10 Adar 5778
25 February 2018
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
It was a violent Saturday in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem. Among the many terror attacks reported to Rescue 433, Rescue Judea and Samaria, and Hakolhayehudi were “rock” and Molotov attacks by Palestinian terrorists at:
Beit Ummar, the Karmei Tzur Junction, Nabi Salah, Burin, Givat Ronen, Qadum, Ma’aleh Levona, Beit Furik, the Yitzhar Junction, Azzun, Dotan, El Khader, Al-Fawwar, Hevron, the Kevis Junction, Mount Hevron, Silwan, Jericho, on Road 60, and Hawara.
An armed Palestinian terrorist was captured after trying to break into a home at Havat Gilad.
Meanwhile, two Palestinian terrorists from Gaza were captured by an IDF patrol as they attempted to cross the border fence.
Remember the so-called “humanitarian” crisis in Gaza? . . .
Part of that “crisis” is that there is no fuel to operate the two turbines in the Gaza power plant. Hence the story goes, the residents are left “in total darkness”, hospitals cannot operate, the sewage treatment cannot work, etc., etc., etc. ad nauseum.
Yesterday, 37 tankers of fuel were trucked into Gaza through the Rafah Crossing. They were supposed to have gone straight to the power plant.
Instead they went straight to Hamas–which sold all of the fuel to individuals on the black market and pocketed the money.
Netanyahu will invite Trump . . .
Apparently, plans are in the works for PM Netanyahu to invite President Trump to Jerusalem on May 14 to inaugurate the opening of the American Embassy in our capital.
He will issue the invitation when he meets President Trump in Washington in a few weeks.
More homes for Gilo, eventually . . .
The Jerusalem Muncipal Planning Committee has just approved 3000 new homes for Gilo. Of course, we all know that there is a huge difference in approving the construction of homes in Jerusalem and actually constructing homes.
Nevertheless, it is hoped that the homes, when built, will provide some affordable housing in a city where housing rental and ownership prices have forced many to move to other parts of the country.
The Correct Jewish Population Numbers:
Judea, Samaria, and Eastern Jerusalem
Not surprisingly, the Palestinians immediately condemned the approval of construction in Gilo (described above), calling it “a grave breach of international law and Security Council Resolution 2334.”
You will recall that 2334 was the infamous resolution that President Obama allowed to pass back in December of 2016 in one last attempt to stab Israel in the back.
In addition, the Palestinians lamented that “600,000 Israelis live in illegal settlements built since the occupation of the Palestinian territories in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.”
We don’t have to dwell on the fact here that the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and Jewish neighborhoods of eastern Jerusalem are completely legal–whereas numerous Palestinian settlements throughout the area are abjectly illegal.
But your humble servant would like to dwell on the population numbers for a moment today.
Several weeks ago, the most authoritative publication about the Jewish population in “the West Bank” was updated to January 1, 2018. “West Bank Population Stats” is based on statistics from the Population Registry at the Israel Ministry of the Interior as compiled by Yaakov Katz.
Insofar as Judea and Samaria are concerned, these are the population “blocks” with communities contained therein and the total population of each block:
Block Name, Communities, Total resident population
North Samaria Block: Chianit, Chermesh, Mevo Dotan, Rechan, Shaked: 3,378 residents.
Samaria Block: Itamar, Elon Moreh, Bruchin, Bracha, Yitzhar, Migdalim, Shavei Shomron, Avnei Hefetz, Yakir, Kfar Tapuach, Rachelim, Maaleh Shomron, Nofim, Salit, Emmanuel, Einav, Tzofim, Kedumim, Karnei Shomron: 38,187 residents.
Ariel Elkana Block: Revava, Oranit, Alfei Menashe, Elkana, Ariel, Barkan, Elei Zahav, Etz Efraim, Peduel, Kiryat Netafim, Shaarei Tikva: 59,830 residents.
Binyamin Block: Bet El, Bet Aryeh, Bet Horon, Geva (Adam), Givon Hahadasha, Givat Zeev, Dolev, Har Adar, Halamish, Talmon, Kochav HaShahar, Kochav Yaakov, Kfar HaOranim, Mevo Horon, Ma’aleh Levona, Ma’aleh Michmash, Nachiel, Nili, Naaleh, Ofra, Ateret, Almon (Anatot), Psagot, Rimonim, Shiloh, Eli: 88,353 residents.
Etzion Block: Elon Shevut, Elazar, Efrata, Bat Ayin, Har Gilo, Kfar Etzion, Migdal Oz Neve Daniel, Rosh Tzurim: 25,073 residents.
Eastern Etzion Block: Maaleh Amos, Nokdim, Tekoa, Metzad-Asfar: 7,266 residents.
Maaleh Adumim Block: Maaleh Adumim, Kfar Adumim, Mitzpe Yericho, Keidar: 49,249 residents.
Kiryat Sefer Block: Hashmonaim, Kiryat Sefer/Modiin Illit, Mattiyahu, Ganei Modiin: 78,904 residents.
Jordan Valley Block: Avnet, Almog, Argeman, Bet HaArava, Bekaot, Gittit, Galgal, Vered Yericho, Hemdat, Hamra, Yetav, Yafit, Mehola, Mechora, Maaleh Efraim, Mitzpe Shalem, Mesua, Maskiot, Niran, Naama, Netiv Hagedud, Fetzael, Kalia, Roi, Rotem, Shadmot Mehola, Tomer: 8787 residents.
Hevron Hills Block: Adura, Eskolot, Hevron, Haggai, Tene, Carmel, Maon, Metzudat Yehuda, Negohot, Susia, Otniel, Pnei Hever, Kiryat Arba, Shima, Telem, Sansena, Carmei Tzur: 18,286 residents.
Beitar Illit City: 57,846 residents.
The total number of Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria–NOT including the eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem:
Total 1.1.2013: 358,460
Total 1.1.2017: 420,899
Total 1.1.2018: 435,159
[3.39% growth in 2017; 21.4% growth since 2013]
The Jewish neighborhoods of eastern Jerusalem:
Arnon Hanatziv, Beit Orot, French Hill, Gilo, Givat Chananya, Givat Hamatos, Givat Hamivtar, Har HaTzofim, Har Homa, Kfar HaShiloach, Ma’ale Zetim, Ma’alot Dafna, Neve Yakov, Nof Tzion, Pisgat Ze’ev, Ramat Eshkol, Ramat Shlomo, Ramot, Sanhedria Murchevet, Shimon HaTzadik, Talpiot Mizrach, the City of David (Ir David)
The total population of the above neighborhoods of eastern Jerusalem: 315,000.
The total Jewish population of the communities of Judea and Samaria and the neighborhoods of eastern Jerusalem: 750,159.
This number speaks for itself.
750,159…and growing by the minute.