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May 29, 2015 / 11 Sivan, 5775
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Israel ‘Disappoints’ US with 900 New Homes for Jews in Jerusalem

Friday, May 8th, 2015

The U.S. State Dept. has expressed “disappointment” and “concern” over Jerusalem’s final approval for 900 new housing units for Jews in northeastern Jerusalem, near the Arab neighborhood of Shuafat.

The homes for Ramat Shlomo have gone through several stages of bureaucratic approvals, giving the impression to foreign readers that seven approvals means 6,300 homes are being built instead of 900.

The 900 units are the same ones that caused a storm of protest in the Obama administration when the project passed another bureaucratic step just about the same minute Vice President Joe Biden landed at Ben Gurion Airport for a visit in 2010.

The Obama administration still spouts the “peace process” and “two-state solution” but in effect has not taken any actions to punish Israel for building or the Palestinian Authority for inciting terror and ditching the “peace process” that President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry espouse.

The policy of benign neglect made the job of State Dept. spokesman Jeff Rathke a bit difficult at Thursday’s briefing.

He went through the usual routine of saying:

 We strongly oppose steps by the Israeli authorities to advance construction in East Jerusalem. This is a disappointing development, and we’re concerned about it just as a new Israeli Government has been announced. Israel’s leaders have asserted that they remain committed to a two-state solution.

Let’s stop right there. None of the journalists at the daily State Dept. briefing, not even ace Associated Press reporter Matt Lee, has thought of asking why building homes for Jews (and in Jerusalem too) means the end of the concept of “two states.”

If they would stop and think about what the Palestinian Authority wants, they would realize that the “two states” would mean that no Jews can live in half of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria but that Arabs can live in whatever is left of Israel.

If a Jew-free Palestinian Authority country is not racist, what is?

But let’s assume that for the sake of peace, the Obama administration really is not out of its mind and that two states will mean the lion and lamb can sleep side by side – if only Israel would stop building homes for Jews.

That is when things get sticky for the spokesmen became reporters start asking why Washington does not put a stop to Israel’s insistence that Jews have a right to live in all of Jerusalem.

Rathke said, “We need to see that commitment in the actions of Israeli” and that  “construction of housing units in East Jerusalem is damaging and inconsistent with that commitment. We continue to engage with the highest levels of the Israeli Government, and we continue to make our position clear that we view this as illegitimate.”

A couple of reporters wondered about action instead of words. One asked:

Well, then what is the point of saying we need to see that commitment? If it becomes the case that you don’t ever see that, or you don’t see the commitment and you don’t do anything about it, what good is saying that we need to see that commitment?

Rathke sang and danced like this:

Well, this is a longstanding U.S. policy. We’re reiterating that policy in relation to this specific development that Said asked about. This is our view and it hasn’t changed.

Every time Israel builds another home for Jews in areas that cause the Obama to express “disappointment” and “concern,” Obama and Kerry lose more credibility among the Arabs.

President Barack Obama has created for himself a trap that was born with his predecessors Carter, Reagan, Clinton and the junior Bush.

Instead of standing by his word that it is up to the Arabs and Israel to make war or peace as they see fit, he went against his own stated common sense that he would not set the conditions for a peace agreement.

PA Negotiator Erekat Says New Coalition Wants to ‘Kill’

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority fired the first of what will be dozens of shots against the coalition government, asserting that it will “set its sights on killing and reinforcing settlement activities.”

Erekat also told the AFP news agency that the government” will be one of war which will be against peace and stability in our region.

His statement is cause for worry. The statement that the government wants to “kill” is incitement for Palestinian Authority Arabs to prove his point by rioting so that Israeli soldiers have to shoot or be killed.

The Palestinian Authority, frustrated by its failure to manipulate world powers to force Israel to fork over to Mahmoud Abbas all of Judea and Samaria and most of Jerusalem, including the Old City, has resorted to calling the building of every home for Jews in Judea and Samaria a “war crime.”

Once he can convince Western governments, who are scared to death – literally- by the radical Islamist movement in their countries, of the new definition of a war crime, it follows that Israel is at “war” every time a Jew builds a home in Judea and Samaria.

The Obama administration publicly will congratulate the new government and bite its lips, but the United Nations can be expected to complain that the new right-wing government does not suit its agenda, which is the Palestinian Authority agenda.

An important factor is Britain, which is voting today in what pollsters say is a dead-heat between the relative pro-Israel Conservative party and the Labor party, headed by leftist Jew Ed Miliband,

An opinion poll conducted on behalf of the Jewish Chronicle last month revealed that 68.9 percent of British Jews intend to vote Conservative, and only 22.2 percent plan to vote for Labor.

Like Israel, neither party will win a majority and will have to put together a coalition.

IDF Uncovers Weapons Factory in Hebron

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Police (Shin Bet) and IDF have uncovered a weapons manufacturing laboratory in Hebron, where Hamas has a large presence.

The factory made guns and ammunition, and Israeli forces confiscated a large number of weapons, including Gustav handguns, M-16 rifles, bullets and tools for repairing guns.

Hebron has replaced Jenin in Samaria as one of the centers of terror in Judea and Samaria.

The Hamas terrorists who kidnapped and murdered three yeshiva youth last summer are from the Hebron area.

IDF Foils Terrorists Attacks near Jewish Community in Samaria

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Israeli soldiers overpowered two Palestinian Authority terrorists who tried to stab them to death Sunday night near the community of Yakir in northeastern Samaria.

Soldiers disabled one of the terrorists and later caught the second man after he escaped.

The terrorists are being questioned, and it is not yet known if they were acting on their own or were linked to a terrorist cell.

Jews in Judea and Samaria increasingly have been subject to random terrorist attacks at any place and at any time, ranging from rock throwing and firebomb attacks to stabbings and occasional use of firearms.

A Palestinian Authority teenager tried to stab a soldier on Sunday at the checkpoint near the tunnel on Highway 60 that connects Gush Etzion with Jerusalem.

In Hebron, soldiers at least once a week find knives on Arabs trying to enter the Patriarchs; Cave (Ma’arat HaMachpela). Last week, soldiers killed one terrorist who stabbed a Border Police office in the neck. He suffered moderate injuries.

In Gaza, Israeli soldiers early Monday morning caught an infiltrator at the security fence, and he is being questioned by investigators.

Bethlehem May Charge a Fee for Tourists to Enter

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Bethlehem wants every tourist entering the city to pay approximately, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency reported.

Ramallah also is considering a tourist fee.

Deputy Mayor of Bethlehem Issam Juha told Ma’an, “Tourists have so far been receiving services for free, and now we are considering a mechanism to make them pay a fee which would help us improve public services, including wireless internet, maps and tour signs.

Tourism expert Dr. Hamdan Taha warned that a fee could boomerang, according to Ma’an, because it night drive tourists away.

Palestinian Authority TV Presents Anti-Semitic ‘Protocols’ as True

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

A Fatah party representative speaking on Palestinian Authority TV quoted from “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and referred to the content of that fabricated anti-Semitic document as true.

“According to Israel’s ideology, strategy, and policy from 1956 until now, Gaza is outside the Israeli ideological thinking. Even in their Protocols [of the Elders of Zion] and even in their bible [it says], ‘Don’t live in Gaza,’” Fatah spokesperson Osama Al-Qawasmi recently said, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported Wednesday.

The comment is the latest of many in official Palestinian Authority (PA) media reports that cite the Russian-published fabrication describing Jewish plans to subjugate the world as a legitimate source, according to PMW. Often, the “Protocols” document is used to legitimize the ancient blood libel claiming that Jews kill gentiles and use their blood to make matzah for Passover.

“We have nothing with which to speak to these Israeli murderers, who go too far with their crimes, and whose God, ‘Yahweh’, is called the Lord of Hosts and demands, according to ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,’ that they offer him sacrifices during Passover in the form of Matzah made from the blood of our children,” an editorial in the official PA daily newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, stated in July 2014.

Shhhhhhh! Police Now Say Bus was Firebombed Saturday Night

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Police have concluded that a bus that caught fire Highway 443, once known’s as the ‘Road of Terror” connecting Tel Aviv, Modi’in and Jerusalem, was firebombed. Part of the road is located in Samaria.

The bus was empty of passengers, and the driver was not injured.

The incident was one of several terrorist attacks in eastern Jerusalem during the day.

Police and media, except for The Jewish Press, initially reported that the bus, which was empty of passengers, caught on fire despite social media reports that it has been attacked by a firebomb. Police said at the time that terror was suspected, but they drew no conclusions.

The media giants treated it as a minor incident, perhaps an accidental fire, because they were more interested in telling readers that Israeli security forces killed a knife-wielding Arab terrorist.

The police and Israel’s liberal establishment media are very careful lately before describing terrorist attacks as terrorist attacks. Doing so might discourage the few people who still are nostalgic for the “peace process.”

They wait a couple of days, after everyone has forgotten about what happened, and draw the usual inevitable conclusion that the “traffic accident” was a terrorist attack.

In the case of Saturday night’s firebombing, the official police report  does not suggest “terror.”

The fact is no one knows at this point if an Arab threw the Molotov cocktail that destroyed the bus. Maybe it was a Martian, or drunken settler, or parasol the bus company sent an undercover agent to burn the bus so it could collect insurance?

The official report states, “After an investigation with firefighters,  evidence shows that the bus was set on fire by a firebomb that was hurled at it. Police and soldiers searched the area and found another firebomb ready to be thrown,…

“Investigators collected evidence  and concluded that a firebomb hit the roof of the bus, where it was caught in the opening for air conditioning.”

The fire spread from the middle of the bus, and the driver was able to drive another several hundred  feet to stop at a gas station.

Like rockets that land in open areas and don’t hurt anyone, authorities can ignore the Molotov cocktail attack because the bus was empty.

During the Oslo War in 2000, the IDF banned Arabs from Highway 443, where the attack occurred Saturday night, because of daily rock-throwing, firebombing and shooting attacks.

The Supreme Court later ruled that the closure denied rights to Arabs and the highway was re-opened to everyone.

 

 

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