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Lieberman so Frantic for Votes He Calls for ‘Disproportionate Response’

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman ridiculed Israeli “restraint” and said the IDF needs to deliver a harsh blow to Hezbollah in retaliation for yesterday’s attack that killed two Israeli soldiers and wounded seven others.

The army retaliated with artillery fire to the source of the attack, and one UNIFIL soldier was killed,

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was fierce with words but extremely cautious in the military response. As The Jewish Press wrote here this morning, Israel does not want all-out with Hezbollah, if for no other reason than because it would not end in victory because of Israel’s inability to buck the usual international community’s demand that Israel not try to destroy an enemy.

Lieberman used to be one of Israel’s loudest hawks until he decided to be dovish for the election campaign to try to dig up votes from the middle-of-the road sector.

Crippled by a lack of trust, compounded by a police investigation of several of his Yisrael Beiteinu cronies for bribery, Lieberman on Thursday jumped on Netanyahu for being the dove.

He wrote on his Facebook page Israel needs to deliver a disproportionate response that defeats terrorism” and that Hezbollah “wants a proportionate response because it would lead to a war of attrition and perpetuate the conflict.”

It’s time to take the glove off when dealing with terrorism,” Lieberman said, but as Foreign Minister, he knows very well that there is not enough widespread support among Israelis to attack deliver Hezbollah a death blow, if it can.

He also did not say he would take responsibility for the certain death and destruction in Israel from Hezbollah missiles if Israel were to deliver a “disproportionate response.”

Lieberman desperately needs votes, but he may have lost even more by reverting back to his old position of mowing down the enemy at all costs.

A “disproportionate response” certainly is the correct strategy but only in a better world, which might come if people like Lieberman did not go off the deep end to seek votes.

Palestinian Authority Arabs Pummel Canadian Foreign Minister with Eggs

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Palestinian Authority protesters pummeled visiting Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird with eggs late Sunday morning as he left a meeting with Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki in Ramallah.

Baird was not injured.

He is meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Sunday afternoon. Baird will not visit the Temple Mount or the Western Wall.

Israel Radio that the egg-throwing protest appeared to be organized and that PA soldiers were at the scene.

The demonstration was organized by the youth movement of the Fatah movement, headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Protesters held signs reading: “Baird you are not welcome in Palestine.”

Canada is opposed to the recent Palestinian bid to pursue war crime charges again

Palestinian Authority senior official and former “peace process” negotiator Saeb Erekat wrote in the Toronto Globe & Mail Friday, “The spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird asked me to apologize to the Israeli government, citing the equivalency I drew between the terror of the self-styled ‘Islamic State’ and that of Israeli settlers who under the banner of a ‘Jewish State,’ and with the backing of their government, have been in a campaign of terror that include the burning of mosques and churches, the destruction of olive groves and the brutal murder of Palestinian civilians.

“After spending the past few years listening to Mr. Baird going out of his way to legitimize the banality and brutality of a 50-year-old Israeli occupation, I tell Mr. Baird: enough. If there is anyone that has to apologize, it is Mr. Baird himself.

“He should first apologize to his own citizenry, many of whom are God-loving Jews, Christians and Muslims who would never condone nor cheer for an Israeli government that stretches support to Israeli settlers who attack churches and mosques.

“Mr. Baird should apologize for his active encouragement of Israel’s brute and ugly occupation and its apartheid policies.”

Erekat’s op-ed was a perfect invitation for protesters to target Baird, whom he singled out as spokesman for Israel.

He wrote:

When the UN in 2012 upgraded Palestine’s status from an observer entity to an observer state, it was not the Israeli Foreign Minister who traveled to New York in order to defend Israel’s position; unfortunately, it was Mr. Baird.

Though his efforts were and remain largely ineffective (the resolution passed with an overwhelming majority of 138, with only 9 voting against), they came as a slap in the face to Palestinian efforts. Canada also lobbied against our UNESCO membership….

Last November, Canada was one of six countries voting against several UN resolutions requesting an Israeli withdrawal from occupied Palestine…

Mr. Baird should apologize: It’s never too late!

Baird's car splattered with eggs.

Baird’s car splattered with eggs.

Kirschenbaum Quits After Hurting Yisrael Beiteinu [election]

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Deputy Interior Minister Faina Kirschenbaum announced Monday morning she is quitting the Yisrael Beiteinu party, in what might be a good move for party leader Avigdor Liberman.

Kirschenbaum is one of more than 30 suspects, a number of whom are associated with the Yisrael Beiteinu party, who are being questioned for money laundering, bribery and using funds illegally for personal aims.

She wanted to quit last week, but Liberman asked her to reconsider. Kirschenbaum said on Monday that she is leaving politics, partly in order to follow her lawyer’s advice to exercise her right of silence concerning the criminal charges.

Her exit completes the elimination of a quarter of the top MKs of Yisrael Beiteinu. Liberman, mostly through his own political devices, made his old top ministers feel unwanted.

One by one, Yitzchak Aharonovich, Uzi Landau and Dudu Rotem left the party. Liberman wasn’t counting on a bribery scandal, which had decimated his already poor showing in pre-election polls.

Except for a popular television journalist, and the very qualified Orly Levy-Abekasis, who is being wooed by the Likud, Liberman does not have any major attractions for the voters yet, but that might still change.

Likud Beats Labor-Livni as Lieberman Sinks in New Polls

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

The Likud party has sailed past the Labor-Livni party in a new poll taken after early returns in the Likud primary elections Thursday night pointed to a more centrist list of candidates.

The survey for Walla! News by Teleseker (TNS) also shows that the Yisrael Beitenu party, headed by Avigdor Lieberman, has suffered sharp losses following the suspected bribe scandal revealed by police last week.

With ideological right-winger Moshe Feiglin off a realistic place on the Likud list of candidates, the Likud came up with 26 projected seats in the Knesset, while Labor-Livni remained stuck with 23.

However, an Israel Radio poll taken after the Likud primary elections still puts Labor-Livni one seat ahead of the Likud.

The TNS poll revealed that 40 percent of the respondents think that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is the best man to lead the government, and only 24.3 percent gave their support for Yitzchak Herzog, chairman of the Labor party, and his new sidekick Tzipi Livni. The two Labor party leaders agreed that they will be rotating prime ministers if their party forms the next government, which seems unlikely if the polls don’t change dramatically before the March 17 elections.

The Jewish Home party continues to remain with 16 projected Knesset Members in all polls, one-third more than it had in the outgoing Knesset.

A Globes poll taken before the Likud primaries, like the TNS survey, shows that the Yisrael Beitenu would win only seven seats in the Knesset if elections were held today.

Both the Globes and TNS polls give Shas a new lease on life since the leak earlier this week of a video showing the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who was the first and last word in the Haredi Sephardi party, trashing Aryeh Deri and favoring Eli Yishai, who now heads his own party.

Shas would win seven seats in the Knesset, according to TNS, and six according to the Globes poll, while Yishai would come up with nothing, according to both polls.

The standing of Yesh Atid, headed by Yair Lapid, and Kulanu, the new party founded by former Likud minister Moshe Kahlon, remain virtually unchanged, with each one  projected to win nine or ten Knesset seats.

Both polls give the left-wing Meretz party seven seats.

The bottom line is that Netanyahu will form the next government, and the Opposition may be even weaker than before.

The more that the merged Labor-Livni party cannot make headway, the more that Kahlon will mind his Ps and Qs to make sure he can get what he wants out of joining a coalition led by the Likud.

However, at this stage, a coalition of Likud, Jewish Home, Kahlon and Yisrael Beitenu still leaves Netanyahu four seats shy of a majority.

His choices are either or both of the Haredi parties because it is difficult to see Lapid and Netanyahu working together. If Lapid suddenly starts distancing himself from Labor and begins talking about the importance of Jews in Judea and Samaria, it would mean his ego finally is deflated, which would be the eighth wonder of the world.

But today’s polls are not the last word, and I am not going out on a long or weak limb to predict that Jewish home, headed by Naftali Bennett, will pick up more seats at the expense of Likud, Kahlon and possibly Yisrael Beitenu.

Yisrael Beitenu Suspected of Fraud and Bribery

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Police revealed Wednesday morning that it is questioning more than 30 suspects, including senior Yisrael Beitenu officials, for alleged fraud, bribery and money laundering.

The announcement of the year-long probe just as the election campaign gets rolling prompted immediate accusations from party leader Avigdor Lieberman that the police are on a “witch-hunt.”

In case anyone forgets, exactly two years ago and just as the previous elections were getting underway, state prosecutors indicted Lieberman for fraud after a police investigations of the party leader that dragged on for more than a decade on different accusations. He was acquitted – after the elections.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu suspended him as Foreign Minister, a post he resumed after the case was closed.

This time around, the police fingered Deputy Minister of the Interior Minister Faina Kirschenbaum from Yisrael Beitenu, an as of yet unnamed ministry director and Stas Misezhnikov, former Yisrael Beiteinu Minister of Tourism.

Kirschenbaum told Israeli media she has been subpoenaed for questioning but had no idea on what. Police raided suspects’ homes Wednesday morning to gather evidence on charges that Yisrael Beitenu officials “plotted to help their own interests for money for their own use.”

They allegedly received large amounts of money through NGOs and used some of the funds as bribes and as personal gifts to others, some of whom were relatives who had been given jobs.

A Yisrael Beitenu party statement said the police allegations have no basis.

The party has not done well in pre-election polls, and the probe, baseless or not, is not going to help it, unless they are proven false before election day.

FM: International Palestinian Incitement Sparked Attack on Israeli Embassy in Athens

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

An attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens on Friday has been blamed on the continuing anti-Israel incitement disseminated around the world by the Palestinian Authority.

Foreign Ministry officials said in a statement over the weekend, “The international community must condemn this continuing incitement that leads to these results.

“Israel thanks the Greek authorities for their close cooperation in investigating the incident,” a Foreign Ministry person said.

“We are hopeful that the perpetrators will be caught and punished.”

The embassy building was sprayed with gunfire at 3:20 am Friday, according to the AFP news agency. Two gunmen riding on the back of motorcycles had aimed at least 54 rounds from a Kalashnikov while passing the embassy, situated at the corner of a busy intersection in an affluent northern Athens suburb.

“There were two bursts of gunfire … they must have emptied an entire clip,” a gas station attendant told reporters in a television news report.

Kalashnikov assault rifles used in the attack were also used in a similar assault on the German ambassador’s residence last December, Greek police said. They told reporters late Friday a far-left group, the People’s Fighter Group, was likely responsible for the attack. Both American and German offices have been targeted by terrorists in previous attacks last year, and in 2007.

But government minister Vassilis Kikilias told the Ana news agency while inspecting the scene of the attack, “No one is going to affect the relations between Greece and Israel.” Government spokesperson Sophia Vultepsi added that Athens is taking “determined steps” against terror groups.

Israel and Greece have good relations, but the government has been very critical of Israeli policies towards the Palestinian Authority, and the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party has gained popularity in the co

Surprising Results to Jewish Press Poll: Lieberman for Prime Minister

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Readers of The Jewish Press surprisingly have given 52 percent backing for Avigdor Lieberman as their choice for prime minister, according to the responses 30 hours since the poll was published.

You still can vote here.

Assuming that most of our readers would label themselves “right wing” and “religious,” the results are a shocker.

Lieberman, chairman of the Yisrael Beitenu party, won a majority of 52 percent backing in answer to the question, “Who Do you Want as the Next Prime Minister of Israel?”

No less shocking is that the nearest rival trailed by a whopping 25 percentage points. Naftali Bennett, the current government’s Minister of Economy and the chairman of the Jewish Home party, received 17 percent backing, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was chosen by only 16 percent of our readers.

Yitzchak Herzog, chairman of the Labor party, received support of 3 percent of the respondents.

Several responses obviously were in jest. Former President Shimon Peres won 2 percent backing, the same amount given to Eli Yishai, the former chairman of the Sephardi Shas Haredi party, and Yair Lapid, chairman of Yesh Atid.

Tzipi Livni’s backing was only 1 percent, which is not surprising considering the make-up of our readers. Moshe Kahlon, former Likud Minister of Communications, also won 1 percent.

The poll obviously is not scientific but gives an indication that people are fed up with politicians who say one thing and do another. Lieberman, who is of all things Foreign Minister, is known for saying what he thinks, even if it not diplomatically correct, although he has somewhat moderated in the past few months.

Unlike Bennett, he is not in the religious camp.

Unlike Netanyahu, he does not hide his thoughts about Arabs. He has been in the forefront of the move to require all Israeli citizen to sign a loyalty oath, and he also has been the most outspoken leader to suggest that Israel trade land with the Palestinian Authority, taking sovereignty over areas in Judea and Samaria where there is a concentrated Jewish population, such as Maaleh Adumim, Gush Etzion and Ariel, and handing over Arab areas such as the “Triangle, near Netanyahu, to the Palestinian Authority.

He certainly knows very well that almost no Arab with Israeli citizenship would give up all of the benefits of living under Israel in return for being subject to a Palestinian Authority state that has shown no signs of being much different from most other Arab countries in terms of social justice and democracy, or lack of it.

Here are a few of the feedbacks to the poll:

“Netanyahu is a great leader,” a comment that brought a response, “Where have you been the last few months? Was there something unclear about three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun (HY”D) getting murdered, Bibi responding with “We will respond harshly to future terror attacks”, tons of attacks happening in said future and then our government doing NOTHING???”

There were many comments in favor of Bennett and several for and against Lieberman.

The missing element so far is that there was virtually no feedback in favor of Lieberman, even though he won a majority of the votes.

if you have not voted, do so now, and maybe we will see a change in the results.

If the responses so far are even partially representative, Lieberman might be in better shape than the polls indicate, and Bennett and Netanyahu better watch out.

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