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Deligitimization and the Muslim Mindset

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

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Yishai is joined in-studio by Knesset insider Jeremy Saltan to discuss the report on the war in Gaza last summer and its “unsurprising” findings. He also talks about new “Free Gaza” flotilla and a different kind of deligitimization — that of MK Michael Oren (former Israeli ambassador to the US) against the Obama administration.

Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by Arab affairs analyst Bassem Eid to talk about issues surrounding Ramadan. Relating to the easing of Israeli restrictions on Palestinian travel to Jerusalem for the holiday, Bassem claims that Palestinians are mainly happy to be getting out of the “prison” of the Palestinian Authority. He also says that while most Palestinians oppose terrorism, it is nevertheless more rampant during Ramadan. He explains the Muslim mindset responsible for this phenomenon.

Finally, Yishai is joined in-studio by VOI political correspondent Raoul Wootliff to talk about the response on the part of Israeli politicians to the UN report.

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Uri Ariel Cancels National Service Volunteers for Leftwing NGOs

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

It’s turning into a banner day for Bayit Yehudi in the Knesset as they take on the leftwing NGOs.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi), who is also in charge of Sherut Leumi (National Service), instructed the managing director of the Sherut Leumi Authority Sar-Shalom Gerbi to cancel all national service programs for NGOs who acted against IDF soldiers, according to a report in Srugim.

Ariel’s decision came in response to the UN’s Schabes anti-Israel report that relied on reports and testimony from dozens of leftwing NGOs.

Ariel explained that the whole point of National Service is to serve the state of Israel and its citizens. He explained he will not allow a situation where Israel finances programs that act against Israel’s own soldiers.

The Schabes report exposed a list of organizations that gave testimony to the Schabes committee and are quoted and relied on at length.

B’tselem is quoted 72 times, and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel is quoted 4 times. Both currently receive National Service volunteers.

Gerbi cancelled the National Service for B’tselem a year ago, but Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber reinstated it.

Gerbi had canceled their National Service volunteers after the director general of B’tselem reportedly would not define Hamas as a terror organization and for what Gerbi described as their conduct during Operation Protective Edge.

But now that the Ministy of Justice is also under Bayit Yehudi control, this time the cancellation just might stick.

Netanyahu: World’s Solution for PA Ignores Security of Israel

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday morning that the international community’s ideas for peace with the Palestinian Authority ignore the security needs of Israel.

His remarks were made hours before French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is to speak with the Prime Minister after meeting Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

Fabius warned last week that “by doing nothing, there will be the twin risk of stalemate and setting [the conflict] ablaze.”

Looking back at the last 25 years of the “peace process,” it seems to have set everything ablaze, but Fabius still wants to try again, using the same magic potion but with larger dose of dynamite.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, without any hint to Fabius but with an obvious allusion to his new proposal reported here, said:

The relative quiet in Judea and Samaria does not need to fool anyone. There are attempts [by terrorists all the time, and to our dismay, sometimes they succeed.The reason that most of them do not succeed is the result of very intensive actions by the IDF, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and other security agencies.

There is a constant need to prevent these attacks, but the proposal of the international community does not have any real relationship to the security needs of Israel.

They are trying to push us to borders that cannot be defended while totally ignoring what will happen on the other side of the border.

Fabius wants the international community to replace the United States the non-existent table for non-existent negotiations for a non-existent willingness by the Palestinian Authority to receive every inch of land it says it wants but with the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

Abbas Silent on Palestinian Authority Terrorist’s Murder of Soldier

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas has been dead silent on the Arab terrorist’s murder of soldier-hiker Daniel Gonen and the wounding of his friend Friday afternoon.

The United States express its condolences, while the United Nations envoy to the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov simply condemned the murder and stated:

On this second day of Ramadan and at the start of the Shabbat, I call on all sides to exercise the utmost restraint, to maintain calm and promptly bring the perpetrators to justice.

When State Dept. spokesman John Kirby was asked about the murder at the daily press briefing on Friday, he answered:

We have scant information. First of all, our condolences go out to the family of what we understand to be at least one of those individuals who was killed in this deadly shooting. Certainly, our thoughts and prayers go out to them. And the second thing I’d say is, as always, we condemn any violence against civilians there, completely unacceptable.

And on the Palestinian Authority side?

No regrets. No condolences. No renouncement of terror.

Mahmoud Abbas did not condemn the murder nor did he comment on it, and the Palestinian Authority’s official WAFA website referred to it only in a posting under the headline:

Newspaper Review: Fatal Shooting of Israeli near West Bank Settlement, Quarter Million Worshippers Praying in Al-Aqsa Mosque as Focus of Dailies

Abbas has a handy excuse. He can always say. “They did it.”

Who is ‘they?” Hamas, of course.

The terrorist organization took responsibility for the attack, as WAFA noted. Hamas stated: “One of the fighters ambushed a settler vehicle and shot at them from point-blank range after having observed the area continuously.”

Hamas then explained that the attack was a continuation of “a series of operations…in retaliation to occupation crimes” against “Palestinian martyrs who have recently been killed by Israeli forces including Izz Addin Abu Gharra from Jenin and Abdullah Ghanayim Gneimat from Kafr Malik near Ramallah.”

The statement identified the “Marwan Qawasmeh and Amir Abu Eisha Brigade” as the affiliated group directly behind Friday’s shooting, adding that “the operation was carried out days before the first anniversary of the martyrs Marwan Qawasmeh and Amir Abu Eisha,” who kidnapped and murdered three Israeli yeshiva students last June and were killed in a shoot-out with the IDF.

WAFA, Abbas’ official mouthpiece, whitewashed the terrorist attack and stated:

Palestinian factions and groups released statements following Friday’s attack deeming the incident as a natural response to ongoing Israeli occupation.

France Wants the Whole World to Replace US to Force ‘Peace Process’ [video]

Friday, June 19th, 2015

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is launching a new effort to resurrect the “peace” process” that nobody seems to want, except for Western leaders who see the world from hotel rooms and airplanes.

He is traveling to the Middle East, where he plans to meet with Arab League ministers on Saturday and then with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday.

What new angle could Fabius possibly have in mind to succeed after failures of U.S. Secretaries of State James Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger, Warren Christopher, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Kerry and special envoy George Mitchell, and who else?

The common denominator in the above names is that they all are Americans, and Fabius figures that is the problem. A senior French diplomat told Reuters:

The method to reach a definitive solution has been for both sides to meet face to face with the Americans as an honest broker, but this method has failed. It needs international support.

It is not as if the United States failed alone, the Quartet – consisting the U.S., Russia, the United Nations and the European Union – also escorted the Palestinian Authority to the grave pit that all of them dug for the peace process.

Fabius is building his illusion on the fallacy that, according to the same diplomat, “We can no longer isolate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the regional context.”

Once upon a time, the failure of an agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel was the supposed root cause of unrest in the Arab world.

Then the disagreement became the reason that no one, except perhaps Israel, could stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Now the fall guy is the Islamic State (ISIS). The diplomat said the current “inertia” is “deadly” because if there is not agreement, the ISIS will adopt the Palestinian Authority cause.

Abbas already has rejected the French proposal for a resolution in the U.N. Security Council to give both sides 18 months to agree, meaning Israel must agree to Abbas’ terms. Abbas; problem is that the French resolution would recognize Israel as a “Jewish” state, and he cannot stomach that.

Fabius, like Kerry, doesn’t take “no” for an answer, at least not for 18 months.

The French Foreign Minister forgets it is “He,” and not “he,” who has the whole in His hands.

Israel’s Latest ‘War Crime’ and Human Rights Violation: Uprooting Trees

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Israel uprooted approximately 1,000 almond and olive trees that were planted illegally in a land grab on the western edge of Gush Etzion on Thursday, an action that Arabs are calling a “war crime” and even a human rights violation.”

The office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) stated:

[We] carried out the eviction of an illegal invasion of around 1,000 olive trees planted illegally without permits on state land in Wadi Fukin.

The area is located between the security fence and the Hareidi city of Beitar Illit, west of Efrat.

The Palestinian Authority’s official WAFA website claimed that the land is owned by Arabs.

The London Independent reported:

Palestinians have accused Israel of a war crime after military tractors destroyed around a thousand olive and almond trees belonging to local farmers on the grounds that they were illegally planted on state land….. Three years ago, Israeli authorities posted signs saying that the land belongs to the state, farmers said.

Wasel Abu Yusuf, a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, told the newspaper: This is occupied territory and international humanitarian law and the Geneva Convention apply. This is the land of the Palestinian state and any colonialist settler building or expropriation of land or cutting trees is a war crime against the Palestinian people.

If they are going to claim it is a “war came,” why not go even farther and charge Israel with violating human rights?

That may sound absurd, but read what an unidentified journalist, whom we can assume to be Al Quds correspondent Sayid Erikat, told the State Dept. at yesterday’s daily briefing:

Yesterday the Israelis pulled out something like 1,800 trees in the West Bank; they uprooted trees and so on. I mean, we talked about the commission of inquiry and human rights abuses and so on. Is that something that you would like to see the Israelis stop doing?

State Dept. spokesman John Kirby answered, “I haven’t seen the report on the trees being uprooted. You’re going to have to let me go back and look at that. I just don’t have anything on that.

What is amazing is that there was no laughter from Kirby or fellow journalists.

Abbas Rejects ‘Two States’ if One is ‘Jewish’

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Mahmoud Abbas once again has grabbed an opportunity to miss an opportunity and has rejected a French-sponsored resolution in the United Nations that would give him a Palestinian Authority state based on the old 1949-1967 borders.

So what is his problem?

The problem is that the French proposal not only recognizes the Palestinian Authority as a country but also recognizes Israel as a Jewish country.

This is not the first time that Abbas has rejected recognizing “the Jewish State of Israel,” but he has never done so in the face of such a golden opportunity to emasculate the country.

Abbas has no problem with Israel as long as it does not exist, and recognizing it as “Jewish” would preclude the dream of the Arab world and UNRWA to transform Jews into a minority in the country by importing a few million Arabs who have been under the U.N. agency’s so-called care for decades.

Israel has lobbied against the French proposal, and the United States has not promised it would veto it.

But it turns out that Abbas will cast the veto, just as he has scotched every other chance for an agreement with Israel for 11 years since being elected to a four-term that expired seven years ago.

The French resolution calls for the principle of “two states for two peoples,” borders as demanded by Abbas, and “compensation:” for UNRWA camp prisoners, called “refugees.”

The resolution sets a limit of 18 months for negotiations to reach a “just, lasting and comprehensive peace, and if the deadline passed, France would recognize the “State of Palestine.”

His rejection of the French resolution got lost in the today’s less significant and befuddled headlines that the Palestinian Authority government is breaking up or is not breaking up, depending on which version you read.

Abbas thrives on three things: money from the European Union, the non-recognition of the Palestinian Authority as a country, and an eternal crisis in his regime that allows him to hold on to power. All three are intertwined.
He was at his best today.

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