3 Kislev 5778
21 November 2017
The Excellent Quote of the Day
“It is impossible to define criticism from the Right as incitement and from the Left as freedom of expression.”
PM Netanyahu, speaking yesterday
The News on the Israeli Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
Soldiers, Border Police, Israeli civilians–all of these were targeted yesterday by “rock” and Molotov throwing terrorists.
These assaults took place at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron, on the Gush Etzion road near Jerusalem, in Tekoa, at the Postal Junction, A-Ram, Hevron, Al-Arub, Beitin, Qalandiya, Beit Hanoun, Hizma, Nabi Saleh, and a host of other places.
The Israeli flag is a “provocation”. . .
In a startling display of political correctness, students at the Wingate Institute were ordered to take down an Israeli flag they had hung from the balcony of their dorm room.
The administrative officials blathered this: “The Institute is a welcoming place that invites all students to attend . . . The flag was a provocation . . . The decision is legitimate.”
So now, displaying an Israeli flag in the middle of Israel is a provocation?
We are starting down the slippery slope in Israel which will end with no displays of the Israeli flag, no singing of Hatikvah, and no celebrations of Israeli holidays because all of them are a “provocation.”
The bizarre Breaking the Silence case becomes ever more bizarre . . .
Following the finding by the State Attorney that former IDF soldier and current Breaking the Silence spokesman Dean Issacharoff had lied about beating up a Palestinian when he (Issacharoff) was a soldier, and Issacharoff subsequently demanding to be indicted and tried for the nonexistent brutality, we had this sequence of events yesterday.
To begin with, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely proclaimed this about Breaking the Silence on Channel 2: “Every mother of a combat soldier should be ashamed of you. You are traitors.” In your humble servant’s opinion, Hotovely’s statement was exactly correct.
This was followed by Dean Issacharoff’s mother, Laura Kam, attacking Hotovely in a thinly veiled Facebook post:
“[I urge] Government and public officials to stop using incendiary and hateful language against any soldier who risked their lives to protect their country.”
Of course, Issacharoff’s mother is referring to the statement that her son and others in Breaking the Silence are traitors. However, the supreme irony of her statement is that using incendiary and hateful language against IDF soldiers is exactly how Breaking the Silence makes its living.
In any case, the statement from Issacharoff’s mother was quickly followed by a similar one from his father, Jeremy Issacharoff–who happens to be the Israeli Ambassador to Germany. Of course his superior is Tzipi Hotovely.
Finally, Dean Issacharoff has once again declared that the State Attorney is nothing more than the spokesman for Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and demanded that the State Attorney reopen the case against him.
Have you ever seen such a bizarre case of a person determined to prove himself guilty? Of course, in the absence of such a reopening, Breaking the Silence remains forever revealed for the abominable organization it is.
One, Two, Three, BOOM! Life On The Gaza Wall in Netiv HaAsara
Your humble servant spends much of his time in Israel traveling around the country. Following our trips to Judea and Samaria last month, we decided yesterday to head south to Nitzanim and Netiv HaAsara.
Whereas Nitzanim is a kibbutz, Netiv HaAsara is a moshav–both of them have the distinction of being two of the closest communities to the Gaza Border. In fact, Netiv HaAsara is not only close to the border, it is literally on the border. Today’s blog focuses on Netiv HaAsara.
At first, we were afraid that we would not be able to make the trip because, as we have reported previously on israelstreet, the entire Gaza Envelope (Otef Aza) is a closed military zone. Nevertheless, we were able to get through.
Take a look at the following map:
Netiv HaAsara was originally located in the Sinai near Yamit. It was named for ten soldiers who died in a helicopter accident in Rafah in 1971. Unfortunately, when the Camp David Accords were signed, Yamit and Netiv HaAsara were both evacuated. Netiv HaAsara was relocated to its present location. It currently has a population of about 850 people.
These 850 people are literally living on the edge.
Of the wall.
Whereas most people have the general impression that a wall separates Gaza from Israel, the truth is that the only wall that separates Gaza from Israel is along its northern border where Netiv HaAsara is located. Here are a few pictures I took yesterday.
Sitting on the wall as they are, how much time do the residents of the community have between the time that they hear a warning siren of an incoming missile and when the missile hits?
As the lady of the household told us, it’s:
One, two, three, boom!
Anywhere from three to five seconds. In other words, you have three choices: you can do nothing and hope you don’t get killed; you can run like crazy to your fortified place; or you can fortify your whole house at tremendous expense. Most people combine choices two and three creating multiple fortified places and running like crazy.
Tomorrow, we will put up some more pictures of our day. Suffice it to say for now that we were incredibly impressed with the resilience of the people of Netiv HaAsara and their courage in maintaining their community in the face of constant danger.