Don’t expect B’Tselem to show this video of “occupation” soldiers playing soccer with Arab youth.
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A poll conducted for Fox News by Democratic and Republican research teams just before and on the day of Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the joint session of Congress on March 3, shows that Americans believe the United States is not doing enough to fight back against Islamic extremism, and think that U.S. President Barack Obama has been a weak negotiator with foreign leaders.
The results of the poll shows that despite the political tsunami inside the beltway and in the American and Israeli media regarding Netanyahu’s speech, most Americans believed that it was a good thing that Congressional leaders invited the Israeli prime minister to address Congress. This was true generally, for 56 percent of the public, and it was even true for 44 percent of Democrats, as well as, of course, a whopping 74 percent of Republicans.
This pretty strong showing, despite the hysteria in, for example, the New York Times and its baby echo chamber in Israel, Haaretz, shows that Americans are inclined to believe in the use of power to stop violent aggression, and remain committed to Israel despite what has become a very public spat between President Obama and his administration in its dealings with Netanyahu.
This is borne out both in the results of what Americans believe the U.S. should in dealing with Iran, which is more in concert with Netanyahu’s very publicly and frequently repeated warnings about that nation. For example, 55 percent of all Americans believe it will be a disaster if Iran acquires the ability to develop nuclear weapons, 57 percent believe the U.S. has not been sufficiently aggressive in its efforts to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapons program, and a full 65 percent favor the use of military action if that is the only way to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.
Americans told the pollsters that a full 58 percent have a favorable view of Israel, with only 25 percent expressing an unfavorable view. This is a much stronger view than is held of even the “moderate” Palestinian Authority – the ones Israel is constantly told is its peace partner – for which only 11 percent of all Americans expressed a positive view.
A small minority of Americans view Netanyahu unfavorably, 26 percent, while 54 percent view Obama unfavorably. Drilling down on those numbers, 38 percent of Democrats view Netanyahu unfavorably, while only 13 percent of Republicans share that position. The situation is reversed when it comes to how Americans feel about Obama, with only 16 percent of Democrats thinking that the president is not doing a good job as president, but 87 percent of Republicans disapproving of his performance.
With respect to support for Israel, 41 percent of Americans think the Obama administration is not doing enough to support the Jewish state, while 14 percent think it is doing too much to support Israel. Breaking it down further, 17 percent of Democrats think this administration is not doing enough to support Israel, while 68 percent of Republicans feel that way.
The poll asked Americans their views on many different subjects. Some interesting results are that, as of the beginning of March, Americans have only a slightly more favorable view of Obamacare (38 percent) than they do of the Tea Party (34 percent), and more Americans have an unfavorable view of Obamacare (58 percent) than they do of the Tea Party (48 percent).
Only 17 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Congress, and 76 percent have an unfavorable view. Back in late October of 2013, however, only 9 percent of Americans had a favorable view of Congress, and a full 85 percent disapproved of the job Congress was doing.
The deputy mayor of Rahat met with United Arab List leaders Thursday night and agreed to encourage Bedouin to support the party.
The Knesset last year raised the minimum number of votes for a party to gain entry in the Knesset, a move that forced the two Arab and one Jewish-Arab party to unit in order to keep their seats.
The union, along with behind the scenes encouragement from the Palestinian Authority, has resulted in an unprecedented enthusiasm among the Arab and Bedouin sector, whose participation in elections traditionally has been relatively low.
The Arab parties usually have been represented by 9-11 Knesset Members, but all polls indicate that the United Arab List will end up with 12 or 13 MKs after the votes are counted. A larger-than-expected turnout could raise the number even more.
The Likud and the Zionist Camp party, formed by the merge of Labor with Tzipi Livni’s HaTnuah party, are the only two parties that will win more ballots than the Arab List, according to current polls.
That could change if the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) regains some of its support that has been lost to the new Yachad party, which is struggling in the polls that show it on the borderline of entering the Knesset..
Rahat politicians are opening up a field office for the campaign in coordination for the “Committee for National Reconciliation Accord by the Renaissance.”
Atta Abu Medeghem, the acting mayor of Rahat, said:
We declare our full support for the joint list to achieve victory for Arabs against racism and for full equality and the overthrow of the right-wing arrogant government.
Arab party leaders openly oppose the existence of Israel as Jewish nation.
The PLO’s central council recommended that the Palestinian Authority end security cooperation with Israel, but it won’t happen unless PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas gives an official order.
The resolution raises to a higher level the oft-repeated threat by Abbas to cut off the Palestinian Authority’s head to spite the rest of its body, which exists courtesy of the Israeli security services that help keep Palestinian Authority terrorists from assassinating Abbas.
The PLO council’s decision followed Israel’s withholding of tax funds in response to the PA’s decision to breach what was left of the Oslo Accords after its unilateral steps to apply for membership in the International Criminal Court.
Without the funding, the PA will probably collapse. Without the security cooperation the PA will possibly collapse.
Israel is not taking any chances.
Earlier this week, the IDF carried out its largest training exercise in Judea and Samaria in years, preparing for various contingencies emanating from a collapsed PA or an escalation of terrorism from the PA.
If the PA does collapse, Israel has various options it can implement, such as reinstating the Civil Administration or giving governance of the Arab population over to the local sheikhs, tribal leaders and families, most of whom would be happy to take back control from the PA.
If it does not collapse, the same results might follow because the Ramallah regime increasingly exists on paper, not in reality.
The European Union is running out of money to prop up what has been one of the worse investments since the Edsel, and a New York federal court last week helped tighten the noose on the Palestinian Authority by ruling in favor of relatives of terror victims and ordered the PA to pay damages, which may run up to more than half a billion dollars.
The bottom line is that the EU funds the PA, and Israel turn over tax revenues collected for Ramallah, in order that Abbas can pay salaries to terrorists in Israel jails. Now he has to pay the victims of some of the terrorists whom he pays.
The Palestinian Authority last week also took another suicidal move by publicly destroying some Israeli-made products, such as milk, so that its residents can suffer like their brethren in Gaza and then blame Israel for their misery.
The constant threat to break off security ties is another blank bullet in the revolver the Palestinian Authority holds to its own head.
It has decided not to put a real bullet in the gun.
The Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency reported Friday, “PLO officials Nasser al-Deen Shaer and Sameer Abu Aisha, who attended the session, told Ma’an that the decision to halt security coordination will be executed at the appropriate time following discussions with the executive committee.”
Palestinian Authority and Jerusalem Arabs carried out 24 rock-throwing and Molotov cocktail attacks on Tuesday, according to the 0404 website.
Several victims suffered light wounds, and there was no scarcity of damage to vehicles.
Security forces also foiled a terrorist attack in Samaria when Border Polices in the Jenin area in Samaria spotted a Palestinian Authority Arab who was acting suspiciously.
They searched the 25-year-old man, who turned out to be a terrorist with a knife that he admitted he planned to use to kill a Border Police officer.
Overnight, security forces arrested eight other suspects in the area of Ramallah and Hebron. Two of them were suspected terrorists.
Stores under Palestinian Authority control have officially begun boycotting Israeli products this week.
Among the Israeli companies that PA supervised stores will boycott are Tnuva, Strauss, Elite, Osem, Prigat and Yafora.
Previous calls to boycott Israeli products didn’t fare too well, as Arabs are loathe to give up on Israeli quality food products that they want or need.
This time around, the Palestinian Authority plans to destroy any remaining Israeli products found in PA supervised stores by next week – which means they’ll be sending around their Fatah enforcers to make sure that stores are complying with the decree, whether they want to or not.
The PA says the boycott is in response to Israel withholding the transfer of tax funds, which Israel decided to do after the PA took unilateral anti-Israel steps at the International Criminal Court and the UN Security Council.
Without the tax money, the PA can’t pay their 150,000 civil servants, security personnel and captured terrorists sitting in Israeli jails.
The Rami Levi supermarket chain, which is very popular among Arabs from the Palestinian Authority, may very well pick up a lot of new business as a result of the Palestinian Authority’s actions.
Rami Levy, known for its inexpensive prices, has stores in central locations throughout Judea and Samaria, and one can always see Settlers and Arabs working and shopping together side by side within the stores.
70% of processed foods sold in the PA come from Israel, though those sales make up less than 3% of the market for the Israeli companies.
The Palestinian Authority also doesn’t actually have anywhere near the production capacity to supply enough milk and dairy products to their population without the Israeli company Tnuva supplying their needs.
Despite PA threats, Arabs under PA control haven’t given up their lucrative jobs working for Jews, who pay them two to three time more than jobs they can get within the PA, and the Arabs are not about to stop giving their children milk to drink.
And those same Arabs aren’t about to give up their Israeli Bamba either.
All the PA has done is shoot themselves in the foot… again.
The Israel Defense Forces held a surprise military drill this weekend in Judea, Samaria and all territories won by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War.
The unannounced two-day exercise involved the mobilization of some 13,000 troops.
It was the first time in three years such a drill has been held.
The drill, held by Central Command, was intended to “test the army’s level of readiness,” according to IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot.
Although the exercise was held on the same day the Palestinian Authority threatened to dissolve its security cooperation with Israel, an army spokesperson said the timing was “not necessarily linked to anything specific.”
Last month Israel stopped transferring tax funds it collects on behalf of the PA, after the entity violated the Oslo Accords and unilaterally declared itself an independent sovereign nation and joined world bodies, including the International Criminal Court at The Hague. In response, Israel began to apply the monies to the massive debt owed by the PA to the Israel Electric Company.
The PA followed up by threatening to halt security cooperation as well as other relations with Israel.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas in a phone call last week not to halt security coordination with Israel, Arab media reported.
State Dept. spokesperson Jen Psaki told journalists in a briefing Friday that Kerry and Abbas “discussed current dynamics between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, and the importance of ensuring the financial viability of the Palestinian Authority.”
When reporters tried to pin her down on specifics, Psaki did not deny the report, offering more words without a straight answer.