20 Tevet 5778
7 January 2018
Idiotic Quote of the Day:
“We have to rebuild trust between us.”
President Reuven Rivlin speaking at a news conference with visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide about the necessity of Israelis and Palestinians building trust with each other.
This is just unadulterated claptrap. How can we build confidence with terrorist organzations who refuse to even recognize that Israel is a Jewish country? The answer is that we cannot.
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
Let’s make a short list of some of the places where Palestinian terrorists attacked Israeli men, women, and children yesterday:
Neve Tzuf, Hizma, Beit Anun, the Uzi Narkis bridge, Migadalot, Akraba, Sebastia, on the Gaza border, Psagot, Aqbat Jaber, Yitzhar, Itamar, Al Fawwar, Gush Etzion, all along the Gush Etzion-Hevron road, Elon Moreh, Mt. Hevron, Karmei Tzur, Bruchin, Road 443, Beit Ur a Tahta, Gilad Road, Sha’arei Tikva, Deiheishe, El Aruv, Beit Ummar, Yatta, Kissufim, Hevron, Kiryat Arba, Hawara, Hizma, and near Jenin.
The reports of these attacks are taken from Rescue Judea and Samaria, rotter, and hakolhayehudi.
Remember the terror attack back on November 17th? . . .
You would have to have a remarkable memory to recall what happened. A Palestinian terrorist ran over two Israelis, then got out of his car and tried to stab IDF soldiers. He was eventually shot and killed.
One of the men who were run over was Even Ezer Holaring, a 35-year-old resident of Kiryat Arba. At first, his injuries were described as “light”; however, it was quickly discovered that he suffered a traumatic brain injury.
He has been in Hadassah Hospital on Mt. Scopus ever since. But yesterday, he was allowed to go home on a short visit because of what doctors call “significant” improvement.
Holaring is a member of the Bnei Menashe community living in Kiryat Arba which immigrated to Israel from India a decade ago. His wife credits prayer for helping him improve, and asks that all people continue to pray for him.
“Free” electricity to Gaza . . .
Who cares if the Palestinians in Gaza don’t pay their electrical bills and prefer to spend their money building tunnels and shooting missiles at southern Israel? Apparently our Israeli government doesn’t care.
Energy Minister Yuval Steinetz ordered today that electricity be doubled to Gaza–from 4 hours a day to 8 hours a day. This means that terrorists in Gaza will have double the amount of time to operate their hydraulic missile launchers.
By the way, the electricity going to Gaza is not free; we Israelis pick up the tab in the form of higher energy costs to ourselves.
A significant economic milestone . . .
For the first time in at least a decade and a half, Israel’s national debt as a percentage of GDP fell below 60% in 2017.
This is a reflection of both significant belt-tightening regarding expenditures and increased economic growth.
Persona non grata in Israel . . .
Israel’s Interior Minister Gilad Erdan published a list today of 24 organizations whose members will no longer be allowed into Israel. These include:
From Europe: AFPS (The Association of France-Palestine Solidarity), BDS France, BDS Italy, ECCP (The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine), FOA (Friends of Al-Aqsa), IPSC (The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign), Palestine PDS (Palestine Solidarity Campaign), BDS Kampagne
From the United States: American Friends Service Committee (Quakers), American Muslim Service Committee, Code Pink, Jewish Voice for Peace, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
From Latin America: BDS Chile; From South Africa: BDS South Africa
The Truth Is Finally Out There, But Is Anyone Listening?
One of the unreported benefits of President Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration is that the Palestinians are finally stating what they truly believe. No more facade, no more pretense: just clear unvarnished statements are being issued everyday which explain once and for all why there can be no peace between Palestinians and Israelis.
These statements are nothing new for Israelis and reveal once again why we have always known that “the two state solution” was never really a possibility.
Here is a quote yesterday from Nabil Shaath, the most senior Palestinian “negotiator”. Shaath was answering a question about whether the Palestinians might be open to a French peace initiative:
“They can describe Israel as a state for two peoples, but we [Palestine] will be a state for one people. The story of two states for two people means that there will be a Jewish people over there and a Palestinian people here. We will never accept this–not as part of the French initiative and not as part of the American initiative.
We will not sacrifice 1.8 million Palestinians with Israeli citizenship who live within the 1948 borders, and we will never agree to a clause preventing the [5,000,000+] Palestinian refugees from returning to their country.
We will not accept this, whether the initiative is French, American, or Czech.”
Did you get all of that?
*No two state solution in which one state is Jewish and the other is Palestinian.
*Two states are fine if Israel’s identity is changed by becoming a bi-national state flooded with 5,000,000+ so-called “refugees” on top of the current 1.8 million Israeli-Arabs whom Shaath calls “Palestinians.”
Again, there is absolutely nothing new here. Why did previous Israeli attempts at peace fail? Because the Palestinians refused to accept Israel as a Jewish state and because they insisted on Palestinian “refugees” being given residence in Israel.
So here we have it again.
Stated plainly for all to hear–but is anyone listening?
It is long past time to consign the odious “two states for two peoples” to the dustbin of history.