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Final Steps Underway for Jerusalem’s City of David Visitor’s Center

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Final steps are underway for building the City of David’s “Kedem” visitor’s center in Jerusalem that will sit on top of the “Givati Parking Lot” excavation just outside of the Old City of Jerusalem’s walls. The visitor’s center will serve as an entryway to the Jerusalem Walls National Park, which includes the City of David and Mount Zion, as well as to the Old City’s Ophel and Hulda Gates.

Several Arab and left-wing activist groups have criticized the project for its location in the predominately Arab eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan and for interfering with the skyline of the Old City.

Many public officials and archaeologists including — Harvard University professor of design Carl Steinitz, Nobel Laureate Yisrael Aumann and renowned archaeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkay—have spoken out in favor of the project.

The structure will sit approximately 21 feet below the Old City walls so that it will not affect the iconic Jerusalem skyline, according to the City of David.

“The City’s goal is to lay down the infrastructure to accommodate about 10 million visitors a year,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said in a statement.

 

Ayelet Shaked Has Armed Escort following Death Threats

Monday, May 11th, 2015

A personal armed guard now is escorting Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) Knesset Member Ayelet Shaked following death threats.

Shaked is slated to be the Justice Minister, an appointment that has riled up the left-wing, which usually goes to bat for women but not if they are on the “wrong side” of the road.

The decision to escort Shaked with a guard was made by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein.

Arabs Leaders to Join Ethiopians in New Protest against Police

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Arab Knesset Members have announced they will join Ethiopians on Sunday in another protest against police violence and alleged racism.

A peaceful march last week turned violent when nearly 1,000 angry Ethiopians surfed towards the official residence of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu near downtown Jerusalem. Police at the scene used stun guns and water cannons to disperse the crowd after the demonstrators refused to retreat. The demonstrators pelted police with bottles and rocks.

The Ethiopian community is enraged over the exposure last week of two policemen in Holon, adjacent to Tel Aviv, beating an Ethiopian soldier, who was wearing a kippa, for no apparent reason.

Police arrested the soldier for supposedly having attacked them, but the video forced law enforcement officials to drop the charge and apologize. They also said that the two policemen, one of them a volunteer, have been suspended and that their actions do not reflect the values of the police.

The Ethiopian community is not buying the mea culpa and plans to protest today near Tel Aviv’s Azriella Towers, home of the fanciest malls in Israel.

At least two Arab Knesset Members, Ayman Odeh and Ahmed Tibi, have called on Arabs, who claim that police discriminate against them, to join the demonstration.

The Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party has not commented, despite thousands of incidents of police violence exercised against innocent settlers.

Nor have the bleeding heart left-wingers, who usually never miss the opportunity to show their support for minorities, uttered a word.

Hareidi leaders also have remained silent although they have plenty of reasons to complain about excess police violence.

Ethiopian leaders allege that police discriminate against them, but the silence from mainstream Israel indicates that the bias may be a lot deeper.

Left-Wing Tries to Scuttle Right-Rally Featuring Speech by Netanyahu

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has decided to accept an opportunity to address a massive right-wing rally in Tel Aviv tonight, but opponents have appealed to the Elections Committee to prohibit political speeches at the event.

The rally is expected to draw far more than the 35,000 people who attended a left-wing rally last week.

His speech will win him automatic coverage in Israeli media, although it is almost certain that the media that support the “anyone but Bibi” campaign will try to cast him in a negative light.

Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) Naftali Bennett, Likud Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and Likud Knesset Member Miri Regev also are scheduled to speak at the rally.

The leftist parties are in a panic. Backed by most establishment media, the campaign for the Herzog-Livni duo may have been peaked two days too soon.

Peace Now complained Saturday night that the planned rally is illegal because regional councils in Judea and Samaria are providing free buses to take residents to the rally. The Elections Committee will decide later today if tax money is being used for political purposes.

The left-wing Meretz party has demanded that Netanyahu and other politicians be barred from making any political speeches at the rally because of the sponsorship by regional councils that are not allowed to finance campaigns.

It would be interesting to know who paid for buses to bring people to the left-wing rally last week.

Israel’s leftist establishment does not seem so concerned about strong suspicions of far graver violations –  that the Obama administration is funding activists trying to defeat Netanyahu.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Congressman Lee Zeldin have asked the IRS for information on the possibility that American taxpayers’ money is being used illegally to finance the “anyone but Bibi” campaign.

Lieberman Crushes Labor Coalition Illusion

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman has announced he will sit only with a center-right coalition, virtually blowing apart the illusion promoted by the Labor-Livni party and establishment  media that it can for a coalition government

Lieberman, who has become Israel’s most widely-known if not bizarre chameleon, previously has not ruled out sitting with a coalition headed by new Labor party, which merged with the party headed by Tzipi Livni and renamed itself the “Zionist Camp.”

All pre-election polls since the start of the campaign have shown that the party, co-headed by Yitzchak Herzog and Livni, has no chance of forming a coalition without the support of Yisrael Beiteinu, based on the false assumption that Lieberman would sit with the Haredi parties.

The concept is totally ridiculous, but even that hallucination came undone with Lieberman’s announcement Sunday that “Yisrael Beiteinu never will be part of a leftist government.”

Two weeks ago, he rejected sitting with a coalition that included the left-wing Meretz party, but he finally has realized that he is not the only one who understands that many of the Herzog-Livni candidates would be very comfortable in the Mertz party.

If  the Labor-Livni slate of candidates had been a bit more normal and without the inclusion of potential Knesset Members who unabashedly favor a Palestinian Authority country based on all of its demands, perhaps Lieberman would have held his breath.

One of Labor’s top candidates for the Knesset is Stav Shaffir, who wants to get rid of HaTikvah as Israel’s national anthem because it is too Jewish for Arabs to love.

Another star in the Herzog-Livni camp is Merav Michaeli who has stated that no one should serve in the IDF because of the “occupation.”

Labor Party candidate Zuhair Bahloul maintains that his “Palestinian identity is stronger than [his] Israeli one.”

Lieberman’s party is down to four or five seats in polls, still enough for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to want to make part of the next government if the Likud takes charge after the elections in March.

Four Notes on The Situation

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

I. Bye, Bye Peres (I)

Gershon Baskin, a prominent left-wing activist and the architect of the outrageous Gilad Shalit prisoner swap, tells a story of learning of a series of tunnels under the Philadelphi Corridor. According to Baskin’s account, the information came from a senior security official in Gaza, a year after arriving in the coastal strip with the chief PLO terrorist Yasser Arafat. The tunnels had been constructed by Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority was asking for Israel’s assistance in located and destroying the underground smuggling network.

But when Baskin called the prime minister to report on his finding, he was met with a stony silence. Israel chose to ignore the warning, as it did with other indications at the time that the PLO was using its “temporary authority” to create a terrorist army in the heart of the Land of Israel. It was the heyday of the Oslo years, and individuals who produced evidence to question the wisdom of the land-for-peace formula were virtual enemies-of-state.

The Foreign Minister at the time was Shimon Peres, who’s retirement from the presidency today at age 91 will mark the end of his career as an elected official in Israel. Ironically, Peres leaves the stage during a conflict that points directly to his political legacy: Israel’s willingness to build foreign policy based not on intelligence information and cold analysis of actual situations,but rather on hopes. Residents of the south and coastal regions have been paying for that approach for more than a decade, and dozens of IDF soldiers have lost their lives in repeated battles as a result.

As Peres leaves elected political life, one can rest assured that he will continue agitating for Israel to continue the willing blindness policy from outside politics, and that local and international media will give him an open platform for his message. But if Israel is to avoid a future, more serious flare up (likely in 18 months or so), the country would be wise to let Shimon Peres fade into the sunset and live out his life in peace and good health, and to leave foreign policy to leaders who will deal with political realities in the region as they are, rather than as we wish they were.

II. Nations Don’t Have Friends, Only Interests

US and international media announced this week an $11 billion arms deal between the United States and Qatar. According to reports, Qatar will buy US Patriot missiles, including a free, introductory US offer of 10 Patriot batteries, 24 Apache helicopters, 500 Javelin anti-tank missiles and more. In addition, reports indicated that Washington is hopeful that the current sale is a precursor to a second stage, in which the Gulf state is expected to award a lucrative fighter jet contract to US companies. In every way, the deal will be a boon for US companies.

The huge arms deal is relevant, particularly in light of President Shimon Peres’s statement Wednesday that Qatar’s financial support for Gaza makes the Persian Gulf state the “the world’s largest funder of terror.” Given Qatar’s ongoing support for Hamas, is it unreasonable to suggest that some of the anti-tank missiles delivered to Doha could actually make their way to Gaza, or even to Ramallah? It is  a truism of international relations that nations do not have friends. They only have interests. In that light, the US – Qatar relationship is relevant to those individuals who insist that Jerusalem and Washington enjoy a “special relationship,” and that Israel is a central American “ally” in the Middle East. In actual fact, while Washington has indeed given Israel much-needed political support on the international stage for many years, the fact is also that US businesses who arm both sides of the Israel-Arab divide have much to gain from keeping that conflict alive.

BDS Agenda Falsely Links Boycott with Drop in SodaStream’s Stock

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Cause and effect conclusions always are a problem for ideological zanies, both right-wing and left-wing.

Today’s discourse on the stock market deals with the pro-Arab lefties. They call themselves pro-Israel, which is like a talking Trojan Horse uttering praise for the country where it was brought with enemy soldiers.

The truth is that mass media are just as guilty, burying a nasty and misleading leftist agenda under the term “objective reporting.”

Here is Monday’s headline from Mondoweiss, one of the nastiest and most misleading Jewish anti-Zionist sites around: “SodaStream Stock Sinks, and Bloomberg Cites ‘Sanctions Over Jewish Settlements.”

Indeed, that is what Bloomberg also wrote. Its headline on Monday read: “SodaStream Drops Amid Sanctions Over Jewish Settlements.”

Facts: The stock dropped 3.3 percent on Monday, the same day that the Standard and Poor 500 fell 2.28 percent and the NASDAQ index dropped sunk 2.26 percent. SanDisk sank 3.1 percent, and Microsoft outdid SodaStream and fell 3.59 percent.

Maybe Microsoft dropped because settlers in Judea and Samaria bought Office?

Bloomberg concluded, “SodaStream International Ltd., the Israeli maker of home soda machines with a factory in the West Bank, sank to the lowest since 2012 in New York amid growing criticism for businesses operating in a territory that Palestinians seek for an independent state.”

The writer, Elena Popina, did not explain how she knows that is the reason, but she immediately followed up on her conclusion by noting that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned Israel about the boycott campaign and that Oxfam and Scarlett Johansson broke up their relationship because she is a goodwill ambassador for SodaStream.

Popina added, “The boycott debate comes after pro-Palestinian activists scored several successes in a campaign to blacklist businesses operating in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, land occupied by Israel since 1967 and claimed by Palestinians for a future state.”

After swallowing and regurgitating the media assumption that Israel “occupied” the land, which was previously occupied by Jordan, she reminded readers that a large Dutch fund announced in January it would not invest in Israeli banks because of their involvement in Judea and Samaria. Norway also said its own fund has reinstated a former boycott against two Israel firms active in parts of Jerusalem where Jews are deemed illegitimate and illegal.

It is an axiom that stock market analysts, like many psychologists, invent reasons for a past event, and for this shrinks charge $100 an hour or more.

Mondoweiss also does the same for free.

It wrote on Monday that last month “we reported SodaStream stocks had plunged that Monday morning after the announcement Johansson had signed on as the [SodaStream]corporation’s global ambassador. However, we noted at that time there was ‘no mainstream investment media mention regarding the growing boycott against the corporation.’”

Mondoweiss’ Annie Robbins gleefully wrote that the Bloomberg headline ”screamed” that the drop is because of its factory in the industrial area of Maaleh Adumim, where no one lived before Jews began to settle there 39 years ago.

Bloomberg came up with a cause and effect fallacy, and Mondoweiss ran with it off the field of reality.

“Finally, people are listening,” she wrote. “ And remember that John Kerry only made his offhand remark about ‘boycotts’ that hurt the stock, per the analyst quoted in Bloomberg, a day or so after SodaStream was the talk of the State House briefing. Methinks we’re having an impact. There’s been a massive shift in the discourse since we reported on Jan. 12 that Scarlett Johansson is the new face of apartheid.”

Now here is a little item, actually big item, from the same Bloomberg Business newspaper on January 14 of this year, under the headline “Even Star Johansson Can’t Help SodaStream as Stock Sinks 26%.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/bds-agenda-falsely-links-boycott-with-drop-in-sodastreams-stock/2014/02/04/

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