Israel’s Independence War of 1948, unbeknownst to many, took close to 10 months. The war against Hamas, which has been dubbed Israel’s Second War of Independence, is now in its third month. Most military analysts believe it will take at least three more months to do the job. Israel did not start the war of 1948 and it did not start the war of 2023.

Hamas perpetrated one of the worst evils civilization has seen since the Holocaust and now is trying to show their “humanity” (of which we know they are totally lacking) by releasing kidnapped women and children.  It is purely for public consumption and media attention. It is a cruel game they are playing.

The depraved and barbaric murder and kidnapping of innocent men, women, and children by Hamas on October 7 will remain a blot on humanity for an eternity. There have been many failures of civilized society since. There have been a few bright spots. The overwhelming global response has been troubling, disheartening, and simply dreadful.

The massacre that took place on October 7 will never be forgotten. It has been forever seared into the heart and soul of every Jew. It is now a strong part of our DNA, and will anguish us and at the same time guide us for generations to come. 

This past week Joe Nahmias z”l, the father of philanthropist and Chairman Commissioner of the Nassau County Bridge Authority Sam Nahmias, passed away at age 85. He was buried in Israel. He hailed from Morocco but spent most of the first part of his life in Israel. He worked for Israel’s intelligence Services for 23 years. He was best known as Prime Minister Ben Gurion’s bodyguard. He was wounded with scars to prove it on multiple clandestine operations. He was part of the Israeli Intelligence services that brought the nascent State of Israel into being. Without the bravery and fearlessness of people like Joe Nahmias, Israel would not have become the powerhouse success story that we are all so proud of.

Ever since Rashida Tlaib was elected to Congress in 2019 from Michigan, she has been the most vocal critic of Israel and tireless supporter of the BDS Movement, which is considered anti-Semitic. After four years of anti-Israel rhetoric and anti-Semitic statements, Congress finally voted to censure her on November 7, by a vote of 234 to 188.