Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Netanyahu said that his government "would not 'go back' to unilateral withdrawals," and "noted that he had not established any new settlements when he was Prime Minister." Already in 2009, Netanyahu expressed support for a "temporary freeze" in settlement-building.Netanyahu also said that he supported "'refined' Palestinian sovereignty without an army or control over air space and borders." He added that Israel and the Palestinian Authority would have to negotiate about territory and settlements before discussing Jerusalem and refugees.
Firstly, Netanyahu has not established any new settlements since he was Prime Minister. Is that something he should be proud of? Is that something the Likud should be proud of? Is that something the right wing and lovers of Israel should be proud of? Instead of building up the land, Netanyahu says he has stifled its growth, and supported a freeze already in 2009!
Next, Netanyahu wants "Palestinian" sovereignty without an army or control of air space and borders? Well, that statement is ridiculous and impossible, especially since the United States itself has been training thousands upon thousands of Arabs in Jordan to return to the Palestinian Authority as its elite Army. There was an article only a few weeks ago in the Jerusalem Post that stated that by 2011, there will be 10,000 US-trained and well-armed Arab soldiers in the Palestinian Authority. This army exists already. What does Bibi expect to do with them? Send them to the US, their trainers?
Lastly, Bibi wants to control the borders of land that he wants to relinquish. If Israel gives up sovereignty of land, wherever it is, it gives it up. Why would the PA allow Israel then to control its borders? And if it did, one day, just like Hizbullah tells the UN to move over, there is little chance that Israel's Army would be able to stay in place.
There is smoke coming out of my ears. Can you see it? I hate reading the news.
The WZO will then travel to other nations to explain the spreading problem and give Jews there an understanding that they're not alone, and there's an organization they can turn to when anti-Semitism hits.
I commend the WZO for tackling this eternal issue. Although it seems impossible to wipe anti-Semitism out of the hearts of our enemies and those who are being brainwashed into becoming our enemies, the idea of strengthening Jews is appropriate.
Almost a year ago, I wrote a blog on anti-Semitism: http://voices-magazine.blogspot.com/2009/12/anti-semitism-at-home-and-abroad.html
Nothing has changed. I wrote that the actions that Israel takes with the Jews of its own country are what cause elevations in anti-Semitism. The messages that the State of Israel sends out about its land cause a rise or decrease in anti-Semitism.
Read the blog above! The message is clear. When Israel understands that the Land belongs to the Jewish people, and is willing to proclaim it to ourselves and the world, anti-Semitism will decrease. When Israel strengthens its nation, builds its country and supports its people, anti-Semitism will decrease.
But when the world sees a divided Israel, it sees a weak Jewish people, and understands that the time is right to attack Jews wherever they may be.
People compare the level of anti-Semitism today to that of Pre-Holocaust Europe. At that time there was no State of Israel. Jews in Eretz Yisrael were living under British rule, taking orders from the British government. Today we have B"H a beautiful State of Israel, if only we'd appreciate it. If only we'd work to build it and increase Jewish life and vibrancy everywhere, if only we didn't feel like and act like we were under US rule.
Jewish pride, Jewish growth, Jewish unity and Jewish strength within the State of Israel are THE factors that will reduce anti-Semitism throughout the world.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is actually considering leasing our own land from the Arabs, in essence, saying that the land belongs to the Arabs, but since we have Jews living there, we'd like to lease the land from them. You don't lease what belongs to you!!
Joseph Farrah wrote this:
But the Israeli leaders are missing the point — as usual. Any agreement to lease the land bestows ownership of the land by their enemies. It thoroughly undermines the legitimate Jewish claim to land bestowed to the heirs of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. If Israel agrees that the land legitimately belongs to the Palestinians, how will it morally and legally defend the rest of its land?
The concession would represent an implicit admission that so-called Palestinians have a legitimate right of ownership to all lands under the control of Israel — including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, which are contested by the same people.
My daughter-in-law Mimi, whom I cited in the last blog, http://voices-magazine.blogspot.com/2010/11/whither-israel.html, asked me, "Why do you think we're having so many problems and conflicts about the Land of Israel? Why are we threatened with losing pieces of our land?" I told her that I could give her many text book answers, "the people are disunited," "Am Yisrael has to do teshuva (repent)", etc. etc., but that I really did not know the answer.
She answered me along the lines of the previous blog. "Maybe Hashem is saying, 'The Jews are not making Aliyah. They prefer the Exile above their own country. If they don't want to come to Eretz Israel, then the Jewish people don't need such a big country."
It's definitely an interesting and sad thought.
Jews throughout the world, please come home now.
(Thank you to Yaffa Ganz for sending the Joseph Farrah article.)
Well, they've been talking about it since September.
Um, hello, in September, the freeze was supposed to be over, and there hasn't been any building since then, so really, we have continued the freeze since September, and then in October and now in November.
Monday, November 22, 2010
http://humus101.com/EN/2006/10/14/hummus-recipe/.) Well, a new generation of hummous creators has arisen.
The kids were great. The mixed and tasted and blended and had real fun. Some tasted more than they manufactured.
The winning team were Ashkenazim, believe it or not - Rappaport, Komet and Singer. Pinati donated sweatshirts to the winners.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Once upon a time, it was events and actions - positive or negative - that made the news and influenced people. Remember even back in the days of Joshua. Rachav, the innkeeper, told the Israelite spies, "I know that the L-rd hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.
2:10 For we have heard how the L-rd dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed." (Chapter 2:8-10)
Now, when when battles and miracles perhaps take too long for the world of instantaneous media, it's the short sound bite that rules. And the favorite sound bite is tough talk, even when it's backed up by nothing, or by an artificial photo op.
Since the latest news is about the building freeze is photo-less. Well, you could show a tractor not moving, but does that look very different from a tractor moving...folks are saying tough, get-into-the-news things..."There may be a freeze, but we're going to build anyway." That sounds good. Prove it.
Remember when the freeze first went into effect a year ago, a defrosting event was held in my hometown of Efrat. Yesha leaders laid the cement foundation of a synagogue. A mike was thrust into the face of a Yesha leader. "Isn't this illegal?" "I don't care," he said defiantly. It sounded great. It made all the news, and then the freeze took effect, and still holds, more than a year later, despite all the bravado.
Last year's stories: http://voices-magazine.blogspot.com/2010/01/building-bet-orot-and-all-israel.html, http://voices-magazine.blogspot.com/2010/01/no-building-no-israel.html
Jewish leaders, you wanna be sincere? You wanna talk tough? So, act tough for the sake of the Jewish people and the Jewish nation. Not for the video cameras and the news shows.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
We are now in the midst of the Biblical chapters about our Forefathers - Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. G-d tells our forefathers to rise and look around them, and see all the land that their descendants will possess.
If you live in Tel Aviv or Herzlia, it might be difficult to understand this blessing. But for those who live in Judea and Samaria, everything is very clear, especially on a clear day.
Depending upon which town you're visiting, you can see all the way to the Mediterranean, to the coastal plain, to the Golan Heights, to the Negev, to East of the Jordan River...
Last week, I was traveling in Eastern Gush Etzion, and I called out to my husband, "Stop here!" He looked behind us and noticing that there was no there, he put on the brakes. "What??" "Look there to the East. You can see all the way across the Judean Desert to the hills of Moav. You can see the mountains that are today's Jordan. You can see the place where Moses and Aharon were buried, if we knew where that was."
The mountain ranges were so magnificent, so rich in different colors. Okay, no purple mountains majesty, but browns and oranges and tans. Deep earthy tones.
Traffic was quiet, so we just sat there for a moment and looked on at awe. First of all, the scenery was magnificent. Eastern Gush Etzion is magnificent in general. Secondly, it was very inspiring to think, "I can see all the way across the Dead Sea."
Lift up your eyes to the north, south, east and west, all the land you see will be for you and your descendants forever. (Genesis: 18:15)
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Mayonnaise is simply an emulsion of oil and egg yolks, with a little acidity and salt added to brighten the flavors. The trick to making mayonnaise is to take your time… pour the oil a dribble at a time while the food processor or blender is running. Once you get the hang of it, it’s so simple and delicious that you’ll never go back to store-bought.
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups oil or ½ liter
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup boiling water
All ingredients should be at room temperature. Combine the egg, garlic and salt in the food processor Begin adding the oil in a very slow stream. When the mayonnaise begins to thicken stop the processor and add the lemon juice and continue as before. When the mayonnaise begins to really thicken you can pour the oil in a little faster but still in a thin stream. When the oil is all mixed in, the mayonnaise should be thick and fluffy. Taste the mayonnaise to see if you need a bit more lemon juice or salt. You can also add any herbs to make herb mayonnaise. Add boiling water a little at a time at this point and process until it’s of desired consistency.
If your mayonnaise never thickened you’ll probable have to start over. Save the failed batch then add it back to your successful batch slowly to make a double batch.
Tartar Sauce: 1 medium onion, 4 medium pickles, 5 tablespoons mayonnaise. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Wasabi Sauce: ½ tablespoon wasabi powder, 1 teaspoon water, 3 tablespoons mayonnaise. Mix wasabi powder and water to form a paste. Let sit for 1 minute, then add mayonnaise.
Curry Mayonnaise: Add 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of curry powder to ½ cup mayonnaise.
You get the picture here…. You can add any herb, seasoning, ketchup, etc. to make many different delicious sauces.