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July 31, 2016 / 25 Tammuz, 5776

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Liberman Reads Riot Act to Army Radio Chief Despite AG’s Objections

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

New Israeli defense minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) has spent his first month in office directing the military apparatus in substantially different directions, most notably his order for the generals to come up with a concrete plan to remove the Hamas government in Gaza — it turned out they hadn’t thought it would be useful to have one. And as the defense ministry and the army are starting to sound and act in a different manner than they did under Liberman’s predecessor, Moshe Ya’alon (Likud), the new defense boss is mending the more ideological aspects of the military system. He has added his support to the chief of staff Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot’s call to shut down the left-leaning Army Radio station, and on Thursday he became directly involved in the same station’s programming.

To be precise, earlier this week the Army Radio station devoted a program to the poetic works of Mahmoud Darwish (1941 – 2008), a member of the Israeli Communist party who is widely perceived as a “Palestinian symbol” and served as an artistic spokesman for Arab opposition to Israel. In 1988, one of his poems, “Those Who Pass Between Fleeting Words,” was cited in the Knesset by Yitzhak Shamir (Likud) for demanding that the Jews leave Israel:

“O those who pass between fleeting words / As bitter dust, go where you wish, but / Do not pass between us like flying insects / For we have work to do in our land,” Darwish called on Israel’s Jews, and concluded: “So leave our country / Our land, our sea / Our wheat, our salt, our wounds / Everything, and leave / The memories of memory / O those who pass between fleeting words!”

Following the broadcast on Army Radio, which included Darwish’s texts in its “Broadcast University” series on “Israeli founding texts,” Defense Minister Liberman summoned Army Radio commander Yaron Dekel to a disciplinary hearing Thursday at noon.

“On its face it appears to be a serious issue, whereby someone who wrote anti-Zionist texts that are still fueling acts of terrorism against the State of Israel merits to be included along with his texts by the military station in the foundation texts of Israeli society, together with Jerusalem of Gold and The Silver Tray (two popular and very beautiful song by Naomi Shemer and Natan Alterman respectively),” Liberman said. “Obviously this constitutes an [ideological] eclipse which cannot be ignored.”

On Wednesday night Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit phoned Liberman to inform him that he does not have the authority to intervene in the Army Station’s programming. Mandelblit based his warning on a 2015 opinion by Vice Counsel on Legislation Affairs Dina Zilber, that ruled against ministers intervening in the military station.

And now Liberman decided to ignore Zilber’s opinion, which is almost unheard of in Israeli governmental politics. In many ways this might prove to be Liberman’s bravest act so far, and he may live to pay for it as an irate judicial civil service could rise up against him.

Already the president of the Press Council, retired Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner, told Israel Radio that the intervention by the Minister of Defense in Army Radio broadcasting was dangerous, and said that it frightened her. “I cannot believe this is happening,” she told left-leaning hot Aryeh Golan Thursday morning. Yes, the red wagons are being circled.

David Israel

Liberman, Eizenkot, Agree on Shutting Down Left-Leaning, Elitist Army Radio

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Israel’s most popular radio station, especially among younger, draft-age listeners, Army Radio, has been under the threat of elimination for decades now, mostly from rightwing politicians who couldn’t understand why the IDF should finance a leftwing station that more often parrots the views of Ramallah than of Jerusalem. Now, with the new defense minister, Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) at the helm, and with the support of IDF chief of staff Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, the station is as good as gone, say Israeli media experts.

A review board headed by Defense Ministry Director Udi Adam is expected to submit its recommendations to Liberman in two weeks, and those are expected to be to take the successful station off the security budget, but not necessarily to shut it down.

Unlike the previous chief of staff, Benny Gantz, who had a soft spot for “Galatz” (the acronym Galay Tzahal, or IDF Waves), Eizenkot has no hidden sympathy for the station and, in fact, already recommended publicly to his previous boss, defense minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud), to dump Galatz. Ya’alon refused, and the station crew were hoping this threat would end like all the similar threats of the past decades, and then Liberman’s shadow darkened their door.

According to Ma’ariv, the only question now is whether the station will be closed or be transformed into a civilian outfit. MK Nachman Shai (Zionist Camp), who used to be the Galatz commander at one point, is convinced this time it’s for real: “It always used to be that either the defense minister wanted to change things or the chief or staff did, but this time it’s both of them together. Liberman has no love lost for Galatz.”

MK Shai does not fault Liberman for the decision, especially since it came originally from the commander of the army, and does not represent a Liberman vendetta against those leftist editors and hosts. Shai is also convinced the public couldn’t care less either way. Gone are the days when Galatz was the only light music outlet in Israel’s centrally controlled media. There’s a plethora of Israeli FM stations to choose from on the dial today, plus numerous online sources for Israeli music.

Culture Minister Miri Regev (Likud) couldn’t be happier with the decision to shut down Galatz, which she has identified as a bastion of Ashkenazi, leftwing, elitist culture. Regev was also among the politicians who have been calling on Ya’alon to shut down the station, “but he failed to do so, despite a clear recommendation from chief of staff Eizenkot,” she said, adding, “I count on Minister Liberman to lead the needed change.”

The last straw in Galatz’s elitist load was the Gidi Orsher affair — Orsher, the station’s movie critic, posted a particularly offensive Facebook status in which he described Jews from Muslim countries as superstitious savages — which got him suspended and made him the subject of weeks of torrential attacks from everywhere, especially from his friends on the left. In a sense, at this point all Liberman has to say in order to quash further debate regarding the Galatz future is: Gidi Orsher. Because, at last, this Ashkenazi-elistist-secularist-anti-settlement radio ship has sunk.

JNi.Media

IDF Attacks Two Syrian Army Targets Over Rocket Near Border Fence

Monday, July 4th, 2016

The IDF announced it had attacked two Syrian army targets Sunday overnight in retaliation for shots fired at the security fence on Israel’s border with Syria. According to the report, on Sunday morning security forces noted a rocket that fell in open territory on the Israeli side of the fence. It did not cause damage or injuries. The retaliatory strikes were launched by artillery shelling.

“The gunfire did not endanger the residents in the area or our forces,” the IDF said in a statement. “The IDF is not involved in the fighting in Syria but is determined to defend itself and will respond to any unusual incident.”

David Israel

Local Settlers Enforce Siege after Army Deserts Post Outside Murderers’ Village

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

Dozens of Kiryat Araba and Hebron Mountain Jewish residents who arrived on Sunday morning at the exit road of Bani Na’im village, home to the murderer of 13-year-old Hallel Ariel and many more terrorists, discovered to their chagrin that the total siege declared by the IDF on the village Friday had deteriorated to a mere dirt barricade on the road, with no soldier in sight to enforce the rule — and with the Arabs bypassing the dirt mound without difficulty.

The Jewish residents decided to take matters into their own hands and enforced the siege themselves, with protest tent and signs, and blocked the village’s access road the way it was supposed to be blocked — earnestly.

Blocking Bani Na'im exit

Blocking Bani Na’im exit

The protesters are demanding that the Israeli government live up to its own rules and enforce the closure around the murderers’ village, and evict from the village the Triara family, which to date has produced three terrorists: one who carried out a ramming attack with his car at the entrance to Kiryat Arba a few months ago, one who murdered Hallel Ariel, and one female terrorist who was killed Friday trying to stab a soldier at the Cave of the Patriarchs.

In addition, the protesters are demanding the eviction of every family connected to terrorism.

David Israel

Israel Demolishes Home of Terrorist Who Murdered US Army Vet After PA Praises the Murder [video]

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Security forces on Monday night demolished the northern Samaria Hajjah village house belonging to the family of terrorist Bashar Masalha who murdered an American tourist, 29-year-old US Army veteran Taylor Force, and wounded 11 others last March. Masalha embarked on a stabbing spree near the Jaffa harbor promenade on the same night US Vice President Joe Biden was appearing at the nearby Peres Peace Center. In the end, the terrorist was shot by an Israeli policeman and then killed while lying wounded on the grass by an Israeli police volunteer. Both men were commended for their resolute action.

Israel handed Masalha’s body over to the Palestinian Authority, whose official TV channel glorified him by calling him shahid-martyr 11 times, according to Palestinian Media Watch. The PA TV reporter said, among other things, “His family, friends, and people of the region took it upon themselves to ensure that this [burial] would be a large national wedding befitting of martyrs… The martyr was accompanied to his last resting place in the cemetery for martyrs in Hajja.”

The official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida also honored the martyr, saying, “Masalha died as a martyr on March 8, after carrying out a stabbing operation in Jaffa, in which he killed an American tourist.”

Or, as the PA TV reporter put it, “Martyr Bashar Masalha, 22, ascended to Heaven in Jaffa on March 8. He returned and was embraced by the soil of his homeland as a martyr.”

Someone should tell the State Dept. how the PA, a recipient of generous US aid, treats the murderer of an American citizen.

David Israel

Israelis Kickstart After IDF Wouldn’t Rehab Wounded Soldier Living in Settlement [video]

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Decorated special forces soldier Sgt. Yehuda Yitzchak Hayisraeli who fought and was critically injured in the 2014 Gaza War, during the courageous attempt to retrieve the late Lt. Hadar Goldin who had been captured and killed by Hamas. Sgt. Yehuda was in a coma for two years, surrounded by his wife and family, who never gave up on him. His son Erez was born and was circumcised while his hero father was still in a coma, an event that focused national attention on the family one more time.

Then a miracle happened and Yehuda came out of the coma, a few months ago. Since then he has been engaged in a grueling and demanding rehab process, where he is re-learning a large variety of basic skills, on the way to full recovery. Eventually the time came for Yehuda to be discharged from the hospital to continue his rehab at home. Like every injured soldier, the defense ministry pays for adjusting his home environment to his rehab needs. But Yehuda is a resident of the community of Ofra in Judea and Samaria, and since the entire region is under a construction freeze in an attempt to please Israel’s many friends in the world, the funds could not be legally transferred to him, no matter how deserving he may be.

The family was dumbfounded at this degree of bureaucratic autism, but a group of Israeli citizens who last week heard about the case in the media decided to come to their aid. They launched a communal fundraising page on the website headstart.co.il, and asked for the equivalent of $156,000, the amount needed to pay for Yehuda’s accommodations. As of Sunday morning, the page has raised $373,061.61 from 7,778 individuals.

On the fundraising page, the organizers have thanked profusely everyone who contributed (including opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog who gave about $300), and declared that the collection will continue, at least until the official expiration time, which is in 26 days. The money will go to provide for Yehuda’s family in the next year or so.

What a wonderful example of community values in face of government deafness. (Click here for an update on the government’s response).

JNi.Media

Cutting Edge Army: IDF Issues Vegan Combat Rations, Shoes, Berets

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

The IDF Central Food Technology and Logistics Division recently completed the development of the first Vegan combat rations, following years during which Vegan soldiers have had to settle for a portion of the military issue meal, mainly corn preserves, olives and peanuts. While Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry, Vegans, in addition, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.

Back in 2013, two members of the Israeli animal rights organization Anonymous approached the military prosecutor’s office asking to absolve Vegan soldiers from wearing leather shoes during their service, on conscientious grounds, since making leather shoes involves the “cruel murder of animals.” Apparently, they could not tolerate the thought of killing people while wearing shoes made from killed animals. Since then, the IDF has been supplying declared Vegan soldiers with non-leather shoes.

Also in 2013, the IDF has begun to supply Vegan berets, made from synthetic material, to soldiers who asked for them. Currently the inoffensive berets are available only in green (for the infantry) and black (for the armored troops). Paratroopers (red berets) are still required to wear head cover made from the sheared coats of innocent barnyard animals.

Vegan soldiers are encouraged to file their complaints with the military ombudsman by fax or email, whenever their military assignments clash with their core Vegan beliefs.

The new combat rations are due to reach over the next few months the 600 or so declared Vegans currently serving. The promised rations will include raw tehini, bernflex, energy bar, natural almonds, walnuts, dried fruits, roasted peas and chickpeas, peanuts, and preserved beans. One ration should last one soldier two weeks or two soldiers one week, provided they trust each other.

Combat Zone Cooking Competition: IDF base chef preparing and serving his unit's competition dish / Photo Credit: Gadi Yampel, IDF Spokeserson's Unit

Combat Zone Cooking Competition: IDF base chef preparing and serving his unit’s competition dish / Photo Credit: Gadi Yampel, IDF Spokeserson’s Unit

The IDF HR insists that new recruits declare their Vegan status upon enlisting, otherwise they must wait six months before they can be granted Vegan status. The reason is economic, since the army spends much more on the preparation of Vegan food at the military bases and on the rations than it does on normal food. According to the Central Food Technology and Logistics Division, everybody enjoys the Vegan delicacies: last year they budgeted about $80,000 to purchase Vegan goodies for the general military population, but the stuff was consumed in a single quarter and the budget had to be increased.

In 2013 there was a wave of protests regarding the sandwiches IDF soldiers were given on field trips. There were Facebook pages dedicated to the fact that Vegans had to work their way around the cold cuts in their food supplies, there were online petitions, and the military ombudsman was bombarded with complaints, both by fax and email. So now every base kitchen is equipped to provide healthy, nutritious and cruelty-free sandwiches to Israel’s heroes.

JNi.Media

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