It has now been 14 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 Back Our Boys”.
UPDATES 9 am Israel time, Friday, June 27 2014:
**The rocket fire from Lebanon into Israel yesterday afternoon has gone completely unreported by the mainstream Israeli media. Apparently, the industrial area around Haifa was the target, but fortunately the missiles fell into the Mediterranean or in “open places”. In any case, the sound of warning sirens yesterday afternoon set many Israelis in the north on edge.
**Statistics on the sheer scale of “rock” throwing in Jerusalem were revealed yesterday by the Ministry of Justice. During the last three years, there have been almost 2,900 incidents of Arab “rock” throwers attacking Israelis on foot, in their cars, and on buses.
2,900 incidents in 36 months. Around 80 per month–in Jerusalem alone. And virtually no one arrested.
It is no wonder that the Ministry is seeking harsher penalties for “rock” throwers, but before punishement can be administered, the criminals must be caught, and now they wander the eastern neighborhoods of the city with impunity.
**To no israelstreeter’s surprise, the nuclear weapons talks with the P5+1 and Iran are going nowhere. No progress has been made as Iran is now continually accusing the West of making “excessive demands”–as it did again yesterday following a meeting of the Western nations in Brussels.
What is remarkable is how the ground has shifted. From once having the stated goal of making sure that Iran never gets a nuclear weapon, the new goal of the West seems to be nothing more extending the time it would take for Iran to assemble a nuclear weapon. Obviously, this latter goal is predicated on the fact that Iran already has the pieces in place for such a weapon to be built.
In fact, the P5+1 are barely even “negotiating” with Iran anymore. The meeting in Brussels was to figure out what concessions the West could make to Iran to “resuscitate” the talks.
Also not surprising was the idiotic statement that came out of the EU Foreign Minister and Baroness Buffoon Catherine Ashton’s office yesterday: “The meeting affirmed the determination of the parties involved to reach a comprehensive agreement by July 20.”
The announcement yesterday from PM Netanyahu of the identities of the two primary Hamas suspects in the kidnapping of the Israeli teenagers is old news but it came with a few pieces of new information that are worth repeating today.
–Marwan Kawasme (29) and Amar Abu Aysha (32) are serial Hamas terrorists having been in and out of Israeli prisons numerous times in the last 10 years. They operated “within the Hamas framework” in Hebron–and acted as Hamas “recruiters.”
—The Israeli Shin Bet had confirmed the identities of Kawasme and Aysha within 24 hours of the kidnapping.
—Kawasme has been engaged in Hamas military training over the last few years in the caves around Hebron. Apparently, his specific training has been in explosives.
—Kawasme belongs to a family “clan” in Hebron with an estimated 10,000 members.
–One of Aysha’s brothers was killed in 2005 while hurling an IED at Israeli soldiers.
Where does this information lead us?
The difficulties in finding the teenagers are formidable. What we are dealing with are extremely experienced, highly motivated, and dangerous terrorists who have an extensive knowledge of hiding places in the Hebron area and an extensive network of family members willing to support them.
Will the teenagers be found alive?
Your humble servant continues to have his doubts especially in light of the fact that the suspects are hardened terrorists. They may well blow themselves and their captives up rather than be taken alive–if they have not killed the teenagers already.