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September 23, 2014 / 28 Elul, 5774
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Israel Discriminates ‘against’ PA by Charging Less for Electricity

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

The Palestinian Authority debt to the Israel Electric Corp (IEC) stands at $400 million and the quasi government company’s chairman Yiftach Ron-Tal told the Knesset Finance Committee Tuesday, “If we were a private company, we would have stopped supplying electricity to the Palestinian Authority and the Gaza Strip long ago.”

The PA debt for electricity is an old story, but the difference now is that Israel no longer is talking common sense – and cents – probably as another show of weakness  in the lose-lose game of “don’t blame me for the failure of John Kerry’s Frankensteinian peace.”

In the past, when the Electric Corp. said it had enough of financing the Palestinian Authority by giving it electricity without payment, the Israeli government would stop sending to Ramallah monthly payments of taxes the government pays for the PA on goods from Israel.

The usual tactic has been discarded since Kerry came to town.

In December, the Israel Electric Corp. said the debt had climbed to more than $300 million and would continue to rise. Right they were.

Most of the debt is owed by none other than something called the Jerusalem District Electricity Company, a private Arab distributor of electricity that it receives from the IEC and then supplies to Arab parts of Jerusalem the Palestinian Authority want as part of the new country Kerry is trying to help them create.

The IEC said in December that the Palestinian Authority was beginning to pay back the debt bit by bit, but not even enough keep the debt from increasing.

The IEC has given the Palestinian Authority the option of paying back the money or getting slapped with an increase in the price of electricity, which is a bit silly since that simply would raise the debt.

More interesting is that Arabs in the Palestinian Authority pay less than Israelis for power, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency. Perhaps that is the criminal discrimination to which Richard Falk, the United Naitons’ chief anti-Israel official, was referring to on Monday when he issued his last – thank God – report as chairman of the U.N. Human Rights Council.

IEC chairman Ron-Tal told the Knesset Finance Committee Tuesday, “If an ordinary person does not pay his electricity bill, we disconnect him within a week. Here, despite the huge debt to the company, we are forced to continuing supplying electricity to the Palestinian Authority. Our owners are the government, and it has to make a decision on this matter. This debt must be collected.”

English-Speaking Ohr Samayach Yeshiva to Build in Eastern Jerusalem

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

The Ohr Samayach yeshiva, widely known as a magnet for English speakers who want to come closer to Judaism, won approval from Jerusalem on Wednesday to build a 12-story yeshiva in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shimon HaTzaddik (Simon the Just), known to Arabs as Sheikh Jarrah.

The Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee approved the plan by a narrow 4-3 vote, with the expected strong opposition from the left-wing Meretz members of the City Council. The Planning Department reportedly objected to the project because of its proximity to the city’s light rail line and to hotels as well as Muslim character of the predominantly Arab neighborhood.

The building will not displace any Arabs and will be built on an empty plot near Ohr Samayach’s existing yeshiva. Three of the floors will be underground.

The idea of Jews living in areas of Jerusalem that the Palestinian Authority claims is “theirs” because it was once occupied illegally by Jordan scratches the international community’s skin, but the notion of allowing a yeshiva to expand to teach Torah there undoubtedly will bare the true blood of anti-Semitism.

The world’s diplomatic offices are wallpapered with the 1947 Partition Plan as if that should be the basis for Israel’s future borders because that was the map, if the Arabs had not rejected it, that would have put Israel in the most defenseless position.

World ambassadors and the media establishment have a problem with Jews living there not because it is supposedly Arab land but rather because they cannot accept Jews acting as Jews and learning and teaching Torah.

The headlines on Thursday will speak of “fanatic Jews” planning to teach their radical views on Palestinian land.

Teaching Torah in Shimon HaTzaddik or Sheikh Jarrah, call it what you will, is a death threat to the Big Lie that the anti-Semitic world promotes.

That is why the Palestinian Authority and the entire Arab world are in a panic every time a Jew goes up on the Temple Mount and scream that the Jews have “stormed the Temple Mount” to destroy the Al Aqsa Mosque and build the Third Temple.

That is why Muslim clerics have to deny that the Holy Jewish Temple ever existed.

Jews? In Eastern Jerusalem? Maybe, but so long as they are good little Jews who are not fanatics who teach the foundations of Western civilization.

Court Verdict Says Hamas Trying to Take Over Jerusalem

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Thee eastern Jerusalem Arabs were sentenced to prison terms of four to seven years Wednesday for organizing Hamas activities and spreading its ideology. The Jerusalem court verdict declared that Hamas is trying “to take control of Jerusalem” through social activities, which is exactly the model Hezbollah used to take over southern Lebanon.

The court denied the defendants arguments that they simply were administrators who organized activities.

Hamas, like Hezbollah in Lebanon, has learned to sell its terrorism through social activities, supporting low-income families and educating children to hate Israel.

The court rules that the three Hamas leaders, who visited families of dead terrorists and met with terrorists who have been arrested, worked to persuade Arabs to accept Hamas ideology.

One of the Hamas men was charged with transferring funds from Jordan to Israel for the purpose of terror.

Jerusalem Approves 350 Homes for Jews in City’s ‘Settlements’

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Jerusalem Municipality’s Committee for Planning and Building has approved the construction of another 350 residential units in Jerusalem neighborhoods that the United States and United Nations consider “illegal” and home to “illegitimate” Jews.

The neighborhoods are Har Homa, across the highway from the Gilo “settlement” in southern Jerusalem, and Pisgat Ze’ev and Neve Yaakov, both of them located on the northern end of the capital.

The city’s deputy mayor Pepep Alalu of the left-wing Meretz party sharply criticized the announcement by the committee and called it an intention ploy to prevent a final agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

Toa certain extent he is right if it agreed that anything Israel does without the approval of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is an obstacle to an agreement.

That is the one-way policy that the Obama administration has pursued and which assumes that Abbas’ demands are the basis for a final agreement, except perhaps for the demand to flood Israel with several million foreign Arabs under the hijacked phrase ”right of return.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s “framework: that is to be dumped on the Palestinian Authority-Israeli negotiating table some time in the near future undoubtedly will not tackle the issue of the Jewish neighborhoods that the West calls “settlements.”

No one in his right mind, not even PA negotiator Saeb Erekat seriously thinks that Israel will expel 300,000 Jews form Har Homa, Gilo, Armon HaNatziv, French Hill and Ramot neighborhoods.

The only reason that the United States makes a stink about every home that Israel announces will be built in these areas is that it wants to show Abbas it does not distinguish them from Arab neighborhoods in areas of Jerusalem that were occupied by Jordan before the Six-Day War in 1967.

If the West were to ignore new housing in Gilo and Ramot, it would be putting a silent stamp of approval on the right of Israel to exercise its right of sovereignty over the Jewish neighborhoods on land that was legally annexed to Jerusalem in 1980.

Status of Jerusalem Sticking Point in Talks, Says PA Source

Monday, January 6th, 2014

The status of Jerusalem is one of the biggest points of dissension in  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s “framework” that he failed to publicize before returning to Washington on Monday, according to an official in the Palestinian Authority.

“Negotiators for the PA disagreed with several of Kerry’s suggestions in the negotiations with Israel, especially concerning the future of Jerusalem, the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press.

He explained that Kerry’s proposal to note that there is a “Palestinian aim” at making Jerusalem the capital of a new PA state does not meet Mahmoud Abbas’ demand that it be explicitly stated that eastern Jerusalem would be the capital.

A Kuwaiti newspaper reported that the Palestinian Authority is considering allowing  an Israeli military presence in the  Jordan Valley  but that the PA also would deploy forces there.

Israel’s Top Negotiators in Dispute over Jerusalem

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

In the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, there appears to be a serious dispute between the two leaders of Israel’s delegation, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s man, attorney Yitzhak Molcho, Israel Radio reported.

The internal dispute, which hays been encumbering the Israeli delegation’s effectiveness, is over the size of the territory in East Jerusalem in which there will be free movement for citizens of both Israel and Palestine. Molcho wants to limit that area as much as possible, while Livni is showing great flexibility on this issue.

In the negotiations, the Palestinian initial demand is a return to the 1967 border, while the Israeli position is going back to an area that encompasses not only all the Jewish settlement clusters, but all the Jewish settlements, period, which would include large and thriving centers like Psagot and Beit El. The Palestinians have also been told that the Jordan Valley will remain in Israel’s hands, as well as the water sources in the area. The Palestinians will be allowed to purchase water from Israel.

So far there have been 15 meetings between the heads of the two negotiating teams, each meeting lasting between 3 and 4 hours. Over the past few weeks American representative to the talks Martin Indyk has been present at the last segment of each meeting, to receive reports from both sides.

A source in the prime minister’s office has told Israel Radio that Israel is insisting on maintaining the integrity of a united Jerusalem in its present borders. But in Minister Livni’s office the version of the same story—unofficially—is more flexible.

Livni’s people have suggested that the leak regarding a dispute came from a source which is interested in sabotaging the talks. It appears that this source may be very close to the prime minister.

Jerusalem Arab Jailed for 3.5 Years for Aiding Hezbollah

Monday, October 21st, 2013

A Jerusalem court Monday sentenced a Jerusalem Arab bus driver to 3½ years in jail for handing over to Hezbollah information about potential targets in the capital for terrorists.

The sentence was handed down three months after the conviction of Issam Hashem Mashahara, who pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy in return for the prosecution’s dropping spy charges, for which he had been indicted.

Mashahara had traveled to Lebanon via Jordan and contacted Hezbollah agents, who later took him to an office of the terrorist organization for an interview.

He informed Hezbollah agents of the address of the official residence of the Prime Minister and of other possible places where terrorists could attack. Mashahara returned to Israel with software camouflaged as a children’s DVD in order to stay in touch with his contacts, who also paid him $1.500.

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