22 Adar 5778
9 March 2018
Quote of the Day:
“Turkey swears it will purchase advanced weapons including nuclear missiles of comparable ability to those of the United States. God is on our side, and our people march towards martyrdom against the Americans.”
PM Erdogan speaking at a rally of his supporters yesterday (picture above).
As we have noted in recent blogs, Ergdogan has gone off the deep end in his hatred of the United States and Israel.
Dangerously off the deep end.
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
Palestinian terrorists firing automatic weapons attacked a military observation point near Huwara. No Israelis were wounded; the terrorists escaped.
A Palestinian terrorist was shot and killed while attacking IDF soldiers at Bab Zawiya.
Palestinian terrorists attacked a bus in the Jordan Valley. The bus driver was wounded by “rocks” and had to be evacuated for treatment at Hadassah Ein Kerem.
Palestinian terrorists attacked Israeli motorists at the T-Junction in Samaria, between Bruchin and Eli, at Umm Safa, Luban a-Sharqiya, and Abud among numerous other places.
Palestinian terrorists attacked Israeli forces at various places along the Gaza Border. At least two terrorists were shot and wounded while trying to breach the security fence.
Speaking of the Gaza Border fence . . .
In case you have missed it, Hamas is planning a march with “hundreds of thousands” to the Gaza fence in the coming days in order to “break the siege.”
One might ask the question of why the terrorists don’t march to the Egyptian border fence to “break the siege”? The answer is simply because they know they will be summarily shot by the Egyptian Army.
In any case, Hamas leader Ismail Haniya declared this morning that Hamas “will not be able to stop the demonstrators.”
Hamas might not be able to stop the terrorists, but Israel will be able to.
Speaking of Hamas terrorists . . .
Hamas announced yesterday that during training at one of its sites west of Gaza City, three Hamas members were killed and seven more wounded (in critical condition) following a “workplace accident” involving an “accidental explosion.”
More information on the move of the U.S. Embassy . . .
According to U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert yesterday, the building housing the new Embassy will be partly in the West Jerusalem neighborhood of Arnona (as we have reported previously) and partly in the demilitarized zone abutting it which has been “under Israeli use” since 1949.
You didn’t know, dear reader, that Israel has a dmz? It actually dates back to the period of Jordanian occupation between 1949-1967. At that time a dmz was established to serve as a buffer zone between the Israeli and Jordanian armies.
The PLO and the U.N. were quick to declare yesterday that the area is “occupied territory.” According to Israel, the land is Israeli.
“Israel is no longer the main enemy in the region.”
Reports are that Israel and Saudi Arabia have been secretly and regularly meeting under the aegis of Egypt in Cairo during recent months.
According to these reports (which come from a reliable Arab news site), the talks are focusing on:
*A peace deal between Arab countries and Israel under the umbrella of the impending Trump Peace Proposal.
*The economic interests of the Egypt-Saudi Arabia-Israel triangle.
*Specific development of the Red Sea region.
In the latter regard, we reported earlier this week how Israel signed off on the exchange of two strategic Red Sea islands from Egypt to Saudi Arabia. And, the announcement that Air India has been granted flyover rights by Saudi Arabia on its Tel Aviv-Mumbai route certainly comes under the rubric of “economic interests.”
In any case, all of this Egypt-Saudi Arabia-Israel activity has not been lost on the Palestinians–particularly the Saudi-Israeli cooperation.
This morning, a senior Palestinian spokesman opined: “The relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel harm the Palestinian Authority, and it appears that Israel is no longer the main enemy in the region.”