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ANOTHER PALESTINIAN TERROR ATTACK IN JERUSALEM

Wednesday's latest terror attack caught on camera (photo credit: security footage)

 Jerusalem: It was only a matter of time - a Palestinian terrorist has again driven his vehicle at high speed into Israelis at a crowded intersection in Jerusalem. One Israeli border policeman was killed and thirteen other people were injured, several of them seriously. After deliberately crashing into the Israelis near a light rail station, the terrorist jumped from his van wielding an iron bar and clubbed bystanders. More policemen arrived quickly to shoot dead the attacker. Hamas has claimed responsibility for what it termed "the heroic running over operation." The assailant has been identified as Ibrahim Akari, a thirty-five year old resident from the nearby Shuafat refugee camp. He was the brother of one of the terrorists released by Israel in exchange for the kidnapped Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. The brother, who had murdered another policeman, was banished from Israel to Turkey, where President Erdogan has reportedly permitted Hamas to set up shop.

The Israeli authorities have now decided to place massive cement blocks to separate the roads and the light rail thereby preventing Palestinian vehicles from driving into the light rail stops.

 Just two weeks ago, another terrorist drove his vehicle into another train stop, killing a three-month-old Israeli baby and a young woman. In fact, that attack was at the next station on the light rail. That terrorist was also killed by security forces. Since then over one thousand policemen have been stationed in the area between East Jerusalem, which was captured by the IDF in the 1967 war, and other Jewish neighborhoods that has been the scene of mounting Palestinian rioting recently. Although there was a strong police presence in the area, the terrorist still managed to execute his deadly attack. One of the problems is that the new light rail tracks run along streets in Jerusalem, allowing Palestinian terrorists to simply wait for one the trains to let off its passengers and then drive into them at high speed. The Israeli authorities have now decided to place massive cement blocks to separate the roads and the light rail thereby preventing Palestinian vehicles from driving into the light rail stops. They should have considered it before, because whenever the terrorists find a tactic that works, like two weeks ago, they will tend to repeat it in the near future. The Minister of Public Security has also recommended that the homes of terrorists be demolished as a possible deterrent.

 

Abbas has declared that Jews have absolutely 'no right to even visit the Temple Mount and their very presence defiles it!”

 Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has blamed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the upsurge in terrorism by inciting them against Israel. Reacting to the latest attack, Netanyahu said Abbas bears direct responsibility for the violence. In fact, Abbas paid a visit of condolence to the family of the Palestinian who killed the Israeli baby and woman in the former driving attack. The Palestinian leader has also accused Israel of planning to change the status quo on the Temple Mount, the site of the First and Second Jewish Temples, and where the Muslims later built the Al Aksa mosque. The current status quo stipulates the Muslims can pray on the Temple Mount and Jews can visit the site, without praying. But Abbas has declared that Jews have absolutely 'no right to even visit the Temple Mount and their very presence defiles it!”

 

Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 Nevertheless, Israel's leader has repeatedly declared the government has no intention of altering the status quo. However some Jewish zealots and Right wing Knesset Members have been campaigning for altering the status quo to enable Jews to also pray on the Temple Mount, and want to eventually rebuild the Jewish Temple there. In fact, a Palestinian has shot and critically wounded Yehuda Glick, who has been advocating a rebuilding of the Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. It is worth noting that the Chief Rabbis have prohibited Jews from praying there for strictly religious reasons. Neighboring Jordan has a special role in preserving the status quo on the Temple Mount, and Netanyahu has reportedly made a special visit to the monarchy to assure King Abdullah there is no Israeli plan to change things on the Temple Mount. But some of Netanyahu's own Likud MKs have been pouring fuel on the flames - a day before the latest attack, Tzipi Hotovely visited the Temple Mount, declaring that it's high time the Jews have the right to pray at their own biblical temples. 

 

 Israel and Obama's midterm debacle…

 

"This is probably the biggest thing President Obama will do in his second term on foreign policy. This is health care for us, just to put it in context."

 How will U.S. President Barack Obama react to his failure to win a vote of confidence in the midterms? If it's true that Obama's hands are now tied in domestic affairs, will he now turn to foreign policy where he might be able to exercise executive privilege in order to achieve a bad nuclear deal with Iran? In January, his deputy National Security Adviser, Ben Rhodes, spoke about an Iranian agreement being the crowning glory of Obama's second term. According to an audio recording acquired by the Washington Free Beacon, Rhodes said: "This is probably the biggest thing President Obama will do in his second term on foreign policy. This is health care for us, just to put it in context." However it appears the experts are still at odds about whether a 'lame duck' president will be able to circumvent the need for the U.S. Senate's approval in order to wrap up a nuclear treaty with Iran. Does anyone still believe the Revolutionary Guards and Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will give up their vision of acquiring nuclear weapons?

 

 

 

 David Essing

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