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

Wow America. Wow. It ain't pretty right now. If it wasn't for Corona restrictions, I'd invite everyone to come visit the peaceful Middle East .Of all the craziness going on, I was in a way most disturbed by the numerous moronic white "celebrities" defending Louis Farrakhan, may his name and memory be obliterated. Having personally grown up in a heavily black area, Farrakhan was and continues to be the worst agitator of violence and intimidation. I remember our family doctor saying that he'd treat anyone who came into his office who needed medical attention, but not Farrakhan. Farrakhan? Wow America. Wow. If you can't easily understand why General Robert E. Lee was a better person than Louis Farrakhan is, then maybe society just ain't your thing. Onto the relatively peaceful Middle East! 

Norwegian Law Passes

The "Norwegian Law" has passed the Knesset and is now in effect. This law actually has nothing to do with lox, but rather allows for a minister in the government to give up his Knesset seat and allow the next person on the party's list to become a Knesset member. The ministers who utilize this new law will be free (from Knesset work) to concentrate on the intricacies of their ministry. So in that way this is efficient, on the other hand, now a whole group of new additional Knesset members are being inducted. This costs the government more money  = bigger government = not very efficient. Anyway, there will now be more new faces in the Knesset. An Ethiopian Rabbi was supposed to be one of them, but he was pressured to resign because of comments he had made in the past about Arabs and women. Where's the #BlackRabbisMatter protest at? 

In a very strange statistical anomaly, 4 out of the 5 new members of Knesset from the Blue and White Party are modern orthodox feminist women. This is incredibly disproportionate to their population numbers. Not sure how to explain it or what impact it will have, but it's fascinating. 

Corona Update

New cases continue to be detected throughout Israel. 300 new cases were recently found in a 24-hour period. Not many serious cases, although a slight increase in patients in critical condition. Despite the increase, there have been no added restrictions and there is even talk of opening more things, like the train, and possibly even allowing tourists back in about 6 weeks or so. Let's hope these are the right moves. 

The Extending Sovereignty Royal Rumble Continues! 

Last week we offered some different options of what Israel will do come July 1st as it pertains to extending sovereignty in all or parts of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley. Since that time, here's what has happened:

-More leftists and foreign interests have come out as strongly opposed to all of this. As we've stated in the past, these views/opinions/constant whining are wholly irrelevant. As the first Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion famously said, "It doesn't matter what the goyim say, it's what the Jews do". In keeping with a semblance of equality, it doesn't matter how much the leftist Jews cry about it either. 

-An idea was in the press today that turns the whole situation on its head. There are many reports that Prime Minister Netanyahu is now considering applying sovereignty only in those areas that are currently proposed to be isolated "enclaves" in the Trump Plan. These areas would not only no longer be isolated, they would be able to grow rapidly. This idea additionally suggests that sovereignty would later be applied to other, if not all, Jewish communities throughout Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley. Meaning instead of starting in the highly populated and developed "settlement blocs", start where it matters most. A fascinating proposal. 

-Opposition to the Trump plan from the "right" got a new addition to their narrative this week. In the past, they have argued about the potential lack of future development and dramatically reduced transportation options that some of the proposals would cause, specifically for the proposed enclave communities. Now the talk is about "holy and heritage" sites that would fall either under exclusive "palestinian" control or remain under no one's control officially, according to the Trump Plan. These areas include somewhat obscure burial sites but also places like Joseph's Tomb and the altar built by Joshua on Mount Eval (both in the Shomron/Samaria), as well as possibly Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem and the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hevron. 

Interception of Weapons Smuggling

Today the Israeli navy successfully intercepted a small boat attempting to deliver weapons to the Gaza Strip for one of the terrorist groups located there. Two terrorists were detained and there were no injuries reported. This attempt came with a full naval blockade in place. One can only imagine (shudder) what would be going on if that wasn't the case. The reality is that the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza is preventing war - like all Israeli security measures. This is somehow lost on those who hate us, or maybe it's not. Fascinating