10/16/23...     14,862.25

    10/9/23...     14,881.85

     6/27/13…    15,000.00


(THE DOW JONES INDEX: 10/16/23... 33,670.29; 10/9/23... 33,550.27; 6/27/13… 15,000.00)


LESSON for October 16th, 2023 – “SIX THOUSAND YEARS of WAR! 


A week ago, the terrorist gang (turned Governing body of Gaza – turned back to terrorists) Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel.  It was especially surprising to Israeli and American intelligence agencies, which were caught entirely flatfooted by the assault, a failure which significantly enhanced the success of the mission.

With cities destroyed and hostages taken back to Gaza, Israel could do no more than retaliate upon civilian targets, which it has done – quite expedictiously.  Currently, the death toll amounts to about a thousand Israelis and foreign Jewish tourists, plus an equal number of Gaza Palestinians... some linked to Hamas, most not.


Media coverage of the carnage in both Israel and Gaza has been ongoing and extensive.  That the deployment of an estimated three hundred fifty thousand troops to the border, presumably preparatory to a massive land invasion to seek and destroy Hamas, has raised concerns that the northern border areas between Israel and Lebanon may encourage the neighboring terrorist army, Hezbollah to conduct its own raids into the north (probably urged on and abetted by Iran).

Less visible, although not entirely peaceful, the massive West Bank border area... predominantly Palestinian, but also the site of increasing waves of Jewish settlers, would be a third front in which ongoing negotiations between Israel and Sunni Moslem nations (principally Saudi Arabia and the adjacent Jordan, but also including most of the wealthy Gulf States) could crash, potentially leading to a Three Front war.  So it is upon this less-defended and less publicized frontier that our Lesson will be based.


History, contended the anthologist Will Durant, is older than that which Bishop Ussher envisioned... said clergyman being the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland who, in 1650, calculated the date of Creation back from the chronological data in Genesis 5 and 11, (which unbroken male lineage, with numbers of the years, to Abraham being called out of Ur of the Chaldeans in 1922 BC, established the beginnings of time as October 23, 4004 BC -or exactly 6,027 years ago next Monday).  Others extrapolated Scriptural language to postulate that the world would end in either 2000 or 1996AD but these, of course, have proven erroneous.

Will Durant prefaced his 1940 introduction to the lives and times of stones, bronze and Iron Age Israelis and Palestinians as reflecting “our Oriental heritage” but, truth be told, that contention... based on archaeological remains of the “Peking Man” circa one million years BC and then considered the earliest human fossils known... have since been eclipsed by even older discoveries in Africa, from whence our two-legged ancestors migrated north and east into China, as well as India, the MidEast and, much later, Europe.

4004 BC, instead, might be considered the beginnings of our historical heriage, being the beginnings, more or less, of the Holocene Epoch, where hominide use of stone gave way to bronze, then iron, writing... thus history... began and civilizations gathered from Egypt eastward to the Orient.

Sources including Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia Brittanica date prehistoric, pre-dynastic settlements in Israel and the West Bank back to the Ahmarian (c.45,000 BC), Kebaran (20,000 BC), Natufian (10,000 BC) and, as of the time that the Bible dates the Garden of Eden, the  Chalcolithic and Ghassulian epochs.  Thereafter, the Canaanite civilizations engendered the rise of empires (that of the Pharaohs, of course, as also the Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian) while ancient Jewish sources such as Seder Olam Rabbah date the birth of Abraham (patriarch of Muslims, Jews and Christians to 1813 BCE).

Jews of the past, as of the present, lived through multitudes of wars as well as famines and other disasters which birthed emigrations to all corners of Europe and Asia and, eventually, America... eventually reversed by the victorious Allies after World War Two and the Holocaust where the (perhaps somewhat guilty and certainly horrified) victors traipsing through Dachau and Auschwitz decreed a State of Israel (somewhat smaller than the present boundaries) being designated as the Jewish homeland. 

They could have carved territory out of the defeated Germany or even... if a warmer and sunnier clime was advisable, Italy.  They didn’t.  Instead, the Allies... Truman and Churchill and their respective diplomats and minions and humanitarians reverted to the politics of the Crusades of centuries earlier, where Christian invaders from the European states battled with the newer Islamic Empire for dominion in the Holy Land... holy, now, to the three major religions of the West and innumerable sub-creeds and cults within them.

The predominantly Muslim Palestinians were simply kicked out... and such are the (latest) roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict?

Authorities mostly agree that the horrific events over the last week are the culmination of a decades-long (again, actually, millennia-long! – DJI) three-denominational, three-cornered truggle for land, religious dominion and power in this much-disputed region of the Middle East.  But most historians, politicians and modern talking heads agree that the presen turning point has to have been the post-Holocaust, post-World War Two designation by the Allies, of the necessity of a Jewish homeland in what was then a British colonial territory in which Sephardic and Ashkenaz Zionites, Sunni and Shiite Muslims, Catholic and Orthodox and numerout Protestant sects bumped butts and banged elbows but, usually, existed in a wary peace.


Geographically, reports Encyclopedia Brittanica (Attachment One) the West Bank “is mostly composed of north-south–oriented limestone hills (conventionally called the Samarian Hills north of Jerusalem and the Judaean Hills south of Jerusalem) having an average height of 2,300 to 3,000 feet (700 to 900 metres). The hills descend eastwardly to the low-lying Great Rift Valley of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea.

“Within its present boundaries, the West Bank represents the portion of the former mandate retained in 1948 by the Arab forces that entered Palestine after the departure of the British. The borders and status of the area were established by the Jordanian-Israeli armistice of April 3, 1949. In the decades that followed the armistice, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) each laid claim to the approximately 2,180-square-mile (5,650-square-km) area.”

During the 1948 war between Israel and several Arab countries, “hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees either fled or were forcibly displaced by the Israeli military.  (Axios, Attachment Two)

“A second, but smaller wave, of Palestinian refugees fled the West Bank during the 1967 war between Israel and the Arab countries.

“Most of the Palestinian refugees in these two waves ended up in Jordan and some still live in refugee camps there.

Now, Israel has notified the UN that the approximately 1.1 million Palestinians living north of Wadi Gaza should evacuate to the southern part of the Gaza Strip within 24 hours.  SecState Blinken met with PLO President Mahmoud Abbas who... despite the long history of infighting between Hamas and the PLO... warned against the forced displacement of Palestinians from Gaza.

"This will be a second Nakba," Abbas said in a statement, referring to the "catastrophe," which marked the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians during the events that led to Israel's founding in 1948.


Gaza is a small area bordering Israel and Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of two Palestinian territories - the other being the Israeli-occupied West Bank  (Washington Post, October 9, Attachment Three)

“Gaza was part of the Ottoman Empire before being occupied by Britain from 1918 to 1948 and Egypt from 1948 to 1967. Nearly 20 years after Israel declared its statehood in 1948, the country captured the Gaza Strip from Egypt and the West Bank from Jordan in the 1967 war.”

Hamas emerged in 1987 as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood during the First Intifada, 1990-4... a stretch of “nearly four years of protests, riots and bombings in the Palestinian territories and Israel over Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and West Bank.” The bloodshed led Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to say in 1992: “I would like Gaza to sink into the sea, but that won’t happen, and a solution must be found.”

Instead, Hamas came to power in Gaza after winning a 2006 election.  Israel, which has kept a land, air and sea blockade on Gaza since 2007, has faced criticism by human rights groups and United Nations; the International Committee of the Red Cross has gone one step further in recent years – saying that the blockade violates the Geneva Conventions — a claim that Israeli officials have rejected.


Many Palestinians were displaced after the 1948 and 1967 wars. (Brittanica, Attachment One, above)  About 300,000 Palestinians (most of whom were originally from territory captured by Israel in 1948) left the impoverished West Bank for Transjordan (later Jordan) during the year after the 1948 war; and about 380,000 Palestinians fled the West Bank after it was captured by the Israelis in 1967. Between 1967 and 1977 an estimated 6,300 Palestinians were evicted from East Jerusalem and replaced by Jewish immigrants, and many others lost their residency rights under the 1992–96 government of Benjamin Netanyahu.  (Brittanica, above)

In 2006 parliamentary elections, Fatah—an influential force in Palestinian politics since its foundation by Yasser Arafat in the 1950s—suffered a decisive loss to Hamas, reflecting years of dissatisfaction with Fatah’s governance, which was criticized as corrupt and inefficient. The victory of Hamas, a group that was regarded by many as a terrorist organization, resulted in sanctions and boycotts from Israel, the United States, and the European Union. In 2007, with violence escalating in the Gaza Strip and the failure of a coalition government, PA president Mahmoud Abbas dissolved the Hamas-led government and established in its place an emergency cabinet favouring Fatah. The increasingly violent power struggle between Hamas and Fatah resulted in a split between the West Bank, run by Fatah through the emergency PA government, and the Gaza Strip, controlled by Hamas.


Many observers believe the Hamas attacks on southern Israel on Saturday were triggered by unchecked violence instigated and perpetrated by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.  In recent years, there have been numerous cases of hit and burn attacks against Palestinians and their properties near new illegal settlements without any attempt by the Israeli army to prevent the settler rampages.  (Al Jazeera, October 13th, Attachment Four)

Unlike the Palestinian Authority, Hamas does not recognize the existence of Israel and is committed to replacing it through armed struggle with a Palestinian state stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.

“Since winning legislative elections in 2006, Hamas has repeatedly attacked Israel with rockets and mortars, emerging as a defiant adversary. Israel has retaliated with its superior firepower and a punishing blockade, restricting imports and the movement of civilians in a strategy of collective punishment. The blockade and recurring Israeli strikes have contributed to Gaza’s poor infrastructure and living conditions.”  (WashPost, October 11th, Attachment Five)

Who are Hamas leaders?

“Within Gaza, Hamas is currently led by the elusive Yahya Sinwar... Ismail Haniyeh, considered Hamas’s top political leader, and reported to live in Qatar, and Mohammed Deif, the head of Hamas’s military wing, have taken control of most public messaging from the group over recent years,” according to the WashPot/

The group’s spiritual leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, holds an uncompromising view... dedicated to extinguishing the existence of the state of Israel.   Armed violence is part of that struggle, modelling on the fedayeen, Palestinian armed groups that emerged in the 1950s after the establishment of the state of Israel and now known as the Izz ad-Din al Qassam brigades [al-Qassam brigades] who, from their very beginning, have embraced the use of terror tactics against Israel, carrying out their first suicide bombing in 1993 in conjunction with Islamic Jihad according to Peter Beaumont of GUK (October 12, Attachment Six), who adds, however, that the movement attracts substantial popular support, incorporating “...teachers, surgeons, urban planners and police in its civil administration of Gaza.

“The reality is Hamas is many things. While it runs Gaza’s health service, it is also a sinister organisation committed to the mass murder of Israelis. It administers the education service while its police have broken the bones of children caught wearing scarfs signalling family affiliation with the rival Fatah movement.  It runs the courts while, during the 2014 Gaza war, its forces abducted, tortured and murdered Palestinians accused of “collaborating” with Israel and others.

“It is unavoidably part of the fabric of the life in Gaza.”

While Hamas, which had built its appeal on “lacking the corruption of its rival Fatah,” it proved to be brutal and often greedy. Senior figures were implicated in damaging pyramid schemes (sic) linked to the once-flourishing smuggling tunnels to Egypt.

Big villas appeared in its southern strongholds. Analysts would speak of a “black budget” which funnelled money to the military wing and powerful individuals.  Prior to the attacks a Hamas delegation visited Moscow and Saudi Arabia (for the first time in seven years) as it sought a wider international hearing until Daif and Sinwar renewed their policy of “all-out war.”


The West Bank, from 1950 until it was occupied by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967, was governed as part of Jordan, though it was divided from the Jordanian population of the East Bank by the Jordan River. (Brittanica, above)  “The relationship between the East and West banks was uneasy, both because of Palestinian suspicions of the (Jordanian) Hashemite dynasty and because of the aspirations of Palestinians in the West Bank for a separate state.

“During the 1967 war, Israel occupied the West Bank and established a military administration throughout the area, except in East Jerusalem, which Israel incorporated into itself, extending Israeli citizenship, law, and civil administration to the area. 

“This period of relative calm began to wane during the late 1970s and early ’80s as Israel began a more aggressive course of establishing settlements (Brittanica) and by the early ’80s “the settlements numbered in the scores. Land, businesses, and buildings were expropriated from the Palestinian inhabitants,” and during the administration of Menachem Begin (1979–83), the number of Israeli settlements more than tripled, and the number of Israeli settlers increased more than fivefold.

The chief political representative of the West Bank Palestinians, the PLO, refused to negotiate with Israel and, until 1988, was unwilling to recognize Israel’s right to exist; Israel refused to negotiate with or recognize the PLO for years after that date... until 1993 when Israel and the PLO reached agreement in September on a plan to “gradually extend self-government to the Palestinians of the West Bank (and Gaza Strip) over a five-year period prior to a final settlement of the issue of Palestinian statehood.” (Brittanica)


After the attacks by Hamas that started Oct. 7, Time reporter Olivia Waxman reported that Meron Medzini, press secretary to the Prime Minister Golda Meir during the war that Israel fought against Egypt and Syria in 1973.  Now 91, he feels a sense of deja vu in Jerusale – remembering war cabinet meetings in Tel Aviv, which he says Meir conducted with two packs of Chesterfield cigarettes and innumerable cups of coffee. Medzini traveled with foreign correspondents to the frontlines, and to this day, he says he can still see the dead bodies and burning tanks vividly.  (October 11th, Attachment Nine)

“(With) more than 1,200 Israeli casualties in about four days—a number that could surpass the 2,600 casualties” in the 19-day Yom Kippur war, Medzini says: “We were more angry at the fact that we were caught unprepared. This time we feel that there's a totally different enemy.”

An enemy whose numan origins both Israelis and Americans now question.

Abraham Rabinovich, author of “The Yom Kippur War: The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East” disagrees with Medzina inasmuch as that “(o)ne similarity between the 1973 war and the 2023 war is the idea that Israel was caught off guard. The 2023 war started on a Saturday, when many Israelis stay home to observe the Sabbath, while the 1973 war started on Yom Kippur, a holy day when many Israeli businesses are closed so they can go to synagogue.”

More to the point, the vaunted Mossad intelligence agents, like their counterparts in America’s initialed offices, were also caught off guard.  (See below)

Israel would end up winning the roughly three-week war, empowered by weapons and military aid from the United States. Israeli forces marched across the Suez canal into Egypt and pushed back the Syrians from Golan Heights, launching an offensive in Syria. For now, however, any possibility of aid for Israel is stuck as the U.S. House of Representatives remains without a Speaker.

In 1973, Egypt’s goal in crossing the Suez Canal was to force Israel to the negotiation table to make a peace deal and get back control of the Sinai peninsula. According to Avi Shilon, a historian who teaches at Tel-Hai College in Israel, “The Egyptian and the Syrians didn't plan to conquer Israel. They planned to hit Israel and to force Israel to go into negotiations.”

Now, however, the objective is similar (even if fanciful)... extermination of the state and the Jews.  Perhaps Hamas is hoping that a wider war can draw Iran’s nuclear weaponry into the combat, or that a massive overreaction will convinve the world, including the United States, to switch sides.

Or maybe they are simply delusional.

Three days earlier, three other Time correspondents suggested that a less drastic motive on the part of Hamas might have been to derail the growing possibility of a treaty between Israel and the anti-Tehran Sunni Arab gulf states, principally the Saudis... whose enmity has moderated as the West Bank, nominally under the suzereignity of the anti-Fatah Mahmoud Abbas and the P.L.O. (despite the more numerous and more aggressive settlers)... remained largely quiet.

History again echoes, as the predicate for Hamas’ attack had less to do with anything that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have done—now is not the moment to blame the victim. Rather, the trigger to the attack was likely that the prospect of a wider Mideast peace was almost at hand through an impending deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Hamas’ sabotage parallels the disruption of the prospective Israeli-Palestinian peace plan in 2000 on the heels of a Camp David Summit when the devastation of the Second Intifada ruined any dreams of normalization and resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians.

“This time, by all accounts, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United States were inching closer towards a transformative three-way deal, which would have seen Israel and Saudi formally recognize each other within a security, defense, and economic partnership with the U.S. Just a week ago, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said that “every day we get closer” to a deal, while Netanyahu similarly stated that he was confident of forging “a historic peace” between his country and Saudi Arabia, with Israeli cabinet ministers already landing in Riyadh to “nurture blossoming ties.  (October 8th, Attachment Ten)

Attachment Ten further includes the Ten Questions that Time and others (notably Bloomberg) ask and, to their subjective mind, answer.  As Israel expanded its settlement activity in the territory after 2000 until, by 2020, many in Israel were calling for the annexation of parts of the West Bank, Time and Bloomberg concluded: “This is a bloody, murderous way of saying, “Don’t forget us, we are Hamas. We’re still here, and we’re still angry.”


Today, the proposed ground invasion of Gaza... which has escalated in potentiality from “coming” to “impending” on televised news coverage (but, say the talking heads, has been delayed only because of bad weather)... may injure or even destroy Hamas (with its reported tens of thousands of fighters and network of tunnels deep underground) but the expected thousands of civilian casualities will only deepen, darken and prolong Palestinian anger.  Even if every single Hamas fighter is terminated, stories will be told and in another generation, new terrorists will rise up, resist and seek revenge.  It might occur under a different name, but the tactics will be the same.

The prospect of a new civilian holocaust has terrified many international humanitarian agencies still willing to defend the humanity of Gaza’s civilian by discriminating between the population and Hamas.

One of these, MSF (Doctors Without Borders, in English) called the Israeli order to evacuate northern Gaza ‘outrageous’, advocating for “safe spaces and safe passage” for civilians trapped in Gaza (including Frenchmen, women and children, Americans, other Europeans and holders of valid exit papers from all over the globe – many stalled at the Rafah Egyptian border checkpoint as a different breed of hostages and human shields as Cairo lobbies Tel Aviv to restore food, fuel and water to the civilians of Gaza.

Ordering such large numbers of people to move in such a short period of time is impossible and will only worsen this humanitarian crisis. As for the many civilians who will not be able to leave the northern Gaza Strip, MSF is extremely concerned about their fate once the Israeli deadline expires,” the group declared in its statement (October 13th, Attachment Eleven) which forced exodus was continuing as of this morning. 

“This represents an attack on medical care and on humanity. We are talking about more than a million human beings,” they declared. 

“'Unprecedented' doesn’t even cover the medical humanitarian impact of this. Gaza is being flattened, thousands of people are dying. This must stop now. We condemn Israel’s demand in the strongest possible terms.”

Adding a postscript from MSF-USA executive director Avril Benoît, DWB/MSF called “for all parties to the conflict to ensure the safety of civilians and medical facilities,” and reporting that hospitals in Gaza “are becoming overwhelmed and experiencing shortages of drugs, medical supplies, and fuel for generators.”

As noted in our Sunday timeline (below) “...there are so many dead that the morgues there are using ice cream wagons to hold the corpses.” - DJI


The liberal (one might say pro-Palestinian) Guardian U.K. stated that, while condemning the unjustified acts of aggression from the Palestinian armed groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, “it is crucial to recognise the undeniable trauma inflicted on Palestinians over the years,” as argued West Bank journalist Fatima AbdulKarim  (October 10th, Attachment Twelve) who added: “We are living through yet another phase in the cycle of adversity that defines life in this occupied territory.

“Some,” she accused, have described the attack as “unprovoked”, but “history would suggest otherwise.

“In the West Bank, the territory where I live,” wrote AbdulKarim, “we struggle to live normal lives. Recent years have been marked by soaring deaths, demolitions and displacements, witnessed and documented by international NGOs, the UN and diplomatic representatives. Yet no action has followed.

“A heavy military presence is converging on the area and we expect an escalation in the number and range of violent settler attacks. Expect, too, more lone wolf attacks by Palestinians against military posts or settlers, an inevitability given the gravity of the casualties.”


Cleaning Hamas out of Gaza will not be easy... with or without consideration for civilians.  Urban assaults, like what will be required to control the densely populated areas of the Gaza Strip, are among the most difficult and deadly operations a military can attempt,” wrote Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder of the U.S. News and World Report (October 12, 2023, at 6:48 p.m., Attachment Thirteen)

Writing upon the civilian issues, she noted that, as of four days ago: “More than 180,000 Palestinians in Gaza are packed into United Nations shelters. But even such shelters, which should be safe zones, can be at risk during wartime.”

The number is much greater now.

“Gaza is among the most densely populated places on earth, and urban assaults are among the most difficult and deadly of all operations a military can attempt,” she cited experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who wrote in an analysis and quoted Bill Roggio, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who predicted: “They're going to look to try to limit the civilian casualties as best as possible, but it's going to be really difficult for the Israelis to do.”

“In order to fully achieve the objective of destroying Hamas military capability in Gaza, ground forces will require weeks, if not months,” forecast John Spencer, chair of urban warfare studies in the Modern War Institute’s analysis. “This is the unavoidable nature of clearing urban terrain.”

Another strategy the Israeli military is likely anticipating is the use of human shields, which Hamas has been known to do. Hamas is believed to be holding about 150 hostages.

Roggio says it doesn’t seem likely that Israel will halt everything and negotiate releases that would probably involve prisoner exchanges.

“I don't see that being acceptable to the Israeli people,” he says. “They can't be constrained with what they're going to do militarily by them holding hostages. The rules in this game have changed.”

And that will leave the rescue of American hostages up to whomsoever waits on the USS Gerald Ford, offshore, and, very soon, the USS Eisenhower... U.S. boots on the ground being likely to invite involvement from Hezbollah, and maybe Iran.  And if the hostages are slaughtered... before or after any American invasion... what reprisals will be in the offing?

And will Hamas regroup or, if completely eradicated, be replaced... and, if so, by whom?


For the Israelis intereviewed by Fetta Prince-Gibson, a current and former editor of several Israeli publications writing for Time (Attachment Fourteen) most are “living with the realization that every possible horrible thing that we thought could never happen has happened,” but... contrary to her fears... more horrible things await just around the corner.

Already, she reports, Israelis  are talking about a mechdal, best translated as the failure, or the screw-up. But the English translation doesn't convey the deep horror, sadness, fear, insecurity and, maybe above all, dread that has gripped Israeli society.

And the anger. 

“Our own institutions have failed us,” many now believe. “It took the army eight to ten hours to get to the people who were calling their families and even public radio stations from their supposed safe rooms, begging for help and rescue. Our government has abandoned us, too. The Prime Minister has not yet visited any of the victims, and few of his 33-seat government have, either. The Prime Minister has gone on television several times to promise revenge and a putative victory, but has not offered words of comfort or hope. The logistical relief that democratic caring governments are supposed to provide is being provided by civil society.

“Israelis are divided about how to respond to the government's obtuse lack of compassion and inadequacy. Some, including many who oppose the government and have been part of the protest movement, are calling for unity, saying now is not the time to deal with political divisiveness. Many are calling for a unity government (as I wrote these words, one was announced). Others are demanding that Netanyahu and his government resign immediately, fearful that this government, composed of messianic extremists, nationalist fundamentalists, and an indicted prime minister who needs the government to stay out of jail, is incapable of dealing with the geopolitical challenges and moral dilemmas that we will face in the coming weeks.”

Sounds like another country, doesn’t it... a country with a dysfunctional legislature full of zealots and psychopaths, a few compassionate but overwhelmed politicians and... waiting in the wings, another elected, defeated and four times (so far) indicted aspirant (far, far ahead for his party’s nomination and dead-even in the next Presidential election) who also needs restoration “to stay out of jail.”

As Michael Jackson used to advise, before his demise, look to “the man in the mirror.”


So the United States, and rest of what passes for the civilized world... Russia, China, NoKo, a few sycophants from Belarus to Cuba, a few more authoritarian regimes in Africa, Asia and Latin America excepted... are reduced to pleading with Israel to hold off on the ground invasion inasmuch as the UN already considers Gaza a “hell hole” or, at least, not to use white phosphorus munitions reminiscent of Holocaust zyklon gas on civilian targets and with Egypt to allow “safe corridors for fleeing refugees.”  (Reuters, Attachment Fifteen... noting Israeli Defence Ministar Yoav Gallant’s less-than-gallant statement that: "This is a war for the existence of Israel as a prosperous state, as a democratic state, as homeland of the Jewish people."

Politically incorrect to mention it, but there are plenty of Americans on the streets and in Congress that would be as reluctant to shovel more money into Jews as they already are to Ukrainians.

A few more Reuters (as opposed to Reese’s) Pieces include...

Not only are overcrowded hospitals resorting to ice cream truck morgues, mourning families are reporting that Israeli air strikes make cemeteries so dangerous that the dead are being buried in informal graveyards dug in empty lots...

In Baghdad tens of thousands of Iraqis rallied in central Tahrir Square, waving Palestinian flags and burning the Israeli flag while chanting anti-U.S. and anti-Israeli slogans... Jewish communities, in response are holding international solidarity rallies in France, Poland and, in the United State, police are trying to separate increasingly violent protest factions while, as our Index reported (below) a man in the Chicago suburbs stabbed a six year old Muslim 23 times to express his support for Israel.

The Israel-Hamas war upends Biden's two-pronged Mideast strategy: brokering Israeli-Saudi detente and containing Iran's nuclear ambitions.

The G20 chair, India, said the Middle East conflict raises fuel price concerns.

And, showing the money...

United Arab Emirates stock markets tumbled on Friday, tracking global equities as a widening conflict between Hamas militants and Israel made investors nervous.


The WashPost (October 13, Attachment Sixteen) reported that Reuters journalist Issam Abdallah was killed in southern Lebanon on Friday while covering clashes there. “Six other journalists were injured, including two from the Al Jazeera news channel, after the journalists were struck by what Al Jazeera said was Israeli shelling.”

Reuters journalist killed in southern Lebanon, agency says

Israel, the Post reported, also said it had notified the families of 120 hostages taken captive by Hamas during its cross-border assault. Washington is working closely with Israel to secure the release of hostages, including Americans, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said from Tel Aviv.

Austin said the United States “stands fully ready to deploy additional assets” after sending weapons to Israel and the USS Gerald R. Ford carrier strike group to the region. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Amman, where he met with Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, and King Abdullah II of Jordan.

Time reported that Jordanian riot police on Friday had forcibly dispersed hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters trying to reach a border zone with the Israeli-occupied West Bank as thousands held anti-Israel demonstrations across the country, witnesses said.

“Jordan is worried that a regional widening of violence arising from the war between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in Gaza could have repercussions for itself given that a large percentage of its population are Palestinians.”

The existant peace treaty remains widely unpopular among Jordanians who see normalisation with Israel as a sellout of the rights of their Palestinian brethren seeking to establish a state in Israeli-occupied territories – which dissension escalated after the Israeli evacuation order, which includes Gaza City, home to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, sparked widespread panic among civilians and aid workers already running from Israeli airstrikes and contending with a total siege and a territory-wide blackout.  (Time, October 13th, Attachment Seventeen)

“Forget about food, forget about electricity, forget about fuel. The only concern now is just if you’ll make it, if you’re going to live,” said Nebal Farsakh, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Red Crescent in Gaza City, as she broke into heaving sobs.

Hamas, meanwhile, called on Palestinians to stay in their homes, saying Israel “is trying to create confusion among citizens and harm the cohesion of our internal front.” It called on Palestinians to ignore what it said was ”psychological warfare.”

Gaza’s Health Ministry said it was not possible to evacuate the many wounded from hospitals, and that hospital staff would not heed the warning.

In the West Bank, the Islamic endowment that manages a flashpoint holy site in the city, the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, said “Israeli authorities were barring all Palestinian men under the age of 50 from entering.”

Pressed by reporters on whether the army would protect hospitals, U.N. shelters and other civilian locations, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, the Israeli military spokesperson, warned that “it’s a war zone.”

He added: “If Hamas prevents residents from evacuating, the responsibility lies with them.”


The Hamas “Day of Rage” may not have accomplished much in Gaza, but occasioned “massive security” in American cities.

U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department said that, although there were no specific threats to the District of Columbia or Congress, they were increasing their visibility Friday out of an abundance of caution.

"We are enhancing security throughout the Capitol Complex. Some of what we are doing will be visible, but for safety reasons we cannot provide the public details about all of the resources that we are putting into protecting the Congress," the U.S. Capitol Police told Fox News Digital in a statement. (Friday, October 13th, Attachment Eighteen)  "Our dedicated teams are working around the clock to coordinate with our law enforcement and intelligence partners across the country to keep everyone safe."

Fencing was put up around the U.S. Capitol Building and... to bring back a plague-era warning... DC police romised that "out of an abundance of caution”, swarming cops woult surround “places of worship (so as) to help ensure the safety of our community."

"We are working closely with our law enforcement partners across the country to share information and identify and disrupt any threats that may emerge," a FBI spokesperson told Fox.

I feel a little safer today knowing I live in america and can keep my pistol on my hip when walking through downtown,” posted a Fox peanut to its gallery.  “I think this whole thing is a tragedy and hate to see people hurt or lose their life. With that being said, I will gladly protect myself, my family, and any innocent person if I see them attacked by a knife welding sympathizer. Send them to Allah in a quick second and I wont feel bad about it.”