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Netanyahu – US Forced Construction Freeze

Friday, May 30th, 2014

In a meeting this week between Prime Minister Netanyahu and twenty settlement leaders, Netanyahu said that it was the US’s demand to freeze settlements that prevented the meeting of the Department of Planning in the Civil Administration.

Netanyahu said he was the one who gave the order for the department to not meet, but didn’t anticipate the extensive damage that came about as a result, where, even to put up a light post, much less build a needed nursery school, became impossible.

Netanyahu told the leaders that Obama had demanded of him that not even one house be built.

Germany Cancels Gunboat Discount – Because of Peace Talks Breakdown and Obama

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Germany has decided to cancel a promised 30% discount on the price of the three or four gunboats Israel is expected to buy, according to a report in Ha’aretz.

The discount is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Chancellor Angela Merkel made the offer to Prime Minister Netanyahu in February, at a meeting between the German and Israeli cabinets in Jerusalem.

Merkel’s national security advisor Christoph Huesgen told Israel this week that the discount on the boats won’t be approved by the German parliament because of the breakdown in the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Huesgen even denied the promise was even made in February.

The peace talks collapsed after the Palestinian Authority decided to merge with the Hamas terrorist organization.

Last week, during her visit to Israel, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice denied that US President Obama had asked Merkel to place pressure on Israel.

German officials said, according to the Ha’aretz report, “Merkel had taken note of Obama’s statements, but that these did not exert a decisive influence on her decision.”

The gunboats are needed to protect Israel’s offshore drilling stations from terror attacks.

Shindler’s Listless Op-Ed in the NYT

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

In his NYTimes op-ed, “Bibi’s Big PR Stunt“, Colin Shindler writes as if he’s become unmoored from comprehending what Benyamin Netanyahu actually said.

Some examples:

a.   It seems that Mr. Netanyahu wishes to define the country as the nation-state solely of the Jews. 

b.   Israel’s first right-wing prime minister, Menachem Begin, did not make the 1979 Camp David agreement with Egypt conditional on recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. 

c.   The suggestion that Israel should be recognized as a Jewish state emerged clearly after the Israeli army’s offensive in Gaza, Operation Cast Lead.

d.   It seems that the idea only became a matter of apparent Zionist conviction with the formation of Mr. Netanyahu’s coalition with far-right parties in 2009. 

e.   For many of the early Zionists, a “Jewish state” meant a state with a Jewish majority in which the Jews could exercise national self-determination. It did not mean an exclusive state of only Jews. Nor did it suggest an implicit “transfer” of its Arab inhabitants. Even Vladimir Jabotinsky, the revered forefather of the Israeli right and a close associate of Mr. Netanyahu’s father, remarked in January 1938 that “it must be hateful for any Jew to think that the rebirth of a Jewish state should ever be linked with such an odious suggestion as the removal of its non-Jewish citizens.”

f.   In the context of the unresolved situation on the West Bank, it purports to elevate Jewishness over democratic norms.

Now, let’s do the simple thing first.  Review what Mr. Netanyahu said on May 4, 2014.

“The State of Israel is a Jewish and democratic state. Our basic laws give full expression to the democratic side of the state. We do this by providing full equal rights to every citizen in Israel…

…On the other hand, that the State of Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish People is not sufficiently expressed in our basic laws, and this is what the draft basic law is meant to provide. It will define the national right of the Jewish People over the State of Israel, without infringing on the individual rights of any Israeli citizen in the State of Israel…It will anchor in a basic law the status of the national symbols – flag, anthem, language and other aspects of our national experience. These aspects are under a constant and increasing assault from abroad and at home.

But the foundation of the existence of the State of Israel stems from its being the national home of the Jewish People and from the Jewish People’s deep links to the Land of Israel. Of course, there are those who do not want the State of Israel to be defined [so]…They want a Palestinian nation-state to be established alongside us and that Israel should gradually become a binational, Arab-Jewish state inside shrunken borders…

The State of Israel provides full equal rights, individual rights, to all its citizens, but it is the nation-state of one people only – the Jewish People – and of no other people. And therefore, in order to bolster the status of the State of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish People, I intend to submit a basic law that will anchor this status [and that]…the values of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state are preserved.

…during the previous government’s term, proposed a draft law on this issue, I announced immediately that I would support it…

If anyone can claim, even in the pages of the New York Times which gets its “facts” about Israel wrong on too many occasions, that what Prof. Shindler (whom I know personally) asserted and what Netanyahu said are similar, I guess there is something wrong with their reading glasses.

Big in Japan

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu will be traveling to Japan on Saturday evening for a four day meeting to discuss increasing economic and diplomatic cooperation.

During the meeting, Netanyahu will meet the emperor and empress of Japan, as well as the Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abo.

Its expected that in 2014 the Asian market became Israel’s 2nd largest export partner, knocking the US down a notch.

Israel’s exports to Japan stand at $1.1 billion, and its imports at $1.5 billion. According to a Jerusalem Post report, there is a tremendous amount of room for increased trade with Japan.

Trade with Asia is nothing new for Israel. The Far East has been a trade partner with Israel going back 3000 years.

Domo arigato gozaimasu.

PM Netanyahu’s Independence Day Message (+Video)

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Israel’s Independence Day is a time for celebration. And for justified pride in Israel’s many amazing successes.

For some two millennia the Jewish people had been stateless and powerless, and, of course, defenseless in the face of its enemies. After 2000 years of exile we returned to our historic homeland to re-establish our independence and sovereignty.

Yet we didn’t only create a state.

We have ingathered into our homeland a people that had been scattered around the globe.

We have defended ourselves against the attacks of hostile neighbors, overcoming threats faced by no other country.

We have built a vibrant democracy in which freedom is sacrosanct, guaranteeing equality under the law and the rights of every citizen. We have created a robust economy, a global technological superpower.

We have signed peace treaties with two of our Arab neighbors, while we quietly talk with many more.

And while doing all this we have enjoyed the passionate friendship of so many around the world. Jews and non-Jews alike have united to speak out for Israel’s right to security and a peaceful future.

This support from our friends, together with Israel’s vibrant democracy, free economy, strong army and commitment to our shared values, form the foundation of our national strength.

So on this 66th Independence Day, I want to thank Israel’s many friends around the globe for their steadfast support for the one and only Jewish state.

And I would like to send special greetings to our special friends who have gathered at Phillips Square in Montreal to celebrate with us. Your show of support for Israel today reflects the strong friendship shared by the Israeli and Canadian peoples. The bond between us was strengthened even further this past January when I had the pleasure of hosting my friend Prime Minister Harper here in Jerusalem.

On behalf of the people of Israel, thank you all for your friendship and for your support.

In Israel, the Prime Minister is Just Another ‘Bereaved Brother’

Monday, May 5th, 2014

It doesn’t matter how rich, famous, intelligent, educated, good-looking, successful or ordinary one is. Death will strike us eventually. And part of the “Israeli experience” is that there are wars, terrorism (against soldiers and civilians,) deadly enemies and even accidents of all sorts that happen to those serving in the IDF Israeli Defense Forces. Each of these victims leaves somebody or many to mourn them.

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When Yom Zikaron, Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Terror Victims comes around, our Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu becomes a mourner like too many others. His elder brother, Yoni, was killed in the heroic and legendary hostage rescue in Entebbe, 1976.

Now Bibi Netanyahu is a third-term Prime Minister of Israel, and that’s how we relate to him, whether we support his policies or disagree with the way he is running the State of Israel.

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We shouldn’t forget that, and we can’t forget that Bibi, like too many others, lives in the shadow of a brother whose life was cut short.

One of the themes this year in the television memorial shows was how the weight of bereavement affects siblings, especially the younger siblings. And one of the channels promoted their special interview with the the two surviving Netanyahu brothers. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen it.

We’re all the sum of our experience and decisions. And we should all include the genes we inherited. We are a combination of all these ingredients. Judaism stresses that we have free will. We aren’t fated to any end. We can take what we were given and make something great or set up tragedy and depression. Free will also gives us the ability to change. The only thing we can’t do is bring someone back to life.

The State of Israel was established in the shadow of the Holocaust, but not because of the Holocaust. All of the foundations had been laid by brave, idealistic Zionists, secular, traditional and all varieties of religious, yes, including chareidim. They began building neighborhoods, kibbutzim, moshavim, communities and cities decades before Hitler began his cruel and immoral career/ideology.

I don’t know how being a bereaved brother has influenced Binyamin Netanyahu’s policies. And I don’t know if being a bereaved brother has influenced Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision to enter Israeli politics…

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Livni’s Party May Not Make it Past New Threshold

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Smith conducted a poll that was published in Globes on May 1st. Current Knesset seats in [brackets]

35 [31] Likud Beitenu

19 [15] Labor

14 [19] Yesh Atid

12 [12] Bayit Yehudi

10 [11] Shas

10 [06] Meretz

08 [07] Yahadut Hatorah/UTJ

04 [04] Ra’am-Ta’al

04 [04] Hadash

04 [03] Balad

00 [06] Movement

00 [02] Kadima

65 [61] Right-Religious

55 [59] Center-Left-Arab

Knesset Jeremy Analysis: Likud Beitenu remains at the top. Hadash, Ra’am-Ta’al and Balad all pass the new threshold but Livni’s party does not.

Which candidate is suitable to be the next Prime Minister?

36% none of the above, 32% Netanyahu, 13% Herzog, 8% Liberman, 6% Kachalon, 5% Lapid

Jeremy’s Knesset Insider

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