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PM Denies Plans to Build in E1, Blames Uri Ariel

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

The Prime Minister’s Office released a statement on Tuesday, denying the report that Israel is planning on building thousands of housing units in the E-1 zone, east of Jerusalem.

The statement claimed that Minister Uri Ariel put forward the plans on his own accord, and they are non-binding and irrelevant.

The Palestinian Authority wants control over the E-1 area as it cuts off the city of Maaleh Adumim and the Dead Sea from Jerusalem, and provides the PA with a choke hold around Jerusalem from 3 sides.

Over the years, Netanyahu has occasionally promised to build in E1, only to later retract and block the plans, usually in a complex dance with Uri Ariel, where Ariel puts forth the E1 plans that Netanyahu had once upon a time promised.

Netanyahu Says ‘Don’t Confuse Jewish Extremists with Religious Zionism’

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is trying to plug the hole Opposition politicians and leftist journalist have dug open to brand national religious Zionists as extremists who thrive on violence and rebellion.

Using the opening of the weekly Cabinet meeting to speak to the public, he said:

I would like to say a few words about the disgraceful video and everything related to it.

I asked that this video be shown to the Cabinet, this is well known. I thought it important to make it clear how much this extremist group, in my view both extremist and fringe, certainly does not represent religious Zionism.

Consider the strong, clear and sharp statements by the political leaders and rabbis who disavowed its denial of the state and its undermining of the state and its values. Therefore, to try and link religious Zionism to this group does a very great injustice to a dear public that is loyal to the state, contributes to the state and contributes to the IDF, including to its most outstanding units.

He did not sink to the level of populists and did not name any one, but for the uninformed, Opposition co-leader Tzipi Livni, Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid who also sits in the opposition, and even Likud Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have thrown poison darts at the national religious community since the arrests of suspects Jewish terrorists in connection with the arson-murder at the Palestinian Authority village of Duma nearly six months ago.

The media are having a field day. There is no need to look at Haaretz to see what its latest lovers of hate have to write, but Yediot Acharonot, although definitely left of center, also could not resist the temptation to take a hitch on the “hate wedding” and publish an op-ed with the lead stating:

A country which has sent a former president, prime minister, ministers and Knesset members to prison has never had the courage to act against religious leaders who instigate masses and are bringing all of us closer to the edge of abyss.

Livni, Lapid and Meretz party chairwoman Zahava Gal-On know as much about Jews in living in Judea and Samaria as they know about how to win an election. The Yediot op-ed writer, Eitan Haber, knows little more.\

Anyone living in a national religious community in Judea and Samaria for nearly 25 years, as I have, knows very well that the extremists are misfits and super ADHD dropouts for normal society who rebel against anyone trying to tell them what to do unless it is what they want to do.

They are not “masses.” They may be exploited, but they are not being instigated.

Credit must be given to a Haaretz journalist who said more or less the same words on the national religious Galei Yisrael radio station Sunday morning.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is a bit more informed that the knee-jerk Opposition robots who blame the government for everything from the weather to global warming.

Besides trying to tame down the hate-filled vindictive against rabbis and national religious Jews, he also pointed out the obvious differences between Arab Jewish terror, a distinction that is not politically correct in the leftist camps and certainly not in the European Union , the United Nations and the State Dept.

Netanyahu stated:

Arab terror attacks us relentlessly and we are fighting it without restrictions. This terrorism is much greater in magnitude; there is no comparison.

Second, there is something else, the government here, and our public, and all bodies and all leaders come out against phenomena of Jewish terrorism. We condemn, they praise. In the Palestinian Authority, public squares and streets are named after them. They pay them salaries.

There is a great difference between Israeli society’s and Israeli democracy’s healthy approach, which disavows, condemns and takes action against terrorism, and the Palestinian Authority which, I regret, encourages and incites terrorism. I suggest that these distinctions be maintained even as we fight terrorism and inciters of whatever kind.

 

Netanyahu Says Shin Bet Doing ‘Excellent Work’

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu used the visit of the president of Ukraine Tuesday to go to bat for the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), accused by lawyers for Duma arson-murder suspects of using torture.

Netanyahu publicly stated at the start of his meeting with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko:

ISA Director Yoram Cohen and his people are doing important and excellent work for the people of Israel and for the security of Israel. I find the attacks on them to be unacceptable.

We are a nation of law.

All ISA activity is carried out according to the law and this activity is being carried out under the close supervision and approval of the Attorney General, the Justice Ministry and the courts.

The mother of one minor being held agreed to be interviewed last week by the Hebrew-language Makor Rishon newspaper, and she expressed fears that the Shin Bet’s refusal to allow her son to meet with lawyers, see his parents and be seen by them have made her afraid that they have caused him irreversible damage.

The intensive interrogation has led to claims and counter claims, such as lawyers for the Honenu legal aid organization alleging two weeks ago that authorities did not allow a suspect, or suspects, to light Hanukkah candles and pray with tefillin.

The accusations shocked both religious and non-religious communities and were thoroughly denied several days later.

Prime Minister Netanyahu added in his remarks today:

There is Arab terrorism that we are dealing with and are fighting night and day, everywhere, but, to my regret, there are – from time to time – acts of terrorism that are carried out by Jews and the ISA is also dealing with them. Terrorism from any quarter is unacceptable to us.”

Hareidi Rabbis Rejected Netanyahu Request that Lapid Join Coalition

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Rabbis who advise the Hareidi Yehadut HaTorah (United Torah Judaism – UTJ) party have rejected a proposal by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to expand the government with the inclusion of Yesh Atid, chaired by Yair Lapid.

UTJ Minister Yaakov Litzman confirmed the report that was published Monday afternoon by the Hedrei Haderim website.

The coalition has survived for half a year with the narrowest of majorities, a single vote, and it has had to scramble several times to bring in Knesset Members to prevent an embarrassing defeat of a government bill or stop passage of an unwanted Opposition bill.

The Opposition also has not grabbed at opportunities to topple the government, and Opposition MKs often have left the Knesset forum in the same numbers that coalition MKs are absent.

Prime Minister Netanyahu would like to have a more comfortable majority, and Lapid’s chameleon-like positions have made it possible for him to sit with any government.

However, the Hareidi rabbis have drawn a giant X on Lapid, whose Holy Grail is to draft Hareidim, regardless of how much they learn in yeshivas or at least are listed as learning.

Hedrei Haderim reported that Litzman said:

I confirm that I received the request from the Prime Minister and that according to the advice of the Torah Sages Council, the answer is negative.

Lapid is a red line.

The office of the Prime Minister has not commented on the report, and Shas Hareidi party chairman Aryeh Deri told the website he knows nothing about it.

As for relations between Litzman and Lapid, the Yesh Atid leader recently approached the Knesset podium as Litzman stepped down.

Lapid reportedly patted Litzman’s shoulder, and the minister coolly brushed off his clothes, as if to clean off the dirt.

Netanyahu’s Dog Quarantined after Biting Likud Knesset Member

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The Prime Minister’s “best friend” has been quarantined for biting two people at a family Hanukkah party Thursday night.

The dog, named Kaiya, took a small chunk out of a Likud party Knesset Member and the husband of Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, who was warned by her too late that the canine is not entirely friendly.

Prime Minister Netanyahu brought the stray dog home in July. She previously has been petted by visitors, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

But Kaiya may have a dislike for her owner’s Likud party. She bit Sharren Haskel, a Canadian-born Likud MK who also is a veterinary nurse.

Foreign Minister Hotovely’s husband Or Alon was next in line and did not get out of the way in time when his wife said, “Get away from her! She bites!” Yediot Acharonot reported that the dog also bit the Prime Minister shortly after he brought the dog home last summer, the first indication of Kaiya’s affection for the Likud party.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has written on Facebook, “How much light Kaiya brought into our home. If you want a canine, find an adult dog to rescue. You won’t regret it!”

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s opponents, who feel they have suffered multiple bites from him, undoubtedly would prefer that he be quarantined instead of the dog.

Kaiya is in the dog house, so to speak, for another eight days before she can go home, assuming she does not have rabies.

Now that Prime Minister Netanyahu has discovered what happens to a dog after he or she bites someone, woven if the dog has been vaccinated, he wants to change the law.

He posted on Facebook Friday:

As a result of the incident, I was exposed to the issue of quarantining dogs and discovered faults  flaws incompatible with logic and compassion. I will ask the proper officials in the Health and Agriculture ministries and organizations to defend animals to draft changes to improve the current laws.

Opposition Knesset Member Itzik Shmuli, who heads the Lobby for the Protection of Animals, said that Prime Minister Netanyahu is right and that there is no reason for dogs  to automatically be quarantines after biting people.

Netanyahu concluded his Facebook post by writing:

Happy Hanukkah and Shabbat Shalom to all of us – to those who walk on two legs and to those who walk on four.

 

Haaretz’s Swan Song for Americans: ‘Save Israel from Its Own Extremism’

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

The left-wing in Israel is dying and is reaching out to Americans for resuscitation.

The editor of Haaretz, Israel’s bastion for the left and anti-Netanyahu to the nth degree, posted an op-ed in The Daily Beast Friday under the headline, “Can Americans Save Israel from Its Own Extremism?”

Editor Aluf Benn lamented the Netanyahu administration’s actions, such as outlawing the radical Islamic Movement organization, and bemoaned Opposition leader’s Yitzchak Herzog criticism that the Prime Minister should have done so long ago.

Explaining the desperation of Israel’s left wing, or what remains from the glory of the Oslo Accords mirage, Benn wrote:

Progressives in Israel feel powerless and contemplate leaving Israel for good. We need to get out of this melancholy spiral, stand up for peace, democracy and equality and reach out to like-minded people abroad, particularly in the United States, who worry about the direction of Israel in Netanyahu’s fourth term.

This is the same newspaper that has bitterly complained that right-wing Americans promote and often fund nationalist projects such as buying land from Arabs in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Haaretz recently announced it is explaining its presence in the United States, starting off with a conference on Sunday with the New Israel Fund, whose stated mission is to ensure “equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants” and “to advance liberal democracy, including freedom of speech and minority rights, and to fight inequality, injustice, and extremism that diminish Israel.”

The NIF has been active in that field when comes to Arabs. It has been stonily silent while police held right-wing youth, without access to lawyers or freedom to worship or even light Hanukkah candles, on suspicion of involvement in the arson-murder in the Palestinian Authority village of Duma earlier this year.

NGO Monitor has reported that NIF generously funds organizations that have been “active in repeating unsupported allegations of “deliberate, systematic, and widespread targeting of Palestinian civilians’; ‘war crimes and crimes against humanity’; ‘grave violations of international humanitarian law,’ and similar claims regarding the 2014 Gaza war.”

Haaaretz’s strategy is to publicly team up with the NIF to get rid of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who was the principal target of Benn’s swan song of the left on Friday.

He told Daily Beast readers:

Isolated under Netanyahu, the editors of Israel’s leading liberal newspaper are coming to New York to try to restore a sense of reason…

While Americans will go to the polls and elect their leader for the next four years, Israelis must decide whether the aggressive march toward rightwing extremism led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be embraced or rejected.

He alleged that since Netanyahu retained the office of Prime Minister after last March’s elections, he “ousted his former conservative self and reincarnated as a radical nationalist with unprecedented power.”

Benn and Haaretz still are infatuated with the “two-state” proposal and cannot accept the fact, which Benn admits, that the former center-left has moved to the right. He wrote:

Israel’s mainstream media parrots Netanyahu’s narrative: the Jewish state faces a permanent threat of annihilation, the Palestinians are the present-day Nazis, and the West is either anti-Semitic or oblivious to the fate of the Jews, just as it was during the Holocaust….

When the Cabinet outlawed the local Islamic movement, against the advice of the Security Service, Yitzhak Herzog, the opposition leader only criticized Netanyahu for not doing it earlier.

Benn seems to understand that it only is matter of time before Israel finally includes tens of thousands of Jews in Gush Etzion and Maaleh Adumim under Israeli sovereignty, with more communities to follow.

He is aghast that “emboldened right-wing politicians…call for annexing the West Bank into Israel.”

Coalition and Opposition MKs Petition to Ban Trump from Israel [video]

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Several Opposition Knesset Members and at least one coalition MK have signed a letter that demands that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cancel a scheduled Dec. 28 meeting with Donald Trump during the Republican presidential candidate’s planned visit.

The Prime Minister has said he will meet with Trump, but aides have been careful to point out that he does not necessarily agree with Trump’s views.

The gadfly GOP presidential candidate raised the rafters Monday when he said that Muslims should be banned from entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

Meretz MK Michal Rozin initiated the letter, supported by a Shas MK, to the Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Opposition Knesset Members figure that If Trump can say “No Muslims,” they can say, “No Trump.”

Meretz MK, Esawi Frej and an Arab, said:

Just as it is clear Israel wouldn’t allow a hater of the Jews to use it in order to advance his political wares, the same must be in the case of Trump.

Trump is not just a racist; he is a man who poses a threat to the free world. A man who through racist incitement tries to gain the post of US president. A man whose presence in the public sphere is based on racism.

The state of Israel cannot let Trump enter, particularly given his intentions to use his visit for political propaganda. This is a man who incites against a public (Arabs] that represents 20% of the population of the state of Israel, a man who asks to incite flames and hatred in every place he visits.

At least two MKs grabbed the headlines Wednesday and demanded that Trump be barred from the Knesset, although he has no plans to visit, at least not this time around. That caudal change if he were to be elected President of the United States.

Zionist Union MK Omer Bar Lev (tweeted Wednesday:

 As far as it depends on me, this racist @realDonaldTrump should not be welcome in the @knessetisrael

Arab Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi called Trump a “neo-Nazi” on Twitter and added:

I asked the Speaker of the Knesset to prevent Trump from entering the Knesset.

Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog has said nothing and probably will remain silent. He stated last month he is staying out of American politics after being asked how he would deal with Trump if he were elected to the White House.

In Britain, 105,000 people have signed a petition to ban Trump from entering the country, and the number is rising every minute

The online petition in Britain, whose population includes nearly 3 million Muslims, states:

The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech.

If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the ‘unacceptable behavior’ criteria to those who wish to enter its borders, it must be fairly applied to the rich as well as poor, and the weak as well as powerful.

 

Britain has an estimated 2.7 million Muslim population.

Below is Trump’s “NO Muslims” speech.

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