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Jerusalem Arabs Attack Bus Passengers near Gilo

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Jerusalem Arabs celebrated Ramadan Thursday night by pelting an Egged passenger bus with rocks.

No injuries were reported after the rock-throwing assault on the No. 33 bus below the Gilo neighborhood n southern Jerusalem, according to The Muqata blog site.

Elderly Israeli Farmer Was Killed by Palestinian Authority Arabs

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) released gag order Thursday and revealed that two Palestinian Authority Arabs have been arrested for the murder of a 70-year-old Jewish farmer south of Tel Aviv last month.

Police had claimed that the murder was carried out by criminals who tried to rob David Bar-Kapara of Rehovot and who was their employer and whom they knew was carrying a large amount of cash.

The two suspects were identified as Mujahid and Ala Assi, both 21 years old from the Palestinian Authority village in Beit Lakia in Samaria.

Security officials still insist that the suspects murdered the elderly farmer only after he resisted an attempt to rob him but also admitted that there were overtones of terror in the murder.

One of Bar-Kapara’s sons told Voice of Israel radio (Reshet Bet) that the murderers were terrorists. They explained that the killers have been involved in terror and that could easily have stolen his vehicle, worth more than $25,000 and other equipment instead of simply trying to rob money from him.

The murderers, who were working illegally for Bar-Kapara, have previously been involved in rock-throwing terror. They beat the farmer to death in his vineyard.

The Shin Bet said that the suspects attempted only to rob, and not kill, their victim but added, “Their involvement in terror prior to the murder and the rise in terrorist attacks during the month of Ramadan must be taken into account.”

 

Exposé: Settlements Frozen as Netanyahu Strikes Secret Deals with Abbas, Herzog

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

(JNi.media) A series of secret meetings between Israeli and Palestinian officials, representing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas respectively, is being held for several months now, and has led to a series of measures to ease the tension between the two parties, Walla revealed.

Among other things, the ongoing, secret meetings have stopped the Palestinian appeal to the UN and other international organizations, while slowing down construction in the settlements.

A Palestinian source described this as merely “a new assessment of the situation in the region, not an agreement.”

Also: a new understanding is emerging between Netanyahu and Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog regarding expanding the current coalition government (see at the end of this report).

The secret meetings were the forum that forged the Israeli decision to make meaningful concessions to the Palestinians during the holy month of Ramadan, as PA residents were given dawn-to-sundown permits to cross the green line in order to worship on the Temple Mount.

Although given for the daytime only, the permits were otherwise unrestricted, and many Palestinians took advantage of them to visit Israel’s beaches and other tourist attractions.

But that concession was just the tip of the iceberg in thawing Israeli-Palestinian relations (mixed metaphor in the original Walla story). This new understanding between the two sides has been in place for three months, driven by both sides’ desire to keep the calm in view of the geopolitical unrest sweeping much of the Middle East.

“The parties understand each other’s needs,” one anonymous source told Walla.

As to building in Judea and Samaria settlements, current construction continues, but for several months now there have been no new permits issued for future construction plans.

An Israeli source told Walla that permits are only being issued for construction classified as “natural expansion,” and nothing more. But the source attributed the slowdown in construction to fear of negative reaction from the international community, rather than the application of a negotiated understanding with the PA.

On Monday, a group of council heads in Judea and Samaria who had met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israeli media that he said to them “it is impossible to further develop the settlements, we need instead to maintain what there is.

Netanyahu reportedly told one council head at the meeting: “You’re worried about your community’s interests, I’m worried about the interests of the entire country.”

According to senior sources on the Palestinian side, further trust building measures between Netanyahu and Abbas are expected soon. Among other things, a senior cabinet minister will be meeting with a senior PLO official overseas. There is an expectation that Israel will unfreeze economic plans in the Israeli-controlled Area C, facilitate Palestinian family reunification inside green-line Israel, and arm Palestinian security forces.

The Prime Minister’s Office said that the report is incorrect. There was no response from the office of PLO head negotiator Saeb Erekat.

The new understanding with the Palestinians is only one of a few revelations of the Netanyahu Administration. The other, which may soon generate a minor earthquake in Israeli politics, is with the Zionist Camp, a.k.a. the Labor party.

The Prime Minister met on Tuesday night with leader of the Knesset opposition parties, Yitzhak Herzog (Labor), to discuss the Iran deal. Netanyahu updated Herzog on the reports given at the cabinet meeting regarding the security implications of the agreement. Speaking to the press, Herzog stressed his commitment to doing everything for Israel’s security in the new situation. Netanyahu said he values very much the agreement with the opposition on the danger to state security, adding that on this issue, relating to the most significant national interest, it is important to show the world a united front.

Freed Islamic Jihad Terror Hunger Striker Re-arrested

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Freed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist Khader Adnan, released on Sunday from an Israeli prison by virtue of having carried out a 56-day hunger strike, managed to get himself re-arrested the next day — literally within hours.

Adnan was again arrested by Monday because he illegally entered the Old City of Jerusalem in an attempt to access the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount. This week is the final week in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Numerous Jews are also arrested each month for illegally attempting to access the holy site as well. The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism, and the third holiest site in Islam.

According to Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld, Adnan is “an Islamic Jihad activist and is prohibited for this reason from entering Israeli territory.”

He was released within a few hours, and sent back to his Palestinian Authority hometown of Jenin, in Samaria.

Food Poisoning Kills 45 ISIS Fighters

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

45 ISIS fighters died on Monday night after eating poisoned food at a group Iftar meal in Mosul, Iraq. The report was released by Al Sumaria News, a Kurdish paper.

The Iftar meal is the one Muslims consume after the day’s Ramadan fasting is over.

While the source of this poisoning is unknown, in November, the Times of Iraq reported that Syrian Free Army Rebels and the local cooks had poisoned the food of ISIS fighters in the Fath El-Sahel camp, killing dozens of them.

Allahu Achbar.

No Entry to Jews on Temple Mount for 10 Days

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem is closed to Jews for the next ten days in observance of the final third of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and its culminating holiday, Eid al-Fitr.

The notice says that due to the final ten days of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, the Temple Mount will be closed until after the final Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr to all but Muslims, and offers and apology. There is no English translation provided for tourists.

The notice says that due to the final ten days of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, the Temple Mount will be closed until after the final Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr to all but Muslims, and offers and apology. There is no English translation provided for tourists.

The message notifying Israelis they would not be allowed to enter the site was posted in Hebrew, and no English-language translation was written alongside. This made it clear that (1) the prohibition is specific to Israeli Jews, and (2) the Israeli government is clearly aware of just how antithetical to a democratic society such a decision, and would appear to foreign tourists.

Israel has allowed hundreds of Palestinian Authority Arabs from Judea, Samaria, Gaza and even from abroad to cross the pre-1967 border to access the site to pray at the Al Aqsa mosque. As happens ever year during Ramadan, there have then followed a number of violent riots by those same Muslim worshipers, due to the Islamic clerics who incite their followers into a frenzy of hatred with their sermons, prompting Israeli police to then close the Temple Mount to Jewish and other visitors.

For years, various lawmakers have tried to end this vicious cycle by proposing legislation that would put an end to closing the Temple Mount in response to riots: rather, the site would be closed to the rioters instead.

The site is believed to be the location of the Holy of Holies of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, the holiest site in Judaism, and also the third holiest site in Islam.

After its restoration to Israel in the 1967 Six Day War, Israel agreed as a gesture of peace to allow its former Jordanian occupier to maintain control over the Islamic holy site. The Islamic Waqf Authority continues to administer control over the site to this day, although Israel Police and other Israeli security personnel hold the ultimate authority over the area.

President Rivlin Tells Arab Media Ramadan Based on ‘Compassion’

Monday, July 6th, 2015

President Reuven Rivlin hosted Arab media at his official residence Sunday night to break the daily fast in the Muslim month of Ramadan, which he said “is based on the values of compassion, mercy, and grace.”

President Rivlin added:

Unfortunately, there are those who seek to exploit the sanctity of Ramadan, and distort its meaning in favor of criminal and murderous terrorism.

I join in the concern of those countries around us, about the increase in terrorism, and I send my condolences to the President of Egypt, and the Egyptian people, following the horrific terrorist attacks in the Sinai.

In the face of these bloody events, we have the duty, all the children of Abraham, to condemn strongly, loud and clear, these atrocities committed ‘in the name of God’, or ‘in the name of Islam’.

He declined to specifically remind his guests of last week’s Palestinian Authority terrorist attack that killed Malachi  Rosenfeld and wounded two others . He only referred to it vaguely while balancing the murder with Jewish “price tag” attacks of vandalism, by stating:

These have not been easy weeks for anyone who loves this country; for those who believe we have the ability and the duty – as Arabs and Jews – to live together. At this time, in the face of those on both sides who seek to fan the flames, we cannot and must not remain silent.

He finally made one explicit reference to Palestinian Authority terror, saying that the Abbas regime “has  a responsibility to act decisively against terrorists seeking to sabotage our daily lives here.”

The President reminded the Arab media that while Muslims were breaking the fast, Jews also were ending their fast of the 17th of Tammuz, which was postponed until Sunday because of the Sabbath.

President Rivlin also said he is working with the Netanyahu administration on the issues of “distress and pain of the Israeli Arab society” and “violence in the Arab community, shortages in housing and employment.”

“The citizenship of the Arab residents of the State of Israel is not a goodwill gesture, President Rivlin said. ” It is the citizenship of individuals and of a society which is part and parcel of this land; this land is their homeland, the State of Israel is their home.”

Wouldn’t  it be nice if Arab Knesset Members would agree?

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