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Stone Throwers Injure Karnei Shomron Resident

Monday, October 29th, 2012

A resident of Karnei Shomron was lightly injured Monday evening by rock throwers. The rocks were thrown as he was driving his car on Route 55 near Maaleh Shomron

The victim was treated on site by an IDF ambulance.

Rockets Hit Israel All Night Long

Monday, October 29th, 2012

We lost count as to the number of rockets and mortars that hit Southern Israel overnight (Sunday night-Monday morning).

The sirens went off at: 2:06 AM, 2:14 AM, 2:25 AM, 2:35 AM. 2:44 AM, 3:42 AM and 5:40 AM.

The Eshkol region was hit, Ashkelon beach area was hit.

At out count, we estimate at least a dozen rockets were launched from Gaza at Israel.

The IDF has not yet responded to this particular barrage, but did hit Gazan terror targets including a rocket launch site earlier in the evening in response to Saturday’s attacks from Gaza.

Secret Ballot Could Determine Likud-Beiteinu Future

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Prime Minister Netanyahu is finding out that there is significant opposition to his plans to run the Likud on a joint list together with Yisrael Beiteinu in the upcoming elections.

Following a petition signed by 400 Likud central committee members, and as per Likud rules, the Likud will now be required to hold a secret ballot among all the central committee members to see if they approve of the joint list proposition.

In surveys taken of Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu members, the majority claimed to support running as a joint list.

But opponents of the joint list are hoping that in a secret ballot, the results will go against Netanyahu. One Central Committee Member told JewishPress.com that this merger “strips internal democracy from the Likud.”

The secret ballot may be held on Monday.

Related Article: In Mixed Reactions, Some Call Likud-Beitenu Move Brilliant, Some Warn of Losses

In Mixed Reactions, Some Call Likud-Beitenu Move Brilliant, Some Warn of Losses

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

On Saturday, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon (Yisrael Beitenu) said at an interview show that the union between Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu had come as no surprise to him, as it was clear that after the election the two parties would seek to establish a nationalist government together. “The leaders of the two parties, Avigdor Liberman and Benjamin Netanyahu, have done well to join together before the election,” said Ayalon, adding that the move has clarified for the voters what is at stake: choosing between a large, experienced and cohesive block, representing the will of the Zionist majority—those who work, serve, and shoulder responsibilities—and splinter parties, some of them fashionable, with no experience or a proven leadership ability.”

But over at the Likud, many appear unimpressed by their party leader’s bold move, which is expected to be voted on at the Likud conference on Monday. Several Likud ministers are weighing a vote against the union. Minister of Improvement of Government Services Michael Eitan has so far been the most vociferous against the move, saying he fears that Likud would suffer from this rightward turn.

“This is battle over the home of old and new Likudniks, who see the Likud as offering the right balance, who evaluate the Likud’s ability to compete, and who fear that this move will alter the Likud’s image and reduce its power,” Eitan told the Army Radio.

According to the Army Radio, Netanyahu has been abandoned by his Likud ministers, who aren’t lending a hand to his effort to promote a Yes vote on Monday. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman—decidedly not a Likudnik—has rolled up his sleeves, and together with Netanyahu and his staff has been making phone calls to Likud Center members, soliciting their support for the new union.

“I received phone calls from all my friends inside the Likud,” said Liberman, “the trend is clear – 90% of the people who are really Likud members support this move.”

Many Likud local branch officials across Israel are opposing the move to unite with Liberman, saying: “Netanyahu has sold out the Likud to Liberman to take care of himself,” Maariv reported Sunday. Likewise, there’s resistance to the move from MKs with power bases in the various party sectors, who might find themselves being pushed out of realistic slots on the new list. As it happens, most of these local leaders are Sephardim, which increases tensions even more.

Recently, Minister of Communications, Welfare and Social Services Moshe Kahlon, a Sephardi who gained great national popularity by forcing cellphone providers to compete with new challengers, a move that resulted in a drastic reduction in rates, announced he would not be running for the 19th Knesset – presumably because he couldn’t count on a realistic spot on the list. Now, according to Maariv, the name Moshe Kahlon is coming up in every conversation with Likud officials in the local branches. “You throw Kachlon out and you put a Russian on the list in his place, why?” asked one senior party official.

On the left wing of the Likud party, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy Dan Meridor is considering retirement from the ranks of Likud, according to Israel’s Channel 2 News. The centrist (some say left-of-center) Meridor sees a vast ideological gap between himself and Liberman. The relationship between the two men has been strained for more than two decades.

But Republican pollster and political adviser Arthur Finkelstein, who counseled Netanyahu and Liberman on the new union, says the combined list should bring in around 45 seats, compared with the 42 seats both parties hold today.

Jimmy Carter: Palestinian State “Unviable”

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

According to YNet, former US President Jimmy Carter, in a visit to Jerusalem on Monday said that the prospects for peace are “vanishing” and that a Palestinian state has become “unviable”.

Carter was upset that east Jerusalem has become more isolated from the “West Bank”.

Carter blamed Netanyahu for not doing enough, and of course his favorite target, the Settlements.

V’ten Tal Umatar Livracha Starting Tonight in Israel

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

As of tonight, which is Monday according to the secular calendar but already Tuesday (Yom Shlishi, the 7th of Cheshvan) in the Jewish calendar, Jews in Israel will start inserting the formal request for rain in the 9th blessing of the thrice-daily Amidah prayer. Thus will officially begin the rainy season in Israel, which will go on until the first day of Passover.

Even though Jews everywhere pray for rain on Shmini Atzeret (Tishrei 22), we don’t ask that it begin right away.

In Israel, this request is inserted on the 7th of Cheshvan, based on the view of Rabban Gamliel, who says prayer for rain should be suspended until fifteen days after the festival of Sukkot, so that the last Jewish pilgrims returning home to Babylon from Jerusalem will reach the River Euphrates and not be delayed by the rain and the muddy roads.

In the Diaspora, we wait until December 4th to start asking for rain, based the opinion of Chananiah who says that in the Diaspora we do not begin to pray for rain until the sixtieth day after the fall holidays.

Lawyers Deny Rumor that Controversial Pathologist Yehuda Hiss Was Fired

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Attorneys for Pathologist Yehuda Hiss, considered the man who knows “where all the bodies are buried” (including the questionable circumstances of the assassination of a prime minister some seventeen years ago) are saying the rumors about his being fired by Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman s on Monday are premature.

Hiss has been a controversial figure for years, and his Abu Kabir forensic lab has been involved in a number of strange controversies and scandals revolving around the collection of bodies organs as well reports of missing body parts and other organs from dead bodies that passed through his lab.

Families have complained for years that the bodies of dead family members they received back were missing organs, and the bodies were stuffed with other materials to hide the missing parts.

Initially the Health Ministry wanted to try to reunite the found body parts and bury them with their original bodies, but the job of identifying each unlabeled organ and sample to their their original owner has proven to difficult to do.

Hundreds of people have contacted the Health Ministry to try to reclaim body parts over the past few months since the initiative “Final Resting Place” was launched, where the Health Ministry tries to link as many parts to their owners as they can so they can get a proper burial.

But due to the difficulty in identifying all the parts to their original bodies, the Health Ministry created a mass grave for many of the 8288 body parts, many of them not documented, that Hiss and his lab had collected over the years.

Some are upset their family member’s body parts went into a mass grave.

Others have wondered why it took so long for Hiss to be fired, and that is a whole other story.

Efrat Residents Block Bethlehem Access Road

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Residents of Efrat blocked a main access road from Bethlehem on Monday night.

The spontaneous protest came in response to an attack on an Efrat driver on that same road, which also leads to the northern entrance of Efrat.

The driver, a woman, was in shock after a massive rock was thrown at her car by Arabs in an oncoming car. The rock broke her windshield. Other than the shock, she was uninjured.

 

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