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Gaza War Diary: 14 FEBRUARY 2024

The Mothers of Fighters organization counts thousands of mothers of Israeli soldiers who have joined together to support their sons in Gaza, to influence policy makers to strive for victory and to protect our soldiers. Camping out in front of the Knesset, they meet with ministers and members of the Knesset; appear before Knesset committees, and help to block aid trucks entering Gaza. They are the exact opposite of the Four Mothers Organization that undermined Israel’s ability to win a permanent, secure peace in Lebanon because they pushed and pushed for ceasefires  and withdrawals and undermined their own sons at the front. Now their grandsons are in danger.

In the recent rally against any ceasefire, the Mothers of Fighters spokeswoman said: “Keep trampling the enemy, keep crushing them! For our kidnapped brothers who will be released soon, for our brothers who live in the south who will return to their homes and for the continuation of our lives here in the State of Israel. Don’t stop until we achieve all the objectives of the war! The lives of our soldiers come before the lives of the enemy population! When it comes to our soldiers, we refuse to accept any consideration that is not operational.”

Amen. I wonder if a grandmother of soldiers can join?

Some advice if all this is getting your blood pressure up, as it is mine: Do not spend your morning answering hateful, ignorant TikTok posts. Never read The New York Times, The Guardian, or Haaretz. All this comes in the wake of reading certain articles in the world press yesterday about the hostage rescues. I mean, I thought I was safe, right? What can you say about such Rambo-like heroism and the return of two grandfathers to their families? I didn’t expect them to give details, like the fact that one of the hostages didn’t have shoes and a soldier picked him up and carried him so his feet wouldn’t be harmed, and then, once in the helicopter, the same soldier took off his shoes and put them on the hostage’s feet, continuing to fight barefoot. Okay, maybe that would be too much to expect.

But what they did write was unimaginable. At least, to me. I suppose I lack sufficient imagination, even though I’ve written 14 novels. But it just didn’t occur to me that what the press would focus on would be how many terrorists the IDF had to kill along the way. It was as if they were weighing up the pros and cons: Umm, let’s see: Two old Jews versus the tragic death of a hundred noble Palestinians who were just standing around twiddling their thumbs, completely by accident around a barred metal door behind which two Israeli hostages were imprisoned for 129 days. I mean, it’s not like they were in a jail, right? It was a private apartment with kindly civilians who just happened to have grenades and guns and bombs…

And anyway, all of them, every one, was a woman, or a child (by my calculations, there should be no more children left in Gaza, because – according to the press – they’ve all been killed, or starved to death long ago. But Israel, don’t ya know it? keeps miraculously coming up with more to kill! A real resurrection.) Not a word about Hamas’ responsibility for torturing these poor men, or not giving them the medicine Israel sent for them, or having them surrounded by human shields. The absence of any reference to Hamas in any article about this or other Gazan deaths, is mind-boggling. It’s like Hamas doesn’t exist. Israel is there all by herself, just rampaging through Gaza killing people.

They write: “Where are the Gazans supposed to go? [Sad face emoji].”

Who laps this up? It’s the “enlightened” Europeans who took in millions of war refugees, legal and illegal, from armed conflicts from Rwanda to Syria. But the Palestinians? There is no place on earth they can possibly live but Rafah in the Gaza Strip. Not Egypt, not Jordan, not Syria, not Iran, not Iraq, not Lebanon, not Saudi Arabia… Only Rafah in Gaza.

Here is the fatherly advice of one Egyptian to his “brothers” in Gaza: Egyptian journalist Ahmed Moussa, close to the al-Sisi regime. “Please settle in your lands. Protect them with your blood. Stop saying: open the border (to Egypt) and let us go… then Israel will occupy your land.

“My dears, we all sympathize with you and work around the clock to stop the genocide… But I give you a piece of advice – don’t go near our border… Go and fight the occupation army on your land, free it and hold on to it.”

What brotherly love! Makes me want to … throw up?

Yes, the rescue of our hostages was a bloodbath. That’s what happens when you kidnap citizens, torture them, and refuse to release them and the army of their country has no choice but to come after them and free them. You die. And so do your women and children, to whom we’ve shown a great deal more compassion than they have shown ours.

Speaking of which, I looked with interest, along with every other Israeli, at the video footage taken from underground tunnels showing Yahya Sinwar scurrying through, his big rat ears unmistakable. Reportedly, it was with “one” of his wives, his brother and some small children, perhaps his own.  Footage of his glorified rathole was also fascinating, revealing a safe with millions of dollars, a tiled bathroom with expensive perfumes and a kitchen crowded with UNWRA-labeled food supplies.

You just can’t take it with you, can you Yahya? I know you’re not worried, though. Joe is already preparing a bill to replenish Gazan “humanitarian aid” with billions more of American taxpayers’ money. Oh Yahya, if only your safe wasn’t blown up too! But at the end of this war, I don’t think you’ll be coming back to that particular spot, although perhaps one nearby equally deep in the earth, but with no ventilation system necessary.

Hamas is relying on its comrade in arms and fellow scum, terrorist murderer Nasrallah of Hezbollah, to distract Israel from finishing off Rafah. Today, Hezbollah fired missiles that hit Safed, injuring six and killing a young female soldier. It is a tragedy. And for Nasrallah, a serious mistake. Like “the flood” unleashed by Sinwar, it has caught the full attention of Israel’s military might, which now has no choice but address the war with Hezbollah that has been on the back burner. Nasrallah is not going to like it one bit. Perhaps he has a tunnel to crawl through as well?

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7 comments on “Gaza War Diary: 14 FEBRUARY 2024”

  1. Brenda Matsumura

    I am an Amerivan and try to set people straight when reading blatant lies about ‘Freedom Fighters’ in Gaza etc etc
    They troll sites about Sports Champs from Israel and when I comment, the hyenas attack. When I saw the release that 67 were killed, I publicly said’, GOOD! No Virgins await them, only a mouthful of dirt.”. Not very charitable but it’s sickening. I’m not on TikTok and whenever I hear the proposals by all the negotiatiors ; I think What idiots!!! I just hope Israel will not release anymore Terrorists. Thought King of Jordan quite the hypocrite yesterday. UNWRA money Must continue. Don’t King Hussein king a large number of Gazans?? Didn’t Kuwait kick out about 300,000 of them? NO NO NO, to UNWRA dollars. But I knew this Admin would say I one thing and do another. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We are quite like minded.

    • Ryan Keogh

      Kuwait kicked them out because Arafat decided to support Saddam Hussein’s invasion, and a monument was built to him, some thank you for all of Kuwait’s support.

  2. Sylvia

    I just wish people would say to Hamas, stop using civilians and children as Human Shields, thats the only reason they get killed is because they are PUT in harms way… said nobody seems to want this little fact…
    Am Israel Chai !

  3. Ryan Keogh

    “Please settle in your lands. Protect them with your blood. Stop saying: open the border (to Egypt) and let us go… then Israel will occupy your land. My dears, we all sympathize with you and work around the clock to stop the genocide… But I give you a piece of advice – don’t go near our border… Go and fight the occupation army on your land, free it and hold on to it.” Translation: please don’t come here, we don’t want you. To be honest, if I was in al-Sisi’s shoes, I would feel the same way. When Lebanon and Jordan settled the Palestinian refugees, look at how they returned the favor. Any country that takes them in seems to be stabbed in the back by them, through one way or another.

  4. KD

    Upon this a question arises: whether it be better to be loved than feared or feared than loved? It may be answered that one should wish to be both, but, because it is difficult to unite them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved, when, of the two, either must be dispensed with. Because this is to be asserted in general of men, that they are ungrateful, fickle, false, cowardly, covetous, and as long as you succeed they are yours entirely; they will offer you their blood, property, life, and children, as is said above, when the need is far distant; but when it approaches they turn against you. And that prince who, relying entirely on their promises, has neglected other precautions, is ruined; because friendships that are obtained by payments, and not by greatness or nobility of mind, may indeed be earned, but they are not secured, and in time of need cannot be relied upon; and men have less scruple in offending one who is beloved than one who is feared, for love is preserved by the link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at every opportunity for their advantage; but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails.

    Therefore a prince, so long as he keeps his subjects united and loyal, ought not to mind the reproach of cruelty; because with a few examples he will be more merciful than those who, through too much mercy, allow disorders to arise, from which follow murders or robberies; for these are wont to injure the whole people, whilst those executions which originate with a prince offend the individual only.

    Niccolo Machiavelli, Chapter 17

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