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Netanyahu Blames Jerusalem Terror on Abbas Incitement, Islamic Radicalism

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu today blamed Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for the terror attack in Jerusalem that left one dead and more than a dozen injured.

Netanyahu placed responsibility for incitement that led to the attack by a Hamas operative who lived in Jerusalem’s northern neighborhood of Shuafat squarely with Abbas.

It was Abbas, he said, who was responsible for “the growing incitement” seen in recent days.

Abbas, “who sent a condolence letter to the family of [Yehudah] Glick’s [shooter] and who has tried to prevent Jews from going up to the Temple Mount.

“The vehicular terror attack today in Jerusalem is the direct result of incitement by Abu Mazen [Abbas] and his partner Hamas,” the prime minister stated flatly.

Netanyahu noted that the “rising tide of Islamic extremism and radicalism that is sweeping all across the Middle East and beyond” was affecting Israel’s Arab population as well – and would cost the Jewish State. But although he acknowledged that Israeli is in “a prolonged battle for Jerusalem,” as he politely phrased it, he added, “I have no doubt that we will win it. We are employing all the necessary powers to restore quiet and security to the city.

“True peace will come when the squares in Ramallah and Gaza will be filled with demonstrators calling for a halt to terrorism. Peace will come when Iran will stop calling ‘death to Israel’ and when Abu Mazen no longer says that Jews are defiled and stops embracing their killers,” Netanyahu said.

But until then, “There has been no change in Palestinian society toward acceptance of the Jewish people’s right to its own state.”

Netanyahu Blames PA Chairman ‘Abu Mazen’ for Shooting of Temple Mount Activist

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The streets of Jerusalem are quiet right now, and a tense calm has settled on the city.

Israel’s security establishment met this morning (Thursday, Oct. 30) with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to decide how to meet the challenge that now lies ahead.

“I would like to send my best wishes for a full and quick recovery to Yehuda Glick, who is now fighting for his life,” Netanyahu said at the start of the meeting.

Participating in the discussion were Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Public Defense Minister Itzhak Aharonovitch, ISA Director Yoram Cohen, Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino, Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and representatives from the Attorney General’s office, the Justice Ministry and the IDF.

Netanyahu praised the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the Israel Police for quickly solving “this act of terrorism.”

The prime minister added, “A few days ago, I said that we were facing a wave of incitement by radical Islamic elements and by Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen who said that Jews must be prevented from going up to the Temple Mount by any means possible.

“I still have not heard from the international community so much as one word of condemnation for these inflammatory remarks.

“The international community needs to stop its hypocrisy and take action against inciters, against those who try to change the status quo.

“I have ordered significant reinforcements so that we can maintain both security in Jerusalem and the status quo in the holy places. This struggle might be long, and here, like in other struggles, we must first of all, lower the flames.

“No side should take the law into its own hands. We must be level-headed and act with determination and responsibility, and so we shall.”

Proposed Conversion Bill, Change in Local Rabbinate Power Nixed by Netanyahu

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

A bill that would allow any chief rabbi of any city to create his own religious court for conversion has finally stopped at the prime minister’s desk.

The bill would effectively neutralize the authority of the nation’s Chief Rabbinate over the conversion process in Israel.

It is one that has been fought bitterly by observant Jewish parties across the spectrum.

And now the proposed Conversion Bill advanced by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua party has gotten the axe by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

According to a report Monday by Channel 2 investigative journalist Amit Segal, the prime minister announced that he supports the hareidi position regarding conversions.

Netanyahu made the statement following months of skirmishes behind the scenes and quiet wrangling by both chief rabbis and hareidi political parties as well as members of the more moderate Bayit Yehudi party.

The prime minister allegedly also told heads of coalition factions that he will make sure the bill does not pass if it comes up for a vote, even if it is privately sponsored.

Because Livni’s credibility as a party chief may ride on this issue, however, the issue may be a deal breaker for her presence in the coalition.

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.”

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