27 Tevet 5778
14 January 2018
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
Numerous Israelis have been wounded in terror attacks including 4 soldiers wounded with “rocks” and Molotovs in Nebi Saleh, a Border policeman wounded at Beit El, another soldier wounded at Hizma, and yet another soldier wounded at Al-Bireh.
Other “rock” and Molotov attacks occurred at Issawiya, Ofra, Beit HaShalom, Beitar Illit, the Eyal Crossing, Deir Qaddis, Beit Lakiya, Bil’in, Buqra, Hevron, the Carmela Crossing, Uzi Narkiss, Tekoa, Abu Dis, Nahalin, Beituniya Crossing, Al-Fawwar, Dik, El Khader, Deir Nizam, Budrus, Qalqilya, Rachel’s Tomb, Beit Laki, Beit Furik, Beit Sira, Prigat Junction, Kiryat Arba, Mt. Hevron, Wadi Zarqa, Sinjil, Al Muayyir, Itamar, Bruchin, Luban a-Sharqiya, and theOranit Junction.
There were more than 50 total attacks yesterday.
“When will you ever be satisfied?”
An unusual panel of seven Supreme Court Justices held a hearing today as “the High Court of Justice”. During the hearing, the panel heard five separate petitions from the Women of the Wall, the Reform Movement, and the Conservative Movement.
One of the most telling exchanges between the Justices and the lawyers for the petitioners came when an exasperated Justice Noam Solberg asked the Reform representative:
“There is now a plaza of your own with books, bar mitzvah ceremonies, and everything. When will you ever be satisfied? When the Rabbi of the Western Wall comes to your plaza himself and presents you with Torah scrolls?”
In another exchange, Supreme Court President Esther Hayut berated the Reform lawyer for claiming that the new plaza to be built will be unequal: “How do you know it will be unequal since it does not yet exist?”
During the hearing the government lawyer declared the current agreement between the government and the petitioners “null and void.” Another ruling of the Court will probably come in the coming months. As regular readers of israelstreet know, your humble servant has made numerous videos of the “egalitarian section of the Wall”. You can view a video here.
How Many More Are There?
Remember the missile attack at the Kerem Shalom Crossing that the IDF called a “false alarm” the other day?
It turns out that for once the IDF did not merely bomb empty sand dunes in response. Instead, it blew up an incredibly sophisticated mile-long tunnel that ran from Gaza–under the Kerem Shalom Crossing and under gas pipelines leading from Israel into Gaza–and on into the Egyptian Sinai.
The tunnel had several points of egress, including one in Israel at the Kerem Shalom Crossing.
Obviously this tunnel was used to transport weapons from the Egyptian Sinai to Gaza–and missiles and terrorists from Gaza into the Sinai.
The question everyone asks whenever another tunnel is destroyed is “How many more tunnels are there?”
Given the fact that Hamas has had more than a decade to construct tunnels, the answer is probably: “Many.”