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Peter Beinart has the Memory Span of a Goldfish

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

A 2009 study showed that fish have a memory span of up to 5 months, and not a mere 3 seconds that was stereotyped in Finding Nemo.

But still, that’s enough to explain Peter Beinart’s latest diatribe against Israel, published in Ha’aretz.

Beinart, like the rest of the loony left are beyond upset that the democratic process personally failed them, after the people chose Netanyahu and a Conservative/Patriotic coalition.

And when democracy fails the Left, that’s when they start talking about bypassing the will of the people – for the people’s sake, of course.

But we’ll get to that in a second.

Beinart thinks that this election,

“was not fought in the shadow of terror, at least not the kind that traumatized Israelis during the terrible Second Intifada.”

For Beinart, apparently only if buses and cafes are currently blowing up should terrorism affect the Israeli voter.

But unlike a Goldfish and Peter Beinart, Israelis are far more sophisticated voters with better memories.

The rest of us actually remember this past summer (which was over five months ago) when a million Israelis (including this blogger) were repeatedly forced to enter bomb shelters as thousands of missiles and mortars were launched at us from Jew/Israel-free Gaza.

Israelis also see the radical Islamic groups and Hezbollah actually sitting on our borders, and understand a simple fact, that if the IDF isn’t in Judea and Samaria, ISIS, Hamas and/or Iran will be.

When Prime Minister Netanyahu finally said that a Palestinian state makes no sense at this time, when it means that ISIS or Hamas will come in and take it over, Netanyahu didn’t tell us something new. He finally said outright what the sane majority of this country already understood – from experience.

Netanyahu could have been speaking about Beinart when he said,

“I think that anyone who moves to establish a Palestinian state and evacuate territory gives territory away to radical Islamist attacks against Israel. The left has buried its head in the sand time and after time and ignores this, but we are realistic and understand.”

But a disappointed Beinart isn’t giving up.

He calls on Diaspora Jews to use disgusting, possibly illegal and undemocratic means to attack the State of Israel and overthrow the will of the majority of voters he disagrees with.

Beinart calls for “backing Palestinian bids at the United Nations”, because apparently he wants an ISIS or Hamas terror state in Judea and Samaria.

Beinart calls for “labeling and boycotting settlement goods.” – just like the BDS movement does.

Which, by the way, under Israel’s 2001 Boycott law, now opens Beinart up to a lawsuit if the complainant can show in court there is a reasonable possibility that s/he will suffer harm from such a boycott.

Beinart calls for “making sure that every time Benjamin Netanyahu and the members of his cabinet walk into a Jewish event outside Israel, they see Diaspora Jews protesting outside.”

The thing is, some loony left Jews already do that, standing shoulder to shoulder with the antisemites. Sometimes they even come into the auditoriums to prevent the Israeli guests from speaking. They’ve even done it to the High Priest of the Left, Shimon Peres, calling him a “war criminal” during his visits abroad. So nothing new there, other than Beinart further clarifying his alignment.

Beinart calls on the Obama administration “to punish — yes, punish — the Israeli government,” if we don’t accept Obama’s suicidal demands.

Can’t you just picture Beinart frothing at the mouth as wrote that?

Beinart calls for “freezing the assets of, Naftali Bennett and other pro-settler leaders.”

Wow, I don’t even know where to begin with that one. That’s just so over the top, even for the loony left.

I’m only surprised he didn’t call (yet) to have right-wing reporters and bloggers arrested. Perhaps in his next rant.

Beinart says, “For many Diaspora Jews, this transition will feel painful and unnatural. It certainly does for me.”

Yeah, well, I’m having trouble believing that he would find this painful or unnatural at all. He’s certainly put enough thought into the concept.

Yesh Atid Starting to Disinitegrate

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

After Yesh Atid’s failure in the elections, cutting them down to 11 seats from 19, and most likely heading them into the opposition, there is much disappointment in the party.

MK Shai Piron, who was the former Minister of Education in the 19th Knesset said that he is considering the idea of leaving politics.

MK Yaakov Perry, who served as the Minster of Science in the last Knesset is expected to quit if he isn’t appointed as a minister in this government, an appointment which is very unlikely to happen.

If Piron and Perry quit, then Elazar Stern, who served in HaTnua in the last Knesset, and Pnina Tamnu-Shateh are expected to take their place.

Final Election Count is In

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

The final count of votes from the 2015 Israeli elections are in.

72.3% of eligible voters voted. 4,249,846 people voted out of 5,881,696 eligible voters.

The final seat distribution is as follows:

Likud (Netanyahu): 30
Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 24
The Joint (Arab) List: 13
Yesh Atid (Lapid): 11
Kulanu (Kachlon): 10
Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 8
Shas (Deri): 7
UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 6
Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman): 6
Meretz (Gal-On): 5
Yachad (Eli Yishai): 0

The Likud was 15,877 seats away from passing the million voter mark.

Yachad was missing 11,932 votes in order to pass the minimum threshold.

43,842 votes in total were disqualified.

Yachad is considering petitioning the court over approximately 15,000 votes that were disqualified due to various problems with the voting slips.

Three people were arrested during the elections for tampering with Yachad voting slips, trying to make it impossible to vote for the Yachad party, and there were more cases where Yachad slips were found tampered with to disqualify them, but no arrests were made.

The Yachad party suspects they may have enough votes to still get in, and are currently examining the issue and will make a decision in the coming days.

Bedouin Village Gave 76% Of Its Votes To Netanyahu

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Published on Jewish Business News by Ilan Shavit

Residents of the Bedouin village Arab al Na’im in northern Israel were not surprised Wednesday to discover that more than 76 percent of them had voted for the Likud party. The United Arab List received only about 15 percent of the village’s votes, Ma’ariv reported.

Why did these Bedouin villagers vote en masse for Netanyahu’s party?

Village Clerk Nimer Naim told Ma’riv: “The truth is it’s surprising to us as well, but it turns out each one of us voted their hearts. It was a free election.”

“This settlement was always discriminated against, and no one would recognize us as an official settlement. All the governments discriminated against us, while recognizing smaller communities. Bibi Netanyahu himself and the Likud government finally recognized us,” Naim explained.

“In our heritage, we remember the good things a person did for us, and that explains this unusual vote.”

The Bedouin village of Arab al Naim located near the community of Eshkhar, south of the city of Karmiel. It has approximately 100 families comprising 650 people. The village was recognized as a listed settlement by Netanyahu’s first-term Government in January 1999. Eleven years later, in January 2010, under Netanyahu’s second government, the regional housing planning commission approved the master plan for the settlement.

Arab al Naim is the last of the six Bedouin villages in the area to be recognized by the state.

So far, despite their official upgrade, the village is still not connected to Israel’s road, electricity and sewer systems, and its meager public services—two kindergartens, a youth club, a pediatric clinic and a general medical clinic all operate in mobile structures.

But Naim says that over the last two years there has been a kind of revolution in Arab al Naim: “Today we already have 800 meters of a paved major artery, the streets have been paved, and there’s construction of more than 80 permanent housing units the residents here are building.

“It’s a real revolution,” he adds. “We issued a tender for a sewer system, and this week the contractor is starting to work on laying a sewer line. In a few months we will have a sewer and electricity, and we are satisfied.”

The overall cost of upgrading the village is estimated at $17 million.

Mahapach! מהפך – Likud Crushes Zionist Union

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

מהפך “Mahapach” – translated as upheaval or revolution, was the headline used by the Israeli media immediately following the 1977 elections when the Likud, led by Menachem Begin, won for the first time, changing the face of Israeli politics forever.

The overwhelming electoral victory yesterday by the Likud, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, was nothing less than that, a revolution and upheaval, and most importantly, an absolutely clear mandate from the people to lead the coalition and the State of Israel.

With 99% of the votes counted, we’ll only see 1 seat change here or there as the percentages and deals are calculated.

The Likud is either at 29 or 30 seats, with an absolutely clear lead.

Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 24
Likud (Netanyahu): 29 (or 30)
The Joint (Arab) List: 14
Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 8
Yesh Atid (Lapid): 11
Kulanu (Kachlon): 10
UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 7 (or 6)
Shas (Deri): 7
Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman): 6
Meretz (Gal-On): 4
Yachad (Eli Yishai): 0


Both large parties, Likud and Zionist Union, won their seats by cannibalizing their smaller natural partners.

Bayit Yehudi made the biggest sacrifice for the Likud, with Bayit Yehudi voters heeding Netanyahu’s call to vote for Likud to guarantee Netanyahu a clear mandate..

Eli Yishai’s Yachad party did not make it into the Knesset.

Zahava Galon, the head of the Meretz party quit her party this morning, after winning only 4 seats.

With 50% of the Votes Counted, the Likud Pulls Ahead

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

With 50% of the votes counted, the Likud has jumped ahead of the Zionist Union by a whopping 6 seats to around 29 seats.

This may be a temporary blip, and the difference will probably decrease once the remaining votes are counted.

Eli Yishai’s Yachad party is slowly rising, but it isn’t clear yet if he will reach the minimum threshold.

Netanyahu Declares Victory

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

A very happy PM Netanyahu declared victory at the Likud victory party, following the release of the exit poll results from Tuesday’s general elections in Israel.

Netanyahu said that against all the odds, this was a great victory for the Likud, and for the people of Israel.

Netanyahu told his followers that he called all the leaders of the nationalist parties and asked them to join him, and quickly form a government. He declared that he wants to form a strong, stable government.

Netanyahu repeatedly thanked his wife Sara for her support, and for dealing with all the media attacks against her personally.

Yitzchak Herzog (Zionist Union/Labor) said the race is still open.

Still, it appears that the keys to the government lay in the hands of former Likud member Moshe Kachlon and his Kulanu party.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/netanyahu-declares-victory/2015/03/18/

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