Child Martyrs in the making – first lesson in Gaza

 Yesterday,  Reuters filed a report, about one of the released female terrorists addressing school children in Gaza:

Tomorrow's Martyrs! ( photo:

“I hope you will walk the same path we took and God willing, we will see some of you as martyrs,” Wafa al-Biss (1) told dozens of children who came to her home in the northern Gaza Strip.”

“The children cheered and waved Palestinian flags and chanted: “We will give souls and blood to redeem the prisoners. We will give souls and blood for you, Palestine.” 

This is a great example of  “out of the mouths of babes……” , and shows that peace with Hamas is, probably, impossible.

The video, below, is an example of what happened in the past when the children were brainwashed in this way.

The Palestinian  PR machine should try to explain this to the world.

Of course, it will not, because it has no need to.

Even if the world heard, and took the words at face value, it would simply shrug and mumble some justification, and look the other way.

She was not the only former prisoner to express such opinions. Many others followed the same line.

For sure these words will translate into actions in due course.

So now is not the time to lift the blockade on Gaza.

Living is not so difficult there, despite the best efforts of the propagandists, and their apologist supporters, to convey a different message. Around 300 trucks transport supplies every day, and have been doing so for months. Together with the smuggled goods, Gaza now has food and other necessities in abundance.

They have the leadership they deserve, which they freely voted into power.

They simply need to be left alone to live with the consequences!

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(1) She was caught with 10 kilos of explosive sewn into her underwear on her way to a suicide bombing mission.

Soroka Medical Center

Soroka Medical Centre- Be'er Sheva, Israel.

The bizarre irony is, that her target was Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva. And in particular, the medical staff who had treated her over a period of 3 months, for burns she sustained in an accident at home.

Click on this Video to see the tragic effect of the Palestinian brainwashing of their children:


Gilad Shalit – Myth and Reality

The tears of joy today will turn into the tears of sorrow tomorrow.

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Demonstration for Gilad Shalit

There are times when one needs to see through the media hype . The exchange of Gilad Shalit for a reported 1027 Palestinian prisoners is one of them.

The debate which has been raging in Israel over the years since Gilad’s abduction has not ended with this deal.

The problem never was the need for him to be freed.

The problem was always the price.

Understandably, for his family no price was too high. But what of the national interest?

The Israeli Leadership has fought with this dilemma since the first kidnapping in 1970.

With all the declarations of principle and bluster, the fact is that there is no occasion that the demands of the terrorists have not been met.

Of course, with face saving declarations that the outcome was a victory for both sides.

This case is no exception. So far, the published explanations of “why now” do not seem logical. The final deal is basically the deal that was demanded soon after Gilad’s capture.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Netanyahu

I am not alone in suspecting that all is not what it appears on the surface.

When Prime Ministers find the accumulation of problems overwhelming, they often seek the “grand gesture”.

The classic example was Ariel Sharon and the withdrawal from Gaza. The list of Netanyahu‘s problems starts with trying to satisfy the world’s demands over negotiations with Abbas. Then comes the “social justice” debacle, the doctor’s strike, the threatened “Day of Action” for agency workers, and the relationship with Turkey, Egypt and America.  And the list goes on.

What better time to agree to the terms for the release of Gilad Shalit? The ensuing euphoria will buy him at least 2 to 3 weeks respite.

As the old dictum states: “a week is a long time in politics”.

How long the honeymoon lasts may depend on the response of those whose loved ones were murdered by some of the terrorists being freed.

There is talk of High Court action. Given the political complexion of the court, and past precedent, they will not interfere, so this will come to nothing.

For some reason, the media have not yet focused on the plight of the real victims here.

Those who suffered bereavement, and those who will suffer in the future, these are the victims.

There is a popular quotation that “he who saves a single life is as if he saved the whole world.”

This will now need modifying to”he who saves a single life, at the expense of other lives, is as if he destroyed the whole world.”

Everyone understands the principle of leaving no soldier behind.

My personal problem is that I have a daughter in the Air Force. Her bus to the base was already shot at. And, today, because of this prisoner exchange, I cannot escape the feeling that she, and all her colleagues are that little bit less safe.

A Hamas official said today that the kidnapping attempts will not stop. In the light of the perceived success of the policy, they will be stepped up.

Barring a last minute hitch, Gilad will be back with his family next week.

And then the rest of us will try to control our fears, and wait in trepidation for the next demonstration of Hamas power. Am I wrong to be afraid? let me know what YOU feel.

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Update 14/10/11

Headline and quote from article in today’s Jerusalem Post

‘Hamas refuses to abandon policy of IDF kidnappings’

         10/14/2011 12:35 

Israel – which will release more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for kidnapped tank gunner Gilad Schalit – agreed not to target any of the prisoners once they have been freed.

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The Palestinian negotiating technique

we're making you an offer you can't refuse

“Speak softly- but carry a big stick (or AK 47)”

Whenever the prospect of a negotiated settlement appeared on the horizon, the Palestinians always insisted on the terms under which they were willing to talk.This was their way of negotiating and , until now, had proved relatively successful.

 Israel gave – the Palestinians took.

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Mahmood Abbas- watched too many "Godfather"movies

The Palestinians demanded a freeze on settlement building.  Israel suspended new construction for 10 months.

Still the Palestinians did not talk, simply searched for other excuses. All the world’s pressure was of no avail.

The main element of their negotiating technique was to always hint at the possible resurgence of terror attacks.

These they would not be able to suppress, since it was the will of the people ( i.e.  The Third Intifada.)

It is true that  President Abbas- ever conscious of the PR disaster that would occur should this policy be openly articulated now –  has called for calm and restraint, at least before the vote.

But 40% of his people are under the control of Hamas in Gaza.

They have no qualms when it comes to violence. And the Hamas leadership have openly declared their opposition to Abbas’s attempts to secure a positive vote for a Palestinian state at the UN.

The problems from Israel’s viewpoint,

whilst appearing complex, are relatively simple. They come down to 3 issues that the Palestinians demand as pre-conditions:

  1. A Palestinian state within the 1967 borders ( but sometimes not being clear if they mean the 1948 borders)
  2. The demand for the “right of return” of Arab refugees ( and their descendants) to Israel.
  3. The re-division of Jerusalem into two parts. with one part  becoming  the capital of Palestine.

In addition, the Palestinians refuse to recognise that Israel  has a right to exist as the Nation State of the Jewish PeopleOnly, grudgingly, acknowledging that it does exist as a matter of geographical fact.

Their intransigence thus far,  is now further bolstered by their expectation of a positive outcome to the UN vote on statehood.

In these last few days, as the decision timeclock ticks relentlessly onward, the media is awash with claims and counterclaims from both parties

I think the situation is beyond mere posturing.

Israel needs to face up to the reality that there will be no agreement,  and must decide how to proceed.

Israel has the capacity to survive, and even flourish, within the status quo.

The Palestinians do not.

And, if anyone ever quotes the settlement of the (apparently)  insoluble dispute between the IRA and the British government, as an example of what can be achieved , don’t believe it.

The situation in Northern Ireland has been creaking along for years, with both sides going through the pretense that it is working.

In fact, the terror attacks continue, sporadically,  to this day.

And the IRA were not seeking the complete destruction of the United Kingdom!


Since first posting this article earlier today, the following headline was just published in Ha’aretz:

  • Published 21:57 21.09.11
  • Latest update 21:57 21.09.11

Senior Palestinian official: UN bid is only alternative to violence

Nabil Shaath says Palestinians to give UN Security Council time to mull their statehood bid before turning to General Assembly.

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Shaath och Sahlin

Naabil Shaath - PA Spokesman

The Hamas Charter

Just because you’re paranoid –

it doesn’t mean that no one is out to get you!

A flag, with the Shahadah, frequently used by ...

The Hamas flag

Hamas apologists – of which here are many –  claim that the Hamas charter, originally adopted as the effective constitution of  the organisation in 1988, is no longer relevant and can be ignored.

Khaled Meshaal,  Hamas Political Bureau Head,  is on record as claiming that to attempt to revise it would cause too many internal problems.

And this claim is conveniently accepted by Palestinian supporters because, to do otherwise, is too embarrassing.

Because of the superficial nature of media reporting today, I doubt that many of those who accept that it can be ignored have even read it!

Which is good news for Hamas, because to read it is a really frightening experience.

The operational strategy is encapsulated in their slogan:


Hamas logo

Article Eight: The Slogan of the Hamas

Allah is its goal, the Prophet its model, the Qur’an its Constitution, Jihad its path and death for the case of Allah its most sublime belief.

English: Khaled Meshaal in a meeting with span...

Khaled Meshaal

Realising that the extreme nature of the charter would be political suicide if fully understood,   the easy way out is to pretend that what it states,  in spine chilling detail,  is no longer the Hamas objective.

To pretend to believe this claim is extremely dangerous for Israel.

And yet those that  warn that it can only be ignored at Israel’s peril open themselves up to the accusation of paranoia.

Lets us look at a further example of this “paranoia ” with this direct quote:

Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah’s promise whatever time it might take.

The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: 

The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them);

until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry:

O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!

This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree (cited by Bukhari and Muslim).

And to take this at it’s face value is being paranoid?

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Hamas and the IRA – terror as a political weapon

Two examples of the effective use of terror as a political weapon

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Gerry Adams - Image via Wikipedia

To attack a democracy in its soft underbelly the most effective method is that used formerly by the IRA, and latterly by Hamas.


The secret is to create or adjust the structure of the organisation, so that it has two “wings”.

There is the Political wing, which, ideally, features urbane, charismatic, softly spoken  and articulate front men. And then there is the Military wing, which comprises the bully boys and the thugs who do the real dirty work.

In the case of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) the “front”was an actual political party, Sinn Fein. Its president and  leading spokesman was Gerry Adams–  who fulfilled all the criteria for such a post – as described above.

By denying that it has any operational connection to the military wing,  a political wing absolves itself of the responsibility for any actions (read “terror attacks”) carried out by the military wing.

Thus for a period of about 30 years from the mid 1960’s the IRA carried out a series of bombing and shooting attacks , frequently on solely civilian targets.

The locations included : pubs, clubs, restaurants, shopping centres and, even, city centres.  They caused the deaths of around 1800 people – at least 650 of those were civilians. Thousands of others were maimed for life.

It can be assumed that there was a direct link between the extent of the terror and the political negotiations which took place in parallel.

The tactic proved successful in that it eventually resulted in the signing in 1998, of what came to be known as “the Good Friday agreement“.

This was a complex document which created a sort of power sharing arrangement between Republican Catholics and Nationalist Protestants for the governing of the 6 Irish provinces which constitute the territory of Northern Ireland , which is a part of the United Kingdom.

There  is some ongoing disagreement as to the ultimate success of this deal – and both the Republicans and, especially, the British government are still papering over the cracks and trying to pretend that all is well.

Spasmodic attacks still continue.


Although the two wings of Hamas are not as clearly separated as were those  of the IRA – they still exist.

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Khaled Meshaal - Image via Wikipedia

The softly spoken, articulate and lounge suited front men are Khaled Meshaal , head of the political bureau and Ismail Haniyeh, who was elected as Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority but was subsequently dismissed from this post by the Palestinian president, Mahmood Abbas.

The “military wing”- which is a sanitised form of saying  “the terrorist’militants”  have been responsible, either directly or through their proxies, for some of the most horrendous terror mounted against civilians even by the standards of “terror”.

During the past 10 years or so, about 800 civilians have been murdered in Israel in terror attacks and thousands maimed.  Hamas has been responsible for a large proportion of these. Hamas has also been responsible for the firing of around 10,000 rockets and mortars from Gaza into Israel.

And Hamas introduced a new Muslim dimension to the terror process – the suicide bomber.

The IRA detonated their bombs by remote control to ensure their personal safety.

And people still think that the Irish are Dumb?

In Hamas , the frequency and intensity of the terror is co-ordinated within the organisation to maximise the political requirements at any given time.

It is important to state the one fundamental difference between the IRA and Hamas.

The IRA, at no time was seeking the destruction of the United Kingdom. Their battle was for independent rule within the territory of  Northern Ireland.


Ismail Haniyeh Image by Getty Images via @daylife

Hamas, on the other hand , according to its charter and numerous public pronouncements, seeks the total destruction and eradication of the Jewish state and, even, the Jews.

The objectives are different – the methods are almost the same

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