UPDATES 7 pm Israel time, Tuesday, December 24 2013:
**The Israel Supreme Court struck a blow for academic freedom today by rejecting a petition brought by major Israeli universities (Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion, and Hebrew University of Jerusalem) against the Ariel University Center of Samaria. The petition which sought to stop the Israeli government from recognizing Ariel was thrown out by the high court.
**Israel proudly unveiled the new train to Sderot today and dedicated the Sderot train station–the first in Israel to be armored against missile attacks.
PM Netanyahu, who was on hand to take the credit, uttered these absurd comments: “Today we mark a holiday, a landmark in realizing the vision to connect all of Israel – from Kiryat Shmona to Eilat. Everything is accessible, everything is connected and it’s changing the face of transportation on a practical level. Everything we wish we can do only if we keep our security.”
Transportation Minister Israel Katz chimed in with this equally ridiculous statement: “There is an atmosphere here of sincere celebration because Sderot is a national icon.”
National icon? Only if we keep our security? Who is kidding whom? The rest of Israel doesn’t care one whit about Sderot or any of the other towns and communities in southern Israel along the Gaza border. Why does the Sderot train station need to be armored against missiles? Because the Israeli government does absolutely nothing to stop missiles from being fired at Sderot.
It was revealed yesterday by Shin Bet (Israel’s security service) that since the Schalit terrorist prisoner release back in 2011, 23 of the Palestinian terrorists who were released have been rearrested after resuming their terrorist activities in Judea and Samaria.
**A Palestinian cultural event sponsored by the PLO under the chairmanship of Mahmoud Abbas took place two days ago and once again glorified the murder of Israelis. Performed by “Palestinian youth actors”, the play concluded with the killing of “all Israelis” to the thunderous applause of the spectators, and the killing of a Palestinian collaborator who begged on his knees for his life–only to be shot in the head.
The astonishing upsurge in violent Palestinian terrorism has continued today with the murder of Saleh Abu Latif, a civilian Beduin worker employed by the IDF. Abu Latif was shot to death by a Hamas sniper early this afternoon as he worked on the Gaza border fence near Nahal Oz.
Abu Latif’s murder follows numerous terrorist events in the last three days (already reported on israelstreet) including ones in which Hamas terrorists have been attempting to place IEDs all along the border fence and to breach the fence and infiltrate Israel.
The murder has provoked the usual outcry from Israeli officials and the usual response from the IAF. PM Netanyahu intoned: “This is an extremely serious incident, and we will not stand idly by. Our policy up until now has been to thwart and retaliate with force, which is exactly what we intend to do in this case.” Defense Minister Yaalon added his two cents: “We will retaliate forcefully and painfully to this shock to our sovereignty and harm to our civilians and soldiers. If there is no peace in Israel, there will no peace in Gaza.”
Of course this latter comment is ridiculous. Israelis in southern Israel are forced into their bomb shelters numerous times each week by incoming rockets and mortars from Gaza. There is no peace in southern Israel.
As for the IAF, reports are that ten sorties have been carried out–mostly against “open spaces” and empty buildings. So much for retaliating “forcefully and painfully.”
Finally, it is about time to realize that once again Israeli citizens are paying the price for the “peace” talks engineered by John Kerry and Barack Obama. Whether it was the attempted bombing of the bus in Bat Yam, the stabbing of the policeman last night just outside of Jerusalem at Adam (the latest medical report is that he will survive but has lost a kidney), or the murder of Saleh Abu Latif, Israeli citizens are being placed at ever greater risk by the lunacy of American and Israeli politicians.
This is what has happened every time over the last six decades that Israel has come to the “peace table” with the Palestinians. Israelis die.
Finally one hilarious aside: John Kerry’s United States State Department has issued the following prohibition to its employees at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv:
”US citizen employees of the US Embassy and their families are temporarily prohibited from using sheruts, the mini-bus shared taxis. The temporary prohibition on sheruts is in effect for the next two weeks as we assess the security implications of the December 22 bomb attack on a public bus in the Bat Yam neighborhood of Tel Aviv. This restriction is in addition to the longstanding prohibition on the use of public buses and their associated terminals and bus stops in Israel.”
Can you even believe this? Because of the terrorism that the U.S. has provoked against Israel, U.S. employees are prohibited from using mini bus taxis and public buses in Israel. But who cares about Israelis who face the daily prospect of being blown up?