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Israeli Ambulance Attacked in Hebron Hills

Monday, July 27th, 2015

A Magen David Adom ambulance was attacked Monday night as it traveled through the Hebron Hills in Judea, about an hour south of Jerusalem.

Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists hurled rocks at the Israeli emergency medical response vehicle as it traveled the road between the Jewish communities of Adorayim and Negohot.

No one in the vehicle was physically injured, but the ambulance was damaged in the attack.

Teva to Buy Allergan for $40 Billion

Monday, July 27th, 2015

The Israeli-based Teva Pharmaceutics company is going to shell out $40.5 billion to buy Allergan and withdraw a troubled offer for almost the same amount of money to purchase Mylan, according to financial media reports Monday morning.

Mylan has opposed the offer, and Teva’s buying Allergan would extricate it from a bitter battle for Mylan. The addition of Allergan also would strongly strengthen Teva’s generic drug position in the industry.

Teva’s share price leaped 10% in trading in Tel Aviv Monday morning after trading has been suspended pending a “significant” announcement by the company.

Teva’s attempt to buy Mylan turned out to be a hostile takeover attempt that has resulted in a nasty war of words between the two companies. Indications are that the stock will open 25% higher than last week’s close.

Mylan chairman Robert Coury has called Teva’s bid “not even close to qualifying as a proposal worth pursuing,” while Teva countered that the purchase would expose Mylan as a “dysfunctional culture” and “troubled company.”

Medical Marijuana to be Available at Pharmacies

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Israelis soon will be able to take a doctor’s prescription for marijuana to the local pharmacy, Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman said Monday.

He noted that pharmacies issue prescriptions for other drugs that are considered narcotics and that procedures are well-supervised. A case in point is Ritalin. A person wanting to fill a prescription for the drug, which when ground up and sniffed can be extremely dangerous, has to wait at the counter until the pharmacist opens the safe.

“I will fight an aggressive war not to allow this to get out of control,” said Litzman, who in effect is the Health Minster, a title he does not accept because the Hareidi Yehadut Torah (United Torah Judaism) party does not want to be part of a “Zionist” Cabinet.

He said that making marijuana available at pharmacies awaits court approval concerning tenders for growers of “grass.”

Litzman said that there procedures overseeing prescriptions for marijuana will be issued either through law or administrative orders.

Health Ministry Prof. Boaz Lev added that officials will make it possible for more doctors to be able to prescribe marijuana for medicinal use.

New Arab Claim on Susiya: History Begins When Arabs Settled

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Arabs have raised a new claim on “Arab Susiya,” located in the southern Hebron Hills, based on an alleged 1881 document from the time of the Ottoman Empire.

The tiny area of Susiya, as The JewishPress.com reported here last week, has become a critical case that could determine the future of the Palestinian Authority and Israel. The IDF has issued orders to destroy several European Union and leftist-funded tents and structures on “Arab Susiya.” If the Palestinian Authority wins an appeal against the orders, it would pave the way for Arabs to dig up claims on every inch of land in Israel.

Israel aerial photos and academic researcher have refuted previous claims that Arabs lived on Susiya in recent years, Haaretz reported on Sunday that an Arab lawyer has dug up an Ottoman-Empire-era document in the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration, that the “Jabri” family had a deed for “land near Susiya” in 1881.

Even if the claim were valid, it does not mean that Arabs can build without permits, but it would allow them to use the land for agriculture.

Haaretz noted that previous deeds from a century ago are problematic because they do not clearly define land boundaries.

The claim of a document from 1881 is strange because the Jabri family was one of the heads of the city of Hebron, 12 miles away by road. Susiya was not exactly Boardwalk on the Hebron land board; it was not even on the board at all.

The southern Hebron Hills is a barren mountain desert area. A family in Hebron would have no apparent reason to buy or lease land in Susiya.

But if the deed really is true, it exposes the Palestinian Authority as claiming that history begins only when Arabs settle land.

If Arabs wants to start digging into history before the re-establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, then all recorded documents have to be honored.

For example, using 1881 as a starting point, there are dozens of recorded land purchases by Jews of land in such places as Gaza, Gush Etzion and the Silwan Valley in “eastern Jerusalem.”

If Arabs want to use historical land deeds as a basis for claims, and since they accept the Five Books of Moses as a prelude to the Prophet Mohammed, then there is no argument that Abraham bought the Patriarchs’ Cave in Hebron, King David, Jacob (Yaakov) bought Shechem (Nablus) and King David bought Jerusalem.

Islam began in the 7th century, hundreds of years after Jews settled the country.

The Palestinian Authority wants it both ways. If it can find a document that Arabs paid taxes on land or even owned it, it claims that is proof the land is theirs.

If they don’t have a deed, they claim it is their “ancient homeland.”

Their meaning of “ancient” is when Arabs first appears on the scene.

Beit Shemesh Forest Fire ‘Worst Since Carmel’

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Hundreds of firefighters battled a forest fire that tore through the Beit Shemesh area on Friday, destroying nearly 2,000 dunam of woodland.

The blaze has been dubbed “the worst fire since the Carmel disaster” – one that could take the land up to 20 years to recover.

It is not yet clear what started the fire, although officials believe it may have been connected to an authorized fire in a nearby moshav. The extreme heat and dry conditions of the past week, plus a breeze, could have carried a spark from that fire into the nearby forest and up the hills, spreading the blaze, a Jewish National Fund (JNF) official said.

Firefighters from Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh spent the entire day on Friday working to bring the blaze under control. Natural forest and woodland, vegetation and uncultivated land all was leveled to ash.

“Seventy fire trucks with the help of other authorities, among them the police who worked to evacuate communities and civilians,” were involved in the effort, said Kobi Tobol, commander of the Beit Shemesh-Jerusalem District Fire Department.

“Everyone worked throughout the entire day and managed to stop the fire from reaching residential areas. Despite that, in such a big fire, the damage to nature and to the animals is massive and will require many years of rehabilitation.”

Gilad Mastai, Jewish National Fund head of the coastal area and Shfela Plains, explained the forest, planted in the 1950s and 1960s, was relatively old. “Beyond that, resting stops and trails were also damaged,” he told the Hebrew-language Ynet website. “This fire burned grown and large trees in addition to the destruction of the undergrowth of thicket growing under the pine trees.

“There are jackals, snakes and tortoises in the area that were burned and trapped in the fire. This is dozens of years of damage. A unique vacation spot was taken from the people of Israel,” he said.

Nevertheless, Mastai suggested that people return to the forest in the coming year anyway, to “see how it rehabilitates itself.”

Most General Staff Were Opposed Unilateral Disengagement from Gaza

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Major General Yair Naveh (Reserves), who was the commander of the Central Command during the Disengagement from Gaza in 2005, in which 8000 Jews were expelled from their homes by the Sharon Government, said that the majority of the IDF’s General Staff at the time opposed the unilateral Disengagement and believed it would lead to an increase in terrorism.

Naveh made his remarks on Reshet Bet’s “Meeting Point: with Aharon Vizner.”

Naveh said that then PM Ariel Sharon did not consult with the IDF senior officers about the Disengagement.

Vizner also asked Naveh about refusing orders.

Naveh, who is religious and one of the IDF’s first religious General Staff officers, said that if the religious soldiers had refused orders, there would not have been a religious officer in the IDF above the rank of Major for the next 50 years.

Naveh claims the IDF recognized the emotional difficulty directly participating in the Disengagement would cause certain soldiers, so those soldiers were not put in front-line Disengagement positions.

One Small Step for (a) Man, One Big Step for Buzz Aldrin

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Buzz Aldrin (85), the second man on the moon, will again be following in Neil Armstrong’s footprints, when he visits Israel for the first time this coming October.

Aldrin will be coming for the International Astronautical Congress, in Jerusalem.

The IAC conference is held in a different country each year, and this time Israel gets the honor.

The conference will be held at the Jerusalem International Convention Center from October 12-16.

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