Israel Update: 6.9.2018
Shana Tovah U’Metukah to all my readers H.R.G.
Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon is seeking American and European support for a plan to boost the Palestinian economy in the West Bank. After more than three years of meetings with Palestinian officials, Kahlon is pushing a plan to build joint industrial zones, ease movement out of the West Bank, and allow the Palestinian Authority to collect its own customs taxes
A joint Palestinian-Israeli industrial and commercial centre is set to be built in the southern West Bank, in a venture intended to bolster job opportunities for Palestinians. The mixed industrial hub will receive (Israeli) government funding and is expected to serve as a model of economic cooperation.
Palestinian security forces recently thwarted a serious terror attack involving a powerful bomb intended to blow up an IDF convoy on a road south of Highway 443 connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5334360,00.html
THE USA & THE PALESTINIANS
A State Department Spokesperson said “The Administration has carefully reviewed the issue and determined that the United States will not make additional contributions to UNRWA….The fundamental business model and fiscal practices that have marked UNRWA for years – tied to UNRWA’s endlessly and exponentially expanding community of entitled beneficiaries – is simply unsustainable….The United States will no longer commit further funding to this irredeemably flawed operation….Palestinians, wherever they live, deserve better than an endlessly crisis-driven service provision model. They deserve to be able to plan for the future.”
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, said, “Since 1994, the United States has thrown more than $10 billion in humanitarian aid to the Palestinians….We found that these expenditures were bringing the region no closer to peace or stability, not even by a millimetre. To spend hard-earned taxpayer dollars to fund stipends to terrorists and their families, to expend funds to perpetuate rather than to mitigate refugee status, and to finance hate-filled textbooks …how does that provide value to the United States or the region?” The U.S., he said, is “not in the business of, as they say, throwing good money after bad.””Make no mistake, the USA is a generous nation and we would truly love to invest in this region for the return on investment of peace and stability in Israel and a better quality of life for the Palestinians. Indeed, we continue to provide 40% of the funding for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. UNHCR, in contrast to UNRWA, seeks to end statelessness, not deploy it as a political weapon.”
A senior U.S. official said the decision to cut aid to the Palestinians meant the U.S. will no longer enable the Palestinian Authority and those in the Hamas terrorist government in Gaza to use aid dollars in their war against Israel. “Hamas is fighting a morally-bankrupt war at the expense of the Palestinian people,” said the official. “Hamas’ corrupt and illegitimate control [in Gaza] has provoked conflict and led to poverty and hopelessness, while hampering the ability of the international community to help.”
Two Israeli gynaecologists spent two weeks in Myanmar recently helping local doctors .On their first day, doctors Michal Dishi-Galitzky and Ronit Almog from Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital saved two lives.
The Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported that two Palestinians were “brutally” kicked and beaten with guns and sticks by a group of Israelis at a checkpoint near Nablus. Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said in a statement that a probe in coordination with Palestinian authorities had shown the two were attacked by local Palestinians in an apartment in Nablus during a criminal dispute.
Intel Corp. has announced the new U and Y processors for thin, light laptops and laptop-tablet hybrids with the promise of up to 12 times faster connectivity speeds and twice the performance of a 5-year-old PC..The design of the new processors was led by its development team in Haifa, Israel
CyberGym, backed by the Israel Electric Corp. has opened a training centre in Tokyo to teach companies and institutions how to protect themselves online.
The Israeli company Blueskimmer has developed a new drone which can be used to rescue drowning people.The drone, made of carbon fibre, carries three floats that swell rapidly with water and can operate within a radius of up to 2 km. from the lifeguard’s station.
26 farmers from the eastern India state of Jharkhand will learn advanced techniques in farming in Israel and on their return, they will be entrusted with training & imparting knowledge of hi-tech farming techniques.
An intelligent patrolling system developed by the Israeli government will be used for the first time in India at Saurashtra region’s biggest annual fair. Known and wanted criminals will be identified with the help of a body camera and voice recorder fitted on the jackets of policemen
A former Jordanian Prime Minister defended the (1994) Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty talking about the fundamental issues that Jordan had achieved through it. Jordan, he said, had got its land and water back and had restored its economy. “Israeli continues to give us more water than we are due,”…On the question of the Palestinians’ Right of Return, he said: “The Arabs do not have any power. If we ever have military power, will we let them keep Haifa? We’ll take it. If tomorrow, we become stronger and can take Haifa by force, will we really decline just because we have an agreement with them?” The interview aired on TV on August 18, 2018.
Gaza’s Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar has openly admitted that the weekly “March of Return” protests staged on the Gaza border in recent months were intended to avert an internal crisis and divert pressure onto the Israelis. He said: “After the reconciliation efforts (between Hamas and Fatah) reached an impasse, a number of factions planned to cause an internal explosion in Gaza, but the Marches of Return thwarted the plan.”
Israeli farmers travelled to The Hague on Monday to file a war crimes complaint with the International Criminal Court against top Hamas officials for fire kite terror from Gaza. Shurat Hadin said an ICC probe would find “blatant violation of the Rome Statute (Articles 8 (2) (c) (viii) and 28), which prohibits the murder of non-combatants, the destruction of civilian property for unlawful purposes, and the use of civilians as human shields.
The Israeli military announced its closure of the Erez crossing into Gaza after hundreds of Palestinians rioted on Tuesday, throwing rocks and vandalizing infrastructure. The closure will remain in place until the infrastructure is repaired. About 1,000 Gazans enter Israel each day through the Erez crossing, including students, businesspeople and those seeking medical care.
Israel said that a Gazan gunman, shot dead on Monday 20/8 after shooting and throwing a grenade at IDF soldiers on the Gaza border
was a nurse working for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).
Gazan rioters threw rocks and firebombs and rolled burning tyres at IDF troops Friday 24/8 along the border between Gaza and Israel. Burning kites sent over the border from Gaza sparked two fires in Israel.
Incendiary balloons from Gaza caused 3 fires in Israel Monday 27/8. https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5336129,00.html
Thousands of Gazans rioted along the border fence in five different locations on Friday, hurling stones, burning tires, and throwing a grenade.
IDF forces responded with crowd dispersal measures and precise shooting at the main instigators. Gazans continued to launch incendiary balloons and kites over Israel.
Researchers at Israel’s Technion Institute of Technology, led by (Israeli-Arab) Prof. Hossam Haick, have developed a device that can detect the early onset of Parkinson’s disease by analyzing the breath of users. Earlier diagnosis and treatment can help slow down its progression
Medial EarlySign, an Israeli startup, has developed machine learning-based software that analyzes standard blood test results to identify patients at high risk of colon cancer.
A half-sized, half-indoor Olympic pool has opened in the new country club complex in Rahat, the largest Bedouin city in the world. The club includes a huge fitness room, three studio rooms for group classes, a coffee shop, solarium, a basketball and soccer field, playground facilities, and a dry and wet sauna. The complex funded by the Israeli government will serve thousands of Israeli Bedouin residents in the Negev.
COMMENT & OPINION
Allister Heath (A recent guest speaker at KS&DS): Anti-Zionism of the sort propounded by the hard Left is racism of the worst kind: obsessed with delegitimizing the world’s only Jewish country (and no other), in the full knowledge that its existence is what protects its people from persecution, misery and even death.
J.Post Editorial: UNRWA’s written mandate plays a central role in perpetuating the Palestinian refugee myth and the demand for the “right of return.” According to the definition of “refugee” that UNRWA follows, someone born this week can be a refugee of a war 70 years ago. The definition includes people that are citizens of other countries, as well as people living in the West Bank and Gaza – the very land from which they supposedly fled – who in other situations would legally be considered internally displaced.
Benny Avni : Last week the State Department announced a $200 million cut in annual aid to the Palestinian Authority. Before that, America cut support to UNRWA, a body created in 1949 to tend to some 750,000 Arab refugees from the war Israel’s neighbours launched to erase it off the map. UNRWA now handles aid to over 5 million Palestinians, while another UN agency deals with refugees everywhere else on the globe.
David Harris: In May, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) counted 19.9 million refugees in its jurisdiction. Over five decades, UNHCR has assisted 50 million refugees “to help restart their lives.” Yet one group – the Palestinians – are treated differently and are assisted by the UN body UNRWA. Unlike UNHCR, UNRWA does not seek to resettle Palestinian refugees, but rather provides social services while, in effect, keeping them in perpetual limbo
The number of Palestinians registered by UNRWA as refugees is at least four times inflated, Dr. Einat Wilf, a former Labour Knesset member who served on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, has said. http://www.thetower.org/6619-former-israeli-labor-mk-unrwa-inflated-number-of-refugees-by-a-factor-of-at-least-four/
Alon Ben-Meir: Palestinian leaders have had every opportunity to realize statehood, but they misled their people to believe that their salvation rests on Israel’s destruction rather than on building the infrastructure of an independent state. Instead, they incessantly engaged in misleading public narratives about the right of return and how the day of Israel’s destruction is near. In the process, they are destroying the social fabric of their own communities, from which they will not recover as long as they continue to hold onto this pipedream.
Dr. Edy Cohen: The Action Group for Palestinians in Syria recently documented 3,840 cases of Palestinians killed since the onset of the Syrian civil war in 2011. An additional 1,682 Palestinians are still missing. Moreover, tens of thousands of Palestinians in Syria have lost their homes and employment. Yet not one official in the Palestinian Authority has publicly condemned the Assad regime. When a Hamas or Islamic Jihad terrorist from Gaza is killed by IDF soldiers, Mahmoud Abbas requests international protection for the Palestinians. When Palestinians are killed by other Arabs, no one in the Arab world cares – not even among the Palestinians themselves whether in the PA or Hamas.