War is approaching. Israel is at a crucial stage. Iran's dictator, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, may his name be accursed, has promises a devastating 'final response' to Israel and the US on October 12th, 'al-Quds' Day.
Supporters of the Zionist regime will receive their response during the world Quds Day's rallies,” Iranian government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said at a weekly press conference Wednesday.
According to the state-controlled Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Elham was describing Iran's planned response for US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit “to the occupied Palestine [sic].”
"The US loses all opportunities to cooperate with regional and other world states by trying to support a regime (the Zionist regime) which is now at its weakest political and social position," Elham said. "Supporters of the Zionist regime will definitely receive the final response for their support on Quds day."
Quds Day is held each year on the last Friday of the Islamic month of Ramadan. It was instituted in 1979, following the Islamic revolution by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini.
“I ask all the Muslims of the world and the Muslim governments to join together to sever the hand of this usurper and its supporters,” Khomeini said when proposing the day. “I call on all the Muslims of the world to select as Quds Day the last Friday in the holy month of Ramadan - which is itself a determining period and can also be the determiner of the Palestinian people’s fate - and through a ceremony demonstrating the solidarity of Muslims world-wide, announce their support for the legitimate rights of the Muslim people. I ask G-d Almighty for the victory of the Muslims over the infidels.”
On Quds Day in 2000, Khomeini’s successor Khamenei called for Israel’s destruction, saying it is “the only way to solve the problems of the Middle East.”
Open Threats of War
One of Khamenei’s top advisers, Major General Yahya Rahim-Safavi, declared Tuesday that Iran would strike “in shortest possible time” in case of any strike on its nuclear facilities. He referred specifically to the army of suicide-bombers and child-soldiers active during the Iran-Iraq war. "The enemy will face strong armed forces especially the Basij [suicide-bombers and child soldiers] if it unleashed a military attack on Iran," he said. He claimed that the Basij army has 20 million members.
According to IRNA, “He said that the US has been entangled in a quagmire in Iraq and cannot easily survive.”
Khomeini proposed 'al-Quds' Day as a way of unifing the Muslims people and beseeching Allah for help. The only way for us to overcome Muslim unity is for us to join together as Jews, unify, and storm the gates of Heaven with our prayers. It is right before Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and we have the power to change our destiny on that day. Whatever evil decrees the Hashem has written, chas ve'shalom for His people can be averted by simply returning to Him. Every harsh prophecy recorded in the books of the Prophets such as the War of Gog and Magog and the Chavlei HaMoshiach can be nullified with teshuvah and prayer. The Rabbis tell us that every Jew is responsible, areivim, for one another. The only way to defeat the aravim, Arabs, is for us to be areivim and to care and love one another. Reach out to your fellow Jew and bring him back to the Torah.
This war has already started. After all of the Qassams, attacks on Sderot, children hiding in bomb shelters and terrorist attacks, PM Olmert has finally declared Gaza to be 'an enemy entity'. Really! The Defense Minister presented information to his ministerial colleagues, showing that terrorists in Hamas-controlled Gaza have fired 700 Kassam rockets towards Sderot, the Negev and Ashkelon since the beginning of the year. He said that Arabs in Gaza have fired a total of some 4,000 since the year 2001, causing 14 deaths.
The Defense Minister feels there will ultimately be no choice other than to attack the terror infrastructures in Gaza, and "it appears that every passing day brings a broad military operation closer."
According to the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs, all of Gaza's fuel, diesel, gasoline and natural gas come from Israel, which powers Gaza's power plant which produces 28.6% of Gaza electricity. How blind are Israel's leaders? Cut off Gaza's electricity, water, TV, radio and all supply sources until they give in. Israel's former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu already ruled that the proper Halakhic response to the Qassams is to carpet bomb Gaza. Rabbi Eliyahu shli"ta cited the biblical story of the Shechem massacre (Genesis 34) and Maimonides' commentary (Laws of Kings 9, 14) on the story as proof texts for his legal decision. According to Jewish war ethics, wrote Eliyahu, an entire city holds collective responsibility for the immoral behavior of its leaders. If the people of Gaza opposed the rockets, they would not have elected Hamas. In Gaza, the entire populace is responsible because they do nothing to stop the firing of Kassam rockets. The former chief rabbi also said it was forbidden to risk the lives of Jews in Sderot or the lives of IDF soldiers for fear of injuring or killing Palestinian noncombatants living in Gaza. He quoted Psalm 18:38"I will pursue my enemies and apprehend them and I will not desist until I have eradicated them."
If the IDF does go in to Gaza, it will probably stay there for a few months, disrupt the terrorist organizations and then leave. This is repeated every time Israel enters a hostile area. It happened during Operation Defensive Shield in 2002, Gaza in 2007 and the 1982 Lebanon War. Ultimately, there is no solution besides the annexation of Gaza, Judea and Samaria, the expulsion of the Arabs and Jewish settlements there. No country can tolerate such a hostile enemy squatting on territories that legitimately belong to it.
Every military strategist in the world knows that the easiest way to win a war is to conquer territories. Israel's generals, despite being some of the brightest, most highly decorated and advanced in the world, were raised on the idea of victory while retreating. That is why Israel failed so miserably in Lebanon last summer- Ehud Barak retreated from Lebanon, Sharon retreated from Gaza, Olmert wants to retreat from Judea and Samaria. Israel must be prepared to annex any territories that it conquers, to expel its population and to settle Jews on that land.
"One who becomes compassionate to the cruel will ultimately become cruel to the compassionate" (Tanhuma, Parashat Mezora,1; Yalkut Shimoni, I Samuel, Chapter 121)
Cross-posted to Goat's Barnyard