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February 6, 2016 / 27 Shevat, 5776

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Israel’s Four Lone Supporters in Pro-Palestinian Authority Resolution

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Only four United Nations members, besides Israel, voted against a U.N. anti-Israel resolution Tuesday that demand Palestinian Authority sovereignty over Israel’s natural resources in Judea and Samaria, including the Jordan Valley.

Areas or Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority also were included in the non-binding resolution.

The vote was 164-5, with 10 abstentions.

Canada, the United States, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia voted with Israel.

The draft resolution carried the wordy title ” Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources.”

The measure demands that Israel cease alleged “exploitation, damage, cause of loss or depletion and endangerment” of the natural resources in the “occupied” territories.

Supposed destruction includes what the Palestinian Authority calls “diplomatic terrorism,” meaning the alleged “extensive destruction” of Arab land utility infrastructure, especially during the war against Hamas missile attacks on half of Israel in the summer  of 2014.

Israel has tried to work with the Palestinian Authority on several sewerage system projects but has been turned down.

 

Bennett Worried about Jews – the Ones in the Diaspora

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Assimilation is murdering Judaism, except in Israel.

Naftali Bennett told Jewish legislators from around the world this week that he is more worried about Jews in the Diaspora than those in Israel, the European Jewish Press (EJP) reported.

Speaking at the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP), the Education Minister and chairman of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party said that streams of Judaism must be accepted.

However, he then opened a can of worms by stating, “A Jew is a Jew is a Jew.”

The answer to “who is a Jew” vastly varies and is at the heart of disputes between Orthodox Judaism and the Reform and Conservatives streams.

EJP quoted Bennett as telling the legislators visiting Israel:

I’m not worried about Israel. I’m worried about Diaspora Jews. That’s what keeps me up at night.

Assimilation is as big a loss to the Jewish people as the expulsion of the 10 tribes.

The chairman of the .ICIP is New York Congressman Eliot Engel and includes former Canadian justice minister Irwin Cotler, French MP Meyer Habib, as well as legislators from Chile, Brazil, Belgium, Romania, Hungary and Ukraine.

Also addressing the conference was Michael Oren, former Ambassador to the United States and now a Knesset Member in the Kulanu party.

EJP reported that he said that labeling products from Judea and Samaria that they are made in the “occupied territories” is “anti-Semitic.”

Oren explained:

There are hundreds of territorial disputes in the world. Only Israeli products are being labeled.

Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog repeated his refrain that “we need to separate from the Palestinians” and followed with the usual non-solutions.

Instead, he declared, “It has to be resolved – but right now, if you look at the mood of the people, it’s at its worst ever… You can’t disregard the notion of the two-state solution. If that’s over, you’ll be moving to the one-state solution whether you like it or not… the reality is impossible… you can’t govern another people.

Histadrut Strike Averted, Deal Reached

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Overnight talks between representatives of the Histadrut Union and the Finance Ministry, along with the threat of a country-wide strike, resulted in a deal, averting the strike.

Workers will receive a 7.5% raise. Half of the raise will be redirected to financially weaker members, giving them a larger salary boost. In addition there will be a NIS 2000 bonus.

The deal will apply 2 years back retroactively, and stay in effect for the next 3 years.

Netanyahu Says Shin Bet Doing ‘Excellent Work’

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu used the visit of the president of Ukraine Tuesday to go to bat for the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), accused by lawyers for Duma arson-murder suspects of using torture.

Netanyahu publicly stated at the start of his meeting with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko:

ISA Director Yoram Cohen and his people are doing important and excellent work for the people of Israel and for the security of Israel. I find the attacks on them to be unacceptable.

We are a nation of law.

All ISA activity is carried out according to the law and this activity is being carried out under the close supervision and approval of the Attorney General, the Justice Ministry and the courts.

The mother of one minor being held agreed to be interviewed last week by the Hebrew-language Makor Rishon newspaper, and she expressed fears that the Shin Bet’s refusal to allow her son to meet with lawyers, see his parents and be seen by them have made her afraid that they have caused him irreversible damage.

The intensive interrogation has led to claims and counter claims, such as lawyers for the Honenu legal aid organization alleging two weeks ago that authorities did not allow a suspect, or suspects, to light Hanukkah candles and pray with tefillin.

The accusations shocked both religious and non-religious communities and were thoroughly denied several days later.

Prime Minister Netanyahu added in his remarks today:

There is Arab terrorism that we are dealing with and are fighting night and day, everywhere, but, to my regret, there are – from time to time – acts of terrorism that are carried out by Jews and the ISA is also dealing with them. Terrorism from any quarter is unacceptable to us.”

Dozens of Former Hareidim Sue Israel for not Teaching Basic Skills

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

A lawsuit by 53 young men who studied at strictly Hareidi yeshivas are suing Israel for the school system’s not having taught them basic skills that are needed to work, according to an ABC News reported filed by The Associated Press.

An organization called “Out for a Change” is behind the lawsuit that argues that the lack of skills in math, English and computers have left the plaintiffs without the basics that other Israeli students received, enabling them to progress into the job force.

The suit charges the “political pressure” has forced the government’s hand to acquiesce to Hareidi yeshivas that shun secular subjects, which Hareidi school systems teach only on a limited basis and only through seventh grade.

The former Hareidim also are asking the government to establish a fund to help men and women who leave the Hareidi world learn secular subjects from which they were barred as youth.

AP added that Hareidi activist Shmuel Poppenheim said that the lawsuit might change some attitudes in the Hareidi community.

Netanyahu to Albanian Prime Minister: We Will Never Forget Your Heroism During World War II

Monday, December 21st, 2015

By Jonathan Benedek

One of the many countries around the world with deep and personal ties with Israel is a Muslim majority country in Europe. The strong bilateral relationship was exhibited on Monday during Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s meetings with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Rivlin.

“We know that Albania is a good friend of Israel,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said to his Albanian counterpart. “We’re celebrating now 25 years of our relations.”

In particular, Netanyahu thanked Prime Minister Rama for his country’s support in an IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) vote on a resolution a few months ago that called on Israel to undergo international inspections of its nuclear facilities. The vote failed 61-43 with 33 abstentions.

Prime Minister Rama emphasized in his meeting with President Rivlin that both Israel and Albania face common security threats.

“We live in good times for our countries in the Balkans, in terms of cooperation and the spirit of relations, but we are still vulnerable due to the threat of radical Islam,” said Rama.

For his part, President Rivlin made it clear that Israel is not at war with Muslims. “Israel has no war with Islam,” stressed Rivlin. “We are at war with fundamentalism.”

Arguably, the most significant factor in the closeness of ties between both countries is Albania’s historic role in saving countless Jews from the Nazis during World War II.

“We know that the people of Albania are not merely good friends today of the people of Israel but in the crucial period of the Holocaust they stood shoulder to shoulder with the Jewish people persecuted in Europe,” noted Netanyahu during his press conference with Rama.

“I think Albania is the only country whose Jewish population during the Holocaust actually grew because of the refuge and the sanctuary and the friendship and courage showed by the people of Albania,” added Netanyahu. “We never forget our friends, and we appreciate that display of humanity, civility and courage in our darkest hours.”

The Albanian Prime Minister took the opportunity to invite Netanyahu to visit Albania and dedicate a new site currently being built to commemorate the heroism of both individual Albanians and the Albanian government.

Ukraine’s Parliament Considers Using Israeli Knesset Attendance Board System

Monday, December 21st, 2015

The Ukraine Rada (parliament) is considering the possibility of adopting the legislator attendance system used by Israel’s Knesset.

A delegation of senior Ukrainian parliament arrived last week for a seminar at the Knesset in Israel, and encountered the “MK Attendance Board” – the manner in which the Jewish State handles the issue of dealing with low attendance.

After delegation members told their hosts that it is hard to tell whether a member of the Rada is present in the house or not, they were briefed on the Knesset method and its work.

All this, while attending a seminar during which they met with Ronen Plot, Knesset’s director-general, who introduced them to the “Green Knesset” initiative.

The attendance board is displayed in the Knesset house at the entrance to the discussion hall, as well as in the Knesset website. The board shows the photos of all members along with their names. When an MK is attending discussions in the house, his or her photo and name are lit with colors, while the photo of those absent appear in black and white. The board is updated using the information given by Knesset ushers stationed at the entrances to the building.

The Ukrainian delegation included, among others, Ukrainian Rada Vice President Vladimir Slishinski and the Rada Deputy Director General Vladimir Bondarenko. The delegation was led by Israel’s honorary consul in Ukraine, Oleg Vishnyakov, who has actively promoted relations between the two countries.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/ukraines-parliament-considers-using-israeli-knesset-attendance-board-system/2015/12/21/

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