I apologize for not posting constant updates on the multiple terror attacks, whether by stabbing, stoning, or car-ramming, not to mention attempted infiltrations that have continued unrelentingly these last few days. I simply cannot keep up. You can stay updated via websites like Arutz Sheva, Times of Israel and the Jerusalem Post for you English-speakers, or via 0404 or Hebrew-language Arutz Sheva for the Hebrew speakers amongst you. All these sites have mobile apps to give you rolling updates too.
To give just a short recap (and I’m sure I have omitted more than one attack), yesterday Avraham Hasno, a 54 year-old father of 7, resident of Kiryat Arba, was stoned and then run over by a Palestinian truck, killing him. His wife said this was no accident: the truck driver had tried to run them off the road just the day before. Arutz Sheva provides us with an analysis, including some shocking and graphic photos, of the moment that Hasno was run over, and it certainly appears to be a sadistically deliberate murder.
Today an Israeli policeman was injured in a car-ramming; a female soldier was stabbed and severely injured – her comrade-in-arms shot the terrorist, saving her life; and 4 soldiers were injured in a further car-ramming in Gush Etzion.
Meanwhile the vicious incitement against Israel continues, with the Temple Mount at the focus of it all. Despite the UNESCO chief’s condemnation of the Palestinian move to designate the Kotel as a Muslim site and the subsequent Palestinian withdrawal of the resolution, UNESCO still saw fit to “condemn Israeli aggression on the Temple Mount” – the said aggression consisting of archeological excavations – as if the Waqf has never dug up and trashed priceless First and Second Temple artefacts from the Mount.
In my humble opinion Binyamin Netanyahu made a big mistake in offering to limit non-Muslim prayer on the Temple Mount in order to appease the
terrorists Muslims. This would simply be a reward for terror and leave us open to further unending blackmail. (The PM’s office later denied giving the offer, but I’m not sure I believe the denial). Thankfully Jordan and the Palestinians came to our aid by rejecting the offer. It didn’t go far enough for their liking. In Hebrew there’s a saying: תפסת מרובה, לא תפסת – if you try to take too much you get nothing. That’s the story here and that’s the entire history of the Palestinians.
One of the lead instigators in this story surprisingly is King Abdullah of Jordan, who is usually a voice for reason. Either he has gone over to the dark side or he is feeling threatened by ISIS and other assorted extremist Muslims who want to depose him.
The Jordanian royal palace is very angry with Netanyahu over his handling of access to the Temple Mount, the sources said, and Abdullah has refused to meet with the Israeli leader.
Well, refusing to meet Netanyahu is sure to persuade Bibi. Not. What stupid juvenile thinking! Furthermore:
A joint Palestinian-Jordanian demand seeks a return to the situation on the Temple Mount as it was before September 28, 2000, when then opposition leader Ariel Sharon made a controversial visit to the complex; this sparked protests by Palestinians, and was utilized as a trigger for the Palestinian terrorist onslaught against Israel of the Second Intifada.
Again, the story of the Palestinians, always wanting to turn the clock back and get a do-over of history. The world doesn’t work that way.
Words of support and wisdom from our friends:
But let’s take a break for a bit and enjoy some relief from this constant barrage of bad news. It is so refreshing to know there are some sane and reasonable voices out there even if they have yet to make much of a dent in Palestinian society.
The most widely broadcast Arab condemnation of the current incitement and violence comes from Lucy Aharish, a young Arab-Israeli TV anchor who severely scolded her co-religionists and leaders for their behaviour:
“Some of the Arab leaders are keeping a horrific and deafening silence,” she said, according to a translation of the interview by The Israel Project. “They are not trying to calm the situation, not trying to act toward mutual understanding and accepting the other.”
“Even if the status quo on the Temple Mount has been broken, does that allow someone to go and murder someone else because of a sacred place?” Aharish said. “Why, because of God? What God are they speaking of? One that allows for children to go out and murder innocent people?
“What woman puts a hijab on and prays to God, takes a knife out and tries to stab innocent people?” she asked.
Aharish also called Arab leaders in Israel “weak” and suggested their purported outrage about the Temple Mount is insincere.
“They know how to march and go to the Temple Mount and shout, although they don’t believe in God, you don’t have a religion, but yet shouting that it’s ours. What ours are you talking about?” Aharish said. “It’s the house of God. Your God? You have ownership on it? What are you talking about?”
She ended her rant by criticizing leaders for inciting young Arabs to violence.
“You are inciting thousands of young people to go to the streets. You are destroying their future with your own hands,” she said.
Watch her in action:
What an amazing young woman! I hope she and people like her will enter Palestinian politics and help bring about a change of direction.
Another heroic Arab woman not afraid to speak the truth is Sara Zoabi, star of the Israeli Master Chef contest and mother of the equally brave Mohammad Zoabi, relatives of the revolting MK Hanin Zoabi. Watch her amazing speech to a Knesset committee (h/t Varda Epstein at Israellycool) as she tells her fellow Muslims to “wake up!”:
“I want to say to all the Arabs, especially the Israeli Arabs, ‘Wake up!’ We live in a paradise. A million Arabs live in the State of Israel alongside Jews. And they are not suffering like the Arabs who are controlled by Arabs.”
Here is another example of a Muslim leader who is not afraid to speak the truth:
Despite Israel’s ostensible diplomatic isolation, it is very good indeed to hear from the Czech President that support for Israel is still strong:
Czech President Milos Zeman assured his Israeli counterpart that his country’s support for Israel has not changed, after a top government officials criticized Jerusalem over its West Bank policies.
After a meeting in Prague on Wednesday with President Reuven Rivlin, Zeman said: “There’s no change in the Czech foreign policy toward Israel.”
Zeman, who has been siding with Israel in the conflict with the Palestinians added: I’d like to express my full personal support for the state of Israel.”
Rivlin thanked him: “A clear stance of the Czech Republic, a moral stance, is a great support for us.”
The Czech Republic is a close Israeli ally in Europe. It was the only European country that voted in 2012 to reject the resolution upgrading the Palestinians’ United Nations status to a nonmember observer state.
The following story shouldn’t even be news, but in today’s surreal reality, when a few Arab doctors are suspected of not aiding Israeli terror victims, it is certainly newsworthy:
Thank you Professor Ahmad Eid! You can read his story here.
And then we also have support for Israel in unexpected places:
Let us take comfort in the support of our friends and colleagues, both at home and abroad. To mangle a metaphor: Let the dogs of war bark – we in the caravan of Israel, the Jewish homeland, will continue.