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Elul 27, 5765, 10/1/2005
Even as the world’s attention is turned to Gaza, Israel’s northern border is once again flaring up.
The Hezbollah terrorist group in Lebanon claimed responsibility for a bomb attack yesterday which blew up an Israeli armored jeep, killing Capt. Sharon Elmakayis and wounding several other Israeli soldiers.
This was a direct assault on Israeli troops patrolling Israeli territory. It was a violation of international law, an affront to Israel’s borders, and a clear message from Iran and Syria, Hezbollah’s key patrons, that they will continue to try and “bleed” Israel as much as possible.
And this was hardly the first time they have done so. In the nearly five years since Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon, some 21 Israelis have been killed along the northern border by Hezbollah terrorists.
In November, Hezbollah sent an unarmed drone into Israeli airspace, which managed to penetrate as far as the town of Nahariya before crashing into the sea. The incident was a dangerous provocation – had the drone been packed with explosives, it could easily have caused a mini-9/11 type of attack on an Israeli civilian target.
A few weeks ago, Hezbollah fired two Katyusha rockets into the northern Galilee, mimicking the daily rocket attacks on Israeli civilians being carried out by their Palestinian colleagues in Gaza.
The government’s unwillingness to act to stop these brazen assaults is simply incomprehensible and inexcusable. On both our northern and our southern borders, Israel is now coming under regular assault, and along both fronts, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has shown that he is unwilling to do what needs to be done to halt the ongoing attacks.
The danger here is two-fold: first, to the Israeli civilians living in the shadows of the rockets and bombs, who are being forced to endure the unendurable.
But it is also a threat to the rest of the country as well, because if our foes see that they can attack Israel with impunity from all directions, it will only embolden them to intensify their campaign of terror.
It is time, therefore, for the government to issue an ultimatum to all those targeting Israel and its civilians – cease and desist now, or face the full (military) consequences of your actions.
Elul 24, 5765, 9/28/2005
Israel, it appears, has a new neighbor – Osama Bin Laden.
In a lecture at Tel Aviv University, Major-General Aharon Zeevi Farkash, the head of Israel’s Military Intelligence, confirmed that Al-Qaeda has now established a presence in Gaza in the wake of the Israeli withdrawal from the area.
You’ll recall that in the immediate aftermath of Israel’s retreat, there was chaos along Gaza’s southern boundary with Egypt, as thousands of people moved freely in both directions without anyone there to check them.
As a result, analysts feared that terrorists would exploit the opening to move men and equipment into Gaza for possible use in future attacks against the Jewish state.
Now, Maj.-Gen. Farkash has confirmed precisely that.
I don't want to beat my own drum here, but in a post back on July 24th, several weeks before the Gaza pullout, I wrote the following:
“Terrorists love a vacuum, and that is what an Israeli pullout from Gaza would create, providing groups such as Al-Qaeda with a foothold at the Jewish state’s doorstep.
Moreover, Egypt’s ongoing failure to clamp down on the terrorists demonstrates that they can not be relied upon to patrol the boundary between Gaza and Sinai – a step that Sharon has reportedly already accepted as part of his pullout plan.
…however difficult it might appear to be to maintain an Israeli presence in Gaza, the consequences of withdrawal might only prove far more devastating – and lethal.”
So now, as a result of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s abandonment of Gaza, the people of Israel have yet another terrorist group poised next door to worry about.
Nice going, Arik.
Elul 18, 5765, 9/22/2005
Barely a week and a half has passed since the destruction of Gaza's synagogues by rampaging Palestinian mobs, yet it seems as if the entire affair has already been largely forgotten.
The world hardly uttered more than a peep of protest, and Israel stood by and watched as Jewish houses of worship went up in flames.
A dangerous precedent has been set, and it is essential that Israel stand up for what is holy, rather than cower helplessly as our heritage is mercilessly trampled upon by our enemies.
The Jerusalem Post, September 13, 2005
Take back the holy sites
Energized by Israel's retreat, thousands of Palestinians wasted little time in descending on abandoned Jewish communities, torching yeshivot and bulldozing synagogues in a frenzy of hate and destruction.
Remember Joseph's Tomb?
Elul 15, 5765, 9/19/2005
Time Magazine the other day made its annual selection for “Persons of the Year”, conferring the honor on Bill and Melinda Gates and rocker Bono because of their philanthropic work on behalf of others.
With all due respect to the editors at the venerable news magazine, I think they overlooked the real heroes of 2005 – the Jews of Gush Katif and northern Samaria, who were expelled from their homes this past summer.
The noble example they set of faith, commitment and determination, continues to resonate throughout society. Despite being so callously thrown off their land, many have tapped deep inner resources of strength, marshalling the energy and fortitude to begin to rebuild their shattered lives and those of their destroyed communities.
Writing checks and raising awareness for good causes is nice – but also fairly common. What is far less common is to espouse the pioneering spirit exemplified by Gush Katif’s Jews – and to continue to live by it even after enduring a major setback.
And for that alone, the men and women in Orange deserve our thanks, and our recognition.
Elul 14, 5765, 9/18/2005
In local balloting held this past week in several cities in Judea and Samaria, the Palestinian electorate sent the world a loud and unequivocal message: they want anti-Israel terror to continue.
Initial results appear to indicate that candidates of the terrorist group Hamas succeeded in capturing three of the four Palestinian-controlled cities, defeating Fatah by a wide margin.
Indeed, a headline from Ha’aretz said it all: “Landslide victories for Hamas in key cities”.
This fact alone should give people on the left pause – after all, if Israel were to withdraw from most of the territories, it is clear that the Palestinian entity that would emerge would rapidly turn into a Hamas-controlled state bent on destroying its Jewish neighbors.
So don’t let the media and all those talking heads fool you into thinking otherwise – creating a Palestinian state is a grave danger to the future of this country.