16 Shevat 5778
1 February 2018
Hilarious Picture of the Day
Talk about reaping what you sow. When the Palestinians voted Hamas into power in their state of Gaza back in 2007, they knew they were getting a terrorist organization which would divert all available funds to building tunnels and buying weapons with which to attack Israel.
So now, when the Palestinians in Gaza have only 4 hours of electricity per day, your humble servant does not have one whit of sympathy–and can only smile when he sees telephone charging stations using automobile batteries like the one above on street corners in Gaza.
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
Which of the following terror attacks have you heard or read about in your mainstream news today?
Palestinian terrorists attacked Israelis with “rocks” and Molotovs at Curve 160 on the Kiryat Arba-Hevron Road, Yakir, the Ma’ale Adumim Road, Asfiya, at the Pharmacy Checkpoint in Hevron, Emmanuel, the Postal Junction, in Bil’in, Urif, Jilazon, Yitzhar, Turmusaya, Deir Nizam, Issawiya, Deir Qadis, Adam Square, Nabi Saleh, Madma, Psagot, Qalqilya, Al-Muayyir, Luban a-Sharqiya, Ein David, Al-Azariya, Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem, Beit El, and Jericho among other places.
To repeat: which of the following terror attacks have you heard of or read about in your mainstream news today?
Answer: you haven’t heard or read about any of them because none of them have been reported.
All reports of the terrorism above are taken from citizens’ reports to rotter, hakolhayehudi, and Rescue Judea and Samaria.
Speaking of Palestinian terrorists . . .
It is being reported that PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is demanding that the United Nations declare a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, that the “Palestinian Authority” be upgraded to a “member state”, that he be allowed to address the Security Council, and that he be given a lifetime supply of Marlboro cigarettes.
Ok, so your humble servant was just kidding about the Marlboros–but not about anything else. If Abbas does speak before the Security Council, we all look forward to the confrontation between him and U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Speaking of Palestinian terrorists . . .
In case you missed it dear reader, Abbas’ fellow terrorist, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, was put on the United States’ global blacklist of terrorists yesterday. In doing so, the U.S. State Department issued this statement:
“Ismail Haniyeh is the leader and president of the Hamas political bureau, which was defined in 1997 as a terrorist organization. Haniyeh has a close connection to the organization’s military wing and is an avid supporter of his armed activities, which were also used against civilians, and was reportedly involved in terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians, and is responsible for the deaths of 17 American citizens.”
Speaking of a facilitator of Iranian and Palestinian terrorists . . .
It is now being revealed that in the same London conversation last week in which former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry relayed a message to PLO Chairman Abbas to “stand strong and resist President Trump’s coming peace initiative”, Kerry revealed that he is strongly considering running for President again in 2020.
Can you even begin to imagine what a disaster a Kerry presidency would be?
Speaking of Trump’s upcoming peace initiative . . .
According to a report yesterday, the Trump Initiative will call for “the Holy Basin, which includes the Old City within the walls, including the Temple Mount and all quarters of the dwelling, as well as the Mount of Olives, the City of David and all the other areas around the Old City, to be included in the sovereign territory of the State of Israel.”
If this report is correct, it is difficult to imagine that Israel has ever had a better friend than President Donald Trump.
The Palestinians Continue the Arab Rape of Israel
“Of all the lands there are for dismal scenery, I think Palestine must be the prince. The hills are barren, they are dull of color, they are unpicturesque in shape. The valleys are unsightly deserts fringed with a feeble vegetation that has an expression about it of being sorrowful and despondent. The Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee sleep in the midst of a vast stretch of hill and plain wherein the eye rests upon no pleasant tint, no striking object, no soft picture dreaming in a purple haze or mottled with the shadows of the clouds. Every outline is harsh, every feature is distinct, there is no perspective–distance works no enchantment here. It is a hopeless, dreary, heart-broken land.”
Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad, 1867
It is an often repeated truism that when the Zionists first began arriving in Israel in the late 1800s, they gradually began to transform the land from a barren wasteland into a green land with lush vegetation.
How many times have we correctly heard that Israelis have made the desert bloom–and are continuing to make it bloom through the use of advanced technology that enable farming even in the harsh environment of the Negev.
But before all of these advanced farming techniques, there was the planting of trees. In fact, since those first Zionists arrived until today, more than 240 million trees have been planted making Israel one of those rare countries (there are only 2) that have had a net gain in the number of trees.
If you want to see the dramatic contrast between what happens on Palestinian controlled land as opposed to Israel controlled land, you should take a hike up to the top of Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem one day and gaze out toward the Dead Sea. What you will see is lushly vegetated and treed Israeli-controlled land which is dramatically curtailed at a “line” after which starkly barren Palestinian controlled land is visible.
Why has that land been barren for centuries and centuries? Simply because of intense overgrazing of livestock, and almost complete deforestation as Palestinians cut down every available tree for firewood. Drive through any Palestinian settlement in Judea and Samaria and you will see stacks of “firewood” for sale everywhere. The problem is that now that the forests in Areas A and B have been destroyed, Palestinians are now destroying forests in Area C.
All of which brings us to the picture above.
In the 1940s, the founders of Kfar Etzion planted tens of thousands of trees–which were almost completely gone within two decades. When Gush Etzion began to be reformed after the 1967 War, the community members there undertook the replanting of forests around the area. By the 1990s, thousands of acres of forests covered sections of Gush Etzion.
Since that time however, the forests have been uprooted and burned down by Palestinian terrorists, and ruthlessly chopped down by Palestinians for firewood–the same Palestinians who always profess such a great love for the land.
In fact, the Arabs in the land of Israel have never done anything except rape the land of every conceivable resource–especially trees.
It is a sad commentary on this Tu B’Shvat–the holiday of the trees.