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Southern Israel Still Under Fire

On Wednesday, two rockets were fired from Gaza into Southern Israel. That’s two attacks within 24 hours.Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

In response to this latest terror attack, Israeli Air Force jets struck several targets.

The IDF will continue to oppose attempts to harm Israeli civilians and considers the Hamas terrorist organization responsible for what happens in and out of the Gaza Strip,” according to a statement by the army.

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Israel is Not Your Enemy

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told the UN Security Council this week that the PA is following Tehran in their goal to destroy Israel.

Danon expressed his concern after a statement made last week by PLO ambassador to the UN Ibrahim Khraishi revived the false accusation that “Zionism is racism.”

“This despicable language exposes the Palestinian Authority’s anti-Semitism, as it continues to incite hatred among its people against Jews and the Jewish State. Both Tehran and Ramallah’s extremism are increasingly at odds with the growing sentiment among Arabs that Israel is, and will continue to be, a part of this region.”

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September is Almost Here. Is the Clock Ticking for UNRWA?

The 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York is schedule to begin on September 17. With only one month to go until the Assembly opens, the Palestinian Authority is fearful that UNRWA will not be renewed.

UNRWA was originally intended as a temporary solution but has now become a part of the PA’s unrelenting attempts to destroy and delegitimize Israel. Furthermore, a true refugee agency should not be allowed to continue to profit from the misery of the very people it is mandated to help. UNRWA funds can no longer be used as a corrupt weapon for the PA to educate and promote terror against Israel.

The Jerusalem Post’s Editorial Staff writes that there is no more need for UNRWA: UNRWA needs to be drastically reformed and the Palestinians themselves would be the first to benefit from UNRWA being revamped. UNRWA has done nothing to build a sustainable, peaceful Palestinian state. The recent report containing allegations of serious flaws could be the wake-up call the UN needs to re-examine UNRWA’s status. It’s time for the absurdity to end.

UN agency for Palestinians is too corrupt to save ~David May

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Paving New Roads in Yesha

Arutz Sheva sat down recently to speak with Transportation Minister Betzalel Smotrich about his plans to make the Yesha region more accessible and increase the scope of construction. This part of the Yamina party’s plans for the development of Judea and Samaria in the coming years.

“You have to remember that over the past twenty years, Yesha (Judea and Samaria) has been severely discriminated against in comparison with other parts of the country. Anyone who has traveled around the country in the last few decade sees the extraordinary revolution on the roads, the interchanges and railroads. Sadly, this revolution has skipped over Judea and Samaria,” Smotrich said.

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Weekend Reports Demonstrate Why Israel Has a Right to Deny Entry

AFSI fully supports Israel’s decision to deny US Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib entry into the country. The itinerary submitted to Israel’s authorities revealed that they planned a visit whose sole objective was to strengthen the boycott against the Jewish Nation State and deny Israel’s legitimacy.

The fact that Tlaib then applied for a humanitarian visa to visit her grandmother, which was accepted by Israel, and then rejected the offer to visit, shows her true and evil intentions. In response to being barred from Israel, Tlaib and Omar spoke out against President Trump and PM Netanyahu by posting an anti-semitic cartoon by Brazilian-Lebanese cartoonist Carlos Latuff (Latuff participated in Iran’s annual Holocaust cartoon contest in 2006.)

There is no need whatsoever to second guess Tlaib and Omar’s true intention of destroying Israel nor Israel’s right to deny these two entry into Israel. Weekend reporting below shows Israel’s continued fight against terrorism and the need to defend itself 24/7.

Friday afternoon, a car ramming attack near Elazar in the Gush Etzion region was carried out by a 26-year-old terrorist from Bethlehem. Nahum Navis (18), though current reports state his condition has slightly improved, remains in serious condition. His sister Noam (20) was injured.

Continued attempts to destroy Israel took place for two straight days. On Friday night, terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired at least one rocket into Israel, which was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system. There were no reports of injury or damage. On Saturday night terrorists fired three rockets at southern Israel ( although at least 20 Red Alerts were sounded), two of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, the military said. Fragments from one of the rockets struck the yard of a home in Sderot, causing damage.

Also on Saturday night three armed Palestinians who attempted to infiltrate Southern Israel were killed by the IDF.

Arson terror comes to northern Israel. Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon set fire near border, causing firefighters to evacuate Israeli town

Arson-balloon fire in Sedot Negev. Just reported as of this morning.

Police thwart stabbing attack in northern Israel.

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MK Uzi Dayan: Apply Sovereignty to Jordan Valley

In Arutz Sheva’s recent sit-down with MK Uzi Dayan, Maj. Gen. and former Deputy Chief of Staff, Dayan discussed ways to deal with the escalation in the South, the approaching Trump program, and his party’s difficulty in drawing left-center seats.

He also said it’s time to apply Sovereignty in the Jordan Valley.

“We need to say that it is time for Sovereignty in the Jordan Valley and to open the valley and open a door for those who want to talk to us without preconditions.” When asked what he offers to Ramallah and Shechem residents, he directs the Palestinian Authority residents to their leadership. “We have no interest in controlling the Palestinians. We want a Jewish and democratic state and we are not willing to give up security for that. I was the head of the Security Committee sitting across Jordan, the Palestinians, and Syria. There’s no one to talk to. Let them decide what they want and understand that their address is Israel, if they want to talk. If they continue to insist, I will continue to build my Jewish democratic state.”

Read the full interview HERE.

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Deep Scars From A Failed Experiment: Gush Katif 14 Years Later

Avrohom Shmuel Lewin’s JNS Feature article “Disbanding Gush Katif a failed experiment, says general who helped carry out evacuation,” is an important read – and reminder – of the destruction of Jewish homes and many lives of 8,500 Jews 14 years ago this week.

The Gush Katif expulsion was led by Major General Gershon Hacohen. Today he says “No one in his right mind in Israel will now agree to a disengagement from Judea and Samaria except for a few left-wing radicals.” Yet, the “two state solution” continues to be touted – a position AFSI strongly opposes.

The U.S. Congress recently overwhelmingly passed an anti-BDS bill (H. Res. 246) which was widely applauded. However within that was language calling for the “two state solution.” Twenty one Knesset members sent a letter to Congress arguing that the two state solution is “far more dangerous” than the BDS movement. With which terrorist entity would Israel share it’s land? Hamas? Hezbollah? Fatah? Iran? Israelis have learned their lesson from the Gush Katif tragedy, and Trump is not dictating terms, but Israel’s enemies are still furiously at work.

AFSI believes the Resolution was put forward by Representatives Jerrold Nadler, Eliot Engel, and Lee Zeldin. We have come to expect little from the first two. But Zeldin has been a big disappointment.

The expulsion from Gush Katif 14 years ago was not only a great mistake, as Lewin’s article discusses, but a great human tragedy. Never again should any Jewish community in Judea and Samaria be expelled from their land only to be used as a pilot program to test the potential for peace.

Disengagement harmed Israel’s security ~Akiva Bigman

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DENIED! No Entry to Israel for Tlaib-Omar

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri made the decision to ban US Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering Israel. This is a reversal of the Israeli government’s position in late July.

The reason cited for their ban is reportedly “suspected provocations and promotion of BDS,” a reference to the anti-Israel boycott movement.

AFSI applauds this sound decision which strengthens Israel’s ability to defend itself from its enemies. Both Tlaib and Omar must not be given an opportunity within the borders of the Jewish Nation State to spread their call for the destruction of Israel and perpetuate their Jew hating agenda. The Israeli government must remain firm and consistent on their policy of not allowing BDS supporters into the country.

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The Tisha B’Av Walk in the Spirit of Unity, Building and Sovereignty

As was expected, thousands took part in the Tisha b’Av Eve March led by the Sovereignty Movement founded by Women in Green and its co-chairwomen, Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar. This year marks the half-Jubilee of the renewal of the traditional walk with many participants showing in strong numbers. Sovereignty Youth had a significant presence, arriving from all parts of the Land.

The program’s concluding speaker and attorney Nili Naouri said, “It has already been 52 years and we still need a security escort. This is because there are those to whom it is still not clear that we are the sole, legitimate owners of this Land and when we do not behave like the owners, the Arab invader behaves like the owner.”

Read the full report HERE.

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Clarifying the Anti-BDS Resolution for Congress

Twenty-one Knesset Members addressed an unusual letter to U.S. Congress and AIPAC lobby members, expressing concern and criticism for approving the anti-BDS resolution in the U.S. Congress after introducing clauses supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state.

The letter was authored by Samaria Council head Yossi Dagan: “We would like to make it clear that the recent resolution of the Congress against BDS (Resolution 246) is a grave mistake because it also expresses support for the so-called ‘two-state solution’, establishing a ‘Palestinian state’ at the heart of the tiny Land of Israel.”

The Ministers of Knesset and Dagan further emphasized, “We want to make it clear that establishing a Palestinian state is much more dangerous to Israel than BDS. A demand for establishing a Palestinian state is contrary to the U.S. position, contrary to the position of the Israeli government, and contrary to the position of the majority of the public in Israel. And all because it is both unjust and endangers the security of the State of Israel.”

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