Rockets Rain on Israel
1. A factory in Ashalim, a small community in the Negev desert, 35km south of Beersheba, was hit Thursday morning by a Syrian SA-5 ground to air missile fired from southern Damascus toward the Dimona nuclear reactor.
A captain of a Syrian air defense battery was killed overnight during an Israeli airstrike which was undertaken after the missile was launched from Syria, which landed in Israel’s southern Negev, near Dimona. Four additional Syrian soldiers were also reportedly wounded.
2. Palestinian terrorists fired at least 36 rockets from Gaza into Israeli communities overnight Friday, in one of the worst rounds of cross-border violence in months. At least 36 rockets were fired at regular intervals from 11pm to 6am.
The rocket sirens blared throughout the night in the Eshkol, Sha'ar Hanegev, Sdot Negev and Hof Ashkelon regionals; and on Saturday morning they sounded in the city of Ashkelon as well.
The IDF said its aircraft and tanks retaliated by striking multiple targets belonging to Hamas, the terror group that rules Gaza, including at rocket launchers, unspecified underground infrastructure, and a military base.
A small paramilitary group affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said it fired some of the projectiles.
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Our enemies are talking openly about the destruction of Israel and creating another Muslim state on Jewish land, free from Jews. It is time for Israel to remove this hostile population and reunite all Jewish land – Eretz-Israel!
The Biden administration has indicated its willingness to ease or remove sanctions imposed on Iran for terrorism and other sectors in order to entice Iran to stop violating the 2015 nuclear deal. A senior State Department official said that the US provided Iran with examples of sanctions Washington would negotiate in order to secure a deal. “I think they have a pretty clear sense at this point about our view about the sanctions that we’re going to have to lift” and those “that we would not lift,” the official said. (Desperate to show any ‘success’ Biden is ready to make concessions to Iran, disregarding security of Israel.)
Several clips recently posted on social media sites showing Muslims playing ball games on the Temple Mount have prompted an Israeli organization to demand the prosecution of the offenders and the transfer of control of the holy site from the Muslim Waqf to a Jewish authority. The Temple Mount Organizations Administration noted that according to High Court rulings, football games are banned on the Temple Mount. (Israeli political elite is gutless! Why is the holiest Jewish site still controlled by enemies?)
The Palestinian Authority is “very likely” to postpone the Palestinian elections in wake of Israel’s failure to respond to the Palestinians’ request to hold the vote in Jerusalem, Nabil Sha’ath, a senior adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas announced. (Apparently, 15 years of undemocratic rule is not enough – they need more time to stash more billions in their private bank accounts, generously given by international anti-Semites!)
Labor party chairwoman Merav Michaeli and MK Gilad Kariv sent a letter on behalf of their party to the Jewish National Fund urging the organization not to purchase land in Judea and Samaria. MK Gilad Kariv, who served until his election to the Knesset as a member of the World Zionist Organization, added that "the right-wing leadership in the JNF is carrying out an underhanded act that will severely damage the foundation's position in the Jewish world and could jeopardize Israel's political and diplomatic interests. The attempt to turn the Jewish National Fund into another arm of the settlement expansion project stands in stark contrast to the JNF memorandum and to the designation of the national institutions as a meeting place for all Zionist movements and organizations." (JNF was created to help Jews to fulfill their Zionist aspiration – return and reunite Jewish ancestral land!)
Sudan officially abolished a decades-old law on boycotting Israel as part of efforts to establish normal ties with the Jewish state. A bill was approved at a joint meeting of Sudan’s ruling Sovereign Council and Cabinet that annuls the 1958 law forbidding diplomatic and economic ties with Israel.
Greece, Israel, Cyprus and the UAE said they would seek to deepen their cooperation in fields ranging from energy to fighting COVID, saying budding ties could change the face of a region more synonymous with conflict. At the meeting, the four foreign ministers discussed the energy sector, the importance of the EastMed Gas Pipeline. Among other issues, the four FMs exchanged views on areas of common concern such as developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, Libya, Syria, and Yemen. Greece signed $1,65bn defense procurement deal. (With no leadership from the White House, new trends are emerging in the Middle East!)
Saudis and the UAE asked Israel to hit an Iranian spy ship, but concealed talks with Iran. Three days after Israel’s commandos allegedly raided the Iranian spy ship on the Red Sea, Saudi and Iranian officials were quietly holding their first talks in five years to patch up their quarrel, without Israel’s knowledge.
Washington has informed Jerusalem of its displeasure over recent attacks against Iranian targets attributed to Israel. The talks, which are being held in Vienna, involve the major world powers trying to salvage the agreement abandoned by then-U.S. president Donald Trump three years ago. (It is well-known that Iran is using the talks as a delay tactic to facilitate development of a nuclear weapon. Israel must put its own national interests first!)
Palestinian civil society activists warned the Palestinian leadership against using the issue of Jerusalem as an excuse to delay or even cancel the elections, as several Palestinian factions, including the ruling Fatah faction headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, announced that there will be no Palestinian elections without Jerusalem. (Why not include Jordan? Almost 60% of Jordan’s population are so-called Palestinians! Any excuse to keep corrupt leadership in power will do!)
A poll found that if Prime Minister Netanyahu is unable to form a coalition by the end of his mandate, he should step aside and let another candidate from the Likud try to form a government. A majority of Likud voters (54%) say in this scenario, Netanyahu should allow another member of the Likud to try to form a government, with just 28% opposing such an arrangement.
Two senior Lebanese cabinet ministers on Monday signed a document expanding Lebanon's claims in a row with Israel over their maritime border that has held up hydrocarbon exploration in the potentially gas-rich area.
The amendment would add around 1,400 square km (540 square miles) to the exclusive economic zone claimed by Lebanon. (As soon as Israel found gas in Mediterranean Sea, suddenly, the maritime border with Israel became very important to Lebanon.)
Quote of the Week:
“Iran’s relentless attempts to acquire military nuclear capabilities, its terrorist proxies that continue to destabilize the region and its grave human rights violations remain the most substantial threat to peace and security in the Middle East. Yet, this council does not take the steps necessary to stop Iran. It continues to ignore the most pressing matter in the Middle East and instead, wastes these debates recycling useless discussions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, despite the fact that the Abraham Accords have clearly proven this is not the issue – Iran is.” - Gilad Erdan, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States and United Nations.
The best way to get everyone to live in harmony with everyone else, we are told, is higher education. Maybe not.
For decades, we were taught to believe that hatred is linked to primitiveness – endemic, we thought, to blue-collar workers, ditch diggers, and rural folk.
Tolerance was a by-product of deeper, more refined thinking and noblesse oblige. Education was the shortest route to the higher moral ground.
Jews and their non-Jewish allies banked on this knowledge in formulating how to combat anti-Semitism. Scientific survey after survey confirmed that more years of education meant less hostility to Jews.
A recent study by three professors, reported in Tablet magazine shows, however, that more education may lead to greater and not lesser Jew-hatred.
For example, one question involved the legitimacy of Israel’s describing itself as a Jewish state, with a similar query about Denmark’s declaration that the Evangelical Lutheran Church was the official church of the country, to be supported by the Danish government.
Another dealt with whether academic boycotts were appropriate against countries accused of human rights violations. Some subjects received the question about China, others about Israel.
If there were no bias against Israel, the responses should have been similar. Instead, they showed more respondents critical of Israel than of non-Jewish states.
A classic double standard was at work. Moreover, the effect was stronger among those with more education than among the less educated...
Tragically, sometimes (in the case of Jews all the time) the well-educated use their intellectual acumen to justify serving evil causes. The highly educated can do what “lesser” people cannot: churn out ideology. A mob can produce mayhem; and ideology can help industrialize mass murder and systematize genocide, as it did during the Holocaust. (Surprising admission made by a Left-leaning publication!)