Earlier this week, for two consecutive days, Arab arsonists set fires specifically intended to harm the community of Yitzhar in Samaria.
Israelis living in the targeted area were forced to leave their homes as the fires that were intentionally set spread quickly.
AFSI’s initiatives by installing a firebreak in Yitzhar sends Arab arsonists to the other side of the Yishuv. It’s unacceptable that the government does not go after the arsonists.
An Arutz Sheva report revealed that the New Israel Fund (NIF) is appealing to supporters to support US Senate legislation against the application of Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.
Shair Glick, CEO of the Jewish human rights organization, B’tzalmo, said that the NIF’s appeal “crosses a red line. The NIF always prides itself on being an Israeli organization operating inside Israel, but it now turns out that it is employing outsiders to exert external pressure against Israel.”
“I call upon the government of Israel to declare the severing of any contact with this organization, which is a foreign corporation operating against the interests of citizens and the State of Israel,” Glick added.
AFSI applauds the action of B’tzalmo and urges the Israeli government to cut all ties with the NIF and other left-wing NGO’s that seek to harm Israel now.
The IDF Should Cut Contact with B’Tselem ~Gilad Zwick
A Red Alert in southern Israel was sounded Thursday as a rocket hit the Sderot Hesder Yeshiva. Thankfully, the building was empty at the time and there were no injuries, however the building suffered extensive damage.
“As I have said in the past, this situation cannot continue. Only a military operation will bring quiet to our area. Our dear citizens are entitled to raise their children in a quiet and routine manner, like the rest of the country.” ~Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi
Original reporting by media sources incorrectly stated that the Sderot Chabad Yeshiva was struck by the rocket attack. It was the Sderot Hesder Yeshiva. This is where the AFSI Chizuk mission spent a Shabbat a few years ago, and which honored Judy Freedman Kadish at their April 10 dinner in New York City. Rabbi Dovid Fendel , the head of the Yeshiva, is a close friend of AFSI.
We have a lot of thanks to G-d. ~Rabbi Dovid Fendel
On Sunday, as an expression of Israel’s deep gratitude to President Donald J. Trump, the Israeli cabinet began the process of moving toward establishing a new community on the Golan Heights called Ramat Trump (Trump Heights).
This action comes only three months after President Trump recognized Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
“We are proud to have the opportunity to establish a new community, and also to honor a big friend,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the opening of the special cabinet meeting held on the Golan Heights.
‘Hundreds of Jews want to make aliyah and live in Trump Heights’ ~Adi Hashmonai
AFSI’s recent Chizuk Mission went to the location while the name was being debated. We’re happy to see the decision was made.
Council leaders in Judea and Samaria will begin campaigning against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies in the area. Under the slogan, “Stop talking right and doing left,” they will demand the government commit itself to Sovereignty in Judea and Samaria and to ending the illegal Arab construction in Area C.
Traveling throughout Israel, the AFSI Chizuk missions witness endless illegal Arab construction everywhere. It is totally out of control and must be stopped before it becomes an impossibility.
In retaliation for a rocket launch towards Israel, the IDF attacked a Hamas tunnel in the Gaza Strip overnight Wednesday. The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted the rocket and no injuries or damage were reported.
No calls for both sides to hold to the recent ceasefire agreement is possible when the other side continues its attacks against Israel.
The Airstrike on Syria Observation Post was a Long Time Coming ~Ron Ben Yishai
PM: Israel Will Strike First, Not Wait To Be Attacked ~Gary Willig
Hizbullah Positions Hit by Israeli Missiles on Syria ~Naharnet Newsdesk
Balloon-Borne Bomb From Gaza Explodes Over Israeli Town ~Judah Ari Gross
The Jerusalem District Court on Monday ruled that the Ateret Cohanim association has legal rights over three large areas in strategic locations in the Old City of Jerusalem, currently populated by Arab residents
Ateret Cohanim, which deals with the redemption of land in Jerusalem, is credited with locating the assets and negotiating for their purchase.
“Under certain circumstances, I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank,” US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said in a wide-ranging interview over the weekend.
If Israel made such a move he did not reveal what the US government’s position would be. Friedman did state that some degree of retention of Judea and Samaria would be legitimate.
This marks the first time in history that a US administration has come out in support of Israel retaining parts of its ancestral homeland in Judea and Samaria.
Read the Women in Green’s response to Ambassador Friedman’s remarks.
Trump Administration Green Lights Israel Annexing Parts of Judea and Samaria ~Avi Abelow. AFSI likes Abelow’s article as it explains how under international law Israel has been the ONLY one with rights to Judea and Samaria so there is no need to ANNEX the area. RETAINING it, the word Ambassador Friedman used, is correct and APPLYING SOVEREIGNTY is best.
The Israel Air Force struck several Syrian military positions in southwestern Damascus and Quneitra in retaliation for rockets fired into northern Israel yesterday.
“Last night, two rockets were launched from Syria to Israel, one landing within Israeli territory,” the IDF said. “In response, we struck a number of Syrian Armed Forces military targets. We hold the Syrian regime accountable and will firmly operate against any attempt to harm Israeli civilians.”
Israel will go back to elections as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form coalition.
Exactly one month after the wearing in of the 21st Knesset, a majority of the Knesset voted late Wednesday to disperse themselves and initiate an unprecedented repeat election on September 17.
‘I will do everything in my power to prevent another election,’ President Reuven Rivlin.
‘They’ve got enough turmoil over there, it’s a tough place,’ President Donald Trump
As elections loom, Bennett and Shaked get set to make a comeback ~JNS Brief