20 Adar 5778
7 March 2018
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
*At 3:55 pm this afternoon, residents of Eshkol region along the Gaza border were sent running to their bomb shelters by incoming missile sirens.
The missile hit near the Kerem Shalom Crossing. As usual, the IDF immediately and ludicrously declared that it was a false alarm.
Why ludicrously? Because in the same announcement about the false alarm, the IDF said that IDF soldiers were out looking for where the missile exploded.
*There have been Palestinian terror attacks throughout Judea and Samaria.
“Rock” and Molotov assaults took place at such places as:
on the Husan Bypass Road, Lubban a-Sharqiya, Beit Ummar, on the Gush Etzion Road near Hevron, on Road 55 near Azzun, near Karnei Shomron, just outside of Elon Moreh, Itamar, Azzun, at the Yehuda Farm, on Route 60 near Kiryat Arba, the Zif Junction, the Hevron Hills, El Khader, Tekoa, Karmei Tzur, and El Fawwar.
Netanyahu hits a home run at AIPAC . . .
Say anything you want to about Benjamin Netanyahu, he is a terrific speaker, and he was in fine form at AIPAC in Washington yesterday.
Largely eschewing the podium, for a video presentation, Netanyahu presented a compelling case for how integral Israel has become to the world, and how dangerous the threat from Iran has become.
Here are just four snippets from Netanyahu’s speech (emphasis mine):
“When I joined the Foreign Service . . . I think we had about 80 or 90 countries with diplomatic relations. Now there are 160 and very few countries left . . . We’re coloring the world blue. I’ve been to Africa 3 times in 18 months I’ve been to South America, Latin America . . . We went to Argentina, we went to Columbia, to Mexico, and they said come back, we want more. That is changing. All these countries are coming to us, India, China Mongolia, Kazakhstan, all of it. Azerbaijan, Muslim countries . . . We’re coloring the world blue.
Remember when people talked about Israel’s isolation? Pretty soon the countries that don’t have relations with us they’re going to be isolated. There are those who talk about boycotting Israel, we’ll boycott them!”
“Darkness is descending on our region. Iran is building an aggressive empire, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Yemen, more to come. Now Iran is seeking to build permanent military bases in Syria, seeking to create a land bridge from Tartus, the Mediterranean, and in addition to moving its arming its air force, its navy, to Syria, to be able to attack Israel from a closer hand. It’s also seeking to develop, to build, precision guided missile factories in Syria, Lebanon, against Israel, I will not let it happen. We will not let that happen. We must stop Iran, we will stop Iran. . . We will never let Iran develop nuclear weapons. Not now, not in 10 years, not ever.”
“President Trump has made it clear that he is committed to peace; I’ve made it clear that I am, we appreciate the effort of trump’s superb team, Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt, David Freidman . . . thank you all for your hard work for peace. But to get peace, President Abbas has to embrace peace and stop supporting terror . . . Abbas should stop paying terrorists to murder Jews. You know how much he pays? He pays about 350 million a year to terrorists and their families. Each year. That’s about a little less than 10% of the total Palestinian budget. That’s an incredible number, he pays Hakim Awad, the terrorist who murdered the beautiful family of Ehud and Ruth Fogel and their three children and a 3-month-old baby girl, he pays Hakim Awad this murderer. Over the lifetime of this killer he will be receiving 2 million dollars. I have a message for president Abbas. Stop paying terrorists! Because what message does this send to Palestinian children? It says murder Jews and get rich!“
“I’m talking about the beautiful alliance between Israel and the United States of America . . . What is this beautiful alliance made of? Made of our shared values. That’s the wellspring of the great alliance, of the great alliance between our two countries. All you need to do is leave this room, this hall, you walk around a few blocks from here and you see these majestic monuments, you can learn from them all about our common values.
They come from a certain book a great book, a good book, called the Bible. It said that all of us are created in the image of god, and it’s inspired Jefferson to write the declaration of independence, that all men are created equal, all women too by the way. And that book inspired Abraham Lincoln in the darkest days in Americas civil war. He found inspiration in the words of our greatest king, King David, when he said the wounds of divided America would heal and judgments of the lord are true and righteous.
Just as the stirring words of prophet Amos inspired Martin Luther King Jr. when he stood before Lincoln memorial and promised to carry on the struggle until justice runs down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream. These values are an inseparable part of America’s story, of Israel’s story.
Today, together, we are writing a new chapter in our common story— a story of freedom, of justice, peace, of hope, and it’s because we’re inspired by the same idea. Because we’re animated by the same values, that American and Israel have forged an eternal bond that can never, ever be broken.
Thank you AIPAC. God bless Israel, God bless America, and god bless the Israel America alliance. Thank you, thank you all.”
Palestinian Terrorists Burn Down A Synagogue:
The World Is Silent
A close up look of the aftermath:
This synagogue was built years ago in honor of Yael and Eyal Sorek who were murdered by Palestinian terrorists in Karmei Tzur on June 8, 2002.
In that horrific attack, two Palestinian terrorists penetrated the community. Eyal Sorek was killed when he opened the door to his house; the terrorists then went inside and riddled Yael, his 9-month-pregnant wife, with scores of bullets.
IDF reservists received a distress call and arrived on the scene. In the ensuing firefight, Sgt. Shalom Mordechai was also killed and 5 more Israelis (3 soldiers and two civilians) were wounded. The terrorists were eventually killed.
Where is the international outcry about Palestinian terrorists burning down a synagogue? Nowhere to be seen.
Can you even begin to imagine what would have been the outcry had a mosque been burned down?