17 Adar 5778
4 March 2018
Picture of the Day:
Details remain somewhat sketchy; however, an Israel-Arab from Shfaram attempted to run over a policeman and two soldiers in Akko in separate attacks.
A police statement issued this afternoon: “The investigation of the incident, including the findings of the scene and the documentation, indicates that this was a nationalistic attack. According to preliminary findings, it appears that a number of attempts have been made by the driver, an Arab with a blue ID who is not a resident of the city, to run through several arenas, security forces, with the emphasis on deliberately trampling uniformed policemen and soldiers.”
In police jargon, “nationalistic” means “terrorist.”
Joke of the Day:
The PLO Central Council has named Deputy PLO Chairman Mahmoud Al Aloul to replace Mahmoud Abbas in the event he cannot continue his duties. The decision specifies that Al-Aloul will continue as “President of Palestine” for three months until elections are held.
Until elections are held?
The likelihood of any elections being held are less than zero. The PLO is a dictatorship. Mahmoud Abbas is the unelected “President of Palestine”–having last won a 4-year term back in 2005.
See today’s blog for more information about Al-Aloul.
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
According to reports of citizens on the ground to Rescue Judea and Samaria, Rescue 443, rotter, and hakolhayehudi, there were more than 35 terror incidents.
Israelis were attacked in such places as Shomron, El Aruv, Hevron, on the Gush Etzion Road, Neve Tzuf, Kiryat Arba, Tekoa, Funduk, Mevo Shilo, Karmei Tzur, Hizma, Al-Mu’ayyir, the Alon Road, Havat Yehuda, the British Police Junction, Halhul, the Shechem Bypass Road, Gilad, Shomron Square, Yitzhar Junction, and Huwara.
International terrorists were busy attacking our troops once again in Bil’in where a German citizen was arrested after assaulting IDF forces with “rocks.” If you can believe this, European “humanitarian” organizations now offer “activists” travel packages which include the possibility of assaulting Israeli soldiers.
The latest crisis threatening to break up the government . . .
Since the election and formation of the current coalition government 3 years ago, there have been a series of ongoing threats by various members of the coalition to break up the government and send the country to early elections (the next scheduled elections are in November 2019).
This current crisis is easy to describe but not so easy to solve.
The ultra-orthodox parties led by United Torah Judaism have declared that they will not vote for a new budget unless a “Conscription Law” is passed by the Knesset that excuses the ultra-orthodox from serving in the military. They have declared that they will leave the Coalition if their demand is not satisfied.
On the other hand, Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon is saying that he will take his Kulanu Party out of the Coalition if the budget is not passed prior to consideration of a Conscription Law.
So where does this leave us?
PM Netanyahu has left for the U.S. to speak at the annual AIPAC Conference and hold meetings with President Trump. Before leaving, he said that all parties have to be flexible in order to resolve the situation, but that he has every expectation that it will be resolved.
The New Face Of The PLO Is An Old Unrepentant Terrorist
Now that Mahmoud Abbas is dying, what is there to say about Mahmoud Al-Aloul, his handpicked successor?
Here are a few sentences from a biography (click here for more) written last year after Al-Aloul was chosen as Deputy to Abbas:
“He served for years as an assistant to Khalil al-Wazir (Abu Jihad), the mastermind of PLO terrorism in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1983, al-Aloul led a raid that captured six Israeli soldiers, eventually returning those soldiers in a prisoner exchange. When al-Wazir was assassinated, al-Aloul became the chief for the PLO’s activities in the West Bank and Gaza. He returned to the West Bank in 1995, where he became governor of the Nablus region before joining the parliament in 2006 and rising to Fatah’s highest body, the Central Committee, in 2009.”
The organizer and participant in countless terror attacks on Israelis, Al-Aloul continues his outspoken support for terrorism until today.
In the last month alone, he said the following in a speech:
“It is necessary to strengthen the popular resistance so the occupation will become expensive for Israel.”
Translated: the Palestinians need to kill more Israelis.
And we have this from a recent interview:
“If we review the relations with all of the American administrations, we see that they have not given the Palestinians anything of substance but rather worked in order to pull the rug out from under their feet by exerting pressures on them, and that with all their might they support the Zionist enemy that is occupying their lands.”
Not exactly a statement designed to further the peace process.
By the way, when Abu Jihad, Khalid al-Wazir, was assassinated in Tunisia decades ago, guess who assumed his sobriquet?
Mahmoud Al-Aloul became Abu Jihad.
That tells you all you need to know.