True Meaning of Jewish Self-Determination.
(voice of Internet)
The leaders of Israel since 1948 have become so hooked on world opinion and approval of the anti-Semitic world. They ask countries to recognize our existence... even the states that are at war with Israel, as well as terrorist groups and organizations!
Our existence is a FACT - Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel has been established for 3,000 years as a people living in Israel and practicing the Holy Book, the Torah, in the same land of our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Our existence in the Land of Israel is a blessed decree from G-d!
The reality in all of this folly, the need to have others recognize our existence, is that we have to first and foremost recognize our own existence as a Sovereign People Living with G-d's Blessings and Commandments in our own Land.
When Jews do this then there is no need to curry favour for others and beg them to recognize us as a People in Our Land. It does not matter if they do or don't!
It is not important whether they have an embassy in Jerusalem or no embassy at all. What matters is that we do recognize who we are and this sets the example for others to RESPECT us, even if they not necessarily LOVE us. Love is not important. LOVE is for us to practice respect and self-respect among our own People following the Mitzvah, (Commandment) Ahavot Yisrael (love of our fellow Jews). This is the meaning of SELF DETERMINATION and we should not let OTHERS DETERMINE OUR life and existence!
The world will come to us when they need our superior technological products and systems to better their health and living standards. And we will sell these to them if it does not compromise our security. This trade is the recognition that we have earned from the world as a "light unto the Nations" and anything else is just superfluous. Normal states, companies and individuals will give Israel and Jews respect - others will limit relation to trade only, as a necessity. (I always say “nobody respect those who have no self-respect”!)
FOOD for THOUGHT by Steven Shamrak
Does it really matter who provides a terror-funding scheme? It is just another distraction from the real issue – how to end the Arab-Israel conflict and reunite Jewish land! Not long ago Saddam of Iraq and Saudis did it. Now the PA uses international funds. It can ask for direct payments from Iran, Malaysia, Qatar etc ...and they will oblige! Only by the removal of the enemy population from Jewish land will Israel be able to end internal Islamic terrorism!
A trio of top Trump administration officials - including the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner - will soon travel to the Middle East as part of an ongoing effort to revive the long-dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace process. A White House official said that President “believes that the restoration of calm and the stabilized situation in Jerusalem after the recent crisis on the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif has created an opportunity to continue discussions and the pursuit of peace that began early in his administration.” (Has the PA ceased already all payments to terrorists and their families? So, what the stupid talks about! If they have no new ideas, why bother coming? The only reason is to restrain Israel from dealing with enemies the way any country would have long time ago!)
Israel Police publicized a security video showing footage of the 60-year-old Israeli Arab female terrorist who carried out a terror attack near Jerusalem's Old City. She was walking near the Damascus Gate light rail station when she suddenly draws her knife and attempts to stab a haredi man walking opposite her. After he manages to escape she attacked a 31-year-old Arab man - stabbing him in the shoulder. She was arrested and taken her for questioning. (Will she be qualified for payments from the PA for this terror attack?)
Greek Orthodox church aims to block property sale in Israel. The Greek Orthodox patriarch in the Holy Land announced Saturday that his church will appeal an Israeli court decision that approved the sale of prime church property to companies representing Jews seeking to expand their presence in Jerusalem's Old City. (The same church has been refusing to sell Israel the land where the Knesset is standing! For centuries the Church had been confiscating Jewish properties in Europe. It is time for Israel to re-claim Jewish land in Eretz-Israel!)
It is Safe to Walk in Jewish Neighbourhoods
A vast majority of Israelis - around 85% (93% of men and 77% of women) - feel safe walking alone at night. Jewish neighbourhoods are safe! While Muslim neighbourhoods, have become dangerous no-go zones. It is expected that any Jew entering a Muslim neighbourhood of Israel will be brutally attacked by the Muslims. Instead of condemning Muslims, the Jewish victims are condemned, as being "so stupid"!
For the ninth consecutive year, Saudi Arabia has announced that it will host 1,000 family members of Palestinian “martyrs” for Hajj. The offer comes from the king, because the Palestinian people deserve respect and appreciation due to their great sacrifices to preserve Jerusalem and the land of Palestine, which is an “Arab Islamic land.” This make the much-heralded, Saudi-backed so-called “Arab Peace Plan” look more like a step toward the destruction of Israel, rather than a permanent peace.
Former IDF soldier Elor Azaria entered prison on Wednesday to begin serving an 18-month sentence for manslaughter. The IDF military court decided Tuesday to reject Azaria’s request to postpone his entrance to prison, pending a decision on his application for a pardon. There have been numerous such cases in the past - including recently at the Temple Mount, where a terrorist who was shot and assumed to be “neutralized,” lying prone on the ground, and who suddenly rose and resumed firing his weapon at Israeli Police officers who then paid the ultimate price.
Israeli jets struck two Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip hours after a rocket fired from Gaza landed near Ashkelon, in southern Israel. Israel holds Hamas responsible for all fire out of the strip - even rockets launched by other terrorist groups. Hamas and Israel have fought three wars since the Islamic terror group took control of Gaza a decade ago, most recently in 2014, after 10,000 rockets were fired at Israel. (Isn't it time to remove the enemy population from Gaza and end the perpetual stupidity?)
The Haifa Magistrate’s Court on Sunday revoked the citizenship of an Arab Israeli man convicted of carrying out a combined stabbing and car-ramming attack that seriously injured an IDF soldier as well as three others last year. (Next step: removal of the enemies from Jewish land!)
UN Secretary-General Guterres says Israel must withdraw its forces from Lebanese territory and stop violations of its airspace, angering US Ambassador Haley who responds Israel wouldn’t be forced to act this way if UN peacekeepers prevented the spread of illegal arms to Hezbollah.
S&P held Israel’s debt rating stable at A+, it improved the outlook to “positive” from “stable”. The agency praised the government for “measures that restrain future expenditure growth” which in turn “could enable the government to resist ongoing spending pressures,” even amid recent tax cuts. (Netanyahu should be a financial minister of Israel only – too much personal ambition leads to many problems!)
Quote of the Week:
Thus we conclude that we cannot promise anything to the Arabs of the Land of Israel or the Arab countries. Their voluntary agreement is out of the question...” - Vladimir Jabotinsky, "The Iron Wall" – He came to this conclusion in spite of his deep desire to live in peace with Arabs!
Are Enemies Getting Ready for War?
The Hamas organization, which rules Gaza, has accepted a unity deal with the Palestinian Authority's (PA) Fatah party proposed by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi. The deal stipulates that the PA would be committed to ending the actions it has taken against Gaza since April. (It didn’t take long - Fatah has denied that Egypt presented the proposal)
Jordan's King Abdullah II met with PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah for the first time in five years. The meeting lasted approximately two hours. Abdullah returned to Jordan immediately after the meeting – he was not scheduled to see Netanyahu!
3. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with a delegation of officials from the Palestinian terror group Hamas. In May, Iran agreed in principle to renew its funding for Hamas. Palestinian Authority officials claimed Iran provided aid to Palestinian protesters demonstrating against Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount last month. (Was this meeting about Hamas/Hezbollah anti-Israel co-ordination, facilitated and sponsored by Iran?)
4. Jordan has Never been a Friendly Neighbour Jordan is demanding Israel bring to trial an Israeli embassy guard involved in a deadly shooting in Amman last month before it allows Jerusalem to send its ambassador back to the country. The guard, Ziv Moyal, was stabbed by a Jordanian on July 23, whereupon he shot and killed the attacker along with a bystander. (Enemies of Israel do not care about technicalities such as diplomatic immunity or the fact that it was self-defense against a terror attack!)
5. Kim Yong Nam, chairman of the Supreme Assembly of North Korea, came to Iran for the inauguration ceremony for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and stayed 10 days in Iran. "There could be very problematic cooperation going on because of the past history and because it makes strategic sense, especially for Iran now," said Emily Landau, a Israeli-based senior research fellow.
6. Iran’s parliament voted to adding $609m to the national missile program and the Revolutionary Guards al Qods budgets. Al Qods is the proactive Guards arm for regional subversion and terrorism. (Has North Korea transferred its ICBM technology to Iran?)
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I have been publishing my editorial letters about the Arab-Israel conflict since August 2001.
Most people, including many Jews, are driven by emotions and by pre-conceived ideas. Often opinions are formed under the influence of the world media manipulation. Facts and logic are ignored and distorted. Neither Israeli governments nor Jewish leadership have been doing anything about the PR side of the Arab-Israel conflict.
I try to disseminate several points in my letters:
Elie Wiesel said:
"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference."
As members of the Western democratic society, we all have an obligation to fight indifference and to protect our way of life – Democracy, Social justice and Freedom of Speech. The blind bashing of Israel is not a part of a true democracy. It is ugly leftover of the "Old World ".