Friday, September 19, 2014

Scotland Fails to Regain its Independence. So, What?

ערב שבת קודש פר׳ נצבים-וילך תשע״ד
Algameier: Scottish Rabbi, Creator of Jewish Tartan Says Country’s Jews Oppose Independence (INTERVIEW)

Rb. Mendel Jacobs
Dave Bender, September 16, 2014

Scotland’s only local-born rabbi, and the creator of the only official Jewish tartan pattern, believes that, “From the Jewish perspective, we’re hoping for a ‘no vote,’ in the vote for independence,” from the United Kingdom on Thursday. “From my understanding, a majority of the Jewish community, or ‘the’ majority of the Jewish community wants a ‘no’ vote,” Rabbi Mendel Jacobs, told The Algemeiner Tuesday.

“I don’t think a nationalist country has ever been good for Jews,” Jacobs said of fears within the 10,000-member community, and stressed “that if [the vote] went yes, anti-Jewish sentiments would increase.” (cont.)

(Tip: Daled Amos)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
By now, we have all heard that Scotland will not be reclaiming its independence, anytime soon.

Still, I cannot help but comment on it, not because I have any feelings about Scottish independence one way or another. But, rather, since I have become quite jaded over the years when it comes to "major" news items, why they are being reported on, and why others are not.

What is the issue of Scottish Independence designed to distract us from? The Ethnic minorities in Iraq who are getting slaughtered? Financial shenanigans going on behind the scenes? The British Parliament or other government voting on something completely unrelated, as the same time, so that no one will notice their rights being chipped away?

Your guess is as good as any. But, what concerns me, is whenever there are Jews who have been sucked into the process, albeit unbeknownst to themselves.

Rabbi Jacobs might just be one of those Jews.

In all fairness to Rabbi Jacobs, I have no doubt that he cares very deeply for Am Yisrael, and does whatever is in his power to assist and support the Scottish, Jewish community, and to bring its members closer to Torah and to maintain an environment, conducive to Jewish, spiritual life.

In addition, he does touch upon the issue of aliyah (Jewish immigration to Israel),...
...unlike some Scottish Jews who have succeeded in resettling elsewhere, including in Israel, “some can’t leave – they’re stuck,” either due to age or infirmities. 
So, how about using any time and energy spent on dabbling in exile-related issues, such as goyshe designs to help Jews feel more comfortable in galuth (exile) and local referenda, on helping those who are "stuck" to get out, and resettle in Israel?

Another Jew from Scotland has a different take on the issue...
Nick Henderson, 26, was born and raised in Glasgow, and emigrated to Israel in 2004. While he’s friends with Jacobs – who is even sending him yarmulkes made with the “Chosen” tartan – Henderson, who holds an absentee ballot, told The Algemeiner on Tuesday that he has mixed feelings about Scottish independence, both as a Scot, and as one who left to make his life in the Jewish homeland.

While calling Scotland ”a safe place, a warm place, for Jews,” he pointed to unpleasant experiences, as an identifying pro-Israel Jew.

“You’re judged on your Judaism by how much you criticize Israel or not,” he charged.

“When I started at my previous job, the first thing my boss asked me was what I thought about Palestine and Israel,” adding that if Jews don’t hew to the popular anti-Israel tropes, “you’re seen as a Zionist, in a negative sense.”

He noted comments by Scotland’s pro-independence movement leader, First Minister Alex Salmond, who on Sunday equated Israel with ISIS, as exemplifying the hard left attitude towards Israel among some in Scotland.
The bottom line, either way you slice it, is clear. Which is better, an independent Scotland with an ignorant, Israel-hating First Minister, and citizens telling Jews they must possess anti-Torah beliefs, or be ostracized, or an United Kingdom with Scotland, already filled to the brim with potential murderers of Jews?

Nick Henderson, for whatever reasons, seems to have gotten the message somehow, left the country of his birth and exile, and came to live in his only true homeland, the Land of Israel.

One day, I pray, we will no longer see ourselves as Scottish Jews or American Jews, Russian Jews or Moroccan Jews (nor Ashekenazi, Sepharadi, Yemenite), but just Jews living in the Land of Israel.

The U. S. Government Wants to Tell to Psychotherapists how to do Psychotherapy

ערב שבת קודש פר׳ נצבים-וילך תשע״ד

WND: Pro-'gay' courts muck up meaning of 'free speech'
Rulings in change-therapy dispute sets up likely trip to Supremes

Two appeals courts have disagreed on how to define “speech,” setting up a likely challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court over “change therapy” counseling, which aims to relieve unwanted same-sex attractions.

It’s illegal now in California and New Jersey for minors to receive such therapy, but for different reasons, warranting intervention by the highest court, argues Liberty Counsel.

California was the first state to make such therapy illegal for minors. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded the therapy, which mostly involves talking, is “conduct” rather than speech.

But when New Jersey made the therapy illegal for minors, the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals determined it is speech but concluded it is not protected by the First Amendment.

“The laws banning counseling in this area are simply unconstitutional violations of free speech,” asserted Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel. (cont.)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
As a psychotherapist who is not a fan of "reparative therapy," I am still very much against any laws banning or limiting the providing of such treatment.

This is not because I believe that there are a few men and women out there who may benefit from working with psychotherapists, experienced in reparative therapy. (And I do believe this.)

Personally, my experience is that some such individuals, presenting same sex attraction [SSA] were never "gay" to begin with. The nature versus nurture debate, in other words, "why" a patient presents one sexual orientation or another, is irrelevant here. An experienced therapist, whether oriented (pun intended) toward reparative therapy or not, will know to be prepared for anything that a patient may bring into the therapy, and will also know to change his original, therapeutic strategy if necessary, or refer the patient to another therapist.

If reparative therapists want to claim such patients as "success" stories, then so be it.

Whether or not reparative therapists can any evidence to support the effectiveness of the form of therapy is a discussion for another time.

And, by the way, I do not see why any true GLBTQ activist would not want heterosexuals to be able to explore and discover their own, "true" nature, and through such clarity, self-understanding, and happiness, just as they expect to be allowed to "embrace" their own true nature, and to pursue happiness.

So, why fight reparative therapy at all? My guess is because it is unpopular and controversial, thus making it a prime target.

My fellow psychotherapists, the general public, and apparently, various officials in the U. S. Government are concerned that one form of therapy or another may actually be harmful to patients, a valid concern for certain. Where should the line be drawn? More importantly, who should be the one to drawn the line?

Even some forms of confrontational therapies used in prisons and in the military could be considered "abusive." Yet, some professions believe these to be the most effective and therapeutic approach toward the treatment of some character disorders (eg. sociopathy). The brick wall needs to be demolished, before a more flexible structure can be built back up in its place.

In my experience, damage to patients is done when professionals violate their own ethical guidelines, apply techniques which are not within their training and scope of practice, and, of course, those who are not professionals to begin with. As far as the last example on the list goes, the government can have at them, but only after the relevant professional organization(s) get the first crack at them.

The battle against reparative therapy goes beyond freedom of speech. This goes beyond the pushing of one agenda or another through the courts. This is about government chipping away at individual freedoms.

This is about government deciding what forms of therapeutic treatment will be made available to the public, and which treatments our not.

This is about government telling professionals what form of therapeutic treatment they are allowed, or not allowed to provide.

How is a government of non-therapists qualified to make such decisions? Even if it had countless professional consultants, is this the sort of decision a government should be making in the first place?

How will this be policed? Will records be subpoenaed?

In conclusion, I would like to reiterate my position.

I am not "pro"-reparative therapy. This form of therapy should continue to be scrutizied, and those who provide such therapy should continue to be encouraged to provide support for its continued practice, just like all other therapeutic techniques. Only in this way, can therapeutic techniques undergo continuous evaluation of their effectiveness, and prospective patients can receive the necessary information to make informed choices about psychotherapeutic treatment

I am against governments interfering with patients' choice.

I am against governments telling professionals how they should, or should not, practice their professions.

Let psychotherapists be guided by their peers, by their respective professional organizations, when it comes to forms of treatments, and, if need be, ethical challenges,...just like we have already been doing.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dear JTA: No, I Will Not be Donating to you this year, nor any year...

כ״ג לחודש השישי תשע״ד
13th Anniversary of the fall of the Twin Towers (9/11)
New York, NY

Did any of you receive the following e-mail request, like I did?

Dear JTA Reader,

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Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Dear Ami,

No, I cannot help you, not this year, and probably not any year.

How are European Jews coping with the wave of hatred and violence against them sparked by the Gaza war?

Sparked by the Gaza War? Nothing was sparked by the Gaza War. Re-awakened, perhaps, but not sparked. It has also been there, since the birth of Yishma'el (Arabs/Mulims) and since Esau (The West) first went out to murder his brother Ya'aqov (us).

Is Hungary trying to whitewash its role in the Holocaust? 

What about how the Labor Zionists have tried to whitewash their tole in the Holocaust?

Do Kiev’s Jews need self-defense groups?

No, they do not. They just need to get out of there, and any assistance to do so.

Will a right-wing surge in Europe undermine tolerance?

Right-wing surge?! What about a left-wing surge, a middle-wing surge, or an upside-down-wing surge?

But, would a story or report with any of the themes I propose above ever make it into the JTA?

How is it that right-wing surge was mentioned, but there wasn't any mention of Muslims? Don't want to hurt anyone's feelings? Or just a little employing a little "creativity" to your letter.

Objective journalism, indeed!

And, you ask that I donate money to the JTA? For what? So that I can be a collaborator in keeping the Jewish People locked in their prison of co-dependent exile?

No thank you.

Britain Growing Increasingly Anti- Semitic: Really? You Think?

כ״ב לחודש השישי תשע״ד
Britain Growing Increasingly Anti- Semitic
Lloyd Levy, August 18, 2014 
I actually never thought I would have to write an article like this, from the green and pleasant land of England. However it is becoming truly frightening to be a Jew in UK. What is so remarkable is how quickly it all appears to have happened. One can now start to experience what it must have been like in parts of Europe under Nazi threat, when friends and neighbours suddenly and without warning, turn on you because you are Jewish.
In the last week or so alone, we have seen the Tricycle Theatre banning the annual JEWISH film festival, which is one of the most important Jewish events of the calendar. The famous Edinburgh Fringe arts festival has also banned Israeli connected theatre groups.
We have the Parliamentary Member from Bradford, a large town in Yorkshire, announcing his town to be “Israeli” free, as well as reading that a leading Scottish Nationalist has apparently declared that an independent Scotland will be “Israeli free”. None of us are surely naïve enough to not understand that in practice it means Judenfrei, unless individual Jews renounce their loyalty to Israel. 
Leading Supermarkets have been invaded and ransacked by anti-Israel terrorists, threatening staff and customers. The supermarkets have succumbed to this terrorism, with rumours swirling around that they are soon to stop selling all Israeli products. Only a day or two ago, a major supermarket in Central London, actually took all kosher products off the shelf. Think about that… all Jewish products banned, many not even from Israel at all. Over 100,000 people marched through London recently in an anti-Israel and anti-Jewish orgy of sheer hatred. I know people whose life-long friends are putting the most hideous anti-Semitic ranting on their “Facebook” pages. 
Our Jewish so called leaders have let us down. I personally haven’t seen nor read any leading member of our Jewish representative bodies, or Rabbis, standing up in public for our community. 
This is not a good time to be a Jew in Britain . Apparently in France it is far worse. We are being cowed and terrorised by home grown anti-Semites, and by imported oriental ones. 
Only in the last few days have some of the leading Newspaper columnists begun to wake up to the hatred they have themselves stirred up by their coverage of Gaza, replete with its ancient Jewish blood libel of deliberate child sacrifice. 
Natan Sharansky said recently that Europe is death to Jews, and he is so correct. History shows that anything can generate the hatred. If it wasn’t Gaza it would be something else.

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
What can I say? Natan Sharansky is right about at least one thing. Europe IS death to Jews.

The author of this piece, Lloyd Levy, is also right, and provides us with a comprehensive report of recent, Jew-hating events in England.

I am not in the least bit surprised by any of these events, and neither should any of the large number of religious British Jews. These attitudes and events are written all over the Tana"kh (Bible), and elaborated upon by Our Sages, may their memories be for blessings (HaZa"L).

What concerns me about Levy's piece is that he seems to write as if England being Judenfrei is a bad thing. Why is it a bad thing?

Read the entire article on Times Of Israel!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Knesset Urged to Act Against Leftist Attorney General

כ״ב לחודש השישי תשע״ד

Arutz 7: Knesset Urged to Act Against Leftist AG
Yedidya Ben-Or, Ari Yashar, September 16, 2014

The Knesset has come under fire for its silence in the wake of an unprecedented court ruling last Wednesday by Judge Nava Bechor of the Kfar Saba Magistrates Court, in which she criticized Attorney General Shai Nitzan for his "scandalous" bias against the political right.

Bechor accepted in full the evidence presented by Attorney Adi Kedar of the Honenu legal rights aid organization, which showed that Nitzan, in Bechor's words, conducted an automatic selective enforcement of incitement laws.

The judge took Nitzan to task for letting leftists and Arabs off the hook for outrageous calls such as "death to the Jews" and "castrate the settlers," based on evidence from the years between 2008 and 2011 during his time as Deputy Secretary General.

Following the ground-breaking judgement, Honenu turned to numerous MKs with a request to take steps against Nitzan's crackdown on the right.

"After an exhausting case the court ruled clearly: Shai Nitzan and the State Attorney are negatively discriminating against the Jewish public," wrote Honenu director Shmuel (Zangi) Meidad in the letter.

Meidad elaborated on the meaning of the ruling, saying that "in essence, they (Nitzan and the State Attorney) are automatically cooperation with the enemy."

"Attorney Adi Kedar of the Honenu organization, who received important materials from Hani Luz of the Tadmit organization and from the Legal Forum, has already proved (the case), and the court has already seen it and ruled. So what else is needed?" Meidad asked the MKs.

"From here on starts your obligation to work as representatives of the public," wrote Meidad in a call to action. "We demand in the name of the many injured parties we have and are treating that you not wait any longer."

The evidence was presented in the trial of Uri Baram, who published videos against Nitzan. Bechor convicted him of inciting to racism and violence, destroying evidence and disrupting court procedures; it should be noted that Baram argued his provocative videos against Nitzan were meant "to expose the discrimination that Nitzan has in investigating complaints over incitement."

Meidad called on the MKs to "shake the state of Israel, so that it first of all immediately drops the charges against Uri Baram, and so that it starts investing its resources - our resources - in fighting the enemy and not in fighting us and itself. What is this silence?"

Sun Lion:
It seems that since the Treif Bird is officially unofficial, a lot of people have found the courage to speak up. Furthermore, a few thousand "Peace Presents" from Gaza also help to wake people up.

The vast majority of the nation has always been against the Oslo treason and the Sharon Pogrom. Time after time they have tried to elect people to stop the madness and time after time they have been betrayed by the servants of foreign money.

It seems that the latest flair up in the war to exterminate us was a turning point for the Jewish People, both in Israel and outside of Israel. We saw clearly that we have no one to rely upon other than G-D and ourselves. We also seemed to have realized that there are serious and dangerous enemies in our midst. Enemies that can no longer be ignored or tolerated.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jewish-Israeli Blog Round-Up: "When you come into the Land..."

כ׳ לחודש השישי תשע״ד

Founded by Soccer DadHaveil Havalim is a carnival of Jewish blogs -- a weekly collection of Jewish and Israeli blog highlights, tidbits and points of interest collected from blogs all around the world. It's hosted by different bloggers each week, jointly coordinated through our Facebook Group. To find out how to submit your posts or to offer to host an edition, see the information provided on our Hosting Calendar. The term 'Haveil Havalim,' which means"Vanity of Vanities," is from Qoheleth, (Ecclesiastes) which was written by King Solomon. King Solomon built the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and later on got all bogged down in materialism and other 'excesses' and realized that it was nothing but 'hevel,' or in English, 'vanity.' Submissions may be may through our on-line submission form on, which requires you to log-in first.
Batya willing be hosting next week's edition both on Shiloh Musings and Me-Ander. Send her your submissions by e-mail:
וְהָיָה, כִּי-תָבוֹא אֶל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, נֹתֵן לְךָ נַחֲלָה; וִירִשְׁתָּהּ, וְיָשַׁבְתָּ בָּהּ. -דברים כו,א

And it shall be, when you come to the land which the LORD your God has given to you for an inheritance, and possess it, and dwell there; -Deuteronomy 26:1
Well, so why aren't YOU here yet?

Written 20 days after the toppling of the World Trade Center, Moshe Feiglin tells us why American Already Lost.

Debbie Schlussel remembers 9/11 on 9/11: Who Did it and Who Celebrated The Best PR Move by Muslims Ever.

The Absolute Truth brings us The Absolute Truth that Nobody Believes (or even knows).

And speaking of truth, and attempts to suppress it, Jewish Israel Contributed a Presentation at "Cancelled" Counter-Missionary Event in the Shomron (Samaria). Find out why one hotel canceled a contract to hold this conference on its grounds.

Arlene Kushner claims that one of her well connected sources in the PA says that the proposal of Egyptian President Al-Sisi to grant land in the Sinai for the formation of a "Palestinian" State Never Happened.

Michael Snyder asks ‘ISIL Is Not Islamic’? Is Obama Completely Insane?

I ask if Israel Should Fear Islamic State [IS]?

We get a historical geography lesson from Yeranen Ya'akov in From Tifsah Until Aza.

Batya at Shiloh Musings shares some Facts About Palestine, as well as her belief that If Convicted Arab Terrorists Want to Kill Themselves, Don't Interfere!!

Ariel at The Torah Revolution writes about Zionism as a New Religion.

Tomer Devorah warns us of The Coming World Religion. See Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Meanwhile, she lets us know about a False Messiah.

Esav Exposed introduces us to The Groat Family, Hayovel Volunteers. I think that you had better meet them, too.

I examine Freedom of Religious Expression in Israel.

Donny Fuchs at The Jewish Press warns us about The Cult Of Uman.

Rafi at Life In Israel reports on what appears to be an odd form of kleptomania in Notes he did Not Take from the Kotel.

Sarah Chandler writes about Shmita in the Diaspora: Release and Sharing for All.

Batya at Me-Ander shares about Real Rosh HaShannah New Year's Cards!

Jacob Richman tells us about some New Israeli Educational Stamps.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Freedom of Religious Expression in Israel

י״ג לחודש השישי תשע״ד

Almost daily, there have been reports in the news of Christians being attacked, kidnapped, raped, and killed in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, and Bangladesh, all at the hands of Muslims.

Although Muslims have been notoriously abusive of their own, in "honor killings" around the world, as human shields and a terrorist trainees, have maimed, killed, and otherwise abused non-Muslims regardless of their religion, Christians have certainly been a sometimes favorite target, albeit not as popular as Jews.

Recent events reminded me of the following grafted, I had seen posted on Jews News, earlier this year.

(Avodah Zara censored out.)

This Christian praises Israel for the religious freedom it affords its citizens.

Actually, though, not only do Christians enjoy such religious freedoms in Israel, but so do Muslims, Druze, and several others, in probably the only country in the Middle East that allows it.

In a way, non-Jews enjoy more religious freedom than religious Jews.

Bedouins in the South practice polygyny, without fear of reprisal from the Israeli Government. Even though polygyny is "illegal," under Israeli law.

The thugs from Chicago, calling themselves the Black [Non] Hebrews do the same. And had did they even get into Israel, you might ask? Well, they started creeping in, after being kicked out of Liberia. That's right, kicked out. Then when threatened with deportation by the Israeli Government, they Black Non-Hebrews threatened back,...with mass suicide if they were not allowed to remain. Well, the Israeli Government certainly did not want that on its hands, and so now they enjoy defacto autonomy, funneling in whomever they want, whenever they want.

Of course, if a Jew dared to petition the government to marry one than one wife, he would be demonized as an oppressor of women. If he were to marry one woman on the the government's books, and have one on the side, all of the parties involved would be jailed for tax fraud.

Meanwhile, Muslims may pray on Har HaBayith (Temple Mount), yet Jews are still forbidden. Even Christian tourists seem to be afforded more leniencies than Jews. Anyone who says that Jews have control over Har HaBayith is blind, an idiot, or both.

Even if there truly were freedom of religious expression for all peoples in Israel, "all" meaning religious Jews, too, where is the basis for this in the Torah? How is the concept of allowing, even encouraging, the practice of religions other that Judaism supported by halakhah (Torah Law)?

Actually, it isn't.

Freedom of religious expression simply does not exist in the Torah, with possible exception of the diversity of our religious customs.

The phrase שבעים פנים לתורה (Seventy Faces of the Torah) which liberal Jews, in particular, like to throw around, refers to the diversity within halakhic (Torah legal) parameters. This phrase can refer to midrashic interpretations, as well as hashqafah. It does not, however, refer to doing whatever you want, and calling it Judaism, let alone "Torah."

Any "face" absent of halachic basis is no face of the Torah. In fact, it is forbidden to interpret the Torah contrary to halakhah.
משנה אבות ג,יד [יא]
רבי אלעזר המודעי אומר ... והמגלה פנים בתורה--אף על פי שיש בידו מעשים טובים, אין לו חלק לעולם הבא.

Mishnah Avoth 3:14 [11]
Rabbi Elazar of Modi'in said: If a man ... teaches meanings in the Torah which are not according to Halachah, even though he has a knowledge of the Torah and good works, he has no share in the world to come.

See also TB Sanhedrin 99a.
This covers the so-called "movements," claiming to be full fledged denominations of Judaism, albeit they are anything but. Although, they, too are gaining ground in the way of "rights," as they also serve the Erev Rav's anti-Torah agenda.

The so-called religious "rights" of Christians and Muslims serve the same agenda, assisting in the attempting chipping away of the Torah's influence. Keeping the Christian-aligned, right-wing pitted against the Muslim-aligned, Left-wing is just an added benefit, as in "divide and conquer."

There have been several debates recently regarding Christians and Muslims in particular. Are Christians to be considered practitioners of avodah zarah (foreign/forbidden worship) or not? Land be sold, rented, or even given away to Muslims? Can we currently accept either of these, or any other, religious groups as gerei toshav (resident aliens)? But, these debates are irrelevant.

Neither Christians nor Muslim could ever be considered B'nei No'ah, and thus candidates for becoming gerei toshav, as they have added and subtracted from the Torah. They have not accepted the Torah 100%, as the truth.

The Ramba"m says this more clearly, when he provides Christians and Muslims as examples of koferim (Hil. Teshuvah 3:17). However, since everyone's favorite comeback line these days seems to be "We don't pasqin like so-and-so!" So, I figured that I would keep it as simple as possible.

Non-Jews who are forbidden from residing with in Israel, remain here anyway, not only because of the beliefs that we are unable to resettle them elsewhere and that the international community would become enraged, but because of the belief, even of "rabbis," that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the non-Jews remaining.

And so, whether Christian or Muslim, Bahai or Hindu, non-Jews may enjoy religious freedom while residing within the State of Israel's deMOCKracy, it is without any sanction from the Torah, the only Law which should really matter to Am Yisrael.

Should Israel Fear Islamic State?

י״ג לחודש השישי תשע״ד

JPost: Former Intel chief: No Reason for Israel to Fear Islamic State
September 4, 2014

Amos Yadlin says IDF would have less trouble eliminating Islamic State terrorists than Hamas operatives hiding in Gaza hospitals.

Former military intelligence head Amos Yadlin on Wednesday downplayed the possibility of an infiltration into Israel by Islamic State terrorists, saying there was no need for the Jewish state to fear the extremist al-Qaida offshoot.

Yadlin appeared to try to quell heightened concern following the gruesome murder of the journalist Steven Sotloff, who held dual American-Israeli citizenship.

"There is no real reason to be afraid. ISIS is an expert at PR and intimidation. They murder their prisoners in a shocking way and thereby gain media attention," Yadlin said at an event held by the Ashkelon Academic College.

While the insurgent terrorists have captured territory in nearby Syria and Iraq as part of their stated objective to reinstate an Islamic caliphate, Yadlin stated that "they only succeed in areas that no one wants to go to - the neglected Sunni areas of northeastern Syria and the deprived areas of Iraq."

According to the former military intelligence chief, Islamic State insurgents will face superior armed forces if they reach Shi'ite-majority cities that are motivated to protect main population centers like Baghdad and Karbala.

Yadlin claimed that the Islamic State would be easier for the IDF to eliminate than Hamas terrorists who he said were hiding in hospitals in Gaza.

He added that the IDF "should not have a problem" dealing with the extremist organization.

On Wednesday, Israel officially banned the Islamic State and anyone associating with it.

The decree signed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon outlawed meetings of any kind between Islamic State members and declared the group an illegal organization.

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
"...they only succeed in areas that no one wants to go to - the neglected Sunni areas of northeastern Syria and the deprived areas of Iraq." 

I am certainly not an expert military strategist like Amos Yadlin. However, it seems to me that IS has been taking the easy pickin's first. IS may even pick up more volunteers using this strategy as well. But what do I know?

Yadlin also stated that "...there was no need for the Jewish state to fear the extremist al-Qaida offshoot." Really? Well, setting the questionable reliability of the mainstream news media aside for a moment, one American General seems to believe otherwise, at least where the U. S. is concerned.

U. S. General: Existential threat to America
Real threat? Or the U. S. Gov't keeping us convinced that we need it?

Of course, once such statements reach the mainstream media, and so quickly after the IS threat finally gained any attention, one should be suspicious. As far as I am concerned, we still do not know who is behind the creation of the current incarnation of the Islamic State, let alone who is funding it. What is clear is, though, is that the Islamic State is a threat.

When Amos Yadlin says that "...IDF would have less trouble eliminating Islamic State terrorists than Hamas operatives hiding in Gaza hospitals," he fails to mention that in order to eliminate IS terrorists, one actually has to make a decision to do so, which is not something we should hold our breath for, when we are talking about the Israeli Government.

Perhaps IS is a blessing in disguise, in very deep disguise. Perhaps this will be what is needed to wake up those Jews, in Israel, in the U. S., everywhere else, who are still asleep or in deep denial as to the various threats breathing over their shoulders in the Golah (the Exile).

Jews in France have been waking up more and more, but not just because of the Muslim violence and Jew hatred, but also because they have been seeing and experiencing first-hand just how insufficient the response to has been to the Muslims by the French Government.

Liberal Jews around the world and even the Israeli Government, still insists on differentiating between "These Arabs" and "Those Arabs." When IS starts to o after Shi'ite Muslims, such as Hezbollah, it will seem that it is doing us a favor. But when Hamas joins IS, when Jordan falls, and its "Pseudostinian" majority is forced to choose sides, and when "secular" Fatah in Yehudah and Shomron (Judea and Samaria) falls, it will be too late to surface from such deep denial.

May The Holy One, Blessed Be He guide and save Am Yisra'el from its enemies, and from its own [Western/"progressive"/assimilationist] galuth mentality! And may the Islamic State "kick in the pants" not hurt too much!

Haveil Havalim, Post-Ki Teitzei Steamroller Edition Is Up

י״ג לחודש השישי תשע״ד

Tziviah at Adventures In AliyahLand hosts this weeks Jewish-Israeli Blog Round-Up.

It's the Haveil Havalim, post-Ki Teitzei steamroller edition.

Friday, September 05, 2014

American, No More

ערב שבת קודש פר׳ כי תצא תשע״ד

After arriving in Israel 17 years ago, I began doing, or rather redoing, my student teaching in the Tel-Aviv public school system. 

I can still remember one conversation I had with my native Israeli, mentor teacher, as clear as day. She told me that wherever I lived in Israel, I would always be known as “The American,” even 20 years from from then. 

But then she also said that I shouldn’t worry, because even though I would always be known as “The American,” my children would be “Israeli.”

Some consolation, huh?

I wonder what what this mentor teacher of mine would say now, that I am no longer an American. Well, I am no longer an American citizen, anyway. That’s right. Shortly before Passover this year, I renounced my American citizenship. (cont.)

Read the entire article on The Times of Israel. 
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