Security gate: Ma'aléh Levoná, Samaria, Israel. 10 Elul, 5767
While Sitting at the Gate
What better time and place is there to update you on the security situation here than sitting guard at the gate of the village? Of course, it is necessary to interrupt writing to check entrants to the village, but something interesting may occur…
Arutz Sheva reported that a soldier was wounded at Sínjel, an Arab village that is at the bottom of the "ma'aléh," the high hill upon which Ma'aléh Levoná sits near the Jewish villages of Shiló and 'Elí. According to the report, "[a] shooting attack in the village of Sínjil, near Ramallah, was also claimed by the Al-Aksa Brigades. 'Our warriors were engaged in an armed battle with the soldiers in the Israeli military patrol and we managed to inflict direct casualties among the soldiers and our men returned to their bases safely,' the group faxed Arabic news agencies."
The Arutz Sheva report did not mention Ma'aléh Levoná, Shiló or 'Elí, and from the title, one would never have known that there had been an Arab terror attack down the hill from us here.
When I asked the young soldier whom I was replacing about this attack either she was ignorant of it, or she feigned ignorance of it.
But it was clear from the text of the report, and from the claims of the Arabs themselves, who was responsible for the attack — Fatah, whom Mahmoud Abbas heads. The el-Aqsa Brigades are a branch of Fatah, and are on his payroll. This means that they are also on the payroll of the American taxpayer, which is sending aid to Mahmoud Abbas' regime. That is not all the American taxpayer foots the bill for. The following was also in the Arutz Sheva report cited above:
Fatah in Gaza Declares Rocket War on Israel Al-Aksa Brigades terrorists in Gaza have announced that they are starting to launch hundreds of rockets and mortar shells at Israeli towns and cities.
The group named its campaign, calling it 'Hole in the Wall II.'
There's more. World Net Daily reports on how a terrorist describes how U.S. training helps them to attack and kill Jews:
"I do not think that the operations of the Palestinian resistance would have been so successful and would have killed more than 1,000 Israelis since 2000 and defeated the Israelis in Gaza without these [American] trainings," said Abu Yousuf, a senior officer of Abbas' Force 17 Presidential Guard unit in Ramallah.
The long and the short of it is that the United States maintains a base in Jericho to train Arab sharpshooters. These sharpshooters then turn their expertise on us in Israel, according to the article. Just the kind of thing to make a guy sitting guard at a village gate relax, let me tell you. And G-d help us if we actually chase Arab terrorists.
So the next time someone scribbles about how We Caused Palestinian Suffering: Let's Fix It or exclaims how No American President can stand up to Israel, but you can!, bear in mind that the M16 I carry is not for shooting foxes, wolves or coyotes. It is to protect the village of Ma'al'éh Levoná from the South Syrian murdering terrorists blandly called "poor Palestinians" — the American financed so-called "Arab moderates".
I should point out that not all Arabs are murdering terrorists.
A few minutes ago, a small car pulled up to the gate. The driver stopped the car outside of the gate, got out of the car, and asked me for directions to an Arab village. I didn't know the village or how to get there, but I asked the driver if he knew how to get to the village from Sínjel. He nodded, so I told him how to get to Sínjel. He got back in his car, and drove off as peacefully as could be.
A Country Losing Its Way
I wish I could write in this update that the government of the State actually cared if we lived or died and took its security concerns seriously. I can't do that without lying to you.
The People's Republic of Tel Aviv and the puppet régime it controls in Jerusalem has decided in its great wisdom to end the program of "haftaHát tziburít" – public security guards on the buses that run in the cities and towns of the country as of 1 September. According to Hamas, "suicide bombing attacks against Israel were justified, especially attacks in buses. He rejected the historical Jewish connection to the Land of Israel and stated that Hamas’ avowed intention was to wipe Israel off the face of the map."
So we can expect the suicide bombers to be back riding our buses and killing people after 1 September. After all, every Jew killed in a terror attack is one less that needs to be killed in a "glorious Arab liberation" of this country from its rightful owners.
The Government is considering evacuating children from S'derót. Once the children are evacuated, why should the adults stay? The government refuses to take seriously the defense of S'derót from Arab rocket attacks. It refuses to deal with what has amounted to an Arab all out rocket assault against the city and surrounding areas. Kibbutz Qissufim, whose residents cheered on the expulsion of their Jewish neighbors from Gush Qatif two years ago, has been forced to evacuate its own residents because of the refusal of the government to take seriously the Qassam bombardment of the southwest. There is some justice in the world.
While all this is going on, our government is engaged in "secret" talks at various levels with the Mahmoud Abbas régime. On the table is all the territory outside of the separation fence, that is to say almost all of Judea and Samaria (including Ma'aléh Levoná) as well as the holiest site in Judaism, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. In order to make sure we in Judea and Samaria all get the message, we see now a public bus crisis in Judea and Samaria where all the residents learn of how chaotic and unreliable Egged can be when it chooses to be. In addition, the IDF will no longer pay for 35 settlements' security, meaning that after January, the towns and villages will either have to rely on the IDF for protection – which means spotty protection at best – or pay out of the villagers' own pockets. A good sample of the kind of protection the IDF ands Israel Police give in Judea and Samaria is illustrated by what happened when a group of "Palestinians" and left-wing activists arrived at a vineyard and uprooted and trampled over 4,500 seedlings, while destroying the property of the vineyard.
"They carried out a pogrom here, but no one was arrested. They set the pipeline on fire and destroyed farm equipment," Shlomi Cohen, the vineyard's owner told Ynetnews.
The experts I consult on all this do not understand what is going on. We appear to be entering a misty period where even the wise men do not know where we are headed…
Continued in part II.