Here are some recent news stories you might have missed. The headlines—and the comments—are from December 23-26, 2013:
The war against Israel
- After Palestinian pressure --NBC denies plans to shoot TV series in [Israel’s] East Jerusalem (12/23/13, Haaretz)
- Statistics: Terror Attacks Increase As Talks Progress (12/23/13, Arutz Sheva)
- Bennett blames PA incitement for recent wave of terrorism (12/25/13, Jerusalem Post)
- IDF soldiers fire at, hit Palestinian placing bomb on Gaza-Israel border (12/23/13, Jerusalem Post)
- As tensions mount in Gaza, UN's Ban warns against further retaliatory strikes from Israel (12/24/13, Jerusalem Post)
-Hundreds protest against Egypt's jailing of activists (12/23/13, Jerusalem Post)
- ‘IDF killed 2 terrorists, thwarted bombing on Gaza border’ (12/25/13, Times of Israel)
- Liberman: Rearrest Palestinian who called for soldier kidnappings (12/25/13, Times of Israel)
- Defense Minister Ya'alon blames PA for escalation (12/25/13, Ynet)
-Defense minister: Israel is prepared for further escalation in violence (12/25/13, Haaretz)
-Russian Experts Confirm: Arafat Died of Natural Causes (12/26/13, Arutz Sheva)
-PA Arab Attempts to Run Over Policeman (12/26/13, Arutz Sheva)
-Shin Bet arrests Gazan suspected of planning [another] sniper attack on IDF (12/26/13, Haaretz)
-Report: Hamas Gathering Long-Range Rockets (12/26/13, Arutz Sheva)
-Turkish economy minister resigns over graft probe, denies wrongdoing (12/25/13, Jerusalem Post)
- Egypt army says car bomb used in Nile Delta blast [at least 11 killed, 100+ wounded] (12/24/13, Jerusalem Post)
- Activists say 2013 a dark year for Saudi rights (12/25/13, Times of Israel)
The Leftist war against Israel
- Peri: Increase in West Bank violence doesn't equate 3rd intifada (12/23/13, Jerusalem Post)
- Israeli Hi-tech Boomed in 2013 (12/25/13, Arutz Sheva)
Business Week magazine came to the Middle East this news cycle. It came to report on Israel. The magazine didn’t come with moral hypocrisy on its lips. It came with truth.
It gave its 2013 reading of Israel’s high-tech and biotech sectors: in almost every respect, business increased in these sectors. The increases took place in investments, salaries and a series of impressive ‘exits’.
Business Week described just one aspect of how Israel becomes a Light unto the nations. In Israel’s mobile and web sectors, Israeli companies saw a 52 per cent rise in demand during the first half of 2013—a trend that continued (for the most part) through November. Start-ups founded in 2013 raised over $380 million. Israel’s Internet start-ups attracted almost 97 million dollars in ‘angel’ money.
Business Week says it doesn’t see any changes in these trends for 2014—and beyond.
Israel is hot.
It’s no coincidence that Israel business is hot just as demonization, delegitimization and terror-talk grow more intense each week. It’s not coincidence at all. Instead, it’s the G-d of Israel talking to you. He’s reminding you not to believe everything you read about Israel-the-evil.
-White House: No Current Plans to Release Pollard (12/23/13, Arutz Sheva)
- Report: Prime Minister to Demand Pollard's Release (12/23/13, Arutz Sheva)
- 106 Israeli MKs appeal to Obama to release Pollard (12/25/13, Times of Israel)
Jonathan Pollard is not going to go away. He’s still in prison—and after 29 years, that continuing imprisonment doesn’t sit well any more with Israelis (“PM: Spying on Israel Unacceptable”). For the second consecutive news cycle, calls go out for his release. This time, 106 Members of Israel’s 120-seat Knesset—including, it is said, two Arab MKs—have issued a call for release.
In addition, Israel’s most famous former prisoner of war, Gilad Shalit, has issued his own statement about Pollard. The statement was simple but, in its own way, elegant: “After Israel has released terrorists with blood on their hands as a gesture to the Palestinians,” he wrote, “a return gesture is all that is being requested.”
Both of these requests have come just days after information about US spying on Israel hit Israel’s news sites. These reports make President Obama’s refusal to release Pollard look less morally acceptable each day: the US appears to have been just as much a spy as Pollard—if not worse (“Leaving Pollard in jail is now officially absurd”). Therefore, how can Obama claim its spying on Israel is a justifiable action and, in the same breath, claim that keeping Pollard locked up is proper?
We shall see where all of this leads. The spy reports keep Pollard in the news. Will he become part of a ‘peace’ deal to be brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry?
There’s speculation that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could emand a Pollard release in order to continue peace negotiations (“PM to Demand Release of Pollard for Progress with PA”). How will the US handle such a demand?
More important for Israel, what will Netanyahu do if the US balks at such a demand?
Don’t go away. The Big Show may begin sooner than you think.