By Fred Maroun (Fred Maroun is a Canadian Arab)
Left-wing people who are anti-Zionist are either fools or anti-Semites. To put it more politely, they are either taking a position on an issue that they do not understand or they are deliberately siding with haters.
It is not hard to see why many naïve people on the left are anti-Israel. Israel is successful and strong while the Palestinians are needy and weak...
The conflict is not and has never been between Israel and the Palestinians. The conflict started between the whole Arab world and Israel when the Arab world decided that the Jews, who have a continuous history in the Middle East of 3000 years, should not have their own independent state. This placed the Arab world, 50 times the population of Israel and 600 times its land mass, against the tiny Jewish state…
At the UN, most countries consistently and blindly support any anti-Israel resolution no matter how one-sided and ridiculous. As Abba Eban, Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1966 to 1974, said, “If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions”…
The absurd myth that Israel is an all-powerful force that can do what it wants when it wants is not far from the anti-Semitic myth that Jews control the world’s media and finances. It is nowhere close to reality, as every Jewish person knows.
The reality is that Israel has survived and thrived only because of very hard work by very determined and creative Jews, and a little bit of luck (or help from God). None of the victories that Israel won, on the battlefield or elsewhere, was a foregone conclusion, and anybody who understands the current situation knows that Israel is still under tremendous threat to its very existence.
As a left-wing person, my political beliefs leave me no choice but to support Israel. Since even before Israel declared its independence on May 14, 1948, Israel’s enemies have been trying to achieve what they call “justice for the Palestinians” at the expense of the national project of the badly outnumbered Jewish people. Any reasonable, knowledgeable, and non-anti-Semitic left-wing person cannot accept this…
FOOD for THOUGHT by Steven Shamrak
Population transfer is a legitimate approach for conflict resolution! In 1922 two guys received the Noble Prize for this idea, after almost 2 million were transferred b/w Greece and Turkey. In 1947 12 million were transferred b/w India and Pakistan. In 1949 the 4th Geneva Convention was adopted to stop Israel from doing the same to its hostile Arab population, who remained in Israel after the War of Independence. Since then only Israel is forced to abide by it! Jews need to stop being 'holier than the Pope' and regain our self-respect!
Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah are quietly trying to mediate reconciliation between Syria and Hamas, after the two had a falling out over the Syrian civil war. Hamas with Iran and the Shiite group Hezbollah, always touted themselves as the "Axis of Resistance" to oppose Israel.
No infiltrations from the Sinai Peninsula were recorded over the past 12 months, Population and Immigration Authority says. More than 2,400 illegal migrants were deported from Israel during the same period. Some 38,000 African migrants are still living in Israel illegally. (Something Europe can learn from Israel!)
US Vice President Mike Pence said that the UN's Human Rights Council "...A clear majority of the Human Rights Council’s members fail to meet even the most basic human rights standards." "When the council passes more than 70 resolutions against Israel, a country with a strong human rights record, and just seven resolutions against Iran, a country with an abysmal human rights record, you know something is seriously wrong.”
Iran successfully tests its new Khoramshahr missile - which can reach Israel and carry several warheads - in defiance of US President Donald Trump's threat to scrap the nuclear agreement over the issue. Previous Iranian missile launches have triggered US sanctions and accusations that they violate the spirit of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.
US President Donald Trump tweeted “Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel. They are also working with North Korea (on nuclear weapon and rocket programs). Not much of an agreement we have!” Trump has threatened several times to scrap and/or amend the agreement in recent months.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put Israel at odds with nearly every other major player in the Middle East. Mr. Netanyahu, who endorsed not only the referendum but also the establishment of a Kurdish state, had ample strategic reason: A breakaway Kurdistan could prove valuable to Israel against Iran, which has oppressed its own Kurdish population. (Up to 35 million Kurds have the right to re-establish their homeland, unlike the fake Palestinians!)
Arabs from Judea, Negev steal sheep and vehicles from Jewish towns. Three are being charged with stealing lambs from three towns in northern Israel: 36 from the town of Beit Yosef, and 122 from the towns of Alma and Rehov. They are also being charged with breaking into homes and stealing vehicles from the town of Prazon in northern Israel, and stealing a truck from the southern town of Kiryat Gat.
Israeli jets reportedly strike weapons depot outside Damascus. According to reports and a monitoring group, the three separate strikes were carried out near the Damascus International Airport, an area known to be a stronghold of the Iranian-backed terrorist group. (Have they, Hezbollah and Iran, got the message?)
France’s President Emmanuel Macron declared Wednesday that the Iran nuclear deal is no longer a sufficient safeguard against the growing power that Tehran wields in its region. “We need the 2015 accord,” he said of the agreement. “Is this accord enough? It is not, given the growing pressure that Iran is applying in the region.” (It didn’t take long, in a best French tradition, to change the tune!)
Speaking at the 61st General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Zeev Snir, head of Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC) said "...the Arab Group continues to abuse this professional, technical forum in order to attack Israel politically... I call upon my Arab colleagues to join forces with us to address the common challenges related to nuclear security (against Iran) in our region..."
A spokesperson for the leading Fatah faction of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority government has bluntly saying that Fatah has “certainly not” ever recognized the State of Israel. “We in the Fatah Movement have not changed our position... We said that the armed resistance, popular resistance, and everything is also legitimate, but we chose popular resistance as the means that we see as the most effective under the present circumstances.” (He does not need to work hard to convince Hamas!)
The US army inaugurated the first American military base on Israeli soil. The base, located within the grounds of the IDF's Mashabei Sadeh aerial defense school in the southern region, will permanently house dozens of American soldiers operating the large radar, a joint US-Israel device. (The US has just officially changed the status of a long-running mutually beneficial operation!)
In its decision to dismantle Gaza’s administrative committee, Hamas has moved the ball into Abbas’s court. Since he began imposing sanctions on the Gaza Strip five months ago, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas repeatedly declared that dismantling the Gaza Strip’s administrative committee would be the only way to end the sanctions and ease the pressure on Hamas. A refusal to lift all the sanctions would portray Abbas as a rejectionist and place him in a very negative light. (A demand for an election to challenge Abbas’s legitimacy will be next!)
Home Front Command delegation includes 71 soldiers, officers specializing in construction and engineering to Mexico after earthquake. The IDF's rescue unit - nicknamed "Kol Shofar Lamerhak" ("The sound of the Shofar carries afar"). Its primary mission is assisting in mapping and scanning buildings hit by the quake to ascertain whether they should be demolished or may still be habitable.
Two years after the nuclear deal was signed by Iran and world powers, the Islamic Republic is reported to have boosted its financial support to Hezbollah to $800 million a year, a dramatic increase from the $200m. (Thanks to Obama!)
Quote of the Week:
"There can be no voluntary agreement between us and the Palestine Arabs. Not now, nor in the prospective future. I say this with such conviction, not because I want to hurt the moderate Zionists. I do not believe that they will be hurt. Except for those who were born blind, they realised long ago that it is utterly impossible to obtain the voluntary consent of the Palestine Arabs for converting "Palestine" from an Arab country into a country with a Jewish majority... It is incredible what political simpletons Jews are. They shut their eyes to one of the most elementary rules of life, that you must not 'meet halfway' those who do not want to meet you." - Zev Zabotinsky, in 1941, "THE ETHICS OF THE IRON WALL"
Merkava - The Top-Secret Tank
To this day, the Merkava tank is one of Israel’s most top-secret projects. It is said to be one of the most lethal and protected tanks in the world, and its construction started out of pure necessity - the United Kingdom and other countries refused to sell Israel tanks. So in the 1970s, it started to build its own.
The newest model - known as the Merkava Mk-4 - is the most impressive. It can reach speeds of 40 mph and comes with a new modular armor kit, meaning that the tank can be ﬁtted with the armor it needs based on the speciﬁc mission it is heading into.
An area, for example, known to be full of anti-tank missile squads requires heavy armor, while an operation without the threat of anti-tank missiles means less.
This also allows tank crews to replace damaged pieces of armor on the battleﬁeld without having to bring the full tank back to a repair shop inside Israel.
In 2012, the Merkava underwent its biggest change yet when a new system - called Trophy - was installed on the tank.
Trophy is an active-protection system, basically a personal missile defense system for an individual tank.
Trophy uses miniature radar to detect incoming anti-tank missiles and then ﬁres a cloud of countermeasures - basically metal pellets - to intercept them. The radar also interfaces with the tank’s battle management system.
This means that once a missile launch is detected, the coordinates of the enemy squad that ﬁred the missile are immediately obtained, allowing the tank to retaliate quickly and accurately.