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Visiting Dutch Dignitaries Squabble over Israel’s Role in Gaza, PA

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Sunday visit started out fine, with a visit to Yad Vashem (with yarmulke), but then was spoiled by a major disagreement between the Dutch and Israeli premiers over a new security scanner that was to be installed with great fanfare on the Gaza border.

Rutte expected to inaugurate the scanner at the Kerem Shalom crossing, on the border with the Gaza Strip, but that’s probably not going to happen.

“Installation of the Dutch scanner, which would have been used to verify the contents of containers from Gaza destined for export, was postponed after the Netherlands made unexpected demands,” an Israeli official told AFP.

“Technically, there is no problem about the scanner at the Kerem Shalom crossing, through which goods originating in Gaza pass,” the official said, explaining: “The Dutch suddenly imposed political conditions, notably on the percentage of merchandise destined for the West Bank or abroad. These are political issues that need to be resolved at the highest level, which will delay the start-up of the scanner.”

In a lengthy, face to face conversation, Prime Minister Netanyahu told his Dutch counterpart that, as much as he would like there to be normal relations between the PA and Gaza, with goods traveling in both directions, the Arabs “sometimes use this to negative ends.”

Netanyahu gave the example of how the Hamas used too tons of cement which Israel permitted through its border with Gaza, to dig a terror tunnel into Israel, for the purpose of kidnapping Israeli civilians, to be used later in exchange with terrorist killers held in Israeli jails.

Netanyahu conceded that security considerations should not come at the expense of the civilian population in Gaza, but on occasion there’s no avoiding it.

According to Ha’aretz, the past two weeks have been marked by hectic disputes between the Netherlands and Israel over the use of the scanner the Dutch donated for use in the Gaza border crossing. Israeli security officials told the Dutch they wanted a separation between Gaza and the PA, and so the scanner must be used chiefly for goods being exported abroad, and not going to the PA.

The Dutch were making the case that the scanner was fool proof and should offer the guarantee Israel needed to accept shipments from Gaza to the PA. But the Israeli defense ministry stuck to its guns.

Prime Minister Rutte met with Israeli-Palestinian peace organizations Monday morning, and expressed his disappointment of the Israeli stubbornness.

“I don’t understand this decision,” he said. “The scanner was donated by Holland and positioned at Kerem Shalom precisely because of the Israeli security concerns.”

There was also a diplomatic spat Sunday concerning Judea and Samaria, where Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, who is traveling with Rutte, cancelled a planned event rather than accept an Israeli military escort, a Dutch foreign ministry official said.

Timmermans had planned to visit Palestinians in Hebron.

“It was the minister himself who decided to cancel that part of the visit,” Ahmed Dadou, a spokesman for Timmermans, told AFP in The Hague.

“It’s normal to be accompanied by the Israeli military in the part occupied by settlers but it’s not usual in the Palestinian part,” he said.

“Other foreign ministers have previously visited the city unaccompanied by Israeli soldiers in the Palestinian sector and Mr. Timmermans did not want to accept this new condition in order not to set a precedent.”

Netanyahu said that he had not been aware of the planned visit.

“These are not political directives,” he said, according to a statement by his office. “I do not know how we guard foreign dignitaries on visits. We have security details that do what is necessary. Minister Timmermans is a welcome guest.”

Timmermans instead visited a Palestinian dairy in another part of Hebron.

Finally an area of life a Dutchman fully comprehends.

Possible IED on Alon Road in Binyamin

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

IDF demolition experts are examining a possible improvised explosive device (IED) found on the Alon road, near the town of Kochav HaShachar, in the Binyamin region.

The device appears to be 2 grenades connected by an ignition button. It was meant to go off when a car drove over it.


Photo: Elnatan Shalom/Tazpit News Agency


The IDF Demolitions team exploded the device in a controlled explosion.

UPDATED: Possible Kidnapping in Binyamin Area

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

8:19 pm The boy who was thought to be Ultra-Orthodox, turned out to be a Palestinian boy. The alert has been called off.

8:01 pm The Palestinian car has been spotted and stopped by the security chief of Alon, in Ayin Mavoah.

7:30 pm An Ultra-Orthodox boy who was hiking in the Alon area of the Binyamin was spotted in a Palestinian car. The car, a silver Kia, has fake license plates made of cardboard.

The boy was seen waving for help by residents of Alon.

IDF and security forces are currently searching for the vehicle and the boy.

High Court: Ofra and Adam to Lose Fence Protection

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Despite the significant rise in terror attacks against Jews in Judea and Samaria, the Israeli High Court ruled that the fences around two towns, Ofra and Adam in the Binyamin region, be dismantled.

The Israeli High Court ruled that the fences were built without the proper authorizations, and they cut off Arab access to some farmland. The fences were built to prevent Arab terrorists from infiltrating into the town and committing terror attacks. Ofra is a community of 3000 residents, and Adam has over 4000 residents.

The IDF was supposed to dismantle the fences 3 months ago, and replace them with new fences around the towns, but it never began work on either project.

The primary reason the IDF did not comply is because they Ministry of Defence never gave approval or funding for the replacement fences.

Major General Nitzan Alon just gave the order to dismantle the security fences around two towns by this coming Friday, even though no replacement fence is in place.

It may take the IDF up to 6 months to build a new fence to protect the towns, assuming the IDF gets the approvals and funding.

Alon said the IDF will increase patrols around the communities until a replacement fence is built.

The town of Ofra has petitioned the High Court to not destroy the fence until a new one is built, as the IDF patrols alone are insufficient protection against Arab terror in the area. An answer to the petition is expected mid-week.

Army Violently Evacuates Oz Etzion Outpost

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

At the Oz Etzion (Jewish) outpost in the Binyamin region, a large number of troops arrived on Saturday night to expel the residents and destroy the homes that were built there.

There are two permanent homes built on the site. They were rebuilt there after troops destroyed the homes that were on the hill a month ago.

According to the Tazpit News agency, troops violently attacked the local residents, after they asked the troops to not destroy the equipment that was there.

One person was reported to have been pepper sprayed after he was handcuffed, while a second was violently attacked and his camera was taken away, on which he had recorded the violence.

Two Very Different Jews Memorialized on Saturday

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Memorials for two memorable Jews took place this weekend, though they stood, perhaps, on opposite sides of the political spectrum.

The Matriarch Rachel, wife of the Patriarch Jacob and mother to biblical figures Joseph and Benjamin, was remembered on the 11th of the Jewish month of Cheshvan, being visited by a reported 70,000+ of her and her husband’s descendants.  Jews from all over Israel and all walks of life came on Friday and Saturday night to pay their respects to the beloved matriarch, who is considered to be the mother of aliyah, said to be weeping for her exiled children by the prophet Jeremiah.

On Saturday night, a somewhat different Jew was also remembered, albeit by a significantly smaller and less pious crowd.  Less than 25,000 people gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday night to remember former Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin.  Less a celebration of his life and accomplishments than a nostalgic gathering for Oslo and reflection on his murder, the Rabin memorial this year was themed “Remembering the Murder: Fighting for Democracy”.

Roundup of Today’s Arab Riots and Terrorist Activities

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Monday is proving to be a busy day for Arab rioters and terrorists throughout Judea and Samaria. It is believed that some of the riots are due to the financial upset with the Palestinian Authority.

Arab terrorist threw a firebomb at IDF soldiers in Hebron. IDF shot and wounded the terrorist.

Benjamin: Jilazun refugee camp near Beit El: 100 Arabs rioted, burned tires and threw stones at the soldiers. IDF forces responded with tear gas.

Nabi Saleh: 30 Palestinians rioted, burning tires, throwing stones, of tear gas grenades and improvised grenades at IDF soldiers.

Benjamin Junction near Neve Tzuf: Rioting from the village of Nabi Saleh. About 60 rioters threw stones at Israeli vehicles traveling on the road and at IDF forces. Route closed to traffic for several minutes due to disturbances. IDF forces responded and repelled the attackers. Stones hit passenger cars on the road. A large forces IDF is now ensuring the road is open to traffic.

Birzeit: Dozens of rioters threw stones at an IDF pillbox, as well as gas grenade at IDF forces. The IDF responded.

Shomron: Hawara: Villager threw stones at a school bus carrying children. No injuries, but the bus was damaged.

Jit junction near Kedumim: Bus was pelted with stones. Damage to windows.

Route 55 near the Karni Shomron rioters threw stones at Israeli vehicles.

Judea: Terrorists blocked the road with stones and burning tires next to the settlement of Ma’ale Hever near Hebron.

Zif junction: Massive stone throwing at Israeli vehicles, no casualties but vehicles damages.

Hebron: IDF soldier very lightly injured by a stone to the face. Soldier was treated on the spot, and then transferred to the hospital due to the proximity of the strike to his eye.

The inspectors at the Cave of the Patriarchs found a tourist carrying a a stun grenade. The tourist was detained by security forces.

At the T-junction between Tekoa and Efrat, rioters blocked the road. They threw stones and burned tires. IDF forces are in place.

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