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US Issues Travel Warning as Snowstorm Nears Israel

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

The U.S. Embassy has jumped on this week’s snow wagon and has issued an unusual travel warning that the predicted storm could duplicate last year’s “closure of major roadways, stranded and isolated motorists, and difficult/perilous travel conditions.”

The Embassy usually warns Americans in Israel against Arab riots and terrorist attacks, but this time took the meteorological route to warn against travel, and it suggested that people “consider deferring any non-essential travel to impacted areas.”

It added, “Even a small amount of snow accumulation can result in road closures and perilous driving conditions, especially in elevated areas.

“If you are required to travel under these conditions, ensure your vehicle has a full tank of fuel. Pack warm winter clothing, boots, water, shovel, and emergency food supplies in the event you are stranded.”

The panic is justifiable.

Amateur weather buffs, who often – but not always – are more accurate than Israel’s official weather bureau, predict that up to 2 feet of snow will fall in Tzfat (Safed) and other high altitude areas by mid-week.

Snow will fall in Jerusalem, but it is too early to predict how much.

Most importantly, there will be huge amounts of rain that will help restore Israel’s depleted water reservoirs, including the Kinneret as well as the underground aquifers.

Up to 6 inches of rain may fall, particularly along the coast and in the north.

The snow may fall in areas as low as 500 feet high, which would include Nazareth and some areas in the northern Negev.

Hail, thunderstorms and very high winds are expected when the storm smacks around Wednesday, although some weather models indicate it might hit Israel Tuesday night.

Heavy rain fell in the north and in Jerusalem on the Sabbath and is expected to continue into the night, possible as far as south as the northern Negev.

Snow fell on the lower slopes of the Hermon.

Rain will taper off a bit by Sunday afternoon.

Local rains are expected on Monday, with slightly higher temperatures, but this is just to fool everyone that it is all over.

On Monday evening and Tuesday morning, heavy winds, with little precipitation will preview the big storm, which will begin to dump on the north in the afternoon.

The precipitation will take an afternoon break and return in full force during the night, when snow will spread from the Hermon to the northern Golan Heights and Upper Galilee, meaning Safed.

Snow, rain and hail will continue on Wednesday, especially in the north and along the coast, and will spread inward and south in the afternoon. Temperatures will drop like a rock.

On Thursday, most of the country will be wet, if not white.

Low-lying areas will be flooded, and there will be flash floods in the Dead Sea and Arava areas.

After it is all over, the temperatures will drop even more, resulting in icy conditions on the roads.

Take into account that forecasting the weather, especially snow, in Israel is tricky, but this time around, all opinions are that it is going to a wicked weather week.

And remember, we are asking God every day for winds and rain, so don’t complain.

We need the water.


US Officials Banned from Old City on Friday

Friday, October 31st, 2014

The United States has banned government officials are banned from entering Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday because of “civil unrest and clashes in the Old City and in East Jerusalem,” said a message sent Thursday to U.S. citizens by the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem.

“As these events may continue tomorrow, U.S. government official personnel are restricted from entering the Old City on Friday, October 31,” the message said. “Although the current restriction is for the Old City, other areas may also be affected by clashes.”

Last week, the American government banned local staffers from riding the light rail because of Arab violence and vandalism against the system.

If an Arab terrorist, God forbid, blows up a McDonald’s restaurant next week, will the United States ban all officials from the fast food outlets in Israel?

And if, God forbid, there will be a country-wide intifada, will the U.S. government order all of its employees in n Israel to say home, or better yet, go home?

Tel Aviv Follows US Model and Bans School Trips to Western Wall

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Tel Aviv has ordered a school to cancel Bar Mitzvah an eighth-grade Bar Mitzvah trip to the Western Wall in Jerusalem because of “the security situation in Jerusalem.”

City Hall explained that the cancellation of the Bar Mitzvah trip “includes tours of some of the places where violence has recently erupted.”

It turns out ”some places” means Ammunition Hill, the spokeswoman for Tel Aviv told The Jewish Press. The site is one of the most popular places for visitors because of a fierce and deadly battle there against the Jordanian army in the Six-Day War in 1967.

There have been no riots at Ammunition Hill. Nor there have been any Arabs throwing rocks there.

Someone in Tel Aviv must have looked at the map and noticed that Ammunition Hill is two or three minutes from the part of the route of the light rail train that Jerusalem Arabs have targeted on a daily basis. An Arab terrorist last week raced down the path next to a train and ran over anyone in his way, killing a three-month-old baby and another victim who died today.

That doesn’t make Ammunition Hill dangerous and more than it makes an ice hockey arena dangerous because two guys are fighting each other on the ice

If Ammunition Hill were not a safe place to visit, Jerusalem schools would not send dozens of children there every day.

But let’s say that the good citizens of Tel Aviv don’t know any better and are paranoid. The school tour no doubt wanted to include a visit to Ammunition Hill on the Bar Mitzvah trip, but why did it throw out the baby with the bath water and deprive the children of the Bar Mitzvah experience at the Western Wall instead of simply taking Ammunition Hill off of the schedule?

Tel Aviv’s reaction is as if it were in the Diaspora.

Hundreds of American Jews this past summer cancelled trips to Israel because of the war against Hamas, which attacked most of Israel with missiles, even though almost all of the rockets that reached the metropolitan area were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system.

The U.S. Embassy last week ordered its personnel not to travel on the light rail trains in Jerusalem because of the terrorist attack

The clueless and frightened ghetto-like reaction of the United States and Tel Aviv is the perfect response to encourage terrorists, who have two objectives. One is to kill Jews. The other is for Jews to go elsewhere – first Tel Aviv, and then the United States, or any other place where radical Islam has not yet taken over.

Cancelling a school trip to the Western Wall because of one nearby trouble spot makes as much sense as Jerusalem’s banning traveling to Tel Aviv because of fatal accidents on Tel Aviv’s inner city Ayalon highway or Mafia murders in broad daylight that often catch innocent bystanders in crossfire or simply target the wrong people.

Jerusalem’s deputy mayor Rachel Azaria called Tel Aviv’s ban “outrageous.”

Thousands of Jerusalem children and adults travel every day to the Western Wall. There also are visits to Ammunition Hill without incident. There is no requirement to take the light rail train..

Ammunition Hill in quieter times.

Ammunition Hill in quieter times.

US Bans Embassy Personnel from Part of Jerusalem Light Rail Route

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has prohibited its personnel from riding the Jerusalem light rail train from French Hill to Pisgat Ze’ev, in northern Jerusalem, for 30 days because of the terrorist attack this week that killed a three-year-old American-Israeli.

It was a typical U.S. Embassy reaction – every time there is a serious terrorist attack, it prohibits its staffs from the vicinity.

The policy is not restricted only to areas that the Obama administration wants Israel to turn over to the Palestinian Authority The U.S. Embassy previously has ordered workers not to ride the buses in Tel Aviv after a terrorist tried to blow up a local bus last year.

Israelis have suffered terrorist attacks for decades, long before the country was re-established in 1948. Whether there are terrorist attacks between a period of quiet or whether there are periods of quiet between terrorist attacks depends on whether the glass of water is half-full or half-empty.

It is reasonable that the Embassy does not want to see its workers injured or killed. It is not reasonable to worry about terrorist attacks after they happen and then suggest that after 30 days, the all-clear signal may be given.

It makes as much sense as the U.S. State Dept.’s foreign policy.


US Embassy in Libya Captured

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Islamic militants from a group named “Fajar” (Dawn of Libya) appear to have taken over the US Embassy in Tripoli, Libya. The group claims to have occupied the compound last week.

In the video below, the Islamic militants are taking advantage of the pool in the Embassy’s residential annex.

US personnel were evacuated from the embassy a month ago.

US Embassy Personnel Collect Israeli Drone Parts After Crash Near Baghdad

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

For the third time in a week, an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was reportedly shot down, this time in Iraq, near the Baghdad Airport, according to the Iranians.

According to reports by the Iran state-run FARS news agency and the Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen television network, the UAV was a Hermes model drone. U.S. embassy personnel went to the site to collect the remains.

A drone was allegedly shot down by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Monday as it was approaching the Natanz uranium enrichment nuclear plant.

Also this week, the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of the Hamas terrorist organization that rules Gaza claimed it ‘seized’ a “Zionist reconnaissance plane” in eastern Gaza City.

Of course, Iran has a history of making up these type of news and victory stories, so we’re taking these drone reports with a big grain of salt.

Pro Pollard Rally Today, 6 PM at US Embassy

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

According to the organizers, Women in Green, the eyes of the world will be upon the Pollard demo, this Sunday, February 23, at 6 PM, in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, 81 Herbert Samuel Street (on the promenade).

“This is the first official Pollard demo in front of the US Embassy. Your presence is needed to ensure that, with God’s help, it will also be the last.”

  • Stand up for a just cause, the release of Jonathan Pollard, after 29 years of affliction in American prisons for his service to Israel
  • Contribute to absolute Jewish unity on this issue and on the many Jewish and Israeli issues that Pollard’s case represents
  • Show the kind of solidarity that will ultimately define not only Pollard’s fate, but the fate of Israel

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/pro-pollard-rally-today-6-pm-at-us-embassy/2014/02/23/

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