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Three Terrorists Who Murdered Ben-Yosef Livnat Captured

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

The Shabak (Israeli General Security Services) has removed the gag order on the capture of three of the terrorists who were involved in the murder of Ben-Yosef Livnat at Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem in 2011. That attack also wounded five additional Israelis.

Two other terrorists involved in the attack have not yet been captured, according to a report in Arutz-7.

Ben-Yosef Livnat (24) from Elon Moreh, was a father of four, and the nephew of Minister Limor Livnat.

The three terrorists were members of the Palestinian Security Forces. Following their terror attack, they were put into a Palestinian jail to protect them from capture by the IDF.

A few months ago they were released (or “escaped”). The IDF captured them in May.

New Netanyahu Coalition Govt All Cobbled and Ready, Maybe

Monday, March 18th, 2013

On Monday evening, the Knesset will host the swearing in ceremony for Israel’s 33rd government, and Benjamin Netanyahu’s third term—second consecutive—as prime minister (his first term ran from June 1996 to July 1999).

Immediately after the ceremony, Netanyahu will convene a brief cabinet meeting, with a toast. Then the bunch (22 ministers and 8 deputies) will travel to the presidential residence, for the traditional group picture.

The Knesset session will open with the selection of the Speaker of the House. It will likely be Likud MK Yuli Edelstein, who will replace the former Speaker, Reuven Rivlin, who wanted very much to continue in his post but, unfortunately, had committed the ultimate sin of criticizing the Prime Minister’s anti-democratic tendencies, not the kind of slight which Netanyahu’s wife Sara easily forgives.

As usual, Netanyahu never shared with Rivlin his plan to depose him. In fact, as far back as a year ago, he assured the popular Speaker—who is also closely associated with the Settlement movement—that he’d have his support for the post of President when Shimon Peres completes his 7-year term, 2014.

Yuli Edelstein’s life’s story is fascinating: Born in the Soviet Union to Jewish parents who converted to Christianity (his father is a Russian Orthodox priest), Edelstein discovered his Jewish connection through his grandparents. He studied Hebrew back when that was considered a subversive act, for which, in 1984, he was sent to Siberia (the charges were drug related, but everybody knew it was the Hebrew thing). He made aliyah with his wife, Tanya, served in the army, and entered politics, ending up in the Knesset in 1996. He has switched between several parties, until finally landing in the Likud, and has held several ministerial portfolios. And if he doesn’t catch Sara’s ire, he could become as memorable a Speaker as Rubie Rivlin.

But the biggest losers, without a doubt, are the Haredi parties, Shas and United Torah Judaism. They were almost literally kicked out by Yair Lapid, who stated openly that, should he be seen in the government group picture with the Haredim, his voters would abandon him. Surprisingly, Naftali Bennett, his newly found brother from a different father (Yair’s father, the late MK Tommy Lapid, was a true hater of the religion), supported the dubious position that, in order to truly help the Haredi public, government had to first be cleared of Haredi partners.

Shas, a party that depends completely on patronage for its very existence, is seething with anger over Bennett’s “betrayal.” It’s hard, however, to take seriously the victimized self-pity of Shas, whose spiritual father Rav Ovadia Yosef dubbed the Jewish Home party a “Goy Home.” Altogether, it appears that, perhaps counter intuitively, the National Religious leaders as well as the rank and file, have been harboring heaps of resentment against the Haredim. The Haredi slights of several decades, including their occupation of the Ministry of Religious Services and the Chief rabbinate, doling out jobs to Haredi officials who reigned over a population that looks nothing like them—those slighted chickens have been coming back to roost.

Take for instance Rabbi Hayim Drukman, who responded to both the Haredi pols and to Netanyahu, who accused the Lapid-Bennett axis of “boycotting” the Haredi parties. Rabbi Drukman Argued that “the Haredi public are the biggest boycotters, boycotting for years the Torah of the national religious public.”

“Any Haredi apparatchik who gets elected to the Knesset, immediately becomes a rabbi, while the real rabbis of the national religious public are noted in the Haredi press by their first names (without the title ‘Rabbi’). Is this not boycotting?” Rabbi Druckman wrote in the Saturday shul paper “Olam Katan.”

Inside Shas, the short knives have already been drawn and they’re aimed at MK Aryeh Deri, the former convict who came back from the cold to lead Shas into a glorious stalemate (11 seats before, 11 after).

“We were very disappointed in Deri,” a senior Shas pol told Ma’ariv. “He did not bring the votes he promised Rav Ovadia, there was no significant change in seats, and, in fact, Deri is responsible for our failure.”

In United Torah Judaism they also seem to regret their alliance with Shas, it’s highly likely that, in a few months, they’ll opt to enter the government without Shas.

Bibi to Settlers: Vote Likud, or Else…

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Minister of Information and Diaspora. Yuli Edelstein, during an appearance at the town of P’sagot in the Benjamin Region Thursday night, took a stab at explaining why it was crucial for his audience—all settlers—to vote Likud-Beitenu on January 22, Makor Rishon reported on Friday.

According to one of the participants, Edelstein’s “explanation” could be understood as implying that, should support for Likud-Beitenu in the Judea and Samaria settlements be weak, this would result in reduced government investment in there area.

The day before, Edelstein appeared in the town of Kdumim alongside religious candidates from opposing parties, including Jewish Home. The head of the religious office in Likud campaign, Zeev Elkin, has also been touring the stronghold institutions of Religious Zionism, and yet the Likud-Beitenu has been unable to slow down the hemorrhaging of right wing votes to Naftali Bennett.

The country’s front runner party apparatus is most enraged with registered members who they claim are not voting Likud in the general elections.

The facts dispute that accusation. Ahead of the 2009 elections, the settlers also heard these nasty accusations coming out of the Likud, that the settlers were infiltrating the Likud, but planning to vote for other parties.

And despite the accusations, in the 2009 elections, the Likud received 28% of the settler vote, more than any other party, and more than twice the amount they received from the settlers in the 2006 elections (only 13%). In Ariel, a full 45% of the vote went to Likud.

Recently, during a visit of the prime minister and his entourage in the town of Rechelim, the Likud Judea and Samaria slot candidate Yehuda Glick approached Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat to thank her for her contribution to the settlement movement – only to receive her bitter response: It’s a pity your gratitude didn’t show at the primaries.

Those ministers and MKs who had been pushed down the list in the primaries, are already arguing that the vote does not really reflect the authentic “map” of Likud voters—having been infiltrated by an abundance of religious Zionists who registered only to push their own people, most notable Moshe Feiglin—but plan to vote for Bennett in the general elections.

They aren’t considering the possibility that their views are simply no longer part of the mainstream.

The disappointed members on the party’s left wing are saying Netanyahu should not pay attention to any elected MK’s spot on the list when choosing his ministers, because the vote had been rigged by religious “invaders.” And, obviously, the smaller the Likud-Beitenu’s score turns out to be, the fewer the ministerial portfolios available for Likud delegates.

MK Yariv Levin, who met this week with residents of Judea and Samaria, salso spoke about the Likud’s deep anxiety about the vote flow to Bennett.

“The strength of the settlements is in their being part of the main stream of the nation of Israel,” Yariv told Makor Rishon. “If you turn the settlements into something sectoral, you end up losing your most important protection, which is the public’s support… A low turnout in favor of Likud will inevitably turn the settlements into their own private concern – it takes them out of the governing party’s consensus.”

These raw threats are unprecedented in the discourse within Israel’s right-wing, where at least the pretense of caring for the well being of the settlements has been part of the bread and butter of every single party — including those, like Likud and Israel Beitenu, which have committed to some form of a two-state solution.

The open threats against the settler community is the direct result of its recent rejection of the Likud in favor of one of their own, in part as a result of Netanyahu’s attack on Naftali Bennett’s statement against expelling Jews, as well as because of the rumors coming out of the Likud, that the Jewish Home party won’t be part of the coalition.

MK Ofir Akunis, who holds the number 2 position in the campaign information office, has actually said for the record: “I expect all the Likud registered members, in Judea and Samaraia and in the rest of the country, to vote “Machal” (the likud ticket at the polls). Registration is not done only to influence the list during the primaries. Anyone who registered in Likud must be honest with themselves and vote Likud at the general elections.”

Or else…

Cabinet Appoints Scourge of Settlers as Deputy Attorney General

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

JERUSALEM, Israel, Sept. 9th–Israel’s cabinet approved today the appointment of Shai Nitzan to the position of Deputy Attorney General for Special Assignments.

Nationalist activists and politicians say that as Deputy State Prosecutor for eight years Nitzan had a left-wing, anti-settlement, anti-nationalist agenda.

Speaking with reporters after the decision, Minister of Science Hershkowitz (Jewish Home) criticized the appointment, saying that trust has to be restored to the legal system and “this appointment does not restore trust.”

Minister of Culture and Sport Limor Livnat (Likud), however said that Minister of Justice Ya’akov Ne’eman told the cabinet that Nitzan would not deal with settlement-related matters.

Such issues, which were under the jurisdiction of Mike Blass who is retiring, would now fall under the jurisdiction of Dina Zilber, whose appointment as Blass’s replacement was approved in the same meeting.

PM Netanyahu Urges Migron Residents to Evacuate ‘with Consent’

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, speaking at his weekly Sunday cabinet meeting, urged Migron outpost community residents to evacuate their homes willingly.

Netanyahu said, “The High Court ordered that Migron must be evacuated by March 31. The government wants to carry out the court’s decision peacefully and with consent.”

Netanyahu expressed his support for a proposal by Minister without Portfolio and Likud MK Benny Begin for evacuating Migron, in which the state would build new homes for Migron’s residents on state-owned land nearby known as Yekev Hill, while the evacuated land would be turned over to the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria.

“The government is calling on Migron residents to agree to the compromise under offer and to enable the government to approach the High Court soon for its approval of the deal,” Netanyahu said. “This is a good offer that does not solve all problems, but is able to solve the problem of Migron.”

Other Likud members have come out against the evacuation, including Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin.

“There should be a legal regularization of the outposts in Judea and Samaria, with the participation of their inhabitants,” Livnat said. “Uprooting them without regularization would be undemocratic and immoral,” she added.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/pm-netanyahu-urges-migron-residents-to-evacuate-with-consent/2012/01/22/

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