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PLO Sources: Fayyad Not Resigning, Proposing New Government

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has not offered his resignation, but has presented instead a plan to the PLO leadership to form a more inclusive factional government, two PLO executive committee members in Ramallah told Ma’an Wednesday.

Ahmad Majdalani told Ma’an that Fayyad suggested forming a government including officials from every faction so as to evenly distribute responsibility before President Mahmoud Abbas returns to the UN in November.

Majdalani said the proposal was not met with applause during the most recent meeting.

Wasel Abu Yousef, another member of the executive committee, said Fayyad did not intend to resign, but “during the last meeting a few days ago there was discussion about forming a government of factions,” which would bring in more of the opposition.

Abu Yousef quoted Fayyad as saying that the Palestinian Authority is under pressure from a financial crisis that required a government of all factions.

Raya press reported Wednesday that Fayyad would discuss his resignation with Abbas soon. The president’s office denied that report.

Fayyad, who was replaced as finance minister in a government reshuffle in May, has indicated he would be willing to step down as premier if the electorate insisted.

Protests in September largely blamed Fayyad, a former economist, for a financial crisis resulting in part from the failure of foreign donor countries to meet pledges on time.

Will the New Israel Fund Also Fight Anti-Jewish Incitement?

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

The New Israel Fund recently announced that it “is undertaking a comprehensive survey to identify those most involved in inciting racism and violence.”

Incitement to violence and intolerance is a particularly troubling problem plaguing Israeli society today. This problem is all the more severe when the incitement comes from respected public figures and political leaders.  But will the New Israel Fund will also include anti-Jewish incitement which comes from the Israeli Left?

A brief online search unearthed a myriad of following examples which should be included in the NIF’s survey – all from the Israeli Left.

Incitement against Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria: 

“Fascism cannot be stopped with rational arguments. This can be stopped only by force, and when there is willingness to risk a civil war.  When necessary, we shall have to forcibly deal with the settlers in Ofra or in Elon Moreh.  Only those ready to storm Ofra with tanks will stem the fascist tide, which threatens to engulf Israel’s democracy.”
– Prof. Zeev Sternhell, Davar, April 4, 1988.  Sternhell was later awarded the Israel Prize.

“My true contribution would be if I grabbed a sub-machine-gun, instead of a pen and pencil, and killed them.”
– Artist Yigal Tumarkin, Hadashot, September 28, 1988.  Tumarkin was later awarded the Israel Prize.

“It a messianic junta, closed-minded and cruel, a band of armed gangsters, perpetrators of crimes against humanity, sadists, pogromists, and murderers, who crept out of some dark corner of Judaism… from out of cellars of bestiality and defilement… in order to impose their a bloodthirsty and insane blood worship.”
– Writer Amos Oz, Yediot Aharonot, June 8, 1989.

“The time has come to bury them.”
– “Peace Activist” and Gush Shalom founder Uri Avnery, HaOlam Hazeh, November 1988.

“They are not my brothers…  [There] will be a civil war, [and] I will run to it… and I will crush their flesh with mighty blows, to rout them…  I will go forth to the foe in order to fight, for once, a justified war…  Much blood will be shed.”
– Editorial, HaKibbutz newspaper, August 1995.

“The Palestinians aren’t the first we drove insane.  Look what happened to the Germans…  What brought the Germans and brings the Palestinians to such hatred of us? …  We have a tough history.  We came here out of a Jewish experience and the settlements are messing it up.”
– Author A. B. Yehoshua, Ma’ariv, June 20, 2002.

In response to a question about what to do with settlers who refuse to willingly evacuate their homes:  “I will say this in clear words:  There is more than one ‘Altalena’ in the life of every state or nation…  The political leadership in the State of Israel has already taken difficult decisions when the alternative was clear, and in the future the political leadership will have to take difficult decisions when the alternative is clear.”  (Note: In the ‘Altalena’ incident of June 1948, the Irgun ship ‘Altalena’ was sunk by the Palmah, and 16 unarmed survivors who jumped overboard were then shot to death while trying to swim from the ship to shore). 
– Former GSS chief Ami Ayalon, interview, Yedioth Ahronoth, November 14, 2003.

“If a settler child or two get killed, the settler parents say:  ‘No problem.  We’ll make four instead and all will be OK.’”
– Artist Yigal Tumarkin, February 13, 2004.  Tumarkin was later awarded the Israel Prize.

“When I fashioned a pig wearing tefillin, I merely meant to display a fetish to deride those settlers, because settlements are idolatry.  Because of them we’re in trouble with the whole world and our neighbors.”
– Artist Yigal Tumarkin, April 22, 2004, on why he sculpted a pig wearing tefillin.

“They should not try to frighten a nation — tens of thousands of whose sons were killed in wars to ensure its very existence — with [the prospect of] the shedding of blood in the cause of peace.”
– Journalist Yoel Marcus, Haaretz, “Don’t Try and Frighten Us with Bloodshed, July 9, 2004.

“If, heaven forbid, they will force us, we will be compelled to open fire [against the settlers]…  It will be necessary to pull the trigger, slowly, responsibly, coolheadedly, and intelligently.”
– Meretz MK Avshalom Vilan, interview with Ari Shavit, Haaretz, September 5, 2004, discussing the prospect of a civil war against the settlers.

“The desirable thing here is that there be a civil war between Left and Right — a war between the settlers and leftists…  Civil war is the way to solve the problem we face.  We’ve tried all other means and none worked… long live death.”
– Filmmaker Judd Ne’eman, Ma’ariv, July 7, 2011.
Incitement against various Religious Jewish Communities in Israel:

“The settlers are lunatics, I get angry even if I only hear about them…  I cannot tolerate small children with peyot [sidelocks], that they have a mori [traditional Yemenite teacher], who teaches them to be Yemenites and not Israelis.  I wanted to grab their mori and break his bones.”
– Actor Shaike Levi, Yedioth Aharonot, November 2003.

“The knitted kippot on the heads of IDF soldiers remind me of the swastikas worn by Nazi soldiers.”
– General (Res) Shlomo Gazit, public speech, March 1998.

“Secular Israel is the occupied territories of the religious parties.  If the secular desire to live here, they have no choice but to start an intifada.  Yes, I am prepared to throw the first stone.”
– Poet Yonatan Gefen, Maariv, May 1998.

“The hareidim should be hung from electric poles.”
– Editorial, Hadashot newspaper, October 1992.

“Only if we succeed in wiping out this terrible evil thing, the taking over of our life by the black devil, can we nurture all that is good in the state.”
– Former Meretz MK Naomi Hazan, Humanist Judaism Federation convention, 1992.

“When I see the hareidim, I understand the Nazis.”
– Artist Yigal Tumarkin, Tel Aviv Magazine, November 4, 1988 (see above).

“We have established anti-haredi reconnaissance units that will knock off the heads of the hareidim.”
–Tel Aviv-Jaffacity councillor Michael Roeh, Meretz party faction meeting, June 1998.

“The hareidim should be hung from an electric pole.”
– Professor Uzi Amnon, interview, Kol Ha’ir newspaper.

“The hareidim suck from the same sinister passions which nurtured the Nazis.”
– Meretz founder Shulamit Aloni.

“We have to storm Meah Shearim with machine guns and mow them down.”
– “Peace Activist” and Gush Shalom founder Uri Avnery.

“I would take all those weird people from Shas, Aguda, Degel HaTorah, tie their beards together, and light a match.”
– Journalist and Ma’ariv Editor, Amnon Dankner.

“Hareidim are dancing outside my house in central Carmel.  Is it possible to ask Hitler to return for just an hour to help? …  My hatred for hareidim such as they are is no different from to the hatred of Hitler for the Jews.  I do not intend to apologize for this, nor I do not intend to understand, to include, or to accept them.  So long as they are sucking [the blood] of this state — it is best that they should die.”
– Orly Mizrachi,Haifaleftist activist, on Facebook, June 4, 2012.

Incitement against Israel’s Prime Minister:

“I was angry, and I wrote that I had a wet dream that I shot Bibi Netanyahu twice.  They didn’t print this.  And why is it permitted to print… while they continually reject my wet dream about rubbing out Bibi Netanyahu?”
– Poet Yonatan Gefen, Maariv, 1996.

“We need to take a political decision and start fighting in an organized way.  We should stop being so stately.  We should cut off Netanyahu’s head.”
– Labor MK Ephraim Oshaya, Labor party faction meeting, August, 6, 1997.

“We should roll up our sleeves and shoot in all directions.  I agree with Oshaya, who said we should behead Netanyahu.”
– Labor MK Eitan Cabel, Labor party faction meeting, August, 6, 1997.
Miscellaneous Incitement Against Jews: 

“The Jew’s outward strangeness and the pretentious notion that God chose us… caused violent surrounding cultures to clash… with this arrogant minority…  The image of the cunning, ambitious scoundrel, lending money at exorbitant interest, turned the bent, hook-nosed, bearded Jew into the enemy of civilization… which didn’t help belatedly-enlightened Jews.”
– Artist Yigal Tumarkin, op-ed, Hadashot, November 14, 1988 (see above).

“There is no doubt regarding the legitimacy of the armed resistance in the territories proper [as opposed to inside the Green Line].  Were the Palestinians wiser, they would concentrate their attacks against the settlements…  instead of placing bombs on the western side of the Green Line.”
– Prof. Zeev Sternhell, Haaretz, May 11, 2001.  Sternhell was later awarded the Israel Prize.

“If you want to picture what true peace is, then picture the head of Ehud Barak impaled on a stake…  The only thing good about the wall is that one day we will be able to stand up all the people from the Labor Party and the Likud, and all those sons of bitches who man checkpoints;  we can stand them all up in a row and simply shoot them all, one by one.”
– “Anarchists Against the Wall” leader Federico Gomes, Tel Aviv, Channel 2, September 2008.

“I call on the world to come and help break these scoundrels’ necks.”
– Dr. Eyal Nir, lecturer in chemistry at Ben Gurion University, Facebook, June 11, 2011, on people who marched through Jerusalem with flags on Yom Yerushalayim.

“There is little difference between Hebron youth and Hitler Youth, between the motivation and conditions of service in some of the IDF’s elite units and that of the Waffen SS, between Israeli soccer fans and those of the Third Reich, and between the Old Testament and Mein Kampf.”
– Hebrew University Professor Moshe Zimmerman.

“The common and well-worn motto is that the greatest part of the justification for the establishment of Israel lies in the Holocaust.  If that is so, then we owe thanks to Hitler.”
– Hebrew University Professor Moshe Zimmerman.
So again, will the New Israel Fund will also include anti-Jewish incitement coming from the Israeli Left?

Israel’s Election Campaign Shifts Into High Gear

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

JERUSALEM – With the 18th Israeli Knesset dispersed and new national elections set for January 22, 2013, Israel’s various political factions began preparing for what is expected to be a brutal campaign to elect a new 120-seat parliament. Following the elections President Shimon Peres will ask a newly elected MK, presumably from the largest faction, to form the next government.

Though most polls show incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party in the lead and in the best position to form the next government, growing dissatisfaction with Netanyahu’s economic policies among many middle-class voters who supported him four years ago could shift their alliances in the months leading up to the elections.

Netanyahu’s reelection campaign was dealt a blow on Monday when Minister of Communications and Minister of Welfare & Social Services Moshe Kahlon resigned from politics. MK Kahlon, who was directly responsible for opening up the formerly monopolistic cell phone and cable TV markets that resulted in substantial savings for financially pressed Israeli consumers, was considered a rising political star in the Likud. His record of no-holds-barred challenging of Israel’s powerful business tycoons and social welfare activists would have played a central role in the Likud’s campaign.

According to a Yediot Aharonot report, the popular Kahlon was urged by many supporters to reconsider his decision to return to the private business sector. And other Israeli newspapers reported that Kahlon’s reason for a career change was due to the constant infighting among the party’s Central Committee members and the disrespectful treatment he received from other Likud Party MKs. Yediot added that Likud has received numerous messages from voters threatening not to vote for Likud if Kahlon does not return to elective politics.

Other media sources are speculating that many disaffected Likud voters could switch their political allegiance to a revamped Shas Party or to former TV talk show host Yair Lapid’s new secular centrist Yesh Atid (There is a Future) Party.

It’s also being reported that Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is meeting with members of the party’s Council of Torah Sages to determine if former Shas leader Aryeh Deri should return as faction head for the upcoming election or share leadership responsibilities with the incumbent party leader, Minister of Internal Affairs Eli Yishai. Newspaper polls conducted last week show that Shas would increase its number of Knesset seats if Deri returns as party leader. Deri, who generally doesn’t share Netanyahu’s free-market economic agenda, is not considered a political ally of Netanyahu. In contrast, Yishai has worked closely with the Israeli leader over the past four years.

In another political development, Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely is expected to ask Israel’s Supreme Court to deny Deri and former prime minister Ehud Olmert (if the latter chooses to do so) from returning to the political scene. Deri has served jail time while Olmert was convicted recently on a corruption charge and faces criminal charges in another case. To attract Modern Orthodox voters Lapid is considering the inclusion of Rabbi Shai Piron, co-founder of the Tzohar rabbinical organization and a senior staff member of Yeshivat Hesder Petach Tikva, to his election list. Lapid supports changing Israel’s electoral system and easing the social and tax burdens on the middle class by drafting haredim into the military and cajoling more haredim into the job market.

Labor and Kadima are expected to announce their Knesset lists within two weeks.

Netanyahu is expected to highlight his strong leadership during a time that he describes as “the most difficult period of security challenges to Israel’s existence.” Many of his challengers are likely to focus on domestic economic issues.

70 days Later – Mofaz, Kadima, Quit Netanyahu’s Government over Haredi Draft

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Following the collapse of negotiations over a new conscription law, Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz decided to quit Netanyahu’s coalition, leaving the premier once again with only 66 MKs. Mofaz told a Kadima faction emergency session: “It is with great sorrow that I say that there is no escape from taking a decision on quitting the government.”

Mofaz explained: “I went in on a principle, and when that failed, we must quit.”

25 Kadima MKs supported the Mofaz proposal to quit at once, with only three opposing – MKs Yulia Shamalov, Othniel Schneller and former Mossad chief Avi Dichter.

By the end of last week it was becoming clear that negotiations between Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner—who headed a Knesset committee that presented a comprehensive plan to encourage Haredi compulsory recruitment that would nevertheless ease the path of Haredi recruits into service—and Netanyahu’s deputy prime minister, former IDF chief of staff Moshe “Boogie” Yaalon, were not going anywhere.

The key point of disagreement between the two sides was enforcement, with the Kadima side favoring criminal prosecution of Haredi draft dodgers, while Netanyahu famously declared that in Israel no Jew would go to jail for learning Torah.

Each side blamed the other for not negotiating in good faith, until in the end the talks broke down before Shabbat, with both sides being convinced that the entire affair had been little more than political posturing.

At a meeting this morning between Mofaz’s representative, Attorney Alon Englard, and the representative of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, attorney David Shimron, the later introduced Netanyahu’s solution: the PM was prepared to accept the Mofaz proposal Haredi enlistment would run from ages 18 to 23, and the younger one enlists, the better his benefits would be after his discharge.

Mofaz decided to reject the proposal. “The Prime Minister’s proposal is contrary to the High Court ruling,” he declared, referring to the court’s decision to scrap the original “Tal Law” because it was offering unequal terms to the Haredi recruits.

Mofas said that Netanyahu’s offer did not “meet the principle of equality, it is disproportionate, and does not pass the effectiveness tests as laid down by the court ruling and the principles of the [Plesner] committee on equal share of the burden.”

In the end, if one were to referee this bout, it appears that while both sides were, indeed, posturing, it was Netanyahu who actually made an effort to salvage the proposed law and his coalition, while Mofaz has been thinking mostly about the next big fight – at the ballot box.

As things stand now, the Netanyahu coalition government is facing yet another big test on Wednesday, with the Avigdor Liberman faction bringing to a first vote their own version of a conscription law.

Mofaz to Netanyahu: You Must Accept Haredi Conscription

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

A few hours after a report by MK Plesner’s committee on “equal share in burden” was made public Wednesday morning, coalition partner Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz convened members of his faction to say that he expects Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the committee’s recommendations within a few days days. “The decision before us is a crucial decision for Israel,” he stressed.

The 100-page report includes a chapter on institutional and personal sanctions against yeshiva students who evade army service. It is over this very list of sanctions that the prime minister and religious the religious factions in his coalition balked earlier in the week.

According to the committee recommendations, at the age of 17 every young Haredi man will have to report to a special processing place for Haredim, for a preliminary diagnosis and classification. At age of 18 he will have to join one of the special service frameworks that will have been established for Haredim by the IDF. He will also be permitted to request deferment until age 22, to study.

After age 22, the same young man will have to choose one of three tracks: a military service period of 24 months, the civil service for a period of 18 months, or to try out for the small group of 1,500 “geniuses,” recognized for their scholarly skills and absolved from service altogether.

Failure to comply will result in economic sanctions against the draft dodgers and the yeshivas that harbor them.

Netanyahu announced earlier this week that he no longer recognizes the mandate of the Plesner committee. But MK Yohanan Plesner, of Kadima, chose to issue his report anyway.

Mofaz, who serves as a Vice Prime Minister, sounded confrontational when he announced on Wednesday that “Prime Minister’s statement on the dispersal of the commission was without authority and unilateral, a violation of the coalition agreement.”

Mofaz added: “I said on Monday that I do not accept the Prime Minister’s decision.”

Plesner’s report also deals with Arab recruitment for two years of civil service inside their communities. He said the goal is to reach 60 thousand recruits. The legal framework allows and even requires it, but he says physical and budgetary foundations must be put in place first.

National Union Recess Tour

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The National Union went on the road this week, despite the Knesset’s recess. The first stop was Naot Kedumim, near Modiin, where the faction took a specialized agriculture tour in the popular Biblical Landscape Reserve. After the tour, MKs Ariel, Eldad and Ben-Ari, faction manager Uri Bank, and other National Union faction officials sat down with the manager of the site, who informed them of the many difficulties Naot Kedumim faces in the areas of development, promotion, marketing, infrastructure, and transportation.  The National Union agreed that the educational aspect of the reserve is important and said they will encourage more visitors, particularly youth, to the site.

The next stop was Ateret, where the National Union heard from local representatives about the current and planned projects for the Shomron settlement. The faction viewed the new access road to Rawabi, the new exclusive Arab city being built on the mountain next to Ateret. The MKs were shocked to see the access road being built in Area C, an area under Israeli civilian and military control, despite government assurances that the road would not interfere with Ateret’s current projects and transportation access.

MK Ariel reacted to the new road:  “The rapid development of Rawabi is very alarming.  There is an urgent need to find solutions to refrain from harming Jewish access roads both from a security standpoint and in terms of infrastructure, and I will work most urgently together with my faction.”  MK Eldad, also upset by the road, said, “the claims that objections to the road were published legally are false, unless they were published in Zimbabwe. Together with the Members of Knesset, I will take parliamentary action in order to stop these illegal activities in Rawabi.”

Kadima Calls Faction Meeting Amid Rumors of a Split in the Party

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The Kadima Party has asked all its Knesset Members and assistants to attend a faction meeting scheduled for today at 3 PM. “With rumors of an impending split in the party next week no matter who wins, Opposition leader Tzipi Livni is looking to keep her ship together,” said a source in the Knesset.

Dalia Itzik, Kadima’s Faction Chairwoman and the last faction member yet to announce who she will support in the upcoming primary between Livni and Shaul Mofaz, has been linked to discussions with Mofaz’s campaign over the weekend. Last week, Kadima’s faction meeting was cancelled because of tensions between the two camps, but with Itzik expected to declare her support today at the faction meeting, Mofaz appears to be gaining in his challenge against the incumbent.

Itzik’s announcement of support for Mofaz would be a particularly stinging blow for Livni, as Itzik has reportedly been a longtime political confidante and friend of the Opposition leader.

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