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EU’s Ashton Briefs Netanyahu on Iran Talks, PM: ‘Iran Playing for Time’

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton that Iran must agree to halt all uranium enrichment in upcoming talks.

Ashton was in Jerusalem on Wednesday to brief Netanyahu in the run-up to the second round of nuclear talks with Iran scheduled for May 23 in Baghdad.

Netanyahu also accused Iran of “playing for time” by agreeing to continue to negotiate with the six world powers: the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany. The powers and Iran met last month in Turkey, where they agreed to the Baghdad meeting.

Netanyahu invited Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and new coalition member Kadima head Shaul Mofaz to join the meeting with Ashton, Ha’aretz reported.

Mofaz has spoken out in the past against a unilateral Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. The United States has called on Israel to hold off on attacking Iran and instead give sanctions time to take hold.

JTA

The Battle for Eretz Yisrael, Then and Now

Friday, April 6th, 2012

A: This is being composed on a very auspicious day – the 10th of Nisan. On this date which occurred on Shabbat of the year that we left Egypt, every Jewish family was commanded to take either a young goat or a young lamb in preparation for sacrificing it four days hence as a korban (sacrifices) of Pesach. The problem was that these animals were part of the Egyptians’ religious practice, as are the wandering cows in downtown New Delhi of today for the Hindus. This took an immense degree of courage, because the Jews could not have known know what the Egyptians’ reactions would be. To visualize this: picture an order to every US military unit in Afghanistan to gather books of the unholy Koran and explain to their Afghan friends it was being done in preparation for burning them in another four days. There would be mass hysteria, rioting and murder of countless American troops. But these things did not happen with the Egyptians, so add one more great miracle to the events in Egypt.

The other history changing event on the 10th of Nisan occurred 40 years later, when the Jewish nation entered Eretz Yisrael under the leadership of Yehoshua Bin Nun, to take on the 31 powerful Canaanite kings who controlled the Holy Land.

Today, on this 10th of Nisan, we are witnessing the unfolding of yet another episode in the history of our valiant people in Eretz Yisrael.

At this time of the year, “Jewish eyes are smiling” as we look back to our Egyptian experience of 3300 years ago and the great salvation that HaShem had brought forth for us. But on this 10th of Nisan, corresponding to the general calendar of April 2, the eyes of all enlightened nations are on Egypt, but for different reasons. The Moslem Brotherhood political party in Egypt, that now controls the two houses of the Egyptian Parliament, is going to have their man as the next president of that country. This group is among the most radical Islamists in the world, and they have an unabashed, open, straightforward Islamic agenda. Not only will they turn Egyptian society back 300 years, their end game is to uproot the Jewish State.

One should not forget that Egypt, thanks to the US, has the largest army in the Middle East, built on some of the most modern weapons of the US army.

So, permit me to share with you what I forsee unraveling in our part of the world, as HaShem prepares the greatest of miracle of all times for his people in Eretz Yisrael.

The military threats on the Jews in Eretz Yisrael will be overwhelming, to the degree that only those who feel the renewal of HaShem’s eternal covenant with His people in Eretz Yisrael, and those Jews who will do teshuva in acknowledgment that only with HaShem’s involvement can we be saved, will remain in the Land. The others, which include the 350,000 non-Jews who have come here from the former Soviet Union, the Arabs in this country, Christians, and Jews who have no sense of Torah or possess warped ideas of what HaShem wants from this generation, will leave!

Egypt will become Islamic, as will all the surrounding Arab countries. Egypt will be the first to open hostilities against the Jewish State and they will be totally destroyed, as were their ancient namesakes. I would not be surprised if the great Aswan Dam that holds back the billions of cubic meters of water in Lake Nasser, will be the instrument of HaShem (with the close co-operation of the holy soldiers of Tzahal) as were the waters of the Red Sea that crashed down on the Egyptian army of old.

When this will happen, the other Islamic nations will join with several Western Christian nations to avenge the destruction of their Egyptian brothers. But as they approach Eretz Yisrael war will break out among themselves on the background of their religious differences, and the Jewish State will be saved.

This, of course, is not my imagination. It is taken from the Book of Yechezkel chapter 32 and the Malbim’s commentary on verse 17.

B: As time marches on, we begin to find the answer to the age old question: What was HaShem’s intention by having the Jewish people undergo its slavery experience in Egypt.

I submit:

As stated above, the great religious-military leader of Am Yisrael, Yehoshua Bin Nun, entered Eretz Yisrael with the Jewish nation on the 10th of Nisan. Tradition has it that Yehoshua composed the chapters of “Aleinu” that we recite three times daily, at the end of the prayer services. With the opening sentence of “Aleinu,” Yehoshua let his feelings be known as he stepped foot for the first time on the western Side of the Jordan River, or, according to some, when he completed the victory over the city of Yericho.

Rabbi Nachman Kahana

Report: Abbas to Serve as PM of New Palestinian ‘Unity Government’

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas Chief Khaled Mashaal have reportedly agreed to an arrangement whereby Abbas would lead the interim unity government for Judea and Samaria and Gaza – replacing Salam Fayyad as prime minister – in the lead-up to general elections.

The agreement was based on a proposal by Qatar’s emir, who is hosting the reconciliation talks.

Abbas and Mashaal are expected to meet again Monday, according a top Abbas aide.

Jewish Press Staff

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.

Sam Ser

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.”

Jewish Press Staff

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.

 

 

 

Jewish Press News Briefs

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.

Malkah Fleisher

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