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October 9, 2015 / 26 Tishri, 5776
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Netanyahu Tries to Calm the Country but Plays Politics

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu calmed down the country two days ago, but more terror followed, so he tried again Thursday night with a speech and press conference that reminded everyone it’s politics as usual.

He issued a statement at a press conference, telling the nation what everyone knows:

This has been another difficult day for all of us, citizens of Israel. We are in the midst of a wave of terrorism. Terrorists that have been incited and who are driven with hate are trying to attack our people – babies, children, men and women, civilians and soldiers. Our hearts – the hearts of the entire nation – are with the families of the victims whose lives were cut short by reprehensible murderers.

He praised security forces and said what he said two days ago – that Israeli will overcome the latest escalation of terrorism that Prime Minister Netanyahu remanded everyone has been around since the re-birth of modern Zionism.

Prime Minister Netanyahu blamed Palestinian Authority and Hamas “mendacious incitement” and pointed out what we all know, that the Arab world spreads lies that it wants to restore the “status quo” on the Temple Mount while even Israeli Arab Knesset Members are insisting that Jews have nothing to-do with the holy site.

But at the press conference, Netanyahu said what he really has on his mind, and that is the totally irresponsible remarks yesterday by Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog.

The leader of the old Labor party, now called the Zionist Camp following the merger with Tzipi Livni’s faction, yesterday went on another self-destructive rant and instead of making the Israeli center-left feel that “united we stand and divided we fall,” he babbled about a government led by him and his cohort Tzipi Livni would have tackled terror.

He called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to resign, a move that would drive the country into financial and political chaos and destroy morale.

Netanyahu grabbed the importunity tonight and said:

We need to join forces in the face of the wave [of violence]. But the decision on whether to enter the government is in the hands of the parties. I want a wider government and unity in the nation.”

Jerusalem is burning and Netanyahu and Herzog are fiddling.

Elkin Attacks Netanyahu’s Temple Mount Ruling

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

PM Netanyahu gave instructions to the police to prevent any coalition MK and minister from going up to the Temple Mount, out of fear that it will cause an escalation (really!), according to Galei Tzahal.

Minister Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) publicly attacked the Prime Minister’s decision to restrict Temple Mount access to Jewish public officials only.

Elkin said that while he understands how in this situation it might make sense for ministers and Knesset members to not go up to the Temple Mount, Elkin asks, why isn’t this restriction extended to MKs from the Arab parties? Elkin pointed out that there is no one who is inciting more on the Temple Mount than the Arab MKs in the Joint List.

According to YNet, following the criticism this morning, Netanyahu flip-flopped and extended the ban to all MKs and ministers, including the Arabs.

Bennett to Quit Knesset to Make Room for Return of Moalem

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) chairman and Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett is quitting the Knesset to make room for the return of former Knesset Member Shulamit “Shuli” Moalem-Rafaeli.

Bennett promised earlier this year he would resign in order to allow Moalem to take a seat in the Knesset, and critics of the approval of the Norwegian Law accused Bayit Yehudi’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of sponsoring the law for the sole of purpose of bringing back Moalem.

She was in ninth place on the Bayit Yehudi’s list of candidates and failed to be re-elected in the elections in March because the party won only 8 seats, four less than in the previous Knesset.

Bennett will continue to serve as Cabinet Minister following the Knesset’s adoption of the Norwegian Law that permits a minister to continue to serve even if he resigns from the legislature.

Moalem, who was a nurse before turning to politics, was extremely popular among party supporters.

She served in the IDF as a teacher.

Her husband Moshe was one of the 73 victims in the mid-air helicopter crash in the Galilee during the Second Lebanon War.

President Rivlin Joins Thousands at Funerals of Henkin Couple

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Thousands of Israelis, including President Reuven Rivlin and Chief Rabbi David Lau, joined thousands of mourners at the funeral Friday for Palestinian Authority terror victims Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin.

The family requested that the funeral not be broadcast live.

Cabinet ministers and Knesset Members also were present.

The couple, leaving behind four small children from the ages of 8 months to 9 years, was buried at Har HaMenuchot Cemetery in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Henkin’s parents were born in the United States and made Aliyah to Israel. His father was a learned rabbi and author, and his mother founded the Nishmat Torah studies program for women in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Henkin also was a Torah scholar and served in the IDF Golani Combat Brigade. His wife Naama was a graphic artist and the daughter of an IDF officer who served in the elite commando unit.

Rabbi Lau said before the funeral:

You think about the children, you wonder who will bless them Erev Shabbat.

Who will be with them during the celebration of this holiday?

The pain is immense, but despite this pain, perhaps the People of Israel will decide that we are happy on the holiday.

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel said:

This is a day of celebration of the holiday but also a difficult day for all of the people of Israel. This is a disgrace to the State of Israel. Terror continues in Jerusalem, on the Temple Mount, and throughout the country.

Muslim-Jewish Coalition Defeats European Attempt to Ban Circumcision

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

European anti-circumcision activists have lost their battle to ban the ritual that is sacred to Jews and is practiced by Muslims although it is not commanded in the Koran.

Several European countries have been campaigning for several years to ban circumcision based on claims that is violent and that it violates “children’s rights.”

The European Council voted against a proposal to ban circumcision, and opponents settled for a decision that requires those performing circumcisions to be experts and to inform parents of possible dangers.

Meretz Knesset Member Issawi Frej, an Israeli with Arab citizenship, joined the Muslim-Jewish Leadership Council, the Conference of European Rabbis, and Islamic groups who argued against the proposal.

He told the European Council that anyone who opposes circumcision should try to convince people through education and not by coercion.

Pro-Israel Legislators in Jerusalem to ‘Stand with Israel’

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Twenty-two parliamentarians from 18 countries around the world are in Jerusalem for the annual Israel Allies Foundation conference in Jerusalem and will focus on attacking the Boycott Israel (BDS) movement.

They also will discuss the threat of a nuclear Iran on Israel and the Western world, and Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.

The three-day conference starts on Tuesday and is sponsored by the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ). Represented countries are Britain, Italy, Slovakia, Holland, Greece, Hungary, Czech Republic, Greece, Finland, Canada, South Africa, Uganda, Guatemala, Uruguay, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay.

President Reuven Rivlin, several Knesset Members and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat will address the visitors on Tuesday.

They will tour Judea and Samaria on Wednesday, including the Rami Levi supermarket between Jerusalem and the communities of Beit El and Ofra. Arabs who work with Jews in the market will speak with the delegation.

The group also will visit Bat Galim Shaer, the mother of one of the boys kidnapped and murdered by Hamas last summer.

On Thursday, the parliamentarians will draft and sign a resolution declaring their support for Israel and vowing to take a stance against racist, anti-Israel movements such as BDS.

AG Weinstein Overrides Judge’s Decision, Permits Soccer on Shabbat

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

(JNi.media) There will be soccer league games in Israel this Shabbat, despite a ruling by Labor Court Judge Ariela Glitzr Katz to the contrary. Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced that the policy of ignoring Shabbat labor laws regarding soccer—practiced for more than 50 years in Israel—will continue. In other words, should the teams violate Israel’s labor laws and play this Shabbat, government inspectors will continue to avoid serving them with summonses.

In an interview on Army Radio, Deputy Defense Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan (Bayit Yehude), criticized Attorney General Weinstein’s ruling, that there is no reason not to hold a soccer game on Shabbat. “If Weinstein were to say the same thing about any other topiv, there would have been a great outcry in response.”

On Tuesday, Israel’s Football Association’s management confirmed that it would not play on the day of rest without the authorization of the Ministry of the Economy. Economy Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) was not available to extend the league the needed permit absolving them of the requirement to observe Shabbat.

The hullabaloo began when Israel’s professional players’ union demanded to move all league games to weekdays, arguing they wished to spend the holy day of rest with their families, like the rest of the Jewish people. That reversed a practice that some say dates back to the first word war. Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev (Likud) said on Wednesday that “we need to reach a compromise between the association, the management, the Ministry of Culture and the teams. Fromt the start, I told the leaders of the Association that some in the Knesset wanted to pass such a law, but we couldn’t make it happen. Now they will have no choice but to be flexible.”

Weinstein’s decision only absolves the football teams from the threat of administrative criminal sanctions. Players, individually or in a class action suit, can still seek remedy from the teams or the players’ union in civil court. The defendants would in turn appeal to the Labor Court for an injunction against holding the games on Shabbat. It was precisely such a petition which has been was filed—and removed in the meantime—which began the entire controversy.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/ag-weinstein-overrides-judges-decision-permits-soccer-on-shabbat/2015/09/10/

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