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Posts Tagged ‘Maale Adumim’

30 Arrested for Arms and Drug Trafficking

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Israel Police arrested 30 more suspects Tuesday in a sting operation involving an undercover agent who bought weapons and drugs over a six month period.

Among those arrested were 11 suspects from the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Silwan, Sur Bahir and Ras al-Amud, also known as Ma’ale Zeitim. Those arrested were both Jewish and Muslim, and were residents of Jerusalem, Beitar Illit and Ma’ale Adumim.

“The undercover agent worked … in dangerous operations, including buying M-16s, five Carl Gustav submachine guns, a pistol and eight stun grenades,” said Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld.

The suspects were accused of buying and selling arms as well as drug trafficking.

Earlier this week, a separate sting operation resulted in 37 arrests, also for arms and drug trafficking.

Hana Levi Julian

Bennett Asking Trump Advisors to Substitute Palestinian Autonomy for State

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Education Minister and HaBayit HaYehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett on Sunday met in New York with three staffers of President-Elect Donald Trump and asked that the new Administration not automatically adopt the two-state solution as its official policy but examine alternatives to what has been the Obama and GW Bush administrations’ default approach, Ha’aretz reported Tuesday.

The meeting between Bennett and the Trump staffers appears to have contradicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s explicit instruction not to conduct direct meetings with the incoming president’s people. Bennett’s office described his visit to New York as a routine work trip, for meetings with US Jewish organizations as part of his role as minister of diaspora affairs.

According to knowledgeable sources, Bennett suggested what he termed “Palestinian autonomy on steroids” in parts of Judea and Samaria, alongside a gradual application of Israeli sovereignty over other parts, such as the annexation of Ma’ale Adumim.

It is estimated that Bennett asked to meet with Trump’s circle in response to an announcement by Defense Minister and Israel Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Liberman, that Israel should be happy with a new US administration that merely approves the 2005 Sharon-Bush agreement, whereby Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria may build to meet the need of the existing population, but not start new outposts.

The Trump people were aghast at the Liberman statement, accusing him of “passing on the left” of the president-elect.

Netanyahu’s office issued a written directive at 4 PM Sunday through Cabinet Secretary Zahi Braverman, asking cabinet ministers not to make contact with the president-elect or his staff except through the PM’s office or the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC.

Last Friday, Agriculture Secretary Uri Ariel HaBayit (HaYehudi) sent a letter of support to Stephen Bannon, Trump’s controversial strategist advisor, telling Bannon that although he, Ariel, may not agree with him on everything, he is grateful to him for his stand against the Iran nuclear deal and the anti-Israel boycotts.

Last week, Israel’s ambassador to the US Ron Dermer was the first foreign ambassador the president-elect met at Trump Tower in New York.

JNi.Media

Sovereignty for Maaleh Adumim

Monday, October 31st, 2016

At a protest held in front of the Knesset, with the participation of MKs, residents of Maaleh Adumim demanded the government officially annex their city of 40,000 residents into sovereign Israel.

Don’t stop there.

Annex Maaleh Adumim

As part of their campaign, they are displaying banners of previous prime ministers of Israel and the positive things to say about Maaleh Adumim.

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Peres, Sharon, Barak, Star in Campaign for Ma’ale Adumim Sovereignty

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy: Israel’s late ninth president, Shimon Peres, will star posthumously in a giant campaign promoting the annexation of Ma’ale Adumim, a town just four miles east of Jerusalem. Established in the early 1970s as an IDF post, Ma’ale Adumim received its status as a city in 1991, and today has close to 40,000 residents. Its unique location means that, should it receive Israeli sovereignty, the Jewish urban sprawl of Ma’ale Adumim and Jerusalem would forever thwart Arab hopes of establishing a geographically contiguous Palestinian State.

The new campaign is banking on the fact that all of Israel’s past mainstream politicians have supported the settlement enterprise, even if some of them later became its sworn enemies. And so, under the slogan “Continuing in their Path,” the campaign banners quote Shimon Peres’ statement: “The development of Ma’ale Adumim will secure the defenses of Jerusalem”; late prime minister and destroyer of Jewish Gaza Ariel Sharon: “Ma’ale Adumim will be built as part of the State of Israel for eternity”; settlements foe and former prime minister, Ehud Barak: “Everything you build in Ma’ale Adumim remains part of the State of Israel forever, period”; and the destroyer of the Jewish city of Yamit, the late Menachem Begin: “I bless the establishment of Ma’ale Adumim. The only viable option is our rule in Judea and Samaria.”

The intentional irony of the campaign, targeting an Israeli Jewish public out of which a consistent 80% have been telling pollsters they support imposing Israeli sovereignty on Ma’ale Adumim, with or without a peace agreement, was not lost on Israel’s combative left. MK Michal Rozin (Meretz) said Saturday night that “usurping the character and works of the late Shimon peres such a short time after his death to promote Greater Israel is a disgrace. This is a cynical use of the Israeli consensus to destroy the Zionist dream.”

The campaign will feature giant billboards at the entrance to Jerusalem and around the Knesset, as well as newspaper ads, a Facebook page called “Sovereignty in Ma’ale Adumim,” and a website named Ribonut (Sovereignty).

Maale Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel said the campaign “expresses the clear position of the majority of the people who want to continue the Zionist vision and the settlement enterprise. It’s been 50 years since the city of Jerusalem was united and we returned to our historic homeland regions. All the governments of Israel have developed the area and we wish to continue the path of the leaders of Israel and the Zionist movement and impose Israeli sovereignty on the city of Ma’ale Adumim. This is how we will fulfill the vision of all our past prime ministers, both from the left and from the right, since the city’s inception.”

JNi.Media

Car-Ramming Attack near Jerusalem, Two Policemen Wounded

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – A suspected car-ramming attack occurred around 1 p.m. at the A-Zaim checkpoint between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim.

Jerusalem Police said that a car traveling from the Jerusalem neighborhood of A-Tur approached the checkpoint, in violation of traffic regulations. When the driver noticed a Border Police jeep blocking his path, he accelerated towards the village of A-Zaim and hit the jeep and a police vehicle before fleeing the scene.

Two border policemen in their 40s sustained light injuries to their limbs. They were treated at the scene by Magen David Adom and taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus hospital.

Police said that forces were searching the area to locate the suspected assailants and their vehicle, stressing that all possible motives were being investigated.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

US Embassy Sends Jewish New Year Greetings and Accidental Gifts of Zion Wine

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

In its annual distribution of Jewish New Year gift baskets to Israeli organizations, the U.S. Embassy included a bottle of wine that was produced on the “wrong side” of the 1949 Armistice Line.

The wine in the basket was a kosher Cabernet Sauvignon produced by the Zion Winery in Mishor Adumim, located east of Jerusalem, Reuters reported.

Mishor Adumim is an industrial park in the industrial zone of the city of Ma’ale Adumim housing more than 300 factories and businesses, a 10 minutes’ drive from Jerusalem. Several kosher wineries are located there, along with at least two large supermarkets and several Arab-owned businesses.

The leftist Peace Now organization was one of the groups that received the basket. “I’m sure it was an honest mistake,” a member of the organization told Reuters.

An Embassy official emphasized, “This should in no way be interpreted as a change of our policy on settlements, which is long-standing and clear.”  The United States is opposed to the presence of Israeli residents in Judea and Samaria, and in any area claimed by the Palestinian Authority for its hoped-for Arab state.

Hana Levi Julian

Liberman Cites International Pressure over Arab Squaterville in Area C

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Thursday sat with schoolchildren in the Jewish community of Susiya in south Mt. Hebron, next door to which a squatter Arab community has emerged recently, in an obvious attempt to challenge Israeli sovereignty over Area C of Judea and Samaria. Liberman told the children the encroachment by the residents of Yata Village to the lands near Susiya was not an accident, but a planned effort to physically separate the new community of Susiya and the historic synagogue on the nearby archeological site.

Susiya is a legitimate archaeological site in the southern Judean Mountains that bears the archaeological remains of a 5th century CE enormous synagogue, one of the largest and most magnificent ever discovered, which was turned into a mosque by the Arab invaders in the 8th century.

“Are you familiar with the archeological site of Susiya?” Liberman asked, and continued, “One day all kinds of illegal buildings started popping there, supported by foreign countries. And why did they pop there? On purpose, to divide between the community of Susiya and the historic Susiya.”

Liberman revealed that he had been under “pressure from all over the world” not to apply the demolition order handed out more than once by the Supreme Court. “The European Union, the US — they all discovered Susiya. Suddenly the United Nations Security Council is also interested in Susiya.” He promised the children he would obey the law and carry out the demolitions. “The free world is preaching especially for this to be a country of laws, and we must honor our judiciary system,” he said, with a hint of sarcasm.

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council that the demolitions of illegal Arab construction in Area C, which is under full Israeli control, violate the recommendations of the so-called Middle East Quartet, comprising the US, Russia, the EU and the UN, on the way forward in the peace process.

Liberman attacked the Europeans and the Americans who demand that Israel ignore the Supreme Court ruling to demolish Susiya, but to enforce the same court’s ruling on demolishing the Jewish Amona community in northern Samaria. “We are a country of laws,” he said, and we will honor ourselves and our laws, regarding Amona, E1 (the area connecting Jerusalema nd Ma’ale Adumim), and Susiya,” he clarified.

Liberman called on the residents of Amona to embrace the compromise being offered by the government, and moved to the promised homes to be built near their community. “I say to the residents of Amona, there’s a ruling of the high court and we will obey it. If anyone is delusing themselves that we won’t, it’s not going to happen. Whatever the court permits we will do. That’s why we offered many alternatives, and I hope we’ll find one the Amona residents will also accept.”

David Israel

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