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Israeli Arab Who Blew Up Tel Aviv Bus Captured

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

On Thursday night a Tel Aviv magistrate court allowed the media to report that, a few hours after a bus exploded in a densely populated neighborhood in downtown Tel Aviv, the perpetrators had been captured in a combined effort of police, the ISA and the IDF. It was revealed that the man who planted the explosive charge on the Dan 142 bus was a naturalized Israeli Arab and his operators were Arab residents of Judea and Samaria. Police also arrested the terrorist’s employer, whose vehicle had been used to transport the bomb.

Immediately following the explosion, in which 29 people were injured, security forces launched a chase after the perpetrators throughout the Tel Aviv region, after police explosives experts discovered that the charge which had been concealed under one of the bus seats was activated with a cellular phone, and GSS investigators identified the call as coming from the Arab village of Beit Lakia in Judea and Samaria.

A SWAT team located the terrorist who planted the bomb and his employer, a resident of East Jerusalem, who is suspected of driving him in his car, to help him cross from Israel to the PA governed territory near the Maccabim checkpoint. The two were stopped and arrested. A short while later the SWAT team, together with IDF and GSS forces entered several homes in Beit Lakia and arrested the members of the terrorist cell that plotted the attack.

The three cell members from the village, who are associated with the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, admitted during their interrogation that they intended to hurt Israeli civilians. In preparation for the attack the cell members purchased cellular phones which were used to activate the explosive charge from a distance. The interrogation revealed that after the cell had been organized, they approached an Israeli Arab, a resident of the Arab city of Taibeh, who was born in Beit Lakia but received Israeli citizenship following his marriage to an Israeli Arab woman.

That Israeli Arab used his employer’s car to reach Tel Aviv, then placed the charge on the bus and alerted the leader of the cell, who was in Beit Lakia, and the latter ignited the charge via the cellphone connection.

Both the perpetrator and his employer admitted the charges against them.

Tel Aviv Not In the Mood to Celebrate Ceasefire

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

As photographs of a triumphant U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made international headline news following her mediation role in the Israel and Hamas truce–which had already seen 12 Gaza rockets fired at Israel within the first two hours–Tel Aviv was not in the spirit to celebrate.

Shortly before the ceasefire went  into effect at 9 p.m. Israel time, the corner of Shaul Hamelech and Henrietta Szold streets in central Tel Aviv where the bus bombing had taken place earlier, were still teeming with press and people.  The bombing which had left 28 people wounded, mostly young people in their 20s and 30s as well as teenagers, was praised by a Hamas spokesperson as a “blessing.”

Other Gaza terror groups like Islamic Jihad and Popular Resistance Committee also celebrated the terror attack in press interviews, with Islamic Jihad saying “this is a victory for the blood of shahids.”

For Gadi, an older security officer standing outside a Tel Aviv office building, the bus bombing was terrifying. “It was terrible to see,” he told Tazpit News Agency. “There was blood everywhere. I saw a young woman with her hand blown off, and another man whose foot was severed.”

“At first, when I heard the explosion, I thought it was a rocket that had landed without the sirens going off. I couldn’t understand what had happened until I went to the terror scene at the bus station. It was full of smoke and the smell of gas,” Gadi said. “It’s very hard for me to describe the casualties—the images are hard for me to deal with,” he says as he lights a cigarette, starting on his second box of the day.

“Something must be done about this, we need to be strong and show these terrorists we are strong,” emphasizes Gadi. “I hope we don’t go back to the old times.”

For Michal, a 27-year old history student at Tel Aviv University, who arrived on scene an hour later working as a producer for a local TV station, the bombing brought back memories of her childhood growing up  in Jerusalem.  “It was just like the 1990s, when I was in eighth grade and there were suicide bus bombings all the time,” she said.  “Seeing the images of this bus today, made me go back in time.”

“I saw even worst terror attacks growing up in Jerusalem,” she added. “Thank God there was no one killed in this attack.”

The Tel Aviv terror victims were evacuated to a nearby hospital, where three who had serious wounds to their limbs underwent surgery today.  Their conditions are now listed as moderate.

At an Italian pizzeria not too far from the attack, diners sat somewhat subdued as the T.V. in the background broadcasted Hillary Clinton shaking hands with P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas. “When will all this end already?” exclaimed one Israeli to another.  “Politicians shaking hands has never ended terror.”

For Gaza: Peace or Devastation

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Yesterday a bus in Tel Aviv blew up injuring as many as 16 innocent people by one count. Israeli sources are saying that it was a via a bomb planted on the bus. What was Hamas reaction? Approval. What was the reaction in the Arab Street? Great joy… as Palestinian mothers handed out candy to children. This is the people we are trying to make peace with.

I am so tired of the apologists who say that this is not the mainstream. I have yet to see that mainstream. Where is the Arab man in the street that has condemned it… or expressed sorrow for the innocent victims and their families? I have not seen a single Arab man in the street condemn it. This is the kind of enemy we are fighting. And I am tired of hearing that the joy expressed at the bombing of a bus full of Jews is only from a small minority.
I haven’t heard one word from any one of them expressing sorrow for that bus bombing.
That said, I still believe that the average Palestinian probably would just as soon make peace with us. Not because they love us. But because they are just plain sick and tired of war. They want to simply get on with their lives.

That they still hate us is abundantly clear and is not going to change. As long as Israel has to take the kind of defensive measures being taken in Gaza, their anger will only increase. And the Hamas leadership in Gaza capitalizes on that anger to perpetuate the status quo… refusing to make any kind of peace with Israel.

I didn’t want to see an Israeli ground invasion. I’m sure that is true for every single Jew in the world that cares about the shedding of Jewish blood. Including Israel’s Prime Minster Netanyahu. But we all wanted to see a peaceful resolution to the current conflict.
The problem is – and I’m sure that this is part of the Prime Mister’s calculus – if we don’t  ‘finish the job’  we will have gained very little. Hamas will replenish their arms – probably with even more deadly weapons supplied by Iran and smuggled in to Gaza. They will eventually resume sending rockets into Israel.
These people will not stop until they get what they want: A Jew-free Palestine. That is clearly their objective. What Israel is doing now is just getting them angrier and more determined than ever to reach that goal. All this bombing has just ‘hardened their hearts.’
Some would rhetorically ask, “Was it worth it?” “Did we really gain anything here but more hatred?” Perhaps we shouldn’t have done this. Maybe we should have just left things alone. After all their rockets rarely if ever killed anyone.
The problem is that no country should stand by and allow a hostile neighbor to keep firing rockets at them. One of them may eventually hit a dense population center and kill many people. Even Israel’s ‘Iron Dome Defense System’ is not fool proof. 10 to 20% of those rockets get through the system.  And we now know their range includes both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Israel had no choice but to do something. Operation “Pillar of Cloud” which is what the current military offensive is called had to be implemented.
What about the fact that we will just make them angrier by all of this? I don’t think it really makes any difference at this point – if it ever did. Islamists like Hamas take great pride and joy and killing Jews. Nothing will change that. Getting them angrier does make make their resolve greater. But their hostile actions against us won’t increase any more that it is now. I think they are at maximum force – to the best of their ability.
No one wanted a ground war, but the problem is, we can’t leave things as they are now. My own thoughts on the matter is that Israel should have continued bombing hard targets in Gaza. They should have continued to try and avoid civilian casualties as much as possible – but basically bomb Gaza into the stone age. Destroy their infrastructure. Bring Hamas to their knees. Let the Palestinian residents of Gaza see what their leaders policies have wrought. That will certainly be on their minds after such devastation, despite blaming Israel for actually doing it.
Will this make them even angrier at Israel? Of course it will. To that I say, “So what?!”
Let them be mad… they are mad at us anyway. Enough to keep attacking us over the years with suicide bombers, rocket fire, and all manner of terrorism. They have been relentless because of their anger with us. The anger resulting with the kind of devastation I am talking about won’t change that. They will hate us to the max. But they will no longer be able to do anything about it. They will be destroyed as a nation, albeit very much alive as individuals.
I envision a sort of surrender to the victors ala Japan to the U.S. at the end of WWII. Israel will dictate the terms of surrender. The terms being that they stop trying to kill us and clean out Palestine of Jews. Let us live. And we will let you live. That’s the deal.
And then Israel helps them build a nation. One that requires peaceful relations with us. We can do it in the same way the Marshall Plan did it with Germany. It was rebuilt as a nation with no military.

Wed. War Update – 11 Year Old Hurt in Post Cease Fire Attack

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Latest updates for Wednesday, November 21, 2012

12:23 AM  Effie Eitam said this evening, is that Iran is unhappy with Gaza, since their supplying Hamas with armament was for their attack on Israel – when Iran decides. Now their stores are relatively depleted.

12:12 AM (Thursday) As rockets continue to fall on Israel, the official IDF blog announces the end of Operation Pillars of Defense.

11:18 PM 20 rockets against Israel since cease fire began

11:08 PM 11 year old child hurt in first round of Gazan cease fire missiles

11:01 PM Hamas and Islamic Jihad declare the cease fire to be an Israeli failure.

10:58 PM Nachal Oz, Alumim, Sdot Hanegev, Shaar Hanegev

10:45 PM Iron Dome shoots down post-Cease Fire Rocket

10:36 PM Gan Yavneh, Be’er Tuvia, Gaderot, Chevel Yavneh, Gan Yavneh, Ashdod (post cease fire)

10:05 PM: Dozens of residents of Ashkelon protesting ceasefire

9:59 PM : Red Alert siren in Ashdod, Kiryat Malachi, Be’er Tuvia, Chevel Yavneh, Hof Ashkelon, Yoav

9:58 PM: Red Alert siren in Be’er Tuvia

9:40 PM: Red Alert in Hof Ashkelon and Shaar HaNegev

9:27 PM: Red alerts in Eshkol Region, Chevel Shalom

9:19 PM: Red Alert siren in Sderot

9:18 PM: Red Alert siren in Shaar HaNegev

9:00 PM: Defense Minister Ehud Barak announces during the press conference heralding the beginning of the ceasefire with Hamas and associated terror groups that “the objectives of [Operation Amud Anan] were achieved in full”.

8:53 PM Eshkol Region Mayor says he will not open schools tomorrow despite “cease fire.”

8:47 PM: Channel 2 TV Poll about cease fire: 70% against 24% in favor 6% undecided

8:44 PM: Massive firebomb of car on Road 55 near Kfar Saba, no injuries, lots of damage.

8:40 PM: IAF targeted three tunnels and two launch pads in Southern Gaza.

8:36 PM: Rocket lands in Netivot, one lightly injured.

8:33 PM: Channel 10 is reporting that 2 rockets were fired from Lebanon in the direction of Israel.  They landed in Lebanon instead.

8:06 PM Mortar shell fired at Israel from Lebanon lands in Metullah. No injuries reported.

8:01 PM  Air Raid Sirens in Ashkelon

7:43 PM:  Drive by shooting on bus near Migdal Oz (between Migdal Oz and Tzomet HaGush) in Gush Etzion at 7:30 PM. No Injuries.

7:23 PM:  Firebomb thrown at Israeli vehicle on Road 55 near Azzun in the Shomron. No injuries. Damage to car. /Muqata

7:11 PM: Rumors circulating a ceasefire will be announced at 8:00 PM by Hillary Clinton.  Blockade of Gaza is not to be lifted.

6:44 PM: Four soldiers were injured in an open area in Eshkol Regional Council, two serious, two light. They were transported to the Soroka Medical center in Beer Sheva.

4:23 PM: The IAF continues to pound terror targets in Gaza. 12 Arabs killed so far today.

4:19 PM: Internal security Minister Itzhak Aharonovitch told reporters the police knows the identity of the terrorist who blew up the bus in Tel-Aviv this afternoon.

2:57 PM: The Israeli Air Force continues constantly attacking terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. At the Palestine Stadium in Gaza planes fired missiles at a team that was about to fire rockets into Israel. 3 terrorists were killed. Hamas TV channel reported assaults in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza and Gaza City. 2 more Palestinians killed in northern and central Gaza. Hamas TV channel reported that the Air Force attacked smuggling tunnels in Rafah. Medical sources in Gaza report that at least 11 people were killed so far today.

2:54 PM: The security “Cabinet of 9″ is meeting now to decide the next phase in Operation Pillar of Defense – a ceasefire.

2:46 PM: IAF hit a rocket launcher in Gaza.

1:58 PM: After a Red Alert siren, a rocket fell in an open area near Beersheba.

1:41: PM: Israeli Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino is being quoted by Israel’s Walla News as saying “There is very high motivation [on the part of Palestinians] to find any way to conduct terror attacks inside the cities, of course inside the big cities…. I cannot remember a time of such massive deployment of Israeli police and security forces throughout the country.”  He added that “talks of a ceasefire only caused an increase in attacks. ”

1:34 PM: A rocket exploded in an open area in Mateh Yehuda Regional Council. No one was hurt.

1:15 PM: IAF planes are back above Gaza. Stay tuned.

12:12 PM: Large police and EMT forces are arriving at the bus site. The area is a hub of several government offices. (See complete report)

12:09 PM: It is becoming clear that the explosion was an act of terrorism. Ambulances are at the site.

12:06 PM: A bus exploded on David HaMelech Street in Tel Aviv. A man was seen fleeing the bus. The front of the bus was completely destroyed and blackened. The bus was empty, other than the one person. The bus was moving towards Rabin Square from Weizman Street. The interior of the bus was completely destroyed.

11:56 AM: 2 rockets landed in RC Mateh Yehuda.

11:55 AM: Direct hit at the municipal building of the Be’er Tuvia Regional Council. No one was hurt but the building is on fire.

11:05 AM: An intense volley of rockets and mortar shells fired at Israeli settlements near the Gaza Strip border, including Regional Councils  Eshkol, Sdot Negev and Sha’ar HaNegev.

10:56 AM: Direct hit on a house in Be’er Tuvia RC. An elderly woman survived in her fortified room.

10:55 AM: IAF hit a terrorist who was about to launch a rocket in Gaza.

10:01 AM: Israel Channel 2 News reporting that IDF spokesman’s office is calling talk of a ceasefire “irrelevant at this stage.”

9:52 AM: Two rockets are safely neutralized by the Iron Dome missile defense system over Beersheba, one over Ashkelon

9:43 AM: Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon, Be’er Ganim

9:35 AM: Iron Dome succeeds in shooting down missiles headed for the city of Kiryat Malachi, population approximately 26,000.  Iron Dome has neutralized 400 rockets targeting Israeli residential areas since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense.

9:30 AM: Red Alert sirens in the Eshkol region

9:26 AM: Rockets fall in open area in Be’er Tuvia, no injuries or damage reported

9:25 AM: Arutz 7 reporting that IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz has stated that dialogue in Egypt regarding an alleged ceasefire have no impact on the IDF’s actions in Gaza, and that efforts to wipe out terror infrastructure are ongoing.

9:22 AM: Ashdod, Be’er Tuvia

9:18AM: 40 families from Rishon L’Tzion, Israel’s 4th largest city, are homeless following the destruction of their apartments due to a rocket attack last night.  Security guards have been placed at the site to prevent anyone entering.  Miraculously, no one was seriously injured in the explosion.

9:11 AM: Kiryat Malachi, Gan Yavneh

8:37 AM: 4 Arabs killed and 40 injured overnight by IAF strikes.

7:32 AM: 7 Israeli airstrikes hit tunnels in Rafah causing multiple fires in the area.

7:28 AM Rocket attacks on Ashkelon and Ashkelon beach.

5:20 AM IDF warns journalists to stay away from Hamas terrorists, as they endanger themselves.

5:17 AM Gan Yavneh, Be’er Tuvia, Gadera

4:48 AM Hamas claiming they’ve yet another captured Gazan Arabs collaborating with Israel. They’ve executed (on the street) 6 suspected collaborators already.

4:30 AM Overnight Overview:

Rockets: Ashdod, Nitzanim (1:54 AM)

Ofakim, Eshkol (11:56 AM)

Some 56,000 reserve soldiers have been called up to active military duty.

Reports that Abu Ahmir Darmush killed. (Army of Islam, who kidnapped and held BBC reporter Alan Johnston in 2007)

Demonstrations throughout the South of Israel — Ashdod, Sederot, Ashkelon, Kiryat Melachi — YES TO GROUND INCURSION – STOP THE ROCKETS – BRING QUIET TO THE SOUTH. (10 PM)

Ehud Yaari (channel 2) TV: Israel has bombed Rafiah (South Gaza) and it is going up in flames. The damage to Rafiach’s gas terminal is in the tens of millions of dollars — this has shocked the Hamas to its core. Yaari says that the Palestinian Parliament building which was built for 10 millions dollars has been totally bombed and destroyed less than an hour ago — a strong and humiliating blow for Hamas.

YNET reports from people on the web that Hamas interrupted Channel 2 and 10 Israeli satellite broadcasts this evening and replaced the signal with Hamas propaganda films. These transmissions interruptions only occurred on personal home dishes, not via the satellite.

7th floor of Hamas media/intelligence center blown up. The building also houses foreign journalists.

 

Violent Arab protests broke out in Hebron and other areas of Judea and Samaria. Reports of small Arab riot in Armon Hanatziv, Jerusalem.

Around midnight, residents of Beit Shemesh and Tel Aviv report hearing loud explosions a few minutes ago. No rocket intercepts or Air Raid sirens reported.

Rishon L’Tzion residents saved yesterday because they entered their safe rooms. Bomb broke through 3 floors.

 

 

 

 

Double Bus Exploded in Tel-Aviv, 21 Injured, 3 Serious

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Around noon, Wednesday, a young man boarded the Dan transit company number 142 articulated bus in downtown Tel-Aviv, an area of many government and business hi-risers (the IDF command center is situated only a few blocks away), and while riding for as few minutes, the man planted a bomb on the bus, exited at the corner of Weizman and Shaul Hamerlech Streets, as behind his back a huge explosion rocked the bus, shattering its glasses and blackening its front and interiors.

The 142 bus exploded a minute or so before it would have reached its most popular spot, by the Arlozorov Street train station, where it would have been boarded by dozens of passengers, in the midst of a large crowd of pedestrians.

A police official told Ma’ariv that the organizers of this attack were hoping for a “big” event with multiple casualties.

Large police, Firefighting and EMT forces are arriving at the bus site. The street was blocked.

There are 17 injured, two of them inmoderate to serious condition, who were taken to the Ichilov Hospital nearby. No fatality, thank God.

The Ichilov Medical Center is right on Weizman Street, a short walk from the explosion.

An Army Radio reporter said that the internal damage was not as extensive as in previous explosions in years past.

Unofficial report says there was no suicide bomber on board, which suggests an explosive charge was planted on the bus. This would explain the relatively limited damage, compared to past explosions. Rumor has it that the terrorist was seen fleeing the bus and security forces were giving chase.

An eye witness told Army radio she heard the explosion and went out of her office, to discover a scene of smoke and shattered glass. She saw a female soldier’s body being removed from the bus.

Office workers in the district received warning to remain in their offices, because police suspect that the terrorist, is still at large.

An MDA official said that because of the war there is an increased number of ambulances in the city.

There are warnings about several terrorist teams in the city who are planning more attacks. Traffic jams are paralyzing access to downtown this afternoon.

Tel-Aviv school children were told to stay in school this afternoon, until further notice.

 

Abbas Forced To Backtrack On Right Of Return

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Fatah wing of the Palestinian Authority, was forced last week to retract some controversial remarks and in the process only succeeded in thoroughly confusing much of the Israeli public.

That is to say, he confused those who have not internalized that an important part of Arab strategy against Israel is to consciously misalign what they say publicly with their actual positions. The reason the rest of us were not confused is because we simply remembered the old adage: “Pay attention to what Arab leaders say in Arabic to their own public, not what they say in English to the world” – thus helping us deduce, more or less, their true positions.

What happened last week was that Abbas actually stated, on Israeli television, that he has no interest in pre-1967 Israel: “I believe that the West Bank [of the Jordan River] and Gaza is Palestine, and the other part is Israel.” He even said that he has no desire to return to his hometown of Safed for more than a visit.

It requires no deep powers of analysis to derive that such remarks are a negation of the long-standing Arab demand for Right of Return [of refugees from 1948 to their old homes in Jaffa, Safed, and elsewhere in pre-'67 Israel].

Has the Messiah arrived?

Not yet. Upon hearing the angry responses from his own Palestinian public, Abbas quickly backtracked. “No one can give up on the Right of Return,” he told an Egyptian TV channel. “I was referring only to my own personal preference. All Arab and Islamic decisions call for an agreed-upon and just solution for the refugees.”

Thus Abbas is willing to tolerate the existence of an Israel next door – as long as it accepts an influx of up to five million Arabs.

While no one in Israel likes war, there are some for whom the need for anything that can be called “peace” is so overriding that their dreams thereof turn into hallucinations. Thus, President Shimon Peres jumped eagerly at Abbas’s original statement and said, “His courageous words prove that Israel has a real partner for peace. This is a brave and important public declaration in which he makes it clear that his aim for a state [does not include pre-'67 Israel].”

But is it? A top PA official was quoted as saying, “What’s the big deal? Even Yasir Arafat said the same thing [about accepting Israel] back in 1988.”

Let us analyze this. We know Arafat never actually meant to permanently recognize Israel. Shortly after signing the 1993 Oslo Accords, he told worshipers in a Johannesburg mosque, “I am not considering [Oslo] more [applicable] than the agreement…between our prophet Muhammad and Koraish.” The agreement with Koraish was to be in effect for ten years, but after only two years, when Muhammad grew strong enough, he abrogated the agreement by slaughtering the Koraish tribe and conquering Mecca.

This is the context, then, in which we must understand Abbas when he says he accepts Israel’s existence. The old “salami” approach is alive and well, by which the Arabs agree to accept just one slice at a time – first Gaza, then Judea and Samaria, then, God forbid, other parts of Israel – and thus inch ahead, little by little, toward their ultimate goal of eradicating Israel.

Therefore, when Abbas says Israel will be his neighbor, he means it sincerely – but only for now, until his PA state is stabilized and can continue the struggle against Israel to its next stage.

In any event, Hamas – the other half of the Palestinian Authority – did not at all like what Abbas said; his remarks sent thousands of Gaza Arabs onto the streets in protest, burning his picture and chanting anti-Abbas slogans. They apparently don’t have the same patience Abbas has, and want to see the end of Israel now.

Meanwhile, PA spokesman Abu Rudeina raised some eyebrows when he explained that Abbas merely “meant to influence Israeli public opinion.”

This enigmatic statement was explained by former Shabak head Avi Dichter, currently running for a Knesset seat on the Likud list. Dichter told Israel Radio that Abbas was trying to strengthen Israel’s dovish camp for the upcoming Israeli elections. “Abbas presented a false picture of his stance regarding the right of return simply in order to bring the topic to the fore of our current events,” according to Dichter.

Jerusalem Scores Media Victory, PA Keeps Lying

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

A big week for Jerusalem: Britain’s Press Complaints Commission ruled that newspapers may not refer to Tel Aviv as Israel’s capital, and Palestinian Media Watch publicized five recent examples of the Palestinian Authority’s ongoing attempts to erase Jewish history in Yerushalayim.

The British media flap over Jerusalem began six months ago, when the London-based Guardian correctly identified the holy city as Israel’s capital – and then was pressured to apologize for doing so. As a result, the media watchdog organization Honest Reporting filed a complaint with the UK Press Complaints Commission (PCC).

The PPC is a non-governmental regulatory body that can force media outlets to issue corrections of what it deems “inaccurate, misleading or distorted information.” At first the PPC rejected Honest Reporting’s complaint but reversed course after the latter initiated legal proceedings.

The PPC’s final ruling was that The Guardian was “wrong to refer to Tel Aviv as Israel’s capital,” as this “had the potential to mislead readers.”

Honest Reporting was justifiably proud. “The ruling set a precedent on British coverage of Israel,” the organization announced, “effectively barring all British publications from referring to Tel Aviv as Israel’s capital.” CEO Joe Hyams added the following practical ramification:

“Fatuous claims over the status of Tel Aviv as a means to delegitimize Jerusalem as Israel’s rightful capital will no longer be acceptable.”

The decision has already made its mark. Just in the past few days alone, two other British papers – the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail – issued apologies for having referred to Tel Aviv as Israel’s capital. The Mail even went so far as to say it had “mistakenly suggested that Israel’s government was in Tel Aviv when it is, of course, in Jerusalem.”

Several countries had embassies in Jerusalem for decades after Israel declared its independence; unfortunately, not one now remains. Thus, the battle for international recognition of Yerushalayim as unequivocally and eternally Israel’s is far from over. But since the pen is often mightier than the sword, and the keyboard even more so, let us take hope from this media victory, and continue to work toward the day that the nations will realize, as the Prophet Isaiah foretold, that their “house of prayer for all peoples” is in truth the “house of the God of Israel.”

The Palestinian Authority, for its part, is doing all it can to promote the opposite of the above truth. Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported that the PA continues to deny both Jerusalem’s Jewish history and the Holy Temple’s existence. The PA consistently refers to the Beit HaMikdash as the “alleged Temple,” as if it never existed – thus denying the very Bible that more than 2 billion Jews and Christians (and many Muslims, at least in principle) swear by.

PMW notes that usage of the term “alleged Temple” to deny Jewish history has been PA policy under Mahmoud Abbas – known for his “moderation” – for many years. PMW issued a list of five recent instances, out of more than 100 since the beginning of 2011, of the PA libel that Israel plans to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and replace it with the “alleged Temple.”

For instance, PA Minister for Jerusalem Affairs Adnan Al-Husseini called last month for an “aggressive Arab, Islamic, and international stand to protect the holy places of Islam and Christianity in Jerusalem, especially the Al-Aqsa Mosque.” He added that for a long time Al-Aqsa has been subject to premeditated Israeli steps aimed at dividing it, “thus facilitating the process of building the alleged Temple on its ruins.”

Similarly, the PA’s Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places declared last month that Israel’s recent excavations beneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque foundations are “a final warning [before] the mosque’s destruction.” The council also declared that “Israeli occupation forces plan to damage and weaken the blessed mosque’s foundations, so that they will easily collapse at the first opportunity.”

In addition, council Secretary-General Dr. Hanna Issa called the digging under the Al-Aqsa foundations a “clear statement of the occupation’s intentions [regarding] the mosque, and its decision to cause its collapse and build the alleged Temple on its ruins.”

Many Jews who have dedicated their lives toward the rebuilding of the Beit HaMikdash hope the above warnings are both justified and correct, but fear strongly that they are not.

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