We Need to be Saved from Ourselves

Netanyhu said yesterday that Hamas has crossed the line. Does he mean it? Will he actually do something or yet again fear to do what really must be done to stop the lunacy in Israel because of what the world will say?

We can give you a long list of what Israel has done to provoke these kidnappings. That won’t help. We need to look our enemy in the eye, show no fear to them or anyone else who might be ‘upset’ that we are playing hardball. What should Israel do? …Cut off all the power from Gaza and the West bank. That would mean no gas, no atm machines, no cooking …Arab children are sick and need to go to Israeli hospitals because they never built their own? We’ll leave that up to you to decide. …Shut down their internet and all lines of communication …Put a general curfew in place – three hours a day to buy food from 10:00 am till 1:00 pm. After that, no one goes outside or they will be shot.

Will this kidnapping finally make Israel take charge of their own destiny? We have to pray not only for those three children, but for those in power to finally do what must be done.

What Can We do Here in the Diaspora? Slogans make people feel good. Rallies make people feel good. Listening to ‘leaders of communities’ ramble on at rallies makes them feel good.

The time for trying to make each other feel good is over.  It is now time for each person to do something.

The children who were kidnapped are our children.  As a Jewish people, we unite in the face of adversity.   Together we must beseech Hashem to listen to our voices – as one cry – how much longer – ad mosai – will you let your children suffer?

Do a mitzvah you have never done before. Sit down at your kitchen table and learn Torah. Give tzedakah – charity every day. Say tehillim – psalms till your teeth break from the words. Light Shabbos candles if you have not yet done so. Go to shul on Shabbos and pray together with your community.

And before you do anything, invoke the names of those children –  Yaakov Naftali Ben Rachel Devorah, Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim, Eyal ben Iris Teshura and the over 20,000 soldiers now searching for them.  While you’re at it, ask Hashem to give our leaders some wisdom, especially when they are in power.

This looks like it is going to be a long, drawn out affair, so know that whatever you take on is for the long haul.

Arab MK Hanin Zoabi who sits in the Knesset in Israel, said today that the kidnappers are not terrorists. She went on to claim that the kidnappers had a right to fight Israel by kidnapping children because “they have no other choice”. There is now a movement to have her not only ousted from the Knesset, but deported. We hope someone actually gets this done.

You heard it here first last week when we told you that Hillary’s book Hard Choices was most likely a big yawn. Guess what? Nobody’s buying it. The book sold 60,000 copies the first week. Simon and Shuster, that mongo publishing house was hoping for 150,000 copies. Uh oh.

A source from S&S said, “Sales were well below expectations and the media was a disaster.”

It has been reported that one million copies of Clinton’s book were shipped weeks before the June 10 publication date. They will be lucky to sell 150,000 total lifetime. Meanwhile, she’s laughing all the way to the bank with her close to $14 million advance. Her run for the president could have taken a giant leap back from this book. Time will tell.

Here we go again. It seems that there was collusion or corruption in the snow and garbage removal industries. Let’s see Blanche, a few guys went to a nice restaurant in Old Montreal. After a meal with wine and a delicious dessert they decided who would get which snow clearing contracts and how low their bids would go. So the first guy would get downtown for no less than one price. The second guy would get the Plateau again with a price ceiling. You get how it works?

The city is now adopting some measures to examine the way contracts are awarded. Now don’t you feel better?

Mark today on your calendar as the first day of protests in this province that will last for a long, long time and most likely will make the student protests look like a joke.

Bill 3 is the proposed legislation that would see municipal workers and cities evenly splitting the cost of the pension plan deficit. The municipal pension plan deficits now stand at nearly $4 billion across the province. The new bill could make city employees pay more, and some retirees may also be on the hook for pension shortfalls.

So what did the municipal employees do today? In Old Montreal, hundreds of city employees – including firefighters and police officers  crowded onto the steps of Montreal City Hall and spilled onto Notre-Dame Street and Place Jacques-Cartier. The started a fire using their uniforms. As well they were in many other parts of the city, blocking traffic, blaring their sirens and causing havoc.

Can we talk? The party’s over. There’s no money to pay people one third of their salary for 30 years. The province is broke. All those years of political uncertainty have finally caught up with the pure laine – from Rene Levesque to Pauline Marois. They can have all the temper tantrums they want. Ya can’t take blood from a stone. And ya can’t do a direct deposit when there’s no money to deposit.

We’ll talk…

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