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Newest MK: When Soldiers Are Defamed, I Am a Soldier, When a Girl Is Murdered at the Gay Pride Parade, I’m a Gay Man

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

(JNi.media) Likud MK Amir Ohana was sworn into the Knesset on Monday following the resignation of former Interior Minister Silvan Shalom. In his inaugural speech before the Knesset Plenum, Ohana said “I am here with all of who and what I am, what I’ve chosen and what I haven’t, and am proud of being Jewish, Israeli, Mizrahi (origins in an Arab country), gay, Likudnik, hawk, liberal and free-market man.”

“When people shout ‘Itbach al Yahud’ [Arabic for kill the Jews], I am a Jew. When they shoot, boycott, label and expel, I am a settler… When soldiers are defamed, I am a soldier.” MK Ohana said.

His line about the defamation of IDF soldiers was a reference to the recent controversy over the “Breaking the Silence NGO,” which turns alleged abuses by IDF soldiers into anti-Israel propaganda paid for by foreign interests.

Ohana also sided with the residents of south Tel Aviv, who have long complained about the influx of African migrants from Sudan and Eritrea. “When entire neighborhoods are not as they were, and the elderly are forced to live out the remainder of their lives in fear — I am a south Tel Aviv resident. And when the outside appearance of a man is considered a good reason to hate him, to distance him from neighborhoods and employment — I am an ultra-Orthodox Jew who is not afraid,” he said.

“When a baby is burned with his relatives, damn it, I’m with you, brothers,” Ohana said, finishing his sentence in Arabic. Ohana was referring to the fatal firebombing in the village of Duma, in which three members of the Palestinian Dawabsha family perished.

“When they stab to death a young woman in the parade of love and tolerance I’m gay, a gay person who does not just hope the day will come but gets up and brings it. A gay person who understands that the flag we carry, lesbians and gay men, trans and bi, is the rainbow flag.” The latter comment was a reference to the murder of Shira Banki in the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade last summer.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the ceremony and gave his blessing from the Knesset podium. “I want to make a clear point that may not be clear. Amir is the first clear, candid representative of the gay community who was elected in an open primary when he was completely out [of the closet]. He was elected by thousands of voters in the Likud primary,” Netanyahu said. He voiced his confidence that “Amir represents very well our view of liberal nationalism. He believes in the rights of the Jewish people to their land, in protecting the country’s security, civil rights, capitalist economics and a free market.”

Netanyahu added: “I’ve had the chance to work with him. He is pleasant but firm in his opinions, steadfast in his principles, and I think he will be an excellent Knesset member and a bridge between different parts of the public. I receive him with respect and pride.”

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Camp) said he hoped MK Ohana and the rest of the coalition members would support the opposition’s attempts to improve the standing of Israel’s gay community through legislation.

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Netanyahu’s Dog Quarantined after Biting Likud Knesset Member

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The Prime Minister’s “best friend” has been quarantined for biting two people at a family Hanukkah party Thursday night.

The dog, named Kaiya, took a small chunk out of a Likud party Knesset Member and the husband of Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, who was warned by her too late that the canine is not entirely friendly.

Prime Minister Netanyahu brought the stray dog home in July. She previously has been petted by visitors, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

But Kaiya may have a dislike for her owner’s Likud party. She bit Sharren Haskel, a Canadian-born Likud MK who also is a veterinary nurse.

Foreign Minister Hotovely’s husband Or Alon was next in line and did not get out of the way in time when his wife said, “Get away from her! She bites!” Yediot Acharonot reported that the dog also bit the Prime Minister shortly after he brought the dog home last summer, the first indication of Kaiya’s affection for the Likud party.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has written on Facebook, “How much light Kaiya brought into our home. If you want a canine, find an adult dog to rescue. You won’t regret it!”

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s opponents, who feel they have suffered multiple bites from him, undoubtedly would prefer that he be quarantined instead of the dog.

Kaiya is in the dog house, so to speak, for another eight days before she can go home, assuming she does not have rabies.

Now that Prime Minister Netanyahu has discovered what happens to a dog after he or she bites someone, woven if the dog has been vaccinated, he wants to change the law.

He posted on Facebook Friday:

As a result of the incident, I was exposed to the issue of quarantining dogs and discovered faults  flaws incompatible with logic and compassion. I will ask the proper officials in the Health and Agriculture ministries and organizations to defend animals to draft changes to improve the current laws.

Opposition Knesset Member Itzik Shmuli, who heads the Lobby for the Protection of Animals, said that Prime Minister Netanyahu is right and that there is no reason for dogs  to automatically be quarantines after biting people.

Netanyahu concluded his Facebook post by writing:

Happy Hanukkah and Shabbat Shalom to all of us – to those who walk on two legs and to those who walk on four.

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Austrian Minister Refuses to Meet Israeli Official in Eastern Jerusalem

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Austrian Science Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner has cancelled a meeting scheduled for next week with his Israeli counterpart in eastern Jerusalem because it is in “occupied” territory.”

Israeli Science Minister Ofir Akunis said Friday:

Either the meeting will take place in eastern Jerusalem or it won’t take place anywhere. Austria will not divide Jerusalem.

With all due respect to the Austrian minister, Jerusalem has been the united capital of Israel since 3,000 year ago…. If I were to accept his demand, it would be as if I were dividing Jerusalem, something that never will happen.

We are not going to divide Jerusalem just like Austria is not going to divide Vienna.

Akunis and Mitterlehner were to sign scientific agreements, but meeting with an Israeli official in eastern Jerusalem is contrary to the European position on Jerusalem as well as the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria, despite a large Jewish presence in ares of Jerusalem that the West does not recognize as Israeli..

The only prominent Western official to have met Israeli officials in eastern Jerusalem is Canada’s John Baird, when he was a minister in 2013 and met with Tzipi Livni at her Justice Ministry offices. The Palestinian Authority angrily condemned Canada for the meeting.

Mitterlehner’s snub of united Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is no different from that of other European and American official who also do not meet with Israeli counterparts in areas they do not recognize.

The difference this time is the one of timing as well as the official reaction by Akunis, a strongly nationalist Likud minister. Israel is taking the offense against last month’s European Union Commission decision that prohibit the “Made in Israel” label from appearing on products made by Jews in the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria.

The Commission now requires the labels to read “made in settlements.”

Austria is one of the countries that is accelerating moves to adopt the policy, the Austrian DerStandard reported Friday.

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, one of the leaders in the move to label “settlement” products, was forced to cancel a visit to Israel after the office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who officially also is Foreign Minister, said he would not meet with the Belgian official.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Deri to Leave Ministry of Economy

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Aryeh Deri, chairman of the Shas Sephardi Hareidi party, will leave the Ministry of Economy and be given another Cabinet post following the failure of the Netanyahu government to convince him to relinquish authority over the roadmap for governing Israel’s off-shore natural gas fields.

Deri will continue to serve as Minister of the Development of the Negev and the Galilee along with another post yet to be determined. Taking over the Interior Ministry from Silvan Shalom is one possibility, but that could not take place without the agreement the senior Likud member.

The stalemate over the authority for the natural gas development has kept the Knesset from voting on the budget. Once it is passed, probably in mid-November, authorization is expected for the framework for natural gas.

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Leaked Secret Recording Reveals Netanyahu Admits Freezing Settlement Construction

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) Israel Army Radio exposed a recording done secretly by a participant in a closed meeting of Prime Minister Netanyahu with Likud Knesset members, in which the PM both boasts of an unprecedented increase in settlement construction during his tenure, followed by his admission that, for the time being, he intends to freze construction.

“At the moment I’ve decided not to build,” Netanyahu is heard in the recording, “That does not mean that tomorrow it won’t change, on the contrary, the way it changed before, it will change [again].”

The Prime Minister emphasized to the members of his faction his general commitment to the settlements, when he told them, “No one suspect my loyalties to Eretz Israel and to the settlements.”

The recording can prove seriously damaging to the prime minister, who is estimated to have won the last election by usurping some five seats from Bayit Yehudi, a party which receives much of its support in Judea and Samaria. The revelation that Netanyahu is prepared to abandon the housing needs of hundreds of thousands of National-Religious voters who believed they were serving their best interest by switching their votes to him could be devastating to his Likud party in the future.

The Likud Knesset faction chairman, MK Tzachi Hanegbi, sent a letter to his members saying that starting with the next closed meeting, everyone will be required to hand over their smartphones at the door. Hanegbi wrote: “Never has such a thing happen in our circle and we must guarantee this will be the last time it did.”

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Cabinet Minister Calls U.S. Government ‘Hostile’

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Gilad says the State Dept. believes lies to draw false conclusions, but he does not expect an apology because the Obama administration is “hostile” to Israel.

The off-and-on irritable relationship between the United States and Israel is back into the “testy” category with frowns from Washington that Israel uses excessive violence to quell rioters and terrorists and a Cabinet minister’s labeling Washington as “hostile.”

Public Security Minister and Likud hawk Gilad Erdan, speaking on Army Radio Thursday morning, accused the State Dept. of being “misled by lies.”

He said he expects the Obama administration to “clarify” its statements,” but then added:

I don’t expect anything from the spokesmen at the State Department. The State Department has traditionally been hostile to the State of Israel.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has talked himself into trouble again. The JewishPress.com reported here earlier this week that he told Harvard University students that there has been a rapid growth of settlements and followed by noting “frustration” among Arabs.

As reported here this morning, Kerry’s spokesman John Kirby tried to roll back the remark but only make things worse by referring to “excessive violence.”

Errand’s response is bound to be raised at today’s daily press briefing at the State Dept., whose spokesmen have found it very difficult lately to answer questions by journalists who have finally realized that something is rotten in the Washington as well as in the Palestinian Authority

But Erdan’s use of the word “hostile” may have been out of order.

“Ignorant” would Netanyahu more appropriative.

As for excessive force, does anyone remember Ferguson?

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Speaker Edelstein Making Overtures for Unity Government

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

(JNi.media) Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud), who told the Knesset on Tuesday there was an urgent need to form a unity government, has been acting behind the scenes to turn his idea into reality, NRG reported. In recent days, Edelstein spoke with the leader of the opposition, MK Itzhak Herzog, and tried to feel him out regarding the possibility of his party joining Netanyahu’s government.

Edelstein expects to spend the coming days in talks with the leaders of Israel Beiteinu and Yesh Atid, Avigdor Lieberman and Yair Lapid. The speaker does not intend to pressure party leaders into a partnership with the Likud, but rather to probe whether they are at all open for a discussion, in view of the difficult security situation.

“Many citizens have been crying out for days and weeks since the wave of terrorism began, that the time has come to do something,” Edelstein said from the Knesset podium Tuesday, adding, “This is a moment of truth for Israel. This is the time to put the disputes aside. It is time for all of to unite in the face of terrorism. It is time to stand as one front, strong and robust.” And, therefore, Edelstein said, “I urge all of you in this House and the leadership of Israel, and all those for whom the fate, future and strength of Israel is important and dear, to get up and join the government. It is time for a unity government. This is not the hour of minor considerations, this is no time to play games for honors or seats.”

“I have no doubt that the vast majority of the public is looking at us puzzled and concerned, expecting us to show maturity and responsibility, and to abandon the routine business, because this is not the time for routine but an emergency,” Edelstein declared. “In the face of nasty and lowly attacks — there are no camps. In face of a murderous enemy, who wants only to weaken us and make us disappear from here — there are no political parties and no sectarianism.”

Speaker Edelstein did not reveal whether he was acting on behalf of Prime Minister Netanyahu, and whether he received the consent of the PM’s right-wing partner, Bayit Yehudi, for his campaign.

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