Posted on 7/17/2017 2:14:02 PM
Can There Really Be Peace?

(Virtual) Israeli flags on the Temple Mount


Following the heinous terror attack by Israel Arabs resulting in the murder of two Israeli Druze border policemen near the Temple Mount, Israel implemented additional security measures to help prevent subsequent attacks.


These measures included the installation of magnetometers, a sophisticated type of metal detector, and additional cameras. The Arab reaction was swift and damning, claiming that the measures were illegal, an attempt by Israel to usurp control over the Temple Mount, and were an affront to their dignity. Unstated was the fact that heavy security measures have existed at other religious sites throughout the Middle East, including, of course, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.


As a result of these measures, there were calls made by the Jordanian Waqf for Muslims not to enter the Temple Mount for prayers, and many protested and prayed outside. Muslims avoid Temple Mount


As a benefit to this protest, for the first time in years, Jews were able to ascend the Temple Mount without being escorted by Waqf police. May it continue permanently! Jews ascend Temple Mount - without Waqf escort


What was disturbing but not unexpected, were the celebrations and praise given to the terrorists. A sampling:

Fatah calls for violence and "rage" following Friday terror attack


Jordanian parliament praises Temple Mount terror attack


Watch: Edelstein to Jordanian counterpart: Just keep silent


Israeli Arab mosque honors Temple Mount terrorists


Riots in Jerusalem


As stated above, the celebration of the terrorists and their actions was not unexpected, even from the Palestinian Authority and Jordan. However, this glorification only confirms the false expectations of peace one can have, considering such words and actions.


How many times must Abbas' lies be pointed out, including his lies to President Trump at the White House, about teaching peace to Palestinian children? How can Israel trust its peace treaty with Jordan when that country's government calls for the withdrawal of Israel's ambassador as a result of Arab terrorism?


While the Trump administration is gearing up to re-engage Israel and the Palestinian Arabs in another "peace process", such attempts will continue to be meaningless given the firm belief one side has of the other side's lack of a right to even exist.

Qalqilya: A Follow-Up


The last time Qalqilya was in the news - about a week ago - Prime Minister Netanyahu postponed a government decision to permit a huge increase in new construction for this Arab town, just meters from Route 6 and Jewish communities. This was due to a lack of a majority in his cabinet for the proposal to pass.


However, American pressure is such, that Netanyahu cannot take it off the table. It looks like he will be holding another vote on the plan, 10 days after the first one, i.e. in just a few days.


Meantime, heavy pressure is being brought to bear on Israel's cabinet members to approve it. PLEASE WRITE TO THEM - particularly Ministers Erdan, Gallant and Yisrael Katz - and URGE them to vote AGAINST the Qalqilya plan!


Here is a sample letter:


Dear Ministers Erdan Gallant and Yisrael Katz,



Qalqilya is LESS crowded then Bnai-Brak, Israel! Please DO NOT give Qalqilya Israel's scarce land!


Also, any land considered "private property" near Qalqilya is actually chaos --multiple-owned ("fragmented") land: Dozens of grandchildren or even great-grandchildren may now co-own a field which long ago might have been worked by a single farmer. When the Palestinian Authority gets its hands on such land, it simply forces the owners to sell.


In any case, why should the Palestinian Authority or the Qalqilya Municipality be allowed to force-sell the land near Qalqilya, which is in (Israeli) Area C? Israel should do the selling (to Israelis - again, this is Area C; the Palestinians can buy and use land in Areas A, B and Jordan) and if necessary, divide the proceeds among any genuine Palestinian owners, if they actually exist.


Sincerely, (YOUR FULL NAME)




Join thousands in Hebron and tell the world that UNESCO's votes are meaningless!


AFSI in ISRAEL - Mark Your Calendars NOW! 


Here are the dates for the next two AFSI Chizuk Missions:


November 7-14, 2017 - CHAYE SARAH in HEBRON and MORE


April 17-25, 2018 - YOM HA'ATZMAUT 70th Anniversary Celebration of Israel's Independence


Watch for itinerary details. Contact AFSI: 212-828-2424

 Reservations now being accepted.


(Please note: both missions end at night. If you are booking an immediate return flight after midnight (i.e., early AM), please make sure it is for the subsequent day.)