19 Sivan 5776
Saturday, June 26 2016
UPDATES 6:00 am Israel Time
…Palestinian terrorism in the last week…
As has been reported on israelstreet this week, there have been more than 120 terrorist assaults including “rock”, Molotov, IED, arson, and shooting attacks. 7 Israelis were wounded.
As we often ask, why is it that these attacks are completely ignored by the international media?
…Palestinian terrorism yesterday…
*At about 2:45 pm yesterday, a female Palestinian terrorist from Bani Naim attempted to crush Israelis to death with her car at the Elias Junction bus stop beside Kiryat Arba. In the process of carrying out the attack on those standing at the bus stop, she slammed into another car wounding an Israeli couple who are in their 50s.
The couple was moderately wounded, treated on the scene by MADA, and then evacuated to Shaare Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem where they remain.
The terrorist was shot and killed by IDF troops on the scene.
*Earlier in the day, an Egged bus on Line 160 near Beit Ummar in Gush Etzion was attacked by terrorists. “Rocks” shattered bus windows and traumatized passengers.
*Numerous other incidents occurred throughout Judea and Samaria such as riots directed against security personnel in Doha and Tulkarm.
…Tomorrow will be a black day…
By most accounts, the government of Israel will announce an agreement with Turkey tomorrow.
In previous blogs, we have delineated what the terms of that agreement will be. Suffice it to say that Turkey will come out on the winning end (and yes, there is a winner and loser in this agreement).
To your humble servant, a telling moment in the debate about whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union came back on February 17th of this year.
In an interview with the German newspaper Bild, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, arrogantly proclaimed that Britain would vote to stay in the EU because the benefits of membership were “obvious” and because Britain “needed” the EU more than the EU needed Britain.
Juncker’s comments ignited a firestorm of protest in Britain at the time, and you could feel the anger from that firestorm on Thursday and Friday when people were asked why they voted to exit the EU.
“The EU is arrogant”, “The EU is out of touch”, “The EU is run by a self-serving elite”, “The EU is trying to control every facet of our lives from employment law to family planning policy”, “EU immigration policy has run amok”.
Your humble servant mentions all of this today because most Israelis have precisely the same reaction to the European Union as did a majority of voters in the United Kingdom.
We have sat here over the last decade and watched as the EU has arrogantly attempted to insert itself into all facets of Israeli life. It has primarily done so via the funding of hundreds of NGOs which have as their primary mission the delegitimization of this country.
Your humble servant would dare say that virtually every anti-Israel NGO is funded in whole or in part by money from the European Union itself or an individual country within the EU. B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence, Yesh Din: all of the most egregious NGOs have the mark of the EU on their foreheads.
Nowhere has the EU shown a more arrogant disregard for Israel than in its blatant and illegal attempts to change the facts on the ground in Area C of Judea and Samaria. With no regard for law, the EU continues to put up buildings throughout the area in an attempt to move Palestinians out of Areas A and B and into C. The EU is attempting a wholesale transfer of the Palestinian population.
Just yesterday, more EU buildings were spotted in the E1 area near Ma’aleh Adumim.
From the perspective above, you cannot really see “the EU”, but here is a close-up view of one of the buildings:
And the EU is not only putting up buildings but also it is heavily involved in numerous other features of infrastructure such as roads, electrical lines, and gas pipelines.
All of this coming from an EU entity that embraced and applauded anti-Semitism incarnate within its own Parliament two days ago.
The time has come for Israel to stop toying with half-hearted measures to thwart the EU, and to embark upon a bold campaign of ISREXIT.
We can use the British as a model.