Foreign Minister Israel Katz tweeted yesterday that he is working on a plan for Israel to sign an “historic” non-aggression pact with Gulf states. He said the deal would bring an end to the conflict with the Arab signatories and help to foster non-military cooperation until a peace agreement is reached with the Palestinians. He added, “During my UN visit, I presented the plan to Arab foreign ministers and the U.S. envoy Greenblatt. I will continue to work to strengthen Israel’s status in the region and around the world.”
The fourth and final day of hearings in the cases against PM Netanyahu begin today.
Public Security and Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan responded to wide spread protests in the Arab community against the lack of government and police response to rising violence in their community by saying that, “Arab society, and I say that with sadness, is a very violent society.” He added, “It has to do with the fact that a mother can give a son permission to murder his sister because she is dating a man who isn’t liked by the family. “It has to do with the fact that in their culture many verbal disputes end with someone pulling out a knife or weapons.” Joint List Chairman Ayman Odeh slammed Erdan’s comments, calling the remarks “racist” and blamed the government for not providing sufficient resources to police Arab communities.
The Palestinian Authority is removing all mentions of Jewish historical connection to the land of Israel and Jerusalem from school textbooks. It’s also removing mention of all agreements between the PA and Israel. So much for planting the seeds of coexistence and peace in the next generation.
Finally, it rained in Israel over the weekend, even in Eilat. Always a good sign for a blessed new year.
This Wednesday (starting Tuesday night) is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Israel will pretty much be closed. So will we.