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Day of Deliverance

Seeing will be believing, but:

Temple activists were euphoric Monday after a precedent-setting ruling by Magistrates’ Court Judge Malka Aviv in the case of Yehuda Glick vs. the Israeli Police, a day earlier. The judge ruled that the police “must make sure that Jews are able to pray on the Temple Mount” – in a ruling replete with harsh criticism of the police’s policies on the Temple Mount.

Activists were quoted on a Temple activists blog as saying: “This day will be remembered for generations in the annals of the struggle for the return of Jews to the Temple Mount.”

The police are legally bound “to ensure that Jews are able to pray on the Temple Mount, and not to act sweepingly to prevent Jews from praying on the Temple Mount,” the judge determined.

I am not religious, and not Jewish (my father was), but I can’t do justice in writing to how moved I am by this ruling. My inspirational texts are the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist (and Anti-Federalist) Papers. Forbidding Jews from even a hint of prayer at their holiest site has always struck me as monstrous. That this was policy, enforced by the Jewish State itself, for decades, offended me as much as any other civil rights violation in the world (with a few choice exceptions by the Chinese, Arab, and certain African governments).

And it is swept away in just a few words: The police are legally bound “to ensure that Jews are able to pray on the Temple Mount, and not to act sweepingly to prevent Jews from praying on the Temple Mount.”

It’s a far cry from the court’s decree to facts and feet on holy ground—but to use the language of our ObamaCare-boosting friends, it’s the law of the land. Half a century after America’s civil rights laws, Israel now has hers. Maazel tov.


When Life Gives You Snow

Make killer snowballs:

Arab youths hurled snowballs containing stones at a car carrying a couple and their three-year-old daughter on Route 60 near Jerusalem on Friday.

The father, Avi (not his real name), his wife and their daughter were making their way towards Jerusalem from Kiryat Gat, in order to enjoy the snow-covered scenes in Jerusalem. At approximately 2pm, the car exited the Gilo neighborhood and headed south on the Tunnels Road.

“When I exited the first tunnel, I saw more than 10 youths standing nearby, shouting in Arabic,” the father told Ynet. “I saw them throw a snowball at us and suddenly heard a ‘boom’, and realized it wasn’t snow, but stones.”

Due to the heavy snow that had accumulated on the road, he was not able to leave the area quickly, and the car was pelted with many stones. Eventually, he managed to escape with his vehicle, and fled to safety.

“I decided at the end to step on the gas pedal and managed to escape. It was very difficult, if I had been a new driver or someone who feels insecure on the road it could have ended in disaster, because it was almost impossible to drive like that in the snow. If I had stopped, it would have ended with a lynching. I’ve seen things in my life, but this is the first time I was in this kind of situation. I never saw anything like it,” the father said.

Maybe this is what Netanyahu should talk about in front of Congress. He could go all multimedia and bring a slideshow of Adelle Biton and Asher and Yonatan Palmer. It may not have the existential punch of a nuclearized Iran, but it’s got some good visuals.

The kids were fine, by the way. More’s the pity.


Israel’s No-Go Area

The Temple Mount?

“The newest Islamic projectile aimed at the heart of Jewish worshipers on the Temple Mount is little girls. Young, pre-pubescent girls can now be found aplenty on the Temple Mount. Because they are Muslim, young and female, the Israel police won’t touch them. The young girls, following the instruction and encouragement of their elders, feel free to leap in front of Jewish worshipers, screaming in their high pitched voices ‘allahu akbar,’ ‘the Jews are dogs,’ and whatever else comes to their innocent minds, while at the same time jabbing their fingers in the faces of the Jewish worshipers.

“Sometimes the little angels get so wrapped up in their game of ‘harass the Jews’ that they even begin pushing the Jewish worshipers.

“What is a self respecting, dignified human being to do in response?,” asks the Institute. “Push the little things back? Pull on their pony tails? A group of six Jewish worshipers [Sunday] did what they thought was the responsible and appropriate thing to do: They called on the police to intervene. The police did, arresting the Jews and holding them in custody for more than 24 hours.

“All this goes to prove the wildly successful effectiveness of the Muslims latest weapon in their ever improving arsenal in the war against the Jews on the Temple Mount.”

Don’t think the Arabs would sink so low as to exploit little girls to terrorize Jews?

The Magistrates Court criticized police for keeping the Jews in lockup overnight when they had already stated that they did not object to letting them go free. The judge determined that regarding three of the Jews, there was no basis for a claim that they had committed any offense whatsoever. She released then unconditionally. As for the other three, their only offense was to stand in place when they were urged to keep walking, and to demand that a girl who harassed them be arrested. These three were released on the condition that they stay away from the Temple Mount for 30 days.

The videos, which were shown in court, show Muslims harassing the Jews on the Temple Mount Sunday – before the Jews were arrested. In one, an officer in the Muslim Waqf repeatedly gives the Jews the finger.

By some cockamamie agreement, the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site—in the middle of Israel’s capital city—is administered by Muslims. Wouldn’t that be like giving control of Martin Luther King Jr.’s tomb to the KKK? I can’t wait to see St. Peter’s under a waqf.


Christmas Gift

Wow! Thank you, Israel. You shouldn’t have.

Actually, yeah, you should:

Israeli authorities gave final approval on Wednesday for the construction of 380 new housing units in two areas of annexed East Jerusalem, a local official said.

“The municipal commission has given construction permits for 307 homes in Ramot and 73 in Har Homa,” Yosef Pepe Alalu, a Jerusalem city councelor with the opposition Meretz party, told AFP.

He said local officials were taking advantage of attention focused on Israeli elections due in March to expand settlements.

“This kind of decision distances us from any chance of reaching an agreement with the Palestinians,” he said.

No, that kind of thinking has kept you in a slow bloodletting status quo for over 40 years. You want peace with the Arabs? Impose it.

Israel seized East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.

It refers to the entire city of Jerusalem as its “united, undivided capital”, and does not view construction there as settlement activity.

The Palestinians want the city’s eastern sector as capital of a future state and vehemently oppose any Israeli attempt to expand construction there.

Ask Berliners how a divided city worked for them. Perhaps Rome would be a better model, with Al Aqsa as a sort of Vatican within (and full access to the Temple Mount for people of all faiths).

For many of us, this is a season of hope, of wishing for a better future. Of: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

2014 may have had its downs, but it points upward.



Next Year in East Jerusalem

Or the year after, but it’s coming:

Jerusalem Councilman Arieh King, who is the founder and director of the Israel Land Fund (ILF), appeared on Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg Show recently during a trip to America and explained his work at ILF.

“What I’ve been doing for the last 18 years is redeeming the land of Israel and especially focusing in Jerusalem, and we do that by buying land from Arabs in the so-called Arab neighborhoods – east Jerusalem,” explained King.

“The target is to move Jews to live in these places so people like (US President Barack) Obama and like even our Prime Minister (Binyamin) Netanyahu who are thinking maybe to divide Jerusalem – it will be much more difficult for them,” he continued.

King revealed that “every day I’m receiving between two to five requests, proposals from Arabs; Arabs are crying to find someone to buy their homes.” He noted that racist policies preventing Jews from buying in eastern Jerusalem are harming the Arab owners looking to sell.

In addition to buying properties, ILF also fights to restore Jewish rights to properties purchased by Jews many years ago, during the Ottoman Empire and the British Mandate.

“Unfortunately this land that was purchased 100 years ago and more – Arabs squatted on these properties,” reports King, detailing how he works to get power of attorney from the legal Jewish owners and have the Arab squatters evacuated via a court order.

All those who cry out for the rule of “international law” are awfully selective in the laws they want to rule. We’ve wondered why the Balfour Declaration and the League of Nations resolution are never cited, much less enforced.

As for Israel being an apartheid state, well…

Remarking on the status of Jerusalem, King stated “Jerusalem is an apartheid city. There are neighborhoods that are judenrein,” referencing the Nazi term meaning “clean from Jews.”

“There are eight neighborhoods in Jerusalem that are judenrein meaning there are no Jews living there by the decision of the government of Israel,” said King, referencing the neighborhoods such as Beit Safafa, Kalandiya and others where the government does not allow Jews to enter, despite them being within the municipal boundaries of the capital.

We’re unabashed Zionists here, so don’t look to us for objectivity. But I’d like to ask others to tell me of another country where international “opinion” argues for a divided capital city; where neighborhoods are segregated by law; of a supposedly Democratic state where the religious majority may not display the least hint of its faith at its holiest site for fear of offending the excitable religious minority.


BTL: Trend Setter

Teal is the new puce, pico de gallo is the new tabouleh, and hemlines are going up (they’d better)—all aboard the Eretz Israel Express:

A new US poll found that a full 34% of Americans support a one-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, by which all of Israel’s territory would become a single state with equal rights for all citizens.

The poll, held by the Saban Forum, noted a 10% increase in support for the one-state solution from the previous year, reports Yedioth Aharonoth. By contrast, 39% supported the two-state solution in a figure that stayed constant from previous years.

It remains unclear from the poll question if the plan respondents supported would offer Arab residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza citizenship, although it would appear to be a clear show of support for Israeli annexation of the areas.

I’ve been calling for this for years now. It’s the least we can do for peace. And people are listening:

As far as which side to support, the poll results left no doubts: 31% would like the US to favor Israel in the conflict, whereas only 4% thought it should favor the Palestinian Arabs.

That position of support was echoed by the US Congress, which on Wednesday voted unanimously to pass legislation making Israel a “major strategic partner” of America, which would greatly expand cooperation in a bevy of fields. The bill now is waiting for US President Barack Obama’s signature.

But we’re not completely heartless:

Another plan that has been gaining momentum in Israel is to create a Palestinian state in Jordan, with Jordanian-Palestinian activist Mudar Zahran saying such a development is inevitable.

If the point were to bring peace to the region and let everyone get on with their lives, this result would have evolved years ago. Instead the point has been to remove Jews from the region. Which ain’t gonna happen, despite this:

Obama has not shown as friendly position on Israel, blocking a routine transfer of Hellfire missiles during Operation Protective Edge and ordering more stringent supervision of future shipments.

Likewise, reports indicate the US is weighing sanctions against Israel as a punitive measure on Jewish construction in Israel’s Biblical heartland, namely eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

Next year in East Jerusalem!


Who Says Obama Never Gets Tough With Our Enemies? [UPDATED]

Russia laughs at us; Iran couldn’t be more contemptuous.

But Israel, boy, they’ll regret the day they crossed Barack Hussein Obama.

The United States is considering taking “harsher action” against Israeli construction efforts in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria, reports Thursday said.

According to the report in Ha’aretz, the White House has been discussing taking “active measures” to discourage Israeli construction, instead of just issuing condemnations, as it has done until now.

But commentators on Israel’s right dismissed the story as “political scare tactics” in the wake of upcoming elections in Israel.

The report said that senior American officials asked about the report “did not deny this, but refused to disclose more details.” According to the report, “a discussion on such a sensitive and politically-loaded issue in the White House is extremely irregular and shows to what extent relations between the Obama administration and Netanyahu government have deteriorated.”

According to the report, the White House decided on this new policy after the recent meeting between US President Barack H. Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The meeting occurred as Peace Now announced that Israel had approved the construction of 1,600 homes in Jerusalem’s Givat Hamatos neighborhood, and activists moved into homes in the City of David neighborhood.

The report said that American actions could include abstaining in votes condemning Israel at the UN Security Council, instead of vetoing them, or banning funding of projects in Judea and Samaria.

Consider the timing:

Political commentators on the right in Israel dismissed the Ha’aretz report as “election propaganda.”

The fact the report emerged a day after the Knesset decided on new elections “is more than just mere coincidence,” said one commentator.

“Whether it was the idea of Ha’aretz or a White House functionary, it’s clear that the message here is that Israel will be better off with someone other than Netanyahu leading it. These kinds of stories always ‘happen’ to surface before elections, and nothing ever comes of them.”

May it backfire. May Israelis know that America has their back, even if Obama wants to kick them in the nuts. Proverbial nuts.

As I was saying:

With Israeli elections now scheduled for March 2015, there’s no doubt who the Obama Administration is rooting for: Mr. or Ms. A.B.B.—Anybody But Bibi. But the president and secretary need to be very careful here. We don’t read Israeli politics very well; and we haven’t proven very effective in predicting, let alone orchestrating outcomes. The best advice to an administration that has proven anything but sure footed in the Middle East, particularly in dealing with Israel, is to keep out of Israeli politics.

Like that’s gonna happen:

Like Bush 41 and Shamir, Bill Clinton and Benjamin Netanyahu were not exactly soul mates. In June 1996, after their first meeting, Clinton, frustrated by Bibi’s brashness, exploded: “Who’s the fucking superpower here?”

You can see why relations were tense. For the preceding two months, Clinton had done everything he could to tip the election to Shimon Peres, a caretaker prime minister, in the wake of Rabin’s assassination by an Israeli radical in November 1995.

Clinton had persuaded Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak to convene a Summit of the Peacemakers in Egypt in an effort to save the peace process and Peres, too, after a series of Hamas terror attacks. When Peres visited Washington, Clinton went out of his way to praise Peres’s leadership and insisted on referring to the upcoming election in a reference that all but said “vote for Peres if you’re serious about peace.”


And, still, Netanyahu won.

[I]n December 2000, a month before his term ran out, the president was prepared to fly to Israel to broker an agreement between Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, not least in order to help Barak defeat Ariel Sharon in elections scheduled for February 2001. But the deal foundered and Barak lost.

Now, as the clock ticks down on Israeli elections scheduled for March 2015, will the Obama Administration play internal Israeli politics to try to tip the election against Netanyahu?

Resist the temptation, Barack:

It’s an inconvenient but important reality to acknowledge that of the three U.S.-orchestrated breakthroughs in the Middle East peace process, two of them—the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty and the Madrid peace conference—came from hardline Likud prime ministers. The third—the three disengagement agreements following the 1973 war —came courtesy of a very tough Labor prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin.

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In Other Terrorism News…

Sorry to bother you with this…

Daniel Bronstein, the victim of the iron bar attack, spoke about his experiences to Arutz Sheva on Wednesday.

“I passed by the Safra square to the New Gate, near the Light Rail,” he said. “Suddenly, five Arabs arrived and sprayed pepper spray in my eyes.”

The Arabs shouted at him to “move” before spraying the pepper spray, he said.

Bronstein was then beaten, but he does not remember details of events.

“I don’t remember exactly what happened from that point on,” he noted. “I saw blood leaking from the back of my head and realized that it was trailing down my body…later, I found out I had been hit on the head. I did not see my assailants at all. I sat down and tried to call someone for help but couldn’t because my hands were shaking.”

Suck it up. You’re alive aren’t you?


Lame And Lamer

But which is which?

For the first time since the beginning of the current wave of terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday issued a condemnation of the latest such act.

Abbas was forced to condemn the Har Nof synagogue attack after facing pressure from US Secretary of State John Kerry, who had phoned the PA president twice over the past few days to demand that the Palestinians stop anti-Israel incitement. On Tuesday, Kerry issued a call to the PA leadership to condemn the Har Nof attack.

Kerry’s pressure prompted Abbas to issue two condemnations of the incident. The first came in the form of a terse statement published by official PA news agency Wafa, in which the Palestinian leadership condemned the “killing of worshipers in a synagogue and all acts of violence regardless of their source.”

The statement also called for an end to “incursions and provocations by settlers against the Aksa Mosque.”

Later, Abbas’s office issued a second statement, which again condemned the Har Nof attack and “assaults on the Noble Sanctuary [Temple Mount].”

News Flash: Jews will continue to go to the Kotel and Jerusalem – all of it – is the capital of Israel. But, leaving that aside, who’s more of a dolt, John Kerry or Abu Mazen?

– Aggie


From Brookline to Jerusalem

He was one of us:

One of the four people killed in an attack Tuesday at a Jerusalem synagogue was from a prominent local Jewish family.

Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, graduated from Brookline’s Maimonides School in 1973. In a statement, the school, which was founded by Twersky’s grandfather, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, said it “is engulfed in grief and outrage” at his slaying.

Twersky lived in Jerusalem for more than 30 years, the school said, and was dean of a Jewish academy he founded there.

According to The Jerusalem Post, “Twersky lived in the Har Nof neighborhood close to the ‘Kehilat Yaakov’ synagogue where the terror attack was carried out.”

The Post added:

Twersky was the elder son of renowned rabbi and author Rabbi Yitzhak (Isadore) Twersky of Boston, and a grandson of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, one of the principle philosophers and founders of the Modern Orthodox movement.

The late Yitzhak Twersky was a professor of Hebrew literature at Harvard University and served as founding director of its Center for Jewish Studies.

Barry Shrage, president of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, says Moshe Twersky was in Jerusalem continuing his family’s focus on religious education.

“[The family] had a huge impact on Jewish thought, and on the development of Jewish thought, here in Boston and throughout the world,” Shrage said. “The loss can be incredibly deeply felt because there’s just no one to replace him.”


Arabs Celebrate Death of Jews

Every day is Halloween in Gaza:

The families of the two terrorists who killed four people in a brutal attack in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday morning have hailed the two as heroes, as candies to celebrate the attack were handed out in the West Bank and Gaza.

“We got the usual death notification and we shouted with joy, people here also handed out candies to guests who came to visit and were happy for the martyrs.”

He said that the family had been surprised by the attack, and that the two terrorists had not had any political affiliation. “We had not expected it to happen,” he said. “One of them is married with three children; I do not know what will happen.”

He added: “Praise God. For a person to die as a martyr is a great thing.”

And they tell us that the Arabs want peace. Why don’t I believe them?

Rather I believe in Netanyahu’s observation: “The truth is that if Israel were to put down its arms there would be no more Israel. If the Arabs were to put down their arms there would be no more war.”

Ain’t that the truth.


Israel’s Partners in Peace

Neither partners nor peaceful:

Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein said Palestinians who sell their land to Jews should be publicly executed.

Einein, who also serves as an adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, told the Iranian Arabic-language TV channel Al-Alam that “anyone who sells even an inch of our Palestinian land must be killed in the streets and hanged on an electric pole.”

Public hanging. For the crime of selling property to Jews.

To be fair, he was talking to Iranians. So he had to use imagery familiar to them.

Abbas’s new punishments for Palestinians who engage in property transactions with Israelis include hard labor and life imprisonment.

In the interview, Einein also praised Mutaz Hijazi, a member of Islamic Jihad who attempted to assassinate Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehudah Glick last month, saying “the way to defeat the Israeli occupation is the way of the martyr Mutaz Hijazi.”

“If the people do not fight the Israeli occupation in the way they see fit, in order to liberate their land, they do not deserve to live,” he said.

This is the kind of vermin Israel has to sit down with when John Kerry comes windsurfing in off the Mediterranean and demands more “peace” talks. No.


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