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Friday, Dec. 09 '16, ט' בכסלו תשע"ז



HEADLINES:
1. SHOOTING ATTACKS FOILED IN JERUSALEM
2. 'BEIT EL IS SENDING A MESSAGE TO THE WHITE HOUSE'
3. MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED FROM FALL IN THE OLD CITY
4. "LET IT BE" MEETS "JERUSALEM OF GOLD"
5. THE PURPOSE BEHIND THE TEST 
6. ISRAEL TO HOLD BODIES OF HAMAS TERRORISTS, RETURN OTHER BODIES
7. ARAB FATHER TO LEHAVA: SAVE MY DAUGHTER FROM HER JEWISH SUITOR
8. WATCH: DR. FRAGER SPEAKS WITH AMB. BOLTON


1. SHOOTING ATTACKS FOILED IN JERUSALEM
by Ido Ben Porat

Israeli security forces recently foiled a string of terror attacks aimed at the capital, the Shin Bet internal security agency reports.

A joint operation by the Shin Bet and Israeli police broke up a terror cell consisting of eight Arab residents of Jerusalem, from the Sur Baher and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhoods.

The Hamas-linked terror cell had been planning a series of shooting attacks in the capital, including against an IDF base and targets on Mount Scopus, home to the Hebrew University and Hadassah Hospital.

During interrogation by the Shin Bet of the suspects, it was discovered that the cell was formed in 2015, after several of the group’s members were released from prison, having served terms for violent, nationalistic actions.

According to the report, the terror cell had planned to target an IDF base on Mount Scopus in northern Jerusalem. Preparations were already underway for the attack, and members had conducted reconnaissance to gather information on the base and surrounding area.

Several of the terrorists involved revealed during interrogation that they had taken part in violent disruptions in the Old City of Jerusalem during Ramadan.

"The disruption of the [terror] network preventing a number of serious terror attacks in Jerusalem," a statement from the Shin Bet reads, "and its discovery again highlights the danger posed by terrorists with Israeli ID cards, who benefit from the freedom of movement and access to firearms, making it relatively easy for such individuals to carry out terror attacks."


2. 'BEIT EL IS SENDING A MESSAGE TO THE WHITE HOUSE'
by Yoni Kempinski

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One thousand supporters of Yesha [the Jewish community in Judea and Samaria] gathered earlier this week for the 34th annual Beit El gala in New York.

The event drew Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon, former US Ambassador to the United Nations and potential Trump pick for Secretary of State John Bolton, and former Knesset Member Yaakov ‘Katzeleh’ Katz.

"It’s like a family," said Katz. "We're talking about the 34th annual dinner, which gathers over 1,000 good friends of Eretz Yisrael in general, and in particular for the Beit El yeshiva center, who have in the past 34 years helped us to rebuild the important Jewish city of Beit El."

"The beautiful thing is that we are all united so many years. No disputes."

Arutz Sheva co-founder Baruch Gordon said the event reflected deep support for the Jewish community in Judea and Samaria, and sent a message to the White House.

"The significance of a gathering like this is that under one roof at one moment a 1,000 people celebrate the return of the Jewish people to Judea and Samaria and to Beit El. That's huge, that's tremendous. And it sends a message to the White House that there's tremendous support for the return of the Jewish people to our homeland."

Beit El Institutions Chairman Eugen Gluck noted that attendance was roughly double what was expected, citing the importance of the cause and the intensity of support among Yesha backers.

"We thought this time it would be a little difficult [to bring people out], we'll have 500 people. And we have almost a 1,000," said Gluck, attributing the large turnout to "the cause, and the sincerity, and the people. And you know what? They have that feeling and that commitment."

One Brooklyn supporter of Beit El, Reuven Margolis, said the event and other networks tying American Jews to Israel were a much-needed outlet for local Jews.

"We, the Jews of New York, of America, need an outlet to express our support. This creates a bond between us and you [Israelis], a bond that improves and grows stronger."


3. MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED FROM FALL IN THE OLD CITY
by Reut Hadar

A man was seriously injured Friday morning when he fell nearly 20 feet in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The man, estimated to be roughly 40 years of age, fell off the edge of Hayehudim Street, built above the parallel street in the hilly urban area and protected by a handrail, suffering serious head injuries.

Emergency responders from MDA provided first aid to the man and evacuated him to Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital in southern Jerusalem. MDA reports that the man was unconscious and on a respirator.

MDA paramedic Yosef Kasoto, one of the first to arrive at the scene, described the accident.

"Lying on the sidewalk there was a man roughly 40 years of age. He was partially conscious and had a head injury. He told us he had fallen from the guardrail on the street above. We provided him with first aid on the spot, including anesthetizing him and assisting his breathing. He was evacuated to the hospital in an MDA emergency care unit, as his condition was serious."

The reason for the fall has yet to be determined.


4. "LET IT BE" MEETS "JERUSALEM OF GOLD"
by ILTV

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5. THE PURPOSE BEHIND THE TEST 
by Rod Bryant

Discover the beauty of life’s test:.Jacob gives us a pattern of how to get the best from the test of life.

The parashah tells of Jacob’s travels to, life in, and return from Haran, and Jacob’s dream of a ladder to heaven, Jacob’s meeting of Rachel at the well, Jacob’s time working for Laban and living with Rachel and Leah, the birth of Jacob’s children, and the departure of Jacob’s family from Laban.

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Click here to download the podcast


6. ISRAEL TO HOLD BODIES OF HAMAS TERRORISTS, RETURN OTHER BODIES
by Gary Willig

Israel will hold the bodies of terrorists from Hamas, but will return the bodies of other terrorists to their families, Haaretz reported Friday morning.

According to the report, the new policy comes after a disagreement between Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and Major General Nitzan Alon regarding the issue of returning the bodies of terrorists. Liberman expressed complete opposition to the return of the bodies of terrorists and said that holding the bodies establishes a deterrent against future terrorist attacks.

Gen. Alon disagreed and argued that holding the bodies only increases tension with the Arabs in the PA and Gaza. He said that it does not deter terrorist attacks, but instead encourages them,

The dispute occurred at a security cabinet meeting Wednesday. Israel is currently in possession of five terrorists who were killed while carrying out attacks against Israelis. The court required the state to explain why it was still holding the bodies after a petition by the families of the terrorists to have the bodies returned.

A compromise was reached where it was decided to return the bodies of the three terrorists who were not affiliated with Hamas while continuing to hold the bodies of those that were.


7. ARAB FATHER TO LEHAVA: SAVE MY DAUGHTER FROM HER JEWISH SUITOR
by David Rosenberg

Lehava founder and anti-assimilation activist Bentzi Gopshtain is frequently contacted by concerned parents looking to prevent intermarriage in their families.

Recently, however, Gopshtain received a rather unusual request from a father in Jerusalem, desperate to prevent his daughter from marrying out of the faith.

Unlike most of the appeals Lehava receives, which concern Jewish women dating Arab men, in this case the call for help came from an Arab father whose daughter was being courted by a Jewish man.

The father in question called Gopshtain, desperately imploring him to help in keeping his child from marrying out of Islam.

In a phone conversation with Gopshtain, the man explained that he had in the past rendered assistance to Israeli security forces. In return, and for their safety, he and his family had been relocated from Judea and Samaria to Jerusalem. His children attended Israeli schools and his daughter even enlisted in the IDF.

As she enlisted, however, the father discovered that his daughter had become involved romantically with a Jewish man.

"That I am not prepared to accept," the man told Gopshtain. "As an Arab [Muslim], I will not accept that my daughter will date a Jew. I want to preserve our honor and on our national identity."

At the man’s request, Gopshtain looked into the matter and contacted the young man in question, who agreed to meet with Gopshtain in Tel Aviv.

After explaining the long-term issues involved with such a relationship, says Gopshtain, eventually the young man broke up with his Arab girlfriend.

"This case disproves the claim that Lehava is a racist organization," said Gopshtain. "We do everything we can to fight any case of assimilation. It’s sad that Arabs understand what many Jews do not, and thus refuse to support our work against assimilation. Assimilation threatens our people. Preventing it, through a preservation of the Jewish flame [of identity], is what preserved the Jewish people throughout the exile."

But not everyone accepted Gopshtain’s claims.

Amir Hetsroni, a former professor at Ariel University and a noted left-wing pundit who gained notoriety in 2015 for his attacks on Sephardic voters following the Likud victory in May of that year, is one.

Hetsroni, who himself is in a relationship with an Arab woman, Shirin Noufi, wrote that his live-in girlfriend believed Gopshtain had made the entire tale up.

"Shirin thinks you’re making up stories," wrote Hetsroni on Facebook. "I haven’t checked it out, but she and I will continue to promote assimilation."

In September, Hetsroni met with Gopshtain in the latter’s hometown of Hevron for a tour of the city. Not one to miss an opportunity to combat assimilation, Gopshtain urged Hetsroni to break up with Noufi.


8. WATCH: DR. FRAGER SPEAKS WITH AMB. BOLTON
by Arutz Sheva TV

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Dr. Frager met with former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton at the annual Bet El Yeshiva Center dinner earlier this week.




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