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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

IDF Captain tells BBC Israel has no choice

This interview is perhaps indicative of how nearly all Israelis understand that Israel has no choice but to carry out the current operation in Gaza. The interview is with Captain Elie Isaacson. I don't know Elie but he doesn't seem to be much older than 21-22. At that age, the IDF doesn't usually allow soldiers' faces to be shown on camera at all - Elie's profile is shown in this video. He's articulate and he doesn't say "You know" 145 times like a certain heiress who wants to be a US Senator from New York.

Let's go to the videotape. This interview is well done.

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And now to the videotape.


At 8:12 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

That's true - if Israel had a choice, it would never have gone back into Gaza.

At 8:15 PM, Blogger Thermblog said...

The kid did a good job answering the dreary "disproportionate" charge.

Thinking back though, I remember Britain charging half way around the world to defend a barren spot of overseas soil called The Falklands. That seemed disproportionate; still does.

At 8:18 PM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

The BBC?

Amazing lack of depth on his part...

And Just how many did England KILL in the Faulklins for an UN-Inhabited hunk of rock?

How many poor, innocent Germans did England in Dresden?

Was it not England that expelled all it's Jews in 1290? Was that human and proportional?

Here is a small example of English History:

Massacres at London and York (1189–1190)
Richard I had taken the cross before his coronation (September 3, 1189). A number of the principal Jews of England presented themselves to do homage at Westminster; but there appears to have been a superstition against Jews being admitted to such a holy ceremony, and they were repulsed during the banquet which followed the coronation. The rumour spread from Westminster to the City of London that the king had ordered a massacre of the Jews; and a mob in Old Jewry, after vainly attacking throughout the day the strong stone houses of the Jews, set them on fire at night, killing those within who attempted to escape. The king was enraged at this insult to his royal dignity, but took no steps to punish the offenders, owing to their large numbers. After his departure on the crusade, riots with loss of life occurred at Lynn, where the Jews attempted to attack a baptised coreligionist who had taken refuge in a church. The seafaring population rose against them, fired their houses, and put them to the sword. So, too, at Stamford Fair, on March 7, 1190, many were slain, and on March 18 fifty-seven were slaughtered at Bury St. Edmunds. The Jews of Lincoln saved themselves only by taking refuge in a castle.

York Castle, where the Jews of York were killed in 1190.
Isolated attacks on Jews also occurred at Colchester, Thetford, and Ospringe, but the most striking incident occurred at York on the night of March 16 (the day of the Jewish feast of Shabbat ha-Gadol, the shabbat before Passover) and March 17, 1190. The Jews of York were alarmed by the preceding massacres and by the setting on fire of several of their houses by the anti-Jewish rioting in the wake of religious fervor during crusaders' preparations for the Third Crusade against the Saracens, led by Richard. Their leader Josce asked the warden of York Castle to receive them with their wives and children, and they were accepted into Clifford's Tower. However, the tower was besieged by the mob of crusaders, demanding that the Jews convert to Christianity and be baptized. Trapped in the castle, the Jews were advised by their religious leader, Rabbi Yomtov of Joigney, to kill themselves rather than convert; Josce began the self-immolation by slaying his wife Anna and his two children, and then was killed by Yomtov. The father of each family killed his wife and children, and then Yomtob stabbed the men before killing himself. The handful of Jews who did not kill themselves surrendered to the crusaders at daybreak on March 17, leaving the castle on a promise that they would not be harmed; they were also killed. In the aftermath the wooden tower was burnt down.


Mr BBC guy...

what do you have to say?

At 9:06 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

I'm totally disgusted by the BBC totally ignoring the reality of the thousands of shells and rockets fired into Israel from Gaza since Israel left Gaza. It's as if the IDF awoke one morning and for no reason decided let's invade Gaza today.

That's not journalism. Even BBC reporters aren't that incompetent and stupid. It's malicious anti-Israel propaganda.

At 9:40 PM, Blogger Gershon said...

Find out when he finishes his IDF service and have him appointed ambassador to the UN.


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