Predictable, if anything was: a Kassam rocket fired yesterday landed near a “strategic installation” in the Industrial Zone of Ashkelon. Then, last night, a rocket fired at Sderot critically wounded a 13-year old boy.

And the prime minister speaks of restraint?

“Enough!” cried our defense establishment. As one high level IDF official said: “The government is holding us back from responding and makes us look weak and vulnerable… ” Indeed. Not to mention that besides making us look vulnerable, it truly does render us vulnerable.

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The latest word I have is that the IDF is now going to be allowed to do pinpoint targeting of launching cells. Other than that, we will continue to honor the “ceasefire.”

Did I warn that I was dealing with insanity? Olmert is positively paranoid about our not being the ones to “break” the “ceasefire.” One unnamed gov’t official has said that this policy of restraint has earned us a great deal of credit abroad, especially in Europe. I’m sure the family of the young boy who came near to dying last night is very impressed.

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Add to this the report by senior defense officials that the Palestinians in Gaza have been utilizing the “ceasefire” to strengthen its forces and prepare for war with us. Hamas’s army training never stops, nor does the smuggling of weaponry. How much easier we’ve made it for them. Are the Europeans going to come help us when we finally get hit hard? Don’t think so. Don’t even want them to. Just want them to keep their mouths shut when we finally hit these guys hard. But what is also predictable is that whatever our restraint now, in the end we will, once again, be charged with “using excessive force” and “violations of human rights” and all the rest.

Nothing makes sense but to go in there now, with maximum military power, and to take out the terrorists and their caches of weapons in a preemptive operation, before we get hit. Today Aaron Lerner of WorldNetDaily reports al-Aksa leader Abu Ahmed as saying that, “It’s only a matter of a small period until Gaza is ready for war.” Abu Ahmed says they are planning to hit Israel with many Katyushas, just as Hezbollah did, and is utilizing reinforced bunkers for storing these weapons, just as Hezbollah did. Please note, al-Aksa is a branch of Fatah, the party we’re supposed to strengthen so that we can have moderation.

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Meanwhile, the Palestinians are charging that if we target Kassam cells in Gaza, this will represent a violation of the “ceasefire” and bring it to a conclusion. You see, it will be our fault, as these things always are.

Abbas is also suggesting that Israel and the PA do “backdoor” negotiations, using unofficial channels, to resolve major issues such as Jerusalem and borders. I’d like to send both Abbas and Olmert out the back door.

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When I left the U.S. in 2001, and came to Israel as an olah (a new immigrant) I was eager to share personal impressions and solid information about the situation here. Thus was my listserve born. This list has grown, and its content and style have been refined. Now I do several postings a week, offering both reliable data and analysis.

Shortly after initiating my listserve, I began to work professionally as an investigative journalist for the Center for Near East Policy Research. Today I serve the Center in a consultant capacity. I work, as well, as a freelance writer.

New Jersey born and bred and a resident of Maryland for several years, I have been living in Jerusalem since shortly after my arrival in Israel.

If there has been a constant in my work over time, it has been my writing, but in many ways my background has been eclectic.

My bachelors degree is in psychology and my masters in counseling and human services.  I took up the cause of the Jews of Ethiopia in the 80s and early 90s, via the American Association for Ethiopian Jews; I worked in the field with people newly arrived in Israel, and assisted with relief and rescue efforts from the States.

I then turned to designing softskills software -- training in the computer on diversity, stress reduction and using your whole brain effectively -- and producing Jewish educational software and hard copy materials.  Simultaneously, I conducted live workshops on stress reduction, Jewish identity and more.

For a period of time, I worked with a top non-governmental anti-terrorist in the US.  This led, fairly directly, to my investigative journalism.

My articles have appeared in such venues as Azure MagazineThe Jerusalem Post, FrontPageMagazine.com, American Thinker, Arutz Sheva, YNet, National Review Online, The (Philadelphia) Jewish Exponent,  MidstreamPresent TenseThe New York TimesBaltimore Jewish TimesOutlookAmitThe Evening Bulletin (Philadelphia), and The Aish website.

I have produced several major reports on UNRWA for the Center for Near East Policy Research, as well reports on the true nature of Fatah, the dangers of funding PA security forces, the Israeli NGO Adalah, and more.

I have written three books: Disclosed: Inside the Palestinian Authority and the PLO in 2004, and Falasha No More (for children) andTreacherous Journey: One Man's Escape from Ethiopia, both in 1985.

I have done interviews with BBC online, FrontPageMagazine.com, Voice of America, IBA English News (Israeli TV), and IsraelNationalNewsTV.

I am on the Board of Advisors of EMET, a Washington based organization dedicated to providing policy makers in the US with accurate information.

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