A confidential meeting of the Knesset Subcommittee on Civil and Security Affairs in Judea and Samaria at the beginning of the week revealed a Defense Ministry plan to halt the PA takeover of Area C, Makor Rishon reported Friday.
Area C is entirely under Israeli control according to the Oslo agreements, and until a year ago, the defense establishment handled every case of illegal Arab construction in the Israeli-controlled areas locally. However, this week, the assistant to Defense Minister for settlement affairs, Kobi Eliraz admitted before the committee that the security establishment had identified a PA trend for an organized takeover of the area.
In today's Dry Bones “funny” – actually, this one really is! – Sir Schwartz has served us up a humdinger on, possibly, a little group called Regavim. They are a group of feisty, chutzpah-filled Jews who take it personally when Arabs grab a piece of Israeli land, set up shop (and palace and resort) write a letter to “Dear ol' Mom” – the UN – and then take Israelis to court and WIN in their courts with their little notice from Mama UN! Wow.. I would be upset about that, too!
So send in the drones, OK? It's pretty simple. Use modern data-driven A.I. interfaces and make an app to control drones that systematically fly over (and they can go fast) and simply videotape all they see, process it with the Newton or whatever A.I. of your choice and then send in the cops to arrest the trespassers – legally. Avoid the UN. Avoid the courts. Just win.
A Palestinian woman walks with a kite as other demonstrators pose before trying to fly them over the border fence with Israel, in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on May 4, 2018.. (photo credit: SAID KHATIB / AFP)
‘Put these on,” an officer said assertively, handing me a helmet and a Kevlar vest. “And keep your head down.” Hamas’s “peaceful protest” narrative shatters when it clashes with reality.
The six-week “Great March of Return” is nearing its crescendo. Hamas’s declared objective is breaching the border and “returning” to what is now Israel. But their real goal is to garner international attention by clashing with the IDF under an image of nonviolent protests, while portraying the casualties as victims of IDF brutality. So cynical is their use of human shields, that money incentives are offered for every injury and death.
The IDF’s declared and practical goal is to defend the border, minimize friction and casualties, and avoid escalation.
I know the IDF very well and having spoken to friends and relatives who serve there, I already had a relatively good picture of what was going on. But I needed to see it with my own eyes. I wanted to look soldiers in the eye and hear what they felt about the situation, how they perceived their mission, and how they related to the other side.
Renewed tragedy has been occurring in Gaza for weeks now. Before it's over, there will be much destruction, and many lives will have been lost or seriously impacted in other ways.
The near-sighted blame this on President Trump's recognition that, since King David purchased it from Jebusites three thousand years ago (with Jerusalem subsequently becoming the heart and soul of Jewish existence), he would heed Congress's call to acknowledge Zion as Israel's capital, moving America's embassy there on the 70th anniversary of Israel’s rebirth, May 14, 2018. Like all other nations on Earth, Israel finally got to choose its own most important city.
Mentioned over 600 times in the Hebrew Bible, the Arabs' Qur'an does not mention Jerusalem even once. Medieval Arab historians themselves, like Jalaluddin, admitted that Islam's 7th century C.E. prophet, Muhammad, only paid respect to Jerusalem to gain support from influential tribes of Jews who, fleeing Roman conquest in Judea earlier, founded the date palm oasis of Medina in the Arabian Peninsula. Muhammad fled there to escape fellow pagan enemies in Mecca. After giving him refuge, introducing him to Jewish monotheistic beliefs, important human and non-human luminaries (like Abraham, Moses, the important Angel Gabriel), and such, when the Jews refused his religio-political claims, Islam’s prophet decapitated all their men and enslaved the women and children.
Back to the future…
During Passover 2018, “Hamastan,” aka Gaza, decided to give Israel another violent gift. It's been a gift that has kept on giving, as daily news reports of the violence show.