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Israel Facing Its Third Intifada

There's been a sharp rise in attacks on Jews since January and even more in the past two weeks.
The IDF 931 Nachal Brigade in Balata searching for the kidnapped yeshiva boys, and hunting for terrorist fugitives.

The IDF 931 Nachal Brigade in Balata searching for the kidnapped yeshiva boys, and hunting for terrorist fugitives.
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson

I believe the Palestinian Authority unity government has launched a third intifada.

Perhaps a quiet one, perhaps not. But it is undeniably clear there has been a sharp escalation in Arab attacks on Jews throughout the country since the start of 2014.

Since the beginning of 2014, more than 200 rockets were aimed at Israel from the Gaza region – twice the number fired in 2013.

And once Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas signed his merger with Hamas leaders Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Mashaal –- silent partners with the Iranian proxy Islamic Jihad – the number of attacks jumped even higher.

For starters, here’s what the week looks like so far:

On Sunday night Arabs felt comfortable enough to open fire in a drive-by attack on an IDF checkpoint at the entrance to Jerusalem leading to Highway 60, the main road that runs through the Gush Etzion tunnel and through Judea to the south of Israel’s capital. Five bullet casings from a pistol were found. Miraculously, no one was injured.

On Monday evening, here’s what happened:

  • An Egged bus driver on Bus #51 was injured when his bus came under attack by Arab rock throwers on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. The hail of rocks smashed the glass on the bus, sending the broken shards flying into the driver’s face and body.
  • A missile launched from Gaza made it through Israeli defenses and exploded on the outskirts of Ashkelon. No injuries reported.
  • Arab terrorists attacked a car traveling on the main road near Azun; one of the rocks they hurled at the vehicle broke the back window and wounded a baby in the back seat. The mother, who drove, managed to reach help in the Jewish town of Karnei Shomron.
  • Arabs attacked the Beit Orot Yeshiva in Jerusalem, also Monday night, and succeeded in hitting the guardhouse of the yeshiva. They did not succeed in injuring anyone.
  • Two Arab terrorists attempted to infiltrate the Samaria Jewish town of Kochav Yaakov in the Binyamin region on Monday night as well. They were spotted by IDF soldiers trying to cut through the town’s security fence. The soldiers opened fire at the terrorists, injuring one of them. The injured terrorist was subsequently taken to a Ramallah hospital — but the second terrorist managed to escape. This is the second attempt by terrorists to infiltrate the town in less than 72 hours.

In the past 14 days, at least a dozen missiles were fired at Israel. Seven reached Israeli territory, including a number fired at Ashkelon. Two were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system – but the falling shrapnel caused damage to the property hit by the debris.

Last Wednesday, a European Union delegation visited Gaza to express support for the new Hamas-backed legislators joining the PA unity government. Barely 24 hours later, emboldened Hamas terrorists in Judea crossed into Israeli territory to kidnap two 16 year old yeshiva boys who learn at the renowned Mekor Chaim Yeshiva in Kfar Etzion, and their 19 year old fellow student. They were grabbed while standing on the road in Gush Etzion, heading home for the Sabbath. One of the boys had the presence of mind to dial police and managed to get the words out, “We’re being kidnapped by terrorists,” before his cell phone was cut off.

That was last Thursday night.

An IDF spokesperson announced the IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm the citizens of Israel and will operate decisively against any act of terrorism. Strong words – but police took hours to respond to the yeshiva boys’ desperate phone call for help. Reportedly they were too busy interrogating other teens at a community where there was a report of a ‘price tag’ attack on Arabs in days past.

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8 Responses to “Israel Facing Its Third Intifada”

  1. I guess it’s time to start”trimming the herd” so to speak.Violence will beget violence, and with the Hamas “merger” it will have to be done, the world to be ignored if the violence escalates from the Palestinian side. I still wonder- when Jordan controlled the West Bank for years, and Egypt held Gaza, how come not a peep about the Palestinians,so to speak, wanting their own state? Strange, is it not? When Jordan killed a bunch of them and kicked Arafat out,who went to Lebanon, I believe, again, no cry of atrocities, apartheid, and the usual other BS?

  2. … you might want to stop helping the muslims … helping them is like keeping a pet that keeps trying to kill you … you either need to put the animal down or get rid of it …

  3. August Ayala says:

    That’s so Hamas and Syria and Iran can all move in

  4. Kat Swigert says:

    Good analogy. Time we all practiced bigotry for that sect; they refuse to assimilate, only wish to dominate & destroy. God bless American and God bless Israel. God bless you, too.

  5. Berry Schwartz says:

    so sad

  6. Demilitarize and deport the entire Gaza and so called Palestine. It is an occupation that has proven to be a hazard to democratic sovereignty.

    The UN an other European organizations and nations have chosen to turn a blind eye to the lawlessness of the Arabs who terrorize the area with fronts such as Hamas and Hezzbolah. Israel must end this madness and push out all all enemies within and surrounding. A unilateral invasion is in their plan as the US turns a blind eye to Iran nuclear development.

  7. Only one way to get rid of rodents…extermination

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