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Bayit Yehudi Opens English-Speakers Forum

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Bayit Yehudi announced today the formation of a new English-Speakers Forum. The forum was created with the goal of increasing activity in the party for tackling Western immigrant issues and increasing the number of party members and voters who speak English. The forum will be represented in the various party institutions, including Knesset faction meetings on relevant issues, and will be a factor in forming all party positions regarding immigration and absorption. It will also be an address for English speaking Bayit Yehudi supporters in the Diaspora.

The forum will assist MKs with English language correspondences and conduct quarterly meetings with MKs on a wide range of topics with the purpose of forming position papers on key issues facing the English-speaking Oleh community. With their Western culture, the forum will also advance the democratic values of accountability, transparency and representation in the party.

On September 10th, 2014 the Bayit Yehudi Central Committee approved a new party constitution and this new constitution redistributed the party control to 13 different party institutions. The new Bayit Yehudi forums, of which 12 new forums were created, count as one of those 13 institutions. The official definition of a “Forum” according to the new Bayit Yehudi Constitution is as follows: “A Forum is an internal party body, comprising Bayit Yehudi Central Committee members and Bayit Yehudi members, and its job is to discuss and present recommendations to the party and the other party institutions regarding the issues it was tasked with dealing with”. The constitution states that “Forums are active within the party membership and act as advisory bodies to all party institutions. Forums will work in cooperation with the institutions of the party.” Forums work alongside three other party institutions, the Central Committee, the Bureau, and the Secretariat. The Central Committee, the supreme party institution, receives reports on the Forum discussions and recommendations, and is has the power to discuss them at Central Committee meetings and adopt them through a vote. The Bureau, the ideological institution, also receives reports on Forum activities and decisions. The Secretariat, the executive branch of the party, determines Forums working methods and the range of their activities.” Bayit Yehudi English Speakers’ Forum Chairman Jeremy Saltan told JewishPress.com:

“The Bayit Yehudi is the natural home Zionist Olim. We are the only party in the Knesset that opposes a Palestinian State west of the Jordan River and protects Jewish sovereignty in Jerusalem. Just this week Minister Bennett initiated the free shuttle bus program from the old train station through the City of David to the Western Wall. This new Forum shows the importance the Bayit Yehudi places on English speaking immigrants. We are the only party promoting accountability, transparency and representation to our voters. I want to thank Bayit Yehudi Chairman Minister Naftali Bennett & Bayit Yehudi Director General Nir Orbach for prioritizing Western Zionist immigrant issues.”

Jeremy Saltan is a veteran “Knesset Insider”, campaigner and political analyst.

Saltan is also a familiar face to JewishPress.com readers. Besides having made Aliyah from Chicago to Israel, his blog has appeared on JewishPress.com, and he is regular guest on the Yishai Fleishers’s JewishPress.com radio show.

Saltan served as the campaign manager for Bayit Yehudi’s highly successful English language campaign for the 19th Knesset, having managed Bayit Yehudi candidate Jeremy Gimpel’s primary campaign and as a political and legislative assistant to National Union leader Yaakov Ketzeleh Katz in the 18th Knesset. He is also Bayit Yehudi’s Party Branch Director in Mevasseret Tzion where he serves on the city council’s Defense, Status of Women and Immigration & Absorption Committees, and holds the Religious Culture portfolio. The Central Committee Member is also a member of Bayit Yehudi’s Party Branch Leader, Women, and Youth Forums. He also works as a contributor on Voice of Israel.

Bayit Yehudi Director General Nir Orbach said, “The Forum is our way to help integrate these quality immigrants, who are here by choice, into Israeli society by addressing issues that are important to them. I want to thank Jeremy Saltan for everything he has done until now, and I look forward to working with him in the near future. Jeremy is a loyal partner on our path towards the leadership of the country.”

“Don’t Release Bodies of Hamas Terrorist Murderers!”

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Knesset Speaker Ze’ev Elkin declared Tuesday morning that Israel should not release the bodies of the Hamas terrorists who murdered three Israeli teens in Gush Etzion on June 12.

Marwan Kawasme (left) and Amar Abu Aisha, both residents of Hebron, were killed late Monday night (Sept. 22, 2014) in an exchange of gunfire.

IDF troops were attempting to arrest the pair when they opened fire at the soldiers. The two had been charged in absentia with the murder.

Elkin said the two bodies should not be released to Hamas or to their families until the bodies of the two IDF soldiers currently being held by Hamas in Gaza are returned to their families.

“The lethal abduction and murder attack prompted Operation Brother’s Keeper, during which security forces located the bodies of the victims and succeeded in striking and severely impairing the Hamas terrorist organization in the region, said IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner.

“We were determined in bringing the ruthless murderers of Gilad (Sha’ar), Eyal (Yifrach) and Naftali (Frenkel) to justice. The efforts have been continuous and extensive. Today’s successful mission brings the long-term search to an end, and the perpetrators of the crime no longer pose a threat to Israeli civilians.”

Minister Gidon Saar Unexpectedly Announces Resignation

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Internal Affairs Minister of Israel, MK Gidon Sa’ar (Likud) has announced he is temporarily leaving politics. Saar, age 47, is resigning both his ministerial and Knesset positions, effective right after the holidays.

He made the announcement at a pre-Rosh Hashana toast for 1000 Likud activists at Kfar Hamaccabiah in Ramat Gan, surprising those present, and shocking the Israeli political landscape.

Saar made a point to add that he is not resigning from the Likud party.

Saar says he wants to devote more time to his family. His wife, Geula Even, is a TV news anchor for Channel 1.

Saar’s quitting will significantly affect the balance between the parties.

Despite the breakup between the Likud and Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beitenu, the next person up to enter the Knesset on the join list is Leon Letinitzky of the Yisrael Beitenu party, a source in the Yisrael Beitenu party told JewishPress.com.

As a result, the Likud will drop to 18 seats, making it the second largest party after Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid (19).

Yisrael Beitenu will go up one, to 13 seats, putting it one seat ahead of HaBayit HaYehudi.

What this does to the election fever already in the air is anyone’s guess.

Ex-MK from Zoabi’s Party Jailed for Meeting Terrorist in Syria

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

An Israeli court Thursday sentenced former Arab Knesset Member Said Nafa to jail for one year for traveling to Syria, an enemy state, and meeting with Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist party official Talal Naji.

Nafa was placed in the Knesset as a replacement for Azmi Bishara, who not only left the legislature but also fled the country after being indicted for selling information to Hezbollah during the Second Lebanon War in 2006. He visited Syria in 2007, the same year Bishara was indicted.

Nafa accused the Israeli government of conducting a witch hunt and said he really was serving the country faithfully by his diplomatic gesture as a liaison between Druze communities in Syria and Israel.

The former MK claimed he never met Nafa. He also has been accused of meeting with Hamas political commander-in-chief Khaled Mashaal, but the Nazareth District court said there was no evidence to prove the charge.

Next in line for jail could be Balad MK Haneen Zoabi, the high-profile fifth columnist who is under investigation for incitement. “Now it’s Zoabi’s turn,” said Likud MK Miri Regev after Nafa was sentenced.

Foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman commented that the conviction sent an “important message that Israel will not allow subversion against the country by people sitting in the Knesset at the same time they are acting to destroy the country.”

The Balad’s party platform opposes Israel as a Jewish state.

Zoabi Sings Palestinian Authority Anthem at Hamas ‘Victory’ Rally

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Arab Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi and her Balad party colleague Jamal Zahalka belted out the Palestinian Authority national anthem at a “victory” rally in support of Hamas near Haifa on Friday.

The two legislators from the same party that bred the traitor and former MK Azmi Bishara, indicted for spying for Hezbollah before he fled the country, told the rally of approximately 2,000 people that they support the “resistance.” United Arab party MK Ibrahim Sarsur, another Fifth Column legislator, also was present.

Palestinian Authority flags were prominent, and a moment of silence was held for Gaza killed in the Operation Protective Edge counter-terror campaign.

The event at the Kabul Regional Council was organized by the Monitoring Committee of the Israeli Arab Leadership, which actively backs Hamas and promotes the idea of the Jewish State of Israel being “replaced with a bi-national state.”

The paper states that the Arab public is willing to see Israel as a ‘joint nation’ for two peoples, but does not recognize Israel’s Jewish character.

Zoabi never missing the opportunity to use Israeli media to show everyone how much she hates Israel, told Channel 2 television that the “resistance” will stop when there is no “occupation.”

She said she couldn’t care less about charges that her constant encouragement of violence is incitement because it is the “right of Palestinians” to fight against the “occupation,” the magic word that justifies anything and everything that can lead to the end of Israel as a Jewish state.

Yisrael Beitenu MK Alex Miller responded that he thinks that Zoabi should be placed in a mental institution, but why should she be allowed to drive crazy people even crazier when she can test the limits of Israel’s sanity?

The poor woman has complained of being persecuted mercilessly for her racism, but don’t forget that the end justifies the means when it comes to backing the “resistance,” one of those non-violent words for violence that Zoabi said she opposed.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein wants Zoabi indicted for her having called Israeli Arab police officers “traitors” and urging people to spit in their faces.

Zoabi and her two Balad party companions recently traveled to Qatar to visit Bishara, who received money for handing over information to Hezbollah while the terrorist organization was pounding northern Israel with missiles in the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

Zoabi lives in Nazareth. She is an Israeli citizen. She serves in the Israeli Knesset. God willing she also will serve time in an Israeli jail.

‘Fifth Column’ Arab MKs Visit Qatar and Meet with Former MK-Traitor

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Knesset Members Hanin Zoabi, arguably Israel’s most hated MK, Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas Hamas’ benefactor Qatar last week and reportedly met with former colleague Azmi Bashar, who fled the country seven years ago after being indicted for spying on behalf of Hezbollah in the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

The Balad party MKs appeared on Al Jazeera, where they espoused their criticism of the Israeli government.

Al Jazeera is financed b and based in Qatar, which also has financed Hamas terror and has provided technology for Hamas to launch rockets from underground in Gaza by pressing on a computer button in Qatar.

Knesset Members from Yesh Atid and Likud asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to investigate the connection between the three Arab MKs and Bashara as well as Qatar.

Weinstein previously has shown himself to be feeble when it comes to investigating incitement and alleged terrorist connections among Arab Mks, particularly Zoabi, who was on the IHH flotilla when terrorists brutally beat IDF navy commandos before the soldiers were able to overcome the Mavi Mamara ship trying to break the maritime embargo on Gaza.

The Knesset Ethics Committee got tough with Zoabi this year by suspending her for a period of time from the Knesset for hateful speech, including epithets at Arab security guards who escorted her out of the legislature after inciting remarks.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who heads the Yisrael Beitenu party, said he will continue to whatever has to be done to prevent the Balad party’s fifth column from representing a terrorist organization in the Knesset.”

Poll: Netanyahu and Bennett Benefit from War at the Expense of Lapid

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

The Likud and Jewish Home parties would come out smelling like roses if elections were held today, according to a new poll released by the Knesset Channel.

Their gains primarily came at the expense of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid. The popularity of Yisrael Beitenu , Tzipi Livni’s Tnuah party and the Haredi Shas and United Torah Judaism parties dropped slightly. Labor remained static, and the left-wing Meretz party attracted more followers, with 10 projected seats in the Knesset compared with the current six.

Likud would have 28 Knesset Members if elections were held today, according to the poll, compared with 19 in the current session. Jewish Home’s representation would soar from 12 to 19, giving Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett’s parties a combined strength of 47 seats., 14 less of a majority.

Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu party was ranked with nine mandates, two less than it now has in the Knesset, while Shas lost four seats from its current 11. UTJ, now with seven Knesset Members, dropped one.

Livni’s party won enough support for four seats, two less that it now has.

As in previous polls, Kadima, headed by Shaul Mofaz, would disappear from the political map.

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