14 Tishrei 5778
4 October 2017
Quote of the Day
“My son, who was killed by a terrorist while protecting the Jewish town of Har Adar, is a hero and he died fighting for the right side: Israel. In this ongoing conflict, Israel is the side which stands for justice and is constantly seeking peace. I am proud of my son for giving up his life to ensure the terrorist didn’t enter that village and kill more people.”
Suheir Othman, an Israel-Arab living in Abu Ghosh, whose son Youssef was murdered by the Palestinian terrorist at Har Adar. Youssef was working as a security guard.
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror continues unabated . . .
There is no day in Israel without Palestinian terrorism. Yesterday, as always, the hardest hit locations were in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem.
Palestinian terrorists attacked Israeli civilians with Molotovs at Beit Awwa, Hevron, Hizma, the Hevron hills, Silwan, and Issawiya to name a few locations, and with “rocks” in too many places to mention.
Jordanian terrorist indicted . . .
Last year, your humble servant wondered in this blog, how long it would take until Jordanian workers who are now allowed in by the hundreds to work in Eilat hotels started committing terror attacks.
Yesterday, a Jordanian worker at the King Solomon hotel was indicted for a stabbing attack that took place two weeks ago. A room cleaner at the hotel, the 44 year old man walked into the room of a 17 year old Israeli girl, pulled out a knife, and began stabbing her.
Fortunately, other people heard the girl’s screams and came to subdue the terrorist. The girl suffered “moderate” wounds to her arms and upper torso.
“We do not build communities with words” . . .
In an animated (to say the least) meeting yesterday in advance of an important meeting today to plan building permits in Judea and Samaria, Yossi Dagan, who is head of the Samaria Regional Council, was uncomplimentary (to say the least) toward PM Netanyahu and his policy of non-construction in Judea and Samaria.
Dagan had this to say: “We do not build communities with words . . . The time has come for a national government to build Judea and Samaria and not talk about Judea and Samaria. Freezing the construction of roads in Judea and Samaria, stopping the transfer of funds to security forces whose job is to stop serious attacks, and the construction freeze is a violation of the trust of the the Jewish community member in this government.”
Dagan threatened Netanyahu that if he cancels or freezes construction, community members in Judea and Samaria “will go to an unprecedented struggle immediately after the holidays.” Dagan said that one feature of that struggle will be that hundreds of people will begin camping out in front of Netanyahu’s residence.
Actually, Dagan’s threat is not to be taken lightly. Back in 2015, the last time he summoned his forces, construction permits were eventually issued to Itamar, Shvut Rachel, Sansana and other locations in Judea and Samaria.
Good news: Hezbollah’s run of bad luck in Syria continues . . .
In the past few days, we have noted how Hezbollah has suffered significant losses, some apparently during a raid carried out by American special forces.
Yesterday came news of another 30 Hezbollah dead–this time in eastern Syria. At first, Hezbollah claimed that the attack was from an American drone, but by late afternoon the story had changed to a mistaken bombing attack by a Russian jet.
Americans or Russians really makes no difference. The only good Hezbollah “fighter” is a dead one.
Incidentally, in some other good Hezbollah news . . . the commander of Hezbollah’s elite Radwan Brigade–and the head of all Hezbollah elite forces in Syria–was killed yesterday when his vehicle was blown up by a mine.
The Road To Nowhere (well, not exactly)
A tiny road has just been constructed between Anata and al-Za’im (variously spelled Za’ayyem, Za’aym). Tiny in the sense of length; it is only about three miles long; however, major in the sense of what it represents and what its purpose is.
To hear Israel tell the story, the road was built to provide an easier way for Palestinians to move from north to south and vice versa. It was meant to shorten the time it takes to travel from Ramallah (just off the the top right of the map), and Bethlehem (off the lower left of the map).
Israeli officials say that the very existence of the road means that no one can claim that Israel is trying to divide Palestinian territory in half, with one half south of Jerusalem, and one half north.
However, the always abominable Peace Now is out with a different analysis today. According to the group, “this is the first step towards realizing the government’s plan to annex vast areas of Israel and cross the West Bank in two, with the narrow road built as a thread connecting the isolated Palestinian areas of the northern and southern parts of the West Bank.”
Actually, at least half of Peace Now’s claim is absurd on its face. The road runs from north to south–and not east to west as a road would have to if it were to cut Judea and Samaria in half.
As for the second part of Peace Now’s claim, let’s hope that it is true. Let’s hope that the road will lead to Israel’s annexation of Ma’aleh Adumim and the E1 area beside it. This area should have been annexed to Israel long ago.
Let’s hope that the road to nowhere is a road to somewhere . . . to an important ideological decision.