Sha’i Ben-Tekoa: “Ishmael Forever” Dec. 1, 2015
From the Mind of Sha’i ben-Tekoa
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Date: Tuesday Dec. 1, 2015
Parasha: Vayeishev / וישב
Title: “Ishmael Forever”
Copyright Sha’i ben-Tekoa 2015
“Shalom laYehudim, Shalom laBnai Noach, Shalom laGoyim” It is the evening of the 4th day, kaf beKhodesh Kislev, Parashas Vayeishev, tav-shin-ayin-vav, the evening of the 3rd day, Tuesday, 1 December 2015, webcasting from the rainy hills of Judea.
Where once again at the Gush Etzion intersection at about 8 o’clock this morning, an Ishmael-clone, age 17, I think, just like Ishmael, tried to stab a Jew but was shot dead by a Jew first, one of the many soldiers in full combat gear stationed all around that intersection now.
Later in the morning in the Shomron, another stabber, a female wild ass, was neutralized in her attempt.
On Monday night, I think it was in Jerusalem on the Mt. of Olives, the location of an Arab settlement called Ras al-Amud, there was a major riot. Molotov cocktails were thrown at police and another 17-year-old Ishmaelite was shot dead in the act of throwing one.
And on Sunday night on Route 443, one of the two main roads in and out of Jerusalem from the coastal plain, several Israeli cars were perfectly targeted by rock-throwing Arabs (Ishmael did become a shooter when expelled from Father Abraham’s tents) rocks that shattered their windshields.
There was also a report from there of laser beams directed at drivers, presumably like those sociopaths on the edges of airports in the States who have been known to direct their beams at pilots’ eyes to blind them during landing.
Yes, sociopaths. It just was revealed today that 43 years ago, I think it Joseph Romano the weightlifter on the Israeli Olympic team at the Munich Olympic Games whose parents came from Libya, by the way – when they were taken hostage by Fatah, pretending to be the unknown “Black September,” who when tied up with the other ten athletes was castrated in front of them.
The reality of our neighbors must be taken into account in our dealings with them and I don’t think we do that. These Arabs here harbor an ungodly number of sociopaths, who used to be called psychopaths, and I wish they still were.
I have no hope for peace with them until Moshiach arrives and all attempts at peace and a cooperative, friendly relationship until then are a cosmic waste of time.
Ishmael was expelled from his father’s community because his father’s wise wife Sarah saw that Ishmael was capable, psychologically speaking, of murdering her son Isaac, and she was right.
This expulsion happened in the year 1713 BCE. That was 3,728 years ago, and I say peace with these people is impossible because, obviously, over the last 3,728 years, these people haven’t changed. They are the same.
For sure, there are good individuals among them, and some reliable experts claim many are opposed to this latest knife-in-the-back technique, but of course these good people say nothing, and that is because they are terrified, and in addition to these good people, there is an ungodly percentage of homicidal maniacs. Worse, their leaders, like the populace apparently, do not have the courage to go against the worst found in the “Arab street.”
That is a generous assessment, for on the surface their leaders seem to be less afraid of them and even think like them. Take, for example, the video released today by PMW showing Abbas, on 16 November on PA TV, describing the current fashion of Jew-killing with kitchen knives and axes, whatever, as a “peaceful uprising.” More than a dozen Israelis at the moment had been murdered, 167 wounded, and this, he said, was “a peaceful popular uprising.” He said he had long called for that. He was said to be opposed to another violent intifada, and apparently he is satisfied that what is going on now deserves the title “peaceful popular uprising.”
Not only that, he used the word “aggression” to describe the firing of bullets by Israelis. Israelis, as always, are the aggressors.
I say, with more conviction than ever, that no good can come from negotiating with this man. From my own research into Arab culture, this is behavior possibly as old as Ishmael’s 37 centuries ago. The aggressor is always the other guy and you are always the defender. And as for Jews: they have no right to defend themselves and fight back. That is experienced in Araby, Jewish self-defense, as aggression.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu was in Paris and he passed this guy Abbas in the hall. They exchanged handshakes and smiles and Bibi explained later that Israel must always be seen as ready for peace talks.
But I wonder.
JPost hard copy today cited a paper delivered at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, the Bar-Ilan think tank, by Yaakov Amidror, former National Security Advisor and before then a career analyst in military intelligence, who advised that little can be done about these lone attackers. He said that the calls by some for a replay of Operation Defensive Shield in 2002, when the IDF took back control of Judea and Samaria, are meaningless in this context. Those who want to see house-to-house searches in Hevron. He says: They are just uninformed, my word. When the weapons are kitchen knives, screwdrivers and the like — 90% of the violence — he said, that would be a pointless exercise.
I agree, but disagree that Israel can do nothing. He was right in saying, “Look at the bigger picture. What is going on is not an existential threat and compared to previous cycle of violence,” what is happening now is minor.
But again, I reject the idea there is nothing we can do except defend ourselves. We can make the enemy pay for this behavior and maybe even profit from it. I’ve said in the past we should deny all Jewish visits to the Temple Mount and tell the world that we are forced to do this because the Muslims are such conscienceless barbarians. But in response we will consider Oslo a dead letter and feel no constraint when it comes to building wherever we want in this Land.
At the Gush intersection, army engineers are already, I think, creating a bypass road and paths to enforce complete separation of the peoples. This was Israel’s response to the first intifada; I remember it well. Before 1996, Israelis driving back and forth between Hevron and the Gush and Jerusalem had to pass through Bethlehem and pass by the Dehaisheh refugee slum whose denizens, like today’s, did not lack for rock throwers throwing rocks at our cars.
The solution? The boring of two tunnels west of the old road and the building of several kilometers of bypass road.
Likewise in Samaria, new roads just for Jews were built. Of course, over time, world-Jewry shrieked, “Apartheid!” with typical ignorance of the situation. None of them knew that for 20 years Jews and Arabs used the same roads. No problem. It was only when in 1988 the Arabs started their rock throwing at our cars that Israel was forced to create separate toads for Jews, which makes of the charge “apartheid” not of this world. Apartheid, skin color, played no role in that engineering decision made in reaction to serial attempts to murder Jews by these savages lacking all human empathy for Jews.
Here we are more than a quarter-century later, and the Arab mind remains unchanged. Here is not some marginal crackpot but President Abbas himself who sees “a peaceful uprising” in the flashing knives of his youth, and Israeli aggression in Jews using guns to stay alive.
I would also like to see the prime minister profit from this situation by demanding that Abbas publicly on PATV declare that the current attacks by his boys should stop; declare that no one has the right to murder Jews like this. And until he makes such a speech, Israel owes him nothing.
As always, yours truly wants to see a very different public diplomacy in which we declare our right to be the sovereign owners of Judea and Samaria. I was at the Wall the other day. I saw a tourist reading a tourist guide and noticed the title on the cover which was, “Israel and the Palestinian Territories”. I wanted to know who published this book and he showed me: ‘The Lonely Planet’.
Someday, G-d willing, official Israel will wake up to this classic, almost Nazi-like antisemitism at work here. At Auschwitz, the Nazis deprived Jews of their names and literally burned serial numbers into their arms as if they were inanimate objects or animals like diseased cattle being registered for destruction. Today the world no longer knows the names “Judea and Samaria” and the reason for that is Israel’s stiff-necked refusal to proudly claim Judea and Samaria under their rightful names and to raise Cain about being denied the real estate whence cometh the word “Jew” that was the center our people’s historic existence here.
Israel could make it a regulation that all foreign journalists have to use the terms Judea and Samaria or be denied accreditation which affords certain privileges and government assistance in their work. Israelis have to wake up.
Well, last webcast I talked of cooperation between Israel and Russia in the skies over Syria. I quoted Amos Gilad, another former National Security Adviser, who said things were going smoothly and there was no room for concern of a repeat of the Turkish downing of a Russian plane between us and Russia.
Then yesterday in Paris, the prime minister met with the current Russian Czar, Vladimir Putin, and Netanyahu said they spoke of even deeper security cooperation. Indeed, yesterday Israeli and Russian military officers were scheduled to meet.
Bibi also spoke of the threat to both Russia and Israel from “extremist Islam,” in his words. Its “brutality and barbarism.”
It was also reported that Putin began their meeting by saying, “Happy Hanukah” before praising Bibi for his recent visit to Moscow where he presented his plan for cooperation that is working well. Afterwards, as mentioned before, Bibi said he wanted to keep up appearances via that smile and the handshake with Abbas but that “he has no illusions about the man. He has to stop the incitement and lying about the Temple Mount.” Yes, we need more of this from him. He also said Arab leaders approached him respectfully and it fact it was just announced last week that Israel is opening a commercial office in Abu Dhabi of the UAE. I think it is part of the tectonic shift in the entire region occasioned by Ayatollah Barack Hussein’s fondness for Iran that is driving the Arabs toward a friendlier attitude to Israel. In fact, an op-ed in a Kuwaiti newspaper last week spoke the truth in saying Israel is not the Arabs’ enemy.
In Paris, though, yesterday, the Israeli delegation chose not to attend the speech delivered by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Apparently they were forewarned that he was going to say “There is no cause that can justify the recent terrorist violence in Paris, in Beirut, Baghdad, Tunis and every place else.”
Right, Israel was not mentioned by him, which fits right into what I spoke about last webcast: the iron-clad law in the United Nations organization according which, unique on the planet, what is seen as terrorism all over the world, when perpetrated in Israel against Jews, is not terrorism; it’s freedom-fighting.
And thus is the flame of age-old violence against Jews kept alive. So long as the Jewish people exists, much of the world will treat this people differently and even sanctify killing us in a “noble cause” such as a “war of national independence.”
In every generation, there are “good reasons” to hate and kill Jews and in our generation it is Palestinian Nationalism, which is the struggle of a small, Third World people whose entire ancient homeland was stolen by imperialist, racist Zionists — just the like the Belgians who ruled in the Congo, and the French in three North African countries and even more in sub-Saharan black Africa.
Like the British in Kenya and southern Africa. Israel is the latest of the racist, European colonial aggressors against the Third World.
Never mind that the history of Zionism bears no resemblance whatsoever to the history of European colonialism.
The Jewish religion, in one sense, is a theory of human history over which the Holy One Blessed be He is in charge, and in this light we may frame the tidal wave of Muslims pouring into Europe, so many of them via Turkey. For Europe’s monumental destruction of a third of European Jewry, it is now literally being invaded by Muslims bent on destroying Europe from within. JPost hard copy this morning reported that the EU is trying to bribe Turkey into shutting down this invasion. The EU hopes to sign an agreement this coming Sunday in Brussels with Turkey that will pay them 3 billion euros to cut off the flow. In addition, the EU will relent from some of its demands made of Turkey for years for reform as a condition of entry in the EU.
There are some 2.2 million Syrian refugees sheltering in Turkey today and from this pool so many of the so-called refugees are coming. Turkey has the ability to shut down this traffic. The EU also wants Turkey to block in particular Afghans in this stream of mostly young military age men.
In this regard, there was good news here this morning from the States in the matter of state governors standing up to the ayatollah in the Oval Office who remains determined to proceed with his Islamization of America. Maybe you saw that edited video of His Excellency Barack Hussein repeating the expression “it is not who we are” 46 times in order to justify his Islamification program under the camouflage of compassion for refugees.
Maybe you saw today how this master con man addressed the global warming conference in Paris, calling global warming and terrorism as joint security threats; and I think he even threw in the triple homicide in Colorado Springs at Planned Parenthood last Friday.
I still hold to my belief that Obama’s crusade for climate exchange is nothing but a distraction, a variation of calling Ft. Hood “workplace violence.” Since when has he been known as such a nature boy, a member of the Sierra Club perhaps, a lover of the outdoors who weeps over the destruction of the environment? Since when has he been such an expert on meteorology? His claim that climate change is a threat on a par with terrorism by extremists, whose ideology he cannot name, is the same tactic.
Islamize America and get people to look the other way.
On the home front in addition to the two failed Jew-killing attempts today, a top story was the miserable decision, and hardly its first, by the High Court not to demolish the home of a Jew-killer who last year stabbed a soldier to death outside Tel-Aviv’s Hahaganah railroad station, 20 year-old Almog Shiloni, h”y . His brother and other family members are sick with anger at the Court, whose decision was once again these judges second-guessing the army and GSS who know these Arabs better.
Two of the three-judge panel, Mani Mazuz, a known Leftist and former attorney-general, and Eli Rubinstein, a known, spineless liberal, said too much time has passed, 11 months, since the murder to justify demolishing this home as a deterrent; again, exercising their judgement in defense matters that overrides others in the security agencies who know better.
I also sense a continuing confusion in the minds of these High Court judges between civil and criminal proceedings whose defendants are citizens vs. these Arabs who live under martial law. In my book, I point out how in Algeria, just like here, the Muslims confused the civilized by committing acts of war against the French but then demanded to be treated like citizens in peace time charged with a crime in a civilized society.
I point out of how the French, like Israelis later on in the 1970s, thought they could improve the lives of the Muslims and make them grateful and therefore less hostile. The French army was used to build more schools and help villages improve their sanitation collection.
As if the locals cared about either. What stands out is this using of soldiers as construction workers and sanitation engineers. That is a big mistake. The principle job of a soldier is to kill enemy soldiers, and when he is tasked with these other public works projects in the hope of changing hearts and minds, he is being misused and the nation that employs him in these tasks is only fooling and harming itself.
That is maybe one positive side the current “knife intifada”, as they are calling it. Everyone knows the task at hand is not arresting the attacker so that he can then be put on trial and provided with a lawyer. No, the right thing to do is to kill him on the spot. Btselem is already complaining about these “field executions.”
Yaakov Amidror is right about the difficulty of dealing with the current style of Jew-killing attempts that are very different than what was going on a decade ago. It is not an imminent security crisis for the whole country but is having a major impact on the lives of Jews in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria. The government has just budgeted 100 million shekels for assistance to Jerusalem’s businesses impacted by the violence; you know the shopkeepers, the café owners and others dependent upon drop-in traffic.
In the Gush, the two major restaurants are functionally inert. One of them, one of the best restaurants in Israel, Gavna, is owned by friends of mine and they now have shut their doors and must find other employment until the situation reverts to what it was. The 30,000 or so residents, I think, in the fourteen communities in the bloc — gush means bloc — are afraid to go out.
The central Rami Levy discount supermarket’s daily revenue must be down by 90% during the week (if not before Shabbos). One imagines people who work in Jerusalem are doing more of their shopping there – rather than shopping in the Gush.
Well, to end on a better note. While there were rumors last week of Netanyahu wanting to hand over land to Abbas, he has made clear that he will not hand over one square meter so long as this violence persists, which it could for years to come.
OK, that’s it for us on Tuesday, I’ll be back on Thursday, G-d willing.
Leila Tov miEretz Yisrael.
Sha’i ben-Tekoa was born, raised and educated in the United States of America. He received a B.A. in Comparative Religion from Columbia University and did graduate work in same at the University of Chicago Divinity School. A traveler in Arab lands, he served in the Yom Kippur War effort of 1973. His articles on the Arab-Israeli conflict, terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, Midstream, Congress Monthly and other publications. He appeared on American Public Broadcasting’s The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour. In preparation for 1991’s historic Arab-Israeli peace conference in Madrid, he worked on assignment for the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Shamir. He was formerly lead English language commentator for Shamir. He was formerly lead English language commentator for IsraelNationalNews.com. Sha’i broadcasts his Internet radio commentary and music program from the hills of Judea 3 nights a week. These webcasts, other articles & videos can be seen or heard by signing up on hisWebsite:www.deprogramprogram.com.
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About the Author Sha’i ben-Tekoa is the author of
“Phantom Nation: Inventing the ‘Palestinians’ as the Obstacle to Peace”available at Amazon.com on Kindle or 3 Volume Paperback. Check out the reviews on Amazon.com Book Description: Publication Date: January 4, 2014
If you are a supporter of Israel, “Phantom Nation” is a must-read book.
If you support the putatively Paleolithic “Palestinians,” you had better read this book. Sha’i ben-Tekoa skewers the myth of a “Palestinian” nation with rights to land the League of Nations specifically recognized as Jewish.
The author, hired for a research project by the Office of Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir discovered the first mention ever in a United Nations resolution of “Palestinians” in the year 1970, three years after Israel conquered Judea and Samaria,a.k.a. the “West Bank.” The author also shows how this very no-name of a name, “West Bank,” had to be invented for hills the Arabs never had a name for. Hence, the sterile, topographical description lacking all historical associations, which exposes the fraud that is the “Palestinian” counter-claim to land the League said was Jewish. Before 1959, when Gamal Nasser of Egypt conjured up the idea of a phantom “Palestinian” nation, the record of Holy Land history is perfectly empty of any mention of them. After Ben-Tekoa’s government assignment ended, he went in search of the full story surrounding the birth of this allegedly archaic community, and the story he tells covers the entire sweep of Zionist and Israeli history, its wars and waves of Arab and Muslim massacres (terrorism) and the birth of this notional nation a Biblical generation of forty years after the League of Nations’ decision. He likens the rise of “Palestinian Nationalism” to Holocaust Denial as a twin perversion of history; as our generation’s successor ideology to medieval Christianity and Nazism as forms of homicidal anti-Semitism. It is our time’s way of justifying the mass murder of Jews. “Phantom Nation” is also a crackling, riveting, great read.
Review From Outpost, April, 2015, by Ruth King, Board of Directors, AFSI: Americans for a Safe Israel “…When Shai Ben-Tekoa was doing research for the Office of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir on the United Nations bias against Israel, he discovered that in the period of The League of Nations (1919-1945) and in United Nations Resolutions from 1945 until 1969 there was not a single reference to the Arabs as “the people of Palestine.” That term had its debut in Resolution 2535 in 1969. One year later, UN Resolution 2628 referenced the Arabs as “the Palestinian people” inventing a national identity which everyone has been parroting ever since.These facts inspired ben-Tekoa to write his meticulously researched and detailed three-volume work Phantom Nation: Inventing the “Palestinians” as the Obstacle to Peace. These volumes are packed with more information that any single book on the history of Israel. Ben-Tekoa chronicles it all–from the early pre-state Zionists, to the rebirth of the Jewish state, through the endless wars and terrorism, to the present Holocaust denial and international anti-Semitism.
Furthermore, Ben Tekoa understands the role that the Koran and Islam have played in the Muslim/Arab war against Israel. Israel stands in the way of Muslim dreams of a Caliphate with Sharia law throughout the Middle East. In this respect he goes beyond some of the best books on the conflict, including the late Irish politician Conor Cruise O’Brien’s The Siege and Samuel Katz’s Battleground.
The blood curdling anti-Jewish fulminations of Iran are a call for a final jihad against Israel. Bat Ye’or in her many books & articles detailed the Islamic origins of anti-Israel hatred as did the late Saul Friedman in his splendid Land of Dust.
I highly recommend Ben Tekoa’s work. Phantom Nation belongs in homes, libraries, and should be studied by all Israel support organizations.
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