Category Archives: Judaism

Surprise! Tensions In Jerusalem

Another shooting in Jerusalem, another source of hate and violence. It was simply a matter of time before an important Jewish leader in Israel was shot by a fanatic whose heart was filled with hatred and anger. On one side in Israel is a government which has only one goal–to enhance the presence and power of Jews in Jerusalem and seize more and more areas in that city. On the other side are Palestinians who resent their lack of power, and will engage in violence in order to express that emotion. The shooting of anyone is a crime, and shooting of people is NOT acceptable behavior. However, in American when some kids shoot other kids, we devote enormous time exploring why people suddenly break out with violence. So, what happened in Jerusalem is NOT a surprise. It was bound to happen.

Rabbi Yehuda Glik was attending a conference in Jerusalem which was organizing Jews to pray at sites where previously, the Israel government had made clear that only Muslims could pray. The Temple Mount includes the Dome of the Rock and a mosque. Of course, the current Israel government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argues that Jews have a right to pray anywhere they desire. I doubt if a similar right is accorded Muslims. There is no excuse to justify shooting people, I realize such an attitude is not shared by most Americans or by most Israelis.

The question that remains to be answered is: what is the policy of the Israel government to ensure peace between Jews and Palestinians? The former Jewish leader, David Ben-Gurion once said, “but we Jews are also Palestinians.” Yes, both Jews and Muslims and Christians are all Palestinians and should respect each group’s rights in the land of Palestine. If not, someone will get shot.

So, What Is Israel Policy In Middle East?

There is nothing more fruitless than seeking to discuss Israel policies toward Palestinians or in the Middle East with American Jews who are convinced any and all problems confronting the nation of Israel are the fault of Muslims who refuse to compromise and attain the end to conflict. The prevailing view of AIPAC is that Israel is blameless,and any and all problems stem from Muslims who hate Jews. I find ironic that Israel has no problem with Germany, whose former rulers murdered six million Jews, but are convinced that Palestinian leaders who never engaged in mass slaughter of Jews have hearts filled with hatred and will not end their war against defenseless Israel.

The bottom line is a simple question: what is Israel policy during the coming five years or the coming ten years toward Palestinians? At present, the only policy is to gradually gain control against Palestinians by seizing their lands. I apologize for this remark. Israel is a small nation surrounded by untold millions of Muslims whose only thought is about destroying Israel. Of course, the ONLY nation in the Middle East, along with Iran, which refuses to allow UN inspectors into nuclear facilities is–Israel. The ONLY nation which has atomic bombs is -Israel. The bottom line is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lacks any foreign policy that deals with the major need for Israel-peace with all its neighbors and economic cooperation. I do realize in writing these words I am considered to be a “Jew hating Jew.”

Oh, Israel just beat out an American offer to India, and will be selling that nation 8,000 Spike missiles and 800 launchers. Gee, I wonder if Republicans will say anything about this sale which destroyed hundreds of jobs for Americans? When is is a choice between American jobs and campaign contributions, guess which wins out?

Ebola Is Here, Run For Hills!

Today’s pictures from New York City depict thousands of people wearing white masks to protect themselves against Ebola. It appears that a doctor who was working in west Africa returned and has been preliminarily diagnosed with Ebola. I recall in 1938 the famous “Martian threat” that sent thousands of New Yorkers fleeing for their lives. A radio broadcast came across as presenting a real Martian invasion in New Jersey. Naturally, the thousands headed across the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey. Today, if one seeks to frighten Americans just say the magic word, EBOLA. We have become a nation of frightened people who lack the courage to confront danger with calmness. Actually, there is NO danger from Ebola in America. To reassure my fellow American:

1. If someone coughs, you will not get Ebola.

2. If someone sneezes, you will not get Ebola.

3. If someone touches your sleeve, you will not get Ebola.

4. If someone sits next to you on the subway, you will not get Ebola.

Allow medical staff to treat the doctor and stop this panic reaction.

Please remember this advice comes from DOCTOR Fred Stopsky. OK, so my DOCTOR title has to do with Education, big deal, I am still a Doctor with as much experience in medicine as those yelling on Fox News!

No Surprises In Israel

It was simply a matter of time before some Palestinian did something that resulted in the death of an innocent Jewish Israeli(twenty percent of people in Israel are NOT Jewish). A Palestinian man drove his car into some pedestrians and a baby died. In an east Jerusalem neighborhood, Palestinians threw rocks at Jews who had moved into the area. Naturally, most Jewish organizations in America will cite these examples of death and hate as evidence that it is impossible for Jews to ever trust Muslims. On the other hand, these same people will insist that Muslims can always trust Jews. The bottom line is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lacks a foreign policy that would lead to permanent peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The current Israel foreign policy is based upon the concept of CONTROL. Just keep Palestinians under control and all problems disappear. Just tell Israelis that no Palestinians can ever be trusted and life will go on in peace.

This is the foreign policy of denial. Reality: those areas under control of the Palestinian Authority have NOT been areas in which violence against Jews occur. Instead of extending the power of strength of the Palestinian Authority, PM Netanyahu wants to weaken it. Reality check: A sensible peace based upon compromise IS possible.

1. Halt further West Bank settlements.

2. Halt further settlements in East Jerusalem.

3. Transform control of the West Bank to the Palestinian Authority.

4. Develop economic programs between Israel and Palestinians.

These steps would move the process forward of peace.

Why Do Men And Women Die For Islam?

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is dead. He is a man who somehow embraced the ideology of terrorism and proceeded to carry out deadly attacks in Canada, the land in which he was born. Michael parked his car near Parliament buildings and shot a guard, and then, somehow got past other armed guards and was headed for the building containing dozens of members of Parliament. Fortunately, Sgt. Kevin Vickers took out his gun and shot the killer. There are many unanswered questions about this incident.

1. How can a man with a weapon in his hand walk up to a government building that is guarded by soldiers?

2. Heck, another man jumped over the White House fence before being caught.

The real issue is what is causing so many thousands of young Muslims to embrace an ideology based upon the concept of hate? What draws these individuals to abandon values they were taught as children, and seek to die for a philosophy centered in violence? Why do those opposing groups such as ISIS lack a fighting spirit? The Iraq Army had over 200,000 men who proceeded to flee for their lives when confronted by 20,000 men? There is something lacking among modern Muslims, particularly among its leaders. There is failure to offer ideas that youth deem so important as to be willing to fight for them. Ironically, a similar feeling is found among modern youth in Western societies, and, most probably among those in nations such as China, Japan or India. The 21st century offers an unlimited access to people, but it does not offer a sense that one is prepared to fight for ideas. In America, we are frightened of immigrants from Mexico, we are terrified about a non issue such as Ebola, and we definitely are worried about doing anything that might impact the wealth of our wealthy citizens.

The bottom line is both in Islamic and non-Islamic societies there is not philosophical goal that is valued as central to the lives of people. We exist, but we do not believe in anything other than our daily life activities. How many Americans are prepared to give up their lives for ???

Hunt For Red October

There is a mysterious ship somewhere off the coast of Sweden. It is sometimes seen, and then again, it is sometimes not seen. The government of Sweden worries who or what is in this ship. Naturally, this blog will clear up the secret of the infamous ship that is somewhere in the waters off the coast of Sweden. We offer some possibilities, based on our extensive knowledge of the waters in the vicinity of Sweden.

1. It contains a boat load of illegal immigrants from Mexico who got turned around once they encountered the Texas National Guard.

2. It is filled with refugees from West Africa seeking to bring Ebola to some northern clime and end its deadly attacks.

3. It is led by Vladimir Putin seeking to conquer Sweden and extend his rule over a greater area of the planet.

4. It contains a lost crew from the former Soviet Union who will not give up the fight for communism.

Question: What exactly can this ship do to worry anyone in Sweden?

Nothing Changes In Israel

The one constant in Israel is that nothing ever changes. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that his policies toward Palestinians is the right one, and if he can continue the present course of action into the next century, then Israel will live in peace and security. Jewish settlers are moving into east Jerusalem which is causing anger, but Bibi insists that Jews have a right to live wherever they desire. Of course, similar rights do not belong to Palestinians. Yesterday, there were Palestinian demonstrations in the village of Beit Liqya. Boys and adults threw stones and Molotov cocktails, and the end result is no surprise. Israel soldiers returned these weapons with their own weapons and killed a thirteen year old boy. So, what next will occur? At some point, a Palestinian will kill (notice when Palestinians kill it is an act of “murder”) an innocent Israeli. What else could Netanyahu do but send the army into Gaza and blast away with the deaths of hundreds?

There is only ONE solution:

1. Israel must negotiate with the Palestinian Authority.

2. Israel must recognize that Hamas in the Palestinian Authority AIDS the cause of peace!

3. Settlements must end on the West Bank.

4. Israel must engage in economic talks with Palestinians in order to assist the development of its economy.

5. Get Palestinians working at meaningful jobs!

I realize for many Jews the state of Israel is always right. Sorry, a Jew must always be focused on social justice FOR ALL HUMANS!

Hezbollah, The Good Guys?

I recognize any words that depict members of Hezbollah as other than savage terrorists would annoy the Israel government. Of course, the Palestinian branch of Hezbollah has agreed to serve in the Palestinian Authority government which means it can not engage in terrorist activity. The complexity about Hezbollah grows even more interesting when one discusses ISIS. In the valley of Bekaa, which lies on the border with Syria hundreds of Hezbollah are fighting ISIS which it regards as a threat to Lebanon, as well as to the Syrian government. Hezbollah soldiers told a correspondent their aim is to “degrade and destroy” ISIS. So, let me explain:

1. The Israel government considers Hezbollah a threat to Israel.

2. The Israel government wants ISIS to be destroyed.

3. Hezbollah wants ISIS destroyed.

4. Turkey, allegedly is an ally in the fight against ISIS.

5. At this moment, Turkish planes are attacking Kurds who are fighting ISIS.

Question: How did we Americans get caught in this mad world??

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

UK, New Statesman: Riot Club Lads”

How about a Peace Club to handle the Riot Club?

Sweden, Local: “Are Youth Today Boring?”

No, but their iPads sure are!

USA, aol: “Two Shot In Shoot Out”

They were simply exercising their 2nd Amendment Constitutional rights!

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Rat On Rivals”

How about just sending rats to your rivals?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “How Could It Have Been Mislaid?”

In the House of Representatives, they only mislay their sense of ethical behavior!

Israel, My Israel!

It may come as a shock to the Israel government, but the United States of America is the only nation that enjoys the advice of AIPAC in the process of governance. The Israel lobby is not welcomed in nations throughout the world. British MPs votes 247 to 2 in favor of recognizing the state of Palestine. Naturally, this resulted in expressions of doom and disaster from Israel officials. The Israel government denounced this vote as “undermining chances for peace.” According to Israel logic, if Palestine becomes a nation it somehow poses a threat to Israel. According to Israel, recognition by Sweden of the state of Palestine, “sends a troubling message to Palestinian leadership that they can evade the tough choices that both sides have to make.” Wow!

1. The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to make the tough choice of putting on hold any further building of settlements.

2. The government of Netanyahu has refused to put on hold building homes in east Jerusalem where Muslims live.

3. Pray tell which “tough choice” the current Israel government has made in the cause of peace?

Among the issues that create anger in Israel is decisions by President Abbas to work with Hamas. His formation of a government with Hamas BENEFITS Israel. Once Hamas is in the government, they are bound to recognize the state of Israel. As former US President Lyndon Johnson used to say, better to have your enemies in your tent than outside causing problems. It is time for Israel to make some “tough choices.” If you doubt what I write, just check with John Kerry who tried so hard to get Israel to confront reality. In the end, Apartheid will end.