Shevat 18, 5777
February 14, 2017
The talk of the Israeli street today:
1. PM Netanyahu arrived in the United States tonight. By all accounts, Netanyahu will sidestep topics such as moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem, annexing parts of Judea and Samaria, releasing Jonathan Pollard from virtual house arrest, and other subjects in favor of talking about his long-favorite subject: Iran.
2. Gideon Sa’ar indicated in an interview yesterday that he plans to return to Israeli politics in the near future–and that he will return to the Likud party.
Sa’ar remains extremely popular within Likud and with the Israeli public, even more so than Netanyahu. What ideas did Sa’ar express in the interview? There should be no Palestinian state, and Israeli law should be extended to Judea and Samaria.
3. In the last week, the IDF has received numerous pieces of heavy equipment from the Caterpillar Company all designed to help the IDF better ferret out tunnels leading from Gaza into Israel. Huge bulldozers are part of the shipment costing more than $10,000,000.
4. Happy Valentines Day? Statistics released yesterday show that 56,000 Israeli couples divorced in the last five years–a rate of 11,000 per year.
5. The Civil Administration, supported by the IDF, continued its war on the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria today. The fledgling tent communities of Shilo Zion and Ramat Migron were destroyed.
6. Amazingly, the above destruction was carried out while the following Palestinian terrorism was taking place:
IEDS were thrown at IDF forces in Beit El; security forces were attacked with “rocks” and Molotovs at Silwan, Kiryat Arba, Abu Dis, Awarta, Awa, and Hevron–and Israeli citizens were assaulted on the Husan Bypass Road, at Mt. Hevron, Wadi Ara, Issawiya, Har Homa, Gush Etzion, and at other locations.
All told, more than 30 terror attacks were carried out while the IDF ridiculously destroyed tents in Shilo and Migron.
7. The Israeli government approved a 5-year, 3 billion shekel plan for the Bedouin population in Israel. Most of the funds are designated for education, local development grants for renovating roads, libraries, and sports facilities, as well as the establishment of ten new industrial zones.
8. The Jerusalem Post reports that the return of the lost tribes of Israel will be continuing this week with 102 members of India’s Bnei Menashe community immigrating to Israel. Of course, Israel already has a large Indian community; what is unusual about this group is that they are some of the first Jews to come from the northeastern state of Mizoram which borders Bangladesh and Myanmar.
9. The Israeli public continues to express outrage over the news that one of the most violent terrorists released in the Gilad Shalit exchange, Yahya Sanwar, is now going to lead Hamas in Gaza. As one of the fathers of an Israeli killed by terrorists said yesterday: “We fought against the release of terrorists and warned that more would join the ranks of the bereaved, and now another graduate of Israeli jails is becoming a leader of Hamas. It hurts to say ‘We told you so’ every time, but we thought that there were other ways to get Gilad Shalit back to Israel.”
10. The Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) revealed today that the Palestinian Authority, aka the PLO, owes more than 1,000,000,000 in electrical bills. The IEC indicated that it will begin cutting off electricity if the bill is not immediately paid. In the meantime, Israelis continue footing the bill for the unpaid debt in the form of higher electricity costs.