19 Av 5777
11 August 2017
The News on the Israeli Street
Palestinian terrorism yesterday . . .
There were numerous reports of “rock” and Molotov attacks during the day such as the one in the Erez alleyway betweeen Kiryat Arba and Hevron.
A major terrorist “capture” took place over the past few days when the IDF and the Police intercepted a group of 5 terrorists from the Hevron area who had planned to carry out a major attack near Jerusalem.
In another piece of partially good news yesterday (in addition to the capture) . . .
It was revealed that donations to the New Israel Fund have apparently dropped significantly–about 20%. Noted for its infamous support of organizations that delegitimize Israel, the Fund still managed to raise about $27 million dollars.
According to reports, some of those delegitimizers such as Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem actually experienced an increase in money from the Fund in 2016. In the case of Breaking the Silence, New Israel Fund support increased from $104,304 in 2015 to $438,766 in 2016. In the case of B’Tselem, the amount increased from $252,208 in 2015 to $360,659 in 2016.
Traffic jams everywhere . . .
Your humble servant is currently in Eilat, gazing out at the Red Sea as he writes this blog. The ride down from Ashdod yesterday took longer than usual–about 4.5 hours instead of the usual 3.5.
We were beset by traffic jams at every junction from the first one just outside Ashkelon, to the next one in the Beersheva area, and all throughout the Negev from Mitzpe Ramon down to Eilat. And just to get into Eilat took 45 minutes because of the massive traffic jam.
There was no road work going on anywhere; it was simply a case of an extremely large number of cars on the road.
Some numbers from “The Marker” today detail the phenomenon which is rapidly becoming the norm. Here is just one example:
Netivot is a small (31,000 population) city between Beersheva and the Gaza Border. In July, on an average day, 703,000 vehicles passed through Netivot.
Can you even imagine that?
703,000 vehicles on a small road going through a small city.
Can you even begin to imagine what Tel Aviv must be like? Your humble servant can tell you that it is a nightmare with millions of cars each day.
Where will all of this lead? At some point, the Israeli love affair with the car will need to be suppressed. Since last summer alone, 300,000 new cars are on the road.
The Fake Israeli Polls Favor “No one”
In the wake of PM Netanyahu’s speech at the Likud rally two nights ago, every conceivable pollster under the sun has gone berserk with results that purport to show that “most Israelis think Netanyahu is guilty”, and “most Israelis think Netanyahu should suspend himself if indicted.”
In the Jerusalem Post poll, the six politicians most favored to replace Netanyahu are Gideon Sa’ar (Likud), Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid), Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home), Avi Gabbay (Labor), Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu), and No One.
None of the above received more than 16% in the survey.
Except for No One–“who” received 31%.
That 31%–we are not told–just happens to coincide approximately with the percentage of the vote that Netanyahu and Likud received in the 2015 election.
And the number your humble servant suspects he (Bibi) and Likud would receive again if an election were held tomorrow.
But the Jerusalem Post, Channel 2, Channel 1, Channel 10 and the host of other surveys by polling companies on the Left will not tell you that.
Of course after the polling debacle in 2015, we should not believe any of the polls anyway.