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PM Netanyahu Addresses Nation on New Elections in Kickoff Campaign Speech

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

PM Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the nation on Tuesday evening to explain his decision to fire Ministers Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid and call for new elections.

Netanyahu explained that it is impossible to run the country under the current conditions, where ministers inside the government are working to undermine their own government and agreed upon coalition policies and decision. He then gave specific examples of how Lapid and Livni went behind the backs of the coalition, such as when Livni met with Palestinian Authority officials while overseas following the PA’s forming a unity government with Hamas, which was against the government’s decision.

Netanyahu said, “I will not allow for a government where Government Ministers attack the Government from within.”

Netanyahu also blamed the fact that the Likud party did not receive enough mandates, making the government vulnerable to all of Lapid’s and Livni’s actions and games.

Using very strong language, Netanyahu described Livni and Lapid’s activities as a “putsch”.

Netanyahu said Israel needs new elections so he can form a large, unified and stable government.

He compared everything his previous government accomplished, to what this one was incapable of doing, and for good measure added that Lapid failed as Finance Minister.

The bottom line is that this was Netanyahu’s kickoff campaign speech, and his message was that only a large Likud can form a stable government.

Un-Caged Knesset Beasts Claw Each other as Election Bait

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Virtually every Knesset party went wild Monday to claw the coalition government to near-death, leaving enough oxygen for resuscitation before forcing elections that, if held, should focus on blaming all the beasts for leaving their cages.

Israel’s establishment media, especially the center-left electronic and print outlets, always use a day of quiet from riots and rocket attacks to whip up the winds to blow apart the collation headed by Binyamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister that it hates because he is so successful.

The coalition’s main partners are the Likud, headed by Netanyahu; Jewish Home, headed by Naftali Bennett; Yisrael Beitenu, headed by Avigdor Lieberman; Yesh Atid, headed by Yair Lapid; and HaTnua, headed by Tzipi Livni.

Not one of the parties really loves the other, and more accurately, everyone hates each other. Bennett and Lapid started out the coalition as the oddest of odd couples, but its life span was pre-destined to be short.

Lieberman for years has said that he will be Prime Minister one day, and Netanyahu looks over his shoulder so often that he is under constant medical treatment for a stiff neck.

Bennett, the most unseasoned of them all, swings back and forth from tree to tree, depending on whether he wants to please the settlers or Lapid’s voters.

Livni, whose party has only six seats in the Knesset and which will barely squeak into the next Knesset, according to polls, throws around borrowed weight that hides her hapless political performance and destiny.

In the background, the Haredi parties are breathing fire through their nostrils, begging to be begged to help Netanyahu form a new coalition or possibly Lapid to form an alternative coalition.

Don’t worry. The lion is not about lie down with the sheep.

Left-wing Meretz and center-left Labor want new elections because they have nothing to gain by their somewhat weak standing as opposition parties that roar like a mouse.

So will new elections be held soon?

Here are three of several rules in Israeli politics:

First, there are no rules, even the one that says that there are no rules.

Secondly, if elections were held every time the media reports that a coalition will not survive, Israelis would be going to polls twice a week.

Thirdly, since only Netanyahu, Bennett and Lieberman probably would gain from new elections, the beasts probably will be back in their cages by next week, if not by this evening.

It is questionable whether the issues are the reason for the current crisis or whether they simply symbolize the need of the beasts to escape once in a while for exercise.

The big issue for months has been Lapid’s proposal to eliminate the 18 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on the purchase of new homes. The bill for zero VAT has so many holes in it that it could not pass as Swiss cheese, but no one in Israel likes to confuse the circus – or jungle – with facts.

Under the bill, if it is ever passed into law, the lucky buyer who won’t pay the tax will have had to serve in IDF – 18 months for a man and 12 months for a woman. The home must not be larger than 140 square meters and cost no more than 1.6 million shekels.. The buyers must be employed – bye, bye Haredim – and must not have owned another home in the past 19 years and must be at least 35 years old and have at least one child.

All of these conditions whittle down the potential buyers to a small minority, but the noise over the proposal has been enough to shake the nation to its foundations.

Riots Continue As Israel Tries to Calm Tensions

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Arab communities from the Negev to the Galilee continue to burn as riots over the death of Mohammed Abu Khdeir continue into their sixth day.

Since Abu Khdeir’s body was discovered in the Jerusalem Forest last Wednesday, Israeli across the political and religious spectrum have strongly condemned the murder and have said that the killers would be brought to justice. Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennet and rabbis from across the religious Zionist spectrum expressed their revulsion at the murder and called for those responsible to be brought to justice.

Netanyahu said there is “no place in Israeli society” for the individuals, apparently Jews, who kidnapped and murdered the Arab teenager,

Justice Minister Tzippi Livni, too, lashed out at the suspects.

“They have stolen our faith that something like this could never happen in our society. They have stolen from us the ability to say that we are not like them, that a Jew could never commit such a brutal, sadistic murder of a child.

“But we will not let them steal our ability to be a nation with ethical and democratic values. We will not let them steal our presence as a country with the rule of law – as Menachem Begin said, “justice is the ultimate authority” – I will not allow them to take this away from us. I pledge that the law enforcement and justice establishments will act in the strictest way possible against anyone who tries to destroy what we have built here – the murderers of Mohammed Abu Khdeir and of Shelly Dadon will be brought to justice. We have had enough!”, Livni said in a statement.

But the wall-to-wall condemnations and pledges for justice did little to douse the flames of violence in Arab communities around the country. Overnight between Sunday and Monday, Arabs clashed with police and Border Police in Arab-majority neighborhoods in Jerusalem, Bedouin towns in the Negev and Israeli Arab towns in the Galilee.

In Shchem, Arab rioters tried to burn Kever Yosef, a holy site to Muslims as well as Jews, but were repelled by Palestinian Authority security forces.

In the Galilee, routes 65 and 70 have been closed on-and-off for several days due to violence.  Dozens of people have been arrested in Tamra and Nazareth.

In the south, masked Arabs threw stones at passing cars outside the Jewish town of Omer, north of Beer Sheva. In addition, clashes were reported at Ar’ara, Tel Sheva, Lakia and Khoura.

Responding to the riots, Justice Minister Livni called on Jewish and Arab leaders to calm tensions.

“This is the time for the national and local leadership – in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and every town and village – to show responsibility, to rise to the call of this difficult hour to ramp down the flames and to find the way to live here,” Livni said.

Demanding a Jewish State

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Treason? Could be, Couldn’t it?

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

IMHO Ruthie Blum, in Israel Hayom, hit on the nail when she wrote:

“Personally, I would have called it treason. But that’s just me.”

Blum was referring to Tsippi Livni’s “private initiative” aka unapproved trip to London to meet up with Abbas.

As soon as it became apparent that Abbas was no longer willing to continue being courted by Israel and the United States, Kerry threw his arms up in despair, blamed Israel for the impasse and took a time-out from his incessant shuttle diplomacy.That left Livni all dressed up with nowhere to go.Rather than directing her outrage at Abbas for this turn of events, she made a secret pilgrimage to see him in London last week. It was a move that spurred an angry Netanyahu and other coalition members to announce that this had been Livni’s private initiative, devoid of any official backing.

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No doubt Livni is just emulating Shimon Peres. Davka, Sarah Honig devoted her Friday article about the underhanded illegal, unapproved negotiations by Peres and other extreme Leftists.

The hubris to flout the authority of any government – no matter who heads it – exclusively emboldens leftwing players. They range from relatively unknown individuals (though they’re always well-connected to the real clout-bearers) all the way to top-ranking ministers who, fired up by their own chutzpah, set out to hijack history-making prerogatives.
Soon-to-retire President Shimon Peres still does it in his ostensibly ceremonial role of president. But he already behaved badly as foreign minister to both prime ministers Yitzhak Shamir and Yitzhak Rabin.
The latest to dabble in unauthorized diplomacy is Justice Minister Tzipi Livni. She recently conferred with Ramallah figurehead Mahmoud Abbas in London, despite the government’s decision (which she supported) to freeze contact with him for his kiss-and-make-up with Jihadist Hamas.

This is very dangerous for the State of Israel. Policy is supposed to be made by the Prime Minister, and nobody without specific authority may negotiate for the Government of the State of Israel. Bibi has some cabinet-cleaning to do.

All That’s Left in London – Planning Oslo 3

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

What a strange coincidence. Yossi Beilin was spotted flying out of London’s Heathrow airport on Thursday afternoon.

Beilin was the initiator of the secret “behind the government’s back” effort that brought the PLO and their terror into Israel, via the Oslo Accords.

US Secretary of State John Kerry was also in London at the same time, ostensibly for “different reasons”, and met with Tzipi Livni for”“an opportunity for them to catch up since the pause in the negotiations.”

Later that evening, Israel’s peace negotiator Tzipi Livni met with PA president Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the failed peace process, as part of what was supposedly a private initiative on her part.

As it happens, Kerry also met with Abbas while they were there.

Beilin and Abbas were the two main negotiators of the Oslo Accords. The initial secret meetings between Ron Pundak and the PLO took place first in London, then in Oslo.

So let’s see, Beilin, Kerry, Livni and Abbas all in London together at the same time.

A week earlier, after he was reportedly done bashing Israel, Martin Indyk met with Ehud Barak in a Washington D.C. bar for a long talk.

Netanyahu even made a point on Saturday night to let it be known that Livni did not represent the government in that conversation.

Is this another “behind the government’s back” attempt to foist another secret deadly peace process onto the rest of us?

Should we be worried?

Maybe we can get Jack Bauer to save us from them, I hear he’s in London too.

Tzipi Livni: I Won’t Quit

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Justice Minister and Chief Negotiator Tzipi Livni announced on Israel Channel 2 that she won’t be quitting the coalition, and the decision to temporarily suspend the negotiations – for now – because of the Fatah-Hamas reunification was correct.

But Livni added that Abbas has made some bad choices, and repeatedly said “the door isn’t closed”, and when the time is right, no matter how long it takes, negotiations will start again, she will run them, and she will try to get Abbas to make the right choices.

And even though Abbas has made the wrong choices, she will still fight to reach an arrangement and reopen the doors, and try to return to negotiations, no matter how long it takes.

Though Livni admitted she doesn’t know yet if Abbas is a partner for peace as the test is still before him, she repeated “the door is still open” quite a few times, and for good measure added that she won’t let Israel build more settlements, let the Palestinian Authority fall, let Israel make any permanent sanctions against the PA, or, guess what, close the doors on the negotiations.

Livni said she will fight and work for what she believes in, and reopen the door to negotiations with Abbas.

And they say Kerry is obsessive and messianic!

Watch the interview for yourself (in Hebrew):

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