August 4, 2010, - 2:20 pm

Thanks, Nothingyahu: Israel’s “Terrorist Highway” Open for Bid’ness

By Debbie Schlussel

I’ve warned before that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has a history of recoiling from his tough talk and eventually giving in to U.S. pressure, giving the Palestinian terrorists a lot of what they want.  Reader Jon Grant calls him “Nothingyahu” because of this.  And he has a point.



Israel Dismantles Shave Shomeron Terrorist Highway Checkpoint

To wit, you can thank Nothingyahu for removing the only obstacle to terrorist transports between the Palestinian terrorist hotbeds of Nablus and Jenin in the so-called West Bank.  As you may recall Jenin is the site of manufacture of terrorist bombs used in several homicide bombings against innocent Israelis at pizza shops, cafes, bars, and Passover seders in 1999-2002.  In 2000 and 2001, Israeli soldiers uncovered several such bomb factories in Jenin and several masterminds of them.  But Jenin continues to be the comfy home of several wanted Palestinian terrorist masterminds.  And it is the home for planning many Islamic terrorist attacks which go on daily against innocent Israeli civilians and others.  Nablus is more of the same.  As I’ve noted, it is the site of the University of Nablus, a HAMAS hotbed where exhibits were made mocking the victims of the Jerusalem Sbarro Pizza homicide bombing.

The reason Israel had a security checkpoint at Shave Shomeron on the only road between the two cities was to prevent Islamic terrorists from using the road to transport weapons and fellow terrorists.  It was also to protect Israelis living in Jewish areas along the way from terrorist attacks.  Now, all of that is gone.  And it’s all Nothingyahu’s doing, under pressure from Obama, to “soften” the Israeli stance toward the Palestinians, who viewed the checkpoint as a hassle.  I view the checkpoint at the U.S.-Canada border to be a hassle.  Maybe Obama can remove that, too, so we can allow terrorists to travel freely between the two places, just as they now can between Nablus and Jenin.

And the Palestinians are gloating at this major sign of weakness. From the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency (thanks to Dr. Aaron Lerner/IMRA):

Nablus – The Shave Shomeron checkpoint, which blocked the main road between Nablus and Jenin, was removed on Monday, a spokesperson for the Nablus governorate reported.

The checkpoint, which had been closed for several months, was taken down and cars were able to pass in both directions as of last week, the official said.

I always cite examples like this, whenever people tell me “we should do what Israel does.” On some things, yes, we should, like profiling Muslims and Arabs. But on many things–like giving into to Islamic terrorists–we should run far away from the failed policy of appeasement.

Netanyahu is under tremendous pressure from Obama. But the Congress, not the President, is with whom he should be more concerned. And Congress is pro-Israel.

Giving into pressure and compromising your citizens’ safety and national security is always a losing tactic.

How long ’til an innocent Israeli is killed by one of these animals because the checkpoint is now gone? How long ’til terrorists go back and forth between Nablus and Jenin for their terror operations?

Not long at all. Probably yesterday.

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There was another nickname for this joke of a prime minister back in his first run in that office in the 1990’s: “Netanyoyo.”

And I don’t have to mention again about how such one-sided concessions only embolden the enemy, no matter who or what they are.

ConcernedPatriot on August 4, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Netanyahu talked a lot about being principled and not yielding to world pressure where Israel’s national interests and protecting Israeli citizens was concerned in his book. His concession won’t win the Obama Administration’s goodwill and its only a matter of time before Israeli Jews are killed as a result of it.

Jon Grant’s description of Israel’s Prime Minister is very apt indeed.

NormanF on August 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Something else may be going on. However, “Nothingyahu” doesn’t deserve credit for this either.

Apparently the Israeli left (specifically Kadima which is far left despite presenting itself as centrist) would rather replace “Nothingyahu” ASAP than make a deal with the “Palestinians?”. To that end they are doing everything they can to torpedo any advances towards “peace” (That is impossible to achieve short of a total Israeli military victory, something they could do but won’t). Supposedly this has really infuriated Obama (who had allied himself with Kadima).

This may be a case of “Nothingyahu” siding with Obama over his political opponents.

I_AM_ME on August 4, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Part of it is surviving until the November elections when there may be a more pro-Israel Congress coming in. The other reason is so Israel won’t be blamed when direct talks don’t take place as a result of Palestinian intransigence. The PA has no real interest in a two-state solution or in a compromise peace with Israel. That’s been obvious for over a year now. And the world is still slow to catch on.

    NormanF on August 4, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Nothingyahu is just following our Appeaser-In-Chief’s lead. BHO has been diarming our Eastern European allies and brothers since he came into office. Maybe Nothingyahu will also follow Ostupid’s lead and help arm our common enemy – the muslims.

Jarhead on August 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm

So does this mean it will take an Israeli being killed before the road block is back up. This is just stupidity. Just what the whiners were waiting for, open the borders we must feed our people. choke cough gag !!! Its not a road block, its a security check point !!!!

Ha-v-v on August 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Off topic:

Miss Hezbollah USA is not the only hottie who is unveiled. As Debbie will note, beautiful Arab women were allowed allowed to attend a Hezbollah rally on Tuesday in Lebanon bare-faced!

So its put paid to the notion that if they look like us, they couldn’t be extremists. Nothing is further from the truth.

NormanF on August 4, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Another excellent post, Debbie. Also great job, Jon Grant, for your apt title of the current Prime Minister of Israel.

I do have one caveat from Debbie’s post concerning Obama viewing Israel’s checkpoint as a hassle.

[“I view the checkpoint at the U.S.-Canada border to be a hassle. Maybe Obama can remove that, too, so we can allow terrorists to travel freely between the two places, just as they now can between Nablus and Jenin.”]

I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama were to have that be a part of his agenda as well.

JeffE on August 4, 2010 at 9:26 pm


I probably committed a minor violation of the RIF rule:

Debbie said that it’s the Palestinian Arabs who viewed the checkpoint as a hassle, not Obama. However, I bet that Obama agrees with that view as well, and therefore my post above still stands.

JeffE on August 4, 2010 at 9:33 pm

The Prime Minister is likely the most under-appreciated Jew in the world and people spend way too much time bashing him. But most of those who second guess him have never been surrounded by 80 million maniacs that want to see him, and everyone related to him, dead! Then those 80 million have a circle of influence that reaches around the world to touch another 2 billion Jew-haters. The last thing that we need is a bunch of usless Arabs in Israel taking land they don’t really want, but until a PM is elected that is God-fearing, and I don’t see any of those on the horizon, you can bet 2 billion people will be under consideration when decisions are made…

Mewize on August 4, 2010 at 9:37 pm

He’s a Nut’n’yahoo if he’s crazy enough to beleive that this will help in any way to bring peace to Israel. Maybe he’s just bluffing with his political cards. There has to be more to the story ’cause doing this doesn’t really make much sense.

@JeffE on August 4, 2010 at 9:26 pm
Obama’s already doing all he can to remove the check-point between the US and Mexico. He might just as well include Canada.

theShadow on August 4, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Another cave-in by Israel. However,there is little doubt that the US puts TREMENDOUS PRESSURE on Israel on a regular basis to give in to the Arabs. You don’t see or hear about it, but you can be sure it goes on. This is not to defend Netanyahu’s action, but nevertheless it needs to be pointed out.

This underscores a continuing behavior of successive lying US presidents including Reagan,Bush,Clinton,and Obama,all of whom campaigned as Zionists, and governed as Arabists after winning the presidency.

Scott on August 5, 2010 at 2:41 am

“I view the checkpoint at the U.S.-Canada border to be a hassle. Maybe Obama can remove that, too, so we can allow terrorists to travel freely between the two places, just as they now can between Nablus and Jenin.”

Yikes…shouldn’t be giving the Obama administration that idea re: Canada and borders! they’d probably jump at the chance…(although if you’ve seen the “no screening” of the black-bagged types passing through “security” at Canada’s airports…maybe the notion of air port security is “passe” or just so “unfashionable” in our new era of One Worldism.)

J.S. on August 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm

(off topic somewhat). CNN is reporting that 14 naturalized “Americans” have been indicted with terrorism related charges (re: Somalia.) (Is the U.S. — thanks to lax immigration policies? — now an exporter of terrorists, just like the UK?)

J.S. on August 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Alas, this was predictable. The US can’t even “pressure” Honduras successfully (under Hussein); why should we believe that it can pressure Israel, a nuclear power and a provider of intelligence and military basing rights for America?

Sure, the Israeli elites are a bunch of dhimmis–including the so-called ultra-Orthodox. But the secular elites are terribly worried about their low birthrate as compared with that of religious Jews. The seculars are particularly terrified of the National Religious sector (who also happen to concentrate in “settlements”), as they can’t be controlled as easily as the ultra-Orthodox. Just as the secular elites tried to de-Judaize the Yemmeni Sephardim, they now use the Muslims against the Jews. These elites see themselves as “Israelis” not “Jews.”

skzion on August 5, 2010 at 10:45 pm

As an ex-Israeli I take offence to the way that Bibi is portrayed here. Bibi was a decorated officer in one of Israel’s most secret elite units. I do not always agree with his decisions but I also believe that there is no one else that could take his place at this time and have the same scope of expertise in Israel’s security and his broad political global vision.
It is very easy to criticize what happens over there from the comfort and safety of living in the US.

RG on August 11, 2010 at 2:04 am

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