Adar 16, 5777
March 14, 2017
The News on the Street in Israel
Another Palestinian in Gaza dies in a “work-related” tunnel accident . . .
However, this time it was not one of the small boys that Hamas recruits to dig tunnels. It was Abdul Salam Ahmed Ayed, a Hamas commander.
Hamas did not release the reason that the tunnel collapsed on Ayed.
Israel seals the home of another terrorist . . .
This time it was the house of Fadi Qunbar, the terrorist who rammed his truck into a group of soldiers on the Jerusalem Promenade more than 2 months ago killing 4 of those soldiers.
Your humble servant’s only question is why did it take so long to seal the house?
Israel closes down a PLO office in eastern Jerusalem . . .
The office’s mission was to record land sales by Palestinians to Jews in Jerusalem. Those “committing this grave offense” were then summarily accused of treason–and in many cases simply disappeared.
Remember, the “crime” of selling land to Jews is punishable by death.
Your humble servant’s only questions are why has it taken so long to close down the office, and why is it only being closed down for six months?
From Bad To Worse:
The Palestinians Dictate Terms To Trump and Israel
What can your humble servant say that he didn’t say yesterday. We are indeed tumbling down the rabbit hole again.
Trump’s Middle East advisor, Jason Greenblatt was in Ramallah yesterday and then in Jerusalem. What has leaked out are the terms that the PLO leadership are demanding in order to return to the negotiating table:
1. Halting all construction in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem. [Netanyahu has already done this.]
2. Halting all talk of a proposed move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. [Netanyahu has already done this.]
3. Making the June 4, 1967 lines…actually the 1949 Armistice Lines…the basis of any future agreement. [Netanyahu is already on board with this.]
4. Releasing long-serving Palestinian terrorists from prison. [How many times has Netanyahu already done this?]
5. Determining the time frame of when negotiations will end.
Stop and think about this for a moment.
All of these are the preconditions the Palestinians are demanding just to get them to return to the negotiating table.
That Israel would agree to them is beyond outrageous.
In addition to all of this, PM Netanyahu demanded yesterday that the ministerial discussion of annexing Ma’ale Adumim be postponed for three months so that Trump will be given time to tell Israel what it can and cannot do.
And so it was postponed today–though perhaps not for the three months that Netanyahu wants. Naftali Bennett is demanding that the discussion take place on Sunday.
At least there is someone in the government that believes that consideration of President Trump should not the guiding principle of Israeli policy. To put it a different way, at least someone in the government has a semblance of Israeli dignity and self-respect.