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Terror Attack Stymied at Temple Mount in Jerusalem

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Israel Police prevented another young Arab from carrying out a deadly terror attack Sunday (June 7) on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.

A young man approximately age 25 moving around furtively aroused the suspicions of the security unit guarding the Temple Mount as he approached the Cotton Gate leading to the holy site.

The suspect apparently had second thoughts, however, and instead decided to leave the area when he noticed that his behavior had attracted the attention of police guarding the area. Nevertheless, police officers passed along the information by radio to other security personnel deployed in the area — and it’s a good thing they did.

Police who were stationed at the Iron Gate spotted the suspect once again trying to enter the Temple Mount. This time they detained him and called the commander attached to the site, Police Superintendant Shlomi Tobol, who began to ask the young man what he was doing there.

It’s important to know that many Israeli police officers — especially those assigned to guard the holy sites in Jerusalem and others deployed to areas with Arabic-speaking populations — speak fluent Arabic and in fact are also intimately familiar with the culture. There is a right way and a wrong way to behavior, to converse, and to ask a question in any society and when trying to get information to prevent a deadly terror attack, a chat with a witness or even a possible suspect is no exception.

This young suspect told Tobol during the extended conversation that followed that he had “formed within his heart” a resolve to carry out a terror attack at the site and stab one or several Jews, after having completed his final prayers at the Temple Mount. He also confessed to having purchased a knife and other equipment for the attack, which he had hidden away in a bag under a bush near the Damascus Gate in the Old City. After searching the area, police found knives and screwdrivers with which the suspect claimed he intended to carry out his attack.

The suspect was arrested and taken to the “David Precinct” for further questioning. The lethal evidence was confiscated as well.

The Temple Mount police commander praised the members of his unit for their quick and effective action. “I am proud of our police who were alert and operated smoothly to prevent this threat, which could have instead ended in a deadly terror attack,” Tobol said.

Freedom of Worship on Temple Mount: Gazan Arabs, 190; Jews, 0

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

The score was 190-0 for freedom of worship for Arabs from Gaza and zero for Jews on Friday.

Israel allowed nearly 200 Gazans, all over the age of 60, to pray at the mosque on the Temple Mount, eight months after 500 Arabs from Gaza prayed there for the first time since 2007, according to the Ma’an News Agency, based in Bethlehem.

The last time Israel allowed Jews to pray regularly at the Temple Mount was nearly 2,000 years ago, during the time of the Second Temple, which a growing number of Muslim clerics like to pretend never existed.

Permission for Arabs from Gaza to travel to Jerusalem and pray at the Al Aqsa mosque is part of the last year’s ceasefire between Hamas and Israel that was supposed to end the most recent barrage of missile attacks on Israel.

Hamas again broke the ceasefire on Saturday with rocket launches against Israel but blamed them on rival terrorist groups.

Israel continues to honor its end of the ceasefire and allows Gazans to pray at the Temple Mount mosque, where Hamas banners and even Islamic State (ISIS) banners frequently fly amid sermons that preach jihad against Jews, all in the name of freedom of worship, if you are not Jewish.

 

Religious Student Blocked From Temple Mount as Class Goes Up

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Last Thursday, Hebrew University professor Roni Allenblum took his “Geographical History of Jerusalem” class up to the Temple Mount, or rather, most of his class.

Aryeh Copelan is the only religious, kipa-wearing Jewish student in the class who decided to join the class’s field trip.

Despite wearing a baseball cap the police at the entrance realized Copelan was a religious Jew and forbade his entrance, according to a Makor Rishon report.

The rest of the class were allowed through unhindered.

How’s that for police discrimination?

Orange CEO Richard in 2012: Israel Is a Charming Country [video]

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Orange CEO Stephane Richard, the same one who said in Egypt yesterday that he wishes he could ditch Israel’s Partner mobile firm from his company, said only four years ago how much he was “enchanted” during his first visit here.

In the video in English below, Richard says in his remarks at the President’s Conference in Jerusalem in 2012:

This really is the first time I have participated in this conference, and this is also my first visit to Israel (applause).

I must tell you I had been told that Israel is a very warm country in many sense of the word and also is a place for innovation and with a vision of the future, with a lot of dynamic energy.

I must tell you that I have discovered this reality with a lot of excitement. This is only my first visit but I really am fascinated by what I see here in this country, of course in my industry and in all the people I have met.

That was in 2012.

Read here what he said yesterday.

Click here to see and hear his speech on Israel in 2012.

Arab Rioters Disrupt Jerusalem Light Festival Preparations

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

A few hundred Arabs disrupted preparations for the Jerusalem Light Festival near Sha’ar Shechem (Damascus Gate) on Wednesday evening, according to police.

The annual festival takes place throughout and around the entire Old City of Jerusalem, and is a very popular attraction.

The rioters tried to destroy the exhibits and threw rocks and bottles at the police guarding the area.

Police dispersed the rioters with riot gear and 3 Arabs were arrested.

Jeb Bush Vows to Move US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on Saturday he will move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if he is elected to the White House in 2016.

Asked by reporters if Jerusalem should be Israel’s capital “forever,” Bush said:

I support that, absolutely. I also support moving the embassy to Jerusalem as well — our embassy. Not just as a symbol but a show of solidarity

However, there is little connection between promises to move the embassy to Jerusalem and actually doing so. Bill Clinton assured voters he would do so, but didn’t. George W. Bush promised to do so, and didn’t. And Mitt Romney, in the 2012 presidential election, promised to do so, and he lost.

The White House for years has followed the State Dept. policy that moving the American embassy to the capital of Israel would endanger American national security. It indeed would endanger the dream of the Arab world to eliminate a Jewish Israel by planting a Palestinian Authority flag on the Temple Mount in its never-never world of a new Arab state within Israel’s current borders and encompassing the Old City of Jerusalem.

The reasoning in Foggy Bottom must be that since moving the embassy would upset the Arabs, they might turn off the oil spigot, raising the price of oil and causing a recession in the United States. That would mean higher unemployment and a recession, creating grounds for a social protest that would allow the Islamic State (ISIS) to recruit more terrorist to take over the country.

Perhaps that is why Congress’ Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which states that the embassy must be moved to Jerusalem, has a waiver that states:

The president may suspend the limitations set forth in section 3(b) for a period of six months if he determines and reports to Congress in advance that such suspension is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.

The President may suspend such limitations for an additional six month period at the end of any period during which the suspension is in effect under this subsections if the President determines and reports to Congress in advance of the additional suspension that the additional suspension is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.

Every American president, Democrat and Republican alike, has exercised the waiver every six months.

But the United States is becoming energy self-sufficient and less dependent on Arab oil, so the theory of national security being endangered by the high price of oil doesn’t hold much water.

Perhaps President Barack Obama is worried that moving the embassy would upset his proposed deal with Iran to supposedly oversee its nuclear development, and “no deal” would infuriate Iran into building a nuclear bomb to threat Washington.

Or perhaps moving the embassy would set off riots in Baltimore.

No matter what theory you come up with, the foreign policy non-thinkers in Washington will guarantee that moving the embassy endangers the citizens in Oskosh.

Doesn’t Jeb Bush care about the folks in Oskosh?

 

Final Steps Underway for Jerusalem’s City of David Visitor’s Center

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Final steps are underway for building the City of David’s “Kedem” visitor’s center in Jerusalem that will sit on top of the “Givati Parking Lot” excavation just outside of the Old City of Jerusalem’s walls. The visitor’s center will serve as an entryway to the Jerusalem Walls National Park, which includes the City of David and Mount Zion, as well as to the Old City’s Ophel and Hulda Gates.

Several Arab and left-wing activist groups have criticized the project for its location in the predominately Arab eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan and for interfering with the skyline of the Old City.

Many public officials and archaeologists including — Harvard University professor of design Carl Steinitz, Nobel Laureate Yisrael Aumann and renowned archaeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkay—have spoken out in favor of the project.

The structure will sit approximately 21 feet below the Old City walls so that it will not affect the iconic Jerusalem skyline, according to the City of David.

“The City’s goal is to lay down the infrastructure to accommodate about 10 million visitors a year,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said in a statement.

 

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