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April 21, 2015 / 2 Iyar, 5775
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Four ‘Price Tag’ Arsonists Sentenced to 3 Months of Public Service

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

The Jerusalem District Court Monday sentenced four teenage boys from Arad and Judea and Samaria to three months of community service for setting fire to a café near Hebron.

The Prosecutor had originally asked for a six-month jail sentence.

Police obtained a video of the four boys, with their faces covered, running away from the café in the Arab village of Dura, which has been a hotbed of terrorist activity.

One of the boys said they acted out of revenge for a Dura Arab’s around attack in Beit El, located in Samaria and north of Jerusalem.

UPDATED: Jewish Man Missing, Kidnapping Suspected Near Hebron

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Israeli security forces continue to search for a 22-year-old Jewish man who went missing around 4:20 pm Thursday afternoon. Both he and the friend with whom he was driving in the area are residents of Be’er Sheva, according to a report on Israel’s Channel 2 television.

Police received a call at the Judea and Samaria District Police 100 Center from a man who said his friend had gone to look for tools to fix a flat tire. It had been more than an hour since he left, but had not yet returned.

IDF operating in Beit Anoun, near the Jewish community of Kiryat Arba and the city of Hebron.

IDF operating in Beit Anoun, near the Jewish community of Kiryat Arba and the city of Hebron.

Palestinian media have already published a photo of the man, as well as his name, but these details are being withheld from Israeli media under gag order.

The incident occurred after the car in which he and his friend were driving broke down at the Beit Anoun junction outside Hebron, near the Jewish community of Kiryat Arba.

Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Jewish Press.com that police officers and IDF troops immediately launched an intensive search which has since widened to include the areas around the Palestinian Authority towns of Halhul and El Aroub, both located north of Beit Anoun and Hebron.

Officials said the missing man was wearing a KKL hoodie and a pair of jeans.

Israel Police and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) forces have continued to operate at the intelligence level in the area as well, and by nightfall were working on the assumption he had been kidnapped.

Roads leading to and from the village of Beit Anoun via Highway 60 and Highway 35 were closed in order to stymie any potential kidnappers.

The area of Beit Anoun is close to Hebron and the Jewish community of Kiryat Arba.

Beit Anoun is close to Hebron and the Jewish community of Kiryat Arba.

7:34 PM There are reports that the car did not have a flat tire, and it was parked close to Kiryat Arba so there was no reason for the man to enter Beit Anoun when Kiryat Arba was closer. The explanation the friend gave is problematic; he is being questioned again by security personnel.

The man also left his telephone in the car; it’s not clear whether that was deliberate or accidental.

Regardless of the reason the man entered the Arab village, however, Israeli forces are treating his disappearance as a full-blown security incident.

The area around Halhul and El Aroub is now closed as IDF troops move from house to house searching for the missing man, whose identity still has not been released for publication.

8:09 PM His friend who stayed with the car is a Bedouin. The car did not have a flat tire, but it appears someone did release some air from the tire to make it look flat.

Security forces suspect this began as criminal activity, but has ended up a nationalistic kidnapping, according to Channel 10.

8:13 pm Channel 2 reported that the friend has changed his version of the story three times in telling it to the security forces.

9:20 pm A field command center has been set up in the Kiryat Arba gas station as the search for the missing Israeli mans continues and expands.

Holdup for Har Homa Housing Again Looms

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

It looks like Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has already begun the delicate two-step into the wacky world of covert construction freezes.

Hebrew-language Israeli media reported Wednesday that a massive building project in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa was suddenly suspended — barely two days after Netanyahu got the nod to form the next government.

The City of Jerusalem and Israel Ministry of Housing and Construction both confirmed that two key planning sessions that were set for next week to discuss the next phase in the project have been canceled “for neither planning nor professional reasons,” Ynet reported.

Sources close to the project told the news outlet the plan was not being advanced due to political issues. They said the Prime Minister’s Office had not given a green light to go ahead with the meetings.

The city received approval in August 2011 to build more that 1,000 apartments in Har Homa. But that was only the very first step in what became an incredibly long process which saw endless delays. By June 2013, the city managed to squeeze out permission from the state to build 69 new homes in the neighborhood for which tenders were issued in April 2012.

Despite intense pressure on Israel by the United States to freeze all Jewish construction of any type in any area won in the 1967 Six Day War, the city of Jerusalem has not changed its construction policy in 40 years.

“We continue to build in all city neighborhoods according to zoning plans for Jews and Arabs,” a city official told The Jerusalem Post in 2013. “In the coming years, we intend to build tens of thousands of homes throughout the city for the different population sectors.” New construction is essential for the city’s development, the official pointed out, noting that students and young adults also need to be able to purchase apartments and rent homes.

Housing Minister Uri Ariel has noted in the past that the process of publishing tenders for housing construction in Israel – throughout the country – is one that affects plans for some 600,000 residential units every year, and takes seven years. Even if the tenders are issued, however, not all the tenders are used.

The Arab neighborhood of Sur Baher faces the Har Homa neighborhood, which was built in the late 1990s despite intense international and local Arab criticism. The neighborhood itself stands on 32 acres of land (130 dunam) that was purchased by a Jewish group in the 1940s, located on the outskirts of southeastern Jerusalem, facing Bethlehem. The area was known as Jabal Abu Ghneim.

During the 1948 War of Independence, the hill was conquered by the elite troops of the Jordanian Arab Legion. Its Hebrew name, Har Homa, refers to a wall built on the remains of a Byzantine church that sat on the mountain, which was visible to the Palmach forces who were stationed at Kibbutz Ramat Rachel.

In 1991, expropriation of the land from various Jewish and Arab private owners was approved by Israeli cabinet minister Yitzchak Moda’i, for the purpose of completing a master plan for the capital under eminent domain.

Obama Aides Lay Groundwork to Betray Israel at UN Security Council

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Aides to President Barack Obama told media Friday the U.S. will “reassess” its relationship with Israel in the wake of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s re-election to an historic fourth term.

A White House official couched the nasty reality in more diplomatic language, saying the president had told the prime minister “we will need to re-assess our options following the prime minister’s new positions and comments regarding the two-state solution.”

An official statement distributed following the call said the president had emphasized the U.S. “longstanding commitment to a two-state solution” during his conversation with Israel’s prime minister.

Earlier in the day on Thursday, Netanyahu clarified his position on the issue, explaining his reasons for a statement during the campaign in which he told supporters he would not back the establishment of a Palestinian state during his fourth term. In that clarification Netanyahu talked about the present realities in the Middle East with which Israel has to contend. He also noted that he supports the same conditions for negotiating a sustainable peace that he had set forth in his speech at Bar Ilan University in 2009: a demilitarized Palestinian state led by a government willing to recognize the Jewish State of Israel.

But he pointed to changes on the ground that cannot be denied – or ignored – and that present a real threat.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has united his government in Ramallah with that of Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization, which is allied with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah. All three are faithful proxies of Tehran. In addition, Gaza is now home to bases for a number of Salafi global jihad terrorist groups. Among them are the Army of Islam, Al Qaeda, and Daesh, also known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Iran and its proxies are also literally parked on Israel’s borders, in Lebanon, Syria, the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula. A new Palestinian state would be ripe for the picking as well, creating for Israel an existential threat that no leader could allow.

None of which has impressed Obama. At a briefing on Friday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters: “Now that our closest ally in the region – and one of the two parties who would be responsible for negotiating a two-state solution – has withdrawn from their commitments, to that ideal, it means that we need to rethink the kinds of policy decisions that we’re going to have to make going forward.”

Never mind the fact that the Palestinian Authority – the first of the two parties responsible for negotiating the two-state solution — withdrew from its commitments several years earlier.

Obama has entirely ignored the fact that the PA, via the PLO, unilaterally dropped out of the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords. He has also turned a blind eye as the PA abandoned its moral and legal obligations to negotiate a final status agreement with Israel, using the United Nations as an excuse to break that deal. The General Assembly of the United Nations participated, allowing itself to be so used by granting the entity non-member observer nation status, which opened the door for the PA to join hundreds of international treaties.

Some members of the American media are also using a double standard to judge Israel’s decisions on its national security and foreign policy.

CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer interviewed Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz as part of Israel’s “Likud-led government” and baldly demanded to know: “Do you support what’s called a two-state solution, Israel living alongside, the new state of Palestine.”

Netanyahu Doubles Down on Dangers of ISIS Overtaking Palestinian State

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Israeli Defense Forces at the Judea and Samaria Headquarters in Gush Etzion on Tuesday, March 10. The prime minister was accompanied by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.

The prime minister took the opportunity of being in the so-called disputed territories, a region in which much of the international community has been pushing Israel to create a Palestinian State, to reinforce a position he announced earlier in the week.

The prime minister said on Sunday, March 8, that because of the ability of Islamic extremists such as ISIS to exploit vulnerabilities in the region and spread its tentacles into vulnerable nations, there is no point now in discussing the creation of a Palestinian State which would immediately be taken over by such extremists. This would pose a danger not only to Israelis, but to Palestinian Arabs as well.

‘The activity of the IDF and the security services is essential to prevent a takeover by radical elements that would certainly attack Israel and threaten our communities and our people, and would also threaten the Palestinian Authority and take control of the Palestinian public,” Netanyahu said.

The prime minister also took the opportunity to press his position on Iran, noting that the current agreement being formulated “between the major powers and Iran gives a clear path to Iran to achieve a nuclear bomb,” and a better agreement must be pursued. He continued, “I think that this is important for the security of Israel, the region and the world.”

Palestinian Authority Squatters Hurl Rocks at Investigating Drone [video]

Monday, March 9th, 2015

A video from a drone investigating illegal Arab and Bedouin homes in the Palestinian Authority shows children hurling rocks at the drone flying outside Jerusalem.

The Regavim organization, directed by Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) candidate for the Knesset Betzalel Smotrich, is an advocate against claims by Peace Now and other pro-Palestinian Authority groups that appeal to the courts with claims that Jews live on their property.

The Regavim research drone was on a routine mission when it was almost downed by Palestinian Authority children throwing rocks at it while it collecting evidence of continued illegal EU building in and around Jerusalem on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

Real-time footage of the research drone shows that it was almost downed during a routine surveillance mission over an illegal EU settlement on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Viewers can clearly see large rocks narrowly missing the unmanned aircraft as it flew past a cluster of buildings bearing the EU flag. The Regavim field researcher who was operating the machine managed to steer it away from the incoming rocks and fly it back to safety.

A recent report by Regavim highlighted this new EU policy of unilaterally building on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank to the detriment of Israel.

The Regavim report has subsequently been presented to the European Parliament by a number of MEPs and awaits a hearing in the Foreign Policy Committee.

Ari Briggs, International Director of Regavim explained what the organization’s use of drones and how the event could have ended much worse:

We use drones to monitor the ongoing illegal activities across the country, without having to go into villages themselves. These machines are extremely effective but costly, and this near-miss could have cost the organization thousands of dollars.

Although we will not be deterred by this violent attack against our equipment we may now have to purchase a more advanced drone that can take close-up footage much higher-up in the sky and out of projectile range.

Rami Levy to Light Torch on Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Likud supporter and supermarket chain mogul Rami Levi has been named one of the torch-lighters in the traditional ceremony on the evening of Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Independence Day) this year.

His chain is the only major supermarket with several outlets in Judea and Samaria and is known for low prices and sales campaigns such as “shekel a kilogram” chickens.

The honorees for this year’s torch lighting were named for their pioneering efforts and include Dr. Danny Gold, who developed the Iron Dome anti-missile system and WAZE developer Ehud Shabtai.

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