Beyond the Cusp

August 22, 2018

Israeli Defense Official Finally Telling Gazans the Truth

 

Sometimes it takes somebody with the bravado mixed with common sense and a touch of savvy to break original ground and try just using the truth and reality of the situation. Such has been the message to the Gazan people from the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Kamil Abu-Rukun, who last week on Friday urged the people of Gaza to choose economic growth over terrorism. Abu-Rukun wrote in a post on COGAT’s Arabic-language Facebook page, “When terror grows, the Palestinian economy declines.” From there he went on to conclude with some hard facts informing them that, “In 1992 more than 90,000 Gazan workers entered Israel every day, but since then the number has dropped to 0. The terrorist organizations are undermining the stability and the Palestinian economy. Residents of Gaza, the choice is yours: Terrorism or economic growth.” This is also to a slightly lesser extent the truth in the Palestinian Authority controlled areas where terrorism and murdering Israelis is a form of government employment which pays more than any actual job available, even if one were able to find such employment. The truth is that the economies of Gaza and the Palestinians in the Shomron were amongst, if not, the highest in the world year after year. Their health statistics were rising as was their life quality. They were slowly becoming a working partner with Israel. They were seeing infrastructure being improved with new schools, universities, hospitals, clinics, roads, electrical power grids, water systems, sewage treatment and virtually every area of life on the upswing. These are facts which anybody who cares to do the research can find out for themselves. So, what happened that things became so horrible and that Gaza is considered on the verge of economic collapse and the Palestinian Authority ruled regions are not that much better off?

 

The break point was the year 1993. This was when the Palestinian Liberation Organization was transformed, in name only as it remained a terror operation, and given a new title of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Arch terrorist Yasser Arafat was crowned President of the Palestinians. This was the solution to the First Intifada which started in December of 1987 and continued until September of 1993 coming to an end mysteriously just as the PA was brought back from Tunisia with Yasser Arafat and his merry band of terrorist masters and placed as the rulers of the Palestinian Arabs. This was the result of the Oslo Accords, the greatest imposition of attempts to destroy Israel ever fashioned and brought on by behind the scenes activities initiated by the Norwegian government acting in concert with European influence. The principle Norwegian actors were Jan Egeland, Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister, who provided political cover, facilities and finances for the negotiations, Johan Jørgen Holst, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Terje Rød-Larsen, Norwegian facilitator during the negotiations and Mona Juul, Norwegian facilitator during the negotiations. They met secretly with an Israeli delegation who, to this day, it is unclear who appointed them, how they were granted the rights to make such decisions and whether their actions were closer to treasonous or simple blind leftist belief that even the worst terrorist can be transformed into a statesman by providing them a platform, honorable title, lots of foreign and Israeli money and universal recognition; they were dead wrong on all counts. These individuals were Yossi Beilin, Israeli negotiator during the Oslo peace process; Yair Hirschfeld, Israeli negotiator during the Oslo peace process; Shimon Peres, Israeli Foreign Minister during the Oslo peace process; Ron Pundak, who formed first Israeli negotiating team with Hirschfeld before official Israeli involvement which is important as this was presented to the Israeli government as an almost completed deal; Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Prime Minister during the Oslo peace process; and Uri Savir, former Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, head of the Israeli negotiating team. There has been much debate about how much Prime Minister Rabin knew about these dealings which had another silent partner, the United States Department of State. The initial plan was for negotiations to last five years and end with a permanent agreement. Yasser Arafat and company had a separate plan, to take every possible concession which could be dragged and forced out of the Israelis until they provided the Palestinian, presumably with assistance from outside Arab nations, with a territorially weakened Israel which could be destroyed with a single force wiping them from the earth. Arafat not only refused every offer including one he had told President Clinton he would accept assuming Israeli Prime Minister Barak would reject but Barak agreed and Arafat stormed from the next morning meeting when the signing was presumed to take place and a few months later initiated the Second Intifada, which was subsequently found to have been his plan even before the peace conference known as the Camp David Summit had even started. All the Oslo Accords were to Arafat and Abbas was their way to get their nose into the tent and then were to act as the proverbial camel in an old Arabic tale.

 

Camp David Talks on a Break as President Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Ehud Barak Stroll the Grounds of the Complex Located Ten Miles North of Frederick, Maryland

Camp David Talks on a Break as President Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Ehud Barak Stroll the Grounds of the Complex Located Ten Miles North of Frederick, Maryland

 

This was the very point where the Palestinian Arab economy changed from productivity and employment into terrorism and the attempted destruction of Israel. A general overview can be read here. The greatest downturn came immediately after the initiating of the Second Intifada which led to the building of a wall between Israeli territory and the regions within the Shomron from whence most of the terrorist bombings originated. This wall was immediately referred to by the leftists and Arab influence as the Apartheid Wall but Israelis were satisfied as before this barrier was out in place to prevent terrorist bombings, Israel had been suffering suicide bombings on a weekly basis and after the completion of the wall, whose route was diverted numerous times to comply with complaints filed by Arab farmers such that their fields were accessible sometimes due to court orders from the Israeli Supreme Court who heard these cases, the bombings dropped to virtually zero. The people who were supposed to be protected found they no longer needed suffer trepidation just for getting onto a bus to go to or from work or entering a restaurant or pizza parlor. The Second Intifada was brought to an end after the Passover Seder dinner where largely older couples in attendance were destroyed when the room in the Park Hotel in Netanya was destroyed in a suicide bombing which murdered thirty of the guests and employees and caused injuries to one-hundred-forty others. The Park Plaza bombing happened on March 27, 2002 and beginning on March 29, 2002 and continuing through May 3, 2002 came Operation Defensive Shield which was an IDF operation sweeping through the Shomron and clearing out as much of the terrorist structure and operational abilities including the bomb making and explosives manufacturing as was possible.

 

Despite all of this history and the obvious destruction of what was a growing economy and real improvements to the quality of life all being destroyed by the terrorist efforts brought into play be the PLO and others such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the Palestinians still believe that this was worth it if it leads to the destruction of Israel. Their leaders promise that if they sacrifice enough and commit sufficient terrorist acts, then the Jews will leave and go home. Perhaps somebody should also inform them that the Jews who are in Israel are home and that we have waited quite some time to return to our home which we described how empire after empire rode through in waves of war with the Arabs just being one of the more recent conquerors seeking empire and world domination. As Jews, all we ever desired was our little plot of land about the size of New Jersey situated between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Apparently that is too much for the Arabs to allow as it must all belong to them and so will the entire globe when they finally complete Allah’s desires. Their Quran promises that Islam, in whichever variant destroys all the other variants, will rule the world and everybody will believe exactly the same and be ruled by the truest of the followers of Islam, the Arabs. All one need do is look at the map below and you will realize what a great threat to the Arab and Muslim Worlds the Jewish State of Israel actually poses. The truth is the great sin that Israel has committed has been being successful. How could the Jewish State be successful as they are condemned by Allah, or so their Imams keep telling them. As Jews, we understand as the Christians also told their flocks that the Jews were the condemned of G0d for years. The Muslims claim we were the murderers of their prophets and the Christians claimed we were murderers of their deity. Different times but the same strokes for both groups.

 

Display of the Muslim Nations of the World in the Middle East, Asia and Northern Africa in Green with Israel depicted in Red making the relative size of Israel evident and consisting of under one percent of the land mass

Display of the Muslim Nations of the World in the Middle East, Asia and Northern Africa in Green with Israel depicted in Red

 

Kamil Abu-Rukun, commander of COGAT, has proposed a reasonable and valid choice. What is interesting is that it echoes the choice we as Jews are to offer to those who desire to reside within our lands, be they conquerors or a tribe residing within our lands. We tell them they have three choices, first is to reside within and live peaceably and follow the Noahic Code which was the definition in the ancient world of basic civility and a just society, second they may take their possessions and sheep and so forth and leave and we will not harass or chase after them or lastly they may choose to war with us but they are to know that it will eventually be a war of totality where only one will remain. What is strange is that sometimes that total war was not the Jews against those in our lands, it was the next empire rolling through. The Assyrians were replaced by the Babylonians who were replaced by the Persians who lost to the Greeks who were conquered by the Romans who were pushed out by the Caliphate which was replaced by the Crusaders who lost to the Caliphate who were pushed again by the Crusaders who were defeated by the Arabs led by a Kurdish Leader who were conquered by the Ottomans who lost in World War I and were replaced by the Europeans and Russia with the British getting our little region and then Israel finally regained her status as a nation after over two thousand years. We hope you were able to keep up with that. Below are the flags of some of those who either conquered our lands in the Holy Lands or who aspired to rid the world of the Jews such as the Nazis and now Hamas who has such written into their charter.

 

Flags of Many of the Nations Who Persecuted Jews Throughout History

Flags of Many of the Nations Who Persecuted Jews Throughout History

 

Kamil Abu-Rukun, commander of COGAT, we thought we might mention, is not Jewish. Abu-Rukun is a Druze officer in the IDF. Kamil Abu-Rukun is from the Druze village of Isfiya near Haifa, has previously held the posts of Israeli governor of the West Bank town of Tul Karm, commander of the Israeli army’s coordination and liaison unit with Gaza, deputy coordinator of government activities in the territories and head of the Israeli Civil Administration in the West Bank. He has served exceptionally well and is well respected in both the Israeli general community and within the Druze community. His new post appointment was announced back in December of last year by Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. If you wish to see Abu-Rukun performing some of his optional duties, here is his twitter post when he greeted some of the one-hundred-twenty-thousand Palestinian residents of Judea and Samaria who entered Israel in honor of Ramadan. One who would continue and read more on his twitter page would realize some truths seldom told by the media around the world as if Israel is not the evil and terrible place, what kind of news would there be? We can only pray that the people of Gaza who desire to live a normative life with opportunity for raising a family and not sending their children to be decoys and human shields for terror groups mainly targeting civilians who are also simply desirous of raising a family in safety and to make a world where their children will be more successful and safer than they were. Together, Israel and her Arab neighbors could compliment one another and assist in making all our lives more prosperous as well as healthier, more productive, easier and more caring. This relationship would be preferable for both sides if only it could be given a chance. Israel does not desire to kill Arabs in Gaza or the Shomron. We will act to whatever extent is required to prevent and end terrorism just as any other nation on the planet does including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the nations of Europe, Canada, the United States, China, Russia and all of the others. The new COGAT Commander is willing and desires to work to make the lives of Gazans and all within the Israeli borders safer and more normative with more jobs and greater opportunities than the current path where terrorism is the path taken will lead. Eventually, Israelis will demand that the terrorism be permanently stopped and that will be a very sad day and a day of reckoning where the future will be determined for many in a very short stroke of time. Please do not wait until things reach that point and choose life and friendship over hatred and terrorism.

 

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December 8, 2016

With Trump Comes Stark Reality

 

Already this last year of the Presidency of Barack Obama there has been a dozen terrorist attacks which have been verified as such. In one mere twelve hour stretch in September the American people found out it may not be safe to go shopping in a mall in Minnesota, go running a five kilometer not so fun run in New Jersey or walk window-shopping on the streets of New York City without risk of terrorism striking and potentially injuring or taking one’s most precious life. The United States has faced car bombings, remote detonated bombings, suicide bombings and shooting sprees where the attacker was only stopped when shot dead by an armed citizen or law enforcement officer. All of these terrorist styled attacks were first perfected against Israel where initially they received minimal notice by the Western World media as it was just Israel. Often any reporting on such terror attacks in Israel were covered in such a manner that it appeared as if the Israelis had shot the terrorist who then retaliated with his bombing, shooting or whatever attack as the title was often Palestinian shot by Israeli Defense Force or Palestinian Killed by Israeli Police or other misleading phrasing. As such attacks spread to Europe and across other Middle East and North African Arab nations where their Christian, Kurdish, Hindu or Buddhist minorities were often the targets with some attacks were Sunni-Shia violence and these made the reporting even in Israel more accurate. Now that attacks have spread to the United States the reporting has become stark noted by the insistence after each attack initially the authorities deny any possible tie to terrorism and warning against jumping to any conclusions that Muslims were at all involved in the attacks. Eventually the reality brakes through and the terrorist ties were obvious to the most casual of observers from the start and are finally admitted.

 

The lag time between attacks being perpetrated in Israel and their coming to the United States has thus far been measured in years if not decades granting Americans a reprieve from the more recent types of attacks used in Israel. Apparently this lag time has been shortened considerably with the terror attack at Ohio State University. The car ramming and following stabbing spree until shot by law enforcement officer November 28th brought that lag time down to the slimmest of measure as such are only the most recent of attacks even in Israel. This is not good news for Americans as there are no safe spaces from car rammings and stabbing attacks making everyone almost everywhere potentially under threat. The last couple of years in Israel had seen numerous car rammings which were all part of what was informally referred to as the Stabbing Intifada which has tailed off but not really completely come to an end. We all pray here in Israel, as you do in the United States, that this will be the only time you suffer from such an assault on your persons and communal safety; but we all know the unfortunate reality. Once a new form of terror attack is used it will continue until mitigating means are found for defeating such attacks. Here in Israel train stations and bus stops now have thick five centimeter diameter, cement filled posts a embedded deep into the pavement protecting the people from vehicle rammings. Stabbing attacks are only avoided through vigilance and a communal reaction making the attacker into the hunted as through mutual defense we are all safer.

 

Recently, though largely uncovered by Western media, Israel suffered yet another massive terror assault upon the entire nation through forest fires largely set by Arab arsonists. Neighboring nations, including Croatia, Greece, Jordan, Egypt, Italy, Russia and Turkey, responded with firefighting manpower and equipment for which we are grateful. The United States sent its “Supertanker” which is the largest firefighting aircraft in the world. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sent a coalition of eight fire trucks and 40 firefighters which were used largely in Judea and Samaria as nowhere was immune from the horrors. In the single week during the final days before the rains came but whipped by the high winds accompanying seasonal weather changes Israel suffered one-thousand-seven-hundred-seventy-three separate fires which consumed approximately thirty-two-thousand acres with most located in the Haifa region. In some cases fires were set and once the fire-stations responded fires were set at the station houses themselves. Despite over a hundred people suffered injuries there were no fatalities this season. Over five-hundred homes were completely destroyed while tens of thousands were evacuated at some points. As of last counting there have been over thirty arrests of arsonists all of whom have proven to be Arab terrorists. Apart from the horrific damage to the parks and some neighborhoods the next most distressing reality of this past arson season was the repeated lack of coverage in the Western media once again the reality of “it’s only Israel” coming through loud and clear. There were no Israeli lives lost and, just as important if not more so, no terrorist arsonists shot resisting arrest or in the act of setting fires. Had a single arsonist been shot or otherwise injured, the cries of using disproportional and unnecessary force would have echoed from Rome to San Francisco and from Athens to Chicago and all stops inbetween. Instead, with lack of recriminations to be aired against Israel, the wave of arson was met with deafening silence.

 

The recent car ramming and stabbing attack does pose as a warning shot before the bow on the streets of America as it signaled a closing in the delay time between introduction of a newer terror wave in Israel and its application in the United States. We have already witnessed the use of ramming in Europe with the van being driven through a Nantes, France crowded market injuring almost a dozen and killing one victim plus the absolutely horrific Nice, France assault where a van filled with grenades and weapons was driven through a crowded 14th of July Bastille Day celebration killing eighty-four people, which included several children. The short delay from the wide use in Israel of car and vehicle rammings and stabbing attacks to their use across Europe and then to the United States bodes a troubling future for all three. Other places across Europe and Canada suffering ramming terror attacks have been but not limited to Glasgow International Airport attack in Scotland; Dijon, France; plus another attack with the Saint Jean sur Richelieu attack which occurred in Quebec, Canada on October 20, 2014. Now with the Ohio State University attack the United States has suffered its second vehicle ramming, the other being the SUV attack at the University of North Carolina. Then there were the greatest and most horrific rammings of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, Pentagon and the foiled attack which was brought down by the heroes of that day, the passengers on Flight 93 southeast of Pittsburgh.

 

Nice, France Van Terror Attack Carnage

Nice, France Van Terror Attack Carnage

 

The fear now should be from arson attacks, especially those set upwind a relatively short distance from built-up areas such as apartment complexes, business parks and housing developments. Also vulnerable would be deserted areas within some of America’s cities where a fire could be sparked that would then threaten downtown areas where urban renewal borders deserted areas yet to be rejuvenated. There should be some research performed to determine if previous fires may have been started as a form of terrorist attack as such arson attacks often target not only forest and scrublands but also target close-by developed regions. Israel has faced these firestorm attacks twice yearly, the spring winds and the fall winds which provide the necessary impetus for the use of directional winds to fan flames towards their real target, people. One can only pray that through vigilance and the formal fire-watch systems in place in the United States Park Systems stems any arson and other fires before they can rise and threaten people’s lives and property. Sufficient damage occurs already and needs little boost from intentional arson fires set with damage of people and structures as their actual target. Then there were the recent fires in Tennessee which are still being investigated by authorities.

 

But with the coming of the new administration of President Trump there will be a new attitude towards terrorist attacks and how they are treated by the FBI, Justice Department and other enforcement agencies within the government. No longer will the initial reports be that there is absolutely no indication that what appears to have been a terrorist attack actually is a terror attack. Rather any caution shown will still recognize that terror is always a potential cause and if it looks like terror, feels like terror and sounds like terror, then there will be the recognized likelihood that terror was a possibility. Under President Trump there is not to be the candy-coating of reality and the American people will be trusted with being given truth, often unvarnished truth as they will finally be seen and treated as grown-ups who can handle the truth. There will be no condescending hierarchy who claim that the American people cannot handle the truth and that only they, the elite have the capability to handle the truth and thus they claim they stand on the wall deciding what you deserve to know and what you must be protected against. We will have to wait and see which Americans are capable of handling the unvarnished, unsoftened, straight truth and which Americans will be demanding safe-spaces placed and trigger warnings with their newscasts. With a more open and honest evaluation of reality and the inclusion of the American people in the decision process by having an open debate, the United States will likely return taking their place as a leader of the free world. It will likely make most Americans pleased to be treated as the adults they presumably are, and we pray we have not misjudged our friends across the waves. It will be wonderful to have an ally back.

 

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June 10, 2016

Look Back and Forward to Coming Incitements for War

 

Hamas has sent out hints that they are starting their escalation which they expect will instigate a war in Gaza and a separate and more important war in the compliant Western Media. Similar to how Ben Rhodes used the White House press corps to sell a completely bogus story of how the negotiations and change in Iranian Presidency was moving along the Iran Nuclear Deal, a deal whose conditions had already been agreed upon by the end of 2012, Hamas will use the international media stationed in Gaza, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to sell their story of the horrors of war Israel is inflicting on the people of Gaza without any reason. Mark this week as the start and watch as everything develops slowly ramping until Israel is forced to strike and then the media wakes and up to that date nobody had noted the rockets as none reached them in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. The only aggression the media, especially the European media and the New York Times ever note is when Israel strikes, which they initially claim was always unprovoked except for the little terror act or other instigating act mentioned in paragraph three or four but managed as inconsequential. The media is where Hamas can expect assistance and blaming Israel leading page one above the fold with five line tall headlines condemning Israel once again casting Hamas sympathetically as the victim who only fired a few missiles the day before. The thousand or so missiles fired over the four to six weeks prior, well, maybe they will mention that as the article is continued in Sections C page 12 or somewhere equally well hidden. They do not want to paint the terrorists too harshly because then their reporters and photographers will be cast out from Gaza and be unable to get those interviews and photographs of the destroyed house with the baby dolls sitting centered in the rubble without a speck of dust all pristine and untouched (see below). Apparently there are no photographers stationed in Israel as finding any pictures of the rocket holes in Israelis homes and even the reporters appear allergic to Sderot as they might be forced to face reality.

 

Photographs of the destroyed house with the baby dolls sitting centered in the rubble without a speck of dust all pristine and untouched

Photographs of the destroyed house with the baby dolls
sitting centered in the rubble without a speck
of dust all pristine and untouched

 

Sderot is a unique town with cement shelters scattered throughout the town and at each end of playgrounds as the children only have fifteen seconds or less to reach safety when the Code Red sirens sound signifying rocket launch from Gaza. Sderot was having ten to twenty and more alarms a day for over a week before Israel finally struck Hamas in the last war. If you are doubting, shocked or surprised by this you are in good company as it was barely if ever mentioned. Hamas had launched over a thousand rockets into Israel the week before Israel attacked. Still, most new services did not cover anything until Israel launched attacks. Each time Israel responded with tank fire or an air strike the news would read Israeli strikes on Gaza destroy house and tool shed or some similar reference such as training area or building neighboring hospital or school. Then there will be the quotes of residents of Gaza residing near strike target. They were shocked awake by explosions or interrupted their normally peaceful dinner meal. Then there will be the quote of several different denunciations of the Israeli strike by several NGOs, Gaza officials (read Hamas officers), and a number of European sources. There will be a recap of the Israeli strikes over the previous days or weeks and then, in paragraph four or later will come the other shoe dropping and we find out that several rockets landed in Israel. It will be stressed that they did no damage nor hurt anybody. There will be no sympathetic interviews with the traumatized Israeli children in Sderot where the Israeli government has set up a fully staffed medical facility to council and assist the children and the adults who are suffering just as the Gazans suffer from these attacks. Both sides are suffering but only one side has actual terrorists running their government and holds no elections giving the people an opportunity to choose something other than constant warfare. There are two sides where the people are caught in an ever escalating violence and the sounds of explosions day and night with children fearing going to school or outside to play. There are two societies receiving injuries not necessarily visible at first glance.

 

Sderot Rocket Strike and Shelters Many Decorated Softening Them for Children

 

Seldom are the Israelis suffering from the incessant fighting given their opportunity to tell their story. The media story in much of the world overlooks the Israeli pain, the Israeli suffering, the Israeli children traumatized as there is little sympathy and after all the Israeli side rebuilds the homes struck by rockets and in Gaza the homes are not being replaced. Have they mentioned that Israel had been permitting tons of cement to be trucked into Gaza? You likely read recently that Israel is no longer allowing shipments of cement into Gaza but likely not the reason why. Israel had to end their generosity as Hamas was using ninety percent of the cement to build attack tunnels into Israel reaching under the border as well as bunkers and launch points for their rockets to protect them from Israel airstrikes. The report that Israel had ended allowing cement into Gaza does not tell the entire story as Israel had allowed tons of cement into Gaza and by some estimates sufficient to have rebuilt over half of the destroyed homes and businesses. Also with the report that Israel stopped allowing cement into Gaza was another report that over three-quarters of the homes in Gaza are still not been rebuilt. So the homes are not rebuilt or even a decent start at rebuilding them and Israel stopped allowing cement in. Israel must be really cruel and cold hearted, or really is fearful of what has already been accomplished with the vast majority of the tons of cement already allowed in over the past year plus in a response to pleading by the United Nations, European Union and the rest of the oh so civilized world.

 

Hamas has taken definitive credit for yesterday’s terror attack on the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv. This comes almost two weeks after Hamas promised to reinstitute terror bombings and shootings and expressly threatened Tel Aviv as proof that nowhere in Israel would be spared their violence. There were four people murdered and at least sixteen wounded. The murdered were 41-year-old Ido Ben-Ari of Ramat Gan; Ilana Naveh, 39, of Tel Aviv; Ben Gurion University professor Michael Feige, 58; and 32-year-old Mila Mishaev of Rishon Letzion. Ido Ben-Ari’s wife was with him and is currently hospitalized in moderate condition after suffering gunshot wounds. He was a veteran of the IDF elite Sayeret Matkal unit. Ilana Naveh was a mother with four children and was reportedly murdered celebrating her 40th birthday. Michael Feige was a father to three children and worked as a prominent professor at Ben Gurion University. Mila Mishaev was engaged to be married, and according to reports managed to call her boyfriend immediately after she was shot multiple times. She had been waiting for him at the restaurant when the gunmen opened fire. The dearly lost are pictured below.

 

Tel Aviv Sarona Market Shooting Victims

Tel Aviv Sarona Market Shooting Victims

 

Videos below give a small feel for the events but there really is no way we can express in any manner the horror of the event nor the horrors the friends, families and most of all the children who will wonder why they were made to suffer such a loss and will age before their time learning to live without a parent. The two terrorist shooters were cousins Khalid and Muhammad Musa Mehamara. Their family has a previous connection with terrorism, not as unusual as one might think. Their uncle Taleb Mehamara was a member of a terror cell that in 2002 targeted Israelis in southern Judea, killing four in that shooting attack as well. He was a member of the Fatah Tanzim terror organization and was tried, convicted and is serving currently in an Israeli prison. The two cousins had infiltrated Israel illegally from their small town of Yatta just outside Hevron. Several other terror groups, whose names will not be given the privilege of publicity here, praised the attack. Israeli Security Services has stated that they believe the two had been inside Israel for about a month before perpetrating their attack. The Security Agencies will be checking into what assistance and from whom the terrorists received said assistance during the lead-up to the attacks. One can only hope they can completely peel the onion and everyone who had any information and did not speak up are made to face charges as accomplices to this abhorrent crime. As a reaction to the attack as well as not taking any unnecessary chances, Israel has cancelled two-hundred-four work visas for members of the terrorists’ extended families and rescinded approximately eighty-three-thousand entry permits given to residents of Judea and Samaria for Ramadan. Now we will just have to wait and see how long before the world condemns Israeli reaction of rescinding the thousands of entry permits for Ramadan as a form of collective punishment.

 

The reality of this terror attack may be more horrific than this slaughter in a crowded market; this could be exactly what Hamas promised, the start to a very hot summer. There have been a number of media reports which have, despite Hamas taking credit, referred to this as a shooting. It took place in Israel therefore it cannot be terror. Either it was just a crime or Israel deserved it or whatever reasoning that can be twisted and warped to justify or excuse the attack such that it is not terror. You have to understand, terror happens in Madrid, in Paris, in London, in Brussels, New York or Boston, not Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Hevron or anywhere which is Israel. Terror happens even in Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt, even Libya and Syria, just not Israel. When rockets start trickling over the Gaza border into Israel it will be scoffed at and ignored as just a rocket or two or three then four a week. When it becomes a half-dozen it will be a minor story which might make page A-35 on a slow news day otherwise not at all. A dozen rockets a week, well, well, that is not even two a day, no story, call us when there are more than three each day. A few more weeks and at five a day the excuse is they haven’t hit anything of note, why are you complaining, tell us when it gets bad. Finally one larger rocket heads for Tel Aviv where the reporters sit on the beach sipping their drinks. They hear a missile launch followed by everybody pointing in the sky where one bright orange light streaks towards a white streak and then a flash and a rumble seconds later rolls across the ground. Iron Dome has just saved Tel Aviv and the reporters have a story about the Israeli missile launch that blew up harmlessly in the skies over Tel Aviv. Then nothing more is reported as the rockets are flying over the border at a half dozen a day. When they reach a dozen and still the reports are about the Israel airstrike which caused further damage to an already largely destroyed Gaza, they further stress Israel is still not letting cement to be delivered. Eventually one would think with thirty or forty rockets a day but the news talks about Israel launched four Iron Dome missiles which intercepted something harmlessly overhead. When the eventual and unavoidable Israeli letting loose the dogs of war and going in with tanks and troops, then there will be reports about the rockets mentioned in the story, somewhere in the fourth or fifth paragraph after ample mention of the Israeli offensive. Sure, they will tell how the rockets were the initiating cause but people tend to believe the order they are mentioned. That order means it is all Israel’s fault as their tanks entered before the rockets were mentioned in the article so that is how it happened, the tanks went in and then the rockets were fired, right? So the story goes and again the news gets twisted and the European elites slap each other on the backs for another job well done.

 

Actual terrorists shooting, blurred in video (why escapes us)

 

Café clearing out with people running, starting just past twenty seconds in.

 

Security officer from neighboring Israeli Broadcast Company pursuing and shooting terrorist. The officer exercises excellent gun control!

 

Sarona Market Terrorist Shooting Attack in Tel Aviv

Sarona Market Terrorist Shooting Attack in Tel Aviv

 

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