Post 239: Adam Zartal, a professor of archeology, passed away. He spent more than 30 years on an archeological survey of the area of Menashe – the Shomron and the Jordan Valley – Netanyahu’s Words on Hitler Mark an Important Point For Our World of Today By SETH LIPSKY, New York Post


Hashem works in mysterious ways. A young lady French lady named Josefs and I have become friends. We met in Independence Park. I was impressed with her stunning outfit. As a sewer/designer, I appreciate well made garments. She spent a Shabat evening with us and every consecutive Shabat after that she texts me a greeting Shabat Shalom.

Maybe we’ll visit that Paris bargain sample store.

Here’ a sample:

Me: Larry is in Surgery at Hadassah

Josefs: OK. Thanks, I’ll transmit it to my friend who is going to Uman. May he have a complete refoua shlema!

Me: My daughter,Yehudis Golshevsky is leading a group to Uman. Perhaps your friend is going with her.

Josefs: Oh my gosh, yes…How Beshert, I didn’t even realize.

You can just imagine how thrilled we were to read the above.


From Tablet Magazine:(abridged)

In the 1980s, Adam Zertal, a professor at the University of Haifa, believed the books of the Hebrew Bible could and should inform the work of contemporary archaeologists.

He identified an altar built by the Biblical prophet Joshua on Mount Ebal—near to where Palestinian rioters torched a holy site marking Josephs tomb last Thursday. His claim remains hotly contested.

Zertal was born on Kibbutz Ein Shemer in 1936. His father, Moshe, was a journalist from Warsaw and a leader in the Socialist-Zionist youth movement Hashomer Hatzair. As the kibbutz’s economy was reliant on agriculture, Zertal spent five years studying economics and agriculture before assuming the role of economic director at Ein Shemer. His influence, however, extended far beyond the fields of his kibbutz; in 1972, he led an Israeli delegation to Central Africa Republic and Rwanda on an agricultural aid project.

In 1973, Zertal was badly wounded while serving as an engineering officer in the Yom Kippur War. He spent a year in recovery, and his injury would force him to spend the rest of his life on crutches. But Zertal did not dwell on his physical misfortune. Upon his release from the hospital he began studying archaeology at Tel Aviv University, a bastion of secular culture where the unchallenged consensus was that the Biblical narrative was ahistorical mythology.

This was a critical juncture in time for archaeologists because Israel had recently gained control over archaeologically rich territory in the West Bank in the aftermath of the Six-Day War. As a result, Zertal participated in surveys conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority that identified hundreds of sites from the Biblical period that had never before been studied. He is credited with discovering the Biblical Harosheth Hagoyyim site, mentioned in Judges chapter 4, while leading a dig at the el-Ahwat excavation site between 1993 and 2000.


Zartal was an Israeli officer who was severely wounded in the Yom Kippur. As he told the story, while in a morphine induced stupor in the hospital, he heard the administering physician remark that if Adam dreamt of being an archeologist, he would be an archeologist who wrote reports because he would never be able to walk.

Adam spent the rest of his life walking on two walking sticks, and walk he did. As a professor of archeology he spent more than 30 years doing an archeological survey of the area of Menashe – the Shomron and the Jordan Valley. Every Friday morning he awoke at 5 PM and, together with his colleagues, students and friends, walked the length and breadth of our Biblical homeland.

In these three decades he found more than 1500 ancient communities, 450 of them were populated from the time of Yehoshua until King David. 90% of these communities had never been known and Adam’s work substantiated the Biblical account of our forefather’s entrance into the Land.

Adam’s major finds include the altar built by Yehoshua in Mount Eval along with a series of “Regalim” (in the shape of a footprint) which seem to have been centers for worship of God in the early years after we arrived in Eretz Yisrael.

Adam fulfilled God’s commandment to Yehoshua – “כל מקום אשר תדרוך כף רגלכם בו, לכם יהיה”. He literally walked and discovered the entire center of Eretz Yisrael. This also is a requirement of every man and women IDF recruit.

Adam was a humble and accessible person, devoting time and sharing his knowledge with all.

Adam Zartal passed away suddenly, on Sunday afternoon.

יהי זכרו ברוך


Netanyahu’s Words on Hitler Mark an Important Point For Our World of Today

By SETH LIPSKY, New York Post


According to my own opinion, the Grand Mufti [Hajj Amin al Husseini], who has been in Berlin since 1941, played a role in the decision of the German Government to exterminate the European Jews, the importance of which must not be disregarded. He had repeatedly suggested to the various authorities with whom he has been in contact, above all before Hitler, Ribbentrop and Himmler, the extermination of European Jewry. He considered this as a comfortable solution of the Palestine problem. In his messages broadcast from Berlin, he surpassed us in anti-Jewish attacks. He was one of Eichmann’s best friends and has constantly incited him to accelerate the extermination measures. I heard say that, accompanied by Eichmann, he has visited incognito the gas chamber at Auschwitz.


Nuremberg testimony of
SS Hauptsturmfueh
Dieter Wisliceny
(Adolf Eichmann’s right-hand man)

Prime Minister Netanyahu did something important last week — he reminded the world that the Arab war against Israel is a continuation of the Nazis’ war against the Jews.

What an uproar greeted Mr. Netanyahu’s remarks. He made them Wednesday, when he suggested that it was the World War II-era mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, who planted in Hitler’s mind the idea of exterminating the Jews.

The prime minister was referring to an infamous meeting between the Mufti and Adolf Hitler in November 1941, two months before the Nazi ghouls gathered at a lakeside villa at Wannsee to plan the Final Solution.

“Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time,” Mr. Netanyahu told a Zionist conference last week. “He wanted to expel the Jew.” He said the mufti warned Hitler that if he merely expelled the Jews, they’d all go to Palestine.

“What should I do with them?” Hitler asked, according to Mr. Netanyahu’s account.

“Burn them,” the mufti supposedly responded.

The liberal pettifoggers are going crazy over this, claiming, with a straight face, that Mr. Netanyahu was giving a pass to the Führer. A “defense of Hitler,” is how it was described in a headline in the Forward. The White House suggested that Netanyahu was being “inflammatory.”

Even the distinguished Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt called Mr. Netanyahu a “revisionist.” This strikes me as unworthy of her and, in any event, inaccurate, even if the Israeli leader misquoted the precise language used by Hitler and the mufti.

None of the aide-memoires quote the mufti as suggesting Hitler “burn” the Jews. But the records show Hitler vowing to destroy them and the mufti gushing appreciation. I can’t imagine Mr. Netanyahu meant to put the gloss on Hitler any more than Ms. Lipstadt means to pretty up the mufti.

The mufti, according to the notes of Hitler’s translator, opened the meeting by thanking Hitler for his sympathy to the “Arab and especially the Palestinian cause.” They were natural friends, he said, because they had the same enemies.

The Palestinian Arabs, therefore, were “prepared to cooperate with Germany with all their hearts and stood ready to participate in the war.” The Arabs, the mufti predicted, “could be more useful as allies than might be apparent at first glance.”

“The objectives of my fight are clear,” the mufti’s diary quotes Hitler as saying. “Primarily, I am fighting the Jews without respite, and this fight includes the fight against the so-called Jewish National Home in Palestine.”

Hitler’s translator recorded in his notes that the Führer enjoined the mufti to “lock” in the “upper depths of his heart” that the Führer would battle to “the total destruction of the Judeo-Communist empire in Europe.”

The Nazi tyrant would then, the notes say, go on to signal to the Arab world “that its hour of liberation had arrived.” Germany’s sole objective would then be the “destruction of the Jewish element resigning in the Arab sphere.”

Mr. Netanyahu may be wrong that it was the mufti’s idea to exterminate the Jews (killings had already begun); but he’s not incorrect in noting that it’s an idea the Mufti endorsed.

The key point is that the Nazis and the Palestinian Arab leader were on the same side. Peoples had to make a choice in World War II. The Jews went with the Free World. The Palestinian Arabs went with Hitler.

Surely that is the prime minister’s intended point. No doubt he seeks awareness of the fact that Israel is still being attacked by the heirs to a devil’s pact between the mufti and the Führer.

Why has this so upset the left? What does it care whether the mufti gets a portion of blame for Hitler’s crimes?

An answer can be found in a New York Times editorial on Friday. It called Mr. Netanyahu’s comments outrageous, “because…[it] gives the impression” that the Palestinian Arabs’ “resistance is based solely on a longstanding hatred of the Jews, and not on their occupation by Israel or any other grievance.”

As if that weren’t true. The mufti and other Arab leaders hated the Jews before Israel. If Israel went away tomorrow, Muslim fundamentalists would still hate Jews.

The left must shout down and discredit Netanyahu, because he’s highlighting the uncomfortable truth that, with respect to the Jews, the Arab ideology is the same as the Nazi one. And how can anyone defend that?

This column first appeared in the New York Post.


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