Kislev 14, 5776 / Thursday, Nov. 26 '15

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  1. Soldier killed, dozens injured as bus overturns in Binyamin
  2. Iran didn't sign the nuclear deal - and it isn't legally binding
  3. 'Go back to Auschwitz'; Rabbinical student assaulted in Florida
  4. Terrorist attempts to stab soldier in Samaria, is shot dead
  5. Despite grief, Litman wedding will be 'full of joy'
  6. Canada's new PM supports Israel at UN
  7. CNN wipes Israel off the map
  8. Watch: How 'certain leftists use lies to blacken Israel'

1. Soldier killed, dozens injured as bus overturns in Binyamin

by Cynthia Blank


A bus carrying dozens of passengers overturned on Thursday morning between Kokhav Hashahar and Migdalim in the Binyamin region of Samaria. 

Rescue forces and Hatzalah medics were deployed to the scene to aid the 50 or so passengers believed to have been on board. 

The bus driver was apparently speeding prompting the major accident. 

A total of 42 people were treated at the scene, including a 19-year-old female soldier who was declared dead at the scene. One person was seriously injured, three people moderately wounded and 37 others were treated for light bruises and cuts. 

Two air force helicopters were also dispatched to the scene to help evacuate the wounded to nearby hospitals. 

The seriously injured victim was brought to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, while the three moderately injured passengers and seven of those lightly wounded were evacuated to Tel HaShomer Hospital in Ramat Gan. 

The rest of the lightly injured passengers were taken by MDA ambulances to Jerusalem-area hospitals. So far, 12 people have arrived at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the capital. 

Hatzalah medic Menachem Leff recounted the scene: "A bus overturned into a ditch alongside the road. Most of the injured are fully conscious and were able to exit the bus on their own. There were a number of other people trapped inside the bus." 

"With the assistance of other Hatzalah volunteers, we provided primary medical care to the victims. Firefighting teams helped rescue the trapped passengers."

Route 458 has been blocked to traffic from Gideon Junction to Migdalim Junction. 


2. Iran didn't sign the nuclear deal - and it isn't legally binding

by Ari Soffer

The Iranian regime did not sign the nuclear deal negotiated earlier this year, and the deal itself is not legally binding - that's according to an astonishing letter sent by the US State Department to Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) last week.

The letter, written by State Department assistant secretary for legislative affairs Julia Frifield and obtained by National Review, was written in response to the Kansas Congressman's observation that the version of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) handed to Congress was unsigned.

In its response, the State Department acknowledged that the version handed to Congress was indeed the final document.

"The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document," it said.

Instead, the State Dept. characterized the agreement as a set of essentially non-binding "political commitments."

"The JCPOA reflects political commitments between Iran, the P5+1... and the European Union," the letter read.

Attempting to downplay the immense significance of such an admission - which will only increase fears among opponents of the deal in the US and abroad that Tehran can and will easily violate its terms - Frifield continued:

"The success of the JCPOA will depend not on whether it is legally binding or signed, but rather on the extensive verification measures we have put in place, as well as Iran’s understanding that we have the capacity to re-impose - and ramp up - our sanctions if Iran does not meet its commitments."

"Everything in the JCPOA and its annexes are commitments Iran made, and must keep, to remain in compliance. If Iran breaks these commitments, we can snap back both unilateral and UN sanctions," she added.

Critics of the deal have warned however that once lifted, international sanctions in particular will be extremely difficult to "snap back" given how much various actors - particularly Western European firms - have already invested in newly-opening Iranian markets.

The incredible admission sheds new light on recent political machinations in Iran itself, where the JCPOA has been shunted through various parliamentary committees, and with President Hassan Rouhani - who himself initiated the nuclear deal - actively discouraging his parliament from voting for it in order not to place additional legal requirements on the regime.

"If the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is sent to [and passed by] parliament, it will create an obligation for the government. It will mean the president, who has not signed it so far, will have to sign it," Rouhani said in August. "Why should we place an unnecessary legal restriction on the Iranian people?"

3. 'Go back to Auschwitz'; Rabbinical student assaulted in Florida

by Cynthia Blank


A 19-year-old rabbinical student was verbally and physically assaulted in Boca Raton, Florida last Saturday, according to reports Wednesday.

WPTV Channel 5 said the student was walking on 2nd Street when the assailant, riding a blue mountain bike, shouted at him that "Jews should go back to Auschwitz. Hitler was right."

The young man, who is studying for his rabbinic ordination at the Boca Raton Chabad center, allegedly then replied: "Why don’t you come back here and say that?”

The cyclist rode back up to the rabbinical student, repeated the anti-Semitic remark, and then began to strike the young Jewish man, who hit his head on the pavement before his assailant fled. 

The unnamed victim told Channel 5 that he was still shaken by the incident. 

“I’m doing better,” he said. “It was just a little bit nerve-wracking having someone scream at me these things.”

Chabad’s Rabbi Ruvi New called such harassment unusual for the town, and said the Jewish community was "in disbelief. Shock. Could this really happen in Boca Raton?” 

Local police are investigating the attack as a possible anti-Semitic hate crime. 

4. Terrorist attempts to stab soldier in Samaria, is shot dead

by Ari Soffer


An Arab terrorist attempted to stab an IDF soldier at Tapuach Junction in Samaria, but was shot dead by alert troops before he was able to carry out the attack, according to initial reports.

No Israelis were injured.

According to an initial investigation, the incident began at around 10:20 a.m., when a Palestinian taxi arrived at Tapuach Junction and stopped close to the guard post where soldiers and Border Police were stationed.

Suddenly, the terrorist emerged from the car and sprinted towards the soldiers with a knife in his hand. Forces immediately noticed the threat and directed accurate fire towards the attacker, neutralizing him. A large number of Border Police then descended on the scene.

Security forces are currently pursuing the vehicle which was involved in the attack. The precise condition of terrorist who was shot is unclear.

In related news, IDF forces continued an extensive counterterrorism operation focusing on Palestinian Arab villages in Samaria overnight.

Troops from the "Duchifat" Brigade of the Kfir Infantry Division confiscated an illegal M16 assault rifle from the village of A-Zawiya.

Elsewhere in the area, forces arrested five wanted terror suspects in Kfar Katna, and seized a large cache of weaponry, including ammunition, knives, binoculars and IDF uniforms and assorted equipment.

IDF officials say that village in particular has been a hotbed of anti-Israeli violence since the recent escalation in terror attacks began at the start of October. A number of terrorists who carried out attacks throughout the country - including the terrorist who stabbed IDF soldier Ziv Mizrahi to death on Monday - coming from there.

5. Despite grief, Litman wedding will be 'full of joy'

by Cynthia Blank

Almost two weeks after losing her father and brother in terror shooting near Hevron, Sarah Tehiya Litman will on Thursday night marry her fiancee, Ariel Beigel. 

The Litman family was attacked by Arab terrorists close to the town of Otniel in Judea, as they made their way to the pre-wedding Shabbat Chatan celebration for Ariel. The terrorist overtook the family's car, spraying it with bullets, fatally wounding her father Rabbi Ya'akov Litman. Then, one of the killers emerged from the vehicle and shot several more times at the prone vehicle, gunning down Sara's brother Netanel as he emerged from the car to call for help. Her 16-year-old brother Dvir was shot in the leg.

The celebration was initially scheduled to take place last Tuesday - four days after the attack - but was postponed as Sarah Tehiya sat shiva for her father, Rabbi Ya'akov Litman, and 18-year-old brother, Netanel. 

The couple has invited all of Israel to celebrate their wedding at the International Convention Center (Binyanei Hauma) in Jerusalem. Those who can't make it can donate presents to the couple via a special fund.

The ceremony for family members will take place at 7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 10:00 p.m. for wider Israeli and international guests. Thousands are expected to join the couple in rejoicing their marriage.  

Aharon Riegler, the bride's uncle, told Walla! News that despite grief over Ya'akov and Netanel, the ceremony would be a joyous one.

"The warm and great embrace the couple has received will reach its peak at a wedding full of happiness and joy," he said. "Rabbi Ya'akov and his son Netanel will be missing from the wedding. The pain is always there, but the joy of the establishment of a new family will overcome those moments [of grief]." 

"As Sarah Tehiya said at the funeral, she knows they are looking down from on high and are happy in her happiness. This gives us the strength to remember the loss and celebrate with everyone," he added. 

6. Canada's new PM supports Israel at UN

by Ben Ariel

The government of Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week voted against the six resolutions condemning Israel which were passed by the UN General Assembly, a move hailed by the UN Watch NGO.

In a statement, the group lauded Trudeau’s government for joining the United States in voting against the resolutions “and for being on track to continue without change Canada's prior policy of firmly opposing repetitive, disproportionate and one-sided resolutions -- all drafted by the Palestinians except for two by Syria -- that are designed to delegitimize Israel, the Middle East's only democracy.”

“So far, with final plenary or initial committee votes on 19 of the 20 annual anti-Israel resolutions, Canada's voting record is entirely unchanged from last year. This upholds the UN Charter's principle of equal treatment of all nations, and prejudice to none,” said UN Watch.

The UN General Assembly passed the six resolutions, all of which condemned Israel and not one of which mentioned Palestinian attacks which have left 22 Israelis dead and hundreds wounded, despite the opposition of Canada, the U.S., and Australia.

Trudeau was elected Prime Minister in October, replacing Stephen Harper who was a staunch supporter of Israel.

Trudeau’s Liberals have also expressed support for Israel, and he recently noted that he would "support Israel and any Canadian government will." However, some analysts predicted a more critical line for Israel and a boost in support for the Palestinians in the event of a Trudeau win.

7. CNN wipes Israel off the map

by Cynthia Blank

CNN sparked outrage this week after posting a news article on its website in which Israel was literally wiped off the map. 

The article, titled, "Beyond ISIS: 2016's scariest geopolitical hot spots," featured a graphic of the Middle East in which Israel is replaced with a red square marking the country of "Palestina."

According to HonestReporting, the picture, using a Spanish or Portuguese translation of "Palestine," was taken from Getty Images and not created by CNN's graphics team. 

Commenters to the site were quick to lambast CNN, asserting Israel would likely still be in existence next year.

HonestReporting Managing Editor Simon Plosker, meanwhile, slammed the news network's "illustration of the Middle East without Israel" as "completely unacceptable."

"At a time when the state’s very legitimacy is being called into question by vicious anti-Israel extremists, any message that Israel does not belong in the Middle East plays into this false narrative and feeds those like the Iranian ayatollahs who wish to see Israel erased from the map."

"How many times can CNN keep making these shoddy errors before the network takes remedial action to address its Israel problem? We fully expect CNN to replace this inaccurate map as quickly as possible."

Following the backlash, CNN took down the image of the map and replaced it with one of war-torn Aleppo in Syria. 

8. Watch: How 'certain leftists use lies to blacken Israel'

by Arutz Sheva Staff

Samaria activist Ezri Tubi's latest pro-Israel hasbarah video takes aim at the ultra-leftist organization Breaking the Silence. 


Featuring footage of a radical anti-Israel really, in which the Jewish state is accused of everything from "ethnic cleansing" to "apartheid," Tubi demonstrates the explicit connection between Breaking the Silence's activities and the incitement, bordering on anti-Semitism, against Israel. 

In his speech, one activist notes that former Israeli soldiers from Breaking the Silence spoke to the group about "how they were ordered to kill, to intimidate innocent people." 

He also charges that soldiers from Breaking the Silence said they were told to "provoke mayhem, provoke chaos, to force the Palestinians into reacting" - essentially blaming Israel for the terror Palestinians inflict on its citizens. 

"There is a limit to the legitimacy in the discourse of Israeli society," Tubi charged. "Unfortunately, today, a certain group of leftist Israelis has decided to use lies and manipulation to blacken the State of Israel."

"But, what is no less distressing is that the sane and Zionist left does not come out against this stupidity and thus loses credibility in the eyes of Israeli society."

Breaking the Silence claims it is not anti-Israel, but simply wishes to promote human rights within the Israeli army. However critics have noted that it is funded exclusively by foreign donors - including European governments - and its activities take place almost exclusively outside of Israel and in front of audiences hostile towards Israel, with its aim appearing to be to blacken Israel's name in general, as opposed to provoking any internal change.

The group has also been caught accepting false "testimonies" allegedly from IDF soldiers, and admits it has no real vetting process for verifying which claims are true.

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