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Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is http://tuviainil.blogspot.com He publishes 4-6 times a week on his blog. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.
Here are some recent headlines you might have missed. These stories come from December 27 – 30, 2013.
The war against Israel
-Court Won't Intervene, Release to Proceed on Schedule (12/30/13, Arutz Sheva)
-Murderer of 16 Israelis Among Terrorists to be Freed (12/29/13, Arutz Sheva)
- Dozens of right-wing activists protesting prisoner release block J'lem streets, burn tires (12/29/13, Haaretz)
-IDF fighting new brand of Palestinian terror (12/28/13, Ynet)
- PA Report Predicts: 3rd Intifada in 2014 (12/29/13, Arutz Sheva)
-As 2014 dawns, Israel keeps a nervous eye on regional jihadist groups (12/27/13, Haaretz)
When the current round of Arab-Israel peace talks began in August, 2013, the United States (the brokers of the talks) felt that Israel should free 104 Arab prisoners. Most of these prisoners were in Israeli prisons because they had murdered, helped to murder—or plotted to murder—Jews in Israel. The US premise was, Israel should do this as a gesture for peace.
It was a curious concept because no such ‘gesture’ was required of the Palestinian Authority (PA). No one required the PA to condemn the killing of Jews. No one demanded that the PA condemn all attacks against Jews. Even as the number of attacks against Jews jumped from 87 in July to 167 in November, no one demanded that the PA condemn such attacks.
But everyone—the US, the EU and the PA—demanded that Israel stick to its release schedule--26 prisoners every couple of months until all 104 would go free. Jewish bloodshed meant nothing. The ‘gesture’ was a ‘requirement’.
Jewish blood is that cheap: the Jews must free killers even as Jews are attacked. But the Arabs must not be pressured, reprimanded or warned, even as they incite against Jews.
Before each of the previous two releases, Jews in Israel went to the streets to protest the releases. Jews also went to Israel’s Leftist High Court to seek an injunction against each release.
No one stopped the releases—not the Court, not the Prime Minister, not the Justice Ministry.
Everyone agreed: Israel was required to release Jew-killers.
Israel’s leaders favoured their ‘peace gesture’ over the well-being of their own people. Israel’s leaders neglected their own people in order to bow to nations which do not cry over Jewish blood.
Clearly, Israel fears the powerful. Clearly, Israel fears the Arab. Clearly, cowardice trumps Jewish safety.
Israel continues to release murderers even as Jews are stabbed.
Israel seems to be the only country in the West to release unrepentant killers. The US, by contrast, holds 158 ‘detainees’ in Guantanamo Bay who have not killed Americans on US soil. These detainees have never received the benefit of trial in a US court. Some have been tortured.
The US has not closed this prison. It won’t close it even as the United Nations wants it closed. The current 158 detainees do not appear to be ‘release-able’ any time soon.
The prisoners in Israeli jails are different. They are not battlefield combatants fighting in armed conflict. They are civilians who kill Jews—including women and children-- in cold blood for political reasons. They vow to kill again.
The US will not release its detainees, most of whom have never set foot in America. But Israel must release Jew-killers who will walk again in Israel.
Israel is indeed different. Jewish blood is cheap.
Israel may be the only nation in the UN with a distinctive, identifiable national homeland that dates back more than 3,000 years. Israel may be the only nation in the UN with archaeological evidence to support its homeland claims.
Nevertheless, Israel is different.
Israel is the only nation is the UN whose identifiable ancestral homeland is denied to them by international acclaim. Israel is the only country in the UN whose leaders deny their own heritage and homeland because enemies make their own—unprovable--claim to that same land.
Israel is different.
Israel is the only country in the world where leaders chose to believe the claims of enemies over their own heritage. Israel is the only country in the world where leaders choose cowardice over heritage. Israel is the only country in the world that tolerates the demonization of close to 500,000 Jews--simply because of where those Jews live. Israel is also the only country in the world actively considering the ethnic cleansing of half-a-million Jews.
Israel is very different.
Israel is the only country in the world actively waiting for a pogrom. It is the only country in the world expecting a pogrom. It’s also the only country in the world not doing a damn thing about that pogrom, except waiting for it.
Read the news. Terror is in the air. Attacks against Jews are up. The IDF has announced that it is facing a new kind of terror against Jews (“IDF fighting new brand of Palestinian terror”). PA Arabs predict more terror (“PA Report Predicts: 3rd Intifada in 2014”). Israel expects more terror (“As 2014 dawns, Israel keeps a nervous eye on regional jihadist groups”).
‘Terror’ is the 21st Century’s ‘pogrom’.
Israel is different. It is the only country in the world that actively advertises it sets the stage for the spilling of Jewish blood. Jewish blood will spill because that’s how these peace talks will end, with attacks to kill Jews.
Read the news. It’s all there.
Funny thing about Israel today: it may be the most anti-Jewish country in the world.
We’ve got work to do. We are Jews. Israel is our homeland. Israel is the homeland G-d gave to us—and to us alone. It is our only homeland. We have no place else to go.
If we don’t protect Israel, no one else will protect it for us. If we want Israel, we will have to fight for it.
Funny thing about fighting over Israel: this is how our Final Destiny begins.
Are you ready?