UPDATES 10 am Israel time, Saturday, November 9 2013:
**Yesterday’s updates included the family that was nearly burned alive just outside of Tekoa when Palestinian terrorists assaulted their car with Molotov cocktails. Here is a picture of the car:
The Women in Green organization issued the following statement yesterday concerning the firebomb attack:
“John Kerry speaks, and the Arabs carry out. Just yesterday Kerry threatened a third intifada – and the Arab terrorists took additional support for terror from his words, and went to perpetrate the firebomb attack this morning. John Kerry bears responsibility for this attack.”
The Women in Green are exactly correct. Kerry’s attempt at intimidating Israelis with threats of a third intifada, increased violence from Palestinians, and even violence from surrounding countries was incalculably reckless. What Kerry seems incapable of understanding is that that terrorists do indeed look at his words as “support” for violence against Israel.
By the way, the mother and daughter who were badly burned in the Molotov attack yesterday remain in Hadassah hospital with what are described as “moderate wounds”.
**Unbelievably, Israeli taxpayers like your humble servant continue to foot the bill for all Palestinian electrical use in Judea and Samaria. For some time now, the Palestinians have simply refused to pay their bills, and the Israel Electric Corporation has been outrageously raising the monthly bills of Israelis consumers to compensate for lost revenues.
Israel Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom said yesterday that the Palestinians now owe well over 1,000,000,000 shekels and that “they will need to pay their bill”. Fat chance. The Palestinians never have to take responsibility for anything.
**This is the sixth day of Yehuda Glick’s hunger strike brought about by the refusal of the Jerusalem Police and Netanyahu government to allow him–and all Jews–to pray on the Temple Mount.
**One of the grand architects of the Oslo Accords catastrophe, Israeli President Shimon Peres, was at it again yesterday. In comments made at a Jerusalem Post Conference, Peres came out forcefully against the proposed law that would require 80 Knesset members to approve a division of Jerusalem (should Netanyahu go completely off the deep end). Of course this is not surprising given that Peres has always been ready to give away anything and everything to the Palestinians.
Equally unsurprising was Peres commenting that he disagreed with soon-to-be-again FM Lieberman who says that Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) is not a partner for peace. Peres offered this gem: “The goal of the talks is to make a non-partner, partner.”
Just like he and Yitzhak Rabin took a barbarous terrorist and murderer of Israelis, Yasser Arafat, and ludicrously attempted to elevate him into “a man of peace”–to the detriment of more than 1000 Israelis who were, in short order, blown to pieces by Arafat and his minions (including Arafat’s right-hand man, Mahmoud Abbas).
**The U.S. continues to beat its hasty retreat from the Middle East–this time from the waters off the coast of Syria. The USS Mahan and the USS Barry have now joined the USS Nimitz on its way back to safer American waters. These three ships were part of the five ship U.S. armada sent to Syria in the lead-up to the attack on Assad that never happened.
There is one country that is not evacuating its ships and now reigns supreme in the eastern Mediterranean, and that country is Russia. As was reported in israelstreet last week, the Russians are expanding their naval forces even to the point of now attempting to persuade the Egyptians to let them construct a huge new port for their fleet in Egypt.
Readers of israelstreet have always known that from the very first love tweets between Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Barack Obama, the United States immediately began easing sanctions on the ayatollahs in Tehran. What is currently going on in Geneva is merely an attempt by the West and Iran to accelerate the sanctions-easing process.
But judging from Netanyahu’s outburst yesterday, your humble servant is forced to assume that Netanyahu doesn’t read israelstreet . . . yet.
“The Iranians got everything, and paid nothing”.
The question now is simply: “Does PM Netanyahu finally get it?”
Does he finally understand that all of his kowtowing to the Obama Administration over the Israeli-Palestinian so-called “peace negotiations”–kowtowing that resulted in the release of Palestinian murderers on the street–has been for nought?
Does he finally understand that there never was a quid pro quo–that the United States never intended to reciprocate on Iran for what he did to get the PLO to return to the negotiating table?
Does he finally understand–especially after Kerry’s anti-Israel tirade on Israeli TV two nights ago–that his own perceived weakness weakens all of Israel? So much so that people like Kerry, who have never experienced one second of Palestinian terrorism, can waltz into a Jerusalem studio and arrogantly tell Israelis that they must surrender to threats and intimidation.
Most of us Israelis have always gotten it–and we got it from the first day that Barack Obama stepped foot in the White House.
Simply put, the Obama Administration cannot be trusted to keep its promises.
Perhaps Benjamin Netanyahu at this late date, finally gets it too.