Tamar Yonah is one of Israel's most popular English-speaking radio show hosts. She made Aliyah from Southern California and after serving in the Israeli army began a prolific career in radio, including production, news and program development. She was the original creator and producer of 'The Aliyah Show' and still works whenever she can in that field. Tamar is a political activist, wife and mother residing in Judea and Samaria and currently hosts the top-rated shows of The Weekend Edition & The Tamar Yonah Show. Her award winning blog covers current events, religion, politics and anything else that's on her mind.
Though it's popular today to take the side of the underdog - or perceived underdog, why does it seem Obama is against Mubarak's more secular regime, and on the side of the revolutionaries who are believed to be backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization?
How strange that U.S. President Obama gives a speech (see below) saying he is asking the Egyptian authorities (25 sec. in) to refrain from violence against protestors. And at (50 sec) he asks the Egyptian government to reverse the actions they've taken to interfere with access to the internet, cell phone service and social networks. All these 'requests' by Obama de facto strengthen the side of the protestors.
Now, to make this perfectly clear, I am not pro Mubarak. He is a dictator and a snake. We don't need to ask who he is. The question we need to ask is, 'Who is behind this revolution?'. It's certainly not spontaneous. There was nothing like a 'Rodney King' explosion to rally behind. No political opposition leader was publicly put to death that would spark a spontaneous uprising. This had to be planned. So who planned it? It's widely believed that the Muslim Brotherhood is behind this. There is much we need to know about the Muslim Brotherhood, and much we need to know about President B. Hussein Obama's connections to it, and history with it.
The Muslim Brotherhood is Egypt's most powerful opposition group. Their representatives -who run as 'independents' make up about 20% of their parliament. The Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization, like the Hamas terrorist organization, operates charities like schools and hospitals and in this way gets hold of the people. This is how the Hamas rose in stature among the Arabs in Gaza as well. But let us not be fooled. Their 'charities' make them no less violent criminal terrorists. Their 'charity work' is a tactic to get the people behind them. And it works... - until they get into power, and then they abuse and take away the rights of the very same people they represented. The Hamas learned well, because in fact, they began as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood back in the 1970s. Like father, like son.
According to Wikipedia: "While studying at university, Osama bin Laden claimed to have been influenced by the religious and political ideas of several professors with strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood".
"Al-Hajj Amin al-Husseini ... eventually appointed by the British as Grand Mufti of Jerusalem in hopes of accommodating him, was the leader of the [Muslim Brotherhood] group in Palestine. [He met with Hitler to assist in the Final Solution] Another important leader associated with the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine was 'Izz al-Din al-Qassam, an inspiration to Islamists because he had been the first to lead an armed resistance in the name of Palestine against the British in 1935. Under these leaders, many moderate local Arab leaders were assassinated, including King Abdullah I of Jordan, and, from 1921 on, numerous terrorist attacks were perpetrated against Jews, amongst which was the murder of 67 religious Jews, men, women and children, and wounding of many others, in the 1929 Hebron massacre. Al-Hajj Amin al-Husseini led a general uprising against the British from 1936 to 1939; as a Nazi ally he spent the Second World War in Nazi Germany and advocated for and aided their annihilation of the Jews. In 1945, the group established a branch in Jerusalem, and by 1947 twenty-five more branches had sprung up, in towns such as Jaffa, Lod, Haifa, Nablus, and Tulkarm, which total membership between 12,000 to 20,000. Brotherhood members fought alongside the Arab armies during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war..."
According to Chris Carter, a research analyst at the Counterterrorism Research Center of the Family Security Foundation, today, the Muslim Brotherhood "has either founded or is linked to most major U.S. Muslim organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim Students Association (MSA), the Muslim American Society, and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). The MB denounced violence back in the 1970's and now claim that they stand for democratic reform, but they support suicide bombings and are tied to international terrorist attacks."
Needless to say, the Muslim Brotherhood is banned in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood provides religious backing for Iran's moves in the Middle East, and the current government in Egypt sees Iran as a threat. And now, it looks like it could be the Muslim Brotherhood (with Iran's backing) that has manipulated and agitated students and other citizenry to go into the streets. Iran, which has its tentacles already in Lebanon through the Hezbollah terrorists, and has tentacles in Gaza through the Hamas, now wants its tentacles in Egypt, to get access to the Suez canal and the Sinai which borders the Gazan southern border with Egypt. Having access to this border and/or it's tunnels between Egypt and the Hamas in Gaza, will enable Iran to build up the passage of heavy weaponry into the region that can't be transported so easily through tunnels, to use against Israel. - Seems everything points to Israel.
Of course, now, the rioters in Egypt are yelling phrases like, 'We want Democracy' and 'Mubarak Out'. But in the end, just as the Iranian People's revolution that called for the same thing back in the 70's and which ousted the Shah, they ended up with the Mullahs, Islamic law, and no real democracy. And Iran is using their money now to build nuclear weapons, and not helping its population. It also has turned against the West, especially America. Oh well.
Now, let's look at Obama, and ask ourselves why he would ask for leniency and a free hand to open communications for the (most likely believed to be backers) Muslim Brotherhood and their patsy supporters.
Obama is a Muslim. His father was a Muslim. It's alleged that Obama's father was himself was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood for 30 years. Obama's step father was also a Muslim. B. Hussein Obama studied at a Muslim school as a boy. When he later became President of the United States, he ran to make a speech in Egypt and stated to his Cairo audience and the entire Muslim world that "the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam". Why? How could he make this statement? Especially after the Sept. 11th attacks, AND the fact that Islam IS AT WAR already with America?
Why would Obama make these gestures? Further, why in 2009, would Obama, as president of the United States, meet with the Muslim Brotherhood, a terror group? See this excerpt from Haaretz:
"U.S. President Barack Obama met with members of Egypt's Islamist opposition movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, earlier this year, according to a report in Thursday editions of the Egyptian daily newspaper Almasry Alyoum. ...
"According to the report, the members requested that news of the meeting not be publicized. They expressed to Obama their support for democracy and the war on terror.
The newspaper also reported that the members communicated to Obama their position that the Muslim Brotherhood would abide by all agreements Egypt has signed with foreign countries. ...."
What did they talk about?
Why did they even meet?
And why is Obama seemingly siding with the revolution?
I think we'd all like to know, one way or the other.
A few years ago, I saw an episode of Saturday Night Live. One of the skits they had was of their guest star of that week, standing on stage, and taking questions from the audience. I don't remember who the guest was, or what exactly was said, but someone in the audience (an actor of course) stood up and asked the guest something like as follows:
Audience member: "I heard that you are getting a divorce from your wife, and that you were abusive towards her."
SNL Guest: "I'm not getting a divorce. My wife and I are very happy together! Where did you hear that?""
Audience member: "I read about it on the internet."
Guest: "Well, it's not true. Anything else you want to ask?"
Audience member: "Yes, I also heard that you were turned down for doing an upcoming movie because you are so difficult to work with and that you butt heads with the directors of every picture you work on."
Guest: "Uh, listen buddy, I don't know why you are saying these things, they're absolutely not true, and in fact, I get along wonderfully with my fellow cast and crew members. Where did you hear all these stories?"
Audience member: "I read it on the internet."
Guest: "Please, tell me where you read all these lies against me."
Audience member: "On my website."
And so too, our enemies write and propagandize complete lies and fabrications about Israel. Take the Mohamed Al Dura case. The Arabs claimed that IDF troops shot and killed the boy in a shoot out:
From camera.org: "The image of Mohammed Al Dura, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy crouched in terror behind his father as he allegedly becomes the fatal victim of Israeli bullets, has become an icon of Palestinian "martyrdom," especially in the Arab world. It has been repeatedly broadcast on television, appeared in Palestinian posters, advertisements and on Arab country postage stamps, fueling Palestinian hatred of and violence against Israel. "
However, the Al Dura story was proven to be a hoax. It was mainly French journalist Phillipe Karsenty who took the blows, fought hard and even went to court to expose these vicious blood libel lies. And he won. Among the facts: a) The boy was not in the line of fire of the IDF. b) There is no proof of a body or that he was killed or even shot. c) There was no blood at the scene, even though it was claimed he had been shot several times. d) In the film, the boy, who was allegedly shot dead, miraculously raises his arm and opens his eyes to look at what's going on. Click here to see. Also, for those who wish, you can listen to the show I did with Mr. Karsenty here.
Media watchdogs and army intelligence have caught on film the 'Pallywood' scenes that our enemies stage. Fake reports of Palestinian Authority protestors being shot and killed, or of supposedly 'dead bodies' placed on stretchers and being brought for burial, only to fall off the stretcher and 'miraculously' come to life and climb back on. Watch here. Facts don't seem to matter when the other side plays the broken record routine of how evil Israel is.
Israel just isn't able to fight it. They outnumber us and they outweigh us in wealth. Add to that, that Israel is always on the defensive and apologizes before we even know the facts of a case. It could also be that we are just inept when it comes to hasbara (explaining our case). We are up against a very slick and tricky foe. As they say, "A Lie goes around the world, before Truth can put its pants on."
Facts don't seem to matter when the other side plays the broken record routine of how evil Israel is.
So how should Israel fight liars? When honest and proven facts pale to conjured up lies, what can honest people do to fight the darkness? Please view both these videos and leave your suggestions in the comment box below.
Facts don't matter in this political discussion:
Check post gimmick: Terrorists & their supporters play themselves as victims
If our children aren't getting good G-dly values, then what values ARE they getting? First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage.
This blog post starts out light hearted, but as life often does, will end very heavy on our shoulders.
My husband jokes around that the community that we live in here in Israel has a high rate of teen pregnancies. You see, a good number of my daughter's all girl's school graduating class is with child, - only thing is, they are married. -And thank G-d - they did it in the right order. This is because idealistic religious youth today are getting married earlier. Many say that their goals after finishing school are to get married and have lots of babies. Some move into inexpensive housing in yishuvim or small rentals in the bigger cities, as they finish up their university or career studies (while pregnant). Some young couples opt out of the rat race and go towards the 'living on the land' route out in the unpopulated areas in Yehuda & Shomron (Judea & Samaria) living in a trailer home until they can build their own homes one day. Some of these couples are the 'hill top youth' types and they live very frugally and close to the land. All these young married couples written about above have chosen their values and have opted for 'family life' as soon as possible. They have chosen, because of their values, to forego the 'single's scene' and to skip all the hurt and 'messes' that long-term singlehood often dish out. They have taken down off the pedestal, their hopes for powerful 'careers' , and placed them in it's proper place of being important, but not THE most important thing in life. Their goals? To serve G-d with their ideals the best they know how, and to raise good children who will do the same and carry on the torch of Judaism, wisdom, truth and love of their Land.
Now, compare this with the richest and most advanced western country in the world, America. And don't think I am happy about saying what I am about to say, because I truly appreciate America and am very grateful to it for their once wholesome values. But America has lost it's shine. It has become a valueless society along with the rest of the Western powers. It has removed G-d from the schools and the court houses and it has, through Hollywood and the Press, made fun of people who believe and live by the Bible, belittling them and making them old fashioned provincial nut-cases. And what has it got instead? A society focused on comfort, materialism and instant gratification.
This new generation of youth, that has been brought up by the worst TV can offer, as well as New World Order/Nimrodic/communist values of 'We don't need G-d' , have helped to result in the downfall of a once great super-power and the corrosion of its society.
I was folding laundry the other day, and as I like to watch the news while doing so, I saw a report from a show of talking heads discussing the dismally high rate of teen pregnancy in America. According to reports, "The United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy and births in the western industrialized world. Teen pregnancy costs the United States at least $7 billion annually."
In some areas in the USA, teen pregnancies are as high as 1 in 5 or 20% ! There are teen pregnancy pacts where young girls are active in things they shouldn't be, just to try to be accepted in school. One report I saw on the TV news showed a doctor who said that he had a boy as young as 13 years old come in with a sexually transmitted disease. THIRTEEN!
Afterwards, one of the talking heads, the host of the show, asked why this was happening in America. I was incredulous and answered the host on the TV screen, and said, "Well, what do you want when you have a valueless society today? What do you want when all kids see on TV is sex, sex, and more of the same? All kids are exposed to today is s-s-s. Every tv show, whether it is a drama, soap opera or sit-com all focus on that three letter word. Every joke cracked? Sex. Every innuendo? Sex. Every crime to be solved? It's with some type of sex offender. Our kids see it all, all the time, in everything they watch.
MTV has a new show out I hear called 'Skins' that apparently show kids involved in drugs and s-s-s. This is supposed to be a show for teens? What kind of society produces such poison for impressionable youths to watch? Even the kid shows have plots of the boy who likes the girl, and tries to win her, and by the end of the show, get's to 'plant one on her' as the LIVE studio audience whistles and oohs and ahhs. Yup, he got the girl, and yup, he's engaging in things he shouldn't be running after at pre-teen age. And if you get lucky enough to have your kid watch a decent family type show, then the 'commercials' come on and ruin everything all over again.
To top it all off, sitcoms always have families that show dumb, over-reactive parents, and their kids who know better and come off smarter than their folks. How can any society advance when the kids think they know better than the wisdom offered by their parents, teachers and elders?
Another report I saw was of an interview with teens asking them why one of their friends committed a series of crimes. One girl's answer was that the criminal youth's parents didn't listen to him and didn't get him what he wanted. - Excuse me? Since when do parents have to listen to their kids and not the other way around? Who holds more wisdom? Who should be given more respect? If I sound like an old fogey, then guilty. But I know that I need to rely on the wisdom of those who came before me. Additionally, I know of our brilliant ancestors in Judaism; Moses, King David, King Solomon, Rabbi Akiva, Rambam, Rashi, and on and on and on.... they knew what the right path was, and wanted to instill it in the younger generations in order to create the best world possible for ourselves.
Why then should we follow the 'new thinkers' the 'intellectual elite' who want to rid the world of G-d's laws and values and implant their own set of rules and unG-dly behaviors?
Final point, if our children aren't getting good G-dly values, then what values ARE they getting? There's a vacuum here. If they aren't taught by their elders, then they will fill their cups with - things we don't even want to think about - and then it's too late. What will be with these babies born from promiscuous single teen parents? How will they grow up? What values will they get and live by? What examples will they grow up with and then take into their adult lives? What education and future can they hope to achieve when already they are handicapped in life being brought up by an irresponsible and immature teen?
We can only hope that a revival of ethical, humane values will re-take their rightful place and order in this world, and that 'family values' will once again take front seat, and set our generation and society back on a healthy track. Broken families, unwed teen mommies, out of control materialism, comfort-hungry and instant gratification minded kids in a valueless population in the West, will never beat it's foes. When faced with enemies like Islamic jihadists who are willing to kill AND die for their beliefs, a secular valueless West will never stand up to it or win. It will either be absorbed into Islam or eliminated as an infidel entity.
The short of it is, if we don't instill G-dly values into our kids, then someone or something else will. What will it be? It's up to our values.
Oh no! Not again! Ehud Barak has started a new political party in the Knesset. Its called, 'Atzmaut' (Independence) .
I thought that we could do better.
Please leave your suggestions for a more honest names, or useful political party names for the citizens of Israel. I'll start them off, you can add.
First of all, the next party to be formed should be a party called the 'No More Political Parties in Israel!' party.
But let's be realistic, and give realistic names and their mottos.
The 'Buy My Vote' party: 'We'll sell out to Anyone'
The 'Green' Party: "Recycle. - Especially Israeli Politicians"
(I think I heard that somewhere before)
The Appeasement Party: We cow-tow to Everyone!
'PROMISE' : Their motto: We Promise never to keep our promises.
'Guns & Dope' Party: Uniting the Right and the Left
The 'W.O.O.F.' party. (Wimps Out Of Funds) "Panting and wagging their tails for our masters - or for whoever throws us a bone." Their platform: We'll say yes to bribes, portfolio pay offs and anything else that pads our bank accounts.
Some say of course there can be, and will be one. Others say, 'Never, the world has learned it's lesson, or at least it would be too hard to get away with it in these days. And then there are others who say, "At least it could never happen in America'.
But what's the truth?
Watch this video below of people being pranked at a bakery that my good friend Dr. Harold B. sent me.
Do you feel good about the response of your fellow man? Not good? Uneasy?
And even if the majority of the people spoke up against Anti-Semitism, would it be enough if there was a REAL consequence to doing so, like prison time or even ....worse?
And what about the 'BLACK SHEEP' Phenomena. Did these people speak up because they were morally outraged, or was it because they were ashamed to have one of their own speak in a way that made them 'uncomfortable' and wasn't politically correct?
Can you be confident in your fellow man/woman if you live in the Diaspora, and would you rely on the people in your neighborhood /local stores/ supermarkets, etc to stand up and not just say something, but actually take risks or sacrificing their and/or their family's safety, ...for Jews?
Would 'enough' of them do it?
Remember, it only takes a small percentage of a population to overthrow a majority. If most of the population is made up of moms and dads, and office workers, and government clerks and workers, and poorer people/immigrants that are just struggling to get their daily bread and pay their rent, would this population, COULD this population stand up against a gang that is armed, patrolling the streets, and ready to use their weapons on you?
Remember the old Western Movies? Remember where it took only a small gang of outlaws to take over a town, and it was up to the cowboy in the white hat to be willing to risk his life and use HIS gun against THEM, to liberate the town from those thugs?
Do we have enough guys with white hats today? What will happen when even our university students today don't even know anything about the Middle East?
Watch this video below. Take out your hanky first. It's a travesty, even more so, since the USA is actively engaged in a war in the Middle East and these university students, the 'future' of America, have no clue of who inhabits the other side of the globe.