Thursday, October 30, 2014
The retiring head of Israel's Northern Command, Major General Yair Golan, has warned that the threat of war from Israel's northern border is "many times greater" than Gaza.
Security forces on Thursday [Oct. 30] shot and killed the suspect involved in last night's shooting of right-wing activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick. The suspect has been named as Mu'taz Hijazi, a former Palestinian prisoner. According to a police source, the Hijazi was killed in a shootout with an elite Border Guard counter-terrorism unit (Yamam).
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back Wednesday [Oct. 29] after a damning report in The Atlantic claimed American officials had branded him a "coward" on tackling Iran and "chickens*t" who is only interested in his own political survival. "I am being attacked because I'm defending Israel," Netanyahu told the Knesset.
by Khaled Abu Toameh ~ Gatestone Institute ~
Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian groups are using children from east Jerusalem and the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] in what appears to be a new intifada against Israel.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for a special meeting of the Security Council demanding international intervention to investigate “Israeli attacks” in Jerusalem as well as “attacks” by “Jewish settlers” on the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Palestinians want a ban on Israeli building beyond the “Green Line” including in eastern Jerusalem. In response Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “We have every right to build in Jerusalem.”
As the crisis between Israel and the US deepens, senior American officials continue to express "red-hot anger" at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his administration. "The thing about Bibi is, he's chicken-s**t," said one US official to the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg in a damning report published Tuesday [Oct. 28].
Responding to US criticism that settlement construction was pushing peace further away, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged Tuesday [Oct. 28] that it was criticism that was pushing peace away.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 | Yesterday Israel's President Reuven Rivlin made an articulate plea for civility in public discourse, including heated debate. While unlikely that his admonitions will modify a global tide of spiteful rhetoric, Rivlin’s appeal for boundaries in dialogue is notable. Almost no one is calling to account the way we speak to one another in the public square, on Facebook and in Twitter.
The deterioration of the security situation in Jerusalem cannot be understood only on the Israeli-Palestinian level; it is umbilically connected to the chaos in the Middle East and to the great struggle between the moderate Sunni regimes and the Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks to make the Jerusalem issue a rallying cry of the “Arab Storm.” The Brotherhood’s strategy hopes to unite all of the region’s Islamic movements around the idea of the Muslim Caliphate with the Al-Aqsa Mosque as its hub.