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PM Denies Plans to Build in E1, Blames Uri Ariel

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

The Prime Minister’s Office released a statement on Tuesday, denying the report that Israel is planning on building thousands of housing units in the E-1 zone, east of Jerusalem.

The statement claimed that Minister Uri Ariel put forward the plans on his own accord, and they are non-binding and irrelevant.

The Palestinian Authority wants control over the E-1 area as it cuts off the city of Maaleh Adumim and the Dead Sea from Jerusalem, and provides the PA with a choke hold around Jerusalem from 3 sides.

Over the years, Netanyahu has occasionally promised to build in E1, only to later retract and block the plans, usually in a complex dance with Uri Ariel, where Ariel puts forth the E1 plans that Netanyahu had once upon a time promised.

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Peace Now: Israel Planning 8.400 Housing Units in ‘E-1″ in Maaleh Adumim

Monday, December 28th, 2015

The Netanyahu government reportedly is going full-speed ahead although behind the scenes to develop the controversial E-1 area in Maaleh Adumim that would effectively give Israel a Jewish continuity to Jerusalem.

Peace Now alleged this morning that the government is planning 6,372 residential units in the area as part of a larger program for 55,548 new homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria, including a new community near Bethlehem and one in the Jordan Valley.

An Israeli official said that no final decision has made been concerning E-1, but it can be assumed that the official decision will come at the right time politically, perhaps when the Palestinian Authority is so illegitimate that Prime Minister Netanyahu can thaw the de facto building freeze.

Housing Minister Yoav Galant, of the Kulanu party, denied that plans are being made.

Peace Now alleged that the ministry allocated to Ma’aleh Adumim $9.5 million in November 2014, without issuing a tender, for planning the area. In addition, another $200,000 was allegedly paid to outline future construction sites east of Jerusalem as well as to expand other communities in Judea and Samaria.

Building in E-1 would be the Waterloo for the Palestinian Authority, while not developing it would be the same for Israel.

The Bush and Obama administrations have pressured Israel several times not to build in E-1, a 4.6-square mile area that has been designated for construction since the time that Yitzchak Rabin was Prime Minister in the 1990s.

It would be no surprise if the government is going ahead with building plans, in light of the decimation of the two-state proposal and the Palestinian Authority’s hard and fast position that there is nothing to negotiate with Israel unless it agrees to all of the PA’s political and territorial demands.

However, the publicity of the plans for construction is a red flag for the Palestinian Authority as well as for the Israeli left-wing camp. The Haaretz newspaper, which often acts as President Rivlin agent for Peace Now, reported Monday:

The Israeli fear is that without ‘facts on the ground’ in E-1, the giant settlement, which has some 40,000 residents, could end up an unviable Israeli enclave in a Palestinian state.

The newspaper quoted Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer, as saying that the documents detailing plans for E-1 and elsewhere in Judea and Samaria show that the government of Israel is not wasting a single day and is investing tens of millions of shekels in expanding and establishing new settlements. Behind the scenes they are secretly planning the establishment of a bi-national state.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Netanyahu to U.S.: Green Light for ‘Settlers’ in Return for ‘Good Will’ [video]

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Netanyahu has check-mated Obama.

The Prime Minister and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met on Tuesday, two weeks after Israel reportedly told the Secretary of State that more “good will measures” for Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority must parallel good will to Israel by giving the green light for building homes in settlement blocs.

The Obama administration obviously was far from happy with the Israeli demand, according to this morning’s report by Haaretz, which directly quoted a government spokesman as saying:

The Americans want Israel to implement a package of meaningful measures in the West Bank. The prime minister made it clear that we want American recognition of the settlement blocs and of the fact that we can build there.

The office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has not denied the report, and it makes perfect sense. Abbas has figuratively shot himself in the head by not dampening incitement to kill Jews. He also not only has not condemned murders of Israel, his regime also has continued to praise the “martyrs.”

Netanyahu, the master of timing, has exploited the impossible situation in which Abbas has placed himself by promoting lies that are too ridiculous even for President Barack Obama and most of the international community to buy.

The Palestinian Authority recently has accused Israelis of “executing” terrorists who they claims were innocent people, has charged that soldiers and “settlers” plant knives next to terrorists who were shot dead, and has tried to create a change in the definition of the “Temple Mount status quo” to mean no Jews are allowed even to visit, let alone pray.

The inevitable change in the image of Abbas, along with this past week’s blood-letting by Palestinian Authority terrorists, left Kerry in the unusual position of not demanding “both sides” stop the violence when he met Prime Minister Netanyahu Tuesday.

The Prime Minister’s remarks released for publication were:

Good morning, John. I’d like to welcome you again to Jerusalem. You are a friend in our common effort to restore stability, security and peace. There can be no peace when we have an onslaught of terror – not here or not anywhere else in the world, which is experiencing this same assault by militant Islamists and the forces of terror. Israel is fighting these forces every hour.

Kerry was incredibly bland, limiting his comments to his concern about the attacks, although he did not specifically use the terms “Arabs,” whether from Jerusalem or from the Palestinian Authority. The usual “balance” was absent. Kerry did not even hint that Israel has to show “proportional response” and did not utter a sound about Israeli settlements being an obstacle to peace.

He didn’t even use the word “occupation.”

Kerry stated, for public consumption, at least:

I come at a time that, as the Prime Minister has just said, is very troubled. Clearly, no people anywhere should live with daily violence, with attacks in the streets, with knives or scissors or cars. And it is very clear to us that the terrorism, these acts of terrorism which have been taking place, deserve the condemnation that they are receiving and today I expressed my complete condemnation for any act of terror that takes innocent lives and disrupts the day-to-day life of a nation.

Israel has every right in the world to defend itself. It has an obligation to defend itself…. So I’m here today to talk with the Prime Minister about the ways that we can work together, all of us – the international community – to push back against terrorism, to push back against senseless violence and to find a way forward, to restore calm and to begin to provide the opportunities that most reasonable people in every part of the world are seeking for themselves and for their families.

He added that the Islamic State (ISIS) state also is one the agenda of his discussion with Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Police Foil Bombing in Jerusalem

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Police prevented on Friday morning a probable terror attack in Jerusalem by discovering am explosive device at a checkpoint at an Arab neighborhood next to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital.

A sniffer dog helped located the pipe bomb that was in a vehicle, and sappers neutralized the device.

Earlier this week, alert traffic police discovered explosives in a car driven by an Arab woman on the highway from Maaleh Adumim to Jerusalem. They stopped car, and she threw a bomb at the police, lightly injuring one of the officers.

It has not been disclosed if she was on her way to carry out a suicide bombing or was trying to transfer the explosives to a terrorist in the city for a mega-terror attack.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Escalation as Tragedy Avoided in Female Terrorist Car Bomb En Route to Downtown Jerusalem

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

A major tragedy was avoided Sunday morning when a 45-year-old police officer stopped a female suicide bomber at the al-Zaim checkpoint near Ma’ale Adumim, about three miles from downtown Jerusalem.

According to police, the vehicle looked suspicious as it traveled slowly in the bus lane on Route 437 shortly after 7 am, so the traffic police officer signaled for the driver to stop.

She obeyed, but as the policeman began to approach the vehicle, the driver yelled “Allahu Akbar!” and detonated a bomb in her car.

According to Israel Radio, the bomber was trying to reach downtown Jerusalem. Instead, she was badly injured in the blast.

MDA teams who arrived treated the police officer at the scene and then evacuated him to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem with burns to his face and upper body.

The terrorist was transported to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.

Following the attack, the section connecting the Highway 1 Ma’ale Adumim ramp and the al-Zaim checkpoint was closed in both directions.

“When we arrived we were led to a man .. who was fully conscious,” paramedic Aharon Adler told Walla!. “He was walking, and suffered burns to his upper body. We gave him medical attention and evacuated him to hospital in stable condition.”

Adler added that “when we were able to go near the vehicle, we took care of the driver who was conscious, with burns all over her body, and evacuated her to hospital in critical condition.”

Former MK Prof. Aryeh Eldad told NRG: “I was traveling uphill from Ma’ale Adumim to Jerusalem. About 100 yards ahead of me the traffic had stopped and I saw smoke. Police arrived with a sapper, and I heard it was a suicide bomber on the road. We heard warnings about this area and apparently the warning was about this.”

Early analysis suggests that this morning’s car bomb marks an escalation in the cycle of violence, from sporadic acts on the part of individuals and loosely organized riots to an attack operation that requires a more established organization.

The same analysts point to internal struggles inside the Palestinian Authority, and between Hamas and the PA, as well as between Salafi Muslim jihadists in Gaza and the ruling Sunni Muslim Hamas — all of which are being expressed through anti-Israeli violence.

JNi Media contributed to this article.

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First Suicide Bomber of the Season [video]

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

A female suicide bomber drove up to the Al-Zaim checkpoint near Maaleh Adumim towards Jerusalem on Sunday morning, just after 7 AM, according to Israeli police.

She was stopped 200 meters before the checkpoint by a policeman, as something about her looked suspicious.

As the policeman approached to question her, she yelled “Allahu Achbar” and then blew up a bomb in her car, lightly wounding the policeman (45).

The Arab terrorist is seriously wounded.

Initially policed believe she intended to blow up at the checkpoint itself and kill the soldiers, but according to Israel Radio, she was on her way to downtown Jerusalem.

A second bomb has been found in the car and sappers are diffusing it.

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Burger King Returning to Israel

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

The Burger King franchise will be returning to Israel.

Burger King arrived in the Israeli market in 1994, but cancelled the contract with Rikamor Ltd. following a worldwide boycott by Muslim groups, after Rikamor opened a Burger King branch in the Israeli city of Maaleh Adumim.

By 2010, all the Burger Kings in Israel were shut down.

Orgad Holdings bought the branches and converted them into the Israeli-based Burger Ranches.

Now, Tunisian-born businessmans, Pierre Besnainou, is planning to open 50 Burger King outlets around Israel over the next 5 years, with an initial investment of $12 million.

The first branch is scheduled to open in August, and 5 more by December.

But will they open in the cities of Maaleh Adumim, Ariel and Ginot Shomron?

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