Netanyahu bottom front is bare and widely open.


Osama Gil-laden  in Jerusalem

Avi Dichter, former head of the Israel Security Agency and home front defense minister, declared earlier this week that “there is no Iron Dome against the terror tunnels.” The message is devastatingly clear; the Jewish people are now attacked from below – the bottom front is bare and widely open.

This development is regarded in Israel as a serious intelligence blunder. It needs to be addressed immediately. More than a few Israeli politicians and commentators call for a probe of the failure of Israel intelligence once Operation Protective Edge comes to its conclusion.

In the last decade Israel has surrounded itself with walls of security.  The Jewish sky is also covered by a dome of iron. But the promised soil that waited for two millennia to be redeemed by its true and only owners, is threatened to be plundered, once again, by a new wave of Gazan  insurgents who dig their way into our heartland land from in beneath.

But the Palestinians were naïve if they, even for one second, believed that the Jewish Genius was going to be intimidated by this new form of Islamo-Tunnelism. The Israeli defense ministry was quick to gather some ideas. Earlier this week it presented the cabinet with a few operative solutions.

Sarah Toddler, the secretary of the Kindergarten Teachers Union (KTU)  and the author of the worldwide progressive best seller Poopoo-Kaka-Weewee-Pipi  was amongst the first experts to be invited to the meeting. The experienced early-age educator suggested to wrap Israel’s bottom with a nappie (diaper). “Such a solution’, she said,  “would provide us with security but also a sense of relative comfort.”  Minister Naftali Bennett, famous for his hard-core nationalist inclinations was very supportive, he argued that such an idea, wrapping the Jewish State with a diaper may even “fuel Zionism with a sense of new begging.”

But truth must be said, with all due respect to Mrs Toddler, her suggestion didn’t stand a much of a chance.  Far more creative was Moishe Feiga’le, currently, Israel’s LGBT minister and a member of the Israeli Lick Party. “Unlike our reactionary, backward  neighbours”, said Feiga’le, “we the Jews are tolerant and open.  Israel must seek the support of its extensive patriotic Gay community, after all, Tel Aviv is the world’s gay capital and this time, it is our bottom that is aching.” The cabinet followed Feiga’le advice and a meeting was set the following morning at shelter near Picca-Dildo, Tel Aviv’s most famous  Sex Shop.

Far from being surprising, the Israeli Gay leaders saved Israel once again. Butt-Plug was their answer. “The Jewish homeland needs to seal its bottom and there is only one cheap method to do so” said Yossef Pillowbiter . It goes without saying that the idea was opposed by the usual suspects: ministers Avigdor Liberman and Eli Yishai known for their conservative and backward worldview. But Feiga’le and Pillowbitter anticipated  opposition and were well prepared. They provided the cabinet members with a verity of plugs provided that they are returned within 24 hours and clean. Surprise? Not really, we learn this evening from Government spokesman Mark Regev that both Lieberman and Yishai are now considering the new idea positively and seriously and even asked to extend the plug trial period by another 48 hours.



By Gilad Atzmon

The IDF launched a vast ground operation in Gaza last night. Until now, Israel has failed to articulate its military objectives. No one in Israel is willing to commit to a definition of what a victory would look like. I am afraid that the military objective is obvious: saving Netanyahu’s political career.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and his defense minister Moshe Ya’alon have no other options. The two have tried to avoid a ground operation. Like most IDF leaders, Netanyahu and Ya’alon know that the Israeli army lacks the capability to counter Gaza’s ballistic defiance. Israel lost its power of deterrence a while ago. Instead, it developed impressive technology to deal with a ballistic threat. The Israeli Iron Dome anti-missile system performed exceptionally well, however, strategically, it proved counter effective. It liberated Hamas and other organisations in Gaza to unleash their rockets arsenal against Israeli cities, putting Israel on the defense while maintaining an ethical position since no one was getting hurt.

From a military perspective, this exposes a unique shift. The Hamas and IDF have swapped military doctrines. While in the past, Israel and the IDF were associated with the offensive doctrine philosophy – the belief that attack is the best form of defence.”  Now the Hamas and other Palestinian freedom fighters are calling the shots and seeking engagement.

Both Netanyahu and Ya’alon are special-forces veterans. They have an excellent understanding of the military situation and they have been witness to the persistent resilient spirit in Gaza. They also realise that considering the growing isolation of the Jewish State, Israel’s options are limited.  PM Netanyahu and Minister Ya’alon know that a ground operation is not going to stop the missiles unless the entire Gaza strip is dug out. Israel doesn’t posses the military might to engage in such an operation nor does it enjoy the diplomatic ability to sustain such an extended assault.

For days PM Netanyahu has been pushed by hardliners within his cabinet. He has to show some commitment to the hawkish ideology he has advocated for years. The Israelis need revenge. After all, they have been humiliated by Palestinian resistance for days. They need something to cheer them up and Netanyahu knows what it is. The footage of Israeli soldiers marching into other people’s territory is a collective ecstatic moment in the Jewish State. A reminder that the atmosphere usually changes once Israeli soldiers are sent back home in coffins. But that happens later. 

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There is no darkness but ignorance

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MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014

Israel supporter in LA all “dolled up in war paint.”

It’s the demolition derby
It’s the sport of the hunt
Proud tribe in full war-dance
It’s the slow smile that the bully gives the runt
It’s the force of inertia
It’s the lack of constraint
It’s the children out playing in the rock garden
All dolled-up in black hats and war paint

Hamas truce conditions?

Those include the lifting of Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip, the opening of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt and the release of Palestinian prisoners Israel has rearrested after freeing them in exchange for kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Sounds fair enough but the Israeli blood thirst hasn’t yet been quenched. Nor the other goals.

Israeli Interior Minister: “The Goal of the Operation Is to Send Gaza Back to the Middle Ages”, “Destroying All the Infrastructure Including Roads and Water”

Israel shoots down Hamas drone with a US supplied Patriot missile? Still looking for wreckage?  More propaganda along the same lines as the fabulous Iron Dome system I’m thinking. US contractors smile as they anticipate restocking the Israelis at our expense.

What’s frustrating in all this, at least where I live, is that very very few people know enough about the Israeli/Palestinian situation to even carry on a decent conversation about it. They don’t know the history of zionism or Israel. They don’t even know the physical size of Gaza or its population. So many only carry around the buzz words of ‘chosen ones’ and ‘promised land’ in a weird belief system that defies logic and common sense.

I’m ignorant too so many times but I’m trying to learn. And I’m oh so thankful for all of you out there who are trying also and willing to share knowledge and maybe…just maybe help us come out of the darkness.

There is no darkness but ignorance.

           William Shakespeare

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iron-domeBy Gilad Atzmon

As the Israeli Cabinet announced earlier today that it accepted the Egyptian cease-fire offer, Palestinian freedom fighters in Gaza continued firing rockets targeting the whole of Israel. 

The situation is clear.  Israel is desperate for a break in the violence. In spite of its endless ‘bravado,’ and military might, Israel lacks the military capacity and the courage to encounter Palestinian resistance on the ground. The Israeli elite recognizes that the military can’t resolve the problem, if anything, its extensive use would diminish Israeli manoeuvrability on the international front.

Resistance, on the other hand, has won its biggest military, political and ideological victory to date – it has managed to deliver some elementary messages to all of Israeli society:

You are living on our Palestinian stolen land, our Right to Return is elementary and is not negotiable. You Israelis do not belong here, you never did, and you had better consider your options immediately.

Resistance has also managed to dismantle the BDS / Jewish Lefty’s desperate and blatantly deceitful attempt to present the conflict as an issue over the ‘1967 occupation.’  The range and targets of Palestinian missiles deliver a clear message to both Israelis and their controlled opposition agents within the Left.

Palestine is a stretch of land between the river and the sea. In other words, no more empty talk on ‘conflict resolutions.’ It is either Israel or Palestine. And today it seems Palestine it will be. 

Resistance’ strategy in the last week has displayed a rare genius in the method it used to capitalise on Israel’s superior technology and the Iron Dome in particular.  What could be smarter or more ethical than putting Israel under a constant barrage of rockets, delivering your essential message with missiles, yet knowing that no one will be hurt?

In the past week Resistance has managed to utilise Israeli technology and to integrate Israeli engineering into its operational tactics. This is a unique significant tactical achievement that proves that the Palestinian leadership in Gaza is significantly more sophisticated than their counterparts in Jerusalem

This is a repetition of a familiar Jewish historical and cultural pattern.  By the time the Jewish elite is convinced that its domination is established, a disaster is immanent. As Israel came to believe that it had bought itself the final and ultimate technological answer to Palestinian ballistic resistance, it has been devastated to discover that it has lost the war on every possible front: militarily, technologically, politically and ethically.

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Israel’s Atrocity and the West’s Ignorance. The Tide of Media Lies


Global Research, July 14, 2014
Seeing “free” Western media with headlines like “Rockets raining over Israel”, or describing the success of Israel’s Iron Dome defence system in intercepting missiles from Gaza, you would assume there was a war between equals – or even that “poor Israel” was under attack.
Many Western readers won’t know that all of the 100-plus killed since Tuesday – and practically all of the 700 injured – are Palestinians, many of them children.
Responding to a correspondent who questioned the disproportionate number of civilians killed, including 22 children, CNN anchor Brianna Keilar explained: “Yes, Gaza is just so heavily populated. That’s certainly always a side effect and we’re seeing that there.”
Officially, White House spokesman Josh Earnest offered unqualified US support for “Israel’s right to defend itself against these vicious attacks”.
Yet when that White House statement was issued on Tuesday, not one single Israeli had been hurt. Meanwhile, more than 30 Palestinians, including a whole family, were already dead – killed by an Israeli army equipped with America’s best technology.
Harmless and aimless rockets fired from Gaza are the Palestinians’ only way to fight back. In addition to Israel’s recent aggression, Gaza has been under a military blockade for more than seven years, which alone is an act of war.
Enjoying freedom of movement and peace are basic rights of all people, but if Palestinians can’t enjoy that right then neither should the Israelis.
After the disappearance of three illegal Israeli settlers in an area under complete Israeli military occupation in Hebron, Israel blamed Hamas for their deaths without providing any evidence.
On June 30, following a government emergency security meeting, Israel’s deputy defence minister Danny Danon spelt out a plan to “eradicate Hamas”.
“We will not stop until Hamas is completely destroyed,” he said.
Immediately following that meeting, Israel positioned additional troops at the Gaza border and started its assault, purportedly to avenge the three illegal settlers.
On Thursday, after more than 400 raids throughout Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Israeli Knesset: “While the campaign has gone as planned, further stages yet await us.”
At an earlier meeting, he assured members of the Knesset foreign affairs and defence committee that “ceasefire right now… is not even on the agenda”.
But blaming Hamas for the disappearance of the illegal settlers is simply a red herring.
Israel appears to have “planned” a war to divert international attention from the fact that it was to blame for a failure of futile peace talks and to undermine the newly formed Palestinian unity government.
As Israel continues killing with impunity, Arab governments pay lip service and offer worthless condemnations.
Egypt continues to close its border with Gaza, making Hosni Mubarak blush in his hospital bed.
The Palestinian Authority makes hollow efforts at the UN when it should be joining “real” UN organisations to hold Israel accountable for current war crimes.
Meanwhile, Palestinian children in Gaza are murdered as the Western world indulges in sincere ignorance and Arab people wallow in conscious apathy.
Jamal Kanj (www.jamalkanj.com) writes weekly newspaper column and publishes on several websites on Arab world issues. He is the author of “Children of Catastrophe,” Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America. A version of this article was first published by the Gulf Daily News newspaper.
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Anis Naqash: Maaloula , Al-manar Martyrs, Brotherhood, the Free Egypt’s Army and the War on Arab Armies

المفكر والمحلل الاستراتيجي انيس النقاش _ ماذا بعد / المنار 17 04 2014
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Israel gets ready for ‘short, sharp war’ against Hezbollah and invasion of Lebanon


TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 19 (UPI) — Israeli  generals are preparing for a decisive — and probably brief — war against Hezbollah, one of Israel’s most  implacable foes, with plans to smash the Iranian-backed Lebanese movement’s  military power, a study says.

The Israelis’ primary objective will be to eradicate Hezbollah’s reputedly  massive arsenal of missiles and rockets “for years to come,” the report by the  Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic  Studies in Tel Aviv said.

Israeli military intelligence estimates Hezbollah has 80,000 missiles and  rockets of all calibers, ranging from ballistic missiles with warheads packing  700 pounds of high explosives, to short-range rockets, many of them aimed at  cities including Tel Aviv. Some estimates go as high as 100,000.

The weapons that give Israelis nightmares are the long-range missiles with  which Hezbollah can pound the Jewish state’s population centers and strategic  installations without let-up for at least a month.

Israel’s military, which failed to crush Hezbollah in a 34-day war in 2006,  “has prepared for a combined air and large-scale ground operation, driven by new  intelligence and precision-firepower capabilities, to deliver a knockout blow  and eliminate Hezbollah as a fighting force for years to come,” observed the  report’s author, Yaakov Lappin, the Jerusalem Post’s military analyst.

Knocking out Hezbollah’s missile storage bunkers and launch sites will be the  air force’s main mission, as it was in 2006, when Hezbollah only had about  20,000 missiles, 4,000 of which hit northern Israel.

Lappin said Israel will use “unprecedented capabilities” and a combat fleet  that could destroy hundreds of targets a day.

In the last year, Israelis have been bombarded with government warnings to  brace themselves for weeks of unprecedented missile bombardment if war comes —  although the media have sought to reassure the public the armed forces will  protect them with new weapons, tactics and all manner of electronic wizardry.

A key protection system will be the much-vaunted, four-tier missile defense  shield known as Homa, The Wall in Hebrew. This includes the long-range Arrow 3  system, designed to destroy Iranian ballistic missiles outside Earth’s  atmosphere, down to the Iron  Dome, which has by official count shot down 84.6 percent of the short-range  Palestinian rockets it has engaged in the last two years.

Even so, whatever the dimensions and capabilities of the generals’ plan,  another report poured cold water on Israeli expectations of survival in the next  war, which will — for the first time since the state was founded in 1948, a  half dozen wars ago — target the home front.

Nathan Faber of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Technion,  Israel’s Institute of Technology, warned in an article on the website of the  Magen Laoref, or Homefront Shield, foundation, that the Homa could crumble due  to technological, operational and financial reasons in a multifront war with  Hezbollah, Iran and others.

Faber, formerly chief scientist in the military’s missile division, said at  least one-third of all missiles fired at Israel will in all probability get  through.

He calculates Israel could be threatened by 800 Iranian Shehab-3b and more  advanced Sejjil-2 ballistic missiles, and 400 Soviet-era Scud ballistic missiles  held by Syria, some of which may be used in its 33-month-old civil war.

There will also be 500-1,000 medium-range tactical missiles — like Iran’s  Fajr or Fateh weapons, which Hezbollah already has — and more than 100,000  short-range rockets held by Syria, Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas group in Gaza.

Faber reckons about one-third of the missiles fired at Israel will be  intercepted by the air force, another third will malfunction and one third will  get through defensive screens, including about 400 of the 1,200 ballistic  systems.

Regarding tactical missiles, Faber noted that “since these are very precise  missiles the great majority of them will hit their target” after evading the  anti-missile defenses.

He calculates Iron Dome — which he assesses has a kill rate of only 66  percent — will have to deal with 30,000 rockets.

The cost will be awesome — and possibly prohibitive.

By Faber’s tally, Iron Dome operations will cost $6 billion, countering 400  ballistic missiles another $3 billion, while mid-range interceptions will total  as much as $2 billion.

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