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When Terrorism becomes Heroism

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

It took a moment for everyone to realize that Danny Danon, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, was taking a break from his speech at Monday’s Security Council meeting.

“We understand that this council doesn’t have answers. What we don’t understand is why you don’t demand answers. If no one else will ask the hard questions, I will,” Danon announced. He turned to Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer for the State of Palestine. “Let me ask the Palestinian representative here with us today. Mr. Mansour, will you condemn terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians?” [Watch Video]

The Israeli ambassador’s startling departure from the scheduled script came several minutes into a speech where, after accusing Palestinian leadership of rewarding terrorist families with monthly salaries and holding up notorious killers – the likes of 1978’s Dalal Mugraby – as role models, he introduced a young red headed girl sitting quietly behind him.

”On January 17, a young Israeli mother, a nurse, was home for the evening with four of her six children,” began Danon, “She was painting a door in her kitchen when she was suddenly brutally attacked, stabbed repeatedly by a 16 year old terrorist. Knowing that her children were nearby, she fought with whatever strength she had left. When she realized she was dying on the kitchen floor in front of her daughter, she clutched tightly onto the knife in her chest, stopping the terrorist from pulling the blade out of her body to use on her children.”

“The woman’s name was Dafna Meir,” continued Danon. He gestured to the girl behind him, “Her daughter Renana, who was in the kitchen that night, and her husband Natan, are here today, in this chamber, with us.” Danon looked around the silent council. “Why did this happen? What causes a sixteen year old by to stab a mother to death? The boy himself gave us the answer. He told investigators that what made him want to kill a Jew -any Jew – was a Palestinian TV show. The culture of hate is responsible for the death of too many Israelis and it is directly responsible for the death of Dafna Meir.”

Danon turned to look at Mansour. “Don’t Israeli lives matter? Why does the Palestinian Authority glorify terrorism? Why name town squares after suicide bombers? When did Terrorism become Heroism? Mr. Mansour, will you condemn terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians?”

Mr. Mansour’s initial response could not be heard as his microphone was off. Moments later he was heard declaring that he condemns all acts of terrorism against civilians including those perpetrated against Palestinians.

You pay terrorists, you glorify terrorists, shame on you”, shouted Danon.

“Shame on you, you occupiers!” Mansour shot back, “Shame on you for killing thousands of Palestinian children!”

“We condemn all acts of terrorism”, returned Danon, “Why can’t you say it? There are Palestinian children watching you now! Here’s your chance to say it in five languages but you cannot say it. Excuses but no condemnation. Shame on you!”

The explosive clash, memorable even by UN standards, came as Palestinians renewed their campaign for a UN resolution demanding that Israel stop all construction in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem.

Israel’s Permanent Mission to the UN had teamed with OneFamily, an organization that supports Israel’s victims of terror, to bring Natan and Renana Meir to the United Nations in an attempt to emphasize the human cost of terrorism and highlight the incitement spurring the attacks. Lawrence Cohn, a board member of OneFamily, and Michelle Napell, the organization’s Executive Director accompanied the Meir family to the UN on Monday.

“OneFamily represents 10,000 wounded terror victims in Israel, and 15,000 bereaved family members,” said Cohn, “We’re here at the UN today to speak the truth, to call the one who has been stabbed a victim, and to call the stabber a terrorist.” While Natan and Renana are in New York, the five younger Meir children who remained in Israel are at a Passover vacation camp run by OneFamily.

“Running camps at holiday time is one of the things OneFamily does,” explained Napell, “The most important thing OneFamily does is bring people together. At these camps injured or bereaved Israeli children can feel someone ‘gets’ them. We hope that this family doesn’t grow, although we’ve been quite busy lately.”

Unfortunately as the day unfolded to newsflashes of an attack on a Jerusalem bus, it became clear that OneFamily would indeed be growing. “We have people on the scene of the bombing that just occurred,” updated Napell, “They’ll be with the families today, tomorrow, on Shabbat and through the holiday.”

Coming out of the Security Council meeting, 17 year old Renana was remarkably composed. “It was hard to listen to Mr. Mansour,” she said, “but I know that it’s hard to change someone’s opinion. The important thing is that we know the truth.” She paused and added, “The ironic thing is that at my mom’s work everyone always joked about how she saw everyone as the same. It never mattered to her if someone was a patient or doctor or Jewish or Arab or something else. To my mom, a person was just a person.”

To learn more about OneFamily, go to www.onefamilytogether.org

Stephanie Granot

IDF Preparing for Conflicts Along Southern, Northern Borders

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Israel’s defense establishment appears to be preparing military forces and civilians for a possible outbreak of hostilities either in the north or the south sometime soon.

A major civil defense drill – the largest since the 2014 war with Hamas – was held this past Thursday in southern Israel at Kibbutz Erez, barely a mile from Gaza.

Civilian response teams, IDF soldiers, Magen David Adom emergency medical teams, police officers, firefighters and others participated in the drill, Channel 2 reported Friday.

The exercise simulated an attack by Hamas terrorists on an Israeli kibbutz which included abduction of Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers overpowering the terrorists in the kibbutz dining hall.

According to the report, recent IDF preparations to meet a possible conflict have included the infusion of additional forces along the Gaza border. In addition, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported Thursday that four IDF bulldozers leveled ground along the security fence a few meters inside Gaza, east of the city of Rafah, which straddles the enclave’s border with Egypt.

Nevertheless, defense officials continue to say that although Hamas is gathering its forces within Gaza, the terrorist group does not appear to be preparing for a direct war with Israel in the near future.

While the IDF is preparing to meet whatever threat may present itself in the south, forces are also making preparations in the north for much the same reason.

The IDF has beefed up its forces in northern Israel along the border with Lebanon and in the Golan Heights, near Syria. A major military drill began in the north on Wednesday and continued through the end of the week.

IDF Northern Command alerted civilians from the western Galilee all the way east to the Golan Heights not to be alarmed at the sounds of artillery and other ordnance.

The latest round of peace talks between opposition forces and the Syrian government started Wednesday (April 13) in Geneva but by the weekend had achieved nothing.

The Syrian regime has escalated the fighting near Aleppo, and local residents who had not yet fled are now making an effort to flee while they can. Opposition forces are accusing Syrian government chief mediator Bashar Ja’afari of not being serious about seeking a solution to the five-year civil war.

United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura is trying to keep the talks focused on political transition but with intensified battles continuing, the opposition is losing its resolve.

In addition, Da’esh (ISIS), Al Qaeda, Army of Islam and Jabhat Al Nusra (Al Nusra Front) radical Islamist terror organizations are not at the table. Since they control at least half of the territory in Syria, even if negotiations succeed in resolving the issue of who governs Syria, the question still remains whether there is anything geographically, territorially left to govern.

Al Nusra controls the territory closest to the sole border crossing between Israel and Syria, at Quneitra. Last Tuesday (April 12) Syrian sources told international media that Da’esh (ISIS) now controls 90 percent of the Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus. The community is home to Arabs from the Palestinian Authority and is also a stronghold for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization.

So far, the capital, Damascus is still in the hands of President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Hana Levi Julian

UN, Quartet Working on Strategy to Revive Israel-Palestinian Authority Peace Talks

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

The “Quartet” comprised of the United Nations, European Union, Russia and the United States is forming a new plan to revive the moribund Israel-Palestinian Authority peace process.

UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nicolai Mladenov told media at a news conference in New York on Wednesday the Quartet plans to issue an analysis of the obstacles to a final two-state solution. Included in the report will be recommendations on how to advance the process.

Mladenov is to brief the UN Security Council Thursday on the situation in the Middle East, including the current status of reconstruction efforts in Gaza.

Work on the analysis of the obstacles to peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has already begun, according to Mladenov. He said the Quartet is seeking input from Israel as well as the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, “to produce a good assessment,” Xinhua reported.

He added the report, to be completed by the end of the summer, will be used to inform the international body and consolidate consensus on a two-state solution “as the only viable option.”

Mladenov also told media that 100,000 families in Gaza now have access to construction materials with which to repair and rebuild their homes. In addition, 9,000 new jobs have been created, he said. But infrastructure projects relating to accessing fresh water and electricity are still needed, the envoy noted.

He also claimed that only 35 percent of the $3.5 billion pledged by the United States at the 2014 Cairo conference has been disbursed thus far. Mladenov urged all donors to “make good” on their commitments. Very few of the Arab nations who pledged millions have actually fulfilled those promises.

Hana Levi Julian

Ban Ki-Moon Doubles Down on His Anti-Israel Rhetoric

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon seems to have become the new psychologist, band leader and apologist for the Palestinian Authority.

It’s the Israelis’ fault we haven’t reached peace until now, Ban said Wednesday in a speech to the UN committee on rights for citizens of the Palestinian Authority. He fully excused the terror attacks on Israelis in his remarks.

“After nearly 50 years of occupation — after decades of waiting for the fulfilment of the Oslo promises — Palestinians are losing hope. Young people especially are losing hope. They are angered by the stifling policies of the occupation. They are frustrated by the strictures on their daily lives. They watch as Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, expand and expand.

“They are losing faith in their own leadership to deliver genuine national reconciliation and see the dream of a sovereign, contiguous and independent Palestinian state slip away.

“The people of Palestine have lived through half a century of occupation, and they have heard half a century of statements condemning it. But life hasn’t meaningfully changed. Children have become grandparents. But life hasn’t changed.

“We issue statements. We express concern. We voice solidarity. But life hasn’t changed. And some Palestinians wonder: Is this all meant to simply run out the clock? They ask: Are we meant to watch as the world endlessly debates how to divide land while it disappears before our very eyes?”

Sounds a little like an incitement speech by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, no? Maybe a touch more elegant. A better speech writer.

But what really takes the biscuit is Ban’s outrageous defense of the violations of the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords – a document his own United Nations lauded.

“I urged Israel to take action consistent with prior agreements, particularly in Area C, to improve Palestinian lives, empower Palestinian institutions and enhance stability and security for Israelis and Palestinians.”

Particularly in Area C, the European Union – and US AID – have been funding and enthusiastically encouraging Arabs from the Palestinian Authority to build illegal structures, and infrastructures, that have nothing whatsoever to do with Israeli life. Under the Oslo Accords, signed by the PA as well as Israel, Area C is to be maintained under the sole legal administration of the State of Israel.

Oddly, Ban’s job description on the UN website says he is enjoined to “uphold the values and moral authority of the United Nations, and speak and act for peace, even at the risk, from time to time, of challenging or disagreeing with those same Member States.”

He’s sure been working real hard at that lately, when it comes to the Middle East.

“You can count on me,” he said Wednesday in his opening remarks to the 2016 Session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

Ban vowed  to “continue to speak up and speak out – to push and to prod – to do all in my power” to achieve the “long-overdue” peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

His “one and only path to a just and lasting solution” leading to that peace — of course — is “an end to the occupation that began in 1967, leading to a sovereign and independent State of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security with the State of Israel.”

Earlier in the week, he justified bloodthirsty terrorist attacks in a speech to the UN Security Council by explaining, “It is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism.”

“The UN Secretary General’s remarks give a tailwind to terrorism,” Netanyahu said Tuesday in response to Ban’s explanation. “There is no justification for terrorism.

“The Palestinian murderers do not want to build a state – they want to destroy a state and they say this openly. They want to murder Jews simply because they are Jews and they say this openly. They do not murder for peace and they do not murder for human rights. The UN lost its neutrality and moral force a long time ago and the Secretary General’s remarks do not improve the situation.”

For Israel, the presence of terrorist strongholds in Judea, Samaria and Gaza is an existential threat. The question of Jerusalem is no question whatsoever: One has only to open a Bible to know that. The United Nations understood that well before the partition plan was passed in 1947, and it was the Arabs who rejected that, not the Jews.

Israel won’t commit national suicide to win an international popularity contest. Not even the leftist factions have ever been willing to go that far.

The only goal accomplished by Ban’s latest remarks is the incitement of greater terrorist savagery against Israelis; Palestinian Authority leaders and most of its residents view such statements as validation for violence.

Ban’s declaration on behalf of the international community has now granted legitimacy to the current wave of terror – thus a license to wage a war of attrition on Israel.

But don’t imagine even for a heartbeat that Israelis living anywhere, on either side of the 1949 Armistice Line, will not defend themselves.

That went out with the gas chambers.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel’s Four Lone Supporters in Pro-Palestinian Authority Resolution

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Only four United Nations members, besides Israel, voted against a U.N. anti-Israel resolution Tuesday that demand Palestinian Authority sovereignty over Israel’s natural resources in Judea and Samaria, including the Jordan Valley.

Areas or Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority also were included in the non-binding resolution.

The vote was 164-5, with 10 abstentions.

Canada, the United States, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia voted with Israel.

The draft resolution carried the wordy title ” Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources.”

The measure demands that Israel cease alleged “exploitation, damage, cause of loss or depletion and endangerment” of the natural resources in the “occupied” territories.

Supposed destruction includes what the Palestinian Authority calls “diplomatic terrorism,” meaning the alleged “extensive destruction” of Arab land utility infrastructure, especially during the war against Hamas missile attacks on half of Israel in the summer  of 2014.

Israel has tried to work with the Palestinian Authority on several sewerage system projects but has been turned down.

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Ban Ki-moon Winds Down UN Post by Bashing Israel as Reason for Intifada

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who leaves his post in two weeks, blamed Israel for the Arab violence in a scathing speech in Jakarta

His speech, delivered by a U.N. official in Indonesia, was one of his most off-balanced anti-Israel addresses ever.

He was preaching to the chorus, as evidenced by the lengthy title of the conference, called “the Meeting of the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the Question of Jerusalem.”

With the title “the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People,” Ban could not be expected to preach Zionism, but his wholesale blame for Israel as the cause for Arab violence is subtle incitement for more Arab terror.

Some of his choice remarks were:

The anger we are witnessing is bred from nearly five decades of Israeli occupation.

It is the result of fear, humiliation, frustration and mistrust.

It has been fed by the wounds of decades of bloody conflict, which will take a long time to heal. Palestinian youth in particular are tired of broken promises and they see no light at the end of the tunnel.

Obviously, there was no mention of the openly-stated Palestinian Authority agenda that incites children to kill Jews and constantly displays the map of Israel as “Palestine.”

Ban also did not relate to Arab pogroms ever since the “First Aliyah” that marked the beginning of the will of Jews to re-establish the State of Israel.

Nor did he explain the “fear, humiliation, frustration and mistrust” as causes for the Arab nation’s going to war against Israel instead of accepting the U.N. Partition Plan in 1947, for the War of Attrition in the 1950s, or for seven Arab countries preparing to annihilate Israel in the Six-Day War in 1967.

He called for “a negotiated solution” for a “sustainable Palestinian State [[to] be established and Jerusalem emerge as a capital of two States, with arrangements for the holy sites acceptable to all.”

There was no indication of what compromise might be offered by the Palestinian Authority.

As for Israel, he damned “the settlement enterprise [that[….threatens to close the window of opportunity to reach the two-State goal.” He also condemned Israel’s policy of demolishing homes of terrorists, whose murder of Jews, according to him, is caused by Israel.

Ban probably will be succeeded by a leader from Eastern Europe. When Ban took his post from in 2006, it was thought no one could have been worse for Israel than his predecessor Kofi Annan.

Ban proved everyone wrong, and there is every reason to suspect his successor will be even worse.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

President Rivlin to Visit Obama on Hanukkah

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

President Barack Obama is about to see and hear first-hand the radical difference between Shimon “Peace” Peres and his predecessor President ReuvenRivlin.

President Rivlin flew out of Ben Gurion Airport early Tuesday. Besides participating in a Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony at the White House and speaking with senior administration officials, he will deliver an address at the Brookings Institute and participate in another candle lighting ceremony with Ambassadors to the United Nations.

Rivlin already is changing the image of Israel as seen by foreign dignitaries. He has visited Hebron, expressed the close links between the Jewish People and Judea and Samaria and has veered 180 degrees from Peres’ sermonizing on the “peace process” at every opportunity.

The president said before boarding the plane this morning:

The friendship between Israel and the United States is an expression of a deep bond. It is the bond between two countries, and between two peoples, and I intend to express to the President, in the name of all the people, Israel’s appreciation for the uncompromising support of the United States, in each moment, and in every situation.

These are days of great regional instability, and a far from simple security situation in Israel. It is my intention to discuss these challenges with President Obama, alongside the ongoing discussion about the common values which we share – values of freedom and democracy – and I am in no doubt that the array of meetings planned during this visit will serve to further strengthen and deepen the relations between our peoples.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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