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As Israelis continues to mourn those who have been killed by Kassam rocket attacks in Sderot and the western Negev region, the government of Israel has once again acquiesced to the voice of Hamas terrorism. Apparently, Israel learned few lessons during the summer of 2006 in its war with Hezbollah terrorists.

According to a report by Arutz Sheva on 11/26/06, "Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Saturday night agreed to withdraw all troops from the Gaza area and cease anti-terrorist actions in return for a halt to terrorist attacks from the region." The report goes on to say that, "Two days ago, the government rejected a proposal by terrorist organizations that they halt rocket fire, but not other terrorist attacks, in return for a total halt to counter-terrorist actions by Israel throughout Judea, Samaria and Gaza. The latest Palestinian Authority (PA) offer includes a ban on suicide bombings and other attacks but only from the Gaza area, and it does not mention the smuggling of arms and terrorists. Israel's promise to stop retaliating against terrorists in the Gaza area also does not refer to similar activity in Judea and Samaria."

It has also been reported that, "Between Friday and midnight Israeli time Saturday night, Arab terrorists had fired 12 rockets at the western Negev, one of which scored a direct hit on a Sderot house whose residents had gone elsewhere for the Jewish Sabbath. Saturday night's cease fire agreement came hours after Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas leader based in Damascus, threatened a new and more violent Intifada if Israel does not give up in six months all parts of the country that were re-gained in the Six-Day War in 1967."

So much for Hamas promises of a cease fire and so much for the promises made by the government of Israel to protect its citizens. The Kassam rockets will keep reigning down on Sderot and more Jews will be killed. Everyday life for the citizens of Sderot will eventually come to a complete halt. Hamas does not want "peace". What they want is a break in the hostilities in order to re-arm, to give themselves more than ample time to continue their arms smuggling operations and to re-group for the next round of fighting. They need a break from Israel's counter terrorist actions.

If all of this sounds familiar, we need only hearken back to the summer of 2006 when the hostilities emanated from Hezbollah in Lebanon. The deeply dug in and well fortified Hezbollah terrorists claimed a major victory over Israeli forces, yet southern Lebanon was devastated. Hezbollah also needed some breathing room to re-arm and re-build southern Lebanon. They needed a grace period to continue to shore up support from the Shiite population in Lebanon. And who, of course, was right there, waiting with bated breath to accommodate them? Under pressure from the United Nations and the world, it was Israel who readily acceded to Hezbollah's demands. There is no question that all UN resolutions pertaining to peace in that region will be broken when Hezbollah is ready for a second round of fighting.

While Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, still remain captive by Hamas and Hezbollah, the Israeli government under the leadership of Ehud Olmert, has now seen fit to repeat the same mistakes with Hamas as it did with Hezbollah. According to an Arutz Sheva report of 11/26/06, "Hezbollah has re-armed to pre-war levels, according to TIME Magazine, fulfilling intelligence forecasts and negating government claims of a victory that severely weakened the terrorist group. The magazine confirmed numerous media reports since the United Nations Security Council ceasefire resolution last August that Iran and Syria have been re-rearming Hezbollah. A recent British newspaper report quoted United Nations Interim Force (UNIFIL) troops that the terrorist group can operate freely at night, when the UNIFIL troops do not operate because of the danger. Smuggling of Iranian weapons from Syria to Hezbollah terrorists has been rampant since shortly after the ceasefire. The magazine cited western diplomats as disclosing that Hezbollah now has 20,000 missiles, twice the number acknowledged by the IDF admits."

And so the insanity rages on. The same Israeli leadership that was responsible for Israel's defeat by Hezbollah is now masterminding a similar plan for defeat of IDF forces in Gaza. How eager the government of Israel is to meet the demands of those who openly seek our destruction. In the days and weeks ahead, Hamas will also continue to double and triple their amount of Kassam rockets and the attacks will be evenly deadlier. Threats by Hamas leadership to escalate hostilities must be taken seriously. The leaders of Hamas and Hezbollah know that time is on their side.

While the abysmally ignorant and self hating Israeli government continues to concoct plans that will hasten the destruction of the State of Israel and its inhabitants, we as a people must recognize these actions as "wake up calls" from the Almighty G-d of Israel. We must know that the times that we are living in are indeed the times of 'Chevlei Moshiach', the birth pangs of our righteous Messiah. We must know that prophecy tells us that the star of Ishmael will rise before it falls and that these birth pangs can be long and excruciatingly painful or they can be short and abbreviated, yet it depends on us. Only through a sincere return to G-d, only through adherence to the commandments of the Torah can we emerge victorious. It is a time for us on both a personal and collective level to demonstrate Jewish pride. It is time to speak out against a government of Israel that has carefully crafted the demise of the Jewish State. It is time to vocalize our opposition to those in the international community who would pressure us to acquiesce to terrorism.

In the Torah portion that we read this past Shabbat, "Parshas Toldos", we learn that while still in the womb; Jacob and Esau struggled mightily with each other. We learn that Jacob wanted to get out of the womb as soon as possible, not only to ensure that he had the birthright that rightfully belonged to him because he was formed first, but more urgently, he needed to separate himself from the evil that Esau represented. He needed to remove himself from being in close quarters with someone who personified rebellion and hatred towards Hashem and His Torah. So too, do we, the Jewish people need to recognize that we are surrounded by those who seek our destruction, those who are contemptuous of the ways of G-d, and those who embody foreign concepts that are in direct opposition to the concepts of our Torah. We, too, must separate ourselves from those insidious forces and forge a path of self preservation, a path of Jewish strength and power combined with the willingness to do the will of G-d.

M. D'Souza

It's a pity to see Sderot kids cowering down, to escape the barrage of Kassam rockets. At this stage in life, they should be outdoors enjoying their childhood. Is this how PM Olmert trains them to be dhimmies, because of his short-sighted vision of Israel's future?

The Israeli restraint of not using full force against 'Palestinian' terror will only embolden the enemies. It's a pity that these same kids who are ducking the Kassams today, will in the near future, have to face an enemy that is armed with updated weapons and upgraded terror skills.

Instead of using his political telescope to view the future of Israel, Olmert has reversed that telescope to focus it on himself, to see how BIG he looks to the international liberal Leftists. He seems to be having more faith on these silly ceasefires with the enemy, rather than having faith in the future of Israeli children.

When the enemy of Israel cannot destroy the Jews physically, he will try to destroy them mentally and spiritually. Through terror, the enemy has started attacking the Jewish children mentally. Today, these children are suffering from regression (emotional and spiritual withdrawal), suppression (unable to express emotions) and depression (broken and crushed spirit). When depression is not dealt with, it will lead to oppression (weighed down and unable to function) and obsession (become preoccupied with anxiety, hurt or anger). These are all mental afflictions that will eventually lead to spiritual affliction - when the Jews will forsake their G-D. All these attacks on Israel are a spiritual battle that needs to be dealt with in the spiritual realm, by totally surrendering to G-D rather than surrendering to the wiles of the enemy.

It's time for Olmert and his administration, to focus on the well-being of the future generations of Israelis and see that Israel remains intact and secure for them. He should forget about fragmenting Israel, inorder to make room for an enemy who wants to kill ALL the Jews and eliminate Israel as a sovereign nation.


Ever since Olso Accords (and even before) Israel has been steadily giving up more and more to the Arabs. Then came the Disengagement, which removed Jews from Gaza, and from where Arabs are rocketing Israel. Israel needs to get Isreal. I have finally lost my cool regarding Israel's weak leadership, and remove all further support. I cannot fathom the Israeli character, so willing to roll over and die. Maybe it's because you've done it for so long that you've just become cowards over time. I don't know. But I do know that your nation is in very serious trouble and don't expect G-d to save you now. You're not worth saving. You're cowards through and through, not one man among you able to lead Israel from the death throes she is in. Why do you think G-d wants to save a bunch of sissy, gutless cowards? He hates your cowardice! Don't expect G-d to help you, when you won't help yourselves. You won't do what everybody with a brain knows you MUST do. That is, FIGHT! But that, you won't do. You write article after article, complaining about how bad things are, but you won't raise up as a nation and kick serious Arab ass! You're not worth saving because of it. You're trash, and I am through supporting you. If only you would fight, but I know that's not gonna happen.

Luigi Frascati

Good evening Mr. Freund,

I am not an Israeli citizen nor am I a voter, and therefore I am not qualified to either praise or criticize the present political leadership in Jerusalem. With that said, my remark revolves around the fact that it makes no military sense for Israel to get entangled once again in Gaza. And this notwithstanding everything the civilians and especially the children in Sderot have to endure.

With the assassination of Pierre Gemayel, Israel has now a great window of opportunity to do to Syria what Syria has done to Israel this past Summer – by fomenting a civil war in Lebanon, by sending Mossad to help and organize the Kataeb Party, the Druze and by turning the Lebanese Army (mostly Christian) against Hezbollah and Syria. Gaza can wait.

At this point, it is more politically viable for Israel to have a Lebanon in flames next door than to have a Lebanon controlled de facto by Hezbollah and manipulated by Bashar al-Assad. In a recent post you correctly made reference to a report by IDF Chief Of Staff Dan Halutz, indicating that a confrontation with Syria is likely to take place by the Summer of 2007. In my comments to your post I stated that, in my views, a war with Syria is likely to take place sooner than that, as early as next January in fact. The reason is not so much Bashar but, rather, the old Syrian military apparatus. With their departure from Lebanon last year, it was only a matter of time before the Syrians set their eyes once again on the Shebaa Farms.

A civil war in Lebanon would drive all the bedouins up the wall. The limited resources of Hezbollah would be committed to the fight against the Christian Lebanese armed, financed and sponsored by Israel. The Syrians would suddenly lose interest in the Shebaa Farms, seeing as to how Lebanon has always represented for them a far more important strategic target. And even Hamas would be caught off balance – by not being any longer at the center of everyone’s attention. Not to mention our friend in Tehran, Mr. Ahmadi-Nejad, who would suddenly lose control of all those missiles and rockets he has so lavishly dispatched to Lebanon – after having paid the Russians hundreds of millions of dollars to purchase them. And as an added bonus, Israel could even get the Christian Lebanese to request military intervention thereby physically occupying the country up to the Litani River which, as you recall, was the primary objective of the Re-Engagement War.

Contrast all the foregoing with a simple military occupation of Gaza. Israel can re-take the whole of Gaza in three days and three nights. And then what? There are no benefits, neither strategic nor political, that attach to a permanent military occupation of Gaza, as past history proves. Israel has occupied Gaza full time since 1967 for some thirty years, and throughout all this time it has been victimized by an ever-ending sequel of suicide attacks, by not one but two Intifadas, street stabbings, ambushes to military personnel as well as civilians, at all times suffering a great deal of frustration and international condemnation. Gaza and the Palestinians are not worth the time, money and efforts of anybody. Just ask the Egyptians!

A military occupation of Gaza would actually make better sense as an operation ancillary to a military intervention in Lebanon (asked for by the Christian Lebanese). If for nothing else, it would not raise hell on the part of the international community, at least not as much as if conducted impromptu.

As to the children of Sderot … well, it seems to me that the damage is done already, but that needs not be irreversible.

Victor Passenheim

The costs are pretty plain to see. One needs no "research" into the hidden costs.

I can think of a number of costs generally speaking:

1. Living under the constant and imminent threat of terrorism AS POLICY, rather than defeating your enemy and ridding yourself of this problem.

2. Playing into the hands of your enemies, both in the Arab world and the UN/Europe/USA, and agreeing to official and legitimized resolutions and schemes that will only bring about the destruction of your own people.

3. Thousands of innocent civilians dead, many more thousands maimed or injured for life.

4. Encouraging the enemy to continue kidnapping and murdering your soldiers by rewarding them with the release of untold criminals from jails.

5. A consistent demoralization of the IDF and the public at large to resolve to fight these terrorists.

6. Strengthening the hands of the terrorists to continue doing what they are doing, because it works.

7. Allowing the future supply of would-be jihadists to continue unabated by not stopping PA propaganda aimed at twisting the minds of the PA youth.

I could go on, and on, and on....

But what's the point. What Israel really needs is a revolution. The righteous among you have to say "No more!" and refuse to back down until the government reflects Jewish values. Wherever the government is at work to defeat these values, the government must be taken down by any means necessary. We're talking about dealing with existential threats that cannot be allowed to continue to exist.

Ben Plonie

The hidden cost of restraint is the surrender of the principle of civil, national, and ultimately human rights of Jews in Israel (Palestine Be'Laaz).

Israel centered in Jerusalem must be clearly repeatedly presented by the government as the permanent exclusive Jewish homeland, and any other political or social ideology subordinate to that. And it must be clear that we are permamnently keeping an eye of all of Biblical Israel and historic Palestine as the Jewish homeland, Nile to the Euphrates, and if we restrain ourselves from initiating a conflict to retrieve it, we will not restrain ourselves from engaging in one if given the opportunity.

The policy of restraint is a surrender in advance, and demoralizes every citizen and soldier from putting their hearts in their duties and missions. It delegitimizes the State.

Tory Burch

I did a bit of research and discovered an interesting, yet largely unknown, little fact: Arab states provide less than 3 percent of the annual budget of UNRWA, the UN agency that assists Palestinian refugees throughout the Middle East.

By contrast, Western countries cover some 95 percent of the organization's finances each year.

North Face Sale

The clouds of war are gathering...Every nation will be required to give an account of the innocent blood that it has spilled.


how dangerous it would be to give the Palestinians a state of their own.

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