Yair Lapid: The Confused Hypocrite

I have no problem with stating that a community, institution, or person has gone wrong.  And so when the chareidi draft exemption was canceled, I was happy; I believe that this is a good thing.

When the yeshiva budget was cut, I kept quiet, even though deserving yeshivot did not get their money, either.  Even though, at the time, it meant our income was cut by about a third.  Even though the money that we were supposed to get, we never saw.

When they cut the child stipend, I didn’t blink.  I think they’re right.  I think that complaining about it shows a lack of understanding of the dynamics.

When Lapid pushed for 0% VAT on new houses, I was mad.  This is a dumb exemption that causes more problems than it’s worth, has a lot of loopholes, and leaves many deserving families out.

When the decision was made that only families with two working parents could receive a daycare subsidy, I jumped with joy.  Do you know how many years I’ve wanted them to pass such a law?  And all they required was that the father either learn in university OR work ten measly hours a week.  And then, slowly, the criteria would toughen up.

In 2013, one of the major bills that Lapid was pushing to pass included limiting the number of ministers serving in a given government to 18.  His main complaint was that prime ministers sometimes “make up” ministerial appointments in order to placate party leaders.  Lapid said that there should be no minister who doesn’t have a portfolio, and I think he’s right on that point.

One of the results of this bill was an increase in the number of deputy ministers.  A deputy minister earns less money than a minister, and therefore, more deputies and less ministers means that the government is spending less money.  This was the desired result.

All well and good.

Except now, Lapid has just exposed himself as someone not with the public’s welfare at heart, but with an anti-religious agenda at heart.  Don’t get me wrong.  He was never a friend of religious Jews, and has worked all along to make our lives more difficult.  But as long as what he did made sense, I kept my mouth shut.

Now, he is contradicting himself.  Suddenly, we shouldn’t have deputy ministers, if there is no minister above them.  He is saying this, by his own admission, so that Yaakov Litzman, and Tzipi Hotovely, will have to be appointed ministers or step down.

So now Lapid took the case to the Supreme Court, and won. Great. Tzipi Hotovely will become Foreign Minister.  I have no idea what Yaakov Litzman will do.  And while I do agree that being deputy minister simply for the sake of not having to swear allegiance to the State of Israel makes me slightly sick, there is no reason to make a big deal out of it, if he’s not doing anything wrong – and he is doing you a favor by not demanding more money.

Plus, I believe in putting your money where your mouth is.  Litzman is a decent minister, and he is doing exactly what he claims to believe in.  He doesn’t want to swear allegiance (I’m guessing because he doesn’t want to swear, but maybe because he’s just not willing to be that loyal to the State), and he happily gives up the extra income he would have otherwise had, to live by what he thinks is right.

People can talk and talk.  But you know what they really believe, by what they do with their money.

Lapid, leave Litzman alone.  I can almost guarantee you that by being a confused hypocrite you have just cost yourself seats.  We’ve seen that you’re not too smart, that you like to make radical changes without thinking, and that you’re not exactly helping the “middle class” who you promised to help.

But now?  Did you really have to take your mask off in front of everyone?

On the other hand – it’s better that way.  Now everyone will see you for who you are.

Bibi: Listen to My Boy’s Simple Logic

I wrote this post on Tisha B’Av.

On Tisha B’Av, I was watching Gush Katif videos.  It’s a fitting activity, music or not, because the expulsion of 8,600 Jews from their homes, and literally cutting off a limb of Israel, is one of the tragedies that led to tragedies of our time.  (You can watch the videos, too.)

On the one hand, this is not exactly an activity for children.  On the other hand, these are his brothers, this is his country, and he will probably grow up friends with some of the expellees’ siblings.  The children who were expelled from their homes were traumatized much worse than this video will ever traumatize Shlomo.

On the one hand, this is not a video for children.  On the other hand, how can I tell him it is only for adults?

I let him watch with me.  The first one he saw with me, last night, he thought was hilarious.  I’m not sure why, but it could be a combination of the hour, the music, and the lack of narration.  He thought that the menora on top of a roof was a plane.  Today, when Shlomo watched with me, he told me halfway through, “I don’t want this video, I don’t like it.”  I told him that he didn’t have to watch with me, but that this is what I was watching.  He stayed.

And I felt like it was inappropriate to simply let him watch, without giving him any explanation for what was happening and why.  After all, one of the sentences that he had heard, and repeated, was, “How can you take children out of their homes?”  He needed to know why and how it had happened, at least so that he would not live in fear of it happening unexpectedly to him.

I told him that the place where the woo-woos come from is called Gaza.  That the person in charge of Israel right now is called Bibi (he thought that was a funny name), and the person in charge when the video was taken was called Ariel Sharon.  All these people, the imas and abbas and children and teenagers, lived in beautiful homes in Gaza.  They protected us from the woo-woos even though they sometimes got hurt.  They went to gan and played and are nice people.  But the bad people kept trying to hurt us, and one day Sharon said that the bad people had told him, that if we gave them all of Gaza and took all these nice people out of their homes, then they would stop hurting us and we would have shalom (peace).  Sharon believed the bad people, and that they wouldn’t hurt us, if we took these people away from their homes.  So that’s what happened.  They took the people out of their houses.

Shlomo thought the soldiers were hurting people, and I told him that the soldiers tried very hard not to hurt anyone, because they are our brothers and they love us.  Just like Jack is Abba’s brother, and he loves us.  Just like the nice soldier who shared her falafel with him.  The soldiers are nice.  I pointed out that the soldiers were also crying, that they didn’t have a choice.  I told him that all of the woo-woos (air-raid sirens) have come from Gaza, because the nice people aren’t in their homes anymore, protecting us.  Now that bad people are using their homes to make woo-woos and hurt people.

And my beautiful, smart boy said a single, brilliant sentence: We need to put them back in their homes.

I told him that many, many people agreed with him, and praised him for his creative, clear thinking.  I told him that we also want that to happen, but that Bibi and the other people in charge don’t want to do it.  I told him that now that the bad people are using the land, it’s very hard to get it back.  I asked him if he thought it would be safe or dangerous for soldiers to go to where the bad people are and take the land back.  He said dangerous.  He said that Yitzchak, Tova, himself, and I, should get into fighter planes and fight the woo-woos and break the woo-woos so that we will be safe.  I told hiim that Yitzchak and I aren’t soldiers, that he might be, but that I hope that he won’t have to be.  He didn’t care, he wanted to get into a fighter plane and fight.  And then the nice people could go back to their homes and there would be no more woo-woos.

Bibi, I think you should take Shlomo as your advisor.  All you need to do is give him cookies, cereal, and building toys to make planes, buses, and trains with, and he will tell you how to keep Israel safe.

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right

Anybody who knows me, knows that I am very strongly against gay marriage.  I have no qualms about explaining why the term “gay marriage,” is an oxymoron and makes no sense whatsoever.  I don’t think that gay pride parades accomplish anything at all, except to make people mad and to give the LGBT crowd a feeling of control.  I don’t think that the politically correct policy of censoring anything and everything that even hints that being lesbian or gay might be harmful or immoral, is a fair policy.  I don’t think that it is right that all you have to do is state that you are LGBT, and suddenly you have more rights than everyone else.  And I certainly don’t think that it is appropriate to insist, for the sake of proving a point (A.K.A. making people mad), on holding a gay pride parade in the holy city of Jerusalem.

Regardless of what I think about gay rights in general, what Yishai Shlissel did to Shira Bankin (injuring five others) was wrong.  To be fair, Shlissel is psycho and the government was stupid.  This is a man who was jailed ten years ago for doing exactly what he did now – stabbing people who participated in the gay pride parade.  He was jailed for ten years, let out, and immediately did exactly the same thing, all over again.  Ideally, he shouldn’t have been let out of jail until after the parade.  Stupid government; psycho guy, and I’m glad he’s back in jail.  Don’t tell anyone, but I hope he’s not let out, ever again.

I have a sixteen year old sister.  I teach sixteen year olds.  There is no good reason, in the entire world, that a sixteen year old who is not harming anybody should be stabbed and killed.  No reason at all.  I don’t care what Shira believed, I don’t care what parade she took part in, I don’t care who her friends were, and I don’t care if she was in love with her boyfriend or a girlfriend.

It doesn’t matter.  It just doesn’t.

Because who she wants to sleep with is her choice.  It’s not harming me, it’s not harming my friends or family.  It doesn’t even harm what I believe in.  And so, even though I am very against recognizing gay marriage, even though I don’t think we should be helping them to live in a way that clashes with my morals and value system – as long as they are not harming anybody, they do not deserve to be harmed by anybody.

Shira, I am sorry that you were a victim of a senseless hate crime perpetrated by a psychotic extremist.  I never knew you, never taught you, and yet, I do know you.  You are just like every other teenage girl, and yet you are unique in your own way.  I am sorry that your life and your dreams were cut short.  I wish you could have finished high school, with five points in English or in math or in science; with credits in Bible or in Hebrew language studies, or in Arabic.  I wish you could have spent hours debating with your friends which army unit sounded like the most fun to join, and could have gained weight from eating pizza too many times (and then complained that you needed to lose it), and applied to college and prayed that you would be accepted to the track you wanted to learn.  I wish you could have taken the customary post-army trip to Europe or the Far East.

Shira, it is not fair, it is not just, and it is unacceptable.  I never knew you, never wished to know you, and don’t regret not wishing to know you.  I know that you were murdered, in Israel, your home; that you are my sister, my student, my distant cousin, a friend of a friend of a friend; that our home is Israel, and that violence is not our way.

I wish I could make it different, for you and your family.

The Duma Arson: A Troubling Update

Remember yesterday, I said that I highly doubted the arsonist was affiliated with any religious group, but that it looked like he was pretending to be affiliated?

Well, as it turns out, I may have been exactly on target.

A group called Tag Meir (Illuminating Tag; a play on the words “tag mechir,” price tag) organized a visit to pay condolences to the Muslim family whose baby, Ali, was killed.  A “settler,” named Yonadav Tapuchi, joined the trip, because although he does believe in Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, he does not believe in senseless murder of innocent people.  Not when the person murdered was a Jew, and not when the person murdered was a Muslim.

What Yonadav writes is a real eye-opener, and it bears mentioning that he was not the only one in this group, and everything written is easily verifiable.

“. . . we would first see the burnt houses . . . a bunch of Jews with their heads held low were photographed near and in the burnt houses and the Hebrew graffiti there. A representative . . . gave a short speech (‘the settlers should expect the worst!,’ he warned). We were then told that actually, the village is quite up in arms, and that it would not be convenient for us to actually comfort the mourning family, and that we had better leave fast.

I and others felt that this whole thing was a media trick to get the ‘Yahud’ [Arabic for ‘the Jews’ – ed.] to take part in humiliating . . . photos near the buildings . . . they had never planned to allow us to come in actual contact with the family.”

. . . He did not mention that there have been reports of an ongoing, 18-year feud between two clans in Duma that might be related to the murderous arson. In addition, one of the two graffiti messages – the single word nekamah, meaning “revenge” – has calligraphic elements that raise the suspicion that it was actually sprayed by an Arab.

. . . It was impossible to ignore some of the more curious aspects of the story . . . the two houses . . . are located in the center of the village . . . in order to get there we had to travel a number of minutes from the entrance. Duma is spread out over a gigantic area, and the houses are situated at the end of a winding road, among fences and yards.

According to the Duma version, the attackers burnt one house, then saw that it was empty, and so they went to set fire to the next house. The second house is enclosed by a fence . . . a firebomb cannot be hurled through the windows, and in any event it is very hard to reach the windows behind the fence. . . The attackers entered the house, stood over the parents and did not let them leave until the flames engulfed the house. Only then did the arsonists run away from the village.

. . . we will get to hear a fascinating story of why they chose to navigate their way all the way into the middle of the village, and how they had time to set a house on fire, wait to find that it was empty, then walk around and enter another house and set it on fire, wait with the parents, spray graffiti in two places – including with a little design of a crown! – and then run away through the middle of the village with all the townspeople surely already up and on their feet seeing the flames and hearing the family’s cries. Something here is very fishy…”

I would also add that Jews in an Arab village need to have a security detail, because otherwise they are in grave danger.  A sad fact of life here in Israel is that many cities are Judenrein, but none are Muslimrein.  A Jew who entered an Arab village, even under disguise, and stayed for more than a few minutes would have a 99% chance of not making it out alive.

I think the facts speak for themselves.

You can read more here.

Muslim Baby’s Uncle: What Did Ali Do?

I assume that by now, everyone knows about the arson in Duma, that killed an Arab baby and seriously injured four of his family members.

Before I go any further, I want to be very clear: I do not support arson, or terror, or violence, of any kind.

I also want to make sure that it is very clear that at the moment, we do not know who is responsible for the arson.

Yes, there was Hebrew writing on the house.  Ever heard of a blood libel?  Probably most of the world has forgotten what those are.  Let me remind you: Jews do not eat blood.  In fact, Jews salt their meat to ensure that no blood remains in it.  Jews are not allowed to eat people, either, and just so that no ignoramus thinks that you are allowed to eat people, after age 24 months, if a baby is weaned for 24 hours, it is no longer allowed to nurse – ever again.

A blood libel essentially went like this: Someone with animosity towards Jews killed a Christian child just before Passover.  They then planted the dead body in or around a Jewish house, synagogue, or store, and spread the word that the child was missing.  Everyone started searching for the child, who was obviously found – much to the Jews’ surprise and horror – in a Jewish house, synagogue, or store.  Then, everyone screamed, “Death to the Jews!” and starting murdering innocent men, women, and children.

That is a blood libel.

An Arab in Lod was injured, and claimed a Jew did it.  Guess who was found to be guilty?  That’s right, another Arab.

So while I truly have no idea whether or not the arson in Duma was perpetrated by a Jew or an Arab, it really doesn’t matter.  All that matters is that now people are screaming, “Death to the Jews!” – as if they weren’t screaming it loudly enough before now.

If it was a Jew, he was insane, and does not represent . . . well, anybody.  I highly doubt that this person – if he was Jewish – was affiliated with any real religious group.  Not only that, but he was trying to pretend to be affiliated.  What does that mean?

I don’t know what it means.

I do know that yesterday, I happened to see on a leftist website that baby Ali’s uncle said, “What did Ali ever do to the ‘settlers’ that they killed him?”

Well, again, I don’t know that they were “settlers” that killed him, but that is beside the point.  This Ali Dawabsha’s uncle has asked an excellent question.

I don’t know the answer, but I have a few questions to ask him:

What did Daniel Tragerman ever do to the Muslims who killed him?

What did Malachi Rosenfeld ever do to the terrorists who killed him?

What did Daniel Gonen ever do to the murderers who killed him?  In fact, Daniel Ganon stopped to help Arabs – and in return, he was murdered.

What did 3-month old baby Chaya Zissel Braun ever do to the Arab terrorist who killed her?

What did ten-month-old Shalhevet Pass ever do?

What did Baruch Mizrachi ever do?  Why did his children deserve to be left as orphans?

What did the Fogel family ever do, that both parents and three of their six children were murdered in cold blood, in their home, on a Friday night?

What did Adele Bitton ever do, and why did Rivlin feel it more important to condemn those who set fire to the Dawabsha family’s home, than to those who threw rocks at the Bitton family?

And, unfortunately, I can go on and on.  The list is thousands of names long.

You know, I really don’t care that a future terrorist was killed.  It doesn’t bother me.  Better that he should die, than that he should commit suicide or homicide, taking a bunch of Jews with him.

What does bother me is the idea that a Jew did it.  Murder may be normal for Arabs, but it is not normal for Jews.  Muslims may feel a need to convert or kill all non-Muslims, but we Jews kill someone only if they rise up to kill us first.

Whether or not this baby, Ali Dawabsha, would have grown up to be a terrorist, he isn’t one right now.  Therefore, as of right now, we have no right to kill him; in fact, we are forbidden to kill him.  And even more than that, it is beneath us to kill him.  It is simply inappropriate, not befitting, for a Jew to stoop so low as to kill an as-yet innocent person.  It befits Muslim murderers.  It does not befit Jews.

We are above that, we are better than that; Jewish law forbids us to murder, just as it forbids us to be like the other nations that have inhabited this land throughout the millenia.  It is only in our morals that we are different from the Arab scum who surround us.


Oh, and one more question: Why is the world suddenly so concerned about “taking responsibility,” and “arson is terror,” when it is ONE Muslim who is killed, but when, every single week, there are Jews killed in injured, it does not matter?

Why is Ali Dawabsha’s life more important than the lives of all of the killed and maimed Jews?

I leave that question for the world to answer.

Tisha B’Av: Mourning, Reflection, and Future

Every year, on the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av, the Jewish people fast and mourn.  This year, we are fasting, and mourning, on the tenth day of Av, because the ninth day was Shabbat – and on Shabbat, we do not fast or mourn.  On this day (like on Yom Kippur), we do not wash, wear leather shoes, or use creams.  Think about not showering when it is forty degrees Celsius outside.  Think about how awful the pit in your stomach would have to be, for you to do it.

Ten years ago, those living in Gush Katif, and northern parts of the Shomron, were expelled from their homes.  They were promised land, and houses, and help resettling; they were given caravans, that they stayed in until they could afford better.  Ten years later, there are still families that have not been able to rebuild.  Many of those expelled were farmers, and found it hard to integrate into the job market.  They were forced out of their homes, and made to build their lives from scratch.

It is hard to imagine what being forced out of your home means.  Many of the communities have stayed together, hoping to resettle together and maintain some semblance of normalcy.  But imagine the police coming to force you out of your home and out of your city.  You have no job, no home, no money, no schools for your children.  You have nothing.  They pick you up from your home in Maine, and move you to Oregon, giving you a caravan, and expecting you to start over.

Ten years later, that “be niceexperiment has proven to be an utter disaster.  From the very beginning, we saw that it would not work; the first thing that the Arabs did was not to take over the existing structures, but to burn all the synagogues down to the ground.  If you remember, today they are claiming that they have no homes and no infrastructure.  Why is that?  They were handed everything on a silver platter – places of worship to renovate, schools, community centers, pools, theaters, farms, greenhouses, hothouses – everything.  Everything was burned, ransacked, or used for terror activity.  This was their choice, not ours.

And from there, they used all the humanitarian aid (that they wouldn’t have needed if they were truly homeless refugees looking for permanent homes) to build tunnels and shoot rockets.  Some of the expellees were expelled from Yamit, in Sinai, and went to live in Gush Katif at the direction of Ariel Sharon – the very man who later expelled them a second time.  And all this, why?

So that we could fight Operation Cast Lead (Oferet Yetzuka, 2008), Operation Defensive Shield (Amud Anan, 2012), and Operation Protective Edge (Tzuk Eitan, 2014).

So that we could get thousands of rockets fired at us; towards Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Be’er Sheva, Lod, Beit Shemesh, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Sderot, Mitzpe Ramon; Hertzliya.

So that we would have to worry about not hurting the human shields that the terrorist regime uses to protect itself, even though many of those human shields are future terrorists or wives of terrorists.  Would you pity Osama bin Laden’s wife?  Then why do you pity the wives of Islamic Jihad terrorists?  Why is Islamic Jihad, or Hamas, different from Al Qaeda?

Now, on Tisha B’Av ten years later, we are living in the ominous shadow of an Iran deal.  No matter what we do or don’t do, we are in trouble.  “Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”  (Excuse my language, please.)  If we wait, we are in trouble, because by September, Iran may be able to defend itself.  If we don’t wait, we will be accused of not giving Iran a fair chance.  If Congress decides against the deal, well, dontcha know, it’s Israel’s fault.

But when Saudia Arabia and Israel agree, you know that something is up, and that it’s serious.

I won’t give away any of Israel’s theoretical plans by writing them on the internet.  I will just say that Yitzchak and I have full faith that Israel can deal with an Iranian nuclear threat, provided that we do not wait until they actually have nukes, and provided that we have cooperation from certain countries.  I will also say, that at least two of the four countries that we would like to have helping us, will help us.

This does not mean that we have nukes, because of course we do not have nukes.  But we do have an extremely smart army, and the worst person to fight is one who has nothing to lose, because if he has nothing to lose, he will fight to the death.  We believe that the reason all of the recent wars have been such utter failures, is that we knew that we could scare our enemies without hurting them.  We tried to be as nice and humane as possible.

But I need to tell you: If Israel is forced to deal with Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah all at once, we will not have the ability to be patient or humane.  We will do what needs to be done, quickly and efficiently, and spare no lives but our own.  We will carpet bomb Gaza, if necessary, and take out Hezbollah’s stock of chemical weapons; we will cripple Iran’s nuclear and military infrastructure so that they have no hope of retaliation of any sort, and we will do it all in a way that ensures that World War Three does not break out with all the “civilized” Western countries coming to “innocent” Iran’s defense.

Because if it is a question of fight or die, we will fight.

The world is turning Israel into some kind of inhumane monster, responsible for all the world’s ills.  We, as Jews, who have survived centuries of persecution, and have not yet forgotten the Holocaust, hear a familiar ring to these words.  We, as Jews, hear Jew-blaming as a lead-up to pogroms.  We, as Jews, see the rise in anti-Semitism the world over, and know that our only hope is in the Jewish army that G-d has given us, in the land that G-d has given us.

Because we know that the world cannot be counted on.

And therefore, we have been keeping up with Iran’s abilities, and have been setting them back, successfully, for as long as we could.  When it comes down to it, we will finish them off.  And as soon as we do, we will see another war with Gaza, in retaliation, and we will retake Gaza.  We will have to fight Hezbollah, and we will cow them into putting their energies into their fights in Syria.  Let the Muslims kill each other, and the world will be a better place for it.  We will put a halt to the intifada that is happening at this moment, because we will simply not have the ability to ignore it or deal with it in a nice way – so, we will deal with it any way that works, no matter how brutal.

Because no matter how humane Israel is, as a people, as a nation, as a country, if we are forced into a glaringly obvious fight for our lives, we will decimate our enemies’ ranks.  And when we stand up for ourselves, G-d is with us.  When we are cowards and think that we can manage on our own, G-d lets us try it out.

This is not new.  This is thousands of years old.

The Persian Jews thought they could make Achasverosh their friend; they were nearly killed.  During the Greek rule, they thought that the closer they were to Greek culture, the better they would be treated.  Under Nazi regime, the thought that assimilation was a solution, was disproven; the solution was hide, leave, or be sent to the camps.  And now, the solution is either fight like we mean it, or be crushed.

All I can hope is that we will see the intifada for what it is, and fight instead of allowing ourselves to be crushed.  About Iran – and Gaza, if necessary – I have no doubts.  We will fight; we will not be crushed.

Today iis Tisha B’Av.  Today, we mourn the loss of both Holy Temples (Batei Mikdash), the martyrs of our nation, the pogroms, the Holocaust, and the Iran deal.

Today, we pray that G-d will be with us, and Av will turn to Adar and Tisha B’Av to Purim.

Today, we pray that Israel will, very soon, deal completely and fully with all the threats surrounding us: Iran, Gaza, Hezbollah, ISIS, and (nearly worst of all) the terrorist intifada that the PA is quietly waging against us.


My Newest Obsession: Antarctica

This post was written on April 24, 2015.  I didn’t publish it then, because it needed a few tweaks.  Later, I didn’t publish it because life got hectic, and Antarctica was the furthest thing from my mind – besides for the fact that I was glad, at that point, that we live in a regular, civilized country.

Probably, you have already read about my Antarctica joke.  It goes like this:

Oh, no, X/Y/Z happened.  This world is such an awful, scary place.  I don’t know why I want to live in it, and I seriously don’t know why I am bringing another kid/ want to bring more kids into it.  Ugh.  It’s not safe in Israel, but at least here it’s more safe than other places, and we have a government and an army that doesn’t stick their heads into the sand.  If I thought there was a safer place, I’d go, but I don’t think any country is safe now . . . there’s really nowhere you can live safely . . .

Hey, wait! We can move to Antarctica!

Except that Yitzchak always pops the bubble:

Antarctica will suffer the after-effects of nukes in other places, just like every other country will, he says.

In twenty years, Antarctica will be the center of a major war, as every country tries to stake its claim, when the weather warms up and the land becomes habitable (there’s a treaty until 2048, maybe it will be extended?).

We would have sun six months out of the year, and we would have to accept Shabbat at one in the afternoon sometimes.  On the other hand, Shabbat would end at one in the afternoon – nice, but it makes the day pretty rushed, with barely enough time to daven and do kiddush.

Hmmm, there’s no mikva, and the snow doesn’t sound too nice.

At one point, he tried to scare me by telling me that it wasn’t exactly a safe place for women, because half the researchers are single guys who haven’t seen a woman in years.  Turns out, there are families there, too.

Our heating bill will be outrageous . . .

And so on . . .

But as we come closer to understanding that Iran will be allowed to get nukes, as far as Obama is concerned, and Putin has no issues giving Iran the tools to help them defend their nuclear reactor – and North Korea continues to help them develop nuclear weapons;

and as I hear more and more often about kidnappings, shootings, and who knows what;

and as we start and stop, start and stop, the task of getting rid of Hamas;

I’ve started to think that it’s better just to pick up and move.

To Antarctica.

Yes, seriously.

Now all I have to do is convince Yitzchak.

What Would YOU Do?

This video allows you to take the pilot’s seat and decide whether to continue the mission that the IDF sent you on, or to abort it.  I ask each of you to watch the video and try to decide what you would do, if you had been the pilot in that particular mission.

Israel has the most humane army in the world.  We go beyond the letter of the law, putting ourselves at risk, so as not to hurt Muslim women and children, and any other innocent civilians, who are being used as human shields to protect the very terrorists who aim to kill us – and who have killed hundreds of innocent men, women, children, and babies.

What would YOU do?  Would you be as humane as Israel?  Or would you do the logical thing, and kill the terrorists while you had the chance, regardless of who they were hiding behind?

Some Questions for Kerry

Kerry says that Netanyahu’s comments on Iran are over the top.

After watching this clip, I have a few questions for him.

1. How can you have easy, unlimited access if you first have to go through the process of asking and getting permission?  What does it help to have so many inspectors, if they can’t spontaneously inspect the facilities?

2. How was Netanyahu wrong on the interim deal?  You say he was wrong, but don’t say how.  What did Netanyahu say that was “over the top”?  You are full of talk, empty of content.

3. The critics of your plan offer 2 simple alternatives: 1. Give Iran an ultimatum – either dismantle, or be nuked.  What’s so difficult?  Why isn’t war an option?  You’ve had plenty of time to prepare, and pushing the war off will only make the situation worse.  2. Keep tightening sanctions until Iran dismantles its nuclear facilities entirely, and signs a two-line agreement that states this: That it is understood that if Iran ever attempts to open a nuclear facility again, they will be nuked promptly within the month, and the entire country leveled.  Very, very simple.

4. Now that the text of the agreement has been released, how can you continue to accuse Netanyahu of not knowing the exact terms contained within it?

5. Why do you think that Iran can be trusted now, if they have never kept agreements in the past?  Um, oops.  You seem to think the same of Hamas.  Are these Muslims bribing you or dosing you?  Or are you perhaps a natural-born, bona fide idiot?

Historical Moment: P5+1 and Iran Sign Deal

Yesterday was a day of historical importance.  Just like it was meant to be.  Mission accomplished: The names of those signing the deal were sealed forever in the annals of history, and will be forever mentioned history textbooks throughout the world.  What exactly those books will say remains to be seen, and is quite questionable.  Nevertheless, the goal was to make history and leave a legacy, and this has been accomplished.

I don’t know the specifics of the deal (update: you can find them here), but I do know that you agreed that inspection of Iran’s nuclear facilities can be refused or delayed at Iran’s will, and it isn’t even going to be spontaneous – ever.  You caved on the one thing that means everything.  Iran promises to provide answers by the end of 2015 . . . what answers?  Why can’t they be provided now?  How do you know that Iran will actually follow through?  Iran has just been given 5 months to think of believable lies and how to cover the truth.  This deal is a victory for Iran and radical Shiite governments, and a dangerous, embarrassing surrender for everyone else.

This really makes me glad that Israel is not part of P5+1, or any nuclear power agreements: we would not have been able to prevent such an agreement from being signed.  (Obviously, Israel as of now does not have nukes, so this what-if is pretty moot.)  Thankfully, Israel also never agreed to support or recognize such a treaty.  From our point of view,  Europe might have agreed to sell our lives (Chamberlain, anyone?), but that is irrelevant to us, because we did not agree.

And so I am not afraid of Iran, because for all the government of Israel has its issues – and believe me, it has a lot of them – this is one line that nobody will cross, one thing that everybody agrees on.  And so . . .  Israel will take care of Iran.

But little countries need to keep big friends, so I’m guessing that we already have, or are about to have, either Russia or China standing behind us, to make sure that we don’t get nuked in the process.  Also, as much as Obama bin Laden would like to think otherwise, he can’t really afford to lose our cooperation.  Sooo . . . I don’t think we’re about to be nuked for taking out Iran’s nukes.

Pakistan’s nukes are for India and India’s nukes are for Pakistan.  Russia’s nukes are for America, and America’s nukes are for Russia.  North Korea is a threat, not only because of their views on Israel, but because they provide “under-the-table,” as it were, nukes and nuclear technology to dangerous, unstable countries.  Iran’s future nukes . . . are for Israel to prevent, so that North Korea II doesn’t end up happening.

If most of the American public is against a deal with Iran, how did Obama manage to sign a treaty that goes against the will of the electorate?  It absolutely floors me.  But then again, he’s not up for re-election, so why shouldn’t he do what he wants?

As of now, Congress has 60 days to go over the treaty.  Hopefully, they will veto it; to do so, they need a majority of two-thirds, or 67 senators.  Will they veto it?  Does it even matter?  Are sanctions going to be kept until Congress makes its decision?  Does it even matter?  (Yes, it does.)

Here’s what Naftali Bennett has to say on the matter.