This Week Today - Current Events from Israel

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House ( and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives ( He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

This Week Today
Current Events from Israel

Ilhan Omar - Does It Get Any Worse? It Probably Will
This week, newly-elected Congresswoman Ilhan Omar posted an attack on Twitter that implied that the Israel lobby, AIPAC, controls Congress through monetary donations (the "Benjamins"). Shocking! Not really. This woman has never hid her animosity toward Israel and the Jewish People. She's from somalia and has been accused of marrying her brother to keep him in the US. I could go on and on. Suffice it to say, in an ideal world, she'd be tied to a jet ski and on her way back to Somalia.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Soldiers Killed
There was an attack today on a bus carrying iranian special forces that killed at least 20 iranian soldiers. No credit taken yet, but doesn't look good for the mullahs. Many experts are saying that the regime is crumbling from within. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Netanyahu is attending a conference in Warsaw and is meeting with numerous arab representatives and others to combat Iran's influence and terrorism in the region.

Israeli Artillery Attack in Syria
Continuing on the theme of battling iran, this week Israel shelled iranian positions in Syria near the Golan Heights. At least 2 iranian soldiers were reported killed. Similar to the other most recent attacks against iranian forces in syria, Prime Minster Netanyahu publicly acknowledged the attack and warned of more to come if necessary.

Arab Terrorist Murders Teenage Jewish Girl, Ori Ansbacher, hy'd
In terribly tragic news, a young Jewish girl from Tekoa was brutally murdered on the southern edge of Jerusalem this week by an arab from Hevron. The murderer was captured (unfortunately alive) the next day hiding in a mosque in ramallah. It is being reported that the motive was nationalistic (terrorism). The house of the terrorist in Hevron has already been mapped out for demolition and since its located very closely to one of the Jewish neighborhoods in Hevron, we may actually get to watch it live. I'd gladly sponsor the popcorn.

Things that didn't happen this week:
-Prime Minister Netanyahu was not indicted (yet)
-Benny Ganz and Yair Lapid did not unite their parties
-The right-wing parties of Bayit Yehudi, Ichud Leumi, Otzma and Yachad have not officially united yet, but everyone expects them to do so soon.

The official deadline for submission of parties and their lists is February 21, so they got one more week to figure this out.

The Labor Party had their primaries and chose their list. Who's on it? Nobody cares.

Any more questions? Ask Ilhan Omar - she's seems to know everything about how politics works. Just speak loudly so she can hear you over the jet ski motor noise. Louder!

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem