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Rivlin Tells Knesset Jewish People, Israel Not At War With Islam

Monday, October 12th, 2015

President Reuven Rivlin underlined in a speech to the Knesset late Monday afternoon that the connection between the Jewish People and the Temple Mount is “undeniable.”

The president made a special effort to address the attempt by radical Islamists to ignite a third intifada by local Muslims against Israelis, and thus destroy long-standing co-existence.

“We must strengthen mutual trust,” Rivlin said.

“The Jewish People and Israel are not at war with Islam,” the president stressed in his speech to the opening day of the Knesset’s winter session.

“The lie that we want to change the status quo at the Temple Mount is dangerous libel,” he said.

The northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel organization, an extremist Islamist group in Israel, is bent on the destruction of the state but is not yet outlawed.

The group has been inciting local Arabs for years against Jews and Israelis, and propagating lies about Israel’s intentions regarding the Temple Mount.

Herzog Calls to Outlaw Islamic Movement

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Zionist Union leader and Opposition MK Isaac Herzog called on Monday to outlaw the extremist northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, as well as the Jewish extremist groups Lehava and La Familia.

Herzog said at the opening of the winter session of the Knesset that Israel’s parliament must “raise a moral voice.” He said that both Jews and Arabs must stand “from the whole nation” as one legal body to show responsibility, leadership and restraint.

Netanyahu: Arab Terrorists Have not Learned They Cannot Destroy Israel

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned the Israeli Arab sector Monday that their leaders who are inciting terror and murder will be investigated for criminal violations.

He singled out Arab Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi and the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, headed by Sheikh Raed Salah.

As he spoke, more terrorists struck and left Israelis wounded, one of them a teenager barely hanging on this life.

His speech was aimed not only at the Knesset but also at the entire country, whose citizens from border to border are under immediate threat of “lone terrorists,” most of them teenagers or in their 20s.

Netanyahu said that Arabs still have not learned they cannot annihilate Israel and called on Arab leaders to stop all incitement and decide if they want co-existence or a religious war.

He pointed out that the lies from the Palestinian Authority and the entire world that Jews have no connection with the Temple Mount and are trying to destroy Arab mosques are not new but will not live.

Prime Minister Netanyahu added:

We have no fight with Islam, but the attempt to ignite a religious war is based on a lie and is dangerous incitement that has cost lives.

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority do educate for peace but incite anti-Semitism. Abbas must stop the incitement and must condemn terror attacks just as I have condemned attacks on Arabs,

We are a country ruled by law, and we will not allow anyone to break the law.

He said that legal procedures are being completed to declare the Islamic Movement an illegal organization.

The Prime Minister then turned his attention to MK Haneen Zoabi and told the Knesset that after Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin were murdered in front of their children:

A member of this house [Knesset] said, ‘The Henkin couple are settlers and you cannot refer to them as innocent citizens.’

What does that mean?

That is permitted to kill them and to kill others?

Zoabi did not restrict herself to settlers. She justified terror and said that ‘individua actions are not enough and that what is needed is an entire Intifada.’

Prime Minister Netanyahu called her remarks “unbelievable” and that when an MK calls for terrorist attacks against civilians of the country, nothing is needed more than a criminal investigation.

Knesset Committee to Vote on 1,400 Reserves Call-up for Border Guard Police

Monday, October 12th, 2015

The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee is meeting in an emergency session on Monday to vote on whether to approve the call-up of reserve Border Guard Police officers due to the current security challenges facing the country.

The meeting, called by committee chair MK Tzachi Hanegbi, will vote on whether to allow the IDF to call up 1,400 Border Guard Police.

If the motion is passed, the IDF will be authorized to call up for active duty increased forces to contend with the recent spike in terror attacks across the country.

Arab MK Zoabi Who Swore Allegiance to Jewish State: I Don’t Take Orders from Israel

Friday, October 9th, 2015

(JNi.media) MK Haneen Zoabi, serving in Israel’s Knesset since 2009, on Thursday told Gulf News: “We do not receive orders from Netanyahu and Israel.” This was in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s barring of cabinet ministers and lawmakers from visiting the Temple Mount, fearing that high-profile visitors, Jewish or Arab, would further inflame tensions in the already high strung Jerusalem.

Zoabi, who’s been presenting herself as a Palestinian member of Israel’s parliament—although she is a registered Israeli citizen, also told Gulf News Netanyahu’s order was “a mere hysteric reaction,” and declared: “We challenge this ban order. Let them try us. We will regularly and increasingly visit Al Haram Al Sharif (the Arab name for the Temple Mount) to protect it. We do not receive orders from Netanyahu and Israel. Our relationship with occupied East Jerusalem and Al Haram Al Sharif does not pass through Israel and Netanyahu does not have anything to do with it.”

The problem is, MK Zoabi is beholden to both Netanyahu and Israel, in accordance with the 1958 Knesset Laws: “A Knesset member shall make a declaration of allegiance; the declaration shall read as follows: ‘I pledge myself to bear allegiance to the State of Israel and faithfully to discharge my mandate in the Knesset.’ Where the Chairman of the Knesset has called upon a member of the Knesset to make his declaration of allegiance and the member has not done so, the member shall not enjoy the rights of a member of the Knesset so long as he has not made the declaration.”

Amendment 22 states: “Has the Knesset member been the holder of an additional non-Israeli citizenship, and the laws of the country whose citizenship he holds permit his release from such citizenship, he shall not declare allegiance until after he has done everything required on his part to be released from such citizenship, and he shall not enjoy the rights of a Knesset member until he makes his declaration.”

Since MK Zoabi has pledged her allegiance to the State of Israel, and has submitted herself to faithfully to discharge her mandate in the Knesset, which includes following the directives of the prime minister, her recent statement to the contrary is questionable at best. She also may not by law officially refer to herself as Palestinian, since “Palestinian” suggests having a dual citizenship, which would disqualify her from serving as an MK.

On Friday morning, MK Zoabi told News 10 TV that she and fellow Arab lawmakers are not seeking calm. “I do not want peace in the shadow of occupation, I want to fight,” she declared, explaining that when it comes to Israelis, “what does not work for the brain, may work through force.”

“The Palestinians in Israel want to prevent [Jewish] rioters from entering Al-Aqsa,” Zoabi insisted, adding a cultural observation: “We are for freedom of worship, but those for whom entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque is natural are only Muslims.”

Haneen Zoabi used to be a poster child for Israeli-Arab co-existence, born in Nazareth to a political Muslim family (two of her relatives were MKs, one a deputy minister). Zoabi earned a BA in philosophy and psychology at Haifa University, and an MA in communications from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She was the first Israeli Arab citizen to graduate in media studies, and helped establish media classes in Arab schools. She started her career as a math teacher, graduating quickly to school inspector for the Israeli Ministry of Education.

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.

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