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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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In Private Meeting Netanyahu Scolds Likud MKs for Abandoning Him

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

(JNi.media) During a closed meeting with members of Netanyahu’s Likud Party Knesset members, the prime minister addressed the criticism by right-wing MKs and government ministers over his dealing with terrorism and their anger at his failure to launch the much heralded construction in Judea and Samaria, NRG reported.

“I expect to have the support of each and every one of you, not to play the game of picking up votes here, a few more votes there, and how I’ll ride on this or that side,” Netanyahu rebuked his Knesset faction members. “Be leaders,” the PM said. “Leaders do the right thing, stop playing around.” Netanyahu was hinting apparently at the criticism directed at him from Likud MKs and ministers in a protest tent set up by Judea and Samaria settlement leaders outside the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu expressed anger at the criticism against him by his own people in recordings released Tuesday morning by Army Radio. After the rebuke, the PM also addressed their anger regarding construction in the settlements. “We grew from 280,000 to 400,000 residents [in the settlements] and that was during the years when we were told that the official US policy was not even a single brick,” he said.

The Prime Minister did not like the behavior of some of the Likud ministers and MKs who criticized his government’s policy on confronting terrorism. He was irked by the participation of ministers Zeev Elkin, Ofir Akunis, Yariv Levin and Haim Katz in demonstration outside the prime minister’s residence on the night after Simchat Torah, in a protest tent set up by settlement movement leader Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council. Likud MKs came to visit and show their support, in a group that also included Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud). They all criticized the settlement construction freeze, stressing that the only proper Zionist response to Arab violence is to increase Jewish settlement in the disputed territories.

A week ago, during his tour of the IDF Shomron Brigade Camp, the Prime Minister commented on the same rally, saying the participating ministers and MKs were obliged to show responsibility in their public appearances. “This is not a question of offering backing and support,” Netanyahu said on that occasion, “Community leaders, especially in the settlements movement, should act responsibly and speak accurately,” because “we are in an ongoing struggle that requires not hot but cool heads, as well as systematic action.”

During the Knesset Speaker’s visit to protest tent, he, too, criticized the government’s apparent helplessness in face of growing Arab unrest. “I do not usually give advice to the government, but as a citizen and as a representative of all the citizens I wish the government would do everything in its power and beyond to put an end to this wave,” said Edelstein.

The Knesset Speaker also addressed the issue of construction in east Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, saying that “given our reality in its entirety, it is the duty of every government in Israel [to increase construction]. These are not second-class citizens. Considering these circumstances of some of these citizens, and I, as resident of Judea and Samaria, am among them, we feel—and you’ll have to forgive my non-parliamentary language—like suckers. They’re massacring us and we leave these issues without a long-term response. “

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Likud Youth Organization Members Ignore PM, Ascend Temple Mount

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

There are times when youths do not listen to their elders, and it is to their detriment and that of the family.

When such behavior occurs on a national level, the difficulty faced by those who must pay the price for their actions can be even more complex.

Likud party officials – and by default, Likud party chairman and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu himself – faced such a situation on Thursday.

That is when some 20 members of the Likud Youth Organization, together with recently elected leader David Shayan, ignored a request from the prime minister’s office to cancel their plans, and instead ascended the Temple Mount.

This, on the fifth day of a week in which at least 14 police officers have been injured in Arab attacks and rioting on the Temple Mount and elsewhere around Jerusalem.

The group believes it was “strengthening [Israel’s] sovereignty at our holiest site,” one of the group’s leaders, Dor Harlap, told The Jerusalem Post.

“We didn’t come to cause provocations or make a mess. We are activists who were elected to the leadership of Likud Youth, and we came to show our presence… We made a similar visit during last year’s riots,” he said. “We knew we’d be back.”

The group prayed silently, he said. Half were observant, and those had immersed in a mikveh prior to their ascent. They also held selichot prayers at the Western Wall.

The intent of the group was to follow in the footsteps of former Likud leader, the late prime minister Ariel Sharon. It was Sharon’s visit to the site in the year 2000 that was blamed for igniting the pre-planned riots that launched the second intifada, organized by then-PLO leader Yasser Arafat.

Likud party officials and Netanyahu advisers had warned the LYO members that it was not responsible to visit the site at this time, and that such an act would cause more harm than good.

In response, the youths effectively issued the prime minister an ultimatum: do more to protect Israeli sovereignty at the site, or the visit would proceed.

Once the group arrived on the mount, the youths were surrounded by 20 officials from the Islamic Waqf, despite some screaming female Muslims who were held at a distance.

Rachel Levy

Arab Knesset Member Damns Leftists as ‘Rich Racists’ Who Feign ‘Peace’ [video]

Monday, September 7th, 2015

An Arab Knesset Member dumped all over Knesset leftisits in a theatrical speech Monday that was hilarious for the simple reason that he said everything about bleeding heart liberals that a right-winger would like to state but can’t do so because of political correctness.

He labeled the leftists with several adjectives, such as “Ashkenazim,” “spoiled,” “snobs” and “racists.” And what about the leftists ‘agenda for peace?

Garbage.

Zahalka said exactly what right-wingers know about leftists:

They are the ones who told us ‘We have brought peace upon you!’ Shame on you.

The engineers of racism, the engineers of expropriation, of expulsion. Shame on you.

Zahalka’s speech came during a debate on the government proposal to finalize an agreement concerning royalties on offshore natural gas.

MK Stav Shaffir, one of the most extreme leftists in the old Labor party that now is merged with Tzipi Livni’s faction under the funny title of “Zionist Camp,” has asked the attorney general to investigate reports that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised to earmark nearly $250 million for the Arabs sector if Arab MKs did not vote against the natural gas deal.

That lit a fuse under Zahalka’s feet, and he launched into a 4-minute outburst of rage that could have made him a fortune, with proceeds for his constituents, if he saved it for the stage and sold tickets for the performance.

Shaffir was the perfect target because she represents the “peace and love” sector that brings back to mind the “limousine liberal “Jews in the 1960s who were all for integration of blacks and whites but had second thoughts if it meant that opening up neighborhoods for everyone would include their street.

A more current example is the rich north Tel Aviv leftists’ campaign for asylum for illegal immigrants, who have flooded the relatively poor area of southern Tel Aviv.

Former right-wing MK Michael Ben-Ari pulled off the stunt of the decade a couple of years ago when he brought a group of illegal immigrants to a swimming pool in north Tel Aviv, where the shocked liberals were infuriated.

Shaffir, who at the age of 30 is the youngest MK in Knesset history, has impeccable credentials as the perfect leftist.

She was a leader in the “cottage cheese’ protests three years ago and joined a Women of the Wall spectacle. She supports asylum for illegal immigrants whom she says should be classified as “refugees,” and, of course, she backs LGBT demands.

Earlier this year, she attacked right-wingers and said:

Don’t preach to us about Zionism, because real Zionism means dividing the budget equally among all the citizens of the country. Real Zionism is taking care of the weak. Real Zionism is solidarity, not only in battle but in everyday life.

So what is her beef that some of the gas royalties will help the Arab sector? Good question, and there is simple answer: Shaffir and the rest of the Opposition, as almost every Opposition party in the Knesset, have one ideology: Dump the coalition, especially when it is headed by Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Zahalka blew all his fuses.

The video below is n Hebrew, but here are just some of his remarks:

Since you [Shaffir] came to the Knesset, you never spoke to me. You never told me hello. I try and try to say hello and you do not answer.

Racist!

At least, the extreme right are human beings; they smile at you and say hello. Even Yisrael Beiteinu MKs smile at us. But the members of the Labor party are the mother and father of racism! You invented racism!”

Shaffir, visibly hurt and upset by the accusations called him a liar, but Zahalka responded to almost everything she said with, “Shame on you.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Likud Reveals Labor Leader Herzog’s Phone Number to Refugees, Promising ‘Comfortable Lodging’

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

(JNi.media) Likud ministers on Sunday responded critically to Knesset opposition leader, Zionist Camp (Labor) chairman Isaac Herzog, who stated Israel was obligated to take in refugees from Syria and Iraq. Minister of Transport and intelligence, Israel Katz, wrote on his Facebook page Sunday morning: ” Herzog calls on the government of Israel to take in Syrian refugees. What lack of political wisdom and of national responsibility. He should have at least suggested, as the Prime Minister of Finland has done, to take them into his own home.”

And MK Nava Boker (Likud) did one better, urging the refugees to contact Herzog directly, writing on her Facebook page: “Dear Syrian refugee, upon your arrival in Israel, please contact MK Isaac Herzog, phone number 02-640-8533 for sleeping accommodation. You will be transported to a comfortable home in the [prestigious] Tzahala neighborhood of Tel Aviv.”

Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin stated: ” MK Herzog’s populist proposal to absorb refugees from Syria in Israel is reckless, and its sole purpose is scouring our moral conscience. The State of Israel has been for years at the forefront of humanitarian aid, and was the first to willingly accept wounded Syrians from the time of the early battles. However, we must be careful and know where to draw the red line. Absorbing refugees from an enemy state, who may join forces with internal elements seeking to undermine our country, would harm national interests and could lead to demographic imbalance.”

Labor circles were quick to explain that “Herzog only meant taking in several hundred refugees, mostly Druze whose lives are in immediate danger.” But they also rebuked the Likud officials, saying the late Menachem Begin would have turmed in his grave if he knew the Likud was rejecting asylum seekers. “The first one to accept non-Jewish refugees fleeing their country was Likud leader and former Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin, who let hundreds of Vietnamese in,” the Zionist Camp statement declared. “Like Herzog todday, Begin knew that it is impossible to ignore the history of the Jewish people and the international effort to assist people fleeing for their lives.”

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Minister Erdan Shocks Police by Naming Former IDF Officer as New Chief

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The nomination of former senior IDF officer Gal Hirsch to head the police force is sending shock waves through the police who will have to deal with a commander untainted by corruption or sex scandals. Hirsch even thinks terrorists should be shot.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan of the Likud nominated Hirsch last night, one day after the minister wrote a letter to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon calling on him to bar two radical Muslim groups from entering the Temple Mount, where they are paid to harass and attack Jews.

The two moves are related. Both of them reflect Erdan’s no-nonsense approach to the police allowing anarchy at Judaism’s most holy site and to a moral decaying police force that is viewed with disgust by most of the public. Hirsch is to replace Yohanan Danino, whose weeks-long farewell extravaganza were the tasteless icing on an unsavory cake of egocentricity.

Hirsch, whose nomination must be approved by the government and a non-governmental committee before he can take over as police chief, brings with him a far from perfect past, particularly because of his alleged failure at the beginning of the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

The 51-year-old general left the IDF three years ago and now is chairman of an educational NGO and a consulting company. The Winograd Committee that investigated the IDF’s management of the war concluded that Hirsch was not to blame for events that set off the war, the kidnapping and murder of reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev by Hezbollah

Erdan candidly explained that he could not find someone within the police force who satisfied his requirements to head the law enforcement agency.

He referred to corruption scandals and sexual harassment by several senior police officers, but he had no need to clarify his reasons.

The image of the police is filthy, and the most recent blunder was the police allowing a known maniac with hate for homosexuals to walk freely at a homosexual parade in Jerusalem earlier this month, even though he was fresh out of jail and was an obvious suspect to attack people at the parade.

He now faces a charge of murdering a teenage girl whom he stabbed to death. He also knifed several other people at the parade.

Erdan, in a gross understatement, said that the public’s trust in the police has suffered “much damage.”

Top police officers, including at least one who thought he should be appointed as new commander, are furious at Erdan for naming someone from outside the clubhouse.

The police may have to get used to a new kind of policy, one that has zero tolerance for sexual harassment, brutality, especially against Arabs and right-wing Jews, and corruption.

Perhaps Hirsch might even be able to improve the traffic police, who know how to set radar traps and then set the wrong example for motorists by speeding when they are finished handing out tickets.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Rivlin Tells Settler Leaders ‘We Need Iron Wall’ against Terror

Monday, August 24th, 2015

President Reuven Rivlin has not changed his stripes.

The long-time Likud nationalist hosted leaders of Judea and Samaria (Yesha) Monday and spoke in terms that washed away recent hints that his new office has shoved into acting like a shadow of Shimon Peres.

He praised Jews for living in Judea and Samaria and stated:

The settlement of the land of Israel is an expression of that right, our historical right, our national right, stemming from a love for the land of Israel, from recognition of our roots, which come together here.

His predecessor Peres never said such words nor did he dare visit Heron, as President Rivlin did last February to the chagrin of left-wing leaders.

In his reception on Monday of settler leaders, including Yesha chairman Avi Roeh, Rivlin called for an “iron wall” against the increasing terrorism that has plagued Judea and Samaria in recent weeks.

The mention of the word “wall” will send Boycott Israel activists and other leftists up the wall with accusations that the President was calling for what they see as a virtual “Apartheid wall,” which would discriminate against terrorists and take away their “right” to kill and main in the name of “resistance” against the “occupation.”

Rivlin said:

Over the past months and especially over the last few days, the communities of Judea and Samaria have faced very serious terror attacks….

We must be an iron wall, a protective shield, against those who seek to rise up against us. At the same time, we must remember that our struggle is not a struggle for the sake of struggle. We are fighting for our lives, for the continued growth of the settlements, a struggle for development, work, and prosperity….

I love the land of Israel with all my heart. I have never and will never give up on this land. For me, our right to this land is not a matter of political debate. It is a basic fact of modern Zionism. We must not give anyone the sense that we are in any doubt about our right to our land.

Yesha chairman Roeh said, ” We came here both to present before you the difficult situation in which we find ourselves. In Judea and Samaria, more than 400,000 citizens of the State of Israel live, for whom the development and the prosperity of the State is our daily concern. The building freeze and the halting of future planning in our communities, harms our very existence and our children’s future.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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