UPDATES 8 am Israel time, Saturday, November 16 2013:
First the sublime!
*Great news from the IDF field hospital in the Bogo City, Philippines. The first child was delivered yesterday in its makeshift maternity ward. The mother named her new son “Israel.”
*More good news from Jerusalem yesterday as PM Netanyahu has ordered, over the objection of Amir Peretz (the Israeli Environmental Minister who is Tzipi Livni’s cohort), the acceleration of plans to build a national park on Mt. Scopus.
This is a critically important project that will not only preserve a 750-acre area that links Jerusalem to the Judean Desert, but will also block the merging of the two Arab neighborhoods of A-Tur and Issawiya–two neighborhoods from which endless terrorist attacks emanate.
And now to the ridiculous:
**It was a typically ridiculous Friday afternoon on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Judaism’s holiest place played host to hundreds of Palestinians waving Palestinian flags and parading pictures of Yasser Arafat and terrorists held in Israeli prisons. As usual, the Jerusalem Police were nowhere to be seen.
However, the Jerusalem Police informed Yehuda Glick that he is now “free” to once again ascend the Temple Mount, thereby bringing to an end his 12-day hunger strike. Glick may be able to climb the Mount again, but of course he will not be able to pray or to bring a Torah or an Israeli flag with him. If he does, there will ridiculously be policemen galore there to arrest and detain him again.
**Speaking of police being nowhere to be seen. The same could have been said of Border Guards and IDF yesterday as Palestinian terrorists, abetted by Israeli and international “leftists” ridiculously tore holes in various sections of the security fence with complete impunity.
The issue of the fence has again shot to the fore in the wake of the brutal stabbing murder of IDF soldier Eden Atias–whose murderer somehow was able to slip into Israel from Jenin. It is suspected that the murderer came in through one of the holes or gaps in the fence–or through one of the non-existent checkpoints that were taken down as “gestures” to the Palestinians.
By the way, only 60% of the security fence has been completed, partly because of budgetary constraints but mainly because of the effort by Israeli and international “leftists” to block completion by bringing case after case before Israeli courts.
**Of course, you have all heard by now of how a “rebel” Al-Qaeda group beheaded a person two days ago whom they believed to be a soldier fighting for Bashar Assad. The youtube video of the “event”–complete with a man prancing around the camp with the head–is particularly gruesome.
Of course, it turns out that they ridiculously beheaded the wrong man. In an apology issued yesterday, the group asked for forgiveness for having cut off the head of a fellow Islamist who happened to be fighting with another group.
What this episode shows is the ridiculous lack of coordination on the “rebel” side–a lack of coordination now being exploited by those fighting for Assad such as Iranian Revolutionary guards, Hezbollah fighters, and even Russian mercenaries (Russian flags are now flying over sections of Damascus that have been retaken by the Russians).
All in all, the tide seems to have turned against the rebels who now find themselves surrounded in many areas including Damascus.
**In advance of Pope Francis’ visit to Israel, there is a renewed effort (that began back in the 1990s) to have the Vatican return to Israel sacred religious objects that were looted by the Roman Army more than 2000 years ago when the Romans sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Second Temple.
It has long been suspected that many of these items ridiculously made their way into the Vatican “treasure” caves located under St. Peter’s Cathedral–a suspicion that the Catholic Church has never denied (except for saying that it does not have the large golden menorah seen in the relief on Titus’ Arch–see picture above).
**Two hilarious comments oozed out of the Obama Administration yesterday as it continued its campaign to continue easing sanctions on Iran–an easing that actually began five months ago.
First from President Obama: “What that [a six month trial period] gives us is the opportunity to test how serious they [the Iranians] are. If it turns out six months from now that they’re not serious, we can crank those sanctions right back up.”
Crank those sanctions right back up? Who is kidding whom? Now that the whole world knows that U.S. is determined to make love with the Iranians–no country will get back on board the sanctions train. Sanctions cannot be cranked down and up at President Obama’s whim.
Second from U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power: “The sign that this is not a good deal for Iran is the fact they haven’t taken the deal that’s on the table right now.”
This is a good joke to end with today. The Iranians haven’t taken any deal for the last ten years. They are masters of the art of “negotiations”–especially at the tactic of stalling. Why should they agree to what is on the table? Obama eased off sanctions back in June in return for a tweet from Rouhani.
If the Iranians agree to some sort of deal in the next couple of weeks, you can be assured, dear reader, that it will be a better deal for them than the one currently “on the table.”