The atrocities that the Syrians, both government and rebels, are committing on their “brothers”, Muslim civilians, women and children, are hard for us to grasp- read below NYT. They murdered and mutilated women and children on purpose, not by accident! Just think, if the Arabs could have defeated Israel - they would have decimated the Jewish population, may be even the Muslim-Israelis too, if they did not like them.
Syria and Iraq internal wars are religious wars where Muslims of one belief often wants to ethnically cleans people with a different Muslim belief or a threat to their political/economic power.
They hold no prisoners! Sadly, life means very little to them.
This is the dilemma facing Israel constantly: how much to reducing its security in the interest of peace with ALL the Palestinians. Most Israelis would like true peace even if they get just a part of the land promised to them. But when Israel left all of Gaza almost no one expected that the Gaza population would so fully support rocketing Israeli civilians at will. Gazans attacked Israel with ten thousand rockets of all types to date! If most of the Arabs there wanted it to stop, they could do it.
The Israelis were deeply mistaken that they could retake Gaza in case of severe militant attacks. Same way with the 2 states proposal. The Palestinians there can lie as in Gaza: “it is not us that is attacking you; these are groups we have no control on.” And the world, who generally is anti-Israeli= anti-Semitic, buys it and condemn Israel measured response.
Now and for the near future, until the Palestinians stop their full anti- Israeli education, hateful Nazi-like media, and government and public support of terrorism and the elimination of Israel, no 2 States Solution is possible.
Look at the map, the West Bank leaves just a narrow 9 miles Israeli neck between the commanding Palestinian hills and the Mediterranean Sea. Rockets from there could stop much of Israeli life. Israel must look for its own long-term safety first and foremost.
A visiting groups of American generals said that it is impossible to defend that setting and Israel must not accept the previous 1967 borders.
Once Israel leaves the Palestinian West Bank, that is it - no coming back. Even under continuous barrage of rockets into the main Tel Aviv region, the center of Israel population-an independent Palestinian state claiming innocence will get worldwide support. Only limited and ineffectual Israeli response would be possible- exactly like in Gaza.
A militant West Bank Palestine could be so much worse than Gaza. Gaza is only 141 square miles; The West Bank is 5860 sq. miles, 42 times larger!
The Gaza border with Israel is 32 miles, the West Bank about 700 miles, 22 times longer. (Not including the back side facing the Jordan- additional problem)
Think about the danger to all Israeli regions. It is a very small country: twenty Israel’s can be dropped into California. So to demand a 2 State Solution in the near future is a dangerous, very dangerous mistake.
1. Hamas Orders Rockets In Judea and Samaria
Israel has determined that the Hamas regime was establishing an infrastructure for missile and rocket production in the West Bank. The Israel Security Agency determined that Hamas ordered cells in the West Bank to manufacture missiles and rockets. ISA said Hamas operatives were led by a Palestinian attorney and based in the Ramallah area. "Communication between Hamas operatives in Gaza and the members of the terror network was carried out via e-mail and the use of disposable cell...
2. An Atrocity in Syria, With No Victim Too Small
By ANNE BARNARD and HANIA MOURTADA
A massacre that revealed new depths of depravity and routine video footage showing lurid violence have made the prospect of stitching the country back together appear increasingly difficult.
"Subconsciously (and sadly) the Muslim-Turkish thinking tolerates it if Muslims kill Muslims; does not tolerate it but does not turn the world upside down when Christians kill Muslims; pragmatically ignores it when too-powerful Christians kill Muslims; but is programmed to turn the world upside down when Jews kill Muslims." (Hurriyet-Turkey)
I was standing by the Registrar Office of the University of Washington when my beloved math professor saw me and asked: “What are you doing here Matania?”
“I am finishing some papers, I am graduating soon,”
“So now you know everything.” she said.
"No," I answered, “Now I know how little I know.”
She nodded her head in approval and said: “ Now you are ready to graduate.”
From there I went to teach electronics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and when I stood in front of my first class of 30 arrogant, rich, but smart students, I realized knowing is not everything.
Despite my considerable knowledge, (you don’t get to be a teaching assistant at MIT otherwise), I stood with my mouth open not knowing what to say. How can I transfer this inspiring knowledge to these undergraduates?
It did not take long and they learned, despite themselves. And their reviews of my performance was very satisfying (all instructors had to get one from the class).
For a dozen years, from the start of the “Second Intifada” I have commented on the Israeli situation. What I write is not what I want to happen but what I understand was and is happening. Many of you responded, some with approvals, some with anger, I answered each of you.
I want you to see my background so you realize, I hope, that I do not just express opinions just for the fun of it. I study the subjects, I read, I think and I write what make sense to me. Again, it is not what I want to happen, but my assessment of the situation..
So keep commenting and let me know your views. I will answer each of you.
Professional Background of Dr. Matania Ginosar
Matania Ginosar is an Environmental Scientist & Electrical Engineer. His experience and education have been result-oriented, practical, and hands-on, creating effective solutions to complex problems. His experience covers a wide range of fields: advanced electronic design, R&D, manufacturing, teaching, air pollution, organizing political pressure on Congress, and developing alternative energies. He developed innovative digital field communication for the military, and forecasted technological advances with high accuracy, cutting unwise projects, setting new directions.
His concentration in the last 7 years is on the impacts of Climate Change. He comments on Climate Change at: www.ginosaronglobalwarming.org
• D. Env - Doctor of Environmental Science and Engineering, UCLA.
• M.S. Engineering (Management). Engineering Executive Program, UCLA.
• Teaching Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
• M.S. Electronic Engineering - University of Washington.
• B.S. Electrical Engineering - University of Washington.
Some of his Experience:
• Developed and directed the pioneering wind energy program of the California Energy Commission that led to the first commercial wind energy farms in the world.
• Directed the Solar Energy Office, California Energy Commission, concentrated on high-impact, cost-effective solutions.
• Manager R&D electronic systems.
• Manufacturing Manager, seismic equipment for oil exploration.
• Manager, Techno-Economic Dept. Evaluated key projects of a large company.
• Assessed Israel’s wind energy potential for Israel Electric Corp.
• Consultant to corporate managements.
• Hands on: Mechanic, construction, electrician, farming, military service.
• Israeli Freedom Fighter, twice political prisoner, founding member of kibbutz
Some of his achievements:
• His analysis and discussion convinced California Air Resources Board to tighten air pollution standard.
• Wrote & lobbied CA Legislature for a bill for mass use of wind energy, first in the world, it was enacted.
• Constructed electrical system for a small community.
• Designed underwater communication system for the U.S. Navy.
• Conceived & Directed pioneering Wind Energy Resource Development in CA.
• Lectured extensively on wind energy, including overseas: an IEEE conference and the Haifa Technion.
• Advised CA legislators on several alternative energy bills.
• Advised key US Senate staff on climate change & alternative energy.
• Developed economic analysis of large-scale wind systems in CA.
• Evaluated potential environmental impacts on land by spent oil-shale.
• Developed methodology for setting primary ambient air quality standards for sulfur pollutants.
• Exposed political bias & controversy over CA outer continental-shelf oil.
• Developed statistical digital circuit design, cut costs by 80%.
• Pioneered advanced military digital communication getting many contracts.
• Wrote extensively about Middle East security developments.
• Advised several corporate managements on the developing digital age.
• Lectured widely on advanced electronics.
• Analyzed family planning in China, and population trends in the Middle East.
• Directed, pro bono, for nine years, the development of grassroots pressure on Congress to reduce nuclear weapons.
• A long-term student of effective human interactions, & motivation.
Praise for Dr. Ginosar:
". . . Matania is extremely broad technically and utilizes his wide range of experience . . . to solve difficult problems having complex interrelationship of a multitude of parameters and factors . . . As a result of his ability to forecast trends, his thorough coverage of the problems and potential solutions and his ability to sell his ideas, the majority of his recommendations were accepted by top management and implemented."
J.Harding, V.P. Engineering, Litton Data Systems Division. (with 500 engineers)
"Without your technical assistance, it would have been impossible to develop . . . an effective state wind energy program."
California Assemblyman H.J. Mello
"You have designed one of the neatest, closely honed, and most useful packages for organizing a political action network I have ever seen. . . in my 30 years of wide range of political activities. . . . I have seen political actions kit materials before. None that I have seen, however, can touch a candle to yours. The simplicity, clarity, readily adaptable utility, and a host of other truly subtle design features, in my estimation, bring your material up to the level of an art form. . . ."
Arthur J. Hessburg, Consultant to Peace organizations & Senior VP, General Counsel, Century Life of Americ
If the Jews had not built the modern state of Israel, the Middle East would have been peaceful, cooperative, modern and would have the advantages of Europeans nations: an adequate standard of living, free election, women equality, democracy, and no wars between Muslim nations. Iran and Iraq would not have gone to war that killed more than a million people. Sadam would not have conquered Kuwait. The Civil war in Lebanon would not have killed over a 100,000 civilians. Hafez of Syria would not have wiped off Hama with 20,000 of its people, and his son would not murder 60,000 civilians to stay in power. And a quarter of a million civilians would not be murdered by the Shiite Muslims vs. Sunnis terrorism in Iraq. You know the story.
If you think this is just amusing, you are mistaken; many Europeans leaders and their people believe that Israel is the cause of most of the trouble in the region. And sadly many kind hearted, idealistic Americans think the same as the Europeans.
In reality the Arab world did not have a Spring Revolution, where individual freedom, women equality, peaceful coexistence and parliamentary elections could have led to Democratic countries and a better life. Sadly, for the foreseeable future the Arab world will continue to be what it has been for hundreds of years; undeveloped, primitive, suspicious, governed by powerful leaders, and dominated by religious fanaticism.
The reasons are basic: The Muslim religion has Sharia laws: obedience to powerful leaders, individuals are not important, human life is not valued. Education is limited to men, and mostly religious, and modern education is opposed. Women are essentially the property of their fathers or husbands. Much of the population is dirt poor, such as half of the 84 millions in Egypt who lives on $2 a day. Most of the Arab population wants strict Sharia laws to govern the lands In addition, a century ago Brittan and France divided the region to artificial nations composed of tribes who hate one another for untold centuries. All of these make the Arab world unstable and miserable for most of its population.
Up to now Israelis were mostly lucky. If you can call luck all the wars, terrorism, and hate the world has been directing at them for so many decades. And they feel keen pain when even their brothers can not grasp the extra ordinary effort they have made all their existence to find peaceful coexistence in the fanatic Middle East. But Israelis made mistakes, signing the 1993 Peace Accord was the biggest Israeli error of all times because it permitted Arafat and Abbas to systematically and effectively radicalize the Palestinians. Leaving Gaza illustrated the fallacy of giving land for peace, and allowed Hamas to acquire legitimacy and bomb Israel at will. In their idealism, the Israeli helped their enemies to flourish.
I don’t envy the new Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon. Israel has no influence on the turmoil in the Arab world. How could he plan Israel response between unstable and massive Egypt governed by the extremist Muslim Brotherhood demanding strict Sharia Laws in the south, militant Hamas in Gaza, Hizbullah from the North- assisting Basher al-Assad in Syria to kill innocent civilians, unstable Jordan- which depends on Israel for its external security, and nuclear Iran’s militant religious leadership. I hope he and Israel will have the capabilities and luck too. That is, that the Arabs will continue to hate one another more than they hate Israel.
The Israelis are very capable, but, don’t think that they are so smart and so strong, that they can take on all the atrocities the Arab world could throw at them.
Israelis want peace. Judaism has thought me to pursue peace, but also be pragmatic, recognize facts, and not wear rose-colored glasses. And most critical: to support my brothers in their time of need, when the Israelis are facing one of the most dangerous future in their short existence.
I like to fold myself into a small ball and just observe. The fish do not notice me and I can see them in their natural habitat without disturbing their routine. It is a fascinating experience and I do it every time we snorkeled in Hawaii. But I also do it in Israel, but not in the water- just standing/seating quietly, sometimes for hours, especially at the beach, just observing, getting the local feeling, local interactions, without disturbing it. Simply, an amazing experience.
The sun was clear, no cloud in the sky, the temperature mild and pleasant on my last visit to Israel in the Spring of 2011. The Arab world was not quiet, nor peaceful, it was in the middle of its internal revolt: the “Arab Spring” with its riots, and killings in a number of Arab states not far from Israel.
Israel was quiet and secure as my son, his wife and my first granddaughter were visiting with me my homeland for the first time. And were enjoying Old Jerusalem and its fascinating history quite a bit.
While the family was wondering around on a nice spring day at the Kotel plaza, the Western Wall, I sat and looked around with pleasure at the numerous activities around this huge and distinguished plaza. Hundreds were praying near the Wall, on the left side the men and the right the women. Several large groups of young military officers were preparing themselves for their swearing-in ceremony. Many with kipas, some serious, some joking around at every opportunity, just having fun. I stopped, listen and observed, enjoying their free spirit, the lovely interaction with their commanders. The harsh military future ahead of them was forgotten for the moment.
As I moved around taking numerous pictures from as many vantage points as I could, using two cameras just to be sure, I noticed at the upper, farther side of this huge Kotel plaza a very large number of police cars. It seemed odd, I had not seen them on our previous visits just a few days earlier. I went closer wondering why the police brought 60 or more cars to this quiet, so peaceful location.
I looked around and found the Police Commander of the Kotel area. A tall, erect, distinguish man, wearing a kipa and smart police uniform. He had a small, well trimmed beard and a nice friendly smile. It was easy to see why he had this important duty, he radiated self confidence and respect mixed with clarity of thinking.
We talked about the Kotel area activities in general and I then asked him in Hebrew: why do you have so many police cars here? On a number of previous visits in the week I did not see even police one car here.
He smiled, but his smile was just a surface smile, to be polite, and after some hesitation said, The Arab world is in a mess right now and some local Arabs want to start riots here also, to drag us into the mess. Today is Friday, and in a short time thousands of Arabs will come to the Mosques above the Kotel for their Friday prayers. Some may want to start a riot, but when they see how prepared we are, they may think twice and drop the idea. Or, if they do start throwing stones on the Jews praying below, as they did a number of times already, or start a bigger riot, we have enough police force here ready to nip it in the bud, quickly, before it triggers the dark mood of other Arabs to join the riot.. We can not take a chance with the Kotel area security.
As we parted, and we continued our tour of the Old City, I noticed the many Israeli military patrols all around the narrow streets and the peaceful march of large number of religious visitors from all over the world enjoying Old Jerusalem and the security of a peaceful Israel.