MYSTERIES FOR THE NEW YEAR
by Barry Chamish
What is Rosh Hashana without sweet mysteries for the New Year? All right, it's a new tradition, like eating the tail of a fish, or apples dipped in refreshing vinegar. But once the ceremony ends, talk will inevitably fall to the inanities of Israeli behavior.
Settlers to rally against building freeze outside Netanyahu home
Chaim Levinson - Sep 09, 2009
Settler leaders will stage a sit-down protest in front of Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s home later this month to protest a
planned freeze of construction in West Bank settlements.
We all reflect that before the Yesha Council was infiltrated by the government from the top, before they let Gush Katif disappear, there was enough unity to put the government and its army in their place. Instead of wasting time in a poorly attended protest, all 400 settlements would have publicly coordinated a day when, at the same moment, all would have started the foundations for illegal residences.
Let the army tear down all 400 buildings without tearing up the fabric of the nation and tearing down its very own moral foundation.
And so simple to do. One meeting, some cement and the issue is settled. Yet the mystery remains, why aren't the "settlers" defending their homes anymore?
PM Netanyahu disappeared to Russia immediately after Israel's failed operation against a Russian cargo ship in the Baltic Sea:
ARCTIC SEA WAS CARRYING MISSILES TO IRAN, NEW REPORT SUGGESTS
The saga of the missing Arctic Sea cargo ship took a fresh twist on
Thursday after a Russian newspaper reported that Benjamin Netanyahu,
the Israeli prime minister, made a secret visit to Moscow last Monday
to discuss Russian arms shipments to Iran and Syria.
The vessel, which vanished for several days after being boarded by
"pirates" in the Baltic, is currently at the centre of the greatest
Cold War riddle since the killing of Alexander Litvinkenko, with
theories abounding that it was carrying an illicit cargo.
Russia's Kommersant daily cited a senior Kremlin source. The
revelation appeared to support maritime and military experts who have
claimed the ship was carrying S-300 anti-aircraft missiles for Iran,
that Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, found out, and that the
Kremlin was given time and space to stop the delivery and cover it up
in order to save face. Russia's foreign minister has publicly and
fiercely denied those allegations,
Russia has a long border with Iran. It could have trucked the missiles in, a lot faster than an 8,000 mile sea voyage. Netanyahu did not "secretly" fly to Russia to tell Putin anything like, we're going to bomb Iran. He arrived to beg forgiveness for an Israeli operation gone wrong, adding, "Please Mr. Putin, don't hurt us. We didn't mean no harm by hijacking your ship."
In 1999, Netanyahu signed away much of Judea and Samaria at Camp David, receiving at best, empty promises in return. His Science Minister, Benny Begin quit the Likud Party in retaliation. The reaction of Shimon Peres in the Knesset was instructive. He told Begin, "I'm sick of you and your shitty family." Yes, he uttered that in Israel's parliament! In March, 2000, Begin's son Yonathan was killed when he, supposedly, contracted vertigo in his F-16 fighter jet and crashed. Noted was that no pilot crashed because of vertigo since the computer was added to cockpits.
Now, Asaf Ramon, son of Ilan Ramon, the astronaut who died in the Columbia shuttle disaster, died in his F-16...and there are too many mysteries for many of my readers to let it go as an accident. Without delving into the possibility that he knew more than he should have about his father's fiery demise, let's look at how mysterious his accident really was:
MY COMMENTS IN BOLD ( Barry's comments)
Probe of Asaf Ramon crash to focus on human factor
Israel Air Force Capt. Asaf Ramon, 21, was killed Sunday when the F-16A Falcon jet he was flying crashed during a routine training flight near the southern Hebron Hills.
Ramon is the son of Col. Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, who died during the disastrous Earth reentry of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003. Like his son, Col. Ramon was an F-16 pilot. There was no immediate comment on the cause of the crash. However, the main focus of the investigation is on human factors, and there is a high probability that some physiological problem may have led to the crash.
WHAT PHYSIOLOGICAL PROBLEMS? HE DIDN'T HAVE CHECKUPS?
Ramon took off from the Nevatim air base at 1 P.M. on a routine training flight in a single-seat Falcon as part of the advanced flight training course that the pilot began in July. The formation was led by A., a veteran pilot, and was meant to exercise at an altitude of 18,000 feet over the Hebron Hills and the West Bank.
The two aircraft were to simulate dogfighting. The training was fairly basic, as this was a somewhat early stage of Ramon's fighter pilot training. The two aircraft were supposed to pass each other, and then perform a fairly wide turn in order to continue the exercise.
A. was supposed to see Ramon several seconds after the two aircraft had passed each other, but quickly realized that he could not find him. He called him on the radio: "Watch your altitude," but there was no response.
The incident occurred at about 1:30 P.M., when Ramon's aircraft disappeared off radar. Several minutes later reports began coming in from people living in the area south of Hebron that an aircraft had been seen flying at low altitude over the Hebron-Be'er Sheva highway, and of an explosion, followed by a cloud of smoke.
FLYING LOW. NOT PLUMMETING? PEOPLE HEARD AN EXPLOSION AND SAW A CLOUD OF SMOKE. THEN THEY KNEW WHERE HE CRASHED.
The lead pilot reported that he had lost eye contact with Ramon's aircraft. Quickly, other jets arrived at the scene, along with helicopters, looking for the Ramon's plane.
The search and rescue operation commenced nearly immediately, initially with IDF ground forces in the area and civilians from nearby. IDF helicopters were also dispatched. Meanwhile, the other pilot in the formation began making low passes in an effort to identify the precise location of the crash.
The mountainous terrain made it difficult to find the location of the crash. A crater that had been carved by the downed plane was located some 90 minutes after the incident.
WHY 90 MINUTES TO FIND A CRASH SITE WHEN PEOPLE SAW THE SMOKE AND KNEW WHERE HE CRASHED?
An IDF officer who was one of the first on the scene said that "all that was left was a big, burned out crater, with very little debris."
The remains of the aircraft were spread over a wide area and the IDF brought hundreds of soldiers who began combing the mountains for debris. Ramon's remains were found not far from the crater. He had not been able to eject from the aircraft before the crash.
REMAINS OF THE CRASH WERE SPREAD OVER A WIDE AREA? LITTLE DEBRIS? THEN THE PLANE EXPLODED IN MID-AIR. AND WHY DIDN'T OR COULD HE EJECT??
Ramon's aircraft began falling when it was at 18,000 feet. When it was last seen, the jet had its nose slightly downward. Based on its speed and altitude at the time, the plane likely struck the ground with enormous force within 20-45 seconds from when it began to fall.
WHO SAW THE NOSE POINTING DOWN? IN 20-45 SECONDS, HE HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO EJECT.
Ramon had managed to complete 47 flights as part of his advanced training program, and 15 of those included simulated basic dogfight training. The type of training that this particular flight involved was not extreme, but it was done at nearly 720 km/h (400 knots) which is about the maximum allowable speed.
Pilots perform this sort of exercise while keeping sufficient distance and height between the aircraft in order to avoid flying into each other.
Ramon had completed pilot training three months ago and was named best cadet in his class. At an advanced stage of his training, when he flew an A-4 Skyhawk as part of the fighter-aircraft training, the engine stalled and Ramon successfully restarted the engine by carrying emergency procedures. He landed that aircraft safely.
HE HAD TWO INCIDENTS IN A FEW MONTHS? SKYHAWKS DON'T JUST STALL IN MID-FLIGHT. WHY HIM?
President Shimon Peres awarded Ramon his wings at his graduation ceremony in July.
PERES. NUFF SAID. AS ONE CORRESPONDENT WROTE:
Sh P…is HE somehow related to this?
I told you, woman on the radio heard an explosion BEFORE the crash & also they radioed him to WARN him, but he didn't respond.
Nehushtan, and Maj. Gen. Avi Zamir, chief of personnel at the IAF, arrived at the Ramon home in Ramat Gan Sunday to deliver the news to Asaf's mother, Rona. Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi all issued a messages of condolence to the family.
As is customary, Asaf Ramon was promoted to the rank of captain posthumously.
CONGRATULATIONS ON THE PROMOTION, ASAF. NOW WHO WANTED YOU DEAD?
And a sweet New Year full of mysteries to us all!
IF Barry is right, and we are dealing with foul play here, then THE BOYS HANDED OVER THE EVIDENCE TO THE VERY BODY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACCIDENT.
Somebody convinced the boys' rabbi to hand over the evidence to the army. The army rabbi got involved. Under normal circumstances, handing over the pictures and foregoing profit would appear to be a noble act; but was it a noble act, plain stupidity, or even complicity? It seems to me that THE FAMILY SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF THE PICTURES, at any rate, and under any circumstances.
So now the evidence is in the hand of the PERPETRATORS OR THEIR ACCOMPLICES, IF A CRIME WAS COMMITTED.
Barry is usually right about these things.
Yeshiva Boys Cede Profits on Ramon Crash Footage
by Hillel Fendel.
(IsraelNN.com) Yeshiva boys near the crash-site of Assaf Ramon, son of fallen astronaut Ilan Ramon, photographed his plane burning and the arrival of rescue teams – but then refused to sell the exclusive photos so as not to desecrate the dead or offend the family.
The students study in the yeshiva high school in Maaleh Hever, a small community in southern Judea. When they heard the explosion of the plane, only about 1.2 kilometers away, they ran out to see what had happened, taking cameras with them. They filmed the plane burning, the arrival of the emergency crews, and the hubbub around the incident.
Somehow, word of the pictures got out, and more than one news agency contacted the boys and offered to pay thousands of shekels for the exclusive footage. When the boys realized that an Air Force pilot had been killed, they consulted with their Rosh Yeshiva (rabbinical dean), Rabbi Amichai Chazan. He explained to them the importance of behaving ethically in such a situation.
The boys understood his message, and refused to sell. "I don't want to profit from this type of situation in which a soldier dies," said one student, Nehorai Hadad.
Instead of selling the pictures, the boys gave the photos to the army personnel investigating the crash – and dedicated their evening's Torah study in memory of Assaf ben [son of] Ilan and Rona Ramon.
Chief IDF Rabbi Avi Ronsky arrived in the yeshiva as well, and praised the boys' actions and the Sanctification of G-d's Name thereof. He spoke with them about the importance of thorough Torah study as the basis for military service excellence.
Maaleh Hever is a 15-year-old religious-Zionist yeshiva high school in which only a minimum of secular studies is offered; nearly the entire day is reserved for Torah study. At least two other similar institutions have been established in its wake, in Jerusalem and in Shaalvim.
SUCH BELIEF IN THE IDF. THE EVIDENCE WILL BE RELEASED SOMEDAY...BUTCHERED. Barry