Let’s begin with Jack’s most excellent War in Gaza Update # 8.
Also just published is Haveil Havalim #199.
Last night, Karen got all upset by the deeply biased media coverage—Fox was the best, putting the war in context, not shilling for Hamas, etc.—and the world-wide protests against Israel.
I thought to myself: what else is new? It’s not as if the world loves Jews, except when they are dead in massive numbers—Auschwitz and company—and even that genocide is actively denied by the Arab-Muslim world.
And then I remembered something that Bibi Netanyahu told us at the Nefesh B’nefesh Bloggers Conference; it went something like this, and I’m paraphrasing from memory:
“The best weapon we have against our enemies is the truth.”
I’ve watched movies obsessively since I was a child. I’ve studied movies, obsessively for just as long. I’ve written and produced movies and TV shows for over 25 years and I’m here to tell you that fiction is far more potent than fact. In fact, fiction, well-crafted, becomes more real than reality.
Fiction carries a simple and clear message. Fiction has a story-line that is deeply personal. Fiction lays out a moral universe that is comfortable.
And that is why the big lies that dominate the media and Arab-Muslim propaganda are so powerful—they carry dramatic heat—and the cool facts we recite fall on deaf ears.
The Muslim Arabs have created a narrative whereby they are the eternal victims of Jewish Israeli aggression. The Muslim Arabs have created a narrative that, no matter how horrendously they act—homicide bombings, pogroms, Jew-hating rhetoric that makes Nazi propaganda look tame—it counts for nothing because Israel and Jews are so evil that anything is justified.
What to do?
Do we resort to endless lies, do we parade dead babies in the streets in order to score valuable minutes on CNN and the BBC?
There is only one rational path and that is to do what has to be done for self-preservation. Apologize to no one and to make it clear, especially to the media who shill for the Arab-Muslim terrorists, that their presence in Israel, or Gaza, is not welcome as long as they aid and abet Jew-killers.
Israel refused to allow UN rep Richard Falk to enter Israel. The media complained for maybe thirty seconds and then it was forgotten.
Because they were intimidated. Because they realized that if Falk can be punished, so can they. Because Israel stopped being a punching bag. Israel said enough is enough, this man is a U.Nazi and we have the right to expel such creatures.
It’s almost funny, the Israeli government had little problem expelling 9,000 Jews from their homes in Gaza—which lead directly to the Second Lebanon War, and to Operation Cast Lead—but the government moans and kvetches and refuses to expel hostile reporters who, with their dispatches, enable Hamas, a proudly genocidal organization.
Busy, busy today doing stuff, but we will update as often as we can.
Morale booster—for our troops.
10:25 am PST The IDF’s Greatest Hits, Take #2.
Another senior Hamas terrorist, Muhammad Hilo, was also killed in the same airstrike. Hilo was in charge of the Hamas special forces in Khan Yunis.
12:56 pm PST Hey, have you noticed that when Arabs slaughter other Arabs there are no protests from the, ahem, international community, or from the peace-loving Arab Muslim street. BTW, these alleged Israeli collaborators are, almost always, victims of private tribal and religious vendettas. Yup, for the Caliphite Islamists it’s a good time to settle personal scores and blame it on the evil Jooz.
1:08 pm PST Good Lord, 35 Arab civilian casualties. Oh wait, they were slaughtered by an Arab-Muslim female homicide bomber in Iraq. Nothing to get excited about here.
1:12 pm PST Baruch Dayan Emet, Blessed be the True Judge.
1:16 pm PST The Arab Muslim world spins their false narrative using faux photography, and creating fictional scenes for the news. It’s called propaganda. Naturally, the gullible western press has not a clue.
1:21 pm PST Dead babies on parade. Hey, did it ever occur to anyone that maybe the children were killed by Hamas. They have this habit of blowing themselves up as they build bombs intended for Jews. And Hamas are embedded in dense civilian areas. Barbarians.
1:25 pm PST I’m a glutton for punishment. Just turned on Al CNN and wouldn’t you know, the news bunny is asking an Israeli spokesman about humanitarian aid to Gaza. I’m waiting for her to ask the same question to the Egyptians who share a border with Gaza. BTW, don’t the Egyptians just love their Arab brothers in Gaza? Answer: No, they don’t. Egypt would like nothing better than for Hamas to be annihilated to the last man.
1:37 pm PST The IDF’s Greatest Hits continue.
1:48 pm PST Ah, Paris, city of lights, fine food, buttery croissant, the Louvre, wretched movies, and oh yeah, terrorists wild in the streets calling for Jewish blood.
1:56 pm PST The Utility of F
orce in Gaza, a fine and rational analysis by a man I’m proud to call a close friend.
2:03 pm PST Per Rahel’s request. Most combat soldiers in the IDF are male, but women also serve, and they are beautifully deadly.
And of course:
2:36 pm PST My mate Aussie Dave continues to live-blog the war. Awesome coverage. Next time I’m in Israel I’m going to buy Aussie Dave a beer or ten.
2:38 pm PST Jameel, not his real name, is also blogging the war live and for this man we will buy, what else, waffles.
2:44 pm PST Digression for the sake of sanity: Doris Kenyon (1897 – 1979) was a lovely actress of the silent screen. Today she’s pretty much forgotten. But she was the favorite star of a woman named Alma Sophia Kappelhoff of Cincinnati. When Alma gave birth to a little girl in 1924, she named her Doris in honor of the star. Doris Kapelhoff went to Hollywood and became Doris Day. Talent via osmosis.
Doris Kapelhoff AKA Doris Day
Seraphic Secret has to take a break, helping a young screenwriter with a script.
4:38 pm PST Rule #1 of screenwriting. Figure out what your main character wants, why he can’t get it, and then how he gets it. If you neglect this simple narrative progression you are screwed.
4:40 pm PST One of my favorite military bloggers, Op-For, hangs at the Erez Crossing.
4:57 pm PST This from Jameel at the Muqata:
Zvi Yehezkeli (Channel 10 TV) reports that the machine gun weaponry firing at IDF troops now in Gaza City were given to the PA and Fatah by Israel as a “sign of goodwill, confidence-building measure.”
In screenwriting this is called irony. In real life it’s suicidal insanity.
5:01 pm PST Hey, I have a fab-u-lous idea: let’s divide Jerusalem and hand it over to the Arabs! What could possibly go wrong?
5:02 pm PST I’m overflowing with brilliance. Let’s expel every Jew from Judea and Samaria AKA The West Bank, hand it over to the Arabs and heck, they will be so touched that peace will break out and everyone will sing Kumbaya. Oh wait, we tried that in Gaza. Didn’t quite work out. But gee-willikers, let’s try it again. What could possibly go wrong?
5:42 pm PST ABC news just reported that the reason Egypt has not opened its border with Gaza is because they have been advised not to by Israel. If you believe this you are a first-class moron. Hamas is a splinter group of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist terror group at war with the Egyptian regime. The Brotherhood assassinated Anwar Sadat. In fact, in spite of their public pronouncements, Egypt is delighted that Israel is finally rolling over Hamas.
5:51 pm PST Middle Eastern politics alert: the peace-loving Persians have just put a bounty on Mubarak’s head—literally.
5:57 pm PST Mugabe—Jimmy Carter’s bestest pal—is using hunger as a weapon in Zimbabwe. Look at all the protestors in the streets. Oh, wait, they’re far too busy calling for Israel’s destruction. Nothing going on in Zimbabwe but mass murder. Ho-hum.
6:59 pm PST Gaza City Surrounded. From Joshua Pundit:
…the IDF have pretty much closed the ring around Gaza City, using variations of similar tactics they’ve used before to divide the Strip into three sections.
The IDF already controls the ground at the Hamas launching sites in the North Strip in what used to be Jewish communities around Netzarim and at Beit Hanoun in the north and has captured parts of the Zeitun refugee camp. They also took over the old airfield at Dahaniya.
At the same time, the Israeli navy dropped off IDF troops in an amphibious landing in the southern Philadelphi enclave which is the main artery for the weapons smuggling tunnels which supply Hamas and the IDF has almost completely taken this area over from Hamas.
The idea (which appears to have been fairly successful) is to isolate the diferent Hamas commands from one another, kill off or capture the Hamas jihadis outside the ring around Gaza City and isolate Hamas’ main force in the tunnel complex known to Army intel as ‘underground Gaza’. That’s where Hamas’ leaders and what’s left of their fighters are holed up. And of course, it’s built underneath civilian areas.
Full story, here.
7:20 pm PST You know who’s not happy? The Iranians. They have spent millions arming and training the Hamas terrorists and in just a few days thousands of their missiles have been destroyed, Hamas capabilities seriously degraded, and terrorist bodies are piling up like cordwood. In addition, the Mullahs can’t help but notice that Israeli intel is scary accurate, indicating top notch electronic surveillance patiently compiled over years, and, no doubt human intel from Arabic speaking Israelis agents—that’s what the Arabs get for expelling the Jews from their lands—and Arabs in Gaza and Egypt who are sick of Hamas, plus Arab states—Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia—who are anxious to see Hamas liquidated. The Mullahs realize that the IDF has the Nantaz nuclear facili
ties in their sights, and a plan that will turn it into ashes. Believe me, behind their dopey bluster, the Persians are plotzing.
Seraphic Secret has to sign off now. Gonna sit down and watch Harold Lloyd’s last silent film Speedy (1928).
Say goodnight BB: