Saturday, July 22, 2006

Action Needed For Israel-Loving Americans

If you love Israel and you're an American, you need to write/call your elected representives in Congress, if they aren't any of the following people, and thank them for their support of Israel because you can bet they're hearing from the people who are pissed with how they voted (something like 20-to-1 are calling voicing their displeasure compared to thanking). Actually, you should also thank your senators regardless, since the vote in there was unanimous in favor of supporting Israel. To find out who your reps are, visit here. Now the list of those who did not support:

Those voting NO: Abercrombie (D-HA), Conyers (D-MI), Dingell (D-MI), Kilpatrick (D-MI), McDermott (D-WA), Paul (R-TX), Rahall (D-WV), Stark (D-CA).

Those voting present: Kaptur (D-OH), Kucinich (D-OH), Lee (D-CA), Waters (D-CA)

Those not voting: Davis (D-FL) Davis (R-VA), Duncan (R-TN), Evans (D-IL), Fortenberry (R-NE), McKinney (D-GA), Northup (R-KY), Nussle (R-IA), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) -- but she has a good reason -- she was in the hospital, Westmoreland (R-GA)


At 1:34 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I wonder where Tom Davis of VA was. I'm sure that he'd have cast a vote in favor of supporting Israel.

At 2:36 PM, Blogger Esther said...

If they aren't listed, then they voted in favor and should be thanked.

At 3:18 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

I just give you some strong moral support on that one. :-)

At 4:31 AM, Anonymous Love said...

Destroy a country because some fringe element beyond their control captured 2 of your soldiers?

At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

"Some fringe element"? Hardly. Hezbullah has significant representation in the Lebanese parliament and holds cabinet posts as well. Hezbullah has been tolerated by Lebanon as a state within a state. Lebanon is in violation of U.N. resolution 1559 to disarm Hizbullah and to remove it from the border with Israel.

The amazing story here is the restraint Israel has shown.

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Love, I appreciate your brevity. Your own site could really benefit from that. Sadly, you show a bit of ignorance about the situation with your comment. As Jonathan pointed out, Hezbollah is hardly a fringe group, considering its many cabinet seats, etc. This non-fringe group was, prior to 9-11, responsible for killing more Americans than any other terrorist group.

I'm curious, so what should a country do that has rockets fall down on its citizens (you neglected to mention that part), its border breached (you neglected to mention that part), eight soldiers murdered (you neglected to mention that part) and then two soldiers kidnapped, who are probably being tortured in ways your mind can't even imagine?

Lebanon, while my heart goes out to its citizens, allowed this to happen. They didn't stop the buildup of missles from entering their country's border. They knew Israel was the target. They had to know that one day they'd have to pay for something Hezbollah would do, that they've essentially "allowed" to happen. Israel has gone above in beyond in trying to let the innocent civilians know to clear out before they hit a target, even knowing the terrorists would flee too. On the other side, Hezbollah targets civilians.

You may want to do a bit more research before spouting something you obviously know very little about.

At 5:09 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

Let's face it Hezbollah IS the real government in Lebanon.

At 6:07 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Couple thiongs: I'm confused. How was it unanimous if several voted no and others abstained?

Big surprise that McKinney sat out, too!

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Mark, it was unanimous in the Senate...not so in the the House... those I listed are Congressmen and women.

Felis...seems like that's true.

At 8:49 PM, Blogger Mark said...

OH!!!!! It was early!

At 9:42 PM, Blogger Fern Sidman said...



While Israel is engaged in heavy fighting with Hezbollah terrorists on the northern front and Hamas terrorists on its southern front, it would appear that Israel's proverbial nemesis, better known as the media, has opened a third front with its incessant assaults on Israel.

While the media may not be launching Katyusha or Kassam rockets aimed at Israeli cities, the rockets that the media launches are instrumental in degrading Israel in the war of public opinion. Case in point would be the drastic difference in the content and modality of reporting between the two major cable networks, CNN and Fox News.

To the average viewer, it would appear that CNN and Fox are reporting the news from two different planets. While it is true that the Ted Turner owned CNN, has its own left wing agenda along with the perfunctory anti-Israel bias that goes with that territory, and Roger Ailes' Fox News has a more conservative, pro-Republican platform, the stark and extreme contrasts cannot be missed. To state that their coverage of the current war between Israel, Hezbollah and Hamas is diametrically opposed would be a gross understatement.

One need only press the button on their television remotes for a period of an hour or so, to gain tremendous insight into the world of media propaganda, distortions and lies. For a truly mercurial experience, just spend an evening with Anderson Cooper and Larry King of CNN and then visit with Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly over at Fox.

The story according to CNN is the following: Israel is murdering Lebanese children and civilians en masse, Israel is not making a dent in Hezbollah's power, Israel is not forthcoming in opening up a corridor for humanitarian assistance to Lebanon, Israel is causing a refugee crisis amongst the Lebanese population, Israel is using phosphorus in its weaponry, Israel refuses to agree to a cease fire, Israel's retaliation against Hezbollah has been "disproportionate", Israel refuses to engage in negotiations with Hezbollah over a prisoner exchange. CNN's conclusion is: World opinion will turn against Israel because of its actions. One can only scratch their heads and ask, is there a pattern developing here???

As we watch Anderson Cooper taking us for tours of hospitals in Lebanon showing the burnt and mangled faces of Lebanese children, while giving platforms to Hezbollah supporters who spew forth their party line which includes accusations against Israel for starting this conflict by occupying Palestine, to scared and trapped Americans who blame Israel for the destruction of Beirut. Repetitive images of Israeli tanks and gun ships shooting missiles into Lebanon fill our screens ad infinitum, while there is never a image of a Hezbollah terrorist shooting a Katyusha rocket into Israel.

If this weren't enough one sided and biased journalism, we are also treated to an hour of Larry King, who gives more than ample time to Hezbollah journalists, Syrian ambassadors, and a whole host of other Israel bashers. King allows them to make hate filled speeches riddled with inaccuracies and grandiose distortions about Israel and her role in this current conflict, while never challenging them in any kind of meaningful and significant manner.

In marked contrast to CNN's coverage of the war, there is a definitely a more "fair and balanced" coverage on Fox News. While far from being totally fair and balanced Fox News takes pains in researching new details from their reporters in the Middle East and presenting a more even handed account of the situation in Israel.

From Sean Hannity to Bill O'Reilly to Greta Van Susteren to Sheppard Smith, one can see that these journalists are dedicated to digging out the truth by ask searing questions concerning the facts of the situation, which are so very often buried under the propaganda and lies of Hezbollah and other Arab spokesmen who are allowed lengthy platforms for their vituperative and vitriolic rhetoric against Israel.

There is no question that Fox News is far from perfect and has on more than one occasion fallen prey to the CNN and New York Times syndrome of making Israel the scapegoat for the world's problems, but by in large, Fox has made a concerted effort, thus far, to reporting the news with a high degree of accuracy.

That is all that we can ask from the media. In general, they always have been instrumental in generating negative feelings towards Israel and have been the biggest asset of the cause of Hamas and Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations in the region. Right now, they represent the third front that Israel must contend with. An enemy that is funded not by regimes predicated on terror but on corporate dollars. It is an enemy that never runs out of rockets or mortars or missiles, for their verbal missiles and subliminal messages are in infinite abundance and these fatal weapons shape a public image of Israel that is more deadly than rockets because they pervade the hearts and minds of their viewers.

For the Jewish people, this is an old story. Since Guttenberg invented his first printing press in the 1600s, words and thoughts have always been published against Jews. The media of today bares little difference to its more in-your-face predecessors. While the facts may be different, today's media is just re-hashing the same kind of Israel hating messages that is has done for close to six decades.

The media is a persistent and resilient foe, almost an implacable one, yet despite this most formidable enemy, we have borne witness to our continued existence as a nation. As with the Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, the Turks, the Nazis, the British, the Soviet Union, the PLO, Hamas and Hezbollah and all the other enemies that I may have forgotten to list, those who sought to vanquish and eradicate the Jewish nation and the Land of Israel, we tell them and the media that they have not succeeded in our destruction and with G-d's help they never will.

Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are one in the same and they are a permanent part of and endemic to our society. With G-d's help, we will deal with the media as we have with our other enemies and may we take comfort in the fact that we are a people who fears and obeys only the Almighty G-d of Israel and does not fear the words of mortal enemies. World opinion will always be against the Jewish nation, and fearing it and cowering over the words and threats of world leaders is a futile exercise and a colossal waste of precious time.

Let us utilize our precious time in appealing to the Holy One Blessed Be He, who girds His nation Israel with strength, crowns His nation Israel in glory and gives strength to His weary nation. For in the end, the media is just another enemy in a huge litany of enemies. Let us turn to Hashem Yisborach at this critical juncture in time, for it is He who marches into battle with us and it is He who will conquer our enemies, if we only recognize His dominion and His glory.

And to the media, we say, just take your place on the back of a very long line. You're not our first enemy and you won't be our last.

May we our prayers reach the Almighty G-d of Israel and may we be zoche to the see our redemption, speedily in our days.

At 5:40 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Thanks for posting this, Fern. As I said over at Democracy Frontline, great article!

At 12:47 PM, Anonymous gravelrash said...

Hey love:- You're a wanker! Before you start commenting on religions, as for example your take on christianity, I'd first suggest that you actually learn some facts about its core theology. Your assertions are stuff and nonsense, pure cant and ideological disposition informed by nothing except prejudice and ignorance.
"Destroy a country" that SCREAMS for the destruction of yours? Why ever not?? For just ONE reason, see Mike Wallace's interview with Ahmadinajad. There are countless other utterances that might disturb you, safe in your 'new age' dreaming as you are, that perhaps all is not quite right with the enemies of Israel.....or America.
Being pusillanimous and wishy-washy (a liberal bleeding heart) is expected of youth, as they grapple with the enormity of right and wrong. It is a disgrace in the supposed mature, a cause for shame.
It has always been the case, that people made of sterner stuff have to go in and make the world a convivial place for tosh and humbug spruikers like you. Now bugger off - and have a good meditation. I have sussed your God - Onan is nothing if not self pleasing!
(sorry Esther)


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