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A Tale of Two Prayers: Muslims and Clinton vs. Jews and Psalms [video]

Friday, September 4th, 2015

I am [at] peace, but when I speak, they [come] to war – Psalms 120:7).

A new video of an Arab event in the Old City that was in celebration of a new groom shows the overwhelming presence of political aspirations, with flags of both the Hamas terrorist organization and the Palestinian Authority.

If foreign media were to take off their blinders, they could understand better, if they wanted to, the essential differences between the intentions of Jews and Muslims at the Old City and on the Temple Mount.

We have no idea of what the Arabs were chanting in their flag-waving celebrations, but it is a safe assumption they were not reciting Psalms.

Up to several thousand Jews march in the same place every month, except when the police decide it might offend Arabs. They also wave flags, those depicting the Holy Temple. Two of them were destroyed centuries ago, but the Palestinian Authority likes to claim they never existed.

The monthly rallies are centered on the recital of several Psalms, which brings to mind the obvious one when comparing the Muslim and Jewish marches.

Psalms 120:67 states:

I am [at] peace, but when I speak, they [come] to [wage] war.

The literal translation is “I am peace, but when I speak, they are war,” and the words “at or “for” are necessarily inserted in the first part of the verse and “come” in the second part.

Every translation of any text is prone to interpretation, and when it comes to Israel, the interpretations come with a mindset.

The international community does not consider Israel for peace, and it likes to believe that the Arab world wants peace.

The most recent evidence comes from the newest batch of “pro-Israel” Hillary Clinton’s private e-mails.

She and her close confidantes pre-judge Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as a man against peace. The Palestinian Authority is assumed to be a friend of peace, despite Psalms 120:7, Palestinian Authority incitement and terror, and Mahmoud Abbas’ spitting in the face of the Obama administration by openly destroying the basis of the Oslo Accords and rejecting a diplomatic solution.

The e-mails to Clinton’s private e-mail server, even though some of the information was classified, are chock full of anti-Netanyahu observations from people such as Martin Indyk, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel. He wrote Clinton about Netanyahu:

At heart, he seems to lack a generosity of spirit. This combines with his legendary fear of being seen as a ‘freier’ [sucker] in front of his people to create a real problem in the negotiations, especially because he holds most of the cards.

Another source of the e-mails is Sid Blumenthal, whom Clinton seems to have made a de facto adviser when she was Secretary of State even though the White House rejected her attempt to bring him on board in an official capacity.

Clinton insists his e-mails were “unsolicited” but one of her e-mails to him states, “Keep ’em coming,” and another beseeches him to advise her before she was to speak to AIPAC.

She liked what she read because it was nasty towards Netanyahu, and keep in mind that if Clinton is the next president of the United States, Blumenthal will be on her team.

For example:

[Netanyahu’s] father, Benzion Netanyahu; 100 years old, secretary to Jabotinsky, and denounced as too radical by Begin, adored his son Yoni, heroically killed at Entebbe. Benyamin has never measured up. Benzion has constantly criticized him in public for his deviations from the doctrine of Greater Israel.

Bibi desperately seeks his father’s approbation and can never equal his dead brother. See Benzion’s most recent scathing undermining of his son Bibi and Bibi’s tearful tribute to his brother just last month.

Tonight at Midnight: Netanyahu’s Moment of Truth

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

By midnight, Wednesday, Benjamin Netanyahu is obligated under Israeli law to go up to the Reuven Rivlin’s presidential palace and declare whether or not he has been successful in cobbling together a coalition government.

Bibi has run out of time, and there will be no more time extensions. It’s his moment of truth.

Unfortunately, as of Wednesday morning, he is far from having a the minimum 61-member coalition that could receive the Knesset’s vote of confidence.

Netanyahu’s troubles have come from the two parties he thought he had in his pocket and thus took for granted and abused: Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu—6 seats, and Naftali Bennett’s Bayit Yehudi-8 seats.

So far, Netanyahu has secured only 53 seats, his talks with Liberman have been severed by the resigning Foreign Minister, and they appear to be on the rocks with Bennett.

Here’s an interesting point: Liberman, who is considered by many Israelis—and most of the country’s media—to be a cynical vote broker, exemplifying that with his left-right-left-right zig-zagging before the elections, quit the negotiations in a huff solely over ideological issues.

A source connected to the Yisrael Beytenu party told JewishPress.com that Netanyahu offered Liberman to continue as the Foreign Minister, and also offered him all the ministries he asked for.

Netanyahu’s previous (third) government, made serious changes in its social agreement with the Chareidi population – some good, some bad, and some good but done in a bad way.

In a collaboration between Finance Minister Yair Lapid, Economy Minister Bennett, and the entire coalition, Netanyahu’s previous government significantly reduced child welfare payments (which hurt the Chareidi population the most), and legislated draft laws that were, at least on paper, more draconian than previous ones–though in implementation, they actually reduced Chareidi enlistment instead of increasing it. The same government also used the budget to encourage Chareidi men and women to hit the job market, including a push to get them into universities.

In addition, the same government empowered the religious-Zionist agenda in areas of rabbinic officiating, such as marriages for non-religious Israeli Jews, or conversions for non-Jewish Israelis.

But in his haste to forge a government with UTJ and Shas parties, Netanyahu handed the Chareidi parties the offices empowered to roll back many of those reforms and achievements.

Speaking on Israel Radio Wednesday morning, Liberman said: “In recent days has been shown that the Likud sold out all its principles budgets to the Chareidim, and all that remains is a debate over ministerial portfolios. The debate of the past few hours is exclusively about increasing the number of ministers and deputy ministers, and there is no substantive discussion.”

Liberman is apparently fed up with Netanyahu, his ally for more than twenty years. Liberman supported him loyally, even in decisions he despised (twice he gave his cabinet vote to a decision not to conclude heavy Gaza skirmishes with the elimination of Hamas–he explicitly demanded the destruction of Hamas in these coalition negotiations).

He’s done it while being pursued for years by the judiciary civil service over seemingly unending corruption cases, none of which have ever actually found him guilty. His deputies have been investigated several times over, but police has been unable to connect their alleged crimes to Liberman.

Naftali Bennett is yet another long-time ally who feels taken for granted and used.

For one thing, Netanyahu’s amazing vote sweep in the last few days of the March election campaign came directly from Bayit Yehudi voters. Bennett and company happily obliged this sucker-punch move, setting up a right-wing rally in Kikar Rabin where they practically called on upwards of 100 thousand of their voters to switch to Bibi.

The Likud’s rise came directly from that rally at Bennett’s expense.

And while Naftali Bennett was the first politician Netanyahu called after the elections, Bayit Yehudi was almost the last party Bibi called on for serious negotiations after he had already signed away the Ministry of Religious Affairs to Shas, so the Aryeh Deri could highlight all of Bennett’s achievements in the area of religion services reform in Israel, and then press DELETE.

Now, taking advantage of Liberman’s angry departure, Bennett upped the ante—demanding major offices in return for joining, most important among them the Ministry of Justice, which he wants to hand over to his partner, Ayelet Shaked.

This is probably the most fun thing a National-Religious leader has had the pleasure of doing, ever.

The Left has been using Israel’s Justice department as their bulwark against the Right: appointments of a long line of anti-settlement Attorney Generals? It’s Justice department. Promotions of insider, radical leftwing judges who haven’t met a deceptive “Palestinian” land seller? Justice department again. Legislation that subverts the will of the voter in favor of the will of a tiny, self-appointing judicial minority? Justice department. Blatantly undemocratic, politically motivated investigations against popular, right wing leaders (including Netanyahu)? What do you know, it’s that Justice department again.

It’s no wonder Peace Now has called the notion of appointing Ayelet Shaked Minister of Justice “Tzelem Ba’heichal” – like placing a idol of Zeus in the Holy Temple’s inner sanctuary. For them it really is nothing less.

Yesterday Bennett handed the Likud his list of demands and disappeared from sight. No interviews, Not answering the Likud’s calls. A game of chicken—with little to lose.

Especially when Bennett suspects that the reason he was offered third-tier ministries was because Netanyahu planns to fire him following negotiatiations with Yitzchak Herzog (Zionist Camp) when no longer under deadline pressures.

The Likud spread rumors that Bayit Yehudi also demanded Defense, or the Foreign Ministry for Bennett, alongside the Judiciary.

One Likud MK joked that he’s surprised Bennett didn’t go so far as demand a rotation agreement for Prime Minister.

It’s a sellers market, and Bennett, who had at least one successful business exit, is going for broke.

Netanyahu has more to lose from a new election, assuming Zionist Camp’s Yitzhak Herzog fails to cobble a government together should President Rivlin assign him the task after midnight tonight.

In a new election, Liberman’s and Bennett’s voters, who bought the Likud’s argument that only a strong Netanyahu could represent the right—all those angry voters will come back home, giving Liberman back his 12 mandates, Bennett his 12 to 16, and Bibi — will be much reduced, with 20 or so seats.

It’s going to be an interesting day.

Election Victory for Israelis: A Well-Deserved Vacation

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Election Day is a national holiday in Israel, with schools and most businesses closed, and for good reason.

Speaking in the name of nearly 6 million eligible voters, we are suffering from a two-month major migraine from the emptiest and most shallow, slummy and stupid campaign ever.

We have a migraine from the egomaniacs that are sure that the louder they shout that they will be the next Prime Minister, the more likely it will happen.

It brings to mind the Prophet Eliyahu (Elijah), who challenged 450 idol worshippers to pray to God for rain during a severe drought. As evening approached and rain did not come, the prophet said, in Kings 1:18, 27-29:

And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.’

And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.

And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.

I doubt whether Elijah’s words will be in the ears of voters at more than 10,000 polling stations today, but who can blame them?

In the past week, I have received at least five phone calls from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and almost twice that many from Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home).

His party’s most popular Knesset Member, Ayelet Shaked, almost drove me to vote for Meretz after calling me seven times within 24 hours.

If Moshe Kachlon, when he was Communications Minister, really wanted to revolutionize the phone business, he would have passed a law prohibiting computerized phone calls.

The only good side of the appeals from Bibi, Bennett and Ayelet are that they made me forget the phone calls that I should go on a diet, which thank God I need like I need another day of election campaigning, and treatment for ADD, with which I function quite well, thank you. Is there a journalist who is not ADD?

Election campaigning, thank God, is forbidden on Election Day, so the biggest headlines are that the Prime Minister and his wife have voted, Aryeh Deri has voted, President Reuven Rivlin and his wife have voted, and Tzipi Livni has voted.

Isn’t that a relief?

The turnout is expected to be unusually high, perhaps even 70 percent. Don’t bet on it, but the hope of all is that we won’t have more migraine headaches for another four years.

The worst migraine from this campaign has come from what I call the “media establishment,” which includes the wrongly-named Radio Kol Yisrael (Voice of Israel, which it isn’t), Yediot Acharonot, the newspaper owned by the Moses family that considers Netanyahu and his wife Public Enemies Number One, and most of the Israeli television stations.

They make MSNBC pall by comparison in their panting over the liberal left.

If Yitzchak Herzog is the next Prime Minister, then Abraham Lincoln’s phrase that “you can’t fool all the people all the time” no longer is valid.

Considering the vicious lies propagated by the media and the American-funded anti-Bibi campaign, which The Jewish Press reported here yesterday might have been illegally funded by the Obama administration, Netanyahu has to be given credit that he still is the race.

If he does form the next government, and there is no way Herzog can do so unless right-wing and Haredi voters are given some of the stuff promoted by the Green Leaf party before they vote, the anti-Netanyahu crowd should do some soul-searching.

Channel 2 Ambushes Bibi With Surprise Buji Debate – Bibi Wins [video]

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Channel 2 sprung a surprise debate on PM Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu against Zionist Union (Labor) chief MK Yitzchak “Buji” Herzog on Channel 2’s live “Meet the Press” show.

Both party chiefs have said they want a debate, but Netanyahu made it clear that if Herzog wants a debate, it has to be simultaneously against both Herzog and Livni together, since Herzog and Livni are running as a team.

At the beginning of the show, the off-site Netanyahu was clearly not aware that his half-opponent Yitzchak Herzog was in the studio, and he thought he was simply going to be interviewed.

It appears that Herzog had some advance warning.

If you look carefully, you’ll note that Herzog is wearing an earpiece in his left ear, implying that someone may have been feeding him lines for either the interview or the debate.

Herzog was so excited to be debating Netanyahu, without co-Captain Tzipi Livni that he apparently didn’t realize when he mixed up Jerusalem with Netanyahu (time: 2:05) in his statement on who he would be protecting. That gave Netanyahu a chuckle.

While Netanyahu was clearly not expecting to be ambushed this way, he definitely came out on top, even when Channel 2 (time 3:20) lowered the volume on Netanyahu and raised the volume for Herzog’s interruption.

Surprisingly, the host rather rudely then cut off Herzog in mid-counterattack (time: 3:30) telling him his time in the studio was up, at which point, a clearly annoyed Herzog walked off the set. Netanyahu then continued the interview and also responded to Herzog’s question.

Histadrut Pre-Election Strike Is the Ultimate Anti-Bibi Gun

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

The Histadrut, Israel’s national labor union, is planning to shoot its ultimate anti-Netanyahu weapon on Thursday with a strike in southern Israel, six days before the elections.

If the National Labor Court allows the strike, ports, government offices, the airport in Eilat, production at large chemical facilities and Egged public buses will be shut down. Train service will not be disrupted.

The threatened strike ostensibly is over the layoffs of approximately 140 workers from Israel Chemicals Bromine Compounds operations.

One Israel Chemical employee told The Jewish Press that contrary to the anti-Netanyahu media’s crying over the workers facing poverty, most of them are earning approximately $10,000 a month, more than six times the average Israeli salary, and will enjoy generous pension benefits.

By coincidence or not, the south is one of the weakest areas for Yitzchak Herzog and Tzipi Livni, who are buoyed by some polls showing that their “Zionist Union” party has a three-seat lead over the Likud.

Holding a strike several days before the elections will help the establishment media keep Iran off the front pages and focus on showing how bad the country is off – all because of Netanyahu.

The Prime Minister admitted at a meeting with French immigrants yesterday that there is a real danger that the Likud might not win 20 seats if “people don’t wake up and stop being apathetic.”

Netanyahu at AIPAC: ‘US-Israel Alliance is Sound’

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned a packed room Monday in Washington DC that a deal between Iran and world leaders could “threaten the survival” of Israel, saying “I have a moral obligation to speak up… while there is still time.”

Netanyahu explained in his speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), that just as leaders of the United States worry about the security of America, so too “Israeli leaders worry about the survival of their country.”

Israel’s top leader repeatedly emphasized that he did not intend to jeopardize the relationship between the Jewish State and the United States. That was never the issue, he said, nor does he believe it is an issue today. “Our alliance is sound,” he assured those gathered.

In fact, the prime minister opened his speech with the point, to make it clear to anyone who might have doubts, that his only goal is to make sure that Israel’s citizens are kept safe.

The prime minister said plainly, “I deeply appreciate all that President [Barack] Obama has done for Israel. I am deeply grateful … and so should you be… My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the esteemed office that he holds. I have great respect for both.”

The prime minister said the news of the “demise of the U.S.-Israel relationship is not just premature – they’re just wrong.”

“The last thing that I would want is for Israel to become a partisan issue,” Netanyahu said. “Israel has always been a bipartisan issue, Israel should always remain a bipartisan issue.”

But the prime minister made it crystal clear that Israel would defend itself in any way necessary to ensure the survival of its people. “No one makes alliances with the weak,” Netanyahu said. “We defend ourselves … today we have a voice … I plan to use that voice.”

Meanwhile, a weary-looking U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry responded in a somewhat exasperated tone: “We will not accept a bad deal. We have said no deal is better than a bad deal. Any deal we would agree to, would make … especially Israel, safer than it is today,” he told CNN in response to Netanyahu’s speech via video hookup.

The problem, of course, is the definition of what a “bad deal” is, and how that might affect Israel’s national security.

Israel and the U.S. do indeed agree on the goal, said Netanyahu: both wish to avoid empowering Iran with the capability to build and use atomic weapons. “But we disagree about the best way” to achieve that goal, Netanyahu said.

‘Chickens***-gate’: Obama Administration Proves it’s Got Nothing

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

{Originally posted on author’s site, Liberty Unyielding}

Many are misreading the import of the Obama administration’s latest essay in narrative placement: the “chickensh*tting of Bibi.”

There is no doubt that the administration wanted to defame Benjamin Netanyahu: to undermine his reputation as a national leader, impugn him and his policies.  The administration has been in high dudgeon over Netanyahu and Israel for some time now, flouncing around in impotent fury like Scarlett O’Hara looking for a vase to throw.

Team Obama is caught, after all, between the stark realities that keep Israel’s security policy constant, and the constancy of American public support for Israel.  Making substantial moves against Israel is a non-starter for an American president; Congress may not agree on much, but on that, it would act with unity and swift purpose – and the urgent support of the people

No form of diplomatic pressure, meanwhile – no matter how publicly uncomfortable – is going to make Netanyahu give in on Israel’s security and her hope of a future.  Nothing short of giving Israel over to destruction is acceptable to the Palestinian Arab leadership as the price of a “peace deal,” and Netanyahu will never agree to that just to make John Kerry or Barack Obama happy.

So the Obama administration snipes from the shadows (and puts on passive-aggressive spectacles like the ridiculous shunning of Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon during his recent visit).  John Podhoretz aptly characterized an earlier incident in the administration’s series of pokes and jabs as a “hissy fit.”  What we’ve been seeing is a very prolonged hissy fit; I almost feel a certain solicitude for the psychological effort it must take to keep it going.

Earnest observers in the U.S. and Israel are taking it seriously.  A policy rift between the U.S. and Israel makes it hard, probably impossible, to confront Iran effectively – that’s the grown-up sense they are trying to make of it all.  And they’re not wrong about that.  But they’re behind the train, standing on the tracks as it pulls away in the distance.

Reality has moved beyond the old touchstones: U.S. power, a “concert of nations” addressing common security threats, maneuvers to line up “global” principles that every nation will feel itself bound to live by.  The status quo defined by those characteristics is collapsing.  In important ways, it has already collapsed, as evidenced by the utter, unaddressed chaos in Syria and Iraq, and the unaddressed Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Hoist on its own petard

This has all come to a head at this particular time largely because the Obama administration thinks it’s a foreign policy to place a narrative in the media about Bibi being a chickensh*t.  The posture represented by that form of sophomoric intrigue is deeply irresponsible, morally vicious, and anti-Westphalian, and it has come out in Obama’s policies over and over and over again.  The entire world, outside of Western academia and the editorial boards of the left-wing media, already knows that Obama is not an honestly-intentioned Westphalian statesman.

That knowledge has material consequences.  Chief among them is the collapse of the global order, and that collapse has follow-on consequences in turn.  Looking just at factors relating to the Iran problem, two of the most important consequences are a loss of prestige for the UN, and a loss of cohesion and purpose in NATO.

The UN today is as toothless as the League of Nations. The tooth in the UN was all America, and now “America” has stepped out of her role.  The UN has been unable to have any effect on problems like the civil wars in Libya and Syria, or the Russian invasion of Crimea.  It recently had to simply abandon one of its oldest peacekeeping missions, in the Golan Heights – literally flee the 40-year-old mission under attack – because the U.S. made no effort to protect the mission and keep it going.

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