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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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      Nisan 25, 5769, 4/19/2009

      Earth Quakes & War with Iran and Its Proxies?

      by Tamar Yonah

      Why is Iran digging 320,000 graves?
      One thing leads to another. It's after Shabbat, and I am searching the news about the earth quakes that were felt yesterday (Friday) in Israel. Israeli residents of the north said that their homes were shaking, things were falling off their shelves, and their beds were moving.  It was generally scary for a country that doesn't experience many earth quakes.  

      I look for more information and find that the earth quake's epicenter hit the eastern Mediterranean sea, about 12 miles east of Tyre, Lebanon, but was felt in Northern Israel at a 4.2 magnitude. This took place just after 2pm Friday afternoon.  Another earth quake was felt Friday evening again in northern Israel registering at a 3.5 magnitude.   Thank G-d, no injuries were reported.  All in all, The Geophysical Institute of Israel (GII) confirmed that at least TEN earth quakes took place yesterday in southern Lebanon. 

      Prepare for Mass Casualties

      Now, what makes this news story even more interesting - and disturbing - is that under a year ago, Israel's northern hospitals were put on high alert and were told to *expect a coming major earth quake soon, with the expectation of possible mass civilian casualties. Israel's Health Ministry sent out a notice to Israel's northern hospitals to prepare and be ready for possible mass casualties of Israel's northern residents.   (* This report is from about 9 months ago when Israel was also hoping to get permission from America to attack Iran.  At that time, it was reported that it was not a matter of IF, but WHEN.)

      Iran Digging 320,000 Graves 

      I then read on Iran's Press TV news website, that Iran is digging over a quarter of a million graves on its soil, ostensibly, because  Iran is expecting a military invasion and an attack on it's nuclear facilities. The report came out almost the same day that Israel sent its letter to hospitals in the north to be ready for mass casualties.  It states:                                                                                      "A senior Iranian commander says the country is digging some '320,000 graves' in its bordering provinces for future slain invaders. Brigadier General Mir-Faisal Baqerzadeh, the Head of the Foundation for the Remembrance of the Holy Defense, said Sunday that the decision had been approved by Iran's Armed Forces Headquarters. "We will dig 15,000 to 20,000 graves in each of the border provinces," he said. "We do not wish the families of enemy soldiers to experience what Americans had to go through in the aftermath of the Vietnam War," added Brig. Gen. Baqerzadeh, who is also the head of the search committee for missing soldiers. The commander said the preemptive measures would decrease the time slain soldiers would be 'missing in action'." 

      Iranian Nuclear Production/Installments - The full map is located here.

      All in all, the number of graves they are digging comes to approx. 320,000 graves – for their enemies, they say.  
      Now, the questions that need to be asked are:

      1) Why is Israel preparing for mass casualties in northern Israel?

      a) It could be exactly what we are reading, that we are expecting a major earth quake which could be very serious. Or…

      b) Israel may be planning on attacking the Iranian nuclear facilities in the near future and is preparing for a massive missile attack in response, from Iran's proxy in the north, the Hezbollah and possible other terror groups. 

      2)  Why is Iran digging 320,000 graves?

      a)  It could be that they are expecting 320,000  enemy soldiers to come in and invade Iran and attempt to attack it's nuclear facilities.  They plan to kill all of these soldiers, and then bury them – out of humanitarian concern - as they claim.  Or…

      b)  It could be that they are really expecting some type of aerial attack, whether by fighter jets or by long range missiles onto their nuclear facilities, and they really are expecting to bury their OWN soon to be dead Iranian people who are working and residing in the area. 

      I would imagine that there would be a lot of massive damage and dirty radiation leaks after an attack on a nuclear site, and Iran would need to bury, not burn, any bodies that lingered there as soon as they would be able to approach the area. 

      Now again, being careful about keeping speculation, speculation, as I have no personal proof, I believe a connection between these two news stories would be a possibility to consider. 

      Let's try to examine why Iran, a Moslem regime which sponsors terrorism and courts fascist leaders like Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, is so concerned about the humanitarian needs of its enemies.  Why would they be so 'thoughtful' to worry about enemy infidels and bother to dig 320, 000 graves for those they hate.  They could easily burn their bodies or just make much quicker mass grave sites. 

      Let's also think WHO would be sending in so many enemy soldiers to invade Iran?  Not Israel.  Our standing army is less than 200,000 men and women and I don't think that the US has that many troops in Iraq to invade Iran and still retain control in Iraq.  So unless Russia is planning on marching in and attacking Iran's nuclear facilities, which seems unlikely since Russia and Iran do business together and the two signed an agreement for Moscow to supply fuel to Iran's nuclear reactor, I doubt very much there will be ANY military invasion on Iran. 

      One more point, how did Iran even come to the number of 320,000?  There aren't enough 'enemy' troops from the USA or Israel to support such a number, yet this is the number they estimate and get approval for?   

      America does not have 320,000 troops in Iraq to invade Iran. Israel does not have enough troops nor the ability to march any troops through hostile Jew-hating countries like Jordan, Syria, Turkey or Iraq to get to Iran.  So if this is the case, and Iran really expects an aerial attack, then reason tells us that these graves will be for the people working and living in these nuclear facility communities.

      Only time will tell.

      Nisan 14, 5769, 4/8/2009

      Next Year in Jerusalem!

      by Tamar Yonah

      I believe we are moving fast towards redemption.  Just as we have lessons in the Pesach Hagada (Passover guide book) we need to reflect on how we relate to history and our future redemption today.  Will we leave our Exile and go with Moses or will we be one of the majority who found excuses to stay behind where we thought we felt more comfortable?


       Who is your Pharaoh?
      Who is your Pharaoh?

      a) Barak Obama

      b) Materialism / Comfort Zone

      c) Your career

      d) G-d is your only, Only, ONLY, Master.


      What are your goals in striving towards freedom? 

      a) To make as much money as you can and sped it on fun things

      b) To laze around on the couch and drink beer and watch and cheer a ball game

      c) To fight for your beliefs so you are allowed to live by them 


      How can you best serve G-d? 

      a) Staying in the Exile and 'practicing' Judaism but not living and embracing it. 

      b) Suffering what you have to do because of 'obligation' and the rest of the time feeding your desires

      c) Just talking to G-d, striving to be his servant, bringing the holy to the mundane, and making the mundane holy.

      Perhaps these are questions we should be asking ourselves and relate them to today at the same time.

      Is Materialism our pharaoh, keeping us enslaved?

      Do we view freedom as what we were taught it was through western standards and western eyes, and not through what G-d tells us in the Torah?

      Are we trapped in golden cages in the Exile, not wanting to leave 'Egypt' (america) because we are frightened of what it will be like on a journey in the 'wilderness' until we get to the Promised Land, and so we choose to stay in our comfort zones, not leave, and miss our chance at redemption and being embraced by G-d in His Land?

      I would just like to re-post this video, and show you the miracles that G-d made for us, the Jewish people, His Chosen Ones.  When you see the sea split, think to yourselves, "Look how much G-d loves us, G-d didn't do this for any other nation except us.  He really, really loves us!"

      And to sum up,  I wish all of the friends of the Jewish People to stand strong, be at peace, and be blessed with all good things.  As for all of my Jewish brothers and sisters in the Exile, I pray you have a wonderful, happy, and kosher Pesach.  May you learn from our rich history and Holy Torah, and may you yearn, and accomplish, our fervent prayer, "Next year in Jerusalem!".

      Nisan 9, 5769, 4/3/2009

      The Murder Weapon

      by Tamar Yonah

      A young Jewish teen was murdered today, axed to death.  An Arab, planning to do an act of terror, infiltrated into the community of Bat Ayin and the 'brave' man picked and preyed on KIDS to kill. Sick.  And sick, sick, sick, again.  The boy who fell victim to the axe murderer was named Shlomo Nativ.

      (To the left, Shlomo Nativ, z"l )

      Where was Shlomo's mother when this vicious attack took place?  Maybe cleaning her house for Pesach (Passover).  She might have been scrubbing her stove like I was today, ...as her son was being murdered.  I couldn't help thinking after I read about the terror attack in between cleaning jobs, that from now on, every year, instead of looking forward to a happy Pesach holiday, Shlomo's parents will be observing the anniversary of their son's too-soon death. 

      Another young boy, 7 year old Yair Gamliel was also attacked by the same Arab terrorist who the army has not yet found, but believe they will, and have already brought in 2 Arab men in for questioning.  Little Yair had the terrorist's axe slammed into his head,,,,
      One Bat Ayin man saw what was happening and wrestled with the terrorist using his hands, trying to overpower him to get the axe away from him.  The terrorist tried to hack at him as well, but was unable to and instead broke free and ran away. Reports also say that Bat Ayin's security team managed to shoot at the terrorist as he fled, and they believe he was wounded. The Army is making sweeping operations in two Arab villages near by.  

      Bat Ayin (the blue point above on the map) is a community located southwest of Jerusalem, with wide spaces and open land.  The Arab who came on a mission to murder, had to purposely head for the community to seek out his victims.  Looking at photos and news clips of the surrounding areas, one sees valleys and hills making Bat Ayin a target only if it was specifically planned.

      Who raises children to grow up into men who then choose to take an axe and go on a murder spree, and target children?  What kind of monsters are these Arab women raising?  

      I have an acquaintance who takes a lot of taxis.  He is friendly with a lot of drivers, Jewish and Arab.  One of his drivers who is an Arab, was telling him how upset he was because the Hamas and other Moslem leaders are constantly telling Arab parents to give up one of their children for 'The Jihad'. He said that all the time, they are pressured into sending a child to 'jihad'.  He said that kids are told this at school, and the parents are constantly bombarded by it if they haven't already made 'the sacrifice'.  The cab driver continued and said that he didn't want to give up one of his kids, but felt really guilty about not doing it with so much pressure placed on him. 

      Hmmm, and how would THAT scenario go?

      Husain gets home from a  long day's work driving his Jerusalem cab.  He walks in the door, sits down on his chair in the living room and thinks, "Hmmm, should I send Ahmed, Rashid or Ibrahim to die?  Eeny, meenie, meeny miney mo..."

      What kind of culture is this?  How sick can this world be?  How do these Arab women live in a society that lives for glory through blood and death, treats women like second class citizens (I know, worse) and pressures parents to choose a kid and sacrifice him for the Jihad?  I wonder if the other surviving brothers fight over 'Jihad Kid's' room after his mother straps a bomb on him and sends him to blow himself and other innocent people up on busses, in cafes, or just raises her child to think it's glorious to hike up a mountain with an axe and look for the nearest kids to prey on and sink that axe into their skulls.  So then who's the murderer? The parents, or the kids they raise or send out, to murder?

      I took a picture of the murder weapon on my computer while watching Israel's channel 10 news there, as I couldn't find a photo of the murder weapon online yet, so you are some of the first to see it.  Imagine THAT in your head.  ...Or your child's, G-d forbid!   

      The murder weapon 


      Nisan 2, 5769, 3/27/2009

      American Brown Shirts? Yes We Can!

      by Tamar Yonah

      Word has it that Obama, true to his election promises, is going to start a “civilian national security force” which is meant to be a military force -as strong as the U.S. armed forces, as well funded, and will be situated on the home front.  Critics are calling it "Obama's Youth Brigade" and claiming it smells of the 'Brown Shirts' during the Nazi era.  His Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, is helping him to implement this new national security force. As of now, it would be mandatory for those citizens who are in the "GIVE “ (Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education)  program.  But that's not all. The Federal Government will obligate other American youth to serve as well such as those Americans who get student loans.   

      Below, is a video of an interview on C-SPAN with Rahm Emanuel (who is now the White House Chief of Staff under Obama).  In it, he states that this civil security force plan, would be for all American citizens between the ages of 18-25 to serve for 3 months (could eventually be longer) in a type of 'basic training'. This includes women. "Citizenship is not an entitlement program.  It comes with responsibilities." Emanuel stated. He claims this is not a draft, rather it is a 'universal service'  and 'required'. 


      It seems though that this is worse than the regular draft Americans knew from the past.  Emanuel describes this new plan would require everyone between the ages of 18-25, women included.  The Obama administration may get their way.

      The rules and demands of this new civilian security force also include religious restrictions. The Bill, as shown below, would forbid American youth in these brigades to participate in conducting worship services, and operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship.


      Section 125 (42 U.S.C. 12575) is amended to read as follows:


      (a) Prohibited Activities- A participant in an approved national service position under this subtitle may not engage in the following activities:

      (I am skipping here to article # 7)

      7) Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization.

      I am curious as to how young religious Jewish American men who need to pray in a minyan (quorum of ten men or more) feel about this.  How could a religious Jew manage? Would there be kosher dining rooms?  Would they get off for Shabbat?  How will Jewish families feel when their sons AND daughters are taken away to serve just because they wanted a higher education but didn't have all the money to plop down at one time, so they took a student loan. Does someone have to be rich now, in order to be able to afford keeping the mitzvoth in America?

      And for the rest of the American people… Why even have a civilian national security force?  What is the need?  Isn't the U.S. military enough?  Aren't there enough American soldiers in bases all over the U.S.  to use in case of an emergency?  And if not, America already has what is called the National Guard.  Why is there a need for an additional governmental mandatory youth force? Who will these youth be beholden to, the U.S. Constitution, or the office of the President?  And where will this stop?  At first, it is voluntary.  But the plan is to make it mandatory. Emmanuel says the plan is for it to be 'universal', for all American citizens in the age group they described above. ...And it wouldn't be that difficult to enforce either.  One more major terror attack (G-d forbid) against Americans would be a good excuse to push through this draft for all young Americans.  

      I wonder how American Jews are going to feel, having to possibly soon send their children to a place that does not let them practice their Judaism and denies or prevents them from fulfilling their Jewish obligations (Shabbat, kosher, daily prayer minions, etc,)  These demands and restrictions should bother other religious Americans as well.  I don't know how this youth brigade is going to manifest itself, but it sure would make me very uncomfortable if I were a religious person living in the 'Land of the Free', because it seems like those freedoms will only be a memory of what once was.  

      The civilian national security force bill has already passed in the House in a vote of 321-105 and will now go to the Senate.  It will then go to President Obama for the final stamp of approval.  And I imagine if anyone says 'nay' to him, he will answer, "YES WE CAN!"

      Adar 27, 5769, 3/23/2009

      Gog Gathering Steam?

      by Tamar Yonah

      It's not so much a stretch of the imagination anymore to envision living in the time of the great battle of Gog and Magog.  The battle of Gog and Magog is talked about in the book of Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 and alludes to the nations of the world joining together to come against Jerusalem (Israel). I will admit here and now, that I was of the opinion that George Bush pushing his Road Map, and his desire to divide Jerusalem and Israel, fit the bill of being Gog. I won't venture now to toy with who might fill that role.  It can be Russia as many Rabbis say, or can be from Edom/Rome/the 'West', as others suspect. Time will tell us who Gog is. However, the biblical description of the story of Gog states that he and his troops are lured down through the north of Israel to rampage our towns and take us over, but his plans are foiled and his forces are all killed by fiery hail storms and other supernatural means to show the world who REALLY reigns!  In fact, the number of Gog's forces that will be killed, will be so many, that it will take over 7 months for the Jews in Israel to bury all the bodies.  Gog too will die in Israel.

      Fast track to today, where the children of Israel have been brought back to the Land of Israel from the 4 corners of the earth.  The stage is set, and the nations of the world converge on Jerusalem.  (Ezekiel chapters 38-39).  Everyone wants Jerusalem, it is the spiritual capital of the world.  The nations of the world all blame Israel for the lack of world peace.  They may advance in this coming battle in the guise of 'bringing, - excuse me, 'forcing' their man-made peace on us. 

      The Bible says that these nations of the world will come against Israel and the Jewish people.  But who are the nations of the world? And how many are we talking about? 

      We look to the book of Genesis where this is mentioned, and find out that the nations of the world were made during the building of the Tower of Babel (Genesis, chapter 11).  Mankind, EXACTLY like today, wanted to build a tower to reach the heavens, and there, de-throne G-d, and take His place.  We, Mankind, wanted to become the Masters of our own destiny!  We would make the laws and we would re-define what was moral, what was good and what was bad.  The only difference today is, that instead of us building a 'tower' like days of yore, we are instead building a One World Government.  A New World  Order.  And this New Order today tries to de-throne G-d, and re-interpret what is moral.  Today, in this new age, sodomy isn't an abomination, it is just an 'alternative life-style'.  Today, promiscuity isn't evil, it's just 'sexual experimentation'.  Today, a woman dancing naked isn't called a stripper, instead she is called an 'exotic dancer'.  Today, tolerating evil and appeasing it, isn't weakness or cruelty, but it is dubbed 'strength' and 'tolerance'.  Man has re-named evil and garbed it in cosmetic terms to make them acceptable, even 'hip'.  We have clothed evil in make-up and political correctness and slapped it with a government approved label.  

      The European Union is one of the major blocks or stepping stones to a One World government/Tower of Babel. In fact, take a look at this picture of the Tower of Babel.  Take a good look. It is used as a poster to promote the EU!


      Now, below, is a picture of the EU Parliament in Strasbourg. It is the Tower of Babel.

      Just as in the Bible we read that G-d would not let Man continue with building their tower, and instead mixed up the speech of the people into 70 different languages giving rise to 70 diverse cultures/nations around the globe, we shall see G-d plunder Gog and his New World Order (NWO) as well. 

      In the end of days, the nations of the world will come against Israel under Gog. Remember, all the nations of the world are '70'.  Know also that the Gematria or numerical value of the Hebrew letters of the words 'Gog and Magog' = 70. 

      Know also that 70 nations of the world met to support and fund, the establishment of a Palestinian State in the belly of Israel. 

      A few months ago, just before the U.S. presidential elections,  Dr Zbigniew Brzezinski gave a speech at Chatham House declaring what needed to be done immediately in the diplomatic and geo-political world after America elects a new president.  Israel must be pushed to establish a Palestinian State inside it's own country and divide it's capital Jerusalem and give it away.  He said this pressure on Israel must be enforced soon, as the window of opportunity for 'peace' was closing, alluding to Jewish settlement which is making more and more demographic facts on the ground.  

      Dr Brzezinski spoke at the Chatham House (thanks to David who sent me this from Germany) which is said to be another name for RIIA (the Royal Institute of International Affairs, a world-leading institute for the debate and analysis of international issues,  which was established with the help of Cecil Rhodes in the late 1800's.  It's American branch is the Council on Foreign Relations which was established in 1921. The Royal Institute of International affairs is akin to being the sister or mother organization of the CFR, the think tank that brought you the North American Union.

      Below I am supplying a part of the speech that Dr Brzezinski, a top Obama advisor, gave at the Chatham House. In it below, at about 5min and 20 seconds in, he describes the nations of the world, all agreeing, to participate in the push to wrest Jerusalem from Israel.  He states emphatically that all the nations of the world (6min 26 sec.) will back up this effort.  At 8:22 in this video clip below, Brzezinski talks about the demand to divide up Jerusalem. He ends his talk with a joke, saying that if the West's plan of how to make peace is wrong, we'll be no worse off than we are now.  It's not funny, because maybe HE won't be worse off, but Israel will have had it's limbs amputated, been downsized, broken up and carved out, and Israel could not survive having a PLO terror state inside of our borders, having the Arabs in rocket target fire distance of our major international airport, and being a country that at one point is only 9 miles wide and can be cut in half at the Mediterranean Sea.   


      Add to this, the by-now famous video of Barak Hussein Obama's advisor and staff member Samantha Power, who alludes to an invasion of Israel by the USA and Western forces to enforce their idea of peace.  


      And to put more gasoline on this fire, see this article which describes a new foreign policy for the USA regarding abandoning Israel.  In another story, Israel's chief of Staff left the USA trip he was on early, because he was 'dissed' there with no one of his level or who had any policy influence on Obama's staff could find the time to meet with him. He came to discuss Israeli intelligence on Iran's nuclear reactor and to discuss ways to stop Iran from possibly triggering a third world war.   Instead, the U.S. president had other things to do like go and be a guest on Jay Leno's Tonight Show.  I am not sure where his other upper staff was, maybe they were busy being contestants on Deal, or No Deal.  But no one had time to meet with our chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi to set a plan of action on how to deal with Iran and it's nuclear threat, not just against Israel, but against America as well.  Let's not forget that Iran is in bed with Hugo Chavez and has opened a base in Venezuela and Nicaragua, too close to comfort for Americans.  Instead, the American administration is unfortunately gravitating towards wooing the Arabs, and are wanting to see a Palestinian State established.

      The nations are grumbling.  The nations are getting antsy and impatient, the West, and the Arabs.  History is speeding up. A possible planned invasion of troops by different nations of the world can converge on Israel, either from the East, or the West. Are we seeing the signs that this war shall soon materialize?