UPDATE: Qassam missile strike at Sha’ar Hanegev overnight. Explosion heard in Ashdod in mid-afternoon–as yet unexplained. Border Guard injured by Palestinian attacker.
It has been a busy week for the IDF. Not guarding Israel’s borders or fighting Palestinian terrorists–but evicting Jewish community members from their homes and uprooting Jewish communities throughout Judea and Samaria.
First the troops arrived at Givat Arye near Shilo. Next it was Givat Arye’s sister community Gal Yossef’s turn.
Last night it was Mitzpe Avichai near Kiryat Arba–a community of 10 residences established in 2007 in memory of Avichai Levy who was shot to death by a Palestinian terrorist.
Arriving in the middle of the night, while everyone in the community was still asleep, the IDF troops rushed in grabbing parents and children–and taking them away as if they were common criminals. The community leader, Yaron Kaleb, was banned from entering Judea and Samaria earlier this week. This was the third time the community has been destroyed.
One community member, 37 year old Miriam Flaishman, had this to say: “They [the IDF] arrived in the middle of the night. It was brutal. I woke up after they broke down the door and were already in the living room. The children woke up from their shouts. It was the biggest betrayal in the people of Israel, the Torah and the land of Israel, but we will rebuild and more families will join us, so our community will grow and become stronger.”
One unnamed Israeli official patted himself and Israeli authorities on the back for the smoothness of the operation, a result he said of “increased enforcement against right-wing extremists.”
Right wing extremists? Because they want to live in Judea and Samaria? Since when do Judea and Samaria belong to the Palestinians? Didn’t Israel conquer this land during the 1967 War? Why in the world is the IDF and the Israeli government acceding to and carrying out the dictates of the Palestinians?
The common answer to the latter question is that Israel is trying to take “confidence building steps to bring the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.” What a joke. As P. David Hornik pointed out in an article in Front Page Magazine yesterday (click here for link) “If Israel is required to agree beforehand that it is illegal to build a single Jewish home anywhere in this land, and that it does not have valid claim to an inch of it, it is not clear what is the point of negotiations or what they are supposed to be about.”
Meanwhile, the IDF continues its rampage across Judea and Samaria. Which Jewish community will be next to feel the wrath of Netanyahu, Barak, and Gantz?
THIS DAY IN ISRAELI HISTORY:
On January 12, 1977, anti-French demonstrations erupted across Israel after the French government released Abu Daoud (Mohammad Daoud Oudeh), the mastermind behind the 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes.
The previous day Daoud had been intercepted by French police in Paris while traveling from Beirut under an assumed name. Under protest from the PLO, Iraq, and Libya, that claimed that because Daoud was traveling to a PLO comrade’s funeral he should receive diplomatic immunity, the French government refused a West German extradition request on grounds that forms had not been filled in properly and put him on a plane to Algeria before Germany could submit another request.
On August 1, 1981, Daoud was shot five times from a distance of around two meters in the coffee shop of the Sofitel Victoria Hotel in Warsaw, but he survived the attack. After the 1993 Oslo Accords, Daoud was unbelievably allowed by Yitzhak Rabin to move to Ramallah. He eventually settled with his family in Syria, the only country that would take him–living on a pension provided by the Palestinian Authority and funded by the European Union and the United States.
Unrepentant to the end, Daoud finally died on July 3, 2010 in Damascus.