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May 4, 2016 / 26 Nisan, 5776

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Biden Attacks ‘Overwhelmingly’ Frustrating Israel Hours after Bus Bombing

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden attacked time and again the Netanyahu government which he said causes the White House “overwhelming frustration,” in a speech at the leftwing J Street organization’s annual gala dinner on Monday. “The present course Israel’s on is not one that’s likely to secure its existence as a Jewish, democratic state— and we have to make sure that happens,” Biden said.

Biden recalled his recent meetings with both Netanyahu and PA Chairman Abbas, concluding that “there is at the moment no political will that I observed among Israelis or Palestinians to move forward with serious negotiations. The trust that is necessary to take risks for peace is fractured on both sides.”

According to Politico, the tone and direction of that Biden reference and his overall speech “seemed to rule out the chances of a final year peace push from the Obama administration.” Perhaps.

Biden acknowledged the attack on a Jerusalem bus by Arab terrorists that took place on the same day he was sharing his frustrations regarding the Netanyahu government’s lack of willingness to pursue the two-state solution. Biden condemned the bombing, saying it had been done by “misguided cowards.” He offered prayers to the injured and their families. Which is probably more realistic at this point than anything else the administration could do to promote its goals in the region. That should be frustrating indeed.

Biden began his speech with praise for another guest of honor, young, first-term MK Stav Shaffir (Zionist Camp – Labor), who reminded him, he said, of the time he had run for the Senate at the age of 29. “May your views once again begin to have a majority opinion in the Knesset,” Biden said.

Not likely. In fact, if Labor ever wants to be a contender in Israeli coalition politics, it’ll have to move to the center—as the majority of its members have been advocating—which could mean the dropping of needless indulgences like Shaffir.

Towards the end, Biden said, “We are Israel’s maybe not-only friend, but only absolutely certain friend.” That statement will be tested in November, after the elections, when the US Administration will have to decide whether or not to veto a UN Security Council resolution unilaterally declaring a Palestinian state.

JNi.Media

Bus Blows Up in Jerusalem, 21 Injured in Terror Attack [video]

Monday, April 18th, 2016

21 people were injured on Monday afternoon in a terrorist bomb explosion on a bus on Moshe Bar’am Street near Hebron Road in Jerusalem, security sources reported. Two of the victims, a man, 30, and a woman, 28, were critically injured, six moderately and the rest sustained light injuries, including two children ages 10 and 12.

As a result of the initial explosion of an empty bus, another bus, which carried passengers, and a private car caught fire. Eight victims were evacuated to Sha’are Tsedek hospital and the rest to Hadassah Ein Kerem. According to MDA, the victims suffered burns, smoke inhalation and cuts.

Large police forces arrived at the scene with sappers who scanned the area for additional explosives, as well as four firefighting crews that put out the fires.

Jerusalem District Police Commander Major General Yoram Halevy told the press, “At this stage of the investigation we are trying to find out who placed the explosive load, and how they reached the bus. We are in full deployment of the district forces and prepared for every scenario.”

Halevy admitted that there were no intelligence alerts regarding the planted explosives and it isn’t clear whether the perpetrator was a suicide bomber. A seriously wounded Arab from eastern Jerusalem was found on the bus without any ID, adding to suspicions that this was a terror attack.

Udi Gal, spokesman for the Jerusalem Fire Dept. told the press that “enormous flames that erupted in one bus reached the other. Both buses were ignited completely and a nearby vehicle was burnt as well. Luckily, no one was trapped inside.”

Gal, who spoke before police announced the attack had been the act of a terrorist, said there were an average of 200 cases of spontaneous combustion of buses a year in Israel.

As of 6:15 PM Jerusalem time (11:15 AM NY) the fires were put out.

The Jewish Press will update the story as new details come in.


Jewish Press Staff

Terrorists Smash Bus Windshield on Highway 443

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Arab terrorists attacked an Israeli bus as it traveled on Highway 443 – the old Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Highway – late Saturday night.

The bus came under a hail of rocks as it passed the terrorists in a position east of the Dor Alon gas station.

The windshield of the bus was smashed but no one in the bus was physically injured, according to a representative from the United Hatzolah emergency medical response service.

Highway 443 is a frequent target of stone-throwing attacks by Palestinian Authority terrorists.

Hana Levi Julian

Rock Attack on Egged Bus from Ma’ale Adumim

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

Arab terrorists attacked an Israeli bus traveling from the Jewish city of Ma’ale Adumim to Jerusalem on Sunday night.

Using ancient, primitive but effective weapons, the attackers threw stones at the bus. No one was physically injured, although the attack itself traumatized those within the vehicle.

Details were not released regarding the condition of the bus.

Hana Levi Julian

Arabs Torch Egged Bus That Made a Wrong Turn [Video]

Friday, September 18th, 2015

An Egged bus drive made a wrong turn into the Arab-occupied Ras Al-Amud neighborhood of Jerusalem on Thursday evening, according to an 0404 report and local witness Josh Wander.

Upon realizing his mistake, the driver tried to turn around, but was too late. The local Arabs saw his bus and began massively stoning it.

Fearing for his life, the driver abandoned the bus, and ran away on foot.

Within minutes, the Arabs had completely torched the bus.

Video by Josh Wander

Jerusalem Fire Fighters putting out torched Egged bus in the Ras Al-Amud neighborhood.

Jerusalem Firefighters putting out torched Egged bus in the Ras Al-Amud neighborhood. Photo credit: Fire Department

 

Arab terrorists also firebombed the Ofrit IDF army base on Mount Scopus.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israel Testing Double Decker Buses for Public Transport

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Britain comes to Israel.

Double-decker buses may appear on Israel’s streets this year following an experiment by transportation officials and the Dan and Egged bus lines, Globes Business news reported.

Egged used double-decker buses on inter-city routes more than 10 years ago until taking them off the roads because of technical problems. The new experiment is being conducted with more advanced buses and for local use within cities,

Using double-decker buses would reduce traffic jams, almost double the number of passengers for one bus and would reduce pollution.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Ministerial Committee Approves Tougher Stand on Stone Throwers

Monday, June 1st, 2015

The Knesset’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill on Sunday (May 31) proposed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to increase the severity of the punishment for stone throwing. The bill, initially proposed by the previous justice minister, Tzipi Livni, will amend the existing law to cover cases in which the stone thrower’s intent to inflict casualties cannot be proven – as in cases of attacks on buses or police vehicles, when the aim may be “merely” to harass or draw attention. Shaked’s aim is to diminish the current disparity between the maximum punishment stipulated by law (20 years) and the relatively light sentences given in practice – a result of the difficulty in proving intent. The new bill will make it possible to convict stone throwers without proving their intent to injure; the penalty in these cases will be up to 10 years in prison.

Written by Ben Niran

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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