It has now been 7 days since Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16 were kidnapped and last seen alive. Wherever you are, support the campaign to “Bring Our Boys Home”. One group is encouraging worshipers tonight in synagogues everywhere to leave 3 empty seats in order to focus attention on the plight of the teenagers.
Quote of the Day:
U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, speaking on Israeli TV after a visit to the home of Naftali Fraenkel, one of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, and the only one who happens to be a dual Israeli-American citizen:
“The U.S. is doing all that it can do to help Israel find the kidnapped teenagers.”
What a disingenuous joke. It was the U.S. that arm-twisted Israel into releasing murderous terrorists on the street in the lastest round of “negotiations”, and the U.S. that immediately rushed to support the new PLO-Hamas government with money and diplomatic support.
UPDATES 9 am Israel time, Friday, June 20 2014:
**More IDF sweeps overnight in the Hebron area netted another 35 Hamas terrorists. PM Netanyahu blathered yesterday evening that “we know more now than we did at the outset” concerning the kidnapping. One police official is reported to have commented anonymously that the police now know that the Hamas kidnappers are somewhere in the Hebron hills and that the kidnapping was carried out without the knowledge of Hamas in Gaza.
How in the world the police know this is anyone’s guess.
**It has been was another sleepless, traumatizing night in southern Israel courtesy of the PLO-Hamas terrorist government. At 7:03 pm, alarm sirens went off in Sderot and Sha’ar Hanagev again as several rockets struck the area. At 9:57 pm, we were jolted in our house here in south Ashdod by the firing of the Iron Dome nearby which intercepted one incoming rocket over Ashkelon. At least one other rocket struck “an open space” near the city. At 11:09 pm, there was a reported mortar attack (9 mortars fired) on southern Israel in the vicinity of an IDF base. At 2:47 am, the IAF was bombing “buried launch sites” in Gaza.
The IAF bombing begs the question of “if the IDF has known where buried launchers are, why haven’t our aircraft bombed them before now?”
**It was a good day yesterday on the Gaza-Egyptian and Syrian-Lebanese borders. A smuggling tunnel leading from Gaza to Egypt exploded and collapsed in the al-Tuffah neighborhood killing 9 Hamas members (6 bodies found, 3 “missing”) in what the PLO-Hamas government described as “a work related accident”. Meanwhile, the Lebanese new site LEBANON NOW reported that 40 Hezbollah “militants” were killed in an ambush near Rankous, Syria, on the Lebanese border.
**More good news from Jerusalem last night where the Police have acted to try to stop what have become the regular Friday riots on the Har HaBayit (Temple Mount). No Muslim worshipers except men over the age of 50 in possession of “blue cards” are being permitted onto the Mount. Blockades have been set up at various gates leading into the Old City:
And a closer look at another:
Scenes like these are a welcome sight. Now, if only Jews would be permitted to worship at the holiest site in Judaism . . .
Our blog today is short and sweet.
Some older israelstreet readers may remember Tony Orlando, an American singer from the 1970s who had many number one hits. In April of 1973, these emotional lyrics vaulted Orlando to number 1 on the music charts:
I’m comin’ home, I’ve done my time
Now I’ve got to know what is and isn’t mine
If you received my letter telling you I’d soon be free
Then you’ll know just what to do
If you still want me
If you still want me
Whoa, tie a yellow ribbon ’round the ole oak tree
Yesterday, Tony Orlando was in Judea and Samaria–visiting the homes of the Israeli teenagers who have been kidnapped.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Afterwards he called on all of his fans to hang three yellow ribbons in solidarity with the teenagers and their families and had this to say:
“I want Israel to know that I intend to go back home and do everything I can to ask the people of America to tie those yellow ribbons, three yellow ribbons, to show support for the three young Israeli boys.”
Your humble servant cannot but express my profound respect for Tony Orlando for having the courage to visit the families and make the statement he did.
I’m going to hum that song all day.