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October 7, 2015 / 24 Tishri, 5776
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Arab Riots Spread to Northern Israel

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Arab riots in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria have spread to the Galilee in northern Israel and to the Arab city of Taibeh near Netanyahu. In Nazareth, home city of anti-Zionist Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi, Arab crowds shouted anti-Israeli slogans in a protest against Israeli security forces’ response to terror.

Rioters in Taibeh, near Netanya, burned tires on a major highway and forced part of it to be closed,

Arab violence also spread to the highway linking Pisgat Ze’ev, in northern Jerusalem, with the French Hill intersection. Magen David Adom reported that medics treated a 35-year-old man for wounds caused by glass splinters in his back after rock-throwers smashed a window in his vehicle.

He was evacuated to Shaarei Tzedek Hospital for treatment, along with three others who suffered shock.

Palestinian Authority media reported that two people were killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers, including a young teenager in the area of Bethlehem in an incident that the IDF has not confirmed.

The Arab Red Crescent medical organization claimed that nearly 500 people were wound by soldiers, and Radio Palestine reported that 36 Arabs were hit with live fire and 136 by rubber bullets.

They also said that the IDF has closed a village east of Hebron because of wide-scale rioting.

Rock-throwing was reported on Highway 60, south of Kiryat Arba-Hebron, where dozens of buses are taking people Monday night for the “traditional “Hakafot” that are staged throughout the country, primarily for secular Jews who want to dance with the Torah but do not attend synagogue on the day of the holiday that ended this evening.

On Sunday, before the Shemini Azeret-Simchat Torah holiday began, combat soldiers from the Shimshon unit caught two terrorists who were hurling rocks at drivers near the Gush Etzion-Jerusalem tunnels.

In Samaria, terrorists threw an explosive device at a Jewish motorist, but no injuries were reported.

Egoz and Rotem combat soldiers operating near Shechem uncovered a cache of weapons, including two guns or rifles, 10 cartridges, five knives and assorted ammunition,

In Jerusalem, the Light Rail was closed between Pisgat Ze’ev and Shuafat because of rock-throwing, which damaged a train.

Only five soldiers have been wounded, all of them lightly, in the past three days of rioting.

Palestinian Authority Calls on UN to Act against ‘Israeli Violence’

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority has finally issued a condemnation of violence, but it restricted its statement Israel and called on the United Nations to act to stop what it called Israeli violence.

A statement on the Palestinian Authority’s official WAFA website said in Arabic:

The government demanded in a statement on Sunday, the international community and organizations of the United Nations, to intervene to compel Israel to cease its violations in the Palestinian territory, the latest of which was the killing of two young men in the occupied city of Jerusalem, and a series of incursions into the cities and villages of the West Bank, and settler attacks last night on the villages of the West to the protection of the occupation army , and wounding a number of citizens.

Without one word of denunciation of the two Arab terrorist attacks Thursday and Saturday night that killed four Jews, Palestinian Authority spokesman Ihab Accord Bseiso charged on WAFA that Israel’s “escalatory policy comes within the framework of the efforts of the Israeli government aimed at undermining the Palestinian and international political efforts and the efforts of the destruction of the two-state solution, and dragging the region into a new spiral of violence.”

He said the solution is simple:

End the Israeli occupation of our land Palestinian territories, and the establishment of our independent state on the 1967 borders with its capital in East Jerusalem.

Fatah spokesman Ahmed Assaf stated, “The time has come to end the occupation and to achieve independence.” He said that “we have sacrificed people and we are prepared to sacrifice more.”

Fatah Leader Calls on Palestinian Authority to Arm Arabs

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Fatah leader Sultan Abu Enein wrote in a Twitter message in Arabic that the Palestinian Authority should arms Arabs in order “to defend themselves against the occupation and settlers.”

Abbas’ Adviser Urges More Attacks 2 Days after Abbas Renounces Terror

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ adviser on NGOs, Gen Sultan Abu Al-Einen, called for more attacks as Fatah claimed responsibility for yesterday’s attack, Ofir Gendelman, Israeli government spokesman for Arabic media, tweeted on Friday.

The Palestinian Authority has been totally silent since Thursday’s murder of an Israeli couple in Samaria while its ruling Fatah party took responsibility for the terrorist attack that orphaned four small children.

Abbas told the United Nations in his speech Wednesday:

The PLO and the Palestinian people adhere to the renouncement of violence and rejection and condemning of terrorism in all its forms, especially State terrorism, and adhere to all agreements signed between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel.

Not only have the PLO and Abbas not condemned the drive-by murder, but Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed also told Hamas’ Al Quds TV:

The attack is a natural response to the crimes of the settlers and every action has a reaction.

The Martyr Abdul-Qader al-Husseini Brigades, associated with Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades said it carried out the “heroic operation.”

WAFA, the official Palestinian Authority website, did not mention the murders and instead drowned its readers with the usual daily reports of alleged IDF violence against Arabs.

The Ma’an News Agency, based in Bethlehem and considered close to the Palestinian Authority regime, reported the killings but implicitly supported remarks by the Fatah officials that they were a “natural response.” Ma’an told its readers:

Tensions between Israeli settlers and Palestinians have been running high in recent weeks, as right-wing groups have increasingly urged their supporters to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem, which has sparked clashes and spurred political debates around what Palestinians see as a challenge to the status quo in Israeli policies concerning the holy site.

Israeli authorities imposed severe restrictions on Palestinian entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for the fourth day in a row on Wednesday, while Israelis entered the compound under armed police escort.

According to the Palestinian Authority narrative, Arab rage is a result of Israeli actions.

After the murder, maiming and wounding of thousands of Israelis by Palestinian Authority terrorists the world no longer is buying the Arab agenda.

It is not falling in love with Israel but, as indicated by the absence of the words “Palestine” and “Israel” in President Barack Obama’s speech at the United Nations this week, the international community has run out of energy trying to make believe that the problems in the Middle East start and end with the “occupation,” if they exist at all.

ISIS, the Muslim immigration invasion of Europe, and the Syrian war have eroded the world’s illusions that the Palestinian Authority really wants “two states,” unless one is Fatah and the other Hamas with both of them killing each other in a war to see who can try to annihilate the State of Israel.

Kerry Drafts Americans in War on ISIS, Offers $5 Million for Information

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

The U.S. State Dept. has posted a $5 million reward to any American who can turn over “information that will disrupt the trade of oil and trafficking of antiquities that benefit the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.”

The press release on the notice from the State Dept.’s Rewards for Justice added:

Today’s announcement marks the first time the U.S. Secretary of State has authorized a Rewards for Justice offer for information that could be used to disrupt sale or trade in oil or antiquities by, or on behalf of, a terrorist organization.

The Obama administration began to take notice of ISIS years ago, but it wasn’t until the beheading of Americans journalist James Foley last year that Americans began realizing the power and growing threat of the criminal and terror organization.

More than one year after the brutal murder of Foley, the first of three Americans who so far have been beheading victims, Kerry unveiled his weapon to defeat ISIS. His boss, President Barack Obama, told the United Nations this week that military force is not enough to overcome the radical Islamist group.

One of the reasons that has been true is that the United States foreign policy experts never really know who is on first in the Middle East. After having helped Hosni Mubarak out of power and into jail and ushering Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi in power and then out of power, U.S. army officers trained and armed “trusted” rebels to fight the Assad regime. The unit graduated from training and promptly turned over the American weapons to Al Qaeda.

Apparently lacking information on ISIS’ illegal trade, Kerry now has drafted Americans into the war, figuring that good citizens will come up with the goods to lead to the disruption of ISIS criminal trade.

The State Dept. announced:

The U.S. Department of State expects this reward offer will encourage individuals to come forward with information regarding persons or entities engaged in the production, facilitation, processing, smuggling, distribution, sale, and trade of oil and antiquities that would benefit ISIL, as well as the information on the smuggling networks, methods, and routes underlying these activities.

While the United States has allowed Syria to create a military base in Syria, right across from the Israeli border, Kerry has let loose his doomsday weapon to help wipe out ISIS.

Naïve is one of the kindest words that can be used to describe American foreign policy, especially in the Middle East, a policy that has left a huge vacuum that Russian President Vladimir Putin is filling to the hilt by taking over Syrian airspace and carrying out aerial attacks.

Putin claims that the only reason Russia is bombing Syria is to attack Islamic State (ISIS) forces. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that official said a Russian bombing raid in Syria on Wednesday targeted an area held by rebel forces that are backed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Middle East Quartet Hits Only Flat Notes

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

The world is rapidly changing, nowhere more so than in the Middle East. Russia has amassed a military presence, Iran is on the brink of nuclear weaponhood, Saudi Arabia and Iran are in the early throes of a death match for regional hegemony and hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been slaughtered by other Arabs, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of homeless Arab refugees fleeing their brethren for safety to an unprepared and terribly frightened Europe.

But you would never know the entire Middle East is in flames, and all the action is happening to their east, to hear the statement from the Middle East Quartet issued from their meeting on the sidelines (from which they should never come out) of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini once again intoned their time-worn and ludicrous, mantra – that the solution to the Middle East crisis will be the creation of a State of Palestine, otherwise known as the “Two State Solution.”

How absurd. And how pathetic. But what’s even more absurd than the Quartet still desperately clinging to a so-called solution to the Middle East conflict which involves only the tiniest and least violent conflict in the region, is that the merry foursome continues to speak as if the two sides are nearly equally culpable, even as they bear down harder on Israeli actions than they do on the official sanction and glorification by the Palestinian Arab leadership of Arab terrorism.

The Quartet’s statement reads as if it were simply lifted from a decades-old template:

The Quartet noted with deep concern recent violence and escalating tensions surrounding the holy sites in Jerusalem and called upon all parties to exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric, and preserve unchanged the status quo at the holy sites in both word and practice.

The Quartet expressed its serious concern that current trends on the ground – including continued acts of violence against Palestinians and Israelis, ongoing settlement activity and the high rate of demolitions of Palestinian structures — are dangerously imperiling the viability of a two-State solution. The Quartet condemned in the strongest possible terms violence against Israeli and Palestinian civilians and reiterated that unilateral actions by either party cannot prejudge the outcome of a negotiated solution.

Blah, blah, blah.

Really? This is what passes for the highest level of international diplomacy?

But wait. It gets worse.

The Quartet underscored that the status quo is not sustainable and stressed the importance of both sides’ demonstrating, through policies and actions, a genuine commitment to a two-State solution in order to rebuild trust and avoid a cycle of escalation. The Quartet expressed strong support for concrete and significant steps that will help stabilize the situation, reverse current trends by showing meaningful progress towards creating a two-State reality on the ground and restore hope among Palestinians and Israelis that a negotiated peace is possible.

Guess what, fellas? It isn’t possible. At least not any time soon. And unless these internationally acclaimed diplomatic dinosaurs figure out that the status quo is the very best they can hope for into the foreseeable future, they’ll be making the same speech every year for the next 60 years.

Meanwhile, the acting leader (now in his tenth year of his four year term) of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas, took his cues from the diplo-dinosaurs and trotted out his favorite mantra: “we deserve a state because we keep demanding one, and we refuse to concede a single demand because no one ever seriously pushes us to do so.”

Abbas submitted a request to the Security Council seeking recognition of the Palestinian Authority as an independent country, with Jerusalem as its capital. And no one laughed. But few people were in the room, which might suggest that even if the Quartet and UNWRA act as if the plight of the Palestinian Arabs remains the most serious problem in the world which requires the infusion of tens of millions of dollars every year, few others do. Or at least few others are willing to waste their time listening.

In a tour de force of comical timing, the Quartet “expressed support for the Palestinians to achieve genuine national unity on the basis of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) principles.” These principles were announced as a part of the Oslo Accords in September, 1993.

And during Abbas’s speech on the same day at the GA, the Arab Palestinian acting leader announced from the U.N. podium that his people are no longer bound by the Oslo Accords. Abbas renounced all political and security agreements with Israel.


In addition to the fabled Two State Solution, the Quartet also struck a minor chord of fancy when it called for the Palestinian Arabs in both the so-called West Bank and Gaza to be integrated under a single authority. Hamas and Fatah (and the other smaller gangs of terrorists) are as far from being able to work together to improve the lives of Palestinian Arabs in the region as are the Israelis and either faction of Palestinian Arabs able to negotiate an agreement that could end their disagreements.

That ain’t happening.

And you know what else has not happened? The billions of dollars in aid pledged by Arab countries for rebuilding Gaza after its last military confrontation with Israel has not been provided. Even the Arabs in the rest of the Arab world recognize that the Palestinian Arabs are the least of the region’s problem. But the Quartet keeps churning out tired, cliche-laden statements.

Time for a new band.

Netanyahu Calls Abbas’ Speech ‘Deceitful’ and ‘Inciting’

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Prime Minister Netanyahu responded to Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech in the United Nations Wednesday with charges of “deceit” and “incitement.”

A statement from his office said:

Abu Mazen’s speech was deceitful and encourages incitement and lawlessness in the Middle East.

In contrast to the Palestinians, Israel is strictly maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount and is committed to continuing to do so in accordance with the agreements between us and the Jordanians and the Waqf.

We expect and call on the [Palestinian] Authority and its leader to act responsibly and accede to the proposal of the Prime Minister of Israel and enter into direct negotiations with Israel without preconditions.

The fact that he – time and again – has refused to do so is the best possible proof of the fact he does not intend to reach a peace agreement.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/netanyahu-calls-abbas-speech-deceitful-and-inciting/2015/09/30/

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