It is an important day for Israel.
67 years ago today, the United Nations voted to create the Jewish state of Israel and an Arab state beside it. The vote was 33 For, 13 Against, 10 Absentions, and 1 Absence.
It is sadly ironic that we now find ourselves immersed in a debate about whether there should be a law that enshrines the Jewishness of Israel. For his part, Mahmoud Abbas declared for the thousandth time this morning that the Palestinians will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
UPDATES 7 pm Israel time, Saturday, November 29 2014:
*Another Hamas infiltrator has been shot on the Gaza border. The Israeli Navy fired warning shots over Gazan fishing boats this afternoon.
*There have been numerous “rock” throwing incidents throughout Judea and Samaria in the last 24 hours–the worst occurring near Nazareth Illit.
—>Three Chinese immigrants to Israel, descendants of Jews from the now-nonexistent Jewish community of Kaifeng, have completed their naturalization and conversion and are about to begin their service in the IDF. They are all hoping to serve in the Golani Brigade.
The story of the Kaifeng community is remarkable, and just as remarkable is the fact that the Chinese government still lists many of the descendants of the Jewish families of Kaifeng as “Jews.”
Bravo to these three newest Israelis!
—>The trial of Hosni Mubarak which has dragged on for years has finally come to an end with all charges being dropped.
The saga of how long time U.S. ally Mubarak was thrown under the bus by President Obama will forever remain a dark stain in the annals of U.S. foreign policy.
Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot has been named the new IDF Chief of Staff to replace Benny Gantz who will leave the position in two months.
Eizenkot, who came from the Golani Brigade, served meritoriously in the First Lebanon War back in 1982. Since then his military career has been one of slow but steady climbing through the ranks.
Your humble servant must say that he finds Eizenkot’s appointment disconcerting for a number of reasons including:
*Eizenkot worked arm and arm with Ehud Barak on the idiotic unilateral Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon.
*Eizenkot was the leading proponent of the idea of a unilateral ceasefire with the Palestinians when he served as Ariel Sharon’s military secretary.
*Eizenkot was involved in the Harpaz affair in which he knowingly passed on a fraudulent document undermining General Yoav Gallant which torpedoed Gallant’s possibility to be head of the IDF.
*Eizenkot was opposed to getting rid of Hamas in the recent conflict.
Just the fact that Eizenkot is buddy-buddy with Israel’s so-called “Defense” Minister Moshe Ya’alon and was his personal choice for the job is cause enough to worry about the future of the IDF.