13 Cheshvan 5778
2 November 2017
Absurd Quote of the Day:
“We knew for a long time about the tunnel as a result of administrative work combined with a new ‘brain lab’ that includes intelligence personnel, field agents, geologists, engineers, and technology experts.”
A senior IDF official referring to the tunnel that was blown up earlier this week. What he didn’t say is why the IDF didn’t blow up the tunnel before now and why it isn’t blowing up all the other tunnels it claims it knows about.
It now appears that at least 19 terrorists were killed in the tunnel explosion and ensuing rescue attempt–and some are still missing. If you can believe this, Islamic Jihad has asked Israel if it can crawl through the exploded tunnel into Israel to look for its missing terrorists. Don’t be surprised if the IDF gives Islamic Jihad permission.
The News on the Israeli Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
It was just another day in the wild west, otherwise known as Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem with Palestinian terrorists attacking at a number of locations.
The following information comes from Rescue Samaria, rotter.net, and hakolhayehudi.com–all of which are places that Israeli citizens report on what is happening on the ground:
*Palestinian terrorists rioted and threw “rocks” and IEDs at Israeli security personnel and at worshipers at Rachel’s Tomb.
*Palestinian terrorists threw “rocks” at an Israeli bus near Hizma in an effort to cause it to crash.
*Palestinian terrorists threw “rocks” and Molotovs at Israeli motorists at Beit Ummar, Psagot, throughout Gush Etzion, Levona, Hevron, Kiryat Arba, Ariel, Ras al-Amud, A-Tur, and Karmei Tzur to name a few places.
*Palestinian terrorists attacked IDF and police forces with IEDs, Molotovs, and “rocks” at Issawiya, Deheishe, and Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem.
The incoming missile alarm last night . . .
If you have the incoming missile alarm app on your phone, you know that at 2:47 am last night (this morning), sirens sounded in Tel Aviv, Azor, Holon, and Bat Yam. The sirens sent more than a million people scurrying for bomb shelters and fortified places.
Shortly thereafter, the IDF declared that it was “a false alarm.” More specifically, it declared that the sirens were caused by “the sound of sirens” in the area.
Say what? Sirens caused by sirens? This is a new one from the IDF. The red sirens cannot be triggered by noise; they are triggered by radar detection of high trajectory launches.
Speaking of sirens . . .
Sirens will sound in all Palestinian schools in Judea and Samaria this morning at 10 am as a mourning commemoration of the signing of the Balfour Declaration 100 years ago on November 2, 1917.
The Declaration read:
His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
Remember all the cases against Netanyahu? . . .
You can’t forget them if you live in Israel because the leftist Israeli media reminds us of them every hour of every day.
There are cases 1000, 2000, 3000, and 4000 which cover the gamut from receiving expensive cigars from a friend to approving a submarine acquisition contract with Germany so that a family member would benefit. The fake news has been that one or all of these cases will spell the immediate end of Netanyahu, and accordingly the media has been licking its chops over the prospect of a new election.
Well it should think again.
The newest news is that the Israel Police will likely turn over all the files it has against Netanyahu by the end of this year. Then Attorney General Mandelblit will take a year to review the files, and will decide by the end of 2018 or early 2019 whether to press forward with any of the charges.
A new traffic survey by users of WAZE . . .
The good news for Israel is that it ranked 5th in the world in terms of good road quality–a ranking that your humble servant can attest to.
The bad news is that Tel Aviv is ranked among the top 10 worst cities to drive in–a ranking that your humble servant can also attest to.
However, fresh on the heels of our recent trip to India, your humble servant can say without reservation that India has the worst road quality and the worst cities to drive in. Every time you hop into a car in India, you are risking your life.
Rabbi Meir Kahane: Still Controversial After All These Years
Banners like this one featuring Rabbi Meir Kahane and Benny Gopstein of of the anti-assimilation organization LEHAVA were draped on hotels in Jerusalem and greeted drivers to the city yesterday.
Immediately leftists became hysterical, and by evening all of the banners had been taken down. It seems that no one can tolerate Kahane, even though it has been 27 years since he was gunned down in New York by an Arab terrorist on November 5, 1990.
Why did and do liberals and self-proclaimed “progressives” brand Kahane as a racist?
Simply because his ideology stands in stark opposition to their worldview–and because over the years Kahane has often been proven correct.
They cannot tolerate that Kahane:
*advocated forming Jewish defense patrols to protect Jewish neighborhoods in which Jews were being persecuted
*endorsed Israeli annexation of Judea and Samaria
*urged that Israel codify that Jewish law is the basis of law in Israel
*urged that Israel emphasize Judaism in the public school curriculum
*discouraged Jews from marrying non-Jews
*declared that Israel should be for Jews and advanced ideas that would give Arabs incentive to leave
Perhaps what the liberal and progressive elements detest most about Kahane was the fact that he refused to “turn the other cheek” when confronted with Arab violence–and encouraged retaliatory attacks.
As Kahane once said: “Really, I don’t think that we can sit back and watch Arabs throwing rocks at buses whenever they feel like it. They must understand that a bomb thrown at a Jewish bus is going to mean a bomb thrown at an Arab bus.”
We’ll end today’s blog with a few of Kahane’s memorable quotes, and you can decide for yourself dear reader the extent which you agree or disagree with them:
“Above all, it is not decency or goodness of gentleness that impresses the Middle East, but strength.”
“No trait is more justified than revenge in the right time and place.”
“Love has its place, as does hate. Peace has its place, as does war. Mercy has its place, as do cruelty and revenge.”