21 Tishrei 5778
11 October 2017
The News on the Israeli Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
“Rock” and Molotov attacks occurred not far from where your humble servant was all day yesterday at such places as Nabi Elias, Silwan, Tekoa, Horsa, Beit Ummar, Al Arub, Rachel’s Tomb, Hevron, Kafr Malik, Sebastia, and Hizma.
There were 22 reported terror attacks yesterday.
In addition, 5 Palestinian terrorists were captured overnight in Judea and Samaria.
The U.S. puts a bounty on two Hezbollah terrorists.
The insane farce with Iran . . .
German intelligence has reported that last year, after the Democratic Party Iranian Nuclear Weapons Appeasement Agreement was signed, Iran tried to illegally obtain nuclear and ballistic missile technology 32 times.
But who cares? Certainly not all the idiots listening to John Kerry, Federica Mogherini, and others.
The insane farce in Judea and Samaria continues . . .
Remember how a few days ago your humble servant remarked that there are few people more duplicitous than PM Netanyahu when it comes to construction in Judea and Samaria.
First it was reported that next week, the Planning Agency was going to authorize almost 10,000 new homes for construction. Then that number was scaled down to 3,800. Then that number was scaled back to 900. This morning that number has been scaled back to 583.
And of these 583, when will construction start?
Probably never. Netanyahu has frozen all construction.
Just like your humble servant predicted.
Our Trips Through Samaria (Part 3)
Regular readers will notice that the title today varies slightly from yesterday’s in that trip has become trips. That is because we have been on several trips into Samaria over the last week. Some of the trips overlapped, such at today’s location of Itamar, but generally the trips went to different places.
In the last week, we have visited the Jewish communities of Beit El, Har Bracha, Yitzhar, Ariel (city), Shilo, Peduel, Karnei Shomron, Elon Moreh, Rehelim, and Itamar. As I have already noted, today we are focusing on Itamar.
When you say the name Itamar in Israel, it immediately denotes tragedy. On March 11, 2011, two Palestinian terrorists breached Itamar security, stopped at the first house they came to, and proceeded to gruesomely stab to death Ruth and Udi Fogel and three of their five children including decapitating their three-month old child Hadas. It was a terror attack that Israelis will never forget.
But the Fogels are not the only terror victims from Itamar. 14 community members were killed in other terror attacks in the last two decades. All of these murders have occurred in a community that only numbers around 1200 people.
So, the following pictures are from Itamar and are a combination of pictures from the trips we have taken this week.
Picture 1: The bus we were on yesterday.
The bus was a “protected bus”, meaning that it was equipped with special protective features including bullet-proof windows. And “rock” proof: I was sitting about 4 rows back on the left side by a window, and there were several small “shatters” in the outer pane of the glass where terrorists had hit the window with “rocks”.
Picture 2: The sign to Itamar.
The security barrier for Itamar is about a 30 second drive from where the above sign is. I am not showing that barrier for obvious reasons.
Picture 3: A partial perspective of Itamar.
Picture 4: How Itamar differs from other Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
Itamar differs in that all of its homes are not bunched together for security like in other communities. Some of Itamar’s members decided long ago that they wanted to live “alone” in Samaria. In a sense, it is as sprawling as a Palestinian settlement or village, but it is sprawling because of the individual homes spread so far apart.
Picture 5: A picture of a typical individual home.
As far as your humble servant is concerned, homes like this stand in stark contrast to the homes that are seen in Palestinian settlements nearby. If you want to talk about people living in poverty, you might want to consider Jewish community members for whom material possessions are infinitely less important than ideological considerations.
Picture 6: Another Itamar home.
Picture 7: How Itamar residents generate money.
Picture 8: What are the male goats looking at?
It’s one thing to live out in extremely rural Samaria because of your passionate ideological belief that you are living in the land of your foremothers and forefathers. But you still have to make a living. At Itamar, there is a large “goat” operation which centers around the production of goat milk, goat cheese, and other goat products. People come from miles around to buy high quality goat products.
Of course, many residents of Itamar are engineers, teachers, doctors, and have other professions.
And so ends Part 3. Tomorrow, we will have one more installment from Samaria as we go to Elon Moreh and other points–including the amazing Israel lookout.