26 Tammuz 5777
20 July 2017
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
Another day another 40 Palestinian terror attacks.
Palestinian terrorists throwing “rocks” knocked out the windshields of Israeli motorists traveling near Giti Avisar causing at least one car to crash.
Palestinian terrorists throwing “rocks” attempted to kill Israelis at Hizma, Al-Fawwar, Qalandiya, Huwara, the Yitzhar Junction, and Adam.
Palestinian terrorists throwing Molotovs tried to burn Israelis alive at Beit Hanina, Issawiya, Silwan, Deir Abu Mashaal, Kiryat Arba, and Shuafat.
And on and on.
The PLO budget is out and guess what? . . .
Mahmoud Abbas’ terrorist organization has increased its payments to its own terrorists incarcerated in Israeli prisons by 13%–from $139 million dollars (2016) to $154 million dollars.
And this is not counting payments to the families of dead terrorists which increased from $186 million dollars to $194 million dollars.
All told, the PLO budget allots $349 million to terrorists, terrorist families, and other terrorist activities.
It is well worth remembering that the Taylor Force Law currently being debated in the United States Congress would stop U.S. funding to the PLO as long as the PLO continues to fund terrorists in prison and terrorists’ families.
That proposed Law is heavily supported by our Christian evangelical friends in the U.S., and stridently opposed by such so-called “Jewish” groups such as J Street as well as left-wing “Jewish” groups here in Israel.
Speaking of Taylor Force . . .
You may remember, dear reader, that Taylor Force was the decorated U.S. Army veteran who was brutally stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist on March 8, 2016.
What you may not remember is that the stabbing of Force took place beside the famous clock tower in Yaffa, an iconic landmark in the Tel Aviv area.
Yesterday, it was revealed that the clock tower and land around it, which had been property of the Greek Patriarchate Church, has been sold to the same mysterious Caribbean holding company as the national park at Caesarea and whole neighborhoods in Jerusalem.
PM Netanyahu’s “hot mic” moment yesterday . . .
As usual, PM Netanyahu was excoriated in the Israel media and other international media for his comments in Budapest yesterday which were “somehow” transmitted to reporters outside the room. Here’s part of what he said:
“I think Europe has to decide if it wants to live and thrive or if it wants to shrivel and disappear. I am not very politically correct. I know that’s a shock to some of you. It’s a joke. But the truth is the truth — both about Europe’s security and Europe’s economic future. Both of these concerns mandate a different policy towards Israel . . .
The European Union is the only association of countries in the world that conditions the relations with Israel, that produces technology in every area, on political conditions. The only ones! Nobody does it. It’s crazy. It’s actually crazy.”
So what is objectionable about this statement? The Israeli media thinks that Netanyahu should apologize for calling the European Union “crazy.”
Hmm. Let’s see.
The European Union is illegally building structures for Palestinians in Area C of Judea and Samara.
The European Union is boycotting all products from Area C of Judea and Samaria.
The European Union is pouring millions of dollars per year into NGOs that do nothing except work to delegitimize Israel and undermine the democratically elected government of this country.
The European Union throws Israel under the bus in every vote of every international body under the sun.
So, yes. The European Union is crazy.
Completely, utterly, crazy.
And completely, utterly, anti-Israel.
And on the verge of disappearing as we know it under the weight of a huge demographic shift brought on by Muslim immigration.
So should Netanyahu apologize for stating the obvious?
What do you think?
The proposed Jerusalem Law passes its first Knesset hurdle . . .
The “first reading” of the proposed Jerusalem Law passed the Knesset yesterday by a vote of 58-48. We can expect the next two readings to pass by the same majority.
Various speakers argued for and against the Law.
First came Shuli Mualem of the Beit Yehudi Party who presented the Law and said:
“The State of Israel will not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. After King David ruled Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish people, we were privileged to return to it. There is no guarantee that Jerusalem will not be placed on the altar of negotiations, but we must not be complacent, and therefore we are promoting the legislation that will thwart the transfer of Jerusalem in a political settlement.”
The head of Beit Yehudi, Naftali Bennett, seconded her comments:
“It is no secret that the Israeli governments of Barak Olmert and Tzipi Livni nearly relinquished sovereignty over Jerusalem, and here we are preventing this.”
Whereupon Tzipi Livni took the rostrum to denounce Mualem and Bennett and the other supporters of the proposed Law:
“This is not the Jerusalem bill, this is the proposed village law, this is a proposal that will prevent us from separating from the Palestinians. It is not Jerusalem that the Jewish people pray for, but true Jerusalem. Already under the existing law, a majority of 61 and a referendum are required. So why now are you denying the people the right to express their opinion?”
The hilarity of Livni’s absurd statement is that she is a recent convert to the “separate from the Palestinians” movement. In the past, she was all about “coexistence” with the Palestinians and to that end she was perfectly willing–with no referendum or vote of the Knesset whatsoever–to hand Jerusalem over to the Palestinians or to an international consortium.
Israeli aid to Syria . . .
Aside from treating hundreds of wounded civilians in Israeli hospitals, the government reported today that during the last year Israel has sent 450,000 liters of fuel, 50 tons of clothing, and 113 tons of baby food to Syria.
Cowed By the Threat of Palestinian Violence Again: Something For Nothing
Once again, it appears that Israel has been cowed by the threat of Palestinian violence.
The news this morning is that the IDF General Command and Shin Bet (the leadership of both are populated predominantly by “left-wingers”) have both recommended that the metal detectors just outside the Muslim-access gates to the Temple Mount be removed.
And replaced by hand-held wands that security personnel will randomly check Muslims with.
And whose idea is it to use the hand-held wands instead of the metal detectors?
The Trump Administration’s.
That’s right. The Trump Administration apparently came up with the idea, and it was agreed to by the Jordanians and our craven Israeli government.
Can you even believe this?
Less than one week after putting the metal detectors up, Israel will take them down fearing that their presence will prevent “a violent escalation” on Friday–when local imams have decreed that all mosques in Jerusalem will be closed, and that all Muslims are to go to the Temple Mount.
Your humble servant has a simple idea.
Maybe it is time for the millions of Jews living here in Israel to all go to the Temple Mount on Friday and demand that the metal detectors that Jews have to go through be taken away–along with all of the other checks we have to go through.
After all, our government obviously doesn’t care that its own Jewish people are egregiously discriminated against. The only thing it responds to is fear.
One last thought: what are we getting for caving into the Americans and Jordanians? As usual, absolutely nothing.
If we were going to cave in, wouldn’t this have been a time to exact some concession in return? Such as ability to take a Torah to the Mount, or a flag, or the ability to pray, or the ability to bow, or the ability to take a bottle of water, or the ability to sing, or . . .
But no, we Israelis are well-practiced in giving things away . . . for nothing.