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Democratic Congresswoman Introduces ‘Stop Arming Terrorists Act’

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Hawaii Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard last week introduced the “Stop Arming Terrorists Act” after visiting New York’s Trump Tower and meeting President-elect Trump. Gabbard, an Army veteran and a member of the House Committees on Foreign Affairs and Armed Services, wrote: “If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail. Why does our government get a free pass on this?”

She told NPR on Friday that the US government has been “quietly supporting allies, partners, individuals and groups who are working directly with al-Qaida, ISIS, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and other terrorist groups by providing them with money, weapons and intelligence support in their fight to overthrow the Syrian government.”

As a result, Gabbard said, “we will end up with a situation where not only will the Syrian people be under greater human suffering and an even more dire situation. We will end up with al-Qaida now having far greater military capability, far greater strength and posing a greater threat not only to the region but to the United States and the rest of the world.”

Host Scott Simon noted that “the Assad regime has used chemical weapons and has committed what a lot of people consider to be war crimes against its own people.”

“You really think the Syrian rebels would be worse?” he asked.

“My statement stands,” Gabbard answered. “If those who are calling for the removal of this regime are, in essence, accepting the fact that al-Qaida would take over that country, whether it’s al-Qaida or ISIS or other terrorist groups – and for people to think that that would somehow improve the lives of the people there in Syria or that it would somehow better secure the American people – I think that’s a crazy notion.”

A supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries, Gabbard sees a common approach by Sanders and Trump regarding US intervention in Syria. “It was a clear difference between Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton,” she said. “I am hopeful that this new administration coming in will change these policies so that we don’t continue making these destructive decisions, as have been made in the past.”

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Arrangement Act Protecting Judea and Samaria Communities Approved in Preliminary Vote

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Following a lengthy debate Wednesday, the Knesset passed in a preliminary vote the Arrangement for Settlements in Judea and Samaria Act 5777-2016, submitted by MKs Bezalel Smotrich, Yoav Kish, Shuli Mualem, David Bitan and Oren Hazan, with 58 for and 51 against. The bill will return to the joint committee for Constitution, Law and Justice and Foreign Affairs and Security, to be prepared for a second and third vote.

According to the thrice revised bill in its final version, should the military commander of Judea and Samaria find that in the period prior to the new legislation an Israeli settlement had been built on land where the use and retention rights do not belong to the military commander nor to the custodian of government property, and construction on the land had been done in good faith, or – in cases where previous ownership had not been proven – given government approval, land use rights shall be appropriated and passed to the custodian of government property. Henceforth, the appropriation of land use rights will remain in effect until a political decision is reached regarding the status of the territory.

A claimant who proved ownership of the appropriated land will be able to choose between collecting an annual rent at a rate of 125% of said land’s annual value; aggregated rent for periods of 20 years at a time at 125% of land value for this period of time; or receiving alternative land. Appropriate land market values shall be set by a committee established by the Justice Minister in consultation with the Defense Minister. Committee members shall be representatives of the justice and finance ministries, as well as a representative of the military commander.

As to the burning issue of Amona, in Samaria, which is slated for demolition by decree of the Supreme Court on Dec. 25, the new bill determines that all cases which have already been ruled by the courts prior to its going into effect will be carried out. However, regarding three settlements – Ofra, Netiv Ha’avot and Eli – all proceedings in areas about which the courts have not yet ruled will be suspended for 12 months. The military commander will use this delay to examine whether said settlements were established in good faith, in which case they, too, would be included in the new law.

Needless to say, the opposition – and Likud MK Benny Begin – was irate at the proposed bill and expressed its rage at length and in great detail, essentially accusing the Likud-led government of legalizing theft, as Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg noted, “Provided that the thieves are Jewish and those being stolen from are Arabs.”

MK Ayman Odeh (Joint Arab List) accused the government of populism and corruption. MK Amir Peretz (Zionist Camp) condemned the residents of Amona who dared set up temporary housing for thousands of protesters they invited for eviction day. MK Dov Hanin (Joint Arab List) said that had the government spent the time it devotes to Amona to finding solutions to Israel’s housing crisis, said crisis would have been long gone.

MK Amir Ohana (Likud) reminded the plenum that Israel, like all other governments, regularly employs the concept of eminent domain – the right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation. The bill is attempting to employ the same logical principle in an occupied territory that should have been annexed and normalized long ago. Why must Israeli civilians suffer because their government still hesitates to make things right in Judea and Samaria?

Education Minister and Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett represented the government in the deabte and said the new bill is a historic turn in Israel’s history, deciding that half a million Israelis who live in Judea and Samaria “are not guests, nor are the occupiers, they are local residents.”

Bennett promised that next the government will impose Israeli sovereignty on the town of Ma’ale Adumim, east of Jerusalem. Such a move will create an urban corridor across the narrowest segment of the liberated territories, eliminating any chance for a future contiguous Palestinian State.

“I wish to thank Peace Now, who’ve kept sending us little mosquitoes in the form of another Supreme Court ruling, and yet another one,” Bennett told the plenum. “Now, because of Peace Now we are no longer fighting the mosquitoes – we’re draining the swamp.”

The latter line was an obvious reference to President-Elect Donald Trump’s campaign promise to drain the DC swamp, and a clear promise from the Habayit Hayehudi leader to take full advantage of the new and very different leader of the free world.

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MK Begin Suspended for Voting Against Amona Regulation Act

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Coalition Chairman David Bitan (Likud) on Tuesday afternoon suspended MK Benny Begin from the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice after the latter had voted against the government-sanction Regulation Act which compels Arab claimants against Jews in Judea and Samaria to accept market value for their land.

Begin’s suspension for three weeks for defying coalition discipline was approved by Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and of Environmental Protection Ze’ev Elkin (Likud). “I used to frequently see such moves when I was coalition chairman,” Elking told Army Radio. “It’s well-known that when a coalition MK votes against the government line he knows he’s going to pay a price. This goes for every coalition MK.”

“In this instance Benny chose to vote the way he did and I’m sorry about it. I think he is wrong on the issue, but the coalition chairman’s response was unavoidable.”

MK Tzipi Livni (Zionist Camp) responded to Begin’s suspension saying, “The fact that they’re suspending Benny Begin says everything about today’s Likud. Netanyahu used Begin’s reputation as an honest man for his election, now he steps on this reputation and on the truth with is decision.”

Incidentally, rumor has it that MK Livni is preparing to jump ship from the Zionist Camp to her fifth party, Yesh Atid. Livni’s chances to win a realistic spot in the ZC primaries are not high, according to surveys.

Opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog tore up the proposed law at the Knesset podium, thus following in the footsteps of his exulted grandfather, Israel’s Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Isaac Herzog, in 1939 tore up the British White Book that imposed severe limitations on Jewish immigration to Palestine and on land purchase there by Jews. The MK’s father, UN Envoy Haim Herzog, in 1975 tore up the “Zionism is Racism” assembly resolution.

Their scion tore up a bill seeking to keep Jewish families on their land.

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Emerging Amona Deal: Compensation for Arab Claimants, Regulations Act Preserved, Evacuation On

Monday, December 5th, 2016

A deal has been struck between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) and Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Nftali Bennett regarding the proposed Arrangements Act on Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, Walla reported Monday morning. The bill will be submitted for a preliminary vote by the Knesset plenum without a retroactive application to include Amona, a community in Samaria slated for demolition by the Supreme Court come December 25. In return for this concession on the part of the settlements movement, the government will defend the new law once it is approved in a third plenum vote, even if AG Avichai Mandelblit persists in his refusal to do it.

That part, about government insisting on defending a law against an appeal at the Supreme Court even when the AG (whose function also include being government’s legal counsel), is considered almost revolutionary by rightwing politicians, who view the AG and the individual legal counsels appointed to every government ministry as tyrannical extensions of the largely leftwing judicial civil service.

Last week, Mandelblit approved a short-term solution – moving the Amona residents to nearby vacant land which can be declared as belonging to absentee landlords and therefore may be appropriated by the state. The new deal requires finding proper relocation for all of the 42 families of Amona. To do that, the government intends to petition the Supreme Court once more for a postponement of the evictions, this time for 30 days – after the court has already denied its appeal for a 7-month postponement.

The new deal reportedly also includes a legal solution for the residents of the Netiv Ha’avot neighborhood in Gush Etzion as well as nine homes in Ofra, next door to Amona, which the Supreme Court has also slated for demolition and eviction. The state will be obligated to assign them substitute lands and homes.

Some in the settlement enterprise have suggested that moving the Amona residents to newly obtained state land is still an improvement over the idea of removing them from the area altogether, because the Mountain will not be deserted of Jews, with Ofra and Amona II maintaining their Jewish presence there.

Should the new bill be submitted this week, possibly even on Monday, without the retroactive application to Amona, the Habayit Hayehudi politicians will be expected to prevent clashes between the residents and security forces.

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An Act That Echoes Through Time

Friday, November 18th, 2016

“And Avraham awoke in the morning, hitched his donkey, and took his two lads, and Yitzchak with him. He split wood for the sacrifice and went to the place that Hashem had commanded him to.” – Bereishis 22:3

 

Avraham Avinu was given a supreme test, and one of the greatest challenges ever presented to man: “Take your son, your only son, the son that you love…

One has the right to ask, “What was so great about this act?” Even today we witness people who are willing to slaughter themselves – or their children – in the name of their beliefs, and we certainly don’t consider them great. Why is this act considered one of the ultimate accomplishments of man?

The answer to this question lies in understanding not so much what Avraham did, but how he did it.

Avraham lived to serve Hashem. His every waking moment was devoted to spreading Hashem’s name and bringing others to recognize their Creator. However, he knew that only through a distinct and separate people could the name of Hashem be brought to its glory. His destiny and ultimate aspiration was to be the father of the Jewish nation.

Yet for many years that dream didn’t come true.

Avraham was 100 years old when he had Yitzchak. He waited month after month, year after year, begging, beseeching, and imploring Hashem for this son – but to no avail. Finally, in a most miraculous manner, at an age when both he and his wife couldn’t possibly parent a child, the angels told him the news: “Your greatest single ambition, to be the father of the Klal Yisrael, will come true through this child Yitzchak.”

Avraham’s Relationship With His Son

From the moment Yitzchak was born, he was the perfect child. Not only was he nearly identical to Avraham in look and in nature, from the moment he came to the age of understanding, he went in the ways of his father. Avraham had many students, but there was only one who was truly devoted to knowing and understanding the ways of his teacher. That was Yitzchak.

The bond of love and devotion Avraham felt toward his son is hard to imagine. The nature of a tzdaddik is to be kindly, compassionate, and giving. When a tzaddik connects to an almost equally perfect tzaddik, the bond of love and devotion between them is extremely powerful. For years, this relationship grew.

Avraham wasn’t asked to kill his child; he was asked to bring him as an olah, to perform all of the details that are done to a sacrifice in the Beis HaMikdash. Many a person has difficulty learning the particulars of bringing a korban when it is done to a sheep or a goat, but this wasn’t an animal. This was his son.

This refined, caring, loving tzaddik was asked to slaughter and then prepare his most beloved child and talmid as a sacrifice – not to sit by and allow it, not to witness it, but to do it with his own hands.

You would imagine that if such a person could actually muster the self-mastery to do this, it would be with a bitter and heavy heart.

Yet that isn’t how the Torah describes the events.

And Avraham got up early in the morning, hitched up his donkey,” and set off on his journey.

Rashi quotes the Midrash that explains this was out of character. Avraham was an extremely wealthy and honored individual. He had hundreds of loyal students, and many, many slaves. Hitching up his donkey was not something he normally did. It was done for him by a servant. Yet this time was different because “love blinds.” Avraham was so enraptured with this great act that he got carried away and did something he never would have done himself. He hitched up his own donkey.

The Crescendo

With a calm demeanor and joy in his heart, Avraham set out on a three-day expedition to accomplish this great mitzvah. Along the way, Yitzchak discovered he was to be the sacrifice. He said to his father, “Please bind me so that I don’t twitch and spoil the sacrifice. A korban must be slaughtered in a particular manner. Any deviation and the sacrifice is invalid. Yitzchak was afraid he might inadvertently move and spoil the process. Therefore he said, “Please bind me.” (Hence the term “akeidas Yitzchak,” the binding of Yitzchak.)

Avraham did just that. He tied Yitzchak’s arms and legs behind him, put him on the mizbeach, and raised up the knife to kill his son.

The Midrash tells us that Avraham stood over Yitzchak “with tears in his eyes and great joy in his heart.” The tears in his eyes were the tears of a father parting with his most beloved son, but there was joy in his heart because of the fantastic opportunity to show Hashem that nothing, not even his most beloved son, was more precious to him than serving his Creator.

The question becomes: how is it possible for a man to make the ultimate sacrifice in a manner that seems to transcend every emotional limitation?

Akeidas Yitzchak was a singular event that actualized the years of extraordinary perfection that represented Avraham Avinus life. Because he lived in this world, he felt real love for his child, but even that love was something he harnessed to show his greater love of Hashem – the perfect balance of a man in complete control.

Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier

Knesset Approves Arrangements Act in Preliminary Vote 58 – 50

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The effort to save the Jewish community of Amona from demolition and eviction has overcome its first big hurdle Wednesday afternoon, as the Knesset plenum passed the Arrangements Act by a vote of 58 to 50 with no abstention. The latest version of the bill, which now goes to deliberations in committee, lets the Arab claimants against Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria to hold their title to the land while receiving market value compensation for it. The new law applies strictly to lands impounded by the Israeli government and not disputes over land that was settled without government sanction.

Finance Minister and Chairman of Kulanu Moshe Kahlon was reportedly uncertain whether his party should support the coalition bill, despite the fact that they were bound by “coalition discipline.” Kahlon was, and continues to be anxious about the possibility of a clash between the government and Israel’s Supreme Court, which is invested in seeing Amona, alongside the rightwing coalition, being brought down to their knees come December 25, the day decreed by the court.

Habayit Hayehudi Chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, as well as Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and the entire national religious faction refused to negotiate either the wording or the timing of the new legislation, which had been approved by the government on Sunday.

A spokesman for Habayit Hayehudi told Srugim, “Interestingly, what the prime Minster hasn’t been able to do for an entire year we suddenly managed to do in three days.”

However, both Minister Kahlon and Coalition Chairman David Bitan (Likud) warned that the bill would be suspended should it meet resistance from the Supreme Court.

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Bennett, Netanyahu, Clash over Amona, Regulations Act

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Sunday’s cabinet meeting witnessed an escalation of the conflict between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) and Education Minister and Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett, over the fate of a Jewish settlement named Amona in Samaria. The clock is ticking on the demolition of Amona and the evacuation of between 40 and 50 families, as decreed by the Supreme Court — no later than December 25, 2016. Bennett proposed the cabinet debate the proposed Arrangements Act, which compels Arab claimants to accept market value compensation for their land. Netanyahu attacked the idea, calling it “childish and irresponsible,” suggesting it might earn a moment’s relief, while his AG is trying to get a seven-month postponement from the court.

A whopping 25 out of Netanyahu’s 30 Knesset Members have signed a commitment to pass the Arrangements Act, which would force a war between the government and the high court. In 2014, the high court struck down a lower court’s judgement awarding $85,700 to 6 (anonymous) Arab plaintiffs who claimed they had been affected by the Amona settlement on their land.

Things went wild at the meeting when Minister Miri Regev (Likud) stated that “the Prime Minister has never said that he opposes the Arrangements Act.” Netanyahu turned to her and said, “I don’t need to be defended from the spins, both of politicians and the media.” At which point Regev continued, saying “it’s a shame Habayit Hayehudi are making it look as if only they support the arrangements and the Likud doesn’t.” So Bennett confronted the PM, asking if he really did support the proposed bill, and Regev exclaimed, “Of course he supports the Arrangements Act.” So Netanyahu turned on her, saying, “I don’t need your defense, Miri, we won’t waste our time on bloggers here.” And Bennett pressed in response, “Excellent, let’s vote on the bill,” so Netanyahu called him childish.

Habayit Hayehudi has been adamant on their plan to introduce the bill for approval by the Ministerial Legislative Committee, chaired by their own Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, despite vociferous objections from AG Avichai Mandelblit. Netanyahu declared that introducing the bill now would harm his own petition that the Supreme Court postpone by seven months its decree against Amona.

Last week, Coalition Chairman David Bitan (Likud) was quoted as saying “there’s plenty of time to pass the Arrangements Act should the Supreme Court reject the state’s petition to postpone the evacuation.”

Bennett, who last week declared that Trump’s election meant the end of the Palestinian State, urged the Netanyahu government to take advantage of the change in Washington to push pro-settlement legislation. “It’s time to stop treating as second class citizens the tens of thousands of residents in Judea and Samaria who serve in the Army Reserves and pay taxes,” Bennett declared.

Habayit Hayehudi MKs Bezalel Smotrich and Shuli Mualem, who authored the Regulations Act, sent Netanyahu a letter urging him to “act in the window of opportunity that was created” and pass the bill. “The election results in the US have ended a complex relationship with the current administration and [made possible] the creation of a different relationship with the new administration,” the two MKs wrote, suggesting that “a combination of a new spirit in the White House and the fact that the US is in a period of transition in government have created a historic opportunity to confirm the Jewish settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria.”

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