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No-Confidence Votes, the New House of Saud, and the Future of Israeli Military Strategy

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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Yishai is joined by political correspondent Raoul Wootliff for a news round-up. Raoul reviews the new seats in Knesset, the old Druze IDF unit being disbanded and PM Netanyahu’s latest attempt to restart negotiations, right after declaring that Jerusalem will never be divided.

Then, Why is Saudi Arabia getting along with Israel? Could it be because of a four-letter word called Iran? And why is it dissing the US? Yishai is joined by VOI Arab affairs analyst Bassem Eid, who sheds light on Saudi Arabian intentions.

Finally, Yishai is joined in-studio by Dr. Haim Asa, one of Israel’s leading military strategists, who served as adviser to the Foreign Ministry and as the late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s national security adviser. The c-author of “Diffused Warfare,” he talks about the future of the IDF and Israel’s struggle to survive in the Middle East.

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Likud MK Silvan Shalom to Lead Israeli Negotiating Team

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Likud Interior Minister Silvan Shalom has been appointed to become Israel’s new lead negotiator in any talks with the Palestinian Authority, as well as in strategic dialogue with the United States.

Palestinian Authority officials made it clear they were not happy with the appointment.

“He does not believe in a Palestinian state,” a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) source told the AFP news agency on condition of anonymity. “He’s against a two-state solution. It’s not an issue of names. It’s an issue of policy.”

Leftist politician Tzipi Livni, head of the Hatnua party and a justice minister in the prior government was the last minister to head Israel’s negotiating team.

Shalom said Monday that he is “ready to review every subject in every area from the most weighty issues of the United Nations, to smaller matters such as managing joint day-to-day life.”

Having served as foreign minister from 2003 to 2006 (during the second intifada and the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza), Shalom is no novice to the role. He will also be responsible for strategic talks with officials from the United States as well, according to a report broadcast on Galei Tzahal Army Radio.

Likud members are expected to raise some opposition as well, because party member and Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely was expected to be given the appointment.

Hotovely evaded reporters’ questions on Monday, saying only that until she is told otherwise, she will “work diligently to fulfill [her] duties faithfully in every sector in which Israel must act.”

Although it is usually the foreign minister who manages the issue of negotiations, at present Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is holding that post. Yisrael Beytenu party chairman Avigdor Liberman, the previous minister of foreign affairs, quit the coalition and withdrew his party as well.

Shalom’s new role is also likely to bring him in to security cabinet discussions on strategic issues such as how to deal with the Iranian nuclear issue vis a vis any dialogue with the United States.

Netanyahu Vows on Jerusalem Day, Capital Undivided ‘Forever’

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed Sunday at a Jerusalem Day ceremony that the Israeli capital will remain undivided “forever.”

Speaking at the government’s official Jerusalem Day ceremony held at Ammunitition Hill, Netanyahu said, “We need to tell the truth without fear. This is where we began our path as a nation.

“This is our home – and this is where we will stay.”

The priority, said Netanyahu, is to ensure that Jerusalem forever remains open to all who wish to worship within her walls.

When Jordan occupied the eastern portion of the Israeli capital, that was not the case – despite an original United Nations mandate directing that Jerusalem always remain an open, international capital of the world. Instead, barbed wire blocked off Jewish access to Judaism’s holiest sites, and to a great extent even Christian access to sites holy to that faith as well.

Filth and garbage was strewn all around and over the Western Wall, nearly burying the holy site.

“Only under Israeli rule will there be freedom of worship for all religions in Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said. “Believers pray at their holy sites not in spite of our rule in the city, but precisely because of it,” he noted.

“We will forever preserve an undivided Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty,” Netanyahu vowed.

“Who opposes our presence in Jerusalem? Those who refuse to recognize our right to exist as a sovereign nation in our own state,” the prime minister said. “They see us as a foreign entity that needs to be uprooted.”

He added that just as the radical Islamists are terrorizing the rest of the region, so too are they aiming at Jerusalem – and after the heartbeat of the Holy Land, next will be the West.

“Sunni extremists like Da’esh (ISIS), and Shi’ite extremists like the leadership of the ayatollahs in Iran,” he pointed out. [They] “fight each other, but [then] they have a common enemy: the West and the open, free culture it represents.”

Netanyahu also warned against the nuclear technology deal being negotiated between Iran and the world powers led by the United States.

“We are opposed to that deal and we are not the only ones,” he said. “There needs to be a better deal.”

Two Jews Killed in Amtrak Crash

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Two Jews, a women CEO of a start-up and a Naval Academy students, were among the seven people killed in Tuesday night’s crash of a speeding Amtrak train in Philadelphia.

The family of CEO Rachel Jacobs, who was active in the Reform Jewish community, said in a statement, “This is an unthinkable tragedy. Rachel was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend. She was devoted to her family, her community and the pursuit of social justice. We cannot imagine life without her. \”

Jacobs, a native of Detroit who lived in New York City until, was the CEO if the online apprenticeship service ApprenNet. She is survived by her husband and a 2-year-old child.

Jacobs, 39, who grew up outside Detroit, lived in Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Town and is married with a 2-year-old child. She is the CEO of, an online.

The Naval Academy student was identified as Justin Zemser, 20, who grew up in Rockaway Breach in New York.

He was sophomore at Maryland’s Naval Academy and hoped to be a member of the Navy Seal team.

Police Arrest Groom for Allegedly Praying on Temple Mount

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Jerusalem police Sunday morning arrested a young man who ascended the Temple Mount allegedly prayed there before his wedding at night.

The Honenu legal defense organization said one of its lawyers is at the police station and trying to win the release of the man.

The Israeli government accepted the Muslim Waqf authority on the Temple Mount. The Waqf forbids Jews and Christians from carrying any religious items to the holy site, and it goes berserk when one of its guards sees a Jew even moving his lips and possibly uttering a prayer to God.

It is not known exactly what the groom allegedly said.

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel prohibits Jews from ascending the Temple Mount on the basis of Halachic rulings, but many rabbis in recent years have permitted and even encouraged going to certain areas after the traditional immersion in a ritual bath.

Last week, a groom identified as Michael Basus visited the holy site before his wedding and stopped long enough to speak at the Grooms and Mourners Gate to talk about Judaism.

The Talmud relates a discussion of how Jews in the time of the Holy Temples comforted mourners and praise the grooms.

Below is the video, in Hebrew, of Basus and his friends on the way to the Temple Mount, under police guard.

LA Parents Sue Reform Groups over Sand Flies in Israel

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Parents of four Los Angeles area students are suing two Reform Jewish groups for not protecting their children from sand flies that afflicted them in a trip to Israel.

The suit states that the Union for Reform Judaism and the North American Federation of Temple Youth “planned, hosted, conducted, led and supervised” the trip and therefore were responsible for the sand fly attack, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The parents testified to their lawyer that children still suffer from skin ulcers and scars that have not healed since the trip last year.

“The defendants … professed and expressly informed the plaintiffs that they were experts in group tours to and accommodations in Israel,” the suit says.

The parents think that the Reform groups should have warned their dear children, especially since they were supposed to be protecting them in Israel. “Protection” usually  means not wandering into Judea and Samaria, which usually are off-limits even to Orthodox students.

The last thing a yeshiva, seminary or host group wants is a lawsuit over a terrorist attack.

Now they can add sand flies to list of pests in Israel that bother American Jews, who apparently never are bitten by mosquitoes or bees in the United States.

And would the parents also have sued if their children came back to the United States with different opinions and beliefs.

Just imagine how parents might react if their pluralistic offspring returned with an understanding that the Torah really is a living scroll and not an ancient book to be read  like a novel.

How would parents have reacted if their teenagers came back as raving Zionists or maybe even, oy, with a demand to keep kosher?

And even worse, what would have happened if the Reform youth had met new friends from the forbidden land of Judea and Samaria?

The lawsuits would be flying like sand flies.

British Voters Clobber Labour and Vote for Pro-Israel Cameron

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron is on his way to another term and almost certain majority in the Parliament, according to projections by the BBC.

Voters clobbered Labour, led by Ed Miliband, who can forget about continuing to lead the party considering the drubbing voters dealt him. Miliband is Jewish, at least in name, but pre-election polls showed that most Jews planned to vote for the Tories.

The health service, economy and immigration were the key issues in the election campaign.

Pro-Hamas George Galloway’s loss of his seat is another sign that Europeans are fed up with liberal immigration policies and a tolerance of radical Islam that has allowed Sharia law to be the last word in some areas.

Cameron is not yet claiming a Parliamentary majority, which the BBC projects.

The returns are good news for Israel. Cameron has been clear in his opposition to Hamas and support for Israel, although he supports “two states.”

Miliband said last year during Operation Protective Edge against Hamas that although Israel has a “right to defend itself against rocket attacks, I cannot explain, justify, or defend the horrifying deaths of hundreds of Palestinians, including children and innocent civilians. And as a party we oppose the further escalation of violence we have seen with Israel’s invasion of Gaza.”

Miliband bought the Palestinian Authority and Hamas propaganda hook, line and sinker.

Cameron, on the other hand, said last month:

What I’ve seen is the attacks that take place on Israel and the indiscriminate nature of them.….

I feel very strongly that this equivalence that sometimes people try to draw when these attacks take place is so completely wrong and unfair…..

Obviously we regret the loss of life wherever it takes place, but I do think there’s an important difference – as Prime Minister Netanyahu put it: Israel uses its weapons to defend its people and Hamas uses its people to defend its weapons.

Britain has never had a prime minister as pro-Israel as Cameron. Unlike other “pro-Zionist’ prime ministers such as Margaret Thatcher and even Winston Churchill, Cameron has done more than mouth off for Israel.

He also has been more aggressive than President Barack Obama in trying to use sanctions to force Iran into capitulation on its goal to produce a nuclear weapon that would be aimed at Israel.

 

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