26 Adar 5778
13 March 2018
Quote Of The Day:
“If one bomb can kill seven Jews, how many Jews would be killed with seven bombs?”
An UNRWA math teacher in a Palestinian “refugee” camp, as quoted yesterday in a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
For more on this subject, see Today’s Blog.
Picture of the Day:
Your humble servant has been at this precise spot many times. The plastic chair you see is the one in which Israeli soldiers sit as they keep watch over the street and the steps. Why do they need to keep watch here? Because Palestinian terrorists coming down the steps have carried out numerous stabbings of Israelis.
The News on the Israel Street
Update on the Coalition Crisis . . .
As reported yesterday, the government continues to hang on by a thread. At this moment, PM Netanyahu and Defense Minister Lieberman are engaged in intensive talks to find out if there is a way forward.
Nothing has changed from the reportage on israelstreet yesterday. The question is simply, “can Netanyahu wring a promise out of Lieberman to not try to dissolve the Coalition?”
Your humble servant continues to think that at some point Lieberman will come to his senses–especially in light of polls yesterday that showed that if new elections are held, Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu Party will not get enough votes to be in the Knesset.
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
Palestinian terrorists targeted Israeli men, women, and children with “rocks” and Molotovs on Road 446 near Na’alin, in Rawabi Square in Binyamin, Gilad, Anata, El Aruv, Turmus Aya, Kiryat Sefer, Bir Zeit, Burin, the Gush Etzion Junction, Urif, Qalqilya, Hevron, Tekoa, Hizma, and Hawara.
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
A Palestinian attempt to assassinate Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah went awry when a roadside bomb exploded just before Hamdallah’s car was to drive past it.
Hamdallah’s car was sprayed with shrapnel from the blast.
Hamdallah was in Gaza to launch a new desalination facility along with the military head of the Palestinian General Command, Majid Faraj. The thinking today is that some Palestinian group opposed to reconciliation between PLO Fatah and Hamas was trying to kill two birds with one stone.
Mahmoud Abbas, who was visiting in Jordan, returned to Ramallah immediately, and immediately blamed Hamas.
Your humble servant really doesn’t care who tried to dispatch Hamdallah; all he knows is that when terrorists try to kill, or kill, terrorists, it’s a good thing.
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel? . . .
Your humble servant’s youngest son lives in Jerusalem.
This morning he went into the American consulate in Jerusalem to apply for American passports for his two young children. He assumed that following President Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration the birthplace of this children would be listed as “Jerusalem, Israel.”
After all, both children were born in Sha’are Zedek Hospital in the middle of downtown Jerusalem.
However, he was told by the Consular officer: “There has been no change, at this time, regarding the registration of babies born in Jerusalem to American citizens.” In other words, their birthplace would be recorded as “Jerusalem.”
My son declined to proceed with the process.
Perhaps with the news today that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been replaced by fervent Israel supporter Mike Pompeo, this absurd situation will be rectified.
Guess who is rearing her ugly head again? . . .
If you said “Tzipi Livni“, you would be correct. Avi Gabbay is trying to kick her out of the Labor Party (because she has no supporters), but that doesn’t stop the globetrotter Livni from trying to make waves in advance of a possible election.
Yesterday in the Knesset, she unleashed this preposterous broadside against PM Netanyahu: “We will not let you paint the police as leftists . . . We learned from other countries what happens when a leader puts himself above the law, they call it fascism.”
Of course, we all know that the Israel Police are leftists who have carried on a decades-long campaign to overthrow Netanyahu.
Netanyahu puts himself above the law? No prime minister in the history of Israel has been more willing to be interrogated by the Israel police over one bogus allegation after another.
New population statistics . . .
Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics reported that during the last year of statistical reporting, the Jewish birthrate ticked slightly upward to 3.16 per woman, and the Muslim birthrate also ticked upward to 3.29 per woman.
181,405 babies were born in Israel in 2016. 139,319 of these babies were Jewish; only 42,086 were Arab Muslims and Christians.
News from the neighborhood . . .
*The Russian Defense Ministry announced this morning that if cruise missiles are fired from a U.S. warship in the Mediterranean at Damascus, Russian planes will attack that ship.
*Qatar is closing in on the title of “Fattest Place on Earth”. Currently, Samoa holds first place with 94% of its residents classified as overweight. In the last decade, Qatar has zoomed into second place with around 75% of its population termed “obese.”
“If one bomb can kill seven Jews,
how many Jews would be killed with seven bombs?”
Here on israelstreet, we have continually argued that the time is long past when UNRWA should be relegated to the trash heap of history.
With math problems like the one titling today’s blog, UNRWA does nothing to solve any “refugee” problem, and instead perpetuates the Israel-Palestinian conflict by promoting terrorism.
Of course, UNRWA works hand in hand with the PLO and Hamas.
For example, the PLO has published a new set of textbooks for 5th graders this year. The “history” book which will now be used by UNRWA does little except glorify Palestinian terrorists.
One chapter is dedicated to Dalal Mughrabi. It begins:
“Our Palestinian history is filled with many names of martyrs who sacrificed their souls for the homeland, among them is the shahid Dalal Mughrabi, who in her struggle marked one of the images of opposition and bravery, and for that her memory remains forever etched in our hearts and minds.”
What was Mughrabi’s bravery? Being in charge of the the Coastal Road Massacre of 1978 in which 38 Israelis, including 13 children, were slaughtered. Fortunately, Mughrabi was killed in the attack.
It is high time for Israel to crack down on the Palestinian embrace of terrorists.
Yesterday, the Jerusalem Municipality removed a marble slab that said “A cemetery for martyrs” that was placed at the entrance to the Salah a-Din Cemetery in Jerusalem.
No doubt the European Union, United Nations, and UNRWA will condemn the removal of the slab as “a war crime”, but such displays should not be tolerated.