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Posted: 4/25/2002 7:08:58 AM EST
MIRACLE ON THE FRONT By Moshe Schapiro For the most part, the recent Israeli military offensive against Palestinian terrorists has been a walkover. The two big exceptions were the ferocious battles over Jenin and Shechem. Israel's army finally gained the upper hand and captured both towns. And, according to eyewitnesses among the Israeli troops, it happened through a miracle. For a while there it looked like the Palestinians in Jenin were going to pull a Stalingrad. The terrorists - a term describing virtually all of the refugee camp's 16,000 residents, including men, women and children - wired explosives to every hovel in their densely populated shanty town. Snipers hid in cracks and crevices and waited for the Israeli troops to crawl forward along the camp's narrow, winding alleyways and come into range. Suicide bombers would burst out of doorways or even drop down from rooftops and try to detonate the explosive charges strapped to their body near the soldiers. Women served as human shields for Palestinian gunmen, and children wielding semi-automatic weapons joined the fray. The Israeli soldiers who took part in this battle described it as a living nightmare.
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 7:09:28 AM EST
he lowest point of the battle took place in the predawn hours of Tuesday morning, when a company of Israeli soldiers walked into a courtyard laden with concealed explosive charges. Following the massive explosion, Palestinian snipers who had been lying in concealment in adjacent rooftops rained down a hail of bullets on the helpless soldiers below. The country went into mourning when it was announced that 13 soldiers had been killed and dozens more wounded on that terrible morning in Jenin. And there did not seem to be an end to the battle in sight. The Palestinians had a distinct advantage, and they knew it. All they had to do was wait for the Israeli soldiers to approach-and then push the button again. And then something inexplicable happened. On the following morning, a news bulletin suddenly announced that the Palestinian terrorists holed up in Jenin had given themselves up. Just like that. One minute they are sitting snugly in their lairs, waiting anxiously for their next kill, and the next, there they are, waving white flags, laying down their weapons and lying face down on the floor with their arms spread wide to either side. What had happened?
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 7:11:11 AM EST
ccording to a teacher in Yerushalayim's Bais Yaakov Seminary (Chadash), it was the thunder that did it. She heard the following story from her sister, who heard it from her brother-in-law, who is serving in Jenin: We were devastated by the deaths of our thirteen buddies. Although there was a sharp thirst for vengeance among the troops, our morale was low. Frankly, we were filled with trepidation at the thought of entering those infernal alleyways again and risk getting blown to pieces by an explosive charge buried in the ground or concealed behind a wall. Aware of our state of mind, our commanders tried to intimidate the terrorists to give themselves up by announcing over a bullhorn in Arabic that unless they came out with their hands up, we would call in an airstrike and a squadron of F-16s would swoop down from the sky and reduce the camp-and everyone in it-to rubble. The ruse seemed kind of ridiculous to us at the time. The terrorists knew as well as we did that we would not call in the air force and risk killing 'innocent' civilians. It was, frankly, kind of embarrasing to even have to go through this whole show. Everyone knew it had no hope of working. A few minutes later, we were making some final preparations before we mounted another attack against the camp when suddenly an ear-shattering explosion went off seemingly right over our heads. All of us instinctively hit the dirt and braced ourselves for the shock waves that always follow the detonation of an explosive charge. But there were none. I looked up just in time to see another flash in the sky before the next boom cracked through the valley. It was just thunder. I heard someone near me laugh out loud. We picked ourselves up and shamefacedly looked down at our mud-covered clothes. Talk about nerves on edge. The next thing I knew, I heard people screaming in Arabic inside the camp. We looked on with amazement as dozens of bedraggled fighters crawled out of their hiding places with their arms raised high in the air. At first we thought it was another one of their dirty tricks-pretend they're giving themselves up, and then blow themselves up on us when they got within range. But no, it was for real. Our Bedouin tracker yelled at them to lift up their shirts to see if they had anything strapped to their bodies. They didn 't. Then he told them to lie face down in the mud and not to move a finger. And they did. Something didn't make sense. We were still suspecting a trick.
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 7:11:41 AM EST
[Last Edit: 4/26/2002 10:35:00 AM EST by satcong]
[b]As I blindfolded and handcuffed one of the terrorists, I asked him in Hebrew, 'Why did you give up?' 'It was those F-16s dropping their bombs,' he answered. 'You can't fight against a plane.' It was a real miracle. I never thought I would see something like that in this day and age.[/b]
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 7:25:41 AM EST
Thanks for that, [b]satcong[/b], it was a very wonderful article. [b]See, I told you guys, and I told you guys, these folks have friends in high places![/b] Very high places![:D] Eric The(TheHighestPlaces,InFact!)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 7:28:03 AM EST
HA HA! [img]http://www.angelfire.com/yt/scully2/images/nel8.jpg[/img] Shok
Link Posted: 4/25/2002 7:58:41 AM EST
satcong- good read thanks.
Link Posted: 4/26/2002 4:48:41 AM EST
Back to the 'front' for this article! Sorry - I can't help myself! Eric The(JohnnyOneNote)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 4/26/2002 10:28:01 AM EST
Originally Posted By EricTheHun: Back to the 'front' for this article! Sorry - I can't help myself! Eric The(JohnnyOneNote)Hun
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Rah, rah, sis boom bah! [:P] You're funny!
Link Posted: 4/26/2002 10:31:45 AM EST
Thanks, [b]DaMan[/b], we all think you are hilarious, as well! I [u]try[/u] to be funny. Do you try to be hilarious? Or does it just come naturally? [:P] Eric The(Yuck,Yuck)Hun[>]:)]
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