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31 January 2023

Yonah and the Whale: A Story for Today

Listen carefully as this Huge Whale picks up the Diver into its Mouth to save him from a Shark; and then later “SPIT” him out and pushed him to the surface and to safety. After seeing the Diver was safe (and/or back into his Boat, did the Whale move on:

Sorry Mr Gallant,


Gallant: "Terrorists will be Brought to Court or the Cemetery"


Sorry Mr Gallant, you just don’t get it! 

So full of your “new title” but empty on solutions

A photo-op also??

This is not a theatrical tryout

The same old same old

We need someone who thinks "out-of-the-box response to terror"
and not one posing for news cameras

At the Urgings of Itamar Ben Gvir –

Ben-Gvir: Anyone who massacres civilians should get the electric chair

WINTER RETURNS FULL-FORCE TO ISRAEL: Rain, Thunderstorms, Flooding, Heavy Snow On Hermon

Read more:  https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/2161036/winter-returns-full-force-to-israel-rain-thunderstorms-flooding-heavy-snow-on-hermon.html

courtesy Hermon

Terrorist Expulsion bill passes first reading in the Knesset

70% of terrorists on PA payroll could be eligible for expulsion under new law, as it passes first vote in the Knesset.

Sorry, Yonah Will Return – Read the 13 Yr Olds

Another 13 Year Old ...

GILAD: “There are few moments in a Jew's life that are as moving as the moment when he stands next to his son as he puts on tefillin for the first time.”

"Ambassador Erdan and his family were in for a surprise when the Ambassador’s parents arrived from Israel to celebrate the occasion. "The excitement was doubled since my father, Avinoam, came especially from Israel with my mother, Yehudit, to celebrate with us," shared Erdan, who wished "that we will be happy and celebrate together always."

Shalom Pollack: One Thirteen Yr Old – One Day

Preface:  Thirteen-year-old Muhammad Aliwat, who ambushed and seriously wounded a father and son at the entrance to the City of David in Jerusalem on Saturday, left a note in his school notebook expressing his longing to die as a martyr (Shahid). “God, or victory, or martyrdom. Forgive me, mother, you’re going to be proud of me,” he wrote.

Shalom Pollack:

What makes a child lie in wait for people, men, women, and children, he does not know and murder them?

If he was raised in a Nazi home and was a member of the "Hitler Jungend" we would understand how little boys and girls are prepared to do such a thing. Their  Nazi parents and neighbors would have celebrated his becoming an adult.

When Hafez Assad ruled Syria he took pages from the Nazi " how to rule" handbook. I saw on tv how rows of Syrian boys and girls, leading dogs they raised from pups, marched up to a platform where their leaders sat. They then demonstrated their loyalty to the regime and the cause by plunging a dagger into their beloved canine companions. These children were now ready for bigger and greater tasks. They would be children no longer.Their families and society celebrated their "coming of age". Syria is not the only Arab country where this takes place.

This past  Shabbat a thirteen-year-old Arab waited in hiding for Jews to pass by. When the targets appeared he shot at them from the back. A father and son were hit. The son is fighting for his life in an emergency room. The boy's family and all of Arab Jerusalem erupted in celebration of the child hero and the dead Jews. It is a common scene in Jerusalem. The same wild celebrants will return to their jobs and university benches in west Jerusalem the next day. They may even smile at their Jewish colleagues.

The boy is a resident of Jerusalem where his family and neighbors live in the peace, freedom, and opportunity that the Jewish state affords. These blessings are not to be found in any Arab country and they no it better than anyone else. No matter what, the Jews are hated. This hate is fomented from the earliest age; in the home, school, neighborhood, media, mosque, politicians  - everywhere, just like in Nazi Germany. 

Just as the rational Jews of Germany desperately sought a logical explanation for the hate of their neighbors, similar Jews in Israel never lose hope of finally finding that elusive rationale for the "grievances" of their Arab neighbors. 

More land? 
More money? 
Preferential treatment in employment and education? Supreme court judges? 
Tried that. 
Our bewildered Jews are still seeking that one magic bribe that will satisfy them and end the Jew blood lust. 

Actually, it was tried in 1993  when the "Oslo" accords brought our worst enemy to our doorstep and showered them with gifts. 

Result? Jewish blood began to flow like rivers. 
Didn't work  - not yet. 

There are some who will never lose hope of finding that one bribe that will convince them to stop killing us. 

As Dr. Yossi Belin, one of the architects of Oslo said in response to a criticism of the failed Oslo gamble:, "I just can not live in a world where there is no hope.”
One day.
One day thirteen old Arab children will stop killing us. 
One day.

tour guide and author
" Jews, Israelis and Arabs"

Tu b’Shvat – Reb Dov bar Leib

“[…] We have spoken about how the dividing point between receiving one's Qeren Qayemet and the Peirot from one's good deeds takes place either on Rosh Chodesh Shevat or Tu B'Shevat. 

“Since a Tzaddiq or a Beinoni gets the largest portion of his/her Qeren Qayemet in Olam HaBa, the bulk of one's parnassah as a Tzaddiq or Beinoni in Olam HaZeh, is decided right now and not in Tishrei. 

“As those who strive to come close to and walk with G-d, we or you are dependent on the reward for the fruit of our deeds since the reward for our deeds themselves is in the World to Come.”

The seven species listed are wheat, barley, grape, fig, pomegranates, olive (oil), and date (date honey)(Deuteronomy 8:8). Their first fruits were the only acceptable offerings in the Temple.
  • 1.1 Wheat.
  • 1.2 Barley.
  • 1.3 Grapes.
  • 1.4 Figs.
  • 1.5 Pomegranates.
  • 1.6 Olives.
  • 1.7 Dates
  • .
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Give Thanks to HaShem



Hodu lashem ki tov, 
ki l'olam chasdo. Yomar-na Yisrael, ki l'olam chasdo. 
Yomru-na beit aharon, ki l'olam chasdo. Yomru-na yirei Hashem, ki l'olam chasdo.
הֹדוּ לַה׳ כִּי טוֹב, כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ
יֹאמַר-נָא יִשְׁרָאֵל, כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ. 
יֹאמְרוּ-נָא בֵית אַהֲרֹן, כּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ.
יֹאמְרוּ-נָא יִרְאֵי ה׳, כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ.





The most bizarre out there, the closer we are


O Give Thanks unto the Lord for God is good, 
For God's mercy endures forever. 
Let Israel say now: 
God's​​​ lovingkin​​​dness endures forever. 
Let now the house of Aaron say: 
God's​​​ lovingkin​​​dness endures forever. 
Let them that revere the Lord say: 
God's​​​ lovingkin​​​dness endures forever. 

*Snow on the Hermon and rain on blessed Eretz Yisrael!

30 January 2023


FOR ISRAEL TO WIN, THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM MUST BE REFORMED.  The Supreme Court should not have a veto over Israeli security and counterterrorism policies, let alone other professional decisions.Op-ed

(JNS) The American Declaration of Independence famously guarantees the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Over the last 250 years, people have tended to focus on “liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” but it is no coincidence that the phrase begins with the right to life.

The right to life is and should be paramount over all other considerations, because it is the basis of existence. In the current debate over potential reforms to Israel’s judicial system, this element has been glaringly absent.

The conflict with the Palestinian Arabs has been raging for over 100 years. It has taken many forms—economic, diplomatic and mainly terrorism. It is not a war that can end Israel’s existence in one fell swoop, but it can deliver devastating blows to the longevity of the Jewish state.

Let there be no doubt, this war will continue until one side gives up. Sadly, we have witnessed this once again with the deadly terrorist attacks over the weekend.

We know that Palestinian Arab rejectionists envision nothing less than the dismantling of Jewish sovereignty in the Jews’ ancestral and indigenous homeland. As such, Israel must ensure that it takes the necessary steps to force the Palestinian Arabs to give up on this dream.

We know quite well that the Palestinian Arabs use the international establishment, whether multilateral institutions like the United Nations and the International Court of Justice or the media, to further their aims, but there is an obstacle closer to home.

Following the 1992 passage of Israel’s Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty, the increasingly activist Supreme Court has used it as a tool to overturn many of the Knesset’s laws, especially in the security sphere.

According to the Israel Democracy Institute, some of the laws the Court has struck down are Exemption from Damage Claims against Security Forces (2006), which grants the state immunity from compensation claims made by Palestinians injured by security forces.

There is also Security Detention without Appearing Before a Judge (2010), which revoked a temporary order that allowed for a hearing to extend the detention of a suspect in a security offense without the suspect’s presence. The Supreme Court rejected the state’s position, which argued that the purpose of the law is to improve law enforcement officials’ capacity to conduct effective counterterrorism and investigations into security offenses.

Most recently, in 2021, the Supreme Court struck down a law that allowed the government to withhold benefits from the parents of a minor imprisoned for security offenses. The Court found that the law was unconstitutional and violated the parents’ rights.

These are just three examples of how the Supreme Court’s unregulated power has hampered Israel’s efforts to defeat terrorism and violent Palestinian Arab rejectionism. These are not minor issues. They have prevented Israel from using all the tools at its disposal to fight and win.

Another problematic decision taken by the Supreme Court was in 2019, when it overruled then-Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s attempt to prevent over 200 Palestinian Arabs from attending an event on Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism. Liberman felt that the presence of the Palestinian Arabs blurred the line between those who perpetrate and those who suffer from terrorism.

The Court’s decision didn’t necessarily hamper Israel’s security forces, but it did delegitimize Israel’s war on terror and created a false equality between the two sides. This has a chilling effect on those who believe in the righteousness of Israel’s cause, a necessary element for any people that has to fight for its national existence against those who seek to extinguish it.

Simply put, the justice system may see itself as the bastion of liberty and equality, but it is prioritizing those ideals over the right to life, both personal and national.

The right to life should be prioritized, especially in a war against an enemy that does not care about our right to life. Our elected representatives should be able to pass laws to protect that right and assist our security forces in taking all measures necessary, within reasonable boundaries, to end this war in victory for Israel and peace and security for all.

Judicial reform will not prevent the justice system from challenging laws, but it will put an end to the judiciary’s complete and unrestricted veto over our democratically-elected representatives who seek to provide the security forces with the ability to win.

This is as it should be in any democracy, especially one constantly fighting ruthless enemies who challenge our long-term national existence.

For Israel to win, the judicial system must be reformed.

Alex Nachumson is a Major (Res) in the IDF, CEO of Mivtachi Israel, an organization of former IDF officers, and an adviser to the Israel Victory Project. [https://www.israelvictory.org]

IN RESPONSE TO MURDERS: National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir ...

 Otzma Yehudit Zvika Fogel OR Otzma Yehudit Itamar Ben Gvir

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir demanded during Sunday’s cabinet meeting to immediately regulate seven “illegal outposts,” a.k.a. the young settlement, in Judea and Samaria, and to regulate essential infrastructures in the rest of the outposts, in response to Friday’s murderous attack in Jerusalem and in memory of the seven victims.

As I reported earlier today, one of Netanyahu’s security cabinet’s 6 responses to Arab terrorism was Item 5: “In response to the abhorrent attacks and the celebrations in their wake, Prime Minister Netanyahu has decided on steps to strengthen the settlements that will be submitted this week.”

Seeing as Netanyahu’s promises usually have the shelf life of a package of butter in the July sun, Ben Gvir swiftly went about anchoring the PM’s sudden burst of Zionist patriotism to real action.

The outposts that minister Ben Gvir wants to regulate include 

Avigail and Asael in the Southern Hebron Hills; 
Shaharit in Samaria; 
Tel Zion and Givat Harel in Binyamin; 
Avnat by the Dead Sea; and 
Kedem Arava in the Jordan Valley.

In the explanation of the proposed resolution, Ben Gvir stated that “following the terrible attack in which seven Jews were murdered in Jerusalem, the Government of Israel seeks to take a variety of response measures, among others, the Government requests the Ministry of Development of the Negev and the Galilee to submit within seven days a proposal for a resolution to regulate seven localities in the young settlement and to regulate the infrastructure in all the young settlements.”

Minister Ben Gvir added: “We will act with a hard fist and firmly against the terrorists and terrorism, and will utilize a toolbox of deterrence measures – both measures on the ground and political measures. The regulation of the settlements will be added to the sealing of the terrorist’s house and the demolishing of homes in eastern Jerusalem by the police this morning, as well as an additional series of measures to deter terrorism.”


FASCINATING Information About Mitzrayim – PART I

 The following is excerpted from Toras Avigdor by Rabbi Miller zt”l on Parshas Bo [Also included are links to items mentioned within]

Where’s Egypt?

When you begin learning Nach, in the beginning, in Sefer Yehoshua, you see

that the Bnei Yisroel were busy conquering Eretz Canaan. That’s a good part of the

first many chapters of Nach. Al pi Hashem, they were fighting against various kings

and tribes and taking over the land, town by town.

Now, if you think about it for a little bit there’s something quite surprising

about this period in our history. And that is that we don’t hear anything about

Mitzrayim. We’re reading the Sefer Yehoshua and the Sefer Shoftim and Shmuel

Aleph and Shmuel Bais, and we find no mention of Egypt. It’s as if it didn’t exist.

Other countries, other nations, yes. They had trouble with all nations around them;

Aram, Edom, Amon and Moav, the Plishtim. But Mitzrayim? Nothing.

One mention is made. When Shaul went to battle with Amalek, so it’s

mentioned derech agav that one of the Amaleki slaves was an Egyptian. That’s the

one mention – an Egyptian slave boy! It’s unusual. An Egyptian should be a slave?

Egyptians weren’t slaves. They were a master nation. And here’s an instance where

you find a Mitzri slave. But otherwise, besides for that passing story, we would

think that Egypt didn’t exist.

There’s Egypt!

Now, if you know anything about ancient history and especially about Ancient

Egypt, it’s a very big question. Everyone knows that Ancient Egypt was a powerful

country. Already when Avrohom Avinu came to Mitzrayim he found a rich

civilization, and it continued to grow and develop for a long time. And then when a

once-in-a-lifetime famine wreaked havoc on the whole Middle East, Egypt, by

means of its store of granaries, was the only country that remained standing. And

then on the backs of Jewish slaves, they grew greater and greater after that. They

were the breadbasket of the world, the superpower of those ancient days.

And the Egyptians were not such nice people that they kept to themselves;

they always wanted to have hegemony over all the nations around them. And so

how could it be that a little nation of Jews settled right next door to them and yet

for five hundred years there’s no mention of trouble? It’s very strange! Eretz Canaan

had always been the province of Egypt; it’s right next door! In their own backyard,

would the Egyptians allow somebody to conquer their provinces? The nation that

came in from the desert was living in villages and farms, spread out in the open

country, and they were easy prey for a country like Egypt. And yet we hear nothing.

You don’t hear a word out of Egypt. For a country like that to just disappear from

the scene?! It’s a remarkable fact of history.

But actually it’s only remarkable if you haven’t studied this week’s sedrah. You

remember how the Torah describes Pharaoh’s advisors begging him to reconsider

his decision to keep hold of the Bnei Yisroel: הֲטֶרֶםתֵּדַעכִּיאָבְדָהמִצְרָיִם– “Don’t you see

that Mitzrayim is lost already?!” (Shemos 10:7)

Lost already!

And it wasn’t an exaggeration. Mitzrayim was laid so low from the makkos that

it couldn’t even lift up its head; they couldn’t make a peep. Now, if they had been

able to, if they had been the great nation they were formerly, absolutely they would

have interfered constantly. The truth is, had they been anything they would have

intruded constantly in the history of our people.

History’s Hole

But אבָדְהָמצִרְָיםִ– they were destroyed. They were so destroyed that from the

time that the Bnei Yisroel went out of Egypt, that superpower is not heard from

again for hundreds of years! Everything went quiet. There is a five hundred year

gap when Egypt just vanished from history.

Now this gap is so queer, so unusual in the history of the world, that it became

one of the primary causes for a disruption, a big error, in the chronicles of world

history. Anyone who is familiar even a little bit with the studies of the history of

ancient nations knows that the secular historians are fond of making a fuss about a

discrepancy of about five hundred years that they’ve found between their

calculations and ours.

Now, the truth is, I don’t feel much of a need to reconcile their chronology

with ours because we are the ones who have an exact chronology according to

generations. We have enumerated in our Tanach every generation in sequence

from the beginning of time.

And Josephus, writing at the end of the second churban,

says that we have in writing all the generations of our priests from Aharon Hakohen

down to his time. Now, if you have our Torah chronology and also from Aharon

Hakohen down to the Churban Bayis Sheini, that means you have from 

Adam Harishon to Churban Bayis Sheini!

So we have pedigrees, clear-cut pedigrees, from the beginning of history. And

therefore it’s gratuitous, it’s entirely unnecessary, for us to bother our heads to

reconcile our chronology with theirs. Let them worry about reconciling their

records with ours because we are the ones who have an exact chronology according

to generations, every generation in sequence, from the beginning down to today.

Inventing History

People are so naïve, so weak-minded. They don’t realize what’s behind the

secular histories. The secular histories are riddled with errors. First of all, many of

the earlier historical works were rigged for the purpose of justifying the Gospels of

the New Testament, books which are full of falsehoods anyhow. Calculations and

chronologies were created and manipulated to promote a false narrative. And they

did quite a poor job at it. It’s a joke! The Christian books weren’t written by scholars.

Anybody who knows a little bit about their books can recognize the ignorance of

the early Christian writers and the untruths as they create generations out of thin


And the Ancient Egyptian records are even more lacking. You have to

understand that the ancient Egyptian records are like a palimpsest. You know what

a palimpsest is? It’s an old scroll written on parchment, and then someone needed

some page to write on, so he erased part of the parchment and wrote something

on top of the old letters. So experts who want to discover what the original writing

was, they photograph the present writing, then they erase it carefully, and they try

to find underneath the furrows that were caused by the stylus of the original writer.

That’s a job for experts. It’s one kind of writing imposed on another kind of writing.

Now that’s what happened in the Egyptian chronology. 

When the makkos

devastated Egypt for a full year, so during that desolation almost all of the Egyptian

records were destroyed. And later when they began to rebuild and write again, it

was like writing on top of old records. And so when Herodotus, the ancient Greek

historian, began to copy his history from ancient Egyptian records, what did he do?

He took the two sets of records that were overlapping and he thought they were

consecutive. He pieced together the ancient Egyptian chronicles that were before

this period and after the period and he considered them one continuum because

he didn’t know there was a five hundred year gap in between when Egypt was


Ages In Chaos

This subject is explained at length in the work “Ages in Chaos.” It’s a secular

Jewish writer and therefore I won’t give him the honor of mentioning his name and

I’m not recommending that you read it either, but that’s the place where it’s spoken

about most fully. He states there that there’s a very big mixup in the secular

chronology because all of the secular histories of antiquity are based on Egyptian

records, and that’s why they are hundreds of years out of line – because it was

something unfathomable, that the once proud powerhouse, the land of Ancient

Egypt, should be so utterly destroyed.

Now, our little cheder boys and our little Beis Yaakov girls, on the other hand,

already know all about it. They all learn the Chumash and remember what the

Egyptians themselves were saying: כִּיאָבְדָהמִצְרָיִם†– “Our Egypt has gone lost.” But

the secular historians, what could they do? They’re bumbling around in the

darkness of a long-lost history and they’re tripping on every little thing, making

mistakes at every turn.

The truth is that today even the secular historians admit it. They’ve begun to

begrudgingly admit it because of ancient records they’ve found. Our possuk doesn’t

need any proofs from the goyim but today they’ve already found ancient papyri

with the testimony of Egyptians who lived through the makkos. 

We have the Papyrus of Ipuwer. 

In the early 1900’s a certain gentile professor published these

papyri, composed by an ancient Egyptian sage who witnessed these events with

his own eyes. “The river is blood … Blood is everywhere … Men shrink in disgust

from tasting … That is our water … What shall we do? Everything is in ruination!”

You can read the descriptions over there. “The land is turned over like a

potter’s wheel … there is no end to the noise … trees are destroyed … no fruit nor

herbs are found … gates, walls and columns are consumed by fire … the land is left

over to its weariness like the cutting of the flax … the cattle moan … all the animals,

their hearts weep … there is no light in the land.” 

(The Admonitions of an Egyptian Sage From a Hieratic Papyrus in Leiden; Alan H. Gardiner)


Papyrus of Ipuwer  [https://digitalcommons.cedarville.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1011&context=icc_proceedings]

Ages in Chaos [https://www.amazon.com/Ages-Chaos-Immanuel-Velikovsky/dp/0899667279]  

Wiki: Ages in Chaos:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ages_in_Chaos = Ages in Chaos is a book by the controversial writer Immanuel Velikovsky, first published by Doubleday in 1952, which put forward a major revision of the history of the Ancient Near East, claiming that the histories of Ancient Egypt and the Israelites are five centuries out of step.

We Know All About It

Now that’s news to the secular historians – these papyri were published quite

recently – but we know all about it; we grew up on these stories. (Bo

10:15). Whatever little bit was left after the hail, was completely destroyed by the

locust. There was nothing left at all. Destruction and darkness, that’s all. No Nile, no

vegetation, no food, no safety and security.

It’s a remarkable thing how low Egypt was laid. The makkos were one blow

after another, until everything the Mitzrim relied on was completely destroyed.

Egypt was so ruined that it didn’t have the nerve to get up out of the dirt! For five

hundred years, they laid in the dirt prostrate!

The Lesson

The question is what was the purpose of such a destruction? After all, in order

to allow the Bnei Yisroel to go free, no makkos and no miracles were necessary.

Egypt could have had an internal revolution or some other misfortunes that would

have divided them and the Bnei Yisroel could have left in a natural manner. Didn’t

the slaves in America go free without ten makkos? There could have been an

Egyptian Abraham Lincoln too; why not? There could have been a civil war and the

Bnei Yisroel would walk out to freedom without the land being destroyed. So what

was the purpose of ?אָבְדָהמִצְרָיִם

When Hakodosh Boruch Hu began the series of the ten makkos, one plague

after the other, He introduced them with a preface that reveals their purpose. The

Torah states as clearly as could be, וְיָדְעוּמִצְרַיִםכִּיאֲנִיהַשֵּׁם– Mitzrayim should know

that I am Hashem! (Shemos 7:5). Or לְמַעַןתֵּדַעכִּיאֵיןכָּמֹנִיבְּכָלהָאָרֶץ– in order that you

should know there is none like Me in all the world (ibid. 9:14).

 It means, “I’m the Boss here”.

The ten makkos were ten courses of instruction in emunah, reminders of

Hakodosh Boruch Hu. But not only for Egypt – after all, the people of Mitzrayim are

long gone; they’re not learning anything. It’s the Am Yisroel, the ones who still

study sefer Shemos, who are expected to learn the lesson of כִּיאָבְדָהמִצְרָיִם, of why

the most powerful nation of the time was laid so low that their disappearance

caused a gap to appear in world history. By means of studying the destruction of

Mitzrayim and why it happened, we are the ones who gain; we’re the ones expected

to be recipients of that lesson!





Calm vs Explosive Indignation – Maccabees vs Milktoast


Otzma Yehudit Mk Zvika Fogel, a retired Brigadier General, 66, on Saturday night, following Friday night’s massacre of 8 in Neve Yaakov, Jerusalem by an Arab terrorist, and Shabbat morning’s attack on civilians by a teenage terrorist, told a News12 panel: “I’ll tell you in the simplest possible language – between calming things down and exploding the arena, what would, in the end, bring the results I want? I’m going with the explosion, never mind the calm. Look where the calming has brought us.”

“Let’s admit that this reality is intolerable, and we must change it,” Fogel continued. “Because if we continue to do the same thing, we’ll get the same results. I propose: let’s do different things.”

. Earlier today, I commented on the Security Cabinet’s series of steps to fight terrorism and exact a price on terrorists and those who support them, saying they were feeble and mostly horsepucky (Security Cabinet Declares 6 Steps to Shut the Barn Doors before the Next Horses).

On Sunday morning, speaking on Reshet Bet radio, MK Fogel elaborated: “I’ll tell you what needs to be done in four words: closure, destruction, thwarting, and expulsion.”

Here’s the thing, though: Israel has been doing all his four ideas since the 1970s, under left- and right-wing governments, with dubious results. They were inconsistent, often the AG or the High Court of Justice would steal their thunder, and sooner or later a left-leaning defense minister such as Ehud Barak or Benny Gantz would shift directions and quash any effort to stomp out terrorism in a big way. The last time Israel tried something massive and long-lasting against terrorism was following the March 2002 Park Hotel massacre.

Frankly, when Fogel started talking, I expected him, the definition of a right-wing hawk, to suggest imposing a military rule on Israeli and PA Arab populations as a temporary measure to rid the country of all terrorists.

Can’t work? Depends on who you ask. The fact is that back in 1948, Israeli Jews mistrusted their Arab neighbors whom they just defeated in the war of Liberation, and so, the first Ben Gurion government imposed a military regime on its Arab citizens that lasted until 1968. When Israeli boomers talk wistfully about the good old days before the Six-Day War when there was zero Arab terrorism? The answer is that Arab terrorism was held in check by a repressive military regime that controlled everything, including the most elementary human rights such as freedom of speech, and freedom of movement.

The legal instrument for establishing military rule was the Emergency Defense Regulations that had been enacted by the British Mandate government in 1945, against the Jewish undergrounds. All ben Gurion did was turn the same regulations against the Arabs.

These regulations allowed the military government to take actions such as confiscating property, demolishing buildings, deporting residents, expropriating land, and restricting movement without a permit against the Arab communities in the Galilea, the Arab Triangle between Hadera and Afula, and the Negev. Among other things, the military government used regulation 145, which, according to historians Ismail Abu Saad and Rasem Hamaisi, “gave the military governors the authority to declare the closure of a certain area and to limit movement in and to it, or to completely prevent entry to it after the relocation of its residents. The use of this regulation resulted in the reduction of the Arab territory and was an effective means that allowed the institutions of the Jewish settlers to create a new Jewish settlement layout, and to house the million-plus new olim in abandoned Arab houses, especially in cities that were emptied of their Arabs.”

At the same time, the military government worked to limit the mobility of the Arabs and expropriate some of their lands.

As part of the military government, Israeli Arabs were required to leave their villages only with their movement permits (day and night until 1963, only at night until 1968 – DI). The movement ban was based on Rule 125 of the Emergency Defense Regulations. These approvals were sometimes obtained in return for assistance to the Shin Bet.

All of these regulations are still available to the Netanyahu government, and it can choose to impose them again either in a blanket fashion or on individual communities. There are ample legal justifications for doing it, and if they are used temporarily and for specific goals, no Attorney General or Supreme Court can stop them. 

What’s needed is imagination and fearlessness.


NOTE:  David Israel does it again, "Seeing as Netanyahu’s promises usually have the shelf life of a package of butter in the July sun” [in a different article]

29 January 2023

‘Neo-Nazi’ Palestinian Authority

Diaspora minister: ‘Neo-Nazi’ Palestinian Authority is ‘antisemitic to its core’

Diaspora Affairs Minister Amichai Chikli, speaking in the wake of the deadliest terror attack against Israelis in over a decade, said Sunday that the Palestinian Authority was a “neo-Nazi entity” and that alternatives to it should be examined


“I think that the Palestinian Authority, as of today, is the enemy of the State of Israel. We still do not have any peace agreement with it. It is an enemy entity, an entity that is antisemitic to its core, and we need to examine alternatives to it,” he said. 

“The most antisemitic political entity on earth is the Palestinian Authority, in which 93 percent of the population advocates antisemitic positions,” he said, referring to a 2014 report by the Anti-Defamation League.

“I see the Palestinian Authority as a neo-Nazi entity in its essence and outlook,” Chikli told the Ynet news site in response to the Friday evening attack, which killed seven people, including a 14-year-old boy, and wounded three near a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Neve Ya’akov neighborhood 

“The address for this is the Palestinian Authority itself and its leader, an avowed Holocaust denier, who accused Israel of committing 50 holocausts while standing on German soil,” Chikli added, referring to a fiercely criticized speech last year by PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

“The PA has pay-to-slay — the more Jews you kill, the more money you get. [The PA] is the source of the problems and terror,” he said. “If I were in the [security] cabinet, I would demand sanctions and actions…. against the Palestinian Authority.”

The PA makes regular payments to terror convicts and to families of dead Palestinian attackers, which Israel and other critics say offer a direct incentive for terror. The practice of paying those allowances — referred to by some Israeli officials as a pay-to-slay policy — has been defended by Palestinian leaders, who describe them as a form of social welfare.

Chikli, who rose to prominence by voting against his former party, Yamina, in the previous Knesset and then jumping ship to the Likud party, also commented on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s appeals for citizens not to take matters into their own hands in the wake of Friday’s deadly terror attack in Jerusalem.

The Diaspora affairs minister, who also holds the social equality portfolio in the cabinet, claimed the premier was in fact referring to protesters against the government’s contentious plans to remake the judiciary.

“The calls for civil disobedience — they’re coming from the left, I’m sad to say, not the right. And I hope the left don’t take things into their own hands,” he said. He later clarified that he believed the premier was making a general warning to all citizens.

There have been no warnings about danger emanating from the protest movement.

Meanwhile, masked attackers set alight a car in a West Bank Palestinian town overnight Saturday, destroying the vehicle in an apparent act of revenge after the terror shooting in Jerusalem’s Neve Yaakov neighborhood.

In addition to Netanyahu’s comments, security officials have warned they are concerned that far-right extremists could carry out revenge attacks.

In fact, one of the journalists interviewing Chikli was attacked by onlookers on Saturday evening at the scene of the deadly terror attack in Neve Yaakov. Video from the scene showed the crowd tearing down fencing around the journalists while chanting “leftists go home” and “death to terrorists.” Several men approached the reporters as they broadcast, shouting and gesturing at them. Others kicked over chairs and attempted to topple lighting equipment.


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