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Following Terror Attack, PM Netanyahu Demands Israeli-Arabs Show Loyalty to Israel [video]

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening, visited the murder scene on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv where he was briefed on the progress of the investigation by – inter alia – Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Israel Police Inspector General Roni Alsheich. The Prime Minister lit a memorial candle and spoke with one of the pub’s owners.

Prime Minister Netanyahu:

“Yesterday there was a heinous and unbelievably vicious murder here. Young people, whose entire lives were ahead of them, the ages of my own children, were innocently sitting celebrating a birthday and were murdered in cold blood. I would like to send heartfelt condolences to the families of those who were murdered and wishes for a complete and quick recovery to the wounded. We are praying for their well-being.

The Israel Police and ISA are working around the clock to apprehend the murderer. I just received a comprehensive briefing on their operations. They, the security forces of the State of Israel, are working to the best of their abilities. The photograph of the murderer has been published; additional photographs of him will also be published. We have reinforced our units in all relevant areas. I request that the public be on maximum alert.

I appreciate the condemnations of the crime that have been made by the Arab public. I must say that I expect all Arab MKs, all of them without exception, to clearly condemn the murder without hesitation. Murder is murder, and must be condemned and acted against from whatever quarter.

Among Israel’s Muslim citizens there are many elements that have come out against the violence and wish for full law enforcement in their communities. However, we all know that there is wild radical Islamic incitement against the State of Israel in the Arab sector. There is incitement in mosques, in the educational system and in social media. We are taking strong action against this incitement just as we did when we outlawed the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement and the Mourabitoun. I am not prepared to accept two States of Israel, a state of law for most of its citizens and a state within a state for some of them, in enclaves in which there is no law enforcement and in which there is Islamist incitement, rampant crime and illegal weapons that are frequently fired at events such as weddings. This era has ended.

I have formulated a plan, along with the Public Security Minister and the Israel Police Inspector General, a plan with a lot of money and resources. We will dramatically increase law enforcement services in the Arab sector. Israel will enforce the law and its sovereignty in all parts of the country – in the Galilee, the Negev and the Triangle, everywhere. We will build new police stations, recruit more police and go into all communities and demand from all of them loyalty to the laws of the state. One cannot say ‘I am an Israeli in rights and a Palestinian in obligations.’ Whoever wants to be Israeli should be an Israeli all the way, both in rights and in obligations, and the first and highest obligation is to obey the laws of the state.

I view positively the increasing involvement in the IDF, in civilian service and in the overall life of the state, of the Christian, Druze and northern Bedouin communities, and within the Muslim community as well. I call on all citizens of Israel, especially its Muslim citizens, to take the path of integration, coexistence and peace and not the path of incitement, hatred and fanaticism. We are all citizens of the state and are all bound to maintain it and uphold its laws.

The Prime Minister’s speech begins at 0:30.

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US not Only Spying on Israel, but on U.S. Pro-Israel Legislators and Groups

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

The publication of several news stories in the Wall Street Journal late Tuesday, Dec. 29, produced a subterranean tremor in the crowd that closely monitors U.S.-Israel relations. The articles, on the surface, revealed information that was not all that astonishing: The Israelis spied to obtain information on the U.S. and the U.S. spied on Israel regarding the recent Nuclear Iran Deal negotiations. Big news for naifs, but not so for close and constant observers.

But just below the words looms a much bigger story, one not quite completely spelled out by the Journal reporters, Adam Entous and Danny Yadron. But that story may well, or at least should, lead to a whole new political firestorm harkening back to the furor that led to the Church Committee hearings in the 1970’s.

Because, really, who did not already know that U.S. President Barack Obama and his team were furious with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opposition to the Nuclear Iran Deal? And wasn’t it already known that the Israelis received information about the presumably “secret” back-door negotiations between U.S. intermediaries and Iran about a nuclear deal? And why would anyone be surprised that such tensions between two traditionally rock-solid allies would create or further encourage less than desirable activity to reveal what the other was doing?

But the interesting revelation was that the sharing of information between the NSA and the White House included, apparently, not only communications by senior level Israeli officials, but also communications between those officials and members of Congress, as well as between members of Congress and U.S. pro-Israel organizations.

A clue that this matters, is that the Journal published an entirely separate article laying out the law and practice regulating eavesdropping by the executive branch on federal legislators.

That article, Cold War-Era Rules Designed to Protect U.S. Lawmakers’ Communications, one of the three articles date-lined Tuesday on the topic, is probably the one over which most readers’ eyes glazed, but it was placed there for a reason.

This article explains the evolution of various safeguards on the identities of sitting members of Congress in the course of American eavesdropping by the National Security Agency. That practice, formalized during the Cold War, required the identity of lawmakers, and even of mere U.S. private citizens, be obscured, when acquired by the NSA while the security agency fishes for information to protect the homeland from, for example, terrorism.

In the 1990’s, the Journal article explains intelligence agencies were “required to notify congressional leaders of intelligence committees whenever a lawmaker’s identity was revealed to an executive branch official.” But the article reveals that this “requirement” has not been scrupulously followed in recent years.

A declassified 2011 NSA directive required analysts to destroy intercepted communications between foreign targets and U.S. officers or employees, such as legislators, unless the NSA director issued a waiver on the grounds of “significant foreign intelligence.”

The expanding network of intelligence gathering gained substantial steam after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but were reportedly dramatically curtailed after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden publicly revealed the vast width and breadth of surveillance gathering engaged in by the U.S.

In the wake of the Snowden disclosure, President Obama promised the country to curtail spying on U.S. allies. Except that a loophole remained – and a sensible sounding loophole it is –  that permitted snooping when “there was a compelling national security purpose” motivating the eavesdropping.

And here the picture comes together.

You see, the Obama administration was dead-set on reaching a nuclear weapons deal with Iran. And the Israeli people and government, and many U.S. legislators, and many American citizens, were dead-set against it. That created, apparently, what the Obama administration considered a “national security” reason for continuing to eavesdrop on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — and anyone the government of Israel was talking to, and anyone who agreed with them who was speaking with American legislators.

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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.

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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.

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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.

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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