Expect the UnexpectedWas it worth it? Did we do the right thing? In other words, should a Jewish state have been created and recognized?
Once a Terrorist, Always a TerroristAs to 'what's next,' I answered without hesitation: "There is going to be a blood bath. The Arabs don't know any other way. They live lives of violence, that's the way they make decisions, and that's not about to change now. They will inevitably start killing each other as part of a war of inheritance."
Brain-Dead or Alive?No. This article is not about him. I don't want to even mention his name. Maybe I'll explain why a little later. No, this article isn't about Arabs. It's about Jews.
Giving Back IndiaThis past week, I attended a very interesting media conference at the College of Judea and Samaria in the Shomron community of Ariel. The conference was dedicated to the memory of David Bar-Illan, a fine man who deserves more than a few words of tribute.
The Legacy of Elon MorehNext week, Hebron will celebrate <I>Shabbat Chayei Sarah</I> ? when we read in the Torah about Abraham's purchase of <I>Ma'arat HaMachpela</I> some three thousand seven hundred years ago. Tens of thousands of Jews from around the world will arrive in Hebron for this festive event.
Eretz Yisrael is Not For SaleIs the magic solution a national referendum? Can we legitimately decide the fate of <I>Eretz Yisrael</I> in a national election? Who can participate in such a crucial ballot? May 'leaders' of Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha), and more specifically, those people participating in the Yesha Council, rightfully take responsibility to claim that we will accept the results of a referendum dealing with ch
The Iranian ConnectionWe have all been asking ourselves the same question, over and over again. Why? What happened to Ariel Sharon? Why is he insisting that Israel abandon Gush Katif and evict people from their homes?
<I>Har HaBayit B'Yadenu</I>For the past few days, we've been hearing commentators discuss the probable catastrophe that will occur should Muslim Ramadan prayers take place on a particular section of the Temple Mount, called Solomon's Stables.
The Ultimate T'shuvaThis coming Succot, Gush Katif must be flooded with people. The roads should be clogged like they were on <I>Yom HaAtzmaut</I>, Independence Day. All of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, as well, should be overflowing with people; especially the communities in north Shomron, also slated for destruction. Ariel Sharon and his cronies must know that we are not giving up and will never throw in the towel. <I>E
The Mother of the Sons is HappyToday I want to tell you a story that I heard a few days ago. It is such an amazing episode, and a fitting way to begin the high holy days of Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur.
A Glorious Past, Present and FutureKnowing that a historic liar was going to be sitting opposite me gave me the shivers. He was obviously going to lie through his teeth. The question was, how to approach such an opponent.
Stand Proud and TallIt's very important to remember what happened sixty years ago ? in Lodz, in Auschwitz and throughout Europe. The other night, while attending a wedding ceremony in Jerusalem, I had the honor and privilege to meet a man who, in my eyes, is a giant. In truth, I know very little about Rabbi Haim Menachem Teichtel. My guess is that he is over 80 years old - he was born in Hungary, and was fortunate to
Extracting Honey From a RockThe government has not yet officially decided to abandon Gush Katif. The Knesset has not yet ratified any laws allowing legal financial bribes to persuade families to leave their homes and land. There is absolutely no legal framework from which Sharon can offer money to anyone. Yet he is going forward, full steam ahead.
Come On, Take MeAnd let?s not forget our favorite National Religious Party ? in Hebrew, the "Mafdal" or NRP. What do they have to say? Of course the two 'brave souls', Effie Eitam and Rabbi Yitzhak Levy have already taken the giant step, having resigned their ministerial posts and abandoned Sharon's slimy ship. Yet others still remain, hanging on at all costs, stuck to their chairs. And what is really important t
Living What You BelieveOne afternoon this week, I was guiding two journalists around Hebron, showing them the sites, so to speak. One of them is the bureau chief of the <I>New York Times</I>, James Bennett, together with a columnist for the <I>International Herald Tribune</I>, Roger Cohen. A few interesting things happened during the couple of hours we spent talking and touring that I'd like to relate to you.
We Will Not Be Sheep Led to SlaughterAny time the word "violence" pops up, especially in the context of 'right-wing' activists, 'condemnation' is an automatic byproduct. So it was late last week when Uri Elitzur, editor of the Israeli monthly magazine <I>Nekuda</I>, legitimized limited violence against anyone attempting to expel people from their homes in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (<I>Yesha</I>).
The Saddamization of IsraelNoam Federman is described by almost all media outlets as a 'leader of the extreme Jewish right.' In the past, he was a compatriot of murdered Rabbi Meir Kahane, and spokesman of the now-outlawed Kach movement. Many times, his views and expressions are minimized as his, and his alone. I can agree with the first half of that statement, but not the second.
A Beacon of LightI'm presently wandering around the United States and I'd like to share with you some of my experiences here.
The True UntouchableIt's difficult to write. There's too much to write about. There are three subjects in particular that are, I believe, related.
HallelTo be honest, as soon as Limor Livnat and Bibi Netanyahu decided to go with Ariel Sharon, I was despondent. I told my friends and colleagues, "It's not worth the struggle ? the referendum is lost ? don't waste any time on it. Now we have to start preparing for 'the day after.'"
The Traffic Jam That Saved Eretz YisraelLast Tuesday morning, we left Hebron at about 10:30am. The car was full ? my wife, daughter and her two small children. The others were on one of the two Hebron buses. The destination: Gush Katif.
The Return of WeimarOne would expect, following such a cataclysm, that certain lessons would be learned and internalized. Sixty-five years should not be long enough to forget. Perhaps we did not forget, perhaps we never learned in the first place.
Profiles in Courage or Cowardice?There are days that, for one reason or another, are eternally remembered. There are leaders, who, for one reason or another, will be perpetually recollected, for words they said, or for deeds they did.
The Little ShahidWhat does the name Abdallah Koran mean to you? Anything? If not, it should. Abdallah Koran should be a banner-sized headline in all news publications around the world, hard-copy and Internet.
Less Than PerfectOn Monday, February 8, 2004 an article appeared in the <I>Jerusalem Post</I>, authored by Matthew Gutman, called "Celebrating Purim in Hebron Under a Microscope." This article is a springboard for several topics of discussion.
Vanunu, Tennenbaum and FedermanDuring a high-level meeting concerning Vanunu a couple of weeks ago, a meeting which included Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, it was decided not to keep Vanunu in jail via an administrative detention order. According to media reports, Sharon himself made this decision.
Israel on TrialSunday morning ? the kids go to school, the parents to work. Nothing out of the ordinary. Sitting at the computer, drinking coffee, running a tour, the same old stuff. Listening to the radio, half-watching the beeper, everyday events. Sirens screeching, ambulance-lights flashing, news bulletins, blood on the street, twisted metal, crushed cars, a bus exploded. Nu, so what's new?
The <i>Ha'aretz</i> Hooligans<i>Ha'aretz</i> is at it again, playing its favorite game, "Hebron Bashing." Only a few days ago it was announced that David Landau, editor of the English edition of the newspaper, was appointed editor-in-chief of the Hebrew morning daily.
A Jewish DecisionBut the real threat has yet to be mentioned. It's not the Arabs I'm worried about. They are predictable. The menace is the Jews.
Ehud FlaviusDo you have any idea what Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin have in common?
No More Sellouts!Arab: Prior to conclusion of the British mandate, all Tzfat Jewish residents were urged to abandon the city. They refused. The British then offered to evacuate women and children. This offer was also rejected. Finally, they suggested removing elderly Jews. This, too, was declined. We knew that you were outnumbered, but something wasn?t right ? we didn?t understand why you refused to evacuate the c
A Blue & White FlagWithdrawal is surrender, and surrender we will not. Our flag is blue and white, and that blue makes all the difference in the world. Abandonment and transfer of Jews from <i>Yesha</i> is tantamount to the removal of the blue from our flag.
The Real ConsensusWhen I opened up the word processor this morning I hadn?t decided whether to write about the battle over Netzarim or the new European survey that determined that Israel tops the list: Israel is the greatest danger to world peace.
The Voice of SanityThere are a multitude of subjects to write about: Three soldiers shot down in cold blood last night; tens of thousands visiting Hebron during the Succot holidays; the ?Geneva Accords.? But today, I think there is one subject which tops the list.
Free FedermanIt is totally incomprehensible how Israel can, on the one hand, sit and talk to murderers like Muhammad Dahlan, Abu-This and Abu-That, actually allowing them into Jerusalem, while on the other hand, abusing innocent civilians (based on the theory that people are innocent until <i>proven</i> guilty), denying them basic human rights and acceptable judicial recourse.
Person of the YearWith blessings from Hebron, with blessings for a happy and better New Year, from all of Hebron?s men, women and children.
Help Him Hear <i>Shofar</i> in Israel[T]here is one <i>shavui</i>, a captive, who is not in the hands of the Syrians, the Hizballah, or any other Arab country, for that matter. He has been held by Israel?s ?best friend.? And he has been rotting in an American federal penitentiary for over eighteen-and-a-half years.
Not Now, Not EverTalking on our way back to the office, the ?official? interview over, he said to me, ?You know, I don?t spend a lot of time in Israel ? I?ve been here for a total of four or five months over the past few years, but being here now, I get the impression that the chances of Israel surviving as a Jewish state are steadily decreasing.?
A Shack Between Kiryat Arba and HebronOn Wednesday night, Tisha b?Av eve, sitting on the floor, reading the Book of Lamentations, I think I?ll have a hard time concentrating on the book?s major theme, that being the destruction, thousands of years ago, of the Temple in Jerusalem. I have a feeling I?ll be thinking about that little hut, and asking myself, if we can?t even build a shack between Kiryat Arba and Hebron, how will be ever b
Titus and a SpyMr. President, Mr. Prime Minister, if you would, take a moment to look back at some of those preceding you.
How Many More Ariels?Is a terrorist who ?only wounded? people any better than a terrorist who killed? Is the Arab terrorist who ?almost killed?, but ?only wounded?, Ariel Yered any better than the terrorist who shot and killed Shalhevet Pass? Their intentions were identical - one succeeded in fulfilling them and the other ?almost, but not quite.? Is there any reason in the world to grant him freedom, allowing him a ?s
Happy <i>Hudna</i>Well folks, peace is at hand. According to some accounts, there are even pessimists who are optimistic. The new-found love between Israeli officers and their palestinian ?counterparts? is so apparently visible in the newspaper pictures published today - especially the front page photo of an Israeli officer resting his hand on the arm of a uniformed Arab, grinning happily. It?s almost scenic.
Uncle GeorgeThe stories are endless. Why repeat them today? It?s always important never to forget, but presently the problem isn?t the past, rather it?s the immediate future. We are on the verge of a repeat performance.
<i>Cheshbon</i>Why cry over spilled milk? Repetition of these tales is not an act of simple story-telling. As a matter of fact, these accounts are indicative of just about everything that has occurred in Israel ever since. And is still occurring today.
Reserved for ArikYesterday, you cannot imagine what happened here. I?ve been here for over two years, but you know, time here isn?t like time where you are, there?s so much more. But yesterday, what a ruckus, what noise, what bewilderment. Everyone was running around, even in and out of the holy throne room, it was unprecedented.
Rejoicing in Our LandWhat I find very hard to comprehend or stomach, is Ariel Sharon?s obvious delight. His show of joy is equivalent to that of a ten-year old who is elated, when, after having walked out of school, is jumped by the neighborhood bullies, punched in the face, kicked, spit on, and then, just so that he should really understand, is, and you will please excuse me, urinated on. Any kid who would be pleased
Walking Alone<I>Yom HaZikaron</I>, Israeli memorial day - <I>Bituach Leumi</I>, the Israeli version of Social Security, announced that in the past year two hundred and eighteen Israelis were killed in terror attacks with over five thousand five hundred injured. Amongst those killed were ?the twelve heroes?, three Kiryat Arba civilians, belonging to the town?s emergency security squad, and nine police, soldiers
The Real Abu MazenEveryone seems to be standing in line to shake his hand, to give him a hug, wish him luck, and help him on his way to eternal fame and glory. George Bush will invite him to the White House. Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street. And even our Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, in Jerusalem. He is considered to be a moderate, something of a statesman, the ideal peace-partner.
Negotiating With the Nazis?As tonight marks the beginning of the Memorial Day for victims of the Holocaust, while honoring past heroes, I believe it is appropriate to broach the following subject.
The Roots of Tel RumeidaThe caravan homes in Tel Rumeida were shot at day and night for over two years. Bullets hitting the caravan walls pierced not one wall, but rather two or three walls. Only Divine miracles prevented anyone from being hit by these terrorist bullets. Ben Eliezer?s comrades then asked him, if it is so dangerous in Tel Rumeida, why doesn?t he close the area and remove its Jewish residents, to which the