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December 11, 2016 / 11 Kislev, 5777

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Lessons from 5776, Optimism for 5777

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

As we take our leave from 5776, I would sum it up as the year that Israel discovered the correct paradigm for dealing with her adversaries.

In previous years, many believed Israel’s military superiority allowed and even obliged her to take “risks for peace.” Others believed that propping up the economies of Israel’s neighbors until they were on par with her own, while giving up land, would bring peace.

But in 5776, Israel discovered that the secret for a relatively peaceful status quo comes not from creating economic parity, giving away land or taking risks, but rather by creating economic dependence, along with the application of Israel’s military superiority.

It should be made clear that a peaceful status quo is a separate discussion from what Israel’s long term vision for the region should be — whether that solution be Israel applying phased or full sovereignty over all of Israel’s territories, a confederation with Jordan, or some other ideas not yet tested or considered.

It’s been repeatedly noted that only one of the terror attacks by PA Arabs in this recent terror wave was executed by an individual with an Israeli work permit.

Israelis have learned that no matter how much their neighbors may hate them (and by the way, not all of Israel’s neighbors close and far hate Israel), or how much incitement they absorb from Palestinian Authority TV and the Islamic preachers, their families and villages depend on the money they make from Israelis, and all of them, save one, would not dare risk that.

Which is why the Palestinian Authority tried its best to force these Arab workers to stop working in the settlements, and why it failed. (PA Arabs make three times more working for Israelis than they do working in the Palestinian Authority.)

Incidentally, Israel would probably help the future stability of Judea and Samaria by announcing it will guarantee PA police salaries should the Palestinian Authority collapse under the weight of its own incompetence and corruption or Abbas’ retirement or death.

There’s very little that creates more loyalty than a paycheck paid on time.

Despite the roadblocks set up by Israel’s High Court, 5776 concluded with Jordan signing a $10 billion gas deal with Israel, which a Jordanian official said will save Jordan $600 million a year. It’s a deal that might very well tie Jordan’s economic stability to Israel for the next 15 years, along with the fresh water that Israel provides them.

Besides natural gas, Turkey, Greece, various Arab countries, some African states, India, Russia and China are looking to purchase or enter business partnerships with Israel, to acquire Israeli technology, military experience and equipment, fresh water solutions, solar energy, agricultural know-how or simply gain access to Israeli projects.

As these countries and others become more reliant on what Israel has to offer, there will be a gradual, visible change in their public attitudes, voting in international forums, and policies towards Israel, as Prime Minister Netanyahu pointed out in his speech last month before the UN General Assembly.

On the military side, this past year, the IDF finally resumed its function in actively preventing terrorism, rather than restricting itself to a reactive mode. IDF soldiers have been raiding the hornet nests in the Palestinian Authority every night, to confiscate illegal weapons and ammunition, uncover weapons factories and erode the terror networks of Hamas, the PLO, and the various Islamic Jihadi groups which expanded operations under former defense ministers Ehud Barak and Moshe Ya’alon. And, surprisingly, these IDF actions hardly provoke any international condemnation, save for criticism from Haaretz.

It was also the year Israel has actively taken on BDS, and began to beat it down, state after US state.

Obviously, all was not rosy this past year.

Thanks to the Iran deal, a revitalized Islamic Iran has been expanding its terror operations. But as Iran and their client Hezbollah try to establish terror bases on Israel’s Golan Heights’ border, Syrian Rebels are fighting those Iranian and Hezbollah terrorists on the Golan — the same rebels who are reportedly receiving much-needed medical aid from Israel.

There has been an upswing in Israeli Arabs participating in terror attacks and joining ISIS due to Islamic radicalization, incitement and propaganda, but Israel is already learning how to deal with them.

Hamas is still destroying Gaza as it continues to prepare for another round of fighting with Israel.

In the spring of 5777, Israel will celebrate 50 years since the liberation of our ancient lands of Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem from the illegal Jordanian occupation. Expect the usual NGOs (under new names and old) and Israel haters to foment their venomous propaganda, and also expect fewer and fewer people, everywhere in the world, to pay attention.

There’s concern over Obama’s anticipated November surprise at the UN.

And, of course, there will be the new challenges that either candidate for US president will present to Israel.

At the JewishPress.com we believe we have reason to be optimistic.

Israel has made significant positive changes this past year, with strategic, long term ideas being implemented, already with noticeable results. 5777 will bring challenges, even difficult ones, but we believe Israel is ready for them.

Shana Tova – Have a sweet new year.

Stephen Leavitt

Arab Villages Sealed Off by IDF After Rise in Terror

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

IDF soldiers sealed off a number of Arab villages in Samaria on Wednesday in the wake of renewed terrorist activity in the area.

The entrances and exits to the villages of Einabus, Orif, and Baita, as well as the corridor to the village of Huwara were all closed off, according to local sources.

The Judean Arab village of Beit Omar was also sealed off later in the day.

Shortly after midnight Wednesday night, IDF soldiers entered the town of Deheishe, south of Bethlehem in Judea. Deheishe started out decades and generations ago as an Arab refugee camp, but today has a population of thousands, and all the appearances of any other Arab village or town.

Local sources in the Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Shuafat reported three people were arrested there as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Departing to US: The World Must Also Support Our Fight Against Terrorism

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday departed for the US, for a meeting with President Obama and a speech before the General Assembly. As he was leaving, Netanyahu said, “We are in the midst of a very important diplomatic week for the State of Israel. I am leaving now for the United States. There I will first meet with President Obama and I will thank him for the great and important security assistance to the State of Israel over the coming decade. I will then address the United Nations General Assembly. I will present Israel’s case, Israel’s truth, Israel’s justice and also Israel’s heroism – the heroism of our soldiers, our police officers and our citizens, who are waging an uncompromising struggle against brutal terrorism.”

“I expect from the international community a uniform standard in the war on terrorism,” Netanyahu insisted. “Today the entire international community says that there is a need to wage a determined and uncompromising fight against terrorism. And indeed, they must also support the determined and uncompromising fight against terrorism, and this moral clarity is necessary to both fight against – and defeat – terrorism.”

David Israel

President Hollande: France Needs More Resources to Prevent, Fight Terror In Its Midst

Monday, September 19th, 2016

French President Francois Hollande is calling for more resources for his country to prevent, let alone to fight the terrorism in its midst. He made the declaration while speaking at a special commemoration ceremony Monday dedicated to the victims of terror over the past two years in France.

Hollande noted that more than 230 people have been killed in terror attacks since the start of 2015. Hundreds more have been wounded and otherwise affected by the slaughter.

“We must ensure that the action taken is sustained, and here I am talking about all the measures taken to foresee attacks, deter them and stop them. It’s a constant battle and will need still more resources than those I have called for,” Hollande told those gathered.

Radical Islamic terrorists murdered 17 people in January 2015, including a number of Jews who were targeted at a kosher grocery store a few hours before the start of the Sabbath.

But 130 were slaughtered in a multi-site coordinated attack on Paris on November 13, 2015 that prompted the government to declare the country under emergency law.

This year, a lone wolf killer drove a truck into a crowd in the southern city of Nice during the country’s Bastille Day celebrations, leaving 86 dead and numerous others wounded. Other attacks included the murders of a police chief and his female partner, and the ritual murder of a priest on the altar of his own church by an Islamic State terrorist.

Hana Levi Julian

‘BDS is the New Face of Terrorism’ Says Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked told the Jewish National Fund in New York on Sunday that the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement is the new face of terror.

Shaked, a top official with Israel’s Bayit Yehudi party, addressed the JNF Conference in New York on Sunday, speaking on the issue of the BDS Movement and how its activities impact Israel in daily life. She condemned the movement, likening its activities to the tunneling of the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza.

“The BDS movement is digging tunnels to undermine the foundations and values of Israel,” she said. “We have to stop these tunnels as well.”

The movement constitutes an existential threat at its core, she added. “Supporters of the BDS movement are attempting to destroy our very right to exist. They refuse to accept our most natural, basic and simple right: the existence of the State of Israel.”

Regardless of what mask terror wears, she said, one simple truth stands out: “You cannot defeat the enemy unless you call it what it is. That is why I am not afraid to do so. We are fighting Islamic extremism,” she said pointedly, underscoring a fact that has not once been uttered during the entire eight years of the entire reign of the the Obama administration.

Hana Levi Julian

Terrorist Captured Near Itamar

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

An Arab woman raised suspicions of IDF soldiers during an operation near the town of Itamar.

As the soldiers approached her, she pulled out a knife towards the soldiers, and then tried to run.

No one was injured.

The terrorist was arrested.

Jewish Press News Briefs

18 Palestinian Authority Illegals Caught by Israel Police

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

A group of 18 Arabs from the Palestinian Authority without Israeli entry permits were caught Saturday by Israel Police.

Police signaled towards a van in which they were riding on Route 5 in the Sharon Plains on Saturday, directing the driver to pull over.

The driver, however, instead tried to outrun the Israeli police vehicle, which gave chase – but instead came up against a checkpoint which was set up to block the runaways further down the road.

Once forced to stop, the group exited the vehicle and began racing in all directions, but eventually were caught and arrested.

All of the illegals were taken into custody and held for questioning.

Hana Levi Julian

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