Arutz Sheva Daily Israel Report Wednesday, Oct. 24 ’12, Cheshvan 8, 5773

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Wednesday, Oct. 24 ’12, Cheshvan 8, 5773

 

 

 

HEADLINES:

1. ANARCHISTS, ARABS RIOT AT RAMI LEVY

2. ‘TURKEY EXPECTS ISRAEL TO PAY FOR ITS CRIME’

3. SIGNS OF TURMOIL IN IRAN: AHMADINEJAD TURNS BACKERS INTO ENEMIES 4. OBAMA HANDS-DOWN WINNER — OUTSIDE THE US 5. PHOTOS: AMERICANS IN ISRAEL CAST VOTES FOR PRESIDENT 6. IAF STRIKES IN GAZA THREE TIMES IN ONE NIGHT 7. UPDATE: TWO SERIOUSLY WOUNDED IN MASSIVE ROCKET BARRAGE 8. ANARCHISTS, ARABS RIOT AT RAMI LEVY

 

 

1. ANARCHISTS, ARABS RIOT AT RAMI LEVY

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

 

Video courtesy of “Regavim”

 

Dozens of Palestinian Authority Arab and foreign anarchists stormed a Jewish-owned Rami Levy supermarket Wednesday morning in Samaria, where Arabs shop and are employed, and waved PA flags while yelling, “Free Palestine.”

 

Police used stun grenades to disperse the mob while customers and workers took refuge in the store out of fear of violence from the protesters. One protester was lightly injured and taken to an Arab hospital by a PA Red Crescent ambulance. Four people were arrested.

 

The incident took place in Rami Levy”s branch in the Binyamin Regional Council, between Jerusalem and Beit El and Ofra. The supermarket chain also maintains branches in Gush Etzion and Beitar Illit, as well as in a large number of urban centers.

 

The markets have been noted by foreign journalists as an example of co-existence, with Arabs and Jews shopping together. The supermarkets provide dozens of jobs for Arabs as well as Jews.

 

Wednesday’s riot was over 10 minutes after police arrived but not before the rioters managed to achieve what appeared to be their immediate aim – to be photographed by accompanying photo journalists.

 

Several Palestinian Authority Arabs arrived to cause a provocation with photo journalists. They yelled and then left, Rami Levy told Arutz Sheva. He noted that his staff cannot prevent the entry of any customer so long as he passes an inspection at the entrance to ensure he is not carrying any weapons or explosives.

 

Attorney Betzalel Smotritz, who heads the Regavim organization that publicizes discrimination in favor of Arabs on issues of property and building, said the protesters were “trying to ignite the flames of violence.”

 

“The provocation exposes the simple truth that the anarchists and PA Arabs are against co-existence. I suggest they turn their attention to neighboring Syria,” Smotritz added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. ‘TURKEY EXPECTS ISRAEL TO PAY FOR ITS CRIME’

by Chana Ya’ar

 

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu reiterated Tuesday that “Israel is guilty and should pay for its crime” before relations can be restored between the two countries.

 

Speaking on a television program regarding Turkish-Israeli relations, Davutoglu accused Israel of attempting to use psychology to frame Turkey as avoiding talks over their differences.

 

“Recently, foreign ministers of other countries have all brought messages from Israel that it is ready to repair relations,” Davutoglu was quoted by the Turkish daily newspaperTodays Zaman. “Israel is trying to make Turkey look uncompromising, as if it continuously rejects Israel,” the Turkish foreign minister said.

 

Instead, he insisted, Israel’s leadership should take the steps Turkey expects, instead of sending messages through statements to the media and foreign officials.

 

Turkey is angry at Israel over the death of eight Turkish nations and an American citizen who were killed in a clash with IDF commandos in May 2010. The incident occurred aboard the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish-owned vessel that participated in an illegal attempt by a flotilla to breach Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza.

 

The vessel, allegedly bearing humanitarian aid, was later found to be carrying none whatsoever in its hold. Its “activists,” armed with clubs, iron bars and knives, instantly attacked Israeli soldiers as they boarded. Three were kidnapped and several others were seriously wounded, including one in critical condition, as they attempted to take control of the vessel to redirect it to Ashdod port after its captain had ignored repeated requests to change course. During the clash, soldiers defending themselves and their comrades killed nine of the “activist” attackers.

 

Since the incident, Israel has made numerous attempts to resolve the matter between the two governments. Relations had already begun to deteriorate by the winter of 2008-2009, when Israel was forced to conduct a 3-week counter-terror mini-war, Operation Cast Lead against the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza in order to silence the incessant rocket fire aimed from the region at southern Israeli civilians on a daily basis.

 

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vehemently opposed the operation and strongly supported Hamas throughout the war. Just a few weeks later, he verbally crossed swords with Israeli President Shimon Peres over the conflict at the World Economic Forum in Davos and then stormed out of the session, further widening the divide between the two countries.

 

This past August, an Israeli delegation traveled to Turkey to speak with Turkish lawmakers in the hopes of finding a way to bridge the gap between the two countries. The delegation included two Shas Mks, Bar Ilan University lecturer and IDF Col. (res.) Dr. Mordechai Kedar, top Israeli and international rabbis, and an Israeli journalist. The group met with members of the ruling AK party as well as with the head of the CHP opposition party for talks arranged by Istanbul-based Turkish Islamic scholar and interfaith activist Adnan Oktar.

 

 

3. SIGNS OF TURMOIL IN IRAN: AHMADINEJAD TURNS BACKERS INTO ENEMIES by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

A silent “Arab Spring” is brewing in Iran, where Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has come under public criticism not only in the parliament but also from a representative of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei”s representative in the Revolutionary Guards, Ali Saeidi.

 

He told a reformist daily he does not understand  what is going through the mind of Mr. Ahmadinejad. The interview was translated and published by the Al Monitor website. “Incidentally, I told Ahmadinejad his problem to his face. I told him you could have become an historic hero of the nation of Iran, but unfortunately it didn”t happen. It doesn”t get any worse than you turning all the people who were your supporters into your opponents,” Saedi said.

 

The political deputy of  Ahmadinejad”s office, Mohammed Jafar Behdad, publicly criticized Saedi and charged, “The possession of the title “representative of the Guardian Jurist doesn”t become a license for the likes of Mr. Saedi to announce that Ahmadinejad doesn”t act in accordance with the acceptable standards and conditions of the regime.””

 

Ahmadinejad is near the end of his second term after winning a disputed election that resulted in massive protests and a brutal suppression.

 

He also has been called on the carpet by the parliament for the dizzying decline in the rial currency and spiraling inflation in the wake of crippling Western sanctions.

 

“The problem here is that the presidents misapprehend their role and place for leadership of the regime,” according to Saedi. “We approved of Ahmadinejad while he acted in accordance with the accepted standards and conditions of the regime….

 

“I don”t know what this damnable thing [relations with the U.S.] is that the gentlemen want to put its medal around their necks. I now really don”t know what goes through the mind of Ahmadinejad that he puts forth the debate of relations with America.”

 

Al Monitor reported that a conservative website that is close to one of Ahmadinejad”s severest parliamentary critics stated that the president must “apologize” for the 250 % increase in food prices over the past seven years.

 

Ahmadinejad”s insistence to visit the Ervin prison, where his press adviser has been jailed, also has cost him harsh criticism.

 

His request was turned down in a confidential letter by the judiciary to Ahmadinejad, who not only published it but publicly said it does not grant its permission to visit the jail.

 

 

4. OBAMA HANDS-DOWN WINNER — OUTSIDE THE US by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

President Barack Obama would win a landslide victory if elections were held today – but outside the United States, according to polls.

 

Republican candidate Mitt Romney is viewed in a favorable light by only five percent of those asked in Britain, France and Germany, according to a recent poll cited by Voice of America.

 

“Obama has consistently been seen, as most Democrats are, as more closely aligned with the politics, with the policies, the opinions, and the views of Europeans, than Romney,” YouGov market research official Joe Twyman told VOA. United States citizens themselves are not necessarily particularly aligned with the views of Europeans.

 

He noted that “everyone wants to be friends with Obama while he is in office “because European leaders can have an easier dialogue with the American president when the country”s citizens like him.

 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel probably would prefer that Obama continue as president, the Washington Post suggested this week, even though her center-right coalition government is more in line with views of the American Republican party.

 

One German newspaper poll reported that 82 percent of Germans expect Obama to win the election, despite polls in the United States showing that he is barely neck-and-neck with Romney, if not falling behind.

 

One journalist said this week during a press briefing in Washington on foreign policy, “I know in India, they like, they love President Obama and the – Secretary Hillary Clinton. They can – if they run in India, they will win election anywhere in India.”

 

In the Middle East, most people outside of Israel have little interest in the elections, particularly because of spreading unrest, but also because of a general distrust of any American president. In Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is presumed to be anxious for Obama to become one-term president.

 

BBC reported that the only country in European and the Near East to back Romney was none other than Pakistan, but neither he nor Obama won more than 20 percent backing of the respondents.

 

 

5. PHOTOS: AMERICANS IN ISRAEL CAST VOTES FOR PRESIDENT by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

As many as 50,000 Americans in Israel, of not more, began voting for president this week, and Republican candidate Mitt Romney is expected to win a majority.

 

The absentee voting precedes the balloting in the United States by two weeks. It is estimated than more than 150,000 people in Israel with American citizenship are eligible to vote. However, a large number includes those who are citizens by virtue of having been born in Israel to American parents.

 

Many of them have no interest in American politics or do not feel any reason to vote in an election in what they consider a foreign country.

 

Americans overseas generally support the Democratic candidate, but Americans in Israel usually have a more Republican bent, with GOP candidate Sen. John McCain having won a solid majority in the 2008 election.

 

The Iranian nuclear threat and President Obama”s hard-line position against a Jewish presence in all of Jerusalem as well as Judea and Samaria has convinced many faithful Democrats in Israel to back Romney.

 

The New York Times this week quoted Philadelphia native Dr. Naftali Neal Fish as saying, “In the United States, like most people, I voted Democratic,” but this time he is backing Romney.

 

The iVoteIsrael organization has tried to get out the vote throughout Israel, including Judea and Samaria, where a relatively large number of American live.

 

The ballots will be counted in the states where the residents last lived or voted, approximately 40 percent in New York, which is all but sewn up by Obama.

 

California, also solidly Obama, is next in line, followed by New Jersey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. IAF STRIKES IN GAZA THREE TIMES IN ONE NIGHT by Elad Benari

 

IAF aircraft struck a terror squad in southern Gaza early Wednesday morning, as it was preparing to fire a rocket at southern Israel, the IDF announced in a statement.

 

The statement said that a direct hit at the terrorists was identified. It was the third time in one night that the IDF retaliated against the ongoing rocket attacks by Gaza terrorists at southern Israel.

 

Shortly after midnight, on Tuesday night, IAF aircraft targeted a terror squad in northern Gaza, as it was making final preparations to launch a rocket at southern Israel.

 

According to a statement by the IDF Spokesperson”s Unit, a direct hit was identified at the terrorists and the rocket attack was thwarted.

 

“The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers and will continue to operate against anyone who operates terror against Israel,” said the statement.

 

This air strike took place about an hour and a half after another terror squad was hit as it was preparing to launch rockets at Israel. In this attack, as well, direct hits were identified.

 

The air strikes came after terrorists from Gaza fired seven rockets at Israel earlier in the evening. The rockets came in three rounds – with one round landing in one town in the Eshkol Regional Council, a second round landing in another town, and the third round landing in an open area.

 

No one was injured and no damaged was reported in any of the attacks.

 

Tuesday night’s attacks were a continuation of what appeared to be an escalating deterioration of the security situation in southern Israel.

 

An IDF officer was wounded Tuesday morning when an explosive device blew up during an IDF exercise in the Gaza border area. The officer was flown by helicopter to Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva, where he was declared by doctors to be in serious condition, with his life in danger. The officer’s condition was little-changed Tuesday night.

 

 

7. UPDATE: TWO SERIOUSLY WOUNDED IN MASSIVE ROCKET BARRAGE by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Hamas and allied terrorist groups take to heart the Qatari emir”s call for “resistance” and pummeled southern Israel with more than 50 rockets and mortar shells, wounding several people, two of them seriously, and scoring direct hits on three homes.

 

At least two of the wounded were reported to be foreign agricultural workers. An Army helicopter evauated the wounded to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva. A third sufered light injuries, and dozens suffered shock and trauma.

 

The Iron Dome system operated shortly after 7 a.m. to down a Grad missile headed towards the port city of Ashkelon. Schools were closed in several Gaza Belt areas.

 

The IDF retaliated immediately, killing one terrorist and wounding another in an aerial strike on Rafiah at the southern tip of Gaza.

 

Hamas appears to be trying to prove that its rocket launching capability is stronger than IDF counterterrorist operations that are able to target terrorists when caught in the act of preparing to launch Kassam missiles.

 

The latest attacks came less than a day after the visiting emir of oil-rich Qatar incited Gaza residents by saying during his visit, “There is no clear strategy of resistance and liberation” in the absence of peace talks, which both Hamas and its rival faction Fatah have boycotted.

 

The Air Force struck Gaza three times overnight Tuesday and early Wednesday after terrorists from Gaza fired seven rockets at Israel earlier in the evening. The rockets came in three rounds – with one round landing in one town in the Eshkol Regional Council, a second round landing in another town, and the third round landing in an open area.

 

Tuesday night’s attacks were a continuation of what appeared to be an escalating deterioration of the security situation in southern Israel.

 

An IDF officer was wounded Tuesday morning when an explosive device blew up during an IDF exercise in the Gaza border area. The officer was flown by helicopter to Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva, where he was declared by doctors to be in serious condition, with his life in danger. The officer’s condition was little-changed Tuesday night.

 

 

 

 

8. ANARCHISTS, ARABS RIOT AT RAMI LEVY

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

 

Video courtesy of “Regavim”

 

Dozens of Palestinian Authority Arab and foreign anarchists stormed a Jewish-owned Rami Levy supermarket Wednesday morning in Samaria, where Arabs shop and are employed, and waved PA flags while yelling, “Free Palestine.”

 

Police used stun grenades to disperse the mob while customers and workers took refuge in the store out of fear of violence from the protesters. One protester was lightly injured and taken to an Arab hospital by a PA Red Crescent ambulance. Four people were arrested.

 

The incident took place in Rami Levy”s branch in the Binyamin Regional Council, between Jerusalem and Beit El and Ofra. The supermarket chain also maintains branches in Gush Etzion and Beitar Illit, as well as in a large number of urban centers.

 

The markets have been noted by foreign journalists as an example of co-existence, with Arabs and Jews shopping together. The supermarkets provide dozens of jobs for Arabs as well as Jews.

 

Wednesday’s riot was over 10 minutes after police arrived but not before the rioters managed to achieve what appeared to be their immediate aim – to be photographed by accompanying photo journalists.

 

Several Palestinian Authority Arabs arrived to cause a provocation with photo journalists. They yelled and then left, Rami Levy told Arutz Sheva. He noted that his staff cannot prevent the entry of any customer so long as he passes an inspection at the entrance to ensure he is not carrying any weapons or explosives.

 

Attorney Betzalel Smotritz, who heads the Regavim organization that publicizes discrimination in favor of Arabs on issues of property and building, said the protesters were “trying to ignite the flames of violence.”

 

“The provocation exposes the simple truth that the anarchists and PA Arabs are against co-existence. I suggest they turn their attention to neighboring Syria,” Smotritz added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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