by Eliana Benador

The sun is setting on this Februray 29th, 2012, and so begins the Yahrzeit of the five members of the Fogel family in Itamar, Judea and Samaria, in Israel, and who were massacred last year at the hands of members of a sub-human species.  

It was Shabbat night, as the Fogels went to bed, they were seven of them -the only one missing  was their oldest daughter, Tamar, 12-years old, who as most Jewish children her age, was spending some time with nearby friends until midnight when she headed back home.

Little did Tamar know that her life had just, brutally, changed forever.

Monsters had entered her home, found her family asleep… And the night of horror began, they proceeded with the butchery. So, when Tamar went inside with a neighbor,  she saw her mother, father, three siblings (aged eleven, three and three-months-old) with their throats cut.

Baby_Hadassah_FogelThe sub-human monsters had beheaded baby Hadassah, aged ony 3-months old.

And yet…  and yet, what was the response of the Netanyahu government?

Nothing, other than order the construction of 400 housing units…  as if that was enough punishment for the horror committed against the Jewish Fogel family.  A few days later, I happened to meet one of the most important rabbis in New York, this man of G-d explained to me that “Bibi has to be careful with the political needs and situations…”  To which, I plainly asked how could a ‘man of G-d,’ who reads Torah on a daily basis, say that Netanyahu “has” to follow the political demands of his job…?”  Whoever is a Torah erudite, in my book, at any rate has to believe in G-d above and foremost.

Secular, godless Jews are at the head of the Israeli government.  The so-called religious leaders of the Jewish people, are Torah erudite, but they fail to inspire their brethren in the faith of G-d, the Jealous G-d of the Jewish nation. 

However, the Fogels have not been the only victims of Muslim Palestinian terrorism, there have been many others, as Giulio Menotti mentions in his recent article, “The Silence of the West:” “Who knows the name of Shalhevet Pass, the Hatuels and the Shabos? Or Danielle Shefi from Adora, who was shot by terrorists while she was playing in her parents’ bedroom? Who remembers the name Shaked Avraham, a seven-month-old girl from Negohot, who was killed by a terrorist who infiltrated the community while residents were celebrating Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year? Shaked had just started walking at the time of her murder.”

While many commentators complain about the silent indifference of the world at large, it is time to make an assessment of the situation in Israel proper since the Fogel massacre and analyze what the implications have been within the Israeli society, the government attitude, as well as the policies and measures instituted by the Israeli Defense Forces  (IDF).

At the Origin of the Problem: The Erev Rav

Judea_and_Samaria-StarOfDavidWhen God created our world and mankind, goodness was given to us, and so was  the not-goodness part of this world. Human beings will justly ask why would God give us both good and evil?    A legitimate question indeed, especially given that in the world of Judaism, our innermost leitmotiv is the fact and conviction that we believe in Only One God, the Only One, the Holy One.  

In Judaism, we understand that the raison-d’etre of our mere existence is to abide by the laws of God given in the Torah.  And, just as the planets, the stars and galaxies have a defined path, so do we and everything else in this world.  And, having granted us the faculty of intelligence, we have the impression that we have “free will,”  when in fact,  our situation is the most disadvantageous, because we are supposed to choose right -or else…   And, if you doubt it, kindly refer to your History books and you will see what happened to the Roman Empire, the Greeks and so many more.  

The Erev Rav, or the mixed multitude, are those who turn their back on the teachings of the Torah, those who believe they have a total command of the situation, and what’s worse, that the world and what it contains is only waiting for those people to make some changes, like climatic adjustments or more, without realizing that absolutely everything is in G-d’s Hands.

The Erev Rav and the IDF

“The entire 974 generations (Hagiga 14.) which are `Erev Rav which are the souls from the world of chaos, G-d transplants them every generation, and they are the bold-faced of the generation. Our Sages said that in the period of “messiah’s footsteps” impudence will become great… and the `erev rav will return to be the shepherds of Israel”

Such are the Jewish political and military leaders who, regardless of the fact that they may belong to the right wing conservative Likud or be among the highest ranking of generals in the IDF, they end up giving orders to demolish the homes of Jews, and they are the same ones that facilitate the brainwashing of young soldiers, especially the lone soldiers who are the actual warriors who abandon family and fortune in many cases, together with friends and comfort, to travel the whole world with the personal altruistic ideal of defending the Jewish people and the Land of Israel, which was given to the Jews by God Himself.

Some even question if the Government of Israel has the legal and moral right to order the IDF to destroy lawfully-created Israeli communities and exile Jews, just as they did in Gush Katif, and continue nowadays -and for which they employed brainwashing methods -so that they could get Jewish committed soldiers to do the damn job they were put in charge to do.

The Koran against Judaism

Non-Muslims are considered second-class citizens, therefore it is not surprising that  deep anti-Jewish sentiments abound in the Koran, the Hadith or the Muslim traditions, and in the life of the Prophet, who had the men of the Jewish tribe of Banu Quraysa -between six and nine hundred individuals beheaded publicly.

A report by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies released in 2009 concluded that “the state of human rights in the Arab countries” had worsened compared to 2008. 

After watching the Arab Spring unravel, why would anyone think that there is hope of positive change in the Muslim world?

Then, there is the perennial issue of Taqqiya within the Muslim world.  Taqqiya is the

doctrine of pious fraud or religious distortion of the truth or dissimulation, in order to

advance the Muslim agenda of world domination.·

Thus, there is no possible reason here for the Israeli leadership to behave as ignorant neighbors in a region where all want their destruction and the annihilation of the tiny G-d Given Land of Israel.

Chillul Hashem

This is the Desecration of the Name (Hebrew: חילול השם‎ khillul ha-shem,) which means the desecration of the names of God in Judaism, and it is a term used in Judaism particularly for any act or behavior that casts shame or brings disrepute to belief in God, any aspect of the Torah’s teachings, Jewish law, or the Jewish community.

Chillul Hashem in Israel is to raise Jewish children without the teachings of the Torah, it is also to elect inadequate candidates who abhor religion.  It is also to allow all kind of godless behavior to prosper in the Land God gave to us as Jews.


 In the name of righteousness, it is imperative that Israel get a God-abiding leadership that recognizes the enemy who wishes the destruction of the tiny country.  It is imperative that the Government of Israel stops brainwashing and indoctrinating the young idealistic soldiers and uses them as their weapons against their own people -while taking all precautions to avoid shooting a terrorist and by doing so, endangering the lives of the young soldiers and of the Jewish population.

Soldiers don’t go to battle to talk or to protect the enemy.  Soldiers’ jobs are to wage war and stop the enemy from attacking.

It’s imperative that the Israeli leadership stop cornering the IDF soldiers, forcing them into involuntary suicide.

Any soldier in the world joins the military to fight the enemy, and do whatever needs to be done to neutralize them.

The Real Enemy of the Jews and the Land of Israel

 Jews in the Land of Israel and worldwide are under siege in a conspicuous, insolent, shameful way.  What’s morally wrong is now morally right.  The world is now standing upside down and walking in reverse mode.  

Antisemitism is on the rise…  And yet, we Jews were brought to this world in order to aim for Tikkun Olam, be the light to the world which is willingly entering the longest darkness of their lifetimes.  And, while the world’s indifference and animosity towards the Jews conspicuously grows by the day, the essence of our existence imposes on us a more strict moral standard of living in which God is our Light and our Rock.  

We, God abiding Jews, have the responsibility to keep God’s Will, following His Commandments, and instructions to help make this a better world.

In Memoriam of the Fogels and All the Fallen

As we commemorate the first Yahrzeit of the brutal murder at the hands of sub-humans, it behooves us to pledge to keep the torch alive so that not one of us enters the darkness of darkness.  And that, in the name and memory of all our fallen we promise, ourselves and those who believe and depend on us, that we will stand up to adversity and will transform it into God’s Victory, as we continue in our path of Tikkun Olam…

No matter how hard the tests that should come our way, it is we who must have emunah, faith in Him, for He holds us in His Mighty Fists…

The day we will never doubt that, there will never be enemy too big to destroy us, because, as G-d says in Psalm 50: “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is mine, and all that fills it.”

So, let’s have endless, infinite trust, faith in G-d, He is Our Shield, Our Rock, and no enemy will have the slightest opportunity to harm us and our people worldwide…

May God Bless the Land of Israel and His Children, the Jewish people, and our devoted and loyal friends worldwide.

 We, Jews, are the light of this world, by God’s Will.·

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EB-carlylepic-2Goodwill Ambassador Eliana Benador is a national and international global strategist and the former CEO and founder of Benador Associates.   Art: Stephen E. Hughes.