Israel will do its “utmost so that Jews will be able to go everywhere safely, especially to the Tomb of the Patriarchs,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Cabinet Sunday.
Tens of thousands of Jews visit the site, known, in Hebrew as Ma’arat HaMachpelah, for Slichot prayers between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.
It is the burial site of the forefathers Avraham, Isaac (Yitzchak) and Jacob as well as Sarah, Rebecca (Rivkah) and Leah. Rachel, Yaakov’s second wife, is buried at Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel), which also attracts tens of thousands of people between the two High Holidays.
The Patriarch’s Cave also is the traditional burial place of Adam and Eve.
Palestinian Authority terrorists have escalated attacks at the two sites in recent months.
Israel has begun building a new fence from Eilat to Timna, where a new international airport is being built to serve Eilat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced at the weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday.
Eilat’s current airport is located in what used to be the outskirts of the resort city but which now is practically in the center, making it a quaint curiosity but out of date in terms of the length of its runways as well as being a disturbance to tourists.
It also is prime real estate that will be freed once the new facility is completed to the north.
The fence is only the first step a project to better protect Israel’s eastern border from Eilat to the Golan Heights, Prime Minister Netanyahu said.
To the extent that it is possible, we will encompass Israel’s borders with a security fence and barriers that will allow us to control our borders. We will not allow Israel to be flooded with illegal migrants and terrorists.
Israel has finished constructing a fence along the southwestern border with Egypt, where tens of thousands of illegal immigrants previously crossed into Israel with ease. It created a major headache for the government and for cities where the immigrants located, such as Arad, Dimona and southern Tel Aviv.
Israel is not indifferent to the human tragedy of the refugee crisis but is small and cannot simply throw open its doors to the flood, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.
“We have conscientiously treated thousands of wounded from the fighting in Syria, and we have helped them rebuild their lives,” Netanyahu said in response to recriminations from opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union), made in remarks yesterday.
“But Israel is a very small country, with neither demographic or geographic depth, and therefore we must control our borders.”
The prime minister pointed out that Israel must secure its borders not only against illegal immigrants searching for work, but also against terrorists hoping to slaughter Israelis. Instead, he said that he has spoken with African and European nations about developing aid programs for the countries from which the refugees are originating.
To protect Israel’s borders, he said, construction crews will begin to build a security barrier – as other nations have done for similar reasons around the world – similar to that built along the eastern border with Jordan from Gaza to Eilat.
“In the first phase we will build it from Timna to Eilat, to protect the airport being built there, and we will continue it to the Golan Heights, where a very strong security fence has already been built,” he said. “We will not allow Israel to be flooded with illegal immigrants, work-seekers and terrorist activists,” he said.
Immigration and Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin commented that the proposals by Herzog and Abbas to absorb refugees is an attempt to “bring the ‘right of return’ through the back door. That is not responsible and it absolutely cannot be allowed to happen.” Elkin said Herzog’s proposal is similar to that of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who has requested to absorb refugees in Judea and Samaria.
Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog has called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to open the gates for Syrian refugees to enter Israel, while Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas wants them to have asylum in the “West Bank.”
Abbas issued his statement before Herzog’s call for sympathy, complete with the Liberal wail that Jews must remember the Holocaust and somehow connect dots that lead to Israel being the perfect, profusely open-minded country, and so what if it contributes to reducing the Jewish minority?
That is exactly what the Saudi “peace” Initiative in 2002 proposed. It wants Israel not only to shrink its borders back to the Temporary Armistice Lines of 1949, AKA the Green Line or “Auschwitz Borders,” but also to make Jews a minority in Israel.
Next, Israel becomes an Arab country.
Herzog has long been opposed to such an idea and certainly does not want Israel to accept hundreds of thousands of Syrians.
But the international media, working on the conscience of the West by promoting the tragedy in Syria, has given Herzog the perfect soapbox for another opportunity to win headlines in the media by showing Prime Minister Netanyahu as hard-hearted.
The bitter experience with the illegal immigrants from Sudan and Eritrea has proven that there is no such thing as “a few hundred.”
Once they are allowed to stay in Israel, their birth rate soars, they stick together to form a lobby, and they find the extreme left anxious to grant them every wish in order to reduce the proportion of religious Jews whose success in the IDF and professions threatens the leftist power base,
Sure enough, foreign media have largely ignored the fact the Gulf States have accepted zero refugees but the same media are gushing over Herzog. AFP reported around the world that Herzog played the Holocaust card and said:
Our people has experienced first-hand the silence of the world and cannot be indifferent in the face of the murder and massacre raging in Syria.
[The government must] act toward receiving refugees from the war in Syria, in addition to the humanitarian efforts it is already making.
At the same time American are increasingly fed up with Mexican immigrants, and at the same time Europe has woken up years too late to the demographic revolution that is wrecking the continent, and at the same time the Arab world couldn’t care less about their brethren in Syria, Herzog and other Opposition members are anxious to show the world how Israel really is better than anyone else at being self-destructive.
Elazar Stern, who now is back in the Knesset as a Knesset Member because of the resignation last week of a Yesh Atid MK, joined Herzog and said Netanyahu should accept “a limited number of Syrian refugees.” He recalled that Menachem Begin, as Prime Minister, granted asylum to a small number of Vietnamese “boat people.”
That was back in the 1970s, when there was no Palestinian Authority and no demographic threat.
Stern also pulled out the emotional but entirely unrelated Holocaust card and said:
I think that the State of Israel, because of the lessons of the Holocaust and the compliance of the world, cannot remain indifferent. I call on members of the Knesset, the public and rabbis to join me in this call. I believe that Diaspora Jews would also appreciate such a move.
Of course Diaspora Jews would support a move because they don’t feel comfortable with Israel being too Jewish.
The liberal call for allowing Syrian refugees into Israel makes Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas look like a pansy.
His office stated on Saturday:
President Abbas has asked the Palestinian representative to the U.N. to implement as quickly as possible, in coordination with the U.N. secretary-general, measures for the return of Palestinian refugees from Syria to the Palestinian territories.
Note the word “return,” as if the Palestinian Authority is tier “homeland.” In terms of numbers, the United Nations says there are more than half a million “refugees” in Syria..
I am [at] peace, but when I speak, they [come] to war – Psalms 120:7).
A new video of an Arab event in the Old City that was in celebration of a new groom shows the overwhelming presence of political aspirations, with flags of both the Hamas terrorist organization and the Palestinian Authority.
If foreign media were to take off their blinders, they could understand better, if they wanted to, the essential differences between the intentions of Jews and Muslims at the Old City and on the Temple Mount.
We have no idea of what the Arabs were chanting in their flag-waving celebrations, but it is a safe assumption they were not reciting Psalms.
Up to several thousand Jews march in the same place every month, except when the police decide it might offend Arabs. They also wave flags, those depicting the Holy Temple. Two of them were destroyed centuries ago, but the Palestinian Authority likes to claim they never existed.
The monthly rallies are centered on the recital of several Psalms, which brings to mind the obvious one when comparing the Muslim and Jewish marches.
Psalms 120:67 states:
I am [at] peace, but when I speak, they [come] to [wage] war.
The literal translation is “I am peace, but when I speak, they are war,” and the words “at or “for” are necessarily inserted in the first part of the verse and “come” in the second part.
Every translation of any text is prone to interpretation, and when it comes to Israel, the interpretations come with a mindset.
The international community does not consider Israel for peace, and it likes to believe that the Arab world wants peace.
The most recent evidence comes from the newest batch of “pro-Israel” Hillary Clinton’s private e-mails.
She and her close confidantes pre-judge Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as a man against peace. The Palestinian Authority is assumed to be a friend of peace, despite Psalms 120:7, Palestinian Authority incitement and terror, and Mahmoud Abbas’ spitting in the face of the Obama administration by openly destroying the basis of the Oslo Accords and rejecting a diplomatic solution.
The e-mails to Clinton’s private e-mail server, even though some of the information was classified, are chock full of anti-Netanyahu observations from people such as Martin Indyk, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel. He wrote Clinton about Netanyahu:
At heart, he seems to lack a generosity of spirit. This combines with his legendary fear of being seen as a ‘freier’ [sucker] in front of his people to create a real problem in the negotiations, especially because he holds most of the cards.
Another source of the e-mails is Sid Blumenthal, whom Clinton seems to have made a de facto adviser when she was Secretary of State even though the White House rejected her attempt to bring him on board in an official capacity.
Clinton insists his e-mails were “unsolicited” but one of her e-mails to him states, “Keep ’em coming,” and another beseeches him to advise her before she was to speak to AIPAC.
She liked what she read because it was nasty towards Netanyahu, and keep in mind that if Clinton is the next president of the United States, Blumenthal will be on her team.
[Netanyahu’s] father, Benzion Netanyahu; 100 years old, secretary to Jabotinsky, and denounced as too radical by Begin, adored his son Yoni, heroically killed at Entebbe. Benyamin has never measured up. Benzion has constantly criticized him in public for his deviations from the doctrine of Greater Israel.
Bibi desperately seeks his father’s approbation and can never equal his dead brother. See Benzion’s most recent scathing undermining of his son Bibi and Bibi’s tearful tribute to his brother just last month.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon announced Thursday they will cut the sales tax (VAT) by one percent and do the same with the corporate tax.
Beginning October 1, the VAT will drop from 18 percent to 17 percent.
The corporate tax will drop from 26.5 percent to 25 percent, starting in January 2016.
It is estimated that the two benefits to consumers will cost the state approximately NIS 6.5 billion ($1.6 billion).
Bank of Israel Governor Karnit Flug, who is not in favor of the plan, immediately announced her criticism of the move.
But in a joint news conference Thursday afternoon, Netanyahu and Kahlon told reporters the move was designed to act as a “growth engine” on an economy that is slowing down.
“We believe in you, we believe in the free market, we believe in freedom,” the prime minister said. “I think this will help growth. I think this will give the economy the boost it needs. At a time when we are hearing about global slowdown, and here too, we want a growth engine and lowering taxes is one of them.”
The army soon may be allowed to act like an army and actually fire at terrorists even if soldiers might only be liable to be wounded and not killed.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Security Cabinet Wednesday morning that there will be a re-examination of a recent decision to prohibit soldiers from shooting at rock-throwing and firebombing terrorists unless their lives are in immediate danger.
Since the legal system is finding it difficult to deal with stone-throwing by minors, changing open-fire orders regarding the throwing of stones and firebombs will be examined, as will be the imposition – by law – of minimum sentences for those who throw stones and firebombs.
Stiffer sentences, including several years in prison, for rock-throwers already are on the agenda following an imitative by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.
The issue of minors throwing rocks, intended to kill Israeli drivers either with a direct hit in the face or by causing them to lose control of their vehicles and crash, was highlighted around the world earlier this week with the video of a Palestinian Authority family whose children are “stars” in rock-throwing attacks on soldiers, whose reactions are filmed and edited to portray the children as innocent victims of a big bad army.
The video showed the children and adults punching and beating the soldier, who sat helpless and without even aiming his semi-automatic rifle at them.
Prime Minister Netanyahu did not refer to the most recent “Pallywood” video and instead focused on the increasing number of attacks on Highway 443, the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway that is an alternate to Highway 1 and which also connects the capital with the suburban city of Modi’in.
He told the Security Cabinet:
The policy is zero tolerance for stone-throwing and zero tolerance for terrorism.
That has been said over and over, but the government and military actually have shown 100% tolerance by tying the hands of soldiers trying to defend themselves and civilians.
One young woman told TheJewishPress.com she still is traumatized by an ambush on a vehicle in which she was riding on Highway 60 between Jerusalem and Gush Etzion.
“S. B.” said”
Arabs smashed the back windshield and ambushed our car. An IDF officer at the scene communicated with his superior, who told him not shoot. The officer replied, ‘How am I supposed to defend civilians if I can’t shoot?’
The IDF’s answer earlier this month was not encouraging and was so cowardly that even international media such as Newsweek reported:
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has tightened its rules of engagement for soldiers based in the West Bank in a move one analyst says could embolden would-be Palestinian attackers.
IDF soldiers have been instructed not to shoot at Palestinian suspects unless they pose an immediate threat to life in an updated directive issued by Major General Roni Numa, who is in charge of IDF Central Command….
The new directive clarifies existing IDF rules on opening fire against Palestinians. The rules stipulate that soldiers can only shoot when their lives are threatened—so if an attacker throws a firebomb at soldiers before running away, for example, the soldiers can only shoot in the air, as the attacker no longer poses a threat to forces.
Asaf Day, an Israeli security analyst with Tel Aviv-based consultancy Max Security…said, ‘I think [these measures] will encourage Palestinians to carry out more attacks and I think it has been proven in the past.”
That is exactly what has happened, and the Prime Minister gave clear signs today he will rectify the situation.
He also ordered the examination of several defensive measures, such as increasing lighting and the number of security cameras on Highway 443. In addition, two more Border Police companies and approximately 400 more police officers will be stationed in Jerusalem.
That does not solve the problem in Judea and Samaria, where rock-throwing attacks are so common that they no longer are reported by most media, unless someone is seriously injured or killed. That is similar to the rocket attacks from Gaza. If they “land,” meaning “explode,” in “open areas,” the liberal media might consider it important enough for two paragraphs.
The “turn the other cheek for the sake of ‘peace'” mentality that successive U.S. governments and the European Union have imposed on Israel still prevails in many quarters.
As usual, it takes more violence and injures before the government and the IDF begins to think that maybe, just maybe, soldiers should be allowed to shoot at terrorists, whether they are shooting bullets or throwing rocks.
Netanyahu took the first step today by suggesting that perhaps solders can shoot, even if rocks and firebombs might cause them injuries and not death.
Below the photo, a video shows Palestinian children, starring Shirley Temper.