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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 13, 2017 By Alex Traiman beforeconveninganemergen- told "In the Middle Defense Minister Lieber- cy cabinet session to consider East, weakness does not pre- man refuted the concept Israel's responses, vent terror. Strength prevents that Sunday's terror attack A Palestinian driver "Weknowtheidentityoftheterror, while weakness invites was a response to settlement rammed a truck into a crowd attacker, and according to all terror. What happened in the building or plans to move the of Israeli soldiers Sunday at thesignsheisasupporterofIs- United Nations was embassy, telling reporters the scenic Haas Promenade lamic State," Netanyahu said. counterproductive. It made at the scene, "There was no overlooking Jerusalem's Old The attacker was identified Israel more vulnerable. And other reason and no need to City, killing four and injuring as Fadi al-Qanbar, a 28-year- this invites terror." look for an excuse; not Jewish 16 others in a terror attack old father of four from the The attack also took place settlements and negotiations, that immediately drew com- Arab neighborhood of Jabel just over 1 kilometer (0.62 butanattackinspiredbyISIS." parisons to recent vehicular Mukaber, which abuts the mile) from the U.S. Consulate Lieberman insisted the at- attacks in Europe. promenade in Jerusalem. President-elect tack was carried out because "This attack is part of the Following the attack, Quds DonaldTrumpandhisambas-"we are Jews and we live here jihad against us, and the [car- News Media reported that sador-designatetoIsrael, David in Israel," vowing, "We will ramming] methods that are al-Qanbar's sister praised the Friedman, havecalledtomove fight this terrorism with all being employed are part of attack, stating, "Praise God. theU.S.EmbassyinIsraelfrom tools at our disposal and I'm thesamemethodsthatwesaw God chose him for this mar- TelAvivtoJerusalem--amove sure that will win." recently in Nice and Berlin," tyrdom."Theterroristwasshot that would recognize Israel's Where east meets west Dr. Mordechai Kedar, senior dead in his vehicle by soldiers sovereigntyoveritscapitalcity During the past several lecturer in the Department and a civilian tour guide, against the demands of the years, numerous terrorists of Arabic at Israel's Bar-Ilan Israeli Chief of Police Roni Palestinian Authority, which have come from Jabel Muka- University, told Alshich called the attack "ve- retains hope that eastern sec- ber, among the most radical- Kedar's comments echo hicularterrorism." tions of Jerusalem would be ized Arab neighborhoods thoseofIsraeliPrimeMinister "Wearefightingthisplague, designated as the capital of a in eastern Jerusalem. Jabel Benjamin Netanyahu, who and will defeat it," Netanyahu future Palestinian state. Mukaber residents routinely also likened the attack to the said. "We will overcome this Outgoing U.S. Secretary of use the road along the prom- truck-rammings in France terror, just as we overcame State John Kerry warned Fri- enade as their primary access (July 2016) and Germany (De- other attacks." day that moving the embassy point into western sections of cember 2016). But Kedar took U.N. resolution'made Israel would increase violence in the Jerusalem. the comparison astep further, more vulnerable' region. The promenade is a com- likening the Jerusalem truck- The attack occurredseveral "You'd have an explosion," mon stop for tourists due its ramming to the attacks of hundred yards from the Israel Kerry said, "an absolute ex- panoramicviewofJerusalem's September 11, 2001. headquarters of the United plosion in the region, not Old City, as well as the sur- "It's just like airplanes that Nations, which sits just atop just in the West Bank and rounding Jewish neighbor- were crashed into skyscrap- the promenade. In late De- perhaps even in Israel itself, hoods to the west and Arab ers," he said. "Whether it is a cember, the U.N. Security but throughout the region." neighborhoods to the east. car, a truck or an airplane, itis Council passed Resolution Yet according to Kedar, the The Israeli soldiers killed in the same idea--to take some- 2334, calling ongoing Jewish embassy is not to blame for the attack were touring the thing which looks innocent, settlement construction in rampantregionalchaos."Look promenadeaspartofacultural which looks peaceful, which eastern sections of Jerusalem at Syria, look at Iraq, look at program to bring soldiers to looksconstructive, andtoturn and theWest Bank a "flagrant Yemen, look at Libya, look important national and his- it into a deadly weapon." violation"ofinternationallaw, at Sudan. We had this chaos torical sites across Israel. Netanyahu and Defense "The U.N. Security Council before the idea was raised to The promenade itself and Minister Avigdor Lieberman resolution gives Israel the im- bring the embassy to Jerusa- the"peaceforest"belowitform toured the scene of the attack age of a weak country," Kedar lem," he said. part of a seam line between The four Israeli soldiers killed in Sunday's truck-ramming terror attack in Jerusalem. Arab and Jewish sections of enade Sunday, a civilian tour the city, and cameras line the guide was one of the individu- promenade to help provide als credited with neutralizing security to tourists and lo- the terrorist. cal Jewish residents. A police "The promenade has always station is also located nearby, beenpartofIsrael,"Lewissaid. Several local citizens have "This wasn't an attack on a worked to bolster security in far-out settlement, this was the area. JJ Lewis, a volunteer an attack into the heartland." with the Civilian Guard in In Kedar's view, jihadists Jerusalem, told that "are fighting against us be- "over the course of the past cause they don't want us here two years, there has been an at all. Neither in Jerusalem, increase in the number of nor in Tel Aviv, nor in Haifa, civilians carrying firearms." nor anywhere else. The whole Despite the presence of existence of the state of Israel dozens of soldiers at the prom- is a thorn in their eyes." (JTA)--Jewish organiza- seemsprettyclearthatitscon- "Secretary Kerry placedRabbiRickJacobs, president are a useful example of that the two-state solution, also tions split along ideological sequence has been negative." overwhelming, dispropor- ofthe Union for Reform Juda- leadership." supported the speech, as lines in their reactions to The Anti-Defamation tionate blame for the failure ism, expressed strong support J Street, the dovish Israel did the New Israel Fund, an SecretaryofStateJohnKerry's League also praised Kerry's to advance peace on our ally, for Kerry's speech while voic- lobby that has been largely umbrellafundraisingbodyfor speechcriticizingIsraelisettle- concernforIsraelbutcriticized Israel, while neglecting nu- ingdisagreementwiththeU.N, supportive of the Obama ad- left-wing Israeli nonprofits. ment growth and laying out his focus on settlements, merousIsraelipeaceoffersand vote. He said in a statement ministration'sIsraelpolicy, also On the right, groups lain- principles to achieve a two- "Secretary Kerry delivered Palestinian refusal to resume that Kerry's speech was "cast praised the speech, as well as bastedKerryasanti-Israeland state solution, heartfelt remarks," read a direct talks," AIPAC said in a in some of the staunchest theSecurityCouncilresolution, looked toward the inaugura- Centrist groups were mea- statement from the group's statementDec.28."Anypoten- pro-Israel language and most "J Street strongly supports tion of President-elect Donald sured in their reactions, criti- CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt. tial, positivecontributionfrom forceful denunciations of aswelltheSecretary'spropos- Trump, whotheybelievewillbe cizing the American decision "However, his concern about this speech was foreclosed by Palestinian instigation ofvio- als for concrete steps toward friendlier toward Israel. to abstain last week on a U.N. policies and dynamics that the Obama Administration's lence that we have ever heard thetwo-statesolutionthatcan "U.S. Secretary of State vote rebuking the settlements may jeopardize the path to a shameful refusal to veto the from the podium at the State betakennowandhisoutlineof John Kerry's speech today whilepraisingKerry'scommit- secure peace seem to be dis- destructive, anti-Israel UNSC Department." the basic principles on which essentially was a proposal for ment to a two-state solution, connected from reality that resolution." "Secretary Kerry is also resolution of the conflict can a Hamas-Fatah-Iranian-Pal- American Jewish Commit- there are two parties involved Liberal groups applauded correct, of course, that the ultimately be based," Jeremy estinian-Arab terrorist state, tee CEO David Harris wrote in this process, both of whom the speech and called on Is- U.S. should not, and cannot, Ben-Ami, the president of J which divides Jerusalem in in an open letter Dec. 28 that will need to make difficult rael to adopt Kerry's principles dictateasolution,"Jacobssaid. Street, said in a statement two, forcibly evicts Jews from he watched the speech "as choicestoresolvetheconflict." on Israeli-Palestinian peace, "Buthisspeechtodayreminds Dec. 28. "The Secretary laid their homeland, and requires one who understands that The American Israel Public including borders based on us that the United States has out a clear choice for those Israel's retreat to indefensible settlement-building beyond Affairs Committee castigated the pre-1967 armistice lines, anindispensableroletoplay.It who care about Israel's future borders," Zionist Organization the security barrier is indeed the speech's focus on settle- Jerusalemasasharedcapitalof isdifficulttoimagineprogress andsecurityasthedemocratic of America President Morton a major impediment to the ments and said it could not Israel andPalestine, andasolu- without vigorous American home of the Jewish people." Klein said in astatement."His prospects for a final-status support any element of the tion for Palestinian refugees leadership, and the principles The Israel Policy Forum, a speech was filled with anti- accord," but added, regarding speech given the abstention, that preserves Israel's Jewish Secretary Kerry laid out today center-left group that favors Israel vitriol and falsehoods." the U.N. resolution, that "it which Kerry defended, character. .rE__ V/ESTC]t Join the Stone Family At Westchester of Winter Park, a premier Assisted Living Community providing customized care and services in a palatial environment in Winter Park, Florida. Licensed nursing staff is in the building 24 hours each day. Multiple room options at affordable room rates and care level fees. Many services are included in the room rate. The Community entrance fee is $500. Join us for Shabbat every Friday and stay for a tour of our community. Please contact our Community Liaison for further information. (JTA)--NORPAC, one of the largest pro-Israel political action committees, praised President-elect Donald Trump's pick for U.S. ambas- sador to Israel for his "lifetime of pro-Israel advocacy." Congratulating David Friedman on his appoint- ment, NORPAC in a statement called him "an accomplished attorney" with "extensive knowledge of Israel and the Middle East." "His lifetime of pro-Israel advocacy has earned him the trust and respect of the Israeli People, a point which will enable him to best fulfill his duties in representing U.S. interests in Israel," the statement said. The president-elect's tran- sition team said in a statement that Friedman intends "to praises David Friedman work tirelessly to strengthen the unbreakable bond be- tween our two countries and advance the cause of peace within the region, and look forward to doing this from the U.S. embassy in Israel's eternal capital, Jerusalem." Friedman supports and has funded construction in settle- ments and suggests it is time to think of alternatives to the two-state solution. Liberal Jewish groups and lawmakers have spoken out against the nomina- tion of Friedman, who has described the liberal pro-Israel group J Street as "not Jewish" and "worse than" Jewish collaborators with Nazis, and President Barack Obama as "blatantly anti-Semitic." The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, in re- sponse to a recent JTA request for comment, stuck to its longstanding position of not pronouncing on nominees.