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PM, IDF Chief Clash Over Next Air Force Commander

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz are reported to be locked in a disagreement over the appointment of the next air force commander, with some suggesting a possible strike on Iranian nuclear facilities as the source of the divide.
As the term of Gen. Ido Nechushtan winds down, two men are seen as the top candidates to replace him: Gen. Yochanan Locker, currently the military adviser to the prime minister; and Gen. Amir Eshel, currently the IDF’s chief of planning. One difference between the two, according to the reports, is that Locker is believed to support Israeli air strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities while Eshel does not support such action.
Netanyahu, who has made preventing Iran from obtaining or building its own nuclear weapons a key element of his policy, is said to be aggressively campaigning on behalf of Locker.
Gantz, on the other hand, is strongly opposed to the notion of anyone but him deciding on the appointment. Gantz told the Knesset on Sunday that the appointment of the air force commander was no different than any other appointment in the army, over which the chief of staff is meant to have the final word.
The clash over this appointment has wide-ranging repercussions, not only for a possible future engagement with Iran, but for the Israel Defense Forces as a whole, because changes at the top of several major departments take place all at once, and candidates for one position are often also candidates for others as well. As long as the air force command is unsettled, the race for several other senior posts will also remain unresolved.
Senior military appointments have been mired in controversy more than once in recent history.
Last year, Gantz was named chief of staff last despite Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s staunch support for Gantz’s rival, Gen. Yoav Galant. Documents that showed an ugly smear campaign by Galant, against Gantz, blew up the appointment. They were soon discovered to have been fakes – further embroiling the appointment in controversy – but Galant’s candidacy officially ended when another scandal, over a minor dispute concerning the general’s land holdings, forced him to retire.
In 2005, defense minister Shaul Mofaz decided not to extend the appointment of chief of staff Moshe Ya’alon because the lieutenant-general opposed the plan of prime minister Ariel Sharon to permanently remove troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip. Ya’alon’s successor, Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz, oversaw the disengagement a few months later.

PM Netanyahu Condemns Jerusalem Mufti’s Anti-Semitic Speech

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu inveighed against the comments made by Jerusalem Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Hussein that glorified the killing of Jews.

“These are heinous words that the world needs to condemn,” Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting. He called on Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein to investigate the PA religious leader for incitement after quoting an Islamic text attributed to Muhammad that calls for the killing of Jews.

In response, Hussein denied inciting the killing of Jews, saying he was merely quoting the Islamic text. “I can’t change the Hadith,” he retorted.

Energy minister and Yisrael Beiteinu MK Uzi Landau, reminded the cabinet that “this is not coming from Hamas, which we are used to – this is coming from Palestinian Authority television.”

PM ends campaign targeting Israeli emigrants

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered an end to the Israeli Ministry of Absorption’s ad campaign targeting Israeli emigrants (“Yordim”) living overseas.

The campaign appealed to the Israelis to consider the cultural bonds they and their children were losing by living outside of Israel.

Some American Jews felt insulted by the campaign, because they played on Jewish fears of assimilation.

In one of the more powerful ad campaigns, the grandparents in Israel were Skyping with their children and granddaughter in America. In the background of the grandparent’s home was a lit Chanukiah.  The grandparents asked the granddaughter what holiday it was, and the granddaughter answered, to everyone’s embarrassment, “Christmas” instead of Chanukah.

Some of the ads have already been taken down from YouTube.

 

 

 

Ethiopian Community Gets Well-Wishes from PM

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a holiday greeting to the Ethiopian community in honor of the upcoming Sigd holiday, which is celebrated on the 29th of the Jewish month of Heshvan – this year, November 26:

“My brothers, members of the Ethiopian community in Israel, I would like to greet you on the Sigd festival, the special holiday for the Ethiopian community, that symbolizes the covenant and the yearning to return to the Land of Israel.

While you have been celebrating this holiday for hundreds of years, it has received a different significance upon your return to the Land of Israel.  Naturally, you have continued to celebrate it here, as we all celebrate the Jewish holidays.  I am especially proud that the Knesset has adopted the Sigd festival as an official holiday like all of our holidays from the various communities, which together constitute the mosaic of the tribes of Israel.

Almost 30 years have passed since the beginning of the large scale immigration of the Ethiopian community and alongside prime ministers such as Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir, I am proud to have had – and still have – the privilege of bringing members of the community to Israel and to see to their social welfare, their absorption and their becoming part of Israeli society.

I know that the way to the State of Israel and absorption in it has not always been easy and even today members of the community are finding certain things difficult, and we are trying to help them.  However, integration has been impressive and it is encouraging; it gives the essence to this idea of returning to Zion and combining the absorption of the tribes of Israel.

We will continue to work towards the absorption and strengthening of the Ethiopian community in Israel and we will continue to celebrate our holiday, the Sigd festival.”

Sigd is celebrated 50 days after Yom Kippur and symbolizes the acceptance of the Ethiopian Jewish community – also known as Beta Israel – of the Torah.

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