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Netanyahu Says ‘Don’t Confuse Jewish Extremists with Religious Zionism’

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is trying to plug the hole Opposition politicians and leftist journalist have dug open to brand national religious Zionists as extremists who thrive on violence and rebellion.

Using the opening of the weekly Cabinet meeting to speak to the public, he said:

I would like to say a few words about the disgraceful video and everything related to it.

I asked that this video be shown to the Cabinet, this is well known. I thought it important to make it clear how much this extremist group, in my view both extremist and fringe, certainly does not represent religious Zionism.

Consider the strong, clear and sharp statements by the political leaders and rabbis who disavowed its denial of the state and its undermining of the state and its values. Therefore, to try and link religious Zionism to this group does a very great injustice to a dear public that is loyal to the state, contributes to the state and contributes to the IDF, including to its most outstanding units.

He did not sink to the level of populists and did not name any one, but for the uninformed, Opposition co-leader Tzipi Livni, Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid who also sits in the opposition, and even Likud Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have thrown poison darts at the national religious community since the arrests of suspects Jewish terrorists in connection with the arson-murder at the Palestinian Authority village of Duma nearly six months ago.

The media are having a field day. There is no need to look at Haaretz to see what its latest lovers of hate have to write, but Yediot Acharonot, although definitely left of center, also could not resist the temptation to take a hitch on the “hate wedding” and publish an op-ed with the lead stating:

A country which has sent a former president, prime minister, ministers and Knesset members to prison has never had the courage to act against religious leaders who instigate masses and are bringing all of us closer to the edge of abyss.

Livni, Lapid and Meretz party chairwoman Zahava Gal-On know as much about Jews in living in Judea and Samaria as they know about how to win an election. The Yediot op-ed writer, Eitan Haber, knows little more.\

Anyone living in a national religious community in Judea and Samaria for nearly 25 years, as I have, knows very well that the extremists are misfits and super ADHD dropouts for normal society who rebel against anyone trying to tell them what to do unless it is what they want to do.

They are not “masses.” They may be exploited, but they are not being instigated.

Credit must be given to a Haaretz journalist who said more or less the same words on the national religious Galei Yisrael radio station Sunday morning.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is a bit more informed that the knee-jerk Opposition robots who blame the government for everything from the weather to global warming.

Besides trying to tame down the hate-filled vindictive against rabbis and national religious Jews, he also pointed out the obvious differences between Arab Jewish terror, a distinction that is not politically correct in the leftist camps and certainly not in the European Union , the United Nations and the State Dept.

Netanyahu stated:

Arab terror attacks us relentlessly and we are fighting it without restrictions. This terrorism is much greater in magnitude; there is no comparison.

Second, there is something else, the government here, and our public, and all bodies and all leaders come out against phenomena of Jewish terrorism. We condemn, they praise. In the Palestinian Authority, public squares and streets are named after them. They pay them salaries.

There is a great difference between Israeli society’s and Israeli democracy’s healthy approach, which disavows, condemns and takes action against terrorism, and the Palestinian Authority which, I regret, encourages and incites terrorism. I suggest that these distinctions be maintained even as we fight terrorism and inciters of whatever kind.

 

Incitement, Not Frustration Fueling Current Intifada of Knives Says Expert

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

By Anna Rudnitsky/TPS

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas bears personal responsibility for the ongoing wave of terror in Israel, maintains the director of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), Itamar Marcus. The terror is fueled by the PA hate education campaign that engages not only official PA media but every sphere of life in the Palestinian Authority; from sports tournaments and schools that have been named after terrorists to simple crossword puzzles that describe the entire country of Israel as occupied.

According to the director of PMW, a research institute that studies Palestinian society, Jews are portrayed as evil, as people having an inherent problem that cannot be fixed, as “descendants of apes and pigs in Palestinian media.” They are not permitted to live in “Palestine” not because it contradicts Palestinians’ national interests, but because Islam does not allow so, as senior religious advisers to Abbas regularly explain to Palestinians in mosques and on TV, noted Marcus.

“If the conflict was a territorial dispute, it could be settled. But if the PA version of Islam rejects the humanity of Jews and their right to live, political solutions do not work,” said Marcus in a recent talk organized by Honest Reporting. He also noted that a recent crossword puzzle in a PA newspaper described “a city in occupied Palestine” as Tel Aviv.

Marcus further highlighted that Abbas needed the current wave of terror to help his low approval ratings among Palestinians. Polls from three months ago show that 80 percent of Palestinians believed their government was corrupt, and 65 percent had wanted Abbas to resign. Abbas referred to a time-tested recipe for fueling intifada; he initiated a campaign of incitement accusing Jews of wanting to destroy Al-Aqsa. On September 15, Abbas said in a speech shown on PA official TV: “We bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Al-Aqsa… It is ours, and Jews have no right to defile it with their filthy feet.”

When speaking on PA TV in November, Abbas described the wave of terror that has killed 22 Israelis thus far and has left hundreds injured as “a peaceful popular uprising.”

One of Abbas’s close allies, Jibril Rajoub, a former Palestinian security head and now leader of the Palestinian Football Association, elaborated even further on the government policy in a TV interview.

“The international community does not agree to a bus exploding in Tel Aviv. But the international community does not ask what happens to a settler or to a soldier who happened to be in the wrong place in the wrong time. We can fight in the way that the international community will remain on our side,” said Rajoub.

Marcus believes that Abbas could stop the current wave of terror if he wanted to. “It could be a bit more difficult for him to do so than one year ago because of social media, which Abbas does not control, but it is still absolutely possible,” said Marcus.

“Abbas could say that these actions are not in the Palestinians’ national interests, for example, or that he will stop paying salaries to imprisoned terrorists. That would be enough [to stop the terror].”

Shabbat Update: Two Terrorists Killed in Jerusalem and Samaria

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

One soldier was lightly injured in a car-ramming attack near Shechem on Shabbat afternoon, and another terrorist, wielding a knife, tried to stab and murder police and civilians in Jerusalem.

The wounded soldier was evacuated to a Petach Tikvah hospital for treatment. The terrorist was shot and later died, according to Arab media.

Ma’an News Agency, based in Bethlehem, reported:

Locals in the area at the time said that the driver — identified as Maher al-Jabi, 56 — had sped past several vehicles at the checkpoint before forces opened fire.

The attempted stabbings in Jerusalem occurred at Kikar Tzahal (IDF Square) around 9 a.m. when two mounted policemen noticed an Arab sitting outside Jaffa Gate and then standing up and following Jews wearing a tallis.

They followed the terrorist to Kikar Tzahal, where they asked the Arab, from eastern Jerusalem, to stop and show his identification card.

He whipped out a knife and police shot and killed him.

Below are videos of police tracking the terrorist and of aftermath of the attempted stabbing.

2 Dead, 1 Wounded in Terror Attack at Jaffa Gate Entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Three people, all civilians in their 30s, were stabbed by two Arab terrorists in an attack Wednesday afternoon at the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

Both terrorists were neutralized by two female Border Guard Police officers. One was reportedly shot and killed; the second was critically wounded but later was pronounced dead at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.

Two victims have died, the third is in serious condition.

The victims have been identified as Ofer Ben-Ari (40) and Rabbi Reuven Biermacher (45), a teacher at the Aish HaTorah Yeshiva.

“Police units and forensics at the scene. Area closed off. Heightened security continues in the old city Jerusalem,” tweeted Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld in a general update to tourists and the Israeli public.

Knives recovered from Arab terrorists at Jaffa Gate attack on Dec. 23, 2015.

Knives recovered from Arab terrorists at Jaffa Gate attack on Dec. 23, 2015.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat arrived at the scene shortly after the attack. He called on everyone who wishes to travel to Jerusalem to come and visit the city. “We must return to regular life, and [we will] increase security forces in the city,” he said.

Medics from the Magen David Adom emergency medical service two of the victims to Shaare Zedek Medical Center; the third was taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.

Arab media identified the terrorists as Anan Abu Habsah and Issa Assaf from Qalandia. Israeli sources have thus far only confirmed that both terrorists were from Qalandia, but have not released the names.

Ban Ki-moon Winds Down UN Post by Bashing Israel as Reason for Intifada

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who leaves his post in two weeks, blamed Israel for the Arab violence in a scathing speech in Jakarta

His speech, delivered by a U.N. official in Indonesia, was one of his most off-balanced anti-Israel addresses ever.

He was preaching to the chorus, as evidenced by the lengthy title of the conference, called “the Meeting of the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the Question of Jerusalem.”

With the title “the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People,” Ban could not be expected to preach Zionism, but his wholesale blame for Israel as the cause for Arab violence is subtle incitement for more Arab terror.

Some of his choice remarks were:

The anger we are witnessing is bred from nearly five decades of Israeli occupation.

It is the result of fear, humiliation, frustration and mistrust.

It has been fed by the wounds of decades of bloody conflict, which will take a long time to heal. Palestinian youth in particular are tired of broken promises and they see no light at the end of the tunnel.

Obviously, there was no mention of the openly-stated Palestinian Authority agenda that incites children to kill Jews and constantly displays the map of Israel as “Palestine.”

Ban also did not relate to Arab pogroms ever since the “First Aliyah” that marked the beginning of the will of Jews to re-establish the State of Israel.

Nor did he explain the “fear, humiliation, frustration and mistrust” as causes for the Arab nation’s going to war against Israel instead of accepting the U.N. Partition Plan in 1947, for the War of Attrition in the 1950s, or for seven Arab countries preparing to annihilate Israel in the Six-Day War in 1967.

He called for “a negotiated solution” for a “sustainable Palestinian State [[to] be established and Jerusalem emerge as a capital of two States, with arrangements for the holy sites acceptable to all.”

There was no indication of what compromise might be offered by the Palestinian Authority.

As for Israel, he damned “the settlement enterprise [that[….threatens to close the window of opportunity to reach the two-State goal.” He also condemned Israel’s policy of demolishing homes of terrorists, whose murder of Jews, according to him, is caused by Israel.

Ban probably will be succeeded by a leader from Eastern Europe. When Ban took his post from in 2006, it was thought no one could have been worse for Israel than his predecessor Kofi Annan.

Ban proved everyone wrong, and there is every reason to suspect his successor will be even worse.

UPDATE 6:15 PM: 11 Injured in Arab Citizen/Terrorist Ramming Attack [video]

Monday, December 14th, 2015

An Arab terrorist with Israeli citizenship was shot and killed near the Jerusalem Chords Bridge at the entrance to the capital after he rammed his vehicle into people at a bus stop around 3 p.m. (8 a.m. EDT).

Eleven civilians were wounded, including a seriously injured 18-month-old baby girl and a 65-year-old woman who suffered moderate injuries. Nine others were lightly injured.

Doctors entered the operating room at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center and were fighting to save the leg of the baby girl, which was badly wounded in the attack.

An eyewitness said the terrorist, identified as Abed el-Muhsan Hassuna, 21, accelerated his white Mazda sedan and drove it into the bus stop on Herzl Boulevard near the Chords Bridge at the entrance to the city. Hassuna lived in the Beit Hanina neighborhood in northern Jerusalem.

She added that a security guard reacted immediately and eliminated the terrorist within seconds, before he was able to get out of his car. Police found a new axe and a screwdriver in the terrorist’s car, and the quick response by the security guard prevented more casualties.

The ax found in the terrorist's car - Dec. 14, 2105

The ax found in the terrorist’s car – Dec. 14, 2105

Following the attack, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat urged city residents to stand firm: “Go on with your daily routine, be vigilant, but do not let the terrorists win.”

Protective posts will soon be added to bus stops in high risk areas, Barkat said, to prevent future ramming attacks.

Beit Arye-Ofarim Vehicle Ramming Terrorist Captured

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Security personnel have captured the Hamas terrorist who rammed his vehicle into a group of soldiers from the IDF’s Kedem Battalion Thursday at the entrance to the Jewish community of Beit Arye in Samaria.

Three soldiers were lightly wounded in the attack; a fourth was seriously injured. The battalion had been conducting routine security operations near Beit Arye-Ofarim at the time.

Muhammad Abdel Halim Alhamid Salem, 37, escaped after the attack, abandoning his vehicle in the Arab village of Rantis, where it was later found, and returning to Al-Lubban al-Gharbi, the village where he lives, in Samaria.

A search of the vehicle by IDF soldiers revealed a stun grenade and an M-16 military rifle, making it likely that a more serious terror attack was averted by the IDF presence. The rifle was later discovered to belong to one of the soldiers; the force of the impact when Salem rammed his vehicle into the troops sent the weapon flying into the car.

In a joint operation carried out by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the elite IDF Duvdevan unit, the terrorist was arrested late Thursday night.

Salem is no novice terror; he was placed in administrative detention in 2001 for six months on the strength of past terror activity.

Under initial questioning early Friday, he confessed to having carried out Thursday’s attack in responseto to Arab media incitement. He referred to “the situation in Jerusalem” and the Temple Mount, and the “murder of Palestinian children” in his response.

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