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Latest News in Israel – 2nd December

Palestinian woman subdued after attempting to stab IDF soldier in West Bank

A female Palestinian assailant attempted to stab an IDF officer at Einav Junction in the northern West Bank on Tuesday morning, in the second attempted stabbing incident of the day.

Security forces opened fire at the attacker. She was shot and injured on the scene.

There were no injuries among security personnel in the incident.

In a separate incident, a Palestinian woman was detained by security forces near the West Bank settlement of Efrat for the possession of a large knife.

Earlier Tuesday morning, a Palestinian terrorist attempted to stab a man at Gush Etzion junction. Security forces at the scene shot and killed the terrorist. A 40-year-old bystander was lightly injured by shrapnel at the scene.

Paramedics administered initial care at the scene and evacuated the wounded man to Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem.

Gush Etzion junction has been the site of multiple stabbing and shooting attacks in the last few weeks.           (Jerusalem Post)

Former Israeli national security advisor: Little can be done to prevent lone attackers

Little can be done to prevent lone-wolf Palestinian terrorism, and impassioned calls for “massive retaliation” would result in no improvements, and a possible deterioration of the security situation, the former national security adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amdiror, has warned.

In a paper published on Sunday at the Begin – Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, where he is a senior fellow, Amridor wrote that “while there is no doubt that Israel is facing a difficult security situation, the surge in Palestinian violence does not pose any existential threat to Israel. Israel has weathered longer and harsher waves of terrorism. Israeli leaders must keep things in proportion, and reject calls for ‘massive retaliation’ that will not truly improve security and could make things worse.”

Calls for a “massive military campaign” and for the IDF to “seize Judea and Samaria” are “nothing but empty words,” Amidror wrote.

“There is no need for a massive military campaign, as Operation Defensive Shield in 2002 established the IDF’s control over Judea and Samaria, and Israeli forces are free to operate anywhere in the area,” he added.

“If there is intelligence of a weapons cache in the heart of Nablus, for example, the IDF can deploy troops within a day. The same goes for executing demolition orders on terrorists’ homes. And soldiers pursuing a suspect can chase him wherever they must, even into a Palestinian hospital,” he stated.

Equally, calls for house to house weapons searches in Hebron, where most recent terrorists have come from, are futile, according to Amdiror. “What are the soldiers supposed to look for – kitchen knives? Over 90% of the attacks were carried out using weapons of opportunity, from screwdrivers to axes. Only a handful of attacks have involved firearms.”

Amidror has served in the IDF for 36 years in senior posts, including commander of the Military Colleges, military secretary to the Minister of Defense, director of the Intelligence Analysis Division in Military Intelligence, and chief intelligence officer of the Northern Command.

“The IDF is already free to act on any intelligence or suspicion as needed, and the defense establishment clearly thinks that surrounding Hebron is a waste of resources, and that it would only aggravate friction with civilians who are, for the most part, innocent,” he wrote in the paper.

“Israel should refrain from imposing harsh and unnecessary measures on the Palestinians, such as revoking work permits from Palestinians across Judea and Samaria. This measure would affect the livelihoods of thousands of families, when so far it is only one terrorist who abused his work permit to carry out an attack,” he argued.

“Exercising such measures could result in increasing the number of Palestinians who, feeling they have nothing to lose, might turn to terrorism. Harsh punishments should be imposed wisely if they are to generate deterrence.”

Ultimately, Amidror argued, “The truth should also be voiced clearly. Little can be done to prevent lone terrorists from carrying out their plans, especially when their motives are no longer clear. Many of the attacks recently have been ‘atmosphere attacks,’ resulting from a killing trend fueled by the Palestinian Authority’s incitement. The PA seems to be the main component in promoting murder as a ‘hobby’ among the Palestinians, but most attacks have not been directed by a known terrorist group.”

Panic-driven rhetoric suggesting these attacks pose an “existential threat” to Israel are divorced from reality, serving merely to promote hysteria, he added.

“No one can dispute that recent weeks have been stressful for the Israeli public, especially in Judea and Samaria, where residents come in greater daily contact with their Palestinian neighbors, which in some cases makes it easier for terrorists to carry out their vile plans. But the situation is far from posing an ‘existential threat.'”

Amidror also urged caution regarding calls to pass legislation targeting Israeli Arabs or measures that would infringe on their rights, adding, “Such measures will do more harm than good, especially in the long run.”

Out of the 1.7 million Arab Israeli citizens, barely a handful have taken part in recent violent events, Amidror noted. Some may sympathize with the terrorists, and some may subscribe to the incitement spread by the Islamic Movement’s Northern Branch, but Israeli Arabs have not taken part in the murder of Israelis. We must examine what can be done to build up this positive trend of restraint by Israeli Arabs.”              (Jerusalem Post)

‘Israel sees no sign that terror wave subsiding, IDF prepared for escalation’

The current wave of terrorism does not seem to be ebbing, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said at the opening of a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting Monday.

“We don’t see any changes in the wave of terrorism; it is mostly attacks by individuals,” Ya’alon stated. “The wave of terrorism is not dwindling or being curbed.”

The Defense Minister said that the IDF is doing what it can to try to stop the terrorism, but that it is also prepared for an escalation.

Other arenas – northern and southern borders, Gaza, Sinai – remain quiet, he added.

Ya’alon also addressed haredi enlistment, saying that the IDF is likely to reach its target of 2700 haredi soldiers in 2015.

In addition, Ya’alon said the IDF is opening more mixed-gender combat battalions, because of increased interest by women wanting to be fighters.

Shortening mandatory service for males by four months, and an additional two months in 2020, also contributed to the increase of women in combat units, he explained.

The meeting was the first time Ya’alon spoke to the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee about matters not related to the defense budget since this year’s election in March.

During a visit to the IDF Induction Center at Tel Hashomer to mark the November draft cycle, Ya’alon told reporters “that there is hardly a day without a terror attack.” He added, “First of all I hope that the Palestinian Authority gets a grip on itself, and beyond the steps it has taken in recent days to take control of rioting on the ground, it will start condemning the attacks, and cease the blood libels, according to which we allegedly are executing those we kill with a knife in their hands, and they claim we plant the knife afterwards”

Palestinian incitement is continuing, Ya’alon said, “and I hope they start condemning these attacks. It threatens them [the PA] and the survivability of the Authority more than us. In the meantime, we are continuing to take many steps. Our beefed up forces are working day and night, carrying out arrests in certain areas, and when an attack occurs, the place where it came from is closed; the village or the neighborhood. Homes are prepared for demolition.”

Asked about Russia’s recent deployment of the advanced S-400 surface to air missile system in northwest Syria, Ya’alon said Russia’s fighter jets and missile systems are “not directed against us” and do no threaten Israel’s freedom of aerial operations.”We act according to our interests; one does not interfere with the other,” he said. (Jerusalem Post)

Netanyahu hails Israel’s ‘leading role’ in addressing climate change

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday praised Israel for playing a “leading role” in addressing climate change, and pointed to the country’s innovations in environmental technology as an example of effectively addressing the global crisis.

Speaking to some 150 world leaders attending a UN summit in Paris aimed at forging an agreement to stave off global warming, Netanyahu called on the international community to “focus on the security, not just of the nations of the world, but of the world itself.”

Calling climate change one of the “pivotal issues of our time,” the prime minister said Israel was committed to the goals of the conference and noted Israeli advances in solar, agricultural and irrigation technology.

“Technology gives us the ability to do the unimaginable,” Netanyahu said, noting Israel was ranked first in the Global Clean-Tech Innovation Index last year.

“We are a world leader in making the use of water more efficient, therefore more energy efficient. Israel is the number one recycler of water in the world. It has the highest ratio of water efficiency in the world – 70-80%, this is thanks to innovative technologies like drip irrigation, which I know many of you are familiar with,” he said.

For decades, Netanyahu said, Israel has pioneered solar energy research as well as providing desert agricultural innovations in food production. More recently, he said the Prime Minister’s Office has launched a new initiative to reduce global dependence on crude oil and research fuel alternatives.

“Israel is developing what I can call a smart energy grid, and that includes using residential housing, not merely as a consumer of energy, but as individual plants producing energy. This is truly the wave of the future,” he said. “Everything that I’m talking about here has one goal. It’s to optimize our resources; optimize the way we allocate our resources.”

The prime minister urged world leaders to use Israel’s water and irrigation techniques as a example of optimizing the allocation of limited natural resources.

“Israel has had to optimize all its life. We had no material resources. We had precious water, very little water, we had to do more with less,” he said. “Understand that our rainfall in the 67 years of Israel’s independence has almost halved, our population has grown ten times, our GDP per capita has grown forty times. We have no water problem. We have learned to do more with less. This is what we as a planet must learn to do. We must learn to do more with less.

“Israel is a small country with big ideas,” he said in his closing remarks, “I believe that it’s not enough that we have those ideas, or that we apply those ideas in our own country. We are eager to share them with you, both individually and as a collective body as well.”

Netanyahu also used the platform to reiterate his condemnation of state-sponsored incitement to violence, in the wake of the November 13 Paris attacks.

“We have to recognize that radical incitement and lies feed terrorism. Those who are committed to peace must fight incitement, must speak the truth,” he said.

The prime minister likened the terrorists who carried out the bloody attacks in the French capital earlier this month to Palestinian terrorists targeting Israeli civilians in recent weeks. Shared core values of freedom, equality, pluralism, tolerance and democracy would ultimately overcome terrorism, he said.

Netanyahu also repeated his call to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to “stop inciting his people against Israel, and start condemning the murder of innocents in Israel.”

Earlier on Monday at the summit, Netanyahu and Abbas shook hands in a brief, unplanned face-to-face meeting for the first time in over 5 years. Afterwards, Netanyahu said the gesture was simply “protocol,” and did not indicate rapprochement between the two leaders.

In his address, Abbas said he was ready to renew peace talks with Jerusalem, and charged that Israel was devastating the Palestinian environment.          (the Times of Israel)

Netanyahu, Putin praise military cooperation in Paris

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed the importance of Israeli-Russian military cooperation to prevent “unnecessary accidents” at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Global Climate summit in Paris on Monday.

Putin, likewise, praised the “mechanism of cooperation” which the two sides had established in relation to Russia’s military operations in Syria.

In a recent interview on Israel radio, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that a Russian plane had mistakenly entered Israeli airspace, and was not shot down. Ya’alon said the plane entered about 1.5km into Israeli airspace by mistake and immediately turned around back to Syria when the Russians were notified.

Russian military officials had previously held talks with their Israeli counterparts in Tel Aviv after the countries’ leaders agreed to establish a mechanism to avoid accidental clashes in Syria.

The IDF confirmed the two-day meeting on “regional coordination” at the time, following a high level meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

The issue of military cooperation has been a sensitive subject for Russia recently, after a Turkish jet downed a Russian fighter-bomber in the vicinity of the Syrian border, saying the jet had breached its airspace.

The row has led to a serious deterioration in the ties between the two countries, with Russia “punishing” Turkey in a number of fields. Putin also signed a raft of punitive economic sanctions against Turkey on Saturday in retaliation for its shooting down of a Russian warplane near the border with Syria.  A spokesman for the Russian Air Force also announced that it had begun arming its Su-34 jets with air to air missiles for “defensive purposes.”

The Russian military has also deployed the advanced S-400 surface to air missile battery to its base in Western Syria.               (Ynet News)

Israel, Jordan unveil $800m joint plan for ‘Red-Dead’ canal

Israel and Jordan are moving ahead with a plan to build a water-carrying canal from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, which will rehabilitate the shrinking Dead Sea and supply drinking water to Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians.

Interior Minister Silvan Shalom and Jordanian Water Minister Hazim Nasser on Monday announced the release of the $800 million tender, which will be formally published Tuesday. The two nations, which made peace in 1994, are seeking a company to construct the canal and operate it for 25 years.

“Today we took an additional historic step to save the Dead Sea,” said Shalom, who served as water minister in the last government, on a trip to Jordan on Monday. “The joint international tender to be published tomorrow is proof of the cooperation between Israel and Jordan, and a response to those who cast doubt on whether the canal project would ever go ahead. This is an exceptional environmental and diplomatic achievement that testifies more than anything to the fertile cooperation between the [two] countries.”

The pipeline will take some four or five years to complete. It will be 180 kilometers long and will pass through Jordanian territory, carrying around 200 million cubic meters of seawater from the Red Sea — at the very southern tip of Israel — per annum.

A desalination plant in the Jordanian city of Aqaba, across the gulf from the Israeli resort town of Eilat, will produce the drinking water. Israel will receive around 30-50 million cubic meters of potable water, which will go to Eilat and communities in the arid Arava region, while Jordan will use 30 million cubic meters for its own southern areas.

One hundred million cubic meters of the highly saline byproduct of the process will be piped north to the Dead Sea — the lowest point on earth at some 427 meters (1,400 feet) below sea level — to replenish the lake, whose level has dipped precariously in recent decades. Environmentalists have warned, however, that pumping the water into the Dead Sea will endanger the ecology of the region.

The project will be funded and supported by the World Bank, the US and several European countries.

The idea of a conduit between the two bodies of water was first put forward by the British during the 19th century. In the 1990s, after Israel and Jordan signed a peace agreement, the idea of laying a pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea began to gain momentum.

In 2005, Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan jointly asked the World Bank to lend its resources to a feasibility study for a project to bring water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, which would include desalination of some of the water. They also requested an investigation into the potential environmental impact of such a project.

The study, executed between 2008 and 2013, found that it was financial viable, and the three partners signed an agreement on the project in December 2013.    (The Times of Israel)

Hamas: Jews kill Palestinian children for their blood

A senior Hamas official perpetuated the Jewish blood libel myth on live television last week, claiming that Jews had “ancient biblical beliefs, which instructed them to kill children and collect their blood, in order to knead it into the bread that is eaten on Passover” – and that Israel kills Palestinian children to keep this “tradition.”

Hamas leader Salah Al-Bardawil made the comments during an Al-Aqsa television program on November 26, the Middle Eastern Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reports. Notably, the station was banned from broadcasting in the Palestinian Authority (PA) within days of the incident – allegedly over incitement.

“Why does the Zionist enemy, with all its might, execute Palestinian children – especially Palestinian girls?” Al-Bardawil rants during the broadcast. “I can tell you that there are six reasons for this – not just one reason, but six.”

“The first reason for the targeting of Palestinian children has to do with faith. The Zionist entity subscribes to false biblical doctrines – especially today, when we are experiencing so-called extremism,” he claims. “But this is a typical Jewish situation, which is in harmony with the biblical-Zionist history and faith. This is manifest in the Quran, which quoted the Jews as saying: “kill the sons of the belivers” [Quran 40:25]. Thus, they subscribe to a principle of faith, which they must implement, and kill the sons of the believers.”

“The killing of the sons of the believers – or, to be clearer, the killing of the Palestinian children – stem from children being weaker and thus easier to kill than adults,” he continues. “This is a cowardly enemy, which fears retaliation, and therefore it targets the weaker, still accomplishing the goal of reducing the number of Palestinians.”

Al-Bardawil then revived one of the oldest anti-Semitic tropes: the Passover blood libel.

“In addition, they have beliefs which they have tried to conceal from the world,” he said. “I am referring to the ancient biblical beliefs, which instructed [the Jews] to kill children and collect their blood, in order to knead it into the bread that is eaten on Passover.”

“This is the killing of a Palestinian child in order to collect his blood, and knead it into the bread they eat,” he added. “Today, they are trying to say that these things never happened, and that it was a joke or a lie, but these are the facts of history. Anyone reading about their history will find this there.”                     (Arutz Sheva)

Jews: Human canaries in the world’s coal mine

Joseph Farah cites ‘rising tide of anti-Semitic hatred around the world’                 WorldNetDaily


It was was an ugly scene in Australia the other day – a scene growing all too familiar around the world, from Europe to Down Under to the United States where Muslim immigration and birth rates are about to reach the tipping point at which followers of Islam outnumber the world’s second-biggest population of Jews.

You can see for yourself the ugly aftermath of an attack by a single, intoxicated Middle Eastern man on a member of an ultra-Orthodox synagogue in Melbourne in which the assailant, held by several congregants, spews anti-Semitic verbal venom, shouting “go back to Israel.”

It’s a brazen peek into rising tide of anti-Semitic hatred around the world as radical Islamic terrorist attacks continue.

Who’s paying the price for the latest murderous mayhem that struck Paris taking the lives of 130 people? Who else? The Jews – historically the human canaries in the coal mine over the last 2,000 years of world history.

The chief rabbi of Brussels issued an ominous warning last week. Avraham Gigi told an Israel radio station that the Belgian capital has been on virtual lock-down in recent days.

“There is a sense of fear in the streets,” he said. “The Belgians understand that they too are targets of terror. Jews now pray in their homes [as opposed to at synagogues], and some of them are planning on emigrating. Since Shabbat the city has been paralyzed. The synagogues were closed, something which has not happened since World War II. People are praying alone or are holding small minyanim [small prayer groups] at private homes. Schools and theaters are closed as are most large stores, and public events are not permitted. We live in fear and wait for instructions from the police or the government.”

There are only about 50,000 Jews left in Belgium.

“There are 25,000 Jews in Brussels, 18,000 in Antwerp, and the rest live in smaller places,” said Gigi. “There has been aliya to Israel as well as emigration to Canada and the U.S. People understand there is no future for Jews in Europe.”

Economic conditions and anti-Semitism are pushing young people to leave Belgium and move to Israel or other places.

“I think making aliya to Israel is an important thing for every Jew,” Gigi said. “It is something that Jews in every generation yearned for. But Jews should not make aliya out of fear because this will result in a poor absorption experience as a feeling that something was left behind will always remain. People should make aliya out of a love for Israel.”

In Germany, even the planned opening of a new kosher supermarket was enough to raise security concerns.

Seventy years after the end of the Holocaust, in the capital city of Germany, the opening of a kosher supermarket creates a sense of panic.

Didn’t the world collectively sigh “never again” a generation ago?

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But this is not a trend that should be a concern solely of Jews.

When the Jews face this kind of bigotry and persecution and scapegoated for the world’s problems, it’s a sure sign of the kind of madness, instability and unspeakable violence that has repeated itself through history. It affects everyone – and everything. It spreads like a virus.

Once again, the Jews are being blamed.

While the re-creation of the Jewish homeland in Israel has provided a safe harbor with a strong and robust young nation, it has also intensified the bigotry. Israel itself has become a flashpoint, a source of contention, an excuse to hate the Jews.

You might expect terrorist attacks on other nations by Israel’s fiercest enemies to create empathy for what Jews experience as part of their everyday lives. Just the opposite is occurring, as I pointed out in a recent column.

The sick and twisted and demonic reaction has been to do what the world has always done – blame the victims first, blame the Jews, again.

The “Spontaneous” Intifada Is Orchestrated by the Palestinian Leadership

Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi –   Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

See more at: http://jcpa.org/the-popular-spontaneous-intifada-is-organized-and-orchestrated-by-the-palestinian-leadership/#sthash.igGjeh4B.dpuf

This information is compiled by Dr Ron Wiseman, Board Member of the Zionist Council of NSW