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Bibi’s Wishful Thinking – A Doppelganger Coalition

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Trendy Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted on his Facebook page an image of himself as Mariano Idelman, a satirist on the popular Eretz Nehederet (Wonderful Land) program and undoubtedly more popular than any Israeli politician.

Doppelganger week is Facebook’s three-year old annual gimmick that lets people find a celebrity whom they think is a look-alike.

The timing of Doppelganger week with the opening of the 19th Knesset Tuesday opens up tremendous virtual opportunities for a dream government.

Yair Lapid, chairman of the new secular-oriented Future (Yesh Atid) party, could try pairing up with Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, former Chief Rabbi and the post popular person to have filled that role in decades.

Lapid and Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Jewish Home (Habayit Hayehudi) party, hold the keys to the coalition government that Netanyahu is trying to form. If Bennett, a champion of a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, would Doppelganger with President Barack Obama, Netanyahu would have it made.

Obama would get along with Israel, assuming he gets along with himself.

Lapid would learn a bit of Torah.

And Netanyahu would be Israel’s most popular comedian, which some critics say he already is.

Arab Media Run Out of Incitement, Rehash ‘Israel-9/11’ Libel

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

The “PalPress.com” website in Britain and the “Moheet” site, whose editorial offices are in Egypt, apparently are running out of anti-Zionist incitement. They headlined for their readers this week the old libel that Israel engineered the 9/11 disaster.

The latest rehash of the oft-repeated slanders could be dismissed as ridiculous, but the constant repetition of lies has a cumulative effect of turning the young Arab generation into firm believers that the “Zionists” really were the culprits of the worst-ever terrorist attack in the West, if not the entire world.

If enlightened pro-Arab thinkers in the West need any more evidence of the lack of veracity of anti-Israel propaganda, both websites published the same “study” that provides the proof: “Netanyahu – who was prime minister of Israel – is the architect of the September 11, 2001, through his managing the Mossad and Shin Bet.”

For good measure, they added that the “Prime Minister” has “a long history involvement in criminal acts and the Likud Party to which he belongs is the successor of a terrorist organization, which published a book in the 1980s “Terrorism: How the West Can Win.”

In case anyone has forgotten, Ariel Sharon was Prime Minister in 2001, but the Arab websites could easily dismiss this fact by claiming that Sharon was Netanyahu’s puppet.

The Moheet site’s editorial offices are in Cairo. The site was founded in 1997 and is based in Dubai with editorial offices in Cairo.

The Lebanese newspaper Al-Diyar was cited by PalPress for an “expose” based on “new evidence that has not been published before,” although the allegations are not new.

The Elders of Zion blog, which reported the latest Arab media incitement, notes, “So what does it say about the Arab media that they prioritize yet another anti-semitic theory on their front pages?”

In case anyone does not know the details of the conspiracy theory, Iran’s government-controlled Press TV provided the details last August, telling its readers that Czech-born Jew “Frank Lowy and his co-partner Larry Silverstein had rented the whole World Trade Center (WTC) for 99 years just a few weeks before the 9/11 attacks.

“Silverstein and the Westfield company pocketed about $5.4 billion from the attacks.”

Two other Jews supposedly behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks are New York Port Authority Louis Eisenberg, “a personal Jewish criminal,” according to PalPress and Moheet, and cosmetics tycoon Ron Lauder.

The libel also invents a “documentary study” that the Mossad blew up the Twin Towers. The theories draw a line, impossible to follow,  which connect Jews with being former clients of the Shin Bet, or former IDF soldiers, or Likud party officials. They, obviously, are linked with the corruption charges against former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Arab readers also again are told that Israeli citizens received advance warnings of the attacks and that only five Israelis were killed in the two aerial attacks on the Twin Towers.

The libel, repeated for years, rambles on and on but is based on a “study,” which is all it takes to convince insulated and less-than-brilliant Arabs that it must be true.

Kahlon Announces He Will Stick with Likud, Stay Out of Elections

Monday, November 5th, 2012

The hype over a potential independent Knesset bid by popular Likud Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon has been quashed with news that Kahlon is putting his name behind prime minister and Likud chief Binyamin Netanyahu and announced that he will not abandon the party.

Kahlon is known for introducing reforms to the telecomm industry which led to significantly reduced prices to cellphone users.  He was projected to win as many as 20 seats in an election with him as the head of his own party.

However Kahlon announced that he will be taking a two year leave-of-absence from politics – which he had announced prior to the swell in publicity surrounding a rumored run for Knesset – enrolling at Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program.

Kahlon said he will work to ensure the success of Likud in the upcoming elections, as well as to continue reforms to lower the cost of living and promote social consciousness.

The decision comes after reported tension between Kahlon and Netanyahu, due to Kahlon’s alleged belief that Netanyahu was elbowing him out, keeping him out of the loop on decisions such as the merger with Yisrael Beiteinu.

Kahlon faced significant heat from Likud leaders for considering an independent run, with some calling him a traitor to the party.

On the Short-Sightedness of Sweeping Terrorism Concerns Under the Carpet

Friday, July 13th, 2012

http://thisongoingwar.blogspot.co.il/2012/07/11-jul-12-on-short-sightedness-of.html

It was an odd choice.

In eulogizing the late prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, Binyamin Netanyahu resurrected one of Shamir’s most incendiary lines: “The Arabs are the same Arabs and the sea is the same sea,” adding: “Today people understand he [Shamir] saw fundamental truths.”

Haaretz columnist Sefi Rachlevsky termed the eulogy “a blood-curdling, racist rant…” particularly by the “prime minister of a state in which a fifth of the citizens are Arabs.”

When Shamir uttered those words, the world knew that he was genuinely concerned about his people; that he feared the threat of their being thrown into the sea by their enemies. Even Rachlevsky, a leftist, conceded that the quote then “constituted ultra-nationalist objection to any compromise. It was rooted in a need to display firm rigidity.”

Yet emanating from Netanyahu, the words ring hollow. Most of us realize by now that we have a prime minister who is unmoved by the threats that his people face. Once a staunch enemy of terrorism, his policies have metamorphosed. These days, Netanyahu worries most about — Netanyahu.

Even the 80% of Israelis who supported the Shalit “swap” presumed it was a one-off exception. They understood that it had been implemented under the menace of Shalit’s execution. After all, Netanyahu’s zero-tolerance of terrorists was well documented. Wouldn’t he resume that same, sane attitude?

Instead, that surrender to Hamas – a travesty of justice unprecedented in any other Western democracy – heralded a wide-reaching policy switch.

While most still consider Israel a staunch opponent of terrorism, the reality is a worrisome laissez faire attitude largely ignored by the media. However we, as the parents of a fifteen year old terror victim, are cognizant of the government’s treatment of terrorists.

Several manifestations of this 180 degree turnabout have appeared on our radar.

One month ago, Netanyahu permitted Nazir al-Tamimi, a murderer freed in the Shalit deal, to leave the West Bank and enter Jordan. The original terms of Al-Tamimi’s release prohibited any attempt to leave the Palestinian Authority’s jurisdiction. His flouting of that prohibition – reported prominently in the Arab media – entitled Israel to re-arrest and re-imprison him.

Israel chose instead to reward him for it.

The revocation of Al-Tamimi’s confinement to the PA, almost unreported in the Israeli media, dealt our family a painful blow. Al-Tamimi entered Jordan in order to marry his fiance and first cousin, Ahlam TamimiHis sweetheart is a convicted mass murderer who slaughtered 15 men, women and children, including our daughter, Malki, in the Jerusalem Sbarro restaurant terror bombing of August 2001.

Since her release in October 2011, Tamimi has boasted of the massacre she committed on videos, in news interviews, at mass rallies in four Arab countries, and on her weekly Hamas prime-time TV program. She has smiled joyfully on video upon learning precisely how many of her victims were children (eight).

An American journalist, Ben Cohen, found these events newsworthy. His quest for an official explanation from the Prime Minister’s Office produced what he delicately termed “some initial reluctance.” When Mark Regev, Netanyahu’s spokesman, finally did respond he told Cohen: “…the current situation is a direct outcome of the Shalit deal. Everything flows from that.”

Regev’s inanities continued: “Israel does not have a problem with terrorists leaving,” he said. “It’s easier for us when hardcore terrorists actually leave. Their ability to hurt us in the future is much more limited.”

In this era of globalization, Regev’s assertion that a few kilometers and a border will shield us from terrorists is antediluvian.

What he and Netanyahu do fervently believe in is the convenience of sweeping terrorism-concerns under the carpet. They know that the ramifications of their short-sightedness are not apparent to most citizens. The growing arsenals of Hamas and Hizbullah do not feature on most Israelis’ list of daily concerns.

Several days ago, this indulgence toward terrorists resurfaced. Netanyahu, we learned, is primed to free another 123 prisoners incarcerated in Israel since before the Oslo Accords. Most of them are Fatah members who have been in imprisoned for 25 to 35 years after being convicted of involvement in terrorist attacks in which Israelis were killed. The goal is to woo Mahmoud Abbas back to the negotiating table.

In a recent interview with HaaretzItamar Rabinovich, former Ambassador to the United States and former chief negotiator with Syria in the mid 1990′s, said he fears Mahmoud Abbas is not ripe to end the conflict: “That is a function of his personal ideology, his character and his historical location.”

Stop the Pending Execution of Muhammad Abu Shahala who Sold a Home to Jews

Monday, April 16th, 2012

An open letter to:

Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon

Secretary of State of the United States , Mrs. Hillary Clinton

US Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Daniel Shapiro

President of the European Council of the EU, Mr. Herman Van Rompuy

Director General of the International Red Cross, Mr. Yves Daccord

President of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres

Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Binyamin Netanyahu

According to various news agencies, Mr. Muhammad Abu Shahala, a former intelligence agent for the Palestinian Authority, has been sentenced to death, following a hurried trial. His crime: selling property to Jews in Hebron.

Mr. Abu Shahala reportedly confessed, following torture sessions at the hands of his captors. The death sentence can be executed only following concurrence by Mahmoud Abbas, aka Abu Mazen, President of the PA. After he signs the death warrant, Abu Shahala may be killed.

It is appalling to think that property sales should be defined as a capital crime punishable by death. The very fact that such a law exists within the framework of the PA legal system points to a barbaric and perverse type of justice, reminiscent of practices implemented during the dark ages.

It is incumbent upon the entire international community, which views the Palestinian Authority as viable Middle East peace partner, to publicly reject such acts of legal murder, when the crime is the sale of property to Jews.

What would be the reaction to a law in the United States, England, France, or Switzerland, forbidding property sales to Jews?

Actually, less than one hundred years ago, such acts were legislated and practiced. They were known as the Nuremberg laws. On October 3, 1938 Nazi Germany, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, implemented the Decree of the Confiscation of Jewish Property, regulating the transfer of assets from Jewish to non-Jewish Germans. On December 11, 1938 another law was passed: the regulation for the elimination of Jews from the Economic life of Germany. Among other sections was a clause forbidding Jews from offering merchandise for sale.

Is the Palestinian Authority a reincarnation of the Third Reich?

We appeal to all international leaders to demand the annulment of the death warrant and pending execution of Muhammad Abu Shahala, to be followed by his immediate release from imprisonment, for he has committed no crime.

David Wilder Noam Arnon
The Jewish Community of Hebron

Israeli Cabinet Approves Construction of Tel Aviv-Eilat Rail Line

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet approved the construction of a railway line from Tel Aviv to Eilat, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.

“The 350-kilometer line will be for passengers and freight alike,” and according to the statement, “is due to shorten travel time to a mere two hours.”

PM Netanyahu said that, “We have the ability to create an alternative transportation route that bypasses the Suez Canal – this is an insurance policy.  Israel must become a continental land crossing route and create great power interests.  The Tel Aviv-Eilat railway line, which will shorten travel time to two hours, will change the face of the country.  For 63 years, there has been talk about linking up the periphery to the center, but nothing has been done.  The railway line and Israel’s natural gas resources can forge strong links in the economic, energy and industrial fields.”

The project is expected to take five years from the start of construction.

Spat Between Israeli, PA Delegations in Amman

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told his cabinet Sunday that he is pessimistic about prospects for peace based on current negotiations, following volatile meetings between Israeli and Palestinian Authority representatives in Amman, Jordan.

“As things stand now, according to what happened over the past few days – when the Palestinians refused even to discuss Israel’s security needs with us – the signs are not particularly good,” Netanyahu said during his weekly meeting in Jerusalem.

In Ramallah, PA President Mahmoud Abbas told Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore on Saturday that “Israeli intransigence” was behind the talks’ failure, saying Israel did not present a “clear vision” of border and security issues.  He said the PA remains committed to “end[ing] the Israeli occupation” and establishing a Palestinian state which would contain lands currently inside the borders of post-Six Day War Israel, with eastern Jerusalem as its capital.  PA officials criticized Israel’s plan for preserving a majority of Israeli communities in the historic Jewish regions of Judea and Samaria.

On Saturday, an acrimonious spat broke out between  Israeli and PA negotiators in Amman, which is said to have stunned the Jordanian hosts who had brokered the renewed talks.

Leader of the Israeli negotiating team Yitzhak Molcho and head PA negotiator Saeb Erekat exchanged verbal jabs after Erekat prevented a senior Israeli officer from elaborating on Israel’s position on security arrangements.

Molcho brought with him to the Saturday meeting the head of the IDF strategic planning division, Brigadier-General Assaf Orion, to present Israel’s detailed position on security.  Erekat refused to hear Orion, saying the Brigadier-General should present his statements to the PA delegation as a written document, telling the Israeli team that he did not “have the mandate” to negotiate security decisions without a detailed document from the Israeli delegation on the issues of borders and security.

To that, Molcho responded that if Erekat does not have a mandate to discuss those crucial issues, “maybe you should leave and bring someone in your place who does”.

Molcho also criticized the PA for allowing incitement against Israel in its press, and read a number of quotes from the Mufti of Jerusalem, who was broadcast at a Fatah conference on Palestinian television last week for calling for the murder of Jews.

The PA has already announced that the next meeting between Israel and the PA in Amman will be the last.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be arriving in Israel in the near future to press Israel on the issue of negotiations with the PA.  He will also meet with Israeli leaders on issues pertaining to an attack on Iran.

On Friday, the Obama administration urged Israelis and Palestinians to continue holding talks in Amman.

 

PM Netanyahu on Continuing Peace Talks With Palestinians: ‘Signs Are Not Good’

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday said that “[t]he signs are not particularly good [for the possibility of continuing talks with the Palestinians], but I hope they will rebound and we can make progress.”

Netanyahu placed much of the blame for the failure of recent negotiations in Jordan on the Palestinians, saying “they have refused to discuss with us our security needs.”

 

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