EXCLUSIVE: Western Journalism Reports Live From Israel’s New War Zone In Gush Etzion

The Gush Etzion region south of Jerusalem has been hit extremely hard by the current terror war by Palestinian Arabs. Tzomet HaGush, the main junction on road 60 that connects Jerusalem with Hebron, has been the scene of numerous knife attacks and the nearby Jewish village of Alon Svut witnessed several vehicular attacks and a kidnapping that took the lives of three Jewish boys last year.

Only last week, three people were murdered by a Palestinian Arab terrorist in the area. The terrorist first shot at five Israeli cars and later rammed his car into an Israeli vehicle close to Alon Svut. An 18-year-old American yeshiva student was among those killed in the horrific attack.

On Sunday this tragedy was followed by a new deadly stabbing attack at Tzomet HaGush that took the life of the 21-year-old Jewish woman Hadar Buchris who studied at a Midrasha in the nearby village of Bat Ayin.

Since then, the area has been turned into a war-zone. Hundreds of IDF soldiers are guarding bus stops, hitch-hiking posts, parking lots, roads and shopping centers. At bus stops and hitch-hiking posts giant concrete blocks are placed between the road and the sidewalks to prevent vehicular attacks.

On the Tzomet HaGush junction, a new fence has been erected that aims to keep Arabs away from Jewish travelers. It didn’t prevent the murder of Hadar Buchris, however.

Soldiers are now checking Palestinian cars at temporary checkpoints at the entrances of the junction and the IDF conducts searches in nearby Palestinian villages during the night.

Even during the Second Intifada a situation like this never existed in Gush Etzion (Bloc of Etzion).

At the time, Palestinian Arabs only had a very limited access to the main roads in Judea and Samaria. The IDF had closed off many Palestinian villages. It proved to be a measure that contributed significantly to the security of Israelis traveling through the region.

Until now the IDF has refrained from reinstalling this type of measures but the pressure to do so from residents and community leaders is increasing.

On Sunday, residents of Gush Etzion held a vigil for Hadar Buchris and a demonstration at Tzomet HaGush during which they demanded a ban on Palestinian traffic on road 60 and other roads in the area. The roads are still open to Palestinian traffic, but Arab workers from nearby Palestinian villages and towns are not allowed into the Jewish communities in Gush Etzion anymore, Israel Radio Reshet Beth reported on Monday.

The measure illustrates the severity of the situation. Gush Etzion has always been an area where a relatively high level of co-existence between Jews and Arabs existed. For example, Shlomo Riskin – the chief rabbi of Efrat the largest town in the region – promoted co-existence between Jews and Arabs for a long time. He ran several co-existence projects aimed at the youth in Efrat and the Arab villages until the Second Intifada killed the project.

Even now there are places like the local garage and the Rami Levy supermarket in the commercial center of Tzomet HaGush where Arabs from Hebron and Bethlehem are working together with Jews from the Gush Etzion communities.

In general, however, the mood in the Jewish communities of the Etzion Bloc has changed under influence of the current string of attacks and the horrific murders of the three young Jewish boys that were kidnapped by a Hamas terror gang in the summer of 2014. Many Jews in Gush Etzion have come to realize that the idea of real co-existence with the Arabs was a pipe dream. Some of them say that Arabs have nothing more to do in Gush Etzion and that Israel must step up the war on Palestinian terror.

It is no coincidence that the Arab terrorists have singled out Gush Etzion for the most horrific attacks in the current terror war. The roughly 70,000 Jews living in the area succeeded in building some of Israel’s finest cities and villages. The Gush residents improved the quality of life in their communities under often difficult circumstances and have turned Gush Etzion into a modern-day Zionist success story.

Ten years after the end of the Second Intifada the place is growing and blossoming. A mall with a modern supermarket has been built adjacent to Tzomet HaGush and will be expanded soon, several restaurants and coffee shops have been opened and even a first class winery now operates in the area.

The goal of the terrorists is to destroy the fabric of life in Gush Etzion and to turn the place in a warzone. Until now they have not succeeded in their goal but, when I visited the area again this week I noticed that the terrorists are succeeding in disrupting life in the region.

Even the most popular restaurant in the area – Gavne near the Bat Ayin community at the outskirts of Gush Etzion- has now been closed. A message at the entrance of the restaurant notifies customers that the establishment has been closed indefinitely “due to the security situation.”

Emek HaBracha, a winery near Tzomet HaGush that also houses a diary restaurant, seemed to be business as usual when I visited. The restaurant was full of guests and everything seemed quiet until the barman suddenly grabbed his pistol and started running towards the junction after receiving a security update.

The man, who turned out to be a volunteer medic with Magen David Adom (Israeli Red Cross), returned after a couple of minutes and notified the customers that they could relax. Arabs had only thrown rocks at an Israeli car, he said.

The incident showed how Palestinian terror has become the ‘new normal’ in daily life, not only in Gush Etzion but in large parts of Israel.

Famous Pastor Just Responded To Syrian Chaos With Chilling 6 Word Message Everyone Needs To See

One well known pastor is preaching that the changes in the global situation, from terrorism to new world alliances, are indicators that these are the last days before the return of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Greg Laurie, 62, of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California said current news events are following the plan laid out in Bible prophecy. He wrapped up a Nov. 19 sermon with this conclusive statement.

“We’re living in the last days,” Laurie said.

Laurie pointed his congregation to two specific things: the rise of terrorism and the alliance between Russia and Iran. He said global terrorism is as “stronger that it has ever been.”

“I think it’s pretty obvious to almost anyone that we are living in the last days,” Laurie said in a Nov. 19 sermon. “There’s all kinds of things reminding us that Christ is coming back again.”

Laurie said the war with Islamic radicals is really a battle of ideology.

“It’s not going to go away, because we have to understand the ideology of those who are committing these acts of terror,” Laurie said. “They want to establish a caliphate.”

“When you get down to it, there is a hatred here for Christianity and there is a hatred for Judaism,” he added.

The pastor turned to the book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament to show the similarities between modern events and prophecy.

In Ezekiel 38, the prophecy writes of two lands known as Gog and Magog. The prophecy is that these countries will join others, including Persia, to storm into Israel. While there isn’t anything certain that identifies the modern version of Gog, Laurie and other biblical scholars hold the view that Magog is Russia.

Persia is modern day Iran. So, a prophecy that links Russia with Iran is causing chatter among the faithful because of collaboration the two countries have in defeating the Islamic State in Syria.

Some biblical experts also state that prophesies in Isaiah 17:1-3 and Jeremiah 49:23-27 indicates that Damascus, the capital of Syria, will destroyed and left in a “heap of ruins.”

“Wait a second, Bible student, pay attention. There’s a scenario in the book of Ezekiel 37, 38, and 39 that talks about the massive force to the north of Israel marching on her and the force is identified as Magog,” Laurie preached. “And most prophecy teachers and experts believe that Magog is modern-day Russia…one of the allies that marches with Magog is Persia.”

Laurie told his congregation to also pay attention to scripture that compares the last days to the days of Noah. The main point, he said, is that no one will be expecting Christ to return just as no one believed Noah when he talked of a coming flood.

Other theologians disagree with Laurie, stating that end times prophecies are either not literal or happened centuries ago when Israel was conquered and the Temple destroyed.

Laurie is organizing an large-scale event called Harvest America scheduled for March 6 at AT & T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Watch full sermon here.

Surprise: One Of Media’s Poster Boys For ‘Islamophobia’ Was Just Caught Doing Something SHOCKING

A military veteran and Oklahoma native who became the face against “Islamophobia” in 2013 faces charges after he was recently arrested along the Turkish-Syrian border.

Officials said the Muslim man, Saadiq Long, 45, was attempting to join ISIS.

Mr. Long was thrust into national discussion when he, a U.S. Air Force veteran, found himself on a no-fly list. Long had been living in Qatar for nearly a decade with his wife and her children. He was teaching English there when he decided he needed to go be with his ailing mother in Oklahoma.

There was a problem. Long discovered his name had secretly been put on a no-fly list, so he couldn’t come to the United States. Eventually, the situation mysteriously cleared up and Long flew home. He spent 10 weeks visiting with family, but ran into more problems when he tried to board a plan at the Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City to fly back to Qatar. The Delta Airlines agent denied him a boarding pass.

At the time, one of Long’s biggest defenders was Adam Soltani, executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)- Oklahoma. CAIR lawyers worked on Long’s case, but the government never revealed why Long’s name was ever on the no-fly list.

“It is not as if the FBI actually thinks Saadiq is a threat. If it did – and it had actual evidence – the FBI would simply arrest him,” Gadeir Abbas, a CAIR official, said in a 2013 interview on the case.

Local reporters in Oklahoma spoke to Soltani after the news broke of Long’s arrest. Soltani responded that he was “heartbroken” to hear of Long’s alleged connection to ISIS, but he is withholding comment until he hears more details. Soltani added that CAIR-Oklahoma hates ISIS and terrorism.

Long said in a 2013 interview that the government’s actions are indefensible.

“I don’t understand how the government can take away my right to travel without even telling me,” Long said. “If the U.S. government wanted me to question or arrest or prosecute me, they could have had me in a minute. But there are no charges, no accusations, nothing.”

He was never charged in that incident. He took a bus to Mexico and flew back to Qatar from south of the border. It is uncertain where Long is being detained, exactly what his charges will be, or where he will be tried.


Watch: Democrats Just Launched A Mind-Blowing Campaign Against The Words ‘Radical Islam’

Democrats have consistently spoken out against the use of the words “radical Islam” to describe the beliefs of those who commit terrorism in the name of Allah.

The Democratic National Committee has now gone so far as to launch an ad targeting the many Republican presidential candidates who use the term, including candidates such as Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz.

The ad opens with the message “Republicans keep saying the same thing” and then shows shots of the Republican candidates using the words “radical Islam” and similar phrases such as “radical Islamic jihadists.”

Interspersed is a message from Democrats about the term. They claim that by using the term, the candidates are “Equating Islam, all Muslims, with terrorists…” and that it is an “oversimplification” and “It’s wrong.”

The ad then says “But don’t take our word for it,” and shows several out of context remarks by President George W. Bush concerning Islam.

They quote President Bush: “We do not fight against Islam. We fight against evil.”

They quote him again: “The war against terrorism is not a war against Muslims, nor is it a war against Arabs. It’s a war against evil people who conduct crimes against innocent people.”

The final quote of Bush: “That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace.”

The ad then concludes “Inciting fear isn’t presidential” and then shows a large D to symbolize the Democrat party.

Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have spoken out against using the term “radical Islam.”

Clinton refrained from using the term at all during the Democrat debate after the Paris attacks that killed 129 civilians.

Obama said in February: “They no more represent Islam than any madman who kills in the name of Christianity or Judaism or Buddhism or Hinduism. No religion is responsible for terrorism. People are responsible for violence and terrorism.”

What do you think of the Democrats’ campaign against using the words “radical Islam?” Share and comment below.

WATCH: This BBC Host Just DEMOLISHED ‘Islamist Scumbags’ In Under 2 Minutes – You Can’t Miss It…

Andrew Neil, host of BBC One program This Week, opened with a passionate monologue that has since gone viral.

“Welcome to This Week, the week in which a bunch of loser jihadists slaughtered 132 innocents in Paris, ‘to prove,’ the future belongs to them, rather than a civilization like France.”

“Well I can’t say I fancy their chances,” he said, proceeding to list many of France’s greatest intellectuals, artists, and contributions to civilization.

“Cutting edge science, world class medicine, fearsome security forces, nuclear power… Versus what? Beheadings, crucifixions, amputations, slavery, mass murder, medieval squalor, a death cult barbarity that would shame the Middle Ages.”

Neil even offered his own interpretation on terrorist group’s moniker, “Whatever name you’re going by, I’m sticking with IS, as in ‘Islamist Scumbags.’”

Issuing a prediction on the long-term prospects of said scumbags, he declared, “I think the outcome is pretty clear to everybody, but you. Whatever atrocities you’re currently capable of committing, you will lose. In a thousand years’ time, Paris, that glorious city of lights will still be shining bright, as will every other city like it, while you will be as dust; along with a ragbag of fascists, Nazis, and Stalinists who have previously dared to challenge democracy, and failed.”

If there is one thing Andrew Neil doesn’t do, it’s mince words. Unlike our president who refuses to even use the term “Islamic extremists,” Neil knows what they are and isn’t afraid to say it.

h/t: IJ Review