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Al Jazeera Celebrates Fall of Israeli Embassy Official Who Shot Off his Mouth on Hidden Camera [video]

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Israel’s embassy in London apologized for the actions of its senior political officer Shai Masot, who had been taped describing his plan to “take down” British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson’s deputy, Alan Duncan, for opposing Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria. Masot was speaking to a senior aide to Conservative Minister of State for Education Robert Halfon. Their conversation was filmed covertly in a London restaurant and obtained by The Mail from Al Jazeera on Sunday.


Al Jazeera has been preparing a four-part series based on a six-month undercover investigation, titled “The Lobby,” exposing the Israeli government as being in “the midst of a brazen, covert influence campaign in Britain.” by will reveal. Each episode will be broadcast daily on Al Jazeera starting January 15 at 22:30 GMT.

For half a year, an undercover reporter with the pseudonym Robin met with “members of Britain’s lobby network that enjoys strong support from the Israeli government by way of the Israeli embassy in London.” Posing as a graduate activist who supports Israel and hates the BDS movement, Robin discovered, among other things, how “an Israeli diplomat plotted to destroy the careers of senior politicians.”

Robin secretly filmed Shai Masot at a London brasserie asking Maria Strizzolo, then chief of staff to MP Robert Halfon, the deputy chairman of the ruling Conservative Party: “Can I give you some MPs that I would suggest you take down?”

Strizzolo responded: “Well you know, if you look hard enough I’m sure that there is something that they’re trying to hide.”

“Yeah. I have some MPs,” Masot told her, suggesting she knows “which MPs I want to take down … The Deputy Foreign Minister.”

Strizzolo told Masot that “a little scandal” might cause Duncan to lose his job.

Duncan called the settlements back in 2014 an “ever-deepening stain on the face of the globe,” and said the city of Hebron was under apartheid rule.

During the same dinner, Masot described British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as an “idiot … without any kind of responsibilities,” but who was also “basically good.”

Israel’s embassy said in a statement that the comments were “completely unacceptable,” and that ambassador Mark Regev had apologized to Duncan. It also announced that Masot would be terminated “shortly.”

David Israel

Russian Foreign Minister Warns Kerry: Keep your Dirty Laundry Out of UN SC

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone conversation Tuesday to stop trying to use the Middle East Quartet and the United Nations Security Council as a forum to reflect the bickering between the Democrats and the Republicans, TASS reported Tuesday night, stressing that “the conversation was initiated by the American side.”

The Russian foreign ministry issued a statement saying, “The two top diplomats exchanged views on the situation in the Palestinian-Israeli settlements and around it. Lavrov stressed the necessity of creating conditions for direct talks between the leaders of Israel and Palestine and warned against bringing the US domestic agenda into the work of the Middle East Quartet and the United Nations Security Council. He stressed that attempts to use these formats in bickering between the Democrats and Republicans are harmful.”

Lavrov told Kerry that President Obama’s Administration’s attempts to further wreck Russia-US cooperation were unacceptable.

“Touching on bilateral relations, the Russian minister once again stressed the inadmissibility of the Barack Obama administration’s course to further undermine the basics of normal cooperation between Russia and the United States,” the ministry said.

Lavrov also warned that “tensions could increase” should Washington ease restrictions on supplying portable air defense systems to the Syrian armed opposition groups.

“The parties discussed the ways to settle the Syrian crisis in the light of the agreements reached at the recent trilateral meeting between the Russian, Turkish and Iranian foreign ministers, aimed at ensuring ceasefire across Syria and stepping up the war on terror,” the statement continues. “Lavrov pointed out that if Washington eased restrictions on arming Syrian rebels, so that portable air defense systems could be provided to them, tensions may increase as well as the death toll.”

David Israel

Gov. Cuomo Blacklists Foreign BDS Supporters

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

The State of New York has created a blacklist of a foreign companies supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, The NY Post reported Friday.

Back in June, Gov. Cuomo told reporters–just before going out to lead the annual Celebrate Israel Parade: “Today, I’m going to sign an Executive Order that says very clearly, we are against the BDS movement, and it’s very simple. If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you. If you divert revenues from Israel, New York will divert revenues from you. If you sanction Israel, New York will sanction you, period. Thank you.”

“We are against the BDS movement in every way,” the governor reiterated. “We are against companies that do it. We are against the promotion of it by companies and by entities. I am very proud to be the first governor in the United States of America to sign this Executive Order, and I encourage every governor in this country to sign such an Executive Order.”

The governor presented his vehement anti-BDS position from a staunchly liberal perspective. “One of the great capacities of New York, is New York can lead by example and when New York does something, it’s a fair question for every elected official across the country, ‘Why don’t you do what New York did?’” he noted, continuing, “That was true historically when we led all sorts of reforms, the women’s movement, the environmental rights movement, human rights movement. It was true when we passed marriage equality a few years ago, and I signed that bill, and the next week they went to every elected official across the country and said, ‘Well, New York, Governor Cuomo signed the Marriage Equality bill, would you?’ They went to the Vice President and the President – the next week literally.”

“New York signs this Executive Order today,” Gov. Cuomo concluded, “It’s a fair question for every elected official. Why don’t you sign the same Executive Order? Why don’t you stand up for Israel? We want to know where you are, who you are and actions speak louder than words. Sign the Executive Order.”

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Netanyahu Thanks Uruguayan Foreign Minister for Nov. 29 Vote

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday met with Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem. The two signed a customs cooperation agreement.

Netanyahu thanked the Uruguayan Foreign Minister for his country’s friendship and support, and for its important pro-Israel position at the UN Assembly as well as the Security Council.

The Prime Minister said that bilateral cooperation between the two countries should be expanded, among other things in the fields of agriculture and technology, and commented on Israel’s improving relationships with the nations of Latin America.

Foreign Minister Novoa said his country’s friendship and commitment to Israel have continued since the 29 November 1947 UN partition vote all the way up to the important role being played by Uruguayan Ambassador to the UN Enrique Rodríguez Fabregat.

David Israel

Russian MP Affirms Jews’ Temple Mount Ties, Foreign Minister Calls Israel’s UNESCO Reaction ‘Over the Top’

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

A delegation of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday held meetings at the Russian Federation Council — the upper house of the country’s Federal Assembly. Addressing the criticism of Russia’s vote in favor of UNESCO’s resolution which ignores the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the chairman of the Council of the Federation Committee on Foreign Affairs, Konstantin Kosachev, said Russia has never questioned the Jews’ right to the Temple Mount, nor has it questioned the right of others to the holy site.

However, in late October, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told TASS that Israel’s emotional approach to resolutions of UNESCO on Jerusalem is “not quite justified,” suggesting the Israelis’ “emotions are over the top.”

“Israelis have a sensitive attitude toward that issue,” he said, “But this time we felt that Israelis’ emotions are a bit over the top in that issue,” Gatilov said, adding that “in this regard, the excessively emotional approach of Israel is not quite justified.”

Knesset Committee Chairman MK Avi Dichter (Likud), and MKs Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beitenu), Eyal Ben-Reuven (Zionist Camp) and Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid), and their hosts stressed the importance of the relations between the countries, as well as the need to continue the diplomatic and security dialogue and continue developing the economic, cultural and technological ties.

The talks also focused on Israel’s and Russia’s mutual interest in seeking regional stability and combating terror, and ideas on how to cooperate were discussed.

As to the Russian government’s decision on paying working pensions to Israelis who immigrated from the former Soviet Union, the officials said the decision is supposed to be approved by the State Duma (the lower house of the Russian parliament) and the Federation Council by the end of the year.

The delegation also met with the Russia-Israel Friendship Association, and attended a dinner hosted by the Israeli ambassador. The dinner was also attended by four chairpersons of committees in the State Duma and the Federation Council, as well as by Russia’s chief rabbi.

On Tuesday the MKs are scheduled to meet with representatives of the Israeli Foreign Ministry in Moscow, with President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy to the Middle East, Mikhail Bogdanov, with members of the State Duma’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Defense Committee, and with the deputy head of the National Security Council.

David Israel

Liberal Hypocrisy on Foreign Government Intervention

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s website, FirstOne Through}

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused Russia of trying to influence the US election by leaking thousands of Democratic National Committee emails to embarrass the Democrats.  The emails showed how the DNC sought to discredit Senator Bernie Sanders in an effort to promote Clinton, and to disrupt Trump rallies, among other things.

The veracity of the emails were not questioned by Clinton or fellow Democrats.

Clinton claimed that the Russians leaked such emails to help elect Donald Trump, and she made a point of connecting Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin in her third debate with Trump.  Interestingly, some of the leaked emails connected Clinton herself with Putin.

In another twist of hypocrisy, just a few months earlier, various left-wing groups decried Israel’s new NGO law which required Non-Governmental Organizations that lobby the Israeli parliament and run various agencies within Israel and its territories, to disclose if they receive more than half of their funding from foreign governments.  The left-wing groups even got the United Nations to chime in that such identification transparency law was anti-democratic, even though the NGOs would still able to continue to lobby and function.

It is a remarkable bit of hypocrisy for liberal groups to try to stop a foreign government from simply publicizing emails that Democrats actually wrote, while supporting various foreign governments efforts to ACTIVELY lobby and operate inside Israel anonymously.

The New Israel Fund (NIF) is an organization that helps create such NGOs that receive foreign funding, loudly voiced its opposition to the Israeli Transparency Law. The NIF CEO is also on the Advisory Board of J Street and the Founding Executive Director of the Progressive Jewish Alliance, which ultimately became Bend the Arc, a Jewish PAC which endorsed Clinton for President.

It would appear that liberals are transparently hypocritical.


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J Street’s Select Appreciation of Transparency

Adalah, Dismantling Zionism

Liberals’ Biggest Enemies of 2015

George Soros’ Left Wing Lobbying Dwarfs Goldman Sachs and the NRA

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Paul Gherkin

Finance Minister Exposing Fresh Meat Market to Foreign Competition

Monday, October 17th, 2016

At a time when free markets are losing favor in the eyes of GOP voters in the US, Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) has decided to open up the fresh meat market to competition from abroad. As part of this move, the quota for duty-free fresh meat imports will be doubled.

Needless to say, the move was not received well by Israeli farmers. On Friday, they demonstrated outside the Kfar Yehoshua train station, where the first commercial service on the Jezreel Valley railway line was being inaugurated. Armed with their tractors and pickup trucks, the cattle growers accused Kahlon of plotting to destroy Israel’s 460 cattle farms. They received support from MK Eitan Broshi (Zionist Camp), chairman of the agricultural lobby in the Knesset.

The Finance Ministry began exposing the local fresh meat market to foreign competition about two years ago, under Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) who now shares the opposition benches with Broshi. Indeed, this year there were a number of fresh meat brands available on the local market at roughly 25% less than the average price. The low price drove high consumer interest and supplies ran out before the end of the year.

According to the Agriculture Ministry, opening up the Israeli market to supplies from the EU countries is intended to replace the frozen meat market with higher-quality fresh meat, a move similar to the Agriculture Ministry’s eliminating the frozen poultry market, which used to encompass the bulk of Israel’s poultry market, replacing it with fresh poultry.

The new move will extend these lower prices to the coming years. The Finance Ministry has been conducting talks with the major local players in the industry, and an agreement has been reached on government subsidies to grass-fed, free range cattle growers and on spreading the import outline so that the market will become completely open by 2020.

The plan is for the quotas for fresh meat from abroad to be raised in 2020 to 17,500 tons, while duty will be reduced to 12%. In addition, local farmers will be permitted to import up to 10% of the market in fresh meat, to encourage local production and safeguard employment.

Israel’s  Chief  Rabbinate supervises the slaughtering of kosher meat  being  imported  to  Israel. Currently,  the  importation  of  non-kosher  meat  to  Israel  is  forbidden. The  Import Department of  the Chief  Rabbinate conducts tests  and  authorizes  slaughterhouses  and  teams of  inspectors.

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