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.
Has the 'religion of peace' today perpetrated the French version of the Fogel Family?
If you want details, and a background, go to the news sites. This is a blog. I am not going to pound out on the keyboard all the news that came out of France today. Here's a link for the background.
I just want to say this....
IF this was done by a crazy, evil, Muslim, then answer me this question....
Where is the so-called Muslim 'honor'? We hear all the time about honor killings, because some female in the family was perceived to have dis-honored their family. We hear all the time not to insult an Arab or a Muslim, because it is the worst thing you can do because his 'honor' is everything. So knowing this, how is it that they choose such weak and undeserving 'targets' as innocent babies, children, fathers and mothers? How is it that we have supposedly big brave and honor-seeking terrorist Muslims who choose as their targets, 8 year old little girls, 6 and 3 1/2 year old little toddlers?
Above: Fogel Massacre
Victims: Yonatan Sandler and his two children 6 and 3 1/2
How is it that these big, brave fighters for Allah go and slit the throats of infants in their beds? What chance did an infant have to defend itself?
Today, what happened in France, was eerily similar to what happened to the Fogel Family HY"D just over a year ago. Little victims that had no way to defend themselves, little victims that could not put up a fight.
Big brave fighters of ALLAH? You are a disgrace not only to the human race, but to your culture of bloody, holy honor. May you be dispatched to hell, quickly.
We've had enough. Really, how much longer to do we have to wait until our leaders grow a spine? How much longer are we going to suffer political sell-outs that put their bank account interests above their responsibilities to serve their nation as they were elected to do? (see article on MK Ben Eliezer 'reportedly' getting $25,000 a month from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for being an 'adviser' to him. If true, I wonder how THAT affected his votes in the cabinet when it came to issues on Egypt.) In another news report, Former Southern Command Chief of the IDF, Yoav Galant, stated recently that if Tel Aviv were attacked by missiles, that Israel's reaction would be different. Why? The reason, he states, is that Sderot has only about 2,000 voters, whereas Tel Aviv has around a million. Politics.
The fact is, the nation is getting wiser - and sicker, of the situation and those who are making decisions in the government about our security, our economy and our future. It's impossible to live in a situation where a good portion of the population is under fire and in a war which reaches its own neighborhoods. No school, no gatherings of over a few hundred people - which often means cancellations of weddings, celebrations, concerts, ballets, shows, etc... the loss of investment in these events including ticket sales, loss of days at schools, institutions, shopping centers, all hit the public hard in the pocket book and cripple the economy. Companies & businesses can go broke investing in an event that ultimately gets canceled. But that's just on a small scale.
The cost to the state for each 'Iron Dome' anti-missile launch is believed to cost up to $75,000 a shot. This last barrage of 200-300 missiles on our southern cities could have cost us up to $15,000,000 (minus the times we did not use it because the missiles slammed into empty areas where the Iron Dome was not used.) But even if we COULD afford to keep the Iron Dome launchers supplied and make up the for the loss, the Iron Dome is not infallible. And it certainly cannot be as effective as it has been if our enemies decided to launch several missiles at a time.
Up until now only a few missiles at a time have been launched against us. The Iron Dome CAN cope with amounts like these and it has been VERY successful -though it has had failures and enemy missiles found their targets. But if the enemy was to launch thirty, forty or more at a time, how would the government be able to protect our skies? How would we be able to ward off the amount of missiles being launched at us at such a volume? What is the amount of deaths the government has deemed as an 'acceptable loss' before it finally gets out of 'defensive mode' and goes on the offense?(And I am not talking about limited targeted hits on Gaza.)
As all military people know, a war cannot be won fought 'defensively'. A war can only be won when one goes on the offensive. When then will the government decide to finish off this enemy threat once and for all and crush the terrorists and drive their supporters out of our midst?
Israel is a world major military force. It is widely believed that we have nuclear capability. It's time we stopped sitting in the corner begging the world for breadcrumbs. We need to take our seat at the table. Why should non-nations like the PLO and Hamas Arabs in the P.A. make demands of us? Why should a member state of the U.N. (Iran) be able to get away with threatening the annihilation of another U.N. state (Israel)? Why should we continue to suffer terror attacks after we already signed Oslo where Arafat's only obligation was to put an end to terror and violence? Why is this conflict still going on where Israel is always absorbing the blows, while making the concessions?
We are strong. We have the military 'ruby red slippers'. We have G-d Almighty behind us. Yes, I used the name G-d, and we should not be embarrassed to do so or remind our nation about G-d. Our enemies use the name of Allah in every speech they give. Why don't our leaders mention G-d?
It's time to start acting with a strong hand. If any entity tries to harm us, we need to hit them hard, decisively, and crush them so they will never be able to raise their hands against our people again. 'Hate me, but fear me' needs to be our motto. Enough trying to show the world how good and moral we are. Enough trying to explain to the world that we are a good people and only want peace with our neighbors and that we do so much for it and yet we are still abused and looked at as Goliath. It's time we stop chasing after the world's love, or even the world's recognition. The world cares more about their oil and full gas tanks than they do about Jewish lives.
Hit strong. Hit hard. Hit decisively. One or two serious and decisive military operations fought to the finish, will already set a firm deterrent factor that will eliminate the need to have to fight further. Make our enemies quiver, make their knees shake when they hear the name 'Israel'. Make them fear to even THINK about terrorizing us or hurting our people. Destroy those that come to destroy us. Eat them for lunch before they eat us for dinner. As former U.S. President Reagan once quipped, "Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong".
If we really want to see peace, Israel should also start telling the world, "Hate me, but fear me".
That's why I don't understand the thinking of liberal leftists - who apparently hate themselves.
Below is a video that was posted yesterday on youtube. It shows these self-hating, self-loathing people
yelling that Israel should not be using the 'Kipat Barzel' (the 'Iron Dome' anti-missile system) which has probably saved the lives of hundreds if not thousands of people who could have been killed and wounded if their homes, schools, commercial centers were hit by the hundreds of missiles that have been launched on Israel by the terrorists. They then shout that the IDF (Israel Defense Force) - Israel's army (soldiers) should 'Go to hell'.
For those who do not understand Hebrew, here is the translation and transliteration of what they are chanting in the video:
לא כיפה ולא ברזל צהל לך לעזאזל
Lo Kipa v'lo Barzel, Tzahal lech l'azazel !
No Dome and No Iron, IDF GO TO HELL!
הפגנה בתל אביב מול הקריה שמאלנים צורחים אפרטהייד
Demonstration in Tel Aviv opposite the Kiriya (military headquarters)
One of the comments left under the video by an Israeli stated this:
"תבואו לאשדוד תצעקו את זה באזעקות יחתיכת אפסים שגרים 200 ק"מ מהדרום אוכלים לכם סושי בתל אביב, וצועקים לי במגפונים כמו חברות מפגרים, למה אתם לא הולכים לעזה לעשות מסע הסברה? ישחטו אתכם שם, חתיכת אפסים !
"Come to Ashdod and yell it during the sirens, you pieces of 'Zero' that live 200 kilometers from the south while you eat your sushi in Tel Aviv, and shout it from your megaphones like a bunch of retards. Why don't you go to Gaza and make a diplomatic campaign/trip? They'll slaughter you there, you pieces of zero."
Tonight I was under attack. More about that in a minute.
If one opens up the TV news in Israel right now, it is plastered with news-type tickers running across the screen announcing that 100 rockets and missiles have been launched against Israel's southern cities, and that there will be no school tomorrow in Beer Sheva, Ashkelon, and Ashdod. They then show scenes where rockets and missiles have slammed into Israel. Some shots show blood splattered from victims that are now in the hospital.
The headlines all say 'Escalation in South'.
But this is wrong. This is the method of 'divide and conquer' or 'divide and weaken/dull the senses. Because some Israelis, even only an hour's drive away, are not seeing or feeling these attacks. I certainly wasn't until this weekend (as they don't feel the threat of rock and shooting attacks on the roads in YESHA).
We are all going on, life as usual, with only news reports about what others are experiencing, but the rest of us are not feeling that we are ALL under threat. Divide and weaken. "Attacks on YESHA roads" "Missiles on the South" Missiles on the North", etc... And so instead of saying that ISRAEL is under attack, and that a war has been waged against it, the media says that what is happening right now is an 'Escalation in the South', the southern region of Israel.
Now, back to my weekend....
We went away to Ashkelon for Shabbat (the weekend -Fri-Sat). Everything was fine & beautiful, we had a nice Shabbat dinner and we went to sleep early, around 10pm. A little while later, not sure what time it was, I wake to the sound of a shrill siren. See here what is something like I experienced:
I am thinking maybe the shrill sound in the night is just traffic outside below the window, but then I hear furniture moving around in the apt. above us -or next to us- and people scrambling.... and I realize.... we are under a rocket attack from Gaza! I shake my husband awake and tell him there's a siren and then I hop out of bed and run to the living room to wake one of my kids (a teenager) who I knew went to sleep on the couch.
But he sleeps like a rock.
I am shaking him and shaking him to get up and run to the 'protected' bomb-shelter/sealed room where my other son is sleeping. He's taller than me now, so I can't pick him up while he's asleep and take him myself. I finally succeed in waking him from the dead and grab him by the arm and propel him into the safe-room and onto an extra bed I pull out from below where my other son is asleep. I cover him, and leave them there safely. He doesn't realize what is happening, and he goes right back to sleep.
After a couple of minutes, my husband is looking out the window saying that he didn't hear any siren, but the window he is looking through faces the Mediterranean sea, so no action there. We wait a minute longer, and when we see nothing has happened, we go back to sleep. In the morning, we wake to loud booms, ahhh, so IF there was an attack last night, then most likely these BOOMS we are hearing and feeling shaking and rattling the windows, are our retaliation on Gaza.
But the rest of the day was peaceful, and I start to think that maybe I imagined a siren going off, and that maybe it was just noise from the street.
It's Shabbat, so we don't hear the radio or TV. All goes as normal. As Shabbat ended, my other son who is now in the IDF Paratroopers here called me to see if we were 'ok'. I said, yes, and asked why? He said, "Didn't you hear the news? They've shot about 100 rockets and Grad missiles at Israel over Friday and Shabbat. And Israel killed about 14 or 15 terrorists." he says.
Ahhh, I think. So maybe some of those explosions we heard in the morning was from that? Ashkelon is just north of Gaza (look on map in blue sea for Ashkelon).
We turned on the TV to see the news and they were reporting from Be'er Sheva, Ashkelon and Ashdod simultaneously. On the screen, with reporters in each city, they go from one to the other. They announce, "No school tomorrow for these cities under attack.
My two sons who are watching the news with me, being kids, were wishing they'd get to be off from school too, but apparently it is more dangerous here in Ashkeolon than it is in the 'Wild West Bank' as some people like to sarcastically refer to it. -A real Purim twist, eh? (more story below)
Gaza Missile Map Oref.org.il
In any case, it was Saturday night now and we had to pack up and leave Ashkelon to get back home for school the next day for my kids. It's dark outside, and on the way out of the parking garage, I am sure I hear another siren. But no one else in the car hears it, so again, I think I am possibly imagining it, or maybe it was far away coming from the city of Ashdod, but I doubted I could hear a red alert signal from Ashdod all the way to Ashkelon. In the meantime, we leave the parking garage and started on the way home. After about 3-4 minutes, we drive just past Ashkelon's central bus station, and are approaching an intersection where the light is about to turn red. All of a sudden we hear a very loud and clear siren. No mistaking it this time. Cars stop. Some drivers and passengers get out of their cars in the middle of the street and leave them there and run for cover. Most though stayed in their vehicles. Some opened their doors and stood or crouched near their cars. We stayed in the car and looked out the windows, and THERE!!!! Up in the sky, headed DIRECTLY our way is a rocket/missile -whatever, glowing yellow and fire-like in the sky. Flying, flying getting closer and closer to us. I open my car door and stand outside watching, thinking if it will hit our car or not, but I see it is a little to the right of our vehicle and if it slams into us, it will be maybe a hundred meters or so away, safe enough I believe not to have to run for cover (...but what do I know?) and then to my amazement, the flying bomb explodes in mid-air and dissipates into blackness. (The 'Iron Dome'?) However, as this is all happening, my husband says he sees another one coming, but this one from the north, and then I look up and see another fiery orb flying in the sky above and since it is coming from the north, I realize it won't hit us, so stand and watch, as that too ultimately explodes in mid air.
That was what happened, it was over, the light turned green, we all got back into our cars and drove away.
The thing that disturbs me here is that the news calls this an 'escalation in the south'.
My friends, schools are closed, a million and a half Israeli citizens will be in bunkers/safe rooms, whatever, having to take cover from these fiery orbs flying over their heads looking to murder as many as possible. Yet life in other parts of the country, - even the 'Wild West Bank' (Judea and Samaria) ;-) -will go on as usual. We need to remember that this is not an 'escalation on the south' as the media labels it. Rather, this is a war front opened up on... the State of Israel!
All of us need to be incensed that WE are under attack. Our media divides the country by saying it is an escalation on the 'southern' region' - as if it is a problem someone else is having, and we can all go about our business while the government makes some retaliations and tries to keep 'damage control'.
Instead, we must acknowledge, and state clearly to our People, that a ruthless enemy has opened up a war against us that targets our civilians and cities. They want to kill any and all of us that they can. They have no problem strapping bombs on their own children if it means killing and maiming Jews. A ruthless enemy like the Hamas and those populations that support them, should be dealt with ruthlessly -by the Israeli government, until they beg us for peace, and not the other way around. This is not a tit for tat situation. This is not a problem in 'the south'. This is war! And it won't end until somebody wins it. Let it be us!
When people begged her to do the 'social network',
But everyone told her,
Your reach will be bolder,
So she finally capitulated and said she'd try it, and then put it on 'private settings' and then made herself too hidden so no one could find her and then she tried to fix it and this doesn't rhyme at all anymore.
So,,,,,, if you want to be my friend on FACEBOOK, now's your chance (before I might sneak out in the night, never to returnnnnnnnnn!).