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January 23, 2017 / 25 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘West Bank’

Israel Awaits Azaria Verdict

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

The people of Israel are waiting as military judges weigh the evidence and prepare to reach verdict in the trial of IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria, the young IDF medic accused of manslaughter in the death of an injured Arab terrorist.

Azaria shot a seriously wounded terrorist minutes after he had stabbed an IDF soldier stationed in Hebron.

The verdict is expected Wednesday morning. If found guilty, sentencing is expected in February, but attorneys for Azaria say they will appeal.

Hana Levi Julian

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz: ‘Make Gush Etzion Part of Greater Jerusalem’

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

by Ilana Messika

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, who also holds the portfolio for the Ministry of Intelligence and Atomic Energy, called Tuesday to “make Gush Etzion part of Greater Jerusalem” during a ceremony for a new traffic light at the Neve Daniel junction with Highway 60, south of Jerusalem.

“In Judea and Samaria, security and safety are intertwined,” said Katz. “We must not undermine the status of Jerusalem.

“Ten years ago I introduced a bill for ‘Greater Jerusalem.’ The proposal calls for extending the jurisdiction of the capital to other communities around Jerusalem, but these communities will still retain their municipal autonomy. Local authorities will be annexed and residents will have the right to vote twice – once for the Greater City Council and once for local municipality. This proposal must be renewed immediately, and it is one the new U.S. administration could support.

“We must strengthen our position in all the communities. At the Transportation desk, I focus on connecting the communities of Greater Jerusalem to Jerusalem itself,” Katz added.

Acting Head of Gush Etzion Regional Council, Moshe Seville, also said that the recent building momentum in Gush Etzion must be met with corresponding road infrastructure.

The decision to place traffic lights at intersections located on Highway 60 was taken after 17-year-old Nofer Shimon was killed near the community of Elazar, a kilometer away from the new traffic light, two years ago. After that accident, the regional council, community authorities, and Nofer’s family and friends pressed the government to take action to improve safety on the road.

Chairwoman of the Bayit Yehudi Faction and a resident of Neve Daniel, MK Shuli Mualem said: “During the mourning period for Nofer, residents of Neve Daniel and Elazar, together with Minister Katz decided to solve the safety problem at the intersection. . . The family decided that their tragedy would be the last one on this road, and they succeeded. The traffic lights at Neve Daniel and Elazar represent the Shimon family’s success in preserving life.”

Muallem added. “As someone who works tirelessly to apply Israeli jurisdiction in Judea and Samaria – starting with the consensus areas of Gush Etzion and Ma’ale Adumim — I want Gush Etzion to become an integral part of the State of Israel within our jurisdiction.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Pres. Rivlin to France: Without Negotiations, No ‘Solution’ Can Be Reached

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

President Reuven Rivlin met Tuesday morning with Gerard Larcher, the President of the French Senate, who is visiting Israel this week.

President Rivlin told the French official that Israel appreciates French concern over the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but said, “There are no shortcuts in the Middle East.”

The Israeli president said the solution to the conflict requires building trust and direct negotiations between the two sides.

“Without trust,” he said, “no solution will work. Without negotiations, no solution can be reached.”

President Rivlin also told Monsieur Larcher that the recent UN Security Council resolution 2334 condemning Jewish communities in post 67 territories was not helpful in building trust. Instead, he said, that vote had pushed the two sides further away from peace.

Hana Levi Julian

Former Australian PM: Move Embassy to Jerusalem, Cut Off PA Funds

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has called for Australia to cut off the $40 million in aid it gives the Palestinian Authority annually, over the Abbas regime’s support for “terrorists and their families.” The Liberal politician also supported moving the Australian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Last month Mr Abbott attended the Australia-Israel-UK Dialogue in Jerusalem, as did Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and other federal MPs. Last Thursday, writing under the headline “Jerusalem Diary” for The Spectator Australia, the 60-year-old, London-born Member of Parliament, wrote: “In discussions with the Australian MPs, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah claimed that his people accepted Israel’s right to exist behind secure borders; but this is hard to credit given Palestinian TV’s consistent glorification of suicide bombers, reference to Jews as the ‘sons of monkeys and pigs’ and claims that the state of Israel is a ‘satanic project.’”

Pointing out that “Israel’s GDP per person is about $40,000 a year” and “Palestine’s is about $2000,” Abbot stressed that “this is not due to inherent riches on one side of the [border],” but due to the ineptness and corruption of the PA bureaucracy. He quoted Australia’s “highly-regarded ambassador to Israel, Dave Sharma,” who had told him that “it can cost as much to ship a case of Palestinian beer from the West Bank to port at Haifa than from there to Japan.” Abbot’s concluded that the PA’s ” basic problem […] is a focus on politics over economics and the all-pervading sense of grievance.”

In order to improve the lives of PA Arabs, Abbot recommends “lesser issues that could be fixed before [the issue of Palestinian statehood] is resolved. It should be easier for people and goods to move from Palestine into Israel and Jordan. The UAE should join Jordan and Egypt in operating direct flights into Tel Aviv. And Australia should cut our $40 million a year in aid to the Palestinian Authority while it keeps paying pensions to terrorists and their families.”

And, while he’s at it, Abbot suggested that “another way for Australia to demonstrate its unswerving support for Israel, as the Middle East’s only liberal, pluralist democracy, might be to join any move by the Trump administration to move its embassy to Jerusalem.”

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop issued a quick statement rejecting Abbot’s ideas: “The Australian Government does not have any plans to move the Australian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

However, she did announce that Australia’s aid program to the PA was already under review: “The Australian aid program has robust risk management and due diligence assessment processes which are also applied to partner agencies and governments,” she stated, noting that “the Australian Government has a zero tolerance policy with regard to fraud and corruption.”

Bishop made it clear that “Australian aid to the Palestinian Territories is under review after the aid program for World Vision in the Palestinian Territories was suspended last year.”

As you may recall, the head of the World Vision operations in the Gaza Strip turned out to be a Hamas agent who diverted much of the aid funds to Hamas military projects as well as to the restoration of Hamas leaders’ villas.

Labor senior politician Kate Ellis also rejected Abbot’s ideas, saying, “What we see here is Tony Abbott using policy on the Middle East to try and undermine [Liberal Prime Minister] Malcolm Turnbull.”

Similarly, Izzat Abdulhadi, head of the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, told SBS that Abbot’s “statement, argument, is baseless, ideological, biased and lack evidence of the aid to Palestine.” Adding a touch of melodrama, the representative of one of the most corrupt regimes in the Middle East, with Swiss accounts to show for it, said about Abbot: “If he has some issues with the Prime Minister here it should not be [at] the expense of the suffering of the Palestinian children and Palestinian refugees.”

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Netanyahu, Putin Speak by Phone on Eighth Night of Chanukah

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday evening, (Dec. 31), the final night of Chanukah.

The two leaders discussed developments in the region, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Their conversation included an “emphasis on Syria and continued security coordination in this sphere, which has already proven itself in preventing misunderstandings,” the statement said.

According to a statement from Moscow, the call was initiated by Jerusalem and the conversation included a discussion about the “Palestinian-Israeli peace process.”

It was the second conversation between the two men in a week. Last Sunday Israel’s prime minister had called Mr. Putin to express condolences over the crash of a military aircraft that resulted in the death of the entire 60-member Red Army Choir, plus 32 others, while on its way to the Middle East.

Israel’s prime minister was among the world leaders who received New Year’s greetings from Russia’s president this week. Mr. Putin “expressed confidence in the successful continuation in 2017 of joint efforts to enhance the entire range of Russian-Israeli relations and constructive cooperation in addressing regional and international issues in the interests of the friendly peoples of the two countries, and for ensuring peace, security and stability in the Middle East.”

Hana Levi Julian

Terrorist Funerals in Ramallah, Jerusalem After Israel Returns Bodies to Families

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Funerals were held Saturday for two Palestinian Authority terrorists whose bodies were held by Israel until late Friday, when they were returned to their families in Ramallah and Jerusalem, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news site.

Mu’en Nasser al-Din Abu Qara’a, 23, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers November 3 near Ofra while attempting a stabbing attack at the entrance to the Jewish town. The attacker was “armed with a knife attempted to stab an Israeli soldier guarding a bus stop” according to an IDF spokesperson, but was neutralized before he was able to hurt anyone.

Hammad Khader Al-Sheikh, 21, was killed while carrying out a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on December 14. Armed with a screwdriver, the attacker approached a group of Israeli Border Guard Police officers stationed near the Austrian Hospice hospital and stabbed one of the officers in the head.

Both were hailed on the website of the ruling Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza as “martyrs.”

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said in a brief statement that the bodies of the two men were delivered at el-Jeb checkpoint and were then transferred to “Palestine Medical Complex” in Ramallah.

Israel has been selective about which bodies of terrorists are returned to families since the October 2015 outbreak of the “Jerusalem Intifada,” as it is referred to on the website of the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas.

The families are held to a number of conditions before they are allowed to receive the bodies of terrorists killed while trying to kill Israelis, including a promise to limit the number of attendees at the funeral and an agreement to deployment of Israeli soldiers at the proceedings. Terrorist funerals have long been forums for fierce incitement against Israel and vigorous recruitment sites for anti-Israel activists and new terrorist trainees.

Hana Levi Julian

Shin Bet Agents, Israeli Soldiers Foil Terror Attacks in Judea, Samaria

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

IDF soldiers and Shin Bet intelligence agents arrested five wanted terror suspects over the course of this weekend. Among the suspects was an Arab terrorist on his way to carry out a stabbing attack on Israelis.

On Saturday afternoon, IDF soldiers foiled a terrorist attack in Samaria at the Dir-Sharaf intersection.

The forces captured a Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist armed with a knife, who confessed that he intended to carrying out a terror attack.

In the wee hours of Sabbath (Saturday) morning, three wanted fugitives were arrested in the Arab village of Ya’abad, located in southwestern Jenin. The area is patrolled by the Menashe brigade.

The three were taken into custody in connection with accusations of involvement with shootings aimed at IDF soldiers on Friday night. Forces also discovered and seized the vehicle with which the shootings were carried out.

An additional arrest was made in the Hebron suburb of Yatta, in Judea. IDF soldiers seized a cache of weapons parts and arrested the terrorist responsible for their repair and maintenance.

Hana Levi Julian

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