UPDATES 5 pm Israel time, Monday, October 27 2014:
–>At a Knesset committee meeting today, Nir Barkat, the Mayor of Jerusalem, revealed that Jerusalem is now averaging 5000 terrorist incidents of “rock throwing” and “firebombing” per month.
–>Violent clashes have broken out in Jerusalem as the funeral for the terrorist murderer of Chaya Braun and Karen Mosquera has taken place, a murderer who has been hailed as a “heroic martyr” by the Palestinian establishment.
What kind of hero is it, your humble servant wonders, who rams his car into women, children, and infants at a train stop?
–>660 new housing units in Ramat Shlomo and 400 in Har Homa have entered the planning pipeline according to officials in the Netayahu’s office. At the same time, Netanyahu has apparently ordered new roads to be built in Judea and Samaria to protect Jewish community members.
Nevertheless, no one should be deceived by Netanyahu’s actions on this score. The prime minister is notorious for beginning the planning process of new housing and proposing infrastructure projects only to pull the rug out from under such projects shortly thereafter. How many new residential units have actually been built in the last year? Almost none. How many new roads have been put into use in the last year? None.
–>Much ado is being made in Israel today about Netanyahu’s apparent defeat within the Knesset’s Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee today.
At debate was the new “conversion law” which would wrest control over orthodox conversions out of the hands a relatively small group (about 25) of centralized rabbis and put it in the hands of rabbis in cities around the country. In effect, it would somewhat dilute the power of the orthodox leadership. The proposal is opposed by Netanyahu, the Orthodox parties, and by the Jewish Home party.
However, a group led by Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu), Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid), and Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) succeeded in getting the bill approved for its second and third readings in the Knesset (a proposed law must be approved in three separate readings–the vote today will merely permit the bill to have a second and third reading but does not guarantee its approval).
Whether this heralds a major realignment of parties remains to be seen. Lapid and Livni have already formed what is essentially an anti-Netanyahu block within the coalition and Lieberman has broken up his party’s alliance with Netanyahu, but whether Lieberman is going to join the Lapid-Livni block will be seen in the coming weeks.
One last point. Israeli politics are labyrinthine. Who knows what will happen between now and the second and third readings of the proposed bill?
–>Egypt has begun clearing a 1 km buffer zone on its border with Palestinian Hamas Gaza. At the same time, soldiers have captured a number of terror suspects in the bombings that killed more than 30 Egyptian soldiers. Foremost among those taken into custody is an official of Hamas.
–>Meanwhile inside Gaza, tunnel restoration and missile production continue apace. More “experimental missiles” were fired from Gaza into the Mediterranean today. This marks five consecutive days that such missile test-firings have taken place. How long will it be before these missiles begin exploding in southern Israel?
She was a 22-year-old woman from Guayaquil, Ecuador who had studied Family Psychology at the Catholic University of Guayaquil.
She came to Israel nearly two years ago because she wanted to convert to Judaism after discovering whe was descended from Conversos, Spanish Jews who were forced to convert to Catholicism.
She studied arduously at a midrasha in Jerusalem to achieve her goal. Her plans were to pursue a degree in archaeology upon completion of her studies.
She was struck by a terrorist while she was on her way to that midrasha for a Torah lesson.
She died at the Hadassah Medical Center yesterday with her mother, Cecilia, and her sister, Priscilla, at her side.
She was buried yesterday on the Mt. of Olives. Her father, Guido, arrived to attend her funeral.
Her mother said that “Her dream was to come to Israel and build her life there.”
One of her closest friends said this of her: “She was a quiet girl who believed in her path, fought to become a Jew, and nothing bothered her.”
She was Karen Jemima Mosquera, a brave daughter of Israel. May her memory be forever blessed.