The Battle Over Area C of Judea and Samaria Intensifies

12 Tammuz 5776

Tuesday, July 19 2016


UPDATES 8 am Israel time

…Palestinian terrorism not in the mainstream news yesterday…

*2 Israeli soldiers were stabbed at the El-Aroub Junction just outside of Hevron. The soldiers are reportedly in “fair” condition this morning. The terrorist was shot and killed.

*Israelis living in homes in Ras Al-Amud, near the top of the Mt. of Olives in Jerusalem, came under Molotov firebomb attack last night. No one was wounded; the terrorists escaped.

*Israeli children, women, and men were attacked with “rocks” at a score of locations including Ni’lin, Qaffin, Beit Hanina, Zeita, Deir Kadis, Highway 446, Beit Horon, Route 443, and Karmi Tzur.

*Early in the morning, an IDF patrol operating near Qabatiya was fired on by Palestinians. No Israelis were wounded; the terrorists escaped.

…Tearful funerals were held yesterday…

Sgt. Solomon Rindenow, a lone soldier living in Israel, was laid to arrest in Netzer Hazani, and Sgt. Musam Tapesh was buried in Beit Jann. Both funerals were attended by hundreds of mourners, and at both the soldiers were eulogized by family and friends as remarkable young men.

The sequence of events that led to their deaths at the base of Mt. Hermon two days ago remains unclear. As information from those wounded in the incident becomes known, it appears that the driver of the IDF jeep, Sgt. Tapesh, stopped the jeep when he spotted a hand grenade beside the road (how it got there is still in doubt). In the process of carrying the grenade to the nearby checkpoint, it exploded, killing Tapesh and Rindenow (who was manning the checkpoint).

…An unusual visitor to Israel…

This picture was made as the whale swam away into deeper waters.

This picture was made as the whale swam away into deeper waters.

For the first time in 40 years, a large whale was spotted off the coast of Haifa. Lifeguards who swam out to find out if the whale was in distress reported that it was apparently a young whale that seemed disoriented.

Fortunately, the lifeguards’ jet skis moved the whale into safer waters away from the beach.

…What angers Israelis the most?

No, it’s not what you think.

It’s the Israel postal service. The Israel Ombudsman released his annual report yesterday which showed that Israelis have grown increasingly irritated by poor delivery service and standing in long lines to mail a letter or pick up a package,

You can add your humble servant’s name to those annoyed.


The battle over Area C of Judea and Samaria intensifies.

You will remember, dear reader, that Area C is specifically designated to be under total Israeli administrative and military control.

Judea and Samaria: map of Areas A, B, and C--as established by an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians in the Oslo Accords.

Judea and Samaria: map of Areas A, B, and C–as established by an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians in the Oslo Accords in 1993.

However, as has been regularly reported here on israelstreet, the European Union has been seeking to change the “facts” on the ground in Area C by establishing illegal settlements which encourage Palestinians to move out of Areas A and B and into C.

Israel has been fighting back by destroying EU-constructed buildings and other structures illegally built in Area C.

Yesterday, ambassadors from eight European countries sent a letter to head of the IDF COGAT unit demanding that Israel immediately stop such destruction because it is a violation of international law. The sheer gall of the law-breaking European Union calling Israel a violator of international law for destroying illegal buildings that the European Union have built on our land is simply breathtaking.

Equally astonishing was the European claim in the same letter that Israel had ‘displaced” and rendered “homeless” 49 Bedouins at Jabel al-Baba and 26 more at Hahira by virtue of having seized more than $50,000 dollars worth of EU-supplied tents. These Bedouins were, of course, encouraged to settle permanently in Area C by the Europeans.

Ironically, as the European letter was being sent and delivered, dozens of European Union-funded leftists, “humanitarian activists”, and Palestinians were busy breaking the law near Carmel.

Look closely at the fence. Note the cameraman. Also note the planters out in the field (picture: Regavim).

Look closely at the fence. Note the cameraman. Also note the planters out in the field (picture: Regavim).

Again in an attempt to establish facts on the ground, these people planted olive trees to the east of Carmel in an area covering dozens of acres.  Unless these trees are immediately uprooted, we will have international photographers out in force by the coming weekend taking pictures of poor Palestinians tending their olive orchards (in fact, as seen in the above picture, the photographers were already out there).

Meanwhile the “Ma’aleh Adumim first” movement is gaining momentum in the government. It is a movement which seeks to annex the largest city in Area C to Israel and thereby apply Israeli law. It is called Ma’aleh Adumim “first” because the idea–long advocated here on israelstreet–is for the rest of Area C to be annexed to Israel as well.

A bill that would extend Israeli sovereignty to Ma’aleh Adumin will be submitted to the Knesset in the coming weeks. The campaign for its approval began yesterday:

From left to right:

From left to right: Betzalel Smotrich (Knesset member Jewish Home Party), Yoav Kish (Knesset member Likud), Yuli Edelstein (Knesset Speaker), Benny Kashriel (Mayor of Ma’aleh Adumim). They are holding a letter with all of the Knesset members who have already signed on to the proposed new law annexing Ma’aleh Adumim.

The proposed law faces a long fight from the lefties in the government, but the remarkable fact is that there now seems to be a consensus in the Knesset and in the general public that the time has come to enact such a law.

At the same time, there are numerous moves underway to save the Jewish community of Amona from destruction. Photo below: part of the fledgling Jewish community of Amona:

Last year, and again early this year, the Israel Supreme Court ruled that Amona had to be evacuated by the December 25, 2016 and turned over to whom it ruled were the private Palestinian owners of the land.

However, the ownership of the land is by no means clear, and our new Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman is purportedly attempting to apply the 1953 Abandoned Lands Law to Amona. Were it to be applied, the supposed Palestinian landowners (who abandoned the property back in 1948) would be financially compensated.

And, no less than Netanyahu stalwart and Infrastructure Minister Yuval Steinetz has made several visits to Amona in recent weeks. During one visit, he declared: “It’s unthinkable to simply evacuate entire towns for judicial reasons.”

If we have written it once on this blog, we have written it a hundred times:

Annex Area C now!


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