UPDATES 7 pm Israel time Sunday:
Israel has been hard at work today trying to forget about the threats on all of its borders by celebrating Lag B’Omer. Bonfires have been lit all over the country, and more than 100,000 pilgrims have visited the grave of the great Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (“Rashbi”), in Meron. Rashbi was the author of the Zohar, the fundamental text that explains the mystical Kabbalah.
It has been a tense day in the Israeli communities within 40 km of the Gaza border–all of which are under heightened alert for a possible missile attack. Another outbreak of at least three missiles fired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza has brought about another tepid IDF response (closing the Kerem Shalom crossing and bombing an empty building). Currently, it is being reported that the terrorist factions in Gaza are meeting to decide how to respond to the Israeli “aggression”.
It has been a tense day in the Israeli communities along the Lebanese border with reports of heightened Lebanese troop movements in the wake of the IAF interception of the Hezbollah drone several days ago. As reported yesterday in this blog, the Obama Administration has been pressuring Israel not to react to this latest Hezbollah aggression.
It has been a tense day in the Israeli communities along the Syrian border.
On the one hand, details of the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons continue to trickle out. On the other hand, the Al-Qaeda attempt to Islamize Syrian villages along the border continues apace–with an attempt to institute Sharia law in the area. The reports from yesterday indicate that the situation is more unstable than ever with the IDF predicting increasing total chaos in the near future.
Speaking of destabilization, Jordan has reached the bursting point with 60,000 more Syrian “refugees” flooding into the country in the last month.
The ability of Jordanian forces to maintain order in newly built refugee camps has become increasingly problematical with a number of Jordanian policemen being killed or wounded in the last week.
Meanwhile, on the Egyptian border during the last few days, we have had the bizarre spectacle of armed gangs from the Sinai blocking any aid from Qatar reaching the Rafah Crossing into Gaza. Why don’t the Sinai Egyptians want their “beloved brothers and sisters” in Gaza to receive assistance? Because they say that the residents of the Sinai are in a much worse economic situation than the people of Gaza.
And none of the above takes into account the threat of nuclear weapons from Iran.
It is in the context of this situation on every border–not to mention the ongoing terrorism enacted within Israel against the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria–that we come to former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s outrageous comments at a Jerusalem Post conference in New York yesterday.
The delusional Olmert, who has let it be known that he intends to run for Prime Minister again at his next opportunity, uttered this absurdity:
“Israel’s strategic situation is better now than for many years. Currently there is no serious threat to the security of the country.”
Wow. How delusional can one be?
Olmert continued (while being booed by the audience) to proclaim that the only way forward for Israel was to follow his plan for a two-state solution with the Palestinians–a plan you may remember that calls for the Old City of Jerusalem to be turned over to a consortium consisting of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the Palestinians, the United States, and–oh by the way–Israel.
Delusion on top of delusion. It simply boggles the mind.
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