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News broadcast to you from Jerusalem; And in today’s top stories;
Growing unrest turns into violence across the West Bank between Palestinian rioters
and Israeli security forces. The Palestinian leadership says the Trump
Administration’s decision to declare Israeli settlements “not per se inconsistent with
international law” an American declaration of war against the Palestinian people. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
voiced his deep appreciation for the tremendous support many of the citizens of Israel voiced
– yet urged them “to act responsibly within the limitation of the law, without militancy
and without violence.” IDF troops, alongside Border Police and Civil
Administration forces, entered the town of Beit Kahil near the West Bank city of Hebron
in a pre-dawn operation, and demolished residential buildings of four Palestinian terrorists that
were responsible for the murder of 19-year-old Israeli soldier Dvir Sorek, some four months
ago. Sorek’s body was found with multiple stab
wounds on the side of a road near the Israeli West Bank settlement of Migdal Oz, close to
the seminary school where he studied as part of a program which combines Biblical’ Torah
studies with military service. It is important to note that Sorek was neither
armed, nor was he wearing a military uniform when the four Palestinian suspects committed
the heinous murder. In line with Jerusalem’s policy of retribution
for terror-related activities, which includes a legally-binding demolition of residential
homes that belong to perpetrators of terror related activities, the IDF Civil Administration
informed the families of the four Palestinians before this morning’s intended operation. In response, the families of the killers filed
a petition against the demolition’ order to the Supreme Court of Justice in Jerusalem,
but their appeal was immediately rejected. Meanwhile, shortly after the demolition of
the structures was complete, Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett stressed that “Unfortunately,
(Israel) cannot guarantee that there will not be any more terror attacks,” but (Jerusalem’s
top defense official underscored) “those who raise their hand on Israeli citizens must
pay a heavy price.” It is important to note that growing unrest
across Palestinian populated areas in the West Bank have been reported over the past
several days, after the Western-backed Palestinian leadership called for a “day of rage”
on Tuesday, over an American policy shift, in which the United States does not necessarily
view Israeli settlements on disputed lands “inconsistent with international law.” Hundreds of Palestinians, both men and children,
answered their leaders’ call – which quickly turned violent in multiple so-called points-of-friction. The American decision to alter its policy
was made public by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ten days ago, during which he
underscored that “The hard truth is – there will never be a judicial resolution to the
(Israeli-Palestinian) conflict, and arguments about who is right and wrong as a matter of
international law will not bring peace.” Pompeo further stressed that the decades-old
conflict, which he referred to as “a complex political problem”… “can only be solved
by negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.” That is why, the top American diplomat reiterated,
that the Trump Administration remains deeply committed “to helping facilitate peace,”
and will do everything it can to help this cause. The Palestinian leadership quickly condemned
the American decision, and vowed to confront it by all means available. “We are to say that this decision makes the
American administration a participant with Israel in violating the international law. Israeli settlements are illegal by international
law, by the decision of the International Court of Justice and we are here to declare
that we will struggle for our rights, for our freedom to end the occupation and to bring
down the system of apartheid that Israel has created all over Palestine.” In support of the Palestinian narrative, the
Arab league convened an emergency meeting earlier this week, during which it blatantly
rejected Washington’s policy change vis-à-vis Israeli settlements. “Our emergency meeting today was triggered
by the illegal and rejected announcement by U.S. Secretary of State (Mike Pompeo) several
days ago, in which he said that his country no longer considers Israeli settlements in
the West Bank as violations of international law. We consider this announcement an extremely
negative development and an unfortunate change of the U.S.’s position. We doubt that the current U.S. administration
realizes its true consequences and impact on the long term.” The Arab league’s secretary General insisted
that the policy change by the Trump Administration negatively impacts any hope to reach a future
peace resolution. Subsequently, Palestinian Foreign Minister
Riyad Al-Malki declared in a press conference to Arab media, that the Palestinian leadership
views the Trump Administration’s policy-shift as part of a series of other measures that
together constitute acts of war against the Palestinian people. “The latest decision by the U.S. administration
concerning the legitimization of the illegal and illegitimate Israeli settlements in the
occupied Palestinian territories is only part of a series of measures taken by the U.S.
against the Palestinian people and the Palestinian just cause. The U.S. administration has completely adopted
the Israeli position and has waged war against the Palestinian people and their rights. Consequently, we see this step as part of
a war waged by the Trump administration against the Palestinian people and their rights which
should not be compromised.” Turning now to Jerusalem, where;
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced his deep appreciation for the tremendous
support many of the citizens of Israel voiced, since Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit
announced his decision to indict him. In a recorded statement, Netanyahu also urged
his supporters “to act responsibly within the limitation of the law, without militancy
and without violence,” in light of voiced concerns about Israel possibly plummeting
– even though unlikely – into a “civil war.” “Thank you very much, citizens of Israel. Thank you very much for your tremendous support. You have warmed my heart. You really have really warmed my heart. I especially want to thank the masses who
came to Tel Aviv from all parts of the country, [those who] came to Tel Aviv to demonstrate
for Justice, Truth, and Democracy. I know that media outlets will always take
single [violent] cases out of the thousands [non-violent] to delegitimize you, in sharp
contrast to their complete disregard of cases far more severe that occur in the [political]
left protests. Still, I have one request: It’s important
to act responsibly within the limitation of the law, without militancy and without violence. We respect the law, and we respect the courts. And I am sure that both the justice and truth
will come to light. ” While Netanyahu insisted that the law must
be respected, he underscored that “difficult questions” must be answered about the judicial
system that raises suspicions – especially at a time when the Israeli leader sought to
exercise historical opportunities, including the official annexation of the Jordan Valley,
which is part of three districts that make up the so-called West Bank. “Difficult questions arose in the conduct
of my investigations and of others. Questions that raise suspicion for criminal
conduct, for actions that have no place in a democratic state, and these questions need
to be comprehensively looked into. [We must] Fix what needs to be fixed, because
that is the essence of democracy. Because in democracy no one is above the law,
no one is immune from criticism, from scrutiny or from investigation. The cohesion you [the people] demonstrate
in this and other matters is important to the State of Israel and is important to me. It gives me the power to continue to lead
you, in order to safeguard the land of Israel and the security of all Israeli citizens without
exception and to exercise historical opportunities that we could not dreamed of, first and foremost
the application of [Israeli] sovereignty over the Jordan Valley. I really appreciate your support. I thank you. I love you.” For more information on Israel and its region
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