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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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      Tammuz 9, 5770, 6/21/2010

      Firsthand Account From An Israeli Soldier

      by Tamar Yonah

      This email made the rounds on the internet and came my way. Though it has not been confirmed, the news reports and testimonies that we do know that took place on the Mavi Marmara do not seem to contradict what much of this email contains. It's about what the 'peaceful humanitarians' [sic] did on the Free Gaza Flotilla to our IDF soldiers.  
      I copied and pasted the entire email for you to read for yourselves.

      *Hello Uncle Erwin,***
      They cut his ab muscles horizontally and by hand spilled his guts out.

      This is Amir writing you after reading what you sent to my father, Eitan.  

      As you know, it was my unit and my friends who were on the ship. My commander was injured badly as a result of the "pacifists" violence. I want to tell you how he was injured so you could tell the story. It shows just how horrible and inhuman were the activists. My commander was the first soldier that rappelled down from the helicopter to the ship. 
      When he touched ground, he got hit in the head with a pole and stabbed in the stomach with a knife.

      When he drew out his secondary weapon-a handgun (his primary weapon was a regular paintball gun: "Tippman 98 custom") he was shot in the leg. He managed to fire a single shot before he was tossed from the balcony by 4 
      Arab activists, to the lower deck (a 12 feet fall). He was then dragged by other activists to a room in the lower deck were he was stripped down by 2 activists. They took off his vest, helmet and shirt, leaving him 
      with only his pants and shoes on. When they finished they took a knife and expanded the wound he already had in his stomach. They cut his ab muscles horizontally and by hand spilled his guts out. When they finished they raised him up and walked him on the deck outside. He was conscious the whole time.

      (Photo taken of a wounded and stabbed IDF soldier on the Mavi Marmara vessel.  Notice a knife in the left hand photo, in the bottom right corner.  Read more about the story of this photograph here.  )

      If you are asking yourself why they did all that, here comes the reason. 
      They wanted to show the soldiers their commander's body so they will be demoralized and scared. Luckily, when they walked him on the deck a soldier saw him and managed to shoot the activist that was walking him 
      down the outside corridor. He shot him with a special non-lethal bullet that didn't kill him. My commander managed to jump from the deck to the water and swim to an army rescue boat (his guts still out of his 
      body, and now in salty sea water). That was how he was saved. The activists that did this to him are alive, now in Turkey, and treated as heroes.

      I'm sorry if I described this with too many details, but I thought it was necessary for the credibility. Please tell this story to anyone who will listen. I think that these days you are one of Israel's best spokesman.

      *Thanks uncle Erwin, *

      * *

      *Shabbat Shalom!***

      * *


      ...And here is another 'peaceful-humanitarian' stabbing ANOTHER Israel soldier.... from behind and as he turns.

      Tammuz 1, 5770, 6/13/2010

      Humor Says It Best

      by Tamar Yonah

      Ever been down in the dumps, overwhelmed or in a grumpy mood?  ...And then someone says or does something so funny, you have to laugh and the dark cloud just vanishes for the moment?  And that moment's respite can help heal the pain?  Watch this and shake off some of that heavy weight. 

      Comedy genius. 

      Sivan 18, 5770, 5/31/2010

      Sink Those Gaza Flotilla Ships!

      by Tamar Yonah

      ...the reaction from the 'peace' vessel to the Israeli navy: "F- You", they replied.
      Sink those Gaza flotilla ships!  By disregarding the law, de-stabilizing any peace ('non violence' at this time) that exists, invading the shores which a  sovereign country, Israel, secures,  the Gaza Flotilla should be stopped, it's criminals arrested, and the ships sunk.  These people are criminals. They launched themselves onto the sea, to perpetrate a pre-meditated crime.  They knew and instigated the danger and consequences that a crime like this would incur.  The governments of the foreign nationals aboard the ship should have stopped them knowing that their citizens were off to commit a crime that could have dangerous international repercussions.  The (reportedly) two Israelis (Israeli Arabs or Leftists? Not yet known)  who boarded the ship to set sail should also be arrested and  tried for treason or whatever other laws they broke.  All these people who set sail to purposely defy the law and support terrorists should be considered terrorists themselves.  These people fought Israeli forces with knives, and beat Israeli soldiers with clubs, injuring several IDF soldiers.  According to updated news reports, the Israeli soldiers also faced LIVE FIRE and weapons were found being carried on board the ship.

      These terrorists and terrorist supporters defied, purposely defied, with hatred and low class cussing, orders from the Israeli government and Navy.  When ordered by the Israel navy to leave the area and set sail to an Israeli port just north of Gaza, where their gifts [sic] to the terrorists would be delivered to Gaza if it met Israeli security measures, were replied with a 'negative, negative' and a "F-You!" Literally!  I have the audio and am trying to get it up on this blog.  In the meantime, watch this video of the LIVE warning the Israeli navy gave to the terrorists, and hear the flotilla leaders reply that they will not listen to the warning, replying, 'negative, negative'.


      Israel Navy: "Mavi Marmara, you are approaching an area of hostilities which is under a naval blockade. The Gaza area coastal region and Gaza harbor are closed to all maritime traffic. The Israeli government supports delivery of humanitarian supplies to the civilian population in the Gaza Strip and invites you to enter the Ashdod port. Delivery of supplies in accordance with the authorities' regulations will be through the formal land crossings and under your observation, after which you can return to your home ports on the vessels on which you have arrived." (taken from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs site)

      The audio which I have, but have not been able to upload so far for this blog, states the following:

      "This is the Israeli Navy. You are approaching the area of hostilities which is under a naval blockade The Gaza area is a combat zone.  By entering this zone, you are putting your vessel at risk. You are hereby ORDERED to change your course and refrain from entering the area.  If you ignore this order, in attempt to enter the  blockaded  area, the Israel navy will be FORCED to take all the necessary measures, including boarding your vessel in order to enforce this blockade.  Captain be aware that you are violating a legal naval blockade and that the organizers and captain of this sail (?) will be held responsible." 

      Later the news reporter plays the audio of the reaction from the 'peace' vessel to the Israeli navy: "F- You", they replied. 

      (Hear the audio (a mix of Hebrew AND English) directly from Israel Broadcasting Authourity 'IBA' news.  Click HERE and move the slider up to 7min10 sec and listen until 8 min 30sec.)

      Afterwards, the invading vessel played Palestinian war songs!

      In the meantime, these 'humanitarians' have caused the spread of violence with igniting riots in Turkey in front of the Israeli embassy, with an attempt to storm it.  Hamas leaders in Gaza are calling on Arabs to riot inside and outside Israel.

      Israel secures these shores from the Oslo Agreements.  It was agreed upon and signed between the parties involved.  The Israeli government needs to send a strong message to the world and it's terrorist supporters, that intruding on Israel's sovereignty and/or hurting her security, will be stopped, and all participants will suffer the consequences.  This is an act of war against Israel.  The terrorists and their supporters on board these ships must be arrested, tried in court, and the Israeli navy should sink those vessels!  Those who sent their ships on this criminal and war-like act should pay a heavy financial price for their disgraceful participation in this terror supporting crime. 

      Israel, should sink those ships.


      Sivan 13, 5770, 5/26/2010

      Difficult 'Deys' Ahead for American Jews

      by Tamar Yonah

      Since I have not been able to post for a while, I am letting someone I know be a guest blogger.  The views in this blog post below do not necessarily represent my opinion or that of Arutz 7's.

      Difficult 'Deys' Ahead for American Jews
      by "Crypto-Zionist"
      Many American Jews postpone Aliyah because they think that the financial situation in the US will soon get better.  It will not because the US economy is being deliberately taken down, as will be shown in this article.

      When the economy crashes, we know from Jewish history, who will be blamed as a scapegoat.  The public sees all the Jewish names in Wall Street such as Bernie Madoff, Maurice "Hank" Greenberg of AIG, and Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, the current and previous chairmen of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke, and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the IMF, not realizing that these are only "court Jews."  
      In fact, so widespread is the belief in the "Jewish Bankers" that many Americans incorrectly think that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and economic advisor Paul Volcker are Jewish.

      The government could even deliberately use increased anti-Israel rhetoric to fan the flames of antisemitism among the public.This is already happening today.
      For example, recently President Obama blamed Israel for lack of peace in the middle east that costs the US significantly in "blood and treasure." (thus connecting Israel to two antisemitic motifs, Jews' alleged greed for gold and the blood libel).

      As for the decline of the US economy, it is not a result of misguided policies, but it is deliberately being brought down so the dollar can be replaced by a global currency, as the first step to a world government.

      While the powers-that-be are not likely to tell us this explicitly, they drop hints from time to time. We should also keep in mind that their modus operandi is to effect change, by creating crises, and then propose a solution which will bring us closer to world government.
      Secondly, as we will show below, many steps were required for the current financial crisis to occur.  They had to change laws, lower the interest rate to almost zero, etc.

      And yet anyone who protested was silenced. The powers-that-be might feign incompetence and stupidity to cover their tracks (i.e. we had no idea that lowering the interest rate to about zero would create a housing bubble), but one question should be asked: Did they benefit from the current situation ?
      Considering all the bonuses received from government bailout money and the fact that no one is going to jail, the answer should be yes.
      For example, why isn't Hedge Fund titan John Paulson being tried in the current SEC case against Goldman Sachs, leaving one with the suspicion that the whole thing is just a dog and pony show. 

      "The Conspiracy Theorists are right" -- Political analyst Dick Morris, speaking on Sean Hannity's program, agreed that a decision by the G20 for massive cash infusions and vast new powers for the IMF prove that the "conspiracy theorists were right" and that there is a plan for a one world currency.

      A recent article on msn money -- "Are you ready for a global currency?"

      "Goodbye, dollar. So long, euro and yen. Hello, dey! Dey? It's a proposed combination of the three currencies, 'Dollars, 'Euros' & 'Yen', which could eventually form the basis of a global currency. ...Another benefit: no more national currency crises, which have riled Argentina, Mexico, Thailand and Russia in recent years." -- i.e.,  no more currency crises, which the JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs caused.
      Recall that Goldman Sachs showed the Greek government how to cook the books so they could be accepted into the EU.

      "Greek Debt Crisis -- How Goldman Sachs Helped Greece to Mask its True Debt"

      Already in 1988, the Economist printed an article "Get Ready for a Phoenix" which predicted that in 30 years (2018), all currencies, such as the dollar, yen, etc., will be replaced by a new global currency called the Phoenix.
      The Phoenix is a mythical bird which rose from its ashes, just as the world currency is to rise from the ashes of a global financial crisis.

      *Catastrophic Loss of Jobs in the US, planned or accidental ?

      In 1992, Presidential candidate Ross Perot, warned that NAFTA, the free trade agreement, will lead to a "giant sucking sound" of jobs crossing the border.
      Then, we were told that we would lose only  "primitive" manufacturing jobs -- because US workers can't compete with Chinese workers who earn a dollar a day -- but, they promised, we would get better high-tech jobs if the US lowered tariffs.

      But if globalization is perfectly "natural", why did the US have to "help it along" by giving it most favored nation status to China, allow China to keep the yuan artificially low for years without a whimper, and allow China and other Asian countries to block US imports (South Korea has an 8% tariff on American cars)

      Where are the "new jobs" we were promised ? If all those "new jobs" had replaced the lost manufacturing jobs, then --

      Why does the US still have such a high trade deficit ?
      Why are some cities, such as Flint, Michigan, being deindustrialized and returned in part to nature.
      How can a 50 year-old factory worker be retrained to work in high-tech ?

      As for all those "new jobs" in IT, many were lost to India because of outsourcing. 
      Not only software development, but call centers, medicine (radiology), even law, are all being outsourced to India.
      Why has the US had zero net job growth from 2000-2009 ?

      "There has been zero net job creation since December 1999. No previous decade going back to the 1940s had job growth of less than 20 percent. Economic output rose at its slowest rate of any decade since the 1930s as well. "

      Seeing that globalism just doesn't work, why doesn't the US raise tariffs to protect its jobs ? 
      Why did GM (now Government Motors) take the bailout money from the government to open factories .... in China and India ?  

      "GM plans to export cars from China to the US ... General Motors is planning to build cars in China and import them into the United States, a strategy that could trigger further job losses and union anger in the US... A plan to shift a greater proportion of the struggling car-maker's production overseas is still being negotiated with US politicians, who have already lent GM $15.4bn (£10.18bn) in order to keep it afloat and safeguard its 90,000 US workers."

      "However, a spokesman for GM in Shanghai said it was 'only a matter of time' before vehicles made in China are imported into the company's home market, in another blow to the US car industry."

      When American companies open plants overseas, not only do they have much lower wages and can ignore US government regulations such as those of OSHA, EPA, etc., but in addition,they get a tax break from the US government.  Why ?

      But economists knew, such as Princeton Prof. Alan Blinder.  He knew that "free" trade would lead to a loss of jobs.

      Why does the goverment refuse to solve the problem of Illegal aliens  ?
      Illegal aliens replace low-income workers,  bankrupt border states such as California, and are more likely to commit crimes.
      "Border states deal with more illegal immigrant crime than most, data suggest"
      "Arizona lawmakers say their new immigration enforcement law will help them fight an illegal immigrant crime wave that is sweeping the state, a claim that is backed by studies and statistics that suggest border states have a disproportionately high number of criminals who are illegal immigrants"

      Why hasn't the US built a fence on the border with Mexico ? 
      If there is such a threat of terrorism, that heightened security checks are required at airports, why is the border left wide open ?

      Why are illegal aliens given free medical care and their children are given free education in public schools in Spanish -- even terrorists in Gaza want to learn English, but Mexican American children in Los Angeles are instructed in Spanish.

      Why are the children of illegal aliens born in the US ("anchor babies") given citizenship ?
      Or perhaps there is a deliberate policy to allow illegal immigration in order to lower the living standards of Americans and turn America into a multicultural and multilingual society

      Returning to the question of the financial crisis, was it planned ?
      "'You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,' Rahm Emanuel, Mr. Obama's new chief of staff, told a Wall Street Journal conference of top corporate chief executives this week."

      So many steps were required for the financial crisis to occur; policy makers blindly guessing would have been right at least half of the time, but the crisis seems to have required an amazing series of wrong decisions.

      * Community Reinvestment Act or CRA passed by the Carter Administration in 1977 which pressured banks to lend to people who couldn't afford to buy a house.

      * ACORN used the CRA to pressure banks to lend to sub prime borrowers.

      * Alan Greenspan lowered the interest rate in 2004 creating the housing bubble.

      * The Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 was repealed in 1999 allowed commercial banks to act as investment banks, i.e.  it allowed banks to gamble with their depositors' savings.

      * The sub-prime loans were bundled as Collateralized Debt Obligations or CDO's. The rating agencies such as Moody's were pressured by the banks to give these junk bonds a triple-A rating.

      * NY Governor Elliot Spitzer tried to warn of the practice of predatory lending (banks lending to borrowers who were likely to default on the loans), so he had to be silenced. And soon after Elliot Spitzer wrote an article in the Washington Post warning of the practice, the government, which had tapped his phone, leaked the information about his trysts with call girls.

      "Up until Wednesday, there was one single, lonely politician who stood in the way of this creepy little assignation at the bankers’ bordello: Eliot Spitzer ..."

      Thus, those American Jews who are sitting on their suitcases should make Aliyah now.
      The economy will not appreciably recover, because the decline of America has been planned, and the plight of Jews in America is likely to get much worse.

      In a society that has become addicted to consumerism, when their material wealth is taken away, Americans will become very upset. They will need someone to blame, and the Jews will be a convenient scapegoat ... and the government might "help" them arrive at that decision with its anti-Israel rhetoric.

      The Jews live well -- they will say -- they control Wall St., which plundered our savings with all of the bank bailouts.
      Thus, a Saturday Night Live skit a couple of years ago singled out Jewish bankers -- Savings and Loan owners Herb and Marion Sandler and George Soros with a Dr. Strangelove accent -- as having plundered average Americans.

      Another example was Maureen Dowd's column -- Maureen Down of the NY Times, not Pat Buchanan or David Duke -- where she set a record for the largest number of antisemitic metaphors in a column, with phrases such as "blood-sucking banks", "Goldmine Sachs" and her statement that "the bankers who took government money and then gave out obscene bonuses are the same self-interested sorts Jesus threw out of the temple."

      Disgruntled Americans will complain that the Jews are also communists (Jews are always accused of being both communists and capitalists), such as Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Cass Sunstein, etc., and took away our freedom, turning America into a communist country.

      Some may also cry, "Israel, which receives so many of our tax-dollars, refuses to make peace with the Palestinians, and as a result, our boys are being killed in the Middle East to protect Israel."  
      Add  to that, General Petraeus' recent statement that "America's relationship with Israel is important, but not as important as the lives of America's soldiers."

      And terror has now invaded our shores, requiring additional loss of liberty under the Patriot Act.
      They will explain it as a result of "blowback" because of America's support for Israel.
      They will lament that the all-powerful Jewish/Zionist lobby controls Washington -- such as Pat Buchanan's recent comments that there are too many Jews on the Supreme Court --  and the White House will encourage them to think so, just as  Pres. George H W Bush did with his statement in 1991 that “I’m up against some powerful forces. They’ve got something like 1,000 lobbyists on the Hill working the other side of the question. We’ve got one lonely little guy here doing it.”

      Thus, the recent preponderance of antisemitic statements, until recently considered off limits, and classic anti-Jewish imagery, such as the blood libel, regularly used by the White House and the mainstream media should concern American Jews and lead them to consider Aliyah.  
      Have a good 'Dey'.

      Iyar 11, 5770, 4/25/2010

      Friends, Murderers, & How You Look At It

      by Tamar Yonah

      Uncle Sam.  He loves me? He loves me not?
      Is America a friend or foe?  ...Or both?
      It's a subject few like to mention or talk about.  But today, people can't ignore the cold shoulder the White House has given Israel. And that's good, because sweeping the issue under the rug won't improve things.  The sooner Israel understands that nations don't have friends, they only have 'interests', the better off we will be, especially when the madman in Iran is rubbing his sticks together to become a nuclear power and bring on WWIII. 

      I know the USA has many good and moral people who support Israel, and G-d bless them.  But looking at the American - Israel relationship today, and how the past 2 administrations have acted (I won't go further back in history here -not enough blog space) , I think we can say we have been 'dumped' for a modern day Nazi regime. These radical Islamic Jihadist regimes like Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc... act akin to the Nazis.  How can I make such a comparison?

      1) Both the Nazis and the Islamic regimes hate the Jews and want them dead.
      2) Both regimes are elitists, thinking they are the master race/religion and want to conquer the world.
      3)  Both regimes treat whom they feel is inferior, as slaves and kill them at will.  For the Nazis, it was Jews, gypsies, etc...  For the Islamic Jihadist fanatics, it is the Jews, Christians, and even their own women.  These Radical Islamics subjugate all females.  In fact, one of the first things that a radical Islamic regime does when it takes power, is force its women to retreat under sheets and veils, and keeps them in social chains with their Islamic gestapo roaming the streets, checking that no woman is deemed immodest according to their radical standards.  

      By the way, ever notice how many of these Islamic regime's armies walk the goose-step?
      (Above photo: Iranian Troops on Army Day in White)
      (Below photo:  Flag with the Nazi emblem and Palestina embeded in it.)

      So then why have the last two U.S. presidents, Obama and Bush, romanced these Nazis?  Bush kisses and walks hand in hand with Nazi Saudi princes, and Obama bows to them.

      Funny, I don't ever remember any president holding hands or bowing to any of Israel's prime ministers out of deep friendship or respect. 
      So how can Israel continue to believe that the White House is a friend, when they openly court and fawn over Nazis, the very enemies who want to destroy us?

      And now, news stories are being reported, that Obama may force a peace on Israel.  However, the only thing he is enforcing is (not peace) but 'a-peace-ment' (appeasement). Trying to make Israel kneel to the will of the International community and it's Islamic-Nazi lovers. 

      This video below, is disturbing to watch.  It's disturbing, not only because of its content, but because of the conflicting feelings many of us have regarding America, in that it IS a good country in so many ways, and so many Americans are good, good, people, yet the foreign policy of the U.S. Government is and has been, anti-Israel in so many circumstances.  And it is difficult for many to face up to the reality of this relationship.  

      This video below is not made professionally, but the testimonies shown here are powerful and hard to listen to.  Did they do good ...or bad?  Are they good ...or bad?  Are they BOTH good AND bad?   Whatever your conclusions, Israel would be wise to review the Torah portion of Balak, in Bamidbar (Numbers) 23:9 "it (Israel) is a nation (people) that dwells alone". 
      And to our true American friends who cringe at what Obama is doing in bowing to these modern day Nazis, these barbaric enemies of Israel (and the West), they would be wise to review Genesis 12:3  "And I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse".