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Gaza War Diary: 19 MARCH 2024

I have developed this bad habit of logging into my iPhone and perusing its various apps before starting my day. This morning I came across something that literally paralyzed me from getting out of bed. It was this from Abu Ali Express English:

How is it possible that after everything Israel went through on 10/7, which included especially brutal crimes the likes of which were not seen in our provinces, even Israel's great friends surrender to the "Palestinian lobby" and impose restrictions on Israel's military activities (for example, ground action in Rafah)? An action that will most likely lead to a decisive military victory against Hamas? How is it that the most cautious army in the world that operates under unusual legal restrictions compared to any other army, is still accused of committing "genocide" in many European capitals? How is it that through lies and deceit that are exposed time and time again, the Palestinians succeed in tilting international public opinion in an ever-increasing way in their favor?... All of the IDF's military superiority is inhibited and not manifested because of successful Palestinian consciousness warfare on the one hand and Israel's continuous colossal failure in this field on the other hand... This is how we arrive at the current situation where the massive firepower of the IDF cannot break through the wall of the "Palestinian lobby" that with one light finger Biden can press where it hurts. This is the most effective "secret" weapon of the Palestinians. In the face of all Israel's investment in weapons, the Palestinians have been investing, for decades, in a war of consciousness. They are practiced, sharp, fast, taking advantage of every event, big or small, to stop the Israeli war effort and impose restrictions and sanctions on it. Thus we reached a situation where Israel's great friendships prevent it from defeating an extraordinarily cruel enemy, even though they knew everything that this enemy did to us on 10/7.

You know, this is not the first time bad PR has been blamed for universal hatred against Israel and the Jews. I remember before 9/11 when I was actively involved in the field of “consciousness-raising” regarding the murderous Intifada that was blowing us up on our buses and at our Bar Mitzvah celebrations, and almost murdered me and my family on Seder night at the Park Hotel in Netanya in 2001, no matter what the Palestinians did, no matter how inhumanly they behaved, they still had the world’s sympathy. I often felt that whatever I or others did to enlighten the world was like bailing out a sinking cruise liner using a teaspoon.

I realized then it wasn’t because Palestinians were so clever, and so organized and so much better at PR than the Jews. It was because people wanted to believe them; because they too hated Israel and hated the Jews. It wasn’t rational. And then, out of nowhere, came the great game-changer: 9/11.

After that, suddenly, everyone, including George Bush, changed his mind. Islamic fundamentalism was declared an enemy. Countries went to war.

And then, so quickly, they forgot. Only a decade later, they inaugurated an Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks away from Ground Zero! Everyone agreed to forgive and forget. Because it was easier to sink into forgetfulness, then to painfully remember, stand up, and fight.

What kept me immobilized this morning was not the great revelation that we need better PR: It was the full realization of powerlessness. They are more powerful in getting their message across because they are so much more numerous than we are, they have more money, and thus more power to reward.

Israel and its friends have gotten the truth out there. Everyone knows what really happened. The problem we face is that most people have chosen the momentarily more comfortable path of least resistance not to care.

It’s not surprising. Morality and truth have never held much sway in the world. They are paid lip service, but mankind genuflects to might, not right. The only reason Islamic terrorism continues to grow is, not that people believe their lies, but that terrorist lies provide a saving veneer to the cynical and evil decision to link oneself to the powerful, however depraved. They provide a respectable narrative for those who want to wear the red buttons supporting genocide of the Jews, putting on a little make-up over the raw obscenity of choosing to ignore beheaded babies and raped, tortured girls held hostage in billion-dollar terror tunnels erected with “humanitarian aid” collected from people all over the world.

And just as I thought I might sleep-in all day, I came across this in Variety, an open letter signed by 450 Jewish Hollywood executives, creators and actors protesting Jonathan Glazer’s obscene anti-Jewish Oscar night speech: “We refute our Jewishness being hijacked for the purpose of drawing a moral equivalence between a Nazi regime that sought to exterminate a race of people, and an Israeli nation that seeks to avert its own extermination . The use of words like ‘occupation’ to describe an indigenous Jewish people defending a homeland that dates back thousands of years, and has been recognized as a state by the United Nations, distorts history. It gives credence to the modern blood libel that fuels a growing anti-Jewish hatred around the world, in the United States, and in Hollywood.”

We are small – no, cross that out. We are tiny. But we are right. And that, in a world created by a just God, I will continue to believe means something. I don’t know how this is going to end, this latest fight against evil. But I do know this: No matter what they throw at us, every morning, we have to throw off the covers, wash our faces, and face the day. We have to go out and do our best, morning after morning, day after day. With hope, with faith, and with prayers in our hearts.

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12 comments on “Gaza War Diary: 19 MARCH 2024”

  1. Sid Levine

    We need pro activity, not retroactivity. This has been and still is our weakness – I am sick and tired of the nonsense that the man in the street in Israel is so small minded, like a peasant, that they are prepared to remain silent as our 2000 year dream is destroyed by our external enemies without and our internal enemies within.
    We still seem to think we are in Galut and dont think ahead

  2. Gig Berkowitz

    Hello, the recent diary was right on target. They’re a big group and we’re just a little group. They make us out to be bullies, but miss the mark. They’re feverishly antisemitic and convince the gullible, “it’s the Jews fault!” While openly refuted in public, antisemitism still boils in the US.

  3. Victor H Sharpe
    1. Israel National News
    2. Op-eds section 46
    3. The Israeli Left’s crime: Self-deception
    The Israeli Left’s crime: Self-deception.
    The Arabs finally learned the secret: say nice words to Leftist Jews and many will fall over themselves to give away their own heritage. Don’t they know that while it is a sin to deceive one’s neighbor, it is a crime to deceive oneself? Opinion.
    Victor Sharpe
    Mar 18, 2024,
    There would be nothing more wondrous than true peace by a Muslim Arab state with Israel. However, I suspect that true and everlasting peace with any Muslim state is nothing more than a cruel mirage in the sands of the Middle East.
    The native and indigenous people, the Jews, are not colonialists and do not need to annex what is – since time immemorial – their own historical, Biblical, and spiritual land. As for a “Palestinian state or territory,” there has never existed such a one, and there has never been a separate Palestinian Arab people throughout all of history.
    Judea and Samaria, along with Gaza, form integral parts of the ancestral and Biblical Jewish heartland. Restoration of Jewish villages and towns in the historical, spiritual heartland is not “annexation” but liberation and redemption.
    Jews have waited for 2,000 years of forced statelessness for full restoration of their homeland. Tragically after the miraculous victory of the territory’s liberation from illegal Jordanian occupation in 1967 some of it was heartbreakingly given away to the Arabs by leftwing Israeli leaders on the seventh day of the Six Day War – all in the delusional hope for a lasting peace.
    After defeats in four major wars and numerous clashes, the Arabs have finally learned the secret: say nice words to the Jews and they will love you and fall over themselves to give away the keys to their own heritage. This is what is done too often by secular and leftist Israeli politicians who thereby do immense harm to the reborn Jewish state – just as the execrable Court Jew, Chuck Schumer, has now odiously perpetrated in the U.S. Senate at the behest of President Biden.
    But let us also confront the irrevocable Islamic and Koranic injunction upon all Muslims, which is to wage relentless war against any non-Muslim nation state that exists within what Islam decrees as the Dar al-Islam (the House of Islam). Wherever the Muslim foot has trod triumphal in the name of Allah, that territory is considered eternally Islamic land. If it is lost, then it enters the Dar al-Harb (the House of War) and must be retaken and the non-Muslim population either forcibly converted to Islam, forced into dhimmi degradation, or exterminated.
    So much for peace.
    According to Abraham I. Katsh, who wrote as far back as 1954 the following, in his book Judaism and the Koran:
    “The duty of Jihad, the waging of ‘Holy War,’ has been raised to the dignity of a sixth canonical obligation … To the Moslem, the world is divided into regions under Islamic control, the dar al-Islam, and regions not subjected yet or previously lost, the dar al-harb.
    “Thanks to this concept, the Moslem is required to subdue the infidel, and he who dies in the path of Allah is considered a martyr and assured of Paradise and of unique privileges there.”
    It is not only Israel, the Jewish state, that is to be warred and aggressed against by the followers of the “religion of peace” but all lands that have been lost to erstwhile Muslim occupation: They include Spain, Portugal, Sicily, parts of France and Italy, Hungary, Austria, the Balkans, Greece, southern Russia, India – all lands considered to be in the Dar al Harb. And the Islamic war is against not only Christians and Jews, but Hindus, Buddhists, Bahai, and all non-Muslim faiths or those who have no faith. It has been so now for 1,400 years.
    Regarding the Arab and Muslim total war against Israel, it is not accurate to describe it as the Arab-Israel conflict, nor is it correct to label it the Israel-Palestinian conflict. It is the Islam-Israel conflict and will grind on so long as Islam, to quote Winston Churchill, remains an “ideology wrapped in a religion.”
    We must face a dire reality and plan to resist it. It is a sin to deceive one’s neighbor, but it is a crime to deceive oneself.
    Western Europe is now slipping and sliding under the orbit of Islamic Sharia law. The Western Europeans and the Brits are in grave danger of committing national suicide.
    Vast numbers of Muslim immigrants were and still are allowed into Western Europe, Britain along with the United States through slavish adherence to the unholy trinity of political correctness, diversity, and multiculturalism. These immigrants – sometimes masquerading as refugees and mostly young men – are the present day Islamic advance guard for the conquest and re-conquest of much of the European continent and the rest of the world.
    In Israel’s case, it stands as a bulwark – an advance guard if you will – against the battering tide of Islamic triumphalism and imperialism, which threatens to overwhelm the West and subjugate once again Jews and Christians, turning them into dhimmis, third class citizens enduring a grisly existence under Muslim occupation and control.
    How supremely ironic then that the same West, facing its own self-inflicted destruction, aggressively pressures Israel into conceding ever more of its tiny landmass to create within its Biblical and ancestral heartland (Jewish Judea and Samaria, aka the ‘West Bank)’ yet another Muslim Arab state and a terrorist entity to boot whose sole purpose is to finish off the Jewish state: first to be reduced to a narrow width of a mere nine miles, and then to be exterminated.
    Bowing to previous pressure from the Clinton Administration, Israel accepted the Oslo Peace Accords with the arch terrorist, Yasser Arafat. After shaking Israeli Prime Minister Rabin’s hand in the infamous 1993 photo-op on the White House lawn, Arafat promptly flew off to Durban in South Africa where in a local mosque he was heard in Arabic reassuring his audience that he had no intention of ever making peace with Israel.

    Arafat’s sole purpose (and that of his successor Mahmoud Abbas) was to destroy Israel in phases; take as much historic Jewish territory as he could and use all the powers of dissimilitude, propaganda and outright lies to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish state. In this, he was fulfilling the Islamic injunction of Teqiyah; to deliberately lie as a faithful Muslim to non-Muslims or what Muslims arrogantly, impudently, and contemptuously call; infidels.
    The Jewish state’s foolish invitation to Arafat’s PLO, (which had all but faded from sight in its Tunis compound) to enter the ancient Jewish territories and the subsequent tragic abandonment by the Israeli government of much of its Biblical heartland (Judea and Samaria, aka the West Bank,) to the PLO which led Arafat to immediately renege on all his promises of peace with Israel. Instead, he used the newly acquired territory, ripped from ancestral and Biblical Jewish territory, to become a launching pad for ever more horrendous terror attacks upon Israel’s civilian population.
    True to his evil promise, since the September 1993 Oslo “Peace” Accords were signed – with Israelis hoping and praying that true and lasting peace would now break out at last – thousands of Israeli civilians perished at the hands of the PLO, Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad, and all the other Palestinian Arab terror gangs.
    The disastrous Oslo Accords legitimized the fraudulent Palestinian narrative while delegitimizing the historic, spiritual, and Biblical Jewish claim to the land. This was a monumental error and a living calamity for Israel.
    During the Palestinian so-called Al-Aqsa Intifada alone, many hundreds of Israeli civilians perished or were burnt to death in ghastly bus bombings. I used the horrific picture of one such atrocity on the front cover of two of my four books titled Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state. Palestinian terrorist attacks caused not only many Israeli civilian deaths but left thousands more maimed for life – and this Muslim aggression continues daily.
    In yet another suicidal decision by Israel – always done in the vain, naive Jewish quest for peace with a permanently hostile Muslim world and to the malevolent cheers of the Israeli Left – Israel’s then Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, in 2005 forcefully removed 10,000 Israelis from their homes in Gaza and handed their farms, synagogues and all their territory over to the Fatah wing of the so-called Palestinian Authority.
    The vain hope was that the Palestinian Arabs would build a democratic and peaceful society and live in harmony with the Jewish state. But it was predictably not to be. Hamas took over Gaza, slaughtered many of their fellow Palestinian Arabs and began firing lethal missiles against Israeli villagers and townsfolk bordering the Gaza Strip and beyond. Israelis have endured a barrage of thousands of such missiles fired at them by the Iranian supported Hamas occupiers of Gaza since that fateful and senseless decision.
    Palestinians flew balloons filled with lethal and flammable material into Israel, burning down forests planted by Jewish pioneers, nature reserves and thousands of acres of agricultural farmland. Residents are still haunted by the terrible sounds of animals screaming in agony as they were burnt alive. But predictably, not one word of protest was ever heard from the hypocritical world’s greenies and environmentalists.
    Very little if anything about these relentless crimes were ever reported in the international mainstream media. Only when Israel, tormented beyond endurance by Hamas, finally responds does the media wake up and portray Israel as an aggressor – seemingly attacking poor Palestinian Arabs for no apparent reason. Such is the insidious power of much of the leftwing international media (MSM).
    Under Arafat’s successor, Mahmoud Abbas, a Holocaust denier, and a leader who has remained in power now seemingly forever – after his earlier four-year term expired – the Palestinian Authority’s media and schools have descended to Nazi era anti-Semitic indoctrination and incitement of its children. This is the “peace” Israel has received from its Arab peace partner.
    We should remember that Israel had also foolishly withdrawn from the security strip along the Lebanese border some years earlier at the lamentable orders of the then Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, egged on by the Israeli Left, and predictably the territory was immediately occupied by Iran’s other surrogate Muslim terrorist organization, Hezbollah.
    Now Israeli towns and villages in the north face some 150,000 Iranian supplied missiles, most of them – just as by Hamas in Gaza – deliberately sited in Lebanese schools, hospitals, and private homes. This act of hiding weapons and terrorists among civilians constitutes a further Arab crime against humanity which always goes unpunished by a deceitful world and deeply immoral United Nations.
    It is Islam which drives the implacable aggression against Israel. It is not merely about territory or borders. It is about Islam never accepting any non-Muslim nation in territory it, Islam, had once conquered in the name of Allah.
    Many times, Israel’s survival has been challenged by the Arabs on the battlefield. The Palestinian Arabs have tried despicable terror against Israel’s civilians. All have failed and so they now resort, with their duped supporters in the West, including not only the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) miscreants, but the European Union, to engage in threats of sanctions and extortion and, above all, with spewing ancient and utterly evil and demonic anti-Semitic tropes.
    This naked pressure is designed to force the embattled Jewish state to allow a fraudulent Arab people to create a Muslim terror state within Judea and Samaria (the so-called West Bank) which is the very Biblical and ancestral Jewish heartland, and for Israel to exist in a suicidal border a mere nine miles wide at its most populous region.
    This was the armistice line that existed prior to the defensive war Israel was forced to fight for its survival against Arab aggression in June 1967. That was what the Israeli statesman, Abba Eban, once described as the Auschwitz lines – the implication being horrifyingly clear.
    It is difficult for Americans, living in a land that stretches some 3,000 miles from sea to shining sea, to understand that the width of Israel from the Mediterranean Sea to the River Jordan (which includes the Biblical and ancestral Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria – known erroneously by its illegal Jordanian erstwhile occupation name of the West Bank) is barely 40 miles wide.
    How shameful that the same world, which cheered the reunification of Berlin, but which remains silent at the Muslim Turkish occupation and division of Nicosia, should gleefully and gloatingly wish to divide Holy Jerusalem, Israel’s 3,000-year-old Jewish capital city, against itself.
    How shameful that the BDS trolls never protest or call for boycotts against China’s rape of Tibet, or Turkey’s illegal occupation of half of Cyprus, or Putin’s invasion of the Crimea or the ongoing Muslim murder of millions of Christians throughout the Middle East and Africa among other worldwide human rights atrocities. Only the one democratic and embattled Jewish state in the Middle East is singled out to be the victim of persecution.

    Confronting antisemitism and Israel hatred:
    × 537
    4 × 537
    Now, after the hideous Hamas slaughter in Israel of 1,200 Jewish men, women, children and babies and Israel’s principled move to once and for all destroy the monstrous Muslim Hamas terror occupation of Gaza, Israel is shamefully pressured by the leftwing Biden regime, backed by Barack Hussein Obama, to leave Hamas still in virtual control of Gaza.
    This is most certainly not America’s finest hour, and it would be well for President Biden to take heed of the Biblical injunction found in Genesis 12:3.
    Victor Sharpe is a prolific freelance writer with many published articles in leading websites. He is also the published author of seven books including the highly acclaimed four volumes of Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state.

    • Wes Hagglov

      Thank you Victor for your excellent and accurate portrayal of what is happening to Israel and the world. Just a few days ago, in Toronto, Canada, an independent journalist was arrested while covering a Muslim protest against Jews…the Muslim provocateur suddenly declared he wanted to pray and the public sidewalk became holy ground…with the Toronto Police enforcing Sharia law…Huh?

    • Ryan

      That sounds good, but instead of using biblical arguments for why Israel exists, that the Jews have their homeland there, can’ t it just be said that Israel is just like any other country, and will do anything to protect the nation and its citizens, including destroying those who seek the destruction of said nation and its people? Furthermore, no one really wants to die for Tibet or Crimea, or at least I don’t. Many people who protest those sorts of things are virtue signalers, even if they are right. Also, arguments like that could be used for evil as well as good. Since the Native Americans have ancient land claims, does that they mean they deserve America? No. Since Russia ruled Finland 100 years ago does that mean they deserve to have it back? No. Since Mexico owned half of what is the USA, should they get it back? No. The only thing that matters is that Israel owns the land now and nobody can or should be able to take it away from them, just like in any other country. I will end on this note: Israel has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests, and it should follow them, and not the interests of anything or anyone else.

      • Liz Rome

        It seemed like the Abraham Accords could have brought peace to the region–by counteracting Iran and other terrorist organizations. Hope Trump wins and brings back Abraham Accords larger and stronger than before. BUT…even with that possibility, anti-Semitism is louder, stronger, way much more in the open than ever before. It feels more dangerous than Germany in the 1930’s. The anti-Semitism is the #1 problem to be addressed.

        • Ryan

          I agree Liz. As a gentile, I know it’s a problem, even though it is not publicly acknowledged.

  4. Isabel Ringer

    Queen Esther and Mordechai win, as we shall against all the Hamans of this world. We serve a mighty ADONAI.

    • JJS

      Very well put. Excellent summary of the core problem. Education is the key. There are tons of materials out there that make the case for Israel and the Jews, but most people (Jews and non-Jews) don’t know anything about them because they are not publicized. Maybe this page could help: ?

      • Wes Hagglov

        Thank you JJS for this ‘gold mine’ of info…I am aware of a few of these authors, but I had no idea of these vast valuable resources…thank you again…

  5. Sylvia Knoop

    Dear Naomi,
    Yes we have always been bad with PR, since the time of the Pharaoh. Had we been better at it we would not have so many eating holidays…
    This time I refuse to hide!
    Also I can not imagine not going into Rafah… maybe not on a large scale as STUPIDOS will try to prevent it, but I do believe for many years to come Israel will use small sniper groups to eliminate every last one of the terrorists in Israel… with a bit of luck world wide…
    Of course if the IDF does not go large scale into Rafah now, the world will have an enormous problem! The STUPIDOS today do not realize this but in the coming time all countries with large Islamic populations will explode ! And will put in their laws as they have been trying to do in the west in the past years. But again don’t worry, as we will get every last one of those too. Just everything will be on a smaller and more secretive scale… and sadly or should I call it happily… eventually we will have a new eating holiday or … they have killed us all … but I really can’t imagine anybody would want or be able to live in that oppressive world.

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