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January 22, 2017 / 24 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Benjamin Netanyahu’

Netanyahu Cuts Off UN $6 Million Allowance

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night posted on his Facebook page: “Yesterday we officially announced to the United Nations that we will be cutting our annual contribution to the UN by six million dollars.” He added: “Israel will not support bodies that are acting against it as a result of UN sponsorship.”

“One of these organizations is UNRWA, which funds Palestinian textbooks that incite against Israel, deny Israel’s right to exist, and call the city of Tel Aviv ‘Tel al-Rabia,” Netanyahu explained.

“In two weeks I will receive recommendations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for additional steps to take against the United Nations,” Netanyahu stated.

In 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted 20 resolutions against Israel and only 4 resolutions on the rest of the world combined: one each on Syria, Iran, North Korea and Crimea.

In 2015, the UN General Assembly adopting 20 anti-Israel resolutions and only 3 resolutions on the rest of the world combined.

David Israel

PM Netanyahu Thanks Congress for Its Vote Against UN’s Anti-Israel Resolution [video]

Friday, January 6th, 2017

PM Netanyahu thanked the US House of Representatives for its vote for Israel and against the Anti-Israel Resolution that was passed in the UN Security Council.

“After the outrageous anti-Israel resolution at the UN, the US House of Representatives voted yesterday resoundingly to support Israel and reject this one-sided resolution.

Democrats and Republicans alike know that the Western Wall isn’t occupied territory.

They voted to either repeal the resolution at the UN or change it—and that’s exactly what we intend to do.

I want to thank the US House of Representatives which reflects the tremendous support Israel enjoys among the American people.

Thank you, America.

Thank you, Congress.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

Second Netanyahu Police Interrogation Touches Gifts and Mystery Charge

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday was interrogated for the second time at his Jerusalem residence by police in relation to suspicion of receiving inappropriate gifts from business acquaintances, Israeli media reported. The PM was questioned for five hours by the Police National Investigations Unit, following a 9-hour inquiry Monday. The Thursday session included references to a yet to be publicized set of allegations which police have been keeping mired in deep secrecy under special confidentiality arrangements.

Police were hoping to surprise the PM with the details of the secret allegations, after the initial meeting found him well prepared with answers to every one of their questions. Those had to do with records of gifts from several business acquaintances, including billionaire Ronald Lauder – which Netanyahu described as being below the legal limit in terms of their monitory value.

AG Avicahi Mandelblit issued a statement after the Thursday interrogation explaining that police investigators presented a very long list of allegations regarding Netanyahu’s integrity. He noted that “the investigation has developed and branched away from the original material.”

So far, according to Mandelblit, investigators have decided to drop old allegations about Netanyahu’s running a second, clandestine elections headquarters in 2009; voting fraud in his favor by forging computer data at the 2009 Likud primaries; double billing for trips abroad; and receiving gifts, including flights, from wealthy associates.

Netanyahu, for his part, tweeted after the Monday questioning: “Long years of daily persecution of me and my family turned out yesterday to be nothing – nothing.”



David Israel

PM Netanyahu: I Support Clemency for Elor Azaria

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a brief statement at 8 pm Wednesday evening, one that was unusually short and to this point in addressing the events of the day regarding the conviction of IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria on charges of manslaughter in the shooting death of Hebron attacker Abdel Fattah el-Sharif, after treating the soldier stabbed by the terrorist.

“been a difficult, painful day for us all. First and foremost for Elor and his family, for the soldiers of Israel, for the many Israeli civilians and the parents of our soldiers, and for me among them all.

“I call upon all Israeli civilians to behave responsibly with regard to the Israel Defense Forces, their commanding officers and their Chief of General Staff. We have one army upon which our existence depends. IDF soldiers are our sons and daughters, and they must remain above all conflicts.

“I support clemency for Elor Azaria,” he declared bluntly.

The statement ran on all social media. Beneath the three brief paragraphs, in smaller letters, the prime minister repeated his proclamation: “I support clemency for Elor Azaria.”

Hana Levi Julian

Mike Huckabee: State for Palestinian Authority a ‘fantasy’

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

by Andrew Friedman

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee planted an olive tree overlooking the Judean Desert on the southeastern edge of Ma’ale Adumim Tuesday, saying the tree would come to provide shade for a park in a planned neighborhood, and slamming last month’s UN Security Resolution condemning Israeli communities as “embarrassing.”

Huckabee added hopes that incoming U.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump moves the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Backed by a red banner reading ‘Build Israel Great Again’ just one day after the Jewish Home Knesset faction held its weekly meeting in Ma’ale Adumim order to launch a campaign to annex the city, Huckabee took a selfie with Ma’ale Adumim mayor Benny Kasriel to show that Israeli “settlements” are not a group of tents on isolated hilltops, but rather established cities.

“Ma’ale Adumim is a remarkable place,” Huckabee said. “It is five times bigger than the town I grew up in, with 41,000 people.

Although Huckabee does not have an official role in the Trump transition team – he turned down a position in the new administration – the former governor’s visit to Israel just two weeks before Inauguration Day is seen as a sign of both the incoming administration’s support for expanding Israeli control in Judea and Samaria, and as a statement of intention that the new president seeks to forge a new relationship after eight rocky years between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and outgoing President Barack Obama.

“I don’t speak for the incoming administration, but I pray that his policies will be radically different than those of President Obama, which have been – to put it mildly – anti-Israel,” Huckabee said.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Netanyahu to Opposition before Police Interrogation: Too Soon to Start Celebrating

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

A few hours before his interrogation with a warning by police Monday, regarding suspicion of illegally receiving gifts, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a meeting of the Likud Knesset faction, “We’ve been hearing the celebration on television and in the opposition, and I want to tell them: wait with the celebrations, don’t rush. Nothing’s going to happen, you’ll just keep flying hot air balloons.”

Netanyahu is expected to be interrogated by police in his residence, on suspicion of illegally accepting gifts and benefits. According to Channel 2 News, there’s no time limit on the interrogation.

In early December, Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, was questioned by police for 11 hours over an alleged misuse of public funds.

Police explained their need for a large block of time saying they had to be able to spread before the PM the full body of evidence and suspicions in order to receive concrete answers from him.

Police are likely to confront Netanyahu with the testimony of businessman, art collector, philanthropist, and political activist Ronald Lauder, who confirmed that he gave the PM a few gifts, including a suit, and paid for Netanyahu’s son, Yair’s hospitality abroad. Police believe the overall amount exceeds Lauder’s claim that these were “merely gifts exchanged between friends,” and leans more towards being a bribe, or a “deposit” against a future need for the PM’s good will.

Meanwhile, police have been hinting about “another” scandal connected to the Prime Minister, which, according to Ha’aretz, may be the blow that finally draws blood. The reason, according to Ha’aretz, is the fact that AG Avichai Mandelblit – breaking with normal protocol – has been closely involved with the case, advising police on witnesses, discouraging some, and even becoming involved in preparing questions interrogators should ask witnesses.

David Israel

Report: Netanyahu to Attend Trump’s Inauguration

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to be invited to attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremonies, if the Trump Transition team leaders, such as son-in-law Jared Kushner, have their way. A source inside the Transition team has told the NY Post that Kushner has been “aggressively courting” Netanyahu, to get him to come to the Jan. 20 celebrations.

Apparently, according to the same source, Trump’s team wants to arrange a meeting of the two leaders even before the swearing-in ceremony.

“There’s a plan for Trump to meet with Netanyahu,” the source told the NY Post. “They’re talking all the time. And Netanyahu is talking about possibly going to the inauguration.”

President-elect Donald Trump last week expressed his complete rejection the UN Security Council vote to condemn Israeli settlements, as well as Sec. Of State John Kerry’s vehemently anti-settlements speech that followed.

NY Times pundit Thomas L. Friedman, in an irate op-ed last week, titled “Bibi Netanyahu Makes Trump His Chump,” lamented the fact that Trump is “letting himself get totally manipulated by right-wing extremists.” Friedman, representing the essence of US Jewish leftwing anxiety and contempt about the next president, stressed, citing a global-politics kind of reverse psychology, that “Trump also has no idea how much he is being manipulated into helping Iran and ISIS. What is Iran’s top goal when it comes to Israel? That Israel never leaves the West Bank and that it implants Jewish settlers everywhere there,” which would “keep Israel in permanent conflict with Palestinians and the Muslim world, as well as many Western democracies and their college campuses.”

“One day Trump will wake up and discover that he was manipulated into becoming the co-father, with Netanyahu, of an Israel that is either no longer Jewish or no longer democratic. He will discover that he was Bibi’s chump,” Friedman warned.

And so, while the left has so far dubbed the next US president the chump of both Russian President Putin and Israeli PM Netanyahu, the rest of the world will be watching Trump trying to put out the raging fires started by outgoing President Obama’s “Arab Spring” campaign in the Middle East, a campaign the left continued to praise even as the dead bodies continued to pile up in so many Arab countries.


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