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Israel May Call Early Elections Next Month

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will likely call early elections next month as controversy continues over the Jewish nationality bill and other measures — and as the second-largest political party, Yesh Atid, fights for control of the government.

The prime minister has slammed the 2015 budget proposal advanced by Finance Minister Yair Lapid, chairman of Yesh Atid, saying the budget would hurt the IDF and jeopardize Israel’s security.

A bill proposed by Lapid to drop the VAT (sales tax) to zero was also criticized by Netanyahu, who said the plan would “waste billions, won’t lower the cost of housing and will help only contractors who are close to Lapid advisers.”

More to the point, Netanyahu maintained Lapid is blocking him from governing the country effectively — and said new elections were preferably to the “back room deals” he said were sabotaging his leadership.

“The coalition will only survive if I can govern,” he said Friday. “I’m not sticking to my chair. I was chosen to run the country and the nation as I see fit but I cannot run the country this way. If Yesh Atid and Lapid continue their irresponsible behavior it will be right to go back to the voters.”

In response, Lapid told an audience at a cultural event in Tel Aviv that Netanyahu had not spoken to him in the past month. “Housing reforms are stuck, the budget is stuck, our international relations are deteriorating. Insteading of passing the budget and dealing with these issues [Netanyahu and his advisers] are dealing with petty politics,” he complained.

Other politicians are also gearing up for what appears to be an inevitable drive towards early elections.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, chairman of Yisrael Beytenu, has released a diplomatic plan to Hebrew language dailies — but Liberman had started his political posturing already during this past summer’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge.

Former social services minister Moshe Kahlon also held a rally as part of preparations to form a new political party and he too has been making statements to media in what clearly appears to be preparation for elections.

Hareidi religious political parties are holding talks with all sides in order to see who will give them the best deal, as usual; United Torah Judaism has long had a handshake with Yisrael Beytenu, trading local votes for favors in small towns and cities throughout the country. In return, it is likely a similar deal will come into play at the national level when early elections are held.

Shas: For 0% VAT on Basic Goods, We’ll Join Coalition

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Shas head Aryeh Deri said this evening on Radio Kol Chai that if Netanyahu met his two non-negotiable conditions, Shas could join the coalition.

The first condition is removing the VAT tax on basic items [editor: such as bread, milk, fruits and vegetables], instead of Lapid’s plan to remove VAT on select apartment sales.

The second is raising minimum wage to NIS 30/hour.

The implication of the first condition is that Yair Lapid’s party would no longer be part of the coalition.

ISIS ‘Prince’ of Iraq’s Anbar Province Killed

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The “prince” of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Anbar Province is dead, according to a report by Al Arabiya.

Senan Meteeb, the so-called ISIS “emir” of western Anbar, was reportedly killed early Wednesday in a coalition air strike.

At least 24 other ISIS fighters were also allegedly killed in the attack, and numerous others were wounded.

The strike came one day after ISIS terrorists slaughtered 25 people from the Albunimr tribe in Anbar, Al Arabiya reported. Hundreds from the Sunni Muslim tribe have been murdered by ISIS.

Tribal fighters are demanding more air support from the U.S.-led coalition and Baghdad. The tribe’s cooperation with the Iraqi government — which is Shi’ite-led — is seen as key in order to defeat ISIS in the province, where the terrorist group has made considerable gains.

Un-Caged Knesset Beasts Claw Each other as Election Bait

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Virtually every Knesset party went wild Monday to claw the coalition government to near-death, leaving enough oxygen for resuscitation before forcing elections that, if held, should focus on blaming all the beasts for leaving their cages.

Israel’s establishment media, especially the center-left electronic and print outlets, always use a day of quiet from riots and rocket attacks to whip up the winds to blow apart the collation headed by Binyamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister that it hates because he is so successful.

The coalition’s main partners are the Likud, headed by Netanyahu; Jewish Home, headed by Naftali Bennett; Yisrael Beitenu, headed by Avigdor Lieberman; Yesh Atid, headed by Yair Lapid; and HaTnua, headed by Tzipi Livni.

Not one of the parties really loves the other, and more accurately, everyone hates each other. Bennett and Lapid started out the coalition as the oddest of odd couples, but its life span was pre-destined to be short.

Lieberman for years has said that he will be Prime Minister one day, and Netanyahu looks over his shoulder so often that he is under constant medical treatment for a stiff neck.

Bennett, the most unseasoned of them all, swings back and forth from tree to tree, depending on whether he wants to please the settlers or Lapid’s voters.

Livni, whose party has only six seats in the Knesset and which will barely squeak into the next Knesset, according to polls, throws around borrowed weight that hides her hapless political performance and destiny.

In the background, the Haredi parties are breathing fire through their nostrils, begging to be begged to help Netanyahu form a new coalition or possibly Lapid to form an alternative coalition.

Don’t worry. The lion is not about lie down with the sheep.

Left-wing Meretz and center-left Labor want new elections because they have nothing to gain by their somewhat weak standing as opposition parties that roar like a mouse.

So will new elections be held soon?

Here are three of several rules in Israeli politics:

First, there are no rules, even the one that says that there are no rules.

Secondly, if elections were held every time the media reports that a coalition will not survive, Israelis would be going to polls twice a week.

Thirdly, since only Netanyahu, Bennett and Lieberman probably would gain from new elections, the beasts probably will be back in their cages by next week, if not by this evening.

It is questionable whether the issues are the reason for the current crisis or whether they simply symbolize the need of the beasts to escape once in a while for exercise.

The big issue for months has been Lapid’s proposal to eliminate the 18 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on the purchase of new homes. The bill for zero VAT has so many holes in it that it could not pass as Swiss cheese, but no one in Israel likes to confuse the circus – or jungle – with facts.

Under the bill, if it is ever passed into law, the lucky buyer who won’t pay the tax will have had to serve in IDF – 18 months for a man and 12 months for a woman. The home must not be larger than 140 square meters and cost no more than 1.6 million shekels.. The buyers must be employed – bye, bye Haredim – and must not have owned another home in the past 19 years and must be at least 35 years old and have at least one child.

All of these conditions whittle down the potential buyers to a small minority, but the noise over the proposal has been enough to shake the nation to its foundations.

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.

Kurdish Female Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens of ISIS Terrorists in Death

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

A desperate act by a female Kurdish defender in the ISIS-besieged town of Kobani in Syria eliminated dozens of the savage global jihadists but they ultimately managed to breach Kurdish defenses.

Arin Mirkan blew herself up on the eastern flank of Kobani, allowing Kurdish forces to strike back at fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) who were shelling the town on three sides with tanks and mortar fire.

First reported by the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Mirkan’s suicide bombing significantly slowed down the ISIS advance, which was less than a mile away from Kobani at the time.

But on Tuesday, ISIS terrorists succeeded in taking several buildings in Kobani and gained attacking positions from two sides of the city, according to sources quoted by the Observatory. Two ISIS flags were still visible over the eastern side of Kobani, according to Reuters reporters watching from across the Turkish side of the border, who said they also heard sporadic gunfire.

More than 2,000 Syrian Kurds, including women and children, were evacuated from the town on Monday, according to the PYD Kurdish Democratic Union Party.

The Kurdish YPG (People’s Defense Units) reported the same day that 15 of its fighters had died in action against ISIS. Kobani spokesperson Idris Nahsen told the Observatory the current US-led Allied air strikes alone were not enough to help hold off the ISIS advance.

At least 33 ISIS fighters and 23 Kurdish defenders were killed during seven US-led coalition air strikes in the Kobani area, according to the Observatory.

“Of our martyrs was valiant comrade Arin [Mirkan], she was able to perform a fedai action [self-immolation] and kill dozens of ISIS mercenaries and stop their advance, such strong will and determination shown by comrade Arin will be the spirit of resistance in the hearts of all of our combatants of the People’s Defence Units and Women’s Defence Units,” said a YPG statement quoted by the International Business Times.

The Ally No One Wants In War Against ISIS: The Jews

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

This article first appeared in Jewish Business News

In last week’s speech, President Barack Obama said, “American military power is unmatched, but this can’t be America’s fight alone.” Good enough. And so, a very large group of nations has emerged over the past month or so, to support—in varying degrees of energy and enthusiasm—the American new effort to bring civilization to Mesopotamia.

The list includes many nations who, when you look into it, are listed for doing next to nothing. Which was the case with Bush II as well. One country which is eager to help and able to do a lot, will never be mentioned: the Jewish State.

“The truth is, Israel would love to be in the coalition,” Paul Pillar, a former U.S. national-intelligence officer for the Middle East, told the Voice of America, adding, “And that would strengthen even more, if it could be done overtly, their argument that they are a strategic asset to the United States,” he said.

But it’s never going to happen, that overt thing. Because, in the end, most of America’s allies would walk away if Israel were on board officially.

“Because of the well-known politics of the Middle East and the continued high salience of the unresolved conflict with the Palestinians, any Israeli involvement in multilateral efforts in that region tends to be counterproductive,” Pillar said.

Israel is very interested in the outcome of the fight against ISIS, which is happening on its doorstep. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met with Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington last week, and told him Israel is willing to help out, if invited to do so, “taking into consideration sensitivities.”

Isn’t it amazing how everybody, including the Jews, accepts the fact that no one wants the Jews?

So here’s the list of those who have allowed their names to be listed alongside America’s, as of Sunday morning, and the things they’re prepared to do for the cause:

Australia: although Australian combat troops will not participate in ground fighting, according to Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s office.

Great Britain: Prime Minister David Cameron promised to help arm Kurdish forces, support the Iraqi government, keep supplying humanitarian help and coordinate with the United Nations. Now, that’s the battle spirit…

France: Two (count them 2) Rafale air force planes flew over Iraqi space today. Sounds menacing.

Germany: dedicated to curbing ISIS propaganda and recruitment, and sending military assistance to the Kurdish region to fight ISIS.

The Netherlands: helping to curb the flow of foreign fighters coming back from Syria, might even pass a law revoking their citizenship. That’ll learn them.

Turkey: nothing, really.

Canada: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced just days ago that more than 50 Canadian special operations troops are being deployed to Iraq as part of an adviser mission but that there would be no direct military intervention by the country.

On Sunday, State Department officials also mentioned Italy, Poland, Denmark, Albania and Croatia as providing equipment and ammunition in the fight against ISIS. New Zealand, Romania and South Korea are providing humanitarian assistance.

Jordan: Former Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher said on CNN on Sunday that he doubts Jordan will commit ground troops in the fight against ISIS. “The U.S. will have to take the lead in providing military strikes,” he said.

Jordan’s provides intelligence on ISIS, which they can gather easily by looking across their borders and counting heads.

Saudi Arabia: offered to train rebels on its soil. Now, that’s friendship. It also contributed $500 million to the UN humanitarian aid agencies in Iraq.

Egypt: Its grand mufti condemned the terror group, saying that its actions are not in line with Islam. There you go, feeling safer already.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/analysis/the-ally-no-one-wants-in-war-against-isis-the-jews/2014/09/22/

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