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Charges Dropped and File Closed in Latrun Monastery Attack

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

In September 2012, vandals painted graffiti and vandalized a monastery in Latrun.

At the time, speculation went wild as to who did it, and of course, settlers were immediately blamed, despite the lack of evidence.

In July 2013, Moshe Orbach, a 22 year old man from Givot HaShomron was arrested and held for 9 days, accused of the crime.

But for the past year and half the police investigation went nowhere.

On Thursday all charges against Orbach were dropped and his file officially closed, after police found no evidence that actually linked Orbach to the crime.

Orbach’s lawyer from Honeinu said this is yet another example of an irresponsible police fishing expedition that led nowhere, except to more false arrests instigated by political and media pressure.

Orbach is considering suing the police for false arrest.

India May Pull Rug Out From Under Abbas in UN Vote

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

India is giving serious consideration to changing its supporting vote for the Palestinian Authority proposal to expel the Israel Defense Force from all territory conquered in the 1967 Six Day war by 2017, according to The Hindu newspaper.

If India takes such a step, it will be a major change in the country’s foreign policy, which until now has supported the PA in UN votes.

But India is one of Israel’s most important customers in the market for military hardware, and the two nations have tightened ties in recent years. Nevertheless, India has continued to ignore Israel when the chips are down at the UN, and Jerusalem has started to remind its ally that friends don’t treat friends that way.

The PA resolution was submitted to the United Nations Security Council last Wednesday by Jordan. Although it requires a majority of nine votes to pass, the measure can still be vetoed by any of the five permanent members of the Council.

Speaking at a Hanukkah-lighting ceremony with IDF soldiers at a base near Latrun, Netanyahu made it clear that Israel would not allow international pressure to endanger the lives of its citizens.

“In this struggle that we are in, Israel is being attacked on two fronts simultaneously. It is being attacked by the terrorism of Hamas and the other terrorist organizations. It is also under a diplomatic attack led by the Palestinian Authority and which is designed to deny us our very right to defend ourselves and seeks to deny us the legitimacy of our very existence. We are rebuffing both of these attacks.

“Over the weekend we sent a clear message to Hamas – we are not prepared to countenance the firing of even one rocket and we are responding accordingly and in strength. We also have a clear message to those who are leading the diplomatic assault against us.

“It could be that the Palestinians will, in the very near future, submit to the UN Security Council their proposal to unilaterally force on Israel the establishment of a Palestinian state as well as other conditions that are unacceptable to us.

“We expect the responsible elements in the international community to reject this proposal; in any case, we will vigorously oppose it and will, of course, not act in accordance with any diktat.”

2 Illegal PA Arab Workers Die in Moshav Fire

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Two Palestinian Authority Arab workers died and two other workers were injured early Tuesday in a moshav fire near Latrun.

The fire, which took place in a metal workshop at Beit Nechemia, did not pose a threat to any other property in the area and was quickly extinguished by firefighters.

Both of those who died in the blaze were present at the moshav illegally, according to initial data from Israel Police investigators. One of the injured broke both his legs jumping out the window to escape the fire. A second was treated at the hospital for smoke inhalation.

The owner of the workshop was arrested, as was the man who employed the illegal workers.

Tears and Pride as a Grandson Joins the IDF

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

It was my first time and it was very emotional. Last week I attended the swearing-in ceremony of my grandson Eyal Schwartz into the Israel Defense Forces.

Eyal is a Hesder soldier, having spent the past year and a half learning in Otniel, a yeshiva in the South Hebron hills. Six weeks ago it was time for these young men to start the army portion of their service. With basic training over they were now to be formally inducted into the IDF.

Because Eyal will serve in the Tanks division, the ceremony took place in Latrun, known for its Armored Corps Museum.

The night before the ceremony, Israel was hit by a major thunderstorm with torrential rains, a rarity for May. The skies still looked ominous as I arrived for the special event, which was to be held outdoors. I found a seat in the huge amphitheater together with members of our family and the families of the other soldiers.

Eyal came over to say hello, tall and handsome in his green army uniform, and the sun suddenly burst forth above the clouds. This was not the first time I was seeing Eyal in his uniform, and my mind took me back a few days to Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for its fallen soldiers. As I did last year, I once again joined my son Dovid and his children on their yearly pilgrimage to Mt. Herzl, Israel’s military cemetery. This time Eyal came along with us.

I was familiar with the route Dovid takes at the cemetery. The first stop is always the grave of Shlomo Aumann, his beloved 8th grade teacher who was killed in the First Lebanon War. We spend considerable time there as Dovid talks to his children and anyone within earshot about his teacher. Then it is on to his classmate Gadi Shemesh and his wife, who were killed in a terrorist attack. Afterward we went to Roi Klein, who fell on a grenade and thereby saved his unit in the Second Lebanon War. Michael Levin, a lone soldier from Philadelphia, was also killed in that war and since his family lives in the U.S., Dovid always stops there.

The list continued, and at each stop my granddaughter Elisheva played her violin with appropriate songs as people from all over came closer and sang along. I watched Eyal, my soldier grandson, as he read each stone, rows and rows of stones, and noted the ages of the fallen: 18, 19, 20…

When it was time for the ceremony to begin, Eyal left us to join his unit. In they marched, all 475 of them, so young, but already men. An officer addressed the assemblage. He told the soldiers they would soon be receiving their guns and a Tanach. In the Tanach they would find the “deed” to the land of Israel. It is all in there, he said.

Quoting from the Vehi She’amdah we recite at the Seder, he reminded us that in every generation enemies have tried annihilate us. Pharaoh tried, the Romans tried, the Crusaders tried, the Nazis tried and nearly succeeded – but Hashem saved us every time. By defending Israel, the soldiers are agents of the Almighty. It is a sacred task of which they should be very proud. In fact, he added, the parents of these young men should also be proud of the education they gave their children to bring them to this point. It is an honor to defend the land and people of Israel and he was sure they would all do so with distinction.

I was crying as I looked out at the young soldiers and listened to the officer’s words. And then I looked over at my son and saw that he too was crying.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/tears-and-pride-as-a-grandson-joins-the-idf/2014/05/15/

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