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Mrs. Tzipi, MK Livni and the Demonization of Israel

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

In December 2009, a British court issued an arrest warrant for then-Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni over alleged war crimes committed by the Israeli government during Operation Cast Lead in late 2008. Livni decided not to take any chances, and cancelled her planned trip to a Jewish National Fund conference in London. This threat didn’t go away, however. Several months ago, when on her way to a conference in London, she was summoned by Scotland Yard’s War Crimes unit for questioning.

Although Livni has generally remained silent on this issue, she addressed it last week while speaking at the IDC’s International Institute for Counter-Terrorism conference. She said the arrest warrant was “immoral, wrong, and harmful to [the] joint fight against terror organizations.”

But what she forgot to mention was that numerous Israeli NGOs were responsible for the arrest warrant — by accusing Israel of war crimes, and then using their foreign governmental funding to pressure people and governments around the world to “punish” Israel for its supposed atrocities.

After Operation Cast Lead, there was no shortage of Israeli organizations that accused Israel of war crimes for defending her citizens. Some of these groups gathered together under the umbrella organization, “Coalition of Women for Peace,” and some, like Zochrot and Israel Social TV, acted alone. These organizations receive funding from foreign political entities and governments including Holland, Germany, Norway, and the European Union.

This foreign governmental funding is used to accuse Israel of war crimes, apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and more, on a daily basis. These funds also promote a boycott against Israel, and are part of the insidious campaign to delegitimize and dehumanize Israel.

It is therefore surprising that the very person who led the opposition against the recently passed Transparency Law, which obligates foreign government-funded organizations to increase their transparency, was none other than MK Tzipi Livni. Yes, the same Tzipi Livni who almost spent the night in a London prison cell because of these very organizations.

At the same time that MK Livni condemns those who seek to convict her and other Israeli officials — she does the exact opposite in Israel. In the UK, and only in the UK, she seems to understand and recognize the problems of such organizations engaging in lawfare against a democratic state that is fighting a war against terror. But not in Israel.

Livni and her colleagues on the Zionist Left must understand that this “British problem” is nothing compared to the problem in Israel. Only a sick democracy allows for foreign governments to meddle in its internal affairs and to advance a policy that undermines its very right to exist. These delegitimization organizations are not “human rights” organizations; rather, they are political pawns implanted in Israeli society by foreign governments in order to serve their interests.

This objective was best illustrated by Britain’s former Minister of Middle East Affairs, Alistair Burt, who noted: “Since we began supporting these programs some significant changes have been made in the Israeli justice system, both civilian and military, and in the decisions they make.”

It is the right and the obligation of the Knesset to enact legislation requiring increased transparency for foreign government-funded Israeli organizations. In fact, the Transparency Law is just a drop in the bucket of the parliamentary action needed to halt these anti-democratic intrusions.

In one of the Knesset debates about the Transparency Law, Devorah Gonen, a bereaved mother whose son Danny z’l was murdered last year by terrorists, expressed the sentiment shared by many other bereaved families: “Foreign governments are funding the murder of Jews and we need to stop it.”

It would be wise for MK Livni to understand this, and to stop defending those who are advocating for her arrest. If not for her own sake, then at least for the sake of Israeli democracy and sovereignty.

Matan Peleg

Haredi MK Blocks Train Funding over Shabbat Works

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Knesset Finance Committee Chairman MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) has not approved the transfer of $171 million to the new projects of Israel Railways, according to a Tweet by journalist Amalia Duek. Duek cites sources in the Transport Ministry who accuse Gafni of revenge tactics, saying the delay in payment would result in delays in carrying out the work in preparation for the new fast rail from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Ministry is also concerned about potential lawsuits from contractors who haven’t been paid. MK Gafni, meanwhile, has told Duek he would examine the transfer request “when I see fit.”

Meanwhile, the renovation and preparation works continue full blast. At midnight Sunday Israel Railways shut down its three (out of four) stations in Tel Aviv for eight days, to be reopened a week from Tuesday. The massive project will match the stations and the rails passing through them with the new, electric, fast rail to Jerusalem.

Over the next eight days, the railway service will be running buses between Herzliya and Tel Aviv, in both directions, as well as buses from Herzliya to Ben Gurion International. Police on Monday morning reported worse than usual traffic delays in all the arteries leading into Tel Aviv.

The war between the Haredi coalition partners UTJ and Shas and Prime Minister Netanyahu over railway works that had been scheduled to be performed on Shabbat two weeks ago turned out to be a mere skirmish, as neither side was interested in fighting. However, the real battle ensued between Netanyahu and his Transport Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud), followed by a more reserved showdown with Welfare and Labor Minister Haim Katz (Likud). That internal fight in the Likud party was resolved with a win by points for Netanyahu (no knockouts, both ministers are still alive and kicking). Against this background, MK Gafni’s decision appears both vindictive and unhelpful.

Transport Ministry officials told Kikar Hashabbat that “if it turns out Gafni is operating out of political considerations we will view it seriously and act accordingly.”

Gafni, one of the most powerful committee chairmen in the Knesset, responded, “I’m not obligated to debate every agenda item that comes up. I will weigh it, and if the proposal has merit, the money would be transferred.” Which means the Railway will get the money eventually, because this is a government project, but the folks at Transport will have to sweat blood over it because of their Shabbat works fiasco.

According to Kikar Hashabbat, the Haredi parties are angrier at Police Commissioner Ronnie Alshich, an Orthodox Jew, more than anyone else, because Alshich was the one who came up with the idea that those works constituted “pikuach nefesh,” meaning saving a life, which is permitted on Shabbat. Which stands to show you, never go to a cop for halakhic rulings.

JNi.Media

Arab Journalist Attacks Arab MK Who Said Peres Was Covered in Arab Blood

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Lucy Aharish, an Israeli-Arab news presenter, reporter, and television host, on Wednesday launched a sharp attack on MK Basel Ghattas (Joint Arab List), who maligned the ailing former president Shimon Peres, even as the latter was fighting for his life at the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv.

Aharish, who has a regular editorial segment on Israel’s Channel 2, titled “Talk of the Day,” told her viewers, “I’ve met President Peres several times in my life. The first was when I was invited to the President’s residence together with my mother on International Women’s Day; the second was in an interview I conducted with him as part of my work; and the last time was when I interviewed him in London in an evening in his honor. That evening, I saw the president on stage for half an hour, in front of about a thousand people who were hanging on his words of wisdom and enlightenment.”

How different have those experiences been, Aharish said, “from the words of slander, hatred and hostility that were written by MK Ghattas.” She advised the Arab MK to fill his mouth with water (a polite way of saying “shut up”), especially in light of the fact that he hasn’t done for Israeli Arabs one eighth of what Peres has done, including for those who didn’t vote for him.

“You don’t represent me,” Aharish told Ghattas, “nor the hundreds of Arab children who are taking part in coexistence projects sponsored by Shimon Peres, while you are busy spreading hatred, incitement and distance between nations.”

“Peres is covered from head to toe in our blood, and so we don’t hasten to contribute to the collective tribal festival of grief and loss,” MK Ghattas posted on his Facebook page. Aharish responded: “What can I really expect from a freeloader who gets his pay off our taxes, yes, yes, my taxes, too, and does nothing more than cause even more hate towards Arabs.”

Aharish called on Ghattas to apologize not just to Shimon Peres and his family, but also to Israeli Arabs, who had all been “blackened” by his “devious words.”

In April 2015, Aharish was one of twelve Israelis chosen to light torches in the official ceremony kicking off Israel’s 67th Independence Day celebrations. MK Ghattas attacked her, saying her lighting the torch does not symbolize coexistence but rather the success of the winning side to “integrate the loss so deeply in their victim until she shows her appreciation to the oppressor and his victory.”

JNi.Media

Arab MK Maligns the Dying Shimon Peres

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

MK Basel Ghattas (Joint Arab List) on Wednesday uploaded on his Facebook page a “Proactive post,” as he himself called it, about the true feelings of Israeli Arabs about former President Shimon Peres, who is in hospital in “serious but stable condition.”

Ghattas wrote: “Is Shimon Peres getting to his inevitable end? We can’t know for sure, the man has seven lives, but he is undoubtedly on his last life at that.

“We should note that Peres was one of the strongest pillars of the Zionist colonial settlement project, and the harshest and most extreme, inflicting the longest-lasting damages on the Palestinian people and the Arab people.

“But Shimon Peres succeeded, in spite of all those qualities, in portraying himself as a dove of peace, even to get the Nobel Peace Prize, which he could never have achieved without our direct and indirect, intentional and unintentional help, which we offered him throughout his life.

“Let us at least in his death remember his essence as a tyrant, who administered the war crimes committed against us. Peres is covered from head to toe in our blood, and so we don’t hasten to contribute to the collective tribal festival of grief and loss.”

JNi.Media

Former Shas MK: Solve Train Problem the Jewish Way – Use Goyim

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Former MK Rabbi Haim Amsalem told the website Srugim Sunday that Jewish Law provides a simple and practical solution to the problem of performing crucial infrastructure labor on Israel’s railroads on Shabbat, a problem which was threatening the stability of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s coalition government: use gentile employees.

“The simplest solution would be to follow what Jewish Halakha says and facilitates,” Rabbi Amsalem advised. “In a country where 20% of the citizens are not Jewish, when there is a compelling need, we can utilize ‘goy shel Shabbat,’ (‘Shabbes goy’) for all the labor that involves the desecration of Shabbat. We’ve done this for hundreds of years, everybody is familiar with the concept — the gentiles would receive an increased pay and Jews wouldn’t be required to work on and desecrate the Shabbat,” Rabbi Amsalem said, noting that “everybody is for a modern and democratic Jewish State, so this should be a fitting solution.”

Rabbi Haim (Emile) Amsalem, 57, a native of French Algeria who immigrated to Israel in 1970, was among the founders of Shas and served as its MK, until, following a breakup with his colleagues, he launched his own party, Am Shalem (a play on his name, meaning “whole nation”) that failed to make it into the Knesset in the 2013 elections. He is considered a moderate Haredi who believes in a dialogue with secular Israelis.

“In general, it can be stated that the state institutions for the most part observe Shabbat, which is something anyone arriving in Israel from abroad notices. It may not be exactly as we want it to be, but we can’t focus only on the negative,” Amsalem told Srugim.

Pointing out that the law already provides for government to be able to issue permits for Shabbat work that relates to security, crucial economic concerns or any other matter affecting the public’s welfare, including hospitals, the power and the water utilities, Amsalem suggested that the clash over the railroad works over the past two Shabbat days was mostly about politics.

“In the end, those who cry out for the alleged honor of Shabbat ends up causing a much bigger, mass desecration. We strive to reach as broad an agreement as possible on the value of Shabbat, of its image and its respect by the public. Our role as rabbis is to take care of Shabbat observance, but when it is necessary we must find halakhic solutions that would facilitate a normative existence for society at large, and won’t cause hatred for Shabbat on the part of the public,” Amsalem said.

“In a Jewish State it is permissible to employ those for whom those vital works on Shabbat are permissible,” Amsalem concluded. “This way the needs of the modern state would be fulfilled while the demand of our Torah regarding Shabbat observance in public would be obeyed.”

JNi.Media

Zionist Union MK Broshi Visits Amona Community

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

By Tzvi Lev/TPS

Ofrah (TPS) – Zionist Union MK Eitan Broshi visited the hilltop community of Amona in addition to the nine houses in Ofra that are slated for destruction and voiced support for a political deal that would save the sites.

“The government is stammering and hesitating in regards to the future of settlement in Judea and Samaria,” said Broshi. “I hope that the Zionist Union will support any government decision to legalize the structures.”

Amona, which has 400 residents and was founded in 1995, is scheduled to be destroyed in December in the wake of a 2015 High Court of Justice ruling that determined that it was built on private Arab land. The residents of the community contend that since the state supported its establishment and installed electricity and water there, it is the state’s responsibility to figure out a solution for the residents to remain there.

“It is also unacceptable to raze nine houses in Ofra, and the state must do what it can to legalize them and to allow for normal life here,” he contended.

The state has been trying to find a solution to the Amona issue and is now attempting to relocate the community to an adjacent plot of land. The attorney general ruled on Monday that there are no legal impediments to the plan.

Broshi is the first member of the left-leaning Zionist Union party to visit Amona, a fact that was not lost on its residents. “Even Member of Knesset Broshi was honest enough to support our campaign despite the political gap between us. Even he understands that a community that the state established must remain in place,” said an Amona spokesperson.

Binyamin Regional Council Chairman Avi Roeh praised Broshi for his visit. “Eitan Broshi is a man who is dedicated to settling the regions of Binyamin, Judea, Samaria, and all of the Land of Israel,” he exclaimed. “I am happy that he has taken the time today to assist and support us.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

MK Hazan Underwent Emergency Surgery Saturday

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

MK Oren Hazan (Likud) was hospitalized Friday in Beilinson Medical Center, Petach Tikva, following complaints that he was feeling ill. His condition is stable. Hazan’s father told reporters that the MK arrived at the emergency room with severe pain in his stomach. He underwent tests through the night and on Saturday morning he was taken to surgery under full anesthesia.

The surgery revealed that a disconnected vein in Hazan’s body created a major blood leakage. The surgery ended around noon Saturday and Hazan was moved to the recovery room.

Hazan had been scheduled to fly Saturday night as part of a delegation of MKs to Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. The mission includes Coalition Chairman MK David Bitan (Likud), and MK Hilik Bar (Zionist Camp).

Refuah Shleimah.

David Israel

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