When 47 Minutes Should Be Never

Adar 4, 5777

March 2, 2017

The news on the street in Israel

Palestinian terror in the last hour . . .

The Gaza border continues to heat up. Terrorists in Gaza have opened fire on an IDF force patrolling the border fence between Gaza and Israel. IDF artillery is currently firing on Hamas “infrastructure.”

Palestinian missile terror last night . . .

At 11:01 pm last night and then again a short time later, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired and attempted to fire missiles into southern Israel, this time into the Chof Ashkelon region. That small coastal region just south of Ashkelon is home to a relatively small number of residents and a relatively large Israeli electrical power plant.

Just as in the case of the day before, no warning sirens were heard before the explosions from the missile impacts were heard.

As noted, there were two launch incidents–in the first, two short-range Qassam missiles were fired, and Israeli residents reported hearing two explosions. One of the missile impact points was found today. In the second, the missile exploded in Gaza–this missile was a longer range Grad missile apparently meant to hit Ashdod.

Other Palestinian terror yesterday and today . . .

Israeli motorists and bus passengers were attacked with “rocks” and Molotovs at such places as the Husan Bypass Road, Alon Shvut, Ofra, Efrat, Silwad, the Jerusalem tunnels, Azzun, Hebron Hills, Beit El,  and Road 443.

Israeli soldiers and police were attacked at such places as A-Ram, Lahagillah, Mt. Awa, Shuafat, Dehaisha, Abu Dis, Hevron, Dehaisha, and Hevron.

The move to annex Ma’aleh Adumim begins again . . .

You may remember that PM Netanyahu insisted before he went to Washington that the discussion of annexing the city be shelved until his return.

Now that he has returned from Washington, Singapore, and Australia, the initiator of the proposed legislation, Yoav Kish, will raise the issue on Sunday in the Cabinet meeting. His bill seeks to apply Israeli law on Ma’ale Adumim and the E1 area.

The tragedy of Ofra . . .

Our government has just completed its destruction of 9 Jewish homes in Ofra.

The last of the 9 houses is destroyed in Ofra. How our government can throw our own citizens under the bus is beyond your humble servant's understanding (picture: Agence France Presse).

The last of the 9 houses is destroyed in Ofra. How our government can throw our own citizens under the bus is beyond your humble servant’s understanding (picture: Agence France Presse).

In a revolting display of judicial imprudence and government collaboration, the homes were razed over the last two days.

Quote of the day:

Erin Barclay, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State to International Organizations, speaking in Geneva to the so-called “U.N. Human Rights Council”:

“The United States remains deeply troubled by the Council’s consistent unfair and unbalanced focus on one democratic country, Israel . . . In order for this Council to have any credibility, let alone success, it must move away from its unbalanced and unproductive positions. As we consider our future engagements, my government will be considering the Council’s actions with an eye toward reform to more fully achieve the Council’s mission to protect and promote human rights.”

Barclay went on to tell the Council that the Trump Administration is considering withdrawal from the body.


When 47 Minutes Should Be Never

Your humble servant has often remarked that any organization operating in Israel that has the words “human rights” in its name almost certainly cares about everyone’s “human rights” except for those of Israelis.

And so, yesterday’s actions by “Physicians for Human Rights” come as no surprise. The benignly named anti-Israel organization submitted complaints to the Police Investigations Department (PID) and Military Police.

The gist of the complaints is that even though Israeli paramedics and IDF paramedics usually arrive on the scene of a terrorist attack in three and a half minutes, the “poor” terrorists who have been wounded in the midst of their own barbaric attacks must wait an average of 47 minutes to be treated. This average time of paramedic arrival and terrorist treatment was taken from 8 cases that took place in Jerusalem during the last year and a half of the terror wave that hit Israel.

Of course, as always, the report by Physicians for Human Rights is designed to make Israelis look bad, and that the intent is as bogus as the organization itself.

Just last week, your humble servant went to program given by two young Israeli medics who served in field hospitals along the Gaza border during the 2014 war. They told of numerous instances in which they treated wounded Palestinians from Gaza before they treated wounded IDF soldiers. According to the medics, they were acting in accordance with the guidelines established by the IDF. 

I must say that, personally, I was disturbed by the medics’ accounts. In my opinion, the lives of our soldiers should always come first. 

In the same vein, I hope that that 47 minutes is accurate. Why in the world should Israeli paramedics be in a hurry to treat those who have just tried to murder Israelis? Shouldn’t those who were wounded by the terrorists receive first attention? And really, why should savage murderous savages be treated at all?

I leave it to you, dear reader, to answer that final question.

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