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Life Lessons with Judy Simon
Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem. He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981.
Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History. He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes. He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals.
Our Arutz 7 website has informed us that:
IDF legal adviser Ahaz Benari has warned Defense Minister Ehud Barak against using artillery fire in populated areas. According to Haaretz, Benari said artillery fire is “problematic” when used against rocket-launching terrorists in urban areas, and ruled, “Artillery fire is permissible only in relatively open areas.”
Benari's response was part of a larger IDF and government effort to determine appropriate responses to rocket fire on the Gaza belt area. Gaza terrorists have fired over 10,000 rockets and mortar shells at Israeli towns over the past eight years.
Haaretz explains further that:
The opinion reviews international law on the matter and finds that while there is no wholesale ban on artillery fire at sites from which rockets were launched, the fire should be aimed at military targets and be able to distinguish between the target and civilians or civilian property.
"Jewdiciary" is my term to describe what happens when Jews who have been affected with an ideological orientation that they assume permits them to use their political and bureacratic power to advance concepts of progressive and liberal actions, positions which are based on principles of false morality and are to the detriment of fellow Jews in pursuit of some supposedly higher, more ethical and more universal values of humanity.
Acts of a Jewdiciary nature most usually end up dehumanizing Jews and cause them harm, damage and death.
Now, as regards the situation and proper repsonse to Gaza, I am not suggesting with do a Dresden on them:
First of all, it isn't necessary to carpet-bomb and firebomb an entire city. We could inform the population in Hamastanian Gaza that in the next few days, if morter and rocket fire does not cease from Gaza, that Israel will take measures which, most unfortunately, may cause collateral damage. They have been warned and they can do one of two things: (a) they could flee and return after calm is restored [I think that's what happened in many cases in 1948 but that would be most ironic that this time around, it is Israel suggesting to them that mode of behavior rather than their own leadership]; or (b) they could kick the terrorists out and even rise up in revolt against the Hamas dictatorship [and myabe even the US would supply them with the means to do so].
Secondly, Dresden was in February 1945 - and I am not going even to mention Nagasaki since Gaza is too close for even tactical use of weapons-of-mass-destruction, - and while the US regularly kills civilians in its strikes in Afghanistan, etc., Israel, at this time and circumstance, still has a limit to what it can do, a limit that is in place because we still hold ourselves to standards that the non-Jewish world might think, like in Georgia, is downright silly. In other words, acts of a Jewdiciary nature not only are injurious in the present but prevent us from doing the right thing in the future. It works regressively.
In any case, I would suggest thast this Benari fellow be moved to a different task in the Advocate-General's office, like prosecuting terrorists who fire Qassams and Grads.
Or better, assign him to the Home Front Command office in Sderot.