25 Tammuz 5777
19 July 2017
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror on Tuesday . . .
Aside from the numerous clashes with our security forces in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, Palestinian terrorists targeted Israelis in more than 30 attacks.
A few examples:
*Outside of Hevron, near Kiryat Arba, a Palestinian terrorist ran over three IDF soldiers–“moderately” wounding them. The terrorist was shot and killed. This was the second bulldozer attack in the Hevron area in 24 hours.
*At the intersection of Begin Road and Ramot last night, a woman and her infant daughter were attacked by Palestinian terrorists throwing “rocks”. Both the mother and daughter had to be treated by Ichud Hatzola paramedics.
*Other “rock” and Molotov assaults by Palestinian terrorists took place at such locations as Huwara, south of Shechem, at the Yitzhar Junction (where a bus was attacked), at the tunnel entrance to Jerusalem, and at the Afikim-Yakir Junction.
Meanwhile on the Temple Mount . . .
The use of the metal detectors is running smoothly, and Muslim worshipers are increasingly defying the Mufti’s call to stay off the Mount and pray instead at the Lions’ Gate. So much so in fact that the Mufti backtracked from his declaration of the previous day that anyone’s prayers on the Temple Mount would be “invalid.”
At the same time, the worldwide chorus of offended Muslims grows louder as each sees a way to inflame his base of supporters. Among the “offendees” yesterday was the Russian puppet President of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov and Turkish PM Erdogan–who threatened that “unexpected things would happen” if the Al-Aksa Mosque “is not opened immediately by the Israeli occupation.”
The Israeli occupation? And this is the man through whose country our natural gas pipeline is supposed to run (see previous blogs).
Speaking of Turkey . . .
Turkish soldiers and weapons continue flowing into Qatar at an ever-increasing pace. The first contingent of some 5000 Turkish soldiers are already there.
Tiny Qatar is beginning to become very crowded with a large American air force base there, an Iranian base on the way, and a Turkish base.
Back home, Israel continues to deal with the Sudanese . . .
As regular readers of this blog know, the Sudanese problem in Israel continues to escalate. South Tel Aviv is overrun with Sudanese; Sudanese can be found on virtually every street corner in the country; and Sudanese constitute a significant portion of the population of the detention facility at Holot in southern Israel. All of these Sudanese are people who illegally entered Israel during the last 15 years before the wall went up between Israel and Egypt.
Wherever the Sudanese are or go, crime follows. Last night for example, an 18-year-old girl was attacked by a Sudanese in Ramat Hasharon.
What to do with the Sudanese is a huge problem.
And a costly one.
Israel is spending millions of shekels a month just to provide the detainees in the south with daily spending money. Israel is spending millions more providing services for Sudanese in Tel Aviv and elsewhere. And as their numbers swell through a high birthrate, these millions will only become more millions.
Yesterday, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri granted temporary residency status to 197 Sudanese. The conditions were that they had to be over the age of 45, from Darfur, had to have arrived before 2011, and had no criminal or security offense.
Obviously 197 is a drop in the bucket compared to the estimated overall Sudanese population in the country of some 10,000 (and this is not even counting the some 45,000 Eritreans). Should they all be granted residency status, temporary status, refugee status, or simply deported back to Sudan or elsewhere?
It is a question with no easy answer.
The “True Friends, Partners, and Brothers” of the Chinese
What is it about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that makes everyone in the world want to jump in and have a say? What is it that makes everyone want to jump in on the side of the Palestinians?
If it is not the European Union, it is France. If it is not France, it is Turkey. If it is not Turkey, it is the United States (repeatedly). If it is not the U.S., it is Russia (repeatedly). If it is not Russia, it is China.
Wait a minute.
Yes, yesterday we had the extraordinary spectacle of President Xi Jinping of China meeting with PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. After slobbering all over Abbas with statements like “The Palestinians are our true friends, partners, and brothers”, Jinping proceeded to say China supports an independent and sovereign state of Palestine within the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.
But wait . . . there was more.
Jinping also announced that later this year, China will host a peace conference to solve the conflict.
Can you believe this?
What does China possibly have to gain from this?
Maybe they want to gain from Palestinian expertise in technology, agriculture, and industry?
But the Palestinians have no expertise in technology, agriculture, and industry.
Maybe they just want to help their fellow Muslims?
But the Chinese are mainly atheists and are doing everything they can to ruthlessly suppress their own Muslims.
Maybe they want to quieten those Chinese Muslims along China’s southern and eastern borders?
But the Uighurs could care less about the Palestinians.
Maybe it is just that the Chinese want to stick their finger into the eye of President Trump and the United States?
Yes, that is probably it.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is just a playground where bullies try to bully each other.
At least that is the way countries like China, the U.S., and Russia see it. For we Israelis, however, the conflict is a matter of Jewish survival against a terrorist enemy and a matter of fulfilling our 3,500 year heritage.
Let the foolish Chinese be the brothers of the Palestinians; we have our own real families here in Israel.