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The Last of the Flotillas

Monday, June 29th, 2015

The flotilla stunt has sunk.

This morning’s end to the latest maritime Vaudeville act by a motley collection of anarchists, anti-Israel activists including an Arab Knesset Member, leftists and bored people looking for adventure may be the last attempt to break the Israel blockade to prevent terrorists and weapons from reaching Gaza by sea.

International media have not been able to whip up much anti-Israel rhetoric in their news dispatches of the peaceful takeover of the Marianne and the apparent U-turn by three other boats in the flotilla.

The voyage of the Marianne may have been the best thing for Israel since earlier this month when Hamas fired a Kassam rocket at Israeli civilians but saw it fall short of its mark and explode on a house in Gaza.

The only real success of Hamas, and the entire Palestinian Authority, has been to turn self-defeat into a principle.

Pro-Hamas activists have been trying to break the maritime blockade for more than six years, but their main aim has been to fuel the anti-Israeli media with stories about how the Israeli army is stopping good Samaritans from trying to save Gazans caught in a humanitarian crisis caused by the presumably heartless land blockade by Israel.

The establishment media finally has broken under the weight of the lies in claims by anti-Zionists.

Israel’s land “blockade” on Gaza barely exists anymore, except from Egypt, which has punished Hamas over and over by shutting down the Rafah crossing.

The maritime blockade has been upheld by none other than the United Nations, which investigated the clash on the May 2010 Mavi Mamara ship that was organized and led by Turkish-based terrorists of the IHH organization.

The U.N. report managed to criticize the IDF for using excessive force but upheld the maritime embargo as legal.

Flotilla activists have known ever since then that attacking Israeli soldiers, as the terrorist did with iron clubs on the Mavi Mamara, is going to be met with necessary force.

The crew and passengers on the Marianne did not raise a hand. The Navy commandeered the boat and took it to the port of Ashdod, where the foreigners will be deported and the Israelis will return home, with or without being arrested.

Passengers on the other boats deported themselves by choice when they decided not to follow the example of the Marianne, whose activists have set a precedent not resort to violence.

That will make it more difficult for future flotilla activists to start up with the Navy, which under any circumstances is going to win the battle.

The activists’ hope that the media would treat them as little Davids fighting a monstrous Goliath disappeared like a ship in the middle of the night.

Hamas’ open corruption and barbaric force against anyone who opposes it have torn the sails out of lies that the miserable lives of Arabs in Gaza are due to anyone or anything except Hamas.

Reuters reported the takeover of the Marianne factually and dryly, except for referring to Gaza as “the blockaded Palestinian territory,” unless it meant blockaded by Egypt.

The Associated Press was even briefer in its report.

BBC and NBC also were factual and objective in their dispatches.

The flotilla has wasted more tens for thousands of dollars. There always will be other do-good haters willing to shell out more money for another failure.

Let’em go for broke.

Bennett Looks for Attention with Appeal to World to Recognize Golan

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) chairman Naftali Bennett called on the world to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights in speech to the annual Herzliya Conference on Sunday.

Israel annexed the strategic and water-rich Golan in 1981, but many foreign media articles are preceded with the dateline “Golan Heights, Occupied Territories.”

Bennett’s initiative might be the first small step towards what is going to be an eventual reality. As Syria falls apart, the idea of handing over the Golan to Bashar Al-Assad doesn’t even enter the imagination of Secretary of State John Kerry.

However, Bennett’s call for recognition was welcomed with a resounding thud by foreign media, such as AFP, whose first words in its report were “Far-right Israeli minister.” The description is outlandish, if not libelous, unless the same news agency were to call Labor party chairman Yitzchak Herzog “far-left.”

Bennett said yesterday:

I call on the international community… to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan…. I understand that there is a disagreement on Judaea and Samaria, what the world calls the West Bank. I understand that on this we shall agree to disagree.

But the Golan, to ban agricultural exports from the Golan? Where is the logic, where is your morality? Who would you like us to give the Golan Heights to? To Assad? To Al-Nusra Front? To the Islamic State group? To Hezbollah?

There is a consensus among Israelis that the Golan Heights should remain in Israel. The 20,000 Jews in the Golan Heights make up 50 percent of the population, the other half being Druze, approximately half of whom live in the city of Majdal Shams.

Prime Minister Netanyahu took the air out of Bennett’s Bayit Yehudi party, which in the early stages of the election was polled to win 16 seats in the Knesset. By Election Day, the number was down to 12, the same it had in the previous government.

The day after the election, Netanyahu’s frantic call for Jews to vote had reduced the party’s strength to eight.

Bennett is not making the mistake of previous nationals religious parties to become a party of “Yesha,” the acronym for the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria.

He is trying to shed the party of the stigma that nationalists must be religious. Secular Knesset Member Ayelet Shaked was at the top of the heap in the elections and won the prize of Justice Minister.

Now Bennett needs even broader support in Israel to strengthen his position in the government, and his call on the world to recognize the Golan was more for local consumption than any expectation that the United Nations or even the Obama administration will admit to the truth.

Britain and France Boycott Israeli Military Expo

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Britain, France and several Scandinavian countries have prohibited their countries’ defense officials and private contractors from exhibiting at the 7th annual Israel Defense Expo that opened today at Tel Aviv.

Maariv reports that the Foreign Ministry officials warned that the boycott is only the first reaction to last week’s FIFA debacle in which the Palestinian Authority failed to win its campaign to force Israel to ban soccer teams in Judea and Samaria or be ousted from the corrupt organization.

The problem with the theory of Israel’s answer to the U.S. State Dept.’s Foggy Bottom foreign policy pencil pushers is that there is no way that Britain and France acted so quickly between last Friday and today.

The more likely explanation is that the countries indeed are sending a message to Israel that they are steadfast in their belief that if Israel simply would hand over Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Authority, the world would be a better place for London and Paris, and never mind Jerusalem and Ramallah.

But that has nothing to do with the soccer silliness. In fact, the European Union voted not to expel Israel from FIFA.

It is true that Israel is losing potential deals with defense contractors at the exhibition, but it is equally true that the countries that are boycotting Israel are shooting themselves in the head. They are losing out on possible sales and contacts with companies from all over the world.

They may be hurting exports from Israel, but trade works in two directions.

One Spanish contractor, banned by Spain from exhibiting in Israel, simply appeared in Tel Aviv under a different name, a security official told Maariv:

They have no will to be identified as a company selling offensive weapons to Israel.

But when asked if their absence damages Israel, the official did not answer.

The reaction of the Foreign Minister officials is not surprising in light of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s recent moves to put some common sense and unity back into the ministry that is over-staffed with people from the days of the Rabin-Peres government, when the Oslo Accords were supposed to bring eternal peace to the Middle East.

His selection of Tzipi Hotovely as Deputy Foreign Minister and former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Dore Gold to direct the ministry have thrown Israel’s establishment media into a trauma.

Hotovely absolutely shocked some of the Foreign Ministry middle-tier staff when she gave them a short lesson of Torah and said that the policy to explain Israel’s position to the world should be based on God’s having granted the Land of Israel to the Jewish People.

The idea of re-inventing the wheel is so revolutionary, or in the minds of the lefties so archaic, that Israel’s leftist oriented establishment media went all out last week to try to convince its readers that Prime Minister Netanyahu is destroying the Foreign Ministry.

Media ‘Apartheid Bus’ Lie Forces Bibi to Nix Plan to Improve Security

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Totally false reporting of new travel regulations for Palestinian Authority workers in Israel has force Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to freeze the program.

Israel  launched on Wednesday a three-month pilot program that requires Palestinian Authority workers to return to their homes through the same checkpoints they used when leaving their homes for work in Israel.

After work, they were to board buses to four checkpoints in Judea and Samaria, where they will go through thorough security checks before boarding a different bus to take them to their villages, where Jews do not live.

But that is not the way Israeli media have reported the program. Editors and broadcasters whipped out the “Apartheid” label, which is a lie.

After arriving at the checkpoints in buses used by Jews as well, the Arabs cannot continue on the same buses because they do not arrive in their towns. Instead, after inspections, the Arabs board different buses to take them home.

Haaretz headlined, “Israel begins separating Palestinians, Israelis on West Bank buses.” Al Arabiya wrote a similar headline, “Palestinians banned from riding buses with Israelis.”RTE in Ireland was a bit more accurate with the headline over the exact same AFP article “Ban on Palestinians sharing some buses with Israelis.”

Former Likud Cabinet Minister Gideon Sa’ar, a close friend of Prime Minister Netanyahu, tweeted:

The decision for separate buses [sic] is a mistake and causes grave damage to settlers in Judea and Samaria and to the image of Israel in the world.

If there is one legitimate reason for freezing the program it is because the new regulations will lengthen the time it take Palestinian Authority workers to return home. Claims that it will take the Arabs “six hours” to return home are highly questionable, but there is no doubt that the procedures will mean much longer travel times.

But that is not the reason Netanyahu panicked.

Does this media re-writing of the truth sound familiar?

It should.

Two years ago, the Israeli government added new bus lines to serve Palestinian Authority towns.

Since Jews cannot live in those Arab villages without leaving in a coffin, there is not much demand by them to use the local buses

But the local and foreign media had a field day disseminating a total lie, as described below by The Jewish Press’ Lori Lowenthal Marcus.

The original article was published here and follows.

‘Palestinian Only’ Buses in Israel: The Big Lies are Back

The headlines roll out, the journalistic warfare continues, and the Jewish State once more is cast in the starring role of “evil, Apartheid empire.”  This time the story is that Israel is forcing the Arab Palestinians to ride separate buses from the ones Jewish Israelis ride.

The reality is exactly the opposite – there are no “Palestinian only” buses. Instead, with its new bus routes, Israel is reducing crowded buses, attempting to relieve ethnic tensions and security concerns, and is assisting Arab Palestinians enter Green Line Israel to work. But we’ll get to the facts – which exonerate Israel from “Apartheid” charges – in a minute. For right now you can rest assured that despite efforts to cast the Arab Palestinians in the role of Rosa Parks, a closer fit would be to cast the purveyors of this latest attack as peddlers of the Big Lie.

First, the hysteria:

One headline, from the magazine formerly known as Newsweek, and now known as – more accurately – the Daily Beast, “West Bank Buses Only the Latest in Israel’s Segregated Public Transport,” and one from the uber-leftist +972, “Israel’ new ‘Palestinian only’ segregated bus line,” and even the Israeli news media outlet YNetfans the flames: “Ministry launches ‘Palestinians only’ buses.”

Israel Prize Winner Warns against Boycotters of Israel

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Poet Erez Biton, who was awarded the Israel Prize for Literature on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, used the occasion to warn against sponsors of the Boycott Israel movement.

“Strident voices are being heard in the world including those who are challenging the very existence of the State of Israel,” he said. “There are even those among them who are labeling products and I say, without any connection to our internal political debate, we must all stand together in order to rebuff these tendencies.

“I say: Those who label products today are liable to label people tomorrow.”

Biton, who has been blind since he was a child, was the first member of the Sephardi community to be awarded the prize.

Reports in Israel’s liberal left-leaning establishment media on his receiving the award from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu focused on his being Sephardi, but the reporters, deaf if not blind, omitted his remarks about anti-Israelis.

Kim Kardashian Lands in Israel and Tries to Hide

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Reality television star Kim Kardashian, her rapper husband Kanye West and their 22-month-old child named “North West” landed in Israel Monday and immediately had to change hotel destinations because of leaks to the media.

Kim’s sister Chloe Kardashian is traveling with the couple and child.

Jerusalem’s Waldorf-Astoria apparently has at least one empty suite thanks to the sudden change of plans, and another unknown hotel won the privilege and fat check for hosting the couple, who flew in from Armenia.

A private security firm is trying to keep the media out of their hair, but that will be a bit difficult if they go through plans to visit the Western Wall.

They hope to film themselves for their reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

Their next stop is Jordan.

Kardashian three years ago tweeted to her millions of followers that she was “praying for everyone in Israel” during one of Hamas’ chapters of bombing the country with missiles.

After an instant barrage of hate messages and death threats, she tweeted five minutes later, “praying for everyone in Palestine and across the world!”

Later, she deleted both tweets.

She then posted on her blog:

I want to own up to and explain that earlier today I sent out two tweets about saying prayers for the people in Palestine and Israel and after hearing from my followers, I decided to take down the tweets because I realized that some people were offended and hurt by what I said, and for that I apologize.

If she is smart, she won’t comment on Hillary Clinton, Prime Minister Netanyahu or Iran on her visit and will restrict her comments to more worldly matters, such as herself.

Election Victory for Israelis: A Well-Deserved Vacation

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Election Day is a national holiday in Israel, with schools and most businesses closed, and for good reason.

Speaking in the name of nearly 6 million eligible voters, we are suffering from a two-month major migraine from the emptiest and most shallow, slummy and stupid campaign ever.

We have a migraine from the egomaniacs that are sure that the louder they shout that they will be the next Prime Minister, the more likely it will happen.

It brings to mind the Prophet Eliyahu (Elijah), who challenged 450 idol worshippers to pray to God for rain during a severe drought. As evening approached and rain did not come, the prophet said, in Kings 1:18, 27-29:

And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.’

And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.

And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.

I doubt whether Elijah’s words will be in the ears of voters at more than 10,000 polling stations today, but who can blame them?

In the past week, I have received at least five phone calls from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and almost twice that many from Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home).

His party’s most popular Knesset Member, Ayelet Shaked, almost drove me to vote for Meretz after calling me seven times within 24 hours.

If Moshe Kachlon, when he was Communications Minister, really wanted to revolutionize the phone business, he would have passed a law prohibiting computerized phone calls.

The only good side of the appeals from Bibi, Bennett and Ayelet are that they made me forget the phone calls that I should go on a diet, which thank God I need like I need another day of election campaigning, and treatment for ADD, with which I function quite well, thank you. Is there a journalist who is not ADD?

Election campaigning, thank God, is forbidden on Election Day, so the biggest headlines are that the Prime Minister and his wife have voted, Aryeh Deri has voted, President Reuven Rivlin and his wife have voted, and Tzipi Livni has voted.

Isn’t that a relief?

The turnout is expected to be unusually high, perhaps even 70 percent. Don’t bet on it, but the hope of all is that we won’t have more migraine headaches for another four years.

The worst migraine from this campaign has come from what I call the “media establishment,” which includes the wrongly-named Radio Kol Yisrael (Voice of Israel, which it isn’t), Yediot Acharonot, the newspaper owned by the Moses family that considers Netanyahu and his wife Public Enemies Number One, and most of the Israeli television stations.

They make MSNBC pall by comparison in their panting over the liberal left.

If Yitzchak Herzog is the next Prime Minister, then Abraham Lincoln’s phrase that “you can’t fool all the people all the time” no longer is valid.

Considering the vicious lies propagated by the media and the American-funded anti-Bibi campaign, which The Jewish Press reported here yesterday might have been illegally funded by the Obama administration, Netanyahu has to be given credit that he still is the race.

If he does form the next government, and there is no way Herzog can do so unless right-wing and Haredi voters are given some of the stuff promoted by the Green Leaf party before they vote, the anti-Netanyahu crowd should do some soul-searching.

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