Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Letter to Pastors, June 2, 2010

Dear Preachers:

From my hotel room overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, here in Netanya, Israel, early this Wednesday morning, this ole "Preacher-who-hasn't-had-enough-sleep" as these Jews are bent to say about me, writes you with continued news on the "Flotilla Incident."Headlines concerning all this say:

"Israel faces international outcry after 10 killed in Navy takeover of flotilla headed to Gaza."

"Turkey leads diplomatic condemnation, recalls Ambassador."

"Protests erupt in Instanbul, Lahore, Paris."

"Prime Minister cancels Obama meeting, flies home."

"They came for War."

"Accusing Israel of murder, Ankara pushes for Censure at UN Security Council."

"THE FLOTILLA FIASCO: Why did the IDF so underestimate the hostility of those it had itself described as terrorists?"

"Questions about for Top Brass over planning of Sea Op?"

"Vicious Conflict aboard the "Mavi Marmara" after five other ships swiftly commandeered."

Preachers, if you could just imagine what the Jews have had to go through with all the Suicide Bomber attacks upon their "innocents," then the totality of this innocent slips into obscurity when you then weigh "The Security Issue" of the Nation of Israel.

Yesterday we drove from Netanya to Jerusalem. Now, picture in your mind a drive somewhat the same distance comparable from our church on NW 23rd Street in Oklahoma City, to say maybe Ft. Smith, Arkansas, or maybe Clinton, Oklahoma. Let's say that we drove on old Highway 66, instead of Interstate 40.

Picture going through towns, where, let us say, our common throat-slitting Ishmaelite enemies had smaller population centers of anywhere from 2,500 up to maybe 100,000 Mohammedans. In some areas in America the "Green peace-at-any-price" left wing liberals have caused Cities to have to build huge fences for "noise control." Those are pretty good fences, but, if you could imagine "fence after fence" like those set up, but for the reason of keeping their "Ishmaelite enemies" from being able to shoot at cars, we saw such fences time and again in our drive to Jerusalem, on our way for the appointment with Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaa'lon. [The meeting had to be canceled for yesterday due to the fact that Prime Minister Netanyahu was in Washington, D.C., for a meeting with Obama when all this "International Out Cry" over the ten dead on the ship broke out, and Minister Yaa'lon had too much "emergency business" going yesterday to be able to keep his meeting with us. His personal assistant did apprise me that they will do everything their power to re-schedule this meeting for us prior to my departure from Israel in a few days.]

Picture then, too, if you can, in your imagination, eight and ten foot chain link fences, with concertina wire stretched beside it, and on top of it, running for miles and miles and miles. Picture then too, if you can, "ground-road-ways" beside those miles and miles of eight and ten foot tall fences, needing to be graded weekly, so that "security forces" could see the footprints of anyone crossing that road after having successfully scaled the fence.

If you could just have seen yesterday, what we, in our drive to Jerusalem, then you easily see the folly of the Jews here in listening to such "clap-trap" as below:

Turkey leads diplomatic condemnation

Israel's top officials worked round the clock Monday to quell worldwide censure against its pre-dawn raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in which 10 activists were killed.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cut short his visit to North America and canceled his much-anticipated meeting with US President Barack Obama to head back to Israel, while the UN Security Council convened an emergency meeting in New York.

Israeli ambassadors around the world were called by their host governments to explain the incident. The Foreign Ministry, in turn, held a briefing with all ambassadors posted here.

"It's a big diplomatic crisis," Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told The Jerusalem Post. "We are working in emergency mode."

Turkey recalled its ambassador and canceled three joint military exercises with Israel. Greece suspended a military exercise with Israel that was in progress and postponed a visit by Israel's air force chief.

In Jordan, Turkey, Beirut, Greece and Pakistan, protesters rallied against Israel.

In Paris, activists clashed with police near the Israeli Embassy. Many in the throng shouted, "Israel, assassin!" and "We are all Palestinians," while youths near the front sought to break through a police line. There were angry protests in London as well.

International leaders also spoke out harshly. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, "I am shocked by reports of killing of people in boats carrying supply to Gaza. I heard the ships were in international waters. That is very bad." He called for a "thorough investigation."

The European Union's foreign affairs chief, Catherine Ashton, called on Israel to launch an investigation into the incident. Spain, which holds the EU presidency, said Israel's storming of the flotilla was "unacceptable." [end of article]

If our "Mohammedan-in-Chief" in the White House saw Muslim Extremist Activist Helpers coming by ship to Chicago, even the "Back Room Buddies" he has in Chicago would expect him, as "Muslim Sympathizer, also, in Chief" to do something of what is described below:

Vicious conflict aboard Mavi Marmara

IDF naval commandos slid down ropes onto the Mavi Marmara Turkish passenger ship from helicopters. They immediately encountered fierce resistance as they were attacked by activists armed with bats, knives and metal pipes. The boarding of the five other ships was completed without incident.

Aboard the Mavi Marmara, the commandos first responded to the violence with crowd dispersion measures, and after almost an hour of scuffles, during which a number of soldiers were wounded - some of them stabbed or shot - the commandos were given permission to use live fire. At one point, activists succeeded in stealing a handgun from one of the soldiers, leading to an escalation in violence.

While the IDF succeeded in stopping the international aid flotilla early Monday morning from reaching the Gaza Strip, the real test is still ahead - whether the unfortunate outcome of at least 10 dead activists will create deterrence and prevent other ships from trying to break the blockade in the future.

Until the next flotilla, though, the IDF will have its hands full first and foremost in probing the operation, which several senior officials said Monday was a failure, and, second, in minimizing the fallout.

Questions abound over planning of sea op

The damage this operation has caused the IDF and Israel cannot be underestimated. Facing already tense ties with Turkey, the deaths of at least 10 activists will lead to a further deterioration in ties. Greece has joined the criticism and canceled an ongoing joint air force exercise with Israel that was supposed to continue until Thursday."This is just the beginning," said one top defense official involved in diplomatic talks, "This makes everything much more complicated."
"They came for war," was how one Israel Navy commando described the activists aboard the Mavi Marmara Turkish passenger ship, where clashes erupted early Monday morning and ended with a reported 10 activists dead and dozens of others, including eight IDF soldiers, wounded.

A top Navy officer said that in the future, the Navy will be more aggressive and treat such ships like they were coming for "war."

"Operation Sea Breeze," as it was called by the IDF, actually began several hours earlier, at about 11 p.m. Sunday, as the navy made initial contact with the Mavi Marmara and the other five ships that were part of an international aid flotilla on its way to try and break the Israel-imposed sea blockade of Gaza.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, naval commandos described the sequence of events as they had witnessed it.

After several hours of radio communications and warnings that the Mavi Marmara would be boarded if the captain did not change course, OC Navy V.-Adm. Eliezer "Chiney" Marom - who had set up a command post on the INS Victory - gave the order to Flotilla 13 naval commandos at 4 a.m. on Monday to board the ship.

The three Israel Air Force Blackhawk helicopters hovering nearby made their approach above the Mavi Marmara's upper deck. Sitting on board, the naval commandos could just make out the few dozen activists gathered below. Carrying non-lethal weapons as well as pistols, the last thing the soldiers thought they would walk into was a well-planned lynch.

In a search of the ship the Navy discovered - in addition to the bats, metal pipes and knives - Molotov cocktails that had been prepared in advance by the so called "activists."

"As the 15 of us slid down the ropes, 30 of them were waiting for us on the deck," one of the commandos later told reporters. "They charged us and threw a few of the soldiers off the deck to the floor below. We did not expect to find ourselves in such a situation."

'The soldiers acted nobly, not firing until 2 had been shot'

The assessment within the navy was that the activists would resist the Israeli takeover of their ship, but along the lines of the demonstrations the IDF faces weekly in the West Bank, where Palestinians protest against the security barrier. Rocks and punches would be thrown, it was assumed, and an occasional knife would be brandished รข€“ but not the extent of violence they met.

As the rope fell from the helicopter onto the Mavi Marmara deck, some of the Turkish activists grabbed it and tied it to an antenna, likely hoping that it would bring down the helicopter. The naval commandos decided nevertheless to go ahead with the operation and began sliding down to the ship.

Armed with rifles that shoot paintballs - which can hurt but not kill - the soldiers landed on the ship and immediately came under attack by dozens of activists armed with knives, bats and metal pipes. Activists grabbed soldiers and tried to hold them hostage, stripping them of their helmets and equipment.

One of the commandos tried to protect his comrade, who was under attack by a group of activists; they had been instructed by the flotilla commander to refrain from using their sidearms unless their lives were at risk.

Soldiers feared for their lives, asked permission to open fire

The force threw several stun grenades, but the violent attacks continued. Two soldiers were wounded, and some of the activists succeeded in stealing one of their guns. Shots were fired, and one of the soldiers fell to the ground, unconscious. Fearing for their lives, the soldiers asked and received permission to open fire, first taking aim at the activists' feet.

In one corner of the ship, the commandos saw a gun flash. They returned fire and started chasing the shooter, but could not find him.

As the clashes intensified, additional commandos boarded the ship, as did members of the Border Police's Yasam unit, who are experts in riot control and crowd dispersal. After less than an hour, the ship was in Israeli hands.

The price, though, was steep - eight soldiers were wounded, several of them seriously, and a reported 10 activists were killed.

By the evening, the naval commandos were back at their base in the North and had begun their debriefing.

The videos taken by the IDF were passed around the defense establishment and made their way to other special forces, including the Israel Police's elite counter-terror unit, Yamam, which had fought to participate in the mission but had been left on the sidelines due to legal complications involving police operations at sea.

"The soldiers acted with the utmost nobility," said one police source close to the Yamam. "They engaged in hand-to-hand combat, sustained injuries, but only opened fire after one of them was lying on the ground unconscious and two others had been shot. This was an unbelievable demonstration of restraint."

"Israel is a sovereign state and cannot accept any challenge to its sovereignty," said Lieberman. "This is not the first time Israel has stopped ships in international waters. When a ship refuses to accede to warnings and obey instructions, we have the right to board it international law."

Ayalon, who said he planned to hold discussions on Tuesday with key North American Jewish leaders and organizations, said the flotilla "was an armada of hate and violence," and added, "It was a premeditated and outrageous provocation."

The flotilla's organizers had ties to global jihad, al-Qaida and Hamas, said Ayalon.

"Their intent was violent, their methods were violent and their results were unfortunately violent," he said.

"Israel regrets the loss of life and did everything it could to avoid this outcome," said Ayalon, adding that Israel had offered to transport the humanitarian cargo on board the ship to Gaza.

"The organizers on the ship did not heed the calls of our forces this morning to peacefully follow them and bring a peaceful closure to this event," said Ayalon.

The successful arrival of the flotilla in Gaza would have created "a corridor of arms-smuggling," he said.

In my telephone conversation with Anat, Vice Prime Minister Ya'alon's Personal Assistant, I told her to pass on to Boogie what I was told as a young soldier-boy concerning our Communist Enemy of that Day, "Son, you are going to have to 'out-think', 'out-work,' and 'out-fight' these "Take-over-the-world' Commies, if America is to succeed in this war. Nights became 2-3/4 hours of sleep with days being 21-1/4 hours of work.

As I closed my telephone call with Anat yesterday morning, I did tell her this:"Anat, tell 'Boogie' that Jim Vineyard and Boogie plus God Almighty is a majority. He should not worry about 'Jewish detractors world-wide' who only want to always have a cause against the Jews."

Preachers, at this moment, Vice Prime Minister Moshe "Boogie" Ya'alon needs to hear that we Independent Baptist Christians in America are standing solidly in the corner of the Nation of Israel in their great hour of need.


1 comment:

  1. Hey there Dr. Vinyard,
    I don't know if you even remember us but we were in your 2000 conference and have been in Croatia since 2000. Dr. Bob Smith is our pastor.

    Glad to find your blog, and praying for you as you strive for HIS people!