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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Israeli bus damaged by stone throwers just outside Jerusalem

You'd have to be a bit familiar with the names of towns in Judea and Samaria to understand the significance of this brief report:
A Israeli bus was damaged on Sunday when it was hit by stones thrown by Palestinians near the West Bank town of Kfar Hizma.

No one was wounded.
For those who don't know where 'Kfar Hizma' is, the same incident is reported with a bit more specificity at Arutz Sheva's site.
Palestinian Authority Arabs from the village of Hizme stoned an Israeli bus on Sunday morning near the entrance to Jerusalem. The bus sustained damage, but passengers were not hurt.
Hizme is an Arab village that abuts the road that leads to the 'Kvish Okef Ramallah' - the Ramallah bypass road - which is traversed by hundreds of Jews heading into Jerusalem from Samaria in general and on Sunday mornings in particular. (Sunday morning traffic here is like Monday morning traffic in much of the rest of the world). The village is so close to the Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Zev that the IDF checkpoint that you have to go through there is known as 'Machsom Hizme,' the Hizme roadblock. This area is considered relatively safe. In fact, the town of Adam, which is five minutes past Hizme into Samaria, no longer has bullet proof buses for every run because the area is considered 'safe' and the bullet proof buses are considered unnecessary.

And the Israeli government's response to this new escalation? You can guess:
Defense officials said Sunday that Israel would ease travel restrictions on PA Arabs as a “good-will gesture” despite ongoing attacks on Israeli motorists throughout Judea and Samaria. As part of the “gesture,” Israel plans to remove dozens of roadblocks and at least two checkpoints.
One of the checkpoints that is being removed is the one between Jericho and the Dead Sea. I wonder what will happen if - God forbid - there is a terror attack at Ein Gedi as a result.

After all, Condi is in town today.


At 11:19 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

To the Olmert-Barak-Livni government, pleasing Secretary Rice is the top priority. The safety of Israel's citizens is at the bottom its to do list.

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

I think we need to just cut out the middle man and the semantics. Let's just hand over the guns and the keys to the Pal.s and ask them nicely to shoot us all in the heads and get it over with. This slow commitment of suicide is just taking too darn long.


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