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Bayit Yehudi’s Yinon Magal Announces Resignation from Knesset

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Knesset member Yinon Magal of the Bayit Yehudi party has announced he will resign from his post due to allegations of sexual harassment. Magal has already resigned as head of his party’s faction in the Knesset.

Magal informed party chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett – who is currently in the United States – of his intentions. He added that he is sure he is not liable for criminal charges, but understands that people were hurt by his behavior.

Bennett has expressed his support for the move, and issued a statement saying: “I hope the process he is in will end as quickly as possible so he can be dedicated to his family and continue on his way.”

Allegations surfaced last week on social media that Magal had made unwanted advances to a writer for Walla! News after resigning from his post as editor-in-chief at the website last year. The incident came to light after the writer wrote a detailed Facebook post about it.

“First of all, I want to apologize,” Magal said in a statement last Tuesday. “There are things that were said between friends before I became a Knesset member and I would not repeat them today. I want to ask for forgiveness from anyone I hurt. At the same time, I would expect that a friend who I hurt to tell me, and not to turn to shaming on social media.”

Some of the comments Magal reportedly said at the “goodbye party” held for him when he left the website for politics, as described by the writer, were quite explicit.

Magal has not yet officially resigned from the Knesset. Police are beginning to launch an investigation into the allegations, however, under the direct supervision of the head of Assistant Chief Meni Yitzchaki, head of the Investigations and Intelligence Branch of Israel Police.

Hana Levi Julian

Leaked Secret Recording Reveals Netanyahu Admits Freezing Settlement Construction

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) Israel Army Radio exposed a recording done secretly by a participant in a closed meeting of Prime Minister Netanyahu with Likud Knesset members, in which the PM both boasts of an unprecedented increase in settlement construction during his tenure, followed by his admission that, for the time being, he intends to freze construction.

“At the moment I’ve decided not to build,” Netanyahu is heard in the recording, “That does not mean that tomorrow it won’t change, on the contrary, the way it changed before, it will change [again].”

The Prime Minister emphasized to the members of his faction his general commitment to the settlements, when he told them, “No one suspect my loyalties to Eretz Israel and to the settlements.”

The recording can prove seriously damaging to the prime minister, who is estimated to have won the last election by usurping some five seats from Bayit Yehudi, a party which receives much of its support in Judea and Samaria. The revelation that Netanyahu is prepared to abandon the housing needs of hundreds of thousands of National-Religious voters who believed they were serving their best interest by switching their votes to him could be devastating to his Likud party in the future.

The Likud Knesset faction chairman, MK Tzachi Hanegbi, sent a letter to his members saying that starting with the next closed meeting, everyone will be required to hand over their smartphones at the door. Hanegbi wrote: “Never has such a thing happen in our circle and we must guarantee this will be the last time it did.”

JNi.Media

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

Bayit Yehudi Files Criminal Complaint Over Incitement on Facebook

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

The Bayit Yehudi party has filed a criminal complaint with police over alleged incitement by far-left Facebook users against chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett.

Bennett’s Facebook page was saturated with threats by leftists allegedly urging violence against the minister, according to a statement released Wednesday by the party.

The posts also encouraged violence against other politicians as well. The threats have since been deleted.

Hana Levi Julian

Rally against Violence Bars Religious MKs and Boos Right-Winger

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Those who blame others for the stabbings of homosexuals last week are tolerant – as long as you agree with them.

Organizers of last night’s Tel Aviv rally against violence and for support of the homosexual movement barred speakers who did not sign a pledge that they support the cause of homosexuals and lesbians.

They advised Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) Naftali Bennett, who asked to speak, that it would be wise for him to stay away.

The reason was clear when right-wing Likud Minister Yuval Steinitz spoke, or at least tried to speak. His call for non-violence was drowned by catcalls from the crowd.

One of the preachers for tolerance and non-violence was arrested by police when he surged toward the Steinitz as he was speaking.

Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) Knesset Member Yinon Magal, who strongly identifies with the national religious movement, also was scheduled to speak. However, when he arrived at the rally, he was told he had to sign a statement saying that he supports the homosexual movement. Magal said he does not speak “on condition,” refused to sign and was barred from addressing the crowd.

There were several religious leaders, such as Rabbi Benny Lau, who did speak, but the requirement for signing a pledge illustrates the rally organizer’s understanding of “tolerance.”

The rally originally was called in memory of the murder of a homosexual in Tel Aviv several years ago, but the stabbings of several people by a known psychopath at the parade for homosexuals in Jerusalem Friday, along with the arson-murder of a Palestinian Authority baby gave the organizers plenty of ammunition to preach non-violence and tolerance.

Preaching is one thing, Practice is another.

The organizers don’t want right-wingers and religious people to tolerate homosexuals. They demand acceptance and approval.

And if you don’t approve, you cannot be tolerated.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Modified Norwegian Law Passes in Knesset

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

An Israeli version of the “Norwegian Law” passed in the Knesset on Wednesday night in a vote of 64-51. The bill was put forward by the Bayit Yehudi party. The Yisrael Beytenu party, currently in the opposition, had been calling for an implementation of the law for years.

The vote grants ministers and deputy ministers the option to quit their Knesset positions, and concentrate solely on their ministerial jobs.

An important modification that Bayit Yehudi introduced, is that if a minister subsequently quits the Cabinet, or gets fired, he or she would go back to being MK in the Knesset.

Originally, the law was only going to apply to the smaller parties, but an amendment allowed the Likud to also give up 3 seats.

According to Israeli law, ministers and deputy ministers can’t be members of the various Knesset committees, so with two-thirds of the coalition in the cabinet, that left around 20 coalition MKs to man all the Knesset committees, which is far too few coalition MKs sitting in too many Knesset committees to be effective.

Among the people who may getting into the Knesset if their party’s ministers take the option are Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick (Likud) and former MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (Bayit Yehudi).

Education Minister Naftali Bennett wants to take advantage of the law and quit his Knesset seat, reportedly, so do does Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.

Shalom Bear

Government Committee to Address Legality of ‘West Bank Lands’

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

A new government committee has been formed to “address the legal status of West Bank lands,” Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) has announced.

The formation of the committee comes in fulfillment of part of the coalition agreement between Bayit Yehudi and the Likud.

The agreement stipulates such a committee is to be formed and make “fast-track” recommendations within 60 days on the legal status of outposts in Judea and Samaria.

The deal was designed to prevent the typical red tape snarl that usually results in committee paralysis of any issue that proves too painful to handle without a public political temper tantrum from one quarter or the other.

Members of the committee – to be led by Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit – include Agriculture Ministry director-general Shlomo Ben-Eliyahu, Defense Ministry Legal Adviser Ahaz Ben-Ari and Attorney Hagai Vinitzki.

As expected, the public temper tantrums have already started — even before the work.

Routine NGO litigant “Yesh Din” (Volunteers for Human Rights), which essentially opposes human rights for Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria and opposes their communities, is already slamming the establishment of the committee itself.

“Even 100 committees will not succeed in fixing the contradiction of an after-the-fact legalization of outposts and neighborhoods which were established amidst continuing violations” of the rule of law, Yesh Din said in a statement.

The NGO claimed that Justice Minister Shaked is “trying to implement the Levy Report via the back door…. without the government officially adopting [it] and “even though senior jurists in Israel and globally, as well as decisions of the Supreme Court reject [the report’s] legal interpretations and conclusions.”

The brouhaha by Yesh Din references the 2012 Levy Report that was authored by the late Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy, who rendered a decision stating the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria were legal under international law. Justice Levy recommended the government legalize unrecognized outposts that were built on Israeli state land, at least through some form of unofficial government support.

The question has remained over whether land in Judea and Samaria holds the legal status of state land or private land, and where those areas exist.

More than half a million Israeli citizens now populate those communities and live their lives from one day to the next never knowing whether tomorrow will bring an eviction notice from the State of Israel due to some political expediency that could destroy decades of investment and change their lives forever – as it did for nearly 10,000 others in the Jewish towns of Gush Katif and northern Samaria.

Hana Levi Julian

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