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October 21, 2014 / 27 Tishri, 5775
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Israel Gears Up for Deadly Ebola Virus as 2nd Case Confirmed in U.S.

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Israel is gearing up to deal with the threat of the deadly Ebola virus as a second case is confirmed in the United States just days after the first diagnosed patient died in Dallas, Texas.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held a special meeting this morning (Sunday, Oct. 12) to discuss the spread of the lethal virus.

More than four thousand victims have succumbed worldwide to the disease thus far. In the United States the first victim of the virus, Liberian citizen Thomas Eric Duncan, died last Wednesday despite being treated with the experimental anti-viral medication brincidofovir.

This morning a second case of the disease was confirmed at the same medical center. A health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who cared for Duncan until he died, has now also tested positive for the same virus, according to confirmation of tests by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Duncan’s remains have been cremated, though it is not clear when, where or by whom. Potentially contaminated material has been removed from the apartment where he stayed prior to his admission to hospital, and incinerated at a hazardous material processing center.

Meanwhile, a nurse in Spain has also been diagnosed with the disease. Her pet dog was euthanized last week as a precaution, and her husband is being held in isolation at a hospital as well.

Last week Israeli ministry officials met in the prime minister’s office to discuss ways to deal with the possibility that Ebola might spread to the Jewish State. “It is a real possibility,” one doctor at an Israeli HMO told Jewish Press.com on Sunday, on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak with media.

“Look at how the disease has traveled from Africa now to Europe. As diseases go, so too might this one,” she said. “It would not be unexpected for it to reach this region — and our country — as well. It’s just wiser to plan for it and always best when and if it never happens.”

The government decided to monitor travelers who arrive in Israel from the countries most heavily affected by the disease: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Israel’s health care system is also gearing up to provide services to anyone who may come down with the illness, or who may arrive here already infected or carrying the disease.

The prime minister summed up the meeting by saying, “The State of Israel is prepared in order to bar the possible entry of people with Ebola, as part of our effort to defend our borders against illegal migrants and terrorism. This is a global plague and we are cooperating with other countries in addition to guarding our borders; we are taking a series of steps to isolate those who are ill, if they arrive, and treat them, of course, in our healthcare system. We hope that this will not be necessary but we are prepared for any eventuality.”

Ben-Gurion International Airport Director Shmuel Zakai added, “We are beginning a very extensive deployment at all border crossings in order to locate and prevent the entry of travelers carrying the Ebola virus.”

Health Ministry Director General Prof. Arnon Afek also noted, “The healthcare system is monitoring the Ebola issue and is in contact with experts around the world. We are improving the preparedness of the healthcare system in order to be able to deal with any people stricken with Ebola should they arrive in Israel.”

In addition, three mobile clinics are being sent to hard-hit areas in response to a direct request by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the World Health Organization and a number of international aid organizations. Along with the three mobile clinics, Israel is sending a staff of medical experts who will train local medical personnel to use the equipment that is sent. They will also teach local staff to raise awareness in the local population and among others with a high potential for infection.

PA Demands Nov 2016 Deadline for UN to Force Israeli Surrender

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

The Palestinian Authority has set its deadline for its desired withdrawal by Israel from all parts of Jerusalem and the entire regions of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley that it is claiming for its hoped-for new state.

A draft resolution circulated by the PA to members of the United Nations Security Council calls on the body to require Israel to expel all of residents and military forces and transfer them within the 1949 Armistice Line by November 2016.

This would entail the expulsion of nearly 400,000 Jews from their communities, homes, businesses, fields and farms – not to mention the massive security risk involved as well.

In addition, the resolution drafted by the PA also calls for a “just resolution” of the status of Jerusalem as the capital of two states.

This would mean dividing the holy city of Jerusalem, abandoning the Western Wall and the Temple Mount, in addition to numerous other Jewish and Christian sacred sites as well.

The relevant territory was restored to the city of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War – a defensive conflict in which Jordan’s occupying forces lost the city after attacking Israel – and was annexed by the Knesset as a means of reuniting Israel’s ancient capital in a legislative process following the conflict. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has stated unequivocally from the outset – as have other Israeli leaders – that the issue of Jerusalem is not negotiable.

The draft also calls for a “just resolution” of the issue of the “right of return” of more than five million so-called Palestinian refugees.

The PA is demanding that Israel absorb and allow the return of the Arab residents who once lived in the area prior to the establishment of the Jewish State and their millions of descendants. Some were forced to flee due to combat conditions and others simply left on their own initiative; a total of 700,000 residents left their homes.

Since that time, the figure has grown to five million-plus so-called “refugees” who continue to retain that status without ever having even seen the premises from which they are purported to have fled. They comprise the only group of refugees in the entire world ever to retain such a status throughout the generations and are aided and abetted in this endeavor by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, (UNRWA).

UNRWA continues to support the “refugees”and by doing so appears also to nurture a culture of helplessness and dependency in the generations of descendants in all the lands to which their ancestors moved.

But the real issue not about the details of the PA demands for the UN to force Israel to abandon its capital or its homes, and ti is not about allowing its Arab neighbors to carry out an ethnic cleansing without any resistance at all.

As Prime Minister Netanyahu said in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Monday, it’s about the real goal of Hamas – a terrorist group which is a full partner together with PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the unity government. Abbas has not denounced Hamas, nor has he abandoned it in any way – and the Hamas charter calls for the annihilation of the State of Israel and those who dwell within.

But that’s not all. Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal articulates very clearly that the goals of Hamas are precisely those of ISIS: “We say this to the West… By Allah you will be defeated. Tomorrow our nation will sit on the throne of the world.”

Israel’s prime minister reminded world leaders on Monday of those words, and reminded Americans of the destruction they witnessed just 13 years ago:

“Hamas has a broader objective. They also want a caliphate. Hamas shares the global ambitions of its fellow militant Islamists. That’s why its supporters wildly cheered in the streets of Gaza as thousands of Americans were murdered on 9/11. And that’s why its leaders condemned the United States for killing Osama Bin Laden, whom they praised as a holy warrior. So when it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas.

Netanyahu, Obama Focus on Different Priorities in White House Talk

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama met for about 75 minutes Wednesday evening began shortly after the Israeli leader’s arrival at the White House, and following a brief news conference with the press corps.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice were also present in the Oval Office during the meeting.

On the agenda for discussion were the American-led air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iran’s nuclear development program and the ongoing question of how to resolve the dilemma of what to do about the Palestinian Authority. It was not known whether the American president planned to discuss security concessions over Gaza as well.

The meeting began at 11 am, and several commentators noted on the Twitter social networking site that Obama didn’t offer any lunch to the Israeli prime minister. “Perhaps Bibi, unlike (India’s Prime Minister) Modi, insisted on food for himself and wasn’t happy to just watch Obama eat,” tweeted one individual.

In a clearly determined bid to maintain a cordial tone, Netanyahu said that he appreciates Obama’s efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon of mass destruction, according to the Reuters news agency.
Obama told Netanyahu that efforts are needed to change the status quo between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, according to LBCI News.

Israel is committed to a “two-state solution” with the Palestinian Authority, Netanyahu told reporters during their pre-meeting briefing. But any agreement, he said, will require “thinking outside the box” and must include “rock solid” security arrangements. Obama and Netanyahu reportedly discussed during their meeting the current status of the relationship between Israel and the terrorist factions in Gaza, including the region’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization.

The two men are clearly focused on different priorities, with Obama keeping his eyes on the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and against whom the U.S. is leading coalition air strikes in Syria and Iraq. Netanyahu, meanwhile, has remained concerned about the overriding progress of Iran’s nuclear development program and putting a full stop to the centrifuges that are working overtime to enrich uranium at progressively higher levels.

The Israeli prime minister also noted while speaking to a group of Jewish leaders yesterday in New York that it is important for the U.S. to realize there isn’t much difference between Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization and ISIS, against whom Obama has declared war.

Both share a “fanatic ideology,” he pointed out, and both use “savage” methods. He warned, “The more they have the capability to realize their ambitions the more they will unleash their pent-up aggression against our common civilizations.”

To emphasize the similarities, Netanyahu shared a photo of an impending public execution of a man whose head was covered with a sack, shot in Gaza.

“This isn’t ISIS,” he pointed out. “This is Hamas.” During Israel’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge this summer, Hamas executed dozens of Gaza residents “just to impose fear and force the population… into submission.” The only difference, Netanyahu said, is that ISIS “beheads its victims,” and Hamas “puts a bullet in the back of their heads.”

To the families of those murdered, the horror is the same, he asserted.

Netanyahu Warns the UNGA: ‘Don’t Be Fooled by Iran’s Charm Offensive’

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu hammered home the message on Monday in his address to the United Nations General Assembly that Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization is just another caliphate wolf in sheep’s clothing, so to speak — as is Iran’s charming new President Rouhani

Netanyahu told the world body at midday that of all the military forces around the globe, Israel’s Defense Forces have the “highest moral values of any army in the world.”

Netanyahu made the statement while refuting what he said were the “lies” spoken by Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Mahmoud Abbas during his speech three days prior at the same podium.

The prime minister focused most of his efforts, however, on underlining the importance of dealing with the issue of radical Islamic terrorism and its impact, drawing a parallel between the Hamas terrorist organization and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS. Like ISIS, Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist group also wants to see the establishment of a worldwide caliphate, Netanyahu explained.

“ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree,” Netanyahu said. “When it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas.” There is very little difference between them, he emphasized. Both those groups as well as Hezbollah, Iran and other terrorist entities and supporters “all share a fanatic ideology. They seek to create ever expanding enclaves of militant Islam — where there is no freedom, or tolerance.”

When it comes to Israel, Netanyahu said, the goal is the same: destruction of the Jewish State. But that is not all, he pointed out.

“The Nazis believed in a master race; the militant Islamists believe in a master faith.”

Iran, Netanyahu said, is just as dangerous as the radical Islamist militant organizations and “Iran with a nuclear weapon will be the most grave threat to us — militant Islamist with a nuclear bomb.”

The prime minister added, “It’s one thing to confront militant Islamists in a pickup truck with a rifle, and another thing when they have weapons of mass destruction. Would you let ISIS enrich uranium or develop intercontinental ballistic missiles? Then you can’t let Iran [do it] either.

“To defeat ISIS and to leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war,” Netanyahu warned.

“Don’t be fooled by Iran’s manipulative charm offensive. It’s designed for one purpose only — to lift the sanctions and remove the obstacles on Iran’s path to the bomb.”

Netanyahu Arrives in New York, Prepares for UN Speech

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu landed Sunday evening at JFK International Airport in New York, in advance of his address to the United Nations General Assembly, set for Monday.

Netanyahu is scheduled to speak three days after Israel was accused in a speech at the same podium of carrying out a “genocidal crime” in Gaza by Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

The PLO chairman, who also heads the Palestinian Authority unity government and Fatah faction, began his own speech by proclaiming that Israel had chosen to make this year “a year of a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people.”

This was presumably a reference to the 50-day counter terror Operation Protective Edge that Israel was forced to carry out in order to silence the endless rocket and missile attacks on southern Israel by Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization.

Abbas went on to bemoan the “Palestine’s beloved martyred children, women and men” and rage against “the colonial occupying Power” that he said was responsible for “a new Nakba.” It was the “racist occupying State” which he said had committed a larger “genocidal crime” in Gaza, displacing “half a million people” from their homes.

He failed to mention that it was the Gazans themselves who were responsible for the deaths — Hamas members who insisted on launching attacks on Israelis from within civilian enclaves, using their relatives and neighbors as human shields and teaching children how to launch rockets too.

Israeli satellite imagery captured shots of the sites from where the rockets and missiles were being launched, and detailed maps have been documented for media and legal experts in the international arena.

“I will tell the truth on behalf of Israel’s citizens to the entire world,” the prime minister said in a statement late Saturday.

“In my UN General Assembly speech and in all of my meetings I will represent the citizens of Israel and will, on their behalf, refute the slander and lies directed at our country.”

Netanyahu is expected to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

Unprecedented NIS 2b Development Plan for Southern Israel Gets Green Light

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Israel’s Cabinet today approved a proposal by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to invest NIS 2 billion in a long-term socioeconomic development plan in southern Israel.

The proposal is intended to upgrade civilian infrastructure in the fields of energy, industry, employment, health, agriculture, transportation, housing, social welfare, education, environmental protection, the economy and tourism, according to a statement released by the prime minister’s office.

The proposal comes in addition to one already approved Sunday by the Cabinet that included a detailed development plan for Sderot and communities along the Gaza border.

At the start of Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said that this plan “includes building an additional hospital in Be’er Sheva, paving roads, assisting small and intermediate businesses, and developing tourism enterprises in the south and around the country in the wake of Operation Protective Edge.”

The prime minister underlined the fact that the proposal came in addition to “the decision we made on Sunday to add over NIS 1 billion for Sderot” and communities in the Gaza Belt area.

“I told the mayors and local council heads that I met with yesterday at the Eshkol Regional Council that the State of Israel was not making these unprecedented investments just for show,” Netanyahu continued.

“We are doing so with a two-fold goal – investing in and deepening our hold on all parts of the country but also as a message to those who seek to uproot us, that they will never succeed in doing so. We are all responsible for this.

“I would like to wish all citizens of Israel a good and happy New Year. I would also like to wish ministers a good and happy year. We are working together in order to ensure the future of the State of Israel and the people of Israel. May we all have a good, prosperous, safe and quiet year.”

Netanyahu: Israel Fulfilled Pledge to Track Down Boys’ Killers

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reacted with grim satisfaction Tuesday morning upon hearing the news that the Hamas terrorists who murdered three Israeli teens in Gush Etzion were killed early Tuesday morning during an arrest attempt by IDF soldiers.

Marwan Kawasma and Amer Abu Aysha, both from Hebron, were tracked down in a joint operation with security forces led by ISA and IDI intelligence units. During the arrest the terrorists opened fire at the soldiers, who shot back and hit the attackers. In his first reaction to the news of the killing of the two fugitives, prior to the start of a government Cabinet meeting Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said, “Israel will continue to hit out at terrorists wherever they are.”

The two Hamas terrorists, abducted and murdered the three Israeli teenagers, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel near Gush Etzion on June 12, 2014. At the end of an extensive search and rescue effort, the bodies of the three boys were discovered north-west of Hebron in a field off Highway 60 near Halhul, 18 days later. Netanyahu reiterated that when the bodies of the three teens were found in late June he had pledged Israel would not rest until “we will track down the last of the perpetrators, and it does not matter where they will hide.”

On Tuesday morning, he said, that pledge was fulfilled.

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