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Obama Officials’ Insults Are Vulgar, But Their Policies Are Far Worse

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

The Obama administration officials’ vulgar treatment of Israel’s prime minister is troubling. But the policies behind their vulgarity – and reckless – are far worse.

Two officials were involved: one who used the epithet to describe Israel’s leader, and a second who agreed with the obscene remark. The point they were both making is that they consider Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “coward” because he won’t make the concessions that they believe might lead to peace.

What concessions, exactly? President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, and other senior administration officials have said time and again that they want Israel to retreat to the 1967 armistice lines and permit the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. That would, of course, reduce Israel to just nine miles wide at its vulnerable mid-section, near Netanya. It would also almost certainly lead to a hostile Arab state — whether nationalist or Islamist — in Israel’s heartland.

What about Jerusalem? The White House and the State Department are very careful to refrain from saying explicitly that they want to redivide Jerusalem. They don’t say that out loud because they know it would infuriate millions of pro-Israel Christian and Jewish voters (not to mention almost all Israelis).

But “redivide Jerusalem” is exactly what the Obama administration is implying every time it condemns Israel for building apartments in so-called “East Jerusalem” and claims that such construction endangers peace. But the only peace it would endanger is one in which that part of Jerusalem is expected to be given to the Palestinians.

Otherwise, why would the White House be so upset if apartments are built in Ramat Shlomo, an Orthodox neighborhood in northern Jerusalem, or Gilo, a section of southern Jerusalem? The problem with Ramat Shlomo and Gilo is they are situated slightly beyond the old 1967 line.

Israelis naturally find the Obama administration’s characterization of such areas as “illegal settlements” laughable. Gilo is not a collection of trailers on some wind-swept hill. It is a modern, urban locale with more than 30,000 residents. Anyone who has driven in Jerusalem knows that Ramat Shlomo, Gilo, and the other neighborhoods denounced by the U.S. administration are physically indistinguishable from the rest of the city.

But the White House and State Department refuse to accept this reality. They are locked into a rigid ideological formula, according to which the 1967 line is sacrosanct and anything beyond it is “illegal” and “occupied.” And anything that is illegal and occupied, is expected to be surrendered.

There is, of course, nothing sacred about the 1967 armistice line. It was never an official border. It was simply the furthest point to which Jordanian troops managed to advance in the 1948 war. The Jordanian aggression in 1948 was illegal. The Jordanian occupation of the eastern part of Jerusalem, including the Old City, from 1948 to 1967 was illegal. The Jordanian destruction of 57 synagogues in the Old City during the 1950s and 1960s was illegal. Jordan’s use of tombstones from the Mount of Olives cemetery as latrines in Jordanian Army barracks was illegal (not to mention repulsive).

When Israel won the 1967 war and reunited Jerusalem, it was correcting an outrageous historical injustice. Decent people everywhere should celebrate that the city has, since 1967, been ruled by a democratic government that respects the rights of all religions and safeguards the holy sites of all faiths.

And, indeed, the United States Congress has recognized it since 1992, when the House of Representatives and the Senate unanimously adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 113, celebrating “the reunification of Jerusalem.” That resolution asserted that Jerusalem “must remain an undivided city.”

Perhaps the Obama administration should be more frank about its true aim of re-dividing Jerusalem. Perhaps it should honestly acknowledge that it regards all construction beyond the 1967 line as illegal because it wants to Israel to give those areas to the Palestinians. xxx Perhaps they should say it plainly, and then see how it plays out among Israel’s voters, and America’s.

US Bans Embassy Personnel from Part of Jerusalem Light Rail Route

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has prohibited its personnel from riding the Jerusalem light rail train from French Hill to Pisgat Ze’ev, in northern Jerusalem, for 30 days because of the terrorist attack this week that killed a three-year-old American-Israeli.

It was a typical U.S. Embassy reaction – every time there is a serious terrorist attack, it prohibits its staffs from the vicinity.

The policy is not restricted only to areas that the Obama administration wants Israel to turn over to the Palestinian Authority The U.S. Embassy previously has ordered workers not to ride the buses in Tel Aviv after a terrorist tried to blow up a local bus last year.

Israelis have suffered terrorist attacks for decades, long before the country was re-established in 1948. Whether there are terrorist attacks between a period of quiet or whether there are periods of quiet between terrorist attacks depends on whether the glass of water is half-full or half-empty.

It is reasonable that the Embassy does not want to see its workers injured or killed. It is not reasonable to worry about terrorist attacks after they happen and then suggest that after 30 days, the all-clear signal may be given.

It makes as much sense as the U.S. State Dept.’s foreign policy.

 

Tearful Message from Baby Terror Victim’s Grandfather

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Have faith. Be strong. Do good.

That’s the message of a tearful grandfather of his three-month-old granddaughter Chaya Zissel Braun, who was murdered in Wednesday’s terror attack on the light rail train in the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Chaya was a “pure soul” who “didn’t do anything bad to anybody,” said her grandfather, Shimshon Halperin. He said her parents have accepted “with love” what he sees as God’s decree.

“We believe that from the whole wide world, from the land of Israel, from Jerusalem, she was chosen to be the public sacrifice,” he told a group of reporters on Thursday night in Jerusalem, alluding to sacrifices given in the ancient Holy Temple. “God gives; God takes away.”

Standing in a dim courtyard in a Haredi neighborhood of Jerusalem, outside the apartment where the family was sitting shiva, Halperin said that his daughter and her husband had wanted a baby for years. He explained that Chaya’s middle name, Zissel, comes from the Yiddish word for “sweet,” and hid eyes welled up with tears as he was describing how his daughter would rock Chaya.

“You can take for granted the way a grandfather feels for a granddaughter that has just been murdered,” he said. “You can see it.”

Chaya and her parents were returning from the baby’s first trip to the Western Wall when the car rammed into the crowd. Halperin said Chaya was flung in the air and landed on the pavement.

He thanked the soldiers, policemen and hospital employees who tried to save Chaya’s life.

For Halperin, Chaya’s death is a sign that Jews should rededicate themselves to Torah, good deeds and Jewish commandments. He said he hopes, in Chaya’s merit, that more Jews observe Shabbat and imbue their lives with more meaning.

“God is trying to wake us up,” he said. “To take [something] upon ourselves, to try to get better, to try to do a good deed, to behave to each other better.”

Peace Now Founder’s Firm Builds Over ‘Green Line’ in Jerusalem

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Peace Now co-founder Tzali Reshef may passionately defend his organization’s position against construction in areas outside the 1949 Armistice Line (“Green Line”) — but in his other life Reshef’s company invests in the lucrative building trade to be found in those exact same areas in Jerusalem.

The disparity emerged last week following Reshef’s debate on Israel’s Channel 2 television with Dani Dayan, entrepreneur and former chairman of the Judea and Samaria Council of Jewish Communities (Yesha Council). Reshef, 61, served as a Labor MK from August 2002 to February 2003. Today he is a successful businessman who heads Arledan Investments, Ltd and its subsidiary, Keter Publishing House.

The issue under discussion between the two men was the construction of a new neighborhood – Givat HaMatos — in southern Jerusalem, near Gilo and on the “other side” of the 1949 Armistice Line.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has slammed what he called a “deliberate” attempt by the radical leftist Peace Now movement to sabotage his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday. The group deliberately publicly railed about a published tender notifying Israelis of the final approval for construction of housing in the Givat HaMatos neighborhood, a years-old project that had already won its initial approval in 2011.

The group’s “leak” was timed to coincide with Netanyahu’s meeting at the White House, where it did indeed create a firestorm of outrage, as Peace Now intended.  White House press secretary Josh Earnest condemned the project, saying it would “call into question Israel’s ultimate commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement with the Palestinians.” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki issued a similar condemnation.

Notably, “The truth is that there is no private Palestinian land in this plan,” Peace Now admits on its website. “The lands included in the plan are state lands and tenders to these plans will be published by the state, similarly to the case in Har Homa, Gilo, Ramot and other neighborhoods,” according to the site. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced that in Givat HaMatos, plans include construction of housing for Arab residents as well.

As co-founder of the radical leftist movement, Reshef presents himself to the Israeli public as someone passionately opposed to building new Jewish neighborhoods or communities – or any construction in those that exist, including expansion – in areas claimed by the Palestinian Authority for its hoped-for state. Among those territories are areas that were forcibly occupied by Jordan from 1948 to 1967 and won by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War (Judea, Samaria, Jordan Valley, and about half of Jerusalem.)

Last week, Peace Now executive director Yariv Oppenheimer openly blamed Israel’s prime minister for U.S. President Barack Obama’s outrage at the construction of new Israeli homes in the neighborhood, saying “He is responsible for authorizing building in sensitive areas like Givat HaMatos.”

Likewise, during last week’s televised debate with Dani Dayan, Reshef said bluntly that construction in “East Jerusalem” sabotages peace, is an anti-patriotic act, and called it an “abomination.”

Jewish Press.com tried several times to contact Reshef by phone to request elaboration on those remarks, but failed to reach him.

“Fine. That’s his opinion and he is entitled to it,” commented Dayan in an exclusive interview with JewishPress.com on Monday evening. “But I was shocked to discover the day after our debate that Reshef’s company, “Arledan,” actually initiated construction projects in Gilo and French Hill – two major neighborhoods located over the ‘Green Line.’ ”

In fact, Arledan’s website is quite clear that the firm is proud of its accomplishments, and apparently rightfully so.

Arledan shows off its properties in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo.

Arledan shows off its properties in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo.

One of Israel’s leading public investment companies, Arledan began as a private corporation, acting primarily as a real estate developer. But it went public in 1981, with shares now trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

Arledan acts as a developer for properties that it owns and also rents out various commercial and residential properties, to quote the company’s site, “primarily in the city of Jerusalem. Some of the projects Arledan has successfully developed over the years include residential projects in the neighborhoods of French Hill, Gilo, Givat Oranim and Mevaseret Zion, as well as residential and commercial projects in downtown Jerusalem.” (italics added for emphasis)

4 Arab Teens Charged in French Hill Gas Station Attack

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Four Arab teens have been charged in connection with an attack by a rioting mob of Arabs on a gas station September 7 in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of French Hill.

The teens, residents of the Jerusalem suburb of Issawiya, were indicted by the Jerusalem District Attorney’s office.

They face three charges of throwing rocks and firebombs (Molotov cocktails) while participating in a rioting mob which attempted to blow up the “Menta” gas station.

The convenience store at the gas station was badly damaged in addition to the station itself.

Jerusalem Intifada Reaches French Hill

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Sunday night (Sept. 7) saw another round of intifada violence in Jerusalem as screaming hordes of Arabs went on rampages in various parts of the city — one gang destroying a gas station, others hurling rocks and ambushing motorists traveling around the capital.

Dozens of Arab rioters torched a “Menta” gasoline station in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of French Hill late in the evening. Miraculously, no one was physically injured in the melee, which completely destroyed the station in the quiet neighborhood. “I was lucky to get out of there alive,” the counter man told an interviewer on Army Radio. “Thank God no one else was in the store at the time.”

smashed items at Menta stop in French Hill

Some 40 screaming, rioting Arabs yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Great) hurled rocks and smashed everything in sight. The little convenience store at the gas station was also badly damaged.

According to a report on Voice of Israel public radio, no arrests were made.

Jerusalem activist Aryeh King asked in a post on the Twitter social media website, “Where were the police?”

Masked terrorists also hurled rocks – again – at the Jerusalem Light Rail as it passed through the nearby neighborhood of Shuafat. No one was physically injured, although passengers were traumatized. Miraculously, none of the cars were damaged this time.

The CityPass company managing the line has been threatening to cut off service to the northern neighborhoods in the capital. Thus far the firm has kept the line going as a courtesy to the innocent commuters and students living in Beit Hanina, Pisgat Ze’ev, Neve Ya’akov and other neighborhoods. But the train is losing more passenger cars each day to the violence, and the line is rapidly becoming a losing enterprise as a result. More than a third of the Light Rail cars have been forced out of service, damaged by rioting Arabs.

Also on Sunday night, Israeli motorists and police found themselves dodging road terror attacks as Arabs hurled rocks along the roads in Issawiya and A-Tur. Both are suburbs of Jerusalem, along the northeastern outskirts. Two drivers were wounded in these attacks; both are in good condition. But just a few weeks ago, a Hebron Hills driver was left in critical condition from a similar attack. In September 2011, a Kiryat Arba father and his baby son were murdered in such an ambush.

Israeli media have linked Sunday’s violence to the death of an Arab teenager who died of wounds sustained a week earlier while rioting elsewhere in the capital. The teen was allegedly shot by Israeli police who were faced by a screaming mob of Arabs out for their blood, hurling rocks and firebombs (Molotov cocktails).

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat meanwhile has condemned the rioting and told reporters he was in contact with police officials. He called for a “heavy handed response” and pledged the assistance of city hall as necessary.

But regardless of this week’s pretext for the violence, the rising number of incidents and the escalating level of violence by Arabs in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel is just not okay.

It’s unacceptable behavior. Tragedy cannot be an excuse for mass rage. Twice so far the Arabs have used it as a pretext to trigger a nationwide intifada in this country.

Extremist, radical Islamists also used the same excuse to launch mass violence around the world, pretending it had something to do with their faith — which it doesn’t, and never did. It was simply a pretext to quench the extremist Islamist thirst for blood.

The Islamic State is doing the same thing right now.

Any hesitation on Israel’s part, any delay in an unequivocal, concrete response sends a message to local Arab thugs, their provocateurs, the Arab political leadership and the international community beyond that such violence can and will be tolerated in Israel.

This is truly dangerous to all Israeli citizens — here and abroad.

Firebombs Thrown at Dance Club near Hebrew U.

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Jerusalem Arabs hurled several firebombs were thrown at a dance club next to Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus in French Hill , injuring one person.

Three Arab youths from the adjoining neighborhood of Isawiya were arrested.

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