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Attacks on Israel Heat Up a Tense Situation

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This article from Pajamas Media hints at why the Persian régime may desire to pursue war. But the recent news indicates that war may indeed may be on the cards.

On 29 July, there was a Grad missile sent to hit Ashqelon. The very next couple of days brought further mortar attacks on the Negev as Arab terrorists “vowed vengeance” for the death of one of their leaders in a retaliatory raid. In addition, a Qassam rocket hit an empty school building in S’derot.

Monday, 2 August, also brought more Grad rockets launched at Israel, this time at the tourist center of Eilat. It turned out that the rocket that did the real damage overflew Israel and hit and killed one, while wounding several others in Aqaba, Jordan. There is much disputation over whether Grads were launched from the Sinai; such an admission will cause the Egyptians considerable embarrassment.

All this was merely an hors d’oevres to the violence that broke out this afternoon. I was alerted to this by a soldier with whom I keep in regular touch, who keeps her laptop tuned to al-Jazeera. She sent me this link to Lebanese soldiers attacking an Israeli position on our northern border. Several were killed in the fighting that ensued, one Israeli soldier and three Lebanese. Right now sabres are being rattled, but it pays to peek at the Persians, who really control Lebanon, for a clue to what’s actually happening.

The régime in Tehran, crumbling under a number of internal pressures, might seek to go to war with Israel to distract a disgruntled citizenry. Since HizbAllah has plans to invade, it would be better to attack Israel in the dry season, when rain does not bring mud to slog through.

About Ruvy

Hi!! Thanks for coming to my article! I was raised in Brooklyn, was graduated from the City University of New York in 1978 with a BA in political science and public administration there. I lived in Minnesota for a number of years. There I managed restaurants and wrote stories. We moved with our children family to Israel where we now reside. My work can be found at Ruvy's Roost, Jewish Indy,, and on Facebook under my full name, Reuven Kossover
  • Ruvy

    Late last night a number of people reported hearing jets late at night over Tel Aviv and Be’ersheva – not passenger jets either. Some speculated that raids were underway to attack Lebanon. Were this true, it could have meant war in the north. But they were wrong. This story at Arutz Sheva tells the tale.

  • Ruvy

    Riding the magic messianic carpet is getting more difficult for Mr. Ahmadinejad, according to this report from Reuters, quoting Lebanese TV. It’s little problems like these – assassination attempts, for example – that may pressure him to start a war with us via proxy, using his reliable HizbAllah manikins in Lebanon. Unless he can wrap himself in the Persian flag of the “revolution” and rekindle his popularity, he may find himself wrapped in that very flag as he is buried….

  • Ruvy

    The Egyptians finally bit the pig’s fat on the bullet and admitted the obvious: that the rockets that hit Eilat came from the Sinai.

  • Ruvy

    This essay from Rav Lazer Brody, a former Special Forces soldier in the IDF who served in Lebanon in the 1980′s, gives an interesting but very disturbing explanation for the events that have transpired since Thursday last.

    From the text: We had a year with no sirens, until a group of people decided to publicly flaunt their abominations – not in Tel Aviv, which is selling itself as the capital of pink tourism, enough of a reason to make it a dangerous place – but in the Holy City of Jerusalem.

    So, after a more than a year of quiet, what happened since last Thursday’s defiling of Jerusalem?

    Friday, July 30, 2010: Katyusha rocket falls in the center of an Ashkelon residential neighborhood – miraculously, there was only property damage and no loss of life

    Saturday, July 31, 2010: A Kassam rocket from Gaza scores a direct hit on a school, destroying 3 classrooms; miraculously, the building was empty

    Sunday, August 1, 2010: Kassam rocket and mortar fire attacks on Eshkol area settlements

    Monday, August 2, 2010: Five Iranian-made Grad missiles fired from Sinai toward Eilat – one fell on the neighboring Jordanian city of Aqaba, killing a cab driver and wounding 4 others

    Tuesday, August 3, 2010: Weird flare-up of hostilities on Israel’s Northern border, with one Israeli officer killed and another seriously wounded

    A coincidence? Only a deaf, dumb, and blind mummy could fail to make a connection between last Thursday and the subsequent days of violence.

    Our sages say that one idiot throws a rock in the well that a hundred wise men don’t know how to remove.

    I’ve been begging Hashem for mercy all day long. Hashem is waiting for us to do teshuva, but there’s not much time. If things were tense here two weeks ago, those days were like Sesame Street compared to the drawn ballistic bowstrings of today.

    Our gay brothers and sisters must understand that neither are we passing judgment on them nor limiting their freedom. The Land of Israel belongs to Hashem, not to anyone else; we are entitled to be here by virtue of the Torah and its commandments. Any public display of Torah violations is national suicide. We would oppose a pork and shrimp festival the same way we oppose the Impurade. Do what you want behind closed doors – be prepared to pay your own consequences. But why trample on the Torah in the heart of Jerusalem? You say that you have a right to drill a hole in the bottom of the boat you’re sailing in – but wait a minute, I’m in that boat too….

    Don’t forget that the Second Lebanon War broke out immediately after the Jerusalem Impurade of 2006. That war led to a million Jews having to leave their homes in the North of Israel.

    The entire Chapter 18 of Leviticus gives a crystal clear explanation for its prohibitions: (paraphrasing a bit here) “the people being driven out of the Land (the Canaanites, etc.) indulged in these practices, and now the Land is vomiting them out. Guard yourselves that you do not follow their example and be vomited out yourself.”

    I had not thought to equate actions that could drive us from the land, as the war in 2006 did in the north, with the Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem. I should have, but I didn’t. But, there it is. A massive bombardment of the country by HizbAllah and friends would drive millions of Israelis from their homes, and would result in the collapse of civil authority here. To the wise, a word is sufficient. We have five “words” of warning. The Almighty hates debauchery.

    I have the feeling these words of warning will not be heeded – indeed they will be mocked and laughed at by arrogant secular Jews who think they know better than the G-d Who created them – and a terrible war will descend upon us as a result.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Ruvy -

    I think it was Huckabee who said that Hurricane Katrina happened because New Orleans held a gay parade.

    Please, Ruvy, don’t ride the crazy train. When it comes to Scripture (IIRC your Torah is our Old Testament), even Jeremiah complained about how the scribes were adding their own opinions to Scripture. In the OT, I think it’s in Jeremiah 8.

    I point that out because if you accept Jeremiah as one of the prophets sent by God, then logic follows that there were those who put their own human opinions into Scripture…and not only in the time of Jeremiah, but from close to the very beginning. These human opinions would likely have included anything about which those scribes felt strongly…and one of the strongest emotions people feel is that of prejudice.

    One more thing – evidence has been building for years and years that our genetic makeup does indeed play a part in determining whether we’re gay or not…and more importantly, if God truly considered homosexuality to be an abomination, then explain how there could be such a thing as natural hermaphrodites…for such is their condition from birth.

    How could God allow that to happen to the most innocent of all – newborn babies – if He truly considered homosexuality to be a sin?

    Again, Ruvy, please don’t go on the crazy train – it doesn’t go anywhere that you really want to go.

  • Ruvy

    I won’t comment on your “scriptural analysis” – it is not worth comment. The minute I start doubting Torah, which is what you do, I’m back where I was 25 years ago – an ignorant agnostic.

    Glenn, you didn’t pay attention to what this rabbi said at all, did you? Let’s repeat it for your own sake, because while you may be able to read well, you sometimes choose not to.

    Our gay brothers and sisters must understand that neither are we passing judgment on them nor limiting their freedom. The Land of Israel belongs to Hashem, not to anyone else; we are entitled to be here by virtue of the Torah and its commandments. Any public display of Torah violations is national suicide. We would oppose a pork and shrimp festival the same way we oppose the Impurade. Do what you want behind closed doors – be prepared to pay your own consequences. But why trample on the Torah in the heart of Jerusalem? You say that you have a right to drill a hole in the bottom of the boat you’re sailing in – but wait a minute, I’m in that boat too….

    This rabbi has given the same interpretation to the prohibition on homosexual behavior between males as I have. That is to say, private homosexual relations between closed doors is not the business of the public. But public displays of debauchery are precisely what the prohibition aims at, as it tends to indicate worship of some entity other than G-d. In ancient days, this worship was of stone idols. Today, the stone idol is dispensed with and what is worshiped is sexual pleasure in public. But he put another limitation on as well. This prohibition is applicable particularly within Israel, as opposed to outside of Israel, and applies to its inhabitants. This is why, if you bothered to look at his article, you would have seen him referring to this as a national security issue. Further, Glenn, he provided the thread which these linked events together. Absent that thread, you have only guesses, and guesses that don’t get you anywhere. Until I saw the rabbi’s piece, that was all that I had.

    In addition, the law cited in Leviticus 18 gives a specific reason for its prohibitions. And they all relate to the Land and its inhabitants. Therefore, none of this applies to you or anyone living outside of the Land of Israel.

    Finally, it doesn’t fit with your narrative. That’s your problem. But, on the other hand, you do not live here, and you do not have to live with the consequences of what you say – which frankly, is nonsense. By contrast, I do have to live with those consequences, and if you noted, this was a former soldier in the Special Forces. If anyone understands his responsibilities for the consequences of what he says, a soldier in the Special Forces does.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Okay, Ruvy – again, I’d like to hear your opinion of why God allows true hermaphrodites.

  • Ruvy

    More nonsense, Glenn. Imperfection is part of G-d’s universe.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Perfect answer, Ruvy. Good to hear from you.

  • kurt brigliadora

    A country has to do what it has to do! Now is this battle over oil or food or diamonds or Power and airspace? Lets just hope their political leaders dont make some rash decisions …as to not impact the safety of their entire population! Just ask “Sean Hannity” he loves this stuff,good bad or indifferent, but Im sure he doesnt like to see people lose their freedom or their life. Hey mike r u sure about that.lol