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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.

US, Jordan Express ‘Concern’ Over Temple Mount Violence

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

The U.S. and Jordan have both weighed in with opinions on the rise in Arab violence on the Temple Mount and elsewhere in Jerusalem, but neither told Arab leaders to end the violence.

In a telephone call Tuesday with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden “thanked the King for his continued leadership in the region,” said a statement from the White House.

“The Vice President and King Abdullah also expressed concern about recent violence and rising tensions regarding Jerusalem’s Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount,” the statement continued.

“The Vice President called on all parties to exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions, and to uphold the historic status quo at the holy site.”

The king warned, meanwhile, that any further police “provocation of Muslims in Jerusalem” would damage ties between Israel and Jordan.

“We have received reassurances from the Israeli government that this would not happen,” Abdullah said Tuesday in an English-language statement to journalists after talks in Jordan with UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

“Any more provocations in Jerusalem will affect the relationship between Jordan and Israel, and Jordan will have no choice but to take action, unfortunately.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu underlined at a meeting of the Security Cabinet Tuesday night that although Israel is committed to maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount, rioters would not be allowed to prevent Jews from visiting the Mount. The Prime Minister directed that a further discussion be held next week in order to advance the steps decided on during the evening.

Once again Israeli security personnel were forced to enter the Temple Mount compound on Tuesday morning to contend with Arabs who targeted Jewish visitors for the third day in a row.

The Arabs surrounded the visitors and were screaming “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Great, the Islamic war cry) at the Jews who came on holiday pilgrimage to the Mount – the holiest site in Judaism – in an effort to discourage them from continuing into the area.

When police entered the compound to protect the visitors, Arabs hurled rocks and bottles at security forces, prompting police to respond with riot control measures. The police forced the rioters into the Al Aqsa mosque – where they had stored their “ammunition” and contained them there for the duration of the two-hour visiting hours so those who came to visit the Mount could do so undisturbed.

At least nine were arrested, media reported, and several rioters were injured although none were seriously hurt, according to a Palestinian Red Crescent official.

Arabs Planned to Explode Pipe Bombs at Jews on Temple Mount

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Masked Arab rioters had prepared pipe bombs to be filled with explosives in a planned pogrom against Jews and non-Jewish tourists on the Temple Mount Sunday.

Advanced intelligence helped police foil the attack, and law enforcement officers startled the Arabs shortly after dawn, as reported here.

Police spokesmen stated:

Masked protesters who were inside the mosque threw stones and fireworks at police. Suspect pipes that could be filled with homemade explosives were also found at the entry to the [Al Aqsa] mosque.

Police later removed any doubts that the objects were not pipe bombs.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the presence of pipe bombs at the on the Temple Mount “requires all of us to think again about arrangements” at the holy site.

Almost exactly a year ago, violence on the Temple Mount appeared to be on the verge of an all-out religious war, but a secret meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah resulted in a mutual understanding that Jews would continue to be prohibited from praying on the Temple Mount and Arabs Muslims would put a stop to violence.

The understanding lasted for several months, but a new round of escalation began several months ago.

Jordan’s reaction to today’s clash was not encouraging, and the Kingdom blamed Israel for “raiding” the mosque.

The Palestinian Authority-based Ma’an News Agency reported,:
An AFP journalist saw a number of people being detained and heavy police deployments in the Old City.

A Palestinian boy identified as Anas Siyam was evacuated to hospital after he was hit with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the chest. His condition is unknown….

A spokesman of the Palestinian Authority’s Fatah movement in Jerusalem, Raafat Ulayyan, urged the Palestinians in the West Bank and in Israel to ‘hurry to defend’ the holy Muslim place from which ‘our prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.’

In Rare Gesture Court Overturns Conviction of Israeli Arab Who Supported ISIS

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Be’er Sheva District Court on Tuesday dismissed—at the sentencing phase—the conviction of Omar Mussa Khalil Abu Kush, an Israeli Bedouin from the Negev, who was convicted of supporting terrorism. Abu Kush had already been convicted via a plea bargain of posting on his Facebook page words of support for ISIS. According to Walla, he will serve 300 hours of community service and will bear the court costs of $19,500.

“I thank the court for the opportunity given to me with the verdict,” Abu Kush told Walla, after the decision. He said, “I’m sorry for the error I committed, and I pledge to learn from it and from the opportunity given to me by the court to return and build a normal life as part of my country and my family.”

According to court papers, Abu Kush, 28, became interested in the civil war in Syria while studying medicine in Jordan, and at some point began to express public support for radical Sunni organization ISIS. “ISIS is a unique phenomenon. The extremism, and the use the organization makes of the media and of social media makes it is one of the largest and most dangerous terrorist organizations active today,” Judge Eliyahu Bittan stated.

According to the Shin Bet website, Abu Kush recently finished his medical studies at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). He was arrested in November 2014 based on information that he was an ISIS activist who was encouraging others to come out and join the organization. The internal police website also stated that during his interrogation Abu Kush admitted that he supported ISIS, met with ISIS activists in Jordan, and his intention had been to go out and join the fight in Syria.

Nevertheless, the judge ruled that since Abu Kush has ceased his radical activity immediately after he was warned by his father, the court would meet him half way. “You’re getting an extraordinary opportunity,” the judge said and expressed the hope that the defendant’s father would continue to influence him in the right direction.

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