UPDATE 7 pm Israel time: More details in the case of Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner (who struck international lawbreakers at a Jordan Valley roadblock several weeks ago) have been released—namely that lawbreakers were not only assaulting Eisner and IDF troops with sticks but were also screaming at them that they were “Nazis”.
No charges have been filed against Eisner to date, and yesterday, the IDF Ground Forces Commander Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman confirmed that despite the fact that Eisner’s appointment as deputy commander of Training Base 1 has been canceled, Eisner has been appointed Deputy Commander of the Tactical Training Center Tze’lim, responsible for training battalions of armor and infantry on the battlefield.
It is an announcement of supreme irony.
At precisely the moment when Ehud Barak has ordered a crackdown on the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and at the moment when terrorists with bombs and knives are being captured in ever greater numbers at checkpoints throughout Judea and Samaria, the Israeli Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria announced today that it has removed a number of important roadblocks throughout Judea and Samaria.
Ludicrously citing “increased stability”, the IDF under the leadership of Ehud Barak and Benny Gantz is now shifting from defending the lives of Jewish community members to seeking to “improve the quality of Palestinian life.” Here are some of the important checkpoints that have been removed:
*the Shomronim Barrier which stopped terrorists from Shechem (Nablus)
*the roadblock separating the Palestinian settlement of Zvata from Shechem
* four other checkpoints near Tulkarem, Balata, and Ariel
This means that the total number of checkpoints in Judea and Samaria has been reduced from 30 to 11 in the last 4 years–and most of the remaining eleven are located along the Green Line separating Israel from Judea and Samaria–not within Judea and Samaria themselves.
One IDF officer boasted yesterday: “Nowadays, Palestinians can travel from northern Samaria to southern Judea within record time while crossing maybe one checkpoint, when three years ago it would have taken a few hours and they would have had to cross several checkpoints.”
In short, the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria are being hung out to dry. Responsibility for their security is being transitioned over to the eight battalions (4000) of Palestinian policemen now in Judea and Samaria who have been trained in Jordan by United States Lt. Gen. Michael Moeller.
This in effect means that there will soon be no security for the Jewish communities except what they can provide themselves. Israelstreet breaking news reported yesterday how one Palestinian terrorist with a knife was arrested on the fence of Elon Moreh, and two other terrorists were stopped at one of the 11 remaining checkpoints carrying guns and IEDs.
Following the attempted terrorism at Elon Moreh, the community urged its residents to remain in their homes. Additional IDF forces were called in to search for more suspects. Gershon Mesika, the head of the Samaria Regional Council, praised security forces for preventing what could have been a tragedy–but at the same time sounded this warning:
“The Israeli government must give the IDF all the tools necessary to battle terrorism and thwart other attempts to carry out attacks, which stem from the anti-Semitic education given by the Palestinian Authority. Since removing the roadblocks, terrorists are free to smuggle arms and knives almost uninterrupted.”
A Jewish resident of Elon Moreh was more to the point. Referring to the slaughter of the Fogel family at Itamar last year, the resident said: “We were very lucky; this could have turned out to be Itamar 2.”
Itamar 2 indeed. Your humble servant is always happy for “the quality of Palestinian life” to improve, but not at the expense of the quality of life–and in fact the very lives–of the brave Jewish community members in Judea and Samaria.
As noted in recent blogs, a list of vocabulary for Israel supporters to begin using is appended to this blog (and every blog for the next month).
1. Use ‘Judea and Samaria’ instead of ‘
the West Bank‘.
2. Use ‘Jewish community’ instead of ‘
3. Use ‘construction of Jewish homes, schools, and hospitals’ instead of ‘
4. Use ‘new Jewish communities’ instead of ‘
5. Use ‘Jewish community member’ instead of ‘
6. Use ‘conservative politicians’ instead of ‘
7. Use ‘PLO’ or ‘Palestine Liberation Organization’ instead of ‘
8. Use ‘Palestinian Islamic Terrorist Organization–HAMAS’ instead of merely ‘
9. Use ‘Israeli men, women, and children’ instead of ‘
10. Use ‘Palestinian cities’ instead of ‘
Palestinian refugee camps‘.
11. Use Palestinian ‘settlements’ instead of Palestinian
‘villages’ or ‘hamlets’.
12. Use Palestinian ‘settlers’ instead of Palestinian
‘farmers’ and ‘villagers’.
13. Use international ‘lawbreakers’ instead of international
14. Use ‘the suicide bomber prevention fence instead of the
‘separation fence’ or ‘wall’.
15. Use ‘eastern Jerusalem’ or the ‘eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem’ instead of
East Jerusalem. The city of Jerusalem must never be divided again.