Peres Releases Christmas Message
Rabbi Meir Chai, Father of Seven, is Dead in Samaria Shooting
A spokesperson for Shavei Shomron said that Rabbi Meir Chai worked as an educator at the local school and kindergarten, and that the children were very attached to him. He lived in the community for 14 years and was considered a wise Torah scholar, modest and well-loved.
Scene of the attack / Israel news photo: Arutz Sheva
A large force of Israeli soldiers and police has started searching for the terrorists, who escaped the scene.
Magen David Adom emergency services declared the victim of the shooting dead late Thursday afternoon.
Rabbi Chai was a father of seven children. He was driving on route 57 when terrorists opened fire on him. His car overturned and he was mortally wounded. His wife and a young son were found in good physical condition by Israeli troops, a short time after the shooting, near Einav. Until they were found, security forces were concerned that the terrorists had tried to abduct the two.
Fatah faction: we did it
The Al-Aksa Martyrs' Brigades of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction said Thursday evening they were the ones who carried out the terror slaying.
The Bethlehem-based Maan news agency says terrorists from a group named after slain Hizbullah terrorist Imad Mughniyeh carried out the attack and escaped. %ad%
Key Checkpoint Near Shavei Shomron Removed a Week before Attack
An unnamed IDF officer told Haaretz that the terrorists who murdered Rabbi Chai most likely escaped through the abandoned checkpoint, which was removed shortly before the murder.
The IDF's removal of roadblocks is widely perceived as a gesture toward US President Barack Obama, who has pressured Israel to make Arabs' "fabric of life" as comfortable as possible.
Last Thursday, soldiers removed the concrete cubes and metal gate that made up the roadblock north of Shechem, near Shavei Shomron, despite pleas by Samaria residents to the IDF not to remove it. The removal means that traffic between Shechem and Tulkarm now flows without any security monitoring. Another IDF checkpoint on the road, at Beit Iba at the northern exit from Shechem, was removed several months ago.
Upon receiving news of the attack, MK Yaakov Katz (Ketzaleh) of the National Union said that "this is the first payment of the the 'at any price' of the Shalit deal, even before the deal has been carried out. The tracks lead to Netanyahu who is willing to release arch-murderers but freezes the lives of Jews and opens roadblocks, thus encouraging the terror he is surrendering to."
The Kommemiyut movement reacted to the murder by saying: "The blood of the murdered man is on the hands of the Defense Secretary and the Prime Minister, who have carried out a morally corrupt policy of turning the beloved into an enemy, and the enemy into a loved one. It is time to wake up from illusions and from diplomatic adventures for which Jews and their families pay with their lives."
'Blame Shalit deal'
MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari (NU) said after the attack that "Netanyahu's path of surrender, the opening of roadblocks, the construction freeze and the freeing of terrorists signal to the terror that Jewish blood is free for the taking. The terrorist who committed the murder probably thought that he would make it to jail in time to be freed in the Shalit terrorist freedom deal. Bibi surrenders to terror."
Efrat Mayor, Lt-Col (res) Oded Revivi said after the attack that "the Arabs in their twisted way have adopted the slogan 'they will get as much as they give' [coined by Netanyahu in his first term as prime minister – ed.]. The more concessions we give them, the more murder we get."
MK Danny Danon said: "There should be an inquiry into whether or not today's terror attack was the result of Defense Minister Ehud Barak's policy of redirecting security forces to act against construction and residents, and not against terror."
The Yesha Council said that the terror murder was "a direct result of the policy of easing [the pressure] on Palestinians, removal of essential roadblocks in Samaria and the transfer of security authority to those from whose ranks many terrorists have emerged and murdered Jews. As in similar cases in the past, the gestures to Abu Mazen again cost Jewish blood."
WELL DESERVED! May he have many more such falls, and much worse! PEACE comes out of his mouth, and WAR out of his hands.
And may his equally hypocritical and repulsive envoy in Jerusalem, Shimon Peres, soon share his fate as well:
The Pope quickly got up and was unhurt, said Vatican spokesman the Rev Ciro Benedettini.
Benedict calmly resumed his walk to the basilica's main altar and began the Mass.
Ms Benedettini said the woman who pushed the Pope appeared to be mentally unstable and had been arrested by Vatican police.
She also knocked down Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, who was taken to hospital for a check-up, she added.
The 82-year-old Pope quickly got up and was unhurt, his spokesman said.
As the Pope's procession was making its way towards the main altar gasps rang out through the public and a commotion could be seen among the clergymen surrounding Benedict. The procession came to a halt and bodyguards rushed to the trouble spot.
Benedict made no reference to the incident as the service started.
As a choir sang, he sprinkled incense on the main altar before opening the service with the traditional wish for peace in Latin: "Pax vobis" ("Peace be with you"). The faithful responded: "Et cum spiritu tuo" ("And also with you").
It was the second year in a row there was a security breach at the service. At the end of last year's Mass a woman who had jumped the barriers got close to the Pope but was quickly brought to he ground by security. Benedettini said it was not immediately known if the same woman was behind the latest incident.
This one is even better: mayhem, humiliation! He really did get knocked down - apparently he fell all over her - despite heated denials by some. She might be mentally unstable, but she sure appears extremely fit for a crazy lunatic: she looks more like a militant than a lunatic in this clip.
His fall reminds me of Haman falling all over Queen Esther: may his fate be the same as Haman's!
Notice that the next video is missing. At any rate, here is an almost perfect replacement, just the picture is less focused.
INTERESTING; THEY REMOVED THE ORIGINAL VIDEO CLIP, THAT CLEARLY SHOWED THE MAYHEM, TOO BAD. I guess the Church wasn't too happy with the humiliating display?!
NB: a historical note, from Wikipedia:
On September 10, 1870, Italy declared war on the Papal States, and the Italian Army, commanded by General Raffaele Cadorna, crossed the papal frontier on 11 September and advanced slowly toward Rome, hoping that a peaceful entry could be negotiated. The Italian Army reached the Aurelian Walls on 19 September and placed Rome under a state of siege. Although the pope's tiny army was incapable of defending the city, Pius IX ordered it to put up at least a token resistance to emphasize that Italy was acquiring Rome by force and not consent. The city was captured on September 20, 1870. Rome and Latium were annexed to the Kingdom of Italy after a plebiscite held in the following October.
The new Italian control of Rome did not wither, nor did the Catholic world come to the Pope's aid, as Pius IX had expected. In the 1920s, the papacy — then Pius XI — renounced the bulk of the Papal States and signed the Lateran Treaty (or Concordat with Rome) of 1929, which created the State of the Vatican City, forming the sovereign territory of the Holy See.
See also the post of December 27: