8 pm Israel time, Sunday, January 4 2015
70 Days Until The Election
***At this moment, snow is falling on Mt. Hermon in northern Israel–and snow is predicted for Jerusalem in the coming days as winter arrives.
***Israeli officials announced yesterday that 500 million shekels ($125 million dollars) in collected Palestinian tax monies are being withheld from the PLO because of the attempt of the Palestinians to join the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
As soon as this announcement was made, Palestinian officials in Ramallah declared that Israel’s withholding of the tax monies would be the first “war crime” case that they would file at The Hague.
If the failure of the Israeli government to supply the 500 million shekels can be construed as a “war crime”, what about the 1.5 billion shekels that the Palestinians now owe to the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) in unpaid electrical bills? Isn’t it a crime that Israeli consumers such as your humble servant are being forced to pay greater electrical charges to make up for the Palestinian absence of payment?
Of course, what normally happens when people don’t pay their electrical bill is that their electricity is shut off. But Palestinians are never expected to be able to take care of themselves because the world treats them as infants. Can you imagine what the world outcry would be if the lights went out in the Palestinian state in Areas A and B of Judea and Samaria tonight?
***On a day which saw the IDF absurdly retreat from all of its positions on the Gaza Border except for those at Nahal Oz, Kerem Shalom, and Netiv HaAsara, we had IDF commanders come forth with amazingly discomfiting statements.
One of the most amazing came from Nahal Oz where the Gaza Division commander commented about the recent war with Hamas: “I admit, we did not know how to deal with the tunnels”.
The unfortunate truth is that the IDF still does not know how to deal with the tunnels as it continues to allow thousands of tons of concrete into Gaza to build new tunnels and refurbish older “destroyed” ones.
***785 Israelis applied to the Israeli government to have their citizenship revoked during 2014. Those seeking revocation were Israelis primarily living in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The 4 main reasons given: they do not wish to hold dual citizenship; they have to use an Israeli passport when they enter Israel; the center of their lives is in the country of their residence; their inability to receive security clearances in sensitive positions in the countries they are living in.
In regard to the last reason, a number of Israelis living in the United States reported that they are not allowed to work at the Pentagon or in military-related industries if they are Israeli citizens–or even dual citizens of the U.S. and Israel.
The facts concerning the incident two days ago at Adei Ad in the Shiloh region north of Jerusalem continue to come to light.
As you may remember, American consular officials arrived at the Palestinian settlement of Turmus Ayya in the valley below Adei Ad in two cars at the request of Palestinians “apparently” holding American citizenship. They had been “invited” by the Palestinian-Americans to investigate the alleged destruction of 5000 olive tree seedlings by “extreme right-wing settlers” of Adei Ad. In the process of getting out of their cars, American security personnel aimed two weapons at Jewish community members who then pelted them with rocks.
Here are some of the additional facts today:
*There were not 5000 olive trees. The most recent estimate is somewhat fewer than 500.
*There has still been no independent verification that even 1 seedling was uprooted.
*The 500 trees had been planted in honor of Palestinian terrorist murderer Ziad Abu Ein who died of a heart attack several weeks ago while leading demonstrations against Israeli security forces.
*Palestinians had attempted to infiltrate Adei Ad two weeks ago in the precise spot where the incident occurred.
*The American officials in the armed convoy violated all protocol by not informing the IDF of their “visit” in advance.
As journalist Ari Soffer wrote today:
“. . . details which have emerged so far paint a worrying picture regarding the conduct of Consulate staff – who either willingly took part in a planned provocation, or else, in a staggering show of irresponsibility and unprofessionalism, recklessly blundered into a volatile and potentially deadly situation without the slightest idea of what they were doing.”
Note: Israelstreet thanks Arutz Sheva for information in today’s blog.