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January 23, 2017 / 25 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Maale Adumim’

Netanyahu Will Talk with Trump Today

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

PM Netanyahu told reporters that he plans to speak with President Trump this evening.

He plans to discuss Iran, Syria, and the Arabs of Judea and Samaria.

There was supposed to be a ministerial vote today on applying Israeli sovereignty over the city of Ma’ale Adumim, but Netanyahu said the Trump administration asked him postpone the vote.

Israel’s Galei Tzahal reported this morning that a source in the Trump administration said they told Netanyahu no such thing, and have no intention of getting involved in Israel’s sovereignty legislation.

Hopefully, sovereignty will be on the discussion list too, and Netanyahu will get the permission he still thinks he needs.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Palestinian Authority ‘Congratulates’ President Donald Trump With Mixed Messages [video]

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

The Palestinian Authority had a mixed reaction to the inauguration on Friday of U.S. President Donald Trump.

PA leader Mahmoud Abbas sent a short note of congratulations to the new American president, wishing him well and saying he hopes to work with him to create a world that is more peaceful, secure and stable, in the midst of turmoil that has reached tragic proportions. He expressed the hope that President Trump will help to bring about a peaceful future for all.

But while the Palestinian Authority leader expressed warm thoughts of peace in English, his citizens sent an entirely different message in Arabic and in their actions.

Protesters also held demonstrations on the streets of the Palestinian Authority, setting fire to a large photo of the new American president in one incident near a border crossing close to Bethlehem, just south of Jerusalem. Palestinian Authority security personnel did nothing to stop the protests.

Israeli forces quickly arrived and attempted to expel them from the area, while threatening to use force on the activists. The forces then tore apart the pictures and signs used during the demonstration.

Another protest was held near the city of Ma’ale Adumim, east of Jerusalem. Posters were also hung up protesting the proposed move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Hana Levi Julian

Ministerial Committee to Vote on Annexing Judean City

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

On Sunday, the Israeli government ministerial committee on legislation, chaired by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi), will debate a proposed bill applying Israeli civil law in the city of Ma’ale Adumim, located roughly four miles east of Jerusalem. The location of both Ma’ale Adumin and Jerusalem, at the narrow center of the peanut shaped Judea and Samaria, would certainly threaten any realistic effort in the future to establish a contiguous Palestinian state. The 4.6 square mile area between the two Jewish cities, designated as the E-1 zone, is within the municipal boundary of Ma’ale Adumim, but it is also home to a few Bedouin communities and their livestock, and the location of a large Israeli police compound.

Painfully aware of the crucial strategic value of E-1, in 2013 the Palestinian Authority established for a few days the illegal tent site of Bab al Shams within this zone, which was demolished by order of the Supreme Court.

The ministerial debate and, presumably, vote, will take place two days into the new Trump Administration, and, at least according to Ha’aretz, it was planned that way to avoid yet another bitter clash with Trump’s predecessor. Indeed, because of hostile reactions from two US Administrations, every plan for the expansion of Ma’ale Adumim westward has been frozen since 2005.

Ha’aretz cites a senior source inside Likud saying Prime Minister Netanyahu will continue with this policy and delay the ministerial vote on bringing the first Jewish community in the liberated territories under Israeli law. This, according to the source, is not because the PM objects to the idea of annexing Ma’ale Adumim, but because he is weary of offending the new president by taking for granted his approval to such a sea change.

MK Yoav Kisch (Likud) said he is willing to compromise and has reduced the bill to just proclaiming Ma’ale Adumim part of Israel, leaving E-1 out of the plan for now. This will create the first Israeli extra-territorial territory since the years before the 1967 war, when Mount Scopus was an isolated Israeli territory inside the Jordanian-ruled “west bank.”

Kisch believes the vast majority of Israelis want to see Ma’ale Adumim be united with the Jewish State, after 49 years of living under IDF martial law. If approved Sunday, the bill could be submitted for a preliminary Knesset plenum vote next week.


Mayors of Efrat and Maale Adumim Invited to Trump’s Inauguration Ceremony

Friday, January 13th, 2017

The heads of Moetzet Yesha – The Council of Judea and Samaria, received an invitation to President Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony in Washington D.C., according to a report in Makor Rishon. The invitation was passed on to them via the Chamber of Commerce of Orthodox Jews (US), who are connected to Trump’s special advisor Jason D. Greenblatt.

The settlement council will most likely be represented at the inauguration by Mayor of Efrat, Oded Revivi, who also heads the foreign desk for Moetzet Yesha, and Beni Kashriel, the Mayor of Maale Adumim.

In addition, several other people connected to Jewish life in Judea and Samaria have been invited, but according to the report, they prefer not to publicize their invitations.

This is the first time that settlement leaders have been invited to a presidential inauguration.

Yigal Dilmoni, spokesperson for Moetzet Yesha, praised the move, saying it “foretells the new spirit emanating from the US regarding the change in [Washington’s] attitude towards Israel, and in particular, [Jewish] settlement in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley. This new spirit was also expressed by the recent visit of Governor Mike Huckabee last week to Maale Adumim, and we are preparing for it.”

PM Netanyahu won’t be attending the ceremony, and will instead be represented by Israel’s Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Funerals for Murdered IDF Officers Set for Monday

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Funerals for the four IDF officers who were murdered Sunday in the truck ramming attack by a Jerusalem terrorist in the neighborhood of Armon HaNatziv are scheduled to take place at various times through the day in different areas of the country.

At 11:00 am, Second Lieutenant Erez Orbach, z’l, 20, of Alon Shvut, will be laid to rest at the cemetery in Kfar Etzion.

At 2:00 pm, Second Lieutenant Shira Tzur, z’l, age 20, of Haifa, will be laid to rest in the military cemetery in that city.

At 3:00 pm, Lieutenant Yael Yekutiel, z’l, age 20, of Givatayim, will be laid to rest at the cemetery in Kiryat Shaul.

At 2:00 pm, Lieutenant Shir Hajaj, 22, z’l, of Ma’ale Adumim, will be laid to rest at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in the holy city of Jerusalem.

The families of Second Lt. Shira Tzur and Lt. Erez Orbach have requested that the media respect their privacy and desist from coverage at the funerals of their loved ones.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet. May the memories of all four IDF officers who fell in the line of duty be for a blessing.

Hana Levi Julian

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz: ‘Make Gush Etzion Part of Greater Jerusalem’

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

by Ilana Messika

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, who also holds the portfolio for the Ministry of Intelligence and Atomic Energy, called Tuesday to “make Gush Etzion part of Greater Jerusalem” during a ceremony for a new traffic light at the Neve Daniel junction with Highway 60, south of Jerusalem.

“In Judea and Samaria, security and safety are intertwined,” said Katz. “We must not undermine the status of Jerusalem.

“Ten years ago I introduced a bill for ‘Greater Jerusalem.’ The proposal calls for extending the jurisdiction of the capital to other communities around Jerusalem, but these communities will still retain their municipal autonomy. Local authorities will be annexed and residents will have the right to vote twice – once for the Greater City Council and once for local municipality. This proposal must be renewed immediately, and it is one the new U.S. administration could support.

“We must strengthen our position in all the communities. At the Transportation desk, I focus on connecting the communities of Greater Jerusalem to Jerusalem itself,” Katz added.

Acting Head of Gush Etzion Regional Council, Moshe Seville, also said that the recent building momentum in Gush Etzion must be met with corresponding road infrastructure.

The decision to place traffic lights at intersections located on Highway 60 was taken after 17-year-old Nofer Shimon was killed near the community of Elazar, a kilometer away from the new traffic light, two years ago. After that accident, the regional council, community authorities, and Nofer’s family and friends pressed the government to take action to improve safety on the road.

Chairwoman of the Bayit Yehudi Faction and a resident of Neve Daniel, MK Shuli Mualem said: “During the mourning period for Nofer, residents of Neve Daniel and Elazar, together with Minister Katz decided to solve the safety problem at the intersection. . . The family decided that their tragedy would be the last one on this road, and they succeeded. The traffic lights at Neve Daniel and Elazar represent the Shimon family’s success in preserving life.”

Muallem added. “As someone who works tirelessly to apply Israeli jurisdiction in Judea and Samaria – starting with the consensus areas of Gush Etzion and Ma’ale Adumim — I want Gush Etzion to become an integral part of the State of Israel within our jurisdiction.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Mike Huckabee: State for Palestinian Authority a ‘fantasy’

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

by Andrew Friedman

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee planted an olive tree overlooking the Judean Desert on the southeastern edge of Ma’ale Adumim Tuesday, saying the tree would come to provide shade for a park in a planned neighborhood, and slamming last month’s UN Security Resolution condemning Israeli communities as “embarrassing.”

Huckabee added hopes that incoming U.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump moves the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Backed by a red banner reading ‘Build Israel Great Again’ just one day after the Jewish Home Knesset faction held its weekly meeting in Ma’ale Adumim order to launch a campaign to annex the city, Huckabee took a selfie with Ma’ale Adumim mayor Benny Kasriel to show that Israeli “settlements” are not a group of tents on isolated hilltops, but rather established cities.

“Ma’ale Adumim is a remarkable place,” Huckabee said. “It is five times bigger than the town I grew up in, with 41,000 people.

Although Huckabee does not have an official role in the Trump transition team – he turned down a position in the new administration – the former governor’s visit to Israel just two weeks before Inauguration Day is seen as a sign of both the incoming administration’s support for expanding Israeli control in Judea and Samaria, and as a statement of intention that the new president seeks to forge a new relationship after eight rocky years between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and outgoing President Barack Obama.

“I don’t speak for the incoming administration, but I pray that his policies will be radically different than those of President Obama, which have been – to put it mildly – anti-Israel,” Huckabee said.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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