3 Nissan 5778
19 March 2018
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
The absurdity of the police reaction to the stabbing murder of Adiel Kolman in the Old City yesterday is mind-numbing.
The police reportedly cannot understand how the terrorist got from his home near Shechem to Jerusalem and how he got a knife through the security checkpoint to the Old City.
In the first place, the terrorist unbelievably had an entry permit into Israel. In the second place, there are no security checkpoints for Palestinians with any means of checking for weapons. Anyone with a knife could waltz through any one of them with no problem whatsoever.
But even more, even if the terrorist had not brought a knife with him, he could have purchased one at any one of a hundred stores in the Muslim quarter.
Adiel Kolman was laid to rest this morning at 11 am. His was yet another murder that should have never happened.
**There were more than 30 “rock” and Molotov terror attacks reported by citizens of Judea and Samaria yesterday to rotter, Rescue 443, hakolhayehudi, and Rescue Judea and Samaria.
The attacks took place in Hevron, Rava, Hawara, near Emmanuel, Deir Istiya, Beit Ummar, Yakir, on the Gush Etzion Road, Tekoa, and beside Yitzhar among other places.
The French nexus of terrorism . . .
The General Security Services announced yesterday that a gun smuggling ring has been broken up.
A Palestinian working at the French Cultural Center in Gaza smuggled 70 handguns and 2 assault rifles through the Erez Crossing in five separate transfers. The guns were ferried through the Crossing in a French consulate vehicle to a French citizen who works at the French consulate in Jerusalem.
The guns were then taken to be sold to Palestinians living in Judea and Samaria. All those involved in the smuggling operation have been arrested; however, the French citizen working at the consulate has diplomatic immunity.
The release of Elor Azariya . . .
The Military Parole Board ruled this morning on the petition of our Hevron soldier, Elor Azariya, to be immediately released from military prison.
The Board decided that Azariya would be released on May 10th, after he has served two thirds of his sentence.
Regular readers of this blog know how little respect your humble servant has for the entire military judicial system which in this case has been nothing more than a kangaroo system to try, convict, and sentence Azariya.
To Azariya’s great credit, he has never expressed remorse for killing the terrorist. He should have never been imprisoned.
About the movie “Seven Days in Entebbe” being released this weekend . . .
We all know the story. Israeli soldiers led by Yonatan Netanyahu heroically rescued hostages held by terrorists in Entebbe. In the firefight at the airport Netanyahu was killed as were three of the hostages. All of the terrorists were killed.
In this film, Yoni Netanyahu is relegated to negligible status, the Israeli soldiers are anything but heroic, and the terrorist kidnappers are humanized by being cloaked in the “Palestinian cause.”
If you decide to see the movie, your humble servant suggests you take a “barf” bag with you because you will certainly want to throw up.
The all-time record of solar use in Israel . . .
The Israel Electric Corporation reports that 2 days ago on March 17, more solar power was used in one day to produce electricity than ever before.
804 megawatts of electricity, accounting for 13.4% of all electricity used in the country, came from solar power.
Speaking of an Israeli first . . .
For the first time last month, the sale of water in Israel surpassed the sale of Coca-Cola.
Coca-Cola has always been a staple of the Israeli diet, so for this to happen is quite remarkable. But we should also note that Coca-Cola is now heavily into the business of selling water, and still remains the 15th largest business in the country.
“It is delusional that the IDF is collaborating with an organization defending terrorists . . .”
“It is delusional that the IDF is collaborating with an organization that is defending terrorists who murder soldiers and civilians. In doing so, the association causes increased terror and harm to IDF soldiers and Israeli citizens. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel is an extremist organization that has no reason for a respected government institution to cooperate with it.”
Shai Gluck, the Director of B’Tselem
Try to wrap your mind around this, dear reader.
Shai Gluck, the director of the hideous ultra-left B’Tselem which does all it can to prosecute Israeli soldiers for alleged crimes, is criticizing the IDF for engaging with the even further ultra-left organization “The Association for Civil Rights in Israel.”
What is this all about?
Two days ago, we noted on israelstreet that the IDF was absurdly responding to the recent Comptroller’s Report on the 2014 Gaza War by going to even greater lengths to be “humanitarian.” As we wrote then, this ever-increasing slide toward political correctness does nothing except put our own soldiers in ever greater danger.
It is in this context, however, that the senior IDF Legal Advisor for Judea and Samaria, Eyal Toledano, will attend and even speak at a seminar of The Association of Civil Rights in Israel–a seminar designed to train lawyers to defend Palestinian terrorists. The seminar is entitled: “International Humanitarian Law and Israel.”
Who approved this participation despite the request of the Bereaved Families Organization?
None other than IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.