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February 9, 2016 / 30 Shevat, 5776

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In Wake of Arab Terror Spree, UN Chief Castigates…Israel but Israel Responds

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Ban Ki-Moon had it right when he began his remarks to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, Jan. 26. In the first session of 2016, Ban said that this new year started the same way that 2015 ended, with “unacceptable violence.”

We’re with you there.

But despite emitting a one sentence acknowledgement of reality – “Stabbings, vehicle attacks, and shootings by Palestinians targeting Israeli civilians – all of which I condemn —  and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, have continued to claim lives,” Moon then proceeded to justify Palestinian Arab terrorism.

It’s the same old tired trope: the “Occupation” leads to “frustration,” the sense of “alienation and despair,” a “potent incubator of hate and extremism,” a “chipping away” at the “ability of Palestinian people to live in dignity.”

So what does Ban suggest to end the terrorism? He called for the “strengthen[ing] of Palestinian institutions, security and economic prospects,” [please note, the Palestinian Arabs are among the world’s largest per capita recipients of international foreign aid] hand over more control of Area C (the sector of the disputed territories where the greatest number of Jews live!) to the Palestinian Arabs; and a “freeze of Israel’s settlement enterprise.” Oh, and everyone should please fulfill their pledges to help rebuild Gaza and Palestinian Arab groups please stop fighting with each other and concentrate instead on Israel.

Just in case you might be wondering where Ban’s sympathies lie, he lays it out clearly. The building of homes for Jews anywhere in the disputed territories, he said, “are an affront to the Palestinian people and to the international community. They rightly raise fundamental questions about Israel’s commitment to a two-state solution.”

Got it.

Ban went so far as to suggest that Israelis should ignore the ruling by its own Supreme Court – not a hawkish institution by anyone’s (rational) imagination – that land south of Gush Etzion could be used by Jews.

That’s right, the Secretary General of the U.N. told a sovereign people to ignore the ruling of their own Supreme Court. That is unprecedented and unconscionable.

The whole issue is the creation of a Palestinian State. It is not a peace process, it is simply a Palestinian State creation process, and the security of Israel? Yes, of course, if that happens. But make no mistakes about what is the priority.

To be fair, the U.N. Secretary General also chided the Palestinian Arabs. There was one sentence, 21 paragraphs along, in which he “condemned the firing of rockets into Israel from Gaza.” But the remainder of his focus on Gaza was about reconciliation, about encouraging Arab factions in Gaza to work out issues amongst themselves. The better to eat you with, my dear. No, he actually didn’t say that. What he said was that will enable the Palestinian Arabs to work together in a more unified fashion in order to achieve a Palestinian State.

Finally, in paragraph 31, Ban slips in along with his beseeching of all parties to please, oh please quickly create a Palestinian State, a wag of a finger at the Palestinian Arabs. No, not for terrorist acts, but just to remind them that “incitement has no place,” and that “questioning the right of Israel to exist cannot be tolerated.”

In other words, all the evil terrorist acts of the Palestinian Arabs can be understood as the result of the occupation, but stop saying Israel has no right to exist and stop saying (at least in public) that killing Israelis is your right.

NETANYAHU RESPONDS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response was swift and unequivocal, rejecting Ban’s statement and its premise. Rather than seeking to justify the terrorism of the Palestinian Arabs, the U.N., including its titular head, must recognize that “Palestinian murderers do not want to build a state – they want to destroy a state and they say this openly. They want to murder Jews simply because they are Jews and they say this openly. They do not murder for peace and they do not murder for human rights.”

Netanyahu Thanks Obama for Visit to Israeli Embassy ‘After so Many Years’

Monday, January 25th, 2016

At the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Jan. 24, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered several pointed remarks.

Netanyahu thanked U.S. President Barack Obama “for deciding to attend the International Holocaust Remembrance Day event at the Israeli embassy. The US President has not been at the Israeli embassy for many years.” The day of remembrance this year will be observed on Jan. 27.

Although Netanyahu claimed that Obama’s decision to attend the event was evidence of the strong relationship between the two countries, his verbiage suggested otherwise.

Netanyahu claimed the relationship between the two nations is “very strong and steadfast.”

He went on to stay that “what has collapsed is the talk about a collapse and what is becoming increasingly clear is that this special relationship finds expression in very many areas.”

One example of such expression being found is the package of security assistance for Israel from the U.S., the terms of which Netanyahu hopes will be finalized in the coming months.

Discussion about that package officially began in earnest between the two parties once the U.S.-led negotiations concluded over the Nuclear Iran Deal. The U.S. sought to assure Israel that it “has Israel’s back” despite the deal, by providing what it claims is adequate protection from Iran’s war-mongering.

The Israeli government initially refused to engage in discussions about the memorandum regarding U.S. military assistance to Israel, in order to make clear it was not acquiescing in the American rationale for the deal with Iran, which Netanyahu lobbied against relentlessly, claiming it would pose an existential risk to the Jewish State.

Once the deal releasing Iran from sanctions was concluded, the Israeli prime minister came back to the table for the military assistance package which is expected to exceed $3.1 billion per year, and may reach $5 billion per year. The new ten year deal follows an earlier one which is set to expire in 2017.

Netanyahu concluded his public statements before the cabinet meeting by mentioning talks he had at the World Economic Forum at Davos with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry. Following their talk, Biden “reaffirmed the unshakable U.S. commitment to Israel’s security.”

Netanyahu said, “Everyone understands that in the end, in the whirlpool in the Middle East, with the rise of radical Islamic forces, Israel is the U.S.’s strongest, and most loyal and stable, ally in the region. This also finds expression in the shared values and common interests that we are advancing.”

PM Netanyahu Speaks to the Foreign Press

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

PM Netanyahu spoke with the foreign media last week.

His opening jokes didn’t garner any laughs, but overall the speech was very interesting.

He’s clearly comfortable on the stage proudly talking about how Israel can help the rest of the world.

His Q&A afterwards is well worth listening to.

Prime Minister Netanyahu: “We Will Not Allow Iran To Have Nuclear Weapons”

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – After the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stated on Saturday that Iran has made all the necessary steps to fully implement the international nuclear agreement with the P5 +1 countries, both the US and EU removed previously imposed sanctions on Iran.

During a meeting with his cabinet earlier this morning, Prime Minister Netanyahu made it clear that Israel would still continue to closely monitor Iran’s activities.

“Pursuant to the nuclear agreement with Iran, Israel will continue to monitor all international violations by Iran including the nuclear deal, the agreement on ballistic missiles and terrorism,” said Israel’s Prime Minister.

“Israel’s policy was and continues to remain exactly as it was, not to allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons,” added Netanyahu.

The Israeli prime minister also spoke of the need for the international community to reenact sanctions against Iran in light of any action by Iran that violates the international agreement on its nuclear enrichment program.

“The international community must impose severe, hard sanctions for each violation,” stressed Israel’s Prime Minister. “If it had not been for our efforts to move ahead with the sanctions and to stop Iran’s nuclear program, then Iran would have already had nuclear weapons.”

A “snapback” provision in the Iran nuclear agreement allows for the P5+1 countries to automatically re-impose sanctions on Iran in response to any Iranian violation of the nuclear agreement. However, critics doubt the usefulness of such a provision, arguing that the “snapback” process is both convoluted and vague.

Netanyahu also addressed terror threats emanating from Iran’s continued aggression in the region.

“What is clear is that Iran will now have more means to turn to its terrorist activity and aggression in the region and the world, and Israel is prepared to handle any threat,” Netanyahu stated.

Netanyahu Finally Lends Support to Shaked’s Transparency Bill

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday endorsed for the first time Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked’s NGO transparency bill. Speaking at a reception for the foreign press, Netanyahu accused the bill’s opponents of hypocrisy. He cited a law that was passed in the US Congress in 2015, which directs foreign-funded NGOs appearing before Congress to disclose their source of funding in writing prior to the hearing. Netanyahu noted that while the Israeli bill only asks for disclosure if the foreign funding exceeds 50% of the NGO’s budget, the US version starts at one dollar.

“I fail to understand how more transparency is undemocratic,” Netanyahu said. “It’s the most elementary requirement in any democracy… Transparency is at the heart of democracy. When you hear of the illegitimate use of NGOs in Israel, transparency is the minimum we ask for. It’s highly justified, it’s common sense.”

On Sunday, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro met with Justice Minister Shaked to express the Administration’s concern about the transparency bill, suggesting it would have a chilling effect on NGOs. Shaked has received similar messages from the Ambassadors of Germany, the UK, France, the Netherlands, and the EU.

Opposition Chairman Isaac Herzog Blasts Netanyahu For Ongoing Wave of Terror

Monday, January 4th, 2016

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

Opposition Chairman Isaac Herzog lashed out at Prime Minister Netanyahu for the incessant knife, vehicular, and shooting attacks being perpetrated throughout Israel. Herzog told listeners at a Zionist Union meeting on Monday, December 4 that rather than addressing terror, Netanyahu “has been inciting against Israeli citizens. This is an unprecedented low moral standard.”

While discussing the shooting attack that was committed on Dizengoff Street on New Year’s Day, Herzog described the current wave of terrorism as a third Intifada if a different kind to those thus far experienced. He also added that the Dizengoff massacre was the first kind of attack characterized by tactics resembling those of ISIS and an attack that “demands a new strategy.”

Herzog lambasted Netanyahu claiming that he had effectively forfeited the title of prime minister by failing to respond appropriately and by attributing blame to Israeli citizens.

“Two Jewish civilians were murdered on Friday along with an Israeli Arab from Lod, and what does the prime minister do? He incites against and blames the Arab-Israeli population,” Herzog said.

Herzog said that a real prime minister would not seek to blame others for the barrage of terror attacks in recent months. Rather, “he would take responsibility for what has been occurring in Israel for more than 100 days and he would stop blaming Israeli civilians for his failure. This is not a car accident, it is not a disease, there are no excuses. This is a wave that will not stop,” Herzog warned.

Tzipi Livni, who ran with Herzog on a joint ticket during the last elections, echoed Herzog’s vitriol against the prime minister. “The lack of security for the individual Israeli citizen has reached its highest level. There is chaos and a loss of control everywhere, and the only news that the government provides to civilians is to ‘get used to it’. It is treated as a car accident. The government has simply thrown up its hands in despair and has been seeking to absolve itself of responsibility,” Livni said.

Livni asked rhetorically: “What is a mother supposed to think when she sends her child to school in the morning? Should she take comfort in the fact that the government is telling her that there is a high chance that her child may be run over on the way?”

Following Terror Attack, PM Netanyahu Demands Israeli-Arabs Show Loyalty to Israel [video]

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening, visited the murder scene on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv where he was briefed on the progress of the investigation by – inter alia – Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Israel Police Inspector General Roni Alsheich. The Prime Minister lit a memorial candle and spoke with one of the pub’s owners.

Prime Minister Netanyahu:

“Yesterday there was a heinous and unbelievably vicious murder here. Young people, whose entire lives were ahead of them, the ages of my own children, were innocently sitting celebrating a birthday and were murdered in cold blood. I would like to send heartfelt condolences to the families of those who were murdered and wishes for a complete and quick recovery to the wounded. We are praying for their well-being.

The Israel Police and ISA are working around the clock to apprehend the murderer. I just received a comprehensive briefing on their operations. They, the security forces of the State of Israel, are working to the best of their abilities. The photograph of the murderer has been published; additional photographs of him will also be published. We have reinforced our units in all relevant areas. I request that the public be on maximum alert.

I appreciate the condemnations of the crime that have been made by the Arab public. I must say that I expect all Arab MKs, all of them without exception, to clearly condemn the murder without hesitation. Murder is murder, and must be condemned and acted against from whatever quarter.

Among Israel’s Muslim citizens there are many elements that have come out against the violence and wish for full law enforcement in their communities. However, we all know that there is wild radical Islamic incitement against the State of Israel in the Arab sector. There is incitement in mosques, in the educational system and in social media. We are taking strong action against this incitement just as we did when we outlawed the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement and the Mourabitoun. I am not prepared to accept two States of Israel, a state of law for most of its citizens and a state within a state for some of them, in enclaves in which there is no law enforcement and in which there is Islamist incitement, rampant crime and illegal weapons that are frequently fired at events such as weddings. This era has ended.

I have formulated a plan, along with the Public Security Minister and the Israel Police Inspector General, a plan with a lot of money and resources. We will dramatically increase law enforcement services in the Arab sector. Israel will enforce the law and its sovereignty in all parts of the country – in the Galilee, the Negev and the Triangle, everywhere. We will build new police stations, recruit more police and go into all communities and demand from all of them loyalty to the laws of the state. One cannot say ‘I am an Israeli in rights and a Palestinian in obligations.’ Whoever wants to be Israeli should be an Israeli all the way, both in rights and in obligations, and the first and highest obligation is to obey the laws of the state.

I view positively the increasing involvement in the IDF, in civilian service and in the overall life of the state, of the Christian, Druze and northern Bedouin communities, and within the Muslim community as well. I call on all citizens of Israel, especially its Muslim citizens, to take the path of integration, coexistence and peace and not the path of incitement, hatred and fanaticism. We are all citizens of the state and are all bound to maintain it and uphold its laws.

The Prime Minister’s speech begins at 0:30.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/pm-netanyahu-demand-israeli-arabs-begin-showing-loyalty-to-israel-video/2016/01/03/

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