Israel Update: 8.6. 2017
Israel has delivered emergency supplies, including power generators that were taken immediately to afflicted areas, to Sri Lankan authorities coping with floods and mudslides that have killed nearly 200 people and displaced more than 80,000.
Sally Becker, famous as the “Angel of Mostar”, has enlisted the help of Israeli experts to treat some of the children of Mosul in need of specialist pediatric care. Israelis are not allowed into Iraq, but Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center is ready to receive wounded children.
Despite Palestinian Authority requests, Israel won’t reduce its supply of electricity to Gaza over unpaid bills. The PA cut its payments for Israeli power to Gaza by 40% due to the PA’s dispute with Hamas.
THE P.A. AND THE I.D.F.
PA Prime Minister Hamdallah, speaking behind closed-doors, said that IDF restraint helped quell the October 2015 disturbances and had prevented a third Intifada from breaking out in the West Bank during October 2015. He was speaking at a meeting held in Ramallah with Israeli Finance Minister Kahlon, Hamdallah, and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Mordechai.
The US Senate unanimously passed a resolution on Monday that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
“Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected,” the resolution states, adding that “there has been a continuous Jewish presence in Jerusalem for 3 millennia.”
Commenting on Trump’s visit P.A. official Jibril Rajoub said in an interview shown on Israeli TV: “He went to the Western Wall, which we understand is a holy place to the Jews. In the end, it must remain under Jewish sovereignty. We have no argument about that. This is a Jewish holy place,” His statement ran counter to the Palestinians’ long-running campaign to deny a Jewish historical connection to Jerusalem.
Following strong criticism in the Arab world, within hours Rajoub denied what he had said, reneging on his comments on Jewish sovereignty at the Western Wall..
P.M. Netanyahu returned Monday morning from less than 12 hours in Liberia, stating that his appearance at the 15 member Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) summit opened numerous doors for Israel in Africa. The first non-African leader to be invited to be a keynote speaker at an ECOWAS summit, Netanyahu met with 10 African leaders.
Under the memorandum of understanding signed this week between the State of Israel and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Israel’s leading solar developer will invest $1 billion over the next four years to advance green energy power projects across the 15 member states of the West African economic community which include Nigeria & Liberia.
With the recent wave of ransomware attacks highlighting the dangers of growing internet connectivity across the world, Japan is looking toward Israel’s military-linked expertise in cybersecurity to protect its networks ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. An agreement with Israel was signed for greater cooperation marking the first cabinet-level deal between the two countries on cybersecurity.
Nasreen Qadri, 30, an Arab Israeli from Haifa, sang at the opening ceremony of the Israel Festival in Jerusalem, marking 50 years of reunification. Qadri said her appearance is designed to convey a message of unity and aspirations for coexistence… On May 1 she participated in the memorial event for fallen Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem.
A Palestinian baby injured in a car accident was breastfed by a Jewish nurse when he refused to take a bottle.(The baby’s mother had been seriously injured) Subsequently she posted a request for help with nursing the baby on an Israeli Facebook page for nursing mothers and received many responses from women willing to come to the hospital to help feed the baby until he is discharged
UNRWA has apologized for twice using a photo of a Palestinian child living in Syria, this time in its fund-raising campaign for Gaza. The double use of the photograph was brought to light by the Geneva-based group UN Watch.
Palestinians gathered in the Old City of Jerusalem to light a giant lantern on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan. The traditional Ramadan lantern is 10 meters in height, making it the biggest in the holy city.
THIS WEEK HAS MARKED THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIX-DAY WAR
The excerpts of the stories below, which were published in Hadassah Magazine’s July 1967 issue, describe Elie Wiesel’s visit to the Western Wall after the war, how the Hadassah hospital managed to treat the war’s wounded despite severe staff shortages and the reopening of its Mt. Scopus campus, which had been under Jordanian control since 1948.
A one minute video in which the three paratroopers famously photographed at the Kotel relive their experience.
Yohanah Bar was born in the early 1940s in Kibbutz Kfar Etzion. He was evacuated with his mother in late 1947. Subsequently the kibbutz was attacked by Jordanian forces and, the kibbutz museum reports that 242 people were killed including his father. Ben Yaakov grew up with other kibbutz children, who nearly all lost their fathers. Israel’s victory in 1967 marked their chance to return. Kfar Etzion then became the first settlement in the West Bank.
THE SIX_DAY WAR – CONTEXT, COMMENT & OPINION
The outbreak of the Six Day War on Monday June 5th 1967 must be seen in the context of Arab incitement and provocation during previous weeks, particularly the preceding week when the Arab streets echoed with bloodcurdling calls to destroy the Jewish state.
In June 1967 Arab leaders declared their intention to annihilate the Jewish state, and the Jews decided they wouldn’t sit still for it. For the crime of self-preservation, Israel remains a nation unforgiven….There would have been no occupation, and no settlements, if Egypt and its allies hadn’t recklessly provoked a war in 1967. Or if the “international community” hadn’t fecklessly abandoned Israel in its desperate hours. Or if Jordan hadn’t foolishly ignored Israel’s warnings to stay out of it. Or if the Arab League hadn’t arrogantly rejected the possibility of peace….
In 1967 Israel was forced into a war against enemies who then begrudged it the peace. Egypt, at least, found its Sadat. The drama of the Six-Day War will close when Palestinians find theirs.
Ben Dror Yemini: There is a mega-narrative that exempts the Arabs from responsibility for the Six-Day War. Yet both the Arab League and the leaders of all neighbouring states announced in an unequivocal manner that their plan for Israel was annihilation…. There was no occupation from 1949 to 1967, but a Palestinian state wasn’t established because the leaders of the Arab world didn’t want another state…
Meron Medzini: Driven by the threats against Israel & the fiery slogans emanating from the Arab world, increasing numbers of foreign correspondent began to arrive. The overall picture was of a state under siege whose citizens feared for the fate of their families and country in light of the treachery of the world. Others wrote about how no human being in his right mind could fail to support the Israelis; that 22 years after the Holocaust, the (great) powers were once again impotent…What the military censor did not allow to be shared were the preparations for mass temporary graves for tens of thousands of victims in Tel Aviv parks.
Jeff Jaccoby: The Arabs didn’t provoke war with Israel in 1967 to achieve Palestinian independence. An Arab state in Palestine had been proposed by the United Nations 20 years earlier, but the Arab world vehemently rejected the idea. Since 1949, the West Bank and East Jerusalem had been occupied by Jordan; the Gaza Strip was under Egyptian military control Arab rulers could have established a Palestinian state in those territories whenever they chose to do so. But Palestinian statehood was of no interest to them…There was, to be sure, a “Palestinian” movement. In Cairo, in 1964, the Arab League had created the Palestine Liberation Organization…But the PLO’s purpose was not to win Palestinian independence; it was to assist the Arab bloc in eliminating Israel and the Jews from the Middle East…There was no ambiguity about the Arab leaders’ annihilationist goals.
Dr Max Singer: Continued Israeli occupation is one of the Palestinians’ best weapons against Israel, and they will not give it up while their war to eliminate Israel continues…. The Palestinians have a voice in what happens. The choice they have made is to force Israel to “occupy” them, because they want to keep up the struggle to destroy Israel. Being a victim, an “occupied people,” improves their diplomatic position, causes Israel pain, and provokes internal conflict within Israel. These effects are bad for Israel and good for the Palestinians. Indeed, the more harmful they are for Israel, the more desirable they are for the Palestinian