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      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.

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      Tevet 10, 5771, 12/17/2010

      Limericks In Third Person -Blog in Coma

      by Tamar Yonah

      This blog is now in a  deep coma.
      Folks, as I wrote in the previous blog's talk back, I've been very busy, and stressed.  The silly comments (some needlessly viscous) proved to me that no matter how much good an organization does, if they do one thing someone doesn't think is right, they throw the baby out with the bath water.  How people can talk this way about a WHOLE station (where many work for free or low paying salaries because they believe in what they do and want to be part of the greater good) astounds me.   
      It's not easy or popular to speak the truth and expose evil.  Quite frankly, after reading some of the crazy panic-y and nasty comments posted, I just felt like giving up  -what's the point of all the hard work and sticking one's neck out, when people can turn on a dime for some action they disagree with or an imagined wrong doing?  So I lifted up my hands in grave disappointment and frustration.  

      I am going to take some leave and cool down.  -Or rather warm up.  I think this is a good time to take a break.  I'm going to go and search out some sand and sea.  In the meantime, enjoy the limericks I wrote to release some steam and stress.

      The comments here have been nutty.
      Yes, insulting and fuddy-duddy.
      So go visit Batya, 
      or Fishman who's got yah,
      And don't read me, who is cruddy.

      Tamar really needed a break.
      Don't worry, the world's not at stake.
      She'll be back in a while
      As the news stories pile
      But how much more could she take?

      This blogger got really tired.
      She wanted to quit or be fired.
      All she needed was time
      to relax   -it's no crime
      or find another job and get hired.

      Tamar got the 7 year itch
      when people called her a witch
      She decided to rest
      It's all for the best
      or she'll turn into a real mean b---- 
      What's gotten into Tamar?
      Have her limits gone too far?
      Writing nonsense like crazy
      Has she just gotten lazy?
      or is she really just gone ajar? 

      Why is Tamar talking in third person?
      Maybe her brain went a burstin'
      But one thing's for sure
      Being silly's a cure
      And it sure is better than cursin'
      Tamar's going off to the sun
      for relaxation, rest and fun
      Her readers should know,
      she's reached her plateau 
      so for now this blog is done.

      If a message, you want to leave here
      Don't bore us with anger or tears
      Tamar shall wind down,
      Maybe go paint the town!  
      So have fun. Leave limericks. Clear?

      Kislev 29, 5771, 12/6/2010

      Fire and Death and Charred Bodies

      by Tamar Yonah

      It was horrible.  Whether this particular fire in the Carmel was started by accident or by arsonists, the Arabs are at war with Israel.  Reports are that Arabs were recently nabbed trying to set fires in Israel, near Nazareth and just south of Jerusalem.

      Dan Amir, a resident of Bet Oren, succeeded on Thursday[Dec. 2, 2010] to photograph the bus that transported the Prison service officers course cadets, seconds before it was caught in the flames with most of it's occupants subsequently killed.  

      I got this email and here is a rough translation:
      Amir is a tour guide and an expert on the Carmel region.  He lives on a Kibbutz for ten years.
      "On Thursday in the afternoon, we saw a huge fire coming down from the mountain in our direction and smoke rising up into the air. The fire started to gallop down and the firemen tried to build a line against it but the fire jumped across the road.  At this point we watched and photographed, and then we saw it coming close to us very quickly.   Suddenly, we turned our attention to a bus that was there in the fire - around 400 meters (yards) away from us.  I was barely able to direct the camera to take a few pictures, when immediately a wall of fire covered the area, and we didn't see the bus anymore.  It was like it disappeared and all we saw was fire.  The flames were 20-30 meters high.
      The flames crossed the wadi and reached Bet Oren from the south and in one stroke, burned the homes that were in that line.  At this time, I already stopped photographing and we turned into a fire-fighting team of ten men and we didn't evacuate, the team was made up of emergency people and other people, and from that moment we only busied ourselves with fighting the fire."
      Here are the photos of the bus, with the white car behind it reportedly belonging to Ahuva Tomer, the Chief of Police of Haifa just moments before they were engulfed by the fire. (see below)  

      Commander Tomer, 52, and a familair face to the Israeli public, died this morning from wounds she suffered.  Paramedics found her at the scene, with no pulse, but was brought back to life and rushed to the hospital.  "She suffered burns over 90% of her body, and though doctors fought valiantly to save her life, and even noted a slight improvement in her condition yesterday, the situation worsened over night and she succumbed this morning. She is the 43rd victim of the fire."



      I didn't want to post the photos of the charred bodies here, but those who want to view more, to understand the depth and horrendous damage that the 2 Arab youth [and others] are suspected of inflicting, can go and view more photos here.  Be warned that the 2 photos of the charred bodies are graphic.

      Kislev 27, 5771, 12/4/2010

      You Can Help Save Victims of the Fire

      by Tamar Yonah

      Many emails have been coming my way on how to help the vicitms and rescue workers who are fighting the blaze in the Carmel, or have been victims of it.  I have family on my side as well as my husband's side who live up north in the Carmel, and near it. Here's one way to help, and that is to send funds to ZAKA, the organization that are usually the first on scenes of terror attacks, road accidents, and any other deadly emergencies.  They arrive at the scene, attend to those who are still alive, tend to them medically, and then after the ambulances take them to the hospital, the Zaka volunteers remain on the scene and work gathering bodies, body pieces (that might have been strewn away by a bomb), and attend to the aftermath and clean-up.  It is gruesome work that few wish to do, or even could bring themselves to do.  They need your help, which in turn could save lives in the future.

      Click HERE to fill out this form to send them immediate help.  https://www.zaka.us/fire.asp

      G-d bless you who help, and G-d bless the victims and their families, s well as all the workers and volunteers fighting this blaze.

      ...as an aside, for those who know Hebrew, or want to watch LIVE TV of Israel's Channel 10 news for this particular story (as long as they are covering it) you can see LIVE news by clicking HERE.  After clicking, just wait, and it should load and connect automatically, unless an ad comes up first, then just hit the left corner which says דלג.

      Kislev 22, 5771, 11/29/2010

      The Goy Who Loved Israel

      by Tamar Yonah

      We were in my dining room and I was setting the Shabbat table last week when my sister walked in and remarked how nice the weather was, the sun was out, it was warm, and it was the end of November.  I answered her without thinking and said, "Yah, it's nice outside, but it's still a curse.  We need winter, we need the rain." And then something clicked immediately in my head and I said out loud, "Living in America is also nice, but it's still a curse too."

      Let's not forget that we are scattered all over the globe because G-d deemed us not deserving anymore of the Land because of our transgressions and baseless hatred.  We chased after the cultures of the world, wanting to be 'in' with it.  We wanted to blend in and adopt the way of the world, their fashions, idol worship,  bath houses, promiscuity, and assimilate.  But of course it all backfired, and the Land of Israel vomited us out. 

      We weren't brought out of Egypt to Israel to be like the other Nations - the 'Goyim'. We were brought out to be a light unto them. 
      You are a blessed people to be home in Israel.

      When I grew up in America in the 60's, it was a time of posterity.  Living was good, materialism was abound and we enjoyed the relative easy life, as compared to other countries around the world who lived harder lives.  We grew up thinking we were Americans, or French, or British, or Australian, Jews.   We forgot that we didn't belong there, that it was only a pit stop in history, until that nation too turned on it's Jews.  And so it was good for a while, and then came the pogroms, the burning at the stakes, ..and then the ovens.  Through these tragedies, we finally came to a point in history today, where we saw great miracles.  We were able to return home, renew spoken Hebrew, and wake up the soil of the desert that now engulfed the Land of Israel.  And we succeeded with G-d's help.  Today, Israel is a thriving country that grows, prospers, and exports food, flowers, medicines, technology and emergency aid to the world.  One only has to stand here and breath the holy air, and realize that this is all a miracle, a gift, an impossible super-natural gift!

      But not enough Jews around the world have woken up to this yet.  And those who should know better, reject aliyah an opt for an easier life in the West.
      Let's consider though, if the economy in the USA finally went flat broke , and life was harder there than in Israel, the Jews would flock back to Israel.  The reason that so many remain behind now in the Exile, shows that it is mostly (though not entirely of course) due to financial comfort. 

      And so my answer to my sister was, yes, it's nice outside, but its still a  curse.  We need the winter."  A wise person knows that each season has it's place, and that each is important to ensure a proper balance in nature.  365 days of sunshine without rain may be nice for a year, but after that, it is a disaster.

      How then is it that Jews are known for being so smart, but this Gentile listener knows more about the miracles of Israel than some Jews?   This righteous goy ('goy' here means a man from the nations, it is NOT a derogatory term.) wrote me his impressions after visiting Israel, and it was so refreshing to read, that I wanted to publish it (with his permission). 


      Dear Tamar, Jay, and Walter,

      You are my three favourite hosts at Israel National Radio (I download your podcasts each week), so it seemed a good idea to let you all know of my recent trip to Israel.

      Being an Australian gentile, I have always had a soft spot for the Jewish people (having made friends in the Jewish community here in my home town of Sydney).  However, since visiting the homeland of the Jewish people my affection and admiration for the children of Israel has only multiplied a hundred fold.

      Being in your country was an experience I shall never forget.  The architecture, the history, the food (!!), the music, the natural beauty of the landscape, and most of all the people of Israel left me in a state of wonderment each day.  You are a blessed people to be home in Israel.

      For the first week my friends and I stayed in a very nice Jerusalem apartment (Ottoman style, very interesting) situated on Agron Street opposite Independence Park, so it was easy to walk to Kikar Zion and Mamila and the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City.   The phrases  "ata medaber Anglit" and "Sliha" came in handy many times.   "Toda" was easy to remember.

      One of the many highlights was watching the IDF aircrafts roar mightily overhead while we stayed in the Tamar desert to help with an archeological dig.  Watching these  powerful, beautiful jets, and witnessing the gutsy personalities of the Israelis I met and spoke to, gave me confidence that you are a determined and strong people.  I could sense the self-respect and resolve you have when it comes to your home land.

      If only the citizens of Europe, Britain, the USA and my own country Australia would likewise take pride in their countries, instead of constantly appeasing those who wish to do harm.

      If it is God's will, I will visit your great nation again.

      Take heart, you are the apple of God's eye.

      Shalom, Be'ahavat Yisrael,

      Mike Zarb
      Sydney, Australia

      P.S.  I placed some photos up from the trip to Israel at my blog:   http://mikestriptoisrael.blogspot.com/

      Kislev 8, 5771, 11/15/2010

      The Only Peace Plan That Will Work

      by Tamar Yonah

      Peace is not a product. It's not something that you 'make'. It's a result, an outcome, of proper behavior and actions.
      Say goodbye to the failure of the 'Land for Peace' formula which has never, ever worked.  Say goodbye to the school of 'appeasement'.  These actions are harmful to the safety and well being of the world.

      Peace is not a product.  It's not something that you 'make'.  It's a result, an outcome, of proper behavior and actions.
      So how does one enable a more peaceful and safer world?  'Righteousness and justice' must be pursued in this world.  It's contained in the basic 7 laws of Noah.  And in instilling these efforts to practice justice and righteousness, the fruits of these actions will result in peace.  If we open our Tanach (the Bible) we will see that our prophet Isaiah tells us how to usher in peace. 

      Therefore, in an attempt to help our leaders with a real working peace plan, I am going to take excerpts from a blog I wrote over three years ago, and give the proper solution for ending the violence and ushering in a real honest to goodness peace.  It is called, "The Isaiah Plan". 

      This plan will not only stop terrorism from spreading, but will enable a real peace in Israel as well as the whole world.  However, before I present the Isaiah Plan, let me first show you all the past plans that have not worked, so you will understand that beating the same formula of 'land for peace' onto Israel, is not the path to continue taking.  We must get off this route, and change highways.  No more 'road maps' formulated by entities that are hositle to Israel.

      Each peace plan that has been shoved down the throats of the Israeli people in the last 30 years by the West and the Arab states has failed, and they have all been based on the 'land for peace' formula ...to weaken Israel.  Here are some of the latest.  All have utterly failed and literally 'bled' Israel.

      The Camp David Accords (1978)
      The Reagan Peace Plan (September 1, 1982)

      The Madrid Conference of 1991

      The Oslo Accords (1993)
      The Wye River Memorandum (October 23, 1998)
      The Clinton Peace Plan (December 23, 2000)
      The Mitchell Commission (Plan) ( October 17, 2000 )
      The Tenet Plan (June 10, 2001)
      The Camp David 2000 Summit (2000)
      The Taba summit (January, 2001)
      The Zinni Plan (March 26, 2002)
      The Elon Peace Plan (2002)
      The Arab Peace Initiative (March 28, 2002)
      The 2002 Nusseibeh-Ayalon Principles
      The People's Voice (July 27, 2002)
      The March 2002 Saudi Peace Initiative

      The Geneva Accords (October 20, 2003)
      The Sharm el-Sheikh Summit of 2005 (February 8, 2005)
      The 2006 Franco-Italian-Spanish Middle East Peace Plan
      The Binational solution
      Two-state solution
      The Saudi peace proposal
      The Red Sea Summit
      The Road map....

      Did you skip over reading all those peace plans and summits? No fair. Read them each, and concentrate on them. We bled and paid a high price for each one of those 'solutions for peace'.

      What Do We Do Now?
      Isaiah 32:17: "The product of righteousness shall bring peace; and the effect of righteousness, quiet and security forever."

      What we should be saying to the world is that we appreciate them wanting to make peace in the region, but they've gotten nowhere, except for weakening Israel and emboldening the Moslem Arab countries and terrorists. Thanks, but no thanks. We'll handle it from here on out.

      So what then will actually, truly, bring peace to this region, as well as prevent terror attacks across the world? 
      Our great prophet, Isaiah told us in his book in chapter 32:17: "The product of righteousness shall bring peace; and the effect of righteousness, quiet and security forever." 

      Out of the mouth of a prophet.  Out there for all of us to read in black and white. THE peace plan we should be pursuing. 

      Israel must stop with all these Western/Arab peace plans that weaken her and encourage more terrorism. Israel should be confident that we, the people who are destined to be a light unto the nations, have our own vast plethora of knowledge to glean from.  G-d tells us through the Torah and our prophets, the right way to act. 

      Isaiah 32:17: "The product of righteousness shall bring peace; and the effect of righteousness, quiet and security forever."  

      Our leaders need to be strong and have faith and pursue, not 'peace', but our enemies.

      Israel must crush the terrorist infrastructure, not contain it.

      Israel must bring the Arab nations who conspire against her to their knees until THEY beg Israel for peace, and not the other way around.

      The only way to end this decades old war, is to finally WIN it, not tolerate it or 'contain' it.

      The corrupt Palestinian Authority has forfeited its right to exist. It has encouraged, born, fostered, and sponsored terrorism. It has violated it's commitments it made in every peace treaty signed.  It has refused to stop their violence and terror that they agreed to stop in the Oslo Accords.

      The Israeli government must mete out justice to those Arab terrorists and leaders who have spilled it's people's blood.  It must not tolerate the free movement of those Arab leaders who hold our soldiers captive, and to all the Arab and Moslem nations who conspire against us with threats of annihilation.

      The Importance of a 'Deterrent Factor'

      'Justice' must be pursued, for their crimes of violence, kidnapping, sky-jacking, and homicides. Any Arab supporting or belonging to a terrorist group should be rounded up and arrested, tried, and punished.  They should then be expelled from the Land. Those who took any part in kidnapping, bombing, or the intent to murder, should face the death penalty.  Swift and effective justice is a deterrent that will avoid the growth of others wanting to be recruited into terrorist groups.

      Terrorists with blood on their hands should not be incarcerated waiting for their terrorist groups to kidnap soldiers in hopes of a prisoner exchange.  The government should return the terrorists -if at all- in boxes, not boarding busses with the 'v' for victory sign on their hands and a triumphant smile on their faces that they beat justice.

      There MUST be a consequence, a swift and painful one, to those who choose to enter the terrorist ranks.  We need to instill a great fear into any little boy or youth that would even THINK of joining the terrorists.  The punishment of doing so must be serious and strong, not lenient and liberal.  Society's safety is at stake, and a de-stabilization of peace could occur, leading to more suffering for innocents.

      Isaiah 32:17: "The product of righteousness shall bring peace; and the effect of righteousness, quiet and security forever."

      The Head of the Snake Must Also Be Crushed.

      The security forces and police need to bring PA leader Mahmoud Abbas to justice for his terrorist past, his involvement in the terrorist massacre of our young athletes in the 1972 Munich Olympics, as well as Holocaust denial. Abbas wrote his Ph.D. dissertation, later published as a book, by denying the Holocaust.  That is a universal crime.  Why is this man walking down red carpets and being treated as a respected bona fide leader, when his Palestinian Authority can't even keep their own streets clean or provide proper services for their population?  Where are all the millions of dollars in donations by the West to help build this 'authority' to provide for these basic services? What happened to the money?  Why is there little or no accounting for it?   ...This is the corrupt entity that the West wants to grant a state to, at the detriment of Israel and the safety of the West itself?

      We need to also bring to justice any of our own leaders who have become corrupted, accepted bribes, armed our enemies, and released convicted terrorists. To these politicians who have sold themselves out, ...well, as an acquaintance of mine says, "They give 'working gals' a bad name".  It is sadly joked about that the Knesset today is 'the biggest brothel in Israel'.  By pursuing justice and righteousness, the world will be a better place, a safer place, and thus, a peaceful place.

      Isaiah 32:17: "The product of righteousness shall bring peace; and the effect of righteousness, quiet and security forever."

      The 'Isaiah Plan' is not the pursuit of appeasement, but of righteousness and justice. 

      Peace shall be the FRUIT of righteousness - FOREVER.  

      Got it?

      'The time for justice is always ...right NOW.'