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Jul 23, 2014

John Kerry risks it all for peace

US Secretary of State John Kerry is a very daring man. He is willing to risk it all for the sake of a possible ceasefire.

After the FAA decided it was too dangerous to fly to Israel and therefore grounded all flights (interesting that they haven't grounded flights to the Ukraine - where two planes were actually shot out of the air), John kerry said that would not stop him, and he today flew to Israel.

John Kerry was willing to take the very serious risk of having his airplane shot out of the sky by a missile, for the sake of peace.

Thank you for your determination, Mr. Kerry.


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Picture of the Day



A generous person from Netivot, Tomer Sagron, heard that the soldiers fighting in gaza have not had the opportunity to shower in a few days. He went down to the border with a truck and massive tanks of water, and set up a field shower for soldiers...


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the Hamas victory in the sky

the real Hamas victory over Israel as a result of the FAA flight cancellation is that the the Israeli skies are empty, while the skies over Gaza are full of airplanes (F16s) flying..

oh wait

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Abbas sends his family to live abroad


News reports are saying that President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas has sent his family over to Jordan, to be out of harms way over here in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

There has been a lot of scoffing because of the news report. Look at what kind of a leader he is, sending away his family to safety while everyone else is stuck here suffering...

I have 2 comments:

1. what suffering were they worried about? The conflict is in gaza, not Ramallah and Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank). Do they know something we do not? is the conflict going to expand for some reason? what were they afraid of?

2. I think he is a great leader. I think he did the right thing sending away his people. I thought all his followers should follow suit and, on their own free will, choose to leave the country and go live elsewhere. If enough of his followers follow his example, many of the problems in the Middle East will be solved by default.



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mir yeshiva guys making tzitzis for soldiers (video)

somebody donated tzitzis for soldiers fighting in Gaza. yeshiva guys from the Mir Yeshiva are spending their breaks tying the new tzitzis.




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Howard Stern Talks About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (video)

obscenity alert...




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PM Netanyahu presents to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Rockets and operating methods of Hamas (video)








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2 American IDF Soldeirs Killed (video)






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Aliyah Under Fire (video)






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Jul 22, 2014

The funeral of lone soldier Sean Carmeli, hy"d

a guest post by Shifra Goldmeier

Thousands of people all going the same way. It was like Meron on Lag Baomer. But there was no singing, no music, no dancing. It was silent.  I guess it wasn’t really like Meron at all. Everyone pushing forward, under the sweltering heat of the sun. Only there was no sun. If you looked up all you could see was the dark of night, yet the heat bore down on us like midday.
the body of Sean being transported
 to the cemetery, as it drove right by me


And then the tekkes began. But tekkes was not the right word. This was not a tekkes.  A tekkes is something you come to watch. No one here was a spectator. Everyone had come to honor their son, and mourn his loss. This was a family member’s funeral – not a tekkes.

The silence was deafening, and only when they began with the first two announcements did I realize how quiet it was. Please shut off your cell phones. But it wasn’t a tekkes and there was no need for that announcement. For the past 15 minutes as we walked towards the kever I did not hear one cell phone ring – just silence.  You don’t leave your phone on at a family member’s funeral.

The second announcement reminded us why we were here… “In the case of a siren, please drop to the floor and cover your heads”. We were at war, and still are. At every revving of a distant motor cycle you could hear gasps  as people hesitated before deciding that it was not the fearful siren.

And then they began. The collective intake of breath as they announced the father would say kaddish. Of course the father would say kaddish – it’s a funeral – that is how it works. But hearing the words was too much for the crowd, as the silence broke for the first time with sighs, and moans and sympathetic ‘tsk’s. The “Amen”s were as loud and as heartfelt of any rosh hashana or yom kippur service I had ever heard. They were loud and clear, short and no-nonsense. Yelled by the men and women, in and out of uniform, as a solider would say “yes-sir” to a commanding officer.  They weren’t  melodious or pretty. The Amen’s were real.

And then the eulogies. And the pain. And the mourning of loss of potential. And the stories of the amazing and beloved young man that will never…

A father is not meant to bury a child. This was so wrong.

My view was mostly one of the backs of the people in front of me. If dress code defines you- everyone was there. My grandmother has many sayings – one is “if at first you don’t succeed – try, try again. I never thought I would be repeating that to myself at a funeral as I tried again and again to get closer to the kever. But her mantra got me through. There I saw something I had never seen at a funeral before – a Shrine. Like the ones you see on the news after a shooting. You know the ones with the flowers and the teddy bears. His grave was covered with flags and wreaths of flowers and bouquets and candles and a hat and a note….and it was beautiful…and it was sad.
Sean's grave
Watching his father with his head in his hands. Seeing his girlfriend being helped away in a state of shock and then in a moment of clarity , crying out “ I will not leave him!” So much love. So much lost.

Then the spontaneous singing of the Hatikva. It came out more like a dirge than the anthem it is meant to be. It was raw, it was passionate, it was real, and it was another reminder of why we were here.

And the pushing as each of the thousands of people wanted to kiss the kever and say thank you, and say good bye. This need for “thank you”s and goodbye did not stem from a lifelong relationship or even a casual one. It stemmed from the deep desire to take leave of a family member, even one you never met. There were no words of anger or frustration and the mass of sweaty and tired people tried to reach the kever at the same time. No one wanted to leave. The silence reigned.  









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PM Netanyahu makes the rounds on international media (video)



CNN


Fox News


NBC


another Fox News



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PSA: War-Time Support & Information Line in English



War-Time Support & Information Line in English

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Huckabee Tells The Truth About Israel (video)






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Bennet: we wont stop until we reach our goals (video)






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IDF soldiers singing and dancing on Gaza border (video)

keep that morale high!




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Rabbi Fass to new olim, during and despite Protective Edge (video)






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