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McCain – “Get Over Your Temper Tantrum, Mr. President”

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

In a strongly worded interview on Sundays’s CNN’s “State of the Union“, Senator John McCain said that President Obama should “get over his temper tantrum” following Netanyahu’s victory.

McCain said, “The President has his priorities so screwed up that it’s unbelievable.”

McCain made it clear that if President Obama didn’t use his veto at the UN against a resolution for a Palestinian State, then Congress would reexamine its funding of the UN in response.

McCain discussed the real regional problems, such as ISIS and Iran, and said the President’s personal issues with Netanyahu are getting in the way of important policy issues.

Kachlon Offered Prime Minister Rotation Deal – By Buji Herzog

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Yitzchak “Buji” Herzog is starting to look like a one-trick pony.

Senior members of the Zionist Union claim that party leader Yitzchak Herzog offered Kulanu chief Moshe Kachlon, who holds the key to forming any coalition a deal, a deal he can’t refuse, according to a Maariv report.

They claim that besides offering Kachlon a senior ministerial positions in the government, like Netanyahu did, Herzog upped the ante and also offered to share the Prime Minister’s seat with Kachlon, in a rotation agreement.

The party members didn’t say if they would be ruling on alternate days, or would it be one week on and one week off, and how exactly it would all that fit into Tzipi Livni’s rotation schedule with Herzog (depending on the hour, if that rotation deal is on or off), and would this just turn into some sort of convoluted 3-way relationship.

Herzog is making offers to all the parties that might sit in Netanyahu’s coalition that he thinks could be bought off, in hope of becoming a partial prime minister.

One does wonder how many Prime Ministers Herzog envisions sitting in that chair at the same time.

His rotation schedule could look like this:
Sunday: Herzog (Labor)
Monday: Kachlon (Kulanu)
Tuesday: Gal-on (Meretz)
Wednesday: Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu)
Thursday: Odeh (Arab List)
Friday: Livni (HaTnua)
Saturday: Lapid (Yesh Atid)

Bennett Likely to Get Foreign Ministry

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) is asking for to be the Foreign Minister in the new coalition, and Netanyahu may give it to him.

Bennett is asking for an expanded ministry, with added control over Diaspora Affairs, Hasbara (PR) and Jerusalem.

Bayit Yehudi MKs want to also receive the Ministry of Religion in the upcoming government, so they can continue to try to reform the ministry and make changes in the nature and quality of religious services in Israel. They want Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan to receive that appointment.

Shas also wants the Ministry of Religion.

PM Netanyahu’s Prayer of Thanks at Western Wall for Historic Victory

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took his family and went straight to the Western Wall in his first post-election public appearance Wednesday to say a prayer of thanks for the resounding victory of his Likud party.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara go to the Western Wall following an historic fourth landslide win at the polls.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara go to the Western Wall following an historic fourth landslide win at the polls.

The Likud garnered 30 mandates out of 120 seats in the Knesset; Netanyahu’s closest rival, Isaac Herzog, won 24 mandates with his Zionist Union coalition merger with Tzipi Livni.

Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister since David Ben Gurion to be re-elected for a fourth term. He also is well aware of who is really in charge: Netanyahu also made sure to head for the Western Wall just prior to leaving for the United States to deliver his historic address to the U.S. Congress in Washington DC — the only head of state ever to address America’s legislators three times, other than Winston Churchill.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu prepares to place a note in the Western Wall.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu prepares to place a note in the Western Wall.

Netanyahu told media who were present for his post-electoral visit to the Western Wall on Wednesday that he was moved by the responsibility that he felt was placed upon his shoulders.

“Here in this place I am awed by the historical significance of a people renewing itself in its homeland after 4,000 years. I am moved by the weight of responsibility that the people of Israel have placed upon my shoulders and appreciate the decision of Israeli citizens to choose me and my colleagues against all odds.

“I would like to say that I will do everything in my power to care of the welfare and security of all Israeli citizens,” he added.

Netanyahu was accompanied to the Wall by his wife Sarah.

Last night (March 17) during his victory speech at Likud campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu said, “Reality is not waiting for us. The citizens of Israel expect us to quickly put together a leadership that will work for them regarding security, economy and society as we committed to do – and we will do so.”

The Likud said in a separate statement that it is talking with the Bayit Yehudi party led by Naftali Bennett, as well as with Kulanu, the party led by former Likud member Moshe Kahlon, and the hareidi-religious parties.

The prime minister was clear during the campaign in stating his belief that recent history shows it is no longer in Israel’s best interests to support the establishment of an independent Palestinian Authority state. Netanyahu is therefore intent on building a right-wing government coalition that holds similar views.

That US Anti-Bibi Bomb Keeps Bombing

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Can we press pause on all those Israeli election jokes about how Netanyahu won and Obama lost? Only because there is more that also demands our attention.

The JewishPress.com had a story up mid-day on Monday, March 16, explaining various ways in which the anti-Bibi campaign project known as V15 likely violated the U.S. tax code. One of the several points made in our article seems to have been missed by the many people who read it: the parent entity quietly and very recently (and too late to achieve its goal) amended its tax status, presumably to avoid the very criticism which had begun to come its way.

But the addition of a new non-profit tax status which would have barred the current wave of criticism, came too late. It is, in fact, an admission that what they did until the change was made — funding a campaign effort to defeat the Israeli prime minister and funding and running efforts to change Israeli law (to evade Israel’s democracy and cause the creation of a two state solution) – was illegal.

Our article compared V15 and its parent entities, OneVoice and Peaceworks Foundation, to Al Capone, who also did lots of nasty things but was ultimately brought down for violations by the U.S. tax code.

As with anything related to the tax code, a lot of technical information had to be conveyed in a way that was easily absorbable by a world not entirely made up of tax lawyers.

One point that was brought out in the story, which many missed because there was so much else to digest, is that V15’s ultimate parent entity, the funding source for it and the rest of OneVoice’s projects, quietly and very recently filed for an additional non-profit status with the IRS – known as a 501(c)(4).

This is what we wrote:

Of further interest is that the OneVoice website donation page, readers are now informed that those interested in making donations may do so either through the Peaceworks Foundation or the Peaceworks Action, Inc. The latter is a 501(c)(4), and as such donations made to that arm of OneVoice/Peaceworks is not tax-deductible. However, below that information we learn that Peaceworks Action, Inc. is brand new, so there is no Annual Report for that arm of Peaceworks for 2014 or any time before that. Recall that the State Department grant was for the year 2013 – 2014.

Here is a screenshot from the OneVoice donation page:


The difference between the two statuses, a 501 (c)(3) – the only status Peaceworks had until recently – and a 501(c)(4), is that the former cannot engage in the activities the JewishPress.com, as well as other careful watchers, pointed out: donating to a political campaign either to support or oppose a particular candidate, even one in another country, and seeking to influence or change the law, even one of a foreign country.

For organizations which have the other relevant non-profit status here, the 501(c)(4), those activities are permissible. In other words, had Peaceworks been a 501(c)(4) from the get-go, all of its now-exposed apparently illegal activities would have been permissible.

The reason so many non-profits file for the (c)(3) rather than the (c)(4) is that only the 501(c)(3)s are tax-exempt organizations: of primary significance is that donations to those organizations are tax-deductible, while donations to (c)(4)s are not. Also, of course, the 501(c)(3) organization itself does not pay taxes.

The new filing by OneVoice/Peaceworks to create an entity after the fact to whitewash its inappropriate and illegal activities undertaken as a 501(c)(3) reveals the extent to which those behind this effort are willing to subvert the processes of a democratic ally. One hopes the Congressional oversight committee investigating this balagan examines all the wrongdoing.

Netanyahu’s Victory for the Free World

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

There are wider range ramifications to Netanyahu and the Likud’s victory than who gets to sit in the coalition.

To begin with, we’ve learned the Israeli public is healthy and balanced.

If nothing else, we discovered that the Israeli public no longer believes the leftwing “peace” pipe dreams and lies, and we recognize them as the fiction and danger they are.

And this could mean we can now search for more practical containment solutions to our regional problems, trying out new ideas, breaking away from the failed and murderous “Two-State solution” paradigm.

Simultaneously, we learned that economic issues are extremely important to the Israeli electorate, but we want them done responsibly, through the free market, and not through government enforced redistribution of wealth. And that’s the way to lower prices and increase the standard of living.

Once again we see that the Settlers and the Religious-Zionists are self-sacrificing for the greater good of the nation. By shifting between 4 to 7 seats from Bayit Yehudi over to the Likud, after the media (and Netanyahu) made it clear that a right-wing coalition was in danger, we showed we could look beyond sectoral politics and vote for the greater good, even if it didn’t seem to be in our personal best interest. We hope Netanyahu recognizes that sacrifice.

Now just as importantly is the message we send overseas.

The world looks to Israel. The world looks to the Jews. And especially at Netanyahu who has been clear about the dangers the world faces from radical Islam.

The American people, as well as the Congress and Senate see a strong Netanyahu, with a clear message, firmly backed by the Jewish people.

That strengthens the resolve of the American people as well as the Congress and Senate.

Israel is going to face an even more antagonistic and undermining White House than ever before.

But the American people, knowing that the Jewish nation stands behind Netanyahu, will feel they have the moral high ground to push back.

God bless Israel and God bless the United States of America.

Netanyahu Declares Victory

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

A very happy PM Netanyahu declared victory at the Likud victory party, following the release of the exit poll results from Tuesday’s general elections in Israel.

Netanyahu said that against all the odds, this was a great victory for the Likud, and for the people of Israel.

Netanyahu told his followers that he called all the leaders of the nationalist parties and asked them to join him, and quickly form a government. He declared that he wants to form a strong, stable government.

Netanyahu repeatedly thanked his wife Sara for her support, and for dealing with all the media attacks against her personally.

Yitzchak Herzog (Zionist Union/Labor) said the race is still open.

Still, it appears that the keys to the government lay in the hands of former Likud member Moshe Kachlon and his Kulanu party.

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