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Minister Regev Urges Orange Telecom to Sack Anti-Israel CEO

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev is calling on the board of the international telecommunications giant Orange Group to sack the firm’s CEO, Stephane Richard. Regev issued her appeal Thursday, following the appearance of a statement on the Orange website in France explaining its intent to cut ties with Israel as soon as legally feasible.

This time, there was no mention of “occupation.” The statement on the company’s website announced its wish to terminate its brand presence in “countries where the Group is not or is no longer an operator.”

“The Orange Group is a telecoms operator and as such its primary concern is to defend and promote the value of its brand in markets in which it is present,” the statement began. “The Group does not engage in any kind of political debate under any circumstance.”

No mention of Richard’s blatant anti-Israel remarks that were so much in evidence in Cairo — but a clear legal strategy to extricate itself from its contract with its Israeli carrier, Partner Communications.

Orange noted that in Israel it “has a brand licensing agreement with the operator, Partner Communications” but that the Orange Group itself “is not a shareholder in Partner and thus has no influence on the strategy or the operational development” of the operator. Orange was acquired by France Telecom in 2000.

Regev called on French President Francois Hollande to back up the vows he made to Jews in France back in January when he promised “zero tolerance” for anti-Semitism. The minister also urged Jewish customers around the world who currently use the Orange telecommunications service to change their carriers immediately.

Within Israel, however, Education Minister Naftali Bennett — who previously served as Economy and Trade Minister — called on Israelis who use the Partner Communications carrier not to cancel their own service, saying that Partner should not be punished for the anti-Israel actions by Orange.

The company chief had announced in Cairo Wednesday he would “gladly” sever ties with Israel but claimed the firm’s contract precluded such a move. One day later, however, he appeared to take that step anyway.

In the wake of Richard’s anti-Israel remarks, meanwhile, Israeli carrier Partner Communications is preparing to request compensation of its annual estimated NIS 15 million payment to Orange for the use of its brand name.

The betrayal by the international corporation was felt keenly by Israeli workers as well. Dozens of Partner employees were demonstrating at the firm’s headquarters Wednesday and Thursday following publication of Richard’s blunt support for the BDS (boycott, divest & sanctions movement) boycott of Israel. The workers brought with them a giant Israeli flag, with which they covered the company’s signature Orange logo.

Hana Levi Julian

Bennett: Don’t Punish Partner for Orange

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, who used to be the Minister of Economy and Trade, told Israelis they should not cancel their cellphone accounts with Orange in Israel, in response to the anti-Semitic statements by Orange’s French CEO.

Bennett pointed out that Partner, the local representative of Orange, is a purely Israeli company, with 3500 Israeli employees. Any actions by Israelis against Partner would hurt an Israeli company and Israeli workers.

Partner is worried about the backlash by angry Israeli citizens, following the remarks by Orange CEO Stephane Richard.

Bennett suggested that Partner sue Orange for attempted damages.

Bennett also said that people who attack Israel must face consequences for their actions.

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The Advantages of Being in the ‘Israeli Bubble’

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

The Forward has an article claiming that our “Israeli Bubble” is dangerous and shields us from reality.

Ironic, but also predictable. The effectiveness of the barrier is twofold: It has stopped terrorist attacks, and it also has made it possible to live in (West) Jerusalem or in Tel Aviv and pretend that the Occupation doesn’t exist.

Unfortunately, this is a delusion — a bubble — with severe consequences. South Jerusalem, after all, is home not just to the German Colony’s liberals, but also to the neocons at the Shalem Center, now Shalem College, who for decades have peddled the idea that there is no hope for peace with the Palestinians, and (in the words of Daniel Gordis, one of Shalem’s most articulate spokesmen) we should settle in for 100 years of occupation. Regrettable, Rabbi Gordis says, but inevitable.

This is a self-fulfilling prophecy, of course. Claim that there’s no Palestinian partner, undermine those Palestinians who are, and lo and behold, soon there will be no Palestinian partner. If you will it, the 100-year war will be no dream.

But the real delusion is deeper still: that somehow, the rest of the world will sit idly by and allow this situation to worsen, year after year, decade after decade, without finally turning on Israel. In the bubble of southern Jerusalem, Israel is a complex but miraculous place where kids can play in the street, the Jews have a home and bus drivers read Shakespeare. The matzav, the “situation” with the Palestinians, is an unfortunate side-note to an otherwise complicated, fascinating, problematic, multi-faceted, beautiful, tragic enterprise in Jewish self-determination.

Outside the bubble, however, the Palestinian “situation” is not a side-note but the primary tune. It’s everything else about Israel that is merely secondary. To most of the world, Israel is defining itself by the Occupation, and all the rest is commentary.

I disagree.  I think we see things much more clearly from here.  There are no distortions.  When you look into a “bubble” from the outside you won’t get an accurate view.

Over twenty years ago, when one of my daughters was looking for a place to do Sherut Le’umi, National Service, she and a few friends went to a city they considered far from the then intifada and politics of the yishuvim (Jewish communities in YESHA, Judea, Samaria and Gaza) they lived in.  They just wanted what they imagined to be a “normal” place.  Imagine their surprise when the greatest topic of conversation at the Shabbat table was  happening in YESHA.  At home they didn’t hear as much.

Here in Shiloh we go on with our lives.  The parents of young children are worrying about who will be teaching their kids next year and rushing around to buy books, clothes and school supplies, just like everyone else.

In Yafiz, (and Rami Levy,) Sha’ar Binyamin, where I work, Jews and Arabs are jostling around together shopping.  We’re living proof that people like Jay Michaelson who wrote the Forward article haven’t a clue.  They’re letting their ideology distort their vision.

The calm here isn’t a lie.  The Left and all those who claim that the Arabs will explode in violence aren’t objectively predicting.  They are instigating and encouraging Arab violence by making excuses and rationales for the Arabs.

I’m on the inside.  I work with Arabs.  And if the world, including Israeli Leftists, media, politicians, academics and community workers would just leave things alone we would eventually achieve a true peace.  It will take a long, long time, but it can happen.

True peace can’t be negotiated.  True peace comes from the inside and works its way out.  Faux peace, implemented by “treaties” is external and wears off, like the “democracy” of the “Arab Spring,” which has been proven a deadly farce.

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Batya Medad

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