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Peace Must Be Near: Embassy Ordering Americans to Avoid Israeli Taxis

Paramedics and rescue workers at the site of a terror attack in Jerusalem, February 26, 1996. A suicide bomber blew himself up on this bus, killing 26 people and injuring 80 more. This is what peace negotiations look like as they near the crescendo phase.

Paramedics and rescue workers at the site of a terror attack in Jerusalem, February 26, 1996. A suicide bomber blew himself up on this bus, killing 26 people and injuring 80 more. This is what peace negotiations look like as they near the crescendo phase.
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The following email was sent out by the US Embassy in Israel:

From: mailto:amctelaviv@state.gov
Sent: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 7:19 AM
Subject:
Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Response to December 22 Bus Bombing in Tel Aviv

U.S. citizen employees of the U.S. Embassy and their families are temporarily prohibited from using sheruts, the mini-bus shared taxis. The temporary prohibition on sheruts is in effect for the next two weeks as we assess the security implications of the December 22 bomb attack on a public bus in the Bat Yam neighborhood of Tel Aviv. This restriction is in addition to the longstanding prohibition on the use of public buses and their associated terminals and bus stops in Israel.

No mention that this minor transportation disruption is the result of Secretary of State Kerry trying to force negotiations on the Palestinian Authority, and this is their official response.

Incidentally, the reason only mini-buses are mentioned is probably because the embassy staff wouldn’t be caught dead on an Israeli public bus — probably for fear of being caught dead.

So far, according to the Shin bet, Israel’s internal security agency, the monthly acts of terrorism have risen from 82 back in July, when public opinion wasn’t so aware of the negotiations between Tzipi and her Pal Pals, to 167 in November, when it’s becoming clear that the U.S. may manage to squeeze some form of an agreement out of the two sides.

This is the pattern in Israeli-Arab peace talks since 1994, when we were blessed by the Oslo accords, and since then every time we hear of another phase in the negotiations, more blood is shed.

Michael Wolfowicz, who blogs for the Times of Israel, suggests this is not unique to the Palestinians, and all over the world terrorists try to prevent peace and stability by doing what they do best: murdering civilians.

Except that over here we’ve seen that these acts of terror are being committed by government decree, both in Gaza and in the PA. Calls to arms are official on the part of our negotiations partners, who wants peace with us like we want a hole in the head.

Sadly, both sides have been receiving more holes in the head than anything else, since this madness began, back in 1993.

About the Author: Tibbi Singer is a veteran contributor to publications such as Israel Shelanu and the US supplement of Yedioth, and Jewish Business News.


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9 Responses to “Peace Must Be Near: Embassy Ordering Americans to Avoid Israeli Taxis”

  1. Anonymous says:

    "Except that over here we’ve seen that these acts of terror are being committed by government decree, both in Gaza and in the PA."

    We (israel) are at war without the boxing gloves on. However, there is hope. Dec 29th is a prisoner release. Why not find out now where we stand with Obamalek: make Kerry bring Pollard to the Ben Guiron Tarmac, only then these mass murderers go free.

    This is a game of wills political power if we do not make our position clear now, imagine what these talks will bring Israel. Dignity is a strategic asset. Deborah bee

  2. Yechiel Baum says:

    so the American government in Israel is discriminating against the use of Jewish Israeli vehicles, foods, and probably fuel. Israel should tax the Amercians for oxygen since their foul stink from the spying consulates and Embassy is a foul odor against decent mankind.

  3. Ztipi denies the relevance of the 865,000 Jewish refugees from Muslim lands in peace negotiations!!!!!! They owned lands four times the size of Israel.

  4. Tzipi Livni should be fiired from any negotiations,.
    She will do anythung for "peace"> She would even give up all of Jerusalem to the terrorists.
    Please PM Netaanyahu, get rid of that stupid woman.

  5. give the Palestinian a taste of there on medicine we send robot sueside bomber

  6. Mahanaim says:

    Yerushalayim city of Dovid firstborn of HASHEM will be reclaimed when tsatainut is established in the hearts of his chosen people…ha yehudim leolam vaed! LO ARABS convert to truth or get out of Yisrael!

  7. Anonymous says:

    israel is beyond having to present bonfides for what it does or believes. She is a a sovereign nation and has controlled the lands in Judea and Samaria for centuries on end her ancient Hebrew incripted on the walls and ancient stones of the vast desert..

    She must ignore the calls from the international community- just look at these nations, at their histories, filled with bloody wars in the name of G-d. Holy wars.

    Yes, indeed, these are the very nations that felt no remorse, no moral compunction to stop the evil that they permitted often turning a blind eye, or a wink and nod, and often committed themselves to save their hides, the wholesale slaughter of the jewish peoples of Europe.

    Tragically, today these same peoples are prepared to do it all over again. Doesn't that make you wonder why on earth Bibi bothers with any of them. What I want to know is why he hasn't laughed in Kerry's face by now.
    Deborah bee
    Am Israel Chai

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