7 Tevet 5778
25 December 2017
To those israelstreet readers who celebrate the holiday,
we want to wish you a very merry Christmas!
The News on the Israel Street
Where is the decency? . . .
The Israel government’s assault on the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria continues. Early this morning, in the midst of extremely cold winter temperatures, the Civil Administration showed up at Havat Yashvat. Once there, they tear gassed the house, tossed the family with their infant out into the cold, and destroyed it.
And then they left.
Just like that.
Enter without warning; tear gas the targeted home; toss Jews out of their home; destroy their home: it’s incredible that what sounds like a pogrom in eastern Europe now happens on a regular basis in Judea and Samaria.
Palestinian terrorism in the last 24 hours . . .
And as the authorities busy themselves with destroying Jewish homes, Palestinian terrorists continue attacking throughout Judea and Samaria.
Our soldiers were hit with an IED near Jenin; “rock and mortar” attacks occurred at such places as Shechem, Anata, Qalqilya, Ariel, Giti Avisar, Karmei Tzur, throughout Gush Etzion, Bruchin, Eli, Binyamin, the Horseshoe Junction, Deir Nizam (soldier wounded), the Tapuach Junction, Rahelim, El Aruv soldier wounded), on the Hevron-Gush Etzion Road, El Khader, Bidu, Curve 160 near Hevron, Abu Dis, Luban a-Sharqiya, Elon Moreh, Giv’on, the Pharmacy Checkpoint in Hevron, Beit Ummar, Ma’ale Amos, and Na’ama.
There were a total of some 75 terror incidents yesterday.
Leah Goldin at the U.N. Friday . . .
Leah Goldin, the mother of one of the soldiers whose body parts have been held by Hamas terrorists in Gaza since the 2014 war, appeared at the U.N. where she delivered this blistering criticism:
“We are not the first Israeli parents who lost a loved one during a battle to defend our country, and unfortunately, we will not be the last. But, we are experiencing another pain because our son was not a victim of the war in Gaza but rather a victim of a cease-fire, a humanitarian cease-fire, which was mediated and received UN protection.“
What she was referring to, you may remember dear reader, is how Israeli soldiers were killed as a direct result of a “humanitarian ceasefire” supposedly set up by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Moon and Kerry guaranteed that Hamas would not attack during the ceasefire; it did, and soldiers died as a result of the attack.
Neither the U.N. nor Kerry ever expressed a syllable of remorse for causing the soldiers’s deaths.
Ho Ho Ho! Ten Things To Celebrate Today!
In the spirit of the Christmas holiday which so many of our readers celebrate, your humble servant thought he would list ten reasons to celebrate this morning.
These ten are in no particular order, but enjoy!
1. Though he is still in critical condition, the 46 year old security guard who was stabbed at the Jerusalem Bus Station on December 10 has improved to the point that he is breathing on his own. This good news comes after a week in which his condition deteriorated to near-death. His name is Asher El Maliach–continue to pray for his recovery!
2. It was revealed yesterday that the U.S. owned Diplomat Hotel in southeast Jerusalem will become the site of the American Embassy in our capital. Celebrate that the ball is rolling!
3. Guatemala, which was one of the 8 countries that voted with Israel in the
recent vote at the U.N., has announced that it is moving its embassy to Jerusalem. The announcement was made by Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, one of Israel’s strongest supporters in Central America.
4. After pressure from the Trump Administration, the U.N. has announced that it will reduce its budget by $285 million dollars in the coming year. By the way, the U.S. is also threatening to reduce the U.S. payment to the U.N. (the U.S. currently funds the U.N. to the tune of 22% of its 5.5 billion dollar budget.) Any reduction in U.N. money is reason to celebrate!
6. The White House announced yesterday that there will be no peace plan forthcoming in the near future or possibly at all. No concessions demanded of Israel . . . wow . . . this is definitely reason to jump up and down!
7. Five leading Palestinian terrorists from Gaza who have been fighting in Syria were killed yesterday in an air strike. All five were scheduled to return home to Gaza next week to rejoin their terrorist groups. Their deaths are a good thing, a very good thing.
8. The Palestinian predictions of mass riots about Jerusalem that would destabilize the city and the region have not materialized. Interestingly, the Sunni countries have spent the last 24 hours taking Mahmoud Abbas to the woodshed over the torrent of anti-U.S. threats spewing from Ramallah.
9. Ahed Tamimi, the abominable Palliwood “actress” who recently assaulted an IDF soldier, has had her detention extended for ten days by the military court in Ofer. For her offenses over the years, Tamimi should be tried, convicted, and sentenced to prison. Her extended detention is a good reason to smile today!
10. The Danish Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that it is revoking funding that it has provided to various NGOs involved with Palestinian terrorism. Among those whose funds were terminated were B’Tselem and Breaking the Silence. What a wonderful turn of events!
On that happy note, israelstreet signs off for today. Ho Ho Ho!!!