4 Av 5777
27 July 2017
The News on the Israel Street
A Day and Night of Palestinian Rejoicing . . .
Courtesy of our utterly impotent and cowardly government, Israelis were treated to scenes of wild celebrations and rejoicing during the last 24 hours.
First we had a Hamas “victory” parade in Gaza during which terrorists defiantly crowed about how they had led the fight to remove the metal detectors.
Then we had the funerals of the three terrorists from Umm al Fahm whose bodies were ordered released yesterday by the Israel High Court. Those funerals featured feverish chants of “Death to Israel” and the boisterous waving of Palestinian flags (and remember that Umm al Fahm is in Israel).
Then we had the events at the Lion’s Gate last night at which the metal scaffolding which was just put up a week ago was taken down to cries of “Allahu Akbar!” Fireworks joyously lit up the sky over eastern Jerusalem.
All in all, it has been another 24 hours of national disgrace. And to top it off we had to listen to Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, rant about Palestinian triumph and Israeli impotence.
Except it wasn’t really a rant. It was a statement of fact.
And there’s more . . .
Now that the Palestinians rubbed our noses in the dirt with the willing collusion of our government, they have decided that they want even more.
The Wakf’s new list of demands include:
*removal of “invisible cameras” around the Gates of the Mount (whatever that means)
*removal of cameras overlooking the Temple Mount
*removal of all iron barriers throughout the Old City
*planting more trees on the Temple Mount
Yes, you read that correctly. More trees.
And you know what? After our idiotic government agrees to all of these demands, there will be another list of demands.
The writing is on the fence (literally) . . .
Following the devastating debacle on the Temple Mount, PM Netanyahu is trying to shore up his credentials among conservative supporters.
Yesterday, he suddenly ordered accelerated construction for “new Amona” to replace the community that was razed by the government months ago.
Then came the announcement that the PM supports a proposed law, “The Greater Jerusalem Bill”, which would annex Gush Etzion, Efrat, Betar Illit, Givat Ze’ev and Ma’aleh Adumim to Jerusalem–and thereby to Israel.
Of course, one never knows whether to believe Netanyahu or not. He could just as easily withdraw that support this afternoon or stall consideration of the law indefinitely when the expected international outcry comes.
To forestall that outcry, the same proposed law would turn all the Arab villages that are currently part of municipal Jerusalem, but are on the other side of the security fence, into an independent municipality which would for the time being remain a part of municipal Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty.
If that all sounds complicated, it is because it is (more on this tomorrow).
But it fits in exactly with what appears to be Netanyahu’s plan in future negotiations with the Palestinians. He wants to create independent Arab municipalities that can be turned over to the PLO when the time is right.
Meanwhile Palestinian terrorism continues apace . . .
There were at least 30 reports of Palestinian terrorism yesterday mostly centered around “rock” attacks on Israeli motorists throughout Judea and Samaria.
As always, Road 443 was especially hard hit. Other specific locations of terror events, among others, were Deir Abu Masha’al, Mevo Dotan, Hizma, Tekoa, and Hevron.
There were a number of cases of thwarted infiltration attempts from Gaza as well as one in the Jordan Valley.
Speaking of Hevron . . .
The standoff at the Machpelah House continues with more than 100 people from 15 families crammed into their house. The IDF has closed off the entire area until the government decides whether to evict them from their property or not.
At the same time, the IDF has closed off the area around “Leah’s House” and “Rachel’s House” on the main street leading to the Cave of the Patriarchs for fear that Jewish community members will try to take over those empty residences as well–empty residences that belong to the Jewish community.
BDS supporters blocked from coming to Israel . . .
Apparently for the first time yesterday, 5 members of so called “Jewish” Voice for Peace (including two Jews–one a female rabbi, two Christians, and a Muslim) were turned back when they attempted to board a Lufthansa flight from Washington D.C. to Tel Aviv (the first time this has happened in the U.S. before flying to Israel).
They were not told the reason, but the government later said it was because they are supporters of the BDS boycott against Israel.
Slowly but surely Israel is implementing its policy of keeping out the delegitimizers of our country. However, it is a gradual and still porous situation.
In recent weeks, a leading BDS supporter, Ariel Gold of the CODEPINK group, was able to gain entrance to the country by going onto her social media and wiping it clean.
Fraught With Fear: What’s Happened To Our Leaders?
This is not the brave Israel leadership that we once knew that was ready to take on any challenge and overcome it–and take on any foes and defeat them. This is a leadership in all sectors: political government, IDF, Shin Bet, and Police that is ruled by fear.
They suddenly have become afraid of everything.
It turns out that at the infamous “Security Cabinet” meeting on Sunday night, the IDF General Command and the Shin Bet leadership won the argument to remove the metal detectors, security cameras, and scaffolding around the Gates by saying that if we did not do so:
*a new intifada would break out
*the military wing of Fatah, the Tanzim would return to action
*we would not be able to focus on Hezbollah
*an “exceptional union” of the Muslim world from Iran to Turkey would take place
Well here are a few news flashes:
Iran and Turkey are already united, with Iranian-Iraq and Iranian-Syria thrown in between.
The military wing of Fatah never disappeared from action (we remember them in Gaza during the last war shooting missiles at us in southern Israel).
What’s more–at the rate of some 30 or 40 terror events in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem every day, a “low-grade” intifada has been going on for years.
And is the IDF really telling us they cannot focus on Hezbollah and its 200,000 missiles pointed our way?
It is simply flabbergasting how fearful we have become.
A friend of your humble servant summed it up rather well, if vulgarly, on Facebook the other day:
“All you hear from our government is a message that we are wetting our pants with fear. Fear that there might be a 3rd intifada.
Where is our strength? What happened to our fortitude?
We are here. This is our historic homeland. We will live forever. Every terrorist [expletive deleted] must have this pounded into his brain.
Every traitor must be imprisoned or deported. Any Muslim who does not want to go through a metal detector to go to the Temple Mount should not be allowed to go through the metal detectors at the Social Security Office and at every shopping mall.”
I don’t know if I could have said it any better myself. The time has come to root out our fearful leaders because if we do not, we will soon find ourselves in an abyss (if we are not already there).