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Terror, Shmerror, State Dept Only Cares About Two State Holy Grail

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Several things became clear during Wednesday’s U.S. State Dept. press briefing, the first half of which focused exclusively on the wave of terrorism in Israel.

First, the overriding goal for the United States of America is the creation of a Two State Solution and anything that gets in the way of that is a problem. The Two State Solution is the Holy Grail (as it were) regardless of whether that fixed goal will dramatically increase violence and further destabilize the region or not.

Second, the U.S. State Department despises the fact that increasing numbers of Jews are living beyond the “Green Line,” in Judea and Samaria. The U.S. hates this so much that official policy is to condemn Jews living and breathing in that area at least as much, if not more, than brutal murders of innocent Jewish civilians by Arab terrorists.

Third, the U.S. has so embraced the idea that the Temple Mount “belongs” to the Palestinian Arabs that it casts unarmed, non-hostile Jewish tourists or Israelis who peacefully ascend the Mount as the legitimate cause of savage murders of any Jews, anywhere. The U.S. has jettisoned the fact that Israel re-acquired control of the Temple Mount in a defensive war and simply handed over control of that area to the Arabs, in the hope and belief that members of all religions would have equal access to that site.

Throughout the first half of the Oct. 15 State Dept. press briefing, reporters sought to pin down State Department Spokesperson John Kirby on who and what the U.S. believes is responsible for the recent tsunami of terror in which Jews were shot, stabbed with kitchen knives, hunting knives, butcher knives and rammed with cars by Arab Palestinians.

The violence is condemned by the U.S., although this government refuses to assign primary blame to either party. Young Arab men and women are brutally stabbing Israeli Jews standing at bus stops, boarding buses, walking on Israeli streets? That’s bad, but, as Kirby quoted Secretary of State John Kerry, “there’s disenfranchisement, there’s disgruntlement, there is – there’s frustration on both sides that have led to this [increase in violence].”

Why this reluctance to assign blame? It is because, apparently, anything that diplomats aching for a Two State Solution see as an impediment to their goal is equally bad. This becomes apparent from watching and reading the transcripts of the endless State Dept. briefings in which the issue of terrorism or violence in Israel is raised.

More than a dozen Israeli Jews going about their lives in Israel were stabbed, shot or run over by Arab terrorists in the past few weeks alone. One 17-year old Israeli Jew stabbed four Beduoins in Dimona, Israel. That act was condemned across the spectrum in the Israeli government, including by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Israel is a country of law and order. Those who use violence and break the law – from whatever side – will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law,” said Netanyahu. He added that he “strongly condemns the attack against innocent Arabs.”

When Matt Lee of the Associated Press asked Kirby why it was so important that Secretary Kerry refused to assign blame, the response was:

I think he’s been very clear that he wants both sides to take affirmative actions, both in rhetoric and in action, to de-escalate the tension, to restore calm, and to try to move forward towards a two-state solution. He also recognizes, as a public servant with a long career associated with foreign affairs and the diplomatic relations of this country, that many of these issues are ages old. And when there’s a specific attack such as we’ve seen, we are not shy about calling it out. And as I said last week on – if we believe it’s terrorism, to say it’s terrorism. We’re not shy about that in terms of affixing responsibility for it. But in terms of the general scope of the violence that we’re seeing and the unrest, he’s been very clear that rather than to affix blame specifically on all of that, to try to focus on moving forward and restoring calm.

In other words, specific acts don’t matter, the only thing that matters is the Holy Grail in the distance and the desire to continue moving towards it.

15 Wanted Palestinian Arab Terror Suspects Arrested

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

IDF soldiers arrested 15 Palestinian Arab terror suspects in operations across Judea and Samaria late Monday night and into early Tuesday morning.

Some of the fugitives taken into custody were arrested in connection with stone-throwing and were transferred to security personnel for questions.

Others were suspected of involvement in terrorist activities and rioting against Israeli civilians and security forces.

How Palestinian Arab Terrorists Choose Their Targets

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The current wave of Arab terror may appear to some observers to be a random war on Israel, but in most cases, nothing could be further from the truth.

Veteran Israeli journalist Hadas Shteif contends the terrorists are targeting Jews who look like hareidi-religious and Zionist settlers and soldiers.

That is, easily-identifiable targets who appear to have a certain status as Israelis and as Jews.

We agree.

Within Israeli society, IDF soldiers carry a high status since they protect our citizens and our Land. The vast majority of today’s Israeli military is comprised of older teens and young adults. Army officers can be in their early 20s. They are the pride of parents and citizens alike.

Hareidi-religious settlers are also much admired in some circles for their strength of purpose and commitment to the country.

It is the hareidi-religious settlers who are willing to endure the hardships intrinsic in life in a small community far from central municipal services, with Palestinian Arabs as their closest neighbors.

There have been long periods when both Jews and Arabs benefitted from the relationships that developed between the two populations.

But propaganda by corrupt leadership has advanced the geopolitical machinations by those who cynically radicalized a younger generation for use in a war not of their making.

Sadly, those who declare they are willing to die as “martyrs” for “the cause” have no idea whose cause they are even talking about.

But they have been trained to spot their targets from afar, by watching for the style of dress and body language that is unique to the Torah-observant Jewish residents of Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, and of course, IDF soldiers.

Premium targets, easily spotted and attacked more often than any other in the State of Israel. Valued more often as well.

Border Guard Police Foil Terror Attack in Samaria

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Alert Border Guard Police officers prevented a Palestinian Arab from carrying out a terror attack Tuesday evening.

The soldiers noticed the suspect attempting to throw away a box-cutter as he approached the security checkpoint at the Tapuach Junction near Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria.

During their routine search the soldiers also discovered the suspect was carrying a kitchen knife as well. The suspect was taken into custody and turned over to security personnel for questioning.

Earlier in the day, an IDF soldier was wounded during clashes with Palestinian Arabs in the Gush Etzion area of Judea on Tuesday.

The soldier was struck by a rock thrown by one of the rioting Arabs and received medical treatment at the scene for facial wounds.

The continued violence makes it clear that either Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has lost his credibility in the Palestinian street, or he has made it clear to the street that his words earlier in the day were spoken for international media and political purposes only.

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas reportedly attempted to dial back the violence Tuesday during a meeting with members of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). In a statement calling for public calm, Abbas said, “We want to reach a political solution peacefully.

“We tell them (the Israelis) that we do not want either military or security escalation,” he continued. “All our instructions to our (security) agencies, our factions and our youth have been that we do not want escalation.”

Abbas also did a complete turnaround on his statement at the United Nations General Assembly last week, in which he bluntly declared the Palestinian Authority was no longer bound to meet its obligations under the internationally recognized Oslo Accords that it signed with Israel in 1993.

On Tuesday, Abbas said: “We are committed to these agreements, but it is unreasonable for us to be the only ones who are committed to them. If Israel does not want these agreements, we do not want to implement them.”

The Palestinian Authority has yet to meet the conditions of the Accords, even for its own people, which include the general election of a self-governing Council within a five-year period: Abbas has overstayed his four-year term by six years so far. Moreover, Palestinian Arab areas of Judea, Samaria and Gaza are to be governed under a Palestinian Council as “a single territorial unit.” In fact, since ousting the Fatah faction from Gaza in 2007, that region has been ruled separately with an iron fist by the Hamas terrorist organization — which maintains in its founding charter the vow to annihilate the State of Israel. This violates the first condition of the Oslo Accords: to renounce terror.

And so on …

Which agreements, exactly, did Mahmoud Abbas say he was committed to?

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.

IDF Captures 11 Terror Suspects, Confiscates Arms

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

IDF soldiers captured 11 wanted Palestinian Arab fugitives in Judea and Samaria late Monday night in several dangerous operations.

Ten of the detainees were arrested in connection with terrorist activities and stone-throwing attacks on Israeli civilians and security forces.

Searches were also carried out by the elite IDF Egoz commando unit in the Arab village of Huwara, south of Shechem. The unit captured three terrorist suspects in that operation. In addition, the soldiers uncovered a large cache of stockpiled ammunition in the search.

Furious Israelis Protest Deadly Arab Terror Attacks in Judea, Samaria

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Furious Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria came out in force Thursday night to demonstrate against the continuing deadly terror attacks that once again left Israelis dead, and others wounded.

The IDF fanned out to search for the perpetrators, who managed to escape following the attack.

In several locations around Samaria, there were reports of Jewish protesters hurling rocks at Arab motorists driving on the roads, according to the Hebrew-language HaKol HaYehudi website.

Hundreds of Jews poured out of their homes in communities where protests were held in various locations around Judea and Samaria.

Some 150 Jews from Kiryat Arba protested at the entrance to the city near the Harsina neighborhood along Highway 60. The protesters reportedly walked to Hebron and threw stones at some of the Arab homes in the city. Police blocked the mob and prevented the situation from escalating there; the group then began to march towards the nearby Arab towns of Beit Anun and Halhul.

Also at the Givat Assaf Junction and the Gidon Junction on the Alon Highway, hundreds of Jews demonstrated, blocking the movement of Arab vehicles.

Arab terrorists continued their attacks as well, however.

A 28-year-old Jewish woman was injured by Palestinian Arabs who were throwing stones near the Yitzhar Junction. The woman was evacuated to Beilinson Medical Center in Petach Tikva, to be treated for an eye injury.

 

The Palestinian Authority’s Hebron intelligence chief was also attacked late Thursday night, struck by stone-throwers as he drove through Samaria.

It is unclear who perpetrated the attack, which took place in the exact same spot where Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Na’ama were murdered by Arab terrorists just a few hours earlier.

The intelligence chief’s vehicle was smashed by the rocks and the official himself was injured in the attack. He was taken to a nearby medical center for treatment, according to Ynet. The incident is under investigation.

The IDF has deployed four additional battalions to Judea and Samaria in the wake of the lethal terror attack that took the lives of Rabbi Henkin and his wife Thursday night.

The first of the supplementary units is to arrive on Friday and will assist the existing units in searching for the murderers as well as other terrorists in the region.

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