The wind is starting to blow in Ma'aleh Levona and the wind of change is coming over the land. The issue is what is the change, and how is it being brought about?
Before we explore this all it is necessary to do two things: one is to note when the serious fighting with HizbAllah began; the second is to return to a seemingly stale story out of Samaria from early July.
The fighting in the north began exactly three weeks before the fast of Tish'a B'Av. This is also a fast day, Yud Zayin Tammuz (17th of Tammuz) albeit a "half fast," the kind of fast the Moslems modelled the Ramadan fast on. This fast day remembers when the Babylonians broke into the city walls 2,500 years ago before destroying the Temple on the 9th of Av. This period marks the beginning of what is known as "the three weeks" of mourning the loss of Jerusalem and various restrictions on behavior are imposed progressively during it, all leading to the full fast on 9 Av.
In addition, one is supposed to remember and seek forgiveness for errors committed in the past. An example of this would have been for government leaders to admit openly that the expulsion of Jews from Gush Qatif a year ago was wrong, along with the withdrawal from southern Lebanon six years ago. We are, after all, paying for those acts in blood now, and were paying for them then in July.
This did not occur. Indeed the opposite happened. Mr. Olmert, who holds the title prime minister here, insisted several times that the actions of expelling Jews from Gush Qatif was the right thing to do. Indeed, in speaking with several expellees from Gush Qatif, Mr. Olmert was quoted saying, "I just came from speaking with the parents of the pilot who was killed in the Israel Air Force helicopter crash a few days ago. Their son we sent not [on a mission of] settlement, and neither did he come back with compensation; he came back in a coffin!" The other Ehud, Ehud Barak, who oversaw the withdrawal (or sudden flight) of Israeli troops from southern Lebanon six years ago also insisted that he had been right. So much for sackcloth and ashes.
The second item WorldNet Daily's "Rocket War in the West Bank" deals with the efforts of the Al Aqsa Martyr's Brigades to fire rockets all over Israel, particularly after Olmert's planned withdrawal from towns like Ma'aleh Levona and expulsion of its residents. Let's remind you all that the Al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade is associated with good old Uncle Mahmoud Abbas, the Arab who so many western leaders would have us cut a deal with.
Now, we can move to the next stage of covering what just what is going on here. Friendly Uncle Mahmoud endorsed the efforts of HizbAllah a couple of days ago.
BREAKING STORY- ABBAS ENDORSES HEZBULLAH
Byline: David Bedein, Special to the Evening Bulletin
EXCERPTS OF REMARKS BY MAHMOUD ABBAS, PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT, (AL ARABIYA TV, 17:45 (GMT+3) AUGUST 06, 2006)
"We definitely perceive the resistance in Lebanon as noble Arab resistance".
Note – The following was translated from Arabic by the Middle East News
I don't have a URL link to this, but I'll limit myself to the main facts. The anchor of the brodacast, which originated out of San'a, Yemen, stated that "The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has noted that members of the Palestinian government are either being arrested or pursued by the Israelis. His declarations came in a press conference that was held in Sana'a, as he was carrying out an official visit."
Mr. Abbas was quoted as saying the following:
"The Palestinian issue is the source of all the other issues, not only in the region but in the world. And I believe that every wise and rational person believes that it is important to return to the negotiating table. But this is not for going back to what is called the negotiations process.
The Arab people's resistance leads to the same issue. This means that anyone who defies the occupation is going to the same target and will get the same result. Therefore, we definitely perceive the resistance in Lebanon as noble Arab resistance. There is no doubt about that."
So now we have Mr. Abbas and Sheikh Nasrallah singing from the same song-sheet, though Abbas sings the contralto and Nasrallah the bass. In the end, the idea is that Israel is to be destroyed and replaced with "Palestine".
Meanwhile we see that Israeli Arabs are "happy" with the Katyushas hitting Israel. 25 July, 2006 Arutz Sheva. My son Avi translated the lead paragraph from this Hebrew article:
Muezzins (the people who broadcast the call to prayer to Moslems) in Shvaram are happy at the Katyusha fire (over the north).
Christian residents of Shvaram are appalled at the attitude of the Muezzins.
Last Friday the Christain residents of Shvaram (a mixed Druze Arab town) were appalled to hear the day's lectures given at the mosques in their city. According to them the muezzins' voices were raised in incitement and happiness at the firing of Katysha rockets at the Jewish residents of the north.
Indeed, they (the Christians) were also appalled at the joyfulness of the authorities who do not forbid this incitement against Americans and Israelis and which are supposedly required against the "enemies of Islam".
In the meantime, the war of distortion continues against Israel. WorldNet Daily contues to uncover the distortion of the facts by the Grey Lady, The New York Times, and by the Associated Press, the huge newspaper-owned news cooperative that provides an immense amount of information to the press. The title of the article is "AP, N.Y. Times raising the dead? News agencies run photographs of 'deceased' who 'appear alive'"
Obviously, these news agencies are not raising the dead. The "miracles" can probably be faulted to bad prop placement and bad acting on the part of the "deceased". But in this part of the world, where olive oil can be made to flow unendingly from a small flask, one never knows…
It's bad enough that the foreign media are out to slit our throats with lies and distortions. The local media joins in the blood fest, with its own particular brand of lie and viciousness. This e-mail came from IMRA, run by Dr. Aaron Lerner. [And the hate goes on] Israel Radio attacks budget for study hall
Gabi Gazit opened the second hour of his daily program on Israel Radio this
morning with a scathing attack against a decision today by the Knesset
Finance Committee to authorize the transfer of NIS 2 million for a study
hall in Carmel – a "settlement" located in the West Bank.
The transfer was within the framework of political agreements made for the
passage of the 2006 budget.
While the NIS 2 million is one of a myriad of budget allocations going
through the committee, Gazit and the correspondent covering the item saw fit to imply that the payment was at the expense of various budgetary needs not yet approved that are associated with the war – budgetary needs that the Olmert team has failed so far to submit to the committee for approval.
It is not clear if the decision to renew attacks on settlers was made in
order to offset the favorable coverage they were receiving because of their heavy representation among IDF casualties or that this was simply an indication of a return to business as usual at Israel Radio.
Caroline Glick, who writes for the Jerusalem Post, wrote two articles over the past six days dealing with the leadership of Mr. Olmert. One, on 4 August, called "Amateur Hour is Over," calls upon our leaders to act as if they are real professionals, something that they have had trouble doing for the last 60 years.
The second, called "Talkin' About a Revolution" on 8 August, discusses Olmert's attempts to push the title of "failure" away from himself and how the leftist press, the majority of the media in the country, are singing along with him. It even raises the possibility of vacating the Heights of Golan – a ridiculous possibility now. But if someone raises it on the agenda tomorrow, all the peacenik vulures will flock to it, trying to peck out the eyes of the residents there just like they did to the residents of Gush Qatif when Sharon opened his fat trap about "disengagement" after winning the elections in 2003.
Ms. Glick does not go far enough in her analysis – I suppose that is why she still has her perch in at the Post. She calls for attacking Lebanon and advancing to the Litani. But the enemy has his base in Syria and the soldiers we Israelis are fighting are not just Arabs but Iranians sent to stiffen their spines.
DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose: Hizballah’s rocket offensive against Israel is orchestrated from a rear command located in the Syrian town of Anjar.
August 7, 2006, 12:41 PM (GMT+02:00)
But Stratfor Reports tells us that there is a new phase in the war, and the news from Debka, and other sources indicate that indeed this is so.
Does that mean that Israel should expand its war and attack Syria? Or could there be a nasty surprise lurking in them thar Syrian hills? I suspect there might be.
A fellow from Brojon.org wrote an interesting essay covering just this issue. His dates are off and his predicitions are not quite on the money, but the essay is worth a look, just the same…
He points out that;
"The Hezbollah army is not a local rag-tag army but is completely controlled by Iran (Persia). The Hezbollah troops are a highly trained army with modern weapons and advanced command and control systems, and for six years have buried their advanced systems in bunkers and tunnels in southern Lebanon. When the Hezbollah army trains, local observers have reported that the military commands are given in Farsi, the Persian or Iranian language, not the local Arabic language of Lebanon. Hezbollah is simply a division of the Iranian Army."
Now we need to return one more time to that story from nearly a month ago "Rocket War in the West Bank" to understand something about what is going on here. Mr. Olmert's Little War is not about securing Israel. Olmert is just as aware of the intents of Abu Oudai, that fellow who wants to target our entire country with missiles, as is Abu Oudai's boss, Mahmoud Abbas. As I wrote a month ago, our soldiers will march forth and die. And too many of them who die come from Judea and Samaria. Yet we see that the missiles continue to fall on Israel. Both from the north and the south. If Ehud Olmert were being directed to clean up the missile threat against Israelis, he would have achieved it already. Abu Oudai would be dead and Damascus would be a rubble, as would Anjar. Mahmoud Abbas, Haniyeh, and the entire crew of scum who comprise the "Palestinian Authority" would also be dead and an American-financed Israeli Civil Administration would take up the reins of making sure the garbage was picked up in Jenin and Ramallah.
Mr. Olmert's Little War is all about destabilizing this country. The government in the north is barely working, aside from security. There are over one million people who are internal refugees, 100 times the number of people expelled from Gush Qatif last year. For a time this will all be a vacation for them. But eventually, they will want to go home. And for the time being, they cannot. More and more people talk about the "tashlúm" the payment they are making for the mistake of pulling out of Gush Qatif.
Olmert may or may not know it, but Sheikh Nasrallah is deadly serious about attacking Tel Aviv. More likely, as he sees that time is on his side, he will attack the international airport at Lod first. At least that is what I would do in his shoes. That would chase away the tourists and leave the hotels with billions of shekels in cancelled reservations to cover. Economic pressure of the right type will bring down the country slowly, exhausting its resources, and hopefully, in the eyes of the enemy, our desire to fight. Olmert, who has been quoted as being "tired of winning" seems just the pigeon to deal with.
Whenever I ride the bus into Jerusalem, I the see 'Otef (wrap) for Jerusalem. I see an international border post being constructed. I see proofs of Ehud Olmert's planned withdrawal from Judea and Samaria and expulsion of its Jewsh residents. I see why Abu Oudai will have no trouble whatever firing missiles into Jerusalem, Mevasseret Tzion, Motza and other towns. There will be no Jewish towns to hold the strategic points of the land.
Does Ehud Olmert understand all this? Does he even care? Frankly, I suspect that so long as he thinks there is a US Air Force transport plane to get him, his wife and daughter out of here, he could care less. For him, so long as the bucks don’t stop, the “buck” can stop with Shimon Peres.