14 Cheshvan 5778
3 November 2017
Absurd Quote of the Day:
“I hear similar things today as I heard before Rabin’s assassination, and Netanyahu said about me in an election campaign: It is a danger to the State of Israel. He is delegitimizing the left as was done was prior to Rabin’s assassination.”
Tzipi Livni on Israeli Radio yesterday
The absurdity is that the “left”, without a shred of evidence, has been blaming Benjamin Netanyahu for Rabin’s assassination since the moment it happened 27 years ago.
But Livni’s real point is that Netanyahu is a danger to the State of Israel because he is delegitimizing her beloved “left.” The only people delegitimizing the “left” are the “leftists” whose continual attempt to undermine the state of Israel has left them bereft of ideas and bereft of public support.
The News on the Israeli Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
Another day another 50+ Palestinian terror attacks against Israeli men, women, children, soldiers, and police.
“Rock” and Molotov attacks took place at Tubas, A-Ram, A-Tor, at Curve 160 between Kiryat Arba and Hevron (yes, the IDF has numbered the curves in the road so that it can better respond to attacks), Tekoa (a motorist was wounded), the Husan Bypass Road, Beit Ummar, Azzun, Amos, Road 55 between Azzun and Nabi Elias, Beit Anon, the Halhul Bypass Road, the Yehuda Farm, Yitzhar, on the Gush Etzion Road, the Beituniya Junction, Rachel’s Tomb, Karmei Tzur, Bi’lin, Bani Naim, El Arub, Abu Dis, Hazima (motorist badly wounded), Hizma, and Binyamin.
It is important note that multiple attacks took place during the day at many of the above locations.
As the Israeli “Left” slobbers praise all over Yitzhak Rabin this week . . .
It is worthwhile to remember two quotations from Rabin.
First, from a 1956 IDF staff meeting at which Major General Rabin advocated starting a war with Jordan in order to be able to “deport” Palestinians across the Jordan River:
“Most of them can be driven out. If the numbers were smaller it would be easier, but the problem can be solved in principle. It would not be a humane move, but war in general is not a humane matter.”
(as quoted in the book: “Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel”)
Second, from Rabin’s last speech to the Knesset, on October 5, 1995:
“The borders of the State of Israel, during the permanent solution, will be beyond the lines which existed before the Six-Day War. We will not return to the June, 4 1967 lines . . . Changes will include the addition of Gush Etzion, Efrat, Beitar and other communities, most of which are in the area east of what was the ‘Green Line,’ prior to the Six-Day War . . . The security border of the State of Israel will be located in the Jordan Valley, in the broadest meaning of that term.”
Your humble servant has often castigated Rabin and Shimon Peres for their initiation of the Oslo Process–which ended in disaster with more than 1100 murdered Israelis. But to blather that Rabin was some sort of “peace god” who was willing to give the Palestinians anything they wanted is ludicrous.
A welcome shift in language instruction . . .
It was announced by the Education Ministry yesterday that English will now begin to be taught in kindergarten. Before now, Israeli students first encountered English academically in the third grade.
This change is the personal initiative of Education Minister Naftali Bennett who American parents moved to Israel five years before he was born but spoke English to him while he was growing up.
Who said the Swiss are not loony? . . .
The Swiss Defense Ministry issued a statement yesterday in which they denounced themselves for sending Defense Ministry officials to the Israeli Golan Heights in 2012, 2013, and 2015 to observe the Hermes 900 drone in action–as a prelude to possible purchase.
The Ministry said that their actions were “a most embarrassing step” that damaged Swiss neutrality and made it difficult for the Swiss to be a “fair mediator” in the Middle East.
Can you believe this self-consumed self-flagellation?
By the way, the Swiss ended up purchasing the Hermes 900 made by Elbit Corporation for $265 million dollars.
The Great Tunnel Fiasco Continues
You may recall dear reader that we reported here yesterday that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have asked Israel for permission to dig into the destroyed tunnel to find terrorists who are still missing. The location of the missing terrorists is either under the “no man’s land” between the Gaza and Israel, or under Israel itself.
As I reported yesterday, don’t be surprised if Israel grants that permission.
A full blown battle has erupted today between the Defense Ministry/IDF and the Attorney General/Justice Ministry over whether the request should be granted.
However, the battle lines are not what we expected. Speaking for the Defense Ministry/IDF, so-called Defense Minister Lieberman and COGAT head Poli Mordechai have declared that no such permission will be granted until the body parts of IDF soldiers Lieutenant Hadar Goldin and Staff Sergeant Oron Shaul (who were killed in the 2015 war) are returned to Israel.
On the other side, Attorney General Mandelblit has actually written an opinion stating that Israel should permit the collection of the bodies. In doing so, he expressly rejected the argument that no permission should be given until Israeli body parts are forthcoming. Mandelblit said that permitting the recovery of the bodies is the “humanitarian norm.”
For once, Lieberman is digging in his heels and declared after Mandelblit’s opinion was issued: “There is no reason in the world that they would hold the bodies of our soldiers for three years, and now we will allow them to get back the bodies their terrorists.”
For once, your humble servant completely agrees with Lieberman. Mandelblit’s opinion is absurd on its face.
Unbelievably, a group of NGOs led by B’Tselem have gone to the Israel Supreme Court this morning to try to force Israel to let Hamas and Islamic Jihad recover the bodies.