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Submitted to the Dominion Post, July 17, 2014

Tom Scott's cartoon in today's paper literally reaches the bottom of the barrel with his mindless vilification of Israel and the IDF. Far from the casual killing implied by his malignant imagery, the IDF is taking absolutely every step available to minimize or avoid civilian deaths, from dropping leaflets in target areas to phoning individual families to warn them of impending strikes on Hamas rocket launchers and weapons and ammunition depots. Unfortunately, these targets are deliberately placed in civilian neighborhoods and local people are ordered not to leave or do anything to protect themselves. Those civilians who do leave are branded as traitors when they return.
Tom Scott seems to like simple images that portray his notion of reality, no matter how unreal it may be. It is appropriate then to publish this image (which is in the public domain and has no copyright restrictions). Unfortunately I have no confidence that you are honest or courageous enough to print the truth.

Printed in the Timaru Herald, July 23, 2014

All right thinking people abhor wars wherever they may be but, it seems a consistent factor is prevailing today in many countries. Islam; the variety which seeks to impose Sharia law.
Where the conflict between Israel and Hamas is concerned, Israel is making enormous efforts not to hurt innocent Palestinians. Hamas targets civilians, encourages martyrdom and refers to Israel as “the occupation” because Hamas want the entire land ‘from the river to the sea’ to be Islamic. Their charter calls for the destruction of Israel. Israel seeks to live in peace on the tiny piece of land Jews have inhabited for thousands of years. Ayaan Hirsi Ali (author of Infidel), wrote: “From the perspective of the Arab leaders, reaching a two-state solution is to betray God, the Koran, the hadith and the tradition of Islam.”
Approx. 750,000 Jews fled Arab lands after 1948 leaving all behind, but only Canada is calling for them to be compensated while other nations ignore this fact of history.
This is a war of ideology where Israel is at the forefront; it is a war between our free world and an Islamic one. I know which I want my grandchildren to live in.

Submitted to the Dominion Post, July 17, 2014

Tom Scott (11 July, 17 July) seems to feel that Israel is wrong in fighting back at Hamas. I would like to ask him one question:
What do you think Israel should do? Wait until more Israelis are killed? Strike back “proportionately” (e.g., kill one Palestinian for each Israeli killed and destroy one home for each Israeli home destroyed)? Do nothing? I hope Tom will answer this. And I hope he'll also say what New Zealand should do if it were faced with a similar situation.

Printed the Otago Daily Times, July 16, 2014

Our hearts go out to all invloved in the current Israeli/Gazan crisis; it is heart breaking .
Our thoughts are especially for the Palestinian children cynically being used with their families as humans shields and physiologically abused by Hamas whose charter does not allow for any negotiated settlement with the Israeli's, but rather calls for the total destruction of the Jewish state.

To poison the minds of innocent children as Hamas does and as occurred during the Nazi regime is a crime against humanity.

This is an appropriate time to remember what Israeli PM Golda Meir once said: “We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”

Printed the Otago Daily Times, July 16, 2014

Re the cartoon Sat. 12th July, Hamas is a recognised terrorist organisation, hatred doesn't smile!
Peace can only come to Israel and its neighbours when the Muslim world liberates itself from Jew hatred. It isn't going to gain any territory, so if Hamas can't win, why is it fighting?
Why rain down destruction and misery on millions of Israeliis (over last ten years) with Iranian and Syrian missiles, inviting a counter assault on their headquarters, weapons warehouses, rocket storage in homes, and Mosques, conveniently placed in the midst of the Arab people on whose behalf they are fighting?
Why does Hamas have their Headquarters beneath the Israeli built Shifa Hospital in Gaza, even storing rockets there?
Jew-hatred is endemic in the Muslim world. Going to war with Israel is designed to garner sympathy and Muslim/secular world support, and they get all of these things whether they win or lose. The Iron Dome is protecting the West Bank and Arab-Israeli villages, including Bethlehem and Hebron;; both were targets on Saturday. The IDF is the only army in the world that contacts people (cell and leaflets) to give them time to get out of the line of fire, but Martyrdom reigns. Meanwhile, Arab patients are still being treated in Israeli Hospitals. Arabs and Jews work and study together and supplies last week continued from Israel into Gaza.

Previous Letters

Our Kiwi in Israel

Reports from our man on the ground in Israel.

Michael Kuttner

Candies versus Pizzas

July 23, 2014

By Michael Kuttner
When Israeli civilians, especially women, children and babies, are murdered by Islamic terror the inhabitants of Gaza and the Palestinian Authority erupt in waves of euphoric joy. .... Read More

Tunnel Vision…

First published in jWire

July 22, 2014

By Michael Kuttner
For quite some years now a vast network of tunnels has been constructed from Gaza to the Israel side of the border as well as from Gaza to Egyptian territory.

These underground facilities are not amateur efforts but sophisticated engineering consisting of massive amounts of concrete, electricity and water, air conditioning and even railway tracks for ease of transport. Naturally none of this is part of some metro system but rather an endeavor to bypass border controls and facilitate the transfer of items which would normally be prohibited.
A large industry has grown up around this project involving smugglers, terrorists and criminals, all of them paying tolls to the Hamas authorities in Gaza and thus providing lucrative income for all concerned.... Read More

We ceased, they fired…

First published in jWire

July 16, 2014

As soon as the so called ceasefire was announced anyone with even a smattering of common sense could have and indeed did predict that this farce would not last longer than a snowball in hell.

Moreover the moment I read that the American State Department & White House had been beavering away in the background I instinctively knew that this latest effort was doomed to failure. Everything they have been associated with as far as the Middle East and terrorism is concerned has turned to dust and left former allies and friends bruised, battered and at the mercy of Islamic fanatics.... Read More

Ceasefire? Michael Kuttner - see it his way

July 15, 2014

If the ceasefire which Israel accepted continues to be violated by Hamas as they have promised, the likelihood of a harsher Israeli retaliation seems high.

As of this moment sirens are sounding in many areas and rockets keep falling.... Read More

July 15, 2014

The Sabba_Safta army

Normally in Israel at this time of the year with the long summer school vacation in full swing young children and older teens are busily occupied attending organized fun activities, summer camps and sports competitions.

This enables parents to continue working knowing that their children are being well occupied and looked after for the day. In a country where usually both parents work this arrangement is a lifesaver and means that everyone concerned benefits.
However this year with the outbreak of terror from Gaza coinciding with vacation time life has become that much more complicated. .... Read More

Sane perspectives needed — Not knee jerk reactions

July 9, 2014

By Michael Kuttner
At this time and especially in the aftermath of the murders of the three Israeli teenagers and the Arab youth in Jerusalem with all the collateral activities taking place such as rocket barrages from Palestinian Authority controlled Gaza, it is appropriate that we take a deep breath, look closely at the facts and then sort out our thoughts and conclusions. .... Read More

Disproportionate chutzpa…writes Michael

First published in jWire

July 4, 2014

By Michael Kuttner
As predictable as day following night the reaction of the international community to Israel’s continuing search for the murderers of the three teenage students could have been anticipated. We were thus not disappointed or surprised when our expectations became fulfilled in all their hypocritical glory. .... Read More

Life and death…writes Michael Kuttner

First published in jWire

July 2, 2014

By Michael Kuttner
There can be no bigger contrast between the Islamic cult of venerating death and the Jewish tradition of hallowing life. It is at times like this when the glaring differences are on display for all to see. It contains a lesson for all of us and in particular for those who continue to dwell in some sort of parallel universe where the victims of terror are categorized as authors of their own misfortunes. .... Read More

From J-Wire’s correspondent in Gush Etzion

First published in jWire

July 1, 2014

By Michael Kuttner
The murder of the three Israeli teenage students has sent shock waves throughout Israel and the Jewish world and especially in the communities of Gush Etzion where the kidnappings and murders took place.... Read More

Fair Dinkum Mate ...

First published in jWire

June 20 , 2014

When the media burst forth with the breathless news that Australia had officially decided to undesignate half of our capital plus Judea and Samaria as occupied I immediately became suspicious.
You all know the expression that when something sounds too good to be true then most probably it is too good to be true. .... Read More

A tale of two countries ...

First published in jWire

May 7, 2014

By Michael Kuttner
There are two countries both starting with the letter “I” which gained their independence from the British more or less at the same time, whose creation caused refugees to be created, resulted in military conflict with Moslem neighbours and today still face unresolved border disputes...... Read More

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June 10, 2014

KBRM founder Rodney Brooks gives his impressions from a recent visit to Israel. Download and Read pdf HERE

But Is It News?

May 1, 2014

The NZ Herald was persuaded to publish a correction after printing anti-Israel opinion as news.

We are delighted to have obtained, via one of our members, a formal correction from the NZ Herald, on the grounds that it printed an anti-Israel opinion item as news. Read HERE

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From Other Angles

More than one perspective

IDF warned hospital

“Israel also struck the Wafa hospital in Gaza City, which the military says houses a Hamas command center. Basman Ashi, the medical center's director, said all 97 patients and staff were evacuated following Israeli warnings and that no one was hurt in the attack.” Read at Stuff

After Incessant Fire from Hospital, IAF Retaliates

July 23, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
After days of incessant terrorist gunfire emanating from the Waffa hospital the IDF had responded today.
For days terrorists have been using the Waffa hospital in Gaza as a military post. Terrorist have been firing small-arms fire and anti-tank rockets at IDF forces. The IDF has refrained from responding. Furthermore, the lower levels of the hospital are being used by terror organizations as a command and control center.
The IDF's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) approached several international Palestinian organizations on the issue more than once and contacted the hospital Director as well, but to no avail.
Today, the fire intensified, and the IDF finally decided to respond. The IAF attacked the hospital complex with accurate fire.

IDF shows photos of Hamas rocket sites dug into hospital, mosques

Read at WSJ

You need to see this before they delete it!

July 15, 2014
Egyptian Doctor Tawfik Hamid explains the source of Palestinian suffering. It's not the Israelis — it's the Hammas. Israeli Arabs aren't suffering. Only Palestinian Arabs are suffering says Dr. Hamid. What a statemnt from a man that used to be a membor of a terror organization. .... See it Here

Hamas's Civilian Death Strategy

July 22, 2014. By thane Rosenbaum, WSJ
Gazans shelter terrorists and their weapons in their homes, right beside sofas and dirty diapers. .... Read at WSJ

WSJ Reporter in Gaza: “Wonder How Patients at Shifa Hospital Feel as Hamas Uses it As a Safe Place”

July 22, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
Wall Street Journal's Nicholas Casey was about to interview a Hamas spokesman in the basement of the Shifa hospital in Gaza. The Hamas spokesman sat proudly on a chair, his dress immaculate and his shoes polished. Behind him a massive poster was set, allegedly of the destruction in Gaza. ... Read more

Israeli Christian Leader to Ambassadors: “We Must Unite Against Terror”

July 21, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
JERUSALEM – Father Gabriel Nadaf, one of the heads of the Greek-Orthodox church in Israel and a staunch supporter of the State of Israel, dispatched a letter to ambassadors from various countries stationed in Israel, calling on them to support Israel's government and the IDF during Operation 'Protective Edge', to unite and fight terrorism and “to safeguard the Holy Land.” ... Read more

Day 13 of Operation 'Protective Edge' – IDF broadens its Ground Operation

July 20, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
The IDF is continuing to broaden its ground operation in the Gaza Strip. Its current primary objective is to seek and destroy tunnels used by Hamas terrorists. Ground forces, armor, artillery and Special Forces are participating in the action. Reports indicate that the forces are meeting formable opposition by Hamas. Hamas invests months and even years in digging these terror tunnels, and therefore are doing all they can to thwart the IDF's efforts to seek and destroy them. The operation is executed slowly and with surgical precision as Hamas has booby-trapped the tunnels, forcing the troops to work slowly and at times in open areas in Gaza, leaving them exposed to sniper and anti-tank fire. ... Read more

Moral clarity in Gaza

... “Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We're using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.” Read at Human Events

Hamas Interior Ministry To Social Media Activists: Always Call The Dead ‘Innocent Civilians’; Don't Post Photos Of Rockets Being Fired From Civilian Population Centers

Read at MEMRI

Gaza Strip Land Crossing Activity

Wednesday 16 July, 2014
65 trucks of food and general supplies; 170 tons of gas; 3 tons of medical supplies; 642,000 litres of fuel.

As Rockets Fall on Israel

The IDF keeps the border crossing to Gaza open

PM Netanyahu: “If The Rocket Fire from Gaza Does Not Cease, We are Prepared to Continue and Intensify Our Operation”

July 15, 2014. By Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met today (Jul. 15) with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as part of his diplomatic efforts to garner international support for Israel's current stance. Read more

Israel May Be Raising The Moral Standards Of Warfare

July 12, 2014. Will Saletan , Slate. Business Insider

Read at Business Insider

The current conflict between Israel and Hamas shatters myths

July 10, 2014. By ALAN DERSHOWITZ
The current warfare between Hamas and Israel shatters several myths that have been accepted as gospel by many in the international community and the media. ... Read at Jerusalem Post

The Gaza Rules — Israel, unlike Hamas, isn't trying to kill civilians. It’s taking pains to spare them.

July 10, 2014. By William Saletan
“By the standards of war, Israel's efforts to spare civilians have been exemplary. Israel didn't choose this fight. Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the terrorist organizations that dominate Gaza, ... Read at The Gaza Rules

Where is the outrage over the bombardment of civilians in Israel?

July 8, 2014. By Arsen Ostrovsky
Hundreds of rockets have been fired and a million citizens are forced to run for cover. Imagine if London suffered this bombardment ... Read at The Telegraph

Operation 'Protective Edge' Enters its 7th Day: Hamas Blows Out its Own Power

July 14, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
JERUSALEM - In what seems to have become a routine, the Hamas continues to fire rockets at civilian targets all across Israel throughout the day and night, as the IDF continues to attack terror targets throughout the Gaza Strip. More than 130 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel yesterday. At least 102 rockets struck Israel. 22 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Read more

Friendship blossoms in war zone

Read on Stuff NZ

Arab World Hopes Israel Continues Operation 'Protective Edge', Destroys Hamas

July 13, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
The Arab world, as a default, rallies around Hamas against Israel on any and all issues. Muslim countries in conflict, such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, as well as other Muslim countries came together last week at the UN in attempt to have Israel condemned for their so-called aggression in Gaza.

However, in wake of the ever evolving geo-political reality in the Middle East, this seems to be only lip service, and the Arab World is actually interested in the IDF seriously hindering Hamas' terror activities. They see the atrocities and massacres committed by Islamists on a daily basis in Iraq and Syria and are beginning to ask themselves if these serve the interests of the Arabs and Muslims. A growing number of Arabs and Muslims are fed up with the Islamist terrorists who are imposing a reign of terror and intimidation in the Arab world. Download or read pdf for full article

Palestinian Envoy to UNHRC: “Israelis Warn Civilians Before Attacks, We Don't”

July 13, 2014. By Aryeh Savir and Yaniv Hassidoff - Tazpit News Agency
Palestinian Envoy to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Ibrahim Khreisheh admitted in an interview,translated by MEMRI (The Middle East Media Research Institute), that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas do not abide by international law and commit war crimes. Read More

Middle East Insights

Mordechai Kedar in al-Jazeera about Jerusalem & Islam

Day Six of Operation 'Protective Edge': A New Northern Front?

July 13, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
Three rockets were fired from Lebanon into northern Israel last night, the second time during this campaign. Some damage was caused to structures. In response, IDF artillery forces fired toward the source of the launch. The IDF is now considering the option of a developing northern front, and is considering moving up north some Iron dome anti-rocket systems. Read More

Regardless of the Bombing: Over 20 Arabs, including Eight Gazan Children, Treated at Rambam Hospital in Haifa

July 10, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
While half of the State of Israel is under Hamas threat, many Gazans continue to receive medical treatment in Israel. Read more

Despite Heavy Bombing: Israel Continues to Provide Gaza with Supplies and Fuel

July 10, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
Despite the heavy bombing of Israeli cities by Hamas Israel is continuing to provide the Gaza Strip with supplies and fuel. The IDF's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced that trucks were delivered through the Kerem Shalom Crossing yesterday. 94 truckloads containing a variety of goods and 106 tons of gas were delivered y.Some 200 trucks of foodstuffs and other basics goods and products have traveled through the Kerem Shalom crossing since the start of Operation 'Protective Edge'. Materials which may be used by terrorists, such as steel and cement, were not allowed entry into Gaza.
The trucks were heavily guarded, as is the Kerem Shalom Crossing, which serves as a high profile target for Hamas attacks. Only a few days ago the IDF blew up a terror tunnel that was discovered in the crossing vicinity.

Amid Gaza rocket fire, hundreds of Israelis console family of slain Arab teen

July 9, 2014.
“I may not have committed the crime, but I'm morally obligated as part of the group that did,” says Israeli student. Read more: The Times of Israel

Undetonated rocket found in the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area. Credit: IDF spokesman.

Overnight: Millions of Israeli Civilian Come Under Rocket Threat

July 9, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
JERUSALEM - For the first time a rocket has been fired from Gaza at the northern town of Hadera, which is situated 100 km (62 miles&41; away from the Gaza Strip. A short while before that a rocket fired from Gaza hit Israel's capital city, Jerusalem. A rock concert with some 6,000 participants was surprised by the attack, the concert was immediately stopped and all were dispersed. Read More

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