While this atrocity should be enough to quash the Arab narrative and debate about “Palestinian” self-determinism; what I don’t understand is why nothing is said about the Arabs exercising “self-determinism” at the December 1948 Jericho Conference led by Hevron Sheikh Muhammad Ali Ja’abari wherein the Arabs of Palestinian extraction voted for Abdullah I to be their sovereign. See: https://johnmhummasti333455225.wordpress.com/2020/12/14/self-determinism/comment-page-1/#comment-2277 More needs to be said about this Conference as the Arabs (they are not Palestinians but rather Arabs) gained “Independence” and do not have a right to secede from the Hashemite Crown as the PLO tried to do in 1970 during “Black September”. As it is, the British violated Articles 5, 15, and 25 of the Mandate For Palestine by supporting the establishment of the “Independence” of the Hashemites (a foreign power having their origins in the Kingdom of the Hejaz) on sovereign Jewish territory.
Article 25 only permitted the Mandatory to postpone or withhold the terms of the Mandate on a temporary basis for the “administration” of those Jewish territories (Gad, Reuven and Manasseh); and, Article 15 stipulates that “No person shall be excluded from Palestine on the sole grounds of his religious belief” which means that the Constitution of Jordan excluding Jews from “Jordan” violates “Treaty Law” – (the term “for the administration of the territories” does not contemplate foreign (Arab) sovereignty over Jewish territory; especially, where, as here, international law does not condone acquisition of territory by conquest and the British [Glubb Pasha] aided a foreign power [the Hejaz Hashemites] in capturing Judea and Shomron [the West Bank] during the War of Independence.)
I think an article in Arutz Sheva needs to be written which high-lights the British (Perfidious Albion) violations of their obligations under the Mandate for Palestine and which high-lights the indigenous rights of Jews to Self-Determinism and Self-Government as purviewed by Delgamuukw v. British Columbia,  3 SCR 1010 (Case Number 23799). We need to change the discourse (narrative) about so called “Palestinian” rights to “Self-Determinism” and frame the narrative as one which liquidates the “Palestinian” narrative and frames the discourse as an “unlawful Arab/Islamic Occupation” of sovereign Jewish territory as the Arabs are indigenous to Arabia not Judea and Shomron and are a foreign colonial power!
In their own words: In 1977, Zuheir Mohsen, PLO Executive Council member, articulated the goals of the new “peoplehood” strategy saying, “The Palestinian people does not exist…. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel…. It is only for political and tactical reasons that we speak today about…the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism.”
ותען להם מרים שירו לה׳ כי גאה גאה סוס ורכבו רמה בים .
And Miriam sang (va-ta’an) unto them: Sing ye to the Lord, for He is highly exalted: The horse and his rider hath He thrown into the sea. (JPS) Shmoth 15.21
Targum pseudo-Yonasan render va-ta’an as “ve-zamras, and she sang.”
The Mekhilta implies that Miriam sang this: “Just like Moshe said a song for the men, Miriam said a song for the women.” While we could infer that they only “said a song” and did not actually sing it, the Mekhilta seems to raise Miriam’s va-ta’an to the level of Moshe’s yashir rather than vice versa. However, Miriam sang for the women and (perhaps while) Moshe sang for the men. R. Aryeh Kaplan in a footnote to The Living Torah quotes Philo in The Life of Moses as saying that the women sang at the same time as the men. Similar to the Mekhilta, the Yalkut Shimoni (Hos. 2 no. 518) says that va-ta’an refers to actual singing, implying that Miriam sang the song.
וַתַּעַן לָהֶם, מִרְיָם va-ta’an – like וַתִּקַּח מִרְיָם הַנְּבִיאָה and like וַתַּעֲמֹדְנָה And they stood 27.2 the “ta” of va-ta’an is a pre-fix to the word “an” (sing) as in aynu lah עֱנוּ
Then Israel sang this song: Spring up, O well—sing to it— אָ֚ז יָשִׁ֣יר יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל אֶת־הַשִּׁירָ֖ה הַזֹּ֑את עֲלִ֥י בְאֵ֖ר עֱנוּ ־לָֽהּ׃
The question arises: to whom did she sing” – to the men or to the women or to both?
The Torah calls her a prophetees and in continuing from 15.20 the text seems to answer us with the plain sense apparent meaning of the verse: If (since) Moshe sang and the men followed his lead, then it was the women’s turn to sing to HaShem. And Miriam sang unto them:
That is, Miriam, (like Moshe), in an exalted state of prophesy led the women in song while at the same time Moshe led the men in song; they [the men and the women] were repeating what each shliach sang for the Torah says all the Children of Israel sang this song:
and all the women went out after her – imitating her with song, timbrels and dances.
Jonah Cohen: Shalom.I would be pleased to see you write an article on the Jericho Conference of December 1948 when the Arabs (not “Palestinians”) of Eretz Yisrael voted for Abdullah I of trans-Jordan to be their sovereign. As an exercise in self-determinism this was “a free expression of the will of the people” led by Hebron Sheikh Muhammad Ali Ja’abari. What is insidious is the disenfranchisement of Arabs of “Palestinian [Eretz Yisrael] extraction” by the Hashemite Crown. Also, I drafted a proposal to settle the Arab-Israeli conflict based on the Reparations Agreement between Israel and Germany, and the Canadian Treaty Land Entitlement Agreements for “close settlement” on the Lands, both East and West of the Jordan River under a Reparations / Trusteeship Agreement – see: https://johnmhummasti333455225.wordpress.com/pursuing-justice-devarim-deuteronomy-1618-20/In closing, I wonder if you might write an article on the Ahlam Tamimi extradition case and about the expulsion of Nizar Tamimi from Jordan. See:https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/bbc-apologizes-for-broadcasting-appeal-of-convicted-hamas-terrorist-646673
Can you imagine the shock and outrage if the official website of one of the two major American political parties praised Dylann Roof, the racist perpetrator of the South Carolina church massacre?
That’s the equivalent of what the Palestinian Authority did this week. So, where’s the shock and outrage?
On June 26, official Palestinian Authority Television—which is the voice of the PA regime, run with an iron fist by Mahmoud Abbas—broadcast a segment praising the late Baha Alyan as “a martyr for the sake of Jerusalem” who “refused to submit to the occupation.” (Thanks to Palestinian Media Watch for the translation.)
Who was Baha Alyan, and how exactly did he demonstrate his opposition to “the occupation”?
On October 13, 2015, Alyan and his friend Bilal Ghanem boarded a bus in Jerusalem. They were armed with a gun and a knife. They weren’t there to murder fellow-Arabs. No, these racists were targeting the Other. They aimed at the Jewish passengers, murdering three of them and wounding 15 more.
One of the victims was 76 year-old Richard Lakin, a civil rights veteran from Connecticut who “taught English to Israeli and Palestinian children” in Jerusalem and “never missed a peace rally,” according to his rabbi. Alyan and Ghanem stabbed this defenseless elderly man in the face and chest, and then shot him in the head.
The cover photo on Richard’s Facebook page featured a Jewish child and a Palestinian Arab child under the heading “Coexist.” Jewish leftwing critics of Israel like to pretend that it’s the “settlers” who “provoke” Palestinian violence—not peace activists like Lakin. The truth, however, is that Palestinian Arab terrorists make no such distinctions. They kill left-wing Jews; they kill right-wing Jews; they kill middle-of-the-road Jews. It’s all the same to them.
In a civilized society, racist mass murderers —like Dylann Roof and Baha Alyan—are ostracized. Not so in Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority. His official television station praised the racist killer as a martyr and hailed Alyan for “refusing to submit to the occupation”—“refusing,” that is, by stabbing a defenseless old man on a bus.
The PA television program was only the latest in a series of public accolades for Alyan. Seven months after Alyan and Ghanem perpetrated their racist massacre, Al Quds University, a leading Palestinian Arab educational institution, honored Alyan by organizing a “human chain of readers” which they called the “Glory of the Martyrs.”
Alyan’s father joined hands with 2,500 students who wore shirts bearing the racist killer’s photograph. According to the Palestinian news agency Wattan, the students “wrote letters…to the souls of Martyr Baha Alyan and the other Martyrs.”
The Al Quds U. website boasts that the university currently has “cooperation agreements / projects” with George Washington University, Wayne State University, the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, the University of California at Berkeley, and George Mason University. Al Quds also has a joint program with Bard College. How sad that those distinguished American institutions see nothing wrong in partnering with a university that celebrates and glorifies the racist murderer of an American Jewish peace activist.
From 2003 to 2013, Brandeis University, too, had a partnership with Al Quds University. This was particularly painful to me because my daughter Alisa HY”D, who was murdered by Palestinian terrorists in 1995, was a Brandeis student at the time of her death. To its credit, Brandeis severed the partnership in 2013 after Al Quds hosted pro-terrorist rallies by students in military uniforms who were giving the traditional Nazi salute.
Strangely, however, to this day the official Brandeis website has a page called “Al-Quds University/Brandeis University Partnership” which sings the praises of that now-dissolved partnership and makes no mention of the reason that it ended. In fact, the page gives the impression that some kind of friendly relationship still exists—the text concludes: “Brandeis and Al-Quds are jointly documenting the partnership’s progress and outcomes through publications, videos, and still images.”
The fact that a leading Palestinian Arab university has publicly praised the Palestinian version of Dylann Roof is morally despicable. The fact that the official television mouthpiece of the Abbas regime praises him is even worse.
When a government-controlled television station teaches the viewing public that racist murderers are heroes, then many of the viewers will come to believe that it’s true. The consequence is that an entire generation of young Palestinian Arabs have been raised to think that stabbing defenseless elderly American Jewish peace activists is right, necessary, and admirable.
How can there ever be peace when Palestinian Arab leaders behave this way? And when will today’s American Jewish “peace activists”—groups like J Street and Partners for a Progressive Israel, which claim to subscribe to the same values as Richard Lakin did—finally raise their voices in protest against the racist, anti-peace actions of the Abbas regime?
Stephen M. Flatow is a vice president of the Religious Zionists of America, an attorney in New Jersey and the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995. He is the author of “A Father’s Story: My Fight for Justice Against Iranian Terror,” and an oleh chadash.
Former MK Heba Yazbak, of the Balad party, will be interrogated on suspicion of inciting to crime, News 12 reported Sunday evening.
Yazbak’s interrogation will be handled by Israel Police’s special anti-corruption Lahav 433 unit.
The Balad party, the Lahav unit, and the Attorney General, have confirmed the details of the interrogation, Kikar Hashabbat added. According to the report, it is not yet known what Yazbak will be interrogated about.
Yazbak served as MK during three Knesset terms, losing her seat only in March 2020.
Earlier this year, Yazbak said that she does not stand for the Holocaust Remembrance Day siren, since according to her, “The Israeli government uses the Holocaust for political reasons and in order to justify the conquest of another nation.”
“We don’t stand for the Holocaust siren, since it is a universal crime and the Israeli government is trying to make it into a political-Israeli issue – and it’s not,” she said then, adding that the Holocaust is “a horrible crime, but what I’m trying to explain is that the Israeli government is trying to use this crime for political reasons, which will serve the State and the government.”
Yazbak has come under fire for praising terrorists who murdered Israelis, including expressing regret over the elimination of terrorist Samir Kuntar, who smashed the skull of four-year-old Einat Haran in the Nahariya terror attack in 1979, and whom she called a “hero.”
The economic unit of the State Attorney’s Office has reached an agreement with former Knesset member Hanin Zoabi of Balad, together with 13 senior activists in the party, Channel 12 News reported on Sunday.
As part of the settlement, Zoabi will be convicted of forgery and sentenced to probation and a fine. The deal has not yet been signed and is expected to be signed in the coming days.
The Attorney General decided to prosecute Zoabi for forgery and fraud after rejecting the reasoning brought forward by her lawyers at a hearing held for her.
The investigation dealt with suspicion of false reports and misrepresentations to the State Comptroller about the source of the funds received by the party and their presentation as donations from private citizens.
Zoabi served in the Knesset for 10 years before announcing in January of 2019 that she would not seek re-election.
Zoabi was notorious for her controversial, anti-Israel statements during her time as an elected member of the Israeli parliament.
America still has the power to extradite the terrorist who murdered her.
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A deafening explosion on a blazing summer afternoon 20 years ago ripped apart a Jerusalem pizzeria filled with families. Among the 15 killed in the Sbarro massacre on August 9, 2001, were my daughter Malki, 15, and her closest friend Michal, 16. Half the dead and most of the 130 wounded were children.
The terrorist sought a child-rich target and found it.
Ahlam Tamimi, a young Jordanian woman and an aspiring journalist, delivered the human bomb: a Palestinian man with a Hamas-made explosives-and-shrapnel-filled guitar case slung over his shoulder.
Tamimi made her get-away before the bomb detonated. She had no intention of dying that day and was well on her way out of the center of Jerusalem as it filled with dazed and hysterical survivors, first responders, security forces and Haredi volunteers engaged in gathering up body parts, some of them peeled off walls or pavement, for later burial. Their gruesome presence became a familiar sight in the following years as crowded Israeli buses and cafés became the targets of choice for Hamas, Fatah and similar agents of unfathomable darkness.
Tamimi was a 21-year-old journalism student freshly arrived from Jordan who worked evenings as a news reader for an Arab station located in Ramallah, only an hour’s drive from the site of the carnage. A video clip of her presenting that night’s news bulletin on Al-Istiqlal TV may be the only instance in the annals of television where an atrocity was reported by the perpetrator. Later, Tamimi spoke of how hard it was to suppress the jubilation that the deaths and injuries of Jews – especially Jewish children – aroused within her.
Tamimi reads the news of the bombing she had orchestrated. August 9, 2001 (Screenshot)
Israeli authorities arrested Tamimi a few weeks later. But this account is not one of those conventional narratives of justice triumphing over evil. I wish it were.
Ours is a story of parents whose shiva for a much-loved child has gone on for two decades. Abandoned by the government of Israel, our chosen home, we are now pleading with the one power in a position to see justice done: the United States.
In 2003, an Israeli court sentenced Tamimi to 16 consecutive terms of life imprisonment. She confessed to all charges, smiling throughout the proceedings. Horrified by the brazenness of a defendant manifesting “the very lowest level of humankind,” as the court put it, the judges recommended she never be eligible for early parole or a pardon.
Knowing she would spend the rest of her life in prison left the pain of our loss undiminished, but it brought a certain degree of closure. What followed after felt like being in a slow-motion car crash.
In October 2011, under the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu – a prime minister who made his international reputation by authoring a bestseller arguing that deals must never be done with terrorists – Tamimi was one of 1,027 convicted terrorists, released by Israel in exchange for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier who had been held hostage by Hamas for five years.
It was an extortionate deal, rammed through by senior politicians with only some lip-service paid to the anguish it would inflict upon the victims and their families. While it was happening, my wife and I quietly delivered several letters to the office of Prime Minister Netanyahu – handed personally to him, we were told – explaining why Tamimi should not be part of the transaction. All went unacknowledged.
The captured Israeli soldier, Shalit, returned to the embrace of his family. In the meantime, our daughter’s murderer embarked on years of victory laps and stardom across the Middle East. Public appearances, speeches and raucous celebrations elevated her to pan-Arab celebrity. She even got her own TV show.
Tamimi waves as she arrives at Queen Alia international airport in Amman on October 18, 2011. (Louai Beshara/AFP)
We had an initial taste of the nightmare ahead in one of her first interviews following her return to Amman: “I do not regret what happened” she said on camera. “Absolutely not. This is the path. I dedicated myself to Jihad for the sake of Allah, and Allah granted me success. You know how many casualties there were. This was made possible by Allah. Do you want me to denounce what I did? That’s out of the question. I would do it again today and in the same manner.” It felt as if Malki was being buried again.
Then, in the midst of our despair, we found hope. It came via two pieces of information.
First, we learned that because Americans had been murdered at Sbarro, a rarely-invoked federal law, Section 2332a of Title 18 of the United States code, might apply to get Tamimi back behind bars in the U.S.
Second, we learned that Jordan and the United States have had an extradition treaty since 1995.
The lives of three U.S. nationals and one unborn American child ended in the Sbarro conflagration. One was a newly married young woman, herself an only child, visiting from New Jersey. She was pregnant with her first baby. Next, a young mother was catastrophically brain-damaged, alive but in a vegetative coma to this day. (The toddler daughter she was eating pizza with survived unharmed and grew up motherless.) And finally, our Malki, an American citizen because her mother is a native New Yorker.
So we took our case to Washington.
We imagined an open-and-shut case. It hasn’t worked out that way.
What followed were five aching years of Sisyphean frustration, campaigning for justice under Section 2332a, creating jurisdiction in U.S. federal court for criminal offenses causing the death of American nationals outside the country by means of a weapon of mass destruction.
In 2013, the DOJ filed charges against Tamimi in federal court. But then it promptly sealed them, revealing their existence only four years later. In March 2017, apparently after behind-the-scenes diplomacy with Jordan failed, senior Justice Department officials unsealed the charges, branding Tamimi “an unrepentant terrorist” and adding her to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list. A $5 million bounty was announced in early 2018.
Malki embracing Michal. The girls are buried beside each other.
The other fugitives on this list are, not surprisingly, all in hiding. But the investigators and prosecutors at the DOJ and the FBI know exactly where Tamimi lives. Since 2011, she has lived spectacularly free in Jordan’s capital, Amman, where she is a folk hero. In a recent tribute to her on “Caravan,” one of Jordan’s most watched TV shows, the excited presenter blurted out to Tamimi and her convicted-terrorist husband, Nazir Tamimi: “You, the people of the struggle, elevate the name of Jordan!”
Why has my daughter’s murderer been allowed to thrive?
Cynics point to the realpolitik of our situation. Jordan is a key U.S. ally; justice for a murdered American girl is simply not worth disrupting such an important alliance. This theory is bolstered by the U.S.’s near-apathetic response to the grisly murder of Washington Post columnist and Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
But Jordan offered another explanation. In March 2017, six days after the criminal charges against Tamimi were unsealed and more than two decades after the extradition treaty with the U.S. went into effect, Jordan’s highest court declared the 1995 treaty to be invalid. Jordan’s most senior judges said it had never been ratified by the Jordanian legislature.
That isn’t true. Jordan had indeed ratified the treaty. I know because my wife and I used our right under the Freedom of Information Act to request the 1995 treaty documents from the State Department. When they failed to hand them over, we sued. In April, the State Department released the key documents.
They contained a bombshell.
Writing in regal style and invoking the “guidance of God,” the late King Hussein declared in a July 13, 1995, document addressed to the U.S. government his personal agreement as Jordan’s sovereign “to and ratification of that treaty in whole and in part. We further pledge to carry out its provisions and abide by its Articles, and we, God willing, shall not allow its violation.”
Jordan betrayed the treaty, plain as day. But no U.S. government official has publicly addressed Jordan’s failure to comply with its treaty obligation, let alone protest the moral offense or the insult to American interests and decades of mutually beneficial relations.
Tamimi’s name is vastly better known than that of my child and the other victims. In large part this is because there has not been a single investigative report in any part of the mainstream U.S. media into how the world’s most wanted female fugitive remains free. All of this means you likely know nothing about my daughter Malki and the luminous goodness of her tragically short life. That has been the most humiliating dimension of our battle.
As a parent seeking justice, I know I need to stay calm and restrained. But I have been suppressing an internal volcano for many years now. Together with my wife, I have implored officials at every level in Jerusalem, Washington and Amman to honor justice, the law, and bilateral treaty relationships by allowing a prosecution of obvious justice to proceed.
We have blogged and written Op-Eds. We have spoken by video conference and addressed live audiences. We have asked for support – and we have been stunned by how almost none of the details were known by our audiences until we conveyed them.
President Joe Biden, who knows well the inexpressible pain of losing a child, has a unique opportunity to deliver us justice. Later this month, Jordan’s King Abdullah II will be paying an official visit to Washington, the first Arab leader to meet personally with the 46th president.
President Biden, we beg you: press him to live up to Jordan’s promise by extraditing Ahlam Tamimi. Let her stand trial for murdering innocent Americans – one of them, my child.
The bizarre inclusion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems to be at odds with the curriculum’s self-described “place-based approach,” in which teachers and students are supposedly encouraged to focus on “the context of tribes in their own communities.”
Subsequently, the curriculum was approved by all 29 federally recognized tribes in Washington State. It has since been widely used in K-12 public schools after state legislation in 2015 required the teaching of Native American history. Subscribe to The JNS Daily Syndicate by email and never miss our top stories
The bizarre inclusion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems to be at odds with the curriculum’s self-described “place-based approach,” in which teachers and students are supposedly encouraged to focus on “the context of tribes in their own communities.”
“Unfortunately, we’re finding this sort of politicization of Israel in public schools across the United States,” said my colleague Steven Stotsky, who investigates bias in K-12 education for the CAMERA International Student Leadership Institute.
“In this case, I find it particularly troubling that the curriculum is being used by anti-Israel activists to divert attention away from Native American history,” Stotsky said. “It’s as unfair to Native Americans as it is to Jews. And ultimately, it’ll damage the credibility of the entire curriculum, as people figure out what’s going on.”
Troubled as well, I contacted the organizations behind the curriculum.
In response to my questions, a school official from the Washington State’s Office of Native Education wrote in an email, “To clarify, the focus of the Since Time Immemorial curriculum lesson you are inquiring about centers student learning around the understanding of the struggles Indian Nations experienced with the founding of the US Colonies.”
“The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not the focus of the lesson,” she stated.
But, although it is not the main focus, an assignment about Native American revolts against European encroachment tells students that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a useful “contemporary connection” for understanding the Indian Wars for Independence.
The assignment uses leading questions to teach that, like Native Americans, the Palestinians are struggling to have “their sacred homelands returned to them.”
While it is true that most Palestinian Arabs likely view their uprisings in that way, the ancient and unbroken Jewish residence in these same sacred lands is omitted from the lesson.
There is no mention of the evidence of Jewish indigeneity or the need for a sovereign Jewish homeland in the often violently intolerant Middle East.
The assignment’s language indicates that students will never hear anything about the archaeological and textual discoveries that place the Jewish people in the land more than a millennium before the Arab Islamic colonial incursions.
Nor will students learn about the Jewish majority in Jerusalem dating back to the 1800s, or the genetic evidence indicating that most of the world’s Jewish population can be traced to the Levant.
Perhaps most disturbingly, the centuries-old oppression of Mizrahi Jewish communities in the Arab world, culminating in their brutal ethnic cleansing in the 20th century, is also left out. Nearly 1 million refugees were compelled by these anti-Semitic atrocities to find refuge in Israel.
Since students do not receive the above information in the Since Time Immemorial curriculum, those who complete the assignment will likely come away from it with two notions: first, that Israelis are analogous to Europeans who overran another people’s territory; and second, that the ethical position is to side with the indigenous Palestinians in their fight to reclaim their sacred homeland from Jewish usurpers.
True, the lesson does not explicitly assert either of those two propositions. The children are left to make the obvious inferences for themselves. But no schoolchild will be able to avoid the curriculum’s suggestion that Israelis are the intruder and Palestinians, the victim.
Those conclusions might not be a conscious deduction on the part of the child. The scandal behind the lesson is that it plays on the innocence of grade schoolers: all those boys and girls who think that they are “just doing” their required Native American assignment, but have no clue of the controversial ethics, history and politics of the Middle East that are being smuggled into it — and into their subconscious.
Any intellectually honest adult can see that this assignment is not an actual lesson on Jewish-Arab history. It is the exploitation of Native American suffering in order to plant in the schoolchild’s mind an assumption about the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
It is, in short, not a good education but a form of political conditioning.
Jonah Cohen is communications director for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA.org)
A short while ago, IDF fighter jets struck a weapon manufacturing site and a rocket launcher belonging to the Hamas terror organization, the IDF said in a Saturday night statement.
According to the statement, the strikes were conducted in response to the arson balloons fired towards Israeli territory.
“The IDF will continue to respond firmly against terror attempts from the Gaza Strip,” the statement added.
Earlier on Saturday, an Israel Fire and Rescue Services spokesman quoted a fire investigator as confirming that an incendiary balloon sent from Gaza into Israeli territory during the afternoon hours sparked a brushfire in the Eshkol Regional Council.
In a meeting between the leaders Yesha Council and Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked last week, Shaked revealed that the status quo in the previous government in Judea and Samaria will remain in the new government and the Supreme Planning Board of the Civil Administration will convene every quarter, Yisrael Hayom reported.
In a statement issued by the Yesha Council after that meeting, it was stated that the chairman of the Yesha Council, David Elhayani, told Minister Shaked: “I trust you and I very much hope that this will be a good government for the settlements. I wish you and all the staff of the office good luck, and we see in you a very good address in the government for all issues related to our authorities and residents. I hope that the issue of building permits will be resolved soon for the future of the region.”
It should be noted that the Supreme Planning Administration in the Civil Administration, which is in charge of planning and promoting construction plans in Judea and Samaria, met for the last time on January 17. At that meeting, 792 housing units were approved at various planning stages.