Adar 10, 5777
March 8, 2017
The News on the Street in Israel
So much for a boycott . . .tourist records continue to be set . . .
234,000 tourists visited Israel in February–a 22% increase over February of last year. So far, 445,000 tourists have visited Israel in 2017–a record for January and February.
And those numbers should continue to increase.
This morning, Ryanair announced 12 more incredibly low-cost flights to and from Israel. Four examples:
From Tel Aviv to Gdansk, Poland: 43 Euros.
From Tel Aviv to Baden Baden, Germany: 59 Euros.
From Tel Aviv to Krakow, Poland: 43 Euros.
From Tel Aviv to Milan, Italy: 60 Euros.
By the way, Ryanair will not only be flying in and out Ben Gurion Airport but also Eilat International Airport.
Netanyahu Hangs Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem Out To Dry, Again
If it weren’t so nauseating, it would be funny.
Ever since your humble servant began writing this blog, he has documented tens of cases in which PM Netanyahu approved new construction in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem only to retract those approvals almost immediately.
One of Netanyahu’s favorite techniques has been to show up after a major terror attack, promise the nearby residents that the government will plan more construction in their communities, and then unceremoniously throw that promise and those plans in the garbage.
For example, your humble servant wrote this on July 15, 2016 in the wake of the gruesome murders of Miki Mark and Hallel Yaffa Ariel:
. . . Netanyahu’s modus operandi, which he has followed countless times in the past, is to announce increased funding and construction for communities in Judea and Samaria and then to cancel the funding and construction almost immediately thereafter.
More recently, Netanyahu has been fond of showing up in communities in which homes have been razed by order of the Israel Supreme Court, promise that new homes will be built to replace them, and then dump his promise in the garbage. In the process, he has thrown thousands of Jewish community members from Beit El to Amona under the bus.
All of which brings us to ten days ago.
Remember the grand announcement of PM Netanyahu and Defense Minister Lieberman?
More than 5000 new housing units were approved in Judea and Samaria. A partial list of the housing units approved was: Alfe Menashe 700, Oranit 200,Beit Aryeh 650, Efrat, 30, Givat Zeev 150, Shavei Shomron 700, Karnei Shomron 100, Shiloh 100, Kfar Eldad, 80, Betar Illit 650.
At the time Lieberman blathered: “We are in a new period in which life in Judea and Samaria we return to normal and proper and can be an appropriate response to the needs of life in the region.”
Well you can guess what has happened.
This morning it was announced that PM Netanyahu and Defense Minister Lieberman have retracted all approvals and halted all construction.
What a non-surprise.
But still a nauseating one. Maybe the time is coming to throw Netanyahu under the bus.