Tzoakti Ailecha Hashem!
We spend a lot of time mocking "Rabbis" that deserve to be mocked. We devote much of our fight to ridiculing the "Gedolim" who deserve to be ridiculed. We put many hours into exposing the bad, stupid, evil, immoral, nasty, criminal, and ugly in our midst. We do this because we wish to fix the broken. We want to mend what is ripped and repair what is shattered. Thus, our goal of cleaning the dirty and paving the way for a fresh new start free of corruption and dishonesty - has not yet been achieved. We see little tiny flashes of readiness to attack the sensitive issues that many have been shying away from. The hard work WILL pay off, it's just a matter of time. Mostly though, the abuse and pedophiles still lurking in Yeshivas is a testament to the ineptitude of our 'leaders.' The "Rabbonim" have ignored the cries of sexual abuse survivors for an eternity. Only when forced to deal with it, do they make a shallow and feeble attempt to rectify the situation.
In the coming months we will see the trials of Kolko, Colmer, and Mondrowitz. That should spice things up a bit. It will be very interesting to see who will perjure themselves and who will be subpoenaed.
How is all this connected to the calamity that occurred at a Jerusalem Yeshiva last week? Because in both instances there is a great loss of life. Terrorists kill the physical being. Rabbinical fanaticism kills the physical and spiritual being. There are many parallels that can be brought out between the two. Not nearly enough is being done to neutralize the enemy of Israel, and that surely applies too by child molestation and many other forms of abuse that is ever rampant. Israel is being led by a government that can't get out of its own way. In trying to appease the terrorists they create more terrorism. Same by abused children and adults. By excusing the inexcusable the Rabbonim are creating more chaos and more casualties. The comparisons are undeniable! At the eulogies it was said that these 8 korbonos were the roses picked for our sins. They were sitting by their Talmuds - kids - 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 26, and the next second they're gunned down by a vicious barbaric act. The crude, hooligan, asinine Arab terrorists must be put down! I daven to the ribono shel olam - that in the merit of the eight beautiful roses (and all those injured) so viciously taken away from us -that it should atone and help in the Refuah of all that is bad, wrong, and evil in our midst. My heart goes out to the parents, relatives, friends, and classmates of these beautiful and holy neshemos that went straight to Gand Eden with this kiddush hashem! They were the pearls and roses who G-D chose!
Most importantly, The whole Am Yisrael has lost one of their precious own with this great massacre. We should all be grieving right now. Jewish blood is valuable - although these murders suggest that it's cheap with their vicious tyranny and brutality! Why is Olmert continuing with "peace talks" as if these rampage murders by a Palestinian gunman don't mean anything? Olmert is a dimwitted numskull who compared the shooting of rockets at Israeli cities to the mass murder which took place at Mercz Harav. He said that either way Israelis are dying so therefore he sees no reason to discontinue "peace talks" with the Palestinians. Olmert's government should be overthrown! And why is the Shas Party still there? Blunders, atrocities, massacres, slaughters, butchery, carnage, pogroms, and slayings that Olmert and his puppet government should be held accountable for. Why? Because they failed to take necessary preventative measures to make the Israeli people feel secure and safe from terrorist attacks. Because, while rockets are being fired every single day from Gaza (the place the Jews were expelled from by Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert) at Jewish cities, the Israeli government decides now is the time to hold "peace talks" with the Palestinians. Who exactly are the ones who Israel is talking peace with? Who is this "other side" that wants peace? Palestinain authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas ? That would be the day! This holocaust denier is a pitiful joke. He doesn't even have control over his own Fatah terrorist organization, and he routinely criticizes Israel for its own self defense.
The Ribono Sehl Olam should give each and every one of those in mourning the strength to carry on. Those very sad images of boys, girls, men, and women crying is an image that will forever be etched in my memory. I feel much sorrow and sadness. May Hashem bless those families who lost a loved One and be there to comfort them through their hard times.
May the Jewish nation be blessed,
May Hashem Avenge their blood!
Exclusive: Another Jerusalem yeshiva was saved from Palestinian attack four days before Mercaz Harav murders
March 8, 2008
Second Jewish religious institution targeted
DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources reveal that just four days before a single Palestinian killer murdered 8 Mercaz Harav students in Jerusalem on March 6, two Palestinians were frightened away from another Jerusalem yeshiva, Porath Yosef, on March 2. The pair were challenged March 2 by armed security guards on the door and they are still at large.
The Jerusalem police failed to sound the alarm after the guards reported the incident. The guards described two Palestinians who appeared at Porath Yosef demanding entry with a large carton like the one in which Ala Abu Dhaim carried his assault rifle, guns and ammo four days later. They claimed they had been commissioned to do some work in the institution and quoted the names of people associated with the yeshiva. But when asked by the guards to open the box, the two Palestinians backed off saying they were going to pick up tools from their vehicle. They were not seen again.
Responding to the guards’ call, the police dismissed the incident as a misunderstanding. No alerts were circulated and Mercaz Harav did not post security guards. It was only after the massacre Thursday that the police recalled the Porath Yosef incident and realized they had missed a danger signal.
They were also forced to conclude that one or more Palestinian terror cells are on the loose in Jerusalem and could be targeting any of the hundreds of Jewish religious institutions in the city.
The security services declared an immediate general alert across the country, focusing on Jerusalem, which remains in force. The West Bank was sealed.
The investigation has so far not pinned down the organization or organizations behind the yeshiva murders. The police commissioner Dudi Cohen’s insistence that it was a one-off operation and not the opening shot of a third Palestinian uprising (intifada), as some security circles are suggesting, is not taken seriously, given the spate of violence which has erupted across the country, Jerusalem and the West Bank in the last ten days.
The Shin Bet is awaiting the results of an inquiry into Jerusalem police procedures and their failure to sound the alarm after the Porath Yosef incident.
Expel Palestinian terrorists from Jerusalem, says security minister Dichter
March 8, 2008
Israel’s internal security minister Avi Dichter commented after a resident of Jerusalem’s Jebal Makaber shot dead eight yeshiva students Thursday that Palestinian terrorists ought to be expelled to Palestinian territory. He intends seeking to amend the law to make this possible because, said the minister, jail is no deterrent to these terrorists.
Jerusalem’s 240,000 Arabs have permanent Israeli residency status and enjoy state social security benefits and medical care as well as freedom of movement in the country.
Dichter also called for the nation to honor the Mercaz Harav yeshiva in its hour of grief and praised the religious Zionist community’s exemplary contribution to national security and advancement.
In an interview Saturday night, the internal security minister declared a third Palestinian “intifada” would not be permitted to erupt. He spoke after a day in which traffic on Israel’s main highways from Tel Aviv to Haifa and Galilee was stoned repeatedly stoned. Last week, an Israeli Arab protest rally took place at Umm Al Fahm under the slogan: “Kill the Jews.” Two municipal workers were rescued from a lynch bomb in Jerusalem last week.
Abbas demands peace after surge of Mideast killing
By Ali Sawafta
RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on Saturday for talks with Israel despite a surge of violence and said that a just peace was his people's goal.
"We condemn all the attacks, we demand peace and we are determined to make peace, and there is no other path but the path of peace based on international justice," Abbas told a rally at his headquarters.
A Palestinian gunman killed eight Jewish seminary students on Thursday, the bloodiest attack in Israel in two years. Hamas, which had vowed to avenge the more than 125 Palestinians killed in a recent Gaza offensive by Israel, claimed responsibility.
Israeli investigators were questioning eight people in connection with the attack, seeking to establish whether the gunman, who was killed, had acted alone or was connected to any militant group, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
The shootings in Jerusalem triggered calls by Israeli right-wingers to scrap U.S.-sponsored talks with Abbas.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told a women's conference near Tel Aviv on Saturday night that there was no difference between the shooting attack and Gaza militant rocket fire at southern Israel, and said Israel would curb the rocket strikes.
"There is a direct connection between the rockets which disrupt the lives of the residents of the south and the attack in Jerusalem, both were intended by their perpetrators to make our lives here intolerable. It will not happen," Olmert said.
He added that Israel was preparing to implement government decisions taken last week to "achieve the deterrent" to stop the rocket fire, but he did not elaborate.
Despite the attacks, the Israeli government has vowed to hold course in talks.
The Jewish state, with Western backing, shuns Hamas, making Abbas the focus of any hope for progress toward a permanent coexistence accord. But Abbas's mandate has been limited to the occupied West Bank since his Islamist Hamas rivals took over Gaza last year.
Talks between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert have been held up due to Israel's settlement construction on West Bank land where, along with Gaza, Palestinians want to establish a state.
Many Israelis are reluctant to give up the West Bank after a 2005 withdrawal of troops and settlers from Gaza was followed by the rise of Hamas and frequent cross-border rocket fire.
Abbas, who briefly suspended peace talks in protest at Israel's attacks in Gaza, reiterated a demand that the rocket salvoes stop and endorsed Egypt's efforts -- so far inconclusive -- to broker a truce by Hamas and other Palestinian militants.
But the Palestinian president made clear his view that real calm could only be secured by sweeping and sincere peace talks.
He listed core demands for agreement on future borders, the status of Jerusalem, and the fate of millions of Palestinian war refugees and thousands of Palestinians held in Israeli jails.
"If we were to get these, then we would be ready for a just, fair and comprehensive peace agreement," Abbas said.
Olmert has pledged to work toward securing an accord with Abbas before January, when U.S. President George W. Bush steps down. But, like Abbas, he is weak domestically. He also depends on rightist factions to keep his coalition government going.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Saturday that a special U.S.-Israeli-Palestinian committee, led by U.S. Gen. William Fraser, would meet probably on Thursday to examine to what extent the sides were meeting their commitments under a long-stalled peace "road map."
Israel has vowed to keep major West Bank settlement blocs as well as the ancient Old City in the heart of East Jerusalem, among Arab territories captured in the 1967 Middle East war.
Israel considers all of Jerusalem its capital -- a status not recognized internationally -- while Palestinians want the eastern part of the city as capital of their future state.
(Additional reporting by Mohammed Assadi and Ori Lewis in Jerusalem; writing by Dan Williams in Jerusalem; Editing by Dominic Evans)
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