A light dawns on a former Israeli Dove

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A light dawns on a former Israeli Dove

at Israelly cool there is a seven minute video (that I can’t get the embed code for) where Einat Wilf a for­mer Israeli mod­er­ate explains what changed her posi­tion. Two key quotes

I remem­ber going back from those meet­ing deeply trou­bled think­ing: These are the mod­er­ates, so if these are the mod­er­ates than the con­flict between us is about far more than what I was led to believe.

This was because the Pales­tin­ian “mod­er­ates” while rec­og­niz­ing the real­ity of Israel, sup­ported by a pow­er­ful army did not rec­og­nize any Jew­ish con­nec­tion to the land, to them it was a com­plete fab­ri­ca­tion and they expressed such sen­ti­ments openly.

And com­par­ing her will­ing­ness to rec­og­nize the right of the arabs to self deter­mi­na­tion and their con­nec­tion to the land vs the lack thereof drew her to an inescapable conclusion:

I real­ized they don’t rec­og­nize my right, they rec­og­nized my might, but, what hap­pens the day I no longer have might? They merely rein­forc­ing the notion that I have to con­tinue to have might to sur­vive here.

The dif­fer­ence between the Pales­tini­ans and the Jews is very sim­ple.

If the Pales­tini­ans dis­armed tomor­row, if they got rid of every sin­gle mor­tar, bomb, rocket and sui­cide vest that they used against Israel in that moment there would be peace because the Jews would live their lives and leave the Arab alone to live theirs and if by dis­arm­ing they were threat­ened by some­one like ISIS, Israel would pro­tect them:

“Today, no Arab feels safe in his coun­try,” he said. “Iron­i­cally, the sole excep­tions are Pales­tini­ans in the West Bank because they know Israel will defend them if ISIS attacks. Even in Gaza, most peo­ple secretly believe that Israel is their ulti­mate pro­tec­tion against ISIS fight­ers try­ing to strike roots in the Sinai.”

If Israel dis­armed tomor­row, the war would also be over, but for a dif­fer­ent rea­son. The Arabs would also be alone to live heir lives, but not the Jews because start­ing in that moment the Arabs would begin exter­mi­nat­ing every sin­gle jew from the Jor­dan to the Mediter­ranean until there wasn’t a sin­gle one left.

That’s the real­ity it took Einat Wilf half a life­time to fig­ure out, that the real­ity proved over and over in Europe these days.

Amer­i­can Jews thou­sands of miles away from both Jerusalem and Paris have the lux­ury of ignor­ing this reality.

Ms. Wilf does not have that luxury.

Update: Com­pare and con­trast the jews who come to pray at the Tem­ple Mount & the Arabs who harass them:

Via Elder of Ziyon who notes:

The entire time the Jews are being harassed and screamed at, sim­ply because they are Jew­ish. The Mus­lims aren’t there for prayer or for reflec­tion or even to play ball — their entire lives are focused on try­ing to pre­vent Jews from walk­ing around in peace..

Exit ques­tion. If there was not Israeli “might” there to pro­tect those Jews in prayer, how long would they live?

Update 2: The Harass­ment is not con­fined to Israeli’s:

A del­e­ga­tion of U.S. con­gress­men in Israel was harassed by a large group of Mus­lim men dur­ing a visit to the his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant Tem­ple Mount in Jerusalem on Tues­day, accord­ing to a Jerusalem Post report.

Reps. Trent Franks (R., Ariz.), Keith Roth­fus (R., Penn.), and Evan Jenk­ins (R., W.Va.), who was also joined by his wife, were approached by sev­eral Mus­lim men when they ascended the Tem­ple Mount.

The men were “sur­pris­ingly intol­er­ant and bel­liger­ent,” accord­ing to Rothfus.

Can I get an #unex­pect­edly here?

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My goal for 2015 is Twenty Two grand which will give me a nom­i­nal liv­ing doing this.

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That gets all the bills paid. (includ­ing my writ­ers like Fausta) If I can get to Forty Thou­sand I can afford to travel out­side of New Eng­land and/​or hire me a blog­ger to help me get it done.

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at Israelly cool there is a seven minute video (that I can’t get the embed code for) where Einat Wilf a former Israeli moderate explains what changed her position. Two key quotes

I remember going back from those meeting deeply troubled thinking: These are the moderates, so if these are the moderates than the conflict between us is about far more than what I was led to believe.

This was because the Palestinian “moderates” while recognizing the reality of Israel, supported by a powerful army did not recognize any Jewish connection to the land, to them it was a complete fabrication and they expressed such sentiments openly.

And comparing her willingness to recognize the right of the arabs to self determination and their connection to the land vs the lack thereof drew her to an inescapable conclusion:

I realized they don’t recognize my right, they recognized my might, but, what happens the day I no longer have might? They merely reinforcing the notion that I have to continue to have might to survive here.

The difference between the Palestinians and the Jews is very simple.

If the Palestinians disarmed tomorrow, if they got rid of every single mortar, bomb, rocket and suicide vest that they used against Israel in that moment there would be peace because the Jews would live their lives and leave the Arab alone to live theirs and if by disarming they were threatened by someone like ISIS, Israel would protect them:

“Today, no Arab feels safe in his country,” he said. “Ironically, the sole exceptions are Palestinians in the West Bank because they know Israel will defend them if ISIS attacks. Even in Gaza, most people secretly believe that Israel is their ultimate protection against ISIS fighters trying to strike roots in the Sinai.”

If Israel disarmed tomorrow, the war would also be over, but for a different reason. The Arabs would also be alone to live heir lives, but not the Jews because starting in that moment the Arabs would begin exterminating every single jew from the Jordan to the Mediterranean until there wasn’t a single one left.

That’s the reality it took Einat Wilf half a lifetime to figure out, that the reality proved over and over in Europe these days.

American Jews thousands of miles away from both Jerusalem and Paris have the luxury of ignoring this reality.

Ms. Wilf does not have that luxury.

Update: Compare and contrast the jews who come to pray at the Temple Mount & the Arabs who harass them:

Via Elder of Ziyon who notes:

The entire time the Jews are being harassed and screamed at, simply because they are Jewish. The Muslims aren’t there for prayer or for reflection or even to play ball – their entire lives are focused on trying to prevent Jews from walking around in peace..

Exit question. If there was not Israeli “might” there to protect those Jews in prayer, how long would they live?

Update 2: The Harassment is not confined to Israeli’s:

A delegation of U.S. congressmen in Israel was harassed by a large group of Muslim men during a visit to the historically significant Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Tuesday, according to a Jerusalem Post report.

Reps. Trent Franks (R., Ariz.), Keith Rothfus (R., Penn.), and Evan Jenkins (R., W.Va.), who was also joined by his wife, were approached by several Muslim men when they ascended the Temple Mount.

The men were “surprisingly intolerant and belligerent,” according to Rothfus.

Can I get an #unexpectedly here?

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Normally I wouldn’t put it this way but right, with a car falling apart, a floor that needs to be torn up and some big debts I’m really in a bind and I’d really appreciate it if you can give me a hand getting out of it.





My goal for 2015 is Twenty Two grand which will give me a nominal living doing this.

Olimometer 2.52

That gets all the bills paid. (including my writers like Fausta)  If I can get to Forty Thousand I can afford to travel outside of New England and/or hire me a blogger to help me get it done.

Consider Subscribing 100 Subscribers at $20 a month will get the job done and then some.


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Additionally our subscribers get our podcast emailed directly to them before it show up anywhere else.

If you could kick in I’d really appreciate it.