Visions of a Freeman - Brain Age - 1, August of 2014
Break free like a gazelle from the trap.

The Book of Proverbs by King Solomon.

Chapter 6.
1 My child, if you have gone surety for your neighbour, if you have guaranteed the bond of a stranger,
2 if you have committed yourself with your lips, if through words of yours you have been entrapped,
3 do this, my child, to extricate yourself -- since you have put yourself in the power of your neighbour: go, humble yourself, plead with your neighbour,
4 give your eyes no sleep, your eyelids no rest,
5 break free like a gazelle from the trap, like a bird from the fowler's clutches.
6 Idler, go to the ant; ponder her ways and grow wise:
7 no one gives her orders, no overseer, no master,
8 yet all through the summer she gets her food ready, and gathers her supplies at harvest time.
9 How long do you intend to lie there, idler? When are you going to rise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little drowsiness, a little folding of the arms to lie back,
11 and poverty comes like a vagrant and, like a beggar, dearth.
12 A scoundrel, a vicious man, he goes with a leer on his lips,
13 winking his eye, shuffling his foot, beckoning with his finger.
14 Trickery in his heart, always scheming evil, he sows dissension.
15 Disaster will overtake him sharply for this, suddenly, irretrievably, he will be broken.
16 There are six things that Yahweh hates, seven that he abhors:
17 a haughty look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that weaves wicked plots, feet that hurry to do evil,
19 a false witness who lies with every breath, and one who sows dissension among brothers.
20 Keep your father's precept, my child, do not spurn your mother's teaching.

Take a look:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16918834
7 February 2012 Last updated at 04:29

Fatah-Hamas unity government: Israel condemns move

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the Palestinian Authority must choose between a treaty with Hamas "or peace with Israel".

He was speaking hours after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would head a unity government between the Hamas and Fatah movements - ahead of elections in the West Bank and Gaza.

"Hamas and peace do not go hand in hand," Mr Netanyahu said.

"Hamas is a terror organisation and is aimed at the destruction of Israel."

Last month Israel and the Palestinian Authority held their first talks in more than a year, without making any apparent progress.

The BBC's Jon Donnison, in Ramallah, says the fact Mr Abbas is pushing ahead in the teeth of opposition from Israel and the US indicates his frustration with the lack of progress in those US-mediated talks.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon later urged Mr Abbas not to abandon talks with Israel.

The UN chief, in a phone call to Mr Abbas, said that "the two tracks" of Palestinian reconciliation and negotiations with Israel "should not be seen as contradictory", Mr Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

Stumbling blocks

Mr Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal have been holding talks in Qatar over a reconciliation deal reached in April 2011.

Correspondents say the issue of who would head the government has been one of the main stumbling blocks to implementing the agreement.

The deal sought to end more than four years of separate governments in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip and the West Bank - areas of which are governed by Mr Abbas's Western-backed Palestinian Authority.

The line-up of the government will be announced on 18 February in Cairo, a Fatah official told the AFP news agency.

The government will be made up of technocrats and independents, reports say.

Mr Abbas said the two sides were serious about political unity.

Mr Meshaal added: "We inform our people that we are serious about healing the wounds... to reunite our people on the foundation of a political partnership, in order to devote our effort to resisting the [Israeli] occupation.''

As part of the April agreement, an interim unity government was to prepare for presidential and parliamentary elections.

But Hamas strongly opposed Mr Abbas's initial choice of Salam Fayyad, the current prime minister of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

The elections were expected to be held in May, but the Palestinian election commission says more time will be needed, Reuters news agency reports.

'Must recognise Israel'

Fatah has historically been the dominant faction in the Palestinian nationalist movement, but in January 2006 the Islamist militant movement Hamas won Palestinian Authority legislative elections.

The government subsequently sworn in was widely boycotted by the international community.

In early 2007 Fatah and Hamas agreed to form a coalition to end growing factional warfare.

In June of that year Hamas seized control of Gaza by force. Gaza and the West Bank came under separate government, and Israel and Egypt tightened the blockade on Gaza.

The Middle East Quartet of the United States, Russia, European Union and United Nations insists Hamas should renounce violence, recognise Israel and back past Israeli-Palestinian agreements before a Palestinian unity government can be recognised.

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said any Palestinian government "must unambiguously and explicitly commit to non-violence"

"It must recognize the state of Israel and it must accept the previous agreements and obligations between the parties, including the road map," she added.
16 There are six things that Yahweh hates, seven that he abhors:
17 a haughty look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that weaves wicked plots, feet that hurry to do evil,
19 a false witness who lies with every breath, and one who sows dissension among brothers.

As you can see, there was an attempt to bridge brothers and one who sows dissension among brothers. I will write about sowing dissention further into this text.

The excuse to start the Military operation against Gaza:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/30/bodies-missing-israeli-teenagers-found-west-bank
Bodies of three missing Israeli teenagers found in West Bank
Naftali Frankel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach were kidnapped while hitchhiking back from their religious schools

Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem and Orlando Crowcroft in El Ad
The Guardian, Monday 30 June 2014 21.58 BST

The bodies of three missing Israeli teenagers who disappeared almost three weeks ago have been found buried in a shallow grave under rocks in a valley close to the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Following the discovery of the bodies the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, blamed Hamas for the murders, warning the militant group will pay a heavy price for the deaths. "Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay ... [They] were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by wild beasts," Netanyahu said in a statement.

Israeli soldiers and civilian volunteers found two bodies at 5pm on Monday in a shallow grave covered with boulders, later uncovering a third body. Although there was no immediate confirmation of their identity, both the location, close to where they went missing, and the number of bodies pointed inescapably to it being the remains of the three teenagers.

"The bodies are currently going through forensic identification. The families of the abducted teens have been notified," a senior spokesman for the army said on Monday evening.

Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frankel, 16, went missing while hitchhiking back from their religious schools in settlements on the West Bank on 10 June.

According to reports in the Israeli media on Monday it appeared the three were killed shortly after being abducted near the Gush Etzion junction in the southern West Bank. The same reports suggested they were shot in the car they got into, which was later discovered abandoned and burned out.

"There can be no forgiveness for the killers of children and those who sent them. Now is the time to act," Israel's economy minister, Naftali Bennett, said in a statement.

Separately, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas called an emergency meeting to discuss the killings.

A senior Hamas spokesman, however, denied the group's involvement. "Only the Israeli version of the events has been published," said Sami Abu Zuhri. "Israel is attempting to make way for aggression against us, against the Hamas … No Palestinian group, Hamas or any other group, has taken responsibility for the action, and thus the Israeli version can't be trusted."

The hunt for the three missing youths has seen several hundred Palestinians rounded up in a massive operation – often without charge or connection to the kidnapping – and five Palestinians, including a number of minors, killed.

The official announcement by the Israeli military and the Shin Bet security agency that the bodies had been found followed hours of swirling rumours in Israel where the hunt for the missing youths has galvanised Israeli society, prompting round-the-clock coverage and large rallies – the most recent in Tel Aviv on Sunday – calling for their release.

An army spokesman said the bodies had been buried in a field near the village of Halhul just north of one of the entrances to Hebron.

Binyamin Proper, who was among the civilian volunteers who found the bodies, told Channel 2 TV that a member of the search party "saw something suspicious on the ground, plants that looked out of place, moved them and moved some rocks and then found the bodies. We realised it was them and we called the army."

Outside the home of Eyal Yifrach, one of the missing teenagers, the street was packed with Orthodox Jews, standing behind a police barricade and listening to the news on the radio.

An elderly woman who declined to give her name to the Guardian wept as she spoke of the deaths of the teenagers. "We need to do to them as they have done to us," she said. "We see lots of Arabs in the malls, in the shops. We don't do what they do. They used to eat with us and now they kill us."

Yvette, 36, a neighbour, said: "When the Arabs are doing the killing the world stays silent, it is always Israel [who is criticised]."

On the streets surrounding the neighbourhood, families stood on balconies. Everyone was listening to a radio. TV cameras were directly outside the Yifrach house, which was closed off.

The case prompted a massive manhunt by soldiers, police and members of Israel's domestic intelligence agency, Shin Bet. As the search went on concerns mounted for the teenagers' safety, amid pointed and grim reminders in the Israeli media that West Bank kidnapping victims historically have often been killed shortly after their abduction.

The abduction of the three youths has also become a heated political issue both on the domestic and international political front, with Palestinian leaders accusing the Israeli government of using it as an excuse to smash the new Palestinian unity government backed by Hamas.

However, even within Palestinian circles close to Abbas, concerns had been growing over the potential fallout that would follow the revelation that the teenagers had been kidnapped or killed by militants associated with – or members of – Hamas, with one official telling the Guardian the unity government would be dead in the water.

US President Barack Obama condemned what he called the "senseless" murder of the teenagers and warned against actions that could further "destabilise" the situation. "The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms this senseless act of terror against innocent youth," Obama said in a written statement.

In a statement issue by his office British prime minister David Cameron said: "I am deeply saddened by the news that the bodies of the three Israeli boys ... have been found ... This was an appalling and inexcusable act of terror perpetrated against young teenagers. Britain will stand with Israel as it seeks to bring to justice those responsible."

In Nof Ayalon, where Naftali Frankel lived, groups of friends, family and neighbours of the 16-year-old walked arm and arm through the quiet streets.

The contrast as the residents gathered at the local synagogue was palpable to El Ad a short drive away. Both male and female sides of the synagogue were packed but largely quiet, unlike the scenes at the Yifrach neighbourhood.

A 16-year-old fellow student of Frankel, sitting outside on a bench smoking, said that although many had criticised the three students for hitchhiking, he knew many pupils at the yeshiva they attended and the killings would not stop him or them from doing it.

"I am mad, but I am not going to get too excited about it," he said. Asked what he wanted the aftermath of the killings to be he said: "Peace."
16 There are six things that Yahweh hates, seven that he abhors:
17 a haughty look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that weaves wicked plots, feet that hurry to do evil,
19 a false witness who lies with every breath, and one who sows dissension among brothers.

There is still no evidence at all that it was Hamas that kidnapped the kids and there is no point in kidnapping anyone if nobody wants to claim responsibility for doing so. All indicated that the pedestrians were very fearful about the consequences of the kidnap and that the kidnap dealt a heavy blow to the fresh attempts of unifying Western and Easter Palestine.

Under any circumstance the losers on that kidnap were going to be the Palestinians and there is no scenario that would point to being otherwise.

It served the interest of Netanyanju to initiate the military operation while blaming the rockets and not the revenge for the death of the kids the responsible for more than 1000 Palestinians dead.

The haughty look: The media show with the dead teens to prepare the way for the invasion.
The lying tongue: There was no certainty that Hamas kidnapped the kids to sabotage it's unification with the west.
Hands that shed innocent blood: The kids were murdered to justify a war.
A heart that weaves wicked plots: The whole idea was to prepare the way for an invasion.

Credibility? What is required for credibility? Let Me show you something so you can judge if Israel is credible as in ethical and with an honorable word:
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/183581#.U9wGr-N5P_E
British Ex-Deputy PM: Gaza a Concentration Camp

Israel’s actions are war crimes and Gaza is a ghetto whose residents can't escape bombings, says John Prescott.

By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/31/2014, 9:08 PM

Israel’s actions in Gaza are war crimes and Gaza is a ghetto whose residents can't escape bombings, says John Prescott, who was Deputy Prime Minister of Britain from 1997 to 2007, under Tony Blair.

Any other country “which blasted a hospital, shelled and killed children from a gunboat as they played football on the beach and was responsible for 1,000 deaths, at least 165 of them children, in just two weeks,” he argues in The Mirror, would be branded a pariah state, condemned by the United Nations, the US and the UK” – but these howls of protest are muted, because this is Israel.

The military action “supposedly targeting Hamas” is so “brutally disproportionate and so grossly indiscriminate that it makes it impossible not to view Israel’s actions as war crimes,” Prescott opines.

Prescott claims that Israeli casualties are relatively low, compared with the 1,000-plus who were killed in Gaza, of which he says “more than 80 per cent were civilians, mostly women and children.

He goes further, asking “who is to say some of the other 20 per cent weren’t innocent too? Israel brands them terrorists but it is acting as judge, jury and executioner in the concentration camp that is Gaza.

"What happened to the Jewish people at the hands of the Nazis is appalling,” admits Prescott, “But you would think those atrocities would give Israelis a unique sense of perspective and empathy with the victims of a ghetto.”

The fact that Israel warns civilians of impending strikes does not convince Prescott that they are being used as human shields. He repeats the claim that Gaza is so crowded that people have nowhere to escape to. “When Israel is blasting hospitals and even UN schools acting as shelters, where exactly is it safe to flee to?”

He calls to “force Israel to end the blockade on Gaza” and to impose a freeze on “illegal settlement growth.”

Finally, he adds: "We should support a phased approach to end the occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem within a reasonable timeframe. The EU should play a bigger role in supporting ­mediation and push for ­sanctions for non-compliance."

Interestingly, Prescott did not favor military action against Syria, despite the much larger death toll there. When his former boss Blair made statements favoring such intervention, Prescott suggested Blair was too obsessed with Iraq-style interventions. "I've always respected Tony Blair but he's wrong on Syria... Tony seems to have become a champion for regime change," he tweeted on September 6, 2013.
16 There are six things that Yahweh hates, seven that he abhors:
17 a haughty look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that weaves wicked plots, feet that hurry to do evil,
19 a false witness who lies with every breath, and one who sows dissension among brothers.

I continue to write about credibility. Still think Israel was not capable of killing three kids to start the operation against Hamas? Then you have not seen this yet:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/01/israel-bombards-rafah-soldier-disappears-gaza-ceasefire-collapse
Israel bombards Rafah after soldier disappears amid Gaza ceasefire collapse
More than 50 Palestinians killed as fate of Hadar Goldin remains unknown following truce-breaking tunnel clash with Hamas

Fighting broke out with renewed ferocity in Gaza on Friday as Israeli forces bombarded the town of Rafah in response to the apparent capture of one of its soldiers by Hamas, after an internationally brokered ceasefire collapsed almost immediately.

Peace talks planned in Cairo to take advantage of the truce stalled before they began, as the threat of a new escalation loomed, possibly involving an Israeli ground assault on Rafah in search of Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin. His fate was unclear, as Hamas issued conflicting statements about whether it had captured him.

The United States and the United Nations supported Israeli accounts that Hamas had taken advantage of the 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire to ambush Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) soldiers near the entrance to a tunnel outside Rafah, on the southern end of the Gaza Strip on the Egyptian border, killing two soldiers at the same time as seizing Goldin.

Barack Obama said that Hamas should be held responsible for the collapse of the ceasefire on Friday, demanding the militant group immediately release Goldin and insisting the US was doing everything possible to prevent the deaths of Palestinian civilians, which he called "heartbreaking".

Obama strongly condemned the Palestinian side for failing to follow through on a truce which he said ended when militants killed two Israeli soldiers and captured a third "almost minutes after a ceasefire had been announced".

"If they are serious about trying to resolve this situation, that soldier needs to be unconditionally released as soon as possible," Obama told reporters at the White House. However he struck a pessimistic note about the prospects of piecing together another ceasefire after Friday's return to violence, an objective he said the US would continue, acknowledging that ceasing hostilities in the current climate would be "challenging".

"I think it's going to be very hard to put a ceasefire back together again if the Israelis and the international community can't feel confident that Hamas can follow through on a ceasefire commitment," Obama said, adding it was "not particularly relevant" whether or not a Hamas leader - or another militant faction - ordered the abduction. "The point is when they sign on for a ceasefire they're claiming to speak for all the Palestinian factions."

Obama reaffirmed his support for Israel's military attempts to defend itself from Hamas rocket attacks and cross-border assaults using tunnels. "At the same time we've also been clear that innocent civilians in Gaza, caught in the crossfire, have to weigh on our conscience, and we have to do more to protect them," he said.

The president said it was "hard to reconcile" support for Israel's self-defence and concern for the death of innocent Palestinians. He added: "I want to see everything possible done to make sure that Palestinian civilians are not being killed. It is heartbreaking to see what is happening."

The UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, said the Hamas attack was "likely to have very serious consequences for the people of Gaza, Israel and beyond". Through his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, Ban said: "Such moves call into question the credibility of Hamas's assurances to the United Nations."

After the clash at the tunnel, Israel struck back with heavy artillery fire and an aerial bombardment of Rafah, killing at least 65 Palestinians, many of them children, and wounding more than 350, according to local health authorities. Reports from the town's al-Najar hospital described bloodied bodies lying on stretchers and across the floor, as family members searched frantically for missing relatives. In 25 days of fighting more than 1,500 Palestinians have been killed, as well as 63 Israeli soldiers and three Israeli civilians.

Several other medical institutions have been forced to close or have been badly damaged during four weeks of war.

The bombardment of Rafah appeared to reflect what the IDF called the "Hannibal directive", in which it responds to any capture of a soldier with heavy fire aimed at stopping the captors leaving the scene, even if it risks injury to the Israeli prisoner.

"Israel will take all necessary steps against those who call for our destruction and perpetrate terrorism against our citizens," Israel's prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, told the US secretary of state, John Kerry, in a phone call. Netanyahu convened his cabinet on Friday to decide on a response.

"Hamas, which has security control over the Gaza Strip, must immediately and unconditionally release the missing Israeli soldier," Kerry said in a statement. "The international community must now redouble its efforts to end the tunnel and rocket attacks by Hamas terrorists on Israel."

Britain's deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, urged Israel to enter direct negotiations with Hamas. Writing for the Guardian, he said: "It is time for the Israeli government to talk to the Hamas political leadership in Gaza."

Clegg has already gone much further than any Conservative government minister by saying Israel's actions appear to be disproportionate and a form of collective punishment.

An IDF spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, said the truce was broken at about 9.30am when Israeli soldiers had been preparing to destroy a Hamas tunnel running from Gaza into Israel, as the ceasefire terms allowed, when a group of militants emerged from an underground shaft. Lerner said there was at least one suicide attacker in the assault. There was an exchange of fire, after which Goldin was reported missing.

According to the Haaretz news website, IDF soldiers followed the attackers through the tunnel, which came up in an empty mosque. Special forces were sent in to search the surrounding neighbourhood supported by heavy artillery and warplanes, which caused the high civilian casualties.

The soldier's father, Simha Goldin, a Tel Aviv University professor, issued a brief statement to the media outside his home. "We want to support the military in the fighting against Hamas in Gaza," he said. "We are sure the military will not stop before it turns over every stone in Gaza and returns Hadar home safe and sound."

Moussa Abu Marzouk, a senior official in the Hamas political wing, told Turkish media that an IDF soldier had been taken, but that the attack occurred 90 minutes before the ceasefire came into effect at 8am, and was therefore not a violation. However, subsequent Hamas statements denied having taken a captive.

In the two hours before the truce collapsed, Gazans had emerged from hiding in an effort to restart their lives. In Gaza City fishermen immediately put to sea, cautiously keeping close to the shore, after nearly four weeks without working.

Streets filled quickly. Samira Attar, 27, a housewife sitting in a donkey cart with her husband, five children and three mattresses, said she was heading back to her house in Atattraa, northern Gaza. She had been staying with relatives.

"I am going back to my house for the first time for 17 days," Attar said. "I hope this ceasefire will hold for the 72 hours and longer, God willing. We don't need more bloodshed, or more devastation. I'd like to see Israel be defeated and broken but the circumstances were very difficult."

In Beit Hanoun, a town near the northern border of Gaza that has seen sustained bombardment and fighting, hundreds of families were returning to find their homes. But at about 11am it was clear the ceasefire had broken down. Amid shelling and small-arms fire, families heading back to salvage belongings or see what had happened to their homes rushed for safety.

As reports of fighting and casualties in Rafah started filtering in, the streets of Gaza City began to empty.

The ministry of health in Gaza called for immediate international assistance to evacuate thousands of civilians "trapped under heavy Israeli bombardment" in Rafah. "Some 5km between Salah al-Eddin street and al-Najar hospital is under intense and indiscriminate artillery fire, ambulances are unable to reach the wounded, and thousands of civilians are trapped in their homes. We cannot reach the civilians to evacuate them, the wounded to provide medical care, or the dead to retrieve their bodies," the ministry said in a statement.

Maria-Cecilia Goin, of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said the "humanitarian space" in Gaza was shrinking, with intense fighting in the north, east and south of the strip seriously impeding the organisation's work.

Soldier's links with UK

The Israeli soldier missing after being caught in an ambush by Hamas fighters in Gaza is understood to have lived in the UK.

Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, a 23-year-old from Kfar Saba, is understood to have spent two spells in Cambridge, where his father worked as an academic.

Rabbi Reuven Leigh, who is a chaplain at Cambridge University and a rabbi in the local community, wrote on Twitter: "Shaken to hear of Hadar Goldin's kidnapping, he spent a few years living in Cambridge with his family, please pray for his safe return."

A friend of the family confirmed to the Jewish Chronicle that Hadar and his twin brother had lived in Cambridge. The friend, who did not want to be named, said the twins' parents were Israeli, and he did not believe Hadar had taken up British citizenship.

Barry Landy, of the Cambridge Traditional Jewish Congregation, told the Chronicle: "Hadar was a nice boy. The first time they came he was 12, the second time he was 15; on the second occasion he did his barmitzvah here. The news is terribly shocking."
16 There are six things that Yahweh hates, seven that he abhors:
17 a haughty look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that weaves wicked plots, feet that hurry to do evil,
19 a false witness who lies with every breath, and one who sows dissension among brothers.

So, I take it that in order to rescue a soldier (who nobody even knows if he is really kidnapped or not since he is probably dead or never existed) that was taken alive they had to kill 50 Palestinians not even caring if they killed the supposedly kidnap soldier? "A living soldier was Kidnapped! So kill him and 50 civilians around him!" Says Netanyanju.

a haughty look: Again a media show to fuel the war and again another kidnap.
a lying tongue: There was no evidence Hamas or even the Palestinians did that.
hands that shed innocent blood: No doubt about that by now.
a heart that weaves wicked plots: A war action designed to convince the Israelis to support more violence.
feet that hurry to do evil: A rush to kill everyone around the area even if it means the "kidnapped soldier".
a false witness who lies with every breath: Objectively speaking, nobody in the Israeli army knew if the soldier made it alive. Grabbing a soldier does not amount to kidnapping him.

In order for him to be kidnapped there must be evidence that he is under control and alive. That has not happened so there is no evidence of kidnap, just of capture. But then there is just the news that he has gone missing with no evidence that he was abducted at all. Which leads to believe he could have been disappeared by the Israeli military as well.

Thinking about the credibility of the Israeli military forces?

Allow Me to show you this:
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.608338
Givati Brigade commander: 'Studying Torah is best protection’
Makes statement to ultra-Orthodox paper; at start of operation, ordered troops to 'wipe out an enemy ... who curses and defames God
By Haaretz | Aug. 1, 2014 | 4:28 AM

The commander of the army’s storied Givati Brigade says that studying Torah “protects the people of Israel more than anything else.”

IDF Col. Ofer Winter said in an interview with the latest issue of the ultra-Orthodox newspaper Mishpacha (Family) that “anyone who can sit and study [Torah] – it’s his duty to do so. In a time of war the thing the people of Israel require most is for Torah students to sit and study the Torah more intensively,” he says.

Winter made headlines three weeks ago, at the start of Operation Protective Edge, when he declared “holy war” on the Palestinians in an official IDF dispatch to his troops.

He said he tells the soldiers before they go into battle, “Shma Yisrael, you’re going to war today.”

Winter said all his soldiers, even the most secular ones, pray “with great intent” before going to battle. “When a person’s life is in danger, he connects with his deepest inner truth and when that happens, even the greatest heretic meets God,” he said.

Referring in the interview to those who criticized his “holy war” dispatch, Winter said, “Anyone who attacked me probably saw weapons only in pictures, never took part in a battle and doesn’t know what fighting spirit is.”

In his Protective Edge dispatch three weeks ago, Winter made great use of Biblical references, telling his troops they were going to war “to wipe out an enemy” who “curses and defames God.”

The letter, titled, “The commander’s battle orders,” stresses that the troops’ mission is to “wipe out the enemy and lift the threat from the people of Israel.”

The dispatch, recently posted in social media, says, “I raise my eyes to the sky and call out with you ‘Shma Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one. The Lord God of Israel, make our way successful. … We’re going to war for your people Israel against an enemy that defames you.”
16 There are six things that Yahweh hates, seven that he abhors:
17 a haughty look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that weaves wicked plots, feet that hurry to do evil,
19 a false witness who lies with every breath, and one who sows dissension among brothers.

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