Prime Minster Netanyahu is putting the finishing touches on an agreement which would bring MK Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu Party into the governing coalition thus making Liberman Minister of Defense. While Netanyahu might gain coalition stability by the move, Jerusalem Post senior political correspondent Gil Hoffman tells Josh Hasten that since the maneuvering caused former Defense Minister Moshe “Boogie” Ya’alon to resign, the PM might have his work cut out for him in the future should Ya’alon challenge Netanyahu for the country’s top spot. Hoffman explains these complicated political realities as the Israeli Knesset begins its summer session.The Land of Israel
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With the country, and now, slowly parts of the rest of the world, in a state of outrage over presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial statement to cut off immigration and visits by foreign Muslims to the U.S., it is worth noting that Trump is not the first major figure to suggest that a certain class of humans be barred from entry into a country.
Of the following examples, however, there are two significant differences between Trump’s call and that of all the others. See if you can come up with the two differences by the end of this article.
First, what did Trump actually call for? Did he, as some claim, call for all Muslim Americans to leave? No. What he did call for was a halt to Muslim immigration and tourists into the U.S.
TRUMP’S CALL FOR A BAN
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” a campaign press release said.
The ban Trump is seeking is based on what he called “the hatred [which] is beyond comprehension.” It is his view that his proposed ban should remain in place “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Trump called for the ban on Muslim entry into the U.S. in the wake of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino last week by two previously unknown radicalized Muslims who entered the U.S., Syed Farook and his wife, Nashfeen Malik. While few Americans ever met Malik, Farook was accepted as a “normal,” “average American,” and the two were understood to be “living the American dream,” until the moment they began blasting Farook’s co-workers and associates to death in a bloody rampage which claimed the lives of 14 and injured many more on Dec. 2, 2105.
Trump made what has become known as his “No Muslim” speech on Dec. 7, first in a written statement, which was followed up by a press conference, a video of which is at the end of this article.
REACTION TO TRUMP’S CALL FOR A BAN
Trump has been excoriated – or at least held at a distance with disgust – by leadership in the Democratic and Republican parties, by worldwide media, by colleagues and competitors. An aide to U.S. President Obama suggested Trump is “not qualified” to run for president. He has been attacked by Americans, by a Nobel Prize winner (Egypt’s El Baradei), by hundreds of thousands of Brits, and even by Israelis.
As reported earlier in the JewishPress.com, several Opposition Knesset Members and at least one coalition MK signed a letter demanding that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cancel a scheduled Dec. 28 meeting with Donald Trump during the Republican presidential candidate’s planned visit. Zionist Union MK Omer Bar Lev called Trump a racist, and Arab member of Knesset Ahmed Tibi called the presidential contender a Nazi.
Another Arab MK who is a member of the Meretz party, Esawi Frej, said “Trump is not just a racist; he is a man who poses a threat to the free world. A man who through racist incitement tries to gain the post of US president. A man whose presence in the public sphere is based on racism.”
EXAMPLES OF OTHER NATIONAL OR RELIGIOUS BANS
Daniel Greenfield immediately recalled and posted an article in FrontPage, reminding Americans that then-President Jimmy Carter, during the Iranian Hostage crisis banned the entry of Iranians into the United States. On April 7, 1980, Carter announced U.S. sanctions against Iran, which included the invalidation of
all visas issued to Iranian citizens for future entry into the United States, effective today. We will not reissue visas, nor will we issue new visas, except for compelling and proven humanitarian reasons or where the national interest of our own country requires. This directive will be interpreted very strictly.
Imagine that. Arguably one of the most liberal U.S. Presidents ever issued a blanket ban on an entire class of people, because some of them had brutalized Americans.Lori Lowenthal Marcus
The Hashava Company, established by the Israeli Knesset to locate heirs of Holocaust victims entitled to assets currently held in Israel, is set to embark on a campaign in the United States and Canada to find rightful heirs of more than 60,000 unclaimed Holocaust assets.
Thousands of Jews across Europe invested in pre-State Israel before World War II. Those proud Zionists believed in the dream of a Jewish State, so they opened bank accounts and bought stocks, bonds and real estate. Many tragically perished at the hands of the Nazis. However, their investments continued to grow. Where there were no close, surviving or known relatives, these assets went unclaimed immediately following the War and remained so for more than six decades.
In 2006, the Knesset passed a law requiring the establishment of a non-profit organization to find the rightful heirs to these assets. This entity – The Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims’ Assets in Israel, also known as Hashava (which is the Hebrew word for restitution), acts solely for the public’s benefit and without profit. It also supports Holocaust survivors living in Israel, based on the understanding that a portion of the assets in question will remain unclaimed.
Hashava is now reaching out to North American Jews and asking that they search an online and free database located on the Hashava website to determine if they might be an heir to unclaimed assets. The campaign, which begins in mid-September and lasts for three months, will reach out to Jews across the US and Canada through Jewish organizations and institutions, congregations and synagogues as well as a media campaign.
“What differentiates Hashava from other Holocaust restitution companies is that the assets are currently located in Israel and are waiting to be claimed by rightful heirs,” said Dr. Israel Peleg, CEO of Hashava. “We want to honor the ideals and legacy of those who perished in the Holocaust by making sure their investments reach their relatives, along with some part of their legacy.”
Searching the database of assets is free and only requires that visitors enter their last name, in Hebrew or English, at the following link: www.hashava.info. The process is simple, fast and takes no more than 30 seconds to complete.Jewish Press Staff
A new unity government was formed in Israel during the last week and in order to properly discuss the ins and outs of the new government and its foundation, the Jewish Press’ Yishai Fleisher is joined by Jeremy Man Saltan, an insider on the Israeli Knesset and host of the definitive English-language Knesset blog. Together, they discuss the situation that created the new government including a wide-reaching agreement between Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and leader of Kadima Shaul Mofaz to create an overwhelming coalition government. Specifics about the new government are discussed along with thoughts on how long it could last.Moshe Herman