For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
(Quite a pair between them, as the resurgent Ottoman Empire tries to upstage the until now reborn Persian Empire. Do you think Bashar got a call after this photo-op from Mahmoud A. offering .... Y.)
Having lived in the Middle East for over twenty years of my life, I have a perspective on this week’s Gaza Flotilla incident that I think may be enlightening to Western readers.
Turkey has successfully ascended to the driver seat of the Pro-Palestinian propaganda machine. A seat in which Iran, with all its blatant rhetoric against Israel, creative anti-Semitic contests, and a runaway nuclear program, couldn’t successfully hold onto due to the threat the Iranian Shiites pose to “moderate” Arab Sunnis.
The Idea: A fleet of boats carrying activists, reporters, religious and political leaders, and aid to Gaza.
How To: Create as much negative publicity toward Israel as possible by inviting participants from all over the world (Pakistanis could round up thousands for a “Death to Facebook” riot in a matter of hours) and brand the fleet the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” to keep things under an innocent peace disguise. Of course, these “innocent peaceful” activists will be armed with metal pipes, slingshots and knives, for stage two of the peaceful plan: to instigate violence with the Israeli Defense Forces.
The Goal: Turkey will push Iran out of the spotlight as the number one hero to Arab youth, gaining instant sympathy and approval from Arab regimes and their puppet media outlets. Part of Turkey’s motivation is undoubtedly to close an ugly page of long brutal Ottoman rule over the Arabian Peninsula.
After all, Turkey has been building up prerequisites for such a move for some time. Like Iran, they have created fictitious anti-Israel and anti-Jewish TV shows, publicly supported Hamas, and even went on further when Turkish PM Ardogan verbally attacked President Shimon Peres last year at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"