UPDATES 10 am Israel time, Friday, October 11 2013:
**There has been a major terrorist event overnight (around 1 am) in which an undertermined number of terrorists penetrated the Jewish holiday village of Brosh Habika in the Jordan Valley near Moshav Shadmot Mehola and bludgeoned and chopped to death the manager of the village.
That manager, Reserves Special Forces Col. Sariya Ofer–a founder of the elite Shaldag (Kingfisher) IDF unit, former commander of Sayeret Shaked, and former commander of IDF forces in Gaza–was watching television with his wife when they heard noises in the yard and the barking of their dogs. When Col. Ofer went out into the yard to see about the disturbance, he was attacked by the terrorists who were wielding metal bars and axes. Ofer’s wife Monique witnessed the attack from a front window of the house.
She then managed to climb out the back window of their home, hid in the bushes while the Palestinians looked for her with a flashlight, and then crawled through thick brush and under a barbed wire fence for over an hour before making it to a nearby road and seeking help. She sustained multiple cuts and bruises and is being treated at the Emek Medical Center. The search continues this morning for the terrorists.
This attack comes on the heels of the murders of Israeli soldiers Tomer Hazan and Gal Kobi in the last three weeks and the attack last week on the nine year old Noam Glick in Psagot.
**Wadi Oz in Jerusalem was the scene of yet more vicious Arab “rock” attacks on Israelis yesterday. As you look at the pictures below (courtesy of 0404), imagine what you would have felt, dear reader, had you been driving or riding in the car under attack. Also, once again, take a look at one of the “rocks” that struck the car–and where it landed after crashing through the window. Fortunately, there was no child in the car seat.
**Nevertheless, all of this heavily increased violence hasn’t stopped the Israeli left from lurching toward giving more concessions to the Palestinians. There is new talk this morning that PM Netanyahu will be meeting PLO Chairman and unelected President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas in a face-to-face meeting next week in Jerusalem.
**Four more Egyptian security personnel were killed yesterday by a suicide bomber in the Sinai. Egypt is pointing its finger once again at Hamas in Gaza. Also, there was an incident at the Israeli-Egyptian Nizzana Crossing at noon in which shots were fired from the Sinai into the Crossing–forcing a two hour closure.
**The Jerusalem Police arrested three more orthodox Jews on the Temple Mount yesterday for “praying and bowing down”.
One of the three, Yehuda Glick, told reporters after he was released that “I was guiding a group on the Temple Mount. Everything went well, we finished the tour and shook hands with the police, and from there I went to the Kotel [Western Wall]. A few moments later, I got a call asking me to come back and guide another group. I came back to the entrance to the Temple Mount, and there I was arrested. A police commander told me I was being arrested for disturbing the peace on the Temple Mount.”
The endless absurdities of allowing and not allowing Jews to ascend the Mount, of not allowing Jews to carry Israeli flags to a place of Israeli sovereignty but allowing Palestinians to wave Palestinian and Hamas flags during weekly demonstrations on the Mount, and of not allowing Jews to pray on the Mount–Judaism’s holiest place–must come to an end.
**In the aftermath of the involvement of the ultra-leftist NGO Yesh Din in the banning of all Jews from Homesh and the calling for new Knesset legislation to establish a war crimes statute under which IDF soldiers could be tried, there were renewed calls yesterday to strip Yesh Din of its NGO status.
It turns out that Yesh Din receives 94% of its funding from foreign sources. Its largest “contributions” in 2012 were 1.2 million shekels ($338,000) from the foreign ministry of Norway, 1.1 million shekels ($310,000) from the European Union, 120,000 shekels ($33,800) from the British Foreign Ministry; and 120,000 shekels from the Dutch embassy in Israel.
Can you even begin to imagine what the outcry in Norway, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the European Union in general would be if Israel were pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into those countries to try to bring about political changes?
So what is the answer to the ever-increasing violence emanating from the Palestinians as evidenced by the Jordan Valley murder last night, and the attempted killing of the family in Wadi Oz yesterday?
In the words of the head of Beit Yehudi, Naftali Bennett, the answer is to “build, build, build.”
The Women in Green have been attempting for years to do just that–and this week they scored another victory in their long struggle. That victory took place at Shdema.
As readers of israelstreet know, your humble servant has long had an affinity for the Women in Green having been on various marches with them in Jerusalem.
Allow your humble servant to quote from the Women in Green “shdema website“:
“Shdema, a former Israeli army base in Gush Etzion, 5 kilometers from Jerusalem’s Har Homa, and 8 kilometers from Tekoa, was abandoned in 2006 for political reasons. Shdema, under Israeli control (Area C), is located at an extremely strategic point, that connects between Jerusalem and eastern Gush Etzion, and provides security for those traveling on the eastern Gush Etzion road.
Historically speaking, the Shdema area was densely populated by Jews during the First Temple period and resettled again during the Second Temple period. Archeological remains of Jewish settlement in the Shdema area have been identified from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Mameluke periods. The Hasmoneans waged their final victorious battle there.
In April 2008 the Committee for a Jewish Shdema, sponsored by Women in Green, began to maintain a permanent presence there, by organizing Land of Israel cultural activities at the site.
The Beit Sahur municipality submitted a request to the Minister of Defense to build a park and hospital on the area of the camp. The request is on the Defense Minister’s desk; permission has still not been granted.
This did not prevent the Arabs of Beit Sahur, with the encouragement and funding of European organizations and USAID, to build, in a patently illegal manner, an entire complex of structures and installations for various activities, on the northern area of the base, at the foot of the hill.”
Eventually, because of the Women in Green, the IDF did return to Shdema in 2010, and this week Deputy Religious Affairs Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan arrived to affix a mezuzah on an old IDF building which will serve as a cultural center.
At the event, Yehudit Katsover, who leads the Women in Green with Nadia Matar, read the following letter by Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein:
“The Gush Etzion area has an abundant history of special women who ‘built the House of Israel.’ On one side, standing on the main road, is the tomb of the Matriarch Rachel, who weeps and ‘refuses to be comforted for her children, who are gone.’
And on the other side stands Shdema, which connects Jerusalem and Tekoa, the place of the woman of Tekoa who acts on behalf of the unity of the people, ‘that the one who is banished be not an outcast from him.’
Israel is redeemed by the merit of righteous women, and by the merit of tenacious and fighting women, who are persistent and experienced in struggles . . . Shdema will yet develop and become an important and central settlement point.”
What have you done for Israel today? Go to the Women in Green website and help them out!