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Uzi Landau Quits Post as Co-Chair of KKL

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Former Yisrael Beytenu Tourism Minister Uzi Landau has resigned his post as co-chairman of the Keren Kayemet L’Israel (KKL) organization, which until recently used to be linked to the Jewish National Fund (JNF).

Landau turned in his resignation in a letter submitted Monday in which he accused KKL chairman Danny Atar, a former member of Knesset, of fiscal mismanagement and improper administration at the top.

Landau wrote he had accepted the position “in order to advance [the organization’s] vision, help develop the periphery, and advance relations with the diaspora.” But he said he realized it would be impossible for him to achieve these goals with Atar at the helm.

The former minister left the Knesset in December 2014 after 31 years in Israeli politics. Although he began his political career with the Likud party, he eventually joined Avigdor Liberman in Yisrael Beytenu.

Landau was the only Likud minister to be fired by then-prime minister Ariel Sharon for opposing the 2005 Disengagement from Gush Katif in Gaza.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Jews & Gay Jews

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

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First, after a horrific terror attack which claimed four Israeli lives in Tel Aviv, Yishai speaks with Noam Arnon, Spokesman of Hebron about the Jewish origins of the Arab terrorists. Then Yishai wrestles with the controversial issue of homosexuality in the Jewish community with veteran gay rights activist Mordechai Levovitz of Jewish Queer Youth. Finally, Torah from On High as Yishai speaks with Rabbi Jesse Horn about Shavuot and choosing God while flying on the El Al 747-400 on the way home to Israel.

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Moshe Herman

20% Drop in Aliyah Numbers Blamed on Late Budget Allocations

Monday, June 6th, 2016

More than 30,000 people immigrated to Israel last year, but the first six months of 2016 have seen a 20% decline in the number of new immigrants, according to a report revealed during Monday’s meeting of the Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs. At this point it is believed that the decline is due to absorption problems related to insufficient budgets, as well as the emergence of immigration destinations that are more appealing than Israel.

“Last year’s wave of Aliyah has come to a halt due to lack of coordination, clumsiness and negligence,” Committee Chairman MK Avraham Neguise (Likud) said during the special meeting on the preparations of local authorities and government ministries to absorb immigrants.

“A window of opportunity has opened for us, and it is our duty to take advantage of it and not have any regrets once it closes,” Neguise added. He called on the Interior Ministry to update the list of Israeli cities which are eligible for benefits for the absorption of immigrants. He suggested the list had not been updated in decades.

The Finance Ministry’s representative at the meeting said both the Finance and Interior ministries are currently holding negotiations regarding the status of immigrant cities. She said the Knesset Finance Committee, not the Finance Ministry, was to blame for the delay in the allocation of government funds to the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption. Haviv Katzav, the Ministry’s Director General, warned that numerous plans may be put on hold due to the delay in the transfer of funds.

Avi Ben-Hamo, Director General of the Netanya Municipality, said 67,000 immigrants live in the city, which has a total population of 235,000. “Our city has the highest concentration of immigrants from Ethiopia, in addition to many immigrants from France and the Commonwealth of Independent States,” he said, adding that in 2015 Netanya absorbed the third largest number of immigrants, yet it is still not categorized as an “immigrant city.”

“[Neighboring] Ramat Hasharon continues to be defined as an immigrant city despite the fact that not even one immigrant has settled there in years,” Ben-Hamo said. “In protest, our services for olim will be not be available in the next few months due to insufficient funding from the government.”

MK Mordhay Yogev (HaBayit HaYehudi) argued that this year’s drop in immigration to Israel stems solely from absorption problems. He called on the Prime Minister’s Office to make certain that medical degrees obtained abroad are recognized in Israel and that lone soldiers are cared for. Yogev also urged the government to redefine immigrant cities.

Yehuda Scharf, Director of Aliyah and Absorption at the Jewish Agency, warned that without proper government funding the situation would become worse. “Currently, French nationals who are looking to emigrate have many options, so if we do not offer them at least what other countries are offering – we’ll be facing stiff competition,” he said.

JNi.Media

Israelis Celebrated a Sweet ‘Mimouna’ Saturday Night

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

If there is one tradition that Moroccan Jewish Israelis wait for at the end of the Passover holiday, it’s the sweet pastries and music that mark the traditional ‘Mimouna’ celebrations.

One does not have to be Moroccan to attend a Mimouna festival, of course — but it helps to at least have a Moroccan acquaintance to steer you in the right direction.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah went straight to the Dahan family home in Yavne to tuck in with delicious mufleta, a special Moroccan pastry.

“We’ve had a peaceful and joyful holiday, thanks to the IDF soldiers and the Shin Bet (domestic intelligence agency) who kept us safe, and thanks to the government led by the Likud party,” Netanyahu said.

The prime minister’s host, Attorney Meir Dahan, said prior to the celebration that he was expecting “over 2,000 people,” according to the Hebrew-language Ynet site.

“We’ve invited people of all ethnic groups and all nationalities,” he said. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein were also expected to arrive at the Dahans’ celebration as well.

Culture Minister Miri Regev headed to Ashkelon for Mimouna celebrations.

“I’m glad that the Moroccan ethnic group was able to turn the Mimouna into a national holiday in which we open our homes to the entire nation of Israel,” Regev said. “The abundance and the hospitality of this holiday lead to unity and joy among the people of Israel.”

Regev was joined by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who thanked the thousands of police officers who were out on the job throughout the holiday. “Even now, during the Mimouna, they’re out on the streets of Israel protecting us,” he pointed out.

For those who are still trying to figure out how ‘Mimouna’ connects with Passover, the tradition dates back to Rabbi Maimon ben Yosef, the father of Maimonides, the RaMBaM, who passed away on the day after Passover, and who was greatly revered by North African Jewry in particular.

Another tradition, also traced back to the Jewish communities in Morocco, derives the Mimouna from the Hebrew word “emunah” – faith or belief – reflecting the faith not only in the past redemption from Egyptian slavery, but also that which will come through Moshiach (the Messiah) in the future during the Hebrew month of Nisan, during which Passover falls.

Hana Levi Julian

POLL: Will Israeli-Jews Trust Israeli-Arabs Ever Again?

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Israel is facing a murderous wave of terror being committed by seemingly mainstream Israeli-Arabs against Jews. A significant number of the terrorists worked side-by-side with Israeli-Jews.

Even the city of Tel Aviv has decided to ban Israeli-Arabs from working in schools, during school hours – to reduce the likelihood of an Israeli-Arab slaughtering Jewish children.

Is this the end of Israeli-Arab coexistence in Israel?

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Jewish Press Staff

Rabin’s Granddaughter’s ‘Black Humor’ Mentions Killing Netanyahu

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

The annual “RabinFest” in memory of the assassinated Prime Minister is in high gear

Noa Rotman, a granddaughter of assassinated Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, posted a message on Facebook this week that “perhaps there will be a holiday after the murder of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.”

She later explained that her posting simply was “black humor,” according to Israel’s Hebrew-language Maariv website.

Rotman’s mention of murder was in reply to a question if there is a holiday on the anniversary of the death of Rabin, which is being marked this week.

Rotman, taken aback by a reply that asked her “what is your intention” concerning the suggested holiday after Netanyahu us killed, wrote:

Whoa! Stop. Can I ask you a question? Is this worth an item? 20 years after the murder? It was black humor in the specific context of the reaction to a status.

If all you are asking from me is a reaction…every status that I wrote is in appeasement. Have a good and quiet work for all of us, Allah willing [with] a bit more important items than secondary ones.

The “RabinFest” media have ignored the article by Maariv, and if it remains buried, government prosecutors don’t have to go through the motions of investigating Rabin’s granddaughter for incitement for murder, contrary to an immediate criminal probe that would have been sprung into action if a right-winger had written, God forbid, that maybe there will be a holiday after the murder of a leftist leader.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Netanyahu Tells Security Forces ‘You Are Doing Blessed Work’

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked security forces in Jerusalem on Wednesday (14 October 2015) at a Border Guard Police base in Jerusalem and told them they are doing “blessed work.”

The prime minister’s remarks came in a brief address to the officers after he was updated on the deployment of forces in the capital, and after a night in which there were two terror attacks within the space of little more than an hour.

Netanyahu met with units from the national Israel Police and Border Guard Police, including some who had foiled attacks in recent days. He thanked and praised the officers and fighters for their composure, fighting spirit and courage, urging them to ‘watch out for themselves’ as he expressed thanks on behalf of the security cabinet.

“I came, first of all, to express my appreciation and that of Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Israel Police Acting Commissioner Bentzi Sau for the extraordinary lifesaving work you are doing, bravely, with a lot of ingenuity, professionalism, but mostly courage,” Netanyahu said. “I want to thank each and every one of you, and there are men and women who acted in real time.

“Anyone who was a combat soldier knows what it means and can appreciate it,” he commented in a nod towards his own past as a fighter in the IDF’s elite Sayeret Matkal special forces unit. “And there is a medic here who saved lives with extraordinary resourcefulness,” he noted. “You are doing blessed work.

“There is no substitute for very dense deployments with mobility, with the ability to arrive at the scene of the attack or to be present at the scene to prevent it in real time and to prevent deterioration into even worse situations. I know it demands discretion on your part, but have no doubt: You have full backing, from me, the Government and from the people of Israel in order to act more decisively, firstly to save lives and to protect yourselves. Guidelines have always existed, but I think they have been sharpened, and I see that you are implementing them with common sense and great determination. It matters.

“I cannot tell you how long this will continue,” he said. “There are people here who are willing to die. Every time that there is a new phenomenon, it always shaves off even a tiny population, willing to commit suicide. We do not know how many will commit suicide, but the number is not infinite, far from it. Therefore, in the past, we could also deal with these phenomena, even more difficult ones.

“At the moment, it is not so organized, as you know, so there is no substitute for your presence, essentially as human shields. However, you need to protect the shield, yourselves, as well. We will not forget it.

“I think that we are making progress as we move, organizing, in my opinion, in new ways… It is very important to have mobility, and how we organize communications in such a manner to able to arrive immediately so that we can maximize the capabilities; our defense capabilities.

“We consider that even in national terms, not just urban – how to join our technology, which is much more advanced than what we see on the other side, to your real-time operational capabilities – police, Border Police, IDF soldiers – that are reinforcing you.

“I have no doubt that we can handle this wave. This involves not only action by you, but also your common sense, and the proposals that you bring from below rise up with tremendous speed. Each one of you, for me, is a source of innovation and a big start-up. But it will succeed, like all the things we did.

“We have stood before other waves of terrorism. We will overcome this wave as well. I have no doubt; but I would just like to thank you truly from the heart, from the hearts of the citizens of Israel, for the defense you are giving Israeli citizens.”

Hana Levi Julian

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