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Cabinet Appoints Scourge of Settlers as Deputy Attorney General

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

JERUSALEM, Israel, Sept. 9th–Israel’s cabinet approved today the appointment of Shai Nitzan to the position of Deputy Attorney General for Special Assignments.

Nationalist activists and politicians say that as Deputy State Prosecutor for eight years Nitzan had a left-wing, anti-settlement, anti-nationalist agenda.

Speaking with reporters after the decision, Minister of Science Hershkowitz (Jewish Home) criticized the appointment, saying that trust has to be restored to the legal system and “this appointment does not restore trust.”

Minister of Culture and Sport Limor Livnat (Likud), however said that Minister of Justice Ya’akov Ne’eman told the cabinet that Nitzan would not deal with settlement-related matters.

Such issues, which were under the jurisdiction of Mike Blass who is retiring, would now fall under the jurisdiction of Dina Zilber, whose appointment as Blass’s replacement was approved in the same meeting.

Arabs Poison Jewish Family in “Nationalist” Attack

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

After months of the story being censored, Israel Army Radio announced that  the police have solved what they are calling a very serious “criminal/nationalist” crime.

The Lerner family returned to their home in Raanana and discovered their home was robbed. The family called the police, and while the police were there, the father, Eyal Lerner began to become very sick. Very quickly, other family members became sick too, as well as one of the volunteer policemen that was on the scene, for a total of 4 sick people.

Eyal Lerner was in a coma for 24 hours and in the hospital for at least a week.

The police announced today that the robbers not only robbed the house, but as part of a nationalist attack also poisoned the drinks and food in the house in the hope of killing the Jewish family. The police are not releasing the name of the poison at this point, but they brought the poison with them specifically for that purpose.

The investigation led the police to find the two, or possible three, suspected terrorists.  Two are Israeli Arabs, and the third suspect, Atman Nasrallah, who supplied the poison, is from the territories.

One of the Israeli Arabs, Hassab Addel Rachim, had been hired by Lerner as a contractor to do some construction work on Lerner’s new apartment. Lerner says there were no financial or other disputes between the two beforehand.

 

Police: Arab Attack on IDF Soldiers – Case of Mistaken Identity

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

There has been a dramatic development in the investigation of the violent assault on two soldiers on Shabbat in Haifa. Channel 2 News reports that Police believe the attack was not carried out for nationalist reasons – as they had originally assumed – but resulted instead from mistaken identity.

Two youths were arrested overnight, and another four have been behind bars since yesterday. In interrogating the six suspects, police found that minutes before the violent attack, rocks had been thrown at the homes of the assailants, near Rambam Hospital in Haifa, and they went out into the street to take revenge. The two soldiers just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Still, the account of the attack that was given by the two victims, both IDF soldiers in civilian clothing, was rife with descriptions of anti-Semitic slurs. Thus, whether those Arab assailants were out for Jewish blood or were merely looking to murder whomever dared throw rocks at their homes, the outcome is still extremely worrisome.

National Union Chairman MK Jacob “Ketzale” Katz this morning referred to the Haifa incident with strong language . “The Likud government headed by Netanyahu and Barak  failed,” he told Arutz 7. “If after 62 years of independence, anti-Semitic lynching takes place in downtown Haifa, it is clear to all that the Jewish people’s ability to deter such attacks has collapsed.”

The Tyranny Of The Minority

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

“This is not the good old Likud that we know,” sighed the party’s veteran princes. “Where is Begin’s liberalism?” cried the journalists. “Where is the Jabotinsky splendor?” “We must guard against the tyranny of the majority.” “Democracy is in danger!” “A murky wave threatens Israel’s democracy!” “A dark Feiglinite dictatorship.”

If you listen to the cries of despair over some of the latest legislative proposals (an increase in the fine for slander and required hearings for Supreme Court candidates) emanating from Israel’s media, you may mistakenly think that Israel has suffered a military putsch. Perhaps Augusto Pinochet has returned from the dead and taken over the Knesset? But in truth, the new legislation is not a threat to democracy, but rather a brave attempt to save it.

Yitzhak Rabin’s leftist government rammed the Oslo Accords through the Knesset with a miniscule majority. (That majority was obtained by simply promising ex-MK Alex Goldfarb a new Mitsubishi and the deal was done.) The Oslo Accords destroyed thousands of lives and threw the State of Israel into a suicidal process from which it has yet to recover. Nobody in the media talked then about the tyranny of the majority. On the contrary, instead of fulfilling their intended role as the watchdog of democracy, the media turned themselves into democracy’s attack dog.

Ariel Sharon garnered the majority that he needed to expel the 10,000 residents of Gush Katif by firing the government ministers who opposed the expulsion. He received the Supreme Court’s endorsement of his “democratic” majority and the media declaratively treated Sharon with kid gloves. All of his misdeeds were put on hold as long as he was carrying out the much-anticipated expulsion and destruction. We all know the price: missiles fired from the ruins of Gush Katif straight into Beersheba.

Nobody then deplored the tyranny of the fictitious majority. The Likud’s Dan Meridor (now a government minister) even came to Kedumim and, to my astonishment, explained to the people there that the expulsion was an expression of democracy and that they must cooperate with it.

Is there anything worse than the tyranny of the majority? I can think of at least one thing: the tyranny of the minority.

The princes are right. This is not the good old Likud. It is much better. It is a Likud that is finally beginning to express the Jabotinsky spirit of liberty. It is a Likud that dares to rule simply because it sees as its mandate the implementation of nationalist policies, not leftist policies.

It is no coincidence that most of the legislative proposals by the new, excellent Likud MKs are aimed at the courts and the media – two entities not elected by the public. Both express a blatantly anti-nationalist agenda and represent the opinion of the minority in Israel. These bodies are accustomed to controlling Israeli society, fashioning the public agenda as per the worldview of the shrinking minority, and keeping Israel’s elected officials on a tightrope.

This small clique has engineered the Israeli public space so that when the voter votes left, he gets left – and when he votes right, he also gets left. This tyranny, this inability of the Jewish/nationalist/rightist/traditional majority to express itself through democratic elections is poised to be rectified by the extremely democratic new legislative proposals. That is the source of the left’s heartrending cries. Those who have gotten used to ruling without elections have suddenly realized that the party is just about over, and they are firing all their cannons.

If passed, The Silencing Law will prevent slander against innocent people. A newspaper has money and high-powered lawyers, and can write whatever it wants about an individual. Most people cannot prove that the slander harmed them, and who can fight a long court battle against the all-powerful media? The apology, if it comes, is written in two tiny rows somewhere in the back of the paper, a pitiful contra to the original screaming headlines and huge pictures on the front page.

The so-called watchdogs are not guarding democracy. They are guarding themselves, making sure that you will not hear what they do not want you to hear and ensuring that you will not think for yourself. How Orwellian the name The Silencing Law for the proposed legislation meant to protect the citizens from slander. It explicitly states that if the report is true, the media source is not liable for damages. But the media want the right to slander, not the right to expose the truth.

I salute the new generation of Likud MKs, who are the party’s real princes. In their merit, Jabotinsky can start to smile. They shouldn’t give up. Through their efforts, Israel may yet enjoy real democracy.

Jerusalem Mosque Arson Condemned by Israeli Leaders

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

An abandoned mosque in Jerusalem was vandalized and set on fire in the early hours of Wednesday.

 

The fire was extinguished by Jerusalem Fire and Rescue Services firefighters.  The building sustained light damage.  On the outside of the structure were scrawled “Marked for destruction”, “Mohammed is a pig”, “A good Arab is a dead Arab”, “Ramat Gilad” and “price tag”, a phrase which has come to be associated with nationalist retribution for Arab terror acts and government-ordered expulsions or building razings in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

 

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat condemned the vandalism, asserting his interest in Jewish-Arab co-existence in Israel’s capital.

 

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Kadima) called the arson a “hate crime”, and accused Judea and Samaria youth of carrying out the attack.  According to a statement by Livni, the perpetrators are trying to “forcefully turn Israel into a different state – a state in their extreme, nationalist and violent image.”

 

In addition to the mosque attack, two Arab vehicles were torched overnight Wednesday – one near Hebron in Kfar Yasuf and one in Kfar Hars near Kalkilya.

 

Though no arrests of residents or supporters of Judea and Samaria have been reported, police and Shin Bet security services will be increasing surveillance on nationalist activists and leaders in response to the incidents.  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened a meeting of IDF, police, and Shin Bet officials following an infiltration by 50 Judea and Samaria youth into an IDF base, where they reportedly threw stones and defaced the base.

Supreme Court Pres. To Scuttle Appointee Deal

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Israeli Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch will allegedly renege on an agreement she made with members of the panel of nominating judges, and support Sephardic former-Attorney General Menachem Mazuz to the court, rather than nationalist-leaning Jerusalem District Judge Noam Solberg.

Discussion of the upcoming appointment of a new justice has often centered around the political and ideological propensities of the candidates.  While the High Court is considered secular and liberal, the country’s citizens have been voting more nationalist and religious.

Beinisch has been criticized as a highly-politicized left-leaning judge.  Solberg, who has been favored as a potential shift away from anti-nationalism, is religious, and resides in the Gush Etzion community of Alon Shvut.  He had been nominated to take over for Mazuz has Attorney General in 2009, but was ultimately turned down.

Under the original deal, Jerusalem District Court Judge Tzvi Sylbertal, who is close to Beinisch, would be appointed to the court along with Solberg, and Tel Aviv District Court President Dvora Berliner would be appointed to the High Court of Justice.

Now, it appears Beinisch will stymie the deal, and delay the process by seeking to introduce new candidates, particularly Sephardic ones in light of the retirement of Judge Edmond Levy, the Court’s one Sephardic judge.  Beinisch is retiring in February, which makes this her last opportunity to influence the outcome of a new Supreme Court appointment.  Analysts suggest that Mazuz will be a difficult candidate to disregard – regardless of whether he is qualified – because he fulfills the implicit need to include a Sephardic Jew on the Court roster.

The law regarding selecting Supreme Court judges requires a 30-day waiting period after the submission of a candidate, to allow the public to voice objections.

Israel’s Election

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Israel is now entering a complex twilight zone. On the one hand, it is quite clear to all that the war that Benjamin Netanyahu waged against me caused the Likud to lose mandates. Conversely, no one but us dares to admit that the Likud suffered a defeat – and thus needs to implement the measures required to be taken. Everyone is dusting off their government suits and comforting themselves with the victory of the “right-wing bloc.”

 

Within a short time, lack of stability and the inability to implement policy will lead to new elections for the head of Likud. We must prepare ourselves for this upcoming battle for leadership of the Likud and of the State of Israel. The past two months have proven to all Likud members that a faith-based candidate does not repel voters. On the contrary – the Likud cannot win without him.

 

The battle for both the Likud leadership and our country begins today from a position totally different from our position two months ago. There is no doubt that forces larger and stronger than us will unite to attempt to defeat us. But reality will point time and again to the faith-based alternative. Reality will prove that only a faith-based leader can lead the Likud and the entire national camp to a decisive victory, and save Israel from the paralysis and self-destruction that Godless leadership has inflicted upon it.

 

If we analyze the polls taken from late November through the final results of the February 10 election, it is easy to see what led to the Likud’s slow but steady decline over the course of the election campaign.

 

In early November, Likud was almost 15 mandates ahead of Kadima. Over the next month, it continued its rise in the polls – until it was polling at 36 seats. In early December, when Netanyahu started his public campaign to demonize me, Likud dropped to 34 seats. After Likud’s December 8 internal election to determine its Knesset list put me in the 20th position (which meant that I would certainly be in the next Knesset), various polls showed Likud gaining as many as 38-40 seats. But only two days later, Netanyahu used dubious means to push me down to the 36th spot. After this maneuver, Likud’s polling numbers steadily declined; in the general election, Likud received only 27 seats.

 

What can we learn from these results?

 

First, we must notice the symmetry between Likud’s decline and the rise of Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party, and later of the National Union party.

 

Likud began to decline when it lost its rightist/nationalist hue as a result of Netanyahu’s battle against me. Nationalist voters were so discouraged by his actions that many flocked to Yisrael Beiteinu, mistaking Lieberman for a Land of Israel loyalist. Still others switched to the National Union party, a party of authentic Land of Israel loyalists. The discouraged nationalist voters chose these other parties even though having me (and other Manhigut Yehudit candidates) in the Knesset inside Likud would be the best chance we have to keep some semblance of control over Netanyahu. As we all recall, the only real fight against Ariel Sharon’s Disengagement (read “Expulsion”) from Gaza and Northern Shomron came from rebels inside his own Likud party.

 

From the beginning of December until the general election, Yisrael Beiteinu and the National Union, in aggregate, gained 11 mandates at the Likud’s expense. Likud could have – and should have – won at least 38 mandates in these elections.

 

Netanyahu talks a good game to the nationalist camp. In his “victory” speech he continually evoked God, and he even used Manhigut Yehudit’s own theme song during his rally. However, his statements (and actions) during the campaign demonstrated his desire to win by just a slim margin (which would leave him unable to govern effectively). He even preferred to lose the election – rather than be “weighed down” by such Manhigut Yehudit ideals as keeping the Land of Israel whole and injecting Jewish values into the running of the State of Israel. Unfortunately, Benjamin Netanyahu prefers to be free to continue the suicidal “peace” process.

 

The Jewish leadership alternative is not a luxury. It is a prerequisite for saving Israel.

 

For those of you who live in Israel, it is important to vote Likud and register for the  Likud. And no matter where you live, it is of utmost importance to pray for Israel and for the fulfillment of our Jewish destiny.

 

Join Manhigut Yehudit as we celebrate our Seventh Annual Dinner on Wednesday, March 11 at The Sands in Atlantic Beach, New York. Reservations are required. For information, visit www.jewishisrael.org or call 516-295-3222.

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