11 Tishrei 5778
1 October 2017
The News on the Israel Street
MADA hard at work on Yom Kippur . . .
Yom Kippur has come and gone. As usual, we have the MADA report on medical incidents on the holiday. 134 pregnant women in labor were taken to hospitals by MADA, while seven babies were delivered by MADA paramedics at home or in an ambulance.
In addition, 228 Israelis suffered from dehydration and or fainting, and 265 children were injured while riding skateboards, bicycles, electric bicycles, and skates. All told, 1,659 Israelis needed to be treated by MADA.
Palestinian terrorists hard at work on Yom Kippur . . .
Molotovs and “rocks” were used against Israelis and Israeli security personnel at Hizma, Tekoa (a soldier was wounded), Gush Etzion, El-Arub on the Hevron highway (a soldier was wounded), and at Talmonim near the Horseshoe Junction.
Another projectile fired from Jilazon exploded in a house in Beit El; undercover soldiers captured three terrorists in Biddu beside Har Adar; a terrorist broke through a roadblock between Kiryat Ata and Kiryat Haim (a policeman was wounded).
And on and on.
A terrorist of a different sort was hard at work yesterday . . .
Your humble servant is referring to the country of Norway which issued a permit for Israel traitor Mordechai Vanunu to come live in the country.
Vanunu, who revealed many of Israel’s most closely held nuclear secrets about Dimona, married Norwegian Kristin Joachimsen in Jerusalem in 2015. Joachimsen teaches theology at a Norwegian university, but apparently knows nothing of ethics.
Just as the country of Norway knows nothing of the subject.
Excellent news from Judea and Samaria . . .
1. The Qalqilya plan, which we have written about on israelstreet, has been frozen. The ill-conceived plan, part of “Defense”Minister Lieberman’s ill-conceived carrot and stick policy would have authorized 14,000 new apartments for Palestinians.
It was not the apartments that were ill-conceived; it was their proposed location. They were to have been built west of Qalqilya in Area C along Highway 6. It was a recipe for disaster inasmuch as some of the worst terrorism emanates from Qalqilya.
Why was it frozen? Because the plan that had been secreted past the most conservative Cabinet members finally came to light with an accompanying outburst of their anger. By the way, the freezing was not without considerable debate because proponents of the plan sickeningly said it was a “responsible gesture” in regard to President Trump’s peace efforts.
2. Some of the economic gestures that Israel was to have made immediately to the Palestinians to woo them back to the “negotiating table” have been frozen. Specifically, the industrial parks proposed by Israel have been put on hold in the wake of the Har Adar murders.
3. Another concession Israel was to have made, a new road to the new Palestinian city of Rawabi beside Ramallah, has been canceled. The road was to have gone through Area C, yet the Palestinians were to have been given complete planning authority over it. This would have been a dramatic change in the status quo.
How Long Until Trump Dumps
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman?
For the second time in a week, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman is in hot water with the U.S. State Department.
For speaking the truth.
Early last week, Friedman referred to the Judea and Samaria as “allegedly occupied.”
On Thursday, in an interview with Walla News, he was more expansive:
“The settlements are part of Israel. The idea [according to UN Resolution 242] was that Israel would be entitled to secure borders. The existing borders, the 1967 borders, were viewed by everybody as not secure, so Israel would retain a meaningful portion of the West Bank, and it would return that which it didn’t need for peace and security . . .
There was always supposed to be some notion of expansion into the West Bank, but not necessarily expansion into the entire West Bank. And I think that’s exactly what, you know, Israel has done. I mean, they’re only occupying two percent of the West Bank . . .
There is important nationalistic, historical, and religious significance to those settlements, and I think the settlers view themselves as Israelis, and Israel views the settlers as Israelis.”
Is there any part of Friedman’s analysis that is incorrect?
Every word of it is absolutely accurate.
But your humble servant can only imagine that upon hearing these words, U.S. State Department officials went ballistic. Immediately, State Department spokespeople appeared at all sorts of venues disavowing the State Department from Friedman’s comments.
Another group that hopped on the “let’s attack Friedman bandwagon” was the PLO. Supposedly near-death Saeb Erekat, who is still waiting for a lung transplant in the U.S., was nonetheless able to utter the canard that “the West Bank is 100% occupied.”
100% occupied? The PLO has had control over Areas A and B since the Oslo Accords were signed more than 20 years ago. Areas A and B include 97% of the Palestinian population of Judea and Samaria.
In terms of land, all of the Israeli communities and the infrastructure that goes with them constitutes about 2% of the land total of Judea and Samaria.
Friedman had at least one defender, Oded Revivi of the Yesha Council:
“Ambassador Friedman should be commended for using facts to describe the reality in a Judea and Samaria. All of the Israeli towns and cities plus all infrastructure, including roads, adds up to less than two percent of what is described as the West Bank. For decades the international community has been eating-up Palestinian propaganda without checking the reality on the ground.
Peace is about two peoples living side-by-side and was never about ethnically cleansing Jews from Judea. This Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), it’s time the world atone for their past sins and acknowledge that our communities, where Jews and Palestinians live, drive and work alongside each other, are in fact the key to lasting peace.”
Revivi, like Friedman, could not be more correct.
But your humble servant can not help but wonder how long it will be until Greenblatt, Kushner, Tillerson, and the Palestininan-philes at the State Department go to President Trump and tell him that Friedman has to go?