On February 18th, 2005, during a public presentation for the annual Jerusalem meeting of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations from North America, Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert pointed to Israel’s security situation on the Lebanon as a model which Israel would apply to Gaza and Samaria. Olmert stated that the Hizbullah terrorists now based in Southern Lebanon had accumulated some 15,000 missiles and mortars in Lebanon and that they have never used them against Israel on the Northern border since Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon in May, 2000.

Writing both as a journalist and as the father of a son who was stationed as a combat soldier and forward observer for the Israeli artillery corps on the northern border for almost three years, it is incredible that Olmert could make any such statement.

The declassified IDF situation report that was issued on the day that my son was discharged from the IDF on June 8th, 2004 speaks for itself:

“In the four years since the IDF unilaterally redeployed its troops from Lebanon, the following attacks on Israel took place from the North:

  • 34 attacks with mortar shells and anti-tank missiles into Northern Israel.
  • 7 shooting attacks with light arms fire into Northern Israel.
  • 8 roadside bombs that were planted in Northern Israel.
  • 127 times when anti-aircraft missiles** were fired into Northern Israel.
  • 5 Katusha rocket attacks into Northern Israel.
  • 10 infiltrations into Northern Israel.
  • 11 soldiers killed in Northern Israel while 3 IDF troops were kidnapped and murdered.
  • 50 soldiers who were wounded in Northern Israel.
  • 14 civilians were killed in Northern Israel”.

During these years, the Israeli media often reported that these missiles were firing at Israeli aircraft, while this was hardly ever the case.

However, as Ha’Aretz military correspondent Z’ev Schiff once explained after one of these anti-aircraft missiles killed a sixteen-year-old boy in Shlomi, the trajectories of these missiles were readjusted to act as surface-to-surface missiles.

At a time when Israel is considering another unilateral withdrawal of troops from Gaza without any “quid pro quo” of peace, our son was witness to what it means to move back Israeli troops and watch Israel’s enemies regroup and continue their attacks against Israel.

Now Ehud Olmert tries to say that there were no attacks from the north since May, 2000.

Perhaps Olmert should make 28 belated shiva calls to refresh his memory.


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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.