18 Adar 5778
5 March 2018
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
Palestinian terrorists launched another missile into southern Israel this afternoon. No incoming missiles sirens sounded, and the missile hit an “open area.”
Palestinian terrorists attacked with “rocks” and Molotovs in Abud, Deir Nizam, Halamish, Nahliel, the Gush Etzion-Hevron Road, El Aruv, Migdalim, Kiryat Arba, Tekoa, on the Gaza border east of Khan Younis, and Karnei Shomron among other places.
A new anti-terrorism law begins its process . . .
The Interior Committee of the Knesset passed a proposed law to revoke the residency of terrorists.
Not surprisingly, because the Committee is loaded with “leftists”, the vote to send the bill to the full Knesset was only 8-7.
Israel’s nuclear arsenal . . .
The Federation of American Scientists has published its annual list of countries with nuclear weapons. This list this year:
*Russia and the United States: 6600 nuclear warheads each.
*France: 300 nuclear warheads.
*China: 270 nuclear warheads.
*England: 215 nuclear warheads.
*Pakistan: 140 nuclear warheads.
*India 130 nuclear warheads.
*Israel: 80 nuclear warheads.
*North Korea: 20 nuclear warheads.
We might add “Iran: unknown.” Just yesterday, an Iranian official declared that Iran could enrich uranium in “two days”–to supplement the enriched uranium that it undoubtedly has hidden away all over the country.
Israel signs off on the island transfer . . .
The transfer of the Red Sea islands of Snapir and Tiran from Egypt to Saudi Arabia has been completed.
But not without Israeli approval.
Say what? Yes, Israel had to give approval because the islands are part of the demilitarized zone between Egypt and Israel.
What The Israeli Left Has Never Understood:
Avi Gabbay’s Speech At AIPAC Today
“We must stop building these caravans on hilltops and glorifying these remote settlements – because they do not provide any security value to Israel.”
Avi Gabbay, Head of the Israel Labor Party (aka Zionist Camp), speaking at AIPAC in Washington today.
If you want to know why Avi Gabbay’s poll numbers are dropping like a rock in Israel, you need look no further than the above quote (though there are many other reasons).
What the quote reveals is a basic truism in Israel: the secular “Left” just cannot understand the importance of the Land of Israel nor its places of religious importance.
Think back to 1967. What happened after Israeli paratroopers stormed the Temple Mount in the process of liberating the Old City of Jerusalem?
Within hours, the secular leftist Moshe Dayan had ordered the Israeli flag taken down from the Kipat HaSela (Dome of the Rock), the removal of all Israeli paratroopers from the Mount (leaving security on the Mount in the hands of Muslim guards), and organization of a meeting where he unbelievably handed administrative control of the Mount to the Jordanian-based Islamic Wakf.
The infamous picture of Dayan turning over the administration of the holiest place in Judaism to the Jordanian Islamic Wakf:
By the way, this was the same Jordan that had ethnically cleansed the Old City of all Jews between 1948-1967, and the same Islamic Wakf which from its inception had been rabidly anti-Semitic.
Why did Dayan do this? Ostensibly because he feared the worldwide Muslim reaction, but the reality of the situation was that Dayan just didn’t care about the Temple Mount. He had little sense of the historic or religious importance of the site. He even went so far as to forbid Jewish prayer on the Mount.
Fast forward to yesterday.
To begin with, Gabbay’s comments are demonstrably false. Every Jewish community built on every hilltop and elsewhere in Judea and Samaria provides more security to Israel. Any terrorist standing on any one of those hilltops can target Ben Gurion Airport and a host of other strategic targets in Israel.
But that is not my main point today.
What Gabbay cannot grasp is the integral importance of Judea and Samaria as the ancestral home of the Jews. It is an importance that not only Gabbay and the Israeli “left” ignore, but also one that the world attempts to sweep under the rug.
Those who say that Jerusalem is the soul of Israel are correct–but to get rid of the communities in Judea and Samaria as Gabbay would so readily do, would rip out Israel’s heart.