by Ariel Ben Solomon
The Arab-Israeli sector appreciates an ever-increasing high standard of living. So why are their leaders hostile towards the nation that has allowed them to flourish?
Tensions between Israelis and Arabs have increased in recent days as unrest ensues on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, which has been a hotbed over the years, especially during the confluence of Passover and Ramadan.
Amid this, the United Arab List political party (known in Israel by its Hebrew acronym Ra’am) announced that it has suspended relations with the Israeli government coalition.
There is an increase in higher education and employment among Arab women. Nevertheless, crime rates continue to be high. And Arab-Israelis continue to elect radical leaders who work against the state.
The answer is culture. Modernization has not led to Westernization.
Thus, despite apparent advances on the economic front, there still is a tribal and religiously based opposition to the state.
In other words, it is Israel’s fault for the recent massacres and violence perpetrated against innocent civilians. There are attempts by Arab-Israeli leaders to condemn the attacks while at the same time justifying them.
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Israel needs a robust plan to resolve the problem of perpetuated enemy-instigated violence and terror. Whenever Hamas and the PA want to escalate the situation to increase their popularity and collect funds from sponsor-states, there is no shortage of ‘volunteers’ among fake Palestinians and Israeli-Arabs. Israel must reclaim ownership of the holiest place for Jews and change the idiotic status quo not just in Jerusalem but also in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and with internal enemy population!
Rocket Season is 'ON' Again
At a time of Arab riots in Jerusalem and after rockets were launched from Gaza strip, a rocket was fired from Lebanon at northern Israel on Monday. Israeli tanks fired back. Lebanon’s military said at least 50 artillery shells struck several areas in the south. The military also said special Lebanese units dismantled two 122-mm Grad rocket systems, found in the southern town of al-Qulailah.
Two rockets were fired on Friday night from Gaza towards Israel. One of the rockets exploded in an open area in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. The second rocket exploded in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza next to an UNRWA facility, which serves as a school operated by the agency. As a result of the launch, one Arab at the site was injured. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett expressed disappointment in talks with UN secretary-general António Guterres regarding the absence of UN condemnation of the rockets launched from Gaza to Israel.
In a “tunnel city” under the sandy soils of southern Gaza, Palestinian terrorists are preparing for the next conflict with Israel. Islamic Jihad operatives showed media their weapons stockpiles, including machine guns, ammunition, and grenade launchers. The tunnels can be used for both offensive and defensive purposes - an offensive tunnel “is used for taking Israeli soldiers captive, repelling Israeli ground offensives and carrying out various field operations.” (Hopefully, these tunnels will be a good grave to the enemies of Israel in the next war with Gaza which is approaching.)
Fake reports are spreading in the Arab world that the Israeli government is trying to destroy al-Aqsa and prevent Muslims from praying there. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said. “We have no intention to change the status quo or prevent freedom of worship, but we will keep the order in the capital of Israel. Our goal is for Jerusalem to be calm on the holiday…We will not allow fireworks to be thrown from the mosque at Jews on the Temple Mount or anywhere,” he added. (This is not a goal – it is a bad patch job. So far, mainly Jews are prevented from praying at the Temple Mount.)
Jordan’s Prime Minister, Bisher al-Khasawneh, hailed Palestinian rioters and used notably hostile language to condemn “Zionist sympathizers” and what he called Israel’s “occupation government.” Earlier on Sunday, Jordan’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Israeli envoy in the kingdom to reprimand him over the entrance of Israeli security forces into the Al-Aqsa compound on Sunday in order to allow Jewish visitors to visit the site. (We must never forget that Jordan is an occupier of 77% of Eretz-Israel. The same kingdom killed so-called Palestinians when they threatened its security.)
Quote of the Week:
“To Western and Israeli ears, the PA talks about the two-state solution and says there is a basis to work for peace. Yet internally, there is a daily glorification of ‘martyrs.’ There are all types of commemoration events for child murderers/terrorists, who committed horrific crimes. They receive a place of honour in the PA. There is incitement at mosques on Fridays, and in schools. There is no atmosphere of peace. It is not occasional. It is happening all of the time. The PA has become part of the general trend of terror.” - Col. (res.) Moshe Elad, one of the founders of the security coordination between the Israel Defense Forces and the PA - PLO and Hamas are members of the PA. The Palestinian Authority has always been, from its conception, promoting and supporting terrorism. Their vision of two-state solution is one state completely free from Jews, like Gaza strip and Ramallah city now!
by Emanuel Fabian
Clashes and unrest broke out Friday afternoon at the Temple Mount following afternoon Ramadan prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Calm was eventually restored at the holy site.
It is estimated that 90,000-150,000 worshipers attended. After the prayers, large crowds waved Palestinian and Hamas flags and chanted slogans in favor of the Gaza-ruling terror group. Several hundred people scuffled with cops, hurling rocks and rioted.
Similar violence has erupted almost daily at the Temple Mount since the start of Ramadan.
The Temple Mount is a frequent flashpoint of Israeli-Palestinian tensions, with clashes there last year helping precipitate the 11-day military conflict between Israel and terror groups in the Gaza Strip after the enclave’s Hamas rulers fired rockets at Jerusalem. The site is the most sacred place for Jews as it is the location of the two biblical temples.
Morocco condemned Israel for conducting raid on Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem saying the escalation undermines peace efforts.
UAE and Bahrain joined Morocco in the condemnation of Israel over the previous day’s violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound - the Temple Mount.
The condemnations by the Gulf states came after the United States expressed its “deep concern” over the violence in Jerusalem, and Israel’s Mideast neighbours, including Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey - all issued statements of fierce condemnation.
President of Turkey Erdoğan condemned the Israeli attacks against worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, located in the eastern portion of Jerusalem, in a phone conversation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Turkey's determination to stand in solidarity with Palestine amid the violence - "Turkey always stands with Palestine".
Not a single country or international organisation has condemned ‘traditional’ anti-Israel rioting and violence, including throwing stones at Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall, by Muslims at the Al Aqsa mosque during Ramadan! The best they come with is to call for calm and restrains a few days after our enemies have unleashed violence and terror against Israel, and the Jewish state began responding to it.
Police are gearing up for possible unrest in Arab Israeli communities after a day of violence on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai has ordered reserve Border Police officers to be put on alert for immediate call-up over concerns the violence could spread to cities like Umm al-Fahm and Nazareth.