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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.

Knesset Bill Would Label Products from EU Boycotters

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and a label for a label.

Likud Knesset Member Miki Zohar has introduced a bill that would require importers to label all products from European Union countries that stamp goods from Judea and Samaria in an effort to discourage people from buying them.

The European Union two months ago overwhelmingly voted for labeling products from Judea and Samaria, “East Jerusalem” and the Golan Heights, distinguishing them from the rest of Israel. EU officials claimed that the labeling is not a boycott but only implements EU policy that considers those areas as “occupied territory” and not a part of Israel.

Under provisions in MK Zohar’s bill, anyone who does not label goods from European countries would face six months in prison or pay a fine of $3,700 (14.400 shekels)

He said:

Boycott Israel groups in Europe cynically use expressions such as ‘human rights’ and ‘war against the Israeli occupation,’ but their political agenda is to boycott Israel and undermine the country as a Jewish state.

If the European Union countries label pour predicts, we should take the same step so that the Israeli consumer can choose if he wants to buy predicts from countries that boycott us and instead can boycott in return.

He added that the EU policy is “gross hypocrisy” that is two-faced because the Boycott Israel movement ignores other countries such as China and Turkey that rule areas that are considered “‘occupied territory.”

MK Michael Oren of the Kulanu party carried out his own “label for a label” action Wednesday by placing “Made in Europe” stickers on European-made products sold in stores a Jerusalem neighborhood.

Yehuda Glick Attacked 1 Year, 1 Hour, 1 Minute after Murder Attempt

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Rabbi Yehuda Glick escaped injury and even death in a rock-throwing attack Thursday night, exactly one year, one hour and one minute after a Jerusalem Arab tried to murder him.

Glick was critically wounded by four gunshots at point-blank range but made a miraculous recovery.

He was riding last night in a car driven by Rabbi Re’am HaCohen of Otniel, where Glick lives.

The car was pelted in a rock ambush between Beit Omar and Karmei Tzur, one of the favorite places for Palestinian Authority terrorists to try to murder Jews with a direct hit in the face or by causing the driver to lose control of his vehicle and crash.

Glick’s wife told The JewishPress.com that the Arabs had ambushed several Jewish motorists and that a woman in a vehicle ahead of Glick and HaCohen’s was injured.

Glick posted on Facebook Friday morning:

I was saved from rock-throwing. One of the rocks smashed the side window, and I was lucky that the righteous Rabbi Re’am HaCohen was the driver. By his merit, the only damage was to the body of the car.

Blessed is He who has not taken away His loving kindness from me for even a minute.

Rabbi Glick noted that he used Gregorian and not the Jewish calendar to note the timing of the attack because that is the one Arabs used.

IDF Expects Terror to Continue for ‘Weeks to Come’

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

The IDF expects the current wave of terrorist attacks, including rock-throwing and firebombings, to continue “in the coming weeks.” In a letter obtained by The JewishPress.com and sent by a brigade commander to residents under his command in Judea and Samaria, he wrote:

The challenge we face is not a short-term issue and from what I know, it will continue in the coming weeks with the understanding that there are many factors that influence the security situation.

The IDF, Border Police, police and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and civilian security forces continue to work night and day to return to residents a sense of security. The army has significantly beefed up patrols and guard posts on Highway 60, the major artery linking northern Samaria with Gush Etzion, Kiryat Arba-Hebron and the southern Hebron Hills. The brigade commander also wrote:

I promise we will get through this period and, God willing, return security and the feeling of security.

However, government policy is another matter. Residents of Judea and Samaria have lived for years with the same cycle of calm and violence. The calm is maintained when a large number of soldiers patrol the highways. Then, the United States and European Union work on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and demand that Israel “boost the popularity” of Mahmoud Abbas and reduce the presence of soldiers,. The next step is another escalation of violence that gives Abbas another chance to complain that the IDF is interfering with the daily life of Arabs by patrolling the roads and setting up checkpoints.

Jewish Press Guide for Drivers Faced with Arab Rock-Throwers

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

What do you do when you are driving on an Israeli road and a rock hits your car?

It has become a common event. Rock-throwing began in the first intifada in the late 1980s throughout Gaza, Judea and Samaria.

Israel now is becoming energy self-sufficient. It always has been and always will be rock self-sufficient, especially in Judea and Samaria, where Arabs have plenty of free ammunition.

Rock-throwing periodically returns to popularity, and it has become one of the favorite pastimes of Arab youth who have been educated for a generation by the Palestinian Authority to hate Jews, Israel and Zionism.

The most popular highways for terrorists to pledge their allegiance to the “resistance” and throw rocks and firebombs are on the well-traveled roads connecting Kfar Saba to central Samaria and northern Samaria with the southern Hebron Hills via, Ofra, Beit El, Gush Etzion, Hebron-Kiryat-Arba and Susiya to the south.

I have been stoned, pardon the expression, several times. Thank God, no one has been injured, even when a rock once crashed the side window of our two-week-old car, leaving a young woman, who was to be married two weeks later, with glass all over her.

Here are a few pointers for novices from my own personal experience, but first of all, no one should stop driving on the highways because of the fear of being attacked. That simply is surrendering to the enemy.

The aim of the rock-throwing terrorists is multi-fold:

— Kill the driver or passenger with a direct hit or cause the drive to lose control of his vehicle and kill everyone in the car;

–Scare the Jews off the roads and then scare them into the sea.

Here are several tips for drivers. They will not guarantee that you won’t be hit or hurt, but they might lessen the chance.

Try to stay between two vehicles with Palestinian Authority license plates. When there is one in front of you and one in back of you, your car is a more difficult target for rock-throwers to identify and hit.

Of course, keep your doors locked and windows up in case they decide to carjack you, or open your door and attack you while you’re stopped at a light or when the car in front blocks you. However, be careful you don;t get trapped between two Palestinian Authority “resistance” drivers who suddenly realize they can trap you.

Keep an eye out for rocks on the road. That is a sure sign that the terrorists are waiting for you.

Drive like a jerk.

When I pass through hot spots like Beit Omar, south of Kiryat Arba, I suddenly speed, then I slow down, and then I speed again. It confuses the rock-thrower who gauges the speed of the car.

Furthermore, it usually is an Arab and not a Jew who drives like an idiot, so the rock-thrower probably will figure you are one of them.

It is true that is harder to hit a fast-moving target, but if a rock hits a car that is speeding, the impact could be lethal. However, if there are no Arab cars behind and in front of you, speeding is the best option. By speeding, I mean like a race-car driver.

What do you do if you get hit by a rock?

The first, last and only thing to do is to start exercising your right foot. Firmly place it on the gas pedal and press it through the floor. It helps the blood circulation in the foot and also gets you out of Dodge as fast as possible.

What happens if you are met with a barricade of rocks?

That happened to me in the first Intifada in Hebron. You can be an idiot and get out of your car and tear apart the barricade, making you a sitting duck for a sniper or setting yourself up to be blown up when you touch an explosive device.

Simply stay in your car, hit the gas pedal and drive through or around the barricade. If your tires get punctured, just keep driving. The government will pay the bill.

Others recommend, a very sharp and fast reserve out of there.


Do NOT shoot. That is not a typo. Do NOT shoot, unless you want to go to jail

Shooting at a rock-throwing terrorist is a disproportionate response that is going to get you a lot of bad publicity in the United Nations as well as a prison term, unless you can prove that your life was on the line. That is pretty hard to do after the rock has been thrown and all you have to do to get out of danger is to speed away. Don’t play Lone Ranger because Tonto is not around to help you.

There are rare instances when a gun can save your life, but there have been too many instances of cowboys pulling the trigger before putting the brain in gear.

One example: Several years, ago, one young man approached a checkpoint and heard a shot. He pulled out his gun and was promptly shot by alert guards. The man is lucky to be alive today.

Don’t be afraid. Consider driving in Judea and Samaria as an experience.

And don’t forget to say the traveler’s prayer before driving,. It is not insurance, but it can’t hurt.

Happy motoring.

Netanyahu’s Pre-UN Speech Message: Legalize Adei Ad Outpost

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Government prosecutors have told the Supreme Court Wednesday it intends to legalize the controversial Adei Ad outpost in Samaria while admitting that it was built illegally.

The announcement came hours Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly and may indicate that the Prime Minister is going to match Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ hardliner stance towards Israel by making it clear that the number of “settlements” will grow.

However, the announcement also could be part of a political deal with leaders of Judea and Samaria, legalizing the outpost but continuing an unofficial building freeze or carrying out the dismantlement of other outposts.

The government response puts a huge hole in efforts by the anti-settlement Yesh Din organization, which has petitioned the court in the name of four Arab villages to order the expulsion of Adei Ad residents.

The government told the Supreme Court that it will examine the status of all the Adei Ad land, which the community says is state land. The court previously has rejected Arab claims that Arab land belongs to them.

A closer probe of the status could result in the government’s widening the area that is considered state land, in director opposition to Arab claims of ownership.

Approximately 40 families live on Adei Ad, which was built in 1998.

Can Peres and Abbas Save ‘Settlers’ Synagogue from Destruction by Israel?

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

A Jerusalem area community in Samaria is hoping former president Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas can help them stop the planned government destruction of a 20-year-old synagogue allegedly built on Arab land.

The Supreme Court, which previously accepted leftists’ claims that the synagogue was built on private Arab land, received on Friday a last-ditch petition to stop the destruction, based on arguments that the court and the government did not take into consideration international law concerning the  protection of Holy Sites.

The appeal, filed by attorney Gilad Korinaldy on behalf of Givat Ze’ev regional council rabbi Yosef Toledano, also asked the court to consider aspects of Jewish law, the Hareidi website Kikar Shabbat reported.

The court has ordered Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to answer the petition by next Monday night, the end of Simchat Torah in Israel.

The Netanyahu administration has ordered that the 2-year-old Ayelet HaShachar synagogue, where several hundred congregants have prayed, be demolished immediately after the Sukkot-Simchat Torah holiday.

The petition to the court also explained that the community has appealed to Peres and Abbas to “think outside the legal box” and find a political-diplomatic solution.

Korinaldy, who also represented Gush Katif in efforts to save Gush Katif synagogues from destruction in the expulsion of Jews from Gaza in 2005, said, according to Kikar Shabbat:

Synagogues are the voice of the existence of Judaism for generations. All possibilities must be examined to protect the holiness of Israel and respect for God. There is no greater disgrace than Jews destroying a synagogue.

TheJewishPress.com reported here last month that Givat Ze’ev worshippers already have taken holy books out of the synagogue in preparation for the demolition, which Prime Minister Netanyahu postponed from August until immediately after the holidays.

The  suit against the synagogue followed the pattern of several previous appeals by the left-wing Yesh Din and Peace Now grows, arguing that Jews did not legally buy the land on which they built.

It usually is difficult to prove the legal purchase because it is always done through a third-party. Otherwise, the Arab seller would face death, either by an angry mob or by the Palestinian Authority policy that follows the Jordanian law that selling land to a Jew is punishable by execution.

If the petition is successful, it would prove the seeming impossibilities of life in Israel.

Who would dream that Peres and Abbas would be the intermediaries to stop the destruction of a Jewish place of worship in the “occupied territories?”

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