11 Adar 5778
26 February 2018
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
*Considering the ongoing terrorism on the roads of Judea and Samaria where Palestinian terrorists attack Israeli motorists day in and day out with “rocks” and Molotovs, it is simply miraculous that more Israelis are not wounded and killed.
Here is a list of a few places where motorists were attacked yesterday–and their cars were smashed, yet the drivers managed to get to safety:
Ofra, Binyamin, the British Police Junction, El Aruv, at various locations in Gush Etzion, Givat Ronen, Beit Ummar, Ofer Camp, the Karmei Tzur Junction, Beit Furik, Qadum, Burin, Tekoa, Hawara, Hizma, Hevron, and Nabi Saleh.
*Because of the increase in terror attacks from Nabi Saleh, the IDF in conjunction with Shin Bet and the Border Guards, carried out an operation in the settlement during which they captured 9 wanted terrorists. Similar operations were carried in Ein Yabrud and Bethlehem overnight.
*On the Gaza border, two armed Palestinian terrorists were shot as they tried to infiltrate Israel through the border fence near Khan Yunis.
The IDF closes down Judean, Samarian, and Gaza Crossings . . .
The IDF announced today that it is closing down the above crossings to Palestinians coming into Israel during the holiday of Purim.
The closure will begin at midnight tomorrow (Tuesday) and last until midnight on Sunday March 4.
The death of Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach . . .
Your humble servant was in Jerusalem yesterday for the joyous brit of his second grandson and had to fight through all the traffic to get there.
The reason for the traffic was the funeral of Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, the Lithuanian ultra-orthodox leader of the so-called Jerusalem faction. The 86-year-old rabbi’s funeral was attended by some 100,000 people.
Auerback was infamous for his distinct anti-Zionism, particularly in leading the fight to stop the ultra-orthodox from serving in the IDF.
Even though his followers have pledged to continue the fight against conscription with the same fervor as the rabbi, they will be hard pressed to do so because none of them have the same charisma as Auerbach.
Let’s hope his death brings positive changes.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is closed . . .
. . . not by Israelis but by the Christians who manage the site.
Angry that the municipality is now forcing religious entities in Jerusalem to pay taxes on the property they own (any property that does NOT contain a “house of worship”), the “Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches” in Jerusalem have opted to protest by closing down the Church to visitors.
Of course the “Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches” in Jerusalem are mainly Palestinian, and the protest is obviously a political one.
Erdogan goes off the deep end . . .
Turkish PM Erdogan has always been an Islamist from way back in the day before he ever entered politics.
However, the last few days have seen him reveal his true colors in a series of extreme statements.
For example, in one speech last week Erdogan began by reading Koranic verses that justify killing and ended with the declaration that “This nation is hungry for martyrdom.”
Yesterday, during another speech, Erdogan spotted a little girl wearing a Turkish flag penned to her blouse. Erdogan called her to the stage and told the cheering crowd: “She is willing to die a martyr and be buried with a Turkish flag in her pocket.”
Speeches like these have led to an outpouring of anti-Erdogan sentiments on Turkish social media with pictures like these:
Very good news for Israelis! . . .
It is being reported this morning that President Trump will cancel the visa requirement for Israelis entering the United States.
You may remember that the Obama Administration was adamant about forcing Israelis to obtain visas. Back in 2014, the ever abominable State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki proclaimed that “The Department of Homeland Security and State remain concerned with the unequal treatment that Palestinian Americans and other Americans of Middle Eastern origin experience at Israel’s border and checkpoints.”
Could that statement have been any more absurd?
Of course Israel security is concerned about anyone of Middle Eastern origin entering the country for the obvious reason of possible terrorism.
This was never a question of unequal treatment but one of survival.