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December 11, 2016 / 11 Kislev, 5777

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Tzipi Livni Names Her Price [video]

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

In an interview on the Knesset Channel, Tzipi Livni named her price for joining her Hatnua party up with Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid.

Recent polls have put her current partnership with Machane Tzioni at barely a dozen MKs, while polls show Yesh Atid in the twenties.

Livni said her joining with Yesh Atid would be subject to Yair Lapid making a few changes, such as moving his political positions closer to hers, and to not make any political partnerships like he did before with Naftali Bennett of Bayit Yehudi.

Of course, one of the reasons that Yesh Atid is going up in the polls is that Yair Lapid is moving his party’s political positions away from those of Tzipi Livni.

If she joins Yesh Atid, it would be the fifth time she jumped from a sinking ship.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Arab Party Wants Netanyahu Investigated for Incitement over Arsons

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Chairman of the Joint Arab List MK Ayman Odeh on Monday demanded that Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit investigate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for encouraging anti-Arab incitement during the wave of fires that plagued Israel a week ago.

Speaking to a meting of his Knesset faction, Odeh said, “The Arab public continues to deal with the wave of incitement and igniting hatred by Netanyahu and his ministers during the fires.”

“Today everybody understands that the mountain gave birth to a tiny mouse,” Odeh continued. “There was no wave of terror, no arson intifada. If they find one or two [Arabs] who are guilty, our position is that they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, but a wave of terror? Everyone knows there’s no such thing.”

In reality, Netanyahu, who was widely rebuked for warning rightwing voters they must hit the polls on election day in 2015 because the Arabs are bringing busloads to vote, did not actually accuse Arabs or even mention them in connection with the recent fires. Speaking at a press conference at an airforce base up north, the PM warned that “whomever tries to burn the State of Israel will be punished severely.”

“They arrested people left and right, but they never investigated the thousands of Jews who incited and called for the murder of Arabs,” Odeh charged on Monday, and informed his fellow MKs that “the Joint List has decided to appeal to the Attorney General – we accuse the prime minister of racist incitement and call on the AG to launch an investigation.”

During the week of wild fires police arrested 30 Arab suspects and detained 24 for extended interrogations. In the end it turned out that some of the suspects’ activity was limited to praising the acts of arson and calling for additional ones, but fell short of actually setting fires. It is expected that about half a dozen suspects will be prosecuted.

It should be noted that, according to fire forensic experts, it is very difficult to find hard evidence for arson in open air areas, since the fire and the wind devour traces of intentionally set fires – unlike indoor fires, which can be traced more easily. Experts usually seek more than one concurrent focal point to a forest fire as an indication of arson.

David Israel

PM Kicks Out Habayit Hayehudi MK for Saying Netanyahu Isn’t Rightwing

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night banned Habayit Hayehudi MK Bezalel Smotrich from a debate over the evacuation of the Amona community in Samaria because of things Smotrich said about the PM in a major interview he had given the Ha’aretz weekend supplement, Army Radio reported Sunday.

Speaking to Ha’aretz reporter Ravit Hecht, MK Smotrich said, “Unfortunately, Netanyahu is not a rightwinger,” and added that “Apparently, had Netanyahu been in charge instead of Ben Gurion, we would not have had a state. Ben Gurion had courage, he established a state against all odds.”

The meeting included Prime Minister Netanyahu, Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, and AG Avichai Mandelblit, and focused on the Amona issue and the Arrangement Act which will be submitted for a Knesset vote Monday. The meeting ended without concrete results and the participants agreed to meet again on Sunday.

Speaking to Army Radio Sunday morning, Smotrich confirmed his removal from the meeting, adding, “If the prime minister’s feelings were hurt I’m prepared to apologize.”

Smotrich relates how he had driven for an hour and a half from home Saturday night to get to the meeting. “The prime minister refused to let me into the room. He asked that I not come in. I was led to believe that he didn’t love some of the things I said in my Ha’aretz interview.”

In his own defense, Smotrich said, “I didn’t initiate public criticism of the prime minister, I merely answered truthfully the questions I was asked and didn’t blur our disputes with him.”

Smotrich clarified that he feels “a great deal of respect for the prime minister,” adding, “I’m a young man in the system and he is an older man with a great del of experience, and he is the prime minister of all of us.” Nevertheless, Smotrich reiterated, “it’s no secret we have ideological disagreements with him.”

As to his comparison between Netanyahu and Ben Gurion, Smotrich stated he was ready to apologize, but commenting that “if anyone who has a disagreement with the prime minister loses the ability to work with him in a useful manner, I believe we have a big problem.”

JNi.Media

Shaked: Court’s Intervention in Knesset, Government Work Distorts Democracy

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) on Thursday told a conference headed by former Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch that “there are some who want to cause the public to believe that any regime model that does not align itself completely with the leftist parties’ agenda does not satisfy the basic demands of the democratic system. But it isn’t so.”

The conference, titled “Democracy in Israel: Directions and Trends,” took place in Zichron Yaakov, a town that only a week ago endured the largest of the wave of fires that plagued Israel. Shaked “informed” those who have been regularly eulogizing Israel’s democracy, that Israel’s democracy is stronger than all of them.

According to Shaked, the attempt to divide the political left and right in Israel, and the will to determine that one side seeks to promote Israel as a Rabbinical Jewish state, or as a nationalistic mutation, while the other side is seeking to promote true democracy will not succeed. Neither will the attempt to define as “destroyers of democracy” those who consider separation of the three branches of government to be the foundation of a well-functioning democracy.

“I am saying here in the clearest way possible – a judicial branch that intervenes in the legally created product of the legislative or executive branches is not adhering to the democratic model and it is our duty to bring it back on track.”

Shaked also stressed that Israel’s democracy is “part of a larger fabric of a Jewish and Zionist State.” Conceding that this means there are complexities in the Israeli system of government, she urged her audience to “talk about them, rather than attempt to turn this complex term the political legacy of one camp or another.”

“It’s too important an issue to be turned into a partisan battering ram,” Shaked said.

JNi.Media

MK Oren Hazan Presents the New Arab Weapon

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

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‘Muezzin Law’ Ready for Vote Despite Arab, Rivlin Objections

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Health Minister Yakov Lizman (United Torah Judaism) on Tuesday night removed his objection to the ‘Muezzin Law,’ a noise pollution prevention legislation intended to prevent mosques, especially in mixed neighborhoods in Israel, from urging the believers to worship at 4 and 5 in the morning.

Litzman, who originally objected to the bill on the grounds that it could end up curtailing the pre-Shabbat and pre-holiday announcements which are sounded in every Israeli city an hour or so before sunset. Eventually Litzman reached a compromise with coalition Chairman David  Bitan (Likud) that the law would be limited to curbing Muezzin enthusiasm from 11 PM to 7 AM.

As a result, the new bill has been ready to come up for a preliminary vote at the Knesset plenum, and proceed to committee should the vote be yay. But Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who is currently on a state visit to the Ukraine, demanded to be allowed to chair the meeting, which is expected to be particularly explosive.

MK Issawi Freij (Meretz), for one, is ready to do some exploding, judging by his announcement that separating the Shabbat announcements from the Muezzin bill exposes it for what it is: yet another example of Israeli racism. Never mind that those pre-Shabbat calls take place around 7 PM at the latest, while the Muezzin law lets people – both Arabs and Jews – have their rest from 11 at night to 7 in the morning.

President Reuven Rivlin, who used to be a proud member of Likud but has since been often playing for the other teams, voiced his vehement objection to the noise pollution bill, saying it would show up Israel as a democracy for Jews only.

Somebody, please, build a mosque next to the President’s residence, to serve the Arabs of Rehavia… The president might change his mind yet…

JNi.Media

Praying for Sodom

Friday, November 18th, 2016

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First, Knesset Insider Jeremy Saltan on how Trump might effect Israel’s policies, how the Muslim call to prayer in the middle of the night might be noise pollution, and how the small community of Amona is making big waves. Then, on Spiritual Cafe, Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Yishai to discuss Abraham’s adventures including praying for Sodom not to be destroyed, having a baby at a hundred and laughing about it, kicking out the “Egyptian” son, and finally, almost sacrificing the miracle child to God.

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Moshe Herman

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