There is an old saying that generals prepare to fight the last war. Those of us engaged in defense against the assault on Israel’s legitimacy cannot afford to fall into this trap. We must accurately assess the evolving strategies and tactics employed by anti-Israel activists who seek to portray the Jewish state as a rogue nation, the 21st-century equivalent of apartheid South Africa, often urging the use of BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions) as punishment for Israel’s misdeeds.
Israelis debate actions of IDF soldier caught on video striking a Danish protestor.
Tel Aviv — Video images of a high-ranking Israeli army officer striking a pro-Palestinian demonstrator with the butt of his M-16 rifle touched off a storm of controversy in Israel this week, prompting a round of condemnation by politicians and a spate of soul searching among commentators.
Four Palestinians attempting to enter Israel through a West Bank checkpoint with a gun, a knife and a dozen bombs were arrested.
The men, who also were carrying a gun and a knife, were suspected of being on their way to carry out a terror attack, according to reports. The location of their target was unknown. They were attempting to enter Israel through a checkpoint near Jenin.
The suspects are being questioned by the military.
As new anti-vigilante measures take hold, officials in Yitzhar increasingly in the government’s cross-hairs.
Yitzhar, West Bank — “Revenge junction,” reads the graffiti scrawled on a road sign marking the turnoff to this mountaintop Jewish settlement. It is perhaps a telling welcome to a town and local yeshiva considered by Israel’s government as a nest of young, radical right-wing vigilantes.
In the week since an Israeli military base was attacked and Palestinians were stoned by dozens of settlement sympathizers, Israelis have been up in arms amid allegations of growing lawlessness among hard-line Jewish settlements and the smaller outposts.
By ramping up the incendiary rhetoric with accusations of Israeli racism, ethnic cleansing, targeted assassinations, waging a war of aggression, apartheid and threatening Islamic holy places, Mahmoud Abbas was fanning the flames of a Third Intifada he claims he doesn't want.