November 13th, 2009

Outstanding Israel

While we are in the middle of continuous verbal attacks on Israel by the Arab-dominated UN and much of the rest of the misguided nations, we need to remind ourselves how outstanding Israel really is . We can be very proud in our support of this outstanding nation.

Israel is a little over sixty years old, and it had its share of mistakes, like all nations. But I am extremely proud of the way Israel has been conducting itself in many areas, even before its liberation from British occupation. I was there, I witness it. We were educated to learn Arabic, to respect their culture, to try to build the region together. We were so surprise by the violent attacks on Israelis on so many occasions. And that before Israel was a free nation.
Let me focus here only on Israel military conduct after its independence.

With one or two exceptions, all countries have been born by wars. War of liberation or by revolution, but they did not emerge pure and clean without spilling a lot of innocent blood. Just think about the many European wars, some lasting a hundred years, Remember WWI and WWII and the spilling of blood of millions of civilians, not only by Germany, Italy and Japan, but also by the U.S., and England, the “liberators” of Europe. Churchill wanted to poison German civilian population after the Germany bombed London with V2 rockets. The USSR murdered millions of its own people, and Stalin sent one million of his soldiers to death trying to stop the German advance on just one city alone- Stalingrad. There are many real stories of inhumanity by most nations, from the support of Hitler’s Germany by Sweden, Spain, and Switzerland to the surrender of France and Norway to Hitler and France sending Jews to German concentration camps even when they were not forced to do so
And many of these nations have the temerity of accusing Israel of immoral behavior by defending its civilians from murderous, continuous rocket attacks from Hezbollah on the north or Hamas in the south.

There is no nation on earth that even remotely could imitate the tremendous tolerance of the Israeli people and government to the unstoppable hate, anti-Semitism and anti Israeli propaganda coupled with military attacks by the Arabs. Some 23,000, twenty three thousands! Israelis were murdered by Arabs in the different wars imposed on Israel and by terrorist attacks. Under similar circumstances most other countries would attack their tormentors and would spill blood all around, military and civilians alike, but Israel rarely attack back, and always with great concern about enemy lives.
Israel has one of the strongest military in the world. It has the third most powerful air force in the world. If it wanted it could destroy all the Arab countries combined in a few days. But not. Israelis are more concerned about the life of the enemy civilian population than the Arab themselves, more than the Palestinians themselves. Most Palestinians do not care about their own brothers and murder one another at will. Just witness the frequent murderous fights between the different fractions of Palestinians terrorists, from Hamas against Fata, and one branch of terrorists against the other. And often they hang their private enemies by accusing them of being Israeli spies.

It is simply amazing how much care Israel took to reduce Gaza’ civilian casualties during its attack on Gaza. It used leaflets, phone calls and laud speakers to warn the civilians ahead of attacks. It is amazing how an Israeli pilot under orders to blow up the main bridge between Beirut and Syria during the 2006 Lebanon war, refused to do it since he felt he may kill too many civilians. And although I personally do not agree with his conduct since he probably caused more Israeli casualties, still, I am proud of him and his attitude. And there is very large number of similar stories how Israeli soldiers were going beyond the call of duty to save Palestinian lives.

Israeli feels that human life is so important that they suffer emotional pains if they kill innocent civilians while protecting themselves. The Palestinians, however, again and again emphasized that this “Israeli weakness of caring about human lives” gives the Arab extremists the upper hand, since they do not care about their own lives or the lives of their own brothers.

I am extremely proud of the ability, the willingness, and the courage of the Israel people to care about their humanity, in the midst of an Arab world that doesn’t not give a damn about human lives.
The values that Israeli hold so important that no other country, not the US, not the Europeans, not the Russians, not the Chinese, name any country that can or will do what Israelis are willing to do to remain human under the worst of circumstances.

Please watch this short testimony by a British commander on the outstanding Israeli conduct:


Israel saves US lives

October 2nd, 2009

The conventional wisdom is that the US is spending considerable effort and money to protect Israel. I do not believe it is a one way street. In addition to the considerable contributions of Israel in the medical, electronics, computers and other fields, Israel helps the US to improve its military equipments too.

A friend of mine is serving in Afghanistan and we met recently during his short vacation to talk about his experiences.
It is not a place you want to be. It is so easy for a few terrorists to attack a US convoy from their hideaway in the mountains, and hard to detect them even from the air since the region is so large and rugged. The country is in a shamble, and very little central control or security are available. But that is not I want to talk about here.

He told me with great enthusiasm about a few important improvements in their combat gears. But he was not aware they were all invented in Israel and now saves American lives.

Their latest much superior combat transport has the doors in the back, so they can come in or escape in an emergency protected by the bulk of the vehicle. What he did not know is that some three decades ago Israel developed the Merkava tank with doors at the back to protect the soldiers. The US finally copied this important protection.
Another protection is the steel plates hanging all over the vehicles to absorb the shock of incoming missiles/ bazookas. They were invented in Israel decades ago and used on all Israeli tanks.

Another invention come to their aid is the new lighter body armor. He was so happy about that since it is some 20 pounds lighter, protect them better and cover a larger part of the body. All of these with easier mobility too. Again, what he did not know is that it was an Israeli invention now made in the US too.

Another improvement saving US soldier’s lives is the constant air surveillance from drones, pilotless small aircrafts. Israel invented them some 15 years ago and sold them to the US to use and to study how to make US models. This year these pilotless aircrafts have larger procurement rates than typical aircraft in the US Air Force.
Not only that, a PBS program on these very versatile no pilot aircrafts showed that their flexibility and usefulness is so much higher than normal combat aircrafts. They are so superior that the pilot who controlled them from a US base over the Afghanistan sky, a trained pilot, said enthusiastically that they are so much more useful he will never consider going back to the old type of aircraft.

By the way, France is buying only Israeli pilotless aircraft since it consider them superior to others.

Inside the US Israel is also saving American lives. One of my sons, a doctor in a large hospital, told me that their city hired an Israeli emergency expert to teach them how to react and organize more efficiently to handle mass casualties, either from terrorist attacks or medical pandemics, such as the Swine flu. The Israeli expert taught them how to do Triage, initial inspection, of casualty more effectively, and handle related civil emergencies. Israel trouble with terrorists helped developed this unique skill to help America and other countries.


Awesomeness of Nature

September 24th, 2009

In the spirit of the Days of Awe, the ten days between Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, we need to look honestly at reality. Here is some of our global reality affecting all our globe, including Israel:

UN Secretary General said on 9-17-09

"Climate change is the preeminent geopolitical issue of our time. It rewrites the global equation for development, peace and prosperity. It threatens markets, economies and development gains. It can deplete food and water supplies, provoke conflict and migration, destabilize fragile societies and even topple governments.."

To get a feel for this issue may I suggest you see this video of the North Pole by time-lapse photography by the highly respected National Geographic Magazine photographer James Balog.

As friend told me after our Rosh Hashana service, Judaism teaches us that we are not supposed to bury our heads in the sand even if we do not like the news.


The Arrogance of the Advice-Givers - Barry Rubin

September 16th, 2009

My introduction:
The 1993 Peace Accord was one of the worse agreements and event in Israel recent history. I was full of hope but doubtful. I talked with my older brother, a leftist peace activist and suggested that if Israel forces leave the Palestinian territories, all hell will break loose since Israel security presence there and the cooperation of well paid Palestinians kept the Arabs from murdering Israelis at will. Pinhas told me that if they behave like that we will crash them with out superior power.
So much for not understanding that the game changed and it is no longer army vs. army but Asymmetrical war. Individual Arab terrorists attack you at will and you can not send full force against them without killing innocent civilians.
But that ignorance of reality should not have come from an Israeli government leaders nor from Pinhas, a past leader in the Lechi Underground, in which I was also a member, joining at age 15.. This was the technique we have used against the British forces. However, with great difference. We went afeter British policemen and soldeirs only to create political pressure, and that means, minimal attacks on the British forces and definitelly not against civilians.

Israel lost of that wisdom with its eagerness for peace, and idealists like President Peretz and naive Rabin pushed Israel to a unrealizable agreement. That agreement was one sided. Israel pursue peace, give Arafat control of 97 percent of all the Palestinians and the Arabs organize to create terror by murdering as many Israeli civilians as they could.
We suffer a lot in Israel, and year after year we lost our idealism and trust in the Palestinian leadership.
The Rest you know, but not the Europeians, not the new US Administration. They "know" what to do to get peace there, despite lack of experience, and no understanding the nature of the Arab minds. What arrogance, what level of unrealistic idealism!

The Arrogance of the Advice-Givers - Barry Rubin (New Republic)

It seems to be accepted wisdom in Washington and European capitals that Israelis are so stupid about their country, situation, and region on the life-and-death issues which they have been dealing with for decades that they must be saved in spite of themselves by people who have no knowledge or experience on any of these things. No other country in the world is so frequently told this.

Is it so hard to comprehend that Israel's views and behavior are based on years of experience? That we know best how to save ourselves and have been doing a far better job of it, against tremendous odds, than many others? That heeding their prescriptions would be disastrous, in fact have already proven so? After all, the tragic history of the last 20 years has largely resulted from listening to such advice.

Today, the last thing Israelis need or want is pressure to make more concessions to the Palestinians. They've already made a lot; these didn't lead anywhere good. What Israel needs today is not "tough love" but real support.

The writer is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal.

Global Impotance to Stop Iran

August 20th, 2009

Iran nuclear weapon program is progressing -- and we continue to talk…

Four years ago I first wrote about the dedication and determination of Iran to develop its nuclear weapons to dominate the Middle East. I concluded that nothing will stop them short of coordinated, massive international pressure, and that pressure is not likely to develop.
It still did not develop despite many impressive, but meaningless words and many meetings.

I would like to discuss briefly two related issues about nuclear Iran. One is the impotence of the global community to stop the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs. The other is the high danger of nuclear weapon proliferation to global peace and stability. The danger to Israel is obvious.

Now four years later we still are talking about putting more pressure on Iran. And Iran is again offering to talk, while Iran had four more years of nuclear development under its belt. Yes, Iran is now four years closer to having its dangerous weapons. In the same time, and even more meaningful, is the international inability to stop the North Korean nuclear program. Think about it, N. Korea is a very poor country, has no friends, has no international commerce, has no military or commercial s allies, and the five cooperating nations: China, US, Russia, Japan and South Korea, are still unable to do anything to stop their nuclear weapon and missile programs. Total international impotence, a very dangerous failing of global security cooperation and the UN security council. If they can not stop N. Korea, how can they stop Iran, a much more powerful nation in the core of the Middle East?

Look at the two press releases below regarding Iran’s nuclear weapon program. The ineffectiveness of international politics is obvious. Are world leaders unable to recognize the absolute dedication of Iran to develop their nuclear weapons? Are we so impotent to pressure them politically and economically?

Kissinger is pointing out, wisely, that once we let North Korea and Iran have nuclear weapons we are opening a Nuclear Pandora Box. Many other nations will start their own nuclear weapon programs. For example, Saudia and Egypt, the two major Arab - Sunni states are extremely fearful of Iran Shiite leadership and their proven expansion policy. Iran is openly and consistently supporting terrorist activities not only in Lebanon- Hizbullah- and Hamas in Gaza, but they had tried to undermine the governments of Saudi and Egypt by direct and hidden terrorism.
Recently Egypt announced that it is going to develop nuclear power, not weapons yet. This is a signal that they are not willing to be subjected to Iran’s nuclear domination and will proceed from nuclear power to nuclear weapons.

Up to now just a few nations had nuclear weapons and we were lucky that no one used them after we used them in WWII. However, if many countries will have nuclear weapons, it is a completely different situation; one or more of them will use it in anger, or it will fall to the hands of terrorists.

Yes, the military option is still available, both in North Korea and Iran, but it is extremely difficult, especially in Iran, with unpredictable results, and should be the last resort.

Germany, EU Increasingly Ready to Impose Tough New Sanctions on Iran
Berlin and Brussels are increasingly prepared to impose massive embargoes on Iran unless Tehran signals soon that it's ready to compromise in their nuclear dispute. (Der Spiegel-Germany)
See also Iran Prepared for Nuclear Dialogue, Iranian Envoy Says - Laura Rozen
Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency Ali Asghar Soltanieh said on Iranian state television that Iran is ready to talk with Western powers about its nuclear program without preconditions. (Foreign Policy)