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May 23, 2015 / 5 Sivan, 5775
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Danny Danon ‘Going Where No Minister Has Gone Before’

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Danny Danon ‘Going Where No Minister Has Gone Before’

Likud activist Danny Danon has received what could be the most creative appointment in the entire government – at least, according to several thousand Facebook members.

Danon has become Israel’s new Minister of Science, Technology and Space.

That last especially has inspired a plethora of posts, and at least one Hebrew page on Facebook entitled “Danny Danon – Minister of Space” by creative artists Nimrod Zook, Raz Tzipris and friends.

The page had garnered at least 13,000 Likes by 11 pm Sunday night.

“Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of Danny Danon. His mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

Sound familiar?

Yes indeed, Trekkers, and Danon is Photoshopped straight into a blue Star Trek uniform and Spock persona, no less.

Another Photoshop special shows the ubiquitous Israeli leader enthusiastically looking ahead with his new “deputy minister,” Yoda of Star Wars, peering over his shoulder from behind.

A third depicts Danon as David Bowie from the wildly psychedelic pink-and-orange album cover of “Aladdin Sane.”

And then of course there is Danon-as-Astronaut…

Danon brushed off concerns about the memes in a radio interview Sunday for Galei Tzahal Army Radio.

“If I bothered to look at every single thing people were saying about me on social media each day I wouldn’t be able to get up in the morning,” Danon said.

“There’s a lot being said, a lot of criticism about the new government… but we were given a mandate by those who elected us, so let’s get down to work. If in a few months from now you tell us that we’ve failed – well, then you’ll have a case.”

German Foreign Minister, Jordanian King Push for PA-Israel 2-State ‘Solution’

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spent Saturday in Jordan meeting with King Abdullah II discussing how to restart final status talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The two also talked about bilateral ties, the Middle East, and how to combat terrorism.

But in a joint news conference held by Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh and his German counterpart, the two told reporters the whole world is “unanimous” in its agreement that Israel and the PA must negotiate the establishment of a new Arab country for Palestinians.

Last Wednesday, the Jordanian monarch had met in Berlin on the same topic with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Abdullah called the issue of talks between Israel and the PA “the most persistent problem in our region” while in Germany. Merkel also noted that she had told Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin during their visit together that Germany was “concentrating on a two-state solution” as well.

Hamas Launches Rocket into the Sea

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Hamas once again launched a rocket into the Mediterranean Sea. This rocket was launched from northern Gaza.

Until now, it’s been assumed that Hamas has been simply testing the their rockets, but a new theory has been put forward that Hamas is testing their capabilities, in order to eventually hit Israel’s offshore gas platforms.

EU Chief Meeting Next Week with Netanyahu, Abbas

Friday, May 15th, 2015

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is scheduled to arrive in Israel next week, her office said in a statement Friday.

Mogherini “will travel to the Middle East on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 May,” and is expected to meet both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas during her visit.

The EU head will also meet with “a number of other Israeli and Palestinian interlocutors, to discuss the bilateral relations as well as prospects for the Middle East peace process,” the statement said.

The impending visit follows Israel’s installation of its new coalition government headed by Netanyahu for a record fourth term in office.

On Monday, EU foreign ministers are expected to discuss current issues taking place in the region with Mogherini at a routine meeting of the European body prior to her trip.

Recently it was revealed that the European Union has taken an exceptionally active role in funding and otherwise aiding in the construction of hundreds of illegal Palestinian structures in “Area C.” These are territories that are controlled solely under the State of Israel in accordance with the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords.

These areas are expected to be retained by Israel in any final status agreement between the two parties.

PA to Use Jordanian Electricity and Leave Amman Holding the Debt

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority will connect to Jordan’s electric grid, reducing its dependency on Israel, according to Omar Kittanah, the director of the Palestinian Power and Natural Resources Authority.

He told the Ma’an News Agency, based in Bethlehem, that connecting Jordan to electricity grid in Jericho is part of a project that in three years will tie together eight countries in the system. The other countries are Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Egypt, Jordan.

After a high-tension line from Jordan to Jericho is completed, a separate line will be built to send electricity from Judea and Samaria to the other countries, tying the Palestinian Authority with Israel’s enemy nations of Lebanon and Syria.

The Palestinian Authority now needs approximately $100 million to pay for hooking up its grid to Jordan.

Kittanah said that other countries have special funds to support development projects.

Buying electricity from Jordan instead of Israel may leave Amman holding a bag of debts if the Palestinian Authority continues not to pay for electricity. Israel frequently has frozen taxes that collects for the Palestinian Authority on goods and merchandise flowing into Judea and Samaria. Israel resume the flow of money last month on another agreement that would reduce but not eliminate the debt.

The Palestinian Authority’s pockets always are empty, except when it comes to paying salaries for its terrorists enjoying Israel’s prisons, where they can earn university degrees before being freed. Some of them eventually give up on terror, if for no other reason than they are too old. Others return to terror and often get a return visit to Israeli jails

 

Update: Four Hurt in Suspected Gush Etzion Hit-and-Run Terror Attack

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Four young boys have been injured by a vehicle in Gush Etzion in what is suspected as a terrorist hit-and-attack.

Security forces have found and are questioning the Palestinian Authority driver of the black Subaru car that hit the youth but have not confirmed that it was a terrorist attack. However, an eyewitness at the scene said it appeared that the driver intentionally hit the boys before speeding off.

The vehicle struck the victims at the entrance to the community of Alon Shvut. One person suffered moderate injuries, and three others were injured lightly. They were standing at the same spot where Hams terrorists last summer kidnapped and later murdered three yeshiva students.

In a separate attack, two people were lightly injured in an Arab rock-throwing attack on their tourist bus.

Nearby, an explosive device reportedly was thrown from a house in Bethlehem over the wall separating the city from Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel).

Security forces shot the terrorist, whose condition is not yet known.

In Samaria, The IDF shot and injured a Palestinian Authority terrorist was throwing rocks at soldiers patrolling the security fence.

Netanyahu Names 3 Likud Ministers in Agonizing Path to New Government

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has named three Likud Knesset Members as minister, but nine other posts remain vacant only a few hours before the scheduled launch of the new government at 7 p.m. (Noon EDT) Thursday.

The re-appointment of Moshe Ya’alon as Defense Minister is no surprise. He also will be the Deputy Prime Minister, taking Netanyahu’s place when he is out of the country. Ya’alon is a safe pick because he has not shown any ambition to become Prime Minister and is not one of those Likud members who cause Netanyahu trouble.

Yuval Steinitz, a close friend of Netanyahu and who was Minister of Strategic Affairs and Intelligence in the last government, will be Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. He also will be Netanyahu’s’ pivot for coordinating the campaign against nuclear Iran, one of Steinitz’s pet activities.

Yisrael Katz has been re-appointed as Transportation Minister and Intelligence Minister. Whether anyone likes him or not – he one of the old-guard party hacks – few question his outstanding work in expanding Israel’s railroad and highways.

Katz also will sit on the Security Cabinet

There are more Likud Knesset Members hungry for a ministry post than there are ministries.

Miri Regev, who was near the top in the Likud primaries, will most certainly receive a Cabinet post.  Benny Begin, son of the late Prime Minister, will be a Minister without Portfolio.

Ofir Akunis officially will be Minister without Portfolio but in effect will head the Communications Ministry, a post that is Netanyahu keeping vacant.

Other Likud MKs in the running for other ministries are Tzipi Hotovely, Yariv Levin, Silvan Shalom, Gila Gamliel, Gilad Erdan, Ze’ev Elkin, Danny Danon and Chaim Katz.

Erdan has been a long-time nemesis to Netanyahu, and it is possible he will be left out of the Cabinet. He wanted to be Education Minister, but that post was given to Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) chairman Naftali Bennett. Then he wanted to be Foreign Minister, but that is a non-starter. Netanyahu also refused Erdan’s request to be Public Security Minister of Interior Minister, posts which Netanyahu has reserved for others.

If Prime Minister Netanyahu can finish the puzzle by 7 p.m., the Knesset will meet in special session.

If not, there always is another day.

New elections are four years away, or maybe tomorrow.

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