UPDATES 7 pm Israel time, Wednesday, November 12 2014:
—>Our so-called “Defense” Minister Moshe Ya’alon announced this morning that the security guards that work in and around the kibbutzim, moshavim, and towns along the Gaza Border are not going to be fired after all.
You may remember that Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz caused a storm of protest earlier this year when they announced that the security guards (known as “ravashatzim” in Hebrew) would be summarily fired because of budget cuts.
Ya’alon issued this self-evident statement today: “In the course of Operation Protective Edge, we understood that beside the assistance that the ravshatzim offered the security forces in their activity, they were also a focus of support for the residents for any need that arose.”
You think? How could Ya’alon and Gantz possibly have been so disengaged from the reality of southern Israelis not to have known this in the first place?
—>Speaking of Ya’alon, more information from Cabinet meetings before and during Operation Protective Edge reveal just how detached the “Defense” Minister was from reality.
The minutes of those meetings show that Naftali Bennett repeatedly urged the IDF to launch an offensive against the tunnels only to be met by adamant opposition from Ya’alon who repeatedly said: “The tunnels are a threat we can live with; there is no need to set their elimination as a goal.”
According to Ya’alon, the goal of the IDF was “to aim for a ceasefire.”
And to think that this man is the person who is in charge of Israel’s defense.
A barely reported incident in northern Israel this morning illustrates the utterly failed policy of Israel’s security forces in dealing with “rock” throwing.
A group of schoolgirls from Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu were on a field trip near Beit She’an to look at some of the natural and archaeological sights in the area. Along the way, they encountered a group of Israeli-Arab students from the Galilee.
Immediately, the Israeli-Arabs began throwing “rocks” at the girls. Numerous girls were wounded. Their teacher rushed them into a nearby cave for protection but not before the teacher had also been wounded.
By the time security forces arrived on the scene, the Israeli-Arab students had left the area and the wounded girls and their teacher were taken to the nearest hospital where they remain at this time being treated for head and body wounds.
What are we to say about this outrageous situation–in which a group of Israeli schoolgirls cannot even go on a hike without being attacked by Israeli-Arabs? What are we to say about this outrageous situation–in which Israeli-Arabs now feel they can attack Israelis Jews with complete impunity?
What we can say is that there is no security in Judea, Samaria, or the rest of Israel. Anyone walking down a street in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, anyone on a picnic in a forest or on a nature hike, anyone who encounters Arabs anywhere is now subject to attack. Attacking Jews has become a sport, and it is open season on Jews everywhere.
How did we get to this situation?
A blind person can see how the process has evolved.
Years of “rock” throwing by Palestinians in Judea and Samaria have been watched by Arabs in Israel. What the Arabs in Israel have seen is that Israeli security forces have treated the “rock throwers” with political correctness—and that has usually meant that the “rock throwers” have terrorized Jewish community members with complete impunity. Along the way “rock” throwing came to include Molotov cocktails and occasional gunfire.
Eventually, this “rock” and Molotov cocktail throwing then spread to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem where again Israeli security forces did virtually nothing to stop it. Armed gangs paid by Hamas and under the umbrella of the Islamic Wakf began to roam the Temple Mount and throw “rocks” at Israelis whenever they wanted to stop Jews from coming to the Mount.
If police did anything, these gangs retreated into the Al-Aksa Mosque from which they continued pelting security personnel with anything they could find. Every time one of these episodes occured, the Jerusalem police would arrest 2 or 3 token “rock” throwers who were shortly thereafter released to throw again.
This is the situation on the Mount today, but now we find all of eastern Jerusalem beset with rioting “rock” and Molotov cocktail throwers, and lo and behold, the “rock” and Molotov cocktail throwing has spread to the Israeli-Arab communities in the Galilee.
For their part, the Israeli police are at a total loss as to what to do. Today, police officials issued such messages as “The assessment is that the riots will end soon. If we can restrain [Jewish] actions on the Temple Mount we will be able to slowly, gradually restrain the other elements in the country”, and “Jewish Israelis are urged to stay out of Israeli-Arab villages in the Galilee.”
Can you even believe this? Not only do the police want to stop Jews from going to the Temple Mount, they also want to stop Jews from traveling in parts of Israel. The police and governmental solution to the problem is to make areas of Israel off-limits to Jews.
Who knows what will be next? Will Jews be told not to go to Yafo in Tel Aviv or travel through the Negev because there are large numbers of Israeli-Arabs there?
What has Israel come to?