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July 5, 2015 / 18 Tammuz, 5775
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Netanyahu Calls on France to Denounce BDS, ‘Miserable Actions” by Orange Group

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on his French counterpart Thursday to denounce the boycott of Israel by French Telecom CEO Stephane Richard, head of Orange Group.

“I call on the French government to renounce publicly the miserable statements and the miserable actions of a company in which it holds partial ownership,” Netanyahu said in a statement Thursday.

“I call on all of our closest allies to say in a loud and clear voice that they unconditionally oppose all types of boycott against the Jewish State,” the prime minister said.

“This theater of the absurd, in which a human rights respecting democracy is forced to defend itself from rockets and terror tunnels, and then is subject to automatic condemnations and attempts to boycott it – this theater of the absurd will not be forgiven,” he added.

Culture Minister Miri Regev added her voice to that of the prime minister, calling on Jews around the world to boycott the international telecommunications giant. She also called on French President Francois Hollande to fire Richard if the CEO does not “apologize for his anti-Semitic comments.” In France, of all places, she said, given the plethora of vicious attacks over the past six months, there can be “zero tolerance for anti-Semitic comments.”

World Jewry has strength, Regev noted, “and so do the Jews in France.” If Richard does not apologize, or is not dismissed, then the global Jewish community should “cut its ties with Orange.”

Richard vowed this week to sever ties with the Jewish State, expressing firm support for the boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. He told reporters in Cairo on Wednesday that he would cut the contract between Orange Group and its Israeli counterpart, Partner Communications Ltd. “If he could.”

The government of France owns a 25 percent share in Orange Group, which is under intense pressure to sever its ties with Israel. The boycott is aimed at Orange because Partner operates in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and arts of Jerusalem restored to the capital in the 1967 Six Day War, as it does elsewhere in the Jewish State.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely called on Richard to “clarify this matter as soon as possible. Israeli Ambassador to France Yossi Gal noted in a conversation with media that boycotts are illegal in France. He added that Israel views the remarks by the Orange CEO “with gravity.”

Netanyahu Tells Israelis Military Challenges Due to Iran Are ‘Piling Up’

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Israelis Tuesday in an interview aired on Channel 2 television that the US-brokered deal with Tehran will “pave the way for Iran to atom bombs.”

Speaking at Home Front Command headquarters during the week-long “Turning Point” nationwide military defense drill, Netanyahu said challenges from the rising risks of imminent attacks are “piling up.”

The threat of rocket and missile fire has hung over Israel for decades. Most of the weapons have been supplied to the terror organizations by Iran, both north and south of the border.

“When speaking of the security of the citizens of Israel I rely first and foremost on us only. Proof of the wisdom of this is the agreement emerging between the world powers and Iran,” said the prime minister. He pointed out that the deal would inject billions of dollars into the Iranian economy, in addition to “paving the way for Iran to atom bombs.”

With the funds it receives, Iran “can continue to arm our enemies with high trajectory weapons and other arms, while also arming its own war and terror machine which is acting against us and the Middle East, and which is much more dangerous than the Da’esh (ISIS) terror machine, which is also dangerous,” Netanyahu said.

U.S. President Barack Obama is slated to present his case for the deal with Iran on Israel’s Channel 2 television later in the evening on Tuesday night.

Netanyahu Warns Campaign to De-Legitimize Israel Will Become Existential Threat

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a grave warning at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday (May 31) that Israel is facing a “great struggle” that will be an existential threat.

“We are in the midst of a great struggle being waged against the State of Israel, an international campaign to blacken its name. It is not connected to our actions; it is connected to our very existence,” he said.

“It does not matter what we do; it matters what we symbolize and what we are.

“This is a phenomenon that we have known in the history of our people – what hasn’t been said about the Jewish People? They said that we are the focus of all evil in the world. They said that we are the poisoners of the wells of humanity. They said that we drink the blood of little children. All of these things are being said about us today as well. It was not true then and it is not true today. This does not have a shred of truth,” Netanyahu continued.

“I read again the poem of the great Alterman, about the accusations that are hurled at us, and he says that the most important thing is that we do not believe the awful things aimed at us because in the end that will be the victory against us. As long as we do not believe, as long as we reject these things and do not flagellate ourselves, we will be strong and steadfast.

“I think that it is important to understand that these things do not stem from the fact that if only we were nicer or a little more generous – [since] we are very generous, we have made many offers, we have made many concessions – that anything would change. [Because] this campaign to de-legitimize Israel entails something much deeper that is being directed at us and seeks to deny our very right to live here.

“I think that one must ask how can it be that Israel is accused over homes in Gilo, or over this or that action that we take to defend ourselves from terrorists, but that when a hundred times more victims – a hundred times more, not twice or ten or 50 times as many, but a hundred times – more people are being slaughtered in Syria, just in Syria – there are no protests, no condemnations, no 80% of decisions by United Nations human rights committees, against Syria.

“It is we who are accused, IDF soldiers who are accused of killing children. I saw the IDF delegation to Nepal which rescued Nepalese children and brought babies into the world. I did not see a delegation from Boko Haram. I did not see delegations from Iran there. I did not see delegations from Al Qaida and I did not see delegations from Syria.

“There is no justification for the campaign of de-legitimization being waged against the State of Israel, in which they are trying to suspend us from international organizations.

“The last thing we need to do is to bow our heads and ask where we went wrong, where we erred.

“We have done nothing wrong and we have not erred. We are not a perfect country; we do not pretend to be such, but they are setting standards for us that are both twisted and higher than those for any other country, any other democracy.

“There is no democracy that is more challenged than the State of Israel, which respects human rights, which respects pluralism, which respects humanity even in the most difficult war situations, even when thousands of missiles are being fired at our cities.

“Therefore, here we are not dealing in justifications, here we are telling the truth.

“This past weekend we had to rebuff a major international effort to oust us from FIFA and I am pleased that we succeeded. This was part of the continuing effort; I am not deluding myself that these efforts will cease, and we need to act on a very broad front, but the first thing that we must arm ourselves with is the truth — the truth, and also with the inner pride that we know who we are and what we represent, and that we will not capitulate to libels.

“And therefore, an accomplishment must be noted, an important accomplishment, but it must also be noted that this was a milestone in a long campaign in which we will insist on our rights and in which we will uphold the truth – not on our truth alone, but on the truth and we will not allow ourselves to be ousted from important sports organizations nor from those which are not important.”

German Foreign Minister Visits Israel to Discuss Iran, Future with Palestinian Authority

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met today (Sunday May 31) in Jerusalem with Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The two discussed the issue of European pressure on Israel to the negotiate with the Palestinian Authority, as well as the ongoing Iranian nuclear threat.

Steinmeier also met with Israeli president Ruby Rivlin and Opposition leader Isaac Herzog, chairman of the Zionist Union merger of the Labor and Hatnua parties.

Herzog hosted Steinmeier at his home on Saturday night. He praised Germany for its support during last week’s PA attempts to expel Israel’s soccer league from FIFA, the international soccer federation.

The Opposition leader also released a statement on relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and his views on the chances for the success of peace.

Herzog has been working to project an image of himself as a parallel government leader at various events abroad. Several months ago he appeared at an international conference and met with world leaders on the sidelines in talks normally arranged solely between government ministers.

Rivlin hosted Steinmeier on Sunday.

Israel Envisions Regional Cooperation with Arab Nations

Friday, May 29th, 2015

On the eve of New York’s annual Israel Day Parade, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says he hopes to broaden cooperation between Israel and her Arab neighbors in the region.

Although he was forced into a razor-thin margin when he created his coalition government this time around, the four-term prime minister is clearly working towards a broader vision: region-wide cooperation between Israel and as many of its moderate Arab neighbors as possible.

Speaking in a conversation with political correspondents Thursday at his office, Netanyahu said, “Both from the standpoint of regional security and also to try to resolve the conflict with the Palestinians… this idea of drawing from the Arab states following the changes in the Middle East is a positive concept, one I contemplate constantly.”

Although the “Arab Peace Initiative” of 2002 as presented without any changes was unrealistic – “for example, demanding that Israel return the Golan Heights… the [peace] plan was advanced 13 years ago and since then much has changed in the Middle East'”– the general idea of trying to achieve an understanding with the leading nations of the Arab world is “still a good idea.”

Netanyahu made it clear that both Israel and the Arab countries in the region are feeling threatened by Iran’s nuclear development activities, as well as its support for terror. But he said that he knew Israel’s Arab neighbors also have an interest in the Palestinian issue.

“It is in our interest to resolve this problem and there are certain barriers whose removal we are taking under consideration,” he said.

The prime minister added that he has “no interest in a bi-national state.” He reiterated, however, “The main problem is not the settlements. People have tried to make that the root of the problem, but when Israel pulled out of Gaza, we proved this is wrong. After all was said and done, and the incredibly painful things that took place in the Disengagement from Gaza, did anything stop?”

As far as Netanyahu is concerned, he said, any future agreement on statehood with the Palestinians must be a “long-term agreement that leaves full and practical control over security in the hands of Israel. I really mean it. It’s no whim or trick.”

The main problem for the citizens of Israel, the prime minister said, is the question of “what” will be the authority, “who will be the source for security in the territories that Israel is asked to evacuate…

“This was the ultimate test in Gaza. And today in Gaza, although there is no significant weapons smuggling anymore, how do you prevent domestic weapons manufacturing? What do you do in order to prevent this from happening in Judea and Samaria? I will continue to raise this issue again and again. I believe this is much more significant that people realize.”

The Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 as proposed by Saudi Arabia calls for the return to their homes of origin within the State of Israel for all Palestinian Arab refugees from 1948 and all of their subsequent generations and millions of descendants. It also calls for the establishment of a sovereign state of Palestine – after which all Arab states would establish full normal diplomatic relations with Israel.

It is important to note, however, that in the wake of Israel’s peace treaties with Jordan and Egypt – both of which have already established “full normal diplomatic ties” – it is still extremely dangerous for the average Israeli citizen and certainly for any visibly religious Jewish Israeli tourist to visit either country. In Egypt, the Israeli Embassy in Cairo was utterly destroyed and its employees nearly murdered just two years ago; the embassy has yet to be re-established as anything other than the highly secured private home of the Israeli Ambassador to Egypt.

Netanyahu Cabinet Approves Ministerial Committee on Arab Affairs

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

For foreign pundits not intimately familiar with the composition of the new Netanyahu government, one might think at first that Israel’s cabinet is comprised of left-center politicians. But despite the hard-nosed reputation of the leader of the Jewish State, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu led his cabinet Wednesday in approving the formation of a new ministerial committee Wednesday to deal with issues affecting Israel’s Arab sector.

The ministerial committee, proposed by Senior Citizen Affairs Minister Gila Gamliel, is to be chaired, in fact, by Netanyahu. Gamliel will serve as vice chairperson.

Gamliel, who called the cabinet’s vote of approval “welcome news,” said the formation of the new committee was a “genuine mission.” She added that she believes it “will have a direct influence on reducing gaps, and on equality in the State of Israel.”

Future plans include “in depth discussions with sector representatives” to evaluate what moves the government should take to “reduce the gaps that currently exist in Arab society.”

Gamliel added that she will schedule meetings with Israeli Arab Mks “so we might cooperate in advancing our common goal.”

PM Netanyahu’s Gives Gilad Erdan a Job

Monday, May 25th, 2015

By Michael Zeff

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, appointed a new Minister of Internal Security on Monday.

MK Gilad Erdan, the Likud party’s number two man, who previously refused to enter Netanyahu’s new government without receiving either the Minister of Foreign Affairs portfolio or the Internal Affairs portfolio, is set to be sworn in as the new Minister of Internal Security, Strategic Affairs and Advocacy (Hasbara).

According to reports in the local media, the agreement that brought Erdan into the government will see an expansion of authorities for the Internal Security Ministry and an increase of funding by millions of dollars.

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