UPDATES 7 pm Israel time, Friday, November 28 2014:
*More gunfire was directed at Israeli citizens in Judea and Samaria overnight. Fortunately no was wounded.
*A stabbing incident was averted at the Cave of the Patriarchs earlier today. A Palestinian woman who refused to be checked was found to be carrying a butcher knife.
—>A new election creeps ever closer with reports that the two primary religious parties, Shas and United Torah Judaism, are on the verge of signing an agreement with PM Netanyahu that would guarantee their support of Netanyahu forming a new coalition following such an election.
If they sign such an agreement, Netanyahu would be virtually assured of remaining prime minister–assuming he keeps the support of Avigdor Lieberman. Likud, Jewish Home, Yisrael Beiteinu, Shas, and United Torah Judaism would almost certainly win more than 60 seats.
—>In the neighborhood: an Egyptian general has been murdered by terrorists in a suburb of Cairo today even as it is reported that the Gazan economy has completely collapsed as a result of Egypt’s war on the Hamas smuggling tunnels; Turkey has denied Israel’s charges that it is home to numerous Hamas terror cells that are operating in Judea and Samaria, and has announced that it will build an industrial zone in Jenin.
—>The chief of Israel Police, Yohanan Danino, continued his assault on “nationalist” legislators today declaring that he will not allow any of them to go to the Temple Mount. Danino is terrified of Hamas and its reaction to a possible Israeli flag or any demonstration of Israeli sovereignty at the holiest site in Judaism.
Danino’s incredible comment came as a Hamas march was taking place on the Mount.
Another firestorm has erupted today concerning the Temple Mount today.
Speaking at a seminary, IDF Chief Rabbi Rafi Peretz uttered comments which have been termed “explosive” by the leftist Israeli media. He has even been forced by the IDF General Command to offer an apology to all Arabs today that he “offended.”
Let’s take a moment to examine those few comments that he offered in response to a question asked by one of the seminary students.
“In the Koran, the word Jerusalem is not mentioned even once. Nothing. It’s not even hinted at.”
“90% of Arabs have no idea what is written in the Quran [about Jerusalem and Al-Aksa].”
“What does al-Aqsa mean? Do you know? It means a holy place ‘at the edge’. At the edge of what? Of Mecca! At the end of the Arabian Peninsula.”
“The Dome of the Rock is not at the edge . . . It has no religious significance for Islamic faith.”
“Muslims at “the edge” of the Temple Mount, but to which direction do they pray? To Mecca. Their backs are turned to the Temple Mount. So what are they doing on the Temple Mount?”
True. True. True. True. True.
And yet Rabbi Peretz is forced to apologize for stating what is exactly true.
Your humble servant leaves it to you, dear reader, to find a word to call the IDF General Command.