by Elyakim Haetzni
IDF soldiers in the Gaza Envelope refused to eat vegetables “made in Gaza” that were served to them by the army. I assume that they would have gladly accepted a proposal to replace “quiet, they are shooting us” with “quiet, they are selling us tomatoes,” but they were protesting the policy of “quiet, we are being hit with mortar shells and, in return, buying cucumbers from them.”
The vegetable story is just one example in a pattern of behaviour bordering on a mental disorder. Take, for example, the hospital affair. We still have “the old woman in the corridor” and long queues, yet in 2015 Israeli hospitals treated more than 97,000 Arab patients from Judea and Samaria and 31,787 from the Gaza Strip, including relatives of terror leaders - like Ismail Haniyeh, for example.
A normal country that repays its enemies that way would have demanded a diplomatic return, or at least public gratitude. That’s not how Palestinian logic works. In return, it denounces the Israelis as “the new Nazis” and their country - where Palestinian patients and Jewish citizens lie side-by-side, bed-by-bed, receiving equal, loyal and devoted treatment from Jewish and Arab doctors - as an apartheid state. Biting the hand that feeds you is evil, but how would you call those who willingly extend their hand to be bitten?
Yiftah Ron-Tal, the director of the Israel Electric Corporation, shared the following complaint about the Palestinians: “An entire public is enjoying electricity in its home without paying for it… If these were Israeli citizens, we would have cut off their power.” The Palestinian Authority owes us NIS 1 billion - the value of the free electricity it has consumed - yet it’s unclear why Ron-Tal is complaining about the Palestinian consumer and has not said a single word of criticism against his own government, which is responsible for this scandal. And the financial aspect is not the main point here, but rather the political and diplomatic insanity.
After all, this is the same Palestinian Authority that instead of being grateful for the help and aid it receives from Israel in every area, pays salaries and pensions to terrorist murderers, spreads anti-Semitic propaganda around the world, undermines us at the United Nations and preaches jihad. This anomaly is something Ron-Tal isn’t dealing with...
FOOD for THOUGHT by Steven Shamrak
During the two years war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, with military help and support from the Obama administration, has bombed 115 schools and hospitals in Yemen! Have you seen any resolution of condemnation adopted by the ‘Ugly Nazi’ and its so-called Human Rights organization? There is just one country they are pre-occupied with – Israel!
After UNHRC adopts 5 anti-Israel resolutions, UK vows to oppose all future such moves, London supports 2 of the votes, but slams bias and ‘selective focus’ on Israel, puts council ‘on notice’ that it had better change
For the first time in 30 years, not a single Israeli was killed by terror attacks emanating from the Gaza Strip in 2016, the head of the Shin Bet security service said Monday, noting that this was due largely to Israeli vigilance and not to a lack of desire by Palestinian terror groups.
The Syrian SA5 missile with a warhead carrying 200 kilograms of explosives was supposed to hit the Jordan Valley. The crew that activated the Arrow 2 defense system reached the decision to intercept in less than a minute. (So far, Israel has attacked Hezbollah targets in Syria only. By firing the missile toward Israel Assad made the Syrian missile defence system a legitimate target!)
Israel Threatens to Destroy Syria's Air Defence
Israel's Defence minister has threatened to destroy Syria's air defence systems if they are used to target Israeli fighter jets again. Israeli military shot down one of several anti-aircraft rockets fired at its warplanes by Syria a week ago.
The world football body will soon have to resolve the status of six Israeli football teams based in Judea and Samaria. The Israeli government has argued that the settlements in question were built in Area C of the occupied West Bank, where Israel has full security and administrative control under the Oslo Accords. (They should argue that land is Jewish, but is disputed at the moment. If Arabs allowed membership so should Jews. Otherwise this is another proof that the PA is planning to build an apartheid state on Jewish land without Jews!)
In what is the most expensive acquisition of an Israeli high-tech company, the US chip giant Intel purchases Israeli company Mobileye for around $15 billion, paving its entry into the autonomous driving technology market. (Israel will receive about $3B in taxes!)
Israel signed an agreement on foreign workers with China, as part of a bouquet of economic deals that were signed. The two leaders held a working meeting that both termed a “breakthrough” in bilateral relations. (Better than bringing in Arab workers - the Chinese workers don’t care about politics)
A senior government official claimed that reports circulating regarding alleged demands made by the Trump administration of Israel are false. The left-leaning Haaretz daily reported that according to an unnamed official privy that the Trump administration had called on Israel to freeze all construction in Judea and Samaria outside of the major “settlement blocs”. (Self-Hating Jewish left is using fake news to promote its Anti-Zionist agenda!)
Quote of the Week:
“For 50 years, those lands that are ours, our God-given Biblical heartland, were put under a question mark because Israel never applied sovereignty. That’s why the world started calling us ‘occupiers’. Now that we have a friendly president in the United States, when the Palestinian Authority is completely breaking down, when we are celebrating 50 years since the victory and the renewal of Jewish life in Judea and Samaria, when Europe is waking up – everything in the world is changing. Now, Prime Minister Netanyahu, is the time for you to forget about the two-state solution and do what the majority of the Jewish people want you to do: The application of Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.” - Nadia Matar, Women in Green organization.
Thursday, March 16, the Trump envoy returns to Jerusalem for a summing up of his mission with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
A report reveals here the substance of the tough terms presented to Mahmoud Abbas for the US to consent to broker negotiations for a resolution of the decades-long conflict:
1. The Palestinians must return to the negotiating table without pre-conditions – an immovable sticking point until now.
2. Over and above US intervention in the peace process, the Palestinians must also accept a role for leading Arab governments - specifically, Egypt, Saudi, Arabia, Jordan and Arab oil emirates. This is a bitter pill for Abbas to swallow, since none of the four leaders can tolerate him.
On the same day as the Trump envoy’s visit to Ramallah, a conference of the Palestinian leader’s opponents took place in Paris. It was set up by Abu Mazen’s arch-foe, the exiled Fatah activist Muhammad Dahlan. Palestinian Authority officials in Ramallah accused Abu Dhabi ruler Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyran of putting up the one-million euros to pay for the event.
3. Abbas must forget about a moratorium on Jewish settlements on the West Bank – although a former Netanyahu government accepted a 10-month freeze. At most, Israel would hold back from establishing new communities in Judea and Samaria during the course of the negotiations.
4. The Trump administration will not be satisfied with verbal statements by Palestinian leaders condemning acts of terror, but insists on aggressive practical steps: Palestinian media must stop broadcasting anti-Israel materials, Palestinian school curricula must be purged of hate Israel propaganda, and the PA must give up naming streets and squares after dead terrorists, thereby treating them as martyrs to a holy cause.
5. The revolving door for captured terrorist suspects must be replaced with proper investigations. Suspects must be held and closely questioned to discover who gave them their orders, name their accomplices and reveal the source of their weapons and explosives, before going on trial.
6. The Palestinian authority must discontinue the custom of remittances to the families of terrorists who were killed or imprisoned, a practice that confers honor on their deeds.
7. Palestinian security forces must be radically overhauled, mainly to end the pervasive practice of moonlighting, whereby uniformed members hold down two jobs and draw two salaries.
8. The Palestinian Authority in Ramallah must stop transferring funds to the Gaza Strip, which serve to bolster the regime of the extremist Hamas rulers. The sums transferred draw off 52 percent of the PA’s total budget.
9. The Trump administration supports a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (So do I, but not on Jewish land!)
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I have been publishing my editorial letters about the Arab-Israel conflict since August 2001.
Most people, including many Jews, are driven by emotions and by pre-conceived ideas. Often opinions are formed under the influence of the world media manipulation. Facts and logic are ignored and distorted. Neither Israeli governments nor Jewish leadership have been doing anything about the PR side of the Arab-Israel conflict.
I try to disseminate several points in my letters:
Elie Wiesel said:
"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference."
As members of the Western democratic society, we all have an obligation to fight indifference and to protect our way of life – Democracy, Social justice and Freedom of Speech. The blind bashing of Israel is not a part of a true democracy. It is ugly leftover of the "Old World ".