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Likud Party Bars Netanyahu from Running as Chairman

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

The Likud party’s comptroller ruled on Wednesday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cannot run to head the party in the December 31 leadership vote because he allegedly used party funds for his own campaign to head the party again.

Netanyahu’s lawyer said that the Prime Minister will appeal the decision and that party comptroller Shai Galili, does not have the authority to bar Netanyahu from running for re-election as party leader.

Galili claimed that Netanyahu used Likud party headquarters and employees for his own campaign to be re-elected December 31.

His decision, if it is upheld, means that Knesset Member Danny Danon, the only other candidate in the race to lead the Likud, will take over the party. Danon is one of the most nationalist Likud Knesset Members, and Netanyahu has tried to weaken his influence in the government.

Galili ruled, “Due to the current facts, I have not reasonable choice other than employ my authority, according to Likud law Number 28, to order the cancellation of the candidacy of [Netanyahu] in the [leadership] elections December 31.

He quoted a verse from the Torah – “You shall not place a stumbling block before a blind person…[Leviticus, 19:14" – to state that “my decision is given by the authority invested in me according to the Likud law cited above. I ask {Netanyahu] to note that ignoring the decision is liable to be construed as breaking a law that provides for punishment of two years in jail.”

 

New Poll: Shows Netanyahu Will Lead Next Gov’t with Haredim

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

A new pre-election poll issued on Monday leaves no option for the next government other than one headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with the help of Haredi parties.

Here is the lineup according to the “Panels” poll conducted the Knesset Channel :

Labor-Livni – 23

Likud – 21

Jewish Home – 16

Yesh Atid (Yair Lapid) – 11

Kulanu (Moshe Kahlon) – 9

Yisrael Beitenu – 7

Meretz – 7

Arab parties – 10

Yehadut HaTorah (Haredi) 7

Shas – 5

Eli Yishai – 4

The Labor party, headed by Yitzchak Herzog with his new sidekick Tzipi Livni, cannot form a majority the Haredi parties, which won’t happen unless it can convince two of four parties – Yair Lapid ,Yisrael Beiteinu’s Avigdor Lieberman and Meretz – to agree, which as likely as snow in July.

The center-right ring camp has less of a problem with the Haredi parties.

Adding up Likud, Jewish Home, Yisrael Beiteinu and Kahlon comes up with the non-magical number of 55, six less than the majority that is needed to form the government.

The three Haredi parties are in the driver’s seat for the time being, and if the results in March will be similar to those of today, they will dictate the terms of the next coalition.

If that happens, Lapid and Livni will rue the day they worked against the coalition of which they were a part.

The polls are not meaningless and actually are a factor in how people will vote. If voters see that the next government will be under the thumb of Haredi partiers, they might start shifting their votes.

Supporters of Yesh Atid and Labor-Livni might shift a bit to Kahlon, possibly enough to give Netanyahu a majority of 61 without the Haredi parties.

Herzog, Livni and Lapid have a problem because there is not much they can take from other parties.

Netanyahu Exploits Elections to Raise Minimum Wage

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Cabinet meeting Sunday the minimum wage for approximately 700,000 Israel will rise by 15 percent to $1275 a month.

“This morning, I met with Histadrut [labor federation] Chairman Avi Nissenkorn and Manufacturers Association of Israel President Tzvi Oren,” the Prime Minister said.

“I informed them that I have instructed the Finance Ministry to enable the Cabinet to raise the minimum wage to NIS 5,000. This is in continuation of our raising the minimum wage from NIS 3,800 to NIS 4,300, which we did in 2011, and now we are raising it from NIS 4,300 a month to NIS 5,000 a month,” he added.

Netanyahu issued the order two weeks after he fired Yesh Atid leader and coalition nemesis Yair Lapid as Finance Minister.

Raising the wage by 15 percent all at once will  have an inflationary effect, but no one will notice it so quickly.

Aren’t elections a great way  for getting things done?

Actually it is a terrible way but it seems to be the only way that works.

 

 

Netanyahu Rejects EU Court’s ‘Technicality’ to Whitewash Hamas

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

“We are not satisfied with the European Union’s explanation that the removal of Hamas from its list of terrorist organizations is a ‘technical matter,” ‘Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday following the decision of the General Court of the European Union.

“The burden of proof is on the European Union and we expect it to put Hamas back on the list forthwith given that it is understood by all that Hamas – a murderous terrorist organization, the covenant of which specifies the destruction of Israel as its goal – is an inseparable part of this list. We will continue to fight Hamas with strength and determination so that it never achieves this goal,” he added.

Netanyahu Says Israel Will not Accept Palestinian Authority ‘Diktat’

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday before leaving for Monday’s meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome, “In recent years we have rebuffed recurrent attempts to dictate conditions to us that would have harmed Israel’s security and which are incompatible with genuine peace.

“This time as we will we will not accept attempts to dictate to us unilateral moves on a limited timetable. In the reality in which Islamic terrorism is reaching out to all corners of the globe, we will rebuff any attempt that would put this terrorism inside our home, inside the State of Israel. I will make this unequivocally clear.

“We will stand firm in the face of any diktat.”

Kerry Tries to Head Off Abbas at the Pass

Monday, December 15th, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will hold meetings in Rome with Palestinian Authority official Saeb Erekat today or tomorrow even while Erekat insists it will request by Monday “at the latest” to recognize it is a country based and officially reject Israel’s borders.

Kerry also will talk with Russian and other foreign officials Sunday. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is flying to Rome today and will speak with Kerry Monday in a meeting that is scheduled for “several hours.”

The American view, as usual, is that its brokering the failed peace process is what will bring peace on earth and good will to men.

“We’re trying to figure out a way to help defuse the tensions and reduce the potential for more conflict, and we’re exploring various possibilities to that end,” Kerry said Friday.

Several Israeli Cabinet ministers have said what others are too diplomatic or too scared to say – that Kerry could reduce tensions if he simply would bud out.

Netanyahu has angered the Obama administration by not agreeing to another building freeze for Jews in Judea and Samaria and half of Jerusalem, all claimed by the Palestinian Authority, knowing that doing so would be one step before a de facto recognition that Jews must not live there.

The Palestinian Authority has angered the Obama administration because it thinks Washington let it down by not bending Israel’s will.

Kerry is galloping to Rome to try to head off the official PA request to the United Nations to dictate what the “Peace Profess” was not able to dictate – submission of Israel to the will of the world for which the Oslo Accord’s stipulation for a negotiated agreement with Israel was only a tactic to make Arab demands an ultimatum.

This is not analysis. This is the Palestinian Authority’s officially stated policy that “negotiations” never were intended.

Its official WAFA news agency reported Sunday:

The Palestinian leadership is convinced that the negotiations path in its current form is not effective and makes the statehood an indefinite issue, therefore, the ministry has considered activating all possible operational tools to create an interactive new state out of the ordinary framework to achieve the same goal, which is recognizing Palestine as an independent state.

Its chief “negotiator” Erekat said on Sunday it will submit a resolution to the United Nations “in the coming few hours, or maybe on Monday” to recognize the Palestinian Authority based on the Temporary Armistice Lines drawn up in 1949 and which were erased in the Arab world’s attempt to annihilate Israel in the Six-Day War in 1967.

“We want a clear and specific resolution for a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital, resolving all the final status issues, releasing all detainees and refugees and labeling settlement activity illegal and should be stopped immediately, including in Jerusalem,” Erekat said.

President Barack Obama is hiding his “veto” card in the United Nations Security Council. Israel can no longer count on him to use it and block the resolution.

The final text that Erekat will submit, if he does, is not yet known because there are several versions flying around.

Kerry will meet separately with Abbas and Netanyahu to try to come up with a resolution that Israel can stomach.

The United States already has threatened to use the veto to foil a Jordanian draft that sets the borders in stone and gives Israel until November 2016 to honor them by expelling more than half a million Jews, abandoning property worth hundreds of billions of dollars and giving the Palestinian Authority army the key  to “protect” Israel.

Livni Loses It on National TV [video]

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Tzipi Livni, the Labor party’s latest actor posing as a politician, swept the sewers Saturday night to trash Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in unprecedented terms, calling him “impotent”, “garbage” and a ”zero.”

Tzipi Livni has been a bad actor ever since she went into politics. She comes across as a phony, an intelligent woman who has tried to fool everybody by talking like a diplomat, talking like a politician and talking like a prime minister, a position she held for three months when Ehud Olmert was forced to quit because of criminal accusations and which she had to leave because couldn’t form a coalition government.

Talk about impotence!

Saturday night, she decided to act like a low-brow stand-up comedian on the satirical show called Matzav HaUma, the State of the Nation.

She won guffaws form the audience, shocked faces from the hosts and arguably lost thousands of voters for her performance that made gutter politics look respectable.

Her HaTnua party, which was able to elect only six people to the disbanded Knesset, merged with the Labor party last week in an agreement that would make its chairman Yitzchak Herzog and Livni prime ministers on a rotational basis if they can form a government after the elections.

Livni explained on the satirical show, “Two prime ministers with potential are better than one prime minister who is impotent.”

That is hitting below the belt, pardon the expression, even if Netanyahu were not prime minister.

Then she played Dracula and went for the jugular vein but missed and went back for the groin, apparently her favorite target, to wit:”[Herzog and I] will take out the garbage together.”

Her next shot also was beyond the pale.

Referring to the “Zero Value Added Tax” for new homes, which was promoted by Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid and which never was encouraged by Netanyahu, she told the audience, “The truth is that Bibi said he is going to elections on the Zero VAT proposal. I thought that there is one zero in this story but it is not VAT,” meaning it is Netanyahu.

She was so thrilled with herself that she had a hard time to stop laughing.

Livni showed that she can be disgusting. She may have pleased her hardcore supporters who chuckle at the put-downs, but even the show’s hosts were shocked.

One of them asked Livni why she didn’t use such language when she was dismissed by Netanyahu as Justice Minister by Netanyahu.

Her answer was so crude and ugly that it cannot be hinted at with even a single letter without offending readers.

It was a disgusting gutter remark that is used only by the crudest of the crude, and Livni herself apologized immediately after spitting out the expression.

Hillary Clinton, who has trouble speaking a single sentence without the infamous four-letter “F” word, should get along well with Livni if both of them are elected.

Even more shocking than Livni’s remarks was the absolute silence by Israel’s establishment anti-Netanyahu media.

If Netanyahu had used language, he would have been nailed to the Star of David.

The media did permit itself to quote Likud ministers who attacked Livni for her degrading and insulting remarks.

“Is she on drugs?” asked Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, who may be appointed temporary Finance Minister before the elections.

He added, “Yesterday, we saw a disgusting and unprecedented sight of trashing the Prime Minister…. Since her [diplomatic] relations with Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] have been cut off, she has gone off the deep end. She is addicted to ties with the Palestinians, and she cannot get along without them..”

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