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The 'Right' has been right. Everything they predicted that would happen after the Left pushed through their 'Peace' objectives has been a disaster. Just view these two videos (ain't hindsight great?) and see how these appeaser's predictions have panned out.
Rabin says that there won't be katyusha rockets/missiles on Israel if we pull out of Gaza. By the way, the song that is played in the video is called, "Hevainu Shalom Alechem" -"We Bring You Peace"
Ehud Olmert debates Rabbi Meir Kahane and tells him there is no worry about the growing Arab population in Israel. Today, Olmert himself claims that Jerusalem must be divided because the Arab population is growing too large adn is a threat to Israel's identity.
Things that make you go "Hmmm"
I really only wanted to post the video below. But while looking up on Google the correct way to spell 'hmmm', I came across this old, but still funny list. Enjoy. Disfrutar.
Why do we park in driveways and drive on parkways?
Do Lipton employees take coffee breaks?
Can I yell "movie" in a crowded firehouse?
How do a fool and his money GET together?
Why does Hawaii have interstate highways?
How is it that a building burns up as it burns down?
If nothing ever sticks to Teflon, how do they make Teflon stick to the pan?
If the pen is mightier than the sword, and a picture is worth a thousand words, how dangerous is a fax?
If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?
What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men?
Why do banks charge you a "non-sufficient funds" fee on money they already know you don't have?
Why do they put Braille on the drive through bank machines?
If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
In a country of free speech, why are there phone bills?
Did Washington flash a quarter when asked for ID?
How come there aren't B batteries?
How is it possible to have a civil war?
If the #2 pencil is so popular, why is it still #2?
If I melt dry ice, can I take a bath without getting wet?
Crime doesn't pay...does that mean that my job is a crime?
How do they get the deer to cross at that yellow road sign?
How does a thermos know if the drink should be hot or cold?
How does the guy who drives the snowplow get to work in the mornings?
If you're in a vehicle going the speed of light, what happens when you turn on the headlights?
Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
Why do hot dogs come 10 to a package and hot dog buns only 8?
Why do tourists go to the tops of tall buildings and then put money into telescopes so they can see things on the ground close-up?
Why is it that bullets ricochet off of Superman's chest, but he ducks when the gun is thrown at him?
What if the Hokey Pokey IS what its all about?
and last but not least: a BIG hmmm.... (my addition)
hmmm... SK, better start brushing up on your Español!
There is a 'matter of fact' attitude that has always been the way of Jews in Israel. People here don't pussy-foot around. A job has to be done, and they do it.
We owe our lives to those who have fought to keep Jews safe here in the Land of Israel. I served in the army and had friends who were killed. But we go on, because we have to. Because we want our own homeland, and are willing to fight for it.
Below: My father (in his air force uniform) & mother not too long after the new Jewish State was born.
I played an interview that I did with my father as he described his time as a young man, escaping the ashes of the Holocaust . The Nazis had murdered his father, put him and his mother and brother in a ghetto and made them slave laborers, and then shipped everyone else out to Auschwitz after they had outlived their use. But he survived. He was stubborn. He wanted to outlive Hitler (yimach shemo - may his name be erased) and he did. He is still alive today living in Jerusalem -may he live a long and healthy life, until 120+. He told me once, that in Europe, they sprawled graffiti on the walls: 'JEWS, GO BACK TO PALESTINE'. Today, the world screams, 'JEWS, GET OUT OF PALESTINE'. And so, without an education (which had been stolen from him during the years of the war), without a father, without any kindness or mercy from the world, he escaped the blood soaked land of Europe to board an illegal ship to Israel. The British forces, still mandating the area, spotted the ship he was on which was carrying more than 500 passengers. They shot warning shots into the air and then boarded the ship. A fight broke out with the British beating the Jewish survivors. There were screams and soon they were overpowered. The boat was then forced to Cyprus. It was there my father was put behind a fence in a DP camp. Months later, because he was able to prove his family owned property in 'Palestine', he was allowed to enter Israel in a 'quota' that the British set, to limit Jewish immigration. A distant cousin came to collect him at the port in Haifa. The first question my father asked him as he got off the boat was.... "Are we going to be human beings again?"
It is over 60 years now since my father arrived to this good land after the Holocaust. Jews who worked hard draining swamps, fighting off enemies, and living under the period of food rationing in Israel, all suffered, but they worked to build this country so that you and I and all future generations of Jews should have a home to come to, so we wouldn't have to ever rely on anyone/ any country to protect us again. In spite of all the political deceit today, as well as the outside attempts of nations to destroy Israel, Jews have an army, and Jewish homes here all have guns, and our citizens know how to use them.
Today, Jews can walk proud. Today, there is (in spite of everything) a strong Israel. We have world reknowned universities and research labs, an overflowing of Torah study, employment, an abundance of food, new communities, and new families. And I'll be damned if anyone tries to wrest our land from us. I have been living in my home which is 'over the green line' for almost 15 years. I have lived through at least 5 administrations telling me that I will have to leave my home. It was Rabin, then Peres, then Netanyahu, then Barak, then Sharon, and now Olmert (soon to be out). They are all gone, out of office, yet we Jews are still here. Man plans, and G-d laughs. Man proposes, but G-d disposes.
Like a horse with blinders, we don't let the 'noise' and 'distractions' stop us from our purpose. We keep moving forward. We ignore perceived limitations and forge new paths. Let us thank those before us who were strong in their ideals and forged ahead. They didn't sit and whine. They acted, and achieved in a no-nonsense sort of way. When my father served in the Israeli air force, they had to get planes from the junk yard and piece them together. They could barely protect Tel Aviv. When I served in the Israeli army/air force, one generation later, we were already flying jets over Iraq bombing its nuclear reactor. Long live the stubborn Jew!
I was watching the Holocaust Remembrance ceremony with three of my children this evening. While standing at attention, I looked over to my youngest son who is almost 11 years old. He was named after one of my father’s cousins that was killed in the Holocaust. The boy’s name was Yechzkiel (Ezekial) and he was also about 11 years old. He hid for a long time, but the Nazis finally caught him and his older sister, and killed them. I looked at my son and thought, how could a man, a soldier, kill in cold blood, a little 10-11 year old kid? (Listen to an interview I played this week with a holocaust survivor. It is very moving and has a surprise ending).
Germany is often known as ‘das Land der Dichter und Denker’ (the land of poets and thinkers). How could it be that one of the most sophisticated cultures in Europe could carry out the mass extermination of the Jewish People - men, women, & children?
There used to be a whole world of Jews throughout Europe. There were Jewish community centers, synagogues, schools, neighborhoods, - they are all gone now. These Jewish communities were around and thriving for well over a thousand years. Much longer than American Jewry. Could one imagine America today Jew-less?
One of the best books I have ever read was called, “Go My Son”, by Chaim Shapiro. I highly recommend this book, it is a no-putter-downer. In the book, he describes how he came from a very upper middle class home in Poland in a mixed neighborhood of Jews and Gentiles. Life was good. He was around 16 years old and his parents had a lovely home, rich wooden furniture, and he went to one of the best yeshivot (institute of higher Torah learning) in Europe. They had it made. One day, a Mr. Hoffman, who was a German business acquaintance (and not Jewish) came to their home in Poland and warned them about the atrocities against the Jews that was happening in Germany. He said that the Germans would be invading Poland soon, and that they should think about trying to get out before the German soldiers arrived.
I will never forget what Chaim’s mother, Mrs. Shapiro, said to Mr. Hoffman. I loaned the book out so I can’t quote her exact words, but she looked at Mr. Hoffman incredulously and said something like, “Mr. Hoffman, I could imagine that maybe the Cossacks or (some other people) would do these atrocities to the Jews. But the GERMANS? They are the most cultured people in Europe!”
Within a few weeks, all had changed in Chaim Shapiro’s town. It was an average day, peaceful and humming as usual. Then, they heard from above a humming sound. They looked and saw the sky dark, filled with German planes coming from overhead. As they approached, they let go of their bombs. The city was under attack. Everyone dashed out of their homes to run down the street where there was an underground shelter. Explosions were heard one after another. Everything shook. Homes caught fire and black smoke billowed up into the sky.
After the raid, people started to push out of the shelter, they were cramped and had to get air. Chaim’s little brother, not yet 13, was near the door and was pushed out of the protection of the shelter. The crowd behind him was shoving forward. Just as he was pushed out, another bomb exploded, sending shrapnel flying and he was hit in the head.
Profusely bleeding, they grabbed him, picked him up and brought him into the street looking for a place to lay him down. Most of the homes on the once pleasant street a few minutes ago, were now heaps of rubble. They found the nearest house still standing and broke in and put him down on the couch. There he lay bleeding. In the frenzy, his family ran to find a doctor, but they couldn't find anyone who would venture out during the bombing. Chaim's little brother's life was ebbing away from him. He looked up at his older brother Chaim, and he asked him, “Chaim, will I not even live to see my Bar Mitzvah?”. Several minutes later, the boy succumbed to the head wound, and died.
Chaim had gone back to his house with his family to see what was left, to grab their clothes, and anything they could carry and flee, but there was no house left. All was on fire. No clothes, no furniture, no nothing. In just a matter of a couple of hours, Chaim’s life, and the life of his family had changed dramatically. He went from having a peaceful and well to do life in the morning, to having lost his house, his belongings, and his little brother, by the afternoon. How could this happen so fast? To find out how he survived the war, order the book now. You won’t be sorry.
And now, are you going to be a Mrs. Shapiro? Are you going to deny that the cultured western world governments could not possibly commit such atrocities on the Jews? Are you going to be in denial and think that your life will go on forever as it is now? Things can change in an instant. What do you think will happen if the West doesn’t get gas for their cars and heat for their homes? When it comes to a nation to decide ‘our Jews’ or ‘our Oil’, guess what they are going to choose? If the stock market crashes and life fortunes and savings are lost, who are they going to blame? Who is going to be their scapegoat? Look what Obama’s reverend is preaching about white people? When they start to burn down neighborhoods in riots, guess what neighborhoods are the easiest targets? “Let’s get those Jews! Why do they live in these nice homes while we can’t even afford to heat our own? Yah, those nebbish geeky mama’s boys.” Those Jewish accountants, lawyers and doctors who probably don’t even own a gun for protection. Little mama's boys.
Did you know that the U.S. Government has built several ‘detention camps’ all over America? Who will these camps be used for? See this government letter below which states:
"Enclosed is the information you requested pertaining to the army's policy and guidance for establishing civilian inmate labor program and civilian prison camps on army installations. This information has not yet been published."
Watch this video below.
Why do they even exist? I am not saying that there will be a holocaust in the United States, but it sure makes me, the daughter of a holocaust survivor very uncomfortable that these camps exist and are ready and waiting – for someone. Aw, but it can’t happen in America. Why, Bush is a friend of Israel, and the enlightened Western Democracies are so careful to be politically correct.
Throw the Jew down the well.
I’m not saying it is going to happen. But it could.
What? Not ANOTHER conspiracy! Yes, my friends, as we delve into the Passover story, we read how Pharoah felt threatened by the Jews, and decided to act treacherously with them. “He said to his people, “Behold! The people, the Children of Israel, are more numerous and stronger than we. Come, let us deal wisely with them…” Exodus 1: 9-10
You see, even in those days, a Pharaoh wasn’t able to do whatever he wanted. Political correctness existed in that time as well. Pharaoh would have had a very hard time having his soldiers commit genocide against the Jewish population who had flourished in Egypt and grew to be a strong part of Egyptian society. And let us not forget that a Jew, Joseph, was the prime minister of all of Egypt, so the Jews had it 'really made', much more so even, than Jews in America today.
"Come, let us deal wisely with them. Let us amputate the Land of Israel, divide Jerusalem, and plant a terror state in its belly, and we will call it 'peace'."
Yet there were those that hated the Jews. They were suspicious of this people who came down to Egypt and prospered so well. “Those Jews," they stated, "we open our doors to them and they become even greater than us.”
And so a new king arose over Egypt, one who did not know Joseph. -They apparently forgot about the Jew Joseph who saved the Egyptians from sarving to death during their 7 year famine. And so this new Pharaoh called a meeting, not unlike the Nazi's Wannsee Conference where they organized to plan the extermination of the Jewish People in Europe.
Pharaoh said to his ministers: “Come, let us deal wisely with them’. Pharaoh had to devise a plan where he could squash out the Jews without the press writing horrible headlines about him and his administration. Of course I write this example in jest, but there was too much of a chance that his people wouldn’t cooperate, nor would the Jews themselves cooperate. And so Pharaoh ‘dealt wisely’. He conspired to enslave the Jews -with the cooperation of all.
Our sages state that Pharaoh’s treacherous solution to the ‘Jewish problem’ was to deceive the Jews into showing their patriotism by building cities to safeguard the country’s wealth. As the Midrash teaches, Pharaoh set the example by joining the labor force to symbolize that everyone must help Egypt in its time of need. Once the Jewish volunteers were mobilized, in actuality donning their own chains - it was easy for the next step, which was to enslave them.
Next week, Pharaoh Bush will be coming to Israel. His arrival should be well prepared for, with a strong public stance stating where the red lines are and what lines he cannot cross over when he is here. But we know what the agenda is. We know that Bush is coming here not just for a 60 year birthday party of the Modern State of Israel, but in fact, he is coming in order to deal wisely with us. Behind the handshakes, photo ops and smiles, he is pushing hard for the establishment of a Palestinian terror state carved out of the belly of Israel, before the end of his term is up. He wants to wrest the Jewish people’s land, and hand it to her enemies. He calls this ‘peace’ and he deals wisely with us. Jews are being shot, shelled and bombed, and he tells us that this is the right way to end the bloodshed. He is dealing wisely with us.
Jews in Israel are holding the fort, building new communities, and keeping the land alive with Jewish life. Will our brothers who are still embeded across the sea do their small part? Will American Jewish organizations be bold enough to write a public letter to their president stating firmly their objections to the division of Israel and Jerusalem? Will Jews in America sit by idly as their president comes to Israel demanding an end to Jewish building in our Biblical homeland, the uprooting of Jewish communities and the arming and training of our enemies?
If Jews in America truly believe they enjoy more freedom than we do here in Israel, will they be brave enough to march in the streets, protest, demonstrate and otherwise send a strong message, “No dividing the Land of Israel”, “No to an Arab Palestinian Terror State.” Or, will they sit quietly in their living rooms, afraid of being accused of dual loyalty, especially after the arrest of Ben-Ami Kadish? Are the Jews in America really as free and protected as they believe, or are they also part of the Pharaoh conspiracy, thinking they are good patriotic Americans/Egyptians yet are truly salves to their own red-white-and-blue master?