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Thursday, July 13, 2006

News Updates: 7/13/06

12:05 AM: Jpost is reporting that the IDF has finally been able to finish collecting the bodies from the 4 soldiers killed in a tank explosion.

11:11 PM: Jpost is reporting that the United States has vetoed and Arab-back United Security Council Resolution that would have called for Israel to halt its military operation in Gaza and withdraw. The resolution was sponsored by Qatar, which is accusing Israel of using "disproportionate use of force" in their Gaza offensive.

Peretz has stated that the aim of the Operation in Lebanon is "break" Hezbollah.

10:27 PM: Jpost is reporting IDF navy gun boats have shelled the Beirut airport. This is alongside the continuing operation in which the IAF has started attacking Southern Beirut; Hezbollah's headquarters.

Haifa residents are being asked to stay close to shelters.

Last updates are on The Daily Tid Bit - we might come back and update here later.

8:31PM: Ch. 2 News has Just reported that Hizbullah Denies that it fired the rocket at Haifa.

8:05 PM: Channel 2 is changing it to being a "rocket" of some kind. They have made this change based on the fact that it's practically impossible for a Katyusha to reach as far south as Kaifa. They are reporting that it hit the center coast of the city, in the Stella Mariese (sp?) neighborhood. (We'll give you more information as it happens.)

8:02 PM: Channel 2 news is reporting that a Katyusha has hit Haifa.

7:55 PM: The Jpost is reporting that the IDF has struck the Beirut-Damascus Road in an attempt to prevent the Hezbollah terrorists from transporting the kidnapped soldiers to Iran via Syria.

250 left-wing protestors have gathered at IDF headquarters in Tel-Aviv to encourage the IDF to stop their war and end the occupation.

It looks as though the electricity has been knocked out in Nahariya due to the electrical fire.

7:50 PM: We are currently watching a live broadcast of what's going on in Nahariya. The Katyusha that hit a building hit the electric pole next to it and was set on fire, which subsequenty set the building and a tree on fire. The top of the building is completely blown out. Apparently, what they're saying now, is that the rocket went through the building and hit the power line setting the fire. It seems to be a building that is situated on top of a business.

7:40 PM: The Jpost is reporting that the IDF is asking people to stay away from the Upper Galilee and avoid Western Galilee roads. The police are also asking people to avoid the Acco-Nahariya Road.

As I'm writing this, we are watching Katyushas fall in Nahriya, live on TV. One of them hit a building, which is now on fire.

Rosh Pina has also been hit once again.

6:50 PM:Arutz 7 has the following update: Following President Bush's lead, an Israeli government official placed the blame for yesterday's attacks and for Hezbollah's successful existence on Syria. He blamed Syria for "providing "shelter and logistical support for Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal" and noted that Iran provides Hizbullah terrorists with funds and weapons." He also stated that it has been Iran that has been funding and logistically providing direction for Palestinian terrorist groups like Fatah and its rival, HAMAS.

6:45 PM: The foreign ministry is reporting that they have information that Hizbullah is trying to smuggle the kidnapped soldiers into Iran.
In addition on the Gaza front, Kassams have been fired towards Ashkelon and Sderot.
There is also a report that the American Ships docked at the Haifa port were told to move out of there by the American Defence Department. (all reports from Nrg.co.il)

5:40 PM: Channel 2 News has just shown a live broadcast from Lebanon in which a Lebanese Parliament member condemned Hezbollah's attacks against Israel and also condemned Syria for their part in the attacks. (That was from a live translation. As soon as a more detailed translation is done, I will have more of this politician said.)

5:24 PM: The Jerusalem Post is reporting that there is now at least a total of 90 people injured in today's attacks.

They are also reporting that a second person person has died as a result of her injuries from a rocket attack. She was a 70 year-old woman from Tzfat.

The amount of injured from the Madjal Al-Krum has risen to 29; 2 moderately, 7 suffered shrapnel wounds, and 1 suffered from shock.

The number of Tzfat wounded from today's attacks has risen to at least 21.

It is also being reported that the IAF has hit a major Lebanese Air Force base.

4:10 PM: Channel 2 News is reporting that there are over 20 injured from the Katyusha that fell on Madjal Al-Krum.

So far, there are least 70 injured from the whole day's attacks.

Over 70 Katyushas and mortars, appromixately 100 all together, have been fired throughout the day; At least 7 Katyushas have fallen in the last 15 minutes. Most of them in the Har Dov region.

There are fires raging in the Gallil hil regions due to the attacks.

Home-front Command has activated the Warning Sirens throughout the North.

The IDF has failed to eliminate Hezbollah's radio/tellivision station.

3:30 PM: Ktyusha rockets fell on Madjal Al-Krum, an Arab village adjacent to Carmiel.

So far, it's reported that at least 11 people have been injured in the Tzfat attacks.

The residents of Carmiel have been asked to go into bomb shelters. Nasrallah has warned that if the IDF continues its operation in Lebanon, they will bomb Haifa.

Also, the names of the kidnapped soldiers have been released by the IDF. Both are reservists:
Ehud Goldwasser- 31, from Nahariya
Eldad Regev- 26, from Kiryat Motzkin

2:50 PM: Channel 2 news is reporting that the Katyushas that hit Tzfat earlier this afternoon resulted in 2 injuries; one moderate and one serious. To this point, over 50 Katyusha rockets have landed in the North.

1:52 PM: The Jerusalem Post has quoted, General Dan Halutz is reporting that it has been confirmed that the soldiers kidnapped yesterday are still alive. He also stated that, as of now, Israel is not yet war with Lebanon but at "high volume crisis.

1:50 PM: The Jerusalem Post is reporting that France has joined Beirut's condemnation of Israel's attack on Lebanon and supports calling for the United Security Council to intervene. The French Foreign Minister stated, "The Israeli invasion "is a disproportional act of war with negative consequences," Philippe Douste-Blazy told France's Europe-1 radio. He added that France was calling for "the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Lebanon to be preserved." Russia and Spain condemned the kidnapping of the soldiers, but also stated that Israel must refrain from its "disproportionate use of force".

More updates to follow here and on the husband's paralle blog, The Daily Tidbit. He's at work right now, but so I'm doing the work for him, at the moment. Another excellent blog to read to stay on top of the updates is The Muqata. Apparently, he gets pretty good reception over there.

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At 9:51 PM, Blogger Fern Sidman said...

SELF RESTRAINT IS FATAL

BY: FERN SIDMAN

As a young person growing up in New York City, I was a member of Brit Trumpeldor of America, better known as the Zionist Youth Movement Betar, founded by the great Zionist leader, Ze''ev Jabotinsky. When I joined Betar at the age of 12, every potential member was required to enroll in the Tironut program. Tironut, or basic training, as it were, was an intensive series of lectures and seminars covering a wide range of topics including Jewish history, the history of the Zionist movement and the glorious legacy of Betar and the Jewish underground that valiantly battled the British during the mandatory regime, prior to the creation of the State of Israel.

I learned about a young Jew from Poland named Shalom Tabachnik, a/k/a Shlomo Ben Yosef, a member of Betar who came to live in the land of Israel and who settled on the northern settlement of Rosh Pina. On Thursday, April 21, 1938, the 20th day of Nissan 5698, Ben Yosef and two Betar colleagues attempted to defend the settlement of Rosh Pina from an impending Arab attack, emanating from the neighboring Arab village of Djani. An automobile carrying Arabs approached Rosh Pina. Ben Yosef and his two fellow Betarim stepped out on the road and tried to stop the automobile. A single shot was fired and the Arabs fled in panic.

A few hours after the incident the three young men were arrested by the British police. They gave themselves up without any struggle. "Despite the fact that not a single drop of blood was shed at Rosh Pina and despite the fact that the police knew very well that the three young men had only fired into the air in order to discourage the Arabs from passing through the settlement, the British decided to create a big "terrorist" incident out of the Rosh Pina affair. The very fact that Jews had resolved to withstand an Arab attack made them feel afraid. Their plan to frighten Jews from coming to Palestine would be endangered if Jews were to fight back. They knew very well that the Jews could put an end to the Arab "revolts" in a few days." (Triumph on the Gallows, Itzhak Gurion, 1950)

On June 29, 1938 Ben Yosef was hanged on the gallows by the British authorities. His last words in a conversation with friends were, "Havlagah" (self-restraint) is fatal."

Today I also thought of the brave and courageous defender of the settlement Tel Chai. I thought of Yosef Trumpeldor, for whom Betar is named. I thought of his efforts to defend Tel Chai against Arab attacks. No stranger to military conflicts, Trumpeldor was the highest ranking Jewish officer in the Czar's army during the Russo-Japanese war of 1905. I thought of him and of his last words when he was gunned down by an Arab bullet while defending the settlement in 1920.

Today, I thought of the last words of Shlomo Ben Yosef and Yosef Trumpeldor when I read of Katyusha rocket attacks on cities in northern Israel. Besides Nahariya, it was reported that Rosh Pina and Tel Chai had been hit by rocket fire and that the airport in Rosh Pina was shut down. I thought of Shlomo Ben Yosef and Yosef Trumpeldor when I heard Ehud Olmert's response to the rocket attacks by the Syrian backed Hizbollah militia in Lebanon. According to a news report from Arutz Sheva, "Olmert was clear that the multi-pronged attack, which involved ground forces as well as Katyusha rockets, was not an act of terror, but “an act of war” and said the Israeli response would be “very restrained but very, very painful.”

Seems like the word restraint keeps rearing its head. The Associated Press reported that, "U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for restraint. "We would not want to see an expansion, an escalation, of conflict in the region," he said. Mr. Annan was joined by US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, who was quoted by Associated Press as saying, "All sides must act with restraint to resolve this incident peacefully and to protect innocent civilians and civilian infrastructure." If we've learned anything from this two front war that threatens to explode like a powder keg, we've learned that the calls for restraint from world leaders only apply to Israel. Seems like the age old double standard concerning the actions of Israel are in full swing.

While the State of Israel engages Hizbollah terrorists on its northern border and Hamas terrorists on its southern border, let us remember the words of the young Betari from Rosh Pina. Let us remember the words of this simple Jew whose courage and bravery move us to tears. Let us remember the actions and examples that Yosef Trumpeldor set for his people and his beloved nation of Israel, so many years ago.

It is these axioms that must shape our destiny in the current military conflict. We must address the world clearly and unequivocally. We must shout from the rooftops, the words of Shlomo Ben Yosef. Yes, it is true. Self restraint is fatal. We know that self restraint only emboldens our enemies. We know that the Arab enemy mocks and ridicules Israel when self restraint is elevated to the level of a religious commandment. We know that only swift action without trepidation or hesitation can ensure our preservation.

The facts are clear and cannot be debated. Three Israeli soldiers are being held captive by our Arab enemy and eight Israeli soldiers lay dead as a result from the brazen attacks from Hizbollah. Jewish settlements, towns and cities are being barraged by Katyusha rocket attacks on our northern front and continued Kassam rocket attacks are being staged by our Arab enemy In Gaza. This is the time to throw off the yoke of "restraint". Our survival and preservation as a people and nation are at stake. Now is the time conquer our proverbial nemesis, better known as fear of world opinion. Now is the time to reach out to the Almighty G-d of Israel.

Now is the time to know that Hashem marches into battle with us. As Jews, we are never alone. Hashem will be with us, if only we allow Him to be. If only we bend our collective necks to the yoke of Heaven and walk in His ways and remain faithful to His commandments. Hashem commands us to show no mercy on our enemies. We are commanded to fear only G-d and to treat our enemies accordingly. To engage in bold and decisive military actions that will permanently disable Hizbollah and Hamas. If we can summon up the strength to quash our own egos and accept Hashem's dominion, the battle will be fought for us.

On this 17th day of Tammuz, may our prayers reach the Almighty G-d of Israel and may He protect His nation Israel.

 
At 10:16 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Wow. Thank you for that. It was simply amazing.
-OC

 
At 1:05 AM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

I've heard that two people were killed in Haifa as a result of the attack. Do you have any more information on that, by any chance?

 
At 1:34 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

So far, the news has said that only one person is injured. But, I will check on it and get back to you.
-OC

 
At 8:12 AM, Blogger Behemoth101 said...

"Now is the time to know that Hashem marches into battle with us"

YES! ONWARD, CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS! FOLLOW THE TRUE CROSS TO DAMASCUS!!!

 
At 1:29 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

You know, I've never met a self-hating Jew before. It's interesting. I would ask that you refrain from insulting other peoples' belief in G-d. Just because you have no knowledge of Jewish history or your heritage, doesn't mean you have free reign to insult other people who appreciate and actually love being Jewish. Even-though you hate your faith, other people don't. Don't do that. I won't accept it here.
-OC

 
At 10:04 PM, Blogger Behemoth101 said...

Anthropomorphizing God, THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE, into a warrior is part of my Jewish heritage?!?!

Doesn't God have more important things to do like make sure our gravity works or keep the Earth's atmosphere intact? You must be one of those people who thinks God wants your basketball team to win.

Your ancestors would be disgusted at your idolatrous beliefs. How dare you call yourself a Jew.

 
At 9:19 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

behemoth, you have no concept of what Jewish heritage means. You seem to very much enjoy putting words into other peoples' mouth and inferring and assuming what they mean through what they don't say. You know what happens what you assume, right? Your accusations are cute and extremely laughable. I would take them seriously if you actually knew what being a Jew means. If you knew any Jewish history, heritage, Halacha, Tanach, etc. But, since you obviously have no such knowledge of any of these things, I can just laugh at your pathetic immature antics.

You have also now hit your strike 2. I asked you very nicely not to insult other peoples' beliefs, that includes mine. Nothing that you accuse me of actually came out of my typed words. You are no accusing some-one else of something without proof or provacation. Strike 2, behemoth. Want to go for 3?
-OC

 

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