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November 23, 2014 / 1 Kislev, 5775
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Netanyahu: Cancel Citizenship of ‘Those Who Call to Destroy Israel’

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared Saturday night that he “will instruct the Interior Minister to evaluate revoking the citizenship of those who call for the destruction of the State of Israel.”

The Prime Minister did not specifically relate to the riots in the northern Israel city of Kfar Kanna on Saturday following the Friday night police action that killed an Arab terrorist whom officers tried to arrest.

Arabs in the city claimed that the terrorist was shot in cold blood.

“Israel is a nation of law. We will not tolerate disturbances and rioting,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu. “We will act against those who throw stones, block roads and call for the establishment of a Palestinian state in place of the State of Israel.

Whoever does not honor Israeli law will be punished with utmost severity.”

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who previously has called on all Israeli citizens to sign a loyalty oath, specifically backed the Public Security Minister Yitzhack Aharonovich, who is responsible for the police.

Netanyahu is sounding more like Avigdor Lieberman every day, perhaps another sign that elections are not so far away.

Official Palestinian Authority Condolence Letter to Family of the Terrorist

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman today sent a letter around the world appealing to his counterparts and detailing incitement by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Liberman warned that the world cannot remain silent in the face of the PA leader’s letter to the family of Muataz Ibrahim al-Hijazi, the terrorist who almost succeeded in murdering Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick.

Following is an official translation, in English, of the letter sent by the PA chairman to the family of the Islamic Jihad terrorist who shot Yehudah Glick at point-blank range last week. He himself was killed in a shootout after opening fire at the police officers who later came to arrest him.

My brothers, distinguished members of the Al-Hijazi family, Holy Jerusalem Peace be upon you and the blessing and mercy of God,

In anger and strong condemnation did we receive word of the sickening crime of assassination which was perpetrated by the murderous, terrorist gangs of the despicable Israeli occupying army against your son Muataz Ibrahim Khalil Hijazi, who ascended to heaven as a martyr in the course of defending the rights of our nation, its honor and holy sites. We hereby express from the depths of our hearts before you all, before all of our residents of Holy Jerusalem, and before the entire honorable family, our condolences at his passing.

We emphasize to you our condemnation of this cruel and ugly act, which joins the crimes of the despised Israeli occupation against our people since the Naqba, and which continues the historic oppression that follows the Palestinian People wherever our nation is present.

We are certain that these acts will not deter the Palestinian People, but will rather strengthen our steadfastness and our grip on the territory of the homeland. We call on all of our countrymen to adhere to the national unity, to retain our achievements and to garner strength in order to contend with the exploitative aggression, in order to foil the goals of the occupation which strives to strike at our enduring rights to self determination and to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

We appeal to God to envelop him in His great mercy, to accommodate him in the broadest place of Heaven and to bestow upon him and his distinguished family patience and solace.

We are for Allah and to Him we return.

Ramallah, 1/11/2014
Mahmoud Abbas
President of the State of Palestine
Chairman of the Executive Committee of the PLO

Proposed Bill: 90% Mortgages for Young Couples

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beteinu party has proposed a bill that will actually have a positive effect on the Real Estate market in Israel, targeting young couples who are potential first-time home buyers.

The proposal would permit young couples purchasing their first apartment, whether from a contractor or on the second hand market, to be able to get a 90% mortgage from the bank.

Currently, new buyers need to put up at least 25%-30% of the capital, which puts buying a home out of reach of many people, especially those from lower socio-economic levels, who don’t have parents who can put up that money for them.

This bill, initiated by MK Orly Levy-Abekasis, the daughter of former Israeli minister David Levy, would make buying a first home within reach of the younger, working class market.

MK Orly Levy-Abekasis told JewishPress.com,

“Until now young couples couldn’t get mortgages without having family members help them, or taking out expensive loans elsewhere if the family couldn’t help. We’re talking about people with respectable salaries, but who couldn’t save up the 30% capital required.

These people will never be able to buy an apartment in Israel.

With this bill, the state will provide guarantees to the banks for the amount above 70%. This bill will help young people in both the center and periphery of the county.”

The bill is a responsible one, requiring both partners to have jobs and can show they can afford the mortgage they’re applying for.

The bill is being sent to the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday.

The law would be a major step forward in promoting home ownership in Israel.

Rents in Israel can be just as high as mortgage payments, and most renters in Israel have substandard protection under the law.

It is not uncommon for renters to be told to move out after a few years of renting, so the owner’s children can move in instead.

Of course, if the government wanted to really lower apartment prices there are other steps it can take.

The most obvious is building more homes in the settlements, as there is a lot of room for growth in existing settlements and new settlements, where housing prices are already cheaper. Many settlement are well within commuting range of Israel’s major business centers.

Big in Israel

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

It’s not every day that a world champion sumo wrestler visits Israel’s capital. But on Tuesday, October 21, Israelis of all ages watched in fascination as the Hawaiian-born Japanese-Samoan former sumo star, Konishiki Yasokichi shared his moves during a special workshop for children in Jerusalem.

The sumo wrestling workshop was part of the first Japanese Culture Week, held in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Israel Foreign Ministry and the Israeli Center for the Advancement of Culture and Knowledge from October 19 – 25.

Today a popular celebrity in Japan, Konishiki, during the height of his career, reached ozeki, the second highest rank in sumo, a sport with origins that go back 2,000 years ago.

“It’s my first time in Jerusalem,” said Konishiki in an interview with Tazpit News Agency. “I’ve always wanted to visit and it’s been an exciting experience to be here in the Holy Land, teaching kids sumo wrestling.”

“It’s a lot calmer here than I thought it would be,” added the legendary sumo wrestler, who has been living in Japan for 32 years.

In addition to sumo wrestling, the new cultural festival also featured Sake tastings, Japanese music shows, tea ceremonies, Ikebana films, Japanese cooking and Origami workshops.

Israel has been growing increasingly close to Japan recently. Following a successful visit by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Japan earlier in May, Israel became the first country that Japan signed an Industrial R&D (Research and Development) Collaboration Agreement during a visit by the Japanese Economic Minister to Israel in July.

The relations are of particular importance given Japan’s advanced technology and strong economy, which is ranked third in the world in terms of GDP.

“We are building different levels of connections with Japan,” said Hagai Shagrir, Director of the North East Asia Department of the Israel Foreign Ministry. “Connections are being formed both on a government level with ministers and leaders and also between our people in the areas of technology, science and culture,” Shagrir told Tazpit.

“We hope to see increased tourism between both Japan and Israel as well,” said Shagrir, whose department oversees relations with Japan, China and South Korea.

“Although we are geographically very far apart, we share some similarities,” Shagrir told Tazpit. “Both countries do not have natural resources and consequently we have had to develop our human resources. Both Japan and Israel have invested greatly in education.”

“As an Israeli, I respect the ancient and beautiful elements of Japanese art and culture along with the modern elements,” commented Eyal Lavit, one of the organizers of the Japan Culture Week.

For Emy Osaka, who grew up in southwestern Japan but has been living in Israel for 20 years and speaks Hebrew fluently, Japan Culture Week has been an exciting event. “Seeing Konishiki here with my kids was amazing. This event makes Jerusalem feel more like home,” she told Tazpit.

“Through sumo wrestling and maybe other sports, we hope to strengthen the cultural exchange between Japan and Israel,” concluded Konishiki. “The kids here are definitely excited about it.”

Foreign Ministry Summons Swedish Ambassador to Jerusalem

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned Sweden’s ambassador to Israel to Jerusalem in the wake of the statement by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven this weekend that his government will recognize the Palestinian Authority as a sovereign country.

In a statement issued Sunday, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said that he “regrets that the new prime minister was quick to issue statements regarding the position of Sweden on recognition of a Palestinian state. He apparently has not yet had sufficient time to study the matter and to understand that it is the Palestinians who have for the past 20 years been an obstacle to reaching an agreement with Israel.”

Liberman added that “Prime Minister Stefan Löfven must understand that no declaration and no measure by an external party can serve as a substitute for direct negotiations between the parties and a solution that will be part of an overall arrangement between Israel and the entire Arab world.

“If what concerns the Prime Minister of Sweden in his inaugural address is the situation in the Middle East, he would better focus on the more urgent problems in the region, such as the daily mass murder taking place in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the region.”

Sweden’s prime minister told lawmakers Friday that formal recognition of the entity as a sovereign nation is a statement to present the “two state” solution as fact.

Muslims account for nearly 10 percent of Sweden’s population and the country has accepted nearly 100,000 refugees this year alone from Iraq and Syria. It is no coincidence that in Sweden, as in other European nations, the overwhelming Muslim demographic in leftist parties tends to tilt government policies in favor of the Palestinian Authority.

Turkish-born Mehmet Kaplan was recently appointed to be Sweden’s new Minister of Urbanization, according to Iran’s semi-official FARS news agency.

Kaplan was among those arrested for attempting to breach Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza in a “humanitarian aid” flotilla of six ships in May 2010. He was present on the Turkish IHH-sponsored Mavi Marmara vessel, which when searched was found to be carrying no aid items whatsoever and instead bore armed terror activists primed and ready for battle.

Minister Gidon Saar Unexpectedly Announces Resignation

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Internal Affairs Minister of Israel, MK Gidon Sa’ar (Likud) has announced he is temporarily leaving politics. Saar, age 47, is resigning both his ministerial and Knesset positions, effective right after the holidays.

He made the announcement at a pre-Rosh Hashana toast for 1000 Likud activists at Kfar Hamaccabiah in Ramat Gan, surprising those present, and shocking the Israeli political landscape.

Saar made a point to add that he is not resigning from the Likud party.

Saar says he wants to devote more time to his family. His wife, Geula Even, is a TV news anchor for Channel 1.

Saar’s quitting will significantly affect the balance between the parties.

Despite the breakup between the Likud and Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beitenu, the next person up to enter the Knesset on the join list is Leon Letinitzky of the Yisrael Beitenu party, a source in the Yisrael Beitenu party told JewishPress.com.

As a result, the Likud will drop to 18 seats, making it the second largest party after Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid (19).

Yisrael Beitenu will go up one, to 13 seats, putting it one seat ahead of HaBayit HaYehudi.

What this does to the election fever already in the air is anyone’s guess.

Lieberman: Kill Hamas Leaders if Soldiers’ Body Parts not Returned

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman wants the government to order the IDF to assassinate Hamas leaders in Gaza if they do not return to Israel the body parts of fallen soldiers Lt. Hadar Goldin and Sgt. Doron Shaul, who were buried with whatever body parts were able to be retrieved.

Lieberman, speaking to mayors in southern Israel, the area that has taken the brunt of Hamas terror since the expulsion of Jews and withdrawal of the IDF from Gaza in 2005, said that ”we have to get rid of Hamas.”

He will get little argument from most quarters. It’s a great idea, but the government has been unable or to scared to do so, and even if it did,  eradicating Hamas is useless without a “day after” pill.

His latest brainstorm, the third in less than month, is to assassinate Ismail Haniyeh and Moahmmed Dief. Haniyeh officially no longer is prime minister because Hamas and its rival terror faction Fatah, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, pulled off a sleight-of-hand whereby Hamas and Fatah declared a unity pact that makes supposed civilian “technocrats” members of the government and placates the United States, which officially considers Hamas an outlawed terrorist group. So what if Hamas gives orders to technocrats?

Lieberman, like almost every other Israeli, is not so dumb as to swallow that position, but his solutions to the problem of Hamas do not put him ahead of the class.

How can it be that Israel, with the best army in the Middle East and one of the best in the world, cannot defeat a motley crew of 26,000 terrorists?

Just kill every single one of them. Nice idea, if it would work.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri called Lieberman’s threats, calling them “ridiculous.”

Similar to his latest solution, Lieberman’s previous inspirations have raised the same question of  what he would say if he were to lead  the first tank into Gaza and hunt down all the murderers.

When the war began last month, Lieberman opined that Israel should simply take complete control of Gaza. Interior Minister Gideon Saar has suggested that Israel re-establish Jewish communities in Gaza, giving Israel an online presence. That also would help the economy in Gaza, and it might happen one day. But not today. Or tomorrow. Or this year.

Taking over Gaza would be the best solution for Gazans. Like it or not, they enjoyed their best society in decades when Israel took over Gaza in the Six-Day War in 1967. The flourishing economy rotted when the intifada began in the 1980s, and it has been downhill ever since. Hamas has trampled on civil liberties, has employed children to build tunnels for terror, and it killed many of the workers for ”knowing too much” about the locations. It has made life miserable for the few surviving Christians, and it has been well-documented that Hamas has bombed its own civilians whom it used as human shields.

Life under Israel would be great for Gaza. It also is the last thing Israel wants right now.

It would be the last thing Lieberman would want if he were to jump in the first tank into Gaza and absorb anti-tank missiles.

If he were to survive, he and tens of thousands of other soldiers would remain in Gaza for a few months, if not years, to keep all of the other jihadists from making trouble,

And there is UNRWA, which has perpetuated the miserable and hopeless lives of Gazans by declaring them to be “refugees,” just like a few million others in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon Iraq and other countries.

So perhaps taking over Gaza is not such a smart idea, at least not this year, but Lieberman then came up with the aberration of letting the United Nations take over.

Lieberman insisted to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, “A U.N. mandate over Gaza Strip is a possible option for Israel to rid itself off the headache of Gaza and pass the mission of demilitarization of the strip to the United Nations.”

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