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

Apparently some rich folks in America paid money to get their kids into prominent schools - how is that news?!!!!! If you are shocked by this, you have clearly had little contact with rich people. On to the real news! 

More Trump 

Well, well, well. So today the State Department of the Donald J. Trump Administration published an international human rights report and, for the first time ever, did not refer to the Golan Heights, Gaza or Judea and Samaria (West Bank) as "occupied". They have always been termed that in the past. The report went as far as to label the Golan Heights as "Israeli-controlled". Thus far, there has been a clear progression of using more pro-Israel terminology in various reports throughout the Trump Administration. Needless to say, the arabs were none too pleased. After 70 years, they are getting really good being none too pleased. They could teach the leftists in America a thing or two about whining. #experiencematters #we've-been-whining-about-this-since-ishmael

Hezbollah Build-up in the Syrian Golan Heights

The existence of a previously secret hezbollah terror unit right across the border from Israel in the Syrian Golan Heights was exposed this week. Even the actual names of the specific leaders were publicized. Prime Minister Netanyahu and others assured everyone that Israel is aware of the problem and dealing with it both overtly and covertly. Let's hope so. 

Israeli Election Update

Its all about Moshe Feiglin and his Zehut party this week. For the first time, polls are consistently showing Zehut will likely pass the electoral threshold and enter the Knesset. Combine that with their promise to legalize weed and everyone is talking about them! More importantly, their projected seats will almost certainly be crucial to Netanyahu being able to form a governing coalition after the elections. 

In other election news, efforts are still being made to prevent certain candidates from running. Supreme Court decisions on that will be made soon. The Blue and White party of Lapid and Gantz has lost some steam and will probably lose more of it leading up to election day. Alot of hype, not much substance. 

Drama Continues on the Temple Mount

Drama continued this week on the Temple Mount. Most of the action still centers around the "Gate of Mercy" area, but this week the arabs decided to spice things up a bit by throwing a molotov cocktail into a police station on the Temple Mount. Nobody was seriously injured, but arrests were made and communal whining was heard. The Temple Mount was closed for the rest of the day as the police searched and found more explosives (reassuring isn't it?) and then opened to all the following day. 

As was mentioned in a previous update, all this drama is the result of instigation from local arabs who were recently made members of the council that administers the Temple Mount. While they riot, more evictions of arab squatters are scheduled in the area and Jews will soon be reclaiming more properties around the area of the Old City (called the "Holy Basin"). We've pretty much got them surrounded! Just a matter of time before these rabble-rousers will have to come out with their hands up. 

Hareidi (ultra-orthodox) Army Unit Update

This week, the Hareidi army unit of Tomer arrived with the rest of the Givati Rotem Battalion to Hevron and promptly killed a terrorist. Over in Netzach Yehuda, another Hareidi unit, 6 soldiers were sentenced to short stints in military jail for beating arab terrorist accomplices in their custody. Not sure the secular leftists have really full thought out this whole idea of more ultra-orthodox Jews serving in the Israeli army. Hareidim being very aggressive about protecting the Jewish People? That's about as shocking as rich people paying to get their kids into college. 

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem