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January 20, 2017 / 22 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Bayit Yehudi’

Defense Minister Urges Acceptance of Guilty Verdict, Lawmakers Call on President Rivlin to Pardon IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Within minutes after IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria was pronounced guilty of manslaughter in the death of an injured terrorist who had stabbed a fellow soldier, lawmakers were calling on the public to accept the verdict, but also urged President Reuven Rivlin to grant a presidential pardon.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told reporters after the verdict was announced, “This is a difficult ruling.”

But he said, “We have to accept the court’s ruling on Azaria even if we don’t like it.” Sgt. Azaria is the first Israeli soldier in 12 years to be convicted for actions on duty.

Education Minister and Bayit Yehudi party chairman were the first to call for an immediate pardon for the soldier, as did Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, chairman of the Shas party. “The court has done its job,” Deri tweeted. “I respect its verdict. But now the correct thing to do is pardon him. The process of the trial and the suffering of the soldier and his family justify a pardon.”

Likud MK Oren Hazan also called for amnesty for Sgt. Azaria, as did Zionist Union MK Shelly Yachimovich, who said in a statement to media that the court acted professionally and bravely in its conviction but added the guilty verdict would deeply divide the nation.

“Azaria’s narrow shoulders will not be able to withstand the weight of that divide,” she said. For that reason, she said, President Rivlin should consider exercising his privilege to issue a pardon.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog also added his voice to the chorus, saying in a statement that although the verdict must be respected, “it cannot be ignored that to some degree, Azaria was a victim of the situation. But the ruling strengthens the IDF, since you cannot ignore the circumstances of the incident, which reflect an impossible reality in a field that is complicated, which IDF soldiers deal with daily, hourly.”

“Immediate clemency for Elor Azaria,” Bennett wrote on his Facebook page.

“We need to say the truth. The trial was corrupted from the outset. The harsh comments by political leaders even before the opening of the army’s investigation, the removal of the soldier, himself from the investigation process, the critical media coverage surrounding the case caused Elor irreparable harm.

“I expect Defense Minister Yvette (Avigdor) Liberman to keep his many promises and secure an immediate pardon for Elor Azaria, so that he does not have to spend a single day in prison.”

Likud Culture Minister Miri Regev also called for a presidential pardon, saying that she too would seek a discussion with President Rivlin to raise the issue on behalf of Elor Azaria. Regev, a former IDF spokesperson, accused the army of abandoning Azaria and attacked the IDF chief of staff – who rejected a public campaign slogan depicting him as “everyone’s child” – specifically for not backing him up. Regev underlined that in fact, Azaria is not only “everyone’s child,” but in fact is also “everyone’s soldier.”

The soldier has been living on his army base under an “open arrest” arrangement.

Hana Levi Julian

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz: ‘Make Gush Etzion Part of Greater Jerusalem’

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

by Ilana Messika

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, who also holds the portfolio for the Ministry of Intelligence and Atomic Energy, called Tuesday to “make Gush Etzion part of Greater Jerusalem” during a ceremony for a new traffic light at the Neve Daniel junction with Highway 60, south of Jerusalem.

“In Judea and Samaria, security and safety are intertwined,” said Katz. “We must not undermine the status of Jerusalem.

“Ten years ago I introduced a bill for ‘Greater Jerusalem.’ The proposal calls for extending the jurisdiction of the capital to other communities around Jerusalem, but these communities will still retain their municipal autonomy. Local authorities will be annexed and residents will have the right to vote twice – once for the Greater City Council and once for local municipality. This proposal must be renewed immediately, and it is one the new U.S. administration could support.

“We must strengthen our position in all the communities. At the Transportation desk, I focus on connecting the communities of Greater Jerusalem to Jerusalem itself,” Katz added.

Acting Head of Gush Etzion Regional Council, Moshe Seville, also said that the recent building momentum in Gush Etzion must be met with corresponding road infrastructure.

The decision to place traffic lights at intersections located on Highway 60 was taken after 17-year-old Nofer Shimon was killed near the community of Elazar, a kilometer away from the new traffic light, two years ago. After that accident, the regional council, community authorities, and Nofer’s family and friends pressed the government to take action to improve safety on the road.

Chairwoman of the Bayit Yehudi Faction and a resident of Neve Daniel, MK Shuli Mualem said: “During the mourning period for Nofer, residents of Neve Daniel and Elazar, together with Minister Katz decided to solve the safety problem at the intersection. . . The family decided that their tragedy would be the last one on this road, and they succeeded. The traffic lights at Neve Daniel and Elazar represent the Shimon family’s success in preserving life.”

Muallem added. “As someone who works tirelessly to apply Israeli jurisdiction in Judea and Samaria – starting with the consensus areas of Gush Etzion and Ma’ale Adumim — I want Gush Etzion to become an integral part of the State of Israel within our jurisdiction.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Majority of Israeli Leaders Condemn US Secy’s Speech

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wasn’t the only Israeli leader who was deeply offended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on Wednesday, scolding Israel for nearly an hour over its settlement policies.

Education Minister and Bayit Yehudi party chairman Naftali Bennett had harsh words in response to Mr. Kerry’s speech, saying Israel should not support the establishment of what he called “another terror state” in the heart of the country. The minister said that if it were up to him, he “wouldn’t allow it to happen.”

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud party) likewise hit back at the American diplomat, saying Mr. Kerry “lacked the proper understanding of the conflict” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Mr. Levin added that Mr. Kerry “is trying to force on us, in his last days on the job, a world view that constitutes a prize for Palestinian terror and that completely ignores our rights to the country.”

He added that a “true friend of Israel” should have shown support for the elected government.

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, joined in the censure, writing in a tweet Wednesday night that the Obama Administration acted against Israel at the UN, and that “any claim to the contrary is a distortion of reality.”

The lone Israeli politician who spoke out in support of the speech was Opposition leader Isaac Herzog of the Zionist Union (Labor party). He called Mr. Kerry a “great friend,” adding in a tweet that the Secretary’s speech expressed “true concern” about the well-being and future of Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

PM Netanyahu Seeking 30-Day Amona Expulsion Delay

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the state will ask the High Court of Justice to delay the expulsion of Amona residents from their homes by 30 days.

The request will be based on the need to build new homes for the expelled residents, so the Amona evacuation does not end up becoming a repeat of the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza.

The prime minister said in his opening remarks to the cabinet Sunday morning, “We are working overtime to find a responsible solution to the issue of Amona and for similar cases in the future.”

Netanyahu met with a forum of coalition party leaders on Sunday afternoon to discuss the issue.

At that meeting, it was also decided to postpone the first Knesset plenum reading of the Regulation Bill. The measure would retroactively legalized communities built on privately-owned land, reimbursing the owners in the process.

The proposed law faces a number of problems, among them legal issues in the international forum that Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit has said he cannot counter. Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has also stated his refusal to support the bill in its current form.

The Bayit Yehudi party led by Naftali Bennett is warning, however, that it will leave the coalition if the issue of Amona is not resolved before the bill is passed. Both issues must be addressed, Bennett has said, for the party to remain in the government.

Hana Levi Julian

Ministerial Committee Delays Vote on Bill to Legalize Amona

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

A vote by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation has delayed by a week a decision on a bill to officially recognize the Jewish community of Amona and other similar communities.

The measure was to have prevented the expulsion of residents of Amona from their homes by the end of this year, as ordered by the High Court of Justice. The community, founded in 1995, is comprised of approximately 40 families.

Although the High Court has ordered its destruction on the basis of a lawsuit that contends it is built on “private” Palestinian Authority land, to this day not one “private” citizen of the Palestinian Authority has come forward to document that claim. A group of PA residents allegedly represented by the leftist Israeli Yesh Din NGO filed a petition in 2008, claiming Amona was encroaching on the group’s land and demanding its demolition.

There are still no replacement homes and community for the families, as also happened to more than 8,000 Jewish residents of the Gush Katif region and northern Samaria, who were forced out of their homes in the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza.

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit has asked lawmakers not to approve such a bill, however, saying it is unconstitutional. Government ministers decided to delay their decision after a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and coalition leaders.

The committee was to have voted Sunday on the measure. The law was proposed by Bayit Yehudi MK Shuli Mualem-Refaeli, whose party has threatened to leave the coalition if the bill to save Amona is not passed.

Hana Levi Julian

Uri Ariel: Jewish Presence in Jerusalem’s Muslim Quarter Best Answer to International Hypocrisy

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Members of the National Union faction, which included Jewish Home Knesset members, toured the Old City of Jerusalem on Thursday night, after the dedication of a new residential building for Jews in the Muslim Quarter.

National Union Knesset faction lawmakers were heavily guarded as they toured the Old City of Jerusalem.

National Union Knesset faction lawmakers were heavily guarded as they toured the Old City of Jerusalem.

Among the participants in the events were Jewish Home MK and Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, Jewish Home MK Bezalel Smotrich and deputy mayor of Jerusalem, Dov Kalmanovich.

Jewish Home MK Bezalel Smotrich and Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel at the doorpost of a new Jewish home in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City.

Jewish Home MK Bezalel Smotrich and Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel at the doorpost of a new Jewish home in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.

“The same voice that protects the Shiloh Valley mandates a Jewish building freeze in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel,” observed Jewish Home MK Bezalel Smotrich in remarks at the ceremony. “This is a demographic threat to Jerusalem, one that is absurd and not to be tolerated.

Kalmanovich noted that the evening included a “unique Selichot Tour of the Muslim and Christian Quarters, within which there is also a Jewish presence, albeit not yet large enough, but one which must continue to grow as a daily statement of the Jewish reality here.

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel categorically rejected this week’s U.S. condemnation of Israeli construction in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, saying, ‘They condemn, and we build.

“This dedication of a building where Jews are coming to live in the Muslim Quarter is the best answer to the condemnation and hypocrisy of the international community,” he said.

Hana Levi Julian

‘BDS is the New Face of Terrorism’ Says Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked told the Jewish National Fund in New York on Sunday that the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement is the new face of terror.

Shaked, a top official with Israel’s Bayit Yehudi party, addressed the JNF Conference in New York on Sunday, speaking on the issue of the BDS Movement and how its activities impact Israel in daily life. She condemned the movement, likening its activities to the tunneling of the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza.

“The BDS movement is digging tunnels to undermine the foundations and values of Israel,” she said. “We have to stop these tunnels as well.”

The movement constitutes an existential threat at its core, she added. “Supporters of the BDS movement are attempting to destroy our very right to exist. They refuse to accept our most natural, basic and simple right: the existence of the State of Israel.”

Regardless of what mask terror wears, she said, one simple truth stands out: “You cannot defeat the enemy unless you call it what it is. That is why I am not afraid to do so. We are fighting Islamic extremism,” she said pointedly, underscoring a fact that has not once been uttered during the entire eight years of the entire reign of the the Obama administration.

Hana Levi Julian

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