8 Tishrei 5778
28 September 2017
The News On the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
There were more than 40 Palestinian terror attacks on Israeli men, women, and children as the Palestinians welcomed Trump negotiator Jason Greenblatt back to the region to extract more concessions from Israel.
“Rock” and Molotov attacks occurred in such locations as Itamar, Elon Moreh, on Road 443, Tekoa (numerous assaults), Karnei Shomron, Lakk, Beit El, Hevron, Shefat, Hermala, Psagot, El Aruv, Jericho, Qalqilya, Hizma, and Adam.*
In south Hevron, IDF troops clashed with Palestinian police and ended up commandeering Palestinian police vehicles and confiscating all the weapons found therein.
*All of the above are taken from citizens’ reports called in to Rescue Samaria and Judea as well as hakolhayehudi.com.
Elor Azariya inches closer to release . . .
Elor Azariya, the soldier who killed the terrorist who was moving on the ground in Hevron and was subsequently sentenced by an IDF military kangaroo court to 18 months in prison for manslaughter, had his sentence reduced to 14 months by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot yesterday.
You may remember that Eizenkot was one of the military leaders who biased the court by declaring Azariya was guilty before he was tried. Even in announcing the reduction, Eizenkot harshly criticized Azariya again for never admitting guilt or expressing remorse.
This morning Azariya and his team of lawyers are submitting a request for a full pardon to President Reuven Rivlin who has already announced that it will take him at least two months to decide.
Our “moderate” Saudi Arabian and Jordanian “friends” go on the attack . . .
First, we had the Saudi representative to the laughably called United Nations “Human Rights” Council excoriating Israel yesterday for continued violation of Palestinian rights in the “occupied territories” and demanding more pressure be put on Israel.
Second, in a far more dangerous action, it was revealed yesterday that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jordanian Prince Zeid bin Raed Al-Hussein, sent a threatening letter to 150 companies two weeks ago. The letter said that because they operate in Judea and Samaria “in violation of international law and contrary to UN resolutions”, they are being but on a United Nations blacklist.
Approximately 75 of the companies are Israeli, 30 are from the U.S., and the rest are from all over such as Germany, South Korea, and Norway. According to the Washington Post, some of the companies are Caterpillar, Trip Advisor and Airbnb, Teva, Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi, Bezeq, Elbit, Coca Cola, Africa Israel, IDB, Egged, Mekorot and Netafim.
Obviously, the Israeli companies above are not going to change their business; however, it is being reported that a number of non-Israeli companies have already told the Jordanian “Prince” that they will stop doing business in Judea and Samaria.
File this under the infamous category: with friends like the Saudis and Jordanians who needs enemies?
Connecting the Dots:
From the U.N. to the Israeli Left to PM Benjamin Netanyahu
In honor of Jason Greenblatt’s arrival in Israel today, let’s begin by recapitulating the gestures for peace that the PLO and Israel have made in the last 48 hours.
Israel, as you will read below, has agreed to freeze all construction in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem.
On the other hand, the PLO has refused to condemn the horrific murders at Har Adar, has joined Interpol over the objections of the U.S. so that it can enact arrest warrants against Israeli officials, submitted a brief to the International Criminal Court demanding that Israeli military and political leaders be tried for “war crimes”, and submitted an application for membership in the World Intellectual Property Association over American objections again so that it can no doubt claim that the Torah and Talmud are Palestinian property.
Do you sense some disproportion here? Do you sense that the Palestinians don’t give a whit what the Trump Administration thinks while Israel trembles at every American request?
Now let’s move on with a list of everyone who refused to attend last night’s 50 year celebration of the Israeli return to Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem, and the Golan.
A short list includes everyone on the Israeli “left” such as members of the Israel Supreme Court (who are quick to attend every other state function), members of the Labor Party, Yesh Atid Party, Meretz Party, and a host of individuals who are self-described members of Israel’s entertainment, social, and cultural elite.
What was the obvious message that these people sent to the world?
That Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem, and the Golan are not part of Israel.
As Culture Minister Miri Regev noted last night, the decision of Supreme Court President Miriam Naor to not even send a representative to the ceremony was a strong show of support to “Israel’s enemies, the boycott movement against Israel (BDS) and UNESCO.”
How right she is.
But what are we also to say about PM Netanyahu?
Yesterday his office froze the construction of 100 new housing units in Ramot, a huge neighborhood of northern Jerusalem.
Moreover, prior to his appearance at the gala last night, Netanyahu had a rancorous meeting with the Yesha Council–whose primary purpose is to support community members in Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan Valley. The leaders of the Council were incensed at how Netanyahu continually promises new construction, only to postpone or cancel it.
Netanyahu refused to answer this point and attempted to disingenuously deflect it with this statement: “We assume that the Americans plan to lay down a political plan soon. I managed to convince them that there are no settlement blocs, there will be no more uprooting of communities.”
Why is this disingenuous? Because Netanyahu can no more tell what Trump will think tomorrow about “settlement blocs” than your humble servant can. And as for uprooting Jewish communities, Netanyahu has no say in the matter whatsoever; it is completely up the Israel Supreme Court.
Netanyahu went on to say that Israel is being highly pressured by members of the Trump Administration who told Netanyahu’s bureau chief this about the Jewish communities: “You can be a pig but do not be a chazer.” Roughly translated, this means, “you can ask for small things, but don’t ask for too much.”
Netanyahu continued that Israel has frozen construction as part of the understanding with the Trump administration that it will not condemn Israel for “promoting construction plans.”
As long as nothing is built.
Finally, Netanyahu put the icing on the cake by saying that he will finally fulfill the promise that he made five years ago to build 300 new housing units in Beit El “in compensation for” homes demolished in the Ulpana neighborhood. Netanyahu said that he hoped that plans would go forward in two weeks.
But that construction would not take place any time before the beginning of next year at the earliest.
Finally, what message does it send the world when Netanyahu will not allow even one residential unit to be built in Judea, Samaria, or eastern Jerusalem?
The message is that Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem are not part of Israel.
In this sense, all of his rhetorical demagoguery about being a supporter of “settlements” aside, Netanyahu is in the same boat with all of those who refused to attend the celebration last night as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jordanian Prince Zeid bin Raed Al-Hussein.