18-19 Shevat 5778
3-4 February 2018
Picture of the Day
The Palestinians do not have enough money to pay for water, electricity, or food? And are in the midst of a never-ending humanitarian disaster? What a joke–all of that talk is nothing more than yet another begging ploy.
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 48 hours . . .
While arch-terrorist Mahmoud Abbas was getting ensconced in his new airplane, other Palestinian terrorists were targeting Israeli men, women, and children in more than 75 attacks.
Some of the most egregious of these attacks took place in Ba’ali, Burqin, Nabi Saleh, Eli Zahav, Anata, Jenin, Deir Nizam, Abu Dis, Jericho, Tekoa, Ayosh Square in Binyamin, Mazra al Qibliya, Budrus, Karmei Tzur, on the Gush Etzion-Hevron Road, on Route 458, Yidoy, Katab, Al Fawwar, Hevron, Mevo Dotan, Al-Bireh, at Nahal Oz and elsewhere along the Gaza border fence.
On Friday and Saturday, an extended firefight occurred between Palestinian terrorists and the IDF just outside of Jenin as our soldiers attempted to surround the terrorist believed to be responsible for killing Rabbi Shevach at Havat Gilad several weeks ago. Details are sketchy as to what took place and if the terrorist was captured or killed.
More about Havat Gilad below in Today’s Blog.
Three cheers for the Druze! . . .
A delegation of Druze traveled to Jerusalem on Friday. The delegation included the parents and families of the two Druze policemen who were murdered by Muslim terrorists in Jerusalem back on July 14 of last year.
The bereaved Druze were especially interested in seeing where their sons were murdered.
However, while they were at the site beside the Temple Mount, they were spotted and encircled by a mob of Muslims who began shouting “traitors” and “death to the Druze.” They were escorted to safety by Israeli security and proceeded to the Kotel where this picture was taken:
The father of one of the murdered policemen had this to say afterwards: “The incident in Jerusalem was shameful, although the Muslims’ view of the Druze who serve in the IDF and are loyal to Israel are well-known. They will not deter us; we are part of this country and we are loyal to it. “
Israel working with Egypt . . .
Various sources reported this weekend that Israel, working in conjunction with Egypt, has carried out more than 100 air attacks against Islamic State in the Sinai during the last two years.
This comes as no surprise to anyone in southern Israel. We watch planes heading in that direction all the time and hear cross border explosions day and night.
Sha’ar Shuk coming to Israel? . . .
Sha’ar Shuk (aka Walmart) may be coming to Israel in the near future. PM Netanyahu and Walmart executive John Frenner held extensive talks in Davos this past week in which Netanyahu suggested that the government would remove regulatory barriers to make it easier for Walmart to come. On the other hand, Frenner said that Walmart might be interested in investing in various Israeli technologies.
On another front, Netanyahu sought out Japanese and South Korean corporations that might be interested in opening branches in Israel. Netanyahu strongly believes that Israel needs to have companies other than merely American ones doing business in the country.
The Exciting News About Havat Gilad (Gilad’s Farm)!
The happy news of the day is that the government has unanimously approved the retroactive recognition of Havat Gilad. The tragedy is that it took the murder of Rabbi Shevach two weeks ago to make it happen.
The fact is that it is the first step on a long road to complete legalization that will probably take years, but at least the process has begun.
Gilad’s Farm was first established in 2002. Named for Gilad Zar, the murdered son of the security chief of the Shomron Regional Council killed in an ambush in May 2001, Gilad’s Farm was destroyed a number of times between 2002 and 2017 by the Civil Administration–despite the fact that it is located on private Israeli land and Israel government land.
As you can see from the picture above the fledgling community is tiny with no more than 75 residents, but it is strategially located in the heart of Samaria.
In announcing government approval today, PM Netanyahu said that he had called Rabbi Shevach’s wife Yael to tell her that the hunt for the murderers of her husband is the government’s first priority and is continuing: “We will not rest until we bring them to justice. And we will bring them all to justice.”
Netanyahu then delivered one of his strongest statements in support of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria in years:
“Our second policy priority is to strengthen settlement. Whoever thinks that through the reprehensible murder of a resident of Havat Gilad, a father of six, that he can break our spirit and weaken us, is making a grievous mistake. Today, the government will authorize the status of Havat Gilad in order to facilitate orderly life there. For the murderers – exacting justice. In response to those who sanctify death, we will sanctify life. This is the essence of the government’s policy.