Netanyahu Government Approves 'Jewish State' Law

Netanyahu Government Approves 'Jewish State' Law

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet on Sunday voted 15 to 7 in favor of new legislation that would make official Israel’s status as the “Jewish state.”

The bill, which will go before the Knesset plenum later this week, seeks to codify the national rights of Israel’s Jews, while also reinforcing the individual rights of all minorities.

In practical terms, that means only Jews can make claims to a national flag, anthem and a right of immigration.

In reality, the law changes nothing. The Israeli flag and anthem are already focused on the Jewish nature of the state, and only Jews are granted a “right of return.”

As such, the move is largely symbolic, but seen as important nonetheless by Netanyahu and many others at a time when the Palestinians and some Israeli Arab elements are trying to undermine the Jewish nature of the state and, in the prime minister’s words, “create a state within a state.”

But, as seen in the vote count from this morning, not everyone agreed.

The cabinet only cast its votes following what was reported to be a heated shouting match between Netanyahu and some of his more left-leaning ministers.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni both painted the bill as racist toward the nation’s minorities. However, their outbursts seemingly failed to take into account the changes Netanyahu made to the original draft.

In its original form, the proposed legislation made Israel’s democratic nature subservient to its Jewish nature, and sought to downgrade Arabic as an official language of the state.

Netanyahu was harshly critical of anyone, both in Israel or in the international community, who calls for a two-state solution, but opposes this bill.

“They rush to recognize a state of the Palestinian people, but they strongly oppose a state of the Jewish people,” he said.

Netanyahu has made Palestinian recognition of Israel as the “Jewish state” a cornerstone of his position regarding peace negotiations.

 

The Abusive Brainwashing of Palestinian Children

The Abusive Brainwashing of Palestinian Children

In what many have previously likened to a form of child abuse, many Palestinian Arab children from the youngest ages are taught to hate and to seek out violent confrontation with Israeli Jews.

A weekend report in Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper highlighted this heart-breaking phenomenon by interviewing four child rioters from Jerusalem who were so seething with hatred that they would rather “martyr” themselves than play or study as normal children.

“We are ready to die as martyrs, we have nothing to lose,” said one child from the Jerusalem suburb of Shuafat. “Our heads aren’t in studies at all, we are always planning what to do against the police.”

Another 13-year-old boy said that he no longer attends school “because I want to continue our struggle.” His justification for taking violent action in lieu of studies? The death of an Arab motorist who ran over and killed two Israelis earlier this month as part of what has become known as the “Car Intifada.”

Young Arabs were told that the incident was a mere traffic accident (even though security camera footage showed the driver purposely enter the light rail track), and that the driver was murdered by Israeli security forces.

And they come even younger than that. An eight-year-old rioter told the newspaper that “Allah willing we’ll succeed in liberating Palestine and Jerusalem.”

Summing up the sentiment among the children of Jerusalem’s Arab-dominated eastern neighborhoods, two other boys said they were “proud” of engaging in daily violence, and that “all of us here are ready to sacrifice our lives and die as martyrs.”

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VIDEO: Weapons Found in Palestinian Christmas Supplies Shipment

VIDEO: Weapons Found in Palestinian Christmas Supplies Shipment

The Jerusalem Police Department last week seized two large shipping containers marked as carrying Christmas ornaments to Arab Christian residents of the capital, but which were also transporting a large number of “cold weapons.”

The containers arrived in Israel from a supplier in China over two weeks ago. The buyers form the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina went to retrieve the shipment, but not before raising the suspicions of customs officers at the port.

Days later, police raided the warehouse where the containers had been taken. They did indeed find Christmas ornaments, but under those were hidden 18,000 fireworks, 5,200 commando knives, 4,300 flashlights concealing an electric shocker, 5,500 regular electric shockers, and 1,000 samurai swords.

All of this was en route to the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem, where violent riots have become a daily occurrence, and have of late escalated into deadly attacks against the city’s Jewish residents.

The operation was launched specifically to stop the shipment fireworks, which have been used with increasing frequency to attack police officers, synagogue and other Jewish targets.

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Obama: Helping Terror Go Nuclear

Obama: Helping Terror Go Nuclear

Last Tuesday’s terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue killed five people: four rabbis (including three born in the USA) and a Druze police officer. Two Palestinians entered during morning prayers and attacked worshipers with knives, meat cleavers, and a handgun. Congress showed moral clarity when blaming the horrors on Hamas and Palestinian Authority incitement, but Obama’s statements were perfunctorily “balanced.” Obama warned of a “spiral” of violence – an obtuse refrain of those suggesting moral equivalency between terrorism and the fight against it. Obama also misleadingly claimed that “President Abbas...strongly condemned the attacks” omitting that Abbas did so only after pressure from the administration and with equivocation (Abbas suggested a link between recent terrorism and visits by Jews to the Temple Mount, as if to justify the attacks). It’s also worth noting that Palestinians celebrated the massacre (as they did after the 2013 Boston bombing and the 9/11 attacks).

Obama’s weak reaction is consistent with his mostly impotent response to ISIS terrorists who behead Americans and Mideast Christians and grow their Islamist empire by the day. Frighteningly, his approach to Iranian nukes follows the same meek pattern, but the stakes are exponentially higher, because when Iran goes nuclear, so does terrorism.

Iran is already the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, without nuclear weapons. Iran-supported Hamas has already tried to commit nuclear terror: last summer, Hamas launched rockets at Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor. How much more dangerous will Iran become when it has nukes? Even if Iran doesn’t directly commit nuclear terrorism, an Iranian nuclear umbrella will embolden the regime and the terrorist organizations it sponsors. 

Obama has a long record of weakness towards Iran. In 2009, when Iran’s Basij paramilitary force brutalized demonstrators protesting Iran’s fraudulent presidential election, Obama kept his response irrelevantly mild for the sake of “engaging” Iran. That surely helped Iranian voters understand the risks of protesting the “free” election of 2012 (involving eight regime-picked candidates). It was indeed a very orderly rubberstamp.

In 2011, when a U.S. drone went down on Iranian soil, Obama cordially requested it back. The regime recently scoffed at such impotence by showcasing its knock-off based on that drone and some U.S.-made helicopters that it purchased,  highlighting just how useless sanctions have become.

President Hassan Rouhani’s election vastly improved the public face of Iran’s nuclear program, and Obama was charmed too. Obama has been unilaterally weakening the sanctions against Iran by not enforcing them. He has threatened to thwart any Congressional attempt to limit his nuclear generosity by simply lifting sanctions without Congressional approval. Yet despite these concessions and Rouhani's smiles, human rights abuses in Iran have actually worsened.  

Obama declared in 2012 (while running for reelection) that he doesn’t bluff when it comes to stopping Iranian nukes, and that containment was not an option, unlike military force. But the credibility of that statement collapsed after Obama shrunk away from his “red line” against Syrian chemical weapons use. In 2013, Basher Assad gassed his own people and Obama took no military action. So if Obama cowers against a disintegrating state, what are the chances that he’ll militarily prevent Iranian nukes?

And Obama has dangerously undermined the only military threat to Iranian nukes that anyone still takes seriously: Israel. On the Iranian nuclear issue, Obama has isolated Israel on how close Iran is to a nuclear capability with estimates that are far laxer. And as long as Obama continues negotiating (even if Iran is clearly playing for time as the U.S. offers ever more desperate proposals) or reaches a deal allowing Iran to become a threshold nuclear weapons state, an Israeli military option to defang Iranian nukes appears less legitimate. 

The media’s anti-Israel bias is well known (they can’t even get a simple story about vehicular terrorism against Israelis correct (compare how The Guardian writes accurate headlines when Canada suffers an Islamist car attack but not when Israel does). So if Obama accepts Iran’s nuclear program and Israel then attacks it, the media will be even harsher on Israel (even though the world will be silently relieved, if Israeli courage succeeds at neutralizing what scared everyone else).

Downgrading US-Israel relations seems to be part of Obama’s détente with Iran. Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei recently tweeted his plan for destroying Israel, but Obama grows even more determined to reach an accord that legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program. And the Obama administration’s diplomatic abuse of America’s closest Mideast ally is unprecedented – from his humiliation of Prime Minister Netanyahu in 2010, to Secretary of State John Kerry’s betrayal of Israel during Operation Protective Edge, to calling Netanyahu a “chickenshit” a few weeks ago, without even apologizing later (note the irony of calling Netanyahu a coward anonymously). Obama seems far more concerned by Israeli construction of apartments in Jerusalem than a nuclear Iran. And he has been pressuring Israel to retreat from more disputed territory, effectively rewarding Palestinians for launching the third missile war against Israel from Gaza in five years last summer and now the third Intifidah inside Israel in 17 years. That puts Obama just behind the European appeasers who think Palestinian bellicosity merits statehood. They all naively think -- at Israel's peril -- that peace is possible with raw hatred.

Obama indeed appears desperate to get a nuclear accord with Iran at any price. He has written letters asking for Iran’s help against ISIS after they hinted at an ISIS-for-nukes exchange, and has pursued an agreement at all costs. Obama’s top aide, Ben Rhodes, was caught saying how a nuclear accord is as important to Obama as “healthcare”; at least there’s a fitting slogan to sell the deal to Americans: “If you like your nukes, you can keep them.”

Russia, the serial spoiler, suggested extending nuclear talks past the November 24th deadline. Iran will undoubtedly agree to more enrichment time (while it keeps stonewalling the IAEA’s investigations into it nukes), as it did last July. For Obama, a bad agreement or an extension looks far better than concluding that talks have failed and issuing more empty threats to stop Iran militarily. And so U.S. foreign policy will continue its freefall, as the world’s bad actors will want to see what they can extort from a leader even weaker than President Carter. While Carter permitted Iran to hold 52 American diplomats and citizens hostage for 444 days, Obama may allow Iran to hold the world hostage with nuclear terrorism. It's now dreadfully obvious: without massive public pressure, Obama will help Iran get nukes. Anyone concerned about nuclear terrorism should sign this petition: http://www.nobombforiran.com 

Noah Beck is the author of The Last Israelis, an apocalyptic novel about Iranian nukes and other geopolitical issues in the Middle East.

 

Nazareth Priest: In Israel, Christians Have Freedom

Nazareth Priest: In Israel, Christians Have Freedom

Father Gabriel Naddaf, a Nazareth-based Greek Orthodox Christian priest of Aramean background, has become a symbol and vocal witness of the situation for Christians in Israel, and how that differs from the way Christians are treated everywhere else in the Middle East.

Speaking before US congressional leaders in Washington, DC this week, Father Naddaf explained:

“In the Middle East today, there is one country where Christians are affectionately granted freedom of expression, freedom of worship and security. It is Israel, the Jewish State. In Israel, Christians enjoy good education, employment, welfare, healthcare, and high socio-economic standing. In Israel, Christians have freedom, which no Muslim power has ever offered us.”

In telling the American lawmakers about his own journey of faith, Father Naddaf recalled moving as a young man to the mixed Arab-Jewish city of Haifa, where, in the course of meeting and working with Jews, he discovered that “the idea that I needed to be scared of Jews, or that there was something dangerous about them was simply not true. The myth was shattered.”

It is this same hate-filled misinformation about Israel’s Jews and their intentions that is fueling the current violence centering on Jerusalem.

Father Naddaf is currently in the US on a speaking tour on behalf of The Face of Israel organization.

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Tel Aviv Named World's 'Smartest City'

Tel Aviv Named World's 'Smartest City'

Tel Aviv this week beat out 250 cities from across the globe to receive the World Smart Cities Award, a competition launched as part of the Smart City Expo World Congress.

The Smart City Expo, held this year in Barcelona, is considered an important conference in the city innovation industry.

At this year’s event, Tel Aviv set up a booth showcasing the city’s various digital projects, such as city-wide WiFi service, location-based technology tools, adaptation for smart phones, and the activation of public round tables, discussions and a collaborative budget.

The Tel Aviv Municipality said its urban digital campaign also includes a new resident card that has been used by 90,000 locals to date.

The card enables residents to receive services and information by e-mail, text message and a personal website customized by place of residence, interests, marital status and more.

 

Muslims Chant to Remove Jesus at Washington’s National Cathedral

Muslims Chant to Remove Jesus at Washington’s National Cathedral

It looked like a chilling scene from a Last Days, anti-Christ-takes-over-the-world disaster movie. Hundreds of Muslims take over America’s most notable church, prostrate on their prayer rugs as their unified chant echoes out in full volume: “There is only one god, he begets not and I bear witness that Muhammad is His only servant and Apostle."

Only this was not a movie. This was the scene, last Friday, for the first time in history, at the iconic National Cathedral in Washington, where orthodox Muslim clerics were invited to lead an Islamic prayer service. A congregation of hundreds were lead by an Imam in declaring that “god has no son, that Jesus Christ cannot be his son, and that there is no god like Allah.”

Only a single middle-age woman jumped up in the middle of the service and shouted, “America was founded on Christian principles. . . . Leave our church alone!” She was escorted quickly out of the church by security guards.

The National Cathedral in Washington, DC has been an extremely important symbol of the Christian roots of the United States. The cathedral was designated by Congress as America's "National House of Prayer." The church has hosted a number of inaugural presidential prayer services, including Franklin Roosevelt and both presidents Bush.

The Rev. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, took to Facebook in reaciton to the Muslim prayer service:

“The National Cathedral in Washington, DC–one of the most prominent Episcopal churches in America–will host a Muslim prayer service to Allah. It’s sad to see a church open its doors to the worship of anything other than the One True God of the Bible, who sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to earth to save us from our sins. Jesus was clear when He said, 'I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me' (John 14:6)."

As of this writing, 80,000 people had “liked” Graham’s post.

The Islamic service at the cathedral was ostensibly intended to promote interfaith dialogue. Its organizers said that they hoped the service would “help correct some Americans’ misperceptions of Muslims as extremists and reinforce tolerance among faiths.”

However, it is hard to understand how a Christian church opening its sanctuary for Islamic prayers that renonce Jesus Christ contributes to interfaith tolerance. Muslims would never allow a Christian to preach the Gospel in a mosque. Palestinian Muslims continue to ban all Jews and Christians from praying at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It would appear that “interfaith dialogue and tolerance” are just more code words calling for Muslims to rise up and conquer.

The Washington Post reported that the Islamic prayer service was closed to the public because of security concerns. Armed guards checked every person and every bag of those in attendance.

Islam is growing rapidly around the world, and is now the third-largest religion in the United States, behind Christianity and Judaism, with an estimated 2.6 million American Muslim citizens.

 

Synagogue First-Responder: You Don't Want to Know What I Saw

Synagogue First-Responder: You Don't Want to Know What I Saw

Minutes after Tuesday’s horrific synagogue terror attack that ultimately left five people dead, an Israel Today television crew was on the scene to speak to first-responders.

Our first interviewee was a paramedic by the name of Dov Weingarten, who was one of the first rescue personnel to reach the synagogue even as two Arab terrorists were will carrying out their grizzly act of murder.

Weingarten recounting his harrowing experience, but stopped short of a full description. “You don’t want to know what I saw,” he told Israel Today.

We also spoke to paramedic Akiva Pola, who likewise arrived at the scene while the attack was still taking place. Pola recalled attempting to enter the synagogue over the body of a dead Jewish worshipper, only to be fired upon by the terrorists.

Watch now as these two men describe a scene of utter chaos and bloodthirsty rampage made possible by decades of anti-Semitic indoctrination:

 

Israeli, Arab Media Speak of Religious War; West Remains Blind

Israeli, Arab Media Speak of Religious War; West Remains Blind

The Israeli and Palestinian presses have in recent months been replete with talk of religious war in the Holy Land. In the foreign mainstream media, however, this reality is completely overlooked.

The danger of a mounting religious war far overshadows the political aspects of the Israeli-Arab conflict, and both peoples - Jews and Arabs - speak openly of it. This is especially true of the Muslims, who view the current violence as the start of a great war that will break out in accordance with the Koran.

Jews and Christians, too, see a coming storm foretold in the Bible, a confrontation that will bring all the nations against Israel, primarily over the issue of Jerusalem. But for the mainstream international media, all this is just too religious, and is therefore dismissed as nonsense.

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It is instructive, nonetheless, to listen to the voices from this region. Take for instance the families of the five Palestinian terrorists who over the past four weeks have killed 10 Israelis. Those who spoke to Israel Radio stressed that a necessary religious war is already raging.

In front of television cameras, the parents of deceased Muslim terrorists hailed the deeds of their sons, who in their eyes had “defended the Al Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem.”

Jordan’s King Abdullah in recent weeks warned numerous times that a dangerous religious war is brewing over Jerusalem. For this reason, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State John Kerry met with the monarch in Amman last week.

There is a desire to calm the tension. But Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said that, unfortunately, the carnage is a direct result of Palestinian politics in Jerusalem. “While we try to calm the situation in Jerusalem, the Palestinian leadership under [Mahmoud] Abbas is busy inciting violence,” said Edelstein.

Abbas and Israeli-Arab lawmakers have in turn blamed the situation on Israel.

The extent to which the conflict has already become a religious war is evident in Palestinian social networks. On Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere, Muslim religious leaders accuse Israel of trying to conquer the Temple Mount and urge their followers to violent defense of Islamic holy sites. It matters not that such accusations have little in common with reality.

The battle for the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Temple Mount has already become the cornerstone of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and transformed it into a Judeo-Islamic conflict. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to understand this when he stated: “We are in a battle for Jerusalem, our eternal capital. In this struggle, we must stick together.”

The bottom line is that in the Jewish state of Israel and its Arab Muslim neighbors, politics and religion are inseparable. This, of course, is contrary to the situation in most Western nations, where the Christian religion has been removed from politics.

For this region, Western journalists often find it difficult to understand and properly perceive the religious basis of the Israeli-Islamic conflict. In their view, everything must be discussed at a political level.

That might work in the Christian Europe of today, but not in the Middle East. This is obvious to any observers truly listening to the media from this region.

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26 Israeli Children Lost Their Fathers Yesterday

26 Israeli Children Lost Their Fathers Yesterday

The attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood on Tuesday claimed the lives of five men - four Jewish worshippers and one Druze police officer - who in turn were fathers to a total of 26 children.

Twenty-six Israeli children have buried their fathers over the past 24 hours.

But there were signs of hope in the outpouring of love and support for these children. As an example, a local resident of Har Nof who witnessed the aftermath of the synagogue attack conveyed this story:

"I was in a small supermarket in Har Nof. The shopkeeper spoke with an employee about the names of the victims, which had just been released. At that very moment, a handsome seven-year-old boy walked into the store with his rabbi. In a husky voice, the rabbi stated the boy’s name, and the shopkeeper immediately realized this was the son of one of the slain men. The rabbi quickly and subtly signaled that the boy did not yet know what had happened.

"The shopkeeper immediately ran to the boy, holding out candy and said, ‘Here, my dear, you can have what you want - do you like it here?’

"The child smiled and said yes. Then the shopkeeper whispered to him: ‘When you want something from my store, just come here and I give it to you for nothing.’

“The boy whispered back a thank you and looked happy. His rabbi thanked the shopkeeper with a nod and they both left the store. The shopkeeper could hold back no longer and broke down into tears.”

 

Jerusalem Synagogue Attack Claims 5th Victim

Jerusalem Synagogue Attack Claims 5th Victim

The murderous terrorist attack on a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday has claimed a fifth victim. Overnight, police officer Zidan Seif (30), a member of Israel’s Druze minority, died of his wounds after being shot in the head during a standoff with the terrorists.

The four others killed in the massacre were also named: Rabbi Moshe Twersky, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Rabbi Kalman Levine and Aryeh Kupinsky. The four were buried under and atmosphere of national mourning.

Religious Jewish authorities urged their communities to also attend the funeral of Zidan Seif, who, despite not being Jewish, laid down his life in defense of his Jewish countrymen. Seif leaves behind a wife and young child.

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Meanwhile, Jerusalem’s Arab population continued to riot, especially in the neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, home of the synagogue terrorists, who were killed while attacking police officers who responded to the scene of the attack.

Arab youths in Jabel Mukaber burned tires and hurled stones at police, who in turn used stun grenades and tear gas to quell the violence. Jerusalem’s light rail also sustained additional damage.

Nearby in Jerusalem’s Old City, a 20-year-old Jewish man was attacked by a pair of Arab youths wielding an iron pipe. The perpetrators were identified thanks to security cameras and were later arrested.

On the other side of town, some 300 Israelis protested on Jerusalem’s main access road. They demanded revenge for the synagogue slaughter, and some shouted slogans against Islam’s Prophet Mohammed. A number of protestors were briefly detained for disobeying police orders to not block traffic around Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station.

Around the same time in Gaza, photos published by local and international media showed Palestinian Arabs were praising the perpetrators of the synagogue massacre as martyrs and heroes, and were celebrating gruesome attack by passing out sweets and marching with photos of the two terrorists.

 

Palestinians Celebrate Jerusalem Synagogue Slaughter

Palestinians Celebrate Jerusalem Synagogue Slaughter

Palestinian Arabs in Gaza and elsewhere openly celebrated the massacre of Jewish worshippers at a synagogue in Jerusalem Tuesday morning.

Hamas hailed the attack as “revenge” for the death of an Arab bus driver in Jerusalem a day earlier, a death that was ultimately determined to be a suicide.

Hamas official Mushir al-Masri even managed to commission or otherwise obtain a grotesque political cartoon (left) praising the “heroic” synagogue attack, which he promptly posted on Twitter.

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Hamas’ sister organization, Islamic Jihad, said that it, too, “salutes the operation in Jerusalem which is a natural response to the crimes of the occupier.”

For his part, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas issued a statement firmly condemning the murder of Jewish worshippers in their place of prayer.

But Israeli officials suggested that Abbas was shedding crocodile tears, and insisted that it was ongoing anti-Jewish incitement in Abbas’ own state-controlled media that sets the stage for such atrocities.

“This is the direct result of the incitement led by Hamas and Abu Mazen [Abbas], incitement that the international community irresponsibly ignores,” read a statement issued by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman added, “It is incumbent upon the international community to condemn Abbas’ anti-Semitic remarks, which lead to massacres such as what has taken place this morning.”

Indeed, just last week, Palestinian Authority TV, which is directly controlled by the Abbas regime, aired a documentary on the history of the Palestinian leader’s Fatah movement in which the Jews were presented as a foreign contaminate that were put in this land by European powers that had grown tired of their problematic Jewish populations.

In a related development, it was reported that the perpetrators of Tuesday’s synagogue attack were relatives of one of the 1,027 terrorists Israel released in 2011 in exchange for abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

That revelation further bolstered arguments that the “goodwill gesture” of freeing jailed terrorists does absolutely nothing to soften Palestinian views of Israel or advance the cause of peace.

 

Will Bosnia Be a Precedent for 'Palestine'?

Will Bosnia Be a Precedent for 'Palestine'?

During a fundraising gathering for a major Israeli hospital that took place in Germany earlier this month, two Israeli boys from the Kinderlach boys’ choir that participated in the event were asked to conceal the fact that they live in Judea and Samaria (the so-called "West Bank"), lest the choir be forbidden to perform.

This threat to boycott Israeli singers on German soil happened just days after the European Union’s new foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, stated while visiting the region that "it is not only the people of Gaza that can’t afford having a fourth war, the world cannot afford this.”

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One would be naïve to think that the incident with Kinderlach and Mogherini's visit to Gaza are two unrelated events. Mogherini's statement was nothing short of an implicit threat and a denial of Israel's right of self-defense. Her words were especially annoying to this author, considering that this blond, smug-looking woman was born the same year I fought in the Yom Kippur War (1973).

Like so many of her European colleagues, Mogherini enjoyed an uneventful and good upbringing in her native country. Her political activism started at a young age, and her entire adulthood has been spent in the political arena.

Mogherini, a professional politician with no real life experience, is now rebuking Israel over its perceived lack of desire to pursue a "two-state solution"; and she is doing so knowing full well that Gaza has proved that the land-for-peace formula works here just about as well as it did for the Native Americans, who once traded their land for "peace."

Europe’s obsession with Israel under the new policy regime of Mogherini was astutely criticized in a response to the article titled "European Nations Threaten to Recognize Palestinian State" that appeared on The Times of Israel. A commenter going by the name of Gregory Aharfi correctly observed:

"They (the Europeans) don’t give a sh*t about how palestinians live, they just want a piece of paper (with their name on it) saying a state of 'palestine' exists. And when they'll realize it does not change anything, they will ask Israel to take on fake refugees and to disappear. And when they'll realize it did not change anything, they'll just look the other way. May God give them what they deserve..."

But it may be that Europe will do more than just look the other way.

Smug European politicians who have never even had to pick up a stick to defend their country, repeatedly condemn Israel for waging war against those who vow to destroy the Jewish state. The loud and repeated demands that Israel adhere to sterile textbook theories regarding the ethics of war stand in sharp contradiction to the understanding Europe shows to the fanatic religion (Islam) that is growing in its midst.

After Mogherini's implicit threat, one wonders what Europe might do in the likely event of Israel launching another military operation. In light of Europe's policy so far, one can imagine that in such a scenario Europe will immediately begin to meticulously count bodies in order to prove that Israel is committing "war crimes." And after reaching its pre-conceived conclusions, Europe will then move to declare Israel a pariah state, enabling the implementation of severe economic and other sanctions.

Seeing as such a world power is tacitly backing Muslim terrorism, we can expect Muslims to continue provoking Israel, such as is now taking place in Jerusalem. And, since Israel can't tolerate indefinitely the stabbing of Jews in the streets of Jerusalem or other attacks, Muslims in and around Israel may be setting themselves up for another disaster.

Flabby and complacent as Europe is, it is not unthinkable that, just as it did with Bosnia in 1995, the European community could use the situation to help birth yet another Muslim state in the Middle East. Perhaps in doing so the Europeans see atonement for allowing a Jewish state to come into existence in the first place.

 

Jewish Worshippers Massacred During Morning Prayers

Jewish Worshippers Massacred During Morning Prayers

The seething situation in Jerusalem took a turn for the worse early Tuesday morning when Palestinian Arab terrorists entered a local synagogue and attacked Jewish worshippers conducting traditional morning prayers.

Two Muslim assailants entered the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue complex in the religious Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof shortly after dawn armed with a pistol, knives and axes.

Four Israelis were killed and another nine were wounded, many of them seriously, during the bloody rampage. Eyewitnesses who survived the attack said the terrorists did not wear head covering, but were shouting “Allah Akbar” - “Allah is Greater” - as they shot and hacked at their Jewish victims.

Police forces responding to the scene engaged the terrorists in a brief gun battle before shooting both attackers dead.

The attack comes a day after escalating Arab Muslim riots over the death of an Arab bus driver, who was found hanged in the rear of his vehicle. An autopsy revealed no signs of foul play, and police ruled the case a suicide. That evidence notwithstanding, the driver’s family and Arabs across Jerusalem insisted Jewish “settlers” had murdered the man, and vowed revenge.

 

Anti-Missionaries Warn Against New Testament Audio Player

Anti-Missionaries Warn Against New Testament Audio Player

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish anti-missionary group Yad L’Achim has published an urgent video to social media sites warning against a “dangerous Christian missionary audio player” currently being distributed in Israel.

Produced by MegaVoice, the pocket-sized audio player known as “Envoy” has access to a library of over 10,000 messages, as well as the New Testament, all of which is available in over 4,600 languages and dialects.

According to Yad L’Achim, a version of the device including a Hebrew-language recording of the New Testament is currently being distributed to Israeli soldiers.

Darrel Templeton, vice president of strategic partnerships for MegaVoice, told Israel Today that this negative exposure is likely to be a blessing in disguise.

“What they meant for evil, God can use for good,” said Templeton, recalling a hidden-camera reality show that featured “people just walking past a park bench. Then they put a sign on the bench that read, ‘Wet Paint - Do NOT touch.’ Well, you can imagine what happened. Many would slow down and look at the bench, and some would stick their finger out to see if the paint was still wet.”

In the same way, Templeton believes that Yad L’Achim’s urgent warning will draw in those who are curious, and create curiosity where it might not have existed.

“Where many would have just walked on past and not noticed the MegaVoice unit, now they will be curious, pick it up and begin listening. And those that were looking for the truth will now know what to look for,” he said.

Templeton confirmed that MegaVoice is distributing the audio players to Israeli soldiers, and praying for additional funding so that every soldier might receive an Envoy “loaded with hundreds of hours of interesting music, stories, testimonies, debates, audio books and God’s Word that they could listen to during the hours and hours of waiting, so they can hear and understand the Truth.”

 

'Temple Mount is in OUR Hands,' Declares Arab Muslim MK

'Temple Mount is in OUR Hands,' Declares Arab Muslim MK

The situation in Jerusalem remains tense, and it is being fed by a war of words between Arab and Jewish politicians.

On Sunday, Arab Member of Knesset Ahmed Tibi visited the Temple Mount and declared before television cameras that the holy site is and will remain in Palestinian hands. It was a stunning, and unfortunately accurate, reversal of the immortal words spoken by former IDF Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren as Israeli forces liberated Jerusalem’s Old City during the Six Day War in 1967: “The Temple Mount is in our hands.”

Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz responded furiously to Tibi’s provocation: “Tibi is a liar and a traitor. The Temple Mount is a place with 3,000 years of jewish history that is today, again, under Israeli sovereignty.”

MK Nissan Shlomianski also chimed in, “[Tibi] probably still hasn’t reconciled himself to the idea that the rightful and historical owners [of the Temple Mount] have returned home. Distortion of history is a malignant disease, but even if a lie is repeated a thousand times, it does not become reality.”

Shlomianski also sought to remind Tibi that he is currently serving as vice speaker of the Knesset in the Jewish state, and is not in the employ of ISIS.

More and more it is becoming clear that the conflict between Israel and the Arabs centers on Jerusalem. Unlike the Western media, the Israeli and Arab presses, respectively, speak openly of a religious conflict over Jerusalem that has manifested itself as an intractable political process.

So long as both sides continue to cling to their claims to Jerusalem, the peace process will fail. At least that’s how local Israeli and Arab media understands the situation.

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Leaked EU Document Outlines Anti-Israel Policy

Leaked EU Document Outlines Anti-Israel Policy

The European Union has distributed to its 28 member states a secret document outlining its policy of sanctions against Israel should the Jewish state violate certain “red lines” in the peace process with the Palestinians.

That according to a report in the left-leaning Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, which cited Israeli diplomats in Europe who inadvertently became aware of the document.

The directive calls for broad sanctions against Israel in the event of any further Jewish construction in the area known as E1 near Ma’aleh Adumim or in those parts of eastern Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority.

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Those sanctions could include additional (negative) labeling of Israeli products originating in Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”), reduced EU cooperation with Israel on several fronts and new restrictions on the existing free trade agreement.

“There is big frustration in Europe and zero tolerance for settlement activity,” said an unnamed European diplomat. “This paper is part of the internal brainstorming being done in Brussels these days, about what can be done to keep the two-state solution alive.”

The same diplomat said the new policy contains “sticks and carrots” to coerce Israel to make peace on Arab and European terms, but they acknowledged there are far more “sticks” than “carrots.”

Israelis have long been frustrated by European leaders making their relations with Israel dependent on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which gives the Palestinians themselves tremendous leverage against the Jewish state.

PHOTO: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with new EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Jerusalem earlier this month.

 

Amnesty International's Moral Collapse

Amnesty International's Moral Collapse

On November 5, 2014, Amnesty International published its latest assault on Israel in yet another tirade accusing the Jewish state of genocide and other war crimes.

Later that same day, in a Twitter post by a senior Amnesty official, Israel was directly equated with ISIS, the barbaric jihadist terrorist organization. Amnesty International is now comparing the democratic State of Israel with rapists, decapitators and genocidal murders.

How did such a highly respected organization fall into such deep moral confusion?

Amnesty International began as a movement assisting prisoners of conscious to obtain “amnesty” from oppressive governments. They became renowned for exposing the horrible conditions suffered by political prisoners in the former Soviet Union. At that time, Amnesty was a powerful force drawing international attention to many well-known refuseniks, including Jewish prisoners Natan Sharansky and Ida Nudel.

With the fall of the Soviet empire, Amnesty lost its raison d'être and financial support for the organization plummeted. It needed another international concern that could raise support, and Israel provided an easy and profitable target. Their recent account of Israeli war crimes is just another example of Amnesty’s exploitation of international hatred towards the Jewish state.

Amnesty’s moral collapse truly became evident in 2002, when, at the infamous UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, Amnesty officials exclusively targeted Israel.

In spite of all the blatant examples of racism and human rights abuses around the world, Amnesty officials found it necessary to single out just one nation – Israel. Amnesty’s Secretary General later conceded that the organization should have named other countries as well, but the damage had been done. The conference published an outrageous anti-Israel statement tagging the Jewish state as evil, more so than every other nation in the world.

Amnesty’s descent into moral absurdity deepened when, in 2006, they bashed Israel for crimes against humanity, while refusing to even criticize Hezbollah, which had fired 3,900 rockets into Israeli towns and cities, killed 44 Israeli civilians and wounded 1,400 more. Hezbollah was using human shields and murdering hundreds of their own people, but for Amnesty it was beneficial for their agenda to criticize only Israel.

Now, confident in their new role as leading Israel-basher, Amnesty has begun hiring anti-Semitic staff. In 2010, Amnesty hired anti-Israel activist Deborah Hyams as a researcher for their “Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territories and Palestinian Authority” section. Hyams has an extensive background in radical anti-Israel activism. She is signatory to a letter claiming Israel is “a state founded on terrorism.”

The director of Amnesty International Finland, Frank Johansson, called Israel a “scum state” on his blog in August 2010. Amnesty International Australia has had to repeatedly apologize for anti-Semitic Facebook posts praising Hitler, calling Jews cancer, and calling for death to Jews. In 2013, Amnesty awarded its Ambassador of Conscience award to Roger Waters, the Pink Floyd musician who tirelessly calls for boycotting the Jewish state, and who features a giant inflatable pig wearing a Star of David in his shows.

Amnesty Campaign Manager Krystian Benedict told a journalist that “Israel is included in the list of stupid dictatorial regimes who abuse people’s basic human rights – along with Burma, North Korea, Iran and Sudan, it’s government has the same wanton attitude to human beings.” On November 5, 2014, after Israel objected to Amnesty’s latest biased report, Benedict tweeted that Israel is equivalent to the vicious terror group ISIS.

Amnesty International has also admitted that they cooperate with a Swiss-based human rights group whose Qatari co-founder has been accused of financing Al Qaeda.

Many more examples could be given, but the picture is clear. Amnesty International has lost the moral compass it once followed, and has fallen into deep muck. Avoid all contact.

 

Iran's Letter to Obama: Thanks for the Nukes!

Iran's Letter to Obama: Thanks for the Nukes!

Dear President Obama,

You’ve been a great friend for the last six years and, to express our appreciation, we’d like to acknowledge some of your many helpful actions:

1) In 2009, our presidential election results were so dubious that millions of brave, pro-democracy protesters risked their lives to demonstrate throughout our country. When our Basij paramilitary force brutalized them, you kept your response irrelevantly mild for the sake of “engaging” us. That surely helped Iranians understand the risks of protesting our “free” election of 2012 (involving our eight handpicked candidates). It was indeed a very orderly rubberstamp.

2) After eight years of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, we KNEW you’d fall for the smiles of his successor, President Hassan Rouhani! Human rights abuses have actually worsened under his rule and his polished charm only makes him better at duping the world into acquiescing to our nukes, so we LOVE how you’ve overlooked these facts.

3) You’ve been unilaterally weakening the sanctions against us by simply not enforcing them (which reassures us that you’re desperate to avoid any real confrontation).

4) You’ve threatened to thwart any Congressional attempt to limit your nuclear generosity by simply lifting sanctions without Congressional approval. Good stuff!

5) You isolated Israel on the issue of how close we are to a nuclear capability – we love how your estimates are so much laxer than theirs are!

6) The diplomatic snubs and betrayals of Israel by your administration have been EPIC. We couldn’t have asked for more – from your humiliation of Prime Minister Netanyahu in 2010, to Secretary of State John Kerry’s betrayal of Israel during Operation Protective Edge, to calling Netanyahu a “chickenshit” a few weeks ago, without even apologizing later. We found it hilariously ironic that your administration’s accusation of Israeli cowardice was made anonymously! And, FYI, Netanyahu is actually the only leader in the world with the guts to defy us, respond to Syrian border violations, enforce his own declared lines, etc., so we thought that this was particularly priceless.

7) Speaking of enforcing red lines, we LOVE how you backed off yours, after our Syrian buddy, Basher Assad, used chemical weapons on his own people. That was a very helpful signal to everyone that we need not take your threats too seriously (contrary to those scary words you issued in 2012 about how stopping our nukes militarily was still an option, unlike containment, and how you don’t bluff). But we understood back then that you were trying to get re-elected, so we didn’t take it personally.

8) It was adorably naive of you (in 2011) to request so politely that we give back your drone that went down onIranian soil. In fact, your request was so quaint that we couldn’t resist recently showcasing our knock-off based on that drone.

9) Fortunately, you don’t take our Supreme Leader Khamenei seriously when he tweets out his plan for destroying Israel (why let our true motives get in the way of a fantastic nuclear deal, right)?

10) We LOVE how you obsess over Israel building apartments in Jerusalem because it’s the perfect distraction from our deal. 

11) You’ve been pressuring Israel to retreat from more disputed territory, effectively rewarding Palestinians for launching the third missile war against Israel from Gaza in five years last summer and, more recently, the third Intifidah inside Israel in 17 years. You’re almost as awesome as the European appeasers who think Palestinian bellicosity merits statehood!

12) It’s so cute of you to write us these letters asking for help against ISIS and showing us how desperately you want a nuclear deal. All we had to do was hint at an ISIS-for-nukes exchange and you got so excited!

13) You’re smart to go behind everyone’s backs when dealing with us. That’s a bummer that your top aide, Ben Rhodes, was caught saying how a nuclear accord with us is as important to you as “healthcare.” But we’ve got the perfect slogan to sell our deal to Americans: “If you like your nukes, you can keep them.”

14) What’s really awesome about the deal that we’re “negotiating” is that it allows us to continue nuclear enrichment but makes it even harder for Israel to take any military action against our nuclear program. And our agreement will give the press even more ammunition against such an attack. We already know about the world media’s anti-Israel bias – they can’t even get a simple story about vehicular terrorism against Israelis correct. Even we were surprised at how The Guardian writes accurate headlines when Canada suffers an Islamist car attack but not when Israel does). So if you accept our nukes and Israel then attacks them, the media will be even harsher on Israel (even though the world will be silently relieved, if Israeli courage succeeds at neutralizing what scared everyone else).

But we kind of feel sorry for you, because nobody takes you seriously and you're a lame duck now. Putin is unabashedly conquering neighboring countries while going all Cold War on you with 40 provocative security incidents involving Western nations and Russian flights into the Gulf of Mexico (despite your promise of greater flexibility after your 2012 reelection). The North Koreans are closer than ever to building nuclear missiles. China is dangerously testing disputed borders with India, growing increasingly assertive in the contested Spratly archipelago, and stealing your sensitive defense and corporate data. Oh, and ISIS has grown into a veritable jihadi lovefest thanks to your excellent strategy against them

Indeed, your foreign policy seems like a massive FAIL, but we’re super ready to help! Your trusted Russian friends have suggested continuing our nuclear talks past the November 24th deadline, and we’re totally down with more enrichment time (that’s another reason we've stonewalled the IAEA’s investigations into our nukes), so count us in on this extension like the one from last July (and any future ones). Hey, it’s good for you too: an extension (or agreement) looks so much better than calling out our manipulations and issuing more empty threats to stop us, right?

And after everyone sees the killer deal that you’re giving us, the world’s bad actors will line up to talk to you, with demands of their own that you can try to satisfy in the hope that they’ll stop opposing your national interests so much.

Overall, we appreciate you even more than we did President Carter, because getting nukes is WAY COOLER than holding 52 American diplomats and citizens hostage for 444 days.

With our deepest gratitude,

Your Friends in the Iranian Regime

p.s. We’re glad you didn’t take any personal offense when one of our officials used the N-word to describe you back in 2010. He actually has nothing but respect for you, as do we. 

Noah Beck is the author of The Last Israelis, an apocalyptic novel about Iranian nukes and other geopolitical issues in the Middle East.

 

Netanyahu, Kerry and Abdullah in Tri-Lateral Meeting to Calm Violence

Netanyahu, Kerry and Abdullah in Tri-Lateral Meeting to Calm Violence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Jordan’s King Abdullah II met on Thursday in the Jordanian capital Amman to discuss the tense situation in Jerusalem. In the press conference following, it was declared that the common goal is an end to the escalating violence.

 

All three leaders spoke of “practical steps” toward meeting that goal.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi also loudly reminded the Americans that Egypt is ready to help broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians. (Archive picture)

 

Two Scriptures, Two Religions, One Land

Two Scriptures, Two Religions, One Land

The political struggle for the Holy Land centers around the spiritual right of inheritance. Israel bases its right on the Bible, the Palestinians on the Koran. It is a theological-political duel between two holy books and two religions. Yet, few Muslims are aware that both scriptural texts mention only the children of Israel, never the children of Palestine.

The Koran promises the Land to the children of Israel because they suffered in Egypt, according to Nissim Dana, an Israeli expert on Islam who spoke with Israel Today reporter Olga Zenkova.

The full article appears in the November 2014 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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Israel: Abbas Responsible for Wave of Palestinian Terror

Israel: Abbas Responsible for Wave of Palestinian Terror

The Israeli government is laying the blame for the current wave of terrorism squarely on the shoulders of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

In his speech marking the 10th anniversary of the death of his mentor Yasser Arafat, Abbas accused Israel of “leading the region and the world into a devastating religious war,” but it was the Palestinian leader’s rhetoric that betrayed violent intransigence.

“Jerusalem is our capital and we will never give this up… Don’t let our holy sites be contaminated [by the Jews],” Abbas declared.

 

Meanwhile, Abbas’ official state-run media speaks of a third intifada (or terrorist uprising) and openly calls for more vehicular terror against the Jewish residents of Jerusalem. He also publicly praised the terrorist who shot and critically wounded Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a prominent activist for Jewish religious rights atop the Temple Mount.

“Abbas is not a partner to the effort against the incitement. He has proven how irresponsible he is – instead of calming tensions, he stokes them,” Netanyahu told a Jerusalem press conference. “Instead of telling the truth, he is spreading lies as if we are attempting to change the status of holy sites. Instead of educating his people on peace, he is teaching them terror.”

The prime minister also called out the international community’s complicity in the current situation: “Unfortunately, the international community does not hold the Palestinians responsible for this sort of incitement and denial of history, and I think that’s tragic, because these distortions and this incitement are so corrosive to the effort to reach a genuine peace.”

On the Palestinian side, pressure is mounting to end all security cooperation with Israel. At the same time, Abbas dares not enter the Gaza Strip, despite internationally-backed promises following the summer’s Gaza war that his Palestinian Authority would exert control over the volatile coastal enclave. Israeli officials say Abbas is afraid, both for his life and his political career, and so the present violence centering on Jerusalem is a god-send, drawing attention away from the Palestinian leader’s failures, and once again on Israel.

Voices to the right of Israel’s political spectrum are growing increasingly frustrated with this dance. “Hamas and Abbas have one and the same agenda, the destruction of Israel,” insisted Economy Minister Naftali Bennett.

 

Jewish Terror Victim Meets His Arab Savior

Jewish Terror Victim Meets His Arab Savior

Moshe German nearly lost his life earlier this week when a mob of rioters attacked his car at the entrance to the Arab town of Taybeh. Tragedy was narrowly averted by the brave and kind-hearted action of local resident Majdi Baloum.

A day after the attack, during which assailants torched German’s car, victim and savior had the opportunity to meet face-to-face in an encounter arranged by Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot.

 

Meeting in Taybeh not far from where his near-lynching occurred, German told Baloum:

“You don’t understand how moving this is. I was nearly killed while driving on this same road yesterday. …I thought about my wife…my sons… I thought my family would lose me. I tried to hide…but the mob continued to attack me, and in that moment you came up to me yelling, ‘come, come!’ …You saved me. I found it hard to comprehend what was happening, but I realized that you were afraid for my life. …Did you understand that you were saving my life?”

Baloum responded by comforting German. “Be at ease, friend. You and I are the same. Would you not do the same if I were in danger?” he asked.

Baloum, a 37-year-old father of five, gave his own recounting of that day’s frightful events:

“I saw a large number of youths gathering, shooting fireworks and throwing concrete blocks and stones. …Many came with their faces covered and I realized something bad was about to happen. When I saw they were [attacking] your car, I knew you had little hope of survival, and that you needed to be rescued, and fast. I raced toward you in my jeep and saw you trapped in the car. There was no time to lose. I opened the door and shouted for you to get out. I remember your face and hands were covered in blood.”

“I’m happy I was able to save you and return you to your family,” Baloum reassured his new friend, adding that he “wished the violence [between Arabs and Jews] would end already.”

PHOTO: Illustration

 

Female IDF Soldier Takes Up Arms Against ISIS

Female IDF Soldier Takes Up Arms Against ISIS

A female former IDF soldier has become the first Israeli to publicly join Kurdish forces battling against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the nation learned on Tuesday.

“I’m on the Iraq-Syria border, and we’re currently about 3,000 meters from ISIS,” Gill Rosenberg, 31, told Israel Radio in a telephone interview from the battlefield. “I was given an RPG by the Kurdish army,” she said.

Rosenberg is a civil aviation pilot and served in an Israeli army search-and-rescue unit. She wanted to help with the fight against the militant Islamists and contacted the Kurds through the internet. “I found them via Facebook, and told them I wanted to volunteer, and went to Iraq,” Rosenberg said.

 

Hundreds of foreign fighters, including some Israeli Arabs who want to destroy the Jewish state, are joining ISIS. Rosenberg felt that enough was enough, and this brave young woman left Tel Aviv for the Syrian border to join the fight and help take down the radical jihadists now moving on Kurdistan.

ISIS is currently only about 20 kilometers from Erbil, the capital city of Kurdistan, where a small minority of Jews still live. Kurdistan lies at the heart of what was once the Assyrian Empire. It was there that the Assyrians took many Jews into exile during the times of the Prophets. Before the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 Jews still lived in the area.

In recent weeks, the small group of Jews who have remained in Kurdistan have asked Israel to provide them with aid, and to allow them to emigrate to the Jewish state, since they see no future in their current location. Most have fled their homes and headed for the mountains because of the fighting.

Rosenberg told Israel Radio that she felt she could contribute to the fight against ISIS in Kurdistan because of her military experience in the Israeli army.

Israel has maintained clandestine military, intelligence and business ties with the Kurds since the 1960s.

Israel bans its citizens from traveling to enemy states, among them Syria and Iraq. It has been cracking down on Israeli Arabs who return after volunteering to fight with ISIS. Officials would not respond to a Reuters inquiry as to whether or not the Rosenberg could face prosecution when she returns to Israel.

 

Listen to Faithful Muslims, They Mean What They Say

Listen to Faithful Muslims, They Mean What They Say

Europe, and now America, turns its wrath against Israel, believing the Jewish state to be the main instigator of Middle East unrest and, as Secretary John Kerry suggested, the reasons behind the rise of radical Islam and the Islamic State.

If Israel would only accept the two-state solution, and if the Jews would only stop entering the Temple Mount, these world leaders reason that the Palestinians would give up their dream of returning to Haifa and Ashkelon, multiculturalism would flourish in Europe, human rights would be upheld and religions would coexist peacefully.

 

This hope, however, is baseless; nothing more than a pipe dream stemming from an arrogance that believes in the superiority of secular Western values, which include not only democracy and minority rights, but also ideas like contempt of religion, in particular the Christian faith.

One would think that the rise of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) would have convinced the Europeans and Obama that Israel is merely the first target in a campaign that will eventually lead to "Rome." The last issue of Dabiq, the Islamic State magazine, made accessible to all through its English edition, makes this goal abundantly clear.

Anyone who takes this message seriously, instead of blindly hoping that the Islamists will come to their senses, must understand that unless something is done, Europe, which has already abandoned its own religion, could face the same fate as the Yazidis of Iraq.

In an article entitled "The Revival of Slavery," the Islamic State actually takes pride in being able to fulfill "The Sword Verse," which commands Muslims to "kill the idolaters wherever you find them, and capture them, and besiege them." From a Muslim point of view, the enslavement of many Yazidi families is a sensible and commendable way of serving Allah. Indeed, they are taking pride in not to separating enslaved women from their children. How noble.

The same issue of Dabiq also cited the September speech of Islamic State spokesman Mohammad al-Adnani, who brashly warned the "crusaders" (America and Europe) thus: "We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women … so mobilize your forces, O crusaders … roar with thunder, threaten whom you want, plot, arm your troops, prepare yourselves, strike, kill, and destroy us. This will not avail you. You will be defeated … for our Lord … has promised our victory and your defeat."

In the Islamic State’s view of the world, Israel is merely a Roman military outpost that must be taken before marching on Europe. For this reason, Israel is far from being the focus of this magazine, which is all about waging an apocalyptic war against America and Europe.

In fact, one might be disappointed to discover that the latest issue of Dabiq doesn’t mention at all the Palestinians or the summer’s Gaza war, which dominated headlines in the rest of the world.

Dabiq, at least, is honest enough to acknowledge, if not indirectly, that Israel is not the cause of the conflict in the Middle East. Likewise, nowhere does Dabiq suggest that the end of the Jewish state is the ultimate goal of Islam. Europe and Obama may try to deflect Islamic vengefulness away from them by blaming Israel for everything, but, unfortunately for them, the Muslim faithful won’t be deterred by this PR spin.

 

A Tale of Two Condemnations

A Tale of Two Condemnations

Following Monday’s deadly terror stabbings, Western leaders engaged in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process were quick to issue statements of condemnation, though their substance was disparate, and very telling as to whom Jerusalem could truly count on to understand its security needs.

First up was new European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who expressed “concern” over the attacks, which she insisted was “further evidence” that the Palestinians now erupting in violence must be given their own state, lest the violence grow worse.

Starkly contrasting the European envoy, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird explicitly condemned not only Monday’s stabbings, but a string of deadly terror attacks over the past couple of weeks. He also laid the blame for the escalating violence not on the absence of a Palestinian state, but on Arab leaders who continue to incite against the Jews.

 

“Those leaders who regularly issue [statements of incitement] cannot plead ignorance when terrorist attacks like today’s occur,” said Baird. “On behalf of all Canadians, we stand with the people of Israel and offer our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims.”

The response of the Obama Administration fell somewhere in between these two examples.

“We strongly condemn the stabbing today in the West Bank, and we deeply regret the loss of life,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki some hours before the soldier wounded in the Tel Aviv stabbing succumbed to his wounds.

“It is absolutely critical that parties take every possible measure to protect civilians and de-escalate tensions,” she added.

PHOTO: The knife used in Monday’s stabbing attack in Judea, in which a young Jewish woman was killed and two others were wounded.

 

2 Israelis Killed, 3 Wounded in Terror Stabbings

2 Israelis Killed, 3 Wounded in Terror Stabbings

Two terrorist stabbing attacks on Monday claimed the lives of two young Israelis and left three others wounded during a day of unrest across the Holy Land.

The first stabbing took place at a train station in central Tel Aviv, where an 18-year-old Palestinian youth attacked a young Israeli soldier. The soldier was stabbed repeatedly in the leg while the assailant tried to seize his automatic rifle. A passerby who tried to intervene was lightly wounded.

The injured soldier was found without a pulse by first responders, and underwent emergency surgery. He later succumbed to his wounds.

 

The second attack occurred a very short time later at a bus stop near the Judean cluster of Jewish communities known as the Etzion Bloc. There, a Palestinian man attempted to carry out yet another vehicular terror attack by ramming three people waiting at the bus stop. When that failed, he leapt from the car and began stabbing his intended victims.

A 25-year-old Israeli woman was killed after being stabbed in the neck, and two other people were wounded, one seriously, before a nearby security guard shot and subdued the attacker.

Both terrorists were arrested. The first was identified as a follower of Hamas, while the second is a known member of Islamic Jihad.

In other violence, Palestinian Arabs stoned public buses and Jerusalem’s light rail, causing damage, but no injuries.

A day earlier, an Israeli man narrowly escaped being lynched when his car was surrounded at the entrance to the Arab town of Tayibe. A local man saved the frightened Jewish victim by pulling him away from the scene just before his car was torched.

The latest escalation of violence is being pinned on last Friday’s killing by police of a crazed knife-wielding Arab man near Nazareth. Kheir Hamdan was among thousands who were violently demonstrating against Israel when police showed up in the village of Kfar Kanna. Hamdan rushed the police van and began hitting the windows with his knife before being shot.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected such justification for this new wave of violence, and vowed that those behind it would fail in their effort to “kick us (the Jews) out of here.”

At a meeting of his Likud faction on Monday, Netanyahu said that “all those who are shouting against Israel and demonstrating against it — you are welcome to move to the Palestinian Authority or to Gaza, Israel won’t stand in the way.”

In fact, Netanyahu hinted that his government was considering proposals to strip the most violent and virulent anti-Israel rioters of their Israeli citizenship.

 

Europe: Divide Jerusalem; Netanyahu: Not a Chance

Europe: Divide Jerusalem; Netanyahu: Not a Chance

The European Union’s new foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, visited the region over the weekend and insisted on the urgent need for a Palestinian state with the eastern half of Jerusalem as its capital.

“We need a Palestinian state - that is the ultimate goal and this is the position of all the European Union,” said Mogherini while in the Gaza Strip, adding later during her stop in Ramallah that “Jerusalem can be and should be the capital of two states.”

Mogherini said that establishing a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital is a “global” objective, and that Israel is obstructing this important and worthy goal by continuing to allow Jews to live in areas claimed by the Palestinian Arabs, in particular on the eastern side of Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded by once again stating that “Jerusalem is our capital and as such is not a settlement.”

Speaking to reporters ahead of his own meeting with Mogherini, Netanyahu stressed that “the neighborhoods in which we are living…and we’ve been building, have been there for close to 50 years… Everybody knows that in any peace arrangement they will remain part of Israel.”

Indeed, the issue of Jerusalem remains perhaps the largest stumbling block to international efforts to conclude a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. A firm majority of Israeli Jews insist that after millennia of longing for a return to Jerusalem, the city must never again be divided, while Palestinian leaders say they won’t accept any peace deal that doesn’t give them control of half the city, including the Old City and Temple Mount.

PHOTO: Netanyahu and Mogherini face off in Jerusalem

 

Israel on High Alert as Arab Sector Erupts

Israel on High Alert as Arab Sector Erupts

Palestinian Arabs and Israel’s own Arab sector further escalated incitement and violence against the nation’s Jews and Jewish authorities on Sunday after the police killing of a knife-wielding fanatic a day earlier.

“Israel is a terrorist state,” chanted Arab demonstrators, many of them violent, across the country following the death of 22-year-old Kheir Hamdan during an arrest attempt in the Galilee town of Kfar Kana (associated with the village of Cana in the New Testament).

In the video below, a frenzied Hamdan is seen charging and attacking a police van with a knife. What is not seen in the video are thousands of other villagers rioting against the Jewish state.

Despite the evidence provided by the video footage, many Arab leaders insisted the police were wrong to use lethal force against Hamdan, and encouraged the masses to take to the streets in protest.

All across Israel on Sunday, Arab university students demonstrated, Arab stores were closed and workers went on strike, and in more than a few locations Jews were attacked with stones, firebombs and other makeshift weapons.

In two of the worst attacks, two people were wounded when their car was set upon by a mob of stone-throwing Arab youth in Jerusalem, and north of the capital a five-year-old Jewish child sustained injuries when his family vehicle was attacked.

Thousands of police were deployed to flash points around the country and security forces went on high alert. But many Israelis, in particular the residents of Jerusalem, saw the attacks as an escalation of a new wave of terrorist violence that has been plaguing the nation for months.

Half a dozen Israelis remain hospitalized, three of them in serious condition, following vehicular terror attacks in and near Jerusalem last week. Two people were killed in the worst of those two incidents.

Local Arab social media pages have lauded what they are calling the “Car Intifada,” and are urging more Arab motorists to run over Israeli Jews.

Much of the violence is being fueled by Arab media reports that the Jews are desecrating and trying to seize control of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. In reality, different Jewish groups and Knesset members have been ascending the Temple Mount as a statement of protest over the lack of freedom of worship at the holy site. Jews and Christians are currently forbidden to pray at the Temple Mount for fear of further Muslim violence.

Watch Kheir Hamdan shot after attacking a police vehicle (warning: graphic content):

Watch Jewish motorists cornered and stoned in Jerusalem:

 

WATCH: Israeli Soldiers Save Life of Palestinian Youth

WATCH: Israeli Soldiers Save Life of Palestinian Youth

While the world was busy last week condemning Israel for its security measures in Jerusalem and elsewhere, Israeli soldiers were busy doing their jobs, including saving the lives of Palestinian Arabs.

Case in point: When Border Police officers on a routine patrol in the Judean town of Hebron on Wednesday came upon a collapsed Palestinian youth, they immediately sprang into action.

The young man was found to be without a pulse and was not breathing. An Israeli military medic wasted no time starting CPR, while his colleague radioed for a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance.

As the ambulance arrived, the Israeli media continued his frantic efforts to save the boy’s life until the paramedics were ready to load the victim and transport him to a nearby hospital.

It was later learned that the Palestinian youth had been electrocuted, and that the first aid provided by the Israeli soldiers enabled doctors at the hospital to save his life.

Below is cellphone footage of the incident captured by an eye-witness:

 

Iran: Time to Destroy Israel

Iran: Time to Destroy Israel

Just days after US President Barack Obama reportedly sent a letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei extolling America’s and Iran’s shared objectives in the Middle East, the Iranian leader on Saturday again called openly for the destruction of Israel.

“This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of #Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated,” Khamenei wrote on his official Twitter account. “The only means to confront a barbaric regime like #Israel is arming [the Palestinians],” he continued.

Former US presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he was astonished to learn that the Obama White House had even considered the possibility of working together with such a regime.

“I was frankly stunned that the president of the United States would write a letter of that nature and in effect, legitimize a nation and a leadership which is violating international norms and is threatening the world,” Romney told the inaugural conference of the Israeli American Council.

The secret letter that Obama is said to have sent Khamenei reportedly offered an American-Iranian partnership in combatting the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS), so long as Tehran agreed to a comprehensive deal regarding its defiant nuclear program by the end of the month.

Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi, said in remarks cited by Reuters over the weekend that his government was taking seriously the November 24 deadline, and was keen to conclude an agreement with world powers.

But it would appear Iran’s new willingness to negotiate has less to do with accepting global concerns, and more to do with Washington’s increasing flexibility regarding the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

“Iran and the US have come to terms that despite more than three decades of mistrust, it is now in their national interest to constructively negotiate and reach an agreement,” Ali Khoram, an adviser to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, told Asharq Al-Awsat. “Both sides seem to have recognized each other’s concerns and are ready for maximum flexibility.”

Araqchi likewise clarified that the agreement Iran is looking to reach will not bring and end to its enrichment of uranium or its nuclear program as a whole. “Iran’s [uranium] enrichment will continue. This issue has been agreed upon by both sides,” he told Iran’s Press TV, referring to more recent talks between Iran and the six world powers known as the P5+1.

 

Mohammed's Successor Advances on Jerusalem

Mohammed's Successor Advances on Jerusalem

The Islamic State (ISIS) has announced that the Sinai Peninsula is now a caliphate, an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader known as a caliph – i.e. "successor" – to Mohammed.

Reports around the Arab world are claiming that the establishment of a caliphate in the Sinai is the first step towards its “advance on Jerusalem.”

Egypt’s most active and notorious terror group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, has sworn allegiance to ISIS in Sinai. “After trusting in Allah, we have decided to swear allegiance to the Emir (leader) of the faithful, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (leader of ISIS), Caliph of the Muslims in Syria and Iraq and in other countries,” the group said in a statement cited by Reuters.

ISIS has in turn called on the Egyptian jihadists to “destroy police checkpoints, fire RPG rockets at their rallying points and to show the world that Allah’s rule must be enforced.”

This under-reported jihadist insurgency has been brewing in the north-eastern corner of the Sinai bordering the Gaza Strip for several years. ISIS is now taking full advantage of the turmoil, which began brewing when Israel left Sinai in 1980, but escalated dramatically in July 2013 following the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood-controlled government in Cairo.

Despite denials by Egyptian officials, some sources say that as many as 5,000 Islamic militants have already infiltrated into the Sinai Peninsula. At the same time, Egyptian security sources estimate that up to 8,000 Egyptians are fighting abroad with militant groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda.

Last month, when Sinai terrorists blew up 30 Egyptian soldiers along the Gaza border, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated a military operation targeting the jihadists. The crackdown has left at least 1,400 people dead and more than 15,000 jailed, according to Al Arabiya News.

The Egyptian government has also imposed a curfew and created a five-kilometer buffer zone along the Gaza-Egypt border, in the process evicting more than 600 families and demolishing hundreds of homes, which one official claimed lied on top of a series of tunnels that ran along the border with the Palestinian enclave.

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed in August that it had beheaded four Egyptians for providing Israel with intelligence leading to an air strike that killed three of its fighters. It posted footage of the killings on Twitter. Last month, Sinai residents said they had found a beheaded corpse bearing a note signed by the group, accusing the victim of being an Israeli spy.

When former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was removed from office and the Muslim Brotherhood took over, security concerns prompted the Israelis to began building a security fence along the Sinai border. Separate from the fence that runs along the West Bank and which has successfully stopped infiltrations by suicide bombers, the new 233-kilometer security fence along the Sinai border, which was only recently completed, is sixteen feet high and includes barbed wire, surveillance cameras and radar.

 

Palestinians Celebrate Vehicular Terror, Declare 'Car Intifada'

Palestinians Celebrate Vehicular Terror, Declare 'Car Intifada'

Following two incidents of vehicular terror in and around Jerusalem on Wednesday, Palestinians took to Facebook and other online social media to celebrate what they have dubbed the “Car Intifada.”

“From Palestine we brought to the world the intifada of stones. Now we are bringing from Palestine the intifada of running over (or trampling),” read a message on one popular Palestinian Facebook page.

One Israeli was killed and 13 others wounded when a Palestinian resident of Jerusalem rammed into a group of people waiting at a light rail station on the eastern side of the city around noon on Wednesday. Hours later, another Palestinian motorist slammed into and injured three Israeli soldier on a road south of the capital.

Last month, two Israelis, including a three-month-old baby, were killed and many others wounded in another ramming attack at a Jerusalem light rail station.

The vehicular attacks are just one part of an escalating campaign of violence in Jerusalem that increasingly angered Jewish residents are blaming on lack of action by the government and police.

“We are now paying the price for a lack of policy and decision-making,” former Jerusalem Police Chief Aryeh Amit told Arutz Sheva. “The Temple Mount is not in our hands and eastern Jerusalem is not under our control. …The Jewish residents of Jerusalem are scared to death. This is reminiscent of the days of the suicide bombings.”

Israeli authorities have traditionally been wary of taking strong punitive action against Palestinian rioters for fear of eliciting condemnation from the international community.

But, by downplaying the riots of the summer, Jewish residents say the government has now opened the door to a new wave of terrorism that, as the Palestinian Facebook posts indicate, is being eagerly embraced by young Arabs.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, meanwhile, is blaming the dangerous phenomenon on ongoing anti-Israel incitement by the regime of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Abbas, for his part, is all but ignoring the Palestinian violence and accusing Israel of unilateral provocation.

Abbas’ state-run media has deemed the ramming attacks to be mere “traffic accidents,” even though the family of the terrorist who perpetrated Wednesday’s attack in Jerusalem praised his violent actions.

In light of Israel’s response to the attacks and mounting tension over the Temple Mount, the Palestinian Authority has called on the United Nations to “adopt a position to call on the Israeli government to stop all these activities and policies of provocation and incitement.”

 

Rabin's True Legacy

Rabin's True Legacy

Saturday’s memorial rally marking 19 years since the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin drew just a few thousand attendees, rather than the expected tens of thousands.

Israeli media reports from the event, which took place in the same Tel Aviv square where Rabin was shot, highlighted speeches by former President Shimon Peres and Rabin’s son, Yuval.

Peres, the man responsible for the disastrous Oslo Accords that set the backdrop for the Rabin assassination, was particularly provocative in insisting that those who fail to pursue peace as he did are not real patriots.

In so doing, Peres once again divided Israeli society into a “peace camp” minority that is trying to save Israel from an ostensibly war-mongering majority. This convenient division is a false representation of an Israeli society that longs for peace, but at the same time has learned the hard way not to be delusional.

The poor attendance at the memorial rally demonstrated that Israelis in general reject efforts by extreme left-wing groups like “Peace Now” and the Meretz Party to seize Rabin’s legacy.

If there was any doubt as to where this rally sought to take Rabin’s legacy, the sight of a large Israeli flag whose blue stripes and star had been changed to Palestinian black, green and red clearly signaled that the Israeli Left sees in the assassinated prime minister a beacon for a post-Zionist movement that dreams of turning Israel into a non-Jewish state.

The suggestion that Rabin endorsed or tried to implement such a worldview would seem at first a gross misrepresentation. Rabin didn’t particularly like Meretz, and he certainly didn’t like Peace Now.

There can be little doubt, however, that the Oslo Accords that so infuriated large segments of Israeli society - not least of which because the dangerous agreement stood contrary to Rabin’s own pre-election promises - resonated well with the ideology of the extreme Left.

Nineteen years after Rabin’s assassination, a clearer assessment of his legacy is emerging. Though only a handful would justify his killing, many still think that Rabin’s assassination, horrible as it was, should not cloud the fact that his betrayal of election promises, his loathing for the settlers and the predictable results of the Oslo Accords all served to divide Israeli society almost to the point of civil war.

Unpleasant as it may be, this is part of Rabin’s legacy. As such, the people who gathered for the annual memorial rally were, therefore, not seizing Rabin’s legacy for their own purposes. Rather, it seems they were representing his legacy fairly accurately.

 

When a Jew Prays at the Temple Mount

When a Jew Prays at the Temple Mount

It seems ridiculous that a Jew offering a few quiet prayers at Judaism’s holiest site should make headlines, but given the suppressive “status quo” that even the United States of America supports, that is precisely the case.

So, it was a surprise to many when authorities that typically bow to Muslim intimidation instead allowed young Shahar Glick, son of shooting victim Yehuda Glick, to ascend the Temple Mount on Monday and offer supplication for is father’s recovery.

The elder Glick remains in critical, but stable condition at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center after a Palestinian Muslim gunman attempted to assassinate the rabbi last week over his belief that Jews should be permitted to pray at the Temple Mount as a matter of course.

Contrary to the claims of Israel’s antagonists, Shahar Glick reiterated that his father, and others belonging to the movement, aren’t trying to “Judaize” and eject Muslims from the Temple Mount, but simply want Jews to likewise enjoy freedom of worship there.

“We don’t want to deprive anyone of the right to pray here,” the junior Glick told the Channel 2 News crew that accompanied him to the holy site. “Muslims, Christians, anybody can. Most of all, we hope that they will let us, the Jews, pray here.”

 

American Visitors Shocked by Jerusalem Cemetery Desecration

American Visitors Shocked by Jerusalem Cemetery Desecration

A group of visiting Americans were shocked this week to discover the extent of the nearly daily desecration perpetrated at the large Jewish cemetery situated on the western slopes of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

A delegation from Americans For a Safe Israel (AFSI) were taken to the cemetery by Jerusalem city councilman Aryeh King as part of their tour of the capital. While there, the Americans witnessed first-hand the widespread destruction of Jewish graves at perhaps the most prominent Jewish burial place on earth.

What’s worse, King informed the group, is that the perpetrators of this ongoing crime are almost never dealt with by police for fear of eliciting further Palestinian Arab violence.

“What we saw was appalling and cries out for justice,” wrote AFSI Director Helen Freedman following the visit.

The AFSI group also paid a visit to fortified Jewish kindergartens in the Maaleh Hazeitim neighborhood on the Mount of Olives. The kindergartens recently came under attack by Arab assailants hurling stones and firebombs at the young Jewish students.

 

1 Dead, Many Wounded as Vehicular Terror Strikes Again in Jerusalem

1 Dead, Many Wounded as Vehicular Terror Strikes Again in Jerusalem

A Palestinian Arab terrorist rammed his vehicle into a group of people waiting at a light rail station near the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. At least three, and as many as 10 people were wounded in the attack, one seriously.

The assailant reportedly hit his initial victims and then continued driving into nearby vehicles until he could no longer do so, at which point he exited the car and began attacking passersby and onlookers with a metal bar.

Soon after, the attacker was shot and killed by either an armed civilian or a police officer.

The attack was the second act of vehicular terror in the capital in recent weeks. On October 22, a Palestinian Arab man with a history of security-related offenses, plowed his car into a group of people waiting on the light rail at nearby Ammunition Hill. Two people were killed, including a three-month-old baby, and half-a-dozen more were wounded in that attack.

These acts of vehicular terror are only a small part of escalating violence in Jerusalem over the past several months, much of it centering on and around the Temple Mount.

 

US Backs Suppression of Religious Freedom on Temple Mount

US Backs Suppression of Religious Freedom on Temple Mount

In the wake of the attempted assassination of Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a prominent advocate of allowing Jews to worship atop the Temple Mount, the Obama Administration confirmed that it supports the suppression of full religious freedom at the Jerusalem holy site.

During a press conference last Friday, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki was asked to articulate the White House’s reaction to the shooting of Glick, a US citizen, by a Palestinian Muslim terrorist.

In her bumbling and somewhat evasive response, Psaki said that while the Obama Administration condemn’s the shooting, it continues to oppose Glick’s efforts to open the Temple Mount to Jewish and Christian worshippers.

“We support the long-standing practices regarding non-Muslim visitors to the site, to Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount,” said Psaki. “And consistent with our respect for the status quo, we would like to see it returned to that.”

Those “long-standing practices” have been to deny Jewish and Christians visitors the right to worship, pray or carry Bibles atop the Muslim-controlled Temple Mount, despite the fact that it is for all Jews and many Christians the most holy site on earth.

Many Jews and Christians have been detained even for mouthing silent prayers while visiting the Temple Mount.

To clarify that it is, indeed, this denial of freedom of worship that the Obama Administration supports, a reporter pressed Psaki: “You condemn the shooting of an American citizen who had advocated for non-Muslim worshippers to be able to go. But you don’t support [his cause?]”

She responded in the affirmative: “Our position hasn’t changed on this issue. That’s true. …It doesn’t mean we don’t condemn, of course, the shooting.”

Seizing the opportunity provided by Washington, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Monday released a statement rejecting the very presence of Jews atop the Temple Mount.

“Break-ins by the settlers and Jewish extremists” to the Temple Mount are an affront to “Muslim sensitivities,” read the statement.

A day earlier, Israel Police Chief Yohanan Danino told a Knesset hearing that security forces would do everything in their power ensure Jews and Christians were able to continue ascending the Temple Mount, but insisted the aforementioned “status quo” would be maintained at the holy site.

 

WATCH: Young Israelis Prepare for Elite IDF Service

WATCH: Young Israelis Prepare for Elite IDF Service

The Pathway (HaMaslul in Hebrew) is a new educational program that encourages young Israelis about to be drafted into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to not only take their mandatory service seriously, but to strive for the most elite units.

The Pathway was started by two brothers who both served in elite combat units, and who, like many others, recognized significant military service as a cornerstone of Israeli society and life in the Jewish state.

The organization aims to “amplify inner strength [and] love of Israel, [while helping trainees to] deal with mental and physical challenges, not only in the IDF, but as a way of life.”

The Pathway is one of numerous organizations that help young Israelis about to graduate high school to prepare for their upcoming military service.

Watch The Pathway’s promotional video below:

 

Syria Launches Hebrew-Language News Site

Syria Launches Hebrew-Language News Site

The regime of embattled Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has made the surprising move of ordering its official news agency, SANA, to launch a Hebrew-language website.

The Syrian regime is still officially at war with Israel, and has for decades supported and facilitated some of the most violent anti-Israel terrorist organizations in the region.

The vast majority of Israelis would never trust information coming from Assad’s official mouthpiece. Nevertheless, officials at SANA said they are determined to reach the broadest possible audience with their version of “the truth,” and that includes Israelis.

SANA’s new Hebrew website is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, and is full of propaganda aimed at swaying Israeli public opinion more in favor of the Assad regime.

Israel has largely joined the international chorus of condemnation against the Assad regime, but has also cautioned that the regime’s downfall under current circumstances would create a power vacuum that would almost certainly be filled by one or more radical Islamist movements.

Israel has also attacked Syrian government forces on several occasions in recent years when the latter’s actions directly threatened the Jewish state. Those attacks have been a source of assistance to the more moderate Free Syrian Army (FSA), of which Israel is tacitly supportive.

FSA officials have made public calls for Israel to become more diplomatically involved in the Syrian civil war and the overthrow of Bashar Assad.

Knowing Israel’s influence in Western capitals and the international community’s desire to prevent the Syrian civil war from adversely affecting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Assad might see swaying Israeli views as part of a last ditch effort to preserve his rule.

 

Who is Yehuda Glick, and Why Was He Shot?

Who is Yehuda Glick, and Why Was He Shot?

A Palestinian Arab terrorist last week shot and nearly killed Rabbi Yehuda Glick following a presentation at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem.

Most Israelis immediately knew why Glick had been targeted for assassination, but readers abroad might not be familiar with the rabbi and his work.

So, why do Israel’s “peace partners” want Glick dead?

In the eyes of the Palestinians, Glick has committed an egregious and unforgivable crime by advocating for the right of Jews to pray atop Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, Judaism’s most holy site.

As head of HaLiba (The Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount) and former director of The Temple Institute, Glick has long been at the forefront of the ongoing effort to win true religious freedom for Jews and other non-Muslims on the Temple Mount.

Often portrayed as a right-wing fanatic, Glick, as the following video explains, wasn’t trying to remove Muslims from the Temple Mount. He, and others like him, simply want Jews to enjoy the same rights and freedom of worship at the holy site.

 

Israelis Wonder: What's a 'Chickenshit'?

Israelis Wonder: What's a 'Chickenshit'?

When an unnamed American government official last week labeled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit,” Israelis were left scratching their heads trying to figure out the meaning and origin of their leader’s newest epithet.

Israel’s leading newspapers and television news programs featured panels of experts assembled to discuss the apparently baffling term, and whether or not it had an equivalent in Hebrew.

Most seemed to ultimately agree that “chickenshit” is nothing more than a very strong and boorish way of calling someone a coward.

Many also concurred that it was nothing short of hypocritical for the Obama Administration to accuse Netanyahu of cowardice when the current American leadership had failed time and again to strongly and effectively confront various Middle East threats, including Iran’s nuclear program, the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS and other radical Islamist movements.

As the media storm over the insult grew, US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday phoned Netanyahu to apologize.

A day earlier, he told reporters that the White House condemned anyone using such language to describe the leader of one of America’s staunchest allies. “It does not reflect the president, it does not reflect me, it is disgraceful, unacceptable, damaging,” said Kerry.

 

Egypt Razes Gaza Border Houses, and No One Cares

Egypt Razes Gaza Border Houses, and No One Cares

Voices in the international community make a habit of calling out Israel each and every time it implements security measures that adversely affect the Palestinian Arabs. This is done in such a way that suggests the well-being of average Palestinians is their primary concern. Events over the past week demonstrated otherwise.

Late last week, the Egyptian army surprised the residents of the Gaza border town of Rafah by giving those living within 500 meters (546 yards) of the border a mere 48-hours to evacuate.

The order directly affected some 10,000 people, whose homes are soon to be razed in order to create a buffer zone that includes a water-filled canal aimed at thwarting the digging of cross-border smuggling tunnels. Unconfirmed reports suggested the buffer zone could also extend into the Gaza Strip.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi justified the creation of the buffer zone by pointing to recent terrorist attacks in Sinai that claimed the lives of 31 Egyptian soldiers. The weapons used in those attacks reportedly came from Gaza.

Rafah is split in two by the Gaza border, and those living on the Gaza side will also be hit hard by the new Egyptian security measure. Reports in previous years highlighted how the local economy was almost wholly dependent on the smuggling tunnels.

And yet, not a single major Western leader or mainstream media outlet has criticized Egypt for protecting its border in this way, despite the fact that so many local residents on both sides of the border are suffering and will suffer as a result.

This stands in sharp contrast to the typical reaction to similar Israeli security measures, and one can only speculate that the key differentiating factor in the Egyptian effort is that no Jews are involved.

 

What Does Israel's Reputation Depend On?

What Does Israel's Reputation Depend On?

Only 13 percent of Israel’s population believes that the nation’s reputation in the international community is good; 61 percent thinks an improvement depends on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

But there are no simple solutions. What is better for Israel: higher popularity abroad, or living in security in the Land? As long as Israel exists, the Jewish state is not likely to find a favorable place among the nations.

The full article appears in the November 2014 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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International Expert: Children in Southern Israel Suffer PTSD

International Expert: Children in Southern Israel Suffer PTSD

A leading international expert on the psychological struggles facing children living in conflict and war zones recently visited southern Israel and concluded that Israeli children residing within range of the Gaza Strip face an unhealthy upbringing.

Voices in the international community like to complain about the siege Israel has allegedly imposed upon Gaza. But Eliasz Gocal-Czerwinski, advisor to the secretary-general of the International Human Rights Commission on child affairs, described the living conditions for children in southern Israel as very much a kind of emotional siege.

“From my point of view as a clinical psychologist, [I am] concerned about the needs of youth and their development, [which] you achieve not through economics, but through…having a stable and safe environment,” Gocal-Czerwinski told Doron Keider of Cry for Zion.

“As you can see, this isn’t safe, not for the Palestinians and especially not for the Israeli children,” the expert continued, as he visited a facility storing the remains of hundreds of rockets fired at southern Israel over the summer.

Gocal-Czerwinski lamented that children living in the southern town of Sderot and surrounding community have come “to accept a world where every playground must have a bomb shelter. This does not provide safety and comfort” of the type children need for a healthy upbringing.

Keider informed his guest that over 90 percent of children living in Sderot today suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

If the situation continues like this, Gocal-Czerwinski worries that the children of southern Israel will carry the emotional trauma all their lives. “You look at people 40–50 years old [who were raised in such situations], and the constant fear for their lives, the instability becomes a part of their personality,” he noted.

 

Hamas Fires Rocket, Israel Closes Gaza

Hamas Fires Rocket, Israel Closes Gaza

Israel on Saturday closed its two borders crossings with Gaza after terrorists operating out of the volatile coastal enclave fired a missile at the Jewish state a day earlier.

The rocket fired into southern Israel on Friday afternoon did not cause any injuries or damage, but marked the first clear violation of a ceasefire that brought to an end the 50-day armed conflict that raged in the area over the summer months.

That breach notwithstanding, Hamas officials reacted by accusing Israel of violating the ceasefire by closing the Erez and Keren Shalom border crossings.

Egypt has also closed the border crossing between Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula as it creates a new buffer zone to thwart future attacks by those using the Hamas-ruled territory as haven. Dozens of Egyptian soldiers and police have been killed in recent weeks while combatting Islamists in Sinai and along the Gaza border.

The rocket fire and the border crossings raised new fears that full-scale military conflict in and around Gaza could resume.

PHOTO: A guard closes the gate on the Palestinian side of the Gaza-Sinai border.

 

Tel Aviv named one of the world's best culinary locations

Tel Aviv named one of the world's best culinary locations

The White City ranks high right up there together with other major European cities like Copenhagen and Florence while American food magazine Saveur awards Tel Aviv in several categories in its annual culinary destination awards.

Tel Aviv was named “outstanding” in the best culinary destination category, the Best Markets and Shops category and Best In-flight Wine Program category thanks to El Al Airline’s impressive wine list.

Aside from the numerous hummus and shakshuka joints, the falafel and sabich stands, and the many food bars in the city, Tel Aviv boasts almost 4,500 businesses in the food industry, more than one restaurant per 1,000 people, an unprecedented number by Middle Eastern standards.

Tel Aviv also sports many fine dining establishments, that have received numerous prizes from food magazines around the world in recent years, that helped give Tel Aviv the “outstanding” title.

Jerusalem was not forgotten by Saveur, with the city’s Mahane Yehuda Market recommended among the best ancient markets together with Istanbul's and Bangkok's night markets.

 

Sweden becomes the first E.U. member to recognize a Palestinian state

Sweden becomes the first E.U. member to recognize a Palestinian state

The Swedish government became the first E.U. member to officially recognize a Palestinian state on Thursday, preempting final status negotiations, and drawing ire from Israel.

Newly elected Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven, first announced his government's intended decision at his swearing-in ceremony on Oct. 3, but his government was not expected to follow through so soon.

“Some will claim that today’s decision comes too early. I’m rather afraid it’s too late,” wrote Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom in the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter. “The past year, we’ve seen how the peace negotiations once again have halted, how decisions on new settlements on occupied Palestinian land have obstructed a two-state solution and how violence has returned to Gaza.”

Wallstrom writes that the recognition aims to support moderate forces among the Palestinians, make future negotiations more equal and give young Palestinians hope of a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Israel has publicly protested the move, which some believe is feeding unrealistic Palestinian expectations of working out a resolution with the international community but without involving Israel.

"It is too bad that the government of Sweden has chosen to adopt the measure that does a lot of damage and has no benefits. Sweden must understand that relations in the Middle East are much more complicated than self-assembly furniture at Ikea," Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said.

 

Israel To Give Desperately Needed Developmental Aid To... California!

Israel To Give Desperately Needed Developmental Aid To... California!

California has been going through a catastrophic drought for three years now, which has cost the state's economy at least $2.2 billion and left 500,000 acres of what was once rich,productive farmland fallow.

So where did California turn to for help? Not the Obama White House, but to Israel, the world's acknowledged expert on irrigation and water use.

California's Governor Jerry Brown has just signed a strategic cooperation Agreement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to receive aid from Israel.

Prof. Eilon Adar, a world expert in groundwater flow systems, will work to help the state work out solutions to the issue. Prof. Adar visited San Fransisco and Silicon Valley, touring desalination plants in northern California, and participating in a state-wide conference in which a slew of possibly technological solutions were presented.

"If we managed to overcome the water issues in the Middle East, we can do it anywhere in the world," Prof. Adar said. "Nonetheless, (to address the issue) they will need to improve the management and efficiency of the water market and increase and optimize the coordination between the water companies."

He's got that right. Israel is the only country in the entire Middle East that is self sufficient in water. And they did it themselves, in a hostile environment.

"We are pushing ahead with the water issue and branding Israel as part of the solution, an ally with the know how whom can come to help in a time of need," said Andy David, Israel's consul to California.

I hope California's Democrats remember whom their friends are when it comes to voting on President Obama's anti-Israel, pro 'Palestine' agenda. An Israel pushed back to indefensible borders and under attack isn't going to be much help to the world in situations like these.

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Former Palestinian prisoner killed after the attempt on the life of Rabbi Yehuda Glick

Former Palestinian prisoner killed after the attempt on the life of Rabbi Yehuda Glick

After an attempt on the life of Rabbi Yehuda Glick, Founder of The Temple Mount Faithful and LIBA organizations, last night outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, the attempted murderer was eliminated Thursday morning.

The suspect has been named as Mu'taz Hijazi, a former Palestinian prisoner. According to a police source, Hijazi was killed in a shootout with an elite Border Guard counter-terrorism unit (Yamam).

Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a prominent Temple Mount activist, was shot at point blank range outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem on Wednesday night by a motorcyclist after he called out to him to verify his intended target. The terrorist shouted, "You have made me angry" before firing 3 shots into Glicks upper body.

Magen David Adom paramedics evacuated him to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in critical condition with injuries to his chest and abdomen. He was operated on and was in stable condition. Doctors said he will have to undergo an additional operation this morning.

The shooting threatens to further heighten tensions in Jerusalem, which has been fraught lately with clashes between Palestinian protesters and police.

 

Relations between Netanyahu and US administration reach new low

Relations between Netanyahu and US administration reach new low

The Obama administration's anger, public condemnation and displeasure over Israel's building policies in the settlement blocs and Jerusalem, and the Netanyahu government's open expression of contempt for Obama's understanding of the Middle East, indicate that profound changes in the relationship may be coming.

Recently a senior Obama administration official commented about Netanyahu who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” the official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname.

This comment is representative of the gloves-off manner in which American and Israeli officials now talk about each other, mostly behind closed doors, and is yet another sign that relations between the Obama and Netanyahu governments have moved toward a full-blown crisis. The relationship between these two administrations seem to be at their worst ever, and it stands to get significantly worse after the November midterm elections. Analysts are conjecturing that by next year, the Obama administration may actually withdraw diplomatic cover for Israel at the United Nations.

But even before that, both sides are expecting a showdown over Iran, should a conciliatory agreement be reached about the future of Iran's nuclear program by the US administration.

Netanyahu has been reported to have told several people that he has “written off” the Obama administration, and plans to speak directly to Congress and to the American people. For its part, Obama administration officials have expressed, in the words of one official, a “red-hot anger” at Netanyahu for pursuing settlement policies on the West Bank, and building policies in Jerusalem, that they believe have fatally undermined Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace process.

What does this deterioration in relations hold in store for Israel? It may be unsurprising come post the November mid-term elections to see the Obama administration take the gloves off and even publicly laying down the terms for an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians including delineating the two-state solutions borders. This is something that will not go down lightly with the Israeli government. There is an increasing likelihood that the US administration could even withhold defense of Israel against hostile resolutions.

Over the years, Obama administration officials have described Netanyahu as recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering and pompous but no-one has previously described Netanyahu as a “chickenshit.

 

John Kerry's wife funds radical anti-US, anti-Israel restaurant

John Kerry's wife funds radical anti-US, anti-Israel restaurant

Conflict Kitchen, a restaurant located near the campuses of Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, features a menu that strictly serves dishes which are said to be from countries currently in conflict with the United States.

Although a state of Palestine has never actually existed, Conflict Kitchen has now seemingly made an exception to their mission and has featured Palestine as its current "focus country." In the past, the controversial eatery has featured cuisine from North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela. Why the United States is viewed as a "conflict country" when it has donated billions of dollars in humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, remains unclear.

In April, The eatery received a $50,000 grant from the Heinz Endowment, which is chaired by Teresa Heinz Kerry, the billionaire wife of Secretary of State John Kerry.

One of the restaurant’s food wrappers excuses Palestinian terrorism as a legitimate means to combat Israel’s military superiority, which echoes the sentiments expressed by jihadi terrorist group Hamas.

The wrapper states: “"How can you compare Israeli F-16s, which are some of the best military planes in the world, to a few hundred homemade rockets? You’re pushing them (Palestinians) to the absolute extreme. So what do you expect?... Palestinians are not going to just let (Israel) in and drop their arms. No, they’re going to kill and they are going to die."

Conflict Kitchen is co-directed by art professor Jon Rubin and former student Dawn Weleski.

Secretary of State John Kerry has come under fire during his tenure from pro-Israel voices who view him as extremely hostile to the Jewish state. Over the summer, Kerry warned that Israel could become an “apartheid” state if peace talks with the Palestinians failed. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) found the remarks offensive and called upon the Secretary to resign immediately.

Kerry has been a mainstay in Jerusalem and has pressured Israel and its people to continue to negotiate with radical interests—such as the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, who do not grant the same rights and religious liberty to Jews as Israel does to Muslims within its borders.

In January, Israeli Defense MInister Moshe Yaalon said of Kerry: "Secretary of State John Kerry came here very determined and operates based upon an unfathomable obsession and a messianic feeling. Throughout the recent months, there is no negotiation between us and the Palestinians, but rather, between us and the Americans. The only thing that can 'save' us is that John Kerry will get a Nobel Peace Prize and leave us alone."

 

Netanyahu: "We must build in Jerusalem!"

Netanyahu: "We must build in Jerusalem!"

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for a special meeting of the Security Council demanding international intervention to investigate "Israeli attacks" in Jerusalem as well as "attacks" by "Jewish settlers" on the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Palestinians want a ban on Israeli building beyond the "Green Line" including in Eastern Jerusalem. In response Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "We have every right to build in Jerusalem."

At the opening of the winter session of the Israeli parliament Netanyahu said that, "the violence we are experiencing is not as a result of construction activities in Jerusalem. The violence is rather due to the desire of Israel's enemies, that we should not be here." The Prime Minister criticized the Palestinian demands of their own state without guarantees of peace and security. "They demand our withdrawal, their right of return of Palestinian "refugees" and the division of Jerusalem. But they refuse the elementary prerequisite of peace between the two nations. Mutual recognition!"

Meanwhile, Jordan supports the Palestinian call for a special session of the Security Council. The Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said that Israeli construction plans in the Palestinian territories are "a slap in the face of the international efforts to bring the negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians back on track."

Israeli diplomats are planning a counter-action by calling for official recognition of Hamas as a terrorist organization by the United Nations. Israeli officials are currently communicating with senior representatives of the world community, to inform them of the construction and purpose of terror tunnels, the crime of using the Palestinian civilians as human shields and the shelling of Israeli civilians by Hamas.

While politicians and diplomats are talking masked Arab rioters continued their riots and unrest in Jerusalem and environs in against police and security forces the Eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods of Silwan, Ras al-Amud and Isawiya.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat testified before the Knesset Home Affairs Committee, that even before Operation Protective Edge, there had been about 200 stone-throwing cases against Jewish institutions and properties in Jerusalem. Currently about 5000 incidents have been recorded during the last month. The stone-throwing at cars and the fire-bomb attacks are life-threatening actions." MK Miri Regev, Chairman of the Committee, called for tougher action by security forces, "East Jerusalem is part of our capital. Whoever riots in Jerusalem, should be treated the same as rioters in Taiybe or Tel Aviv," she said.

 

A new Israeli law will impose a five-year sentence on those joining terrorist organizations

A new Israeli law will impose a five-year sentence on those joining terrorist organizations

A ministerial committee unanimously approved a five year prison term for Israeli citizens that join terrorist organizations like IS.

The Ministerial Committee on Legislation unanimously approved a proposal by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, which makes provision for a criminal prohibition of an Israeli national or resident to join an organized, armed, non-state entity, in a foreign country. The proposal authorizes the Minister of Defense, with the consent of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, together with the approval of the Knesset Constitutional Justice Committee, to specify the organizations, the countries or regions to which those that join will be liable to five years imprisonment.

The legislation stems from a recently discovered phenomenon, whereby Israeli citizens and residents have joined, or are being trained by, rebel forces in Syria. The groups activities or training are often conducted under the auspices of terrorist organizations - a phenomenon that constitutes a security threat to Israel, and may create an infrastructure for terrorist activities within Israel.

Justice Minister Livni said, "Israel, like any other country, has the right to defend itself against Islamic radical terrorism - and this goal will achieved both through strong internal legislation like this proposal, as well as through external processes: political process and the creation of a joint axis with the rest of the West against fundamentalist Islamic terrorism."

 

22 year-old woman critically injured in Jerusalem terror attack succumbs to wounds

22 year-old woman critically injured in Jerusalem terror attack succumbs to wounds

22-year-old Karen Mosquera came to Israel from Ecuador to study and convert to Judaism, was on her way to a Torah lesson at the Midrasha where she studied when she was struck.

Mosquera, 22, succumbed to her wounds on Sunday at the Hadassah Medical Center - Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, after being critically wounded in the Jerusalem light rail terrorist attack last week. The death toll in the incident has now reached two people.

Mosquera had been living in Israel for the last year and a half and was in the process of converting to Judaism. She had recently been studying in a Midrasha as part of her pathway to becoming Jewish.

"She was a quiet girl who believed in her path, fought to become a Jew and nothing bothered her," said a friend.

On Wednesday evening, a Palestinian plowed his car into a crowd of commuters at Jerusalem's light rail Ammunition Hill stop.

The driver, Abed a-Rahman a-Shaludi, a resident of the village of Silwan had a background of security related offenses, attempted to flee the scene on foot after the attack, but was shot by police and later died of his wounds.

A three-month-old baby girl, Haya Zissel Braun, was also killed in the deadly attack, that left several others wounded some of them serious.

 

Palestinians Blame Israel for Jerusalem Violence

Palestinians Blame Israel for Jerusalem Violence

Arab riots and attacks on Jews and Jewish property have been on the rise in Jerusalem for months. Local police are just now starting to really crack down on the violence. And so, naturally, the Palestinian Authority is choosing this time to blame the entire situation on Israel.

In a letter to US President Barack Obama, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas called for American intervention to halt what he called the “Israeli escalation” in Jerusalem.

According to Abbas, Israeli security measures to combat the incessant Arab violence “will bring about a widespread explosion that cannot be controlled.”

Since June, constant Arab rioting has plagued the eastern side of Jerusalem, resulting in an number of injuries and severe damage to Jewish-owned property, including the new Jerusalem light rail, which today is only able to operate 60 percent of its trains due to the situation.

Last week saw the worst attack in what has come to be known as the “silent intifada” when a Hamas-linked Palestinian terrorist rammed his car into a group of Israelis waiting at a light rail station in Jerusalem’s French Hill neighborhood.

Two people were killed and another nine were wounded in that attack. Among the deceased was three-month-old Chaya Zisel Braun.

Israelis refer to this and other bouts of violence as “silent intifadas” because the media and international community typically ignore the situation until either a large number of Israelis are killed, or Israel grows fed up and takes punitive and preventative security measures.

 

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