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Terrorist Arrested in Migdal Oz Shooting

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

On Saturday night, a Palestinian Authority terrorist shot towards the entrance of the town of Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion. The shooting was done with a homemade gun. Three shots were fired.

IDF forces captured the terrorist, and no one was injured in the attack.

Thousands of Gallons of Milk Spill in Gush Etzion Mishap (Video)

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

A trailer full of milk, apparently having come from a nearby kibbutz, failed to negotiate a turn at the Alon Shvut junction in Gush Etzion and turned over on its side.

A security camera recorded the accident, which left the driver with light injuries but enough to be send him to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.

The video shows the trucker was driving too fast. As for the milk, there wasn’t much to do but cry.


Bar Mitzva in Judea and Samaria

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

We’ve decided to dedicate the bar mitzva of our second son to life in the communities of Judea and Samaria, with guests and family from Hebron, Itamar, Eli, Gush Etzion, Har Bracha. I have led a number of unforgettable Taglit-Birthright trips. They were inspirational, fun and historically comprehensive, except for one glaring omission. The young Americans never saw the burial place of Abraham in Hebron, the ancient ruins of the Tabernacle in Shiloh, the fantastic mausoleum ruins of Herodian, or the beautiful and picturesque winery at Psagot.

All these things and more, contained in the ancient biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria, are off-limits to Birthright trips and not one of its 25-odd providers crosses the Green Line.

That is, except when this policy is brazenly violated by every single Birthright trip when it visits the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall – a contradiction which is conveniently overlooked.

This refusal to allow young Jewish Americans to witness the smiling children and inspired lives of these sunlit communities in the desert reinforces the fraudulent notion that they are mere settlements, lacking permanence, when many are highly developed and well-integrated towns, with every amenity, including very established educational institutions.

Our family is blessed with six daughters and three sons. We’ve had five bat mitzvot already, but this weekend will be only our second bar mitzva, that of our son Yosef Yitzchak, named after the sixth Rebbe of Lubavitch. And we’ve decided to dedicate the bar mitzva to highlighting Jewish life in the communities of Judea and Samaria, from visiting, with guests and family, Hebron, Itamar, Eli, Gush Etzion, Har Bracha and more. All these communities are beginning to feel the pressure of yet another “peace” deal, which puts them squarely in the cross-hairs as the principal obstacles to said peace.

US Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Israel on a near-weekly basis to foster an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. The principal focus of this deal is Israel’s retreat from the biblical lands of Judea and Samaria in the West Bank. Call it Gush Katif redux.

But just as the withdrawal of Gaza has led to war and eight years of rocket and terror attacks against civilians, Israel’s withdrawal from Judea and Samaria would have much more serious consequences.

Every obituary of Ariel Sharon, whose passing we mourn this week, must of necessity include two themes.

First, that he fought like a lion throughout his life to advance Israel’s security and second, that the final act of his life involved a massive retreat.

I vividly remember the communities of Gush Katif that he dismantled, having taken my children there twice just prior to their 2005 destruction.

Our children were among the last to plant trees in Gush Katif on the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat, and we did so amid great rejoicing – even though we knew they might be uprooted a few months hence.

The communities of Gush Katif were miraculous, growing green peppers out of the sand dunes of Gaza and sporting a well-stocked zoo to distract the children from the daily horrors that Jewish life in Gaza entailed.

Every tour given to us by a resident involved tragedy. There was hardly a family that had not had a member or friend murdered by Palestinian terrorists, who treated the Jewish residents of Gaza as target practice. To be sure, the IDF responded, and sometimes ferociously. But for all that, the people of Gush Katif, with their beautiful synagogues and scholarly yeshivot, accepted that they were sitting ducks, bringing a civilizing element, agriculture and budding industry to one of the most destitute areas in the world.

Arabs and Leftists Block Gush Etzion Community

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Approximately 30 Arabs and leftists blocked the entrance of the community of Elazar, between Efrat and Jerusalem, Monday morning until the IDF arrived to clear them away.

Accompanied by media to film the blockade, the protesters said they wanted to headline their claim that Jews are living on occupied Arab land.

They managed to block traffic for a few minutes and create a traffic jam. Three of the protesters were arrested.

Drive-by Shooting in Gush Etzion

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Shortly after 8:30 PM on Tuesday, there was a drive-by shooting in Gush Etzion at some IDF troops.

The shooting took place at the junction between Maaleh Amos and Tekoa, which is east of Efrat.

No one was injured in the attack.

Still No School in Jerusalem and Environs

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The Jerusalem municipality, along with the municipalities in Gush Etzion have decided that there will be no school again on Monday. It was decided that the road conditions are too icy for safe travel.

Intercity buses have begun running again on a limited basis, but local Jerusalem transportation is still not running.

Trains Grounded, Gush Etzion Highway Closed

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Jerusalem still is digging out of the “snowstorm of the century,” and the main highway from Tel Aviv was closed temporarily Sunday evening to allow workers to move freely to restore electricity to hundreds of families without electricity for more than two days.

Schools will be closed in the capital on Monday.

The road to Jerusalem from Gush Etzion, which was buried under more than two feet of snow, remains closed.

Train service in the country also has been grounded because of the collapse of a retaining wall, knocking out rail service to Modi’in and Ben Gurion Airport. Flooding on tracks has knocked out train service to Be’er Sheva, Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Jerusalem.

Electric Co. CEO Returns from Vacation as 16,000 Still Without Electricity

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Some 16,000 households are still without electricity, 3 days after the snow storm hit.

At the height of the snow storm, an estimated 60,000 households were without electricity.

While praising the very hard work of Israel Electric Company (IEC) employees in the field who worked around the clock to restore electricity, Israeli citizens are beginning to complain about the apparent lack of preparedness on the part of the government and the Israel Electric Company (IEC) in particular.

Some people still without electricity are wondering when Israel reverted into a third world country.

On Saturday morning, Eli Glickman, the General Manager of the IEC cut his overseas vacation short and returned to Israel.

Meanwhile, residents of Gush Etzion weren’t surprised by the mass blackouts.

“The IEC has not been able to provide us with uninterrupted electricity going on years”, one resident of Efrat told JewishPress.com. “For us here in Gush Etzion, forget snow, a light rain drizzle is enough to knock out the electricity for hours on end.”

Gush Etzion is currently in the middle of a class action suit, one of the first in Israel, against the Israel Electric Company, for their unreliable service to the region.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/electric-co-ceo-returns-to-israel-as-16000-still-without-electricity/2013/12/15/

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