Let’s win this one

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My philosophy: Avoid wars. If you can’t avoid them, win them!

BTW when does an operation become a war? Just asking.

I began writing well aware that events might make this post obsolete before it is published. This morning (Tuesday) the Israeli Cabinet agreed to a ceasefire; Hamas disagreed on a ceasefire and by 11:30 rockets were raining down on Sderot, Askelon and Ashdod and other parts of Israel.

The IDF entered Gaza in force and I still hadn’t finished. Hopefully the operation will be over, if the talking-heads are to be believed. Then what? Continue reading

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Hypocrisy on casualties

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From Jack Cohen on ISBLOG
21 July 2014

I’m fed up with hearing the first item of the News being the casualty count in Gaza, but given without any analysis or comparisons. The civilian casualties in Gaza are actually quite small in number compared to other conflicts. The total number of deaths given according to Hamas sources is ca. 400 in 14 days of fighting. But, a large proportion of these must be combatants (note that Hamas combatants are usually without uniforms and often counted as civilians). Hamas estimate 50% and Israel estimates 70% are combatants, so if we choose 60%, an estimate of civilian deaths is 160. This is an incredibly small number given that there are ca. 1.6 million people densely crowded into Gaza and that the IAF has flown ca. 2000 sorties. Continue reading

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New video to share

Videos‘Fat boy owns bully’ OK Israel isn’t fat but the comparison is very valid. See in Graphics>Videos, Going viral.

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Crossing the red (nose) line

Star-Jon-Stewart star-red-nose-stewartJon Stewart wins Red Nose Award at 2nd attempt

Almost two years ago Jon Stewart came close to being awarded the clown’s red nose for a gormless and badly misinformed attempt to explain Gaza’s economic problems (see Economics of Intifada).

It takes an extraordinary amount of ignorance combined with an inflated sense of moral superiority to win the coveted award. Stewart persevered and convinced the judges (OK me). He is the (un)worthy winner of Five Minutes for Israel’s latest Red Nose Award. Continue reading

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Guide for the Hasbara Perplexed

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The enemies of Israel frequently use the language of human rights for the most inhuman of purposes. StandwithUs has produced a short, online pamphlet demolishing 25 of these claims masquerading as tough questions. Particularly appropriate now.

It should be part of the armory of anyone who considers themselves to be an advocate for Israel. Continue reading

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International Day of Solidarity with Israel

StarStandWithIsraelJuly 17th Day of Solidarity

Globally we have witnessed increased attacks against Israel. From the Iranian threat to the boycott Israel movement. Israel faces many attacks against its legitimacy and it is time for us all to stand up.

On July 17th you will be asked to come together from the four corners of the world and express your support for Israel.

We will be uploading various actions you can take to defend Israel. From Samoa and New Zealand right across to western Hawaii we hope that throughout July 17th that individuals and groups will come together and do something positive for Israel. Please invite your friends to this event.

Action Item

We Stand With Israel

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Still Facebook blocked

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Apologies to Five Minutes for Israel readers who receive their updates through Facebook. I am still blocked for who-knows-what reason and can’t post in groups, including some where I am admin. When I try I receive the following message. You have been blocked! Continue reading

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Not another doll

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The Kurds Way

star-kurdistan200px-Coat_of_Arms_of_Kurdistan.svgShould Israel openly back the Kurds?

With the national focus on the hideous murder of Eyal Yifrach z”l, Naftali Frenkel z”l and Gilad Sha’ar z”l and the later no less abhorrent murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir R.I.P. another issue of far-reaching importance has more-or-less slipped under the radar. This gives me a chance to write about the Kurdish ‘solution’ almost before it reaches the blogsphere.

Prime Minister Netanyahu became the first and probably/hopefully not the last to call for an independent Kurdistan and President Peres – another first – agreed with Bibi that the future is with the Kurds. They may even sell us oil. Well, well, well! Continue reading

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Facebook has informed me that in response for some unspecified offence I am blocked from posting in a groups for a week. Very annoying as I am admin for many of them.

While Five Minutes for Israel will continue in this period my normal method of publicity for posts is blocked.

Keep checking the Five Minutes for Israel Facebook page and @5MFI on Twitter for information.

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