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July 24, 2016 / 18 Tammuz, 5776

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Netanyahu Meets Kenyan Christian Supporters of Israel, Offers Water

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday met with Christian supporters of Israel in Nairobi, Kenya. The following is an excerpt from his remarks:

“I am glad, I am glad I have the opportunity, the privilege really of coming to Africa to meet you.

We appreciate this friendship and we’re expanding it to the continent of Africa. Yesterday I had a remarkable meeting in Uganda hosted by the President of Uganda, and six other African leaders including President Kenyatta there. Seven leaders from seven African countries talking about how to expand Israel’s relationship with their countries but with all the countries of Africa.

“Israel is coming back to Africa. Africa is coming back to Israel.

“And I believe that this is important for all Africans, all Africans, Christians, Muslims, all Africans.

“We produce water. We’ve had a substantial decline in rainfall since the establishment of modern Israel. And our population has grown ten times and our GDP per capita has grown 40 times. We should have a big water problem but we don’t, we have a water surplus. We have a water surplus because we’ve developed ingenuity to overcome this.

“And we are eager to share all of this with our African friends. This is the importance of this meeting.

“I had an extraordinary meeting today and we’re still going to have an extension, this dinner tonight with President Kenyatta who is a real friend. And we intend to continue and expand this relationship here and in the other countries. But at the heart of it, the connection with the people is a very sound idea, it’s the right idea and that’s why I am expecting you in Jerusalem.”

Interestingly, at least part of Israel – Judea and Samaria — is experiencing daily water shortages, but mostly due to two of Israel’s most acute problems: a bureaucracy that failed to upgrade the supply systems, and hundreds of millions of gallons of water being stolen annually by Arabs.

JNi.Media

Netanyahu ‘Recruits’ Business for Africa at Israel-Kenya Economic Forum

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent Tuesday “recruiting” business and investors for Kenya at an economic forum held in Nairobi.

A delegation of some 80 Israeli entrepreneurs from more than 50 leading companies joined their Kenyan counterparts from more than 150 companies, mainly in agriculture, water, communications and homeland security.

The forum was aimed at increasing bilateral economic cooperation to boost Israeli exports and strengthen bilateral ties. It was hoped both sides would benefit from increased opportunities for business meetings and work contacts.

“Come closer, come and invest in Kenya,” Netanyahu cajoled from the podium. “This is an opportunity. We have strategic interest, we have national and international interests, but I wouldn’t be asking you to do this if I didn’t think that you would benefit.

“The opportunities I think are great. I think that there is an inflection point, in a certain point that an economy can take off. You can be part of that, the yeast in this cake. And I think that when you have the backing of our governments together, we can help you.”

Prudently, Netanyahu did not deny the risk involved in doing business in Africa. But he also said the investment would be worth the risk, and he said Israel — and its partner, Kenya — would do their best to help.

“We can help reduce some of the risk. We can’t eliminate it altogether. For God’s sake, you wake up in the morning, you take a risk by crossing the street. But cross the street. We’ll help you cross the street. We can do that. And you should recognize that there are opportunities both vis-à-vis the Kenyan government and vis-à-vis private companies here. And that includes security.

Security means that you could operate vis-à-vis the Kenyan government with our support, but you could operate also vis-à-vis private companies, security companies that will have that relationship with the Kenyan government and the various tasks and needs that are here.”

The prime minister also shared with his audience the steps being taken to provide support and assistance for Israeli industry in penetrating the Kenyan market.

For a start, a bilateral economic cooperation agreement was signed on Tuesday, and the two sides agreed t o open a commercial attache’s office in Nairobi in the coming year.

“The Cabinet has [also] approved a plan to assist exporters to Africa” with funds for marketing and participation in fairs, and for feasibility studies, he added. In addition, Kenya and Israel are due to sign a financial protocol that is expected to lower the risks entailed in doing business in Kenya.

A similar seminar is slated to be held in Ethiopia on Thursday. The seminars are under the aegis of the Kenyan President, Ethiopian Prime Minister and the Israeli Prime Minister.

Israeli companies held successful meetings with approximately 100 Kenyan companies and relevant government representatives, according to one member of the delegation. He added that deals between Israeli and Kenyan companies were closed Tuesday and that many others were due to be closed as a result of the day’s meeting.

Prime Minister’s Office Director General Eli Groner said there was good infrastructure for productive work between the two countries’ business sectors. “Israeli businesspeople are known for not hesitating to fly around the world for commercial opportunities,” Groner said.

“In Africa they found potential customers who are thirsty for cooperation.”

Hana Levi Julian

Entebbe: ‘Israel Was Right – And Fortunately the Mission Succeeded’

Monday, July 4th, 2016

It was the 200th birthday of the United States of America, and three C-130 Hercules military transport planes silently flew through the night to land at a darkened landing strip with enough Israeli commandos and fake official Ugandan vehicles to make it through airport security.

The Israelis ultimately rescued 102 Air France passengers and crew being held hostage by Arab and German terrorists at the old terminal in the Entebbe international airport, who were under the military protection of then-Ugandan President Idi Amin.

On Monday, 40 years later to the day, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni stood beside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the miraculous rescue. He said the Jewish State had been right to carry out the long-distance operation.

Netanyahu called the mission “a watershed moment for my people.” Operation Thunderbolt is now called Operation Yonatan in memory of his older brother who lost his life leading the mission.

The prime minister also referenced the Holocaust during his remarks, saying Jews had been murdered by the millions, stateless. “The State of Israel has changed that. Perhaps it was in Entebbe,” he said, “where this transformation was seen by the world. We were poweless no more.”

Museveni agreed, saying that for Uganda as well, the operation had marked a turning point.

“Your brother Jonathan, some Israeli hostages and some Ugandan soldiers were killed here,” he told Netanyahu in remarks at a ceremony with journalists at the airport. “Fortunately, the rescue mission succeeded.”

Netanyahu’s brother Yonatan, “Yoni” was the leader of the commando unit who raced into the terminal to rescue the passengers; he was also the sole casualty in the operation, leading the way, he was hit by terrorist gunfire in the first moments the soldiers were seen.

Benjamin Netanyahu, his younger brother, was in the same elite Sayeret Matkal unit at the time but due to the IDF rule not to allow two brothers in the same operation, he was not involved in the rescue. Instead, he learned when they returned that he had lost his brother.

Museveni told those gathered at the airport that Idi Amin’s “hobnobbing with terrorists was a crime in itself,” and called the raid “another bond” that connected “Palestine to Africa.” He slammed what he called “indiscriminate violence” and said it didn’t matter if the “cause is just.”

Prior to 1948, the Jews who came to resettle the reborn State of Israel called their endeavor the “yishuv” (settlement in Hebrew) and referred to the geographic region as “Palestine.” They called themselves “Palestinians” — just as the newspaper which today is The Jerusalem Post was at that time called “The Palestine Post.”

Hana Levi Julian

Obama’s ‘Roots’ Journey: I’m the First Kenyan-American to be President of US

Monday, July 27th, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama proudly reveled in his father’s roots on Sunday in a speech he delivered to nearly 5,000 cheering Kenyans at a Nairobi gymnasium.

“I’m the first Kenyan-American to be president of the United States. That goes without saying,” Obama declared.

The president was Introduced to the crowd by half-sister Auma Obama, who said he “continues to be very attached to us.” The Kenyan sister told her fellow Africans she could still remember picking up her young brother at Nairobi airport in a Volkswagon Beetle during his first trip to Kenya years ago. Now he returns in a presidential limo, she noted, which is known as “The Beast.”

But, she said, “He gets us. He’s one of us.” Obama’s half-brother Malik Obama, also in the audience, said simply that he was grateful that his brother “finally came to Kenya” as the powerful U.S. president.

“This is an important step in uniting everybody and showing the whole world a true sense of brotherhood,” said Malik Obama.

The president, meanwhile, stayed focused on inspiring young Kenyans to push forward – as he did – and up towards a better future.

“No country can achieve its full potential unless it draws on the talents of all its people,” Obama said.

‘When it comes to the people of Kenya, especially the youth, I believe there is no limit to what you can achieve. You can build your future right here, right now,” he said.

Obama then brought out his laundry list of what the African nation still needs to change. He began with the issue of discrimination against women, using as an example the recent debate in the United States over whether or not the Confederate flag should still be allowed to fly in the American southern states.

“Just because something is part of your past doesn’t make it right,” Obama said. “The Confederate flag … was a symbol for “those states who fought to preserve slavery and racial superiority… More and more Americans of all races are realizing now that that flag should come down.

“Just because something’s a tradition doesn’t make it right. is part of your past doesn’t make it right,” he said. “It doesn’t mean that it defines your future…. Treating women as a second-class citizen is a bad tradition. It’s holding you back,” he warned, in an oblique reference to the high incidence of domestic violence, sexual assault and female mutilation.

He then aimed at government corruption, calling it “an anchor that weighs you down.”

Obama told the story of his grandfather, who worked as a cook for the British military. “He was referred to as a “boy” even though he was a grown man,” he said, but added, “What these stories also tell us is about the arc of progress. We have to know our history so that we learn from it.”

The American president urged Kenya to continue its ongoing fight against the Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab terror organization based in Somalia.

“We will stand shoulder to shoulder with you in this fight against terrorism – for as long as it takes,” Obama said.

Ultimately, however, he reminded those gathered, “In the end, we are all a part of one tribe, the human tribe.”

Hana Levi Julian

400 Killed in Terror in 5 Days and Obama Says ‘World More Stable’

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Islamic terrorists killed 70 plus people in Kenya, 78 Christians in Pakistan, 142 people in Somalia and about 100 in Iraq the past four days, but President Barack Obama told the United Nations Tuesday, ”The world is a more stable place than it was five years ago.”

The President quickly added that, sure, there are “problems” in Kenya, Pakistan, Iraq and other countries, but so what?

“Al Qaeda does not have the capacity to carry out another 9/11,” he explained. That may or may not be true, but it reflects the egocentric attitude of the American government, which takes responsibility for safeguarding the world even though it lost its authority years ago.

Al Qaeda still is a “problem” for other governments, President Obama admitted. but there are bigger problems, such as Israel trying to exist.

President Obama outlined where the United States stands on world conflicts. Syria must not be allowed to have chemical weapons, he said, without batting an eyelash over the fiasco of his hastily climbing down the ladder of a confused foreign policy.

But more important, he said there are two great issues that can be solved to make peace for the world: Iranian’s nuclear aim and the “occupation.”

He repeated the term “occupation” several times to make it clear that the United States backs the Palestinian Authority while saying it really is just bringing Israel and the Palestinian Authority to the so-called negotiating table to thrash it out by themselves.

When he insisted that Israel’s security is dependent on the creation of a Palestinian Authority country within Israel’s current borders, President Obama did not mention that two Palestinian Authority terrorists murdered two IDF soldiers the past four days. Maybe the numbers are not high enough to be considered terror.

He obviously and sincerely believes that if Israel simply would duplicate its idiocy in 2005, when it expelled all Jewish civilians and withdrew the IDF from Gaza, the Palestinian Authority will have no reason to attack Israelis.

President Shimon Peres is almost the only person in the world still trying to figure out why Hamas attacks with missiles and rockets after the expulsion eight years ago. President Peres may soon have company because Obama assumes that PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas would never do such a thing if Israel pulls out Judea and Samaria.

Just in case Obama thought he could fool all of the people all the time, he added that the United States “is not taking sides” in Egypt, after having ushered out Mubarak, ushering in the Muslim Brotherhood and then ushering it out a year later.

It was not one of Obama’s greatest speeches. He tried to bury the Islamic terrorist attacks the past few days as footnotes so they would not get in the way of his view that the world is such a more stable place today.

For the record,  more than 130 people have been murdered in Iraq the past four days, 96 in two suicide bombings on Saturday in a Shi’ite neighborhood in Baghdad. Dozens more were killed in terrorist attacks at funerals, including 14 on Monday.

Thousands of people have  been killed in terrorist attacks the past few months, 12 years after the Bush administration declared “victory” to make Iraq safe for democracy. Speaking of democracy, the suicide bombings on Saturday came as Kurds in an autonomous northern region voted in local legislative elections.

Al Qaeda is increasing its attacks in Iraq, where Sunni rebels are terrorizing the Shi’ite government – one group of terrorists against another. Terrorists in Iraq on Tuesday launched an attack against police and military sites with car bombs, rockets and machine guns in western Iraq, killing at least nine policemen.

In Pakistan on Sunday, Islamic terrorists killed at least 78 Christians and wounded more than 100 others in a suicide attack on a church.

Meanwhile, terrorists in Nigeria dressed up as soldiers and gunned down at least 142 people on a highway and burned homes on Sunday.

The terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi is not over. After four days, Kenyan authorities continue to say they have secured the mall and there are not more hostages, but fighting continues.

Local officials told the Associated Press that the morgue is preparing for the arrival of a large number of bodies, meaning that the official death toll of 68 is likely to reach three figures.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

‘White Widow’ Terrorist May Have Been Killed in Kenya Attack

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Samantha Lewthwaite, the British-born “white widow” terrorist whose husband was a suicide bomber in the 2005  attack on London’s subway and bus system, may have been among the attackers on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall and probably was killed, A Kenyan minister suggested.

“From the information that we have, two or three Americans (were involved) and I think, so far, I have heard of one Brit… a woman … and I think she has done this many times before,”   Kenyan foreign minister Amina Mohamed told PBS.

The country’s Interior Minister had said that all of the terrorists were male, but the contradiction might be explained by the fact that some of the terrorists were thought to have dressed as women.

The London Daily Mail reported, “A senior Kenyan anti-terror officer yesterday claimed: ‘We believe she was commanding the operation but her fate is not yet known. It is understood she was a sniper also.’” Lewthwaite converted to Islam and who was married to suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay. She disappeared from Britain last year and was wanted by Kenyan authorities for suspected terrorist activities.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Kenya Declares Siege over but Terrorists Remain Alive in Mall

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Kenyan authorities declared Tuesday morning that security forces have taken complete control of the mall and that no hostages remain, but Al Shabaab terrorist spokesmen claim live hostages still are trapped by attackers.

Kenya declared that a third terrorist has been killed, but the announcement came after authorities said the siege is over. Based on the assumption that approximately 15 terrorists attacked the Westgate Mall on Saturday, there still are about a dozen remaining alive.

Explosions were heard Tuesday morning, and some reports said they were from gunfire, while Kenya maintained there were controlled explosions inside the mammoth mall.

The official death toll is 68 but is expected to rise.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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