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January 17, 2017 / 19 Tevet, 5777

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We Survived an Arab Terror Attack on the Day of UN Resolution 2334

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Dear President-Elect Trump,

First, please allow me to state unequivocally and without any reservations whatsoever, that our family proudly cast our FOUR absentee ballots for you at the time of both, the Republican primaries as well as the General Elections. My wife, Shoshana, our eldest daughter Avital, our eldest son Yonatan (“Yoni” — a Lieutenant in the elite Israeli Defense Forces Paratrooper Unit) and I, of course, feel truly blessed to have you as our next President!

That said, I feel compelled to share with you our own Hanukkah Holiday “Miracle” as follows:

On the night of Friday, December 23 2016 — just a few hours before the United Nations was to pass their latest anti-Israel Resolution — namely, UN Security Council Resolution 2334 — my wife Shoshana and I were attacked by a knife-wielding Palestinian terrorist on the very street where we reside in the Town of Efrat, Israel.

FYI — Efrat has a very high concentration of American citizens such as Shoshana and I, and the attack occurred a mere five-minute walk from our home(!)

While my wife was, thankfully, able to flee for safety to the home of a neighbor, I however, sustained no less than FOUR knife wounds inflicted to my neck and upper back prior to my being able to thwart off my attacker, face him head on, and thus deter him from any further blows to my body.

While I was unable to completely neutralize the Palestinian terrorist (and who happens to remain at large BTW) having been completely unarmed at the time of the attack, my act of self-defense has in fact been credited with the prevention of a possible bloody massacre. It has been surmised by local security forces that had I not scared the Palestinian terrorist off, he may have very well slaughtered countless teenagers and young adults — including several, if not many, residents who hold American citizenship(!) — and who have a habit of congregating at the very location of the attack shortly after their family Sabbath meal.

President-Elect Trump, I am certain beyond any room for doubt that my wife and I were the victims of a Palestinian terrorist attack as the direct consequence of that day’s infamous UN Security Council Resolution 2334(note: while admittedly the actual resolution was passed hours later that Friday, December 23, public incitement on the part of Islamic extremists had already made its rounds via social media in anticipation of the scheduled UN Security Council vote).

As an American citizen born and raised in the great State of New York(notwithstanding the fact that I moved back to Israel over 16 years ago) and who — by God’s loving grace — survived a terrorist attack on Israeli soil, I urge you to do everything within your Presidential power to combat the latest anti-Israel UN Security Council Resolution.

After all, the Islamic extremist who attacked my wife and I did not intend to slaughter us due to any sort of “personal” vendetta or related reason. Rather the Islamic terrorist deliberately targeted Jewish citizens — and possibly, English-speaking, no less — just 24–36 hours prior to when Jews and Christians across the globe were to gather for their respective Holiday season with family, friends and loved ones.

Indeed, Mr. President-Elect, it could easily be argued that the December 23 attack on my wife and I was no less than an attack on Judeo-Christian values in general, and an attack on American-Israeli citizens in particular.

Please feel free to circulate any part of this communication to any-and-all relevant media, as well as to the esteemed Members of the House and Senate with our expressed hope that in doing so we will -together — continue to combat the deadly threat of Islamic extremism that plagues Israel, the United States and all of Western democracy.

Thank you, and may God bless America and the State of Israel.

Sincerely,
Rafi Lisker
Efrat, ISRAEL
(Former New Yorker)

Rafi Lisker

Don’t Judge the Soldiers

Monday, January 9th, 2017

The video of Jewish soldiers running away during the Armon Hanatziv terror attack was difficult to watch.

Realistic or not, we expect our soldiers to be well trained, physically, and, more important, mentally, to charge and engage the enemy.

It’s all too easy to ignore that these soldiers are inexperienced teenagers, some with more training, most with less. And yet we expect them to respond properly, effectively and professionally to bewildering situations on a level of competence we’d expect from seasoned combat veterans.

The IDF has to invest a lot of time and effort to train combat soldiers to charge the enemy and then pull the trigger. For most people it’s not a natural act.

Most of the soldiers in the Armon Hanatziv attack had had minimal combat training, and were designated for deployment in office positions, “Jobnikim,” in IDF slang.

In addition, it would be foolish to assume that the Elor Azaria trial which has torn up the country for close to a year did not impede their reaction time, compelling them to think ten times before charging and opening fire.

However in a civilian milieu, even experienced security personnel must think three times before pulling the trigger, in case their target is actually an innocent civilian.

There were mistakes made yesterday, just like there were mistakes made in Hebron, including mistakes made by Azaria’s officers, going all the way up the chain of command.

There were also heroes.

Lessons will be be learned from this incident, just as the IDF learned from previous ones. There will be investigations and consequences, as there should be.

Unfortunately, our suicidal enemy will still invent new, different and evil way to attack us.

In our war against Islamic terror, we must not drag our soldiers to court like common criminals, or shame them in social media.

Sgt. Elor Azaria last March and the soldiers in Armon HaNatziv on Sunday had to deal with an evil enemy in a very complicated situation, and whether or not their responses were picture perfect, or even warranted, they were acting in the service of our country. To treat them any other way is to invite more confusion and, inevitably, more victims of terrorism.

 


May all our wounded soldiers have a Refuah Sheleimah – a healthy and complete recovery.

 

Stephen Leavitt

IDF Cadet Describes Shooting at the Terrorist

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Video of the Day

UPDATE: Four Dead, One Critically Wounded, Dozen Wounded in Jerusalem Ramming Attack [video]

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Four are dead, one critically wounded, and ten lightly wounded as a truck rammed into a group of soldiers near the promenade of Armon HaNatziv in Jerusalem just before 1:30 PM Sunday afternoon.

Three of the murdered are female soldiers, and the fourth is a male soldier. Thirteen more soldiers were wounded.

The soldiers were getting off a bus when the truck rammed into them. [Video: Warning Graphic]

Five of the wounded were taken to Hadassah Ein Karem; 3 in moderate condition, 1 serious, 1 lightly wounded.

One critically wounded person was taken to Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center, along with 4 more lightly wounded people.

The truck had Israeli license plates. The driver is from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukhaber.

The truck's front (part). Credit: Rotter

The truck’s front (part). Credit: Rotter

There are conflicting reports as to who shot back at the truck driver, who has been neutralized and killed.

A bus driver waiting nearby saw the truck run over the soldiers, and then the soldiers opened fire, and the driver ran over them again.

Some reports indicate that the terrorist was shot and killed by the soldier’s civilian tour guide, other reports say the soldiers shot him.

Emergency medical forces declared this a mass casualty incident.

Credit: Tazpit

Credit: Tazpit

Yakov Kaminetzki, a volunteer with United Hatzalah’s EMS ambucycle unit reported from the scene of the event: “When I arrived at the scene I saw a number of pedestrians who were run down by a large truck near the Armon Hanatziv Promenade.  Some of the pedestrians were unconscious and trapped underneath the vehicle. I requested that the dispatch and command center send additional assistance including fire and rescue services as well as additional EMS responders due to the large number of injured persons. Near the vehicle were a number of other pedestrians who had sustained various degrees of injuries some of whom were in serious and moderate condition.”

The Hamas terror group has praised the attack.

 

David Israel

Jordanian Terror Attack Claimed by ISIS

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

The Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization claimed responsibility Tuesday for Sunday’s bloody attack in Jordan at the famed Karak Castle, an ancient Crusader edifice in the city of Karak.

At least nine people were killed, including a female Canadian tourist, and scores of others were wounded in the massacre.

According to Jordanian officials the perpetrators were Jordanian nationals but they gave no details on who was behind the attack.

A statement issued by ISIS said four “Islamic State fighters” carried out the attack that ended in their deaths.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack. “On behalf of the people and government of Israel, I strongly condemn yesterday’s terrorist attack in Jordan. We send our sympathies to the families of the victims and wish the wounded a speedy and full recovery.”

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Artillery Attack Hamas Outpost in Gaza, Retaliation for Gunfire at IDF

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Israeli tanks opened fire in an attack on an outpost of the Hamas terrorist organization in central Gaza Monday afternoon. Three artillery shells were fired at the observation tower near Al-Bureijj, sources said.

The attack came in retaliation for gunfire aimed at Israeli soldiers earlier in the day as they carried out routine work on the border fence with southern Gaza.

Farmers who were working their fields within a mile of the site of the attack were immediately told to evacuate the area.

No injuries were reported on either side.

Hana Levi Julian

Shooting Terror Attack on Israeli Bus Near Talmon

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Arab terrorists opened fire Monday night at an armored Israeli bus that was traveling on the road near the Jewish community of Talmon*, in the Binyamin region northwest of Jerusalem, and east of Modi’in Illit.

The attack took place at Tzomet HaParsa – the “U-Turn” Junction. The bus arrived at Talmon with at least seven bullet holes in its sides.

None of the riders were physically injured in the attack.

Jewish communities in that area are relatively small and not easy to spot as they are nestled among the hills and valleys of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council district. The roads are somewhat curvy and not easy to negotiate for novice drivers.

* The community of Talmon was founded in 1989. Talmon is the name of the family of gatekeepers of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, who returned to rebuild Jerusalem during the time of the Prophet Nehemiah.

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/shooting-terror-attack-on-israeli-bus-near-talmon/2016/12/19/

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