Petah Tikva Terror, IS Terror, Syrian Chaos, Comings and Goings at Ben Gurion

Shevat 13, 5777

February 9, 2017


Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .

*Seven Israelis were wounded near the Petah Tikva market this afternoon at around 5:00 pm. A Palestinian terrorist opened fire at Israelis wounding 6–and then stabbed another Israeli in the neck who tried to subdue him. All of the wounded are in moderate condition; the terrorist was captured.

*There were another 30 Palestinian terror attacks on Wednesday. In the afternoon (after 2:00 pm) and evening alone:

–Terrorists attacked soldiers and police with “rocks” and Molotov firebombs at Tekoa, Deir Jarir, Rachel’s Tomb,  El Moai’ir, Dehaisha, and Hevron.

–Terrorists attacked motorists and pedestrians with “rocks” and Molotov firebombs at Efrat, Tekoa, northern Efrat, on Route 443,  Ariel, Hawara, Hizma, Al Khader, and Shechem (Joseph’s Tomb) .

IS terror in the last 24 hours . . .

You may remember that last week, we wrote about the deteriorating situation on the Israel-Syrian border where IS has taken root.

Yesterday, at least one missile (perhaps a mortar) was fired into the Golan. No Israelis were wounded.

Also 4 missiles were fired by IS in Sinai into Eilat. Three were shot down by the Iron Dome, the fourth landed in an “open space”. Apparently that “open space” was a hotel swimming pool. Numerous Israelis and tourists were treated for trauma.

The situation in Syria becomes even crazier . . .

If the situation was not already confusing, it became even more so today.

To begin with, a Russian plane accidentally bombed Turkish troops killing three. This was particularly ironic because Turkey has been coordinating its troop movements in Syria with the Russians.

And remember the Russians are heavily invested in backing Syrian President Assad.

However following the bombing incident, the Syrian Army attacked Turkish Army positions and issued a statement that the Turks are invaders.

Of course the real reason the Turks are in Syria is to try to kill as many Kurds as they can . . .  but that’s a different story.

The number of travelers at Ben Gurion soars . . .

The number of passengers going through Ben Gurion Airport hit an all-time monthly high in January with 1,127,607 passengers–a 20% increase over January last year.

The five leading airlines were: El Al, EasyJet, Aeroflot, Turkish Airlines, and United Airlines. The five leading destinations were Paris, Moscow, JFK New York, Rome, and Newark.

Speaking of the airport . . .

Yesterday, the Immigration Authority detained the vice president of the New Israel Fund, Jennifer Gorovitz, for extra questioning as she came into the country.

In your humble servant’s opinion she should have been barred entry and put back on a flight to the United States.

However, she eventually made it through and of course held a press conference describing her grievous suffering and “emotional scarring” at the hands of the Israeli authorities.

This afternoon, the head of Immigration Authority profusely apologized to the head of the New Israel Fund, Talia Sasson for Gorovitz’s “treatment.”

Unbelievable and sickening.

It is Ms. Sasson and Ms. Gorovitz who should apologize for all they and their organization do to delegitimize Israel.


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