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September 29, 2016 / 26 Elul, 5776

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Sderot Homes Reinforced Against Rocket Attacks from Gaza

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Two years after the dust and rubble that resulted from the Gaza rocket attacks during Operation Protective Edge, the residents of Sderot had reason to celebrate this week.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Sderot Thursday to join them in marking the completion of a project to reinforce homes against rocket attacks launched from Gaza.

Netanyahu told participants in the celebration that although one cannot always change a strategic environment, it is possible to achieve deterrence against the threat posed by an enemy.

“The operation has now given us the quietest two years that we have had in the past decade. See, while we cannot shape the strategic environment in which we live, we do have possibility of achieving deterrence against our enemies and, to the extent that it proves necessary, to inflict significant damage on the infrastructures of terror.

“Our policy is to respond vigorously to any violation – no matter how small – of the calm, and you see this, and make it clear to those on the other side that the rules of the game have changed.

“Quiet here equals quiet in Gaza,” Netanyahu said. “Attacking us will lead to ruin and destruction for Hamas, Islamic Jihad and whoever tries to attack us from the other side of the fence.

“We will respond in strength to any attempt to attack our communities and our citizens,” he said.

“I would like to emphasize that while structural reinforcement is a lifesaving step, it is no substitute for our offensive striking power. I am constantly hearing about what Hamas is doing but I know what we are doing. I know what we are planning. I know how we are organizing. I know but I do not intend to tell you.”

Hana Levi Julian

Defense Minister Liberman Attacks Predecessor’s Public Conviction of Hebron Shooter

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) on Monday criticized his predecessor, MK Moshe Yaalon (Likud) on the latter’s public comments following the incident of IDF medic Sergeant Elor Azaria who shot dead a terrorist that had already been neutralized. “Deciding in advance [that Azaria had broken the law] was a serious mistake,” Liberman said.

Liberman was visiting the IDF reception and screening center, where, he said, “I enlisted in the IDF 37 years ago, in 1979, and now I’m coming back as defense minister.” A combat recruit who enlisted in the Golani and Givati brigades, asked Liberman about the rules of engagement, to which the defense minister answered: “We want to maintain the most battle ready and the best operational army, and also the most moral army. These are the values that guide us.” Liberman recommended that soldiers who are not sure about the rules of engagement ask their superiors.

Answering a question from another recruit regarding the political horizon of the Israeli-Arab conflict, Liberman said that “whoever believes that a political maneuver would improve our situation vis-à-vis terrorism is wrong. Terrorism is not rational, ISIS and the crazies devote their lives to dying as shahids. You can’t appease them through a political maneuver.”

Liberman added that Hamas is no different from ISIS and Al Qaeda. He told the recruits, “Look at what’s going on in the Muslim world. More than 90% of the victims are within the Muslim world. We live in a very tough neighborhood, a neighborhood of deep changes. Moses committed a strategic blunder when he brought us here and not to the Swiss-Italian border. We’re in a very problematic neighborhood.”

Regarding his summoning last week of the Army Radio commander for a hearing over the broadcast of a program about anti-Israeli poet Mahmoud Darwish, Liberman said, “I suggest everyone go back and read the goals of the military station as they were set by Ben Gurion at its establishment. [For this same station to devote time] to someone whose entire work is a call to the Jewish people to go away, and in one of his poems he describes eating the liver of the ‘occupier’ — someone got confused here. It’s my duty as defense minister to clarify; but we don’t get involved in content but in the army’s spirit.”

David Israel

IDF Denies Arab 13-yr-old Killed by IDF

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

The IDF has denied an Arab report that Israeli military forces killed a 13-year-old teen from the Palestinian Authority during clashes with Arab attackers in the northern Jerusalem suburb of A-Ram on Tuesday.

According to a military source, there were no IDF troops in the area where Palestinian Authority officials claim the teen was killed.

Israel Police denied live fire was used during clashes with rioters. IDF officers said stun and gas grenades were used, Ynet reported.

The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health reported the death following a claim by Ramallah Hospital director Ahmad Bitawi, who said the teen was killed by a bullet to the chest.

The source of the bullet was not made clear, however. Guns are traditionally fired by Muslims to celebrate weddings and other happy occasions, usually at night.

In addition, blood feuds, dishonor issues and other disputes are usually settled with guns in that culture as well.

Nor is it unusual for Arab officials to try and blame an Arab death on Israeli forces, regardless of location.

Hana Levi Julian

Polls Demonstrating Muslim Intolerance and Support for Terrorism Help Explain Recent Attacks

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Multiple polls demonstrate that the general Middle Eastern and Western Muslim population harbors dangerous attitudes that help explain recent terrorist attacks in France,America, Iraq, Israel, Jordan and Bangladesh.  Hostility towards women, Jews, Christians, homosexuals, and converts to other religions is prevalent.  Large percentages of Muslims also support suicide bombings and terrorist groups, including Hamas, al Qaeda, Hezbollah and ISIS.

Sharia; Women’s Rights:  The Pew Research Center survey of Muslims (April 2013) and December 2015 report found that huge majorities (71% to 91%) of Muslims in Iraq, the Palestinian territories (“PA”), Morocco, Egypt, Jordan and Pakistan supported making Sharia the official law of the landSharia law oppresses women:  women are subservient to their husbands or male guardians, require male permission to work or even leave the house, have lesser inheritance rights and virtually no marital property rights, and may be subjected to wife beating and polygamy.  Among those who say that Sharia should be the law of the land, high percentages (58% to 89% in the above countries) also favor stoning as a punishment for adultery.   An overwhelming majority of Middle Eastern Muslims (85% to 92%) agreed or mostly agreed that a wife must always obey her husband, and 41% to 48% stated that polygamy is morally acceptable.

Honor killings/Abortion:  The 2013 Pew survey found that low percentages in these Mideast countries (22% to 45%) said that “honor killings” are never justified to punish a women accused of having pre-marital or extra-marital sex. Only 14% to 34% would accord a wife the right to divorce her husband.   Virtually no one (0% to 2%) said that abortion was acceptable.

Homosexuality:  Muslims also overwhelmingly stated that homosexual behavior is morally wrong in the 2013 Pew survey.  Only 1% in Iraq, the Palestinian territories, Egypt, Lebanon and Pakistan said that homosexual behavior was morally acceptable.

Converts:  Alarmingly high percentages (66% to 92%) of those who said Sharia should be the law of the land also favor the death penalty for persons who convert from Islam to another religion.

Suicide Bombing:  The June 2016 Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research poll found that 65% of Muslims in the Palestinian territories (and 76% of those aged 18-22) supported the April 2016 Jerusalem bus bombing attack which injured over 20 Israelis.

The Pew 2013 survey also found that significant percentages of Middle Eastern Muslims agree that suicide bombing can be justified.   A whopping 74% of Muslims in the Palestinian territories support suicide bombing often, sometimes or rarely – with “often” getting the most (37%) responses.  In Egypt and Jordan, the percentages were 53% and 57%.   Moreover, Pew surveys in 2006 and 2007 reveal that these percentages of young Muslims (age 18-29 – a key group) justify suicide bombings:  U.S.: 26%; Great Britain: 35%; France: 42%; Germany: 22%; and Spain: 29%.

Anti-Semitism:  The 2010 Pew Global Attitudes survey of religious groups’ views found that in predominantly Muslim nations surveyed, views of Jews were largely unfavorable.   (In the PA, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt, 95% to 98% viewed Jews unfavorably.  Moreover, a 2015 ISGAP review of surveys from nine European countries, with more than 40,000 participants, revealed that anti-Semitism levels were significantly higher among European Muslims than among non-Muslims, and that anti-Semitic attitudes increased with Muslim religiosity.  For instance, a 2008 six-country Ruud-Koopmans study found that the percentages agreeing with an anti-Semitic statement were: 7% to 10% of Christians; 20% (over twice as many) of “not very religious Muslims”; 30% of “very religions non-fundamentalist” Muslims; and a whopping 70% of “very religions, fundamentalist Muslims.”

Anti-Christian:  In the 2010 Pew survey, sizeable numbers in predominantly Muslim nations also expressed negative attitudes towards Christians (61% in Pakistan; 49% in Egypt, 43% in the Palestinian territories).

Support and Sympathy for Terrorist Groups:

An Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) poll of 5,100 respondents in seven Arab countries including 900 Syrian refugees in November 2015 found that positive views of ISIS were held by 13% of Syrian refugees, 19% of Jordanians, 20% of Saudis, and 24% of Muslims in the Palestinian territories.

Support for ISIS among Syrians Muslims was even higher – 21% in Max Galka’s study collating surveys conducted by Pew Research, Zogby, the Washington Institute, ORB International, ACRPS and CSIS.

In the CSIS (Center for Strategic & International Studies) series of polls through 2014 (reported March 2015), 27% of Syrian Muslims said that ISIS is a “legitimate resistance movement” and not a terrorist movement.  Moreover, this CSIS polling found that 35% of Muslims in areas controlled by the Syrian opposition and 63% of Muslims in ISIS-controlled areas said that ISIS is not a terrorist movement, and 15% of Iraqi Muslims said that ISIS is a “legitimate resistance movement.

According to a 2007 poll cited in Daniel Greenfield’s “Opposing Syrian Muslim Refugees is a Jewish Value,” a staggering 77% of Syrians support Hamas – a terrorist organization whose stated mission is murdering every Jew.   Also, the Pew 2013 survey found that favorable views of Hamas were held by 48% of Muslims in Egypt and the PA; 43% of Jordanian Muslims; and 62% of Lebanese Shia Muslims, and that favorable views of al Qaeda were held by 35% in the Palestinian territories; 13% in Pakistan and Jordan; and 20% in Egypt; and that significant numbers also held favorable views of Hezbollah.

CSIS polling also found that 15% of Syrian and Jordanian Muslims described al-Qaeda as a “legitimate resistance movement,” and 33% of Syrian Muslims viewed Hezbollah as a “legitimate resistance movement.”

These troubling statistics on Muslim attitudes help explain relentless avalanche of terrorist attacks perpetrated by Muslims. We must urge both secular and religious Muslim leaders to strongly condemn these attitudes and urge a reformation of Islam.

Morton A. Klein

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

ADL Warns of Jump in US Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Anti-Semitic attacks in the United States rose dramatically last year, according to a report released Wednesday by the New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

The annual “Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidentsdocumented 941 incidents last year in the U.S., a three percent rise over the 912 anti-Semitic incidents reported in 2014.

Last year, 56 of the incidents were violent assaults, a more than 50 percent rise from the 36 violent attacks reported in 2014.

The states with the highest totals of anti-Semitic incidents were those with large Jewish populations, starting with New York (198) and California (175).

Equally disturbing was the finding that anti-Semitic incidents nearly doubled last year at colleges and universities across the United States, accounting for 10 percent of the total number of incidents in 2015.

A total of 90 such incidents were reported on 60 college campuses in 2015; 47 anti-Semitic incidents were reported on 43 campuses in 2014.

“We are disturbed that violent anti-Semitic incidents are rising,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “And we know that for every incident reported, there’s likely another that goes unreported. So even as the total incidents have remained statistically steady from year to year, the trend toward anti-Semitic violence is very concerning.”

ADL National Chair Marvin D. Nathan said it was “troubling” that at least two anti-Semitic incidents occur in the U.S. on average “every single day.” Moreover, “These numbers do not even account for all of the online harassment we see every hour on social media, which is so widespread it is difficult to quantify.”

In the past year the organization has witnessed an explosion of hate online, he said, especially on social media platforms. While the Audit includes includes incidents of online anti-Semitism reported to the ADL in which an individual or institution is explicitly targeted, it does not count the general anti-Semitic expressions online — of which there are thousands.

“Online hate is particularly disturbing because of the ubiquity of social media and its deep penetration into our daily lives, plus the anonymity offered by certain platforms which facilitates this phenomenon,” Greenblatt said.

“The issue has grown exponentially in recent years because the internet provides racists and bigots with an outlet to reach a potential audience of millions. We plan to adapt future versions of the Audit to account for such online harassment.”

Hana Levi Julian

Bennett: ‘You Can’t Be in Favor of Eretz Israel in Hebrew while Establishing the State of Palestine in English.’

Monday, June 6th, 2016

On Sunday night, during the celebrations of Jerusalem Liberation Day at the Merkaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem, the academic crown jewel of the rightwing Greater Israel movement, Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett flatly accused Prime Minister Netanyahu of lying about his true intentions regarding a Palestinian State. “You can’t be in favor of Eretz Israel in Hebrew while establishing the State of Palestine in English,” he said, obviously pointing to the PM, who was present at the same ceremony, and accusing him of telling his voters (in Hebrew) during the last campaign that he was opposed to dividing the land, while scheming with foreign dignitaries and a number of Israeli politicians to bring on some form of the two-state solution.

The relationship between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) and Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi) is about as bad as can be, feeding on 20 years of bad blood, resentments, betrayals and condescension. Ten years ago, after fighting in the 2006 Lebanon War, Bennett served as chief of staff for Netanyahu, who was then the opposition leader. He helped Netanyahu dig his way up from a deep electoral hole, but couldn’t get along with Mrs. Netanyahu (few could). Eventually, in 2008, Bennett and his political partner, Ayelet Shaked, set out to carve their own path among Israel’s rightwing voters.

When they returned victorious in 2013, with 12 seats, as leaders of a National Religious Party that everyone had been certain was going to leave the political stage — they were considered Netanyahu’s natural coalition partners — but Sara Netanyahu put down her foot. Instead of a negotiation between friends, Bennett et al were put through the wringer. It took the intervention of a third party leader, MK Yair Lapid, who forged an ad hoc, mutual-benefit alliance with Bennett, to finally open the door. Then, after the 2015 elections, when Bennett generously endorsed Netanyahu’s message that it made no difference if the settler community voted for Likud or for his own party, because he had been promised they’d all be part of the same winning coalition in the end — Bennett ended up as the last man the PM had turned to for a government post. Promises of the Defense Ministry were reneged on, and Bennett, a party chairman, ended up with a second-tier portfolio. Mind you, Bennett believes a full five of Likud’s 30 Knesset seats should have gone to him. That’s ten years’ worth of resentment.

And now, as Netanyahu continues his pursuit of a broader coalition with MK Isaac Herzog’s Zionist Camp (Labor), voices in Labor are starting to say that they’d consider the offer only if the PM is sincere in his desire for a two-state solution, and the profound way in which he could signal that commitment would be by sacrificing the only dedicated enemy of the very idea of a Palestinian State, Naftali Bennett’s Habayit Hayehudi. If Netanyahu were to go ahead and fire, or demote Bennett and the other two Habayit Hayehudi ministers, Ayelet Shaked and Uri Ariel, it would mean that five seats worth of voters who believed Netanyahu was just as anti-two-state as Bennett, actually cast their vote to get themselves and their families evicted from their homes and lands. There’s plenty to resent there.

“There are some, in Israel and the world, who join various Arab initiatives according to which we would divide the land, divide–God forbid–Jerusalem, and return to the 1967 lines,” Bennett said, “because the world is pressuring, and we must appease them. I tell these individuals tonight: never.”

As to the dual-language policy, Bennett told Netanyahu: “It’s time to say in a clear voice: the Land of Israel belongs to the nation of Israel. In Hebrew, English, Russian and French, in summer, in winter, during elections and when there are no elections. Why? Because the world is listening to us. To every word we say. The world recognizes weakness, just as it recognizes strength. The world sniffs whenever we are not certain of our right to the land, and attacks us with the fury of boycotts.”

It was a painful, raging attack, that marked the worst day in the complex relationship of these two politicians. But it would be a mistake to suggest that Bennett was acting emotionally. In fact, this had to be a well planned assault, ahead of a foreseeable dismissal of Habayit Hayehudi from the coalition. Even before Sunday’s de facto declaration of war, Bennett’s party was up at least three seats in the polls, while Likud was down by those same three seats — that was the Judea and Samaria vote. And should Netanyahu actually pursue peace negotiations at this juncture, those three seats could grow to become five, putting in risk Likud’s numeric supremacy in the next Knesset.

It was such an aggressive attack on Bennett’s part, that the pushback had to come from Likud’s own rightwing, pro-settlements wing: an anonymous Likud senior official was cited by the press, but everyone knew it was Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Ze’ev Elkin, who accused Bennett of hypocrisy—since he had lived comfortably in the previous coalition government with Minister Tzipi LIvni, while the latter was in charge of the two-state negotiations. Elkin, speaking as senior anonymous Likud man, also said it was Bennett who was threatening the stability of the most rightwing government in Israel’s history.

In the end, the cooling down of the internal fighting came from the new defense minister, Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu), also a former Netanyahu lieutenant in Likud who broke up with the boss and has maintained a terrible personal relationship with him, complete with bad blood and burgeoning resentments. Liberman said Monday morning: “I call on Naftali Bennett to calm down. Right now we need fewer declarations and more coordinated, quiet work.”

“If he can’t hold back, I suggest he undergo surgery to remove his short fuse,” Liberman said about Bennett, in a bearish kind of humor.

Incidentally, you may recall that Liberman has endured his share of ridicule upon taking on his important new position, because in an interview Liberman had given only last April, he promised that should he become defense minister, he would demand that Deputy Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniya return the bodies of Israeli soldiers in his possessions or face death. There’s even a website counting the days since Liberman’s appointment and noting that the Hamas leader is still alive.

“I suggest to anyone who is asking me regarding taking care of Haniya to wait until the end of my term, and not [harass me] in my first week in office,” the new defense minsiter said.

Except that in that interview Liberman actually said Haniya should be counting his days on this earth from Liberman’s first day in office. So the inquiries are certainly legitimate.

JNi.Media

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