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Israeli Independence Day, 2014

Sizing up the amazing successes and the looming threats.

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P. David Hornik

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May 5, 2014 - 1:00 pm
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MIDEAST-ISRAEL-SOLDIERS MEMORIAL DAY

On Monday evening and Tuesday, Israel marks its 66th Independence Day. Each year this day is preceded by Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers. The one holiday segues into the other, a few minutes after sundown, with the raising of the national flag on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem from half-staff to full height.

That moment, one of the most defining and resonant in Israeli life, signifies that the country owes its existence to those who have been willing to sacrifice for it. And with Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers coming only a week after Holocaust Remembrance Day, it also represents a subtle, profound shift from mourning to celebration.

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When the war following independence broke out, in many cases the Arabs were routed after brief but intense firefights and artillery and tank fire exchanges (the tanks being almost entirely in the hands of Arabs). Arabs lost the fortress at Sephat (sp?) when they shouldn't have, and 2,000 of them ran for their boats at Accra as they were chased by mere hundreds of Israelis, some of them teenage girls.

Arabs are not by nature cowards, and can be very good fighters, as history attests. So why were they routed by the new-born Israel despite all their advantages? Simple: it was NOT their land, and they had no reason to fight hard for it. They were recent immigrants from the surrounding Arab countries. They were there as "recent immigrants" at the behest of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and other Arab leaders. There are Arabs native to "Palestine," and they stayed. They are officially known as "Israeli Arabs."

Even as far back as the 19th century, a plurality of the inhabitants in the core of the "Holy Land" were Jews -- an observation made by Mark Twain when he traveled there. Half the population of Jerusalem in 1867 was Jewish, for instance.

The huge lie about "Palestinians" has never been rectified.
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Hmmm. 66 years. What will we see when Israel has been in her land 70 years? Is that number significant in God's timetable? Perhaps. It has been in the past.

If Hillary wins, she'll have been in office for almost a year and a half at that point. Plenty of time for her to orchestrate an official, complete betrayal of Israel, which will mark the final end of the United States.

Things are getting interesting.

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When the war following independence broke out, in many cases the Arabs were routed after brief but intense firefights and artillery and tank fire exchanges (the tanks being almost entirely in the hands of Arabs). Arabs lost the fortress at Sephat (sp?) when they shouldn't have, and 2,000 of them ran for their boats at Accra as they were chased by mere hundreds of Israelis, some of them teenage girls.

Arabs are not by nature cowards, and can be very good fighters, as history attests. So why were they routed by the new-born Israel despite all their advantages? Simple: it was NOT their land, and they had no reason to fight hard for it. They were recent immigrants from the surrounding Arab countries. They were there as "recent immigrants" at the behest of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and other Arab leaders. There are Arabs native to "Palestine," and they stayed. They are officially known as "Israeli Arabs."

Even as far back as the 19th century, a plurality of the inhabitants in the core of the "Holy Land" were Jews -- an observation made by Mark Twain when he traveled there. Half the population of Jerusalem in 1867 was Jewish, for instance.

The huge lie about "Palestinians" has never been rectified.
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hear, hear !
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Quote: "And with Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers coming only a week after Holocaust Remembrance Day, it also represents a subtle, profound shift from mourning to celebration."

Yes, all Israelis are aware of this. But the beauty of it is the lack of intention or official decree. For the dates of Holocaust Remembrance Day and Indepenence Day are of separate historical origins. The proximity is a coincidence.
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"The proximity is a coincidence."

Not coincidence. Providence.
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What is so special about Israel and the Israeli's is their willingness to stand up and fight for what is theirs. Even some of the Arab citizens of Israel join the IDF and others work as scouts and interpreters. Israeli's are and should be justifiably proud of their accomplishments in such a short period of time especially compared to the hundred million of their Arab "neighbors" whose main contribution to the human endeavor seems to be the invention of the suicide vest.
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If the missing airliner is in muslim hands it may come out of hiding for this event. I hope not, for the lives of many Iranians.
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