How To See Through Israeli Eyes


29 Sivan 5776

Tuesday, July 5 2016

 

UPDATES 9 am Israel time

Palestinian terror unreported by the mainstream media yesterday

*Palestinian terrorists opened fire on an IDF group near Har Bracha, threw Molotov firebombs at Israelis on the Husan Bypass road, at Shuafat, and in Silwan and attacked with “rocks” on Road 443 and at al-Fajr, al-Khader, and Halhul.

*Yesterday, a tunnel belonging to Hamas’ military wing, Izz al-Din al-Qassam, was blown up by the Egyptians. The tunnel ran from Gaza into the northern Sinai and was 3 km long.

According to the Egyptian Army, the tunnel showed a level of sophistication not seen before,and was described as one of the most dangerous tunnels it had ever uncovered.

…PM Netanyahu continues on his whirlwind trip to Africa…

Four countries in five days.

Yesterday, in an emotional moment, he stood in the control tower at the Entebbe airport where a sniper fired the bullet that killed his brother Yoni back on July 4, 1976.

The trip has already paid one dividend. The government of Tanzania announced that it is opening an embassy in Israel.

TODAY’S BLOG:

Your humble servant often wonders what is going through the minds of journalists and press departments of international organizations and NGOs when they write their endless dribble demeaning Israel.

I doubt that they really think that anyone here in Israel is listening or reading them. In reality, the reports are just “canned” formulaic writing in which the phraseology remains the same, but the dates and details are changed. In all cases, the so-called “news pieces” serve little else than to perpetuate the writers and their industry of Israel-hatred.

Nevertheless, your humble servant thought it might be instructive today to take a look at a press release that was disseminated by the “United Nations News Centre” yesterday and try to read it as most Israelis would.

The blog will be in two parts: first, the article; second, what an Israeli would be thinking as she or he read the article.

As predicted in yesterday’s blog, the international community immediately pounced on the decision by PM Netanyahu and Defense Minister Lieberman to construct more housing units in Ma’aleh Adumim and elsewhere.

First, here is the article, including the accompanying picture with the U.N. caption (you can also click here to see it on the U.N. website):

UN News Centre

With two-state solution ‘slipping away,’ UN denounces

Israel’s settlement, demolition activities

The United Nations today condemned Israel for demolishing Palestinians' homes and advancing plans to build new houses for Israeli settlers, amid the prospect of the two-state solution to the Middle East conflict already “slipping away.”

The home of a Palestinian family in the West Bank demolished by Israeli authorities on 4 July 2016.

4 July 2016 – The United Nations today condemned Israel for demolishing Palestinians’ homes and advancing plans to build new houses for Israeli settlers, amid the prospect of the two-state solution to the Middle East conflict already “slipping away.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has denounced Israel’s decisions to move forward with new constructions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, urging Israel to halt and reverse such decisions in the interest of peace and a just final status agreement.

‘The Secretary-General strongly criticizes the decision by Israeli authorities to advance plans to build some 560 housing units in the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim, as well as the advancement of plans to build 240 housing units in a number of settlements in occupied East Jerusalem,’ Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.

‘This raises legitimate questions about Israel’s long-term intentions, which are compounded by continuing statements of some Israeli ministers calling for the annexation of the West Bank,’ the spokesperson added.

The decisions followed the release last week of the report by the so-call (sic) Middle East Quartet – the Russian Federation, the United States, the European Union and the UN – that provides recommendations to address impediments to the two-state solution.

‘The Secretary-General is deeply disappointed that this announcement comes only four days after the Middle East Quartet called on Israel to cease its policy of settlement construction and expansion,’ Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said.

Also today, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) confirmed that the Israeli authorities demolished two homes in Qalandia Refugee Camp in the occupied West Bank in the middle of last night.

‘Punitive home demolitions are a form of collective punishment which are illegal under international law,’ said UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness. ‘They inflict distress and suffering on those who have not committed the action which led to the demolition and they often endanger people and property in the vicinity.’

‘UNRWA condemns punitive demolitions and reminds Israel, the occupying power, that under international humanitarian law it has an obligation to protect the occupied people and provide services,’ the spokesperson added.

In a commentary sent to the press yestereday, Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, noted that Palestinian frustration after half a century of occupation, dozens of failed peace efforts ‘cannot be wished away.’

It cannot be vanquished by aggressive security measures, continued illegal settlement activities in the occupied West Bank, arrests or punitive home demolitions, he added.

‘Palestinians and Israelis have, understandably, reached a point where many on both sides have lost faith in the other’s commitment to a future of two states living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition,’ he continued.

‘At the end of the day, the sad reality for peoples on both sides of the conflict is that the things which they hold most dear – statehood [for Palestinians] and security [for Israelis] – are slipping further away,’ he wrote.


Now, let’s take the same article again and try to imagine what is running through an Israeli’s mind while reading it:

UN News [Misinformation] Centre

With two-state solution ‘slipping away,’ [gone]

UN denounces Israel’s settlement, demolition

 [construction and self-defense] activities

The United Nations today condemned Israel for demolishing Palestinians' homes and advancing plans to build new houses for Israeli settlers, amid the prospect of the two-state solution to the Middle East conflict already “slipping away.”

The home of a Palestinian family in the West Bank demolished by Israeli authorities on 4 July 2016. [The demolished home of Palestinian terrorist murderer Issa Assaf, who stabbed to death Rabbi Reuven Biermacher at the Jaffa Gate on December 23, 2015. Biermacher was a resident of Kiryat Yaarim who left behind his wife and seven children. The demolition was carried out by order of the Israel Supreme Court on July 4, 2016.]

4 July 2016 – The United Nations condemned Israel [for the one thousandth time this year. This time the condemnation was] for demolishing  Palestinians’ homes [the homes of Palestinian murderers] and advancing plans to build new houses for Israeli settlers [Jews], amid the prospect [fact] of the two-state solution to the Middle East conflict already “slipping away.” [having disappeared because of decades of Palestinian rejectionism and terrorism].

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [who is on the payroll of Qatar and never misses an opportunity to castigate Israel] has denounced Israel’s decisions to move forward with new constructions in the West Bank and East [Judea, Samaria, and eastern] Jerusalem, urging Israel to halt and reverse such decisions [make more concessions to the Palestinians] in the interest of  peace and a just final status agreement [rewarding terrorism and giving the Palestinians everything they want].

‘The Secretary-General strongly criticizes the decision by Israeli authorities to advance plans to build some 560 housing units in the West Bank settlement Israeli city of Maale Adumim, as well as the advancement of plans to build 240 housing units in a number of settlements [neighborhoods] in occupied East [our eternal capital of] Jerusalem,’ Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.

‘ This raises legitimate [Once again, Moon has raised] questions about Israel’s long-term intentions. [Many Israeli legislators are now] calling for the annexation of  the West Bank [Area C of Judea and Samaria]. the spokesperson added.

The decisions followed the release last week of the report by the so-call (sic) Middle East Quartet [a demonstrably anti-Israel group of diplomats made up of] – the Russian Federation, the United States, the European Union and the UN – that provides recommendations  to address impediments to the two-state solution [on how to delegitimize the Israeli position in every venue].

‘The Secretary-General [who once again condemned Israel for the 2014 war with Gaza last week] is deeply disappointed that this announcement comes only four days after the Middle East Quartet called on Israel to cease its policy of settlement construction and expansion [Israel has reached a point of caring little about what he and the Middle East Quartet think]  Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said.

Also today, the UN Relief and Works Agency for  Palestine Refugees [‘Refugees’ self-proclaimed and so-called] in the Near East (UNRWA) confirmed that the Israeli authorities demolished two homes in the Qalandiya Refugee Camp in the occupied West Bank [the large Palestinian terrorist hotbed of Qalandiya] in the middle of last night.

‘Punitive home demolitions are a form of collective punishment which are illegal under international law [absolutely necessary]‘ said UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness [one of the supreme anti-Israel bashers]. ‘They inflict distress and suffering on those who have not committed the action [carried out, collaborated and assisted in the murders of Israeli men, women, and children] which led to the demolition.’ and they often endanger people and property in the vicinity.’

‘UNRWA [is there a more hideous organization?] condemns punitive [necessary] demolitions and reminds Israel  the occupying power, that under international humanitarian law it has an obligation to protect the occupied people and provide services,’ [that few countries can match Israel’s commitment to human rights] the spokesperson added.

In a commentary  [condemnation] sent to the press yesterday, Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, noted that frustration after half a century of occupation, dozens of failed peace efforts ‘cannot be wished away.’ [Palestinian support of terror after half a century is as fervent as ever.]

It [Palestinian terror] cannot be  vanquished by aggressive security measures, continued illegal settlement activities in the occupied West Bank, arrests or punitive home demolitions, [wished away by Israeli gestures for ‘peace] he added.

Palestinians and [After more than a half century of Palestinian terror,] Israelis have, understandably, reached a point where many on both sides [they] have lost faith in the other’s commitment to a future of two states living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition.’ he continued.

‘At the end of the day, the sad reality for  peoples on both sides of the conflict [the Palestinians] is that the things which they hold most dear —[destruction of the state of Israel] statehood [for Palestinians] and security [for Israelis] – are slipping further away,’ he wrote. [will never happen.]

 


 

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