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White House Promised Lady Gaga She Would Be Safe in Israel

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Lady Gaga received assurances from the White House before she traveled to Tel Aviv for her performance earlier this month, she told the Associated Press in an interview.

Either she never heard of the Boycott Israel movement, a virtual impossibility, or she simply showed great political savvy by ignoring the issue when asked in the interview, “Other singers have backed out of performing in Tel Aviv. How did you make the decision to perform there this week?”

Lady Gaga didn’t miss a beat and responded as if the interviewer asked if it was safe to be in Israel only a few days after an uncertain end to the war in Gaza.

“I was very confident based on my relationships with lots of internal, political people,” she answered.” We’re very lucky to have great relationships with the White House. They let us know it would be very safe while we were there.”

Lady Gaga and President Obama have a solid political relationship based on a politician’s best friend – money.

They met at a fundraiser in 2011 where approximately 70 guests paid the privilege to attend to the tune of $38,500 per couple.

She was her usual gutsy self, having tweeted before the event that she intended to raise the issue of bullying when she would meet the president.

“I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey,” the singer tweeted.

Obama reportedly spoke to her of his administration’s work against the practice of bullying, and he later commented that his meeting with her was a little intimidating.”

If that is the case, Israel can learn from Lady Gaga how to deal with Obama and with has become his legendary pressure on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to toe his line.

After having performed at Obama’s second inaugural in 2012, she has an inside track to the White House.

With a war going in Gaza and missiles exploding over the skies of Tel Aviv, Lady Gaga had reservations about her life and turned to the White House for assurances, that presumably precluded any pressure by the White House on Netanyahu to stop funding for the Iron Dome anti-missile system for Israel is he did not soften up on a cease-fire.

Now we know that Lady Gaga should be Israel’s ambassador to the United States.

Np one could have spoken for Israel as well as she did after her performance. She told the Associated Press that she hoped “to share…with the world…that they know it is safe to be in Tel Aviv right now…I felt a beautiful energy when I was there.”

Next time there is a war, which is more likely to happen if and when there is a formal cease-fire with Hamas, Israel should pay Lady Gag to return for a performance in Sderot. Obama will make sure the Negev is safe, at least for a couple of hours while Lady Gaga performs.

Below are Lady Gaga’s performance at his inaugural and a spoof YouTube of a supposed rendition by Obama of her “Do What U Want.”

Gush Etzion Fence Vote Delayed

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

PM Netanyahu postponed today’s cabinet vote over the very controversial security fence between Gush Etzion and Jerusalem.

Out of the blue, last week Netanyahu said there would be a cabinet vote on the fence on Sunday.

After a lot of resistance from Jews and Arabs in Gush Etzion, as well as environmentalists, the plans to continue building the fence was frozen years ago. Residents were very surprised and angry when the issue suddenly came up again.

The Jerusalem segment of the fence would separate Gush Etzion from Jerusalem, and other segments of the fence would split Gush Etzion in half, as well as block it off from the areas around it.

There are long term plans to build a highway from Gush Etzion to the Dead Sea, which would cut the trip down to approximately 20 minutes. This fence could kill that plan too.

Netanyahu delayed the discussion in the cabinet until next week.

Cabinet to Vote Sunday on Cutting Gush Etzion Off from Jerusalem

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

PM Netanyahu’s Cabinet is set to vote on Sunday on part of the path of the Gush Etzion security barrier, according to an IDF Radio (Galei Tzahal) report on Thursday night.

For years, Arab and Jewish residents of Gush Etzion have strongly protested against this security fence, as both sides are against its construction. They managed to get the construction of the fence frozen until now.

In 2006, radical leftwing groups filed petitions to have the path of the fence moved onto the pre-67 side of the 1949 armistice line, rather than including Gush Etzion.

The entire fence, besides being an eyesore on some of the most pristine and beautiful landscapes in Israel, would cut off Gush Etzion from Jerusalem, and part of the fence would split Gush Etzion in two.

It would also potentially cut off the planned road from Gush Etzion directly to the Dead Sea, which is only 20 minutes by car.

Gush Etzion Mayor David Perl told Galei Tzahal that Netanyahu previously promised him that the fence was frozen and would not advance further.

Perl promised to continue to fight the fence construction.

Efrat activist Nadia Matar spoke with JewishPress.com and said, “We are very shocked. It is not logical that after the past war this summer, when it was proved that in no way should we ever create a PA state in our heartland, nor should we have fences – that now they are going to vote on this. It’s insanity! We call upon all the cabinet ministers to vote against it.”

It is not clear why the vote is being brought up in the cabinet at this time.

Minister Gidon Saar Unexpectedly Announces Resignation

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Internal Affairs Minister of Israel, MK Gidon Sa’ar (Likud) has announced he is temporarily leaving politics. Saar, age 47, is resigning both his ministerial and Knesset positions, effective right after the holidays.

He made the announcement at a pre-Rosh Hashana toast for 1000 Likud activists at Kfar Hamaccabiah in Ramat Gan, surprising those present, and shocking the Israeli political landscape.

Saar made a point to add that he is not resigning from the Likud party.

Saar says he wants to devote more time to his family. His wife, Geula Even, is a TV news anchor for Channel 1.

Saar’s quitting will significantly affect the balance between the parties.

Despite the breakup between the Likud and Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beitenu, the next person up to enter the Knesset on the join list is Leon Letinitzky of the Yisrael Beitenu party, a source in the Yisrael Beitenu party told JewishPress.com.

As a result, the Likud will drop to 18 seats, making it the second largest party after Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid (19).

Yisrael Beitenu will go up one, to 13 seats, putting it one seat ahead of HaBayit HaYehudi.

What this does to the election fever already in the air is anyone’s guess.

Netanyahu Thanks Florida for Support

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wrote Florida Gov. Rick Scott this week a thank you letter for the government’s resolution last month supporting Israel.

“I received the state of Florida’s recent resolution reaffirming your unrequited support for Israel’s right of self-defense,” Netanyahu wrote Scott. “My government has been acting to protect our citizens against the scourge of Islamist terrorism, and we are strengthened by the steadfast support of our many friends in Florida.”

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi sponsored the resolution last month, which states Israel “remains a force of freedom and democracy in the Middle East” and a “steadfast ally of the United States.

“Be it resolved that the governor and Cabinet of the state of Florida do hereby declare that the state of Florida stands with Israel and supports Israel’s right to defend and protect its citizens from the forces of tyranny and oppression to ensure the survival of the state of Israel.

“Be it further resolved that the governor and Cabinet of the state of Florida vehemently condemn the unprovoked rocket attacks aimed at Israel and call on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel….

“Florida continues to foster a strong relationship with Israel and is home to one of the largest Jewish populations outside of Israel.

The resolution also referred to anti-Semitism in Florida, noting. “The killing of Rabbi Joseph Raksin in North-East Miami-Dade has put Floridians on high alert that there is a potential for violence against the Jewish people in Florida.”

Israel Goes on Offensive with Announcement of New Homes in Samaria

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Israel announced on Friday it is issuing tenders for 283 new homes in the community Elkana, located on the western side of Samaria and approximately 10 miles east of Kfar Saba, on the northern edge of metropolitan Tel Aviv.

The news is certain to draw the ire of the United States at the daily press briefing at the State Dept. which earlier this week virtually ordered Israel to “reverse” its decision to create a new community in Gush Etzion and build homes for Jews in Jerusalem.

Plans for 2,200 new homes for Arabs in Jerusalem did not draw a whisper from the Obama Defense Minister, as reported here on Thursday,

The new homes for Elkana, where more than 4,000 people were reported as a “land grab” by the AFP news agency, a total lie since, as lawyer-journalist Lori Marcus Lowenthau wrote here yesterday, the land is not “grabbed” from anyone because it has no owners since the time of the Ottoman Empire and Jordanian occupation.

This week’s flurry of announcements for new homes is not a coincidence. Palestinian Authority negotiator Saed Erekat met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday to present PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ three-year-ultimatum that Israel withdraw from every inch of land in Judea and Samaria as well as area of Jerusalem where he claims sovereignty.

A Palestinian Authority said that Israel rejected the idea.

State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the meeting between Kerry and Erekat was “constructive.” But did not reveal any details.

In the Navy

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

PM Netanyahu pins the bars on a a new IDF Navy officer on Sept. 2, 2014.

Congratulations.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/photos/in-the-navy/2014/09/04/

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