web analytics
December 6, 2016 / 6 Kislev, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Benjamin Netanyahu’

Arab Party Wants Netanyahu Investigated for Incitement over Arsons

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Chairman of the Joint Arab List MK Ayman Odeh on Monday demanded that Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit investigate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for encouraging anti-Arab incitement during the wave of fires that plagued Israel a week ago.

Speaking to a meting of his Knesset faction, Odeh said, “The Arab public continues to deal with the wave of incitement and igniting hatred by Netanyahu and his ministers during the fires.”

“Today everybody understands that the mountain gave birth to a tiny mouse,” Odeh continued. “There was no wave of terror, no arson intifada. If they find one or two [Arabs] who are guilty, our position is that they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, but a wave of terror? Everyone knows there’s no such thing.”

In reality, Netanyahu, who was widely rebuked for warning rightwing voters they must hit the polls on election day in 2015 because the Arabs are bringing busloads to vote, did not actually accuse Arabs or even mention them in connection with the recent fires. Speaking at a press conference at an airforce base up north, the PM warned that “whomever tries to burn the State of Israel will be punished severely.”

“They arrested people left and right, but they never investigated the thousands of Jews who incited and called for the murder of Arabs,” Odeh charged on Monday, and informed his fellow MKs that “the Joint List has decided to appeal to the Attorney General – we accuse the prime minister of racist incitement and call on the AG to launch an investigation.”

During the week of wild fires police arrested 30 Arab suspects and detained 24 for extended interrogations. In the end it turned out that some of the suspects’ activity was limited to praising the acts of arson and calling for additional ones, but fell short of actually setting fires. It is expected that about half a dozen suspects will be prosecuted.

It should be noted that, according to fire forensic experts, it is very difficult to find hard evidence for arson in open air areas, since the fire and the wind devour traces of intentionally set fires – unlike indoor fires, which can be traced more easily. Experts usually seek more than one concurrent focal point to a forest fire as an indication of arson.

David Israel

Yesh Atid Calls to Dissolve Israel’s Parliament

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

The opposition Yesh Atid party initiated a no-confidence gesture Sunday, calling for dissolution of Israel’s parliament and new elections to be held.

Led by Yair Lapid, the centrist-left party plans to present a bill to dissolve the Knesset on Wednesday. If it passes, elections would be held 90 days from the third reading of the bill.

The move comes after an opinion poll, if you can trust the polls, showed Yesh Atid running neck-and-neck with the leading Likud party, bolstering the centrist party’s confidence.

The Likud’s drop in popularity is due in part to deep divisions over how to deal with the dilemma presented by the community of Amona, where a very small part of the land on which it sits might be privately owned.

For that reason, the Israeli High Court of Justice ruled in favor of a petition to destroy the entire town, evicting more than 200 men, women and children from their homes of more than a decade.

Yesh Atid pounced on the opportunity to demonize Likud over its internal divisions and its conflicts within the government coalition as it wrestles with solutions over the issue.

“The citizens of Israel deserve more,” proclaimed a news release from the Yesh Atid central office.

“The government of Israel is entirely self-involved with its own political rifts and with anything but what is important to the citizens of Israel… There have been no substantive discussions in any government body over where the country is heading: Not in the economic, social, diplomatic or security realms,” the party claimed.

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

Netanyahu to Cabinet: ‘Working Overtime’ in Search of Amona Solution

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday morning told the weekly Cabinet meeting: “We are working overtime to find a responsible solution to the issue of Amona and for similar cases in the future.

“We are working to reach a rational solution and I expect all of you, ministers and MKs, to respect it,” the PM reiterated, adding, “We must act responsibly and prudently here for a common goal: to defend the settlement, and to defend the court. We are working in both spheres.”

Netanyahu also told his ministers about new progress in the Israel-Jordan-PA Red Sea–Dead Sea Canal. “Last week we crossed another stage en route to realizing the canal between the seas project,” he said. “The US, the EU and Japan are financing this joint Israel-Jordan-Palestinian Authority project, and it includes desalination for communities in the Israeli and Jordanian Aravah desert alike, and channeling salt water to the Dead Sea. According to the plan, in 2020 fresh water will be supplied to the residents of the Aravah and salt water will finally be channeled to the Dead Sea.”

Netanyahu pointed out that the project “ties in with Herzl’s vision in his book Altneuland. He foresaw the canal between the seas and we now have the great honor and opportunity to realize this vision. Of course, this is also a project that constitutes an additional strategic anchor in the peaceful relations between Jordan and Israel, peaceful relations which are more vital than ever in light of what is happening in our region.”

The PM thanked Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara, “who is responsible for this project on my behalf; he is doing important work. Thank you, Ayoob.”

David Israel

PM Kicks Out Habayit Hayehudi MK for Saying Netanyahu Isn’t Rightwing

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night banned Habayit Hayehudi MK Bezalel Smotrich from a debate over the evacuation of the Amona community in Samaria because of things Smotrich said about the PM in a major interview he had given the Ha’aretz weekend supplement, Army Radio reported Sunday.

Speaking to Ha’aretz reporter Ravit Hecht, MK Smotrich said, “Unfortunately, Netanyahu is not a rightwinger,” and added that “Apparently, had Netanyahu been in charge instead of Ben Gurion, we would not have had a state. Ben Gurion had courage, he established a state against all odds.”

The meeting included Prime Minister Netanyahu, Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, and AG Avichai Mandelblit, and focused on the Amona issue and the Arrangement Act which will be submitted for a Knesset vote Monday. The meeting ended without concrete results and the participants agreed to meet again on Sunday.

Speaking to Army Radio Sunday morning, Smotrich confirmed his removal from the meeting, adding, “If the prime minister’s feelings were hurt I’m prepared to apologize.”

Smotrich relates how he had driven for an hour and a half from home Saturday night to get to the meeting. “The prime minister refused to let me into the room. He asked that I not come in. I was led to believe that he didn’t love some of the things I said in my Ha’aretz interview.”

In his own defense, Smotrich said, “I didn’t initiate public criticism of the prime minister, I merely answered truthfully the questions I was asked and didn’t blur our disputes with him.”

Smotrich clarified that he feels “a great deal of respect for the prime minister,” adding, “I’m a young man in the system and he is an older man with a great del of experience, and he is the prime minister of all of us.” Nevertheless, Smotrich reiterated, “it’s no secret we have ideological disagreements with him.”

As to his comparison between Netanyahu and Ben Gurion, Smotrich stated he was ready to apologize, but commenting that “if anyone who has a disagreement with the prime minister loses the ability to work with him in a useful manner, I believe we have a big problem.”

JNi.Media

Foreign Aerial FireFighters to Leave Tuesday

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The international aerial firefighters who came to the rescue of the State of Israel in its hour of need will return home Tuesday after receiving the thanks of the nation at a special ceremony led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Hatzerim Air Force Base in southern Israel.

Northern and central Israel remain on high alert, but the rest of the country is gradually returning to normal — as normal as is possible, that is — in the aftermath of a week in which 2,000 fires ravaged the Jewish State. After two full days without any major fires, officials sent home about half of the Home Front Command reservists called into service as tens of thousands of dunams of forest and brush land went up in flames along with hundreds of homes.

Last week, firefighting aircraft arrived to help battle nearly 2,000 blazes from Russia, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Canada, Spain, France and the United States, which responded to a request for its “SuperTanker.” The U.S. Boeing 747 SuperTanker from Colorado Springs is the largest firefighting aerial aircraft in the world and is capable of continuing to battle flames even after dark, while carrying up to 19,600 gallons of water or fire retardant. It also produces enough pressure to create eight rounds of a rain-like environment in fighting any blaze — a boon to any force battling a major forest fire, as was happening in Haifa and in the Jerusalem Hills.

Russia sent two giant Beriev Be-200 firefighting aircraft, each of which has a capacity of 12 tons (3,170 gallons) of water, or up to 72 passengers. The aircraft also have contain unique fire-fighting equipment that allows the plane to scoop water while skimming the water surface at 90-95% of takeoff speed — a crucial necessity in battling the constantly-appearing blazes that dogged firefighters all along the central and northern coastline.

Fire Services spokesperson Yoram Levy said fire stations in the north and along the coast would remain on alert with extra personnel due to the severity of the fires that had struck those areas. He added that firefighters had battled a total of 1,773 brush fires from November 18-26 but that no active sites remained at this point.

In Haifa alone, some 1,600 residents were left homeless with 527 apartments completely destroyed; 75,000 in the port city were forced to evacuate from their homes in 11 neighborhoods. These figures do not include the hundreds of other Israelis who were also forced to leave their homes, including dozens who were left homeless, in Zichron Ya’akov, communities in the Jerusalem Hills — including Moshav Beit Meir — and communities in Judea and Samaria, such as Halamish.

Hana Levi Julian

Weeks before Demolition, Still No Cabinet Decision on Amona

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The Netanyahu Security Cabinet ended an overnight meeting early Monday morning without a conclusion as to the future of Amona, in Samaria.

Amona is a community of some 40 Jewish families in Samaria, slated by the Supreme Court for demolition on Dec. 25. The Ministerial Legislative Committee has decided unanimously to submit for the Knesset’s approval the Regulations Act compelling Arab claimants against Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria to accept market value for their land rather than force the demolition of the community – especially in cases when the Israeli government had been involved in establishing said communities.

The Knesset passed the bill in its initial form last week, with a majority of 58 to 51. Now a joint committee made up of the Constitution, Law and Justice and the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committees, chaired by MK Nissan Slomiansky (Habayit Hayehudi), is hectically busy amending and preparing the bill for a second vote at the Knesset plenum.

But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) are still doubtful about the chances of the Regulations Act to pass muster at the Supreme Court.

A representative of Attorney General Avichai Madelblit told the joint committee last week that her office views the bill as inherently illegal and expects it to be knocked down on “constitutional grounds,” despite the fact the Israel does not have a constitution.

But Chairman Slomiansky declared that the new bill is dealing with issues that are at the heart of the Israeli democracy. “After 50 years, it’s time for the legislator to deal with our 450,000 representatives countrywide whose status is still suspended.”

David Israel

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/weeks-before-demolition-still-no-cabinet-decision-on-amona/2016/11/28/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: