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This is Danielle Shefi. This beautiful child was five years old when on April 27th ten years ago, she was shot by terrorists who cut through the fence protective Adora, a neighborhood north west of Chevron. Danielle was one of four people killed in this attack.
ה’ יקום דמה - May G-d avenge her blood
This is Danielle Shefi.
This beautiful child was five years old when on April 27th ten years ago, she was shot by terrorists who cut through the fence protective Adora, a neighborhood north west of Chevron. Danielle was one of four people killed in this attack.

ה’ יקום דמה - May G-d avenge her blood


The key to deterrence

By rav Lazer Brody

Almost everyone in Israel laments our lack of deterrence. Some trace it back to Israel's hasty retreat from Lebanon a dozen years ago. Others go back further, to the first Intifada, or Arab uprising, in the late 1980's. Still others claim that our lack of deterrence is a result of Israel's failure to score a decisive victory over the Hamas and coalition of Gaza terrorists, both in operation “Cast Lead” two and a half years ago and in the recent round of Gazan rocket attacks against the south of Israel last month. Even worse, Israel failed miserably against a mere few thousand Hizbolla fighters five years ago in 2006, who virtually paralyzed the north of Israel.
The above facts, although noteworthy, are mere symptoms; they are not the core reason for Israel's lack of deterrence.
So where's the deterrence?
The Torah gives us the secret of deterrence (Deuteronomy 28:10): "For all the nations of the earth shall see that the Name of God is upon you (literally, that the Name of G-d can be read from your countenance, in other words, that you reflect His Name) and they shall fear you." That's the entire doctrine of deterrence in a nutshell.
Our sages tell us that by way of the mitzva of tefillin, the "Name of Hashem shall be upon you." The Lubavitcher Rebbe of saintly and blessed memory began his tefillin project worldwide right before the Six-Day War in 1967; according to the Kabbalists, this invoked the Divine Compassion that tipped the scales so miraculously in Israel's favor. By putting tefillin on so many Jews around the world, the Lubavitcher Rebbe made sure that the Name of Hashem was upon our people; sure enough, the nations feared us.
In 1972, my wife was a young soldier in the army, the personnel secretary of a tank battalion. On more than one occasion, she boarded a rickety old Arab bus that took her from East Jerusalem to Bethlehem, where she'd frequent Rachel's tomb. Today, no lone female soldier in uniform would dream of doing such a thing.
Everyone is aware of the famous photo from Jenin of recent years as a lone 9-year old Palestinian boy with a rock in his hand confronts an Israeli tank. They no longer fear us. Why?
As a nation, we no longer reflect the Name of Hashem.
After Cain's heinous transgression of killing his brother Abel, he lost the Divine reflection from his forehead. He became deathly afraid. He protested Hashem's severe punishment that sent him into exile. He claimed that any animal that would see him would kill him. Hashem recognized Cain's claim as totally justified, so He gave him a letter of His Holy Name to reflect from Cain's forehead as a protection.
One who commits a serious sin, particularly a sin that's punishable by ka'ret, or severance from the Divine Presence, loses his tzelem Elokim, the Divine image that reflects from a person. To an animal, a person without the reflection of the Divine image looks lower than an animal. A dog or a wolf will readily attack such an individual. Interestingly enough, have you ever seen a dog enter a train station with hundreds of people milling about, yet make a beeline dart towards a certain individual? You can bet that the particular individual did a serious transgression recently.

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Nefesh Yehudi-My Israel My Roots

Nevertheless, a Jew is a Jew.

Ashkenaz or Sephard, religious or secular, liberal or conservative the Jewish people are not a monolithic group and yet we are one.

In these days of wonder and doubt regarding the justice of our cause, in a time of factionalism and social schisms, in times of international isolation, there is nothing like the fighters section of the cemetery to relate how deep our roots are in this land.
In this section are buried religious and secular, yeshiva and university graduates. Young people that fell while defending the Jewish Quarter on the day of the establishment of the State are buried alongside students of the Gra who immigrated to Jerusalem, alongside victims of the 1929 massacre and alongside admorim from Poland, alongside Shai Agnon and Menachem Begin, near the burial spot of Rabbi Saadia MiSklov and the Maiden of Ludmir, Generations of Jews, too many to count.
He whose feet did not walk among these graves will not understand what is Jerusalem, will not understand what is Zionism, will not understand what is independence. He will not know how deep our roots are, how Jerusalem is planted deep in our hearts.
We did not return to this mountain in order to eventually leave it. We returned to jerusalem in order to live in it, to build it, to be built by it. With that we can be comforted, by Jerusalem that has been reestablished and has become a metropolis, in Jerusalem that has become a symbol of our freedom and strength, in jerusalem in which boys and girls are playing in its streets...

Speaker Of the Knesset Ruby Rivlin,at a memorial ceremony on Har HaZeisim for the fallen soldiers from the Old City of Jerusalem


Shavua Tov!

If they say, "Come along, and we will give you the Names and incantations which can be practically employed," do not go along with them, my son. Keep your feet from following their path, for those Names and their application are really a trawl for catching souls that will only be led to ruin.


Shabbath Shalom

By Rabbi Yitzchak Luria (from the Writings of the Ari as recorded by Rabbi Chaim Vital)

The affliction of tzaraat is not a medical condition, but reflects a spiritual-mental affliction, a faulty attitude in life. This attitude results from the intrusion of some form of un-G-dly ideas or perspective into a person's way of thinking, that eventually renders him depressed, negative, anti-social or afflicted by some other negative emotion. The purification process, then, must reflect how the individual disassociates himself with these negative ways of thinking.

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תמיד עמך\ אסף נוה שלום

Samaria's Children Celebrate with IDF Brigade

Children on tank, Independence Day (file)
Children on tank, Independence Day (file)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Ben Ari: Eisner Was 'Stabbed in the Back'

MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) on Israel's 64th Independence Day sent a letter of support to Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner, who was removed from his post as deputy commander of the Jordan Valley Brigade for striking an ISM anarchist from Denmark with his rifle.
"We all feel the wound of betrayal, the knife stuck in your back by leaders of defeat," Ben Ari wrote. "But despite the hard feelings, I think this is a seminal event. This event casts a light on the decay of values and morals in the IDF."
"In Amona, deputy IDF chief Yair Naveh, ordered the use of clubs. The result was hundreds of wounded, some who remain disabled even today. No one claimed this was not in the spirit of the IDF - and that was against Jews. But your error is compounded by the fact that you beat the enemies of Israel.
"Since the Oslo Accords were signed the IDF has become the army of low intensity against the enemy while concentrating on making war on Jews building outposts. This is an unforgiveable sin.
"IDF values ​​today are built on a hypocritical consumerist religion, which preaches submission and turning the other cheek. It seems George Orwell's 1984 is more realistic than ever: Surrender is victory, defeat is the pride, laxity is heroism.
"According to them you need to embrace the anti-Semites and surrender the field - because that will photograph well! To them that will decide Israel's fate. This is the IDF in full decay and it cannot judge you.
"You are a hero who is devoted to the value of victory and fidelity, which find no home in the army of Netanyahu and Gantz. They prefer officers like Ehud Barak. He eschewed every difficult decision lest the taint stick to him and harm his chances of promotion.
"Now, a great responsibility has come upon you. To lead and demand change and a return to the values of the IDF. I urge you to establish an Institute of Jewish Heroism, which will teach Jewish pride. It will teach our enemies that we will speak with a rifle or shotgun butt rather than give up parts of our homeland," Ben Ari concluded.

on "protest tourism" in Israel

The Tribal Update makes Danish ISMers an offer they can't refuse...!



Israeli National Anthem - הַתִּקְוָה

Yom HaAtzmaut


The Wisdom of Jonathan Netanyahu

On Israel’s Remembrance Day we can hardly do better than remember the words and wisdom of Yonaton Netanyahu and let us pray that his brother takes them to heart and translates them into deeds.

In his farewell speech to his battalion: “I believe that all the battalion’s efforts must be subordinated to the main aim—victory in war.”

February 16, 1969, to his parents: “Zahal [the Israel Defense Forces] is the only thing that stands between ourselves and the slaughter of our people as in days gone by.”
April 9, 1969, to his parents: “The truth is it’s rather tiring to live so long in a state of war—a war whose end can be foreseen only in the distant future. You need much perseverance and patience to overcome all the crises we’re facing now and those we’ll face in the future.”
March 30, 1970, to his wife: “I believe that the Jewish people’s survival depends largely upon Israel—and more than that: Israel’s survival depends on us—on our capabilities and staying power. It’s enough to read just once all the war slogans of our tens of millions of neighbors, to note their hatred and desire to annihilate us …”
November 17, 1973, to his parents, apropos of the Yom Kippur War:
I see with sorrow and great anger how a part of the people still clings to hopes of reaching a peaceful settlement with the Arabs. Common sense tells them, too, that the Arabs haven’t abandoned their basic aim of destroying the State, but the self-delusion and self-deception that have always plagued the Jews are at work again. It’s our great misfortune. They want to believe, so they believe. They want not to see, so they shut their eyes. They want not to learn from thousands of years of history, so they distort it….
his [war], no doubt, has been the hardest we’ve known … more costly in dead and wounded, more marked with failures and successes, than any of the wars and battles I have known. But it’s precisely because of those initial blunders (which I won’t go into now—I mean the failures in military judgment, in interpreting intelligence data, in military doctrine, in political assessment, and, of course, in the whole nation’s complacency) that the victory achieved was so great….
What a pity they‘re now starting “The Wars of the Jews” (among ourselves) even before the fighting at the fronts is over … “The Wars of the Jews” are always the ugliest and hardest of all. These are wars of apologetics and futile bickering, suppression or distortion of facts, and procrastination in making decisions. There is no doubt that what’s called for is new leadership, a more correct perception of the realities, a sound recognition of the enemy’s aims, and clear, definitive strategic political planning….If we don’t have a well-defined, realistic objective, we won’t have to fight the Arabs for our survival. The Arabs won’t need to fight. The Jews, as usual, will destroy themselves….

jewish brigade

The Jewish Infantry Brigade Group (more commonly known as the Jewish Brigade Group or Jewish Brigade) was a military formation of the British Army that served in Europe during the Second World War. The brigade was formed in late 1944,and its personnel fought the Germans in Italy. After the war, some of them assisted Holocaust survivors to emigrate illegally to Israel, as part of Aliyah Bet.
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yom haZicaron 2

Udi, Ruth, Elad,Yoav, little Hadas, of blessed memory.

fr om my friend Yeoshua


Our Brothers, Our Home

A Tribute to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)

Nearly 1,000 Israelis Killed in 'Oslo War'

A terror attack in Jerusalem
A terror attack in Jerusalem
Courtesy MDA

Yom HaZicaron. REMEMBER

22,993 have fallen while serving the Land of Israel... before celebrating the birthday of our beloved Homeland, we must remember those whose sacrifice made it all possible, following Hashem's will.

A total of 22,993 men and women have been killed defending the land of Israel since 1860, the year that the first Jewish settlers left the secure walls of Jerusalem to build new Jewish neighborhoods.
Since the end of the War of Independence, 2,457 people have been killed in Israel in terror attacks - 14 in the past year.
In the past year, since Remembrance Day 2011, 126 members of the security forces - police, IDF, Border Police, Israel Security Agency and other organizations - have been killed in the service of the state.
On Wednesday, ceremonies commence at 11:00 AM at 44 IDF military cemeteries located throughout the country following a two minute blast of the siren. There will also be a ceremony for overseas Mahal volunteers who fought and died during the War of Independence, which will take place near the Sha'ar Hagai Junction. Israel's flag, adorned with a black ribbon and memorial flame, is placed on each and every grave of those who fell in Israel's battles and are buried in military cemeteries throughout Israel. It expresses the country's respect for the fallen as well as the entire country's participation in the grief of the families.

Sgt. Daniel Bern’s Tips for Lone Soldiers Serving in the IDF | IDF Blog | The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces


guess what?

Poll: Support for PM Falls
A Channel 10 poll released Monday night said that support for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had fallen in recent weeks. The poll said that 41% of Israelis said they support Netayahu, compared to 48% in the last poll several weeks ago.

The poll also said that 48% of Israelis were against the removal of Shalom Eisner from his command.

two soldiers...

Never forget them

Confront the bashers of Israel

Op-ed: Israel is not the cause of anti-Western sentiments; at best, it is a convenient excuse
from David Ha'ivri at ynet
 Many leading professional Israel-bashers are so off the wall and obnoxious with their ridiculous claims that at times, it’s hard to figure out where to start. Last year in Washington, I had the opportunity to debate Hussein Ibish, who has a PhD in obnoxious. His strategy is to use his academic rhetoric to make nonsense sound important. On a recent visit to the UK, I had the opportunity, along with Shomron Governor Gershon Mesika, to meet with one of England's most prominent Israel-bashers, Member of Parliament Julian Brazier.
MP Brazier has recently gone on record speaking out against the Light Rail train in Jerusalem, claiming that it is a tool of Israel's apartheid policies, and that it connects "illegal settlements” to recognized areas of Israel. On one hand, he claims that he has never called for a boycott of Israel, while at the same time he calls for an investigation of local UK municipalities working with the French waste management company Veolia, because of their involvement in the Light Rail project in Jerusalem.
Beyond that, MP Brazier claims that Israel's "settlement" activity in the West Bank is the cause of the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, as well as anti-British sentiments in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This takes us back to my opening question: Where do you start, when claims so detached from reality are bombarded on Israel by academics and elected officials in modern Western countries? I can understand those who say that it’s no use, and suggest ignoring the accusations. But I would suggest that we confront these bashers and not let them get away so easily.
So I was glad for the initiative of the British Israel Coalition, who asked our leadership to meet with Mr. Brazier to set the record straight. After Brazier's recent statement, BICPAK organized a letter writing campaign to the British Parliament and local newspapers, to speak out against these outrageous statements.
I am glad that we have people like Gershon Mesika, who is an effective municipal administrator with a clear pragmatic agenda of building the Jewish communities of the Shomron. But I am also not ashamed to say in any forum (including the UK’s House of Commons) that the land of Israel is the birthright of the Jewish people, as stated in the Bible.
This is our land

our Jewish little place: Magen David biscuits for Yom HaAtzmaut

our Jewish little place: Magen David biscuits for Yom HaAtzmaut: Yom HaAtzmaut homemade shortbread biscuits, easy to make, ready for the day in small blue and white bags. Not Parve ingre...

our Jewish little place: Map of Israel made of cereals and legumes for Yom ...

our Jewish little place: Map of Israel made of cereals and legumes for Yom ...: Israel map made of rice (blue colored with acrilyc paint) for Mediterranean Sea, Kinneret and Dead Sea, kamut (green colored with a...


Israel commemorates 22,993 soldiers who died in line of duty

As Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism approaches, flags laid on graves of two soldiers who died last week • Youth for Jerusalem movement launches "Adopt a Fallen Soldier" project, to commemorate soldiers who have no family to preserve their memories.
On memorial day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism, which begins at sundown Tuesday, Israel will honor the 22,993 soldiers who have fallen in the line of duty since 1860 (when modern-day Jews first settled outside Jerusalem's Old City). Since last year's remembrance day, 126 additional soldiers have fallen. In Israel today there are 10,524 bereaved families of fallen soldiers, among them 2,396 orphans and 4,992 widows.
The Memorial Day events were to begin Sunday with a flag being laid on the grave of the last soldier to have been buried at Mount Herzl cemetery. This year, in a break from tradition, Israel Defense Forces Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz will lay two flags on the graves of two soldiers who were killed last week: one for Lt. Hila Betzaleli, who was killed Wednesday during a rehearsal for an Independence Day ceremony when a lighting apparatus collapsed on stage, and another for Cpl. Yehoshua Hefetz, who died on the same day of heart failure during a military tryout for an elite unit.
On Tuesday, a minute-long siren will sound at 8 p.m. marking the beginning of Memorial Day, followed immediately by official events. On Wednesday, a two-minute siren will sound at 11 a.m. as part of Memorial Day ceremonies across the country.
A small flag on a flame-shaped pole bearing a black ribbon will be laid on the grave of every soldier who died in the line of duty as an expression of respect and sympathy. More than a million people are expected to visit military cemeteries across the country this week.
In addition, the Israel Prison Service will award distinguished service medals for exemplary bravery in the line of duty to the 37 cadets who lost their lives in the Mount Carmel forest fire in late 2010. The medals will be handed to the families by Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch.
Meanwhile, a movement calling itself Youth for Jerusalem is trying to preserve the memory of all the fallen soldiers who do not have families to visit their gravesites or retell their stories. The movement has launched a unique project dubbed "Adopt a Fallen Soldier," which encourages young people and members of youth groups to adopt a late IDF soldier or member of the pre-state underground and visit their graves, light memorial candles and tell the story of their bravery to other youngsters. 

help to save MIGRON

The following is a list of links to a petition that this group has put together. MK Eldad has agreed to present the outcome of the petition to Bibi, personally. As of Erev Shvií Shel Pesach, it had exactly 613 signatures. I don't know how many it has at the moment. Please pass this on:

The link for the petition in English:

The link for the petition in Hebrewהעצומה בעברית-:

Miraculous recovery

Aharon Alexander Goncharov, the 25-year-old yeshiva student who had been in a coma in an Israeli hospital after he was attacked in Kiev on the second night of Passover, defied all odds and regained consciousness on this evening.
Doctors at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (also known as Ichilov Hospital) had issued a dire prognosis for Goncharov and feared he might remain comatose for the rest of his life.
But this evening he recovered from coma and he well. Goncharov thanked his many well-wishers and the efforts they took to see his condition improve. “I got my life back only because you all prayed for me,” he said.
This is the G.d of Israel! Praise Him!
Thanks to everyone who prayed for him!

Prevent, arrest and deport

By Danny Danon 
source: jpost

The unfortunate incident which took place in the Jordan Valley on Saturday where an IDF officer was forced to fight off an anti-Israel activist has proven once again that we are not dealing correctly with this latest attack on the very legitimacy of our existence.
We witnessed this regrettable phenomenon again this week with the ludicrous internal debate that has surrounded the “flytilla” attack on Israel. Our society is busying itself with an absurd internal debate that includes calls from the extreme Left to welcome these anti-Israel activists and open a dialogue with them.
This is not only misguided, but actually endangers the foundations of our society.
Attempts to explain the rationality behind the Zionist dream of building a state in our historic homeland will simply not work with those who are attempting infiltrate Israel’s borders only to attack us from within.
It is time that we recognize the reality we are faced with. The State of Israel is at war. This war is being fought on a completely different battlefield than in the past, one in which the word de-legitimization has replaced bullets and provocative actions such as the flotilla have replaced tanks and fighter planes.
Nevertheless, we must not be confused by this new type of warfare. Just as we did not hesitate to confront to violent acts perpetuated by our enemies in the past, we cannot waver in our resolve against this new threat.
Would we allow a suicide bomber into our country so that we could attempt a “dialogue” with him? Of course not.

something more about lt. Col. Eisner

Lt. Col. Eisner is the son of the late Rabbi Benny Eisner, a close disciple of Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook, the spiritual father of the settler movement. Eisner is part of a cadre of younger religious officers climbing their way into the IDF leadership. In 1990, only 2 percent of the cadets enrolled in officers’ course for the infantry corps were religious. By 2007, that number had skyrocketed past the 30 percent mark. In some of the infantry brigades the number of religious company commanders has passed the 50 percent mark more than three times the percentage of the national religious community in the overall population. B'H".

Chodesh Tov!

Chodesh tov l'kulam!
The Month of Iyar

It is related in the Prophets (Kings I, 6:1) that King Solomon began the building of the First Temple "in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the House of G-d." The Radak explains: "The month Ziv is the month of Iyar... and it is called Ziv, as our sages explain, because of the splendor of the trees, namely the brilliance of the flowers and buds." Ziv means "splendor" or "brilliance." In this month of "brilliance" King Solomon "began to build the House of G-d."
The two names of the month, Ziv and Iyar (from "or," the primary word in Hebrew for "light"), are indeed two synonyms for "light." They both relate to the special light that shines in this second month of the Jewish calender. In particular, Iyar refers to the light source (or to the light within and proximate to its source), whereas Ziv refers to the expansion of radiant-energy as it shines far from its source. With regard to G-d's Divine light, the Ziv is that radiance which descends from its source to shine on the Jewish soul as enclothed in a physical body on earth, and to awaken in it the desire to build a House for G-d (within the context of physical reality, far removed, as it were, from the source of Divine light).

Shavua Tov!

"When a person does not eat in Holiness, it brings something evil in the heart." 
(Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, Likutey Moharan I, 60)


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Hine ma tov

Shabbath Shalom

And Nadav and Avihu, the sons of Aaron, took each of them his censer... And they died before G-d (10:1-2)
Bar Kappara said in the name of Rabbi Jeremiah ben Elazar: Aaron's sons died on account of four things: for drawing near, for offering, for the strange fire, and for not having taken counsel from each other. "For drawing near"--because they entered into the innermost precincts of the Sanctuary. "For offering"--because they offered a sacrifice which they had not been commanded to offer. "For the strange fire"--they brought in fire from the kitchen. "And for not having taken counsel from each other"--as it says, "Each of them his censer," implying that they acted each on his own initiative, not taking counsel from one another.


our Jewish little place: so I told a story...

our Jewish little place: so I told a story...: My daughter yesterday asked me to tell her a story with a good hero...so I told her a story of a soldier, an israeli soldier... and tod...

our Jewish little place: Yom HaAtzmaut crafting ideas

our Jewish little place: Yom HaAtzmaut crafting ideas: A glittering emblem of tha State of Yisrael. Just need a coloring page of the emblem, put glue all over it then pour blue and white glit...

soldiers of Israel

Thank you Soldiers of Israel
Always keep me in your thoughts, prayers and in your heart.

enjoy this tea time

The IDF Sacrifices Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner on the altar of political correctness

The picture the IDF does not want you to see. Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner leaving a Jerusalem hospital yesterday with his wife-- following treatment for injuries he received at the hands of a Danish provocateur. Eisner has been relieved of command for daring to strike back.
Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner was relieved of his command of the Jordan Valley Brigade this morning because of “operational and ethical failures.”  The IDF also has specified that Eisner will not be eligible for promotion for the next two years, effectively making it impossible for him to be promoted to what was widely considered to be his next post as  head of Bahad 1- the IDF  Officers Training Academy. It is important to note that Lt. Col. Eisner was not dismissed or discharged from the IDF.
Given the fact that international darlings Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz made the decisions to relieve Eisner of command and deny him promotion, these decisions come as no surprise whatsoever.
What remains shocking however is that Barak and Gantz apparently have relied exclusively on 25 minutes of supposedly “raw footage” of the incident taken by Palestinian TV cameraman Bashar Abdul Hek–who admits he was filming in order to support the International Solidarity Movement–and Hek’s description of what happened.
And while the IDF claims that it now has “the full video”, Hek himself says that the “raw footage” is incomplete, disingenuously telling IDF investigators that he stopped filming “for a while”, ironically at the precise moment when International Solidarity Movement provocateurs attacked the IDF soldiers with sticks. 
As for Andreas Las, the Danish “protestor” who was knocked down by Lt. Col. Eisner, there is still every reason to believe that it was Las who broke Lt. Col. Eisner’s fingers and fractured Eisner’s wrist. No evidence whatsoever has emerged to dispute Lt. Col. Eisner’s description of what happened 
Unfortunately, the entire episode is a metaphor for what has gone wrong with the IDF. Aggressive military commanders such as Yoav Gallant and Shalom Eisner have been replaced by a group of passive “military” leaders who cater to the international community–and put political correctness before the rights of IDF soldiers and the security of Israeli citizens.
And while those who would delegitimize Israel and work to undermine the country are cheering Ehud Barak and Benny Gantz today, Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner–a soldier who has worked tirelessly for Israel’s defense–was left to summarize his feelings this afternoon:
“I have received received the ruling in the matter with a heavy heart. I’m physically and emotionally injured and I have to recuperate. I have to reconsider my future in the IDF, should I be offered another position. I will continue to protect the state of Israel.”


yom haShoà 2012

Never again. Every Jew should know that reacting firmly and strongly to provocation, verbal and physical assault and denial of the right of existence of the Jewish State is now of vital meaning.
The world must know we will never go as lambs to the slaughter again.
In blessed memory of all the jewish men, women and children we lost during the Shoà

our Jewish little place: Shemà Reminder

our Jewish little place: Shemà Reminder: A nice Shemà springtime reminder for morning and nightime I made for my daughters.  Made of wood and tissue flower. You need to pai...

Barak joins criticism of Eisner

Guess what? Defense Minister Barak slams officer who hit protester, says situation could have been defused differently.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak has released his opinion on the incident in which IDF Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner hit a foreign activist during a violent protest. Barak slammed Eisner and rejected his argument that “doing the job” comes before looking good for the camera.

“There is no contradiction between completing the mission and acting in a way that befits the IDF and upholds its values,” Barak said, in a statement released by his PR people.

He slammed those who said Eisner’s actions were necessary. “The absurd statements heard today, suggesting that the officer’s anomalous and severe behavior stemmed from operational need or the principle of completing the mission, are not accepted by the Defense Minister and were never accepted in the IDF,” his PR office stated.
Eisner and soldiers under his command during the incident have testified that the foreign activist and those with him were endangering lives by blocking a road, had physically attacked Eisner, and had ignored repeated warnings to stand down.
Barak’s criticism follows that of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz.

While Eisner has been roundly criticized by the political and military elite, he has received support from his soldiers, who signed a petition praising him as a “moral and ethical” commander with many years of quality service. The bereaved mother of a soldier whose body he once retrieved has praised him as a hero, and more than 20,000 people have signed a petition expressing support for his actions.

It is time to wake up

from Israel, Jews and Juidaism

As news reports had it, Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner, the deputy commander of the Jordan Valley Brigade of the IDF, struck an "activist" from Denmark on the face with the side of his rifle, lightly injuring him. Initial reports had it that this attack was unprovoked.
The response from across the board here in Israel was one of criticism and distress -- "This is not the way IDF soldiers act!" -- and he was suspended from his position.
As it turns out, however, there is more to the story. Much more. Eisner, who regrets what happened, says he acted reflexively following two hours of sometimes violent provocation by some 250 Palestinian Arabs and foreign activists, who had persisted in trying to enter a forbidden military zone. In fact, the "activist" Eisner took a swing at had first attacked him, breaking two of his fingers.
Questions must be asked then regarding when and under what circumstances, if ever, a soldier has a right to hit back when attacked, and precisely who these "activists" were, who were prepared to engage the IDF in violence. So much for all the hype about people wanting to come peacefully, although of course the Danish "activist" declares his innocence, saying that "I wasn't doing anything."

And there's yet more to the story. This Danish "activist" is said to be an anarchist and is apparently a member of the International Solidarity Movement, a virulently anti-Israel group. And guess what? The ISM was on hand to video the incident and then selectively release a small segment of what had gone on -- carefully editing out the provocations that would be seen on a full video. The ISM released that edited video to news outlets and put it up on the Internet. That's the M.O. of ISM: generating bad press for Israel.
More distressing than what an organization that is a recognized enemy of Israel did, however, is what the response within Israel was at a variety of levels. The media accepted and ran with the story, showing the video without further checking -- and that video went viral worldwide. Furthermore, national leaders apologized for the incident without truly knowing all the facts. This reflects a regrettable pattern -- Israelis ready to show the world how good we are and thus accepting blame reflexively, before the entire story is known. (The very worst incident was with the Al Dura libel, but the question is whether we've learned anything from it.)
"We've gone mad" is how Maariv commentator Ben-Dror Yemini put it, and I would agree.

More than 10,000 visit Kever Yeoshua

More than 10,000 people visit the tomb of Joshua. 
“This is an opportunity to connect… Joshua represents the Jewish claim to Israel.” 


IDF Chief of Staff removes Eisner from command for two years

Lt. Col. Eisner
Lt. Col. Eisner
Israel news photo: Flash 90

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz has decided to remove Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner from his comman position following the media storm over an edited video showing him using force to restrain a protester.
Lt. Col. Eisner will not be allowed to perform any duties as a commander for two years. 

Military sources told Arutz Sheva that Lt. Gen. Gantz made his decision after consulting with the Central Command and the Ground Forces commander.
The IDF did not eject him from the armed forces, and his rank was not changed.
Lt. Col. Eisner was the commander of the Jordan Valley Battalion and was caught on film by International Solidarity Movement activists, who blocked the only highway linking the southern and northern communities near Israel’s border.
He shoved his rifle butt in the face of a Danish activist who had broken Eisner's finger while the activist was beating him with a stick during a two-hour confrontation, which the ISM video did not show.
Lt. Gen. Gantz’s decision was a foregone conclusion given the unprecedented media outrage over the incident, which quickly erupted into a broadside even before a thorough investigation had begun.
In reporting the decision to remove Lt. Col. Eisner from his position, Israel Broadcasting Authority’s Defense Analyst Carmela Menashe determined that it was impossible to keep him in his position because, in her words, he acted in direct opposition to his orders not to use unnecessary violence against activists. “He lost his cool,” she told listeners.
Voice of Israel government radio also brought in its legal commentator to speculate that criminal charges might be filed against Lt. Col. Eisner.
Soldiers, from privates to reserve officers, were incensed at the media campaign and questioned whether the same outrage would have been expressed had the officer involved not been religious.
National religious commentators noted that extreme police violence against protesters from their community  and against women and children in middle-of-the-night expulsions almost never has been met with media outrage.
Ironically, police in Denmark, home of the activist involved in the incident, were shown in a YouTube video as beating and pepper-spraying unarmed protesters, using violence that usually is seen in Iran, Egypt and other Muslim countries.


Shalom Eisner: This Is A Man

IDF Lieutenant Colonel Shalom Eisner arrives at his home in Jerusalem on April 17, 2012 (photo credit: by Uri Lenz/Flash90

from Jewishpress

Hagit Rein, grieving mother of the late Major B’naya Rein who was killed in the Second Lebanon War and whose body was recovered by Eisner under fire, called the Army Radio to express her dismay at the way Eisner was being judged by the “media court.”
During that war, B’naya Rein assembled a special force to assist damaged tanks. He was killed on that mission for which he had volunteered, and his body remained in enemy territory. At the command level it was decided that rescuing the body was too dangerous, according to the reservists’ letter. Then it was decided they lacked the necessary resources for a rescue mission.
After three days, Shalom Eisner, who was then commander of an armored battalion, heard about the abandoned body and said it was unacceptable that the body of an army officer would be lying on the ground while his parents were waiting for him at home. Eisner took a jeep, recall his fellow officers and soldiers, put on a flak jacket and went out to get B’naya. “Surrounded by burned-out tanks, missiles flying in every direction, he just went out into the field, loaded the body and brought it back.”

Lt. Col. Eisner’s supporters expressed their complete faith in him “as a man, as a friend and as a moral commander.”

Deputy Bik’ah Brigade Commander Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner, will be presented Tuesday the the IDF Chief of Staff, and it appears that the report will recommend to remove Lt. Col. Eisner from office, but keep him in the army.

However, the legal proceedings against Eisner will continue, and may affect his future career. The investigation was headed by Central Command Chief, Gen. Nitzan Alon.

On Lt. Eisner and being pushed around in our house

Where is it written that Jews have to keep taking it on the chin?
From Jack Engelhard at Arutz  Sheva

We should be better? Maybe we should be worse (once in a while) and then they’d leave us alone.
Yes, I know, we’re Jewish and we’re expected to behave…after all, the neighbors!
Once in a while, though, enough is enough and it’s time to take care of business.
There’s a terrific line in the movie “Rudy” where the Notre Dame (football) coach gives his troops the following pre-game pep talk:
“Nobody…and I mean NOBODY…comes into our house and pushes us around.”
Well, nobody pushed Shalom Eisner around. 
He’s the IDF’s Lt. Col. who’s been making the front pages.
They – the (brutish) humanitarians -- came to his house, Israel, and rather than take any more verbal and physical abuse, Eisner went Bogie and gave a particular rowdy a “”facial” (hockey term) with his rifle.
Gevalt and Stop The Presses! Never mind the media, who live and lust for this, but even Bibi chimed in against Eisner and the IDF top brass has suspended him even before the facts are in.
Apparently one photo is enough – though not enough for men who serve with Eisner in the IDF and support him as being nothing less than honorable and a top-notch commander.
My guess is that Eisner lost his cool but momentarily…something like Shimon and Levi who also took care of business but on a much larger scale. Some may recall that our father Jacob was none too pleased, worried about the neighbors, but nobody’s bothered Dinah in quite some time.
I also take it for granted that Eisner is a decent man who never did this before and will never do it again but to my mind…to me he is a hero.
Confronted by yet another anti-Semitic thug (and they keep on coming by air, land and sea) he lost his temper.
Well it’s about time somebody did.
Where is it written that Jews have to keep taking it on the chin? 
David was no patsy and even at the very end he instructed Shlomo to take care of business.
Nothing quite as extreme from Eisner, but perhaps a message has been sent.
Recently, a gang of hoods beat up a Yeshiva kid in Brooklyn. Why? “Because Jews don’t fight back,” they laughed.
So thank you Lt. Col. Eisner for proving otherwise.

The mission comes before looking good

IDF Lt. Col. Eisner
Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner said Tuesday he has "no regrets" about striking a Danish activist, saying that doing the job is more important than looking good.
"What's more important, doing the job or looking good for the camera?" Eisner asked rhetorically during an interview with Channel 10.
"We know the history of these anarchists," Eisner said. "They came with sticks and broke my hand, but no one talks about that or films it."
"It's true; some of the pictures look bad," he conceded. "I used my weapon coldly, like a stick. I didn't kill anyone, and didn't put anyone's life at risk."
"My job was to protect my soldiers and open the road, and I did just that," Eisner said. "My sense was that this [the blow] would do it."
The protesters themselves said after the incident that they cut the rally short and decided not to block the road only because of the way I handled the situation," Eisner said.
Eisner also criticized the senior IDF commanders who publically criticized him while the IDF investigation was still underway.
"But all these stories do not interest our chief of staff [Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz] or the head of my command [GOC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Nitzan Alon]," Eisner said.
"There are a few questions," he said. "I admitted that it may have been a professional mistake to use arms in front of cameras, but I told the commander of the division I do not accept it as a failure of values ​​in any way."
"There is a question of what is more important, completing the mission or a good photograph? I argue that the mission is more important, they say otherwise. It could be I am wrong and they are right ".
"If the film was of nicely pressed soldiers waving flags, does that look good? What do I do to open my road? Do I put my soldier's lives at risk? Does that sounds good?"
"Someone broke my hand," Eisner said, pressing his suit. "Did anyone [on the general staff] understand the implications of breaking the hand of a Colonel in the IDF [without consequences]? No one."
The incident happened on Saturday when a group of foreign and Arab cyclists sought to block a main road near Jericho to protest Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria.
Critics of Eisner's suspension were quick to note the video of the incident uploaded to the internet was clearly edited in such a way as to cast Eisner in the worst possible light.
The altercation came at the end of nearly two hours of heated confrontation between protesters and soldiers, but the video began with Eisner striking Ias.
Eisner subsequently told military investigators that two of his fingers had been broken in an attack by the Danish campaigner before he retaliated with his weapon.
A medical examination confirmed at least one of Eisner's fingers was indeed broken during the demonstration.
He remains suspended pending the outcome of the investigation into the incident
However, a senior military source told Arutz Sheva that while Eisner's remarks were those of a man angry and defending himself, it was going to be difficult for him to continue in the IDF after his remarks.

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במדינה מוסרית סגן מפקד חטיבת הבקעה, סא"ל שלום אייזנר היה מועמד לקבל צל"ש. מול רפיסותה של ממשלת ישראל נגד אנרכיסטים ופעילי שמאל קיצוני, היה אייזנר הקצין שניהל את האירוע בצורה נכונה והחזיר את יכולת ההרתעה של צה"ל. את הסרט על האירוע פרסמו האנרכיסטים. אנחנו לא יודעים מה קדם לתקרית, מה עשו אותם פעילים רכובים על אופניים לחיילים ומה נאמר קודם. מה שכן ניתן לראות איך בדקות קצרות, מצליח כח של צה"ל לפנות את הצומת במינימום נפגעים. נכון, גם למלחמה יש חוקים, ולהפגנת הכח יש גבולות, אבל הכאת המפגין, לאחר אינסוף אזהרות,כאשר הוא ממשיך להתקרב באופן מאיים אל עבר החיילים שוב ושוב, עוד קצת ועוד קצת אין בה חוסר מוסריות,די!חייבים לשים סוף לפרובוקציות!!! המפגין אכן חטף, אבל לא מדובר במכה קטלנית. להבא, ידעו פעילי השמאל, בעיקר מחו"ל, כי ישראל היא לא קייטנה למשועממים, וכי הפגיעה בבטחון המדינה עלולה גם לכאוב.

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שלום אייזנר סמח"ט בקעת הירדן

in his own words

IDF Lt. Col. Eisner
I explained to the activists that many travelers were using the road because of the holiday and that they are posing a major security risk. All was calm and in control and that is why I didn't bring a water canon and gave them 15 minutes to protest. It was a group of 60 activists and suddenly two buses arrived and the activists all together called to block the road while closing our barrier. One of the Palestinian organizers told me at this stage that she no longer had control over the event.The weapon was the only thing I had in my hands.
The whole thing lasted 60 seconds, we prevented them from getting on the road and they boarded the bus. Obviously, they didn't show the part where they attacked us with sticks in the video. I should not have flung my weapon like that. But those are 60 seconds out of a two-hour event.

National Union MK Michael Ben Ari said:

“Well done to the IDF officer who did what Bibi and Aharonovich have no brain or courage to do,” Ben Ari said. “Radical leftists must be handled with a heavy hand. There was a tangible threat to the lives of the soldiers and the officer had no other choice. If it was a settler who was beaten we would not have heard the cries of the hypocrites on the left. Turns out they are not interested in human rights but the rights of terrorists and pro-Arabs.”
....and I do totally agree.