`295 Helicopter Pilots Were Given Stand Down Order
Chananya Weissman

November 1, 2023


In a recent interview, Jonathan Pollard explicitly confirmed the only plausible explanation for what happened on Simchas Torah: there was a stand down order while thousands of Jews in dozens of communities were brutally murdered, tortured, raped, mutilated, and dragged off to Gaza.

The vital clip is available here, and a link to the complete interview with Kofy Time TV is in the description.

As copious video evidence has shown, the savages conducted their rampage methodically and at great leisure, without concern that an overwhelming military response was likely to arrive any moment. They somehow knew they had time to sit down and eat, take smoking breaks, pose for videos, loot the dead, and torture many of their victims.

If you managed, in spite of all odds, to break into Fort Knox, you wouldn't take your sweet time.

Unless, of course, you knew with absolute certainty that the cavalry wouldn't be coming for a while, because certain people in the highest positions of power made sure of it. As Pollard states:

“...It took six hours for any reaction to occur, when the army and air force bases were within earshot of what was going on. I have friends who were helicopter pilots, attack pilots, who were sitting in their cockpits ready to take off, fully loaded, ready to stop them at the fence. They didn't get their orders for six hours.

“They could hear it. They could hear the fighting! They were called by friends in the border kibbutzim and moshavim that were being overrun and slaughtered, saying 'Help us! Please! They're killing our children!'

“They weren't given permission to take off. That will haunt my friends [sic] for the rest of his life. He feels personally responsible for many deaths because of that – wrongly.”

I respectfully disagree with Mr. Pollard. The helicopter pilots and others who obeyed orders to stand down while their friends and neighbors were crying out for help are personally responsible. The people who gave them this order, and all those who relayed it down the chain of command, are most responsible, of course, and these people must be identified, apprehended, interrogated, and brought to justice immediately, BEFORE we deal with our enemies in Gaza and elsewhere. We cannot continue to have these people in positions of power, giving orders to our family and friends in the army and playing with the lives of our people.

No one who is likely to be culpable in this matter should even be allowed to leave the country.

However, those who obeyed the order to stand down are guilty as well. The Rambam writes as follows in Hilchos Retzicha Ushemiras Nefesh (the laws of murderers and guarding life) 1:14:

Anyone who is able to save [the life of one who is being pursued by a murderer] and does not save him transgresses the commandment “Do not stand idly over the blood of your fellow”. Similarly, one who sees his friend drowning in the sea, or armed bandits are coming upon him, or a wild animal is coming upon him, and he is able to save him personally or hire others to save him and does not save him, or he heard that goyim or mosrim [traitors] are plotting evil against him, or laying a trap for him, and he doesn't reveal this to his friend and inform him...and all things such as this, one who does them [refrains from helping], transgresses “Do not stand idly over the blood of your fellow”.

The Rambam further states in 1:16:

Even though one doesn't get lashes for violating these negative commandments, because there is no action involved, they are very severe, for anyone who causes one Jewish life to be lost is as if he destroyed the entire world, and anyone who sustains one life from Israel is as if he sustained the entire world.

There is no way to mitigate this. Those who followed orders while their brothers and sisters were being maimed and slaughtered share responsibility. They should be haunted by this for the rest of their lives, they are useless as soldiers – honestly, who needs soldiers who stand down like that? – and there is only one way for them to partially atone for their sins at this time.

But there is another angle to this that is perhaps even more disturbing. This was an extremely intricate operation. For it to succeed, numerous details needed to fall perfectly into place; even one hiccup could have thwarted the attack at the moat.

One of these critical details was that helicopter pilots who received distress calls and knew with certainty what was taking place would refrain from getting involved for many hours, until given explicit permission to do so. Whoever planned this operation – on whichever side of the border he may have been – and everyone up the chain of command had to be fully confident that soldiers in a position to thwart the attack would obey orders to stand down.

Sit quietly for a few minutes and chew on that. Let it fully sink in.

The indoctrination and conditioning are so deep that everyone up the chain of command knew that helicopter pilots were fully loaded and ready to go, but would ignore calls for help and let their people die. They knew with certainty that, in the moment of truth, our soldiers would be good little boys and girls and do what they're told, no matter what.

Indeed, in the aftermath of this massacre, they are continuing to do just that, without regard for who is giving them the orders or their legitimacy to continue giving orders to anyone.

The IDF is not a Jewish army. It is a cult of obedience. While thousands of our people were abandoned to some of the most evil, savage creatures on earth, those who could have stopped it stood down – because that's what good soldiers do.

May Hashem save us first and foremost from our enemies from within. May He rescue our relatives and friends from the cult of following orders, especially orders to stand idly while Jewish blood is being spilled. And may He avenge their blood from all those who bear responsibility.



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