Category Archives: Israel

The ‘Lone Soldiers’ of the IDF

Taken from The Bookwork Room.  Go read the whole thing.

*****

Before this war, I’d never head the phrase “lone soldier,” although the concept is not new to me. A lone soldier is a person who does not live in Israel, but who travels to Israel to volunteer in her military as she fights for survival. Indeed, I knew an American who, in 1973, traveled to Israel and ended up being in one of the first tanks in the Golan. Nice guy and a very decent human being.

Currently almost 2,000 lone soldiers are serving in the IDF.

The fact that they are not Israelis has not kept these lone soldiers out of the fight. The grandson of Rite Aid’s founder was wounded, although thankfully this brave young man, who walked away from extraordinary riches into great danger, will recover. Sadly, neither Los Angeles native Max Steinberg, 24, and Texan Sean Carmeli, 21, will ever return home.

To die far away from home is a terrible thing, especially for the family and other loved ones left behind. The Israelis, fully cognizant of this tragedy, as well as grateful for the gift of people who donate their bravery, skills, energy, and heart to Israel, have hastened to repay the favor that Steinberg and Carmeli did for them:

With no family members nearby, there were concerns that the lone soldiers’ funerals wouldn’t be well attended, according to the Times of Israel. But 20,000 Israelis came to Carmeli’s funeral on Monday, and 30,000 attended Steinberg’s funeral Wednesday. Breitbart notes that the large attendance is especially remarkable considering that the constant threat of rocket attacks on Israel makes traveling and gathering in large crowds very risky.

There is something about dying with honor that is just incredibly heart-wrenching. I’m leaking tears all over my keyboard here.

(H/T to Ace of Spades HQ and the ONT)

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Lost and Found – July 16th Edition

What to remember about July 16th…

  • 1779  American General “Mad” Anthony Wayne captures British fort at Stoney Point, New York in surprise midnight bayonet attack
  • 1790  Congress declares Washington,D.C. to become nations capital
  • 1941  New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio hits in his 56th consecutive game; still stands as longest hitting streak in baseball history
  • 1942  French police begin round-up of 13,000 Jews for detention and eventual shipment to the death camp at Auschwitz
  • 1945  First atomic bomb is successfully tested in New Mexico
  • 1948  Israeli forces capture Nazareth in 1948 Arab-Israeli War
  • 1951  J.D. Salinger’s novel “Catcher in the Rye” first published
  • 1969  Apollo 11 launches from Florida carrying the first humans to the Moon; “Buzz” Aldrin and Neil Armstrong will land on July 20th
  • 1999  John F. Kennedy, Jr., wife Carolyn Bessette, and her sister Lauren Bessette die in plane crash off of Martha’s Vineyard
  •  2015  Muslim immigrant and naturalized citizen Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez goes on shooting spree at 2 Navy facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee; 4 Marines and 1 Sailor killed.  Terrorist killed by local police because service members worked in “gun-free” zones.

Lost and Found – July 16th Edition

What to remember about July 16th…

  • 1779  American General “Mad” Anthony Wayne captures British fort at Stoney Point, New York in surprise midnight bayonet attack
  • 1790  Congress declares Washington,D.C. to become nations capital
  • 1941  New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio hits in his 56th consecutive game; still stands as longest hitting streak in baseball history
  • 1942  French police begin round-up of 13,000 Jews for detention and eventual shipment to the death camp at Auschwitz
  • 1945  First atomic bomb is successfully tested in New Mexico
  • 1948  Israeli forces capture Nazareth in 1948 Arab-Israeli War
  • 1951  J.D. Salinger’s novel “Catcher in the Rye” first published
  • 1969  Apollo 11 launches from Florida carrying the first humans to the Moon; “Buzz” Aldrin and Neil Armstrong will land on July 20th
  • 1999  John F. Kennedy, Jr., wife Carolyn Bessette, and her sister Lauren Bessette die in plane crash off of Martha’s Vineyard
  • UPDATE:  2015  Muslim immigrant and naturalized citizen Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez goes on shooting spree at 2 Navy facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee; 4 Marines and 1 Sailor killed.  Terrorist killed by local police because service members worked in “gun-free” zones.

The ‘Lone Soldiers’ of the IDF

Taken from The Bookwork Room.  Go read the whole thing.

*****

Before this war, I’d never head the phrase “lone soldier,” although the concept is not new to me. A lone soldier is a person who does not live in Israel, but who travels to Israel to volunteer in her military as she fights for survival. Indeed, I knew an American who, in 1973, traveled to Israel and ended up being in one of the first tanks in the Golan. Nice guy and a very decent human being.

Currently almost 2,000 lone soldiers are serving in the IDF.

The fact that they are not Israelis has not kept these lone soldiers out of the fight. The grandson of Rite Aid’s founder was wounded, although thankfully this brave young man, who walked away from extraordinary riches into great danger, will recover. Sadly, neither Los Angeles native Max Steinberg, 24, and Texan Sean Carmeli, 21, will ever return home.

To die far away from home is a terrible thing, especially for the family and other loved ones left behind. The Israelis, fully cognizant of this tragedy, as well as grateful for the gift of people who donate their bravery, skills, energy, and heart to Israel, have hastened to repay the favor that Steinberg and Carmeli did for them:

With no family members nearby, there were concerns that the lone soldiers’ funerals wouldn’t be well attended, according to the Times of Israel. But 20,000 Israelis came to Carmeli’s funeral on Monday, and 30,000 attended Steinberg’s funeral Wednesday. Breitbart notes that the large attendance is especially remarkable considering that the constant threat of rocket attacks on Israel makes traveling and gathering in large crowds very risky.

There is something about dying with honor that is just incredibly heart-wrenching. I’m leaking tears all over my keyboard here.

(H/T to Ace of Spades HQ and the ONT)

Lost and Found – July 16th Edition

What to remember about July 16th…

  • 1779  American General “Mad” Anthony Wayne captures British fort at Stoney Point, New York in surprise midnight bayonet attack
  • 1790  Congress declares Washington,D.C. to become nations capital
  • 1941  New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio hits in his 56th consecutive game; still stands as longest hitting streak in baseball history
  • 1942  French police begin round-up of 13,000 Jews for detention and eventual shipment to the death camp at Auschwitz
  • 1945  First atomic bomb is successfully tested in New Mexico
  • 1948  Israeli forces capture Nazareth in 1948 Arab-Israeli War
  • 1951  J.D. Salinger’s novel “Catcher in the Rye” first published
  • 1969  Apollo 11 launches from Florida carrying the first humans to the Moon; “Buzz” Aldrin and Neil Armstrong will land on July 20th
  • 1999  John F. Kennedy, Jr., wife Carolyn Bessette, and her sister Lauren Bessette die in plane crash off of Martha’s Vineyard

Lost and Found – July 16th Edition

What to remember about July 16th…

  • 1779  American General “Mad” Anthony Wayne captures British fort at Stoney Point, New York in surprise midnight bayonet attack
  • 1790  Congress declares Washington,D.C. to become nations capital
  • 1941  New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio hits in his 56th consecutive game; still stands as longest hitting streak in baseball history
  • 1942  French police begin round-up of 13,000 Jews for detention and eventual shipment to the death camp at Auschwitz
  • 1945  First atomic bomb is successfully tested in New Mexico
  • 1948  Israeli forces capture Nazareth in 1948 Arab-Israeli War
  • 1951  J.D. Salinger’s novel “Catcher in the Rye” first published
  • 1969  Apollo 11 launches from Florida carrying the first humans to the Moon; “Buzz” Aldrin and Neil Armstrong will land on July 20th
  • 1999  John F. Kennedy, Jr., wife Carolyn Bessette, and her sister Lauren Bessette die in plane crash off of Martha’s Vineyard

Is Occupy Wall Street Anti-Semitic?

Watch this eye-opening video based on Melanie Phillips’ bestseller “The World Turned Upside Down“.  Produced by Declaration Entertainment and narrated by Bill Whittle, this short film shows the links between the radical Islam, the Communist, Nazi, and Democrat Parties and the Occupy Wall Street movement.

As a bonus, check out their video Debunking the Palestinian Lie based on the Sol Stern work “A Century Of Palestinian Rejectionism And Jew Hatred“.

Lost and Found – July 16th Edition

What to remember about July 16th…

  • 1779  American General “Mad” Anthony Wayne captures British fort at Stoney Point, New York in surprise night attack
  • 1790  Congress declares Washington,D.C. to become nations capital
  • 1942  French police begin round-up of 13,000 Jews for detention and eventual shipment to the death camp at Auschwitz
  • 1945  First atomic bomb is successfully tested in New Mexico
  • 1948  Israeli forces capture Nazareth in 1948 Arab-Israeli War
  • 1951  J.D. Salinger’s novel “Catcher in the Rye” first published
  • 1969  Apollo 11 launches from Florida carrying the first humans to the Moon; “Buzz” Aldrin and Neil Armstrong will land on July 20th
  • 1999  John F. Kennedy, Jr., wife Carolyn Bessette, and her sister Lauren Bessette die in plane crash off of Martha’s Vineyard

To Whom Does the Land of Israel Belong?

An ingenious example of speech and politics occurred recently in the United Nations Assembly and made the world community smile.

A representative from Israel began: “Before beginning my talk I want to tell you something about Moses:   When he struck the rock and it brought forth water, he thought, ‘What a good opportunity to have a bath!’ Moses removed his clothes, put them aside on the rock and entered the water. When he got out and wanted to dress, his clothes had vanished.  A Palestinian had stolen them !!!!!!”

The Palestinian representative at the UN jumped up furiously and shouted, “What are you talking about? The Palestinians weren’t there then.”

The Israeli representative smiled and said, “And now that we have made that clear, I will begin my speech…”

(got in this in email from a reader – whether the anecdote is true or not, story is still funny… and the sentiment is true)