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 (www.heritagehouse.org.il) and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives (www.youngjewishconservatives.org). He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

This Week Today

Current Events from Israel

This week marks the 53rd anniversary of the Six Day War. One of the main commemorations is Jerusalem Day - Yom Yerushalayim this Thurs night/Friday which is the day that the Jewish People took control of historical Jerusalem for the first time in 2000 years. Obviously, this is a helluva thing. Jewish life is forever changed because of the historically momentous events that took place this week 53 years ago. The story isn't over, but everything was different for Jewish people all over the world since that week in June, 1967. The Jewish People are stronger in every way and getting stronger everyday. 

There are those, many throughout the world, who claim the Jewish return to Jerusalem, Hevron, Shechem, Shiloh and so many other biblical places is wrong. That the Jewish presence here is morally unacceptable. There is no limit to how little a proud Jew should care about that sentiment. Every time you think you couldn't care less, you should endeavor to care even more less. This is the essence of a Jew and we got that back this exact week, 53 years ago! L'chaim! 

The Search Continues

IDF Soldiers continue to search for the terrorist that murdered the Israeli soldier last week. Thankfully, no more deadly attacks since then, but not for lack of trying. Today, a terrorist shot at an Israeli car, but missed hitting anyone. A sign of things to come? 

The Deal of the Century

Historically, failed peace plans have almost always led to outbreaks of terror. As the ramifications of the Trump "Deal of the Century" begin to sink in, Palestinian President Abu Mazen (in the 15th year of his 4-year term) just announced that he's suspending all cooperation with Israel and that all agreements are null and void. This is not the first time he's done this, might even be like the 100th, but you never know which one will lead to real trouble. For now, we got Corona (what's left of it), Ramadan (what's left of it) and a few Jewish holidays coming up. After that, the real summer begins and its anyone's guess what happens then. 

We Have a Government! After well over a year, Israel finally has a functioning government again. Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu remains the Prime Minister for now and will theoretically rotate with Benny Gantz, of the Blue and White Party, at some point. An incredible abundance of ministerial positions were given out, including the Minister of Water. How refreshing. 

The right-wing Yamina party, which had been part of Netanyahu's "right-wing bloc" throughout the various elections, was left out of the government. This is with the exception of Rabbi Rafi Peretz of the "Jewish Home" faction who joined the government on his own at the last minute and is now the Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and some other things closely connected to the national religious world. The rest of Yamina is now in the opposition, with the arabs and the anti-religious parties. Probably should have run together with the Otzma party. Just sayin'. But seriously, the Ramadan "iftar" is probably better in the opposition.  Ramadan Kareem to Yamina. 

Now its time for the new government to get down to business. How is that going to go? Today a law that pretty much everyone supports was supposed to come up for a vote in the Knesset but was pulled at the last second because of fighting within the coalition. Not a great sign. 

Extending Sovereignty 

A chorus of irrelevant voices continues to sing against the State of Israel extending Israeli law over Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley. Most of this whining is emanating from Europe, as is the custom, and from self-hating Jews in America, as is the custom as well. Needless to say, while extending sovereignty is certainly not assured, what is certain is that no one cares about what either of these unsustainable pompous blowhard elements think about it. And yet they continue to whine, like the "karens" they are. 

First Time Ever!

This week, for the first time ever, a United Arab Emirates airplane landed at Ben-Gurion Airport. The plane was bringing medical supplies for Gaza, but did so quite publicly. Iran was none too pleased and called the incident a "betrayal". I'm not sure why they think a Sunni country cares what a Shi'ite country thinks. But I guess there is alot of that going around. Iran is like the official muslim karen.

Speaking of Iran, it was recently reported that Iran attempted to poison the water supply in Israel through a cyber attack. The attack failed, but did not go  unnoticed. This week, Israel reportedly cyber attacked back and shut down one of their ports for a few hours, unleashing nautical chaos. Those Jews are funny. Iran subsequently struck a "conciliatory" tone when they explained that their often pronounced support for the "final solution" is only for the death of all Israeli's not all Jews. Those Iranian clerics are such peaches. All of them. 

The new head of ISIS reportedly was captured. That didn't take long. He picked the wrong week to be frolicking around - this is always a great week for the Jews and a terrible one for our enemies! 

ran, it was recently reported that Iran attempted to poison the water supply in Israel through a cyber attack. The attack failed, but did not go  unnoticed. This week, Israel reportedly cyber attacked back and shut down one of their ports for a few hours, unleashing nautical chaos. Those Jews are funny. Iran subsequently struck a "conciliatory" tone when they explained that their often pronounced support for the "final solution" is only for the death of all Israeli's not all Jews. Those Iranian clerics are such peaches. All of them. 

The new head of ISIS reportedly was captured. That didn't take long. He picked the wrong week to be frolicking around - this is always a great week for the Jews and a terrible one for our enemies!