4 Shevat 5778
20 January 2018
Picture of the Day:
Actually, the important feature of the above picture is not Gal Gadot, but her dress which was designed by Lebanese designer Elie Saab. It turns out that Saab made the mistake of proudly posting this picture on Instagram with the caption “Flawless.” Saab was immediately attacked on social media by thousands of Lebanese who were infuriated that she would allow an “Israeli soldier” to wear her dress.
Eventually Saab deleted the picture while proclaiming all the while that “I will not be silenced.”
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
Numerous terror incidents have taken place from terrorists firing on the police station in the Givat Ha’avot neighborhood of Kiryat Arba to “rock” and Molotov attacks at Luban al-sharqiya, Qalqilya, Qadum, and along the Gaza border east of Jabalya and at the Erez Crossing,
Meanwhile, the IDF continues sweeping areas in an attempt to capture the murderers of Rabbi Shevach. The focal point last night was Hindaza, a Palestinian settlement east of Bethlehem.
Ahmash–a new terrorist demographic phenomenon . . .
We have already pointed out on israelstreet how Israeli Bedouin students attending Palestinian universities in Judea and Samaria are gradually losing their identity as Israelis, and are increasingly self identifying as Palestinians.
In the past month, a number of terror incidents have been carried out by “children” (read “teenagers” and youth in their 20s) of Israeli Arab men and Palestinian women from Gaza and Areas A and B of Judea and Samaria.
These “children” are now being referred to as “ahmash” which is a Hebrew acronym meaning “the second generation child of a family reunion.” You might remember, dear reader, that many in Israel are calling for the Family Reunification Law which enables these cross-border marriages to be overturned.
American Vice President Pence expected to arrive . . .
One of Israel’s strongest supporters, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, is scheduled to be in Israel on Monday and Tuesday.
Pence is in Egypt today and will visit Jordan tomorrow. Once in Israel, he will address the Israel Knesset. All of the Israel-Arabs in the Knesset announced yesterday that they will boycott his speech because of President Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration.
What does this inform you about Israeli-Arabs?
Speaking of American emissaries . . .
One of President Trump’s emissaries, Jason Greenblatt, was back in Israel yesterday meeting with COGAT (Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories) Head Gen. Yoav Mordechai.
As you know, your humble servant has no use for COGAT which does little except try to be politically correct. And as you also know, I cannot understand for the life of me why Israel’s COGAT unit has anything to do with Gaza.
Gaza is a Palestinian state. Period. It is not a territory to be managed by Israel.
And so, the actions of Greenblatt and Mordechai yesterday were particularly absurd. According to Mordechai, Israel is now trying “to promote foreign investment in Gaza to solve the humanitarian crisis.”
What humanitarian crisis? The one artificially created by UNRWA and other international entities?
And shouldn’t the Palestinians be the ones responsible for promoting foreign investment in their own state of Gaza?
The entire situation is maddening.
Speaking of those poor Palestinians that Israel is trying to help . . .
Palestinian “Foreign Minister” Riad al-Maliki filed a criminal complaint against Israel at the International Court of Justice in The Hague yesterday.
What is Israel being accused of now? “Violating the rights of Palestinian children.”
Maybe Maliki should spend more time seeking foreign investment and less time making fraudulent accusations against Israel.
Whom do you believe?
You will recall that on yesterday’s blog we discussed the ridiculous apology that Israel has given Jordan for the events of last July in which two Jordanians were killed by an Israeli security guard who was being stabbed in the chest.
We noted that Israel has paid “an unrevealed amount of money to the families of the two Jordanians who were killed.”
Yesterday, the Jordanian press reported that Israel has paid $5,000,000 to each family and an additional $1,650,000 to the family of a Jordanian who was killed at the Allenby Bridge after he grabbed the weapon of an Israeli soldier.
On the other hand, a senior Israeli official claimed last night that Israel has “only” paid a total of 5,000,000 to the Jordanian government to be distributed as it sees fit.
Either way, don’t you feel like screaming at the world?
Why are we paying the families of terrorists who tried to kill Israelis? Have we no dignity?
It is just unbelievable.
The Myth of the 5,000,000 “Refugees”
According to a report compiled by the U.S. State Department, but not yet publicly released, there are only about 20,000 Palestinian refugees on the planet.
Did you get that?
Not the 5,000,000+ claimed by UNRWA and the rest of the world, but 20,000 actual, living refugees who left Israel back in 1948.
Where did this number come from? Simply by not counting all of the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all the other descendants of the actual refugees who left Israel in 1948.
Of course, the Palestinians are so engrossed in their own victimhood and UNRWA is so obsessed with perpetuating it that this number will never be accepted by anyone. According to them, new Palestinian refugees are being born every minute.
But think about all of the peace offers that the Palestinians have rejected because of the myth of the 5,000,000. Think about how the world has bought into that myth. Think about how easily the Palestinian-Israeli conflict might have been solved and could still be solved were it not for that myth.