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Obama Chastises Netanyahu for not Adopting US Policy

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

President Barack Obama used Israeli television Tuesday night to accelerate his campaign to make Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu look like an illegitimate leader

The President established his credentials for a thorough knowledge and understanding of Israel. Afar all, he said, “When I’ve visited Israel, when I was in Sderot, talking to families who had seen missiles crash through their living rooms; when I was with young people in Jerusalem and talking to them about the possibilities of peace, the reception was incredibly warm.”

He then provided evidence that he knows and understands “the very moral imperatives that led to the founding of Israel — the belief that all of us share a basic humanity and dignity and rights that make it important for us to speak out against anti-Semitism.”

So much for Theodore Herzl and Zionism.

President Obama then went to the heart of his criticism of Netanyahu’s leadership in Israel, but he inadvertently exposed his administration as a wholesale failure without his questioner taking note.

Referring to the dangers of security to Israel, he noted “the incredible tumult and chaos that’s taking place in the Middle East, the hope of the Arab Spring that turned into the disasters of places like Syria, the rise of ISIL, the continuing expressions of anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli settlement [sentiment] in so much of the Arab world, the rockets coming in from Gaza, the buildup of arms by Hezbollah.

And which country and which president of the same country encouraged the Arab Spring without the ability to see beyond tomorrow, because of ignorance of the Middle East? The United States and President Barack Obama.

And which country and which president encouraged Israel to exercise “restraint” and not respond “disproportionately” when Hamas and Hezbollah tried to destroy the country? Same answer.

But the heart of Obama’s creed is “two states,” which he stills dreams is a “solution.” He blamed Prime Minister Netanyahu for “so many conditions” for “two states” “that it is not realistic to think that those conditions would be met any time in the near future.”

His clincher is that since the peace process is a dead duck, Israel is to be blamed and will be deemed illegitimate:

And so the danger here is that Israel as a whole loses credibility.

Already, the international community does not believe that Israel is serious about a two-state solution.

His statements represent a huge collapse of his former promises the United States would not impose conditions on Israel. President Obama always has promised that Israel should be guaranteed security and should remain Jewish, but now he is defining what those terms mean.

Netanyahu’s concerns for security are not Obama’s, and therefore the Prime Minister’s conditions are not “practical.”

The President did not utter one word about the Palestinian Authority, not about Mahmoud Abbas’ corrupt regime that he heads seven years after his term of office has expired, and not about Abbas’ refusal to talk with Israel except on his own condition of “all or nothing.”

President Obama used to criticize the Palestinian Authority for ditching the Oslo Accords and going to the United Nations for recognition, but he indicated in the interview last night that he might tacitly support the move.

Obama said:

But the practical consequence that I refer to — let’s be very specific — if there are additional resolutions introduced in the United Nations, up until this point, we have pushed away against European efforts, for example, or other efforts because we’ve said, the only way this gets resolved is if the two parties work together….

Iin fact, there’s no prospect of an actual peace process, if nobody believes there’s a peace process, then it becomes more difficult to argue with those who are concerned about settlement construction, those who are concerned about the current situation– it’s more difficult for me to say to them, be patient and wait because we have a process here — because all they need to do is to point to the statements that have been made saying there is no process.

But Obama says Israel has his back.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Tony Blair Steps Down as Quartet Middle East Envoy but No One Cares

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Tony Blair has stepped down as the Quartet’s Middle East envoy, and there is a possibility that no one will be named to replace him since there really is not much to do except  travel and rack up hotel bills.

The London Daily Record headlined his announcement with:

Tony Blair’s greatest achievement after six years as special envoy to the Middle East? Both sides detest him

Our own headline above actually is a bit misleading, because there really are plenty of people who care that he has quit, mainly the British taxpayers.

Blair is a multi-millionaire many times over. He does not receive a salary as envoy but his perks are enough to keep anyone in the pink forever.

He has flown more than 100 times since he took up the post as Quartet envoy in 2007 and has stayed with his 12-person entourage at a Jerusalem five-star hotel for approximately $1.5 million a year, the Record reported.

He and his staff have a penthouse office in eastern Jerusalem on a road known as Millionaires’ Row.

The Quartet consisting of Britain, the United States, the United Nations and Russia, has been paying $3 million a year for the privilege of letting Blair pretend he is busy.

He has been under constant criticism for doing little except occupying his office one week a month, and his knowledge of the Middle East does not go much beyond the fact that his wife’s half-sister Sarah Jane Booth converted to Islam after a “spiritual” experience in Iran.

U.S. State Dept, Jeff Rathke had a difficult time on Wednesday explaining to nosy reporters exactly what he has done for the Quartet, one of the brainstorms of the American government.

Rathke said:

 Tony Blair has been a valued partner and friend in our effort to bring peace to the Middle East, and as Quartet representative, he’s worked tirelessly and passionately to advance economic growth in the West Bank and Gaza over the past eight years.

What role is there for the Quartet in any kind of future negotiations?” asked one journalist, to which Rathke responded with a long answer that in one word said, “Nothing.”

In his words:

The Quartet plays an important role in keeping the partners – the EU, Russia, UN, the United States – engaged, up to date, and supporting the goal of the two-state solution…. But certainly we think the Quartet is an important format to support, work toward an Israeli – solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Associated Press reporter Matt Lee persisted and asked, “But when you say that it plays an important role, surely you have some kind of reason to say that. Right?”

Wrong.

Rathke turned on the tape recorder and stated:

As I said, the members of the Quartet all have important roles to play. The Quartet brings them together, allows them to share views.

But can Rathke “name a single accomplishment that the Quartet [since 2002] has – I mean, they presented – they came up with George Mitchell and the roadmap, but it was never implemented. I mean, what exactly has the Quartet done to further the cause of a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians?”

Here is his non-answer:

Until the goal of a two-state solution has been achieved, then you can’t say that there’s been success…. We think it’s important that the Quartet exists and that the Quartet brings together key parties to support the negotiation process and the outcome we all desire.

Wait a minute, If it is “important that the Quarter exists” then who will replace Blair?

Rathke said:

I’m not aware of current plans to replace Tony Blair as Quartet representative.

But didn’t he say it is an important position?

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

PLO Blows Up Netanyahu’s ‘Peace Process’ Renewal

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority and its superior PLO organization have totally dismissed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s overture to sit down and discuss new borders that would leave several settlement blocs under Israel sovereignty.

Haaretz headlined on Tuesday a report that Prime Minister Netanyahu told European Union foreign policy adviser Federica Mogherini last week that he wants to advance the idea of “two states for two peoples.” His suggestion theoretically would be a step towards the expulsion of more than 100,000 Jews in other areas of Judea and Samaria that would be part of a new Arab country.

The Jewish Press.com reported here on Tuesday that Netanyahu simply was leading Mogherini along her rosy path while knowing full well that the Palestinian Authority is not interested in resuming negotiations.

Lo and behold, the Ma’an News Agency, based in Bethlehem, published Wednesday morning an amazing statement by Palestinian Authority negotiator Saed Erekat, who said:

If Mr. Netanyahu wants to have meaningful negotiations ending the occupation that began in 1967, he should recognize a Palestinian State on the 1967 border and honor Israel’s obligations including a halt of settlement construction and the release of the Palestinian prisoners.

There never has been a clearer admission of the Palestinian Authority’s understanding of the word “negotiation,” which it defines as “give us everything we want and then we will talk about, hmmmm, uh, about expelling Israel from FIFA, assuming it survives charges of wholesale bribery.”

PLO official Hanan Ashrawi also condemned Netanyahu’s proposal, which she called a “disingenuous and manipulative exercise of political and legal deception.”

Several knee-jerk nationalists went bonkers over Netanyahu’s suggestion to Mogherini, reflecting a paranoia that ignores political and diplomatic realities of which the Prime Minister is well ware.

Virtually all of the Israeli media establishment, and foreign media are sure to follow, attacked Netanyahu from all sides this week of “dividing and conquering” the Foreign Ministry. However, it is clear Netanyahu wants to retain control because he knows best how to exploit the Palestinian Authority’s total rejection of the Oslo Accords and negotiations, as defined by Webster’s.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Media Spins Netanyahu’s Renewal of Peace Process

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Europe Union foreign policy adviser Federica Mogherini last week that he wants to resume the “peace process” and talk with the Palestinian Authority on what settlements will remain in Israel, Haaretz reported Tuesday.

The Associated Press carried the report, in brief, around the world and quoted Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki as saying that Netanyahu is “trying to deceive the world with his meaningless talk.”

He is right.

It is meaningless talk because the Palestinian Authority has said time after time after time

the past three years that if it cannot get “all or nothing” through negotiations, it will go try its luck in the United Nations and in the International Criminal Court.

That is why Prime Minister Netanyahu had no trouble playing up to Mogherini’s illusions, but that the establishment media are reporting that the Prime Minister has made a 180-turn in is ready to talk about shrinking Israel.

The “news” is quote old because he has done so before, but the Palestinian Authority, backed by implied support from President Barack Obama, has insisted that the “negotiations” begin with an Israeli  agreement up front that all of Judea and Samaria and large slices of Jerusalem will be within the borders of a future Palestinian Authority state.

PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas has agreed he might consider talking but only after Israel freezes all construction for Jews in the same areas, something which Israel did five years ago in a failed attempt by Obama to bring Abbas back to the negotiating table.

In a response to the Haaretz report this morning, an unnamed senior Israeli official placed a different light on Netanyahu’s suggestion to Mogherini. He pointed out that Netanyahu wants an understanding of which settlement blocs will remain in Israel so that Jews can continue to build there.

It is a non-starter because Abbas will not agree, but Haaretz framed the meeting with Mogherini in terms that implied it was a hush-hush discussion that will resurrect the peace process.

The newspaper, whose agenda is against a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, wrote:

The meeting was held in a very small forum. Aside from Netanyahu, the only Israeli officials present were National Security Adviser Joseph Cohen and the prime minister’s envoy for the peace process, attorney Isaac [Yitzchak] Molho….

Netanyahu is very concerned by preparations in Brussels to impose sanctions such as labeling settlement produce in EU supermarkets, as well as by the French push for a UN Security Council resolution that would lay down principles for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…..

This is the first time since he took office in 2009 that Netanyahu has voiced willingness to discuss the size of the settlement blocs and their borders with the Palestinians. This is also the first time he has voiced willingness, albeit indirectly, to freeze construction outside the blocs.

The report also pointed out that Netanyahu is committed to “two states for two peoples” and added that it is a direct contradiction of his campaign promise that “there will be no Palestinian state under my watch.

As The JewishPress.com pointed out here Monday, both statements are true.

Netanyahu has no trouble with supporting the “two-state” principle but it is equally true it won’t happen while he is in office for the simple reason that Palestinian Authority won’t let it happen.

This is not the first time Netanyahu has made grandiose gestures knowing that nothing will come out of it except that daydreaming Western leaders will be pacified.

He has said in the past he is willing to meet with Abbas anytime and anywhere if he would simply recognize Israel as a Jewish state, something which no Arab official will do unless he wants to shorten his life.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Foreign Minister Hotovely: Tell the World ‘God Gave Israel to the Jews’

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

De facto  Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely told Israeli diplomats Thursday that her policy is to deliver  a message to the world that “this land is ours” because God gave it to the Jews.

Hotovely official is Deputy Foreign Minister and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu officially has the title of Foreign Minister. In practice, he has placed his trust in her to deal with foreign diplomats.

An Orthodox woman and mother to a baby girl, Hotovely somewhat shocked several Israeli diplomats with a “Dvar Torah,” Hebrew for a short lesson from the Torah. She quoted in brief the Torah commentator Rashi, who cited the interpretation of the  first word of the Torah:

Rashi wrote:

Said Rabbi Isaac: It was not necessary to begin the Torah except from ‘This month is to you, (Exod. 12:2) which is the first commandment that the Israelites were commanded. Now for what reason did He commence with ‘In the beginning?’

Because of [the verse] ‘The strength of His works He related to His people, to give them the inheritance of the nations.’ (Psalms 111:6). For if the nations of the world should say to Israel, ‘You are robbers, for you conquered by force the lands of the seven nations [of Canaan],’ they will reply, ‘The entire earth belongs to the Holy One, blessed be He; He created it (this we learn from the story of the Creation) and gave it to whomever He deemed proper When He wished, He gave it to them, and when He wished, He took it away from them and gave it to us.’

Hotovely added, “We need to return to the basic truth of our rights to this country,” she said. “This land is ours. All of it is ours. We did not come here to apologize for that.”

Her comment that no apologizes are necessary is right out of election campaign of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) and its chairman Naftali Bennett.

Hotovely also quoted Rabbi Yehuda Ashkenazi:

If Jews will convince themselves when facing the world that they are right in their ways, they will get along fine.

Haaretz reported that one diplomat said, “This the first time we have been asked to deliver a Dvar Torah to explain Israel to the world.”

It’s about time.

Her speech to the diplomats represents a radical change – a real revolution – in the Israeli government.

Hotovely, a darling of the national religious movement, has shown herself to be a brilliant politician, and she has won the full trust of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, which is not easy.

One of the main reasons Netanyahu named her as Deputy Foreign Minister is because Hotovely never has lashed out at the Prime Minister like other Likud politicians.

She and Moshe Feiglin, whom Netanyahu maneuvered out of the Knesset, believe that the national religious movement is better off working through the Likud party instead of a smaller and ideologically defined faction, such as the old National Religious Party (Mafdal).

Hotovely has succeeded where Feiglin failed. He tried to go one-on-one against Netanyahu. Hotovely plays the game the way politicians are supposed to play it.

Even when the government carries out expulsions of Jews from the homes in Judea and Samaria, she politely disagrees but carries on with the attitude, “He is the Prime Minister, and I respect that,”

Netanyahu can trust Hotovely, who speaks excellent English, to represent the e the government, and she has stated that she will do so even if she personally disagrees.

Foreign media are aghast that Israel has a de facto Foreign Minister who is against the two-state illusion but Netanyahu has brilliantly made Silvan Shalom responsible for the non-existence “peace process” that Israel has to pretend is alive.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Obama Reaching Out to (Liberal) Jews in Sermon at Synagogue

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

President Barack Obama will speak at the Sabbath Eve services Friday morning at Adas Israel, Washington’s largest Conservative synagogue.

Move over Muslims, now it’s the Jews’ turn. President Obama’s “reaching out to Muslims” speech in Cairo in 2009 raised Arab expectations for a New Muslim Order. Three years later, the Arab Spring rebellions in the Middle East showed the White House which Muslims were listening.

This time around, Obama is reaching out to the liberal Jewish community whom he sees as the most powerful Jews in the United States.

Adas Israel is in the political and religious center. Its best description might be “pareve,” the Hebrew word for foods that are not dairy and not meat. Another description would be “politically correct.”

Obama doesn’t get along well with Orthodox Jews because most of them are right-wing. They also are “too Jewish.” They are not politically correct. He loves J Street and has given the left-wing group an open door to the White House, but their penchant for “engaging” with Hamas is too far out in space even for Obama.

Obama also does not get along well with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, to make a gross understatement. The truth is he would not get along well with Yitzchak Herzog or Tzipi Livni if they were leading the Israel government because even they know that the Palestinian Authority is an enemy and not a “peace partner.” They can’t say it now because they are in the Opposition, but they have mumbled it enough times.

The ones who count in American politics are the rich  and influential Jews. Some of them are Orthodox.  Some of them are way out in left field. Many of them are wary of Obama because of his publicly harsh treatment of Netanyahu and his reckless driving towards a deal with Iran over its nuclear facilities.

He needs American Jewish support, and preaching to the Conservative synagogue in Washington is his key. Virtually every Israel ambassador attends Adas Israel. Current Ambassador Ron Dermer does not because he does not drive on the Shabbat.

Norman Eisen, Obama’s former ambassador to the Czech Republic, told The Washington Post:

The president is probably the last person in the White House who hasn’t been to Adas.. So I guess he wants to see what it’s all about.

President Obama’s speech comes during Jewish American Heritage Month. Obama will bowl over the audience tonight with quips. He probably will remind them that he holds a Passover Seder every year. Strictly kosher.

We can expect him to pull a phrase from the Torah and then deliver his own interpretation, based on his ignorance of Talmud.

That is just what the liberal American Jews want to hear.

“Love they neighbor as thyself” becomes “make peace with your enemies,” and “We were slaves in Egypt” becomes “free the poor Palestinians from the Occupation” so they can have the freedom to choose between a terrorist state and anarchy, or perhaps both.

Obama will find some way to argue that the Torah supports the “two-state solution.”

Obama’s support from the Jewish community has dropped sharply. A Gallup poll last month revealed that only 54 percent of American Jews – they usually refer to themselves Jewish Americans just so the non-Jews don’t suspect them of disloyalty.

President Obama is scary because he is one of those good American Gentiles who adopt certain Jewish principles for their own personal, social and political objectives. The difference between Reform Judaism and Obama’s view of Judaism is that he is not Jewish, although the Reform community rapidly is erasing that distinction through intermarriage.

Martin Indyk, former Ambassador to Israel, former “peace process” pusher and a model of  the liberal American Jew, told the Washington newspaper:

 The president himself feels a little Jewish, in the sense that he identifies with Jewish values,

The Washington Post added:

But on a more fundamental level, according to several of the president’s confidants, Obama is pained by the perception that he has not done enough for Israel. The president has had close Jewish friends for decades and inaugurated the tradition of holding an annual Passover Seder at the White House. Indyk said.

Bad news. The liberal American Jews, and their non-Jewish friends, want to “help” Israel by modeling the Jewish state after America.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Netanyahu Tells EU He Is Committed to ‘Vision’ of Two States

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had a problem Thursday morning when he met with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

We all know that the EU is gung-ho for patronizing the Arabs and trashing Israel unless it gives up the Golan Heights, surrenders all of Judea and Samaria, and release its sovereignty over the Old City of Jerusalem, the Temple Mount area, and tell 250,000 Jerusalem Jews to live elsewhere.

Israel, for whatever reasons or thousands of reasons, seldom is able to look the EU or President Barack Obama in the eye and say, “Get lost.”

That is not the way it is done today. One must show agreement or bury disagreements in enough sugar to keep a dentist in business all his life.

Before we reveal how Netanyahu gracefully talked his way through the meeting with Mogherini, we have to remember that Netanyahu knows that the possibility of “two states” is as real as the tooth fairy. But he can’t say so because it will rile up the anti-Semites, even though they will get riled up no matter what.

So he still has to pretend otherwise. He denied during the recent election campaign that he has annulled the two-state” concept that he accepted in a speech in 2009 at Bar-Ilan University. Likud party sources said it was the Likud’s Tzipi Hotovely who made the remarks, but it does not matter because everyone knows she said exactly what Netanyahu, and you and I think. Netanyahu has given up on the possibility of a Palestinian Authority state alongside a Jewish State of Israel because the Palestinian Authority never has adopted the “two-state” solution except as a bargaining chip until it can whittle down Israel to the extent that the only possibility is one state – Arab Palestine.

Here is what the Facebook page of Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party stated last week, according to Palestine Media Watch (PMW):

On the occasion of Nakba day – the day Palestinians commemorate “the catastrophe” of the establishment of the State of Israel – Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement reiterated its message that there is no room for Israel in the region. The movement posted the following text on its Facebook page, showing that the two-state solution is not something Fatah wants realized:

From its [Mediterranean] Sea to its [Jordan] River… it is ours.

PMW added that “the PA National Security Forces regularly presents towns, villages and places all over Israel as ‘Palestine’ or ‘occupied Palestine,’ as does the PA Presidential Guards.”

But the EU, the United Nations and President Obama live in their own world, the one that idiots rule.

It is obvious to anyone who does not have to act out his role as a foreign policy dupe that “two states” is a meaningless expression.

Leave it to Netanyahu, a master of communication, to find a phrase to get him off the hook. He told her:

I want to reiterate my commitment to peace. We want a peace that would end the conflict once and for all. My position hasn’t changed. I don’t support a one-state solution. I don’t believe this is a solution at all. I support the vision of two states for two peoples – a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state.

Got it? He supports the “vision” of two states, just like he supports the “vision” of 90 Likud Knesset Members.

Don’t even read all the headlines floating around today that Netanyahu “supports the two-state solution,” which is a solution to the Palestinian Authority’s problem that Israel exists and to the European Union’s problem to keep itself busy and ignore less important matters, such as the Islamic State taking over Syria.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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