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Gaza War Diary: 9-10 FEBRUARY 2024

Sometimes I think of our country as a single person who has been wounded and is convalescing.  Those who continue to taunt and lie and side with those who attacked us, add insult to these injuries that can never be forgiven. I want to let them know, TikTokers and other antisemites, this only strengthens our resolve.

The mistake that our Muslim enemies made on October 7 came from their complete ignorance of the history of the Jewish people. Had they been a little less stupid and savage, they would never have advised their Nukhba units to rape our women and kill our children. We have never, ever done this to them. Our soldiers never rape. We never deliberately kill children if we have a choice. That they decided this tactic would “frighten” Israelis, and cause them to run away, just shows how much they misunderstand us. Instead, they unified a badly divided nation, inspiring its people with uncompromising determination to risk their lives for as long as it takes to finish off Hamas and their Gazan accomplices.

Jews are the kindest, most generous people on earth, who abhor killing. But this tactic, so reminiscent of the Nazis, was just about the only thing Hamas could have done to ensure there would be no mercy, no ceasefire, no backing down, no sympathy for them out in their plastic tents. In their ignorance and brutality, they found the perfect way to ensure their own destruction.

The closer Israel comes to the complete defeat of Hamas by taking over Rafah, the densely populated area where our hostages are being held and Sinwar is hiding, the more shrill and hysterical are the voices of the friends of terror, and even, shamefully, some who call themselves “friends of Israel.”  They are demanding we stop, saying it would be a “disaster.” For whom? The disaster was their decision to savage our people on October 7, this is just the inevitable outcome.  Those who refuse to accept that, who urge Israel to stop, are no friends of Israel, no friends of the West, and no friends of peace. Are you listening Joe, Anthony?

This is what tens of thousands of Israelis packing the streets of Jerusalem Thursday night made clear to our government and our Prime Minister, demanding that the IDF be allowed to finish the job. Participants included soldiers, bereaved parents of fallen soldiers, and relatives of Hamas hostages. The demonstration concluded the five-day cross-country “Victory March: Keep Going Until IDF Victory,” organized by Reservists Until Victory, a group of Israeli reservists who have served in the Gaza Strip and along Israel’s border with Lebanon since Oct. 7. 

Both the march and the concluding rally called on Israel to continue the war against Hamas in Gaza until achieving a decisive victory. Speakers included Galit Waldman, the mother of Maj. Ariel Ben Moshe, 27, a commander in the Sayeret Matkal unit who was killed in action in Kibbutz Re’im on Oct. 7. She told the crowd: “ Now is not the time to cry; we must win.”  Tzvika Mor, cofounder of Tikva Forum, another organizer, despite being the father of Hamas hostage Eitan Mor, 23, currently being held in Gaza, said this: “I hear people say that the government of Israel should be ready to pay any price. Did they ask the Israeli public if they are willing to sacrifice everything? Besides, where do they draw the line? Do you agree to send ammunition as well?” he asked.

Hila Baruch Lilian, a resident of Sderot and a representative of the Otef Israel Forum of residents of the communities surrounding Gaza, demanded Hamas be destroyed before residents return to their homes in the south. Eliyahu Liebman, whose son Elyakim Liebman, 24, was kidnapped by Hamas into Gaza, and Itzik Bunzel, the father of Sgt. Amit Bunzel, 22, a paratrooper from Shoham who was killed in action in central Gaza on Dec. 6, also participated and spoke.

I think the Prime Minister heard them loud and clear. On February 9, the Prime Minister’s Office issued the following statement: “It is impossible to achieve the war objective of eliminating Hamas while leaving four Hamas battalions in Rafah. On the other hand, it is clear that an intense operation in Rafah requires evacuation of the civilian population from the combat zones. That is why the Prime Minister instructed the IDF and the defense establishment to bring to the cabinet a dual plan for the evacuation of the population and the destruction of the battalions.”

How would this happen? Luckily, Israel has a huge amount of intelligence and now has the name and photo of every Hamas operative, which means the IDF can check the papers of “civilians” against verified information to separate and arrest Hamas operatives from others.

It’s amazing what progress the IDF has made. Really. Before October 7, the IDF had no plan to ever enter the tunnels, which they thought would be too dangerous, hoping to destroy them with bombing or flooding, or to send in dogs or robots. But now, our troops have devised successful strategies on how to deal with this underground battlefield no other country in the world has had to face.

A few days ago, the commander of the Nukhba force responsible for the October 7 atrocities was discovered deep inside the ground in Khan Yunis by the 98th Brigade. A video of his interrogation was recently uploaded. Named Muhammed Abu Namar, the terrorist explains how he and two of his fellow terrorists were in an underground tunnel armed with RPGs, grenades, Kalashnikovs and other weapons. But when the IDF arrived at their reinforced metal door: “We put all our weapons outside the room, and when the soldiers came we raised our hands and surrendered.” When asked what he, as commander, told his other soldiers hiding the tunnels to do, he replied: “I told them to give up, because their fate is to be killed.” Making war against babies, the elderly, and unarmed women and children is a lot easier than facing a soldier, huh, Palestinian “commander Muhammed?” We see you, Palestinian cowards. So brave. We spit on you.

In perfect South African accented English, Brigadier General Dan Goldfus, commander of the 98th Brigade, recently led reporters through an elite tunnel in Khan Yunis that was the hiding place of Hamas big-shots, and also contains a prison where our hostages were held. You can feel the claustrophobia as you follow him through, the bizarre elegantly tiled kitchen facilities, the spacious bedrooms, and the iron bars with their pass through opening for food where hostages were locked up in the sunless ugliness of below ground prisons. Just the tour feels unbearable. The reality must be close to Auschwitz, if not worse.

Khan Yunis is already one-fifth destroyed. It is only a matter of time before our wonderful troops uncover the hiding places of Sinwar and his brother, and most importantly, the rest of our hostages. We need only be patient and support them. They will be out a lot sooner believe me, than the 45 days Hamas is offering in exchange for our total defeat and handover of thousands of Hamas murderers. Perhaps even next week, God willing. We need patience and strength. God bless our soldiers, our boys, our girls. We love them so much.

As far as rewarding them with their own state… In 1921 the British rewarded the Arabs for their pogroms against the Palestinian Jews with a state… JORDAN, carved out from biblical Jewish land. In 2024 they want to copy/paste this scenario again by rewarding the Palestinian terrorists with a country of their own… “PALESTINE”, carved out from Biblical Jewish lands. “Historic Palestine” which they could have established between 1948 -1967 when “Palestine” was free with East Jerusalem as its capital and Gaza was part of Egypt!

Rewarding them with their own state? Not happening.

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9 comments on “Gaza War Diary: 9-10 FEBRUARY 2024”

  1. Sharrron

    Thank you always Naomi. I pray every night for the hostages to be found and reunited with their families. I agree, if there was anything positive about this war it is that Israel has become stronger and united. The world is a scary place right now. I’ve always believed that hate is a projection of one’s inner state. For some reason Jews have always been a convenient target, perhaps because we are small in number and have never fought back. NOT THIS TIME world. Small but mighty we are. Stay strong Israel and blessing to all the amazing soldiers of the IDF. I believe there is a huge difference- Israel fights a war for love, Hamas fights for Love of War! Am Chai Israel !

  2. Gary

    Agree with you all!
    By the way, it’s pretty wacko here in Melbourne, performers are having work issues for just being Jewish.

    • Karen

      The story goes a lot further than people just having work issues. The names, social media details, photos and other information of two WhatsApp groups – one of Jewish arts practitioners and a second of Jewish lawyers – were leaked and published widely.

      People on those lists are being doxxed, have received threats to their businesses, and lives – including one family (who owned a gift shop) who are now in hiding who received a death threat along with a photo of their five year old son – have lost gigs, freelance contracts, etc. Prominent public figures in Australia – including so-called feminist Clementine Ford – have used their platforms to incite their followers to target these people, and NOTHING is being done about it.

      It’s getting pretty scary, to be honest.

  3. Ryan Keogh

    When it comes to Jordan, I would partly blame the pre-Israel Arab-Jewish tensions and violence on the British. The British, as I see it, were being dishonest with the Arabs when they said they would give them independence, and then turned around after the war, after many Arabs had fought in the revolt against the Ottomans, and turned Iraq and Jordan into protectorates, and the French doing the same in Lebanon and Syria. In hindsight, they should have made it clear to the Arabs that independence did not include Palestine.

  4. Ryan Keogh

    Wasn’t the high casualty rate on Lancasters because it was hard to escape, with the small doors? Nowadays people call the bombing of Dresden a war crime, and Harris a war criminal.

    • Kenneth Duthie

      Thanks for your comment. I believe you are correct when you say that the Lancaster was a difficult aeroplane to escape from. The courage of the Lancaster crews is almost inconceivable today. Throughout the United Kingdom, the pilots and crew of the RAF are laid to rest. Many of these young men who died in the second world war are Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders. The final resting place of each of these courageous young men can be found on the website of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. I have visited several of these places in the UK, and it is heartbreaking to see the ages of these young men, who died fighting the Nazis. One things you notice is that several of them died on the same day – a whole crew, laid to rest together.

    • Kenneth Duthie

      Regarding the popular view of Sir Arthur Harris, the policy of area bombing had been adopted by the British before Harris was put in charge of Bomber Command.

      Harris wrote in his war memoirs that “the decision to attack large industrial areas instead of key factories was made before I became Commander-in-Chief. But whenever anyone wishes to blackguard me . . . they accuse me of being not only the executor of the bombing policy but also its author.” An Air Staff directive was in fact issued on 14th February 1942, which authorised Bomber Command to attack Germany “without restriction” and stated that the objective of bombing raids “should now be focused on the morale of the enemy civilian population and, in particular, of industrial workers.” The targets listed in the new directive included Essen, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Lübeck, Rostock, Bremen and Kiel. On 15th February, Portal wrote to his deputy, Norman Bottomley, and told him, “Ref the new bombing directive: I suppose it is clear that the aiming points are to be the built-up areas, not, for instance, the dockyards or aircraft factories. . . . This must be made quite clear if it is not already understood.”

      Duthie, Kenneth. The Road to Gomorrah: Britain’s War 1939-1943 (p. 104). Kenneth Duthie. Kindle Edition.

      During the “phoney war” in the winter of 1939, the RAF was being used to drop leaflets over Germany. In the middle of 1943, Bomber Command was sent out to burn Hamburg to the ground. This was “Operation Gomorrah.” In my book, I try to explain how the British government went from the former to the latter – hence, “The Road to Gomorrah.”

      Onde è necessario ad un principe, volendosi mantenere, imparare a potere essere non buono, ed usarlo e non usarlo seconda la necessità. – Niccolo Machiavelli.

  5. Joel

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Naomi Ragen. I wait anxiously for your blog to arrive every day. I happen to agree with your views and support your perspective 100%. The savagery and barbarity of the terrorists who attacked our beautiful people were of such a nature as to make the devil blush with embarrassment!! (That phraseology is not mine and was coined by my late brother Richard when describing the autrocities of the Holocaust).

  6. Kenneth Duthie

    When Hitler decided to declare war on the United States on 11th December 1941, that set against him a tripartite military alliance that he would never be able to defeat. In the third volume of his history of the war, Churchill wrote that

    I could not foretell the course of events. I do not pretend to have measured accurately the martial might of Japan, but now at this moment I knew the United States was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death. So we had won after all! . . . England would live; Britain would live; the Commonwealth of Nations and the Empire would live. How long the war would last or in what fashion it would end no man could tell, nor did I at this moment care. Once again in our long Island history we should emerge, however mauled or mutilated, safe and victorious. We should not be wiped out. Our history would not come to an end. We might not even have to die as individuals. Hitler’s fate was sealed. Mussolini’s fate was sealed. As for the Japanese, they would be ground to powder. All the rest was merely the proper application of overwhelming force.

    Duthie, Kenneth. The Road to Gomorrah: Britain’s War 1939-1943 (p. 131). Kenneth Duthie. Kindle Edition.

    This is how WSC intended to defeat the Nazis (and their allies.) This quote shows that WSC believed that the enemy’s fate was sealed – long before the war ended. The enemy would be “ground to powder.” This would be done by “the proper application of overwhelming force.”

    As we now know, that is what happened.

    So history tells us – that is how to defeat Nazis.

    I should also say that I watched a documentary last night on the Lancaster bombers, which were used by the RAF during the second world war. According to the documentary, the crews of these heavy bombers were usually aged between 19 and 21.

    The life expectancy of a tail gunner aboard a Lancaster was 40 hours.

    55, 573 young men from all over the Commonwealth died serving with Bomber Command during the second world war.

    That’s what it took.

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