The World’s “Evacuate the Settlements” Delusion


SPECIAL BREAKING NEWS: The list of Palestinian terrorist murderers to be released by Benjamin Netanyahu in return for absolutely nothing has just been published. See the end of this blog for their names and crimes.

UPDATES 10 am Israel time Monday, August 12 2013:

*Another sorry spectacle at the Israel Supreme Court yesterday where a three judge panel headed by Chief Justice Asher Grunis actually walked out on the Almagor Terror Victims Association as its representatives were speaking in support of the group’s petition against the Palestinian terrorist murderer release approved by PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

No explanation was given; the judges simply decided among themselves to cut the hearing short and left the plaintiffs standing there in what can only be described as an amazing breach of judicial propriety, protocol, and decency that stunned all of those in the courtroom including the journalists covering the proceeding.

*Meanwhile the release of those murderers continues as planned with a list of the first 26 to be put back on the street to kill more Israelis due out today. The Palestinians have already expressed their dismay that none of the prisoners are “quality names”; in other words, none of the really big terrorists are being released in the first batch. Murderers still–but not “super-murderers”. 

By the way, according to Israeli law, the names of the murderers cannot be released to the public until the families of their victims are notified.

*At the same time, there has been the standard international hue and cry over the announcement yesterday that Israel plans to build 1,187 “homes” (read apartments) over the 1949 Armistice Lines.  These apartments include 793 in Gilo, Har Homa, and Pisgat Ze’ev in Jerusalem and 394 in Ariel, Efrat, Ma’aleh Adumim and Beitar Illit.

Apparently, the timing of this release was a sop to Nafthali Bennett of the Jewish Home Party who had threatened to leave the government if the murderer releases were not timed with construction approvals. The truth of the matter is that none of these 1,187 homes will be built any time soon–the process normally takes at least two years.

*Jews were permitted to return to the Temple Mount this morning for the first time in weeks. What did they find in Judaism’s holiest place? Illegal construction taking place by the Islamic Wakf, garbage strewn everywhere with dumpsters overflowing, and Palestinian flags painted on the walkways in the courtyard. 

To again quote Jerusalem Police Commander Moshe Barkat’s testimony before the Knesset committee yesterday, Benjamin Netanyahu’s Temple Mount policy has been “a huge success.”

TODAY’S BLOG:

One of streets I passed down yesterday in the so-called 45,000 person "settlement" of Gilo--a neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem.

One of streets I passed down yesterday in the so-called 45,000 person “settlement” of Gilo–a beautiful neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem with expansive homes, apartment buildings, schools, and shopping malls.

As I wrote yesterday evening, your humble servant spent a good portion of yesterday out in Judea, traveling out of–and returning to–Jerusalem on Road 356 which at the Gilo Junction turns toward the Judean Jewish communities of Tekoa and Nokdim. This is one of the roads on which terrorist attacks often occur in the form of “rock” and Molotov cocktail throwing.

Yesterday, however, was completely uneventful. After passing through Gilo, we traveled down the road for a few minutes before coming to a “checkpoint”. Far from the usual stereotyped picture of “IDF troops subjecting Palestinians to harassment”, the checkpoint was almost completely unmanned with just two soldiers lazily waving through Israeli and Palestinian cars coming and going. Yes, Road 356 is open to Israeli and Palestinian vehicles. 

Immediately, we were out in Judea with signs informing of us where we could go and not go:

Note that the sign clearly states that Area A is completely under Palestinian control--and that Israelis are prohibited "by law" from entering. Just like Mahmoud Abbas has always said--a new state of "Palestine" is to be "Jew free."

Note that the sign clearly states that Area A is completely under Palestinian control–and that Israelis are prohibited “by law” from entering.

One of many photos I took yesterday along Road 356:

Note that this road is open to Palestinian and Israeli vehicles.

Note that this road is open to Palestinian and Israeli vehicles. Of course, you can easily see how Palestinian terrorists hide around every turn in the rocky terrain.

From the high hill of Herodium looking back toward Jerusalem, you can immediately see the relationship of Har Homa (one of today’s points of contention as noted above) to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from one of my snapshots:

A view of Har Homa from Judea.

A view of Har Homa from Judea. The land on which the Har Homa neighborhood sits was annexed by Israel to Jerusalem in 1967.  Har Homa now has a population of about 13,000.

Further down the road, I took this picture of the Jewish community of Nokdim:

Nokdim is in the left foreground of the picture--note its olive groves on the surrounding land. It is in Area C--under Israel civil and military control.

Nokdim (population 1400) –note its olive groves on the surrounding land. It is in Area C–under Israel civil and military control. Note the Judean desert in the background.

In sum, as I rode through Judea yesterday looking at such communities at Nokdim and Tekoa and past the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Gilo and Har Homa, I couldn’t help but think how seriously deluded the world is to think that these communities and neighborhoods will ever be evacuated and turned over to the Palestinians. 

And none of this even mentions the extraordinarily large bustling communities on the other side of Jerusalem such as Ma’ale Adumim and Mevasseret Zion with their hundreds of thousands of residents.

You really must come to Israel to see these cities, neighborhoods, and communities yourself. Then you will understand the sheer scope of what has happened on the ground here in Israel during the last 45 years and the sheer scale of the world’s delusion.

ADDENDUM:

Murderers to be set free: 

1. Kor Mattawa Hamad Faiz, jailed since ’85, for the murder of Menahem Dadon and attempted murder of Salomon Abukasis.

2. Salah Ibrahim Ahmad Mughdad, jailed since ’93, for the murder of Israel Tenenbaum.

3. Na’anish Naif Abdel Jafar Samir, jailed since ’89, for the murder of Binyamin Meisner.

4. Arshid A. Hamid Yusef Yusef, jailed since ’93, for the murder of Nadal Rabu Ja’ab, Adnan Ajad Dib, Mufid Cana’an, Tawafiq Jaradat and Ibrahim Sa’id Ziwad.

5. Al Haj Othman Amar Mustafa, jailed since ’89, for the murder Steven Frederick Rosenfeld.

6. Maslah Abdallah Salama Salma, jailed since ’93, for the murder of Reuven David.

7. Abu Moussa Salam Ali Atiya, jailed since ’94, for the murder Isaac Rotenberg.

8. Maqlad Mahmoud Zayd Salah, jailed since ’93, for the murder of Yeshayahu Deutsch.

9. Sawalha Bad Almajed Mahmad Mahmad, jailed since ’93 for the murder of Baruch Heisler, and attempted murder of Betty Malka, Shai Cohen, Avishag Cohen.

10. Shaath Azath Shaaban Attaf, jailed since ’93, for being the accessory to the murder of Simcha Levy.

11. Abdel Aal Sa’id Ouda Yusef, jailed since ’94, for throwing explosives, accessory to the murder of Ian Feinberg and Sami Ramadan.

12. Barbakh Faiz Rajab Madhat, jailed since ’94, for the murder of Moshe Beker.

13. Raai Ibrahim Salam Ali, jailed since ’94, for the murder of Moris Eisenstatt.

14. Nashbat Jabar Yusef Mahmad, jailed since ’90, for being an accessory to the murder of Amnon Pomerantz.

15. Mortja Hasin Ganim Samir, jailed since ’93, for abduction, interrogation through torture, and murder of Samir Alsilawi, Khaled Malka, Nasser Aqila, Ali al Zaabot.

16. Sawalha Faz Ahmad Husni, jailed since ’90, for the murder of Heisler Baruch.

17. Ramahi Salah Abdallah Faraj, jailed since ’92, for the murder of Avraham Kinstler.

18. Abu Satta Ahmad Sa’id Aladdin, jailed since 1994, for the murder of David Dadi and Hayim Weizman.

19. Abu Sita Talab Mahmad Ayman, jailed since 1994, for the murder of David Dadi and Hayim Weizman.

20. Mansour Omar Abdel Hafiz Asmat, jailed since 1993, for being an accessory to the murder of Hayim Mizrahi.

21. Asqara Mahmad Ahmad Khaled, jailed in ’91, for the murder of Annie Ley.

22. Janadiya Yusef Radwan Nahad, jailed since ’89, for the murder of Zalman Shlein.

23. Hamadiah Mahmoud Awad Muhammad, jailed since ’89, for the murder of Zalman Shlein.

24. Abdel Nabi A. Wahab Jamal Jamil, jailed since ’92, for the murder of Shmuel Gersh.

25. Ziwad Muhammad Taher Taher, jailed since ’93, for the murder of Avraham Cohen.

26. Sabih Abed Hamed Borhan, jailed since ’01, for the murder of Jamil Muhammad Naim Sabih, Aisha Abdullah Haradin.

 

 

 

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