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March 30, 2015 / 10 Nisan, 5775
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Netanyahu Doubles Down on Dangers of ISIS Overtaking Palestinian State

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Israeli Defense Forces at the Judea and Samaria Headquarters in Gush Etzion on Tuesday, March 10. The prime minister was accompanied by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.

The prime minister took the opportunity of being in the so-called disputed territories, a region in which much of the international community has been pushing Israel to create a Palestinian State, to reinforce a position he announced earlier in the week.

The prime minister said on Sunday, March 8, that because of the ability of Islamic extremists such as ISIS to exploit vulnerabilities in the region and spread its tentacles into vulnerable nations, there is no point now in discussing the creation of a Palestinian State which would immediately be taken over by such extremists. This would pose a danger not only to Israelis, but to Palestinian Arabs as well.

‘The activity of the IDF and the security services is essential to prevent a takeover by radical elements that would certainly attack Israel and threaten our communities and our people, and would also threaten the Palestinian Authority and take control of the Palestinian public,” Netanyahu said.

The prime minister also took the opportunity to press his position on Iran, noting that the current agreement being formulated “between the major powers and Iran gives a clear path to Iran to achieve a nuclear bomb,” and a better agreement must be pursued. He continued, “I think that this is important for the security of Israel, the region and the world.”

US and Herzog Try to Reincarnate the ‘Peace Process’

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The U.S. State Dept and Yitzchak Herzog, who wants to be rotating Prime Minister with Tzipi Livni, are on the same page when it comes to the never-never world of the Peace Process.

It has not existed for several years. Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas has ditched it, but there still are two voices who have not heard the news.

Let’s begin with Herzog, the co-leader of so-called “Zionist Union” party, while Livni has more or less gone into hiding during the campaign in order not to scare voters away from the left.

She failed to form a government when she beat Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu by one seat in the elections five years ago, and her only accomplishment since then has been to throw spit balls at Netanyahu at every opportunity.

Herzog is the visible opponent of Netanyahu, and he told Kol Yisrael (Voice of Israel) radio in a softball interview Tuesday that he, and only he, can resume negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

Yes, he really said “negotiations” with the Palestinian Authority, which has stated that the only issue to be negotiated is who will be the village idiot who signs on the dotted line to surrender half of Jerusalem and all of Judea and Samaria, accept millions of foreign Arabs as new immigrants and live in peace and quiet forever with Hamas and Fatah on the borders of what is left of  Israel

And how can Herzog pull off this trick of bringing Abbas back from the United Nations and to the “negotiating” table when Israelis are under attacks from his citizen-terrorists every day.

Here’s how:

We are the only ones who can stop the tsunami against Israel, defend the IDF and force the Palestinians to face an international coalition to return to the process.

The entire anti-Israel international community will be so happy to see Netanyahu out of office that it will tell Abbas he has to start negotiating? No, the entire anti-Netanyahu international community will be so happy to see Netanyahu out of office that it will tell Herzog and Livni to sign, in whatever color ink they choose.

The Kol Yisrael interviewer didn’t dare ask Herzog Prime Minister Netanyahu honest questions, such as what about Hamas, and what about Jerusalem, and what about refugees, and what about “settlement blocs” that Herzog says he would keep as part of Israel?

And what about nearly 300,000 Jews living in Jerusalem neighborhoods such as Ramot, French Hill, Gilo, Talpiot and Pisgat Ze’ev?

And what land would he “trade” to the Palestinian Authority in return for keeping Jerusalem united? And how many Arabs with Israeli citizenship would agree to give up their freedom to vote for anti-Zionist MKs and join a Palestinian Authority where criticizing Abbas is an invitation to arrest, after a good beating?

Herzog may be counting on the United States to answer these questions.

Jen Psaki, State Dept. spokeswoman, told reporters at Monday’s press briefing after being remanded that Netanyahu that a Palestinian Authority country would open the door for the Islamic State (ISIS):

I would say that – just to reiterate, of course, our commitment to achieving an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state negotiated solution remains strong. We count on having Israeli and Palestinian partners who are also committed to that goal.

And since Netanyahu said this week that the “two-state solution” is irrelevant, Psaki is saying that she is counting on Herzog and Livni to win the election.

And Herzog is counting on Psaki to support him.

Hanin Zoabi May Back Bujie and Her Cousin Mohammed Backs Bibi [video]

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Firebrand Arab Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi has surprised analysts once again and has said she might recommend to President Reuven Rivlin that the Herzog-Livni-led “Zionist Union” lead the next government.

Another Zoabi, her teenaged cousin Mohammed, attended a Likud meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to vent his enthusiastic love and support for him. Mohammed became both he most popular and hated Arab in the country last year when he appeared on a YouTube video sounding like a protégé of Theodore Herzl.

Anti-Zionist Arabs responded with threats on his life, and he took refuge in the United States before returning to Israel.

In the video below, Mohammed says in Hebrew:

I support Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his party… he defends every citizen in Israel. The People of Israel have suffered enough and deserve to live in peace and quiet. He will be the next Prime Minister of Israel, God willing. I love you.

Netanyahu gave Zoabi a big hug and invited him to represent the Likud in the Knesset. His older cousin’s love for Netanyahu rates even less than President Barack Obama’s, if that is possible.

She hates anything that reeks of Zionism, which would lead to the logical conclusion that the “Zionist Union” is the last party she would want to head the government.

Yitzchak Herzog and Tzipi Livni changed the definition of Zionism and called their merged parties the Zionist Union, a clever slogan to try to win over voters who don’t realize that a couple of their candidates, just like Zoabi, are against the national anthem HaTikvah and oppose serving in the “occupation” army known as the IDF.

But it was none other than Haneen Zoabi who helped block a surplus vote-sharing agreement with Meretz that would have helped the left reach the magic number for a majority coalition after the elections.

Herzog and Livni have no chance of leading the next government unless the United Arab List backs them. The Arabs already have said they won’t join a Jewish coalition, but if the Herzog-Livni duo wins more seats than the Likud, President Rivlin will give it the first crack at putting together a coalition.

The Jerusalem Post’s Gil Hoffman reported, “But Joint List sources who spoke to Zoabi at length on Sunday and Monday revealed that she had been persuaded to back Herzog to Rivlin and would recommend doing so when their party meets with the president after the March 17 election.”

That could raise their chances of forming a government with anti-Zionist Arab MKs supporting a “Zionist Union” coalition on key votes, but with friends like Haneen Zoabi, who needs enemies?

How many undecided voters will turn away from Herzog-Livni now that is known that people like Haneen Zoabi might stand by the side of the “Zionist Union?”

Why I am Voting for Bayit Yehudi

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Naftali Bennett should not take my vote for granted. Until this week I’ve been wavering between voting Likud, Bayit Yehudi or Yachad (Otzma Yehudit).

I’m not happy with any of them, though some would say the definition of elections is voting for the candidate you least dislike.

Obviously, I wouldn’t vote Kulanu, whose members go from Left to very Left. Or Yisrael Beytenu, when Liberman can’t construct a simple statement of intent that doesn’t leave himself open to maneuvering and interpretation – that really turns me off.

There’s a certain logic to voting for the Likud. They’re the biggest party, they hold the reins, and they control the checkbook. Netanyahu is an amazing orator. And better a strong Likud in power than Labor.

There’s a lot of good people in the Likud. There’s Hotovely, Danon, Edelstein, Elkin, Kara… But there are some bad apples on that list too who I don’t want to see in the Knesset.

But as a party they lack a unified ideology other than security and pragmatism. They could easily swing left if they felt their security concerns were properly addressed, or had to be sacrificed for something they felt was equally important.

I also dislike what they did to Feiglin.

But most importantly, I’m concerned Netanyahu will try to form a unity government with the Left if he feels it’s in his best interest to do so.

I entertained the idea of voting for Yachad.

I like Eli Yishai. I think he has always been an excellent minister, and it will be good if he were a minister in the next government.

I’m not exactly blown away by anyone else on his list, though having Baruch Marzel there does at least give him strong right wing credentials. But I don’t actually know enough about Marzel’s positions on anything other than Hebron and the Settlements for me to be willing to give him my vote.

But Yachad has some serious downsides.

They may not pass the electoral threshold, and that’s not a risk I want to take with my vote.

And even if they do pass, there is a good chance that Netanyahu will simply leave them out of the coalition (or at least Marzel). In which case, we’ve already seen how powerless a rightwing party is when excluded from a supposedly rightwing coalition.

This leads me back to Naftali Bennett and Bayit Yehudi.

Bennett was great on security issues. Of that there’s no doubt. He was great representing us in the international media during the Gaza war. I believe he may one day be our Prime Minister, and he’ll probably be a good one.

He was also amazing on economic issues.

And while other parties were proposing solutions to the housing problem, Bayit Yehudi actually implemented solutions that worked.

But I’m was disappointed in his party’s performance last time around in another important area.

In the religious sphere, one of the most important things he could have done was get us a Religious-Zionist Chief Rabbi – and his party failed at that – spectacularly.

While they did manage to block Elazar Stern’s bad ideas on religion and state, Bayit Yehudi failed to implement some of the good ones too.

In fact, for a Religious-Zionist party, I feel they haven’t emphasized their religious side enough – and I believe that problem comes from the top.

Too many of the Bennett commercials are about attracting secular Jews – and I understand he wants to widen his voter base, but as a result, he’s ignoring his religious base, or taking it for granted. Choosing soccer player Eli Ohana was a symptom of that thinking.

I’m certainly not interested in Rabbis running the party (they should run for office if they want to be in politics), but I do want to know how Bayit Yehudi envisions the future of religion and state, and what their practical solutions are for dealing with the tough problems we face in those areas (agunot, the Chareidi monopolies, conversion, Kashrut, Shabbat, etc.) – and not just what solutions they plan to block.

I would have liked to have seen Eli Yishai as a member of Bayit Yehudi. True, he is Chareidi (or Sephardi Chareidi which is different), but I think he would have brought some much needed religious character back to the party.

But it comes down to this…

I don’t trust Likud to not freeze settlements or do something else leftwing. I don’t think Yachad will be influential enough to change anything if they do manage to get in, and that leaves Bayit Yehudi.

When Bayit Yehudi party members say that a large Bayit Yehudi party will have their hands on the steering wheel alongside Bibi making sure he doesn’t turn left, there is a straightforward undeniable logic to that.

So given the options at the voting booth, it seems the only option is Bayit Yehudi.

Naftali, please don’t make me regret my choice.

‘Zionist Camp’ Invited High Schoolers to Pub

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

The ‘Zionist Camp” party, headed by Yitzchak Herzog and Tzipi Livni, invited high school students to a pub to discuss politics.

That sounds a like great way to win over the younger generation. Buy them some booze, let them get a bit giddy and serve them a dish of anti-Netanyahu poison.

Wait. Isn’t there a law against serving alcohol to anyone under the age of 18?

Whoops.

The Zionist Camp issued a statement that the event was an initiative by a local party representative and has been “dealt with.”

Fair enough. It can happen. Some local cheerleader comes up with a brilliantly stupid idea. You can’t blame the whole party for that.

But what would have been the reaction if it had been a Likud local loony who dreamed up the idea of inviting high school students to a pub to hear political propaganda?

It would have been all over the media, not only in Israel but also in the United States.

The whisper in local media on the Zionist Camp goof says everything that has to be said about the media campaign against Netanyahu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibi Plays Monopoly

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

In this latest election commercial, Netanyahu plays Monopoly with friends, as they ask and beg him to give up Jerusalem.

They’re willing to trade anything with him to get him to give it up.

They complain that they prefer to play against Tzipi Livni, who is an easier opponent.

Bibi end by saying he won’t give away Jerusalem, security or settlements…

Rabbi Lau Hints at Israel’s Real Enemy

Friday, March 6th, 2015

There’s a Midrash (external story to the written text) that says when King Achashverosh asked Queen Esther, “Who is this, and which one is he, that has the audacity to do such a thing?” referring to the plot to kill the Jews, Queen Esther pointed her finger back at the King, and said, “A man who is a persecutor and an enemy.”

The Midrash says that an angel then pushed her hand away from the king to point it at Haman and, realizing what she had done, Esther continued, now pointing at Haman: “This evil man, Haman!”

Former Chief Rabbi Rabbi Yisrael Lau cited the above Midrash in an appearance on a Kol Yisrael radio Friday afternoon news show. He said that sometimes we can’t say out loud who the real enemy and the real persecutor actually is. You start to point your finger, and you realize that the target is too dangerous.

This is, for instance, why a Torah portion dealing with the great, evil wizard Bala’am is named after the weakling king Balak who merely hired his services.

Likewise, these days, the Rabbi continued, we point our finger at Iran, accusing it of plotting to kill all the Jews. Because we can’t afford to point our finger at the true culprit.

And then, the good Rabbi concluded with the quip: “V’hamevin yavin.” Meaning, if you get what I mean, fine, if not – ask someone…

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