An EPIC BDS Fail: Roro on The Josh Hasten Show (Voice of Israel)

What happens when you bring 16 student leaders from South Africa where they have been fed a steady diet of BDS b.s?  AN EPIC BDS fail! I was absolutely delighted to join the Voice of Israel’s Josh Hasten on air:

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Iran is not a credible partner – Col. Olivier Rafowicz

This article originally appeared in French in Le Monde Juive

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Col. Rafowicz

Iran’s Ayatollahs were behind the bloody attack that hit the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994 that killed 84 and injured 230. Iran is also behind the attack in Burgas, the resort in Bulgaria that resulted in several deaths. In fact, Iran is behind dozens of bombings and killings throughout the world that have targeted and continue to target Jewish, Israeli and western interests. These same Iranian mullahs and ayatollahs who promote the Islamic revolution are engaged in an open war against Israel. Iran is among the most corrupt states in the world and has empowered a handful of clerics who have enriched themselves for years on the grounds that they hold the “Truth” and use a fundamentalist Shiite Islamist ideology.

Since the revolution in 1979, Iran has supported terrorism through its proxies like Hizbollah, amongst others. Iran also uses their special forces that are attached to the foreign service of the Iranian intelligence unit to increase their sphere of influence to perpetrate numerous attacks and are willing to become a major power in the Middle East and beyond. Imad Mugniyeh, the mega terrorist, who was killed in mysterious circumstances in Damascus, was one of the commanders of the Iranian external branch for military and terror attacks abroad. By the way, the Iranian foreign minister, Zarif, paid his respects at Mugniyeh’s grave two months ago. This same man, who is charged with signing an agreement with the west, has given full respect to a man who has French, American and Israeli blood on his hands.

Iran has a long arm, reaching as far as the Argentine State Prosecutor Alberto Nisman who formally accused the Iranian government of being behind the attack in Buenos Aires in 1994. He was the author of a report that indicted Hezbollah and was found dead in his apartment in January 2015 due to mysterious circumstances. He had issued an international arrest warrant against several senior Iranian officials, including former President Akbar Hashemi  Rafsanjani.

I acknowledge that today the West has to deal with the Islamo-fascist regime that continues to declare loud and clear that they want the total destruction of the Jewish state.

I accuse the major powers who do not want to acknowledge that Iran is a terrorist state that creates dangerous conditions for the State of Israel and the West – this agreement allows the major world powers to prefer economic and financial windfalls from activity in Iran and would rather use this state as their tool to fight ISIS, mostly in Iraq.

It is not just the responsibility of all the Jews in the world who love Israel but of all democrats, to acknowledge the absurd and dangerous policy of seeking an agreement at any price with a State that does not change their way of thinking and has installed a regime and form of government that continues to want to destroy the only democracy in the Middle East and the only Jewish state in the world.


I accuse the big powers who want to believe that further remote control of the Iranian nuclear programme is possible and that the worst can be avoided, of being naive. As long as Iran is a dictatorship  that continues to stone adulterous women, which condemns homosexuals  to death, sends suicide bombers to blow themselves up in Jewish community centers or on buses carrying Israeli tourists and have hundreds or even thousands of Shiite suicide bombers ready to blow themselves up in restaurants and public places, this country cannot be worth signing an agreement  with.  From a nuclear and military perspective, men who dream of destroying the Jewish state should not be allowed to be partners to sign a credible agreement.

I accuse them of naivety, or at least being naive when it comes to wanting an agreement at any price with a regime that wants to destroy the state of Israel at all costs. It is difficult at present to know what the consequences of the nuclear deal will be for Israel and the region but it is clear that Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and even Turkey and the State of Israel are starting to live in a much more dangerous era from today where the West will give carte blanche to the regime of mullahs who will undoubtedly continue their expansionary course and hegemony in the region. Today, Tehran controls Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, Sanaa and Gaza.

If tomorrow, the region becomes inflamed due to an agreement with the Devil, Israel will be directly affected and the appropriate solution that should be adopted will come certainly from Jerusalem or at least in conjunction with the Jewish capital. The foreign ministers of major powers will certainly leave Vienna with the smile of those men who think they have negotiated a good deal. The Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs will certainly be the only one that will have a real reason to smile.

In Israel, we do not smile. We know that only the State of Israel, its army,its government and the God of Israel is and will always be the guarantor of our security. God Bless Israel.

Olivier Rafowicz is a reserve Colonel in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and is the former foreign media spokesman. Rafowicz is a senior consultant in communication and military affairs and has provided analysis and commentary on Middle Eastern issues on radio television and in the print media. Rafowicz is a frequent commentator on i24 News French edition and serves as KKL-JNF Senior Advisor on Hasbarah in Europe. Rafowicz is the author of “Le Temps du Retour’ (available through Amazon).

A year later…..

It was a summer of sirens and shelters, living life in increments of time and making decisions based around access to safe rooms. It was a summer of incredible unity, deeds that spoke louder than words and it was a summer of love for our fellow citizen.

It has been a year since the start of Operation Protective Edge that Israel launched in response to the incessant rocket fire from Hamas during the summer of 2014. There have been national ceremonies commemorating those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and defense. I have felt deeply contemplative and pensive over all we have endured as a nation over the past year and I share my thoughts with you.

Many pundits and opinion makers have tried to explain Operation Protective Edge in numbers. This many rockets launched, that many sorties, however many seconds to seek shelter and the ubiquitous (and this is where the world media is guilty) civilian deaths in Gaza vs Israel. For me, Protective Edge cannot just be explained in numbers but in profound gratitude.

Our heroes in uniform – we salute you!

It is in this spirit that I just want to say thank you to our brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces:

  • Thank you for defending us on land, sea, air and that most hostile battlefield, the airwaves.
  • For split second decisions that may have saved the lives of civilians behind enemy lines but may have cost you your own.
  • For showing the world that you abide by a strict code of morals and ethics and the “Purity of Arms”. You have set a standard for combat that is so high, other modern armies now face a dilemma when in a combat situation.
  • The lone soldiers who come from all around the world, leaving behind their familiar creature comforts to come here and serve.
  • The soldiers who expressed their joy at receiving a humble tub of ice cream or a drawing from a child.
  • The soldiers who saved other soldiers and those that made sure we brought them all home. Oren Shaul z”l and Hadar Golden z”l – we have not forgotten you. May your souls rest peacefully and may you be returned for a dignified burial.
  • From all sectors of Israeli society – Bedouin, Druze, Christian and Arab proudly serving their country.
  • Our Home Front Command – making sure we were and are always prepared. Updating us, guiding us and reassuring us.
  • To the soldiers who manned the Iron Domes who stood guard over our cities. Nobody got more marriage proposals or was the object of so much affection than “Domey”.
  • The Military Advocate General (DABLA) ensuring that we uphold the highest tenets of the law.
  • To each and every son and daughter of Israel who protects and defends us through the tough times and the quiet, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!

Saluting our female medics of the IDF

During Protective Edge many in South Africa asked me to ‘come home”. Israel is my home and there is no place I would rather be than doing my bit for my country. It is difficult to explain to anyone who wasn’t here during that time how everybody just pulls together in a time of war. There is no feeling like it – the overwhelming sense of patriotism and unity. I saw everyday heroes in my fellow citizens. The ones who visited wounded soldiers and bereaved families. The citizens who put a roster together to wash the uniforms of our soldiers – when they were not over feeding them! The volunteer organizations like WIZO, who helped to evacuate citizens and provide a safe haven and activities for traumatized families. The organizations that collected “stuff” for our soldiers and patiently schlepped it up and down to bases and borders.  The kindness of strangers who lined the streets and cemeteries in their tens of thousands to say thank you and escort a brave fallen warrior to his final resting place. Who can forget the concern of the families of fallen lone soldiers who feared nobody would come to their funerals and were embraced by thousands as they stood sentinel and in respect for their sons?

I have lived in Israel for almost five years and have endured two “Operations”. Not once have I questioned or regretted my decision, rather I could not be more proud or grateful to be here.  I have cried buckets of tears for our fallen and my heart has burst with pride. We have mourned together, cried together, prayed together and sang together. We have run together, offered shelter to strangers together, worried together and triumphed together.

They come from all around the world and all sectors of society.

A year after Operation Protective Edge and despite the fact that rockets are still being fired from Gaza and this time some of them are claimed by Daesh (ISIS), life goes on. I cannot say that we are not still traumatized by the effects of last summer. Sirens make us nervous and I have to be honest, they turn this feisty, loud mouthed Zionist into a quivering wreck. But we have continued to build, focus on the future and welcome those who decide to call this tiny miracle their home.

The world media will continue to deride us and institutionalized anti-Semitism in the form of biased reports from the United Nations will single us out for approbation but we will prevail. Many will think they are armchair generals and commentators and opine from the safety of their homes thousands of kilometers away. Some will support campaigns to boycott, sanction and divest from our state.

The technical wonder that is the Iron Dome

But we are Israel and inside our vulnerability lies a steely resilience. We value life above all and seek peace as defiantly as we defend ourselves.

Our hope is to hear our children squealing with joy and excitement this summer, to see our beaches packed with holiday makers and our restaurants full. Our hope is that no wail of a siren will punctuate the calm and we will not send our sons and daughters off to war. For those who fell, you will never be forgotten, to those who battle injuries both internal and external, we embrace you.

We are Israel. Am Yisrael Chai!


Always remembered. May their memories be a blessing.