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February 12, 2016 / 3 Adar I, 5776

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In Wake of Arab Terror Spree, UN Chief Castigates…Israel but Israel Responds

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Ban Ki-Moon had it right when he began his remarks to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, Jan. 26. In the first session of 2016, Ban said that this new year started the same way that 2015 ended, with “unacceptable violence.”

We’re with you there.

But despite emitting a one sentence acknowledgement of reality – “Stabbings, vehicle attacks, and shootings by Palestinians targeting Israeli civilians – all of which I condemn —  and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, have continued to claim lives,” Moon then proceeded to justify Palestinian Arab terrorism.

It’s the same old tired trope: the “Occupation” leads to “frustration,” the sense of “alienation and despair,” a “potent incubator of hate and extremism,” a “chipping away” at the “ability of Palestinian people to live in dignity.”

So what does Ban suggest to end the terrorism? He called for the “strengthen[ing] of Palestinian institutions, security and economic prospects,” [please note, the Palestinian Arabs are among the world’s largest per capita recipients of international foreign aid] hand over more control of Area C (the sector of the disputed territories where the greatest number of Jews live!) to the Palestinian Arabs; and a “freeze of Israel’s settlement enterprise.” Oh, and everyone should please fulfill their pledges to help rebuild Gaza and Palestinian Arab groups please stop fighting with each other and concentrate instead on Israel.

Just in case you might be wondering where Ban’s sympathies lie, he lays it out clearly. The building of homes for Jews anywhere in the disputed territories, he said, “are an affront to the Palestinian people and to the international community. They rightly raise fundamental questions about Israel’s commitment to a two-state solution.”

Got it.

Ban went so far as to suggest that Israelis should ignore the ruling by its own Supreme Court – not a hawkish institution by anyone’s (rational) imagination – that land south of Gush Etzion could be used by Jews.

That’s right, the Secretary General of the U.N. told a sovereign people to ignore the ruling of their own Supreme Court. That is unprecedented and unconscionable.

The whole issue is the creation of a Palestinian State. It is not a peace process, it is simply a Palestinian State creation process, and the security of Israel? Yes, of course, if that happens. But make no mistakes about what is the priority.

To be fair, the U.N. Secretary General also chided the Palestinian Arabs. There was one sentence, 21 paragraphs along, in which he “condemned the firing of rockets into Israel from Gaza.” But the remainder of his focus on Gaza was about reconciliation, about encouraging Arab factions in Gaza to work out issues amongst themselves. The better to eat you with, my dear. No, he actually didn’t say that. What he said was that will enable the Palestinian Arabs to work together in a more unified fashion in order to achieve a Palestinian State.

Finally, in paragraph 31, Ban slips in along with his beseeching of all parties to please, oh please quickly create a Palestinian State, a wag of a finger at the Palestinian Arabs. No, not for terrorist acts, but just to remind them that “incitement has no place,” and that “questioning the right of Israel to exist cannot be tolerated.”

In other words, all the evil terrorist acts of the Palestinian Arabs can be understood as the result of the occupation, but stop saying Israel has no right to exist and stop saying (at least in public) that killing Israelis is your right.

NETANYAHU RESPONDS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response was swift and unequivocal, rejecting Ban’s statement and its premise. Rather than seeking to justify the terrorism of the Palestinian Arabs, the U.N., including its titular head, must recognize that “Palestinian murderers do not want to build a state – they want to destroy a state and they say this openly. They want to murder Jews simply because they are Jews and they say this openly. They do not murder for peace and they do not murder for human rights.”

Israel’s Ambassador to UN Ron Prosor ‘Glad to Come Home’

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Israel’s outgoing Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to bid farewell this week to the world body in New York. The two men spoke about the Ambassador’s four-year tenure at the UN and the situation in Israel.

The Secretary-General expressed his deep appreciation for Prosor’s contribution and for their collaboration, and Prosor invited the Secretary-General to visit Israel again. On his Facebook page, Prosor continued: “Four years ago, when I arrived at our Mission to the UN, Israel was facing a challenging reality and was fighting in the battle on public opinion. Today, upon my return to Israel, our reality remains complicated.

“Throughout my time here at the UN, I have always said that I walk the halls of the United Nations standing tall and proud, knowing who I represent and what I represent, and I’m going home with this same feeling.

“I have confidence in the resilience of the people of Israel in the face of constant challenges, and I thank the government of Israel and its citizens for the privilege of representing you at the United Nations, an important arena that knows no rest.

“I’m leaving behind here in New York a dedicated and professional team and I know that they will continue doing an incredible job. I wish the incoming Ambassador, Danny Danon, the best of luck and strength to face any future battles, and may he mark many achievements.

“Today, as I complete my tenure as Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN, I have more faith than ever in the State of Israel and the people of Israel.

“And more than anything, I’m glad to come home.”

In Defense of Ambassador Danny Danon

Monday, August 17th, 2015

The left are frothing at the mouth at the appointment of Minister Danny Danon as Israel’s Ambassador to the UN. Primarily, because he’s a rightwing ideologue, and will unapologetically represent the views of the majority of Israel’s citizens and of the current government of Israel.

The left not only hates those views, they simply can’t understand how any positions other than capitulation can be defensible to the world.

Some on the right are complaining too, considering Danon to be a thorn in Netanyahu’s side, and this is Netanyahu’s way of getting rid of his political problem, at the expense of making a nondiplomatic appointment to an critical position.

But they’re both wrong.

The Left, brought us the Oslo disaster and its subsequent terror attacks, the recent Lebanon wars, the Disengagement and the Gaza wars. There’s no need to rebut their worldview. They’ve done it for themselves.

And besides, they froth at the mouth at every rightwing appointment.

For the Right, they need to consider something important. Only two people have truly and successfully challenged Prime Minister Netanyahu over the years for leadership of the Likud, Moshe Feiglin and Danny Danon.

While Feiglin successfully challenged Netanyahu by bringing his followers into the Likud from the outside, Danon managed to work inside the existing institutions, convincing Netanyahu’s own Likud people to join his team instead.

Repeatedly Netanyahu found Danon ruling the very same internal Likud institutions where Netanyahu should have been the unchallenged leader.

It’s precisely the fact that Danon managed to be a thorn in Netanyahu’s side, building up a strong coalition of followers, right under Netanyahu’s watchful gaze, indicates Danon’s ability to quietly organize and convince people to follow him.

Our former Foreign Minister, Avigdor Liberman proved that Right-leaning diplomats, working behind the scenes, confident in our country’s political positions were able to convince other countries to vote and stand with us in the international arena.

Danon sees himself as a contender for the position of Prime Minister. I suspect Netanyahu sees that potential in Danon too. There are many similarities between the two of them.

It’s no coincidence that Danny Danon reminds people of the young Bibi Netanyahu.

The fact that Danon was able to outplay Netanyahu in his own playground, proves Danon has the skills and capabilities that will be useful in the backrooms of the UN, quietly building up coalitions that will support Israel, while forcefully defending Israel at the podium, from a position of strength.

Netanyahu appointing Danon isn’t about getting rid of a thorn, it’s about preparing another qualified candidate. A potential leader who Netanyahu may dislike now because of the challenges he creates, but one who Netanyahu also trusts over the long term because of his unwavering ideology and skills — for the inevitable day when Netanyahu decides to step down.

Danny Danon ‘Going Where No Minister Has Gone Before’

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Danny Danon ‘Going Where No Minister Has Gone Before’

Likud activist Danny Danon has received what could be the most creative appointment in the entire government – at least, according to several thousand Facebook members.

Danon has become Israel’s new Minister of Science, Technology and Space.

That last especially has inspired a plethora of posts, and at least one Hebrew page on Facebook entitled “Danny Danon – Minister of Space” by creative artists Nimrod Zook, Raz Tzipris and friends.

The page had garnered at least 13,000 Likes by 11 pm Sunday night.

“Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of Danny Danon. His mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

Sound familiar?

Yes indeed, Trekkers, and Danon is Photoshopped straight into a blue Star Trek uniform and Spock persona, no less.

Another Photoshop special shows the ubiquitous Israeli leader enthusiastically looking ahead with his new “deputy minister,” Yoda of Star Wars, peering over his shoulder from behind.

A third depicts Danon as David Bowie from the wildly psychedelic pink-and-orange album cover of “Aladdin Sane.”

And then of course there is Danon-as-Astronaut…

Danon brushed off concerns about the memes in a radio interview Sunday for Galei Tzahal Army Radio.

“If I bothered to look at every single thing people were saying about me on social media each day I wouldn’t be able to get up in the morning,” Danon said.

“There’s a lot being said, a lot of criticism about the new government… but we were given a mandate by those who elected us, so let’s get down to work. If in a few months from now you tell us that we’ve failed – well, then you’ll have a case.”

List of Likud Ministerial Appointments

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The following is the list of Likud ministerial positions:

Moshe Ya’alon – Defense Minister
Yuval Steinitz – Minister of Infrastructure, Energy and Water
Yisrael Katz – Minsiter of Transportation and Intelligence Ministry
Ze’ev Elkin – Minister of Absorption
Yariv Levin – Minister of Tourism
Miri Regev – Culture and Sports Minister
Danny Danon – Science, Technology and Space Minister
Benny Begin – Either Strategic Affairs Minister or a Minister without Portfolio
Haim Katz – Minister of Welfare and Social Services
Ofir Akunis – Minister of Communications
Gila Gamliel – Minister of Senior Citizens
Silvan Shalom – offered the Interior Ministry, but Shalom hasn’t yet accepted it, as he wants the Foreign Ministry.
Gilad Erdan – Either Minister of Interior Security or Temporary Foreign Minister
Tzipi Hotovely – Deputy Foreign Minister

What Makes the IDF Special; the Lag BaOmer Victory; Rescue in Nepal; and Crazy Coalition-Building

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

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The Israel Defense Force is not like other armies, says Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of the British forces in Afghanistan, who spoke at the Israel Law Center’s “Towards a New Law of War” conference.

Then, why do we light bonfires on the Jewish holiday of Lag BaOmer? Historian and author Rabbi Ken Spiro, senior lecturer and researcher for Aish HaTorah’s Discovery Seminars and the JerusalemU, tells Yishai that the victory of Lag BaOmer is the victory of Torah over Roman paganism, and therefore is a continuation of the victory of the Maccabees over the anti-Jewish edicts of the Greeks.

Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by Yossi Fraenkel, operations officer of the International Unit at ZAKA — the Israeli emergency response team that specializes in rescue and body identification and extraction — to talk about his organization’s efforts in Nepal, following the earthquake. Yishai talks about Or Asraf, the Israeli hiker who went missing there, and Israeli teams, including Asraf’s buddies from the army, flew to Kathmandu to help find his body.

Finally, a political bomb shell: Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who resigned Monday, just quit the coalition negotiations and will become part of the opposition. Yishai is joined by VOI’s political correspondent Raoul Wootliff to discuss the move. They hear from MK Danny Danon, who gets feisty in defense of his party, the Likud. Then Yishai rants about Jimmy Carter.

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Zoabi Sues Likud MK Danon for Video Showing Her as Pro-Terror

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Arab Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi –- the one who sailed with IHH terrorists, said that the kidnap-murderers of three yeshiva boys last June were not terrorists, defends terrorists and calls soldiers ‘Nazis” – is suing Likud Knesset Member Danny Danon for a video showing her in jail with terrorists.

If the lawsuit is judged on the truth of the video content, Zoabi is liable to lose. The judicial system already has rejected her appeal against her being banned from the Knesset for six months because of her unruly behavior and incendiary remarks.

Besides that, the video, as seen below, is cute.

Zoabi doesn’t think so, and her Balad party plans to go the police to charge Danon with incitement, the irony of the year.

Lyrics to the clip are sung to the tune of “Oh Susanna” as the action shows “Sheriff” Danon locking up Zoabi in jail along with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and Azmi Bishara, a former Knesset Member in Zoabi’s Balad party who fled the country  after being indicted for aiding Hezbollah in the Second Lebanon War.

Danon posted the video as part of his campaign against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the elections next week for chairman of the Likud party.

After hearing of Zoabi’s lawsuit, Danon said she deserves to be in jail. The public may be behind him, judging by a recent poll showing that 90 percent of the respondents support revoking her citizenship.

The lyrics of the video panning Zoabi include, “There is a limit to every traitor.”

Danon has sponsored the “Zoabi bill” that would allow for a Knesset majority to get rid of an MK who backs a terrorist organization, and he has asked the Elections Committee to bar her from running in the elections.

A similar move in the last elections was rejected.

“Sheriff” Danon is not the only going Hollywood in the elections.

A Jewish Home candidate has produced another silly if not stupid video that is even more childish than the one posted last week on behalf of party chairman Naftali Bennett, disguised as a leftist who apologizes for everything in life, especially when someone else is to blame. He takes off his disguise at the end of the clip and says, “It is time to stop apologizing.”

Now it is the turn of Jewish Home candidate Ronen Shoval, who reached almost as low as Livni did last week when she appeared on a television satirical show and called Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu  a “zero” and ”impotent.”

Ronen’s cheap shots were aimed at Livni and Peace Now chairman Yair Oppenheimer, who are depicted in a video as zombies in the forest where. The duet trap a cyclist and are about to kill him when he throws them off balance by throwing them a  copy of the left-wing Haaretz newspaper, which no good leftist can resist from grabbing to read the latest anti-Zionist scoops.

If this video and Livni’s “satire” gutter remarks are a preview of what is in store for us for the next 80-plus days, we are in for a bad movie.

At least it’s free.

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