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February 9, 2016 / 30 Shevat, 5776

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Hareidi Rabbis Rejected Netanyahu Request that Lapid Join Coalition

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Rabbis who advise the Hareidi Yehadut HaTorah (United Torah Judaism – UTJ) party have rejected a proposal by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to expand the government with the inclusion of Yesh Atid, chaired by Yair Lapid.

UTJ Minister Yaakov Litzman confirmed the report that was published Monday afternoon by the Hedrei Haderim website.

The coalition has survived for half a year with the narrowest of majorities, a single vote, and it has had to scramble several times to bring in Knesset Members to prevent an embarrassing defeat of a government bill or stop passage of an unwanted Opposition bill.

The Opposition also has not grabbed at opportunities to topple the government, and Opposition MKs often have left the Knesset forum in the same numbers that coalition MKs are absent.

Prime Minister Netanyahu would like to have a more comfortable majority, and Lapid’s chameleon-like positions have made it possible for him to sit with any government.

However, the Hareidi rabbis have drawn a giant X on Lapid, whose Holy Grail is to draft Hareidim, regardless of how much they learn in yeshivas or at least are listed as learning.

Hedrei Haderim reported that Litzman said:

I confirm that I received the request from the Prime Minister and that according to the advice of the Torah Sages Council, the answer is negative.

Lapid is a red line.

The office of the Prime Minister has not commented on the report, and Shas Hareidi party chairman Aryeh Deri told the website he knows nothing about it.

As for relations between Litzman and Lapid, the Yesh Atid leader recently approached the Knesset podium as Litzman stepped down.

Lapid reportedly patted Litzman’s shoulder, and the minister coolly brushed off his clothes, as if to clean off the dirt.

Sharansky Berates Arabs MKs for Boycotting Jewish Agency

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky has berated an Arab Knesset Member for scoring “cheap political points” by refusing to meet U.S. Jewish leaders in the same building that houses the Zionist group.

Joint Arab List MK Ayman Odeh on Thursday refused to enter a meeting with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in New York, as reported here.

Sharansky’s spokesman issued a statement Saturday night saying:

It is unfortunate that members of Knesset from the Joint List are more interested in scoring cheap and expedient political points than they are in advancing the well-being of their communities.

Along with our core mission of ingathering the exiles of the Jewish people via Aliyah, The Jewish Agency is proud to serve all the citizens of Israel, regardless of religion or ethnicity, which we view as an integral part of our Zionist vision.

Thousands of Arab Israeli families enjoy a range of Jewish Agency programs, including our Youth Futures mentorship program, which has placed a particular emphasis on schoolchildren in Israel’s Arab community; Masa Israel Journey and Project TEN, which run programs focused on Arab-Jewish coexistence and on serving underprivileged Arab citizens of Israel; and an innovative Jewish Agency high school opened just this year for Bedouin youth in the Negev.

Sharansky added, “Thousands of Arab Israelis have already found their way to The Jewish Agency’s programs and to the dedicated professionals and volunteers who run them. It is high time MK Odeh and his colleagues did the same.”

Conference of Presidents Executive Vice President Malcolm Hoenlein came downstairs with MK Merav Michaeli to try to persuade Odeh to change his mind, which is a bit of an irony since Michaeli’s Labor party recently changed its official name to “Zionist Camp.”

Odeh later explained”

I came here to represent the Arab public in Israel to American audiences. As their representative, I cannot in good conscience participate in meetings in the offices of organizations whose work displaces Arab citizens, just as in the Knesset, we do not participate in the Ministry of Defense, the Foreign Ministry, and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption.:

Conference of Presidents Chairman Stephen Greenberg and VP Hoenlein said in a statement that they are “deeply disturbed and shocked at [Odeh’s] refusal to fulfill his commitment to speak before a meeting of the Conference, because our premises are shared with the Jewish Agency, and other Zionist groups.”

Former Ambassador to US MK Michael Oren: Don’t Ban Trump

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States and now a Knesset Member, said Wednesday that Israel should not boycott or ban Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Trump is scheduled to visit Israel later this month and meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu December 28.

MK Oren, of the Kulanu party, told Maariv today:

Israel must not let itself be dragged into the U.S. presidential political race, but on the other hand, it cannot remain quiet when someone stains an entire community because of their religious beliefs.

We must host the presidential candidate [Trump] as if what he said never was spoken, but on the other hand we must express our reservations on his harmful remarks.

Several Opposition MKs have called on Prime Minister Netanyahu not to meet with him, and some even want him banned from stepping foot in Israel.

They were reacting to Trump’s controversial speech this in which he said that the United States should block Muslim immigrants until the government “can figure out what is going on,” referring to the massacre at San Bernardino two weeks ago.

Coalition and Opposition MKs Petition to Ban Trump from Israel [video]

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Several Opposition Knesset Members and at least one coalition MK have signed a letter that demands that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cancel a scheduled Dec. 28 meeting with Donald Trump during the Republican presidential candidate’s planned visit.

The Prime Minister has said he will meet with Trump, but aides have been careful to point out that he does not necessarily agree with Trump’s views.

The gadfly GOP presidential candidate raised the rafters Monday when he said that Muslims should be banned from entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

Meretz MK Michal Rozin initiated the letter, supported by a Shas MK, to the Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Opposition Knesset Members figure that If Trump can say “No Muslims,” they can say, “No Trump.”

Meretz MK, Esawi Frej and an Arab, said:

Just as it is clear Israel wouldn’t allow a hater of the Jews to use it in order to advance his political wares, the same must be in the case of Trump.

Trump is not just a racist; he is a man who poses a threat to the free world. A man who through racist incitement tries to gain the post of US president. A man whose presence in the public sphere is based on racism.

The state of Israel cannot let Trump enter, particularly given his intentions to use his visit for political propaganda. This is a man who incites against a public (Arabs] that represents 20% of the population of the state of Israel, a man who asks to incite flames and hatred in every place he visits.

At least two MKs grabbed the headlines Wednesday and demanded that Trump be barred from the Knesset, although he has no plans to visit, at least not this time around. That caudal change if he were to be elected President of the United States.

Zionist Union MK Omer Bar Lev (tweeted Wednesday:

 As far as it depends on me, this racist @realDonaldTrump should not be welcome in the @knessetisrael

Arab Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi called Trump a “neo-Nazi” on Twitter and added:

I asked the Speaker of the Knesset to prevent Trump from entering the Knesset.

Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog has said nothing and probably will remain silent. He stated last month he is staying out of American politics after being asked how he would deal with Trump if he were elected to the White House.

In Britain, 105,000 people have signed a petition to ban Trump from entering the country, and the number is rising every minute

The online petition in Britain, whose population includes nearly 3 million Muslims, states:

The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech.

If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the ‘unacceptable behavior’ criteria to those who wish to enter its borders, it must be fairly applied to the rich as well as poor, and the weak as well as powerful.

 

Britain has an estimated 2.7 million Muslim population.

Below is Trump’s “NO Muslims” speech.

Minister Uri Ariel is Home After Heart Procedure in Jerusalem

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Doctors at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center have successfully removed a blood clot from the heart of Agriculture Minister and Bayit Yehudi MK Uri Ariel.

The minister was admitted to the hospital Monday after feeling unwell. He underwent a cardiac catheterization and other tests, which led to the removal of the clot.

Ariel was discharged from the hospital in good condition on Wednesday. He has been ordered to “rest for a while.”

Labor Party Icon Ben-Eliezer Indicted for Bribery and Money Laundering

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Former Defense Minister, senior IDF officer, and Labor party icon Binyamin (Fuad) Ben-Eliezer was indicted in a Tel Aviv court Wednesday for money laundering, bribery, fraud, tax evasion and breach of public trust.

He also was a hair’s breadth from being elected president before charges against him were made public.

The damning indictments, even if he not convicted, destroy his image of having served the country for decades and once again raises the question why politicians exploit their positions of power for greed and favor friends in return for financial reward.

The charges against him are considered the gravest in modern Israeli history, even worse than the bribery conviction of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

The investigation of Ben-Eliezer uncovered approximately $500,000 in cash in his home. He allegedly took tens of thousands of dollars in return for favors.

The arrest of Ben-Eliezer sent shock waves throughout Israel, especially among the Left and left-wing media who were campaigning for him to be elected President of Israel in a contest against veteran Likud Knesset Member Reuven Rivlin.

The race was neck-and-neck until the arrests, five days before the election of the President, forced Ben-Eliezer out of the running. His supporters complained that the investigation was a hoax in order to allow Rivlin to be elected.

Once a host of allegations and a later conviction against Olmert sent him to the political cemetery, Ben-Eliezer became the liberal media’s de facto nominee to be the next Prime Minister.

The government-funded Kol Yisrael radio network constantly interviewed him during prime time news, sometimes as often as once a week.\

Ben-Eliezer was born in Iraq and was a commander in the Six-Day War in 1967 and in the Yom Kippur War. His political career in the Knesset began in 1984, and he rose to become a senior member of the Labor party.

He served as Defense Minister under Ariel Sharon and was Labor party chairman.

Ben-Eliezer now is 80 years old and is in poor health, a factor which may lighten a prison sentence.

Bayit Yehudi’s Yinon Magal Announces Resignation from Knesset

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Knesset member Yinon Magal of the Bayit Yehudi party has announced he will resign from his post due to allegations of sexual harassment. Magal has already resigned as head of his party’s faction in the Knesset.

Magal informed party chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett – who is currently in the United States – of his intentions. He added that he is sure he is not liable for criminal charges, but understands that people were hurt by his behavior.

Bennett has expressed his support for the move, and issued a statement saying: “I hope the process he is in will end as quickly as possible so he can be dedicated to his family and continue on his way.”

Allegations surfaced last week on social media that Magal had made unwanted advances to a writer for Walla! News after resigning from his post as editor-in-chief at the website last year. The incident came to light after the writer wrote a detailed Facebook post about it.

“First of all, I want to apologize,” Magal said in a statement last Tuesday. “There are things that were said between friends before I became a Knesset member and I would not repeat them today. I want to ask for forgiveness from anyone I hurt. At the same time, I would expect that a friend who I hurt to tell me, and not to turn to shaming on social media.”

Some of the comments Magal reportedly said at the “goodbye party” held for him when he left the website for politics, as described by the writer, were quite explicit.

Magal has not yet officially resigned from the Knesset. Police are beginning to launch an investigation into the allegations, however, under the direct supervision of the head of Assistant Chief Meni Yitzchaki, head of the Investigations and Intelligence Branch of Israel Police.

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