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April 26, 2015 / 7 Iyar, 5775
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Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein Dies at Age 81

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, a leading national religious figure and chief rabbi of the Har Etzion Yeshiva in Gush Etzion, died Monday morning at the age of 81. He will be buried on Tuesday in Gush Etzion.

His health has been declining in recent years.

He was born in Paris shortly after the Nazi occupation, but his family managed to escape to the United States. He studied at Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin, Yeshiva University and at Harvard, where he earned a doctorate in English Literature.

Rabbi Lichtenstein was married to a daughter of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, under whom he studied. He was head rabbi of Yeshiva University before moving to Israel

He joined Rabbi Yehuda Amital to head the Har Etzion Yeshiva in 1971, and he maintained a close connection with Yeshiva University through its Gruss Institute affiliate in Jerusalem and its Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Lichtenstein was awarded the Israel Prize for Jewish Literature last year on Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

He and his wife, Dr. Tova Lichtenstein, moved in 2005 from Jerusalem to Alon Shvut, where Yeshiva Har Etzion is located.

They had six children.

Bennett Flexes Muscles and Threatens to Knock Out Coalition

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) chairman Naftali Bennett used Twitter late Sunday night to warn Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that he can forget about a right-wing coalition if he fulfills a pre-election promise to give the Shas Sephardi Hareidi party control of the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Bennett was in charge of the ministry in the last government and is not willing to leave the national religious community out in the cold and let a Hareidi party reverse a trend to weaken the authority of the Hareidi establishment.

Bennett wrote:

Unilaterally taking the Ministry of Religious Affairs away from the national religious community and handing it over to Shas means the end of negotiations with Bayit Yehudi.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is asking President Reuven Rivlin for another two weeks to form a coalition.

The truth is that if the Prime Minister had run out of extensions, he and the potential coalition partners would have struck a deal now. As usual, everyone uses the clock to play chicken with each other.

Netanyahu knows that Bennett and Shas chairman Aryeh Deri are not prepared to force him into a corner without a coalition. And Bennett and Aryeh know that that if they do so, there always is the option of a national unity government with the dreaded Yitzchak Herzog and Tzipi Livni. Going that route would make the last Titanic coalition look like the Queen Elizabeth, so you can count on everyone finding common ground.

But how can Netanyahu get out of this mess created by promising the Religious Affairs Ministry to Shas when Bennett blocks it with a red line?

Easy.

Netanyahu can simply declare himself Minister of Religious Affairs and appoint two deputies – Bennett and Deri.

We wanted a Jewish country, right?

So we come up with Jewish solutions.

Two Jews, three ministers.

Egypt Destroys 285 Smuggling and Terror Tunnels in Three Months

Monday, April 20th, 2015

The Egyptian army has destroyed 185 smuggling and terror tunnels under the border between Egypt and Gaza since February, according to the country’s military spokesman.

Sixty-nine of them were destroyed in the past three weeks. One of them was more than a mile long and 10 feet deep and was used for smuggling weapons and people.

Cairo has proposed that digging a tunnel along the border is a crime, with a punishment of life in prison.

The clampdown on the tunnels, following several murderous terrorist attacks on Egyptian soldiers, has been met with almost total silence by the United Nations and foreign media, unlike the condemnation of Israel when the IDF used to shut down the tunnels.

Egypt also has created a buffer zone and destroyed more than 1,100 houses on the Egyptian side of the border with Gaza.

PLO Targets Israeli Soccer Athletes

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

I guess we should be grateful. In 1972, The “Palestinians” murdered 11 Israeli athletes in Munich.

Fast forward to 2015, and the “Palestinians” are seemingly satisfied with just trying to get Israel athletes banned from playing soccer in FIFA, the international soccer organization.

That would be a civilized step up for them, if true.

FIFA has agreed to have a discussion on May 29, at the Palestinian Football Association’s request, to have the Israel Football Association suspended or banned from FIFA.

But have the “Palestinians” really graduated to merely politicizing sports?

In 2006, FIFA agreed to fund the repairs of Gaza’s soccer field, after Israel blew the field up.

Israel blew up the field, because besides soccer, the field was being used as a training facility for Islamic Jihad and al-Aqsa Martyrs. And a week earlier an Israeli soccer field was hit with a Kassam rocket launched from Gaza.

Israel blew up that same Gazan soccer field again in 2012. This time because Gaza’s terrorists were using it to launch rockets at Israel. Hamas actually built an underground rocket launchers into the soccer field, the killing field.

Unfortunately, the “Palestinians” are still using sports to try and kill and attack Jews.

Netanyahu Warns of Increased Iran Aggression in Middle East

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that Iran is stepping up its aggression in the Middle East – and that world powers seem to be deliberately ignoring Tehran’s activities in the region.

In his opening statement to the weekly government cabinet meeting, Netanyahu noted how Iran proudly displayed the recent shipment of the S-300 missiles Tehran received from Russia in a military parade.

“Israel views with utmost gravity the supply of S-300 missiles from Russia to Iran, especially at a time when Iran is stepping up its aggression in the region and around the borders of the State of Israel,” the prime minister said.

“Israel also views with utmost gravity the fact that there is no reference to this aggression in the agreement being made between the major powers and Iran.

“There is no stipulation that this aggression be halted, whether at the start of the agreement or as a condition for the lifting of sanctions.

“Yesterday we saw the military parade in Tehran and Iran’s exhibition of weapons to the world. Every year the missiles are bigger and enhanced – in accuracy, strength and deadliness; however, one thing does not change.

“What does not change is the inscription ‘Death to Israel’ on the missiles. Against the threats that I have described, Israel will do whatever is necessary to defend the security of the state and its citizens,” Netanyahu added.

Weather Forecast Rains Out BBQ for Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Israel’s favorite pastime on Yom Ha’Atzmaut is the Bar-B-Que, known in Hebrew as “mangal,” but it is going to be rained out in most of the country if the weather forecasters are right.

Predicting weather in Israel between winter and summer is tricky, and weather models differ on the amount of precipitation. Some forecast very heavy rain and others less than an inch.

All of them agree that it will be very windy and cold on Thursday, which would save Israelis from having to fan the coals if it weren’t for the probability that the coals will be too wet to light.

High winds and no rain would be a near-certain disaster for Israel’s few forests, which are dry enough to go up in flames if ignited by a spark for a mangal.

Yom Ha’Atzmaut is observed one day earlier than usual this year in order to prevent wholesale desecration of the Sabbath.

Remembrance Day ceremonies have been moved up to Tuesday night and Wednesday, followed by Independence Day the following day, which will be the 4th of Iyar instead of the actual date  of the 5th.

Temperatures will rise Sunday and Monday, when it will be warmer than usual for this time of year , but they will plunge on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by rain at night and on Thursday, possible as far south as the northern Negev.

Friday also will be wet and windy.

April is headed for the record books as the wettest ever.

 

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 so that 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.

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.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/liberman-and-bennett-teaming-up-against-netanyahu/2015/04/19/

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