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Dealing with the reality of the Shalit deal and Hannibal Protocol:

Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 19 October 2011

I received a lot of angry mail when I wrote earlier in the week that thanks to the very lopsided prisoner swaps, the IDF policy today is to do everything possible to kill IDF soldiers who appear to be in the process of being captured by terrorists.  Many couldn’t believe that this was indeed the policy of the IDF.  So I put up a video on YouTube of a Battalion 51 commander briefing his Golani troops on the eve of their entry into Gaza during Operation Cast Lead.


“The strategic weapon, the ‘Judgment Day Weapon’ that Hamas wants to acquire, is to capture a soldier. But no soldier in Battalion 51 will be kidnapped at any price. At any price. Under any condition. Even if it means that he blows himself with his own grenade together with those trying to capture him. Also even if it means that now his unit has to fire a barrage at the car that they are trying to take him away in. There is no situation. No situation that they will have this weapon.”

This was not some faked video. I copied from a video report broadcast on Israel Television Channel 2 News 16 October 2011

You can see the full report for yourself:


Now what does this all mean?  Am I saying that the Hannibal Protocol is wrong?  No. Not under the circumstances.  All I am saying is that we have to address the decisions we make with mature honesty.  The reason that we trade a thousand terrorists for a single soldier is not because of our commitment to do everything in our power to get our soldiers back home alive.  We do it because, as indicated by the polls, we don’t have the stomach to see soldiers as POWs once we know who they are. And since a key element of the equation is that this feeling only goes into play when we see their name, faces, etc., we as a society have a very different attitude about soldiers being killed before we see their name, faces, etc. And that is why we would rather kill a soldier being taken captive then have him sit somewhere being held by terrorists.

That is where we are.

And we have to deal with it.

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis) (Mail POB 982 Kfar Sava) Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730 INTERNET ADDRESS: imra@netvision.net.il

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Shira’s note: Does this mean I’m indifferent, apathetic? It’s very conflicting for me. No, I am not that in my soul. If we understand acts of war and the knowledge that any goodness we have to fight evil is futile in a war of existentialism, then the above applies to us all whether we acknowledge it or not. We as a people have to sacrifice for the good in humanity. As such, if I’m to put myself in that position, as a soldier in the IDF, and if Gd willed, yes, I would be sacrificed for the people, namely, the children of Israel. So it is, if that is what is willed from on High. Reality is what it is…there are no words, actions, or opinions that would deter us from the truth, of which many try to oppress or try to prevaricate, in which the entire of humanity, governments, groups, or religions do to hide from their hypocrisies.


Shira’s note:  I’m always relieved when the politicians of Israel offer some sparks of hope in this chaotic place.  I become stronger, I pray harder, I feel a veil has been lifted so we can see clearer through the screen.  I know wherever one stands in their views of the Arab/Israeli conflict, nobody wants death or another, G-d forbid, holocaust.   If we stay silent, there will be many lives lost.  It’s time to get the facts straight, time for reading, researching, time to shed the mask of ignorance and change the way things are, not only for  this area, but within ourselves. Speak up, challenge, let our voices prevail.  May Israel live forever.. May we find peace on both sides…

Independence Day address by FM Liberman to the diplomatic corps Liberman: Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, now it becomes clear that we are also an island of stability in a chaotic region.

10 May 2011  MFA Website

His Excellency the President of the State of Israel Mr. Shimon Peres, Heads of Missions and International Organizations, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Ladies and gentlemen: Excellencies, welcome and thank you for being here on this, Israel’s 63rd Independence Day.

This year I stand before you with mixed emotions. There are those who have always felt that Israel was the ‘black sheep’ of the Middle East and international politics. They suggested that Israel was the source for all the wars and challenges in the Middle East. Recent events have certainly ended this fantasy once and for all. We were always proud to state that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, now it becomes clear that we are also an island of stability in a chaotic region. In fact, Israel’s stable democracy can serve as a model for the region. Some suggest that democracy can not flourish in the Middle East, Israel has proven that as a fallacy. Our country and its institutions, 63 years young, created by people from over 130 different countries, few with any experience of democracy and freedom, created one of the most successful and free democracies anywhere. Our institutions have stood the test of time, especially in this dangerous neighborhood. The bloody reaction to those who seek change in our region has not surprised us. The repression that has met the demonstrations in Syria, Yemen, Libya and elsewhere in the region can not possibly be justified. However, it remains confusing why the international community intervenes in Libya, but not in Syria or Iran. What conclusions are we to draw from this seeming inconsistency? These inconsistencies send a damaging message to the people of the Middle East and further erode the path to peace, security and democracy for our region. The recent reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas brings up many questions.

First of all, it is clear who are the leaders of Hamas and what are their goals. Also, we heard in the last few days that they are not willing to change the Hamas Charter and to accept the conditions of the Quartet. That an organization with a charter that calls for the destruction of the State of Israel through violent Jihad and aspires to a world without Jews, not just Zionists and Israelis, but Jews, should be thought of as partners to Fatah tells us more about Fatah than it does about Hamas. The fact that Hamas mourned Bin Laden’s death, as much as they celebrated 9/11, condemned America and called him “a Muslim and Arabic warrior” and prays that bin Laden’s “soul rests in peace” further demonstrates the kind of people Fatah is now calling its partners and equals in government. In addition, in recent years over 12,000 rockets were fired at Sderot and southern Israel. Ask yourselves how would your countries have reacted to such attacks? Fatah itself continues to glorify terrorists, including the naming of the Palestinian presidential offices in Ramallah after arch-terrorist Yahya Ayyash, a square in the government compound after Dalal Mughrabi, who participated in the Coastal Road massacre and rewarded the family of the mastermind of the terrorist attack which resulted in the death of dozens of Israelis enjoying a Passover Seder in Netanya.

The day before yesterday we heard Mahmoud Abbas say during a meeting that if Israel will freeze construction in the settlements for two or three months then the Palestinians will be ready to resume talks. This is very interesting and very strange. When the Israeli government decided on a moratorium as a unilateral gesture a year ago Abbas and the Palestinians rejected it completely. However, now they are exerting pressure for a moratorium that they previously rejected. The Palestinians wasted nine months and only during the final month entered into negotiations, not with a genuine intention to reach an agreement but rather because the U.S. imposed the process on them. At least for me, it is clear that they are only looking for excuses to avoid meaningful talks that will lead to a comprehensive solution. The Palestinians are overly confident and are assuming that they have the complete support of the international community. This allows them to think that they will gain more directly from the international community than through negotiations with Israel. As a result, we have the right to wonder about the real intentions of Fatah. We are ready for immediate talks without preconditions. However, there will be no new moratorium in Jerusalem or Judea and Samaria. Not for three months, not for three days and not even for three hours. The international community needs to understand that there is only one country in our region that respects international norms while standing against waves of unceasing daily terror attacks and incitement.

The recent killing of Osama Bin Laden should send a message to our enemies, that regardless of time, there is no statute of limitations to bringing justice for those massacred by terror. Our enemies on our northern and southern border who have shed innocent blood should pay attention to this message very clearly. The State of Israel has always said and I repeat, we are willing to come to the negotiating table immediately to start direct talks with all of our neighbors. We are willing to make a great effort to achieve peace but we will not compromise our vital security interests. I call on all of our neighbors to look at Israel’s achievements in finance, hi-tech, science and industry. We are willing to share this knowledge with you. You have more to gain from cooperating with us than engaging in conflicts. The ball is in your hands.

Where is the freedom?

Where is the freedom?.

Beit Shemesh

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Israeli boy, Daniel Viflic, Dies from Anti-Tank Missile Attack on School Bus Dear Community Members, Ten days ago Daniel Viflic, 16-years-old, was critically injured by an anti-tank missile fired by Hamas in Gaza at a school bus in the Negev region in Israel. He has been fighting for his life since the attack and lost his battle on Sunday. Daniel’s father, Yitzhak Viflic, who sat at his son’s bedside in his final hours, said “I would like to thank all those who prayed for us and supported us from around the world. I just ask that we are left in peace. Daniel struggled for his life and was calm when he passed away.” Chief of Pediatric ICU at Soroka Medical Center, Professor Shaul Sofer, said on Sunday: “Unfortunately Daniel passed away this afternoon. We were not surprised by his passing – he arrived in critical condition without blood pressure after being resuscitated onsite and within a short time his brain stopped functioning.” Hundreds of people attended Daniel’s funeral on Sunday night in the outskirts of Beit Shemesh. “It’s hard to believe he’s not here. I thank all those who came and all the support from the religious and seculars alike, even from Arabs and Bedouins. It’s not thanks to us, it’s because Daniel was an exceptional child,” his father Yitzhak said. As we gather with our families during this holiday to share and educate our children about our history, we must remember that freedom does not come easily and educating our children is at the core of our Passover rituals. At Sha’ar Negev School, the principal believes that education, freedom and peace begin with what we teach our children. Yet while his teachings focus on peace, an innocent Sha’ar Negev student died in this vicious attack. May his memory be a blessing to all of us and a reminder to all of us the important Jewish value of Tzedakah – supporting Jews in need around the world. To support your fellow Jews through the Allied Jewish Federation’s programming, please donate now. Enjoy this precious, holy time with your families. Thank you. Doug Seserman President and CEO.

Shira’s note:  As sad as this is to us all and something some families would  rather not see or hear at all, it still needs to be shared.  There is a spark in all of us, and although another one is gone from us, his memory will forever shine upon us.  Please consider contributing to AJF in his name.  May we continue to hold our freedom sacred.  Buena Pesach.

Iranian Parliamentarians to Accompany Asian Aid Caravan to Gaza
News number: 8909240305 15:36 | 2010-12-15

TEHRAN (FNA)- A number of Iranian legislators announced their preparedness
to join the Asian Aid Caravan to Gaza to display solidarity with the
oppressed Palestinian people.

The Iranian delegation, comprised of seven lawmakers, will travel with the
group to Syria and from there will head to Gaza via the Rafah crossing in
Egypt to display their solidarity with the Palestinian people in their
resistance against the Israeli regime.

Mahmoud Ahmadi Biqash, Avaz Heidarpour, Parvi Sarvari, Ali Motahhari, Ali
Asqar Zare’i, Hassan Qafourifard and Shabib Jooyjari are the seven Iranian
MPs that intend to join the Asian Gaza Convoy.

A number of 200 members of the Iranian parliament had earlier in a statement
voiced support and solidarity with the Asian continent’s first humanitarian
aid convoy to Gaza which arrived in Iran last Wednesday.

“We have not witnessed many humanitarian aid convoys from Asia and the news
of Asian People’s Solidarity for Palestine (APSP) convoy heading to Gaza
indicates the revival of such activities on this continent”, the statement

“This movement has been organized by the non-governmental organizations and
we hope that the continuation of such moves will lead to the formation of a
popular pro-rights movement independent of states and governments”, the
statement said.

Iranian lawmakers also donated part of their salary toward aiding the
Palestinian people.

A number of 55 activists accompany the Asian Gaza Solidarity Caravan,
organized by the Asian People’s Solidarity for Palestine, a coalition of
social movements, trade unions and civil society institutions of the region.

The current members of the caravan are from India, Pakistan, Japan, Nepal,
Malaysia and Singapore and it is expected that they will be accompanied by
their counterparts from Iran, Bahrain, Turkey, Australia and Azerbaijan.

Thirty-two Indians and eight others from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh,
Malaysia and Japan were not allowed by the Indian Border Security Force to
cross over to Pakistan on foot for want of an NoC from New Delhi and they
took a flight to Iran.

The convoy will carry medical aid and donate two ambulances to the
authorities in Palestine.

The Asian peace activists hope that the move would provide a good
opportunity for breaking the siege of Gaza.

The move came nearly seven months after Israeli forces raided the Gaza
Freedom Flotilla on May 31. Over 100 Israeli soldiers supported by military
choppers boarded a Turkish ship, Mavi Marmara, leading the six-ship convoy
in international waters.

The Israeli commandoes killed 20 international human rights activists and
wounded 80 more. Nine of the victims were Turkish nationals. Some members of
the European parliaments, former western diplomats, reporters and human
rights activists were among the victims of Israel’s brutal act.

The siege of Gaza started in June 2007 when Israel imposed a blockade on the
Gaza Strip. This was supported by the governments of Egypt and the US.

The blockade consists of a land blockade along Gaza’s borders with Egypt and
Israel and a sea blockade. It immediately followed the 2006-2007 economic
sanctions against the Palestinian National Authority following the election
of Hamas to the Palestinian government.

The blockade has attracted criticism from many Human Rights organizations.
September 2009 UN fact-finding mission found that the blockade of Gaza
“amounted to collective punishment”, was likely a war crime and a crime
against humanity and recommended that the matter be referred to the
International Criminal Court (ICC).

Shira’s Note:  This is part of the reason why I started the blog.  The majority of people all around the world must know of things before Israel gets bombarded for defending it’s existence to those who wish for her demise.  To wit, Israel lets millions of goods to Gaza on a daily basis.  Gaza is not hurting for humanitarian aid.  Gaza is oppressed by Hamas and their other Arab leagues to make sure Israel will get the blame for their so called ‘suffering.’  And remember, Hamas is a terrorist entity who wish death for all who oppose Islam, including you, and the countries who are participating in the so called ‘flotilla’ are in fact, helping terrorism flourish.

Jerusalem, 15 December 2010

Briefing on Israeli Policy Towards Palestinian Population In Judea, Samaria
& Gaza (Tue., 14 Dec. 2010)
(Communicated by the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Media Advisor)

Public Diplomacy & Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein & Coordinator of
Govt. Activities in the Territories Maj.-Gen. Eitan Dangot yesterday (Tue.),
14.12.10, held a briefing on current Israeli policy towards the Palestinian
population in Judea, Samaria & Gaza.

Maj.-Gen Dagnot noted that while Israel is increasing its efforts to improve
the situation of the Palestinian population in Gaza, Israel must do so
without compromising its own security, and the safety of its civilian

These efforts include measures to increase movement of goods as much as
possible and encourage the proliferation of humanitarian projects
coordinated both with the PA and int’l organizations and governments.

Maj.-Gen Dagnot reminded that, paradoxically, during this same period of
efforts on the part of Israel to improve the situation of the Gazan
population, more than 20 rockets and mortars have been fired from Gaza at
the Kerem Shalom crossing point.  Israel pointedly is trying to
differentiate between its humanitarian measures to promote the wellbeing of
the Gazan civilian population, while battling Hamas that does not accord to
the conditions set by the Int’l Quartet and vehemently refuses to even
recognize the State of Israel‘s right to exit.

Minister Edelstein expressed his wish and the intentions of the Israel
Government to help the situation of Gazans, and Palestinians as a whole.
Replying to queries regarding Palestinian rights including freedom of
movement, the Minister said, “We would equally like to see those same
freedoms, accorded to kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.”

ER/al, ms                                               12:00 hours

IMRA – Independent Media Review and Analysis
Website: www.imra.org.il

Shira’s note:  This is to be read with the intention of sharing what news there really is and how leftist media decide not to acknowledge what really goes on in Israel and the ‘disputed’ territory.  They are not occupiers in their own land.  Israel does what it can humanitarian-wise and are not the oppressors.