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December 18, 2014 / 26 Kislev, 5775
 
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Cabinet Approves Eizenkot for IDF Chief of Staff

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

The Cabinet Sunday morning approved the nomination of Gadi Eizenkott as IDF Chief of Staff,

“Gadi Eizenkot is the right man in the right place at the right time. Gadi has been a soldier and a commander. He is a veteran commander and he can lead the IDF in the face of the major challenges that surround us,” said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

“The challenges are unceasing; they are not taking even a moment’s respite, and I am convinced that with determined, responsible and strong leadership and policy, along with Gadi’s command of the IDF, we will be able to overcome any and all obstacles and challenges,” he added.

“I wish Gadi Eizenkot great success; his success in all areas is our success.”

Polls Show Voters Don’t Like Bibi but He Will Be Elected

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

More than 60 percent of Israeli voters think Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will return to office, according to a poll published Saturday by Channel 10.

The results are totally opposite the impression promoted by foreign and local anti-Netanyahu media the past week that his popularity has dropped to as low as 23 percent.

Netanyahu was very popular during the Protective Edge war against Hamas last summer. Once it was over and Israelis went back to fighting each other instead of the enemy, his rating plummeted, which is par for the course.

It is not surprising the Prime Minister is not popular because he does not have panaceas for security and gimmicks for the economy, the top issues that worry Israeli voters even more than a soccer game.

When Labor party chairman Yitzchak Herzog and his new has-been partner Tzipi Livni speak of magic potions like the Peace Process and social justice unto the ears of the People of Israel, they become very popular, temporarily.

The poll by Channel 10, which last week announced that Netanyahu’s popularity rating was only 23 percent, showed that 62 percent of Israelis think Netanyahu will return as Prime Minister after the elections in March,

More astounding, no one else came nearly as close. Number two, so to speak, was Herzog, whom only 15 percent thought will lead the next coalition.

Herzog and Livni simply do not have Netanyahu’s success and ability to communicate.

The center-left, buoyed by the media, can fool themselves into thinking they will dump Netanyahu, but the Channel 10 poll shows the voters prefer someone they do not like and  on whom they can depend rather someone who they like but is acting out the part.

Where Were the PA Police When IDF Found Two Arabs with an M-16 Rifle?

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Israeli soldiers arrested two Palestinian Authority Arabs Saturday after discovering they were carrying an M-16 rifle as they tried to pass through a checkpoint in northern Samaria.

The men tried to flee but stopped when soldiers fired warning shots in the air in what is almost a daily event. Sometimes it is knives, sometimes it is pistols, and sometimes it is explosives. This time it was a semi-automatic rifle.

The two men were apprehended in what pro-Arab and anti-“occupation” media call a degrading search.

It would be a lot more polite to take down all checkpoints and simply let people pass through freely, bringing with them all the weapons they want.

They is what they do within the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria because the PA police only go after Arabs who are a threat to their leader, Mahmoud Abbas, the man who is serving his ninth year of a four-year term of office that was to be followed by elections..

It seems that the first and only election in the Palestinian Authority was enough for a lifetime.

Palestinian Authority “security” is on par with its “democracy.” The “two-state solution” that Abbas panders and wants to force on Israel with pre-determined borders to be accepted by the United Nations provides places Israeli security in the hands of the Palestinian Authority, which allows its “civilians” to carry M-16 rifles.

FM: International Palestinian Incitement Sparked Attack on Israeli Embassy in Athens

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

An attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens on Friday has been blamed on the continuing anti-Israel incitement disseminated around the world by the Palestinian Authority.

Foreign Ministry officials said in a statement over the weekend, “The international community must condemn this continuing incitement that leads to these results.

“Israel thanks the Greek authorities for their close cooperation in investigating the incident,” a Foreign Ministry person said.

“We are hopeful that the perpetrators will be caught and punished.”

The embassy building was sprayed with gunfire at 3:20 am Friday, according to the AFP news agency. Two gunmen riding on the back of motorcycles had aimed at least 54 rounds from a Kalashnikov while passing the embassy, situated at the corner of a busy intersection in an affluent northern Athens suburb.

“There were two bursts of gunfire … they must have emptied an entire clip,” a gas station attendant told reporters in a television news report.

Kalashnikov assault rifles used in the attack were also used in a similar assault on the German ambassador’s residence last December, Greek police said. They told reporters late Friday a far-left group, the People’s Fighter Group, was likely responsible for the attack. Both American and German offices have been targeted by terrorists in previous attacks last year, and in 2007.

But government minister Vassilis Kikilias told the Ana news agency while inspecting the scene of the attack, “No one is going to affect the relations between Greece and Israel.” Government spokesperson Sophia Vultepsi added that Athens is taking “determined steps” against terror groups.

Israel and Greece have good relations, but the government has been very critical of Israeli policies towards the Palestinian Authority, and the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party has gained popularity in the co

The Use of Fire May Have Begun In Israel 350,000 Years Ago

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

A study of artifacts in an ancient cave near Haifa indicated that humans first started using fire there approximately 350,000 years ago, Scienemag.org reported.

The Tabun Cave, located approximately 12 miles south of Haifa, “is unique in that it’s a site with a very long sequence,” according to University of Haifa archaeologist Ron Shimelmitz. His new study examined  “step by step how the use of fire changed in the cave.”

The Tabun Cave is rich in artifacts. It was occupied intermittently from 500,000 to around 40,000 years ago.

“Researchers examined artifacts previously excavated from the site, which are mostly flint tools for cutting and scraping, and flint debris created in their manufacture,” Sciencemag wrote.

An examination of approximately 100 layers of sediments in the depths of the cave deposits showed that none of the flints were burned from a period of approximately 350,000 years ago. Layers above that exposed many flints with red or black colors or cracking that showed they had been exposed to fire.

The researchers wrote in the Journal of Human Evolution that since wildfires were rare in cases, they were controlled by those who lit them.

There are indications from other sites that humans used fire before then but there is no conclusive evidence that they were  able to master its use.

Debates still rage among experts whether the use of fire actually began up to 2 million years ago or only more recently.

Harvard University’s Richard Wrangham said the Tabun caves study was “exciting” but not enough to convince him.

He agrees with Prof. Shimelmitz agree that whenever fire began, it changed the lives of humans by allowing them to cook and keep warm.

“There’s a reason people think we got fire from the gods,” Shimelmitz added.

 

 

‘Liberman Open to Labor Coalition’ Means ‘I Am Running Scared’

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman threw open the door Saturday to joining a Labor-HaTnua (Tzipi Livni) coalition government Saturday while keeping his foot in the other door by saying he still could be part of a new Likud government headed by Binyamin Netanyahu.

Political leaders should not be subservient to “electoral interests,” he stated.

That is what he said. He meant just the opposite.

Liberman was more accurate with another remark – that leaders must be ”practical.”

For Liberman, being practical means positioning himself to be prime minister one day. To do so, he must be a slave to his own “electoral interests.”

The idea of Yisrael Beytenu being part of a coalition government headed by the Labor party, which now includes “HaTnua” headed by Livni seems preposterous, and Labor chairman Yitzchak Herzog has not yet responded. He can be expected to say, “We don’t rule out any coalition partners who share our principles.”

Liberman has said over and over and over that Israel has no “peace partner” in Mahmoud Abbas. Herzog and Livni have said over and over and over that the peace process must be revived, even though it is thoroughly impossible, considering that Abbas has ditched it unless Israel is ready to sign on the dotted line to surrender half of Jerusalem and allow the Palestinian Authority to deploy terrorists at Israel’s former borders that would be those of the new Arab country.

Liberman also has demanded that Israel adopt a “loyalty oath,” something that appalls bleeding heart liberals like Herzog and Livni.

So why is Liberman taking a left turn?

He wants to scare Netanyahu and make the Prime Minister realize that without Yisrael Beytenu, he has no chance of forming a new government.

Liberman also is figuring that come March 18, the day after the elections, Livni and Herzog may be able to attract other parties into a coalition that still would be a few shy of the majority of 61 needed to form a new government.

Liberman is announcing he is ready to ride on his white horse. “Hi, ho Silver,” the Messiah has come.

Liberman wants to be needed by Netanyahu and by Labor-Livni, but he is going to lose a lot of seats along the away by being so “practical” and might end up with not much to offer.

Netanyahu might not even need him. If the Jewish Home and Moshe Kahlon’s new Kulanu party score big, the Prime Minister may have the option of filling the gap with the new modern Haredi party that is about to be formed by Eli Yishai.

Liberman is running scared. Yisrael Beytenu is not what it once was. The merger with the Likud  before the last elections did not last very long after the votes were counted. Liberman split off to retain his own party, and since then he has been distancing himself from more nationalist Knesset Members such as Agricultural Minister Yair Shamir, son of the late Prime Minister, and Uzi Landau.

Yisrael Beytenu always was and still is the Liberman party, and his opening the door to a Labor-Livni coalition might close the door to his political future.

Gett Nominated for the Golden Globes

Friday, December 12th, 2014

An Israeli film that scrutinizes Israel’s  divorce laws has been nominated for the Golden Globes as one of the Best Foreign Language Films.

The selection of “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem”, by the brother and sister team of Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz, was announced on Thursday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The film, which stars Ronit Elkabetz in the title role, follows an Israeli woman in her five-year quest to obtain a Jewish legal divorce, or get, from her husband through the Israeli rabbinical court system. The husband’s persistent refusal leaves her stranded in legal limbo, since Jewish law dictates that he must consent to release her from the marriage.

The film is the third in a trilogy by the sibling writers and directors, following the 2004 film “To Take a Wife” and 2008’s “Shiva,” which focused on the same main characters.

According to Variety, the movie’s success has spurred a movement to change the divorce laws depicted in the movie, which can leave women at the mercy of uncooperative husbands. Variety reports that the administration of Israel’s rabbinical courts plan to screen the movie at the annual meeting of the country’s rabbinical judges in February.

“We wrote Vivian’s story based on the very simple fact that still today in Israel a woman must get her husband’s consent if she wants a divorce,” said Ronit Elkabetz in response to the nomination, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I am happy and proud that we have brought Vivian’s voice and struggle for freedom to the world. The film asks that women be allowed to live their lives with dignity and basic human rights.

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