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January 23, 2017 / 25 Tevet, 5777

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Netanyahu Is Making More Speeches

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Netanyahu is doing what he does best. He is making speeches. What should have been done long ago, he is not doing. And he will not be doing it.

His speech after the UN Security Council vote reminded me of his speeches against Iran. A very leader-like pose, no substance, and transfer of responsibility for Israel’s security to the U.S. The Iran fiasco resulted in U.S.-Iran negotiations, with Netanyahu trying to eavesdrop on the discussion room. Entirely reminiscent of Czechoslovakia on the eve of the signing of the Munich accords. Netanyahu is simply a gift for the Iranian nuclear project.

The same is true of the UN vote: A tempest in a teapot. “We have destroyed entire settlements, we removed the dead from their graves, and we received a rain of rockets on Tel Aviv,” bellowed Netanyahu in response to the vote. He forgot to mention that not only did he not prevent the senseless destruction of Gush Katif, he voted for it in the Knesset.

From the Levy Commission on settlements in Judea and Samaria:

Jordan’s annexation was not accepted on any legal basis, and most Arab countries opposed it, until 1988 when Jordan renounced its claim to the territory.

Thus, the original legal status of the territory was restored, namely, a territory designated as a national home for the Jewish people, who had a “right of possession” to it during Jordanian rule while they were absent from the territory for several years due to a war imposed on them and have now returned to it.

Together with the international commitment to govern the territory and ensure the rights of the local population and public order, Israel also had the full right to claim sovereignty over these territories, and all Israeli governments believed so, but they chose not to annex them and take a pragmatic approach in order to allow for peace negotiations with representatives of the Palestinian people and the Arab states.

Israel, therefore, did not see itself as an occupying power in the classical sense of the word, and so never saw itself committed to the Forth Geneva Convention in relation to Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.

As a result, Israel implemented a policy that allows Israelis to live voluntarily in the territory in accordance with laws prescribed by the Israeli government and supervised by the Israeli legal system, while their continued presence is subject to the outcome of the negotiation process.

In light of the aforesaid, we have no doubt that from the perspective of international law, the establishment of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria is legal, and therefore we can proceed to discussing this question from the perspective of domestic law.

Instead of adopting the Levy Report (which he himself commissioned) Netanyahu preferred to sustain the approach of the Outpost Report, authored by the extreme radical leftist Talyah Sasson. In other words, he sustains Israel’s position that Judea and Samaria are “belligerently seized” – doublespeak for “occupied territory.” The significance of this is that Israel itself indicates that it is an occupier in its own land. By its own admission, Israel has placed itself under the jurisdiction of international law and invites decisions like the recent Security Council resolution upon itself. Once again, Netanyahu is attempting to maintain his famous “wait it out” policy and has transferred responsibility to the new Trump administration (except for his sanctions against Senegal).

The results will be similar to the Iran fiasco. No friend will do for you what you do not dare to do for yourself.

Moshe Feiglin

Mayors of Efrat and Maale Adumim Invited to Trump’s Inauguration Ceremony

Friday, January 13th, 2017

The heads of Moetzet Yesha – The Council of Judea and Samaria, received an invitation to President Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony in Washington D.C., according to a report in Makor Rishon. The invitation was passed on to them via the Chamber of Commerce of Orthodox Jews (US), who are connected to Trump’s special advisor Jason D. Greenblatt.

The settlement council will most likely be represented at the inauguration by Mayor of Efrat, Oded Revivi, who also heads the foreign desk for Moetzet Yesha, and Beni Kashriel, the Mayor of Maale Adumim.

In addition, several other people connected to Jewish life in Judea and Samaria have been invited, but according to the report, they prefer not to publicize their invitations.

This is the first time that settlement leaders have been invited to a presidential inauguration.

Yigal Dilmoni, spokesperson for Moetzet Yesha, praised the move, saying it “foretells the new spirit emanating from the US regarding the change in [Washington’s] attitude towards Israel, and in particular, [Jewish] settlement in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley. This new spirit was also expressed by the recent visit of Governor Mike Huckabee last week to Maale Adumim, and we are preparing for it.”

PM Netanyahu won’t be attending the ceremony, and will instead be represented by Israel’s Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Netanyahu to AIPAC Leaders: We Have Solid Evidence Obama Orchestrated UNSC Resolution

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday afternoon met with a delegation of AIPAC leaders from across the US in Jerusalem and reiterated that Israel possesses “solid evidence” that the Obama Administration had collaborated in the framing of the UN Security Council anti-Israel resolution 2334 condemning the Jewish settlements enterprise and pressured UNSC members to vote in favor.

The PM repeated his charge that the president’s decision, taken in his last month in office, constitutes a breach with a long term tradition of administrations from both major parties.

Netanyahu also noted that, in the past, administrations that joined in a resolution condemning a feature of Israeli policy with which they disagreed, did not permit a wholesale condemnation of the Jewish State. He cited the example of a UNSC 1994 vote to condemn the killing of Arab worshippers in Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs by Dr. Baruch Goldstein when then US envoy to the UN Madeleine Albright insisted on a paragraph-by-paragraph vote, to edit out language saying Jerusalem was occupied territory.

Albright told the press at the time that the US opposes “the specific reference to Jerusalem in this resolution and will continue to oppose its insertion in future resolutions.”

Now Obama broke her promise by calling eastern Jerusalem “occupied,” a statement that included the Western Wall, where, incidentally, presidential candidate Barack Obama dropped a kvitel (request note).

JNi.Media

Netanyahu Skips Knesset Session, Cancels Trip to Davos World Economic Forum

Monday, January 9th, 2017

by Andrew Friedman

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Monday that he will not attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland next week. No reason was given for the cancellation, but some sources have speculated that Mr. Netanyahu could be planning to attend the inauguration of incoming.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump in Washington DC on January 20.

Foreign media have reported that Mr. Trump invited the prime minister to the festivities.

The cancellation comes against the background of two ongoing police investigations into corruption allegations against the prime minister.

Mr. Netanyahu is suspected of accepting expensive gifts from wealthy patrons, and Hebrew-language Channel 2 television news reported that the prime minister may have closed a deal with Yedioth Aharonoth owner and publisher Arnon “Noni” Mozes in which Mr. Netanyahu allegedly agreed to work to close the Israel Hayom newspaper, the main challenger to Yedioth Aharonoth’s market supremacy, in exchange for a pro-Netanyahu editorial line in Yedioth Aharonoth.

The prime minister and his lawyers have repeatedly denied wrongdoing, but police questioned the prime minister at his official residence under caution twice last week.

Also Monday, Mr. Netanyahu cancelled an appearance before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday, also without explanation. The session was called following a report that Mr. Netanyahu, who also serves as foreign minister, was set to discuss allegations that he failed to convene Israel’s diplomatic corps to craft a unified response to last month’s United Nations Security Council resolution.

Spokespersons for Mr. Netanyahu did not respond to questions about the reasons behind the cancellation, nor to a request for clarification about the prime minister’s assertion Sunday that “We are making a very great effort to prevent another Security Council resolution… this is one effort, but not the only effort that we are making in order to prevent bad resolutions against Israel at the UN.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Netanyahu Cuts Off UN $6 Million Allowance

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night posted on his Facebook page: “Yesterday we officially announced to the United Nations that we will be cutting our annual contribution to the UN by six million dollars.” He added: “Israel will not support bodies that are acting against it as a result of UN sponsorship.”

“One of these organizations is UNRWA, which funds Palestinian textbooks that incite against Israel, deny Israel’s right to exist, and call the city of Tel Aviv ‘Tel al-Rabia,” Netanyahu explained.

“In two weeks I will receive recommendations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for additional steps to take against the United Nations,” Netanyahu stated.

In 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted 20 resolutions against Israel and only 4 resolutions on the rest of the world combined: one each on Syria, Iran, North Korea and Crimea.

In 2015, the UN General Assembly adopting 20 anti-Israel resolutions and only 3 resolutions on the rest of the world combined.

David Israel

PM Netanyahu Thanks Congress for Its Vote Against UN’s Anti-Israel Resolution [video]

Friday, January 6th, 2017

PM Netanyahu thanked the US House of Representatives for its vote for Israel and against the Anti-Israel Resolution that was passed in the UN Security Council.

“After the outrageous anti-Israel resolution at the UN, the US House of Representatives voted yesterday resoundingly to support Israel and reject this one-sided resolution.

Democrats and Republicans alike know that the Western Wall isn’t occupied territory.

They voted to either repeal the resolution at the UN or change it—and that’s exactly what we intend to do.

I want to thank the US House of Representatives which reflects the tremendous support Israel enjoys among the American people.

Thank you, America.

Thank you, Congress.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

Second Netanyahu Police Interrogation Touches Gifts and Mystery Charge

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday was interrogated for the second time at his Jerusalem residence by police in relation to suspicion of receiving inappropriate gifts from business acquaintances, Israeli media reported. The PM was questioned for five hours by the Police National Investigations Unit, following a 9-hour inquiry Monday. The Thursday session included references to a yet to be publicized set of allegations which police have been keeping mired in deep secrecy under special confidentiality arrangements.

Police were hoping to surprise the PM with the details of the secret allegations, after the initial meeting found him well prepared with answers to every one of their questions. Those had to do with records of gifts from several business acquaintances, including billionaire Ronald Lauder – which Netanyahu described as being below the legal limit in terms of their monitory value.

AG Avicahi Mandelblit issued a statement after the Thursday interrogation explaining that police investigators presented a very long list of allegations regarding Netanyahu’s integrity. He noted that “the investigation has developed and branched away from the original material.”

So far, according to Mandelblit, investigators have decided to drop old allegations about Netanyahu’s running a second, clandestine elections headquarters in 2009; voting fraud in his favor by forging computer data at the 2009 Likud primaries; double billing for trips abroad; and receiving gifts, including flights, from wealthy associates.

Netanyahu, for his part, tweeted after the Monday questioning: “Long years of daily persecution of me and my family turned out yesterday to be nothing – nothing.”

 

 

David Israel

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