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Terror Attacks are Part of Bigger Problem

Through the years Israeli security organisations have been reasonably successful in dealing with the threat of enemy terror attacks, inside and outside of the country.

However, the major problem, which is more difficult and perhaps even impossible to resolve with the traditional approach of anti-terrorist operations, is the Israel-hating and Jew-hating by the majority of the so-called Palestinians in Gaza, Judea and Samaria, as well as by Israeli-Arabs.

It is they who encourage and even benefit from the acts of terror against Jews, by their sons, brothers or husbands. They do not hide it because they become proud well-respected members of the hateful community.

- Teacher in Israel Praised Deadly Terror Attack

“God bless the heroes, and bless the hands that did the deed,” an Arab-Israeli teacher wrote of the terror attack that left five people dead. The unnamed educator works in the village of Basma in the Triangle, a concentration of Israeli Arab towns and villages in the Samarian foothills. Education Minister Dr. Yifat Shasha-Biton ordered that a teacher be dismissed immediately if it is found to be true that she praised the terrorist. ("Dismissed" but not deported from Israel.)

- Arab-Israeli city comforts terrorists’ families

The two terrorists – who were killed by Israeli security forces during the attack – Ayman and Ibrahim Ighbariah, were from the city of Umm al-Fahm. The Israeli Arab city of Umm al-Fahm posted a message of condolences to the families of the two terrorists. The mayor announced on Israeli TV that he would resign over the incident but then reneged on that decision. (Hate and lies are the ugly normality among the enemy population!)

- Fatah Praised Bnei Brak Terrorist

Fatah official, Jamal Al-Huwail - a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council from Jenin, praised the Bnei Brak terrorist. He told Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV that Bnei Brak terrorist Diaa Hamarshi brought light into the hearts of the Palestinians. (Is there any difference between him, in Jenin, and those living in Israel?)

- Celebration with Candies after Five Killed

Palestinians in multiple cities came out in droves to celebrate a shooting attack by a terrorist in a Tel Aviv suburb. The terrorist, identified as Diaa Hamarsheh, 26, a Palestinian terrorist from Jenin was smuggled into Israel illegally and began a shooting spree with an M16 assault rifle in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, in central Israel. Have you ever heard of the practice of handing out sweets to celebrate deaths in terrorist attacks anywhere else?

 

These are not 'lone wolf’ attacks! They have been committed for years due to support and the continuous fostering of hate against state of Israel and Jews by an ugly society. Unfortunately, since winning the War of Independence in 1949, the governments of Israel have been indecisive and unwilling to root the problem out of Jewish land.

Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak

We ought to admit that Israel made mistakes during and after the previous wars and there is a need to learn from the lesson of history:

1. In order to achieve our goals and reduce the number of casualties, Israel must set clear objectives and choose her own time of engagement with enemies. And, they must be followed through. We must not wait again and again for their move, while our enemies become stronger, restocking arms and training armies, with clear hostile intention toward Israel.

2. Any outside pressure must be ignored. The only reason why Israel have been experiencing internal Arab terrorism for the past 40 years is because under international pressure Israel did not allow Arabs from Judea, Samaria and Gaza to cross the border with Jordan and Egypt, and leave Jewish land. (I wrote it in June 2007. It is still, unfortunately, relevant!)

Bennett Urged Jews to Arm Themselves

Israel’s Prime minister has called on citizens with gun licences to arm themselves after the bloodiest attack in years in Bnei Brak, which marked the third such killing spree in the Jewish state in a week. Bennett said the country was facing a “new wave of terror”. (The most prudent way to end the threat of terror in Israel is to remove the source of it from Jewish land!)

US Officials Running Away from Negotiation with Iran

Former US ambassador to Israel under the Obama administration, Daniel B. Shapiro, announced on social media his departure from the Biden administration’s Iran team. The departure of one of the Biden Administration’s most pro-Israeli members of the Iran team raises concerns about the current approach to the nuclear talks with Tehran. Several members of Biden’s Iran team, including the second highest-ranking official on the Iran team, Richard Nephew, left the team because of concerns over the way talks were headed between the US and Iran in Vienna, Austria. (How long will the stupidity of 'negotiation' last? Useless deals only help Iran to achieve its nuclear weapon ambition, and be able to attack Israel, as well as Sunni Arab states.)

Summit Succeeded Beyond Expectations

The Negev Summit was the Abraham Accords put into action. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid worked with his counterparts from Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates on addressing their shared challenges and interests, along with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The symbolism of four Arab foreign ministers gathering in Israel is hard to miss. It would have been “unthinkable just a few years ago,” Blinken said. Iran was the big topic on the agenda. Israel, the UAE and Bahrain have been especially concerned about the direction of the world powers in talks to revive the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, and the way the US has avoided a strong response to Iranian proxy terrorism in the Gulf.

Arab States - Biden Harming US Interests

Many Arabs are continuing to express deep disappointment with the policies of the Biden administration in the Middle East, especially regarding Iran’s role in destabilizing security and stability in Arab countries that once trusted the U.S. as a reliable and trustworthy ally.

Bar-Ilan University - Stupidity of Political Correctness

Israeli flags can now be hung anywhere on Bar-Ilan University's campus. In February, it was prohibited to hang flags of any kind in the dorms, specifically highlighting Israeli flags. The ban on flags by Electra is still in place, just not for Israeli flags. (Self-hate indoctrination of Jewish students in Israeli universities must be stopped.)

Armed Revolt from the Arab Sector?

A former minister Effi Eitam warned that the recent spate of terror attacks perpetrated by Israeli Arabs marks the beginning of a violent uprising by Israel’s Arab sector. “We need to tell ourselves the truth: We are in the midst of an Arab revolt, an Islamic-nationalist revolt against the idea of Israel as the state of the Jewish people. They hold Israeli citizenship and have equal rights in everything, but they are separatists. These 200,000 ‘good’ Arabs (Israeli Arabs having guns) don’t need guns. Israeli Arabs are becoming a separatist population. We may face a situation in which citizens of the country rebel against its authority and its sovereignty, included with armed underground movements.”

Quote of the Week:

"The Israeli government needs to wake up quickly. The attacks will continue until the Arabs among us understand that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish People. We will win this war of independence only when we remove every question mark about the future of our country." - Shlomo Ne'eman, Gush Etzion leader.

 Diplomatic Milestones without Netanyahu

by Seth J. Frantzman

A new wind is in the air and it is a wind of multi-lateral diplomatic and defense engagements where Israel is meeting with everyone on the world stage.

In early March of last year, then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled a trip to the United Arab Emirates. It wasn’t the first trip to the UAE Netanyahu cancelled; he had waffled on other trips since the Abraham Accords were signed in September 2020.

This is in stark contrast to the Negev Summit this week where the foreign ministers of Morocco, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE all came to Israel.

The unprecedented meeting in the desert is a major milestone for the Abraham Accords. It also showcases US-Israel cooperation and the enduring US support for Israel’s new peace partners in the region. The unprecedented meeting in the desert is a major milestone for the Abraham Accords. It also showcases US-Israel cooperation and the enduring US support for Israel’s new peace partners in the region.

Under Netanyahu’s rule, Israel’s diplomatic initiatives around the world were starved of resources. When Israel went to elections in March 2021, its fourth elections since April 2019, it lacked appointments to numerous embassies around the world.

The diplomatic stagnation during the Netanyahu era was caused in part by him serving as his own foreign minister from 2015 to 2019. He also held other portfolios, at one point also serving as defense minister, health minister and immigration and absorption minister, while also being prime minister.

If we tallied up all the trips by Bennett, Lapid, Gantz and other high-level officials, it appears Israel has engaged in more direct diplomacy, including bilateral and multi-lateral meetings, in the last year than it did over the last decade.

A new wind is blowing and it is a wind of multilateral diplomatic and defense engagements where Israel is meeting with the US, UAE, Bahrain, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, France and others.