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How to Stop the Arab Violence on the Temple Mount

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Prime Minister Netanyahu is overthinking the problem.

There is ongoing Arab violence on the Temple Mount.

– The Arabs are harassing visitors to the Temple Mount.
– The Arabs are attacking visitors to the Temple Mount.
– The Arabs are attacking police on the Temple Mount.
– The Arabs are rioting on the Temple Mount.
– The Arabs are preparing bombs on the Temple Mount.

I’m not sure what other options Netanyahu is considering, since there’s really only one solution that’s guaranteed to work.

No Arabs, no violence.

The logic is simple…

Arabs are no longer welcome or allowed onto the Temple Mount. Period.

The Israeli police have no problem preventing Jews from going up. It’s time they now are forced to address the real source of the problem.

The results will be…

– No Arabs on the Temple Mount, no one on the Temple Mount gets harassed.
– No Arabs on the Temple Mount, no one on the Temple Mount gets attacked.
– No Arabs on the Temple Mount, no riots on the Temple Mount.
– No Arabs on the Temple Mount, no bombs on the Temple Mount.

Is Bibi afraid the Arabs in the Old City will get violent in response?

Well then Netanyahu is overthinking the problem, since there’s really only one solution that’s guaranteed to work…

Israel Remains Committed to Fighting the Evil Behind the Attacks on 9/11

Friday, September 11th, 2015

On Friday, Sept. 11, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following statement, commemorating the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001.

The Government and people of Israel stand with the United States of America in marking 14 years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. As we remember those who perished, we remain committed to fighting the forces of militant Islam that have caused so much death and destruction both before and since that terrible day. Our commitment is matched only by our conviction that we will prevail.

Israel was the first country in the world, outside of the United States, to create a memorial to the victims of September 11, 2001.

The memorial is located in Jerusalem’s Arazim Park, on a hill overlooking the entrance to Jerusalem.

The 30 foot high memorial is in the form of a huge American flag, billowing in the wind. At its base, the flag becomes a memorial flame, resting on a base of gray granite.  It is made of metal from the site of the World Trade Towers collapse, and was designed by Israeli artist Eliezer Weishoff. The low circular wall surrounding the statue lists the names of all the victims.

Israel's memorial to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Israel’s memorial to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The Israeli 9/11 memorial was dedicated on November 12, 2009. It was provided by the Jewish National Fund.

Netanyahu Views Original Balfour Declaration

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara visited the British Library in London Thursday night and viewed the original Balfour Declaration, in which UK Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour declared that Britain would support the establishment of a national home for the Jewish People in the Land of Israel.

They also saw a book edited by the Prime Minister’s father, the late Prof. Ben-Zion Netanyahu, who in 1937 edited a volume.

The Prime Minister said that Herzl was a visionary and great leader and noted the link between him and the Balfour Declaration.

The Netanyahus also viewed a Passover Haggadah, Bible, an edition of the Talmudic Tractate Bava Kama and other volumes.

Netanyahu Expresses Condolences on Death of Arab Woman in Duma

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his condolences to the Dawabsha family on Monday following the death of Rihad Dawabsha, who was critically wounded in the Palestinian Authority village six weeks ago.

The Prime Minister called the firebombing attack on the Dawabsha home an “act of terrorism” and added, ” The security forces are doing their utmost to apprehend the assailants and bring them to justice.”

Virtually all international and Israeli media have assumed that Jews were responsible for the attack, but no suspects have been arrested. Several have been detained and released after it turned out there was no basis for suspicions.

The possibility that Arabs were behind the attack sounds like wishful thinking but cannot be ruled out, particularly since the attack took place in the middle of Duma and not at the outskirts, where it would have been easier for Jews to throw a firebomb and flee.

The Hebrew word for “revenge” was scrawled on a wall at the family home, leading to the assumption that Jews were responsible for the crime. However, it has been reported that the Dawabsha family has been involved in a violent feud with another family in the village.

Cardin to Introduce New Legislation to Strengthen Insupportable Iran Deal

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), the ranking Democrat on the all-important Senate Foreign Relations Committee waited until the 13th hour, but on Friday, Sept. 4 he announced his opposition to the Nuclear Iran Deal in an op-ed in the Washington Post.

Cardin went through the many reasons why he (finally!) decided he cannot support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. He also announced that he is introducing new legislation that addresses significant concerns raised by nearly all members of Congress in announcing their positions, both for and against the deal.

Whether those many elected representatives who announced their support for the deal, but hedged their support by voicing their deep concerns about its many limitations and about the trustworthiness of Iran will support this legislation is something their constituents will be closely watching. And then heads will swivel towards Iran to see whether that country will use Cardin’s legislation, should it get any traction, as (yet another) excuse to claim the U.S. is in breach of the deal and walk away.

The Maryland Senator said that he considered two questions as paramount while studying and consulting about the JCPOA. First, is the deal more or less likely to lead to Iran becoming a state with nuclear weapons, and second, would rejection of the deal be more or less likely to lead to Iran becoming a state with nuclear weapons.


First, the reasons Cardin gave for opposing the deal: once sanctions are lifted, it will be much harder, if even possible, to reimpose them. And so if Iran decides to cheat and develop nuclear weapons despite the conditions imposed by the deal, the rest of the world will be left with no option except for the military one.

Had the earlier opponents of the deal forcefully made use of that analysis, perhaps the debate would have begun with the obvious principle that “with the deal comes war,” rather than “either the deal or war.” Why Cardin waited until the 13th hour to roll it out is a question worth asking.

Cardin also mentioned the overarching concern voiced by nearly all opponents of the deal, which is that after 15 years Iran is left virtually free to produce nuclear weapons and with a very short breakout time. In other words, the deal would provide Iran, a rogue terrorist supporting country, with international legitimacy for its “industrial-scale nuclear program.”

The 24 day delay in inspections for Iranian sites where nuclear activity is suspected gave Cardin great pause, as did the side agreement which gives the International Atomic Energy Agency sole access to information about Iran’s possible military dimensions (PMDs) of its earlier nuclear weapons program.


In addition, Cardin said he cannot support the lifting of the arms embargo and intercontinental ballistic missile sanctions.

Why any argument against the deal did not begin with a discussion of Iran’s demand to be permitted access to ICBMs is hard to fathom, but few chose to mention this as a primary point.  And, as both Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer pointed out, Iran does not need intercontinental missiles to reach Israel, those ICBMs will have American and European addresses coded in.

“Our European partners understand that they cannot effectively act without the United States,” Cardin writes just before explaining his new legislation – which he promises will be bipartisan and include both opponents and supporters of the JCPOA. Whether Cardin means the European lifting of sanctions is meaningless unless the U.S. also lifts those sanctions, or that policing of the deal is unrealistic without the U.S. or something else altogether, is unknown.

British MP Accuses UK of Supporting Iran ‘at Expense of Allies’

Friday, September 4th, 2015

By Alexander Apfel

A British Member of Parliament has accused Britain of supporting an “aggressive” Iranian regime “at the expense of our long-term allies in the region” following the British reopening of its embassy in Tehran.

Conservative MP Guto Bebb told Tazpit that UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s hopes for Iran as a reformable regime are “misguided” and also warned that the agreement will spawn a nuclear arms race.

The Aberconwy MP, who called for a parliamentary debate in June to discuss the Iranian nuclear deal then under discussion, added that the latitude given to the Iranian government would have been unacceptable to the UK government a year ago.

Bebb stated that he advocated the continuation of sanctions which he said were proving to be effective measures against Iranian aggression.

Rejecting Philip Hammond’s parliamentary remarks that the deal represented a victory for diplomacy and assurances to Prime Minister Netanyahu in July that it removes the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon, Bebb told Tazpit that he is amazed “that the Foreign Secretary seems to consider this a success story; his predecessor Liam Fox considers this to be completely unacceptable.”

He predicted that the deal will likely result in a nuclear arms race in the region beginning with Saudi Arabia. Recounting meetings with representatives of British allies in the region, Bebb claimed that they had all expressed concern for any deal which provides Iran with too much flexibility.

While expressing his concern for Israel’s security, Bebb insisted that fears of a nuclear arms race were not restricted to Israel and that the debate he called “was not an issue for Israel alone.”

Addressing Israel, the MP told Tazpit that it is important to “understand the difference between a peaceful and democratic state that is trying to live within its own borders and Iran that will use its nuclear capacity to dominate the Middle East.”

In July 2014, the British Conservative Friends of Israel, of which Bebb is a member, issued a statement decrying the economic sanctions relief which, they said will serve to embolden terror groups funded by Iran.

Agreement Reached Between Netanyahu and Arab MKs On Integration Plan For Israeli-Arabs

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

By Jonathan Benedek

Prime Minister Netanyahu convened a meeting on Monday, August 31 aimed at finding solutions to help integrate and improve the Arab-Israeli sector, with Joint Arab List Chairman MK Ayman Udah, MK Dr. Ahmed Tibi, MK Jamal Zahalka MK Masud Ganaim and with Arab Local Councils Forum Chairman Mazan Ganaim.

An agreement was reached at the meeting that an additional NIS 900 million of budgetary supplements would be given to Arab local councils. A multi-year structural plan for the economic and societal integration of Arab Israelis was agreed upon as well that will include the implementation of a cooperation mechanism with the Union of Local Authorities and Arab sector local councils.

“I am the Prime Minister of all citizens of Israel,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “The assistance plan that we decided on today is a significant rectification and an additional step designed to integrate the Arab citizens of Israel into Israeli society as equals among equals.”

Among the NIS 900 million in budgetary supplements, there will be an increase this year of NIS 150 million for the current budget of Arab sector local councils. NIS 100 million will be added to their developmental budges in both 2017 and 2018.

Additionally, NIS 135 million will be provided for the development of informal education in Arab councils as well as community centers, nature centers and youth movements. There will also be a supplement of NIS 150 million for the advancement of personal security provided by police as well as for the reduction of crime.

Meanwhile, Opposition MK Avigdor Liberman strongly criticized Netanyahu for making the agreement with the Arab Members of Knesset. “Netanyahu’s decision to give Ayman Odeh and his anti-Zionist partners an accomplishment in the form of an announcement after a meeting with them to transfer 900 million shekels to the Arab municipalities, is a shot in the foot of the Zionist state,” argued Liberman.

“Rather than strengthening the moderate elements among Israeli Arabs, the prime minister reinforces the most extreme who are a fifth column in Israel’s Knesset.”

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