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Swedish Official ‘Postpones’ Trip to Israel, Palestinian Authority

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

A top Swedish official has indefinitely “postponed” her trip to Israel and “Palestine” in response to a curt snub by Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.

Eriki Boman, a spokesperson for Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, said in a statement Wednesday his boss “has decided to postpone her visit to Israel and Palestine. Instead of next week it will take place later. No date is yet decided.”

Wallstrom was to meet this month with Liberman and also with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. But following Sweden’s official recognition of the Palestinian Authority as a sovereign independent country, Liberman announced he would not meet with her. His ministry also recalled Israel’s ambassador from Stockholm for three weeks of “consultations.” The prime minister’s office also notified Wallstrom that Netanyahu would also be unavailable to meet.

“The behavior of countries such as Sweden and Ireland – it is simply the same behavior and abandonment that occurred in Europe in 1938 during the Munich Agreement,” Liberman told a conference for European ambassadors at the Foreign Ministry recently. “The Europeans abandoned their biggest ally, Czechoslovakia.

“Their whole policy towards Israel is abandonment. Even though Israel is the only country that represents Western values in the entire Middle East, they abandon us.”

 

Israel Warns Palestinians, ‘Fear the Intl Criminal Court’

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Reactions to the new membership of the Palestinian Authority in the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the The Hague have not been long in coming.

With the signature of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on the Rome Statute sealing the entity’s membership in the Court, Israeli leaders immediately issued their responses.

As Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu noted, the move may very well be a signature on a death warrant for the Palestinian entity.

“The one who should fear the International Criminal Court at The Hague is the Palestinian Authority, which is in a unity government with Hamas, a declared terrorist organization like ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) that commits war crimes,” Netanyahu warned.

“We will repel this latest effort to force diktats on us, just as we have repelled the Palestinian turn to the [United Nations] Security Council.”

Legally, the ICC’s Rome Statute forces the Palestinians to undergo the same scrutiny as any other member nation, and to abide by the same human rights standards as well. Thus the PA “unity government” — which includes Gaza’s Hamas terrorist organization — can now legitimately be held culpable at the ICC for its use of its citizens as human shields, among other war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by its terrorists during its war with Israel in summer 2014.

Abbas signed the Rome Statute and 21 other international treaties just a day after a draft resolution submitted by Jordan on behalf of the PA was voted down at the United Nations Security Council.

The resolution called for the withdrawal of all Israel Defense Forces from Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria (all areas conquered in the 1967 Six Day War) by 2017. The move would have left more than half a million Jews living in those areas completely defenseless in the face of an already escalating deadly intifada.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman also had harsh words for Abbas, saying he “can sign whichever treaty he wants. [But] the only ones who have committed war crimes in the conflict here are the Palestinians.”

Citing countless lethal attacks and “indiscriminate murderous terrorism against babies, children, women and men over the past 100 years” by PA Arab terrorists, Liberman warned Abbas not to threaten Israel, “the nation with the most moral army in the world.”

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett also scored Abbas, saying that “he who has the evil of terrorism spread throughout his head should not venture out into the sunlight.”

Bennett labeled the PA leader as one of the “greatest inciters of terrorism,” noting that Abbas is a “veteran Holocaust denier who should approach the Court as a defendant only.”

Liberman’s Secret Plan to be Crowned Prime Minister

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) and Moshe Kachlon (Kulanu) have big plans in the works, according to a report by Zeev Kam of Makor Rishon.

Neither want to see Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister anymore, and Avigdor Liberman very much wants to be Israel’s next big boss.

And if this backroom deal works, it’s not unfeasible.

According to Makor Rishon, Liberman and Kachlon are planning a variation of Naftali Bennett’s alliance with Yair Lapid – where the two worked in concert to get what they wanted from Netanyahu, even if it meant both would have joined the opposition.

But Liberman’s aspirations are much bigger than Bennett’s were in the last election, when Bennett primarily wanted to ensure he wasn’t excluded from the coalition completely.

All the current poll results show that at least one of the two parties, either Kachlon’s or Liberman’s, must be in any coalition formation, whether Left or Right – and then the other can either be marginalized or excluded. That puts neither in a particularly strong negotiating position if they stand apart.

But Liberman’s solution, which Kachlon has reportedly given an initial positive nod to, goes far beyond Bennett and Lapid’s temporary alliance, and not only protects the both of them, but puts them in the catbird seat.

Immediately after elections are over, Liberman and Kachlon are talking about merging their parties. This way, before elections, they take advantage of the split vote, acquiring more votes separately than they would together.

And then after elections, they merge their parties, placing them among the top three.

And here’s the big part of the story — both plan to recommend to President Rivlin that the newly-merged party’s chief, Avigdor Liberman, be crowned Prime Minister.

The two already have a vote sharing agreement, where any extra votes that don’t translate into another Knesset seat for one party are transferred over to the other’s party, with the hope that it will give the recipient an extra boost.

Members of the Likud are aware of the purported plan, and as a result are shifting focus away from fighting the Herzog/Livni hydra, which Netanyahu now sees as a lesser threat, and refocusing it on Liberman, who he is worried could unseat him, or simply make his life and coalition unbearable. if not unsustainable.

Interestingly enough, Netanyahu’s shifted focus may be self-defeating.

Netanyahu did the same thing in the last election, painting a bull’s-eye on Naftali Bennett, which significantly helped Bennett in the polls.

Liberman’s party unequivocally denied the Makor Rishon report, stating they don’t have any agreements with any of the other parties – not for before and not for after the elections.

Kachlon’s people also denied the report saying it never happened, and it’s all spin.

What’s even more fascinating are the unintended consequences that might result.

A three-way split between Netanyahu, Herzog/Livni and Liberman/Kachlon won’t leave any of them with enough seats or partners to form a coalition.

If one of the three doesn’t compromise on who gets to be Prime Minister (after completely extorting the other), we could find ourselves going to elections again.

Bennett may also find himself as the tiebreaker/kingmaker.

Whether the report is accurate or not, one thing is clear – the Israeli electoral system is broken, and vulnerable to games like these, where tiny parties, through backroom deals and arm-twisting can force themselves into key positions of power, despite their narrow support base in the general population.

Israel’s FM Liberman Declines Swedish Meeting Request Over PA Recognition

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman turned down a Swedish diplomatic request to meet next month in Jerusalem.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom’s request was rejected in retaliation for her country’s unilateral decision to announce its formal recognition of the “State of Palestine.”

The European Union adopted a resolution on Wednesday supporting in principle the recognition of “Palestine” as well. The motion that passed read, “The [European Parliament] supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced.”

Sweden was the first major European nation to make such a move, considered a diplomatic slap to Israel and an outright rejection of the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords. The Palestinian Authority has spent years carefully lobbying nations around the world for precisely this result, which allows the entity to evade its responsibilities and obligations under the Oslo Accords to reach a final status agreement via negotiations with Israel.

In response to Sweden’s announcement, Israel’s foreign minister immediately recalled Ambassador to Sweden Isaac Bachman for consultations. Liberman has also roundly condemned the Swedish government’s decision and snubbed its prime minister, Sefan Lofven, over the issue.

‘Liberman Open to Labor Coalition’ Means ‘I Am Running Scared’

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman threw open the door Saturday to joining a Labor-HaTnua (Tzipi Livni) coalition government Saturday while keeping his foot in the other door by saying he still could be part of a new Likud government headed by Binyamin Netanyahu.

Political leaders should not be subservient to “electoral interests,” he stated.

That is what he said. He meant just the opposite.

Liberman was more accurate with another remark – that leaders must be ”practical.”

For Liberman, being practical means positioning himself to be prime minister one day. To do so, he must be a slave to his own “electoral interests.”

The idea of Yisrael Beytenu being part of a coalition government headed by the Labor party, which now includes “HaTnua” headed by Livni seems preposterous, and Labor chairman Yitzchak Herzog has not yet responded. He can be expected to say, “We don’t rule out any coalition partners who share our principles.”

Liberman has said over and over and over that Israel has no “peace partner” in Mahmoud Abbas. Herzog and Livni have said over and over and over that the peace process must be revived, even though it is thoroughly impossible, considering that Abbas has ditched it unless Israel is ready to sign on the dotted line to surrender half of Jerusalem and allow the Palestinian Authority to deploy terrorists at Israel’s former borders that would be those of the new Arab country.

Liberman also has demanded that Israel adopt a “loyalty oath,” something that appalls bleeding heart liberals like Herzog and Livni.

So why is Liberman taking a left turn?

He wants to scare Netanyahu and make the Prime Minister realize that without Yisrael Beytenu, he has no chance of forming a new government.

Liberman also is figuring that come March 18, the day after the elections, Livni and Herzog may be able to attract other parties into a coalition that still would be a few shy of the majority of 61 needed to form a new government.

Liberman is announcing he is ready to ride on his white horse. “Hi, ho Silver,” the Messiah has come.

Liberman wants to be needed by Netanyahu and by Labor-Livni, but he is going to lose a lot of seats along the away by being so “practical” and might end up with not much to offer.

Netanyahu might not even need him. If the Jewish Home and Moshe Kahlon’s new Kulanu party score big, the Prime Minister may have the option of filling the gap with the new modern Haredi party that is about to be formed by Eli Yishai.

Liberman is running scared. Yisrael Beytenu is not what it once was. The merger with the Likud  before the last elections did not last very long after the votes were counted. Liberman split off to retain his own party, and since then he has been distancing himself from more nationalist Knesset Members such as Agricultural Minister Yair Shamir, son of the late Prime Minister, and Uzi Landau.

Yisrael Beytenu always was and still is the Liberman party, and his opening the door to a Labor-Livni coalition might close the door to his political future.

Tanchumim

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (C) seen at his mother’s funeral ceremony, Esther Liberman in Holon on December 5, 2014, Esther Liberman passed away Thursday night.

Who Is Worse – Arafat or Abbas?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday, the 10th anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat, that Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas is even worse than his predecessor.

“There is no difference between Arafat and Abu Mazen [Abbas],” he said. “Both of them hate Jews and believe in terror. The only difference is that Abu Mazen is more dangerous because he knows much better how to mask his true face.”

Lieberman put on the finishing touches Wednesday morning when he told Israel that Abbas also is worse than Hamas.

Abbas said in his speech on Tuesday commemorating Arafat that Israel is “contaminating” the Temple Mount. He even had the chutzpah to declare that Christians would never recognize eastern Jerusalem as part of the capital of Jerusalem.

International media have published so much propaganda against Israel that they have virtually erased from history the era of the Jordanian occupation, when Christians, as well as Jews, were barred from all holy sites under Jordanian rule.

Abbas’ outright incitement in his speech included praise for Muslim “heroes” at the Temple Mount who “have the right to defend themselves,” referring to Jews who “attack” by setting foot on the holy site, where they are barred from praying by the Muslim authority.

Abbas apparently fears that Jews might have prayers in mind, and that certainly is dangerous to Allah.

His incendiary speech fired up Lieberman, who is not a fan of Jews parading to the Temple Mount but who also is not too big on diplomatic charades.

He tore into Abbas Wednesday morning and said that he is an “illegitimate” leader of the Palestinian Authority because he has stayed in office for five years beyond the date for new elections.

Abbas “does not respect agreements and does not want peace but instead promotes terror.” He added, “His incitement is more dangerous than that of Hamas.”

Lieberman reiterated his previous suggestion that riot-plagued areas of Israel, such as the Triangle region between Netanya and Kfar Sava, and the Wadi Ara area around the Arab city of Umm el-Fahm to the north, could be part of a new Arab country.

“Once everything is made clear, the rioters certainly would be happy to live in a Palestinian state where they can enjoy freedom of speech, democracy, welfare assistance and unemployment insurance,” Lieberman said with enough bitter sarcasm that could turn honey into sour milk.

So is Abbas really worse than Arafat?

With all due apologies for throwing in a contradictory comparison with the Biblical Noach, the only difference between them is a generation.

The Torah cites Noach as a righteous mean, and Torah sages point out that he was a righteous man for his generation but certainly could not be compared with Abraham, ten generations later. However, each one was righteous in his generation.

Arafat terrorized Israel when ISIS did not exist, when even some Israelis on the center-right believed there could be some kind of compromise with the Palestinian Authority, and when the world had not yet realized that it was on the eve of a radical Islamic revolution and an Iran that seeks nuclear weapons to threaten the world with an Islamic universe or nuclear destruction.

Arafat was a terrorist when terrorism was appreciated by the world so long as it only killed Jews in Israel. He got away with wearing a pistol on his hip while talking about peace. He managed to turn the Nobel Peace prize into a mockery of truth.

Arafat set the stage for Abbas to put on a suit and tie, travel around the world to build up support for a “peace plan” that was a con game to set up Israel for destruction as a Jewish state.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/who-is-worse-arafat-or-abbas/2014/11/12/

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