UPDATES 6 pm Israel time Tuesday:
*Three hours ago, a Palestinian terrorist from Ramallah stabbed a 17 year old Israeli at the Tapuach Junction. According to security personnel, the terrorist said he chose his victim “because he was Jewish”. The victim is now in moderate condition at Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva.
*Stanley Fischer, Governor of the Bank of Israel for the last eight years, dramatically announced at noon today that he intends to resign at the end of June. The announcement was followed by sharp declines at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Fischer is widely regarded as one of the top economists in the world.
*Reports have surfaced this morning that Khaled Meshaal, the head of Hamas, is intending to run for president of the PLO in the supposed upcoming election. As your humble servant has noted in the past, the PLO’s days are numbered. In any election in Judea and Samaria, Hamas will defeat the PLO.
*The situation in Syria and Egypt continues to degrade. In Egypt, the Army Chief of Staff issued a statement this morning that continued violence may bring the country to point of collapse.
As is reported in israelstreet breaking news in the right hand column, the residents of Nahal Oz, one of the hardest hit communities in the November conflict with Hamas, have planted 1506 trees for Tu B’Shevat–one for each missile fired by the terrorists in Gaza.
In fact, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) reports that more than 600,000 new trees were planted in Israel over last weekend to celebrate the Jewish holiday for trees. The Fund projects that 400,000 more will be planted in parks, forests, and in the Negev over the next few days.
And who is planting the trees? Primarily families and children in more than 260 communities throughout Israel.
The Chairman of the JNF says that this one million new trees is an all-time record planting record for the Tu B’Shevat holiday. He also pointed out the well-known fact that “Israel is the only country in the world to have more trees in the 21st century than in the previous one.”
Your humble servant finds something deeply comforting in the fact that in a country surrounded by enemies and war, and in a country in which terrorism lurks around every corner, the people of Israel–led by our next generation–are out in force showing their love for our land by celebrating nature and planting trees.
Why don’t you help? For a very small amount of money, you can buy a tree to be planted by clicking here.
What have you done for Israel today?