23 Cheshvan 5778
12 November 2017
The News on the Israeli Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
There were 34 reported terror attacks yesterday; here are all of them:
Palestinian terrorists used “rock” and Molotovs to try and kill Israeli men, women, children at Beit El, Rachel’s Tomb, Psagot, Nabi Saleh, Husan, Yatta, Hermala, Abu Dis, Hevron, Qalandiya (one Israeli wounded), Yehuda Farm, Gush Etzion, near Ramallah, Bil’in, Al Khader, Beit Horon, A-Tur, near Bethlehem, Tekoa, on the Gush Etzion-Hevron road, Itamar, Yehuda, Migdalim, the Tapuach Junction, El Arub, Qalqilya, Luban Al-Sharqiya, Beit Haggai, and Gedonim.
Palestinian terrorists attacked Border Guards, Border Policemen, and IDF soldiers at Silwad (one policeman wounded), Jenin, and Hizma.
An Israeli was wounded by Palestinian terrorists on the Mt. of Olives.
Palestinian terrorists burned fields beside Kfar Etzion.
All of the above attacks were reported by citizens on the ground to Rescue Judea and Samaria, rotter, and kolhayehudi.
Israeli television news becomes even more unwatchable . .
And in fact, the latest statistics show that on an average night fewer than 25% of Israelis watch the Israel news. By “news”, we mean the different nightly news programs on Channels 11, 12, 13, and 14–meaning that if you add the percentage of Israelis watching each Channel’s nightly news, the total combined percentage is less than 25%.
What is the cause of this ratings disaster?
The Israeli media’s unending obsession with trying to destroy Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu–otherwise known as NDS, Netanyahu Derangement Syndrome.
Last night was a typical example. On a day that saw Israel intercept a Syrian or Russian drone that was approaching the Golan, and Israel produce photos of a new Iranian base being built in Syria, and Israeli high teachers announce they are going on strike this morning, what was the news wholly devoted to?
An orthodox woman who was a worker in the Netanyahu household in Jerusalem giving an interview (with her face concealed) about how terrible Sara Netanyahu was. Why was Sara so terrible?
Because she demanded that the clothes be folded after they were washed and dried, and she demanded that workers wash their hands before cleaning and after cleaning, and she demanded that cleaners take their shoes off before coming into the house, and she . . . you get the idea. She demanded what many people demand of themselves and others–but to the interviewee and interviewer, all of this showed what a terrible person Sarah is.
When this litany of nothing was over, then viewers were treated to the tale once again about how there is now more evidence that the cigars and gifts that Netanyahu received from his Hollywood friend were in fact bribes. Of course, there was no real news on this point, it was merely the observations of someone within the police department who wants to prosecute Netanyahu for everything under the sun.
Anyway, the Netanyahu news dragged on for the first 10 minutes on all channels (your humble servant skipped back and forth). Had I not been doing this for the purpose of reporting on it today, I would have moved to non-news channels after the first 5 seconds as most Israelis do–as soon as one of the Netanyahus’ pictures appeared on the screen.
An all-time record in Hevron . . .
As you will recall, we reported in our Friday blog about how thousands of Jews were going to descend on Hevron for Chayei Sarah.
In fact, an all time record was set with more than 30,000 guests in Kiryat Arba and Hevron. By “guests” I refer to the fact that many of the visitors were hosted in the homes of the community members. Others camped out in thousands of tents and hundreds of caravans scattered throughout the Jewish section.
Who could have imagined that there would be almost 40,000 Jews (guests and residents) in Hevron at one time?
It was exhilarating!
Babies, Babies, and more Babies!
The newest data is out, and it shows that 185,970 babies were born last year in Israel. To put it another way, a baby is born every three and a half minutes. Out of the above number, there were 7,676 sets of twins and 261 groups of triplets.
The fertility rate remains at just over 3.1 per woman which far exceeds the rate in virtually every developed country.
Some interesting statistics:
*The average age at which women first give birth is 28.3.
*0.5% of all births are to women under 19 years of age while 3.52% of all births are to women over the age of 45.
*17.8% of all births were Caesarean, a decrease from recent years.
*46% of all women received an epidural during labor.
*The infant mortality rate at birth was 0.14% per 1000 births. This compares to an average of more than 4 in other OECD countries.
Babies, babies, and more babies . . . it is a wonderful sight to see!