March 11, 2018

We Are Iran's Human Shields

I have often wondered why it is that Iran is so obsessed with the destruction of Israel. After all, most states of war are created by territorial disputes or aggressive action by one party on the other. Or of course religious wars where one asserts supremacy over the other.

But in the case of Iran – can you name a single sin the Jewish state committed against Iran before the ayatollahs declared war and threatened to wipe Israel off the map? Do they really care a damn about the Palestinians – the overwhelming majority of which are Sunnis? Do they care about ANY of Israel’s Arab neighbours? That’s hardly credible when they are using Syrian civilians to test their chemical weapons and have turned the whole of Lebanon into a doomsday target for Israel.

It seems to be the oldest of reasons – our very existence offends them.

Lebanon is a doomsday target because something like 100,000 rockets have been embedded in its civilian areas for some years now, pointed at Israel. It’s obvious that any volley of 1,000 or more rockets launched against Israeli cities will overwhelm any Iron Dome batteries and such a threat can only provoke one response: nuclear or neutron pre-emption with mass civilian casualties. This is how the Teheran regime operates – exporting terror by proxies in countries where it couldn’t give a damn for the local consequences.

So, what are Iran’s 100,000 rockets really for?

The answer lies in the deep blue sea.

At every hour of every day, nuclear submarines of the major powers – America, Russia, China, Britain, France, India – hide deep in the trenches of the world’s oceans awaiting doomsday orders to devastate any power that presumed to launch a surprise attack on their countries. These are the lurking instruments of mutually assured destruction.

As things stand, there is no likelihood of any of those 6 nuclear powers launching a surprise attack on one another. Today there are only two countries most eligible for a pre-emptive strike by the United States: North Korea and Iran.

North Korea is reported to have deployed some sort of nuclear strike submarine out there, but Iran is not there yet.

So, what does Iran have to deter an American first strike?
The answer:  100,000 missiles pointed at Israel.

That’s what those rockets are all about.

Which means that the citizens of Israel are Iran’s human shields.

March 05, 2018

Will Bibi Go For Broke ?

As PM Netanyahu heads to Washington for the AIPAC conference and a meeting with President Trump, his government partners are again threatening to bolt the coalition.
Kulanu’s Moshe Kachlon says he will force elections if the budget is not passed, whilst the Haredi parties are stalling the budget until they get their draft dodgers a free pass.
Such showdowns are all too common in Israel, and always end with one side blinking at the loss of power and privilege they risk with any election. A bird in the chauffeured Volvo is worth two in the ballot box.

Nobody knows this better than Netanyahu who has survived innumerable coalition crises in his four prime-ministerial terms, and he would almost certainly be able to resolve this one too.
But, should he?
I am thinking this may be the opportunity for a masterstroke for him and the Likud party.
Recent opinion polls have shown a surge in support for Likud, suggesting that it might gain up to 6 more seats than presently. More significantly, Netanyahu’s own support as prime minister has surged to 37% in a March 1st poll, 17 points clear of his nearest rival, Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid.
As I have often written, the knives out for Bibi have always been rooted in personal grudges and jealousy of his success in almost equalling Ben Gurion’s term as leader of the Jewish state. But these polls aren’t about the political elites and media chiefs, but are the voice of the ordinary people who will be going to the ballot box. They are unhappy with the hounding of their prime minister in a trial by media and incessant police leaks. Israel’s taxi drivers are clearly standing by their man.
I am thinking that Bibi, boosted by his latest Washington barnstorm, should capitalize on this by allowing his squabbling coalition partners to go to the brink and force an election as soon as possible. Not yet indicted and with a trial unlikely for a year at least, Netanyahu is entitled to fight an election without hindrance and to let the ordinary people speak. Let them choose who is best placed to negotiate with Trump and the US congress on removing Iran from Syria and Lebanon or whether cigars and champagne are more important.
Rather than taint the political process, one would expect the attorney general to defer any decision to press charges until the election is over. If Likud is returned as the ruling party it will have four more years to work with the Trump administration, keep a PLO state at bay, and arrange its own succession after Netanyahu decides or finds it appropriate to retire.
Sweetest of all will be to thank Yediot, Channel 10 and their all their ‘anonymous' police sources for helping re-elect Bibi and Likud to a record fifth term.

February 24, 2018

Nobody Does It Better

"Netanyahu to invite Trump to inaugurate US embassy in Jerusalem in May"

Seeing a photo and headline like this reminds us that we are living in extraordinary times.
It’s barely a year since Obama left office after kicking Israel under a bus at the UN and enriching today’s Amalekites in Teheran with $150 billion to fuel their terrorism and giving them a free pass to nuclear weapons. At the same time UNESCO was rubbishing Jewish claims to its holy sites.
And now, in the blink of an eye in historical terms, Israel’s sovereignty in its biblical capital has been validated loud and clear by the United States and the IDF has been pre-emptively striking Iran and its jihadi proxies in Lebanon and Syria without the usual demands for restraint.
Just as movie-goers have lately been wondering what might have happened to England without Churchill, you have to wonder what might have happened to Israel without Netanyahu.
How might things have turned out under ….
As prime minister, he signed the Oslo Accords which sanitised the PLO as a Palestinian ‘Authority’ and gave Arafat a platform to launch waves of terror in which 1,600 Israelis were killed and 9,000 wounded; more than 4 times the toll of the previous 25 years. Netanyahu opposed Oslo.
Israel’s most decorated soldier offered Arafat 97 percent of Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank) as a Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem. No prizes for guessing Bibi’s take on that act of lunacy. And let's not forget Barak's ignominious retreat from South Lebanon, which brought Hezbollah to our doorstep, with seats in the Lebanese parliament and 100,000 rockets pointed our way.
So sad this amazing hero of Israel had to end his life this way. They say he surrendered Gaza to appease the Left, over corruption charges. We all know what that got us. Iran on our doorstep, two wars and incessant rocket attacks. Netanyahu resigned from the Sharon government when his demand for a Gaza referendum was turned down.
And then there’s Olmert (until recently known as Mr. 9032478 at Maasiyahu prison).
Well, he’s the genius who was ready to give the Golan Heights back to the Assad family in 2007. Just imagine where we would have been today with Iran’s proxies perched literally over our heads?
None of those leaders faced such a toxic US president as Obama and yet they were prepared to give away vital territory, sovereignty and security interests. And yet, Bibi Netanyahu steered the Jewish State through 8 years of Obama without surrendering anything.
So folks, enjoy the miracle as it plays out.
And a joyous Purim to all.

February 17, 2018

Will our people never learn?

This week one of Iran’s terror proxies announced that they will soon have half a million missiles pointed at Israel from Lebanon and Syria.
As I write these very lines, ‘Colour Red’ alarms are announcing new missile launches from Gaza.
So tell me: is this a time for the prime minister of Israel to be pilloried over gifts from admirers?
We’ve just witnessed the miraculous election of Donald Trump after Obama kicked Israel under a bus as his last presidential act. We’ve also seen the deep friendship and admiration between Trump and Netanyahu on a scale never seen between the leaders of America and Israel since the birth of the Jewish state.
In such a ‘Goldilocks’ term of office and faced with today’s dire existential threats, it truly beggars belief that any Israeli would be demanding Netanyahu’s overthrow. And over such a nothing-burger of charges.
When our Temple was under siege by the Romans in 70 AD, one of the only witnesses to chronicle the actual events was a Jewish-born convert Josephus Flavius. He recorded that even as the Romans were surrounding the Temple walls, Jews were killing each other behind those walls.
Why must we always be helping our enemies?
And why is it always the self-proclaimed elites, academics and Haaretz-readers who are so keen to help our enemies and so eagerly support the creation of a Palestinian terror state in the heart of the Jewish homeland.
Will our people never learn?

February 09, 2018

Hands Off Bibi !

(Miriam Alster/Flash90)

I find it astonishing that a police commissioner would go on an investigative TV show to discuss 

a pending investigation ... least of 
all of a sitting prime minister.

Such is the latest sub-basement 

level to which the Israeli police 
service has fallen in its policy 
of ‘trial by 1000 leaks’.

Last week police chief Alsheich reportedly claimed that
“powerful figures” had hired private investigators  to collect information on the police investigators in the Netanyahu cases, apparently to personally discredit them should they recommend indictments.

How absurd is this?
An aggrieved person might go on TV in order to plead a case for the police to investigate. But since when does a police chief have to do this? He is the chief of police! If there are dark forces or criminal elements following his people around, let him follow them and investigate them – or put them in the cooler.

This appears to me to have been a totally politicized event to smear PM Netanyahu just as the police recommend his indictment to the attorney general.
To imply that Netanyahu is running some Black Ops team to shake off these petty charges over cigars and other gifts from friends is absurd.

Did it occur to the police chief that there are some “powerful figures” who actually support Netanyahu – just like the “powerful figures” in the Israeli media and politics who are so consumed with jealousy that they can’t sleep at night with the thought that Netanyahu is still in office for the longest term since Ben Gurion.

We are talking about a prime minister who has steered the Jewish state through eight years of Obama !
And he has brought us out the other end whole: with an economy that makes a mockery of the EU, newfound alliances and unprecedented trade relations with Africa and India and – most important of all - with not an inch of our precious homeland given up. About the only thing Bibi did for Obama was to apologise to Turkey’s prime minister Erdogan, and that was only because O thrust his phone into Bibi’s hand at the airport.

Whatever his weaknesses may be - for rich friends, cigars or pistachio ice cream bought on the official residence’s tab - the bigger picture is that he works day and night for the security of the State of Israel facing down Iran’s genocidal threats and Europe’s trade boycotts from abroad whilst having to watch his back at home against the knives of political assassination within his wafer-thin coalition. 

Could you do that job?

So, Mr Police Commissioner – stop being a cry-baby on TV and tell your officers to stop their incessant leaking.

January 27, 2018

An Amazing Year for Israel

Hard to believe that just a year ago we were reeling from the treachery of Obama's parting shot to the Jews - turning America's back on Israel at the United Nations for the first time.

But just as our people have seen throughout history, from Joseph in the dungeon to the story of Purim, the Six-Day-War, the Entebbe rescue and to this day ....

ישועת השם כהרף עין

God's deliverance comes in the wink of an eye.

Could anyone have foreseen the change for Israel arriving with Trump, Pence and Haley? 

As I blogged some months ago here, Donald Trump has a lot in common with Israel, being Demonized, Delegitimized, and treated with Double-standards as Sharansky famously defined antisemitism.  

But just as for Israel - now very much 'the World's Jew' - the media's daily defamation of this president and the sneers of European leaders cannot wipe out the underlying truth.

Share the truth of Trump's first year with this great video .....

January 01, 2018

The Silence of the Lambs

It’s Day 5 of the people’s uprising in Iran, and the silence from European leaders is utterly shameful.

These are the same leaders who went along with Obama’s insane rescue of Teheran’s mullahs from the brink of sanctions death, at a time when world oil prices were rock bottom – they were on their last legs.

Within days of the JCPOA deal going through, and Obama’s release of $150 billion of funds to the ayatollahs, there was an unseemly scramble by European governments to grab as many contracts with Teheran that they could.

In the midst of this feeding frenzy, Khomeini’s centrifuges were spinning away and his underground nuclear bunkers were being ever-more reinforced with concrete. Who cares about tomorrow and the rest of the world when there’s $150 billion in cash falling from the sky?

Insiders say that Obama’s money was quickly turned around by the ayatollahs to buy a ready-made nuke from North Korea. After all - why reinvent the wheel? Under its own sanctions, North Korea was desperate for foreign currency and would have sold their mass destruction at a bargain price.

Whatever the outcome of the Iranian people's courageous uprising, these days of silence by western leaders will live in infamy.

Shame on you lambs Merkel, May, Macron and Trudeau.

And kudos to the lionhearted Donald Trump.

December 13, 2017

Defiance !

December 09, 2017

Don't count your Brexit chickens....

I can’t believe they’re celebrating – as if Brexit was a done deal.
I wish it was.

And as if prime minister Theresa May has been rehabilitated.
Not worth it.

What’s to celebrate about agreeing to pay a ‘divorce bill’ of £40bn which was never lawfully due and was simply a surrender to EU blackmail?

This isn’t even as bad as ‘peace in our time’.

If this was the EU’s entry price to trade talks, the worst is yet to come.

The EU is the most dishonest, undemocratic and corrupt institution ever to amass such power in the history of the world. It needs to show its members what a leaver looks like: bloodied, battered and beaten. It aims - and desperately needs - to serve up Britain in exactly that state to deter the likes of Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy from even thinking of leaving next.

In the words of Hotel California: 
You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave”.

But there’s another line too:
We are all just prisoners here, of our own device”.

Let’s hope we are free very soon.


December 08, 2017

Pearl Harbour & Vayeshev

This week was the anniversary of Japan’s dastardly attack on Pearl Harbour which brought America into the Second World War. Germany was quick to blame American Jews and used it to heap ever more cruelty on their brothers and sisters in Nazi-occupied Europe. One such place was the Slovakian town of Pressburg where my grandfather Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Unsdorfer zt’l would prepare his weekly sermon in longhand, often with a diary note of current events. Rabbi Shlomo Zalman was murdered in Auschwitz but some of his manuscripts were salvaged by his son Simcha, my father, after his liberation from the extermination camp. 

Here is the extract for this week's sermon וישב  in 1941 …

תש"ב, פה פרעסבורג,  אור ליום עש"ק לפ 'וישב,
 בעת צרה ר"ל
שנתהוו מלחמה במדינת הים
 בין יאפן  לאמריקה

Here, Pressburg 1941 , Erev Shabbat Vayeshev
A time of trouble, G-d help us
When there has been war between Japan and America

Rashi’s opening statement on the parsha is:
"ביקש יעקב לישב בשלוה, קפץ עליו רוגזו של יוסף.."
Literally: Jacob wanted to dwell in peace, but the rage of Joseph jumped on him.
Why the strange term ‘jump’ – why did Rashi not just say the anger of Joseph came over him.

The Midrash says of Vayeshev - לא שלותי ולא שקטתי Jacob is saying: I had no peace from Esau, no quiet from Laban and no rest from Dinah. But then came the rage of Joseph.

Perhaps the events we are now going through here in Pressburg will explain Rashi’s strange wording.
In ordinary times the only thing that changes in our daily lives is the Torah story we read on shabbat. But these days we are truly living our very lives with a different story  every week. We went through Lech Lecha, having to leave our homes, Sarah being taken to the house of Pharaoh as with our young daughters, the sacrifice of Isaac- so very real for us now, the fire and brimstone of Sodom being rained down in air wars, Esau's hatred of Jacob being played out in our streets, and then Laban and the lies and scheming which seek to undermine us in every way.
And so we arrive this week at Vayeshev – the Jew looks for a little peace and quiet - and suddeny rage literally jumps on his head.

We all take precautions in our daily lives to keep us and our families safe. But sometimes something happens which we never anticipated. Jacob always knew Esau was trouble – all the way back to their struggles in his mother’s womb. So he always gave him a wide berth and avoided confrontations. And so when Esau threatened to kill him, it came as no surprise. Similarly with Laban – Jacob knew he was not to be trusted and made sure he would not swindle him a second time with Rachel. So, again, it came as no surprise when he pursued Jacob even after leaving. And so with Dinah – every parent knows the importance of guarding a young daughter from bad company and influence. But bad things do happen and even the rape of Dinah became a sad fact of life for Jacob.
And so, as the Midrash tells it: Jacob knew no peace from Esau, no quiet from Laban and no rest from Dinah.

But, when it came to Joseph, who could possibly have imagined that hatred among brothers – the leaders of G-d's tribes – could bring them to gang up on their own flesh and blood, to kill him, to throw him into a pit of scorpions or to sell him into slavery? There was nothing that could prepare a father for such a thing, no precaution that Yaakov could possibly have anticipated – it simply jumped upon him out of a clear blue sky.

And so it is in these terrible times with the Nazis. We know to stay out of their way, we try not to provoke them, we wear our yellow stars and live within their curfews – always trying to anticipate and avoid their next move against us. And yet, despite all of these precautions who could have dreamt that an attack that takes place on the other side of the globe between two far-off nations, America and Japan, could possibly affect us here? Moreover that we would be blamed for it and lose the relative quietude we’ve experienced in recent weeks  .... 
 בשלוהביקש יעקב לישב

The Midrash on Vayigash says: כל מה שאירה ליוסף אירה לציון   that what happened to Joseph will happen to Zion.  That our destiny will follow the story of Yosef. The world mocks us saying: “Look who comes here – it’s the dreamer! You claim to be the chosen people? We will see what becomes of your dreams.”  

And, just as Joseph was thrown into a pit, they shut us into ghettos. And if that’s not enough, "let’s sell him" – they send us to labour camps [or so my grandfather then thought]. They try to break us and our spirit. 

And all of this because they know that G-d has chosen us from among all nations and lifted us above all languages. And in the end, like the dreams of Joseph the righteous, a heavenly voice will proclaim: ונראה מה יהיו חלומותיו
we shall see what becomes of those dreams. We shall indeed see that the Nazis will be utterly destroyed and the nation of Israel will survive and thrive for eternity. And we shall also realise that the pain and suffering we are now enduring will all end up for the betterment of our people.

Our parsha begins and ends with dreams. Whatever laws may have been passed against us, they have not yet ruled that we cannot dream.
And in our dreams we see the future …. נצבה וגם אלומתי והנה קמה 
That we will ultimately prevail, and this should be our true consolation in these terrible times.

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December 07, 2017

Trump's Truth to Power on Jerusalem

My Statement re Trump's declaration on Jerusalem

Likud-Herut UK applauds United States President Donald J Trump for his statement yesterday, recognising Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.

Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital for 3,000 years and the seat of Israel’s government since 1949.

In making his bold and brave statement, President Trump spoke ‘truth to power’ in a very real sense. The truth being what is enshrined in the bible that unites the world’s three main faiths. The power being what has until now held that truth as a hostage to terror and oil interests.

We call upon our prime minister Theresa May to follow the US president’s lead and speak the same truth to the power of her own Foreign Office here in London, which has such an abysmal record on anything that concerns the Jewish state. Truth to the power of her Labour opposition, whose party has disgraced itself in the UK Jewish community and whose leader has referred to the likes of Hamas as friends.

In truth Britain owes Israel far more than just a recognition of its Jerusalem capital. It owes Israel the Kingdom of Jordan which was stolen out of its League of Nations mandate. Britain is therefore the very last nation in a position to complain about Jewish ‘occupation’ of the West Bank of the Jordan river.

So, we urge Prime Minister May to follow President Trump’s lead. To atone for that historic betrayal. To show that Britain will not be cowed by threats of terrorism – either conventional or economic. To show real daylight on this issue between her party and that of Jeremy Corbyn. And to take her Foreign Office in a new direction which might finally facilitate the very long-outstanding royal visit to the region’s only democracy – the state of Israel.

Finally we lament any death or injury caused in the rioting which has been fomented by Palestinian groups over this announcement. It is a great pity such outrage could not have been mobilised over the loss of 500,000 lives in Syria.

Zalmi Unsdorfer
Chairman - LHUK

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November 26, 2017

How we empower Hezbollah & Hamas

On Friday Islamic terrorists attacked a mosque during Friday prayers in northern Sinai. After first bombing its children’s creche, the mosque was surrounded by some 20 gunmen reportedly carrying ISIS insignia. They left over 300 dead, some 30 of them, tragically, children.

This latest terror attack underlines the need – in Donald Trump’s words - to eradicate radical Islamic terrorism from the face of the earth. How refreshing that statement is after 8 years of Obama not even identifying the RIT enemy that has tormented the West since 9-11.
But it also underlines the glaring truth about the so- called ‘Middle East Peace Process’.
In the 40 years since the peace agreement with Sadat, every piece of territory that Israel vacated has been turned into a terror base.

In May 2000, when the IDF vacated South Lebanon, Hezbollah guerrillas ran gleefully to the Israeli border where they have remained ever since. It is now one of the biggest rocket bases on the planet with a stockpile of over 100,000 missiles ready to be launched from a network of bunkers and tunnels which have been created as part of Hezbollah’s one-billion-dollar military budget financed mainly by Iran.

Until 2000 Hezbollah was just another Arab terrorist group, attacking airplanes and embassies, and the AMIA Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires. But it was Israel’s Lebanon retreat which launched Hezbollah into the big league. Now they are part of the Lebanese parliament, holding 57 of the 128 seats. And yet America continues to supply massive military assistance to Lebanon’s armed forces, effectively arming the same Hezbollah which truck-bombed 241 US marines in 1983.
In 2005, Israel vacated the Gaza strip only to see it taken over by Iran’s other proxy, Hamas. With its own stockpile of rockets and tunnels, Hamas has tormented southern Israel for 12 years, drawing it into two ugly wars and evoking anti-Semitic demonstrations in capitals and campuses across the world.

And now we see the wages of our Sinai sin. Another Israeli vacuum filled with terror. The Sharm-el-Sheikh I used to drive to in the 1970’s is now a ghost town, desperate for the tourists scared away by aircraft downed by ISIS missiles. Northern Sinai now a terrorist enclave which the Egyptian military government struggles to control.

This latest terror attack, beyond its toll on human life and the suffering of hundreds of bereft families, poses a real and present danger to Israel. With each attack, Egypt’s military rulers request ever more reinforcements to be brought into what was supposed to be a demilitarised Sinai. The agreement with Sadat was that Sinai would be a demilitarised buffer zone, so that there could be no surprise attacks like Yom Kippur 1973. But by now, Netanyahu’s repeated concessions to President Al-Sisi – for armoured forces to combat ISIS - has worn down that treaty. 

The danger is that, if Sisi is overthrown, a Muslim Brotherhood government will have easy mobilisation of an attack force against Israel.

So, the lesson in all of this is to ensure that Judea and Samaria, on the West Bank of the Jordan river, do not become the next vacuum for an Iranian proxy to fill. The very idea of this is national suicide.

Ironic that Friday’s heinous attack is attributed to the Islamic terror group Ansar Beit Al Maqdis.

Translated this means:  “Supporters of the Beit Mikdash

We all know what that means.
It was always ours.

Let’s keep it that way.

Every inch.

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