The Mt. Carmel Inferno

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Now send and gather all of Israel to Me on Mount Carmel….Then the fire of the Lord fell and devoured the sacrifice and the wood and the stones and the dust and the water.  — Kings I 18: 19, 38

“Carmel” means the orchard of God in Hebrew.

The Bulgarian firefighters have agreed to let me tag along with them as they make their way up the gullies in the Carmel Forest, seeking out flames still burning uncontrolled. I walk with Mikhail, probably the only Bulgarian firefighter on earth who speaks Hebrew. He is also a medic, and had earlier done some work in Israel; long enough to pick up basic Hebrew. He and the other Bulgarian firefighters just came down from the command center at the University of Haifa. His colleagues are amused that an aging professor from the same university wants to accompany them.  One tells Mikhail to explain to me that he wants to come back later to be a student in my university. A religious couple from Haifa comes out of the bushes carrying large boxes of sufganiyot, Hannuka cakes, and distributes them to the firefighters, thanking each of them personally with a “Spaseeba!”

All around us the brush and trees are smoking.  Every gust of wind stirs up ash.  Countless fire-fighting planes circle overhead, interrupted by the circling giant American 747 that has just arrived.   The command-and-control center for the entire battle against the fires has been set up on the University of Haifa campus.  A parking lot there contains so many Russian firefighters that a large Russian flag has been raised.  The firefighters are amazed when all of the campus security staff speak and joke with them freely in Russian, and when they see so many posters on billboards in Russian.  They are commanded by the Russian Deputy Minister for National Emergencies, the same fellow who led the battle against the forest fires around Moscow last summer.  The soft-spoken guy is a giant, a Russian Paul Bunyon, and seems capable of blowing out forest fires with only his breath.

These were not the Hannuka flames Israel was expecting.  On the first day of the festival, the top of Mount Carmel looked like one of those volcanoes you see on the National Geographic Channel.  The pillar of smoke could be seen from 50 miles away.  Gusts of wind bring ash and smoke into Haifa.  Residents of some streets closest to the flames are evacuated.  Friends and relatives from around the country call and offer us sanctuary if we need it.  It feels a lot like the summer of 2006, when Haifa was the target of hundreds of rockets fired by Hezb’Allah terrorists during the Lebanese War.  The man at the meat counter in the supermarket jokes with me; if the wind changes direction he will be holding a special sale on barbecued chickens that never even had to be put into the oven. We are all sold out of marshmallows, he adds.

But it was hard to keep a sense of humor in the midst of Israel’s worst-ever natural disaster, one in which over 40 Israelis died in the flames.  Besides the bus full of prison service cadets, the victims included a 16-year old Haifa boy who had long served as a volunteer fireman with one of the brigades.  He was overcome after he rushed into the conflagration with his colleagues.  Another victim was the Haifa Chief of Police, a courageous 52-year old woman, Ahuva Tomer, who died from burns.  She was born in the USSR and came to Israel alone as an infant.  But do not expect her courage and ordeal to arouse any sympathy from radical feminists.  They are too busy cheering on the Hamas terrorists.

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  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    Thank you for a good article, except that you too confuse the terminology: "Arabs" wherever must be "Moslems".

    Not all Arabs are Israel's enemies! Some of them (even in the neighboring to Israel areas) happen to be Christians – not the enemies at all. Josef Farah – a prominent American conservative and the best friend of Israel – is an Arabic Christian. A former terrorist from the West Bank Valid Shoebat – now a staunchest supporter of Israel in the US – is an Arab, born Moslem, but now converted to Christianity. Brigitte Gabriel – a prominent author is an Arabic Christian too.

    The enemies of Israel (outnumbering the internal and neighboring Arabic Moslems many times) are all consistent Moslems of the world wherever they are: in Indonesia, Asia, USA, Canada, or Eurabia! Indeed, the main external enemy – Iran – is not Arabic at all. (Continued)

  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    Thank you for a good article, except that you too confuse the terminology: "Arabs" wherever must be "Moslems".

    Not all Arabs are Israel's enemies! Some of them (even in the neighboring to Israel areas) happen to be Christians – not the enemies at all. Josef Farah – a prominent American conservative and the best friend of Israel – is an Arabic Christian. A former terrorist from the West Bank Valid Shoebat – now a staunchest supporter of Israel in the US – is an Arab, born Moslem, but now converted to Christianity. Brigitte Gabriel – a prominent author is an Arabic Christian too.

    The enemies of Israel (outnumbering the internal and neighboring Arabic Moslems many times) are all consistent Moslems of the world wherever they are: in Indonesia, Asia, USA, Canada, or Eurabia! Indeed, the main external enemy – Iran – is not Arabic at all. (Continued)

  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    Your wrong terminology is an invention of the ideologues and demagogues wishing Israel's defeat. This terminology is intended to obfuscate and hide the real enemy – Islam – and substitute it with a seemingly less frightening and smaller enemy – Arabs. The demagogues want to misrepresent the global conflict into a local territorial ethnic dispute!

    To begin with, Israel must become aware of the bigger picture
    http://www.resonoelusono.com/Imminent.htm

    and realize that Israel is in war with Islam. As a first step, Islam must be outlawed in Israel, Mosques – closed. It is a global civilizational war, and it will not be over soon…
    http://www.resonoelusono.com/DeclarationForIsrael

  • jenny

    Many Israeli Christian Arabs are as bad or worse than the Moslem Arabs, and some Israeli Moslem Arabs are indeed peaceful and moderate.

    • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

      Here is however a fundamental difference between Christianity and Islam. All consistent (i.e. following the Scripture) Christians must be Zionists, while all consistent (i.e. following koran) Moslems must wish and do wish elimination of Israel, of Judaism and Christianity in general.

      • http://mypage.direct.ca/l/lbouchar/ SeaMystic

        WELL STATED!

        Check the "Ban Islam petition" as a starting action in the War against Islam.
        http://www.petitiononline.com/MYSTIC/petition.htm

        • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

          I signed it. Yet it is futile (and superfluous) to ban Islam, especially via international bodies which are essentially pro-Islamic. What is absolutely necessary is to contain Islam outside of our nation and to rid of it inside.

  • SemperCivis

    LINEAGE OF ARABS (Descendants of Ham) – Archeological Research garnered from tablet fragments: Hittite, Akkadian and Sumerian:

    1.3000 BCE descendants of Canaan, grandson of Noah via Ham break out of their proscribed region – southern Turkey – immediately north of the Euphrates River – True “Syria”. Some move southward into the Levant. Most rename themselves As-Syrians. They garner iron from the Hittites and invade and destroy Haran, Assur (neighboring cities ) and attack Nineveh.

    2.300-600 years later they have burnt Niniveh to the ground and made Babylon their capitol (Babylon founded by Nimrod I, firstborn of Ham).

    3.Later the Akkadian King, Sargon of Niniveh heritage, recaptures northern Mesopotamia and conquers Babylon, making it his capitol as Niniveh was still in ruins.

    4.From several recorded Sumerian records from Ubaid, Ur and Uruk tell of the children of Nimrod/children of the Assyrians evacuate Babylon and move into the North-Central grass plains of the Arabian Peninsula. THEY ARE THE FIRST ARABS(ARABIANS).

    5.From previous historical records, it is known that the peoples living south of the Euphrates River, down the Euphrates River. East through the Indus region and Persia and the peoples of seacoast of the Arabian Peninsula and Ethiopia are descendants are the first born of Noah (Shem), and they do not intermarry with the descendants of Ham.

    6.Midianites, at their root, are Sumerian sheepherders who later combined with offspring of the House of Abraham (a Sumerian), combined with or intermarried to peoples from the Kingdom of Sheba (Yemen) and Ethiopia.

    7.MOST IMPORTANT CLUE: Every culture had a signature animal symbol. Throughout Mesopotamia and the regions of the second born of Noah (Japeth) – The Caucasus, Turkey, Black Sea (also East and West), it was the bull. You find artifact Bulls in silver, copper, bronze and other materials. The Hamites created a half-man/half-bull symbol which they called Baal. Time of origination dates to circa 3000 BCE in Lebanon at what is now the place known as Baalbek (megalithic platform structure). As for the Arabs from the grassy central plain of Arabia, over time they migrated and founded Medina. They would have been Baal worshippers. Medina was founded near Mecca which was a thriving trade center for agriculture, minerals, frankensense everything coming up from Yemen.

    Mohammed’s wife (Khadija) inherited the camel train cartage business when her husband died, but could not keep it unless she had a husband for legal ownership purposes. She found an idiot teenager who could not read or write, and that was Mohammed. When she died, the other relatives gave Mohammed money and they took over the business. Mohammed travels with them. Near Ebla, Syria (Modern Syria), the rich idiot Mohammed teams up with Syrian mercenaries. The cult of domination – Submit or Die – Slavery of Women, begins there. They call him their prophet and use him. Between Midian and Syria, along the road east of the Dead Sea/Jordan Valley, that’s where Mohammed has epiphany in a cave. Later they settle in Medina/Mecca.

    Sources on Mohammed: University of Chicago, Oriental Institute, Oxford in Britain (Syrian, Egyptian, Coptic, Middle Eastern, Yemeni, Ethiopian articles – English Translations)

    TO STUDY THE ANCIENT CULT-RELIGION OF BAAL EXPLAINS the divergence of Islam from Judaism and the adoption of dominating, killing, lying cheating and other anti-civilization aspects. Throughout the entire ancient world, the bull which was the machine-tractor of the ancient world was depicted and revered but only worshipped by Hamites (Assyrian, Canaanites, Southern Egyptians) Baal is recorded as the God of War/Violence/Storms/Domination. These are the root aspects that were worshipped in Medina, and when Medina conquered Mecca (which worshipped the God of Israel, as all Shemites/Midianites would), they supplanted those things into the new religion – Islam

    .Listen: Israel National Radio interview of artist Marc Rubin at http://www.marcrubin.com/judean-eve.ivnu

    Watch: http://www.marcrubin.com/dada2.ivnu

  • muchiboy

    So the Arabs torch Mt.Carmel,and in retaliation Mossad stirs up the Red Sea sharks.You guys kill me.muchiboy

    • MixMChess

      The idea that Mossad is somehow behind shark attacks is ludicrous and idiotic. The fact that you repeat these charges speaks volumes about you.

  • muchiboy

    "The idea that Mossad is somehow behind shark attacks is ludicrous and idiotic. The fact that you repeat these charges speaks volumes about you."

    Gotcha!! muchiboy

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The Israelis undermine themselves constantly by repeating the fiction that the conflict is a conflict between Arabs and Jews. However, this is nonsense and also a very bad habit. Mr. Plaut should characterize the Israeli Arabs not as Arabs but as Israeli Muslims, to reflect the true nature of the ideological battle confronting Israel, because the conflict is not a conflict between Israeli Jews and Arabs, but instead it is a jihad being waged by Dar al Islam, which includes the entire worldwide Islamic ummah, pitted against the tiny infidel Jewish state of Israel. Moreover, the jihad being waged against Israel is one of many jihads, both overt and stealth, taking place all around the world in many varied places and locales that altogether comprises the greater global jihad at large.

    The creation of Israel in 1948, per Islamic Sharia law, which as for as Muhammadan’s are concerned is the only recognized law and supersedes all manmade laws, constituted an illegal occupation of Muhammadan land, thereby making it a “fard ayn” or individual obligation incumbent upon all Muhammadans to wage jihad in the cause of Allah until such time as the infidel Israeli Jews are defeated and the land that comprises Israel can be rendered back into Dar al Islam via the imposition of Sharia, as land that was once Islamic must always remain Islamic.

    Hence, when Israelis inadvertently minimize and mischaracterize the jihad being waged against them by the entire worldwide Islamic ummah as being a conflict involving Jews and Arabs only, they are inadvertently causing enormous harm and damage to their own cause, as it inevitably contributes to the gross misunderstanding of the conflict by so many millions of people around the world. I wonder how many people would still support the so-called Palestinian Arabs if they fully understood the true nature of the conflict, in that the so-called Palestinian Arabs in reality are the proxies of the Dar al Islam, which comprises the entire worldwide Islamic ummah, and that the jihad being waged against Israel will continue permanently, no matter how many fake peace processes are implemented, and as long as Israel continues to exist.

    For instance, Israel’s greatest threat today emanates from Iran, and the Iranians are not even Arabs but Persians. Indeed, what slight has Israel ever done to Iran to cause it to hate Israel so deeply? It can’t be because the Shi’a Iranians are appalled by the treatment of the so-called Palestinian Arabs, which are Sunnis. Another example is the Islamic state of Indonesia today doesn’t even recognize the Jewish state of Israel and forbids Israeli Jews from visiting Indonesia.

    The reality is the jihad being waged against Israel today, which is permanent, by the way, will be waged as long as Israel continues to exist, just like the greater global jihad at large is permanent and will also continue as long as unbelievers exist. Hence, when you inadvertently characterize the jihad being waged against Israel as a conflict between Jews and Arabs only, you are in effect cutting your own throat because you are validating the incorrect paradigm in which most people view the conflict, which is the Israelis are the usurpers and oppressors of the so-called Palestinian Arabs.

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