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Gaza War Diary Thu. May 19, 2016 Day 690

May 19th, 2016 by Gail Winston

Dear Family & Friends,

So, it seems as if the Likud government now has a secure coalition with Avigdor Liberman as Defense Minister & his 6 mandates joining. No longer are there outstanding open or secret negotiations with Isaac (Bugie) Herzog who demanded a very long list of impossible-to-grant portfolios & ministries & control over peace negotiations & veto power over settlements, etc. ad nauseum.

My opinion: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu let Herzog keep spinning his own trap & let him fall into it. Liberman was ready & willing to be a responsible adult; Bibi asked; Avigdor agreed within a day. The government is now knit solid & ready to take care of business.

Note that in the same time/space, the Natural Gas Framework was solidified with the clause on security now accepted. Very reassuring news for the economy & energy security.

Enjoy the silvery almost full moon & a sweet night; a swell day & a fine Shabbat!

All the very best, Gail/Geula/Savta/Savta Raba x 2/ Mom

Our Website is full of reliable information:

1.MK Liberman’s appointment as Defense Minister by Moshe... Read More

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Gaza War Diary Tue-Wed. May 17-18, 2016 Day 688-689 2am

May 17th, 2016 by Gail Winston

Dear Family & Friends,

Meir Ettinger is being released on June 1st after 9 months in ‘administrative detention’ with no trial, no charges, no evidence…& most of the time in solitary confinement. Why? Because of what he thinks? & says?!! He was denied the father’s right to attend his son’s brit milah. But, the media (some of it – like the JTA below – are still smearing him & the Shin Bet will still follow him – as if he’s a convicted terrorist. What’s going on?

Second big story of the day. Avigdor Liberman will join Bibi Netanyahu’s government coalition after Isaac ‘Buji’ Herzog flubbed his chance & is now blaming Bibi. I’ve heard that his nickname: ‘Buji’ means ‘cupcake’ & he’s certainly acting like one. Not sure what is final yet. More tomorrow.

Have a nice night. It’s breezy & cool. A good day.

All the very best, Gail/Geula/Savta/Savta Raba x 2/Mom

Our Website with Manny’s articles:

1.Jewish extremist Meir Ettinger to be released from detention by JTA

2.An administrative detainee’s poem: The Hilltop Youth 3.’Diplomatic isolation is just an empty media threat’ 4.Netanyahu’s man in DC: Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer 5.Divers Discover ‘Spectacular’ Cargo of Ancient Shipwreck... Read More

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Gaza War Diary Mon. May 16, 2016 Day 687 3am

May 16th, 2016 by Gail Winston

Dear Family & Friends,

At 3am it’s too late to write a personal, pithy piece. Except a piece of splendid news:

My grand-daughter Mira graduated U. of Penn, Summa Cum Laude! Mazel Tov!

So to bed.

All the very best, Gail/Geula/Savta/Savta Raba x 2/Mom

Our Website:

1.The myth of Palestinian sovereignty claims By Barry Shaw, INN

1A.The Case for Israeli Sovereignty in the Golan Heights 2.The French Will Make Things Worse By: Jonathan S. Tobin 3.Insane Muslim Terrorists by Daniel Greenfield

4.The media as a weapon in the Israeli/Arab war

5.’Saving Amona will save thousands of other Jewish homes’ 6.Independence or dependence? Israel faces a dilemma by Shifra Hoffman 7.Scapegoating their own Jewish community by Larry Domnitch 8.Revealed: Hamas using Gazan fishermen to smuggle weapons By Ari Soffer 9.Israeli Stabbed in Jerusalem Attack, Terrorist Captured May 16, 2016

1.The myth of Palestinian sovereignty claims By Barry Shaw, INN

The PLO National Charter was redrafted in 1968 and, in many ways, became more radical and threatening than the original version.

The Israeli Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), of which I am a proud member and the Senior Associate... Read More

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Gaza War Diary Sun. May 15, 2016 Day 686 12midnite

May 15th, 2016 by Gail Winston

On Thursday, Yom Hatzmaut, I journeyed southward with my youngest family to a Yeshuv near Hevron for a Hanukat H’Bayit & Hachnesses Sefer Torah. I was expecting a gathering of several families on a Hilltop. WOW! Was I blown away! It seemed like there were 500 people up there, with their children & elderly but, mostly young couples with young babies. (My grand-daughter said she thought there were 150 people there. Sharp eyes!)

They were welcoming their new Sefer Torah, a majestic, shiny silver, round Sephardic Torah & what I am used to seeing, an elegant Ashkenazi Torah, entering their new synagogue just after the Mezuzah was lovingly tapped into the doorway. We sang it into its new home & then retired to eat Barbeque (called ‘Mangel’ in Hebrew) at my oldest granddaughter’s new home on the hill. Two families, hers & his, together in one shining new house – with lots of children tumbling around on the floor.

After lots of yummy food, we went to Marat HaMachpelah, the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron which was draped with huge Israeli flags for the 2 Chagim (not usually because we needs must ‘share’ our holy Jewish site with the Muslims around us). Then home to prepare for Shabbat.... Read More

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Gaza War Diary Yom Hatzmaut 68 years Chag Sama’ech! & Shabbat Shalom Thu-Fri. May 12-13, 2016 Day 683-684 11am

May 12th, 2016 by Gail Winston

Dear Family & Friends,

Yom Hatzmaut began officially at dark last night with fireworks. Today BarBQues in the country. I don’t know why we eat BarBQue on Israel’s Independence Day but, it’s a Tradition! & fun.

So, here’s your Independence Day present. Note that the info is quite unusual but useful in your efforts of Hasbara: Public Diplomacy.

Have a wonderful fun day & night plus a special Shabbat.

All the very best, Gail/Geula/Savta/Savta Raba x 2/Mom

Our Website:

1.Opening ceremonies for Israel’s 68th Independence Day begin at Har Herzl in Jerusalem.

1-A.The Sanctity of Yom Ha’atzmaut by Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook 2.Ben Rhodes & the Fiction behind the Iran Nuclear Deal 3.What Rhodes Revealed By Dr. Michael Makovsky – The Weekly Standard

4.Arlene Kushner “Many Bases”

5.’Israel only country allowed by US to modify new fighter jets’ 6.Trump to Israel Hayom: Israel is the US’s bastion of hope 7.Iran threatens to sink US warships 8.Guess Where J Street Recruits Its Leaders? 9.Who Can Count the Dust of Jacob by Daniel Greenfield 10.Sykes-Picot borders are collapsing due to failed Western policy

Watch: Israel celebrates 68 years 1.Opening ceremonies for Israel’s 68th... Read More

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Gaza War Diary Chag Sama’ech! Wed. May 11, 2016 Day 682 8pm

May 11th, 2016 by Gail Winston

Dear Family & Friends,

Today is Yom HaZikaron, Remembrance Day for our fallen soldiers & terror victims. Tomorrow is Yom Hatzmaut, Israel Independence Day at 68 years! Population 8.5 million, ten times 1948…6.337 million are Jewish or 74.8 %. Arab population is 1.771 million or 20.8%.

Celebrate! Have a BarBQue! Or a ‘mangel’ as they call it in Israel.

We have so many wonderful people & accomplishments to be proud of…especially our own cleverness to finally be here after so many years!

All the very best, Gail/Geula/Savta/Savta Raba x 2/Mom

Our Website:

1.On celebrating Independence Day by Isi Leibler

2. ‘I always knew I would return’: Visitor center inaugurated in Gush Etzion

3.Remembrance – Zikaron by Yishai Fleisher

4.Time for a new Israeli diplomatic initiative By Caroline B. Glick

5.“As Israel turns 68, half of world Jewry calls it home,”

6.Obama Should Not Support Quartet Report Claiming Settlements Illegal. This is not Arab land!

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Gaza War Diary Mon-Tue. May 9-10, 2016 Day 680-681 11pm

May 9th, 2016 by Gail Winston

Dry Bones by Ya’acov Kirschen “The Way We Are”

Tuesday evening May 10 through Wednesday May 11 is Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s National Remembrance Day for the Fallen & Victims of Terror. Wednesday evening May 11 thru Thursday May 12 is Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence day. The official “switch” from Yom HaZikaron to Yom HaAtzmaut takes place a few minutes after sundown, with a ceremony at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl Cemetery in which the national flag is raised from half staff to the top of the pole.


Dear Family & Friends,

Too many dead heroes & victims of Palestinian Terror attacks. Too many sad families – widows & orphans today on Yom HaZikaron – Memorial for our fallen soldiers & Terror victims. Pray that their pain doesn’t take too long to diminish to tolerable. This is how we earned our freedom on our ancestral Home-Land. A huge cost in blood & injury. The soldiers who have died this year from their wounds in War & Terror have increased to 59.

No, it is NOT fair. Hug your loved ones & especially your children.

I watched the movie EXODUS again tonight. It was one of the... Read More

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Gaza War Diary Sun-Mon. May 8-9, 2016 Day 679-680 12midnite

May 8th, 2016 by Gail Winston

Dear Family & Friends,

Three Trump articles for you to check out plus Dry Bones. He’s the probably Republican candidate so it’s time to learn more about him. Four deep essays about serious subjects follow. The best 2 interviews of & about him I saw in last week’s AMI Magazine from New York, available here in Israel. Turx interviewed Mr. Trump & his Orthodox Real Estate Attorney & advisor. I’ll try to find it online.

A silvery sliver of a moon for the new month of Iyyar. Enjoy. Hodesh Tov!

Have a soft night, a sweet day, All the very best, Gail/Geula/Savta/Savta Raba/Mom

Our Website:

1.Trump Is Being Lofted By 4 Long Terms Of Presidential Failure

2.Trump’s Israel Adviser: ‘Not in a Million Years Would Donald Have Berated Netanyahu as Hillary Did’ by Ruthie Blum 3.Donald Trump will understand MidEast real estate in 5 minutes 4.Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Criticism of Islam Angers Western Liberals 5.Dennis Ross: Mideast turning to Russia because we’re weak 6.Facing “abnormal” enemies by Prof. Louis René Beres

7.Palestinian UNRWA revolt reaches Judea-Samaria By Ari Yashar

1.Trump Is Being Lofted By 4 Long Terms... Read More

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Gaza War Diary Thu-Fri. May 5-6, 2016 Day 676-677 6pm

May 5th, 2016 by Gail Winston

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) & Shabbat Shalom!

Dear Family & Friends,

The Siren goes off on Wednesday at 10 am for 2 minutes to mark the Commemoration of Holocaust Day. I stand at my front window looking out at the hills, valley & forests in our Jewish Homeland which we have settled. Next week on Yom HaZikaron (Day of Remembrance) we’ll commemorate our fallen soldiers & civilians killed in our wars – followed immediately by our Yom Hatzmaut (Day of our Independence) on May 15, 1948.

Wednesday night I lit a Yahrzeit Memorial Candle for all of the victims, the survivors & their families – & their extended families throughout the world. How can we still sustain our humanity despite the cruelty that the world has sent our way? We do…& we extend our caring, our innovations & our healing skills.

Our instruction manual for how we conduct our lives Jewishly emanates from the Torah given by G-d when He chose us to receive it at Mt. Sinai. Many laws & instructions for living are contained in this remarkable document. Without it, we degenerate into lesser beings.

So, use it, enjoy it, embrace Life & hug each other! Have... Read More

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Gaza War Diary Wed. May 4, 2016 Day 675 Yom HaShoah began tonight & tomorrow. 1am

May 4th, 2016 by Gail Winston

Dear Family & Friends,

Just as I was finishing this GW Diary, I got word from California that my favorite Uncle Buzzy, (who was 100 years young) had died with his nearby family around him. I am crying while I write this. But, there’s still the nasty world’s anti-Semitism out there – basically, lies about Jews & Israel – to fight, to survive, to thrive. So, as it is said in my old life: “The Show must go on.” That’s Hasbara Business.

All the very best, Gail/Geula/Savta/Savta Raba x 2/Mom

Visit Manny’s writings in our Website:

Manny is up there in Shamayim to welcome Buzzy with love & explain what to do.

1.Deputy Minister Hotovely welcomes newest addition to the family

2.Tiberias: Fire near grave of Rabbi Meir Baal Haness

3.Ted Cruz Drops Out; Trump Supports Settlement Expansion 4.Sykes-Picot is dead, long live Israel! By Shmuley Boteach 5.The tree and the menorah By Moshe Dann

6.Roseanne Barr: How a Hollywood great chose morality over personal success

7.The problem with Israeli politics by Martin Sherman

8.Report: IDF has partially withdrawn from Area A

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