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July 2, 2016 / 26 Sivan, 5776

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MK Amsalem Touring Prisons: ‘Zoo Monkeys Have More Living Space than Inmates’

Monday, June 27th, 2016

“The terrible congestion in which inmates in Israel live is unacceptable,” Internal Affairs Committee Chairman MK David Amsalem (Likud) said on Sunday as the committee members were touring Hasharon and Ofek prisons. “Even monkeys in the zoo have more living space. Four and a half square meters [for each inmate] is crowded compared with international standards, and we are not even complying with that.”

Amsalem demanded statistics on the level of congestion in each prison. “Together with the Israel Prisons Service (IPS), we will develop a multi-year plan which I will advance in conjunction with the Treasury and the Ministry of Public Security,” he said.

MK Akram Hasoon (Kulanu) said that the fact that “so many inmates are not rehabilitated and return to prison” is a “cause for concern.” According to Hasson, the state invests some $770 thousand in each prisoner. “The question is whether we are making correct use of this money. Is there synchronization between the welfare authorities and the IPS?”

MK Osama Sa’adi (Joint Arab List) said, “We must find ways to fill the prisoners’ time, rather than leave them closed up in their cells. We need education, employment and a lot of sports. In the Ofek youth prison I saw many positive things.”

IPS Commissioner Ofra Klinger said, “We have increased the number of rehabilitation frameworks. They were half empty, and now they are being filled. Prison time is an opportunity, not only for the inmate, but for the state as well. If a prisoner is given a chance to perceive himself differently, he will understand that change is possible. The state invests a lot of money in the IPS, but not in facilities. A person who lives in dishonorable conditions cannot make use of the resources at his disposal. There is no argument that we must build more prisons. Currently, some 40% of prisoners live in inadequate facilities.”

JNi.Media

MK Zoabi: Reparations to Turks an Israeli Admission of Murder

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Anti-Zionist Arabs are not happy with the pending new Israeli-Turkish rapprochement — there goes yet another regional power whose support for Arab terrorism against Israel has cooled down. The two loudest Israeli-Arab voices to spin Netanyahu’s diplomatic success into a failure are MKs Haniz Zoabi and Ahmad Tibbi. Both are arguing that the fact that Israel is paying Turkey reparations over the 2010 Mavi Marmara fiasco constitutes admission of guilt and therefore does not end the Israeli public relations headache, it only makes it bigger.

But everyone else in the region, most notably the Turks and the Israelis, appear delighted to put behind them that nasty episode and the bad six years that followed.

After the final disagreements have been smoothed over Sunday, on Monday afternoon Prime Minister Netanyahu and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are expected to announce a reconciliation agreement between their two countries in concurrent press conferences. Netanyahu’s cabinet would then be required to approve the deal, and said cabinet includes Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, a staunch enemy of appeasing Turkey, but that’ll come later.

Turkish-Israeli relations hit a wall back in 2010 after the IDF special forces who were attempting to take over the Mavi Marmara, part of the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla,” were met with overwhelming violence from the Arab and Turkish crew, and were forced to kill Turkish citizens onboard. On Sunday, after six years of open hostility between the two countries, which have historically depended on each other economically, high level Israeli and Turkish delegations met in Rome and hammered out the final reconciliation deal.

The political components of the agreement are:

1. Israel will pay Turkey some $20 million, presumably going to the families of the dead crew members.

2. Turkey will not launch lawsuits against the IDF officers and soldiers who took part in the operation.

3. Israel will ease some of the blockade on the Gaza Strip.

4. Turkey will limit Hamas activities inside its borders. Turkey will not permit Hamas to conduct, plan or direct any military activity against Israel while in Turkish territory. However, the Hamas offices will stay open and can continue to operate as diplomatic agencies.

The economic aspects of the deal have mainly to do with Turkey, which is now dependent on its hostile Russian neighbor for its supply of natural gas, looking to replace it with Israeli gas. However, for the time being, the Israeli gas is still tied up in the Knesset as well as in the Supreme court, so that’s not happening yet.

MK Zoabi, for whom this is her last term in the Knesset, having been kicked off her realistic spot on her Balad party’s list by party primary voters, insists that this is not the time to celebrate the diplomatic achievement of the Netanyahu government, instead, she says, the deal constitutes an Israeli admission of “committing nine murders, injuring dozens, kidnapping and piracy in international waters.”

Zoabi is also irate that the Turkish-Israeli deal does not deposit in Israel’s hands the responsibility for the woes of the Gaza Strip, which it abandoned ten years ago this summer. Zoabi wants the Israeli blockade to come down completely, but has nothing to say about the Hamas openly declared intentions of continuing their plans to attack Israeli civilians.

MK Tibi for his part suggested PA-based jurists should take note of the reparations index of the Turkish deal, for future discussions, when the new Palestinian state would be handing Israel the bill for all the Arabs that died over the years, presumably including those who were killed while trying to stuff their suicide belts with explosives.

Israeli politicians on both sides of the aisle were unhappy with the deal. Former minister Gidon Sa’ar (Likud) tweeted: “Israel will pay Turkey reparations for the Marmara? I hope the news is wrong. If it’s true — this is a national humiliation and an invitation for more flotillas and more libels from Israel haters.”

MK Arel Margalit (Zionist Camp) said that “Netanyahu once again capitulated with his tail between his legs before Hamas, hurt the IDF soldiers without blinking, and abandoned the families of the missing.”

Margalit was referring to Turkey’s failure to convince Hamas to sweeten its Israeli deal with Israel by handing over its biggest bargaining chip, the bodies of two Israeli soldiers. Of course, the Turks promised to try, and they probably did, but anyone who expected Netanyahu to be able to come up with a win on that count is either terribly naïve or just hates Netanyahu.

MK Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi) tweeted that “there better be a very good reason to justify the deal with Turkey, which on its face appears shameful.”

JNi.Media

MK Ahmed Tibi: “I Would Vote for Bernie Sanders in the US Election”

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

On IDF radio this morning, Member of Knesset Ahmed Tibi announced that he would vote for Bernie Sanders — if he could vote in the US presidential election.

Tibi said, “All Palestinians and most Arabs would vote for Sanders…the candidate’s political views are more important than their ethnicity.”

Now that’s a ringing endorsement if I ever heard one.

Jameel@Muqata

MK Glick Gets 93,000 Signatures Supporting Jerusalem’s Unity

Monday, June 6th, 2016

MK Rabbi Yehuda Glick (Likud) on Sunday received more than 93,000 signatures from supporters of Israel worldwide affirming the Jerusalem Covenant, in honor of Jerusalem Liberation Day. The covenant, proclaiming the eternal unity of Jerusalem and its status as the Biblical and political capital of Israel, was presented to the Knesset’s newest member by NGO Israel365 founder Rabbi Tuly Weisz.

“This is so exciting, holding a book with almost 100,000 signatures of people from all over the world who signed their name on the Jerusalem Covenant,” Glick said, adding, “Jerusalem is the city of peace, and here we see the words of the prophets materializing and becoming a reality, all nations coming together and signing the Jerusalem Covenant between God and Jerusalem and the world.”

The printed Jerusalem Covenant / Courtesy

The printed Jerusalem Covenant / Courtesy

The Jerusalem Covenant was originally written in 1992 by Israeli Supreme Court Deputy Chief Justice Rabbi Menachem Elon to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification. It was intended as a renewal of the original Biblical covenant between God and the people of Israel. In 2013, Israel365 launched a project to bring the Jerusalem Covenant to the hearts of Israel supporters worldwide. In its first year, the initiative garnered 10,000 signatures; the number has doubled annually ever since, reaching more than 93,000 this year. Signatories hail from more than 100 countries, from Albania to Zimbabwe.

Each year, the printed collection of signatures, bound together in a book, is presented to a different MK: last year it was Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud). The Covenant was given to MK Glick this year in recognition of his work to reconnect the Jewish people with the Temple Mount. Glick blessed the endeavor, saying he hopes to see a million signatures when the next issue comes out, by the end of the jubilee year. “That would be the opening of a new era,” he surmised.

Rabbi Weisz noted that “signing the Jerusalem Covenant gives Israel’s supporters a chance to make their voices heard, and to tell the world that Jerusalem is, and always will be, the Biblical heritage of the Jewish people.”

Click here to sign the Jerusalem Covenant.

JNi.Media

Analysis: MK Yehuda Glick Just Keeps On Glicking

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

For a newly appointed Member of Knesset, American-born Yehuda Glick (Likud) is not exactly keeping his head down in the back benches. Since before his swearing-in, Glick has been engaged in a seemingly endless monologue, over his Facebook page and through the media, about his belief system and political agenda, which—to everyone’s surprise—is much more liberal and centrist than one would have expected from a “rightwing extremist,” the tag the media had tied to his big toe.

So he started posting very mainstream, rational, even slightly left-leaning messages, including his shock at the behavior of that IDF soldier who shot and killed a terrorist who was already lying on the ground. That statement made him some favorable headlines, and soon enough he became a kind of pet-rightwinger, sharing his views on everything to the amusement of the readers everywhere.

Yehuda Glick is a serious man, despite his disheveled red hair and rumpled suits. He has been a consistent voice in favor of Jewish presence on the Temple Mount, and almost paid for it with his life when an Arab terrorist tried to assassinate him at point-blank. But he should probably be more careful when he gives interviews to, say Ha’aretz, spewing what sounds like radical observations without the benefit of historic or scholarly context. It’s difficult to overestimate the ignorance of the average Israeli leftwing reader of traditional Jewish sources, and so one probably should refrain from making the following observation:

“The Kotel is important to me just like the whole Old City is important to me,” Glick told Ha’aretz on Tuesday. “There’s no difference between the Western Wall and the eastern wall, the southern and northern walls. The Kotel is important to me because millions of Jews raise their eyes to it. But the Temple Mount is the only holy site. The Kotel doesn’t have that. It is a heaven and earth kind of difference. It’s like your parking garage is important to you, but you won’t compare your parking garage to your bedroom. So I’m not comparing the Kotel to a parking garage, but it does not have the same holiness as the Temple Mount.”

The fact is, Glick is absolutely right. The Temple Mount is where two Jewish temples have stood, while the Kotel was a supporting wall built by King Herod around the year zero, during the renovations of the Temple. As someone who shares Glick’s love for the Temple Mount, I understand his frustration when he looks down on the multitudes gathered like working ants by the Kotel, when all they have to do is walk up twenty yards and with their sheer numbers break through the police barricades, the Arab threats, everything, and stand in an earth-changing Amidah prayer where it counts.

I would venture that very few of Glick’s readers in Ha’aretz Tuesday understood that this is what he meant. Because this is what he said further on in the interview: “This is a place that causes harm, because people think it’s a holy place, and they think it’s a substitute for the Temple Mount. People come to the Kotel and feel they’ve reached the summit. It’s not a summit, it’s nothing. People are enjoying the substitute, which in my eyes is a desecration of God.”

Again, Glick is not so far from the truth, although he does step on the toes of literally millions of good Jews who have flocked to the Kotel over the centuries, and especially since 1967. And next, to the delight of the left, Glick outright condemns good Jews who pray at the Kotel:

“God said that He chose one place and people come and say, ‘that’s not true, we decided You picked a different place.’ It’s almost tantamount to the sin of the gold calf, when the whole nation said, ‘This is your god, Israel.’ It’s a huge desecration of God. … It’s almost similar to if the Zionists had gone to Uganda despite the fact that God said the Land of Israel.”

And so, in three paragraphs, MK Yehuda Glick removed his covers of a liberal democrat, protector of fallen terrorists and lover of every person, and revealed the raging fundamentalist within, unable to contain his ire at the multitudes who just won’t listen.

The fact is, Yehuda Glick is not that kind of a fundamentalist, although he is willful and persistent. He is kind and sweet, and probably the best representative the lovers of the Temple Mount have found in many years. Former MK Moshe Feiglin was also a persistent advocate for Jewish ascent to the Temple Mount, but his style is too precise and restrained to appeal to the masses the way Glick has been doing.

Glick should beware, though, of his newly acquired power, and avoid delivering to the unschooled messages they cannot truly comprehend. By telling the Ha’aretz readers that the Kotel is just like the gold calf (he said no such thing, but I’ll bet you, that’s what they took away) he did not advance the cause of Jewish redemption. Let’s hope he didn’t harm it much.

David Israel

MK Glick’s First Act Is Complaint About… You Guessed It

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

MK Yehuda Glick (Likud) on Thursday told his Facebook followers that his first act in the Knesset had been to complain to the Ethics Committee against MK Masud Ganaim (Joint Arab List) for announcing his intent to ascend to the Temple Mount despite the prime minister’s ban on politicians going up to the holy site.

“The ethics committee must deal with this case harshly, because it isn’t a complaint about a violation that has already taken place, but one in which an MK announces in advance his intent to step on the rules by which he must abide as legislator. It is inconceivable that a person would be getting a salary from the state as legislator and at the same time see himself as unbound by its rules?” MK Glick asked the committee.

Back in 2010, Masud Ganaim called for the replacement of Israel with a caliphate and stated, “I support the righteous party. The Iran-Hezbollah-Syria axis represents the line of resistance and intractability, and naturally, I support this axis.”

Speaking to Ynet, Ganaim said, “I believe there is an urgent need to return to the Islamic caliphate. I believe this is the most fitting solution to the state of weakness, deterioration and erosion the Arabs and Muslims are suffering from.” He added that he believes that an Islamic regime should be established in “Palestine or the Arab and Islamic homeland.”

As to the Jewish State, Ganaim said it would be included in the greater Islamic state. “We are not against the Jews, but against the Zionist movement and its racist ideology. We have no objection to the Jews managing their own matters themselves.”

Just not on the Temple Mount.

David Israel

Yehuda Glick Sworn In as MK

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Likud Knesset member Yehuda Glick was formally sworn in as a new lawmaker on Wednesday.

Glick recited the Hebrew blessing “shehechiyanu” – which is said on special occasions and new experiences.

He told those gathered that this blessing has many and deep meanings for him since the assassination attempt by an Arab terrorist 18 months ago that nearly took his life. He was shot four times in the chest at point-blank range in November 2014 by a Jerusalem Arab who called him an “enemy of Al Aqsa.”

Glick founded and runs the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation. He says he will do all he can to stop injustice from taking place at the Temple Mount, considered the holiest place in Judaism.

Glick says he’ll continue his work in the Knesset, noting that police officers on the Temple Mount are “commanded to check if a 90-year-old Jew moves his lips or not.” He vowed not to allow the place, “a global center of peace, goodness and light, to continue to be used as a center for incitement to terrorism.”

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