John R. Houk
© October 9, 2015
Published by palwatch
Published on Sep 17, 2015
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “We bless you, we bless the Murabitin (those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic), we bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing. Every Martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah.
The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is ours, and they have no right to defile them with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem.”
[Official PA TV, Sept. 16, 2015]
I have posted two Ari Bussel article about murderous Arab Muslim terrorists who call themselves Palestinians and attacked and killed Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin with their four children in their car: “A Blood Sacrifice” and “NO PLACE IS SAFE”. Just as some added info the media that covered the incident in Israel claimed the four children were spared because the Islamic terrorists have had unfavorable responses to past vicious murdering of children along with the parents. Eitam’s brother has said in essence that is a bunch of hooey. The children were spared because one of the Hamas murderers was shot and the Muslim focus was to get out of Dodge before the police and IDF showed up.
Yagil Henkin, the brother of Eitam Henkin, who was shot and killed in last week’s terror attack near the Itamar settlement in the West Bank, spoke out Tuesday in an interview with Army Radio, describing the moment he learned of the murder of his brother and his sister-in-law, Naama. Henkin also discussed the state of the Henkin’s four children, who were present in the vehicle when terrorists murdered their parents.
Henkin’s comments came a day after the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced that security forces had arrested members of a Hamas cell responsible for the attack. An investigation into the attack found that the four children were likely not hurt because one of the terrorists accidentally shot one of his partners, and they were forced to flee.
“Dealing with the question of whether the terrorists took mercy on the children seemed sick to me. There is a lot of history of terror in Israel, and there are many cases in which the children are the targets of the terrorists. The attempts to credit them for the fact that they only murdered the parents and not the children – that seemed ridiculous,” he told Army Radio.
The Shin Bet announced on Monday that a Hamas terrorist cell from Nablus was behind the murder of the Henkins as they drove near Itamar with their four children.
… After the [victims’] car stopped, two members of the cell got out of their car, and fired again, from very short range, on those in the vehicle,” the Shin Bet said.
At this stage, Razak was accidentally shot, dropping his handgun at the scene. It was recovered by security forces. The cell fled to Nablus, 5 km. away. (Brother of terror victim Henkin: It’s ‘sick’ to ask if terrorists took mercy on the children; By MAARIV ONLINE; Jerusalem Post; 10/06/2015 11:12)
And from Israel National News:
The ISA cleared for publication that five Hamas terrorists responsible for the murder have been arrested.
During the course of their interrogation, one – Karam Lutfi Fathi Razek – revealed that he was accidentally shot by a fellow terrorist in the hand during the attack. The two had been shooting at either side of the car’s front row, causing their line of fire to overlap. After the accidental injury, the terrorist dropped his rifle and the five fled back to Shechem.
This mistake may have saved the Henkin children, a senior IDF official stated to Yediot Aharonot Monday night.
“Friendly fire on one member of the group presumably led to the children remaining alive,” the unnamed officer stated.
Earlier in the investigation, another security official theorized that the terrorists never saw the four children in the back of the Henkins’ vehicle. (How One Terrorist’s Mistake Spared the Henkin Children; By Tova Dvorin; Israel National News – Arutz Sheva 7; 10/5/2015, 8:42 PM / Last Update: 10/5/2015, 10:10 PM)
And The Jewish Press:
The investigation revealed that one of the terrorists shot his friend by mistake during the attack, forcing them to flee the scene hastily, which explains why they left alone the children in the back seat of the Henkins’ car. The wounded killer was picked up by security forces from his hospital bed in Shechem.
The cell members, five Hamas operatives from Shechem, were picked up one day after the attack. Several Arabs suspected of helping the cell have also been arrested. The cell was under the command of a released prisoner, a Hamas member, who provided the weapons and planned the attack but did not participate in it personally. (Investigators: Henkin Children Saved by Killers’ Friendly Fire; By JNi.Media; The Jewish Press; 10/5/15)
The fact of the matter Islam directs Muslims to be merciful ONLY if an infidel (kafir) converts to Islam. The children were spared NOT out of mercy but rather out of an inconvenient moment of terrorist friendly fire.
THE ONE THING the American press seems to have ignored (if they even reported the Islamic terrorism at all) is that the murders of the Henkin couple were inspired by Palestine Authority President (also PLO Chairman) Mahmoud Abbas disavowing the Oslo Accords road to a fake Palestinian nation and speaking Jew-hatred against Jews who wanted to express their Judaism at the Temple Mount on Sukkot. Evidently the Muslims are so heartless against Jews that refuse Jewish access to their holiest piece of land in their faith. Yeah, Muslims desecrated the Temple Mount by building two Mosques on the Jewish holy spot after conquering the area from the Byzantines – Truthful but sanitized CBN version – A more graphic History of Jihad version (also briefly held by then Zoroastrian Persians).
Islamic terrorism has been ongoing by attacking Israeli Jews in brutish cowardly fashions that only the so-called Religion of Peace can justify. How can Obama and Establishment Republicans even conceive the formation of an independent Palestinian State? These people – young and old alike – ONLY desire a sovereign land as a base to destroy Israel and kill Jews. It is time to not only get tough with the Arabs that call themselves Palestinians but ALL Muslims who support such violent acts of terrorism and war crimes. It is time for America to develop the courage to approach these barbarians still stuck in a Middle Ages mentality to face a WWII victory goal with extreme prejudice. Thanks to Iran and Russia, the seeds of the next World War have been planted. For God’s sake let’s start preparing a win strategy that means collateral damage for foolish citizens not wise enough to get out of the way.
Below is the Caroline Glick article that shines a light on the circumstances facing Israel’s existence and partially inspired these thoughts.
Column One: Abbas must be stopped
By CAROLINE B. GLICK
October 8, 2015
“The man who propagates this murderous lie and orchestrates the death and mayhem that is its bloody harvest is none other than the West’s favorite Palestinian moderate.”
All the Palestinian terrorist attacks that have been carried out in recent weeks share one common feature. All the terrorists believe that by attacking Jews they are protecting the Temple Mount from destruction.
And why shouldn’t they believe this obscenity? Everywhere they go, every time they turn on their televisions, read the paper, go to school or the mosque they are told that the Jews are destroying al-Aksa Mosque. Al-Aksa, they are told, is in danger. They must take up arms to defend it from the Jews, whatever the cost.
One man stands at the center of this blood libel. The man who propagates this murderous lie and orchestrates the death and mayhem that is its bloody harvest is none other than the West’s favorite Palestinian moderate: PLO chief and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
On September 16 Abbas gave a speech. It was broadcast on PA television and posted on his Facebook page. In it, he incited the Palestinians to kill Jews. In his words, “Al-Aksa Mosque is ours.
They [the Jews] have no right to desecrate it with their filthy feet. We won’t allow them to do so and we will do everything in our power to defend Jerusalem.”
Abbas added, “We bless every drop of blood spilled for Jerusalem. This is clean and pure blood, blood that was spilled for God. It is Allah’s will that every martyr will go to heaven and every wounded [terrorist] will receive God’s reward.”
Two weeks later, Abbas opened his address before the UN General Assembly with the same lies, threats, and incitement.
Almost exactly a year ago, Abbas spewed the same bile in a speech, with the same murderous consequences. In a speech before Fatah’s executive committee last October, Abbas said, “We must prevent them [the Jews] from entering the holy site in every possible way. This is our holy site, this is our al-Aksa and our church [the Church of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter them. They have no right to desecrate them. We must prevent them from entering. We must block them with our bodies to defend our holy sites.”
In subsequent weeks, Abbas’s words were rebroadcast 19 times on Palestinian television.
During that period, Arab terrorists massacred rabbis in prayer at a Jerusalem synagogue, attempted to assassinate human rights activist Yehudah Glick, and murdered Jews standing at light rail stops in the capital.
Eleven Israelis were butchered in that terrorist onslaught.
Then as now, Abbas and his lieutenants not only incited attacks, they incentivized would be perpetrators to kill Jews.
Every year, the same PA that claims perpetual poverty pays more than $100 million to terrorists imprisoned in Israeli jails. Their salaries range between four to seven times the average PA salary, depending on the lethality of the attacks they carried out.
Popular awareness of the financial benefits of terrorist activities has played a critical role in motivating Palestinians to attack Jews. This is made clear by the actions in recent weeks of several of the supposedly “lone wolf” attackers in the hours before they struck. Several of them – like their predecessors in last year’s onslaught – announced their intention to become martyrs to protect al-Aksa from the Jews on their Facebook pages immediately before they carried out their attacks.
Money may be the greatest incentive Abbas and his PA provide for potential terrorists. But it isn’t the only one. There is also the social status they confer on terrorists and their families. Every would-be terrorist knows that if he succeeds in killing Jews, he will be glorified by the Palestinian media and his family will be embraced by the PA establishment – first and foremost by Abbas himself, who has made a habit of meeting with terrorists and their families.
Presently, Israel’s security brass is embroiled in a bitter dispute with our elected leaders regarding the nature of the current terrorist offensive. The dispute bubbled to the surface Wednesday night when the generals used military reporters to criticize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for blaming Abbas for the violence.
The generals insist that Abbas is a good guy.
He’s trying to calm the situation, they argue, and Israel needs to support him.
From the looks of things, the IDF seems to have the upper hand in this fight. This is the only way to read Netanyahu’s announcement Wednesday night that he is barring government ministers and members of Knesset from visiting the Temple Mount until further notice. Netanyahu’s move is nothing less than a signal that he accepts Abbas’s premise that there is something wrong with Jews exercising their right to visit Judaism’s holiest site.
The generals’ rationale for defending Abbas is fairly straightforward. Throughout the current Palestinian terror onslaught they have continued to cooperate with Abbas-controlled Palestinian security forces in Judea and Samaria.
These forces cooperate with the IDF in seeking out and arresting terrorists from Hamas and other groups that are not subordinate to Abbas. The fact that Abbas has ordered his men to work with the IDF has convinced the generals that he is a positive actor. So as they see it, he must be protected.
In their view, Israel must limit its counterterrorism operations to tactical operations against trigger pullers and their immediate commanders and ignore the overarching cause of the violence.
In behaving in this manner, our security brass is being willfully blind to the fact that Abbas is playing a double game. On the one hand, he orders his forces to be nice to IDF officers in Central Command when they fight terrorist cells from Hamas and other groups not loyal to Abbas, and so wins their appreciation.
But on the other hand, Abbas works with those same terrorist forces, incites them to attack, and rewards them for doing so.
Perhaps the most outrageous aspect of the IDF’s insistence that Abbas is critical to its counterterrorism efforts is that the IDF’s own data demonstrate that Abbas has played an insignificant role in quelling terrorist attacks against Israel.
As Jerusalem Post columnist Evelyn Gordon showed in an article in Commentary this week, according to official data, from 2002 when Palestinian terrorist activities in the areas were at their peak until 2007, when Israel began transferring security control over some Palestinian cities to Abbas’s forces, levels of terrorism went down 97 percent. Even after Israel began permitting Abbas to deploy his security forces to Nablus and Jenin, the IDF has continued to operate at will in these areas, often on a nightly basis.
As Gordon noted, the only place Abbas has exercised sole security control was in Gaza. From September 2005, when Israel removed its military forces from Gaza until Hamas expelled Fatah forces from the areas in June 2007, Abbas’s forces had full control over Gaza. During this time, his forces did nothing to prevent Hamas – and Fatah forces – from attacking Israel with thousands of mortars and rockets. His forces did nothing to prevent the massive transfer of advanced weaponry to Gaza from Egypt and Iran.
True, since his forces were routed in Gaza, Abbas has ordered them to work with the IDF in Judea and Samaria to prevent Hamas from overthrowing him. But at the same time, he continuously seeks to form a unity government with Hamas.
He funds Hamas. He glorifies its terrorists. And he refuses to condemn their attacks against Israel.
Moreover, while ordering his men to help the IDF to protect him from Hamas, he leads the diplomatic war against Israel internationally. The goals of that war are to harm Israel’s economy and deny Israel the right to self-defense.
Our political leadership’s reluctance to stand up to the army is understandable. It is nearly impossible to order the IDF to take action it opposes.
At some point though, the government is going to rein in our insubordinate generals. Fortunately, the government doesn’t need the IDF to deal with Abbas and destroy his capacity to foment and direct attacks against Israel.
Our elected officials have the authority to go after the twin foundations Abbas’s terrorist offensive on their own. Those foundations are the incitement and the financial incentives he uses to motivate Palestinians to attack Jews.
On the financial end, the Knesset should pass two laws to dry up the wells of terrorism financing.
First, the Knesset should pass a law stipulating that all property belonging to terrorists, and all property used by terrorists to plan and carry out attacks, will be seized by the government and transferred to the victims of their attacks.
Moreover, all compensation paid to terrorists and their relatives pursuant to their attacks will be seized by the government and transferred to their victims.
The second law would relate to Israel’s practice – anchored in the Oslo Accords that Abbas revoked last month at the UN – of transferring tax revenues to the PA. The Knesset should pass a law prohibiting those transfers unless the Defense Minister certifies that the PA has ceased all terrorism- related activities including incitement, organization, financing, directing and glorifying terrorist attacks and terrorists.
Until he so certifies, all revenues collected should be used to pay PA debts to Israeli institutions and to compensate victims of Palestinian terrorism.
As for the incitement, the government needs to go to the source of the problem – Abbas’s blood libel regarding Jewish rights to the Temple Mount.
As things stand, Abbas is exacting a price in human lives for his obscene anti-Jewish propaganda about our “filthy feet defiling” the most sacred site in Judaism. By barring elected officials from visiting the Temple Mount, not only is the government failing to exact a price for Abbas’ obscene propaganda. It is rewarding him and so inviting Abbas to expand his rhetorical offensive.
To remedy the situation an opposite approach is required. Rather than bar elected officials from visiting the Temple Mount, Netanyahu should encourage them to do so. Just as he sent a letter to Jordan’s King Abdullah telling him that Israel is preserving the status quo on the Temple Mount, so he should write a similar letter to our lawmakers.
In his letter, Netanyahu should say that in keeping with the status quo, which protects the rights of members of all religions to freely enter the Temple Mount, so he commits the government to protect the rights of all believers of all religions to ascend the Mount.
The Palestinian terrorist onslaught now raging against us is not spontaneous. Abbas has incited it and is directing it. To stop this assault, Israel must finally take action against Abbas and his machinery of war. Anything less can bring us nothing more than a temporary respite in the carnage that Abbas will be free to end whenever he wishes.
Don’t Hate Jews – Fiercely Join Them against Terrorism
John R. Houk
© October 9, 2015
Abbas must be stopped
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About Caroline B. Glick
I grew up in Chicago’s ultra-liberal Hyde Park neighborhood. Hyde Park’s most famous resident is Barack Obama.
I made aliyah to Israel in 1991, two weeks after receiving my BA in Political Science from another radical liberal stronghold — Columbia University in New York, otherwise known as Beir Zeit on the Hudson.
I joined the Israel Defense Forces that summer and served as an officer for five and a half years.
From 1994-1996, as an IDF captain, I served as Coordinator of Negotiations with the PLO in the office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. In this capacity I was a core member of Israel’s negotiating team with the Palestinians.
In 1997 and 1998 I served as assistant foreign policy advisor Binyamin Neta[n]yahu during his first stint as Prime Minister.
From 1998-2000 I returned to the US for graduate school. I received a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Although I spent most of my free time hiking in New England, it did not escape my attention that much of the faculty at the Kennedy School was not particularly fond of America, (Alinsky’s organizing methods were taught in a required first year course for MPP candidates) — or of Israel.
The latter truth was exposed for all the world to see when my former professor Steve Walt co-wrote the updated version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion with his friend from my childhood hometown – University of Chicago’s John Mearshimer.
After I finished graduate school I returned to Israel and …READ THE REST