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Amen, Sister


Israel’s deputy foreign minister, the country’s de facto top diplomat, told Israeli diplomats Thursday not to hesitate in asserting to their foreign counterparts that the entire Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people.

In an unapologetic speech to incoming Foreign Ministry employees, Likud lawmaker Tzipi Hotovely said that “the time has come to tell the world that we’re right – not only smart.”

Hotovely, who favors the annexation of the West Bank and opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state, told envoys, “We must return to the basic truth about our right to the land.”

Drop the mic, leave the room.

And the line about being right, “not only smart”? Love it.

During her speech, Hotovely cited the 11th-century Bible commentator Rashi, who explained the Bible’s focus on the story of the Jewish people’s origins in the Land of Israel and its exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land was meant to shore up the Jewish claim to the land in subsequent generations.

Diplomats were shocked at the speech, the Haaretz daily reported, and many “raised an eyebrow” over the reference to a Jewish Biblical right to the land.

“It’s the first time anyone has asked us to use verses from the Torah for public diplomacy abroad,” one diplomat was quoted as saying.

That’s your fault. The word of man can be changed with an eraser; not so the word of God. How many times have the international bodies that you diplomats seem to worship promised the Land of Israel to the Jews, only to walk away out of inconvenience? A bunch. The modern state of Israel must and will extend sovereignty over Judea and Samaria (much more evocative than the Jew-cleansing name, West Bank). It’s “right—not only smart.”


The Legacy of Terrorism

We deplore terrorism in all guises.

But that’s not to say it doesn’t serve a purpose:

According to sources, the government will commit to spending between NIS 300 and 500 million ($75 and $125 million dollars) each year over the next four years for construction, infrastructure, roads, transportation, and other needs that will ensure that new residents of towns in Judea and Samaria can be absorbed without difficulty.

Among the projects are 12 new roads in Judea and Samaria, among them a new road that will bypass the Shechem-area village of Hawara – a flashpoint for attacks on Israeli drivers – as well as new roads to Eli, Emanuel, and other Western Samaria towns, and a widening of the north-south Road 60.

Three new parks are also on the drawing board, as are new student housing in Ariel for university students, and a park and trail in Gush Etzion in memory of Gilad Sha’ar, Naftali Frankel, and Eyal Yifrah, the three Israeli teens who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists last year.

I would rather Gilad, Naftali, and Eyal were all alive and starting large families, each of them. Their murders were acts as savage and un-human as any barbarity imagined by ISIS or Boko Haram. But if all Israel can offer to their grieving families is a park to their memory, make it a big one. Yellowstone, I’m thinking, or Denali.

Also, I note Highway 60 was the road on which Arab stone-throwers caused Asher Palmer to crash, killing him and his young son, Yonatan.

Maybe the renamed Asher and Yonatan Palmer Highway should be designed after this Chinese “throughway” (minus the traffic).

I’m on board. But I’m not sure everyone is.

Because he fears pressure from the administration of US President Barack H. Obama, said the sources, Netanyahu cannot openly declare his support for the arrangement.

I can’t say I truly know where Bibi’s heart lies, but I hope he sees that there is no compromise with Obama, no negotiation. Obama has those ginormous satellite dishes on either side of his head, but he does not hear. It’s all “I won” all the time.

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One Chicagoan Answers Another

Hey, Obama! This community activist—settler community activist—tells you where to stick your deep dish pizza.

Journalist and writer Caroline Glick, author of the book “The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East”, says Israel should annex Judea and Samaria now, in response to President Barack Obama’s statements that the United States will “re-evaluate” its support for Israel at the United Nations.

Seeing as Obama is planning to change American policy and “force Israel into completely indefensible borders”, Glick told Arutz Sheva, “the time has come for Israel to come out with an alternative policy, and the alternative policy that we have to put out is applying Israeli law and sovereignty to Judea and Samaria”.

“The question couldn’t be more urgent,” said Glick, whose book deals with this very issue and of which a Hebrew edition was recently published.

“The government has got to put forward a new policy regarding the Palestinians,” she continued. “The two states failed, we all know it, [and] we can’t resurrect it because it wasn’t we that made it fail.”

One state is doing fine, in fact. Never better. Judeans and Samarians should be so lucky as to be official citizens of that state.

PS: I bet Caroline Glick could name more Chicago White Sox players than you could, too:

Cringe-inducing. Don’t call yourself a “South-side kid”, sir, when you didn’t move to Chicago until you were 23. Fraud.

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Heil Hackers!

Such nice people! Anonymous, but nice:

A video released this week by the Anonymous hacker collective vowed to inflict an “Electronic Holocaust” on Israel.

The video shows a masked individual in a suit delivering a prepared statement, in which he announces April 7 as the date of a concerted attack on Israel’s online servers. “As we did many times, we will take down your servers, government websites, Israeli military websites, and Israeli institutions,” he said.

“We will erase you from cyberspace in our Electronic Holocaust.

I’m sure they didn’t mean it literally.

Unlike these folks:

On Sunday, reports surfaced suggesting a provisional deal had been made with Iran, as all the negotiating teams sat for their first-ever joint session. Iran later denied those reports.

Earlier Sunday Netanyahu had claimed the deal under discussion was even worse than he had feared.

“The dangerous accord which is being negotiated in Lausanne confirms our concerns and even worse,” Netanyahu said in remarks at a meeting of his cabinet broadcast on public radio.

“Even as meetings proceed on this dangerous agreement, Iran’s proxies in Yemen are overrunning large sections of that country and are attempting to seize control of the strategic Bab-el-Mandeb straits which would affect thenaval balance and the global oil supply.

“After the Beirut-Damascus-Baghdad axis, Iran is carrying out a pincers movement in the south as well in order to take over and conquer the entire Middle East. The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous for humanity and needs to be stopped.”

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon also was quick to react to the disputed reports of a deal later that day, warning such an agreement, if true, would merely embolden Iran to be more aggressive.

“Iran is receiving a reward,” Yaalon tweeted Sunday afternoon. “The West is letting Iran into the family of nations, through the front door. The Iranian appetite to export the revolution through terror will only grow.”

And these:

At an olive grove next to Mishor Adumim junction, in the Gush Edumin region east of Jerusalem, 225 saplings were uprooted over the weekend.

Yaniv Aharoni, who is in charge of land parcels in Gush Edumim, told Arutz Sheva Sunday that he and IDF Civil Administration officials, as well as police, arrived at the location together and counted 225 trees that has been destroyed – apparently last Friday night (Shabbat eve).

“There is an increase in vandalism, especially in recent days,” Aharoni said. “There is much damage to property and we are happy that there have not yet been casualties, although there have been attempts.

First they came for the olive trees…


After Victory

In the movie, The Candidate, after Robert Redford improbably wins the presidency, he turns to his advisor and asks “What do we do now?”

Michael Freund offers a helpful suggestion to Prime Minister Netanyahu (again? still?):

The prime minister has received a clear mandate from the people of Israel to build and strengthen Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem, and it behooves him to move quickly on this front. A good first step would be for the new government to adopt the July 2012 Levy Report, which was authored by former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Edmund Levy.

The report concluded that Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria is fully legal under international law and that the Jewish state has every right to build Jewish communities in the area. It also spelled out guidelines as to how to do so. Adoption of the report and its findings would send a clear and firm message to the world that the age of retreat is over and the era of renewed building and settlement is at hand. In addition, freeing up construction throughout the territories by issuing tenders for thousands of new homes would greatly impact the supply and price of available housing, thereby helping to address one of the public’s greatest economic and social concerns.

George H.W. Bush lost his reelection bid over domestic concerns. Netanyahu has a natural solution to his: Build, Bibi, build.

[T]he Left has been soundly defeated, and the people of Israel have spoken loudly and clearly: they want to see this land grow, flourish and prosper. And they have given Netanyahu the authority to do just that.

So let’s fill the hills of Samaria and the cities of Judea with Jews and give the people what they want. After all, that is what democracy is about.

Not according to Obama.


Raze the Roof!

Who says Israel doesn’t dismantle illegal settlements?

Israeli authorities on Tuesday demolished an EU-funded illegal Arab settlement in Jerusalem, the European Union said, attacking the move.

“We condemn today’s demolition of temporary shelters funded by the European Union… as part of its response to the needs of the affected communities,” an EU statement said.

An expose by the Regavim NGO – first published last year by Arutz Sheva but later picked up by major UK outlet the Daily Mail in February of this year – revealed how EU funds have helped to pay for some 200 illegal buildings for Bedouin settlers in Judea and Samaria, just outside Jerusalem.

The EU funding, aimed at creating “facts on the ground”, was denounced by an Israeli group as “European colonialism.”

Regavim repeatedly lobbied the Israeli government to demolish the thousands of illegal Arab buildings scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.

The NGO monitors illegal Arab settlements throughout Israel. One of the group’s research drones was nearly downed in the same area on Monday by rock-throwing Arab settlers.

Oh yeah! We saw that footage yesterday. Way cool.

Check it out:

Europe calls that a settlement? It’s not even a camp. Barely a ghetto (how European).

It reminds me of the Obamavilles we saw early in his presidency. Let’s call them Junckervilles, after the President of the European Commission.

PS: Nice arm, kid. Heard from the Sox yet?


Death Becomes Them

We’ve smothered you with stories of child abuse among the Arab squatters in Judea and Samaria over the years. You’ve seen all the pictures of toddlers, even infants, dressed as suicide bombers; image after image of boys training to be terrorists; even photographs of children deliberately exposed to danger in skirmishes with Israeli police and military.

Our concern has always been how this would effect the security and the future if Israel.

We have good news and bad news to report on this topic. The bad news is that suicides among young Arabs are an epidemic. Considering that they were being raised as terrorist fodder, that is also the good news:

The rate of suicides and attempted suicides among Palestinians living in the West Bank swelled during 2014, in what Palestinian police say has become a worrying trend that must be combated.

The Palestinian Authority’s police force listed 32 suicides in 2014, compared with 19 in 2013 and just eight over 2012 — a 400-percent increase over three years, the Ma’an news agency reported Sunday.

The number of attempted suicides and the number of suicides that were not investigated by police weren’t disclosed.

Police statistics showed that the highest rate of suicide in Palestinian society was among young adults aged 18-25 — 34.3% — while the lowest was among those older than 46.

Of those suicides listed in police records over 2014, 21 were males, while 11 were females. Hanging was by far the preferred method, with 22 people committing suicide by rope, while six jumped from tall buildings, two overdosed on medication, one ingested pesticides, and one took poison.

Pesticides? Why not use them to grow something instead of killing yourself? But then, I didn’t grow up in a culture that boasts to “love death more than you love life”. You may think I’m twisted for breathing a sigh of relief that these young Arabs chose to take their own lives rather than another Adelle Biton’s or Yonatan Palmer’s—and you wouldn’t be wrong—but I’m not the one who raised them. The genocidal incitement that permeates Arab society, especially that aimed at children, sometimes results in “friendly fire” incidents that claim their own.

As I wrote above, at least these 32 young men and women did not die as martyrs. For that small gift give thanks.

PS: I can’t help but think that these young Arabs would be alive today if where they lived were part of Israel, as I fervently believe it should be (and will be), rather than in a stateless limbo. The nihilism of Arab rejectionism is hardly life-affirming.


No More Adelles

No more Palmers:

Call it a post-Purim miracle: A resident of the town of Ateret in the Binyamin region “subdued” two Arab rock attackers when they attempted to throw rocks at his vehicle, by stopping his car, getting out, and drawing his pistol. Instead of attempting to escape, as teenage rock throwers usually do when confronted in this manner, the two Arab youths raised their hands in surrender – and were promptly arrested by IDF troops patrolling in the area.

The incident occurred Sunday when the Israeli said that he realized he was about to be attacked. Speaking to the NRG news site, the Israeli said that “I saw them pick up their hands and get ready to throw, and I instinctively stopped the car and got out. They started running, and I yelled out to them in Arabic to stop – and after about 100 meters, they did so, without my having to fire a shot. I was afraid that they were planning to stab or attack me, but they just put their hands in the air. Five minutes later, the army came and arrested them,” the driver said.

In addition to yelling “stop” in Arabic, he also yelled “‘Did he fire six shots or only five?’ Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow you head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”

They reason they stopped was to applaud.


Est. 2015

As I just wrote in a comment to the post below, nothing can return the victims of terror to their grieving loved ones. Civil suits in the amounts of hundreds of millions of dollars at least discourage the financial advantages of terror. Saddam Hussein notoriously contributed lavishly to the families of dead or imprisoned terrorists. I think it’s still PA policy.

I have another idea, prompted by this footnote to the heartbreaking story of Adelle Biton:

President Reuven Rivlin paid a condolence call in the Samarian community Yakir on Monday night to the parents of Adelle Biton.

Biton, 4, passed away last week, two years after she was critically injured in a terrorist attack in which stones were thrown at her family’s car.

Also on hand during the visit were Yakir’s Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Aharon Cohen, as well as the head of the Samarian Regional Council, Gershon Mesika, and his deputy, Yossi Dagan.

Mesika told Adelle’s parents that “we are aware the sense of loss and pain is absolute, but it is important for us to clarify to you that you are not alone. All the people of Israel embrace you right now.”

Noting the Biton’s strength, Mesika concluded, “this is the most important message to our enemies: you will not stop us. We will continue to live here, in Samaria, Jerusalem, and everywhere in Israel. We are not going to give up one inch of our land.”

Not one inch. Rather, they should add to it. When can they break ground on the quaint village of Adelle, Israel? Each Jewish life taken should give rise to another Israeli “settlement” in Judea or Samaria. I’ll buy land for my retirement.

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Raze the Settlements!

Is that Caterpillar bulldozer that accidentally ran over Rachel Corrie still operational?

There’s work to be done:

The EU is building hundreds of illegal structures in the West Bank, which the government has not removed in order to avoid a diplomatic tangle with the Europeans, according to a report released Friday by the NGO, Regavim. The structures are being built near Ma’aleh Adumim and its E1 area.

This report is just one of a number the group – a right-wing organization which describes itself as a “research-backed, legal advocacy organization focused on land ownership issues” – has released in recent months.

According to Regavim, European Union support for the Palestinians has in recent years moved from “passive diplomatic and financial assistance to a situation of active cooperation in illegal building which the Palestinian Authority has been advancing unilaterally since 2000, as part of its strategic plan to create a Palestinian state de facto, while avoiding the need for negotiations with Israel.”

This week, prior to the release of its latest report, Regavim took journalists to look at a number of Beduin encampments straddling E1 as well as the Jerusalem-Jericho road. They are not temporary tent encampments as they were in years past, but rather clusters that – in addition to tents and tin shacks – also include modular structures with cement floors bearing the EU logo.

According to Ari Briggs, Regavim’s international relations director, the EU logo is placed on the structures in the belief that this will prevent Israel from demolishing them. Israel is not likely to take down a building with an EU logo, due to concerns over both public relations damage and the harm it could cause to relations with the EU, he said.

Harming relations with the EU would be an added benefit. Anyway, does putting the EU logo on an outhouse make it smell better? Keep the flies away?

The underlying idea behind the joint Palestinian/EU efforts in Area C, Briggs asserted, is to establish a permanent Palestinian presence on the state lands there. “This is great hypocrisy,” Briggs said. “Any time a building goes up for Jews, they raise an outcry, call it illegal and say it endangers peace. They are building illegal houses for Arabs.”

And the outraged cries of foul from Barack Obama, John Kerry, and Jen Psaki will begin in…

That’s what I thought.


Deerly Beloved

They say serial killers often explore their unnatural urges with animals before taking them up the food chain.

Case in point:

The Judea and Samaria District Police came across a fawn that was illegally captured by Palestinians in the shed of a private home in Hebron on Friday during a search operation conducted by officers in the investigation and intelligence unit of the police.

The fawn, an animal classified as protected wildlife in Israel, was found chained up inside a barrel, and was transferred to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo for medical treatment.

Chief inspector Yaniv Ohana, who commanded the forces that entered the home, said: “We carried out the raid in order to search for weapons. When we arrived, we found 2,000 bullets for M16 rifles and many parts for M16 rifles. One of the detainees is involved in assembling weapons to be used in terror attacks.”

According to Ohana, the residents of the home had intended to slaughter the fawn and eat it. The Judea and Samaria District Police officers noted that they had recently dealt with other poaching cases, some of which also involved protected wildlife.

As part of the search, the officers also found drugs at the home.

Next time you get the munchies, you terrorist twits, it’s Doritos you want, not does.


Who Firebombs an 11-Year-Old Girl?

A 16-year-old boy, that’s who:

The Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) on Saturday night lifted a gag order on the arrest of the terrorists who committed the firebomb attack in Ma’ale Shomron in Samaria last Thursday, in which 11-year-old Ayala Shapira was critically wounded and her father Avner lightly wounded as their car went up in flames.

Several hours after the attack, roughly a dozen young Arab suspects from the nearby town of Kfar Azoun were arrested, according to the ISA report. In investigation, the two terrorists who committed the attack – one of whom was a 16-year-old minor – admitted to doing it.

According to their confession, the two terrorists left Kfar Azoun towards the road leading from Ma’ale Shomron towards the town El Matan, with a goal of throwing Molotov cocktails at Israeli cars.

The two waited on the side of the road until they saw cars approaching, at which point they lit the firebomb and threw it at one of the cars which happened to be that of the Shapiras, setting it on fire.


According to IDF figures, in the first nine days of December alone Arab terrorists committed 24 Molotov cocktail attacks, five of them targeting Israeli civilian vehicles and the rest evidently military vehicles or homes.

While other Israeli children were spinning dreidels and scarfing down Hanukkah gelt, pretty little Ayala was undergoing surgery for the 3rd-degree burns over 50% of her body. We pray for her.

But what are we to do about the boy who threw the bomb? Most 16-year-old boys don’t have the sense God gave sheep dung, so they’d pretty much throw anything at anyone. Not that that excuses him—if he’s a danger to himself and other, especially others, he goes away for a long time. But who put the bomb in his hand? Literally and figuratively, who weaponized a teenage boy?

I give you Arab (what many mistakenly call “Palestinian”) society and culture. Read MEMRI. Read PMW. See countless examples of genocidal and dehumanizing propaganda poured like molasses over the popular media.

We are so sorry for the sorrows of young Ayala. We are just amazed that there aren’t more like her.

And we are more furious than ever with people like our president and secretary of hairdo and the European Union who so desperately want to reward terrorism with statehood.

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