1 Iyar 5778
16 April 2018
Picture of the day:
Israelstreet often reports (see below) on Palestinian “rock” and Molotov attacks. The picture above is of a Molotov attack last night on a military jeep near Azzun. The picture was taken by a Palestinian and posted to a Palestinian website.
The News on the Israeli Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
More than 30 Palestinian terror attacks were reported by citizens on the ground to rotter, Rescue 443, hakolhayehudi, and Rescue Judea and Samaria.
*Palestinian terrorists set fields on fire with Molotovs around the Kerem Shalom Crossing.
*Palestinian terrorists attempted to breach the Gaza border fence near Khan Younis and were captured.
*Palestinian terrorists threw “rocks” and Molotovs at Israeli men, women, and children at Tekoa, Adam Square, on the Gush Etzion Road near Jerusalem, El Aruv, the Tapuach Junction, Luban a-Sharqiya, Hevron, Itamar, Karmei Tzur, and at least 20 other locations in Judea and Samaria.
*IDF soldiers captured two Palestinian terrorists armed with handguns at the Rantis Checkpoint.
The continued run on the Iranian rial . . .
Iranians are in a panic to dump their rials in favor of foreign currencies. We have already reported the long lines of Iranians outside of Iranian banks as they try to buy dollars with their steadily decreasing-in-value rials.
Yesterday, Iran banned the sale of any foreign currency at any of the country’s numerous exchange bureaus. The new guidelines prohibit any bureau from buying, selling, or transferring foreign currency. In effect, they have been put out of business.
A follow up to yesterday’s blog . . .
The attempt to produce a law that will enable the Knesset to overcome a Supreme Court decision that has invalidated a law floundered yesterday. PM Netanyahu, who once seemed on board with the proposed law, backtracked at the insistence of one of his coalition members (Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon of the Kulanu party) and agreed to form a ministerial committee to study the matter.
Forming such a committee will probably spell the doom of the law.
But to show you, dear reader, how absurd the situation has become and how no aspect of Israeli existence is not subject to the whims of the Court, there were two more petitions submitted to the High Court of Justice (an adjunct of the Supreme Court) yesterday:
The first petition came from a so-called “humanitarian” group and asked the Court to cancel the IDF’s “open-fire” regulations on the Gaza border. Of course, this petition builds upon other disastrous petitions that were filed during the 2014 war with Hamas which hamstrung our troops in the midst of battle and put them at greater risk.
It is simply amazing that the High Court now feels that it can overrule military decisions of the Executive branch and the IDF.
The second petition asked the Court to overturn the decision by Defense Minister Lieberman to prevent the entry into Israel of 202 Palestinians who are supposed to participate in a “joint memorial ceremony.” This ludicrous ceremony is supposed to bring together Israeli and Palestinian victims of war. To put it another way, it is a Yom Hazikaron ceremony combined with a Nakba ceremony.
Why Israeli should facilitate observance of the so-called Nakba is beyond the understanding of your poor humble servant. And why the Court has any business in interfering in Defense Minister Lieberman’s decision defies comprehension–but it illustrates that no government minister’s decision is safe any more from the meddling of the Court.
Talk about High Court overreach. I think I am going to petition the High Court today to force my next door neighbor to stop putting his trash in my garbage can.
“Jerusalem was and will remain the capital of the state of Palestine.”
Thus spoke PLO Chairman and unelected “President of Palestine” for life, Mahmoud Abbas yesterday. He was speaking at the Arab League summit in Saudi Arabia.
Note how the pretense of “East Jerusalem” was not used. “East Jerusalem” is only spoken when Abbas is speaking to Western audiences. When he is speaking to his fellow Arabs, “Jerusalem” is what he is talking about.
Of course, the representatives of the League all erupted in applause at Abbas’ declaration, none more so than his Saudi Arabian host, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz.
When it was the King’s turn to speak, he immediately declared Saudi’s intention to contribute $150 million dollars to support “Islamic shrines in Jerusalem” and another $50 million to UNRWA.
Let’s repeat that.
Saudi Arabia, which is supposed to be a moderate Arab country forging bonds with Israel, is ponying up $50 million to perpetuate anti-Israel hatred via UNRWA and another $150 million to foster the fraud that Jerusalem is an Islamic city and the capital of Palestine.
As the old saying goes with friends like Saudi Arabia, who needs enemies?