Heart-wrenching letter from Israel

Thanks to Shirl in Oz for forwarding it to us.

Shirl,  please tell Leonie she has tens of thousands of readers here today who are praying for her and her fellow Israelis. If you wish to email Leonie: simchagirls1@yahoo.com

Dear friends,

First, thanks to everyone who has expressed their concern for our safety. We live between Ashkelon and Kiryat Malachi in a small kind of “village” for want of a better word (“yishuv” in Hebrew). This means that we get the sirens when rockets are sent in the direction of Kiryat Malachi and also hear Ashkelon and Ashdod sirens and booms from a distance.

Yesterday, there were seven sirens here and this morning two so far. In the cities, there are tens of sirens (and attacks or successful interceptions) per day and through the night. Families without fortified rooms have to run to a safe area. In Sderot, they have 15 seconds to do that, here we have 40 seconds.

Try and imagine: 2am – waking up, grabbing your children and running out of your front door down a few flights of stairs… or stopping your car and trying to release all the children’s safety belts (same children may be hysterical from the siren because they know to expect the explosion any second) and run to shelter. In 15 seconds. Or 40 seconds. How long should a country ask its civilians to put up with that? How long would you put up with that for?

Living under the threat of rocket fire is not a bowl of cherries by any means, it certainly runs havoc with any kind of routine or normal lifestyle, like, when can I dare go into the shower? where are our children at any given moment (especially people with young children)? dare I venture going in to my doctor’s appointment in Ashkelon or Ashdod? if there’s a siren on my way to the supermarket, will I stop the car and lie on the ground with my hands over my head – these are the instructions if you are nowhere near a building to take refuge in.

 These are times of stress, tension and confusion – but our situation is nowhere near as traumatic as that of our friends in Kibbutz Saad or Kibbutz Alumim on the border with Gaza or the cities : Sderot, Netivot (where Haim works), Ashkelon, Ashdod, Beer Sheva, Kiryat Malachi (where 3 people were killed by a direct hit on their way to a safe area yesterday: Aharon Smajda, 49, who was helping his neighbours down the stairs with their young children, Itzik Amsalem, 24, and Mirah Sharf, 27, who had returned to Israel from New Delhi where she and her husband were Chabad (Lubavitch) emissaries, in order to give birth in Israel. Her husband and other children are wounded). This news is heartbreaking for Israelis and a reason for celebration for our enemies. They rejoice in death and violence, we rejoice in life and saving life.

Who needs Jews as best friends? We’re the best enemy you could hope for! A new line they can use instead of “Some of my best friends are Jews, how about “Some of my best enemies are Jews” or “With enemies like Jews, who needs friends?” The terrorists can go to mosque and funerals of terrorist chiefs knowing they won’t be harmed even though we know exactly who they are and where they are.

Did you know that the IDF made thousands of phone calls to Gaza households and dispatched thousands of fliers in Gaza warning people to stay away from where the terrorists are because we are targeting them?

Do people in the west realize that the Jewish enemy cares more about the welfare of the population of Gaza than the cynical, cruel terrorist entity who is supposedly meant to be taking care of them? Do people understand that if and when civilians are hurt in Gaza it is because all our attempts to protect them have been thwarted mainly by the insistence of their ‘protectors’ to act from densely populated areas and specifically mosques, kindergartens, schools, you get the picture? Do they understand that misrepresenting Israel in the world means strengthening the oppression of women in Gazan society and the abuse of children, being brought up with hatred 24/7 on TV, in schools, trained to be shahidim (martyrs – ie mass murderers of the Israeli or western enemy) as an ideal?

I see a demonstration of “Jewish Homosexuals and Lesbians for Gaza” and rub my eyes. Where is the only place in the Middle East where Jews / homosexuals / lesbians can live freely or live at all (let alone if you’re both!) ? Gaza perhaps?

Even after 12 years of living under fire, my friend, Esther, in Kibbutz Alumim on the border, says “Can’t we brainwash them with ‘All we are saying is give peace a chance’?” But the problem is that their aim is not for peace and quiet and a good education and future for their population but to keep their population ignorant , needy and resolute to anihilate us and cause us pain. havoc and despair. We are not talking about neighbours like Canada here, or New Zealand. We are talking about a fundamentalist Muslim terrorist entity.

Our aim is to stop the attacks on our civilians. In the west, people seem to preoccupy themselves with the numbers killed on each side. So I am stating the obvious,. and please do the same, state the obvious, when speaking with people who don’t understand: Israel is a sovereign state under attack by terrorists. The enlightened western world should be unshiftingly on Israel’s side and in awe at the wondrous brilliant way Israel is surgically attacking the root of evil there.

Please make it clear to people that If not for the amazing Iron Dome missile interceptor and the safe rooms and safety zones, there would be hundreds of Israelis killed and thousands maimed from the hundreds of rockets over the past few days. That Hamas is committing crimes against humanity and war crimes. Israel’s retaliation is surgical, brilliantly avoiding civilian injuries, taking out the terrorist chief of staff and sending him to his 72 virgins. In 3 days of Israeli attacks, 19 Palestinians have been killed. All terrorists or people standing way too close to them.

Anyone who thinks the IDF is trying to kill civilians needs to wake up and smell the humus. The IDF must be an incredibly rotten army if in 3 days of air attacks, it only manages to kill 19 people! If our aim were to kill Palestinians, surely it would be more likely for there to be 19 left, rather than 19 killed.

Israel’s only ‘crime against humanity’ if any was the restraint she has shown time and time again so as not to ‘escalate violence in the region’, her only “crime” was against her own civilians. Which country in the world would (or should) tolerate 12000 rockets on their civilians and 12 years of trauma and fear for children in Sderot, in the kibbutzim and moshavim in the south and more recently, over a million Israelis hostages to the whims of the terrorist entity controlling Gaza? Percentage wise, that is like London being bombed for 12 years. or this area of NY.

Please pray for Israel, support Israel and stand up for Israel. We are not the Goliath in this story, we are David up against Islamic fundamentalist terror supported by Iran.

Love to all,


39 comments on “Heart-wrenching letter from Israel

  1. To Leonie, Arsen Ostrovsky and all of Israel know that I support you all; and though I feel frustratingly powerless to give you physical help being near 64 years of age on crutches; I do and shall continue to write to Australians encouraging them to support Israel against evil Hamas and Palestine. Many Australians have their head in the sand about Israel and do not yet understand that what is happening there shall affect the survival of Australia in the years ahead. I am disgusted by the disgraceful attitude of those Australians that simply choose not to care about the plight of Israeli people. I shall encourage the letters both of you have tabled to be preserved as important historical records that must not be forgotten; in much the same way as I have encouraged the preservation of a heart-felt letter written to his unborn child by Peter; lest we forget. The caring heart of all ‘True Australians stands in support of Israel and are disgusted by the United Nations failure to support your valiant nation’s right to live free from the evil attacks by Hamas, Palestine and Iran.

    And for those that have never read it I introduce you to Peter…

    Even in the darkness of wartime, wisdom can rise above violent tragedy and give humanity a light to guide their life. Such was the case once upon a time. A man named Peter lived in Yugoslavia. He married a young lady named Maria. They lived in a small town during World War II. During the time of Maria’s pregnancy, the German army invaded their village and took control of Peter and Maria’s home. Peter in anger resolved to fight the Germans. He left the town, joined the Yugoslav Partisans and fought his enemy in the woods and surrounding districts. Weeks of battle passed, Peter was shot, but before he died he wrote a letter to his unborn child.

    Fellow partisans found Peter’s body and the letter. The letter became part of guerrilla folklore. It was passed from one person to another, until the time would come, when they would gain a chance to deliver its message. Finally opportunity came. Brave fighting partisans drove back the Germans and entered Peter’s village. Searching for Maria, they sadly learnt she had been murdered a few days before her child would have been born. Now the letter stood alone, its family link destroyed by the evil of war. Wandering seemingly aimlessly, the letter finally reached London, and became a message to all children, for every generation to come, a great revelation, an eternal reflection of poetic feeling, a noble moment of deep honest conviction. The spirit of love, freedom, and peace, marched spreading its spirit of enthusiasm, sending a self-realization, a moment of enlightenment, to all souls who open their heart to Peter’s communication.

    The letter began…

    “My child, sleeping now in the dark and gathering strength for the struggle of birth, I wish you well. At present you have no proper shape, and you do not breathe, and you are blind. Yet, when your time comes, your time and the time of your mother, whom I deeply love, there will be something in you that will give you power to fight for air and light. Such is your heritage; such is your destiny as a child born of woman- to fight for light and to hold on without knowing why.

    “May the flame that tempers the bright steel of your youth never die, but burn always. So that when your work is done and your long day ended you may still be like a watchman’s fire at the end of a lonely road- loved and cherished for your gracious glow by all good wayfarers who need light in their darkness and warmth for their comfort.

    “The spirit of wonder and adventure, the token of immortality, will be given to you as a child. May you keep it forever, with that in your heart that always seeks the gold beyond the rainbow, the pastures beyond the desert, the dawn beyond the sea, the light beyond the dark.

    “May you seek always and strive always in good faith and high courage, in this world where men grow so tired.

    “Keep your capacity for faith and belief, but let your judgment watch what you believe.

    “Keep your power to receive everything; only learn to select what your instinct tells you is right.

    “Keep your love of life, but throw away your fear of death. Life must be loved or it is lost; but it should never be loved too well.

    “Keep your delight in friendship; only learn to know your friends.

    “Keep your intolerance- only save it for what your heart tells you is bad.

    “Keep your wonder at great and noble things like sunlight and thunder, the rain and the stars, the wind and the sea, the growth of trees and the return of harvests, and the greatness of heroes.

    “Keep your heart hungry for new knowledge; keep your hatred of a lie; and keep your power of indignation.

    “Now I know I must die, and you must be born to stand upon the rubbish heap of my errors. Forgive me for this. I am ashamed to leave you an untidy, uncomfortable world. But so it must be.

    “In thought, as a last benediction, I kiss your forehead good night to you- and good morning and a clear dawn.”

    Thus Peter’s letter- ‘Revelation by Feeling’ ends leaving us all a cosmic message. For all eternity Peter’s communication shall exist as testimony, that love, freedom, and peace, when united with goodness, beauty, and truth, is the hallmark of all wisdom which leads to eternal happiness, that which begins in us, by appreciation, courage, and enthusiasm.

  2. I hope Leonie will realize there are more of us than those who hate Israel, that those of us who understand just need to better organization vocal resistance…and soon. Also, the old tactic of keeping friends close and enemies closer is at work by western leaders so that they continue to have good access to Hamas and Hizbollah intelligence so that we can betray their interests to harm Israel. Hamas ought not to count on support from us. Canada’s foreign minister recently married an extremely vocal anti-Islamist Iranian woman who is very outspoken against Hamas and Hizzbollah. She is very pro-military intervention to support Israel’s goals with Gaza.

  3. Shalom Leonie, and bear in mind the words of David when he was still just a lad of about twelve facing the giant Goliath, something like this: “……..I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me………….for the battle IS the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands!” David won and in the Final Conflict, you will as well!!

  4. Preaching to the choir here.
    Every true Christian loves Israel, supports Israel, and all Jews, everywhere. It’s a spiritual issue, we can’t help but to love you ALL!

  5. I pray every single night that Israel is safe, that the people are safe & stay strong. I agree with all the people above with their comments of love & support. Billions around the world support Israel. Those who don’t, they don’t matter. God will take care of them in their judgement. Obama & his cronies will stand side by side with Bin Laden down the road. Can’t be too soon for me. The moron should’ve sent several hundred or thousand missiles for you to use instead of just transport for Americans. God Bless & keep you safe, ALWAYS.

  6. To BNI, Leoni and all posting,

    In spite of the fact that the nations of the world refuse to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

    In spite of the fact that the UN has consistently taken the side of the Arabs against Israel.

    From 1967 through 1989, out of 865 resolutions in the Security Council and General Assembly of the UN, 526 were against Israel. The last anti-Arab vote was fifty-eight years ago in 1947. Not once has the UN reprimanded those who have, without provocation, beginning in 1948, waged five wars against Israel with the openly declared intention of annihilating her. Nor have the terrorist ever been condemned by the UN. In November 2003, Israel introduced its first request for a resolution since 1976, asking for a prohibition against Arab terrorists who deliberately target Israeli women and children. Its request was rejected, and the UN instead adopted a resolution demanding protection of Palestinian children from Israel.

    The UN is adamantly opposed to Israel and everything she does__and is thus defiant of the God of Israel and His pledge to restore His people to the land He gave them »from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates. » (Taken from the book « Judgment Day! Islam, Israel and the Nations »)

    Yes, in spite of this, take heart for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Israel (called the God of Israel 203 times in the Bible) is still on the throne and His promises to Israel stand.

    Some promises to remember when all seems hopeless and dark:

    « For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. »

    « For thy Maker is thine husband; YHVH of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. »

    « For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith YHVH thy Redeemer. »

    « Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. »

    « No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. »

    (Isaiah 54:3,5,7-8,15,17)

    « The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despise thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of YHVH, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. »

    « Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and halt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I YHVH am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. »

    (Isaiah 60:14,16)

    « And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

    And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. »

    (Isaiah 61:4-5)

    I have seen the reality of these last verses with my own eyes when I lived on a kibbutz in the Jordan valley for six years. I thought of that last verse as I worked in the vineyards and fields and when I milked the cows on Shabbat. The kibbutz used to be shelled from the Syrians on the Golan until 1967 when Israel kicked them back into Syria. I met the kids who had grown up sleeping in bomb shelters and been traumatized. I was there from 1979 to 1985 when the people of Kiryat Shmona and the Northern Galleli were under constant katyusha fire from Lebanon until 1982 when Israel went in and stopped it. Once again Israel must go in and put an end to it and the UN, Europe and the US be damned!

    And they will be damned as many have posted Gen.12:3)

    God Bless Israel and blessings to all!

  7. I would like to share this with my readers on my blog. I have no option here to reblog…would it be okay to manually reblog this, providing your link at the top of the article? I would really, really like to share. I have many viewers and I know they would appreciate this. Thanks.

  8. Israel MUST totally defeat the barbaric enemies in Gaza. Without total defeat, Israelis will continue to live with daily rockets. So unjust. So unfair. No other country would be expected to live in such a dreadful way.

  9. Mishiach can not come soon enough. Sadly, savages will never change nor can they be reasoned with. It is way that time now… God help us all.

  10. God Bless Leoni, her family and all Israel. Everytime Hamas decides to start this, Israel gets the blame for defending themselves. I can never fathom that. up is down and down is up, right is wrong and wrong is right. there’s no logic

    • Scriptures in the people of the book, Christian bible, says this ” for I will send them delusions, for they seek not the truth, so sayth the Lord. Kinda get right to the matter does it not? Their delusions have every thing to do with the FIrst Commandment of the Lord, I am your God, your only God, thou shall not have other God’s before me, for I am a jealous God, Well maybe not entirely correct, but I would hope you “get it”.

      Going GALT

  11. The “wrong side” has won the propaganda war, here…astoundingly.
    It is hard to imagine how anybody, with an ounce of intelligence, could believe that Israel is the antagonist here.
    Ultimately, there will be a great price every country in the world will pay for turning its back on Israel. They have no idea how costly it will be.
    Genesis 12:3
    I will bless those that bless you, and him who dishonors you, I will curse. And in you, all the families of the earth will be blessed.
    People of Israel, you are always in our prayers and in our hearts.

  12. Genesis 12:3 Guarantees that whoever blesses Israel shall be blessed, and whoever curses her shall be condemned. Hamas is playing its own version of Russian Roulette , and there are 5 chambers out of 6 loaded.

  13. Are words even adequate to bring comfort to people in such predicament? She probably won’t be able to read this, but to Leonie I say keep safe, you, yours and your people. WE hear you and WE know who and what your enemy truly is, do not worry yourself about those who don’t for they do not matter and are not at risk, but you do and you are. Therefore all that counts is for your state to keep exercising its sovereign right to defend itself against those attacks, for that enemy is way overdue for a punitive lesson the whole of civilized world should in fact be ‘teaching’ to it, once and for all.

    The ones having a problem with this can only be those those siding with the enemy, because everybody else would only do one thing: the exact same thing Israel is doing, which is defending itself, except there is no guarantee that they too all would go out of their way to minimize civilian collateral damage.

    • Right you are.
      One day, and I have to believe that day will come soon, rather then later, all these moo-slimes are going to see the great thug they have spent years, worthless years worshiping. Vengeance is mine saith the Lord, and it is a mighty vengeance.
      I pray for all the innocent lives lost due to hatred by this evil cult.
      One thing is very clear, and no matter what they want to believe,…ISRAEL WILL NOT BE DEFEATED!

  14. Arsen Ostrovsky an international human rights lawyer who grew up in Australia and lives in Israel, wrote this article in the Australian Newspaper:
    Where is condemnation of Hamas terror?
    I’M angry. You see, as Australians are going about their daily routines, in Israel more than one million people are in bomb shelters, seeking cover from a hail of rockets being rained down by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza.
    A further 3 1/2 million live directly in the line of fire.
    During the past four days, at least 700 rockets have fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Israel, including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. That’s almost eight rockets an hour. Three Israelis have already been killed and dozens more have been hurt, many of them seriously.
    I write this article, knowing that any given moment, I may be forced to run for shelter. Fifteen seconds are how much time we have to find safety. Fifteen seconds.
    Just to put things in context: 4.5 million Israelis live directly within the line of Hamas fire. That is more than half the population here. In Australian terms that’s about the entire population of Sydney or Melbourne.
    This year alone, at least 1500 rockets have now been fired on Israel from Gaza, with about 12,000 fired in the past 12 years. There is just no end in sight.
    In response to this incessant terror, last week Israel began Operation Pillar of Defence, starting with the elimination of Ahmed Jabari, one of the leaders of Hamas. Jabari was an arch-terrorist directly responsible for planning, orchestrating and personally ordering countless terrorist bombings, rocket attacks and suicide operations, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of innocent Israelis.
    But here is why I’m angry.
    I’m angry that the world notices only when Israel undertakes its most basic sovereign right to defend its citizens. Can you imagine if even one rocket were fired on Washington, London, Moscow or Sydney? No nation on earth can, or should, tolerate such attacks on its people.
    I’m angry that while the UN never hesitates to pass the umpteenth resolution blindly condemning Israel, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was unable to unequivocally condemn the Palestinian rocket attacks without implying a moral equivalence between Israel taking defensive action against the terror attacks and Hamas deliberately targeting innocent civilians.
    And now, the UN General Assembly is getting ready to vote on upgrading the Palestinians’ status at the UN later this month. Perhaps it ought to be asking itself the following question instead: what kind of Palestinian entity is it voting for – one that seeks peace with Israel or one that indiscriminately fires rocket after rocket at millions of innocent civilians?
    I’m angry that there are those who continue to call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the Jewish State, such as those in the Greens Party, but are silent in the face of Palestinian terror.
    I’m angry that ships and flotillas continue to set sail for Gaza to show “solidarity” with the Palestinians but ask where is their solidarity with the people of southern Israel?
    I’m angry that while human rights organisations such as Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, Oxfam and others do not waste a single opportunity to condemn Israel for human rights violations against the Palestinians, the human rights of Israelis are seemingly not important enough for them. Is Jewish blood really that cheap?
    I’m angry that mainstream newspapers such as The Sydney Morning Herald, lead their stories about the rocket attacks with such headlines as “Israel warns it will intensify conflict after Gaza strikes”, and not “Terrorists in Gaza intensify conflict after raining down 700 rockets in four days against 4.5 million Israelis”.
    I’m even angrier that some news agencies choose not to cover this story at all or bury it down with the weather section.
    I’m angry that so many people are blind to the fact that Iran, which has called for Israel to be wiped off the map and now seeks to obtain nuclear weapons, is the primary funder and supplier of arms to Hamas.
    I’m angry when people continue to say that “settlements” are the main impediment to peace, and not Hamas, a terrorist group that does not recognise Israel’s right to exist and seeks its destruction. I’m angry that schools in southern Israel have now been closed for an entire week because of the rocket attacks, while countless children have barely known a day of peace in their lives, running from one bomb shelter to another. What sort of inhumane way is this for a child to grow up?
    I’m angry that there is someone out there who does not know me and has never met me, yet still wants to kill me – for no other reason than being Israeli.
    I’m angry when I hear residents in southern Israel, such as Moshik Levy, say “every time my (three-year-old) son hears a ‘Code Red’ (rocket signal) it takes years off my life” or another resident who earlier remarked “we just lie on top of our children and try to protect them with our bodies.”
    Yet the world seems oblivious to their desperate cries for help.
    In the course of writing this article, I have had to run – twice – for bomb shelter.
    All I want is to just live in peace, free from rockets. No, I am not angry. I am outraged.

    • Please keep up the updates and stay safe, know we ARE praying for you and your people. It’s the least we can offer but it comes natural to us, just saying. Encourage Bibi, to send these demons in the flesh back to the den’s of hell where they belong. Soon I suspect, we might be in the same boat here, I pray for no such thing, but, it is inevitable the whole world is getting worse, make no mistake about it, all of it is being implimented by design as we are in a spiritual fight, it’s really that simple.

      Semper Fi.

  15. P.M. Netanyahu just thanked all people like BNI who counter the false propaganda and lies. He’s very grateful that we spread the word.

  16. Collective punishment, it’s called.

    But not to pricks like Falk and Fisk, or the rest of the UN, or Galloway, Finkelstein, Obama, Chomski, Clinton, and a thousand other high profile Israel/Jew haters, who feed the blind banal hatred of millions of faceless nameless, mindless dregs.

    Who needs enemies like Hamas, Hitler, Hezbollah, when you have friends like the above.

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