Bridges Going NowhereIn

September 14th, 2014 by ilyameyer

Author: Ilya Meyer
Artwork: Nadav Meyer

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This is my first foray into publishing fiction.

Yes, I know that makes me sound like the Palestinian Authority Minister of “Information” but…

But this is REAL fiction. Or is it? Read on.

Bridges Going Nowhere” takes the reader from the dusty, stony and constantly turbulent hills of Judea and Samaria to the cold winter urban backdrop of Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden.

Meet Adan Hamati and Haydar Murad, Palestinian Arab terrorists (or freedom-fighters if that’s your particular viewpoint); Amira Hart and Benny Hart, Israeli brother-and-sister duo in rival security services; and Marita Ohlsson and Samira Hersi, two Swedes with very different backgrounds.

The action, always bubbling under the surface, bursts into explosive duels with predictable ferocity.

This is the first of a trilogy of fast-paced novels with an unashamedly political backdrop: the never-ending turmoil of the Middle East.

As the plot unfolds, the scene shifts and the action picks up the pace, climaxing in an unexpected scenario far from home.

Bearing in mind that I first wrote this in summer 2012, it is perhaps not entirely unexpected that reality has in some respects overtaken imagination – some of the fiction I conjured up back then has since been reported as news in the media. Am I psychic or just plain ahead of my time? The reader can decide – if indeed there is any potential reader out there who is kind enough to spend three dollars and seventy-four cents ($3.74) or one pound eight-eight pence (£1.88) of their hard-earned on this first of my trilogy.

Oh, and did I mention that all net proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Michael Levine Lone Soldier Center in Israel – the IDF lone soldiers fund in memory of the wonderful young man who died far too young while he and my older son served in the IDF during the 2006 Hezbollah war against Israel’s civilians.

Please spread the word and, above all, if you buy the book and like it, recommend it to others.

And do please, PLEASE star-rate the book AND write a review on Amazon – this will help exponentially spread the word.

Because I conceived this book, the first of a trilogy, as part of my ongoing Israel-advocacy work – soft “hasbara” in the form of fiction as a complement to conventional forms of getting the pro-Israel message out there.

It’s all in a VERY good cause.

Many thanks.

Fighting Fire with Fire

August 28th, 2014 by ilyameyer

I originally published the following in the Times of Israel on August 25, 2014

Is anyone else getting tired of hearing how successful Iron Dome is at defending Israeli civilians from genocidal attacks carried out indiscriminately by Gaza-based Islamic jihadi terrorists?

Is anyone else getting tired of hearing about how the genocidal Hamas terrorists of Gaza are constantly setting the agenda, deciding which Israeli civilians are to be allowed the privilege of sleeping an entire night in their beds rather than being chased into shelters every time a jihadi maniac is bored and wants to see some action?

Is anyone else getting tired of seeing the Jewish state’s hands tied behind its back in its response to indiscriminate attacks on its civilians by Gaza-based Islamic terrorists, while the world community berates Israel for its defensive measures and steadfastly refuses to apply its only viable tool against Hamas and its various other collaborators?

That tool is FUNDING. Hamas knows it can afford to see wholesale destruction in Gaza because the world community will always hasten to pick up the tab for its abuse of its own civilians in its genocidal war against the civilians of neighbouring Israel. Stop all funding to all parts of Gaza, and the population of Gaza will rise up and overthrow Hamas. It really is as simple as that.

Is anyone else getting tired of seeing how Israel responds to Hamas atrocities with one fearful eye on the world’s media and the UN and EU, bodies that steadfastly refuse to deal robustly with Hamas?

Well, there’s a saying: fight fire with fire. When a forest fire rages out of control, often the best way to prevent it from spreading is to start your own fire in a strategic location, denying the forest fire any combustible fuel by the time it reaches your deliberately set fire. It’s called a firebreak. The wildfire dies out because the bare soil of the firebreak’s broad, empty swathe denies it any fuel. It takes time, but the wildfire dies out.

The same goes for Gaza. Hamas terrorists rain rockets and mortars down on civilian communities in the Jewish state, to which Israel responds by limiting its attacks to Gaza terrorist sites. Very ethical, very moral, very principled. And not very effective. Fight fire with fire, bring the same weapons to the fight, use any adage or cliché of your choosing.

You don’t turn up to a brutal ice-hockey match wearing a pretty ballerina tutu and figure-skating footwear. You come padded, helmeted, wielding a hockey-stick to smash the puck in the direction you want it to go, if necessary through your opponents, and you use full-body contact to drive your opponents out of your way as you relentlessly make your way to the goal.

Nor do you turn up at a pistol duel waving a sword. You deal with your enemy as he deals with you.

There are two reasons why Hamas is so successful at waging its war of attrition against the Jewish state: the first was mentioned earlier – the world community always hastens to pick up the financial tab, so Hamas can afford to continue waging its genocidal, racist war until kingdom come. No Palestinian Arab atrocities against their own civilians or against Israeli civilians are ever deserving of proper censure by the world community, so why should they desist? There’s no incentive whatsoever. Stop the funding, and their terrorism will stop. No money means no funding for rockets.

The second reason was also mentioned earlier: do unto Hamas as they do unto you. Since they fire missiles indiscriminately at civilian targets in Israel, Israel should respond in exactly the same way. As it is, Israel has consistently responded in a measured way, as precisely as possible, aiming specifically at military targets.

This policy has not worked. It has not deterred Hamas – and why should it, since most of the really important Hamas military targets are safely embedded in civilian infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and apartment blocks – targets the IDF naturally shies away from attacking. And of course every single response by Israel, no matter how measured, how precise, has earned the Jewish state harsh criticism by a hypocritical world community. A world community that massively criticises ISIS Sunni Muslim jihadists carrying out bestial genocidal attacks on non-Muslims in Syria and Iraq, while passively ignoring Hamas Sunni Muslim jihadists carrying out bestial genocidal attacks on non-Muslims in Israel. The double standards are of horrifying proportions.

Who could possibly object to applying the same rules for Jews and non-Jews…

Since Israel is being roundly criticised by the world community for pinpointing its responses to terrorist attacks, and that policy has not silenced the terrorist attacks, the time has perhaps come for Israel to do to Gaza what the Gaza regime is doing to Israel: random missile attacks.

Then sit back and count to twenty. You probably won’t even get past ten, because the world community will suddenly, magically find a mechanism to stop all Hamas attacks against Israel.

Because the world community will not stand idly by while Gaza civilians are put in the position of Israeli civilians, with random rockets and artillery barrages striking any time of day or night, sometimes in open fields and sometimes in kindergartens, schools, shops, apartment buildings, business, cars, buses. It won’t happen – because the world community will always ensure that Gaza’s civilians are protected from the consequences of their elected Gaza government’s actions.

So THAT is how to fight fire with fire. By letting the world community do the work of building the essential firebreak.

Everything else has failed. Time for the UN, EU and US to do some useful work for a change. As Israel starts levelling the playing field, playing to exactly the same rules as Hamas.

After all, who could possibly object to applying the same rules for Jews and non-Jews…

Hamas revels in human sacrifice

July 20th, 2014 by ilyameyer

US Secretary of State John Kerry affirms that Israel “has every right in the world to defend itself” against attacks by Hamas in Gaza.

That’s all that counts: that no nation on earth should be asked to sit quietly while 1800 rockets rain down on its cities in just 12 days.

No nation should be asked to act “proportionately” to these rockets – because acting “proportionately” would require Israel to deliberately fire 1800 rockets at civilian population centres in Gaza while ignoring Hamas military targets. The democracy and the human rights beacon that is Israel is neither capable of nor prepared to behave in this atrocious fashion – that kind of vicious behaviour is left to its Palestinian Arab “partners for peace”. And to the other Arab regimes in its neighbourhood, in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and more.

More than that: acting “proportionately” would require Israel to deliberately fire 14,000 missiles at exclusively civilian targets in Gaza over a period of 9 years. Again, the democracy and human rights beacon that is Israel is incapable of such atrocities. Thankfully.

Sympathy for the Palestinian Arabs who are suffering as a result of Hamas’s deliberately genocidal abuse of its own citizens is entirely justified, but their situation is nothing to do with Israel – anyone who is upset by these horrific images should address their concerns to the people behind the human rights abuse: Hamas.

And only Hamas.

These vulgar, “telegenic” images are exactly what Hamas wants the world to see as part of its PR campaign to terrorise Jews with impunity while shackling its Jewish victims’ ability to respond – by harnessing world opinion.

What Hamas DOESN’T want is for the world to acknowledge the simple truth: that Hamas and Hamas alone bears full responsibility for the carnage.

Because it’s all so absurdly simple: if you really care for your citizens’ wellbeing then you don’t deliberately put them in harm’s way by firing missiles at Israeli civilians from within Gaza’s civilian areas. And above all: you don’t start a war after stealing all the internationally donated concrete, tens of thousands of tonnes of the material, to build terror tunnels and not one (1) single bomb shelter for your own civilians.

The Hamas strategy is cynical, manipulative, grotesque and viciously cruel, to Israelis and Gaza Arabs alike.

It would take a special kind of deliberate blindness and deafness not to appreciate that Hamas is thus engaged in a nasty propaganda war the like of which the world has never previously seen.

It’s so obvious even the EU’s Catherine Ashton and the UN’s Ban Ki-Moon ought to be able to understand what is going on, and accordingly allow Israel to finish the job once and for all.

The job of removing Hamas from a position of power in Gaza so the citizens of Gaza can finally live normal lives.