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Israel’s Stunning Response to Palestinian Aggression

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Originally published at Daniel Pipes.

In retaliation for the shooting on Sep. 22 of an Israeli soldier, Sgt. Gabriel Koby, 20, while patrolling in Hebron, killed by a sniper with a shot to the neck, the Government of Israel has allowed the immediate resettlement of Beit Hamachpela (“House of the Patriarchs”) a three-story apartment building in that city near the Cave of the Patriarchs and close to where Koby was shot.

(Hebron’s Jewish community had purchased most of the building in March 2012 but its members were expelled from it by the Israeli government a few days later on the grounds that they lacked a residential permit. They subsequently won a lawsuit permitting them to return but did not have authorization to do so.)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented that “Whoever tries to uproot us from the city of our forefathers will achieve the opposite. We will continue to fight terrorism and hit the terrorists with one hand, and we will continue to strengthen the settlement enterprise with the other hand.” Economy Minister Naftali Bennett noted that “We know how to build and settle. Not to kill. This would be the appropriate Zionist answer [to the violence].”

Comments:

(1) As someone who has long argued for a more robust Israeli response to unprovoked violence, this decision strikes me as very appropriate. It signals the Palestinians that killing Israelis marches them exactly backwards. Next time, the Israeli response should be even more robust; as Aaron Lerner suggests, that could mean the settlement of a new neighborhood. This message would quickly get through and violence would abate.

(2) The Palestinian Authority did not condemn this attack, nor another one a day earlier, when an Israeli soldier, Tomer Hazan, also 20, was lured to his death in the West Bank, pointing again to the PA’s completely unsuitability as a “peace partner” for Israel. The farcical negotiations sponsored by John Kerry and overseen by Martin Indyk should be suspended until Mahmoud Abbas makes a convincing apology and takes steps to insure that such misbehavior is never repeated. (September 23, 2013)

Daniel Pipes

Deputy Defense Minister: Anyone Signing Interim Deal Is Out of Likud

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon has announced that the Likud movement will not support a deal with the Palestinians which turns over our national assets in exchange for nothing. He threatened that whomever attempts to promote such a deal, thus showing that he opposes the Likud’s ideals, would not remain in Likud.

Speaking on Kol Israel radio Tuesday morning, Danon said that the spirit of the “Oslo gang” which is being channeled nowadays by Minister Tzipi Livni, will never be brought back to life by the Likud movement.

Danon said that he trusts Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and is yet to hear from him that he supports an interim deal with the Palestinians.

“I believe that Netanyahu is aware of the pitfalls and has seen the failures of Oslo and the ‘disengagement’ (in Gush Katif, Gaza),” said Danon. “Anyone expecting us to act as contractors for the Israeli left is wrong.”

Danon shared that he is anxious because the national camp, comprising the majority of the Likud Beiteinu Knesset delegation, as well as the entire Jewish Home party, are not represented in the U.S. driven negotiations with the Palestinians.

Israel’s Channel 2 News on Monday night broadcast a similar report, that Deputy Minister Danon has attacked the prime minister forcefully in a closed meeting of the Likud delegation over the possibility of yet another interim deal (which would inevitably involve additional prisoner releases, more land turnovers, and some Palestinian access to East Jerusalem—in exchange for a signed piece of paper from the other side). Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein was also present at that meeting.

Danon, who is also the chairman of the Likud Conference, warned: “Should such an agreement come, the Likud movement must announce in advance that anyone who promotes such an agreement does not belong in the Likud.”

Yori Yanover

Young Netanyahu: No to Independent Terror State

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Excerpts from “Fighting Terrorism”, 2001 Edition, by Benjamin Netanyahu, page 119-120.

Understandably, many Israelis do not want to see that [Gaza] base expanded twenty times to include the West Bank, thereby having an Iranian-influenced Islamic domain hovering over its major cities, and within 10 miles of the sea.

Such a PLO-Hamas state would sooner or later threaten to topple the pro-Western Hashemite regime in Jordan, the majority of whose population is composed of Palestinian Arabs, many of them susceptible to the fundamentalist message.

A Palestinian-Islamic state on the West Bank of the Jordan River might soon expand to the East Bank as well (i.e. the present state of Jordan).

Above all, a PLO-Hamas state is likely to eventually deteriorate into a new avatar of the PLO terror state in Lebanon, which was responsible for the exportation of terror far beyond the Middle East…

It might take several years for such a state to reveal its true nature. It might first wish to build up its power, adopting a relative docile outward appearance to continue receiving Western aid and Israeli concessions. But the underlying irredentist and terrorist impulses are at the core of its political ideology and raison d’etre  are unfortunately not likely to disappear.

Even now it is possible to correct the mistakes which the Labor government has made in its efforts to appease Palestinian terror.

Stability may be achieved and terrorism put on the defensive if Israel reassumes responsibility for its own security and asserts a policy of local autonomy for the Palestinian Arabs instead of the independent terror-free zones (editor:  state) now being built.

It will take some time for the rest of the world to understand what many in Israel now know: that far from producing the durable peace all Israelis yearn for, the continued expansion if an armed Palestinian domain is merely a stepping-stone to the eventual escalation of conflict and the continued march of Islamic militancy in the Middle East and beyond.

 

Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu: Israel Will Not Accept Foreign Directives on Borders

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday night, following the EU’s decision to impose restrictions on economic cooperation with Jewish entities across the “green line,” that Israel will not accept any foreign directives regarding its borders.

At the end of a hearing he convened on the EU directive, Netanyahu added that he will not permit any effort to hurt hundreds of thousands of Israelis living in Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. He stressed that the question of borders will be decided only through direct negotiations between the parties.

The Prime Minister said that he expects anyone who truly cares about peace and stability in the region should turn to a discussion of this issue after solving more pressing problems, such as civil war in Syria and Iran’s efforts to arm itself with nuclear weapons.

The hearing convened by the prime minister was attended by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Minister of the Economy and Industry Naftali Bennett and Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin.

The Knesset Eretz Israel lobby congratulated the government on its response to what they called “blackmail and intimidation by the European Union.” The lobby called on the government to refrain from entering any agreements with the EU unless the directive is rescinded, and to cease all European projects in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

Earlier, Minister of Science Jacob Perry said that the EU’s decision to stop funding activities which involve entities beyond the Green Line can seriously damage the research and development grants received by Israel. According to Perry, the implementation of the decision may curtail the participation of Israeli scientists in EU research programs and reduce the accessibility of Israeli universities to European research budgets.

According to Reshet Bet, Israeli institutions have so far received research funds to the tune of about €750 million ($985 million) from the EU. European funding comprise approximately 40% of the research budgets of Israeli institutions.

The Palestinian Authority government welcomed the EU decision and called on the international community to take more steps to put an end to what it termed “the obstacles imposed by the Israeli government on reviving the peace process.”

PLO officials called on the world to take more steps to boycott products made in the settlements, to make the occupation more costly for Israel.

About 20 percent of the Arabs living in the PA areas work in Jewish settlements. Closing down or even just a slowdown in production there would seriously harm the Palestinian economy.

Yori Yanover

Arab Incitement: Israel to Raze Al Aqsa Mosque, Build Holy Temple

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Israel was prepared for the worst when UNESCO accepted the Palestinian Authority as a member last year, and now the worst has come in the form of an agency resolution condemning Israel for supposedly endangering the holy city, a declared World Heritage Site.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs finally ripped off its polite diplomatic costume on Sunday and harshly reprimanded UNESCO for letting itself be “hijacked” by the Palestinian Authority agenda.

Referring to the latest resolution, the ministry stated, “This is a dark day for UNESCO, a day the organization will want to erase from its history … Exactly as Israel had warned in the recent past, the Palestinians are exploiting their admission to UNESCO as a member state in order to hijack the agenda and drag this important UN agency into the abyss of politicized manipulation.

“The resolution… is nothing but a heap of statements disconnected from reality. There is no linkage between the resolution’s language and the actual situation on the ground, as the text only reflects the clichés of the anti-Israel bubble which the Palestinians cultivate within UNESCO.”

The World Heritage Committee condemned Israel for “recent demolitions and intrusive digging at the Magharbeh Gate pathway” and called on Israel to prevent any further provocative action taken by “Israeli religious extremist groups,” referring to any Jew who dares to ascend the Temple Mount, let alone be charged for the criminal act of trying to pray there.

At least twice a week, Arab media, including those within the Palestinian Authority, publicize stories of Jews “storming” the Temple Mount and planning to build the Third Temple.

The Saudi Gazette, in perfect timing for chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry later this week, screamed in a headline on Tuesday, “Israel planning to raze Al-Aqsa to build ‘second temple.”

Of course, the Second Temple was razed nearly 2,000 years ago by the Roman Empire, but if you are going to write fiction, go all the way. Considering the Palestinian Authority’s strategy to deny that the Holy Temples ever existed, it would have more logical for the Saudi Gazette to write that Israel plans to build the “First Temple,” but let’s leave that for its editors.

And keep in mind Kerry was in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday and profusely praised the kingdom for its 2002 Peace Initiative that would bring peace to the Middle East if Israel were simply to accept it, surrender the Old City, surrender, all of Judea and Samaria, surrender a Jewish majority in what would remain of Israel by accepting the immigration of several foreign Arabs and in return win the grand prize of “normalization” of ties with Arab League states. And Israel’s Foreign Ministry would be on a part of the boat carrying the rest of Israel on the Mediterranean Sea.

And how does the Arab world know that Israel is planning to destroy the Al Aqsa mosque?

Excavations, of course. Every time an Israeli archaeologist sticks a shovel into the ground in the Old City, he has one and only objective – undermining the foundations of the mosque and causing its collapse.

Any idiot could figure that out – and only an idiot, including the editors of Arab incitement. Speaking of idiots, the Obama administration has lauded the Palestinian Authority for stopping incitement against Israel.

The idiot at the Saudi Gazette noted, “The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said that the Israeli authorities began the excavations in the southern part of Al-Magharebah Gate, the eastern part of the Umayyad palaces and at the entrance of the Wadi Hilweh neighborhood.…

“It warned that the use of huge machines in the excavation work in the area puts in serious danger the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It added that the Israeli will build in the sites several facilities, including synagogue for women, restroom facilities, police station, tourists’ centers, a network of bridges and iron stairs.”

Where are the Women of the Wall? They obviously are part of this plot to destroy the mosque and build the Third Temple. The “new synagogue” for women actually consists of renovations at the Western Wall to allow them to pray in a minyan and pretend they are men. Fine, let it be and blame the women for this ugly plot.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Netanyahu on Iran’s New President: ‘We Wont Kid Ourselves’

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

“We won’t kid ourselves. The international community shouldn’t be tempted into wishful thinking,”  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday after the victory of relatively moderate cleric Hasan Rohani as Iran’s new president..

“We must remember that, anyway, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sets Iran’s nuclear policy. Iran will be tested by its deeds,” Netanyahu added.

Likud minister Yuval Steinitz, who one chaired the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee, said he doubts that Supreme Leader Ayotallah Ali Khamenei, who “actually manages foreign affairs, national security and Iran’s nuclear program,” will change the path towards acquiring nuclear capability unless enough economic pressure is applied.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israel Hits Long Range Iranian Missiles Sent to Hezbollah via Syria

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Sources in Israel have confirmed that the country’s air force launched a strike in Syria against what are believed to be stockpiles of weapons headed for the Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon, the Voice of America reported.

There has been no official statement on the attack from the Israeli government.

It was the second time in four months that Israel had carried out an attack in foreign territory aimed at disrupting the pipeline of weapons from Iran to Hezbollah. According to the NY Times, the missiles, known as Fateh-110s, had been sent to Syria by Iran and were being stored at an airport in Damascus when they were struck in the attack, according to an American official.

Syrians with knowledge of security and military matters confirmed the strike to the NY Times, saying it took place overnight Thursday, and saying that Iran had sent arms and rockets to Damascus International Airport intending to for them to be shipped to Hezbollah.

CNN quoted unnamed U.S. officials as saying Israel most likely conducted the strike “in the Thursday-Friday time frame” and its jets did not enter Syrian air space.

The attack took place after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet approved it in a secret meeting on Thursday night, an Israeli anonymous source said.

The Daily Star of Lebanon noted that the Israeli air force has so-called “standoff” bombs that coast dozens of miles across ground to their targets once fired. That could, in theory, allow Israel to attack Syria from its own turf or from adjacent Lebanon.

Lebanese authorities reported unusually intensive Israeli air force activity over their territory on Thursday and Friday.

A Lebanese security source said his initial impression was that Israeli flights were monitoring potential arms shipments between Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

“We believe that it is linked to Israel’s concerns over the transfer of weapons, particularly chemical weapons, from Syria to its allies Lebanon,” said the official, who asked not to be named.

Syrian Fateh 110 series tactical ballistic missile

Syrian Fateh 110 series tactical ballistic missile

The Fateh-110 is a single-stage solid-propellant, surface-to-surface missile which, as of 2012, is reported to have at least a 200-mile range. It is produced by Iran. That’s well beyond the distance from southern Lebanon, Hezbollah’s stronghold, and Tel Aviv. It carries a 1500 lbs. warhead.

Qassim Saadedine, a commander and spokesman for the rebel Free Syrian Army, said: “Our information indicates there was an Israeli strike on a convoy that was transferring missiles to Hezbollah. We have still not confirmed the location.”

According to the Daily Star of Lebanon, Rebel units were in disagreement about what type of weapons were in the convoy. A rebel from an information-gathering unit in Damascus that calls itself “The Syrian Islamic Masts Intelligence” said the convoy carried anti-aircraft missiles.

The rebel, who asked not to be named, said: “There were three strikes by Israeli F-16 jets that damaged a convoy carrying anti-aircraft missiles heading to the Shiite Lebanese party [Hezbollah] along the Damascus-Beirut military road.

“One strike hit a site near the [Syrian] Fourth Armoured Division in al-Saboura but we have been unable to determine what is in that location”.

Saadedine said he did not think the weapons were anti-aircraft. “We have nothing confirmed yet but we are assuming that it is some type of long-range missile that would be capable of carrying chemical materials,” he said.

Yori Yanover

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