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The holidays are over. Passover, the holiday of freedom from oppression, has come and gone with our nation still oppressed and no freedom for our kidnapped.

I have given up trying to stick my head in the sand and find some comfort for the terrible state that mankind is in, and along with it, our people.

There was another time in which the world was filled with “Hamas.” The bible uses that exact term to describe the state of mankind preceding Noah’s flood. But since the rainbow – the Divine promise to never again destroy the world for the sins of mankind – I can’t help wondering how the present disastrous surrender to the forces of evil is going to pan out.

All of these things happened slowly, building up over decades. Only our current shock and surprise are quick.

While we were sleeping, the current situation on college campuses has been carefully orchestrated by terrorists for decades. An article by Gary Wexler in the Jewish Journal describes an encounter he had many years ago in Israel with a Palestinian who outlined exactly how they would achieve what is happening today:

“….we will create, over the next years, Palestinian campus activists in America and all over the world. Bigger and better than any Zionist activists. Just like you spent your summers on the kibbutz, we will bring college students to spend their summers in refugee camps and work with our people. Just like you have been part of creating global pro-Israel organizations, we will create global pro-Palestinian organizations. Just like you today help create PR campaigns and events for Israel, so will we, but we will get more coverage than you ever have… how will [we]make this happen, how we will pay for this? Not with the money from your liberal Jewish organizations who are now funding us. But from the European Union, Arab and Muslim governments, wealthy Arab people and their organizations. Eventually, we will not take another dollar from the Jews.”

The speaker, Ameer Makhoul, was arrested by the Shin Bet as spy for Syria in 2010. His cover has always been “human rights” activist. He is still out there, spouting his hate in sheep’s clothing.

But he was right. They did it, while we were sleeping. The way they planned their murderous invasion of our kibbutzim on the Gaza border and turned into ISIS. We had no idea that was coming our way. No idea. We were sleeping, hiring Gazan workers who turned out to be spies who provided maps to everyone’s homes; letting them build underground tunnels; ignoring all the warning signs on the border and telling watchtower observers overlooking the border with Gaza to shut up when they voiced their concerns.

Could it be that the Israelis in charge of this military and civilian disaster grew up in Shimon Peres’ New Middle East, painting doves? The people in the kibbutzim donated their time to ferry Gazans to Israeli hospitals for treatment. All of us got used to rocket fire from Gaza, acting like it was a nuisance, like mosquitos, instead of premeditated murder. But since the Iron Dome prevented it from actually killing anyone, we allowed ourselves to deny that our neighbors were mass murderers, thinking that like dangerous animals, we could tame them with our endless goodwill.

I believe that if we want to survive, if we want Israel to survive, we have to wake up from our pleasant decades long nap. We have to refuse to release a single jihadi murderer from our jails, and most of all, we have to institute the death penalty for Nukba forces and carry it out. A new movie describes the crematorium created for Eichmann. I’m sure we can dust it off. Those who incinerated our families, our women and children, deserve no less.

We have to learn, at long last, how to live in the Middle East, and to play by the rules of their making. As they tried to fill us with terror by their acts, so must we fill them with terror so they never try it again. We have to make an example of Rafah. Nothing should be left standing. Anyone who stays, must pay for it with their life. Even as I write this, I hear the liberal American Jewish handwringing. It’s deafening. Sorry not sorry. I didn’t create this world, but by all that is holy, I now understand what is necessary to live in it. I’m not going to sacrifice my children and my grandchildren to the stupidity of posturing fools who cling to terms like “co-existence” and “treaties” and even “mutual understanding.” October 7 was their answer to decades of Peace Now. It’s over.

Israel – strangely enough – is now in a position, perhaps more than any other nation on earth, to actually go to war with these perpetrators of evil, and to win.

But to do so, she must untie its hands from those who would prevent us from doing what must be done.

There is not a single international organization whose purported purpose is to pursue justice and human rights that actually stands for justice and human rights today. Every single one of them has capitulated to Islamic barbarism. The United Nations is a sad joke, where misogynistic dictatorships head women’s rights forums; whose head shamelessly panders to Hamas and partners with Iran, championing its evil agenda and demonizing Israel. The ICJ has made a mockery of its role by threatening our army with indictments. Where are the arrest warrants for Sinwar and Haniyeh and their trained baby beheaders and rapists?

It is within this framework that the tiny Jewish state must now carve out its strategy to withstand and survive the vicious, unjust worldwide campaign to prevent her from going into Rafah and finishing off Hamas. It is within this framework that Israel now waits for Hamas to decide if its proposal to free its hostages is “good enough.” It is within this framework that the Biden administration is now spending millions on constructing a port that will bring who-knows-what to the murdering savages of Gaza and their brainwashed women and children who are dedicated to another October 7 if they live that long.

The Israeli government is now sitting back passively waiting for the Hamas decision. After everything we have been through, everything we have sacrificed, our beautiful sons and daughters, our fathers and mothers, and we are waiting, waiting, for them to decide.

In recent polls, 89 percent of Israelis, and 72 percent of Americans are in favor of an invasion of Rafah. This is what we read in our holiday Torah portion yesterday:

“I pursued my enemies and crushed them;
I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
I crushed them completely, and they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.
You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.
You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes.
They cried for help to the Lord, but there was no one to save them; but he did not answer.
I beat them as fine as the dust of the earth;
I pounded and trampled them like mud in the streets.”

Samuel 2, 38-43

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17 comments on “GAZA WAR DIARY: 30 APRIL 2024”

  1. Baila Stober Reply

    I read about what Hamas has been doing. I also believe that they have done wrong. At the same time, I wish as a nation, we can start to honestly look at our actions. I do not believe that we can control Hamas. I also do not believe that it is possible to destroy Hamas. Muslim Extremism is dangerous. Jewish extremism is dangerous too. I wish that our world would find peace! There is so much hatred and fear in this world. There is so much dehumanization. If we can be honest as a nation, we can recognize the ways in which we have grown up with messages that dehumanized others. It is scary to think that others dehumanize us. It might feel less scary to believe we can fight. It might feel better to think we can win a war, but it just doesn’t feel right. My own children are being hurt by people in my own community. Now no one seems to care about those stuff anymore. Everyone is too busy speaking of evil Hamas. What about the evils of the yetzer hara? Our evil yetzer hara that causes jews to act in cruel mean ways. I just want my children to be safe, and destroying Hamas will not at all guarantee there safety, because the people hurting them are not members of Hamas.

  2. Ellen Calderon Reply

    So sorry for the young people at the colleges chanting horrible things against the Jews, they have no idea of the truth of how the war started. I am so thankful that my 2 granddaughters here in Florida colleges are not part of that horror and my grandson in yeshiva in Jerusalem.

  3. KD Reply

    Every one admits how praiseworthy it is in a prince to keep faith, and to live with integrity and not with craft. Nevertheless our experience has been that those princes who have done great things have held good faith of little account, and have known how to circumvent the intellect of men by craft, and in the end have overcome those who have relied on their word. You must know there are two ways of contesting,[2] the one by the law, the other by force; the first method is proper to men, the second to beasts; but because the first is frequently not sufficient, it is necessary to have recourse to the second. Therefore it is necessary for a prince to understand how to avail himself of the beast and the man. This has been figuratively taught to princes by ancient writers, who describe how Achilles and many other princes of old were given to the Centaur Chiron to nurse, who brought them up in his discipline; which means solely that, as they had for a teacher one who was half beast and half man, so it is necessary for a prince to know how to make use of both natures, and that one without the other is not durable. A prince, therefore, being compelled knowingly to adopt the beast, ought to choose the fox and the lion; because the lion cannot defend himself against snares and the fox cannot defend himself against wolves. Therefore, it is necessary to be a fox to discover the snares and a lion to terrify the wolves. Those who rely simply on the lion do not understand what they are about. Therefore a wise lord cannot, nor ought he to, keep faith when such observance may be turned against him, and when the reasons that caused him to pledge it exist no longer. If men were entirely good this precept would not hold, but because they are bad, and will not keep faith with you, you too are not bound to observe it with them.

    Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter 18

    • Karen Reply

      That is so spot on KD. The beast and/or the man or knowing how to deal with both at once.

      • KD Reply

        Machiavelli wrote about Achilles being taught by Chiron the centaur. Achilles is known to us as a great warrior. There may be more to it than that though, because there are a couple of passages in The Iliad that speak to Chiron’s knowledge and skills as a healer.

        For example:

        “Wounded Eurypylus made answer, “Noble Patroclus, there is no hope left for the Achaeans but they will perish at their ships. All they that were princes among us are lying struck down and wounded at the hands of the Trojans, who are waxing stronger and stronger. But save me and take me to your ship; cut out the arrow from my thigh; wash the black blood from off it with warm water, and lay upon it those gracious herbs which, so they say, have been shown you by Achilles, who was himself shown them by Chiron, most righteous of all the centaurs.”

        Homer, The Iliad, Chapter 11.

  4. KD Reply

    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.

    Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter 17

  5. KD Reply

    It remains now to see what ought to be the rules of conduct for a prince towards subject and friends. And as I know that many have written on this point, I expect I shall be considered presumptuous in mentioning it again, especially as in discussing it I shall depart from the methods of other people. But, it being my intention to write a thing which shall be useful to him who apprehends it, it appears to me more appropriate to follow up the real truth of the matter than the imagination of it; for many have pictured republics and principalities which in fact have never been known or seen, because how one lives is so far distant from how one ought to live, that he who neglects what is done for what ought to be done, sooner effects his ruin than his preservation; for a man who wishes to act entirely up to his professions of virtue soon meets with what destroys him among so much that is evil.

    Hence it is necessary for a prince wishing to hold his own to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity.

    Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter 15.

  6. Brenda Matsumura Reply

    So few know of Israel’s generosity to Gazans. I did not until Oct 7. They are their own worst enemies.( Palestinians)In my attempts to stand with Israel, someone tried to run a scam on me, money for IDF drones.Went so far as getting them to give me a bank acct number in Jerusalem. It’s illegal, but boy did he try. Last week thought I was following a virtual tour of Jerusalem, fine for several days but radically flipped, tell me to meet at 1pm at Columbia Univ. to protest. Now we hear Israel will give 1,000 terrorists for 6 week ceasefire and 33 hostages. HAMAS is ” thinking about it”. I too, hope Israel will reinstate death penalty for everyone that was a part of Oct 7 attacks. What will it take for U.S. and Israel to banish Islamic barbaric beings from the earth? What is allowed, will continue. That simple, but fraught with social justice activists and lack of political will..I pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Everyday the people of Israel are carried in my heart. Sorry, but Gazans, not so much. I try, but their ideology is seemingly irreversible and they and Qatar, Iran, G.Soros and President Biden have shown their cards and on the side of evil and destruction. I hope I don’t live to see the results, unless it involves a much more rational and much less evil.

  7. Michal S Mendelsohn Reply

    I am in favor of getting Hamas so weakened that it can no longer hurt Israel BUT I don’t think the world will allow Israel to do what it knows it must to survive. The opinion of so many seems to be wholly on the side of Hamas. Oh those poor Gazans they say, they don’t deserve this. They do not understand what Israel has known all along- that these Arab tyrants have little use to imporove the lives of its population. How do we know that? They constantly store military arms near schools in hospitals and everywhere civilians live. That is pure evil . Yet, no one seems to even accept this fact. What is Israel supposed to do under these circumstances- lie down and die? No- of course not! But when they go to defend themselves the world cries out about civilian deaths. Israel needs to get the hostages back and I for one think they need to do everything in their power to bring them home.

  8. John Norvill Reply

    Brilliant piece as always. You are right on the button along with those who are making comment. The last thing one wants/needs is the release of terrorists. Secure your armaments so the US cannot dictate your terms. This comes from a Kiwi (New Zealander) from down under. I have had the Israeli flag pinned high and proud in my garden for all to see since October.

  9. Leon Ber Reply

    When Israel left Gaza and uprooted its own settlers and left greenhouses intact worth tens of millions of dollars which was vandalized and destroyed by the very people Israel wanted to give as a gift for a new peace is never mentioned by the liberal press news organizations, instead tunnels and home made rockets were being developed. The question is if Bibi can withstand the global pressure to commit suicide . Soros is also financing the colleges of the US and Israel’s left to break all Israel support with their global agenda of Israel’s destruction. Only Moshiach can save Israel

  10. Laurie Reply

    Thank you Naomi. As usual, you have said all I think. Why are we saying we will go into Rafah…..don’t tell Zahal’s plans, JUST DO IT.

    And thousands of murderers, rapists and thieves to be freed….wrong way round …10 of ours for 1 of theirs and NO CEASEFIRE.

    Enough is enough. We have to stand tall and proud….we are NOT A VASSAL STATE of the u.s or the u.k. (lower case deliberate ).


  11. Phyllis Kolnick Reply

    When is Bibi going into Rafa.The end of Pesach would have been the ideal time.

    • Audrey Travis Reply

      Chazak, chazak ve nitchazek. Be strong, be stronger and be ever strong! Into Rafah! Today during Yizkor at my synagogue we read out all the names of those murdered on October 7th and the names of all the IDF soldiers we’ve lost. Incredibly sad and heartbreaking but meaningful to be part of. I believe we’ll be doing that every time we say Yizkor from now on.

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