‘Israel must prepare for an Iranian attack in the near future’

Arab affairs correspondent Zvi Yehezkeli says both Israel and US understand Iran may attack again in the near future.

103 FM, 06/12/19 14:54

 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Reuters

Zvi Yehezkeli, Channel 13‘s Arab affairs correspondent, warned that the US forces said that Iran is prepared to launch another provocative attack.

“US reports show that the Iranians are prepared for another provocative attack,” Yehezkeli told 103FM Radio. “The assumption that the more Iranians are worried about their home, the less likely they are to attack outsiders is mistaken. That’s why this meeting was held, and that’s the reason for the US pressure. The Iranians understand that their strength comes from provoking the West, that that’s where they build their strength and build their deterrence.”

“It’s clear that in the US, [US President Donald] Trump doesn’t want to be militarily involved with Iran. They prefer sanctions. But that is also provocative. Look at the maps of where Iran’s weapons are located, they’ve placed medium-range weapons in Iraq, they sent parts of advanced weapons to Yemen, they increased their presence in Syria, and it doesn’t stop. I think that the Israeli attacks or American shouts do not stop the Iranians. That’s the bottom line regarding what’s happening in the area right now.

When you talk about the Iranians preparing for more attacks, does that include possibly against us as well?

“Yes. Don’t forget that we’re still preparing. I will remind you that we still have a score to settle with them after their last attack in Syria, when they fired some missiles at Mount Hermon and Israel began a widescale attack. You think the Iranians forgot about that? That Qasem Soleimani fell asleep? No. There’s a saying that ‘revenge is best served cold,’ or very cold, if we’re talking about the Iranians.”

Meaning you think Israel should be preparing for that possibility?

“Yes, I think that Israel is already preparing for that possibility. You don’t need secret reports in order to see that the Americans’ behavior and the Israelis’ behavior says that the Iranians are working on a kind of provocative attack. I don’t know how strong it’ll be or where exactly it’ll be, but we’ve seen at lesat six of those kinds of attacks throughout this year.

“I’ll note the large attack on a Saudi oil field, as well as the downing of a US UAV and the suspicious sinking of ships in the Hormuz Straits. There are a lot of ways to provoke – with approval, without approval. But what we do need to understand is that the Iranians are working on it

“This week in The New York Times there was a horrific article about 100 protesters [in Iran] who hid in a sugar cane field and thought the Revolutionary Guards didn’t see them. They surrounded them quietly and murdered all of the 100 by shooting at them, until the families came and evacuated their bodies. That’s Iran today, and if you think that the protests there weakened it – exactly the opposite is happening. Note that the more Iran chokes from sanctions, the more it attacks the region. Note the huge rise in the number of attacks agaiinst Israeli, Arab, and US interests in the region.”

So Israel is preparing, or needs to prepare, for an Iranian attack.

“Certainly. Both the Israelis and the Americans are preparing for a kind of Iranian reaction, which will certainly come at some point in the future.”

Bennett to EU: ‘We’ll destroy your construction in Area C’

Defense Min. Bennett: Funding illegal construction in Judea and Samaria a ‘waste of money.’

 

Arutz Sheva Staff, 06/12/19 11:41

 

Naftali Bennett

Naftali Bennett                                                                                                                Reuters

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett (New Right) met this week with European Union’s (EU) ambassador in Israel, telling him that Israel’s defense organizations are no longer willing to make peace with the uncontrolled illegal construction in Area C encouraged and funded by Europe.

According to a Makor Rishon report, Bennett said that the defense system intends to destroy all illegal construction in areas under complete Israeli control, including that which Europeans funded.

Attending the meeting were representatives from Germany, France, Italy, Holland, and Denmark.

In a security briefing, Bennett spoke with the representatives about the actions Israel took to prevent Iran from entrenching itself in Syria, the situation with Gaza, and the illegal construction in Area C of Judea and Samaria, which he described as “a waste of money.”

“If you want to invest in the Palestinians, it’s worth focusing on humanitarian activities and not illegal construction,” Bennett said.

The representatives responded negatively to the statement, but did not argue.

Under the Oslo Accords, Judea and Samaria were divided into three parts: Area A is under full Palestinian Authority (PA) civil and security control. Area B is under PA civil control, while Israel controls security. Area C is under full Israeli civil and security control.

While Arabs live in all three areas, Jews are confined to Area C only, and accidentally entering Area A presents a risk to a Jew’s life.

For several years, the EU has been breaching the Oslo Accords by funding an “illegal PA takeover” of Area C, in an attempt to allow the PA to annex it illegally.

Parsha Ve’Yetze : What’s mine is yours….

“This is none other than the house of G-d”

(Genesis 28:17)

Kislev 8, 5780/December 6, 2019

A beautiful thing happened on Yaakov avinu’s (our patriarch Jacob) way to Haran. Yaakov was both fleeing from the wrath of his brother Esau, (who swore to kill Yaakov after Yaakov, disguised as Esau, received father Yitzchak’s blessing that was intended for Esau), and was also journeying to his mother’s home town of Haran, in pursuit of a suitable bride for himself. Simultaneously fleeing from danger and setting out in search of his destiny, Yaakov makes a stop at nightfall in a place called Luz, gathers twelves stones together and places them, perhaps for protection from wild beasts, (as our sages suggest), around his head, and lays down to sleep.

“Vayasem mera’ashotav -and he placed them at his head,” (Genesis 28:11) is an unusual use of Hebrew to express the simple action that Yaakov was taking, and is, in fact, just one of many half-hidden clues embedded in our story, intimating the far-reaching significance of what is really transpiring. “Mera’ashotav – at his head,” is strikingly reminiscent of Torah’s very first word, “Beresheet – in the beginning,” and this similarity, in conjunction with the Hebrew word “Hamakom – the place” and the mention of stones (avanim), leads us to understand that the Torah is in fact teaching us about the Foundation Stone – even hashetiyah – from which the world was created in the beginning of time. This Foundation Stone, of course, is the very same Foundation Stone upon which the Ark of the Covenant rests in the Holy of Holies in the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem! And the expression HaMakom – The Place – refers to none other than the place of the Holy Temple. Yaakov was speaking the truth when, upon awakening from his visionary dream, he stated, “‘Indeed, HaShem is in this place (HaMakom), and I did not know it… How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of G-d, and this is the gate of heaven.'” (ibid 28:16-17)

Having dreamed of a ladder planted firmly on the earth and extending to the heavens, with angels ascending and descending, Yaakov couldn’t have been more on the mark in his realization upon wakening, that this place, this same place where Avraham bound his son Yitzchak upon G-d’s command, and where Noach and Cain and Abel and Adam and Chava all built their altars in previous generations, was the House of G-d, the property of HaShem. And Yaakov was startled and even terrified when he made this discovery.

But Yaakov’s discovery upon awakening was in direct contradiction to the message of his dream, in which “HaShem was standing over him, and He said, “I am HaShem, the G-d of Avraham your father, and the G-d of Yitzchak; the land upon which you are lying to you I will give it and to your seed. And your seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and you shall gain strength westward and eastward and northward and southward; and through you shall be blessed all the families of the earth and through your seed. And behold, I am with you, and I will guard you wherever you go, and I will restore you to this land, for I will not forsake you until I have done what I have spoken concerning you.” (ibid 28:13-15)

So to whom did this tiny parcel of land upon which Yaakov slept, (of which our sages say contained within its diminutive perimeter the entire length and breadth of the land of Israel, all rolled up, as it were, in this place, for the purpose of verifying G-d’s words), belong? Did it belong to Yaakov and his seed, as G-d claimed, or did it belong to G-d, as Yaakov insisted upon awakening and stating “This is none other than the house of G-d, and this is the gate of heaven.”

The beauty of this O. Henry-like conundrum, is not merely that both parties are correct in their insistence that the place – HaMakom – belongs to the other, but that this very dispute embodies the deepest expression of love and represents the making of a covenant between Yaakov, on behalf of himself and his seed, for generations to come, and G-d: What’s mine is yours – the House of G-d is also the House of Yaakov, as conveyed by the prophet Isaiah, “And many peoples shall go, and they shall say, ‘Come, let us go up to HaShem’s mount, to the house of the G-d of Yaakov, and let Him teach us of His ways, and we will go in His paths,’ for out of Zion shall the Torah come forth, and the word of HaShem from Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 2:3)

To paraphrase the classic lines from Casablanca, “Of all the the places (HaMakom) in all the towns in all the world, he (Yaakov) walks into Mine!” Of course, Yaakov didn’t merely happen to walk into and lay down his head and go to sleep upon the place of the House of G-d – the Holy Temple – but was led there by G-d and by his love for and faith in G-d. Until now Yaakov was concerned with attaining his father’s blessing. Now he has received G-d’s blessing. Your house is My house and My house is yours – this is the perfect description of all that the Holy Temple would become, and why it is so precious in G-d’s eyes and in the hearts of the sons of Yaakov, the children of Israel. To further quote from the movies, this nightime encounter between Yaakov and G-d was surely “the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” And, of course, “We will always have Jerusalem – the place of the Holy Temple, the House of the G-d of Yaakov!”

SOURCE: The Temple Institute Rabbi Chaim Richman

 

ANALYSIS: Why is Jordan’s increasingly hostile to Israel?

Arutz Sheva – Israel National News

Jordan demands Israeli mayors remove religious items, conducts military exercise against Israeli ‘invasion.’

 

Yochanan Visser, 04/12/19 17:22

 

King Abdullah II

King Abdullah II

Reuters

A serious incident on the Jordanian Israeli border near Eilat on Tuesday once again showed how Jordan has become a hostile entity for Israel and information provided by two members of the Jordanian opposition in exile sheds new light on the behavior of King Abdullah II.

The incident at the Jordanian-Israeli border near Eilat involved a large group of Israeli deputy-mayors who wanted to travel to the ancient city of Petra in Jordan but were humiliated by Jordanian border guards.

The Jordanians ordered the group to remove their yarmulkes, Tzitzit (fringed religious garments) and other Jewish symbols after which they confiscated them.

Most delegates refused to take the items off, however, after which the whole group decided to cancel the trip and to return to a hotel in Eilat.

This wasn’t the first time Jordanian border guards demanded Jews remove religious items but the timing of this incident indicated that relations with Jordan indeed hit an all-time low as King Abdullah II recently said during a visit to the United States.

Last week the Jordanian army conducted a large-scale drill involving F-16 warplanes and helicopters and the aim of the drill was simulating a war with Israel as became apparent from a report by the official Jordanian news agency Petra.

The aim of the exercise was “destroying the vanguard of the enemy and the bridges that can be used as crossing points,” according to Abdullah’s mouthpiece.

Over the past two months other incidents such as the arrest and trial of Konstatin Kotov, a Russian Israeli citizen, and the subsequent refusal to release the man after Israel made a concession and released two Jordanians who were held in custody for terrorist activity indicate something is changing in the relations between the two countries and not for the better.

Most observers say that the King’s behavior toward Israel should be understood as a sign of displeasure with Israel’s policies toward the Palestinian Arabs but members of the Jordanian opposition beg to differ.

Israeli analyst Amos Harel, for example, thinks the war simulating drill was a message of anger toward Israel over the plan to annex the Jordan Valley.

“Which mysterious, unnamed country is threatening Jordan from the west?” Harel wrote adding that “the exercise meshes with the clear anti-Israel rhetoric being heard recently in the Jordanian media.”

It’s true that Abdullah expressed his anger over the Israeli plan to annex the Jordan Valley and warned it would have “major consequences” for Israeli Jordanian relations but Abed Almaala, the son of the late elder of elders of the large (1 million people) Bani Hassan tribe in Jordan and a member of the Jordanian opposition in exile says internal problems cause the King’s deliberate escalation of the hostilities against Israel.

Almaala said during an interview with Arutz 7 that respect for the King, who according to Jordanian law can’t be insulted ( read criticized) because he’s a descendant of the Prophet Mohammed, has disappeared.

Jordan nears bankruptcy Amaala said and pointed to the fact that virtually every Jordanian knows the King and his family (100 persons) spent $2 billion annually on their lavish lifestyle while the average Jordanian is living close or below the poverty line.

“The regime is done” it may take a few months or maximal a year or two before Abdullah will be forced out of his palace according to Almaala.

He effectively confirmed what the Israeli intelligence service Mossad reported to Yesha Council head Danny Dayan at the end of 2014: the Hashemite Kingdom “will be replaced within a generation.”

A recent video showing a demonstration against the King by members of the influential Bani Hassan tribe and videos about earlier demonstrations seem to support Almaala’s claim that the regime of King Abdullah is in danger.

The demonstrators angrily shouted that they would attack the King’s palace and that Abdullah and his family would not be able to sleep anymore while they threatened to kidnap tourists in order to deprive the King of his wealth.

Mudar Zahran, the leader of the Jordanian opposition in exile, said during an interview with Arutz 7 that “people don’t understand the magnitude of what is happening with the King.”

Abdullah is trying to contain a slowly increasing uprising against him according to Zahran and Israel and the United States are not paying enough attention to what’s happening.

The opposition is slowly “making the King bleed to death,” Zahran said adding that Israel should understand that Abdullah has become an enemy of the Jewish state.

The Jordanian ruler is also collaborating with Iran according to the Jordanian Palestinian leader.

The Iranians have a permanent intelligence team in Amman which is advising Abdullah on how to deal with the increasing demonstrations against Zahran claimed.

He also said that Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) which is exporting the revolution, had paid a secret visit to Jordan four months ago.

Israel will witness more Jordanian hostility Zahran predicted and it will only increase more as long as Abdullah’s rule is in danger.

“This man is a mutual enemy” the opposition leader said adding that he warned Israel already a decade ago about what is happening now.

He recalled that Abdullah was the only Arab leader who supported the nuclear deal with Iran and sent Jordanian jihadist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi to Iraq where he became the leader of the local Al-Qaeda branch and led the battle against the US army in Fallujah.

Palestinians???

Palestinians??? The Arabs exercised their right to self-determinism when they voted for Abdullah I the King of Jordan to be their sovereign at the December 1948 Jericho Conference. Then they tried to overthrow the Hashemites during “Black September 1970” and now they claim the Oslo Accords gives them rights. Under Oslo they exercise full autonomy so what Arabs is it that she [Ilhan Omar] talking about??? In 1977, Zuheir Mohsen, PLO Executive Council member, articulated the goals of the new “peoplehood” strategy saying, “The Palestinian people does not exist…. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel…. It is only for political and tactical reasons that we speak today about…the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism.”
Moreover, As Hamas Minister of the Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad speaking on Al-Hekma TV said in March 2012: “Brothers, half of the Palestinians are Egyptians and the other half are Saudis. Who are the Palestinians? We have many families called Al-Masri, whose roots are Egyptian. Egyptian! They may be from Alexandria, from Cairo, from Dumietta, from the North, from Aswan, from Upper Egypt. We are Egyptians…”

UN commemorates Jewish refugees from Middle East, North Africa

Ambassador Danon: “I will propose resolution that will reaffirm the Jewish refugees’ place in history.”

 

Arutz Sheva Staff, 05/12/19 01:03

 

Elan Carr, Ambassador Danon, Sarah Idan

Elan Carr, Ambassador Danon, Sarah Idan

Israel Mission to the UN

On Wednesday at the UN headquarters in New York, the Israeli Mission to the UN held an event to commemorate the Jewish refugees from North Africa and the Middle East, in coordination with JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa).

This public event was heavily attended by ambassadors from around the world, UN officials, and members of the community, and featured speeches by Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, Elan Carr, the US State Department’s Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism Elan Carr, and Sarah Idan, the former Miss Iraq.

The event was held one day after the annual UN General Assembly plenary session that commemorates the passage of Resolution 181 “Partition Plan” on November 29, 1947. The day features resolutions that highlight the Palestinian refugees, but ignore the Jewish refugees.

In his remarks, Ambassador Danon stated that this custom of “denying the rights of Jewish refugees” is an attempt “to erase them from the narrative and an antisemitic historic injustice.”

To correct this, the ambassador is “going to propose a resolution that will reaffirm the Jewish refugees place in history and assure that their rights are recognized. I can see no legitimate reason for any member state to oppose the resolution. The choice to commemorate the national day of remembering Jewish refugees forced out of Arab countries and Iran in the 20th century on the 30th of November is no coincidence. It is the day after the important resolution of November 29th where this institution recognized the importance of forming a Jewish state in Israel.”

Ambassador Danon drew a connection between the initiation of hostilities against the Jewish people following the passage of Resolution 181 and the beginning of the Jewish refugee crisis.

“It was right after this announcement that pogroms and violence forced people to flee their homes. The hate, the anti-Semitism expressed by countries had nothing to do with borders. The idea of a Jewish state in Israel was enough to reignite the simmering flame of antisemitism and have countries turn on their own citizens,” he said.

Special Envoy Carr stated that “in order to fight antisemitism whether it be in Europe or anywhere else, it has to be acknowledged that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.”

He continued, “Jew hatred is Jew hatred whether it is focused on the Jew down the street or the Jew in the diaspora or the Jewish state.”

In her remarks, Sarah Idan spoke about visiting Israel following the revocation of her Iraqi citizenship after she posted a photo taken with Miss Israel. She went “to learn more about this tiny country that so many Arab states see as an enemy and threat. I was very surprised and especially touched by the experience of visiting the Babylonian Heritage Museum on Or Yehuda – which serves as a center to honor the heritage and history of Iraqi Jews. I was born in Baghdad…and felt very connected to the Iraqi Jews I met in Jerusalem who welcomed me with open arms and with so much love, even though my country treated them unfairly. I was overwhelmed when I saw pictures of Iraqi government stamps on their passport saying ‘one-way exit – not allowed to return’. I told them I was utterly ashamed.”

In her comments, she also stated that anti-Semitism served as a cause of the Jewish refugees: “Sadly, the 3,000-year chapter of Jewish life in Iraq, along with the larger Middle East and North Africa came to an abrupt and traumatic end – and much of this is the result of anti-Semitism.”

Nathaniel Malka spoke on behalf of JIMENA, saying, “Without remembrance, there cannot be truth; without truth, there cannot be justice; without justice, there cannot be reconciliation; without reconciliation, there cannot be peace. We are here today for remembrance. We recall the history of my ancestors and the rest of the million Jews who left North African and Middle Eastern lands under duress in the last century. Let me wish you all strength in your work toward reconciliation, enabled by the justice required for it, determined with truth and built over the remembrance we undertake today and increasingly all the other days of the year.”

Jerusalem Declaration on Justice for Jews from Arab Countries

Y’rushalayim Declaration – “Justice for Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries”

10 Sep 2012

 

We, the participants of the conference “Justice for Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries”, hereby declare that we fully support the rights of Jews displaced, expelled or who fled Arab countries, to justice, rights and redress. Jews lived in these lands for more than two millennia, a thousand years before the rise of Islam. However, they were subjugated to an inferior status, undergoing sporadic violence and constant repression.

On the eve of the establishment of the State of Israel, the Arab world severely reacted to the development of the Jewish national liberation movement – Zionism. This hostility was reflected in a harsh and brutal assault on the Jewish communities coupled with an intensification of pogroms and other forms of violence. Official decrees and legislation enacted by Arab regimes denied human and civil rights to Jews, expropriated their property, stripped them of their citizenship, and other means of livelihood. Jews were often victims of murder, arbitrary arrest, detention, torture, and expulsions. Between the years of 1947 and 1972, around 900,000 Jews from Arab countries left to Israel and other countries.

As the organizing body in the Arab world and the organization which drafted legislation against the Jewish communities in 1947, we hold the Arab League responsible for the exodus of Jews from Arab countries. The plight of the Arab refugees was recognized by officials from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, in United Nations resolutions and by leaders and parliaments around the world. Neither the mass violations of human rights, nor the displacement of Jews from Arab countries, have ever been adequately addressed by the international community.

We welcome the actions by the Israeli government to push for justice, rights and redress for the Jewish refugees from Arab countries in all forums and in all peace negotiations with its neighbors.

Furthermore, we support the efforts of the Israeli Government to document the assets lost or appropriated when the Jews were forced to leave their countries of origin. According to a Knesset law passed in 2010, the Israeli government must include the issue of providing compensation for loss of property to Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran, including communal property in these countries, in any negotiations to achieve peace in the Middle East.

We call on the Jewish refugees from Arab countries, to document their personal stories and provide testimony regarding stolen property in the framework of the project of documentation under the aegis of the Ministry for Senior Citizens, which is based on a government decision.

These testimonies will constitute the basis for raising this issue in international forums.

We welcome the intention of the Government of Israel to institute a day on the national calendar to remember the Jewish communities in the Arab world and their subsequent uprooting from their countries of birth.

In addition, we encourage the Government of Israel to continue investing in the recognition of the heritage of Jews from Arab countries and inclusion of this heritage in educational and cultural institutions in Israel. This includes the establishment of a national center of commemoration and making this issue a core part of the educational curriculum.

We call on world Jewry and friends of Israel to keep this issue on the international agenda as an issue of human rights and justice.

We call on the United Nations Secretary General to place the issue of Jewish refugees from Arab countries on the agenda of the United Nations and its affiliated forums.

Finally, we call on state parliaments around the world to pass legislation recognizing the historic injustice and suffering of the Jews who were expelled, forced out or who fled Arab countries.