymous hackers promised to take down over 40 Israeli government and military websites.

Despite the IDF’s official blog disappearing for a brief moment on Thursday, it appears the effort has fallen flat, with only a handful of small websites, including falcon-s.co.il and advocate-israel.com, suffering real outages.

Shortly after noon on Friday, the group also managed to briefly bring down the website of AIPAC, the influential Washington-based lobby for stronger US-Israel ties, though AIPAC managed to restore the site within the hour.
Anonymous last attacked AIPAC’s website in March, bragging about the feat on Twitter.

Israeli hackers appeared to be returning fire Friday, as the Anonymous Twitter feed reported that an Anonymous-affiliated IRC network (which hosts online chat rooms) ”appears to be under heavy attack by pro-Israeli cyber groups.”

In addition to its attacks on Israel, Anonymous has developed an “Anonymous Gaza Care Package,” a file containing “instructions in Arabic and English that can aid you in the event the Israel government makes good on it’s (sic) threat to attempt to sever your Internet connection.”
The file also contains “useful information on evading IDF surveillance.”

In addition, hackers have worked to provide Gazans with chat rooms and communications channels that are more difficult for Israeli security services to observe. A list of dialup phone connections to European Internet service providers has been published to allow Gazans to access the Internet through regular phone lines in the event that Internet access in the strip is shut down.
While the Anonymous campaign has yet to score meaningful victories, and Israeli hackers appear to be responding vigorously, Anonymous has vowed the campaign will be long and painful.
“For far to (sic) long, Anonymous has stood by with the rest of the world and watched in despair the barbaric, brutal and despicable treatment of the Palestinian people in the so called ‘Occupied Territories’ by the Israel Defense Force (sic),” it said in the Thursday press release.
“To the people of Gaza and the ‘Occupied Territories’, know that Anonymous stands with you in this fight. … know that tens of thousands of us in Anonymous are with you and working tirelessly around the clock to bring you every aid and assistance that we can.”
AIPAC did not return requests for comment.


Report: Iranian drone fed live pictures of Dimona, preps for US-Israel anti-missile exercise

October 14, 2012
(Carl) From the beginning of the story regarding the Iranian drone that was shot down over the Northern Negev last Saturday, I said that if the IDF was telling the truth, the incident did not sound too serious, but if they were not telling the whole truth….

The Times of London is reporting in Sunday’s editions (behind a paywall) that the Iranian drone flew over Israel for more than three hours before it was shot down, and sent back to Iran live pictures of Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor and of preparations for the US-Israel joint anti-missile exercise.

The three-hour drone flight was initially downplayed by Israeli officials red-faced over the shocking breach of their airspace.

Even the drone’s ultimate interception by an F-16 jet was botched — it took two tries for the pilot to down the unmanned plane.

An Israeli defense source blamed the drone’s infiltration on its “unfamiliar stealth elements.”

An Israeli military observer asked: “How could we defend this country from thousands of rockets and missiles if we can’t block a single Iranian drone?”

The drone is said to have been a new Shahed-129, unveiled by Tehran last month. It has a range of up to 1,200 miles and a flight duration of 24 hours.

Hezbollah vowed to continue drone surveillance flights.

Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, a Hezbollah leader, said in a televised address that the drone was built in Iran, launched in Lebanon, and conducted a reconnaissance of “sensitive and important locations.”

He claimed the Dimona nuclear facility in the Negev desert was one of the sites it overflew.

Hezbollah’s TV station broadcast animated footage detailing the drone’s flight, saying it flew south over the Mediterranean, avoiding detection by Israeli radar before reaching the Gaza Strip.

The drone appears to have flown unseen over Gaza before proceeding to the Negev, where it was shot down. The aircraft had traveled 200 miles, the station claimed.

JPost adds:

Nasrallah claimed the Ayoub drone was designed and manufactured in Iran and assembled in Lebanon, denying reports that the drone was a Russian design.

The Hezbollah leader said the drone was sent as a response to what he referred to as Israel’s violations of Lebanese airspace since 2006.

“This flight was not our first will not be our last, and we give assurances we can reach any point we want. We have the right to dispatch recon planes over occupied Palestine at any time,” Nasrallah said.

But at least one expert is unconcerned

Hezbollah has been flying drones over Israel for years, said Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations, who specializes in drone technology proliferation and the Middle East.

“That it happened again is absolutely insignificant,” he said.

He described Nasrallah’s comments as blustering and largely empty.

“Israel usually tracks these drones as they come across the border and often doesn’t bother to shoot them down,” Zenko said. “They just want to see what Hezbollah thinks it can do.”

Drones like the one shot down on Saturday cannot even be piloted until someone has “line control” of the device, or is at least within 50 kilometers of it, he said.

“To call them rinky-dink would be polite,” he said. “The drones that Iranians display at airshows or that they tout for sale, defense industry press people describe them as crude.”

These drones don’t have “hard points,” or brackets, on which ammunition can be fixed, Zenko said, but they do have the ability to conduct surveillance. It’s unclear if the Iranians have drones that can do surveillance in real time, he added.

That’s easy for him to say. He’s thousands of miles away….


IDF Survey: Highest Number of Reservists Per Capita Come from Judea and Samaria

August 20, 2012

(Algemeiner) IDF reservists. Photo: Tazpit News Agency. By Aryeh Savir and Gil Lavie
A newly released IDF survey has found that the highest number of reservists per capita recruited by the Israeli Defense Forces over the past year have come from the Judea and Samaria region. The survey, conducted annually by the Israeli army, has found that Judea and Samaria residents are the top geographic group of Israeli citizens serving in the army at 34%. Residents of the North followed at 29%, 28% from Jerusalem and Central Israel and 27% from the South. Of the reserves members from Judea and Samaria, a majority of 60% were found to be serving in combat units.
The poll also showed surprising results in the national diversity it found in the Israeli Defense Forces. 1,200 of the reservists were from the Republic of Georgia, 720 originated from Iran, 30 from the Philippines, and 4 from Bahrain. The study highlights a rarely seen picture of reserve duty personnel, showing that minorities and immigrants play a larger role than previously thought. A total of 19% of reserve soldiers were born outside Israel.(MORE)


Haredi soldiers ordered to clean women’s restrooms

January 5, 2012

When the system is infected with feminism the best way to deal with the system is correct the system through rejection. I know the men in Israel want to protect themselves, but there is no reason to assume they will have to tolerate the tyranny of gender androgyny to do this. Men in the U.S. and around the world should do the same. We should have expectations and boundaries. To deny the power structure of gender is to deny transparency. It’s dishonest… and don’t act like you are above honesty. How many of you said you were voting for Bachmann and then didn’t. How many Bachmann supporters in Iowa decided not to point out the things about Bachmann that you didn’t like to the media and spoke silently when no one could see you in the poll… and all things considered Bachmann was a great lady… but there was something telling both men and women that America needed a male right now in a leadership position… in the same respect that the Left voted for Obama over Hillary Clinton. These men in Israel are merely a lot more honest then you are about working trusts. They are the ones with the children… they are the ones that are making the system work. Secular culture is death. It is about weakness… and yes gender identity most certainly plays a part in it.

(Carl) This was mentioned in passing on Wednesday, but I wanted to highlight it as a separate story. Soldiers in the Nachal Charedi unit were ordered to clean women’s restrooms at the Tel Nof Air Force base on Monday. They were also ordered to sit through a lecture with women soldiers. Both incidents are violations of the soldiers’ terms of service.

Soldiers told Arutz Sheva that when they realized they were about to attend a lesson alongside women, they complained to their commanders. In response, they said that one of the base commanders said: “From now on, this is the procedure.” He added: “We will not have exclusion of women here from now on.”
The soldiers said they were also instructed to clean women’s restrooms as part of their routine participation in cleaning and maintaining the base. This, too, is a violation of the terms of service that stipulate that they will remain within their training area and not enter women’s quarters.
Eliyahu Lax, chairman of the Association for the Torah-Observant Soldier, said that he had spoke to senior figures in the battalion who averred that the story was true. “Unfortunately,” he said, “we are getting the feeling, and not for the first time, that the IDF is not interested in hareidim, and the entire issue of incentives for enlisting hareidim is simply raised in order to use hareidim as a punching bag.”
The hareidi soldiers have braved the hurdle of the disapprobation of some members of their community, who feel that they are going against the hareidi way of life and that they will end up lowering their standards of religious observance. These incidents are being used to show that those anti-army elements are right.
The IDF said Wednesday that an inquiry was held into the event following the soldiers’ complaints and that “instructions regarding the activities of Shachar Kachol have been refreshed in order to prevent similar incidents from happening again in the future.”

It would be a shame if Nachal Charedi fell apart over this. A real shame. But that’s where this is headed. If the army shows that their promises are meaningless, the rabbis will come out against Nachal Charedi outright (until now, they have adopted a posture where they neither condone nor condemn it) and then no one from the Haredi community will enlist.
Some people apparently think the best solution is to cut off your nose to spite your face. Whether that includes the IDF’s top brass remains to be seen.


Before we preach to Israelis living abroad by Daniel Gordis

December 25, 2011
This guy Daniel Gordis seems to see a lack of singing women as something that would keep me from coming to Israel. No… I would seek refuge in a place where I would not have to listen to show tunes. What would keep me from Israel is the elitism and snobbery of feminism every time Hillary Clinton scolds Israelis when the Egyptians kick the shit out of their ladies.

 (DANIEL GORDIS via writingtw.blogspot.com) Are we so desperately afraid of our external enemies that we’ll support at all costs a government that just watches as the country rots from within? IT’S ALMOST 2012 – practically 99 years since Rosa Kamal Subhi, formerly on the faculty of Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd University, recently joined other clerics in warning that if the Saudi ban on women driving is lifted, mixing of genders will increase and that, in turn, will encourage premarital relations. If women are allowed to drive, he said, in 10 years’ time the kingdom will have no virgins left. “The virgin dearth,” I guess we could call it. In Europe – and I’m not making this up – a Muslim cleric ruled that women should not touch or be proximate to bananas and cucumbers, in order to avoid “sexual thoughts.” Their fathers or husbands should chop them before they eat them, he suggested. Ouch.

It’s tempting to laugh, of course, to point to the absurdity that can result when a religious tradition develops thoroughly unfettered by any contact with or influence from the outside world, guided by clerics with the narrowest intellectual training imaginable. But before we point with derision to Saudi Arabia and some dark corners of Europe, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to look around and remind ourselves of what’s unfolding right here at home.

Israel, our perky start-up nation, now has another credit of which to boast. We have our very own Rosa Parks. Her name is Tania Rosenblit; she’s the young woman who refused to move to the back of the bus when instructed to do so by haredi passengers on a bus from Ashdod to Jerusalem. It’s almost 2012 – practically 99 years since Rosa Parks was born. But parts of the Jewish state are still struggling to enter the 20th century, which, of course, ended over a decade ago.
Thankfully, and none too soon, Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, rushed to condemn the segregation of men and women on public buses. “We [the ultra-Orthodox] don’t have the authority to force our ideas on others,” he asserted. “This state does not belong to the haredi community.”
Ah, so there’s the problem. The issue is not that it’s wrong to relegate women to the back of the bus (why don’t the men go to the back of the bus and let the women sit up front if they’re so worried?) or that the segregation of men and women on buses is absurd (does insurmountable temptation really lurk at every stop?) but simply because the haredim don’t (yet?) have the political power they need to enforce this. Metzger’s concern was only tactical – the haredim were over-reaching. Not a word about the shamefulness of a society in which men and women cannot respectfully and properly occupy the same public space or how similar to Saudi Arabia we seem intent on becoming. Will there be a separate section on the bus for women carrying uncut fruit?
Buses are far from the full extent of it, of course. Now we learn that the Karmiel Employment Bureau has assigned different days for men and women seeking unemployment compensation. But lest we worry that this is fundamentalism-creep, rest assured, it’s only an administrative nicety. It is “more convenient” for men and women to use the office’s services on different days, the office explained to Ynet. “It prevents stress and chaos in the waiting room and is more aesthetic.” Aesthetic? How’s that, exactly?
And let’s not forget the still-simmering controversy over women singing at army ceremonies. Since halachic rulings are apparently immutable, Israel’s noble political leaders are resorting to – what else? – technology. That, after all, is where we Israelis shine. Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar has a brilliant solution: he simply puts his fingers in his ears when women sing at army events. (I would pay for a photograph of that.)
Not to be outdone, and perhaps in order not to offend those singing young women (who are actually in the army serving their country – yes, some people still do that, apparently) who might find the sight of the state’s chief rabbi with his fingers stuck in his ears somewhat disconcerting or even offensive, Shas MK Nissim Ze’ev has a much better idea: religious men should simply use earplugs when women sing. Brilliant. One only hopes that they remember to remove them before heading into battle. I’m told that being able to hear your commander can increase effectiveness in combat. Unless you had no intention of obeying his orders in the first place, I guess.
And we have, infinitely worse, the burning of mosques, vicious and violent attacks on Israeli soldiers by radicalized settlers and an emerging national debate as to whether (or when) the army is going to have to start shooting them. And our government? It’s tiptoeing around, doing nothing and saying little, its only genuine concern that the coalition not be weakened.
AH, THE joys of Jewish sovereignty, the nobility of Jewish independence. A.D. Gordon, Ahad Ha’am, Ze’ev Jabotinsky and David Ben-Gurion may have all disagreed in life, but now they have one thing in common – they are undoubtedly turning in their graves. That, by the way, was the real absurdity of those much-discussed ads begging Israelis abroad to come home. Those pot-shots at Jewish life in America (gratuitous and simplistic, a bit offensive and not entirely wrong) utterly missed the point – maybe those Israelis live in America because what’s unfolding in Israel is so thoroughly unappealing to them. Maybe they’ve noticed that back “home” in Israel the pockets of outrage against all of this violence and medievalism are tiny, virtually muted.
It’s Hanukka, our collective reminder that in an era of darkness, Jews struggle to create more light. Do those of us unafraid of cucumbers or mixed buses, those of us who believe that women serving their country ought to be able to sing, those of us who are ashamed of a country that takes only the feeblest action against Jews who do to mosques what anti- Semites did to our synagogues not that long ago, possess the courage of which this holiday is a reminder? Will we, like the Maccabees, take our country back before it’s too late?
It’s hard to know. So far, it seems we are so desperately afraid of our external enemies that we’ll support at all costs a government that just watches as the country rots from within.
At moments like this, it’s hard not to think about the Altalena affair. Tragic though it was, it was the defining moment at which Ben-Gurion made it clear to all that there would be one central authority in the Jewish state. Those who sought to subvert it would be treated in accordance with what they were – threats to the state’s very existence. One prays that some progress can be made here without the use of force. But if it cannot, it’s worth remembering that we once had a prime minister who knew what had to be done.
But then, of course, it’s been a very long time since we’ve had a leader with that character, that confidence, those deeply held commitments. These days, with Hanukka reminding us of the enormous power of convictions, it would be nice to have some leadership with any principles at all.
Daniel Gordis is president of the Shalem Foundation and senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. His latest book, Saving Israel: How the Jewish People Can Win a War that May Never End (Wiley), won the 2009 National Jewish Book Award. His next book, The Promise of Israel: Why Its Seemingly Greatest Weakness is Actually Its Greatest Strength, will be published this August.

the opposite extreme could get very annoying as well. American Jewish summer camps is a lot of singing. It would be annoying to see it go to that extreme. Music is nice, once in a while… even the sound of women, but the other extreme of constant inundation of music in the military can be dangerous. Let’s not pretend the military is about free choices… cuz it isn’t. The military should not become a musical. This has nothing to do with cucumbers or women’s rights… it has to do with what makes a MAN, the best soldier he can be,… or any man the best man he can be. I sincerely doubt (knowing what I know about performing arts Jews who have strong representatives in Hollywood and Broadway), that if singing becomes allowed in the military that the liberals will not take this liberty out of proportion. I happen to like the sound of music once in a while, but frankly I’d say the soldiers have a damn good reason to fear that allowing singing would be abused. I love Jewish culture, but the thing that chases me from the synagogue in America is the element of performance that seems to take priority over spirituality… especially in Reform synagogues. It is a shame that there is a need to ban singing, but it is silly to pretend that the military is a free reigning Broadway show.
Responses to Gordis article:
Arik Elman 
Ah, the inestimable Mr. Gordis, who slept through more then 100 physical attacks on the Israeli soldiers by the Jewish Leftists in Bilin and Naalin, who failed to notice hundreds of secular women raped by their boyfriends and murdered by their husbands, who applauds murder of Jews by other Jews when those Jews come from the Left and denies freedom of conscience and belief to the minority group when it is Jewish Orthodox. And this is a man who presides over what passes in Israel for a “Conservative think tank”. Some think. Some tank.
Alien X 

This is typical leftist propaganda, looks good on the surface, but scratch it and you see BS all over it. Women in Israel have all the rights of other women in developed Western societies and more, and feminists in Israel have so much money, power and media influence, that they could try men in newspapers and TV, forcing courts to put innocents in prison. So comparing them to Saudi women or alluding to Rosa Parks is intellectually dishonest and shameful.
All the author demonstrates is disrespect for religious Jews so typical for his leftist atheist crowd. As for Hanukka, I can’t imagine that an atheist would be the best person to lecture us about its meaning.

In Israel religion is not separated from the State. So if Israel is a law-obiding country then citizens should respect Jewish laws. If you don’t like sitting in the back of the bus, fine, ride a bike or drive a car, or demand that politicians in knesset provide funding for separate buses, for religious Jews and for non-observant Jews. In gyms mixed sex sessions could be altered with single sex sessions, it’s not difficult to arrange the schedule, we don’t need “a revolution” for that. Similar arrangements could be made in other areas of life so that religious and non-religious Jews could live in peace. This self-imposed cultural apartheid would do good for Israelis until they become more civilized and tolerant and learn to respect each other.

Another option is to vote for separation of sinagogue and state. Israel is a democracy, right? I m not religious but I hope this will not happen. Israel will lose its unique character as the only Jewish state in the world and will turn into yet another politically correct “goy” western country (and I know how many in Israel would not mind that, many still got self hating roots in their subconscious). If Israel is not a Jewish state then why bother defending it? Give it to Palestinians and scatter around the world again, hoping that rulers in foreign countries would not engage in another Holocaust one day.

beniyyar 
Israel is a wonderful place where even Mr. Gordis, who plainly and routinely has no idea what he is talking about, can write a column for a serious newspaper.  Indeed, what is really amazing is that the Jerusalem Post actually published this sanctimonious piece of nonsense.
Sherlock Holmes 5
Let’s look for a moment at America and the UK.  Americans rejected the ERA — Equal Rights Amendment that made it unlawful to distinguish between males ansd females. Americans saw how ridiculous this was and scrapped the proposed Amendment to the Constitution. In America and the UK the top univesities — Ivy League and Oxbridge — educated men and women in separate colleges  until the past generation. Top private schools in the USA and UK still tend to be either male or female, not mixed. Many top state grammar/selective schools are also either male or female. In the UK the choirs of the great cathedrals are male only, as they are in traditional synagogues. In the most modern music we have ‘boy bands’ and ‘girl bands’, but few mixed bands. Segregated buses did NOT begin in Israel. They began in New York, in Monsey, Borough Park and other frum areas, so men could lay tephillin and davven Shacharis on the commute to work.

Scott3636 
I find it repulsive that you would allude to the Altalena affair in this context.

What, exactly, are you suggesting?

That we do like the leftist in Israel have always done and sell out or kill those Jews who won’t fall into line?

What a sickening article. 

StanleyT 1

Daniel Gordis used to be one of my favourite commentators. I think a leftist with the usual bankrupt leftist ideas has kidnapped him and is submitting articles in his place.

for heaven’s sake: there are just a few bus routes that go into Haredi areas, where men and women prefer to be separate. I don’t condone this and I don’t agree with it. But NEITHER DOES THE GOVERNMENT!!! Rosa Parks was protesting against racist laws, which is why Tania Rosenbilt is no Rosa Parks.

As another poster has pointed out, nobody anywhere has said that women should not sing, or that anyone should not listen to women signing. All that’s happened is that a small number of soldiers have been asked to be excused from hearing women sing. For Gordis to get onto this bandwagon is just nuts.

I’m horribly disappointed