Oct. 22, as Jerusalemites were watching reports about the terror rampage in Ottawa, a private car was barreling down toward the light railway station near Ammunition Hill in the Israeli capital.
 The train pulled up at the station and passengers got off. The car, driven by Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, 21, from the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem, managed to cross the tracks, dodge the bollards and run over some of the passengers who had just gotten off the train.
Among those run over were Chana and Shmuel Braun, who were carrying their 3-month-old baby girl, Chaya Zissel Braun. Shaludi continued his murderous rampage hitting several other passengers until he slammed the car into a post. 
He tried opening the door, but it jammed. He then crawled out of the window and attempted to escape. He was shot by two policemen and later died of his wounds.
The baby girl, who came into the world after a series of grueling fertility treatments, later died at the hospital, where seven other casualties were hospitalized, including her mother. Shaludi was a Hamas militant living in a contentious neighborhood in East Jerusalem. Dozens of Jewish families, who (legally) purchased various properties in this densely populated Palestinian neighborhood, have moved in since the end of September. Having taken place in the afternoon of Oct. 22, this incident set a new record in what is now termed the “silent intifada” or “urban intifada” that has been raging in East Jerusalem in recent months. It makes a laughingstock of the efforts by the Jerusalem police to curb it.
On Oct. 23, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman posted the following on his Facebook account: “The terror attacks that took place almost simultaneously yesterday in two different parts of the world — Jerusalem and Ottawa — prove once again that terror is a global epidemic which must be fought against unrelentingly and forcefully. Terrorism,” Liberman continued, “does not stem from construction in Jerusalem, Ottawa, New York, Madrid, London or Mombasa; rather, it stems from the struggle of radical Islam against the Western world.”
Liberman is both right and wrong at the same time. He is right in terms of defining the Islamic terror raging in many parts across the world as a struggle between civilizations, to which Israel is not directly linked. It is neither linked to the rise of the Islamic State or al-Qaeda’s rampage, nor to the Salafist terror in Sinai or other manifestations of Islamic terror around the globe. On the other hand, Liberman is wrong to ignore the auspicious circumstances that Israel has created in East Jerusalem, which fan the fire of extremism and provide oxygen to the constantly burning embers of terror in the world’s most volatile place, to wit, the Temple Mount and East Jerusalem. Liberman knows full well that under any other circumstances — whereby the Israeli government in Jerusalem would have held earnest negotiations with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, or alternatively would have introduced a genuine and bold peace plan before the whole world or at least recognized the Saudi Initiative as a basis for negotiations — it would have been possible to pacify the Palestinian population in the Israeli capital. But there is no such government in Jerusalem. What the city has right now is an intifada — silent or urban. Whatever its name, it is certainly alive and kicking.
There are some 350,000 Palestinians living in East Jerusalem. Their status is different from the rest of the Palestinians living in the West Bank or Gaza Strip. The Palestinians in Jerusalem are bearers of the standard blue Israeli ID card. Although they have the right to vote, they do not enjoy full-fledged citizenship. They profit from the generous benefits of Israel’s social welfare and health care systems, as well as other benefits that their fellow Palestinians from the territories do not have. Yet they feel like second-class citizens. They look around them and see the neglect in their neighborhoods and the rundown infrastructure. At the same time, they also see the ongoing expansion of Jewish settlement in Jerusalem, so they feel disgruntled. The daily riots on Temple Mount, a hub and a magnet to all Palestinian extremists, do not help cool down the atmosphere.
Right now, the situation in Jerusalem is extremely volatile and sensitive. As noted here quite a few times before, the ultimate evil — should it occur — will start here. Radicals from all sides are drawn to Jerusalem like a moth to a flame. On one side of the barricade are radical Jewish movements sanctifying the ascent of Jews for prayers on Temple Mount. On the other side of the barricade are radical Islamists who view the Temple Mount as the Muslim world’s “Holy of Holies” and they would not stand to see Jews in that area. Neither side is really in the right. Everyone sees the issue through their own subjective prism. Each side is yearning for a mega explosion and a massive fireball that they believe will hasten the “Day of Judgment.” The Muslims believe that on that day God and his prophet Muhammad will scatter the Jews all over and put an end to the Zionist enterprise. Jews, on the other hand, believe that the Messiah will finally arrive and Muslims will be thrown into history’s dumpster. It’s a pity that only the radicals in these volatile places get to speak up, while the silent majority on both sides looks at them helplessly.
The light rail in Jerusalem, Mayor Nir Barkat’s flagship project, is seen by the Muslim rioters as the “symbol of Israeli rule” in the city. Designed to pass also through the Arab neighborhoods, it aimed to provide modern transportation services to Arabs from East Jerusalem. For some reason, however, they do not play along. For the past several months, the light rail has been the target of vandalism. Its cars have become a moving target, pelted with stones on a daily basis. The damage that’s been caused to the train and the city is staggering. While it is an expression of Palestinian thanklessness on one hand, it also serves as an arena for cultural, political, religious and diplomatic kerfuffle on the other.
Calls have been made in Israel to quickly and harshly suppress this new intifada, no holds barred. Although this demand is justified, its execution, however, is perilous. The situation is a powder keg just waiting to explode all around us at any moment. And when it does, we will all look wistfully at the “silent intifada.” For the gates of hell to open, all it takes is one unexpected incident on the Temple Mount that will spiral out of control, resulting in a few Palestinian fatalities. Israel understands that perfectly. Abbas, on the other hand, is slightly less apprehensive. In a pugnacious speech he delivered Oct. 17, in which he used harsh and unprecedented terms (as far as he is concerned) to describe Israel and its policy, he called on the Palestinians to rally in the defense of the Temple Mount. Abbas, too, is treading a very fine line here, poking the tiger. The last time this tiger was provoked and went wild, the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat tried riding on its back. We all know how that ended. So does Abbas. No one wants to go back to that ending. If things continue to unfold at the same rate as they do now, this ending will backlash at us, on its own initiative.
Announced the ruling National Congress Party in Sudan with an Islamic background Tuesday that he did not extend an invitation to the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist to attend the general conference which will be held in Khartoum from 23 to 25 this month.
The vice president of the National Congress Party, Ibrahim Ghandour, in a press statement, "did not we invite to the group in Egypt," in reference to the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist.
Ghandour added, "We make the call for the parties and was supposed to call on the Freedom and Justice Party, but that is impossible as a result of the circumstances of the party," in reference to the decision banned in Egypt and imprisoned a large number of its leaders for committing crimes of violence and terrorism.
Media reports have accused the Sudanese government of Egyptian Islamic background supporting the terrorist group, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt support for deposed President Mohamed Morsi.
However, the authorities in Khartoum denies to be provided any support for the Muslim Brotherhood or the Freedom and Justice Party in Egypt emanating from them.
Ghandour explained that the ruling party face invitations to "representatives from 48 countries to attend a conference of his party, including Iran," adding that Tehran had "confirmed their participation but did not name its representative" after.
The presidency announced last week that Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir will visit Cairo in the eighteenth and nineteenth of this month.
This will be his first visit after the inauguration of the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi the reins of power to a successor Mursi.
Vice President Biden on Saturday apologized to Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for saying the Turkish leader admitted his country made mistakes by allowing foreign fighters to cross into Syria.
Biden spoke directly to Erdogan to “clarify” comments made on Thursday at Harvard University and apologized for “any implication" that Turkey or other allies had intentionally supplied or helped in the growth of the Islamic State or other extremists groups in Syria, the White House said.
Erdogan denied making such remarks and said Biden would become "history to me" over the comments at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, in Cambridge, Mass., unless he fixed the situation.
The speech was an especially bad event for the vice president who has a history of gaffes and unscripted, problem-causing remarks.
Biden also took a question from a student who identified himself as being the vice president of the student body by jokingly saying first: Ain't that a b-tch? … I mean ... excuse me, the vice president thing?”
In 2010, after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on national TV, Biden was caught on a live microphone saying to the president this is "a big f---ing deal."
Biden on Thursday also described Erdogan as "an old friend" but suggested he said privately: “You were right. We let too many people through.”
Turkey is now trying to seal its border.
Erdogan also said: "I have never said to (Biden) that we had made a mistake, never. If he did say this…, then he has to apologize to us.
"Foreign fighters have never entered Syria from our country. They may come to our country as tourists and cross into Syria, but no one can say that they cross in with their arms."
He said Turkey had prevented 6,000 suspected jihadis from entering the country and deported another 1,000.
The spat comes as Turkey, a NATO ally, is expected to define the role it will play in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State militants who have captured a swath of Iraq and Syria, in some cases right up to the Turkish border.
This week Turkey's parliament approved a motion giving the government powers for military operations across the border in Syria and Iraq and for foreign troops to use Turkey's territory.
A day earlier, Biden and Erdogan held a telephone discussion on ways their countries can work together to degrade and destroy Islamic State and restore security and stability to the region, according to the White House.
At Harvard, Biden said that "our biggest problem is our allies" in responding to the civil war in Syria.
"The Turks … the Saudis, the Emiratis, etc. What were they doing? They were so determined to take down (Syrian President Bashar) Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war," Biden said.
"What did they do?” he continued. “They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad -- except that the people who were being supplied were al Nusra and al Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world."
The White House also said in readout of the Biden-Erdogan conversation Saturday: "The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of Turkey and the United States working closely together to confront ISIL," as Islamic State is also known.

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