Monday, May 31, 2010

IDF vs. Gaza Flotilla

I've been inundated by people asking for my opinion of today's events, so I'm placing my comments on the blog for your perusal, your responses are welcomed. My only request is that you respond only after you've read all the way to the very end.

Above is a photo of a "peace?" activist brandishing a very frightening looking knife on one of the ships that Israeli Defense forces boarded earlier today. Regrettably, it appears that 9 individuals died for their ignoble cause.

It will definitely help put things into context by watching the following videos carefully:

So a bunch of "peace?" activists decide to break the blockade of Gaza, implemented by Israel and Egypt to prevent Hamas from obtaining weapons and/or the raw materials that are used to manufacture weapons that are used to terrorize more than 1 million people that live in a 20-mile radius around Gaza. As you may remember, in January 2007, I had the most unpleasant experience of being forced to dive into my own bomb-shelter when the arabs started firing long range Grad missiles at us, the House of Sun is only 24-miles from Gaza as the crow flies.

The arabs could end this blockade very easily. All they have to do is sign a piece of paper that says that they recognize the right of Jews to govern themselves in the 8,000 sq miles of land popularly known as Israel (and by the way, that's 8,000 out of the 3,000,000 sq miles shared by the countries that immediately surround us). And one other thing: they have to NOT teach their children that it is a holy mission to kill Joooos. For those of you who have visited us, you know how disturbing it is to turn on the tele every single morning and see educational programming that teaches arab kids how to kill Jooos, preferred methods involve shooting, slitting throats and beheading. And every single Friday morning, you can turn on your tele or radio and hear the imams preaching from the mosques. The typical muslim "Shabbat" sermon consists of ugly, nauseating, violent, murderous calls to kill Jooos, and it's broadcast over the air for free - you don't need to pay for cable to have the displeasure of hearing this stuff day after day, week after week etc.

Interestingly, one of the ships in the Gaza Flotilla is named after the late Rachel Corrie. Here is my favorite photo of her, it's a photo of her teaching young arab children how to emit blood-curdling screams while burning effigies of American Flags. She also called herself a "peace?" activist. The photo is quite flattering, wouldn't you agree?

OK, back to the topic at hand. The blockade of Gaza has brought peace and quiet to these parts, in the last year the arabs have fired only about 50 rockets at us, compared to 4,700 rockets during 2005/2006. And bear in mind that Egypt enforces the blockade from their side of the border as well.

What does the blockade mean to the average Gazan? Well, as far as we can see, the Gazan supermarkets are fully stocked and the kids are splashing around in swimming pools filled with crystal clear water. Don't believe me? You can see the videos on YouTube yourself. There isn't a single Gazan that goes to bed hungry. UNWRA has seen to that for over 60 years, they are the agency of the UN that is responsible for keeping these people perpetually impoverished so that they can keep their own self-perpetuating jobs for another 100 years.

Recent photos of Gazans shopping
(Click on the photos to enlarge)

Gazans shopping in the market.

In fact, food, fuel, medical supplies, clothing and all types of consumer goods flow into Gaza every day through the Gaza border crossings. The one basic and very necessary rule is that Israeli security personnel inspect every truck that enters Gaza for things like: steel tubing and fertilizer used to manufacture rockets, weapons of every sort, and yes - cement. You see, the main use for cement in Gaza is to build smuggling tunnels into Egypt which are used to bring in weapons, rockets and missiles which are launched at my house and my kids schools.

So Turkey, who used to be the lords of this land up until about 90 years ago, seem to have been the instigators of this flotilla PR campaign. A bunch of "peace?" activists (note the quotation marks) were determined to break the Israeli/Egyptian blockade of Gaza by sailing a flotilla of vessels to Gaza laden with "humanitarian" aid. Israel repeatedly said that it was a fine idea, so long as the boats docked at Ashdod so that the cargo could be inspected for weapons and then trucked into Gaza along with the other 10,000 tons of goods and fuel that are routinely trucked into Gaza every single day. The flotilla organizers were repeatedly and clearly warned from the very start that their boats would not be permitted to dock in Gaza to unload without inspection. The flotilla organizers were adamant that they would break the blockade, stating that they would not succumb to/recognize the authority of the Zionist occupiers of the holy arab lands (i.e. Israel) and that they were prepared to pay the ultimate price in the process.

This morning, when the flotilla reached 60 or 40 km from the coast of Israel (not clear on the distance), they were met by the Israeli navy who clearly communicated that they had three choices: Either (a) voluntarily turn back, or (b) voluntarily sail to the port of Ashdod to unload their cargo for inspection after which it would be trucked to it's intended destination, or (c) Israeli forces would board the vessels and force them to sail to Ashdod.

So they picked choice (c). Now mind you, when you watch the videos of the Israeli Navy commandos landing on the decks (see links above), the guns that they are carrying are: Paintball guns. The only real weapons that they are carrying are handguns. The Israeli Naval force had communicated clearly and unambiguously to the flotilla organizers that when the Israeli forces would land, it was for the purpose of having a friendly chat and to try to convince them to accept options (a) or (b). As you can see, when the Israeli forces landed on deck, they were met with some rather violent "peace?" activists. Those "peace?" activists simply flunked the course in civil disobedience that I'm sure they were required to take before they set sail.

As the videos demonstrate vividly, those violent "peace?" activists were determined to kill as many of those young Israeli security forces as they possibly could. One of those young boys could have been my own son (ooops - did I forget the conflict-of-interest disclaimer? Sorry 'bout that...). And they didn't use just knives and metal rods, they shot live ammunition, threw stun grenades and firebombs. Looks to me like a rather violent bunch of "peace?" loving humanitarians.

If you took the time to view the 3rd video clip (links above), I think it speaks for itself. It's footage of the "peace?" activists holding a pep rally on the ship the day before. The song that they are chanting, ‘Khaybar’ recounts the slaughter of Jews by Muslims in the 7th century which is used as a rallying cry to kill Jooos today. Folks, you just can't make this stuff up - see the video links above.

And now for the thrilling conclusion that you've all been waiting for:

Was it necessary to stop the flotilla from docking in Gaza without inspection. You betcha, no question about it, 100% fer sure.

Does Israel have the right to board a ship to inspect for weapons? I have no idea, I never studied international law, whatever the heck that is !!?!?!?

Did Israel's best strategists come up with the best possible plan to stop the flotilla?

Not even close.

What a disappointment.

The Israeli Defense Forces had weeks and weeks of advance notice, more than adequate time to sit around and come up with a workable plan.

And they simply flunked.

I would like to know who these pea-brained mentally deficient so called "Senior" defense strategists are !!!

I don't know much about boats, but I'm sure that there are a variety of ways to disable a boat without dropping commandos onto the deck from helicopters?

For crying out load, they could have dropped divers into the water with nets that would tangle up the propellers. Or I'm sure there is some way to cut off the fuel supply to the engine, or to electronically interfere with the engines or SOMETHING like that? If you Google it, you can come up with like 14,504 ideas. It can't be that difficult.

And if it really was necessary to drop commandos directly onto the deck, then why didn't they first drop tear-gas canisters from the helicopters to force people below deck?

Give me a break! I want to know which, pardon my language, COMPLETELY RETARDED military "strategists" came up with this stupid plan, and I want to see them dismissed immediately and without a freakin pension! They need to pay for this complete and total stupidity.

What happened to the Israel Defense Forces of yesteryear? Where is the IDF of the brilliant Six-day war, of the raid on Entebbe, of the Osirak nuclear reactor bombing???

A guy wants to go to bed at night confident that the IDF has what it takes to keep him safe. Let's be frank -> if the arabs had the ability, they wouldn't hesitate to murder every single one of us, including all the Jooo-ish lefties that cry for them every day.

How disappointing to recount the IDF's failure after failure after failure over the last five years. There needs to be an immediate and full inquiry into this matter, to identify those at fault, and to replace them with creative people who actually know what they are doing.

OK then, I've said my piece... now we are open for comments!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Shavouth - 5770

1. What will happen is, when you enter the land which God, your God is giving you as an inheritance, you should take possession of it and settle in it.

2. Then (when the land is fully settled) you should take some of the first (to ripen) from every fruit of the ground, which you gather in from your land, that God, your God is giving you. You should put it into a basket and go to the place which God, your God, will choose to make His Name rest there.

3. You should come to the Cohen who is present in (your times, whatever caliber he may be), and say to him: "I am declaring today to God, your God, that I have come to the land which God swore to our fathers to give us."

4. The Cohen will take the basket from your hand (and wave it together with you). He will then place it before the Altar of God, your God.

5. You should (hold the basket and) say out loud before God, your God:

"An Aramean (Lavan) wanted to destroy my father (Ya'akov and his sorrows did not stop there, because) he went down to Egypt and lived there in a small (family) group (of seventy souls). But he became a great, powerful and populous nation there."

6. "The Egyptians treated us cruelly and afflicted us, and they imposed hard labor on us."

7. "We cried out to God, God of our fathers, and God heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil and our oppression."

8. "God brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm, with great awe, and with signs and wonders."

9. "He brought us to this site (of the Holy Temple), and He gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey."

10. "I have now brought here the first fruit of the ground which you, God, have given to me."

You should (wave the basket once again, and) place it before God, your God. Then prostrate yourself before God, your God.

11. Then you will rejoice with all the good that God, your God, has granted you and your household - (both) you, the Levite, and the convert who is among you.

(Devarim Chap 26)


Wishing a joyous and meaningful Shavouth to all !

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Our 4th Anniversary

Last week on the 24th of Tammuz we marked the fourth anniversary of our Aliyah to this small country on the sunny shores of the Eastern Mediterranean.

We are currently in the 9-day period leading to Tisha B’Av, a day of national mourning, the day on which Hashem’s house was destroyed and our nation was exiled, not once but twice. Every calamity that has occurred to us since then is a direct consequence of those events.

When it happened to Hashem’s first house, the exile lasted only 70 years. A group of exiles then returned and rebuilt his house a second time, but the degree of holiness within it was diminished greatly compared to the first.

When Hashem’s second house was destroyed, the great sages who witnessed it wrote it all down in a book, and that book (the Gemara) is widely available today for all of us to read in plain, simple English.

Those eyewitnesses tell us that in the case of his second house, Hashem was far more disappointed with his children. They had done deeds to one another even more evil than the generation of the first destruction; therefore the sages probably guessed that the second exile would be longer than the first.

Seeing these events through the eyes of these eye-witnesses. I don't think they ever expected that this exile would last so long. Heck, the first one was only 70 years, so they probably figured the second one would be like 200 years, not 2000 !!!

Consider this: G-d sent Jeremiah to the people to tell them that he was not happy with their behavior and he would give them plenty of time to mend their ways. After a long time, seeing that not many were flocking to take him up on the offer, G-d warned that trouble would come from the North in the form of the armies of Babylon. So what did the people do? Did they take the warning to heart and repent? Nope, instead, they ran to their arch-enemies the Assyrians and the Egyptians to sign mutual defense pacts in the hope of being able to defeat a Babylonian invasion. What were these people thinking? Did they really think that that would help?

When you read about these events in history books, it’s frequently something like “The First Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE, and the Second was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE.” They make it sound like, well, just history.

You visualize the evil, nasty Babylonians on the march, on their way to conquer the holy city and to declare war against G-d. Ditto for the Romans. Those naughty, naughty generals, Nebuchadnezzar and Titus, naughty boys they were. For them it was all about wealth, power and glory.

Actually, it turns out that Nebuchadnezzar and Titus didn’t really have much of a choice in the matter. G-d was really, really disappointed with his children. He gave them so much, and they rebelled against him. They worshipped idols, they behaved badly towards one another, and they broke almost every rule in the book. Time and time again he was willing to give second chances, over and over and over. But finally, his children fell so, so low that he needed to send them out of the palace for a while so they would, hopefully, take stock of their deeds and would finally come to understand the purpose for which they were created.

So, G-d looked around at all the nations on Earth to find leaders with the biggest egos, guys like Nebuchadnezzar and Titus, and all he had to do was whisper a suggestion ever so gently into their ears. Although these guys thought they were really great stuff, they were nothing more than G-d’s agents, carrying out his will, and nothing more. Shortly thereafter, they and their empires crumbled and faded away. There is a lesson in that, and it should give us hope.

Berachot 3a: (written around 1800 years ago):

It was taught in a Baraisa: Rabbi Yosi said: I was once traveling on the road and I entered one of the ruins of Jerusalem to pray. Elijah (the prophet) who is remembered for good, came for me at the entrance (to the ruin) until I finished my prayer. After I finished my prayer, Elijah said to me: “Peace unto you my teacher”, and I responded to him: “Peace unto you, my teacher and master.” And he said to me: My son, for what reason did you enter this ruin (and place yourself in a state of danger)? I said to him: To pray. And he said to me: You should have prayed on the road (and not have entered the ruin). And I said to him: (I did not pray on the road for) I was afraid that passerby might interrupt me. And he said to me: (In that case) you should have prayed the short prayer. At that time I learned from Elijah (the following) three things: I learned that one should not enter a ruin, and I learned that one may pray on the road, and I learned that one who prays while on the road should pray the short prayer.

The Artscroll Gemara provides the following comment in the name of R’ Yaakov ibn Chaviv, the original compiler of the Ein Yaakov:

Rabbi Yosi entered the ruin to pray for the rebuilding of the Beit Hamikdash, and prayed so intensely that it caused Elijah the prophet to appear and ask him: My son, for what reason did you enter this ruin? What he was asking is: Why have you delved into this matter with such intensity? Are you perhaps questioning the justice of G-d’s ways? Rabbi Yosi answered: No, I entered only to pray for the quick restoration of the temple. Elijah answered him: You should have prayed on the road, meaning the time has not yet come for the restoration and the return of the exiles. You should therefore have devoted the main part of your prayer to the safe passage of Israel on the long and bitter road of its exile. Rabbi Yosi responded: I was afraid that passerby might interrupt me, meaning I was afraid that the nations of the world, who constantly persecute the people of G-d, would make it impossible for Israel to complete its journey through the exile as faithful servants to him. Elijah responded that even so: You should have prayed the short prayer, meaning our prayers on the matter should be full of intensity, yet short, for if we were to cry in full over all the tragedies of the exile, our lives would be completely consumed to this task and no time and energy would be left to build, support and make Israel flourish despite her many woes.

Returning to the Gemara:

And Elijah said to me: What sound did you hear (when you were) in this ruin? And I said to him: I heard a heavenly voice that was cooing like a dove and saying: Woe to the sons because of whose sins I destroyed my house and burned my temple and exiled them among the nations (of the world). And Elijah said to me: By your life and the life of your head! It is not only at this moment that (the heavenly voice) says this, but on each and every day it says this three times, and not only this, but at the time that (the people of) Israel enter the synagogues and houses of study and respond (in the Kaddish): “May His (G-d’s) great name be blessed", the Holy One, blessed is he, shakes his head and says: Fortunate is the king who is praised this way in his house. What is there for the father who has exiled his sons? And woe to the sons who have been exiled from their father’s table.

So tell me, do you know what exile is?

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Am I Xenophobic or What?

We are fast coming up on the first anniversary of Lebanon II, next week I plan to post some of what I wrote in my journal way back when, so stay tuned for a painful stroll down memory lane.

Today, I sense the storm clouds of our next disaster in the making: Sudanese refugees have been crossing into Egypt, crossing the Sinai Desert and trickling over the border into our small country on the sunny shores of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Just go to Google and enter "Israel Sudan Refugees" and you'll see what I mean.

When it began earlier this year, it was just a handful of hearty souls that survived the trek across the hundreds of kilometers of Sinai desert. When they arrived in Israel, they were picked up by the army, detained for a while, had their pictures on the front page of the papers and were eventually granted asylum. Today, they are happily working in Eilat in the hotel industry while Sudanese refugee children are happily learning in the Israeli school system.

So what's the problem? Now that word has gotten back to the folks in the old country that this is a great place to be, the trickle of illegal border-crossers is becoming a steady stream. All of a sudden, we've gone from having 200 Sudanese refugees to over 2000 !

Unless we take decisive action now, within months we will be caring for 10's of thousands of these people. These are non-Islamic peoples being chased out of their country by marauding militias of Muslim countrymen and Arab instigators. Those fleeing find no sympathy in Egypt, who in turn point them to our border and tell them to try their luck with the Jews.

Once again, the Arab world creates a problem, and then lays it at the feet of the Jews, who are expected to solve it single-handedly. I say that Egypt as Sudans's nearest neighbor has two choices: Either send their army into Sudan to make it safe for the refugees to return, or set up refugee camps for them in some corner of Sinai. Heck, they've got plenty of room for it: At 61,000 km sq, the Sinai is almost triple the size of our small country on the sunny shores of the Eastern Mediterranean.

So what do you think. Am I behaving like a flaming Xenophobic? Leave a comment and let me know!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

The Fourth of July

Son: Mom, do we have a Fourth of July in our small country on the sunny shores of the Eastern Mediterranean?

Mom: Of course we do! It's the day between the Third and the Fifth.


To all of our friends in the land of the free and the home of the brave: Happy 4th!

Today also marks the 31st anniversary of the daring raid on Entebbe. Want to relive it? Click on this link to the BBC, and you can see the actual video of the news from that day:

Link to the BBC - Click Here

So here's the thing: The world began to learn of the rescue by 8:00 PM New York time on Saturday July 3rd, 1976. I imagine that it was on the front page of the New York Daily News on Sunday morning. I recall following the drama as it unfolded during the previous week, just as I had followed the Massacre at the Munich Olympics in '72, but in the case of Entebbe, my visual database is missing an entry. If anyone out there happens to have a copy of the Daily News from that day, I would love to see it.

I do remember getting up early on that Sunday July 4th morning and taking a ride on my bicycle along a good length of the Belt Parkway. The highway was closed in the vicinity of the Verrazano Bridge so that spectators could stand and view the tall ships sailing in New York Harbor for the Bicentennial "Operation Sail".

Later that day, we had a family outing to lower Manhattan, where we took an early evening stroll past Federal Hall and made our way down to the tip of Battery Park to see the spectacular fireworks.

I had just turned 16 and would be entering my senior year of high school that fall. Up until that day, some of the major events that probably shaped my young, mostly empty mind were:

  • Summer 1973 - My Bar-Mitzvah (aka Emancipation from Hebrew school)
  • Fall 1973 - Yom Kippur War (where the heck is the Suez Canal anyway?)
  • Spring 1974 - Arab Oil Embargo (Dad and I wait in line to buy gas)
  • Summer 1974 - Nixon resigns (watched the hearings all day long, didn't understand a thing)
  • Spring 1975 - Saigon falls, end of war in Vietnam (didn't want to be in the army anyway)
  • Summer 1975 - The movie Jaws kept me off the beach
  • Winter 1975 - Spanish dictator Francisco Franco dies (as reported weekly on Saturday Night Live)
  • Summer 1976 - American Bicentennial
  • Fall 1976 - Jimmy Carter elected President

I know that my Dad remembers his 16th birthday well. The US had dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, thus officially ending World War II. He was making his way from Brighton 6th Street to Abraham Lincoln High School every day, just like I would be doing 30 years later.

I do remember feeling particularly patriotic that summer. I remember a family summer vacation to Washington D.C. around that time (was it also '76? I don't remember).

Well that was some mighty fine reminiscing, eh? Have a good one!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

World War III - Jews, Arabs and Oil

I got mail from my Dad! He saw Fouad Ajami's Op-Ed in the NY Times titled "Brothers to the Bitter End" on June 19th, and wanted to know what I thought. It's an opinion piece, written by an Arab, critical of Arabs. I'm sure the Arabs are seething and will disregard it as the work of a deranged self-hating Arab.

Who is Fouad Ajami? According to Wikipedia, he was born in Lebanon, the son of Shiites who migrated from Iran in the 1850's. In 1973 Ajami joined the political science department of Princeton University, making a name for himself there as a vocal supporter of Palestinian self-determination. He is today the Director of the Middle East Studies Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University.

Here's a link to his piece at the International Herald Tribune (the NY Times has already archived it in the "Pay Per View" section):

I read it, and this is the reply that I sent to my Dad:


June 20, 2007

Hi Dad -

He gives a rarely seen glimpse of the truth, I'm surprised the Times agreed to publish it. You should already know that in the past, the Times has very rarely blamed the Palis for their own ills, and they rarely blame the Arab world for perpetuating the misery in the first place. Consider a person, if one existed, who has received their news exclusively from the Times for the last 20 years and from no other source. That person would have no choice but to believe that all Palestinian violence is a natural reaction to unprovoked Israeli aggression and the tyranny of Israeli occupation. The blame has been laid solely at the feet of the Jews, who are not only accused of creating the problem single-handedly, but are expected to fix it by giving and giving until there is nothing left to give.

The position of the European Union, and all the leftist movements, and by intellectual unions all over the world (e.g. boycotts of Israel in the last few weeks by major UK academic and labor unions) is to prevent the creation of a two-state solution. Rather, they want to see a single bi-national state in which the Jews would live as a minority under Islamic rule.

Where they are concerned, this wish is motivated largely by pure anti-semitism. However, they are in fact naive accomplices in an even larger geo-political struggle: Over the next 20 years, the greatest global conflict in the history of human civilisation will not be about water or global warming. Instead, it will be a struggle between the US, Europe, Russia and China to control the world's oil supply. The most natural opening move in this game will be to gain the favor of the Arabs. At first, none of the powers will want to be seen as the bully, therefore they will work to appease the Arabs together. In order to satisfy China's insatiable oil thirst while leaving some for the rest of the world, the Arabs must be persuaded to increase production. The pressure to deliver a prize will become unbearable, and the world will have no choice but to offer the Jews as a sacrifice.

As we know from history, the effectiveness of appeasement is short-lived. Other economic and power factors will influence the actors, and there will be a need to wrest control of Arab oil from the Arabs. However, this will not be an altruistic one-for-all all-for-one undertaking. The struggle for economic and political dominance must produce one winner. That is simply human nature.

Armies will invade, nuclear missiles will fly. It will not be a pretty scene.

Then, as now, few in the US will look back and see that the last 30 years were completely squandered. In all that time, virtually no progress was made to find an alternative to oil. The masses remained addicted to the opiate of cheap oil, the auto industry churned out enormous gas-guzzlers without improving fuel economy in any significant way, nuclear energy was villanized, the population expanded over 20%, average home sizes doubled, bringing in turn a doubling of heating and cooling costs. The US economy, critically dependent on consumption to sustain itself, needs tremendous amounts of energy. Does anyone in the US ever think about where it all comes from?

Back to the OP-ED, I could add dozens of points that he left out, but it would be futile. It is pointless to look at the Israeli-Arab conflict under a microscope. It won't matter. Watch the news over the next month, three months, six months, one year, two years, five years and you will clearly see appeasement from every corner.

Of course, I have my own cunning plan to save the world from itself, but that's a topic for another email!

Regards and Love to all,


Monday, June 25, 2007

Hang in there Gilad

Today is the first anniversary of the abduction and kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, who still sits and waits for freedom somewhere in the bowels of Gaza.

Here's what I wrote in my journal around that time, one year ago, in my pre-blogging days:


June 2006

So you think that the problems of the Middle East will be solved if Israel cedes land to the Arabs?

Today we are only getting a little taste of what happens when we try to trade land for peace.

Immediately after we withdrew from Gaza last summer, the Arabs began firing rockets over the border into schools and living rooms in surrounding Jewish towns.

Today we have something new: Islamic rats are digging kilometer long tunnels under the border to murder and kidnap Jews.

The entire Gazan border is maybe 30 miles long. Imagine what would happen if Israel bowed to world pressure and pulled back to the 1948 armistice line (known as the Green line). That would create a winding, convoluted border of 240+ miles, leaving 60% of Israeli Jews living in a narrow 10-mile wide coastal plain wedged between the sea to the west and mountains on the Green-line to the east. Imagine the trouble and heartache that we would suffer from snipers, rockets, missiles and whatever stuff the Arabs manage to get their hands on!

Let me make it simple for all who don't understand: The Arabs are not fighting for land and justice. They are fighting to spread Islam and the rule of Sharia law through every corner of the world. They will not stop until Israel is completely destroyed, then they will march on to conquer Europe, and then the US and beyond.

To all of you in the "give them what they want and they'll leave us alone" camp, consider this: If you give them what they want then you may soon be reading the Koran with your morning coffee rather than the Washington Post.


That's what I wrote one year ago. In the year since, the Arabs have fired hundreds of rockets at Sderot, southern Ashkelon and the western Negev, making normal life impossible for tens of thousands of ordinary people. Last week, Hamas kicked Fatah's butt out of Gaza and will shortly turn it into an Islamic mini-state ruled by Sharia law.

When I wrote my journal entry last year, I referred to the fact that 60% of the Jewish population of the country lives in a narrow 10-mile wide strip wedged between the sea on one side and the Samarian mountain range on the other. When I made that comment, I had in mind a certain memory that I'd like to share with you:

In January 1995 I was sitting in a doctors waiting room flipping through the pages of Newsweek . I skimmed an article about the Siege of Sarajevo. The bombardment of Sarajevo began in April 1992 after the breakup of Yugoslavia. The city is surrounded by mountains, as you may recall from the scenes of the Winter Olympics that were held there in 1984. During the siege of the city, snipers in the surrounding heights kilometers away, fired mercilessly at anything that moved in the city below, and hundreds of shells were fired into the city every day, destroying 35,000 buildings. By the time that NATO military intervention and the Dayton accords ended the siege three years later, 12,000 people in the city were dead, 50,000 injured.

What I remember so vividly was the photo that accompanied the article. In it, a young boy 8 or 9 years old lay sprawled face down in a giant pool of his own blood in a playground, a soccer ball resting at his feet.

I wondered then how much hate a Serbian sniper needed in order to put a bullet through the heart of a little boy playing soccer.

Looking at that photograph, I thought of a different small country on the sunny shores of the Eastern Mediterranean, where just 28 years earlier, snipers hidden in the commanding hills above fired on boys playing ball in fields below.

So people, lets have a show of hands: Who is in favor of giving the high ground to the Arabs?

Keep doing those acts of kindness folks, it's the only solution!