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November 27, 2015 / 15 Kislev, 5776
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Knesset Coalition Avoids 266 Hr. Budget Debate as Opposition Submits 32,000 Amendments

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) “Despite the opposition’s amendments, 32,000 altogether—which shows how serious they are—we will pass a budget this week,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before the start of the budget debate which began Wednesday afternoon.

Rookie Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon opened the budget debate with a call to Knesset Members to vote for his budget, and the Knesset plenum is already engaged in second and third voting on both the state budget and the Economic Arrangements Law for 2015-2016–which incorporates all bills and legislative amendments required for the government to fulfill its economic policy. The agenda calls for 600 votes, give or take, a process that will last many consecutive hours until some time Thursday morning.

This legislative marathon began with a brilliant parliamentary trick on the part of the opposition parties, led by MK Itzhak Herzog (Zionist Camp). The idea was to topple the government through excessive amendments. The math was simple: by law the budget must be approved by Thursday night at the latest, or the government falls and the country goes to new elections. So the opposition parties amassed 32,000 amendments to the budget, expecting that with a vote on each amendment the debate would last well into Shabbat afternoon, and by then the Netanyahu government would have been a faint memory.

But there are crafty parliamentarians on the Coalition side, too, and they decided on a precedent: they bunched related amendments together to create six hundred groups, allotting one vote per group, so that the process would last not more than 15 hours—give or take.

MK Yoel Hasson (Zionist Camp) threatened to appeal the anti-ambush ambush call of the House Committee to the High Court, and MK Israel Eichler (UTJ) told him: “Be my guest, submit all the amendments to the Supreme Court and let the justices sit and vote for two weeks running on those 32,000 amendments. They are the real sovereigns anyway, let them legislate a little…”

Netanyahu, whose 61-59 majority government was not supposed to last through the start of the Jewish year appears to be sailing calmly into New Year’s, and is very pleased with his budget, which “maintains a proper, responsible macroeconomic framework for Israel, but also adds billions to education, welfare and health, and is accompanied by very important reforms to lower the cost of living, streamline our bureaucracy and advance the Israeli economy. The economy is very strong, very stable, one of the most prominent among the world’s economies, and our responsibility is to continue this trend.”

“All that’s required of us is 24 hours of discipline,” Netanyahu commented on the marathon budget vote. “We proved that we are good at being disciplined, our small electoral advantage is meaningful, and we will maintain it and pass the Budget.”

Finance Minister Kahlon was especially proud of his defense budget: “We have reached an historic agreement with the security forces and the army,” he boasted to Calcalist. “An agreement which includes a large scale streamlining of the system alongside intensification and a multi-year budget. We’ve done away with the phenomenon of IDF officers having to court the politicians to get a bigger budget, otherwise they’d stop military training — we made that phenomenon disappear and it is no more.”

Kahlon continued: “We raised conscripts’ pay by 50%,” noting, “I think that’s not enough, they deserve more.” Israeli enlisted men and women get laughably small monthly salaries, which widens the gap between soldiers from rich and poor homes. “We want a strong economy, a healthy society and a strong army,” Kahlon said.

Two Polls Reveal PA/Gaza Arabs Hate ISIS and Israel

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Pew Research Center on Tuesday released a survey showing that in 11 countries with significant Muslim populations, people expressed negative views of ISIS. In no country surveyed did more than 16% of the population favor the Islamic State.

In Lebanon, where one of the most brutal attacks took place recently, almost every person surveyed had an unfavorable view of ISIS, including 99% with a very unfavorable opinion. ISIS is hated equally, according to the survey, by Lebanese Sunni Muslims (98% unfavorable) and Shia Muslims and Lebanese Christians (100%).

It gets a little more interesting in Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Gaza. Israelis (97%) and Jordanians (94%) are also strongly opposed to ISIS as of the spring of 2015, according to Pew, and that included 91% of Israeli Arabs.

But there was less disfavor in the Palestinian Authority controlled territories, where only 84% had a negative view of ISIS, with the Gaza Strip markedly more hostile (92%) to ISIS than Judea and Samaria (79%).

However, a different poll, conducted by Dr. Nabil Kukali of the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, which says it is “a leading full service research institute in Palestine,” stated that 68.5% of PA Arabs oppose the Russian intervention in Syria. So that, despite their disapproval, they are probably not looking for imported solutions, especially not in the form of the Russian military fighting on the side of President Assad.

The PCPO poll of the PA/Gazan Arabs’ state of mind was taken while the terror wave of shooting, stabbing and rioting against Israeli Jews was in full swing. Conducted during the period from October 18 to November 12, 2015, the poll covered a random sample of 1,000 respondents 18 years and above living in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. The revealed that:

50.4% are in favor of a third Intifada.

42.1% are in favor of a violent uprising.

29.9% favor a peaceful, popular uprising.

62.3% oppose the resumption of peace negotiations with Israel.

43.5% are optimistic about the perspective of an eventual reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas.

58.9% are discontent with the performance of the PA-chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

47.8% call for the resignation of Abbas.
Dr. Nabil Kukali told Walla that the respondents said they were disappointed by the PA chairman’s speech at the UN General Assembly, when he called on the Arabs not to use violence against Israel.

Shin Bet Busts ISIS-Israeli Arab Cell

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and police revealed Wednesday they have arrested six Arabs with Israeli citizenship who plotted to join the Islamic State (ISIS).

The cell includes the paraglider who flew from the Golan Heights and into Syria last month. All of the members of the cell are from Jaljulia, a city immediately east of Kfar Saba in northern metropolitan Tel Aviv.

The paraglider, 23-year-old Nedal Ahmed Salah, was helped by five others, including two brothers. One of them previously fought for ISIS and returned to Israel, where he was jailed, for several months.

The paragliding incident led to the exposure of the cell.

Salah and his brothers chose to reach Syria through the air because of tight security at Ben Gurion Airport and at the Golan Heights border. The other members of the cell planned to enter Syria via Turkey.

Masked Jerusalem Arabs Attack Police with Rocks

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Arabs from the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukahber bombarded Border Police with rocks in the adjacent Armon HaNatziv neighbor Wednesday morning.

Police forced the rioters back with riot dispersal methods.

No injuries were reported.

Sen. Schumer: Condoning Terror against Israel Led to Paris Massacres

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

The world is paying a heavy price for years of condoning terror attacks against Israel, New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer told National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education.

He directly blamed last Friday’s Islamic State (ISIS) massacres in Paris on years of malign neglect as terrorists mowed down Israelis one by one and 10 by 10, with the numbers now in the thousands and going up.

Here are some of his comments, reported by the Jewish Insider:

Israel and the Jewish people have been subject to the same type of terrorism since the 70s. And for so long, when it just happened to Israel, the world condoned it.

They [may have not] condoned it, but maybe didn’t do much about it, and Israel had to fight terrorism on her own.

One of his comments was half-correct and ignored the world’s lack of appreciation for Israel’s putting a virtual end to aerial hijackings in the 1970s.

Schumer said, “Had the world come down when the terrorists shot the Israeli athletes at the Olympics (in Munich 1972), or hijacked El AL planes, and come down on them hard, we wouldn’t have had what happened in Paris, today.”

The world indeed ignored the massacre of Israeli athletes at Munich, and the Olympics Games went on as usual, as if there was only a technical delay.

But it was Israel that taught the world how to deal with the plague of aerial hijackings in the 1970s. Operation Entebbe put a virtual end to the terrorism in the air when elite IDF commandos raided the Entebbe airport in 1976 to rescue more than 100 hostages taken by Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorists.

The world never thanked Israel and instead literally condoned years of terror by excusing it as a result of the “occupation.” So far, no one in Paris has said that those ISIS suicide terrorists bombed and gunned down innocent civilians because of settlements.

Turkish and Kuwaiti NGOs Funded Islamic Movement

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

The Islamic Movement has become a “state within a state” and at the end of 2012 held $6.6 million, part of which came for foreign NGOs, Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel) radio reported Wednesday.

As reported here, the Security Cabinet has outlawed the organization, and police last night swooped down on its offices and NGOs to confiscate weapons, cash and computers.

NGOs in Turkey and Kuwait helped fatten the assets of the Islamic Movement, supposed a non-profit organization. Turkey’s IHH branch was organized and sent terrorists on the Mavi Mamara ship in 2010 to try to break the maritime embargo clamped on Hamas-controlled Gaza to prevent smuggling of weapons and terrorists.

If investigators can prove that the Islamic Movement, which preaches violence at the Temple Mount, used the money for incitement, indictments will follow.

Daughter of PA Murder Victim Rabbi Litman to Marry Next Week

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Sarah Techiya Litman, whose father and 18-year-old brother were murdered by a Palestinian Authority terrorist while they were on their way to celebrate the Shabbat before her intended wedding, will marry next week.

Today, Wednesday, was supposed to the first day of their marriage after the wedding that had been scheduled for last night, but Sarah, her mother and surviving brothers and sisters are sitting shiva instead.

The IDF and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) tracked down the terrorist in Hebron the day after the murders.Sarah wrote and her future husband wrote:

My enemy, don’t be happy that I fell because I arose. With God’s help our wedding will take place next Thursday 14 Kislev-26 Nov[ember] at Binyanei HaUma [in Jerusalem].

All Am Yisrael is invited to arise from the dust and to happily participate in our happiness

Sarah Techiya and Ariel

The attack on the Litman family car, which Netanel was driving from their home in Kiryat Arba, occurred on Highway 60, south of Hebron and north of the suburban Be’er Sheva town of Meitar where they were headed for Shabbat.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/daughter-of-pa-murder-victim-rabbi-litman-to-marry-next-week/2015/11/17/

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