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Bennett Seeks to Calm Tensions Amid Leftwing Professor’s Comparison of Ayelet Shaked to “Neo-Nazi”

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett delivered a statement this evening in response to a publication by two professors at Hebrew University implying that Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked was a “neo-Nazi.”

Bennett described the publications as “incitement” claiming that they represented “the most serious incitement against a Justice Minister of Israel since the founding of the state.” The Education Minister warned that if the matter is not handled immediately, the consequences could be extremely serious, adding that “lecturers do not need to incite.”

Bennett said that he had consulted earlier in the day with Hebrew University President Professor Menachem Ben-Sasson and demanded that incitement from the campus be removed “by its roots” and said that he expects the president to consider the various methods by which this can be implemented.

Rather than assigning blame exclusively to the left or right of the political spectrum, Bennett sought to unify the political fractures which have become increasingly conspicuous in recent weeks.

“Perhaps I should wave a finger at the left at this point and blame them and say that these lectures emanated from the left, but I will not do that because these same professors grew up in Israel’s flowerbed just like those people [right wing extremists] who celebrated at that wedding grew up in Israel’s flowerbed. These are the flowerbeds that belong to everyone and we need to stop this dance of mutual blaming,” Bennett berated the two political extremes.

“Everyone needs to wave a finger at himself and to relax. We don’t have another state. We don’t have a right or a left, but only a flowerbed that is Israel. We have only one state, and all of us, from left to right, must do everything to protect it,” he appealed to his listeners.

Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid joined Bennett in condemning the professors saying that their statements were “disgraceful. The professor is not even a doctor. He is a bottom-tier writer of the lowest kind. If he knew what he was talking about, he would know that states can be destroyed because of people like him that say such things. Shame on them,” Lapid said.

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Justice Minister Wants More Jewish Law on Israel’s Books

Friday, December 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked accused the Israeli courts of ignoring Jewish law and promised to set up a steering committee to promote implementing the principles of Jewish law in the Israeli legal system, Kippa reported. “As is well known, in practice the courts are ignoring the legislature and the spirit of the law, and rarely draw inspiration from Jewish law, both in statutory interpretation and in filling lacunae in the law,” said Shaked, referring to the Foundations of Law legislation, enacted in the 1980s, directing the courts to rule on issues without a precedence according to “the principles of liberty, justice, integrity and peace of Jewish tradition.”

“They prefer to turn to foreign legal systems and not to Jewish law — which is the products of the best minds in our nation. It is regrettable and we must act to repair the damage,” said Shaked, who spoke at a special session of the Hotam Forum of Torah-based research foundations at the Ramada hotel in Jerusalem Wednesday.

Shaked added that “Jewish law, the masterpiece of Jewish creativity for 2,000 years, is yet to acquire its permanent station in our legal system, probably mainly due to a lack of knowledge about it,” and said that she believes “Jewish law can and must be a link between the values ​​of the past and the present values ​​and needs, not only on the declarative level. To me this link seems essential to the State of Israel as a Jewish state. ”

Shaked cited laws passed by the Knesset such as the Law of the Guards, the Facilitation of Rehabilitation ‏‏‏‏Act, the Do not stand over your fellow’s blood (good Samaritan) law, and the law of the dying, noting that they “were deeply influenced by Jewish law and prove that the link is possible and yields fine fruit.”

Shaked qualified her statements by saying that she does not intend for Jewish halakha to become Israel’s law, saying “obviously we can’t copy verbatim the norms that have been formulated in exile without sovereignty and independence, onto the reality of the Israeli legal system. Our society is not a community but a state, and the socioeconomic reality has changed completely regarding the status of women, the rights of employees, etc. My call is not for a mechanical imposition of Jewish law, but for true and brave dialogue between the Israeli law and our cultural and national sources.”

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Open Rebellion: Israeli State Attorneys Refuse to Obey Justice Minister Shaked

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

(JNi.media) Limor Peled, Chair of the Israeli State Attorneys’ Union, on Monday sent a letter to the state attorneys demanding that they refrain from cooperating with the prosecution audit commission until its status is anchored in legislation, Ha’aretz reported Monday. The letter is in direct opposition to instructions sent by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi).

The prosecutors’ union chair appears adamant in attempting to block Shaked’s move, which would enhance the control of the legislative and executive branches over judiciary decisions—a democratizing direction Shaked has been pursuing.

Shaked has revealed recently that she weighs splitting up the state attorney’s office and the AG, while placing both of them under the ministry’s control.

Justice Minister Shaked told Ha’aretz in response that “if the prosecutors’ union decided to take this step, I see it as a bullying, unwise, not particularly fair and arrogant act.”

Peled wrote:

“The Justice Minister and the Attorney General made it clear that the audit commission was established under their ‘administrative authority.’ With all due respect, we believe that there is no ‘administrative authority’ for the establishment of an independent body, external and internal, to audit/discipline [prosecutors], and since it has become clear that the commission operates in a disorderly and inappropriate format, its activity should be stopped and it must not be allowed to continue operating in the same format.”

Last October, retired judge Eliezer Goldberg (also former state comptroller and ombudsman for complaints against judges), published his report on the need to audit the prosecutor’s office with a strong recommendation that despite the opposition of the prosecutors the public should be allowed to file complaints against them. Goldberg recommend that the activity of the watchdog commission be regulated through legislation (currently it is founded on a government decree). He also favors making it possible to file complaints against the Attorney General, who to date has remained outside the reach of the audit commission.

The Goldberg report was a blow to the prosecution, the State Attorney and the Attorney General. Attorney General Weinstein objected to being subject to audits because he viewed the commission as being subordinate to his office, helping him monitor the prosecutor’s office. Placing both offices under the same auditing body would subject them to an equal review by the Justice Ministry, which may be a step in the direction–advocated by Shaked–to split the two department entirely.

The union’s decision came in response to a letter sent two weeks ago by Shaked and Weinstein to State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan, which stressed that until the completion of the corresponding legislative process authorizing it, the audit commission would continue its work: “We are currently examining how to implement the Goldberg committee’s recommendations in a legislation. Until the implementation of the format that will be decided, the commission will continue to act in its current format,” the Shaked and Weinstein letter said.

Union chair Peled on Monday went as far as to instruct her members not to cooperate with the commission, “including in responding, providing information, transferring cases, answering inquiries or meetings with commission officials and in any other way, directly or indirectly, both regarding systemic review and individual audits.” She also instructed her members, all state-employed attorneys, to not enter data into the computerized system, as it has been determined that the audit commission would have access to it.

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Shaked Praises Court Ruling on Deporting African Infiltrators

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

(JNi.media) Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) said she was pleased with a court ruling on a modified government plan dealing with illegal migrants from Africa and said that “Israel’s hands used to be tied when it came to solving the difficult problem of infiltration. Today we’ve reached a breakthrough that will allow for the State of Israel to act openly in passing infiltrators to third countries.”

The Be’er Sheva District Court on Sunday rejected a petition filed by refugee rights groups, against the arrangement that allows indefinite confinement in the Saharonim detention center for individuals “who refuse to leave to a third country,” NRG reported. Judge Rachel Barkai ruled that “after its revisions, the new outline regarding procedures for monitoring and supervising the implementation of the arrangements by third countries stand the test of integrity and is free from defects and flaws.”

The petition was filed last July on behalf of two asylum seekers who were about to be imprisoned indefinitely in Saharonim after having refused to leave for Rwanda, as well as on behalf of the Center for Refugees and Immigrants, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), Physicians for Human Rights, Kav La’Oved, ASAF – an aid organization for refugees and asylum seekers in Israel, and ARDC – the African Refugee Development Center. These petitioners argued that it is uncalled for to imprison anyone who refused to leave for a country where they would not be safe, and would be forced to embark on a dangerous journey from there.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Silvan Shalom (Likud) said that “Confirming the removal of infiltrators to third countries (other than their own) is the humane and just solution, ensuring the safety and security of the citizens of Israel on the one hand and of the infiltrators into Israel on the other.” Shalom added, “I believe that the flow of infiltrators leaving Israel, which will increase, will enable Israel to restore peace to the neighborhoods and residents of the periphery.”

The vast majority of complaints against illegal migrants in Israel came from the underprivileged neighborhoods around the country where they chose to settle—seeking cheap housing. The problem widened the rift between Israel’s well to do citizens, who empathized with the suffering asylum seekers, and the poor Israelis who had to share their neighborhoods with them.

The court ordered a stay of the judgment for 21 days, to allow the filing of an appeal with a higher court. Judge Barkai also recommended that the state consider delaying the implementation of the new policy by a few months, to test the regularity and integrity of the oversight process for monitoring the migrants’ departures.

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Israel to Revoke Citizenship of Terrorist Who Attacked Tel Aviv Bus

Friday, October 16th, 2015

(JNi.media) Interior Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) began the process of revoking the citizenship of a terrorist, with the approval of Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.

The Interior Ministry received the approval of the Attorney General to revoke the citizenship of Mohammed Mufarja, a Palestinian Authority resident who became an Israeli citizen under the Family Unification Law by virtue of his father’s marriage to an Israeli woman. His Israeli identity card gave him relatively easy access to Tel Aviv, in December 2012, where he got on the number 142 bus one day after his 18th birthday with a bag full of bombs in his bag. He hid the bag of explosives, got off the bus and ten minutes later activated the explosives using a cellphone. He then took a train from Tel Aviv to Modi’in, to arrive on time at his job in a McDonald’s restaurant.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) told Israel Radio Friday that the families of terrorists who were involved in or supported their crimes will also lose their residency, assets belonging to terrorists will be confiscated and their homes demolished.

Shaked added that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is a terrorist and not a partner for negotiations. She noted that the Palestinian Authority’s incitement against Israel is perpetual, and that it is time to shut down the Palestinian TV. Regarding the US Administration insinuation that Israel uses excessive force to suppress Arab violence, Shaked said that it suggests a total misunderstanding, or hypocrisy on the part of the Administration.

Israel Hayom, the daily freebee which usually supports Benjamin Netanyahu, on Friday accused Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, the two most prominent Bayit Yehudi leaders, of attempting to circle the PM from the right, and of attacking him from inside the government. The newspaper accuses Education Minister Bennett of failing to remove Jordanian textbooks fom Arab schools in east Jerusalem, and says Shaked is not going to get too far with her initiative of broad citizenship revocations against Arab terrorists.

Israel Hayom suggests these moves on the part of Bayit Yehudi are timed to push back Netanyahu’s efforts to open up his government to additional parties, in what the newspaper says is the national interest.

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Minister Shaked Launches Effort to Revoke Arab Terrorists’ Citizenship

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

(JNi.media) Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) told Israel Radio Thursday morning that she has begun a process of revoking the citizenship and residency of Arab terrorists. She said that the families of terrorists who have been involved in or supported the terror actions will be deprived of residency, terrorist property will be confiscated and their homes will be destroyed.

But getting rid of a terrorist by revoking his Israeli citizenship (as opposed to residency) may prove difficult to carry out. Article 11 of Israel’s Citizenship Law says that the Interior Minister may revoke the Israeli citizenship of a person who committed an act which constitutes a breach of loyalty to Israel (e.g. carrying out an act of terrorism, soliciting or assisting terrorism, or belonging to a terrorist organization)—only if the cancellation of his Israeli citizenship will not leave the same person without any citizenship, and should he be left without any citizenship as stated—he will receive a permit to reside in Israel, as ordered by the court.

Shaked added that Abbas is a terrorist and not a proper partner for discussion. She noted that the Palestinian Authority incitement against Israel continues all the time, and that it is time to close down the Palestinian television channel.

As to the US State Dept. Spokesman’s statement that Israel uses excessive force, Shaked said that this is a total misunderstanding, or hypocrisy on the part of the Administration.

MK Ofer Shelah (Yesh Atid) also told Israel Radio that Israel does not use excessive force. Shelah added, however, that even though Abbas is the enemy and is spreading lies, he still sees the Palestinian Authority as a much better alternative to “other alternatives.” Shelah insisted that Israel had to fight against the lies and incitement, yet to reach an agreement with the enemies.

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Bennett to Quit Knesset to Make Room for Return of Moalem

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) chairman and Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett is quitting the Knesset to make room for the return of former Knesset Member Shulamit “Shuli” Moalem-Rafaeli.

Bennett promised earlier this year he would resign in order to allow Moalem to take a seat in the Knesset, and critics of the approval of the Norwegian Law accused Bayit Yehudi’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of sponsoring the law for the sole of purpose of bringing back Moalem.

She was in ninth place on the Bayit Yehudi’s list of candidates and failed to be re-elected in the elections in March because the party won only 8 seats, four less than in the previous Knesset.

Bennett will continue to serve as Cabinet Minister following the Knesset’s adoption of the Norwegian Law that permits a minister to continue to serve even if he resigns from the legislature.

Moalem, who was a nurse before turning to politics, was extremely popular among party supporters.

She served in the IDF as a teacher.

Her husband Moshe was one of the 73 victims in the mid-air helicopter crash in the Galilee during the Second Lebanon War.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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