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October 6, 2015 / 23 Tishri, 5776
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Security Cabinet Approves Counter-Terror Measures

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Israel’s Security Cabinet approved at its meeting late Monday night new, upgraded counter-terror measures to address the current uptick in Arab violence.

Demolitions of homes belonging to terrorists convicted of murder and assassination would be stepped up, according to the new regulations.

In addition, security and military units assigned to keep order are being reinforced in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

Special police units are starting to conduct “deep raids” and maintain a presence in Jerusalem Arab neighborhoods from which rioters and other Arab attackers originate.

In addition, Arab affairs journalist Khaled Abu Toameh reported in a tweet Tuesday morning, “Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi are pressuring Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to take measures to prevent further deterioration.”

If true, it would signify that Jordan and Egypt are taking steps to end the calculated chaos in the Palestinian Authority since Abbas lit the fuse from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly.

King of Jordan Refusing to Speak with Netanyahu, Imports from Israel Banned

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has refused to speak with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu due to tensions over Arab violence at the Temple Mount, according to a report published Thursday in London by Al-Rai al-Youm.

The move coincides with a visit to Jordan by five Israeli Arab Knesset members, and a meeting with the Hashemite monarch on Sunday, followed by their visit to Ankara to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a strong supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Israel’s Channel 2 also reported Thursday, citing Jordanian and Arab media, that relations between Israel and Jordan are so tense the kind refuses to communicate directly with Netanyahu.

The king is reportedly furious over recent Israeli statements accusing Jordan of turning a blind eye to Palestinian Authority provocations on the Temple Mount, and destabilizing the area.

In fact, the king is allegedly not even accepting back-channel messages from the prime minister’s office, and is “considering” a recall of Amman’s ambassador to Tel Aviv.

In addition, Jordan has reportedly halted agricultural imports from Israel as well, effective the beginning of this week.

According to a Jordanian official quoted by the Al-Arabi Al-Jadid newspaper, Jordanian authorities blamed the action on “defective crops.”

The Temple Mount is the holiest site on earth in Judaism, and the third most sacred site in Islam.

Both religions observed holy days on Tuesday. For the Jews, the most solemn day on the Hebrew calendar, Yom Kippur, began Tuesday night. For Muslims, the three-day festival of Eid al-Adha began Tuesday as well.

Abbas’ ‘UN Bomb” Might Be Proclamation of Independence of New Arab Country

Monday, September 21st, 2015

The most likely “bomb” that Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmud Abbas said he will drop at the end of his speech in the United Nations later this month is a declaration that the PA is an independent country.

Speculation that his bomb will be the announcement of the extinction of the Palestinian Authority or the end of the Oslo Accords does not stand to reason. He has resigned or threatened to resign several times, so officially doing so from the podium of the United Nations would not even qualify as a stink bomb.

As for the Oslo Accords, officially breaking them also would not mean anything. The Agreement exists only as an historical record of one the modern history’s most ignorant, ill–conceived and poisonous ideas, a document that hypnotized the world to grant arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat the Nobel Peace Prize.

Israel Shield wrote here yesterday that Abbas’ “bomb” will be“to say he accepts Israel as the Jewish State and proclaim he is willing to negotiate a full and extensive deal based on the 1967 borders.”

I don’t know if the writer was being funny or serious, but in either case, “Mr. Shield,” Abbas never would make such an announcement unless he wanted one of his brethren to shoot his brains out.

Yes, it would make sense for Abbas to declare Israel as a country for the Jews. It would be a cunning concession that would shut up Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who has baited Abbas several times to make such a statement.

No, Abbas won’t do it because taking a step backwards in order to take two steps forward is forbidden in the Arab world when it comes to dealing with Israel. That is why Arafat did not grab the insane offers of former Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert, one a suspected crook and the other a convicted crook, to give away all of the land it wants, for the time being, except for 3 percent of it.

The Arab world has never given up on its single-minded goal to erase Israel as a Jewish state. Despite the help of Britain during the period of the Mandate, it was not able to prevent the re-establishment of the State of Israel.

Instead of accepting the United Nations’ recognition of Israel with the Partition Plan’s indefensible borders that would have made it easier for them to overrun the tiny country, the Arabs eagerly threw all their ammunition and weapons against Israel to try to annihilate it immediately. They ended up with the 1949 “Temporary Armistice Lines” that gave Israel much more territory than under the Partition Plan.

Israel overcame economic hardship, undeclared war by Egypt and constant Arab raids until the Six-Day War in 1967, when Israel foiled the attempt by seven surrounding Arab states to finish off the Jews.

Abbas is an Arab Muslim and thinks like one, but he also is a brilliant though narrow-minded politician and magician who has hypnotized the world to accept him as man of peace at the same time he and his regime extol hate, venom and terror against Israel.

When he succeeded Arafat in 2005, he presented a new image of a Palestinian Authority leader, replacing the gun on the holster with a suit and tie. Abbas traveled around the world dozens of times, picking up diplomatic support from every continent and establishing embassies that helped convince politicians and media that the PA is a state for all intents and purposes.

All that was lacking was Israel’s agreement to his conditions, which one by one dropped off as topics of “negotiations” as provided by the Oslo Accords and various declarations by the Bush and Obama administrations.

5 Arab MKs Travel to Jordan to Meet with King Abdullah II

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Five Arab Knesset members from the Arab Joint List are traveling to Jordan today (Sunday Sept. 20) to meet with King Abdullah II, according to a report on Israel Radio.

MK Ahmed Tibi told the interviewer on the government-run radio network that he and his fellow lawmakers will discuss “the change in the status quo at the Al Aqsa mosque” on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Palestinian Arabs have continued organized disturbances at the site for more than a week, forcing Israel Police to personally escort every single Jewish visitor to the site in order to ensure their physical protection. As a result, a number of police officers were injured in the line of duty.

It is likely the meeting between the Hashemite king and the Israeli Arab lawmakers will focus on the escalating Arab violence and the tensions at the site, which is under the legal custodianship of Jordan, and has been since the signing of the peace treaty with Israel in 1994.

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has stated repeatedly this week, publicly and in discussions with world leaders, that his government has no intention of changing the status quo on the Temple Mount.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United States have all weighed in on the importance of bringing the violence under control at the site, although most of the parties appear to be blaming the Israeli government for the attacks on Jewish visitors by Palestinian Arab rioters.

The five Mks are expected to travel to the Turkish capital for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following their meeting with King Abdullah II in Amman.

Netanyahu Reiterates: Israel Maintaining ‘Status Quo’ on Temple Mount

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reiterated Thursday night in a conversation with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that Israel has no interest in changing the status quo on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Israel is, however, acting against the escalating violence being perpetrated by Palestinian Arabs at the sacred site, he told Ban.

“Israel is strictly maintaining the status quo, Palestinian incitement to the contrary notwithstanding,” Netanyahu told Ban, according to a statement issued by the prime minister’s media adviser.

Both the United States and Jordan have weighed in on the issue, as well as Saudi Arabia; all have expressed deep concern about the increasing violence at the Temple Mount, which is the holiest site in Judaism, and the third holiest place in the world for Islam. Jordan has custodial rights over the Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem in accordance with the terms of the 1994 peace treaty with Israel. Within the past two days, an unconfirmed threat was allegedly issued against Israel by the Arab League, warning there would be “consequences” if the violence at the Temple Mount did not cease.

However, since it is the Palestinian Arabs themselves who are inciting the violence and perpetrating it as well — under the Islamic Waqf Authority which is administered under the custodial rights of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan — one can hardly expect a Jewish nation to have more power to end the violence than the Jordanian monarch himself, other than through force of arms.

Security personnel meanwhile have been placed on high alert status in advance of Friday’s “day of rage” declared by Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization in solidarity with rioting Palestinian Arabs in Jerusalem.

At least 14 Israeli police officers have been injured this week in violent clashes with Arab attackers at the Temple Mount and around the Jerusalem area.

Sixty-four-year-old Jerusalem resident Alexander Levlovitz was murdered earlier this week by Palestinian Arab terrorists who hurled rocks at his car, smashing his windshield and sending the vehicle careening out of control. His wife and daughter were injured as well.

Saudi Arabia Warns of ‘Religious War’ Over Temple Mount Clashes

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Saudi Arabian King Salman has turned to the United Nations seeking “urgent measures” to stop what he called Israel’s “violations” on the Temple Mount, warning of a possible “religious war” if the violence at the site is not stopped.

Of course, the violence and provocations are started and perpetuated by Palestinian Arab Muslims, each and every time — but somehow that salient fact is disregarded by every single foreign party to the discussion.

Moreover, the so-called “violations” referred to by the king have consisted of measures enforcing the status quo that allows the presence of Jewish and other visitors in the Temple Mount compound for a number of hours each day. No one other than Muslims have ever been allowed to enter the Al Aqsa Mosque.

That changed this week, however, when it became clear that “worshipers” were in fact combatants stockpiling rocks, bottles, firebombs and firecrackers inside the mosque to use as weapons against police and Jewish visitors during the morning hours.

On Wednesday, police entered the mosque after receiving concrete intelligence about the weapons cache, and indeed found what they sought, after a battle with the “worshipers.”

A similar operation had taken place earlier in the week before the start of the Rosh Hashana holiday, when Israeli police seized pipe bombs stockpiled inside the mosque with rocks and other weapons.

The Arabs had started to hurl their projectiles at the Mughrabi Gate, where non-Muslims enter the Temple Mount, prompting police to enter the site and also to search for the weapons cache.

Ignoring all of these religious violations of their own holy sanctuary by the so-called “worshipers,” however, King Salman instead expressed “strong condemnation of the dangerous Israeli escalation” at the site, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The king “called for serious and speedy international efforts and for the intervention of the Security Council to take all urgent measures to stop these violations,” the news agency said.

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas also added a few words, telling eastern Jerusalem activists this week at a meeting in Ramallah, “Al Aqsa is ours, the Holy Sepulcher is also ours. They have no right to dirty the mosque with their filthy feet, we won’t let them do it.”

And instead of pouring oil on the troubled waters, Jordanian monarch King Abdullah II has simply added more fuel to the fire despite maintaining a peace treaty with Israel, that gives Amman custodianship rights over Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem since 1994.

The Hashemite monarch warned Tuesday in a statement that “any more provocations in Jerusalem will affect the relationship between Jordan and Israel, and Jordan will have no choice but to take action.”

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has consistently maintained the country has no interest in changing the status quo. This also includes, however, the rights of Jews and other non-Muslims to visit the site regardless of Muslim opposition to their presence.

Israel Police arrested eight Palestinian Arabs on Thursday, including six minors, all of whom were suspects involved in recent clashes with security forces.

Since the start of this week, at least 14 Israel Police officers have been injured by violent Arabs hurling rocks and firecrackers at them.

At least 36 Palestinian Arabs have been arrested in riots so far this week as well.

Salman complained that the “attack on worshipers” violates the sanctity of faith and “contributes to feeding extremism and violence in the world,” SPA reported, adding that the king said much the same in phone calls to the leaders of Russia, the UK and France.

Israel Must Be Prepared to Also Redraw the Map

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Russia, Iran, ISIS, Turkey, Kurds… everyone seems to be playing, except Israel.

The map of the Middle East is being redrawn, while Israel is simply trying to just hold on to what it has, hoping Jordan doesn’t collapse tomorrow, Hezbollah doesn’t take over the Golan Heights, ISIS doesn’t overrun the Sinai and that Iran and Russia don’t conquer what’s left of Syria.

While the regional powers are working hard to redraw the maps, extend their power and control, Israel is simplistically bragging about being an “Oasis in the Jungle.”

Unfortunately, Israel will find itself in an even tougher neighborhood once the lines are permanently redrawn, and that oasis will be even harder to maintain.

Instead of building more border trenches and wall, Israel needs to seriously consider regional expansion, just like everybody else is doing.

Israel needs to start pushing the jungle back, not staving it off

Israel should be prepared for the upcoming collapse of Jordan and to take over that country’s administration.

Instead of letting Hezbollah encroach on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, Israel needs to be considering how to fully take control there too, which might be openly picking a side.

And it’s only a matter of time before we find ourselves back in Hezbollah’s southern Lebanon.

Israel’s position of passivity and overt non-interference is temporarily keeping things quiet inside our borders, but by not openly taking sides, we’re also setting ourselves up for a worse situation down the road.

One solution Israel needs to consider is a new Israeli model of regional conflict management – some expansionist empire building and developing patron-client relationships, just like Iran, Russia and the other countries are openly doing.

The regions of Jordan and the Syrian Golan Heights must fall under Israeli rule, with the local limited-autonomy governments answering to Israel. We don’t need to transfer our citizens over, only our governmental administration.

In exchange, as part of the Israeli empire (and not the Iranian or ISIS empires), Israel will supply our client states with water resources, training to help them maintain their borders and assistance building their economies. This will help push back the jungle away from our borders.

We all know that sooner or later Israel will be heading back into southern Lebanon. It’s going to be a very, very difficult war.

A buffer zone needs to be carved out again to keep Hezbollah away so we don’t end up back there every few years, fighting an even more difficult war than the previous one.

If we don’t join in and play the regional game of redrawing the map, we’re going to instead find ourselves boxed in by the really bad guys, and that’s going to be much worse.

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