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Yair Lapid Tells US Jews They Are Safer than in Israel

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Israel’s Finance Minister Yair Lapid, fresh from having scolded ex-pats for living in Berlin, told New York Jews Monday afternoon that they are safer living in the Big Apple than they would be in Israel.

Lapid certainly did not intend to encourage Jews to stay in America, but that one little sentence packed enough ammunition to undo weeks or months of hard work by anyone encouraging aliyah.

Even worse, Lapid made his remarks at the 92nd St. Y in Manhattan, which The Jewish Press’ Lori Lowenthal Marcus has exposed time and time again for hosting outright anti-Zionists, as reported here, here and here.

Lapid was speaking at the annual meeting of the international Monetary Fund in New York and was interviewed by Charlie Rose, who asked him why Israel does not divide Jerusalem for a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

“It isn’t always possible to assume that everything is rational. Israel was founded as a refuge for the Jewish people, but today it isn’t a safe place. It is safer to be Jew in New York,” Lapid said.

To be fair, he continued, “I want to live in a country that is not just a place, but also an idea, and Jerusalem is the heart of the idea. There may be practical considerations, but a country cannot exist without an ethos, and Jerusalem is an ethos.

“I like Tel Aviv; I live in Tel Aviv, but our right of return is Jerusalem. We did not return after 2,000 years for Tel Aviv, but for Jerusalem. Jerusalem will not be divided. It will continue to be Israel’s capital.”

Two points for Zionism.

When Lapid said that Israel is not as safe as New York, it is difficult to know what he was referring to. Subways? Murder rate?

No doubt, he was thinking of terror. And how many people have been killed by terrorists in Jerusalem this year?

Zero.

And last year? Off hand, zero.

Have there been terrorist attacks? Yes, dozens if not hundreds. Rock throwing and firebombing are attacks carried out with the intent to murder. Lapid would be correct to say that more Jews in Israel are injured by rocks every year than they are in New York or ever the entire United States.

Let’s say they were attempted murders. And how many actual homicides were there in New York last year? If you answered 414, you were right, and that is 20 percent less than in 2011.

Israel recorded 159 murders in 2012, with a total population that is approximately 15 percent less than that of New York City.

Lapid, as usual, did not define what he meant by “safer.” He likes platitudes and slogans without content. That is how got elected.

But besides the question of whether he has his facts wrong, how could he make such a statement – that New York is safer then Israel – after berating Israelis in Berlin for leaving the homeland?

Lipid, visiting in Budapest, wrote on his Facebook page last week, “I am in Budapest. I came here to speak before parliament about anti-Semitism and to remind them how they tried to murder my father here just because Jews did not have a country of their own.

“So forgive me if I am a bit intolerant of people who are prepared to throw away the only country that the Jews have because Berlin is more comfortable.”

Lapid says Berlin is more comfortable than Israel. New York is safer.

By the way, Lapid emigrated to Los Angeles in 1997 to manage a TV production company

Here is a personal note to the Nefesh B’Nefesh organization that promotes aliyah to Israel: Don’t invite Yair Lapid.

Abbas Scorecard on Stopping Terror: 5,700 Attempts to Kill in 2013

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

The resumption of “peace talks’ between the Palestinian Authority and Israel in July came one month after 660 rock and firebomb attacks in June ini Judea and Samaria, according to figures compiled by the “Hatzalah’ Judea and Samaria Emergency teams.

In the first six months of 2013, Hatzalah recorded 5,635 attempts to injure and murder Jews, including 611 Molotov cocktail attacks, eight shootings, three stabbings and 5,144 rock-throwing attacks that are intended to force drivers into fatal accidents, such as the one that killed American Israel Asher Palmer and his two-year-old son two years ago.

The statistics do not include terrorists’ blockage of roads and arson. At least 180 people were wounded from January through June, including 10 in June, and many of them still suffer from trauma and refuse to travel anywhere except in buses that have extra-thick plastic windows to protect it from rock attacks.

The terrorists attacks are seldom reported in most international and Israeli media because they are less dramatic and less “successful” than large-scale attacks carried out by an armed group.

Reporting rock-throwing as a terrorist attack also would go against the inherent urge of foreign media to promote the “peace agenda” and to focus on Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s statements that he rejects terror.

However, Abbas talks in code.

After he was chosen as Prime Minister in 2003, before the death of chairman Yasser Arafat whom he later succeeded, Abbas stated, “We reject terrorism from any party and in all forms.”

Earlier this year, a decade later, President Barack Obama told Israel “you do have a true partner in President Abbas… [with] a track record to prove it.” And Abbas told a Russian interviewer, “As far as I am concerned, there is no difference between our policies and those of Hamas. So why are they labeled as terrorists? In my opinion, [the EU] can remove Hamas [from the list], why not?”

Abbas told the German Die Zeit newspaper in 2012, “We will never return to the armed struggle! Never! There will be only non-violent resistance to the occupation.”

The Hatzalah record of attempted murder of Jews in Judea and Samaria as well as in Jerusalem shows that either Abbas has failed to stop terror or defines rock-throwing and firebomb attacks, along with stabbings and shootings, as “non-violent resistance.”

One person has been killed this year as a result of a terrorist stabbing attack in Samaria, and 171 suffered injuries, almost half of them civilians.

In June alone, when the Obama administration was working feverishly to create an atmosphere for the resumption of direct talks between Israel and Palestinian Authority negotiators, 10 people were wounded, including a policeman and IDF officer who was hit in the jaw by a rock, the second time in a month he had been struck. One of those wounded was an eight-year-old who was struck by a rock.

The Obama administration has frequently credited Abbas for stopping terror but is wrong on two counts. One, terror is alive and well, even if its victims are not.

Two, as The Jewish Press has previously reported here and here, the IDF has been the main reason there are not more terrorists running free.

The IDF and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) in the past two months have busted several Hamas terrorist gangs while foiling countless other there terrorist attacks.

In May, security forces arrested a gang of “The Hazit HaAmamit-National Front” from Hevron and Shechem that was under the direction of Hezbollah.

They also broke up a terror infrastructure of the military arm of Hamas in the Hevron region, which was operating establish a regional command center to kidnap soldiers.

The IDF also arrested a terrorist who was freed in the exchange two years ago of 1,000 terrorists for the return of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.

Tazpit News Agency contributed to this report.

Arabs Attack Jewish Homes in Jerusalem’s Old City

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

A mob of Arabs attacked two Jewish homes in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem Tuesday night, wounding a security guard in his eye and causing property damage.

One home, known as the “Flowers House” because of its location near Herod’s Gate, also known as Flower’s Gate, was attacked from two directions with at least two Molotov cocktails and firecrackers.

The wounded guard suffered from shrapnel in his eye and was evacuated to the Shaarei Tzedek hospital. The fire ignited by the projectiles caused property damage but other security guards at the scene were able to extinguish it.

A resident of the Flowers House told Tazpit News Agency that when security forces arrived and began searching for the attackers, Arabs began attacking the nearby “Emet House” with rocks.

Police were at the scene but did not carry out any arrests.

“This is not the first time we have been attacked like this,” said the resident, who asked to remain anonymous. “This was clearly a coordinated attack, involving two attacking groups and scouts. We do not live with a true sense of security here, but I understand that I serve as an emissary, and like on the frontier, if I am not here no Jews will be, and therefore I am not only here for myself.”

She expressed satisfaction with the security guard’s decisive response last night, but criticized the police. “Even when they arrest armed suspects they release them for what they claim is a lack of evidence.”

A police spokesperson confirmed that the attack occurred and that the guards fired warning shots in the air. He added that police are searching for the attackers.

Palestinian Authority media did not report the attacks but the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency did inform tis readers that Israeli police “demolished a room” in the nearby Silwan Valley.

Stone Throwing in Gush Etzion

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Hatzala of Judea and Samaria reports that Arabs were throwing stones at cars travelling along the road between Jerusalem and Gush Etzion. The rock throwing occurred near the El Hadr (Beitar) Junction on Highway 60.

No injuries were reported.

Arab Rock-Thrower Wounds Woman on Bus to Western Wall

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Arab rock throwing continued on Tuesday, this time striking in the spiritual heart of Israel with an attack on an Egged public bus carrying passengers to the Western Wall.

One woman was lightly wounded in the rock attack and was treated at the scene. The Arab attackers fled.

Terrorist Attacks Down to ‘Only’ 12 a Week

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

The good news for residents of Judea and Samaria is that the number of terrorist attacks dropped by 20 percent in July compared with June. The bad news is that there still were 50 attacks, or approximately 12 a week.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) released the statistics, which are of little solace to victims, also showed a similar pattern in Jerusalem, where residents suffered 26 attacks in July, down from 39 in June.

Another disturbing factor if that the most of the attacks involved firebombs (Molotov cocktails), and not rocks, which also can be deadly but less so than a burning bottle that smashes through a car window.

The ISA also fudged the statistics a bit by counting a multiple-rock or firebomb attack as a single incident. For example, although there were 50 “attacks” in Judea and Samaria in June, security officials reported that there were 60 firebombs thrown.

The report does not include dozens of hundreds of rock-throwing attacks that are not reported by drivers , who are more concerned with stepping on the gas and escaping with their lives than with telephoning officials to tell them they almost got killed.

It also does not take into account dozens of attacks that were thwarted, such as the arrest of a knife-wielding Arab in Hevron and of another terrorist carrying material for a bomb in his car. Another area not covered in the statistics is vandalism. Arabs in Hevron tore off mezuzahs four times the past month at the Patriarchs Cave in Hevron.

There also were four attacks with small arms in Jerusalem as well as one stabbing, which caused serious wounds to a man walking in the Old City after visiting the Western Wall.

Terrorists from Gaza also were busy, shooting five rockets, while their colleagues in Sinai carried out one attack with two missile launches at Eilat.

Arabs Wound Child in Rock Attacks on Old City Buses

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Arabs hurled rocks at Israel buses in the Old City of Jerusalem twice in several hours Thursday and injured 10 people, one day after one or two possible terrorist attacks that sent two men to the hospital with serious wounds from separate stabbing attacks.

The second rock attack on a bus at the Shechem Gate, also known as the Damascus Gate, sent a 14-year-old boy to the hospital with serious wounds. A previous barrage of rocks on three Egged buses took place nearby and caused injuries to several people.

Police have not stated if Wednesday’s knife attacks were carried out by terrorists. One of the victims told a medic that his attacker was an Arab who attacked out of nationalist motives.

The police spokesman was not available for comment Thursday.

 

Ombudsman Bares the Facts in ‘Wild West Bank’

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

The State Comptroller, Israel’s version of an ombudsman, issued a critical report Wednesday exposing wholesale lawlessness in Judea and Samaria, known in most media as the West Bank but which in fact are the “Wild West” Bank in some areas.

State Comptroller Shapira wrote that “everyone does as he sees fit” in Judea and Samaria. He cited Jews as well as Arabs for building and taxpaying violations, but most of his accusations towards Jews stem from lack of manpower to collect property taxes.

The Comptroller said the lack of investigations is costing the government millions of dollars. Some of that money is being kept in the pockets of Jews, but a vast majority of it is in the satchels of Arab residents in the area.

The southern Hevron Hills, where I live, easily wins as the most lawless area in Judea and Samaria. As for illegal building, Shapira’s report was couched in words that were politically correct. He stated that both Jews and Arabs violate building laws, but he wrote elsewhere in the report that with the exception of approximately five percent of Arabs in Judea Samaria, none of them pay fees for property and leases on buildings.

The report’s claim that Jews build illegally prompted Peace Now to demand to threaten a petition to the Supreme Court to order enforcement of regulations.

Peace Now should be careful what it wishes, because it might get what it wants – in the face.

The fact is that building inspectors usually pounce on Jews for building even a porch without a permit. The Comptroller’s charges against Jews in Judea and Samaria are probably true when it comes to outposts. There is no doubt that Jews build there faster than authorities can move. However, when the Defense Ministry wants to, it has no problem ordering the Border Police to bring in bulldozers in the middle of the night, pulling young women and babies out of their beds, and plowing over their houses.

Adding insult to injury, authorities invite Arabs to move in and pick up the property. That policy has been a lot less frequent since Ehud Barak did Israel a big favor and quit politics – again.

Enforcement of building regulations in Judea and Samaria is near zero when it comes to Arabs. A case point is Highway 60, the only road that connects Arad, to the south, with the southern Hevron Hills, Kiryat Arba, Gush Etzion and Jerusalem.

The European Union – the same body that has announced it will not be involved with any financial dealings with Israelis in Judea and Samaria, the Golan Heights and what was once Jordanian-occupied Jerusalem – has poured tens of millions of dollars into the southern Hevron Hills, paying Arabs to move in and donating everything from schools to wind turbines.

Illegal building is rampant and violates all building codes. Dozens of homes and stores now border Highway 60, without the legal distance to keep the buildings from literally siting on the highway’s shoulders.

As for lack of manpower, the police have no problem conducting criminal investigations against Jews within 24 hours after an Arab files a complaint.

When a Jew files a complaint against an Arab, it is – without exaggeration – almost always ignored. If the police every get around to investigating, they often end up according the Jew. The reason for the lack of enforcement against Arabs is not a lack of manpower. It is from a lack of will and an unstated police policy of “malign neglect” when it comes to Jews outside of the main population centers in Judea and Samaria. It was the same government attitude towards Jews in Gush Katif that contributed to the lack of security against Arab terrorists and created a sentiment that the country would be better off without Jews living in Gaza.

No one at the time listened to warnings that Israel also would be worse off with missile attacks on Ashkelon, Rehovot, and Tel Aviv.

The Comptroller also cited lawlessness on the highways in Judea and Samaria.

Traffic safety is a deadly joke.

Occasionally, when the police want to punish Jews for “price tag” attacks, they set up roadblocks and give out tickets for worn tires or broken windshield wipers.

Arabs are rarely stopped, at least not in the southern Hevron Hills. Massive complaints by area residents recently brought out the police for a brief traffic check, but when police give out tickets to Arabs, that usually is the end of it. The Arab drivers do not need Israeli licenses, so they don’t pay fines. They often drive without licenses and with unlicensed cars.

The southern Hevron hills is categorically  the most dangerous place  in the country for motorists. Arab drivers routinely drive on the hilly and curvy two-lane road as if it were the Jersey Turnpike.

They not only pass on a curve, they also often pass another Arab vehicle that is passing on a curve, using the left shoulder to maneuver and assuming that any car coming in the opposite direction is going to play dodge’em.

The most dangerous element in driving on Highway 60  is not Arab terrorists trying to cause a fatal crash by throwing rocks,. It is Arab drivers hell-bent on committing suicide so long as he can kill a few Jews at the same. It is not intentional. They simply don’t care.

That is their lifestyle in the southern Hevron Hills, which was barren of Jews and Arabs until Jews started to move in in 1986, for the first time in 1,500 years. Then the Arabs, sponsored by international leftists, all of a sudden laid claims to land that is not found on any land registry.

They have taken over most of what used to be government land, and as the Comptroller’s report indicates, they have established de facto anarchy in the area, with government help of turning a blind eye.

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