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April 19, 2015 / 30 Nisan, 5775
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Liberman and Bennett Teaming Up Against Netanyahu

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

MK Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) said that Bayit Yehudi will not let Shas get the Religious Affairs Ministry, even if it means blowing up the negotiations, according to Nana10.

Shaked said the Bayit Yehudi party would not abandon all the achievements it made on religion and state issues.

Channel 2 reports that Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) and Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) have reached an agreement wherase Bayit Yehudi would stop demanding the Foreign Ministry from PM Netanyahu, which is the ministry that Liberman wants; in exchange Liberman would help Bennett get the Religious Affairs Ministry, which the Hareidi Shas party is demanding, and at this point is expected to get.

Bennett also wants either the Defense or Foreign Ministry, but would be willing to settle for less if properly compensated with additional, smaller ministries as well as an alternative senior position. Netanyahu supposedly promised Bennett the Defense Minsitry before the elections, when it was thought Bayit Yehudi would have at least 12 seats.

Liberman and Bennett would both work together to prevent Netanyahu from bringing the Zionist Union into the coalition.

Though Yitzchak Herzog (Zionist Union) again said that he would not be joining the coalition with Netanyahu, and will be in the opposition working to replace Netanyahu.

It appears that Netanyahu wanted to save negotiating with Liberman for last, after he had 61 seats on board from the other coalition partners. This would have given Liberman very little negotiating power.

But Netanyahu isn’t making his most natural partner, Bayit Yehudi, very happy at the moment, and the plan may have backfired.

One of the latest rumors says that Bayit Yehudi will receive four ministries, of which Naftali Bennett would receive both the Ministry of the Economy and the Intelligence Ministry.

The other two ministies they would get are Agriculture for Uri Ariel and Senior Citizens for Ayelet Shaked.

Yisrael Hayom, which is close to Netanyahu says that the Likud will keep 12 ministries, including: Defense, Justice, Interior Security, Communications, Transportation, Social and Education.

Bomb Explodes at UNRWA Headquarters in Gaza

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Two bombs exploded simultaneously at UNRWA headquarters and near a Hamas police station Saturday night.

No one was injured, and no organization has take responsibility for the twin attacks. The bomb at UNRWA exploded “about ten feet from the door, causing no casualties or damage,” according to the U.N. agency’s spokesperson Adnan abu Hasna.

The second device blast was near the home of a Hamas public prosecutor.

The two attacks followed one on Friday that set on fire Hamas offices that are in the former home of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Hamas has been facing internal struggles, especially between the political and military echelon as well as eternal rivalry from other terrorist organizations.

A delegation of the so-called unity government of Hamas and Abbas’ Fatah movement is supposed to visit Gaza this week. There is no chance Ababa will visit and leave alive.

Hamas’ dire circumstances are reflected in the revival of a threat to kidnap Israelis and its rapid rebuilding of terror tunnels, thanks to financial aid from Qatar and Iran.

The bomb at UNRWA was aimed at the organization that one the one hand has imprisoned tens of thousands of Gazans with eternal hopelessness as “refugees’ and on the other hand has made them dependent on them to live. The bombs near Hamas’ office and the police station are aimed at getting rid of the terrorist regime so a different one can take over.

When things can’t get worse, Hamas tries to make the people feel good by ramping up for war on Israel.

Putin Warns Israel Against Weapons Sales to Ukraine as it Lifts Ban on S300 Sale to Iran

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Israel to not sell weapons to the Ukraine.

Putin said that the Israeli weapons in the Ukraine would raise the overall death toll, but in the end Russia would still win. He called any potential new sales “counterproductive”.

Last week, after Russia said it would remove the ban on the sale of the S300 surface-to-air missiles to Iran, PM Netanyahu reportedly called Putin to strongly express his concerns.

The S300 missile system is potentially capable of taking down Israeli or US planes attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities. An option Israel is weighing as a means to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Russia had previously cancelled a sale of the S300 missile system to Syria at Israel’s request, but the sale to Iran is a far larger, and more important deal for Russia to ultimately give up on, in terms of both money and regional influence.

Israel has reportedly sold weapons to the Ukraine in the past, but stopped after a similar Russian request.

On Saturday, the Iranians displayed their supposed home-grown version of the S300, which they call the S373. But there’s very little chance they’ve developed anything equivalent.

Netanyahu Visits Grave of his Entebbe Hero Brother

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara visited on Saturday night the grave of Yoni Netanyahu, the leader and lone IDF casualty in the rescue mission at Entebbe in 1976.

They visited the grave at the Mt. Herzl Cemetery at night instead of on Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars this week so that bereaved families would not have to face a long wait because of security measures.

Israel Caves in to US and Frees Tax Money for PA without Erasing Debt

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Israel has agreed to fork over to the Palestinian Authority $450 million in frozen funds it collects for the Abbas regime in a compromise that only reduces without erasing Ramallah’s $500 million debt for electricity and other services.

The monthly transfer amounts to approximately 70 percent of Palestinian Authority revenues.

The agreement was reached Friday, the same day Al Quds’ journalist Said Arikat said at the daily US State Dept. briefing:

There was a meeting today between the European and American consul-generals with the Palestinian prime minister to discuss the financial situation. The Israelis are holding 1.7 billion shekels, or $500 million. But they’re saying that the American consul general suggested that there may be a resolution in the next 24 hours.

Spokeswoman Marie Harf did not comment except to say, “We think this just needs to be resolved.”

The United States has been pressuring Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to change his position that the funds would be released after Israel deducts the huge amount of money the Palestinian Authority owes the country. Israel reportedly agreed to the compromise for “humanitarian” reasons.

PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas rejected the chance to erase the debt, which would have been meant waiting for approximately four months before receiving more tax money. He also would have been able to have a clean slate, although it is difficult to assume he would not have instantly begun to rack up a new debt.

The compromise agreement only partially reduces the debt. Moreover, previous transfers of tax money with debt reductions have been followed by a larger debt, just like any other deadbeat who ostensibly stays solvent by borrowing money to cover a debt.

This game has been going on for years, and the United States wants Israel to keep playing along. It might be to Israel’s advantage because it only is a matter of time before the Palestinian Authority goes belly-up, possible in sync with the European Union.

Israel has frozen the transfers for tax revenues several times and for different reasons, such as terror and Abbas’ failure to honor commitments during the illusion “peace process. The latest reason, in January, was Abbas’ declaration that the Palestinian Authority was applying for membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC)

Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, blamed Israel’s four-month freeze on tax revenue transfers for having “undermined the stability of the Palestinian institutions.”

The other side of the coin, the one that Israel has given Abbas, is that his own corrupt and inept regime has undermined stability.

 

Raising the Star

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Israeli workers raise a large Star of David (Magen David) onto the “Harp Bridge” at the entrance of Jerusalem on April 17, 2015, in honor of Israel’s upcoming Israel’s Memorial Day and the 67th Independence Day.

Israel will mark its 67th Independence Day on April 22, 2015.

Destruction of Tunnel Smuggling Driving Gaza Drug Addicts Crazy

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Thousands of Gaza Arabs, including young teenagers, are going out of their minds because Egypt’s destruction of smuggling tunnels has left them without an addictive painkiller. The London Times reported.

Withdrawal systems have driven patients to the edge of suicide after not being able to able to obtain Tramadol, an addictive prescription drug that was bought from tunnel smugglers at one-tenth the price  on the local black market.

The Hamas Health Ministry told the newspaper that the heroin-like effect of Tramadol has resulted in a 50 percent increase of drug addicts seeking help. The drug not only is 10 times more expensive than it was before Egypt started to close the tunnels, but it also is difficult to find even on the black market

The drug dopes patients so that they can tune out their living hell.

Gaza once was a decent place to live and earn a living under the “occupation” after Egypt gladly surrendered the  hell-hole known as the Gaza Strip in the Six-Day War in 1967.

Israel gave Gaza residents their first opportunity to work in Israel, work under decent conditions for Jewish farmers in Gaza, and operate their own affairs to a limited extent instead under the aegis of Cairo.

Yasser Arafat turned everything around in the late 1980s and introduced terrorism as a way of life.

However,  the London Times report blames Israel – who else? – for the painkiller crisis even though it was Egypt and not Israel that is on the tunnel warpath.

The logic, so to speak, works like this:

Gazans use Tramadol because of “the hardship of living in the war-torn territory under an eight-year Israeli blockade,” referring to the blockade that has been all but lifted except for suicide belts and other materials that Hamas would call humanitarian aid. Egypt has used an iron fist at the Rafah land crossing to enforce an off-an-on blockade.

The London Times continued to connect dots from different pages by blaming the ” worsening economic conditions in the aftermath of the summer war [with Israel],” referring to the latest in a series of min-wars that Hamas has launched.

The newspaper took the time to drill into readers’ psyches about “the 51-day war with Israel last year, in which 2,200 Palestinians were killed and more than 17,000 homes destroyed, [which] boosted the popularity of the ‘escapist’ drug.”

Of course, in the eyes of the leftists, Israel is to blame for Hamas’ war because it still “occupies” Jerusalem’s Old City, Efrat, Maaleh Adumim and other areas previously uninhabited and which the Palestinian Authority makes out as part their ancient homeland that Arafat manufactured.

In the eyes of the bleeding heart liberals, Israel also is to blame for beating back the Egyptians in the 1967 war, which perhaps was caused by having become a country in 1948.

Now that Gaza have to live without addictive painkillers and with the misery of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, it would be interesting to see the results of a free election, which is only theoretical since it cannot happen under Hamas.

The supposed election would give them the choice to return to Egyptian rule, remain under the Hamas regime, or go back to the “occupation” when their economic and political freedoms were blossoming.

Given the last 20 years of fear and loathing under the Palestinian Authority, Gazans might prefer a fourth alternative – Tramadol.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/destruction-of-tunnel-smuggling-driving-gaza-drug-addicts-crazy/2015/04/17/

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