Skip to comments.100-Year-Old (IDF) General: We Razed Arab Villages; So What?
Posted on 06/15/2013 9:59:30 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Brig. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Pundak is celebrating his hundredth birthday. Pundak was the commander of the 53rd Battalion of the Givati Brigade in the War of Independence and went on to supervise the establishment of the Armored Corps. He was also Ambassador in Tanzania and a founder of Arad.
In an interview on IDF Radio, Pundak confirmed that forces under his command razed Arab villages in 1948. My conscience is at ease with that, because if we hadnt done so, then there would be no state by now. There would be a million more Arabs, he said.
Asked why he still finds it so important to lecture to soldiers, at his advanced age, he explained: Just like in 1948, the country is in a state of dangerand if the Jews do not fight as we did in the War of Independence, the state is in danger. He predicted that if a war breaks out again, Jews will be capable of the same kind of self-sacrifice as in 1948.
(Excerpt) Read more at israelnationalnews.com ...
And if there's anyone thinking that General Pundak is a sadist, read the whole article, including this portion:
Pundak, who was the governor of Gaza in the early 1970s, said that the credit that is usually given to Ariel Sharon for stopping Arab terror in Gaza in 1971 is mistaken. He said that Sharon was an unnecessarily cruel commander who once said at a meeting with officers that he would offer champagne to whoever killed an enemy fighter and whoever brings him a wounded enemy "will drink soda."
He said: I told him, 'You are not my commander, I am not coming to your meetings.'
He looks damn good for 100. And yes, war is a brutal business, period.
<....” war is a brutal business, period”....>
That’s putting it lightly in face of what our guys will be meeting in Syria if they ever put our soldiers boots on the ground.
I had a nightmare last night that a small team of our “Special Forces” had already gone into Syria....none came out alive because they not only knew they were coming... but no matter which side saw them...they all wanted them dead.
The Syrians do not want us there...neither does the opposing side. This is going to be a bloodbath now no matter how it plays out.....those guys only want to kill torture and maime...
In the 1948 war nobody expected Israel to win and she lost 6,000 fighters from a population of 600,000!
The Arabs were offered, time and time again a chance at compromise, reconciliation and peace - all of which were rejected (which the Arabs excel at). Now, they want us all to go back to the 1947 UN Partition Plan. They did not accept it then, and in reality, they do not accept it today. The Arabs excel at rejection and sticking their fingers in their rear ends.
You use that excuse every time you post something critical of Jews?
You post it then lament that anti Semites (like we are overrun with them) will use that info against Jews....as though Jews anywhere are all alike
They are not.
Likewise no matter how much I support Israel for non religious ways that yes indeed that some non Jews lost property and land in the war....some thru no fault of their own
Just wrong tribe....wrong place....wrong time
And they were not all Muslims....some Druze....some Christian Arab
The prominent Mourra and Saliba and Suleiman families of Haiti are all Pali Christian expats who lost everything in the heat of the 1947 war.....and I knew them all quite well once....
The Hagganah and Ergun were consolidating territory for themselves and a buttload of refugees from Europe....and it was at times an ugly business.....hardly rises to nighttime bombing of London or Dresden
Its not by accident that two or three of the biggest Pali terrorists ever were Christian Arabs.....Habash....Haddad...and Hannah whatshername
Recognizing that history....or the Liberty... it Sabra and Shatilla.....more Israeli warts do not signify one is anti Semite nor does it extinguish overall Israeli righteousness
But Israel has most definitely made mistakes
I’m just curious....are you Jewish or just yet another freeper with chosen envy.....I forget
Some here act like Israel is perfect and in many ways better than we are
I wonder how many feel that way have been there.....
I support the cause I like them...
And know them and realize they are surrounded by humans closer to monkeydom than they are
But these religious affections are irksome.....and often scripturally suspect
Like they are pets of the Revelation
Some eye them like pagans would a virgin at the latest solar eclipse
I don’t want American troops in Syria. Why interfere when our enemies are killing each other?
We are indeed overrun with antisemites. There is an even higher concentration of them than normal on Capitol Hill these days, and in the White House who celebrate the connection with the (Nazi-inspired) Muslim Brotherhood and trash our alliance with the only free republic in the Holy Land. The airwaves are literally clogged with anti-Israel propaganda. And yes, the words of this man will be used against Israel, bottom line, to paint Jews as all alike (the oldest trick in the propaganda book) despite the fact that they are not, but that is not what matters to the terroristsall that matters (now as back then) is the fact that they are Jews.
You post it then lament that anti Semites (like we are overrun with them) will use that info against Jews....as though Jews anywhere are all alike. They are not
It’s the wrong kind of interference. And the end result will not be our enemies wiping each other out.
Why should the Arabs give in? They outnumber the Jews 60 to 1. Each decade goes by, the Arabs close the technology gap and figure a way to fight Israel. The best weapon they have is time and guts. 1982 Lebanon was prelude to growing Arab advantage vs Jewish weakness. Suicide bombers. Jews cannot take casualties. American officials are slowly enticed away by Arab money and lucrative opportunities. US was foolish for supporting a homeland for WW2 Jewish refugees. The only smart person was Sec of State Marshall who resigned after Pres Truman supported partition and recognition of Israel. He knew the US cannot replace the British as protector of the House of Saud (ala oil) and at the same time support Jewish partition of Palestine. He knew this policy will fail. Support for Israel was based on emotions, alliance with the House of Saud (Arabs) was based on money, and over time money usually wins. The US emotional approach in 1948 did not help the Jews of Europe, it basically took them from a Holocaust and put their future generations into another Holocaust.
Sorry, you’ve lost me. You do understand that I think we should not put troops in Syria, or even choose sides?
Yes, I understand that. Both sides are against us. If we were to make any military move, it should be to crush both “sides”, which is possible without too much harm to our military. Won’t happen with the squeamish “leadership” we currently have, as well as the restrictive rules of engagement that our enemy laughs at.
I’m only saying the result will be just that one “side” will win the power struggle versus both “sides” annihilating each other, and the victor’s backers will make Syria an even tougher bastion of terrorism and a bigger threat to not only Israel, but the USA.
Then we should make sure the war never ends.
Practically speaking, it doesn’t matter who wins. The winner will hate us, the loser will hate us. If we intervene, they’ll both still hate us. The longer the war goes on, though, the less of them there will be to hate us. Let the savages be savages.
It does not follow that there will be fewer to hate us, especially given their reproduction rate. It also does not follow that our staying away will mean they will stay away from us, since their imperative is eliminating the “great Satan”.
I don’t call for “intervention”. I call for crushing them, which is something that nobody in DC has the stomach for.
Remember on 9/11 the video footage of some 30,000 Damascans dancing in the street over the “blow to the great satan”.
Forgive me if I don’t get all choked up.
The only real tragedy resultant to the carnage in Syria is the wholesale slaughter of one of the oldest christian sect in the world.
When this thing is over I would be surprised to find a single soul claiming to be christian alive in Syria.
The ones that don’t flee will be hacked.
The financial oligarchy long ago adopted a (typical hegelian dialectic) strategy for the middle east which results in the political instability we see today; the strategy was the establishment of the modern state of Israel. The strategy dovetails well for the financial oligarchy with the errant American Christian eschatology of a literal new Jerusalem. This idea first surfaced in the 19th century - during which time most American denominations gradually apostasized - and by the mid 20th century was quite widespread in America, along with all sorts of other unscriptural theological innovations. Given the connection between this modern eschatological view and the modern state of Israel, and the efforts of another British creation, the Muslim Brotherhood, there is basically constant potential for turmoil in the region. Turmoil, of course, is one of the standard tools employed by the financial oligarchy in achieving political changes. Having the thesis and antithesis constantly in effect, the oligarchs need only ever pull the simplest of triggers to produce their desired synthesis. American military involvement in the middle east is always only one news article away.
A key figure to study in developing an understanding of efforts of the financial oligarchy in the region nominally under the flag of Great Britain is Haj Amin al-Husseini. Familiarity with al-Husseini’s resume is essential to understanding the roots of the Muslim Brotherhood, and is just one example of Anglo-American private financial interests pulling the strings in their respective governments to achieve the goals of the financial oligarchy in the middle east.
IMHO, all Americans should familiarize themselves with Haj Amin al-Husseini and his influences, and more importantly what influenced him.
The Liberty was a fog of war accident. Sabra and Shatilla were done by Christian Arabs like that Samir fellow in California who mowed down five people because he was upset over his parents divorce in Lebanon or sumping. The fellow who masterminded Sabra and Shatilla Hoebecka (sp) was probably a Syrian agent, too. It was a clever propagandistic move of Bashir's father to have that guy (since blown up),showing the reaction against the Jews for a massacre that non Jews did. Not to mention the reaction of the Jews of the Labor party in exploiting the incident and fanning the flames of anti-Semitism.
Israel's real warts consist of depriving Rabbi Kahane's party its right to be in the Knesset and not kicking out the rest of the Arabs, thereby subjecting Israel to several decades of terrorism.
Nope, they don’t. When they do, I hope it’s not too late.
Here’s a cheerful thought, at least for the long term: Oil money is the fuel of jihad. There was a time when the world economy wasn’t based on oil. There will come another time when it again isn’t based on oil. Ever read Larry Niven’s “A Gift from Earth”?
You’re shedding slightly more tears than I am.
I like a man who speaks his mind!
Preach on, Yehuda! :-)
That deserved a re-posting :-)
I read article 3 times and have yet to find the “So what” quote. No agenda in that title. /s
Interesting to know you’re an antisemite.
>> IT IS AND WAS JEWISH LAND, the arabs WERE AND ARE SQUATTERS, it was NEVER A MUSLIM STATE, they are surrounded by MILLIONS OF SQ MILES of ARAB LAND for your precious so-called palestinians to GO BACK TO, FROM WHERE THEIR ANCESTORS came from
EXCELLENT rant! Agree 100%. I would add that even the palis’ Arab “brothers” DO NOT WANT them! For good reason.
>> But these religious affections are irksome.....and often scripturally suspect... Like they are pets of the Revelation
Maybe you should read what Paul, inspired of GOD, writes in Romans 11.
I agree with everything you just posted only I would have said it a little more forcefully. Israel is the only decent place for children & other living things in the entire Middle East, the b@stards in the UN & EU know it and hate Israel all the more for it.
Whenever I have met an Israeli the first words out of my mouth are “G-d bless Israel!” The reply is always “And G-d bless America!”
One of my reasons to favor Israel is simple math, the inverse of which is, when six million Arab Muslims are surrounded by three hundred million screaming Jews, then I’ll listen to the Arab side and not before.
Long live the Jewish state! Mazel tov!
“...all Americans should familiarize themselves with Haj Amin al-Husseini and his influences...”
Agreed! Haj Amin was fomenting bloody riots against the Jews in Palestine starting in the 1920’s. Small wonder he was later subsidized and made part of the Nazi cause by Adolf Hitler himself.
Let me see, the British, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese invaded nations all over the world. They wiped out or enslaved the local natives.
Western nations have waged wars on each other, including the wholesale slaughter of innocent civilians by bombing.
Why would anyone worry about the retaking and protection of the historical home of the Jews???
There is no doubt that post WWII colonial powers tried to hold onto what they could no longer hold onto - namely, their former colonies. British ruled Palestine proved to be too much for the bankrupt Brits so they left in hurry hoping that the Arabs would finish off what Hitler did not. Oh my goodness, the Jews survived against all odds and even...struggled to flourish!
Israel had every right to exist BEFORE and not just due to WWII. Jews continually inhabited (albeit not in huge numbers) ancient Israel or Roman Palestina from the time of Nebuchadnezzar to Titus of Rome and the 2,000 years since.
They were violently uprooted from THEIR homeland twice. There was no UNWRA then to keep them in poverty forever...
Now that the Jews are back, everybody seems uncomfortable with that for their own religious, political or economic reasons.
Into the 1930’s, Europe basically said, “Jews, out of Europe” - go to British Mandate Palestine! (there never was a separate Palestinian state or as they called them then, “ARAB” entity or government).
Now, 65 years later the world says, “Jews, get out of Palestine”! So, what are they going to do? These Jews are such a pain in the rear end, right? If only they would cede 99% of their country to the foaming at the mouth Arabs who have the longest recorded kill lust in history.
Then there would be no crises in the Middle East, right? Look again folks at the entire Sunni-Shiite-Alawite world, carving each other up for dinner and all politicians can do is chastise Israel for her settlement policy...as if this was the cornerstone to world peace. What about the 356 other conflicts going on today in the world?
Yes, the Jews, the Chosen people of G-d rub everyone the wrong way so let's deny them repeated, TOTAL victories over the foolish, butt-picking Arabs. Let's keep the situation in the Middle East in a stalemate.
The Colonial powers, including the Turks have no right to dictate anything to anybody - leave Israel alone!
In an interview on IDF Radio, Pundak confirmed that forces under his command razed Arab villages in 1948. My conscience is at ease with that, because if we hadnt done so, then there would be no state by now. There would be a million more Arabs, he said. Asked why he still finds it so important to lecture to soldiers, at his advanced age, he explained: Just like in 1948, the country is in a state of danger -- and if the Jews do not fight as we did in the War of Independence, the state is in danger. He predicted that if a war breaks out again, Jews will be capable of the same kind of self-sacrifice as in 1948.
Yehuda in order to please you son I would have to be blind to what I have seen with my own eyes.
To Jews like you there can be no iCriticism....ever.....period....anyone criticizes anything Jewish they must be a Nazi
You should try being southern for a day...lol...if you can’t take criticism
No matter how much I qualified what I said with support for Israel you will and some others here will brook zero critical observation
Israel has not always acted perfect despite your protestations anymore than we have.
Although there were things I liked about Kahane....there were things I did not.
I do not agree with your other assessments but you are polite
You refuse to give personal perspective.
Where do you folks learn what nationality folks should call themselves again?
A Christian who lost land in 47 should call himself what again?
You prove my point Mr Little Man amnesty.
Criticize and by default one is anti Semite
You do that about catholics and illegals too
Criticize either and you call that person bigot
It makes you feel like a grown up
“How can someone claim to be a Christ follower (Christian) and embrace something that Christ calls abomination? They can’t!”
They are claiming that they are in fact Christians and that they have Christianity correct.
“It’s a question I’ve never considered as it is irrelevant.”
No, it’s not. If we determine someone’s faith by what they claim, than Bishop Vicky et al are all Christian. There has to be an objective standard by which we *can* determine folks to be or not be Christian.
“I was raised Catholic. Baptized, first communion, altar boy, confirmed etc. Up until college I was a faithful mass every Sunday confession every Saturday Catholic. But I wasn’t a Christian at that time.”
So what does make someone a Christian then that includes you and excludes Bishop Vicky?
“I got saved (accepted the reality of Christ and His atoning sacrifice for me, and made Him Lord of my life) that April.”
So, you’re a protestant and a Baptist. This isn’t hard to figure out here.
“Being Catholic no more makes you a Christian than living in a garage makes you an automobile.”
So what you are saying is that doing the things that Christians do doesn’t make you a Christian?
This is actually contrary to what Romans teaches where Paul states explicitly that, “those who live in accordance with the law, even though they do not have the law are a law unto themselves. They demonstrate that the dictates of the law are written on their hearts.”
It’s not enough to claim that one is Christian to be a Christian. One has to live their life in accordance with Christian teachings.
How does one become Catholic? You were baptised into the Faith. Are you saying that Baptism is worthless?
“Apparently the same happens in Roman Catholicism. Lots of American Catholics on birth control.”
The difference is between official teachings and what the people themselves believe. It’s one thing for some people to dissent quite another for the pastors to teach things that are wrong.
“You can’t be following Christ if you love what He hates and hate what He loves. It’s pretty simple really. If our testimony does not line up with our actions then our testimony is false.”
Thank you. That’s exactly what I am saying here.
“I am saying that it doesn’t matter what church you belong to”
It does matter. You yourself just said, “our actions should be congruent with what we believe.” What does it say when we choose to remain in a church that has apostasized?
“What matters, indeed, the only thing that matters, is if you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ”
Show me where this appears in Scripture. You gave your testimony and said that this is why you believe what you do.
“will lead you away from anti-Christian “churches” such as vicky’s.”
This is why it’s crucial to be a member of a church which practices what Christ teaches. We are explicitly called not to go at it alone, but to go at it together.
“It’s not yours until you accept it and take it.”
I would argue that the gift has been there long before I ever came to be, and it was more a matter of discovering that the gift had already been given to me.
“But not until I accept that gift is He MY Savior”
If I reject him, it doesn’t change. He remains my saviour. If someone saves your life, does this fact change depending on whether I choose to accept it or not? No. The fact remains - my life has been saved. Whether I accept it or not does not change what has already been done long before me.
The choice is not so much to accept that which is already true, but acknowledge the truth that Jesus suffered and died for us on the cross. Someone can accept something to be true and still reject it.
“What is it?”
It was first promulgated by the First Council of Nicaea in 325.
“Exactly. Not the Roman Catholic church.”
Where do you get that from? Christ says there’s only One Church, not many, and that the divisions between Christians are not part of his will.
“with trivial and unimportant questions”
They are not trivial, as we are seeing today. Christian unity is important and the divisions of Luther, and Calvin have brought about the disasters that we are now seeing with Bishop Vicky.
“All Christians are in unity.”
Not so - there are wide and deep divisions between Christians.
“We’ve let sin take root in the church and have not pulled it up and expelled those who endorse it.”
You’ll find this in your church just as much as in mine. Sin isn’t a Catholic exclusive.
“This is self-evident. If they are Christian they are in unity with Christ’s teachings.”
But we aren’t you and I have significant differences over the meaning of Christian Baptism, and of Confirmation, Communion, Last Rites, Confession and Ordination. If there are differences between 6 of 7 sacraments, why should we assume that marriage would remain the one held the same rather than assume that the breach will become total, with 7 of 7?
I was a Baptist myself. This is what I fear - that your church will choose the same line that many others already have.