Before we start, it is necessary to once again lament the security given to Joseph’s Tomb by the Arab Authorities as once again we find that it was permitted to be desecrated and burned completely down destroying the multiple-thousands of shekels of holy books and other items which adorn the tomb dressing it with the dignity it deserves only for it to face destruction and desecration without even a whimper of complaint by a world devoid of feelings nor capable of compassion for this holy site of Judaism and Christianity. This holy site and the entirety of the holy sites in Judea and Samaria must be returned to their proper caretakers and the only people who would keep such shrines from becoming the blazing inferno pictured below which was Josephs Tomb a night or two ago.
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) and its leaders, including President Mahmoud Abbas, cannot evade responsibility for the latest wave of terror attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
True, in the end it turned out that Hamas was behind the murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin in front of their four children, but there is no ignoring the fact that the anti-Israel incitement of Abbas and other Palestinian leaders in Ramallah paved the way for the terrorists to carry out this and other attacks.
The incitement, which has been around for many years, intensified after the arson attack that killed three members of the Dawabsha family in the West Bank village of Duma in July.
Since then, Abbas and his senior officials have been waging an unprecedented campaign of incitement against Israel in general and Jewish settlers in particular, although the perpetrators of the Duma attack still have not been identified or caught. Palestinian Authority leaders have since accused the Israeli government of committing “war crimes,” and have told their people that the arson attack was actually part of an Israeli conspiracy against all Palestinians.
The leader of Israel’s Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid, scolded the BBC and other UK media outlets for what he described as their attempts to “justify” Arab stabbing and other terrorist attacks against Israeli Jews.
Appearing on BBC’s HARDtalk Wednesday, Lapid said that the current wave of Palestinian terrorism felt “more religious” than previous ones.
“This is about Islam and Jews, this is not a national dispute or conflict,” Lapid said.
“These are Islamic assassins who want to kill Jews because they are Jews,” he added to presenter Stephen Sackur.
The opposition MK further noted how most attackers were inspired by a toxic mixture of extremist religious preachers in mosque and violent incitement on social media.
When Sackur objected to his explanation, Lapid noted that even “the stabbers” and inciters themselves were phrasing it as a religious war of annihilation against “the Jews,” and accused Sackur of providing a “justification” for such attacks.
Mark Carney’s speech on the European Union last night was meant, he warned us beforehand, to be a “bit of a yawner”. He stressed that he was not giving a “comprehensive assessment of the pros and cons of the United Kingdom ‘being in Europe”, but both sides will find plenty to pore over, especially as his speech came with 100 pages of Bank of England analysis.
Pro-EU campaigners will seize on his assessment that being in the political bloc boosted Britain’s flexible jobs market and “dynamism”, and that it had been a “leading beneficiary” in many ways of the “Four Freedoms” of the movement of goods, services, people and capital across borders, as first set out in the Treaty of Rome. The Outers, meanwhile, will point to when he said it was “essential” closer eurozone integration did not ride roughshod over UK policymakers’ ability to preserve financial stability. “The “openness” that he praises includes the free movement of EU citizens, something that may well have economic benefits but also has clear social costs, costs that are beyond the Governor’s remit to consider,” we say. “Our final decision on membership will be about more than economics.”
Carney did his best to stay above the fray, like when he intervened in last year’s Scottish independence referendum by delivering a “technocratic” assessment of the case for independence. The Bank of England governor’s overall tone on the EU went down well with David Cameron, who hailed it on Twitter as an “important” speech that showed “where reform is needed”.
The Prime Minister won’t be so keen to celebrate the latest remarks on the EU from Boris Johnson, who has noted how little Japan cares about Britain’s EU membership. “They are smart enough to know that Britain will remain, whatever happens, in a European free-trade zone,” he wrote in the Spectator. The idea of Britain thrashing out a free-trade deal is Eurosceptic catnip, but received short shrift from David Cameron earlier this week. One thing is for sure: Mark Carney would struggle to call the upcoming EU debate a “yawner”.
“The UK has successfully harnessed the benefits of openness afforded by its EU membership” –
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