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December 9, 2016 / 9 Kislev, 5777

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Netanyahu to Cabinet: ‘Working Overtime’ in Search of Amona Solution

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday morning told the weekly Cabinet meeting: “We are working overtime to find a responsible solution to the issue of Amona and for similar cases in the future.

“We are working to reach a rational solution and I expect all of you, ministers and MKs, to respect it,” the PM reiterated, adding, “We must act responsibly and prudently here for a common goal: to defend the settlement, and to defend the court. We are working in both spheres.”

Netanyahu also told his ministers about new progress in the Israel-Jordan-PA Red Sea–Dead Sea Canal. “Last week we crossed another stage en route to realizing the canal between the seas project,” he said. “The US, the EU and Japan are financing this joint Israel-Jordan-Palestinian Authority project, and it includes desalination for communities in the Israeli and Jordanian Aravah desert alike, and channeling salt water to the Dead Sea. According to the plan, in 2020 fresh water will be supplied to the residents of the Aravah and salt water will finally be channeled to the Dead Sea.”

Netanyahu pointed out that the project “ties in with Herzl’s vision in his book Altneuland. He foresaw the canal between the seas and we now have the great honor and opportunity to realize this vision. Of course, this is also a project that constitutes an additional strategic anchor in the peaceful relations between Jordan and Israel, peaceful relations which are more vital than ever in light of what is happening in our region.”

The PM thanked Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara, “who is responsible for this project on my behalf; he is doing important work. Thank you, Ayoob.”

David Israel

Israel Weighing Moving Desalinated Water to Drought-Plagued Kinneret

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Israel’s Water Authority is looking into establishing a system to move desalinated water from central Israel to lake Kinneret, in the opposite direction of the historic National Water Carrier of Israel, which has been delivering Kinneret water to the Negev since 1964. Over the past three years, due to partial droughts and natural evaporation, the Kinneret’s rate of replenishment has been reduced substantially.

An additional burden on the receding lake is the uninterrupted consumption by Jordan. In accordance with the 1994 peace treaty with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the latter will be drawing 11.2 billion gallons of water from the Kinneret – while Israel in 2016 will be drawing only about 6.6 billion gallons.

So the Kinneret continues to recede and the Water Authority realizes something’s gotta’ give. The plan, according to a report in Ha’aretz Wednesday, is to push 27 billion gallons annually into the lake from desalination plants in central Israel, raising the Kinneret water level by about 28 inches each year.

Incidentally, the total annual capacity of central Israel’s desalination plants is 150 billion gallons, making Israel the runaway king of water reclamation on planet Earth. By 2015, Israel’s desalination programs provided roughly 40% of Israel’s drinking water and it is expected to supply 70% by 2050.

The plan was presented at Tuesday’s inaugural meeting of the Water Public Forum at Tel Aviv University, which included past and present Water Authority senior officials, scientists, engineers, managers of northern water societies, and representatives of environmental groups.

Meanwhile, according to Ha’aretz, Israeli farmers upriver from the Kinneret, who had been refused an increase of 11 billion gallons annually, have begun to draw water from the Jordan River at night – endangering the environment which is already on a brink of an ecological crisis – this while Jordan continues to siphon exactly this amount for its own agriculture.

JNi.Media

Island Reappears in Drying Lake Kinneret While Jordan Keeps Siphoning

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Aerial photographs shot by a drone operated by Rahaf, a company specializing in photography and documentation projects from the air, show the dreaded “Kinneret Island,” which appears in Israel’s northern lake whenever the dry season claims significant portions of the lake’s water.

According to Pinhas Green, Deputy CEO of the Kinneret Authority, “since the beginning of summer the Kinneret level has gone down by 40 inches, placing it at 14.76 inches below the lowest red line. The level is very low. The drought arrived early this year. … We should all pray for an exceptionally rainy winter.”

To be full, the Kinneret is currently missing 180 inches (38 ft.).

Israel transports water from Lake Kinneret, or the Sea of Galilee, to the population centers of Israel, as well as to Jordan. The lake supplies only about 10% of Israel’s drinking water needs, but under the terms of the Israel–Jordan peace treaty, Israel also supplies 50,000,000 cubic meters (1,765,733,336 cubic feet) of water annually from the lake to Jordan. In recent years the Israeli government has made extensive investments in water reclamation and desalination infrastructure in the country. This has allowed it to significantly reduce the amount of water pumped from the lake annually in an effort to restore and improve its ecological environment, as well as respond to some of the most extreme drought conditions in hundreds of years which the lake’s intake basin has frequently experienced since 1998.

It is expected that in 2016 only about 25,000,000 cubic meters (880,000,000 cubic feet) of water will be drawn from the lake for Israeli domestic consumption.

Jordan, on the other hand (the folks who gave you the Islamic Waqf on Temple Mount), which hasn’t made an investment in water preservation, will continue to receive more than a billion and a half cubic feet of water every year.

JNi.Media

Liberman Supports a 2-State Solution – Nothing to See Here Folks, Move Along

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

I received a flurry of messages last night from all my friends on the right side of the political spectrum following our new Defense Minister’s stated support for a 2-State solution.

“You see, Liberman zig-zagged again”, “Liberman’s showing his true colors”, “Liberman got power and shifted Left” and “Liberman’s going to be another Sharon”.

I’d say it’s open to debate if Liberman really zig-zags left and right all the time, or if he simply prefers to sometimes emphasize one aspect of his statements when convenient, while other times emphasizing the other half – leaving him open to criticism of zig-zagging, while allowing his spokespeople to emphatically deny any zig-zagging at all.

Though I don’t see much wiggle room in his statement that he plans to take out Ismail Haniyeh in just 1 more day – leaving us to wonder if perhaps Liberman is really more bark than bite.

To remind my friends, Liberman has always supported a 2-State solution. He’s said he would evacuate his home in Nokdim for peace. I believe he would.

But everyone forgets the parameters of Liberman’s 2-State solution plan – “The Populated-Area Exchange Plan“.

It’s not a one-way street.

Liberman envisions a Palestinian State consisting of all the Arabs on this side of the Jordan River – with no Jews, and an Israeli state on this side of the Jordan River – with a lot less Arabs citizens.

Liberman contends that the only way to end the conflict is to end the friction resulting from 2 opposing religious and nationalist groups occupying the same space – and it makes no sense (nor is it fair) to create a Palestinian State with no Jews, while keeping Israel as a dual-nationality state with an antagonistic Arab minority who self-identify as “Palestinian”- nor is it fair or right to make anyone physically move.

In Liberman’s plan, Israel would annex the major settlement blocks, while transferring the major regions of Israel where there are a majority of Arabs, over to the Palestinian State.

Israeli-Arabs, who constantly identify themselves as “Palestinians” would lose their Israeli citizenship but immediately gain Palestinian State citizenship. They wouldn’t have to move out of their homes – the borders would be redrawn around them – mostly in the “triangle” region in part of the Galilee.

I personally disagree with his solution for a number of critically important and fundamental reasons (to be discussed another time), but there’s certainly no denying Liberman’s correct identification of the problem and that his plan treats all sides equally (even if it is a left-wing plan).

Strangely enough, the group who should be supporting the plan the most are the most vehemently against it – Israeli-Arabs who self-identify as “Palestinians”.

In a poll in the year 2000, 83 percent of Israeli-Arabs opposed the plan, with only 11% were in favor.

You would think, that all these Israeli-Arabs demanding a Palestinian State, waving “Palestinian” flags and touting their “Palestinian” identity would love the idea.

But they don’t – they don’t want to be citizens of a Palestinian State – they want to be citizens of the Israel they hate – the Israel that gives them equal opportunity, equal rights, and isn’t under Arab control.

Interestingly enough, a friend of mine was talking yesterday with some Arabs from one of the villages under Palestinian Authority control and they said the same exact thing.

These PA Arabs want Israel to come in, kick out the Palestinian Authority and bring back the “Occupation” – they want life to be good again – as it was under Israeli rule. Most of their village wants that.

Liberman’s plan is unlikely to be implemented, simply because the Arabs themselves don’t want to live in a Palestinian State – which says a lot.

If anything, the first step Liberman should really be taking for peace is helping the poor Gazans escape from the terror of Hamas.

Set up an emigration plan – one-way tickets to Europe and Detroit with cash in their pockets and full bank accounts.

Within a year, the only people left in Gaza would be Hamas supporters, if even that.

And then Liberman could prove to us that “Mila zu mila” and take out Ismail Haniyeh.

JoeSettler

A Jewish Twist on ‘Land Day’

Monday, March 30th, 2015

A new twist on “Land Day” – 3,327 years ago today on 10 Nisan the People of Israel crossed the Jordan River to enter the Land of Israel promised to them by God, in accordance with His Commandment.

Also on the tenth of Nisan – just as an additional note – we commemorate the passing of Miriam, sister of the Biblical Moshe and Aharon.

In addition, on this date in ancient times the selection of the Paschal lamb was carried out, in preparation for the holiday which begins four days hence.

 

Clearly, this is the date which should be celebrated as“Land Day”– and it should be held as a joyous national holiday by the Jews!!

Take a walk outside today and greet a neighbor and wish them a happy Land Day!

Author’s Note: Hat tip to columnist Michael Freund, whose article in The Jerusalem Post sparked the idea of promoting this day as a national holiday. I agree wholeheartedly!

Hana Levi Julian

Jordan River Wet T-Shirt Contest

Monday, January 19th, 2015

As an Israeli, I’m a bit embarrassed by how muddy and dirty that water looks. On the other hand, it is nice to see a lot of water in the Jordan River.

Tourists are taking a dip in the Jordan River at the site called: Qasr el Yahud, or in English, the Castle of the Jews.

Personally, give me the Dead Sea any day, there you can practically walk on the water it’s so salty.

Photo of the Day

Bennett: Jews Would Only Die and not Live in Palestinian State

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Jews would live in a Palestinian Authority state for a very short time because they would end up being killed, Jewish Home party chairman Naftali Bennett warned Tuesday night in a speech at the Institute for National Security Studies Conference in Tel Aviv.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also addressed the conference, as did Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas through a video appearance.

Netanyahu in effect reminded U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry of his own words – that any framework presented in the peace talks would be an American plan that does not commit Israel.

Most media, looking for something new in every word that is uttered by the players in the shaggy peace dog saga, try to turn every word into some new development. The major development is that another day has gone by before Kerry tries to save face and extend the ordeal for another round.

Netanyahu’s statement on Israel’s not having to accept the framework already has been billed as if he is playing hard ball, but the truth is that he simply stated what Kerry said weeks ago. Netanyahu emphasized the point just to make sure that no one forgets.

He again insisted that a Palestinian Authority state must be demilitarized, which is another way of telling Abbas to go jump in the Jordan.

Bennett, in his vision of the future of Judea and Samaria, provided the answer of what would happen if the Palestinian Authority were left to its own devices, especially if Jews were to try to live in a Palestinian state.

“Why Palestinians can’t rule over Jews?” he asked rhetorically. “Because they will kill them. And do you know how I know this? Because it has already happened” in the Arab pogrom against Hevron Jews in 1929 and the lynching of two Israeli soldiers in 2000 after they took a wrong turn and ended up in Ramallah.

Bennett proposed Israel’s annexing areas of Judea and Samaria where 400,000 Jews live. He said only 70,000 Arabs live in the same area, a number which is exaggeratedly low. In any case, Bennett says they could be given Israeli citizenship without any fear of a demographic threat to the existence of Israel as a Jewish state.

In his video speech, Abbas offered too little too late, withdrawing from his previous position that he would give Jews three months to leave a Palestinian state once it is agreed on.

Now he is willing to allow an Israeli presence there for three years, which is like telling Netanyahu to jump into the Jordan.

If both of them meet there, Kerry undoubtedly will bring them a life raft.

However, he does not understand that Abbas and Netanyahu know how to swim better and faster than the Secretary of State can talk.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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