Shevat 26, 5777
February 22, 2017
The talk of the Israeli street today
Palestinian terrorists run amok . . .
Every hour of the day, everyday, Palestinian terrorists try to kill Israelis. This terrorism goes largely unreported in Israel and completely unreported in the international media.
Yesterday was no exception.
Let’s begin at midnight and go back through 12 hours, stopping once every hour:
At 12:00 am, Palestinian terrorists attempted to kill Israeli soldiers and police at Beit Hanina.
At 11:32 pm, Palestinian terrorists attempted to kill Israeli soldiers and police at Loban Asharqiya.
At 10:55 pm, Palestinian terrorists attempted to kill Israeli motorists at Beit Ummar.
At 9:50 pm, Palestinian terrorists tried to kill Israeli passengers on a bus near Hura. One Israeli was wounded.
At 8:33 pm, Palestinian terrorists attempted to kill Israeli motorists at the Maccabim checkpoint.
At 7:45 pm, Palestinian terrorists were trying to kill IDF soldiers in Turmus’ayya, Silwan, Tekoa, and Qalandiya.
At 6:20 pm, Palestinian terrorists were attacking IDF soldiers in Sinjil, Al-Khader, and A-Ram.
At 5:28 pm, Palestinian terrorists tried to kill Israeli motorists at Ma’ale Amos and Mt. Hevron.
At 4:18 pm, Palestinian terrorists tried to kill Israeli worshipers at Rachel’s Tomb near Bethlehem. One Israeli was wounded.
At 3:05 pm, Palestinian terrorists tried to kill Israel solders near Hevron.
At 2:o4 pm, Palestinian terrorists tried to kill Israeli passengers on a bus near Hizma. Several Israelis were wounded.
At 1:00 pm, Palestinian terrorists attempted to kill Israeli soldiers and police in Doha.
At 12:13 pm, Palestinian terrorists attempted to kill Israeli soldiers and police at Rachel’s Tomb.
And the list goes on and on. 24 hours . . . 40+ terror attacks.
The Judicial Selection Committee continues its meeting at this hour . . .
Four Justices of the Israel Supreme Court are being chosen. According to reports leaking out of the meeting, two judges have been chosen so far: Yosef Elron and Yael Vilner.
You may remember from our blog two days ago that the conservative Elron had been blackballed by the current Justices on the Court–but apparently he is back in again. As for Vilner, she has been considered for Justice numerous times before but never chosen.
Hotovely asks for a presidential pardon for Azariya . . .
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely made public today a letter she has written to President Rivlin asking for a pardon for the Hevron soldier, Elor Azariya. Two days ago, Azariya was found guilty by an IDF kangaroo court of manslaughter and sentenced to 18 months in prison.
In the preface to her letter, Hotovely wrote: The case of Elor is unique; the young soldier was caught at the scene of terror during a brutal wave of terrorism, and there is support for his amnesty on both the right and the left.”
Why would you say this?
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot threw down the gauntlet to Hamas and Hezbollah today when he testified before the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Eisenkot said that neither terrorist group had any intention of attacking Israel despite the bluster of their leaders, Hassan Nasrallah and Yahya Sinwar.
So, how do you think Eiskenkot’s comments were received in Beirut and in Gaza?
The Morally Disgusting Moshe Ya’alon and Gadi Eisenkot
Your humble servant ended yesterday’s blog with this addendum (paraphrased):
“The then-Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon attacked Azariya at every possible venue during the last year. Today he suddenly proclaimed that he was recommending leniency for our soldier. In your humble servant’s opinion, Ya’alon is nothing more than the most disgusting form of slime.”
That idea was seconded yesterday by Dr. Eyal Levin of Ariel University who said flatly that Ya’alon used Azariya to further his own political ambition.*
What your humble servant did not report yesterday was that even the highly prejudiced IDF kangaroo court criticized Ya’alon and Chief of Staff Eisenkot for attempting to prejudice the trial. From the Court’s opinion:
“Very shortly after the incident, the then-Defense Minister, the Chief of Staff, and the IDF Spokesman made remarks that included the strong opinion regarding the import of [Azariya’s] action and the ethical stain that it left. At that point, the Military Police investigation of the incident had just started. There can be no argument that the senior military echelons are permitted, and are sometimes obligated, to express their immediate and clear positions on issues on the public agenda. However, regarding incidents under criminal investigation, it is proper to wait until the factual picture becomes clear. And if it is necessary to make such remarks at such an early stage, they should be moderated and qualified regarding the results of the investigation . . . Such remarks have a broad impact on public opinion and on the public trust in the judicial authorities. Respect for the principle of separation of powers requires restraint and great caution in remarks made regarding issues being dealt with in court, and the violation of this obligation is liable to cause great harm to the principles on which Israel’s democracy is founded.
By the way, Chief of Staff Eisenkot, lied yesterday in front of the same committee mentioned above when he said:
“I treated a public issue only five weeks after the incident in Hebron during the program “Voice of Mom” on Army Radio, you can check it. I did it because I had to respond to accusations from politicians.”
Well, General Eisenkot, we did make a cursory check.
On April 6th last year–13 days after the March 24 Hevron incident–Eisenkot held a meeting at the Tzelim IDF camp where he condemned Azariya for behavior that ran “counter to the professional and ethical norms of behavior demanded of IDF troops.”
In fact, the following was written in the Jerusalem Post on April 18th last year:
“The war of words over Azaria’s guilt or innocence has pit Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, who condemned Azaria, against various politicians on the Right, who say the two have rushed to judgment.”
Eisenkot’s and Yaalon’s immediate condemnation of Azariya was known by everyone–and the two deserved the condemnation of all Israelis then and now. For Eisenkot and Yaalon to attempt to revise their roles in this sorry episode now is nothing less than morally disgusting.
*As reported in Arutz Sheva.