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Nearly 400 pages, history of Israel as a fighting nation, the uniqueness of the Israeli fighting spirit.
We analyze what makes Israeli society unique, what is a nation of warriors and how is that manifested in modern society?
We look at the first Hebrew, Abraham, and follow his journey as a man of God but also as a man who can and will fight when he must. His Son Isaac and then Jacob, our first wrestler.
The blood of these men, their DNA, is still in us. From the deserts of the Middle East to the Warsaw Ghetto, from Arabia to America, our people have always fought for freedom, for what is good and right and just.
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I was just a child when I was introduced to international terrorism.
It was 1970. My aunt, uncle and infant cousin Tali came to visit us in Israel. As they boarded their TWA flight back to New York none of us could imagine the ordeal that was about to unfold. Just a few hours later we heard the news; the plane had been hijacked by Arab terrorists and taken to Jordan, fate unknown. My father was in the barbershop having a haircut when the news was broadcast on Radio Israel. The shock jolted him out of his seat causing him to cut his ear on the barber’s scissors.
Our mindset is to fight terror.
That day the terrorists attempted to hijack four planes, part of their struggle against the state of Israel. This was the beginning, the birth, of international terrorism, the curse that would come to plague Western society in years to come. The Western world had no training in this kind of warfare, no understanding of the terrorist mindset. The Israelis, however, were already veterans of this war.
Three attempts succeeded, only one failed; the attempted
hijacking of El Al Israel Airlines. Four terrorists boarded the El Al
flight; two of them aroused the suspicions of the security staff and
were refused entry. They then boarded Pan Am airline without any
difficulty and hijacked it. The two remaining terrorists managed to
board the El Al flight; the legendary female terrorist Laila Chaled and
Patrick Argüello. The operation had been planned for a team of four and
Arguello hesitated. Laila Chaled assured him that she had done this
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The terrorists stood up and pulled out handguns and hand grenades and announced that the flight was being taken over by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. What they had not counted on was resistance and Israeli stubbornness. The general international policy in those days was to cooperate with the hijackers and enter into negotiations, not to resist and endanger the passengers. The crew and passengers of El Al Israel Airline thought differently.
The pilot was no ordinary civilian. Uri Bar Lev was a former captain in the Israeli air force, he was a fighter and no terrorist was going to hijack his plane. Laila Chaled stood outside the cockpit with a pistol held to a stewardess’s head and a hand grenade in her other hand. She demanded that the pilot open the door at once. Captain Bar Lev refused to open the cockpit door; he would not be the first to blink. Instead, the former combat pilot sent the aircraft into a nose-dive, causing the same effect as an elevator collapsing. The sudden move knocked the hijackers down. Passengers attacked the terrorists. Later one of the Israelis said, “I made a decision that they were not going to hijack this plane. I decided to attack him rather than wait and see what happens. So I jumped him. I got shot in the shoulder.” The terrorist Argüello was hit over the head with a bottle of whiskey and then killed by his own gun in the struggle. Laila Chaled was tied up with neckties and belts provided by passengers. The pilot echoed the same fighting spirit, “I didn’t succeed because I was a better pilot. It was only because of my attitude that we were not going to be hijacked. Our mindset is to fight terror.”
Introduction – The Birth of International Terrorism
Our mindset is to fight terror
Chapter 1 - A Warrior Nation Mindset
A Warriors Response
We Are All at War
The Home as a Fortress
Refusal to be a Victim
Protection of Human Life
Chapter 2 - A True People’s Army
War in Gaza with Hamas; Nation of Warriors – Another Definition
A People's Army from the Start
Compulsory Military Service
Obligatory Reserve Duty
The Universality of Service
The Hesder Yeshiva; Scholars and Warriors
Appreciation of Warriors
Chayal – Soldier
Mount Herzl, Jerusalem
1948 - Birth
1967 – Biblical Prophecy fulfilled
1973 – The Great Turnaround Victory
A Nation of Reservists
Chapter 3 - Secret Ingredient of Israeli Defense
Chapter 4 - Warriors from Childhood
Chapter 5 – Everyday Heroes
Chapter 6 - A Gun Packing Nation
Chapter 7 – Songs/Culture
Chapter 8 - Age of Trauma
Chapter 9 - From Pain to Productivity, From Darkness to Light
Chapter 10 – Business Mentality
Chapter 11 - A Family Affair
Chapter 12 - Warriors Make the Nation
Chapter 13 - Warfare in Biblical Times
Chapter 14 – Post Biblical Fighting'Chapter 15 - Principles of Krav Maga/Israeli Self Defense
History of Krav Maga
Intensity - Act forcefully and prevail
Toughness – Body, Mind and Spirit of a Warrior
Krav Maga/Warrior Fighting – The Mental Switch
The belt test – testing desire to live
The Belt Test – Make it Hard
Krav Maga Thinking
Gross Motor Moves
Knowledge of Weapons
Counting on the Group- All For One
Counting on Yourself
Aggression as a Weapon
Using What You Have
Training based on Sociological Reality
Training based on Physical Reality
Military Krav Maga Training
Krav Maga Striking Techniques
Never Give Up
Chapter 16 -America, a Nation of Warriors, Again
USA and Israel: Allies
America, a Nation of Warriors, Again
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The author, Moshe Katz, looking at Masada where the last showdown between the Roman and Jewish forces took place nearly 2,000 years ago.