UPDATES 9 am Israel time, Wednesday, July 17 2013:
*Explosions are currently sounding on the Gaza border. No further information is available at this time.
*An orthodox Jew was stabbed six times last night at the Damascus Gate as the Ramadan fast came to an end. There are reports this morning that one suspect has just been arrested in Nablus–perhaps one of the flood of Palestinians that have invaded Jerusalem this week at the invitation of the Netanyahu government.
*There has been a burst of fighting on the Golan Heights over the last 24 hours with continuing mortar fire and with Syrians infiltrating into the demilitarized zone and opening fire on an IDF patrol. Alarms were sounded across the Golan in cities such as Katzrin.
*There are unconfirmed reports that Nawaf al-Moussawi, the Hezbollah head of public relations, and the operations commander of Hezbollah in Syria were both killed in an IED attack on a Hezbollah convoy last night.
*Some pictures from Monday night and yesterday morning in Jerusalem:
And then this disgraceful scene yesterday:
For once in her life, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni was right in her terminology yesterday–the decision of the European Union to boycott any connection with Israeli Jewish neighborhoods and communities beyond the 1949 Armistice Lines is a “startling wake-up call.”
But not in the sense that she meant.
The European Union decision should be a startling wake up call to the current Netanyahu government.
We have always known that the Europeans are violently anti-Semitic–1500 years of recent history are sufficient to prove the point–but the decisions of the current Netanyahu government have fostered an environment in which those anti-Semites feel all the more comfortable in giving public expression to their hatred.
What is the message that the Netanyahu government sends when it prepares to release Palestinian terrorist murderers? Could it be that the terrorist murderers are not terrorists at all?
What is the message that the Netanyahu government sends when it freezes construction of Jewish homes, schools, and health clinics in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria? Could it be that Israel really has no right to build in these areas?
What is the message that the Netanyahu government sends when it whispers to John Kerry that it is actually willing to negotiate on the basis of the 1949 Armistice Lines? Could it be that Israel has no right to areas captured in the 1967 War?
What is the message that the Netanyahu government sends when it permits 1,000,000 Palestinians to have “unfettered” access to Israel? Could it be that the Palestinians pose no security threat to Israelis and, in fact, are returning to “their” land?
What is the message that the Netanyahu government sends when it closes down the Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av to all Jews? Could it be that Jews have no right to worship on the Temple Mount?
The message that the Netanyahu government is sending to anyone who will listen is that Israel is willing to “negotiate away” Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem, and even the Temple Mount itself.
But what Netanyahu seems unable to grasp concerning the Europeans is that it is not Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria that the Europeans will ultimately boycott; they will boycott all of Israel. Because it is not that they merely think that Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria are illegitimate–they, like their Palestinian friends, think that Israel is illegitimate and should be eradicated.
The simple fact is that the more the Netanyahu government tries to get the world to like us, the more it hates us and feels empowered to “punish” us.