Jerusalem News, .20 November 2022; 26 Cheshvan, 5783.
1. Tens of Thousands of Cranes Arriving at Hula Lake on Winter Migration
2. Did the USA Mislead Israel in the Yom Kippur War?
3. Recent History. What are the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict?
by Steven Haddock
1. Tens of Thousands of Cranes Arriving at Hula Lake on Winter Migration
Hana Levi Julian
On Tuesday morning, 25,500 of the lovely birds were counted upon their arrival at the lake as thousands of human travelers came to watch.
According to KKL-JNF, the migration is already I full swing, with flocks arriving from Europe in the north and departing southward to Africa daily.
More than 100,000 cranes pass through Israel each year on their migration; of those, some 40,000 decide to stay in Israel to spend the winter.
Last year, more than 6,000 of the cranes and at least 500 pelicans died due to a tragic outbreak of avian flu.
This year the cranes have lucked out and appear to be healthy and strong as they rest and tank up for the long journey ahead.
By the end of November, an estimated 50,000 pelicans will also have passed through Israel from on their migration to the wintering grounds in Africa. Unlike cranes, pelicans stay just a short period at Hula Lake before flying to the Sinai Desert and then down the Nile to reach their winter ponds.
2. Did the USA Mislead Israel in the Yom Kippur War?
a. Bruce Brill (veteran follower of Brit-Am and friend of Rabbi Avraham Feld) publishes new Book.
Hi again Yair,
I just wrote a book and it's up on Amazon.
Of the 1300 books written on the Yom Kippur War, not one reveals how Israel fell prey to the deception that cost her over 2600 precious lives. Brill and four other American servicemen, who worked for NSA (US National Security Agency) in 1973, assert that US intelligence not only knew Egypt and Syria were going to attack Israel, but knew this for a certainty, knew it days in advance, and knew when the attack would commence. This is in total contradiction to the US intel agencies claiming that they were all fooled.
Brill and his colleagues realized that Israel was not informed.
They did not know, however, that Israel was given false intelligence that the Arabs would NOT attack.
In 2017 Israeli General Eli Zeira (the head of Israeli military intelligence in 1973) confided this bombshell revelation to Brill. Zeira had convinced Israel's leaders, Prime Minister Golda Meir, General Moshe Dayan (Minister of Defense), and General David Elazar (Chief of Staff), that the Arabs would NOT attack (in spite of ample Israeli intelligence showing an attack was imminent).
In June 2021 a just-declassified protocol of Moshe Dayan said exactly what Brill claimed Zeira confided in him: "12 hours before the attack Dayan received an American assessment saying that the Arabs are not going to attack," completely confirming Brill's hard-to-believe claim.
Brill has written a Pentagon-approved book (up on Amazon) with full disclosures:
DECEIT OF AN ALLY:
NSA's Secret Jew Room and 1973 Yom Kippur Treachery
by Bruce Brill
Bruce Brill and four other American servicemen, who worked for the US National Security Agency (NSA) in 1973, discovered that US intelligence not only knew Egypt and Syria were going to attack Israel, but knew this for a certainty, knew it days in advance, and knew when the attack would commence. This is in total contradiction to the US intelligence agencies, claims that they were all fooled. Of the 1300 books written on the Yom Kippur War, not one reveals how Israel fell prey to the deception that cost the nation over 2600 precious lives.
A captivating manuscript. Not only a fascinating autobiography and sensational glimpse into the concealed darker side of the NSA, it captures the author's discovery of his own calling to his life's mission. Rabbi Moshe Averick, of blessed memory, taught that each individual is put on this earth for a unique purpose, that only he or she is qualified --and indeed obligated to fulfill. Mr. Brill presents the truth of anti-Semitism that lurks in the highest places, a specific truth that only he could reveal through his extraordinary experiences. Historical, and timely. (Sara Stenge, Rabbi Averick's daughter, AFSI affiliate)
John Loftus, author of The Secret War Against the Jews: Bruce Brill is Henry Kissinger's worst nightmare: an honest man inside the NSA. He tells the secret story of how Israel was lulled into unpreparedness for the Arab sneak attack that almost destroyed the Jewish state in 1973.
Brigadier General Cameron Crawford (Ret), U.S. Army: This is a most interesting story and one that needs to be told not only for historical purposes but also for the future, as you articulate so well.
Former MK Dr. Einat Wilf: Indeed important and valuable information which I am sure will be widely and eagerly discussed once published. ...Your findings ... will be very valuable for understanding US-Israel relations as well as Jewish American identities.
Steve Rodan, award-winning journalist and author. The 1973 Arab-Israeli war marks one of the most disturbing chapters in Jewish history. Bruce Brill lived through this as an analyst in Washington and later spent decades researching key questions. His answers are illuminating and his questions are vital.
Dr. Beni Michaelson, Past Director of the IDF Archives, These disclosures shed a new light on the issue.
Dr. Michael Oren, Past Israeli Ambassador to the United States: Bruce Brill has written an engaging and important memoir about his time in the NSA's intelligence unit dealing with Israel and the Middle East. His account of how the United States kept Israel in the dark about the impending Egyptian and Syrian invasion of October 1973, represents a crucial addition to our study of the Yom Kippur War.
Nitay Netzer, Fauda, This is earthshaking.
Aviram Barkai, Yom Kippur War author: Bruce Brill, a serious investigator.
Yaron Zilberman, Director, Valley of Tears, Definitely intriguing and illuminates an important point on the question of the surprise and responsibility of AMAN.
Professor Eyal Zisser, TAU Deputy Director: You present first-hand evidence -- unique and important -- of the way the American intelligence community treat[ed] Israel. Your book presents a completely different argument from a different direction and this is the unique thing about your research.
Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland: You have the talent to engage the reader to want to read more. Great work.
b. Comment by Yair Davidiy.
In 1973 when the Yom Kippur War started I was in Australia.
At that time I lived in a mainly-Jewish ambience. I was shocked to hear from intelligent otherwise patriotic Jews the following opinion:
# It would be good for Israel to suffer a minor defeat in order to lower Israeli "hubris" and make the Israelis more amenable to reaching an accommodation with the Arabs. #
In the mainstream Australian press and also elsewhere similar sentiments were common-place.
I came to Israeli shortly afterwards and here and there heard and read similar statements but in a less brazen manner.
In other words not only the USA but also liberal-minded Jews were thinking along similar lines.
The result was many dead and wounded and a near-fatal endangerment.
If Israel was indeed "lulled" into not taking necessary precautions their own cerebrations prepared them to do so.
3. Recent History
What are the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict?
European Jews started to talk seriously about leaving anti-Semitic Europe and returning to the Holy Land in the 1840s.
However, this idea never had very much traction. Some Jews did go to Palestine and, for the most part, there was no issue. At the time (prior to 1914) the territory was part of the Ottoman Empire, effectively ruled by the Turks.
However, by 1914, only 94,000 Jews lived in Ottoman Palestine. There were 70,000 Christians and 595,000 Muslims.
After World War II, the British took over the region, now named the Palestinian Mandate. Jews continued to come in, but by 1931, there were still only about 175,000 Jews in the territory. There were 89,000 Christians and 720,000 Muslims. When you consider there were well over 7 million Jews in Europe (including Russia) it's a tiny fraction of the Jewish population
In response to the Nuremberg laws of 1935, and with really nowhere else to go, German Jews started to flood into Palestine. That proved problematic. By 1936, there were 370,000 Jews in Palestine. Things didn't get better when a shipment of weapons destined for the Jewish Palestinian militia, the Haganah, was discovered.
For the next three years, fighting raged between Jews, Arabs and the British. In 1939 Britain decided the best solution was to create two states in the region - one Jewish and one Arab. For the time being, Jewish immigration to Palestine was halted.
World War II started. Six million Jews in Europe were systematically murdered by the German Nazi regime. The survivors at the end of the war were often refugees who found their homes had been confiscated and they had no home to return to. When the dust settled, the British turned back to their plan to divide Palestine. Approximately half the land was to become the Jewish state, and half the Arab state. Jerusalem would belong to neither.
... the Arabs were furious with the plan. By this point, there were 1.1 million Arabs in the region and only 670,000 Jews (and 143,000 Christians). The fact that the Jewish state was going to get more territory so that more Jews could move into Palestine didn't help the situation.
Suffice to say at the end of the war, the Jewish state, soon to be called 'Israel', won more territory than they had been offered. Hundreds of thousands of Arabs in the territory were forced out and went to Gaza , the West Bank and the Golan Heights. Israel was soon recognized by the western nations, but not by a single Arab nation. In their eyes, the state of Israel was an illegitimate land grab.
This posed a problem. The hundreds of thousands of Arabs in the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights had officially become stateless. To absorb them into the surrounding Arab nations (Jordan, Egypt and Syria) would have been an admission that the state of Israel was legitimate. That wasn't going to happen. Officially, those areas were 'administered' by the surrounding three Arab states. The Arabs living there were officially refugees.
The three surrounding Arab states soon started plotting a way to destroy Israel. In 1967, they were ready.
The Israelis saw it coming a mile away and as Egypt, Jordan and Syria mustered their forces along the border, the Israelis made a pre-emptive strike. And strike they did. The Egyptian air force was literally wiped out on the ground. It was on the ground to prevent an assassination attempt on the Egyptian president (Egypt had some real problems) after six days, Israel controlled the Golan Heights, the West Bank Gaza (i.e. all of what was the Palestinian Mandate) and the Sinai to boot.
This settled nothing. Egypt and Syria went back to plotting against Israel. Jordan decided to sit out the next round,....
This war went better for Egypt and Syria, at least for the first few days. Israel, fearing that the U.S. would not support a pre-emptive strike, but still knowing a war was coming, wasn't that well prepared. Technology had changed a lot in six years and Israeli planes and tanks on the Egyptian front were knocked out one by one by SAM batteries and wire guided tank missiles. The Syrians came within about an hour of totally overrunning Israeli positions but stopped to regroup. However, by the end of the month Israel had adapted its tactics and used its infantry to take out the SAM batteries and tank killers. After crossing the Suez, the Israelis agreed to a cease fire and return to their former borders.
The Arab world kind of forgot about destroying Israel by that point, but that still left Arabs in the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights officially in 'Occupied Israeli Territory.'
Israel and Egypt made nice. Israel gave back the Sinai, which opened up the Suez Canal, and Egypt agreed not to station troops there.
So far, so good.
Although Israel hasn't been in a war since, the Arab inhabitants of Gaza and the West Bank have constantly turned to terrorism and surprise missile attacks. Israel has responded in kind. At present, there are well over 4 million Arabs in the occupied territory. They're still stateless. They're technically still refugees. There is a 'Palestinian State' with postage stamps and everything, but it has no resources to sustain itself. There was an attempt to make peace in 1992.
However, both sides moved back from it and it's a dead deal. There have been almost a dozen other attempts to try to reach some sort of agreement, but they were pretty much all Dead On Arrival. The two sides are a universe apart on terms. 400,000 Israelis now live all over the West Bank.
So, all they have to settle is distribution of land, distribution of water, whether Arabs can return to their old property in Israel, where the capital of each country will be (they both want Jerusalem), the rights of Arabs in Israel (there are lots of Arabs who are Israeli citizens because their families lived there in 1948 and stayed), the rights of Israelis in Palestine and what military presence each side can have on the other's border. Also, neither side trusts anyone who could possibly act as an intermediary because just about every nation has already chosen sides in the conflict.