I am Moshe, a 19 year old soldier in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) and I was given an army furlough for my Sabbath. I would rather not give you my last name as I serve in a special unit in the IDF that is sometimes called on to find terrorists. My best friend's younger sister was killed in the Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem by what you guys called a Palestinian 'militant.'
I just got home for Sabbath and I am checking my email and surfing the news on the internet. On Wednesday night, Nov. 14, my unit received orders to enter Khan Yhunis, in the Gaza Strip area. Khan Yhunis sounds like Cannes but does not show new movies in a festival. For weeks and months, the PLO have been sending mortars, RPG, and other incendiary devices into Jewish areas in the Gush Katif and Gaza areas from Khan Yhunis.
The PLO, according to my studies of Oslo, are not supposed to have these types of weapons. When I was in junior high school, my late Prime Minister Rabin gave guns to the PLO to police their newly received territories. Mortars, RPG, anti tank missiles, and firebombs were not part of the gift package from Israel to the PLO in Oslo.
I noticed on the internet today that you are all reporting in yesterday's news that "Israeli soldiers entered Palestinian cities and killed Palestinians, knocked down buildings, and destroyed some schools." In addition, I am reading in the YAHOO and REUTERS news that these soldiers destroyed vineyards and other areas of 'commerce' in Gaza.
When I grew up in Tel Aviv, my parents who immigrated from London, always taught me not to lie or make up stories. Once I played hookey from school and I told my father that I was at a friend's house. In reality, I was at a movie theater with a girlfriend watching all the movies in each theater. Boy, did I get into trouble, not for playing hookey, but for lying.
Let me share with you what really happened on Wednesday night, Nov. 14 when we entered Khan Yhunis. It is so far from the lies of your media and the reporters who make up the stories as they receive the weekly envelopes from the PLO terrorists' media liaisons.
At 1AM, the lead tanks began to enter the perimeter of Khan Yhunis. The IAF gave us air cover with their helicopters, while we infantry in our special forces(you know special forces like in Kabul), started to split up in groups of 4 IDF soldiers per section.
The PLO who had been firing mortars on the Jewish civilians who live nearby were still reloading their mortars when we surprised them. We shouted in Arabic to stop and of course they did not stop the mortar loading process. We fired and killed the two loaders and injured the other three PLO terrorists.
We continued to approach this large building in an open area. Our intelligence had told us a few hours earlier that this building contained a storage of mortars, RPG, and anti tank missiles. My commander, Duvduv, ordered us to surround the building while the helicopters above began firing their missiles to keep away the PLO defenders.
I was the first to open the door of this building in Khan Yhunis. At 2 AM we stormed the building and arrested about 14 PLO terrorists who did not even fire one shot in their surrender.
We radioed in for our empty IDF trucks to enter Khan Yhunis and remove the contents of the building. We counted 133 mortars, 60RPG, and 43 antitank missiles. In addition, we confiscated boxes and boxes of nails, the type that are used in the suicidal bombers' packages.(Like the nails that exploded in Sbarro and blew up my friend's sister in August 2001.)
We continued sweeping and searching Khan Yhunis when at 3 15AM, we encountered gunfire from the local school building's upper floor. We knew that the school children were not in school at 3 15AM, so it had to be more bad guys.
My unit began firing back and killed another 2 'school teachers'(YAHOO language). I think that YAHOO and REUTERS lied and that the two who were killed at 3 15 AM were terrorists without teacher certification!
The incursion (as BBC labels it), was complete by 8AM. We had knocked down a storage facility with arms, we had captured some terrorists, we had killed some, and we have all this newly acquired ammunition which Mr. Rabin did not give to the PLO in 1994. We had worked a full 8 hour day.
You guys send your reporters to film and make up stories like fairy tales. The vineyards that we destroyed were venues for the PLO sharpshooters which George Tenet's CIA trained to shoot at sniper schools in Virginia.
The vineyards don't exist anymore in Khan Yhunis because of our terrible action that night.
The more I try to explain to you what really happened that night, the more you will appear to be pathological liars and media distortionists par excellence, so what the heck... I tried.
I have to get some rest and do laundry before the Sabbath. I have to be back at my base near Gaza on Sunday morning at 8AM when I am sure that we in the IDF will have to find more mortar firing sources, destroy more vineyards, schools, and discover more non Rabin supplied ammo.
Keep up the biased and anti Israel media. I know that is your parnasa (livelihood). It may be your parnasa, but Israel is my life and Israel and I will be here long after cable disappears.