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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.

Bennett Calls Iran ‘Most Dangerous Country in the World’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Naftali Bennett, Education Minister and chairman of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party, called today’s agreement with Iran “grave and dangerous.”

“Western citizens who get up for another day at work or school, are not aware of the fact that about half a trillion dollars has been transferred to the hands of a terrorist superpower, the most dangerous country in the world, who has promised the destruction of nations and peoples,” Bennett stated.

Calling Iran the “most dangerous country in the world,” he added that it will be much easier for Iran to “reach every country in the form of suitcase bombs.

Interior minister Silvan Shalom warned that even if Iran complies with the agreement, it will be free in 10 years “to produce a nuclear bomb, not one, but dozens and hundreds.”

MK Proposes Israeli Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) for NGOs

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

MK Yinon Magal (Bayit Yehudi) has proposed legislation in the Knesset that will tax Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) who receive significant funding from foreign governments.

The proposed law will tax any NGO receiving more than $50,000 from a foreign government, at the rate of 37% on those funds.

Those NGOs will also be restricted in the amount of cooperation they can receive from official government bodies and the IDF, and will be designated as a “foreign NGO”.

In addition, the NGO will be required to place notification on all their official documents that they are supported by foreign governments.

Regarding foreign government funding funneled through another NGO, the 2011 foreign funding transparency law explicitly covers all money that originates with governments.

Bayit Yehudi head called this a “response to the UN report.”

The latest UN “Schabes Report” against Israel received information from Israeli NGOs who receive millions of shekels from foreign governments in Europe, and advance the interests of those foreign governments.

The proposed law will not stop the NGOs from continuing their work, but it will make clear that they providing services for foreign government who ere using local Israelis to promote the agendas of the foreign governments.

The United States has a similar law called the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

The U.S. law requires those working directly or indirectly for a foreign government or foreign organization publicly disclose that information, as well as disclosing all their activities and finances.

Kulanu Chairman Kachlon Apologizes to US for Oren Criticizing Obama

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Kulanu party chairman Moshe Kachlon rushed off a letter of apology on Wednesday to U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro in the wake of Oren’s sharp criticism of President Barack Obama by Kulanu  Knesset Member Michael Oren.

Oren gave a sneak preview of his book, “Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide,” in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal this week in which he charged that Obama purposely harmed the relationship with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Kachlon is the Finance Minister in the Netanyahu coalition government, but Oren’s new book, which records his observations of his term as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, set off fears in Kachlon’s mind that everyone in Washington is saying, “Oh, rats. The Kulanu party is out to get us, so let’s get out the darts and use them for target practice on its leader Kachlon, because we are going to have deal with this guy one day.”

Naftali Bennett, chairman  of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party, must be rolling the floor laughing today after reading Kachlon’s letter.

Bennett led a “stop apologizing” campaign in the elections, in which he said it is time for Israel to stop saying it is sorry for being such a thorn in the side of the world that wants them to behave like toy soldiers and let the gods of the State Dept. and the European Union run the country.

The entire text of Kachlon’s letter is printed below. Before he apologized, he made it clear that has concern is for the image of his party, as if Shapiro cares. He wrote:

Allow me to state that when I initiated ‘Kulanu’ my main goal was to establish a Zionist party that puts Israel’s security and its citizens’ prosperity and well-being as top priority.”

After setting out his credentials as another pompous politician, Kachlon explained to the Ambassador how much he believes  that the “intimate” relationship between Israel and the United States and American support for Israel are great assets.

He then told Oren how smart he is for figuring out all by himself, in a single day, that Oren’s book might cause controversy.

Assuming Shapiro had not already thrown the letter away, he read that Kachlon wrote:

First, “Ally” was written long before Dr. Oren joined ‘Kulanu’ or was even considered by me to join the party.

Second, ‘Ally” is a personal memoir of Dr. Oren….and therefore present s personal perspective and experience while serving as Ambassador.

Kachlon did not even mention the content of the book. His only problem with the book is that it was written by a member of his party, which one day he hopes will run the country.

Kachlon does not understand that President Barack Obama leaves office in 2016 and that there is reasonable chance that a Republican will be in the White House.

Any Republican, no matter who, will have a better understanding of the world than Obama.

The next American Ambassador to Israel might be scratching his head and wondering why Kachlon did not endorse Oren’s book.

 

Oren's letter

Bennett and Herzog Teach High School on Unity

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) chairman Naftali Bennett and Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog spoke together on Sunday at a high-school class in which they spoke on unity.

The special class at the Yachad (Together) high school in Modi’in was held in memory of the three youth — Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah – who were kidnapped and murdered last year by Hamas terrorists.

Bennett said:

The danger in Israel is not between the left and the right and not between coalition and opposition. The differences in Israel are between those who are tolerant and those who are not, between those who are dedicated to unity of the people and those who are dedicated to dividing us.

When Herzog took his turn to speak to the students, he said how much he respects Bennett but, according to Nana news, couldn’t resist an opportunity to play the “sore loser”and said:

We have to argue with each other but also have to observe basic principles…. Bennett and his party crossed the red line and harmed unity when he compared the Zionist Union with the enemies of Israel in the election campaign.

Likud Breaching Bayit Yehudi’s Coalition Agreements One by One

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

The Bayit Yehudi party may be wondering if the coalition agreements it signed are worth the paper they’re written on.

Last week, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein ruled that a coalition agreement between the Likud and Bayit Yehudi, which increased the budget to the Settlement Division is not valid and therefore won’t be implemented.

This week, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon (Likud) said that he refuses to transfer control of the Civil Administration over to Deputy Minister Eli Ben-Dahan.

According to the coalition agreements, the Civil Administration is supposed to be under Ben-Dahan’s control.

The Civil Administration controls and coordinates security, construction and infrastructure in Area C of Judea and Samaria, specifically affecting Jewish and Arab communities there, as well as interfacing with the Palestinian Authority.

Instead, Yaalon said he wants Ben-Dahan to deal with Reservists and the Home Front.

A Bayit Yehudi party source very matter-of-factly told JewishPress.com, “We expect Likud to live up to the coalition agreement that was signed.”

He didn’t add any threats or warnings to his statement.

But what will Naftali Bennett do to enforce it?

Herzog Wants New Elections

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Labor party chairman Yitzchak Herzog has called for new elections because it took Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu two months to put together a coalition government that he said will cost the taxpayers an additional $250 million.

He told a meeting of the Zionist Union, the merged parties of Labor and Tzipi Livni’s HaTnuah parties, that it would be best to go again to the polls and let the people decide if they really want what they got.

He reiterated that not only will he not join Prime Minister Netanyahu in a national unity government, but he also will do everything he can to topple the new government.

His call for a new election should not be dismissed so quickly.

There is no question that if elections were held today, the Hareidi parties would retain at least the 13 seats they now have in the Shas and Yehadut HaTorah (United Torah Judaism) parties. They probably would win a couple of more from those who made the mistake of voting for Eli Yishai’s Yachad party, which failed to get enough votes to enter the Knesset.

There also is no question that the Likud would lose at least four seats that Netanyahu grabbed from the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) in his last-minute blitz. Considering how the Prime Minister mistreated Bayit Yehudi in forming the new coalition, the party’s current strength of eight MKs likely would rise to more than 12 because it would also win back one or two seats that voters gave to the failed Yachad party.

Kulanu, led by Moshe Kachlon, would probably take a couple of seats from the Likud and a couple from Yair Lapid, who has succeeded in proving to voters there is nothing but air inside a windbag.

On the left, Livni is a dead duck, and Labor is not going to get any more votes than it now has unless they take them from Meretz, and vice-versa..

Yisrael Beiteinu also would not win any more than it now has and could even be headed for oblivion.

The Arabs would return with more or less the same 12 seats they now have.

The bottom line is that if Herzog wants new elections, let him have them.

The result will be a stronger national-religious government.

And then Herzog can call for a third round of elections, and a fourth, unit he finally figures it out that he represents a diminishing minority.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/herzog-wants-new-elections/2015/05/12/

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