Breaking news: Israel travel restrictions extended again by 10 days and Ateret Cohanim saving Jerusalem and The Canadian 'Falcon of Malta' who died for Israel and Israeli official to Arutz Sheva: Bennett did not stop construction in Atarot and Digging out Israel’s ancient ruins and You Bet Your Life #53-23 Spunky old lady vs. Groucho (Secret word 'Clock', Feb 18, 1954) and Jewish communities near Jerusalem will be left unprotected, here’s why
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Breaking news: Israel travel restrictions extended again by 10 days
The borders have been closed for nearly two weeks to foreigners
Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz decided Thursday evening to extend the country's travel restrictions for another 10 days from December 12, to prevent a massive spread of the omicron variant in the territory.
The Prime Minister's statement, however, did not mention the reopening of the borders to tourists, but specified that the two men agreed "on the extension of the current restrictions at Ben Gurion Airport."
spreading in the country.
All Israelis arriving in the country, including those vaccinated against the coronavirus with all three doses, will be required to take a PCR test at Ben Gurion Airport upon arrival and then immediately go into home quarantine. They will have to take a second test on the third day after their arrival to be able to come out of isolation if it is negative.
People who have not been vaccinated or who have not received the third dose when their second date is more than six months old will have to quarantine themselves for seven days. People returning from countries classified as "red" will be placed in isolation in coronavirus hotels.
To date, around twenty cases of omicron were detected in the country, most of which had returned from abroad and in particular from South Africa.
Roughly a hundred other cases are suspected to be from the omicron variant.
In addition, contaminations are stable and the number of people in serious condition dropped below 100, for the first time since last July.
The Three Musketeers at the Kotel
Digging out Israel's ancient ruins
Archeologist Emily Bischoff Bruintjes came all the way from Minnesota to work and dig for the IAA. This is her story.
When you think about the history of the Land of Israel, you probably think about King David, The Romans, Bar Kochva or the Ottoman Empire. But the fact of the matter is, that all of those powerful rulers and leaders roamed this land pretty recently. After all, what is 1000, 2000 or even 3000 thousand years in the history of mankind?
In recent centuries archeologists have been working hard to reveal the many secrets buried in layers upon layers of earth, here in Israel. All of us have heard about the various findings regarding Jewish ancient history. But long before any records of Monotheism, ancient men lived here. Israel's strategic location, right on the border between Asia and Africa, made it an important crossroads for humanity – for tens of thousands of years. Nowadays, it is the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) who's responsible for digging up and revealing the secrets of ancient times. Today we're thrilled to be joined by Archeologist Emily Bischoff Bruintjes, who works and digs for the IAA.
Emily is a Prehistoric Archaeologist who currently digs in southern Israel. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and a Masters from Tel Aviv University. She is originally from Minnesota but now she lives in Israel. We're super excited to talk to Emily today about her work and Israel's prehistoric history.
Ateret Cohanim saving Jerusalem
Ateret Cohanim mourns the great loss of Eli Kay and will continue to heighten security in Jerusalem.
On November 17th, Rabbi Aviv Tzobari, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Ateret Cohanim Seminary in the so called Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem-also known as "the citizen who neutralized the terrorist" was praised for saving the day after two 20 year old policemen were stabbed.
Once again Ateret Cohanim's presence brought security and calm to all who live in Jerusalem. It highlights the fact that Jews living anywhere in the land of Israel especially in Judea and Samaria bring peace and tranquility to all inhabitants of the land.
The Arabs won't tell a reporter that publically but privately they will tell anyone who asks that they are much better off today than pre-1967. They feel one hundred percent more secure. This is not a narrative the media or radical politicians want to talk about. This lack of reality testing has hurt chances for Peace more than anything else.
Rabbi Aviv Tzobari who is the true hero in all of this, learned his lessons the hard way. Six years ago almost to the day his colleague and friend Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi was murdered after trying to come to the rescue of the Bennett family who were on their way to the Western Wall to pray.
Both Rabbi Lavi and Aharon Bennett died as a result of the terrorist actions. This time Rabbi Tzobari made sure to shoot the terrorist before anyone else could be hurt.
Because of the presence of the Ateret Cohanim community, over 10 million dollars worth of security cameras and monitors were set up in the Old City going back to the times of Ariel Sharon who had purchased an apartment in the Old City near the Ateret Cohanim Yeshiva in 1988.
I remember well when he moved in. It was later found out that the building Ariel Sharon moved into was the Mediterranean Hotel where Mark Twain stayed in 1867. I am proud and honored to be associated with Ateret Cohanim these past 36 years.
Unfortunately, terror struck Jerusalem again when Fadi Abu Shkhaydem a senior Hamas member and operative who lived near Pisgat Ze'ev and French Hill in Jerusalem and who taught a PA curriculum at a UNRWA school (the textbooks at these schools defame Jews and glorify terrorism against Jews). He used an automatic weapon (how he was able to get such a weapon into The Old City of Jerusalem is now the subject of an intense investigation and should lead to much stricter control of the entry point for Muslims including metal detectors into Jerusalem) to murder 26 year old South African Oleh ,Eliyahu David Kay who was working for the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. Thousands attended his funeral. His brother Kasriel Kay said ,"Eli would have wanted every single person to give … to the best of their ability in whatever way works for them" for Israel.
Ateret Cohanim mourns the great loss of Eliyahu David Kay H'YD. Hamas must be held accountable and pay a very heavy price. Ateret Cohanim will continue to heighten security in Jerusalem. It's existence is saving Jerusalem for future generations..
Israeli official to Arutz Sheva: Bennett did not stop construction in Atarot
Israeli official responds to report that PM told the US that construction in Jerusalem neighborhood would not happen.
An Israeli official told Arutz Sheva on Thursday evening that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett did not stop the construction of the Atarot neighborhood of Jerusalem, but rather explained to the Americans that this is a technical procedure that will last at least a year.
The official added that the construction plan in Atarot will go up for discussion in the district committee on December 6.
The official was responding to the report by Barak Ravid on the Walla! news website, which said that Bennett has sent messages to the Biden Administration that the government would not promote the construction of Atarot
The plan to construct the neighborhood was approved by the local committee in Jerusalem a few days ago.
A senior diplomat said the Prime Minister made it clear to the United States that the government has no authority or control over the local committee, but once it reaches the district committee where the government can intervene, it will not be advanced.
Im Tirzu movement CEO Matan Peleg slammed the report. "What a shame that a man who made his political fortune through criticism from the right is folding so quickly in the face of American and European pressure. Jerusalem needs to be strengthened and fortified, every message of weakness is translated into the actual division of the city and the deepening of foreign involvement. Apparently there is no right in this government. Naftali Bennett, political laxity is not an ideology. Whoever voted for you is ashamed of you today."
The Canadian 'Falcon of Malta' who died for Israel
'Top Guns': The little-known story of the decorated Canadian WWII pilot who died mysteriously in 1948 after joining the Israeli Air Force.
One of the most successful and decorated Canadian World War II "Top Guns," George Frederic' Buzz' Beurling, was born in Montreal one hundred years ago on December 6, 1921. After the war, he joined the nascent Israeli Air Force to fight in the War of Independence and was killed mysteriously in 1948: It was a lamentable end to a dazzling dream.
This is his story.
'Buzz' was, without a shadow of a doubt, among the most accomplished fighter pilots in military aviation. He was considered a "lone wolf" who spent more time mathematically calculating optimal shots from various angles and distances to maximize Spitfire ammunition than having a pint with his mates. For example, Beurling found that by shooting cannon on the approximated flight path of an enemy plane, one could attack the aircraft without straightening one's tail, utilizing a side angle. Pilots who flew with Beurling said that he would notice approaching planes before anyone else and count them. As others were unable to see what he was talking about, they thought that he was nervous or tense, but in the end, he was always accurate.
Known as "The Falcon of Malta," he and other 'Top Guns' played a significant role in preventing Hitler and Mussolini from occupying the island and turning the western Mediterranean into an Axis lake, thus securing the vital lines of communication for their North African campaigns. Accordingly, the dictators blockaded the strategically located island, intercepted supplies to the besieged British forces, and bombed the small island incessantly. The Germans and Italians flew over 3000 bombing raids, dropping 6,700 tons of bombs on the Grand Harbor area alone: the archipelago was largely reduced to rubble. In May 1941, Erwin Rommel warned that "Without Malta, the Axis will end by losing control of North Africa." In Churchill and Malta's War, 1939-1945, Douglas Austin argues that the Prime Minister understood that without Malta's ability to attack ships resupplying German forces in North Africa, victory in Europe would be delayed by up to a year. Victory on the shores of the burning island enabled the Allies to use it as an unsinkable carries in the subsequent invasion of Italy leading to the collapse of the Berlin-Rome Axis.
With little or no food, shortage of spare parts and fuel, Buzz and his fellow pilots fought bravely against all odds. They launched sorties after sorties, with little rest, as waves of enemy warplanes tried to force Malta into submission. Each Nazi assault was confronted and repulsed with the defiant roar of Spitfires resulting in the decimation of the Luftwaffe and the Regia Aeronautica Italiana. Those who fought the Axis were often reminded by Admiral of the Fleet, Andrew Browne Cunningham of the Great Siege of Malta in 1565 when the Ottoman Empire was defeated by the Knights Hospitaller who fought valiantly against Suleiman the Magnificent's superior forces. 'Buzz' shot 27 Axis warplanes in two weeks in 1942 and earned another sobriquet:"Knight of the Sky."
Churchill's commendation issued after the Battle of Britain in 1940 "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few" found new resonance as the Pact of Steel's Maltese dreams were shattered on the shores of a blood-drenched island thanks mainly to Beurling and his band of brothers.
After the war, as Israel's War of Independence was about to start, 'Buzz' deeply felt that Arab threats to destroy the fledgling Jewish State would amount to granting Hitler a posthumous victory. Without hesitation, Beurling decided to take to the skies yet again and help Israel survive. The fledgling Israel Air Force was forged in battle, but most pilots and aircrew were overseas volunteers. The reason for this disastrous situation was that Britain, in charge of the Palestine Mandate before May 15, 1948, had refused to accept Palestinian Jews who wanted serve in the RAF until 1943 - almost four years into the war. When the 1948 War broke out, there were only 25 Jewish pilots: the rest came from abroad, including my boss at Israel Aerospace Industries, the late Al Shwimmer, an American, who organized the smuggling of jets into Israel.
'Buzz's' decision to join the fray did not come as a surprise to George's brother Rick who told Itay Itamar, writing for the Israel Air Force Journal that the family had been brought up on Holy Scriptures and that both he and 'Buzz' shared a Judeo-Christian world view.
"We very much identified with the history of the people of Israel. Our father always said that one day Israel would become an independent state, and we always waited for it to happen," remembered Rick. "I think that after George's experience in World War II, together with the fact that Israel was about to become a nation, he ran to help. Even though he wasn't Jewish, he had a Jewish heart "said Rick Beurling.
'Buzz' contacted Sydney Solomon, a Montreal Jewish community leader who was deeply involved in Jewish and Israeli affairs. It was not easy: Solomon was suspicious and questioned Buerling's motives. "Sydney sat with us in the kitchen and told us that it was challenging for them to believe my brother because he thought that it was a trick or a type of bait," recalled Rick during Itamar's interview. But, 'Buzz' convinced him as he answered each question with a quote from the Bible. He wanted to be part of the epic struggle about to unfold and burned with the desire to defend the Jewish State. Beurling, a religious man versed in the Holy Books, could not imagine that a few years after the liberation of concentration camps, another holocaust might be inflicted on the Jewish people.
According to Itamar, as soon as Beurling received the green light at the outbreak of the War of Independence, he joined Leonard Yehuda Cohen, a British ace who had also fought in Malta. Both pilots volunteered in the nascent Israeli air force. 'Buzz's' first operation was to bring a Norseman plane from Italy to Israel on May 20, 1948. But, the aircraft exploded and crashed in mysterious circumstances in Rome as many believe that the plane was sabotaged before it took off. He was twenty-seven years old when he died.
His charred remains were unclaimed and kept in a warehouse in the Verano Monumental Cemetery for five months. Eventually, Beurling, the romantic war hero, was interred in Rome's Protestant Memorial Garden, appropriately enough, between the graves of Percy Bysshe Shelly and John Keats.
Although we don't have access to all the relevant documents, the suspicious circumstances concerning the crash have been discussed in many books, including Brian Nolan's The Buzz Beurling Story. Suffice to note that the World War II ace had many powerful foes: Pro- Arab western secret services were fiercely opposed to his activities; Rome was full of Nazis signing up to fight with the Arabs; remnants of the SS were sworn to settle scores with the "Maltese Falcon"; and Arab intelligence services were determined to prevent incipient Israel from attaining air superiority, especially as Beurling was about to fly the P-51 Mustang. But the possibility of an accident, however, cannot be discounted.
At the suggestion of the State of Israel and with the approval of the Beurling family, on November 9, 1950, George's remains were brought from Italy to Israel. He was laid to eternal rest with full military honors in the Christian cemetery in Haifa.
On the 60th Anniversary of his internment, it was decided, based on the family's request, to grant George a full Jewish commemorative service in Haifa. The memorial service was attended by the crew of the "Flying Camel" squadron, the commander of the squadron, and the head of the Department of Fallen Soldiers, Lt. Col. Danny Shneidman, who accompanied the Beurling family during their first visit to Israel. The Canadian Ambassador to Israel, Jon Allen, and the Canadian Defense Attaché to Israel Col. Geordie Elms, too, were present.
You Bet Your Life #53-23 Spunky old lady vs. Groucho (Secret word 'Clock', Feb 18, 1954)
The old lady in couple #3 is the clear highlight of this episode. Neither Groucho nor his cigars impress her at all, but Groucho seems genuinely tickled by her. COUPLE #1: Ann Rierdon, Arthur Murray dance instructor / Bill Eddy COUPLE #2: Shirley Lestelle, a woman with a pip-squeaky voice / Charles Sandoval, who's wearing an eye patch because he's "sensitive to the lights" COUPLE #3: Athol Smerdon, from Australia / Mary Sackett, a spunky old lady who complains about Groucho's cigar-- and he obligingly puts it out!
Jewish communities near Jerusalem will be left unprotected, here's why
Jewish communities in the Jerusalem envelope are facing a severe loss of protection due to ongoing arguments over who is responsible for funding their security, Israel Hayom reported Thursday.
The Border Police, which is technically part of the Israeli Police, took over the responsibility for safeguarding the area from the IDF in 2006. However, the purse-strings were still held by the army and the Defense Ministry, and the paper reported that the flow of money has steadily been reduced over the years. Among other consequences, this meant that security training for residents ceased, and weapons kept in local storage in case of a terror attack were taken back.
The National Security Council (NSC) stepped in a few years ago and directed that the police should receive the necessary budget for its work, but the recommendation was ignored.
Now, as of next month, the spigot will be completely turned off and the Border Police will stop providing security for four of five villages in its purview in the Gush Adumim bloc, the paper said. The nine other settlements in the area, which are still secured by the IDF, will remain unaffected.
Residents of the region are scared, and furious.
"Are they waiting for a disaster to happen like what happened in Adam?" asked Kfar Adumim security chief Avichai Shorshan, who said that the entrance gates to his settlement will now remain unmanned. "They are simply abandoning us. We have a large academic institution here for the area's residents – how are we supposed to secure it? We have been falling through the cracks for two decades already."
In 2018, a 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist infiltrated the Jerusalem-area settlement of Adam by sneaking through its fence. He stabbed three residents, including the one who eventually shot him dead. One of those stabbed, Yotam Ovadia, a father of two very young children, died of his wounds.
While the paper said that all the residents it interviewed blamed the NSC for doing nothing to solve the predicament, other government bodies were not let off the hook, either.
"Everyone – the National Security Council, the Defense Ministry and the Public Security Ministry – shirks off responsibility for the issue," one resident told the daily.
Another added, "The police should have screamed as well."